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Monday, August 28, 2006

No time to cook? seems that it's going to be one of those days (weeks?) where dinner is just thrown together at the last minute. Nothing fancy, nothing new, probably not exciting either. Plain old, plain old. Like spaghetti. Or goulash. or Mac and Cheese? Who knows.

What's REALLY funny, is that these plain old, plain old dinners, are the ones that often excite the kids the most! Maybe I should quit trying new things, and just stick to plain old, plain old. No....that would be too boring for me!

Tonight, I'll settle for plain and boring. But watch out later...there's BOUND to be something new and interesting to cook!

I subbed all day today, and looking at my schedule, I see that it's all day, every day this week! Well...that'll help build that emergency fund back up, won't it? It'll be great after a long, dry summer with no paychecks!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cinabon Rolls (bread machine)

oh, boy, oh boy, oh boy! We all can't WAIT to wake up in the morning (which is quite unusual for this household...we're NOT morning people! ) My friend Lee just sent me this recipe today, and I had to try it. I'm gonna get a mom of the year award tomorrow morning (well...that is IF they bake up as nicely as they are rising, LOL.

I made kind of a mess with the filling, though. Learned a lesson. It says to microwave the filling to make it more spreadable. BUT...I had already used spreadable margarine. So it all basically melted, and all oozed out as I was rolling it up. Lesson learned? Don't nuke soft spread margarine when you are using it for a cinnamon roll filling :)

Ron kinda wonders why I've turned over a new leaf...making breakfast for the kids each day. I'm so not a morning person, that they usually have to fend for themselves.

Cinnabon's for the Bread Machine

This recipe uses a bread machine.
Dough 2 pound ingredient

1 c. milk
1 egg, beaten
4 Tbsp. melted butter
4 Tbsp. water
1/2 box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz. box) (1/3 c. of bulk vanilla pudding mix)
4 c. bread flour
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
2-1/2 t. bread machine yeast

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 c. chopped walnuts, opt
1/4 c. raisins opt.

Place all ingredients in your machine in order recommended by your machine’s manufacturer. Place the pan in your machine. Select the dough cycle and press start. When cycle is finished, remove the dough, knead enough to punch down and roll to 17X10. Combine first three filling ingredients and mix well. Heat in microwave 10 sec. to make it spreadable--uummmm....maybe not! This made a MESS! Spread over rolled out dough with rubber spatula. Get as close to the edges as possible. Sprinkle nuts or raisins over dough. Starting with widest end, roll the dough into tight log. Cut into 1/2-1” slices. Place in a lightly greased baking dish with sides. Put in warm draft free place and allow them to raise until double. (I turn my oven on warm and place them inside. When the temperature light goes off, turn off the oven. I let them rise 20-30 minutes this way. Take out to heat oven to baking temp.) Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. When the rolls are done top with frosting of your choice.(We like vanilla cake icing...mmmmmm) Note: For a real treat replace raisins in the filling with chopped dried cherries, blueberries or strawberries. When doing this use frosting 1 or 2 and add a Tbsp. of matching fruit jam.
Yield: A full 9x13 pan.

Cowboy Beans and Rice

Tonight is my golf night, but there's NO food in the house for Ron to just throw something together like he often does when it's my night out with the gals. SO...I told him I'd make another one of our kids' favorites...Cowboy Beans and rice (he'll have to make the rice when he gets home :) This is one of those "no recipe, throw together" kind of meals, but I'll give estimates.

Cowboy Beans and Rice

2 pounds ground beef/turkey
3-4 T. minced onion
3/4 - 1 c. ketchup
1 squirt mustard
1/4-1/2 c. brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like it...this could be omited)
1/4 or a bit more BBQ sauce
Tobasco or other "hot" sauce as you like it
rice to serve your family

Brown the ground meat, with the onion in it. When it's brown, add ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, BBQ and other seasonings as desired (make it your own, LOL). Cook and stir together til hot all the way through.

Serve over cooked rice. Or serve with rice in a flour tortilla.

This is another one of those recipes that I have a hard time making enough of, so that we can all have seconds and maybe even left overs!


That's the name of the recipe I made for supper tonight. OOOH, Yum! Ethan requested it. It's his favorite. He said "This time, Mom, would you make enough so that I can have seconds?" HA...that's a chore when I'm feeding four hungry kids!'s the recipe.


1 pound ground beef
4 T. soy sauce
4 pkgs Ramen noodles (beef or oriental)
1 package frozen broccoli (up to 2 pkgs.)

Brown the ground beef. Sprinkle with the seasoning packets from 3 (or all 4) of the noodle packages. Add the soy sauce and stir to blend. Add the broccoli to the beef, and cook til done. While the broccoli is cooking, cook the ramen noodles. Drain. Stir into the broccoli and beef.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Golden Pork Chops

A new family favorite! Since I lost 10 years worth of recipes when my hard drive crashed, my friend Lee recommended that I start posting favorite recipes on a that I can recover them if such a crisis should occur again. So...I'll try that and see how it works.

So, in my quest for recipes that please the family, I hit on a winner first time up! There wasn't enough rice, so I need to remember to make more than 1 1/2 cups to serve our family.

Here's the recipe:

Golden Pork Chops
  • 6 pork chops
  • seasoned salt (I also added garlic pepper)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can mushrooms OR 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Rinse pork chops, pat dry and place them in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the onion, mushrooms and soup. Mix together well and sponn over the chops.
  4. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake for 15 more minutes. (Note: Time could be less or more depending on the thickness of the chops.) Pork chops are done when their internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
MMMMMMMM, yummy.