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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Supper tonight

is a long time family favorite. It's been a while since I made it, but it went FAST!

Chicken/Turkey Tetrazzini

2 cans cream of chicken soup
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 cup butter/margarine
fresh or canned mushrooms
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3-4 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1 package of noodles (spaghetti (8-10 oz) or regular noodles
Shredded cheddar cheese

Cook noodles as directed on package, and drain. Melt butter and saute onions and mushrooms til onions are almost translucent. Mix sour cream and chicken soup. Combine butter/onion mix, noodles and turkey or chicken. Add soup/cream cheese mixture. Stir well to combine. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 or larger pan. Bake at 325 for 35 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or til cheese is melty.

A family favorite!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffet Music Video

This is one of our favorite videos! It really helps Ronnie remember the lyrics...which he has occasionally had trouble with in the past.

Aunt Sandy's is the Best Pizza!

Sigh. What I won't do for love. I had kind of thought that we'd just order pizza in on Sunday night, after a busy weekend. But Sue Ann tells me that everytime they order pizza, Jordan asks "is this the kid that is just ok, or is this the kind that is almost good as the good kind I make with Aunt Sandy?" So...with that...we HAD to make pizza. Jordy likes plain cheese pizza. He made a beautiful one, and ate a good portion of it all on his own! Yummy, yummy pizza!

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Mushroom and Cheese Pizza

made with lots and lots of love. It's another Thanksgiving weekend (Sunday evening) tradition when these guys visit. We always make homemade pizza.

First we roll the dough
Then we put on the toppings
then we add the cheese
and then we bake it and EAT it! mmmmmmmmm.
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lovin' cousins

Madi got a new blanket, and she just loved it. We all helped tie the ties, and that makes it EXTRA special. She gave Caleb a BIG hug for helping with her new, special horse blanket!

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The cousins...

are now at an age where it isn't quite so painful for them to sit still for the "traditional" family photo every time we get together. They smile patiently and wait for us to say we are done. Look at how they've GROWN! Madi says "the only one missing is KT!"
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It is so much fun having my sister and her family around over the Thanksgiving holiday. We wanted a good picture of the two of us. Rachel took the first one, and then looked at it in the camera screen and burst into laughter. Of course, that caused Sue Ann and me to just roar in laughter, and it took about 30 pictures to get one or two that are "good" ones. Here is a double page spread scrapbook layout that I did with some of the pictures. Laugh a while with us.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Picture perfect dinner rolls

I got this new recipe for rolls from a pastor's wife friend of mine. They are AWESOMELY delicious! Light and fluffy! Here's the recipe.

Melony's Famous Yeast Rolls

8-10 c. unbleached all purpose flour or bread flour
1 c. sugar
3 tsp salt
3/4 c butter
4 pkt rapid rise yeast (or 10 tsp. of bulk yeast)
1 1/2 c hot water
1 1/2 c milk
3 beaten eggs
Put milk into saucepan and scald. Add butter and water, let sit while yousift together,8 c. flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add eggs then slowly add milk mixture ( make sure it is very warm but not too hot) while beating with a mixer. Add flour as needed until dough is stiff but still moist and sticky. Pour out onto a floured surface and kneed 4-5 minutes. Place in large (and I do mean the largest bowl you have in the house and THEN some!) buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap.Place in fridge overnight. About 4 hours before serving, take dough out and kneed for about 1 minute. Roll out 1/4 of dough about 1/2inch thick. Cut into desired shapes ( I usually cut mine into square shapes) or cut off pieces and roll into balls. Place on buttered pan.. continue in like manner with the remaining dough. Let rise until almost double. (this will depend on humidity, temp, etc.) heat oven to 400... baketill desired color. (for mine it was about 7 or 8 minutes) Brush on melted honey butter (made by simply mixing room temp butter with honey to desired taste and then melting)

They looked beautiful, and tasted great, too!
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Deep Fried Turkey

MMMMMM...some of the best turkey ever is deep fried turkey. It only takes about 3 1/2 minutes per pound, and the meat is tender and juicy and oh so full of flavor. It makes a bit of a mess on the deck, but we can live with that!

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More Thanksgiving Photos

Ron is always happy to get a Christmas gift of a variety of beer from Bill and Sue Ann.
Rachel and Madi
Bill and Jordy play baseball on the Wii!
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Thanksgiving Fun!

What fun it is to have family here for the Thanksgiving holiday! We are laughing a lot, eating WAY too much food, and just having a good time being together again. Too bad Thanksgiving only comes once a year!
Ethan and Aunt Sue Ann
Cameron and Madi
Caleb and Madi
Great minds think alike! Sue Ann and I got each other the exact same Christmas gift...down to the same design on the gift card!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving Menu

ok, so I'm kind of thinking "out loud" here...making my list of foods for the weekend.

Sue Ann and Bill and kids will be here Thursday afternoon. YAY! We'll have spaghetti for supper, since after traveling all day, no one is ever hungry for a big dinner.

Friday we'll have appetizers of braunschweiger dip, salsa and chips and veggies. We'll eat our big dinner around 2.

For that we are having:
2 turkeys (one fried, one roasted)
mashed potatoes
sweet potato casserole
corn casserole
maybe cranberry relish?
pumpkin pie
pecan pie bars

I think that's it...but who knows..there may be things switched in or out before serving time.

I'm so thankful for a sister and her family who are willing to make the trip out here to see us for this holiday!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy BIRTHDAY Ethan!


I can't believe that Ethan is NINE already! Where, oh where did all those years go? He is such a joy to have around! He is full of laughter and smiles and jokes. He still loves to give hugs and kisses to his mom, although he's graduated to high five's for his dad!
A big surprise for the kids today when the got home is that we had, after eight years of getting 3 channels, finally subscribed to cable tv! We let the kids eat in front of the TV for tonight only! We can't get their attention away from the dumb thing!
Grandpa Richard dropped off a yummy birthday cake, after he and Grandma Marge sang to Ethan on the phone! Grandma is ALWAYS good for a cake, JUST the way you "prescribe"!
Of course, mom made a cake, too! Not everyone gets TWO birthday cakes for their birthday. Both are chocolate, with chocolate icing. But Grandma Marge's has sprinkles, while mom's has butterscotch chips inside.
Ethan had to laugh at Rachel's "trick candles" on his cake. They kept relighting, after he blew them out. That was good for a few laughs.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Family Fun part 2

Rachel is so proud of this picture she took of her daddy!
and she took a nice shot of the two of us, I think!Ethan listens to an interesting story about catfish!The erosion table kept all four kids entertained for an extremely long time!

to bee continued.....

Fun Family Getaway

Our family enjoyed a quick overnight getaway to Dubuque. We stayed at the Grand Harbor Resort and the waterpark part of it was a huge hit with everyone. We played and swam on Friday from 6:30-10, and on Saturday enjoyed a big breakfast buffet and then swam from 10:30 til almost 1. Next we walked out to see the Mississippi River (RIGHT behind our hotel), but it was COLD so we didn't stay out there long! The next stop was the Mississippi Riverboat Museum and Aquarium where we saw all kinds of cool fish and stuff. We learned some interesting facts about catfish, and erosion, and the history of riverboats and barges along length of the Mississippi. The final stop was the Fenelon Place Elevator where we took a ride to the VERY COLD top!

Here are a few pictures of the weekend.The kis played for a LONG time on this snake!Cameron happily dumps a bucket of water on Caleb's head!

I'll add more photos later...blogger is giving me headaches and not wanting me to upload any more pictuers. We'll see how it goes tomorrow! :-)