Friday, October 31, 2008



Monday's Dinner

This was Monday's dinner. It's the only night I've really cooked dinner so far this week. I made the meat and veggies in the crockpot. We had: Corned Beef Brisket, onions/carrots/mushrooms cooked in crockpot with corned beef and butter, mashed taters with HM gravy and my humble attempt at biscuits.

My attempt at biscuits

As part of dinner on Monday I decided to try my hand at making biscuits as we didn't have any "Whomp" biscuits.

I only had two ingredients: Baking Mix and milk

Adding the milk into the mix
All mixed up

Before rolling on the floured counter. I forgot to take a picture of it all rolled out. That's where the problem was. I rolled it too thin.

Some of the finished product. The rolled ones are the product of using up the scraps left after cutting out the biscuits.

I think my main problem was that I rolled it out too thin. I might try it again. Let's just say that these were not the best part of dinner.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yummy In My Tummy

I have a POHI Parents Group meeting tonight. We will be getting the prizes for the sucker pull at conferences organized. The group is purchasing pizza to eat while we are working. I figured I'd bring dessert. These are Devil's Food cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting. I had to make sure to take pictures of these since I didn't last week and Shirla called me on it.

I've been playing around with a Cookie & Cupcake Decorating kit I picked up on Holiday clearance. I only got 20 of the 24 cupcakes I made frosted but it's ok because that's all that would fit on my tray.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Long day

First, The Who rocked last night. We had some great seats and the guys put on an awesome show. Ringo Starr's son was the drummer last night. We got home just before midnight last night. We were then up at 4:20 in order to get going for the day. I dropped Shawn off at his coworker's house and then headed to Shawn's ex's house to get the kids off to school. After getting them off, I went to help a friend out until 3 pm. As I stated in yesterday's post I switched shifts with someone so I was scheduled today 4-7pm. I ended up leaving at 6 pm as we had some appointments not show up. I'm going to head to bed shortly as I'm about ready to crash.

One last word about the concert last night. It was hilarious to hear Pete Townsend's description of Eric Clapton from back in the day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dinner out tonight

Well, I was supposed to work tonight 5-8. I switched with someone though so that I would be able to pick up Shawn and we could get to The Palace. Back in August, we won tickets before you could buy them to see The Who. I had to run out to the radio station today to pick up the tickets. I just realized I need to look up where our seats are. I do know from glancing at the section that we are in the upper bowl. Can't complain for free tickets. They don't allow pictures or video at this concert so unfortunately I won't have anything to share. We will grab something to eat at the concert. I think we will both be "zombies" tomorrow as we will be getting up at 4:15 am tomorrow morning.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Steak & Cupcakes

I'll post more details later but my house is smelling so good right now. I have cupcakes in the oven. The steak comes into play with dinner. I have no idea what to make as the sides though. I'm debating fried okra and something else. Maybe some greens??? I need to figure this out. Hopefully Shawn won't call while I have the cupcakes in the oven needing a ride home.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Mystery Dish

I can't say exactly how this turned out as I battled my sinuses this weekend so my tastebuds were way off. Here's what I did with ingredients I listed on Saturday.

The ingredients: Eggplant, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, ground turkey and canned mushrooms. I browned the ground turkey with some minced garlic. While it was cooking, I sliced the eggplant lengthwise. I then started layers in my Pampered Chef square baker. Each layer had eggplant, turkey.....

then spaghetti sauce and mushrooms................ topped off with cheese....
This is just out of the oven. I cooked at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
This picture came out a bit blurry. The family seemed to enjoy it though. Nicholas did comment that it was good and even stated that he usually doesn't like eggplant.
And Shirla, I think the new kisses taste just like pumpkin pie.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New recipe?

I have a dish in the oven right now that I made up. If it comes out good, I'll post what I did with pictures. It involves eggplant, ground turkey, mushrooms, spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

First there was Fred......

Well, it started with Julieann and Fred , then came Shirla and Wanda and then Crystal and Carl . We don't have room for a big one at our place but I think we found the newest additions to Fred's family.

This is Mr. Green Jeans and he hangs out on our back door.
This little guy is Randy. He welcomes guests on the front door.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Been Some Time....

I haven't posted much lately as life has been pretty busy around here. I haven't been cooking as much lately either. It's been lots of YOYO nights around here.

I did cook this last Monday (9/29) though. It's a recipe that I got off an AOL message board. I don't recall which board or the original poster anymore. I will post the recipe with my notes.

Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup (I have used cream of mushroom with no problems. I've also used one family size can instead of two small cans)
1/4 cup onion, finely diced (I usually do 1/2 an onion)
2 cups water
2 10 oz packages refrigerated biscuits
1 chicken bouillon cube (I use powdered bouillon)

I did add some fresh mushrooms I had to this batch. That's why they're in the picture.


Combine all ingredients, except biscuits, in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours. 30 minutes before serving, tear biscuit dough into 1-inch pieces. Add biscuit dough to slow cooker; stirring gently. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes or until biscuits are fluffed up and cooked through.

I have made this dish many times for the whole family and everyone gobbles it up.