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Menu Planning

  • January 14, 2010 8:32 pm

I need some serious help with planning menus for my family.  Since cooking is not one of my favorite things, I don’t really look forward to planning out meals and when I do, I’m not very creative.  I usually wind up staring at the pantry or freezer hoping dinner will make itself.  But, I promised to do better in 2010, so I’m trying.

Only, I need help.

What are some good planning techniques that are easy and fun enough for me to stick to?

Warm Soup on a Cold, Cold, Cold (wind chill of FOUR) Day

  • January 7, 2010 8:04 pm

“Quick Stew”

1 lb. ground beef

1 onion-chopped

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can diced green chiles

2 cans pinto beans

Brown meat and add onion, tomatoes and green chiles.  Cook 30 minutes.  Add beans and heat.  Serve warm with cornbread or tortillas.

**This one is pretty easy, and pretty yummy too.  I’ve added corn, green beans, any vegetable really, and just played with it.  I’m confident it can’t be messed up, which is always a bonus in my book.**

Recipe Thursday

  • December 17, 2009 6:32 pm

Submitted by a reader last week:

This is so simple it is crazy – but I have made it several times for pot lucks and funerals and people really like it.

Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans

1 ring of sausage – Eckridge etc.
2 cans of green beans with juice
2-3 potatoes – chunked or thickly sliced.

Put everything in a crock pot or skillet and heat until the potatoes are cooked.

I have done it both in the crock pot or the skillet – the only difference is the texture of the sausage. The sausage flavors the beans and potatoes and it is simply good!

**Keep them coming!  I’m looking forward to a stockpile of super easy yummy recipes I can whip up in 10  minutes or less.  :)**

I hate cooking.

  • December 10, 2009 7:26 pm

I know.  It’s very un-mom of me, but it’s true.  I sometimes enjoy looking at cookbooks, but as soon as I see the list of ingredients, I’m overwhelmed, and barely know where to start.  My favorite cookbook is maybe that 5 ingredient cookbook where the first ingredient is always cream of chicken.  I can handle that (most of the time). Ironically, I love kitchen gadgets, cookware, and serving pieces.  For me, it must be about the accessories.

But, I know how important the family meal is to the general well being of the little children, medium childrean, and teenage-types.  So, I do try to assemble yummy food for our little family unit.  I try to make sure we sit down as a family for regular mealtimes, and share roses, buds, and thorns in that process.  I just wish the cooking part was more fun.

So, I’m instituting Recipe Thursday on this here blog.  Every Thursday, I’ll post a superfun, super-yummy, or super-easy recipe for us all to try and enjoy.  I’ll do some investigating, and see what I can find, but it would be fantabulous if I could post some tried and true recipes as well.  If you have something we need, just post your recipe in any comments section of any post, and I’ll add it to our running list.  In the meantime, I’ll tag all recipes to make an easy access online cookbook for us.  :)

So, here’s the first recipe:  (I made this candy for the first time last year, and not only was it easy, but it was YUM-O!  It makes a TON, perfect for giving away to friends and neighbors to spread a little holiday cheer.)

Crock Pot Candy

16 oz. jar dry roasted peanuts, unsalted

16 oz. jar dry roasted peanuts, salted

12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 oz. bar German Chocolate, broken into small pieces

3 lbs. (or 2 pkg.) white almond bark, broken into small pieces

Put ingredients into a 4-5 quart crock pot in order listed.  Cover and cook 3 hours on low.  Do not remove lid!!  Turn off and cool slightly.  Mix thoroughly and drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper.  Let cool thoroughly.  Yeild:  150 pieces

Get ready Scroggins family and friends-this is what I’m bringing to EVERY Holiday event this Season.  :)  Enjoy!