Monday, February 25, 2013

Menu February 25

Brownie Goody Bars: While there was nothing wrong with these they weren't exactly as amazing as it seemed they should be. Our final verdict was perhaps the proportions were off. If the rice crispy layer weren't so thick maybe that would help the balance a bit.
Easy Morning Glory Muffins: I love these! They are nice and moist and full of lots of goodies. I changed the recipe a bit, adding applesauce and bananas. Both my husband and 3 year old questioned why there were carrots in them but ate them anyway.
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes: Again, I made a couple slight changes but again, this was a hit. It was amazing how much the peanut butter came through, but without being too much. Next time we'll try them with some jelly.
On the Menu...
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Three Cheese Pasta with Breadsticks with Garlic Butter   
Soup Supper at Church-I'm taking Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Bunsteads in pockets {trying a new form}
Sweet Hawaiian Pizza 
Brunch: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes {New}
Muffins: Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Foreshadowing

~Taco Pizza from The Taste Tester: I was looking around for hints of how to successfully freeze pizza dough and happened upon this recipe for Taco Pizza. Even though we have many varieties, it's always fun to try something new.
Make a freezer ready pizza (there is more to it than you'd think!)-- cheaper than store-bought, better than DiGiorno, and they make an excellent gift for new moms :)
~Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Mel's Kitchen Cafe: One of my favorite things growing up was the sugar crusted, breaks apart in your hands because of all the swirls, cinnamon bread from the grocery store. Now I'm sure this recipe won't quite match it and honestly, that's okay, because I don't want to know how much sugar is in the grocery store version. This looks like it could be a good stand-in though.
Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
~Candy Cookie Bars from Family, Food and Fun: A cookie bar topped with chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter? I must try this!
~Black Bean & Cheese Quesadillas from Tidy Mom: I've learned/observed recently that my husband is much more receptive to meatless meals than in the past, as long as there's lots of flavor and "stuff" to the meal. Because of that, I've been marking more meatless meals and looking forward to trying them instead of just letting them sit in my to-try folder.
Black Bean and Cheese Quesadillas recipe at
~Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Over Rice from Clipping Money: I'm {again} trying to make more of an effort to use my crock pot more. When I saw this recipe I knew we should try it because we love Cheesy Broccoli Soup and this is similar, just a thicker.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Menu February 18

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken: I'm not entirely sure why this happened but this ended up being more of a soup than a serve over rice meal. When I realized that's what was happening I added the rice to the crockpot and served it in bowls. It was definitely a happy accident though because we loved it as a soup. We'll definitely try this again.
Pizza Hut Crust Recipe: We're not huge fans of deep dish pizza crust which is what this resembles. We are fans of the flavor of this crust though so we're going to try it again, but roll it out into bigger pizzas, more along the lines of how we usually make pizza.
Our Valentines meal was full of hearts: Warm Chicken and Cheese sandwiches, sweet potato with cinnamon and a dash of salt, strawberries and green beans.
Dessert was sugar cookies, some with sprinkles, some with glaze and some with both. The whole meal was a hit with everyone! 

On the Menu...
Chicken Noodle Soup with Baguette
Spaghetti Pie with Breadsticks with Garlic Butter   
Soup Supper at Church-I'm taking Brownie Goody Bars
Apple Chicken
Chicken Fajita Pizza trying Pizza Hut Crust Recipe again 
Brunch: either Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes or Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
Muffins: Easy Morning Glory Muffins
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Homemade Fries

We've been eating homemade fries for a few years and they were good but inconsistent. Sometimes they would be nice and crispy, other times more like slices of baked potatoes. Recently though, after some more intentional experimenting we've found our ideal Homemade Fries recipe.
The most important step is making sure when you cut the wedges that there is enough skin on each wedge for it to balance nicely. That way, when it's time to serve your flavorful homemade fries they're easy to remove from the pan. {I used to have to scrape and scrape them off the pan, no matter how well greased it was so this is very important to me!}

Homemade Fries
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Source: Lakeside Luth. Cookbook
Yields: 4 servings

4 medium potatoes, scrubbed
1 T grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp basil
1/2 tsp season salt
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
dash black pepper

   1.  Cut potatoes in half and each half into four wedges. {Keeping wedges that balance nicely is what makes serving these easy.}
   2.  In a small bowl combine cheese and spices.
   3.  Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with oil. Arrange potatoes in pan, skin touching the pan. Lightly spray the potatoes with oil. Sprinkle seasoning mix evenly over potatoes.
   4.  Preheat oven to 375. Bake for 35 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender. Serve warm.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Menu February 11

I was looking for a new bread recipe to try last week and decided to try bagels. I used this Bagel recipe and topped some with cinnamon and sugar and some with onion flakes, garlic powder, salt and sesame seeds.
We used the savory topped ones for Egg, Bacon and Cheese Sandwiches and they were amazing! I have some ideas in mind to improve my technique next time and am looking forward to having these sandwiches again.
We've been eating Homemade Fries for a long time. Recently I've been trying to improve how I make them and think the result is wonderful. They're soft but still firm and the seasoning is flavorful but not overwhelming. Definitely a new family favorite! {Recipe coming soon}

On the Menu...
Lasagna Soup with Breadsticks with Garlic Butter  
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken {New}
Soup Supper at Church
Warm Chicken & Cheese Sandwiches, cut in hearts; Sweet Potato Plants, cut in hearts; Sugar Cookies, cut in hearts
Pepperoni Pizza trying out Pizza Hut Crust Recipe {New} 
Brunch: Quiche
Muffins: Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
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