Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 15

Not so much to write about today. One of my twins had a migraine last night so I was up with him. Sorry he had to inherit such an awful thing. Made Banana Nut Bread along with a Turkey Roast and stuffing. Hopefully we all get some sleep tonight. We did get to practice archery shooting. I won the first match but my hubby kicked our buts in the tic tac toe game. Better luck next time.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 14

Successfully transferred my youngest daughter into a Montessori Charter school today.  She is so excited.  I am very happy to see her excited about school again.  She was not thriving at the standard public school.  I should have done this a lot sooner.

As promised here is the Baked Ziti recipe.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
1 lb ziti
1 large container of Pollo Ricotta cheese
2 large cans of Hunts Spicy & Zesty Sauce (or 32 oz of your favorite sauce)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (more/less to cover the dish)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Brown meat stirring frequently, adding one spice in and thoroughly mixing it into the beef before adding the next spice.  Drain any excess oil from browned meat. Stir in enough sauce to cover meat.  Do not make it soupy.
Prepare ziti but do not overcook, make it al dente (firm)

In a 9 x 13 glass container cover bottom with sauce. Next spread the pasta.  Next spread the meat.  Next spread the ricotta cheese. Next spread over another cover of sauce.  Next spread over the mozzerella cheese and finally sprinkle the parmesan cheese. Place in oven until the cheese is bubbling. (Approx 20-30 minutes)

For dessert we had brownies.  This is the recipe I used.  I doubled the recipe and cooked in a 9x13 aluminum pan.  We don't like frosting so we used powdered sugar.


Buon Appetito

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 13

Ok I guess I'm doomed to only have one good nights sleep a week & last night was not one of them. Church was wonderful & made up for me being tired. Had Baked Ziti which I'll post the recipe tomorrow as it Super Bowl time. Go Giants.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day Twelve

What a fun day.  Went to Home Depot to get supplies to make a tree stand for the kids.

While we were there they had the kid workshop going on and Rosie made herself a nice keepsake box. 

Then we got to practice archery shooting.  Shout out for my husband and his creativity on making us a great Bow Stand and Arrow and Bow Rack.

We are trying to practice and then go into competition in the Hunter Free Style Class.  Wish us luck. 

Oh my bread came out very good.  I love it in the morning with real butter on it.  Yummy.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day Eleven

OMG busy day. Made two loaves of bread. Practiced archery. Will post pictures tomorrow. Too tired to go onto the computer & I can't upload photos from my iPhone. Well pleasant dreams everyone. Nighty night.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day Ten

Boy this day just flew by.  Time goes by quickly when your having fun cooking.  Since I got my 6qt Artisan Kitchen Aid Mixer in the beginning of January I have used it at least once a day.  It surely makes cooking easier and enjoyable.  Today I made the Strawberry Pie again.  (See recipe & pictures in Day Five).  I really think its the best pie ever.  I also made Oven Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuits.  Yummy.  Still haven't practiced shooting this week.  Very bad girl.  Oh well there is always tomorrow.

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

1 whole chicken cut into pieces
1 cup miracle whip or mayonnaise (I used miracle whip)
2 cups Panko Seasoned Crumbs


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Place Panko Crumbs in a large rectangle glass dish
3. Coat chicken pieces with the miracle whip or mayonnaise
4. Place chicken in Panko Crumb dish and coat till well covered
5. Place chicken in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish for 45 to 60 minutes.  (Check at 45 minutes.  Chicken is done when juices run clear)

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl
3. Cut in butter and shortening until its somewhat crumbly
4. Gradually stir in (at lowest mixing speed) 3/4 cup buttermilk until all the flour is scraped off the sides of the bowl
5. With slightly floured rolling pin on a slightly floured surface roll out dough to desired thickness & cut into desired biscuit size.
6. Bake in over for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day Nine

Darn migraine is still lingering on.  Didn't sleep all that well last night.  Have Scouts & Faith in God for Girls tonight at church.  Managed to make Beef Taco's for dinner.  It was a hit.  Anyone that knows my Rosie knows that she is the pickiest eater on the face of the planet however she ate the Beef Taco's so that accounts for something.  No shooting practice again today.  Oh well there is always tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day Eight

Ok no sleep last night & a migraine all day makes mommy very grumpy. I did manage to make great BBQ Pulled Pork. Didn't get to take pictures before the gang gobbled it up. Guess they liked it. I make my own BBQ sauce. I'll have to make it again next week so I can take pictures & post the recipes. I'm gonna go into a dark room now & vegetate.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Day Seven

It was a little chilly this morning (I know it was warm for the rest of the country but for Southwest Florida it was only 53 degrees and that is chilly for us) so I decided to make chili, cornbread and peach cobbler. No shooting practice today oh well there is always tomorrow

Here is my chili recipe:

3 cups diced tomatoes (Not from a can - dice them yourself)
1 can of black beans (La Costena) (Do not drain I use this brand for the broth in the can)
1 can of pinto beans (La Costena) (Do not drain)
1 teaspoon dried oregano1 jalapeno pepper diced (optional or more if you like it really hot n spicy)3 cups yellow onion chopped2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 pound ground beef2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground mustard

In a 3 quart crock pot combine diced tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, oregano, & jalapeno pepper. Put on low.

Saute onions in olive oil in large frying pan until almost brown over medium heat.  Add in minced garlic.  Saute till brown.  Stirring frequently.  Add in ground beef.  Keep stirring.  As beef browns add in dry spices one at a time stirring them into meat completely before adding in the next spice. (chili powder, cumin, mustard).  By now the meat should be completely browned and seasoned.

Drain (there shouldn't be too much to drain if you use lean ground beef) and add to crock pot.  Slow cook for about two to three hours. 

Here is the link to my Sweet Cornbread Recipe:


Here is the link to my Peach Cobbler Recipe: (as noted before I double the recipe for a 6qt crock pot, drain the peaches, let cool for an hour before serving, serve with Vanilla Bean ice cream):


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day Six

Even though this is day six of the blog, it is the seventh day of the week.  Genesis 2:2 says -"And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." 

The Name of the Portrait below is "Perfect Love" by Del Parson.   It is my favorite and is hanging in my living room to remind me how precious a gift my children are.  They truly are Perfect Love. Tonight we prayed as a family for Bella Santorum that she recovers quickly and returns home to her family that loves her.

I have to give a shout out for my Rosie who caught what we think is a Talapia.   No one else caught anything.  Oh well there is always tomorrow.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day Five

Today was a sad day for us.  We sold the last of our horses.  Hated to do it but we can no longer afford the feed bill. 

Cheyenne and Dakota will surely be missed but will be going to a good home.  We will have horses again someday as there is always tomorrow.

Rosie riding Cheyenne with our church friend who was undergoing kemo.

To help subdue the sadness we kept busy.  First with Fishing - Conor caught his first Bass in our Pond. 

Next with Archery and and then with cooking.  We had our traditional Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner but for dessert I made Strawberry Pie.  OMG it was so delicious.  Good Pie definitely will help cure any depression.

Here is the link to the pie recipe.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-pie-ii/

Note: I used the following for the whipped cream recipe:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day Four

What a gloomy day. We needed the rain though & it was the perfect setting for leftover pot roast for lunch and chicken n dumplings for dinner. Tomorrow is Spaghetti & Meatball night. Sorry not a very exciting day. Us Floridians are way to used to the sunshine. One day of clouds put us in hybernation mode. Well it does me anyway.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day Three

Wow it was a busy day.  After getting kids off to school I:  Sent off another resume to Paychex. Prepared the Chicken n Dumplings and Biscuits (See Pics & Recipes Below).  Practiced Archery with my hubby as you can see we didn't do to shabby. Posted this Blog and trying to learn Pinterest. Not quite understanding that yet.  Well there is always tomorrow.

Picture of my Garden isn't showing up well on my background so here it is:

Archery Pics: (Pat's grouping is on the Left.  I'm on the Right.  He is much better.)

Todays Menu:
Chicken n Dumpling link:  (I doubled the receipe for a 6 qt crock-pot, used chicken broth instead of water, two tablespoons of onion powder instead of chopped onion and made my own bisquit dough not store bought) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-and-dumplings/

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day Two

Today's agenda consisted of one resume submission to KForce for an accounting position. (Wish me luck) Then I started my cooking adventures for the day.  I didn't get to practice shooting today oh well there is always tomorrow.
Menu: Beef Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy & Cornbread.  (See Pics).  I decided to abandon all of the recipes I found for the Beef Roast and created my own. The Cornbread recipe I used was from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/golden-sweet-cornbread/

Beef Roast Recipe:
  4 lb beef roast
  1 tablespoon Italian Spice
  1 tablespoon black pepper
  1 tablespoon salt
  1 tablespoon black pepper
  1 tablespoon onion powder
  1 tablespoon garlic powder
  2 cups beef broth

1.  Place beef roast in 6qt or larger crock-pot.

2.  Use half of the spices above and cover roast turn over and use the remainder of the
spices to cover other side of roast. Pour beef broth over roast.

3.  Cook on high for 5 hours.  (turn roast over mid-way)

4.  Remove roast and chop into desired portions.

5.  Prepare brown gravy by using 3 cups of the broth from the crock pot and your favorite brown gravy recipe.

6.  Place roast back in crock pot and cover with brown gravy.  (Note: leave some gravy to the side for the mashed potatoes)

7.  Put crock pot on low heat till tender.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Began Today

Since I was laid off 4 months ago I have been trying to find my niche. Besides waking up and scouring the internet for jobs. First I threw myself into a daily workout regiment which lasted through Christmas. Now I have found the art of cooking. The hubby n kids are enjoying my new culinary masterpieces. To date the Chicken n Dumplings are at the top of the list as well as homemade bread. Today I made Ham/Pineapple with Jasmine Rice. It was Yummy. I haven't totally given up on exercise just doing the things I enjoy. We set up an Archery Range and we are all enjoying that as well as going to the shooting range and practicing on the pistol, rifle & shotgun stations. Today we didn't get to shoot. Oh well there is always tomorrow.