Monday, November 30, 2009

Meal Planning -- Menu for Week of Nov. 30th thru Dec. 6th

Well it has been since the 10th of November that I bought groceries so it is that time again. Probably long overdue, but for 4 days my in-laws cooked for me. I am wishing I had some turkey leftovers right now. Had a Cranky Turkey sandwich at Cinnamon's Deli in Wichita, KS. Yummy Turkey sandwich with lettuce, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce. I had a chance to promote my meal planning forms at a networking group last week. That was so much fun. If you would like a copy of them just email me at and I will send them to you free of charge.
So here it goes.. This weeks menu.
Monday Lunch was Sandwiches, Soup, and Jello Pudding

Monday Dinner -- Tuna Casserole w/Chopped California Blend

Tuesday Lunch -- Potato Soup and Sandwiches

Tuesday Dinner -- Spaghetti w/Tossed Salad (Gymboree Night) & Key Lime Pie

Wednesday Lunch -- Spaghetti Leftovers (Gymboree Day)

Wednesday Dinner -- Beef N Broccoli

Thursday Lunch -- Sandwiches & Soup

Thursday Dinner -- BBQ Meatballs, Great Grandmas Mac & Cheese, Fz Veggies, Cherry Pie

Friday Lunch -- LO BBQ Meatballs

Friday Dinner -- Homemade Pizza with Spinach, Canadian Bacon, Pepperoni, Olives, and Pineapple

Saturday Lunch -- Chicken Fingers, Fish Sticks, and Tater Tots

Saturday Dinner -- Chicken and Braised Apples (New Weight Watchers Recipe)

Sunday Brunch -- Daddy Breakfast Waffles, Fresh Fruit, Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, Sausage, and Cheese

Sunday Dinner -- Mexican

Apple Braised Chicken

POINTS® Value: 5
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 35 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Simmering poultry in fat-free liquid is a moist, low calorie way to flavor food. Experiment with other types of broths and juices, too.

2 tsp vegetable oil
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 large onion(s), sliced
2 medium apple(s), firm, cored and sliced
1 cup(s) apple cider
1 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cornstarch

* In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, warm oil over high heat. Toss chicken with flour in a medium bowl, patting off excess. Place chicken in skillet and brown well on both sides. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

* Reduce stove temperature to low and add onion to skillet. Sauté, stirring often, until onion is tender and lightly browned.

* Stir in apples, cider, chicken broth, salt, ginger and chicken. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken, onions and apples to a serving dish.

* In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 2 to 3 tablespoons of pan juices. Combine cornstarch mixture with remaining pan juices, whisking constantly. Simmer for one minute. Pour sauce over chicken and serve. Yields 1 chicken breast and about 3/4 cup of apple-onion mixture per serving.

* Flavor Booster: Pears and chicken are an appealing combination. Substitute 2 ripe Bartlett or Comice pears, peeled, cored and diced for the apples, 1 cup sparkling pear cider for the apple cider and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg for the ginger.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Knitting projects

I love to Knit... I don't think I ever thought I would say that, but I have to share the purse I just made with you.

I made this for my niece who just turned 22. I hope she loves it... It's a little fuzzy around the middle.. hahhaha


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This weeks Menu options

Fajitas w/Mushrooms, Onions, and Spanish Rice
Potato Soup & Sandwiches
BBQ Meatballs, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole
Chicken Noodle Soup & Sandwiches
Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Okra, Baked Beans
Grilled Pork Chops, Fried Squash, Rice with Cheese & Broccoli
Steaks, Baked Potatoes, California Blend

and the timer is beeping now to go eat ...
Homemade Pizza with Canadian Bacon, Pepperoni, Black Olives, Spinach, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Cheddar Cheese.... .Yummy......
Must find my kitchen counter right after dinner.... sure. yeah..

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My throat feels so swollen...

Don't feel good today as if the title doesn't give that away.. Started the day off with a cup of chicken broth.... Up to 4 so far today... My husband is concerned.... "Are you sure you ok? You are drinking chicken broth..." I absolutely despise gargling with salt water... so drinking the chicken broth is my compromise.... My husband and daughter even bought me flowers today... Time for another glass of chicken broth... I did get a four hour nap today! Hope to be all better tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just get started

I have a problem.... I procrastinate..... I even procrastinate procrastinating... so... I guess that means I never get anything done. So as I start this blog I am hoping to be more motivated to get moving. I have been reading some books lately about Pioneer woman and what it took to be just that. Wow... Working from sun up to long into the night. Growing your own food and making due with what you had. They must have been extremely creative and stretching each an every penny to make it go even farther. If they made it with so much less that I have then so can I. So as the holiday season approaches I am working towards a better holiday not more money spent, but better family values. I think it is high time I determined what our family's traditions are for the holidays. So you if you have any favorite holiday memories please share them with me.

"At last she understood the true lesson of the Christmas Quilt, that a family was an act of creation, the piecing together of disparate fragments into one cloth-- often harmonious, occasionally clashing, and discordant, but sometimes unexpectedly beautiful and strong. Without contrast there was no pattern, as Great-Aunt Lucinda had taught her long ago, and each piece, whether finest silk or faded cotton, would endure if sewn fast the others with strong seams-- bonds of love and loyalty, tradition and faith." The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini