Recipes For My Boys: August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thursday’s Treasures

A place to share your Treasured Recipes and Memories.   Ones of you Making Recipes and Memories with your children.  A Favorite Recipe and Memory while you were a child.  Or, a Recipe passed down to you with a Beloved Memory of the person who made it. 

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Ants On A Leaf

Before school this morning one of the little ones desperately wanted to make something.  First, he poured a water in a bowl...added cereal...raisins and was looking for something else when I asked what he was making.  He said he didn't know...just wanted to make something.  He decided he should try something else.  


He asks me to get the peanut butter, then asked if we had lettuce, once he found out all the celery had been used,  while he went to get raisins.  I washed and gave him lettuce leaves, the peanut butter and a child's knife.  He assembled his goods on the table...then his twin walks in.  Together they made "Ants On A Leaf!"  They were so proud of themselves for thinking this up and making it all by themselves!  Of course, once the peanut butter was spread...the "ants" had to walk to the leaf.  ~big smile~  <3 and Hugs

 Putting the bait down to catch the ants!
 Ants taking a walk!
 All in a row!
 Oh Wait....Brother is walking another ant over!
 There you go!  YUMMY!
We seem to have a lot of ants in our house!
 
 Maybe a few more.....
 All Done!

YUM!  Want some?  

Monday, August 29, 2011

500 New Friends and Neighbors and Giveaway!

We are so overwhelmed by all of our New Friends and Neighbors we have met in the last month on facebook!  It totally amazes us that y'all would want to come to our blog and facebook page to visit!  Y'all have no idea how much Love is felt from you being here.  


In honor of all of you....We have a little something we would like to giveaway.  It isn't much but fell in love with it and wanted to pass it along.   Just assuming that everyone is liking what we do.  :D


Anywho!  Please leave a comment below, with an email address if it isn't linked to your name, if you would like a chance to win this Beautiful Beach Plate!


Pass along this giveaway.......only if you would like to.


Must be a friend on facebook.


Give another a smile...it could cause them to have an exceptionally happy day!


Please forgive us.....We cannot mail this outside of the US.  I truly wish I could give one to each of you!


Follow our blog if you want to.


There is Beauty everywhere and most of the time it is right in front of your eyes!  Blink, Blink, Yes...YOU!


Winner will be chosen at random by Random.org (Thank You Lark!!!)
Winner will be picked on September 9, 2011.   Our 23rd Anniversary!  Just seems like a lucky day!  <3 


Best of luck to ALL!   <3 and Hugs!


CONGRATULATIONS TO BETHANY!  SHE WON THE BEAUTIFUL BEACH PLATE!
THANK YOU ALL, FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL COMMENTS YOU LEFT.  Y'ALL ARE THE BEST!  <3 AND HUGS!





Tater Bugs

What child doesn’t love tater tots? I know My Boys Love them and could eat them at every meal!  We didn’t have any in the freezer so I decided to make my own.  Easy to make and really good!  My oldest said they tasted just like Tater Tots.  Ours, of course, do not look like them at all.  Instead they have the appearance of bugs in flight or creeping and crawling around.  Hence the name….Tater Bugs!  You child will love deciding what insect their food looks like. 


Messy fun to get the children involved in.  Just be certain to have towels or paper towels to keep hands wiped off.  If not, everything will stick to your hands and not together. 

Tater Bugs

4 large potatoes, I used Idaho because that is what I had
1/4 to 1/2 cup minced onions
1 egg
2-3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt in potato water
salt, pepper and coarse ground garlic to taste

Directions

Peel and half potatoes.  Salt water and cook until just barely fork tender.  You don’t want them to be mushy. 
Grate the potatoes once cool enough to handle.
Sprinkle a little salt, pepper, garlic and toss.
Add egg and flour.  Mix together.
Heat a little oil, about 1 inch, in skillet.  Heat to medium.
Oil is ready to fry in once a drop of water dances.
Brown on both sides and drain on paper towels.  Salt immediately. 
Enjoy your Tater Bugs!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Potatoes with Cream Sauce

Edited August 19, 2012 National Potato Day!  You can tell I was in an hurry to write this.  There is nothing except a recipe and pictures.  UH, Well, I'm in a hurry now too.  Hope y'all are enjoying National Potato Day!!!!  Love and hugs!

Potatoes with Cream Sauce

4 large potatoes,  I used Idaho
1 cup Milk
2-3 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper to taste

Dice potatoes, add water to cover and a teaspoon of salt.
Bring to a boil
Once fork tender, pour off half the potato water in a glass.  I love to drink this!
Mix flour with a little milk to get out lumps.  Pour this and the remaining milk in pot with potatoes
Cook on a low boil for 3 minutes or so...until the flour taste is gone and the liquid is not thick.
If too thick..add more milk.  If too thin, add a tad more flour.  This will thicken a little as it sits.
Season with more salt and pepper as desired.  I like more pepper in mine.


Enjoy!  Love and Hugs!

Brined Roasted Chicken

I had never brined a chicken before...that is until a few weeks ago and now I am hooked!  I found the brine on the back of my Kosher Salt box.  :D  I adapted this recipe from it.  


I just love the way it makes the chicken taste and it is oh so moist!  Very simple to do.  Add herbs, fruit, garlic...whatever you wish to the brine.  Enjoy! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

For My Boys!  After their first week of being Outstanding at school!  They deserve nothing less than this Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake!  

I am so very proud of all three of them.  My oldest and young ones have adjusted with such ease.  Especially the twins.   They have never been away from me and did wonderfully this week!  They are in separate classes and love It!  They tell each other about the new friends they have made.  They talk about the  projects they worked on. They have so much fun discussing what they did.....I am glad the school decided to separate them.  Frankly, I was thinking about keeping them together.  

My oldest learned a new game in spelling.  Reunited with old friends and made new ones.  He seems to be at ease in the class assignments...thus far. :D

Yes...They so deserve this cake.  I just cut it a bit ago and they have eaten a third of it already!



Pork and Peppers

I wanted pepper steak...no steak in the freezer but I did have thin sliced pork loin.  Supper was decided.  A red pepper, onion, seasoning and rice made a nice plate.  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Creamy Chicken Rice and Green Beans

A side, or could actually be a main, dish.  Super easy, you probably have the ingredients in your pantry and Yummy! 





Creamy Chicken Rice and Green Beans

1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 soup can of water
1/2 cup Long Grain Rice
1 can Green Beans
1/2-1 cup Cooked Chicken 
salt and pepper to taste.

Bring soup and water to boil.  
Add rice and cook for 20 on simmer.
Add leftover chicken.
Add drained green beans and cook until rice it tender.
Salt and pepper to taste. 

Day Trip!

We love to go to the Marine Science Center.  It is so much fun and teaches the boys a lot about our Marine Creatures, Birds and their habitats.  It shows how others care enough to nurture hurt animals back to health.
It is a place where ill and injured Sea Turtles, Birds, and Marine Life are taken.  Some are released when well…others find this their forever home. 
The Boys had an Amazing time!  They looked at native birds that were being nurtured back to health.  Saw Injured Sea Turtles that may one day be released back into the ocean.  Were able to pet a pine snake.  Saw different species of sea creatures and corals.  But the Best and most Treasured event of the day was being able to pet Sting Rays!  The Boys were full of wonderment and delight as they pet the curious, prehistoric looking Sea Creature. 
















Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Twice Baked Potatoes

Wanting potatoes and not fried or cut in strips...we decided to bake some in the oven.  And then, bake them in the oven....Again!  Kids loved that idea!


Involve your small ones as you while in the kitchen.  There are so many things they can do!  They feel a sense of accomplishment and pride once they see what was created with their help!  I'm always Thanking My Boys for the food they have prepared and cooked.  "Look what you made!"  always brings smiles on their faces and in their hearts.  Big Hugs, too!  <3


6 small to medium idaho potatoes
spray oil or enough oil to rub the skins
kosher salt for the skins


1/2  to 3/4 cup ranch dressing
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/8 to 1/4 minced red pepper
1/4 minced pepperoni (squeeze with toweling to remove oils)
1/8 to 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, kids can measure...they love to! <3
1/4 ground pepper
1/8 to 1/4 salt
2-3 string cheese sticks, have your children pull the cheese apart. <3  
your favorite toppings!


Preheat oven to 425 degrees


Scrub potatoes and pat dry.
Spray, or rub, with oil to lightly coat.  Messy fun for your little ones!  <3
Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Put on cookie sheet
Bake for 40-50 minutes.  As always..my oven cooks different than yours.  Adjust time accordingly.  :D


Once done..remove from pan.
Let cool and slice in half lengthwise
Scoop out inside of potatoes, leaving a little on sides and bottom.
I ended up with 2 1/2 cups potatoes from 6 small-medium potatoes.


Add milk and ranch dressing to scooped potatoes...starting with least amount.  
Mash with potato masher....Children love this part too!  <3  
Add other ingredients.  If to thick..add more milk.  If too thin..add a little more parmesan cheese.  My Boys like theirs a little thinner as they already have the thick potato texture from the boat. 


Put mixture back in scooped potatoes.  Bake in preheat oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Again...check early and keep watching!


Top with cheese once out of the oven.






Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sweet Beans and Ham



We baked a ham Sunday and I wanted a pot of beans.  I was going to make Northern Beans and Ham but my oldest said he wanted "Sweet Beans".  That is his name for Baked Beans.  :D  So…..Sweet Beans and Ham it is!  A pan of Corn Bread and we will be set! 


Sweet Beans and Ham
1 bag of dried Great Northern Beans…12 oz
3/4 to 1 cup Ketchup
3 teaspoons Honey Mustard
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 small Onion, diced
1 1/2 cups diced Smoked Ham
1/3 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Salt

Rinse beans and pick out any bad ones or foreign objects.  Put in pot, cover with water, boil 2 minutes.  Cover, remove from heat and let sit 1-4 hours.
Drain the beans and rinse.  Put in crock pot…add ingredients and water to cover.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low –10 hours.
Okay….NOTE HERE:  I boiled the beans for 2 minutes.  Let sit for 4 hours, first day with a girlfriend without my precious babies in umpteen years, then cooked on high for 5 hours in crock pot.  They were NOT done.  I had to cook them at 3 minute intervals for 30 minutes.  Sooooo, next time I will either….cook for an hour and then put in crock pot or, simmer on stove for the afternoon. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day VPK and Third Grade!

Wow!  This morning was so full of mixed emotions!  Joy, sadness, excitement, anxiety….So many conflicting feelings going on.  Not only for me, but for My Boys also.  They would act very excited and then look solemn.  Talk of new friends and leaving Mama and Daddy.  Then wanting to go forward with the determination to conquer the day. 


My Oldest was first to go to school.  The Twins and I went with him to his classroom.  Ever excited and anxious to see his many old friends and meet new ones.  He doesn’t let Mama kiss him goodbye any more.  A handsome, smart growing boy with so much to give…all the while so eager to learn. 


Next stop was to leave my little ones in VPK, sitting alone at different tables…in different rooms.  Not knowing anyone around them.  Left alone, all by themselves without Mama and Daddy, Big Brother and their twin. 


My heart ached to see them so quiet, so alone, so without ME!  I cried all the way to breakfast.   During breakfast and while talking about them while shopping, child free.  It was the first time we have had breakfast together in almost 5 yrs.  Tears slowly find their way out of the corners of my eyes, to my cheeks like the drips from an old faucet that will not turn off.  They fall faster as I see photos of My Three Precious Boys as they were getting ready to start a new chapter in their lives.  No turning back the pages..only to go forward with anticipation of what the next page holds. 


It’s late morning.  We arrived early…but with an excuse of sunscreen and bug spray, as we were told to purchase.  First in  one room where he doesn’t see me until I am behind him.  Smiles of joy…hugs of gratitude feel both of us!  We talk for a few minutes and then I am across the hall to my other son.  Lost from a morning of not Mamaing . .  I go to him.  My little one that sat by himself, slumped over as I left him.  He looked at me And Then Looked Again!  Hugs and Smiles filled my heart!  They BOTH had a Wonderful Time!  Without Me!  How can that be possible?  :D  I know…I’m Just so Happy for THEM!  <3
We are in the truck…going to get our oldest.  One screams out…cries of hurt and pain!  A headache like no other.  I crawl to the back to comfort him.  As I hold and console him…he quiets.  Then he cries out and is sick.  Pulling off clothes at the gas station…searching for something to clean with.  To help…just wanting to help….to take away the pain and discomfort. 


We have yet to pick up our oldest.   I call the school asking to have him waiting in the office  as we are in an terrible hurry to get home.  I was told they would not call him from his room or even ask him to get ready to leave, until I physically signed him out.    We arrive…I run to the office.  Sign and asked if she would please, now, call my son.  Not without a Driver’s License.  I am looking at two women that have know me since my son has been in school since he was 4!  The woman keeps telling me to go get my driver’s license.  I tell her, I have a very sick son waiting……Screaming and Crying from a excruciating headache…throwing up all over the truck…I have to get him home!  The two sweet women asked who his teacher is and call while the other one is still asking for id.  I So appreciate her being so diligent about not letting my son leave without proper id..but, I think 90% of the employees of this school have seen me in 4 yrs.  She has too.  Just wanting to get home………


My oldest son had a wonderful first day of school!  I am so happy about this!  He said his teacher is the best EVER!  Wow!  What a great statement and I pray it holds true throughout the school year!  


Today has been good, been sad, been difficult and has been rewarding.  So Proud of My Precious Three Boys!  <3 <3 <3 


It is sooo hard to get MY PRECIOUS BOYS to look at me, smile and not cut up while I try to capture memories!  <3 and Hugs!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pizza Flavored Chicken Strips

My Boys love pizza and chicken.  This was good for everyone.  I have to compromise a lot around here so this is what we did.  




Pizza Flavored Chicken Strips

4 Chicken Boneless and Skinless  cut in strips
2 cups Extreme Flavor Pizza Fishy Shaped Crackers
Finely crushed
1 cup Buttermilk
1 Egg
Spaghetti Sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 400 or heat oil to medium.
Beat egg and add buttermilk, mix.  Add chicken strips.
Finely crush little fishy shaped crackers. 

Let buttermilk mixture drain from chicken strips and coat with cracker crumbs.  Place on greased cookie sheet, cook for -10 minutes or until brown and flip over.  Cook an addition 8-10 mintues.   
Or heat a 1/4 to 1/2 " oil in skillet to medium, add chicken strips and reduce once starting to cook.  Turn when brown.  It's done when browned on other side and firm to touch.  
Heat spaghetti sauce to dip chicken strips in.   


Whoopie Pies

The family had a Beautiful Day having Fun and Making Memories!  When we got home...tired but still wanting to do more, we decided to make our version of Whoopie Pies.  Using a store bought cake mix and making our own frosting, we didn't have any in the pantry, we made this delicious and cute "Whoopie Pies"!

Here is our take..simple and full of Yum!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Maters and Rice

Thoughts of Mama standing at the stove making this delicious dish from her canned tomatoes.  Sometimes she would fry up some thick rind bacon to eat with this and make a batch of homemade buttermilk biscuits!  Comfort in the form of food is the greatest healer.  It can calm you when you are upset.  Bring a flood of memories (as now) of the special people and times shared with them.

Make a pot of this, feel the comfort from within and make some memories with the ones that are special in your life.  <3

Very easy to make.  I don't have any canned tomatoes...mine came from the store in a can.   Wish we had a Garden other than one the boys planted to see how it grows.  They did a great job with theirs but it was ust to get them started with the love of growing their own food.  How it makes the taste richer in every aspect.  They will be growing another garden, hopefully a BIG ONE,  for the fall.  Stay tuned.  <3

Maters and Rice

28 oz can of Diced, Crushed or Whole Tomatoes (if whole, squish with your hands)
1 cup Long Grain White Rice
1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease, optional
1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar, optional 

Bring everything except rice to a boil over medium heat.  Add rice when boiling..stir, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stirring occasionally.  If rice isn't done cook longer,  checking every minute.  It should be ready in 5 more minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning, adding a little water, if needed.  Just a hint of sweet, a pip of the pepper and a deep, rich taste of Maters.  Enjoy!

Taco Chicken...Spaghetti and Spaghetti Tacos

One son wanted Tacos, One wanted Chicken, and One wanted Spaghetti.   We seasoned Chicken Breast with Taco Seasoning, added  a Green Pepper and Onion to the crock pot and in 3 1/2 hours we were ready to eat!

Now, how to serve it.   One wants Spaghetti and One wants Tacos.  My oldest made his taco by putting spaghetti noodles in the taco shell first and topping it with Taco Chicken and Taco Cheese.  For the twins I topped spaghetti with a mild Taco Sauce and added the Taco Chicken.  YUM!  Win/Win!

Taco Chicken..Spaghetti and Spaghetti Tacos

4-6 Chicken Breasts
1 package Taco Seasoning
1/2 medium to large Onion
1 medium to large Green Pepper
Spaghetti noodles
Taco Shells
Taco Sauce
Taco Cheese, if you want it
All the Fixin's, Your choice

Put everything in the Crock Pot for at least 3 1/2 hours.  

Make spaghetti noodles, if desired.  
Put spaghetti in bowl and top with Taco Sauce, Taco Chicken and Taco Cheese!

Or, heat Taco Shells, add spaghetti noodles, chicken, sauce, usual toppings and cheese.

Here is how they ate theirs....


Spaghetti noodles, Taco Chicken, Sauce and Cheese!

Spaghetti noodles, Taco Chicken, Sauce and Cheese in a Taco Shells!


Love when My Son cooks for us!  <3 and Hugs!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lucas' PB Choco Mix Banana Chunks

My Eldest said he wanted to create a recipe for dessert.  Here is his creation!




Lucas' PB Choco Mix Banana Chunks

Bananas
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Milk Mix

Peel bananas and slice.  Smear peanut butter on the slices and roll in chocolate milk mix.  Put on tray and freeze what you don't eat.  BUT, before they are eaten...Throw a kiss at them so they are made with LOVE!  
Wasn't that the sweetest?  He made me wait to put them in the freezer until he did that.  ~smiles filled with love~


Monday, August 15, 2011

Buttermilk Corn Cornbread

Moist buttermilk cornbread with sweet kernels of corn nestled inside.  MMMM....Pass the butter, please!  Hubby was brought up with sugar cooked in his cornbread.  Being from the South, I was not.  Do you or don't you, add sugar to your cornbread?


Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
We are cooking Smoked Sausage Jambalaya today.  It certainly smells delicious in here.  This recipe makes a lot!  Y'all either need to be very hungry or invite someone you love to share this with.  Also, Cooking up some Buttermilk Cornbread to go with it.  Another comfort food awaits!  Recipe can also be viewed on Recipes For Our Children





Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
ingredients

1 pound Smoked Sausage
1 medium to large Green Bell Pepper or 1 1/4 cups
1 medium Sweet Onion or 1 1/2 cups
3-4 stalks Celery with leaves  or 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 teaspoons minced Garlic or 3 cloves
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Sea Salt, depending on how salty the sausage is
1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tablespoon Parsley
49 1/2 oz Chicken Broth or 8 cups
28 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes
2 cups Long Grain White Rice

Directions
Slice and quarter Smoked Sausage.  Cook over medium heat on stove until starting to brown. 
Remove from skillet and put on paper towels.  Remove all but a teaspoon or two of oil.  

Cook Green Bell Peppers, Celery and Onions in skillet until they are almost tender.  Season while cooking with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper and Minced Garlic.  

Return Smoke Sausage to skillet once vegetables are done.  Add Canned Tomatoes and Chicken Broth.  

Bring to a boil.  Add 2 cups Long Grain White Rice and Bay Leaves.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.  

Remove from heat.  Rice will continue to absorb liquid.  


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Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Brownie Peanut Butter Pie

My boys LOVE this!


Stuffed Hamburgers

My Boys Love Cheese!  What easier way to eat a hamburger than to have it inside!  The little ones like just cheese.  My oldest likes onions and bacon added to the cheese!  They are sooo good!

Stuffed Hamburgers

1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef, We used ground chuck
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup minced onions
4 pieces bacon
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Make thin hamburger patties.  Sprinkle with seasonings, add desired stuffing ingredients.  Top with another thin hamburger patty
Pinch edges and work around in your hands.  It should seal completely and it will look like a regular hamburger. 

Cook on medium heat in skillet or grill.  Turn when browned.  Cook on other side until juices run clear when slightly pressed.  

YUM!

Stuffed with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon and Minced Onions!
Pictures are not showing true colors. 
Boys smashed buns and ate some of the potatoes!  <3 and Hugs!
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