Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Monday!


It was a busy week last week for me!  Hubby and I got away for a few days, my son has recovered perfectly from his surgery..  and my blogging was neglected..  This week should be back to normal for me!!  :)  How is your menu planning going this week? 

Asian sauced meatballs, brown rice pilaf, salad

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, green beans

Kalua pork, garlic roasted potatoes, coleslaw


Easy crockpot chicken chili, tortilla chips & salsa, veggie platter

Cheeseburger soup, dinner rolls, salad



Monday, October 13, 2014

Menu Monday!

Our weather is cooling down a lot this week!   So a little soup and chili is on the menu.

Tacos, chips & salsa

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad

Turkey burgers, potato salad, fruit


Navy bean soup, crackers, veggie platter

Chili, cornbread, salad

Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans


Friday, October 10, 2014

Update on my Son's Surgery...

So many of you were so very sweet to tell me back in July when he had his ruptured appendix that you were praying for my son. I thank you for that!! The final step in this was surgery to remove what was left of his appendix. They no longer operate right away. My son spent 5 days in the hospital in July on antibiotics and got rid of the infection. Came home and spent a couple more weeks on antibiotics and then surgery was scheduled 6 weeks later (plus a little longer to fit in the doctors surgery schedule).

My son had his appendectomy this morning. It went very well, very straight forward, no complications. They originally told us he'd have to spend the night. However 2 hours after surgery he was up and eating a cheeseburger.. Ha, ha!! So his surgeon wanted him to stay until the evening and if his pain was under control and he wanted to go home, he could. By 6:00 he was sleepy (due to pain meds), but ready to come home. They discharged us and currently he is snuggled up in his jammies and sleeping. And very happy to be in his own bed.

We had some time to wait this morning in pre-surgery... we were having some fun and I took this ''selfie” of the two of us... I'm NOT a selfie person.. ~smile~ But this was a good reason for it...



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Baking!! Apple Crisp

Ooohhh... this was yummy!! Nothing says fall to me like a hot apple crisp smothered in vanilla ice cream. What a yummy treat.. my family loved it... and it was easy to make...

Apple Crisp

5#'s apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
¼ cup sugar (add a tablespoon more if your apples are tart)
1 ½ t cinnamon
½ t salt

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup flour
1 cube/stick cold butter, cut into small pieces

In a large bowl combine apples, ¼ cup sugar, cinnamon and salt. Put this mixture in a 9x13 pan that has been greased. I used coconut oil to grease my pan.

In a smaller bowl make the topping. Combine the brown sugar, rolled oats, and flour. Add the butter and using your clean hands combine until you have clumps of butter and dry ingredients all mixed together nicely.

Put topping over apple mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

When it is done, scoop out servings and top with vanilla ice cream for an amazing dessert treat!! And enjoy!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Menu Monday!!

I had a couple meals from last week that I did not get made.. so they will make an appearance on the menu this week. 

Leftover chicken pot pie, salad

Chili dogs, potato chips, salad

Homemade pizza, salad


Fend for yourself night.. ~smile~ I'll be at the hospital with my son, this is his scheduled surgery day. I'll leave sandwich ingredients and fruit for those at home..

Crockpot chicken chili, chips & salsa, salad

Korean pot roast, brown rice, salad


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

If you're wanting to make a fall/pumpkin recipe and realize it calls for pumpkin pie spice and you don't have any... never fear.. you can make it easily yourself...

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

1T cinnamon
1t nutmeg
1t ginger
½ t ground cloves

Put all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until combined...

Store in an air tight container and use in any recipe calling for “pumpkin pie spice”..


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Homemade Cold Remedy


Well it happened.. everyone in my household got a cold... the first of the season. I have a few recipes that I make when we all come down with the “yuck”... but this year I wanted something that would be simple to take and easy to make. This recipe was my experiment. I took the best parts of so many cold fighting cures and combined them into one remedy.

Gather your ingredients together...

Put it all in a blender...

Blend until smooth.  Store in a canning jar in the fridge. When you need some.. take 1T to 2T as needed.

I found this to be very effective. Helped to clear noses and heads. Our colds seemed to last about 3 to 4 days.. of course I don't know if this was just this particular strain of cold.. or this remedy... but the remedy certainly did help relieve symptoms.

I've only used this remedy on adults. I can't say it would be a good or bad for children, I would just use your common sense. The cayenne pepper in it might make it a little to “spicy” for children, so you may want to omit this ingredient.

Crystal's Kick that Cold!  Home Remedy

1T apple cider vinegar
2T lemon juice
2T honey
6 to 8 cloves, garlic
1 chunk of fresh ginger, about the size of your thumb, peeled can cut up
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup very hot water

In a blender combine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, garlic cloves, ginger pieces, and cayenne pepper. Pour very hot (not boiling, but almost) water over it all. Blend for as long as it takes to combine all ingredients. You don't want bits and pieces of garlic or ginger.

Transfer to a canning jar and store in refrigerator.

To use: take 1T as is or add 1T to a cup of hot water and drink like tea.