Monday, August 3, 2015

Menu Monday!

 


I think we're at the end of a bit of a heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest. It has been hot, hot, hot... I had zero desire to cook last week. My house was already hot enough (we don't have air-conditioning as is fairly typical in our part of the world) and when it's 85 inside the house and 100 outside... turning on anything stove or oven like is out of the question! :) .. so we lived on leftovers, sandwiches and frozen food that was reheated in the microwave. This week the temps outside drop back into the lower 80's and I see a little more cooking happening. Hope you all are surviving summer and meal planning.


Monday
Leftover hamburger/rice/zucchini casserole, salad


Tuesday
Burgers on the grill


Wednesday
Crockpot chicken chili, tortilla chips, salad


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Lasagna, french bread, green beans


Saturday
Leftovers


Sunday
Tuna patties, macaroni salad, watermelon


 
 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Visit Home!!

 
Blogging has been scarce this week.. my daughter Leanne came home from S. Korea for the week. She arrived last Saturday and left today (Friday).. it was a long trip for such a short visit, but she does not have long vacations and this would be the last opportunity to come home until sometime next year. So we enjoyed every day of it!

We shopped, cooked, talked, had great family time and made sure she got lots of cheesy food to eat. Cheese is not common in most Asian diets and finding cheese is not easy in S. Korea. So I made sure she had mac & cheese, pizza, spinach dip, and yummy sliced cheese w/crackers and more..  she was happy.

We took this picture early this morning as she was getting ready to head to the airport.



As I write this post she is a little over half way home.

Now back to my regular scheduled programming... :)

 
 
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Menu Monday!!




Had a very busy weekend, I'll share about that later.. My menu planning was put off until the last moment. But, I got it done and that will make this busy week go much easier!


Monday
Enchilada casserole, tortilla chips & salsa, salad


Tuesday
Spaghetti & meatballs, french bread, salad


Wednesday
Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, watermelon


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Baked chicken legs, tater tots, salad


Saturday
Leftovers


Sunday
Zucchini casserole (made with hamburger), rice, green beans


 
 
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Super Easy 2-Ingredient Summer Dessert


Easy seems to my theme nowadays! :) .. This dessert was a huge hit with the family. It took me less than 15 minutes to assemble and pop in the freezer yesterday afternoon. They were frozen and ready to eat when our BBQ dinner was done.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
(Yep..  just 2 ingredients)


Cookies, your favorite type (these can be homemade or store bought, I purchased 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies from Costco), you will need 2 cookies for each ice cream sandwich. So buy according to how many sandwiches you want to make
Ice Cream – a half gallon will give you more than enough, choose your favorite ice cream flavor (I used vanilla)

Let the ice cream sit on the counter for about 10 minutes so it is soft enough to scoop out easily..

Put one cookie upside down on a plate



Put a big scoop of ice cream on top...



Put another cookie (face side up) on top...



When assembled put them in the freezer to firm up (I put mine on a try lined with parchment paper).. Serve when they are frozen...




And enjoy!!


A side note: If your kitchen is warm the ice cream can melt quickly.. if you are making a lot of them you might want to put them directly in the freezer after making each one so you don't end up with a creamy mess! :)


 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fruit Infused Water


I shared a blog post quite a while back about infusing water with fresh fruit. I really liked it. Every day I do my best to drink my 64oz of water. But honestly it can be a challenge some days for me. How about you? Do you get your daily water? Is it a challenge sometimes?

One way to add variety is to make fruit infused water. It's pretty simple. Put some fruit in a canning jar or pitcher and fill with water. Let it sit in the fridge and then enjoy. The water will have just a hint of the fruit flavor. The change is enjoyable.

But, as I said, I'd only tried this with fresh fruit. It can be hard to have the extra fruit on hand all the time. So yesterday I tried using frozen fruit. I had a bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer that I wanted to use up. I put 3 frozen strawberries into each quart jar, added water, and put in the fridge.



In the afternoon I poured some over ice.. the water had a lovely light pink hue and pleasant hint of strawberry taste.


Made drinking yesterday's water much easier! I also have a bag of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries & blackberries) that I plan to try out today.

Being able to use frozen berries makes fruit infused water much more simple to make. It changes up the water for a day and is healthy... no sugar, no extra unneeded calories. Give it a try and see what you think! :)
 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Menu Monday!


I worked over the weekend on this menu.. a very hot weekend! Sure makes it hard to come up with meals for the family when nothing sounds good. .. but I picked simple meals that are summer friendly and keep the heat to a minimum in the kitchen.


Monday
BBQ chicken & bacon topped hoagie rolls, salad


Tuesday
Tuna & pasta salad, watermelon


Wednesday
Hamburgers on the grill w/trimmings, chips


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Sausage w/ peppers & onions, potato salad, green salad


Saturday
Grilled ham steaks, fried potatoes, green beans


Sunday
Leftovers


 
 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Garden Update


Thanks to a lot of hot weather my garden has exploded!! So have the weeds! Ha, ha.. so ignore them in the pics.. :) my daughter Hannah is coming this week to help me get it under control again.




The tomatoes are growing like crazy and are loaded and still lots of blossoms.. looks like it will be a bumper crop and earlier than normal due to our dry hot summer...
 



The summer squashes are full of blossoms. I can't wait for them!!
 



These are the royal burgundy bush beans.. the blossoms are purple and the beans are purple. The beans are just starting to come on.
 
Love this time of year!!