Thursday, December 27, 2012

This Week’s Menu


We had a lovely Christmas with our family. It was fun and memorable in so many ways. Here was a group shot of everyone on Christmas Eve …

I’m a few days behind on posting my menu due to the holiday celebration. I posted my Christmas Eve dinner in my last post and we ate the leftovers on Christmas Day and had enough food and goodies for more family that came on Wednesday. So today brings a new menu to cover the next few days…

Thursday
Tacos w/all the trimmings, chips & salsa

Friday
Turkey veggie soup, crackers, salad

Saturday
White bean chicken chili, garlic cheese biscuits, salad

Sunday
Leftovers

 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

T’was the Week Before Christmas..




… or should I say the day before the day before Christmas.. ha, ha.. wow this week is flying by and has been busy (the reason for my lack of blogging).. We also had a little unexpected snow storm.. wreaked some havoc for a bit but did make things look so pretty…



As for Christmas preps… I have made food ahead of time and it is in the freezer, lots of gifts have been wrapped but still I have more to wrap. With as many family members as I have it still equals a lot to assemble and wrap! My daughter Sierra has been so much help this year! She loves to wrap gifts and so she has helped me to get much done.



I’ve been cooking and baking too. Here is my Christmas Eve menu:

Ham
Lasagna
BBQ meatballs
Coleslaw
Brussel sprout salad
Spinach salad
Potato Casserole
Dinner rolls
Cookies for dessert

So far I’ve made Cranberry Bliss Bars (using this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/cranberry-bliss-bars-starbucks-copycat-203229 )


I also have my lasagna and meatballs all made and all of these items are in the freezer. Today Sierra and I will be making Hershey Kiss cookies and sugar cookies. Tomorrow I will assemble the rest of the meal and take the frozen foods out of the freezer.

My family will be here on Monday evening for our Christmas. I am sad that Leanne and my daughter Carolyn and her family will not be here. Leanne is in S. Korea and Carolyn and family moved to Kentucky last month. I do believe it will be awhile before I have everyone together at the same time again. I am thankful for the family that will be here. Most of my children (other than Hannah and her family) will be spending the night and we will enjoy Christmas Day together as well.

Now it’s time to turn on some Christmas music and head to the kitchen to finish up the baking!!


 

Monday, December 17, 2012

This Week’s Menu



 

I know I’ve been absent in blogging this last week. Life has been busy for me with holiday preps. But we must eat! So here is my menu for the week.


Monday
Chicken & gravy (I’ll be using my canned chicken for this) over brown rice, cooked carrots, green salad

Tuesday
Beef stew (my home canned), dinner rolls, salad

Wednesday
Korean pork (I’ll be sharing this recipe soon), egg rolls, brown rice, salad

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Spaghetti (using my home canned sauce), french bread, salad

Saturday
Chicken & bacon crockpot chowder (another recipe I'll share if it turns out good), dinner rolls, salad

Sunday
Leftovers
 


Monday, December 10, 2012

This Week’s Menu




Monday
Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, salad

Tuesday
Chicken enchiladas (using my canned chicken), tortilla chips & salsa, salad

Wednesday
Bbq beef sandwiches and tomato soup (using canned beef and canned tomatoes) & coleslaw

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Lasagna, french bread, salad

Saturday
Beef & veggie soup (using my canned beef ), dinner rolls, salad

Sunday
Leftovers
 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Canning another Round of Beef Stew


Earlier in the year I canned up some beef stew. It was so good and we ate it all up in no time. Last week I decided to get some more stew canned up. I use my canned foods so often that I’m inspired to continue canning convenience foods. It has been fantastic to have quick and easy option for feeding my family lunch and dinner.

You can find my step by step instructions for canning beef stew HERE.

This time the only changes I made to the above recipe was to add peas instead of the celery. I forgot to buy the celery when I was shopping and had some frozen peas in the freezer. I used about 3 cups of frozen peas between all the jars. I just let them sit on the counter to defrost a bit.

I started the day by making a batch of veggie broth. I had frozen veggies in the freezer for just this purpose. I used about 3 gallons of veggies and 3 gallons of water (plus salt) and let this simmer for about 6 hours. You can find my instructions on making veggie broth/stock HERE.

I made 14 quarts of stew. I had purchased 12 pounds of beef from Costco. I cut this up into chunks. I also used potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic and the peas. I layered the veggies in the jar…



Poured my hot stock over the jars. Put on a lid and ring and canned them for 90 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure for my altitude. I had 2 pints worth of beef left from my 12 pounds. I stacked the 2 pint jars on top of my quart jars when I canned the second batch of stew.

I ended up with 14 quarts beef stew and 2 pints of beef



And had 4 quarts of veggie stock for the freezer when I was done..



 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meatball & Veggie Soup


I had a box (Pacific brand, 1 quart) of chicken broth that I had bought over the holidays in case I needed it. I was out of chicken stock in my freezer. As it turns out I did not need it. So awhile back I used it make some yummy soup for us.

I started by making a batch of meatballs with 1 pound of hamburger. The recipe can be found HERE. The recipe is for meatloaf but I use it for meatballs as well… I mixed it, shaped the meatballs and baked them in the oven at 350 until they were done (20 minutes or so)….




While the meatballs were baking I chopped up some veggies. I used what I had on hand. But you could substitute any type of veggies you would like. I had about 6 to 8 cups or so of veggies. I used sweet potatoes, onions, celery, carrots and garlic (I also added spinach to the soup at the end). You could use regular potatoes, broccoli, corn, peppers, peas, mushrooms etc.. lots of options on this soup.



Then I heated up some olive oil in a 6 quart stock pot and added the veggies. I sautéed them up until the onions and celery were soft.



Then I added the 1 quart of chicken stock and added 4 cups of water….



I brought this to a boil and let is simmer until the carrots and sweet potatoes were cooked. Then I added the meatballs, a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach leaves. I let this simmer for a few minutes until the spinach was wilted. Finally I added a small amount of half n half, just enough to give the soup a creamy look and tasted it and adjusted the seasonings (added salt and pepper and few splashes of Tabasco to give it some kick)



I served this with some french bread slices and a green salad.
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

This Week’s Menu

 



Just when I thought it was all going to settle down life was a bit hectic last week. SO.. now I’ll try my hand at our menu for 4 this week and see how it goes.. :)

Monday
Spaghetti, salad buffet, french bread – I have some leftover spaghetti from last week in the freezer and I plan to use it up. But it is not enough to make a full meal from. So I am adding a salad to the meal similar to a chef’s salad or a buffet type salad.. here’s how: Sierra is going to sauté up some onions and garlic in olive oil and then drain a pint jar of my home canned chicken, chop it up a bit and add this to the onions and garlic .. when it is all browned up then it will be used to top our salads.. I will also have other salad toppers like grated cheese, sliced olives, chopped nuts, chopped hard boiled eggs, 3 bean salad, etc.. and homemade ranch dressing ..

Tuesday
Crustless ham and veggie pot pie with biscuit topper (similar to this recipe HERE only I’m using leftover ham from last week), salad

Wednesday
Parmesan chicken, dinner rolls, garlic roasted brussel sprouts, salad

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad

Saturday
Navy bean and ham soup, crackers, salad

Sunday
Leftovers

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Monthly Newsletter and Menu Planning Calendar











The December issue of Homestead Happenings is out!  If you did not receive yours or would like to sign up you can do that here:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomesteadHappenings/

 
 
And the December Menu Planning Calendar can be found here:  http://thefamilyhomestead.com/MenuDec2012.pdf