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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

what’s cookin’?



Apparently yesterday my post didn’t upload so here we go again.

Sunday:  Mother’s Day  my boys treated me to a day of being lazy at home.  They cooked and did yard work and let Mama take it easy.  Here’s what they made me for dinner.

Grilled Steaks

Focaccia Bread

Roasted Brussels Sprouts in EVOO and garlic 

Cesar Salad

Green Beans

Baked Sweet Potato

Cabernet Sauvignon

Monday:  Black Beans and Rice with Corn, Tomato and Feta Salad

Tuesday: Ranch Roasted Chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans

Wednesday:  Chicken Corn Chowder, Tomato Salad {I am using the remainder of the chicken from Tuesday for this}

Chicken Corn Chowder

1 box of reduced sodium Chicken Broth ( If you have some in the freezer that you made even better)

1 bag of frozen hash browns

1 small bag of frozen corn

4 Tbsp. of white gravy mix

2 cups shredded Chicken

Put broth, potatoes and corn in pan.  Heat through.  Adding more chicken broth if needed.  Add gravy mix.  Stir to thickens.  Add chicken and there you go.  Could it be more simple?

Thursday:  Grampie and Grandma are in town from Austin for my nephews graduation.  We will be grilling.

Turkey Burgers, Roasted Sweet Potato Fries and Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Friday:  We will be seeing how the day goes Smile

Saturday: Nate’s Graduation Party


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

salsa redux with an added side of DWTS

Forgive the redux of the salsa recipe but I have had a lot of people ask for it again this week.  Over the weekend we participated in a fundraiser for Cameron’s school to raise votes for DWTS.  It was a Cinco de Mayo party so I made the Salas.  This benefit was specifically to raise money for the program that is near and dear to us, STM for All, and that has occupied a lot of Mama’s attention lately. Smile 

This program provides the necessary tools and teachers so that kids like my Cameron and others with their unique needs can attend and be integrated into a Catholic School.   Every year the Brian Anselmo Memorial Foundation hosts DWTS and our very own STM for All has been chosen to participate and be a recipient.  Please go to the site and vote for my friend, Teresa Doty, she is dancing for us.  Votes are only $10 each.  STM for All will receive the money that she raises.  This helps us give support the school not only with Para’s but technology such as Handwriting without Tears, Smart Boards, the Barton Program and many more items needed to meet the needs of all of our students.


Please take a look at the BMA page and consider a vote for Teresa.  Cameron, the Millers and 41 other Families that are direct recipients of this program thank you for your support!
So now without further delay here is the Salsa recipe that you have been asking for.

fresh tomatoes or diced tomatoes
cilantro to taste
2 garlic cloves
1/2 of large white onion
1 small jalapeno pepper ~ more or less depends on you
juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp. of Meat Tenderizer – yes I am sharing the secret ingredient because I love ya all!
Put ingredients into food processor, pulse until you like.  Store in air tight jars in food and enjoy.  Best if made the day before serving, but hey who am I kidding we can’t normally wait that long.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

sad day…


where the wild things are




Woke this morning to read about the passing of one of my favorite children’s authors.  Maurice was just 83 at the time of his death.  I loved the way he could transport you to that special place as a child.  As for me and my boys I know what we will be reading tonight.

“ and now, cried Max, let the wild rumpus start!”

Monday, May 7, 2012

what’s cookin’?



Sorry I was MIA last week.  I needed time to re group after First Communion.  We are back on track and ready to roll this week.

Sunday – Leftovers

Monday – Pan Seared Ahi Tuna with Ginger Cilantro Sauce

         Avocado and Rice

Tuesday – {Last Soccer Practice}  Hot Dogs, cole slaw and fruit

Wednesday – Pasta and Sauce, Spinach Salad

We eat a lot of spinach salad right now because it is growing like crazy in our own garden and plus it is a wonderful natural way to help lower your Blood Pressure.  All leafy greens can help in that area.

Thursday – Black Bean Soup, Cornbread

I made the soup a few weeks back and froze the leftovers.  This is a great way to make meals stretch.

Friday – Soft Tilapia and Black Bean Tacos with fresh Cabbage

When you buy your tortillas in bulk simply freeze part and you then have them down the road.

Don’t forget to check out Stone Gable for some yummy recipes and menu ideas.