Archive | January, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

31 Jan

Monday – Bow tie Pasta with Broccoli and Potato (that we ended up not having last week)

(click on the photo for the recipe)

Tuesday – Chicken Bruschetta

Wednesday – Bradbury Burritos

Thursday – Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

(click on the photo for the recipe)

Friday – Homemade Pizza

Saturday – Teriyaki Chicken

Menu Plan Monday

24 Jan

Okay.  Because Jenny did.  🙂  However, I don’t go all into the breakfast and lunch part.  We’re lucky to get a hot meal on the table.  HA!

Monday – Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Tuesday – Meat Pie

Wednesday – Crispy Lemonade Chicken and Asparagus


Friday – Bowtie pasta with Broccoli and Potato

Saturday – Mexican Black Bean Salad and Trader Joe’s Chicken Tacos


12 Jan

A reminder of God’s goodness…

My Dog

5 Jan

This is my dog.

He is three years old.

Every once in a while, more often than not, he’ll go into protection barking mode.  You know, the kind that alarms you.  The kind that makes you think, “Goodness, there might be a suspicious masked character outside my home.”  The kind that may indicate the mailman, but still, you’re gut tells you to go and check, for a call to the police might be in order.

This is what I mostly find when I look out my window.

That would be a teacup poodle.  The one in our neighborhood is about 5 years old and about 4 pounds all together.  Apparently, she looks threatening to Buddy.

Then, throughout the day, an elderly woman will circle the block.  She is often pulling around one of these…

Obviously startling and dangerous!

And then he barks at the complete opposite.

We have a woman who carts around two of these big guys daily.

I sure am fortunate to have Buddy around to protect me.

New Recipes

3 Jan

I sat looking at January on my calendar, and my eyes glazed over at the number 2011. Yeah, yeah, so I need to lose the poundage I’ve put on since summer. I suppose that gives me an automatic New Year’s resolution whether I want one or not. So, I grabbed the pile of Food Network magazines passed down from my mom, and started ear marking pages. Sure, they’re not all going to be fat free, but I did look for more ways to get vegetables on our plates, and different preparations for the everyday standard of chicken.

Tonight’s recipe came from a pamphlet I ran across called “50 Things to make with a Jar of Pasta Sauce”.   A basic and regular ‘ol cream of tomato soup.  Something I know my kids have liked in the past, and welcomed on a cold day like today.
Ingredients/Directions –
Saute’ chopped fresh herbs in butter (I used I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter), add 1 jar of pasta sauce, 2 cups water, 1/2 cup heavy cream and a pinch of nutmeg; simmer for 5 minutes.

It was easy to make, delicious, and is now gone.  I’d call that a success.  🙂