Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Menu Plan June 18th-28th

Sunday June 18th

Monday June 19th
Macaroni salad

Tuesday June 20th
BBQ brisket sandwiches

Wednesday June 21st
Breakfast for dinner:
Waffles(frozen from last batch), sausage, eggs, grits

Thursday June 22nd
Hunter's night-baked potatoes

Friday June 23rd
Beans and cornbread

Saturday June 24th
Pizza Nachos

Sunday June 25th
Hearty Mexican Spaghetti

Monday June 26th

Tuesday June 27th
Hot Dog Casserole

Wednesday June 28th
Orange Chicken(frozen)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pigs in a blanket from scratch

This is a recipe off the zaar...now food.com I guess...but you can find it here.
Hunter made these tonight for dinner and is getting better at following recipes everyday!  As a matter of fact I took a shower as he made them:)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup buttermilk
18 miniature hot dogs
Heat the over to 400ºF. Grease a large baking sheet. Sift the dry ingredients (flour through salt) into a mixing bowl (or dump them in one at a time, whatever).
2Rub the butter pieces into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cheese until evenly distributed.
3Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Stir well with a wooden spoon. Let the dough sit for 3 minutes.
4Sprinkle the dough with flour and stir once or twice then turn out onto a well floured counter.
5With floured hands, pat the dough into a 15 by 7 inch rectangle, trimming the sides if necessary to get a true rectangle. (Handle the dough as little as possible for tenderness, yeah right).
6Using a pizza cutter, slice the rectangle into thirds horizontally then slice each third into thirds vertically, this will give you 9 small rectangles. Slice each rectangle diagonally into two thin triangles.
7One at a time, roll up the sausages in the triangles. Place pointy side down on greased cookie sheet.
8Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on the sheet for 3 minutes then tranfer to a wire rack.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

These were SO good!!!  I made a pan full today and had to promise to make another pan full tomorrow.  I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour so I didn't feel like they were completely unhealthy;o)
The recipe came from this blog here.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten plus 2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour (Add a bit more if dough seems too wet after first few minutes of kneading in the bread machine.)
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons bread machine yeast
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/3 cup brown sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon milk
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Put the dough ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed and run on the dough cycle. After the dough cycle is finished, roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread it with 2 Tablespoons melted butter and 2/3 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.
Roll up and cut into 10-15 rolls and place in two greased round cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. Spread the icing on as soon as they come out of the oven.
You can also cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap, stick them in the refrigerator overnight, and then bake in the morning.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pizza Rolls

I saw this recipe on another blog (here) and knew I absolutely had to make them.  Pizza from scratch is a staple around here and one meal noone will complain about or pick at...

This didn't go quite as smoothly as I was hoping but it still tasted awesome!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Menu Plan Wednesday July 7th-July 13

Our last menu plan lasted us longer than planned and we even cooked smaller portions...it definitely puts in perspective how much a 12 year old boy eats!  hee (Hunter is at my mom's for a summer vacation at the beach)

(Tonight: soak beans)

Wednesday July 7th
Lunch: leftover hot dogs
Dinner: Black beans and rice

Thursday July 8th
Lunch: Baked potatoes
Dinner: Pizza Rolls

Friday July 9th
Lunch: Waffles and fruit
Dinner: Quick Pasta Carbonara
(make sure there is fresh bread made)

Saturday July 10th
Lunch: Sandwiches w/ pretzel goldfish
Dinner: Tacos and rice

Sunday July 11th
Lunch: Grilled cheese and soup
Dinner: Fried chicken salad

Monday July 12th
Lunch: Leftovers or ramens
Dinner: Pizza(Veggie, Cheese and pepperoni)

Tuesday July 13th
Lunch: Leftovers or mac n cheese with hot dogs
Dinner: Pigs in a blanket from scratch

Whole Wheat II

This recipe comes from The Bread Machine Cookbook.  With making the homemade yogurt I love when recipes call for yogurt now!  I also just used regular flour and wheat gluten again(2 Tablespoons in this recipe).  This was a really good bread with a totally unique texture!

This is for a large loaf(would only do a medium next time and reduce yeast a lot more so it doesn't fall)

1 1/2 C plain yogurt
1/3 C water
3 Tbsp margarine or butter
3 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 C bread flour
3/4 C oats
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp yeast

I used the whole wheat setting.

Fry Bread Tacos

This was super good!  We used a cup of whole wheat flour instead of all white flour and it gave it a great hearty-ness(is that a word?).  8" circles are too big especially for the kiddos!

4-5 cups flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup instant milk
2 cups water
To make fry bread: Mix dry ingredients.
Stir in water.
Knead dough lightly; cover and let rest 15 minutes.
Heat 1" vegetable oil in a 10" skillet.
Pinch off dough in small amounts and pat dough into thin 8" circles.
In the hot oil, quickly brown on both sides.
Drain on paper towels.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Potato Hot Dogs

This was such a simple thing to do but it makes something that looks completely different from our usual hot dog meals and the kids loved it!

Make mashed potatoes.
Cut hot dogs down the middle and fill with potatoes.
Top with cheese.
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Jiffy Box Mix Clone

I made our corn casserole to go with beans instead of cornbread last night and it calls for a box of Jiffy cornbread mix.  I have plenty of cornbread ingredients so I found a recipe to do it myself.  The Jiffy is cheap but this is still way cheaper!

If a box of Jiffy is called for instead use:

2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

If you want to make it into cornbread then add:
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
And bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.