Monday, August 29, 2011

Menu: August 29-September 11

This will be a busy couple of weeks for me. This week I have a meeting for church tonight, a fitting, and we'll be spending some time with family Friday-Monday. Then I have wedding pickup next week. Because of this I won't be posting as many dishes for each week. If you need some more inspiration check out the master list.

August 29-September 4
  • Monday - we have a calendar planning meeting at church and supper is provided
  • Ricotta Eggplant Rolls, French bread, side salad, and sauteed green beans
  • Chili and Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread (add 1 minced jalapeno pepper and 1/2 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese to a standard corn bread recipe or box mix)
  • Jambalaya
  • Sloppy Joes, potato wedges, corn on the cob, and carrot sticks
  • Saturday and Sunday will be spent with family so I'm not sure if and/or what I'll be cooking.
September 5-11

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chipotle & Orange Grilled Chicken

Jared and I are big fans of Bobby Flay. We may even be slightly addicted to his shows. I'm sure it has something to do with the fact the both of us love southwestern flavors (our first "date" was even at a Tex-Mex restaurant called the Tumbleweed, but that's another story altogether). Anyway, Bobby uses chipotles in a lot of things and has "introduced" them to us.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

If You Give 2 Preschoolers an Hour

Miss A's birthday was on Thursday, so I decided that we would walk to the park for a picnic lunch. I knew the kids would really enjoy it but when I took a look at their rooms I decided that it would be necessary to have them clean up before we left. I made this discovery at 10:45am, at which point I informed Mr. R. and Miss E. that they needed to clean up. This is what happened.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Menu: August 15-28

Trying to make up a 2 week menu again. How many weeks do you write up your menus for?

August 15-21
August 22-28
If you'd like more ideas, check out the "master" list.

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Marshmallow Cola Brownies

    We were having a get-together with Jared's family the other day and I was going to bring brownies. I was thinking about all the different "semi-homemade" brownies I've made but wanted to try something different. I had a bag of marshmallows, some mini chocolate chips, and a box of fudge brownie mix, so I went online to see what I could come up with. I saw a recipe for Cola Brownies on Betty Crocker's website and decided to try my own take on them. This recipe makes for a very moist, dense brownie with lots of ooey, gooey marshmallow on top.

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Cuban Braised Beef with Avocado Onion Salad

    We were recently given a Florida avocado, which is MUCH larger than a Hass avocado, by a Cuban woman at our church whose parents live in Florida and have a few avocado trees. Everyone except Mr. R. likes avocado we were excited about using it. When the hubby asked what all they use avocados for in Cuban cooking, she mentioned that they eat it like you would a salad - sliced with some onions then drizzle with an olive oil and lime dressing, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. I had some leftover venison steaks and wanted to make something "Cuban" in flavor to go along with the avocado salad.