HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY with MENU PLANS and links WEEK 38 of 2021

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was quiet. I got my flu vaccine on Saturday morning and felt a bit puny after so napped, relaxed and watched NASCAR Saturday and football Sunday. I’m jumping right in as I have a busy morning to catch up on what I didn’t get done over the weekend.

Up here in the Pacific North West we are known for being green and generally wet. The past town summers have been EXTREMELY dry. The ponds near the house are even all but dried up because it’s been so dry. The last significant rain we got was in April and even then it was unusually low. Even wildlife is struggling. That was the bad news. The good news we are finally supposed to start getting some rain along with much cooler temperatures!!! Significant rain at that. So, cross your fingers!! I’m praying this means that fall is here and our rain patterns are returning to normal.

The update on the medical situation is NOT good. I’ve been waiting 3 weeks for a callback to schedule the appointment with the Chronic Care Manager. Last week when I was in town I PHYSICALLY went in to ask what was going on. The receptionist was quite curt bordering on rude and said “you just called this morning”. That was not true. The doctor referred me on August 23rd. I called on August 27th and then again on September 7th – reasonable amounts of time. According to the receptionist I called at 8:37 on the 9th which I did not. I suggested that maybe that note was put on my record accidentally. She said their records are EXACT. I said well so is my phone and I pulled up the calls showing her that I had not called since Tuesday. She just tsked her tongue.

I’m left feeling that my medical facility is not doing things correctly and that perhaps even my medical records have been compromised??

I was finally called back late Friday and told that she will be out for an “indefinite” time due to COVID and that I would have to wait for her return. Honestly, they should have called me to begin with!!!

The entire facility is having a COVID crisis so I wasn’t actually anxious to go in there to begin with, but when I was told I would have to “wait” I just about lost it. She is the only one available in this area. I hope she is better soon, but I shouldn’t have to ask for a referral elsewhere for a life threatening issue, it should be offered.

Now I’m waiting for a referral to another town that is either an hour or 2 hours away depending on which direction is available. I will be following up on this later today, tomorrow and the next day and the day after that until I can receive the help I need.

All this was my long winded way of releasing the tension and to say that I’ll be having hot water and yogurt again this morning 😀

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I’m going to call Whirpool a little later this morning to get an update on the washing machine replacement in hopes of good news that will keep me from going to the laundromat on Friday morning. I’ve been doing a little sorting for things to donate to a women’s home her in town. I also need to vacuum.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I’ll be heading out later this morning for just a few items. Hubby has 2 appointments on Friday.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I have several of each to do!
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I did everything I’m going to to get us until our trip later next month. I even put together a few recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas and planned a few Christmas cookie recipes for the neighbor plates.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Virgin River, Money Heist, Walking Dead
  • REDBOX 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS
  • DISCOVERY + MYSTERIES of the Abandoned
  • CABLE – NASCAR, Guy’s Grocery Games, Bobby & Giada in Italy, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, Girl Meets Farm, Beat Bobby Flay, Clash of the Cones, Chesapeake Shores, MasterChef

The book I was reading last week and said I probably wouldn’t continue the series with got better. So I’m now reading book #2 in the series of Magnolia Inn by Anne Marie Meyer.

I didn’t take many pictures last week, but the black eyed Susan’s are looking pretty good.

 

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE BEAN STEW with CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD
ENCHILADA MEATBALLS, REFRIED BEANS & SPANISH RICE
BEEF & NOODLES
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
BUTTERMILK GRILLED CHICKEN, PARMESAN PEAS PASTA & SALAD
BEER BRAISED CHUCK ROAST & SOUR CREAM SMASHED POTATOES
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
DESSERT
BLACK FOREST DUMP CAKE

  • GREAT GRANS CHICKEN & NOODLES

RUSTIC TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE RAGU ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #16

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Dear God, Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for family. Thank You for friends. Thank You for good things to eat and a warm bed to sleep. We love You! Amen.

This is a FUN recipe and much more simple than you would think. The way I make it also uses my veggies that are a bit past their prime and the bones and scraps from my Costco rotisserie chicken. It is literally a kitchen sink recipe that you can make up as you go 😀

RUSTIC TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE RAGU
1 rotisserie chicken (Costco)
4 cups Roma tomatoes (preferably homegrown), rustically cut into pieces
2-3 slices bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, FINELY chopped
4 ounces (2 large links) Sweet Italian sausage. casings removed
1/4 cup FRESH chopped Italian Pasta herbs (parsley, basil, oregano)
2 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup Marsala wine
1-2 tablespoons QUALITY tomato paste
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/4 cup powdered Parmesan cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

  • Debone chicken and place skin, bones and tomato pieces in a dutch oven.
  • Cover with 10-12 cups of water.
  • Cover and simmer 3 hours.
  • While bone broth is simmering, small dice chicken pieces and set aside.

 

  • Heat LARGE saute pan/crock and add bacon pieces, sauteing until crisp.
  • Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aide to drain.
  • Add butter and when melted, add sausage, herbs, garlic, and shallots, sauteing until sausage is crumbly.
  • Add Marsala wine, tomato paste and tomato sauce.
  • Strain bone broth through a sieve, mashing any large tomato chunks, into your saute pan with the sausage mixture. (Discard bones and skins.)
  • Stir well until blended.
  • Simmer over medium low heat 2 hours.
  • Adjust seasoning.
  • Add a cornstarch slurry if you want to thicken it up.
  • Serve over prepared pasta and top with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 37 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
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I hope you are having a nice relaxing holiday weekend. Mine has been laid back and quiet since Friday which was just the opposite – SUPER productive. We’re still waiting on the new washer so went to the laundromat on Friday, did the grocery shopping and several errands like COSTCO, Walmart and Walgreens.

We watched the NASCAR races, a few movies and I did some recipe research. I also did a little organizing.

I have a “RECIPE” blog, Savory Kitchen Table which is NOTHING but recipes. Yet, I find I’ve been getting away from my normal journaling here and posting mainly just recipes for quite some time now.

I know there has been a tone going on, but I’m trying to find ways to help motivate me back into “regular” blogging. Maybe do up some journaling prompts for BLOGTOBER, BLOGEMBER? Definitely BLOGMAS!!

It is still super smokey – so much so that it has become part of the daily forecast – hazy to patchy smoke! It has been cooling off quite nicely at night and we only have a couple days in the 90’s this week. But my daily walks have taken a hit because of the smoke!

Unfortunately I’m still waiting (it’s been 2 weeks so far) to hear from the Chronic Care Manager about making my appointment 🙁 2 weeks ago my doctor said if I hadn’t heard from them by Friday to call in. When I did I was told to be more patient. So I waited a second week.

I have so much respect and care a lot about what frontline workers are going through, but… I have to complain slightly.  When I was in the office waiting room 2 weeks ago today I repeatedly heard the 2 receptionists put all the incoming calls on hold and then spend precious minutes “bitching” to each other about how overworked they are because so and so couldn’t be bothered to come to work , or because so and so now has COVID because they went to a party or how too many people were calling in and asking stupid questions…

I have no doubt that they are doing double duty, BUT 2 things bother me.

  • 1) that is not a conversation that should take place “front of the house” where patients can overhear them while they are in the waiting room AND
  • 2) they were on the clock! They should have been handling the calls that they put on hold NOT gossiping and complaining out in the front office for all to hear.

I’m told there is not enough office staff to deal with scheduling due to a COVID outbreak in the facility. I’m not anxious to visit the facility either, but do need to get a handle on my health issues soon. So since today is a holiday I will wait until tomorrow, but will be calling and being a bit more insistent on getting an appointment. I’m not trying to be insensitive, but I need help! Even if the referral needs to be to another city.

So, for now breakfast is still super simple – mixed berry yogurt and hot water.

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Still waiting on the new washer to be delivered, but did the laundromat last Friday. Need to de-web the house and wash a few areas down. There are weeds that need pulled and bushes to cut back
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I went on Friday so hoping not to need groceries until later this week.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS nothing today, but I have a few things on my desk to deal with tomorrow and Wednesday.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING Menus are planned for a couple weeks, but I’m itching to do some fall recipes. I sure hope the weather turns super cool soon so I can 😀
  • CLASSES I did sign up for a new painting class in a couple weeks. Aren’t these Halloween trolls adorable?

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Beauty & the Beast, Virgin River, The Walking Dead (rewatching), Money Heist – strange but interesting so far, Blood Red Sky – really strange,
  • PRIME The Black Out Invasion Earth
  • DISCOVERY + Mysteries of the Abandoned – found this and learned so many interesting thins so far about Gort Canyon RR, the DUGA woodpecker and Chernobyl, Prora the NAZI ghost town, the HARP super gun, Grand Goulets, Hashima Island Coal Mines, Plank Road and Half Moon Bay in Victoria Australia
  • CABLE NASCAR, Guy’s Grocery Games, Bobby & Giada in Italy, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, Girl Meets Farm, Beat Bobby Flay, Clash of the Cones, Chesapeake Shores, MasterChef

I’ve been falling asleep quickly without getting much reading done – seems like I have to reread the same page each night to remember where I was the night before 😀 I’m trying to get through Magnolia Inn by Anne Marie Meyer. I like the story premise and will finish this book, but am not thrilled with the author as a word smith so will probably not continue with the series 🙁 unless something drastically changes.

The smoke from wild fires has been so bad this week I didn’t get many pictures. We did TRY and take a walk around the pond on Saturday, but the smoke was so thick and beginning to give us scratchy throats so we turned back, but I did get a couple pictures.

This one was from a #LumberTrain a couple weeks ago #RailArt I think they ran out of time though – I assume it was supposed to be a cherry bomb, but the cherry is still white instead of red

with the links to last week’s posted recipes, featured party links for the week and upcoming recipes to be posted soon.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
RANCH CHICKEN QUESADILLA FOLDOVERS
COMPANY CHICKEN with BROCCOLI SUN-DRIED TOMATO RISOTTO
CAFETERIA CHICKEN & GRAVY
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
HAMBURGER SOUP with BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE STEW and CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD with GARLIC BUTTER
ENCHILADA MEATBALLS with REFRIED BEANS & SPANISH RICE
DESSERT
P3 CUBED PINEAPPLE PUMPKIN PIE DUMP CAKE

  • RUSTIC TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE RAGU
  • P3 #2 PUMPKIN PINEAPPLE PECAN DUMP CAKE
  • PAN SEARED CHICKEN with RUSTIC TOMATO HERB PAN SAUCE
  • RUM RAISIN CARROT CAKE with CREAM CHEESE ICING

CHICKEN & WILD RICE ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #15

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Dear God, Thank You for the food You provide, for a loving family side by side, for a warm and cozy place to live, and all the blessings that You give. Amen.

This is one of those recipes that I believe has been floating around in every housewife’s recipe box for years and years, handed down through the generations – ESPECIALLY in the midwest. It also adapts to a slow cooker quite easily and I’ve provided those ingredients and directions below.

CHICKEN & WILD RICE ala Molly ala ANTIQUE RECIPE BOX find

3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 carrots, FINELY chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 LARGE onion, finely chopped
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon FRESH rosemary, chopped
2 sleeves (2 cups) KEEBLER butter crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the wild rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until al dente, about 30 minutes.
  • Drain the rice and set it aside.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion and a pinch of salt and cook until the vegetables are softened, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Add a third of the stock mixture to the pot and cook until thickened slightly, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in another third of the mixture and cook another minute or two.
  • Add the remaining third and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. The soup should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Add the rosemary, black pepper and salt to taste.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  • Mix the butter crackers and olive oil in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish, spread a third of the soup on the bottom of the dish.
  • Spread half of the rice on top of the soup and follow with half of the shredded chicken spread across the rice.
  • Repeat the layers, then top with the remaining third of the soup mixture.
  • Top with the butter cracker mixture.
  • Bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes.
  • If the cracker topping is getting too browned, cover with foil.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.

SLOW COOKER INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS

2 cups uncooked wild rice
1/2 cup FINELY chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onions
8-12 ounces mushrooms
2 cups bite size chicken breast pieces
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • Wash and dry rice.
  • Combine all ingredients in the crock pot, mixing well.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until rice is tender.
  • Do NOT remove lid before 4 hours.

 

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 36 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
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There are so many things going on in this world right now. I’m praying for Afghanistan and an end to senseless violence, COVID and for all those in Hurricane Ida’s path, especially those that decided to stay. Our family that lives in a small town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge decided last minute to evacuate and spent 14 hours making a “7” hour trip to Houston. So at least they are safe. Extremely tired, but safe.

I had an appointment with my doctor last week about all the problems I’m having keeping everything regulated. The endocrinologist is looking at worst case scenario of removing my pancreas, but I AM NOT THERE YET!!! There are too many complications with that scenario. My regular doctor is setting me up with a Chronic Care Manager and we’re going to try a 3 month change of medication and lifestyle to see if we can get anywhere close to normal.

Can you believe it’s almost September? My favorite month and season are on the horizon! 😀 YAY!!!!! I’m just going to jump in to Happy Homemaker Monday.

I really can’t complain about the temperatures. We’ve been having wonderful breezes and cooler temperatures making for a lovely August. I just wish the air quality was better.

Hot water and baby food squeeze

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING The repairman came last Thursday to install the new part on the “new” washer. Unfortunately the “new” part turned out to be a “used” part in a new box 🙁 Evidently someone returned the part as new. I’m so frustrated! We’ve now been sent to the “EXCHANGE” team who will call me by Wednesday afternoon to let me know when/if to expect a new machine. I also need to vacuum.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I have 2 appointments Tuesday and hubby has one on Wednesday.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I’ll be keeping my phone with me at all times. Whirpool said they will call ONLY once! If I miss the call I have to call back and be expected to wait on hold for hours! I already spent almost 2 hours just this past week waiting to deal with this! I have some other things I need to get handled this week if possible.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I have menus done for the next 2 weeks, but will start researching for the fall months.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX Sweet Girl. The Defeated, Outer Banks, Virgin River, Blood Red Sky
  • APPLE TV tried SEE, but just couldn’t get into it after the second episode
  • PRIME TOP Gun
  • DISNEY+ Turner & Hooch
  • CABLE Buddy VS Duff, Clash of the Cones, Chesapeake Shores, The Chase, Beat Bobby Flay, Night Court reruns, Big Bang reruns, NASCAR, DC Legends, Guys Grocery Games
  • STARZ Hatfields & McCoys

I’m still working on Magnolia Inn by Anne Marie Meyer

We tried to take a hike on Saturday, but the closer we got to our destination, the worse the smoke got so we turned around and headed home a different route to do some antiquing instead. Along the way we found this guy who used to have just a dinosaur on the corner had increased his metal art pieces significantly! The orange hue from the smoke only enhances the work on these #MetalArt pieces.


I was proofreading my post when I realized I put up next week’s menu. I was going to delete it all and start again and then just decided to do 2 weeks worth instead 😀 Even if I can’t eat it all, I like preparing it for my family!

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER week of 8/30/21
CHICKEN RAGU over PASTA & SALAD
ROASTED CHICKEN TOMATILLO CHILE VERDE
CHICKEN CEASAR SALAD with MEYER LEMON CEASAR DRESSING
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
STUFFED SHELLS AND SALAD
CAFETERIA CHICKEN & GRAVY
COMPANY CHICKEN & SCALLOPED POTATOES
DESSERT
CARROT CAKE BARS
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER week of 9/6/21
CHICKEN ENCHILADA STACKS & SALAD
ENCHILADA MEATBALLS, RE-FRIED BEANS & SPANISH RICE
BEEF CHILI & BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS with GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
TUSCAN VEGGIE STEW & CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU BALLS
BUTTERMILK GRILLED CHICKEN & PARMESAN PASTA PEAS
DESSERT
CHOPPED NUT BARS

  • PAN SEARED BLACKENED ROCK FISH
  • CHICKEN & WILD RICE CASSEROLE

BAKED GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #14

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace. Amen.

BAKED GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN

CHICKEN
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 LARGE eggs, beaten
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite size cubes

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Cover a sheet tray with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the flour in a LARGE ziploc bag.
  • Whisk together the soy sauce and eggs and pour into another LARGE ziploc bag.
  • Place the panko breadcrumbs in a third LARGE.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the flour ziploc. Seal and shake to coat extremely well.
  • Use a LARGE colander to pour the chicken pieces into. Shake off ALL excess flour.
  • Add chicken pieces to egg ziploc. Seal and shake to coat well.
  • Using a pair of tongs remove chicken from egg zip loc and add to Panko crumbs ziploc. Seal and shake to coat extremely well.
  • Remove chicken pieces and place on the prepared tray, leaving space between each piece.
  • Spray with cooking spray.
  • Bake until crispy and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

NOTE: If you prefer you can use a traditional dredging station, but I LOVE using the ziploc bags for even well coated chicken pieces.

SAUCE
3/4 cup homemade chicken bone broth
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 teaspoons sriracha
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon FRESH grated ginger
Pinch red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced

  • While the chicken is baking whisk together the chicken broth, hoisin, rice wine vinegar, liquid aminos, sriracha and cornstarch; set aside.
  • Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the sesame oil.
  • Add the ginger, pepper flakes and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the rice wine mixture, bring to a simmer and allow to thicken.
  • Add the crispy chicken and toss to coat.

ASSEMBLY
Prepared white rice
Sliced scallion greens

  • Serve immediately with rice and garnish with sliced scallions.

NOTE: I often saute carrots, onions and peppers to add to the mix.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 35 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

I hope that as we begin this last week of August and edge towards September and the Fall season that you are all enjoying the end of summer as you start thinking about your kids returning to school, cooler and crisper weather and Pumpkin spice beginning to fill the air.

We had a great week away at the beach, but I honestly didn’t think it was going to happen midway through Monday. We were almost to our destination, but in the middle of nowhere, when I had an episode of Long QT syndrome, food poisoning, reactive hypoglycemia or ???? and I was down for the count. When I came to I had a very scared husband! Fortunately hubby was driving when it happened. I hate scaring hubby to death, but unfortunately I did it again. He doesn’t do well with not having control (neither do I), but it’s doubly scary when neither of us has control.

When I came to I realized, well I’m not sure what I realized entirely except that our final destination for a place to land long term NEEDS to be someplace with much better and much more medical care than is available here. I need to be back with doctors that are better versed in my needs. The medical professionals here keep leaving and that leaves those left behind strained on patient overload – not enough time in a day to see to all the patients in need. It was like that even before the pandemic.

Checking in to our hotel was a bit strained too as someone had canceled our upgrades and downgraded our room at an increased price though! After working that out and FINALLY getting settled in we ordered in some dinner and relaxed listening to the waves. By Tuesday morning I felt much better and we began to tackle nature on our terms. 😀 and had a great week.

It was a nice break and wonderful anniversary gift to ourselves, but this week is back to the day to day life.

It is supposed to be rather mild and actually nice this week. I’m really looking forward to it.

Hot water and peach yogurt

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING – I need to vacuum and will be doing the laundry tomorrow as we still don’t have a new washer from Whirlpool. I hope this is the last time we have to go do it at the laundromat.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS – I have an early appointment with my doctor this morning to discuss the increasing hypoglycemia issues I’m having. I’ll do the errands and groceries on the way home. I also have some packages to drop off at UPS.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS – I’ll tackle the mess on my desk on Tuesday. It piled up a bit while we were gone.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING – I did most of September’s list yesterday.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX – The Vault, Gunpowder Milkshake and Z Nation runs
  • REDBOX – The MISFITS and Till Death
  • DISNEY+ – Outer Banks
  • DVD – Jumper, Grey
  • CABLE – Guy’s Grocery Games, Buddy VS Duff, Clash of the Cones, MasterChef, Chespeake Shores, NASCAR, BIG Bang, Night Court

I started a book, The Magnolia Inn by Anne-Marie Meyer, but didn’t get very far as the waves were lulling me to sleep each night before I could read very far.

There are sooooo many favorites from last week! You can see almost all of them on my InstaGram.  I hope to finish editing and posting later today. I’ll leave you with just this one of Yaquina Head Lighthouse for now and to see the beach was a welcome change this past week for so many reasons.

AND A KITCHEN FUNNY 😀

 

 

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
PISTACHIO CRUSTED HALIBUT with CREAMED PEAS
PORK TONKATSU with WATERMELON TOMATO SALAD
PAN SEARED CHICKEN BREASTS with TOMATO HERB SAUCE and CARROT COINS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
ROAST CHICKEN with HOT BUTTER SAUCE and MASHED POTATOES
PAN SEARED CHICKEN with WALNUT CREAM SAUCE and MASHED POTATOES
CHICKEN RAGU over PASTA with SALAD
DESSERT
NECTARINE COBBLER

  • PICKLED CARROTS
  • POPPY SEED DRESSING
  • BAKED GENERAL TSO CHICKEN
  • BROWN SUGAR RUBBED TRI-TIP

MEXICAN STREET CORN LOADED TOTS ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #13

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for dinner time when we pause and reflect on our day. Teach usto love You more, follow You more closely, and be a reflection of You to others. Thank you for our food and all the ways You bless us. Amen.

MEXICAN STREET CORN LOADED TOTS

PICKLED RED ONIONS
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 large red onion, sliced thinly

  • Heat the vinegar, sugar, salt and 1 cup water in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Pour over the onions in a small jar.
  • Let cool completely, then refrigerate.

CHILI LIME CREAM
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise 
1 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish 
FRESH ground sea salt, to taste
Zest of 1 lime 

  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, chili powder, salt and lime zest. Set aside.

LOADED TOTS
One 1 3/4-pound bag frozen tater tots
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 pound ground chuck
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels or FRESH 2 ears corn, kernels removed
1 can rotel tomatoes, drained
8 ounces shredded mozzarella
6 ounces crumbled queso fresco
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 
1/2 bunch green onions, sliced 
Pickled Red Onions
Lime wedges, for garnish 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°.
  • Place the tots on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Bake until golden and crispy, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile brown ground beef until crumbly and just about cooked through. Drain of excess grease.
  • Add most of the green onions, reserving a few for garnish, and saute’ a minute more.
  • Add rotel tomatoes and corn, stirring to combine well.
  • Remove the tots from the oven and sprinkle evenly with browned beef mixture, all of the mozzarella and half of the queso fresco to cover.
  • Bake until melty, 3 to 5 minutes.

ASSEMBLY

  • Sprinkle with remaining queso fresco and add big dollops of the lime cream.
  • Garnish with the chopped cilantro, green onions, Pickled Red Onions, a dash of chili powder and salt.
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice on top and enjoy!

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 34 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

With the craziness of the world around us we did cancel our BIG trip that was supposed to begin this week. Our BIG anniver sary will still happen this week though so we were able to find lodging at the coast this week that is reasonably priced, will allow us to be beach bums for a few days while still avoiding crowds and enjoying the surf, sun, cooler temperatures and lack of the heavy smoke in the air that we have been tortured with the last couple weeks. I stocked up on snacks and such so we can be self sufficient. 😀

We weren’t sure yet on Friday if we were going to be able to go though. On Thursday afternoon while I was running errands I stopped at one place, turned off the car and removed the key. Attached to the key was the ENTIRE ignition switch! I was able to put it back in and start the car (SURPRISINGLY). When we went to the mechanic Friday morning (thankfully he was able to fit us in) the part wasn’t available 🙁 He eventually found it and told us to come back around 4PM. By 530PM we were on our way thankfully. $300 poorer, but on our way.

It’s already warmer here right this minutes than it is going to be at the beach all week! I’m going to be in heaven. We’re so looking forward to this trip. 😀 The lows are in line with each other, but the highs will be heavenly at the beach!

Hot water and apricot carrot pineapple baby food squeeze

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING all on hold this week – it will all be here when we get home 😀
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS all on hold this week – it will all be here when we get home 😀
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS all on hold this week – it will all be here when we get home 😀
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING all on hold this week – it will all be here when we get home 😀

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • IT WILL ALL BE THERE WHEN WE GET HOME:D

I have several books loaded and hope to get a lot of reading done this week.

I did get quite a few #RailArt pictures of the #LumberTrain this week, but have yet to finish editing them. I did especially like this #CherryBomb one

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
OUT OF TOWN
OUT OF TOWN
OUT OF TOWN
OUT OF TOWN
OUT OF TOWN
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??
DESSERT

  • PRETZEL CRUSTED CHICKEN & BEER CHEESE SAUCE
  • LOADED MEXICAN STREET CORN TOTS
  • MAGIC COBBLER aka FLOATING FRUIT CAKE 

CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN with GRIDDLE POTATO LATKE and GREEN CHILE GRAVY ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #12

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Thank You Lord, for good things to eat, for refreshing things to drink, for the love and laughter we share, for the blessings. You pour on us each day. We love You! Amen.

CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN with GRIDDLE POTATO LATKE and GREEN CHILE GRAVY
CHICKEN
2 LARGE boneless chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Wondra
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 LARGE eggs
1/2 cup Panko crumbs
2-4 tablespoons butter (enough to keep chicken from burning~add as necessary)

  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken breasts.
  • In a shallow glass pan, pour buttermilk over chicken 1-2 hours prior to cooking.
  • Make sure to coat chicken well and turn at least once during soaking.
  • Drain, but do NOT rinse the buttermilk off.
  • In a medium sized fry pan melt the butter over medium heat. As butter melts and begins to very slightly sizzle, prepare breasts.
  • In a shallow pan mix together the flour, salt and pepper.
  • In another shallow pan whisk eggs until well blended.
  • In another shallow pan add Panko crumbs.
  • One at a time, dredge each chicken breast in flour mixture, then egg mixture and then Panko crumbs.
  • Add to sizzling butter.
  • Cook 4-6 minutes each side depending on plumpness.
  • Keep chicken warm.

POTATO LATKE
2 pounds russett potatoes
1 SMALL bunch green onions
several sprigs FRESH thyme
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 LARGE eggs, lightly beaten
3-4 slices crumbled bacon pieces

  • Drape a clean cheesecloth over a colander.
  • Grate the potatoes and onion and place inside the lined colander.
  • Sprinkle with salt, toss and let drain in the sink for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Squeeze as much moisture as possible out of the potato-onion mixture.
  • Combine with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, beaten eggs, bacon pieces and panko and in a medium bowl and mix to form a pasty mixture.
  • Fold the thyme into the mix.
  • Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on medium heat and allow to heat for 5 minutes.
  • Also, preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • When oil is hot add potato mixture and gently press with spatula to flatten the mixture so it evenly covers the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to oven and bake for 10 minutes. By this time, the latke should be firm enough to flip without falling apart. Transfer the pan to the stove.
  • Place a plate over the pan and carefully invert to flip the latke.
  • Slide it back into the pan and bake for another 10 minutes.

TOPPING
WHOLE milk ricotta cheese
1 green onion, FINELY minced
Juice of LARGE lime
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk everything together until smooth and chill until needed.

GREEN CHILE GRAVY
1 LARGE can chopped green chiles
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Handful FRESH Italian Parsley
couple sprigs FRESH thyme
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
2 cups homemade chicken bone broth
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • In a food processor combine green chiles, green onions, Parsley and thyme.
  • Pulse until smooth.
  • In a large sauce pan melt butter over medium high heat.
  • When butter is sizzling sprinkle with flour and whisk until golden.
  • Whisk in green chile mixture and bone broth.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced and beginning to thicken,
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 33 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

I can’t believe it’s another Monday already. Where did last week go? It was a great week – very productive in many ways. I hope it was a great week for you too!

Besides my normal list I cleaned out and sorted several desk drawers of small bits and pieces and a bedroom closet while looking for something, so it was time consuming, but productive 😀

Due to the current “climate” in the country due to COVID, wild fires etc… AND the sky rocketing gasoline and lodging prices we’re rethinking our trip for this month and instead opted for a few days at the coast to recharge and refresh in cooler temperatures for our BIG anniversary. We’ll take the other trip in September or October.

I’m jumping right in this week in hopes of this week being as productive as last.


The weekend weather wasn’t bad at all, Sunday was especially nice, but we’re inching back into triple digits this week with a little higher humidity and still have smoke in the air. 🙁

Hot water and peach yogurt

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING Washer is still down so will make a trip to the laundromat later in the week. Hopefully Whirlpool will have better news this week – we are at their mercy due to the warranty.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS We are rethinking the trip and may do something more local for our anniversary and for just a few days, but I’ll wait until we get back to do any serious grocery shopping. I do have a hair appointment tomorrow.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I still have a list to accomplish.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING I’m working on September now.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX I found a new series, OUTER BANKS, that I’m enjoying.
  • PRIME Hubby found a new series to try, DOOM PATROL about a group of super hero misfits that we’ll try when the price becomes more reasonable.
  • DISNEY+ Turner and Hooch season 1
  • RED BOX We rented the new Billy Crystal movie, Here Today and Angelina Jolie’s, Those Who Wish Me Dead and they were both good.
  • CABLE Finished up the Olympics, Buddy VS Duff, Master Chef. Guy’s Grocery Games, Svengoolie, Nascar, BBQ Brawl 

I started Heather Webber’s The Lights of Sugar Berry Cove

We went to the local county fair last Friday – not bad for being thrown together last minute (they just weren’t sure they were going to do it right up until the last minute this year).

There were certainly fewer of everything – exhibits, animals, vendors…, but what was there was quite good.

One of my favorites was this 4 Her and Future Farmer of America, Sylvia and her twin goats, Kandy Korn and Kettle Korn – she’s holding Kettle Korn. Kandy Korn is brown with black markings and wouldn’t stand still enough for a good picture.

The baby goats were probably my all time favorites. This little guy who decided the food bowl was the best place to sleep was adorable.

But, the cows, horses and pigs were pretty cute too!

I also finished one of my paintings from last week, but think I used too much sparkle in the sand so am rethinking it a little bit and will do some muted touch ups.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
SPINACH ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & SALAD
HAM STEAKS, FRENCH FRIES & SALAD
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR OR YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN NIGHT
ENCHILACOS
CORN/YOYO CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR OR YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN NIGHT
CHICKEN DIVINE & SALAD
CHICKEN YAKITORI
DESSERT
MAGIC LEMON CHERRY COBBLER

  • HONEY BOURBON PECAN CHICKEN
  • HASH BROWN TOPPED MEATLOAF
  • PEANUT CHICKEN RAMEN
  • GREEN CHILE GRAVY
  • MAGIC COBBLER – updated FLOATING FRUIT CAKE
  • CHICKEN YAKITORI

CRUST LESS APPLE PIE ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #11

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Fo.r life and love, for rest and food, we thank you Lord, for You are good. We praise  Your name for all You do, for daily help and blessings too. Amen

CRUST LESS APPLE PIE slightly adapted from Red Drummond

SPICES
2 tablespoons QUALITY ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon FRESH ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional, but delicious)

  • Whisk together the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom in a small bowl.

APPLES
3 LARGE Honeycrisp apples, peeled, halved vertically and cored (Granny Smith work well too)
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
2 HEAPING tablespoons brown sugar
1 orange, zested and juiced (about 3 tablespoons juice and 2 teaspoons zest)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped walnut pieces
1/3 cup currants or golden raisins
Pinch kosher salt
QUALITY Honey, for serving
“Vanilla” ice cream, for serving (see notes)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Place the apple halves core-side down on a flat surface. Before slicing, place chopsticks or wooden spoons on either side of them to make sure you don’t cut all the way through.
  • Slice almost all the way to the bottom of each apple half at 1/4-inch intervals, then place them on a sheet pan.
  • Whisk together 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of the apple pie spice and the orange juice in a mixing cup.
  • Drizzle over the apples, making sure they are well coated and the drizzle goes into the slits.
  • Bake until they are just starting to get tender, about 15-20 minutes.

 

  • Meanwhile, mix together the oats, walnuts, salt, remaining melted butter, remaining brown sugar, orange zest, raisins or currants and remaining apple pie spice.
  • Sprinkle the oat mixture over the apples, making sure to get some between the slices without breaking the apples.
  • Bake until the topping is slightly crisp and golden, another 10-15 minutes.
  • Drizzle with honey and serve with ice cream.

NOTES: A local ice cream company makes an absolutely WONDERFUL lemon bar ice cream that is just completely decadent and absolutely perfect for this dish. We actually had this on July 18th (third Sunday in July), National Ice Cream Day!