HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 37 of 2020

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

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING It’s warming back up here for the next week, but nothing like other areas! so I’m not complaining! Plus the nights are cooling off well.  Standard uniform for me today  of Levis, comfy t-shirt and flip flops.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water and peach yogurt

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • DOCTOR APPOINTMENT
  • TIRE ROTATION
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PROJECT RESEARCH & PAPERWORK
  • STORAGE SORTING & REPACKING BROKEN BOXES

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

  • CABLE – cooking shows, Svengoolie, NASCAR races
  • IMDb –
  • REDBOX – Rogue
  • HULU – WINGS season 7, 11-22-63
  • NETFLIX – Hart of Dixie season 3, Project Power, The Core
  • PRIME – EUREKA season 1, we started COUNTERPOINT, but it was too dark and we won’t be finishing the season

I’M READING Marie Force’s new series MIAMI NIGHTS book #1 How Much I Feel.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA It’s that time of year when the critters are eating veggies from the garden.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
ITALIAN MEATBALLS with SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES
RAVIOLI CAPRESE & SALAD
C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night
COWBOY CHILI & BISCUITS
CHICKEN TARRAGON and CHEESY HASH BROWNS
HUNTER CHICKEN & SALAD
CUBAN POT ROAST & CHEESY BACON GREEN BEANS
DESSERT
MARBLE FUDGE CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • LOADED CHIP CRUSTED CHICKEN
  • BUFFALO CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
  • HAM & CHEESE PULL APARTS

LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & RICE

LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & RICE
4 LARGE boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 LARGE lemon, sliced thin
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
3 cups chicken broth
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped Oregano
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
14 ounces artichokes, drained and chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Season chicken breasts with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Heat butter and oil in large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add lemon slices, cooking 2-3 minutes, turning frequently until browned.  Remove from pan.
  • Add chicken and quickly sear each side 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Add onion to skillet and saute 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Stir in rice, garlic and Oregano, blending well.
  • Add broth, lemon juice and generously season with FRESH ground salt and pepper, sauteing for 5 minutes over low heat.
  • Remove from heat and fold in artichokes.
  • Nestle chicken breasts in rice mixture.
  • Bake, covered, 35-40 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Remove from oven and let stand covered for 10 minutes before serving.

NOTES:  Chicken and rice can be made separately without baking time if you are in a hurry!

CHILI STUFFED BREAD

ACTIVE PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 25-30 minutes
TOTAL TIME START to FINISH: 45 minutes
SERVES: 4-6 depending on appetites
WHY I’LL MAKE IT AGAIN: This is a comfort food perfect for ANY Fall evening!  It’s a quick cinch to make on a weeknight too.
NOTES: Don’t over stuff your bread (like I obviously did 😀 )

CHILI STUFFED BREAD
3/4 pound ground beef
1-2 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
2 teaspoons ancho chile pepper
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 can ROTEL tomatoes ORIGINAL, drained WELL
1 can SHOEPEG corn, drained WELL
1 tablespoon GREEN Tabasco sauce
1 tube Pillsbury PIZZA dough
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup shredded Jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Line 9 1/2 x 5 loaf pan with foil. Leave a couple inches hanging over on ALL sides to use as handles to remove the bread at the end.
  • Lightly spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Lightly spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add ground beef, onions, garlic, ancho chile powder, salt and pepper. Cook until beef is browned and everything is well incorporated.
  • Add tomatoes and corn, stirring well.
  • Stir in the Tabasco sauce and half of each cheese.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Unroll dough and form into an 8×14 rectangle.
  • Cut a 4 inch section off the short end so you have a 4×8 section and a 10×8 section.
  • Fit the large section into the loaf pan, GENTLY stretching the dough into the loaf pan so the dough goes up the sides.
  • Add cooled meat filling.
  • Top with half of the remaining cheeses.
  • Roll reserved dough into an 11 inch long piece.
  • Cut crosswise into 14 pieces.
  • Arrange cut pieces into an overlapping basket weave pattern over the top of the meat mixture, sealing the edges.
  • Brush with the egg.
  • Top with remaining cheeses.
  • Bake 25 minutes.

COBBLER COOKIE PIES

We LOVE cookies and we LOVE pies around here, but with just the two of us pies are too big and cookies don’t always have the summer flavors we’re looking for.  So, WHY not combine them into little cookie pies FULL of flavor AND the crunch of a cookie AND a streusel topping? You can also make your own sugar cookie dough and even use FRESH fruits, but why not go easy on that too?

COBBLER COOKIE PIES
Yield: 12      Prep Time: 15 minutes      Cook Time: 30 minutes      Total Time: 45 minutes

16 ounces package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup sugar
1 can peach pie filling, chopped small***

STREUSEL
3 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons FINELY chopped oatmeal
3 tablespoon PACKED brown sugar
2 tablespoons COLD butter, chopped small
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

GLAZE
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2-3 teaspoons milk

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Divide cookie dough into 12 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball and roll in sugar to coat.
  • Fill a well-greased muffin tin with cookie dough balls and bake for 15 minutes.
  • While cookie cups are baking, chop peach pie filling and prepare the streusel by combining the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and use a fork to blend until the mixture resembles large crumbs. Set aside.
  • Remove cookie cups from oven; press the center of each cookie cup with the bottom of a small glass. I use a small prep bowl.
  • Fill each with peach pie filling and top with a layer of streusel.
  • Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, cool completely, and gently remove from muffin tin.
  • Combine powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled cookie cups.

***NOTES:  Any flavor works, but for summer peach or apple is awesome.  I also really like using blackberry or a black and blue berry combo! Today was a berry combo  using strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

BACON ROASTED POTATOES ~ AIR FRIED

BACON ROASTED POTATOES
1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes, halved
1 tablespoon avocado oil
5 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from one sprig and reserved
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 slices bacon, diced and cooked crumbly
3 shallots, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl toss the potatoes and thyme with the oil.
  • Generously season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add to fryer basket on top of baking sheet.
  • Bake 30 minutes until potatoes are JUST tender.
  • Add shallot wedges and crumbled bacon pieces, tossing to combine.
  • Bake another 15 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, reserved thyme leaves and any juices from the baking sheet.
  • Toss vinegar mixture with potatoes and shallots.

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE ~ 384

It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. Head over to get the questions and answer them on your blog. Come play along!

From this Side of the Pond 1. The Hodgepodge lands on the second day of a brand new month. Tell us one thing you’re looking forward to in September. I LOVE September! I used to look forward to school starting after day, but now I look forward to the cooler weather, the falling leaves as autumn approaches, my birthday, fall recipes…

2. Do you enjoy browsing second-hand shops? Last thing you bought or ‘inherited’ second hand? I LOVE second hand shops AND antique stores in general. There are priceless finds just waiting to be found. Over our anniversary we were out antiquing and visiting second hand shops when hubby found me a hundred old notebook full of handwritten recipes that we purchased.
3. Something you had second thoughts about after committing to, purchasing, or posting/commenting  online? That would have to unequivocally be the decision to go to Texas to help out my uncle with my grandparent’s house after my cousin passed away. Long story, but you can find the whole story and the pictures to go with it here (A House From Hell) if you are interested.

4. What’s a product or service you use that you’d rate as second to none? Hmmm this is a tough category. Honestly, NOTHING is coming to mind right now.

5. Something you do so often or that comes so naturally to you it’s second nature? Besides the obvious answer of breathing, there are a few not so obvious answers for me… cooking, improvising when necessary to complete household tasks especially when rehabbing houses…

6. Insert your own random thought here.

TUESDAY 4 ~ SEPTEMBER AND AUTUMN

Tuesday 4 is hosted by Annie from Cottage by the Sea in honor and memory of Toni Taddeo who started the concept of Tuesday 4 years ago. Go to Tuesday 4 to play along.

1.What memories does September bring back to you of school, autumn, songs, movies? When I was a kid school always began after Labor day, so September meant Back to School.  September is also my birthday month so it was a big deal as a kid.  I still love my birthday even though I no longer count 😀 But, now September is Ovarian Awareness month where as a survivor I try and spread the word.  I can’t think of any specific movies or songs.  Fall is my favorite season though and I ALWAYS look forward to September to herald it in.

2. September is the first of what are called the “BER” months, the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Which do you enjoy more, summer or autumn and why? Summer is just something I tolerate.  I’m a serious Autumn girl!  I LOVE all things fall – cooler weather, cute sweaters, all things pumpkin and spice.

3. Have you ever gone apple or pumpkin picking or gone into a corn maze? What was that like? I’ve done them all. When I was a kid we had Lombardi Farms that was where you went for your pumpkins and all things corn maze. Through in a haunted house and I’m all in 😀

4. Are fall weekends different for you than summer weekends? What do you enjoy in autumn? This year will be different for sure, but years past fall weekends were reserved for NASCAR, football and baking
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CHILE GLAZED FLANK STEAK

CHILE GLAZED FLANK STEAK
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 teaspoons Ancho chili pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 ounces beer
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 SMALL onion, FINELY diced

  • In a ziploc bag combine everything together until well blended.
  • Add flank steak, seal and marinade 6-8 hours.
  • Heat grill to medium high and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Drain off marinade into small sauce pan.
  • Heat marinade over medium heat to use as sauce later.
  • Sear steak 4-5 minutes per side based on thickness and your desired doneness.
  • Place steak on cutting board and rest under foil for 5-10 minutes.
  • Slice on the bias and serve with sauce.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 36 of 2020

GOOD MORNING dear friends.  I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend and you were able to enjoy this last week of August.  Can you believe tomorrow is the beginning of September?  It’s been 6 months since the world turned upside down! I’m really looking forward to FALL weather, with sweaters, crisp evenings and all things spice 😀

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

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING Unfortunately, that fall weather I’m craving is going to possibly hide behind an Indian Summer.  We’re hitting high temperatures again this week after last week being absolutely beautiful. I pray they won’t hang around long!

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, baby food and ?

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE, WEEKLY TO DO LIST, HOUSE & CRAFT PROJECTS, APPOINTMENTS

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • PROJECT RESEARCH & PAPERWORK
  • STORAGE SORTING & REPACKING BROKEN BOXES

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV

  • CABLE – cooking shows, Svengoolie, NASCAR and INDY races
  • IMDb – I AM Number Four, MAGIC CITY season 1, LIFE with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds
  • REDBOX – Hard Kill
  • HULU – WINGS season 7, Odd Couple season 1 and DOOGIE HOWSER season 2 reruns
  • PEACOCK – SNL early seasons reruns
  • NETFLIX – Hart of Dixie season 2
  • PRIME – FLESH & BONE with Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and James Caan from 1993, The Iron Orchard about early Texas oil fields, The Vast of Night, The Secret Dare to Dream, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Blow the Man Down, Knives Out, a cute comedy called Ghost Town, The Final Countdown

I’M READING Marie Force’s new series MIAMI NIGHTS book #1 How Much I Feel.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA This week was a weird one in pictures.  We did get over to see the Peacocks with some stale bread one day which is always nice, but then hubby noticed a wet spot in the rocks out back that same night. 

That’s “supposed” to be a capped sprinkler.  He dug sown a bit and saw a small “fountain” of water that would disappear if he pressed down on it. When he dug down even further he found that the line underneath had never been capped.  So it was like a small hose running for 20 minutes a day untended whenever the sprinklers were running.

And then there is this adorable Johnny Jump Up – they just refuse to give up trying to grow in the weirdest places.

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
CREOLE FRIED CHICKEN with GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
HAM & CHEESE PULL APART BREAD with SWEET & SOUR TOMATOES
C.O.R.N.
CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP with COWBOY BISCUITS
RAVIOLI CAPRESE and SALAD
BEEF & SAUSAGE MEATBALLS with SALAD
ORANGE & GINGER HALIBUT with SALAD
DESSERT
BLACK MARBLE CHOCOLATE CAKE
 

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • CHILI GLAZED FLANK STEAK
  • RED BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
  • BACON ROASTED POTATOES
  • COBBLER COOKIE PIES
  • LEMON ARTICHOKE CHICKEN & RICE

CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED GARLIC BREAD

CHICKEN PARMESAN STUFFED GARLIC BREAD adapted from Tasty

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
1 cup flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup avocado oil, for frying
2 large baguettes**
Prepared marinara sauce**

  • Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into 3 separate bowls.
  • Roll a chicken strip in the flour, dusting off excess.
  • Dip the strip into the egg, then place into the bread crumbs, coating it completely.
  • Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat to 350˚.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Fry the breaded chicken strips until both sides are golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and drain on a paper toweling.

GARLIC BUTTER
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 LARGE cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon FRESH parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • Whisk everything together and set aside.

ASSEMBLY

  • Slice the baguettes into thirds or fourths, each piece should be about the same length of the chicken strips.
  • Hollow out the insides of the baguette pieces with a knife.
  • Overlap two slices of mozzarella lengthwise.
  • Place a chicken strip on the overlapping region, then fold the mozzarella tightly around the chicken.
  • Push the rolled chicken strips into a baguette piece.
  • Slice the stuffed baguette pieces into 1 inch slices, then place them tightly side-by-side on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Brush the garlic butter evenly over the baguette slices, making sure some drips in between the slices.
  • Wrap the foil up and over the re-assembled baguette and bake for 20–25 minutes, until cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  • Remove the foil and serve with marinara!

NOTE:

  • I make a “PINK” marinara that is half traditional red marinara and half alfredo sauce with a garlic crema (recipe below) 😀  The garlic crema is also wonderful to add to any base for any pizza.
  • I also like to use a ‘par baked’ baguette from the bakery.

GARLIC CREMA
1 cup heavy cream
6 cloves to the entire bulb or garlic depending on preference, minced
Combine the heavy cream and garlic in a small saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, 10-15 minutes until thickened and fragrant.

ARTICHOKE PARMESAN SQUARES

ARTICHOKE PARMESAN SQUARES
1/2 package MRS. GRASS vegetable soup mix (save the other half for next time)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 package Pillsbury Crescent GRAND size
5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained WELL
12-14 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and chopped small
8 ounce can water chestnuts, chopped
3 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream and soup mix. Set Aside.
  • Lightly spray 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Roll out and arrange crescent rolls in baking dish, sealing perforations and pushing rolls slightly up the sides.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until golden.
  • Add spinach. artichokes, water chestnuts, garlic and Jack cheese to the soup mixture, blending well.
  • Spread on top of the crescent rolls.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake another 10-12 minutes until heated through and turning golden.
  • Cut into 2 inch squares and serve.

HORSEY GARLIC MAC & CHEESE

HORSEY GARLIC MAC & CHEESE
5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and FINELY crumbled
1 1/2 + 2 tablespoons butter
1/8 cup WONDRA flour
5 ounce can evaporated milk
3/4 cup 2% milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup grated Vampire Slayer (Garlic) cheese**
3/4 cup grated Horseradish cheese**
1/2 pound elbow macaroni, prepared per package instructions
2 teaspoons FRESH ground thyme
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter to dutch oven and melt.
  • Whisk in flour until golden.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Add evaporated milk, 2% milk and heavy cream, whisking 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  • Add cheeses, stirring until smooth.
  • Add macaroni and thyme, blending well.
  • Spread into baking dish.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat.
  • Add Panko crumbs and stir 5 minutes until crisp and butter is well absorbed.
  • Stir in bacon pieces.
  • Sprinkle bread crumb bacon mixture over macaroni and cheese.
  • Return to oven 5-10 minutes baking until golden and bubbly.

**NOTE: I’m sure many creameries make similar flavors, but these specifically come from FACE ROCK Creamery along the Oregon coast and have a tremendous flavor! My theory is that the cool ocean breezes make happier cows that produce better milk for tastier cheese 😀 The bacon never hurts either. 😀