Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I am so excited about this weekend.  Some family is coming to start off the Christmas celebrations.  My little Beanes will get their picture made with Santa tomorrow morning.  Our tree is up and our house is looking more and more like Christmas. 

I have missed posting Friday Favorites!  My laptop has been replaced and I can post again. 

Here are my top 5 favorites for this week.

Brazilian Shrimp Soup
Brazilian Shrimp Soup

Homemade Yum Yum Sauce

Snowman Cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Marshmallow Coconut milk icecream
Marshmallow Coconut milk Ice Cream

That is my top five picks for this week!  What are your top picks?  I am linking up with Finding Joy in my Kitchen.  Go check it out.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Menu Plan Monday November 26

I am back!  My old laptop died a few weeks ago.  There was no hope in fixing it.  It was too old to put much repair money into it. 

Thanks to Black Friday, I got a new one!  I am so happy to be able to post again. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is now happily remixing the leftovers into something new.  We are!

Here is the plan for this week.


Turkey and Mushroom Egg rolls
Stuffed mushrooms (I used leftover sausage and cornbread dressing and filled button mushrooms)

Cub scout Teacher appreciation banquet.

Turkey and Dumplings

Pizza using this crust.

Turkey Pot Pie

Family get together at our house.  We will eat

Marinated Vegetable Salad

Not So Dirty Rice

Twice-Baked Sweet Potato (Yam) Recipe with Chipotle Pecan Streusel
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

7-Up Biscuits
Coconut Cake

That should get us through the weekend just fine.

I hope you are having a great week and have a yummy menu planned.  I am linking up with Menu Plan Monday.  Go check out all of the delicious menu ideas.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Menu Plan Monday November 5

Happy Monday to everyone.  I am kind of excited about this week.

We have no school or preschool Tuesday.  Yea!  My String Beane will be going to his first lock in Friday night.  I can't wait to hear how much fun he had and what he did all night with his cub scout friends.

With Thanksgiving looming over my head and a few family get togethers and a birthday party in the next few weeks, I am planning some easy and cheap menus for this month.

Here is the plan for this week.

Post image for Chicken Tamale Pie
 Chicken Tamale Pie (I have not gotten around to this yet, but tonight is the night!)

Ham Steak
Boiled Potatoes
Green Beans

Pizza using this dough.


Homemade English Muffins
Scrambled Eggs

*Kitchen is Closed*
My big boys will be at a lock-in.

Hot Dogs
French Fries

I hope you all have a great week!  I am linking up with Menu Plan Monday.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cinnamon Muffins ~ milk free

I think that I have mentioned here before that I hate to cook breakfast.  H.A.T.E.  I love breakfast food and my family loves to eat breakfast for supper every now and again.  I just hate to mess up the kitchen so early in the day. 

So I am always trying to figure out what to feed my people before school that I don't really have to cook that morning.  Enter muffins!  You can whip them up any ole time of day and they will be right there waiting for you in the morning. 

I saw this recipe for cinnamon muffins at Cookies and Cups.  (I love all of Shelly's recipes and her stories are so funny!)  I tweaked it up to take out all of the milk and got these yummy muffins.

Here is the recipe for you.

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp softened Flieshmann's unsalted margarine - milk free
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp softened Flieshmann's unsalted margarine - milk free
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tsp water
  • 1/2 cup Flieshmann's unsalted margarine, melted - milk free
  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 
    Glaze *optional
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy milk
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners, or spray with cooking spray.
  3. Topping:
  4. Mix all ingredients together with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
  5. Filling:
  6. Mix all ingredients together until consistency is similar to a loose frosting or pudding. Set aside.
  7. Muffins:
  8. In a large bowl whisk together margarine, soy milk and eggs. In another bowl combine flour, oats, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  9. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until just combined.
  10. Using half the batter, fill each muffin tin with 2 Tbsp batter. Then drop 2 tsp of filling into each tin. Finish, by dropping another 2 Tbsp of batter on top. Depending on the size of the muffin tin, you may get more than 12 muffins.
  11. Now sprinkle your topping evenly on the muffins (about 1 tbsp on each).
  12. Bake 20-25 minutes until centers are set.
  13. Cool on wire rack.
  14. Glaze:
  15. Combine butter, sugar and milk, stirring until there are no lumps, adding more powdered sugar or milk until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle on muffins when ready to serve.
  16. Drizzle with glaze when ready to serve.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did.  They were awfully good and tasted so much like coffee cake.  It made it  very nice to wake up this morning with these muffins waiting on me.  No mess in the kitchen!

I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday, Allergy Free Wednesday and these other Awesome Parties.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Favorites

Who is glad that Halloween is over?  Me! 

All the excitement that leads up to actually going trick-or-treating and then the sugar high that seems to last for 36 hours straight is enough to kill me. 

We started a new tradition in our house this year for Halloween.  The "Switch Witch" visited us this year.  My oldest son is allergic to milk so about half the candy we get trick-or-treating contains milk.  So every year after we get all the candy, we sort it out into what is safe for him and what has milk in it.  So basically, all the candy bars go in to my pile.  This year we took all the candy that contained milk and left it out for the "Switch Witch".  While we were sleeping she took all the milk candy and switched it for some toys for the little Beanes.  It was a huge hit!  They all loved it.  The "Switch Witch" is a great idea for your food allergic children. 

Here are my top 5 picks for this week:

Sugar Cookie covered Oreos

Pan Crisped Salmon with Light Dijon Cream Sauce

Swedish Meatballs with Gravy

Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars with Brown Sugar Glaze

Peanut Butter Logs

That is what looks good to me this week.  I am linking up with Finding Joy in my Kitchen.  Go check her out.