Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This might look like she was standing around drinking coffee...but not true. I caught her as she passed through the foyer bringing stuff up and down.
So, this Christmas company is moving on...DD1 will be back to her PA studies on the 5th and her BF is beginning his training at the Police Academy next week. Since it is a residential program, he is moving out of his apartment and storing most of his personal possessions.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Actually, it's the 'Women in my Kitchen' on Christmas Eve. Our family's tradition is to attend Candlelight Worship Services at 5:30 where my husband and sister-in-law are much involved with the music. Then we gather at our home for homemade soup and appetizers. Having our family together is the best part of the holidays. I am missing my mom. Since she is 88, she doesn't travel easily anymore. But, I am so very happy that both of our daughters are able to be here for Christmas this year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my family and friends.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Anyway...tomorrow is the end of Term 2...and my Basic Foods classes are preparing for their final project... The Guest Meal. Today, we made our pans of Lasagna and I want to share the recipe with all of you. This is one my family's favorites and can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge till you need to bake it.
SIMPLY THE BEST LASAGNA
1 container Ricotta Cheese
2 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 1/2 cups prepared Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. Italian Sausage
1 cup water
12 Lasagna Noodles, uncooked
Mix Ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, chopped parsely, and egg until well blended. Set aside.
Brown hamburger in skillet and break into small pieces. Drain the grease. Pour spaghetti sauce and water into skillet. Stir until well mixed. (This is where you could add chopped onions, green pepper, garlic, celery, if you wish.)
Place 1 cup meat sauce on the bottom of your 9 x 13 baking dish. Layer the noodles, ricotta cheese mixture, shredded mozzarella, and meat sauce. Repeat, ending with sauce. Sprinke remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover with greased aluminim foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 15 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting for easier serving.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
And what am I working on tonight? Wrapping... there's a little something for everyone under the tree tonight!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
There, now..Isn't this better? Under the tree...what's that...they are both under the tree...together. These two do not do anything together, unless it's fighting. This is the 2nd time we've caught them there...together. 'Tis the season to appreciate your friends...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
People Puppy Chow
1 stick margarine
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups chocolate chips
Melt all. Pour over 12 oz. Crispix. Fold until chocolate mixture coats the cereal. Pour into paper grocery bag with 2 heaping cups powdered sugar. Close bag and shake. Add more powdered sugar,if desired.
After our Puppy Chow was done, we went down to the Family Room to look at the Christmas Tree. This tree is decorated with all the ornaments we have collected since our girls were small ~ santas...snowmen...birds...kitties...mice...teddy bears...
Many of these ornament were made by our daughters, or were gifts from special friends and hold precious memories.
...And why was she here? Her dad, who has been my husband's best friend since college, is a finalist to be the President of our University. The candidates and their wives were involved in two full days of interviews...so we had a little girl in our home again...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
In Basic Foods class, the curriculum includes a unit in "combination foods" like soups and casseroles...so, this was "soup" week...The students make a cream soup and a clear soup...so today, we made homemade Chicken Stock. We have done this for years, but last year when grocery prices soared, I found it much more economical to purchase whole chickens. The butcher (who went to HS with my DH) cuts them in half...each group gets half a bird...and the bonus...the students learn how to cut up the chicken!
At first, no one wants to even touch it...they are reminiscing about disecting baby pigs in science...but then, after they got started...they did an awesome job. Aren't these pictures great?!
Here's the recipe for Homemade Chicken Stock:
Wash and clean 4 chicken pieces.
Place chicken in Dutch Oven with 6 cups of water.
Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down so it can simmer.
1 carrot, cleaned and cut into small slices
1 stalk celery with leaves, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 of an onion, chopped
2 sprigs parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1 small bay leaf
Simmer about 30 minutes.
Strain stock and place in container to refrigerate overnight. Place chicken pieces and cooked vegies in plastic bag for refrigerator overnight. Throw the peppercorns and bayleaf away.
So tomorrow we will skim the fat off the top of the stock...reheat...cut the cooked chicken into bite size pieces...
Add the cooked vegies and maybe some peas. Add noodles...cook and enjoy!
Yesterday we made our cream soup. The objective is to learn to make a roux... Here is an awesome recipe for Potato Soup.
4 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, washed and diced
1/4 onion, finely minced
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 tbsp. flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
Peel, dice and boil potatoes, carrots, and celery until fork tender. Pour through colandar to strain.
In large pan, melt butter and saute onion until translucent. Add the flour, salt and pepper. Stir to make a paste. Add milk gradually. Cook until bubbles and thickens. Add cooked vegetables and crumbled bacon. Enjoy!