Monthly Archives: May 2013

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Yesterday I made Penne Pasta with home-made blueberry muffins.  I realized I didn’t give the recipe yet for the muffins so I wanted to do that today.

Bluberry Muffins

They almost looked burnt, but they aren’t.  They are moist and delicious!  Just add some butter and enjoy!

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 Eggs, large
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon, for topping
2 tbsp sugar, for topping
Directions1 Measure 3/4 cup blueberries and mash them with a fork and set aside.2 Cream butter and sugar with paddle attachment until light and fluffy.3 Add eggs,vanilla, baking powder and salt, mix well.

4 Add the mashed blueberries and mix on low.

5 Add half the flour,mix on low until combined well, mix in half the milk on low…add the remaining half of flour mixing on low…then end with the remaining milk still mixing on low until well blended.

6 Fold in whole blueberries.

7 Scoop into prepared(either paper lined or spray with Pam) muffin pan.

8 Sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar mixture.

9 Let rest about 5 minutes before baking.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375(350 for dark pans).  Let rest 30 minutes after baking and enjoy.

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White Beans And Penne Pasta

Yesterday I was going to make this for dinner as it was on my calendar,  but plans got changed and my husband ended up taking our two oldest to a youth group function.  I stayed home with our two youngest and made them chocolate chip pancakes instead!  So today, after ballet rehearsal, we were home the rest of the day as a family, which doesn’t happen very often on Saturdays!  I decided to go ahead and break my rule of no cooking on weekends and make Penne Pasta and home-made blueberry muffins.  The whole house smells wonderful!  I’m not sure what smells the best, the pasta or the muffins.  Maybe it’s a mixture of the two!

Here is the recipe for the pasta:

Ingredients
1Tsp olive oil
1 large onion, cut into wedges
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 cans canned tomatoes, diced
2 cans (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz penne pasta, dry
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp rosemary, dried or 1 tbsp fresh
Notes / Directions
Ounions, garlic, beans, broth and tomatoes simmering
Sauté olive oil, onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes in a large non-stick pan over medium/high heat. I used my electric skillet.  It was the perfect size.
Add tomatoes, broth, beans and salt and simmer 10 minutes.
Stir in the pasta and set timer for 10 minutes. I put a lid on the skillet to cook the noodles.
Penne pasta added
Mix together the olive oil( 2tbsp) and rosemary in a small microwave safe bowl.
Warm on high for 30 seconds.Put on plates and drizzle the warm olive oil/ rosemary over each serving. Use Parmesan cheese on top.
Here’s the end result of dinner. It was really good!  Enjoy!! (You’ll have to click on the picture to see it.  I’m still learning how to use Instagram!)l
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Great Deals!!

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My Planned Monthly Menu

I wrote, a couple of days ago, that I took the month of April off menu planning and, basically, any cooking. I am back on track and created a menu plan on my iPad app, called ‘MealBoard’, starting on May 6 through the 31st. I don’t cook 7 days a week though! I believe in having weekends off! Since I don’t plan meals on the weekend we eat whatever is easy, like peanut butter sandwiches or pancakes, and that’s only if I feel like making it. Sometimes we have leftovers to eat. I do plan Monday through Friday meals though and want to share what this month looks like for us. I only plan dinners, but maybe one day I will plan breakfast and lunch too.

If a recipe sounds good and I haven’t posted it on my blog, let me know and I will share it.

Here’s our month of May menu:

May 06 -◦ Monday
Crock Pot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole (Dinner)
Ramon Noodle Salad (Dinner)
Breadsticks (Dinner)
Strawberry Freeze (Dinner)

May 07 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 08 -◦ Wednesday
Crock Pot Chicken Dinner (Dinner)
Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes (Dinner)
Cucumbers (Dinner)

May 09 -◦ Thursday
Tacos (Dinner)
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)

May 10 -◦ Friday
White Beans And Penne Pasta (Dinner)
Blueberry Muffins (Dinner)
Corn (Dinner)

May 11 -◦ Saturday

May 12 -◦ Sunday

May 13 -◦ Monday
Chili (Dinner)
Corn Bread (Dinner)
Oriental Cole Slaw (Dinner)

May 14 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 15 -◦ Wednesday
Chicken Supreme (Dinner)
Honey Roasted Potatoes (Dinner)
Frozen Garlic Green Beans (Dinner)

May 16 -◦ Thursday
Easy Crock Lasagna (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)
Garlic Bread (Dinner)

May 17 -◦ Friday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 18 -◦ Saturday

May 19 -◦ Sunday

May 20 -◦ Monday
Potato Soup (Dinner)
Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw (Dinner)
Apple Cinnamon Bread (Dinner)

May 21 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 22 -◦ Wednesday
Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breast (Dinner)
Sweet Potato Fries (Dinner)
Carrots (Dinner)

May 23 -◦ Thursday
Beef Fajitas (Dinner)
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)
Strawberries (Dinner)

May 24 -◦ Friday
Spaghetti (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)
Italian Bread (Dinner)

May 25 -◦ Saturday

May 26 -◦ Sunday

May 27 -◦ Monday
Sweet And Sour Chicken (Dinner)
Crock Pot Fried Rice (Dinner)

May 28 -◦ Tuesday
Roast (Dinner)
Cheesy Potatoes (Dinner)
Broccoli (Dinner)

May 29 -◦ Wednesday
Beef Potpie (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)

May 30 -◦ Thursday
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)
Tacos (Dinner)

May 31 -◦ Friday
Hamburgers (Dinner)
Baked Beans (Dinner)
Homemade French Fries (Dinner)

Thanks for reading!

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Strawberry Freeze

I think one of my girls 'taste tested' it before I got the picture!

I think one of my girls ‘taste tested’ it before I got the picture!

I took a break from trying new recipes and, well, cooking in general, for the entire month of April!  I didn’t make up my meal plans for the month and I didn’t really even  cook a lot!  I used up a lot of the meat I had in the freezer and added noodles or rice, with a frozen vegetable and called that dinner…..that is, when they weren’t have peanut butter for the millionth time!  Well, I am back on track and have my meals planned out for the whole month of May and I finished grocery shopping for the meals (using coupons, of course!)!  It does feel good to be back on track!  So, Monday I decided to make a new recipe I was holding on to.  It sounded and looked very delicious and I had the ingredients for it!

Here’s the recipe: (of course I found it off of Pinterest)

12 Chips Ahoy! Cookies
1 pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 can  frozen berry punch concentrate, thawed
1 cup crushed fresh strawberries
2 cups whole fresh strawberries

Make It

COVER bottom of 9-inch springform pan with cookies.

In the spring board

BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually beat in punch concentrate. Whisk in Cool Whip and crushed strawberries until well blended. Pour over cookies.

FREEZE 6 hours or until firm. Remove from freezer 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Garnish with whole berries just before serving.

My cake took longer to freeze.  It may have been because I was gone all day, after making the cake, to find the freezer was open just a bit.  It didn’t ruin any food, it just didn’t allow for the cake to freeze!  Everyone seemed to like it and didn’t complain too much they had to wait until the next day to try it!

It seemed a summery type dessert and was nice to have on a warm, sunny, spring day!
Enjoy!
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Math Help

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Mother’s Day is approaching

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Pizza Hut Book It program for home schoolers

It’s that time of the year to register your child(ren) for the Pizza Hut Book It program for 2013-14. This is for children through the 6th grade.

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