Friday, November 28, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Stuff

I spent Wednesday at Mom's house helping her prepare for the crowd that was to be there on Thursday but Thanksgiving was spent with my husband and some friends of ours at their house. They invited a couple in their 70s from their church, a single man in his 50s or so from their church, and us. We made an interesting little group.

Our friends cooked an organic turkey and all the trimmings...well, most of them! Missing were some of the things I associate with Thanksgiving like candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, and my mother's Waldorf Salad, and present were things I associate with a summer barbecue rather than this holiday like potato salad and green salad. But that's one of the differences between east Texas cookin' and eatin' and Midwest cookin' and eatin', I suppose. Or maybe those are familial preferences...

Regardless, the food was very good and there was a lot of it. The company was very good, also, and we had a wonderful day. DH and I watched the Cowboy game after we ate and I washed most of the dishes since our gracious hostess was exhausted. We got home around 7:30 or so last night and it wasn't long before I was in bed since I had to get up at 4 this morning to be at work by 5:45.

My oldest son and his new wife are at my mother's house and I'm going to spend tomorrow with them, probably shopping. Ooops, that reminds me I need to post more wedding photos! I'll try to do that over the next few days. If I'm up to it, I might invite them over tonight. I don't get to spend much time with them so I look forward to that.

Okay, time for me to finish getting ready for work. The day is going to be long and somewhat stressful, I think, but I'll post this evening some time. Wish me luck. ;)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pre-Thanksgiving Stuff

I'm about to head to my mom's house where I'll help her clean and get food started for tomorrow. I'm taking fresh green beans to make my special beans, and we'll make pecan pie, deviled eggs, fruit salad (the best recipe!), and I don't know what else. It's going to be a very busy day but I'll post an entry tonight before bed.

Everyone, have a great day before Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mislabeled foods, recalls & you (& your kids)

I read this blog entry today and am stunned and want to pass it on. The entry, not being stunned! None of my kids had gluten issues but one did have a very strong sensitivity to corn products and consuming even a tiny amount caused him to practically camp out in the bathroom. His problem wasn't life threatening but what if it had been?

If you or your kids have gluten issues, this is definitely a must read. And a great reason to make your food from scratch with known ingredients.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - short and sweet!

Menu Plan Monday


With the holiday (and hopes for the leftovers that come with it) coming up, this week's menu is short and sweet. I included recipes for a new dish (Something Good) and an old one I haven't prepared in awhile. For more menu ideas, go see Laura's Menu Plan Monday meme.

Tonight's dinner will be No Peek Stroganoff, salad, and green beans. The stroganoff recipe is below. Wednesday we'll have whatever I cook for Mom and Pop and bring home with me and Thursday we're eating with friends and will probably bring home some leftovers.

The rest of the week we'll have, in no particular order:

Chicken Enchiladas with salad

Something Good (yes, that's the name of the dish - recipe below) with mashed cauliflower, steamed spinach and salad

Salad with turkey ham and a lot of fresh vegetables in them

No Peek Stroganoff - recipe from "A Heritage of Texas Cooking"

2 lbs. boneless stew meat (I'll use carne picada I have thawed)
1 pkg dry onion soup mix (or homemade equivalent)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (or homemade equivalent)
2/3 can water
Sliced mushrooms, either canned or fresh, to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients and add to meat in a baking dish. Cover with foil, bake at 300 for about 3 hours and do not uncover until the 3 hours have passed. Serve over rice or noodles or mashed cauliflower. As an aside, this dish is a nice way to use leftover turkey. It's just as good with turkey or chicken as it is with beef and if we have a little leftover turkey after Thursday we might use it in this.

This is also very good when wrapped in a tortilla. Tonight I had it over torn up low carb tortillas and it was very good!

Something Good - recipe from "A Heritage of Texas Cooking"

1 lb chopped round steak (ground beef works also)
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped onions
1 can tomatoes (Ro-tel is great to spice it up)
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions, celery and bell pepper in butter until tender. Add chopped steak and tomatoes, then salt and pepper. Cook until steak is tender. Serve over rice or noodles.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday dinner

I worked until 3:00 this afternoon then DH picked me up and we made a quick Albertson's run. We didn't buy much (their prices are waaay too high on most things) but we still spent about $47. We did get 5 twelve packs of Dr Pepper products for $12 and several pounds of chuck roast on sale at $2.99. It's been awhile since we've seen chuck roast at that price so we got some for dinner tonight and some for the freezer.

The roast, seasoned pretty heavily with freshly ground black pepper and garlic, is broiling now and DH is making a salad. We'll have the roast and salad with baked red potatoes, one small potato each. Yum! We don't eat potatoes too often so its a real treat when we have them. I'll have mine with just a little butter and more freshly ground black pepper.

I'm off work tomorrow and have laundry to do. Other than that, I plan to not do a lot except some cooking for the week. I'm not sure yet what I'll cook but should have the week's menu ready to post in a few hours.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A little Black Friday advice for you

I just read this entry at my new favorite blog and figured it wouldn't hurt to throw it out there to others. I agree with the wench 100%.

Back in the late 80s I went shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving..once. I said I wouldn't do it again and I haven't. The crowds are just too big, the people are just too rude, and I can't think of a thing I need or want bad enough to subject myself to that. However, I do work in retail so I subject myself to the other side of it. I just can't make myself go out as a shopper that day.

If you go out shopping on Black Friday, please be nice to the cashiers and sales people you come across. Remember that you volunteered for the "job". Retail employees might have volunteered in the sense that they willingly work retail but I don't think any of us ask for the rude treatment and outright abuse we often get. We know you're in a hurry and we know you want to get to the good deals before they're gone but there are a few things you can do to make this easier on us all. Here are my top three:

- Leave your kids at home or at least dress them appropriately and feed them before you drag them out. Most of them didn't volunteer, either, and with rare exceptions, they'd rather be at home watching cartoons or playing a game. They get tired and cranky and when your little one is screaming at the top of his/her sweet little lungs for gum/candy/Starbucks, it really does dance on our last nerve.

- Don't switch price tags on merchandise. Most people are honest and don't do this but it does happen and the majority of cashiers don't fall for it. But if we have to research the price, call management, etc. you have to stand in line longer, make other people wait longer, and finally be embarrassed when you're found out. Just don't. Okay?

- If the store runs out of special bauble X that your 11 year old just must have or she'll have a kinipshun, don't get mad at us. Get mad at yourself for not shopping last year for this year and maybe for raising such a materialistic little human being. And perhaps plan to downscale, really downscale, your life and hers and hope it isn't too late to turn her around.

So there you have it, a few suggestions to make Black Friday better for shoppers and employees. Enjoy. :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tonight's dinner was fantastic!

Because we ate dinner out. ;) We went to El Sombrero, one of our favorite restaurants, and I had Carne Con Hongos, tender slices of beef with onions and mushrooms and served with beans, guacamole salad, and flour tortillas. To help keep the carb count under control, I ate only a small amount of beans and none of the tortillas but the meal was still delicious and filling.

I think I can reproduce (or get mighty close) the beef, mushroom, and onion dish with the carne picada I have in the fridge and am thinking of doing just that in the morning. If I'm successful I'll take it to work with me. What a nice lunch that will be! I still have the top sirloin in the fridge to cook so it will go in the slow cooker in the morning and DH can have that for lunch and again for dinner if he wants.

I work from 11 to 6 or later tomorrow and work 7:30 to 3 on Sunday. No weekend relaxation for me but I got that last weekend and don't mind working. I'm off Monday and will more than likely cook and do laundry that day. So much for a day off, huh?

Okay, it's only a little after 7 but I'm tired so off to bed I go.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I hate when that happens!

We got to church last night and realized that it was the night of the church Thanksgiving dinner. Ooops! We both thought it was next week so we hadn't brought a thing. I hate when that happens! The preacher and his wife insisted it was no big deal but we walked to the Hispanic market next door and bought some incredibly large and tasty cookies that pleased the whole crowd. Whew! The food at the dinner was good and the fellowship was great.

Then today at work, one of our better employees called in to say he quit..about two hours before he was due to start his shift, not even giving us notice. To cover part of the gap that his absence caused, I stayed an extra hour at work. I hate when that happens! But I really am sad to see the young man go. He was very good at his job and I'll miss him.

This week, my planned menus haven't worked out at all. Something interferes with the plans and we end up eating whatever we can find or picking up something while we're out. Bad habit, bad habit!! I hate when that happens! So I was determined to cook tonight and I succeeded. We had Easy Cheese Steak Roll Ups but rather than use onions and chopped garlic, I threw in about 2 teaspoons of homemade onion soup mix. I also used a combination of shredded sharp cheddar, asiago, and mozzarella cheeses. The asiago gave the meat a little zing it doesn't normally have and we liked it a lot. There's enough left for us both to have a roll up for lunch tomorrow, too.

Tomorrow night's dinner is Slow Cooked Steak and Gravy with wild rice and green beans. I'll put the rest of the top sirloin in the slow cooker with some cream of whatever soup and some chopped onions and set it on low. When I get home all I have to do is make the rice and heat the green beans and voila, dinner is served! And I don't hate it when that happens!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My thrilling day that wasn't....

wasn't thrilling, that is. This morning the man person and I went out for breakfast then we went to the office. I didn't go to my mother's today because my mouth was hurting very badly and when I take enough Vicodin to help, I'm rendered worthless. So, I rested on the couch in the back office today and didn't do much of anything. At about 1:30 I did go wash clothes but that was only because the laundry monster was going to consume me in one piece if I didn't. Two hours and seven loads later its all washed and dried but not put away. I don't feel that good!

We have church tonight and though I really don't feel up to going, I will. My experience has been that when I really don't want to go, I need to go. So, I'll go and later tonight I have a short meeting at work which I'll attend. I hope they appreciate me coming in for a meeting on my day off! They won't but I need to be there for it.

I'm off to take a nap now so that I can be halfway awake and functional at church.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dinner tonight was so so

I got off at 3:00 this afternoon and when I walked in the door, the man person was practically waiting for his dinner. He was ravenous so I made dinner very early. It turned out okay but just okay. I was a little disappointed and so was he.

I broiled some of the top sirloin I bought at the Hispanic market on Sunday and seasoned it with garlic and pepper. While it was broiling, I threw some cream of mushroom soup into a pan, added some of the broth from the broiling meat, added a few spices and mixed that up. When the meat was almost but not quite cooked, I put it in the pan with the soup mixture and put it all in the oven on 300. I let it cook about 15 minutes or so, baked a couple of small red potatoes and steamed a little spinach and we sat down to eat.

The meat and gravy tasted good but the meat had quite a bit of gristle in it and some of it was very tough. Fortunately, not all of it was tough but a good deal of it was. It was rather disappointing as suppers go but hey, it was food, it was hot, and it was cheap. We're thankful we had it even if it wasn't quite what we'd hoped for.

But next time I use that meat it will more than likely be in one of my slow cookers.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More Monday Stuff...

I went to the dentist this morning and had that darned tooth extracted. It just burns me up that I've spent so much money on one tooth and ended up having it removed. My mouth is sore but hopefully that's the end of the extreme pain. I missed work today because of it but have to open tomorrow, no choice.

I've been reading about Shirataki noodles. Jimmy Moore, of Livin' La Vida Low Carb did a great review of these nifty noodles and what he wrote helped convince me to give them a shot. Today I found an Asian market here that sells the plain ones for $1.59 for an 8 ounce bag. I'm going to buy a bag of them and also try to find a local seller of the Tofu Shirataki noodles. A lot of people feel that the noodles with tofu have a better texture and flavor. I want to try both and see which one I prefer. If you have any experience, good or bad, with these noodles, please let me know. They seem like a nice alternative to most carb laden noodles and I'd love to be able to have noodle dishes again!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - thrifty and tasty, what else?

Menu Plan Monday


We went to church this morning but before we left I started a loaf of whole wheat bread in the bread machine. This machine is new to us - we got it recently at a garage sale for very little money. It's a Sunbeam and had no manual but I found one at Retrevo. I like that it has the delay timer feature and that's a handy thing to have on mornings like this one. When we returned from church the bread was finished and still toasty warm.

After church we went to La Michoacana, a hispanic market right next to our church. They had small, ugly, wonderful tasting oranges 8 for $1 so we got 8 of those. We also got 2 lbs of thin cut top sirloin steak for $2.29 a lb. I haven't seen decent sirloin at that price for awhile and might go back to get more. I think I'll make Bistec Ranchero, recipe below, with some of it one night this week.

As usual, our menus for this week focus on thrifty dishes. However, thrifty need not be synonymous with boring or bland and I'm trying to keep that in mind and come up with some different dishes. It isn't easy, though, and I keep reverting to the same dishes I've been preparing for 25 years. Help, I've fallen (in a rut) and I can't get out!

Anyway, tonight we'll have chili and broccoli cheese soup that have been hanging out in the fridge a few days and we'll probably have them with a slice of the homemade bread and tossed salad.

Saturday evening I broiled and baked a chuck roast in the convection oven. I seasoned the meat with just some garlic powder and freshly ground pepper and it turned out so tender and juicy. Since the oven is very small its almost impossible to cook the meat and the vegetables together so when the roast was done I poured the liquid from it onto the vegetables (mushrooms, red potatoes, zucchini and carrots) and baked them for about 30 minutes. We had some of the meat today for lunch and will have the remainder later in the week. By the way, the meat had barely started to cool when DH decided it was there for snacking. Before I realized it, he'd snacked quite a bit so the roast will more than likely feed us only twice rather than the three times I'd planned.

Wednesday night we'll have whatever I cook at my mother's house.

Here's the meals for the rest of the week, in no particular order:

Beef and potato pie, made with the leftover roast beef and a mix of mashed cauliflower and mashed potatoes, served with green beans and salad

Beans (lima, kidney, or great northern) slow cooked with smoked turkey leg meat and served with cornbread

Tuna noodle casserole, another of my favorite comfort foods, made with soy noodles and served with salad and steamed spinach

Salads made with several leafy lettuces and all sorts of delicious vegetables

Bistec Ranchero served with wild rice, steamed zucchini, and tossed salad

Bistec Ranchero:

1 lb tender beef
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium white onions, diced
2 or more chiles serrano, minced
sea salt to taste
Oil for frying

Cut the beef into small strips, about 1/2 an inch wide by 2 inches long. Sauté the onions, chiles, and garlic. Add the meat and allow to brown slightly. Add the tomatoes and sauté until the tomatoes begin to give up their juices. Add the salt, cover, and allow to simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

If you know a better way to make this dish, please share!

And for more menu ideas, go to Menu Plan Monday and peruse the great menus you'll find linked there!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A few good blog entries to pass on

Since I'm off this weekend I've spent a little more time than usual reading blogs, mainly personal finance blogs. I found a few entries I want to share with you, either because I think they have valuable information or because they touch me in some way. I hope you enjoy them.

Paid Twice gives us easy and painless ways to pay ourselves first

SimpleMom gives ideas for earning money at home

Great tips on black friday bargains from Lance Landes, one of my favorite bloggers

Get Rich Slowly has 34 fantastic ideas for gifts you can make

Money Ning tells us why it's so important to enjoy Thanksgiving this year, even though times are tough

I really like the last entry as it pretty much sums up how I feel about Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, times are tough, yeah, it hurts to find yourself in a financial pit, and yeah, life really does go on and this is no time to forget the things for which we should be grateful. So let's all eat, drink, be merry, and share with others!

Saturday stuff

I have the weekend off. I didn't ask for it but someone must have decided I needed it and I won't look a gift horse in the mouth!

Speaking of mouths, mine is slightly better today, which is very good news. I can actually eat something other than soup now and plan to do a little cooking this afternoon. I'd like to make a loaf of bread and perhaps roast a chicken and make stew. I also need to work up our menu for the coming week.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Broccoli Cheese Soup & a Little Rambling

I last posted on Monday and feel a little guilty about not posting since then but I have a fairly good reason or two. One, work has kept me pretty busy and when I get off I've been busy trying to help get the new office organized. Two, I'm having dental issues again.

It turns out the dentist didn't do root canals on those two back teeth recently. Instead, he just "cleaned out the decay" and when I went in to have the crowns put on, he put them on temporarily since I was still having some minor pain in one of the teeth. He thought it would settle down after the crown was installed (or whatever they do with crowns) but it hasn't. Instead, it's gotten worse and now he wants to do a root canal on the back tooth. To the tune of $745. I don't think so! I paid him $1766 for the work and crowns on those two teeth and to spend another $745 on one of them is just ridiculous. So I'll go in Monday and have that tooth extracted. The thought of doing that after spending $833 on it just irks me to no end but I don't want to spend more money on it only to have it hurt me later down the road. So, I'm going to end up spending over $1000 on just one tooth and have it removed. Does this sound like a racket to any one but me? Ugh...

Anyway, I've been in a lot of pain (it woke me at 3 AM today) and when I take the Vicodin he prescribed I'm just worthless and when I don't take it I'm just worthless. So basically I've been worthless and not up to cooking, writing, or even reading much email. I have to get back on track with things, though. We've spent a small fortune on eating out and take away this week and that has to stop, exhaustion and pain or not.

I go in to work at 4 PM today and am going to make chili before I go. Presuming I can function long enough to do that. Cross your fingers for me!

While at my mother's house on Wednesday, the cool and rainy weather flung a craving on us both for Broccoli Cheese Soup. It just so happened that that's what I'd planned to make her and pop for dinner so we made some. It was excellent and there was plenty left for me to bring home so I'll have that tomorrow for lunch, probably.

The recipe, if you can call it that, is so very simple and easy and here it is:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

frozen chopped broccoli
about 1/4 cup chopped onion
water
flour
2 to 4 cups milk
salt, pepper, garlic, and other desired seasonings (a small amount of Rosemary is good)
4 to 5 ounces Velveeta type cheese, cut into small cubes (I like the mild mexican for soups)
2 to 3 ounces Colby or Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes

Cook the broccoli in a small amount of water. Do not drain the broccoli when it's cooked.

In a cup or bowl make a paste with two to three large spoons of flour and water. The thickness depends on how much soup you'll make and how thick you like it. Stir the paste into the broccoli and hot water, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. As the mixture heats it will thicken. Add milk, salt, pepper, garlic and other desired seasonings and continue to stir. If it gets too thick add more milk or water. If it's too thin, add more paste. Once the mixture is close to the right consistency add the cubed cheeses and stir well. When the cheese has melted and the soup is the desired consistency, remove from heat and serve.

Try this soup with buttered crackers for a real treat.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Menu Plan Monday & miscellaneous things

Menu Plan Monday


I can't ever seem to get this entry posted as early as I'd like but I'll keep trying.

We finally got the man person's office moved to the new suite. The new place is about 200 sq. ft. larger than the old one but oddly enough, we can't find spots to put a lot of the stuff we moved! The space is arranged differently and there's something about the layout that makes it seem as though we have less room. It's very frustrating and its kept me busy for the last couple of days. That and work which has picked up to the point that the hours there just speed by and I get home exhausted and just want to rest but can't because I have to start working again. Yuck!

Anyway, the office move is complete now and life can resume...sort of. But speaking of work, its been a real trip lately. We have a new boss. She isn't a new employee but she's new to being our boss. I like her and have always gotten along well with her. She's young, very young, and its a little odd having someone younger than my youngest child as my boss but I'm fine with it. But some days it seems she might be in over her head. She appears tobe frustrated at times and at other times almost depressed. I'm doing what I can to help her in this transition but there's only so much I can do.

After the recent false start on Autumn (we had cool weather for a day or two then a couple weeks of upper 70s and 80s weather), I think the real thing is almost here. Of course, I thought that three weeks ago. But the temperature this morning is about 50 but we have rain in the forecast for the next three days and just two days of 70s weather. Another couple of weeks should have us wearing sweaters and not using the air conditioner at all but who knows? Thanksgiving Day might find us wearing shorts and flip flops!

So here is this week's contribution to Menu Plan Monday:

Tonight we'll have chili made with ground turkey and we'll have it with cornbread and salad. Wednesday night we'll have whatever I cook at my mother's house.

The rest of the week we'll have, in no particular order:

Swiss Steak with mashed cauliflower and green beans

Beef, Barley, and Vegetable soup with homemade rolls

Cheese Steak Roll Ups and salad

Lima beans with salad and cornbread

Okay, now I'm hungry! But I have laundry to do before work so off I go!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Crazy Week!

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking but it's been a very busy and crazy week! We're moving my husband's office from one suite in the building to another suite five doors down. That isn't far to go so one would think we'd have it done in a day or so. Ummm, no. That isn't how it worked out. We've been at it since Wednesday and still aren't quite finished. But keep in mind that his lab is set up in the new office so if a patient shows up needing assistance, we stop what we're doing and tend to them, then get back to moving when we can. So it isn't as though we've done nothing but move stuff since Wednesday.

We should be finished today or tomorrow, though. And I can't wait because it's kicking my rear end! When I get off work I go move stuff. Before I go to work, I move stuff. Since Wednesday I've spent about 18 hours a day physically working, either at the office or at my job. I'm very tired and need a day of rest. I'm off Tuesday and Wednesday and should be able to rest on Tuesday and help my Mom on Wednesday. And to top it off I woke up sometime last night with a sore throat. It's still with me and I wish it wasn't.

Anyway, the computers were shut down for a couple of days but he got them running last night so here I am again! I'm sorry I missed Freezer Food Friday but there wasn't much to be done about it. Not only have I not had time for the computer, I haven't had time for cooking. Ugh, we've eaten out too much the last few days and that has to end. It's not good for our health, it's way too expensive, and I miss cooking!

I get off at 3 and might do some cooking tonight if I'm not exhausted. We'll see.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The day after...

So Americans had their say last night. Or at least that's the theory. Personally, I'm disappointed in the outcome of the election. Not that I have race issues or dislike Obama. I simply don't favor liberal politicians and since he's one of those...

Ahh well, I'll continue to pray for our country and for our leaders. I think they all need prayer. A lot of it. America has been going to hell in a handbasket for many years and yesterday's election won't help one bit, I think.

Just my two cents.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cheesy Baked Beef Brats & Vegetables

Brats and Vegetables

While hunting around on the web for ideas for today's lunch, I found a recipe for Skillet Ham and Vegetables au Gratin and though the picture looked pretty good and the recipe seemed to be simple, it was too high in carbs for us and included some things we don't eat. So I briefly skimmed the recipe, dug around in the fridge and freezer looking for ingredients, then created a similar dish for us.

The result was savory and very nice and it will be on our menu now and then in the future.

Cheesy Baked Beef Brats & Vegetables

oil
green onion, chopped, top and all
basic white sauce (recipe below)
1/2 cup grated cheese of your choice (I used a strange but very tasty combination of very sharp cheddar, mozzarella, asadero, and asiago)
salt, pepper, and garlic powder
beef brats (I used two for each person)
frozen vegetables (I used cauliflower, broccoli, and a peas and carrots mix)

Into a medium to large skillet, put a tablespoon or two of oil. Let heat and add the chopped green onions. Heat onions, add the white sauce, lower the heat, and stir constantly to prevent sticking. Add the cheeses and stir until smooth and the consistency and color are as desired. Add more cheese if wanted. Cook and stir for at least 4 minutes. Remove from heat, add salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and stir.

Lay beef brats in baking dish and arrange the frozen vegetables around the brats. Pour the cheese sauce onto the meat and vegetables and bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes.

Serve with a salad and green vegetable for a hearty and healthy meal.

White Sauce:

In a small saucepan or skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Blend 2 tablespoons of flour into the melted butter and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook over low heat, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly add 1 cup of milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking slowly until smooth and thickened. For thicker sauce, use more flour.

By the way, the above white sauce recipe is one I've used for more than 25 years. It's versatile and easy and is great for making gravy for biscuits and gravy, sauce for creamed vegetables or meat, cheese sauce for homemade macaroni and cheese, etc.

Monday, November 3, 2008

This week's eats

Menu Plan Monday


While kind of watching/listening to the game yesterday I worked up this week's eats. Speaking of the boys, they really aren't doing well at all this year and I'm not happy about it! But I'm not surprised about it, either. Disappointed, yes.. surprised, no.

This is going to be a busy week for us so our meals are simple and easy. In addition to me working almost every day, we're moving my husband's office to a slightly larger suite five doors down in the same building. We'll do most of the moving in the evenings because that's when he isn't working but some will be accomplished in early mornings, too. Plus, we have church activities going on and those take a little time, also.

So anyway, on to Menu Plan Monday, hosted by Laura.

Last night we had Spicy Beef Roll Ups made with low carb tortillas and strips of chuck steak, purchased on sale of course, seasoned with Cook's Choice Brisket Rub, garlic, and chili powder. I thought of making salad to go with it but we were content with just the roll ups.

Tonight we'll have baked chicken breast tenderloins with brussels sprouts and salad.

The rest of the week we'll have, in no particular order:

Beef tips and gravy over wild rice, served with tossed salad and spinach - I more than likely won't make the beef and gravy in the pressure cooker but I might!

Cheese pancakes and homemade turkey sausage

Chili with hot water cornbread

Cheese Enchilada Stack with tossed salad and green beans

Dinner out one night

It's all good but the cheese pancakes are especially delicious. And since they're much lower in carbs than regular pancakes we can actually eat enough of them to not feel hungry afterwards. If you haven't tried those, give 'em a shot!

Is your menu made?