I am a day late on my 14 Days of Dinner because I don’t have time to grocery shop on Mondays now that it is a teaching day for me.
Tonight, I threw together some of my yummy pancake crepes and served them with some of the apple pie filling I canned this fall.
Here’s what I’ll be making over the course of the next two weeks in no particular order (2 days are left out for restaurants):
Lasagna (For one of the nights I’m teaching and the hubby must wrangle and feed our children alone all night.)
Pork Chop and Apple Grille
Homemade pizza with this fabulous crust
Beef Stroganoff (quick recipe)
Pork Tenderloin (for the other night I’m teaching) (NEW recipe)
Sweet and Sour Chicken with Green Beans from Everyday Food January/February 2011 (not online yet) (NEW recipe)
Parmesan Chicken from Everyday Food January/February 2011 (not online yet) (NEW recipe)
I’m looking forward to sharing some yummy guacamole with my girl who eats it by the spoonful!
What are you cooking this week?
I need some new desserts that pack a little lighter caloric punch…anyone got ideas?
Life is too short for some things. Eating crappy sale apples shipped in from 5 states away is one of those things. In my opinion.
I readily admit that I am an apple snob. I can NOT stand eating a Red Delicious with its bitter, thick skin and tasteless flesh. I LOVE Honeycrisp apples. YUMMY! With its crisp, sweet flesh and thin, tasty skin, how can you NOT love these apples?
The time between peak peach season and apple season is lonely and long at my house. We buy fresh peaches from local farmers who either grow them or purchase them from small Missouri farmers (who then purchase that farmer’s apples or corn when in season). The extra expense for fresh from the tree peaches is well worth it when you compare the taste with the grocery store picked three weeks before ripening ones.
Peak peach season ends in July usually around here, but apple season doesn’t really ramp up until September. Meanwhile, Jack and I are clamoring for some good apples while we eat the pears we canned the season prior.
Apple season is just one reason why I love, love, love fall. Whenever I go to the local orchard, I am reminded again of why I love, love, love fall. This past weekend, I bought a peck of Jonathan and a peck of Cortland apples from the local orchard for pies and applesauce. Since I consider life too short to eat pies from the grocery freezer section, I am the pie maker for holidays.
I do. not. show. up. without. a. pie.
I was hoping to make some pies and freeze them for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but worried about the freezer room until Jakki suggested I can apple pie filling!
How easy is that?
(Yesterday, Miss Mila woke up in the middle of my apple peeling/slicing/coring and made the quick work it required tricky, so I waited until kids no longer needed me.) What? Don’t you start new and exciting projects at this hour? Unfortunately, I have a long history of doing just that.
Run dishwasher to sterilize jars. Start canning water to boil. Start pie filling yummyness cooking. Get lids and screw tops ready for boiling. (Doesn’t my new painted tile back splash look great?)
Create a workable space for quick apple action! Don’t forget the lemon juice!
Core/peel/slice. Repeat. I kept the apples separated by variety so I could ensure a mixture in each jar.
Fill jars with apples, then filling. I used a wooden kebab skewer to get the air bubbles out. An extra set of husband hands helps with this process.
Boil for 20 minutes and set on rack to cool. Listen to the *pop* while you doze off to sleep. This sound made me so happy as I fell asleep!
All told, this took me about one and one half hours including clean up and prep. Unfortunately, I couldn’t secure enough quart jars, so I had to use mostly pint jars. I think the pint jars will be all right because I won’t feel bad about opening a jar for Saturday morning french toast, oven baked pancakes, crepes, etc.
In the coming days, I’ll be canning applesauce and pears from grandma’s house.
Every couple weeks when I buy hamburger in bulk, I make a bunch of The Pioneer Woman‘s Mini Meatballs and freeze them. I use them for spaghetti, for Swedish meatballs and for meatball sandwiches. Friday night, I made some mini meatballs in a cream of mushroom sauce with no yolk noodles and corn on the cob. The mini meatballs are mini…I cooked 29, and all but three were gone for the four of us (plus Mila).
Everyone is busy making pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Bleh. I hate pumpkin and all winter squash (because it tastes like pumpkin). So, for dessert, I made carrot bars with cream cheese frosting. I used applesauce instead of oil and half whole wheat flour. YUMMY!
Tonight, we went out to a new pizza place, Sam & Louie’s. It had a nice casual atmosphere, a very helpful staff and tasty pizza. We had a coupon that resulted in a savings of $25! Buy one specialty 18 inch pizza and get TWO, count ’em TWO, 12 inch pizzas for FREE. We came home with lunch for tomorrow as well. We’ll go back again.
I’ve been gone awhile.
A long while.
I’ve been busy. And not so busy.
I’ve been incredibly inspired of late.
I’m ready to share mainly because I have found so much inspiration from others online and it seems a shame to not contribute in my own meager way.
So, here’s to sewing, upcycling, parenting, cooking, baking and health.
Yeah, it’s been a lOOOOOOng time. Got it.
Check out one of my absolute favorite blogs called Cake Wrecks. It is laugh out loud funny when you see what some of these professional cakes look like.
Check out the Sunday Sweets: Reading Rocks post about children’s books that came to life vis-a-vis a cake. These are amazing!!!
I just got this email from Aaron…
Aaron pours himself a bowl of raisin bran.
Jack: “I’m going to warn you about that cereal. It will make you fart a lot in the morning.”
Aaron: “It does huh? Is that what happened to you?”
Jack: (pouring himself a bowl of raisin bran) “yeah”.
Two hours later and the angry sounds of methane trapped in my colon are literally interrupting other conversations at the staff meeting.