Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Monday! I do hope that you enjoyed your weekend with you family and friends. We had a great time! Pizza & movies vegging on Friday, bowling on Saturday, and attending God's house on Sunday. It was a great family weekend for us. Hubby left Sunday evening for his last week of work out of state. It will be great having him home nightly again. They say that the heart grows fonder when there is a separation. This is true, but I also believe that respect for each other grows and admiration for each other; as well.



Tips, Tricks, & Ideas:

*Bundt Pan: Cut corn from the cob without the mess. Place an ear in the center of a Bundt pan. As you slide the knife down, the corn will fall right into the pan.

*Rubbing Alcohol: Ears clogged with pool or sea water? With an eyedropper, insert a few drops of rubbing alcohol into each ear canal to evaporate it. Rubbing alcohol comes to the rescue, too, when you've gone overboard with self-tanner: Fix too-dark
splotches by blotting

*SILENCE A LEAKY FAUCET INSTANTLY: Cut a piece of dental floss thats long enough to reach from the faucet to the sink basin. Tightly tie one end around the faucet and let the other end lie in the drain. Instead of dripping, the water will silently travel along the thread, so you can live in peace until the plumber arrives.


Recipes, Recipes, & Recipes:

INDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISPS
Combine 1/2 cup each oats, flour, brown sugar and chopped nuts. Blend in 2 tbs butter. Divide 2 peeled, sliced apples among ramekins, top each with oat mixture. Bake in 375 degree oven 25 min. then serve.

CLASSIC RATATOUILLE
3/4 pound eggplant, cut into cubes
Salt and Pepper
2 tbs oil
2 medium onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 each red bell pepper and tomato, cut into pieces
2 zucchini, cut into pieces
1 tbs basil
In saucepan, cook eggplant and a pinch of salt and pepper in 1 tbs oil 5 min. remove from pan. In same pan, cook onions in 1 tbs oil 3 min. Add last 5 ingredients, cook mixture 5 min. Stir in eggplant, reduce heat. Cover and cook 5 min. then serve.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS OF CLASSIC RATATOUILLE.

ANGEL FOOD SWEETHEARTS
1 box angel food cake mix
1 tsp almond extract
8 oz pkg low fat cream cheese
1 cup frozen fat free whipped topping, thawed
1 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup strawberry jam, warm
12 strawberries, halved
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, adding almond extract. Divide batter among cupcake liners placed in two 12 well muffin pans. Bake 20 min. or until done. Let cool completely. In bowl, beat next 3 ingredients 1 min. Pipe cream cheese mixture into heart shape on each cupcake. Fill center of hearts with jam. Top cupcakes with strawberry halves, then serve.
MAKES 24 SERVINGS OF CUPCAKES.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER POTATO MASH
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tbs oil
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cubed
3/4 cup milk, heated
1/4 cup each butter, chopped green onions, and parsley
Heat oven to 425 degrees. On baking sheet, toss together cauliflower and oil. Roast 20 min. In saucepot, bring potatoes and enough salted water to cover to a boil, cook 15 min. more. Drain. In food processor or blender, puree potatoes, cauliflower and milk. Transfer to a bowl, add remaining ingredients, then serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF CAULIFLOWER POTATO MASH

SAVORY MEAT LOAF WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY
1 onion, peeled, chopped
2 tbs oil
6 slices bread, cubed
3/4 cup milk
3 pounds lean ground beef
12 oz Italian chicken sausage, casing removed, crumbled
3/4 cups pasteurized egg substitute
3/4 cup ketchup
1.4 oz pkg vegetable soup mix
1 tsp herbes de Provence
10 oz white mushrooms, quartered
2 tbs flour
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups beef broth
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In skillet, cook onions in 1 tbs oil 3 min. In bowl, combine bread and milk. Let sit 3 min. Stir in onions and next 6 ingredients. On broiler pan, shape meat mixture into a loaf. Bake 1 hour or until thermometer reads 160 degrees. Transfer meat to platter, reserve drippings.
*In skillet, cook mushrooms in remaining oil 1 min. Add flour, cook 1 min. Add cream, broth, and reserved drippings. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat let simmer 3 min. Serve gravy with meat loaf.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF MEAT LOAF AND GRAVY.


Today started week two of school and we already have had one home sick. With the weather changing the way it did yesterday with storms moving in, I believe it is the sinus crude that got the best of him. Luckily, the house was clean by 9 with my workout done an hour of bible study before the call came in to come get him. When the other two came home it was homework & supper, now enjoying a little family time before bed. So glad we are back on a schedule that works for everyone! Have a wonderful week and thank God for the many blessings that we receive every day from him.

Until tomorrow~Tina

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