Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy Wednesday! So excited about tonight at church, we are starting our mission meals up again tonight. This is a great time for families to go to church together and close the door on the wacky world for a little while. Studing Revelation, in the 6 chapter. We looked at the churches historically, devotionally, & prophetically; an amazing study!


"My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish." ~John 10:27-28 NLT


Recipes, Recipes, & More Recipes:

TORTILLA SALAD
Combine chopped lettuce with diced cooked chicken, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and avocados. Top with shredded cheese. Toss with vinaigrette.

FRUIT SMOOTHIE
8 oz carrot juice
3/4 cup pineapple chunks
1 tbs psyllium husk powder
1 tbs fish oil
Combine all ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth, adding ice, if desired. Pour into a glass and serve.
MAKES 1 SERVING OF SMOOTHIE.


CHOCO APPLE BUTTERFLIES
(Cupcakes with butterflies on top of them, so cute) and yummy too.
1 box devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup pasteurized egg substitute
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbs milk
2 drops red food coloring (I made the frosting red instead of pink) just add more food coloring
48 vanilla wafer cookies
24 pieces 1" long each chocolate licorice (I used black licorice, even red licorice would work)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, beat first 3 ingredients and 1 cup water 2 min. divide batter among cupcake liners placed in two 12 well muffin pans. Bake 15 min. or until done. Let cool. In bowl, combine sugar and milk, reserve 1/4 cup. Add food coloring to remaining frosting spread on cupcakes. Arrange cookies and licorice to form butterflies. Pipe on dots with reserved frosting, then serve. (Cookies are the wings of the butterflies, licorice is the body of the butterflies and the dots are decorations on the wings of the butterflies).
MAKES 24 SERVINGS OF BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES.

CHEESEBURGER FRY PIE
(This is a casserole dish and very delicious and easy to make, we all enjoyed it, hope you do too).
1.3 oz pkg pesto sauce mix (contains basil, Parmesan cheese, salt and garlic) found in the packages of taco seasonings, gravy mixes, etc. isle.
1/2 cup pitted olives (I used the black ones)
2 cups milk
2 tsp chopped thyme
2 tbs oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped shallots (I used white onions)
1/2 pound green beans
20 oz bag frozen roasted garlic seasoned potato wedges, thawed (I used plain potato wedges and added fresh garlic to them)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare potato wedges according to package directions. In saucepot of boiling salted water, cook green beans 5 min. or until crisp tender. Drain, rinse in cold water.
*In saucepot, cook shallots in oil 2 min. Add beef and thyme, cook 5 min. or until meat is browned. Stir in pesto sauce mix and milk.
*Increase heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat let simmer 2 min. Remove from heat. Stir in potatoes, green beans and olives, transfer mixture to greased casserole dish. Bake 15 min. then serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF CHEESEBURGER FRY PIE.



POTATO SALMON BAKE
2 pounds assorted kinds of potatoes, sliced
3 tbs coarsely chopped dill
1 lemon, zested, juiced
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1/4 pounds skinless salmon fillet
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups crumbled feta cheese
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp salt
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together 1 tbs melted butter, bread crumbs, zest and dill, set aside. Butter the bottom of a casserole dish. Cover the bottom of the pan with half the potatoes. Season with some of the salt and pepper, sprinkle with half the feta.
*Repeat, topping with remaining potatoes, feta and some salt and pepper. Combine 1 tbs butter and the broth, pour over potatoes. Cover and bake until potatoes are softened, 45 min. Cut salmon into 3" pieces and toss with lemon juice, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt.
*Remove potatoes from oven. Increase oven temp to 425 degrees. Place salmon over potatoes and sprinkle with bread crumb mixture. Bake uncovered until salmon is cooked through and bread crumbs are golden brown, 15 min. Garnish with dill sprigs, then serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF POTATO SALMON BAKE



"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."
– Peter Ustinov



Tips, Tricks, & Ideas:

SPOT CLEAN DRAPERY: Laundering curtains and drapes is not an easy chore, so instead of wrestling them down from the windows, just sprinkle some baby powder onto any dirty patches. Then use a clean dry toothbrush to rub the powder in before letting it sit for 10 min. Baby powder absorbs the moisture that makes dirt cling to curtains, so you can easily brush the powder and the grunge away.

Quick Cleaning tip: (A tip I came across on the web to share with you!)It never fails that just when you think the house is clean you find another spot
you've missed. This morning I reached for toilet tissue and noticed the holder
looked a little dull. Like a lot of people, I keep baby wipes on the back of the
toilet. Well, I pulled one out and wiped off the holder and what a beautiful
shine I got. Looking in the mirror I noticed a few toothpaste stains, so I
proceed to wipe it away with another baby wipe. I couldn't believe all the
pretty lint free shiny areas I cleaned in a matter of seconds with a single baby
wipe.

Quick Biscuits: There is no good way to freeze biscuit dough and still have
them taste good and fresh. Once the dough is mixed, without baking, the shelf life is limited, as the baking powder slowly becomes inactive. However, once baked, biscuits freeze well. When ready to eat them, defrost, sprinkle with water, and heat
in a medium oven for five minutes. They will not be as good as
fresh-baked, but almost.

This afternoon, I rescued a wild rabbit that was injured. Hoping to nurse it back to health. My daughter is going to be super excited since she is a major animal lover. Hope you all have a very blessed day~Tina

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