Freezer Cooking Made Me Cry Yesterday

Hey, y’all its been a few days since I’ve checked in with you. I hope everyone is doing well. We are finally getting over these colds that have been passed around and around and around… you get the point. Continue reading “Freezer Cooking Made Me Cry Yesterday”

The Easiest Boiled Eggs Ever!

Let me tell you guys about this awesome new trick I learned for ‘boiling’ eggs. Well, first it may not be new to some of you and if you don’t happen to have an instant pot or power cooker than it might not be an option but I was so excited and it is really gonna be such a game changer here. (Recipe at the bottom.)

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February 19- 25, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner:

Creamy Chipped Beef Over Toast, Scrambled Eggs

Snacks/Desserts:

Mama’s Banana Split Dessert


Monday (National Cherry Pie Day)

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and VeggiesButtery Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Cherry Sonker


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Pepperoni pocketsSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Daddy Can’t Wait CasseroleMashed Potatoes, Corn Muffins

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit/Veggies


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Waffles, Sausage

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Crockpot Cabbage Rolls, Grandpa’s Fried Potatoes, Green beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies

February 12- 18, 2017 Meal Plan

January 15-21, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.

Sunday

Breakfast:

French Toast Roll Ups, scrambled eggs, sausage

Lunch:

ramen noodles, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Cream Cheese Chicken, Rice, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Easy Banana Pudding


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Popover Pizza, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Crackers


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Boston Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese, Fried Cabbage

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn (National Popcorn Day)


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bird Nests, grits, fruit

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Breakfast for Dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Veggies

Deviled Eggs

We love eggs, as I’ve said many a time before, and deviled eggs usually show up on the holidays or any special occasion. This is just a basic version of deviled eggs. I have seen others that use relish and hot sauce, even one that was called a ‘Sanctified Egg’.

This is one of those recipes that I really don’t measure at all. I just add and taste. I’ve tried to get the amounts as close as possible but you can adjust them to your taste.

WARNING: Overindulgence of these could cause others to distance themselves from you later on in the day!

Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6  boiled eggs ( I usually make a couple extra as it never fails that one will mess up)
  • 1 T. mayo
  • 1 t. mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika, optional

Directions:

Cut the eggs in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the yolk.

Place the eggs on a serving tray and the yolks into a small mixing bowl.

With a fork, mixer, or food processor blend together the yolks, mayo, and mustard. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

Refill the eggs with the mixture and sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Tip: I like to put the yolk mixture into a pastry bag and squeeze it back into the eggs. It looks much prettier but a spoon works well.

To make them a little extra prettier you can use a star tip on the bag when filling the eggs.

Boiled Eggs

We like eggs no matter how they are cooked. I love them in salads, deviled, and even pickled. All of these recipes call for boiled eggs though. That elusive boiled egg that seems like it should be so easy but can make even the most calm cook lose patience when the eggs refuse to give up those shells without making a mess of the egg beneath.

One of my fondest memories revolves around my mom-mom, my mom, and me in the kitchen trying to peel eggs. My mom-mom had her way to do it and my mom had her way. Me, I hadn’t a clue and we laughed so much at each of our attempts. It was a wonder that we managed to have enough eggs to make the deviled eggs that day!

There are a million and one, at least, ways to make a boiled egg. We can make them on the stove, in the microwave, in the oven, and I think there are gadgets to make the perfect boiled egg. I don’t know about all the other methods but this is the tried and true method we use here.

I recently found an even easier way to boil eggs using my Power Cooker. Check out this method HERE.

Boiled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • water
  • 1 T. salt, optional

Directions:

Make sure you have a pot big enough to hold your eggs easily. You can easily double or triple this recipe as long as your pot can hold them.

Poke a small hole in the large end of each egg. I keep a push pin in the kitchen drawer for this.

Place your eggs in the pot making an even layer on the bottom of the pan. DO NOT layer the eggs. They should all rest comfortably on the bottom.

Fill the pan with enough water to cover the eggs at least 1-2 inches over. Add the salt to the water.

Put the pot on the stove and cook on medium – medium high heat until the water starts to boil. Boil for 2 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let sit 15 – 20 minutes.

Drain the eggs into a colander in the sink and cover the eggs with ice. Let sit another 5-10 minutes. The ice will help the shells pull away from the egg.

Once the eggs are cool you can begin to peel them.

I gently crack the egg all around. Then peel a little bit from the center or one end. Take a small metal spoon and use it to run between the shell and the egg. The shell should come right off.

Rinse the egg to remove any bits of shell. Lay it on a paper towel to dry while you finish the remaining eggs.

You can leave them in the shell and put them in the refrigerator for up to a week but I prefer to peel them right away.

Normally I will place the peeled, dried eggs into a plastic container with a tight lid. They will stay good up to a week but they don’t usually last that long here.