Monday, October 13, 2014

Menu Monday ~ October 13, 2014

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Monday:
  • baked ziti
  • salad
  • French bread
Tuesday:
David will be in Houston on a business trip most of this week so I'll have leftovers or a salad.
Wednesday:
Salad at home before I go check on our show at Rib Crib and pay the musician.

Thursday:
We have a show at Papa Gjorgjo's so I'll eat something there. 
 
Friday:
David will be back. I keep putting this meal on my menu and for one reason or another we still haven't had it. Maybe this week!
  • whole roasted chicken
  • mashed potatoes
  • whiskey glazed carrots
  • salad
Saturday:
  • planned leftovers from Friday's dinner
Sunday:
Family dinner and game night - 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Guest Post Friday ~ Iced Pumpkin Cookies


Iced Pumpkin Cookies
by Aaron Rumley


So my girlfriend loves pumpkin. Doesn't matter what, if it has pumpkin in it, she's probably going to love it. Naturally, fall is the heyday for her adored flavor. It's not exactly fall weather yet, but that didn't stop her from getting a serious craving for something pumpkin-y a few days ago. We agreed it was too early in the year for a pie, and a cake would be too much temptation just lying around, looking all delicious and such. So we agreed on cookies, small portions, easy to make, and easier to give away before we ate them all for dinner.

Ingredients: 

  • 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.


A few notes on my personal experience with this particular recipe: I'm not sure where I got off on my mixes, but 15 to 20 minutes was not enough to get them completely done. I didn't keep track of all the “few more minutes” they were put back in for, but it probably came out to more around 35-40 minutes. And I'm sure the drizzle-by-fork method of applying icing would be fine, but I chose to use an empty clear condiment bottle to squeeze it out from, which gave them a nice cross-hatched design. The end result was still a little doughy, but I'm a fan of chewy, doughy cookies anyway, and they still managed to satiate the lady's craving, so I'm calling it a win.

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Aaron Rumley is a good friend who enjoys hanging out with us listening to live music AND bakes pumpkin cookies for his girlfriend. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 29, 2014

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Monday:
I had roast left over from Friday so stroganoff sounded like a good plan.
  • stroganoff
  • egg noodles
  • salad

Tuesday:
Our little town of Ada happens to be Blake Shelton's hometown and Tuesday is the release of his new album which features the Ada water tower on the cover. Ada is throwing him a block party and our company, Happyland Music Alliance, is in charge of the Blake Shelton Showdown singing contest. The event is from 5-8 p.m. and there will be several food vendors there. Guess where we will be eating? 

Wednesday:
I have a piano lesson at 3:30 and one of our musicians performs at Ada Rib Crib at 5:30 so we will eat there. Then I have choir rehearsal at 6:45. Apparently this will be our usual Wednesday routine for awhile. 

Thursday:
Another night of HMA music, this time on the patio of Papa Gjorgjo's North Lounge. Last night was barbecue and tonight will be Italian food. At least we get some variety in our dinners out!

Friday:
The music doesn't start until 9 p.m. so I can cook at home. Yay!
  • artichokes as an appetizer
  • roasted chicken
  • broccoli
  • salad

Saturday:
More music - this one starts at 8 p.m. so we still have time to eat at home.
  • homemade broccoli cheese soup
  • crackers

Sunday:
We didn't do "Family Dinner and Game Night" this past Sunday because I had spent a few hours in the E.R. Saturday afternoon (sans definitive diagnosis) and needed to rest Sunday. So we'll try last week's menu again.
  • chicken and noodles
  • salad
  • Challah bread (I am making some for our church World Communion Sunday and my recipe makes two large loaves.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 22, 2014

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Monday:
Tonight we are hosting tryouts for a singing contest which will take place next Tuesday in honor of Blake Shelton's new album release. David has to be there early to set up all the equipment so he plans to just pick up something in town. I, however, cannot stand the idea of another fast-food meal so I'm going to make a pot of soup and eat before I go to the tryouts.

Tuesday:
I don't believe we have anyplace we have to be this night. Yay!

Wednesday:
We have a show at Rib Crib so we will eat there. 

Thursday:
Our monthly jam session at Papa Gs; we will have dinner there. 

Friday:
  • roast
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • whiskey glazed carrots
  • salad

Saturday:
  • leftovers

Sunday:
Family Dinner and Game Night -
  • chicken and noodles
  • homemade bread or rolls
  • dessert - to be determined 
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I'm looking for some recipes to share as guest posts on Fridays. Do you have a favorite? You can read the guidelines for submission here. Have a delicious week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 15, 2014

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Monday:
David has an Emergency Medical Responder refresher course tonight and won't be here for dinner. I'll probably just make myself a sandwich.

Tuesday:
David has class again. I have an evening meeting so I'll either pick up something in town or come home and fix something quick and easy. 

Wednesday:
I have choir rehearsal and then we have a show at Rib Crib where we'll have dinner.
Thursday:
We have a show at Papa Gjorgjo's and will have dinner there.
Friday:
I will be leaving early afternoon and be in the city until Sunday evening. I may throw a roast in the crockpot for the guys. 

Saturday:
I'll be out of town. The guys can heat up the leftover roast or make sandwiches out of it. 

Sunday:
I will be home right around the time everyone else will be coming over for "Family Dinner and Game Night".  I'll mix up the dry ingredients for waffles before I leave Friday. David can add the eggs and milk and he knows how to use the waffle maker. A couple of the girls may come over a bit early to help him. 
  • homemade waffles
  • various toppings
  • mimosas
Once again, we have a week in which I won't be doing much cooking. Hopefully next week will be less hectic but I'm not holding my breath. This seems to be the new norm for us. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 8, 2014

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Monday:
I made a LOT of potato salad for our "Family Dinner and Game Night" last night and have plenty of leftovers. It's been a busy day and David has a firefighter meeting so I'm keeping it simple tonight. 
  • turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce on French bread
  • homemade potato salad
  • grapes

Tuesday:
David will be out of town. I've got zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots, red potatoes...I think I'll make soup.
  • fresh vegetable soup

Wednesday:
My piano lessons are now going to be on Wednesday afternoons with a 2.5 hour break before choir rehearsal. My plan is to use that time in town to write, either at the library or another location with free wi-fi. I'll then meet David for dinner at Rib Crib. We have live music there and this week someone from the newspaper is going to be there to take photos for a feature they are doing on our business, Happyland Music Alliance

Thursday:
David has an Emergency Medical Responder refresher course this night and will then meet me at Papa Gjorgjo's for a late dinner and to catch the last part of the live music show we are hosting there. 

Friday:
We are attending a Pin Up Night party (vintage attire) which will be catered by Fat Boys BBQ

Saturday:
I'm attending an Amish quilt auction and craft festival with my mom, daughter and niece and then have the first meeting of a local book club I've joined which will be at 5 p.m. I think I'll throw something in the crockpot in the morning - probably a roast. 

Sunday:
This will be our 4th weekly "Family Dinner and Game Night". Someone suggested themes so this week we are going to play Trivial Pursuit and have pizza and pie for dinner. We'll get takeout for the pizza and I'll bake a couple of pies. I've got some cherry pie filling in the pantry so I'll do that for one of them and then maybe coconut cream for the other. 
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As I look over this menu I realize I won't be cooking much this week. Oh, well. Perhaps next week will be a little less busy. Okay, quit laughing. I can dream, can't I?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Monday ~ September 1, 2014

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Monday:
I made two pans of lasagna last night for "Family Dinner and Game Night" and have enough leftovers for tonight. Yay!
  • lasagna
  • salad
  • French bread
Tuesday:
Last week I cooked a huge pot of black beans, used part for a casserole I took to Compassion Outreach and froze some. I left out enough for another Mexican casserole, and also cooked enough extra rice. Easy dinner which is good since I have a meeting in the morning and hair appointment in the afternoon. 
  • Mexican black bean casserole
  • salad
Wednesday:
Hopefully I'll make it to town in the morning for the farmers market. It won't be long before it shuts down for the year and I haven't had nearly enough fresh, seasonal veggies.
  • vegetable medley 
  • salad
Thursday:
  • squash casserole
  • salad
Friday:
Saturday:
  • leftovers
Sunday:
Family Dinner and Games Night
  • grilled hot dogs
  • homemade potato salad
  • chips
  • fruit salad
My friend, Frank, who shared the guest post recipe last Friday, suggested unicorn in a nice sauce piquant for one of our meals this week but we can hardly even find organic meat here in Ada. I can't imagine where I'd have to go to get unicorn.
So, what's on your menu this week? Leave me a comment and tell me at least one thing you plan to eat this week.