Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Monday ~ July 21, 2014

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Monday:
Tuesday:
  • grilled burgers
  • lettuce and homegrown tomatoes
  • corn on the cob
  • seasoned waffle fries (frozen organic)
  • fresh fruit
Wednesday:
I think we will likely have dinner at Rib Crib while attending one of our shows. 

Thursday:
  • vegetable and sausage medley (red potatoes, onions, bell peppers, apple gouda sausages)
  • rice
  • salad
  • fresh pineapple
Friday:
Dinner out at local Mexican restaurant with friends to celebrate a birthday. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Monday ~ July 7, 2014


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Monday:
David is out of town tonight. My mom invited Chris and me over for tacos with them. Yay, for tacos!

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
We didn't end up eating out last week so I think we'll go listen to one of our bands (Rowdy Folk) and eat Italian food at Papa Gjorgjo's North

Friday:
Time to try some of those Pinterest recipes!

Saturday:
We'll use up leftovers from the week and then Sunday we are going to Kansas City. We are seeing Journey and Steve Miller Band in concert Monday. Can't wait! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Monday ~ June 30, 2014

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We've either been out of town or so busy that I haven't done much of any real cooking in the past couple of weeks. I'm ready to get back to it.

Monday:
  • broccoli rice casserole
  • candied carrots
  • salad
Tuesday:
This is our daughter's birthday and we are all meeting up at a local wine and dessert bar to play Trivia and celebrate. I'll make the potato salad earlier in the day so dinner will be quick to prepare and clean up after. 
  • grilled hot dogs (Applegate Farms organic)
  • corn on the cob
  • potato salad
  • fresh fruit
Wednesday:
  • spaghetti with homemade veggie pasta sauce
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Thursday:
This is going to be a busy day. I have a hair appointment at 1:30, piano lesson at 4:00 and am volunteering at a local soup kitchen from 5-7. An easy dinner is definitely in order. I might even cook the bacon earlier in the day. 
  • BLTs
  • leftover homemade potato salad
  • fruit
Friday:
  • enchiladas
  • Mexican rice
  • salad
  • tortilla chips and guacamole

Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Monday ~ June 16, 2014

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Monday:
  • salad with sliced leftover barbecue chicken
  • corn on the cob
  • green beans with leftover red potatoes
  • fresh fruit
Tuesday:
  • salad
  • broccoli cheese soup
  • fresh fruit
Wednesday:
As soon as David gets off work we will leave for Oklahoma City. We have an early flight Thursday morning to California so we are going to spend the night in OKC in a hotel not far from the airport. I'm not sure where we will eat up there. 

Thursday:
We will be in California visiting relatives. Our flight arrives around 10:30 a.m. and we plan to meet my aunt for lunch (In n Out burgers?). We will then pick up David's mom and sister whose flight arrives mid-afternoon and drive to the desert. I don't know what our dinner plans will be. 

Friday:
This is our 33rd wedding anniversary and we plan to go out for dinner at the Crown and Sword Room, the restaurant which was the scene of several special date nights when we were teenagers. 

Saturday:
I'm not sure what we will be doing for dinner but afterwards David and I will drive to Dana Point and spend the next two nights at my aunt's beach house.

Sunday:
We plan to meet up with my cousin and her family for at least one meal together. Then Monday morning we will drive back to the desert, spend the day and night there, then leave Tuesday morning for the airport. It's a fairly short trip but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see David's mom. We had been talking about how we needed to make a trip to Idaho to visit her so when we found out she'd be going to California we decided that was even better. We'll also get to visit David's brothers who live there, as well as my aunt, cousin and her family. I also have another aunt and uncle in the desert whom I hope to be able to see, as well. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Guest Post Friday ~ Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Cheese Grits


Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Cheese Grits
by De Ann Sales-Lohmann

Ingredients:
  • Creole seasoning (*homemade version below or something like Tony Chachere's)
  • Frank's RedHot sauce (or other hot sauce made with cayenne peppers, such as Crystal's)
  • 6 slices bacon, fried, drained and crumbled (reserve grease)
  • 1 link andouille sausage, sliced and fried
  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
For grits:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup grits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter


Directions:

Make grits by bringing the water to a boil then adding grits and salt. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally. When done (according to package directions; instant or 5-minute variety will take less time than regular grits) remove from heat, stir in butter and cheese. If it needs a little more liquid add some chicken stock. Cover and set aside to keep warm. 

Season shrimp with Creole seasoning and Frank's Red Sauce to taste then sauté in reserved bacon grease until pink. Add the sliced green onions, parsley, lemon juice, minced garlic, crumbled bacon and andouille sausage. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Place grits in bowl, top with shrimp/sausage mixture and enjoy!
Serves 4. 

*Homemade Creole seasoning: 
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Mix together and store in closed jar in cool, dark place. 


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De Ann's bio: Eleven years ago, I hung up my badge and gun, then moved to Southeast Texas in pursuit of a much calmer and less dangerous life. Two years later I met my husband Brad and we live on a cattle ranch in Winnie, Texas with our four Yorkies, two cats, four donkeys, two horses and a growing herd of Angus cattle. We also own a trucking company, so my life has been everything but calmer. I love gardening, playing the piano and swimming but my favorite place on the ranch is in my kitchen. I started cooking at age 14 and after my first "eggshell" cake, I learned that just because a recipe says "add one whole egg", this doesn't mean you add the whole ENTIRE egg! I have been cooking ever since and it's my stress free time. I am always trying new recipes and right now I am taking dishes I have always cooked that are not figure friendly and making a healthier version. We have four grandsons, with the fifth one on the way, and this Nana wants to be around to enjoy watching them grow up.

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, De Ann. It definitely sounds like something right up my alley. I've got almost all of these ingredients on hand right now so it just might show up on next week's menu. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Menu Monday ~ June 9, 2014

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David and I are scaling back on our evenings out. Our current musicians are doing well in our local venues and we don't need to be at every show at this point. I'm looking forward to some quieter evenings at home this week. If we have clear skies we will be doing some late evening star gazing in our zero gravity chairs, kicked back with our glasses of wine. I love summer! 

Monday:
  • spaghetti with homemade vegetarian sauce
  • green beans
  • salad
  • garlic bread
  • cherry pie 
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Lisa and I will be doing a major grocery shopping in Norman. We will probably eat dinner up there and David will be eating at the Rib Crib while watching one of our HMA gigs. 

Thursday:
Tonight's meal will be determined by what fresh produce I bought the day before but this is what I'm aiming for. 
  • salad
  • corn on the cob
  • asparagus or artichokes
  • squash
  • baguette
Friday:
  • baked chicken breasts with homemade bbq sauce
  • mashed potatoes
  • candied carrots
  • coleslaw
Saturday:
  • leftovers, unless we go out to eat
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I'm in need of some guest posts. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share, please let me know. Here are the guidelines. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Menu Monday ~ June 2, 2014

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What a crazy busy time we've had the past couple of weeks! But fun, too. We have a lot going on this week, too, but I'm trying to get us back to a slightly more sane schedule and actually eat at home. We'll see how it goes.

Monday:

  • salad
  • steamed broccoli with grated cheese on top
  • squash casserole
  • slice fresh strawberries
Tuesday:
We are attending a singalong in the park so I thought a picnic supper would be fun. 
  • tuna sandwiches on rolls
  • grapes and cherries
  • red bell pepper slices with ranch dip
  • chips
  • iced tea
Wednesday:
  • lentil rice casserole
  • served rolled up in flour tortillas
  • lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream
  • tortilla chips and guacamole
  • fresh cherries
Thursday:
This is David's birthday. We'll be celebrating on Saturday but we'll have his favorite cherry pie on his actual birthday. I might even make some homemade ice cream to go on top. 
  • grilled burgers
  • homemade potato salad
  • fresh fruit salad
  • homemade cherry pie
Friday:
We will be going out but not until 9 p.m. so I'll fix dinner at home first. 
  • baked lemon pepper chicken
  • brown rice
  • salad
  • green beans
Saturday:
We are celebrating David's birthday with friends and family at one of our local restaurants were we book music via Happyland Music Alliance. The show starts at 9 but we may go early and eat there first. 

What's going on with you? Are you starting to enjoy more "summery" meals? I'm loving the fresh fruit that is starting to be available in my area. I can't wait for peaches!