Thursday, December 31, 2009

basic meal - deluxe!

Okay this is how I formulate a basic casserole. I am from MN which is the land of hotdish. Anything can be a casserole! So this is how we do it. First You need to decide what kind of casserole is it going to be, noodle ( can be macaroni, spaghetti, rice, potato or bean) Then Secondly you add the meat if you are adding meat that is. I look in my fridge and find leftover meat shredded chicken, ground beef-can be meatloaf even!, salmon ( hey it is alaska!), game meats, or I pull a can of tuna from the pantry. Thirdly veggies- easy part- a can of green beans, peas, corn, carrots, can bed frozen too, or cooked fresh. So you take these 3 items and you dump it in a buttered casserole dish. But it is dry! So we have to add some sauce. So here comes number Four aka the sauce. Is is Italian- then add a can of pasta sauce, mexican- cream of chicken soup and salsa, basic home-cooking- can of mushroom soup, garlic and pepper.Asian: golden mushroom and soy sauce ( I use bragg's liquid aminos) The list goes on and on. What is in your pantry is what is in your dish! If you are feeding a larger group of people use a can of milk with the cream soup, or a family size can, or add a can of tomato sauce with the pasta sauce to stretch it out. Then we decide about the optional number 4 and 5 Add-ins and Add-ons. Add-ins are items you add to the mixed in dish like- olives, onions, shredded cheese, mushrooms, herbs, pepper and salt. Add-ons are what you put on top, crushed chips or crackers, chow mein noodles, more cheese, sliced tomatoes ( I wouldn't be from MN if I didn't mention tater-tots or frozen french fries!)... Then bake in oven at 350 until bubbly and hot all the way through. Serve with something like buns, salad, dessert. But this is truly a stand alone dish. You can have every food group in one pan! Easy clean up as well... Start cleaning out your fridge and have fun! And if you need any inspiration just look HERE to see what happened when I typed in tuna hotdish! Yum yum.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

a pretty watercolor

By Breton. Here is a link to more by the same artist: Breton watercolors

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Yikes. I think I know..

What My God is talking about here...Jeremiah 10: 2 Thus says the LORD, "Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them; 3 For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4 They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Modest Handmaidens

took their time and made a great links page. Please take the time and check them out. HERE

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

lovely photos my husband took

He said, "Where's the camera I see some art!"

want to know more about hoar frost- if so check this out: Hoarfrost Formation

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Have you used your imagination today-

One Inch Tall

If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.
The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool.
A crumb of cake would be a feast
And last you seven days at least,
A flea would be a frightening beast
If you were one inch tall.

If you were only one inch tall, you'd walk beneath the door,
And it would take about a month to get down to the store.
A bit of fluff would be your bed,
You'd swing upon a spider's thread,
And wear a thimble on your head
If you were one inch tall.

You'd surf across the kitchen sink
upon a stick of gum.
You couldn't hug your mama, you'd just have to hug her thumb.
You'd run from people's feet in fright,
To move a pen would take all night,
(This poem took fourteen years to write--
'Cause I'm just one inch tall). - Shel Silverstein

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pay if Forward

I have been gifted in the Pay It Forward Blog exchange. I recieved this lovely set for my kitchen. from Mrs.Smith at Our Plain and Simple Life.
It's almost too pretty to use! I also received this lovely set of coasters ( my wedding colors!) from Mrs. Booth over at Suburban Homestead but I didn't want to hide them under a cup so I added ribbons and hung them on my living room wall.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Pay if Forward. I got some goodies in the mail. From two sweet sisters!!! More info to come. Now I get to PIF!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

end of our rope(s)

This week has been pretty tame. We have been recooperating from surgery and getting ready for Hanukkah. HUsband showed the boys how to make rope- he made a rope-machine and they employed some of mommy's embroidery floss to create friendship bracelets.

interesting rope-making website:
Rope Maker

7 worst foods to consume.- Yikes.

Read this before you go grocery shopping- please.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

cheese danish YU MMY!

Note: I doubled it and put it in an 11x13 pyrex pan.


2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsp. lemon juice
1 egg yolk
2 cans crescent rolls
1 egg white
1 tsp. water

Butter a 9x13 inch pan. Spread 1 can of crescent rolls in bottom of pan. Press seams together with fingers.

Mix cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice and egg yolk together; spread over rolls. Cover with second can of rolls.

Mix and spread on top 1 teaspoon water and egg white. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Although the recipe calls for a 9x13 pan, I use a slightly larger one, preferring the Danish not so thick.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

He is the Great Physican

My husband and son made it through their tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy and they are already starting to eat soft foods. I have to keep an eye on my younger son's temperature though as he has a slight fever. I was so thankful to have a sister in Christ as our nurse! We are so blessed. God is so good! I am hoping this takes care of my husband's sleep apnea and my son's need for so many allergy medications to breathe.
(also the night before my son had to go to the emergency room because he tried to break a piece of scrap sheetrock with his head like kung-fu guys do. He sprained his neck. So he is doubly recuperating.)

My brave little man!

My "bigger" brave man!

My "Nurse's Helper" middle brother.

And my other "Nurse's helper" Teddy Bear.