Archive | May, 2009

Menu Planning — Thank Goodness, Back Again!!!

25 May
Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

After two weeks off from Menu Planning, I couldn’t stand not having a “plan” written out (I did have a plan, but it wasn’t published).  With the 3 day weekend and holiday, I decided I really needed to plan on paper & online. 

Memorial Day has never been a holiday that we really “celebrated” except for getting a day off of  work and having the church members who have passed away in the past year names read during the Sunday service.  This year really won’t be any different, except that we have many friends, past and present, who serve our wonderful country…and I want to personally and publicly let them all know how much I appreciate their service.  It is a sacrifice for them to give their time and sometimes their lives to our lifestyle and beliefs.  As much as I appreciate their service, I appreciate the spouses and children who support them every day. 


Thank You!!

Thank You!!

Now, onto the Menu Plan!

Thursday — Mojo’s Gallbladder surgery….Kiddos stayed with their grandparents, Mojo had peanut butter sandwiches, & I had leftover casserole

Friday — Mojo’s request, ordered pizza

Saturday — Mojo and I fended for ourselves, I wasn’t feeling well

Sunday —  KFC combo — both fried and grilled with 11 herbs & spices!  I love the new grilled chicken!

Monday — Memorial Day — grilling out at my parent’s Pork Baby Back Ribs with “Elba Sauce”, Grilled Potato Salad (Southern Living, June 2009), baked beans

Tuesday — Kiddos sleeping over with grandparents

Wednesday — church for Mojo, recovering from an outpatient procedure for EmmyJMommy

Thursday — Bruschetta ‘N Cheese Chicken and roasted red potatoes


B.O.B. Birthday

20 May

Button Boy has discovered Monsters vs. Aliens.

You know, the 3 – D movie with the really tall chick, the cockroach that is supposed to be a doctor/scientist, and the  blob of blue goo b.k.a. B.O.B.  He insisted on having a MvA birthday party.  Birthday party, this year the invitation list was limited to grandparents, cousins, and the ever popular “Best Buddy Boy” and “BBB’s sister”.  We cooked out Nathan’s hotdogs and Hardin’s hamburgers!  Yum-O!  I made homemade potato salad and a grown-up birthday cake (which I didn’t photograph…bad me!)…and of course, the B.O.B. POPS!

I am loving Bakerella‘s cake pops!!!  They are so much fun to make!  I can make them egg-free and Button Boy thinks they are wonderfully YUMMY!!!  Makes them all the better!

Button Boy & B.O.B. pop

Button Boy & B.O.B. pop

Basket full of B.O.B.'s!

Basket full of B.O.B.'s!


Pasta ala Mrs. Tara

14 May

I love naming certain dishes after the person who makes it when I try it and find out I like it!  There is Rhonda’s Rice, “Aunt Ch-narla’s” BBQ Chicken & Yeller Rice…and now, Pasta ala Mrs. Tara

“Pasta ala Mrs. Tara” is in honor of Girly Girl’s first grade teacher (and more importantly the mother of Mary Ellen).  She fixed (that’s cooked, for you Yankees out there!) it for us one Sunday after church and Girly Girl gobbled it up!  She loved it!  So, I got the “secret” ingredients from Mrs. Tara and have altered it a bit to work for us…and allow Girly Girl some kitchen time!

Girly Girl cooking Pasta ala Mrs. Tara

Girly Girl cooking Pasta ala Mrs. Tara


1 box of wheat (egg-free) Penne Pasta

2 cans chunk chicken

2 Tbsp EVOO

5 cloves of garlic, 2 minced — 3 whole

3 cans of diced tomatoes, drained

2 jars of Classico sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce

2 cups shredded mozerella cheese

Cook Penne Pasta according to directions, add 3 whole garlic cloves to the boiling water at the same time pasta is added, just for flavor.  Drain canned chicken & heat in skillet with EVOO & 2 minced garlic cloves.  Roast diced tomatoes in oven (I drizzle a little EVOO over the tomatoes and sprinkle them with oregeno).  After canned chicken is warmed through stir in Classico sauce and drained pasta.  Cover with mozerella cheese and cook in a 375○ oven until cheese is bubbly. 

I use the roasted tomatoes for the left overs, to make sure they are good and moist.  Mojo doesn’t like for his pasta to get dry….

Pasta ala Mrs. Tara & roasted tomatoes

Pasta ala Mrs. Tara & roasted tomatoes

**NOTE — the Classico sun-dried tomato sauce is NOT egg-free!  Button Boy is not allowed to eat it, but I did have some Mac-n-cheese that was egg-free that he was able to enjoy!

Menu Plan Monday — No Plan, Yet!

11 May
Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Believe it or not, I don’t have my Menu Plan completed for this week.  This week has some “may-be”s to it….I was expecting Sonshine Soccer on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday….but it is only Tuesday and Saturday….I was expecting Mojo’s parents on Thursday, but they aren’t coming until Friday….Button Boy’s 6th birthday is Saturday, and we are cooking out at my parent’s house with family and Button Boy’s friend (I’m sure I’ll have pictures to post sometime next week)….so, you can see there have been plenty of changes in the Menu Planning…so, I am going to for-go posting to Laura’s Menu Planning Monday round-up this week, but will probably post some of our food over the week.  I do plan on doing some cooking for my in-laws and during the week.  Button Boy is excited because I will be *ATTEMPTING* B.O.B. cake pops for his birthday instead of a cake!  We have to go egg-free which means no store bought cakes for us anymore!

Stay Tuned for updates on our week!


Happy Mother’s Day

10 May

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

EmmyJMommy, Button Boy & Girly Girl

EmmyJMommy, Button Boy & Girly Girl

Me and my two young babies! 
 I have a lot of learning still to do about being a mommy,
but I had a terrific example in my own mother…and in Mojo’s mom. 
I have been blessed beyond words!
EmmyJMommy's Mommy & Girly Girl

EmmyJMommy's Mommy & Girly Girl

Only a mother would kiss a ravioli covered face!  Yuck! 
Mojo's Mom cooking dumplins with Girly Girl

Mojo's Mom cooking dumplins with Girly Girl

Mojo’s mom loves to tell Girly Girl about the “old days” when she was growing up.  Girly Girl sits with her mesmerized! 

What a beautiful sight to see!


Father, I praise you for the work you have done in my life.  I praise you for the examples that you have given me throughout my entire life.  You have surrounded me with Godly women who lead me by not only their actions, but their words.  Today, as we celebrate mothers and the work they do everyday in every home, I pray that you will give us all the ability to train our daughters in the way they should go.  To be an example of a Proverbs 31 woman, wife and mother, but most of all, for our children to see Christ in us.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

My New Toy

9 May

To say a lot in this post would probably take away from my excitement over my NEW TOY!!!!  Let me just say,



Keurig Special Edition

Keurig Special Edition

Coffee, Tea or...

Coffee, Tea or...


Panko Is/Are My Friend

7 May
Garlic Oven Chicken

Garlic Oven Chicken

Thursday Girly Girl and I made some terrific mashed potatoes, but I have to tell you about the incredibly moist and crunchy chicken that we made for the main dish!!!  It was, in the words of Rachael Ray, YUMMMM-O!



Set oven to 350°F.
Butter an 11 x 7-inch pan (if using more than 4 breasts use a larger pan).
In a bowl, combine melted butter with fresh minced garlic, garlic powder and salt.
In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs with 1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and coarse ground black pepper.
Dip chicken in butter mixture; then in crumb mixture.
Place in prepared pan and bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes (placing the chicken on a rack in a pan will produce an extra crispy crust).
**NOTE** for moist tender breasts cooking time should take no more than at the most 35 minutes unless they are very large then you might have to add on a couple extra minutes).
Top with shredded cheddar or mozzarella the last 5 minutes of cooking.
**Note** the original directions stated to bake covered for half of the cooking time, I have since changed it to bake uncovered the full time for a crispier coating.

You can also find this recipe at RecipeZaar.