Sunday, January 30, 2011

Where the boys are

At 10,600 foot ... the top of the world near Sonora Pass overlooking nearby Yosemite.  We are lucky to live nearby such amazing terrain.  While the girls and kiddos hang out together ice skating, playing, cooking and having some fun at community BINGO night the boys are playing in the snow on their annual snowmobile getaway weekend.  Fun weekend for everyone but you can be sure that the girls are planning a little getaway of our own...can you say Napa?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Coming soon to my kitchen

Meyer Lemon Coffeecake.  It is January and that means Meyer lemons can be found in the grocery store.  Sweet little golden beauties.  And I found this delicious recipe in the February issue of Living magazine and plan to make it this week. I will let you know how it turns out.

Princess Cupcakes

Cupcakes fit for a 3 year old princess.  Just had to share these beautiful cupcakes made by a friend for a birthday party this past weekend.  Pink frosting on chocolate and vanilla cake with handmade chocolate crowns on the top.  Gorgeous.  And delicious.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homemade Granola

I was lucky enough to receive the new Sunset Cookbook for Christmas and one of the first things I wanted to make after looking though it for hours was granola.  Try this Del's Grand Canyon Granola.
Loaded with oats, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds and I substituted dried cranberries for raisins.

Can't wait for breakfast!

Menu Planning

It's mid January and time for some comfort food.

Sunday - Meatloaf, Twice Baked Potatoes and Curried Cauliflower
Monday - Meatloaf Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries, baked
Tuesday - Chicken, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup and Spinach Salad
Wednesday - Grilled Golden Gate Sandwiches and Tomato or Butternut Squash Soup
Thursday - Grilled Pork Loin, Oven Roasted Potatoes
Friday - Pizza Night

Monday, January 3, 2011

Menu Planning First Monday of 2011

Welcome 2011.  What do you have in store for us?  Can't wait to find out.
It is back to school, back to a regular work week, baseball practice, board meetings and the general chaos that is our everyday life.  Not complaining though.
So here's what I am planning.

Monday:  Chicken Pot Pie Casserole...using oven roasted chicken from Sunday dinner
Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs with salad
Wednesday:  Wild Rice and Chicken Mushroom Soup...recipe I've used before from Back of the House Cooking School
Thursday: Steak Fajitas
Friday: Meatloaf, Twice Baked Potatoes and Baked Beans + Pork Roast in the Crock Pot for BBQ Pulled Pork for the weekend

What are you in the mood to cook this week?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year - Welcome 2011

New Year's Eve Dinner...spur of the moment purchase of fresh Dungeness Crab combined with Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Soup, Bread and Devil's Food Cupcakes for dessert.  Yum.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Soup is easy. 

1/2 cup each, diced broccoli and cauliflower, you can use frozen or fresh
1 cup chicken broth
Combine the broth and veggies in a medium sauce pan, heat to simmer, allow to steam veggies
Toss with scant 1/4 cup of flour, combine and cook for about a minute
Add 2 - 3 cups milk depending on how many servings you need, heat to simmering
Add 1 cup diced melting cheese (Velvetta style)
Salt and pepper to taste

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