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Week 15 Menu

This week is going to be a rough one! I’m starting a new course. Psychology 505.  I’d like to keep it easy and keep it fast this week.

Lets see if I can accomplish that goal.

Friday

Left-Overs/Clean out Fridge

Saturday

Eat Your Bowl Taco Salad

Sunday

Crock-pot Apricot Chicken with Rice

Monday

Crock-pot Cranberry Beef

Tuesday

Tuna Vegetable Casserole

Wednesday

Easy Lasagna Casserole

Thursday

Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham

 
 

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Investigation/ing Religion

A request in the comments section to investigate Orthodox Recipes has motivated me. For the next four weeks, I shall incorporate one Orthodox recipe into the weekly menu. This week it will be an Orthodox Easter recipe.  I’ll also attempt to speak about the Customs, Traditions and Foods of  Orthodox holidays, learning as I go along on this quest.

My father’s side of the family are Irish Catholics and my mother’s side are German Lutherans. As I was growing up I remember visiting my Step-Fathers Mother on Easter. My Step-Grandmother was also Lutheran. We would drive to church with her and after church we would go out to breakfast at the tiny cafe in her town. I would wear my best dress and attempt to stay clean all day.  Other than the times we would take my Step-Grandmother to church, I remember my brother and I coloring eggs then we would take turns hiding the eggs around the house until we had eaten them all or we lost them behind furniture. That is all I knew about Easter. So, when I had my own children I had to investigate what Easter was really about and decide what and how we would celebrate the Holiday.

My husband had taught me a lot about religion, I’d say he had taught me everything I knew, up until I started college, about religion. When my three eldest children were still young I was very isolated with them. We didn’t have a car for me to use, we did not have a telephone for me to call family on, and we did not own a television or radio to enjoy. When the Jehovah Witnesses came knocking on my door wanting to have bible studies with me, I figured why not let them in. We could learn from each other and I could have a couple of friends. That lasted for a little while. The relationship turned sour when they told me that God was punishing me for something by letting me be born with a disability and that I wouldn’t be allowed into heaven because of my disability.  I asked them to leave. That was the end of any friendships I have had besides the friendship with my husband and children. It was also the last time I had any religious teachings.

Baptized and confirmed as a child into the Lutheran church I have not been to church on my own as an adult, save a handful of times. My children are not baptized, although I always wanted it.  My husband didn’t think it was necessary to do so, nor make any attempt at honoring my wishes of maintaining a religious household. When I begin grace at the super table eyes roll, sounds of disgust will be heard, and he will not join me in setting a good example of thanking the Lord for our food and our day. During bed time it was just myself and my children because he was at work, so I had incorporated a routine of saying our bedtime prayers before sleep and the children seemed to enjoy that.

I don’t want to sound like the failure of religion in my home is all of his fault or that I put a total blame on him. I believe I did the best I could, given the circumstances, and now that the children are teenagers, they refuse to attend ceremonies with me.  I do regret that my wishes were not taken seriously and that I had been isolated which prevented the children and I from seeking out friendships that could have helped us attend church.

For the next four weeks, I will be on a quest to learn more about what is it that makes a church Orthodox and what are the foods one can partake in during religious holidays.

Please join me on my quest, I will need the support!

Thank you!

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2010 in Journal

 

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Candy Bar Croissants

My Sous Chef Girl made these as I called out the directions to her. They are an amazing treat after a stressful day!

Recipe via “The Taste of Home”

  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 plain milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), broken into small pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions

Unroll crescent roll dough; separate into triangles. Brush with butter. Arrange candy bar pieces evenly over triangles; roll up from the wide end. Place point side down on a greased baking sheet; curve ends slightly. Brush with egg and sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 8 servings.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Desserts, Recipes

 

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The Things You Do For Love!

For those of us who either have a three year old or have survived a three year old, you know what I am talking about in this post.

For the rest, let me tell you a little story, don’t worry, it will be a short one because it only entails the adventures from this mornings routine. That’s only 3 hours long.

Before I open my eyes, I hear that tiny, cute, froggy voice telling me “It’s morning time”. MMhhMM I mutter and hope she understands that I did indeed respond effectively. (Well, at least as effective as you can after being up and down all night with said tiny, cute, froggy voice who likes to sleep in my bed with me but is too hot for covers and too cold without them.. I digress)  She tells me she’s “oh so hungry” and “are you coming yet momma?” all in the span of about one minute.  I’m asking, no, pleading with this child who has only been alive three years to please give me five more minutes and “I’ll be right there”.  She sulks off to interrogate her sisters about what it is they are doing in the kitchen and whether they can stay home from school today. Note to the wise, teens prompt three year old to ask the parental units if the teens can stay home and play with them, don’t give in to the sweet face, behind it is a laughing teenager!

I finally hop out of bed, find my glasses, unplug my cell phone while checking to see if I missed a call telling me we won the lottery. Zero calls missed, oh well.

From the kitchen I hear my eldest daughter trying to play deal or no deal with the three year old, except this game isn’t the same as the one on television. This is the game all children of three play to learn how they can manipulate four grown-ups into dong what ever they want them to do. I think these are the rules, I haven’t seen the rules though, I’m just guessing so don’t quote me to your three year old!

1. Ask the child if they are hungry.

2 The child responds with the answer “I want to play the Wii”

3. Pour your coffee because it’s going to be a long morning

This kid never, EVER, knows what she wants for breakfast. She may finally tell you after a lot of crying, that she’d like pancakes but that was not one of the options you gave her so you have to tell her you don’t have pancake mix today and you really must buy some soon. She of course doesn’t take this news well and refuses to hear anything else that you suggest to her from that point on. Of course there is the crying included here.

If you ever manage to get your three year old to sit down to a bowl of something, first, you win an award. Second, they only eat three bites because they are three years old and somehow that has translated into three bites is all I have to eat until I can get down and terrorize mommy again!

I’m exhausted, insane, frazzled, overwhelmed, and my neck needs a massage.

It’s only 9am…

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Journal

 

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I’ve been accepted!

Happy day! The Foodie Blogroll accepted my blog!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Journal

 

Week 14 Menu

Friday

Left Overs/ Clean out your Fridge

Saturday

Garden Burgers

Blackberry Cobbler

Sunday

Beef Lo Mein

Candy Bar Croissants

Monday

Chicken & Chick Pea Curry

Tuesday

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Wednesday

Tomato Smothered Pork Chops

Thursday

Eat Your Bowl Taco Salad

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Menus, The Price is Right

 

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Eat Your Bowl Taco Salad

  • Tortilla shells
  • Bag of Shredded Lettuce
  • 1lb ground hamburger
  • 1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 jar salsa
  • Sour cream

Pre heat oven to 325°

Spray a small round casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.

Gently push a tortilla shell into the dish, so that the sides fold in and rest along the sides of the dish. The tortilla should take on the shape of a bowl. Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes until crispy, set aside, continue baking amount of shells you’ll need.

Cook ground hamburger add taco seasoning and cook as directed.

Fill the shells with lettuce and top with seasoned hamburger. Sprinkle with cheese, sour cream, and salsa.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Beef, Recipes

 

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