Monday, July 27
Tuesday, July 21
I think it is a winner, don't you?
Monday, July 20
We are due for some more hot weather this week, so I am trying to stay away from the oven as much as possible again this week. It's getting hard to stay creative with all these hot temperatures!
Monday-Nachos with black beans, taco meat, cheese, salsa, tomatoes, and sour cream
Tuesday-Asian Noodle Salad (with garden fresh red cabbage, green onions, pepper and cucumber) and Grilled Chicken
Wednesday-Grilled Hamburgers, Bean Salad
Thursday-BLT Chicken Salad, Focaccia Bread
Friday-Homemade Pizza (we've been grilling it and it turns out pretty good!), Green Salad
For other great menu ideas, visit the Organizing Junkie!
Thursday, July 16
I have been making my own pizza at home for a couple months now and my family loves it! I don't think this recipe for pizza sauce is by any means ground breaking, but it is good and I thought I would share it. :) It's easy and inexpensive and it tastes pretty darn good.
All you need is:
Italian seasoning (I have also used basil and oregano and it is just as yummy), one can tomato paste, one eight ounce can of tomato sauce, and fresh garlic. That's it!
I use approximately one tablespoon of the seasoning and about two cloves or two teaspoons of minced, fresh garlic. Stir it all together and it's done! If I plan ahead, I like to let it sit for about 24 hours to let the flavors meld. Melding is very important. My mom taught me that. :) I can usually get about three pizzas with a generous amount of sauce.
You can also add salt if you wish, but I find with all the other toppings, the pizza has enough salt, so the sauce doesn't need it. Enjoy!
For other great recipes, stop by Gayle's Grocery Cart Challenge.
Tuesday, July 14
The sandwiches were quite yummy and the homemade baked beans from scratch (no canned beans here) were very tasty as well.
I love making easy meals. Especially ones that don't involve heating up my house in the summertime.
I hate the smell of bacon that lingers in your home after you've cooked it. I love bacon--don't get me wrong, however that lingering smell is absolutely the worst. My mom taught me this tip (you'll see a pattern here--she has taught me a lot in the kitchen as well as outside). Drum roll please...
If you have a gas grill with a side burner, this will definitely work for you! Instead of cooking the bacon on your stove top, simply cook it outside on your gas grill's side burner. It is as easy as that. In addition, it cooks quite a bit faster, but best of all there is NO smell inside your home for days after cooking the bacon.
This works for me! For other helpful tips, visit We Are THAT Family.
Sunday, July 12
Tuesday, July 7
Cubed Hard Boiled Egg
Sliced Cheese (whatever your choosing--I used the Costco Mexican blend)
Crumbled Blue Cheese
Diced Avocado (I didn't have any, but a traditional Cobb salad has it)
Use as much of each to your liking on a bed of Romaine and enjoy this tasty, summertime meal!
Sunday, July 5
The little Peanut was a teensy bit stubborn and decided that she wasn't in need of her late morning/early afternoon nap. Somehow she senses something awfully exciting is happening and she really shouldn't miss anything so she just won't shut her eyes. Sleep did finally come in the middle of dinner (during the second course which was diced yams) when she just couldn't fight it anymore. Poor thing. :)
She also had fun with her cousin, C, who just loved pushing her in her swing.
Our token family holiday picture...those fingers taste awfully good...
It was just such a good time and even though it was a three day weekend, it went TOO fast. It is so disappointing when it is all over. It's like my dad says, "half of the fun is in the anticipation." So very true.
Saturday, July 4
A special thank you to our founding fathers. Although they were not perfect, they were brilliant. We still abide by the very Constitution they wrote over 230 years ago. I thank God that I am an American and can celebrate freedom not only from an oppressive monarchy but that I can worship freely and still share the good news.
In addition, a special thank you to all of our armed forces and their families. Your sacrifices mean so much. I cannot imagine what you have to do every day, but I thank you for your service to our great country.