Friday, May 21, 2010

Today (May 21, 2010)

Today (May 21, 2010)

I am loving... naps

that the morning sickness is starting to go away
my new Amish cookbook

I wish...  that I could be more organized

that I could stay focused
that I knew this baby's gender (June 16th we have our ultrasound)

I dislike... my girls getting into things that don't belong to them

that the hamburger meat I bought last night is brown this am.  I am definitely taking it back today
morning sickness

Favorites at Home... green smoothies

grocery shopping all by myself
long, hot baths when dh is home to take care of kids

Thinking About...  being pregnant with #5 and what it will mean to our family

starting to potty train Jordan.  He's not ready yet.
registering Maya for Kindergarten Aunt Brenda's Macaroni Salad (making this later)

Chocolate Truffles
Salads, all the time.  Doesn't matter if it's lettuce, pasta, potato, veggie, fruit, etc...

New Amish Cookbook and a recipe

I just picked up an Amish cookbook at our local Winco grocery store.  It's called "The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook--Plainly Delicious Recipes from the Simple Life" by Georgia Varozza.  It is published by Harvest House Publishers ( It has some wonderful recipes that I will share soon.  Here is the first one.  I love creamsicles, and this reminds me of one or an Orange Juilius.  Enjoy!

Orange Float Mix

4 cups instant nonfat dry milk
2 cups powdered orange drink mix (such as Tang)
1 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place in an airtight container or large plastic storage bags.  Store in a cool, dry place.  Date the container and use within 6 months.

To Use:
1/2 cup Orange Float Mix
1 cup water
2 ice cubes

Mix together all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately.
Variations:  You can add frozen or fresh fruit or berries, flavored or plain yogurt, or anything else that suits your taste.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Berry Baked Oatmeal

This is so good!  Check her blog out, she has some fantastic recipes.  :)  I can't believe this is my 100th post already.  Time flies.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Debbie's Strawberry Jello

Debbie's Strawberry Jello 

2 packages (3 oz each)strawberry gelatin powder
2 cups boiling water
2 packages (10 oz each) frozen strawberries, unsweetened
1 can (13 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
2 large bananas
1 pint sour cream
1 tub Cool Whip®

Dissolve jello with boiling water. Then mix in strawberries until thawed. Add pineapple and bananas. Pour 1/2 into 8 x 13 pan. Put in frig till set. Add sour cream layer and the rest of the jello mixture. Just before serving add cool whip. 

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
1 package German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 tub Coconut Pecan Frosting

Melt butter in large bowl. Mix in cake mix and eggs. Roll in to 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Once cool, place a good layer of frosting between two similar sized cookies.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Amish Friendship Bread

I haven't had this in ages.  It's so good.  :)  There are a ton of variations here.  I think the Caramel Apple and Mounds Bar one sound interesting.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

These are so good!  I think I got them from an Amish Cookbook.

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz pkg chocolate chips

Mix flour and baking soda; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, pudding mix, and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy.  Beat in eggs.  Gradually add flour mixture; mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.  Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Italian Chicken Pasta

Italian Chicken Pasta

4 frozen bagged chicken breasts, not thawed
1 bottle Bernstein's Italian salad dressing
8 oz spaghetti
4 roma tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
1 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375.  Bake chicken-put some Italian dressing on chicken in greased pan.  Bake until done, about 40 minutes.  Cool chicken and cube.  Cook pasta and drain.  While pasta cooks, in separate dish put 1 cup of Italian dressing and warm it up.  Pour over pasta and stir.  Add tomatoes, chicken, and parmesan cheese.  Stir and enjoy!

Menu for the week

I think I am going to start and post my meal plans for the week.  Will post recipes on the day I make them.

*Italian Chicken Pasta and Salad
*Meatloaf and Scalloped Potatoes with a veg
*Sloppy Joe Under a Bun with a veg
*Fried Chicken, my Aunt Brenda's Macaroni Salad, and fruit salad
*Tuna Rice Casserole with steamed broccoli
*Chicken Spaghetti and Salad
*My Mil's Fried Rice (Spanish Rice) with ground beef and a veg