Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunday's Ham and Sweet Potatoes

How are y'all doing?  I hope your week is off to a good start!

I just wanted to share a quick photo of yesterday's dinner (at least part of it).  We had ham and sweet potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, rolls, and apple pie for dessert.

I decided to try baking the sweet potatoes in my Instant Pot, and they turned out really great!  And so easy!  I just let the ham (which, by the way, was a spiral cut ham from Aldis and they are SO GOOD!  If you haven't tried one, you should!) stay warm in the oven while the sweet potatoes were cooking in the Instant Pot.  It took about 35 minutes to make 4 of them, and they turned out soft, creamy, and oh so good topped with butter and pumpkin pie spice!  If you have an Instant Pot, definitely try making your sweet potatoes this way.  I am definitely making these again!

When I put the sweet potatoes on the plate, I just snapped a quick picture so you could see all their yummy goodness!  The skin peeled right back (see it at the top of the sweet potato?  It kind of looks like a bay leaf!) and the insides were creamy and yum!

So easy to do!  Here is how I made them:
1.  Pour 1-1/2 cups of water in your instant pot.
2.  Use the trivet.  Scrub the sweet potatoes.  Put 4 medium sweet potatoes on the trivet in the Instant Pot.
3.  Put the lid on, make sure it's sealed, and cook them on Manual for 18 minutes.
4.  Do a natural release, about 15 minutes.
5.  Take them out, butter them, and enjoy!  I sprinkled pumpkin pie spice on the melted butter, which was really good!

All in all it took about 35 minutes to make the 4 sweet potatoes.  If you try it, let me know how yours turn out!  We all thought this was the way to make them from now on!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Geezer Chili

Yes, it's true.  Geezer in the house.  And that makes me a Geezer-ette, I guess.

Truth is, we still like to eat the same things we've always eaten.  Except at night.  Or after 4:00 in the afternoon.  Or in large amounts.  Or as spicy.  Or as salty.  The list goes on. And on.

Enter Geezer Chili.  We still like to eat chili, but we DON'T like not being able to sleep at night because the heartburn is so bad we want to call the fire department.

This recipe is just a good, basic chili that warms you up without so much heat.  I use mild chili beans, and leave the hot sauce out to make it even more Geezer-friendly.

But this is family friendly too!  My grandkids love to eat this chili, and they each put their own little spins on it.  The youngest one eats it on top of spaghetti, topped with grated cheddar.  The oldest ones top big bowls of it with grated cheddar cheese, more chopped onions, and crackers.  I like to put it in a dish, top it with cheddar cheese, and scoop it with Frito scoops or Tostito scoops.  Grown up kids like it just as much as the younger kids and the geezers!  You can add whatever toppings you like to make it your own.  However you like it, a big bowl of chili on a chilly day can't be beat!

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Weekly Menu Plan for October 14 - 20, 2018

Well, it finally got here.  And when it got here, it REALLY got here.  We went from 80's one day to 30's the next!  No transition this year!

All my capris, sleeveless, and short sleeve tops are now packed away at the back of my closet, and the sweatshirts and sweaters are here to stay until next summer.  Last night we went to a marching band competition and I had on a sweatshirt over a long sleeve t-shirt, my winter coat, hat, gloves, and a scarf.  And I was still freezing!  A week ago we were eating ice cream to cool off!

Time for me to cocoon!  I love fall, but I am not a big fan of cold weather.  Or ice.  It seems we get a lot of icy roads here in central Indiana - more ice than snow, quite often.  I prefer snow!  Hoping this winter is a mild one!

Enough weather talk.  I have this week's menu all ready, grocery shopping is done, and the ham is going in the oven for today's dinner in a couple hours.  I hope you all have a great week!

Here is this week's men:
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Recipe links are below.

Dutch Apple Pie is from Genius Kitchen

Apple Pie Cake is from Jo Cooks
The country fried steak is from Sams Club, very good and EASY!

Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole is from I Wash You Dry
Apple Butterscotch Fluff Salad is from Mostly Homemade Mom

Chicken Alfredo is from Six Sisters Stuff
Chocolate Mousse is from Wonky Wonderful

Slow Cooker Ribs are from Southern Bite
Chocolate Éclair Cake is from The Girl Who Ate Everything

That's it for this week!  I hope you find something here that you can use!
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sausage and Sauerkraut

And it's a good thing....because here it comes!  One more warm day and then fall will swoop in with a flourish!  I am looking at a forecast calling for early morning temps in the 30's!

It will be a perfect time for a Sausage and Sauerkraut supper!  It just tastes like fall to me.  But then, I like sauerkraut.  If you do, you will love this dinner.  For me, it HAS to be served over mashed potatoes.  Because then it's gluten free - WOOHOO!  But it tastes best that way, too.  ❤

I made this dish a few weeks ago, at the end of September.  You can find it  HERE on this menu plan.  The recipe is from Taste of Home, but I tweak it just a little bit.  Nothing major, just a few little ways to cook it.  And I use smoked sausage instead of Polish sausage.  But I'm quite sure it would be good with the Polish sausage! No matter how you make it, it will be yummy!

Here is the recipe card:
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If you try it, I hope you all like it!  Get those sweaters out!
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Weekly Menu Plan for Week of Oct. 7 to 13, 2018

So far, except for a few chilly days, fall has been more like summer here.  Mid to upper 80's all week this week, and the same for next week.  I'm ready for some sweater weather!  Not too cold, just enough to make you want to snuggle under a blanket on the couch and sip some hot tea.  The weatherman says it is coming at the end of next week.  I'll believe it when I see it.

But somehow the leaves didn't get the memo that summer hasn't left yet, and they are beginning to turn into hints of red and gold.  I think this might be one of those gorgeous, colorful falls!  Time will tell!

I have a super busy weekend planned, so I am posting next week's menu tonight....just in case I run out of time this weekend!  I needed some easy meals this week, as we have a couple granddaughters in band and orchestra and they have concerts this week.  So the meals this week give me time to prep or bake in the morning, and then take care of last-minute prep right before dinner.

Here is this week's menu plan:
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Recipe notes are below.

Easy K-D Taco Supper is from Genius Kitchen - quick, easy, and good!  I use gluten free macaroni and cheese so I can eat it too!  Kids really like this!
Five Flavor Pound Cake is from Divas Can Cook

Imitation Crabmeat Salad is from Genius Kitchen 
Lemon Meringue Pie is from Taste of Home - The only thing I do differently is I don't put the meringue on top because no one in my family likes meringue!  So I just put whipped cream on it, and they think that's the best!

Roast Chicken is from Everyday Mom's Meals - haven't tried this yet but it sounds really yummy!

Chicken Fried Rice is from Rachel Schultz on Homemaking - I'm hoping to have enough leftover roast chicken to use for this dish!
Mandarin Orange Cake is from The Teacher Cooks - it's either the same or almost the same as Paula Deen's Pig Pickin' Cake, both are scrumptious!

Baked Lemon Cod is from What's Gaby Cooking - forcing myself  trying to eat fish at least once a week!
Easy Rice Pilaf is from Soulfully Made 
Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars are from Crazy for Crust - never made these before, but oh my goodness they sound like heaven!  These aren't the same kind of magic bars I think of that use sweetened condensed milk, and that's good because I don't care for those.  I cannot wait to make these and see what my family thinks!  Not gluten free, so I won't have any, but I may have to try tweaking this recipe to see if I can make it gluten free in the future!

Baked Beans are from The Chunky Chef 

And that's a wrap for next week!  I hope you have a great week and weekend!
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sausage and Potato Chowder

Nothing beats a nice, hot bowl of soup on a chilly fall evening.  And this soup is so good!

I had about a pound of smoked sausage left over from another recipe, and an 8 oz. package of diced ham that I wanted to use up.  I was debating what to make with it, and finally decided I would make a pot of soup that could simmer for awhile so I could get some other chores done.

I just kind of decided what to put in as I went along, and it turned out so good!  I used gluten free cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup from Wal Mart.  It's just their private label stuff, but it is so good!  I use it all the time and no one can tell!  I think it's $1.39 a can, or something like that, and they have tomato soup as well.  So good!  If you don't need to make it gluten free, just use regular cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup.  Velveeta is gluten free, and I love to use it in soups because it melts so nicely.  Just makes it creamy!

The only thing to watch in this soup is the amount of water you use.  I needed to add an extra cup after I cooked the potatoes awhile.  You could also use milk, if you want to.  You will just have to judge as you go along.

Here is the recipe for the soup:
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I hope you like it!  We sure did!

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Meal Plan Monday #133 at Southern Bite
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage 

Weekly Menu Plan for Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2018

Hard to believe, yet here we are saying goodbye to September!  Although here in Indiana, summer is making a comeback this week as we are looking at low to mid-80's all week long!  But the cooler evenings and chilly mornings definitely let us know fall and winter are lurking around the corner!

This week I spent some time trying to catch up on some sewing projects, but not much progress made.  Bummer.  Whenever I leave a sewing project lie around for awhile, it takes me SO LONG to get back into it!  I read and re-read directions, try to figure out what in the world I was doing, where I left off, and by that time it's time to go make dinner or do something else.  But I refuse to get more stuff out until I finish a few things.  Crossing my fingers I will do better this week.

Last night I went and bought some cute little fall decorations at The Christmas Tree Shop.  I love that store!  I am trying to achieve a more Pinterest-worthy fall mantel, even though I am seriously decorating-impaired.  We'll see how it turns out! There's always room for new learning and trying out new things!

This week's menu is a pretty easy one.  I needed more time for sewing!!  But still lots of yummy treats for dinner!

Here is this week's menu:
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Recipe links and notes are below.

Grilled Hamburgers - this is just my own concoction, but nice for the fall.  We grill out regular burgers, but top them with slices of deli ham fried up in a skillet until the edges are crisp, sautéed onions, a piece of swiss cheese, lettuce, and beer mustard.  Serve them on a pretzel roll, and you have a burger worthy of any Oktoberfest!

Speedy Chicken Ala King is from Genius Kitchen - I like to serve it over mashed potatoes, but you can serve it over toast, baked potatoes, biscuits, egg noodles, whatever you like!
Dutch Apple Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust is from 21 Rosemary Lane - the family really likes this pie!

Shepherd's Pie is from Cincy Shopper - it seems as if I must have a taste for mashed potatoes this week!  Since I always buy a 10# bag of them from Aldis, I'm sure I'll have enough!
Cheddar Bay Biscuits are from The Slow Roasted Italian - I have made these many times for my family, and they just love them!  Pretty much like Red Lobster's biscuits, but my grandgirls think they are even better!
No Bake Twinkie Cake is from The Country Cook - easy and yummy every time!

Baked Ziti is from Budget Savvy Diva - this is a new one for me this week!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are from Honey and Butter - another new one, but they sound so yummy! And I can easily put these in my granddaughter's lunch box!

Tilapia Parmesan is from Genius Kitchen - my husband loves fish, so this one's for him!
Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese Casserole is from An Affair From The Heart - this is an oldie but goodie!

Hearty Beef Soup is from The Slow Roasted Italian - pure comfort food
Sweet Butter Bread is from Genius Kitchen - so good, makes me wish I could eat it!!  This is a bread machine recipe, easy and smells so delicious!!
German Chocolate Sheet Cake is from Chef In Training

That's it for another week!  I hope you find my menus helpful, and you find some recipes you like!  Have a wonderful week!

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