November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone enjoys their feasts! We are getting ready.

Yesterday, the kids and I made Chess Pies, Pecan Pies, Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cake (with my homemade puree), Apple Pie (first time making homemade), Cherry Pie, and Oreo cake (from kid's cookbook).

Today, we clean, do the prep work for tomorrow, and make banana bread and maybe a banana cream pie. My hubby will start the dough for his rolls and cook the chickens for his stuffing.

Our Menu for tomorrow is:

Turkey
Ham
Hubby's stuffing
Sweet Potatoes
Whiskey Glazed Carrots
Mashed Potatoes
Corn
Peas
Spanish Green Beans
Rolls
Pies and such from above
Banana Bread
Banana Cream Pie


One thing I did new this year...first time ever....I...*sigh*...caught the oven on fire!!! I can't remember what pie it was but one (or two LOL) overflowed. Forgot to clean it up. Turned the oven on again to cook again - grumbling to myself about why I turned it off in the first place knowing I had more to cook. Next thing you know, my youngest screams fire. Just a little one! Baking soda took care of it...LOL Hubby had to do that because I am standing there almost in tears! I really suck at cooking!! Hubby claims it happens to everyone...uh yeah...how many of you all have caught your oven on fire?????

November 20, 2008

Getting ready for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving at my house.... I really don't mind the family coming it's the preparation before hand that makes me start groaning. Scrubbing toilets (LOL), dusting, hiding all my crap, sweeping, mopping, cleaning zones (yeah right), probably dusting again (I hate living on a dirt road), and did I mention cleaning the bathrooms. There is a reason I never go into the boys bathroom!

My hubby makes a wonderful moist turkey or two, a ham, many different dressings (his has onions and gizzards in it, one has onions but no meat, and one is plain jane with not even onions in it) and his famous homemade rolls (mmmm mouth watering!!). The kids and I do everything else. We have to take into account one vegetarian (my daughter) and two diabetics and still make everything ubber yummy!

Any ideas?

November 10, 2008

Kroger Mega Deals....whooohoo

Wow! Just got back from Kroger. I don't usually do Kroger (had a bad experience about a year ago)...went to the other one in neighboring town. Took two of my kids with me. Got everything I had coupons for...had daughter watch buggies while my son and I checked out, then took it to the car and came back in to check out again. Did I mention it was absolutely pouring rain outside? LOL Did 9 orders total!

This is what we got:

48 Carnation canned milk (yeah!!!) = Free
22 Mrs. Smith/Edwards pie singles = .50 each
12 Stouffer frozen meals = .50 each
13 Nailsaver sponges = .49 each
3 Powerade = 1.00 each
10 Danactive yogurt = .50 each
36 Ozarka 3ltr = .25 each
12 Toaster strudell = .40 each
2 BC potatoes = 2.00 each
2 Bic Razors = Free
5 Brut deo = Free
7 Domino Sugar = .95 each
7 Quaker Oats = Free
2 Crisco = $1.60 each
Halloween clearance = spent $7.10 but one did not ring on clearance - will go back tomorrow and fix it....so only spent $2.10

Total spent: $55.78 - $4.69 (will get tomorrow) = $51.09
Saved: $275.59 + $4.69 = $280.28
That's 85%

I don't usually spend that much but I got a lot of things we really use (canned milk, sugar, oil, water, pie!!!) LOL

November 6, 2008

Pumpkin Puree

Making pumpkin puree is not hard but it is a lot of work. A special thanks to TennZen and Pioneer Woman for their step by step directions and PICTURES. There are so many recipes out there but not a lot of step by step pictured ones. And people like *me* need those!

The steps were simple:

1. Cut pumpkins in half, scoop out the strings and seeds (saved seeds for later), cut into big chunks *done*
2. cook in oven for an hour *done - wasn't sure if they were done or not but fork went into it easily and they looked like Ree's pictures so I figured I was okay*

3. Peel skin off and chop into chunks *done - I didn't even cut myself - yeah! - It was pretty easy getting the skins off. They were VERY watery though.*




4. Used the food processor to puree it. *done - really needed to puree it more. These big pumpkins don't really have much taste. I can't wait to try the smaller pumpkins so I can see if there is a big difference in taste. Don't laugh but that was my first time using a food processor....I know, I know...

5. Drained the water *done - Did I say that these things were watery?? Very much so. I let it drain for hours and it was still having water come out of it. I don't think I did anything wrong...I read online where the bigger pumpkins were more watery, so I think I'm okay.* (not to self - find a new and larger strainer)

6. Put in baggies and freeze *done - ONE pumpkin made 8 cups of puree! Yes I can count, there are only three bags - I used 2 cups for chocolate pumpkins muffins...which did not turn out as well at all...hubby is eating them though...sweet sweet hubby!


Well, one pumpkin down and quite a few more to go! Hopefully I will fix the mistakes learning opportunities I made in the first batch (cook it a little longer, puree it more)and the next batches will be better. I can't wait to try pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins.......

I have the pumpkin seeds saved to roast tomorrow. I have never tried pumpkin seeds before. Do you eat them like sunflower seeds or eat the whole thing?

November 2, 2008

Pumpkins!

Look what I got FREE today....


Recipes? What do I do with 9 LARGE pumpkins???? There was a sale last week and I got 22 cans of pumpkin for free! LOL Luckily we love pumpkin! I was planning on using the cans for pies, bread, and cookies...mmmmmmmm

I do not know what to do with a whole pumpkin...except carve it!! But I want to eat these - is that okay? I know I have heard the little ones called pie pumpkins.

Ideas?????

Another Halloween gone...

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! Putting together a costume ... candy ... candy ... candy ... hanging with friends. Fred/George was "just cool mom", Ron was a "guardian" (of what I don't know!! LOL) You can't see Ginny's costume but it was just her goth clothes. She was going to be Edward from the Twilight books, but since she did not go to a party with her best friend, who was going to be Bella, things changed. The cute clown behind Ginny is Ron's best friend Amie.





But aren't they adorable??