Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Damien's 2nd birthday

This past Saturday, Tate and I went to Tacoma for our friends Anna & Dan's sons 2nd birthday. What a beautiful day for an outdoor party! For September, the weather was great!

Birthday boy Damien. The Diva, Charlotte.

My baby, Tate.
Damien in the green, Coleman inthe purple hat, Lincoln in the orange hat and Gabe in the red shirt.
Damien and his sweetheart Charlotte.

Damien chasing bubbles.

Coleman, Gabe, Lincoln.

Coleman, Gabe, Lincoln, Tate and Charlotte.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tate wants long hair

So, the other day, Tate told me he wanted long hair. And he didnt want anymore haircuts. I told him we had to take pictures then, you know, to document it.

I was telling the ladies at daycare about this, and dont you know, he now does not want to grow his hair long. Boys!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy

I made Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy last night. I did follow the recipe...except...I bought canned gravy. Um, I will not do that again. I did like this, and I will make it again, but, I will try different gravy or attempt to make my own.
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, cut in half, then sliced
1 jar (4.5 oz) Green Giant® sliced mushrooms, drained
1 jar (12 oz) beef gravy

1. In large bowl, mix beef, egg, 1/4 cup of the Bisquick mix and the pepper. With wet hands, shape beef mixture into 6 oval patties, about 1/2 inch thick. Lightly coat patties with remaining 1/4 cup Bisquick mix.

2. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Arrange patties in single layer in skillet. Add onion slices around and on top of patties. Cook 12 to 16 minutes, turning patties once and stirring onions occasionally, until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F.

3. If necessary, spoon fat from skillet and discard. Add mushrooms and gravy to skillet. Turn patties to coat with gravy. Heat to boiling.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sweet & Sour Chicken

I made Sweet & Sour Chicken from the blog My Kitchen Cafe. It was more work then I normally like to spend on dinner. But, oh my, it was so worth it. I did make the extra sauce as she suggested and used it for the egg rolls. No, I did not make the egg rolls. I bought frozen ones. :)
Try this. It is good.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Family Camp 2009

Every year we do a family camp during Labor Day weekend. Our "normal" group is us, Jim & Heather and some of their adult children, Julie & Austin and Terry & Nick. This year "others" came and went through out the weekend. The weather could have been nicer, but we still had a great time.

This year we went to Mason Lake in Shelton.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thanks for the prayers

My friend K sent me a text today. Her test came back benign. HOORAY! Thanks for the prayers.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Prayers for K

My friend K has asked that I not share her name, yet, but she needs some prayers. Today K had a biopsy on her breast to check for cancer. Please, keep K in your prayers or send some happy thoughts her way. I love her a lot. Thanks.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 2009 Meal Plan

Sept 1 ~ Ham & Cheese Omelets, hashbrowns
Sept 2 ~ Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, greenbeans
Sept 3 ~ Mexican Chicken, white rice, mandarin oragnes & pineapple (Sunshine Salad)
Sept 4 ~ Hamburgers, roast potatoes
Sept 5 ~ Steaks, baked potatoes
sept 6 ~ Potato Slabs
Sept 7 ~ Lentil & brown rice casserole
Sept 8 ~ Breakfast burritos, fruit salad
Sept 9 ~ BLT with avacodo, chips
Sept 10 ~ Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Sept 11 ~ Crockpot 3 packet pot roast
Sept 12 ~ Kielbasa bean soup
Sept 13 ~ Navajo tacos
Sept 14 ~ Spinach & cheese quiche (modified from the recipe)
Sept 15 ~ Biscuits & gravy, srambled eggs, fruit
Sept 16 ~ Jambalaya
Sept 17 ~ Crockpot sour cream and salsa chicken, white rice
Sept 18 ~ homemade pizza
Sept 19~ Grandma Mack's breakfast casserole
Sept 20 ~ Sloppy Joes, chips
Sept 21 ~ Cheese ravioli with pasta sauce
Sept 22 ~ French toast, eggs, bacon
Sept 23 ~ crockpot mac & cheese
Sept 24 ~ Sweet & sour chicken, egg rolls
Sept 25 ~ Beef pot pie
Sept 26 ~ Swill
Sept 27 ~ Spaghetti
Sept 28 ~ Broccoli cheese soup in bread bowls
Sept 29 ~ S.O.S.
Sept 30 ~ hmmm, missed one day...oh well....