Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Now I froze the zucchinis as I want it for making lasagna all winter. I blanch all my zucchini although I think I'm going to make the next batch into zucchini bread! I might then freeze a few loaves of that.
Now I've never made traditional lasagna (which I do like). We always made zucchini lasagna when I was growing up because we always had a TON of zucchini. Now I'm putting my recipe here, but a warning....I have never measured anything for this recipe in my life! It is more of a process than a recipe...adjust to your liking! My husband also insists this isn't lasagna, its a casserole, but oh, who cares!
Zucchini Lasagna3 cans of tomato sauce
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
4 oz mushrooms, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried Italian seasonings
1 tsp dried parsley
2 oz Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste (okay, all the above are approximations as I never actually measure, I just dump in and then taste it and see what I need to add, but these are all the spices I use)
4 cups zucchini (or you can do 2 cups zucchini and 4 lasagna noodles..I rather like that combination and it adds some form to the dish...we've also added sausage from time to time, but I don't really like that particular combination...I also usually use frozen, defrosted, zucchini here but you can also use fresh, it just usually takes a little longer), sliced
1 container cottage cheese
8 oz mozzarella cheese
8 oz cheddar cheese
In a sauce pan, warm tomato sauce. Add all the vegetables and spices. Taste to make sure the seasonings are right.
Layer the lasagna into the pan. First put down a layer of zucchini (or zucchini and noodles), then cover in 1/2 the sauce. Then put down 1/2 of the cottage cheese, then 1/2 of the mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Then another layer of zucchini, rest of cottage cheese and other cheeses.
Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until bubbly.
What do you do with all your extra zucchini?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
What to cook tonight? Try something here!
Professor Bainbridge offers a recipe for grilled boneless leg of lamb in hoisin BBQ sauce. Perfect for a day when it is too hot to cook inside!
You can also try this healthy recipe for Grilled Salmon with Sesame Glaze from Laura at A Weight Lifted.
Want something really different for dinner tonight? Try this great artichoke pesto from Cyndi at Busy Family Meals. If you really want to adventuresome, combine that pesto with this recipe for Chicken Pesto Pizza from An Easy Recipe Blog.
For a cool and carefree day, get out your crockpot (my absolute favorite kitchen invention) and try this Crock Pot Potato Sauerkraut Soup from Crockpot Recipes.
The Phoenix Blog recommends a tortilla and egg recipe.
The Chicken Recipe Blog has an interesting one for Oriental Chicken Wrapped Mushrooms.
It's not October, but you can pretend it is (and with it cooler weather!) with this Impossible Oktoberfest Pie (I hope that impossible means it is impossible to resist, not to make!).
Cooking Capers recommends her Devil's Chicken Wings.
Going to be inundated with zucchini? Try this recipe for Easy Cheesy Zucchini from Lisa at The Frugal Momma.
You can add to any of these meals with this recipe for corn meal biscuits from Silvia at Po Moyemu.
Try this great hot chocolate sauce from Famous Recipes...as it is summer, my personal recommendation would be drizzled over ice cream!
With bananas in abundance, try this recipe for banana bread, complete with tips from How To: Tips and Tricks Blog.
I recommend this recipe for Apple Betty. Simply and delicious!
You can make these simple Cinderella cakes with your daughter or try out these candy recipes!
You can use your bread maker to help speed up these cinnamon rolls from the Seabird Chronicles.
Now go have fun with your grills and kitchens! Oh, and because I didn't get it listed here earlier, you can also still visit last week's carnival if you haven't already done so! Remember to submit for next week's, which will be at http://expatriateskitchen.blogspot.com.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Modified from Sandra Lee
2 (21 oz) cans apple pie filling
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 packets instant apple-cinnamon oatmeal, divided [She used one with raisins and spice, but I don't like raisins, so I changed it and then just reduced the amount of cinnamon in the recipe to account for the fact that there was extra cinnamon in my oatmeal]
6 tbsp butter, divided
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9 by 13 casserole dish with cooking spray (she used butter flavored...I say, who cares and I have regular always in the house).
Spread half of the apple pie filling in the bottom of the casserole dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 1/2 packets of oatmeal. Dot with half hte butter. Repeat with rest of ingredients.
Cover with foil and bake for an hour. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to before serving. Can serve hot or cold (I made this last night and then refrigerated it and took it with me the next day).
From his bench toward the stern of the Sea Stallion From Glendalough, Erik Nielsen could see his crewmates' stricken faces peeping out of bright-red survival suits. A few feet behind him, the leather straps holding the ship's rudder to its side had snapped. The 98-foot vessel, a nearly $2.5 million replica of a thousand-year-old Viking ship, was rolling helplessly atop waves 15 feet high.
With the wind gusting past 50 miles an hour and the Irish Sea just inches from the gunwales, "I thought we'd be in the drink for sure," says Nielsen, 61, a retired geologist from Toronto.
Got to say, though...I don't think those Vikings had surival suits!
The article includes information on this voyage, the replica and some Viking material. I found this piece hilarous:
In 845, the Viking raider and extortionist extraordinary Ragnar Lothbrok slipped up the Seine with 120 ships—an estimated 5,000 men—to Paris, where King Charles the Bald paid him 7,000 pounds of gold and silver to leave in peace. (A contemporary wrote that "never had [Ragnar] seen, he said, lands so fertile and so rich, nor ever a people so cowardly.")
So typical! Definitely check out this article as well as all the cool extra features on the website.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Adam today eating sweet potatoes (the bowl was good as well!)
- The difference between night and day (he is sleeping through the night!)
- What his bottle is and what to do with it
- How to eat off a spoon and eat vegetables
- How to roll over
- How to sit up
- How to stand with help
- How to use his walker
- How to crawl
- How go after the cat (oh, he loves that cat!)
- How to smile
- How to laugh
- How to talk (in his own language, of course!)
- How to get Mommy and Daddy's attention
- How to take a bath without screaming
- How to go to places he wants to be!
He's such a big boy!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- Cars (my father rented it for Adam) - cute, but it was just an animated version of Doc Hollywood!
- Walk the Line - that was okay, but not great.
- 27 Dresses - HILAROUS!!! Definitely a chick flick, but girls - have fun and watch it!
Oh, the new X-Files movie comes out soon and I can't wait to see that one!
Perfect Poison by Jim and Joyce Lavene
This is like the fourth book in a series. This definitely was a surprise ending and very well done. I was really impressed. Her shop was flooded and so she did a big redo, which should be interesting for future books. I also really like her boyfriend/side kick, although he wasn’t in this as much. Her son got back together with his old girlfriend, an assistant medical examiner, which worked well. The main sleuth, Peggy, is now officially working with the policy as a botanist, which really adds something to this book. Definitely worth a read!
Frill Kill by Laura Childs
Again here, cozy mysteries need to spend some time in the shop (I complained about this a few months ago about other series)! This was a good book, but I really miss that aspect. This one did go more into Ava, Carmela’s friend and co-conspirator, but still, I would have liked more time with her shop. The fashion world doesn’t interest me, so that might have also contributed as Carmela was investigating the death of a model.
Sign of Seven Trilogy, Book 2, by Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts’ new series is set in the small town of Hawkins Hollow. As usual, she is off the beaten track with the group fighting a demon. She has seriously been getting stranger and stranger and I really thought I would end up disliking her new series, but I still do. Although I usually dislike anything like this (demons, vampires, etc.), she does characters so well, I can look past that and still enjoy the book. The last book comes out in December and I will be reading it. What was really funny, though, was that I actually read some of this aloud to Adam. Right now, he doesn’t care what we read, it just likes to be held and read to, so we read whatever is at hand – our textbooks, our reading books, etc. I read student finals to him one day.
Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White
I have really been enjoying Elizabeth White’s books and this one was also very good. We get a revisit of characters from an older book (Off the Record) as well as the current story. Matt and Natalie are forced to work together on a case as Natalie’s dad has bought shares in Matt’s detective agency. The girl they are looking for is supposed to be coming to the US to marry someone her father has picked out (she is Pakistani), but it turns out she has converted to Christianity and wants to marry an American. They eventually find her as well as help her get out of the arranged marriage (the man she was supposed to marry was a complete jerk), but we don’t get to find out what happens to her as her father disowns her although she is with the American she went looking for. I hope that will be a future book!
Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton
The last book in this series left us hanging on some points that continue in this one. Kelly, the main character, has bought a canyon place, as she dreamed of, but is constantly being vandalized since then. Eventually she figures out that is connected to her new place and works out who is behind it. Her relationship with her boyfriend continues very slowly, although he is a great sideline character. I also really like this setting – Colorado and a knitting shop.
A Touch of Grace by Lauraine Snelling
I love this entire set of series set in Blessing, ND. This is book three of the Daughters of Blessing series and focues on Grace Knutson, who is deaf. As usual, this is a winner of a book, although I must admit she spent some of the book in New York and I never like it when they leave the family, as that is part of the charm. I found out that there will be a fourth book in this series and then an entire series on Astrid, which made me SO HAPPY!!
The Sommerfeld Trilogy by Kim Vogel Sawyer
This is an excellent Christian fiction series. The last book, Blessings, is by far the best. The books are set in an Amish community in Kansas. The first book features a woman who comes back to Amish roots, the second is her daughter, who chooses to live in the town, but stay in the “world.” The third features an Amish girl and her struggle to become a vet. All are well done and great reads. I often find most Christian fiction authors tend to always have the girls leave their Amish communities and it is nice to see one where they come back and stay.
That’s it for now, but I came back from Alaska with a bunch of new books to read!
This is Adam's first vegetable - he is doing better now. This was the very first attempt and we didn't think to dilute it (dumb parents), which I think contributed. We are now mixing with rice and he is eating it well. Next week, we'll try a new veggie!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Crockpot Sesame Seed Chicken
Modified from Crockpot Recipes
2 1bs chicken breasts [they used thights, but I don't like dark meat, so this is what I used]
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp sesame seeds
[I plan on adding some veggies next time - maybe onions, green peppers and broccoli as this is a little light on being a whole meal.]
Place chicken in the slow cooker. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
Serves 4 to 6
Some major points:
- Adam is eating vegetables now. We just started sweet potatoes and are still mixing it with rice cereal, but he is eating it.
- Adam is crawling very well now - chasing the cat is his favorite acitivity! We've really put up gates now and have most of the main rooms baby proofed.
- We are buying a new car this week or that is the current plan.
- We are having problems with the cat not using the litter box - she seems to be really looking for attention that we are trying to give her - we are working on it.
- Ray is taking a Ph.D class now, but is done teaching for the summer. I'm down to just one course currently, but have a TON of prep work to do as I am changing math books in the fall.
Hope you are all doing well!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
We went in on Thursday and it went pretty good, but the last mile or so was a mess and so we didn't take the truck all the way in. We unloaded the 4-wheeler and then packed all the stuff in that way. Billy took the first load in and when he came back, he had news - a bear had been in the cabin and made a royal mess. We've had bear trouble before - almost always black bears as they are the pests. This one Dad thinks has been around a few years. Some of the cousins saw him last year and just scared him off - the problem is that once a black bear finds easy food (cabins), they always come back. Normally, they steer clear of people, but once they find that food, they always remember. We only leave dried/canned stuff and pack it good, but even then, if they smell something, they go for it. While this time, the bear got in and wrecked the place. The bear got in through the window (which we put shutters on and nail shut).
So we cleaned up on Thursday night (we burned what we couldn't salvage and I spent a lot of time washing dishes) and then Friday night when Billy went out to pee, he saw the bear right outside the door - close enough to touch it. So this time, they got the guns out and shot it as it ran up the hill. Although Billy hit it, it still ran off - bears are hard to kill outright. In the morning, they went looking and found blood, but never found the bear. We hope it's dead as we don't want to it to suffer, but we also don't want it back - once they get into a cabin, they are very dangerous as they will continue to come back. We had another black bear around the cabin when we were there a few years back as well. If the bear is wounded somewhere, something else (a grizzly most likely) will probably track and eat it. We've seen grizzlies up there as well, but never in the cabin - that's black bears. We try to leave the wildlife to itself, but sometimes, you can't help it. Bears also love gas and oil - they drink it and no, it doesn't kill them. You have to bury it or put up high all gas and oil cans if you expect them to be there the next time.
But other than the bear, we had gorgeous weather and a great time. Chris and Channing came up for a day and Pete, the claim down from us, also came over to visit.
Dad cleaning the sluice box - you can see the cheaters over his sun glasses!
Dad panning and Billy working his sluice box. Dad also had the dredge out for awhile, but didn't get much from it.
As we left yesterday, we got a really cool thunderstorm through the canyon and then a great view of Mt. McKinley! We didn't get home until about 1 AM last night - my father was actually up that late!