Sunday Adam decided about midday that he wanted potato soup for dinner. I told him some yeast rolls sounded really good to go with it. So off to the store he went to get stuff to make potato soup and yeast rolls. We didn’t have a recipe for either one. I found a recipe for the soup on Pinterest and he found one from a Google search so we combined parts of the two recipes and made soup. We didn’t have a recipe for the yeast rolls either and those were all his doing so I have no clue Bout that recipe other than he found it from a Google search.
Monday we had the kids favorite homemade chicken fingers and French fries. The kids call them homemade because they are froze chicken fingers. We buy the chicken tenders, flour and fry them.
Tuesday we had fried pork chops, black eyed peas, cream potatoes and leftover yeast rolls. They were not as good reheated.
Wednesday night I was really in the mood for soup since it was so cold. We had leftover potato soup and I had some veggie soup I had frozen from a few weeks ago so we heated it up and had soup. I really enjoyed the potato soup leftover. It’s was like man I wish I had some more.
Thursday was Bradley’s 1st birthday. I was super busy that day getting stuff ready for his party and getting stuff ready for the trial on Monday and I ended up forgetting to get anything out to thaw so I talked Adam into picking up Chinese food. To my surprise Alyssa liked the egg roll.
Monday we had what we call meatballs. When it was just me, Alyssa and Noah I was always looking for some quick, easy, cheap but still good. One day when I was browsing the grocery store I found these meals by a company called Homestyle Bakes. For $3 you get everything you need for the meal. Well only one thing it comes with very little meat so I always add extra. In this case it is meatballs. I will add about 20 froze meatballs to the pan before I put it in the oven. Toss some garlic bread in the oven and we have a pretty good meal. Next time I think I’ll add a salad with it.
Tuesday I made rotel chicken spaghetti. I found the recipe on Pinterest and we all seem to like it. The girls will whine that it is spicy but Noah eats it without any issues. Somedays Taylor will eat it without any issues too. As you can see in my picture it went pretty quickly and we ended up with no leftovers. I also made some garlic bread to go with it.
Wednesday was a cheat day. I ate a late lunch and Adam was running late so I wasn’t really in the mood to cook. I always keep some quick and easy things around that all the kids like. Noah had cheese sticks and fish sticks. Taylor had cheese sticks and fish sticks. Alyssa had cheese sticks. They are all just frozen items.
Thursday I made some sliders. I browned some ground beef, drained it then put it back in the pan with veletta cheese. It started to burn before the cheese was melt so I poured in a small mount of milk. Then I served it on a dinner roll with a side of taco rice. The kids all loved it including Alyssa who will tell you she “hates” hamburger meat. She asked for seconds but then decided she was full I think she remembered I had a special Valentine’s dessert for them. Dessert wasn’t anything big but they all were excited about it. I was across town yesterday so I stopped by Krispy Kreme and picked up some heart shaped donuts.
This week since I have been sick I have done less cooking than normal. Actually I am not sure if I have done any cooking this week. Well, I did put pizza in the oven one night. But Adam has done most of the cooking this week.
Monday we (mostly Adam) made our homemade veggie soup. Between sickness and cool weather veggie soup sounded really good.
Tuesday we had frozen pizza. I know boring but I will say the garlic bread tombstone pizza is awesome. Alyssa does not like pizza but after b
eing made to eat this pizza she now ask for it.
Wednesday we had a meeting at the school so Adam took half the day off and was home early so he cooked salmon patties, black eyed peas, noodles and corn bread. We made salmon patties one weekend and now Taylor will ask for them.
Thursday I decided we would have leftover veggie soup. I forgot the hamburger meat was twice as much as we normally use so we had A LOT of it left. Even after eating it twice (Noah eating multiple bowls both times) we had enough leftover that we froze 8 single serving bags and 1 double serving bag.
Since I am not sharing and reviewing any Pinterest recipes I’ll share our homemade veggie soup recipe with everyone. Sorry I didn’t think to take a picture of it. Like I previously said it freezes really well.
Homemade Veggie Soup
1 lb hamburger meat
1 large can of veg all
1 small can of veg all
1 can of any veggie of your choice (I usually pick whatever we have the most of in the pantry)
2 cans of diced tomatoes
First you brown and drain the hamburger meat. Then you pour in enough Dales sauce to even coat the hamburger meat and let it set for at least 30 minutes. The longer it sets the better it is but 30 minutes is plenty of time. Normally I don’t have enough sauce in it that its needed but if it is needed drain the hamburger meat from the Dale’s sauce.
While the meat is in the Dales sauce, pour all of your veggies into a large pan and let it simmer. Do not drain your veggies. We made that mistake one time and added water instead and we could tell a big difference.
Pour in your hamburger meat, bring it up to a boil to heat it through and through. Then reduce heat to low and let it simmer. The longer it simmers the better.
When I think about it early enough I will let it simmer for a few hours. It lets all the favors mix better and taste so good.
This week since I have been sick I have done a lot of sitting on the couch with my iPad and computer. I really need to be doing some work but I sound like I’m talking through my nose and I really don’t want to call anyone. I guess the joy of my job is I can say I’m going to wait to do that today unless I have a pressing deadline. While playing on my iPad and computer I have been reading new blogs, following new blogs, revamping my blog (I tagged and categorized all my post) and deciding what I want to do in the future as far as my blog goes. One of the things I decided is I want to do some weekly stuff.
A lot of the blogs I follow do a weekly links party and while I think that would be fun I am not sure that is something my blog is ready for yet. I have two different things I want to do.
First is Pinterest reviews. We eat a lot of recipes I find on Pinterest. We like most of them but from time to time we find some we don’t like. We eat a lot of them over and over again and they become family favorites. So I am going to do a weekly menu recap and recipe review. I am planning on doing this on Fridays since generally cook Sunday through Thursday.
Next I want to do a photo post. I have seen many people do a wordless Wednesday or something like that and while that is neat I want to remember why I took the picture. I take a lot of pictures and post a good many of them on Instagram. Since I don’t scrapbook as much anymore I want to do a weekly post to remember the pictures and events from that week. Some of the pictures may have there own post if they are craft related or something I would generally blog about.
I hope everyone will join me weekly for Friday Food and Monday Memories!! I am really looking forward to this new advantage.