Friday, December 19, 2014

Ground Turkey & Rice Casserole

Our home got hit with the stomach flu bug.  3 of 5 down and out.  Thankfully it was just a 24 hr bug.  And it seems everyone in our town is getting their turn of it too.  So, as today was the first day we're back to eating solids I was looking for a nutritious yet easy on the stomach recipe for our first sit down meal.  This is simple, tasty and a great way to ease back into eating solids. 

1 lb ground turkey
1 can green beans, drained
2 C. rice milk, divided
1/4 C. flour
2 tsp. dry chicken soup base
1/2 tsp. tarragon
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. black pepper
dash of salt
1/2 C. water
1 C. instant rice, uncooked

Preheat oven to 350.  Fry up ground turkey in a dutch oven over med-high heat.  Meanwhile mix flour with 1/2 C. of the rice milk until smooth.  Mix remaining milk, water and seasonings in a medium bowl, add in the flour/milk mixture.  Add this to your dutch oven along with the beans and rice.  Stir.  Cover and bake in oven for 30 minutes.  Stir and bake, covered, for another 20 minutes. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cate is 1!!

We celebrated Cate's birthday with a family party at home.  She had sloppy joes for supper along with orange creme birthday cake. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cake Wreck

So, for Cate's birthday I got gifted with 2 nasty viruses.  One on the computer and one in my body.  Both are causing lots of headache and grief.  Then, to put the icing on the cake (pun intended), this happened...

Troy found a really nice Nordicware bundt pan at an auction.  This pan retails for $40.  Very nice, fancy pan.  This is what Cate's birthday cake was supposed to look like... 

A very nice castle bundt.  But despite liberally spraying Pam all over the pan AND dusting it with flour, this happened...

 So, I scooped up those pieces, smooshed them in a pyrex rectangular pan and created this...

Definitely not one of my cake successes.  I love making my kids' birthday cakes and try to make them so special, so this just really stings that baby girl won't have a special fancy cake for her First Birthday. 

Oh well, life happens.  The cake still tastes great, and Sweet Pea will still have a lot of fun enjoying her first taste of sugar! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas...

I love decorating for Christmas!!  I even love the smell the decorations have, they just make me feel all warm and toasty and jolly.  I do make myself keep up my fall decorations through Thanksgiving, and then, usually the Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, I change out the decorations and celebrate a month of Christmas before everything comes down after the New Year. 

This year the kids were super big helpers and bouncing off the walls with excitement as we pulled all our cherished decorations out of the attic and carefully put each in its place.  I've always decorated for Christmas, but having kids around makes it so much more fun! 

brand new this year, our Advent Calendar

my nativity set I received last year

Troy's lamp

This book has recorded every Christmas since 2003

our family stockings made all hand knit by my Grandma

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast

We just finished our Thanksgiving Feast.  This year I found a wonderful article in Family Circle magazine that laid out an entire meal of recipes and included a time-line to follow.  I only had to make a few modifications to make it dairy free; and included some dairy add ons for those who wanted it.  It was a great meal for our small family.  There were foods that everyone found delicious, and it made the perfect quantity of food for tonight and leftover lunch tomorrow. 

So, here's what we had...

Roast Turkey Breast with gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Potatoes & Carrots
Herb Stuffing with Dates
Pomegranate Pear Salad with Blue Cheese crumbles  
Dinner Rolls
Almond Pear Tart with whipped cream 
Welch's Red Grape & White Grape sparkling juices

Happy Thanksgiving!

Got up this morning, enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee, watched the Macy's parade with my kids and did a little homeschool lesson on the history of Thanksgiving while making our Thanksgiving day craft.

Cate's first Thanksgiving!

Bella is thankful for: Mommy, Cate, God, Daddy, Jesus and William

William is thankful for:  fruit, friends, sisters, Jesus, Daddy and Mommy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cate & Vito

Cate and Vito are best friends.  They gravitate towards each other.  So lucky to have our children raised with pets from birth.