Thursday, May 10

Our Week of Dinners

There are many facets of domesticity that I boldly claim I shall never be victorious (to my laundry I cry out, "Away, you mouldy rogue, away!" ...Alas, with little impact). But, the mister has given me great encouragement, over the past couple years especially, in regard to our evening meals. 

The early years of our marriage consisted mostly of processed foods and frozen dinners. Both working full time, and I had little training in the kitchen, and little time to care much about it altogether. My beautiful mother passed down several wonderful dishes, but my addled brain held only two: chili and cacciatore. Man can not live on these two alone (particularly since the man doesn't love cacciatore)! 

Since the having our little babes, I have had the time at home to soak up invaluable knowledge from many women in my path; the Hanleys, Lewis's, and the Jasons to name a few. While planning out our menu for this week, I thought about our first year of meal-making: scorched frozen pizzas, over salted meat, thousands of cooking burns on my arms, and too many charred cookies to even count. 

I am far from Julia in the kitchen, but in the rear view mirror I can see the forrest from the trees. Praising the Lord today for all those ladies, who taught me how to boil pasta, set an oven timer, make a weekly menu, and enjoy cooking with my children. We've come a long way, ladies. Here is one family that is very grateful you invested in us. 

Our Menu This Week



Molasses Cookies via (sub all butter, up molasses to 1/3 c., & doubled all spices)








No-Fry Buffalo Wings via (made three batches: buffalo, teriyaki, & BBQ)


Cobb Salad via (minus the onion, of course)


Tortilla and Black Bean Pie via (one pound of taco meat added, per the mister's instructions. Quite right!)


Chocolate Chip Cookies via (plus one c. chopped walnuts)

8 comments:

  1. Yum! thanks for all the ideas! I love to cook and bake but man I run low on ideas all the time!

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    1. Me too! I try to do one new recipe a week. Even then sometimes it gets old. I like my Pinterest board for keeping track of all my favorite meals. Inspires me when trying to make my menu for the week, seeing all those pretty pictures!

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  2. Wow, great job! I don't know how to make all those!

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  3. would love to have more ideas for low to no carbs in the diet. How about you? seems like those kinds of meals get really boring. I mean how much more could I do with lettuce?

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    1. Yes! I did the no carb diet when I lost those thirty lbs. last year. Check out my food board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/stelyd/foodness/
      There are quite a few no carb options there.
      I remember I did loads of stir fry and stews, tons of eggs and guacamole. Snacks were almost always nuts, apples and peanut butter. Tons of peanut butter. I still stick to most of those foods even now. Had a hard boiled egg and some homemade coleslaw for lunch. It was the sweets that made it hard for me. I love chocolate. So I kept a dark dark chocolate bar on hand and nibbled on it throughout the week.
      Miss you, friend! Keep up the good work!

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  4. Lydia, what did you sub for the butter in the molasses cookies?

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    1. The recipe calls for margarine, so I used all butter instead: 3/4 c.

      These are amazing! I use a melon ball scoop, a two incher I think, and drop them like chocolate chip cookies. They come out very chewy and soft, not crunchy at all! Make them as soon as you can!

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    2. I am pretty sure Aaron would love these. :o) Tell your mister "Hi" from me! And Happy Mother's Day to you, sweet friend!

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