Thursday, September 23, 2010


I just had an amazing salad for lunch so I thought I would share what made it so good. It was just a basic iceburg lettuce salad with a few carrots, cauliflower, and a few spare pieces of celery in it. I also added some leftover hamsteak and usd honey mustard dressing. The party that was really good was the trail mix I threw on top. It is a mix that is crasins, soynuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds. It was great! It added some nice flavor and crunchyness while still being pretty healthy. I highly recommend topping your salad with trail mix.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I thought I would add a couple bonus recipes since it has been awhile. We made these dips to take to some friends' house to have during the Iowa/Iowa State game. The dips and company were great, the game...not so much.

Chicken Enchillada Dip
Cook chicken in crock pot in red enchillada sauce.
Shred chicken.
Mix cubed velveeta cheese, chicken, 2 cans Rotel and 1 new can enchillada sauce. Heat in crock pot until hot and dippy. It was very good. You could totally spice it up or change it however you would like.

Spinach Dip
(adapted from this recipe

Ok, so pretty much I made this dip without the feta or nutmeg. I also didn't use fresh garlic I used garlic garlic dip from Tastefully Simple. It was very good. I think it needed more garlic. OH, and I added some finely chopped water chestnuts to add a bit of crunch. It was very good with Wheat Thins, tortilla chips, and I'm sure it woudl be good with veggies.

Crock Pot Pork Chops

Ok, so this is a really easy recipe and I probably shouldn't even post it, but they were really good.

A while back we bought some bone in pork chops that we just weren't that impressed with. We tried grilling and baking them and they just didn't work. Then I tried them in the crock pot and they were tender and flavorful. So, last night I did them in the crock pot again and they were a hit. Even Connor liked them.

Pork chops with a bone (mine were VERY frozen)
2 cans cream of chicken soup (really you could use any, mushroom would be good)
Salt, pepper, and I added some Mrs. Dash of some sort.

I put the pork chops in the crock pot, dumped the soup on, added about 1/2 a can of water (probably don't need this) and the seasoning. Cooked on low for about 10-11 hours and then put on warm until we ate about 2 hours later. They just fell apart. The sauce was pretty tasty too.

I'm Back!

After several weeks, ok months away, I think I'm back. We had a crazy summer that made menu planning and trying new recipes pretty tough. But we are trying again so we'll see what happens.

Here is this week's menu

Sunday-Meatloaf, salad, green beans, boxed potatoes (we were supposed to have mashed but the bag of potatoes I bought was rotten :( )
Monday-Pork chops, peas, stove top stuffing
Tuesday-Pasta, salad or frozen veggies
Wedneady-Enchilladas and veggies of some sort. There migth also be rice involved
Thursday-Chicken and stuffing bake
Friday-The boys and Catherine are on their own-I'm going on a quilting expedition