Tuesday, June 29
Sunday, June 27
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped ginger root
3/4 cup chopped green onions
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
FREEZER STEP: Cut chicken into thin strips, mince garlic and dice ginger. combine into freezer bag and freeze flat. Dice green onions and prepare broccoli, freeze flat in another bag.
TO PREPARE: In a small bowl combine soy sauce, peanut butter, white wine vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Heat oil in wok over high heat. Add chicken mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until chicken in golden on the outside, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium, and add green onion, broccoli, peanuts, and the peanut butter mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, until broccoli is tender and chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice.
TIPS: Many times I just have the chicken prepared ahead of time and do the rest on cooking day. Either way its a quick meal to prepare.
Monday, June 21
Sunday, June 20
I spent the day yesterday weeding the herb garden. I was working hard to get it done before my husband left for his business trip. I wanted all the outside work caught up as much as possible so I can work on inside projects while he is gone. While we miss him when he is not here and count the days until her returns, I don’t have to cook dinner in the evenings freeing up my time for projects!. The children and I will eat dinner at noon and then have a light supper of sandwiches or soup. Something easy to clean up. I have so many things I want to get done in the next 4 days! I have a door to paint, a craft room to clean, art work to frame, a hutch to paint, and a garage to clean. I know there is no possible way I will get it all done but I will try! Especially the things in the Master bedroom since I can make all the noise I want and not disturb my husband’s sleep. There has to be some benefit to these business trips. Thankfully he only takes one or two a year. If it was more I am sure I would feel differently about them.
Today for father’s day everyone took a nap or read quietly and then I make my husband’s requested dinner of meatloaf, home canned green beans, fresh onions, and cornbread. I normally don’t cook on Sunday’s so that made it extra special. He received his present of a new ax and hatchet on Friday since two of the children told him about his gifts. Little stinkers, they were just to excited to wait.
I am so thankful my children have such a good Poppa!
Saturday, June 19
Friday, June 18
This week we have been enjoying the new potatoes from the garden. It is so nice to go out and dig up our supper! I used some in potatoes with ham and peas, mashed some to go with baked chicken, and roasted some in Italian seasonings. We can’t get enough of their sweetness!
I have also been working in one of the flower beds in the front yard. We planted a new tree last month, and I finished up the mulching this week. Now to get some more plants and fill it in a bit more. The plants in the pots are little peach trees my husband is growing.
This is currently what the front of the house looks like. I have little gardens on either side of the walkway. This one runs into the stone wall and raised bed we are starting. It’s currently full of composting grass so hold your nose if you come to visit. :) When the soil is high enough and rich enough we will add some shrubs and flowers, and perhaps the window box for some extra curb appeal. This is to the right of the front door. We hung the bell right before we went on vacation. Now I don’t have to yell for the children to come inside. It will save my voice this summer. Pardon the rocking chair, she is a work in progress, even if she looks a bit tired, I assure you she is still quite comfortable, just kick the mud boots out of the way. Every garden needs some friends don’t you think? Ignore the clover in the yard. Someday we might get grass to grow. It’s rather hard when most of the soil is full of gravel, one of the problems with new construction. I do hope to paint the front door this year. It was never painted right to begin with and is starting to peel. Overall it is starting to take shape and look like all those ideas in my head. I went to the goodwill and picked up a few new treasures today too.It has been a good week with no school to teach, and no big plans. I finally packed away all the camping gear after washing it all and am ready for the weekend. I hope to tackle the herb garden next or perhaps one of the many projects I have going on. We shall see!
Thursday, June 17
Tuesday, June 15
It’s been a while since I have posted a recipe! I am still digging out from under the laundry pile, I think I have about 4 more loads to go. Mostly just the sleeping bags and towels. It will be nice to get it all put away and out of my living room. I am ready to move on to another project! 12 Large manicotti shells
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
1 Tablespoon basil
1/4 dried parsley
1 package frozen spinach
1 quart spaghetti sauce
1/2 grated parmesan cheese
FREEZER STEP: Partially cook noodles until they are just pliable about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water. Lay them out on a towel.
For filling, stir together 3 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese, spinach, parsley, and basil. Stuff the shells.
Spoon half of spaghetti sauce into baking dish. Arrange shells and pour remaining sauce over the top. Top with mozzarella cheese
TO PREPARE: Thaw and cook for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake for 10 minutes longer.
TIPS: Undercooking your noodles helps them not get mushy during the thawing process where they absorb liquid. I make my own spaghetti sauce and can it. I think the store bought size is a 28 ounce jar. I also used my homegrown spinach and sautéed it before combining it with the cheese mixture. If I have zucchini on had I will add some of that too.
My boys love Italian dishes and this adds a nice variety since it is meatless. It’s also a time consuming prep meal and its always so nice to pull it out of the freezer knowing I don’t have to do all the work that goes into it! I usually serve it with breadsticks and a green salad. I will post the recipes for my sauce and the breadstick recipe I use is from HERE. I have mixed white and wheat flours or used white wheat and they still taste great. We never have any leftovers.
Recipe from my dear friend Catina in Illinois!
Sunday, June 13
We absolutely LOVED visiting the museum! It was so well done and a beautiful complex as well. We took in two planetarium shows, the museum, botanical gardens, and the petting zoo. We loved being in a place where God was glorified. I have included a lot of photos in this post. I just couldn't choose. I tried to put them into mini albums so if you don’t want to look you don’t have to.
Here is the view from the lobby.
The museum starts out with a room displaying the differences between human reason and God’s word. Then why God’s word is true.
Next is a room depicting the world forsaking God’s word.
The Tower of Babel room that shows how man was scattered to all ends of the earth.
We then moved into the rooms proving evolution false. I didn’t take any pictures here there was so much to see and read! The children wanted me to read everything and not once did they loose interest, even Gwen. We learned so much form these exhibits. After we walked through we went and ate lunch picnic style off the back of the truck. The museum does have a restaurant and a cafeteria but we were trying to save some money and it was fun to read the license plates and count how many vans and busses were in the parking lot.
After lunch we walked through the gardens until the storm came so we had to go back inside.
We walked through the museum again since everyone wanted to see some aspect again and the dinosaur room which we hadn’t seen yet.
Then it was back outside to go to the petting zoo and walk through the gardens a bit more.
We were exhausted by the end of the day and stopped at a Mexican restaurant on the way back to the campsite. It was such a good day and the children are still talking about it and mentioning things that they learned. We packed up as much as we could and got ready to head to Mammoth Caves in the morning. Hopefully I didn’t bore you will all the photos! If you are even in the Cincinnati area I highly recommend stopping in for a visit.