Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday ramblings

I’ve been craving cupcakes the last two days. Eric offered to go get me one last night while we were laying in bed and we said goodnight… I said “yeah I’m going to be dreaming of cupcakes.”  Of course, I told him not to go out at 10 at night to get me a cupcake! That’s crazy. But he is bringing me one home today!! YAY!!

Our toilet has been leaking since we moved in on February 22nd. The maintenance man has come out twice. First time saying he fixed it, second time saying he thought there was a hairline crack and if it kept leaking to call.
I bought some of the blue bleach tablets to put in the tank a few days after the second time he was here…yep there’s a crack. I now have blue all over my floor! Jakey loved pointing this out to me. Three weeks after we call them for the 3rd time (actually I went to the office and complained) they replace the toilet!

Tonight is our date night. We get Jakey back in the morning, so tonight we are renting movies and grilling burgers and corn. Oh and I’m having a cupcake! =)

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Cassey

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monday Menu - Yeah but it's Wednesday!!

I know it’s Wednesday and I’m just now posting my “Monday Menu” but I haven’t been on the computer much this week.

Last Saturday I took my GED test, pretty sure I passed it. Results take THREE weeks!! WOW, but they do have to grade the essays, so it’s not all computer graded. Tentative date to start school is May 24th! I can’t wait.

Here is what I had planned for this week, but Monday and Tuesday I didn’t cook, we ate sandwiches. So those will be moved to next week.

Monday – DiGiorno pizza (love their stuffed crust one)
Tuesday – Hamburgers
Wednesday – Chili spaghetti (Eric will cook)
Thursday – Mozzarella Mushroom Chicken (We loved this, plus it was easy)
Friday РHot Dogs (actually more like sausages, we cook them and add saut̩ed onions and bell peppers! YUM)
Saturday – Chicken Pot Pie (new recipe)
Sunday – Stir Fry Meal (frozen, just cook and it’s done!)

It’s a pretty easy week. I think we’ll have pizza tonight and move the Mozzarella Chicken to next week.

Taco Casserole from last week was great! Tasted like a taco salad/7-layer dip type of thing. Can’t wait to make it again.

How is your week going? Mine is ok. Missing my kiddos and really ready to find a job!! Didn't help on Sunday when I opened the paper and the first article is "St. Francois County Unemployment Rate Increases" - yeah not a good sign for someone who has moved around a lot in the last year, so her resume looks horrible. Not giving up though!! 

Have a wonderful day!!

~ Cassey

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mozzarella Mushroom Chicken

Last night I fixed mozzarella mushroom chicken.

It was very good! Quick and easy too.

I used Monterey Jack cheese instead of mozzarella. Not on purpose. I didn’t buy mozzarella cheese at the store since I have a couple packages. When I was cooking I just assumed the Monterey jack cheese was the cheese I had got for this dish.

Eric even asked about the cheese being different after I made it. I thought it was funny he thought I was SUPPOSED to use mozzarella.

This morning I woke up and realized…OH NO that Monterey jack cheese is for my taco casserole. WHOOPS!

I guess I will be going back to the store today or tomorrow.

The chicken was still great! If you like mushrooms and garlic, you’ll love this.

I think I’m going to start buying boneless skinless thighs instead of breasts. Eric and I both like dark meat better. He doesn’t mind eating the breast and I will eat it every now and then, but really I don’t like it.

I also made veggies and pasta salad to go with our chicken.
Have you ever tried the Suddenly Salads? I love them. We had bacon ranch last night, yummy!

Eric and I like frozen or fresh vegetables better than canned. So I started getting the ones that you can steam in the package. So easy! Throw in the microwave and 5 minutes or so later they are done. I always add a little butter and season salt.

I think I’m going to make spaghetti tonight instead of meatloaf that was planned.   What’s for dinner tonight at your house?

Have a wonderful day!
~ Cassey

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Menu

Our menu for this week

Monday – Shepherd’s pie
Wednesday – Meatloaf (Eric will make this)
Thursday – Taco Casserole
Friday – Sausage Dip
Saturday – Spaghetti
Sunday – Baked Chicken in the crockpot

We are trying to not go out to eat for at least two months. 

~ Cassey

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Good Morning!

Last night Eric and I fixed Migas from Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook.


I messed up on buying cheese and didn’t have enough, so next time we will definitely be putting in more cheese. But this dish was so good. When I read the recipe I was thinking it would be like a breakfast burrito without the tortilla.

It was better! Although this morning we were wishing we had flour tortillas to use the leftovers to make burritos.

Eric said the cilantro and jalapenos make this dish and I agree.

I found the recipe on Ree’s website so I can share with you…

Have a wonderful Sunday!
~ Cassey

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Recipes

So far this week we have had two new to us recipes.

The crockpot chicken was so good. Definitely will be making this again. I served it over rice, but I also think it would be good with chips. When the chicken was done, Eric pulled it apart instead of leaving the breasts whole. Also we had to add some cornstarch mixed with water because it was so runny…yeah I need to READ the directions before just dumping the ingredients in the pot. I didn’t drain the beans and corn…whoops!

We didn’t get to try the sandwiches that were planned for Thursday night, will try another time.

On Friday night Eric grilled burgers. YUM! I love homemade grilled burgers. Eric has heard about people putting peanut butter on their burger. My first thought was YUCK. Well I let him try it first and he said it was good. I still had reservations, but I did try a half of a burger. Just peanut butter, meat and the bun…it was actually good. Not something I would eat every time we grill burgers, but it will be something I have again.

We also tried some bbq jalapeno poppers from my Pioneer Woman's cookbook. Very good! Jalapenos stuff with cream cheese and cheddar cheese, wrapped with bacon, brushed with bbq sauce and baked.

I had planned on making the poppers, but had a bad headache, so Eric made them. He did an excellent job cooking our dinner Friday night. Not that I had any doubts as like I have mentioned before he loves to cook and I’m just starting to like it.

Tonight I’m planning on making Migas from the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook. Another new recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

Have you tried any new recipes lately? How did they turn out?

Have a great weekend!

~ Cassey

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Menu Planning

I found "I'm an Organized Junkie" and decided I wanted to start planning our menu for the week.

One of the things I hated most about cooking is deciding what to fix each night. I am hoping this will also help to make sure I have everything needed to cook the recipes I want.

This is what our menu looks like for the rest of this week –

Thursday – Sandwiches from my new Pioneer Woman's cookbook
Friday – Hamburgers on the grill
Saturday – Migas also from my new cookbook

I’ve started my menu for next week, I plan on having it finished by Saturday and posting on Monday.

Do you plan a menu?  Do you plan all three meals or just dinner?

~ Cassey