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with all this blowing wind and snow covering us deeper and deeper…..i’m craving a good old fashioned meatloaf and mashed potatoes meal. not great timing having just won all these great healthy foodie magazines. i have a standby recipe that i love, but i’m ready to “spice” it up a bit with a zesty topping, and more roasted garlic for the taters….my mouth is watering just thinking about it. at least i only have to wait one day to eat it. i think my menu planning needs a dash of…read more

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menu planning

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it’s just “menu planning” now and not “menu planning MONDAY.” because i’m actually posting this sunday night, and some of you might even be reading this on sunday night and i don’t want to confuse anyone. ya know. our breakfasts were very relaxed this past week. i can’t pinpoint why, except that the boys have all started sleeping in really late. like 9:15 late (thursday-saturday) and we had a few days of sick boys and tired parents. so yes, it’s an excuse, but i will try harder this week. because…read more

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menu planning…

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…i don’t know about you, but i’m eager for the temps to go above 60. i can’t wait to get the grill going again – i’m dreaming of our grilled dinners with fresh-from-the-garden greens: a glass of wine on the deck while kenny grills and the boys play; dinner under a hot summer-setting-sun; cookouts at moraine after a dip in the lake, or at the local pool. i know it’s only the end of january, and the farmer’s almanac is predicting a cold, snowy february. so i am merely dreaming….read more

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menu planning monday

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it’s monday again – a new week, a new menu! monday – pizza! with salad. my pizza crust recipe is this one. i use all bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. you can certainly use whole wheat for half the flour it calls for but my thought on that is that if you make your pizza instead of getting greasy shop pizza, you’re already doing yourself a huge favor, so you can splurge a bit on the white flour. we put green pepper, onion, mushrooms on our pizza. tuesday – african chicken…read more

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requested recipes…

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs 1 lb ground beef (or chicken, turkey, pork…whatever) 1 egg 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1 onion, diced 1 cup brown sugar 3 T. flour 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup white vinegar 3 T. soy sauce Combine meat, egg, bread crumbs, and onion. Shape into golf-ball sized balls. Bake in 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes on baking sheet. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, combine brown sugar, flour, water, vinegar and soy sauce. mix thoroughly. Add meatballs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring…read more

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baby it’s COLD outside…and menu planning

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our kettle is getting a major workout these days. i’m glad that my boys enjoy a good cup of tea just as much as a good cup of hot chocolate. of course, they drink it “muddy” like their momma. i’ve been baking a few loaves of whole wheat bread these weeks as we have been eating a lot of buttered toast with our cups/mug of tea. so our oven is getting just as big a workout. i’m SO THANKFUL for a good, working stove/oven during these coldest days of the…read more

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more menu planning

Posted by in food, homekeeping, menu planning, Uncategorized

i’m happy to be menu-planning again. if there are any specific resolutions that i make (and not the general ones i made a few days ago here on the blog), it’s getting a better menu planning system. i haven’t found anything to replace my handy-dandy notebook and pen with calendar system. i’d love an online database system that i can just add recipes to and it creates a shopping list for me. ironically, i’m married to a database and web systems developer. but i’ve already got his spare time filled…read more

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one local summer, week 2

Posted by in earthkeeping, gardening, menu planning

i missed week one because i couldn’t pull together a meal with strawberries and asparagus – the only two things in season right now! week two will be published at farm to philly. stay tuned for more delicious meal ideas! so i did more searching and purchasing this week. i splurged and went with local meat sold at a local family farm. i’m also leaning on their strawberries this week as we’ll probably be picking and freezing some from another local u-pick farm later in the week for our fall…read more

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a healthy twist on chicken fingers

Posted by in family, food, homekeeping, menu planning

this past week has been a bit of a challenge in the eating department. i struggle with getting food (any food!) into their mouths on most days, or getting quality food, even if it’s not much of it on others. it’s a new challenge every morning. but it’s a learning process, and all of our food choices won’t change overnight, i’m well-aware of that fact!some things that we did this past week: after my mom read this waldorf eating entry last week, she showed up at the door with bags…read more

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menu planning monday

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it’s been a while since i posted what we’re having for dinner…so here’s this week’s menu! monday: BBQ chicken breasts, baked rice, broccoli (baked rice recipe below)tuesday: Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, petit poiswednesday: egg salad sandwiches on homemade bread, salad, carrots and hummousthursday: feta quiche with baby spinach saladfriday: Rockin’ Moroccan Pita (recipe below)saturday: pasta salad with breadsunday: leftovers *   *   *   * Rockin’ Moroccan Pitas1 T. ground cumin1 tsp. chili powder1 lb. chicken breast, shredded4 T. olive oil1/4 cup lemon juice2 cans chick peas, rinsed3 green onions (from our…read more

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