Monday, March 28, 2011

Meal Plan? huh? What's that?!?

You all probably thought meal plans were a thing of the past, but I assure you...I HAVE been keeping up with them, I just haven't been keeping up with blogging about them.

Today Kyle turns 2 3's.  33.  Luke is very excited since he's three and daddy's two threes.  Exciting manly stuff.  We'll be having homemade Polynesian pizza for supper with strawberry shortcake for dessert.  There might be a present or two for Kyle if he behaves himself.  He already got a vegetable pan for the grill for his birthday.  He's excited to take it to the lake house.

Now, on the the important stuff, right?

Meal Plan
Breakfast for supper (I'm thinking waffles)
Grilled Chicken
Grilled Steak
Pizza and Strawberry Shortcake
Greek Chicken Pasta
Poppyseed chicken
Cheater Chicken Divan
Crockpot Tomato Basil Chicken

I was in the mood for grilling when I planned this menu.  We'll see if I'm in the mood for grilling when it comes to be supper time in the next few weeks =)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fontina Ham Stromboli

Fontina Ham Stromboli

1 large onion, chopped
1 T olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 loaves (1lb each) frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2 cup prepared pesto, divided
2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 lb sliced deli ham
1/2 lb thinly sliced prosciutto or additional deli ham
1/2 lb sliced fontina cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.  Cool.   On two greased baking sheets, roll each loaf of dough into a 16in. X 10 in. rectangle.  Spread each with 2 T pesto; sprinkle with onion mixture and basil.  Arrange the ham, prosciutto and fonina cheese over each rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges. 
Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long sie; pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under.  
Brush with remaining pesto and sprinkle with Parmesan.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool fro 5 minutes before slicing.

I made this recipe for the first time several months ago.  Long enough that I don't really know when I made it for sure.  But it's been a while.  But I do remember I used my SIL Audra's recipe for french bread  .  It's easy and good and makes two loaves, which is perfect for this.  I love this recipe for a variety of reasons. 
1.  It was a hit with everyone in the family.
2.  It was easy and quick to make.  Especially if you're using store-bought frozen dough!  But try it with Audra's French bread recipe first.  YUMMY!!!
3.  Our family only at half a loaf.   The other I baked and then wrapped in saran wrap and foil and froze.  Two meals in 1...that's my kinda cookin'!

We just ate the other loaf Saturday night when we had the Hayes' over.  It did feed  us all (4 adults 3 kids) with no left overs perfectly.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pasta Ashley

Pasta Ashley
serves 6

1lb crawfish tails, peeled shrimp or shredded chicken breast (I used chicken breast)
1 pint of half and half
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 stick of butter (I used 2 T instead)
4 green onions, chopped
2 tsp of New Orleans Gourmet Foods BBQ Shrimp Mix (or some other Cajun BBQ seasoning)
1 lb cooked short cut pasta
Parmesan cheese (opt.)

Melt the butter in a large pot and saute onions and garlic for 3 minutes.  Add the meat and saute for approximately 5 minutes or until the meat is translucent.  Add the half and half and stir.  Then add the BBQ Shrimp Mix 1 tsp. at a time, taste and add more if desired. (I desired.  I added the full 2 tsp.)  Cook for 5-10 minutes or until sauce has thickened.  Add the pasta and toss well.  Add the cheese and stir.  Let it sit for 10 minutes over very low heat, stirring often.  Garnish with green onions.

We're having another....

BOY! Luke is excited, since he got what he wanted.  However, he thinks the new baby's name should be Barker, which I hate to break it to him...isn't happening.

Luke has been into talking about seeing the baby and snuggling the baby etc. so when we had our big ultra sound on Tuesday, of course, I wanted him to we all went.  Kyle had his hands full holding Leta and keeping Luke's hands off of everything in the room.

When we finally got home I asked Luke if he liked seeing pictures of the new baby.  His reply?  "I liked it, but I like seeing the stuff in the office better.  I want to be a Doctor so I can touch it."  Fine with me!  He can take care of us in our old age.

Speaking of names...we've decided to move on from the letter "L".  So if let me hear your "M" name suggestions.  I have one that I like, but Kyle is still working on coming around.