Friday, February 28, 2014

Skating on the pond....


These photo's are from last January.....


As a child I grew up skating on ponds and loved it but as a parent I have this fear of letting the kids skate on the pond.


One day they talked me into it and the pond was cleared of the snow and the hockey nets were up....


And the kids skated on the pond....


I even laced up the old skates.....


This year the pond is hard to find due to the large amount
of snow.....


The pond is two feet in front of the bench. It looks like another storm is coming our way on Sunday.
Hopefully this is the last snow storm of the year! We are ready to pack the snow boots away
and bring out the flip-flops! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quinoa and Wild Rice

This is a favorite of the kids.
Actually anything that has rice in it
is a favorite. So we try to sneak some healthy
ingredients into it when even possible!


Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
1 cup Wild Rice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup almond slivers
1 small can mandarin oranges

Step 1:
Cook quinoa and wild rice separately according to box directions. Then combine the quinoa and wild rice together in a single pot.

Step 2:
Add dried cranberries, almonds, and mandarin oranges to rice mixture. Heat over low heat until mixture is warmed throughout. 


Tonight Tony served the Quinoa with sautéed vegetables and 
Tilapia. Yum...a healthy night and delicious! 


Grandma's Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe comes from my side of the family. We tend to cook more Italian food than Pa Dutch, which makes this fun to share a recipe that was one of my childhood favorites. This is a recipe that you need to have most of the day to make but is worth the effort and wonderful on a cold winter day!



Ingredients:
3 lb fryer chicken
1 whole onion (diced)
2 carrots (diced)
2 celery stalks (diced)
3 bay leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bisquick

Step 1:
Fill a large pot with water and add fryer chicken, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring pot to a simmer and cook on low heat for 3 hours (or until chicken reaches 165 degrees)

Step 2:
Remove chicken from pot and add vegetables to water, continue to allow broth and vegetables to simmer on a low heat.

Step 3:
Pull chicken off of the bone and add chicken meat to simmering pot.

Step 4:
Dumplings (recipe from Bisquick box...a family favorite)
3 cups of Bisquick
1 cup of milk
Mix until soft and add by spoonfuls onto boiling soup. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes and then cover and cook for 10 more minutes


My mom sometimes would make homemade noodles instead of dumplings or add egg noodles to make it chicken soup...either way it is delicious on these cold winter days!

A picture of our backyard after the ice storm.
Enjoy and stay warm...

Ravioli (or pasta of your choice) Bake

Tony makes a Penne Sausage Bake that was the start
for this recipe. He only changed the rigatoni to ravioli
and sausage to hamburger!
Maybe we should call it Pasta Of Your Choice Bake....


Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb bag of Ravioli cooked
2 jars Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb of hamburger cooked (or cooked sausage)
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown hamburger, drain off fat and set aside. Cook ravioli according to directions on package.

Step2:
Mix hamburger, sauce, and ravioli's together in a large bowl.

Step 3:
Grease 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray (PAM). Add above mixture and top with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Step 4:
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes


The kids dove into the ravioli faster than I could get get my camera! The kids don't like finding diced onions or green peppers in their food, so Tony has eliminated them from this recipe....but if he had his choice he would have added sautéed onions and green peppers too!

Enjoy :)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Glass trees...

Last evening as the sun was setting the ice filled trees
looked like beautiful glass trees.
Sparkling in the sunlight...




Absolutely beautiful...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow day(s)....

It is starting to feel like Alaska in Pennsylvania and I am wondering if we will ever see temperatures above freezing. The other day the temperature reached 17 and I decided not to wear my winter coat! I imagine 50 degrees is going to feel like 80 degrees! The kids have used up all the make up snow days and now they are adding the make up days to the end of the school year. Maybe they will get out by July 4th!

Lil Tony has been hoping we would get a foot of snow this winter and I thought his wish was going to come true on Monday...


This picture was mid-storm. The final total was 8 inches! 


8 inches of snow to clear from the drive way to be able to get to work....


"Get to work?"
Yep...a chef and a nurse usually do not get snow days! 


Blue and spike...
they get snow days!


And today another storm traveled our way...
Bringing us 1/2 inch of ice.
This means:
no power
no heat
no water
trees falling
and roads closed


And a snow day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Extra storage

Moving to a smaller home means we need to think
about every inch of space and
the best way to use it! 

The upstairs bathroom has a large blank
wall above the toilet. It seemed like wasted space
just holding a picture. 

We thought about adding cabinets but then
decided we like the look of the shelves
above the washer and dryer so much 
that they would look great here, too.

Plus...Tony can build them!


The first step was adding the 1x2 boards 
which will support the shelves...


Then Tony cut the 1x10 boards to fit the space
for the shelves. 


Adding the trim to the front...
and playing with accessories borrowed
from other rooms.


The shelves are primed 
but I still need to:
paint them white
touch up the walls
and find accessories!!


Loving the new found storage!

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