Monday, January 24, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 1-24-11 & Butternut Squash Biscuits

The last couple weeks I've had a chance to get caught up on reading my favorite blogs and browsing through the wonderful journals of simple living and exciting kitchen adventures.

There seemed to be a common theme among the dozens of sites I like to read: getting back on track now that the holidays are over AND pinching pennies by planning menus around the freezer and pantry.

Life here is no different. It's nice to get back on track...into a routine. Routine is good. As far as planning meals around the pantry to save money, well, we planned for it last summer with all of the canning and food preserving we did.

Every year I will pinpoint one thing we did and be very thankful for it. Last winter it was the canned peppers. I just LOVE to dump a jar of peppers into a stew, chili or sauce, so much that we canned twice the amount this year.

This winter I am VERY thankful for butternut squash. Did you know that you can sleep better with a basement full of butternut squash? Oh, they were a pain in the garden.

In fact, they were the playground bullies of the garden trying to take over and plow everything else down. But I'd do it all again just for these little beauties:

Butternut Squash Biscuits - Yum!

Here is our menu for this week:

Breakfasts: Sausage Pancake Muffins, Knock Your Socks Off Bread w/ Cream Cheese, Eggs (the girls just started laying again) & Toast.

Lunches: Leftovers and/or Salad

Weekend Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Monday Dinner:
Chili left over from the weekend AND Butternut Squash Biscuits

Tuesday Dinner:
Venison Steaks & Butternut Squash Casserole (this recipe, but I'm going to use butternut)

Wednesday Dinner:
Black Bean Burgers & Salad

Thursday Dinner:
Mexican Rice Casserole

Friday Dinner:
Chicken Enchiladas w/ homemade tortillas

Saturday Dinner:
Leftovers with Refried Beans & Homemade chips (from the homemade tortillas)

Sunday Dinner:
Turkey Dinner and we'll sneak in some butternut squash too!

This menu is posted for participation in Meal Plan Monday. Check out the other great menus!

Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Salads

Don't you miss those summertime salads? I sure do. Winter salads are always a disappointment to me because of produce that is tasteless, shipped from far away, and coated with WHO knows what! But salads are a great way of balancing out the week's calories due to all the comfort food bubbling on the stove or crockpot this time of year. Salad night can be exciting even in the winter. A little creativity is all that is needed.

Romaine lettuce is my lettuce of choice for winter salads. It hold up really well and stays fresh looking much longer than other lettuces. Did you know that romaine lettuce is a very nutritious lettuce, full of nutrients and not just water?

I like to chop romaine lettuce into shreds instead of tearing it like the usual leaf lettuces. Believe it or not, that is the only vegetable I spend money on for winter salads....well, onions or scallions BUT that's about it. It's the other toppings that make this salad a meal.

Homemade feta hangs in the kitchen.

Homemade feta cheese, black beans, and croutons straight from the skillet are family favorites for salads this time of year. Toss with apple cider vinegar dressing, garlic mustard dressing or caesar salad dressing and you have a beautiful and nutritious winter salad.

Blissville Living Caesar Salad Dressing
2 egg yolks from chickens you know
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp naturally fermented tamari
1 tsp anchovy paste
3 cloves of crushed garlic
olive oil

Get out a big bowl and whisk the egg yolks until they are thick (this is a good form of kitchen aerobics). Get a helper to drizzle olive oil into the bowl as you continue to whisk OR just be a super woman and figure out how to hold the bowl still, whisk like mad AND drizzle the oil into the bowl yourself. Add enough oil to cover the size of the salad you've made...this ranges every time I make it but the dressings always come out yummy. Whisk so that the mixture looks like mayonaise. Slowly add the other ingredients as you continue to whisk. Pour over salad and toss!

Check out
Homestead Revival's recipe exchange and help spice up your winter salads.

Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Morning Show

I'm not one to stay in bed in the morning - EVER. Which really annoys my husband on weekends. Why? I'm not sure. It's not as if I'm making him get up. I love to get up early and have time alone in the morning. Time to sip my coffee, pet the cats and browse recipes on the internet. While refilling my coffee cup in the kitchen, God blessed me with the beautiful sunrise posted above. Now why stay in bed when you can see a show like that?

Life is short. Enjoy each sunrise like it was painted just for you!

Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman