Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cool Stuff

Just a lot of this and that going on as we settle into a new school year. Here are some photos that capture these times.

Jasmine and I got new walking/running shoes. Hers are for completing 100 miles and mine for 300 miles. We got them during the buy one, get one half price sale during no tax week and with an additional 10% military discount. So we came out really well on it. The twins are around 65 miles.

We have $1 skating on Wednesday nights, but we'll be starting youth group after Labor Day.

Jasmine and me diving with Alex, an instructor. Even though we are certified, I don't feel confident enough to navigate without him.

Hehe. Bad hair day!

Between 10 and 15 feet down. Jasmine still struggles with clearing her ears. I want to meet with her cranio facial team at Shands, but our insurance has decided we can't.

 She's so colorful.

Shark skeleton
I love the feeling of movement in this picture.

 Kids playing with a friend. Kaleb and Josiah are in after school rhythm club.

I am doing some serious decluttering. I pulled everything from the back of my closet, including my wedding dress that has been sealed for 27 years. I saw that even though I paid to have it preserved, the arms and front have yellowed. There is also a stain on the sleeve. I have no idea what to do with the dress. I was going to try to find a place that collected wedding dress for the poor or something, but with the yellowing, I doubt anyone would want it. I guess for now it goes back into the closet.
And no, my 14-year-old is not getting married any time soon. 
 This is the family room, which is supposed to be my office also. One side is bookcases, the other side this. I'm tired of looking at clutter. Unfortunately, as an author, there are lots of papers, books etc that I need.
 The ping pong table takes up most of the room when it's set up. I am clearing out over 100 books and moving the rest to my closet. 
You can see the other side of the room in the background here. It's the bookshelves I often use as a background for the kid's pictures.  I will post update pictures as we go. As long as I am redoing the room, I am also babyproofing! Other areas of the house are getting decluttered also.
Jasmine is feeling her niece move. She was like, "That's soooo weird."

 I took Jess to lunch at the Chinese buffet.
 Someone Jessica knew had to get rid of their dog due to their housing situation. So Jessica talked Adam into taking the dog. She's a very sweet, six year old pit bull. She is mostly an indoor dog, which is good because he lives in an apartment. I hope it works out for them.
She was excited to be going for a car ride. Jessica bought her food, a bed and toys.

So that is all of our random photos and news for now

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's Cooking?

This month I pulled out an old Campbell Soup cookbook to try new (and easy) recipes with the kids. I started at the beginning of the book, and most of the recipes involved tuna. I don't like tuna, but the rest of the family does.

Jasmine cook several times and Kaleb a couple. Kayla was mostly, well, being Kayla. Sigh.

We also discovered this, which is amazing on graham crackers.

We also had lot of easy food this summer, like mac and cheese and corn dog nuggets.

Jasmine loves all sorts of pasta, so any recipe with noodles stands a chance with her. She is our pickiest eater. She doesn't really like beef. But she does like tuna.

Diet soda cake. You only need these two ingredients. Don't use the water, eggs, oil or anything it says on the box. Simply mix a cake mix with twelve ounces of soda/diet soda. Bake according to the directions. It is more moist than normal cake, so I recommend making a 9x13 cake. Don't frost it. 

Tuna Casserole
1 can (10 ½ oz) condensed cream of celery or chicken soup
½ cup milk
2 cups cooked noodles
1 can (7 oz) tuna, drained and flaked
2 T diced pimiento
2 T chopped parsley
2 T buttered bread crumbs

Blend soup and milk. Add noodles, tuna, pimiento and parsley. Pour into 1 ½ quart casserole. Top with crumbs. Baked at 350F for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

This didn't last long at our house. Good cake/ soda combinations are strawberry mix/cream soda, chocolate mix/sprite, lemon mix/sprite or ginger ale, vanilla or white mix/grape, orange or strawberry, spice or carrot mix/ginger ale, sprite or mountain dew. Some people like chocolate/coke or root beer. I don't think we've tried  that combination.

Kaleb's recipe had noodles. cream of chicken soup, tomatoes and hot dogs. No one really liked it but him, so we didn't add the recipe to our collection.

This recipe was good, but it needs either noodles in it, or it need to be served over some kind of pasta.

Jasmine made ribs in the crock pot using McCormick's slow cookers seasoning pack. Rick pulled the meat off the bones so the kids could put it over rice.

Chicken Pot Pie
1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

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     Heat oven to 400°F. In ungreased 9-inch pie plate, stir vegetables, chicken and soup.
     In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.
     Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crust golden brown.

Makes 6 servings 

 This is a favorite recipe. Everyone makes his/her own with as much of each ingredient as desired.

Foil Wrapped Taco Chicken
Boneless chicken breast per person
Taco seasoning
Potatoes peeled and thinly sliced (a half of large or whole small per person)
Shredded Mexican cheese
Sour cream

Preheat oven 400F. Place serving of potato slices on a large piece of foil for each person. Cut the chicken into strips and put one portion on each foil on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. (Per individual taste) Add one tablespoon of salsa and shredded cheese to each. Wrap the foil over the chicken mixture. Place on cookie sheet and bake 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Release steam and let stand five minutes. Serve with sour cream.
 Jasmine saw coconuts last time we went grocery shopping and wanted to get one. But how to get it open. Love these faces!! This was 5:30 a.m.
He didn't like it. The girls did. I'm not a coconut fan, although this had little taste. But I do not like artificial coconut at all.

Whew. I think we are caught up on cooking! I  know there were several months I didn't post, but this is what we've made recently.