Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday Week 1

The kids were off all week. Lots of game time this week.

And movie time

Jasmine sat up the nativity

Ants in the pants

Adam had a little trouble with his ants and was caught picking them up and dropping them in more than once :)

Jessica made Jasmine draw 4

Back to Rummikub

I beat Rick and Jessia at battleship but Ty beat me. I haven't played this in a long time. My brother and I used to play it on graph paper about 30+ years ago.

Playing Scene it

What games are your family favorites?

The guys cooked Thanksgiving dinner.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

November Food

The kids made some good food this month. Here is what each made on his or her day to cook.

Jasmine made hot roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes all covered in gravy.

Adam made an easy meat dish that is well liked.

Meatshell Potato Pie
1 can tomato soup
1 lb ground beef
1 egg slightly beaten
½ c bread crumbs
2 c mashed potatoes
¼ c shredded cheese
cooked bacon crumbled (Adam put the bacon on in whole strips but it should be crumbled into bacon bits)

Mix ½ can soup, beef, egg and bread crumbs. Press firmly into a 9" pie pan. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Frost with potatoes. Top with remainder of soup, cheese and bacon. Bake 10 minutes more.

Tyler made an easy but good casserole.

Mixed Vegetable Casserole
1 lg. pkg. mixed vegetables cooked
1 lb hamburger browned
Lg. can cream of chicken soup
hash browns, warmed

Mix and bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.

The chicken wings were so good! Jessica doubled the recipe but next time I think we need to triple it!!

Jessica's Teriyaki Chicken Wings
Package of drummettes (approximately 14)
1/3 c soy sauce
½ c granulated sugar
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Measure 1-2 cups of flour and put in paper or plastic bag. Rinse drummettes in cool water. Place drummettes 3 or 4 at a time in the bag. Seal and shake until chicken is flour coated. Tap off extra and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 35-45 minutes.

While chicken is baking, mix soy sauce, sugar, garlic powder and sesame seeds in a small bowl. Adjust sugar and soy sauce to taste.

When chicken is done, remove from oven and let cool. Stir sauce again. Roll each drummette in the sauce and place on serving plate. Pour excess sauce over the plate of wings.

The muffins were really good too. They were gone right away!

Cheesy Muffins
½ c butter, softened
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c milk
2 c grated cheddar or jack cheese

Cream butter and sugar with fork until smooth. Add eggs and stir until well blended. Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir so baking powder is evenly distributed. Measure the milk. Stir a little milk into the butter mixture. Stir a little of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Repeat adding small amounts of milk and flour to the butter mixture until they are all mixed together. Add cheese and mix. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 20-24 muffins.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Last night Adam and I were the only ones home so we made peanut butter cookies with white chocolate drops on top and watched part of One Night with the King.

At what point are you suppose to put the drops on? Before you bake the cookies, part way through or after they are baked? We didn't know the answer to that.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Last Day of Soccer

U 10 Terminators


Jessica line reffing Jasmine's game

U 15 Terminators


Jessica line reffing

Corner kick

He and the flag have problems sometimes.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Senior Stuff

Tonight we went to the high school for Jessica to be measured for her graduation gown.

She had to check the spelling of her name for the diploma.

This is Jessica with a couple of friends from Ignite Club.

Looking over the stuff for sale on the senior table. I ordered and paid for her announcements, name cards and a senior necklace for her. I pay for that plus the senior photos and open house. In addition I give the high school kids $150 for misc school expenses. The rest is on them. You can easily spend $2,000 on yearbook, senior trip (Orlando), ring, shirts, backpacks, class supplies, club dues, club shirts and on and on.

Jessica chose to buy a class shirt. It's kind of cute becasue she's the class of '10.

Not often you get to be a perfect ten.