Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Today's Events & "Away for the Day" Cookin' ;-)

Today Daddy went to Seattle with Kyle for a business trip.  He'll be back sometime tomorrow, which leaves less time for us girls to get our silly selves into trouble. LOL
Today I have the privilege of taking the girls to their piano and violin lessons, as Mommy is out Christmas shopping and errand running in town.  I'm glad I can do some chauffeuring now...It's so nice to be useful! :)
Speaking of lessons, Caroline's piano playing is AMAZING.  We're so blessed to hear her playing every day.  She has been practicing and playing some really neat ones...like the theme song off of the newer version of Pride and Prejudice.

Today Valerie and Victoria have been diligently working on addressing and stamping envelopes for our Christmas cards.  It must be winter.  The house is pretty cold this morning, but why spend money on heating when you have big warm fluffy coats!  Valerie did eventually figure out how to get our stove going.  It takes it a little while to warm up though :)

Joe drew me a picture of our house.   I loved the picture, but was more thrilled by the fact that he spelled his name with all of the 3 letters in the proper order, none of which were backwards...and he even wrote his age.  (And the number 5 is a little tough for a little boy to draw ya know!)

OK!  Recipe Time!!!
This is a good meal for a day when you're not going to be home in the afternoon, but have time in the morning to get things ready.  Actually, if your chicken is defrosted (ours is always frozen since we buy bulk) this is one of the quickest meals you could make!  And it's very good too!

Monterey Ranch Chicken
1 C. Bread crumbs
1 C. shredded cheese (you can use whatever type of cheese you'd like to, I think!)
1 package ranch dressing mix
6 chicken breasts or thighs
1/2 C. milk

Combine first 3 ingredients. Dip chicken in milk, and roll in mixture.  
Bake @ 350 for 40-45 minutes.

Twice Baked Potatoes 
4 lrg baking potatoes ~ bake for an hour
fry 8 slices of bacon

Combine:
1 C. Sour cream'
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. cheddar cheese
4 chopped green onions or chives
Scoop pulp out of the potatoes that you have baked for an hour.  (Be sure to leave some walls on the potato skins, or you'll be disappointed with the messy results :)  Mix the pulp with the above ingredients, and fill the empty potato shells with the mixture.  Sprinkle on some cheese and crumble the bacon over the top.
Refrigerate until you're ready to bake them
Bake @ 350 for 15 minutes.

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