Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sesame Street - 21st Century

It's a pretty well-known fact that Shelby loves the iPad. She also loves Elmo, but she will not tolerate any sketches in Sesame Street that do not contain the lovable, talk-in-the-third person Muppet. Yay for us.

How excited were we when we found the PBS kids app that features Elmo vignettes with various celebrities!

Her favorite segment features Amy Poehler explaining the word "Challenge." I love Amy Poehler [side note: she and Tina Fey are my favorites]. Now Shelby requests "Miss Amy" on the iPad. What kind of world do we live in where hilarious, raunchy, "Baby Mama" Amy Poehler is referred to as "Miss Amy?" I love it.

For your viewing pleasure......

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Week 71 Menu

Sunday: Date night! We're trying out a new restaurant on the ocean!
Monday: Burgers on the grill with hoomemade buns
Tuesday: Asparagus Ravioli (Bitten Word) - there always seems to be one recipe I don't get to during the previous week!
Wednesday: Stuffed Shells (TWFD) from the freezer
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie over noodles from the freezer
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Week 70 Menu

Sunday: Meatball Burger on homemade buns and grilled corn on the cob
Monday: General Tso's Chicken in slow cooker
Tuesday: Asparagus Ravioli (Bitten Word)
Wednesday: Dinner at Church.
Thursday: Whole Roasted Chicken & Crispy Potato Roast (Smitten Kitchen)
Friday - Saturday: Grandparents here!....hard to say what the plans are!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Week 69 Menu

Sunday: Homemade meatballs and marinara
Monday: Tandoori Chicken Wraps (from GoodLife Eats)...didn't get to it last week
Tuesday: Yorkshire Pudding with cranberry sauce on top (um yeah.....hooked on YP).
Wednesday: Dinner at Church.
Thursday: Pizza at Joseph's for Artwalk
Friday: General Tso's Chicken in the slow cooker (a TWFD menu poster suggestion!)
Saturday: Out

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Week 68 Menu

Sunday: Breaded roundsteak and potato hash
Monday: Meatloaf from freezer
Tuesday: Yorkshire Pudding (from TWFD)....I can only read about these so long without eating one myself!
Wednesday: Dinner at church.
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Tandoori Chicken Wraps (from GoodLife Eats)
Saturday: Family Day at work.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Slice of Bread

Last week I posted about making my first loaf of edible bread. But, it was a little dense and it lacked a little something. I didn't know what the King Arthur flour people meant by "Baker's Special Dry Milk." Yes, I know: Bakers everywhere are scoffing. I tried another loaf of bread with 1/4 cup of my Vital Wheat Gluten, instead. I think it's funny they sell a box of gluten in the organic aisle next to all the gluten-free products and rice or barley flour! It. Was. Awesome! The gluten helped the bread rise much higher and the resulting bread loaf was SO GOOD!

But, I did run into another snag. I tried to slice up my loaf of bread, but the pieces looked so ragged and uneven. I knew enough to use a serrated knife, but that's about it! How can you enjoy a sandwich of homemade bread if you can't cut a decent slice of bread?!

I mean seriously. How embarrassing. I can't figure out how to successfully slice up a loaf of bread! I felt ridiculous Googling "how to slice homemade bread for sandwiches." Not to disappoint, The Googler found several dozen blogs for me to read. Several people suggested electric knives, but I found success in the simple technique of not putting any pressure on the knife, using a sawing motion and being vigilant to keep an even slice going with the knife.

I think we have a winner!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Week 67 Menu

Sunday: Oven Baked Beef Ribs & Oven Fries
Monday: Pumpkin Pancakes
Tuesday: Squash Meatballs and marinara
Wednesday: Dinner at church.
Thursday: Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker (new recipe)
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out