Friday, January 23, 2009

The Monotony of Cooking

As a woman who works at home, home schools and takes care of the farm, I find that planning meals is sometimes a chore. I enjoy cooking, but fall into a rut fixing the same tried and true dishes over and over again. If I get sick of it, I can only imagine how my poor family feels.

I recently had a storm in my brain as we call it around here, to have a theme week. It gives me a guideline on where to go and the family is wild about it. It challenged me to get creative. Recently we had Mexican week. It included chicken fajitas, tacos, taco salad, chili, baked potatoes with taco toppings. Then this week we are having Italian week. Chicken Parmesan was a huge hit. See the recipe below! Homemade Lasagna was a fun afternoon in the kitchen with the kids each working at a station. I saved the best for last....my Grandmother's Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Dinner discussion has become "idea time" on all the possibilities for theme weeks. This is a lot of fun. Also, it makes grocery shopping easier as you use many of the same items in related dishes.

Try it out....it may surprise you!


CHICKEN PARMESAN
Printed from COOKS.COM
4-6 chicken breasts
Italian dressing for marinating chicken
2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan
garlic powder
salt and pepper
mozzarella cheese
spaghetti sauce
oil with 3 tbls. butter

Marinate chicken breasts for 1/2 hour in Italian dressing add Parmesan to bread crumbs and garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Dip marinated chicken into bread crumb mixture and add enough oil with butter in pan for frying until brown on both sides.
Preheat oven to 375F degree.
After browning, place chicken in shallow baking pan and pour any kind of spaghetti sauce of your liking over chicken. Add enough mozzarella cheese to cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
If you have sauce left over cook linguine noodles, drain add sauce add 3/4 cup mozzarella and Parmesan for a side dish.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sheep are Wonderful!

Meet Princess Dianna. Of course coming from Windsor Wool she had to have a name befitting her regal status. She has the distinction of being the first registered Border Leicester here at the farm. She has a wonderful disposition and is first to greet us in the morning when we go out to feed breakfast. She loves to be petted. All the animals here are part of the family and all of them have a job. Dianna's is to provide wonderful companionship as well as great wool. (Wool only from the sheep here!) She also blessed us with a sweet little lamb named Queen Mary last spring.

A Day in the Life

I would like for my first introduction to be of my Grandma Hannah and Grandpa Neil. The work these saints did while on earth was legendary and a lesson for all of us who "think" we work hard or "have it rough"! I too like to do my share of complaining, but when I recall their ways and words, It helps to keep a positive perspective. They have gone on to Glory but their legacy lives on.

Lessons from the Heartland from Hannah and Neil

  • TRUST IN THE LORD: (during the Great Depression, when your children go astray, when it doesn't rain, when you've prayed and prayed and there is still not answer)
  • ALWAYS BE PRODUCTIVE: (find something to do, read a book, serve others, bake a cake and put on a pot 'o coffee...you never know who will stop by and need an excuse to sit down and talk, if at first you don't succeed...keep working!)

stay tuned for more........