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With all the medical crap going on around here, Cool and I have been thinking alot about diet.  Actually, I have been thinking alot about diet, Cool has been putting up with my ramblings.  BUT, we have agreed on a plan.  That is amazing to say the least.  Our plan is to eat a vegetarian diet during the week and eat meat for 2 meals on the weekend.  Hopefully with the meat on the weekends he won't crave meat too much and with the vegetarian diet we can get things managable and possibly off all the meds.

We started this week.  It has been going "ok" as I have a 13 year old who loves meat but the kids love being able to pick the foods.  We went through recipes online today and they picked our next two meals both containing tofu.  I am not sure how I feel about that but I gladly bought the ingredients. 

It is scary changing things the way we have but also freeing in a way.  I think with this new way our garden will be a fantastic thing this summer.  If it ever warms up that is.


While going through the scrap paper my mom sent over I found this treasure of a recipe.  It is actually one of our family favorites.  One that I haven't made in like forever.  I can thank Nanc for this since she is the person who orginally gave it to me.

Mustard Dip

16 ounces sour cream
16 ounces yellow mustart
16 ounces Helmans mayo
1 double package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1 cup sugar
1/2 small onion, minced
6 heaping teaspoons horseradish

Mix all ingredients together.  Let sit overnight in fridge before serving.  Keeps for a long time and makes alot.  This is great as dip for hard and soft pretzels and on sandwiches in place of mayo.

January 7, 2008 01/08/2008

Peanut butter French toast
Orange jello

Homemade Granola bars

Grandma J’s rice casserole
Lettuce salad

Celery and carrots


Oh yum!  I made this for lunch today.  It was a big hit amongst the tribe.

Chicken Quesadillas

About 1 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion diced
about 1 ½  tsp minced garlic
1 chicken breast cooked and chopped
Mexican Fiesta Seasoning
Flour tortillas
Co-Jack shredded cheese
Cooking spray

In a skillet heat the olive oil.  Saute onion and garlic in the oil until almost clear.  Add chicken and heat until hot.  Set aside with lid on pan

Over medium heat in a nonstick skillet that has been sprayed, place 1 tortilla.  Sprinkle about ¼ cup cheese over top.  Add about ½ cup chicken mixture.  Sprinkle with another ¼ cup cheese.  Heat for 3 minutes.  Flip and heat for another 3 minutes.  It should be golden brown and crispy.

Serve with sour cream and salsa with refried beans on the side.

January 2, 2008 01/02/2008

Breakfast Panini
Orange Juice

Jello Jigglers

peanut buter and banana sandwiches

Hot Chocolate
Graham Cracker

red cabbage and apples
mashed sweet and white potatos


Cinnamon balls

Left over chicken wings and meatballs

Ham and Cheese Quiche
Crescent Rolls
Lettuce Salad


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Cream Cheese Frosting

·         8 ounces fat free cream cheese softened
·         ¼ cup room temperature butter (Smart Balance? Butter?  What's the diff??)
·         1 cup powdered sugar
·         ½ tsp  vanilla
·         1/8 cup cocoa (if chocolate frosting is wanted.

1.       mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until nice and smooth
2.      Add powdered sugar gradually until all incorporated.
3.      Add cocoa if wanted.
Store in fridge after frosting cakes and cookies.

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What am I going to do with the leftover ham?  That was the question I was asking myself this morning.  Oh, yummy quiche!  Good for breakfast, dinner or supper.  Different sides needed of course but ample for any meal.  Enjoy!

Ham and Cheese Quiche
·          9 eggs
·          ½ cup milk
·          ½ tsp salt
·          pepper to taste
·          about 2 cups left over ham cut into smallish pieces
·          ¼ onion chopped fine
·          1 ¼ cup co-jack shredded cheese
1.      Cut up ham and and place in the bottom of a deep greased pie plate.  (I mean really deep, not a casserole but not a regular pie plate)
2.      Mix the rest of the stuff together in a bowl.  Beat the eggs up pretty well before adding the rest of the stuff.
3.      Pour egg mixture over the ham in the deep pie plate.  (notice the  emphasis deep again?)
Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until the it is nice and brown and firm.

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OK, this is originally my FIL’s recipe.  Since his death my MIL has been making this every Christmas.  I have tweaked it, make it a bit easier and heart healthy and make it a couple times of year.  It is definitely a family favorite.

French Dips 
1 chuck or butt roast (very lean, we use deer and it is just as good)
little oil (canola…my FIL did NOT use just  a little)
salt and pepper
beef stock
In a cast iron skillet heat some oil and sear all sides of your salt and peppered roast.  Put seared roast in heated crock-pot.  Add a box or two of organic beef broth.  Cook on low all day.  Remove roast from liquid, chill both until the next day.

Slice chilled roast going against the grain very thinly.  Use a very sharp knife but be very careful.  (My finger is healing from the cut I got last week cutting up the roast)  Put roast in crock-pot, add broth and cook on low all day until ready to serve.

Serve on multigrain hard French rolls that have been toasted on each side.  It is meaexcellent with caramelized onions and peppers on top of the beef with provolonecheese melted on top.   Dip in broth.



This recipe is my Great Grandma's recipe.  My dad said most of her food wasn't edible but I found this recipe to suit our needs very well. 

The recipe was told to me by my Gaga.  I was on the phone telling her that I needed ot make red cabbage and wasn't sure how.  She rattled off this recipe like it was second nature.  She told me Grandpa's mom made it all the time. 

I am all for family recipes so I tried it out.  Cool says it tastes like candy.  Can't ask for much more!

Red Cabbage and Apples
1 head red cabbage
3 or 4 apples
2 tbs vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tbs margarine
dash cinnamon

Cut cabbage and put in large skillet.  Peal and cut apples put in skillet.  Cook with water and vinegar on low for 2 hours.  Make sure to keep an eye on it and add water if necessary.  Add brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.  Serve.




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