Saturday, November 20, 2010

Girls Sleepover: Pantry Provisions!

Teenage girls sleepover... eating from the pantry... what in the world do I fix them to eat?!
 Pantry? A couple of cans of white beans, a small can of green chilis, a few boxes of pasta and a few jars of dried beans. A can of cream soup, a can of tomato paste ... and that is it in there.

I had a bucket of 5-Minute a day Artisan dough or whatever it is called (got recipe from Christina on the GNOWFLINS ecourse) in the fridge along with a small bowl of butter, some half n half and some condiments.
Just one of those between checks times but we still have to eat, right?

The LORD has taught me so much through this. There are times when I am a good student and times when I am very much not but He knows me and loves me anyway. Thankfully.
I wanted to not figure it out. I wanted to not pull anything together. . . I wanted to just hope everyone wasn't hungry.
That isn't the way of mamahood, is it?!

I knew I could make round loaves of bread quickly but remembered how long it took me the last time to get the center cooked. I made two round loaves but sliced them (about four or five across) in pieces ...they almost looked like biscotti.

I cooked them at close to 400 degrees F. and remembered reading of or hearing about white bean dips.

Thus, this:

White Bean Dip

2 cans of drained white beans
Two splashes of lemon juice
4 cloves of garlic
salt & pepper to taste
dried onion/seasoning mixture

I mixed it all together in the food processor until it looked like a dip and then poured in a glass bowl. It was a big hit with the girls!

I also found two stray hamburger buns so I buttered them and put them on a cast iron skillet and put a cast iron bacon press on them. I let cook on medium and then low until they were crispy and then cut them in triangles. The girls really loved these! The bread sticks of sorts were having a hard time cooking through so I cut them again and made them the same as the hamburger buns.

We found three family sized tea bags (need 4 for a gallon) and we made 3/4 of a gallon of tea for them to have ice tea.
They can have hot chocolate next from packets my mom left here today!

Remember that no matter how little you see in the cupboard... God didn't share the fish and loaves stories for nothing!

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.    18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:17-21

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Birthday, Honey...

My DIL and I took the grandkids to the store this morning and got ingredients for a Butterfinger Cake. Pops LOVES Butterfingers (his favorite candy bar and favorite blizzard) so the cake my DIL makes is a sure win for him.

She bought all the ingredients and we came back here. She started the cake and I heated up lunch (she brought that, too! Tilapia and brocolli... yum)

We had coffee and kept up with the kids until it was time to pick up our youngest. The same time I was walking out the door, a family friend turned family member, Timmy came over. I've mentioned him in several Home Notes but don't know if I have done so here. We met his family when he was only four years old and our boys were five, seven and nine. They live one house away from us and our land runs into theirs and all four boys ended up spending entire summers together, hung out at his parents' drive in movie theater and more. We all became like family. Anyway, he drove me to get Braxton and visited for awhile after with Blake (DH) and us. I found out the store he is working in now has a huge assortment of spices and seasonings to include a selection of exotic varieties!

I wasn't sure what we would have for dinner but the LORD provided beautifully. My mom gifted us with a bag of frozen chicken tenderloins and a generous amount of panko bread crumbs recently. She also gave us a bag of potatoes and two bags of unbleached flour! I made oven friend chicken tenders, homemade mashed potatoes, oven fried potato slices, and planned to make peas but forgot!
My DIL made sweet tea, cheddar biscuits and the cake.
My four year old granddaughter and three year old grandson  helped any chance they could!

I am in a hurry and have so little time on here I almost didn't post but if I don't find a way to share as I make things --- I will have NO record of any of it. The whole point of this blog was to journal all we ate/made each day and share it with anyone who wanted to read it.

The butterfinger cake was a prepared German chocolate cake that she poked holes all over when it was cooling on the counter. She then poured almost two cans of sweetened condensed milk over the whole thing. When that cooled down, she topped it with 16 ounces of cool whip and topped that with a few bags of broken and crumbled miniature butterfinger bars.

Cheesy Onion Biscuits
1/4 cup chopped onion (we had no onion so just didn't add it)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup 1% buttermilk
1.         Place onion in a small microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until tender. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese and onion. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened.
2.         Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Pat or roll out into a 4-in. circle; cut into four wedges. Place 2 in. apart on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.