Sunday, November 30
Thursday, November 27
Per request... I've been asked to give my stuffed mushrooms recipe. They are very tasty and much like the mushrooms from Red Lobster or Olive Garden. You can substitute the clams for bacon, shrimp, or sausage for a variety of flavors. We prefer clams, they have a wonderful taste and texture with the mushrooms.
3 packages of mushrooms (baby bellas or button) aprox 35-38 depending on unit size
1 can of minced clams, drained well
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup plain soft bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1-With a dry paper towel or cloth gently wipe mushrooms to remove dirt. Do not wash them because mushroom soak up any liquid.
2-After they are clean, remove all stems and chop fine. They should just pop off with a gentle push of the thumb.
3-Saute clams, garlic, onion, with a small amount butter or olive oil until onions are soft and transparent.
4-Transfer sauteed items to a mixing bowl and combine with remaining ingredients, mixing well.
5-Stuff each mushroom cap with a small pinch of mixture making sure not to over stuff. Mushroom shrink as they cook.
6-Place mushroom on a foil covered baking sheet. Then brush with olive oil making sure to wet tops.
7-Bake in a 370 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until mushrooms are dark brown, moist and stuffing has browned to your liking.
Wednesday, November 26
I also decided to let the kids help out this year. I pretty much gave them free range in the kitchen to make their favorite pies. I decided to keep the desserts simple this year. Two pumpkin, two pecan, and German Chocolate cake. Ryan of course wanted to make a pumpkin and Hannah a pecan. Hannah actually did each step herself with me just calling out measurements and directions. Isn't it a beautiful first pie? Especially for a 6 year old. Ryan, did well too! I helped him more since he is still learning measurements. He did a wonderful job. He got a little fork happy with the crust but still...if it taste as well as it smells I know what I'm having tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 25
Breathe deeply my Autumn child
In lou of life changes and part of that is new routines and self help rules to make my days/weeks go by smoother, I've decided to post a little something each day. My girls over at Home Ec 101 are wonderful about making and helping with weekly menus. This is something I plan to keep up with as well.
- Monday- Taco soup
- Tuesday- Rubens and home fries
- Wednesday- C.O.R.N (clean out refrig night)
- Thursday- TURKEY DAY
- Friday- Left overs
- Saturday- Take out (kids pick)
- Sunday- Breakfast night (waffles, bacon and fruit salad)
This is all if plans stay the same. My father is due back in Asheville Wednesday morning. Depending how his health, he may or may not be in surgery that afternoon. If so, Thanksgiving will be delayed until the weekend.
Thursday, November 6
Ryan, was great for him. He needs a lot of work with letter sounds, but we know its because of his speech/language issues that has him behind. He did pretty good on his reading readiness score...he is getting there slowly but surely! He actually really enjoys and does well with Math :) I think this year is going a lot better than expected!
We also had his yearly IEP meeting. They reduced his speech therapy to twice a week. He is doing so well in that area. So now they are just going to focus of language. Set new goals in EC and OT. Sensory issues better. All in all...great news. He still is getting outside ST, Sensory, and PT.
We are starting him in Karate...thinking that may help build confidence and with sensory issues. Hannah is doing Upward Cheerleading and wants to take art lessons. We are looking into that or dance...
Mark is just Mark. LOL...normal toddler. Running and climbing all over the place. He is just so happy go lucky. Nothing can ruin his day.