Friday, January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014

This week started out with a bang...two keepers on Saturday!  Ryan had asked to have some sort of pork, so I found a rubbed pork that was not only easy but delicious.  Don't you just love it when a main entree comes out like that?  We paired it with a new oven roasted potato side dish which everyone devoured.  We rounded out dinner with our favorite way to make green beans and dinner was a complete hit!

It has been snowing, and VERY cold this week!  We didn't have school for the first two days of the week (and that was coming off a full two week break as it was!) so what did we do...we cooked!  We made cookies for school lunches, and I made some dinners for the freezer since school also started for me this week.  I am taking 3 classes; yikes!!!  Anyway, I made one of our family's favorite make-ahead meals, chicken a la king.  One cooking session made 6 dinners for the future and only had to get the pots and pans dirty once!   It takes 2 full roasted chickens - if you want to save time and make it even easier on yourself you can pick up 2 rotisserie chickens at your grocery store or Costco.  I roasted the chickens, but hey, I've been known to roast 4 chickens at once in my oven!!  Next time we have it for dinner I will try to remember to take a picture and add it to the posting.

This week was also our youngest's birthday!  My oh my how time flies!  The first year of his life was rough and worrisome and now when we look at him we just see a funny, busy, happy, charming and kind, appreciative little boy who is 4 going on 14 (he spends a lot of time with his much older siblings!).  We are blessed.  He wanted a Jake & the Neverland Pirates cake, so I used the technique I discovered last year.  I thought I had posted about it (he wanted Thomas the Tank Engine last year) but I couldn't find the posting.  Here is a youtube clip you can watch to get the idea: frozen buttercream transfer .  The cake certainly wasn't perfect, but Liam absolutely loved it. If you every want to try the technique, let me know and I can give you more details about what worked for me.  And if you are local - I can even help you if you want!

A successful week in many ways  - everyone is back in the swing of school, we celebrated a birthday, we found 2 new keepers, and I made a tried and true freezer recipe that resulted  in 6 dinners.  We can only hope the coming week is just as successful!

Happy Cooking!

New Recipes
Oven Baked Potato Wedges
Rubbed Pork Roast

Tried and True Recipe
Chicken a la King

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