The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 217

August 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm (Food, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!!  Hope your week is going well.

Busy, busy, busy, but that’s a good thing!  I hate being bored, and I’m finally hitting my stride, I think.

James is still MIA, no idea when he’ll be home, but that’s not unusual.

William wasn’t too bored today, but he did nap a bit off and on.  Unloaded the dishwasher for me, read some of his second book for school, played some games, and watched some TV.  I feel bad that his summer hasn’t been overly exciting, but it is what it is.  I was sort of hoping he would get a week with his grandparents, but we never talked about it, so it didn’t happen.  Oh well…

Mike had a good day at work, got a new client today, someone interesting, he needs that challenge.

Anyway, quick and easy dinner tonight. here’s what we had:

Quinoa – about 1 cup

Water – 2 cups

1 packet beef flavor Flavor Boost

Put these in the rice cooker, mix them up until the beef flavor stuff is mixed in well, set to cook and wait until the button pops.  Just like making rice!

Turkey smoked sausage, cut into small bite sized wedges, heat in a skillet over medium heat until heated through and slightly browned.

Frozen broccoli, put in a large glass bowl with about 2 Tbsp butter, covered, cooked on high in the microwave 7 minutes.

Frozen peas, put in a small glass bowl with about 1 Tsp butter, covered, cooked on high in the microwave 3 minutes.

Everyone got something they liked, tried something they had only had once before, and everyone walked away from the table full!  Plus a little leftover Quinoa and broccoli for lunch tomorrow!

So that’s it, nothing tough, but really tasty!!

Until tomorrow then, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 114

April 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!!  Today was a really good day, hope it was a Terrific Tuesday for you as well!

I think this new job is going to work out just fine.  I’m starting to learn stuff, sat in on my first actual training today, have another training scheduled tomorrow.  I’m starting to understand some of the things I’m seeing my trainer do on his computer, it’s starting to make sense.  I see how we fit in to the whole process.  And I’m working with a very cool group of people who are more than willing to answer questions and share information, so that’s good news after my last experience.

William had a good day at school, FCAT testing seems to be going well, and he’s settling in to spending after school time at a friend’s house.  I was a little worried about that, but they seem to be doing really well!

James is off to work, in MY car!  OMG!!!  We got the insurance straight, and he’s got to work until 1:30 in the morning, so I’M not going out to get him!  But that means that he’s grown up, and I’m not sure I’m ready…

Anyway, I think I’m getting the hang of getting everything ready in the morning, actually got dinner in the crock pot before I left, so we had a nice dinner waiting when we got home tonight.  Now I just need to finish cleaning up the kitchen so I have the crock pot for tomorrow!!  Here’s what we had:

Asian Chicken

3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, frozen

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 Tsp ground ginger

1 quart water

4 Tbsp corn starch

Put everything except the corn starch in the crock pot, cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.  Remove chicken and shred.  Take 3 cups of the liquid, put it in a sauce pan, add in the corn starch and cook over medium high heat until thickened.  Add in the shredded chicken, and serve!

We had this with Quinoa cooked in the rice cooker, per package directions.  Two parts water to one part Quinoa, really simple.  It’s an interesting grain, kind of crackly in your mouth, but with a little salt and pepper, and the chicken in sauce over the top, it was pretty good.

We also had some leftover green beans with bacon, peas with butter, and grammy’s baked beans.  I know, not the ideal mix, but it was all good in it’s own way!  AND, I have a little bit leftover for lunch tomorrow.

And now I need to go clean out the crock pot, and maybe make some blueberry muffins (from a box mix, don’t get too excited there), so I’m off!  Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

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