So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday's Menu

A week or two ago, we hosted our home group meeting. We made pulled pork sandwiches for the meal. Then Hubby suggested we have some coleslaw as well. While he generally does NOT eat coleslaw, I will eat it occasionally even though it isn't my favorite thing. Because of that, where I have eaten coleslaw is usually a restaurant or someone's house. I don't really make my own.

But Hubby knew that some people like to put it on pulled pork sandwiches and he thought it would also give us an extra side dish to accompany the chips I had already purchased. So I looked up a recipe.

I know you can buy a bag of slaw and just mix mayo into it but that really isn't very good in my opinion. Plus I was hoping to find something that would give me softer slaw. It seems like the cabbage is always hard or, at best, crisp when you do it that way. I didn't really find how to make the cabbage soften up though so I just decided to make it ahead and let it sit in the dressing which might soften it up.

 And it did, though not as much as I had hoped. I think the key to that would be to shred it yourself into thinner shreds so that it could soak up more of the dressing. I also did not add the onion because one of our home group members doesn't do raw onion. I might the next time I try it though.

I found that this dressing was very pepper-y. So I made a note on it to not add any pepper next time. It comes from Bobby Flay and Food Network. It didn't taste pepper-y to me when I first made it so I think it got stronger as it sat in the refrigerator.

Otherwise, I thought it turned out really well. And everyone, while agreeing that it was pepper-y and some, as it turned out, really liked it that way, told me they thought it was quite good. And it was.

That's why it's a keeper. Hope you enjoy it too.

Creamy Cole Slaw

Slaw mix (finely shredded cabbage and carrots)
3/4 cup very good quality mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons sour cream
2 Tablespoons grated or finely chopped Spanish onion
2 Tablespoons sugar, or to taste
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Whisk together the dressing ingredients and mix with slaw mix. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Big Doll #3

 Last Saturday, we went out to check out the Neighborhood Garage Sale going on in a subdivision a couple of blocks over from us. It was rainy though and we weren't really into it. Neither were the sellers.

As it turned out, we only one thing despite checking out several all throughout the neighborhood. That was a "big doll" that Rugrat found at one. I looked up the brand name later and found out that it was an Our Generation doll -- Target's knockoff of American Girls. Works for us.

Unfortunately, her hair was a M-E-S-S. Two little braids that hung from the front of her head had survived but everything else was pretty tangled. I went ahead and took down her two little braids and got ready to do a Downy Dunk.

If you don't remember, I discovered Downy Dunking when trying to untangle the other two dolls' hair. You don't actually have to use a specific name brand of fabric softener. Any will do. Mine was a Dollar Tree fabric softener.

This time, however, I remembered to take pictures. Here she is getting ready for treatment (her first blonde big doll):

You can see just how tangled it is. The kinky parts are where the two little braids were.

I got to work with a good tv show going to work by. Here she is with half done.

I always prefer to stand them up overnight to dry. That way, they aren't lying on it and it all dries hanging down too.

The next day, I just ran a brush through the now dry, untangled hair and here it is:

The next step, in my opinion, is to prevent further tangles. I always think the little clear rubber bands they put on doll hair for packaging look much better than what I have available.

Then one day it occurred to me to buy some of the tiny little bright colored rubber bands in the ethnic section. They are so small that they work perfectly for doll hair too. I would have preferred clear but didn't see those until a day or two after I bought the colorful ones. Oh well.

And here she is with her cute little braids that will prevent or, at the very least, reduce the tangles she'll get while Rugrat is loving on her.

So there you have it. Pictures of the Downy Dunk in action.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday's Menu

Last week, Rugrat announced that she wanted Broccoli Cheese soup for her meal. Each week, one of the kids is responsible for choosing a menu and then making that meal (with my help) for us on whatever day is least busy that week.

It teaches them to make a menu plan, budget and shop for the ingredients, and how to prepare it. They all understand how to incorporate ingredients/parts that will make a healthy meal. And they usually look forward to their turn. Not to mention that we've gotten to try some interesting things as a result too.

I had no problem with Rugrat's soup but I thought we might need something more. She couldn't name anything else she wanted to have with it though. Even after several days. So I suggested some sort of hot sandwich. She was good with that but wouldn't say anything more than ham when I asked what kind.

Not too long ago I was eating lunch with some ladies and one of them ordered a Cuban sandwich. I had no clue what that was although I guessed that it had some kind of ham. So I looked up a recipe.

Although we didn't put the condiments on automatically for everyone, they were pretty good. If you knew everyone liked the condiments, I would go for it. We just used some homemade rolls rather than the Cuban bread. I had no clue where to get Cuban bread or what it was. We also just heated the sandwiches in the oven.

I got the recipe here.

Original Cuban Sandwich (makes 1 sandwich)

1 loaf Cuban bread or sandwich roll
1 oz. mustard
4 dill pickles
5 slices ham
2 slices roast pork
1 slice Swiss cheese
1 oz. butter

Cut bread to 7 inches and slice open bread or sandwich roll. Spread mustard across top slice and place 4 pickles on top of mustard. Lay cheese on top of pickles. On bottom slice of bread, lay ham in folded slices. Place roast pork on top of ham. Put bread top and bottom together. Grill in sandwich grill or waffle iron after buttering breads. Grill until crispy and cheese is melted.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday's Menu

We gave these a try last week and they were pretty darn good.

Hamburger Steak with Gravy

2 slices bread (to be turned into crumbs -- I used wheat germ instead)
1 lb. ground round
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 Tablespoons oil
2-3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken or beef broth

1 onion, chopped
1 8 oz. pkg sliced fresh mushrooms (I left these out)

Mix together bread crumbs, ground round, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Shape into 4 patties.

Make gravy. If not using a packet, heat oil in saucepan. Whisk in flour until it makes a thick paste. Slowly blend in broth a small amount at a time allowing it to thicken to desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook patties in hot skillet for about 2 minutes, just until browned on each side. Remove from skillet.

Add mushrooms and onions to skillet. Cook until tender. Set patties on top of onions. Pour gravy over patties. Cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Blue Skies

 I've thought several times that, while the weather here in Oklahoma is crazy and scary a whole lot, it also produces some truly beautiful skies.

I'm slowly becoming addicted to taking pictures of them.

These were on two different days. And they were taken WITH my cell phone THROUGH a car window. So imagine how gorgeous they were for real.

The funniest part is that they almost look un-real -- like something someone painted or created. I keep trying to think of a way to use these kinds of pictures as a background for something.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Animal Magnet

I don't know if it's jealousy or just my natural magnetism but every animal in the house is attracted to my lap on a regular basis. As Rugrat would safe, I'm just "so soft and comfy."

Oh, well. I've been called worse. :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


 From Mr. Fuzzy wuz a Bear

to a lot more comfy and less hairy:

And who can resist that face!?!