I am so glad I took time and wrote out this weeks menu on Friday before we went grocery shopping. That really helped reduce the stress this morning, when I could just take a glance at the list and know what to do. Here is this week’s menu: Monday breakfast – leftover waffles, egg bread school snack – granola bars lunch – vegetable soup dessert – crepes with various spreads supper – whole-wheat rolls w. cheese (bake pumpkin bread for tomorrow, take out sour-dough, defrost meat) Tuesday breakfast – rolls w. peanut butter and preserve school snack – pumpkin bread lunch – roasted goat meat, mashed potatoes, veggies dessert – cookies supper – fresh rye bread, scrambled eggs (prepare for muffins) Wednesday breakfast – cheese muffins school snack – cookies lunch – lentil stew w. hot dogs, bread dessert – cinnamon rolls supper – bread w. cheese and ham Thursday breakfast – Corn Flakes w. milk (fruit) school snack – cinnamon rolls lunch – Spaghetti, salad dessert - pudding supper – homemade bagels, cream cheese Friday breakfast – bagels with butter, preserve school snack – salt sticks lunch – Chicken stir-fry, rice dessert – pumpkin roll supper – sandwiches Saturday breakfast – scrambled eggs, bread lunch – Tuna noodle casserole, salad dessert – chocolate cake, cooked cherries supper – egg bread (bake bread for breakfast) Sunday breakfast – sweet raisin bread w. butter lunch – herbed pork stew, yeast dumplings, cabbage salad dessert – leftover chocolate cake and cherries supper – grilled cheese sandwiches If any idea doesn’t get used because we have enough leftovers from previous day or we end up visiting grandparents and eat there, I will just move the idea to next week =).
Monday, March 05, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I had planned to make a fake lasagna, like I usually do (just with any pasta) because ready-made lasagna noodles are just too expensive. But recently I have acquired a second-hand pasta machine and thought today would be a good time to try it out for real lasagna noodles. I have made once linguine on it and they were very good. I don't have instructions to the machine, but I found a similar one on the internet and there some instructions for it. I used 400g of flour and about 4 eggs. The dough looked very good and when the noodles started coming out, I was so excited. They are narrower than store-bought noodles, but can be cut to custom length :-) . I let them dry for a while and then precooked them in salty water. That was the only thing I didn't like about this experience. The store-bought noodles here in Europe are usually precooked, so don't have to be boiled before use. But from what I read about homemade pasta, it has to be. I burned myself a few times, trying to get the cooked noodles out (they were slippery) and laid out on a towel so they don't stick together. I will have to find out whether there is any way to do this without precooking! But other than that, the lasagna was wonderful. The kids fought over it and it's all gone without any leftovers. :-( I am so glad that this is working and we can have fresh noodles anytime now. Only a bit of flour needed, because water can be used instead of eggs for some pasts. I am thankful for this little machine. I have an attachment for lasagna, spagetti and linguine. Wish I had also some for macaroni or shells, but maybe one day I can get them. I found all the of the possible attachments here. But there is always a little piece of dough left in the machine that can't be pushed through. The best way to use this is to grate it on a cheese grater, let it dry for a day and then store to use instead of noodles in a soup next time :-) .
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
In the past few weeks/months I have found some interesting sites/blogs that have caught my attention for various reasons. I thought I would share them with you today, since it’s Sunday and I have a bit more time to sit at the computer (actually with my laptop in my lap) than during the week. Of course I did not explore each and every site completely and so can not endorse everything on it. And as with everything else, I do not agree with everything I read, but generally I liked what I read. The first site I would like to share with you and I only discovered it recently is Positively Feminine. A website with a beautiful layout has short articles on various areas of a woman’s life. Easy to navigate and organized well, it has provided me with great reading for those moments when there I have only a few minutes on the internet. It seems that there are going to be some regular columns on some subjects. If you haven’t discovered it yet, take a look. A similar site with a wealth of information is A virtuous woman. It’s a bit harder to navigate, but once your figure out your way, you can discover quite a bit of articles and blog entries. As stated above, I do not agree with everything said on that site, but found the practical advice very useful. Another new website I found is A Clean heart. This site seems to be in it’s beginning and there is not much information there yet. But the accompanying blog has some great devotionals and lots of information on decluttering and home management. I have also joined the A Clean Heart Forum and have found some wonderful ladies on there. This blog and forum focuses on homemaking from “the inside out” – starting from a clean heart instead of just outward organizing. On a more creative (and less spiritual) note, there are two blogs where I often go for inspiration when I need a “nudge” to do something myself. Heather from Hello my name is Heather and AnnaMaria from AnnaMaria Horner Blog are two ladies/mothers who just amaze me with their talent as well creations. They both design fabric and some wonderful things with the fabric. Just a few days ago I discovered one more creative blog called Allsortsthat had caught my attention.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
[img align=right]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/nokia1112.jpg[/img] I have joined the rank of mobile phone users! Yeah! Well, after almost all my children's schoolmates have their own phones, it was time for me to get one, LOL. I really don't need one on a daily basis, since I am a SAHM. But when I go to the doctor with the children or to the city or drive by myself, it's not a bad thing to have a way to communicate. So, for Christmas I got a prepaid phone number when they had some good deals and my father-in-law gave me his old phone. Unfortunately it wasn't reliable at all and the battery was dead half of the time. So, since we got a special gift from a friend last month, I got to buy a new phone as a birthday present. It is a very simple phone, one of the cheaper ones, but it has all the basic functions I need and I think it will serve me well for a long time. I was pretty excited to have my own phone (after all, my 14y. has had one for 3 years already :-)). It's not often that I get to buy something for me, so this is a very special day! Happy belated birthday to me!