Monthly Archives: March 2010

Quick Recipes – Working Mommy Wednesday

Julia at Work, Wife, Mom…Life!! & Lisa from This Mommy Works host Working Mommy Wednesday.  This week’s theme is 30 minute recipes.

One of the quickest meals I throw together is French Onion Burgers.  No real measurements…just toss things together.

Brown 1 pound of ground beef, turkey or chicken.  Drain excess fat.

Add 1 can of French Onion soup and heat to boiling.

Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer until reduced.

Add flour, one teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.  I like ours to be on the thicker side rather than soupy like a sloppy joe.

Add 1/2 – 1 cup mozzarella cheese and let melt.

Spoon mixture onto hamburger buns.

I make this an even faster meal by having already browned ground beef or turkey in the freezer.  I throw it in the fridge to thaw the night before or in the morning before I leave for work.

What are some of your favorite quick go-to meals?

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Not Me Monday – Burn Baby Burn!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

No, I did NOT almost burn the kitchen down twice in two weeks.  Not me!!!

The first time was really no big deal…I think some food got left behind on the burner and it ignited.  I put a pot lid on top and it was quickly snuffed out.  I was pretty proud of myself for not panicking and it had even slipped my mind when I was updating Keith on my daily highlights while he was out of town.

Then there was Saturday afternoon…I had multiple things going on in the kitchen.  Munch had helped me make scrambled eggs for breakfast so I had mess leftover from that.  I had put a couple turkey roasts in the crockpot.  I had emptied and re-filled the dishwasher.  What seemed like all of the sudden, it was time for lunch.  I decided on quick-and-easy mac n’ cheese from a box.  Set the water on the back burner to boil and went to living room to check on Munch.  As I’m walking back to the kitchen, I realize something smells funny.  Turn the corner to see flames springing up from the cutting board that was sitting on the front burner!!  I had set it there while Munch and I were making breakfast to get a little more workspace on the counter.  A great tip except when you have a brain-fart and turn on the wrong burner!!

This fire had me a little more panicked.  Munch was awake and underfoot.  There were some decent flames and the smoke alarm was squealing at me.  I couldn’t snuff it out so I needed to come up with an new idea..FAST!!!  First things first, I grabbed a baby gate and locked Munch & the dog in the living room.  Opened up the patio door to get some fresh air in and let the smoke out.  Then I had to figure out how to get the big piece of flaming wood to stop burning and/or out of the house.  I carefully lifted the cutting board off the burner.  Slowly the flames directly on the burner died out.  I carried the cutting board toward the patio door and dropped it onto the ground.  What was a dreary, wet, rainy day turned out to be great for me.  It quickly put out the fire on the cutting board and everything was flame-free!!

It took the rest of the day to get the campsite smell out but everyone was safe and I believe I’ll be a little more diligent when it comes to cooking on the stove!!

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I’m okay!

I know I haven’t posted in quite awhile!  All is okay in the M household.  Unfortunately, Keith being out of town all last week left me totally worn out and I started this week with a nasty case of streph throat. 

Keith is gone again – this time at the NCAA Regionals in Spokane with the basketball team.  They play tonight at 8:40pm CST…Go COOGS!!!

I’ve done a much better job of getting myself to bed at a decent hour without him here to keep me in line.  Between that and the antibiotics I’m still taking…I might just survive this one!!

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B’s First Haircut

This weekend was a new milestone for Miss Munch…her first haircut!

Scruffy McScrufferson before

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First lollipop…this can’t be too bad…2010_03070083

I was wrong!!  This is HORRIBLE!!!!2010_03070086

Hey, I look kinda cute!!! Glitter AND a bow!! 2010_03070090 

But that doesn’t mean I’m happy!2010_03070092

I’m getting my prize and getting outta here!!!

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RIP Layla Grace

It broke my heart this afternoon to learn that Layla Grace, the two year old who was battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, had passed away earlier in the day.  I’d been following the family’s blog and read yesterday through teary eyes that things were not going well.  Though its unfathomable that such a beautiful child has been taken from her family, its comforting to know that she’s no longer in pain.

Many prayers for the Marsh family.

Layla Grace Marsh

11/26/2007 – 03/09/2010

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