Thank you all for your sweet comments on our Day in the Life at Sweetness and Light! It's fun to see how the day all pans out when it's in the works :)
Many of you have asked for some recipes, so I thought I'd share what has worked as we launched back into our schooling mode for Late Summer/Early Autumn.
First off, the Brown Sugar Chicken is from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by Stephanie O'Dea. She claims in her book that after making this for her family, they coined it "Candy Chicken" and yes it was very sweet! Everybody liked this one, even my one who isn't truly fond of chicken unless it's oven baked with lots of garlic ;-) *Recipe Note: my chicken fell apart and did not look like the chicken in the recipe link, but more shreddy (is that a word?) and we had lots of yummy sauce to spoon over the brown basmati rice. Rated 5 stars by my crew!
Violet made the Bacon, Cheese & Egg Bake previously pictured and it was so good, they were no leftovers (not that there ever are). She has discovered some really fun cookbooks called Teens Cook and Teens Cook Dessert, and this easy overnight recipe was included in the former.
By having a set of four weeks Menues mapped out in advance was a life saver for me at the beginning of this new term. All of my menues were planned around what we receive in our weekly Organic Bin delivery and our main monthly shopping at the very large and economical Costco. With this system (and our weekly Smith Bros. Organic Milk Delivery) I rarely have to go the the store each week. If need be, a few things can be easily picked up during the week.
Here are the four Menues we have used thus far:
Please feel free to download these to use with your family :)
On occaision I may switch a few things around or substitute if I have run out of a particular item and is unavailable to make the meal or snack, but so far it has been minimal subbing, which means little, to no scrambling!! The best part is that if I become ill or we have an off day for whatever reason and someone else needs to take over the menu for the day, it's all right there available for everyone to see and the recipes are all in my cupboard or are so easy to prepare, anyone can fix them :) Well, except for maybe Sean-Paul, but not for his wanting to help out ;-)
I have really been pleased with how my crockpot meals have been turning out as well. So far only one has bombed, the crockpot baked potatoes. My crock cooked either too hot, or I cooked too long with too few potatoes (I did 6) and they were just bad.
Here are the kids favorites from the month (yes, we voted):
Chicken Stroganoff (Week 1) ~ from Saving Dinner
Skillet Granola Parfaits (Week 1) ~ Download Skillet Granola Parfaits
Crock Pork Chops (Week 2) ~ varied a bit from the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow recipe linked. (I used hoisin, rather than ketchup and didn't have the 5 Chinese Spice) It was still delicious!
MaryEllen's Easy Chicken Salad w/Dark Rolls (Week 2)
Sleepover Roman Apple Coffee Cake (Week 2) Violet prepared this one from Teens Cook
Overnight French Toast w/Cinnamon-Apple Compote (Week 3) *Recipe Note: This one is delectable and perfect for Monday morning as all one has to do is pop it in the oven and prepare the compote (you could actually make this ahead as well and reheat, but it's really no biggie in the morning as the toast is baking). ~ Download Overnight French Toast Bake
Stuffed Shells (Week 3) ~ the classic recipe from the back of the pasta box ;-) I also cheated and used an organic jarred sauce, it was delish!
Crock Chile Verde (Week 3) ~ Make it Fast, Cook it Slow ***This was a HUGE hit and tons of leftovers!!! So yummy.
Blueberry Drop Scones w/Honey yogurt (Week 4) I wish I'd made a double batch of these!
Grilled Tuna Naan Sandwiches (Week 4) *Recipe Note: I make my Naan dough in my bread machine in the morning then quickly bake and they are ready to grill, so yummy and filling. Also, we like provolone with tuna, but Tillamook sliced cheddar is a good second :)
Chicken and Dumpling Soup ~ Make it Fast, Cook it Slow *Recipe Note: Rather than add the dumplings in the crock I made fluffy buttermilk biscuits instead. Some had theirs on top of the biscuits, some had theirs on the side. This is like a super creamy chicken pot pie, very good.
Whew, if you're still reading, you love to cook, LOL!! Sorry this got so long and wordy. I hope you'll be able to fit some of these ideas and recipes in to your repertoire! If there are any that I didn't link and you'd still like them, let me know and I'll hunt them up ;-)
Many blessings in your week ahead, we're preparing for the Ember Days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and zipping along in Week 5!