22 February 2017

Keeping me Hopping!

The girls have kept me busy!  Yesterday for lunch we had goulash and green beans, and buttered bread.  For supper was homemade potato soup (and downright yummy if I say so myself!)  Today's lunch was bacon ranch chicken and potato casserole.  Tonight was simple fare, fish sticks, fries, pickles, and carrot sticks.
Okay, onto the recipes! (Oh, and I am on the hunt for more recipe and meal ideas!!)

Goulash:
hamburger
spaghetti sauce
egg noodles
1/2 jar of alfredo sauce, or 1/2 cup or so of cheddar cheese
1 onion chopped
Italian seasoning

brown up the hamburger with the onion and seasonings (seasonings of choice).  Once they are browned, add the spaghetti sauce and alfredo sauce (or cheese).  Boil up the noodles according to package, drain and add to meat sauce.  Serve up!

Potato Soup
6-8 potatoes peeled and chopped
chicken broth
1 onion peeled and chopped
bag of frozen mixed veggies
1 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
4 slices bacon, fried and chopped
1/2 pound polish sausage chopped thin
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

boil the potatoes, in plain water, adding any seasonings if you feel.  About halfway through add the frozen mixed veggies so they will be tender.  After potatoes and veggies are tender, drain, then add the chicken broth, onion, sour cream, buttermilk, bacon, polish sausage, and cheese.  Simmer for about ten minutes.  Have bread or crackers to help soak this yumminess up!
Ella May helped make the potato soup, as a matter of fact, it was her idea.  We are supposed to go by a set menu, and about 95% of the time I do, but yes, I do accept ideas and help!
Bacon Chicken Ranch Potatoes
(next time I make this, I'm adding either broccoli or green beans)
6 slices bacon
6-8 peeled and chopped potatoes
1 onion Peeled and chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
4-6 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 Cup ranch dressing
1 cup milk
1/2 cup alfredo sauce or homemade alfredo sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese

Fry the bacon up, peel and chop your potatoes, same with the onion.  Cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Put everything, including the ranch, milk, alfredo sauce, and cheese, into a big bowl.  Make sure everything gets coated.  Pour into 13x9 greased pan.  Bake at 375 for 1 1/2 hours.  We had a huge salad and dinner rolls with it.  The girls loved it.

I will remember to begin taking pictures (although not of the girls, but of the food, etc)
I hope you enjoy reading this, if anyone can help me out with the blog, giving me some ideas, that would be appreciated!
Frannie was SO funny tonight.  We had fish sticks and she kept holding up a stick saying *fish?*.  Then would say *I love fish, yum, yum, yum!*  Then she began giving her fish sticks to Jeanie!  The woman is silly!
Tomorrow my sister is bringing in a bunch of Girl Scout cookies that we ordered.  We are having bbq pit beef sandwiches, potato salad, grilled corn, and then for an activity, Girl Scout Cookie Jamboree.  We try to have at least one fun lunch a week.  I come up with some interesting foods, and then we either have a tea party or some kind of little party an hour or so after lunch.
Next week the Valentine decorations come down.  Then up come the St Patrick decorations.  I love decorating the house and keeping it festive.

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