11 October 2014

Letting my hillbilly show: Squirrel gravy and biscuits.

Me personally?  I'm not the biggest fan of squirrel.  But when these guys ask me to fix their squirrels?  Well, how do I say no to these sweet little faces.  
So here's my Nan's way to make squirrel gravy over biscuits.

Soak cleaned and cut squirrel in buttermilk (or milk) for a few hours. 

Mix up some flour with a little salt and pepper to make your breading.

Bread squirrel in flour mixture and fry in bacon grease or butter until browned.

Remove cooked squirrel from pan, leaving drippings.  Add a couple of tablespoons of flour to drippings and cook until just a touch brown, stirring constantly.

Add in milk, continuing to stir until smooth and creamy. 

Serve over hot biscuits topped with meat and covered with gravy.

Enjoy Hillbilly friends!

08 October 2014

Easy Potato Soup.

This is one of those meals that is so up my alley.  Quick and easy.

It's perfect to throw in the crock pot as I run out the door for co-op or errands.

Here's what you'll need:
 One bag of frozen hash brown potatoes (sometimes I use a jar of the potatoes I canned last year)
2 cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 package of cream cheese.

Dump the potatoes, broth and soup in the crock pot.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.

Thirty minutes before serving, throw the cream cheese in and cover.  I like to take a potato masher or large fork and mash up the potatoes while mixing in the cream cheese.

And you have soup.  Nice and easy.  My family ate the entire crock full of soup last week. 


06 October 2014

Menu Plan Monday for October 6th.

Hey, hey, hey! 

I'm here to brighten your day with my oh so exciting menu plan.

What?  You're not excited to know what I'm fixing this week? 

That's so weird.

I'm a little wound up this week.  I agreed to share at our women's event at our church later this month and my first run through is this week.  I'm both excited and wanting to throw up at the same time.  I just keep telling myself that I'm being obedient to God and because of that, He will get me through it.  Without throwing up.  (That's an important part.)

So, this week is just more of the same - which I'm kinda loving.  School, work, MMA, church, random, unplanned craziness and an upcoming birthday for my little guy next week.  I'm still not to sure what we're doing about his birthday.  He keeps going back and forth between having a bonfire in the back yard and going to the museum in Pittsburgh to see dinosaurs. 

This week's menu is taking advantage of our nice fall weather:

Monday:  Baked fish, green beans and sweet potatoes
Tuesday:  Meatloaf, baked potatoes (in crock pot together), green beans
Wednesday:  Uncle J's dish, Mexican rice
Thursday:  Honey grilled chicken, roasted veggies, applesauce
Friday:  Easy crock pot potato soup (recipe coming Wednesday), bread machine bread
Saturday:  Homemade pizza
Sunday:  Crock pot lasagna, salad and garlic bread.

So many good meals.....and I 'm not even trying to butter Ronnie up for anything. 

Don't forget to check out orgjunkie.com for more great menu ideas!

And check back with me on Wednesday.  This potato soup is my new favorite - just dump and turn on the crock.  Easy peasy.

22 September 2014

Menu Plan Monday for September 22nd.

Anyone else love Fall?  

It's probably my favorite season.  The weather is crisp, the trees are turning brilliant colors, and my life seems to get a little more routine - which is a good thing.

I haven't updated ya'll for a while because, for no apparent reason, it's just seemed like life has been completely crazy this year.  I'm fairly certain the fault is completely mine for rebelling against my crazy schedule.  I just couldn't keep up.  So I've spent some time trying to simplify - cutting back on activities and responsibilities.  I think it's working since I've been feeling a little less psycho.

So now that you're aware of my improved mental stability, how about we talk menu plan?

Here's what's cookin':

Monday:  Crock pot tilapia, baked potatoes (cooked in the crock too), corn.
Tuesday:  Chili on cornbread waffles.
Wednesday: Baked chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans
Thursday:  Uncle J's dish with tortillas, Mexican rice and salad
Friday:  Crock pot potato soup, bread in the bread machine.
Saturday:  Leftovers - the guys are going squirrel hunting.
Sunday:  Best meatloaf ever, mashed potatoes and carrots

I'll let you in on the awesomeness of cornbread waffles on Wednesday.  Paired up with the chili I canned last year, they're one of my favorite go to quick meals.

As always don't forget to check out orgjunkie.com for more great menu planning ideas.