Monthly Archives: September 2011


Menu Plan Monday – September 12th, 2011


  I had a great birthday spent with family, friends, food and fun.  I also came to a bit of an understanding about the old saying – “Make new friends, but keep the old.  Some are silver the others gold.”  God has truly blessed me and I am thankful – for old and new friends, both precious.  Not to mention my family who purposed to bless me on my birthday.  Even making me a surprise GF cake.  Also, my birthday continues into this week as my mom and I have a special day planned, just me and her, to have dinner and get pedicures.

Garden update will come on Wednesday – for sure.

Menu for the week:

Chicken Penne Pasta with Peas (I found GF pasta for $1.49/16 oz )

Hot Dogs

Roast Chicken

Sweet n Sour Meatballs

Rice Bake



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Baked Ziti


A lady I went to church with, Janie, gave me this recipe.  It is very rich and delicious. 

6 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup heavy cream

¼ pound + ¾ pound Mozzarella Cheese
2 Tablespoons + 6 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 Jar of Spaghetti sauce (26 oz)
1 pound of cooked ziti or penne pasta

 Melt the butter, heavy cream, ¼ pound of mozzarella, 2 T Parmesan together in large pan.  Once melted add spaghetti sauce and cooked pasta, mix together.

Pour mixture into greased baking dish, top with remaining cheese and bake at 400° for 10-15. 

You could make this ahead and put in fridge, but then you’d have to bake it longer.  Also, I have substituted whole milk for the heavy cream.  It’s not as rich and smooth but still so delicious.


Do you love popcorn?


Here at my house we all (except my mom) LOVE popcorn, hot, salted,
buttered popcorn, kettle corn, caramel corn, cheese popcorn.  Usually I
pop our corn using the Whirly Pop
and coconut oil, this makes the best stove-top popcorn ever!  Even my
friend, Alex, liked it and she didn’t really care for popcorn before. 
But, recently when visiting my friend she bought a bag of Kettle Corn,
that was gluten free.  We munched it down and thoroughly enjoyed it. 
Now I had seen this popcorn at Wal-mart when shopping, but since I make
my own I never really considered buying any.  But, after that I consider
it more often, thanks to Popcorn Indiana.

I was excited to find this back-to-school pack of several different
flavors in mini bags.  I grabbed it up to have for on the go snacks.  We
all know how hard it can be to have GF snacks handy.  This last trip to
Wal-mart I went looking for this multi pack, but didn’t find them,
that’s when I deduced that it must of been a back-to-school special
buy.  Anyway, thankfully they sell the big bags and I found several
flavors.  The latest purchase was the Aged White Cheddar.  We all really
liked it and even better was some info that I found on the bag one
important one that I hadn’t previously noticed, Non-GMO Corn.  This
along with being All Natural, Zero Trans Fat, Gluten Free, No
Preservatives.  This is definitely a company that I’d like to support
and I hope you will too. 


Menu Plan Monday – September 5th, 2011


August was a blur of life, so much in that one month – now enter September, what I consider the in-between-month, not quite summer or fall.  We have experienced a bit of cooler weather, a tiny bit, in the mornings and evenings.  You kind of forget that by mid-day though when the blazing heat sets in.  I am looking forward to cooler weather, gentle breezes, open windows and baking more.  Right now though the kids are actually enjoying the days that are hot enough for backyard pool fun, but not too hot to be outside.

I have planted some of the fall garden I’m trying to do.  Cucumbers, which have already began to grow, peppers and carrots.  So far only the cucumbers have sprouted. The tomato plants are still eking out a few tomatoes.  The strawberry plants are still not producing.

I made pizzas from scratch this last week.  Thin and deep dish.  They need a bit of tweaking, but I haven’t had deep dish pizza in almost two years!  I will try and share these recipes soon.

Menu for the week:


Pasta Carbanara




Sweet & Sour Chicken
Coconut Rice


(this is subject to change)
Butternut Mac & Cheese


My birthday – I do not plan to cook on this day.


Fish – not sure if I’ll just do fish and chips or fish tacos


Stay Abed Stew

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Coconut Curry Chicken


I’m not sure where I got this recipe but I love it.  My husband doesn’t love it, unfortunately, so I won’t make it often.

1 – 13.5 oz can – Coconut Milk
2 teaspoons curry powder
Chicken Breast cut into strips/chunks
2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice (This is a very strong spice.  I actually
made my own, but you can buy it, I think.  I can’t remember the specific
recipe I used but this link has a pretty good recipe.)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

oil over medium heat add curry and cook one minute (CAREFUL don’t burn
it – I burnt it the first time).  Add coconut milk and reduce by half
about 7 minutes.  Keep warm while you make the chicken.

Toss chicken with Five Spice, salt and pepper.  Cook Chicken – if you use coconut oil it will help layer the flavors.

chicken is cooked you can add it to the sauce or you can just serve the
sauce and chicken separately over rice so each person can have as much
or as little sauce as they would like.