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Awesome pumpkin bread!

I am so grateful that these two ladies posted about baking pumpkin bread. I actually got off my behind and tried it. It was so¬†easy and SO GOOD! My family now seems to think that I am amazing and made some really hard bread recipe ūüėČ I feel like that old Rice¬†Krispie Treat commercial where the mom throws flour on her face to make it look like she slaved over the stove to make those easy treats….LOL!

We ate it for breakfast,¬†snack time and dessert. It lasted for days and we didn’t tire of it. Very yummy and it ¬†made me get in the mood to fall decorate to boot. Two scores¬†for the pumpkin bread!!

Thank you Lord for your bountiful blessings!

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Yesterday was the Feast of the birth of Mary.

I would love to one day be able to plant¬†a Mary Garden. ¬†If you don’t know what that is (like me just a few hours ago) then click here and learn all about it ūüôā

I was out running errands all day yesterday, but next year I hope that we are able to make a nice birthday cheesecake like this.

Thank you St. Anne and Joachim for raising our Mother Mary! Pray for me to be a good mother to my children.

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Everyone in the house is coming down with a cold or something.  So far I am ok, thank God! Hubby is home sick, so everyone has been camping out in the living room glued to the T.V unfortunately! 

We did manage to get some school work done and do some fun activities¬†ūüôā I had my¬†eye on this cake to do, but we are still eating our cake from St. George’s Day.¬† So, I looked in the pantry to see what I could come up with for lunch. I shocked myself with an original idea! But,¬†I admit I was Inspired a bit by Jessica’s day and a post by Mary on Catholic Cuisine.

We started the day with¬†our regular school day¬†lessons and chaos¬†routine. We read today’s Gospel reading–¬† and focused on Mark 16:15-20

We talked about what we read about this feast day and how much we learned!

I didn’t know that the Gospel of Mark was written mostly for the Roman Gentile converts, that is why in his Gospel he is careful to explain Jewish customs, rites and words. The Evangelist Mark is represented as a lion because he begins his Gospel in the wilderness, “The voice of one crying in the desert: Make ready the way of the Lord,’ or because he presents the Lord as the unconquered King.”

Our lunch was PB&S (peanut butter and syrup instead of jelly) My nanny gave this to us in our school lunches when we were sick of PB&J’s. They are very yummy! You just add a bit of syrup to the peanut butter¬†to make it creamier and easier to spread.

I looked at what we had and thought…hhmmm this could work! I used a cookie cutter to make the shape after I made the sandwich. I spread the peanut butter mixture on,¬†some in the middle of the bread and some on top also. Then the goldfish, pretzels, granola, chocolate chips and twizzlers. It turned out sooo cute! I couldn’t get a great pic of it though, my camera battery was dying and had to snap quick! They were actually very yummy for such a strange combination!









After lunch builder drew a pic of this symbol. We haven’t been able to use our printer forever a while now, so we are limited as to what we can draw or color. He can copy from sight pretty good I think. He loves to draw! Here is is drawing.

So, that was our day! I hope you all had a good day. I am going to go make my family gargle with salt water and stick vicks up their nose!! OH the fun a friday night brings to my house ūüėČ






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Last week I had to run into a¬†grocery store that is closest¬†to me, but that I don’t prefer to shop at.¬† I was glad I did though because they had my favorite Italian Sausage¬†on a sale lower than ever before! So¬†I ran back¬†out to the car and grabbed my trusty coupon book ūüėȬ† I had been saving my coupons for when they go on sale.¬†¬†At the grocery store I shop at,¬†Kroger,¬†Johnsonville Sausage is usually 5.19 when it goes on sale it is 3.99 and there is always a coupon for this at least once a month for 1.00 off. So usually I get a pound¬†of sausage for 2.99…but¬†Albertsons had it on sale for 2.99 and I had a couple of coupons for 1.00 off…so I got¬†¬†3 pounds of it at 1.99 each…..YEAH! Plus I got some of¬†the other ingredients on sale at Kroger, where I shop regularly.



Here is my favorite recipe for Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage 


SPICEY SAUSAGE AND PEPPER FARFALLE   (adapted from southern living recipe)

  • 1¬†pound mild italian (ground or in links, but remove casings and crumble)¬†¬† 1.99
  • 1 box Barilla Farfalle Pasta ( bow tie)¬†¬†1.00¬†¬†¬†on sale¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • Bell Peppers, one red and one green –1.00 EACH
  • 1 Shallot diced -.49
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ( I use more when needed) –I had
  • 5 plum tomatoes ( use roma, usually cheaper) –1.89
  • 1 cup beef broth –I had
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated but the real cheese, not the kind in the can) reg 3.89 on sale for 2.89 coupon for Sargento 1.00 off¬† but only used half the bag= .94

First I dribble just a bit of olive oil in the pan and brown sausage.  (adding more olive oil if pan is getting to dry) I put a paper towel on a plate and spoon out the sausage onto the plate, being sure the leave some oil and drippings in the pan. I keep the oven on warm and put the sausage in the oven to stay warm while I prepare the rest. 

I start the water for pasta and prepare as directed on the box.

I keep the pan I cooked sausage in on low as I put the veggies in.  I put the chopped peppers in first and cook over med heat for about 5-7 minutes then add the shallots and cook about 5 more minutes. I add more olive oil as needed. When veggies are tender, I add the sausage back to the pan on low to med, just to mix and warm. 

Then I added the beef broth ( I use Wyler’s granules to = 1 cup broth). Then add the tomatoes that are diced. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes on med.¬† ( I tend to make a bit more broth because my family likes lots of juice in it.)

I drain the pasta and put in a very large bowl and toss using a few drizzles of olive oil until pasta is evenly coated. I then add all of the sausage mixture and 1/2 cup parm cheese  and stir melting the cheese.  Then we are done!  I add a bit more cheese on the top of each serving. I serve with just salad and garlic bread.

italian sausage 2




Total for this meal $8.31!¬† Feeding¬†four and left overs for¬†all of us the next day¬†for lunch ūüôā¬† Turns out to be $1.03 for each serving ! WOW I never did the math before but that sure does beat eating out!! Tastes better too!

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bread hands

Little hands making bread with big meaning

Thought I’d try this recipe, thanks Dawn!

This was a real hearty bread made without yeast, pretty good, I must say! (helps to put butter on it, yum)  We ate it for our Good Friday fast.

We made this in right before we went to Holy Thursday Mass. Turned out to be easy and tasty. Good memories!

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¬†Last week was a busy week!¬† We didn’t do so much outside of the house, it was just all the activities at home.¬†¬†We are bringing our¬†3rd quarter to a close next week so we are doing allot of review, book reports and testing. So it was a big week with school work!¬†¬†

Plus I tried some new recipes last week.¬†I¬†had a few coupons and the same items were on sale at our grocery store, so everything was in line to try a few¬† recipes that had some ingredients that aren’t so common for me to use.¬† Though most of¬† the recipes were pretty easy to make, it still threw loop in¬†my routine some how.¬†¬†This is¬†one¬†that¬†I tried that turned out to be a big hit with¬†everyone!¬†

stir fry



 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, flattened

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

 2 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons dry sherry

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons cornstarch

12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Cooking oil for deep-fat frying

1 tablespoon cooking oil

3 cups broccoli flowerets

DIRECTIONS: In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and flattened garlic; let stand for 15 minutes. Remove and discard garlic. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl combine honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, molasses, 2 tablespoons water, dry sherry, minced garlic, and cornstarch; set aside. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into 1 1/2×1/2-inch strips. Add to flour batter. In a wok or 2-quart saucepan heat 2 inches of oil to 365 degrees. Remove chicken from flour batter, allowing excess to drain off. Fry chicken strips, a few pieces at a time, in hot oil for 30-60 seconds, or till golden. Drain on paper towels. Pour 1 tablespoon cooking oil into a large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes, or till crisp-tender. Arrange broccoli around the edge of a serving platter; keep warm. Stir honey-soy mixture; add to the skillet. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Return cooked chicken to skillet; heat through. Pour chicken and sauce into center of broccoli-lined serving platter. Yield: 4 serving

Please note: If hubby is watching a basket ball game and you have a toddler trying to follow your every move and help…this is not good to try because it will scare the pants off of you because of the hot grease. Not, easy to make with kids in the kitchen!¬† But, yummy and the kids will eat it!

On Saturday we had a great after noon at church helping set up for the St. Joseph’s Feast Table that our home school group put together.¬† Many of the¬†families in our home school were there and we had a great time! This is what we made as our bake/craft last week for St.Joseph’s Feast Day. (normally is celebrated 3-19 but was moved up due to Holy Week)¬† We used the same recipe for our crown of thorns and just painted it this time with water colors. I got a few pics of the table but I couldn’t get them to upload!¬† rats!

  staff and lily

Saturday was a good day, but I was hoping to catch up on my house-work and lesson plans.  I was hoping to have hubby watch the kids Saturday night so I could do some catch up work. This was the plan until hubby had a call from a friend, then hubby decided to ask him over for a few beers as they changed the spark plugs on our Jeep.  aaarrrgghh!

It needed to be done badly so, my plans were put on the back burner.¬† The kids and I watched August Rush instead.( I watched it first then let builder watch it with me, there were a few scenes that I forwarded through…but it is PG and was just fine for my 9 yr old to watch.¬† He was very inspired!

Sunday we had¬†hubby’s dad and grandparents over.¬† We always enjoy their company and had a great time.¬†¬†The¬†grandparents¬†don’t like to drive much, so when they are here¬†we try to drive them to see¬†granny’s brother in a retirement home in downtown.¬†He is¬†the retired Bishop of our city.¬† The kids love to go there because he gives us a special blessing and they get to see the nuns there that help take care of him.¬† He is not doing very well so please pray for him.

I had some fun activities planned for St.Patrick’s Day yesterday but did not get to do¬†one of them due to having to run some unexpected errands all day!¬† I feel sad that we basically missed it, builder did do a creative writing assignment on St. Patrick but that was about it. No fun at all yesterday….bummer.

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casserole 2

It is really hard to get¬†my hubby to eat a casserole.¬† I love to make dishes like these cause it is fast and doesn’t require much prep.¬† He likes this and one other casserole I make and that is about it.¬† But I thought I would share it with you guys and see if you had any luck with it.¬† I got it off of Menu’s for Moms, the link is on my side bar.¬† I usually cook¬†a couple of pounds of chicken and freeze it in 2 cup proportions so that I can use them in quick recipes like this one, or quesadillas, or chicken enchilada’s…etc.¬† Here is the recipe:

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Use chopped, cubed chicken from your freezer.

Or, if you have fresh chicken, I usually bake about 11/2 lbs at 350 for about 55 minutes in a glass pan coated with a bit of olive oil and salt. 



2 cups cooked chicken  (chopped)

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup sour cream           

1 sleeve round buttery crackers

 1 Tbsp. poppy seed 

For Topping:

    1 sleeve round buttery crackers 

              2 Tbsp. butter, melted

      poppy seed for garnish


Combine chicken, soups, sour cream, 1 sleeve crackers, and 1 Tbsp. poppy seed in a large bowl. Mix well and transfer to a greased casserole dish. Mix together remaining crackers and melted butter and sprinkle on top. Garnish with poppy seed. Bake at 325¬į for 25 minutes.

I usually serve it with some steamed green beans.  Let me know what you think!

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