Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pork Chops and French Toast

No Yarn Along this week.  Still working on the custom sweater but it's at that stage where there doesn't seem to be much progress, regardless of how many rows I knit.  I have a thing on Saturday so I started a new pair of purse knitting socks that will eventually be for Grandma for Christmas.  Thought I'd share a couple of recipes instead.

Ella Safe French Toast  -serves 1
2 Tbsp custard powder
2 Tbs sugar
1/2 cup 'milk' of choice
These turned out pretty good.  Certainly a better colour than the other recipe we tried.  Ella enjoyed these.  She's been missing French toast.  They even passed the Daddy test.

Breaded Pork Chops
4 boneless pork chops
1 cup vinegar                                                           flour
1 egg + 1 Tbsp water                                              3/4 cup bread crumbs
salt & pepper                                                           1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley                                                             1 1/2 Tbsp butter and oil
Marinate chops in vinegar for a while.
Pat dry and dredge in flour.  Dip in egg/water, then in seasoned bread crumbs.  Press crumbs onto chops.  Let stand a few minutes (or longer in the fridge), this helps the crumbs stay on.
Heat oil/butter and brown chops.  Lower heat and cover.  Cook for 45 minutes (flip half way through).  Uncover for the last 5 minutes to crisp.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Menu Plan Monday -19 February 2018

Ella's finally home after a long weekend at Grandma's.  Hopefully, Ella's new friend will come over for a video game afternoon.  Speaking of which, I'm trying to figure out how to move into this new 'age'.  I want to find a way to let Ella be more in charge of her time but also make sure it's not video games 24/7.  I found 'technology tickets' on Pinterest -certain number of tickets for screen time for the week, when done they are done unless you earn more.  Ella said a definite "no" to that idea.  I'm thinking maybe a daily check list and then free time of your choosing?  I'm torn some days, the homeschool world is very anti-video games, but then I stop and think 'how different is playing a game than just staring at the tv for the afternoon?'.  It's just Ella gets so obsessed when she gets a new game.
A fairly quiet week planned.  Ella's birthday party this weekend.  She decided to just have a bowling day with a handful of friends.  Works for me!
double crunch honey garlic pork chops -new
chicken cacciatore 
Cesky gulas -new recipe and I'll probably make noodles too
McDonald's because Ella has to see the dentist before swimming
leftover gulas
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Crafting On/Yarn Along -13 February 2018

You may have noticed there wasn't a menu plan Monday this week.  I just couldn't be bothered this week and I've decided to live dangerously  :)

Crafting On/Yarn Along this week and I've got a couple of things to show you.  I was tired of my 'have to' knitting so I worked on my purse knitting socks.

The yarn is from Knit Picks and the colour is called Goth Kitty, unfortunately 2 balls isn't enough for knee socks and I have to wait for more to be available.

I did get some more progress on the custom sweater too.

This colour is really hard to get in a picture.  Hopefully when it's done I can get outside and get you a much better picture.

I'm reading Why I Didn't Rebel.  It's good and luckily we seem to be doing things right so far.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Crafting On/Yarn Along 6 February 2018

Almost no point making a Yarn Along post this week.  I discovered a catastrophic stitch count mistake and had to rip out the entire sweater.  I've got just about as much knitted again.  It's so stressful knitting for someone I don't know.  Especially when I have to count on someone else's measuring skills.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Menu Plan Monday -5 February 2018

My sister and BIL came up for a visit this weekend.  I’ve been so terrible at taking pictures lately.  I didn’t even get a birthday picture of Ella!  How terrible.  Speaking of Ella, she’s officially taller than me.  I measured her on her birthday and she’s 5′ 1 1/8″ tall -that’s 1 1/8th inches taller than her Momma!
I did get some pictures last weekend when we had a birthday party for Colin’s sister.  It was her big 5-0 this year.
Can’t seem to figure out how to fix red-eye in flickr and my camera doesn’t have a red-eye flash.
A little fuzzy, but he was being goofy, so I’m happy to get a good photo.
I forget what set off the giggles here, but it’s a nice one of Ella and Grandma.
Suppose I have to include one of me.
hot beef
Hamburger Helper beef noodle (Ella’s favourite)
grilled cheese
breaded porkchops
French toast -this was Ella’s choice of the new recipes we tried
beef barley soup -a new recipe that I’m still trying to get around to try
hot chicken
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Menu Plan Monday/Yarn Along/Crafting On -30 January 2018

Another combo post.  I wasn’t feeling great yesterday and wasn’t online much.  By the way, if you are looking for a small batch French onion soup recipe I found a delicious one last week (and made 3 servings, not one)
French toast -tried a new Ella recipe but it wasn’t as good as the last one
maple glazed ribs
macaroni and cheese
leftover ribs
leftover pizza
pork chops
roast beef
chicken cacciatore
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For Yarn Along/Crafting On this week I’ve started another custom order.  This time it’s a sweater.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Menu Plan Monday/Yarn Along/Crafting On -23 January

Home from a lovely weekend away with my Sweetie so I’m a day late for
pork sandwiches
oven baked hamburger dinner (new)
French toast   -found another Ella safe recipe to try
pork chops
wieners and beans
leftover hamburger dinner
BBQ chicken roll-ups (freezer)
chicken wings -new recipe for in the Actifry
roast chicken
hot chicken sandwiches
More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.
Finished up the hat set for my friend for Yarn Along and Crafting On.  Still think she’s crazy to want a white set for a 6-year-old, but it’s pretty.
The hat is the same South-End Knitter’s hat that I have made many times.  The mitts were a basic pattern and I added the hugs and kisses cable.  And the scarf is just a rib (mistake stitch as I call it).