Archive for May, 2008

Cass in the Kitchen: Chicken Parmigiana

:kitchen: Today’s recipe is sooooooo simple. But my family just loves it! You can get a lot fancier than this, but you really won’t get much tastier, unless you make it like I used to. I used to dip the chicken in seasoned flour and fry it, back in the day. You know, that long ago day when I smoked away all the fat and calories I ate. Now I count those calories instead, so I have made some adaptations. And, oh by the way, I am almost back down to the weight on my driver’s license, ya’ll.

Chicken Parmigiana a la Cass

Boneless skinless chicken breasts
Sliced Provolone Cheese
Spaghetti sauce
Spaghetti noodles
Italian seasoning

Instead of frying the chicken, we are going to sort of saute it. Just put a little bit of oil in the pan, enough to keep it from sticking. I make mine in a huge electric frypan, because I am feeding an army. That’s also why I didn’t list quantities. Just make enough for however many you are feeding. Here is what the chicken looks like browning.

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IMG 0241After the chicken is browned, or actually seared real well is a better term, considering we aren’t using enough oil to actually brown anything, we will simmer it in spaghetti sauce for a bit to finish cooking. Pour off the oil, and pour in the sauce. I use Ragu, but you can use whatever you’d like. I suppose you can also make it yourself, but I don’t have a recipe for that. It should look something like the photo at right.

When the chicken is done, it is time for my favorite part: CHEESE! Lay a slice on each piece of chicken, and it won’t hurt a thing if you over lap it a little.
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Doesn’t that look so good??? While the cheese is melting, cook your spaghetti noodles. Serve the chicken over the noodles, like so:
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Announcements

I forgot to make a couple of very important announcements earlier this week. Do you remember that handsome fellow with the bear teeth? Let me show you again:

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Monday was his birthday, and he’s a brand new 10!

And look who has a new math book!

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Batman started first grade on Monday.

Man does time fly! Seriously.

IK Summer 2008

I got my issue of Interweave Knits in the mail the other day, and finally stole few minutes to flip through it. I just love knitting mags, not only for the patterns and tutorials, but for the ads. Yes, I said the ads. Looking at all those new yarns ….. well, it’s exciting for a girl like me. And the sweaters in the ads! Gasp. They have an entrelac one in one ad that just boggles my mind.

I tell ya, as much as I want to finish Skimmer, this issue has made my hands yearn for tiny needles and delicate yarns. So much lace! And I find myself drawn to patterns now that I would have passed by a few weeks ago before I finally figured out that layering thing. (Yeah, I’m slow. Sorry.) I’m not going to start a new project today, but I am hereby committing to get the back of Skimmer divided. Ladies and gentlemen, start your needles!

Start your needles? Clearly I am still thinking about the NASCAR Sweepstakes I entered for dh. I know he’d be so excited to go to Florida for the Ford 400! Me, I’d go, but I would take my knitting with me, LOL. Maybe hang out with Colleen, even.

Chore Time

Man, I am aggravating my kids today. Muhahahhahahaha. I have decided I want to be more accountable for how I spend my timeand since how I spend my time also determines how my children spend their time, and when I change activity, so do they, at least until all the things we need to accomplish for the day are done. In fact, I spent a few minutes looking at printable chore charts today. The standard ones don’t really fit how we go about daily life right now, but I may check out the design-your-own page when it goes live. Of course, then I would have to figure out where exactly to PUT eight chore charts, but I reckon that’s not an insurmountable obstacle, now is it?

Anyway, I’m tickled to inform you that we got the house clean together today without anyone losing their head :)

Did you have a good weekend?

I sure did! On Saturday, we had Boy Scout Crossover. I now have a Webelo, a Bear AND a Tiger. Yes, Batman will be a Scout next fall, and he is so very excited! So are we! Here are a few pictures from Saturday. Things moved quickly, and I was involved in eh ceremonies, so it was hard to get pictures, when I was sitting down, and Country took the shots when I was up. She still thinks a shutter buttons is a thing to be conquered, instead of coaxed ;)

In between these 2 people is Spidey, looking at his awards.
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Here is Stuntman, very proud of himself. That’s me behind him.
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And this is what he had in his mouth…..bear teeth!
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Sunday was even better than Saturday. My husband and my mother were in church with me. She has a church home, so it is a rare treat for her to come with me. My Pastor preached a phenomenal message to children on honoring and obeying their parents, and the parental directive to make sure children do that. He started the sermon by asking how many of us were children. Of course we all are someone’s child, and he went from there. It was the first time I had heard him preach a Mother’s Day message, because we had been going to Grandmother’s before this year, and it was the best one I have ever heard. Parents, we are not doing our kids any long term favors when we allow them to disrespect and disobey. We ought to be making disciples of them instead. And I’m going to stop right there and show you some pictures, ok? Ok!

Here’s all of us, except my oldest daughter. (BTW Clone, you forgot to call your mom on Mother’s Day.)
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And here I am, with Mama, Diva and Country (right to left)
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Online Craft Club Show and Tell #31

Me, I got nothin’. The last time I mentioned Skimmer I told you I had to do some knitting math before I could knit, and I still haven’t had time to do that. Or haven’t made time. Or something. Whatever the circumstance, it hasn’t happened, so this issue is on you. Tell me what you got!

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Here’s how to play:

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!

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Bugaboo Bugs

I got some cool software for the kids the other day. Do you guys know about Mia the Mouse? She lives in a house, a lovely Victorian house, in fact! But in Bugaboo Bugs, her house has been invaded by bugs, and Mia needs to drive them out before the humans see them and call the exterminators, LOL!

The DVD-ROM is for ages 5-9 and includes the story, interactive adventure games where your child can control Mia and plenty of learning activities. There are four levels of educational play and lots of fun and excitement. Batman, Spidey and Stuntman will all enjoy this, and I would not be surprised if Drama begins to hang around and demand a turn.

It’s got to be better than the Death and Defy game they have been playing lately. Who thought crazy motorcycle riding would be a good premise for a game? For me, I think the Mouse is much more fun! And she’s cute, too, with her little PINK hairbow!

Cass in the Kitchen: Tacos

:kitchen: We had tacos not long ago, and my they were good. I love tacos, and my children do, too. I’ve never had them anywhere else that taste like mine, so I thought i would share how I make them. I brown the hamburger, and add a generous amount of garlic, 2 packets of taco seasoning mix, and a large can of tomatoes (for 2 pounds of meat). When I get ready to heat my shells, I put the cheese in them before I put them in the oven. (This helps the shells hold together!!) After they are heated and the cheese is melted, I put some refried beans in and a scoop of taco meat. I have the shells side by side, holding each other up, so this is a pretty quick process. I throw some salad over the top of it, and we add sour cream at the table for those who like it, and occasionally guacamole.

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