Thursday, May 14, 2009

On the Bright Side . . . .

If you've read my other blog recently you know things have been a little chaotic to say the least.  However, not everything is all dark and dreary. On the brighter side of things, I've finished a bunch of new crochet projects, perfected a couple more recipes, and been working on my college application for the fall.  All of which make me happy and help to ground me so that I can focus on the good in my life.  Here's the breakdown:

Crochet Projects

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Lacy Shells Hat

Gulf Shores 5

Gulf Shores Hat

Bath Mit 3

Almond Double Crochet Bath Mitt

Flower Applique Hat

Flower Applique Hat

Pk Preemie Hat Bl BG

Pink Preemie Hat

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Summer Cotton Hat

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Sweet Pea Hat

For this one, I actually just used the squares I made from the Sweet Pea Afghan pattern on the Lion Brand website.  Used a whip stitch to join (5 Squares: 3 Green MC and 2 White MC), added a single crochet border first in pink, then white, then green, and finished with a reverse crochet border in pink.

I've also been practicing granny squares and I'm almost finished with a water bottle holder.  I'll post pics of those when they're completed.

Recipes

Our Favorite Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Package Instant Potatoes
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • Can of Mushrooms (optional)
  • Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

Note:  The problem I run into with recipes that I create, is that I just use whatever amount feels right.  This can be both good and bad.  Good because you can adapt it for the tastes of your family.  Bad because it's hard to say how much to use sometimes. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground beef, I add garlic salt, pepper, onion flakes, and cayenne pepper to ground beef while browning.  Meanwhile prepare instant mashed potatoes according to the directions on the package, I usually put the potato flakes in the casserole dish, then add the boiling water to them, that way I don't have to transfer the cooked potatoes to my casserole dish (I use a 2 qt casserole dish).  Add Cream of Mushroom Soup, mushrooms and sour cream to browned ground beef.  Bring to a boil, simmer on medium for five minutes.  Add this mixture to casserole dish.  Finish by adding as much cheese as you like to the top.  I usually cover it in cheese, then once I take it out of the oven, I add a little more. This gives it a great texture, as well as a great taste.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Enjoy!

Fast Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 9 in. Deep Dish Frozen Pie Crust.
  • Canned Chicken (drained)
  • Chicken Gravy
  • Can of Mixed Veggies (drained)

Let pie crusts defrost for 15 minutes prior to cooking.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine canned chicken (I use the large can), chicken gravy (I buy the kind that comes in a small jar), and mixed veggies in a medium bowl.  Pour mixture in one pie crust.  Moisten the edges with water and flip the other crust on top of it.  Pinch the edges together.  Bake for 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Note:  This recipe can be made with crusts from scratch,  cooked shredded chicken and homemade gravy for an even yummier result, but if you're in a hurry, or just don't really feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, this is a great meal to make!  Additionally, you can substitute the mixed veggies for a can of your families' favorite with an equally yummy result!

 

My favorite thing I've been working on recently is my college application for the Fall '09 semester!  I'm so anxious to go back to school!!!!  I filed my FAFSA ages ago, before the March 1st priority deadline, but since the school I hope to go to, Hawaiian Pacific University, is a private school, they do not have an actual application deadline.  They accept apps on a rolling basis and as long as you have both it and you financial aid info completed by July 1st, funds are available to be distributed by the fall semester.  I'll keep you posted on this process as well!

One last thing, before the month is over, I will have the next installments of the "World of Tarot" series and the "What's Your Sign" series posted.  Stay tuned  .  .  .  .  . 

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