Friday, January 16, 2009

My Family... Along with some Recipes for ONCE A MONTH COOKING!

I didn't have much time to prepare a project on Friday for Saturday. I was running some errands and went out to dinner with some friends.
Today I am ONCE A MONTH COOKING so below these family pictures is some recipes...

These two just got glasses this week! I think they both look GREAT!

I liked the second picture of Grace better but Adam looks like he is squinting...

Stove Top BBQ Chicken
Makes 4 servings.
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup catsup
1/3 cup water
4 teaspoons white vinegar
4 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed celery seed
2 pounds skinless chicken pieces
8 ounces egg noodles
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet; saute onion until tender.
Stir in catsup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire
sauce, chili powder, and celery seed. Bring sauce to a boil.
Add the chicken to the skillet, placing the side down that has
the skin removed; spoon sauce over the pieces. Bring to a
boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Turn
chicken pieces, and simmer covered for about 20 more or until
chicken is cooked through. Cool and freeze chicken and
To prepare for serving, thaw chicken and sauce; put in a large
skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until
bubbly. Cook package of noodles according to package
directions; serve chicken over noodles.

Taco Spaghetti
Makes 6 servings.
5 ounces dried spaghetti, linguine or fetuccine broken
1 pound ground meat
1 onion chopped
3/4 cup water
1/2 package taco seasoning mix
1 can corn mixed with chopped peppers drained
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (or mexican blend) shredded
1 cup salsa
1 can diced green chili peppers drained
2 cups lettuce shredded
1 medium tomato chopped
Cook pasta according to pkg directions, drain.
Meanwhile, cook ground meat and onion until meat is brown.
Drain off fat.
Stir in water and taco seasoning mix.
Bring to boiling and reduce heat.
Simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cooked pasta, corn, 1 cup of the shredded cheese,
salsa and chili peppers place in lightly greased 2 qt casserole.
Package up, lable and freeze up to 3 months.
To Serve:
To serve the 2nd casserole, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Bake, covered in a 375F oven for 1 hour or until heated
through, stirring once about halfway through baking time.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
Top with lettuce and chopped tomato.
If desired, pass broken tortilla chips and dairy sour cream as
additional toppings.

Taco Stuffed Shells
Makes 12 servings.
2 pounds ground beef
2 envelopes taco seasoning mix
8 ounces cream cheese cubed
24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1/4 cup butter melted
Additional Ingredients for each casserole
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
1 cup sour cream
3 green onions chopped
In a skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Add taco
seasoning; prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese;
cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until melted. Transfer to a bowl
and chill for an hour. Cook pasta according to package directions;
drain. Gently toss with butter. Fill each shell with about 3 T. meat mixture.
Please 12 shells in a greased 9 in. square baking dish.
(Sometimes, I freeze them on a cookie sheet in individual servings – and
then transfer frozen shells into a gallon size freezer bag. Cover and freeze
for up to 3 months. To prepare remaining shells, spoon salsa into a
greased 9 in baking dish. Top with stuffed shells and taco sauce. Cover and
bake for 30 minutes at 350. Uncover, sprinkle with cheeses and chips.
Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with sour cream
and onions.
To use Frozen shells: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours
(shells will be partially frozen.) Remove from dish. Add salsa to dish; top
with shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Uncover; continue as above.
Tater Tot Casserole
Makes 6 servings.
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 can french cut green beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag tater tots
Brown ground beef, drain. Cook with onion until onion is
transparent. Put onion/beef mixture into casserole dish.
Beans on top of beef. Spread cream soup on top of beans.
Top with tater tots. Bake at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour.

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken in BBQ
Makes 6 servings.
6 chicken breast halves
1 bottle bbq sauce
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl mix 1/2 the
barbeque sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and
worcestshire sauce. Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 on low. When
finished pour over the rest of the sauce.
9 points

Stuffed Peppers
Makes 4 servings.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion chopped
1/2 cup rice
1 can tomato soup
1 can tomato paste
4 green pepper
Cook ground beef w/ onion. Combine all ingredients except
for pepper.
Cut top of pepper off, stuff with stuffing.
Bake in oven in 9x13 pan w/ little water, covered.
350 degrees, 1hr.

I am not sur eof which ones I have shared, but we are doing MORE cooking this weekend with a whole new grouping of recipes. I will be sharing those over the course of the next few weeks.
If you would have time, would you please keep us in your prayers? GOD is good and I have complete peace over this situation, but my husband does have some concerns. The company he works for is doing a 30% Lay Off on Monday. His job may be affected. GOD is ultimately in control of these things and will definitely provide our needs, but I ask that you would pray for those families involved, including ours. If my dear husband gets laid off next week, I may need to take a few days off of blogging... I will keep you updated.
1 Peter 1:6 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
I hope you have a nice weekend!
Chrissy D


Sally said...

Your family looks so adorably happy and I agree the glasses look great! Love the recipes. I have printed all of them out to give them a try. Thanks for the shares.

Jacquie said...

Love the pics Chrissy!! Thanks for sharing them!! I LOVE seeing pics!! I will be praying for your famliy, thru this time!! Hope all is well and hope those families effected will get thru this as well!! Take care!! Can't wait to see your next creation! You are SO talented!!

Kathy W said...

That's how you do it all, one whole weekend of cooking! Thanks for recipes, my boys love BBQ chicken and tough with winter to do it outside- like this twist on it! Now you need to share how you are able to clean your house,school your children and stamp!

Christi said...

I LOVE all of those pics. You have such a beautiful family! Thanks for all the recipes too! Awesome!!

Christina said...

Beautiful familt Chrissy and yes I will definatly keep you in my prayers through this really rough time! I am so sorry you have to be on edge like this over the weekend.

Kim said...

Chris your family is adorable!!! I love your pictures...they look like you are all having so much fun!!! Beautiful family! I will keep you and your family in my prayers...there are so many layoffs's so scary! But you are right God is in control and will only carry us to what we can make it through! And he will be there every step of the way!
Your recipes look yummy! I am so going to have to try that BBQ chicken in the crock pot! I am so hungry for that now! :)
Hugs~ Kim

Janette said...

thanks for sharing the recipes Chris! I can't wait to try them. Sooo, when are you coming to Buffalo to show me how to do the once a month cooking?

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Thanks for the photos of your wonderful family! You know I will keep your husband in prayer and those who will be laid off. Such terrible times we live in, your faith will keep you strong. So many of us care about you and wish the best for your family. I know this was a possiblity that you may have to face, I pray that our Heavenly Father will keep in His care and that you will know that what He has planned is in your best interest.


Carla said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful, happy family! You look gorgeous, and the glasses look great!!

Ann Kranitz said...

Chrissy, Your family is gorgeous and thank so much for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. I am going to try them out with my family. I am always looking for different things to cook because as you know, kids dont like ALOT of food and dinner gets to be a chore because of it. TFS.

Susiesuger said...

Hi Chrissy your family look lovely , very happy you must be very proud, no wonder they look happy if you are feeding them all your yummy homemade food !! lol
Thanks for sharing your recipes and the lovely photos of you family
Love Susie xx

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Sorry I haven't been by in a while...I"m trying to catch up! I can't believe how much you cook all at once...I think it's so cool! Great family pics!!
hugs, Jami

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What an adorable and fun family you have!!!! Hubby and both of my kiddos are in glasses too....I was lucky and got Lasik!!!

I'm trying to catch up on all the blog posts I've missed while being slammed with VSN on SCS.....totally fun but busy, busy, busy!!!! I'm getting all ready for this week!!!!! ;)

Maria Matter said...

Great pictures Chris, thanks for sharing! And the recipes too!
I'm so glad you have the peace of Jesus in your life. True peace!
Blessings, Maria

Angel said...

I will keep you in my prayers! And how do you once a month cook????