10 Meals in an Hour…What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

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This is what I am doing this morning. Prepping 10 meals for two households in less than an hour!

This year started off with a bang. On New Year’s Day, we went over to my parents’ house for New Years Day dinner. A few minutes after we got home I got a call from my father. My mother fell down the back stairs and broke her ankle, and had two operations on it last month to stabilize it. My mother is a diabetic, and since diabetics are slow to heal, she was told to keep all weight off of it for 3 months. For some people, this wouldn’t be that huge of a problem. My mother has had both knees replaced. Both of her rotator cuffs have torn, and surgery could not repair them. She had a major back surgery last year. She is tough, but she doesn’t have the physical abilities to get around by herself without being able to use one of her legs!

I am an only child, so I have been trying to be over at my parents’ house as much as possible, and trying to keep up with her housekeeping chores as well as mine. We have church several days a week. I started homeschooling our 11 yo son after the Christmas break, and baseball season is about to start. Our 14 yo son has weightlifting after school every day, plays cello and bass in two orchestras, and has banjo lessons. I have my blog, my antiques booth, and my eBay store. My husband has just started a new job 4 states away, and will only be home for the weekend every two weeks. Oh, yeah…we are also trying to get a 132 year old, three story house moved! Eek!

I don’t like to grab fast food. I don’t want my parents to have to eat fast food. I have made a promise to myself to go primal, or as close as I possibly can. I feel so much better when I do! It isn’t easy when you are cooking for 6 people, and you are the only one who is on a special diet, but I am going to do the best I can! It has been really difficult some days to cook a meal at my parents house, then come home and cook a whole new supper for my own family. I think I have come up with a more manageable solution!

For the last couple of days I have been scouring the internet for slow cooker recipes I can prep and freeze, then throw in the slow cooker. Or my father can throw in their slow cooker. I really love Six Sisters Stuff, and my all time favorite, Southern Plate. This morning I accumulated all of my meat, vegetables, marinade ingredients, and a ton of gallon bags. I separated the meals in to meals for my parents, and meals for me and the boys. We can have the same meals on the same days, and on the weekend I can cook any side items for the meals, and take some to my parents and keep some for us.

This is what I assembled (I linked the recipes I used):
3 one pound bags of cooked ground beef
2 bags of Cornbread Dressing
2 bags of Apricot Chicken
2 bags of Brown Sugar Chicken
2 bags of Teriyaki Pork Chops
4 bags of Sausage and Peppers
2 bags of Buffalo Chicken

I also have a turkey breast, a ham, hamburgers, a pork tenderloin, cube steak, and some flounder. I will use the ground beef I cooked to make Ground Beef Stew, tacos, or spaghetti. I now have an impressive list of meals to choose from, plus some of these meals will make enough for two days!

1. Turkey Breast in one slow cooker, and the cornbread dressing in the other
2. Hamburgers
3. Hot dogs
4. Ground Beef Stew
5. A ham
6. Apricot Chicken
7. Brown Sugar Chicken
8. Buffalo Chicken
9. Pinto beans with the ham bone from #5
10. Teriyaki Pork Chops
11. Pork tenderloin
12. Sausage and peppers over pasta
13. Sausage and pepper sandwiches
14. Flounder
15. Cube Steak and Gravy

Whew! What a weight off of my shoulders! Now each weekend I can plan the meals according to our schedule, shop for and prepare the sides, and everything is going to be much more organized and easy!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

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Weekly Junk Report…February 18, 2013

So according to my husband, having a house with a butler’s pantry does not mean that I can collect unlimited china and crystal. Seriously?? So the first thing I am going to mention is that I was at the flea market, and there was a guy selling boxes and boxes of stuff out of his truck and trailer. I opened the top of one box, and saw some Old Curiosity Shoppe china, just like my grandmother used to have. I started to open some more of the boxes, all labeled, “mama’s dishes” and the guy stopped me. He offered me all of the boxes, insides unseen, for one price. I gambled. And ended up with only teacups, saucers and two serving plates of the Old Curiosity Shoppe.

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The rest of the boxes had some parts from a brass bed, some junky glasses, and a HUGE collection of Fleur de Lis Wheat china…14 teacups, 18 saucers, 13 dinner plates, 13 bread plates, 12 salad plates, 12 berry bowls, 9 soup bowls, a serving platter, a serving bowl, a creamer and a sugar bowl.

FOR SALE:

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Yes, I know my place setting isn’t totally Emily Post proper. So, because I love my husband, this 95 piece set of vintage china can belong to any of my Greenville metro readers for 40 bucks, what I estimate it cost me. Let me know if you are interested! There is no way I am going to list this in my eBay shop and have to ship it. No way.

Here are some more of my recent treasures.

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A huge stack of vintage Homer Laughlin “Colonial White.”

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Yes, more vintage china…see my problem?

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More vintage English Ironstone…

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And more china…

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Isn’t this old Delta airlines plate cute?

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These milk glass punch cups match my vintage Westmoreland punch bowl, and I can’t believe I found that vintage Anchor Hocking ball jug for $3!

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I just sold these primary Pyrex bowls in my eBay shop…

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I am in love with these Fire King mixing bowls with fruit on them…they are hard to find, and I got them for $1 a piece!

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These Dundee marmalade jars are actually old with crazing. This is another find I still can’t believe…a vintage Wagner Ware gem pan for $3.50!

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This is my $10 desk project…

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And my $3 wicker table…

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Has anyone ever heard of Termocrisa china? It is an imitation of Fire King that was made in Mexico. It is pretty hard to find. I found a set for four the other day. What do you think?

If you see anything you like, look in my eBay store, or send me a message! Of course, if I tell you how much I paid for it, that means I am keeping it!

Kary

Chicken Stew…What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

I feel absolutely awful! I have a bad cold, and the only thing I want to eat today is some chicken stew. I didn’t want to get up, but for this stew, I toughed it out. I am reposting this recipe…it looks so bad, no one wants to try it, but it is awesome!

Everyone has that special meal that just makes you feel better. When you are sick, cold, sad, tired or whatever, it fixes anything, or at least makes you forget about it for a little while. Mine is chicken stew. I don’t remember where the original recipe came from, and I have tried to Google the ingredients to find another recipe like it, but no luck.
Now I must tell you, there are no pretty pictures I could make of this stuff. When my husband and I got married in March of 2011, he had never tasted my cooking. You should have seen the suspicious looks he would give some of my dinners! It was hard for me to get him to even try this one, but now almost two years later he requests this probably more than anything else.

First you need some chicken. You can either use about a three pound chicken, or use about two pounds of chicken breasts. I am usually lazy and use one pack of three boneless, skinless breasts. Cover the chicken with water in a soup pot, and cook until it is done. Remove the chicken and let it cool. When it is cool, debone the chicken if necessary, and shred in to bite size pieces.

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Measure out a quart of the broth and return to the stock pot. Add one quart of milk. Make sure that you do not add any salt to this! You will see why later.

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Bring to a slow boil, stirring frequently. Add one cup of butter. Yep, that is right, two whole sticks. I never said this recipe was Weight Watchers friendly.

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Here is where you will really think I have lost it. Crush two sleeves of saltine crackers. Add them to the pot.

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Now you can taste it and see what seasoning it needs. Those crackers take care of most of the salt, and I like to add a lot of pepper. When it thickens up, add the chicken.

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Try it! I swear it is awesome!

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Kary

Chicken Stew
1 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 lb chicken
1 qt. water
1 qt. milk
1 c. butter
2 sleeves Saltine crackers
Salt and pepper

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things