Monday, October 28, 2013
Another busy week looms before us here in the NTAC household. I was hoping that this week would be a little slower, but I don't think that will be the case. At least we will have our first free weekend in 5. The 9 year old is encouraged to dress like his favorite Roman or Greek god or goddess on Thursday at school. We found out about this on Friday. So after telling him that I did not have time or energy to make his Halloween costume this year (he's going to be a ninja), I now have to make a Halloween costume for school between now and Thursday morning.
Friday, October 25, 2013
One of my very first posts on this blog was how to make a roux and a white sauce. It's such a basic thing to know in cooking if you want to really cook rather than just open cans of cream soup and dump it in a casserole dish with a few other basic ingredients. I make a roux or a white sauce at least once a week. In my original post I wrote that a basic white sauce is only 3 ingredients - butter or oil. flour, and milk (or cream). It's super simple and extraordinarily inexpensive. Once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder why you ever bothered with processed ingredients.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The 9 year old has his first overnight school field trip this week. Then two days later he has a sleep-over at a friend's house to celebrate the friend's birthday. So we have two nights without him this week, and I think he's looking forward to two nights on his own.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Last winter I found stew beef on managers special several times, so we ended up eating a lot of beef stew, vegetable beef soup, and beef tips with gravy over mashed potatoes. Not that anyone really complained. Even the 9 year old will eat the beef and the potatoes from beef stew.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Eons ago when I thought I was a good cook, and my husband did too, but in reality what I did was fake it with processed foods and shortcuts that may or may not have worked, I made a pasta dish I'd found in a magazine. It had stew beef, mostaccioli pasta, and lots of vegetables. I remember it being good, but for some reason I never made it again.
Monday, October 7, 2013
So the birthday party was a smashing success, as was the after party sleep-over. I'm glad I planned on some food for the after party and I'm glad I prepped as much as I could earlier in the day. As soon as the four boys hit our front door, they made a bee-line to the fridge, exclaiming "I'm hungry!" Fortunately I had fruit and cheese skewers and apples with caramel dip ready to go. The quesadilas had been assembled and just needed to go into the oven for a few minutes. The only thing they boys truly had to wait for was the mini tacos. And even then, because the taco mixture was ready, all I had to do was put the mixture in the Tostitos Scoops and pop them in the oven as well.