Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This Week's Menu

I thought I would start posting my weekly menu on here (I try to plan 2 weeks at a time--but no promises--so I don't have to grocery shop often) to not only remind myself what I am making, but to possibly inspire some dinners for anyone struggling to decide what to make tonight. I think it is over ambitious of me to say that I will post each week's recipes, so if you want any of the recipes just post which ones and I will make time to put those on. So, here it is.
18th--(Mon)Br: Pancakes
Lun: eat out (mexican food)
Din: Oatmeal w/ fruit
19th--Tues: Br: cereal
Lun: sandwiches
Din: Zucchini, vegetable, pasta bake
20th--Wed: Br: Smoothies & french toast
Lun: corn dogs
Din: Pulled Pork Burritos
21st--Th: Br: yogurt & toast
Lun: leftovers
Din: Vegetable or Chicken rice bowls
22nd--Fri: Br: cereal
Lun: turkey sandwiches
Din: double decker tacos & salad
23rd--Sat: Br: Breakfast sandwiches (eggs, cheese, avocado on croissant rolls)
Din: Spaghetti w/ homemade noodles
24th--Sun: Br: cinnamon pull-aparts (or cinnamon rolls)
Din: Salmon, potatoes & carrots (in pressure cooker)
25th--Mon: Br: hard boiled eggs & toast
Din: Pizza(spinach Alfredo or fajita or use coupon for take out)
26th--Tu: Br: cereal
Lun: top ramen with vegetables
Din: Mongolian Beef over rice
27th--Wed: Br: pancakes (maybe blueberry)
Din: grilled cheese w/ tomato soup
28th--Th: Br:
Din: Shepard's pie
29th--Fri: Br:
Din: cheesy broccoli pasta
30th--Sat: Br:
Din: Cheesecake Factory

It is getting too late, so I will fill in the blanks later (maybe you can help with the lunch department...I always struggle with that one)

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Homemade Caramels

Homemade Caramels

  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium size pot, combine everything except the vanilla. Monitor the heat of the mixture with a candy thermometer while stirring occasionally. When the thermometer reaches 245 degrees {240 degrees is also called soft ball stage, I like to cook mine to 245 degrees}, remove pot from heat.

Stir in vanilla. Transfer mixture to a greased 12x15 pan and let the mixture cool completely. When cooled cut the caramel into small squares and wrap them in wax paper for storage.

A couple tips on making caramels:

  • Line your pan with foil, then spray the foil. Taking the caramel block out of the pan is a breeze after it's cooled!
  • Don't feel like you have to stir the mixture continuously. it's OK to let it boil for a few minutes in between periods of stirring. I did the morning dishes while mine cooked!
  • When cutting the caramels, err on the side of smaller pieces, especially if you have small children. My kids love caramel, but I find sizes much larger than a penny are too big.