Saturday, June 16, 2007

Switching beds, decluttering, shopping & recipes

Today we got a lot accomplished. My son didn't want his bed anymore, so my daughter agreed to switch with him. It actually makes both their rooms have a lot more room.

We cleaned up the yard & got a lot of stuff tossed that we didn't need anymore.

We went shopping for dh's Father's Day gift, dh's Grandmother's bday gift and even got a few Christmas ornaments for Christmas.

Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
Dinner: Wendy's (shopping)

Cinnamon Rolls
Serving Size : 16
6 cups bread flour -- 6-8 cups
2 packets dry yeast
2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs -- beaten
unsalted butter -- melted
3 Tablespoons brown sugar, mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup pecan pieces
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese -- softened
1/4 stick unsalted butter -- softened
1/2 box powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup pecans -- chopped
In a mixing bowl, mix 4 cups of flour with the yeast. Set aside. Pour the milk, salt, oil and sugar into a pot, stirring to mix, and place over medium heat until lukewarm. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and yeast and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, stirring hard to mix well (use your hands). One cup at a time, add as much of the remaining flour as needed to form a soft dough. Put the dough on a cutting block; rise to double its side. Cut the dough in four quarters. Roll each quarter about 1/4" thick. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough. Roll up the dough, jelly-roll fashion, and then pinch the ends of the roll together with wet fingertips. Cut slits on the top of the roll every 2". Place on a baking sheet; let rise a second time until doubled. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until brown, about 15-20 minutes. Slice into individual servings. Spread with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting: Cream together all ingredients, except pecans. Spread over cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans.
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 380 Calories; 16g Fat (37.5% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 50g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 56mg Cholesterol; 450mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

"Homemade" Meatloaf
Recipe By :Cherylann Serving Size : 24
2 packages McCormick's meatloaf seasoning
4 eggs -- slightly beaten
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 can mushroom pieces -- chopped
1/2 onion -- chopped
1/2 green pepper -- finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
fresh rosemary, basil, oregano, Italian parsley -- to taste; chopped
4 pounds ground beef
ketchup -- for topping
Preheat oven to 375°. Place foil in 13X9" pan and 2 loaf pans.
Mix meatlof seasoning and eggs together. Add ketchup, Worcestershire, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, seasoning and fresh herbs. Mix well.
Add ground beef, mix well. Make 8 mini loaves of meatloaf, place in prepared 13X9" pan. Fill loaf pans with regular size meatloaves. Top with ketchup.
Place in oven. Take 13X9" pan with mini loaves out after 30 minutes. Leave loaf pans in for 30 more minutes (for a total of 1 hour).
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 259 Calories; 21g Fat (73.6% calories from fat); 14g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 100mg Cholesterol; 177mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 3 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
Serving Ideas : Great with mashed potatoes or rice topped with tomatoes.

Mashed Potatoes
Recipe By :Rhonda (my Mom) Serving Size : 6
6 white potatoes -- peeled and cubed
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons butter
1/8 cup milk
salt and pepper -- to taste
Boil potatoes; drain.
Mix boiled potatoes, mayonnaise, butter, milk, salt and pepper until smooth. Add more butter and milk as needed to make potatoes smooth.
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 183 Calories; 10g Fat (47.3% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 13mg Cholesterol; 88mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Fat.
NOTES : If potatoes are runny, can add potato flakes to thicken.

Skinny Seasoned Green Beans
Serving Size : 5
28 ounces green beans
1 small onion
1 can chicken broth
salt and pepper -- to taste
Empty beans into strainer and rinse thoroughly. Place in a medium pot.
Add remaining ingredients. Cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 59 Calories; trace Fat (6.1% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 162mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable.

We bought a movies basket for dh for Father's day: 4 movies, 4 pack of popcorn, king size Reese's cups, Oreo dunkers, root beer and a 12-pack of Dad's day cupcakes.

For his grandmother's bday, we got a Victorian doll (red hair w/green eyes) and a Precious Moments photo album.

At the Christmas shop, we got a moravian star ornament, a snowman (w/2 pic frames) ornament, 2 boxes of make your own Christmas cards, a Dickens Christmas book, and a snowman & santa that hold 4 pics each. I only spent $17.

Here is the website to the Christmas 365:
They are having a 10 day warehouse sale starting 6/29.

Well, it's bedtime for me. So, we'll see you tomorrow. Happy Father's Day.~Cherylann

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