~January 11 - 17~
Sunday, January 11th - A German Meal for my German mom's birthday. My Mom goes by Trudy (which I love) but her real name is Gertrude, and so while she is a born and raised Georgia Peach, there is no getting around the German. I married a Scheibmeir, so there was no getting away from it either, haha. I made Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, served several types of mustard and I prepared German Potato Salad with a very non German, Mississippi Mud Pie *recipe at end of post* for dessert. Oh, and we had a salad. A very fun night!
Monday, January 12th - Chicken Tikka Masala I tweaked this quite a bit, by adding carrots and peppers the last hour it simmered in the crock pot. I also didn't have garam masala so I googled what would be a good substitute and found that I had all the spices that would make garam masala, so I guessed at the amounts. We all loved this and every single one of my older boys begged me to make it again and soon! Thank you Jessica for sharing this. We celebrated the traditional Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord with this wonderful Middle Eastern Dish. *tip I learned from my brother, if you toast the spices in a saute pan briefly before adding to the 'wet' ingredients, you get a better flavor*
Tuesday, January 13th - Hogs in a Sleeping Bag and homemade chili. I usually serve fresh veggies or a salad when we eat a meal like this. It is cold outside, so a heavy meal feels right but the absence of all vegetables does not, so a good veggie tray is usually added with some homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.
Wednesday, January 14th - Saint Felix's feast day so I'm hoping we can make these cute treats shared last year at Shower of Roses. I think the actual directions are at Catholic Cuisine. I also plan to make a simple bean soup and cornbread. I might add jalapenos and cheddar cheese to the cornbread, everyone loves it when I do.
Thursday, January 15th - Cowboy Casserole. I need to share this recipe, but I will have to write down what I do. It is basically ground beef, noodles, peppers, onions, and cheese. The children inhale it every time. So easy, and very filling. I'll serve with a salad and roasted veggies. Since LeaAunt is coming for dinner our nickname for an adopted Aunt, Leanne I might spoil everyone with some homemade dinner rolls, we'll see what time allows. *Update, we had St. Faustina's Polish Soup instead. I had to rethink when I realized some teenagers had wiped out my 5 lb bag of shredded cheddar cheese, hmmm*
Friday, January 16th - Open, I'm not sure yet. We may have Frittatas but I haven't decided. Friday night meals are very casual like Nachos or baked potatoes, or cheese pizza. I'll try to update once I know.
Saturday, January 17th - I'm firing up the smoker. We will smoke a turkey, and some ribs. I'll make a potato salad and possibly serve up a Ramen Salad too. I love, love, love using our smoker and then having a good BBQ dinner. We usually go to Mass on Saturday and nothing is better than walking in from Mass and having dinner ready to go...can't wait!
Mississippi Mud Pie:
Crust: 1 stick butter, 1 cup chopped nuts (we like Native Texas Pecans), 1 1/2 cups flour
Cut butter into nuts and flour. I mix up until butter is very crumbly and all is mixed up well. Pat into well greased pan, pressing down...it won't seem like a crust but trust the process. Bake at preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cool Completely.
1st Layer (after crust): Mix together 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1 cup powder sugar, and the recipe calls for 1 cup cool whip. I whipped up some fresh whipping cream and then just added the cream cheese and powder sugar to the mixer and blended. Spread this across cooled crust and place in refrigerator awaiting the next layer.
2nd Layer - Recipe calls for 2 boxes chocolate pudding mix but I say try making the pudding instead. Follow the filling directions I have posted for Chocolate Pie and while it cools, stir it frequently then spread it across 1st Layer.
3rd Layer - Whipped Cream again.
This desert has been in my recipe box since Pete's Navy days. Given to me by Amy, the mother of Zachary who I used to babysit and search out Thomas the Train and friends for...such good memories. I loved tweaking this to raise the bar a little and the extra effort pays off in a big way. This is the perfect blend of rich and light. Try it, it may take extra time but it is absolutely worth it.