Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I hope you have a fabulous week this week.  If you have not been participating in 5 Mintues for Moms’ Ultimate Blog Party, I encourage you to do so.  First stop by my blog party and then go on over to the 5 Minutes for Mom site to find some awesome new blogs to add to your feeder.   Now, on with the Thursday Thirteen. . .

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The first link is a link to Irish Food.  The rest of the links are related to St. Patrick’s Day Activities you can do with your children.

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Mazes
  2. St. Patrick’s Day Clover Border Writing Page
  3. Pot of Gold Game
  4. Snowflake Shamrock Cutting Pattern
  5. St. Patrick’s Day Mini Word Book and St. Patrick’s Day Activity Book
  6. Leprechaun Trap

Be sure to check out all the other Thursday Thirteen entries. 

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Here are some links I have found to Irish Recipes and a few recipes of my own.

  1. Irish Soda Bread 
  2. Irish Coffee
  3. Irish Stew

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  • 4 large Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Swiss Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons, Cheddar Cheese, shredded for garnish
  • 1 slice bacon, cooked, crumbled, for garnish


  • Bake potatoes for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  • Allow potatoes to cool slightly.
  • Cut off 1 1/2 inch strip off the top of the potatoes.
  • Carefully, scoop out flesh of potatoes leaving the skins in tact as a shell.
  • Mash the potatoes with sour cream, milk, butter, cheeses, and salt.
  • Fold bacon into the potato mixture.
  • Stuff the potato skins with the mashed potato mixture.
  • Top each potato with cheese and bacon as garnish.
  • Bake potatoes for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

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  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 12-oz bottle of beer
  • 10 drops Green Food Coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Mix flour through salt.
  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Brush with melted butter.
  • Return to oven and bake for 25 mintues longer.

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Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you have a fabulous week this week.  If you have not been participating in 5 Mintues for Moms’ Ultimate Blog Party, I encourage you to do so.  First stop by my blog party and then go on over to the 5 Minutes for Mom site to find some awesome new blogs to add to your feeder.

Monday:  Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Tuesday:  Ham, green beans, and corn

Wednesday:  Breakfast for Dinner:  Blueberry French Toast with Blueberry Syrup
This is a new recipe I just added to my blog today.

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie 
If you are looking for something with veggies in it your children will like, be sure to check out this recipe.  It is one of our family’s favorites.  It freezes well to make for simple meal preparation down the road.  I usually make a triple or quadruple batch of the filling and freeze the extra.  Once it is frozen, you just defrost it, make the easy-peasy crust, and pop it in the oven.

Friday:  Taco Ring

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This French Toast needs to be prepped the night before cooking.  It makes a good dish for a brunch or when you have overnight company.  While this recipe calls for blueberries, it is good with other fruit as well.  Our family is partial to making it with strawberries.  If you are pinched for time, you can purchase blueberry flavored syrup rather than making your own.

Ingredients – French Toast

  • 12 slices bread, white, day old, crusts removed
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, light
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 12 eggs or egg substitute
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Ingredients – Syrup 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preparation – French Toast

  • Spray a 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Cut bread into 1-inch cubes.
  • Place half of the bread into the baking pan.
  • Cut cream cheese into 1-inch cubes; place over bread.
  • Top with blueberries and remaining bread.
  • In a large bowl, combine egg substitute, milk and syrup; mix well.
  • Pour over bread mixture.
  • Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  • Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown and the center is set.

Preparation – Syrup 

  • In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; add water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in blueberries; reduce heat.
  • Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries have burst.
  • Serve over French toast.

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WfmwsmallThis week’s Works for Me Wednesday is an online shopping edition.  We are supposed to tell about our favorite places to shop online.  Oooh!  This should be fun!  Unless it is a book store, I hate shopping in stores but really do love shopping online.

Books, Books, Books

By far my favorite place to shop is a bookstore. So, of course, my favorite online shopping would be at an online bookstore.  I really like how Amazon and Borders (same website really) have the option to browse through the book online.  You can usually see the front and back covers, table of contents, index, and a few pages scattered throughout the book.  I really, really love this feature.  Since I have a savings card for Barnes and Noble, I find that purchasing books through Barnes and Noble is a bit more cost effective for me.  You can find some great deals on books when you shop at these stores online in their bargain books sections.  I have been known to purchase about 20 hardback books for around $30 when I browse through the under $5 sections.  Check them out and let me know what you think.

Clothing Adult and Children

When shopping for clothing for myself, I like several websites.  If you are looking for a new pair of jeans that fit you just right, check out Zafu.  The website asks you a series of 8 questions and then finds jeans that will look good on you based on your answers.  Zafu can also help you find pants and bras that fit just right. 

While I have not personally shopped at Bluefly, they seem to have decent discounts on expensive designer clothing.  The prices are still out of my league but you my dear readers might enjoy this site.

For children’s clothing, I love CWDKids.  They carry lots of clothes that are great for play.  You can find designs on the shirts and dresses that are not the commercialized characters like Dora, Spider Man, etc.  The girls clothing is modest while still being stylish.  You can find awesome play clothes if you want to match boy/girl twin outfits, which I did almost all the time when my children were younger.  While the clothes are not cheap, especially compared to Wal-Mart, Target, and Old Navy, they are not outrageously expensive and they do run pretty good sales occasionally.

Looking for stylish clothes for a low price?  Find discounts on clothes online at 15dollarstore, where everything is priced at $15.

Other Miscellaneous Places to Shop Online

Scrapbook.com is a great place to purchase just about any scrapbooking supply you could possibly think of.  They have thousands of products. 

If digiscrapping is your thing or you are thinking of starting digiscrapping, ScrapGirls is a good company to get you started.

Hate calling to refill medicine or order pizza.  Why not just go online instead?  We get our prescriptions refilled at CVS and order our pizza from Papa Johns

Need something for your kitchen?  Need something for a wedding gift?  Need to get a gift for a friend who loves to cook?  Check out cooking.com.  They have so many products and they actually run pretty decent sales from time to time.

Looking for an unusual toy for a birthday gift?  I have found that Fat Brain Toys and Toys to Grow On have unusual, unique toys.

Finally, The Sock Company has tons of socks.  They have comfy socks, athletic socks, double layer socks, all kinds of socks.  I like to purchase 1 specific kind of athletic sock for Mr. Right and me.  This way I do not have to fold and match my socks.  I just put them all in a lingerie bag and pull out 2 at time to when I need to use them.

See.  I told you I like shopping online.  Where do you like to shop online?  Did you write a WFMW post about online shopping?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Don’t have a blog but do have a favorite online shop?  You don’t have to have a blog to leave a comment.  Be sure to check out Shannon’s blog to see What Works for Everyone else.

Like this post?  You may also like my blog series on shopping with coupons.

Next week, I will continue my series on goal setting and goal achievement.

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