Me, A Mom

3 kids and a dog

Archive for the month “March, 2014”

Pumpkin Bread, my way

moist and delic.

a culinary treat

no eggs

no dairy

can’t be beat!

Preheat oven to 350

pre grease 2 loaf pans or 1 9×13 pan

In a large bowl beat together:

2 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup light flavored olive oil

1 1/4 cups soy sour cream

2/3 cup water

1 16 oz can pumpkin

in a separate bowl 

mix together:

3 cups flour

1/3 cup graham flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsps baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1tsp nutmeg

mix the dry into the wet

pour into prepared pan/s

bake at 350 for 50 minutes or till toothpick inserted comes out clean

 

 

enjoy!

 

 

Meat loaf….without eggs!

Seriously…

you don’t NEED eggs to make meatloaf…

there are other things you can do to make it great!

first use good meat

I don’t use cheap “ground beef” to make meat loaf, it shrinks and you end up with a hockey puck in a bunch of grease.

Use real food, ground round or ground sirloin

when I have time I try to use more than one animal

I mix together beef, pork and sometimes, chicken or turkey

(about 2 pounds of meat is good for our family)

for each pound of meat

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

(additional spices you may want to try:figure about 1tsp per pound of meat)

-onion powder

-garlic powder

-oregano(going for a pizzay flavor)

-paprika

-hotpepper(use only 1/4 tsp per pound of meat)if you like spicy stuff

other spices to try would be premade mixtures

like:

taco seasoning

italian dressing mix

fajita mix

etc….

I love Penzeys spices and they have many mixtures to try and explore

(optional: 1 cup of finely ground bread or cracker crumbs, or you could even add dry oatmeal…if using crackers you won’t need to add the salt)

all the bread does is make the mixture bigger(takes up more space….lasts a little longer)

be firm but gentle

mix thoroughly but not to sausage consistency

many people add eggs….they are not necessary despite popular opinion

if you want more moisture you could add

1/2 cup of any of the following(pick one don’t use all)

apple sauce

ketchup

bbq sauce

veganaise

italian dressing(or other salad dressing)

after mixed place into oiled pan

also optional:

toppings:

top with raw bacon layer it on top before baking and …yum!

spread ketchup(or bbq sauce) on top prior to baking

and bake till internal temperature reaches 165

slice and enjoy! its even good the next day cold as meatloaf sandwiches!

meatless meals

While I wouldn’t mind being a 3/4 vegan

(I do like steak once in a while)

my family…especially the middle child would starve.

 

So during lent when we have fish on ash Wednesday

and Fridays

we need to be creative

sometimes he has bread pizza….essentially bread slobbered in pizza sauce( he is dairy allergic…so no cheese)

sometimes pasta(completely plain)

occasionally he’ll eat a cucumber or a dill pickle

corn on the cob

and he loves his starches.

but meatless is difficult

so perhaps this Friday we’ll do vegan burgers

meatless meals for veggie haters on web MD has some interesting idea

for my child however the only way to get him to bite is with a load of salt.

good thing he’s still young…hopefully he’ll grow into veggie eating.

 

 

oops I dropped it again….

yesterday I dropped the raw meat mixture…..on the floor

 

it did not bounce.

one minute in on the pull out cutting board

the next minute thanks to my elbow…

on the floor!

I can’t blame it on the carpal tunnel or the ulnar nerve…or even the MS this time…

bummer…

so instead of 16 taco turkey sliders

we had 8

but they were good

I used:

1 pound of turkey

mixed with my own taco seasoning I got the recipe from my sis

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp chili powder

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp cumin

mix it all together and use the mixture to make

meatballs, or sliders or patties

enjoy

 

oh and try not to drop it on the floor….especially if you have a dog!

And the Oscar goes to…I don’t care!

Look…no offense

but I don’t buy into the whole celebrity thing

though if I ever met Anderson Cooper I’d probably be somewhat intrigued.

anyway.

Celebrities…movie stars…

they are just normal people when you take them out of their Oscar De whoever dresses

yes there are some who are very good actors/actresses

and some who are very good producers/musicians….whatever….

but there are many more people you meet in your every day life that are more deserving of awards then actors doing their jobs.

SO:

WHO WILL YOU GIVE THE OSCAR TO?

Who will receive the Oscar for being teacher that cares more about her students then some of the students parents do?

Who will receive the Oscar for cleaning up your mess in the park after you “forget” to take your trash with you?

Who will receive the Oscar for fixing your car after carelessly drove over the curb?

Who will receive the Oscar for taking care of your illnesses/ broken bones so your life is more comfortable?

Who will receive the Oscar for helping you with your needs?

Who will receive the Oscar for preparing meals for you when you are unable to?

Who will receive the Oscar for getting  your order right at the drive through?

There are an awful lot of “ordinary” people in “ordinary” jobs doing extraordinary things every day…because it is their job and they take pride in doing their job and they do it well and they do it without credit or accolades.

So maybe as you’re getting ready for the Oscars, Academy Awards, Tony Awards or whatever,  you could try to take a minute to thank one of the people in your life who isn’t acting…but doing something real, something important for you.

His Brain/Her Brain….well….duhhhh…

Originally blogged on my book review blog but

because of the nature of this blog…

being a mom, and wife

and the daily struggles and joys of those two things

this book has been so helpful to me

and perhaps it will be helpful to you too

His Brain,

Her Brain

How Divinely Designed Differences Can Strengthen Your Marriage

by Walt Larimore, MD & Barb Larimore

I’ve been hearing for years how boys and girls think differently….Then I had 2 boys and a girl…and….they do…think differently.

not always

and not everyone is the same

we are created unique within God’s image of course

This book, although geared for husband/wife can help you think about and understand your children as well.

I don’t agree with 100% of what they say but I agree with enough for this book to make it to this review.

Now there is a myriad of explanation in to the structural differences and chemical processes of themale and female  brains…if this doesn’t interest you skip over to the reflections on why this is important.

Even if you don’t ascribe to a religion you are probably in a relationship of some sort…or have been….or will be….and …this book may provide some insight into the why’s of

how (men and women) respond differently to a variety of what life hands out

look at the chapter titles:

  • chapter 3: Differences in how we perceive our world
  • chapter 4: differences in how we process input from our world
  • chapter 5: differences in how we communicate without world
  • chapter 9: his brain-conquest Her Brain-Nurture
  • chapter 10: his brain- provision her brain- security
  • chapter 11: his brain-respect her brain-love

The fact is that whether we biologically male or female does have an influence on

what we do ,

how we act,

how we interpret,

how we respond

to the world around us.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, administrator, manager, this book can give you insight on the hows and whys of your interpersonal relationships with the other “gender” in your life.

The book is complete with tables and charts that cohesively bring together the information in the book for easily comparison of the female and male brains.

This book would make an interesting book club read

imagine if a group of spouses participated in the reading of this book, then divided into a group of males and a group of females tro discuss and then came back together as a full group for insight.

could be interesting….

Perhaps the most interesting analogy is the one highlighted in Chapter 13

“The Marriage Box”

Essentially you can only get out what you put in

(but their descriptions are much more eloquent.)

Dr. Walt has a site…of course

and on it is a link to chapter 1 of this book

so …

dig in…

and you might learn something

about yourself.

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