P31 Wannabe

Homemade Breads (Bagels, English Muffins, etc) March 29, 2011

Filed under: Breads,Recipes — Lacey @ 8:48 pm

The last few weeks I’ve been on a bread making adventure.  Two weeks ago, a friend and I made 4 loaves of bread (whole wheat and honey oat) and 12 bagels (blueberry and cinnamon/sugar).  They were all so good that I ventured last week to make more of the honey oat bread and english muffins.  The English muffins were sooo good and easier to make than the bagels.  The bagels were really good too but more work since they had to rise twice and be boiled for 1 min each before baking.  And for some reason they didn’t rise enough after baking to easily slice them in two.  I’ll probably try them again in a week or so though and see if I can better perfect them.

I also tried making homemade granola.  It was pretty easy and yummy.  Although for some reason if I eat a whole bowl with milk it doesn’t settle too well at first.  Its always seems to be this way if I eat a lot of whole grains and nuts.  But anyways. I added some cinnamon and chopped pecans to the original recipe.  It was pretty good served over yogurt.

The bagels, English muffins and granola were all from the Happy House Wife’s blog:


English Muffins


(And if you have a few minutes, browse the rest of her site, its awesome! Has lots of money saving, home schooling, and other tips.  And read her story of how she met/married her husband.  It’s hilarious…and gives lots of hope for marriages that start out badly!)


And the breads were from the cookbook that came with my kitchen aid mixer.  If any one wants to recipe, I can post it, but it might be different since it uses the mixer to knead it all.

And this is the next bread recipe I want to try: Sweet Whole Wheat Bread


Lasagna Casserole March 23, 2011

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 9:47 pm

This recipe is different from traditional lasagna as it uses shell pasta. I personally think this recipe is much easier than regular lasagna because you don’t have to do all the layers. I don’t know if I would choose it over regular lasagna as far as taste, but its still good and a nice change of pace.

I found the recipe in an old Quick Cooking Magazine.

Lasagna Casserole

1 lb ground beef
1/4 C chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb medium shell pasta, cooked and drained
1 lb (4 C) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 carton (24 oz) small-curd cottage cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 C grated parmesan cheese
2 T dried parsley
1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce

1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain. Sprinkle w/ salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; set aside.
2. In large bowl, combine pasta, 3 C of mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining pepper; stir gently. Pour into a greased 13X9 baking dish. Top with beef mixture and spaghetti sauce.
3. Cover and bake at 350 for 45 min. Sprinkle w/ remaining mozzarella. Bake, uncovered 15 min longer or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand 10 min before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.


Strawberry Pie

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 9:44 pm

I got this recipe from my mom (not sure where she originally got it from). Its yummy and pretty easy. This recipe makes 2 pies. I have never used the strawberry flavoring (because I always forget to buy it) and its always tasted just fine.

Strawberry Pie
1 pkg frozen pie crusts (usually 2 in pkg)
2 C water
2 C sugar
6 T cornstarch
1 pkg strawberry jello
2 tsp strawberry flavoring
1 1/2 Carton strawberries, washed & cut up
cool whip, if desired

1. Bake pie crusts according to pkg instructions. Cool.
2. Combine water, sugar & cornstarch in pot. Bring to a boil. Add the jello, stir, remove from heat & cool. Add strawberry flavoring.
3. Divide strawberries into both pie crusts and pour the jello mixture into crusts. I prefer to mix it together a little w/ the strawberries inside the crust. Refrigerate until set. Serve w/ cool whip.


Chicken & Noodle Delight (slow cooker)

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:07 pm

This recipe is from the FREE Circle of Friends Slow Cooker Cookbook from Amazon Kindle.

This was super easy to make and really, really good! I only used 5 chicken breasts and there was plenty of meat in it.  Since I put the frozen chicken breasts in, I put it on high for an hr or two and it all cooked fine. We don’t care for mushrooms, so I omitted them.  Also, we ran out of the noodles, so you might want to make a little more (it fed 5 of us).


Chicken & Noodle Delight (slow cooker)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2  1 oz. pkg of ranch dressing mix

1/2 c water

2  10.75 oz cans of cream of chicken soup

8 oz pkg cream cheese, cubed

12 oz pkg sliced mushrooms

16 oz pkg wide egg noodles, cooked


Place chicken in lightly greased slow cooker.  Combine salad dressing mix, cans of soup and water, then pour onto chicken.  Cook on low setting for 3-4 hrs.  Stir in cream cheese & mushrooms, cook for an additional 45 minutes. Shred chicken or serve whole over noodles.


Savory Pot Roast (slow cooker)

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 12:59 pm

I got this recipe from the FREE Circle of Friends Slow Cooker Cookbook (from Amazon).


It was really delicious and tender.  The most tender pot roast I’ve probably ever had and it was super easy.  I also threw in some cut up potatoes and baby carrots in the crockpot, too. I did use a little more water to better cook the veggies and it took about an hr less to cook it than the recipe called for.


Savory Pot Roast (slow cooker)

3.5 lb beef chuck roast

1 oz pkg ranch dressing mix (dry envelope mix)

1.35 oz pkg onion soup mix

.87 oz pkg brown gravy mix

1/2 C warm water


Place roast in slow cooker.  Mix dry ingredients together then sprinkle on roast.  Pour water around roast.  Cook on low settings for 6-7 hrs.


Free cookbooks on Amazon for Kindle

Filed under: Books,Life — Lacey @ 12:46 pm

I found out this sweet deal from my new favorite blog: http://happyhousewife.com


If you have a Kindle, IPhone, IPad or Mac, (maybe others, not sure), you can download the Kindle app for FREE and there are a lot of FREE books on Amazon.  I also recently found out that you can download a FREE ebook reader from Christian Book Distributors (http://cbd.com) and they also have a number of FREE ebooks to read from there too (mainly fiction).

Anyways, there are 4 FREE cookbooks from Circle of Friends on Amazon that are amazing!

-25 Slow Cooker Recipes

-25 Meatloaf Recipes

-25 Mac N Cheese Recipes

-25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes


So far I’ve only tried 2 recipes from the slow cooker book, but I’m not disappointed!  I’m going to try the cookie one today for my high school D-Group.


Bread of Life (Mark 8)

Filed under: God thoughts,Sermon Notes — Lacey @ 12:37 pm

Here’s some more sermon notes from a Sunday service at FCCMI:


“Bread of Life” (Mark 8 )


  • Jesus was proving Himself by feeding the 4,000 & 5,000
  • Communion is the greatest proof of Jesus’ diety
    • He didn’t just conquer the world, He can handle anything!
  • People who actually seek out the truth and “get into the ring” find that Jesus is God.
  • Mark 8= Is like a base camp (camps on Mt. Everest) (Gives a series of stories to make a point about who Jesus is)
    1. Feeding of 4,000
    2. Pharisees questioning Jesus to catch him
      • They wanted a miraculous sign–>He just fed 4,000!
      • Jesus says “No!” because they want it done their way–> want to put him in a box
      • Yeast of the Pharisees–> “I don’t get to decide where and when God’s power is displayed or how He answers our prayers!”
    3. Healing blind man (with spit!)
      • We can’t judge the “right” way to heal people
    4. Peter’s confession
      • Jesus says “Don’t tell others yet”–> They can’t handle/understand it yet
    5. Jesus predicts His death
      • Peter tried to make Jesus fit into his mold
      • Playing into Satan’s hands
      • When you’re ready to lay it down–>Then you’re ready to follow Christ!