Angie & Anni
Well between high school full-time work Bible study grocery shopping taking care of the animals cleaning the house doing laundry we don't get much time to spend together at the dinner table but we do find time together and those are the moments that count. So while we did not get to have a sit down meal together we did find time to go get a Jamba Juice on our way out to dads house. I got my favorite mango a go go and Anni got her favorite strawberries wild...
Have a blessed week everyone and may peace be with you...
Family meal time has become nearly nonexistent since our move to Arizona. Schedules keep us apart by a 3-hr difference. We've realized over the last month that our family has missed the small moments we would share together. Priorities somehow changed this year, and our family unit has suffered because of it. So this was well over due! On Thursday, Matt made his world-famous Stuffed Green Peppers for the family to enjoy. They can be quite difficult to put together because there are so many parts to the recipe, but he committed himself to making them after a long day of hard housework. And boy were they delicious!! Even though I kind of know how he makes them, I can never seem to make them taste the same. So the recipe below may be a little sketch:
Green Bell Peppers
Diced Italian Canned Tomatoes
Cooked Brown rice
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Salt & Pepper
Blanch green peppers after slicing off tops and deseeding them. Put them in freezer to cool. Brown the beef & onion with salt and pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Drain off fat. Add the tomatoes and paste. Add cooked brown rice. Sprinkle in some cheese (or a lot of it.) Spoon in beef mixture into green peppers and line up in casserole dish. Dump remaining beef mixture around peppers. Bake in oven on 350°F until warmed through. Top with more cheese and melt under broiler. Yum!!
Amish country's poor mans hamburger steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad and crescent rolls. The tea is iced roasted dandelion root tea with lemon and cranberry. Pretty good meal
I got this recipe from pinterest. Bryan and Carrie really liked it but Anna and I still cant get enthusiastic about it. I cut the recipe in half so Bryan doesn't have to eat this one dish all week. Being from the south, gravy for me does not include mushroom soup however, this was yummy so we decided to call this mushroom sauce. So here is how I made it.
1 lb very lean beef. (I used 93-7)
3/4 tube of saltine crackers crushed
3/4 C of milk
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
Mix well and form into patties. Dredge in a little flour and fry on both sides until lightly browned take off heat. Make mushroom sauce.
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of water
1/2 can of milk
1Tbsp of parsley
Spoon just enough in bottom of a square baking dish to cover the bottom. Place meat patties on top of it and pour the remaining sauce over the meat. Cover with foil and cook for an hour at 350. I served it with mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and crescent rolls. I also made iced tea.
I hope y'all enjoy it.
So this week it was my turn to pick our food challenge. I made it simple, a photo of a family meal. Any meal as long as it's with your family. I was inspired by an article that I read recently about a 2nd grade school in Fort Worth, Texas. Mrs. Brady Young sent a letter home this school year announcing that she would not be assigning homework this year. Her students would only have to finish class assignments at home. In her letter, Mrs. Young wrote," Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early." Nuff said!
I, of course, have a unique situation. All of family by blood or marriage live in other states. I do have a best friend and he's always willing to try my cooking. He says grace and we tuck in! The important thing is to commune at the splendid table. All electronic devices turned off and put away. Our Facebook status can wait. If whatever is on TV is that important then DVR it. Guess what? It isn't that important.
The meal I prepared was a simple casserole served with plates of fresh fruit and vegetables. My best friend and I discussed authentic Celtic and medieval music. We both like that type of music. It was entertaining and engaging. Oh, and Tremain liked the casserole.
Amy's choice this week.. Family meal.. I love it..
As a rule every night in the Minghelli house is family dinner night. With a few exceptions Randy and I sit down at the table every night.
This night I grilled out.. Burgers, corn on the cob & veggie straws. I wanted to make some beet chips.. but.. I sliced them to thin and they did nothing but burn.. As Scarlet O'Hara would say "After all, tomorrow is another day"
“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
Angie, Anni, Nikita, Angie C, Amy & Georgia
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