Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mrs. Langley’s Notepad Cover Sewing Pattern

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Click here for the Pattern in pdf form—->     Mrs. Langley’s Notepad Cover Pattern

 

Warm You Up Tortilla Soup

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Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:
1 can beef broth
2 cans green enchilada sauce
1 can mexicorn
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 package dry taco seasoning
1/4 cup diced onions
2 cup cooked and diced chicken
Tortilla chips
Grated Cheddar cheese
Diced Avocado

In a large stock pot combine: Beef broth, enchilada sauce, mexicorn, tomatoes, oinions, chicken and taco seasoning.  

Simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 

Crumble tortilla chips on top of your bowl of soup, add grated cheese and diced avacado. 

Enjoy!

 

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Semi-Gourmet From the Grocery Store.

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We needed dinner. We had virtually no meat and in this house, that is dangerous business.  I was in a hurry.  I had things to do. Strolling around a fancy new Kroger Market, I ran across a few prepackaged things I could throw together and make a fabulous meal. Quick! I mean really super-de- dooper Quick!  30 minutes from walking into the kitchen to sitting down at the table!  Love that!  I normally don’t do the prepackaged meals or heavily processed foods for dinner, but in a pinch, it was a great solution.

 

I started with pre-marinated chicken breast.  The package (brand: Beeman Gourmet) was 1.5 pounds of chicken breast and labeled Cilantro Lime flavor.  I love cilantroand  lime!  It was about $5.00.  Directions on the package said bake, grill or pan fry.  I chose to bake.  It was ready in about 25 minutes and the house was smelling great.  I could have easily fed four people from this package.  It contained two large breast and two smaller pieces of white meat (think tenders).  It tasted great and was juicy and tender.  I think I need to try out the other flavors they had hanging out in that case.

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The potatoes are Green Giant Fresh Whole Baby Potatoes in the Roasted Garlic and Butter flavored.  Love these potatoes.  LOVE!  They steam in the bag and are ready in about 5-6 minutes.  Super easy.  Pop the whole bag in a microwave safe dish, turn on the microwave and pour in a bowl.  All done and tasty, too!  I have another flavor hanging out in my refrigerator I can’t wait to try now!  I will be buying more of these.  These definitely get the Mrs. Langley Stamp of Approval!

New York Garlic Toast is nothing new to us.  In fact, The Boy will choose garlic bread over just about anything else!  But, I spotted these Old World Ciabatta Rolls with Cheese.   I thought we’d try something a little different, from a company we already loved.  My oven was already heated and they took about 5-6 minutes to cook.

Green Beans, because I can guarantee The Boy will eat green beans, every time! I took a can of Italian style green beans.  Poured out the juice, put it into microwave safe bowl and added 2 T of butter and season to taste.  I added Mike Mike’s Good Stuff.  Don’t go look for it on you grocery store aisle.  This is my dad’s concoction of spices, kind of like a seasoning salt.  Maybe I need to find out THAT recipe.

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Our gourmet grocery store meal was amazing.  We all enjoyed it tremendously!  Again only 30 minutes and I was not standing slaving over a hot stove for that 30 minutes, truth was, I was looking at puppies on the internet…I have puppy fever!  Our (almost 1-year-old)puppy, Cutter, needs a wife.

Here’s his classified add: My name is Cutter.  I’m a purebred Rat Terrier.  I am pearl and white in color, quite dashing actually.  I’m a  slim and trim 15 pounds and a tall 1 foot 2 inches.  I am the owner of an 8-year-old boy and we have the run of plenty of land, house and barn.  I’m seeking a cute little brown and white girlfriend, to eventually marry and spend the rest of my life with.  If you enjoy afternoon naps, belly rubs, chasing cats, chewing through peanut butter jars, playing fetch, speed racing a little boy and harassing  mules, give me a call.  I may be the man of your dreams! 

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The Boy’s 2nd Grade Class Valentines

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I found a picture on pinterest.com showing colorful crayons melted into heart molds. I instantly loved it! I have old crayons, I have a silicone heart mold, I have some paper! I can do this! So, The Boy and I sat on the couch and unwrapped and broke the crayons while we watched Finding Bigfoot.  It’s is great mother-son bonding time!

I cut the crayons into smaller pieces with the kitchen scissors and put a variety of colors in the molds.

I put them in the microwave for 10 minutes at 80% power. I checked them every 2 minutes.

I took them out and using a toothpick gently stirred to create a swirl designs. Let cool and attached to cardstock that says “Have A Great Valentine’s Day, For Crayon Out Loud!”.  Hand print it or I zipped them through the printer.

I’m sure his class will love it!  I have a pumpkin mold, too!  Guess what I’ll be giving for Halloween!  I bet candy molds would work too! Hummmm!

I believe I have tracked the original idea back to this blog:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341cadf753ef01053721d74a970b

Go visit her, super cute stuff!

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Al’s Meatball Sub Sandwiches: We are talking man food deluxe, here!

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Last night my good friend Al called me and asked if our family would like to join theirs for meatball subs. Of course!  So, I took this opportunity to capture her recipe in pictures. The Meatball Subs were awesome!  Totally filling and tasty!  We have big, strapping, hungry husbands and three boys and each was totally filled by one sandwich!

Ingredients:

2 pounds of ground beef

1/3 cup parmesan or mozzarella cheese

2 eggs

1 Tablespoon garlic

1 teaspoon parsley flakes

2 Tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

2 cans spaghetti sauce

8 white sub rolls

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine beef, cheese, eggs, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.    

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  1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat.                       20120212-173924.jpg
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  7. Place 3-4 meatballs in each sub roll and add a little more spaghetti sauce and top with more cheese.                                                             
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Thanks to Al for letting me look over her shoulder and share her great Meatball Sub’s!  Smooches!

Lemony Goodness Lemon Meringue Pie (and I dressed it up for Valentines Day)

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Graham Cracker Crust:

Feel free to buy a prepared one from the baking aisle of the grocery store! I won’t tell.  But, here is the recipe anyway…  I used a nilla wafer crust one also and I liked the graham cracker one much better! 

1- 1/2 cups of finely ground graham crackers

1/3 cup sugar

6 Tablespoons butter

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter.

3. Bake for 7-8 minutes

4. Let cool

 

Filling

1 (15 oz.) can Sweetened Condenced Milk (Eagle Brand Milk)

1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

2 egg Yolks

1 teaspoon greated lemon zest

Directions

1. Reduce oven temperature to 325.

2. In medium bowl, blend sweetened condenced milk, lemon juice, lemon peel and yolks, until thickened.

3. Pour into pie shell

NOTE: Notice the recipe says egg yolks only!  Humm… this means you must separate the egg white from the egg yolks.  Here’s how I do it: have two small bowls ready.  Have one small bowl under my hands.  I crack the egg, leave the shells in my hands and juggle the yolk back and fourth between the shells.  The whites fall into the bowl below and the yolk is left in the shell.  Put the yolk in the additional bowl and discard of your eggs.  If making meringue, NEVER, NEVER get yolk into your whites, it will not work, EVER.  I had to throw away my whites yesterday, because I was trying to get a picture and juggle at the same time.  It was not pretty! 

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Meringue:

4 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar

Optional food coloring (go ahead, it’s pretty fun!)

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whip egg whites and the cream of tartar, until soft peaks form.

 

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NOTE: Above is a picture of soft peeks in meringue.  Dip your finger or spoon or knife in the meringue and pull straight up and the peak will bend easily and look mushy. 

2. Gradually add sugar and food coloring if you choose, whip until stiff peaks form.

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These are beautiful stiff peaks, if I do say so myself!  I have never made a colorful meringue before and I absolutely love it.  I may never make a plain white meringue again! 

3. Pile onto lemon filling, spread to outside edge to seal.  Then make the top how you like it.  I like spiky tops on my pies! 

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4. Bake at 325 until peaks are golden brown, about 15 minutes

5. Cool.

6. To store, cover and refrigerate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mrs. Langley Little Tot Napper’s Free Pattern

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Mrs. Langley’s Little Tot Nappers is a great little necessity to take on your little one’s first day of school. It features an attached pillow and blanket for easy keeping. Notice the blanket is larger than the pad. This allows the blanket to fully cover the child for maximum comfort. The pillow flips up or down to accommodate a growing/taller child. I made this when my child was 3 and went to preschool and to this very day he will pull it out and lay in the living room floor to watch a movie. He’s eight now. We have got a few miles out of it! Check out the photos below!

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