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Experiment: Muffin Tin Monday

Experiment Taken From: Notebook Entry 08.21.08

Materials Needed: Any delicious and/or nutritious foods for your little one to pick, dip, or dunk. I took this idea from Megret’s beautiful Muffin Tin Monday posts. My tin contains: bologna triangles, wheat thins (x2), baby carrots, cheese squares, and apple sauce.

Results: To be honest, I used to do this a LOT with my older daughter. It is a perfect food solution for picky toddlers. Little ones graze as they please on little bits of toddler-sized food. It’s perfect for introducing a little bit of a new food, or limiting an unhealthy favorite to a tiny toddler-sized portion. There are also lots of choices for those exercising their new-found desire to make decisions.

Conclusion: I need to do this more often to break out of the peanut butter sandwich rut. This also would translate easily into a school-aged “bento lunchbox.” Thanks, Megret and Amy, for the beautiful reminders.

Readers, quick, go pick something from Amy’s notebook and document it on your blog. She’s giving away a flip video camera tomorrow. If your man is a gadget loving freak like mine, he will thank you.


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Gayle of Grace4Gayle and Grocery Cart Challenge is hosting a recipe swap. This week’s edition is all about cheap dinner recipes.

If you haven’t been over, you should go check out her blog. She is a real frugal self-starter. I love all her creative “recipes” for things we don’t necessarily need to buy. She really challenges me to think outside my frugal box.

This is one of my mom’s very few “signature” recipes. We had it all the time when I was a child, and I HATED it — mostly because I was convinced I hated tuna fish. And my mom insisted on putting raw onions in this recipe, which crunched when I bit into them and squirted tangy onion juice into the nether regions of my mouth. (But I’m not high maintenance or a whiner…I know I’m really sellin’ it.)

The good news is, now I love this recipe. It makes me so nostalgic for my childhood. This has always been “the one” recipe I turn to when we have nothing else. I keep a can of tuna on hand just for such an occasion. And I have made a very few minor OCD modifications to the recipe, which of course make ALL the difference. I will admit, my children are not particularly fond of this casserole, which is why I dubbed it “Mermaid Casserole” in an effort to make it more appealing. Because clearly, this is what mermaids eat. I’m sure my kids will look back with fondness on this recipe, when they are old like me and force feeding it to their kids.

1 c. hot milk
2 T butter, melted
1 c. shredded cheese
1 c. bread crumbs
1 egg
1 T onion, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
dash pepper
1 can tuna
4 oz cooked noodles

This is a mix and bake kind of casserole. It bakes at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I usually either saute the onion or throw it in a pan with the milk and butter to soften and soak up their flavor. I also add the salt and pepper to the milk and melted butter so things are distributed more evenly throughout the casserole. My mom used to leave big hunks of tuna here and there, so I am also pretty anal about mixing everything evenly throughout. At our house, this was always served with tiny peas, so I just go ahead and mix them into the casserole now. And my husband has added his signature touch of baby biscuits baked on top. This dish is excellent served with potato chips, which also increases the kid friendly factor exponentially. I like to load each bite on top of a chip…salty heaven.

Enjoy, thrifty friends.

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My daughter thinks she doesn’t like spaghetti with marinara sauce on it.

She loves pizza.

So last Monday, I took great pleasure in watching her eat this…


Oh yes! Spaghetti disguised as pizza! It’s the little things really.

I used this recipe and this recipe. I liked the presentation of the Kraft foods recipe since it officially looks like pizza. I added the milk and extra sauce from the allrecipes recipe since the Kraft commenter said hers turned out a little dry. I topped mine with 1/2 pepperoni and 1/2 green pepper. Both my kids ate it, which I consider a miracle since they are currently averse to casseroles.

Have you tried this? What’s your recipe? Got any other favorite kid pleasing recipes?

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I had seen this beautiful button around the blogosphere, but just realized I better get in gear if I want to share the culinary joy. I am the lucky blogger who gets to go to Fried Okra‘s for Thanksgiving. I know, you are all jealous. She is preparing the big guns, but I’ll be adding the sweet potato casserole (recipe below) and the corn pie (I see lots of recipes for that have already been shared). Corn pie is a new holiday fave of mine. Try it! This is my mother-in-law‘s recipe for sweet potato casserole. It is delicious, as is every recipe of hers. (Jedi skills) Enjoy.

3 c. mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/3 stick butter
1 t. vanilla

Mix all of the above together and put it in a large casserole.


1 c. light brown sugar
1 c. chopped pecans
1/3 stick butter
1/3 c. flour

Mix together and spread on top of potatoes.

Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

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What’s Cookin’

End of summer–Football’s on the TV, happy children are playing outside, and the smell of my mother-in-law‘s Super Chicken fills the house. (She’s not actually here. She just supplies me with all my best recipes). She definitely has Jedi skills in the kitchen. Everyone loves this dish.

2 lb. chicken breast
2 cans cream chicken soup
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 c. chopped celery
1 sm. onion, chopped
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. Worcestershire

Mix and bake uncovered at 350 degrees 1 hr. 15 minutes. Can add butter slices during last 15 minutes.

I’m serving it with Jasmine rice and wax beans.

We’re going to enjoy some late summer family time and ride to the local DQ after dinner for some dessert. That’s good living.

Hope you are enjoying your Sabbath.

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We’re having comp’ny for dinner tonight. We decided to go with one of our favorite exotic and easy menus. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can do it to.

We are serving:


Bulgogi (Korean spiced beef) in lettuce wraps
Jasmine rice
Sauteed Zucchini ‘n onions

And Vanilla ice cream topped with South Carolina peaches

Easy, simple, delicious. We buy Bulgogi from Trader Joe’s, but hubs says next time he wants to try making his own.

On a sadder note, Blackie is officially “gone.” I suggested we bury him in the backyard, but I think we are going to donate him to some lucky charitable organization. We have a lead on a used Honda Odyssey we might purchase; still not entirely sure of Ellie Mae’s future.

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There’s a batch of our favorite hot dog chili on the stove, since you can’t BUY good hot dog chili in the state of Illinois. (We eat our dogs with chili and slaw where I’m from, and I consider it to be a little slice of heaven. This chili is also good on a burger, especially a cheeseburger, which turns it into what’s known as a chili cheese.)

We are headed over to my bloggity friend, Megan‘s this afternoon for an extended 4th of July Feast. If you read her blog, you will of course note that her menu plan is no longer accurate.

Before she was my bloggity friend, she was my college roommate by God’s grace, and I thank him for it. Without Megan, there would be no bloginmyeye, as she blazed the trail as my bloggy role model with her sweet and tender documentation of the evolution of the family [last name omitted]. (See, she taught me about things like that.)

Just look at what sweetness awaits me there. Love you, friends.

~Phil. 1:3

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