Saturday, January 17, 2009

Basketball and Baking... (Updated)

Reece is really enjoying basketball this year. It is amazing the difference between year 1 and year 2 of sports. Last year, we wanted to cry because he couldn't even dribble. It was painful to watch (so was soccer this year). But now, he gets better and better every week.
Daddy is the crippled coach. His arm is healing slowly but surely.
Reece has a friend on the team that he loves. They laugh the whole game while guarding each other.

We didn't sign Bubba up this year because we didn't think he was ready. That was probably a mistake. He subs when they need an extra player. Here he is playing with his paper airplane on the sidelines having the best time.

I love Upward Sports. You should find an Upward program and get your kids signed up. It is wonderful.

AMAZING mom of 7!! Answers all of my questions about homeschooling. What a blessing she is!

I have started baking like a maniac since Tim broke his arm. I think it is nervous energy or maybe I am doing what I would want someone to do for me if I had broken my arm. I want the house to smell good and feel cozy... so I bake, and bake and bake.

My beautiful friend got me this adorable apron with my initials on it for my birthday. It makes baking even more fun!!

I really miss my 'dishwasher'. I can't wait until HE is back. Tim can wash a mountain of dishes and stack them perfectly in 5 minutes.

No Bake Fudge Cookies and Cinnamon Chip Sour Cream Cake!

I never cease to burn my tongue when I make these because I don't have enough patience and self-control to wait until they are cool.

I made 2 meatloafs, 2 corn casseroles, 2 salads, tons of mashed potatoes, cookies, 2 cakes and beef stew today. I put the beef stew in the crock pot this morning but all of the others I made during Lake's nap! It was a race against the clock!
Then, we had the fun pleasure of delivering the food to 3 families.
Tim said we were Meals on Wheels.

Another recipe you HAVE to make!!! This is tried and true. I could make it in my sleep.
It was my great grandmother's recipe.

Corn Casserole
1 14.5-16 ounce can creamed style corn
2 eggs, beaten well
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
1 stick butter, melted
1 81/2 ounce box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Combine eggs, sour cream, & butter. Add mixture to corn. Add muffin mix.
Combine well and place in 8-9 inch casserole dish.
(The picture shows a doubled recipe. I usually use a round pie dish)
Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. I take mine out when it barely starts to brown around
the edges.

Beef Stew
1 lb stew meat
2 potatoes divided
4-5 carrots
1-2 celery stalks
1 onion peeled and cut
2 cloves garlic
1/2 envelope onion soup mix
Place ingredients in crock pot and add 2 cups water.
Cook on high 6-8 hrs. Add can of cream of mushroom soup and some frozen peas (if you like them) an hour before serving. I doubled it as usual.
The Cinnamon Chip Sour Cream Cake is tricky because Cinnamon Chips are so hard to find! They used to have them at Wal-Mart but now I can only find them on Ebay for $25 a pack. Tim's mom knows where they are in Michigan but I am down to my last bag.
So, that recipe would only be frustrating. If you see Hershey's Cinnamon Chips somewhere, TELL ME!!


Trinity said...

Wow! No wonder you didn't need me to bring dinner out to you!

Jill said...

okay here is an addition to your wonderful corn casserole... it comes from living in South America for two years.

Add 1/2 diced onion, cheese ( a strong white one) and lay jalpenos on the top few or plenty, and then eat it up!

It is a nice change....but I know it is hard to mess with perfection!

Andrew and Carter's Mom said...

Okay, I was gonna call you last night but didn't want Chad to hear me. If I don't learn to cook like you, he husband's going to leave me! We ate your stew and he said "man, that girl can cook"!! It was so good as was the corn pudding. I felt like I was eating cake and Chad said he's never had cornbread that wasn't dried out!! We devoured the cookies and cinnamon loaf. He took one bite and yelled "wow this is better than Starbucks" she could be charging $5 a slice for this stuff, you need to get her recipes". So I will be needing the stew recipe if you don't mind, I was excited to see the other one already on here this morning! I was too full to even get to the sorbet! Funny that you brought it because I've been craving mangos! Are you sure you want to be my friend? I'm not nearly as nice as you and your meals on wheels program, you do way too much for me!! Thank you Thank you Thank you! I love having a friend that bakes!!

Lynné said...

Umm, can I be your friend so you will bake for me? Just kidding but MAN - everything looks scrumptious!

jord,ali,hal,kam and grae too! said...

I want the beef stew!!!! :-) We salivated over the BBQ beef!!!

LeslieTummel said...

how 'bout the cinnamon chip cake recipe too? (and I also vote for posting the beef stew) It was great to see you guys this morning. I'm glad Tim is starting to feel better. Look for my post about Josh falling through the ceiling. :) p.s. I always burn my tongue on no-bake cookies too! I LOVE those things!

gillian said...

how 'bout the recipe for the cookies and cake!?!?!

Tara said...

Yum - I'm gonna try your beef stew recipe.

The Pumphrey's said...

I have made almost every recipe you have posted this past year and they have all been FABULOUS! (Esp the BBQ - my husband actually said it was the best homeade BBQ he had eaten and that's saying a lot!) Thanks - I love them!