Verse On The Wall

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him...

2 Chronicles 16:9

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

White Pizza Sauce

I have been making homemade pizzas for lunch lately. Usually I just use a jar of spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. One day I decided a white pizza sounded really good and I came across this easy recipe for the sauce. It was great and very simple. I also topped it with some chicken breast and mushrooms. I only had string cheese stick so I just sliced 2 sticks and placed it around the pizza it turned out wonderfully.

White Pizza Sauce
enough for 2 pizzas
can also use on pasta

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 garlic clove minced (I keep a jar of minced garlic in my fridge)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced (I used dried)
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese (I just used Parmesan since that is what I had on hand)

Heat butter in small saucepan. Add flour and stir until thoroughly mixed. Slowly whisk in milk, adding gradually. Stir in remaining ingredients. Will thicken upon standing.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nacho Bean Soup & Quiche in a Bag

We currently have a French exchange student and it is going well but I have been off my normal routine. I made these last week and having meaning to share them with you. It was the first time I made the soup and it turned out really good, I will be making it again. Alex also like to help me make it by dumping the cans into the pot.

The quiche recipe is very simple and a great way to use up extra ham.
Nacho Bean Soup

2 cans Great Northen beans (white beans), drained and rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce ( I used two small cans)
3/4 cup canned diced green chiles (I used 1 medium can)
3 cups water
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 ounces Dorritos, crushed

Combine all ingredients except chips in large saucepan with tight fitting lid. Over med-high heat bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes or until onion is tender. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with the crushed chips. Good with some corn muffins.

Quiche in a Bag
(Freezer Recipe)
3/4 cup chopped ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1/8 teaspoon or a dash of Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Add chopped ham and cheese in a freezer ziploc bag. In a blender add milk, eggs, tabasco, flour and baking powder and mix well. Pour into bag with ham and cheese. Seal and label bag getting as much air out as posible. Freeze
To Serve: Thaw in bag. Shake bag well and pour into a greased deep dish pie plate or 8x8 dish. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until lightly brown and well set in the center. Cool about 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Changing Winds

I feel the winds are changing right now in my life. Like in Mary Poppins that means changes are coming. One of the first changes that I sense is that all of the kids are getting big enough to move into their bigger car seats. That means no more double snap and go and basically the way I am able to go shopping with everyone. Loading and unloading everyone and everything in the car is also going to get more complicated. Hopefully I will find a new "grove" relatively soon in this regard. Good news is at least Luke is walking and Liz has taken a few more cautious steps this week.

Another change that could be coming is in the area of agility and my dogs. Fritz has had some lameness in December and 1 expert thinks he needs some surgery, and rehab (and a whole lot of money) and he could return to the sport. We are counting the days for our appointment with a bay area specialist and praying that he has a different diagnosis. In the meantime no agility for Fritz. I have started taking Radar to a foundation class just so I get some dog training in. I think I am addicted to it :) He will never be an "agility dog" but foundation training will be good for him and me.

The third change that IS going to happen is that I am going to become more disciplined when it comes to managing my home. I have been able to keep a better handle on the housework as the twins are getting older but there is definitely room for improvement and I would like it to become pretty much a routine. I am rereading a couple of books I have on this subject and will be working on a plan. I will share my journey and tips on this blog. Here are a few bathroom tips that I use (sometimes)

  1. While you are brushing your teeth your other hand can be putting things away in the bathroom or wiping down the counters.
  2. During the kids bath time you can be cleaning the bathroom.

The first thing that I know is that I can not do this by myself. I need God's help in order to go through these changes and especially in managing the house. Isn't it great that the Creator of the universe can help me clean a house!

Okay I think I will introduce Alex to Mary Poppins today.