Sunday, October 26, 2014

Back To Cooking Leftovers On Purpose!





After adventure and life changes, I'm ready to get back to blogging.

In late 2011 I stopped blogging when I made a life change and closed our home child care after 13 years.  It was bittersweet as I miss the families I served, but 13 years of changing diapers is enough for anyone!

During the hiatus, we traveled, then settled back in Arizona.  I worked for a movie theatre, as presenter of assembly programs at schools, cleaning houses, and am currently working for a growing water filtration company, PB&J Water, as an office manager (and blogger).  I love my job and my co workers.  I have also added "Grammy Pammy" as a new title and am proud of it.

Over the past three years, I have flirted with writing blogs and have longed to get back to it.  It wasn't until I recently made some technical, behind the scenes changes to my websites and blogs that made me miss regular blogging.  I am now ready to make the commitment to blog on a regular basis.  Although posts may not occur quite as often as before, it will be regularly.

I am still cooking ahead, I never stopped.  After a busy day at work, I love coming home to a meal that is ready to heat up.  I rarely cook on a daily basis, just heat a prepared meal.  Cooking for just my husband and me is a much different process than cooking for children in the child care, dogs, and myself, but I'm using the same idea and it's such a blessing.

Get ready for more ideas and inspiration (I hope!), because I'm back to blogging and COOKING LEFTOVERS ON PURPOSE!


Pamm

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Weekend Cooking

It has been two months of traveling and staying with others.  After finally moving into our own apartment, I'm back to cooking ahead.  Without cooking for toddlers, I have to remember not to cook so much at once.  I feel like I did a mini-session, but actually have several meals.


Hamburger meat for spaghetti.
I browned hamburger with some minced onion and garlic powder.  I put it in a container and in the freezer.  I'll defrost it and add it to spaghetti sauce.



Turkey Burgers
I mixed ground turkey, cracker crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and minced onion.  I made patties and fried them in a pan.  I got 11 patties out of two pounds of ground turkey.



Tangy Sweet Potatoes
I followed the link recipe, except I used the juice of two small lemons instead of the juice from the mandarin oranges.

I have turkey burgers for lunches made, yummy sweet potatoes, and meat ready for spaghetti.  It feels good to have some ready-made meals again.


Pamm


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Easy Peach Cobbler

I love this recipe!  It's so easy!

1 large can (or 2 small cans) of sliced peaches
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter

Dump the peaches into a 9x13" pan.  Pour the cake mix evenly over the top.  Dot with butter.


Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I didn't get a picture of the finished cobbler, it was eaten so quickly!  It's delicious!

I've heard of people doing this with other canned fruit such as apricots.  I've never tried it, but I plan to some day.


Pamm


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Got A Lot Of Turkey?

Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving with a beautiful bird.  Ours was wonderful.


We have a lot of turkey left over.  What to do with all that turkey?  Here are three easy ideas:

Turkey Spaghetti
Prepare 1 pound pasta (your choice of the shape).  Drain and return to pan.  Add 2 cans cream of chicken soup and  1 to 2 cups cut into bite sized pieces.  Mix well and heat through.

Turkey and Biscuits
In a large skillet, combine 1 can chicken broth, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Add 1-2 cups turkey cut into bite sized pieces and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, until bubbly.  Place refrigerator biscuits (2 10.8 oz cans, or I make homemade ones) evenly over top.  Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon paprika and simmer uncovered 10-12 minutes or until broth is slightly thickened.

Fried Rice
Cook and stir 2/3 cup uncooked rice and 1 medium, chopped onion in 2 tablespoons hot oil until rice is golden brown and onion is tender.  Stir in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 1 tablespoon beef or chicken soup base, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 to 2 cups cooked, diced turkey.  Heat to boiling.  Lower heat, cover tightly, and simmer for 15 minutes without removing lid.  Remove from heat and fluff with fork.  Cover and let stand for an additional 10 minutes.  Serve or freeze.

Those three recipes I have made over and over through the years.


Pamm

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Double Duty


This is the top of my mini crock pot.


I discovered for items like pancakes, cheese & sausage biscuits and other things that don't need to be directly in a crock pot for heating, I can put on top, covered with a bowl to trap heat.  I have the vegetables of the day in the crock pot, warming.


Pamm


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin & Oatmeal Pancakes

Remember my pumpkin pancakes?  Well I had to use up the rest of the pumpkin and the rest of the box of pancake mix.  When I did that, roughly doubling the recipe, it came out too thin.  I had to add something to thicken it up.  I just so happened to have about 2 cups of quick oats that needed to be used up.  I mixed it in and it was just what it needed to thicken up.

I cooked just like I described in the original recipe.  They came out very good with added texture and nutrition.  It was a good mistake.




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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweet & Sour Rice

I had made some basic meatballs for Sweet & Sour Meatballs.  They were just sitting in the freezer waiting for something to go with it so I made up some Sweet & Sour Rice.

I didn't measure anything, I didn't even look at a recipe--yikes!  I mixed up:
pineapple tidbits and juice (the whole can)
garlic power
onion power
ground ginger
soy sauce
apple cider vinegar
minced garlic
minced ginger
brown sugar

I kept adding things and tasting until it tasted right.

I made several cups of Jasmine rice in my rice cooker.  I Put a serving of rice with some sweet and sour sauce, into a container then into the freezer.  To heat, I put in some of the meatballs, then a container of rice and sauce into my mini crock pot and heat for 2-3 hours.

I think I need to trust myself more and cook without recipes.  Maybe we all need to try it once in a while.


Pamm


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