Beat the Freeze!

It got c-c-c-cold late this afternoon as we all ran out to beat the freeze!  After watching our fledgling garden produce lots of goodies this summer, we hated to lose anything tonight to the impending frosty temps (thanks for the heads up, neighbor John!)… so out we went to gather the last of the goods.

 

Looks like I’ll be busy chopping and freezing peppers tomorrow!

Before the cold wind hit… what a beautiful weekend!  I ditched our soup plans yesterday (I can’t do soup when it’s sunny and 70 degrees out!) in favor of this Texas Cowboy’s Pie from $5 Dinners.  It turned out great, and I’m glad to have another use for leftover roastbeef to add to my repertoire.   

Here are our menu plans for this week:

Sunday, 10/26

Weeknight Suppers

  • tuna casserole, green beans, homemade applesauce
  • potato soup, cream cheese apple muffins
  • baked round steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and green beans
  • Game night!  Yes, on Thursday… if we win, we go to the playoffs for the first time in, well… forever, I think!  (This is just our third year in Tiny Town.)  So, probably sandwiches and snacks for the road.   

Friday, 10/31 

I normally don’t plan three meals for Friday, but school is out and everyone’s home and it’s Halloween, so…

  • pumpkin pancakes (based on this recipe, but with a real egg  😉 (with chocolate chip jack-o-lantern faces designed by my sous chefs), bacon, scrambled eggs
  • homemade pizza, again with a Halloween design (think pepperoni and peppers and mushrooms) by the littles
  • fifteen-bean soup with ham, which will be simmering in the crockpot while we make our afternoon trick-or-treating rounds to the grandparents and great grandparents (how grateful I am that we live close enough to do that!), cornbread muffins, and a sampling of varied candy goodness for dessert

Saturday, 11/1   AAACCCKKK!!!  November!?!?

  • ham and cheese omelets, muffins
  • clean out the fridge
  • spaghetti, corn, breadsticks
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Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

** Update for Friday:  Hi, Grocery Cart Challenge visitors!  I’ve got THREE recipes for you this week.  All the rest of you, head over to the grocery cart challenge for homemade maple syrup and other yummy recipes!

Since I seem to be all about recipes this week (have you checked out my pretty pizza braid or my yummy chocolate chip cheesecake?) I thought I’d stick with what’s working, and link up with Life as Mom.  FishMama’s weekly recipe swap is on, and the theme this week is quite seasonally appropriate… all about pumpkins! 

In the interest of time, I’ll share a link to a new pumpkin recipe I discovered on Allrecipes.com when I was cleaning out my fridge and pantry over the summer.  I love the feature where you type in random ingredients and they search for a recipe based on what you have.  Needing to use up 1/2 a can of pumpkin and 1/2 a bag of butterscotch chips in my pantry,  I entered those two items and voila… 

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

I made regular-sized muffins, and substituted some wheat flour for white, but other than that  I stuck to the recipe as written.  The rich pumpkin and butterscotch flavors blend together beautifully.  Try them!

Find a purpose for your pumpkins over at Life as Mom!

Soup’s On! Taco Soup

Life as Mom is hosting a soup recipe swap today.  Taco soup is my contribution.  We love this stuff!  It’s a snap to throw together in the morning and smells so good simmering in the crock pot all day.  Oh, and it’s healthy! 

Taco Soup

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans – no need to rinse
  • 1 (16 oz.) can corn – don’t drain
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies)
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning

Brown the ground beef and onion.  Mix together with all other ingredients.  Simmer at least 1 hour, or all day in the crock pot!  I like it best served with cheese, sour cream, and corn chips on top.  So much for my healthy soup!

Head on over to Life as Mom for more soup recipes.  Add one of your own!

Fall Recipe Swap

If you’re as excited about fall as I am, and the yummy food that it brings, head on over to Life as Mom and check out the Fall Recipe Swap!  You can share your favorite recipe, and try out some new ones.  Fun!