Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dragging, Nagging and Possum

Wow! Today is already Saturday. The whole week flew by so quickly, I'm still trying to catch my breath. It's funny...I unpacked my suitcase from a week at camp on the first day home...but my 'overnight' bag from this week is still sitting on my bedroom floor with clothes in it. What's up with that? In my defense, today is the FIRST day that I'm able to stay home all day --no trips to town! Wahoo!

Another weird thing. After two weeks of camp where Bex (formerly dd...hey, that's what she wants to be called here...) worked really hard and had to get up early each day, I've had to nearly DRAG her from bed this week and NAG her to get her chores done. That's Me, Miss Drag and Nag! Yet today--a Saturday--when we could both sleep in...she WAKES ME UP! at 8:30 to say "Mom, I'm going down to ride the horses." WHAT??? Could you just leave me a note?

Isn't it amazing how teens can wake themselves, eat breakfast, dress themselves and be ready to leave the house before 9am--without any nagging -- when it's something THEY want to do? Yet, during the week it takes an Act of Congress to get them going. Since we're homeschoolers and we have the entire week to work, weekends have traditionally been fun and play days. I think I'm going to have to take lessons from the Princess Deb on how to get productivity out of my teen on the weekend!

My dilemma today is what to cook for supper tonight and for my Sunday School party tomorrow afternoon. Why such a dilemma? If you remember from my busy Saturday a few weeks ago, my propane stove was on the blink. Well, that was the 12th of July. Today is the 26th. My stove has still not been repaired. Actually, nothing is wrong with the stove/oven. The problem apparently lies with the piece that attaches to the tank--the regulator.

Not really a big deal, but Mr. Fix-It has been...ummm...fixing other people's things...but not ours. (Classic?) His girls were gone the first week (it was out of sight and out of mind); his wife missed a few days of the next week; and he's been...ummm...busy for the past two weeks.

Since I've been home, I've been having to be creative providing supper for my family. Mr. Fix-It is very patient and understanding...especially considering HE is the only one who can fix the problem! (Oops! I'm falling into NAG mode...must stop that!) Breakfast and lunch are generally cold or microwaved (i.e., sandwiches, cereal, leftovers, etc.) -- but we're even realizing that we do miss the occasional cooked egg, boiled egg for tuna, pancake or other such meal which requires the stove or oven for breakfast or lunch.

At this moment, I'm enjoying the aroma of raisin bread in the bread machine. I'm trying a new recipe and really hope it turns out well. If it does, maybe I'll take some to the party. I've used the bread machine over the past few weeks to keep Mr. Fix-It in Egg Bread. This simple recipe makes it easy to keep him happy. He LOVES Egg Bread. Give him a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter and he's got lunch for several days. He's really not hard to please. (Especially when he knows HE is the one who should be fixing the regulator...no nagging, just facts...)

Since eating out isn't an option these days, we've used the grill enough to be tired of hamburgers and a steak or two. If we cook another grilled cheese sandwich on the George Foreman I think I'll scream! The other night, I cooked my friend Jessica's recipe for 'Creamy Italian Possum' in the crockpot. It was good and had enough for a few leftovers. Yesterday at WallyWorld, I bought a container of Lloyd's Barbecue and a bag of buns. So I fed my family (and had leftovers) for $5.38! Come to think of it, maybe I'll make barbecued chicken in the crockpot tonight. But I still don't know WHAT to cook for my Sunday School class party tomorrow?

So what do you think? Any ideas? It would be very embarrassing having to stop at Publix for something to take to a party with other women who are fabulous cooks! What can I make that is either savory or sweet for tomorrow--without a stove or oven? Help me out!




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Kelley said...

Do you have a rice-maker and a crock pot? I have this fabulous, fattening, tasty and incredibly easy recipe for creamy Italian Chicken sauce to go over rice. Put in 1 lb chicken breast (cubed) 1/4 C. Vinegar, 1/4 C. water and one packet of Italian Dressing seasoning mix (that comes in the packets...I buy the big bags of it so it takes around 3 Tbl of the seasoning). Cook for 3 hours and then add half of a package of cream cheese and let cook for one more hour. Oh it's making me hungry just thinking about it:-)

Kelley said...

Oh, I forgot to clarify that you put those ingredients in the crock-pot...just in case that wasn't obvious enough:-)

Meg in Tally said...

That's funny, Kelley! The recipe for the possum was almost identical to that! LOL!! I served it over egg noodles I cooked in the microwave.

Kara said...

Marinate chicken in Italian dressing, then cook chicken on the grill. Make this chicken into chicken salad (mayo, onion, relish, salt & pepper) and it will be the best you've ever had. No stove required.

Kelley said...

That's funny, Meg! Although once I got to our house (without computer or internet) I realized I left out a main ingredient (which may be why you said "almost" like the possum stew:-). Anyway, that ingredient would be a can of cream of chicken soup, added in with the cream cheese. Although sounds like it may be the same recipe, different name. Good stuff...

Kelley said...

I just find it funny that 3 out of 5 comments are from me. So I thought I'd be funny and make it 4 out of 6. Ha! I do enjoy my own sense of humor:-)

mamajil said...

One house we lived in (we buy older homes fix them and move on...)any way in one of our homes we gutted the kitchen and all I had was a microwave...I learned to be very creative...at the moment I am at a total blank and can't recommend anything but I did find you a website with microwave recipes, hope it helps.
www.mealsforyou.com/cgi-bin/recipeGadget?gadget.microwave

Mama Weso said...

Here's an EASY recipe that can be done in oven, microwave of slow cooker. Read slowly or you may not be able to follow these complicated directions. Everywhere we take these they are a hit -- a favorite -- devoured in no time. Cut bacon into 1/3rds. Wrap a piece around a lil' smokey sausage. Put in pan. Cover with brown sugar (sprinkled over) and cook til bacon is cooked (you have to figure that out depending on method you use). Yummy. Not nutritious, but yummy.

Fuschia said...

(I typed this once and it didn't take, sorry if it posts twice)
here's an easy, cold layered Mexican dip to serve over tortilla chips:
1 can refried beans
16 oz. sour cream mixed with 1 packet taco seasoning
shredded lettuce
shredded cheese
diced roma tomatoes
diced yellow pepper
sprinkle on cilantro and sliced black olives

YUMMY!

Fuschia said...

Um...you serve it WITH tortilla chips...not over them :(

Kelsey said...

I love Fuschias recipe! We did something similar the other night!

MamaHenClucks said...

Fuschia's recipe is one of my FAVORITES. I can eat the entire thing!!

I laughed that your stove/oven can be repaired so easily and yet isn't because my oven has been broken for hmmm. .. about six MONTHS. Almost everything I do is in the crockpot. My sweet hubby thinks I should just use the wall oven in the basement instead of buying a new one for the kitchen. I just can't do it.

Before this turns into a novel, thanks for letting me stop by! Love your blog :)