Sunday, April 4, 2010

Extra Meal Ready

A friend of mine told me a great idea the other day
that she had read in a magazine. She had read to
always keep a main dish frozen and ready to deliver
in case of a death, birth, illness, etc.
I usually have some meals fixed and in the freezer
for us to eat but now I have added 1 dish that is
"to go" ready should the need arise. If I don't have to
use it in the next few months then we'll eat it and I'll
make another one to keep in the "just incase someone is
in need" dish. I always right the ingredients and directions
on the foil lid so whomever receives it knows exactly what is.
Don't know why had never thought of doing this before. Thank
goodness for helpful hints in magazines.

Happy Easter

I love Easter! I love all holidays but the promise that comes with
Easter is the greatest gift of all. This in one of our family traditions!
We have made resurrection rolls twice in the past few days.
Such a great way for the kids to help and to hear and continue
to learn the real meaning of Easter. Hope you'll try them!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cooking Ahead

Here are the things I cooked up to keep on hand. This saves so much time
and money. Hope you find something you would like to try!

Make Ahead Breakfast
1 lb sausage (cook & drain)
2 slices of bread
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
2 c milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard

Break bread into 1/2 inch pieces and spread in a dish that has been buttered. (9x13)
Top with the sausage and cheese. Beat eggs and combine with milk & seasoning. Pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate (or freeze) overnight. Bake for 30-40 min. @ 350 when you are ready to eat it.
*I usually take this to new mothers or church when it's our turn to bring snacks since it's easy and is supposed to be made ahead.

E-Z Chicken Casserole
1 lb chicken ( about 4 breasts) cooked and cut up
1 can Cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
Poppy Seeds
1 stick melted butter
1 sleeve or Ritz crackers

Place chicken in a baking dish. Add soup and sour cream. Stir. Add poppy seeds-I just sprinkle some in--maybe about 1 tsp. Crush up the sleeve of crackers and mix with melted butter. Pour over top and bake @350 for 30 min.
*To freeze, skip the crackers & butter until you are going to bake it. This is super yummy and easy to make ahead.

Veg-All Casserole
2 cans Veg All (or any mixed veggies)
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 c mayonaise
1 c crushed Ritz crackers
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 small onion minced
1/2 stick butter

Mix everything except crackers and place in baking dish. Place cracker crumbs on top and drizzle with butter. Bake for 30 min @ 350.
*If you are freezing, save the crackers & butter off and add when you cook.

These are just a few of the things I made. Sorry there are not pictures. I assure you they are