My Backup Meal

So we went shopping for a few things because I decided we were going to have one of my fall back meals. Originally it was a recipe from Pampered Chef from about 15 years ago but I have added and changed so I’m going to call it my recipe. It was my broccoli ring. I usually more or less double the recipe because I make a large ring or have left over filling for a salad the next day, which is also good.
Here’s the recipe:
3 medium heads of broccoli, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
6 radishes, sliced and cut into sticks
1/2 onion, diced
8 oz chopped ham (ham slices {lunch meat}cut into squares or like ham steak cut into cubes)
8 oz Swiss cheese, grated
2 canned crescent rolls.
(any hard/semi-hard vegetable works in this recipe but the standards are broccoli, carrots and onion. I’ve added bell pepper, zucchini. I usually use what veggies I have on hand to help use them up.)

There are two ways to make this recipe as I have done it. As the vegetables cook, they start to release moisture that causes the crescent rolls to get soggy. Here are my solutions to that, thus the two ways to make this recipe.

1st way) In a microwave save bowl to hold all the cut veggies, microwave the veggies for about 5 minutes or until you can see that they’ve started to cook/shrivel some. Stir a few times during the cooking time. Get a plate to cover the bowl enough that you can drain the moisture or dump the veggies into a strainer. Put the veggies back in the bowl or a new bowl and add the cheese and ham. Toss to mix. Remember it’s going to be hot.*Go to assembly.*

2nd way)*Go to assembly then come here* Take 1-2 sheets of paper towel and fold them into at least a 2inch X 3inch rectangle. Fill and close the ring. Place the paper towel in the center of the ring and place the stone or cookie sheet in the oven.


Assembly:
Turn oven on to 350ºF. In a large bowl, add all the chopped vegetables, cheese and ham. Mix by hand or large spoon. I use my hand because I can break up the cheese easier. On a baking stone or cookie sheet, lay out the crescent roll triangles into an elongated ring overlapping the base of each triangle( the base should be on the inside of the ring and the point tip of the triangle should be pointing away from the ring. Use a cooking spoon, your hand, or a medal measuring cup and scope the veggie mix onto the crescent ring and pack the filling down to secure it. Then pull up the tips of the triangles inward and pinch together with the bases of the triangles. Bake about 15-20 minutes – until the crescents are golden brown and testing the loose vegetable is tender but crisp. Cool for about 5 minutes and cut and eat.

I’ll add pictures later because I did have enough filling for a second ring or salad.
Again, I usually double the recipe because I love this recipe and love having extra around for leftovers.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Let me know if you make it and how it worked for you.

Casserole hunting for dinnertime

So It’s about 530pm and I ask my husband what he wants for dinner. I had made a pasta, leftover chicken and peas casserole the other night because I needed to use up the chicken to make room for our frozen turkey we’re trying to defrost to make room in our chest freezer. His reply was something along the lines of another casserole because I can eat it at any time until it’s done and I don’t have to worry about what to eat because it’s already made and I just have to heat it up.
So me being the recipe collector I am, I set forth to find about 30 casserole recipes so I can see what’s in them and how many items I already have and what I need to go buy.
Pinterest is a wonderful thing. You look for the pins that have over a 1000 repins and start pinning yourself. Now besides the fact that I have about 80 different cookbooks, not all of them contain casserole recipes and truly are worthy of making.
So now it’s up to me for the next 10 minutes to review the pins I have and narrow it down to about 3 I can make in the next hour for dinner. We’ll see what happens and I’ll do a follow up on what I made and how it was/worthy of sharing.

starting to exercise slowly


So I’ve come to the conclusion(long time ago but keeps popping up in my head) that I need to get healthy and fit. I’ve bought several exercise DVDs and ended up doing them once and that was it. I figured out I stopped doing the videos because they started all exercising at a level 8 of intensity so by the next 2-3 days, that body part or whole body was in so much pain that trying to do the video again made the pain all that much worse.

My idea that I’ve come up with is to start at a 2 or 3 in the fitness level so I can have just enough exercise to know I ACTUALLY did work out but not in the pain that says “DON’T DO THAT AGAIN!” I want to be able to move the next day but still feel a little bit that I workout. I don’t want the jelly-legs feeling when you do more than enough and you just have to use something to keep standing and your legs bending from not having the strength to stand anymore.

I started this about a week ago. I plan on doing 1-2 video(s) a day depending on the length and intensity. Some of the videos are very intense but I just do what I can and take the break/rest when I need it and ignore the video or pause it. I’m not going to follow it to the point I’m going to fall over.I’m going at MY PACE, not theirs. That’s where my difference is. When I get to the point I can do the whole video without the rests/breaks, I’ll be happy and move to the next step. I need the flexibility I had in high school. It’s bad when I go to stretch my legs and I can only touch my shin instead of my toes or ankle.

My goal, besides to lose weight, is to be able to touch my toes again with less effort than now. I want to get tone or I should say I want the lines of definition of muscle.


Here’s what I’ve done so far.(I’ll post the links to the youtube video if I can find one for what I’m doing.)

Day 1- buns and thighs = Winsor Pilates (20 minutes )

Day 2- Winsor Pilates Ab Sculping (20 minutes)

Day 3- SparkPeople’s Butt Blasting Workout (6 minutes)

Day 3 -video 2 = Sparkpeople 10 minute cardio kickboxing workout

day 4- Jillian Michaels 30 day shred:Level 1

Day 5- 9-Minute Arms and Shoulders Sculpting Workout (with Dumbbells)

Day 6 -Sparkpeople Lower body (hips, glutes& Thigh)workout (6 minutes) & (see day 3)sparkpeople 10 minute cardio kickboxing workout

day 7- Resting but still active -diet.com-Free Flexibility Video: 5-Minute Stretch Routine

day 7-video 2 = 5-Minute Flexibility Yoga Routine – The Yoga Solution With Tara Stiles

I looking for these videos, I came across yoga for doing the splits, so I’m going to add this mixed in on some days. I definitely can not do the splits but it is also a little goal I have for exercising.
Yoga to do the Splits

Crochet Block #2

Here is block #2 to crochet.
I’ll post the written pattern in a day or two if you can’t make out the chart.
I think I may make several categories for these blocks. So far the first 2 blocks are of a lacy fan look so these are part of the lacy fan block series. Once I figure out the next category, We’ll start that block category so we will have a whole different type of blanket.

lacy block

block # 2

*Again, these blocks are found free online somewhere. I’m not creating then. *
Onwards and crochet!

make your own crochet chart/patterns with download

So I stumbled across a pin on pinterest that was a link to a link for a download for a program to make your own crochet pattern charts. I eventually found it and downloaded it and except for being in another language, it is really good.I just played around a bit and figured out more or less what the essences of the program.

http://www.4shared.com/get/8uy_niLc/MyCrochet.html  

This is a screen print of the program,and an example of making a pattern.

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Also here is a youtube video in Portuguese but turn the captions on and read along with watching what she does. I’m so stoked about finding this. I could never get my charts to look good enough like a printed chart. This is going to help like crazy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czGGgcR_SFg

Hope this helps you all as much as I hope it helps me!