Archive for April, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Crunch

So…. I have definitely been neglecting my blog lately.  I have a lot going on both physically and mentally… so I am currently making time for some things that really really need me (my kids that are growing up way too fast .. mostly) rather than writing.

On that note….  I just had to share this recipe… with someone… anyone….

My mom got this on a handwritten piece of paper from someone at work and asked me to make it for Easter dinner.  I did… and YUM!

Super easy…. super tasty….. just super.

Pumpkin Pie Crunch

1 can (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin (my MIL takes our Halloween pumpkins, cooks them down, and splits the pumpkin with us… so I used fresh frozen)

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

3 eggs

1 1/4 c sugar

1 tbs pumpkin pie spice ( I didn’t have any… but had three of the four ingredients to it… so I used 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, and 1 tsp nutmeg…..  the fourth is allspice.. but I didn’t have any of that either)

1/2 tsp salt

1 package yellow cake mix

1 c walnuts

3/4 c melted butter

Baking time 50-60 minutes

Heat oven to 350

Grease bottom of pan.  combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, spice and salt.

pour into pan.

sprinkle dry cake mix on top.

top with nuts.

drizzle with melted butter.




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Bathroom- New Green

I finally got some new paint for the bathroom!!!  Yippie!   I thought….

I tried to do it a bit smarter this time and bought three samples.  I got the color I thought I wanted and then the shade lighter and darker.  I ended up picking the shade in the middle…. anyway….

So.. after a very long painting experience (trying to do it all myself while watching three children three and under because hubby had to work late)… and a few other mishaps- falling through and busting the toilet seat.. and my son getting covered in paint….. I got it done all yesterday!

So… this is the before before….. when I decided I wanted green…..

Then the first green… that was sooo mixed wrong.. and then I had them try to fix it… didn’t come out right.  I kept painting hoping it would grow on me, but it didn’t.

And… the new green…. dill….  (color was meant originally to pick up the green in the leaves of the shower curtain….)

(yes… I know the molding isn’t attached and you can see the blue… hubby had to order a new motor for the washer.. so he is leaving the molding off until he is done fixing that.  Hopefully he doesn’t mess up the paint!)

So… I think paint colors look so different depending on the time of day, lighting, where you are.. and then they all look different in photos.  I think I like it.  I definitely like it waaaaay more than that bright neon green.  That is for sure.

And… if you noticed.. the other changes that I made are-

I painted the basket for the tp brown from that light wicker color….

I also painted the clock from the bright blue to the dark brown…

I added some chocolate brown vinyl flowers that I cut with my cricut to the washing machine.  I am not sure about these yet.  I was going to try and add more maybe to make more of a pattern.  I know they are random right now.  I did not do these to just add flowers.  There were these yucky yellow marks on there since we got it five years ago… and then it broke last week and hubby had to use a big grinder to get the screws on the bottom off… which made more marks.  These are covering the marks…. hence… random.

I used to have pics of the two older kids in the tub (important parts not showing.. of course)…. on a pretty brown scrapbook paper in these white frames.  I am not sure if I will put those back up.  (This last pic showing the vinyl is with the old green)

So.. the new color definitely darkened the room up a bit, but it seems more soft and calm.

What do ya think?   About the color…..   the spray painted basket and clock…..   the vinyl on the washer…..   the prints???

Oh.. and I forgot to show ya… This is what happens when you “hop” onto the closed hard plastic toilet seat from the step stool because you thought you heard the front door open and wanted to hurry and make sure no children escaped!!!  The top is in half… the seat is too… if you can tell from the pic… the bolted area is all broken off… and the seat went right over to the left there and put a nice dent in the newly painted wall!!!!   We needed a new seat anyway…..  too bad the hardware store was closed last night when I went to go get one!


And… forgot to say…. I saw on some blog in blogland where the woman had the faucet in the bathroom with two plastic knobs.. she took them off and make new tags to put under there.  One said “hot”.. one said “cold”… then she did funny things… like “happy”  and “easter”… etc….    I think I am going to make a new tag for in here…. and may try to make some sort of vinyl to cover the ugly soap thingy too…….

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Menu Plan 4/11-4/17/11

This week’s menu is based mainly off of things we already have in the stockpile with very little needed at the store.  I may not even go grocery shopping this week- just send the hubby to get the bread, milk, bananas type stuff instead.

It is starting to warm up here in the north country a bit, too, so I will be trying to include some spring/summer grilling and salads type meals in the next few weeks because it makes me feel like I am cheering on the warmer weather.


For this week- (oh.. and one of these meals might be pushed back because I won a free dinner of pizza and wings from the John Hoover Inn in Evans Mills, NY on the radio so we might be trying them out this week.)

Monday-  Tilapia with steamed veggies and brown rice

Tuesday-  Sloppy Joes and coleslaw

Wednesday-  Leftovers

Thursday-  chicken stir fry over brown rice

Friday-  Homemade Pizzas with the kiddos

Saturday-  Roasted Chicken with cauliflower and chick peas (Everyday Food current issue)

Sunday-  Leftovers

Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna

I finally got a chance to run grocery shopping last night (Thanks, Mom!) so I was able to get the one more can of artichoke that I needed for this recipe.  I will make it tonight instead of the planned Monday night on the menu for the week.  I got this recipe out of the April/May 2011 Taste of Home magazine and it looks and sounds super!


(They even give the nutritional info. so that I can plug it in to figure out that one slice (1/12th of the whole thing) is 10 points plus for Weight Watchers!   ouch… but it looks so good!)


Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna Recipe(photo from Taste of Home also)


  • 12 Servings
  • Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing



  • 1 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup chardonnay or other white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup chardonnay or other white wine
  • 9 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided


  • In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the artichokes, wine, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat until liquid is evaporated.
  • For the sauce, in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese and wine.
  • Spread 1 cup sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles, 1-2/3 cups sauce, 1 cup mozzarella and 1-1/3 cups artichoke mixture. Repeat layers twice.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece equals 383 calories, 18 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 751 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.


Pasta e Fagioli

I made this recipe tonight instead of Thursday because I need to get groceries for the Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna that I was supposed to make.  It is a Weight Watchers recipe and turned out really yummy.  It ends up being six points plus for a generous one cup serving.


Pasta e Fagioli


1 Tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion(s), chopped
1 medium carrot(s), chopped
1 stalk(s) (medium) celery, chopped
2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
1/2 pound(s) 90% lean/10% fat raw ground beef
1 tsp chili powder
14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes
4 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 oz uncooked pasta, small shell variety about 1/2 cup
15 1/2 oz canned great northern beans, rinsed and drained
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground


  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder; cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are softened and the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth and pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the pasta is tender and the soup thickens slightly, about 8 minutes. Add the beans and heat though. Remove from the heat, then sprinkle with the cheese and pepper. Yields generous 1 cup per serving.