Recipe Review: November 5-9

I have to admit…I had a lot of fun cooking this past week!  I feel so good when I have planned something in advance and it comes together.  Maybe it’s because I’m a little type A, but planning and organizing is fun to me =)  I’m going to include Monday through Friday even if I didn’t cook each day, so you can see what a typical week in our house looks like.  Everyone is different, but you can easily plan for your family if you try.  I’ve also started two new boards on Pinterest.  One for successes and one for things we will not be having again.  You can find those here and here.

So, what did we have last week?  Here’s a breakdown plus a few thoughts I had…
I had several cans of croissants in our refrigerator, so I tried to find things I could use them with.  I’m learning to “shop” my fridge and pantry first before meal planning and shopping so I don’t let something go to waste or spend unnecessarily.

Monday: Carmon’s Taco Croissant
I really like the blog where this recipe was found.  I saw this recipe a couple weeks ago and knew I wanted to make it.  This was a BIG hit in our house!  The taco seasonings plus the buttery croissant was really tasty.  I am becoming a fan of filling a croissant ring with whatever I want and just putting it in the oven for a bit.  It opens the door for so much experimentation!  I served it with On The Boarder tortillas chips (cause they’re the best!) and salsa.  An easy yummy meal!

Tuesday: We ended up going over to our friend’s house and having taco salad this night.

Wednesday: We usually go to church on Wednesday nights, so I try to keep dinner easy.  I opted to try a new crockpot recipe.  I had run across Crockpot Beer Chicken and thought I’d give it a try. It was an easy recipe to follow and didn’t require much prep, but that was about the only thing good about it.  It wasn’t that it tasted bad, but that it didn’t have much of a taste at all.  You would also expect that chicken cooked for about 7 hours in a crockpot would be moist.  The chicken fell apart easily, but it was actually very dry.  I served it with peas and rolls.  Just to make sure, I called my friend who made it the same day and the response was the same.  We both will not be making this again.

Thursday: I was able to go out with a dear friend for dinner this night, so the amazing hubby watched the kids.  I did have some leftovers warmed and ready for him when he got home though.

Friday: I usually don’t cook on Fridays because we are with our church small group.

I’ve now been doing this for a couple weeks and I’m feeling really good about it!  It’s like I can’t wait till I can plan for the next week and see what other yummy recipes I can find and make.  I hope this blog is encouraging to you.  I know we can all use a little encouragement now and then.  I hope I can provide some!

Happy cooking!
~Jess Elaine


Debunking the myth: Once you get married, you become Betty Crocker

Once you get married, you’ll become a regular Betty Crocker.  That’s what I thought.  I mean…I bought every cookbook I could find! 

Who cared if I didn’t cook or clean before I got married?!?!?  Once my husband and I tied the knot, I would magically become domestic.  I thought I’d cook and clean, do the laundry, take care of my husband.  Wasn’t that was a good wife was supposed to do?  Your husband gets home.  You’re in an apron putting the finishing touches on dinner.  The table is set.  He comes home from a long day of work just ready to put his feet up and eat.  And afterwards you clean up after him (and the kids) while everyone else rests.


What is this?  The 1950s?  My grandma tells a story about when she went into labor with my mom.  She was on the floor scrubbing her baseboards!!!!  Why?  Because her mom was coming into town. And she knew that she needed to clean them before her mom could chastise her for not cleaning better.  Isn’t that ridiculous?!?!  Nine months pregnant…on the floor…scrubbing baseboards!  Every time she tells me this story, I ask myself why.  Why did my grandma think the baseboards were so important?  Because that’s what her generation was brought up thinking.  That a clean house was a must.  There were no exceptions.

Now my mom’s generation… the 60s and 70s.  This was a time of peace, love, and happiness.  Women didn’t feel they had to conform to the mold of a Betty Crocker.  They felt they were more than that.  More women were working outside of the home.  My mom cleaned the house, did the laundry, made dinners.  But she wasn’t religious about it.  She didn’t scrub the floors every day.  I sometimes remember “family cleaning days.”  But those were few and far between.  My room was never fully clean.  If I was supposed to clean it, most of the things found their way under my bed and that was usually good enough for the time being.

With our children today, are we teaching them the responsibilties they’ll need to know by the time they’re adult age?  That’s what I had to ask myself and I answered no.  This is the main reason for my change of attititude.  How can I teach my daughter how to take care of a home when I don’t show her?

By doing everything for our children, we teach them nothing.