Sunday, December 27, 2009

Planning a Teen Birthday Party

Tierra is turning the BIG 1... 3...! I want this birthday to be a big deal, so I'm searching the web for ideas for it, and going to compile them here to keep track, if anyone has any ideas for me, feel free to add them!

Have an auction, like on Survivor. Pick up some really cool inexpensive items. If it's all girls, I get brushes, lipgloss, hair accessories, etc. Give all the girls equal amounts of "Monopoly" money and start the auction. Have a starting bid, and the kids start bidding on items they really want. Highest bidder gets the item. Once they are out of money, they can't bid anymore, so they have to be sure they really want an item they are bidding on. Sometimes I'll wrap a couple items up (good items and gag items) so they are not sure what they are bidding on. All my kids ask for an auction every year.

Clothes Game: First get a bag full of different funny clothes including hats, shirts, swim suit tops and, skirts, coats etc. Then have all players sit in a circle. With music playing they pass the bag around until the music stops. When the music stops the player who has the bag has to close their eyes and reach into the bag. Whatever they pull out they have to wear. When the bag is empty, everyone votes to determine who looks the funniest!


How to play:
First write out ten truths and ten dares, one on each half card. Stick one card in each balloon carefully and then blow the balloon up.
Start the game by taking turns picking a balloon. Each player takes turns popping their balloon and doing the truth or dare on the card.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Zae's off the diet probably till after new year, so these are not all GFCF!

Monday ~ Beef Stew
Tuesday ~ Quick chicken and wine
Wed ~ McRibs
Thur ~ Au Gratin Potatoes with Kielbasa
Fri ~ Xmas Dinner...Ham, sweet potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, dinner rolls

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into strips
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoons butter

Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. In a shallow plate, spread Parmesan cheese. Divide chicken into three parts and dip seasoned chicken in eggs, then coat well with Parmesan cheese. Repeat until all of the chicken pieces are well coated (if you run short on egg and Parmesan, add one more egg and more Parmesan as needed).
In a skillet, melt butter or margarine over medium high heat. Cook chicken, stirring frequently, until golden brown.
Reduce heat and add wine. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes

Sunday, December 13, 2009

menu plan monday

This week, we paid mortgage which leaves only about $80 left from our check for food and this is a very frugal meal plan!

Monday Spaghetti
Tuesday beenie weenies
Wed goulash
Thur meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes
Fri pizza

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: San Fransisco Pork Chops
Wed: Sausage Mac
Thur: Chicken and rice bake
Fri: Shrimp fettucini alfredo

San Fransisco Pork Chops
1 1/2 lbs pork chops
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons oil
1/4 cup beef broth or sherry wine
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
black pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch

1.Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in skillet, and brown chops on both sides.
2.Meanwhile, combine rest of ingredients in a large casserole dish
3.Add in browned pork chops and bake at 350* for approx 30 min

Serve over white rice or egg noodles (I use rice, I also quadruple the sauce recipe, we like a lot of sauce on ours.)