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Cooking Day

For school today, the boys had a cooking day. I looked though some of my cookbooks and handed both them two recipes. They took it from there.

Here are the four chicken dishes Levi and Jacob put together. Below are the actual pictures of their dishes. The aroma of these chicken dishes are amazing! We’re going to freeze them to enjoy another day (after a taste, that is!).

Scottish Chicken Stew from Reader’s Digest Just One Pot cookbook (Jacob)

Italian Chicken from Southern Living cookbook 1986 Annual Recipes (Levi)

Chicken with Dijon Creme from Terrific Chicken, 100 Great Meals in Minutes (Jacob)

Breast of Chicken Balsamic from Terrific Chicken, 100 Great Meals in Minutes (Levi)

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My Fave Fam

p1000683Last week I was working with Jonathan in the kitchen cooking our food for the missions banquet at church when I realized all four of us were working together – and it made me just a bit misty!  Here’s a picture I snapped to capture the rare moment – that really isn’t so rare any more. Here is Jacob washing the kitchen cupboards while Levi emptied the dishwasher. Jonathan was cleaning up his mess from making Chicken Divan in the crock pot – which by the way was a hit at the missions banquet. Today Levi is making a roast with cut up celery, onions and mushrooms for dinner.  We’re to the point where I can just tell the boys what they need to do and they do it without a lot of supervision in the kitchen.  I am so very happy to see the boys develop a desire to cook something  more than mac & cheese.

Classic Spaghetti a la Levi

spaghetti-a-la-leviCrock-pot Classic Spaghetti (actual picture of Levi’s meal)

3 lbs. lean ground beef

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 green peppers, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

4 tsp. minced garlic

2 carrots, diced

1 c. sliced mushrooms

1 can (28 oz.) tomato sauce

1 can (28 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained

3 c. water

2 tbsp. minced parsley

1 tbsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. black pepper

1 lb. dry spaghetti noodles


1.       Put all the ingredients except for the hamburger and noodles in the crock-pot.

2.       Fry up the hamburger in a skillet, drain and discard fat and then add to the sauce already in the crock-pot. Cover; cook on Low 6-8 hours or High 3-5 hours.

3.       Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Serve sauce over cooked spaghetti.

Makes 6-8 servings, Prep time: 30 minutes

Rival Crock-Pot 3 Books in One, Slow Cooker Recipes for All Occasions, pg. 250

Chefs in the Making

pork-loin-meal1Our newest challenge in homeschooling is cooking class. Yesterday we put pork loin in the crockpot with fresh onions, mushroom soup, fresh sliced mushrooms and gourmet green beans. (We got the meat at Felpausch Sunday for 99 cents/lb.) Levi made onion soup (from scratch!) and Jacob made garlic mashed potatoes by adding additional ingredients to leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge. Right now they’re eating last night’s leftovers for lunch and discussing how Jacob made the garlic mashed potatoes. How funny that sounds, to hear two 17 year old boys (today is Levi’s b’day) discussing the culinary arts. The dinner was fabulous – as good as in any fancy restaurant.  Here is a picture of how Jacob put the plates together. We had to have a fancy looking plate for such wonderful tasting food! I never thought I would say cooking is fun, but it is!