Such a slacker….

….I am! I have taken the last few nights of cooking off. We had dinner at a friend’s one night, then I ate out and cheated with tomato soup and grilled cheese for my family, then we all ate out tonight! The whole point of this blog was to discipline myself into actually starting something and then finishing it. (What a novel idea I know!) I will get back on the ball tomorrow.

On a completely different topic (but I guess not really since it was the reason we ate out tonight) I am learning how to dehydrate meat in an oven in order to take it camping and eating it in the woods. I am quite interested in finding out what else it’s used for other than spaghetti. The meat log was 10 pounds and I know I saw at least 5 come out of the meeting the other night = a lot of dehydrated ground beef! (Scouts, camping, 10 days, we’ll save that for another blog on another day). So the reason for eating out tonight? 4 trays of ground beef in my oven for a total dehydrating time of 6 hours.

Maybe my next 2 weeks project can be to find out what can be dehydrated and how long it’ll stay good for? (Or maybe not…)

As a side note, my phone died, the software malfunctioned and I lost all of my pictures. So, no dinner pictures from the other day. I will have to try again tomorrow.

2nd Pinterest dinner…

I was so excited from last night’s success that I have even planned out the next 3 days and shopped for it today! Today’s dinner was a the main meat and some biscuits. I took pictures of the after but now my phone has died and it’s too late to go charge it, so the pictures will be uploaded tomorrow. Also, today I decided to include the link and the recipe, to make it easier.

Dinner was crock pot barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and 7-up biscuits. I was a bit lazy this morning and did not get the chicken out in time to defrost, then I was going to throw it in frozen, but even tho the research I’ve done said that was ok, I just can’t bring myself to do it! So, instead I cooked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and it turned out yummy!

http://forkinit.blogspot.com/2010/09/crockpot-barbecue-chicken.html

4-6 pieces boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce (sweet baby ray’s all the way!)
1/4 c vinegar
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (gives it just the right kick you don’t expect in barbecue recipes)
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp. garlic powder

Mix the barbecue sauce with everything but the chicken, put the chicken in the pan (or slow cooker) and pour the mix over the top.

For the mashed potatoes, I cheated and used instant, but added sour cream and cheese at the end to make it taste better.

The corn is my grandma’s secret recipe that is an Anderson family favorite. I’m not sure yet if I’m ready to share it, stay tuned….

The biscuits were the best thing on the plate.

http://www.plainchicken.com/2010/04/7up-biscuits.html

2 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 450.

Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.
Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan.  Place cut biscuits in pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
I had a really hard time with the dough sticking to everything, so I tried my best and ended up plopping the dough into the pan and then trying to spread it in there. I was really worried about the outcome. I used more flour than I probably should have just trying to keep it from sticking to my hands and the counter. But, in the end, they weren’t the prettiest thing out there, but my 12 year old who does NOT eat crescent rolls  or any sides of bread ate 3! On the other hand, my 9 year old who will eat a slice of bread just cuz he’s hungry did not like them. My husband and other son both thought they were good. To quote my 12 year old, “any time you make biscuits can you please make these? They just melt in my mouth!”
As a side note, I was pleased to get a text today that a friend of mine was making a recipe tonight for dinner that she’d seen from my pin! I’m waiting to find out how it went since that will be Wednesday night’s dinner here!

My 2 Weeks Of Pinterest Recipes

So, here is my first 2 week challenge. Make dinner every night for the next 2 weeks from recipes on Pinterest. Why? Well, first of all, why not? Second of all, there are so many recipes out there today at your disposal without ever needing a cook book. So, how do you choose what to make? How do you choose what will be good or not? Who better to ask then your peers! I will try to keep it to just pins from my friends, but if they don’t have enough I will venture out.

My first attempt was tonight. I made the following recipe, repinned from a friend of mine.

http://savorysweetlife.com/2011/04/the-pioneer-womans-black-heels-to-tractor-wheels-and-asian-inspired-flat-iron-steak-recipe/

When I went shopping for this recipe, I couldn’t find flat iron steaks at my grocery store. The butcher told me to use flank steak instead. It ended up being a bit more grisly than I would have liked, but we can’t blame that on the recipe! My husband however, got a good piece and loved it. I paired it up with fresh green beans sauteed in butter and sesame oil, salt and pepper with some plain brown rice and soy sauce.

I was unable to cook it on the grill as recommended in the recipe. We are searching for a new grill as we speak. Hopefully that will happen very soon! Instead, I cooked it in the bottom of the oven on broil, 7 minutes on each side. My husband thought I overcooked it (as I often do with my meat) but once he sliced it open, was happy to discover it was still pink and tender.

Tonight I can only give the opinions of my husband and oldest son because my younger two ate pizza and wings at a birthday party. My husband cleaned his plate, and my son got seconds. I took a smaller slice of steak after I had a hard time with my original one and was impressed. The flavor worked really well.

For my first night of a Pinterest recipe, I would definitely recommend repinning this one!