Sunday, June 10, 2012

Quicke Meal plan for this week. Menu Plan {June 10th - June17th}

This week is gonna be a crazy one.......The Daddy leaves again for work and its fathers day weekend so booooo for him and for us. 

Menu Plan {June 10th - June17th}

Sunday – Roast w/gravy & Potato's
  Monday - BBQ'd Steak & Baked Potato's
Tuesday – Taco Tuesday @ Taco Time .99 cent tacos (Soccer night)
Wednesday – Beef Stew (from the leftovers)
Thursday – Noodles & Hotdogs (Soccer night)
Friday – Secret Surprise
Saturday – Secret Surprise
Sunday – Secret Surprise

 The secret well you will just have to wait till next week to find out.....see you next week


Tortured Chicken

Yes the recipe is called Tortured Chicken.....It was so good the only thing I will change is the rub technique next time.

Tortured Chicken - Beer Can

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins
  • Serves: 4, Yield: 1 whole chicken


    • 1 large chicken, rinsed in cold water and patted very dry, inside and out with paper toweling ( 2-2.5 pounds)
    • 1/2 of a can beer ( 6 ounces of a 12 ounce can, any brand, any variety)
    • 1/3 cup paprika
    • 1/3 cup salt
    • 1/3 cup black pepper
    • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar


  1. Mix 4 dry ingredients together.
  2. Use this rub inside and out of the cleaned, dry chicken.  (Here is where I would change it by separating the skin from the bird and put the rub right against the you know what I mean??)
  3. Be generous.
  4. Place 1/2 can of beer in center of roasting pan.
  5. Position"bottom" of chicken over beer and slide chicken over the can of beer until the chicken is"sitting" upright in the pan.
  6. The fit will be snug and chicken will be secure.
  7. Roast uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  8. Do not baste, do not turn pan.
  9. The beer will steam the chicken deliciously.
  10. When done, carefully remove can of beer from chicken and serve.
  11. Chicken can also be carved while"sitting" on the beer can. I have"tortured" 2 or 3 chickens in the same roaster and did not have to adjust cooking time.

When I did this recipe I BBQ'd them one with a beer and the other with a can pepsi. The beer one was super moist as was the pepsi but the meat had a hint of sweetness to it.....It was very yummy too!!  Well will be doing many of these this summer I am sure.  If you have a spice rub that is better than this please share in the comments or email  if you want it kept a secret.

On another note does anyone know if real cheddar cheese slices can be frozen then thaw and used normally?  I know of people doing this with shredded cheese but not slices.......fricken KIDS!!!!  No comment!


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Best {Easiest} Dessert ~ Thank You Pinterest!

Of course I don't have time for much but I sure can try and browse Pinterest...please tell me you are all the same way! LOL! I seriously need to get back to meal planning before summer starts and we just eat crap all summer! Anyway our dessert was yum (minus the pan/cake removal incident - none of which hit the floor btw)

  • 1 dry box cake mix, any flavor
  • 10 oz. diet soda, any flavor
  • 2 egg whites
  • cooking spray
Preheat oven according to box directions. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

Beat cake mix, diet soda and egg whites in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into pan.

Decrease cooking time by 5 minutes from what the box says. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake will come out clean when it is finished. Let cool before cutting into squares. Serve with fat free whipped cream if desired! Yum!

and the icing i used was something I have never made before I have made cooked icings but nothing like this for sure!  Thanks to Pioneer Woman (you have to scroll about 1/2 way down the page) and her recipe site I came across this one.....

Prep Time 15 Minutes Cook Time 10 Minutes
 Servings 12
 Difficulty Easy

  • 5 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)

Preparation Instructions
In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. You want it to be very thick, thicker than cake mix, more like a brownie mix is. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If I’m in a hurry, I place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools.) It must be completely cool before you use it in the next step. Stir in vanilla.
While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You don’t want any sugar graininess left. Then add the completely cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat the living daylights out of it. If it looks separated, you haven’t beaten it enough! Beat it until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.
Grab a spoon and taste this wonderful goodness. If there is any left after your taste test, spread it on a cooled chocolate cake. 

Both these recipes are so easy to make I even made an oops and it all turned out great....Let us know if you try either of these or both together......If I would have had nutrawhip I probably would have used that for the icing instead to keep the calories down to nothing....but since trying this icing.......gahhhhh yummmmmy!