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Rice Krispie Squares with Daughter

Rice Krispie Squares

I made Rice Krispie Squares last night with my daughter who is almost six.  This is always a fun time of bonding with my daughter.  She loves to stir the marshmallows as they melt.  She reads the instructions, tells me how much to put in and helps to measure.  The ability to have this time with my kids is what I love about being a SAHD.  The other day my daughter was cooking at kindergarten with a mom helper that knows I am a SAHD.  The mom asked if she cooked with daddy, to which my daughter responded “Yes, I help him make cheese sauce for tortellini.”.  Thank you DD.

Rice Krispie Squares

  • 250g bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 c margarine
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies

First butter a 13×9 inch pan and a rubber spatula.  This make spreading everything out easy since it sets up so quickly.  Melt the Margarine over low heat in a large pot.  Add the marshmallows and stir until melted.  Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and Rice Crispies.  Stir until all is coated. Put in the pan a spread out with the buttered rubber spatula.  Allow to cool.

This batch lasted a grand total of 19 hours and baby dudes loved them.  Sticky baby!

Chicken Pot Pie with Baking Powder Biscuits

Chicken Pot Pie with Baking Powder Biscuits

Leftover Chicken in my house quite often results in Chicken Pot Pie.  I always like having a plan for any leftovers.  Cleaning out the fridge and filling a garbage bag is really quite sad and very expensive.

Ingredients (Filling)

  • 1 Onion
  • 6 tbsp butter or hard margarine
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 3-4 cups of leftover cooked chicken
  • 3-4 cups mixed frozen veggies
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Cut up your chicken
  3. Melt the butter in a pot medium low heat
  4. Dice the onion
  5. Sauté the onion in the butter until translucent.
  6. Add the flour
  7. Stir with a whisk until it is sizzling
  8. Add the milk
  9. Whisk to make a smooth white sauce
  10. Add the Poultry Seasoning, Salt and Pepper
  11. Bring to a simmer and it will start to thicken
  12. Add the chicken and frozen veggies to a large casserole dish
  13. Add the white sauce.
  14. Stir
  15. Place some of the biscuits on top
  16. Bake for 15 minutes
  17. Add the remaining biscuit on a tray
  18. Bake additional 12 minutes

Baking Powder Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp butter or hard margarine
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking powder
  2. Use a pastry blender or 2 dinner knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture until butter is the size of peas
  3. Add the milk
  4. Stir together until it forms a loose ball
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface
  6. Kneed about 10 times
  7. Flatten out with you palms or a rolling pin until about 1/2 inch think
  8. Cut into twelve pieces
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes at 450° (This step is included above)

This a favorite in our household, tasty, cheap, uses leftovers, easy to make and quick.  The reason that I put some of the biscuits on top and some on a tray is for two reasons.  First in my casserole dish they won’t all fit.  Second my daughter prefers them on the side buttered.  I have also made it without the poultry seasoning and extra salt and pepper.  I like it either way but my wife prefers it with the poultry seasoning.  In this case the leftover chicken was BBQ Chicken thighs and it made enough to have leftovers of the Chicken Pot Pie as well.

Baking Bread

Sliced Loaf of Bread

I like to make my own bread for a couple of reasons. It is cheaper, easy to do, I know what is going into to it and it tastes better. First the cheaper.  The cheapest loaf I can buy locally is $1.49 for a 350g loaf. The recipe I use makes two 700 g loafs.  I use weights in the recipe because it allows we to adjust things easily and makes it easier to get the ingredients.

Ingredients

Ingredient Last Purchase Price Cost in Recipe
495g Milk $4.08/4 litres $0.51
58g Margarine $6.49/3lb box $0.27
24g Lemon juice n/a n/a
51g sugar $11.15/10KG bag $0.06
10g salt n/a n/a
420g Whole Wheat Flour $11.15/10kg bag $0.47
300g Flour $11.15/10kg bag $0.34
9g Yeast $5.69/113g bottle $0.45
50g Ground Chia Seeds $14.95/500g bag $1.50

Total cost with Chia is $3.60 for 2 700g loaves, $1.80 per loaf, $0.90 for and equivalent 350g loaf.
Total cost without the Chia is $2.10 for 2 700 g loaves, $1.05 per loaf, $0.53 for an equivalent 350g loaf.
NOTE: If you remove the chia you need to add 50g of flour preferably the whole wheat.

I like adding the chia in as it is an excellent source of Omega 3, fiber and many other good things.

I make a 3lb batch in a 2lb Bread Machine set to dough only.  That way it does all the mixing, kneading and rising on its own.  I then take out the dough and divide it equally between two pans using the scale. This gives me nicely shaped loaves. Role into loaf shapes and place in the loaf pans.  Pour some olive oil over the loafs and run it round the loaf and the side of the pan. Let rise for 45 minutes then bake for 35 minute in a 375deg oven.

Tips: I cut of the ends of the bread and either cut it into cube for stuffing or toast it and run it through a food processor for bread crumbs both I keep in the freezer.

Baked Loaf of BreadTime commitment

8 minutes to measure the ingredients and set up the machine. (I use a digital scale with the insert on the scale and just keep zeroing the scale for each ingredient.)

2 hour wait for the maching to do its bit.

5 minutes to shape the loaf and put in pans.

1.5 house wait for it to rise and bake.

5 minutes to slice, freeze one loaf and deal with the ends.

3 minute to wash everything.

Total 21 minute of actual work and 3.5 hours of waiting and doing other things.