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Sunday Family Night: A Few of My Favorite Things

It seems we have created one of our first traditions: Sunday dinner/games with my in-laws (this is somewhat shocking as we are quite the nontraditional couple). For about the past month, we have been going over to the Mr.’s parents for dinner and board games. Mother-in-law has cooked every single time, but this week I told her I wanted to make some of my favorite things. Before we battled through Phase 10 and Scrabble, we sat down to a nice dinner of Eye of Round steaks with a balsamic tomato vinaigrette (recipe coming soon), cheddar apple potatoes (recipe coming soon), cheddar biscuits, and a strawberry pie. Upon arriving, we were also surprised with some delicious peanut butter fudge (recipe coming after I receive it).

Side note: I Love board games. Phase 10 might be my favorite game (yes, it is a card game but it still counts). Phase 10 is a rummy-based card game in which you have 10 rounds (phases) that you progress through to win. These phases involve creating a certain situation in your hand, such as 2 sets of 4 of a kind, or a run of 8, or even 7 cards of one color. With only one discard pile that can’t be dug through and the infamous skip cards, this game can lead to name calling and taunting (both of which have been present at every game). So if you are looking for an awesome new game to play, definitely consider this one.

The Mr.’s new favorite type of dinner bread (which I have been told reminds people of the bread at a certain seafood chain restaurant):

Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking mix
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4  cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Combine baking mix, cheese, water, and Old Bay seasoning. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet (they should be roughly the size of 2-3 tablespoons). Bake for 8-10 minutes. While biscuits are in the oven, mix the butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley. Remove biscuits from oven, and pour half of the butter mixture over them. Returnto oven for another 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and pour remaining butter mixture. Enjoy!

 

(BTW – in case you are wondering, MIL won Phase 10 after an intense battle between me, her, and Mr. FIL won Scrabble with 139 points, followed  by me with 138, Mr. with 137, and MIL with 75.)

Potato Bread

We love bread. Sandwiches, rolls, crumbs – we make it all. When moving into our house, I talked to my mom about buying a bread maker, when she graciously gave us hers. Though I don’t use it as often as I would like, I do enjoy making bread and experimenting with different types of bread. On this lovely Saturday morning, I decided to try potato bread, which I’ve only eaten once before.  I must say for my first try, it came out pretty nice. It doesn’t look as nice as other loaves, but it tastes amazing and was simple in the bread machine.

Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast

Directions

Add ingredients to bread maker (my machine works better if I add liquid first – the order of ingredients is order I added). Use basic white bread setting. Enjoy!