Saturday, July 23, 2011

What's for dinner tonight?

Tonight we had grilled french onion soup (yes, I made it on the grill!), homemade whole wheat bread, tossed salad, and grilled apples.  The grilled apples were exactly like baked apples with brown sugar and cinnamon except they were wrapped in foil and put on the grill.  Yummy!  Below is the recipe for the grilled french onion soup.  I found this recipe online at  There was a suggestion in the reviews to use foil tart pans and then wrap the whole thing in foil.  I used that method and it worked great for us.  I used the foil tart pans for the baked apples too and it made cleanup very easy.

Grilled French Onion Soup

  • 4 large Vidalia onions
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cubes beef bouillon
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 4 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  1. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Slice the tops off of the onions, and remove the outer layer of skin. Leave the base intact. Cut slices across the top in a cross hatch pattern, going about 1/2 inch into the onion. Set each onion on a square of heavy duty aluminum foil. Double the foil if you do not have the heavy duty. Place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of each onion, then place one bouillon cube onto the butter. Fold the foil up around the onion. When almost closed, place 3 ice cubes on top of the onion, and spoon 1 tablespoon of the sherry into each packet. Seal completely.
  3. Place the packets on the grill, and cook for 40 to 45 minutes. Don't peek inside until the 40 minutes has passed. When the onions are cooked through, they will feel tender when you squeeze the packet. Open the foil up slightly, and place a slice of cheese on top of each one. Close the grill lid, and let the cheese melt into the onions for a minute.
  4. Remove from the grill, and serve from the packets, or remove the onions to a serving bowl, and pour the stock from the packets in with them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Long time, no post...

Wow, so it's been ages since I last posted anything on here.  What has happened since last October??  Let's see, Adam was a very cute frog for Halloween.  I ate way too much for Thanksgiving (like usual).  We had a wonderful Christmas filled with homemade nightstands, Radio Flyer wagons, clothing, toys, and all kinds of other gifts.  January was a rough month as my husband lost his last grandparent.  February brought my last birthday in my twenties and a very lovely Valentines Day.  March ended in another rough month as my husband was laid off from work and I put my Lia Sophia business on hold to pursue my labor doula certification.  April was an amazing month.  My husband turned the big 30 and found a new and very different job which he started as soon as we got back from our vacation in ITALY!!  Easter was filled with lots of Easter Egg hunts (5 to be exact).  May was kind of a quiet month although we kept very busy with music classes, playgroup, park walking, etc. This month I have been pretty busy with  all our activities and teaching Adam to swim at my in laws' pool.  He's getting more comfortable in the water and I can definitely see his progress in just the few times we've gone swimming.  So there is the last 9 months in one blog post.  I know I left out a lot of stuff but I'm attempting to post more regularly.

You can also find my ramblings on my new blog Jennifer Hendrickson Doula Services.  I know, it's not a very exciting blog name but when your business doesn't really have a name yet, you do what you can. This is where you can find all things childbirth related.  I will be posting articles that I find interesting as well as my adventures in becoming a CAPPA certified labor doula.  I am hoping that it will turn into an informative and humorous blog that will help mamas and other childbirth professionals alike.

Stay tuned for more fun and excitement in the Life in the "Hen House".