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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tomato Pie

This dish was AMAZING!  I loved how nice and smooth it was and the flavor was spot on.  Hubby and I loved it and the kids thought it was ok...  Fortunately for me there was a small slice left over so I had it for lunch the next day.

15 ounces ricotta cheese
4 eggs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 t. salt + more for sprinkling
1/8 t. pepper + more for sprinkling
1/4 c. cream
1 T. cornstarch
1 t. onion powder
1t. garlic powder
1 1/2 sliced tomatoes
1 pie crust

Fit pie crust into pie plate.
Mix together ricotta cheese, eggs, parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
In a separate cup stir together cream and cornstarch until smooth.
Whisk the cornstarch into the cheese and egg mixture. 
Pour this mixture into a pie crust.
Slice tomatoes and blot with paper towels to remove extra juice.
Place on top of pie.
Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until center is set.
 
 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Asparagus Egg Bacon Salad

Not only is this a very tasty salad it is also gorgeous!  My kids had no clue they were eating asparagus in fact I am pretty sure they thought they were having green beans.  I tripled the recipe...

1 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced
1 2/3 cups chopped asparagus
2 slices cooked and crumbled center cut bacon
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender yet firm.
Drain and run under cold water to stop it from cooking further.
Set aside.
In a small bowl mix the Dijon, oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Arrange the asparagus on a plate, top with egg and bacon and drizzle with the vinaigrette.
Enjoy!


http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/04/asparagus-egg-and-bacon-salad-with.html?utm_source

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Menu for 12-28 to 1-3


Monday
B- Fruit
L- Popcorn Chicken
D- Tomato Pie (NR), and Asparagus, Bacon, Egg Salad (NR)

Tuesday
B- Muffins
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- ?

Wednesday
B- Cereal
L- Pizza Bites
D- Grilled Cheeses (50 cents at Sonic)

Thursday
B- Pancakes and Bacon
L- Nachos
D- Italian Ground Beef Casserole (NR), Lemon Potatoes, and Green Beans

Friday
B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Sandwich
D-

Saturday
B- Biscuits, Eggs, and Ham
L- ?
D-

Sunday
B- Breakfast Casserole
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Monday, December 21, 2015

Menu for 12-21 to 12-27

Monday
B- Cereal
L- Leftovers
D- Date night with Belly

Tuesday
B- Muffins
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- Chicken and Beef Fajitas, Rice, Corn and Beans

Wednesday
B- Leftover Muffins
L- Chicken Bites and Fruit
D- Tomato Basil Soup, Cheeseburger Soup, and Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Thursday (Christmas Eve)
B- One Eyed Sailor and Scrambled Eggs
L-
D- Italian Ground Beef Casserole (NR) and Green Beans

Friday (Christmas)
B- Denny's
L- Snacks (Big breakfast and early dinner)
D- Dinner at Aunt Cindy's (I am taking macaroni and cheese and a dessert)

Saturday
B- French Toast
L- Lunch at  Phillip's parents house
D- Leftovers

Sunday
B- Cinnamon Rolls
L-
D-

Friday, December 18, 2015

Chocolate Bacon Pull Apart Bread

 
Everyone in class who tried this gave it two big thumbs up!!!
 
8 slices Bacon (I used Hormel Thick-Cut)
1 can Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon maple extract
1 tablespoon milk

Cook bacon according to package directions until crisp. (You want to be able to crumble it.)
Let cool, then use your hands to crumble it into small bits.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spray a loaf pan (about 9x5 inch size) with cooking spray (the kind with flour in it).
Open biscuits.
Cut Grands! in half horizontally for a total of 16 slices.
Place one slice on a flat surface.
Use a pastry brush to brush the top of the biscuit with maple syrup.
Top with 1 teaspoon each of chocolate chips and bacon pieces.
Top with another Grands! slice and press lightly to make them stick.
Repeat process, building a stack of biscuit dough, until you’re out of biscuit halves. (You won’t use all the maple syrup; save 1 tablespoon for the drizzle.)
Do not brush the top with maple syrup (you want both ends to be without maple syrup so they don’t stick to the pan).
Carefully transfer the stack to the prepared loaf pan. (It won’t fully fill the pan.)
Lay the stack horizontally in the center of the pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden on the top.
Let cool, then make the drizzle.
 
Make the drizzle:
Whisk the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of remaining maple syrup in a medium sized bowl.
Whisk in powdered sugar until thick, then add maple extract and milk and whisk until smooth. Drizzle carefully over bread and let set.
Store bread at room temperature in an airtight container or bag.
 
 
 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Apple Pie Pull Apart Bread

I made this for life group yesterday morning and it was gone with in a couple of minutes! 
 
1 tube of Pillsbury Biscuits {I used Grands Flaky Layers}
1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced
cinnamon - sugar {1/3 cup of sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg}
 
Line a bread pan with parchment
Pre-heat the oven to 350
Toss the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar and set aside
Slice each biscuit in half - creating 16 rounds
Coat each round with the cinnamon and sugar
Layer the biscuits alternating with the apple slices {begin and end with biscuit} in the bread pan.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes {mine took 25}

*I also added a powdered sugar glaze!
 
*Make sure you check the middle for doneness - if the middle of the loaf is doughy - let bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes, but check often to make sure it is not getting too brown on to
 
 
 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jacob's Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

Since I have two kiddos with birthdays in December we pick one Saturday and knock out both parties.  Jacob's party was from 10-12 and Belle's party was from 1-3.  During the time between I turn into a mad woman tearing down all the party decorations and then redecorating for the next party.

Jacob decided that this year he wanted to have a Ninja Turtle Birthday Party and he was sooooooo excited for party day.  With his birthday being in December I always worry that he won't have a good turnout because it is such a busy time, but he had a great turnout and was beyond thrilled.

Decorations:
Ninja Turtles hanging from ceiling
Toys on table
Banner
Tons of stuff from Oriental Trading

Food:
Cake (It was PERFECT)
Sewer Lids (Oreos)
Nunchucks (Cake Rolls with Licorice)
Toxic Ooze (Green Juice)
Green Candies
Ninja Turtle shaped chocolates

Activities:
Make Glow In The Dark Slime
Pin The Pizza On The Turtle
Pizza Toss (Made cardboard pizza and had them toss into pizza boxes)
Tattoos
Toss Across Game (I found it at WM on sale for $8)
Pinata
Cake/Food
Presents

Goody Bags:
Ninja Turtle Gummies
Tattoos
Stickers
Bracelets
Coloring Books
Masks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

I FINALLY have a new recipe to share!  This past week I volunteered at the kids school 5 days, plus planned two birthday parties which we had on Saturday.  Our son had a Ninja Turtle party from 10-12 and then we tore everything down and redecorated for our daughters My Little Pony Party which was at 1.  I know it sounds crazy but with two kiddos who have birthdays in December it is easier to just do one day. 

When our last guest left we went and did a little Christmas shopping.  While in the car I was browsing on my phone and found this recipe and thought it would be great to try out on my Life Group at church the next morning.  Everyone liked it and there was only a tiny bit leftover which I fed to my kiddos this morning and they all liked it also.

I love how easy this dish was to make and it was also super cheap.  Our town just got an Aldi so I got the cinnamon rolls for less than $1 per can which means I was able to make this dish for less than $3 total!
 
2 cans Cinnamon rolls
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (half & half works too)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I didn't use pecans)
Icing from cinnamon roll packages
 
In a large bowl, melt butter with sugar. 
Beat in eggs, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Open canned cinnamon rolls, slice each cinnamon roll into fourths.
Place cinnamon roll pieces into the bowl of egg mixture and toss to thoroughly coat.
Then pour the pieces, coated in egg mixture, into a greased 9×12 casserole dish and spread out evenly.
Use any leftover egg mixture to coat the casserole.
Sprinkle with pecans and then bake on 350˚ on a low rack for 35-40 minutes or until brown.
Remove casserole from oven.
Drizzle icing over the top.
 
 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

I like my other sugar cookie recipe on this blog better as far as the taste.  I prefer this one because you don't have to chill the dough and it holds its shape well.  Now I just have to come up with a recipe that does both.  :-)
 
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
 
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in extracts and egg.
In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. (The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.)
DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH.
Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut.
You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.
Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
 
I forgot to take a picture so this is off the original blog!

http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/best-sugar-cookie-recipe-and-kitchenaid_28/print/

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Menu for 11-30 to 12-6

Monday
B- Doughnuts
L- Chicken and Pesto Sandwich
D- Cheddar Beer Soup

Tuesday
B- Cereal
L- Grilled Cheese Quesadillas
D-

Wednesday
B- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
L- Sandwich
D-

Thursday
B- Fruit
L-
D-

Friday
B- Pancakes and Bacon
L-
D-

Saturday
B- Cinnamon Roll Casserole (NR)
L- Birthday Parties!!!
D-

Sunday
B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Sunday, November 29, 2015

New York City Day 4

Time to pack up and go home.  We woke up fairly early, packed up, returned our room key, and started off to find a cab.  As luck would have it, and we had a lot of luck that day, there was a cab at the drug store beside our hotel.  When the driver saw us he ran over and we hopped in. 

We got to the airport about two hours early and settled in too these really awesome chairs in the waiting area.  Something happened with our original plane and it was delayed... like several hours...  Well here is the part where we lucked out, since we were there early when they came over to announce it we were the only ones there and they offered to put us on a flight that was leaving in just a few minutes. 

LOVE this picture!
 

They couldn't guarantee that our suitcase would make it off the other plane and on the new one but they offered to have them mailed to us.  Since we had no clue how long we would be hanging out at the airport we took them up on there offer and boarded the new plane.

When we landed at DFW we discovered that our suitcase HAD made it on the plane!!!  This was a major praise.  After grabbing our bag we called our driver and he picked us up and took us back to our car.  Since we landed earlier than originally planned we decided to have one last meal before going home. 

One of our favorite places to eat in Dallas is Blue Mesa and we don't go there when we have the kiddos because I am not convinced that they would enjoy it as much as we do.  After a wonderful lunch we went home to our sweet sweet kiddos.  It was soooooo nice to see them, I love having a weekend away but I always miss them a TON.

 
Pure bliss
 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Creamy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Delicious and oh so creamy!

5-6 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
5 eggs
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.  
Place half of the bread cubes in the bottom of the pan.  
Top with bacon and half of both cheeses.
Spread all of the ricotta over the cheese and bacon.  
Top with the remaining bread cubes.
Add remaining cheese to the top.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Pour evenly over the top of the casserole.
Bake 40- 45minutes until golden brown.  
Allow to cool 5 minutes before slicing.
 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New York Day 3

It has been about two weeks since our NYC trip and it is getting slightly difficult to remember all the details so I am typing this now hoping that as I look at pictures I will remember. 

My favorite shows are all on FOX News, so when we left our hotel I decided to take a picture. 

 
 
After I snapped my picture of the Fox News building we set off in search of our waffle stand.  We had read on Yelp as well as other internet sites about how amazing it was.  Let me stop right here and tell you all the reviews were correct, it was delicious.  There were a ton of different waffle choices and the toppings were over the top!
 
 
Phillip had a waffle sandwich.
 
I had a waffle with caramel, walnuts, and chocolate!
 
When we were done with our waffles we explored the really cute shopping center that it was "in".  It was a neat little park area with several small buildings that housed one of a kind shops and food stands.  We found these pretzels that looked amazing and while they were pretty the taste was kind of blah... I was really sad because this girl loves a good pretzel.
 

 
 
Look at ALL those pretzels!!!
 
After all that food we decided to be lazy and hope on the tour bus.  There were a few stops that we had passed over the first time (there were 4 different tours) that we wanted to go back too.
 

 
 
One of my favorite stops on the whole tour was Ground Zero, as soon as I walked up I was covered in goosebumps.  Standing there looking at the buildings and thinking of how so many people died is a very sobering experience.  I was very impressed with how everyone conducted themselves.  No one was loud or yelling or fooling around.  Everyone was very respectful.
 
 

 
 
We decided against hopping back on the bus and decided to walk to our next stop.  I am just going to say it was MUCH farther than it looked on our map.... MUCH farther.  We decided against taking the boat to the Statue of Liberty since it was a clear day we could see her from the main land.
 
 
We hopped back on the bus and headed for China Town where I bought a purse out of a van in an alley.  China Town was an interesting experience.  I mean how many people have bought purses with ducks hanging around them?
 
By this time we were ready for lunch and decided to go check out a few restaurants in Hell's Kitchen (a long street with a ton of places to eat).  We ended up picking a really pretty place that looked like it belonged in New Orleans.  The food was wonderful.
 

 
He loved his gumbo.
 
Wish I knew how to rotate this!
 
 
After lunch we spent some time just walking around the city and enjoying our last day in New York.  For dinner that night we had pizza delivered to the hotel.  It wasn't nearly as good as we had the day before, it was still good, but that restaurant wasn't open.  :-( 
 
 
 


 


Friday, November 20, 2015

New York Day 2

On our second day in New York we woke up toured this gorgeous church and then went in search of our waffle stand we wanted to eat at.  Unfortunately we didn't find it but we were able to find a great place outside Grand Central Terminal for breakfast.  From the outside it didn't look to promising, but the inside was very nice and the price for breakfast insinuated that the food would be great (which it was).
 
 
 
 
 
 
$4 for one little Coke...
 
 
 
 
After breakfast we did a carriage ride through Central Park as well as another one of the tours that our bus company offered.

 
 
 
 
 
Fountain from Friends!
 
 
 
 
 
Jessie is filmed here!
 
After the carriage ride through central park we headed back to the hotel to rest and picked up this pizza on the way.  It was AMAZING.
 
 
After resting we went and explored the building across the street which had a ton of awesome specialty shops.  We also hit up the Lego store as well as the American Girl store for some prizes for these really cute kiddos we know. 
 
 
 
Fat Girl Heaven!!!
 
Friday night we had a wonderful dinner at this beautiful little (expensive) Italian restaurant.  After dinner we saw Aladdin which was such a great play.  They did a great job keeping it the same as the movie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hazelnut Gelatto!!!
 

 

 
 
 
After the play we were exhausted and walked back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.