Monday, August 31, 2015

Menu for 8-31 to 9-6

B- Cereal
L- Leftovers
D- Easy Chicken Bake (NR), Rice Pilaf, Broccoli Salad

B- Doughnuts
L- Lunch At The School With My Kiddos
D- Breakfast for Dinner

B- Muffins
L- Egg and Cheese Quesadillas
D- Brisket, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Homemade Ice Cream (NR)

B- Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Muffins (NR)
L- Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
D- Brisket Tacos,

B- Pancakes and Bacon
L- Leftovers
D- Date Night

B- Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Ring (NR)
L- Cheesy Pepperoni Twist Rolls (NR)
D- Steak, Baked Potato, Corn on Cob

B- Mini Chocolate Sweet Rolls (NR)
L- Lemon Chicken Pasta Bake (NR), Strawberry Salad, and French Bread
D- Leftovers

Orange Knots

I made this recipe for our Life Group this morning and they were a hit.  I had a little extra of the sugar and orange rind so after I put the glaze on I sprinkled it over the top.  Delicious!  These will be added into our normal breakfast rotation! 

12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
1 medium orange rind, grated
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Citrus Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar (I ended up having to put extra in to thicken it up a bit)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix grated orange rind with sugar. 
Roll each roll into a 9-inch rope. 
Tie in a loose knot. 
Roll each knot in melted butter and then in rind/sugar mixture. 

Place on a large sprayed baking sheet.
Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let double in size.
Remove wrap. 

Bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes. (I did the full 20 minutes)
Remove from pan and place on cooling rack.
Brush with citrus glaze while still warm.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Key Lime Bars

Whenever Phillip has people over I love it because it means I get to test out recipes on his friends.  I really like it because men are very honest and will tell you exactly what you think.  That being said....

These were great.  I absolutely loved them and so did the guys. I know that the recipe looks like it is time consuming but honestly it goes pretty quickly and the time you put into these things is well worth it.

1¾ C all purpose flour
¾ C butter, softened
⅓ C sugar
⅓ C chopped pecans

1 ½ C sugar
4 eggs
4 Tbsp flour
5 Tbsp fresh key lime juice
½ tsp baking powder

2¼ C powdered sugar
1½ Tbsp butter, softened
2-3 Tbsp fresh key lime juice
Freshly grated key lime peel
I did end up having to add in 3 capfuls of milk to make into a consistency where I could spread it.
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
Combine the crust ingredients except for the pecans into a bowl
Beat at low speed until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
Add in the pecans
Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13 pan
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are slightly browned
You don't want to over cook it
Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients into a bowl
Beat at low speed until well mixed
Pour filling over hot, partially baked crust
Continue baking for 18-20 minutes or until filling is set
Cool completely
Combine all the frosting ingredients except lime peel in a bowl
Spread over cooled bars.
Garnish with grated lime peel.
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Smothered Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Slightly spicy but really good!

1.5 pounds ground beef
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Onion Powder
Worcestershire sauce, about 5 tablespoons or more to taste
2 tablespoons pan drippings (all the yummy stuff off the bottom)
2 tablespoons flour
1 ¾ cups beef broth
Salt & pepper to taste
Break the beef apart.
Season the meat with your salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and worcestershire.
Form meatballs.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
Place the meat into the hot skillet.
Sear the meat on each side, only turning to brown another side.
Remove the meat to a plate.
Whisk the flour into the drippings, & cook for 1-2 minutes.
Slowly add brown gravy while continuously stirring.
Salt and Pepper the gravy.
Return the meatballs and cook for about 15 more minutes.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I love my chicken parmesan that I make but was wanting to simplify it just a bit.  This recipe is sooo much quicker and easier and is really good.  I still prefer my original recipe but this one also has great flavor and is wonderful for those weeknights when you are in a rush.

3 cups fully-cooked chicken (cubed)
1 jar (24 ounces) of Ragu (We like the garlic one)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 9x9 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Layer the chicken in the bottom.
Pour in the Ragu and mix with the chicken.
Add in salt.
Top with both cheeses until all the chicken is covered. 
Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs over the top.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the sides.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Italian Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes

These smelled amazing while they were cooking, my entire house smelled like them!  The taste was pretty good but I expected it to be slightly more... I felt like the smell of the potatoes was so amazing that when I took a bite I was just a tiny bit disappointed.

I would make these again though and we did enjoy them...

2 pounds russet potatoes
¼ cup olive oil (preferably extra-virgin but it doesn't have to be), divided
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingertips (I did 3/4 tsp)
4 minced cloves garlic (I used 2 tsp garlic powder)
salt and pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
red pepper flakes, optional (didn't use)
fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Generously butter an 8x10-inch casserole dish.
Peel and cut the potatoes in half lengthwise then lay each half flat and slice lengthwise into ½-inch wide half moons.
Place the potatoes in a big mixing bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of oil.
Toss with the seasoning, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper and half the Parmesan (plus a few pinches of red pepper flakes if you like).
Pour into the casserole dish and scoop out any spices or garlic left in the bowl.
Sprinkle a tablespoon of Parmesan over the top and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil.
Bake 30 minutes then remove from the oven and toss well. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top and drizzle with the remaining oil.
Bake 25 more minutes.
Toss well and season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
Place them in a serving dish and pour any remaining oil at the bottom of the pan over them and garnish with a little fresh parsley.
*Mine only took about 45 minutes total to cook.
Italian Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Potatoes
Forgot to take my own pic, but this is what they look like.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Menu for 8-24 to 8-30

School started back today, and now all three of my babies are gone.  I can't believe my youngest is in Kindergarten!!!  We spent this past weekend making the most of our last few days of summer.  We went to the lake, Kid's Station, Olive Garden, Baskin Robbins and Papacitas (with friends).  It was a great time filled with family fun, but now we are having to get back on a schedule.  :-(

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Quesadilla
D- Chicken Parmesan Casserole (NR), Caprese Salad, and Italian Potatoes (NR)

B- Chocolate Chip Croissants
L- Lemon Grilled Chicken
D- Potato Chowder

B- Leftover Cinnamon Bread
L- Nachos
D- Crescent Chicken, Dressing, Broccoli and Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce

B- Doughnuts
L- Pizza Bites
D- Smothered Salisbury Steak Meatballs (NR), Macaroni and Cheese, and Glazed Carrots

B- Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Roll Ups
L- Egg Salad
D- Lemon Chicken Pasta Bake (NR), Strawberry Salad, and French Bread

B- Pancakes, Bacon, Hash Browns, Eggs
L- Pizza Crescents (NR)
D- Taco Salad and Corn

B- Orange Knots (NR)
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cinnamon Dessert Nachos

These were so delicious!  Hubby even asked me to make some so he could take them to work to share with his buddies. 

2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 flour tortillas (6 inch)
2 tablespoons Parkay® Original Spread-tub, melted
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup chocolate syrup, warmed

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; set aside.
Brush both sides of tortillas with Parkay.
Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges.
Place on foil-lined baking sheet; sprinkle both sides of wedges with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake 5 minutes on each side or until crisp.
Divide chips between 4 plates.
Top with ice cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Serve immediately.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Menu for 8/17 to 8/23

I can't seem to find my groove again after vacation... this is still a work in progress

B- Cereal
L- Dairy Queen with Grammy
D- ?

B- Doughnuts
L- Leftovers
D- Rice Crispy Cheddar Chicken, Potatoes, and Broccoli

B- One Eyed Sailor
L- Corn Dogs and Fruit
D- Fajitas, Spanish Rice, Beans, Queso, and ?

B- Pancakes and Bacon
L- Pizza Roll Ups (NR)
D- Leftovers

B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Meatball Bites (NR)
D- ?

B- Muffins
L- ?
D- ?

B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Cheesy Chicken, Potatoes, and Broccoli
D- Leftovers

Monday, August 17, 2015

Colorado Day 7 and the Drive Home

Today was our final full day in Colorado so we started off the morning enjoying a last day of being lazy.  Then after that we decided to hike up to St Mary's Glacier which is one of the most photographed places in Colorado.  It is gorgeous, absolutely amazing and less than a mile from our house.  The hike kicked my butt, but the kiddos scurried up the mountain like it was nothing.  Honestly it was a doozy, very rocky and steep, very much worth it though.  On the other hand the way down was easy except I kept thinking I was going to step wrong and break my ankle. 


After we got back to my parents house my dad took my mom up to show her the other house he is thinking of buying and when they got back we went to town.  While in town we went to Kohl's, had lunch and searched for a Children's Place (I had noticed Belle's jeans were getting short).  My phone finally led us to a Children's Place in this gorgeous outdoor mall type area.  It was absolutely beautiful. 

Raegan Mirick's photo.

On the way back to the house we grabbed dinner and then made our last drive up the mountain.  When we got home we ate, played cards, and started packing. 
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The next morning Belle woke up early, and came to cuddle in my bed.  After a few minutes of cuddling we got up, took our suitcases out and then started cleaning.  The plan was to leave at lunch but we ended up getting everything ready ahead of time so we left at 10 instead. 

The drive home was boring and felt like it took forever.  I actually did a little over half of the driving and my dad didn't take over until after dinner, which was at a place we have never eaten before.  I was beyond proud of myself because I HATE driving, usually hubby does it.

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Garlic Parmesan Fries

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The kids favorite part of their kids meals.

On the way home we did see a few interesting things... we saw a sign for "The second friendliest yarn store in the universe" we also saw a sign for "a live five legged cow and a Russian bore".  I was so glad when we rolled into our driveway at 2:45.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Colorado Day 6

On the sixth day we woke up had breakfast at the house and just spent a couple of hours being lazy and doing laundry.

Once we got moving mom, the kids and I went to  Dinosaur Ridge.  If you are ever in the area this is a  must see.  I am not typically a dinosaur kind of girl but this place was really interesting.  I would recommend doing the bus tour, our guide was Rock Doc and she did a great job.  The kids all LOVED the tour and we had a great time.  I would recommend going to the small gift shop first, they have better bathrooms and the lady gave us a coupon for a dollar off per person on the bus tour.

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Dino Bulge

Mama and baby prints...

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After we finished up at Dino Ridge we grabbed lunch at Panda Express and then sat out in search of a Toys R Us.  We had coupons so we bought a few goodies for the kiddos.  Once we got back to the house my dad informed us that he had a meeting with a realtor in a couple of hours... my dad is obsessed with buying houses.  In fact they have over 40... so anyway this house has a gorgeous view, it is the highest house on their mountain and while it needs a little work he could make a fortune if he ever sold it... mom hasn't quite agreed yet so we shall see...

Moving a boulder...

He was eating marshmallows.

Well off too bed!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Colorado Day 5

Today was a lazy day, we hung around the house most of the morning and did nothing.  It was wonderful!  My sister in law made us chocolate gravy for breakfast with biscuits and sausage.  It was delicious, I will add the recipe next week.

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At lunch time Nathan, Uncle Aaron, and Bald Head (my dad) headed out to go white water rafting.  Since Nathan is young they had to go on a beginner type river and I'm sure the older guys would have loved bigger rapids but they said Nathan was fun to watch.  He had a blast and can't wait to go again.

"The rabbits were awesome".

While they were gone we played games and helped my sil pack up.  Her grandfather died and they had to head back (plus she was sick most of the trip).


As soon as they got back to the house we went into town for one last meal together before they headed home.  We chose Beau Jo's which has AMAZING pizza.  I have never tried anything there that I don't like.  Plus they give you honey for your crust so it's like a free dessert. ;-)


After they left we went to Denver, got gas and picked up a few things at Wal Mart.  Then back home to relax and get ready for bed.  We were sad to see them leave but are excited about the cruise next year.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Colorado Day 4

Today was a busy day, we got up ate breakfast, got dressed and headed down the mountain.  Our first stop was Winter Park which has a gorgeous resort with a ton of fun things to do.  The kiddos, my brother and dad rode the alpine slide.  I was extremely nervous when they put my boys on the ski lift alone!!!  After the slide my brother did some bungee thing and my boys did a human maze while the girls played in the bounce house.  I think next time we would buy a half day pass and let the kids play for a few hours, they had a blast.

N wanted a Happy Meal
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After WP we drove into Grand Lake and had a late lunch.  We ate at the Sagebrush which was pretty good, the decorations were great.  Portions were big enough to feel like you get your monies worth.

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Biggest Dr Pepper EVER!

We always go to Rocky Mountain National Park and we ALWAYS see a ton of animals, but not this time.  This is the first time I have ever been and not seen elk, moose, or deer.  We saw one marmot and four turkeys (as we were leaving the park).  It was a sad day.  However on our way back up to the house we did see several deer, and my kids were so excited to see one pooping... they are entertained easily...

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