Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Menu for 1-25 to 1-31

B- Doughnuts
L- Lunch with Grammy
D- Lasagna Soup

Tuesday (We have a new nephew!)
B- Fruit
L- Leftover soup
D- Out

B- Yogurt
L- Sandwich
D- Biscuits, Hash Brown Casserole, Eggs, Gravy, and Bacon

B- Pancakes
L- Grilled Cheese Quesadilla
D- ?

B- Muffins
L- Date with Hubby
D- ?

B- One Eyed Sailor
L- Homemade Pizza
D- Baked Potato Party

B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Roast, Potatoes, Carrots
D- Leftovers

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cookie Pie

One day while I was scrolling through facebook I saw this video of a woman making an easy, fast and delicious looking cookie!  I made it Wednesday night for dinner and everyone loved it.  I didn't get to taste it sadly because my blood sugar has been slightly out of whack lately.  :-(

Frozen cookie dough (thawed)
Bag of caramels (melted)
Chocolate chips
Ice Cream

Spray a pie plate or skillet with cooking spray.
Spread half of your cookies into the bottom of the dish.
Top the cookie dough with the melted bag of caramels.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of that.
Top with the remaining cookie dough.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Top with ice cream and serve.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brown Sugar Glazed Red Potatoes

Phillip loved the Chicken with Balsamic that I made last night, but he said these potatoes were his favorite part of the meal.  In fact when you take the sauce from the chicken and pour it over these potatoes then you have a masterpiece!

4-6 Red Potatoes (cubed)
½ cup Water
1½ TB Butter
1½ TB Brown Sugar
Parsley (or your favorite spice)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Bring red potatoes, water, butter and brown sugar to a boil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Turn to low and simmer for approximately 6 minutes.
Turn back to high and cook until all the water is evaporated and potatoes are tender.
Remove from heat.
Add salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Creamy Balsamic Chicken

This chicken is wonderful but the best part of the whole dish is the sauce.  If you have followed my blog at all then you know how much I LOVE balsamic vinegar and this dish does not disappoint! 

While the flavor is wonderful the prep and lack of effort you put into this recipe is just as great.  I adore a meal that can be thrown together quickly and easily.  Last nights dinner was completely ready in less than 30 minutes! 

4 chicken breast
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch of fresh black pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
*Save your flour
Salt to taste
Add flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder to a large resealable bag.
Add chicken and toss to coat. 
In a large skillet heat butter until melted over medium-high heat.
Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes per side till golden brown.
Remove chicken and set aside.
Add chicken broth to skillet to deglaze pan.
Stir in heavy cream, balsamic vinegar and bring to a low boil.
Add chicken back to skillet and turn to coat.
Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add in 1 tb of reserved flour to help thicken.
Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook till ready to serve.
Sprinkle with salt.
Place chicken on a serving dish (with edges).
Pour sauce over the chicken and serve.

Because we like the sauce so much I doubled it!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Menu for Jan 18 to Jan 24

Monday (No School)
B- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
L- Mini Pizzas
D- Balsamic Almond Chicken (NR), Brown Sugar Glazed Potatoes (NR), and Pea Salad

B- Fruit and Yogurt
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- Hubby's parents are coming over!

B- Doughnuts
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Hamburger Steak, Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Deviled Eggs and Pie

B- Cereal
L- Chicken Bites
D- Broccoli Cheese Soup

B- Biscuits and Gravy
L- Lunch date at Café Barrons
D- Subway! Thanks to my coupons we ate for $5!

B- Breakfast Casserole
L- ?
D- Steak, Baked Potatoes, Corn on Cob

B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Out (Cracker Barrel/Gift Card!!!)
D- Leftovers

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Angel Hair Pasta With Garlic, Herbs and Parmesan

This pasta was soooo yummy!  I honestly didn't think it would be nearly as good as it was.  I had really low expectations but we were blown away.  I loved the flavor and honestly anything with garlic and parmesan has to be good! 

8 ounces angel hair pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/8 teaspoon chili pepper flakes (or more to taste) (Didn't add)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts of water).
While the water is heating in step 1, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan on medium heat.
Add the sliced garlic, chili pepper flakes, finely chopped herbs, and chopped parsley to the oil.
Cook for one minute or until the parsley has wilted and the garlic is emitting a strong fragrance. Remove from heat.
The angel hair past will cook in about 2 minutes once it starts, so get everything ready.
Once the water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta.
Cook at a rolling boil until al dente.
Drain the pasta and rinse briefly with cold water, just enough to stop the cooking, but not so much as to make the pasta cold.
The pasta should still be quite warm.
Place pasta in a large bowl.
Pour herbed garlic sauce over the pasta and gently toss to combine.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese  and freshly ground black pepper over the pasta and gently toss to combine.
Serve immediately as a side dish.
Reheats well if you make ahead.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Amazing Pizza Dough / Breadsticks

I just sat down to type this and realized that I never took a picture last night.  We had friends coming over for dinner and I was in a rush and completely forgot. 

I made this recipe for the first time a few years ago, somehow the recipe was lost and I forgot about it.  Well yesterday I remembered how wonderful these were and set out to find the recipe.  It was pretty easy to find and I wish I had thought about it before now...  my waistline is glad I didn't. ;-) 

You will absolutely love this dough.  The breadsticks are out of this world, and the flavor is perfect!  The dough is easy to stretch, I use my hands first for a bit and then roll it out.

For pizza dough
1 cup of warm water
2 ¼ tsps of active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsps salt
2 tbsps olive oil
3 cups of bread flour
For garlic breadsticks
Half the dough created from pizza dough recipe
2 tbsps salted butter, softened
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
Salt and pepper for seasoning
First for the pizza dough. In a large bowl, stir the yeast and sugar into the warm water. Leave it to stand for approximately 10 minutes or until the mix begins to foam.
Add to the mixture the salt, olive oil and half of the flour and give it a good mix.
Gradually add in the remaining flour and mix it in until you have a dough that is a bit tacky but doesn’t stick to your hands.
Knead the dough for 6 minutes. Your arms may well start hurting but do persist!
When needed, place dough in a greased bowl and cover it.
Leave it to rise for between 1-2 hours.
Next for the breadsticks.
Mix the garlic and butter in a bowl and leave for later.
Spread the dough (half of what you made earlier) into a 12 inch circle on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.
Spread the butter and garlic on top of the dough and then sprinkle on the parmesan and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 500 F for 10 minutes.
When removed from the oven leave to cool for 2 minutes.
Then cut into thin strips to resemble breadsticks.

Makes 2

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cheddar Beer Bread

This was yummy!  One of my children REALLY loved it, in fact that kind of has me worried now. ;-)
I love that this bread is so quick and easy to throw together and that there aren't a ton of steps to follow.  You can make amazing bread with very little effort!

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup onion, chopped (I used 1 tsp onion powder) 
3 garlic cloves, minced (I used 1 tsp garlic powder) 
12 ounces beer


Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Combine all the ingredients (except the beer) until well mixed.
Add beer a quarter at a time until all ingredients are blended.
Spoon into a greased and floured 4x8 inch loaf pan and smooth down with fork.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. 
Serve warm with soup or stew.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Menu for 1-11 to 1-17

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Sandwich
D- Chicken, Green Beans, and Potatoes, Cheddar Bear Bread (NR)

B- Chocolate Chip Croissant
L- Cheese Bites

B- Fruit and Yogurt
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Parmesan Chicken, Cheesy Bread, Salad, Pasta

B- Bacon and Mini Pancakes
L- Sandwich
D- Slow Cooker Beef Tips (NR), Rice, and Broccoli

B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Fuddruckers
D- Chicken Express (Parents took us out!)

B- Biscuits and Gravy, Eggs and Ham
L- Leftover Chicken Express
D- Steak, Baked Potatoes, Corn On Cob

B- Hash Brown Casserole (I always change my mind by Sunday lol)
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gingerbread Houses

Yesterday I went to Wal Mart to grab a few things after dropping the kids off at school.  I love to have little crafty things for the kiddos to do when they get home and I was so excited to notice the gingerbread houses were 75 percent off.  So I grab 4 and put them in my buggy.

When I got to the register they only rang up half off and after much discussion they finally decided that since there is a HUGE sign over them saying 75 percent off that they would give them to me for that price.  I mean honestly you can see the 7 and the 5 from about four rows over...  Anyway they ended up being $1.99 each woo hoo!

After I picked the kiddos up from school we swung by Sonic for an after Christmas break back to school slushie and then headed home.  I told the kids in the car that they had a surprise and they managed to get it out of me... (I am not the best at keeping exciting secrets).  As we were walking in the house poor Nathan tripped and broke his slushie cup thankfully we were able save about half of it.

Inside I gave them each their gingerbread kit and we decided to do a contest to see who would get a prize.  I went back to my room because they didn't want me to see them before they were done...  They spent an hour on them and I must say that was $8 well spent!

Isabelle's honestly turned out best and she is the youngest.  I was sooooo surprised at how well she did and that she stuck with it.

Jacob decided about half way through that he would prefer to just eat his...

Nathan did great, he had some fun details.  He even spelled his name out with candy.

Bryson took a more modern route and decided to have a flat roof and no back wall.

Since they all did a great job they each got a package of candy from my secret stash...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Menu for 1-4 to 1-10 (Work in Progress)

B- Doughnuts
L- Sandwich
D- Chicken Noodle Soup

B- Pancake Bites
L- Chicken Bites
D- Tortas, Rice, and Beans

B- Muffins
L- Out (Taking my grandmother to the Dr)

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Sandwich
D- Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans (NR) and Bread

B- Fruit and Yogurt
L- Cheese Quesadillas

B- Pancakes, Eggs, and Bacon
L- Egg Salad

B- Croissant Casserole
L- Out
D- Leftovers

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