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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Menu for 11/6/17 to 11/12/17

Monday
B- What a Burger
L- Sandwiches
D- Tortellini Soup (NR)

Tuesday
B- Breakfast Bars
L- Mini Pizzas
D- Taco Pie, Corn (NR) and ?

Wednesday
B- Muffins
L- Cheese and Pepperoni Skewers
D- Parmesan Chicken Sliders (NR), Rice Pilaf, and Green Beans

Thursday
B- Cereal
L- Uncrustables
D- ?

Friday
B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Apple Juice Steak Marinade (NR), Baked Potatoes, and Broccoli Salad

Saturday
B- Pancakes, Bacon and Eggs
L- ?
D- Family Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday
B- Quiche
L- Vera's Birthday Party
D- Leftovers

Monday, October 30, 2017

Menu for 10/30/17 to 11/5/17


I am sooooo excited for Wednesday night.  Our family has a tradition of going to Santa Land, a Christmas light park, every year the first day they open.  The past three years we have been the first ones in the park for the season and we hope to continue that tradition on Wednesday.  In fact, my hubby is using an hour off card so that he can leave work a little early.  We are pretty hard core about this.  We mainly like going on opening night because there is never a wait.  If you wait till later in the season, there is always a line at least an hour long. 

After looking at the gorgeous lights we go to dinner at Cracker Barrel.  Our family really likes CB and there aren’t a ton of options in Terrell anyway.  I hope you all have a great week and that you enjoy some time with your family.



Monday

B- What A Burger (Don’t judge me, it was a hard morning to get out of bed)

L- Cheese and Crackers  

D- Potato Soup



Tuesday

B- Muffins

L- Sandwich

D- Taco Stack Up and Corn Casserole (NR)



Wednesday

B- Cereal

L- Mimi is eating with the kiddos

D- Cracker Barrel (Santa Land)



Thursday

B- Breakfast Casserole

L- Cheese and Pepperoni Skewers

D- Roast and Potatoes and Carrots, Biscuits



Friday

B- Cinnamon Rolls

L- Roll Ups

D- Chicken Parmesan Sliders (NR), Rice Pilaf, and Green Beans



Saturday

B- Pancakes and Bacon

L- ?

D- Apple Juice Steak Marinade (NR), Baked Potatoes, and Broccoli Salad



Sunday

B- Hash Brown Casserole

L- Out

D- Leftovers

Monday, October 16, 2017

Menu for 10/16/17 to 10/22/17


This week is one of my most favorite weeks of the year, it is Yamboree week!  If you aren’t from Gilmer you more than likely don’t really appreciate this festival. 

However, there are soooooooo many great things about this tradition.  The food is AMAZING, the rides are wonderful, the livestock shows are great for the kiddos, the crafts and vendors are unique and the bandstand is fun to watch.  The pageant is over the top, there is dancing and bowing and of course the Queen Yam.  I also love that everyone in the county shows up for the parades.  Literally everything in town shuts down during the parades, our small town of 5,000 people grows to hundreds of thousands of people over this weekend. 

The best part though is that we get out of school and I get to spend extra time with my kiddos!



Monday

B- Cereal

L- Mini Pizzas

D- Potato Soup



Tuesday

B- Breakfast Bar

L- Sandwiches

D- Taco Stack Up, Rice and Corn (NR)



Wednesday (School Lets Out Early)

B- Muffins

L- P,B, and J Sushi

D- ?



Thursday

B- Cinnamon Rolls

L- Quesadillas

D- Steak in Red Wine Sauce, Twice Baked Potatoes and Carrots



Friday (Nathan’s Birthday Party Day)

B- Eggs, Bacon, and Pancakes

L- Out

D- Yamboree



Saturday (Parade)

B- One Eyed Sailor

L- Yamboree Food

D- Chicken Fried Steak, Macaroni and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, and Fried Okra



Sunday (It’s All Over)

B- Cinnamon Bread

L- Leftovers

D- Cindy’s House

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Open Range


Our friends who own the Pizza Pan here in town have expanded in a major way.  They went from a nice but small building to a building that is probably four times the size.  When they were expanding the building they also enlarged the menu.  They went from just having amazing pizzas to having wonderful pizzas, steaks, chicken, etc. 

I love that they took an old building that we had here in town that was set to be demolished and gave it a whole new life.  It makes me happy when people take a structure that already exists and revamp it to give it a new beginning. 

When we walked in we were immediately greeted with hugs.  The entire staff is very friendly and considering yesterday was only their second day in this location it went very smoothly.  The first thing I noticed was a HUGE round table it was absolutely gorgeous!  On our way to our table the owner explained how her son in law made all the tables in the building and that her son burned them.  The building like I said before is very large, it is also very open.  I like that when you walk in you can basically see the whole set up.  To the far left there is a stage where they will have live bands and karaoke.  Also in the back there is a bar where they serve beer and wine (no hard stuff).  Beside the bar there are pool tables where the kids as well as the adults played.

One of my favorite things about the place was the laid-back atmosphere.  There is music going on the jukebox, guys walking around in cowboy hats, customers hanging out and people just generally enjoying each other. 

Soooooo enough about the building let’s talk about the food.  We started off with an order of cheese sticks.  We knew that we liked them from the old place and we were STARVING so we got those to start.  Of course, they were as good as we remembered and were gone in just a few minutes.

When our meal came out the size of the kids’ plates shocked me!  My oldest ordered chicken strips and got FOUR of them, my daughter had the cheese pizza, and my middle son asked for the kids sliders which had three large sliders on the plate.  My husband got the chicken fried steak which was delicious (I snuck a bite) and I got a chicken breast stuffed with three cheeses and rolled in bacon.  It was wonderful.



We were all hoping to get some of the funnel fries but were too stuffed by the end of the meal so we decided to save those for next time.  We had to wait several minutes for our ticket because our waitress was extremely busy but when we went to pay we were pleasantly surprised.  We had an appetizer, two large entrees, and 3 kids’ meals and our meal was only $52.  For a family of five this is a GREAT deal.  Plus we had two to go containers!!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Menu for 10/2/17 to 10/8/17


Monday

B- Doughnuts

L- Pea Salad

D- Taco Soup


Tuesday

B- Cinnamon Bread

L- Pepperoni Skewers

D- Taco Pie, Mexican Sweet Corn Cake (NR) and Spanish Rice


Wednesday

B- Cereal

L- Sandwich

D- Beef and Broccoli (NR), Rice, and Veggies


Thursday

B- Muffins

L- Mini Pizzas

D- Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole (NR), Carrots, and Biscuits


Friday

B- Breakfast Bar

L- Lunchables

D- Steak, Baked Potatoes, and Broccoli


Saturday

B- Hash Brown Casserole

L- Something in Tyler

D- ?


Sunday

B- French Toast, Bacon and Eggs

L- Birthday Party

D- Leftovers

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mexican Style Corn Salad


Yesterday after work I ran home made some Taco Roll Ups (they will be on the blog later this week) and threw together this corn salad.  Hubby texted me at the studio to let me know it was the best corn he had ever had.  Of course this made my day, I love when he gets so excited about food that he texts me!  The kids were less thrilled about it than he was.  My oldest said it was kind of weird lol.

16 ounce bag of frozen corn

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp mayo

3-4 ounces Cojita cheese (you need to crumble it)

2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best)

1 tbsp jalapeno diced

1/3 cup cilantro

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp chili powder

Salt and pepper



Heat olive oil over medium high heat.

Add the frozen corn and let it cook until the corn starts to turn just a little brown.

While the corn is cooking go ahead and mix together your mayo, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder.

When corn is done add in the above mixture and fold neatly together.

Now you need to add in the jalapeno, cheese and cilantro.

Let sit at room temp for about 15 minutes and then serve.



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Canned Green Beans with a Twist


I don’t use canned vegetables…  I prefer either fresh or frozen however yesterday while I was at Brookshire’s getting some chicken breasts the lady informed me that I got a canned vegetable for free.  The chicken was right at $10 plus I got canned green beans, a package of rolls, a bag of potatoes and a 1/2 gallon of sweet tea.  Not too shabby of a deal.

So last night I decided to go ahead and use the green beans and just get it over with.  I threw in a few spices and of course some bacon.  I was shocked when hubby texted me (I was at work) and told me they were his new favorite green beans.

So here is what I did:



1 Can of Green Beans

¼ tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp Garlic Powder

¼- ½ cup Chicken Broth

¼ cup Parmesan Cheese

2 slices Bacon



Start cooking the bacon and while it is finishing up…

Drain green beans.

Place the green beans in a pot.

Sprinkle with black pepper and garlic powder.

Pour in ¼ cup chicken broth (you may need to add more as it cooks).

Cook for 10 minutes and then pour into a serving dish.

Top with parmesan cheese and then crumble the bacon on top of that.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Menu for 9/25/17 to 10/1/17


Lots of exciting new dishes this week.  Since we had soup this weekend at our party I decided that tonight we would do something a little different and not have soup.

Monday
B- Breakfast Burrito
L- Chicken Sandwich
D- Parmesan Chicken, Caprese Dip (NR), French Bread, and Green Beans

Tuesday
B- Cereal
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Taco Rolls (NR) and Mexican Corn Salad (NR)

Wednesday
B- Muffins
L- Egg Salad
D- Key West Grilled Chicken (NR), Pasta Salad, and Potatoes

Thursday
B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken (NR), Broccoli and Fried Rice

Friday
B- Cinnamon Bread
L- ?
D- ? 

Saturday
B- One Hour Honey Almond Crunch Rolls (NR)
L- Mini Pizzas
D- Parmesan Crusted Steak, Baked Potatoes, and Roasted Asparagus

Sunday
B- Breakfast Croissant 
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Monday, September 18, 2017

Menu for 9-18-17 to 9-24-17


Monday

B- Cinnamon Rolls

L- Lunchables (Don’t Judge Me)

D- Chicken Pot Pie and Salad


Tuesday

B- Cereal

L- Cheese and Crackers

D- Tacos, Rice and Beans


Wednesday

B- Muffins

L- Chick Fil A (I have to take them to the eye dr)

D- Steak, Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and Homemade Bread



Thursday

B- Breakfast Bars

L- Pepperoni Skewers

D- Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy (NR), Rice, and Pea Salad


Friday

B- Cinnamon Bread        

L- Sandwich

D- Parmesan Chicken, Caprese Salad, Bread Sticks, and Roasted Potatoes


Saturday

B- Sausage, Eggs, Home Fries, Biscuits

L- ?

D- S’more Party


Sunday

B- Pancakes and Bacon

L- Out

D- Leftovers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Breadsticks


Last night I was in a time crunch.  I left my job at the school a few minutes after four, ran home started dinner, did homework with the kiddos, got a few chores done and then hightailed it to the studio for cheer practice at 6.  To say yesterday was a busy day would be a major understatement.  The surprising thing is that I had time to make homemade bread sticks.

This was a new recipe that I hadn’t ever tried before but the reviews seemed pretty great.  I didn’t follow the instructions exactly I added a few things and took away a few things but the base recipe was easy to work with.  Everyone in the family ate several and thought they were tasty.  These breadsticks are a little denser than ones I typically make but they were delicious and fast!


1 TB Instant Yeast
1 ½ cups Warm Water
3 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 Tb Sugar
1 ½ TSP House Seasoning
1 TSP Onion Powder
½ Cup Butter
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese

Dissolve yeast in the warm water and set to the side.
In a large mixing bowl mix together flour, sugar and salt.
Slowly stir in the yeast mixture.
Once the dough comes together knead it for approximately three minutes.
At this point you need to let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
While the dough is resting melt ½ cup of butter.
Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough.
Use a pizza cutter (this is the easiest method) and cut the dough into strips.
Place a sheet of parchment paper over your baking sheet so that you can easily slide the sticks off.
Twist the dough so that it is loose but still curvy.
Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the melted butter and then sprinkle with onion powder and house seasoning.
Top with Parmesan Cheese.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Meanwhile let the bread rise for about 20 minutes.
Pop in the oven and let cook 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve and enjoy.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Menu for 9/11 to 9/17


As many of you know fall is my favorite season.  I love the smells, football, Thanksgiving, campfires, s’mores, and the fact that every Monday night in our house is soup night.  Cooking during fall is super simple.  Monday we have soup, Tuesday we have some type of tacos, Thursday we have a crockpot meal and Sunday we go out for lunch and then have leftovers that evening.  Meal planning is sooooooo much easier during the cooler months.



Monday
B- Breakfast Taquito
L- Nanny is comng to the school for lunch
D- Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup (NR) and Bread Sticks

Tuesday
B- Cereal
L- Sandwich
D- Chicken Tacos, Rice and Beans

Wednesday
B- Breakfast Bar
L- Cheese and Crackers
D-  Beef in Red Wine Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese, Roasted Broccoli, and  Cheddar Biscuits

Thursday
B- Muffin
L- P, B, and J Skewers
D- Three Packet Roast (NR) with Potatoes and Glazed Carrots 

Friday
B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Mini Pizzas
D- Chicken Pot Pie and Salad

Saturday
B- Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy, Home Fries
L- ?
D- Homemade Pizzas and Breadsticks

Sunday
B- Cinnamon Rolls
L- Lunch at Aaron and Jordan’s
D- Leftovers

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chocolate Tasting in Dallas

This past weekend hubby and I went to Dallas to have a little date.  We were wanting to do something a little different than what we normally do so we found a chocolate tour.  After talking about it for awhile we decided to save ourselves the nearly $100 and make our own tour.  This gave us more money to spend on chocolate.  Who can resist that?

Our first stop was the Lindt, store this was not our first trip here so we knew what we wanted.  They have an almond flavored truffle that is out of this world amazing, hubby of course likes the coffee flavored ones and we had to get a few plain pieces for the kiddos.  You should see the amount of candy I brought home for $20.  We got over 70 pieces of candy... after the Lindt store it started getting more expensive...


Dude Sweet Chocolate is in a very interesting neighborhood.  As we were driving down into it I was honestly a little worried... then all of a sudden we were in this super hip art area.  It was the craziest thing and definitely not a part of Dallas I had ever been to before.  Dude Sweet Chocolate was probably my least favorite of all the chocolate stores.  The chocolate was VERY extreme.  Hubby enjoyed it because most of it was slightly bitter.  He also liked that it wasn't your typical combination of flavors.  I liked the guy who was selling the chocolate/giving samples...pretty sure he is somehow related to Bob Marley lol.  We only spent $12 here BUT that was only on one item.


This place was just a couple streets over from DSC and I fell in love before we even entered.  It was such a cute little shop and wasn't overly fancy but had a TON of exciting stuff to choose from.  They had some chocolate bark out to sample and we (I) HAD to have some to take home.  We also purchased two truffles, mine was Dulce De Leche and hubby got espresso.  In total we spent about $12 here also.




Kate Weiss was our third stop.  This store is more modern than the others and was in a more upscale neighborhood.  The houses around this store were HUGE.  Some of the choices were very out there, and I decided to go with it.  The one I got was Buttery Popcorn!  It was different for sure but actually pretty good.  I let hubby have a bite and he was not impressed.  I can't remember what flavor his was, but he seemed to like it better than mine.  The truffles started getting a little more pricey here...  $3 each compared to the $2 each we spent at the stop ahead of this one.





Chocolate Secrets was one of those stores that is slightly deceptive.  The outside was nothing special but when we stepped inside the front door I felt out of place.  The employees were great and very helpful but it was obviously a more high end candy shop than what we had been to previously in our tour.  These were the most expensive chocolates we had at $3.50 each.  I had the Texas Spicy Pecan which was pretty flavorful.  It started out with a sweet taste which faded into a more spicy after taste.  It was a great combination.  Hubby had Ancho Chile which the guys said was the most spicy... it didn't seem to faze Phillip though.




This was such a fun way to spend a Saturday and I can't wait to do something like it again.  Next time I think we should do cheese or wine...  What are your thoughts?  What kind of food tour would you do?  The possibilities go on and on and on.








Monday, August 14, 2017

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This past weekend we had our annual Ice Cream Party.  This party is OVER THE TOP.  For dinner we had hot dogs and hamburgers and afterwards we broke out the ice cream.  We had chocolate, cookies and cream, homemade vanilla and homemade strawberry.  We also had every possible topping you could imagine.  The kids bowls were full and some of the kiddos even had ice cream cones AND bowls that were full.

I have had an ice cream machine for a few years now and haven’t used it so I decided this was a great time to put it to use.  I looked up a recipe for vanilla ice cream and checked to make sure I had everything (which I did) and then got started.  I was amazed at how easy making ice cream is!  I had never done it because I thought it was difficult but it took a total of about five minutes to put together.

The only thing that was a little off was that it had the consistency of soft serve even after putting it in the freezer for a bit.  Even though it was super soft the flavors were wonderful and it was very light.  


6 egg yolks
2 cups white sugar
24 ounces heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2-3 tablespoons vanilla extract
Whole Milk (about two cups… I might use a little less next time)

Cream eggs and sugar.
Add cream, condensed milk, milk and vanilla.
Beat until well blnded.
Pour into ice cream churn.
Insert paddle to stir.
Pack around the outside of the ice cream churn with ice and rock salt.
It’s done when it won’t churn anymore.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Omelet from a Bag


Now that summer is winding down my hope is that I will be better about blogging.  We had such a busy summer, and were rarely home, but when we were home we were hanging out in our pool.  Most of you know this past year we bought a new house… well along with the house we got an AMAZING pool/hot tub/waterfall.  Basically, my backyard is paradise.  It’s funny though we live in Texas and it’s August and the water was cold last night when we jumped in.


On to the important stuff… FOOD!  So, the other night I was in a hurry as usual to get dinner on the table and decided to try something new.  I had never done the whole omelet in a bag thing and thought it would be fun to give it a shot.  Oh, my word, super easy, super tasty, and super quick.  This could be one of my new favorite quick meals.


Baggie

2 Eggs

1 Tablespoon

Water

1 Teaspoon House Seasoning

½ Teaspoon Onion Powder


Extra Ingredients:

Shredded Cheese

Steak

Diced Ham

Bacon

Sausage

Tomato

Jalapeno

Onion

Etc…


Toppings:

Salt and Pepper

Sour Cream

Salsa

Etc…


Bring a large pot of water to boil.

While the water is heating up crack the eggs into a bowl and lightly scramble.

Pour them into the baggie.

Add any seasonings or other ingredients.

Place bags into boiling water and attach with a clip  to a skewer laid across the pot.

Don’t let the bags hang over the edge of the pot.  They can melt and it will be a mess.

When the egg is no longer runny carefully remove from the pot of water.

The eggs will slide out easily onto your plate.

Now comes the fun part add your toppings and enjoy.

*This recipe is for one serving.  I doubled the recipe for my husband and I.

*This recipe could be prepared ahead of time to take camping.




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Red Wine Roast and Fingerling Potatoes

I had high hopes for this recipe, but was sadly disappointed.  The flavors didn't really soak into the meat or potatoes and I feel like it left it kind of bland.  During the summer we are in the pool so much so I was hoping this would be a quick, yummy, easy meal to throw together.  If only the flavors would have absorbed into the meat I feel like we would have had a winner.

  • 1 beef round roast (2 lbs) fat trimmed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb fingerling potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder.
Pat roast dry and season on both sides with salt and pepper. 
Dredge in flour and shake off any extra.  
In a large skillet over medium high heat, sear roast in olive oil on both sides, 5-10 minutes until golden. 
Place the meat in the bottom of a slow cooker and arrange potatoes around it.
Pour wine and beef broth over roast and then sprinkle in garlic and onion powders. 
Cook roast on low 6-8 hours until roast and vegetables are tender. 
Serve and enjoy.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fluffy and Delicious Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These pancakes are wonderful.  They are as the name says fluffy and very tasty.  Sadly I got so excited to eat them I didn't take a picture of the finished product.


2 cups flour

6 tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 ¾ cup whipping cream

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 large eggs

4 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla (the real stuff)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


In a large mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.

In a medium mixing bowl combine cream, and apple cider vinegar. 

You will want to let this mixture sit a couple of minutes before adding anything else.

Now add your egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla.

Slowly add your wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix till smooth.

Next is the best part!  Add in your chocolate chips!

Heat the griddle making sure not to turn it to high.  You don’t want to burn the pancakes.

Using a ladle scoop out a portion of the mixture and pour onto the griddle.

When it starts to bubble it is time to flip.

Before taking them off the griddle I recommend poking the middle with a toothpick because no one wants a runny pancake.

Arrange on a platter and top with butter and syrup.

Time to enjoy!




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Guacamole


Hubby loved this guacamole and said it was as good or better than he has had at any restaurant! 



4 ripe avocados

1 small tomato

¼ of a red onion

1 lg jalapeno (no seeds)

Juice from 1 lime

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp chili powder

Salt



Cut avocados in half, scoop out the seed and then scoop the remaining into a mixing bowl.

Next you will need to mash the avocado, this is a great job for kiddos.

Now you need to prepare your tomato, onion, and jalapeno.

Dice them into small pieces and then add them to the avocado mixture.

Squeeze in your lime juice and add the rest of your ingredients to the bowl.

Sprinkle in some salt and give it a stir.

Wrap and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

When you pull it out make sure and mix it up again before eating.


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