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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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookies


These were good, everyone seemed to like them, but they were not great.  My grandmother who is picky said she enjoyed them so that is always a plus.  I dont think I would make these again just because they were slightly messy and time consuming.


½ cup unsalted butter (softened)

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg yolk room temp

1 and ¼ cups all purpose flour

1/8 tsp salt

¼ cup dulce de leche (I used more which may be why mine were so messy but without the extra I feel like they would have been VERY dry.)

2 tbsp sea salt


In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and the brown sugar.

Beat in the vanilla and egg yolk next.

In a separate bowl combine the flour and the salt.

Stir!

Gradually stir the flour into the butter and mix until blended well.

Shape the dough into a ball, cover and chill for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Shape the dough into balls and place them 2 inches apart on the greased baking sheet.

Using your thumb or a spoon press an indention into the center of each ball.

If the edges crack just pinch them back together.

Fill the indents with ¼ tsp of dulce de leche.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are light brown.

Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sprinkle the tops with sea salt.




Recipe from Jen Sobjack

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Street Corn


The third Sunday of every month we have a big family get together.  My family is there, my brother’s family, my parents, my aunt and uncle and my grandparents.  It is a BLAST.  The best thing is that I get to see my nieces and nephew!  This month it was my turn to host and so we had a Mexican themed meal.  We had chicken tacos, ground beef tacos, rice, beans, corn, queso, guacamole, salsa, and all the toppings you can imagine.  After dinner we had tres leches cake, rice krispies, and dulce de leche cookies.  The meal was a huge hit! 

Several of the recipes I made were new to me and so I wanted to share them with you this week.  First up is the corn.  Everyone who had it LOVED it.  The corn was nice and fresh and just gorgeous.  The flavor was on point and it was super easy to prepare.


16 ounce bag of frozen corn

1 tsp onion powder

3 tbsp butter

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp cumin

2 tbsp mayo

2 tbsp lime juice

3 tbsp cilantro

Feta or queso fresca


Heat butter in a large skillet over high heat.

Add in frozen corn and cook till golden.

Season with onion powder, salt and pepper.

Move from heat and add in chili powder and cumin.

Add in mayo, lime juice and half of the cilantro.

Once mixed well pour into a serving bowl and top with remaining cilantro as well as the cheese. 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Menu for 5/8/17 to 5/14/17

Monday
B- Cereal Bar
L- Cheese and Crackers
D-

Tuesday
B- Muffins
L- Sandwich
D- Caprese Quiche (NR), Roasted Green Beans and Italian Potatoes

Wednesday
B- Chocolate Cip Croissant
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- ?

Thursday
B- Cereal
L- P, B, and J Sushi
D- Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken (NR), Fried Rice and Stir Fry Veggies

Friday
B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Sandwich
D- Queso Smothered Chicken (NR), Spanish Rice and Corn

Saturday
B- One Eyed Sailor
L- Mini Corn Dogs
D- Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

Sunday
B- Mother's Day
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicken with Orange Marinade

Today was a beautiful but that changes quickly in east Texas.  We are now under torbad warnings and have had about 9 touch down in a city about 60 minutes away.  I hate tornado season with a passion!

Since we are sitting here listening for sirens  I figured I could go ahead and post a new recipe we tried tonight.

Phillip is out of town at a convention so I decided to take it kind of easy tonight and do something simple.  I happened to find this recipe and decided to give it a shot.  With a couple of changes it was pretty tasty.

1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1 packet Italian seasoning
4-6 chicken beasts

Mix first three ingredients .
Place chicken in baggie with other items.
Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Turn skillet on medium-high and dump everything in the skillet.
Cook until juices run clear.

I served mine on a bed of rice pilaf and drizzled a little honey over the top.  To add just a bit more I garnished with oranges and some nuts for crunch.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Menu for 4/24 to 4/30

Monday
B- Muffins
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Chick Fil A

Tuesday
B- Cereal
L- Lunchable
D- Fried Chicken, Red Lobster Biscuits, Carrots and Baked Potatoes

Wednesday (Working LATE)
B- Croissants
L- Sandwiches
D- Tomato Basil Soup

Thursday (Working LATE)
B- Breakfast Bar
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Potatoes and Broccoli

Friday
B- Cereal
L- Pasta Salad
D- Pizza Hut (we have free pizzas)

Saturday
B- One Eyed Sailor
L- Corn Dogs
D- ?

Sunday
B- Breakfast Casserole
L- Leftovers

D- Steak in Red Wine Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese, Rolls, and Green Bean Bundles

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baked Pasta with Alfredo

I made this last night for dinner.  We had a very busy night and I needed something to throw together quickly.  This dish was fast and the taste was pretty good.  The alfredo sauce added a little extra creaminess to the dish.  I feel like next time I will probably add some extra onion powder.

1 pound ground beef
32 ounces of garlic and herb spaghetti sauce
16 ounces of alfredo sauce
1 lb pasta
1 tsp onion powder
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the meat and drain off the extra liquid.
While the meat is cooking boil the pasta.
Add onion powder to the meat and mix well.
When the pasta is done pour in the alfredo sauce.
Next you will pour the pasta mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Now you top the pasta with the meat.
Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top of the beef.
Lastly before popping it in the oven add the mozzarella cheese to the top of the dish.

Now you will bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Menu for 4/17 to 4/23

Monday
B- Strawberry Muffins
L- Sandwich
D- Baked Ziti (NR), That Corn, and Rolls

Tuesday
B- Breakfast Bar
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Biscuits and Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Skillet Potatoes, and Bacon

Wednesday
B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- Slow Cooker Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches (NR) and Chips

Thursday
B- Cereal
L- Ham Roll Ups
D- ?

Friday
B- Sticky Buns
L- Sandwich
D- Smothered Tuscan Garlic Chicken (NR), Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Green Beans

Saturday
B- Camping
L- Camping
D- Camping

Sunday
B- Camping
L- Camping
D- Camping

Monday, April 10, 2017

Menu for 4/10 to 4/16

Monday-
B- Chips (don’t judge I couldn’t pull myself out of bed)
L- Sandwich
D- One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta (NR) and Corn

Tuesday
B- Muffins
L- Mini Pizzas       
D- Coconut Crusted Chicken, Rice Pilaf, and Parmesan Carrots

Wednesday
B- Chocolate Chip Crescent Rolls
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- Chicken Pot Pie (My oldest has been BEGGING for CPP)

Thursday
B- Cereal Rolls
L- Pasta Salad
D- Beef in Red Wine Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese, and Broccoli Salad

Friday
B- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
L- Tacos
D- Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday
B- One Eyed Sailor (soooooo yummy)
L- ?
D- Life Group Party

Sunday
B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Leftovers

D- Easter at Nanny’s Lake House

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 10

Sadly, our vacation has come to an end.  We woke up SUPER early to catch our 5:15 a.m. flight back to Dallas.  The flight went smoothly and we were able to nap a bit.  When we had landed, and were getting off the plane we found out Belle had been sitting beside an agent, which was kind of neat.

Once we had our bags, we caught the shuttle back to the hotel to get our van.  After we had our van we ran through Panera Bread to grab some breakfast and then headed over to Ikea.  I needed two more chairs to go with our dining room table and we also needed some barstools so this seemed like the perfect time to grab them.  No reason to make another trip to Dallas!  Isabelle got bored while we were looking around so Phillip checked her into the daycare, the boys sadly were too tall and had to shop with us.

By the time, we left Ikea it was lunch time so we stopped at one of our favorite places to eat in Dallas, The Cheesecake Factory!  The food is so delicious and the portions are huge.  Phillip and I each got one of our favorites and then just split it.  Our reasoning was that this way we could have them both.  I also got a Lemon Drop Martini.  I had never had one before but it was so nice and light and refreshing.

Lemon Drop Martini

Orange Chicken


Black Pepper Chicken





I hope that you enjoyed hearing about our vacation.  Some of my favorite memories as a kid were when we traveled.  I would encourage you to take trips with your kiddos they don’t have to be extravagant or far away, they just have to be quality time spent together.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 9

Hi ho hi ho it’s off to Philly we go.  We decided that since our flight left so early the next morning we would check out of the resort a day before originally planned and spend the day/night in Philadelphia.  Our hope was that this would make traveling home Saturday easier and less stressful.


The first place I wanted to go was Elfreth’s Alley.  It is the oldest residential street in America and is absolutely stunning.  It is wonderful to be able to take a minute and look at things how they used to be.   I feel like it makes us realize how far we have come and how hard people have worked for us to get to where we are now.







After wandering around EA we went to Reading Terminal Market.  It was HEAVEN.  If you are a foodie this is definitely a place you should go.  It was packed because there was a convention nearby, but we were able to try some delicious foods.











These doughnuts the Amish ladies made were mind blowing!  The amount of flavors that they could produce was astounding... there were around 100 different varieties to choose from.









Since we mainly snacked while in Reading Terminal we walked to a restaurant that a few locals had bragged about.  We were excited to try it, the restaurant itself was very retro but also very upscale.  This was one of our most pricey meals and was sadly disappointing.  Phillip ordered the “homemade and fresh” turkey potpie.  When it finally came out about 15 minutes after the rest of our food it was cold in the middle.  Phillip sent it back and ate off our plates, the rest of the food while not cold was bland and not very exciting.








When we were done eating we went out in search of the LOVE statue.  After looking for 30 minutes and asking a set of police officers (who gave us the wrong direction) and several sets of locals we found out that it was in storage because of construction being done in the area.  We did get to see China Town and these awesome buildings though:




Also, since we couldn’t find the LOVE statue we decided to spend a few minutes in this fun little park.




After a little time in the park we retrieved our car and drove to the hotel.  We checked in, had a few kiddos take showers and then ran out to grab dinner at Ruby Tuesday (the only restaurant within ten minutes).  It was a nice easy relaxing meal and we were able to discuss our favorite things about vacation, the things we would miss the most and the things we were most excited about getting home to.  One more day of traveling and then our vacation is over.




This was mine it was DELICIOUS!


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