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.

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

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

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

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

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- ?
D- ? 

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

B- Breakfast Croissant 
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Monday, September 18, 2017

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


B- Cinnamon Rolls

L- Lunchables (Don’t Judge Me)

D- Chicken Pot Pie and Salad


B- Cereal

L- Cheese and Crackers

D- Tacos, Rice and Beans


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


B- Breakfast Bars

L- Pepperoni Skewers

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


B- Cinnamon Bread        

L- Sandwich

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


B- Sausage, Eggs, Home Fries, Biscuits

L- ?

D- S’more Party


B- Pancakes and Bacon

L- Out

D- Leftovers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.