Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
But then, I think it's worth it when she walks around the house chewing on her peas and spaghetti.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So Friday night, I tried really hard to come up with some random meals that I could throw together with things I already had in stock. But I thought I would share them with you since we all know we have those days where we need to go grocery shopping, there's nothing in the pantry or the fridge, but frozen pizza or pasta isn't going to cut it.
Banana Bread - I found a purely basic recipe and pulled some ripe bananas out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight. Amazing! I tweeked the recipe just a little and if you want to see my version, it's linked over on the right hand side of the page. INSTANT BREAKFAST! (P.S. If you are throwing super ripe bananas in the garbage, you are an IDIOT! Throw them in a food storage bag and put them in the freezer until you have the time or the need to make banana bread, blueberry banana nut bread, banana muffins, souffléd banana pancake, etc...)
Chicken Pot Pie - I had a leftover puff pastry in the freezer (but you could make a few bisquick biscuits) that I thawed and threw on top of all of all the fresh veggies and garlic I had left in my fridge, some frozen peas, some shredded chicken from the freezer, and a can of cream of chicken soup and it was GOOD! I had second helpings!! And it was pretty. I love the way a puff pastry looks ... all golden and delicious.
Skillet Quiche - While I DON'T have a pie crust and have no intention of making one (I am watching my waistline afterall), I DO have eggs and plenty of onions, cheese and frozen broccoli. I also found a single potato hiding the back of my veggie drawer and threw that in for fun too. Voila! (I think I used spinach and mushrooms in the one pictured)
Two-Mustard Chicken - This one is so easy and cheap. We always have all kinds of different mustards in the fridge, honey and rice in the pantry, so this entire recipe is all out of regular stocked items. Just add chicken!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
But I have decided not to be that girl anymore. If I want to leave the house, I have chosen to be a little more fashion conscious. And since I always feel so unsure about making fashion choices, I had to turn to an expert. I started reading the blog, Ain't No Mom Jeans, and got virtually SPANKED for not caring enough about myself and my family to put on real clothes.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Next on the list, buying something off of Craigslist. Check! Rachel has been determined to tear down the crib we have now (minus a few pieces that we lost in the move) so I started looking for a "low cost alternative." I found the cutest Jenny Lind Crib on Craigslist and me and E put it together today and rearranged her room since we no longer "need" a changing table. Rach was a little freaked out by the bed because the rails were higher (thank goodness, because she was so close to climbing out), but all is well now and she loves her new bed.
You want more snow pictures? You got em'!! At the end of the day, we had about 2 more inches on top of what you see here. The wind (at 45mph last night) sounded like it was trying to tear the house down. It was a long, loud night!! But the snow shoveling started early this morning and hopefully warmer temperatures are on their way.
Why am I hopeful that warmer temperatures are on their way? Because we are beyond bored stuck inside. I spent the last 2 blizzards organizing my house because I was bored. Now, I have nothing to do!! We are so bored, in fact, that we tried to teach Rachel to ride Maggie, and we tried to teach Maggie to like it. (neither happened)
Nothing new this week...More Snow! As I watched E shovel the walk, I realized that in some places, the snow was as tall as his shoulders. Another day stuck inside. We are on a blizzard warning until tonight.
I have been keeping Rach inside since she has a runny nose, but E and Maggie have been out and about everyday, walking and playing and exploring. Maggie is such a snow-dog. She loves playing in the white wild. It's so funny to watch her bury her head in the snow and take big mouthfuls of it. Then she runs to the front door because she's cold and wants to go inside and warm up.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I have an addiction to One-Pot meals. They are just so great and so easy. I love them. So here's another one for you to try if you like One-Pot meals like I do. Some how this Southern Living Recipe from 3 years ago made it's way into my recipe pile. It was Shepherd's Pie with a twist... Cheesy Carrot Mashed Potatoes for the topping. Something I have never tried and now I think I might keep that recipe and serve it as a side dish for some other meal. It was really good and got 5 stars from our dinner guests. One more thing I like about One-Pot meals...LEFTOVERS!!!
- 1 1/2 pounds ground round (ground turkey worked well too)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 (8-oz.) package fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can stewed tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes
1. Brown beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove ground beef from skillet using a slotted spoon; reserve 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Reduce heat to medium.
2. Sauté onion, mushrooms, and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat 10 to 11 minutes or until tender. Stir in ground beef, peas, and next 4 ingredients. Sprinkle flour over meat mixture. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and vinegar, breaking up large tomato pieces with a spoon. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove bay leaf. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 3-qt. baking dish or pan. Spoon Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes evenly over meat mixture, smoothing with back of spoon.
3. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step 2. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated, shielding with aluminum foil after 25 minutes to prevent excessive browning.
- 1 (1-lb.) package baby carrots
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 (22-oz.) package frozen mashed potatoes
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1. Place carrots and 1/4 cup water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until carrots are tender. Drain.
2. Stir in butter. Coarsely mash carrots with a potato masher.
3. Prepare potatoes according to package directions, using 2 1/2 cups milk. Stir in cheese, next 3 ingredients, and carrot mixture until well blended.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ore-Ida Frozen Mashed Potatoes. Do not use refrigerated mashed potatoes.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I am PEEVED!! I went to the grocery store this morning with all of my coupons spilling all over the place (as usual, oh, and Rachel throws up grape juice all over her white jacket, sigh), got my FREE MILK coupon in hand, bought my milk, checked out and...guess what?? My commissary wouldn't accept my coupon. Since I really don't shop anywhere else, my misfortune is now your fortune.