Picture from the Kellogg's site.
Friday, March 7, 2014
I made this dish last night after I baked cupcakes for a co-worker so I was a little late with dinner and forgot to snap a picture to show you what mine looked like. Next time, next time. I added some additional spices like cayenne pepper to the mix for a spicy "fried" chicken coating. We were all happy with the flavor but I'll be changing it slightly to accommodate
my our family tastes. I won't be using skin on chicken. The coating is fantastic and crisp but the chicken skin just pretty much grosses me out. You, however, may love that part. I know my boys are in the "love the skin" population but until they are cooking, I'm skinning :) So simple, but a little messy or maybe that's just me.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This quote is so true. When I was diagnosed with a semi manageable, but not curable, auto immune disorder I decided that life was too short to not eat chocolate cake. As a lifetime dieter this was an enormous change in my thinking and way of life. I was always depriving myself and feeling guilty for what I ate and unfortunately determined my self worth by how tight my jeans were that day. And God forbid I had to step on a scale at a physician's office (you know they always do that first and then check your blood pressure). Like it's going to be normal when you've just been weighed??
After my diagnosis....I stopped.
I stopped dieting, I stopped depriving myself, and I stopped worrying.
I began to eat what I wanted when I was hungry. It really wasn't a conscious decision, but I began to eat real food. No more low fat, low sugar, diet foods. I ate cookies for dessert and it was so strange because I had never even allowed myself to eat anything remotely resembling a treat with the exception of fruit. I even ate less of my entree so that I could save room for dessert :D I bought organic whole milk. Lastly, I began to cook more whole foods and eat out less.
Guess what? I promptly lost 10 pounds without any effort.
I'm fairly structured with my eating and I really like vegetables and whole grains which makes things easier. Exchanging things for organic whenever feasible plays a big part in my overall health, I believe. Also, I don't drink diet soda or eat low calorie yogurt. Fake sweeteners are horrible for you...numerous studies say so, and honestly they taste horrible too!
Anyway, all this to say, yes, I'm eating junk food whenever I want....as long as I'm the one cooking it.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
We really liked this and will add it to our permanent rotation of meals. My only change will be to either find a salt free taco seasoning or make my own salt free version. With the cheese and chips it was just a little much for our taste. Oh, and I didn't use the full amount of chips on top of the casserole. This is one you could freely improvise with and enjoy the result regardless of what you do. Unless you really get crazy with like some grape jelly or something :)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This is a quick no bake recipe that I would make again but....I have to say a baked version is a tiny bit more indulgent and a little better in my book. I used a pre made crust so it was super simple. I actually may have made it my "go to all the time" recipe if I had made the crust myself. That just means I have to make it again. Aaah...so sad, lol.
This post is linked to What's Cooking Wednesday
I roasted some garlic ( approximately 2 small heads) just cause I hadn't done it in a while. I also taught my 17 year old son how to do this just so he could look really smart if this ever comes up in teenage conversation and besides, I wanted company in the kitchen. I never expected my dinner guests to love, love, love this mixture. I will make this again. Use as a topping/seasoning for bread, mashed potatoes, or vegetables. I haven't tried it but I bet it would make a fantastic flavoring for any pan fried items also.
- 2 small head garlic sliced horizontally
- olive oil
- 1 stick of butter at room temperature
Place each head of garlic on a piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and gather ends around until a purse like packet is formed. Place packets in a 350 degree oven on a cookie sheet. Roast for 30 minutes or until cloves are soft and easily mashed with a fork. Allow garlic to cool then mash, and combine with the butter. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I haven't posted a "to do" list in a very long time, although rest assured my little fingers have been writing lists on paper like a fiend! This week (and hopefully in the future)I am actually going to have a day off in the middle of the week. This will allow me to do errands and appointments and free up my weekends for house projects. I'm so happy about this because I absolutely want to to get my house in order. I need pride in ownership when I drive up to my home. Anyway, here is a detailed list of things I'm doing for the week.....gotta love the list......live the list, lol.
Call Dad for time on his "celebrity" pancake flipping.He'll be there from 2-3. Remind the boys about going to see Papa tomorrowOnly one can go :(, he'll represent. Ask Dad to have Tom call me.It's spring, yard work, yard work. Text coworker about trading weekends for workHave to run by there and check schedule but spoke to someone who's willing. Remind boys about their Dad's birthday Text Tan to call DisneyHoping to back up reservations for spring break.
- Pick up steaks and chairs from warehouse.
Text Scott about phone bill.
- Spray interior house for pest control.
Get telephone numberand make appointment for hair. Closed Mondays Call and see if Wednesday MD appt can be changed to an earlier time.Good thing I did...they had me down for the wrong type of appt, had to change days completely. Pick up pens from dollar store.
- Make a decision about changes to cable. I think hulu plus may be taking some of the costs out of my cable bill.
Purchase and install magic jack telephone system.So far so good. I received a new telephone number although you can retain your old one and the phone is performing just as my cable phone did but the cost is only 29.99 per year. Really!!! Write recipe reviews for cheesecake and taco bake. Get orzo at dollar store.
- Make reservations for Las Vegas.
Run by Winn Dixie for pork butt Make appt for facial.I have a friend who's new to the business and we will be discussing a business proposal. Remind Ty about dentist appointment on 3/19/14 2pm, check his tennis schedule. Remind Tan to make dentist appointment. Post menu plan to orgjunkie.com. Clean out email
- Crush and season Rice Krispies for this recipe for tomorrow.
Iron shirts for work for week. Make sure Ty has outfit for speech on Tuesday Update resume. Recruit some help for garage clean out. My bff is doing it :)
- Plan a date for garage sale.
Clean out car Bring creamer and egg cartons to work. Encourage Ty to write a speech for Tuesday instead of "winging" it...
- Plan dinners at Disney....make reservations for bowling/sushi place.
Write post for garlic butter. Go to Ty's scholarship program Look up info on training course and local rules and regs concerning operation
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I decided last week that I was going to take a hint from Jessica over at lifeasmom.com and designate my weekly meal plan in to categories. This will take some of the "planning" out of my meal plan and allow me to try new recipes based on a category and not throwing all of the same type at my boys at once. Good idea, huh? I'm not sure why I never thought of this before. This week is all plainchicken.com, everything on her menu last week sounded good to me and I have most of the ingredients in my pantry, frig, and freezer....all I'll have to shop for are the dairy products and veggies to go with. Hope your planning was as easy as mine. Have a great week and head over to orgjunkie.com for lots of great ideas for menu planning.
- Poultry Meal--Cornflake Chicken Fingers
- Casserole Meal--Taco Bake
- Skillet Meal--Brunswick Stew
- Meatless Meal--Creamy no boil Macaroni and Cheese
- Salad or Sandwich Meal--Asian Chicken Salad, Black Bean Burgers
- Dessert of the week--No Bake Cherry Cheesecake
I left out bread and side dish since I don't typically plan those separately. I'll post my weekly recipe highlight as soon as we're done eating them!