Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So good...even 2 days in a row!

This spaghetti dinner was so yummy, even on the second day.  I mixed the noodles with the sauce (something I've never done before) and I've now decided that I will ALWAYS do that.  The noodles don't stick together and the sauce is absorbed and sucked up in to the pasta which makes it even yummier.  Not sure that's a word....hmmm.
The garlic bread was my attempt at frugality since I had bought a package of buns and didn't use them. Re-purpose folks....re-purpose!  We just so happened to eat last week's hamburgers without any buns and I remembered I had roasted garlic.  I used homemade roasted garlic butter, which boy #2 has stated is his new food obsession, to coat the buns. Then I sprinkled some Garlic Garlic and Onion Onion right on top and baked 'em till they were brown.
Pretty unconventionally, I served a sort of Asian slaw on the side.  It definitely hit the spot for me  on a trash television Sunday night.  Real Housewives, Amish people etc, etc....you know, mind candy :o)

I also made my Granny's Cobbler for dessert.  I used really ripe nectarines sliced but not peeled.  They were so sweet I didn't add any sugar at all.  Actually I like the fruit to be more tart than this turned out.  It seemed a little sweet but it looked beautiful.

Cobbler Recipe

Washed and sliced fruit. My favorite is blackberries marinated in a little sugar, apprx 2 pts
1 cup self rising flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk or almond milk
1 stick butter

Melt butter in a 8x11 or equivalent dish.  Mix the flour, sugar and milk.  Pour the batter over the melted butter then spread the fruit over the top.  Bake in a preheated oven (375) for 45-50 minutes or until brown.
Note:  Taste the fruit and sweeten to desired taste.  This is so simple to mix up and throw in the oven while eating dinner.  Ice cream puts this dish over the top.  Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/21/14

I'm successfully cooking and eating at home recently with only one restaurant meal this past week.  We ate at the new chicken restaurant in my town called PDQ,  It was quite a treat and offers a little something different than my other splurge/fast food chicken meal from Chick fil A.  PDQ's sauces are delicious too, if I say so myself (and I did) :o)
This week, I'm heading towards an eat from the pantry sort of week to use up some the odds and ends from the pantry and freezer.  I will be buying fresh veggies and fruits though to supplement.
Hope you have a fantastic week!

Roasted Garlic-Mozzarella Burger
Roasted Garlic-Mozzarella Burgers
Leftover Rice and Veggies
Jo Mama's World Famous Spaghetti. Photo by lazyme
Green Salad
(I'll post the recipe that I really use,this one is only a guide)

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Cobb Salad
Corn Muffins

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Blackened Tilapia
Basmati Rice
Green Beans

Mussels in Butter Sauce
Leftover Veggies and Rice
(I'm eating out for work)

Oven Fajitas
Easy Avocado Salad


I'll probably roast some more tomatoes with this recipe...it's my current obsession.  Make a little toast with some ricotta, salt and pepper and I'd call it dinner every day if it was just me.  
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/14/14

My weekend view
I'm so relaxed and wishing that I didn't have to be part of the working world any more.  Laying on the beach all day and reading romance/chick lit novels sounds like the life .  A fruity drink at my side wouldn't be too bad either.  Alas, I know that's not possible cause I'm "workin for a livin".  All this vacation hasn't been too good for my waistline either and I think it's time for a little self control and healthier eating.  That really boils down to decreasing my snacking and concentrating on wholesome foods without desserts.  Three meals a day, planned, will put me back on track in no time {I hope}.  Truthfully, I haven't really watched what I've eaten since well over a year ago.  I naturally ate when I was hungry and didn't when I wasn't.  While my dairy free experiment yielded some minimal improvements in my health I just have a hard time not eating or including any cheese in my diet. Truly, I think the restriction I imposed made me gorge (only on cheese) when my 30 days were up. I have traded cow's milk for almond and I never put cheese on my sandwiches anymore.  I use dairy free sour cream and truly love dairy free frosting.  So while I'm not dairy free...I'm decreasing my intake by making small changes or exchanges.

Okay, on to the meal plan for the week.
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Chicken, Black Bean, Roasted Corn Quesadilla
Shredded Lettuce salad with Cilantro

Breakfast--Fresh Cherries
Lunch--Leftovers filling over green salad
Oven-Fried Pork Cutlets with Apple Slaw
Oven Fried Pork Cutlets/ Chops
Steamed Broccoli with Roasted Garlic

Loaded Slow-Cooker Baked Potatoes
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Topped with:
Turkey Bacon
Roasted Garlic
Caramelized Onions
Green Salad

Chicken Stir-Fry with Noodles Recipe
Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles
To Do:  Shop 

To be planned after shopping

Breakfasts-Kind bars and fresh fruit
Lunches-Tortilla filled with Boar's Head chicken lunch meat, cheese crackers, fruit, green salads

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Week in Review

So...I went to New York City on Monday for work, and came home on Tuesday.  Wow, a whirlwind of a trip, but so exciting.  Sometimes it's just nice to be pampered in a hotel that the concierge is actually waiting and willing to assist you.  I live in Florida where the concierge is only giving out pamphlets for tourist attractions after you wait in a very, very, long line. My room's air conditioner had been lowered prior to my arrival for comfort and the really nice/new tv had been turned on to the information station so I would know what quick something I could walk to go see. I chose Central Park and St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Aaaah..it's the little things.  You see, I only had about an hour to explore before I was due for the welcome dinner.  But that's okay because I now know that fall/winter will be ideal to take a long weekend and spend some time seeing all of the other things that I missed.  My co-worker was surprised by the brusque nature of New Yorkers, but everyone just seemed busy to me.  Not particularly rude or unkind, just busy.

Central Park

St Patrick's Cathedral

A sweet treat after a four course meal and a delicious dessert..shhh don't tell but I ate both.

Before I left for the weekend though, I made a really tasty sandwich loosely based on the recipe found here.  

I served this tasty sammy with a chopped salad and made changes due to my lack of ingredients.  I had no poppy seeds so I used sesame.  I also added onion-onion and garlic-garlic from tastefully simple and traded the rolls for a whole loaf of 5 grain wheat bread that was freshly baked.  I scooped out some of the excess bread and poured some of the liquid on the inside before pouring the rest over the top.  I was a little worried that the bread would be soggy but it wasn't....actually it was candied.  A little sweet, a little savory. It's a good thing I snapped a couple pictures early cause my boys ate it all up.  Every stinkin bit. I'm not complaining because with both of them working and doing school activities I end up with more leftovers than I'd like most days.

Oh and one last shot of my trip...this is the corner where I realized I would live.  My cab driver was a maniac but just like most men when I started asking him about himself, he slowed down and started driving somewhat normal.  My first thought was I made it through the flight to get killed in a car before I even see what Manhattan looks like.
E 50th St and Madison

Tomorrow I'm off to beach soccer in Clearwater, FL.  My only beach trip this summer (I should have planned better and gone in May when it's really gorgeous weather).  Fingers crossed it doesn't rain.  Have a happy weekend yourself.  I'm taking lots of pictures for you to see when I'm there and I know you can't wait for that {wink wink}!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/7/14

I've always thought that having a job where plenty of doing nothing would be fantastic.  But, it's not as easy or as fun as it sounds.  Searching for things to do is not simple and goes against all of my industrious, list making personality traits.  I can only search the internet so many times before even I get bored with myself. I've entered the Publisher's Clearing House giveaway every day and even played ALL of the little lotto games that come after the initial entry.  Really?  You and I both know that's not appropriate for work.  Next week though I will be attending an investigator meeting in New York City (which I've never visited before) so at least I'll be learning and seeing something new.  We are staying here and I'm quite excited!
All to myself room.

Honey-Baked Sriracha Chicken Wings
Burn your face off wings!
I made the Honey Baked Sriracha Wings last Sunday and have determined that I can't tolerate Sriracha very well.  My boy #2 had mixed up some honey sriarcha sauce for something else before and had some left over so I figured I would just use that to marinate the wings..... and then my face just about burned off. This coming from a girl that really, really loves jalapeno, serrano, and chipotle.  Cayenne pepper is great!  Crushed red pepper is great!  Sriracha no! (at least for my wimpy mouth).  My recommendation is to make the marinade as the recipe is written if you're a wimp like me.  

The queso was fantastic as always and who could complain about brownies?  They are both just plain good picnic food.

I'm headed out this coming weekend to beach soccer which will force me to get some freezer things done for the weekend.  I'm even breaking down and buying foil containers so I don't have to haul anything back home with me....now I just have to figure out what to make.  Oh and I think I'll double everything so I don't have to cook much in the weeks coming up.  This week's menu will be short and sweet because of all my traveling.  Boy #1 typically doesn't eat at home much although he's always welcome to so I'll leave some stuff in the freezer if he cares to cook.  Here's my ideas.

Hope your week is fun and groovy.
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Bisquick Chicken--using chicken breasts unless I get a deal on a whole chicken.
Homemade Pizza
Kitchen Sink Salad--or better yet get rid of everything leftover in the frig salad.

I'll post my beach/eating plan midweek when I figure it all out.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Good Stuff!

and Merica Boy #2 for good measure!
Love him to the moon and back :)

Happy July Fourth!