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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Every once in awhile I will come across a new chip flavor, and then I'll never see it again. The first time this happened was several years ago when I bought raspberry flavored chips and made the best cookies EVAH and then poof! They were gone. Another time it was cherry chips.

Last week I came across cinnamon chips by Hershey. I am a sucker for cinnamon anyway, so I snatched them up thinking they would be awesome in oatmeal. I just happened to have 3 bananas going bad on the counter, so I made banana bread and added half the bag of cinnamon chips.

It was awesome. You should try it. (If you can find the chips, that is). Turns out I am kind of a sucker for  bread, too, so all that was left to take a picture of was the crumbs in the bottom of my worn out pan. (At least I shared, though, right?)


Just make your favorite banana bread recipe, and fold the chips in before pouring the batter into the loaf pan.


And baby yawns are just delicious, no?




Okay, seriously, I have the cutest baby ever.

And on a religious note, I really like this article. And I like the candidate, too. Not as much as my man Mitt, but the Pubs need to start putting some players out there and I think Huntsman might be a good one.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just Wondering...(And An Awesome Sandwich)


Does anyone else's husband leave the dishes on the table after the wife cleaned up the kitchen and left the dishwasher open ready to take his plate?

And then, sit down and eat breakfast next to it the next morning after the wife refused to take care of it and still not pick it up?

Hmmmmm.

I suppose I could blame it on his deep thought and bad mood he was in that night, because I'm not really even sure if he ever realized, so I guess I can't be that mad at him. And I ended up picking it up because it drove me bananas.

So he wins.

This time....


But the real reason for this post is to brag about my awesome Stromboli-making skills.

I waited tables at a restaurant in high school that was home to the best pizza on the planet. And I think about that, a lot. One day last week I had a hankering for Stromboli, so I just kind of threw this together. It wasn't Bobe's worthy, but it was still really good.

Here's how I made it.

I took one loaf of french bread, sliced it down the middle, and brushed the two sides with a little melted butter and minced garlic. A word about using garlic in your food...jarred minced garlic is convenient and quick, but it sucks. If you can, always use fresh. It makes your food taste so. much. better. Try it. You can use a knife to mince it (and have smelly hands) or pick up a garlic press for under $15 at a kitchen store.

After brushing on the butter, I put the two halves in the oven under the broiler for just a couple of minutes to toast the bread a little. Then top both sides with pizza sauce, a little mozzarella cheese, and whatever toppings you like on your pizza. We used Italian sausage, pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, black olives, onion and lots of mozzarella. I started to fill both sides, but quickly saw that it was going to fall apart on me, so I filled up one side of the bread and topped it with the other. Stuck it in the oven on 350 for about 10-12 minutes (just until the cheese was melted good around all the toppings and the bread was crusty).

Serve with a salad and you've got dinner.

If you aren't feeding 3 man-children and a hungry husband (plus a cute little nephew!) cut the bread in half (width-ways), wrap the other half with plastic wrap and stuff in a freezer bag and use it for next time.

Now, if you were in the mood for a picture of a C.U.T.E. baby.....



Here ya go.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Have You Had One Of These Lately?



A Nestle Tollhouse Cookie.


My father-in-law made original tollhouse cookies a few weeks ago and hello! I had forgotten how good this simple recipe is. Like, seriously good. And I also forgot that when I get stressed I go after anything that has chocolate in it. In two days I had eaten seven of the cookies. And I kind of feel bad about it, but not that bad. Here's the recipe
And while we're talking about eating too many cookies, here is my latest belly shot. At 6 1/2 months, I look like this:




At my doctor's appointment last week, he mentioned I've gained 17 pounds, and maybe that really isn't great given how much farther I have to go, but I honestly thought it would be closer to 50, and I keep asking myself where the heck the rest of it going to go. So, needless to say, I was happy. Baby is good, so we're good.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oatmeal at Mickey D's?

One morning in the midst of our 12th move in 8 years, I ran to McDonald's to grab breakfast, for just the night before I had packed up the entirety of our kitchen, not leaving even a single spoon.

While ordering the breakfast usuals, bacon-egg-cheese muffin for myself and Mcgriddles for everyone else, my eyes landed upon the word oatmeal within the contents of the menu.

"Oatmeal"? I thought to myself. "I love oatmeal". And the picture was right before me so I knew it was true. So I ordered it, too.

And it is seriously delicious. It consists of apples and golden raisins swimming in a sea of rolled oats with (or without) brown sugar to sweeten it up. And you know I went with the brown sugar. But, its completely optional.

Now.

This morning, I am eagerly waiting on a plumber to come rescue my 2nd bathroom woes of the toilet not flushing properly. We have 3 bathrooms, so it's not a dire situation, per se, but the boys have been using our bathroom for a week and sometimes they forget to flush. Which makes it kind of dire. Boys are gross, you remember.

I woke up thinking about the commercial I had seen the night before advertising McDonald's new oatmeal, but of course, I am not missing the plumber. So, I made my own. It was good.

I use Quick-Cook Steel Cut Oats, which I prefer unless we are making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, then I am over the moon with the rolled kind.

I topped it off with half of a finely chopped apple and some raisins, along with just a dusting of brown sugar and it totally hit the spot.

In other news, I also ate a bad blueberry this morning. Who knew blueberries could make one gag? It was was G. R. O. S. S.

And in more other news, I completely fell out of my chair and landed on my face struggling with the remote control. I only wanted to see the Today Show, what the hell happened? It's a mystery. One that I'm pretty sure has to do with my gestational situation.

Have a happy day...and as Bert would surely say, "Don't forget the oatmeal".

Monday, November 29, 2010

To Card or Not to Card...

Everyone loves Christmas cards and I am no exception.

But, this year? Wasn't into it.

Again, we find ourselves moving (permanently!) during December; a reason in itself to not decorate and get all stressed out with...everything that goes along with it.

But, since I did that last year and it was no fun for anyone, I've decided to have some kind of serenity in my home this year. So, I bought a table top tree and mini decorations to stand in place of our 6 footer and I am making an awesome advent calendar for the kiddos (and the grown-ups) as a reminder of what the season is all about.

The rest of it? Staying in storage. (okay, I got a few things out) And even though I have little pin-pricks of jealousy when I drive past my neighbor's beautifully lit home with their ginormous picture window that allows me to see the decorations inside, too. I am okay with it.

And the cards? It was the one thing I could let go of this year without thinking about it over and over and over. Plus, it was one more thing I didn't have to do.

But, one night, I was bored and found myself blog hopping on stranger blogs I had no business looking at. One of the blogs talked about Shutterfly Holiday Cards and they had me hook, line, and sinker.

I followed the link and found myself ahh-ing and oooh-ing over all of Shutterfly's amazing holiday card collection. And then I knew. I am okay giving up my big tree, Christmas lights, and little decorations here and there, but after seeing all those cards, there was no way I was letting the card thing go this year.

Some of my favs?



 

There are just so many to choose from and my boys' sweet little faces would look perfect on one of these cards.You can find your favorites, here.

And, they have fun gift ideas, like calendars that you can design yourself using all your favorite photos. A perfect gift for Grandma and Grandpa, no?

The best part? Shutterfly is giving away 50 free photo cards just for blogging about how awesome they are. You can get the all the deets for yourself, here.

Happy Carding...

PS...Find anything odd in the above Christmas cards? Something most parents wouldn't do?!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A 4.5 Month Bump.



My sweet husband says to me today, "Babe, have you thought about your diet any?" But underneath that cute Southern accent, I actually heard, "Hey Fatty, why don't you scarf down another burger?!"

It's true. I have eaten terrible throughout this pregnancy so far. In fact, currently I weigh about the same as when I gave birth to Bryce, and I wish I were lying! I kind of fell off the face of the earth back in August when I first found out and since then I have exercised twice. Two times, that is it. And at first, it wasn't so bad because I wasn't really eating much either. I have since made up for it, eating everything in my path. I am constantly hungry and go back for seconds. Thanksgiving was a massacre. And as I'm typing I am scooping Captain Crunch into my mouth.

And if you can tell in the picture, where my hand is resting on my gigantic hip, I've got all kinds of cushion in places I've never had before. Here's a story...

During the course of three pregnancies, I have been able to wear my regular jeans up until about 5 or 6 months and then I put a rubber band around the button and go on like normal. This time, I can barely pull my jeans over my derriere at all. forcing me into sweat pants or maternity pants. It's quite terrible.

But, a little tiny sliver of myself is saying, "Who the hell cares?!" Because the world tells you it's only cool to tip the scales when you're expecting and even that is drifting away in today's society. No longer can women have months to get back to normal weight, it is mere weeks. Thank you, Hollywood celebrities, it's so great what you give back.

 I have got to focus on eating healthier, for the health of bebe and myself, but I'm giving in more than I would otherwise and maybe I'll pick up working out again. Just a little. This is my last baby, so when else am I going to have the opportunity to relish?


Next up...Black Friday.

It's addicting. I can't help it, I have to go. Most years, I don't even know what I am going after, and maybe I won't get anything at all, but the adrenaline rush is worth the ridiculousness of it all.

Being at home for Thanksgiving, my only option was Wal-Mart, which I believe is actually what hell might be like in real life. Not even on Black Friday, just on normal days. My bestie Amber and I met up and went in an hour early to scope out the deets. We ended up in different corners of the store waiting for employees to start opening the huge crates lining the aisles at precisely 12:01. She going after a Mario Snuggie and myself going after Hot Wheels, Remote Control Monster Trucks, and Play-Doh. After wading through the sea of shoppers, getting the backs of my heels ran into, and shopping carts into my bump we made it back to our meeting place, re-convened and then went back out to different areas. It was crazy. But a blast...until we were standing in line and I could feel myself start to black out.

All of a sudden I was sweating and thirsty and my eyes were getting cloudy. I ripped off my sweatshirt and pulled my hair up. I grabbed a Sprite and starting chugging. I was left weak in the knees, but it was Black Friday and what kind of shopper would I be if I freaking passed out? I pulled through it and by the time I saw the receipt and all the money I saved, the shopper's high kicked in and everything was back to normal.

Last but not least, check out this breakfast:


Steak and Eggs with Toast. A couple of week-ends ago, Travis whipped this up for breakfast and it just looked so perfect, that I just had to take a picture. And it was delicious. Things always taste better when you don't have to cook them, no?! Speaking of...I could use a plate of that right about now...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Christmas List.

This. Have you seen the infomericals? Intoxicating.

And I would love this to replace my standard bowl, but have you checked that price tag? Yikes. Throw this in, too. But if we want to get fancy, I'll take this one instead.

A print from my favorite artist? It would look great in my new kitchen!

I've been eyeing this for quite some time.

Oh! And definitely this. But, this would totally be even better! It's actually what I always want and would remedy the first link in this sentence quite nicely, don't you think?

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Auntie Anne's At-Home Baking Kit



The people at Auntie Anne's sent me their At-Home Baking Kit for review. I will admit, I have only bought a pretzel from Auntie Anne's a handful of times, but seriously, it rocks, no?

The kids were probably more excited than I was because I decided to make this into a family affair. And it proved to be a fine one. The baking kit came with very easy-to-follow instructions and was very kid-friendly.

The kit contains ingredients to make 10 large salted or cinnamon/sugar pretzels. Once we decided what kind each of us wanted, we went to work making the dough, which we were able to put in our stand mixer and let it do all the work for us.

After just 30 minutes for rise time, we were ready to roll out our pretzels. Step-by-step instructions on how to do just that were also included. The kids decided to make pretzel faces, but were able to make the classic pretzel shape as well based on the pictures from the instructions.

A few minutes in the oven and the pretzels were done. They turned out great. The kids had a blast making them and I think this is a really fun family opportunity. This would be a perfect activity to do with your kids around the Holidays or for family night. It would also be a neat gift for a kid on your Christmas gift list, especially an older child who could make the pretzels by them self, or I guess anyone who loves Auntie Anne's pretzels! I've got a few people I know would love this that might be getting a kit, too!

As for cons, the only thing I could come up with is that instead of enjoying a pretzel at the mall, we were at home. And, I'll take the mall, yes? But, for some, this is a huge pro, which is probably why Auntie Anne's came up with this product. Either way, you get an awesome tasting pretzel so it's a win-win all around.

The kit retails for $7.99 and are available at some Auntie Anne's locations across the U.S. You can find the nearest participating retailer to you here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Sides: Cranberry Jello Salad

This has nothing to do with the post, but isn't this photo lovely?

 Cranberry Jello Salad. AKA: The best holiday side ever....EVER.

So here's the scoop on the salad. By the way, does anyone else have a problem with calling a non-lettuce dish a salad? Whateves.

You'll need:

1 bag of whole cranberries
1 orange with the peel
1 orange without the peel
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of crushed pineapple with juice
2 cups sugar
1 lg. package of strawberry jello
1 lg. package of lemon jello

Place cranberries and oranges into food processor and finely chop. You can also put in the pecans, if you like a finer consistency, but you don't want pecan powder, you know.

On your stove top, bring 4 cups of water to a  boil. Add Jello and sugar and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, remove from heat. Add your just processed fruit, pecans, and crushed pineapple; mix well. Pour into a 9 x 13 glass dish and refrigerate until set; 3-4 hours.

Serve with whipped cream...but we like the cool whip around here. Or, at least I do and so that is all I buy.  Ohmygosh, I cannot WAIT to eat some pumpkin pie with cool whip! Ever tried the french vanilla on pumpkin pie? How about Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake? Do try.

As for the recipe, if it doesn't knock your socks off, I don't know what will.

Should we get the sweet stuff out of the way? I think yes. Next up, my special sweet potato casserole, that everyone loves (even if they claim to hate sweet potatoes!). Everyone likes sweet potatoes if you add enough sugar and butter, you know.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Make It on the Weekend. Or....Right Now.

On July 13, 2009 I posted about Simple Biscuits and Gravy, found here. I probably haven't made them since.

But, on Saturday morning, I was feeling saucier than usual, and by that I mean I was willing to serve something other than cold cereal or pre-packaged oatmeal, so I shocked indulged my family by making it again.
And, it was so good. And I could tell that they maybe felt more loved than usual, especially Travis. The old saying that a way to a man's heart is through food is so true.

So I am declaring that anyone who reads this blog and loves their family, or just yourself, should make this very recipe this weekend whenever the whole family (or just yourself) is home. Or, get all crazy and make it for dinner.

I think I am going to make it for lunch today.


The Cranberry Jello Salad is coming your way...just waiting for my mom to send it to me via e-mail. C'mon Mom!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Just a Food Blog?


When Travis decided to run for office, I decided to let my blog go. Mostly because sometimes I ramble and sometimes I don't, but between politics and religion, which I totally think people should be able to discuss openly with no apologies expected, sometimes my mouth (or my type) gets me in trouble. And we're talking mostly politics here or how I may have sort of kind-of let my kids watch the same movie for, like, the whole day one time. Just one time! But still...

So I started just posting recipes with a little of our life thrown in from time to time. But now I'm free again to do what I want...and apparently I'm married to the chief law enforcement agent around these parts, so what is anyone going to do about it anyway??! :)

But, recipes are just fun, right? And it seems as if I am over the sick-all-day stuff that comes along with being prego. So I think the recipes should stay. But, I'm dying to tell someone about the craziness of being a first-time home buyer with four kids. You don't exactly qualify for "starter home" you know? To tell the story of how deranged our then-mechanic is and how our lonely little Durango is still at his residence after 8 months and how we've paid him 1,000 buckaroos and I'm pretty sure pieces of it might be strewn through-out Southern Indiana and what Travis has vowed to do to this man if only we could get ahold of him. It's a perfectly good drama, still unfolding I might add. Oh, and the ginormous on-going fight Travis and I are in over a Nintendo Wii.

Tell me, who is not interested in that?

And for the food. Tonight we had pancakes and bacon. It was awesome and easy and now if someone would only un-load the dishwasher and feed me Christmas Tree Cakes at this very moment, I would be happy for the rest of my life. Because you know, Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes are now available on the shelves of your local grocery and I already bought two boxes.

Oh! The picture above. It's almost Thanksgiving. I'm going to be talking about the marvelous sides. The real stars of Thanksgiving, in my opinion anyway. Stuffing. Mashed Potatoes with a secret ingredient. Green-Bean Casserole. Sweet Potato Casserole. The list goes on, but I am going to start with that blurry little red rectangular box you see above the words you are reading. It's the only exsisting photo we have of it because as soon as it is ready, it is devoured. By me. I ate almost a whole 9 x 13 of it last year. I can't wait to see what happens this year since I'm eating for two.

Cranberry Jello Salad is all I have to say. It's the most delicious divine thing I have ever eaten in my entire life, it's a family recipe that my Grandmother has passed down, AND it beats the socks off plain old cranberry sauce.

Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We interrupt this [not so] regularly scheduled food blog...

...to talk about something that has been on my mind today.

First, any other moms out there feeling like everybody needs something from you ALL THE TIME?  Sometimes at the end of the day, I feel like there is nothing left. Seriously, kids are draining.
(I know, have another! Feeling uneasy about this now.)
Second, my second born was a total monster today. I canceled soccer practice for him because he was so bad. And by bad, I mean he was throwing food on the floor at dinner and refused to pick it up until I physically made him all the while he was laughing hysterically...until I popped him on the bottom. That is just one example, it would take days to list on the shenanigans he was up to today.

Third, in the midst of playing my metaphorical violin, my third born brings me one of my favorite pairs of shoes that someone (and I am suspecting number 2) broke. Ripped the strap right off of one side. And of course no one is talking.

So everybody had to go to bed at 5:56 p.m. I am going to finish the kitchen, finish the laundry, pick up all the crap that is strewn about, and eat a giant bowl of plain salted popcorn all by myself.

Heaven, help.

In the meantime, I added this to my recipes list. Looks perfect for fall!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Holy Hamburger!

photo: Nigel Cox

Has anyone seen the September cover of Bon Appetit? Oh. My. Gosh. I couldn't find a picture of the actual cover, but I think it is just a close up of the one above, which is a featured recipe in this month's magazine.

Any Bon Appetit lovers out there? I received a subscription a couple of years ago and just recently got suckered into another year. (They were giving a free cookbook with it). Right now, you can purchase a year for only $1 per issue. ONE DOLLAR PER ISSUE, folks.

I will admit that some of the recipes are over my head. They frequently feature ingredients that I can't even pronounce and preparation techniques that I wouldn't even know where to start.

But....once you get past that part, the recipes are pretty easy to follow. The photos are so tantalizing that your mouth will actually water and the inspiration the flows from the pages is not something you can just find anywhere.

So there is my justification for buying another subscription to a magazine I have only gotten a recipe out of once. But, it's worth it, I promise. And cookbooks are my thing.

Now on to that hamburger. I have been craving red meat something fierce. I usually don't eat much meat (yet I am not opposed to it), especially in the summertime, but lately I can't get enough. So hamburgers are on my to-do list for this week. And it's a happy time when hamburgers are on the menu.

I don't know if this is a plug for the magazine or the hamburger. My advice is to go for both. Your belly will thank you for the burger and your eyes will thank you for the magazine.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Suggestion: Sausage and Cabbage


This could easily be my most favorite meal. It is simple, it is delicious, and it is healthy. And it's a suggestion because it's kind of self-explanation instead of an actual recipe. I usually pair it with black-eyed peas and cornbread and I won't lie: my kids hate it.

Good thing I am one of those parents who make them eat it anyway. I don't make it very often because of this small inconvenience. And they've come around from crying to actually kind-of sort-of eating it so....I win.

Head of cabbage, chopped
Smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 in. chunks
Salt & Pepper

Set your stove on medium-high heat. Place the sausage into a deep pot (with a lid!) and put cabbage in on top. Place lid on and let cook for a few minutes. Use a fork or spatula and "toss" the cabbage and sausage, so the sausage doesn't burn on the bottom. Do this a few times, until cabbage is completely soft. Generously season with salt and pepper and you've got yourself a meal. Hopefully your kids like it more than mine!



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