Archives for September 2011

Toasted Apple and Brie Sandwiches on Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This simple sandwich proved to be one of the best meals I’ve had all year.  Thin slices of Granny Smith apple and brie, tucked inside cinnamon swirl bread then toasted.  Divine!

This idea is not my own, but I can’t remember where I first saw it.  It’s been quite a while, maybe even a year ago.  [Read more…]

Danimals Rally for Recess – Chance to Win $20,000 for Your School Playground!

There’s something about swinging high into the sky, above the heads of everyone else on the playground that is exhilarating. As a young girl, swinging ranked at the top of my list of things to do at recess. I pumped the swing until the chain tension slacked and it seemed as though I could swing right over the top bar.

Sometimes I would swing slow, leaning back to let my long hair trail the ground, only the sky in my view. Or I would stand on the swing or jump off, challenging a friend to jump with me.

Recess was an important part of my primary school experience.  It was a time to meet new friends, play with best friends, take turns, learn to get along…and most important, swing.

What about you? Were you like me, rushing to finish the lunch in your Holly Hobby lunch box in an effort to be first on the swings? Or did you enjoy games of kickball or climbing on the jungle gym?  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Hot Sauce

Jim loves hot sauce.  The hotter, the better.  I even gave him hot sauce for a Christmas present and he loved it.

The rest of us don’t like our food to cause us to sweat.  Or our tongues to tingle from the heat.  A little goes a long way for us.

Hot sauce is a great ingredient though.  Here are a few recipes that use hot sauce:  [Read more…]

Barbeque Chicken with Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing

I know that bbq chicken is front and center, but really this post is all about the Cornbread Stuffing.  It tastes like much more than the sum of it’s parts.

It starts with a box mix.  Add corn, a little onion, some diced jalepeno pepper.  Oh my goodness!  My family loved it.  It’s not spicy at all.  I took all the seeds out of the pepper, so it wouldn’t sizzle our tongues.  The stuffing has just a little kick of flavor from the onion and jalepeno, which is a contrast to the sweet corn taste.  And it all goes great with barbeque chicken.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 49

Have you noticed that we’re closing in on 2 full years of menus?  I’m cooking up a few plans to celebrate.

If you like the menus and recipes, please share them!  There are several ways you can share:

  • Forward your email to friends, if you’re an email subscriber.
  • Click the Facebook “like” button at the bottom of this post.
  • Pin the weekly menu graphic on Pinterest Pin It

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert on the menu.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Smokey Chipotle Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker, chips and salsa, salad
Honey Mustard Chicken in the Slow Cooker, favorite steamed veggie, baked potatoes (sweet or white)
Ham and Potato Chowder, Graham Muffins, salad
Red Sauce DiPaola, pasta of choice, salad
Breakfast Burritos, English muffins, fresh fruit
Sweet and Sour Cantonese Chicken in the Slow Cooker, rice, favorite steamed veggie
Pumpkin Chip Cookies

To print, click here:  [download id=”111″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at The Organizing Junkie.

Weekend Links and Other Useful Stuff

Last Saturday, I celebrated my birthday and my wonderful husband gave me an iPhone. Yippee!

I have had a blast playing with it, especially the camera apps.  My favorites are Camera + and Hipstamatic.  So much fun!  And I’ve just started on Instagram too.   My username there is eatathome.  If you use Instagram, find me and I’ll follow you back.

My Facebook page has gotten more fun too.  Now I can snap photos and quickly add them to the page.  A photo’s worth a 1000 words, and all that.

Did you know I have a Printable Menu Planner you can download for free?  Print it, use it, share it!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Once a Month Mom’s eBooks on freezer cooking.  She’s offered a $2 discount code for 50 books and they are being snatched up, so don’t wait.

The Happiest Mom has a lunch box challenge going on.

This recipe for Chicken Parmesan Skillet Pot Pie from Picky Palate looks fantastic.  And the method is cool too.  My brain has been thinking of all kinds of variations I could make using this as a jumping off point.

Have a fantastic weekend!

2 Awesome Freezer Cooking Resources

I know that all of you love stocking your freezer as much as I do.  It can be such a time saver.

And there’s the satisfaction of knowing you’ve got mealtime covered (or at least a head start).

I want to introduce you to 2 resources for freezer cooking from Once a Month Mom. (And there’s a limited number available at a discount! Keep reading for the code.)

Both books have plans, instructions, grocery lists and even labels.  Everything you need to get the freezer stocked is here (except the food, of course!)  [Read more…]

Roasted Beets

True confession – Until very recently, I had never so much as touched a beet, much less bought, cooked or eaten one.

Well, that’s not entirely true.  I used to work at a cafeteria as the “veg girl” (great title, huh?) and I served Harvard Beets.  They smell funny.  And have that thick, purple sauce.

But roasted beets are an entirely different veggie.  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Nutella


That photo shows how I like to eat Nutella.  By the spoonful is just fine, thanks.

Every once in a while though, I save a jar back to make something scrumptious.

Here are a few of my recipes that use Nutella:  [Read more…]

Nutella Ice Cream

Yes.  This tasted just as good as it sounds.

And it couldn’t be any simpler to make.  Just 2 ingredients!

I first saw the recipe on Pinterest.  It comes from the blog Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy.  Such a fabulous idea!

I changed the recipe just a bit from the original.  Instead of using evaporated milk, I used half & half.

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