Monday, October 24, 2016

Whiskey Glazed Carrots

Have I really been gone a month?


Thank you to you all who have stuck with me thru my absence!
Not that it is any excuse, but working two, soon to be three jobs plus trying to keep up with everything at home is kicking my butt.
(not to mention life happening in the meantime. Too many doctor appts, too many people in the hospital, too much of too much)
I am backed up with blog posts, and if you read my week in review sessions, I haven't exactly been cooking so much as of late.

Not to mention, gas workers down the street cut lines! We had no phone or internet for over a week. Scary!

I am going to try to be better...I promise!

1 Stick butter
2 Lbs carrots (bite sized chunks)
½ Cup whiskey
¾ Cup Brown sugar
½ Tsp salt

1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in large skillet
2. Add carrots, cooking for a couple minutes. Remove from skillet.
3. Pour in whiskey and allow to evaporate for 30 seconds
4. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining butter
5. When butter melts, sprinkle brown sugar
6. Stir, then add carrots back to skillet
7. Cover and continue to cook for 5 minutes
8. Remove lid and add salt and pepper
9. Continue cooking until carrots are done and glaze is thick


Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week in Review: Week 42: Oct 16, 2016 - Oct 22, 2016

Sunday Oct 16, 2016
Dinner out for my MIL's 80th!

Monday Oct 17, 2016
Veggie Enchiladas

Tuesday Oct 18, 2016
Beet Soup

Wednesday Oct 19, 2016
Baked Potato

Thursday Oct 20, 2016
Tuna Salad (with extra pickles for me!)

Friday Oct 21, 2016
Hash Browns

Saturday Oct 22, 2016
Left over tuna salad

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week in Review: Week 41: Oct 9, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016

Sunday Oct 9, 2016
Garlic Bread
Banana Split Pie
(thanks for cooking Auntie!)

Monday Oct 10, 2016
Fettuccine Alfredo

Tuesday Oct 11, 2016
Hubby: Leftover alfredo
Me: Celery and Cream Cheese

Wednesday Oct 12, 2016
Cheese & Crackers

Thursday Oct 13, 2016

Friday Oct 14, 2016
Went out to dinner with hubby's side and some friends of theirs from England.

Saturday Oct 15, 2016
Egg Salad Sandwiches

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week in Review: Week 40: Oct 2, 2016 - Oct 8, 2016

Sunday Oct 2, 2016
Beef Tips with Mushrooms

Monday Oct 3, 2016
Burger King

Tuesday Oct 4, 2016
Leftover rice

Wednesday Oct 5, 2016
Grilled Veggie Sub

Thursday Oct 6, 2016

Friday Oct 7, 2016
Cheese and Crackers

Saturday Oct 8, 2016
Grilled Cheese

Monday, October 3, 2016

Week in Review: Week 39: Sept 25 - Oct 1 2016

Sunday Sept 25, 2016
Sausage and Pepper Subs

Monday Sept 26, 2016

Tuesday Sept 27, 2016

Wednesday Sept 28, 2016
Cheese and Pepperoni

Thursday Sept 29, 2016
Texas Toast

Friday Sept 30, 2016
Taco Bell

Saturday Oct 1, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Farfelle with Kale and Bacon

I really really did!!

OMGosh guys...
I skipped one week of blogging and it turned into two before I knew it!

I knew I was going to be busy for awhile...but it just steamrolled as this sort of stuff tends to do.

My birthday just passed, hubby took me out for a nice breakfast and a day of putzing around in stores with him and my mother in law. He even bought me a gorgeous cast iron excited!

My mother in law went into the hospital a couple of days later to have her knee replaced. She had one done a couple of years ago and is very happy with the results. 

Hubby and I took a mini vacation with my aunt and uncle, just a weekend away, but it was so nice! A couple of the cousins ( more than a couple) decided to join us, and then friends came up for the day as well. We celebrated one of the younger cousin's birthday while together.

On the way home, the girl child called me to let me know she was stranded on the side of the road. The brakes on her car went.
Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened to her!
When she was learning to drive, it happened while driving hubby's truck. On the plus side, I think she was a little more prepared than most when it happened. She found a great place to pull over and was able to tell us exactly where she was. We were two states away, which stunk...but my amazing sister in law and brother in law dropped everything to go get her for us.
We limped her car to the shop...and got a flat tire in the meantime. 
Craziness I tell ya!

A couple of days later, she was driving hubby's truck (as hers is still in the shop) and called to say it wasn't turning over. Turn the key...nothing. Sigh. Hubby was walking out the door to go get her and he had a thought and called her back
Hubby: " was dark when you drove this morning, did you, by chance, leave your lights on?"
Girl Child: ", yes I did"
One jump start later and she was on her way home.
I was getting text messages about this as I am sitting in a work-required BLS certification class.
(yes, I did pass in case you are interested)

My mother in law's discharge was delayed due to a random phantom pain in her ankle (ultrasound showed nothing) and a teeny tiny fever. Just by a day, but she was bummed. 
She's home now and loving life. 

Off today to visit her and bring her some of her faves, just because.

Long story short....
Missed ya!

8 oz Farfelle (Bow Ties)
5 Cups kale (torn to bite size)
5 Bacon slices (cooked)
1 Tbsp bacon drippings
⅓ Cup sun dried tomatoes (rough chopped)
¼ Tsp red chili pepper flakes
5 Cloves garlic (minced)
Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Cook pasta until almost al dente
2. With 2 minutes remaining, add kale to pasta water
3. Reserve ½ cup pasta water
4. Drain pasta kale mix
5. Add bacon drippings to a skillet
6. Add sun dried tomatoes, chili flakes, and garlic
7. Stir about a minute, or until garlic is golden brown
8. Add pasta and kale to skillet, pour in enough cooking water to ensure pasta will not be dry
9. Crumble bacon into skillet, toss to combine
10. Add salt to taste
11. Top with Parmesan if desired


Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week in Review: Week 38: Sept 18 - Sept 24 2016

Sunday Sept 18, 2016

Monday Sept 19, 2016
Ramen Noodles

Tuesday Sept 20, 2016

Wednesday Sept 21, 2016
Cheese and Crackers

Thursday Sept 22, 2016

Friday Sept 23, 2016
Steak Tips
Onion Rings

Saturday Sept 24, 2016
Pork Roast
Creamy Mushrooms