Saturday, January 30, 2016

Week in Review: Week 4: Jan 24 16-Jan 30 16

Sunday Jan 24, 2016
Hawaiian Kielbasa
Mexican Sour Cream Rice Bake

Monday Jan 25, 2016
Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Tuesday Jan 26, 2016
Pot Roast and Mashed Potato

Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
Frozen Pizza
(Feeling justified. Been cooking a lot this week. Actually, had a rough day at work and so I wasn't going to cook...but hubby stepped in and did this for us)

Thursday Jan 28, 2016
Country Vegetable Chowder

Friday Jan 29, 2016
Steak Tips and Onion Rings from a local restaurant

Saturday Jan 30, 2016
Leftover Country Vegetable Chowder

Monday, January 25, 2016

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Wheels

Well, hubby and I went to my aunt and uncle's to watch the game with some friends.
Us women folk are torn....sad because our team lost...but happy that we can do the Super Bowl thing a little more stress free.
Now that our beloved Patriots are out of the game (sigh) we can watch the BIG game without worrying about our husbands having a coronary, or crying.

Seriously though, the Patriots just DID NOT bring it today.
But,in all seriousness, I know if it was a Patriots/Panthers SuperBowl rematch...we would not be on the winning end.
Better to have it die off now.

After all the "deflate-gate" would have been nice to take home another win,
Alas, it was not meant to be!

Adapted from: Souder Studios

8 oz Cream cheese (softened)
1 Cup fresh strawberries (diced)
1 Tsp cinnamon
4-5 Medium flour tortillas

1. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, strawberries, and cinnamon
2. Stir until blended
3. Spread cream cheese mixture onto each tortilla
4. Roll tightly
5. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for several hours
6. Using sharp knife, cut slices


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week in Review: Week 3: Jan 17 16-Jan 23 16

Sunday Jan 17, 2016
Baked Chicken and Peppers
Green Beans
Scalloped Potatoes
Cole Slaw
Cinnamon Sugar Squares
(In the interest of full disclosure, we had dinner at my aunt's, she made the first 4 items)

Monday Jan 18, 2016
Boiled Potatoes
(hubby was sick, and the girl child and I decided this sounded yummy...and it was!)

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016
English Muffin Pizza

Wednesday Jan 20, 2016
Stuffed Chicken Breasts (frozen, store bought)
Creamy Dill Carrots

Thursday Jan 21, 2016
Pasta Pie

Friday Jan 22, 2016
Ramen noodles...because, well, sometimes they are just YUMMY
Sugar Cookie Bars with Buttercream Frosting

Saturday Jan 23, 2016
Omelette and Sausage

Monday, January 18, 2016

Poppin Fresh Barbecups

Hi ho hi ho, it's off to the mall I go!

It's my yearly in-between birthdays mall trip with my friend and her daughter! Our lives are so crazy busy, we set a realistic goal of getting together 2 times a year. Any more is awesome, but 2 is obtainable.
Our birthdays are just a couple of months apart, so we pick a date just in between and meet for lunch and a mall crawl.

It's so much fun just wandering around and getting caught up.

Her daughter has been joining us since she was girl, well, this is the first year she has bagged out on me.
A better offer came along.
She's a teen, I get it.
Seriously, very OK with this OK

Just kidding. I really am all about her spreading her wings and being who she really is
(did I convince anyone?)


1 lb lean ground beef
½ Cup barbeque sauce
¼ Cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Can junior flaky layered biscuits
½ Cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Spray 10 regular sized muffin cups with cooking spray
3. Cook beef and onions in skillet over medium heat, breaking up, until cooked through
4. Drain meat/onion mixture, return to pan
5. Add barbeque sauce and brown sugar.
6. Cook to blend flavors, stirring well
7. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Place 1 biscuit in each muffin cup.
8. Firmly press into bottom and up sides
9. Spoon about ¼ cup beef mixture into each cup
10. Sprinkle with cheese
11. Bake 10-12 minutes or until biscuit edges are golden brown


Recipe adapted from Pillsbury

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Week in Review: Week 2: Jan 9 2016- Jan 16 2016

Saturday Jan 9, 2016:
Salami and Cheese roll-ups

Sunday Jan 10, 2016:
Pancakes and Sausage
Asian Salad
Sour Cream Dill Rolls
Greek Beef Stew

Monday Jan 11, 2016:
(out and about running errands, hubby was craving it)

Tuesday Jan 12, 2016:
Snacky type stuff.
Nobody was really hungry, so we just picked.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2016:
Pineapple Shrimp
Fried Rice

Thursday Jan 14, 2016:
Vegetable Soup

Friday Jan 15, 2016:
Hot Dogs and Beans

Saturday Jan 16, 2016:
We did order out, we had people coming over, and this was majority choice.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle

We headed out of state for a funeral this past Tuesday. Sigh.
It is hard getting to that stage in one's life when our elders are leaving us all too quickly.

This gentleman that passed was my other grandfather.
Him and his wife were best friends with my grandparents, their kids and my aunts/uncle all grew up together, and all of us grandkids were about the same age, so we all grew up together.

The one granddaughter is my life-long BFF. She is just a year and a few days younger than me, so we really don't remember a time without each other. We spent every summer together as the bestie grandparents owned hotels across the street from each other in a small sea side town.

It was a sad goodbye.
My aunts/uncle/hubby and I all made the trip. All the families were happy to see each other. A celebration of a life well lived.

To my other will never be forgotten, your legacy carries on among the generations!

Adapted from Six Sisters Stuff

1 Spice cake mix (14.5 oz)
1 Tbsp molasses
1 Tsp nutmeg
1 (5.1 oz) package vanilla pudding
3 Cups eggnog
2 (8 oz each) containers Cool Whip (thawed)
Gingersnap Cookies

1. Mix cake mix according to package directions.
2. Add molasses and nutmeg to cake mix
3. Cook according to package. Cool completely.
4. Pour pudding mix into large bowl and mix with eggnog. Put in fridge to set.
5. Crumble ½ of the cake into bottom of the trifle bowl
6. Cover with half of the pudding mix and then one container of Cool Whip
7. Repeat layers
8. Top with crumbled gingersnaps


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Week in Review: Week 1: Jan 1 2016 - Jan 8 2016

Since making my New Years resolution this year, I decided to post my journey.
In part to keep myself accountable, but also just in case you care to follow along!

I will not post my plans, we we know what happens to the best laid plans...but instead, my accomplishments.

Friday January 1, 2016:
Copycat Wendy's Chili

Saturday January 2, 2016:
Scalloped Potato with Ham
Cherry Danish Cookies
Gingerbread Muffins
Red Velvet Oreo Truffle Brownies

Sunday January 3, 2016:

Monday January 4, 2016:
(yes, I did pick this up at a pizzeria. I was out late and we had decided our fave pizza was in order. I do not consider this a "fail" as I have still made more food than I have purchased so far this week.)

Tuesday January 5, 2016:
We went out to eat.
This was more out of necessity than anything else. A group of us were in a different state for a funeral, This made the most sense.

Wednesday January 6, 2016:
Leftover Copycat Wendy's Chili

Thursday January 7, 2016:
Crackers and Cheese. (just was not very hungry)

Friday January 8, 2016:
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
(yes, it was canned Campbell's...but, it's a guilty pleasure!)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

My husband always has loved New Years. He says it's everyone's chance at a fresh start. I guess he is right in that aspect.
This is why everyone makes resolutions I guess.

Resolutions are an odd creature.
People tend to make grand claims as to how they are going to change with the incoming year.
More often than not though, these claims are tossed to the side before January is even close to over.

Yes, I know some people are AWESOME and are able to keep them.
Me...not so much.
I forget. Or get busy. Or insert any excuse here.

Then I started making generic resolutions. "be a better me than I was last year".
In theory it's a nice gesture, but there are no rules to follow or accountability if I don't follow through.

This year I am going to make a resolution and hope that I made one I can not only keep for an extended period, but build on in the long run.

This year I will do more homemade and rely less on ready made.

Sound silly to anyone?
I cook and bake a lot...but not 365 days a year.
Not that I am aiming to do such.
In the time it takes to cook a frozen pizza on a busy night, you could make one from scratch with a little help from ready made dough.
That is how I am looking to better myself.

If I can make more than I purchase...I can feel that my resolution was, well, resolved.

What, if any, resolutions did you make?