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Parmesan & Basil Orzo

Parmesan & Basil Orzo

We all know that I'm obsessed with making rices and different combinations, but this one, so simple yet so fresh! This dish convinced me last week that I must get on growing own herbs. I've already been to the greenhouse down the street to check out what they have and I'm doing my research on how to care for these plants because let me tell you, I kill any plant or flower that comes into this home. If my husband doesn't water it, it dies. However I'm destined to do this because I believe the fresh basil really made this rice dish! It's combining two of my favorite flavors! My daughter ate this two nights in a row, she is the pickiest kid I know and I was so happy she ate something fresh and not out of a box! I'll be making this again very soon. Stay tuned because next month I bring this side dish together with something that will knock your socks off! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of uncooked orzo 2 cups of chicken broth 1 cup of water 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese 3-4 tbsp. of fresh basil 2 tbsp. of margarine 1/2 tsp. garlic powder Salt & Pepper What to do: Drop the margarine in a large saute pan and let it melt. Pour in the orzo. Mix it around and allow it

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Crock Pot Chicken Quesadilla’s for #WeekdaySupper

Crock Pot Chicken Quesadilla’s for #WeekdaySupper

I know what your thinking!! How can you make a Quesadilla in the Crock Pot?? Well you actually don't, but you make the insides of it and assemble after a hard day at work! Wouldn't you like to just come home, warm up a saute pan or preheat your oven and be ready to go?? I remember reaching out to my friends the day I decided to give this a go asking what everyone's tips and secrets were on how to make a successful quesadilla! Every time I make them I try it a different way because every time I flip them, all the stuff falls out. Maybe I don't use enough cheese to hold it together (hey I try to cut calories and fat anyway I can!) or as my husband says, "I'm too rough!" Well you have to move fast! I've never gotten the "art" of flipping down, I still can't make a decent pancake because I can't flip them very well. I try, they always end up tasting good, however they don't look pretty. I also received a quesadilla maker one year for Christmas, I've used it plenty of times, but it's still messy, things still fall out, however you do not have to flip anything! When I order them a Quesadilla while dining out I always take note of how they are cooked in hopes to bring home a new secret,

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Cannoli Stuffed French Toast for #SundaySupper

Cannoli Stuffed French Toast for #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday everyone!! Spring has Sprung where we live in New England! I don't know about you but when the Spring weather is upon us I get the jitters to bake and make breakfast! I know I know, crazy but this is my fourth Spring since I've realized how happy the kitchen makes me so I must admit I'm guilty of these Spring time treats I must whip up! When #SundaySupper came up with the theme of Stuffed, Roll or Wrap I knew exactly what I was going to make!! So a special thanks to Amy of kimchi MOM!! I've had this recipe in mind since I saw it on a cooking show I tune into every now and again called The Hungry Girl. I made some changes to make it to my families liking so feel free to adjust to what yours would love!  I've made a few recipes of hers, and this one I knew my family would fall all over. Though they tasted like a piece of heaven in my mouth, the pictures aren't so great so I apologize for that. I realized that they weren't easy to photograph. I decided to go with this recipe and share it anyways because I think it's a fabulous idea and it was super YUMMY! So yes I bounded down the stairs Sunday morning after laying in bed for an hour (my husband treats me to that every

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Mom’s Lets Stay United!! And…..A Week Of Photo’s!

Mom’s Lets Stay United!! And…..A Week Of Photo’s!

Something I do to capture my days and stay positive as a SAHM is take a lot of photo's. They aren't good photo's. Most of them are taken with my phone, however they are my life. It makes me stay positive during days that are frustrating. Those days that challenge me to answer the question of why I became a SAHM. I have friends or sometimes complete strangers that say they could never do it. I have friends that must work to support their families. We all contribute to our families as mothers, it's just all done in different ways. I've come to realize over the past year that becoming a mother changes you. I used to think it was in a way that made me a cranky bitch of a person to be around, however I've discovered in the last few months that it's more in a way that has made me a stronger person. Not a better person, a stronger person. It's made me see that us mother's really need to stick together. A lot of people do not like my honesty. I've come to see that it's a part of me that has changed, I cared (and sometimes still do) way too much of what people think about me. The decisions I make as a person, as a wife, as a mother. Time is only showing me that I no longer care. Us mother's

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Oven Fries – Date Night Vol. 5

Oven Fries – Date Night Vol. 5

I've never been able to master the art of "baking" fries. I won't fry them because I'd rather just order take out fries. I've tried baking them at all different temperatures, time lengths, I just couldn't see how everyone else got them to be anything but mush. I love fries, rather they are mush or now because, well they are potatoes and I love all kinds of potatoes, every which way! I've followed numerous amounts of recipes to a T and they still wouldn't come out the way I wanted them to. Sooooooo I reached out to my Facebook Foodies and there was a suggestion of soaking the fries (all cut up) an hour before you bake them. Genius! Why didn't I think of that!! I always jacked up the temperature in hopes of crisping them but then they would just burn and get soggier! Now I'll be honest, this failed when I did the sweet potatoes, however I believe it's because of the size I cut the potatoes. I have a special blade in my new food processor that is specially made for cutting french fries, I had to try it. How ever they came out really small like McDonald's style (or as Madison would say Old McDonald's) sooooo with that being said I do believe if I had cut them into large chunks like

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The Law Student’s Wife – Featured Friday

The Law Student’s Wife – Featured Friday

Happy Friday! Did you miss me last week? Well the truth is I'm beyond a busy bee. I don't write half as much as I'd like to, I may cook every night and 4 out of the 7 nights it's usually something different so I have my camera on my shoulder, my iphone on the counter as I cook, however I never get to sharing these awesome dishes I'm making! Some of them I'm duplicating from foodie friends, hey what's the point of having foodie friends if your not going to try their dish! I'm also experimenting in the kitchen these days myself and adding my own spin to recipes I've made in the past. I don't have any new Featured Friday's lined up after today, I know I can get them, I have pretty awesome foodie friends and who wouldn't want to be featured!!?? I may have to start doing them every other week however because Spring is coming, my babies are dying to get outside and this Momma is dying to hit the track and loose the last ten pounds of this Momma weight!! Don't worry though, I'll have plenty to share with you. Guess what else is new?? I'll be sending out newsletters weekly!! Well I'll start weekly but it may end up being monthly because it took more work than I thought.....but we

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Healthy Chicken Tetrazinni

Healthy Chicken Tetrazinni

Now this is a dish that is sure to please anyone in the family. It's healthy yet hearty. Has your vegetables already in it for a one dish meal! However.......you will have a lot of dishes at the end. Not so pretty huh, but don't let that scare you because I have a few reasons as to why this dish is worth all of those dishes above! The first reason is because it's good of course! Healthy but GOOD! I can't even believe my picky kiddo ate this. Another reason is because I was able to make two casseroles out of this, we ate one that night (it served a good 4 adult portions) and then I froze the other one for a busy weeknight dish! Another reason is because after I made this recipe, I had an Ah-Ha moment if you will. Healthy Cream of Mushroom was born!! YES!!! So thank you to Melissa who blogs over at Bless This Mess because her recipe inspired me to create this Tetrazinni dish and my new addiction to Healthy Cream of Mushroom, which by the way I will be experimenting with Healthy Cream of Celery and Healthy Cream of Broccoli too because I'll never buy a canned soup again! So stay tuned for that. Have I convinced you yet that this dish is worth making? Hey make it on

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This is what my life has become…..And I love It!

This is what my life has become…..And I love It!

As a mother of two little ones I often find myself completing this sentence......A LOT. "You know your a mother when..." Fill in the blank. I've got some whoppers I'll tell you. I'll just share a few of my favorites with you so you get the gist. "You know your a mother when you kiddo spits up, you use your glove to wipe it up, rub it on your pants and be on your way, and then forget to throw the gloves in the laundry." "You know your a mother when your picking up after your kids have gone to bed, you pull a toy out from under the couch, along with the cat fur and old cherrios that come with it, and proceed to push that fur and old Cherrios back under the couch since you just vaccuumed......4 days ago." "You know your a stay-at-home mother when putting on make up and a pair of high heels makes you happier than you were on your wedding day." OR have you every had the conversation with your husband that starts with "Is this what our lives have become??" Call me ungrateful or whatever you may but we have had a few silly moments that have started with that because if you can't keep it real (or funny) with your husband than who can you keep it real with?? Our moments

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Poached Pear Bread with Dixie Crystals & #SundaySupper

Poached Pear Bread with Dixie Crystals & #SundaySupper

Since I'm still mastering this thing called baking, I tend to have to repeat recipes. Sometimes the second one comes out better than the first and sometimes it comes out A LOT worse than the first. When I find one I've mastered a few times it becomes a favorite that I go back to over and over again for my family. When the SundaySupper group said they were partnering up with Dixie Crystals, bringing you the theme of, Springtime Sweets, I knew I had to try something different. For some reason I love baking in the Fall and Spring, call me crazy but Spring just makes me want to bake tasty, sweet and delicious treats. While flipping through one of my favorite cooking magazines I came across a picture that lured me right in! I knew I had to create something like this, since it didn't come with the recipe, nope it didn't, I needed to go on-line to get it however it also said I could use my own bread recipe to make this fabulous recipe. I figured I'd have the best of both worlds I'd get to make something I know I've mastered, but put a spin on it.  I then had my Ah Ha moment of what I'd be bringing to the SundaySupper table this week using Dixie Crystals Sugar. When I received my package

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Dear Madison – Toddler to a Little Girl

Dear Madison – Toddler to a Little Girl

Dear Madison, I had to look and see the last time I wrote to you was after the New Year. I can't believe how fast time flies. I struggle with this post because of some things that Mommy is battling within herself. Do I go back to work, do I stay home? It's not that I don't want to be home with you and your little brother. I love nothing more than knowing I have that time with you. Someday you will see the reasoning behind all of my rants to you. Until then lets talk about you. You are no longer a toddler sweetheart, I don't think you have been for quite some time now Mommy is just in denial! I wanted you to stay two forever. Though I wasn't a fan of the tantrums and frustrations I had no idea that three was even harder because guess what??!!! You are learning how to "feel". Who would have thought that watching a little person learn how to feel would be such an amazing time in my life but also such an emotional time in my life because I see you battle things that I can't help you with. You hate going to school. Well once you are there you have fun, I see you go off and play with friends. I've also seen you sit alone and play too (which you never do at home) your teachers say

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Baby Led-Weaning-Our Experience Part II

Baby Led-Weaning-Our Experience Part II

Welcome to Baby Led-Weaning-Our Experience Part II, it was supposed to be out last week, but as usual life gets in the way! However I'm always thinking, yes I'm that nut job that walks around going about her day and thinks "wow that would make a great post, I should talk about that. Or how about that "ah ha" moment when you catch yourself saying (and don't say that you don't) "This is what my life has become?!!" Just admit it, we've all thought it, or if you haven't than I'm the delusional one then! Like today, the perfect example when I was elbow deep in my what....the eighth poopy diaper of the day (and it was 1pm) and at the last second of wiping my son pulled the wipe from me and yup........my hand went right in. Right directly in. To spare you the details of how the rest of that change went and how when I went to actually put the diaper in the diaper bin and the bag split and all the dirty diapers fell out I'll just move onto the second part of Baby Led-Weaning. I think it can be considered the second half because I believe (and remember I'm new at this I'm just sharing my experience with you) he's actually consuming some foods!!! Now that he's actually swallowing food and

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Meal Diva – Featured Friday

Meal Diva – Featured Friday

Happy Friday!! Yahoo! Another Friday closer to Spring right???? Right?? Anyone?? I know I'm not the only one who is dying to take out the flip flops and open up some windows! Maybe even just a hint of it would be nice, like warmer temps or a peak or two of some flowers. Hey I did notice the snow is melting! However I'm not paying attention to the few more inches that are in our near future! So let me introduce to you today's Co-Host. Her name is Jen and she is another #SundaySupper member that I've gotten to know these past few weeks. She is the blogger, chef, wife, momma, and writer behind MealDiva. As I was reading her About Me section and navigating around her site (which I love by the way!) I realized we have a lot in common. She too used to stock her fridge with frozen french fries and bagged salads. She came into the job of cooking the same way I did. Her family. She was raised in Ontario Canada until she was in highschool when her family moved to California. Then from California they moved to New Jersey where she now resides with her husband and three children. She calls her children and husband her reason for learning to cook, they are her critics and her cheerleaders.

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Healthy Green Pasta for #SundaySupper

Healthy Green Pasta for #SundaySupper

This is the time of year where we are all thinking GREEN! For a few reasons. One because it's almost St. Patrick's Day and two because who isn't dying for Spring right about now? Sprouting plants, flowers peaking up over the recently mowed grass, the bright sunshine, shall I go on?? Maybe I should since we are expecting another storm in a few days here. I don' t know how much more cold and snow I can take so for now I'll just keep dreaming of GREEN things. As I'm dreaming of GREEN things you can check out the list below of all the wonderful green dishes the #SundaySupper has whipped up for this weeks "Eat Your Greens" theme. Thank you Foodie Stuntman for hosting this great event! When choosing a dish for this theme I had to think long and hard, I eat a lot of greens on a daily basis but I wanted to go a "different" route. I've been experimenting a lot lately with making my own sauces and dressings so I thought why not make some pasta fun for my daughter. She's three and a half and is like every other toddler out there, picky!! She loves pasta so since I've been trying to get myself and my family to eat "cleaner" so to speak, I'm trying to limit canned and processed foods. Don't

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Savvy Eats – Featured Friday

Savvy Eats – Featured Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Another week towards Spring is the way I see it! Or Another week of sleepless nights here in our home. Another week of not knowing what is going through my three and a half year old's head these days!! On a more positive note, another week until I can feel the sunshine on my face and replace my boots with flip flops. Let's go the positive route seeing as I need that these days. As I sit and type when I should be napping. Nope I don't nap. Weeeeellll, I did nap twice last week, that's how tired I am. However, Julie needs my 100% attention right now! Julie is the blogger over at Savvy Eats. Where she writes a little about everything. I love that the most about blogs I find these days, getting a little bit of everything while visiting a new blog is one of my favorite things to discover! She has a section on Gardening! Gosh I hope I get to start a garden of our own this year. Last year I was at the end of my pregnancy and the last thing I wanted to do was garden, however my daughter loves being in the garden with her grandfather and I'd love to see if it's something her and I could start together. I for one want my own herbs at least, then maybe within a few

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Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

Healthy Cream of Mushroom Soup

So if you have talked with me recently you'd know that I'm getting a bit obsessed with making my own sauces, dressings, marinades, cooking soups, you name it, if you can make it in a food processor, I'm trying it! I can see where the convenance of popping open a can of cream of mushroom, cream of chicken or even cream of celery soup and throw it into a casserole, crock pot dish or your favorite dish to make it creamy. I'm all about convenance and whatever is quicker these days. Cooking with two kids around or a cranky baby is a regular occurrence at my house these days. However, I'm trying to really cook healthier for my family, that means more fresh fruits and vegetables, less processed stuff. It's not like I'll never buy a box of crackers, bag of chips or canned soup again, but I can at least try to make an effort. I really didn't know how easy it really is to make it homemade until one day I was making a Healthy Turkey Tetrazzini (Recipe to come) and as I was making the cream sauce I finally mastered the "thickening" process. I've never really been able to "thicken" anything all that well, as I was making it I realized if I put in fresh mushrooms wala, cream of mushroom soup!

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