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Featured Friday – Chocolate Moosey

Chocolate Moosey

I met today’s Co-Host through my favorite group!! #SundaySupper!!! Carla is the baker/blogger/videographer/photographer, {shall I go on with the many hats this girl wears? } over at Chocolate Moosey. Carla, is a self-taught home baker with a from-scratch philosophy. Everything she does, she does with huge fire and passion. Her mission is to share her kitchen adventures with everyone,  putting a personal spin on recipes that you know and love. Carla has a huge sweet tooth, so most of what you’ll see over on her blog are desserts, however, she does throw in savory dishes as she expands her cooking. One of her biggest challenges is cooking for one, so you will see a lot of her serving sizes are smaller than what you would normally see (6 cupcakes, 1 dozen cookies, 4-inch cheesecake, etc) this is great for anyone that loves cupcakes but doesn’t want to be “forced” to eat all 12 of them!

Growing up, Carla would always go through her mom’s magazines and rip out the recipes because the pictures intrigued her.  She even recalls her first “collection” being a round-up of brownies. Eventually she got binders and kept all of the pages and clippings in it. she still has most of those pages! Can you believe that!! Carla is a Pittsburgh girl at heart, although right now she lives in south central PA with cows for neighbors. (teehee us too Carla!)  Baking and blogging are her hobbies as she works full-time as a videographer. Someday she’d like to either marry the two and work for a food production of some sort OR take the dive and open up a bakery of her own or perhaps even work at recipe development.

Then there is is Murray, I for one am a cat lover so I had to mention dear Murray! We all spoil our cats Carla :) You can Click Here to read about how Carla came to name her blog Chocolate Moosey. It’s a wicked cute story and I enjoyed reading it so I had to mention that too! Not only is Carla a food blogger but have you seen her pics? My mouth has been watering over her pictures for a long time now. She is fabulous at what she does. Check out her Photography section, she has plenty of lessons over there if your another foodie blogger you may want to go take a peak! Check out her Jam and Curd section if your looking for a nice homemade gift to give someone this holiday season, plenty to choose from. I know what your going to say once you see what I chose to make from Carla’s gallery………..why would I go the savory route when she has the best treats in town on her blog?? Well two reasons, one, being 10 weeks pregnant, I’m still tired as heck and have all I can do to get dinner on the table for my lil fam every night so I figured I’d pick something that I “have” to make anyways. Two, I’m not the worlds greatest baker in the world and when I do put mind over matter and jump in for a good cupcake or treat, I really want to give it my all and I just don’t have my all back yet………..but we are getting there!! I will be back to make Carla’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Texas Sheet Cake!! VERY SOON………..Baby F, loves Chocolate and peanut butter!! :)

For now, I will share with you what  I did make from Miss Carla!! It just so happens to be something she made for #SundaySupper one week, it was actually before I joined the troop!!! I did NOT make one change to this recipe and let me just say, I don’t eat meat on a bone, but I love treating my husband to it now and again and since he had to work late one night this week, I figured this could be a good dish to make him after I put MM to bed. Boy was I right, thought I set my fire alarm off, It looked like the place was burning down (don’t worry I’ll explain) they did NOT burn one bit…….I haven’t had a review like this from hubby in a LONG time, pat yourself on the back Carla, hubby gave it a 10 out of 10!!

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Baked Sweet Chili Wings
Recipe From: Chocolate Mossey
Serves: 2 (for dinner) maybe 4 for pickies

Ingredients

6 wings (drumlettes and/or flats)
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to season
Glaze:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger
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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Line the bottom of a roasting pan with foil. Place a baker’s rack on top. Place the wings, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss together. Place wings onto rack and bake 45-50 minutes until cooked through and skin is crispy. This is where I dripped the oil and shoot salt and pepper on the wings, right over the tinfoil, so yes I did think to myself that it was going to cause a lot of noise and some smoke, I just had no idea how much….listen to Carla please and toss your wings in a bowl first!!

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Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a medium saucepan, mix together the water, chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 8 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes to thicken slightly. So I made this mixture and didn’t bring it to a simmer, I just mixed it together and slapped it on the wings, half way through cooking them. It worked great. 25 min into I spread it on thick with a brush, leaving plenty for dipping sauce because I know my hubby loves dipping sauce.

When the wings are finished, toss into the glaze. Bake for another 8-10 minutes or until the glaze is lightly caramelized. Feel free to do it Carla’s way, either way I think they’d come out fabulous, since I had to pull them out for a few minutes to get the smoke cleared, I thought of slapping the sauce on early.

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Look how delish these look??!!! I knew I had myself a winner here!! Thank you Carla for Co-Hosting with me today! It’s been a pleasure and your welcome in our kitchen any time!!! Make sure you go and visit Carla over at Chocolate Moosey and let her know this Momma sent you!!

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Favorite Chef Inspired Dishes for #SundaySupper!

When Isabel from Family Foodie, founder of #SundaySupper asked me to Host the theme “Favorite Chef Inspired Dishes” I was more than thrilled. As a food blogger I’ve admired Chef’s that are on TV since day one of realizing how much I really enjoyed cooking. I’ve watched their shows, admired their cooking, and drooled at their mouth watering dishes they’ve cooked up. When I first started watching The Food Network Channel, I loved the competitive shows, then I slowly started to like any Chef that had their own show, before I realized it, my daily line up of shows consisted of Paula’s Home Cooking, Secrets of Restaurant Chef, 30 Minute Meals, Giada at Home, and Barefoot Contessa. Then I looked forward to the weekends to see Rachael Ray’s 5 meals in a day and of course Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman!

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Everyone has a favorite Chef, whether it’s on Food Network or not, so I’m more than excited to see what everyone from the #SundaySupper group has brought to the family table this week!

Starters or Snacks :

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper

Linda at The Urban Mrs. - Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa

Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts - Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn

Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings - Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup

Jeff at The Catholic Foodie - Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh

Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

 

The Main Dish:

Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples

Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun

Claire at The Realistic Nutritionist – Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken

Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends - Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots

Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen - Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi

Katy over at Happy Baking Days - Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart

Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s

Lane over at Supper for a Steal - Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken

Tara from Noshing with the Nolands - Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini

Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene - Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes - Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches

Becca from It’s Yummilicious - Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Alice at  Hip Foodie Mom - Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon

Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina - The Neely’s White Turkey Chili

Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips - Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis

Isabel at Family Foodie - Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English

Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet - Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse

Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen - Cheesy Poblano Chicken

Patti at Comfy Cuisine - Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese

Chris from Sustainable Dad - Pork Tenderloin with Jerusalem Artichokes and Negroni Vinaigrette

Roxanne over at The Roxx Box - Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille

Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom - Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’

Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork

 

Amazing Sides:

Elizabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle - Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Megan from I Run For Wine - Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme

Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip -  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate

Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie - Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten

Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles - Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

 

Sweet Endings:

Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic - Chocolate Cream Puffs with Hazelnut Filling

Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart

Connie at The Foodie Army Wife - Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake

Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes - Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart

Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake

Amber at Mama’s Blissful Bites - Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding

Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen - Southern Tea Cakes

Amy over at Kimchi MOM - Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You

Lyn from The Lovely Pantry - Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares

Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts

Wine Pairings: 

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Please join on us via Twitter for #SundaySupper on December 2, 2012, throughout the day. In the evening, we will meet at 7 PM EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chatAll you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

Featured Monday – Little Mommy, Big Appetite

Happy Monday everyone! Thanksgiving is officially over and our belly’s have been full all weekend! I don’t know about you but I’ve had a lot to be thankful for. In case you missed our news check it out Here. We didn’t have a Featured Friday this week because my Co-Host and I have been pretty busy so we postponed it until Monday! So here we are….let me introduce you to Kim from Little Mommy, Big Appetite!! Kim is the writer, chef and Mommy behind this cute blog! She even has really cute sidekick that helps her in the kitchen.

This Momma’s blog is full of some great recipes that you HAVE to go and check out. I had a very hard time picking one and I know I’ll be back to make a few more, like Kim’s Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites, I’m always looking for a new way to use Quinoa! Can’t wait to try her Baked Chicken & Vegetable Wontons! I also think you should check out her Friday Find #17, Little Holiday Additions, I think I’ll be looking into making a few of them for the holidays!

I love how she commits to one day a week that his meatless, she calls it Meatless Meals. I too try and do one night a week meat free, it also saves on money! Kim also tries to avoid buying prepackaged or canned foods. I love that she even makes her own beans, I have to get on that train!! She is a lucky Momma because her little one eats most things she makes (ugh…..what I’d give for that!!) Also like me, Kim enjoys eating out! I’m with you Momma, everyone needs a break! Though she avoids chain restaurants she takes eating out as an opportunity to think of new ideas to bring back to her own kitchen, I enjoy nothing more than remaking dinners at home to make them healthier!!

Kim feels as if preparing meals for her family is a way of providing for them.  (I so agree!) She loves to set a meal in front of them and know (almost) exactly where it came from and how it was prepared.  She enjoys being able to have control over the ingredients and the creative aspect of dishes.  She is a little mommy with a big appetite!!!

So if you don’t know me by now, I love trying new side dishes, I get sick of the same things over and over again so I like to change it up, enter Kim’s recipe for Roasted Potato Stacks! This was the perfect opportunity to use my Mandolin that I bought a few years back from Pampered Chef, I love this thing! It cuts your veggies the same size!

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Roasted Potato Stacks
Adapted from:  Little Mommy, Big Appetite
 
Serves: 4 people
3-4 regular-sized potatoes, peeled, and sliced thin
1/3 c. olive oil
1 tsp. each of onion powder, garlic powder, parsley
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
 Fresh parsley (for after baking)
What to do:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Peel and slice the potatoes thin .. as thin as you can nicely slice them (try to make them all the same thickness). Or insert your Mandolin here!

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In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and herbs, I mixed mine right into my measuring cup so I could easily pour.

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Stack 4-5 potato slices in a muffin tin, and then pour a little of the oil mixture on the stack.  Top with 4-5 more slices and a little more of the oil.

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Repeat in the remaining muffin tins, I used 3 baking potatoes and filled up two tins (12). Bake 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy on the edges and tender in the middle.

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Top with fresh parsley. Yes we are a sour cream family!

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I’m happy to report that my daughter even ate these! It’s a great way to roast potatoes differently, they are cute too aren’t they!! Thank you so much for Co-Hosting with me today Kim!! It was great to have you in my kitchen! Now go and visit Kim’s blog over at Little Mommy, Big Appetite, make sure you tell her this Momma sent you!

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ALL of our Happy News!

If you are a regular reader over here you’ve probably noticed that this Momma has been pretty busy! Lots of things going on, but the most important one…….the one that I’ve been dying to tell you all. We are expecting!!!!

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Whew!!! There I finally got to say it!! It’s not easy for me to not write about everything going on in my life, so it’s been a challenge keeping that one in. I wanted to wait until I was at least 10 weeks, so here we are, close enough to 10 weeks! Baby F. will be joining us in late June. Oh and what they say is true about the second child, for me at least, you show earlier! Either that or it’s still my baby belly from before! I don’t care……..I love it!

I’ve had no stomach to be in the kitchen the past few months, I’ve had no energy to even whip up the simplest of things, fortunately my husband loves those meals. Not only have I not had the stomach or energy to be in the kitchen but I’ve also sucked at it! No seriously, the water I boil burns, I’m a complete and utter klutz! I’m using anything but my good plates just in case I drop them. It’s killing me!! I really hope once I reach the second trimester I get my mojo back because I swear to you, I miss the kitchen more than you’d ever think! I even had to take a few weeks off from my #SundaySupper group. I’ve barely kept up with my Featured Friday’s! Let’s put it this way, it took at least 3 different tries to write this article because I get tired, bored, and loose my train of thought in an instant! :(

Not only are we expecting but we are also in the middle of buying a house. Crazy timing I know, but it is the best timing for my family and I. My mom’s house, wear I grew up, wear I took my first steps, where I learnt to ride a bike, wear I got picked up for my senior prom, well she got an offer on it a few weeks ago after we waited patiently for 6 months! We currently have an offer in on a house a few towns over that has an in-law. Though it’s bittersweet moving from the house my mother raised her family in, where I have so many countless memories of my dad in, it’s time to move on and make new ones. I know this is hard for my mom, but knowing she gets to see my children (wow I said children!) everyday, makes it all worthwhile.

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Have you ever heard the expression “Everything happens for a reason?” Well I truly believe that it does, because 2 weeks after we announced to our family that we were expecting, the offer on moms house came in, I have to admit, I was panicking, we currently own a condo that only has two bedrooms and 980 sq feet! We are already busting at the seams! I can’t see putting another child in here. So we are moving after the first of the year (with all hopes that inspections and appraisals go well!) The thought of being able to give my children a yard, a play room, so much more than we currently have just warms my heart. I’ll have a real dining room, though my new kitchen is a little on the smaller side than I wanted, the house has so much character, the owners of this house has no doubt put their heart and soul into, so now it’s time for me and my family to make this home ours. A separate floor for just bedrooms, a bathroom for guests, a separate room for toys, a room for an office, I don’t even know if I can stop naming all of the new perks we will have. As my husband said yesterday, this is the time in our lives we have been waiting for……Everything happens for a reason. We had an offer in on a house back in May, it didn’t go through……..this was meant to be.

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Now to get that energy back………UGH that’s another story. I tend to loose myself around 3pm. I’m still not sure why they call it morning sickness. I’m usually fine all day, Madison and I either get up and go shopping, go to Mommy group, or I bring her to school and I run errands, but come 3pm, I’m done for the day. Either I throw something in the crockpot in the morning, take something out of the freezer (which I think I’m officially out of freezer meals!) or we order take out, I’m a waste of life after 3pm!!!! I have all I can do to get through the two hours until my husband gets home from work. I made a Ham dinner last Sunday night, my husbands favorite, my daughters favorite, it was a Sunday I figured why not, by the time I put the food on the table and ate, my head was on the table! I forgot how much the the little bean in my belly would take out of me!

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Let me rant on for a bit about how great my husband has been. Not only do I have zero energy to keep up with the house or cooking, I cry at every commercial, yes stupid commercials, I’m in bed at 7pm, and well I’m just not pleasant to be around to be honest. A lot different this time around with a toddler that takes the last 5% of energy that I may have left at the end of the day. I have no urge to open my laptop these days. I’m finally finishing this very post because my sister took Madison for the night and I’m laying in bed. Mornings are best time and usually that goes to my daughter so it’s nice to finally be able to finish this for my readers. You ALL deserve to know why I’ve been MIA lately! So………back to my husband, he is truly the best, he takes over at 5pm, plays with Madison, cleans up after dinner or goes and picks up our take out (which I’m actually sick of!) gives the baby a bath and puts her to bed while I crawl into bed. I can only hope I get some of my spunk back come the second trimester (which starts in a few weeks) so I can pay back my husband. I have packing to do, Christmas decorations to put up and shopping to finish!

On another note, Madison is going to be the bestest big sister! She already points and says “Love you bebe!” It melts my heart. So I’m glad that I can finally tell my faithful readers why I’ve been MIA lately. Any of my spare time is usually spent on giving my heart to this blog and not being able to that lately has taken a little piece of my heart away. This blog has become my heart and soul and I’ve always loved every second of it. I love sharing my recipes, I love expressing my adventures in motherhood, sharing my family with everyone, and I hope to get back to that asap, however right now my family comes first. As a mother it’s instinct for me to care for my family first and me last. So though I miss what I do best, I promise I will be back. Though I envisioned baking and cooking up a storm through the holidays, I’ll have many holidays in my new home, in my new kitchen to cook my heart out. I’ve even packed up my cookbooks already! Ah, bittersweet, however what better than to kick off this New Year with some great new recipes from new kitchen!!

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I’ll bee keeping up with my Featured Friday’s, and a few #SundaySuppers at least! I’m actually hosting next weeks #SundaySupper so stay tuned for that, it’s going to be a fun theme!! So thank you all for your continued support, I have nothing but good visions in mind for Momma’s Meals and making it fantastic for 2013!!! Happy Holidays to all!! :) XOXO

Freezer Meals for the busy Momma!

So I had a friend of mine ask me if I had a freezer section on my site. Why I never thought of this, is beyond me but when she told me she’d rather start with my site than search others, I thought to myself, well this is a dedicated follower, I must give her what she wants!! So let me introduce you to our Freezer Friendly Page!! Yes they are all recipes that are on my site, however, I took the work out of it for you and did the research. A lot of them have also been tried and true by the Momma herself! I love freezing meals. I love freezing soups, I love freezing breads……..yes I said breads. I always buy more than one loaf of bread at a time but I hate when one goes moldy before you get to use it, or you go to reach for some and your already out, so I freeze a lot of my baked goods.

Since having my daughter and becoming a little bit more health cautious, I rethought the whole “freezing process”. Just a few short weeks ago I realized my daughter eats a lot processed crap, not because I don’t cook, but because it was easier at the time. Hey I was new, I had no idea what to feed my kiddo when she was weaning off of purred foods and onto solids, so yes I folded like a lot of other moms and bought the packaged pancakes, also frozen, the processed french toast sticks, also frozen, the frozen chicken nuggets, muffins, just about anything. Then when I realized that my daughter wouldn’t eat dinner with my husband and I every night I cried to my husband thinking I failed. I thought, where had I gone wrong? The kid was used to processed foods because it’s all I ever fed her, I can’t very well blame her taste buds now can I. I was distraught, I felt like I had failed as a mom. Don’t roll your eyes at me :( I’m a SAHM it’s my job to care for my family so it doesn’t take much for me to feel like I had failed!

Once I really started thinking about this little dilemma of mine, the ideas starting rolling in! I made a batch of homemade pancakes and froze them. Protein Pumpkin Pancakes, Almond French Toast, and Pecan Crusted French Toast Sticks are just a few of the great breakfast recipes I’ve made on a random Sunday and had for weeks on end. Then you have your basic breakfast casseroles such as Broccoli, Mushroom & Cheese Strata, Hash Brown Quiche or even the classic Monkey Bread! All great freezable breakfast dishes you can make ahead of time to try to cut the processed foods down for you and your family.

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I also make a few other things ahead of time and freeze them for lunches as well. Try Healthy Tater Tots, I’m pretty sure I eat more of them than my daughter, it’s a great way to sneak in vegetables! Another new one I tried a few weeks ago very simple, lasted all week and I froze the rest! Easy Healthy Chicken Nuggets. Stay tuned next week I’ll share a Veggie Mac and Cheese that I still have in my freezer for last minute quick lunches!

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Last but not least, dinner! Plenty to go around for freezer friendly dinner ideas here. These are perfect for those busy week nights, or if you made extra sauce you can whip together a casserole to freeze with the leftovers. I’m only going to name a few of my favorites, but for the rest of my Freezer Friendly meals, go visit my new section!! Whip up some great dinners and stock up that freezer this winter!

Beef Stroganoff- This is a crockpot dish and I recall it making A LOT! I saved it and recooked it as a casserole about 5 days later, but next time I’m freezing this baby for a busy week night!

Chicken Con Queso- Feeling like a little Mexican?? This one is a great freezable dish, just talking about it makes me want to make this again!

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Chili, Chili and more Chili! This is a great freezable dish, I just recently took out some Chicken Chili the other night when I didn’t feel like cooking! (I know crazy!) There is also Momma’s Chili or my 3 Bean Chili you can try.

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Italian Turkey & Brown Rice Casserole- Another #SundaySupper favorite of mine. This had a great taste and I am surly freezing this one the next time around, make more and freeze some for another time, it’s perfect!

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Pizza! Yes pizza, think about it, you buy freezable pizza’s don’t you! Next time you have a pizza night, make two! Freeze the other and you have dinner for yet another night! I have a whole section on pizza, I have to admit, I make a mean pizza!

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Soups! Can’t forget soups, any soup is freezable and great for those days or nights that you are sick, hubby is sick or the kiddo’s are sick, pull out your favorite soup and wala…you’ll feel better in no time, I’ve frozen every single one of my soups because I always make it in the crock pot and I make a lot of it!

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Again, don’t forget about your baked goods, you can always make a nice bread and freeze it or even dinner bread and freeze your leftovers for another night, it’s got to be better than the freezable processed stuff! Check out my Baked Goods section to make your next freezer friendly dinner bread! I suggest the Irish Soda Bread w/Cheese!

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Well that about wraps it up, thank you to my friend for making this awesome suggestion that I make a Freezer Friendly section, it’s a fabulous idea and it has even jump started my thoughts to freeze MORE often!

Easy Healthier Chicken Nuggets

I was destined to make a chicken nugget that my daughter would eat! Yes I confess, she loves McDonald’s chicken nuggets, you can blame that on Daddy! So one Sunday I pulled out the chicken nuggets I bought that week and I came up with this recipe, low and behold Madison loved them!!! I even packed them for lunch and sent her off to school with a piece of fruit twice that week! Freeze the rest and you have your very own home made chicken nuggets, I fried these ones (I had to start somewhere with her, since she ate these, next time I’m going to bake them!

Ingredients:

1 pd of chicken nuggets (or chicken tenders cut into bite size pieces.)
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of egg whites
Oil for frying
1/4 cup of shredded parmesean cheese
Salt & Pepper for seasoning

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What I did:

Set up a station. Filled a bowl with the egg whites. Filled another bowl with the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper mixed together.

Heat oil until it starts to smoke (a very little) dunk the chicken nuggets in the egg white, roll it in the bread crumb mixture, pop it into the oil, I made maybe 6 per batch.

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Have a plate with a paper towel ready, it’s easier to transfer the finished nuggets to let the grease seep out.

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Use your favorite dipping sauce, Madison likes ketchup or sweet and sour sauce, I think the dipping does it for her!! I’m so excited I was able to make something she loved that doesn’t come from McDonald’s!

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Featured Friday – The Weekly Spoonful

It’s that time of the week again, no matter how busy this Momma gets I will always make time for Featured Friday’s!!!! Jessica is the write/blogger over at The Weekly Spoonful. I remember coming across her blog awhile back when I first starting blogging, I loved the name of it right from the beginning! I contacted her in hopes to feature her someday, but like a lot of my emails reaching out to other bloggers, they get lost in the spam or they get deleted from being super busy. Jessica however reached out to me a few months later and of course I put her right on the schedule! I love her writing style, though her blog was meant to start off as a way for her to share her much loved recipes with friends and co-workers it turned into a collection of memories, experiences and thoughts. Jessica is a 20-something gal that lives in the city and her blog is about new things, old things, silly things and mostly self-indulgent, but the recounting of these recipes and such memories has become her little spoonful of sugar as she describes it.

Jessica feels the same way I do after completing a wonderful dish of her own. There is no other therapy quite like slow and lovely calm of cooking or baking, so simply put I love it! Jessica grew up in a home where family dinner is the most important part of the day. Her mother taught her that the way to a mans heart was through his stomach. A box of cake mix is practically a sin.  Favorite recipes are used over and over and handed down as precious treasures, but finding or creating a new gem is just as special.  Cooking together is the best way to step outside the world and re-connect, and cooking for someone is the best way to show that you care.  Jessica I love your mom already!! Seems like my kind of gal! Boy do I wish I had looked at Jessica’s blog this past summer when I became a fan of the Farmer’s Market! She has a whole post about it you should keep in mind for next year. Also more Gifts in a Flash for the upcoming holiday season. I can’t wait to make some homemade granola as gifts this year!

Jessica, If you haven’t already checked out the #SundaySupper group you should because it’s the best group for people that truly feel a meal (even if it is only once a week for some) is truly the way to hold family together! So join me in welcoming Jessica everyone! The recipe of hers I chose was her Holiday Rehab Edition of a Stir Fry on the lighter side. No not because it was number one on her list but because I was craving a beef stir fry so when I put my menu together over the weekend, I always have most of the ingredients for a chicken or steak stir fry in the house because it’s a healthy quick meal for me and my family. Here is Jessica’s version:

 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin 3-inch pieces
  • 2 bunches of green onions, white and pale green parts only, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound of lean steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 -2 teaspoons of mild Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (olive oil is also fine if you don’t have sesame)

 What to do:

  • Mix the steak with the ginger and 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and set aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon of the sesame oil over medium-high heat and then add the veggies and garlic. Stir-fry for about 5-8 minutes until cooked but still crisp. I also added bean sprouts too.

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  • Coat your same pan with remaining sesame oil and heat over medium-high. When the pan is hot, add the beef and stir fry for about 4 minutes or just until cooked through. If it starts sticking add just a touch of soy sauce or a bit more oil.
  • Mix the hoisin, tabasco, remaining soy sauce, and crushed red pepper.  Throw this in the pan with the beef, and add the veggies until they are reheated.
  • Finish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds (I had these too and I totally forgot to top it off because I was starved!!)

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Thank you again Jessica for Co-Hosting with me this week! It’s been fun checking out your site and I can’t wait to come back for more! I am so making that granola as gifts this year!! :) Happy Friday Foodie Friend! Go visit The Weekly Spoonful now and tell her this Momma sent you!

 

Parenting-Love/Hate Relationship

I think parenting is a love-hate relationship. I’ll admit it. It’s not all posies and roses. Giggles and good times. It’s just down right hard. It sometimes just down right sucks. Then you get the moments when it is just perfect and you love every second of it. For that one second. :)

I often wonder if having a boy is different than having a girl because I have one serious whine bucket of a child. Whines when things go wrong, whines when she can’t accomplish something, whines when she wants our attention, heck she whines when things are great! Then I get this smile……….and my world has become all worth it again.

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I often wonder if the things I say “no” to are worth the fight. Worth the energy of trying to explain to a two year old that she can’t go outside with no coat on when it’s forty degrees out. Maybe I should let her go outside and freeze her ass off. Or how about when they just don’t get that dinner can’t be ready right then and there when they want it……maybe I should just give it to her then and let her eat it half cooked LOL……then I get this happy face when she digs in and my world has become worth it again.

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I think of the meltdowns. The lay stiff little person she turns into when she has to hold my hand in a parking lot. The looks I get from others when they drive by because I don’t rip her up from the pavement, nope I do not. I let her lay there (don’t worry I don’t let her lay in front of cars). The meltdowns that happen when I don’t give her what she wants to eat, when she wants, how she wants. I rub my eyes and my temples as I write this…….it just exhausts me. Then I see this……….and my world has become worth it again.

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I never thought in a million years that parenting would be love-hate. I love it one minute and hate it the next! I feel a sense of relief with just admitting that. I’m just so thankful that all of the bad moments are worth it. I’m blessed that the good always out number the bad, I’m happy that when my daughter runs up and hugs me or jumps on my lap, I’m a mommy to her and that is her love-love relationship with me.

What are some of your love-hate parts of motherhood? Share……vent.

 

 

Sausage Rolls

I found this recipe from a fellow blogger friend while exploring for game day snacks awhile back. Super easy and super yummy. My husband loved snacking on it during the football game and I loved it period! You can really make it anyway you’d like, like your very own pizza! I made mine with sausage and pepperoni’s! I even added a little bit of sauce and gave some to my hubby for dipping! I especially loved it because I like a “light sauce” on pizza!

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Recipe Adapted From: Walking on Sunshine
Serves: 4 adult size appetizers

Ingredients:
Ground Sausage, I buy the Jimmy Dean because they make the Turkey sausage that is 60% less fat and it’s already fully cooked!
Pepperoni
Mozzarella Cheese
Pizza Dough, homemade or store bought (I bought Pillsbury Artisan Crust)
Pizza sauce
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What to do:
Unroll your pizza dough, or make your pizza dough and roll it out to a large rectangle. Spread a little sauce over the dough, keep in mind you don’t want a lot because it will make a soggy mess, it’s all in the dipping! Add you toppings and of course top it off with the cheese.

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Start rolling it carefully from one side to the other, tucking it as you go, don’t worry, the slower you go the better it’ll come out, I’m shocked at how perfect mine came out.

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Grease a tube pan and carefully place the rolled pizza into the tube pan. Just go slow and you’ll be fine! Let it sit for 30-60 minutes to let it rise, I let mine sit for 30.

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Preheat the oven to 400 and cook it until golden brown. I followed the directions that Pillsbury gave me on the pizza crust and just kept my eyes on it. Then you get this little roll of perfection!!

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I sliced it and served nice and hot!! Pizza in a roll how can you go wrong!

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Gifts From The Kitchen for #SundaySupper

You know that time of year when you want to get someone a gift, not spend a lot of money, but make it special and from the heart……..well here is your chance to start making your Christmas list!! The #SundaySupper group got together to bring you just the right gifts for the special people in your life…….who doesn’t love food as a gift??? No more knicknacks you can do without, no more gifts you won’t ever use! This great even is being hosted by Susan over at the Whimpy Vegetarian.  Thank you Susan for hosting such a great event. I saw this idea during the summer and said to myself, I’m making these for the holiday! I’m thinking about making them for my daughters daycare providers. I’m calling them. A Soup For You! Let your friends and family curl up next to the fire with this yummy gift this winter!

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Here are two examples but you can really make it your own any way you’d like by adding the dry ingredients. I keep the ingredients for the participant minor so they don’t have to worry about much since it’s a gift, however I can’t put sliced beef in a jar :)

Beef Barley Soup in a Jar

Ingredients:

  • 2 envelopes onion soup mix ~OR~ 1 envelope onion soup mix plus 2 tbsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup small pasta (shells, bows, alphabet etc.)
  • 1/3 cup barley
  • 1/3 cup lentils
  • 1/3 cup barley
  • optional: 2 tbsp dried chives
  • tricolor small pasta to fill jar completely

Jar Mix Directions:

Layer the jar starting from the seasoning down to the pasta. You can really layer it anyway you’d like. I did the seasoning on the bottom and I snuck a packet of beef bouillion in there that you can’t even see! Make sure the jar is tightly packed to prevent contents from moving around.

Print these directions on white card stock and tie them with a bow to your jar:

Add one pound of stewing beef cut into one-inch pieces to 6 cups of water in a large pot. Simmer for 45 minutes. Add 6 more cups of water and the rest of the ingredients from the jar, and a can of peas and simmer for 15 min. ENJOY!!

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 Pasta Soup Mix

  • 2 Tbsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Dried Onions
  • 1/3 cup Beef Boullion Granules
  • 3 1/2 cups Tri-Color Pasta
  • Glass Jar
Jar Mix Directions:

Fill the bottom of the jar with the spice ingredients and layer the tr-color pasta on top.

Print these directions on white card stock and tie them with a bow to your jar:

Bring 8 cups of water and 2 cups (1 can) crushed or diced tomatoes to a boil in a large pot.  Add soup mix from jar and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes, until the pasta is tender.

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Let’s check out all these other great gift ideas!!!

Breads / Breakfast

Condiments / Ingredients

Soup and Snacks

Sweets

Drinks

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