Monday, November 24, 2014

Hibachi Vegetables

I am not a fan of zucchini or squash.
The only real time you will see me eat them is at the Japanese hibachi restaurants. Something about the way it is cooked, and the simple flavors make them look enticing to me.

I had a "duh" moment when I realized I could make them at home!

So simple...yet, so tasty!
If I am feeling a little "wild and crazy" I might add some thinly sliced carrots.

Nothing more than that though, then it walks the fine line between being a neat copy-cat type side dish to being more of an every day stir fry.
We can't have that, it would be an identity crisis like we have never seen before!

Ingredients:
1 Zucchini
1 Yellow squash
Onion
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tsp ginger

Directions:
1. Heat a skillet over med/high heat
2. Slice veggies in long, thick strips
3. Saute veggies for about 5 minutes until cooked, yet firm with brown colors
4. Add soy sauce and sesame seeds.
5. Serve immediately

Print

Forgive my little bag-o-onion, I was using up leftovers




This recipe was shared with:
Monday:  Flour me with Love, Pioneer Momma, Mom Favorites, Kitchen Table Art, The Chicken Chick, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, The Modest Mom Blog, Huckleberry Love I Should be Mopping the FloorUncommon DesignsJambellishA Mama's StoryAll Things FeeBoogieboard CottageEnchanted Homeschooling Mom Skip to my Lou21st Century HousewifeSew Can DoMom's the WordMom's Test Kitchen
Tuesday: The New Mrs Adventures, Pint Sized Baker, Cornerstone Confessions, My Joy Filled Life, Kathe with an E, Stone Gable Blog, Memories by the Mile, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Inside Bru Crew Life, Lou Lou Girls, Time Warp Wife, Minivan Dreams, Mandy's Recipe Box, Hope Studios    
Wednesday: Someday Crafts, Crafty Allie, Dizzy Busy and Hungry, My Girlish Whims, Buns in my Oven, Raising Homemakers, A Peek into my Paradise, Gingersnap Crafts
Thursday:  Lambert's Lately, Sweet Haute                 




Monday, November 17, 2014

Cucumber Dill Salad

This is made all the freaking time in my house.
It's so simple, and so insanely delicious.
It's probably not even a "real" recipe, but that's OK by me.

I call it cucumber dill for obvious reason, but sometimes I mix in some tomato and lettuce and call it a dill salad.

One year, on Thanksgiving, I was just craving it....so I made it to bring to my aunt and uncles.
My second oldest cousin happened to be sitting at the same table as me that year. He is out of the loop enough not to know who brought what (meaning: he is a guy, he just shows up to eat) .
He took a big bite, sat there for a second.,.then went in for another bite. Then, out of nowhere, I got one of the biggest compliments he could have given.

"This tastes like something Gram would have made"
Oh did my heart just flutter!!

Our great grandmother was the queen of comfort food! Nothing fancy, everything simple and perfect.

Thanks cousin. You made my year!

Ingredients:
1 Cucumber (diced)
¼ Cup sour cream
Salt
Dill
Optional: Lettuce, tomato


Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients
2. Season with salt and dill to taste

Print



This recipe was shared with:
Monday: Flour me with Love, Homemaking with Style, Pioneer Momma, Kitchen Table Art, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, The Modest Mom Blog, Huckleberry Love, I Should be Mopping the Floor , Uncommon Designs, Jambellish, A Mama's Story, The Chicken Chick , Boogieboard Cottage, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom , Skip to my Lou, Sew Can Do, Mom's the Word, Mom's Test Kitchen, All Things Fee , Mom Favorites, 21st Century Houseife, My Joy Filled Life
Tuesday: Pint Sized Baker , A Bowl Full of Lemons, Cornerstone Confessions, Inside Bru Crew Life, Lou Lou Girls, Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos , Yesterfood, Minivan Dreams, Mandy's Recipe Box, The New Mrs Adventures, Hope Studios, Kathe with an E, Hope in Every Season
Wednesday: Buns in my Oven, Gooseberry Patch, Lemoine Family Kitchen, The Newlywed Pilgrimage, Crafty Allie, Dizzy Busy and Hungry, Someday Crafts, Milk and Cuddles, Mostly Homemade Mom, Ivy and Elephants
Thursday: Katharine's Corner, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Sweet Bella Roos, Lambert's Lately, Sweet Haute, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Embracing Change, The Nourishing Gourmet, A Delightsome Life, The Pin Junkie
Friday: AKA Design, Happy and Blessed Home, Craft Dictator, Lady Behind the Curtain, Morsels of Life, The Grits Blog, The New Mrs Adventures, The Better Baker, Endlessly Inspired, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Thirty Handmade Days, City of Creative Dreams, The Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Coffee with us 3, Pure Grace Farms
Saturday: Melanie Makes, Belle of the Kitchen, Cooking with Ruthie, Beauty Through Imperfection, Raising Memories, Six Sister's Stuff
Sunday: A Peek into my Paradise, 3 Little Greenwoods, Denise Designed, Three Mango Seeds

Monday, November 3, 2014

BBQ Baked Onion Rings

I am headed out shopping with the girl child.
Know what is really great about her? I simply like her! Of course I love her, I am her mom...but she is a really good person inside.
She is fun to be with, always has interesting things to say. The girl has the ability to make me laugh like nobody else.
I am so incredibly fortunate to have my daughter be my BFF.

Not that we always get along, we are so similar, we butt heads....frequently.
Love conquers all though, and soon we are back to our happy ways!

I should totally buy her this for Christmas:


Ingredients:
1 Cup barbecue sauce
2 Large eggs (lightly beaten)
4 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 Cups panko bread crumbs
2 Large sweet onions (sliced into ½ inch rings)
Cooking spray


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place two baking sheets in the oven and allow them to preheat
3. Place bread crumbs in a bowl
4. In medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs, and flour
5. Dip onion slice in the barbecue sauce mixture, shake off excess
6. Dip coated onion into bread crumbs, covering totally
7. Lay on a cool baking sheet.
8. Repeat until all onions are coated
9. Remove hot baking sheets from oven and spray lightly with cooking spray
10. Move coated onions to hot baking sheets
11. Spray coated onions lightly with cooking spray
12. Bake for about 6 minutes, or until golden
13. Turn each onion ring over.
14. Spray the other side with cooking spray
15. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes

Print






Recipe adapted from here

This recipe was shared with:
Monday:  Uncommon Designs      
Tuesday:     
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: 
Saturday:
Sunday:

Monday, October 27, 2014

16 Minute Beef and Bean Burritos

The girl who sat next to me at work has moved on to a different job, in a totally different field. I wish her well!!
I had a new (temporary, while they played musical desks) neighbor, she happened to say something and my response was "oh, that happened when we had our flood".

She looked at me like I had 10 heads (one would think I would be used to such a thing by now).

So the story goes...
I sit in the middle right cube in a section of 6.
We had contractors everywhere building a new section of our office.
My neighbor to my right yelled over one day and said "do you hear dripping?"
Next thing we knew it was Niagra Falls


Gah!

A pipe burst over our heads! 
People came running like ants...it was chaos! We were trying to get all of our computers unplugged and out of the line of fire. Then someone remembered the printers. It was madness I tell you!

My neighbor got the worst of it. My desk got some, but the majority landed in a small lake under my desk.

Oh it was something to behold.

We then became other people's temporary neighbors while our desks and ceilings were repaired.

Nights like that, I am more than happy to make a quick, easy meal. 
Running around trying not to get shocked by office equipment is hard work!

Ingredients:
2 Lbs ground beef
½ Medium onion
1 (7 oz) can Mexican tomato sauce or Enchilada sauce
Salt and Pepper
Cumin, Oregano, Chili Powder
1 (28 oz) can refried beans
¾ Cups grated cheddar cheese
Sour Cream and Salsa to top
12 Burrito sized flour tortillas

Directions:
1. Brown ground beef with onion and season to taste
2. Pour in sauce and simmer (reserve a little sauce to top the burritos)
3. Heat refried beans in a sauce pan
4. Heat tortillas in the microwave for one minute
5. Spread small amount of beans on each tortilla
6. Add seasoned meat
7. Fold over ends and then roll up
8. Place two burritos on microwave safe plate
9. Drizzle read sauce over burritos and sprinkle with grated cheddar
10. Microwave for one minute until cheese is melted







Adapted from here

This recipe was shared with:
Monday:  Uncommon Designs, Flour me with Love, Pioneer Momma, Homemaking with Style, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Feeding Big, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, Modest Mom Blog, Huckleberry Love, I Should be Mopping the Floor, Jambellish, A Mama's Story, All Things Fee, The Chicken Chick, Boogieboard Cottage, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Skip to my Lou, Mom Favorites, 21st Century Housewife, Sew Can Do, Mom's the Word, Mom's Test Kitchen
Tuesday: Cornerstone Confessions , Inside Bru Crew Life, Kathe with an E, Pint Sized Baker, Memories by the Mile, The New Mrs Adventures, Hope in Every Season, My Joy Filled Life, Timewarp Wife, Mini Van Dreams, Mandy's Recipe Box, Hope Studios, Stone Gable Blog, My Journey Back
Wednesday: Recipes for our Daily Bread , Dizzy Busy and Hungry , Buns in my Oven, Lemoine Family Kitchen, Crafty Allie, Milk and Cuddles, Raising Homemakers, White Lights on Wednesday, A Peek into my Paradise, Gingersnap Crafts, Mostly Homemade Mom, The Newlywed Pilgrimage, Ivy and Elephants
Thursday: Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Lambert's Lately, Sweet HauteKatherine's Corner, A Delightsome Life, Sweet Bella Roos, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Stacey Embracing Change, The Nourishing Gourmet
Friday: The Grits Blog, O Taste and See, Play Party Pin, Lady Behind the Curtain, Daily Dish, The New Mrs Adventures, The Better Baker, Endlessly Inspired, Coffee with us 3, Love Bakes Good Cakes\, Craft Dictator, Thirty Handmade Days, City of Creative Dreams, Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, The Pin Junkie, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life, Pure Grace Farms, Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom
Saturday: Belle of the Kitchen, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Six Sister's Stuff, Simply Gloria, Beauty Through Imperfections, Raising Memories
Sunday: A Peek into my Paradise, 3 Little Greenwoods

Monday, October 20, 2014

Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Vanilla Yogurt Dip

Hubby and I ran to the grocery the other day to do our weekly shop. At one point I had forgotten something (shocker) and told him I would be right back.
I came right back, no hubby
Waited off to the side for awhile, no hubby

:::sigh:::

Decided it was time to wander and go find him.
Entered the freezer section and located the long lost man in my life. He had been hijacked by friends of ours.
We haven't seen them much due to crazy schedules, so it was nice to catch up for a minute.

During conversation, she pointed to her cart and made mention to trying to "be good" lately.
Then she turns around and says "our house, fire, drinks, Saturday, be there".
Okie dokie!

In the back of my head the whole "trying to be good" thing kept reverberating. I wasn't going to show up empty handed, but wanted to not tempt her with naughty yummies.

I dug through my recipe pile, and found this one by Hungry Girl.
Perfect! Sweet, but yet, not naughty!

Ingredients:
16 Pineapple rings
6 oz plain greek yogurt
1 Tbsp sugar
⅛ Tsp cinnamon
⅛ Tsp vanilla


Directions:
1. Lay pineapple on grill or grill pan flat
2. Cook until slightly blackened and caramelized
3. Flip and cook the other side
4. Combine all other ingredients
5. Chill dip for 10 minutes before serving

Print



This recipe was shared with:
Monday: Feeding Big, Flour me with Love, Pioneer Momma, Homemaking with Style, Enchanted Home Schooling Mom, Kitchen Table Art, Uncommon Designs, The Chicken Chick, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, The Modest Mom Blog, Huckleberry Love, I Should be Mopping the Floor, Jambellish, A Mama's Story, All Things Fee, Boogieboard Cottage, Skip to my Lou, Mom Favorites, 21st Century Housewife, Sew Can Do, Moms the Word
Tuesday: Yesterfood, Pint Sized Baker , Kathe with an E , A Bowl Full of Lemons, The New Mrs Adventures, Cornerstone Confessions, Inside Bru Crew Life, Lou Lou Girls, Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos, My Joy Filled Life, Mini Van Dreams, Mandy's Recipe Box, Hope Studios, Stone Gable Blog, My Journey Back
Wednesday:  Recipes for our Daily Bread , Dizzy Busy and Hungry , Milk and Cuddles, Sew Crafty Angel, Gingersnap Crafts, Crafty Allie, Mostly Homemade Mom, The Newlywed Pilgrimage, Lemoine Family Kitchen, Ivy and Elephants, Hope in Every Season, Buns in my Oven, Raising Homemakers, White Lights on Wednesday
Thursday: Lambert's Lately, Sweet Bella Roos, Sweet Haute, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Embracing Change, The Nourishing Gourmet, Katherine's Corner
Friday: AKA Designs, The Grits Blog, O Taste and See, Craft Dictator, Daily Dish, Coffee with us 3, The New Mrs Adventures, The Better Baker, Endlessly Inspired, Love Bakes Good Cakes, City of Creative Dreams, Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life, Pure Grace Farms
Saturday: Cooking with Ruthie, Six Sister's Stuff, Simply Gloria, Beauty Through Imperfection, Raising Memories, Diary of a Recipe Collector
Sunday: A Peek into my Paradise, 3 Little Greenwoods, Denise Designed   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Honey Date Muffins

I have been thinking about taking a vacation to NYC.
There is so much to see and do there, and I haven't been since I was 10 (or so).

We tried to do a day trip a few years back to see the Christmas decorations, but due to a medical emergency, we were unable to go.
Maybe I will try again this year...and hope for the best.

Have you been to NYC? Any suggestions as to what is a must see/do? Must eat?

Ingredients:
2 ½ Cups baking mix (like Jiffy)
2 Tbsp instant vanilla pudding
¼ Cup sugar
1 Tsp baking powder
¼ Cup butter (softened)
1 Egg
¼ Cup honey
¾ Cup dates (chopped)


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease a muffin pan
3. Combine all dry ingredients
4. Add butter and mix well
5. Add milk, egg, honey, and dates into the mixture
6. Fill prepared muffin cups
7. Bake 15-20 minutes

Print



This recipe was shared at: