Monday, April 27, 2015

Broccoli with Two Cheese Sauce

The girl child in my house has homework year round.
Not school year round, just homework.

Proud Mama will brag about the fact that she is in a school for advanced children...but the Mama Bear in me wants to make it all go away so she can be a kid for a bit!

Don't get me wrong, spoiled brat takes vacations. Big ones. She also has a great-auntie who allows her to go to her beach house pretty much whenever she wants...but 85% of her time at home is spent doing school work.

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit, it bothers me more than it does her. She is a smart cookie, she knows this is simply preparing her for her future.

Hubby and I discuss frequently, we should be pleased to have a child who knows what she has to do to get ahead in this competitive world, and just does it.

To make my self proclaimed nerd happy, I make her favorite foods, including this side from Recipe Girl.

Ingredients:
1 Cup milk
½ Cup sliced onion
2 Cloves garlic (minced)
Dash of ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
⅓ Cup grated Parmesan cheese
⅓ Cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese
¼ Tsp salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes
6 Cups broccoli


Directions:
1. Combine milk, onion, garlic, and nutmeg in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
2. Heat milk mixture until tiny bubbles start to form around edge.
3. Remove milk mixture from heat and let stand 15 minutes
4. Strain milk into a bowl, reserving milk. Discard solids.
5. Add strained milk and flour to pan, stirring with a whisk
6. Return to medium heat, cook two minutes, or until thick
7. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Keep warm.
8. Cook broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes or until crisp tender.
9. Top with cheese sauce, serve immediately

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Glazed Chocolate Cherry Cookies

When 50 Shades of Gray was all the rage (well, the movie made it popular all over again) I did get the trilogy and read them.
I guess I can see what the big deal was, but I wasn't a big fan of the series.
Just felt the need to jump on the bandwagon and be able to hold my own around the proverbial water cooler.

Know what is really sexy?
As I type this, my hubby is simultaneously doing laundry and washing dishes.
This is after making a breakfast for me and the girl child. (bacon and toast, we don't really do breakfast)

To me, that is the epitome of sexiness.

Then again, these chocolate cherry Pillsbury cookies are pretty dang sexy too!

Ingredients:
1 Pouch  (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
⅓ Cup unsweetened dark baking cocoa
½ Cup butter (softened)
1 Egg
1 ½ Tsp almond extract
1 Cup dried cherries
1 ½ Cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk


Directions:
1. Heat oven to 375
2. In large bowl, stir cookie mix and cocoa
3. Add butter, egg, and ½ tsp of almond extract. Stir until soft dough forms.
4. Gently stir in cherries
5. Shape dough into 1 inch balls
6. On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls 2 inches apart
7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set
8. Cool cookies for 20 minutes
9. In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, and remaining tsp of almond extract
10. Drizzle glaze over cookies

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Hi, my name is Jay and I am a cartoon junkie.

It's understandable when you are a kid, and even as a teen...but I am a full grown adult. A mom. An Auntie. A wife. Is it still OK?

I would like to think it's sweet and young at heart, not bizarre. 
Doesn't matter too much, I like what I like!

Of course the old classics are a fave!

But I am a child of the 80's.....


And happened to have a child who grew up in the 90's...


Sadly, good cartoons are hard to come by now. I am a sucker for this cute little guy though.


Just to continue with my late in life childishness, I have a love affair with chocolate chip cookies. 
Make them chocolate CHUNK?  OK!
Saw this Pillsbury recipe, and knew I couldn't go wrong.

Hubby and the girl poured big glasses of milk and waited not so patiently. They had to have them hot right out of the oven.
Ooey and gooey!

Ingredients:
1 Cup butter (softened)
½ Cup packed brown sugar
½ Cup granulated sugar
1 Box French vanilla instant pudding mix
2 Eggs
2 Tsp vanilla
2 ¼ Cups all purpose flour
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Bag (11.5 oz) semi sweet chocolate chunks
1 Cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions:
1 Heat oven to 350
2. In large bowl, beat sugars and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in pudding mix
4. Beat in eggs and vanilla
5. Gradually beat in flour and baking soda
6. Stir in chocolate chunks and nuts
7. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet
8. Bake 14-16 minutes








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Monday, April 6, 2015

French Macaroni Salad

Are you sick of our Lennon story yet?

When we left off, Lennon had broken out of the couch cushion fort and made a bee-line for the girl child.

She and him have been inseparable ever since! He, literally, pouts when she is gone for a weekend!

Anyhoo...we were in need of a vet for Mr. Kitty Sir, and thought it would be good to keep him at the same vet that we received him from.
Oh what a great decision that was!

They L-O-V-E him there! Seriously, people come in who are not even scheduled that day in order to see him.

They all have millions of pictures of him on their phones. Yeah, I meant it when I said L-O-V-E.

He loves his fan club, and they truely love having him come in.
We are complete with him in our home, and feel that he is getting above par veterinary care.

His brother still goes to this vet, and the Doctor was like a kid at Christmas the day they got to "meet" after so long apart!

Our handsome boy all grown up!


Now, onto the salad!

Ingredients:
1 Lb macaroni
1 Green pepper (chopped fine)
1 Bermuda onion (chop fine)
1-2 Tbsp Miracle Whip
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 (8 oz) bottle French dressing


Directions:
1. Cook macaroni as directed, drain and rinse.
2. Stir in Miracle Whip
3. Add remaining ingredients, mix well
4. Chill for 30 minutes
5. Stir well before serving.

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I did not forget the onion....I just don't care for raw onion



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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blogging for Books: Trisha's Table

**I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own**


I think Trisha has the right idea....there is nothing wrong with comfort food, and certainly nothing wrong with lightening up said comfort food...but still keeping all the flavor.
As a self proclaimed "girl who loves to eat", she makes sure not to lose any of the tastes and textures that make comfort food what it is.

Not everything in this book is light and healthy, but then again, not many people live that way.
Moderation is key! (or as she says "everything in moderation, including moderation")
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a real fried chicken dinner, just maybe balance it off with tofu lasagna later in the week.

Cornbread chili casserole, Dill pickles, Grilled zucchini, there is a recipe for every taste.

She offers so many real dishes with real options; I can't wait to try them all.



Happy Easter 2015

To all my readers, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to you all!


Today we head to my aunt's house, we get to see all the aunts/uncles and most of the cousins (on my side at least).
One cousin can't come home from college for the holiday, and one has to work...but, we can understand such things.

On hubby's side of the family, a group of them headed to Ireland for vacation, leaving one aunt home alone for the holiday. She will be joining us for the festivities, which will be a huge change for her. Hubby's immediate family is a much smaller crew than my side. When we get together, it's 12-14 people....on my side, it's more like 30-35.
She's the type to feel overwhelmed at this.
We are heading over early so there will be less people when we get there...isn't it always easier to adjust when you are one of the first ones there?
She knows everyone who is coming, she is just nervous.

Today I am bringing
Baked Beans
Creamed Spinach
Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Icing

Let the egg cracking commence!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

...and back to our Lennon/Vet story

When we left off, we had decided the runt baby needed to become part of our family.

They told us that one of the vet techs had taken the babies "under her wing" and was screening all potential owners. I had thought ahead and brought all of our pre approval information from the MSPCA.

We left, after being told it would be a few days before this particular vet tech would be reading our paperwork. That was fine, as we were totally unprepared.
When Cookie passed away, we got rid of everything.

Hubby headed on home, and the girl child and I headed off to a friend's house for pedicures.
So, we are sitting at our friends. Ankle deep in warm, soapy water...and my cell phone rings.
Hubby.

I answer and I hear this panicked voice "OMG, the vet just called, they said we can come and get him TODAY".
Not to worry, we can handle this. Well, he can..the girl and I were a little "indisposed".

Sent him off to the vet as we finished up.
Quick stop at a pet store to get basic essentials and we headed home to met our baby!

Imagine our surprise to walk into the house and see all the cushions off the couch. Hubby dearest had made a "fort" (of sorts) to contain the new little man. His reasoning was that Lennon had seemed scared to be in a big, new area and this was helping him.

Yeah, it helped until the first minute he heard the girl child's voice. He is so her cat. As soon as he heard her, he broke through the couch cushion walls and went running.
No fear from that moment on!

Lennon snuggling with his favorite human


To be continued...

Onto some sandwich talk!
I made these...and they were delish...but I neglected to tell Hubby and the Girl that I was using the pepperoncinis. They ate the majority of the jar. Oh well!
I made do, and they were still good, we just had no extra for the top.
When Baked Bree first posted this, that is how she showed them. Fine by me though as they are not my favorite item.

Ingredients:
4 Lb beef roast
Pepperoncini (diced)
4 Cups beef broth
6 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Sub Rolls
Provolone Cheese


Directions:
1. The night before, cook your roast in the crock pot for 8-10 hours, until it is falling apart.
2. Add to crock pot the beef broth, the diced pepperoncini, 1 cup of the pepperoncini juice, and the Italian seasoning.
3. Refrigerate all night so fat will separate (keep meat in the juice it was cooked in)
4. When ready to “cook” dinner, skim the fat from the meat
5. Heat juice and meat on the stove top until warm.
6. Toast sub rolls in oven
7. Pile high with meat and top with cheese
8. Toast sandwiches in oven until cheese is melted
9. Serve with additional pepperoncini if desired

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