Monday, September 27, 2010

Weeknight cheesy pasta skillet

My Friend Michelle has this wonderful idea! She is calling it SAMM (Share a Meal Monday). Every monday you post a meal that you had the previous week. Then when it's almost supper time, and you can't think of anything to make...just hop on over and check out all the yummy meals!! I'm really excited about this!

So here it is, my first SAMM!

weeknight cheesy pasta skillet
what you need:
3 cups rotinit pasta, uncooked
1.5 LBS boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
3 cups frozen mixed veggies (corn, peas, carrots,) thawed and drained
1 cup salsa
2.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever kind of cheese you feel like using)

make it:
Cook pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook and stir chicken in large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until chicken is done.
Add vegetables and salsa, cook on medium heat for 3 minutes or until heated through.
Drain pasta, add to skillet with cheese, stir until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

(This particular time we just added the cheese on top instead of mixing it in the whole dish)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Joke of the day

...or every day for that matter!

Marshall likes to 'tell jokes'.

 Everyday, usually when we are at the table eating a meal ( yes, this happens three times a day) Marshall will say:

M: Knock Knock
Usually me: Who's there?
M: Grandma, Great Grandma and Grandpa!!
and then lets out this big laugh, followed by "oh that funny mom"

Everyday, when I am "talking with Mother Nature" Marshall will:
Knock on the door while saying "Knock, Knock"
Me: Who's there?
M: it's ASTRO BOY! (followed by laughing)

I love my little guy! I'm glad he thinks he is so hilarious! We all laugh with him...well mostly it's with him, but usually it's at him, but only cause his facial expressions and his actions are so.darn.cute.

Marshall, I love you so much. I enjoy watching you grow everyday! I hope you never stop telling us your jokes!!


Last week it was really cold in our house and our pilot light wasn't lit, so I couldn't turn the furnace on, and Irish wasn't home to light it.....SO I decided I needed to bake something so we could warm ourselves up...and have a yummy treat!

I was looking through my recipe binder (which i LOVE) and I saw tons of things that looked good...but I didn't have all the ingredients needed for it. So finally i decided we would make something that I've kind of wanted to try for a while now - Apple Cider Doughnuts!

Paisley was sleeping and Marshall was bored, so it was perfect. We got the bowls out, measuring cups & spoons, and got to work. Marshall was so excited he got to scoop and pour all of the ingredients into the bowl and mix!

Finally we got to the point in the recipe where we needed to fry the doughnuts. I told Marshall that he could watch, but this part was kind of tricky and only Mommy could do it. It ended up M just playing in the sink of water with all the measuring cups, spoons and bowls (he had a blast...and didn't even get that wet!!)

Here is our end result. Not as pretty as the picture from the magazine...but I'm sure just as tasty!!

Apple Cider Doughnuts

With the 'left over scraps' we made Apple Cider "Timbits"

Here's the recipe if you want to try it yourself! These actually weren't even that hard!!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup apple cider (I just used apple juice)
4 Tbsp butter, melted
Vegetable oil for frying

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp apple cider (again, I used apple juice)

In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and cider. Stir in the melted butter. Make a well in the flour mixture and stir in the wet ingredients.

Turn the soft dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a 1/2-inch-high round. Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil in a deep pot over medium heat.

Use a doughnut cutter to form rings (or just use a glass and poke holes into the rings). Once the oil begins to bubble, use a spatula to carefully lower a doughnut into the hot oil. (you can do more than one at a time, just don't crowd the pot)

Once the doughnuts rise to the surface and begin to brown, flip them with the spatula.

Remove after 2 to 3 minutes, or when the doughnuts are golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

For a glaze, stir together the confectioners sugar and the cider. Spoon the mixture over the doughnuts.

Enjoy :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Most Amazing Brownies!

Tonight I made "the most amazing brownies"...well they could have been a little better but I think I baked them a little too long. (or maybe it was my oven) (so keep an eye on them near the end when YOU make them)

ANYWAYS, other than the outside ones being a little crunchy, they were DELICIOUS! Brownie, Chocolate, and Caramel all wrapped into ONE, what could be better?!?

So here it is, I give you, the recipe! (OH and I must give IRISH the credit, he FOUND the recipe!!)

I only give you two warnings
1) Handle with care
2) Eat responsibly :)


The Most Amazing Brownies <-- Click