Uncategorized, Vegetables

Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

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I really like to change things up a bit. Today my husband took the cub scouts on a hike. The downfall of that is that the grounds were super muddy.  It’s been super rainy the last month. Coop came home and his shoes…HIS SCHOOL shoes are caked in mud. I was pretty aggravated that he wore his good shoes on the hike and my husband didn’t say hey kid, we’re hiking, take off your good shoes and put on your old shoes. I threw them in the washer, but washed shoes never feel the same afterwards. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up having to buy him new shoes before long. It’s ridiculous. Why do kids feet grow so fast?

I didn’t go on this hike. I’m not really an outdoors type of gal. I prefer to find other activities. When I think of outdoors all I can think of is ticks and snakes. I don’t think that’s going to work for me! I hate to go camping. I’ve been a few times, but my kind of camping is in a camper with it’s own shower and toilet. What do you enjoy outdoors?

I make these like my other Brussel sprouts. The only thing I do different is add parmesan. It’s really good!

 

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cookies, Uncategorized

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

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It’s one of those days you wake up early and you look around…you just want to do something. Anything. I decided that I would make something for dessert tonight for the boys. I made them these cookies. My husband loves them. It’s one of his favorites. I’ve bought them from the store premade in the cookie aisle and he now says that they don’t taste the same. The icing has to dry on these cookies. You have to give them that time to do so. If not they just get too moist and stick together. Honestly, it’s just a big mess. I encourage you to try this recipe. It’s good! They never last too long here!

2 cups old fashioned oats

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup melted butter

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Icing

2 cups powdered sugar

5 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Food process oats with flour. Add to a large bowl. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In a bowl add butter, and both sugars. Stir in flour mixture. Use a small cookie scoop and place 1.5 inches from each other. Bake for 14-16 minutes on a greased pan. Just until edges are browned. Remove from oven and put on a cooling rack. Do not allow to cool in pan, or else it will stick. Once completely cool, mix the powdered sugar and milk together. Dip the cookies top side in the icing. Allow to completely dry before storing for up to one week, if they last that long ;).

 

Breakfast, Uncategorized

Sausage rolled in French Toast

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Facebook gave me the idea. I wont lie. I seen some recipe where they made this recipe. I didn’t like the recipe, because it was pretty sugary. I’m not very crazy about those high sugar items. The only sugary part of this one is the syrup. What I did was I was too lazy to buy the uncooked sausages, so I bought the cooked one. I cut off the crust to texas toast and just flattened it with my hands and rolled it around the sausage. I didn’t use all the extra tools and such. I’ll say Coop loved it. He right away says “mom can we have this tomorrow too?”….LOL! That tells you he liked it just fine. There’s not much that he doesn’t eat.

Precooked sausage, heated

texas toast,, same amount as sausage, crust removed

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

butter

Flatten bread and roll around sausage. In a bowl combine sausage and milk. Dunk the sausage bread mix into the eggs and milk mixture. Put butter in a frying pan. Once melted add the bread and brown on all sides.

 

Enjoy!!

 

Uncategorized

Better than Applebee’s Mozzarella Sticks

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I have a super crazy obsession with cheese sticks. It’s quiet sickening if I really think about it. When we go out to eat and they have cheese sticks, I have to buy them. It’s a must. Every once in a while when it’s late at night I have to hold back and keep myself from going to the kitchen and whipping up some of these bad boys. I must learn at some point to have more self control. This was a copy cat recipe I tweaked a little bit. I was very excited to try it. It turned out super good too.

I figured I deserved this unhealthy meal tonight. In general we eat pretty healthy…but I’ve had a rough day and we’ve had so much going on. I was pretty down and my go to comfort food is cheese sticks. It didn’t help to make me feel better, but the preparing did. I’ll wake up more at ease tomorrow.

Enjoy Ya’ll!

1/2 Cup plain bread crumbs

1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

3/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/4 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cups all purpose flour

12- 1 oz mozzarella cheese sticks

6-12 cups vegetable oil

Marinara Sauce

Combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Combine the beaten eggs with the milk in another bowl. Pour the flour onto a plate.  Working one at a time dip cheese stick into the egg/milk mixture. Then coat with the seasoned bread crumbs. Arrange the cheese sticks on a wax paper lined baking sheet and place them in your freezer for 3 hours. Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan with a thermometer attached to 350 degrees. Fry frozen cheese sticks 3 or 4 at a time for 1-2 minutes or until lightly brown and the cheese is starting to melt. Serve with marinara sauce.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review Maltesers

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We love to go down the international aisle. This was a find this week. It’s made by Mars company. It’s a British made confectionary. Of all the stuff I’ve bought in the past, this is one of my favorites. I’m pretty odd about candy, so if I say I like it, you know it’s good.  LOL. Anyway, It’s sort of like Whoppers, but the chocolate has a different creaminess which I love. The middle just melts away in your mouth. I don’t really have any negative’s too say. What negative things can you say about chocolate? Yes, that’s exactly what I thought. None! If you see this at your store, try it out, it’s good!

Pork, Uncategorized

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Broccoli

32224614_10155688934215895_1555369582443626496_n.jpgFree Tastes Good had this meal posted a while back. I saved it and just never made it. Tonight is the perfect time to make it. We have a class to catch up on. We have to physically be there today. After tomorrow we should be 100% done. I’m pretty happy about this. It’s been weeks and weeks of classes. I feel like I rarely get to see my kid on class days. It’s very well worth it in the long run, but I find it so incredibly difficult to sit during all of those classes.  We ended up missing like 2 or 3 classes in a row, because the last 3 weeks someone in our house has been sick. It’s been some kind of crazy viral thing. We just couldn’t seem to shake it. After we get finished in our make up day, we have scouts. It will probably be almost 8pm before we get home. I figure I’ll throw this in the crockpot and we’ll be ready to go once we get home. The best part about this is I can freeze some for later if I need to.

 

6 or 7 potatoes cut into 1/4 in slices

1 can cream of potato or cream of chicken soup

1 can of water

1/2 of a small ham

8 oz cheddar cheese

1 cups broccoli

salt and pepper

There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Mix everything into a crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Freezer meal: Double your recipe and get more food meals prepared. If you decide to freeze this, you need to blanch your broccoli and your potatoes. You will also need to unthaw over night before you throw it in the crockpot.

 

 

Beef, Uncategorized

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

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My mother in law has been so helpful with our journey to help kids. She has watched Cooper while we attended classes, she’s came to events, she’s cheered, she’d totally stepped outside her comfort zone at some times. She has supported every decision we have made, even if she hasn’t always agreed with them. I’m thankful for all she’s done to help. She moved here from another state. She lived about 6 hours away. After her husband had passed, she eventually decided she was needed here. At the time I thought nah, we’re ok, but we’d love to have her…but over time I’ve seen how much I really did need her help and support. God knows what he’s doing, for sure.

While we’ve been on this journey there’s been days here and there we’ve needed her. I’ve had to call her last minute and ask her to drop everything to rush over to get Coop off the bus, or I needed her help to do something. The last 10 weeks I’ve had to ask her to come sit with Cooper one night during the week, in order to do our classes to work with kids. She’d come over and stay for hours and cook everyone dinner.

My mother is great too. She helps out when she can, but my mother has health issues and also works a full time job. I’ll say that while dealing with my own mother’s health issues, my other mother stepped in and did whatever she could do. She’s even offered to help with my mother while she was sick. I’m so lucky to have two great moms. I could never wish for more. God has blesses me.

This recipe is NOT mine. My mother in law made this recipe on her own, from different recipes she found. I’m pretty picky about my Chinese food…and this is a good homemade version. I really like it. Make it and serve with any kind of rice you’d like. It’s all good! Thanks for the recipe!!

1.5 lbs stir fry beef.

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 bags of baby broccoli florets

1/2 bag of shredded carrot

1 small onion, chopped

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup bbq sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix soy and beef and sit aside. Saute onions, broccoli, and carrots in skillet or wok. Cook meat in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside. Mix water, soy, bbq, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch together and add it to the wok. Add meat and veggies. Cook until sauce is thickened.