Sunday, October 26, 2014

Strategic Leftovers

Way back when I had a very little one running around, I was much more strategic about cooking on Monday for leftovers to use in a meal later in the week.  I tried everything I could think of to simplify dinner when she was young.  Now that I have more time, I'm less worried about cooking once and using twice, but I still love it when a week works out that way.

My pot roast from earlier in the week was a great starter for this Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring.  The rest of the cheesy, creamy goodness was fab.  Rich, but fab.  Very, very good.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Soup Season

Soup season is back.  I know, I know, it doesn't have to be confined to cold weather, but that's when it seems appropriate to me.  I'm a category girl--ice cream in summer, soup in fall and winter.  I just feel better when things are in the proper place.

Although it's really just another cheesy potato soup, I really like the thick, substantialness to this Cheesy Ham Chowder.  I followed the recipe, save using Kirkland bacon crumbles rather than cooking my own.

I'm also looking forward to the leftovers for a Saturday lunch.  It will be so good.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mississippi Pot Roast

Mom's pot roast was the best.  I don't know if the secret was her well-seasoned pan or just knowing the exact right time and temperature, but it was delicious.  Moist and tender every time, no matter the cut of meat.  I think I'll probably spend my adult life trying to recreate her success, but without the patience to bake low and slow as she did.

This Mississippi Pot Roast is probably the closest I've come in moist, tender texture.  I used ranch dressing and brown gravy mixes, with about a third of a jar of pepper rings.  The seasoning was a little different than mom used, but it was delicious!  Lots of flavors without overpowering the roast itself.  I also like that it wasn't drowning in liquid.  There was plenty of juice from the roast to make gravy, though.

It may not be Mom's recipe, but it was so good and easy, I may quit trying to replicate

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Much Celebrating

In early October, all thoughts at our house turn to the celebrating of one special little girl.  We've had a family celebration, a getaway trip, celebrating with friends, and more.  All that to say, I've been doing more celebrating than blogging.  Or perhaps you hadn't noticed.

For the big birthday celebration, the new eight year old selected Chicken Verde Mac & Cheese.  We also enjoyed fruit kabobs and Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta, and Bacon.  I chose to top the salad with the sweet dressing from the side of my salad dressing mixer.  Two thumbs up for the salad.  It was amazing.  For realsies.

Of course we had to have birthday cake!  My instructions from the birthday girl was a "Frozen" themed cake, but nothing specific was necessary.  I liked the idea of this watercolor cake.  I used white cake mix, and followed the Pinterest instructions for making it more "bakery" like.  I used this recipe for Buttercream Icing, which I then decorated with fondant decorations from this Etsy seller.  Needless to say, this handiwork made me look like a pro, when in truth all I did was online shop.

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Girl and Her Muffins

My girly has picked up my bad habit of losing interest in breakfast foods.  She sticks with something for a while, but then tires of it, and tires quickly. Overnight, bam, she's done. No more.

She does love muffins, but I keep changing them up in hopes of not losing the one standard that has stuck around for some time.  I decided to get ahead of the game last week by making these Banana & Toasted Coconut Muffins.

Those muffins were an act of love, friends.  It was my first time working with coconut oil, there were many, many dishes, and multiple steps.  After laboring over the muffins and seeing how pretty they were, I could wait for my girl to bite into the first one.

As always, I asked, "What do you think?"  I got, "They're okay, I guess.  Not really much flavor."

I was stunned.  Heartbroken. Could it be true?

It turns out that a bad case of allergies and/or a cold prevented her from tasting what are pretty good muffins.  The coconut flavor isn't strong enough for my liking, but they are also better than your average banana muffin too.

I'm guessing these muffins won't be made again--too much work, and most likely somebody will get tired of them too soon.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ahead of Schedule

October starts this week, and even though it will be a busy month--a certain little someone at our house turns eight--I'm ready!  At least when it comes to eating.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Grilled Cheese with a Twist

As evidenced time and again on this blog, I'll try any variation of grilled cheese.  Sometimes the switch up is absolutely fabulous, and other times I know I'd be just as happy with cheddar or Colby on white bread.

This latest "fancy" grilled cheese, White Garlic Pizza Grilled Cheese, was a good start.  Even though I cut the filling back to the amount for three sandwiches, it was still way too much.  Falling out of the sandwich too much.  I also wish the mozzarella flavor had come through a little more.  It's fresh mozzarella, that's definitely worth tasting!

For people really into the white garlic pizza flavors, this recipe would definitely worth trying.  Since I'm somewhat indifferent, and like plenty of other grilled cheese varieties, I think I'll leave it for others.