Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The World's Easiest Cheesecake Pie, courtesy of OMT

Wow.  Go here for the recipe.  I made this for Easter and it was a HUGE hit.
This was pretty much the easiest Any Kind of Pie.  I topped mine with fresh raspberries and strawberries, and sprinkled a little powdered sugar on for looks.  I was lucky to get this picture, as it was cut into sixths and quickly demolished.
I need to make another one of those real soon...
And so do you!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter afternoon

Here's the hodge podge of what happens when most of your peeps don't want to pose for get pictures of food, in with a few people who cooperate.
 "I AM smiling!"
What would a holiday meal be like without a bit of fancy?
Nice polo.
 Colored boiled eggs make pretty Spring-y deviled eggs!  Heavenly.
 We might have eaten a few too many.
 There were other things to eat. too...but the asparagus looked especially appetizing!
It was a good day, for the most part.  I wish my kids were little sometimes.  They were more agreeable about pictures, and church, and so forth.  A little more excited about E.Bunny.  A little more friendly, less teenager-y.  But families change over time, right? 
Change is inevitable, struggle is optional. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mealplan Monday #107 and being frugal with food

Last week, before I bought groceries, I gave the fridge a clean sweep.  I usually do this right before I put new groceries up, but there were containers of things in there I had to deal with beforehand. And I'm glad I did, cause it made me more conscious of what all I had before I even set foot in the store.
A couple of onion halves, some baby carrots that no one was eating, two last stalks of celery, and two wrinkled bell peppers all got chopped and tossed together in baggies for the freezer.  These will be handy to saute for casseroles or add into soups.
 All of the leftover bread that was getting stale or dry got made into breadcrumbs.  I spread them out on a cookie sheet, set the oven to 350 for about 6-7 minutes, then left them in there for an hour or so.  and had crushable crunchy toast for crumbs.
 The three sad tomatoes I had were way too mushy for salads.  They got diced and frozen in a jelly jar.  Next time I need a can of diced tomatoes, I'll just thaw this out.  It all made me feel productive and thrifty for sure.
Monday - (freezer) Spinach and Salsa Chicken, rice
Tuesday - Stouffer Lasagna, salad
Wednesday - Pepper Jack and Guacamole grilled cheesers, tots
Thursday - Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta, broccoli
Friday - Four Ingredient Enchiladas, salad
Saturday - Dad grill
Sunday - Chicken Pot Pie
Breakfast was frugal, too.  Pan-fried leftover sliced baked potato with two eggs and a bit of cheese.
I can't grocery shop on an empty stomach, you know...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday to you!

The boys and I are enjoying our day so far....slept in, worked on the back patio to clean it up, ate a great Lunch at Brooklyn Pie Co.  And  I did some prep for Easter Sunday, here and there.  I boiled a dozen eggs and colored them for some pretty pastel deviled eggs, iced down canned drinks, thawed the pork roasts, made the Crack Potatoes and the Cheesecake Pie.
Set the table with pretty napkins and spring green chargers. Found 6 clean wine glasses, plates, and silverware, too!
Fished around for some extra silk flowers to pretty up a pillar candle on a plate.  Now  it's time to stretch out in The lounge with a book...and look forward to Sunday.  Can it really be that Christmas was four months ago?  And four months from now will I wonder how Easter ended so quickly?

The Easter feeling does not end,
it signals a new beginning.
Of nature, spring, and brand new life,
And friendship, and peace, and giving.
The spirit of Easter is all about
Hope, love, and joyful living.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chocolate Chip Bacon Pecan Cookies

These were super delish and I had everything on hand to make them, so I did! Scout and I gobbled them up - they are best warm from the oven.  I thought they were some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made.  Bubbie and Hubby took a little more convincing, but as my mother used to say:  MORE FOR ME.  

Chocolate Chip Bacon Pecan Cookies
5 strips good quality smoked bacon (not thick slice or peppered!), cooked crisp and crumbled
1 c. plus 3 T flour
1/2 t. each salt and baking soda
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c. each white and brown sugar
1 egg
1 t. maple extract (or vanilla)
2/3 c. chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli semi-sweet)
1/2 chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugars.  Add egg and extract and mix well.  Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then mix into creamed butter and sugar, blending well.  Add bacon, chocolate chips, and pecans.  Mix well, then chill the dough a couple of hours.  Drop by rounded teaspoons on cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes at 350 - longer if you like jumbo cookies like we do!

I think the bacon lent a nice smokey sweetness to the cookie - 
try them and see what you think!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mealplan Monday #106 and the Easter Menu

Because I am off on Easter Sunday I have more time to prepare a feast this coming week!  It's hard to believe how fast this year is moving.  Before you know it, it will be Firstborns's move to a new apartment, Scout's high school graduation, Bubbie and Hubby's summer camp, The Girl's last time home for the summer, band camp, college for boggles my mind.  Best just take it one event at a time...
 Rustown Art
Monday - Meatloaf, mashed, peas and carrots
Tuesday - (freezer) Apricot Chicken, couscous, kale
Wednesday - Creamy Lemon Chicken with bacon and green beans, garlic toast
Thursday - Tacos al Pastor, charro beans
Friday - Turkey Pesto Meatballs, butter garlic linguini, broccoli
Saturday - Dad grill - Caribbean Steak
Sunday - Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pan Fried Asparagus, Crack Potatoes, 7-Up rolls, Rock Island Tea, Easy Cheesecake Pie (with lemon and raspberry topping)
Rustown Art

Gone are the days of Easter egg hunts for The Cannary's, but not gone are the memories of family time together at Easter...

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 thing Friday - Sugar, siblings, treats, shoesies, wrinkles

I thought I had it all figured out that Sugar had a food allergy to the canned food.  Once I started feeding her old lady dry food, she did so much better.  Then I ran out and subbed in some other dry food that was for hairballs.  Vomit City.  Again.  
 It's a good thing we like her.
 These two came for dinner on Sunday and had not seen each other since New Year's Day.  So they had to catch up on pestering, finger poking,
 and shunning the photographer.  It will be sad for them when The Girl moves to the big city after graduation.  I envision Firstborn staying put in Austin.  But I could be wrong.
 I took the easy way out this year and purchased these big plastic eggs to put a few treats in.  My kids aren't really kids any more (sniff) so simple is pretty much the order of the day.
 Speaking of Easter, I am OFF that Sunday!  I get to go to church in my new pretty pink Easter sandals and have a great meal with all my peeps.  Maybe I will talk Scout into taking another family photo.
Time marches on and Hubby and I still haven't made progress on ripping the carpet up in the hallway to replace it with laminate.  Those wrinkles travel all the way down the hall and into the master bedroom and closet.  I so want this carpet gone.  The plan is to get the bedroom carpet cleaned and re-stretched, tile the bathrooms, and install laminate in the hall.  As you can see, we have made zero progress.   Goal for next week:  get motivated to go pick out tile, and find the laminate.  Wish me luck. 


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