Eat New Round 2

Well my family survived being guinea pigs for a week!  If they are honest, I think they might say they actually enjoyed it!

In my last post, “Eat New Challenge,” I detailed recipes that we were going to try for supper last week, along with providing links to the recipes.

What were the results?  Well, since you asked….

Sunday – The copy cat recipes for KFC Extra Crispy Chicken and Cheddar Bay Biscuits were tasty as was the jalapeno corn dip.

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Sunday is also the day I prepared the Vanilla Bean Cream Pie.  Let me just tell you, this is THE best pie I have tasted in a very, very, very looooonnnnggggg time. Everyone wanted a second piece and was asking for another pie to be made!  So it is definitely a keeper!

Monday – Corndogs – these were good, and I don’t like hotdogs much.  I used white coarse ground cornmeal, instead of the yellow specified in the recipe, because it’s what I had and what I use.  I didn’t want to buy something new for just this single use.  I found the procedure easy and using a glass to batter the hotdogs, was complete genius!

Tuesday – The Crockpot Carnitas were one of my favorites for the week.  Super easy and super tasty.  No complaints in this house at all.  I decided to serve it with some Mexican fried rice.  The recipe was pretty straight forward and was easier than I anticipated.  You can find that recipe here.

Wednesday – The Cuban Beef tied with the Carnitas this week for me, for being the best.  It had a few more steps than I was prepared for, especially when preparing a side dish that needed a little babysitting, but it was amazing.  And, surprisingly, this was my kids’ favorite dish of the week, beating out corndogs!  Can you believe it??  The Avocado fries were not as tasteful as I hoped for.  I believe they have great potential, but I couldn’t put my finger on what ingredient I would want to add to give it a kick.  Some may find them excellent, but for my family, we will probably pass next time.  A good result that did come from making these, is learning the flour, then egg, then panko breading procedure.  I am planning on trying this to create baked onion rings!

Thursday – Tuscan Tortellini Soup.  Delicious, easy to make, and best of all, my kids devoured kale like there was no tomorrow!  Next time this graces my table, it will be accompanied by some crusty garlic bread and tossed salad.

Friday and Saturday are our unpredictable days and so meals are always prepared with our pantry/freezer staples.

One thing I learned in trying new things is it is hard to plan side dishes that compliment the meal (e.g. Thursday).  I think this is something I may develop a better skill for as we continue our “Eat New Challenge.”  I don’t have really picky eaters, but even so, I also learned this past week that it’s even easier to have them try something new when my husband and I are joining in!

Although the week has already begun, I want to share with you what’s for supper….

Sunday:  White Cheddar Chicken Pasta

Monday – White Bean Soup with Bacon

Tuesday – LEFTOVERS 🙂 Easy peasy

Wednesday – Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Thursday – Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

This week’s dessert is Peanut Butter Chip Cupcakes!

I’m really looking forward to the soup tonight.  It’s 64 degrees here and breezy, so it’ll be the perfect meal on this fall-like day  Plus it has bacon, it’s hard to go wrong when bacon is involved!

What about you?  Up for trying something new?  Join me in the “Eat New Challenge!”  Comment below with a new recipe you’re trying, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for dropping by ~Kim~

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Eat New Challenge

It’s been a long time. I have taken the word “slacker” to a whole new level. Don’t think I haven’t missed you, I have. The summer got off to a rocky start in my house. Including gall bladder surgery for me, followed by recovery. All with my poor kids being home on their, oh so short, summer break.

We’ve been back to school for over a month now. It’s hard to believe!

With getting back into my groove, I have decided to try something new. First, let me remind everyone that I grocery shop on Fridays, so my menu plans normally cover Friday through the following Thursday. Because weekends are unpredictable (which is allowed for in my planning), I have decided to challenge myself to eat something new for supper each day starting Sunday, going through Thursday!

After scouring my pinned recipes, this is the menu (with links to the recipes) that I plan on preparing for my family.

Sunday – Kentucky Fried Chicken (copycat), Red Lobster biscuits, and jalapeno corn dip

Monday – Corndogs, probably with some green beans and fries, unless something else sparks my interest!

Tuesday – Crock Pot Carnitas (with rice). This is a link to the Pin, the recipe is listed there.

Wednesday – Cuban beef with baked avocado fries

Thursday – Tuscan Tortellini Soup

This week’s dessert – Vanilla Bean Cream Pie, probably will be made on Sunday!

So there you have it! Finally, my Pinterest time has come in handy 😉 They all looked sooo delicious! I figure my kids will be the most excited about Monday…and probably Sunday.

I’m looking forward to all the new flavors, and, if this coming week goes well, maybe I’ll give it another try the next week!

Now I challenge you to try something new. Maybe one of the recipes I’m trying out, or another one you’ve had tucked away. If you accept the Eat New Challenge, I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment and let me know the outcome!

Thanks for stopping by! ~Kim~

Anyone Want Waffles?

“YES!!!”  was the answer I received to this question, from all three boys, almost in unison.

We had some milder temps here yesterday, accompanied by some freezing rain.  The result?  Our schools were on a two-hour delay.  That means the bus doesn’t pick the kids up until 9!  Just enough time to prepare them a tastier breakfast than the normal cereal, yogurt or oatmeal.

I don’t know about you but I love cooking with buttermilk.  Pancakes, bread, biscuits, and even cake, all taste amazing with buttermilk as an ingredient! 

One thing that I think everyone should have in their recipe stash, is a tasty take on buttermilk waffles.  So to help you with that, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to share my recipe with you.

Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk waffles

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick of butter, melted (or 1/2 oil, in a pinch)
  • 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon of packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • optional ingredients – 3/4 tsp vanilla or maple extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Beat eggs, then add the remainder of the ingredients.  Stir until it’s just smooth.  Don’t over do it! 

Pour prepared batter onto a preheated waffle iron.  If you would like to (and who wouldn’t) sprinkle some mini chocolate chips onto the batter before closing the iron, or even some chopped nuts.  Or blueberries….

Blueberry Waffles

Yum!

I have a 6 inch Belgian waffle iron.  A single batch of this recipe makes approximately four for us.  I normally make a double or triple batch.  Then the kids reheat the leftovers in the toaster to have for breakfast throughout the week!

Buttermilk Waffle

If you’ve never make a recipe with buttermilk, I think you should give it a try.  It definitely adds to the flavor and texture of whatever you make.  A great benefit of buttermilk is even after it is opened, it still keeps for a good while.  Just close that lid up tight! 

Are you looking for more tasty sweet breakfast treats?  Check out these past posts:

Bananas for Breakfast

Fancy Banana Bread

Do you have a post you made about a great breakfast treat?  Post a link in the comments!

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Thanks for stopping by ~Kim~

 

How ’bout Them Buns?

Hamburger buns of course 😉

Wow!  I like snow, but it feels like I moved in with Santa or something.  I think we’ve had snow on the ground since before Thanksgiving.  My kids may have had a full week of school since then also, but then again, I don’t really think so.  They were off school yesterday and today.  It’s nice having extra hands to complete the chores, but at this rate I don’t know if they will get a summer break!

Today was busy and fun.  They of course played outside.  We also had our weekly bible study today.  It’s normally on Wednesday, but I wasn’t feeling all that well, and the benefit of teaching them myself, is I can postpone it.  Rarely do I, but it is always an option if necessary!

A slight glitch in my day occurred when i checked the scheduled meal for tonight’s supper.  Hamburger and french fries.  Ground beef:  check.  Potatoes: check.  Buns: buns???  how do I put hamburgers on the menu and forget buns? ~sigh~

How to solve the dilemma?  Pinterest.  How else?  It’s a one stop shop for absolutely everything.  Search:  hamburger buns.  I found a super easy recipe that claims to be the best.  We’ll just see about that.  So I assembled the ingredients and went to work.

The result?  AAAAHHH- Mazing.  Look if you don’t believe me……

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They smell and taste just as good people.  Seriously……when will they invent smell-ivision?

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The buns were just slightly big, so when I make them again, I might make 10 to 12 of them instead of 8.  I guess it depends on how big you make your burgers!

If you want to give them a try, and I highly recommend that you do, head over to Parsley, Sage and Sweet for the recipe.

Need a burger recipe to go with it?  I have one you just might enjoy, here!

Stay warm, and thanks for stopping by,

~Kim~

P.S. I am making progress on the office, here is a peek,

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always messy while in process, right?  I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can share the before and after shots!

 

 

THE Best Christmas Cookies

Christmas is just over a week away. Eight days, if you’re counting. My kids are. I am too! This time of year is so full of traditions. I think that’s why I love it so much!

Making Christmas cookies has been a tradition I have participated in ever since I was little.  I can remember helping my Mom and Granny making them, and now I make them with my own kids!

I’m guessing if you’d type in “Christmas cookie” for an internet search, it would probably get millions of hits! That could be overwhelming!!  So to help you out a little, I thought I’d share with you my favorite cookie recipes of all time.

<< The following links take you to a printable copy of the recipe or the web page the recipe originates from.  I do not claim any of these to be my own creation, but they were passed to me as a handwritten recipe from my Mom.  The origin is unknown>>

 

Pecan Tassies

Peanut Butter Cookies – I have tried many, but this is still the best.  I guess Jiff might know a think or two about peanut butter after all 😉

Walnut Frosties

Sugar Cookies – These are the best to make with the kids, they LOVE to cut them out and of course decorate them!

Fudge – This isn’t “real” fudge but it tastes pretty darn close, plus it’s super easy!  It is a great versatile recipe.  You can omit the nuts, or you can change it up by using different flavored chips.  I’ve already tried it with peanut butter chips, and a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter!  I bet it would be amazing with some mint and chocolate mixed!

Chocolate Chip Cookies – the use of pudding in this recipe makes it unique.  They stay thick even after they cool.  If you still have trouble keeping the cookies from flattening out, use 1/2 cup solid shortening and 1/2 cup butter, in place of a whole cup of butter!

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I wish I had more cookie pictures to share with you, but my kids and I are planning on baking Sunday and Monday.  They are so much looking forward to it, maybe more than I am!

 

Whether you’re leaving cookies out for Santa or giving them as a gift, there’s just something special about homemade Christmas cookies.  I hope one of these recipes catches your eye, maybe even inspires you to start a new baking tradition in your family.  If you try any, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?  Would you share?

Barefoot Baby – Making Baby Legs

I’m so glad to be making a post today!  This has been my first “normal” week, in a long time.  The only reason I had to leave the house was guitar lessons for my oldest son on Tuesday, and I’ll be going grocery shopping on Friday.  I love being home!  It gives me time to get my work finished, and when my work is finished that means….hobby time!

FINALLY!

I mean, I had to clean, dust, and de-cobweb my sewing room, it has been that long!  Getting in there again inspires me to want to make even more things, but first things first.

I have had the fabric to start a Superman quilt for my son for months now.  I tried, but it turns out I need some spray adhesive before I begin.  It is my first appliqued quilt, so who knew, right?  So that is on the back burner until the adhesive arrives.

On to the next item on my want-to-make list…..baby legs!  Ok, so I just had my first baby girl in March, and I had never ever heard this term before.  I would have just called them leg warmers, but then I’m a child of the ’80s….Flashdance anyone?

I learned this new name from a great tutorial I found on Pinterest back in spring.  Today when I tried to access it, for some reason the blog post had been removed.  So I had to look again.  It was dreadful .  Not only did I find what I was looking for, but numerous things I didn’t even know that I needed to make 😉

The two pins I liked the most led me to these two blogs: Ten Cow Chicks and Moore Babies.  Cute blog, cute babies, and great tutorials!

I had some children’s sized knee socks I picked up on clearance for a buck.  So I read the tutorials, and decided to sort of merge the ideas from both ladies.

I cut my socks as Ten Cow Chicks did, using the foot part of the sock as the new cuff for the upper leg.  Then I sewed the pieces together using the knit stitch, as recommended by Moore Babies.  (By the way, it turns out my elderly sewing machine doesn’t exactly have a “knit stitch,” or anything called that exactly, but it does have a zig-zag.  This set on the widest setting, works in the same way!)  This gives the stitching a little stretch just like the knit fabric of the sock.

After the cuff was sewn on, I added an extra step.  My skin is easily irritated, and anticipating that my daughter will inherit this, I decided to sew the seam down on the inside of the sock, like this……

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I am hoping this keeps the seam from rubbing her leg as she is busy exploring!

I think my barefoot baby is going to love them….

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look at her pudgy little toes ❤

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I cannot stress how simple and super-quick this project is!  These would also make a great, easy homemade gift!

Hopefully soon, I’ll be posting some pictures of that Superman quilt I told you about!

Are you working on any projects, sewing or otherwise?  I’d love to hear about them!

Sew glad you dropped by ~Kim

Nuts for Zucchini Bread

Zucchini again?  Well, yes.  In my area the weather has provided us with a bumper crop of zucchini.  So far, I have shredded and froze 24 pints to use for making bread through the winter.  I have also made 9 pints of zucchini relish!

So as promised, I am here to share with you a recipe for zucchini nut bread.  This is my family’s favorite version of this recipe.  It is moist and has just the right amount of flavor!

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Moist Zucchini Nut Bread

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil (or canola)

2 cups shredded raw zucchini, well-drained (seeds removed)

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

Hint:  I shred my zucchini in the food processor.  It stays dry and doesn’t need to be drained this way!

Mix the eggs, sugar & oil thoroughly.  Add the zucchini.  In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.  Add flour to sugar mixture, reserving about a 1/2 of a cup in the bowl.  Mix.  Then stir in the vanilla.  Add the chopped nuts into the reserved flour mixture.  Toss to coat, then add to batter and mix until blended.  Don’t over-mix, as it will cause your bread to fall.

Pour into two greased loaf pans.  Bake at 325° for about 50 to 60 minutes.  A toothpick inserted will come out clean when it is done!  Let it cool before slicing.  It can be left plain or topped with your favorite glaze or cream cheese icing!

If you like this recipe and would like to try another similar one, try my Fancy Banana Bread.  If you’re like me and have a plethora of zucchini to deal with, then you might also be interested in my take on Fried Zucchini!

How is your garden harvest looking this year?

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