Mar 29, 2010

Can I Whine??

Look at this picture. This sweet, adorable, sleeping face. Precious, isn't it?

Yes, it is, until she wakes up. And before I even get started... No Dad, I was not like this as a child, and yes Mom, I realize she is a perfect little angel for you. Seriously.

So please tell me why she is hell on wheels for me? Ugh, she is the most whiniest, energy sucking child I have ever met. Well ok, maybe not, but of my 3 kids she is! I try to remember my Mom's words, "enjoy these years, they go by so fast!!". And I do try, but dealing with the 300th tantrum because she cannot wear a swimsuit and red socks with no shoes outside (it's only 50 degrees out), wears me out.


Mar 28, 2010

The Most Heavenly Fudge Sauce You Will Ever Eat!

This is my sweet little Emma with her Curious George animal from school (each child gets to take George home for the weekend and then they write about it:) eating what one might coin,
"THE chocolate sauce to add ten pounds on you instantly". Ok, but in a good way, K? Really, it's that good. 'Nuff said.

Heavenly Fudge Sauce (recipe from my Dad)

1 oz. unsweetened chocolate

1/4 c. butter (well, or margarine, but I say butter)
1 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan. Whisk in sugar and salt alternately with milk; bring almost to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into a bowl and let cool. This really soooooo yummy!!

Linking up to:

Tasty Tuesday
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Crockpot Wednesday

Mar 25, 2010

I'm in Love With Pioneer Woman!

Truly. I feel like I know her, like maybe she's going to call me up and invite me over for coffee. Ya know, Cara and Ree sippin a little latte while creating new recipes. Oh, to dream...
But in all honesty, her recipes are sooooooo good, the kind of good that when you take a bite, your eyes roll into the back of your head in shear pleasure.

I found her recipe for Chicken Scallopine and new I had to try it. Now, our family loved this recipe, but I also want to throw out that it has a strong lemony/heavy taste to it. Very different. But ohhhh did we gobble it up!

Chicken Scallopine

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbl olive oil
4 Tbl butter
12 ounces white mushrooms, sliced thin
1 C dry white wine
chicken broth (optional)
1 whole lemon
1/2 C. half and half
1 tsp capers (I didn't use these)
chopped fresh parsley
grated Parmesan cheese (the real stuff, people, not the Kraft kind!)

Prepare linguine as directed.

PW calls for flattening the chicken breasts, but I just took 3 breasts and sliced them in half lengthwise. Salt and pepper both sides and dredge in flour. Heat butter and olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Fry chicken breasts until golden brown, remove from pan and keep warm.

Toss mushrooms into pan, and and add wine and chicken broth, squeeze the juice of one lemon into the pan and deglaze the pan, cook vigorously for one minute.

Pour in cream and stir, add capers (optional) and parsley. Turn off heat and add salt pepper to taste.

Place a heaping pile of noodles on your plate, chicken next to it and add sauce to both. I finished it up with some fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese. Absolutely divine!

Mar 22, 2010

PW: That's The Best Frosting I've Ever Had!!!

My incredible, bright, beautiful first born has turned 9. *sigh*. Which, in case you didn't know, means she'll be twenty in a couple years. *sigh*. Truly, I know it's so cliche to say "my, where has the time gone???" But really, I would love to know. I was going through some old pics on the computer and can't believe it seemed like it was yesterday that we brought her home, not having a clue as to what we were supposed to do with her!

Her birthday was the 14th of March, and we celebrated her birthday with husband's family. Rachel isn't one for cake, as she doesn't like frosting. So I have tried several recipes for frosting with no winner so far. Saturday I was browsing the all wonderful Pioneer Woman's blog and found a recipe for frosting that looked intriguing. The title says it all, "That's The Best Frosting I've Ever Had". And let me tell you, it is!! Rachel raved about it and told me I have to keep that recipe. It's light, fluffy and has just the right sweetness (although licking all the frosting off the beaters still gave me a stomachache). The recipe is for white icing, so I added 1/4 C cocoa (per a suggestion from one of the comments) to make it chocolate. DELISH!!

Rachel's theme this year is animals, next week for her kid birthday party we are going to the local animal shelter to volunteer. For that cake, she wants a kitty. Now I just need to find a cute way to make a kitty out of a paper lunch bag. Any ideas? Instead of giving out treat bags, I will have a note in there that says we donated items to the shelter in their name. Who needs more crappy candy and poisoned toys anyway, right??!!

Mar 17, 2010

Hamburger and Sweet Potato Casserole

With doing daycare, I find that I make a lot of casseroles (or hot dishes:) for the kids. Makes it much easier to get the nutrition they need in one meal. One of the kids' favorites is this casserole I came up with when I didn't have regular potatoes. It has become my number one comfort food, as it's creamy, with a hint of sweetness to it!

Sweet Potato Casserole

1 lb. hamb browned with onions
1-2 sweet potatoes (depending on size)
1-2 large carrots chopped
4-5 Tbl butter
4-5 Tbl flour
1 clove garlic

To make the white sauce, melt the butter in saucepan. For a casserole like this, I usually use 5 Tbl butter, but adjust to your liking. Add minced garlic and cook for a few seconds, add flour, cook for a minute or so and add milk so the sauce is the right consistency. I would guess I add a half a cup? Maybe? Add hamb and sweet potatoes, mix all together and bake covered at 350 degrees until sweet potatoes are soft.


Mar 16, 2010


I am back. Vacation was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I can't even tell you how amazing it was. Weather was perfect, resort was incredible, food was amazing...ahhhhh....Truly incredible.

The girls were wonderful for all the Grandparents (at least that's what they tell me, lol) and I am soooooo happy to be home! It was the perfect amount of time to be away and feel renewed and refreshed. So, back into blogging I come and I have some awesome recipes to share in the next few days!!

Mar 5, 2010


Ohhhhh I have been very, very bad with posting and I apologize. I have been so busy getting things ready as we leave TOMORROW!!!!! for Mexico. Seven days of warm, sandy beaches and yummy fruity drinks served by bulky tanned waiters......Sorry, got a little ahead of myself. I am looking forward to this time away, although feeling very guilty about leaving our kids:(

So, I will be back in 8 days or so and will post some pics and get back into regular posting mode!!!