This week has ended with a bang! Yesterday I found out that I am going to be a Grandmother for the first time!! I am over the moon happy and finding myself kicking into Grandma mode already. I have to stop myself from calling my son's fiance everyday to see how she is feeling, and if she has any food cravings that I can satisfy for her. I have already been scouring the internet for cute baby clothes, and picking through patterns for baby afghans to crotchet. Visions of cradling my baby boy's baby in my arms have me on the verge of tears multiple times a day.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I am really enjoying the start of fall. Yes, it has been raining just about everyday for the last week (I do live in Washington), but I have had a fire going in my fireplace, my favorite afghan and fleece jammies have been broken out, and the smell of pumpkin has been filling my kitchen.
I have no idea why I only cook with pumpkin in the fall. I mean canned pumpkin is available year round right? But I guess it is just that pumpkin and fall go hand in hand. It would seem a little strange to have pumpkin pie in the middle of the summer. Although far be it from me to judge. Lord knows I let my freak flag fly quite high!
Monday, October 27, 2014
With Halloween almost here I find myself getting more and more excited. I am seriously a big kid and love everything about it. I love to decorate the whole house and watching scary movies. When the kids were living with us it was more about coming up with foods and costumes that fit the chosen theme. A couple of years ago I made Goblin (Deviled) Eggs for our Ghouls and Goblins themed night. Everyone loved them, and they disappeared like a prom queen in a slasher movie.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Today the Sunday Supper Team is serving up some Halloween inspired dishes, featuring Gallo Family Vineyards wine, for a frighteningly good time
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
I was so excited to find out that Sunday Supper was going to be working with Gallo Family Vineyards for a Halloween themed event. The participating bloggers received a bottle of Merlot, as well as their Red Moscato. They are both fabulous wines, that the whole family enjoys, but my hand down fave is their Merlot. My favorite wine with one of our family’s favorite holidays? Yes my friends, that is a good time!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Copycat - Make your favorite Olive Garden soup at home for a fraction of the cost, and no waiting for a table!
Since I moved to Washington I rarely go out to dinner.
A) Because I am a food blogger and would rather make a dish VS pay for it (Although getting out of the kitchen once in a while is a must)
B) Because I live in a teeny tiny town with very few options, and most of them aren't that good.
Oh, I guess I could drive a bit to get to a decent restaurant, but that means dealing with traffic and paying to go over the toll bridge (gggrrrr I hate that). I guess I have really become a bit of a homebody. But in my defense, I would rather cook a nice meal and enjoy it with my family in my home.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce - Succulent bites of chicken marinated in creamy Greek yogurt and dipped in a delicious spicy peanut sauce. Heaven!
I do love fall so much, the cooler weather, turning leaves, fire in the fireplace. But this week I have been missing our outdoor summertime fun. We were BBQing almost every night, sitting on the back deck, or around the fire pit, and enjoying animal watching (I now have 5 deer and several big fat well fed squirrels). So when I heard that the weather was supposed to warm up, and dry out a tad, I immediately made plans to use the grill. I was already making Cold Sesame Noodles for my Secret Recipe Club post and grilled chicken with an Asian flair seemed the perfect choice to accompany that tasty side.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
The perfect side dish for your next Asian meal. These sesame noodles are wonderful served warm or cold.
For this month's Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog Feast on the Cheap, written by the mother-daughter duo of Mary Anne and Mariel. Mary Anne has been a caterer for the last 20+ years, and firmly believes that healthy, home-made food doesn't have to take a ton of money or hours spent in the kitchen. Mariel has grown up with her mother's fabulous cooking, which has opened her up to experimenting with different flavors, textures, and cuisines.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sunday Supper is showing you how you can feed your family delicious dishes for not a lot of money. How about a smoky, sweet sausage surrounded but an eggy pillow of bread, dusted with powdered sugar, and drizzled with maple syrup? French toast meets the family favorite dinner, for this great twist on Pigs in a Blanket!
This weeks theme for Sunday Supper is Budget Meals, and I really thought about what I wanted to share with you. There are so many things you can make without breaking your pocket book. But when I really sat down and thought about it, I was reminded of one of my kids' favorite meals. Breakfast for dinner. Whenever I made breakfast for dinner you would have sworn it was Christmas. They were more excited for breakfast at dinnertime than if I made it in the morning for them!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Are you ready to get into the fall mood? Then dive into a big bowl of this Creamy Chipotle Pumpkin Soup. Rich, earthy, and spicy, it is guaranteed to warm you from top to bottom!
Today it is raining and about 55 degrees outside. I have a fire roaring in the fireplace and feel all comfy and cozy in my favorite sweats. What else could make me feel in the fall mood? Oh yes, pumpkin!! Of course if it is chilly and damp outside my body craves a big bowl of soup to warm it up, so I decided to combine my cravings into one creamy, spicy, and delicious pot of yumminess.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Aaahhh yes, I do love my slow cooker and it is sadly so neglected during the summertime. I have no idea why. You would think it would still be put to use to keep from heating up my kitchen. But it seems that our grill gets the work out and my poor slow cooker is banished to the bottom of the pantry until the cool fall weather hits.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I have been thinking about fall foods, and even though I gravitate to pumpkin most often, apples are right there in the wings waiting to be used. Right now in Washington there are apples a'plenty! So I really began to think about some wonderful ways to use them. I, of course, love them smeared with peanut butter. But I can't exactly put that on the blog right? Then of course there is pork and apples. Aaahhh a match made in heaven! But I wanted something different, original. Or strange as Kevin might say.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I know I have mentioned that my Mom wasn't the best cook. It wasn't so much that she wasn't a good cook, it is just that she fell into that 70's easy meal era. She and my father both worked at a casino, so her hours were weird, and cooking really wasn't something she relished the idea of after 8 hours on her feet. So she went to the favorites of the day. TV dinners, canned soup casseroles, boxed dinners, etc. Then of course the things she did cook were veggies, that I absolutely hated. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, you know the things that "stink" when you cook them. I have since then developed a love for all of them, but as a child the last thing you wanted to eat was something that made the house funky. Oh and she loved to broil tomatoes with the canned Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top (aka stinky cheese). OhhEmmmGeeee did that make the whole house smell awful!! Now it is awesome to me, then? Ummm not so much!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
When I first saw the theme for this weeks Sunday Supper I thought, "Ewwww processed foods, I can't stand that stuff. I am soooo game for this!".
Then I realized that deciding what is processed or unprocessed isn't as cut and dried as it seems. We all know that those convenient boxed "helper" meals are on the bad list, but did you know that is you get technical you could say that the milk you drink is processed too? I mean it is pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria, but that would fall under the "processed" category. How technical do you want to get?
So to figure out where I needed to start from I used Andrew Wilder, of Eating Rules, Kitchen Test.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
This last week I have been having a battle inside my head. More so than usual. You see, the thing is that I am soooo happy it is fall. The pumpkins, apples, hot chocolate, turning leaves, crisp cool evenings. Yes I love fall. But, there is a little tiny stubborn part of me that is holding on to summertime tooth and nail. I will be happily curled up on my sofa, with my favorite fleece blanket, and I hear her whining, "It is so cold in here....turn up the heat for heavens sake! What do you think you are an Eskimo now?". *sigh* Yes, she is very annoying!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
I have been on a snack kick lately. Normally I am not a muncher. I can take or leave chips and crackers. When I do get a case of the crunchy munchies, as I call them, I grab a few pistachios. They seem to satisfy that need to crunch without making me feel guilty for eating them. Oh don't get me wrong, there are times when I could tear the bottom out of a bag of cool ranch Doritos in a heart beat, but for the most part I am content with my faithful pistachios.For the most part.