Mommy Wars and Truffles

I promised a new blog post with a delish recipe for truffles but as usual I am a week late :-/ LOL

I also mentioned a vent that would be coming (if you are Facebook friends you know this)

WELL lets start with the vent! I was at Bretts classroom party and he goes to dig into the truffles I brought; I realize they are yummy and a hit so I made FORTY! He took 3 (mind you he can’t eat anything else on the table due to cross contaminants) wellll this mom who was running the party gets all up in my grill because he took 3 instead of the one she was instructing each kiddo to take. I get this can possibly pose an issue, but every other kid also has two cookies, fruit and goldfish. I just politely say well I made them for him because he is allergic to dairy and eggs. She gets all defensive and goes super loud ‘OH HES THAT KID!’ I about bitch slapped her right there and then but I stepped back collected myself and said ‘yup he is that kid’, the little girl next to him asked what that meant so I calmly told her he was really allergic to eggs sand milk and that they could kill him, her response was sooo cute…Im allergic to dust, it makes me sneeze! Well back to this lady and she is all well did you even make 25? (number of kids in class) and I said I made 40 at least and she goes well there aren’t 40 here (the two tables that had come before us all the kids took 2!) AHHHHH So that is my vent, when you know what its like to raise THAT KID and fight with doctors and worry about reactions, then you can step to me, until then bite me. Oh and lady stop acting like you’re five years old too.

Vegan Truffles
1- 8 oz container tofutti
1- package Oreos
colored granulated sugar

I used my kitchen aid mixer and put all the Oreos and tofutti in and let it mix. Once well mixed use a spoon and spoon out mixture and roll into balls and place on parchment paper. Repeat 40 ish times πŸ˜‰ place in fridge to set for at least an hour. Remove roll in sugar, put back in fridge for at least 15 minutes. Eat!!

Happy New Year!!

It’s the last day of 2012! I am so happy to say, this year has been awesome. I have cooked in healthier way, I have enjoyed my family and friends. I have learned more about Jesus than I have known before.

I have also had my fair share of heart break. I lost my grandfather, watched my friends through divorces. Cried for school children and lost pieces of my faith in humanity.

I look into 2013, at my aspirations and I am excited to share them with y’all, but for today I am going to just write out a recipe and enjoy the holiday with my family!!

Veggie Lasagna Soup

2 cupsOnion; chopped
1 cupCarrot; diced
2 TGarlic; minced
4 cupsChicken broth
1 canStewed tomatoes; Italian-style
1 cup spaghetti
2 cupsSpinach; chopped
1 cupProvolone or fresh mozzerella; diced
1/4 cupParmesan cheese; shredded
4 tBasil; fresh, thinly sliced
Preparation

Onion and carrot: saute 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, and saute another 3 minutes.
Add broth and tomatoes: bring to a boil. Stir in pasta and simmer uncooked, about 10 minutes (or according to package directions). Add the spinach and cook about 1 minute, or until wilted.
To serve, place cubes of cheese in each serving bowl, then ladle over soup to melt. Garnish with Parmesan and basil.

Yummy

Oh and for an end of year weigh in!! I have gained 2 lbs but lost 3 inches with a 1/2 in gain in my arms and 1 inch gain in my thighs
Since I am at my starting weight I’m going to put my first pics and pics from today so y’all can see what muscle looks like

Something to Spice up Your Morning :heyhey:

Okay, I totally feel obligated to go giggity giggity with this post title. Bahaha my immaturity shows πŸ˜€

Soooo… I promised a special treat and I went back and forth on if it would be exactly what I had told the paper recipe wise and Ive decided to switch it up a touch.

Vanilla Coffee and Peppermint Whipping Cream
So let me start with I like my coffee very, very sweet so sugar to taste
In a pot (because I don’t have a coffee maker) add 3/4 cup coffee
1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp sugar

Warm it up but don’t burn it!
Remove from heat add 1/2 tsp vanilla and stir

Whipping cream (this makes a boat load)
1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Whip to peaks (I used my Kitchenaid and it took a while so make this ahead of time)

Enjoy!!!

Meal Plan Monday

Now that school is out and summer is in full swing (just ask my kids who are spraying each other in the backyard and refuse to take a nap!) the insanity of meal planning has shifted from Friday to Monday and shopping happens on Friday. I try to do a bigger shop on the Friday of Coreys paychecks so that I have my basics squared away for the two weeks (I never shop for more than two weeks because if it is in the house it will get eaten).

This week was the second week of Coreys paycheck so I bought my *extras*. My Menu looks like this
Monday *breakfast* Waffles with strawberries *lunch* crackers with melted cheese and lunch meat *dinner* veggie fajitas
Tuesday *b* oatmeal with protein powder *l* PBJ *d* stir fries
Wednesday *b* pancakes *l* left overs *d* small group (We are taking mozzarella and tomato salad with sweet basil from my new herb garden)
Thursday *b* oatmeal with blueberries *l* cheese crackers and meat *d* shrimp and rice with mango
Friday *b* pancakes and grocery shopping
 I use this meal planner page and I frickin love them! I love her too!

My Grocery List
Milk (sw) 1.89
Frigo String Cheese (sw)5.99
French Bread (sf) 1.50
Scallops (sw) 10 (2 lbs)
Breakfast Sausage (sw) 2/6
Blueberries (sw) 3.99
Strawberry (sw) 5
potatoes (sf) 4
blackberries (sf) .88 (3)
total 41.00
sw= safeway
sf= sunflower
Safeway does 5 dollar fridays and is totally worth it for some of the awesome sales!

Yum! Some Delish Recipes :D

Has anyone noticed I totally blow at catchy titles? Ya, me too 😦 Awe well I am sure it will be okay!
So, I have been the sucktastic queen of the kitchen, as in we have had take out and pizza more times than I care to mention in the last couple weeks. I lost my mojo, couponing, meal planning and cooking just weren’t working for me 😦 Totally a bummer, I think a big part that I became SOO OBSESSED with frugal that I was sad with the lack of really yummy, quality ingredients! Well, Mama got her Mojo back πŸ™‚ Yay buddy!

This week Jay had a play date with a girl who is not big on the eating side of things, so I thought who doesn’t love PIZZA?! So…off I went on a search for a quick and easy dough, I wanted to veer from what is the norm for me and this is what I found on food.com
I added the ingredients from the bottom up and this made 3- 2 people pizzas! So fun, the kids made their own, and soo yummy I topped mine with sweet onions, mex cheese blend (cus that is all I have on hand) and banana peppers

Directions:

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    SOME PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS.
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    Caramelised onions and roasted garlic.
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    Mozzarella cheese, Camembert, Romano and Feta (for a really, really cheezy pizza!).
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    Equal parts of basil pesto and olive oil mixed together with Parmesan or Romano cheese.
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    Plus some roughly chopped sundried or SEMI-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives and LOTS of grated Mozzarella cheese, salt and lost of freshly ground black pepper!
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    Cranberry jelly, shredded chicken, sliced Brie!
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    Mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and sliced avocado!
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    Place all the above ingredients in the order I have listed into the bread machine.
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    Select the dough cycle and press start!
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    When the dough cycle is complete, take the dough out of the machine and place in well greased bowl, and roll the dough around (in the bowl) thus’coating’ it in oil.
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    Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1/2 an hour.
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    Knead the risen dough lightly.
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    To shape and bake: roll the dough into a circle.
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    Place on well greased baking tray or pizza pan.
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    Then add a topping of your choice and bake at 225’C. *I baked at 450
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    NOTE: for a nice crisp and very thin pizza, bake BEFORE adding the topping AND after!



Last night I opted to continue on my drive out of my comfort zone (IE yummy gourmet-esque foods) and made a Tator Tot Casserole! I am personally opposed to all casseroles because of a horrible Tuna experience over two decades ago, I couldn’t eat lays chips for a long time afterward either :shudder:
But I hopped on Pinterest and let my fingers take me away

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Believe it or not, it borders on healthy! 

2 cups cream of anything soup with chicken bullion
2 oz velveeta
1 1/2 Cups milk
8-10 Cups broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 bag tater tots, frozen
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cubes sweet potato/carrot puree
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place soup and milk into a large pot over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli and puree and cook for 5 additional minutes to soften slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. Pour mixture into 11Γ—7 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top evenly with tater tots and cheese; bake for 20 minutes then cover with foil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with dish covered with foil. Remove from oven and serve.

recipe modified from http://www.meetthedubiens.com 


I haven’t been cooking a ton lately but these two were def successes and with the Alton Brown recipes I have lined up for this upcoming month I am sure that I will have a few super long Wednesday posts πŸ™‚

The Girl behind the Blog and a yummy recipe

We got family pics done not too terribly long ago and I wanted to share with y’all who I am and the people I blog about πŸ™‚ I also wanted to share with every one my awesome Black Bean and Rice Recipe (modified from AllRecipes.com

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Done by the amazing Ania Mikol Photography!
Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium, low fat vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of canned black beans, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes

Directions

  1. In a stockpot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 4 minutes. Add the rice and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes. Add the spices and black beans.

RockStar Review Wednesday…The Cleaner Plate Club!

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Or not so much….I have tried multiple recipes from this book, and every single one has been an epic fail! I tried the slow cooker oatmeal and it was more like liquid vomit meal, nasty! I would very much not ever, ever, ever suggest this book! In fact I am debating how it even got published 😦 
Normally I would write a review and then include a yummy recipe as my closer from the book but since I don’t actually like any of the recipes I will be including a yummy recipe not from the book!
It is massively cold in Colorado today (as in fucking snowing BRRRR BRRR BRRRR) I am not going outside, not driving to school, not doing anything. Okay well I need to feed the kids and fold laundry and shit, but what is better than cookies in snow? Nothing you say!? I agree, so try these out they are tdf yummay
from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper

Directions

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

I had a great post but….

Then I read this  and cried like a baby. So, of course all I can think now is that I miss my daddy and I am so glad Emmy has a great dad

My little girl ❀
Now for some good eaten! I made some tdf Indian food the other night and now you can too!
 Rasa Kayi
4 oz carrots, scrubbed and cut into 1 in pieces
4 oz potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 in pieces
4 oz green beans, scrubbed and cut into 1 in pieces
3 tbsp veggie oil
2 onions diced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
4 oz cauliflower seperated into florets
1/2 cup coconut milk
Curry Paste like this 
Heat oil in a large pan, add onion, cook until the onion softens. Add the carrots and chili powder, coriander, turmeric and salt to tast. Mix well, lower hear and add the potatoes, cover and cook for 10 minutes
Add the cauliflower and green beans together with the curry paste and mix well. Cook, covered, for another 10-15 minutes 
Remove the pan from the hear and slowly add the cocont milk, stirring to blend well, serve hot.
Poories
1 lb 2 oz chapatti flour or all purpose flour (I used all purpose)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp ghee or oil 
vegetable oil for ddep frying
2 tbsp vegetable oil for rolling
1 tsp carom seeds
1 tsp black onion seeds
Mix together flour, salt, sugar, and seeds in a bowl. Rub in the glee with your fingers until it is thoroughly blended
Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in 1 cup water little by little mixing to make a stiff dough, work the dough well with your hands, then cover for 15 minutes
Divide the dough into 20 pieces and cover once more with the damp cloth. Work one piece at a time, keeping the rest covered
While oil is heating in your wok, roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball: apply a little oil to each ball, using a rolling pin, roll out into a disk about 4 inches in diameter
Deeo fry the breads for 1-2 minutes per side, drain on a paper towel and enjoy 

Ahh Friday Morning

I love friday something about it is so incredibly refreshing for all that it is and isn’t. Like it is the end of the school week which sends an electric buzz through my house and it isn’t Monday which makes me smile! I am excited for this weekend! We have gymnastics (maybe Brett has been coughing up a storm and while I am certain he is not contagious I am not sure he feels up to it) and Brett has a blood draw, we are taking a trip to the bank (and maybe even the awesome park by the bank). Tomorrow we have pictures with Ania Mikol Photography its a grocery shopping weekend (which means LOTS of new recipes!) My life is all around good and it doesnt hurt one touch that it is Friday! Plus, I made Pancake Muffins for Breakfast…OMFG They were AmaZing and I didn’t eat like 12 of them, only 2 and half the syrup! Want the recipe? How about a recips AND a flour mix that I am in LOVE with? I thought so…

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Pancake Muffins
2 cups Krusteez Pancake mix (love it because its egg free πŸ™‚ )
1 1/3 cup water
1-2 cups blueberries
1 brown banana

mix it up baby! Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, preheat oven to 350, spray muffin tin, pour  3/4 full in each tin, bake for 25 ish minutes (check on them though I didn’t time them) remove, let cool and serve with a side of syrup

Flour Mix
1 cup all purpose
1 cup whole wheat
1 cup unsweetened wheat germ

Mix and store, use in place of all purpose flour

Rock Star Review Wednesday! The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue

I wrote this review and recipe last night planning on doing a quick send button and having it up and running this morning and I am really glad I didn’t. Today was the equivalent of an emotional cleanse and anxiety hell. 
I started the day with Brett peeing on the floor, then my bed, then the couch; now little dude I get that you are sick but for fucks sake you are FOUR YEARS OLD! You have been potty trained for 2 years and yes that porcelain whole in the bathroom is for you to pee in, thank you! So, off with the sheets and on the with crazy day…Jayden was apparently doing everything in his 6 year old super power to make us late to school…like screaming MOM I LEFT MY BACKPACK as we pull up to the school, for realz dude, so we turn around grab the bag (‘cus I prepared for this, and what!) off to school, on time thank you very much! Off to the park for a few before heading to hippie hell erm Boulder for Bretts allergy appointment. Park goes well, we are getting in the car and I smell it…poop, okay well lots of changing and then we off and only 4 minutes late to the doctor! Get to the Doctor and meet my mother in law there, she takes Emmy and I take Brett…2 hours later Brett is sadly still allergic to eggs, but hey we get a consolation prize…a NEW EPI PEN! What!? Ya, that’s fucking awesome :rollseyes: and a trip to get Brett’s blood drawn! Woo Hoo! Well, we did get an awesome lunch treat from Grandma, and Halloween costumes!! It really wasn’t a bad day…it would have been perfect had I not had to park my Dodge Ram into a smart car sized parking space…for some reason Boulder doesn’t quite get that they may be green but some of us live in farm country!










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So, this book isn’t actually what I would consider Rock Star it’s like Rock Star quality in Emo glasses…just not quite there 😦 There are bits and pieces I absolutely love…like the sneaky Purees…L.O.V.E those! The recipes are actually really, really yummy after I tweaked them, any recipes that calls for a ‘make ahead’ use an ice cube amount (I froze mine so it would be erm…lazier…to measure)


Make Aheads we will be using in our house
Purple Puree

Orange Puree

White Puree
Strawberry Puree
Cherry Puree
Flour Blend


As Promised…


Spring Rolls with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Salad
Adapted from Cook Yourself Thin
Makes 6 rolls


LemonGrass Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
12 cup honey
1 stalk lemon grass
2 garlic cloves minced


In a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat, combine vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat and add garlic and let steep until cooled. Add minced lemongrass right before serving


Cucumber Salad
1 English Cuc
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


In a small separate bowl, whisk together the sesame oil and vinegar, season to taste with salt. Drizzle the dressing over the sliced cucumbers and toss, refrigerate until ready to serve


Spring Rolls
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 pound shrimp
1 tbsp soy sauce


Over medium heat, place the sesame oil, minced garlic and shrimp into a pan, cook until the shrimp are pink and not too firm, and reduce. Add soy sauce and cook another minute let cool and set aside


For assembly
6 piece lettuce (I used Bib)
2 oz red bell pepper sliced julienne
1/2 large carrot 
2 cups curried rice noodles (recipe tomorrow)
2 oz snap peas, julienne


Place some red pepper strips, shredded carrots, curry noodles, snap peas, three or four shrimp and a drizzle of lemon grass dipping sauce on each lettuce piece, pick up, eat and enjoy