Monthly Archives: August 2011

Butterscotch Brownie Bars


Before I get to these, let’s talk about today.

I must say, I have been lazy, lazy and more lazy.  I cannot get my bum out of bed to run at all.  Plus I am super busy at work so I don’t want to work out at all.  So depressing.  So when I’m depressed what do I do?  I bake.

Butterscotch Brownie Bars

(Makes 18 bars)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag butterscotch chips (6 oz)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. roasted peanuts

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350°

2.  Melt butterscotch chips and butter in a microsafe bowl on medium heat for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Stir until mixture is smooth.

3.  Add sugars, eggs aned vanilla and stir until combined.

4.  Stir in flour and peanuts and stir until well mixed.

5.  Pour batter into a pan sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 25 minutes.

These are sweet and salty.  We all loved these.

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Savory Mushroom & Herb Pork Roast


Savory Mushroom & herb Pork Roast

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 12 baby carrots
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 lbs.)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • French-fried onions, optional

Directions:

Place onions and carrots in a 5-quart slow cooker

Cut roast in half; add to slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine the soup, broth, mushrooms, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, marjoram and pepper.

Pour over pork.  Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove pork to a serving platter; keep warm.

Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan.  Bring liquid to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Serve pork with gravy.  Sprinkle servings with French-fried onions if desired.

This is fantastic and the meat melts in your mouth.  The kiddos and I love this.

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Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions


Oh, long time no talk.  The weekend got away from me and then I didn’t want to get up for work today.  My boss is back from having hip replacement surgery last week so it was crazy busy at work.  When he can’t do anything for himself except walk, it wears a person out.  So thankfully Hubby made supper tonight and he stuck with our Meatless Monday meal.

Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions

Ingredients

  • 2 T Butter
  • 2 T Flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 Bunch Broccoli, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 c. Grated Fontina Cheese
  • 1 c. French-fried onions

Directions

1.  Cook butter and flour in a sucepan over medium heat, whisking, for 1 minute.

2.  Whisk in milk.

3.  Add broccoli and season with salt and pepper.  Simmer until tender, 8 to 12 minutes.

4.  Add fontina and mix well.  Transfer to a baking dish and top with french-fried onions.  Bake at 350° until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

 This was excellent and the kiddos gobbled it up.

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Healthy Pear Muesli


Breakfast was easy this morning because I mixed it up last night.Healthy Pear Muesli

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 fresh pear, chopped
  • 1 – 2 T natural apple sauce
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 1 T pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 T chia seeds (optional)

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight, or at least a few hours.  Take out of the fridge in the morning, stir, top with desired toppings and enjoy!

This was supper easy and tasted wonderful.  I will defintely make this again.

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Honey/Soy Chicken


Hubby made supper tonight.

This is one that he made up.

Honey/Soy Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts – cubed
  • 1 1/2 T minced garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 2 t. ginger
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 3/4 T cornstarch
  • Brown Rice

Directions

1.  Cube chicken into bite size pieces.  Place chicen in frying pan with olive oil and minced garlic.  Cook chicken until no longer pink.

2.  Add the soy sauce, seasame oil, ginger and honey to the chicken.  Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

3.  While the chicken is cooking, ccok rice according to directions.

4.  In a small bowl mix water and cornstarch together.

5.  Slowly pour cornstarch mixture into the chicken.  Stirring as you pour.  Heat pan to boiling and cook for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens.

6.  Serve chicken over rice.  Makes 4 servings.

This was fantastic and the kiddos loved it.

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They Survived


It was the first day of school yesterday for the kiddos.

They both started different schools.  Let’s just say Chickie was as nervous as all get out.  She had me up in the middle of the night three nights in a row because she was so freaked out about going to a new school.  Crazy, yes.  A typical 10 year old, no.  She is my worry wart of the two kids.  She stresses out about a lot of things.  IT tends to drive me crazy but that is her personality.  When I picked her up from school, she said everything went great.  The only trouble she had was opening her locker, which happened twice.  She now has a lock on her locker and I think that was her biggest worry along with going from a school that was one level to a new school that has three levels plus she now has to go to different classrooms for each class.  Let me tell you, since I am so used to not getting up in the middle of the night, this took a toll on me.  I am tired and cranky.  I did my best as a mom trying to reassure her that everything was going to be okay and everyone else was in the same boat.  In fact, two days before school started we had the open house to go to at the school so she could get her locker and find out her class schedule.  We ended up talking to teachers that she doesn’t even have and they reassured her that all the teachers would help her find her classes plus she wouldn’t get into trouble this first week of school if she was late for a class because all of the teachers know that she is learning the ropes.  It has been a quite interesting beginning of the week.

As for work, my boss had hip replacement surgery yesterday.  No, my boss isn’t 80 years old.  He is 53.  He is a very healthy person who exercises a lot.  He has run marathons in the past, he runs everyday, he plays tennis, basketball and golfs.  Of course he would run during his lunch hour and then play tennis or basketball at night.  I think he way overused his body.  The surgery went fine but he thinks he will be back to work on Monday.  Of course, that is what he said before the surgery.  We’ll see if he actually shows up.

Recent eats:

Yes, it wasn’t the healthiest that I ate, which my weight shows for it but it was our anniversary yesterday so I did splurge.  Also, I do believe that I am allergic to gluten.  My stomach had a huge food belly last night.  More than just eating this food yesterday.  To my credit I didn’t finish everything.  I will be starting to eat much better today.  Plus I need to drop that weight.  We have family pictures in a month and I don’t want to be fat in them. 

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15 Years Ago


15 years ago today I married the love of my life.

To my Husband:

Thank you for loving me no matter how crazy I may seem some days.

Thank you for being the wonderful father that you are.

Thank you for slipping that ring on my finger 15 years ago.

Thank you for being my best friend.

Thank you for understanding me when I don’t even understand myself.

Thank you for making me laugh.

Thank you for being there in my dark times.

Thank you for being patient with me, even though I know it has been difficult at times.

Thank you for choosing me.

May we continue to have many happy years to come.

It seems like only yesterday we were walking down the aisle and yet it has been 15 years.  I appreciate all that you were then and all that you have become now.  I continue to fall in love with you each and every day.

With all my love.

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Pedicure Day


Since it is the last day before the kiddos go back to school, I decided to take Chickie for a pedicure.  That would be a little mother/daughter time.

Didn’t our toes turn out great?  This was a great bonding time for us before everything goes crazy since school starts tomorrow.  I forgot to take pictures of lunch the rest of the day but we went to the local pizza joint afterwards and then spent the rest of the afternoon chilling.

Then it was off to Bubba’s open house for his new school.  Now it is time to unwind before the craziness starts tomorrow.  Have a great night.

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Taking the Day Off


Since school starts tomorrow for the kiddos I thought I would take today off and do some fun things with them.  Of course there has been a lot of this going on this morning.

I think that blow dryer has had enough.  This will be an interesting school year.  This is the first year that Chickie will be taking showers in the moring so she is practicing blow drying her hair.  Apparently she thinks it is easier to do it upside down.

Breakfast consisted of:

Smoothie

In the smoothie today went:

This was defintely thick but tastes of so good.  The sunflower butter adds just the right amount of flavor.

Now off to do a few fun things the kiddos.

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I Did It!!!


Yes, I did it.

I ran 3.10 miles in 33.14 minutes.  Can you believe it?  This coming for the girl who posted So Not a Runner.  I actually ran 3.1 miles.  This is a huge accomplishment for myself and i am very proud of myself for doing this.

Yes, it wasn’t the fastest time but at least I did it.  It goes to show you what you put your mind to, you can accomplish in life.  This is one thing that I want to teach my children and that is why I started running.  I wanted them to see that even though I haven’t ever ran before, if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish it and I did do it.  I am so hoping they will see and want to follow in my footsteps for accomplishing everything they put their mind to.  It just takes a little hard work, sweat and tears but it can be done.

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