Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine's Day Cake Pop Giveaway!

Hi all! Head over to The Musings and Adventures of a Pinup Mama for a great giveaway. I'm making a dozen Valentine themed cake pops for one lucky winner. Check out Bunny's blog for more details!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Week's Menu

I'm a day late with posting this, but I've actually followed it the last two days. Maybe this will work after all!

Monday- Leftovers (Pasta with chicken, peas, and carrots tossed with olive oil and garlic)
Tuesday- Crockpot chili
Wednesday- Mac n cheese with ham
Thursday- Broccoli and cheddar stuffed chicken with rice
Friday- Leftovers

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cheesy Southwestern Chicken and Rice Bake

All I have to say about this recipe is YUM!!!! The original recipe can be found at Tastykitchen.com. I made it a little differently (of course) and thought my version was delicious. This is another quick recipe that can be made from ingredients you most likely already have on hand.


Ingredients:
2 cooked chicken breasts cut into chunks
2 Cups cooked rice
1 10-12 oz bag Southwestern mix Frozen Veggies (or can of black beans, can corn, bell pepper, medium onion)
1/2 jar of salsa
12 oz Cheddar cheese

1. Mix chicken, rice, veggies, salsa and 4 oz cheddar cheese in a bowl.
2. Pour into an oven safe dish.
3. Top with 8 oz cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

What Menu Plan?

It's Thursday and I've only followed my menu plan one day this week. That one day was Tuesday when I made Broccoli Cheddar Soup in the crackpot. It was more of a carrot, broccoli cheddar soup, but tasted just as good. I think I'll make it differently the next time and I'll share my recipe and method. Monday night we had fast food because were out late. Wednesday, I forgot about my menu and thought of the fastest and easiest thing to make and I came up with chicken fajitas. Here I am at 7AM thinking about what I can make for dinner tonight and I figured I should go back to my menu. Tonight, I'm making Sweet potato fries and baked chicken cutlets. I had a really productive day yesterday and I'm hoping for the same today. I  don't have any big plans for today except maybe making a shadow box for my daughter's room and my daily housework. What's on your agenda for today?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Link Party @ The Gunny Sack

I just linked up over at The Gunny Sack. Head on over there and share a link or check out one of the 130+ awesome links!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Muffins




If you're looking for a fast and simple breakfast/brunch item, you've come to the right place. This recipe is delicious and super simple to make. I came across a can of biscuits in my fridge that was going to expire in a couple of days and I remembered that I had pinned something on Pinterest that was made with canned biscuits. Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?! Here is my pin with a link to the original recipe:
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Muffins (Veggie Option!)

http://www.cookingwithmykid.com/recipes/bacon-egg-cheese-biscuit-muffins-veggie-option/

My bacon was uncooked and frozen so I decided to defrost a couple of precooked sausage patties I had on hand and used those instead. Instead of three eggs, I used two and I added onions and green bell peppers to the egg mixture for added flavor. My muffins turned out great! This is what they looked like:


Give this recipe a try and put your own spin on it! Come back and leave a comment with a picture!

This Week's Menu Plan

This is my third attempt at menu planning and this time I plan on sticking to it (I hope). I think planning my dinner menu for the week will help me keep my grocery budget down and enable me to try new things. If I plan ahead, I can buy ingredients before hand. That being said...here's this week's plan:

Monday- Corned beef hash and white rice
Tuesday- Broccoli cheddar soup in the crock pot
Wednesday- Sweet Potato Fries and Chicken Cutlets
Thursday- Rice, Beans, and Pork chops
Friday- Garlic Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

What's on your menu for the week?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th!!

Hi all! I've been really busy today taking down the rest of my Christmas decorations and cleaning up around the house. I've already started dinner and I'm still picking up a few things. I feel like today was very productive and it's only 2:30! I hope to have a couple of great recipes up this weekend. I think I'm going to go back to menu planning to help keep my grocery budget down. I usually don't follow my menu plans, but I really want to get my weekly grocery budget down. I hope this attempt is more successful than my previous ones. We'll see starting next week!! So far I've only met two of my January goals and I'm looking forward to doing a couple of things this weekend. I'm looking forward to sharing all these great things with you!
 
On a side note, I decided on a theme for my daughter's second birthday-- Cookie Monster! She's my little cookie monster and absolutely loves that crazy guy. I've found some great ideas on Pinterest. Check my board out http://pinterest.com/memarrero/cookie-monster-party/. I've also come up with a few ideas of my own. I plan on writing a post for everything I make! I'm so excited for this party. We're definitely going to be on a budget, which motivates me to make most of the decorations and all the yummy treats for our party guests. I can't wait to start sharing this party planning process with all of you! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Freezer Smoothies

Have you ever wanted a smoothie, but didn't want to take out the blender or didn't have the fruit to make one? I've been there and these two things have helped me with my smoothie addiction! First, buy your favorite fruit in bulk when it's on sale. Second, make smoothies ahead of time and freeze them in popsicle molds or small containers. You can use whatever fruits you like. This is just one of the combinations I make

Ingredients:
1 Banana
1 C strawberries
1 C mango
Water ( add a little at a time to get the consistency you want)
* Use orange juice instead of water for added sweetness*

1.Put all the fruit in a blender and blend. Add as much water or orange juice until it reaches the consistency you desire.
2. Pour into glasses to enjoy now or freeze to enjoy whenever you're in the mood for a smoothie!


Enjoy!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Vegetable Lo Mein

Why order take out when you can make this quick and delicious meal any weeknight? This recipe is definitely one of my go to meals on busy days. This Vegetable Lo Mein can be made with chicken or pork as well.


Ingredients:
1 box Spaghetti
1 bag frozen vegetables (Stir fry mix or Asian medley)
1 Tb grated ginger or a couple dashes ground ginger
2 Tb minced garlic
Sauce:
3 Tb Hoisin sauce (Teriyaki is fine too)
1 Tb Soy sauce
1 to 2 Tb Hot Sauce (optional)

Directions:
1. Mix together ingredients for sauce and reserve.
2. Cook pasta according to box directions.
3. Drain pasta and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water. 
4. Place about a teaspoon of oil in the pot and add garlic and ginger. Add pasta and vegetables.
5. Add reserved pasta water to sauce and add to pot. Toss until sauce is absorbed (about 30 seconds).
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does. It's a quick and tasty meal that tastes great as leftovers too. Give it a try! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January Goals

We're already 4 days into the new year, but it's never too late to set goals. I have big plans for my blog this year. I just started in October and it's taken awhile for me to see that it is a lot of work. I want to make pretty things for our home and make lots of yummy recipes for my family and share it with all of you! I'm working harder at putting more posts out and promoting my blog, so tell all your friends! Thank you for reading and if you're not already following, feel free to do so ;-). It's not too late!

My goals for this month include a few recipes and one project (for now!).

Projects:
I'm making the 52 reasons why I love you project found here as an inexpensive Valentine's Day present.
I hope I can start scrapbooking as well.

Recipes:
Freezer Smoothies
Crockpot Chili
Baked Ziti with Hot Italian Sausage
Frozen Banana Bites
Cheesy Southwestern Rice and Chicken Bake

As I search for and create more delicious recipes, I'll update this post. Thanks for reading and come back to read my updates!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy start to the new year. I've been very busy with a sick baby and a bit sick myself, but we both feel better and I'm ready to get back on track. I have big plans for this year in terms of trying new recipes and making A LOT of great things. I've also thought a lot about planning and setting goals. I'm going to set monthly goals for projects I want to complete and recipes I want to try. I would like to try 4 new recipes a month, one a week. I received a crockpot for Christmas and haven't used it yet, so I plan on using that a few times a month. Maybe I'll make two meals a month in the crockpot. I've tried the whole menu planning thing and it hasn't quite worked out for me. I usually plan my meals based on how my day is going (Bad day= take out or leftovers). So for now, I'll list the recipes I would like to try each month and write my posts as I make them.
There are so many crafts and projects I want to complete this year. Here's my list of great ideas I've found on Pinterest:

52 Things I Love About You
Paper Rose Wreath
Elmo or Cookie Monster Tutu dress
Faux Floral Monogram
Coins or thumb tacks on wooden Letters
Easter Egg Tree
Coming home and Birthday Shadow boxes
Paint old book case to use for toy storage 


I'm sure I will find more great ideas during my daily browsing on Pinterest!


Check out my Pinterest page for more great projects and awesome recipes I'm going to try! 

Giveaway Alert!

If you like all things vintage or like trying new things, head over to The Musings and Adventures of a Pinup Mama for this 1940s Style Snood Giveaway! Bunny is a super woman, mama, blogger, and vintage model. Check out her blog and follow her to show some support. She's planning on hosting a giveaway every week this month, so subscribe to her blog for email updates! Good luck!