Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing

This is a great salad recipe with an incredibly tasty dressing. The color is beautiful but not something you associate with eating. My husband actually asked me what was wrong with the salad.

The flavor is great and the calories are low too. You can’t ask for much more than that.  I didn’t think I would be able to get anyone to eat this salad but everyone gobbled it down! Love it!

  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

Cilantro Dressing:

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 fresh squeezed orange or lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  1. To make the cilantro lime dressing, combine cilantro, Greek yogurt, garlic, lime juice and salt in the bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, add olive oil and vinegar in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  2. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with tomatoes, corn, black beans and cilantro. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Stir in avocado.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with tortillas trips, if desired.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Plan Monday April 14-20, 2014

Happy Monday!!

After a long week of recovering from vacation I feel like we are finally back in the swing of things. I am making a lot of what I was going to make last week. We ate mostly out of the freezer last week which was good.

Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Side Dish 
Salsa ChickenSouthwest Chopped Salad
Chicken Pot Pie over BiscuitsRibbon Salad
Grilled Ham and Cheese with Cabbage Soup
Holy Yum ChickenStrawberry Poppy Seed Salad Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
ChalupasSpanish Rice
BrisketCarrots and Potatoes
Easter Dinner

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Recipe Rewind: Creamy Carrots and Potatoes

I love this recipe. I lost it a long time ago, and just happened to find it again. It's an excellent recipe and makes a tasty side dish. Although the picture does it no justice (old picture) this recipe is delicious!

  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb. pre-cut baby carrot
  • 1/2 onion, sliced and quartered
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Spray roasting pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Place potatoes, carrots and onions on pan.
  3. Add cream of mushroom soup.
  4. Mix in the water
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake covered 350 for 1 hour.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Making Memories with a HoneyBaked Ham Easter Dinner (Giveaway)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored opportunity with HoneyBaked Ham and Business 2 Blogger; however, our opinion of HoneyBaked Ham and our photography are our own and have not been influenced by any outside sources.

We love Easter Sunday in our home. It’s a great time for friends and family to gather for fellowship over a nice dinner and to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. It’s also a great way to welcome spring and all the beautiful colors of spring.

Now this is the way I like to do cooking!
It's hard work carrying in all these bags! ;-)
This year we had our first Easter dinner (yes we are having more than one) earlier than most people because the princess isn’t going to be here for Easter this year. We didn’t want to miss an opportunity to celebrate with her so we celebrated early.

I had no intention of cooking two Easter dinners this year so I decided I wasn’t cooking at all. Instead of me cooking I let the HoneyBaked Ham on Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas do all the cooking for me.  

Daddy and the Princess Getting into the
Spirit of Easter Decor Shopping!
HoneyBaked makes Easter dinner very easy. Simply go to HoneyBaked and pick out dinner, and then re-heat! In just two simple steps you can have dinner on the table and ready for your guest to enjoy.

I don’t know about you, but normally after spending an entire day in the kitchen, I have no desire to eat, and I have missed out on all the fun of being with my family and friends.  That’s really no way to spend a holiday. Instead of cooking we made memories this year. I got to spend more time with the princess and less time with pots and pans. I could get used to this!

No one... and I mean No One...
Wants to do Dishes after a Holiday!
Once I started adding up everything we were buying to make Easter dinner this was a far better value for a small percentage for the time and effort I was having to put into, shopping, prep-work, cooking, and dishes after dinner. When you figure everything in you can't beat letting HoneyBaked cook your Easter dinner! Plus you can't put a price on the time you are saving spending your day celebrating. 

With HoneyBaked doing all the cooking, our Easter dinner was done in a snap, and it was delicious! Quick, easy, and delicious, what more could you ask for? Our dinner included a HoneyBaked Ham paired with a few delicious Heat and Serve Sides. Every HoneyBaked Ham is Slow-roasted and glazed by hand with their signature, sweet, crunchy glaze. You don't want to miss out of the glaze!

Our HoneyBaked Easter dinner included (of course) a HoneyBaked Ham, Smoked Turkey, (We did the Easter Ham and Turkey Combo) along with Potatoes Au Gratin, Sweet Potato Souffle, and Broccoli Casserole. Oh my! There are plenty of sides to choose from. If you are like me you will have trouble choosing.

By Far the Best Coconut Cake I have EVER eaten!
You certainly can't forget dessert! We had the best Coconut Cake I have ever had in my life! HoneyBaked you made our Easter dinner the best one yet! I can go on and on bragging about what a wonderful dinner HoneyBaked made for us, but you will just have to try it for yourself to get the full effect. No samples here!!

Dinner was wonderful, and oh yeah….did I mention how easy and hassle free it was (OK I know I did!!)? What more could you ask for? There is no doubt this will become our new Easter tradition. 

Our Beautiful HoneyBaked Ham
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  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
  • Heat and Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's a Miracle! Gro

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was so excited when I was invited to try out the new product from Scotts Miracle-Grow called Gro-ables.

Gro-ables are a pre-packaged seed pod that make it easy to grow your own herbs and veggies from seeds. If you are like me and growing a plant doesn’t come naturally to you, or you don’t have a green thumb, this product is for you.

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It’s designed for the young or old and especially for people who are new to gardening but have always wanted to try growing their own food. The seed pods are designed to simplify the growing process so that it’s not complicated and it’s not expensive! The Gro-ables pod range in price from $1.29 to $1.49

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Gro-ables make edible gardening easy! Who knew it could be so easy to grow your own herbs or veggies in your own home or even your apartment? How great would it be to turn your homegrown ingredients into homemade meals?

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One recipe I can’t wait to try making with my herbs is a vegetable cream cheese spread for bagels! How delicious would that be? I think I would be proud to make a snack for my family with delicious herbs I grew myself.

Here is a super easy vegetable cream cheese spread you can make with your home grown herbs.

  • 1-8ounce pack of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • ½ bunch of green onions sliced finely
  • 2 finely chopped carrots
  • Your Gro-ables herbs to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoons pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for a few hours. Spread on bagels or crackers.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday April 7-13, 2014

Happy Monday!!

I am so very happy to be home from "vacation" too bad it was more work than a vacation should be...

Sadly, I am thrilled to be getting back into our routine. I know it's not everyone who feels that way, but I sure do. As always I am going to keep dinner simple this week. I am so exhausted from my vacation that I need another vacation! Ha!

Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Side Dish 
Generals ChickenSteamed Rice and Egg Roll
Meatball Sub CasseroleColeslawScalloped Hasselbeck Potatoes
Salsa Chicken CasseroleSouthwest Chopped Salad
HamGreen BeansMashed Potatoes, Dressing
Pot Pie CasseroleOkraCarrot Ribbon Salad
Holy Yum ChickenStrawberry Poppy Seed SaladCreamy Tortellini Soup

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reader Question: An Easy Meal on the Cheap! -Breakfast for Dinner!!

I received a great letter and question from one of our readers so I thought this would be a great time to answer her question and see if we could help her. If you have any advice for our reader please post below.

Dear Colie,
My family and I are struggling financially right now. Because of everything going on we can’t possibly go out to eat so every night we are forced to eat at home, but in all honesty even eating at home is becoming a struggle. I say forced but I am happy we can at least eat right now.
Do you have any advice for me as to how I can make an affordable meal that I can feed my family of four on a budget that will go a long way, and will be good at the same time?
Just making it in Indiana 

Dear Just making it in Indiana,

I certainly can sympathize with what you are going through. There are many people in your shoes so don’t feel alone. With the way the economy is going, the jobs are fading, and the gas prices are going up, there are a lot of people reading your letter that could have written it themselves.

I don’t know if you have a Dollar Tree, or Aldi in your neighborhood but to me those are great places to shop when you are on a budget. Aldi is my favorite. I think breakfast for dinner is an awesome way to make a fantastic meal that goes along way, but keeps your family on a budget.

At the Aldi I shop at (I can only speak for our Aldi) you can normally get a 5lb. bag or either Idaho or Red potatoes for .99 cents, 3 Green Bell Peppers for $1 and 3 pounds of onions for $1. Using 2.5 pounds of potatoes, 1 bell pepper, and 1 onion you can make a mean pan of Chunky O'Brien Potatoes. These potatoes go a long way and are very filling.

Eggs are always easy and for the most part cheap! Once again if you have an Aldi in the neighborhood you can get eggs for .79 cents a dozen maybe a little more depending on where you live. One recipe I like is Fluffiest Scrambled Eggs! It's a nice variation of the same plain old scrambled egg.

Another go to of mine is prepackaged pancake mix. I found these at my local HEB grocery store 2/$1 and this wasn't even on sale. This was enough to make 12 pancakes.  You might even have what you need in the pantry right now and can save that dollar and make pancakes from scratch. Here is my favorite recipe for Super Fluffy Pancakes

If you have left over fruit in the refrigerator or freezer that needs to be used up make a fruit or Berry Compote up verses buying syrup because syrup can be expensive. You can use any fruit (you might leave out the Bananas) to get a delicious compote that will taste great on those pancakes.

Eggs, Pancakes, and O'Brien Potatoes will be plenty to feed a family of four and you can easily do it for under $10. If you are needing to cut your budget even more leave out the bell pepper and onion and simply pan fry the potatoes, and they too will be delicious. 

Even consider serving oatmeal with your breakfast. You can buy a small store brand container of oatmeal for under $2 this will be very filling and will be a nice side with eggs and toast. Make the oatmeal extra special by adding sliced fruit and cinnamon to the top!

Pancakes with Berry Compote
There are so many variations you can make to keep your family on a budget. One of my all time favorites is the Trash Can Spiral Omelet! It's called the trash can omelet because you are taking everything in your refrigerator that is days away from going in the trash but instead you are saving it and turning your trash into dinner. Add things like lunch meat, vegetables, or even left over steak, burgers, bacon bits, or potatoes!! 

Breakfast for dinner is always a winner in our house. This can be a great dinner and a breakfast of champions! For a small amount of money you will make your family feel like they are eating at their favorite pancake house!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

This is a great recipe especially if you like zucchini. For the zucchini haters in my house the recipe was not high on their list as expected. The mistake I made with this recipe was not using shredded parmesan cheese but rather using the Kraft parmesan in a jar. Yes big mistake! I have no doubt that would have been a huge improvement.

The group parmesan cheese ended up tasting a bit grainy and dry whereas the shredded would have actually melted. Although this recipe actually didn’t turn out it was very good and is something I would make again in the future.

  • 8 medium zucchini, sliced in half
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried thyme or oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange zucchini halves on 2 rimmed baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix to combine Parmesan cheese, oregano (thyme), salt and black pepper. 
  3. Top each zucchini slice with 1 - 1.5 tbsp. of cheese-herb mixture spreading evenly. 
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  5. Then broil on High for 4 - 5 minutes or until cheese turns crispy and golden. Serve warm or cold.
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