Lately I have been experimenting making my own salad dressings. It’s amazing how much better salad dressing is when you make it fresh. The bottled dressing is great and quick and easy, but you can certainly tell the difference when it’s homemade. I loved this dressing, but then again I like sesame seeds. Yummy! You don’t want to look at the calorie count, but it’s a great dressing!
1 cup mayonnaise
1 large egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 garlic cloves, minced very fine
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon parsley, freeze-dried and crushed
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until all the ingredients are blended well. Chill and serve when ready!
These are delicious! The flavor is incredible, they are inexpensive to make, and talk about easy. I stuck everything in the mixer and let it go. In under a half hour we had super delicious muffins!
The best part of these muffins is the fact that they are under 100 calories each! Holy Cow! You feel like you are getting away with something naughty eating these! Nope under 100 calories no matter what! Delicious!
1 yellow cake mix (Any flavor will work) 15 oz (Pillsbury 1600 Calories)
1/2 Cup water
1 can of pure pumpkin (175 calories)
1 tsp. cinnamon,
1/4 tsp. nutmeg,
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp ginger.
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Hersheys 560)
Place all the ingredients in a mixer or a bowl. Mix until everything is well mixed together. Fill 24 cupcake tins with fill. Follow the cake mix box baking directions.
It’s hard to believe it’s officially 2017! I am happy that 2016 is gone but I must admit it went by super-fast! Maybe too fast. I like to give each year a name and for 2016 I would give it the year of big changes! What life taught me in 2016:
I still say that walking away from social media for at least one weekend a month is therapeutic, maybe even try longer, you won’t regret it!
Sometimes we want people out of our lives but when they are we want them back
Alzheimer’s and Cancer Suck… Still sucking year after year
My Mom officially retired on 12/30/2016. I am so proud of her.
Get to know people outside of your comfort zone. It’s awesome!
I have more clothes and shoes in my closet in 2016 that I have had in my whole life. A professional job does that.
I bought a new Jeep this year and I love it!
My husband is still my best friend even though sometimes we don’t get along.
My goal of losing weight was an epic fail
Paying a ton of money for NASCAR tickets is a waste if it rains…
It doesn’t matter how early your put your Christmas decorations out, there is never enough time to enjoy them.
I try not to live with a lot of regrets but I do!
I still love my job, and I am happy they take good care or me.
I am blessed beyond what I think I deserve!
Goals for 2017
Weight loss (of course)
Try to live with a little less and spend less too. We need to stop spending and start saving
Moving up the ladder at work
Being a better house keeper
Finding inner peace
Taking better care of ME!
Here to an amazingly awesome 2017!!!! I love you guys!!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7 I hope that your Christmas or holiday season is blessed full of happiness and cheer. May Jesus be the reason for your season and fill your heart. Merry Christmas and lots of love -Nicole
I really love this recipe. I hate having left over rice because it’s such a waste, and I always make too much. I normally freeze it and find something else to do with it. Normally I use it to speed up cooking time by just pulling it out of the freezer instead of making more. In the last Woman’s Day magazine I got in the mail, they had an article with this recipe in it. It sounded so good I had to try it. It has a very delicate flavor. The spinach is very mild for all of you spinach haters (yep that includes me) and the parmesan cheese is not as overwhelming as I figured it would be. I am going to find a nice parmesan-mozzarella cheese dip to go with this recipe next time. I think it would add a nice touch.
2 tsp oil
1 cup thawed frozen cut-leaf spinach
1/2 small onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup rice (3 cups cooked)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1/8 tsp pepper
Heat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheet with nonstick foil. Heat 2 tsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup thawed frozen cut-leaf spinach, 1/2 small onion, diced, and 1/2 tsp minced garlic; cook 2 minutes until spinach is tender.
Stir into spinach mixture 1 cup cooked rice, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1 large egg and 1/8 tsp pepper.
Drop rounded tbsp. onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until firm. Serve with marinara. Makes about 10.
I could not be any happier with the way this recipe turned out. The flavor is simply wonderful. It was a very easy recipe to make, but better yet, this recipe exceeds the work you put into it. It taste like you worked much harder than you did. Another thing I like is that most of the prep work can be done the night before, then everything can be thrown together the next day for a good, but quick meal.
Sevings: 3-4 Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
6 teaspoons light sesame oil or vegetable oil
9 tablespoons green onions, chopped with tops
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to your own taste)
1 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (can use fresh grated if preferred)
6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 teaspoons sugar
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
4 cups cooked sticky rice, hot
Combine chicken and cornstarch in small bowl.
Toss to coat.
Heat oil in large non-stick skillet or wok on medium heat.
Cook 5- 7 minutes or until no longer pink in center.
Remove from heat.
Add onions, garlic, red pepper and ginger to skillet.
Cook 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Combine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar in small bowl.
Stir well and add to skillet and return to heat.
Stir until chicken is well coated.
Stir in nuts and heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
If you are like me and you are trying to get your lifestyle (crap) together you will love these bento style boxes I found on Amazon. The company gave me a discount to try them but I liked them so much I decided to buy a second set so that I could pack my husband’s lunch too. These boxes are great! Not only are they well-made but they are divided so you can carry all the food you need without it all running together. I haven’t had them leak on me but I have only been using them for about a week.
The point is, if you are trying to change your life for the better and get your portion and calories under control these lunch bento boxes are probably for you. Visit Amazon.com to Order Bento Boxes.
Happy Monday everyone!! Can you believe that it is August? It makes me sad thinking of all the kids that will be going back to school soon. I am not ready to school to start that is for sure!
This weekend was so very hot that we didn’t do a whole lot. I spent most of last week cooking using my Cuisinart grill verses actually using the oven. Dinner was super easy last week. I didn’t follow the menu plan at all. Two different nights we had salad. One night was hot dogs, another was bbq out of the freezer. I made grilled chicken, and so on. There was no heat up the house. It was been over 100 degrees each day! That’s too hot to cook much! I was not going to heat up the house.
This week will be no better! It looks like most of the week will between 98 and 99 once again too hot to cook! I will be cooking but it will be simple and cool-ish! Here is our menu plan for the week! I hope you are staying safe and cool.
Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a nice weekend! It was so hot outside (around 100 here) way too hot to be outside doing anything. We didn’t even feel like going out if we had too. I hit up a few stores but that was about it.
I cooked the entire weekend which only made the house hot! Ugh! I feel like I should boycott the kitchen until fall rolls around. Texas, Heat, and Summer… nothing good about that combo!
I hope you are all doing well and you made some amazing meals! Here is our menu plan for the week! What’s on your menu?
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