Browsed by
Month: October 2013

Crustless Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Crustless Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Just finished up our family lunch of Beef & Bean Burritos (Pioneer Woman style) and Jumbo Pico (PW style as well). Jumbo Pico is just a pico de gallo salad cut into jumbo chunks. Tomato, avocado, cilantro, red onion, lime juice and salt (garlic if you’d like). This photo is much less tasty than the actual meal.

PW Burrito

Saturday afternoons are quite sleepy around here. Not that anyone actually gets to sleep, there just seems to be a little extra time to do what we like. Hence, blogging time! A couple of Saturdays ago, I snapped this afternoon sweet photo of Dallas and Jy napping.

sleeping

I had to grab it, because it reminded me a lot of this photo from 2007…

jy and dal sleeping

So sweet!

I’m still working on having extra time to do the things I love as well as the things I need to do (read: exercise). I have however, found time to catch up on The Mindy Project. Still need to do some serious Once Upon A Time catch up though.

One show I refuse to miss is My Grandmother’s Ravioli. It’s so awesome. It’s everything I want this blog to end up being someday. It makes for a great companion while ironing all of our clothes. Which yes, 13 year old me, I now do. Ugh, I know.

c0d1b6908910232d3e3de126d7c02982

 

The Cooking Channel’s website says, “Join the very funny Mo Rocca as he learns to cook and discover treasured family recipes and stories from grandparents in their kitchens across the country.”

How cool is that? He gets to learn the best recipes in the country, which are rarely from professional chefs and mostly from grandmas. I’d dare anyone to find more than a handful of chefs who don’t blame their love of cooking on their grandmothers.

Plus, old school grandmas are funny. They don’t care about being politically correct or even correct for that matter! If grandma says you don’t measure the flour, you don’t measure the flour.

I’ll be taking out a couple of family recipes soon, I’d love to make some of Grandma Ann’s goodies soon.

New subject…

**************WARNING***************

If you are grossed out by potty words, skip this section and move right to the recipe. 

My boys, namely Max have become totally into gross stuff. Dallas will laugh along side while he cringes, but Max is full-out gross. His latest obsession is with singing the “Diarrhea Song”. For the musical number, Max needs my rock-hard abs to play. I have been kind enough to bury my hard abs under a layer or two of fat fluff. 

He slams his face into my stomach and blows a big raspberry on that extra layer of belly before lifting his head to chant, “I have a diarrhea song for you. I have a diarrhea song for you.” 

See, it’s not that hard to learn, you could probably do it to. It’s bound to make someone smile, I think??

***********POTTY TALK OVER***********

I’ve also managed to squeeze Pinterest in to much of my day, which has been my go-to recipe source lately. Budget Bytes is a fun site, with plenty of low-cost recipes. I tried out the Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Crustless Quiche, with a few alterations. The kids picked out the spinach and mushroom, but I would consider this a dish worth making again. With a few sprinkles of herbs on top, I’d even tote one of these along to a potluck.

Sausage Dish

[edamam-recipe-recipe:4]

 

Melted Cheesy Family Dinners`

Melted Cheesy Family Dinners`

Here’s how I feel now that I’m teaching preschool.

IMG_4408

Max is with me at school, in my class, Monday through sweet, holy Friday. He made it almost  past the welcome mat this afternoon and passed out.

IMG_4164

I love Thursdays and Fridays at school because we have cooking time! Two weeks ago the kids went bananas over apple pie smoothies, topped with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs. I could probably top ground beef with whipped cream and the kids would be happy. So, go figure, my family wanted to eat dinner this week. Again!!! I’ve been determined to cook too. Apparently, I’ve needed some comfort food this week though, as three dinners involved melted cheese. Four if you count the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese I served the kids one night, while Jy and I ate salad. They were all recipes that are good enough to share! Isn’t almost anything with melted cheese on top? It’s kind of like whipped cream for adults, right? Dinner number one, Beef Stroganoff French Bread. My husband introduced me to one of his favorite meals from childhood and I took the liberty of pimping it out a bit.

strog [edamam-recipe-recipe:3]

Dinner number two, Spaghetti Squash Alfredo, a winning Pinterest find! I followed the instructions exactly as given by the blog, The Comfort of Cooking, so I have to send you over that way if you’d like to try it too. I have to say it was awesome. Worked well to top with chicken for lunch the next day!

spag

Dinner number three was so, so, so good. Sausage and tortellini soup. I swapped bouillon cubes for stock and evaporated milk for regular milk, otherwise the rest stayed the same. I came across the recipe from Party In My Kitchen on Pinterest and it was another serious winner! The biggest problem with this dinner was the price. Three packages of tortellini and two pounds of sausage was close to $18 on its own, before the other staple type ingredients.

soup

So those were the hits of the week! They are so worth trying! If you can (which, you probably can), always opt for organic dairy products from grass-fed cows. There is a difference in taste, I seriously believe it!

AAAAAND. Just in case I ever need to tease Dallas during his teenage rebellious years, I thought I’d put this in writing. He woke me up asking, “Where is that sweet lady of my dreams?” The same morning he told me to, “Tell him something romantic.” How funny is that!?

IMG_4105

Then, there is Max, who is a whole different issue. I had to have a little chat with him after he announced, “Mom, I just love boobies soooo much.”

Happy Weekend, Kim