Monday, November 10, 2014

Banana Crumb Muffins

I don't know about you, but my family is pretty picky when it comes to eating fresh bananas.  They have to be just barely under ripe for us to eat them.  Because they seem to ripen so darn fast, that gives us about a day when they're the prefect ripeness for us to eat.  That means that we end up with more overripe bananas than I'd like.  Sometimes they ripen past the point we like them before we even realize they're ripe!  Solution?  These Banana Crumb Muffins.  


1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted

Crumb Topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.  In a large bowl combine mashed bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter; mix well.  Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.  Grease or line a 12-count muffin tin and divide batter between the cups.  To make the crumb topping, combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Cut in the butter until it looks about like corn meal.  Sprinkle the crumb topping over the muffins and bake at 375 for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Recipe from Allrecipes.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Savory Pumpkin Soup

I-used-my-kids-pumpkins-for-this-soup!  Whew!  I sure feel better now that I got that out of the way!  Just, please, don't tell them.  They'd hate me forever.  Or at least as long as a 4 and 6 year old can hold a grudge.  I wasn't going to.  Honest!  I had every intention of buying (another) pumpkin to use, but for some reason, once Halloween has come and gone, they all disappear.  Only 2 days after there wasn't a single pumpkin to be found.  Lots of Christmas trees and ornaments, but not a single, solitary pumpkin.  I guess feeding the littles their beloved pumpkins is better than sneaking them into the trash, right?


6 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 cup onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For Serving:
Parmesan cheese
Homemade Croutons (I didn't use the sourdough bread this time, just what I had on hand.  They're still stinkin' amazing!)

Combine all ingredients, except cream, in a large pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  *Puree soup on small batches (about 1 cup at a time) in a blender.  Return soup to pot and simmer an additional 30 minutes.  Mix in cream and serve garnished with Parmesan cheese and croutons.  Don't skip the croutons.  Seriously.  They take the soup from good to WOW!

*I blended the onion and garlic with a little of the chicken stock BEFORE I cooked the soup, and just let it simmer for an hour.  You could also use an immersion blender half way through the cooking time.  If you cook the soup and then blend it. BE CAREFUL!!  The hot soup burns!

Recipe from All Recipes.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walking Tacos

Have you missed me?  Well, I've missed you!  My little sis informed me that I've been sorely neglecting you all.  Since I last posted, we moved, the kids all started school (and I somehow ended up as a room mom for the 3rd grader!), went through almost an entire season of soccer and lacrosse (2 more weeks, just 2 more weeks!), joined the gym (like 2 days ago.  Yikes!  I am SO sore!  Wish me luck!), and I couldn't find my baby.  For almost an entire half hour.  Talk about near heart failure!!  Luckily he just went to a little friends house and was playing on their way-super-awesome play set in the back yard.  I went from I'm-so-mad-I'll-strangle-the-little-monkey-when-I-find-him to, when I finally found him, oh-my-precious-perfect-little-angel-I-just-want-to-kiss-your-sweet-little-face-until-you-scream!

I have to say, I've forgotten how much of an ordeal moving is!  We were in our last place for 8 years.  Seems like a lifetime sometimes.  I guess it is for some people.  We moved in with a 6 month old baby and had 2 more little ones while we were there.  That's a lifetime for the 3 of them.  All though moving is the pits, it sure was nice to have some of the kids old enough to really help.  I think the actual moving part was the easy part.  Changing the address on all the mail and transferring the kid's schools was probably more stressful.  Not to mention the melt downs over leaving friends and the best. Schools. Ever.  Luckily, we're in a pretty awesome neighborhood with lots of little kiddies.

Do you have kids?  If you do, you're going to want to bookmark, pin, print out and save, whatever, this recipe!  These Walking Tacos are totally kid approved!  The kids thought (for at least 7 seconds!) that I was/am the coolest mom ever!  The 15 year old asked where I got the idea.  I told him Pinterest (Coolest. Site. Ever!).  He informed me that he would never EVER complain about Pinterest again!  Now THAT is HUGE!



1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
8-10 individual serving sized bags nacho cheese Doritos
Your favorite taco toppings like...
Lettuce, shredded
Cheese, grated
Tomatoes, diced
Sour cream
Olives, sliced
Salsa

Brown the ground beef and add taco seasoning (along with the water called for on the package).  To assemble, slightly crush chips, then squeeze the bottom of the bag to make it POP!  Pretty sure that was my favorite part.  The 15 year old was in the other room and asked what the popping noise was.  I completely lied to him and told him I didn't hear a thing.  Not sure if he believed me, but he didn't come to investigate.  If you are a little more civilized than we are here, feel free to either cut the top off the bags or pull them open.  Just open the little bags.  Add meat and desired toppings.  Mix it all up and grub up!

Recipe from....Well, I saw pictures on Pinterest and did my own thing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Construction Party

My baby just turned 4!! He loves anything and everything with wheels, as well as going to work with Daddy (he's a general contractor/developer), so a construction party was the perfect theme for him. This was his first "friend" birthday party and was too excited to sleep the night before! Luckily he slept in the morning of his party so I didn't a little grump on my hands. :)










My little guy and his buddies had lunch of Uncrustables, juice boxes, goldfish crackers and squeeze applesauce, and then colored construction truck pictures, built with blocks and played with playdough.




Crayon boxes - I LOVED the Est. 2010!!

 Lunch boxes


Chocolate coins - Payment for a job well done. :)

My little man loved everything and kept telling my how handsome his party was as I was setting it up. :)

All of the super cute printables are from Just a little Sparkle.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad

I'm fascinated with the Amish.  I'm pretty sure I could live the Amish lifestyle without any problems.  Since my family wouldn't be so willing to change lifestyles, I guess I'll just have to stick with trying out a few recipes.  Not sure if this Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad is an authentic recipe, but it sure is tasty.  The first time I made it I shared it with a couple neighbors (it makes a ton!) and they told me it was the best macaroni salad they have ever eaten!


1 pound salad macaroni
4 hard cooked eggs, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 small red pepper, diced

Dressing:
2 cups light mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
paprika for garnish

Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain well and place in a large bowl to cool. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well.  Add eggs, pepper, onion and celery to the macaroni.  Stir in dressing and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Recipe from Food.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce

With summer just around the corner, this Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce is a perfect way to use up your fresh cherry tomatoes and basil.  It's no secret that I like love fresh basil.  I'm sold on pretty much anything that I can throw a little basil into.  If fresh basil wasn't enough, the sauce was.  The sauce is simple, just 5 ingredients! And it's delicious.  Anyone up for dinner in under 30 minutes?



2 (9 ounce) packages cheese ravioli
1/3 cup butter
2 cups cherry or pear tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the ravioli according to package directions. While the ravioli is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the tomatoes; cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst and the butter turns brown, about 7 minutes. Stir in the basil. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over ravioli and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Recipe from Kevin & Amanda.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Unicorn Rainbow Birthday Party

For my little girls 6th birthday, she wanted a unicorn party. Since her favorite color is "rainbow", it ended up being a Unicorn Rainbow Party. She also loves anything sparkly, so I threw in a little sparkle and bling.





 At the end of every rainbow, is a pot of (chocolate) gold.

 Gumball cake made with Smooth as Silk Frosting


 Adorable Unicorn and Rainbow sugar cookies from Treats 4 Ta-tas.

 Chocolate covered Oreos

Chocolate covered marshmallows with bling sticks




 The girls made candy necklaces and decorated Unicorn horns.


The girls took home bags of gold (from the end of the rainbow) and colored candies.  The cute printables are from Just a little Sparkle.


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