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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bagel Breakfast For Just One

As soon as I get Mckayla off to school Connor fed and playing or doing something. Then this mama gets to have her breakfast in peace. And oh, how I LOVE these times. I forward to it everyone. And when and if somehow I can't make my "breakfast date" on time or that day...You can tell. ;)

This morning I had a plain bagel (just half with NO butter) just spinach sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and a little salt and pepper to taste. Oh, it was lovely! With a nice hot mug of coffee and my Bible..I am loving my breakfast date!

What do you do for your breakfasts? Is breakfast your time "alone"?

Pancake Breakfast Sliders

I just wanted to share really quick a new and cute little way that our family had our Tuesday morning breakfast. Since my husband is normally off on Tuesdays they have become almost our Saturdays for our family. Anyways, yesterday we made a quick and easy little breakfast that I thought that I would share.

1-2 beaten eggs (depending how many sliders you are making)
10 mini pancakes for 5 sliders
cheese slices (cut to fit your sliders)
5 mini sausage patties (which i made our own the night before, but you could always use store bought)

Put them all together and you get Breakfast Sliders! Yummy, with a capital Y!


Banana Bites

This oh so yummy breakfast is a favorite at our house right now, Banana Bites!

1-2 Bananas, depending who and many many you are serving.

1 Cup Pancake Batter (Your favorite boxed brand)

**You can use maple syrup, yogurt or even honey to drunks theses bites in. Be creative and have fun. Not only will the kids think it's great...so will you!

First take your Bananas(1-2) and cut them at a bias. So that their a little easier for the kids to pick up...and they look prettier too. :)

Then you dunk your bananas in your pancake mixture. It would be wonderful with a whole wheat pancake mixture if you had it. Then shaking off the excess batter into the bowl and place on a buttered griddle or skillet over medium heat. Letting them golden brown ob both sides.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Crazy Dogs "Spaghetti Dogs"

Isn't this the craziest thing you have ever seen with hotdogs? I got this idea from Plum Pudding. She has some really neat ideas.

I did these for my son's 3rd birthday party. Since he was turning "3" I only used three spaghetti noodles. But of course, you can you as many as you or your kids can stick through the hotdogs. Not only is this a fun and interesteing way to eat your hotdog and spaghetti, it's also fun for the kids to help with. My kids love helping me in the kitchen. And the messier, the better is for them. Not so much for mom, but at least their having fun! ;)

First, cut hot dogs into 1" pieces

Seconed, Carefully thread the spaghetti into and through the hotdog. This is fun for the kids to do. Be creative & have fun!

Third, place in a pot of boiling water and cook according to your specific pasta cook time. This is like lunch and crafting rolled into one! So try it and let me know how yours turn out.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Plain & Simple School Lunches

Just wanted to share a simple way to serve your kids school lunches or any lunch. Mckayla loves this and the best part for Mom is that she eats it, so we can't beat that!

Eggs, Cheese & Collared Green Buttito & Quesadilla

So today while getting ideas for lunch I thought that I should probably use some leftovers that we have in the refrigerator. So, I got the idea of course of making little burritos and quesadilla. And boy was it YUM-MY!!

First I started to fry up some 2 eggs (scrambled till done) and then throw in my left over ham, collared greens and salt/pepper to taste. Take it out let it rest for a few minutes while you brown your soft shell taco and then add your filling and top it with your favorite graded cheese. I used cheddar cheese of course.

For the kids I did little burritos and didn't add that much filling and more cheese.

For me of course, I added more filling and less cheese. :)

Turned out pretty good. Looked great and tasted better! This is one of my favorite way to get my kids eating their greens. :)

Fish Sandwiches

The other night we had fried fish and tonight I was thinking that we need to do something with the leftovers. So tonight we had fish sandwiches and boy was it good! Just thought that I would saw you a picture..might not look tasty, but it was!!!

Have a wonderful evening...Happy Blogging!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rabbit Anyone?

Since we are getting closer and closer to Easter, I thought that I would start to spice up Mckayla's lunches to meet the Spring and Easter theme. Today Mckayla's having Rabbit! Well..not really rabbit but a sandwich shaped into a rabbit on a bed of spinach leafs that's eating julienne carrots, with a side of ranch for some good dipping! Awesome thing she likes all of it! She helped me arrange her rabbits "eating" the carrots. Cute!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Turon (Philippine cuisine)

The other day the kids and I stopped by at one of the local filipino market/store and at the check out she had some fresh turons that I couldn't resist in buying a few of them. Of course, the kids and I ate them right away when we got in the car and they were gone before we drive out of the parking lot! Their just Divine goodness!

The next day when I went to the store to pick up a few things I couldn't help but picking up a few plantain to see if I can make them at home. They aren't as good as what they had at the store..but almost. This evening Connor ate his down in no time flat. Took some to my parents and Quinn said they were perfect. So that's a good start for a first timer. :)

What you will need is:
- white sugar
- large ripe plantain bananas, sliced lengthwise thick
- lumpia wrappers
- water and corn starch (you could just plain water or 1 egg, lightly beaten)
- hot oil
- caramel (you could also you, chocolate, powder sugar, etc)

First cut the plantains lengthwise. Then roll them into your white sugar.

Them place it on the wrapper just like you would could lumpia. And start to fold. Fold the portion of the wrapper nearest you over the filling until just covered. Turn the wrapper again to enclose the banana securely. Moisten the left and right hand edges of the wrapper with your "glue" that you will use (water, egg, or corn starch).

Fold over the corners and press down firmly to seal, making an envelope. Seal firmly. Set aside..and repeat with remaining slices

Heat oil in a pan or wok. Place the turons at a time in the hot oil seal side down first. Fry until crisp and golden. Remove with a skimmer and drain on paper towels.

Drizzle with your favorite topping, ours was caramel sauce...Eat and ENJOY!

Having Some Elefun Time...

We have this new game that we just got the other day for the kids to play together. Most of the games we have are more for Mckayla's age and Connor just hasn't quite got it just yet. But soon he will. So, we got this EeleFungame at Targetand both of them seem to really enjoy it. It is a little more down Connor's lane and he really enjoys it but whats a fun game when just playing it yourself? :)

Connor was getting so excited about it that he just was plain worn out for a minute! Too cute!

Mckayla showing all the butterflies she caught!

Connor showing all his butterflies he caught!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pancit Bihon

Friday I thought that I would make pancit again for everyone. Of course, I love it and the kids really seem to enjoy it as well. So, whatever they eat I tend to make it as much as I can. It's something good and "healthy" that they love. So as I started to get things ready, I thought..hey I should post this for everyone to see how it all comes down. Try it and tell me what how it turns out for you.

Start first by cooking the rice noodles in boiling water till about done. Note to not get them over cooked and not still hard. Sometimes you might have to do it a couple of times like me to make sure you get it perfect for the dish. lol... After cooked, drain and let it sit aside till you need them.

Then brown your chicken in a nice large wok till done and place a side to drain. If you do not have a wok a nice large pan will also work. Have about 3 T. of hot oil ready before dropping your chicken in. Just be careful to not get splattered by the oil.

Here is your line up of ingredients. I've got 2 cloves of medium size of minced garlic, 1 egg, shredded cabbage, julienne carrots and sliced chicken. This is what I had on hand, but you can put anything really you would like.

To get the rice noddles I went to our local Asian food market. Google one to see which one is closer to you and ask for the rice noodles if you don't know what your getting.

In the same wok you cooked your chicken, cook your veggies as well.

Then add your already soften rice noodles to your veggies and stir till everything is combined. Add your season in your half of cup water and let it cook/steam till all the liquid is gone. Making sure you toss/stir frequently to avoid everything from sticking.

Serve with a set of tongs and you have your quick and easy meal already. It also goes well with lumpia...Enjoy!

After 3 servings of it...I think my daughter likes it! She piles enough in her mouth that she can that it just goes all over the place...but at least she loves it!

Traditional Peanut Butter Cookies

* 1 1/4 cups flour, sift or stir before measuring
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 egg

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. Cream shortening, peanut butter, and sugars; beat in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour mixture, blending well. Shape mixture into 3/4-inch balls; place on greased baking sheets. Flatten each cookie with the tines of a fork; dip fork in flour periodically to keep it from sticking to the peanut butter cookie dough.

Bake cookies at 375° for about 10 to 12 minutes or a little less if your oven tends to be hotter than normal.

Date Night Steak Night

...say that three times fast! :)

It's Monday..good afternoon!! Hope you all had a great weekend with your loved ones. We sure did! My husband and I had a nice date night on Friday night here at the house. And yes, of course we did our own cooking. Date Night Steak Night it was for us love birds. ;)

Don't forget your onions and mushrooms...always a staple item with you have steak here at our house. Cook with little EVOO, butter, salt and pepper to taste and your all set.

Since it's still a little too cold here sometimes to pull out our grill we bought a cast iron from Lodge Cast Iron grill/griddle. It's the absolutely the amazing things we have gotta lately and boy heavy! It cooked our steak perfectly. I am a medium rare kind of girl and my husband is medium DONE. ;) Either way, both of our tummies were very very happy. :)

We served the onions and mushrooms over a bed a spinach with wilted enough to perfection a side of fried rice (white rice, 1 egg and soy sauce), and your delicious mouth watering steak with your special drink to wash it all down and you have yourself a restraint style meal for half the cost.

Gotta Make It Fun!

It's not just school lunches that I seem to have to make fun around the house sometimes in order for them to eat. he-he! When I know that there might be something that they or one of them might question it gets me thinking that I need to make it a little more pleasing to the eye and usually for the most part they eat it.

And, they sure did! Both of them had their plates licked clean by the time we were done. It's the key. Make it fun. Make it "pretty" looking. And make it yummy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Breakfast Date

Happy Thursday Everyone!! This morning we woke up to a yucky raining day. So I thought that today would be a good day to get updated on some good tasty foods and see what craziness I can stir up in the kitchen. For starters, this morning my son and I made this amazing little egg, cheese and turkey quesadilla for him. He absolutely loved it and ate half of mine. But, of course...he eats "almost" anything so it's no surprise there! Since this was his, he likes eating just plain shredded cheese. So he had dollop of cream cheese and a size of shredded cheese. :)

Hope you enjoy this! This could be for breakfast, lunch or even a little snack. It's all up to you and what you like.

Here are your 5 ingredients you will need.

First start by brushing oil on both sides of your tortilla.

Brown both sides...not burn like I did the first time. :)

Then, with your already beaten eggs pour the eggs on to your tortilla. It's okay if it runs off, but try to get it to stay on top.

Then sprinkle your cheeses and place your meat, I used turkey.

Then right before you remove it off your pan, fold it in half to make your half moon shape. Pat it down a little to make sure it's all melted nice and remove for cooling. Cut it in half and serve to your speical breakfast date.

Mine this morning was my son..and he enjoyed every bite!
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