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Busy Times Call for Simple & Delicious Meals

Written for Paper Palate on the Well Fed NetworkLike most mom’s out there, I am in awe each and every day of how fast time seems to slip by. I wake up in the morning and between the three kids, their school, my work, housecleaning, post-school activities, time with hubby, I am one busy woman. By the time I get the chance to sit down and breathe for a moment, the day is done. This is why Simple and Delicious magazine by Taste of Home is on my list of top magazines that I subscribe too. I love to cook, but I do not always have time for a meal that will keep me in the kitchen for hours. Simple and Delicious magazine offers recipes that can be put together in 30 minutes or less with simple ingredients that I usually have on hand. A subscription to Simple and Delicious magazine is one gift that I include in all new bride presents and new mom presents. The October 2007 issue of Simple and Delicious magazine is full of wonderful recipes that fit their simple and delicious criteria. I have several recipes dog eared for future use, but the one recipe I had to try the day the magazine arrived in the mail was for Smoked Sausage Primavera. Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand and I was able to put a wonderful meal on the table in less than 25 minutes. The family gobbled this meal up, and because I was able to spend such a small amount of time in the kitchen and the meal required minimal cleanup, we were able to spend some quality time together in the evening as a family. We … [Continue reading]

Are you ready for some football?

 Yes, it is that time of year again...football season is in full swing. In the Doyle household, that means that Jacob has started his first official flag football season. His team, The Mighty Tornados, played their first game this past Saturday and the boys did great! They had a lot of fun and for five year olds, I was impressed with how well both teams did. Jacob made the first "tackle" of the game and he really had a blast playing. I think we may have found our sport!  … [Continue reading]

Southern Comfort

 My very best friend is moving out of state on Friday. Ami and I have known each other for 13 years... we met during my Freshman year of college and have been great friends ever since. She has been there for me through a lot and has always been one of the constants in my life. When Ami called only two weeks ago to tell me that her and her family were moving south, I immediately felt choked up. I was so excited and jealous that they were leaving on such a great adventure, but I also knew I was going to miss Ami, her husband and my goddaughter dearly.  The final days are winding near, we have said our goodbye's, and I feel comfort in knowing that she is just a quick plane ride away.  I decided over the weekend to make a Paula Deen recipe. As I was making the recipe, I couldn't help but hear Paula's voice reading the ingredients to me in my head. "Ya'll...this dish needs lots of butter. Sweetie...you know me... might as well not cook if you aren't going to use lots of butter!" Everything I did, Ms Paula's voice was in my head. It was then that I knew Ami would do well in the South. How could she not? Being surround by friendly Southern ladies, offering her sweet tea and warm chats. Also, if this lovely cake recipe is any indication of the kind of delicious food she'll be having, I know that she will quickly embrace the Southern Comfort and hospitality, and at the very least, be eating very well.Recipe courtesy of The Food Network and Paula DeenSavannah … [Continue reading]

Consistent Giada

 Did I mention something last week about cool weather? Really? Because since that post, I think I have jinxed things. The temps were back up in the warmer ranges and the cool days we were were having are long gone for awhile again. Ahhhh.... you have to love Kansas. If you don't like the weather one day, just wait. It is bound to change!Kansas weather is not consistent at all. Giada's recipes? Consistently good. So far, every recipe I have tried out of her cookbook, Everyday Pasta, has been great. Her recipe for Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells was no exception. This recipe was simple and delicious! I felt miserable because of my allergies the night that I made this for dinner for my best friend and her husband. Even through the sniffling and watery eyes, the constant sneezing, and the allergy medicine drug induced coma I was about to be in, I managed to make this recipe and was still able to taste by the time it was ready. Everyone loved it, including myself. If you are looking for consistency, do not move to Kansas. If you are looking for consistency, turn to Giada's cookbooks. You will find consistently great recipes every time.Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Pasta Shells (from Everyday Pasta) 1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (recommended: Barilla) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black … [Continue reading]

My Girls

   One likes fashion...The other likes food...But you can't help but love them both!  … [Continue reading]