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I was in a Simple and Delicious Mood

Apparently, when I made out my menu plan for the first part of January, the Jan/Feb issue of Simple and Delicious magazine was in front of me. I think it actually arrived in the mail the day I was doing my menu plan because over half of the meals for the first half of the month came from that particular issue. I normally have good luck with the recipes from Simple and Delicious, but the Jan/Feb issue has been a gold mine for me. I have discovered several new family friendly recipes that are going to go into my menu rotation. As my husbands rating system goes, "This is a keeper... I would eat this again." Last nights dinner was no exception. The picture I took does not do this recipe justice at all but hopefully you'll take my word for it and give it a try. In my typical style, I made a few adjustments to the recipe, which is why this kind of recipe works for me. It is a versatile, no fuss dish that will be gobbled up by everyone who gets the pleasure of eating it. As an added plus, this is a chicken recipe that freezes well. If you do OAMC (Once a Month Cooking), make a few of these chicken breasts up to stock your freezer and pull out to serve on a busy night.The source is from the Jan/Feb issue of Simple and Delicious magazine.  Herbed Chicken Breasts 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning2 tablespoons olive oil, divided2 tablespoons butter, divided1 tablespoon … [Continue reading]

How Big’s Ella…??

So big! (She just started doing this on her own today...she is growing way too quickly!)    … [Continue reading]

Golden Globes Girls Night Out

I have been wanting to throw a Golden Globes or Oscar night party for as long as I have had a home of my own. Each year, I'd just get settled after the crazy holiday season, sit down in front of the TV and notice that the award show was on. It would sneak up on me before I could say "I'd like to thank the academy" and my opportunity would be shot.This year was different. As a part of my commitment to host a party every month in 2007, I thought about the month of January and I knew that I wanted to have a Golden Globes party. I enjoy both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but as a mom with small children, getting out to see the movies is a little harder than it used to be. Since the Golden Globes is all about TV and movies, I knew it would make the perfect bash for January.The evening started at 6:45. With my Tivo set to record the show and of course, the red carpet appearances, the 8 ladies and I all gathered around my kitchen to create our cocktails. I had prepared drink menus for everyone, including the recipes. We had the choice of 3 different kinds of martinis, margaritas, Tattoo and coke, or wine. Everyone chose to make a martini, and we got to shakin' creating our first round of cocktails. We then filled our plates up and settled in the living room to catch the stars arriving on the red carpet. I had Golden Globes Bingo for everyone to play (with prizes going to the first two guests to get an X Bingo) and then we had our "guess the winner" quarters … [Continue reading]

Behind the Apron

 So...rumor has it that those of you out there reading food blogs are tired of trying to guess what the author's of these blogs look like. Well, over at the 28 Cooks blog , Fiber is hosting an event for us to show our face...the event is titled Behind the Apron and it's being done in an effort to see the wonderful beauty behind all of this delicious food. Here is a picture of my family. I'm always the one with the camera, so finding a picture of me is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Trying to find a picture where all three of my kids are looking at the camera and are not making goofy faces  is even harder. This is the best I could do!From left to right we have: Myself....Kristen holding Ella. My husband Nick holding Kelly and Jacob.    … [Continue reading]

TBR Challenge – January Book – The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Title: The Glass CastleAuthor: Jeannette WallsDate Started: 1/4/06Date Finished: 1/13/06Genre: MemoirRating: 5/5Number of pages: 304Reason for reading: It was recommended to me by my best friend Ami and I wanted to read it for the TBR challengeBlub from the back of the book: Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What … [Continue reading]