Pan Roasted Asparagus

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pan Roasted Asparagus
Are you still needing last minute idea's for Thanksgiving? 
If so I bring you perfect pan roasted asparagus, such an easy way to fix one of my favorite veggies.
When I first met Colt he was totally anti-asparagus. 
It took me almost a year to even convince him to take a small bite, he associated the bright green deliciousness with the stuff out of the can that's slimy and stringy or fresh that's been cooked well past the point of tender. 
I'll never forget the following few years I had to make asparagus quickly cooked and smothered with a little hollandaise sauce, it was usually the first thing gone on his plate.
Eventually I made a quick pan roasted asparagus and he was totally sold.
If your idea of asparagus is an over cooked, slimy, stringy mess I'm here to tell you today, it doesn't need to be that way.
It can be crisp and fresh tasting in a little buttery lemon sauce and easy to make.

Thanksgiving Round Up From Cocktails To Dessert

Friday, November 22, 2013
Thanksgiving Recipe Round  Up from Cocktails To Dessert
I can't believe Thanksgiving is only 6 days away. Are you ready?
If your planning on making finale menu decisions this weekend, like me I gathered many of my favorite drool inducing recipes from around the web to help you gather ideas.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A favorite for any kind of gathering Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip is always a hit.

I made this Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip last Sunday and boy was it good! 
It's always a favorite dip in our house and a Thanksgiving Staple.
I almost didn't make it because after church I was having one of those days where you think I really should just go back to bed.
My back was aching and I was becoming the cranky witch of the west. 
Then to make matters worse I some how caught my finger between the bottom and the top part of my Cuisinart leaving a nasty little bruise, it's bright red under the skin and looks like it's bleeding.. 
Sometimes I forget and catch it out of the corner of my eye and think how'd I cut my finger in a moment of panic, only to remember the battle with the Cuisinart.
I then stepped away for the next 15 minutes and battled with myself to keep from returning to bed in my warmest, fuzziest pj's with a warm cup of tea and a really girly movie like the Notebook. 
I'm so glad the Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip won at this point because mid day hunger pains were settling in and I knew if we didn't snack soon we would all drive each other cray..cray.. 
(Sorry if you don't have kids in your house cray..cray means crazy to the next level!)
I'm so thankful I did because every cheesylicious  spinach and artichoke loaded bite helped put me in a better mood.
I can't wait to make it again on Thanksgiving..

Bell, Buddy And A Bake Sale.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This is a daily occurrence around our house!  When Buddy's not busy getting into some kind of major trouble, he's curled up sleeping next to Bell..
Sometime I think God made beagles so cute to help tolerate all the trouble they cause! 
His nose is into everything! 
Garbage, head phones, dirty socks.. If it's gross he probably wants to eat it, crazy dog.
Just for the record shelties are so easy, beagles on the other hand not so much! 
But they are very loyal, huge lovers and have terrible gas... Ugh..Buddy not again! 

Moist Orange Cranberry Bread With Orange Glaze

Monday, November 18, 2013

This Orange Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze is sooooo good, you have to make it! 

I've had my share of one too many bland, dry loaves of Orange Cranberry Bread over the years and this my friends is not any of those. I used my sweet Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf Recipe with a few adaptations like brown sugar, cinnamon, milk and orange juice instead of banana to produce a super moist and flavorful loaf of Orange Cranberry Bread with an Orange Glaze to push this loaf over the top.

It lasted less then 15 minutes once it was cut and the final picture was taken.

Sorry to repeat myself but it was soooo good! You have to make it! I'm planning on making another loaf tomorrow, it's the perfect beginning or end to any day with a hot cup of coffee or tea and a wonderful balance of flavors.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie With Coconut Whip Cream

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie With Coconut Whip Cream

For the love of pie you have to try this Gluten Free Dairy Pumpkin Pie. It is AMAZING! 

Pumpkin, sugar and spice and everything nice. But wait it doesn't stop there! 

See that big scoop of what almost looks like ice cream? It's whipped Coconut Cream and I am here to say as a homemade whip cream connoisseur it is like heaven!

Colt scooped it with an ice cream scoop for some funny reason and it held it's shape gorgeously. The kids couldn't tell the difference from traditional whip cream, which says a lot because my kids gag at the site of cool whip.

It's light and fluffy but melts in your mouth just like whipped cream. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I wanted to run through a few gluten free dairy free recipes for any sensitive guests we might have and this my friends is a keeper.
A jewel to be exact! 

Gluten Free Pie Crust With A Dairy Free Option

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gluten Free Pie Crust with a Dairy Free Option

Today I'm here to tell you if you have gluten intolerant family member, you are gluten intolerant, or just looking to limit your wheat consumption you need to make this Gluten Free Pie Crust with a Dairy Free option!

It is the perfect pie crust to enjoy with dietary restrictions, you'll never be able to tell it's gluten free. It is amazing! 

But best of all you can't over work the dough like traditional pie crust, or add too much water since it lacks gluten which  traditionally makes the dough tough.

My sweet friend Rachelle over at Gluten Free Baking By Rachelle has been telling me since before the beginning of summer I had to make this Gluten Free Dairy Free Pie Crust From Emeril Lagasse.Rachelle has celiacs and a dairy sensitive along with so many of my readers so I figured I was long over due to try the recipe out for myself and see if it passed our families taste test with the holidays fast approaching.

With a few modifications and the use of my food processor to simplify the making of the dough, I am excited to tell you this is the Prefect Gluten Free Pie Crust, so easy to make and your gluten eating family won't miss a thing! 

Crock Pot Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Chili

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I'm a day late. I was hopping to share this yesterday for meatless Monday but after my morning therapy appointments my body seemed be done cooperating with me.
My body and mind have 2 different ideas of how things should be lately and I've had to learn so much patience with myself.
If you like chipotle and sweet potatoes then Crock Pot Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Chili is for you.
It's super easy to make, you just toss everything in the crock pot to fix it and forget it until dinner time.
The spice of the chipotle is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and is filled with lots of protein from the black beans and quinoa! 
If your not big on sweet potatoes then I would suggest Chipotle Black Bean Chili,  Artichoke and Mushroom Tomato Sauce or Curly Endive With Spaghetti  all are regular fast, meatless, inexpensive dinners in our house.

Crock Pot Buffalo Pulled Chicken

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Crock Pot Buffalo Pulled Chicken
             Raise your hand if you love all things Buffalo, Crock Pot and Pulled Chicken.
Whew glad we established that.
Just a fair warning this isn't a mild dish, it's on the spicier side of life. 
Crock Pot Buffalo Pulled Chicken is another twist on one of my favorite dishes Buffalo Hot Wings but super simple to make, fix it and forget it! 
So perfect for any Tailgating Parties you might have or just an easy meal.
These would pair great with Tangy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw, in case your looking for a twist.
Just in case you have an addiction to all things buffalo, wings and Pulled Chicken like me, make sure to check out these other recipes: Buffalo Ranch Popcorn From Scratch No Ranch Packet, Baked Hot Wings

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf

For as long as I can remember I've always loved Banana Bread.
Banana Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies all made regular appearances in Grannies kitchen growing up.
So when my cousin Kristi told me she had the handwritten recipe for Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf and was more then happy to send me a copy, I was elated! 
Banana Bread has always been one of my all time favorites and I don't think I could ever tire of eating it.
The day Lorna was born started out with me and Colt in the kitchen of our little apartment making Banana Bread. 
My contractions continued to become worse while we were making the loaves until my water broke. 
Being a first time Mom I didn't realize the little trickle of water I was experiencing was my water breaking since I thought it would be a huge gush.
So once the loaves went in the oven I had decided to take a hot shower to see if I could lessen the pain and help the contractions subside.
When that didn't work I asked Colt to call the Dr.'s office to see what they wanted us to do.
Colt came in the bathroom a few minutes later and said the Dr. wants you to come buy the office unless your water breaks then we need to go directly to the hospital.
In that moment my mind clicked back on and I told him my waters broken and we need to go to the hospital. 
But we had one major obstacle.
 My Banana Bread was still baking in the oven and had like 40 minutes left to go.
There was no way I was taking a half baked loaf of bread out of the oven to waste.
So I convinced him we had to stay until the Banana Bread was done.
I'm sure at this point he was pretty terrified because I was moving around and horribly uncomfortable with every contraction. 
But he knew by this point in our relationship how stubborn I am and there was no hope of getting me to the car until my Banana Bread was done, so we waited.
Thank God we made it to the hospital with plenty of time. We arrived between 3-4 in the afternoon and my sweet girl was born by 8 that night.
The best part was when we returned home from the hospital and had 2 loaves of Banana Bread waiting to be eaten. 

Artichoke and Mushroom Tomato Sauce

Monday, November 4, 2013
Since it's Monday and my day was filled with appointments.
 I thought it was the perfect day to revisit a quick, inexpensive, meatless Monday family favorite Artichoke and Mushroom Tomato Sauce.
As I was starting to work on this post, the kids school called and I had forgotten to pick them up... Yikes! I think my mind was lost in trying to find a way to make the stabbing pain in my back disappear, we'll save that story for another day or we'll be here all week.
I am so thankful neither of the boys were traumatized and instead were enjoying the extra time in the office hanging out with the secretaries.
I can't blame them they have super sweet secretaries at their school.
I've had several readers ask for healthy quick meals or a filling meal on a budget and this is a definite go to lunch or dinner in our house for either of those.
It's inexpensive, easy and satisfying.
My Mom would make a sauce very similar to this when I was growing up and it was always one of my favorites to this very day with rotini cooked to al dente.
*Originally Posted 01/09/2012*
A great meatless Monday dish and also extremely budget friendly!
 My kids love this, but my kids do eat most veggies and love artichokes!
This is also very healthy with a high fiber pasta and is low in fat!
 Double bonus!

Apple Dumplings In Caramel Cinnamon Syrup

Friday, November 1, 2013

An easy fall favorite Apple Dumplings in Caramel Cinnamon Syrup are always a favorite! 


I can't believe it's November already and Thanksgiving will be creeping up on us really quick.I figure there's no better way to kick off the start to November than with Apple Dumplings in Caramel Cinnamon Syrup.

If you've never had Apple Dumplings your missing out! It's a flaky tart apple turnover slowly cooked and basted in a caramel cinnamon sauce to leave a sweet coating on the outside of the crust.

Apple Dumplings are a great alternative for Thanksgiving if your looking for something a little different than traditional apple pie. 

If your needing a life changing experience make sure to serve these bad babies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with the cinnamon caramel sauce from the bottom of the pan. 
It's life altering.
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