Friday, October 31, 2008

Candy Corn Bark

My friend Jennifer sent me a recipe for Candy Corn Bark this morning. And I immediately knew I needed to make it. Well, after going to 2 stores I could not find Candy Corn or Halloween think people actually buy these things on Halloween?! instead I used the following items in my bark: regular oreos, cashews, dried cherries, and then I topped half with peanut butter chips and the other half with chopped andes mints.


16 Halloween-coloredchocolate sandwich cookies,chopped

1 1/2 cups broken smallpretzels

1/3 cup raisins

1 1/2 pounds white chocolate,broken into squares

2 cups candy corn

orange and brown sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:1. Spread the cookies, pretzels and raisins evenly onto a lightly greased small baking sheet. Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted. Remove from the heat while there are still a few chunks, and stir until smooth. White chocolate burns easily.

2. Drizzle chocolate with a spoon over the goodies in the pan, spreading the top flat to coat evenly. Top with candy corn and sprinkles. Let cool until firm. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container

Pierogies! MMMMM

So this was my first time to ever eat these bad boys and Im not too sure why it took so long to finally buy them and eat them!!

Now my recipe is no where near healthy since I basically used half a stick of butter...but oh my goodness is it good!!

And this is just one serving...meaning it was all for me! HAHA!

5 pierogies (mine were the potato and cheddar ones)

1/2 stick of butter, but cut in half.

1/2 bell pepper

1/2 onion

4 cloves of garlic (cause thats how I roll)

2 tbsp of diced tomatoes

1/4 cup cream

parmesan cheese.

1. take 2 tbsp of butter and put into a skillet, saute the pierogies till a nice golden brown.

2. In another skillet take the remaining butter and melt. Add in the onion, bell pepper and saute till soft. Add the garlic( I put mine over a microplane) and saute a few more minutes. Add cream and bring to a simmer. Add the parmesan cheese and continue to stir until thickened.

3. Put pierogies on a plate, then top off with the sauce. Add more cheese to the top and salt and pepper.

4. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Teriyaki Veggie Wraps

So, our first meal with no meat was a hit! Well, for DH and I. Kids wouldnt touch it, not that I expected them too. They had mac and cheese and green beans so still pretty meat free.

I will post the full recipe for the wraps but let me tell you what I did differently. To give DH "more" for his meal, I used a "fake" meat product, Chicken tenders in the mixture of veggies. And instead of using teriyaki sauce I used a combo of soy sauce and hosain sauce. And I didnt put the cheese on mine, but DH did.

We really liked this! I totally recommend it!

Teriyaki Veggie Wraps

from:Cyndy (MyPB&Jelly)

1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

3 tablespoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce

2 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the green pepper, onion and garlic in oil for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook 3 minutes longer. Stir in teriyaki sauce; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Spoon vegetable mixture down the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese; roll up tightly.

Friday, October 17, 2008

2 week menu plan

Well, we are going to be eating less meat around here. I saw a segment on the Oprah show this week and I decided that we are going to drastically cut back on the meat we eat.

So this 2 week menu plan reflects that decision. As you can see, meat is only on there 3-4 times.

Sun 10/19- Teriyaki veggie wraps and fried rice

Mon. 10/20- eggplant parmesan with noodles and marinara, spinach salad, and some kind of bread

Tues 10/21- Tofu Stir Fry and the leftover fried rice from Sun

Wed 10/22- Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Couscous, and roasted veggies

Thurs. 10/23- Pasta e Fagoli and eggplant sammies on sourdough bread

Fri. 10/24- Kids Halloween Party so whatever everyone brings and I think they are ordering pizza.

Sat 10/25- My parents are coming into town and I asked my mom to make me chicken n dumplings And we will have buttermilk biscuits too.

Sun. 10/26- Queso Blanco Tacos (new recipe from the cookbook I bought today) and rice and beans.

Mon 10/27- Baked Lemon Spaghetti, large salad, and those rolls from the pioneer woman...LOL

Tues. 10/28-Any leftovers in the fridge!

Wed. 10/29- Christophers birthday so Im sure we will go to Chuck E Cheese that night. I can eat a salad and get me a little veggie pizza at least.

Thu 10/30- Stovetop chili( another new recipe from the vegetarian cookbook I bought) and Super Mosit cornbread

Fri 10/31- Beef tips, noodles, and some kind of veggies before heading out to trick or treat.

Sat. 11/1- Leftovers again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Been waiting to announce....

I had been waiting to make this post because I have been trying to get the pictures scanned....but Ive come to realize that it is just not going to happen. I can't find the time to fight the scanner to make it work for me.

On October 2nd we had a ultrasound...and we found out we are expecting another little boy!

Madison wasn't thrilled at first. She really wanted a sister. But now she seems more excited about having a new little baby in the house. Christopher doesn't really know whats going on so he didn't have to much to say..LOL

Now comes the challenge of finding this guy a name....we are having a hard time with this. We both really thought this baby would be a girl so we really only talked girl names. So now that we know its a boy, we really have to start thinking about it, and for some reason its harder this time around.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Menu Plan~ October 5th- October 18th

I hope my menu planning is giving others ideas on how to mix things up and help others plan more meals instead of just flying by the seat of your pants every night.

10/5- Tacos

10/6- French Bread Pizzas with lots of toppings and a salad

10/7- No Meat Spaghetti, spinach salad and bread from the bread machine

10/8- Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, couscous and veggie.

10/9- Crossiant Paninni and Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

10/10- Where ever Madison wants to eat since its her Birthday!

10/11- Bacon wrapped chicken cooked on the grill, garlic parmesan orzo, and maybe roasted veggies.

10/12- Brisket, mashed potatoes, veggie

10/13- No Peek Tips, buttered noodles and veggie

10/14- Breakfast: so Pancakes and bacon and fruit

10/15- Buttermilk baked chicken, rice and veggie

10/16- Crossiant Paninni and Minestrone soup in the crockpot

10/17- Any leftovers in the fridge

10/18- DH and I have a halloween party that night, so yummy appetizers to snack on all night. The kids and grandparents will eat here, just not sure what yet.

I have a few new recipes on the menu this week. The Panera Bread soup (even though Ive had it before and it's yummy!), Parmesan Crusted tilapia, buttermilked baked chicken, and the Minestrone soup. Im excited to try them all and I will post recipe reviews with pics when I make them.

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