Saturday, November 27, 2010

Catch Up and Thankful !!

So much to be thankful for this year...health, happiness, family, and friends.

We had a great weekend in Richmond with Rachel, Jack, Morgan, Olivia, and Aunt Blanche... Steven and Kayla even came up from Atlanta to join in the fun.  We stopped on the way home to see Ellie, Dean, Jeana, and Ethan in Arlington.  It was a complete cousin-filled weekend and we had a great time.

We came home to a few busy days here with late arrivals, early dismissals and a field trip to the Constitution Center in the middle.  On Wednesday the kids and I had lunch with Ellie and family and Gigi.  It was fun to see them again so soon.  On Thursday we enjoyed the parade with them. Later that day we went to Saba and Savta's for Thanksgiving dinner.  It was really yummy and we all were really full.

Now we are enjoying a quiet weekend of sleeping in and relaxing.  Today we saw Harry Potter in the movie theater and then I made chicken parm, salad, spaghetti, and breadsticks for dinner.   No plans for tomorrow but we will make some yummy food to enjoy during the Eagles game and there is steel cut oats going in the crock pot for a yummy breakfast tomorrow.

So much to be thankful for this year and always !!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yum !!

Tried a new recipe today and Rick and I loved it...the kids seemed to like it also.  It is from Rachael Ray... http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/pretzel-crusted-chicken-zucchini-strips-cheddar-spicy-mustard-dipping-sauce/

It was fairly easy.  There was actually way too much sauce so I may halve that next time.  It was a good dinner to make in advance and keep warm in the oven for all the different dinner times that sometimes happen around here on weeknights.


Pretzel-Crusted Chicken and Zucchini Strips with Cheddar-Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of salted pretzels, any shape
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 medium to large zucchini, cut in quarters lengthwise then into strips 3 to 4 inches long
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 heaping tablespoons spicy brown mustard, such as Gulden’s
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3 to 4-inch sticks
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 3 to 4-inch sticks
  • 2 large sour dill pickles
Yields: 5-6 servings

Preparation

Preheat oven to 200°F.
Place the pretzels in a food processor or blender and grind until fine. Transfer the ground pretzels to a shallow dish, add the thyme and some pepper, and mix to combine. Crack and beat 2 eggs in a second shallow dish with a splash of water.
Step
Coat the chicken breast and zucchini strips in the ground pretzels, then in egg, then in the pretzels again.
Step
Preheat a large skillet with the EVOO, enough to go 1/4 inch up the sides of the skillet. Add the pretzel-coated chicken breast to the hot oil. Cook in a single layer, in two batches if necessary, about 3-4 minutes on each side, until cutlets' juices run clear and the breading is evenly browned. Transfer the finished chicken strips to the oven to keep warm. Repeat the same process with the zucchini.
Step
While the zucchini is frying, heat a medium saucepot over medium heat, melt butter and add the flour. Cook flour and butter for 1 minute then whisk in the milk. When the milk comes to a bubble, stir in cheese and mustard with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and remove from heat.
Transfer the fried pretzel-crusted chicken and zucchini pieces to a serving plate. Serve the mustard-cheddar sauce, carrot and celery sticks, and pickle spears alongside.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The weekend and the week so far !!

The weekend just continued to be great.  Saturday the kids had a diving meet and both were really happy with how they did.  Then we all went to a geocaching event.  After the event Matthew and I cached for a few hours with Ben, Rachel, Dave and his son, Jesse.  We had a great time.  Ben and Rachel came back to our house for pizza and hanging out.  We hadn't done that in a long time and it was just nice.  Sunday night I took Shoshi to the Justin Bieber concert with friends...she LOVED every minute.  It was really nice to see her so happy.

This week we have had some good meals....tacos, baked ravioli and I am not sure what else.  I need to come up with something good for dinner tomorrow (Rick's dad is coming) and then we are away for the weekend.  It will be a much needed weekend away hanging with the cousins.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

pumpkin pie cooking
Dunkin Donuts Iced Tea
Bonus checks in the bank
sunshine
beautiful fall leaves
warm weather
Friendly's for dinner
new Jeep in the garage

These are a few of my favorite things !!  It was a good day !!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quiet !!

I am having a quiet week which is nice for a change.  A full week of school for the kids, regular activity schedule,  nice weather....all make for a nice week.  Last night I did the worldwide cooking demo with Rachael Ray and we had honey mustard chicken with corn muffins for dinner.  It was reallly good !!  Everyone liked it so I will definitely be making it again.  Tonight we are having meatball sandwiches and french fries which is always a favorite.  The meatballs are in the crock pot and my other main goal of the day (finding the laundry floor) is also getting accomplished.  I am loving looking out the window at the sunshine and the beautiful fall leaves.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A good food weekend !!

When Rick and I were dating, engaged, and newly married (before kids) some weekends were good food weekends and some were not.  Some weekends we went out to eat and/or had good home cooked meals and some weekends we just ate whatever we could find/grab.

This weekend was a good food weekend for us.  On Friday night we had a nice dinner at West Avenue Grill with Matthew and Gigi.  Then we went to see Shoshi in "Really Rosie" the musical...we had dropped her off early for rehearsal so she couldn't join us for dinner.  She did great and LOVED every minute of it.

On Thursday I had mentioned something to Missy about making a falafel dinner.  She loved the idea and made us a falafel dinner with all the fixings and couscous on Saturday night.  Everything was delicious.

On Sunday night I made potato skins and homemade pizza.  Everything turned out great and Matthew definitely wants to have the cheddar, turkey bacon skins again.  They were really good.  Both kids love my homemade pizza.  Rick enjoyed it all also.

It was just a good food weekend !!

Thursday, November 4, 2010