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April Fools Day Dinner 2014

What a successful April Fools Day Dinner we had to night. We started with Nachos for dinner or were they really?!?

Sweet Dessert Nachos

The Boys loved them!

Eating Their Nachos

After they scarfed the Nachos down we had some Cupcakes for Dessert or were they really?!?

Chicken Enchilada Casserole Cupcake for Dessert

Kalvyn was so excited and bit right into his cupcake and gave me a dirty look after…

Kalvyn Eating His Cupcake

Jaymz had caught on by now and was super scared to try it but he did and this was his reaction…

Jaymz Eating His Cupcake

In reality we had Sweet Dessert Nachos and Chicken Enchilada Casserole Cupcakes for Dinner!

April Fools Day Dinner, Nachos & CupcakesThe Sweet Dessert Nachos were really easy to make. I bought Cinnamon chips as the base (I could have made them but it was way easier to buy them). I made a simple buttercream icing and dyed it light orange to drizzle over the chips to look like cheese. I added raisins for the black beans and some strawberry jam for salsa. Then came cut Sour Patch Bites for jalapeños and red candy ropes for tomatoes. Lastly I added a dollop of yogurt on top for sour cream.

The Chicken Enchilada Casserole Cupcakes were also pretty easy to make. I lined my muffin tins with paper since I always do that when I make cupcakes. I then cut tortillas into circles and laid one tortilla circle in each muffin tin.

Cutting Out the Tortillas

Lining the Muffin Tin

I then mixed the filling combining shredded chicken, colby and monterey jack cheese, green chilies, sour cream, and tomatillo salsa. I then put a scoop of the filling in the tin, added another tortilla, and another layer of the chicken. I topped them with another tortilla and baked them until 165 degrees in the center.

I let them cool in the pan for five minutes and then transferred them to a cooling rack where I topped the cupcakes with sour cream for icing/frosting and finely diced bell peppers for sprinkles.

Topping the Cupcakes

*They were a little hard to get out of the paper, but looked great.  Although, I do wonder if I sprayed them with cooking spray if it would make it any easier.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole Cupcake

Posted 3 years, 5 months ago at 8:22 pm.

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What’s for Dinner: Stuffing French Toast

I made this yummy Stuffing French Toast with cranberry syrup for brunch, it was really yummy and something a little different than regular Thanksgiving leftovers.

Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing French Toast & Cranberry SyrupI got the idea for waffles from the left over stuffing from friends and I saw it online somewhere. Unfortunately we do not have a waffle maker because ours broke a while back and we are on a strict budget where there is no money right now to purchase a new one, so I made do and thought of what I did have.

I first thought to use a flat pan and make it like a pancake but I wondered if it would fall apart, then I realized I have a cast iron grill pan with cast iron panini press so I put our left over stuffing in it until it was completely hot all the way though.

While the stuffing was warming up I took half a cup of maple syrup and some leftover cranberry sauce heated it until boiling. Once they were both heated I served up this yummy brunch.

Posted 3 years, 10 months ago at 12:25 pm.

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What’s for Dinner: Pumpkin Ravioli

I found this Pumpkin Ravioli last month while on Pinterest and I finally decided to try it.

Yummy Pumpkin RavioliOh my gosh, the noodles where silky smooth even though they where completely whole wheat and the pumpkin was so good with the sausage (who would of thought)! I think I will use this homemade pasta recipe all the time because I was in love and so was my family!

The only thing I changed on the recipe was I used original ground sausage instead of spicy sausage so the kids would eat it and that is what I had in my freezer. I also didn’t have any spinach on hand so I just left it out.

I would definitely recommend trying this recipe, even if it is just for the noodles but is was a great combination of flavors.

Posted 3 years, 10 months ago at 10:51 am.

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Lunch Date

I decided to make Jaymz feel extra special and have a lunch date with him at school for my birthday lunch!

My Birthday Lunch DateJaymz has been asking for a while now to eat hot lunch at school but I wanted to go with him & make sure he knew what to do when he gets school lunch. Today was a perfect day, Brandon was working from home, it was during Kalvyn’s nap time and I didn’t have anything else to do, plus he knows we eat out special on our birthdays.

The only problem was that lunch wasn’t really what I or Jaymz wanted but we decided to make the best of it and have a lunch date anyways.

Eating his 1st School LunchOnce arriving to the school Jaymz ran over and gave me a hug, he was so happy his mama was eating lunch with him! He had already told his teacher that I was coming to lunch with him for my birthday! We then walked to the lunchroom with the class and got our lunch, homemade pizza and sat down at a table that two of his friends had picked out and ate our lunch as fast as we could before time was up. Jaymz did really well with just a little bit of food left even though it wasn’t the best food.

Finishing Up LunchIt was so fun to see him get excited about choosing strawberry milk and fruit, he didn’t really care about anything else…I must be teaching him right if he gets excited over fruit and milk! I stayed at the school until it was out because it was early out day. I hope he had a good lunch with me because I know days like this are limited and I am cherishing these special moments.

Being Goofy!

Posted 3 years, 10 months ago at 4:39 pm.

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Halloween 2013

Our Halloween festivities for 2013 in a nutshell:

Costumes for 2013: This year was pretty easy to pick out costumes, my best friend from college, Kristi,  has an Etsy shop (Wild & Woolly) and she made Jaymz’s Knight costume for his 5th birthday. He loved it so much I decided that is what he was going to be for Halloween. I then had to figure out what Kalvyn and the rest of us would be…then I got the idea to have Kalvyn be a dragon and Brandon and I be the King and Queen.  I am just a little sad I didn’t get around to making costumes for Brandon and I or not wanting to spend at least $40 each on costumes for us.

Halloween Costumes, Knight & DragonWe carved our pumpkins last week as a family, it was cute seeing the boys get excited about the pumpkins!

Our PumpkinsWe did our big trick or treating last Sunday at our annul trip to Boo at the Denver Zoo!

Boo at the Denver Zoo 2013I have been doing spooky dinners all week, with this one yesterday being Bloody Eyeball Soup with teeth, bat poop, and left over bat wings!

Bloody Eyeball SoupI planned and executed Jaymz’s Fall class party that was this afternoon, which was a huge success.

I was too tried from the party to do a spooky dinner tonight, so we ate out at Chipotle for Booritos, a special they were running for $3 burritos tonight…what a deal, $10 to feed our entire family!

While at Chipotle someone told us about the Police Academy doing some fun activities for the kids so once we got home we trick or treated our way up the street to the Academy and enjoyed some activities and getting more candy!

Trick or Treating

Playing in the Denver Swat VehicleOnce home, we changed into pj’s and relaxed on the couch watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, until the boys were asking to go to bed!

I hope you all had a great Halloween because I really think ours was a great success and all the hard work paid off!

 

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 10:52 pm.

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What’s for Dinner: Batty Taco Salad

I saw these Batty Velata Bites while searching for spooky foods ideas and I thought I could make meatballs instead. I then had to think about what would be good with a meatball that isn’t spaghetti or meatloaf because those have already been planed in our spooky dinners. Also it needed to work well with a tortilla chips and I thought of making mexican meatballs to have in a taco salad. Oh my this was yummy and a big hit with my family!

I made up my own mexican meatball recipe that is at the end of the post. I added olives to the meatballs before cooking and blue corn tortilla chips after cooking. For the salad I just put stuff together that we already had: bed of tortilla chips, romaine lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and smashed avocado. I topped the salad with the cute little meatball bat!

Batty Taco SaladMexican Meatballs:

½ C Finely Shredded Carrot

½ C Finely Diced Onion

1 4 oz Can Dice Green Chiles

½ C Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese

¼ C Rolled Oats

½ C Crumbled Corn Chips

2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning

2 Eggs

1 ¼ lb Ground Meat (I used Bison)

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the carrots, onions, green chiles, cheese, oats, corn chips, and taco seasoning.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs. Add them to the mixture in the large bowl and combine.

Add the ground meat and combine.

Shape mixture into balls (I used an ice-cream scoop) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until meat is cooked through.

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 8:58 am.

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What’s for Dinner: Spooky Halloween Dinners

I missed a few days on our 2013 spooky dinners, but we are back on track eating yummy spooktacular dinners!

Yummy Mummy:

I got the idea for a Mummy again from looking around online for spooky Halloween dinner ideas.

Yummy MummyI made ours from scratch using this recipe for roll dough instead of buying crescent rolls at the store and it was pretty good. Jaymz loved it, Kalvyn was a fail except for the corn, Brandon got too much bread, and I thought it was really good.

Pumpkin Pizza:

Pumpkin PizzaEvery year Papa Murphy’s offers a pumpkin faced pizza; even back in the day when I used to work there. I haven’t ordered one for a long time now but when we ordered it the other night they have started to put olives on with the eyes and making a stem out of the dough, which make this dinner even more fun…I think this is the easiest dinner of all, and anyone can order one for only $7!

Heart, Ribs, & Guts:

I got the idea for ribs looking around online again, it is all over and is super easy, I just needed the time because it had to cook all day.

I bought a pack of already seasoned pork ribs at costco and just cooked it in the oven for about 4 hours. I placed a roasted red pepper on the ribs with a knife for the heart. We also had mixed winter squash and sweet potato steamed with maple syrup for the guts.

Heart, Ribs, & GutsI found out that my boys love meat and they really know how to clean the bone! Kalvyn loves roasted red peppers. And that I should have roasted the veggies, it tastes a lot better!

I love having fun with food! I also love the reaction my boys have when we eat dinner! I am happy and sad that we only have a few more days of eating spooky!

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 8:28 pm.

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What’s for Dinner: Monster Brains & Eyeballs

We had another spooky dinner last night at our house! We ate monster brains and eyeballs and enjoyed it! In reality we ate spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, which I was leery about with Kalvyn because he can be hit or miss but he actually loved the spaghetti squash more than regular noodles. I guess we should eat monster brain more often!

Monster Brains & EyeballsI think this is going to be a yearly staple because it was very simple and easy…I just had to plan extra time for the squash to cook…another spooky dinner success!

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 1:25 pm.

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What’s for Dinner: Vampires Away Garlic Steak & Ghostly Potatoes

I started our Halloween food tradition last night with our 1st spooky dinner! I made garlic steak to keep the vampires away with Jaymz’s request of ghostly potatoes! It was super easy and quick with the longest thing being the potatoes cooking.

Vampires Away Garlic Steak & Ghostly PotatoesVampires Away Garlic Steak:

Beef Sirloin Steak, 4 oz steak for each person

Minced Garlic, 1 clove for each steak

Kosher Salt, to taste

Fresh Cracked Pepper, to taste

Season steak with salt and pepper. spread garlic all over the steak and grill to your wellness preference.

My boys enjoyed the fun and ate it up, Brandon ate it with no complaints (such a good husband) and I just wish I would not have cooked the steak so long so it was closer to medium than well done.

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 8:27 pm.

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What’s for Dinner: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I have been canning a lot this year. One of the things I have canned has been beans and one of the types of beans being garbanzo beans/chickpeas. I decided to can my own beans so I do not have any added salt this way I can help keep my sodium intake down for my kidney’s to stay healthy.

We love hummus as a healthy lunch or snack and I have made it before, but it has not been super great until now…a couple of weeks ago I made homemade hummus from Inspired Taste for the 1st time and it was good and extremely creamy (a must for me because I am a texture eater), but it was kind of plain with the exception of the cumin flavor.

So of course I would need to try another recipe…thank goodness I didn’t have to search around because Inspired Tasted had a link to another recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (my personal favorite) so I had to try it. Oh my goodness, it was divine!

I did a few changes to the recipe, keeping it mostly the same with little adjustments on the quantity of some of the ingredients.

So here is my recipe that I will be adding to my recipe box and using from now on:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Tahini
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Pint Jar Garbanzo Beans/Chickpeas or a 15 oz Can, drained, rinsed, and skins removed
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Roasted Red Peppers
  • Water, as needed

In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process or blend for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process or blend for 30 seconds.

Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, and the salt to whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process or blend for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.

Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor or blender then process or blend for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process or blend for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and smooth.

Add the roasted red peppers to hummus and continue to process or blend for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.

If the hummus is too thick or still has tiny bits of chickpea, with the food processor or blender turned on, slowly add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.

Roasted Red Pepper HummusI divided my hummus into individual containers for Jaymz to take to school in his lunch and the rest I put in a large container for us to take what we would like as needed. I hope you all enjoy this yummy, healthy, and tasty snack/lunch.

Posted 3 years, 11 months ago at 2:32 pm.

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