Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Anyone had these? I'm hoping they are good, as my girlfriends will be royally disappointed if they are not!
Tonight is Friday Night Supper Club at my house (the rescheduled date), so I've got about a million things on my list to do today - vacuum, dust, pick-up, bake the cupcakes, throw together my White Lasagna, pick up some wine, and take grass clippings to the yard waste dump.
Yeah, that last one was thrown at me this morning, because it just "has to be done today". Today, of all days. Last time it sat in the garage for close to two weeks, but now it has to be done TODAY.
So, that is my post today, short and sweet. Tomorrow we are heading to the lake to do some boating with friends (yea!), sans kids, Sunday I have a date with some girlfriends for dinner out, and Monday we are having some people over for the traditional Memorial Day barbecue.
Busy weekend! Everyone have a nice LONG weekend and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
1/4 lb. shaved, chopped ham
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
1 1/4 t. baking soda
Monday, May 24, 2010
Not one that is canned, just one with tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, lime, etc. that are all thrown into the food processor, chopped up and call it good? One that stays fresh for a couple of days in the fridge.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I love this time of year, but really does the sun NEED to come up at 5:30am? I woke up thinking it was at least 7:00...but low and behold it was 5:45....ugh.
Before I get to my healthy snack prep tips, did anyone hear of Panera's latest idea? They opened a regular old Panera Bread (same food, same prices, etc.), but here's the kicker - you pay what you can. Whether that be a penny or a $20 bill. I know!
Their idea is that many people will overpay, which in return will help offset the ones who under pay. I think this is a great idea. This location was in Missouri...let's hope the next location is one state north:) Not only will this help someone who is struggling, but it also gives reason for some with an overflowing wallet to help a good cause.
Now, I'm guessing each and every one of you has a cupboard or pantry section in your kitchen devoted to "snacks". Especially if you have kids. My sister's pantry is a kid's dream, she has snacks available for them all the time.
And maybe the occasional sister that drops by.
Here are some easy tips to follow, whether you have kids or not...
- Prepare snacks ahead of time - when you come home from the grocery store, prep all snacks for the week as you put things away.
- Cut and wash all produce first thing - then place in baggies (or better yet containers!) in individual sized portions.
- Assemble sweet and salty snacks for the week - you never know what you'll be in the mood for come Wednesday!
- Dedicate a drawer in your fridge just for snacks, so your not searching past the leftovers for a quick bite.
- Trail mix - mix together your favorite cereal, nuts, marshmallows, and chocolate chips for a sweet and savory bite.
- Cut up veggies - personally I don't think it is wrong to eat your veggies with a little salad dressing on the side, at least your eating your veggies!
- Fruit and yogurt - mix cut up apples, kiwi, and oranges into some yogurt with a dash of cinnamon. This will keep in the fridge for a couple days.
- Assemble sliced cheese, ham, and your favorite cracker for a quick "crackwich".
- And my personal favorite - take a slice of ham spread with a little cream cheese and pop a pickle in the middle, otherwise known as a pickle roll-up.
What are your go-to healthy snacks?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
- 4 Cheese Baked Macaroni
- Garlic Cheese Toasts
- Tips on healthy snack prep
- Apple Taffy Pizza
Enjoy your Sunday night folks! So much to watch tonight....finales of Survivor, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters...what is a girl to do?
Friday, May 14, 2010
One lucky reader will win a Giada de Laurentiis pasta package! Which includes:
- one box of whole wheat penne rigate
- one box of orzo
- one bottle of parmesan garlic vinaigrette
The perfect ingredients to throw a pasta party! With a nice side salad, of course.
Here's how to enter:
- Leave a comment telling me your favorite pasta dish.
- Become a follower of Sweet & Savory on your Google Reader.
- Become a follower of Sweet & Savory on Facebook.
- Post this giveaway on your blog, or spread the word on Facebook.
Four chances to win! Each chance gives a separate entry. Contest ends at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 17th. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday morning.
Have a great Friday everyone!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
3-4 granny smith apples, chopped
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
4 T. butter
4 T. flour
2 t. lemon juice
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
1 t. parsley
1 t. garlic salt
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
2 c. milk or half and half
1 carton button mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded (I used leftover chicken from this)
1 lb. mozzarella cheese
16 oz. ricotta cheese
1 box lasagna noodles (I used the no boil kind)
*You can also add any veggies to this...I added some broccoli that needed to be eaten up*
In a large saucepan on LOW heat, melt butter, and add flour. Whisk this mixture for a few minutes and it will become your roux. Slowly stir is milk or half and half and lemon juice, continue whisking for 4 minutes. After this starts to thicken a bit, add in mushrooms, chicken and all seasonings.
In a separate bowl mix ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese. I opted to also add a little garlic salt to this mixture as well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with small amount of white sauce, then start layering - noodles, ricotta, white sauce, mozzarella cheese, until layered to the top of the pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and brown.
Clearly, I did not like my portion.
This is another dish you can make the day before and keep in the fridge, or easily double the recipe and freeze one pan for later.
Yum...like I said it is a keeper.
As for our day, it is about as dreary as it can get outside. So, it is a perfect time to price all my items for my garage sale. Yep - my sister and I are having one later this week.
I LOVE GARAGE SALES. I know many people hate them, and I just can't understand why? Crazy people fighting for your stuff, bargaining to bring your price down by a quarter, and you get the profit? Sounds like a good time to me.
Are you a garage sale lover or hater?
Monday, May 10, 2010
Here are some samplings - my dinner plate and dessert plate. You can never have too much food right? Burger with pepper jack cheese, dill pickles and mustard, potato salad, deviled egg and baked beans. Then my dessert plate (I know!) - ice cream sandwich dessert, jello pretzel salad and Snicker salad (recipe to come!).
I was so stuffed driving home. Uncomfortably stuffed. It wasn't good, but so worth it as it was going in my mouth!
My nephew and I also had the chance to throw together an easy ice cream dessert. If this kid doesn't turn out to be a professional athlete, he might just be a chef. I've never met a kid who loves to cook so much and eats ANYTHING. He is not picky. He'll eat you out of house and home, and won't be choosy about what he eats!
Next time you have little ones around try out these simple and easy dessert.
Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert
1 box ice cream sandwiches
1 large tub whipped cream
1 bottle caramel topping
2 candy bars, crushed
In a large 9x13 pan, lay ice cream sandwiches on bottom on pan and drizzle with caramel. Spread whipped cream on top of sandwiches, drizzle with more caramel and top with crushed candy bar of your choice. Freeze for at least one hour before eating.
Yum! It was a hit. A great dessert to make for the upcoming hot summer days.
What is your go to dessert in the summer?
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Homemade Pizza Sauce
Today is beautiful here, a little breezy, but a high in the lower 80's! Hooray! I'm sure little man and I will get a long walk in, and I need to head to the library again to work on my secret project...any idea what that could be? It's a project that may never take off, but I'm plugging away anyway.