Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

  • PB&Js
  • Rice & Beans
  • Lemon Chicken Soup with Pasta
  • Leftovers
Sweet Treat: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scandinavian Almond Bars

1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
Almond icing (recipe below)

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixer beat butter until soft. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and almond extract and beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until well mixed.

Divide dough into fourths. Form each into a 12-inch roll. Place 2 rolls 4-5 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten until each is 3-inches wide. Repeat with the remaining rolls.

Brush flattened rolls with milk and sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While cookies are still warm, cut crossways at a diagonal into 1-inch strips. Cool. Drizzle with almond icing (below).

Almond Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
4-6 tsp milk

Stir above ingredient and drizzle on top of cooled cookies.

These cookies freeze very well! Bake up a batch (or two) and store them in an air tight container (or freezer bags) in your freezer. Pull out as many as you need and just allow to thaw for a bit before serving.

Monday, July 25, 2011

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

You can also find this recipe on the back the Ghiradelli White Chocolate Chip package.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs, one egg at a time, and beat well.

Blend in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in white chips aand macadamia nuts.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

*This recipe is easy to cut in half if you want to make less. The measurements above spilt evenly so you don't have to guess with your measure cups/spoons.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Leftovers
  • English Muffin Pizzas
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • PB&Js
  • BLTs
Sweet Treats: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies & Scandinavian Almond Bars (I'm on a baking kick)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Leftovers
  • BLTs
  • Chicken Wraps
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Pizza
  • Sage & Garlic Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries
  • White Chicken Chili (Carrol Shelby Mix)
  • Nachos with ground turkey (taco seasoning) and fresh salsa
  • Crock Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage over angel hair pasta with veggies (new recipe)
  • Kurkenburt's BBQ
  • Girl's Night Out!
Sweet Treat: Poppy's Snickerdoodles - Colin's favorite!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Marinara Sauce

By now it is no secret that I have found many winning recipes from

Here is a marinara sauce from the website that I made one day and froze in three separate Zip Lock containers. I pull them out as we need marinara sauce with our dinner. I will double next time so I have more on hand.

2 (28 oz) cans imported crushed tomatoes (Tuttoroso)
3 close garlic, smashed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 large onion finely chopped
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup fat free chicken stock
fresh basil

Saute garlic in oil, add onions and carrots and saute on medium-low for about 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer 45 minutes on low.

Add fresh basil last 10 minutes (herbs will become bitter if cooked more than 20 minutes).

Taste for acidity, if sauce is a bit tangy (acidic) then add 1 Tbsp of sugar. For a calorie free way to cut acidity in the sauce add 1/2 tsp of baking soda.

2 PointsPlus for each 1 cup serving. 8 servings per recipe.

*I used my food processor to get the finely chopped carrots and onion. I am lazy like that. Plus, it probably makes the sauce a little smoother.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Colin's 2nd Birthday

Friday evening we celebrated Colin's 2nd birthday with a soccer themed party at the park. He has his friends, grandparents, and even great grandparents there. We had so much fun! We ate pizza, watermelon, popcorn, cotton candy, and cupcakes. All the kids got goodies bags and the whistles seemed to be a big hit!

Thank you to all of Colin's friends for coming out and celebrating with him. We can't wait to see what the next year is going to bring!

Photos have been posted on my facebook, but you can also look at pictures in Colin's new scrapbook here along with our 4th of July pictures. Enjoy!

(I haven't designed the cover or title page yet, so skip over those until you get to the good pages!)

And the link may or may not be working. So I embedded it into this post. The easiest way to look through it is to pause it, then hit the next button when you are ready to go to a new page. =)

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Monday, July 4, 2011


1 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp oil

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Beat eggs with milk and oil in a medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add flour mixture and beat until well blended and smooth.

Ladle batter onto hot griddle or into hot skillet, using 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on top. Flip and brown the other side. Serve with fruit, whipped cream, or maple syrup.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan

Breakfast Treat: Pancakes and Chicken Apple Sausage Patties