Monday, November 25, 2013

My First Elf on the Shelf!

I'm very proud of myself.  I wasn't sure I could pull this off at all!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Oven Roasted Beet Chips

I had some beets in the fridge that were supposed to be used for juicing in my new juicer – however, beet juice is kind of yucky, so I decided to do something better with them.  I took a look at a few different methods that I found after a quick google on the subject, and got to it!

What you need:

A mandolin slicer OR really good knife skills. 

4 or 5 large beets

Olive Oil


1.       Wash and peel your beets.  Slice them veeerrrry thin using the mandolin slicer or a knife.  Mine were as thin as the slicer would slice them, probably about 2mm thick. 

2.       Take a large rimmed baking sheet and brush it with olive oil.  I used a silicone pastry brush.  Cover the entire bottom of the pan.

3.       Place sliced beets on the pan.  Then use your pastry brush to brush the tops with oil.  Sprinkle with salt.

4.       Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.  Maybe a little bit longer, just until the edges of the beet slices start to look dry. 

5.       Use your fingernails or maybe a tiny pair of tongs to flip each slice over. 

6.       Place back in the oven for 10-20 minutes, or until the chips look dry and feel crisp.  BE CAREFUL! There is a very fine line here between done and BURNED.  Trust me. 

7.       Eat!  These don’t last long. 

All in all, beet chips are pretty good, however very time consuming for the amount of food you are actually making.  To make chips out of 4 beets it took me about 1 hour, and most of that time was spent watching them fry in the oven! Maybe I should have just saved some time and juiced the beets!


After Baby Organization?

In case you were wondering, getting a house organized and/or clean after having a baby is next to impossible.  Unless of course you have the kind of baby that really likes to take long uninterrupted naps :)  My new little one is about 6 months old now and I'm starting to get comfortable in the chaos.  If only my husband would let me hire a maid....

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Waiting is SO Hard!

Guess what?  I'm having a baby.  Soon.  Really soon.  My due date is one week away, and I've been convinced that I'm going into labor every day for the past week.  No such luck yet. 

I'm trying to keep myself busy... I'm home from work with my 2 year old, and frankly, taking care of her while being 39 weeks pregnant is not an easy task.  I can't pick up toys off the floor, I can't carry her, most of the time I can't even get up off the couch! 
This is a goofy pic of me from February.  I'm much bigger now!
The good news is that she is very good company, and we've been enjoying lots of snuggles and hugs that I normally miss out on.  She's only asked for her babysitter two or three times :/

I bought myself some new kitchen gadgets this week, and I've been playing with them a bit.  Firstly, I bought an ice cream maker  - I've wanted one of these forever!  Secondly, I got a nice ice pop mold.  So far I've made three flavors of popsicles and some vanilla ice cream.  Hopefully I'll post more on this later.  The fudge pops I made yesterday are AMAZING!

Needless to say, my house is a huge mess.  I really want to clean it, but I don't have the physical ability to do so.  I'm trying to teach the two year old to help.  That's way easier said than done.  Today I came into the living room to find that she strategically placed puddles of red juice all over the place.  She did a fine job of wiping the puddles up though! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Meal Planning – March

This will be month 3 of planning my dinners a month in advance.  I was skeptical at first, particularly because a whole month is a long time to go without screwing something up.  However, it has worked wonderfully for my family so I’d like to share it with you. 

The meals are built around a few staple meats that I keep in the freezer. 
  1. My Husbands Meatballs.  So sorry, I have no recipe, he won’t even share it with me.  I’m sure your go-to recipe will work just as well though.
  2. Baked Chicken Nuggets (Recipe below)
  3. Shredded Chicken – Poach it, Shred it, Bag it up in 2 cup portions for the freezer.  A HUGE time saver.  
  4. Cooked ground beef or turkey - same concept as the chicken, just reheat and add to recipes! 
Nothing in this meal plan is exciting, or gourmet, but it is all very edible, yummy, and quick to put together. I think that most of you will be able to re-create this plan without any real instructions from me, it really is that simple!  Sorry if it's hard to read, I need to practice a bit more with getting Word documents on to the internet! 

 I will occasionally deviate from the plan to introduce a new recipe that Pinterest is raving about, or to satisfy some wacky pregnancy craving (Chicken Piccata? Ok.  Watermelon and Orange Slices? My husband didn’t really like that one.  Take-out Chinese?  Sure, so long as the budget allows.) , but for the most part, we are happy with our easy, quick dinners. 

As promised, Here is my recipe (more like a method) for baked chicken nuggets: 

 Baked Chicken Nuggets for the Freezer

Makes approximately 6 meals for my family of 3. 


6 to 8 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1.5 cups flour
1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
seasoning of your choice.  I use seasoned salt and black pepper.  

Step 1: Butcher up your chicken breasts into nugget sized pieces. Set aside
Step 2: Set up a breading station.  Use three deep plates.  Plate 1 is flour seasoned with salt and pepper.  Plate 2 is eggs and milk, beaten together.  Plate three is the breadcrumbs and seasoning.  
Step 3: Bread each nugget (use the plates in the order above) and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. 
Step 4:  Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, or until fully cooked.  
Step 5: Let cool, throw in a ziplock bag, and put in the freezer.  

* Reheat these for about 10 minutes at 425 F
*You'll likely need to use two baking trays and do two batches with this much chicken. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Pinterest is Super Fun

Hey there!  I have Pinterest, do you?  Well, if you don't, you probably have a lot more free time than I do, because this site is addicting in a strange way that can take me from Bedtime to Midnight without me even noticing that time has passed.  In that four hours, I may or may not make pancakes, try out a new nail polish technique, and/or briefly think about working out.

If you do have Pinterest, you know what I mean :)

I have a small Pin board right now of things that I've been collecting relative to cleaning and organizing my home.  Feel free to check it out and follow, more things will be added as I come across them.

Gosh, I wish my fridge actually looked like this... 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Link Party!

Since I'm starting back up again, I'd love to meet some new people!  Enjoy Superbowl Sunday and come back next week for some great new posts!