Monday, November 29, 2010

Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.....

There are some ingredients that when you put them together Fireworks go off....well that's what happened today when I add mint and dark chocolate chips to a chocolate cookie....oh me oh my....

I LOVE Chocolate, any type and in any when I came across this recipe I knew the stars must have aligned to bring me such a precious recipe...Ok Ok I will try to get myself together. Don't these look yummy!

 I found these babies at my local supermarket....I may have to stock up since they are a limited edition:(

 Ok start by whisking together 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. of baking powder, and 2/3 cup of cocoa.
 In a larger bowl beat 1/2 cup of butter until smooth and then add in 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.

 Why yes I did only use one cup to measure these together....I don't like to waste time:) Beat sugar in with butter until mixed.

 Add in 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla (have you ever tried vanilla by itself...yeah me neither).

 Then alternate the flour and cocoa mix with 1/3 cup of milk....mixing until combined. Now you may be asking yourself did I miss something what about the eggs, well folks no eggs required they were not invited to this party. Plus you have an excuse to eat the dough because it won't make you sick:) Dough will be fudge like. Lastly stir in your chocolate and mint chips... then cover bowl and let it sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

 While the dough is chillin....preheat oven to 325 degrees and place parchment paper on cookie sheets.

Spoon dough onto parchment paper...I made little cookies because then I can trick myself into eating more of them...the tricks I play on myself all for the love of food....
Bake these puppies for 15 minutes and then let them continue to cool on pan...they will continue to set up this way.
One more look ......heaven in a cookie:)

Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat: 325 degrees
Bake: 15 minutes ( remember to let them cool on the pan after you take it out)

1 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup of cocoa
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla
1/3 cup of milk
10 oz package of Dark Chocolate and Mint Chips


Recipe: Tasty Kitchen

What really went down.....

So yesterday I posted a preview of our Christmas Card and you may think oh how cute, those boys are smiling so not really. I had the hardest time getting them to here is truth and nothing but the truth on what really happened on that nice sunny day when we were suppose to get the perfect Christmas Card picture.....

 Miles please scoot closer to your brothers.....

 Keegan you need to hold Lennon up....Keegan grab Lennon......

 Miles where are you going? We are not done, get back here.......MILES......

 Okay boys can you please look at the camera.....not over there but here.....boys look right here!!!

 Lennon don't poke your eye out.....Miles sit down....Keegan hold on to your brother...

 Miles don't's okay...just sit down and give me one smile and we can be done.....Come on Momma will buy you a pony, just sit down and give me one Christmas Card worthy picture.....

 Keegan please don't choke your brother.....Lennon sweet boy, can you give Momma a smile.....

No Keegan I don't want a picture of Woody, I need to get a picture of you before we start taking pictures of Woody......

Just like a good comedy has out takes, so does my life.......

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

Here is a preview of our Christmas Card!!!!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rub-A-Dub Dub Three Boys In A Tub

Did you know that I love my boys!!!!

 I think bath time is one of there favorite things to do.....and we are finally at a stage where all three boys can take one together:) Lennon is loving it....Miles not so much, he feels like he is being crowded.

 Keegan is such a wonderful big he is teaching Lennon the proper way to make a bubble hat.

 Looking good sweet boy.

 Watch out Keegan is breaking out the Santa beard....silly boys.

 Fixing Lennon's bubble hat.

 Priceless look......

 Don't forget Miles....he loves his big brother too!

Until he gets splashed in the face....oh well they lasted a good 2 minutes before water starting flying. It will be a sad day when the boys are too big to take baths together, until then we will enjoy our bath time and deep down I really do enjoy getting splashed with water by my boys (but don't tell them that).

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Laugh.....

If there is one thing I can say about my life, is that it's never dull. In the last year I have been on quite the journey, leaving home and exploring the west. Not only have I discovered more of myself out here but I have found myself in many bizarre circumstances, much more than I would typically find myself in at home. If you are not sure what I am talking about you can read one of my earlier post where I find myself toe to toe with a tire service man.

But enough about that story because I have another one for you today.

I was out and about a few days ago with my "wolf pack" trying to get some Christmas Shopping done. If anyone has ever tried to shop with three little boys you know how daunting the task can be. So I was a momma on a mission trying to get in and out of the few stores I needed to stop at. By the way can someone please tell me WHY they do not make stores stroller friendly? I have a hard enough time trying to keep my buddies from harassing the store manikins with out having to worry about plowing into one myself.

As the afternoon continued, I was very pleased with how well my little clan was behaving and decided to stop into Eddie Bauer to look around, seeing it was on our way out. It wasn't but five minutes in the store when I heard something coming from the back. I really can't explain what happened next, it was like I was watching myself from the sidelines. The sweater that I had just picked up fell back to the table as I turned towards the sound and made my way to it. It's a good thing that two of my boys were strapped into the stroller I was pushing otherwise I am afraid they would have gotten left behind. The sound I heard sent me into a state of urgency, all I knew, at that moment, was I needed to find the source of this sound.

I swiftly moved to the back of the store, not quite sure what or if I had taken anything out in the process, when I found what I was looking for. There in the back corner of the store were two ladies conversing, then like I heard moments before, one of the ladies threw her head back and let out a very soulful laugh. There it was, but again something was off about it, if only I could put my finger on it.....

That's when it know the twitch you get in your nose and the tingling in the back of the throat. I knew I was going to lose it so I grab the first thing in my reach and bolted to the fitting rooms. Luckily the handicap one was free otherwise I am not sure how we would have all fit. The moment I closed the door the tears started to swell up and fall, one by one like a crack in a very well built damn. Here's the thing usually once I start to cry, like really cry, it's all over from there. Believe me when I tell you I am an ugly crier, I don't look all sweet and pretty, no my nose gets red and my face squishes up. If you don't believe me, I will just have to let you know the next time I am getting ready to have a good cry and invite you to come witness one of the ugliest things you will ever see:)

So here I was crying like a baby in the Eddie Bauer fitting room, with my three boys staring at me like I had lost my mind. Wait was I losing my mind? What was it about this lady's laugh that brought this kind of emotion out of me. Then there it was staring me right in the face...THE LAUGH, not the lady's laugh but the one laugh that brings me such comfort. The one laugh, when I hear it brings the me such joy. My MOTHER'S laugh!!!!

At that moment I missed my momma more than anything. If any of you know my mom then you know she has the GREATEST laugh in the whole is the loudest most soulful laugh.

You see it's not just my momma's laugh that makes her so great, there are a thousand things! My momma has been there for me through a lot of changes in my life. She was patient with me when I was going through a bratty stage in high school, she was not an ounce judgemental when I told her I was pregnant at the age of 20, she sat with me in silence when we left the doctor's office after I miscarried and was still numb, she gave me nothing but encouraging words when I told her we were moving out west and taking her sweet grand babies with us. She let me make my own mistakes and was always there with a comforting hug when I failed.

It was to the point that I would have done anything, even let her corner me in the bathroom so she could pick my face, just to get a hug from her.

After I finished my cry fest in the Eddie Bauer changing room and told myself that I was a 20 something year old women with three kids and this was not appropriate behavior, I wiped my mascara from my eyes and continued on my way.

Now before we go any further I must make something clear, NO I am not pregnant, just the opposite actually if you catch my drift.

So again I find myself leaving a place, shaking my head and asking did that just happen?

All I can say is I can't wait to see my mom over New Years!!!

Oh Yeah and Mom if you are reading this, I was just kidding about wanting you to pick my face....I don't need to ring the New Year in with marks all over my face:)

Oh and Mom, Thanks for being there!

Love.....One Homesick Dorthy....There's no place like home;)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Minestra with Sausage and Kale Soup

So here is the question to Kale or not to Kale? If your like me I LOVE soup with Kale, it is so hearty plus it's good for you too. Everyone knows I need a break from the butter once and a while. So this soup is a combination of Sweet Sausage, Cannellini Beans and KALE!!!!

Look at that dark green Kale.....this soup is going to be Awesome. One thing I love about this soup is it's simple and I LOVE simple:)

 Here is a little look at the finished soup....Yum!!! So start by heating 2 Tbs of olive oil in a large pot and browning 1lb of sausage ( I used the sausage with sage).

While the sausage is cooking, take 1 bushel of Kale and wash really well. Then take the Kale off the stems.

 Dry the Kale on a clean towel and set aside.

 Cut up one onion and three cloves of garlic, then add it to the pot and continue to cook until softened.

 Next add Cannellini Beans and chopped Kale to the pot, don't worry if it looks like the Kale is overflowing out of the pot it will cook down. Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of nutmeg. Then add 4 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of water, bring to a boil.

 Add 3/4 cup of Penne pasta, reduce heat and cook until pasta is done (about 7 to 8 minutes).

 Serve it up in a large bowl with a roll or bread.....

It is sooo tasty you will keep going back for more:)

Just another soup to keep you toasty through the winter months because I Love ya:)

P.S. I am going to try this soup with left over turkey from Thanksgiving...will let you know how it turns out.

Minestra With Sausage and Kale Soup

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 pound of sausage ( I used jimmy deans sage)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 15.5 oz can Cannellini beans
1 bushel of Kale, rinsed and chopped
Salt and Pepper
Dash of Nutmeg
4 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of water
3/4 cup of Penne pasta

Recipe Modified: Rachel Ray

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lemon Spice Cake

First I must apologize I meant to put this on Tuesday but wasn't feeling the know you don't feel good when your in the middle of a post and you find yourself falling asleep and drooling on yourself (not like I did anything like that). So what's today....Thursday, that's right and I am feeling much more like my spunky self minus this deep manly voice I have due to a sore throat.

I could tell it was getting bad when my 5 year old Keegan told me I sounded just like Darth Vader........

Okay enough about me, lets get to talking about this cake.......Lemon Spice Cake.

This cake is soooo's a perfect balance between spice and the tanginess that you get from the fresh lemon juice!

Also this time of year, if your like me and up to your armpits in pumpkin, it's nice to give your taste buds a breather and let them bask in some spicy lemony goodness!!!

Here a look at what you can expect when your tasty:) 

So here is what this cake is made of....simple enough.

Start by buttering a 8 in cake pan and then lightly coating it with flour.

Combine 1 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp of salt in a bowl.

Next you need 1 Tbs of lemon zest and 6 Tbs of lemon juice (about 2 lemons). Set aside

In a large bowl combine 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 stick of butter, 1 Tbs of lemon zest, 1 tsp of all spice. Beat with a mixer until combined. ( Quick note the original recipe calls for Cardamom but it was $10 for a small container so I substituted it for all spice)

Add 3 Tbs of lemon juice and set the other 3 Tbs aside for the frosting. Beat until smooth. Add 2 eggs, one at a time into the batter.

Next you are going to alternate pouring in the flour mixture and 1/2 cup of sour cream....Start with the flour and end with the flour...Mix, Mix, Mix........
Pour into your floured pan and toss it in the oven for 30 minutes. When done let it sit for a few minutes and then take cake out of the pan and let it cool top side up on a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, you can paint your toes, look through a magazine, do some dishes....oh and make the frosting:)  Take 1 1/2 cup of Confectioners' sugar and add your remaining 3 Tbs of lemon juice, whisk until smooth.
Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.....isn't it pretty, almost looks like it's covered in snow;)

Spiced Lemon Cake

Preheat: 375
Bake: 30 min

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. of salt
3/4 cup of sugar
1 Tbs. of lemon zest
1 stick of butter, softened
6 Tbs of fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1 tsp. of all spice
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup of Confectioners' sugar

Recipe: Martha Stewart

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Almond Pan Chicken....Oooo la la

Almond Pan Chicken...hmmm there is nothing like it:) I was first introduced to this yummy meal by our friends Adam and Erika and I was hooked. But here is the crazy thing I had the same cook book with the same recipe and had skipped over this recipe a thousand times!!!! It wasn't that the picture didn't make it look appealing but it was the ingredients that had me questioning this dish.

I know what you are thinking....Heather are you going to make me believe that something with these ingredients actually taste good? Why, yes I am. I have to admit before having this dish, I was a little bit of a food snob, you know the kind that turns their nose up at certain foods and declares there is no way in HECK I am eating that!

Well I have been reborn, Hallelujah! I have eaten things today that 5 years ago I wouldn't touch with a 39 1/2 foot poll and I am soooooo thankful. To think what I had been missing out on...caramelized onions, tasty sweet potatoes fries, collard greens...the list goes on and on!!!!

Okay so why this long intro...well before you Judge this dish just based on the ingredients....I urge you to try...more like begging you to try it, because it is that good!
Here is a look at the finished product....I'm drooling just remembering how tasty it was!!! are the ingredients...yes that is Dijon mustard next to orange marmalade and when combined something magical happens!!!

 First take your chicken breast and you need to pound it out so that it is only a 1/4 inch thick and than cut it in half or if your lazy like me you can buy thinned sliced chicken breast ( I found mine at Walmart). Either way you need to end up with 6 chicken breast, season them with salt and pepper.

 Heat up 1 1/2 tbs of butter in a pan and add half of your chicken. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until chicken is golden brown (and done). Then add another 1 1/2 tbs of butter and remaining chicken, remove chicken and set aside.

 Meanwhile you need to toast a small package of careful they toast fast and nobody likes burnt almonds.

 Sauce time, after you remove the chicken from the pan, add 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, 1 Tbs of Dijon mustard, 2 Tbs of orange marmalade and a sprinkle of ground red pepper. Stir until it's combined.

Once the sauce is all combined, add the chicken  and almonds. Let the sauce continue to cook over medium low heat for about 8 minutes to thicken it up.

Serve over simple and sooooooooo tasty, believe me your taste buds are going to thank you:)

Almond Pan Chicken

6 chicken breast 1/4 inch thick
3 Tbs butter, divided
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 Tbs of Dijon mustard
2 Tbs of orange marmalade
dash of ground red pepper
black pepper
1.5 oz package of Sliced Almonds, toasted

Rice- to serve with.

Recipe- Southern Living