Friday, November 16, 2007

Pumpkin Mousse

I don't like pumpkin pie, I think it's the baked custard like texture. But this sounds divine.

Pumpkin Mousse

2 small packages of instant sugar-free vanilla pudding
2 cups of no-fat (skim) milk
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
15 ounce can of pumpkin
8 ounces of fat-free Cool Whip

Make pudding with milk first, then fold in ingredients. Serve!
Only 1.5 points for one cup of mousse.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Flare with Pens...

Isn't this cute? The girls are leaning towards their new room looking something like this. Probably not yellow, but a pale blue, lavendar, or pink, maybe even gray like they have now. Their sheets are pink(kind of a shell pink, not baby pink) and white polka dots, about the size of a sales sticker. And they have black comforters. I'm thinking of taking the sheets in to match the paint to them. Anyways, tell me your thoughts. I think it could be SO much fun. And yes, these are drawn on with a black paint marker. Cute for girls that will share a room, 15(next week) and 9.

Click on the picture for a bigger view.

Chicken Pinjur & Polenta

I am just a huge fan of Trader Joe's. I'm going to have to make hour long trips to our new one. For the most part it is all economical, easy, and much healthier than regular chain stores.

Chicken Pinjur & Polenta

2 tubes of TJ Organic Polenta, slice into 10 pieces each
McCormick Garlic Salt Grinder

1 package of TJ pre-sliced white or cremini mushrooms
1 package of thawed TJ "Just Chicken" pre-cooked chicken slices(grilled)
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 14.5 oz. Petite diced tomatoes undrained(I used Del Monte)
1 jar of TJ Pinjur Sauce

Olive oil

Sprinkle both sides of polenta slices with the garlic grinder salt. In a large non-stick saute pan(I use Pampered Chef's largest family skillet), spray pan with non-stick butter flavor spray and "saute" both sides of the polenta until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel. In the same large saute pan while it's still hot, re-spray with more butter spray and saute entire bag of mushrooms on both sides until browned, but not mushy. There is very little water content because they're cooked at such a high heat, their bite is al dente. Add Chicken, garlic, pinjur sauce, diced tomatoes. Stir and reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve the sauce over the polenta slices and serve with a green salad.

The Pinjur sauce is made with red peppers, eggplant, olive oil, and spices. It has a bit of a kick so the diced tomatoes help cut the heat. It would also be great with some fresh basil sprinkled on top. Yummmmm!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Crockpot Meatloaf Dinner

This was a huge hit with the family tonight. Yay! And thank goodness for Slow Cooker Bags for easy and fast clean up! I love Reynolds.

First I took a bag each of baby red and yellow potatoes, cut into bit size pieces and put in the bottom of the crockpot(in bag). Sprinkle with spices such as salt, fresh ground pepper, parsley flakes, onion powder, etc.... and sprinkle with olive oil. Mix it well. Then you place the meat"loaf" on top of it.

For meatloaf:
3 lbs.(we like leftovers) extra lean ground beef
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
1 cup of oatmeal(uncooked)
2 eggs
1 cup of ketsup
2-3 Tbls. spicy brown mustard
1 envelope onion soup mix
salt, pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients and shape into a loaf and place on top of potatoes. Drizzle ketsup over the top of the loaf, cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. Serve with a veggie, our kids favorite with THIS dish is corn.

A little LDS Humor...

I thought these were just too cute not to share:

Saturday, February 10, 2007

My new favorite product....

I ordered these items just a few days ago on a referral from several friends and I am not disapppointed! I have a slight addiction to melting tarts. Candles are great but I discovered tarts! They burn clean, so no soot on your ceiling or breathing it in. These awesome tart warmers use a little appliance lightbulb to heat the tart dish so the wax never gets too hot that it would scald you. The one pictured is the one I purchased, but they have a ton of styles. I'm also melting the Chiptle Pecan and it smells divine. I couldn't decide so I got 12 different bars and the hardest part was deciding which one to melt. I'm not a consultant, I'm not allowed(my husband found out how much I was spending - lol). Scentsy

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Parmesan Garlic Monkey Bread Recipe....

This has become a family favorite, and just the name alone, Monkey Bread, excites them. You do need to plan ahead for this for thawing purposes.

24 frozen Rhodes rolls
1 stick of butter or Nucoa melted(1/2 cup)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. ea. dried oregano, parsley, and sea salt
2 cloves crushed garlic(or 1 Tbl. minced from the jar)
1-2 Tbl. Olive Oil

Place rolls on a greased cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap lightly to thaw in the morning. Place on the stove or in a warm but not drafty place to thaw. Melt butter in the microwave and add the remaining ingredients. Dip each roll in the butter & cheese mixture and place evenly in a greased bundt pan. Allow to rise again if needed or bring to room temperature. Cook in a 375' oven for 20-30 minutes. Flip bread out on large plate and let people pull apart the bread.