Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
One of our new cooking goals is to try more yummy fish recipes. I already have one in mind that I can't wait to prepare. It has pan fried salmon with hash brown potatoes stuck to it. OMG...my mouth is watering thinking of it. Hopefully I will post it soon.
Today I am posting the Salmon cakes recipe that we have been eating once a week for about two months now. We are addicted and the best part is that the kiddos like it too. Yesterday at lunch Layla asked "What's for dinner?" and when I told her Salmon cakes...she did the happy dance...that's my girl...always anticipating the next meal ;)
What you need:
1 can of Pink Salmon
2 cups of bread crumbs
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/4 cup of milk
2 Tbs of chopped parsley
1 Tbs lemon juice
salt and pepper
Olive oil for pan frying
What you should do:
Drain salmon, reserving liquid. Combine all ingredients and shape into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Add liquid if necessary to help pack the patties. Warm oil to hot and then reduce to medium heat. Pan fry until golden brown.
This is our version of Salmon cakes, and our family of four will devour each and every cake.
I don't like these left over, so that is fine by me! We love to eat them while they are hot and crispy. You could use cookie cutters to cut the cakes into fun shapes before frying...the kids will go wild!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have tons of pictures...
I love to take pictures, if you haven't noticed.
I got a handy dandy new camera and it takes really neat pics.
Once up on a time I could store a month of photos on one single CD. So I'd take pics, look at them and then store them on a disk. I like to keep my computer pic free and running fast. I don't know if my computer is slow because of the pics, or if it is just old and slow...ha! sounds like me. I don't want to bog my computer down, but lately I feel like I have. I can't put any of the pics on CDs. Why you ask? I don't have time...the new camera takes high res pics, and I can only get 3 or four pics on one disc. I'd be making CD's until next year and never be caught up.
What do I do? Some of you professional picture taking people PLEASE help me. Should I upload them to Shutterfly and let them store them for me? It seems like it takes forever for them to upload to Shutterfly. I guess I can just change the settings on my camera. All my pics probably don't have to be so high res. RIGHT?
What do you do? Any advise you have would be wonderful!
I don't want to miss any pics of this little face uh or back.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Shake your bootie!
Oh how I love this little girl!
I was looking back through old posts from 2 years ago and am so happy that I started blogging. It is great way to keep family & friends up to date on the happenings of our family!
Tomorrow we are going to the preschool to meet Layla's teacher for her last year of preschool! She will start kindergarten this time next year.
~Time has flown~
I cherish each and every moment I have with my 2 kids. I am always making up names for them and often I call them tooter pants! Silly I know ;)
Monday, August 24, 2009
10 Things I Loved About This Summer
We grill pretty much year round here at our house, but the kids playing in the backyard while Gary is grilling is a huge plus!
I will really miss the summer fruits that my kids LOVE! My personal favorites are strawberries and watermelon. I also really enjoy homegrown tomatoes. There is a produce stand really close to our house that we enjoyed buying yummy produce from all summer.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sassy girls' mommys!
The kids with their daddys
We just got home from a fun weekend getaway! We packed up the kids and went to hang out with my high school friend Dana, her husband, Tim, and their beautiful daughter Hayli. Dana and I have been friends for ages. Our birthdays are 6 days apart. I'm pretty sure we knew each other at birth! We always have fun when we get together and this trip was no exception!
Hayli and Layla are very close in age and always have a ball playing together!
We had a fabulous time relaxing at their lake house. We played in the pool for hours. We watched deer roam the land. AND we ate the BEST beef tenderloin I have EVER had. Tim is a wonderful cook, and like Gary, he loves grilling. Their lake house is out in a secluded area and cell phone reception is horrible! We were very happy about that! I needed a break from reality, and it was amazing to VEG OUT!!
I am so happy to have such a great relationship with Dana, as I do many of my high school buddies. Seeing our girls play together warms my heart! Thank God for friends!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
*the oven will do a fine job of heating these as well*
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This is one of my favorite comfort food dishes!
When I need a quick delicious meal this is ALWAYS the one I choose.
3 cups of chopped cooked chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of Rotel
8 oz of Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut up
12 oz spaghetti pasta, cooked and drained
Shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Boil pasta per package instructions. Drain. Add soup, Rotel, cooked chicken and Velveeta. Place on super low heat. Stir until Velveeta is all melted and gooey pour into an 11x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes until cheddar cheese is melted. Enjoy!!
You could substitute Italian-style stewed tomatoes if Rotel is too spicy. You could also substitute cream of chicken or cream of celery soup if that is all you have in the pantry. There are so many ways to make this a yummy dinner. Our family of four can devour this meal with garlic bread in a few quick minutes.
Today is a much better day, thanks for all your encouraging words!!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I usually have the TV on during the day and it is tuned to The Food Network. When I am doing chores, or changing Hayden's diapers or helping Layla with a craft I can glance up and see who is on and what is cooking. It gives me my daily dose of inspiration to cook, and I LOVE to cook. I also feel okay about it being 'G' rated. Layla really enjoys it, and has learned some things about food that I don't think she would have otherwise. On Saturday mornings I tune in just to see who is cooking, and Gary will watch it with me for a bit before we tune into whatever the sport of the day might happen to be.
My new favorite cook/hostess is Claire Robinson, and her show is called 5 Ingredient Fix. New episodes are on on Saturday mornings at 11:30 A.M. Central time. She had an amazing menu this past Saturday. Green Goddess Rice has to be the yummiest thing ever, and to pair it with Sea Scallops with Saffron Aioli ...this should be against the law. I am defiantly going keep these in mind as I plan my menu for next week. Gary LOVES scallops, and I never know how to cook them. Yay! I'm so excited. Silly to get so excited about cooking? I love it. It is something that Gary and I do together, and one of our goals is to own our own restaurant. Someday when the time is right :)
So...go check out these 5 ingredient recipes...they seem pretty simple for busy moms like us!! I will try some out, and post them in the future because I like to share like that!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thank you ladies for the amazing awards. I truly enjoy reading your blogs everyday!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The sand sticks together without water. It is amazing. It comes in tons of colors and has fun tools similar to Play-Doh. I'm not sure who had more fun Layla or mommy