Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bacon and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sometimes the simplest meals are the best. 
I say this because I recently made myself a delicious dinner that consisted of nothing more than a grilled cheese sandwich.  This was not just any boring ol' grilled cheese sandwich though.
What made this so special was the addition of bacon. 

I used one slice of American cheese, one slice  pepperjack cheese, and two half strips of bacon.
Buttered the bread and cooked in the skillet until golden.

So easy and so good! 
The bacon is in there, it's just smothered in ooey gooey cheese.  ;)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To My Friends in Blogland.....

Check it out!

I got this cute award from Lissaloo at One Step at a Time
Hers is one of the blogs I read regularly as she has a nice mix of recipes, stories, crafts, and humor.

There are conditions to accepting this award and they are as follows:

- put the lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.

- nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.

- link the nominees within your post.

- let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

- share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award
So, I would like to pass this along to:
1.  Louise at Felice in the Kitchen because she is constantly posting yummy recipes.
2.  The girls at Life Laugh Latte for keeping it real.
3.  Modern Mom at How to Survive Life in the Suburbs because she blogs the way I think.
4.  Holly at 504 Main, even though she's already received it.  She really does deserve it again!
5.  Polly at 5th Sister.  I read her blog alot too because I like the mixture of topics.
Wow - does the rule really say "nominate at least 10 blogs"?!  I'm going to cheat and stop here but these are the first blogs that immediately came to mind.  ;)

The Thanksgiving Table

My husband doesn't seem to understand the amount of time and thought goes into planning the Turkey Day table design.  I must say in his defense though that it's really not his area of expertise so it falls to me. 
Which is fine because I really do prefer to be the one in control of such things. 

It's not as simple as hubby seems to think though. 
Case in point:  I have been searching everywhere for the "right" (and I'll know it when I see it) tablecloth.
I have accepted the fact that I'm probably going to just have to make it myself. 
This is fine too because I've recently discovered that I LOVE SEWING!!! 
I never thought I would say that but it's true. 

So my plan is to go to the fabric store  : )   and hopefully find something I can work with for the table.

Here's the image I have in my head:

Cream tablecloth with just the right amount of gold accents. 
(This is where the problem comes in - with the gold not looking tacky or overbearing.)

Gold chargers

Gold-ish candles (the glittery kind) with holders made of (fake) cranberries

Dishes are white, silverware is .....silver

Cream colored napkins

Pretty glasses with gold rims

Placemats - do I need placemats???  Not sure yet.

If anyone out there is doing something FABULOUS with the table, I would love to hear about it!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Are You Ready???

I've been working on the Thanksgiving menu. 
The goal for this year is to jazz up some of the traditional favorites. 
This is what I have so far: 

Turkey (organic)
Cornbread Dressing 
Baked Cranberry Sauce (none of that canned stuff here!)
Mashed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
Not-Your-Mama's Green Bean Casserole  (Alton Brown's)
Mac & Cheese (daughter's request)
Multi-Grain Rolls

Still need to finalize appetizers and desserts but I think this is a pretty good start!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

We are so busy around here during the week that when the weekend rolls around again, we savor every minute of it.  This is the only time we are able to sleep in, lounge around with the paper,
and enjoy a nice, big breakfast together.

This morning I made these pumpkin pecan waffles and they were delicious!  For me, the flavors are just perfect for a chilly fall morning.  And the aroma that wafted through my kitchen this
morning was absolutely wonderful!

2c. all-purpose flour
4 TBSP white sugar
3 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 large eggs
1 1/2c. + 4 TBSP milk
1/2 cup pumpkin (I used canned)
2 TBSP real butter
1/2 c. pecan pieces

1. Preheat waffle iron.

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Beat with a mixer on Medium until well blended.

4. Pour 1/2c. batter onto prepared waffle iron and sprinkle with 1/8c. pecan pieces.

5. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Morning Prayer

Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.

It maketh me to wake in green pastures:

It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.

It restoreth my buzz:

It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,

I will fear no Equal™:

For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.

Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:

Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.

Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:

And I will dwell in the House of Mochas forever.

~Author Unknown,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Is it Dinner Time Yet???

So I was in the kitchen just a few minutes ago, doing my usual dinner prep thing.  The chicken breasts are stuffed with bacon and feta, drizzled in olive oil, garlic, and spices.  The potatoes are ready to go. 
The spinach is...well, the bag is in the fridge.  I just have to open it before throwing the spinach in the skillet (we're loving fried spinach lately).  We will most likely eat within the next two hours. 
This is all fine and good but here's the problem: 


Somehow the Lean Cuisine sandwich I had for lunch just didn't do it for me. 
I need a diversion to keep me as far away from the leftover Halloween candy as possible.

Maybe I'll go bake a cake for dessert.....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Great Garlic Knots

My husband and I were first introduced to garlic knots at a really bad restaurant a few years ago.  The knots were burnt but we loved the idea of these little rolls smothered in oil and spices. 

So, I started experimenting. 
  This is one of those "semi-homemade" foods that is super easy and always devoured by everyone. 
You could make your own dough, but why?

These will be served tonight along with our easy spaghetti dinner.

1 can, refrigerated breadsticks
1/3 c. olive oil
3 TBSP minced garlic
5 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
3 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. salt

1.  Twist each of the bread sticks into knots.

2.  Brush with garlic mixture.

3.  Bake according to the instructions on the dough can, occasionally basting with the garlic mixture.

4.  When done, brush remaining garlic mixture over rolls and serve immediately.

Mr. H absolutely LOVES these knots!!!

Tuesday Morning

I don't feel like cooking today.  That doesn't mean I won't cook.  It just means that I will find something easy to serve tonight.  I'm thinking spaghetti with sauce from a jar and meatballs from Trader Joe's.  I'll jazz it up with garlic and spices and it will be fine.  ;)

What are your favorite, "I don't want to do any real cooking tonight so I'm just going to make this" meals?


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