This dinner feels so fancy!
Skewered shrimp brushed with butter and seasoned salt…
Twice Baked potato…
And the best part is that it was my Mothers’ Day meal that I had no part in cooking….just enjoying. 🙂
Isn’t this pretty?
It’s easy too!
Just core a red pepper and steam it in the microwave for 5 minutes. Fill it with a mixture of wild or brown rice, cooked ground beef or turkey, italian spices (I used lots of oregano and basil), garlic powder, salt, pepper, and enough Spicy V-8 juice to hold it together. Pour more V-8 on top, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and bake at 450 until the filling is heated through and the cheese is slightly browned.
This salad really shouldn’t have excited me so much! With so little effort and such great flavor, I felt like I was eating at a restaurant.
I used frozen salmon filets, defrosted them, sprinkled lemon pepper and lots of Parmesan cheese on top, and then baked them. I tossed romaine lettuce, red pepper, and tomatoes with fat free honey mustard dressing, and then placed a salmon filet on top to enjoy what felt like a very special treat for lunch. Now, if I could just find a waiter and a dishwasher, I’d be set. 🙂
My sweet boy made me these for a special dessert. He stabbed strawberries onto the skewers, put some chocolate in a little ziploc baggie, melted it for a few seconds in the microwave, cut a small edge of the corner of the baggie off, and then used the baggie to drizzle the chocolate onto the berries. (The smaller the cut the corner, the more delicate the drizzle line will be. His was not so delicate.)
How can you go wrong with strawberries and chocolate? Especially when you see the smile on your baby’s proud face for his culinary masterpiece!
I eat one of these every day for dessert! They are perfect for making in big batches and then freezing, so you can pop one into the microwave anytime of the day you need one.
The best part of these muffins is that they taste amazing, but they are also GLUTEN FREE and WHOLE GRAIN.
Banana Muffins: (makes about 24)
6T butter, at room temperature
1/4 C applesauce
1 C sugar
8 very ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 C water
3 1/2 C gluten free whole grain flour mix (I use my Blendtec blender to grind whichever grains I have…brown rice, GF oatmeal, millet, etc… It’s best to use several kinds of grain, but there’s no exact ratio you have to use)
1/2 T cinnamon
2t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t xanthan gun
1/2 t baking powder
1 C chopped (or ground) walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high until fluffy. Add eggs and beat at medium until combined. Add applesauce, water, and banana and beat on low for 1 minute. Mix together all dry ingredients, then add to bowl of wet ingredients. Mix with a spoon only until just combined. Spoon batter into muffin tins almost to the top of each tin. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes. Right out the oven, take a muffin out, break it open, and cover it with chocolate chips. When they have mostly melted, reward yourself with the best muffin ever. Let the rest cool, and then freeze.
We woke up to the very rare treat of seeing our world blanketed with EIGHT inches of SNOW this morning! It was the perfect, powdery kind of snow, and due to record low temperatures, it’s not melting for a few days!
Ahhh, the coziness! In these parts, a snow day is a special day, which is probably why seeing pristine white all over everything warms my soul into making a day full of memories.
Before the boys even woke up, I was in the kitchen beginning the celebration with a favorite breakfast…PANCAKES!
I have finally found a pancake mix, along with a little trick, that turns out as fluffy and as yummy as we all expect!
Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix makes delicious pancakes! I follow the recipe (quadrupling it, of course, so I can have some left to put in the freezer for later), but add one little trick. Using buttermilk (or use milk, but add a tablespoon of vinegar that you let sit in the milk for 5 minutes) creates an even lighter and fluffier feel to pancakes. Having the mix makes it so easy to flip these out quickly, which is priceless for me as I see the sleepy-eyed sweetie pies trudging into the kitchen and then bursting into smiles!
Now, off to the snow!!!