October 30, 2014

10/10 challenge...#6 & #7


10 recipes in 10 days...Homemade corndog muffins. The pictures don't do them justice, because they were excellent. The recipe calls for "all beef" hotdogs and I think I know why. The saltiness of the dogs go well with the sweetness of the muffins. Although you can use regular hotdogs if you want the all beef ones taste better I think. We used both regular and all beef. The kids will not know the difference and will eat them anyway. Like I said the pictures don't do them justice, but they are delicious. They make a great after school snack (you can reheat them and they taste almost as good), a party snack, or even as lunch. Kids and Adults grade: Solid B+.  We partnered them with our famous cinnamon apples and it was a great lunch for everyone.  Recipe here!

 
Ten recipes in ten days...French dip sandwiches. Slow cooked roast, homemade au jus, provolone cheese, hoagie roll, fries on the side, my mouth is watering again typing this. The entire family loved this meal in their own way. Maddux wanted his meat on the side, no cheese, and jelly on his hoagie roll. Paetyn ate hers without the cheese. Lindsay opted for one slice of provolone and I went with two slices. Looking back I should have gone with three slices only because the lean cut of meat came out a bit dry even with dipping it in the au jus. The au jus was the star of the meal in my opinion. Soy sauce, worshtersire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, a couple of bay leaves, and BAM! homemade au jus! Grading this meal was easy, another "A". Those "A's" are hard to come by with these new recipes.  Also, Linds isn't big on "leftovers" so when she packed these up for the next days' lunch, you know its a winner!  Her favorite recipe so far for sure!  Original recipe found here.

October 27, 2014

10/10 challenge...#5


 
Ten recipes in ten days...Whiskey-mallow, caramel, and spiced bacon bark! If you have a sweet tooth this is for you. First the layer of chocolate is pretty basic, no frills here. The marshmallow/whiskey combo is something else though. I messed this layer up by letting the marshmallows melt too much. The directions say to take them off the heat when they first start to melt, I let them go way too far. It tasted fine, but it didn't keep the thickness the way the original recipe looks. Once that layer set it was on to the caramel portion, my favorite. I didn't believe a little sugar water would turn into caramel. It did. Then once the butter and heavy cream hit the smell was awesome! I even let the little ones take a taste once it had cooled off. Another layer of chocolate and then on to the bacon. I needed to cook the bacon a little longer to get it crispier. Mix the bacon with some spices (I could have used a heavier hand in the spice department), break it up, and press it into the top chocolate layer. Let the bark set for a while in the fridge, take it out and let it warm for 20 minutes before breaking, and dig in. Not too much though, it is pretty rich. One of our better desserts. The kids enjoyed it after taking the bacon off. To those of you who do not believe bacon goes well with chocolate or sweets in general, don't knock it till you try it. Besides, salty and sweet go together very well, Snickers, Pay Day, bacon maple bars, peanut butter cups, you get the picture. Kid grade="C" with the bacon, solid "B+" without the bacon.  Find the original recipe here!

October 26, 2014

10/10 challenge...#3 and #4


Ten recipes in ten days...Slow cooked cashew chicken. Tastes as good as it sounds. This was a basic recipe without the fillers such as carrots, celery, water chestnuts, etc. that you would find at your local Chinese take out joint. This was the nuts and bolts of the dish, a lot of chicken and a lot of cashews. Even better, place the chicken and sauce in the crock pot, step away for 6-8 hours, come back and throw some cashews in and voilĂ . I would change not a single thing about this recipe, it was awesome. The cook on the other hand that's a different story. We needed extra sauce and the chicken was overcooked a bit. All in all it turned out really well. We added a bit of brown rice to complete the meal and we went to bed full that night. And like true Chinese take out it was even better the next day. Well, I'm not sure about that, it didn't make it to the next day, that's how good it was. Our kids love cashew chicken so I was sure this would be a hit.  I was wrong. I guess this was an adult recipe.  Find the original recipe link here.

#4...Fried cauliflower. I'm not a cauliflower lover, but if it's fried I'm at least trying it. Probably trying it at least twice. In this case I ate an entire plate full. It was meant to be an appetizer, but it was a good side dish with our grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Panko crumbs and parmesan cheese crusted fried cauliflower. I've come to the conclusion that if you coat anything with the mixture of panko and parmesan cheese and fry it, it will be the best thing you've eaten that day. Hands down. Now since this is for our family we have to grade it on how well the kids liked it. They didn't even try it. Lindsay and I didn't mind because that left more for us. The only down fall of this recipe is the prep time and cook time seem long. Since you need to eat these while they are hot or at least warm, you either need to cook in batches or eat in shifts. Or don't make as many.  Original link for recipe can be found here!

October 21, 2014

10/10 challenge...another breakfast!


Ten recipes in ten days...Next on our list is another breakfast recipe. It would be a good dish to serve for a brunch also, maybe even a dessert option. Crescent roll peach bake. The crescent roll part is a little misleading since you never see a crescent roll after the dish is made. You break the rolls up into bite size pieces and that forms the "crust" of the bake. The peaches offer a nice sweetness to the dish, although you could use almost any fruit that can stand up to the heat of the oven. Just like our banana sandwich breakfast I feel as though we needed a crunch to the bake. Maybe granola? If we are grading this on how much the kids ate then this recipe for some reason doesn't pass. Don't worry about the kids' portions going to waste, I took care of their breakfast. I also took care of what Lindsay didn't eat. I mean what's not to like about this dish? Crescent rolls...good. Peaches...good. Baked in the oven so I don't have to stand there and cook it...good!

Here is the link to the original recipe.  I will be honest, their picture was much tastier looking than ours! :/

October 20, 2014

10/10 challenge...#1



Ten recipes in ten days...What better way to start our journey of trying ten new recipes than with breakfast? After all it is the most important meal of the day. So, we woke up early Saturday morning and made French toast banana sandwiches and they turned out absolutely...ok. If you really like fruit as a main ingredient in your breakfast than they were pretty good. However, if you prefer fruit on the side then deconstruct the sandwich and eat it that way. That's what I did.

Making French toast with French bread worked great. You can choose the thickness of the bread and the crust was different than a typical loaf of bread. The one thing this meal needed was a crunch. Some toasted hazelnuts or chopped almonds on top of the French toast would have given it that extra kick it needed. If we are grading this recipe on how well the kids ate it, then it gets an "A." It's a fun way of eating breakfast with the bananas inside the French toast. And if the bananas
fall out then you just dip them in the syrup and eat them separately.


Then if French Toast Banana sandwiches aren't your thing, head over to McDonald's for their famous McMuffin sandwich.  Overall score from us:  C+.  Kiddo score: A.

Here is the original recipe if you would like to give it a go.  Good luck!

-Jeremiah

Ps-Linds loves our new vintage green-striped plates (pictured above).  Crazy lady.

October 19, 2014

10/10 challenge...


Hi there!  Jeremiah and I can sometimes get into a "food rut" like most families and we find ourselves falling into the routine of what is convenient and easy when it come to family meals.  We decided to start our own little challenge (10/10), which meant we wanted to try 10 new recipes in 10 days.  We got ourselves pretty pumped up on the genius of it all :).  We perused the endless recipes on Pinterest and picked out a combination of some breakfasts, dinners, and desserts that we thought we could all enjoy.

Now, I will be honest that Jeremiah does all the cooking around here and he was excited to try out all the new recipes, so it also only seemed fair that he writes all the posts as well!  This will be the first time he has ever written any posts, and he is pretty excited.  So, here is a glimpse of some of the foods we tried.  Not all of them worked.  Some of them epically failed.  So, join us as the review some of the most popular recipes floating on the internet right now.  Here are the recipes we chose, and we will start in a few days sharing.









October 14, 2014

n-e-b-r-a-s-k-a!...


Last weekend I took off to Nebraska for a few days...for those of you who don't "actually" know me in real life, I grew up in Lincoln from the age 8 through college and actually graduated from the University of Nebraska before Jeremiah and I moved out to the northwest.  I have very fond memories of life in the Midwest and find I get pretty homesick.  So, Jeremiah bought me a ticket home for a few days and I got to see friends and family.  It was wonderful!  I stayed with my best friend from high school, Jennifer, who actually has a 14-year old and 11-year old daughter (which is nuts).  Sydney, her 14-year old was our flower girl at our wedding :).  I also saw another great high school friend, Nadia, and my gal pal that I moved out to Kansas City with, Jocelyn.  It was a great time and we ate at all my favorite restaurants, went to a high school football game, went by the house I grew up in, shopping, had a big home-cooked meal with my entire family, and went to a Husker volleyball game.  It was an absolute blast, but I am also glad to be home :)





 

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