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Monday, August 3, 2015

Bananna Crumb Muffins

  My husband is off work this week and the weather has turned mild so this morning I was inspired to make some Banana muffins. Well that and it has been so warm that I can not keep bananas for more than 2 days before they turn brown and to complete mush. The 3 large bananas on my counter were almost beyond the point they could be used for muffins but thankfully I used them in time and the muffins were amazing! I got the recipe here... banana crumb muffins. 

  Make them for someone you love (even if it's yourself)  :)


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Chicken, Bacon, Onion & Cheddar Wrap

   I reluctantly threw dinner together tonight. I have been so busy running the kids around all summer that cooking has just not been a priority for me. Also it's been pretty warm here in MN so most of my cooking has been on the grill. Tonight's dinner was cooked on the stove top.

 I don't have a picture but here is what I came up with...

Chicken, Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Wrap

click to print here ... chicken, bacon, onion &cheddar wraps

Ingredients:
2-3 boneless chicken breasts
1 medium onion sliced
5-6 slices of bacon
Garlic and herb seasoning (or pepper to taste)
cheddar cheese (I used some shredded I had on hand) 
10 inch flour tortillas

Cut your bacon into 2-3 inch slices (I just cut 3 inches off the end of a new package).
Lay the bacon in your pan and start cooking. I used my cast iron skillet, a stainless pan would work well too. If all you have is nonstick that's fine just go with it. While your bacon is warming up fillet your chicken (cut each breast into 2 thinner strips) and place on top of the bacon. Add your favorite herb seasoning.  I used a garlic and herb mix I got at Aldi earlier in the summer. Slice your onion and add to the pan. It was a bit awkward to move the chicken around to keep the bacon on the bottom but it paid off in flavor. When everything is cooked remove the chicken one fillet at a time and cut into strips and return to the pan. Mix everything up. Warm your tortillas. I added the cheddar then piled up the chicken mixture and wrapped it all up burrito style.  

YUM! Everyone LOVED this. My hubby did request a chipolte (Sp?) sauce next time but even he liked it as is.

Obviously you could add any other veggies you like to this. I'm sure bell peppers would be awesome as well as jalapenos or any hot pepper you like.

Helpful tools:
Cast Iron Pan
Tongs

   To be honest cooking has just not been something I have been enjoying lately. I doubled my work hours last fall and my kids have had more activities. I know I have preached about meal planning in the past to help get meal times under control but admittedly I have not taken my own advice. I'm not totally sure why it has been such a struggle for me. I think it's partly because I have been fighting a lot of depression. I have not written publicly about my loss in May of 2014 but here goes... My youngest brother lost a battle with Lung Cancer at the age of 28. There it is... I said it.  
   Nothing can prepare you for a big loss. You just get through one day at a time and hope for more good days than bad days. I am thankful that I have amazing friends, a wonderful husband and great kids. I cherish them every day and try not to take any day for granted. :)

  I hope you all are having an amazing summer and please give this a try. It was pretty easy, fairly quick and not too putzy.  I give it a 2 1/2 on my Putz factor scale.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Zaycon Chicken...

Ever wondered what 40 pounds of chicken looks like? Here is my 40 pounds from my last Zaycon order. There are 5-7 breast halves individually wrapped in each gallon zip top bag. This is easily fits on just one shelf of our upright 40 cubic foot freezer. It does take a bit of time to cut the breast halves apart and trim them up but it is well worth it to be stocked up for a while. This time I packed all the chicken into smaller zip top bags then added those to larger gallon size bags. I found it much easier to have a bunch of the smaller bags prepped by opening them and flipping over the top edge to keep the bag open, then I could just put breasts in there as I worked. I even got my hubby into the mix this time, he sealed and packed all the bags for me.

 I really need to defrost! 

Not heard of Zaycon Chicken? Click here to find out more!   zayconfresh.com/refer/zf114247

FYI... I have not received any compensation for talking about Zaycon chicken. I am just giving my  personal opinions.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

almost a year has passed...

So it's been almost a year since I have posted here. My family suffered a big loss and I just could not wrap my brain around sharing my day to day. Long story short I lost my youngest brother to lung cancer at the age of 28.  He battled for about 14 months and sadly lost last May.  Having also lost my Grandmother the year before it has been a challenge to keep my head above water some days. I continue to grieve but I also have tried to grow and to be the best wife and mom I can be.

so... please try to hang in there with me while I attempt to get my mojo back and reignite my passions.

see you soon!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Meal plan 4/27 -5/2 and catching up...

I was worn out after Easter and last week was crazy busy. So sorry I did not get around to posting my plan for last week so here it is...

Meal plan 4/20 - 4/26
Sunday - Easter - Spiral ham in the Crockpot
Monday - Quesadillas
Tuesday - crockpot bacon & cheese chicken
Wednesday - Grilled hot dogs and sweet potatoes
Thursday - Teriyaki chicken and fried rice (from the freezer!)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Dinner out :)

And here is this weeks plan...
Meal Plan 4/37 - 5/3
Sunday - Grilled chicken
Monday - Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole (from the freezer)
Tuesday - Grilled Rib-eye steaks
Wednesday - New   minestrone soup
Thursday -  New    Tex mex chicken salad
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - New  crock pot Mongolian beef  

Friday and Saturday may have some changes due to it being my Birthday and my family may have something planned or I may get really lazy :)

Here are some photos of our happy Easter!