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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Free Kobari Beef at Panda Express

Don't forget to print out your coupon for a free single serving of Kobari Beef! Just click on the link below for the coupon!
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After School Snack of the day

Today my kids came home to some Monkey Bread...one can never go wrong with Monkey Bread, that is for sure! Early release day=friends over and yummy snacks:) Maybe I will have a healthier snack tomorrow:) Have a happy Wednesday!!! (I am sure you all know this one by heart, in case you forgot it's posted below:))



Recipe:
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz. each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large food-storage plastic bag, mix sugar and cinnamon.
Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.
In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.
Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Snack of the day

So my new goal everyday is to try to have a snack out for the kids when they get home from school. I want them to remember the snacks that their mom made for them-kinda like Paula Dean did for her boys! (c'mon y'all!) So this week has gone good so far. Yesterday they had homemade Banana Nutella bread, which was finger licking good! Even daddy enjoyed  it at night after work! Go to http://www.recipegirl.com/ for the recipe. But for today, I made Chocolate covered frozen banana pops...mmmm! I haven't had this is such a long time! I just picked up a kit for $2.00 at Winco and bananas were .46 a pound, so this came as a very cheap snack, and healthy I might add:) Enjoy!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekly Dinner Menu

Here is our weekly dinner menu...I will attempt to do each one this week:) Some I never got to and switched last week making 3 lasagnas due to a friend in need of dinner:) So enjoy!!!

Monday
Greek Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki

Tuesday
Chicken Tetrazzini

Wednesday
Leftovers-grab and go!

Thursday
Loaded Tostadas

Friday
Mexican Chicken Skillet

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yummy yummy chocolate chip cookies ever!!!


Okay, so I always like to post about an amazing cookie recipe I find here and there.  And BOY oh BOY do I have a recipe for you today!!! I have made it twice already and I get the perfect chocolate chip cookie every time! No joke...they are amazing!!! I found it over at HowDoesShe? and she really has perfected the Chocolate Chip Cookie, and was SO nice to share!!! So go bake some cookies!!!

How Does She? Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are the magic players:
2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, melted (yes, I said MELTED)
1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (granulated)
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 Cups Milk chocolate chips
*You must use a scooper of sorts...that's what makes them look perfect!*




1. First, gather all of your bad boys together into one place.

2. Slap that butter into a microwave-safe bowl and start melting it.

3. While that butter is you can start to combine your dry ingredients into another bowl. Tip: When measuring flour, take a large, heaping cup full, then use a ruler or other straight edge to carefully skim off the top. Do NOT do the “tap tap tap down” thing as you’ll compact the flour instead of getting 1 cup of light fluffy goodness. Add to the flour the baking soda and salt. Whisk it together to combine.

4. Your butter should now be melted, so take it out of the microwave and be prepared to mix in the sugars. Tip: when measuring your brown sugar, you want to cram as much into that cup measurement as possible! Add the brown sugar and white sugar to the melted butter and beat until smooth.

5. Then add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Tip: When baking, it’s actually BETTER to use the artificial vanilla. When the real stuff get’s super heated (like, oh, 350 degrees or so) it actually loses some of it’s flavor! So feel free to be cheap here.

6. You only want to add about HALF of the chocolate chips now. Don’t be tempted to add all of them… trust me. Put aside 1/3 – 1/2 of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and mix the rest in with the dough. You’ll thank me in a minute… Tip: Milk chocolate chips taste the BEST, but if you find the cookies a little on the sweet side, substitute half of the chips with semi-sweet.

7. Tip: use a scoop to measure out balls which are uniform in size. This will prevent some from over-baking while others are undercooked. Okay, roll some dough to form a ball, then (ooh, you’ll love this) dip the top of the ball into the bowl of reserved chocolate chips. Then place a couple of inches apart on your baking sheet. This is what will give your cookies that “perfect” look. Stick them in a pre-heated 350 degree oven and bake for about 13 minutes. You want to remove them when the tops are just the tiniest bit shiny.

*I re-typed her words from her website, made it a little shorter, she had funny commentary!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Menu for the week...

SO I have slacked off these past few months and have become lazy...the problem is when you are lazy, you spend more money on food out because it's easier. Shame on me...so I planned a menu this week and have stuck to it! (It's only Monday, I know:)) So here is my menu for this week and I  have linked them to the places where I found the recipes...so far I only altered the Sliders and added more spices and seasonings to my hamburger mix and an egg. And I bought the new Sara Lee mini-buns for my sliders:) Enjoy your week...I have already saved 80.00 on my grovery bill of 140.00 (only paid 60.00) for my ingrediets this week and lunch stuff, love it when I get off my botty and get organized:)

Monday:
Sliders

Tuesday:
Rubbed Down Slow Cooked Chicken

Wednesday:
On the go...sandwiches

Thursday:
BBQ Chicken Wraps

Friday:
Make your own Pizza night!

Saturday:
Loaded Tostadas

Sunday:
Herb & Spice Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Posh Pixels Desing Studio Giveaway!!!!

Here is one of my favorite sites and she is giving away a Cake Pop book...not just any book, but THE BAKERELLA one that has just come out!!! OOOOOooooohhhh I so want to win this and all the other things Posh Pixels has put in this giveaway! Go over to Posh Pixels and sign up!!!! Good Luck!!!!




For the kit, I pick some items from the book that Bakerella recommends using. Bakerella inspired Cake Pop Kit Includes:
• Copy of Cake Pops by Bakerella

• 100 Mini Baking Cups

• Edible Ink Pen (black)

• 3 Wilton Flower Cookie Cutters

• Plastic Squeeze Bottle

• 25 Wilton Lollipop Sticks (8″)

• Candy Cup Mold

• Wilton Nonpareil Sprinkles ~ 5oz (5 colors)

ENTER TO WIN A BAKERELLA CAKE POP KIT! {$45 Value}
Winner will receive a Bakerella inspired Cake Pop Kit!
Including a copy of a copy of Bakerella’s new Cake Pops book!

There are 7 different ways you can enter…

{Enter up to 7 times per person by doing all of the following, & make sure to leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each entry that you complete!}



• ENTRY #1: Leave a comment here telling us which Bakerella Cake Pop you are dying to make.



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*Why leave a separate comment for each? Every comment is automatically assigned a number in the back-end of Wordpress & the winner is chosen by generating a random number via Random.org. Therefore, entries that say for example “I did 1-7″ or “I tweeted & posted on Facebook” will only be counted as one entry. For each entry to be counted you MUST leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for EACH action completed.

Winner will be chosen on Thursday, September 23, 2010.

Entries must received before 11:00pm (EST) on

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Any entries received after this time will not be considered.

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Good Luck!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Being a parent of a School attending child

Being a parent of a school attending child can be both fun and frustrating! Fun because you get to meet new friends, have a schedule, see your child thrive in education, and make your child be the student that you were. So when my Niko started kindergarten three years ago I was full of excitement! Being a teacher before my motherhood life cycle came around, I was sure I would be a parent of a bright child who would never forget their homework, lunch, box tops, and gifts for the teacher! So in Kindergarten I had that type of control....yes Niko came to school with his homework-but then he wouldn't turn it in and I would have to make him go back to the classroom to turn it in-always with his lunch-which he never had time to eat-and plenty of box tops-which I saved for a whole year prior to being in school and he NEVER turned in.  You would think I would accept this new type of student...unlike my perfect self in school...but I didn't, I kept thinking he would be different in the first grade.  First grade came around and well let's just I think we had the first SST in the entire school and the only one to ever pee or poop in their pants and go throughout the day without complaining...pick up was delightful. Being average-which I always tried NOT to be-is what my Niko is in school. This was VERY difficult to accept, but this year in second I have accepted being average. Knowing this is who Niko is as a student is very freeing...I have to clitch my teeth with the D's on tests that come home asking for a signature-ouch!-and count to ten when he doesn't want to do his HW or read every night, and pray every morning for whatever my Niko brings home...I believe I will live a little longer accepting my son for whom he is and encourage him to grow as best he can...however, Athena and Loukas have started school this year. Maybe these will bring me my joy for being above average:) LOL...and then we still have Zoe...she will start in a few years!...Loving the joys, tears, and laughter of motherhood and learning so much! Enjoy your babies...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thai Chicken Pasta

So tonight was one of those late nights after soccer practice and dance class. Mama is tired and so are the kids, but everyone has to eat. Luckly the kids can manage baths with little assistance and I wanted to try something new. And as luck would have it, I had all the ingredients...okay not all, but most...substituted here and there, but it all came out fabulous!!! I got this recipe from I'm an Organizing Junkie My pictures came out almost as good as hers...and the meal was finger licking good! So if you have nothing planned for tomorrow's dinner, try this!

Thai Chicken Pasta-Nina's Version
12 oz. uncooked Penne Pasta


1/2 cups salsa

1 1/2 cups Stewed Tomatos Italian seasonings

1/2 cup Organic smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup orange juice

2 Tbs. honey

4 tsp. soy sauce

4 cups chicken breast, cubed and cooked

1/4 cup  peanuts

1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro


Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile in large sauce pot, combine the salsa, peanut butter, orange juice, honey, and soy sauce.
Heat until sauce thickens and add chicken; heat through. Drain pasta. Serve with chicken mixture. Garnish with peanuts and cilantro. Makes 8 servings. Voila!
 
This took me 20mins and everyone was fed, bathed, read 4 stories, teeth brushed by 9:30pm...oh and some 2nd grade HW was accomplished too...we got home at 7:45pm...easy dinner!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Party planning...

So my hubby is turning 40 in November and my sister and I are planning a party to celebrate (her husband is turning 40 too)!!! Colors, food, dancing, themes, all running wild in my head. But I think I found some inspiration around the Blog world...so many  talented people out there...I am having too much fun!!!
Love this candy bar for all the bright colors and adult like labels...my hubby will get a kicj out of these!!! Find more pics Posh Pixels Design Studio


But how sophisticated, but still fun are these colors for the entire party? Found these at Pen and Paper Flowers


But how cute would a pop of yellow be in all of this?
Could you imagine these centerpieces in a navy cupcake liner with yellow flowers? Skip the bow (to be a little more manly:) How Does She is a fabulous site...go take a peak!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

What's for dinner?

This is the age old question...and tonight I had an age old answer..."BBQ Drumsticks" One of the easiest dinners of all times, but such a crowd pleaser! So tonight, after purchasing these chicken drumsticks for 6 dollars, I fed my mom, my husband, myself, and 8 children...of course added some rice, a greek salad, carrots and watermelon, but hey a pretty cheap dinner. So nothing new or mysterious about dinner here tonight, just some finger-licking good times! (Plus a few of our kids's friends) Enjoy!

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks (in the oven):
1pkg Chicken Drumsticks (on sale now at Vons FYI)
Your favorite BBQ sauce (half  a bottle will do)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Mix all together in a baking pan lined with foil for easy clean-up. Bake in oven at 350 for 20mins, then 400 for 30/35 mins...turn over mid-way...then enjoy!