Archives for June 2013

Popsicles, a Squishy Cake and a Birthday

I have come to the undeniable conclusion that Popsicles make people happy. Seriously, I have done a very scientific study on the Popsicle Happiness project. Take my daughters 8th Birthday to be exact, I had this crazy idea to allow my daughter to have  7 friends stay the night. What happens when you get seven 8 […]

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad & Giveaway

What up peeeeople? Dontcha know it’s Dreamfields 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration?! This year it is all about turning your favorite dinner dish into a pasta salad. It can be done with just about anything. One of my most favorite dinners is the simple and healthy, Chicken Caprese. Delicious chicken topped with fresh tomatoes, […]

Do you subscribe to me via Google Reader?

Do you subscribe to me via “Google Reader”? Well, if you haven’t already found out, they are discontinuing this service as of July 1st Makes me super duper sad, as I loved reading my favorite blogs through Google Reader. So I suppose we all have to wipe our tears and accept the fact. If you […]

French Bread Pizza

I always sit here and think y’all want to see fancy. And then I think, most people don’t have time for fancy. So tonight I am bringing you NOT fancy, actually it’s about as simple as you can get. You get an Easy French Bread Pizza. I remember back in the day, frozen French Bread […]

Roasted Chicken

I have officially determined that having children is bad for your self-esteem. Everyday I get a big dose of reality in my house having a 10 and 8 year old. 2 days ago, my daughter tells me that, “It’s fun playing with your giggly belly.” And yesterday I had a very short, yet to the […]

Toasted Coconut Popsicles

So I suppose, I’m getting up there in age… I realized it when I was at Disney for Foodie Blog Forum and I said to my son, I hadn’t ridden Space Mountain in like 25 years. When I said those words, I thought, Oh my gaud, It’s happening, I bet my kids think I’m old. […]

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Popsicles, a Squishy Cake and a Birthday

I have come to the undeniable conclusion that Popsicles make people happy.

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Seriously, I have done a very scientific study on the Popsicle Happiness project.

Take my daughters 8th Birthday to be exact, I had this crazy idea to allow my daughter to have  7 friends stay the night.

What happens when you get seven 8 year olds together? For the most part everything is peachy keen…and then BAM, a scene from Mean Girls breaks out in an instant.

I needed to put the fire out quick before the claws came out….

“WHO WANTS POPSICLES?”

Everyone stopped what they were doing and screamed, “MEEEEEEE”

Claws retracted.

Except for these two(my kid on the right and my BFF’s kids on the left), who insisted on playing out another scene from a movie…Star Wars. Popsicle Life Sabers, who knew??

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My kid is Miss Sassy Pants.

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Oh and another thing I learned in my Popsicle Happiness Project….Orange was the favorite color.

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Hmmmm, who knew? My fav was and will ALWAYS and Forever be RED.

Sooooo if World War III ever breaks out, all we have to do is hand out Popsicles and we will be declared the winner. End of story.

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If you have been following along with my blog for some time, you might remember that I make my kids fancy Birthday Cakes..cause their spoiled like that.
Last year Emma got a “Messy Cake” with Fondant Flowers and for her 6th birthday, she actually got 2 birthday cakes(spoiled) A cupcake cake and a shabby chic cake

Turn out this year, I am super lazy.

I talked her into me just covering a cake with fondant and having her friends write on it with edible markers. I really played it up…I didn’t want to get all fancy with the cake. Lazy, remember?
She totally took the bait.
I was off Scott Free!

Then she threw a wretch in my plans. See, she is OB-SESSED with “Squishy” from Monsters University.
She now wanted a Squishy cake.
Well, I scoured the internet for ideas for such a cake…and …nada. The movie hadn’t even come out.
I again played up the plain fondant cake..but she was stuck on Squishy.

“Mom, you can just draw Squishy on the fondant.”

Hmmmmm, I totally failed Free Hand Drawing class.  Well, I didn’t actually take a free hand drawing class, but if I had, I would have certainly failed, as I can only draw stick figures.

Sooooo, I did my best. I drew Squishy the best that I could and viola, a slapped together Birthday cake.

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She loved it and that makes me giddy. Kids don’t need perfect, in-fact ,I am sure she didn’t even notice my rippled fondant at the base  of the cake that I cringed just looking it.

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The Birthday girl…makes me sad that time goes by so fast

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For a little extra fun at the party, I baked each girl their own 6″ cake to decorate.
They loved it….Sucked up about an hour of time! Good for a party for sure.
However, a word to the wise….you will be stepping on Sprinkles for over a week no matter how many times you vacuum.

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This cake was awarded “Most Sugar”

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And this is the face of a girl that just got a Kindle Fire!!
Happy Birthday Emma Bug!

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**I am a Mom Popsicle Ambassador. Post sponsored by Popsicle, all opinions are 100 % mine o’ mine**

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad & Giveaway

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What up peeeeople?
Dontcha know it’s Dreamfields 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration?!

This year it is all about turning your favorite dinner dish into a pasta salad.

It can be done with just about anything.

One of my most favorite dinners is the simple and healthy, Chicken Caprese.

Delicious chicken topped with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella,basil and drizzled with sweet balsamic glaze.

Now, deconstruct that and add some healthy Dreamfields Pasta. Um, it’s divine.

This Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad  is perfect chilled and is great for picnics, brunches and parties.

You know what I adore about Dreamfields pasta,other than it being delicious?

It only has 5 grams of digestible carbohydrates with a 65% lower glycemic index than traditional pasta.
Dreamfields GI is 13
Normal Pasta’s GI is 38

Those numbers are HUGE for those with Diabetes!
My brother-in-law has type 1 Diabetes and has to be very on top of his diet, especially carbs.
And because Dreamfields has such a low glycemic index, this means a lower blood glucose rise after eating this pasta, this all equals better blood glucose control! Believe me, that’s A BIG deal to diabetics!

 

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Baked Bree made BLT Pasta Salad
Doughmesstic made Blackberry Ginger Pasta Salad
Eclectic Recipes made Italian Pasta Salad
Bell’Alimento made Spicy Caprese Pasta Salad

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Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad
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Serves: 10
 
Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Kosher salt
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1½ lb boneless skinless Chicken Breast
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon Coarse Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ tablespoon Grapeseed or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 box Dreamfields Pasta, desired shape, cooked to package directions
  • 10 Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Balsamic Glaze for drizzle
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together olive oil,lemon juice,balsamic vinegar,salt and tomatoes;set aside.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the grapeseed oil to a large skillet and cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side until no longer pink in the middle.
  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet, allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  5. Thinly slice the chicken.
  6. Add the cooked pasta in the bowl with the oil, vinegar and tomatoes; toss to coat.
  7. Add in the sliced chicken, basil and mozzarella balls;toss to coat.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired.

 

**I have been compensated for my time, however all opinions are 100% mine o’ mine**

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French Bread Pizza

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I always sit here and think y’all want to see fancy.

And then I think, most people don’t have time for fancy.

So tonight I am bringing you NOT fancy, actually it’s about as simple as you can get.

You get an Easy French Bread Pizza.

I remember back in the day, frozen French Bread Pizza was allll the rage.

If you can slice a loaf of french bread in half then really there is no need to get the frozen variety.

Let’s see how complicated this really is……

You need a pretty loaf of French Bread

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Slice it into 4ths.

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Get your fixins’. I used homemade sauce, left over meatballs, fresh basil, shredded and fresh mozzarella cheese.

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Spread your sauce

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Top them with cheese

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Then top with whatever your little heart desires.

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Annndddddd bake for about 10 minutes at 450.

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Enjoy

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5.0 from 3 reviews
French Bread Pizza
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French Bread Pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • Pizza or Spaghetti, homemade or store bought
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Desired Toppings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up)
  3. Slice bread into 4th's.
  4. Spread with sauce.
  5. Top with cheese and desired toppings.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

I have officially determined that having children is bad for your self-esteem.

Everyday I get a big dose of reality in my house having a 10 and 8 year old.

2 days ago, my daughter tells me that, “It’s fun playing with your giggly belly.”

And yesterday I had a very short, yet to the point convo with my son…..

Son: “Mom, would you ever get plastic surgery?”
Me: “Sure.”
Son: “Where, on your face?”

I mean really, is there no filter??

What’s the worst thing your kid has ever said to you? I’d like to laugh, cry with you.

So since I have a fun giggly belly and obvilously need plastic surgery on my face, I made my super simple roasted chicken.

I love love love roasting chicken.

The hands on cooking time is very minimal, but it tastes like you slaved for hours.

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You get an uber juicy chicken bursting with flavors. Perfect for any night.

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Shall I walk you through it?

Take your bird, rinse and dry it and pop it back in the fridge for a few hours to allow the skin to dry out a bit.

She looks so very vulnerable.

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Gather what you need for a nice herbed compound butter.

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Chop your fresh herbs.

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Toss your salt, pepper, oil, rosemary, parsley and thyme in with your butter.

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Mix until well incorporated.

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Slather your bird, including the inside cavity.

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Separate the skin from the breast meat with your fingers.

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Massage the breast meat with the compound butter and replace the skin.

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Get all Fifty Shade of Grey on the bird and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
Pop him in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Loosely tent with foil during the last 30 minutes.
Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to slicing.

Roasted Chicken

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Roasted Chicken
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Easy and delicious roasted Chicken
Ingredients
  • 5 lb. Whole Chicken
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons minced Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 1 /2 teaspoon Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced Fresh Thyme
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and dry the chicken and place it on a rack in a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place in the refrigerator uncovered, until ready to cook dinner, up to 24 hours. (this helps the skin dry out)
  3. Preheat oven to 425
  4. In a small bowl, mix together butter,parsley,oil,rosemary,salt,thyme and pepper.
  5. With your fingers,separate the skin from the breast and spread butter over the meat and replace the skin. Continue to rub the entire chicken with butter including the inside.
  6. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  7. Roast in oven for 1½ hours or until juices run clear.
  8. Loosely tent with foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking to prevent the skin from over-browning.
  9. Allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to slicing.

Toasted Coconut Popsicles

Toasted Coconut Popsicles | The Hungry Housewife

So I suppose, I’m getting up there in age…

I realized it when I was at Disney for Foodie Blog Forum and I said to my son, I hadn’t ridden Space Mountain in like 25 years.

When I said those words, I thought, Oh my gaud, It’s happening, I bet my kids think I’m old.

And my theory was proven correct yesterday when my 10 year old son and I had a conversation.


Me..” Do you think Britney Spears is Pretty?”
Son..”Ewww, Mom, Britney Spears is OLD. She’s old Mom!”

The tea that I was drinking few out of my nose.

Britney Spears old????? No, can’t be. So I ran over to my computer to check the numbers.

Wikipedia states that her birthday is December 2, 1981. She is THIRTY ONE.

So I am posting these AMAZING easy to make Toasted Coconut Popsicles while I go out and get a face full of Botox, a Mommy Tuck. etc….the full “Joan Rivers” if you will.

I am 38, so that make me a haggity old hag in the eyes of my 10 year old son.

Seriously, make the popsicles. They are yum. I kept drinking the liquid before they were even frozen. And once they are frozen, biting into the popsicle and into the chewy toasted coconut is heavenly.

Toasted Coconut Popsicles | The Hungry Housewife

I use the Tovolo Popsicle Molds

Toasted Coconut Popsicles
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Serves: 12
 
Toasted Coconut Popsicles
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Whole MIlk
  • 1 13.5 can Coconut MILK
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut, toasted
Instructions
  1. Brig to a boil in a medium sauce pan the milk, coconut milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and brown sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Even distribute toasted coconut into the bottoms of popsicle molds.(I did 1 tablespoon each).
  3. Pour the liquid into each mold and place in freezer until frozen.
Notes
To toast coconut, place coconut onto small cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully as it burns quickly. Make 4 cups liquid. The amount of popsicles the recipe yields will depend on the size of popsicle molds you are using.

Toasted Coconut Popsicles | The Hungry Housewife