Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Jennifer and Elvin brought Alexis. Harry brought his parents. Plus, other friends of ours. We got a cake from Publix...and it looked exactly like the picture! A Cake Wreck it was not!
And, when it came time for us to present the cake to her. We all started singing Happy Birthday and Shelby got shy and hid. When we told her to blow out the candles and she wouldn't. So, I blew them out. Shelby got wide-eyed, pointed at the cake and said, "More!" So, we lit the candles again and she helped blow them out. She definitely liked to eat the cake! After this picture, she demanded a napkin.
Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, & pineapple)
Pasta salad with carmelized onions, roasted red peppers and peas
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Cake and ice cream
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The best part was that Shelby liked it! She saw Mama & Daddy eating their soup and wanted her own. With her bowl and spoon, she picked out the onions, carrots, and white beans! The absolute BEST part was when Scott tried to teach her to slurp up the broth! She didn't quite get the concept between suck in and blow out. The following video should explain everything!
Roasted Vegetable Minestrone
from Pioneer Woman
■2 whole Zucchini, Halved, Cut Into Strips, Then Cubed
■2 whole Summer Squash, Halved, Cut Into Strips, Then Cubed
■8 ounces, weight White Mushrooms, Stems Removed And Quartered
■2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
■Kosher Salt To Taste
■2 Tablespoons (additional) Olive Oil
■2 whole Carrots, Washed And Sliced (not Peeled)
■1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
■3 stalks Celery, Sliced (leaves Included)
■8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
■2 cans Cannelini Beans, Rinsed
■1 cup (heaping) Cut Green Beans, Fresh Or Frozen
■1-½ cup Medium Or Small Pasta Shells, Uncooked
■1 can (14.5) Diced Tomatoes With Juice
■Salt And Pepper, to taste
■¼ teaspoons Turmeric (optional)
■Parmesan Cheese, Shaved
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Toss cubed zucchini, squash, and mushrooms in a bowl with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt. Arrange onto two sheet pans (to avoid crowding) and roast in the hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until brown and black parts begin to show. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, and celery and stir to cook for 3 minutes. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for ten minutes.
Add cannelini beans and green beans. Cook on low for five minutes. Add pasta and cook for an additional five minutes. Add canned tomatoes, stir, and cook for an additional five minutes on low heat. Check for seasonings, adding salt, pepper, and turmeric.
Add roasted vegetables at the very end. Stir and allow to simmer and heat for a few minutes before serving. Be sure to check seasoning! Add more broth if necessary to increase liquid amount.
Serve with Parmesan shavings and crusty Italian bread.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Monday: More leftovers! (why is it that you ALWAYS make 2.5 times more food than you really need for a party?!)
Tuesday: Minestrone Soup and crusty bread
Wednesday: Stuffed Shells (from This Week for Dinner)
Friday: Homemade pizza
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Tuesday: Schezuan Chicken (from the freezer)
Wednesday: Pork tenderloin (from the freezer)
Thursday: Butternut squash risotto with leftover pork
Friday: Homemade pizza
Saturday: Shelby's birthday party!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
My freezer cooking extravaganza is going to take place next Thursday or Friday. I have a couple days off around Shelby's birthday. The princess is turning two, and we're making progress with getting her to eat what we're eating. The girl loves meat (red meat, chicken, ribs,...it doesn't matter). So, this month will have a larger focus on "hiding" veggies in yummy foods that will be acceptable to our expressive toddler.
I have been bookmarking recipes that I'm excited to try! It's an ambitious plan, but boy does it help having dinner just a quick thaw away!
Here's my plan!
- Wheat Pizza Dough x3 (from Smitten Kitchen)
- Hamburger Buns x2
- Stuffed Shells (from This Week for Dinner)
- Minestrone Soup (from Pioneer Woman)
- Green Meatballs
- Chicken Pot Pie (since it's getting to be decent weather again!)
- Sweet Potato Gnocchi (from Three many Cooks)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
When I was in St. Louis for a class, I got to pet a Clydesdale! Please note that the handler had to lower the horse's head so my friend could get both me and the horse in the same frame....not a proud moment for me. :)
I also had a fantastic view from my hotel room! This hotel is adjacent to the Cardinals' ballpark (I faced the river, as you can see). It was the last homestand of the season. The Cards shoot off fireworks after homeruns and victories. Judging from their season, they had a lot of fireworks leftover. Well, on our first night there, I was completely freaked out by random explosions outside my room! Once I realized what was going on, I was just annoyed that the fireworks continued until 11pm (long past my bedtime).
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday: Grilled cheeses
Tuesday: Spinach Enchiladas
Wednesday: Grilled flank steak & fiesta corn
Thursday: Obama Chili in the slow cooker with crusty bread
Friday - Saturday: Baba Lawrences in town for the weekend!