It’s not too late for soup!

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted! Super sorry about that! So much and yet absolutely nothing has been going on. If that made any sense, you let me know. I know what I was thinking in my head..not sure if it really came out the way it’s intended.

First, let’s get this out of the way.  After weeks and weeks of consistently going to the gym, planning meal after meal, very carefully watching my calories, and carb intake; I have officially lost 7 pounds. All since Friday. All due to a nasty GI virus, that I still have.  Saturday I walked, brace yourself, an entire 935 steps.  All of them from the living room to the bathroom. And now that you know things about me that you really don’t need to know..

Easter here in our crazy house was fantastical! Actually nothing happened. Wait! Yes it did! We made Easter eggs with Kool-Aid. I saw the post floating around Facebook, and thought we’d try that. Had I found it on Pinterest, it would have been a Pinterest fail.  Ok, so not a fail, but certainly not a PAAS coloring experience! The red turned out red, the purple turned gray and everything else dried various shades of orange.

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The ol’ man hid plastic eggs for the lil’ monsters.  Yes, even the older 2 liked looking for about 800 plastic eggs in our palatial abode. Of course, I’m kidding. About the palatial abode. Undoubtedly, we will find one in August with a moldy Twix in it.  We don’t go super crazy here at Easter.  Some people go nutty, almost like Christmas!  The kids under our roof get a chocolate bunny, and 1 gift. And a roof. This year they got impostor Fitbits so they can start monitoring their steps and sleep. We are trying so hard to get them on the healthy track!  New mamas: Listen up!!  If you want your kids to have a healthy lifestyle, start ASAP!  Once they develop bad habits, it’s soooooooo difficult to break those habits!  What’s that song?  5-2-1-0 be a healthy hero!  You totally sang the song in your head..admit it!

Since I woke up to snow yesterday morning, and it’s going to be cold for the next week, soup for dinner is still fair game! Seriously, if I had no sense of portion control, I would have eaten the whole pot. It’s a Pillsbury recipe, but I changed things around a little.  It’s delicious. I served this bisque with the Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. It was a perfect combination.  Everyone liked it!  Even the one who likes NOTHING liked it. Only because I made hers without the crab. Apparently, I have a “made to order” kitchen.

Tomato Crab Bisque

  • 1- 32 oz carton Bisque style tomato soup (any tomato soup is fine)
  • 1- 7oz can Chopped green chiles
  • 1 C Whipping cream
  • 1 tsp Seafood Seasoning (from 6 oz container)
  • 1 C  Chopped cooked crabmeat (I used imitation crabmeat)
  1. In large saucepan, heat soup and chiles to boiling over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low.
  2. With a wire whisk, beat in whipping cream and seafood seasoning until blended.
  3. Cook until just hot (do not boil).
  4. Stir in crabmeat.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls or mugs. Garnish with thyme.

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National Spinach Day?

I quit cold turkey. It’s been 4 days.  Four. Cuatro. Quatre.  It’s been four days without a single chocolate chip.  It may not seem like a lot to you, but to me?  Oh, stop with your eye roll, you judgmental bastard!  I realize there are bigger real world problems out there. But, seriously, I’m ready to punch someone in the throat.  Like the ol’ man perhaps? He had the nerve to buy Chips Ahoy! cookies, without the decency to hide them from me. Asshole.  Testing my will power is not love.  It’s torture. I have plenty of internal struggles with “eat or not to eat”. Don’t make it worse by teasing me with the goods! When it comes to chocolate chips or chocolate chip cookies, I have ZERO control. Cake? Pie? Ice cream? Chips?  I can say no to it all.  Having chocolate chips or any of their accomplices is like stocking up the liquor cabinet with alcoholic in the house.  I. Will. Not. Break. Down.

Enough of my whining.  Rumor has it that tomorrow is National Spinach Day.  I’m not entirely sure why we need a National Day for Spinach, but we do.  Luckily for spinach, it’s delicious.  And Popeye seems to like it, so I guess it’s worthy.  Since I’m Striving for 5 and all that fun stuff, (Go Team Go!) Campbell’s has a fantastical spinach and mushroom frittata that I made a while ago.  Easy, and the kids like it. Well, 2 of them did. I will give you a penny and a half if you can guess which one didn’t.  Heaven forbid they saw the microscopic mushrooms in it. This would make a great Easter brunch recipe! Just don’t tell the kids there are mushrooms. Or Spinach. Nevermind.  Serve it at the adult table.  Or call it just a Frittata.  It’s all in how you spin it!

Spinach and Mushroom Frittata 

  • 10 Eggs
  • 1 Can cream of mushroom soup (used the 10¾ oz size of 98% fat free)
  • 1-10 oz pkg Frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1.5 C Shredded Swiss (honestly I probably used closer to 2 C, since ya know, I used almost fat free soup, lol my logic kills me)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.  Spray a 12x8x2 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl with a whisk, beat the eggs.  Stir in the soup, spinach and 1 cup (or so) of the cheese and black pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until the eggs are set in the center.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.  Let stand for about 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. If you make this the day before, refrigerate until you are ready to use.  Let it sit out for 30 minutes to get to room temperature.  Then reheat in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes.

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Dream Reader–I believe you can get me through the night…Assignment #6

Bright and early at 6:30am, the 9yr barges in my room looking to open her Easter Bag. With one eye open, I’m pretty sure I grunted a “get your ass back in bed..”  Good thing I set my alarm for 9am.  Knowing that I will never get the moment back if I stayed sleeping while she opened the goods, I stumbled out of bed. Yes, I do bags!  I hate storing the baskets.  I don’t know why that is actually. Hmmm. Anyway, The Sponge Bob chocolates were a hit, as was the soccer ball.  She loved, loved, loved, the Minion eggs I made! (which I’m fully aware was in a post I posted yesterday, but they are darn cute!)

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The older two could have cared less about the Easter bags.  They wanted to get to the brunch, and be done with the day.  Mission accomplished.  Brunch was exceptional. We had a great day with our families.  Rob’s mom made a great dinner.  It was so nice to visit with everyone. And now no one will be eating until Tuesday. Or an hour ago, when I had popcorn. Carry on!

Monday. Just a few short hours away. See previous posts regarding not enough hours in a day!  Today, my time complaint?  Not enough days in a weekend.  Well, I guess it’s got to be Monday at some point, right?  Tuesday would end up being just as dreaded. We can’t have that. We have to keep with the status quo. End rant.

So. Monday. Three kids. Four kids to feed. This recipe takes a little longer if you do it all at once.  But if you brown up the meat (hamburger or turkey) ahead of time, it goes much quicker.  And this one, I made up myself!!  I’m a keeper I know! 😉

Cheeseburger Wontons

  • 1lb          Hamburger, lean, browned and drained
  • 2C          Shredded cheese (whatever your little heart desires! cheddar, Swiss, parmesan)
  • 1 pkg     Wonton wrappers
  • Spices to your liking, I added onion and garlic powder.
  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with a little cooking spray.
  2. Lay out 1 wrapper at a time, in a diamond shape.  Sprinkle cheese across the middle. Layer the meat on top of the cheese.
  3. Dab your finger with a little water and outline the edges of the wonton wrapper.
  4. Fold over and press together to make a triangle.
  5. Place on prepped cookie sheet.  When sheet is full, spray just a little cooking spray over top.
  6. Bake until golden brown.

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This is not an assignment..I repeat..this is not an assignment!!

 

If you’re questioning the title, I’ve been going to “Blog University 101”.  All week they have been giving various assignments, and others give feed back.  It’s been extremely helpful.

Easter. Thankfully it doesn’t cost nearly as much as Christmas.  Materialistic, I know, but total reality.  For all holidays, we are very family focused! That’s good, right?!  This year is a little different for us though, as Mommy killed the dream of the Easter bunny, by way of Santa Claus. .  Well, if Autumn didn’t already really know the answer, she wouldn’t have asked. Anyway, now she knows that I have been filling the baskets, the stocking and the tooth fairy does not wear a tutu while putting money under the pillow. Yeah…meanest Mommy EVER.

Amazingly enough, I do not cook for Easter.  We go to out to brunch!  I love brunch.  I actually like the “unch” part of brunch better. I am in the minority on that amongst the gang. Eh, everyone wins with brunch.

If you are lucky enough to be cooking, these little babies are easy and awesome!!  I just made them for a baby shower. They were a huge hit! And did I mention they were easy?  Who cares if they are tasty? EASY is what counts!

Ham-Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter

  • 5 packages of Pillsbury Biscuits (Country Style y’all)
  • Mustard Butter (Recipe following)
  • 2lbs  Thinly sliced deli ham (I used maple flavored)
  1. Bake biscuits according to directions on package.  I mean if you have your Grams super fantastical biscuit recipe, by all means use that.  I’m busy and Pillsbury does such a great job!
  2. Split each biscuit, and spread evenly with Mustard Butter.  Stuff biscuits with ham.

Mustard Butter

  • 1 cup            Butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp.         Minced Sweet Onion
  • 2 Tbsp.        Spice brown mustard
  1. Stir together all ingredient until blended.

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