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Huevos Rancheros Cups

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I rooted for Melissa d'Arabian on The Next Food Network Star...and I'm glad she won...but now her show for me is hit or miss(actually ALOT of the FN shows are, but I just keep a'watchin). But a couple weeks ago...BIG hit. HUGE-get in the kitchen and make it NOW hit. Do you ever get that when you watch a cooking show? Even though I try to carefully plan out the meals for the month, this recipe insisted that I rearrange some stuff and make it...soon! And it was good...it was so, SO good! My head right now is in the throws of "March meal planning". And I'll admit..as much as I enjoyed the ease of things (food related) in February...I felt kinda stifled. Like a big wet towel thrown on my cooking creativity..b/c it was all laid out for me. But, there was really no denying that it worked/is working. A couple of February's favorites will return for March...but I'm gonna try to mix it up. AND it kinda kills it for blogging too..b/c I'm not making 'ne…

Non-food: Me and Miss Priss

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Sometimes Miss Priss gets sick of my taking pictures of just her a Bub and wants to take pictures of me. Which at my current size I'm not at all comfortable with...however, if they are with her...we have fun with it. And at the risk of being totally embarassed...well...here we are..in all our goofy glory!

Scotch Eggs

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Two ingredients. Hard-boiled eggs Sausage I used 4 eggs and 1/2 a roll of sausage Wrap the egg in the sausage, pop it in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes. Then I broiled mine for about 5 to make sure the sausage was cooked (I'm got major phobia about raw meat). When they come out of the oven....let them rest. RESIST the urge to cut or heaven forbid BITE into these babies b/c they are HOT. Read: 400 degree oven AND broiled. I liked them, alot actually! And um..totally low carb..but not low fat/low cal. Meh...we can't be perfect! Yesterday it was nice-ish here in MO. 50+ weather, so the kids and I headed out for a jaunt away from the stiffling walls of our home. Winter is SUCH a downer! But let me tell ya...Shape-ups + stroller with two kids ='s feeling it today. Kinda feel like I've been run over by a truck. Oof.

Jalepeno Popper Burgers and Biggest Loser

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Yeah..not really two things that 'go' together. I know. But I'll get to my point in a minute. Wanna burger? The buns weren't great-I improv'd a recipe and it didn't really work out the way I wanted to..and the actual hamburger was pan fried ='s soooo greasy (I always channel Pauly Shore via-Encino Man when I say that!)...but the cheese is what I'm here to talk about today...oh and the onion rings..but give me a second- Popper Topper 1-8oz block of cream cheese-softened 4-jalepenos, seeded and diced fine 1-heaping Tablespoon of minced garlic 3/4-cup of shredded cheese (I used the Melting blend from Kraft) dash of salt and pepper mix that into a lovely mess, then roll it into a fat log (I plop it onto a piece of plastic wrap then roll it that way)-then put it into the fridge/freezer to stiffen back up. Once the burgers are cooked-slice off a 1/2 inch of the Popper Topper and put it on your burger and either put it in a oven set on low, or cover it with s…

Breakfast biscuits and getting organized!

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Yummy, huh? Totally easy. I always keep the leftovers from, well everything...even breakfast. Little Miss will go from hungry to not in the time it takes me to cook an egg! So...roll of canned biscuits, plus breakfast leftovers and a little bit of cheese...breakfast the next day! Can of biscuits 3/4 cup scrambled eggs 1/2 cup chopped cooked sausage 1/4 cup bacon bits 1/4 cup shredded cheese Roll out the biscuits, put about 1-2 Tablespoons of the filling, pinch it shut, bake until brown. YUM! And again...SO easy! This was our 'fish fry' last week! It was HEAVENLY! And it went along with my 'Suzy gets organized' goal! This is one of the calendars I keep in the kitchen...this is our meal calendar b/c I'm trying out the whole meal planning thing. And so far...I'm ROCKING it! It has made grocery shopping MUCH easier, and I'm saving a ton of money. Yesterday I fed 6 people with ...get this..TWO chicken breasts and ONE cup of rice. Not kidding! Along with t…

Tipsy Bears!

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I saw the idea for 'drunken gummi bears' floating around the internet..and well, I just happened to have some Whipped Cream flavored vodka. Bag of Gummi Bears take a bath in the vodka... they take a loooong bath...4 days (at least)... and they soak up all that vodka....and they get all plump and shiny.. And even more delicious than they already are! These would be GREAT at a party...but they are JUST as great hiding in a tiny container in the back of my fridge for "Mama needs a moment" erm..moment! Where knockin back a real shot would send me into allergic hives...these little guys don't seem to phase me! Well...I'm sure the WHOLE container would...but just one or two...or ok...8 *giggles* didn't seem to make me itchy! I've seen people do the same technique with gummi worms and peachy-o's too. The gummi-vodka possibilities go on and on!!

White Chocolate Mocha cookies-aka

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a very BAD idea. Remember when I said earlier that I'd stick to this diet thing, yadda, yadda? Well...um yeah...then THESE happened. It started simply enough. It's snowing...I told you that. And I mean it's SNOWING! I'm locked in the house with my kids, various animated talking animals, cats and dogs that are mad b/c I won't let them out, etc. And I started the day good...and I got a little cocky. I mean I didn't have THAT many calories for lunch..and I wanted something sweet. And then I thought that my coffee maker might be dying...and that sent me into a downward spiral...hugging the machine and crying out to it "PLEASE don't leave me!!". I might have a slight coffee addiction...just sayin'. Where was I? Oh yeah...cookies. I started trolling blogs for a cookie recipe for which I had the ingredients. And I looked. And I looked. And then I clicked on the cookies link under the recipe tab on HowSweetEats I go here and lurk quite frequently, I…

Turkey meatballs

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Little Miss wanted to get in on the photography action as well and asked that I take a picture of her dinner too. Meatballs....Husband's FAVORITE thing. Whenever I ask him what he wants for dinner...meatballs. No really...it does get quite annoying. Me though..NOT a meatball fan. *clamps mouth, shakes head* It stems from getting a perm when I was like 5 and my Mom had made meatballs (just the Sam's club frozen ones)-but trying to eat those for lunch while she was perming my hair and the smell of the perm solution and the meatballs...blech. For the record I can't eat corndogs on a stick either for the SAME reason. But Husband has converted me to a couple things...shrimp and mushrooms...so who is to say I can't be converted to meatballs as well? These get me closer than I've been before! Turkey Meatballs (adapted from Ellie Krieger) 1lb ground turkey 1 slice wheat bread-crumbed 2tsp dried thyme 1 egg 1/4 cup carrot-grated 1/2 cup onion-diced 1 spoonful of minced garlic 1/4 cup g…