Monthly Archives: June 2012

Golden Egg

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Guess what we got!!??

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Our first egg! Actually, this is the second egg but the first was laid in the yard and was soft shelled and broke. I was the first one up this morning and the first to check on the girls. Go figure someone laid the second one after I left for work and so I was left out of the discovery!
We still don’t know who the layer is!

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I’ll let you know if we ever solve that mystery. I’m beginning to think we need to have an egg recipe contest just so I can get new egg recipes!
Today, I got home a little later than normal. Since everyone was hungry, I decided to try out a new fajita sauce.

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This sauce made quite a zesty fajita!

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I’m trying to use up the veggies I have left before they get funky! This dish came together super simple.
Here is what I used:
Chicken breast
Avocado
Sour cream
Onion
Green pepper
Button mushrooms (I used tiny ones!!)
Tortilla shells

1. Add oil to a pan and bring up heat to medium-high. Cook chicken until it begins to brown. Add in onion, green pepper and mushroom and continue to cook until chicken is fully cooked and veggies are soft.
2. Stir in sauce and cook until warm all the way through.
3. Heat up tortillas according to package. Fill tortillas with meat and veggies and top with avocado and sour cream.
Enjoy!

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Can You Hear That?

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My house is completely quiet at the moment! Actually, it will be this way for the next few hours and I’m going to enjoy every second of it! My husband is on his summer break from work. Just finished Friday. Since then we have had a fun filled weekend! I realized this weekend, I desperately want an i-phone, because there were so many things I would have loved to share (good) pictures of with you!
Until then, I will share a few random thoughts and pictures I’ve been wanting to share!

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Let’s start with breakfast! So Much To Share!

Sandwich Time!

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It’s hot out. We are constantly on the run. Not from the law, just either going to the gym, swim practices, meets or  out playing. During the week, dinners need to be quick and easy. However they can still taste great!

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Turkey, Bacon, Avocado Sandwiches!
So yummy and super simple. I remember growing up and my uncle always making up sandwiches that were stacked with everything the fridge contained. They were awesome.

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Here I what I used:
Bread
Lettuce
Tomato
Mayo
Turkey
Bacon, cooked
Avocado

1. Toast your bread. Stack up as much of the rest of the ingredients your until heart desires or until you run out. Eat it up!

This would also make a nice club if you added addition layers of bread and ingredients and cut into four sections!

Want a great side dish? How about these adorable zucchini cakes!

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I found these darlings on Pinterest. The great news is that are pretty low calorie!

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I modified this dish by adding Parmesan Herb Panko and omitting Adobo spices. These cakes were great and the perfect way to use up some of that zucchini I know many of you will have an abundance of before long!

The original recipe for this dish can be found at Shape by clicking here.

Where Shall We Begin?

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I did not take enough pictures of all the wonderful dishes on this plate! This was our Father’s day dinner the I prepared but I was in a bit of a rush to get everything on the table. There were no leftovers. It was super yummy!

Want a couple new recipe ideas?

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Let’s start with the Honey Glazed Pork!

Just marinade pork (or chicken) in a few simple ingredients. Here is what you’ll need:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2-3 cloves of minced garlic
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper

1. Mix all ingredients and marinade pork until grilling time! Grill pork as you normally would.

My goal was to allow the pork to marinade overnight however I found myself leaving to go camping a day early and that idea was forgotten in the chaos. A few hours still gave the pork a nice flavor!

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Now how about some Tomato Caprese Salad?

Such a super simple dish that always looks great! It sure helps when the mozzarella is on sale too! Here is what you need:
tomatoes
mozzarella
basil
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
lemon juice
salt and pepper

1. Slice up tomato and mozzarella and arrange in a dish alternating a slice of each.
2. Sprinkle basil on top and in between slices if tomato and mozzarella.
3. Combine olive oil and vinegar. This is something I measured by taste. I would say my ratio was about two parts oil, one part vinegar. You won’t need much. If the vinegar taste is too strong, add more oil. I added a tiny bit of lemon juice (1-2 tsp) and salt and pepper. Mix well and drizzle over tomatoes and mozzarella.
4. Chill for a bit and then serve.

Ok here is my one regret. Not having more pictures of those potatoes! They tasted amazing and it is a shame I don’t make them more often!

You will need the following:

A small bag of tiny red potatoes (sorry if there is a fancy word for them, I can’t think of it!)
2-3 cups of chicken broth (beef broth might taste good too!)
butter
parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

1. Add broth and potatoes to a deep skillet or pot. Cover and allow to boil until potatoes are soft. This should take 10-15 minutes. I checked mine occasionally by seeing of a fork could slide into them without much effort. If you broth gets low before the potatoes soften, add more.
2. Once potatoes are soft, uncover and allow broth to cook off.
3. Use a potato masher and coarsely mash up potatoes. Add in butter and continue to mash in. You can add anywhere from a few tablespoons to half a stick depending on how healthy you want them.
4. Mix in about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve!

The elbow macaroni was a dish we ended up with at the end of our camping trip! It isn’t my dish but it was yummy so we finished it off!

Hope you are having a great summer!

Feeling Spicy?

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers!
Finally! I have been wanting to make these sandwiches forever. Way back when, I visited the Dayton farmer’s market, there was a guy selling different flavors of chicken patties. I almost bought some but then my pal convinced me she had a wonderful recipe that she makes and that it was simple and a little more budget friendly (these patties were a bit steep).

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So wouldn’t you know…when time came to making these burgers, I lost the recipe. That’s my kind of luck! I went through my emails and texts looking for it to no avail! My husband was doing the kitchen pacing thing in the kitchen so I decided to just go for it. What I remember her mentioning is that she blends in bits of celery and carrot into the meat.

Here is what you’ll need to make these yummy burgers. Read On…

Flew the Coop!!

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This morning, we had a potentially disastrous situation on our hands. Turns out our chickens are getting agitated by the confines of their run so one of them literally flew the coop. What makes this a real poor decision on the chicken’s part is that our dog would like nothing better than to sink her teeth into them. Normally, we lock her up in the house when we let them out so there is no way they can actually cross paths.
So today, you can imagine the surprise and instant fear when we realized that one of the chickens were out in the yard with the dog.

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