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Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Favorites - Red, White, & Blue



I love the 4th of July! As an adult it means even more to me know that my littlest booger was born in July. I know one of these years we'll have a red, white, and blue bash for his birthday. There have been so many great ideas out there this year! Here are my favorite patriotic finds to share:


Patriotic Cookie Dippers - Lady Behind the Curtain





Berry Pie - Peanut Butter and Peppers







Patriotic Poke Cake - Love Bakes Good Cakes






4th of July Poke Cake - Love and Homemade Recipes


 




Red, White, and Blue Jello Salad - Real Mom Kitchen





Paper Firecrackers - Adventures of D and V


 




Star Spangled Banner Printable - HMH Designs


 




Monday, June 25, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 6/25



Well, last week was a little crazy. We went down to Philadelphia on Sunday morning to spend time with Paul's dad and my Grandparents. The plan was to stay down there until Wednesday or Thursday. Apparently Wesley had other ideas! By Sunday night we both realized he was clearly not ready to be away from home for that long. Can you say tantrums?!

Previous week's meal planning and freezer meals saved me, though! I was pretty proud of myself that I could come up with a makeshift meal plan without having to go grocery shopping. Luckily, this week is not nearly that hectic, so here's my plan:


Lunch- Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad (without the pecans)



Dinner- Cheesy Beefy Mac






Lunch- Leftover Chicken Salad Sandwiches, on the road




Dinner- Out






Lunch- Grilled Pesto Melts




Dinner- Tomato Pesto Pizza





Lunch- Chips & Salsa




Dinner- Chicken Corn Chowder






Lunch- YOYO You're On You're Own




Dinner- Blueberry Pancakes






Lunch- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (from freezer)




Dinner- Leftovers






Lunch- Pesto Ranch Pasta Bake




Dinner- Leftovers




Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Friday Favorites - Seafood



I don't know about you, but we are HUGE seafood eaters in this family! One of our favorite places to go out to eat while we lived in Philly was a restaurant called The Cock 'n Bull, mainly because every Thursday they had a special King Henry's Feast. It was basically an upscale all you can eat dinner with amazing seafood. Ok, well they had other things to eat, but we were there for the seafood! We only went there a few times because it was quite expensive for us, I'm thinking I'd love to go again for our next anniversary. Anyway, here's some great seafood finds for you today:


Honey Mustard and Dill Salmon - Alderberry Hill






Healthy Tuna & White Bean Pita - Once A Month Mom





Broiled Parmesan Tilapia - Living, Laughing, and Loving






Herb Roasted Garlic and Lime Shrimp - Cheerios and Lattes






Garlic Baked Shrimp - Gimme Some Oven






Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp - Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour





Linking up to: Finding Joy in My Kitchen and Pinteresting Wednesday.




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tomato Pesto Pizza



It's so funny how the simplest recipes often are the ones my family craves the most! I whipped this up last minute, mainly because I had a container of cherry tomatoes that needed to be used. I had also made my own fresh pesto for the first time a few days prior, but feel free to use your favorite jarred version. I was thrilled because this pizza tastes a lot like a white pizza I used to order when I was in high school. Yum!



Tomato Pesto Pizza

refrigerated pizza crust (I used thin)
1/3 cup pesto
1 container cherry tomatoes, halved
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese



Prebake crust at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes. Spread pesto on crust as evenly as possible leaving about 1/2 inch from all edges. Top pesto with cherry tomato halves and then with desired amount of mozzarella cheese. Bake pizza for another 8-11 minutes making sure cheese is completely melted.



 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Friday Favorite Finds - Cake



I love cake. My sister and I often joke that the women in our family have a love affair with baked goods. Oddly enough, we both married guys who could take them or leave them. Where did we find these people?

Anyway, I've been seeing a lot of yummy cake recipes on Pinterest lately. Here's what I have pinned to make:


Grasshopper Cake - The Country Cook






Luscious Lemon Poke Cake - Kraft





Apple Dump Cake - Hun What's For Dinner?






Ice Cream Cake - Chocolate, Chocolate, More Chocolate






Almond Pound Cake - Melissa's Cuisine





Boston Cream Poke Cake - Lil Luna
Source: lilluna.com via Kelly on Pinterest






Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake - Recipe Girl

 




Ok, wow I feel like I need to hit the gym just looking at all that cake! Where's the fork?

Linking up to: Joy In My Kitchen.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blueberry Crumb Bars



I have been obsessed with blueberries ever since I made Cake Mix Blueberry Muffins. You better bet I'm dragging the family out to the orchard to pick blueberries later this summer! These crumb bars were truly amazing. They definitely satisfy your summer sweet tooth! I brought these to our family's Memorial Day cookout and knowing that my dad isn't too fond of blueberries, I made a cherry crumb pie as well. Wouldn't you know my dad gobbled up two pieces of the blueberry bars instead! Definitely a keeper.


Blueberry Crumb Bars
from Cookin' Up North

for the crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar

for the filling:
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
6 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups blueberries


Mix the flour, butter, and powdered sugar. Press into a greased 9x13 dish and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Cream together the eggs and sugar using a hand mixer. Stir in salt, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and flour until well combined. Gently add blueberries to filling mixture. Pour filling over slightly cooled crust. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.



This is hard to resist, but cool completely before cutting into bars and serving. These bars look really pretty wrapped in parchment paper on your counter. They will be gone in minutes!



Here are some more favorite bar recipes:









Linking up to: Totally Tasty Tuesday, Terriffic Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesday Confessional, T Time, Too Cute Tuesday, Tuesday Timeout, Show Me What Ya Got, Trick or Treat Tuesday,Show and Tell, The Mommy Club, Show Off Your Stuff, Cast Party Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday, Sugar and Spice, Link it up Wednesday, Ultimate Recipe Swap.





Sunday, June 10, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 6/11



It was hot, hot, hot today here in beautiful Central PA! Saturday wasn't too bad and we were able to enjoy an outdoor concert to see one of my newest favorite bands: the City Harmonic. We only stayed to see them, even though there were many other bands there. Somehow it isn't the same when you're towing a 3 year old and a 10 month old. My youth group days are long gone, let me tell ya!!

According to the weather reports, Saturday was the last "comfortable" day for quite a while. You know what that means? Break out the good ol' crock pot! Takes much less energy to run and it doesn't cause our window unit air conditioner to have a heart attack! Here's the plan:


Taco Salad





Sloppy Joe Loaded Baked Potatoes (I plan on cooking the baked potatoes in the crock pot and using up some leftover Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe filling from the freezer)





Crockpot Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs





Slow Cooked Macaroni & Cheese





Broccoli & Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes (from freezer)




Breakfast- Apple Pie Muffins



Dinner- Grilled Hotdogs & Corn on the Cob





Breakfast- leftover Apple Pie Muffins




Dinner- Slow Cooked Sticky Chicken (carry over)





~Crockpot Meatball Subs

~Crescent Pepperoni Roll Ups

~Leftover Taco Salad

~Tuna Melts

~Chips & Salsa



Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.


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