May172009

Throwing a party

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Have the grocery store do all the work, but make sure you take all of the credit!

For the baby shower I’m throwing, I want things to taste good, look good, and above all-take very little effort on my part. It’s not that I don’t love the mom-to-be, it’s that I have a family of my own that needs tending to. I want her to have the best party I can give her, while not neglecting my DH and DD at home.

Here’s my plan for foodage:

Baked artichoke dip with homemade toasted baguette (this is the one item that will actually be made 100% by me)

Chicken Salad and Ham salad sandwiches on croissants (store bought everything, but I’ll put it together!)

Fruit salad (yummy yummy- haha! frozen, just need to thaw)

Veggie Tray (will buy in store, already separated and comes with dip!)

Nancy’s Deli Spirals (enough said)

BBQ and Jelly meatballs (I’ll throw them together in the crock pot the morning of. I’m known for these ‘balls.)

To drink, I’ll be making a blue punch- made with Blue Hawaiian punch, Sprite and vanilla ice cream. We’ll also have water and coffee.

And cupcakes. Lots of cupcakes. Made by the cake shop.

There will be *16* people there (well, only 5 have RSVP’d-and that includes me and the guest of honor).

What do you think of my menu? Think it’s enough for a 1:00pm baby shower?

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Mar242009

Yes, I made it for dinner

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Don’t y’all love my fancy-schmancy photography SKILLZ? Oh- and before you yell at me, I made up this plate with leftovers. There are normally a whole lot more green beans on our plates.

This is my “new” favorite recipe. And, I say “new” because I screwed it up, but in the end made it that-much-better.
Here’s the recipe for oven fried chicken with my spin on it:
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
4 med. chicken breasts
1 “sleeve” of Ritz crackers
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black crushed pepper
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons butter melted
Put the Ritz crackers, rosemary, paprika and crushed pepper in a ziploc bag. Get out as much air as you can and seal. Hand the bag to your toddler, and let them crush away. Tell them to keep the top closed, or they are headed to time-out.
Meanwhile, you grease a low-edge pan (I use my cookie sheet) and mix the milk and egg together in whatever cake pan you have (I find it has the best edge for this kind of project).
Take the ziploc bag away from your child and make sure all of the Ritz crackers are crushed and the spices are well incorporated. Praise your child for helping Mommy (or Daddy) in the kitchen!
Pour the contents into another pan. Now, dip the chicken into the egg/milk mixture. Make sure the chicken is covered well, then transfer to the cracker mixture. Do the same, then put on the cookie sheet. Repeat until you have no more chicken left to give a bath to.
Then, drizzle the meelted butter on top…
Throw in the oven for 45 minutes and you’re good to go! I usually serve mine with green beans and some kind of starch.
Now- you can try it the cookbook way- just by replacing the rosemary with thyme. I’ve made it with the thyme many times before, but I think it just tastes oh-so-much-better with rosemary!
Have fun and enjoy!
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Feb162009

The recipe I tried

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So, I forgot to mention the recipe I tried on Friday. It was good, buuuuuuut… You MUST use low-sodium soups. When it first came out of the crock-pot, it tasted great. However as the night went on, it got more-and more-and more (well you get the idea) SALTY!!! So much so, that the left overs we inedible. So please, if you try the recipe, please use low-sodium soups. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

Tonight, we’re having soft tacos.
Ground beef
Taco seasoning
Shredded lettuce
Taco sauce
Soft tortillas
Diced tomatoes
Black olives (if on-sale)
Spanish rice

Yummmmmm

Hopefully this DD (Domestic Debacler) can handle it.

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Feb132009

It’s a true Domestic Debacle.

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Oh dear. We got “paid” this morning. Turns out the cut I mentioned before is really closer to 20%. I had to make humiliating calls this morning, to work out payment plans for our bills. That isn’t the worst of it. We have another cut coming next payday. I think it’s time to get a paying job.

Not only did that happen, but on our *leased* car, the engine light came on. We have to pay $100 just to have the mechanic look at it. The *lease* ends on 3/18. I’m not kidding you. Really, I’m not. Perfect timing, eh?

Disney World is looking further, and further and further away. Just a dream actually.

Now, I’m going to get a little random: Dinner for tonight. Here’s what’s on the menu:
Crock Pot Chicken. I got this recipe from Kraftfoods.com.
Here’s what’s in it:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
~spray bottom of crock pot with Pam. Mix soups in a bowl. Put chicken in crock pot, and pour the soup over the chicken. Cover and let cook on low 6-8 hours.
I’m serving mine over rice, and with veggies.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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