Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Grown-up Cheeseburger Mac


I often write on this blog about what great, adventurous eaters my boys are. They love veggies, fish, lamb chops - all sorts of things that most kids aren't willing to try. But, they're regular kids who also like regular kid food. In fact, Gabriel's favorite meal is macaroni and cheese with fruit. It's what he requested for his birthday dinner this year; he's 7. He'd eat it most days if offered.

I however, am not in love with boxed macaroni and cheese. It's OK, but I prefer it with extra butter, milk and melted cheese. That, however, is getting pretty close to something I should just make homemade, don't you think? Yeah, me too.

I usually make my mac and cheese with sharp cheddar. But at the store entrance this week there was a display featuring a new product, Roth Ultimate Mac and Cheese blend. It seemed like a sign - you should use this to make a grown-up version of macaroni and cheese. The mixture is really good - Grand Cru, havarti and sharp cheddar. It's creamy and flavorful with just a bite of sharpness.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Activities

Waiting for the Thanksgiving turkey can be boring for kids. Get out of the kitchen and away from the television with some of these fun ideas.

Want to know a secret? I think Thanksgiving is boring. Well, not for me, exactly, because I'm usually busy cooking. But, when I was a kid, I felt like I was cooped up waiting for dinner. We always ate later in the day, and all of the focus was on dinner. So I was surrounded by good smelling food that just wasn't ready to eat yet.

And, the adults weren't much help. They were usually watching football or talking about adult stuff. And, back when I was a kid, we only had one TV in the house.

Yes, we have video games now, and five thousand television channels, and the Internet. But sometimes it's nice to unplug and do something with your hands. Make something, play with something, even eat something. In preparation for the long weekend, I've put together some fun ideas for the kids.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Skinny Raspberry Rum Spritzer


I had a long day in the ICU today. I performed CPR, attended rounds, worked with a fellow student to examine and write up two patients, and dealt with a second-year resident who (I think anyway) didn't really mean to be as rude as he was. All.DAY.LONG.

So, tonight I wanted a treat, a tropical drink, to be exact. I know it's November, time for spiked hot cocoa and apple cider drinks, which are yummy, but a bit too heavy for me tonight. I wanted something light and fruity and um ... low calorie.

Friday, November 13, 2015

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies


Last week Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess sent an email asking me to fill in the blank: "It's not Thanksgiving without ______ " What was my answer? Pumpkin pie of course! I love pumpkin desserts - pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread, and these pumpkin cookies! And now that it's November, it's time to let my favorite desserts come to life!

My niece was visiting last week, and even though it's nearly 90 degrees here in southwest Florida, we decided to embrace Fall and do some baking. She doesn't really like white chocolate, I convinced her that it was exactly what these cookies needed. In the end she agreed. At least, I think that's what she said around the mouthful of cookies!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rotisserie Chicken Saves Dinner


Before we start talking about dinner, I want to point out that little orange "Yum" button at the top of each post. Clicking that button for a particular post will save the recipe to Yummly, which is a cool recipe collation website. All of our recipes are there on our own Goodlicious publisher page. You can make an account on the site and it will save any recipes you've "yummed" into your own collection. Plus, it takes your "taste profile" into account when you search for new recipes, kind of like a personal shopper for dinner ideas. How cool is that? So, if you like a post on here, please feel free to click Yum, (and Pin, Like, Share, and Tweet!) to be able to find it again easily.

Now, what's for dinner tonight? If you're at my house, it might be leftover chicken ...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lamb Chops in Balsamic Reduction Glaze


I've posted more than one fish recipe on this fledgling blog. So, lest you all think I'm becoming a pescatarian, I wanted to share a recipe for some red meat.
Yes, I've read the news that red meat and processed meat are bad for you. Honestly, that doesn't seem like news, we were warned about processed meats and red meat causing colon cancer several years ago. And, that's something our family needs to work on. Sometimes it seems like my husband thinks cold ham is the only thing he can eat for lunch. And the boys and I all love Genoa salami and cheddar cheese way too much.

But, that doesn't mean you can't have ANY red meat, just not TOO MUCH red meat. So, since we're not supposed to eat a lot, let's make sure what we do eat is extra delicious.

These succulent lamb chops are some of my favorites. Rubbed with herbs and cooked medium rare, then topped with a sweet, tangy balsamic reduction, they're an easy elegant, meal that's done in about 15 minutes of active cooking time.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Apple Sausage Quiche


So, I'm finally done with the didactic portion of PA school, meaning I'm not stuck in class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m five days a week. I'm on rotations now, which is so different from classwork and a lot of fun. My first rotation was in the Emergency Room, and this rotation I'm working in the pediatric intensive care unit, the PICU. I love working with patients and learning from the other healthcare providers. I've already seen so much and am learning more every day. 

Having this time on rotations has allowed me to reflect on what helped me be successful taking care of myself and my family during the last year, which was incredibly hectic and stressful. We would be in class all day and then have to prepare for two or three exams a week. Of course, having a supportive husband and great friends to rely on helped tremendously, but I still did most of the meal planning and cooking, along with quite a bit of the grocery shopping and cleaning. At least I think I did my fair share, you'll have to ask my husband if he agrees. (I know I was cranky a bit more than usual too.)