Wednesday, January 28, 2015

One Pot Wednesday...Spicy Sausage Pasta

Another one pot meal for you and yours on a busy week night! I love any dish that is in the same family as a Cajun pasta, and this dish fits right in! Plus it has smoked sausage in it, who doesn't love smoked sausage! I actually used a smoked turkey sausage to health it up a bit, ha! Actually I won't use an ingredient no matter how healthy if it doesn't taste good. These sausages are amazing, please give them a try! You would really try them with this dish! 
Warm, spicy, comforting, quick, this has it all

Spicy Sausage Pasta
1 tbsp EVOO
1lb smoked sausage sliced
1 1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic minced
2cups chicken stock
1 can Rotel
1\2 cup cream
8oz short cut pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
1/3 cup slice green onion

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet add sausage and onions, cook until browned about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for until fragrant, don't burn.
Add stock, Rotel,cream, pasta and salt and pepper, stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is done, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of cheese. Top the dish with green onion and remaining cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Asian beef and noodles

As I have been talking about for a few weeks now, one of my goals this year was to be better at meal planning. Well I have been at it for about a month now and I am falling I love! This has also helped me actually try some of those zillions of recipes I have pinned. Last nights meal was one of those! I found this recipe a few weeks ago and I couldn't resist basically because I love love love beef lo mein. Love it. Even with my love, I don't eat it real often due to it not being the healthiest of options. But this version was weight watchers friendly! I'm not on weight watchers but I thought well it has to be a bit better than the classic version! Man alive was this delicious, quick and easy, yes yes and yes! Now I did edit the recipe a bit which was supposed to be 9 points, I added a bit of peanut butter, and siracha to the sauce for more of a Thia feel. So if there is anyone out there that wants to do the points over that would be a great thing! 
Oh and one more amazing thing!!! The dish makes quite a bit, but the 9 point serving size is for half the dish! So my math said that we made this into four serving so it would be 4.5 points right? Regardless of the points or your plan this dish is great for a hearty healthy weeknight supper!

Asian Beef and Noodles
8oz rib eye steak
2 tsp sesame oil, divided
1 cup green onion, sliced into 1in pieces
2 cup packaged carrot and cabbage coleslaw
2 packages beef-flavored ramen noodles
1 1/2 cup water
1tsp creamy peanut butter
1 tsp siracha (or any hot sauce would do) 
1 tbsp soy sauce

Trim fat from steak, cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Heat 1tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add steak and onions;stir fry for 1-2 minutes,or until meat is browned. Remove steak mixture from skillet, sprinkle with a bit of salt and keep warm. Heat remaining 1 tsp of oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add slaw; stir fry for 1 minute. Remove from skillet and keep warm. Remove noodles from packages; reserve 1 seasoning package for another use. Add water  and remaining seasoning packet to skillet; bring to a boil. Break noodles in half add noodles to water. Cook noodles for a few minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir peanut butter, siracha, and soy sauce, together. Once noodles are done stir steak, slaw, and soy sauce mixture into the noodles, cook until thoroughly heated. ENJOY!

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Things She Says…Continued

Do you ever have those moments as a parent when you just have to walk away and either laugh, cry or pray? Oh that’s just me too! Well great! The following are just two small stories (of several that I will share eventually) from our adventurous weekend. I will warn you one contains bathroom talk…she is four there are few boundaries with her. I promise I am trying, I really really am!

Saturday morning we just got home from grocery shopping. I am standing in the living room talking to her.

Momma: “Charlot can you play for a few minutes while momma unpacks the groceries and gets lunch together.”
Charlot: “Sure, what’s for lunch?”
Momma: “Leftover pizza.”
Charlot: “Momma I think I have decided something.”
Momma: “Really, what’s that?” (I am assuming that it is what she is going to be when she grows up, we had had that discussion earlier)
Charlot: “OK, I have decided that I want a brother and a sister.”
Momma: “Oh huuuuummmmmmm.” (As I choke and cough uncontrollably)
Charlot: “Is that ok?”
Momma: “Well, we don’t really get to choose, God will decide if you get and brother or a sister, and Momma and Daddy will decide if we are going to have any more babies.”
Charlot: “So God will decide…I can talk to God about anything, right?”
Momma: “Yes and yes.”
Charlot: “Ok”
I head off to the kitchen thinking I had dodged that bullet and we were done with that. Then suddenly I don’t hear anything coming from the living room…silence and a child normally means trouble. I look in there to see her with her little head bowed, hands folded, and eyes closed.
Charlot:”God, if its ok could you PLEASEEEEE let me have a BROTHER and a SISTER. Oh and help me be good. Amen.”

I couldn’t help but be so proud and so panicked all at the same time.  

Just when she has a moment like that one this next one happens and I have no real words. Yesterday the Hubs didn’t go to church with Charlot and I. He stayed home to take care of some of the home remodeling things. We had a church dinner after service yesterday so I took Charlot up to the sanctuary to sit with my dad and brother, while the committee my mom and I serve on prepared lunch. So I wasn't present for the conservation but it was confirmed to me by both my dad and brother.

Pap: “Charlot where’s your Daddy”
Charlot: “whispers something that my dad can’t hear”
Pap: “Charlot, Pap didn’t hear you where’s your daddy.”
Charlot: “He was at home in the bathroom when we left, and IT STUNK!”
Pap: “Oh hum ok”
Zach and Pap: Laughing uncontrollably
Then when they come down stairs for lunch we are all sitting at a table with my grandparents. My grandma asks where the hubs is? I said at home working on a few projects. My dad and brother proceed to start laughing.
Zach: “You don’t want to know what your daughter told us.”
Me: “What did she say?...(about that time realizing what she probably said) NEVERMIND do not tell me!”
Zach and Pap: Laugh uncontrollably yet again.

I just wanted to crawl under a rock and CRY.

Heaven help me with this kid. Happy Monday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Train Park in January...I think so!

 I just couldn't keep from sharing this pictures. Most are not that good the light was fading my phone was being weird but you know what...I really don't care. Because to me these pictures captured some of the best moments.
 How many kids who have Birthday's in the middle of January get to go to the park? Not many so when I told Charlot on Monday that it was so nice we were going to the park she was super excited.
 I told her to enjoy it because God must have wanted her to have an extra special birthday present this year and gave her some warm weather and sunshine,
 We love this park! Seriously it is only a block from our house but I would bring her here regardless. It is little and well taken care of but the best thing is the child sized train. Charlot loves to jump on the first car and ring the bell as she shouts "All Aboard!!!"
 Oh the memories we have made at this park are ones I hope last a lifetime. And I pray for more warmer days soon so we can visit again soon.
 The joy on and child's face...oh it just makes my heart sing. I didn't have much to say today about these pictures, they just reminded me to be thankful for the small things in life because they really are the big things!
Happy Thursday!

One Pot Wednesday

I don’t know if it is just me being lazy or not wanting to be a slave to the dishes but I love one pot meals. Everything goes in and cooks together beautifully for an amazing meal. Isn’t that every mom’s dream? I see tons of these one pot meals on Pintrest, and typical of me I pin it and forget it! But not anymore!!! I have decided to do a new series on the ole blog, one pot Wednesday’s! Each week will feature a new one pot recipe. So if you have had some recipes that you have wanted to try but haven’t had the time or aren’t brave enough, send them my way! The hubs just loves when I make him try new recipes all the time!


Today’s recipe has been on my Pintrest board for quite some time, a lovely chicken, pea and mushroom pasta pot! Super easy and delicious! I made this on Monday night for Charlot’s birthday, it was a beautiful day so we didn’t exactly come inside real early, but with this dish I still had supper ready to go by a little after 6!

Chicken, Pea, and Mushroom Pasta
1 12 oz box fettuccini
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast diced (raw)
1 ½ cups frozen peas
10oz mushrooms sliced
5 cups Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
2 Cloves Garlic minced
Zest of one lemon
½ cup Heavy Cream
½ cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large pot place all ingredients except cream and cheese. Bring to a boil use tongs to break up noodles and to prevent them from sticking. Low heat to where pot is still bubbling but not a heavy boil. Continuing stirring with tongs  for 15-20 minutes until noodles are done to desired tenderness. Remove from heat and stir in cream and cheese. Top with a bit more cheese and serve.