Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dusting off my Slow cooker

Decided I needed to dust off my slow cooker since it is getting closer to fall and I have some favorite recipes that I like to make when the weather cools down a bit. 

Living in Florida you have to have something in your life that makes you feel like there's been a season change.  For me is soups, stews, the smell of Cinnamon and the one and only Starbucks Pumpkin spice latte.

So now that the slow cooker is dusted off here what's cookin in my kitchen this week.

Tuesday - Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken over rice from  Gina makes Weight Watcher recipes and provides the point value of each meals. This meal is only 4 points.

Thursday - Beef and Refried bean enchiladas.

Friday - Cook's away on a much needed sisters weekend having some girl time fun!!!!!!  So it's up to the troops to come up with tonight's dinner. Oh let me guess, Taco Bell!!!!!

Bon appetit,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weekly Menu Planning

Already into week 4 and I have been finding lots of new blogs to get some yummy recipes for my meal planning.  Still one of my favorites seems to me Fortheloveofcooking, but this week I decided I needed to venture out into the blog world and give others the chance to please my family with some of their great recipes.   This weeks meals were very easy. I only had to spend about a hour in the kitchen preparing and I already have next weeks meals picks lined up waiting.

So here is this weeks meals.....

Monday - Boys going to the Dolphin game so the girls are going to go out to our favorite spot Panera or Chipote.

Tuesday - Chicken Florentine from Paula Dean.  Here is the recipe off Food Network site.


2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach

6 chicken breast halves (about 4 pounds), cooked, boned, and shredded

2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

2 cup grated sharp Cheddar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon curry powder

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

2 tablespoons butter


Remove the outer wrappers from the box of spinach. Open 1 end of each box. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes, until thawed. Drain the spinach and put into a large bowl. Add the shredded chicken.

In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper, to taste, and wine. Whisk together to make a sauce. Pour the sauce over the spinach and chicken. Mix well with a spatula.

Place the mixture into an 11 by 7-inch casserole dish or 2 (9-inch) square disposable aluminum foil pans that have been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray. Pat down evenly and smooth with a spatula. Combine the Parmesan and bread crumbs and sprinkle over the top. Dot with the butter.

Wrap the uncooked casserole securely with plastic wrap, then with aluminum foil. Place each pan into a plastic freezer bag and seal. Place into freezer.

Allow casserole to thaw 24 hours in refrigerator. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap and foil. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes until bubbly.

Friday - $4.99 Piazza or left overs

If you were wondering how last meals rated with the family.  Well, the Tuesday's pasta dish was just another ordinary tasting baked ziti dish. Wednesday's stuffed chicken I thought was a little blan and could have used some sauce over the top, however, the beans where out of this world.  My son was the only one who liked it alot.  Thursday's meal Baked shrimp was delicious, the shrimp was tender and had a burst of flavor with every bite.  This meal got the Thumbs up for the week!

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Art Journaling

Finished up my summer Art journaling class I took on-line with Christy Tomlinson and learned lots of new techniques as well as stocked up on lots of new art supplies.

 I am enjoying the freedom to just go with it and drop some color on a blank page and just play.

Here is a some of my pages.

For my love of Sun Flowers

For my love of Tuscany...
Don't make fun of my grapes, remember I am just going with it and as you can see I don't have the knack for drawing.
It reads: "I dream about standing in a cobblestone street of a quaint Italian village with a man with whom I love".

I need to work on some more pages, but I am busy working on my daughter's Christmas quilt that she wants me to finish up for this Christmas.  I have been working on it since 2009.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekly Menu Planning

We are heading into week 3 of the new school year and lots of cooking going on in Mom's Kitchen.  Last week our meals included lots of  Mediterranean flavors. Everyone enjoyed dinner and I received no complaints.  In fact,  my daughter said that this weeks meals were the best she has had in a long time.  So thanks to For the love of cooking blog in helping me with some great easy recipes.

The request this week was Italian! Oh,  like I had to ask! 

So since last weeks recipes were a hit I decided to go back to For the love of cooking blog and find me some Italian dishes.

Headed to the Fresh Market and came home with lots of fresh veggies ready to cook for the week.

Each of the recipes below were easy to prepare ahead and are ready to pop in the oven for final cooking. 

Here's what's cooking in home our this week.

Monday - Labor Day - Mom and Dad joined us for a nice family dinner.
BBQ ribs, Grilled veggies, Bake Beans, Roasted corn, tomato and Avocado salad, Grilled Corn on the Cob.

Tuesday - Bake Penne Pasta with Mushroom Marinara and Chicken

Friday - My take at easy night, because usually by Friday I am beat and ready to relax so it's $4.99 Pizza and Salad.

Bon Appetite!