Sunday, October 30, 2011

The perfect day to cook....

Rina might have made a mess of our weekend, but with all the rain, I was able to get my cooking done for the week and didn't feel like I missed anything.  It was a stay in your PJ's type of day and that's OK with me.

Here what's cooking this week...

Monday: Pork Cassoulet - I picked up this recipe a couple of years ago while visiting my sister in Georgia.  Not sure what Magazine I copied it from, but it's been a favorite Fall recipe since.  I'll bake some fresh bread, whip up a nice green salad and dinner is served.

Tuesday: Baked Tilapia topped with zucchini, tomato, dill and feta from Fortheloveofcooking blog.  This is a a favorite repeat from a couple weeks ago.

Wednesday: Steak Fajitas

Thursday: Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and cheese from Kalyns kitchen  For a side, I made a Tomato, squash and feta gratin from Fortheloveofcooking blog.

Friday: Pizza night 

Bon Appetit,

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My dancing girl.....

For what use to be a shy and quite little girl, my has she blossomed into an amazing dancer and we are so proud of her. 

She auditioned for Company this year and made Senior company.  With dance classes 7 days a week and performances all over town, this girl is one busy lady.

Here is her first performance at the Jazz on the Avenue in Delray.  She danced to "Some where over the rainbow"

My joys,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekly Menu Planning

It's week 9 and the family is requesting some repeats for this week.  So I replaced some of my scheduled meals with some old time favorites.

Here is what's cooking......

Monday - Penne with. Chicken Thighs from Pioneer Womens blog.

Tuesday - My Eggplant Lasagna - Old time favorite

Wednesday - Fish Tacos with Lime-cilantro crema from Cooking Light May 2007
I cut this recipe out of the Cooking Light Magazine several years ago and I am finally going to give it try.  I have never had Fish taco's before but hear they are really good.  I know the crema sauce tasted good, I tried a little while I was putting away in a Tupperware container.

Here's the recipe....
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tbls Fat-free Mayo
3 Tbls Reduced-fat sour cream
1 tsp. grated lime rind
1 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/8 tsp salt
4 fillets

Directions: Coat fish with Taco spices and bake on 425 for 9 minutes. Place fish in bowl and break up with fork. Heat tortillas, fill with fish and top with some crema.

Thursday - Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Red mashed potato's - Repeat from Week 2

Friday - Penne with our family favorite Bolognese sauce - Old time favorite

Bon Appetite,

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Autumn Daze

As I walked into the the World Quilt show in Palm Beach last Fall, I immediately hit the 1st both and saw this quilt hanging up on display.  The colors where so intense, I immediately fell in love!  There was only 2 kits left and even though I had just walk in and had no idea what other surprises I would come upon in this large convention center full of wonderful color of Fabric and quilts I bought it.  Well, as I walked away the other kits was purchased right behind me.  As I wondered up and down the isle, running into friends and showing them my find, it turned out they too had come upon this brilliant colorful quilt and was disappointed when the booth owner told them it was sold out.   I was the lucky one that day, and after finishing it this year, I feel even luckier!

This was the first time I worked with Kaffe Fasset's fabric and it was pure pleasure.  The colors make me so happy every time I look at it.

It's on display in my room this Fall.  Fits nicely on my bed and with the cooler weather I coming I can't wait to curl up and watch a movie soon.

In just a couple more weeks I will be heading to the World Quilt show and hope to find another spectacular quilt to take home with me this year.

Happy Quilting,

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall is finally here in South Florida....

Since we don't get the pleasure of the beautiful changing leaves and awesome colors all you up north enjoy during this time of year, we here in the south have to make Fall happen by decorating our homes with all those magnificent colors.

This is my favorite time to decorate. Once I am decorated all I want to do is stay home and enjoy my home and the scent of my Bath and Body Works candles burning pumpkin spice.  I bought these last year and found I liked them better then Yankee candles pumpkin scent.

Any way can't wait to share my Fall craft decorating project for this year.  You see when I was visiting my sister in Orlando a couple of weeks ago, we went into Pottery Barn and they had the coolest chandelier hanging over the tables.  So I didn't what I do best...snapped a picture and went looking for an old latter to copy. 

And guess what I stumbled across the next morning at a garage sale.... Yes.... you guessed it.  An old latter. 

My hubs thought I was nuts, especially since he threw away an old wood latter probably about 6 months ago.  Oh, well for 5 bucks, it was a steal!

Don't you love it? 
I put some fall flowers in the Lantern, until I can find a battery operated Candle and some lights so at night I can light it up. 

I have it hanging over my outdoor table on the patio.  It's brings a little fall to the outdoors in my Sunny land of South Florida.  We are evening getting the nice cool breeze in the mornings and evenings.

Happy Fall you all,

Monday, October 10, 2011

Meals for the week

It's week 8 of the school year and still trying to find some pleasing recipes to make my family happy.  Last weeks meals didn't get any thumbs up.  Looks like when I try the easy recipes, they just are not good enough.  I have to agree with them this time.  They were OK but nothing to write home about.

So let's give this weeks menu items a chance to get a thumbs up from the family.

Here's what's cooking for week 8....

Monday - Mushroom and Turkey Italian Sausage stuffed shells  from For the Love of cooking blog.

Tuesday - Chicken and white bean stuffed peppers.  This is a weight watcher recipe from  It's only 8 points.  

Wednesday - Taco night.  You see my husband has a thing for Cholula Hot Sauce.  He is always talking about Taco Monday at Bruz room where he uses their whole jar of sauce in one lunch sitting.  He keeps asking for me to buy the sauce and this week while walking the isle at Wal Mart I spotted the sauce.  So going to surprise him with Wednesday Taco night this week and the special surprise and very large bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce.  Should brighten up his mid week rut!

Thursday - Cheesy Chicken Chilaquiles from Pampered Chef 29 minutes meal cook book.

Friday - Think I am going to break it up and make Chicken Caesar salad night, that is if I am not to tired on my way home from work.  If so, then I'll hit the drive thru Pizza place after all! 

These were very easy meals to prepare as two where made with whole chickens already cooked. So prep time was a breeze.  After having to work Sunday my cooking day, I was still able to go into the office for a few hours and return home, cook and be out of the kitchen by 3pm. 

Hope they are keepers because I would like to repeat.

Bon Appetit,

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Back in the Kitchen

OK I took the week off, had to recover from my weekend away with my sisters.  However, I still cooked just nightly instead of all in one day.  They had enough fast food and was begging for mom's cookin again. I was in the kitchen everyday making just ordinary dinners and some backup meals in a bag that cook within 10 minutes in a skillet. These meals help me out for nights when there is limited time because as soon as I walk in the door, I have to leave to taxi to dance class.

The refrigerator is stuffed again and dinners are cooked for the week.

Here what's on the menu....
Monday - Easy Penne Pasta with Zucchini and Basil pesto from

Tuesday - Southwestern Meatloaf over Rustic Red potato smashed potatoes.  Meatloaf from Pamper Chef's season book 2009

Wednesday - Grilled Orange Glazed pork chops over rice.  The orange glaze is from the 29 minutes to Dinner cook book.  The recipe is for Orange-glazed sticky ribs, but I make with pork chops and it awesome.  I marinate the pork chops over night and then when the chops are grilling I cook the marinate until it almost caramelizes.  If you like sweet with a little kick then you have to give this one a try!

Here is the glaze recipe:
1 orange
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
3 tbsp cider vinegar
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Thursday - Tilapia Puttanesca over pasta.  Recipe from Pamper Chef's 28 minute meals cookbook.  It called for Halibut but we love Tilapia so I switched it up.

Friday - $4.99 Pizza and a salad.

Bon appetit,