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Monday, February 22, 2010

Jonah's EB Auction

Jonah's EB Auction is a fundraiser to raise money for EB research and family advocacy. All proceeds will go directly to DebRA ( The auction will run from February 23-27. For more info on bidding and how payments will be made, go here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Try something new Tuesdays

I was planning on blogging each night, but that hasn't happened, and I don't foresee that happening anytime soon.  But i'll try to at least once a week or when I try a new recipe.  Sunday we had steak, potatoes and a veggie.  Mexican Monday was taco night!  And here is tonight yummy meal:)

Caramel Apple Pork Chops


  • 4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6-8 melted caramel squares
  • 2 tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Place a medium dish in the oven to warm.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil and place in hot pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, or until done. Transfer to the warm dish, and keep warm in the preheated oven.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, melted caramel, salt and pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter to skillet, and stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook until apples are just tender. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and arrange on top of chops. Keep warm in the preheated oven.
  4. Continue cooking sauce uncovered in skillet, until thickened slightly. Spoon sauce over apples and chops. Sprinkle with pecans.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Filling Friday's

Filling Friday's will consist of a casserole or slow cooker meal meant to fill you up!

Cheesy Mac Veggie Smoked Sausage Casserole

16 oz pd Eckrich Smoked Sausage cut in to 1/2 inch slices
2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup frozen broccoli (thawed and drained)
16oz cheese sauce
1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly butter a 9x9x2.4 inch baking dish.

Cook pasta according to package.

Combine pasta peppers, broccoli, cheese cause together.

Spoon mixture into baking dish.  Evenly pace sausage pieces into the mixture and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and browned on top

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Giveway from Mckmama!

I know many, many, many of you already read Mckmama's blog, but for those of you who don't, head on over and check it out!  She has free giveaways now and then, and currently a Kelly Moore Camera Bag is up for grabs!  So head on over and get your self in the running!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Timeless Classics Thursday

Thursday night will feature timeless classics families have been making through the years.  

Tonight's special:

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes w/ gravy and a veggie.

I don't really have a recipe.  I just mix ground beef with one egg and a cup of bread crumbs.  Put into a loaf pan, cut a space in the center and added slices of cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 2 hours or until done. 

Whole Grain Wednesday

Rigatoni Lasagna Skillet

16 package of whole grain rigatoni
12oz ground Italian sausage
15oz container of Ricotta Cheese
8oz Shredded six-cheese blend Italian Cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
26oz Traditional pasta cause
1 egg

1- cook noodles as directed on package

2- brown sausage till no longer pink

3- mix egg, ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese together in small bowl

4- once pasta is done, drain and add meat and sauce.  Mix well.  Pour into a baking dish.  Add cheese mixture to the top by dropping tablespoons of mixture all over the pasta.  Top with shredded cheese.  Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Serves 6 and if you buy the store brand of all the ingredients and already have an egg in the fridge, this meal will cost less than $10! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Try something new Tuesdays

Here is what I am making for dinner tonight!

Cuban Chicken, Beans and Rice

1 1/3 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
2 cans (15oz each) small red beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (15oz each) tomato sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoons salt
1 package (20 oz) of boneless, skinless chicken
1 dried bay leaf
1 cup uncooked instant rice
Chopped fresh cilantro if desired

Spray slow cooker with cooking spray, mix all ingredients into the cooker, add the chicken last, spooning the mixture over the chicken, cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours (or on high for 3-4 like I am doing today since I forgot to get this going when I got up this morning :-)

Then when its done, stir in rice, breaking up the large pieces of Chicken, increase heat to high, cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until rice is tender.  


*recipe obtained the the Slow Cooker Cookbook (#339) from Pillsbury. I looked on their web site but could find the recipe there

Jonah's EB Auction

Almost a year ago a cute little boy named Jonah was born with Junctional EB.  To help celebrate his first birthday and raise money for EB Research at the same time, friends of the family are holding an auction.

So what are the details?

The auction will open at 12:01am EST on February 23 and run until 11:59pm on February 27 (that's 2010, obviously). You will have the opportunity to place bids on lots of different items - from giftcards to jewelry to custom items and everything in between.

What do you need in order to bid?

An email address. It doesn't even have to be a gmail address. To bid you will just give us your name, your bid, and your email. Your email will NOT be made public. All that will show up on the auction site is your name and bid and we won't use your email unless we need to contact you about your bid.

How do you pay if you win?

If you are the winner of an item, you will need a Visa or Mastercard to pay. All payments will be made directly to DebRA via their website. As soon as we receive confirmation of your payment to DebRA your item will be prepared to ship.

What about tax stuff?

Auction purchases can be tax deductible. After you pay for your item, through DebRA, you will receive a confirmation of your donation so that you have it for your tax purposes.

Have any questions about the auction? Ask here or email us at jonahsebauctionATgmailDOTcom.

Isn't that awesome or what?  Also, Butterfly Bows has made a donation to the auction, so make sure you check out the auction to see the collection of bows up for auction!  It's a great way to raise some money for a good cause while possibly getting some cute bows in the process:)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mexican Monday

In trying to make each day a little less stressful, I started making a dinner menu each week w/ a theme for each night.  Here are the themes:

Sunday- Sit down Sunday dinner

Monday- Mexican Monday

Tuesday- Try something new Tuesday

Wednesday- Whole grain Wednesday (something w/ whole grain pasta in it)

Thursday- Timeless Classics Thursdays (a classic dish like chicken or meat loaf)

Friday- Filling Fridays (a casserole or slow cooker dish)

Saturday- Soup and/or Sandwiches Saturday 

Here is tonights recipe:  

Spanish Pork and Rice

2 tablespoons of butter or margarine

1/2 cup chopped onion 

3/4 cup chopped green pepper

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ( 1 teaspoon)

1 pound pork cut into 1-inch cubes

1 can (14.5oz) diced tomato, undrained

1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso, chopped green chiles

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 2/3 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1) in a 10-inch skilled melt butter over medium heat and add onion, green pepper and garlic; cooks 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2) Spray 3 1/2-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.  In cooker, mix pepper mix and remaining ingredients, except rice and cilantro

3) Cover; cook on Low heat for 5-7 hours

4) Stir in rice, increase heat to high and cook 25-30 minutes till rice is tender; sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

I didn't realize it was a slow cooker recipe till 3pm this afternoon,  (opps!) so I had to improvise otherwise we wouldn't be eating till 9pm!  I cooked and onions, pepper and pork in the skillet till the pork was no longer pink.  I mix that with the remaining ingredients  in a large pot (like I use to make spaghetti noodles) and cooked on high till it started to boil, then I turned the heat to low, covered and cooked for 2 hours. 


Changes around here

There has been some changes around here in the past week or so.  I was no longer able to take care of the kids, the house and then go to work when Joe gets home from work in the evenings.  But I still have to work, so I am now working early mornings Thursday- Sunday.  I have to get up at 3am, but it's easier then trying to make dinner, help with homework, get ready for work and not to mention trying to eat something myself before I have to leave for work which I am usually late for because Joe doesn't always get home on time;  so if he is running late, then I am running late:-(

I also wanted to start having a more structured routine around hear during the day.  Not so much like a " at 9am we'll eat breakfast, and at 9:30 get dressed" type of thing, but more like, when Summer gets up she can watch cartoons and have her bunny (chocolate) milk till Grace gets up, then we eat breakfast, then after breakfast, we get dressed and brush our teeth and hair type of thing.  I also wanted to include more outside running around time (even though I really *dislike* being outside) because per the CDC growth charts, Summer is over weight and Grace isn't too far behind her.  I don't consider either one of them fat or even chubby.  Summer is pretty solid, not flabby.  But I don't need anymore grief  at her 4 yr check up than I normally get.  So the goal is more exercise time on days its possible.

But so far it isn't going as well as I had hoped, the girls like to do their own thing when they feel like it, not when I think its a good time.
Here are some recent pictures of Summer and Grace...Sami isn't liking the camera these days.


Summer racing around the yard


her new "cool" shoes
enjoying her favorite past time


Grace being silly


no, that isn't a dutch costume, but doesn't she look like a little dutch girl??

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A give away!!!

A friend of mine is having a give away on her blog!  

Head on over and check it out!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Chobani- Greek Yogurt

I tried some Chobani yogurt today and it was SO GOOD I had to blog about it:)

It is very creamy and has a lot of good flavors to pick from: Plain, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, peach, honey; raspberry and pomegranate.  So far I have had the vanilla and peach!

They have 120 calories per serving (6oz).  Contains 20% calcium, 0g fat, og cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 13g carbs, 13g sugar and a whopping 16g of protein!  Most other 6 oz contains of yogurt only contain 5-6g of protein.  So this is a great way to get extra protein in your diet for those who need it.

Their web site is awesome and full of info on their products, recipes and they even have coupons available to print:)