Saturday, July 25, 2009

Recipes of the week

First off, we had the Tex-Mex Buttermilk Chicken Tenders and Corn on the Cob tonight. It was alright, but without using hot sauce, the chicken just tasted like fried chicken. I'm actually not going to save this one.

I've got 3 new recipes for this coming week.

A friend, A, shared this one with me earlier this week. It took a bit of google searching to find it online to share a link, but I found it. Mexican Chicken Lasagna is on for Monday night. A says both of her boys really liked it. She made hers in the oven and I'll probably do the same. I'm not much of a microwave cooker (and our microwave sounds like it's about to die, so I'm not chancing it!).

Next is Pork Chops Marsala. T found this online months ago - and we do enjoy Chicken Marsala, so it seemed like a no brainer that we needed to at least give it a shot.

Last but not least is Baked Macaroni and Cheese, courtesy of Alton Brown. I don't love mac and cheese (I know, what's wrong with me, right?), but T and Monkey both love it. So I'll try yet another recipe to see if I can find one that I enjoy nearly as much as they do.

That's it for this week.

Enjoy your kitchens!

Sweet Treat Saturday

We now have 2 chickens laying eggs. And with a lack of visitors (hint hint Mom & Dad! haha) we haven't had anyone to offload some eggs on. So, we've been doing some baking this week.
Actually, we received a call this morning inviting us to a pig roast this afternoon. I hate going anywhere empty handed, so Monkey and myself tossed together some cookies.

Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies is a recipe we discovered in the recent Fresh Magazine. I have no brandy on hand so I used vanilla (I know - not the same, but my liquor supply was depleted when I got pregnant and I've obviously had no reason to buy more since then).
The first tray is in the oven at this very moment and they smell divine.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Recipes of the week

I'm attempting to get myself back into the kitchen. With T home on paternity leave, he's been preparing most of our meals for the past 2 weeks.

I've got 2 from Every Day with Rachael Ray this week.

I made Puttanesca P'schetti with Shrimp last night. I substituted white wine for the vermouth because we have lots of white wine on hand. It was my first time cooking with anchovy fillets, too. It was very good. Monkey devoured her entire plate of food. It's a keeper.

On Saturday, we'll be trying out Tex-Mex Buttermilk Chicken Tenders and Corn on the Cob. I'm very glad to be able to get into spicy food without the worry of heartburn again!

I will say the sling I made myself is fantastic for when Little Man isn't in the mood to be put down. I pop him in the sling, pull up a chair for Monkey to help and both my kids are happy in the kitchen (I did some baking yesterday and got flour all over the sling, but it was worth it)!

Enjoy your kitchens!

All photos from Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Busy day in the LTRLT household

I know I'm supposed to be enjoying my new little man, but I'm taking advantage of nap time (When is it NOT nap time with a newborn? When they're on the boob.. Yep. There's lots of nap time.).

I need to share what we discovered yesterday.

That, my friends, is our very first egg courtesy of our red hen, Tallulah.

We still haven't seen anything this morning, but an egg is a start!

I also wanted to share that we were able to process 30 quarts of strawberries before Little Man arrived. We made 6 batches of jam (which equals 18 pints), 2 pies, consumed 2 quarts fresh and chopped up 20 quarts to freeze for cereal, smoothies and the like over the course of the year.

I hope everyone is enjoying the recent lack of constant rain in these parts. I know we are!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's a BOY!

I was hoping to update you on the recipe of the week last week (the chicken portobello things). They were very good, by the way.

Alas, I went into labor instead of getting to log onto the Internet. HA

I was admitted on Tuesday, July 7 (my due date) for observation because of the VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) attempt. All labor activity stopped over night, but because baby had had a few decelerations overnight on the monitor, I had 2 options the following morning: Induction or repeat c-section. I opted for induction.

They induced me at 8:30 AM and he joined us at 5:34 PM weighing in at 7 lbs 5 oz with a full head of hair, just like his big sister Monkey.

I'll be missing while we get into new routines but rest assured, I'll be back!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Recipe of the week

I know! Don't faint! I actually found a new recipe that uses the grill and isn't overly complicated. We'll be giving it a try tonight, paired with salad with our first harvest of lettuce from our garden. YUM!

We'll be trying Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Portobello Stacks (quite the mouthful of a name, isn't it?). It looks simple enough to make and sounds really yummy.

And in other news - yes, we are still waiting for New Bean to make an appearance. One reason I've been avoiding blogging is because I've been a Miss Pissy Pants the past few weeks and don't want to spew forth on my readers. I'm attempting to not spew on my husband as well, but I can't say he's been as lucky as blogland.

We've also been up to our ears in strawberries. More about that another time.

Enjoy your kitchens!

All images are from Every Day with Rachael Ray.
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