Sunday, May 13, 2012

When Life Throws You Lemons, Make Chocolate Cake

This sweet girl, my daughter Shelby, reminded me yesterday of how lucky I am to be a Mom. 
More importantly HER Mom. 
We were getting ready to go to a birthday party for one of her classmates last night and I noticed my check engine light was on. I pulled up my car hood and promptly called my dad, cause isn't that what every girl does when she has car troubles? After some deliberation, I noticed my coolant was completely empty. He said don't drive it. Greeeeeaaaaaat.
Alas, the party was a no-go, but to my shock there were only a few tears. Then Shelby came up with the plan that we could have a party at our house. Since she knew they were having pizza and cake, she decided that's what we should have. So we pulled out cookbooks, found a cake recipe and got to work. 


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 tsp almond extract
1 egg
a handful of chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour your cake pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients and mix. 
  3. Add wet ingredients (except the egg) and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the egg and beat for 2 more minutes. Pour into your cake pan. 
  5. Then sprinkle your chocolate chips on top.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes - then test with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, it's done! 
  7. Cool cake thoroughly, remove from pan. 
  8. Then add your choice of icing and sprinkles and voila, you're done!

Recipe derived from One Bowl Chocolate Cake  
in the Better Homes and Gardens Celebrating the Promise Limited Edition Cookbook.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Edamame Salad Sandwich

A very healthy take-off on the egg salad sandwich, I give you the edamame salad sandwich!

The following goes in the food processor:

One 8 oz. pkg of edamame, cooked and shelled
1 heaping spoonful of olive oil mayonaise 
A sprinkle of sea salt
Drizzle sesame oil over top 
A handful of toasted cashews (or whatever nuts you like)

Blend ingredients, then pile up on your favorite bread! So easy, right?!

Enjoy ♥

Sorry about the blurry picture, my phone is terrible - it definitely does not do this sandwich justice.
Hopefully I'm getting a new one soon - a Mom's day present from my hubby! 
Yeah, he rocks like that.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Simple and Yummy Chicken Salad

So I come home from shopping at Sam's Club this evening and to my delight there was an unexpected visitor
at our house. My step-daugher, Emily! I, of course, invited her to stay for dinner.
Then was left to ponder...what should I make? 
Here's what I came up and it was really simple to prepare - it only took me about 20 minutes. 
It's a super easy dinner for all you busy moms out there who need to get a nutritious meal on the table, and an added bonus, not too much clean up!


A handful of cherry tomatoes, diced
One can of corn
One can of black beans
The breasts from one of the roasted chickens you can get almost anywhere for like $6 or $7, chopped
A handful of spinach, ours was from our garden, chopped
1 cup of mango salsa (regular salsa would work too)

2 tbsp of chopped onions
1/4 cup of the salsa
2 tbsp of olive oil
one lemon, juiced
a couple good shakes of coriander and lime pepper seasoning

Chop up your salad ingredients and place in a bowl. Add dressing ingredients to the food processor or blender. Blend. Then add your dressing to the salad and fold in gently.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top and a side of Tostitos Hint of Lime Chips.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Real Men Eat Quiche

So I asked my husband if he even liked quiche before I started developing this recipe and his answer,
"Real men eat quiche."
I don't know what that means, but I figured it meant "yes" so I went ahead
and started in on my dish. The end result, he LOVED it! So of course, I'm sharing with you,


1 deep dish pie crust, baked

Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Broccoli, chopped
Roasted Red Peppers, minced
(Note: the above three ingredients will total 1 cup altogether)

1/4 cup bacon crumbles
1/2 cup Colby cheese, shredded.
1/2 cup Emmentaler cheese, shredded
(you can use Swiss if Emmentaler is not readily available to you)
 1 tbsp chopped basil

3 eggs
1 1/4 cups of milk
1/4 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of pepper
1/2 tbsp lemon zest

Bake your pie crust as per the directions on the package. 
While your pie crust is in the oven, doing the following:

Prepare your veggies.

 Measure out your bacon crumbles.

Grate your cheeses.

Chop your basil leaves.

Mix your eggs, milk, salt, pepper and lemon zest in a bowl. Set aside.

Start layering your ingredients, like this:

Then pour your egg mixture over top when your pie crust is done baking.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until the pie is firm.
Let it cool for 20 to 30 minutes, this allows it to set up.
Otherwise, it will fall apart when you try to slice into it.

Serve and enjoy! ♥