It’s been cold and raining here for the last few days. I didn’t necessarily want to eat chili again, although I have a pretty awesome recipe here in case you want try it! My next thought was beef stew, but then I didn’t want to fight my children with the potato thing. They’ve gotten weird with potatoes lately and I would rather not go through it with them if I can help it.
I had a few steaks in the freezer and I knew it needed to be something filling, so I decided to make a ribeye soup. The soup itself was very easy to make, you can add pretty much anything you want.
For leftovers the next day, I added brown rice and quinoa to the soup for lunch.
As a busy mom, I have to make sure I have the energy I need to keep up with my children’s active lifestyle in addition to my own. Between sports practice, tutoring, running my own photography business and blogging, making sure I get the correct amount of protein during the week is virtually impossible. I often find myself snacking on a wide variety of things (healthy and not so healthy) throughout the day, because I can never get the chance to just sit and eat a complete meal.
‘Tis the season for baking. My mother is in love with pecans and pecan pies. I decided that I would surprise her with pecan pie waffles for her birthday back in November. It was such a hit, we did it again for my brother’s waffle bar birthday breakfast here.
My grandparents have a pecan tree in their yard, so during the holidays many of our desserts include pecans. Wait until you check out my red velvet cake recipe!
I love butternut squash soup. I hate thin runny soup and every recipe I’ve found online, the soup always ends up super thin. So I’ve decided from now on to just add a ton of flour or cornstarch to my recipes to make them to the consistency that I like.
Happy New Years! I hear there’s a winter storm coming through this weekend and a lot of us are going to be affected. I can already feel the cold temperatures here!
Are you planning on watching football this weekend? If so, check out my recipe for southern style chili.
My archnemesis Clemson and Georgia are both playing in bowl games as well as my South Carolina Gamecocks. So we’ll be watching the Outback, Sugar and Rose bowl. And I may be reluctantly cheering on the teams I despise most. Lol…..
The one thing I love about this time of year is the amount of comfort food I usually end making. It never fails, December- March is when I create most of my recipes. The recipes themselves stem from boredom and my desire to create something new.
It was too cold outside for my taste so I figured at this point it was either cheese toast or I actually cook.
The children voted for cheese toast (figures), while I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. I needed to get lunch and dinner out of the way so I could continue to relax.
I wanted to try something different, but didn’t feel like making a trip to the store. I looked around the kitchen to see what I had. Luckily I had enough on hand to make a few different meals– that almost never happens!
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
- Brown sugar
- Sliced steak (frozen)
- Bowtie (farfalle) pasta
- Green pepper
- Cook pasta
- Cook sliced steak
- Add brown sugar salt pepper
- Add green pepper onion
- Butter bottom of pan
- Combine in layers.
- Cook on 425
Let cool 5 minutes.
My baby brothers birthday is Christmas day. This year he requested we have chicken and waffles for breakfast. So I decided to mix it up a little bit this year and throw in some blueberries and do beer battered chicken instead.
For the children, we had a toppings bar. Since everyone wanted something different, I decided to mix it up so that we could all enjoy our food the way we wanted!
If you plan on getting outdoor during these last few weeks of fall or even this winter remember to bring your pets! They’ve outdoors and need the exercises just as much as you do.
Whether your going fishing or for a hike in the woods, remember your pets would love to join in the fun.
Check out these exercises from PetMd.com
- Morning Walk
- Interval Walk
- Dog Tag
- Fetch Races
- Dog Stairs
- Fetch Tease
- Squat Tease
Our dog is much older, while we try our best to keep him active, these days he prefers to stay inside and chill. If you have an older dog, that doesn’t really want to keep moving like he used to, try these indoor exercises that he will love doing.
You don’t need much to get your dog up and moving, finding old toys and clothes around the house will do the trick. Small activities to keep your pups brain stimulated can go a long way during the cold winter months when you can’t make outdoors for too long. Remember your pets are just like small children and need constantly physical activity to keep their muscles working. A few minutes a day is all that’s needed to keep your dog conditioned.
Sweet potatoes have become my favorite go-to holiday comfort food. Because of the added health benefits, sweet potatoes are also the perfect treat for anyone looking for a great healthy snack.
Since the kids will be out on winter break soon, I came up with an awesome lunch/snack for us to have throughout the break. Paired with my delicious dipping sauce, this treat is one of our family’s holiday favorites!
Sweet Potato French Fries
4 to 5 sweet potatoes
7 Tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
½ tsp sage
½ tsp basil
HONEY DIPPING SAUCE
½ cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon chipotle seasoning
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
I can’t believe I finally get to write this post. I’ve been waiting 9 long years to host a family holiday at my home and it’s finally happened.
My grandmother baked homemade fresh apple pie and sweet potato. It was perfect.
I created a light snack for those who arrived early and for those of us cooking to munch on.
I handled most of the meal myself, but a few of the side dishes were brought by other guest.
The turkey was delicious! I have to admit I was a little worried and had flashbacks to Christmas Vacation.
Thankfully once it was cut in to I could breath a sigh of relief.
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!