Tuesday, November 26, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wenesday #33

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Fun on the Ice

The Princess has been taking ice skating lessons. Last weekend I took a break from my school work and we spent some time on the ice. She loved showing off what she's been learning. She can definitely teach me a thing or two, starting with keeping my balance, haha!




 
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Baked Ziti with Zip


Excuse me while a wipe a little drool off my chin. 
That's what this picture of Spicy Ziti and Spinach does to me!
Spicy Ziti and Spinach has been a favorite recipe of mine for a very long time. It's perfect when the nights are dark and chilly, and you want to indulge in a flavorful, heat-you-to-your-core meal.  
Bring out that food processor to make this meal a cinch to put together. The onions, the garlic and the spinach all get a turn.

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Ingredients List
Serves 6-8
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cups dry pasta (fusilli or penne is best)
Sauce
  • 3/4 lb hot, ground Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto sauce (I like Costco's Kirkland pesto best)
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 6 oz of mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
Directions
1. Heat a big pot of water to boiling and begin to cook pasta 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain and return pasta to the empty pot.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly oil 9×13 baking dish.


3. Over medium-high heat, brown sausage, onion and garlic in a large, deep skillet. Cook for 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked through.
4. Add tomatoes and juices to the meat mixture. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. 
5. Stir in the pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Turn off the heat.

Ziti with mozzarella cubes and ready for the oven.
6. Gently pour the tomato-meat sauce over pasta in the pasta pot. Add the Parmesan and chopped spinach. Turn pasta with a big spoon until ingredients are evenly distributed.
7. Pour pasta mixture into the 9×13 baking dish. Press mozzarella cubes evenly throughout the pasta.
8. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until bubbly throughout.
Serve warm and with a little crushed red pepper if you really like it spicy.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #32

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My Twinn Doll
 

The Princess finally got a My Twinn Doll! What do you think, does it look like her? She absolutely loves it and has been playing with it non-stop since she opened the package.

She is pretty obsessed with dolls these days and has been asking for one of these for a long time. She is also asking Santa for an American Girl doll for Christmas.

What is your kid playing with these days?
 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #31

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"I told my kids I ate all their Halloween Candy"
 
So apparently I've been living under a rock because I just learned of Jimmy Kimmel's annual Halloween prank on children. He asks parent's to tell their children that they ate all of their candy and then video the children's reactions.

Here are the ones that Jimmy Kimmel selected as the "best":

I'm sure some will disagree with me on this, but I think it's awful. I don't see the humor in devastating your child for entertainment. Some of the reactions are a bit comical like the little boy who gives his dad a thumbs up, but most of them are just sad. The poor little girl at 2:30 just breaks my heart. How confusing for the poor children when they realize that their parents are just doing this to them for a laugh.
What do you think? Funny or awful?
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lemon Chicken Orzo Risotto


Whenever I make Lemon Chicken Orzo Risotto I probably eat a whole serving just out of the skillet. I can't even wait for proper bowls and my family. It's sooo good.

And I don't even feel guilty, because, get this, Lemon Chicken Orzo Risotto has cauliflower and veggies snuck in there.  I promise, your kids will not notice. It's amazing.


My inspiration for this dish came from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook. She's a master at getting puréed veggies into meals I often change her recipes quite a bit to punch up the flavor, but I love the ideas.

I've tried a variety of green veggies added to this Risotto. Fresh asparagus is my favorite, but peas and edamame are nice additions as well. Or, skip the green and just know you're covered with that cauliflower.


Ingredients

Ingredients List
Serves 4-6
  • 1 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika + more for sprinkling later
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cauliflower, cut into flowerets
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces (or 3/4 cup shelled peas or edamame)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine (I used Chardonnay)
  • 1 large lemon, grated for zest and then cut in half
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
Method

Step 1: Boil orzo pasta 5 minutes less than according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

Step 2: In a microwave safe container, heat cauliflower and two tablespoons of water on high until pieces are easily pierced with a fork. I used the "fresh vegetable" setting. Set aside to cool.

Step 3: Put onion, garlic and cauliflower in a food processor or blender. Pulse until cauliflower looks puréed and onions and garlic are very finely chopped. Set aside.

Step 4:  In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil over high heat. Once hot, place chicken pieces evenly in the pan. Sprinkle with half of the paprika and then salt and pepper to taste. Allow chicken to brown for 5 minutes, then flip the chicken pieces over with a spatula. Sprinkle remaining paprika and salt and pepper. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until all chicken is browned and cooked through. Pieces should break apart easily with a spatula. 

Step 5: Remove chicken pieces from pan and set aside. Reduce heat. 

Step 5: Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the pan. Add in cauliflower mixture to pan and sauté for 5 minutes to soften onions.

Step 6: Stir in the orzo pasta, chicken, asparagus pieces (or peas or edamame) , chicken broth, white wine, lemon zest, cream cheese and Parmesan. Fold mixture gently over low heat until cheeses are melted and the pasta is creamy. 

Step 7: Turn off the heat, squeeze the lemon juice out of your lemons over the dish, stir one more time, and sprinkle with a little more paprika for color.

Step 8: Eat!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday #30

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My Spanish Dancer


Love this photo of my little Spanish dancer trick or treating! Did you have a fun Halloween?

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Orange County


Last year The Princess shocked me when she told me that instead of birthday presents, she wanted her party guests to bring coat donations for those in need. This year, she shocked me again. This year for her birthday she chose to accept donations to Autism Speaks in lieu of gifts. Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments, and to advocating the needs of individuals with autism and their families. I can't even begin to say how insanely proud I am that my girl chose to donate to this organization instead of getting presents. She has such a kind heart and I feel so blessed that she has learned such an important lesson at a young age.

Autism is a mental condition that usually develops before the age of 3. It ranges from mild social impairments to a severe disability that requires lifelong parental, school, and societal support. This cause is a very important one to our family. My cousin Moose has severe autism, you can read my post about him: I Love Someone With Autism. The Princess is raising funds for the Orange County Walk Now for Autism event on November 11. If you would like to donate to this cause you can visit her donation page. So far her page has raised $550!

Early diagnosis can make a big difference! For those of you who don't know much about Autism:

The following "red flags" may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:
  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Source: www.autismspeaks.org. If you would like to read more about the signs of autism click here.

This cause is very near to our hearts. If you are able, please stop by The Princess' donation page to make a donation in Moose's honor. All donations big and small are very much appreciated. If you aren't able to make a donation at this time, please share this post. Help us spread awareness! ♥ Thank you 

Take care and God bless!