My fam damily

My fam damily

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A little mom humor to start your day :)

Yep. Hear this word WHY a lot lately with my 3 year old! Haha! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Daily humor

Every mom has this problem... Right?  Right?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Taco Pasta Salad


Looking for a side dish perfect for all of this summer's BBQ's?  This one is it.  Perfect for large groups since it makes a lot, and it's a unique change from the typical potato and macaroni salads.  Everyone always asks for the recipe once they've tried it!

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz) package tri-color rotini pasta
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (11 oz) can mexican style corn, drained
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1/2 cup italian style salad dressing, or more to taste
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 tbsp taco seasoning mix
1/2 lime, juiced

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.  Drain, and rinse with cold water, place in fridge to cool.

2.  Mix black beans, corn, green chilies, italian dressing, mexican cheese, cilantro, taco seasoning and lime juice together in a bowl.  Add rotini and lightly stir to combine.

3.  All done!  This tastes best freshly mixed, so it is ideal to wait until right before serving to mix the rotini with the sauce mixture.  To refresh leftovers, just add a little bit of italian dressing and stir to combine!

Enjoy! Take a picture and share how yours turned out!  Or share any yummy extras you added!  


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baked Pears

This is such a delicious recipe, I found it on Pinterest and OMG! So good. Perfect fix for that sweet tooth and best part, it's good for you! 


Ingredients:

4-5 Bosc Pears
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Cut pears in half and remove core
2. Place on 8x11 baking dish cut part facing down
3. Mix together honey, coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon in sauce pan. Cool at med/high setting, bring just to a boil stirring occasionally, and remove from heat.
4. Drizzle sauce over pears and cook for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees.
5. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon any extra sauce over pears and serve :)

Yum!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Grilled corn & Poblano Guacamole

I. Love. Guacamole. 

Let me repeat.

I. LOVE. Guacamole.

Ok, now that I have confessed my love, let me tell you I have recently found a delicious recipe for... You guessed it. Guacamole! �� 


It's hard to get a good pic of guacamole I decided... Just trust me. It's good.

Ok, so here is what you'll need:

3 has avocados
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tbsp cilantro 
1 poblano pepper, grilled and diced 
1 corn on cob, grilled until slightly charred and kernels removed

Combine all ingredients into medium bowl. I like my avocado with chunks so I used a potato masher and then mixed it all up with a spoon. 

Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

Charred corn and poblanos from the grill give this salsa great roasted flavors! You can control the level of heat you want with the amount of jalepenos you use, or none at all for a sweet corn salsa! This salsa goes perfect with chips or in shrimp tacos!



Ingredients:
3 poblano peppers, sliced in half and seeds removed
2 ears of corn
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 of 4oz can jalepenos, or less depending on how much fire you like! 
(I used half, it was very spicy and I like spicy. I think 1/4 of the can might be the perfect amount so I will try that next time)

Instructions:
1. Heat grill.
2. Once ready, spray corn with olive oil spray and season with salt & pepper.
3. Place corn and poblanos on grill. Cook on all sides until slightly charred.
4. Meanwhile, add red pepper and cilantro into a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper
5. Remove from grill. Allow corn to cool. Dice peppers and cut kernels off cob.
6. Add corn and poblanos into bowl with other ingredients. Mix well. Add lime juice and taste for season. Adjust with salt and pepper if needed. 
7. Serve immediately or chill in fridge. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

I heart Bountiful Baskets

Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets? 

No?

Then you NEED to check them out! 

I live in North Dakota. Our selection of fresh fruits and veggies are usually not very impressive and also expensive because the cost of living is high here. Going to the grocery store I can pay $7 for a bag of apples! 

I got ALL of this fruit and veggies for less than $40. No joke! I got the regular basket and added on a juice pack. Awesome! Best of all, it's all fresh! 

When you order a regular basket, you do not get to choose what produce you want, it's a surprise. Usually 50% fruit 50% vegetables. I think I have always received apples in mine, usually celery and lettuce as well. But it changes all the time depending what is in season. It's a great way to try new things! I had eggplant for my first time ever thanks to Bountiful Basket and it was delicious! You can also freeze a lot of the fruits like the strawberries, blueberries and bananas for smoothies :) Or flash freeze veggies to use when you need them! I have about 10 lbs of broccoli sitting in my freezer right now! 

First, just make an account. Then, on Mondays you get on the site. Click "participate now". It will show you which states are open for ordering. My state, North Dakota, becomes available at 11am. I click on North Dakota, then click on my county and then choose the pick up location I want to use. Sometimes (like today), the baskets sell out fast, so it's a good idea to be online right at the time your baskets come available for order! It can be a little confusing at first, just trying to figure out how it all works. 

Once you order, you'll get your confirmation email which you will need with you when you pick up your basket and any add ons, on the pick up day. My pick up day is Saturday's. I think most states are Saturday but some are Friday, your email confirmation will have the pick up time and location in it. Then you go pick up your basket, which you have a 20 minute window to do that, so don't forget! 

The semi brings the produce, volunteers unload and separate everything into the baskets for pickup. It is encouraged to volunteer at least every 5th time you order. Volunteering is how they manage to keep the costs down so we get great produce for a low price! I know my pick up location has a Facebook page, it is a good idea to check if yours does so you can keep updated on if they are short on volunteers or if the semi is running late, etc.

So check out www.bountifulbaskets.org if you haven't already, you can thank me later ;)