Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut

One of the new features I have decided to add to the blog is Throwback Thursday.  Throwback Thursday is popular on social media for posting old pictures but I thought it would be fun to revisit old blog posts.  For this week's Throwback Thursday blog post I am going to revisit a post that was originally posted to the blog five years ago on February 11, 2010 and features a recipe for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Coconut.  The original post can be found here.

No Bake Cookies are one of my favorite cookies.  They are easy to make, and they really quench my craving for chocolate.  On a whim one night I threw some coconut into the mix and the result was so wonderful that it has become a permanent part of my recipe. 


2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup coconut

1.  In a heavy saucepan add the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk.

2.  Bring mixture to a rolling boil. 

3.  Let boil for 1 minute.

4.  Add the mixture in the saucepan to the peanut butter, vanilla, oatmeal, and coconut.

5.  Mix all ingredients completely.

6.  Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of cookie mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper.

Of course I ran out of waxed paper on the day I made these and had to use aluminum foil instead.  I had the same results as when I use waxed paper.

7.  Allow cookies to cool.  Once they have hardened they are ready to eat.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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I don't know what the weather is like where you are but we are in the midst of major cold and snow.  Last week pretty much everything was closed due to a major snow storm that came through and was followed by record breaking temperatures.  So last week I only took two pictures of outfits because the rest of the week was spent in sweats trying to stay warm.   Here's what I wore this week:

Top:  Wal-Mart
Necklace:  Lisa Leonard Designs (here)
Boots:  Just Fab (here)

Sweater:  Liz Lange for Target (here)
Scarf:  Old Navy
Boots:  Just Fab (here)

This week I am wearing Jamberry's Serendipity wrap.  This was the February Sister's Style Exclusive and is only available for a few more days.  You can buy it here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday - February 21 to March 1, 2015

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I have been looking at the way I menu plan, and wondering if it is still the best way for me.  I currently menu plan weekly, but see that many people menu plan for two weeks or even a month at a time.  I am wondering if this might by a better option for our busy life right now.  How do you meal plan?  Do you plan weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly? 

Breakfast - Low Carb German Pancake (S)
Lunch - salad (S)
Dinner - eating out

Breakfast - Turkey Bacon, eggs (S)
Lunch - sandwiches (E)

Breakfast - Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit (E)
Lunch - Baked Parmesan Ranch Pork Chops using this recipe only changing to pork chops, lima beans, salad (S)
Dinner - eating out

Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch - sandwiches (E)
Dinner - Chicken Cordon Bleu (minus the bread crumbs for me, making it an S), green beans, mashed cauliflower (S)

Breakfast - oatmeal, fresh fruit
Lunch - Loaded Baked Potatoes for kids, Loaded cauliflower for me (S) with a salad
Dinner - Foil Baked Salmon with Fresh Asparagus, brown rice (E)

Breakfast - cereal for kids
Lunch - pizza
Dinner - undecided

Breakfast - bagels
Dinner - sandwiches

Friday, February 20, 2015

Baked Pork Egg Rolls

 We love egg rolls around this house, and one of our favorite recipes to prepare are my Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls.  I have tweaked that recipe a bit to make these Baked Pork Egg Rolls which are equally as good, and a little bit easier to prepare.


One Coleslaw .Mix (this is much easier to use than chopping up the vegetables separately)
One package Egg Roll Wraps (you will only use about half of the package)
One pound ground pork
4 tablespoons Soy Sauce (divided)
 3 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
2 tablespoons Sesame Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Ground Ginger

First place your ground pork in your frying pan and add 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce.

Brown your ground pork, then drain the grease from it and set aside.

Next add your coleslaw mix to the pan along with 3 tablespoons oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil.

Saute until vegetables are tender then add pork in.

Lay out your egg roll wrap in a diamond shape with the bottom point facing you.  Spoon about two to  three tablespoons of egg roll filling mixture into the middle of the wrap.

Fold the bottom half of the wrapper up covering the egg roll filling mixture.

Next, fold in each of the sides of the egg roll wrapper.

Next roll over the top of the egg roll wrapper.

Place rolled egg rolls on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for fifteen minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Outside Activities to Make Snow Days Fun

Right now we are going on day four of snow, and my kids are loving every minute of it.  We live in an area that doesn't get a lot of snow storms, we get an inch or two here or there but we don't get several inches very often.  So we are trying to take advantage of every minute of the snow that we can.

My kids love playing in the snow but they can get bored of it easily so it helps to give them some directed play for the snow.

Here are some fun outside activities that your kids can enjoy on snow days.

Kool-Aid Snow Paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Photo Credit:  Growing A Jeweled Rose

I love this fun and simple snow day activity from Growing a Jeweled Rose.  Simply make snow paint from Kool-Aid packets and paint the snow.  Big and young kids alike will enjoy this and it won't get the kids messy!  If you are one of those people who just loves the perfect white snow, and can't stand dirty snow this might not be the activity for you, or choose an area of the snow to let the kids have fun in.  

Ice Marbles from Stockpiling Moms

Photo Credit:  Stockpiling Moms

These fun ice marbles from Stockpiling Moms don't even require snow, just some freezing temperatures will do!  

Colored Ice Hangings from Design Mom

Photo Credit:  Design Mom

Design Mom has a great tutorial on how to make these adorable colored hangings and that are as simple to make as can be!  

Other ideas:

Make an upside down snowman - instead of having your snowman standing up, place the littlest snowball on the bottom and have him standing on his head.

Play with bubbles.  Do you know when you play with bubbles when the temperatures are below freezing that they will freeze?

Create a graph of snowfall.  If you are in the process of getting several inches of snow like we are take measurements throughout the day to see how much snow has fallen at different points in the day.

Make snow angels - this is a can't miss!

Draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board in the snow then use sticks and pinecones as game pieces.

What are you favorite outside snow day activities?  

Baked Parmesan Ranch Chicken Breasts

It's been a while since I posted a recipe, so I thought it was about time to share a new one, and an easy one at that.  

I don't know what the weather is where you are but we are snowed in here.  As in we can't get to the grocery store.  Unfortunately this momma didn't believe all the hype about the snow we were going to get so she didn't go to the grocery store because we have a well stocked pantry, or so I thought.  Let's just say this recipe was made out of necessity because we have run out of a lot of things.  Tomorrow will be the fourth day in a row of no school with even my college cancelling classes.

 So today I made some Baked Parmesan Ranch Chicken Breasts with what we had on hand.  These are easy to make and have a lot of flavor.  My whole family loved them, including my picky eater, who always opts for just a plain chicken breast.

5 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts 
6 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese ( I used real shredded Parmesan Cheese but the powdered kind will work)
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
3 Tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

In one bowl mix together your bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning.

In a second bowl melt your 6 tablespoons of butter.

Place your chicken breasts in the melted butter, coating both sides of the chicken.  Remove your chicken from the butter, then place in the bowl  with your mixture of bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Ranch seasoning, making sure to cover both sides of the chicken.  Once you have coated your chicken place on a pan sprayed with cooking oil.

Place in oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked all the way through.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Menu Plan Monday, February 9-15, 2015

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I love trying new recipes, do you?  One of my favorite new recipes in recent weeks has been Foil Baked Salmon, and it has been a huge hit with my family as well.  I have a few new recipes we are trying out this week and hope they are just as great!

Here is what I have planned for this week:

Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch - Stuffed Green Pepper (E) Strawberries (FP)
Afternoon Snack - Greek Yogurt with mixed berries (FP)
Dinner - Eating Out at Subway

Breakfast - Ezekiel Bread Toast, scrambled egg whites (E)
Lunch - Red Beans and Rice (E)
Snack - THM Ranch dip with fresh veggies (S)
Dinner - Pork chops with cabbage (S)

Breakfast - Scrambled eggs, sausage (S)
Lunch - leftovers
Snack - THM Lemon Butter Cake (S)
Dinner - Seven Layer Salad in a Jar (S)

Breakfast - Oatmeal (E), fresh fruit
Lunch - Easy Tuscany Tomato Soup (FP), strawberries
Snack -  Greek Yogurt with Berries (FP)
Dinner - Tacos (S)

Breakfast - Sausage, scrambled eggs (S)
Lunch - leftovers
snack -THM ranch dip with fresh veggies (S)
Dinner - Roast (S)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Menu Plan Monday, February 2-8, 2015

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It's February!  Here we are already at month two of 2015 and I have managed to eat healthy while sticking to my meal plan each week!  I have said it time and time again but will say it one more time....if you don't meal plan you should!  It really does make life easier and helps me to eat healthier!

Here's what I have planned for this week:

Breakfast:  Savory Eggs (S)
Lunch:  Leftovers

Breakfast:  Savory Eggs (S)
Lunch:  Baked pork chops and cabbage (S)
Snack:  Fresh Vegetables and THM Ranch Dip (S)

Breakfast:   Savory Eggs (S)
Lunch: Easy Tuscany Tomato Soup (FP) Strawberries

Breakfast:  Greek Yogurt with Berries (FP)
Lunch:  Easy Tuscany Tomato Soup (FP) Strawberries
Dinner:  Fuel Pull Pizza, Salad with Greek Salad Dressing Recipe (FP)

Breakfast:  Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch:  THM Stuffed Green Pepper (E), Apple (E)
Snack:  Fresh Vegetables and THM Ranch Dip (S)