pastas or eaten as a side dish. One of my favorite recipes with asparagus is this Balsamic Asparagus Chicken. Balsamic and asparagus pair perfectly together anyway but add that to a marinated chicken breast, sauted mushrooms and onions and provolone cheese, it doesn't get better than that! Serve this chicken dish over some Garlic Mashed Potatoes and you have a elegant meal that took you less than 30 minutes to cook.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Look at all of the items I bought for $45:
21 boxes of cereal
9 gallons of milk (FREE!)
2 (59 oz.) Minute Maid Orange Juice
12 Yoplait yogurts
5 Yoplait Greek Yogurts
6 boxes of granola bars
Now..I am generally NOT a coupon clipper. However, whenever I buy cereal I do check coupons.com and see if they have any cereal coupons before I head out to the store. Coupons.com has .33-.75 off EACH box of General Mills cereal coupons, yogurt coupons, minute maid coupons, and greek yogurt coupons all FREE to clip from your computer. It will just take a few extra minutes to print and cut out the coupons, head to Smiths/Kroger and take advantage of their 3 for $5 cereal sale (this is on Post, Kellogg's & General Mills cereals--prices may vary depending where you are in the U.S. Here in the Western U.S. Smiths has their cereal for $1.67 each). With every THREE boxes of cereal you purchase you also receive a FREE gallon of milk! That makes three boxes of cereal and a gallon of milk (with the coupon) for $3.51! That is a CRAZY-good deal! Fun huh?!?!
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Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I know most parents would really struggle to get their kids to eat brussel sprouts but for some reason my children love them. Normally we just steam them and toss them in butter with a squirt of lemon juice but I was feeling creative and decided to prepare them a bit differently today. I was craving something sweet and so instead of indulging in a butter and sugar laden pastry of some sort I thought I would feel less guilty if I ate some semi sweet brussel sprouts. This is what I came up with and they turned out delicious!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Sometimes I feel like I am a little obsessive about a homemade burger--it's almost borderline Rachel Ray-ish :) For some reason though, I just can't get enough of a salty, juicy, homemade burger topped with all sorts of delicious flavors. Whenever I go to a resaraunt my most ordered burger is for sure a Blue Bacon Burger. I decided to create my own version at home and it was WAY better than any burger I've ever had at a burger joint. I sauted onions with a little sweet balsamic vinegar and topped the burger with fresh blue cheese (or gorgonzola would work too), crispy bacon, fresh lettuce and a juicy tomato. I made my own blue cheese dressing for the bun and the combo was plain delightfulness!! If you are enjoying a little warmer weather where you live, this weekend would be a great time to dust off the grill and have yourself a delicious barbeque ;) Hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Almost every time I am invited to a dinner party I am asked to bring a dessert, unfortunately I don't always have the time to whip up something extravagant. I have a few desserts up my sleeve that I use for such occasions. Most people do not make chocolate mousse at home because of the time it takes, not to mention the trickiness of dealing with egg whites makes some people nervous. Therefore any desserts that reminds them of the rare treat they may get only at a fancy restaurant is sure to impress. This recipe is not really chocolate mousse but its much better than plain chocolate pudding and reminds me more of a chocolate silk pie. With a little creativity you can make it look super gourmet with little effort and be out the door in less than 30 minutes with an impressive dessert. This recipe makes 15 four ounce servings which is a perfect for a crowd. I served them in these Crate & Barrel glasses I picked up with a gift card I received recently from my overly generous sister and niece. I have an obsession with small containers..they are so cute!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
We need your prayers!
My husbands cousin Lexi Hansen was in an accident yesterday at BYU and is in a coma with severe brain injury. She was hit by a car while she was skateboarding and has less than a 1% chance of survival. Our entire extended family, and many friends, fasted today and have been continually praying for her recovery--and are asking for your prayers as well. She is such a beautiful girl, inside and out. She is the one in the picture next to her brother in the denim jacket. She is such a sweet and loving girl we are all heart broken. We all know miracles can happen if it is God’s plan and we add our faith and prayers for her and her family. She is one of 9 amazing, talented and beautiful siblings. Our thoughts go out to their entire family at this hard time.
Tragic experiences like this sure make your perspective on life change, don't they? I found all day today all I wanted to do was snuggle with my kids and slow down a little. Life is too fragile and short, and I feel awful that I am often guilty of putting aside things that matter most, for things that matter least. Family, relationships, your relationship with God are all things that leave a lasting legacy with those you love. It is my goal to spend more time building my relationships with others, than doing things that have little significance in life. Whether you know Lexi or not, take an extra few minutes and hug your children and family members today. Every day we have with each other is a special gift from God.
We are praying for you Lexi and we know miracles can happen!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Here in Utah we have been enjoying 60 degree days and it has been so lovely. After coming back from California's warm sun I was afraid to be surrounded by snow and freezing temperatures again. The warm weather has been a blessing for me to help me ease back into Utah weather ;) The past few days we have lived at the park with friends & family and all of our kids. The kids have loved running around and playing, and us Mom's have been loving it too! The other day we all got together and I threw together this Wonton Berry Spinach Salad for the Mom's for lunch. All of the ingredients are on sale this week so I had my fridge full of fresh produce and yummy berries. I decided to come up with a dressing that could be fat free to help keep the calories down, but still have a lot of flavor. If you use fat free mayonnaise this dressing and salad is very low in fat (minus the fried wontons that can be optional). I love the crunch of the wontons, the sweetness of the berries and candied nuts, and the salty-tanginess of the gorgonzola cheese--a fabulous combo any time of year ;)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Home from a vacation means an empty fridge and a starving family. I was excited to go shopping Monday and stock up on all of the best deals of the week. I was able to get my 10-12 day meal plan for under $150! I even stocked up on 10 bags of Malt O Meal cereal for our food storage. It feels good to be home again and to make fresh, homemade meals instead of eating out. Yay! Login to our website to find out all of the best deals in your area.