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Excited for 2014? I am. I love a fresh start. I do not have any resolutions in mind, but always love the idea of making a few. So with the New Year approaching I thought it would be fun to do a look back on a few of my favorite comfort foods, photos and moments of 2013.

I love one pot meals. Stews, Soups, Casseroles, Roasts and Chili’s are a must in my home. They are perfect comfort meals as well as an easy way to stretch any budget. Here’s a look back on some eats and a few of my favorite moments of 2013. 

Stubb’s Dry rubbed Pork Roast.DSC_1323DSC_1324DSC_1319Roasted Potatoes.DSC_1330Skillet Potatoes. DSC_1328Venison Italian Meatballs.031

Soup, Chopped Salads and Flat Breads.

20130908_171617Franks Blue Cheese and Chicken Wraps.DSC_1360Mini Chicken Pot Pies.DSC_1409DSC_1405

Apple Pecan Crisp.DSC_1413Also have to share my latest kids Pictures. Stuart and Ginger.DSC_1380My Little Ginger girl. DSC_1294Loving her fancy royal blue coat. DSC_1334Stuart my boy.DSC_1297Sporting his Rhinestone Motorcycle T-shirt. DSC_1336and, some fall/winter scenery pictures.

DSC_1300I love fall color. DSC_1307Our Christmas Card Photo.DSC_1494Our Christmas Pies.DSC_1513Don’t all kids lick the beaters. Fresh Whipped Cream is their favorite.CIMG4175Stuart opening his own Christmas gifts and Ginger benefiting from his mad skills.

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CIMG4090 CIMG4092 CIMG4096              Ice Storm Damage! Poop happens. DSC_1558Ginger can JUMP.DSC_1539 and Jump.DSC_1528 and Jump some MORE.DSC_1535and One last Jump, because she can.DSC_1536Now let’s get ready to jump into 2014! 

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Better late than never… Here’s a little post about what I made, ate, and enjoyed over the holidays.

To start I baked some white chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, they happen to be my all time favorite cookie. EVER.

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Made my Favorite Instant Oatmeal Pancakes for breakfast.

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Even Elf loves Instant Oatmeal Pancakes.

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So easy and satisfying.

Instant Oatmeal Pancakes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet instant oatmeal (any flavor)
  • ½ banana , mashed
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 13 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute

Directions:

  • Mix and combine all ingredients.
  • Pour into non-stick skillet and when you shake the pan and the pancake moves, it’s time to flip.
  • Brown on both sides

Top with your favorite ingredients and enjoy. I just topped with Chia seeds and agave nectar. Sheer Perfection.

I also made some Healthy Brown Krispy Treats. Gotta have good for you treats with the indulgent one! Just playing fair.

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Brown Rice Krispy Treats:

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups crispy brown rice cereal (I used Erewhon)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter, peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 3/4 cup agave syrup

Preparation:

  1. Place cereal in a mixing bowl.
  2. Heat nut butter and rice syrup on low heat, stirring until warm and creamy, but not boiling.
  3. Pour the nut butter and rice syrup mixture over cereal and raisins and coat evenly.
  4. Press mixture evenly into a 13×9 casserole dish.
  5. I put the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes to make it easier to cut into squares.

Made a big old bowl of #justaddgood Chobani for Breakfast from my Chobani score.

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Chia seeds, hemp seeds with a cup of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal, mixed with Vanilla Chobani and you have got your self a big old bowl of YUM.

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Indulged on a candy caramel apple. A co-worker gave this to me as a Christmas gift. It was love at first Sight, I mean Bite.

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Wow, so incredible. Almost ridiculous it was so good.

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For my contribution to my families holiday meal I made the Pioneer Woman Burgundy Mushrooms.

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They were so worth the 9 hour cook time. Yep, 9 hour cook time. Crazy right? But I have to tell you,  I will make them again and again.

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Check out her recipe.

Pioneer Woman Burgundy Mushrooms: 

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds White Button Mushrooms
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 quarts Burgundy Wine (other Reds Will Work)
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 4 whole Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 4 whole Beef Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Dill Seed
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Peeled
  • 2 teaspoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash the mushrooms and throw them into a large stockpot. Add all the remaining ingredients except the salt. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for six hours.
  • Remove the lid, then continue cooking, uncovered, for three hours.
  • Add salt to taste at the end if desired. The mushrooms will be very dark in color. Simmer until needed. Server straight from the pot or in a serving bowl.

I scored a new toaster oven from the rents. Love new kitchen appliances!

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Love the holidays, but I am so glad they are over. So are these two, they just want to get back to their normal daily routine; Wake up, Eat, Power Playtime for 30 Minutes, take a Long Nap, Wake Up when Mommy gets Home from Work, Eat Again, Endless Playtime and Daily Walk, Bedtime and Repeat!

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Stuart wanted to be the headliner for this post, he had such a great Easter and wanted to share some of his favorite moments, so towards the end of the post you can see some of the things he enjoyed.

Easter is a favorite holiday of mine and apparently my little guy Stuart’s. My favorite food related reason is because of Eggs.  I love Deviled Egg’s. So when my mom whipped up a batch on Saturday afternoon I was really excited.

These snacks came just in time, we had just taken the 3 dogs on a 2 mile walk, and dinner was still a few hours away.

For dinner we had Ham and all our favorite side dishes.

Cheesy potatoes.

Sweet baby peas.

Olives.

Sweet potatoes.

I loaded up my plate.

I opted for my favorite cocktail, Vodka and Cranberry juice.

Everyone else had wine, but Vodka is my drink of choice right now.

Here’s a few pictures of the doggies trying to get a little love from the dinner table.  I have to be honest, I’m a sucker for my dogs on Holiday’s, I let them try all the foods I eat, I know that is not a good thing to do, but I only give them little bites, I feel bad not including them in Holiday meals. The middle dog is Charlie, my parents dog, I call him my furry baby brother.

  

I waited until dinner was over and I tested Stuart to see if he would try to eat off my plate, ahhh yeah he did! He even tried to jump up on the table for a better view. I then put him on my husbands lap to see if he would try it with him, I’m usually the one he knows he can get away with stuff like that with, and sure enough, the power of the ham took over Stuarts fear of being a naughty dog. He went for it!

    

For dessert we had Creme Brulee, I was out playing with the dogs when my mom torched them with her little butane torch, I really wanted to get pictures of her browning the sugar and before she topped it with whipped cream and fruit, but I missed out on those photos. It tasted amazing.

I love the texture of Creme Brulee, so smooth and thick.

We let the doggies try the Creme Brulee, they loved it. I know I’m a naughty mommy, can you imagine what I would let real kids get away with.

  

Look at the little dog, he balanced like that for about 30 seconds, he really worked hard getting this taste, and this was my husband giving out these tastes.  This was Stuarts favorite moment, he loved the Creme Brulee.

BEST BODY BOOTCAMP

Looking forward to a great week, I’m at Week #6 of Boot Camp. It has been a great experience so far.

Question of the Day: Do you let your kids/furry kids get away with things on holiday’s?

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