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Mom and dad???? January 25, 2010

Filed under: Kids,Recipes — Meredith @ 4:37 pm

We had a great weekend despite 2 girls who were fussy from their shots on Thursday!  We had a great dinner with friends Saturday night…..although dinner with a 4 month old, 8 month old, 9 month old, and 2 and a half-year old isn’t quite the same as it used to be before kids:) 

I made 2 appetizers for the dinner one I have made many times and one new recipe.  Both turned out great and are super easy!

Spiced Pecans

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 cups pecans

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon salt

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the spices and set aside.

In a large dry skillet, place the nuts and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to toast, about 4 minutes. Add the butter and cook, stirring, until the nuts begin to darken, about 1 minute. Add the spices, the sugar, water, and the salt and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and the nuts are glazed, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the nuts to the prepared baking sheet, separating them with a fork. Let the nuts stand until cooled and the sugar has hardened, about 10 minutes.

 Artichoke Balls

1 garlic clove

2 cans of artichokes finely chopped

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs

2-4 tsps olive oil

Form mixture into balls.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

And the big weekend event (I know I have no life if this is the big event:))….Grace decided this weekend that Chris and I are no longer Mommy and Daddy, but now Mom and Dad.  Just another sign that she is growing up….it made us a little sad!

 

Let it snow! January 8, 2010

Filed under: Kids — Meredith @ 8:15 pm

We live outside Atlanta and any time a flake of snow falls everything shuts down!  It started snowing yesterday afternoon and we actually got a pretty good amount of snow.  Grace loved it!  We attempted to make a snowman.  She couldn’t understand why her hat didn’t make him come to life like Frosty!  Here are some pictures of the fun!

 

Last Night’s Yummy dinner

Filed under: Recipes — Meredith @ 7:21 pm

Now that I am at home, I love to cook and try new things.  Here is a fabulous recipe I got from my friend Michelle:

Chicken Croissants

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes; makes 4

3 oz cream cheese (I usually do 4 oz though)
1 tbl chopped onion
2 tbl melted butter
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 tbl milk
1 8 oz can of crescent rolls
3/4 cup crushed croutons

Combine cream cheese, salt, pepper, onion, milk and chicken in large mixing bowl.  Place two “cut-outs” of the eight triangles next to each other and press seams to make a square.  Do the same for the remaining six triangles.  Spoon desired amount of chicken mixture on each of the four squares (you will probably have a little bit of the mix left over – great on bread as a sandwich).  Fold the corners of each square over the mix to make a croissant.  Brush melted butter over each croissant and then sprinkle with crushed croutons.

I also made my mom’s fabulous Green Bean and Artichoke Casserole (it sounds kind of strange, but everyone I make it for LOVES it):

3 cans of french style green beans, drained

2 cans of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 cup olive oil

2 onions, chopped

tablespoon chopped garlic

2 cups of bread crumbs

1 cup of parmesan cheese, plus some to sprinkle on the top at the end

Sautee onions and garlic in the olive oil until they are tender.  Add all other ingredients and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle the extra cheese over the top for the last 5 minutes of baking. 

And for dessert: Chocolate Truffle Torte

1 cup of pecans toasted and ground

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup butter melted

2 tablespoons sugar

2 8 ounce packages of semi sweet chocolate, cut up

1 cup whipping cream

6 beaten eggs

3/4 cup of sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

whipped cream (I made it from the extra whipping cream, but you can use store-bought)
For the crust, combine the pecans, graham crackers, melted butter, and the 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Press into the bottom and up the sides of a greased springform pan.

Cook the chocolate and the whipping cream, stirring constantly, on low heat until the chocolate is melted.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, and flour.  Beat for 10 minutes or until thick and lemon colored.  Fold 1/4 of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture.  Fold mixture into remaining egg mixture.  Pour batter into crust lined pan. 

Bake cake at 325 for 45 minutes.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes.  Remove sides and cool for 4 hours.  Store in the refrigerator.

 

To blog or not to blog…… January 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Meredith @ 9:31 pm

I have always been a very career driven person, so when I got pregnant for my daughter Grace (she is now 2 and a half) I was shocked that I could not picture leaving this baby to go back to work.  I was at home with her for about 5 months and bored out of my mind when an amazing job opportunity landed in my lap.  Although I loved my daughter, I felt like my brain had turned to mush and that I was a waste of space.  I also missed feeling like I was making a difference in the world.  I went back to work when she was 6 months old.  Once I became a working mom, I never felt like I could achieve balance in my life!  If I was doing a great job at work, I felt like I was being a bad mom and vice versa.  When I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter Amelia at the beginning of last school year, I knew in the back of my head I could not go back to work. 

So I  have been at SAHM since April when Amelia was born.  This time around I love being with my girls.  I still do miss work and helping kids (as well as adult interaction…going to the bathroom by myself…and the other fun things work provides:)), but I know that I am making the right decision. 

On Monday as I was driving in the freezing cold to hobby lobby (amidst a play dough crisis I will explain later), I decided I needed an outlet and I thought blogging might help me vent and de-stress!   So I am giving it a try! 

On to the play dough story.  My 2-year-old is in preschool 2 days a week.  Each month one child is assigned to make the class play dough.  Just one for project for mom!  I was excited to be assigned January….white play dough, no food coloring or anything, just follow the recipe.  When I began to make the play dough I realized although January was white, I was required to put glitter in the dough.  So I load up the girls at 4:00  (which any SAHM knows the “witching- hours”  are between 4 and 6 when we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of dad from work)  and after a few meltdowns in the car we make it to hobby lobby and get glitter.  Once we arrive home I begin making the dough only to realize I don’t have enough salt.  So I call my husband and he agree to stop by the store on the way home to get it.  Once he arrives home with the salt, I continue on my play dough mission only to realize that I need cream of tartar…..what is cream of tartar??????  So off I am again to find cream of tartar (my girlfriend Sarah informed me later it is used to make angel food cake).  So now I am well equip to make playdough and angel food cake. 

This entire experience led me to this blog!  Hopefully it will be a good way for me to be a less stressed mom and to record things my kids do!