Snack Food…For Adults Only!

PancettaWho doesn’t love junk food once in awhile? Kevin and I have a few nights each week without any kiddos at home, they are with their other parents on those nights.Sometimes we eat cereal for dinner, leftovers, etc. But every once in awhile I decide to get creative and try something new for just the two of us. I recently decided to experiment with some of our favorite ingredients to create an appetizer aka snack food for the two of us to enjoy while watching a movie on the couch.

Here’s what I came up with:
1 fresh baguette
Roma tomatoes, sliced
Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
Pancetta, pan fried
Fresh basil
Fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
Butter (melted)
Fresh Garlic
Slice the baguette into even slices (the size of each slice is up to you).
Mix melted butter and fresh garlic together.
Brush bread slices with garlic butter.
Place under broiler until the bread just starts to brown.
Remove bread from oven and assemble with a slice of fresh tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, a piece of pancetta, and top with shredded parmesan.
Put back under the broiler until the cheese is melted and starts to turn a golden brown.
Remove from oven, top with fresh basil and enjoy!


Let Them Eat Cake….Or Is It Pie?

It’s always been important to me that I bake my family the dessert of their choice for their birthday. There is just something about a homemade birthday cake that makes them feel special. As the weeks (or in some cases months) approach, the kids starting the decision process of what they want this year for their birthday. It’s fun to watch them throughout the decision process, because well it’s a huge decision!

Kevin’s birthday was a few weeks ago, rather than pick a birthday cake, he chose apple pie! It’s almost sacrilegious in my book to eat pie over birthday cake, but what the heck it was his birthday. Don’t get me wrong, I love apple pie, heck I love just about any pie, but it is called “birthday cake” for a reason…just sayin 😉 He didn’t want just any apple pie, but a Dutch apple pie.

So I made an apple pie for Kevin’s birthday. You’ll notice from the picture above that it was a hit and there was not any left to take a picture of. The picture above is literally the crumbs, and to be totally honest a certain someone licked the pie plate clean shortly after the photo was taken.

Here’s the recipe
1 store bought pie crust (I used Pillsbury)
6 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced cooking apples (I like to use a combination of granny smith and golden delicious)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbs. flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of butter (softened to room temperature)

Preheat oven to 375*.
Fit pie crust into pie plate.
In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients for the filling together.
Fill crust with filling mixture.
In a medium bowl mix all of the ingredients for the topping together with a fork until the topping resembles course crumbles.
Pour topping over pie filling.
Bake for 45-50 minutes

Apple pie is super easy. Haydn and I prefer ours warm with a little milk poured over the top, eaten in a bowl with a spoon. Kevin and Mykenzie like theirs without the milk and they eat it on a plate with a fork. Nick…it’s pie he will eat it anyway he can 🙂

Back to School

School is back in session!

Honestly our kids have been back in school for awhile, but this seemed like an appropriate theme Labor Day weekend, as it is my understanding many kiddos across the country start back after this holiday weekend.

This year we have a high school senior, 8th grader, and a kindergartner!  I cannot believe how busy everyone is. Since it’s been awhile, I thought I would update everyone on what’s been going on in my world.

Haydn is a senior this year.  I cannot believe he will graduate from high school in less than a year.  It seems like just yesterday he was starting kindergarten and now I am preparing for him to leave the nest.  He has decided to join the United States Marine Corps, his “ship date” to boot camp is scheduled for June 20, 2016.  I’m so proud of his choice to serve our country, but I will admit as a mom the reality of that choice is overwhelming and humbling.  I lay awake many nights thinking of his childhood, thinking of the young man he has become and worried sick.  I know the military will be a good choice for him, it’s what he has wanted to do since he was a young child, but the thought of boot camp scares the holy hell out of me.  I cannot let my mind go to the worries that his choice presents, those will come in time.  In preparation for his post high school commitment, he has joined the cross country team, is working a part time job, and doing his best in school despite a serious case of senioritis.

Mykenzie started 8th grade in July.  She is taking dance lessons three nights a week, training for a 44 mile bike race (this will be her third year riding in El Tour de Tucson- she serves as a mentor this year for the other youth riders), she is taking high school Geometry this year (last year it was high school Algebra).  She’s transforming from an adorable little girl to a beautiful young woman.  She’s been to three concerts in the last month…I’m starting to worry 😉 She’s a great big sister, pet owner, daughter and friend.  I’m very proud of her and look forward to watching her as she grows and matures in preparation for high school next year.

Nick started kindergarten this year!  He loves school, is making new friends and loves eating cafeteria food!  Eating as he calls them “hot lunches” is a huge step for this little guy, and I am so proud!  He is learning so much and I think he will be reading chapter books before we know it.  He’s also playing T-ball again in a developmental season and enjoys all outdoor activities.

Life has been super busy with me still working about 60 hours a week.  I’m looking forward to this holiday weekend to catch up on some much needed rest.  I’m also hoping to get some meals planned, prepped and ready to go for the next week 🙂