Everyday Mom's Meals

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Meal Plan Aug 2- 8

*New Recipe
Links to recipes on blog
^Recipes being "re-blogged"

We're going to the in-laws for supper.

Grilled Steak
Corn on the Cob

Pasta with Crock Pot Bolognese^
Green Beans
Garlic Bread

Veggie Delight Sandwiches with Herb Mayo*
Tomato Soup

Pizza Joe Sandwiches^
Cottage Cheese
Sliced Beets

Vegetable Breakfast Hash*
Sausage Links

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Re-Do Courtesy of Earth Fare

I have been wanting to bring this recipe back to the blog for months now. And thanks to my good friends at Earth Fare, the time is finally here. See, I was wandering their aisles a few weeks back, trying to decide what my next post for them would be, when I stumbled upon the most gorgeous fresh Brussels Sprouts. I couldn't resist, and I knew it was time for this re-do to happen. 

If you think you don't like Brussels Sprouts, I'm here to change your mind. This recipe is going to change all that. How? Well, let's see. First off, these aren't your mama's sprouts that are frozen, and then boiled until they are basically dead with no color and/or flavor left. Secondly, we're adding bacon; and let's face it, you could add bacon to a piece of shoe leather and most people would eat it! 

I'm not kidding when I say if you think you hate Brussels Sprouts, I bet money you will love these. If you can't get your kids to even try them, these will change your life. They taste nothing like the sprouts of old. They get almost a nutty flavor from browning, are a little crisp on the outside and tender inside. Roasting in the chicken broth allows the flavor to become deep and taste like something that has cooked a lot longer. Then top them off with crispy bacon and you have a winner! 

Plus, if you have never cooked with fresh sprouts, I highly encourage you to. They are a totally different experience than frozen ones. They are right there in the produce section, maybe you've never seen them before. Look for them the next time you're grabbing celery, carrots or cucumbers! 

I'm so glad I was able to re-share this fantastic recipe with all of you. I'm grateful to Earth Fare for having such amazing produce I just couldn't resist bringing some home that day. If you think you don't like sprouts, think again!

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
4 sliced thick cut bacon, diced
1 (14.5 oz.) can chicken broth
1-2 TBS canola oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon onto paper lined plate to drain. Add oil to bacon drippings. (Adjust oil depending how much fat the bacon rendered) Heat back to medium-high. Add Brussels sprouts. Season with salt and pepper. Saute' for about 10 minutes until golden on all sides. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 10-15 minutes until Brussels sprouts are fork tender. Remove with slotted spoon to serving dish. Sprinkle with crispy bacon. 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card from Earth Fare in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Wedding Re-Do

Even after all the recipes I've found from when I first started blogging and brought them "back to life" so to speak, I'm still running across one here and there. This was actually something I shared not as far back as others, but I still thought it could use a face-lift and be shared again.

When I first shared this, it was right around the time of Princess Kate and Prince William's wedding, and I told the story about how this was something we had at our wedding reception, per my request. See, we had a huge spread, including a hog roast with all the trimmings and a buffet that everyone raved about, most of which were made by our sweet neighbor lady who offered to make the food for us. And this being one of my favorite all time "deli" salads I knew it just had to be included. Not to mention, it's one of my daddy's favorites, and I figured since he was paying, that would be a nice gesture! 

This is a great summer time salad that can be ready in almost no time at all. It's perfect for picnics, barbecues, cook-outs or take along parties. I have found even folks who aren't huge pea fans, enjoy this! Oh, and it shows up regularly around these parts at bridal and baby showers too. It's just one of those go-to salads for us, that others might never think about.

I love bringing these not so old recipes up to date and sharing them with all of you again. Or for most of you, for the first time. But what I love even more is sharing all the happy memories that come with them and remembering the great times when we enjoyed them the most. Food really does make the best scrapbook!

Spring Pea Salad
2 (15 oz.) cans peas, drained
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
3-4 TBS mayo
1/2 c. finely chopped white onion
1 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine peas, eggs, onion and cheese. In a small bowl whisk together mayo, salt and pepper. Pour over pea mixture. Toss gently to coat. Chill at least an hour before serving. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Science Only Goes So Far, And Then There's God"...

I found the above quote online last week, and nothing could have been more appropriate for what was going on in our lives at the time.

As many of you already know, two weeks ago tomorrow, we had quite the scare. After four days of shortness of breath, my husband went to the ER, and was later diagnosed with multiple large pulmonary emboli in each lung. In layman's terms, his lungs had very large blood clots in them. Not exactly the news you are expecting on a Tuesday morning!

He was admitted to the hospital for 2 1/2 days for a battery of tests and observation. Many scary causes of PE have been ruled out, and for now they are thinking it might be something genetic, which we will get the results from those labs in another week or so. He was sent home on blood thinners, and since then we've been trying to get back to "normal."

I have been with this man for 17 years, and never has he scared me like this. The doctors told us they had no idea how he was able to walk into the clinic that morning. He was about 15 minutes away from full cardiac arrest; and 1/3 of all patients who present with what he had, don't last 24 hours. It was when I heard those statistics I knew without a doubt my husband is a walking miracle.

And while we are so incredibly grateful to all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that helped to save his life, we also know there was a bigger hand in play. Even they had to admit, there was no explanation other than God's work as to why he was still with us.

So fast forward to the next Monday, and ironically enough it was his 40th birthday. That's right, we had oh so much more to celebrate this year, and I wanted to make sure it was extra special for him. It was the perfect time to make a new dessert using his favorite summer time berry, black raspberries. But after such a long week, I needed something quick and easy too! He loved every bite, and I was just thankful to have him here to cook for.

Each and every day is a gift. Be sure to tell those you love most, just how much they mean to you. And if you have a husband you love more than life, like me, hug him extra tight tonight for me!

Raspberry Crumble
2 c. red or black raspberries, fresh or frozen, if frozen, thawed
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 c. old fashion oats
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. cold butter, diced

Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Preheat oven to 375. Place berries in prepared dish. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, cornstarch, water, and sugar. Stir until smooth. Pour over berries. In a food processor, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Pulse until crumble mixture appears. Sprinkle over berries. Bake for 25 minutes until bubbly. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ball Game {A Feature}

There is nothing more "American Summer" than baseball. heading to the ballpark on a warm summer evening, to cheer on the hometown team...that's Americana at its best! And here in Fort Wayne, we are so blessed to have one of the most unique, state of the art and gorgeous ballparks around! 

Nestled in the heart of the downtown, Parkview Field is the home of our beloved Tin Caps. Opening in 2009, it is the place to be on game night in the city. 

Once you're inside, you almost forget you are still in Fort Wayne, because you would expect to find a ballpark of this caliber in a huge metropolitan area. But as soon as you look at the amazing view and skyline, you remember you are indeed home. 

Family friendly doesn't even begin to describe everything Parkview Field has to offer. Plus, they have one of the most versatile food menus I have ever seen in a sporting arena.

Being sponsored by Parkview Health, from the start, there was a special focus on some healthier options available, in addition to the fan favorites. The folks at Parkview Field are proud of the food they offer and they have every right to be! 

Feeling like some Mexican Fare? Stop by the Manzana Grill (manzana means apple in Spanish) for everything from tacos, to taco salads, nachos and made to order burritos! That's right, you can get exactly what you want in it, and they prepare it in front of you. (In fact, one of the things I was most impressed with was most of the foods we samples were prepared as we ordered them, fresh.)

My choice was a chicken burrito with black beans, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream. This thing was huge and absolutely delicious. As illustrated by the fact I had to take a bite before I could even snap a pic!

Our next stop on our tasting adventure was the Squeeze Play Cart (seriously, could the names be any cuter?) where my boys could enjoy some American classics like Cheeseburger Sliders, Foot Long Hot Dogs, and a family favorite, Lemonade Shake-Ups!

Alex loved watching his burgers being made, and they turned out juicy, flavorful and absolutely delicious! Not to mention a real bargain at only $2 each!

Those healthier options I mentioned? Here is a perfect example. When I stopped by the Apple Cart to satisfy my sweet tooth (if there is an apple dessert, they have it) I also found fresh apple slices as an option for Alex to enjoy with his burgers, instead of the regular fries!

But don't worry if you are looking forward to some traditional ballpark fare as well. They have all the standards and favorites too. One of my favorites, and they have been since our first game, are their terrific onion rings. They are big, crispy and absolute home run!

The Apple Cart I mentioned before... check out this menu of all their yummy offerings!

The Apple Crisp was warm, scrumptious and the ultimate American summer time treat! Plus it came in a cute souvenir helmet, which if your kid is anything like mine will be even more exciting than the dessert!

I can't begin to tell you how much we love heading down to Parkview Field every chance we get. I am honored they would let my family and I enjoy all the great foods the park as to offer, and share them with all of you too. If you live in Fort Wayne, or are close enough to drive into the city, check out the Tin Caps schedule and try to make it out to a game before summer ends!  Enjoy some of the fantastic food they have to offer. Believe me, there is a little bit of everything for everyone! And be sure to follow all the #BigFun on Facebook and Twitter too!