Everyday Mom's Meals

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Soul Food Saturday

With Holiday time comes all things pumpkin. Including coffee! How many times have you craved a big as they come, full cup of this favorite coffee house specialty and not been able to get away for one? For me it's more often than I'd like to think about. It seems I can never have enough. And truthfully the grocery store creamers are good but they don't quite hit the spot for me. So here I have a treat as well as a gift. A new version of this delight, made right in your kitchen.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
2 c. Sugar
2 c. Water
1/4 c. Pumpkin puree
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

In a medium sauce pan add all ingredients and stir to combine. Cook for approx 10  minutes, stirring frequently. Strain mixture through fine mesh strainer, twice. Chill
Mix 1 to 2 tbs. of syrup with coffee and warm milk to taste.
Finish with whipped cream and pumpkin spice if desired. Enjoy

Meal Plan Nov. 23-28

*New Recipe
Links to recipes on blog

Beef Roast
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole*

Mozzarella Spaghetti Casserole*


Frozen Pizza
Veggies n Dip

Happy Thanksgiving!!
I'm taking Green Bean Casserole to my in-laws :)

Bean and Bacon Soup
Pretzel Rolls*
Fruit Cocktail

Friday, November 21, 2014

Day After Bite {A Post For Earth Fare}

 Less than a week people. That's right, by this time next week all the menu planning, eating and football watching will be over. And we will have moved onto all those leftovers and tree trimming! 

Today I've got a great idea you can either serve before the big Thanksgiving meal, or wait and put some of those leftovers to good use with. 

Let's face it, while we all look forward to the huge Turkey Day meal, the entire day is really about eating, and even when dinner isn't served until 3 pm, you find yourself looking for things to snack on all day long. You're sitting on the couch, watching football, or the Macy's Parade, and you just have to have something to munch on. It's just part of the Thanksgiving aura. 

The first time I made these years ago, I wasn't sure about the flavor combo because of the addition of the cheese (after all, turkey and cranberry are a no brainer together) but they are like the perfect bite every time you put one in your mouth. 

If you need some ideas for the pre-feast snacks, let this be the first on the list. Or you know you will be in desperate need of ways to use the pounds of turkey you have left come Black Friday, this is the answer to either!

Cranberry Turkey Bites
Snack Crackers
Deli Turkey or Leftover Roast Turkey, sliced thin
Whole Cranberry Sauce
Sharp Cheddar Cheese, sliced tin to fit crackers

Lay cheese on crackers. Top with turkey and cranberry sauce. Serve immediately. 

Shared on The Country Cook Nov. 21, 2014

Cranberry at Very Good Recipes

Disclaimer: I received a gift card in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Foodie Gift Ideas

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Do you have foodies on your shopping list? Folks in your life that enjoy fun gifts that speak to their culinary side? If you answered yes, you've come to the right place. Today I've got a great round-up of fun gift ideas for all the foodies in your life! 

Cooking Up Memories Culinary Journal 

Cooking up Memories provides a keepsake to remember all your favorite recipes. Capture and share favorite recipes, great cooking tips, and fond food memories. The journal prompts the writer in ways that allows you to share so many things with the reader. Pass down all of this to the next generation! You can find more online here.

Drawer Decor System

Organize any kitchen drawer and add a splash of color with the Drawer Decor System from KMH home designs. The drawer mat is made from non-slip silicone to prevent sliding and features repositionable dividers to secure contents in place. Available in a variety of colors, and a deluxe or standard version, any  home cook would love to have this.

Smart Sizzors

What if I told you there is one tool you can keep in your kitchen drawer that does the work of multiple ones? Sounds like a pretty good idea, right? Well, that's exactly what you get with the Smart Sizzors from Any Sharp. Not only can they cut up chicken, snip herbs and trim meat, these multi-functional scissors have a bottle opener, nut cracker and garlic crusher. Plus, they can strip wire and cut through tough material, so they can be used outside the kitchen too! For more info, visit them at anysharp.com 

Disclaimer: I received products in exchange for this feature. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Breakfast For Dinner

By now, most of you know if I share a breakfast recipe with you, I didn't make it for breakfast at all. We are big fans of breakfast dishes, but we enjoy them for dinner more. So when I test out new morning time recipes, it's at the end of my day. But that's okay. One way I know a recipe will be a success is when I can tell it's something that could be enjoyed any time of day, making it even more versatile.

I really wanted to make sure I got this one posted soon because I realize so many of you are preparing for the house guests that are about to descend upon your home. Let's face it, some of them will come for turkey and stay on through until you ring in the New Year. Okay, not really, but it might seem like that. You know, like Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation.

If that sounds familiar to you, you're going to love this recipe. It's easy, and can feed a crowd on a budget! Plus, they are perfect for when the household is all getting up at different times. Make them first thing in the morning for the early birds, and the teenagers can reheat them for brunch when they finally roll out of bed at 11.

So many of us concentrate on what we are going to serve for family dinners or entertaining during the evening meal, sometimes remembering you actually have to feed those squatters, err, lovely family members, three meals a day can seem over whelming. Don't fret. I'm here to help, and I've brought along some yummy...and easy... breakfast burritos to help!

Baked Breakfast Burritos
8 eggs
1 package pre-cooked bacon, fried crisp and chopped
1 c. shredded taco cheese
8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c. sour cream
2 TBS butter
6 green onions, chopped, a few reserved for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 11 x 7 baking dish. In a large skillet saute mushrooms and green onions until soft. Remove from skillet. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and sour cream. Cook in skillet until set to desired consistency. I kept mine just a little soft to allow for extra cooking in the oven. Combine mushrooms and bacon with egg mixture. Stir and cook until heated through. Fill the center of each tortilla with egg mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll tightly. Place seam side down in baking dish. Spray with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes until browned and cheese melted. Top with salsa and extra green onions.

Shared on The Country Cook Nov. 21, 2014