Our anniversary is this week so we’re going out to dinner, a rare treat! Afterwards headed to a romantic trip to Lowe’s to pick up soil and new pots for the herbs I’m starting to grow from the kitchen window. Mine all died last year a horrible death due to an infestation of gnats. Have to start all over again. I might pick up a nice plant or two depending on the price.
I have to buckle down today and make dipping sauces and cheesy tater bites. We’re out of both so after I clean the house I’ll have to work on that.
Monday: Kielbasa, cheesy tater bites, veggie
Tuesday: Beef/bean tacos, Mexican rice
Thursday: Bone in pork chops, twice baked potatoes, veggie
Saturday: Dinner out
I made these with my nephew and son yesterday. Moist and delicious, make sure you wait at least 5 minutes before you move them from the baking sheet to cooling rack. If you don’t wait you will just have a gooey mess. The original recipe called for mini M & M’s but I only had normal sized ones. Worked out just fine. I added a few spoonfuls of black cocoa but if you don’t have that just use regular.
Chocolate M&M Cookies
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all‐purpose flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbls milk
1 cup M&Ms
In a stand mixer, cream the butter for 20 seconds. Add the sugars, and cream until light and
fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, mix until combined. Mix in the flour, cocoa
powder, baking soda and salt. The dough should be pretty thick. Using a spatula, mix in the
milk. Stir in cup of M&M’s.
Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. The longer it chills, the thicker the cookies will be!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop golf ball sized balls of dough into a baking sheet.
Bake for 9‐10 minutes. The cookies will be done on the edges, but appear underdone in the
center. Let the cookies cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Another winter storm is upon us for Monday. When will it end! I’ve had enough of winter.
I started going to a chiropractor for my diaphragm pain and migraines. I had my first adjustment on Tuesday. It didn’t hurt at first, but when I got home I felt awful. (To be fair, she warned me I could either feel great or bad just depended on my body so it wasn’t unexpected). I couldn’t sleep. Next day I still felt like crap, like my head was sitting on a bed of swords. Thursday morning I felt a bit better and that evening went for my next adjustment. It didn’t feel as bad as the last one and I remembered to ice like she told me to. The next day? I was sore but motivated for the first time in months. I got a TON of work done that had been pending for awhile. Donated books cataloged and put away in a special sections, other donations scanned in and renamed, cleaned up a bit, etc. I felt great. Went in Saturday to see her again and told her exactly that. Each time I go it does not hurt as much and I feel better afterwards.
The most amazing part? I have not had a migraine in a week. It’s incredible to wake up in the morning without a migraine, to go through the entire day without one. Normally with such a large storm front coming I’d have a migraine, but today I’m still without one. I’m hopeful these treatments along with my physical therapy will finally rid me of this constant pain I’ve had every single day since October.
So if you ever decide to think about a chiropractor look for one who is open and honest, who explains that it’s not a miracle and that you should expect some pain. One that doesn’t talk about “energies or toxins” that are floating in your body. She is great and I look forward to the strength exercises that will help my core as well to keep me from being in pain again.
Just a saving money reminder….March is frozen foods month and Lent is upon us. Those two combined are offering up good prices on frozen fish. There have been many Gorten’s coupons that don’t expire until June. I’ve saved them for now. Stock up on your favorite fish so you can enjoy it until the next big sale. In almost any area you will find deep discounts and buy one get one free.
Why eat out of a box when you can make the same thing in the same amount of time from scratch? This take on Hamburger Helper is just that. Cheesey goodness with plenty of leftovers. You can add more bacon if you’d like. Next time I make this I’m going to add more seasonings, some garlic and onion powder and maybe a dash of smoked paprika. My 5 year old also loved this. Add more noodles and milk if you’d like to stretch this out even further for your family.
Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 cup beef broth
2 cups milk
8 ounces tomato sauce
2 cups macaroni noodles
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and diced
Salt to taste
In a large pan brown ground beef. Drain off any fat from the meat.
Add beef broth, milk, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil.
Add macaroni noodles.
Reduce heat to low and cook for 17‐20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally so nothing sticks to the bottom.
When pasta is done stir in sour cream, bacon, cheese, and salt.
Went to the chiropractor Thursday after work. We talked about my pain and migraines and he took some x-rays. Back to see him Tuesday after work to talk about a course of action. My physical therapy session was Saturday. He did a bunch of poking and prodding where it hurts and then had me do a series of stretches. He finished up by having me lay down with a giant heating paid across my ribs for about 12 minutes. I felt a little light headed afterwards and in the same amount of pain. Later the backs of my knees started to hurt from all the stretching. I hope between all my doctors they figure out how to kill this pain for good, I hurt all the time the pain medication just makes it bearable.
My son had a great time at his sleepover with his cousin. They watched movies, made dessert, stayed up and talked late, and then went out to a movie. He woke up in the middle of the night and got sick, poor kid. The rest of the day after we picked him up he just laid on the couch. I only fed him some toast and he did feel a tad bit warm. This morning he’s much cooler and acting more alive. Ate 2 pieces of toast and a bowl of cereal already.
Thursday: Bacon cheeseburger pasta
After a hiccup last week my son is poised to have his first sleepover (as long as he keeps being on his best behavior that is). While he’s sleeping over we plan on catching up on NCIS episodes that evening, then the next morning having a romantic trip to Costco. Hopefully the rebate checks from Costco and American Express will be in our hands by then.
Monday: Kielbasa, Cheesy tater bites, veggie
Friday: Homemade Pizzas
Here’s the menu for this week. This coming Saturday is our big shopping day for the month. I’m out of some pantry items so I need to stock up. My son is doing a Winter Gala thing at KinderCare Wednesday where he’s singing 3 songs. Hubby is going to film it so I can watch after they pick me up from work.
Monday: Beef Stroganoff
Saturday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup
Our couch has been broken for a few years now. One side of it has been sinking and has metal sticking out of it. We made the family decision to replace it and the broken coffee table instead of going on vacation this summer. This year it will be free things like the park and picnics instead of going to Hershey. We will put cash away all this year and next to have a great vacation next year in Hershey which will include staying at their hotel a couple of days. That will give us plenty of time to slowly put away all the cash we need for the trip and have a great time.
We had some snow last Monday and I was sore for a few days after shoveling. My ribs still hurt and that just aggravated it. If they still hurt in a few weeks I’m supposed to talk to the doctor again, but I’ve been through so many tests there really isn’t anything else to do.
Our office got new carpeting, paint, and new offices built into empty space. Our department was displaced for the week into a conference room. While it was cold outside it was hot and stuffy in that conference room. I’m so very glad to be back at my desk this week! You don’t know what you miss when you have been moved all around. We have been moving furniture and boxes the past few weeks and that was a little painful too. More for my back than my ribs which I was thankful for. I had to have my husband help make dinner a couple of nights while the heating pad and I became friends after work.
Thursday: Cheeseburger bacon macaroni, veggie
It’s winter and BGE charges too much for electricity. We don’t keep the heat ( or air) on too much, we keep it as low as possible in the winter and as high as possible in the summer. We dress in layers but my hands are constantly cold. While we were eating dinner last night I asked my husband if he’d like a molten chocolate cake for dessert, since it would make my hands warm to hold it. He said it would take too long, I said it would take me less than 10 minutes.
I have thick ceramic cups so it took about 4 minutes to finish in the microwave. They were still gooey in the middle but baked around the edges. Even my son ate a cup of it and he prefers cold desserts. I topped it with Perry’s Death by Chocolate which has dark chocolate chunks and almonds, mine and my son’s favorite ice cream. Also a dollop of whipped cream. I didn’t have any oranges to make zest so I left it out, still came out delicious.
Thanks Michael Symon for this awesome recipe! I’ve been meaning to make this recipe since I saw it on the Cooking Channel last year.
Michael Symon’s 3 Minute Chocolate Cup Cake
8 ounces room temperature butter cut into cubes
8 ounces dark chocolate chopped into pieces
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp salt
1 pint ice cream (optional)
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a glass bowl set over a double boiler, or for 60 seconds in the microwave.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, orange zest, salt and eggs. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Divide the batter among 4 large or 6 medium coffee cups.
Microwave for 50 seconds to 4 minutes on high depending on the number of cakes, the power of your microwave and how molten you like your cakes. Let cool for 30 seconds. Top with ice cream and whipped cream to serve.