(This is my "I'm so happy to be grading" face)
At CocoKey Indoor Water Park with Grandma. She took us to celebrate Jax's 5th birthday!
Happy Birthday Jax!
Aren't we cute?
Getting ready for Halloween.
My favorite witch, ghost and cowboy.
And me as Carmen Miranda.
(I think that, since I have nowhere near the time to post every day, I'll just do a round up of what we ate during the week from now on. Of course, that makes the posts incredibly long, but we'll live with it.)
Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme and Roasted Potatoes
I used this epicurious recipe with these changes:
*I mixed about a tsp of honey with about 3 tbsp butter and some lemon zest and placed it under the skin before roasting.
*I skipped the lemons on the top.
*I quartered 6 medium red potatoes and a large onion and placed them around the chicken before cooking.
I served with rice pilaf and frozen peas.
Pumpkin Pancakes with Buttered Walnuts
I used this Martha Stewart Recipe and it was awesome. No changes. I did double it. The only thing that I added was this:
chop 1/4 c. walnuts
saute over medium heat in about 3 tbsp butter (preferably salted) until fragrant.
Serve atop the pancakes with maple syrup.
Prosciutto and Brie Sandwiches with Fig and Eggplant Jam
Ok, so I made the fig and eggplant jam last summer and had it frozen, and I can't remember exactly how I made it. So if you want to make this sandwich (and I highly recommend that), you can make
Prosciutto and Brie Sandwiches with Apricot Thyme Jam
1/2 baguette, sliced in half and then halved again in the other direction
1/4 lb prosciutto
4 oz brie, sliced
4 tbsp apricot jam, mixed with 1/4 tsp thyme leaves and a pinch of salt
Spread each of the four quarters with the jam mixture, then top with 2 slices of prosciutto, and then a quarter of the brie. Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is slightly melty.
I served with roasted broccoli, a small salad, and the dijon version of these wicked good potato chips.
This was a very good "eat after the kids go to bed" quick and grown-up dinner.
For when you want pizza, but want it fast.
1 box of spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 cups of tomato sauce
8 oz mozzarella cheese
pizza toppings of your choice (we used pepperoni)
Mix the egg and the Italian seasoning, and toss the egg mix with the pasta until it's evenly coated.
Spread the pasta in a large, greased pizza dish, or 2 8X11 glass pans. Spread it until it's close to flat and press it down with a plate.
Tossed with egg and ready to be cooked.
Generously spray it with cooking spray and broil it until the top is browned, about 10 minutes.
Yummy and browned.
Remove from the oven and top with the tomato sauce, cheese, and pizza toppings. Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes. Slice as you would a pizza.
I said "shoot, I forgot to take a picture."
Pete said, "Say it was so good it came out of the oven partially eaten."
Ok, this isn't really a recipe so much as a hint.
If you want seriously kick-ass chocolate cake or cupcakes, use the King Arthur Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix. It's worth the extra couple of dollars. It always gets raves. Even though we're not gluten free around here, it's far and away the best cake mix out there.
And then you can top it with this decidedly un-gluten-free frosting. I don't even like frosting, and I ate this by the spoonful. It's worth the cooking and cooling time. Seriously.
Yes, covered up in bad lighting these look like deviled eggs.
But they were mini chocolate cupcakes with white-yellow-and-orange frosting
(to look like candy corn).
All in all, life goes apace. At this present moment, I refuse to worry about the upcoming hurricane/tropical storm/heavy rain thing that's bearing down upon us. I'm going so far as to charge all of my devices, and I bought a new book for the Nook. Anyone read The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window? Sounds interesting. I almost got Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. What about that one?