Month: March 2016

Venison and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

So, for St. Patrick’s Day, I had planned for us to have this Venison Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, but plans changed and the girls and I ended up staying the night at my mom’s house.

We rescheduled our St. Patrick’s Day dinner for tonight and it DID NOT disappoint.

I don’t think we’ve made a bad venison recipe since Eric brought that deer home!

Any who, I found this recipe on Cook like a Cavewoman. We tweaked it a little bit because we don’t have coconut amigos, beef broth or tomato paste.

 

Ingredients:

For the sweet potato mash:

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the filling:
1½ lb ground venison
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
5 baby carrots, sliced
1 cup small cauliflower florets
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1  cup veggie broth
1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
2 shakes of ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
Ground paprika (for garnish only)

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Food Ideas & More

I’m a day (or two) late and a dollar short, but we just finished all of our St. Patrick’s Day activities!

We started out with a very green breakfast. These are Mini De Wafelbakkers Frozen Pancakes I got from the frozen food aisle at Publix. I microwaved them for about 30 seconds, topped with whipped cream and Airhead Xtremes Rainbow. I had to cut the Airhead a little to get it to bend correctly.

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Then, we had some Lucky Charms (my husband was more excited than the kids!) and some green milk I dyed with green food coloring.

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Deer Nuggets

When my husband got his first deer on his first hunting trip EVER in his whole life, I was pretty excited.

Venison is pretty awesome, guys.

If you’ve never tried it, it’s a red meat but very, very lean. Hardly any fat comes off the meat when you cook it.

Both of our kids have been eating it up! Which is a plus in this house. Emma barely even eats meat, except chicken. So it was pretty exciting seeing her eat FIVE, count them FIVE deer nuggets.

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We’ve had venison onion burgers, venison backstop, venison cube steak, but I think this is THE BEST (and the most kid-friendly) recipe we’ve made from the “Deep Freeze stash.”

If you get your hands on some venison, MAKE this recipe. You won’t regret it.

Deer Nuggets

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Recipe Share: BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Chili

*Disclaimer* This is NOT a healthy recipe! LOL

This is a one-pot, easy, weeknight, throw together and EVERYONE will actually eat (for the nights you don’t feel like fighting the kids to eat) recipe.

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It includes:

Ground chicken
Pineapple pieces (You can buy canned, but I buy fresh from Publix and cut up smaller)
A can of Baked Beans (28 oz.-I use Homestyle)
Barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Rays is what I used)

Brown the chicken in the pan first

Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer until hot.

Serve over King’s Hawaiian Rolls

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Enjoy!!!

Strawberry Festival


It’s March here in Florida, which, for most people means Spring Break.

For us here in Plant City, it means strawberry season.

And strawberry season means The Strawberry Festival!

It’s kind of a big deal.

HUGE.

People wear rhinestoned strawberry shirts. Kids get dressed up in strawberry dresses and headbands. There’s a court and a Queen.

And the debate on whether you should put a biscuit or shortcake underneath your Strawberry Shortcake? It can get ugly. (BTW, shortcake ALL. THE. WAY. over here)

Before we had kids, we avoided it like the plague.

Tourist attraction.

Traffic.

Crowds.

Three of my husband’s least favorite things.

The first year I took Emma by myself since Eric was out of town for work. We watched her older cousin dance. And she wore these adorable pajamas:

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Emma 2013

The next year, Addie was a baby so baby carrier all the way. Plus, I had to get “matching” pictures of both girls in their strawberry jammies.

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Addie 2014

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Ferris Wheel ride= sun right in the face of the baby. #parentingwin

 

The next year, my parents joined us. Addie had just turned a year old and demanded to try some of my “Memomade” aka lemonade. I told her she would hate it, it was bitter and let her try it. Little shit drank the whole thing.  And is STILL obsessed with “Memomade.”

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2015

This year, I met my mom and her friend there, we HAD to get a lemonade and ride the ferris wheel, but I also got this adorable side-by-side picture of my girls.

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What a difference a year makes.

 

In Plant City, we do strawberries. And we do them well.

Can’t wait for next year!

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Who doesn’t remember reading Dr. Seuss books? They are a staple in nearly every household.

Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham. Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Hop on Pop.

Addie calls them her “Papa Seuss” books and I think it’s just the cutest thing ever.

Today was his birthday and Boy! did we celebrate!

We started off the day with Green Eggs (no ham) and Oh, the Places You’ll Go-gurt (aka yogurt)

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I had a hard time convincing the girls to eat the green eggs, but eventually they did (with enough ketchup!)

Wednesdays are usually our “Library days” so off we went. I did Emma’s hair in a Cindy Lou Who-style I had seen on Pinterest, but for some reason couldn’t find.

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I believe in the original post, the lady used pipe cleaners to keep the hair up more, but I’m sure Emma would’ve hated that. So, this is just four sections of her hair braided and looped.

After the library, we came back home and I made lunch, which included One Fish, Two Fish Goldfish; Cat in the Hat cheese sticks and Cat in the Hat strawberry and banana skewers.

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After lunch was nap time. Ahhhhh, nap time.

Anyways, after naps, CRAFTS!

Oh, wait.

First, snacks! Cranky kids after naps and all.

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Swedish Fish for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. And some Hop on Pop popcorn.

And then, crafts! I printed this page for Emma to work on some homeschool preschool skills.

She glued and colored her Thing 1 (I hot glued the eyes and made the smile).

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For dinner, we had PIZZA! Cat in the Hat pizza.

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I bought a pre-made dough from Publix and had Eric break it up into little personal pizzas for each girl. Then, I let them help assemble each of their pizzas. We layered pepperonis and cheese to create the cat’s hat look. Then, hubby cooked them on a pizza stone on the BBQ. MMMmmmmmm. It had been a LONG time since we had cooked a pizza on there and Man, were they good! The kids actually ate all of them! Without too much coercion.

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After pizza, we had The Lorax Nutter Butters and strawberry and marshmallow Cat in the Hat skewers.

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I’d say we had a pretty great day!

Thanks for the memories, Dr. Seuss.

Spinach and Sausage Noodle Bake

I know I just did a recipe share, but I’m kind of obsessed with eating, OK?!

I had bought this package of ground sausage at Publix a while back because it looked interesting. I thought, “that looks different!” “I could make something cool with that!”

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Meanwhile, it sat in my freezer for months. LOLZ

I finally took it out last night and couldn’t think of a DAMN THING to make with it.  Pinterest to the rescue. I found this recipe and it sounded pretty good, somewhat healthy (what?! it has spinach!) and easy to make.

Only problem? I didn’t have shells. I did have this fancy ass pasta. Pennoni Rigati. Is it Penne? Rigatoni? I have no f-ing idea. I don’t even know where I got this!

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Anywho, so I improvised and this is what I came up with:

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Spinach and Sausage Noodle Bake

Ingredients

1 lb. ground sausage

Handful of spinach

4 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. oregano

4 cups ricotta cheese

1 package (8-12 oz) mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I use the Fixate Grandma’s Sauce recipe)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown and drain the sausage.

Toss the spinach in the same pan and cook 1-2 minutes, until wilted.

Cook the noodles according to package directions.

In a mixing bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, garlic powder, oregano and parmesan cheese.

Pour spaghetti sauce in the bottom of pan (I used a 8X8, but you can use a 9X13 also).

Drain noodles (whichever kind you use).

Place noodles on top of sauce. (This is where you would stuff the shells if you used shells)

Since I did not use shells, I just put the ricotta cheese mixture on top of the noodles.

Top with ground sausage. Then sprinkle top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-35 minutes. I baked uncovered for the last 5 minutes to melt the cheese on the top.

Enjoy!