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Cheesy Turkey Cauliflower Quesadilla

4/1/15


You guys, I've decided to go on a massive diet.  I'm going to omit food for 16 days, and only drink beet juice with kale and cayenne and maybe the occasional jar of baby food and... OKAY I CAN'T, April Fools!  It's still April 1st, right?  Food, you're my favorite and I'll never quit you.

Ok, moving on from my lame prank... while I don't really believe in "diets" I DO believe in tricking your kids to eat vegetables.  I wish it didn't have to come to that in my household, but alas, it does.  So I introduce to you... the Cauliflower Quesadilla!  To be honest, my kids eat cauliflower on their own, but I'll gladly shove it in other foods if it means they're getting an extra oomf of vegetables.  Oomf?  Who am I what am I saying??  Anyway, it's white, it can be pulverized into a rice-like constancy, it's basically the perfect April Fool's Day vegetable.  Last night, I made cauliflower rice and added it to our quesadillas with ground turkey and Mexican cheese.  Delicious, for kids and grown ups alike!  It just added a little something extra, and I promise I won't say "oomf" again, ever.      





Etta loved it, in between nose pickings.

TODAY tonight: Salmon + Mashed Peas

3/31/15


Now that it is spring - and I write that while manically laughing because I just looked outside and A WINTRY MIX IS FALLING FROM THE SKY - but now that it is spring (I said SPRING, PEOPLE IN THE HEAVENS CONTROLLING THE WEATHER!) I have been looking forward to cooking with seasonal vegetables like artichokes and radishes and leeks and peas.  So when Carson came home from work the other day and said, you have to make this salmon with mashed peas I ate this morning I said, yes!  Yes, I have to!  Billy Dec cooked it up on the Today Show last week, and so I re-watched this video and gave it a go.  Errrmygosh...

It was so good.  We felt like we were dining in a fancy restaurant, when in realty we were eating at our kitchen island while the kids watched HOP (did you know James Marsden is the first ever human Easter Bunny?).  Carson cooked the salmon and did so PERFECTLY.  The key is a hot, hot pan.  He achieved the most deliciously crispy exterior with a tender, flaky inside.  I handled the garlicky mashed peas.  Um, yum.  My 7 month-old ate them up!  A garlic lover she shall be!  We skipped the salad and served them alongside roasted vegetables.  This dinner is a springtime MUST, especially if wet, white stuff is raining down on your land.  


Today Parenting Team!


Are you familiar with the Today Show Parenting Team?  It's a community in which anyone can join and share their parenting advice, stories, photos and wisdom.  There are monthly topics and challenges that have spewed such wonderful articles, like this one (she's my hero).  It's really fun, and if you're a parent or grandparent or godparent or auntie or teacher or you have, like, a thousand cats... you should join.  We're in this together people!

I recently wrote an article about "letting go of stress" - because I am NEVER stressed.  Nope, not me, I'm perfect.  Click here to read, it's called: Teenagers Don't Wear Diapers!  If you enjoy the read, would you consider voting for me?  And sharing it with your friendly friends?  Thanks!!


Back later with a delicious Salmon + Garlicky Mashy Peas recipe...     

Banana Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins

3/30/15


I have been craving coffee cake every morning for a few weeks.  I sit at the kitchen table, look down at my coffee and then curse myself for not being one of those moms that wake up at 4am to make fresh pastries.  Wait, are those moms a thing?  Does that exist?  Or am I thinking of Donna Reed?  Well, I want to be her, in black-and-white with her glowing skin and her freshly made morning coffee cake.  For now, I am the mom that puts a movie on for her older kids, shoves popcorn in front of them and says, watch this while I bake muffins for my mommy/baby play group.  

I had some old bananas laying around (lying around? I still don't know) so my coffee cake craving decided to include them, and bravo bananas, bravo!  You turned these muffins into something special.  Moist and slightly sweet with a crunchy, buttery, cinnamon-y crumb topping.

I bet Donna Reed would have baked these muffins.  I bet she would have laced them with Xanax.       


Banana Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins
Makes 16 muffins

For Muffins:

4 T unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 ripe bananas 

For Crumb Topping:

2/3 brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
5 T unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350.  To make muffins, in a large bowl mix together butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until creamy.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In one more small bowl, mash ripened bananas and stir in buttermilk.  With mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined, then add 1/2 of the banana mixture.  Continue this until everything is combined, ending with the flour.  Using an ice cream scoop, place batter into muffin tins lined with wrappers (or greased with butter).  To make topping, combine dry ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Add melted butter and stir together with a fork until mixture begins to clump together.  Sprinkle over muffins, pressing down lightly so crumbs stick to batter.  Bake for 24 minutes, or until edges start to brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Meatloaf 3 Ways on TODAY

3/27/15


If you watched the Today Show this morning, well, then you probably know that my real name isn't Siri.  It's Bingo.  It's just, Bingously Delicious sounds weird, and makes no sense, and I really enjoy Starbuck's baristas making iPhone jokes when I say my name is Siri.  Ok, ok, you got me, I'm lying... my real name is Pam.  Lie!  I'm lying.  But, if you did watch, then you learned the origin of the nickname Carson and I call each other: Bingo.  And you probably witnessed me trying hard not to tell Christian Slater how many times I've seen Untamed Heart and Bed of Roses.  (Also, Heathers was the first rated-R movie I ever saw, true story.)    

If you missed it, you can check out the segment and find all the recipes by clicking here.  I have so much fun cooking with Carson (Bingo) on Today, so thanks for watching!




Mini Chipwich's

3/26/15


I am exhausted.  Like, beyond.  I spend all night in my 7 month-old's room, trying to coax and nurse her tiny, teething body back to sleep (because she's all, HELL NO to this sleep training rubbish).  I spend all day negotiating with my 2 year-old who is on a very productive hunger strike... have one ITSY BITSY bite of food to MAKE MOMMY HAPPY BECAUSE MOMMY IS SAD (it doesn't work).  As I type this, I have asked my 6 year-old to go potty and get dressed for school 17 TIMES and I've even threatened that our neighbor with his scary dog will have to drive him if he misses the bus.  I'm exhausted.  There used to be room in my brain to think about food.  Now, I'll realize it's 10am and I haven't eaten a thing yet and I'll drive my minivan into the wall of a Starbucks and buy every breakfast sandwich they have.  I'm sooooo tired.  But, then I'll read an article like this one, and I'll laugh and ugly cry simultaneously, and I'll remember... these are the days I'm going to miss.

(And then I chant that over and over again like a lunatic)

So, until my brain regains some sense of normalcy, all I have for you are these Mini Chipwich's I brought to a dinner party last night (because an "adult dessert" is waaaaay beyond my comprehension right now).  I used this recipe for a "cafe-style" cookie, made them as small as I could, flattened them prior to baking, smushed some vanilla ice cream in between the cooled cookies and rolled the sides in mini chocolate chips.  I may be brain dead, but they were delicious.  

Life Lately

3/24/15


Oh my gosh you guys, I haven't blogged in a long while.  I can't really point to an excuse, besides my three children.  You know, the baby who doesn't sleep and the toddler who doesn't eat and the big kid who just turned 6.  Every year I make a gigantic deal about his cake (as seen here) but I just didn't have it in me this time.  He was like, "mom can you make it half Skylanders and half Minecraft" and I was like, "no."  So instead I turned to another favorite of his at the moment, High School Musical (I know every song by heart).  East High's colors are red and white, so a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting made sense.  And then I made some chocolate piano keys with a piping bag on parchment paper to line half of the cake.  Easy peasy - go Wildcats!  (I'm an adult)


Easter fun with Rachael

3/16/15


I had a blast on the Rachael Ray Show today!  Sure, we made out with eggs and broke a few (okay, Rach broke a few), but it was so much fun to try out three crafty, Easter-inspired treats and crafts that we found online.  Check out the segment here.  And, if you ever come across something on the World Wide Web that makes you say, "SIRI-ously, can I really make that?" please send it my way!  

(Because I am Siri.) 

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

How were your weekends?  I spent mine eating green bagels and Red Velvet High School Musical Birthday Cake, but more on that later this week.  For now, here are some ideas for your Irish celebration tomorrow night, if you're having one.  It will be magically delicious!  

*And don't forget to watch The Rachael Ray Show today :)      


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