~Favorite Food Post~ Taste the Rainbow…

If I had to actually have a favorite food post, it would have to be the one that Tori Spelling shared today(click HERE for post) which is an article from POPSUGAR Moms. I love the vibrant colors of the vegetables and fruit, the various ways one could enjoy the rainbow colors in a single meal or snack!

For me this is beyond enticing! I love pairing bright vegetables with low carb pasta and putting them on low carb/high fiber wraps.

What are some of your favorite rainbow meals?

HAPPY EATING!!

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Italian Pastrami Wraps(Low Carb/High Fiber) and other late night musings…

It’s just one of those nights when I can’t sleep, have had lots of those the last 10 years. I know, doesn’t sound healthy, so I decided to put up my post since I’m up!

Got a question, am I the only one who does this but when I watch a movie or read a book I like to Bing the historical or true facts about something. For instance, yesterday I watched the movie Harem for the first time. Yes it is an old 80’s movie, alright not THAT old, but 1986. Has Nancy Travis, Omar Sharif, Art Malik and Julian Sands in it. I was able to watch it up to a certain point yesterday before having to go out with my Dad and son for the evening. I recorded both parts to the DVR so I could see the ending, and after spending an hour in bed last night then remembering I hadn’t locked the back door or tidied up the kitchen…forgetful I know, I came downstairs and did all that then remembered I needed to finish watching that movie. With the laptop on and the movie going I decided to Bing the Ottoman Empire and figure out about when the movie was taking place. (Have I lost you yet? ADD brain bouncing around…I’m getting to my point I promise!)

During the moments when the Kadin was being her witchy self, Ava Gardner did a fabulous job of being a heinous woman by the way, I would read up on some of the Ottoman history. So am I the only one who does this? I just can’t enjoy something for what it is, a story of young American lady who is kidnapped and sold into the Sultan’s harem and eventually falls in love with the one who sold her in the first place. That actually sounds really bad if you think about it. Can we say Stockholm Syndrome?! All in all it’s a good movie a bit of a shocker that it only received a one star rating. Critics today can be so finicky! But I am someone who has to detour and read about the history or true facts, if any, and get lost in it. Must be how my brain is wired ๐Ÿ™‚ It ceases to amaze me that you all keep coming back to read my posts lol with my skewed writing style…oh anyway!

I was truly pulling for Julian Sands character, but he was such a namby pamby, he has played some amazing characters over the years(minus The Warlock…blech, couldn’t stand him in that). But I found myself hoping that Art Malik’s character would admit his feelings for Nancy Travis’ character (Jessica an odd name for the time period) and that they would ride off into the sunset together. I did appreciate Nancy’s character, her strength in not giving up and not giving in. It’s that kind of heroine that I find I can relate to and that most women in general can as well. We all would like to imagine that if we were in her shoes we wouldn’t be any different. The story is so well written that I forgot that as I’m watching it I’m supposed to hate the guy who has sold her into the Sultan’s harem. His character is strong, masculine, and just everything you want in a hero. Just a well written story.

Alright, now you’re wondering when I’m going to get to this Italian Pastrami Wrap recipe, all in good time! Patience my young padawan ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not being someone who is in the know, or on the up and up on such things, I wanted to know if there was a difference between a Sheik and a Sultan. When I think of a Sheik I picture two things, one a very tall swarthy man who is the essence of amazing. Robed in dark handwoven garments, smells of sandalwood and musk, a sword tied at his side, someone who rides a black stallion and whisks red headed American women off to his tent for the happily ever after.

See?

The other thing I picture a Sheik being is this short fat, pot bellied, sweaty man that doesn’t know what soap is or that it even exists, wreaks of wine, stale tobacco and dare I say it? No, I want you all to have some appetite left…ok, so you get it. Alright, but a Sultan is someone that I imagine is a wealthy ruler, you know like in Aladdin.

Maybe not that short or chubby, but definitely gray haired, and did I mention wealthy? Oh, yep, I did. Well, naturally I went back to my Bing search engine and decided to further educate myself ๐Ÿ™‚ So here’s what ChaCha had to say:

In the Islamic world, the main difference between a Sultan and a King is that Sultan’s role was defined in the Quran, A Sheikh (or Shaikh) is a noble title in the Islamic world and it is also mentioned in the Quran (but definitely under the Sultan). Later it became a title meaning leader or a person with power, mostly used among Arab nomadic groups. Today there are many Shaikhs in the Islamic World. The equivalent of Sheikh in the western world would be a noble title like Duke, Count, Viscount.

Yeah, I didn’t stop there. English Stack Exchange says this: “Sultan: the title given to Muslim rulers in some countries” and that aย Sheik is “1 an Arab prince or leader; the head of an Arab family, town, etc. / 2 a leader in a Muslim community or organization.” I guess that falls in line with what I originally thought(even if it is a tad romanticized).ย 

Well, y’all have been good sports in putting up with my night owl musings ๐Ÿ™‚ There are just some nights where my brain will not shut off no matter what and I don’t finally get any sleep until the wee hours of the morning. Literally, just before the sun comes up do I finally begin to nod off only to wake up around 8–8:30am to get my day started with G–Man. Some life, eh?

Italian Pastrami Wraps

Photos by: G–Man

Yields: 16 half wraps

8 low carb/high fiber tortillas

Pepperoni

Turkey Pastrami

8 slices of provolone cheese

Filling

1 brick cream cheese, softened

2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/2 tsp Sweet Summer Savory

1 Tblsp Onion Flakes

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

a pinch Red Pepper Flakes,optional

1 tsp dried Parsley

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

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For the Filling: Combine softened cream cheese with the following 8 herbs and seasonings. Then on each tortilla spread this cream cheese mixture generously. You can spread it all the way out to the edges if you like.

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Place about 8 slices of pepperoni near the center.

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Layer with two slices of turkey pastrami over the pepperoni. Here there is only one in the photo, but be sure to place the second slice next to the first one, slightly overlapping in the middle.

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Break a slice of provolone in half and finally top it off over the pastrami.

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Begin to roll the tortilla away from you, making sure it is seam side down. Slice in half on a bias and voila!

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Doesn’t get any easier than that. Now, I made these in the morning and served them for dinner. Be sure to cover them well with plastic wrap before placing in the fridge to allow the flavors to blend and mellow. You can certainly make these a day ahead, or wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep all week for quick lunches or dinners on the go. I dare anyone to only eat one, they are flavorful and addictive! I personally don’t need any sides to go with this but you can pair it with a lovely salad for a light dinner.

Buon Appetito!

~From the Heart~

Itโ€™s all I have to bring to-day

by Emily Dickinson

Itโ€™s all I have to bring to-day,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count, should I forget, โ€“
Someone the sum could tell, โ€“
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.

I wish a love–filled day to all, yes even to my fellow singles out there ๐Ÿ™‚ I have never shared a Valentine’s Day with someone. I was with my ex for 8 months and we didn’t make it to that particular holiday. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything really, sure I’ve never dressed up, gone out for a special meal with the love of my life, or spent a quiet evening at home with our favorite movie, or even surprise him with a special gift, but am I really missing out on anything? I don’t think I am.

Since my son was two I’ve made sure that holidays such as today were always special for him, in some form or fashion. Be it a sweet little gift, thoughtful meal or just spend the day with him doing what he loves. Currently he’s sitting next to me playing on the Kindle while his favorite cartoons are on ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s easy to please, kinda like me! With me being out of commission this week, thanks to this heinous cold, I didn’t plan anything this week for Valentine’s Day…not even for you all. However, I did put some effort into my appearance today. Finally shucked my nightgown and lounger, donned on a red flocked skirt paired with a white tank and sweater. I at least look festive for Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚ When I came down this morning I wished my boy a happy one and he asked where his gift was…smh. Luckily I still had some leftover dum–dums from a gift for my Wednesday night class, found a packet of heart cello bags with matching red twist ties, and stuck in a “Valentine Be Mine” card inside the bag. He was happy!ย 

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Again, easy to please!

I don’t think I’m jaded since I’ve never spent this day with someone. I’m an odd cookie, I’m not like most women. I hate diamonds, don’t care for milk or dark chocolate, and I abhor red roses. I don’t want jewelry for occasions such as this. No I prefer gifts that I can use either on a daily basis or regularly. Things for the kitchen(since I love to cook and bake), crafting items(a box of yarn, packets of scrapbook paper or a variety of adhesive dots), or ooo a dremel wood carving tool set! I guess that’s why I like Emily Dickinson’s poem above, it’s simple, honest, and genuine. It may not seem like much but it’s all I have to bring today ๐Ÿ™‚ Shouldn’t love be that way? Simple, honest, genuine…never expecting more than what the person can give and accepting all that they have? It would seem so, I’m not a huge fan of the Today Show, or any talk show for that matter, but I did watch the snippet where someone was asking all these men about Valentine’s Day and even I was surprised at their response. It does seem silly to take one day out of the year to express your love to that wonderful person in your life. Is that person not worthy of knowing how you feel every day? In some small way no matter what you do, shouldn’t they know that you love them through out the year and not just on a specific holiday? *crickets chirping*

Who will be my valentine?

I know there are a lot of singles today who loathe this day, seeing all the happy couples loving it up, watching them pile into restaurants for those expensive meals, clogging the roads to get to special shows and other destinations. Why should we despise what they have just because we don’t have it currently in our own lives? Is that really the best attitude? No, and who says we can’t celebrate this day as well? Are we not surrounded by our loved ones? Family, friends, children, pets…don’t they count? Make this day special with them, don’t wallow in self–pity, embrace those that have been with you through thick and thin, who have seen you at your worse and still love you!

To make this day even more special for my son I decided to whip up a batch of fluffy buttermilk pancakes with white chocolate chip morsels. Normally I use his favorite semi-sweet morsels but the change was nice for both of us ๐Ÿ™‚ Just another way to make memories with him and for him to look back one day and say “I remember when my Mom would…”. Those are things that matter the most in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

Buttermilk Pancakes with White Chocolate Chips

2 cups flour, sifted

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 Tblsp sugar

2 1/2 cups buttermilk (shaken, not stirred)

2 eggs, whisked

1/4 cup peanut oil

White Chocolate Chip Morsels

Red Food coloring, optional

Combine all the dry ingredients in one large bowl, set aside. Whisk together eggs in a separate bowl, add in well shaken buttermilk, a few drops of red food coloring and oil. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Will be lumpy but that’s ok! Heat griddle and spray with non–stick spray. Once hot(drop a bit of water on the skillet, if it dances around your pan is ready), ladle batter on to make two pancakes. I never like to load up the griddle with more than two cakes at one time. Makes it easier to flip. Adjust heat if they are browning too quickly. At this time sprinkle on white chocolate chips and gently push them into the batter with spatula. Once the edges are dry and bubbles form on top, carefully flip the pancakes to finish cooking. Remember, it’s all in the wrist! Serve with a drizzle of your favorite fruit syrup(strawberry is nice), add a light dusting of powdered sugar or serve plain as we did.

Depending on the size you make it will determine how many this recipe will yield. I got a dozen pancakes from it, I did make them a bit large and I didn’t color our pancakes this go around.

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Here I exposed the underside of a pancake so you can see the white chocolate chips and the pancakes were big enough to fill a bowl. My nephew noted that the underside had a slight crunchiness, which he really liked. Could be from the white chocolate chips, he said all it needed were some macadamia nuts to complete it! Not a bad idea actually ๐Ÿ™‚

G–Man really liked them, even better than the chocolate chips pancakes I normally make. You could definitely use any chip you prefer, play with the flavors, add different syrups and just have fun making these with your loved ones.

So even though this is a day traditionally meant for lovers, try to show your love to someone else. Volunteer this weekend in a homeless shelter, bake up some goodies and walk around town handing them out to the homeless folks you encounter along with some bottled water and fruit. Visit a nursing home and spend time with the residents, or visit with an elderly neighbor who would appreciate some of these pancakes or other goodies ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s turn this day from a “Single’s Awareness Day” into a “Share the Love Day”. Be blessed!

~Snow Day~

Not too often do we get snow here in Alabama, so for G–Man it was a real treat to bundle up and head out to play for a bit in the melting snow.

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First, a mini ski slope just like in the Olympics ๐Ÿ™‚ GO

Team USA!!!

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After making his mini snowman he couldn’t wait any longer to eat some snow ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Southern winter wonderland!

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Snow angels!!

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Yeti, Yeti, Yeti! RAWR!!!!

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All snugly warm, dry and playing on the kindle.

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But you cannot have a snow day without snow cream (vanilla and chocolate flavored)!

NOK’s Hot Cocoa Flavored Snow Cream

1 medium bowl of fresh snow (top layer only)

3–4 packets of favorite hot cocoa mix

1/4–1/2 cup sugar

milk

Carefully incorporate the cocoa powder into the snow with sugar and milk. Blend until creamy. Enjoy and store extra in freezer.

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Have a wonderful day, enjoy the snow and stay warm!

~Inspirational Wednesday~

Been up since 4:30am and in the mood to share some inspiring quotes. Ready? Set? GO!

It’s just one of those mornings where I know I’m better off where I am now

and have to remind myself that and keep moving forward!

I may not have everything I wish I did, but I have everything I need and the people that go along with it!

Never regret anyone or anything!

And as always…

Keep Smiling, Gorgeous!

Why THIS and Not THAT…a Look at What Makes Most PCOS Women Fat

Good morning, hope everyone here in the USA is staying warm on this chilly snowy morning. It actually snowed here in North Alabama, enough that it’s not melting right away and there’s more to come tomorrow afternoon! Yes, I am extremely happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Now if only it could be like this year round!! I know, y’all think I’m crazy hehe!! I craved turkey bacon this morning. Yes, CRAVED it, and fried it up in some regular bacon grease for extra flavor and because turkey bacon has virtually no fat of its own which causes it to stick to the pan.

Tonight I’m thinking about doing up zucchini and squash noodles with marinated chicken for my dinner. It’s been a recently popular post of mine on Pinterest. I just plan to add squash to change it up. It’s a different option to noodles, I’m also a fan of Dreamfields pasta but even I find I have to be careful with it, I have a strange addiction to grains. Last year I made a big bowl of pasta salad and could literally eat the entire bowl by myself it was that good! This is why it’s a good idea to use a low carb vegetable in place of a grain pasta when I get those cravings. True it’s not the same as if eating the “real deal” pasta but it is filling!

There are several other options, one of my absolute fall favorites is spaghetti squash. Make a light garlic mushroom sauce to serve over it and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with chicken or meatloaf for a little extra protein and you’ve got a wonderful guilt free meal! I never feel bloated after eating vegetable noodles. However, if you absolutely have to have noodles and you’re trying to eat less carbs here’s a link to lower carb noodle options (click HERE).

I love getting the Insulite Laboratories emails every week and one that I’ve been chomping at the bit to share, just been too sick and too busy to do it, is a great email about Why Pasta, not Bacon, Makes you Gain Weight. I’ve known for many years now that pasta is my nemesis, actually any grain and yeast product is my enemy, and that cutting those things out of my daily diet is actually better for me. Now, Insulite Laboratories isn’t condoning a high bacon diet, but their findings are showing that many PCOS women do fair better when they cut out the pasta and stick with a lower glycemic lifestyle.

Here are the charts within the email…I love charts, especially ones that I can print out and keep.

Below these same charts can be found and enlarged at Fast Co Design.

So just what is wrong with carbs themselves? Basically, they cause insulin levels to go crazy. That, in turn, causes cells to pull in more fat, resulting in the onset of our old enemy, weight gain.

~quoted from Insulite Laboratories email November 26, 2013~

I think we can all agree that diet fads have come and gone over the years. Do they work for everyone? Nope, why? Because we’re not all the same! Not everyone can handle to carbohydrates, just as there are those who can’t thrive without the carbohydrates. Some can do without all that fat and others need it in order to burn off stored fat. But it’s true, there is no cookie cutter diet for everyone, we cannot all survive on the Food Pyramid/Plate that has been pushed down our throats since the early 90’s(when it was introduced here in the USA).

I’m sure most of us PCOS Cysters have tried the Atkins and South Beach diets at one time or another, lost the weight only to pack it back on later. *raises both hands high into the air* I’m guilty, guilty, guilty…not only gained what I lost but then gained a whole lot more! Why is that? Mostly because neither one of those fads has ever taught us how to eat to live, it just teaches you how to eat to lose. Then once you’re at your goal weight you celebrate…for the next three years and find yourself back where you were. Don’t deny it, I’m not gonna lie it’s happened to me! What I discovered is that I cannot follow the Atkins or South Beach diets because of the soy. That is detrimental to my health and compounds the weight issue.

I’ve had to learn over the years to also bite my tongue when I’m in mixed company of women…mixed company meaning that some are all about low fat, low cal, skim milk, multigrain, while others were all about lean meats, no red, lots of fruits and vegetables….and I will say, that there is nothing wrong with any of that, I’m all for doing what works best for you. My beef is, when one way of eating gets pushed onto the masses as “the only way to lose weight” and then you have about 50% of the population that’s overweight, diabetic, infertile, and health issues running amuck…SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE!!!

What can this spell for PCOS women? Understanding that we’re all different and yes that there are skinnier women who suffer with PCOS as well, we have got to find something that works specifically for each of us. I cannot write on this blog and tell you all that you HAVE to eat the same things as I do, for one I’m not permitted to(not an expert) and secondly I’m not insane enough to push what I do onto other people. I can only share what I’m doing and the research that backs it up that proves it works. You have to listen to your body, if you solely listen to your doctor or what the latest health expert(s) is touting you could very well being doing yourself more harm than good. The doctor and health experts do not live inside your body! They do not know on a daily basis, second by second, minute by minute what is going on in your body. Hence the tests, blood work, the wringing of hands, second opinions, third opinions, loss of sleep, countless medications, and thousands of dollars going down the drain without any more knowledge of what’s wrong with you.

Only you will know what your body needs in the end, learn to listen to its needs, the signals to what is wrong and know how to treat it naturally first. A lot of the time what is wrong is a result of a deficiency in minerals or vitamins, a build up of toxins to which a detox would be appropriate to follow, or could be a side effect of a medication(s) you’re currently taking. Take back your health while you still can!

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***Don’t forget to wear your teal on Tuesday***

What a Fun(yun) Day

Evening all, not many of you knew it but yesterday was my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ Turned 32, yes can hardly believe it myself. I sat for a while in my bathroom just staring at myself remembering what it would be like to be in my 30’s…alright I didn’t really ponder on that in a deep way but I did think wow, you’re 32 years old today. Then I brushed my teeth and went off to school with my boy ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a great birthday, a lot of wonderful friends and family remembered me and wished me the best on Facebook, even got a card from a sweet older woman from my church(it’s so nice to be thought of). I don’t make a big deal about my birthday anyway, don’t advertise it or expect anything special(ie big parties, a week long celebration, or outlandish gifts). I’m content with just being home with the family, thankful for another year, for my son, my salvation, and just being able to live to enjoy life. So, this year wasn’t any different. I woke up and made my own breakfast(no yeast cinnamon rolls…very yummy by the way), did some school work with G–Man, and came down from our bonus room to find my Mom making me the cake I said I would love to have. My oldest nephew had taken care of the dishes so all I had to do was sit and enjoy my day! It was nice not having to do anything for a little while, even got to enjoy a few rounds of bingo on my ipod ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I’m a huge bingo addict, it’s all for points and not money. Just pure fun!

Usually for my birthday I choose some low carb, alkaline, gluten free options that everyone moans and groans about. “It’s one day a year”, “do something special”…so I did. Something I figured everyone would enjoy and not break the bank at the same time. Went to the Domino’s website, checked out their coupons, scored some deals and got a little something for everyone! Dad even spoiled us with sodas, which we rarely drink and I haven’t had in years, even got us our favorite chips…funyuns oh how I have missed you! But the best part of the entire evening was the cake that my Mom had wore herself out in making. It’s an absolute rich and moist cake, so delicious!

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Italian Cream Cheese Cake

(Recipe courtesy of Southern With A Twist)

1 stick Butter
ยฝ cup Crisco
2 cups Sugar
5 Egg Yolks
2 cups Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Coconut
1 cup chopped Pecans
5 Egg Whites, stiffly beaten

Cream butter and Crisco. Add sugar, beat well. Add egg yolks and beat. Add flour and soda. Alternate with buttermilk. Stir in vanilla. Add coconut & nuts. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites 2 Tablespoons at a time. Pour into greased and floured 9 in cake pans and bake at 350 for 20 โ€“ 25 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Frosting:
1 โ€“ 8oz Cream Cheese, softened
ยฝ stick Butter, softened
1 box 10x Sugar (1 pound of powdered sugar)
1 tsp Vanilla
Chopped Nuts, optional

Mix cheese and butter, add sugar and vanilla. Frost Cake and sprinkle nuts on cake.

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Like I said, it’s a rich cake and that was unexpected. Mom did a superb job making this for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Her helper, JJ, did an awesome job lending a hand and doing the dishes as well! As I told my folks tonight, they are excellent cooks and made this owl’s b–day a really good one! Give this cake a try, it pairs wonderfully with a caramel turtle tracks ice cream!

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The loading of the greased and floured pans…watching her do this brought back so many fond memories.

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Frosted Italian Cream Cheese Cake topped with flaked sweetened coconut.

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Very decadent! Eat slowly and enjoy!!

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Or…you could just eat it whole…just a thought ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Eating!

~41st Anniversary Dinner & Dessert~

Morning all, this is a smidgen over due but I hope you’ll enjoy it all the same. Monday my parents celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. In years past they would go out for dinner, Mom would get dolled up, Dad would get off of work early enough to beat the dinner crowd at their favorite restaurant and have a wonderful evening all to themselves.

In the last decade going out as become a thing of the past for my Mom. Her fibromyalgia is severe enough that it takes too much effort just to get ready and when it’s time to go she’s too tired. It’s frustrating for her seeing how she’s more than eager to go and do but her body isn’t willing. So, that’s where I stepped in to help make their evening as pleasant as possible…even though I had a few clinkers in the kitchen.

Going through our weekly menu I asked Mom what sounded good for their anniversary dinner, that’s when she printed the recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Noodle Casserole. Everyone swears that I have made this before but I honestly have no recollection of doing that. It kind of reminds me of Chicken Tetrazzini, only this recipe wasn’t as creamy. But Mom and I discussed how we could remedy that ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cheesy Chicken and Noodle Casserole

1/2 pound egg noodles, cooked and drained

1 cup Swiss or cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp black pepper

3 cups chicken, chopped or shredded

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, mined

6 large mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 stick of butter

6 Tblsp flour

2 cups chicken broth or stock

1 cup heavy cream

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
  2. While noodles are cooking, dice or shred the chicken and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Season noodles with pepper, Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese.
  4. Place noodles in a greased 3 qt casserole dish and top with chicken.
  5. In a large sauce pan saute onions, mushrooms and garlic in butter until transparent and soft.ย 
  6. Add flour and cook for two minutes before adding broth and cream. Cook until thickened.
  7. Pour sauce over noodles and chicken and sprinkle with remaining Swiss cheese or cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and serve with favorite sides.

I used cheddar throughout the dish, and if I choose to make it again I plan to add a can of cream of mushroom soup, 4 ounces of cream cheese and a little extra cream to help make it creamier. It was plenty cheesy, a little too much chicken for our liking and will reduce it by a cup. You can layer it like I did, I started out first with a little of the sauce on the bottom, then enough noodles to cover the bottom of the pan. Top with chicken, a good ladle or two of sauce, parmesan cheese, and shredded cheese. Repeated those layers until the pan was full.

For dessert, I wanted to treat my parents to a little something special. Sure I make all kinds of desserts and everyone has their favorite, but because it was their day I decided to go with individual cakes and ice cream topped with what I was hoping would be a homemade caramel sauce…yeah, that last part was a dud.

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Individual Chocolate Melting Cakes

10 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

4 Tblsp unsalted butter

5 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup ap flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

caramel sauce, optional

ice cream

  1. Preheat to 325 degrees F. Light grease 12 muffin cups and dust with cocoa powder.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat.
  3. In another large bowl, mix eggs and sugar at medium high speed until light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and melted chocolate. Mix with a spoon until well blended.

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In this pan I didn’t use the cocoa powder and the end result was: they stuck to the pan…oh well, it was the leftover batter, the other 12 came out perfectly! So, divide the batter evenly into each cup and bake for about 12–15 minutes. You want them to be just cooked through.

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See, these turned out amazing! So I thought, they weren’t very gooey as hoped. I’m guessing it was due to the dark pan. No matter, it ate the same. Let these cool in the pan for five minutes before turning them out on to a cookie sheet pan to finish cooling. Serve warm with caramel sauce and ice cream.

Then I tried my hand at making a caramel sauce…”it’s easy” the reviewers said, “it’s quick recipe” they said…pfft! I’m being snarky, I know and it’s only because when I cook/bake I don’t like for anything to go wrong beyond repair because I don’t like wasting ingredients. Especially in this economy when the price of sugar is at $2.68/5Lbs I REALLY don’t like wasting it.

But I was optimistic, tapping into my inner George Lopez saying “I got this!” Instead, here’s what I ended up with.

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Normal looking…bubbly…

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and wha–POW!

It started out good,ย followed the instructions…I GOT DIS! I swirled the pan occasionally, didn’t stir. Kept an eye on the pan the whole time. Remember…I GOT DIS!!! No, I really didn’t. That last picture is the end result, burnt crystallized sugar that was too hot to throw away. What went wrong? Well, upon further inspection the skin scorching liquid became contaminated during the last swirling. Apparently some of the crystals toward the top got into the liquid and immediately made the hot liquid turn solid. Never seen anything like it before. So, this owl admits she had a kitchen failure, I’m not a perfect cook or baker. I still have to deal with recipes that don’t turn out right and figure out what went wrong.

Well, the moral of this delicious yet sad story is this: If you’re not used to making caramel get a candy thermometer or better yet…just buy a jar from the store. Saves on dishes ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Eating!

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Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, Love you both!