I am wearing jeans today, and I am loving it! Fall is in the air, and it is only a matter of time before pumpkin and apple recipes will be all that you see. But, we still have a major summer holiday to celebrate. That means grilling, outdoors, pool parties, and summer food is still in order. Do you have fun plans for this Labor Day weekend? We are going on a big 10 mile hike on Saturday to the top of two different mountains. Then on Sunday friends from Iowa are visiting. As for Monday, I am hoping we can get in a long bike ride. Perfect way to end the summer, in my opinion!
We are in the last few days of August. Hard to believe how fast the summer flew by. This weekend my husband and I celebrate 13 years of marriage. We actually have a friend who is going to watch our 9 year old so we can go out! Not sure what we are doing yet, but I am excited for a night out, it seems like it has been FOREVER! This weekend we also have friends from Iowa that will be in town. It has been over a year since we have seen them, so I am super excited for their visit. Hopefully the weather stays nice, so we can enjoy lots of time outside.
Apparently summer days are hard when you are 9 years old. You have all this stuff in your head that you want to do, but within a couple hours of waking up you are bored. Mom suggests a bunch of stuff that you could do, but none of it interests you so you sulk around. Then after awhile, Mom gets fed up, and you get in trouble. Rough life! We actually have a system worked out for the summer. In the mornings I get work done, while my 9 year old has a few jobs he needs to get done. Then we get to have fun and play in the afternoon. Either go to the neighborhood pool, play with friends, go for a bike ride, go to a movie, or anything else we can think of. But I guess the jobs are getting old, and my 9 year old just want to be entertained all day, every day. So…. is it time for school yet?
Crispy bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a spicy Sriracha ranch.
Hot dogs are kind of a staple at most American barbeques in the summer. Often times there are choices between hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats. At least in Wisconsin brats are always on the menu. I love a good hot dog in the summer, topped with ketchup and raw onions….perfection! Especially if you are at a sporting event, then it is kind of a must! That and a beer. Well today, I am kind of upping the anti when it comes to hot dogs. These aren’t your average backyard barbeque hot dog, but they definitely should make an appearance at your next event!
I am usually the one in the family that manages to hurt myself. I run into the coffee table that has always been there, I trip over things, stumble down the steps etc. I am known to be rather clumsy. Well, for once I am not the one to hurt myself. My husband went on a work outing the other day, where they went hiking up in the Poudre Canyon. I think it was about 6 1/2 mile hike, and with about 3 miles to go, he rolled his ankle. There was no choice, he was in the middle of no where on a trail, 3 miles from the road, he had to continue. Needless to say, by the time he made it home (after the team went out to lunch and he went to work for an hour) his ankle was very swollen and painful. After lots of ice and ibuprofen he is starting to get better. But it will be a little while before he is back to hiking and biking like he wants to be.
As I type this, I am sitting with my feet propped up. We had a family football game on Thanksgiving, and it didn’t end well for me. My brother and I got our feet tangled up, and he ended up stepping on my foot pretty bad. We took a trip to urgent care the next morning to find out it wasn’t broken, but with orders to rest, not put weight on it, and ice it. So I have been on crutches for a couple days. Today was the first day I hobbled around without them! Really not sure what this is going to mean for my running, but I am not thrilled
So, on to the food! My husband was watching football, and saw a commercial for a Baja Chicken Sandwich from Quiznos, and asked if I could make that at home. After checking out their menu, this is what I came up with. I have no idea if it is even close, but it sure is good. I made a chipotle mayo, and a southwestern style barbeque sauce for this sandwich. Add chicken, bacon and cheddar cheese, and you are done. Comes together very quickly, so it is great for a quick weeknight meal.
My husband was very happy with how this turned out. I skipped the chipotle mayo for my 7 year old, due to the heat. I was a little nervous about him eating it, but he loved it. Once he saw the bacon, I am not sure he cared too much about what else was there. I love having sandwich night for dinner, and this is great because you can customize them for everyone without extra work. Someone doesn’t like mayo, leave it off that one. Husband likes extra cheese, just add more. Plus, this would be great for leftover chicken (or even turkey).
This is the time of year for comfort food. As soon as the weather turns cooler, we all start craving those warm comfort foods. Today for #SundaySupper Isabel, of Family Foodie is hosting this great “Comfort Food with Lee Woodruff” event. This is sure to be a fun event. Not only do you walk away with 50+ comfort food recipes, but Lee Woodruff herself is joining us for the Twitter Chat this evening. Come join in the fun, and you will have a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of her new book, Those We Love Most.
I asked my husband for help with this weeks theme. He came up with a few ideas, but I thought his Jalapeno Mac n’ cheese was the best. I did add some bacon to make it even better. I seeded the jalapenos so it wouldn’t be too spicy, but if you want some serious heat; leave the seeds in. My husband loves things spicy, so I probably should have left more of the seeds in, but I needed to be able to eat it too
Now, I know mac n’ cheese is traditionally a very high calorie meal. This is by no means a light version, and could be lightened up more, I am sure. I did try to make it a little more healthy. I reduced the amount of butter from some other recipes I saw. I used skim milk, and in place of the cream I used half and half. Finally, I found a reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese by Cabot that I used. It was still creamy, and cheesy, and comforting, so I don’t think any calories were missed. Plus, if you use whole wheat pasta (or a brand made with veggies like I did), you are upping the fiber and protein.
I must admit I am not really a fan of eggrolls. At least the traditional Chinese version. I like the idea of them, I just can’t find one that I like. We have a friend who makes traditional Vietnamese eggrolls, and those I like. Apparently I like lots of meat :) Those are mainly ground pork, with some bean threads and a few other things. I could eat those every day, they are so good.
These eggrolls are obviously not your traditional eggrolls, which is probably why I like them. I found these on Pinterest, and knew I had to try them. They have chicken, bacon, and avocado – one of my favorite combinations of food! Plus an avocado dipping sauce. What is not to like with these? Per the notes on the original recipe, I did add cheese to the filling. It really did make everything stick together, and worked perfectly with the filling.
I was very happy with how these turned out. They were a great dinner that was on the healthy side. The eggrolls are baked instead of fried. These would make for a great appetizer or snack at a party. And if you wanted to go all out, these would be amazing deep fried! The dipping sauce is super easy to put together, and worked great with the egg rolls. I am not a fan of ranch dressing, but here the seasonings were perfect. Even my super picky 7 year old ate some of these.
My cooking club is back! We took a break over the summer since it would be nearly impossible for us to meet with kids home. We met last Friday, and it was great to just relax, and have a wonderful lunch. This month the theme was Tomatoes! Oh the possibilities…..
I almost made Bruschetta. But I saw this salad, and had to find a reason to make it. It has tomatoes, so I figured it would work. I am not normally a salad girl. I mean, I like a good salad, it doesn’t even have to have all the fatty stuff on there. But they are just never the same when I make them at home, so I am usually disappointed. But I am glad to say, this one did not disappoint one bit!
I had tons of fresh tomatoes to put in this, and it really made them pop. Lots of great flavor, and such a bright color. The dressing is mayo based, so I was really nervous (I don’t like mayo at all), but it was really good. It worked so well with the salad. And, you know you can never go wrong when bacon is involved. I had the leftovers for dinner the next day, and it was still wonderful. I served the dressing on the side, so it wouldn’t get soggy.