Tonight my girl drew a picture and explained as she went... "Body, eye, eye, nose, smile, leg, leg, foot, foot, and butt." The lower front and center placement of the butt was priceless. And by the time I got back with my camera it was all scribbled out.
September Instagram randoms...
I found this recipe on Pinterest a while back. It's been whispering to me for a while now. "Make me, you know you want to" and things of that nature. I finally gave in to the voices in my head and made a batch. My bar making life will never be the same! Here's what I learned:
64 caramel squares
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups butter, melted (I used unsalted)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Combine caramels and cream in a saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until smooth and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Pour caramel mixture over the chocolate. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool completely allowing the caramel and chocolate to set before cutting.
Penelope (said to me while sitting on the potty): "We are going to the rainbow store. There will be a lot of people for you to talk to. But you need to stay by me and be a good girl mommy."
My little boss lady.
This time of year I crave hearty meals rich in flavor. Which means out comes the slow cooker. This was my first attempt with cube steaks and it was a pleasant surprise that I will definitely make again. Here's what I learned:
Slow Cooker Melt in Your Mouth Cube Steak
1 pound cube steak
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 cups water, divided
3 envelopes beef gravy (1 ounce each)
Roll cube steak in flour. Place in hot oil and sear on both sides. Do not cook through. Place steak in a slow cooker. Top with mushrooms and 2 cups of water. Cook on low for 8 hours. 30 minutes before serving mix the gravy packets with the remaining cup of water. Pour over the cube steak and let cook another 30 minutes or until the gravy has thickened.
My favorite blogger, Kelle Hampton, recently referred to putting a large deposit into her daughter's Female Confidence Savings Account. I love everything about that. I want my sweet girl to know her heart is gold and her mind is cherished. She is herself, unique, and beautiful.
Penelope: "Mommy, lift me up to the mirror so I can see how beautiful I'm are."
We have a small fairy obsession going on right now. Stay tuned for yet another version of Fairy Penny for Halloween.
I post a lot of pasta recipes. So I've been holding out on you...trying to diversify a bit and not bore you with the same old stuff. But it's time I gave it up because this is one of those recipes you'll make again and again. I present to you a super easy weeknight meal that tastes amazing! Here's what I learned:
4-5 hot sausage links
12 ounces campanelle pasta
1/2 - 1 bag of fresh baby spinach - adjust to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil + a drizzle
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jar of Alfredo sauce (16 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons basil pesto
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Drizzle sausage links with olive oil and turn to coat. Bake for 15 minutes, turn, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. Allow sausages to sit for a few minutes and then slice on a diagonal.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt and then add pasta cooking until al dente. Drain well. Do not rinse.
In a large pan (I like to use my wok) heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add the fresh baby spinach and allow to cook down for a few minutes. Add the Alfredo, pesto and black pepper. Mix well and allow to simmer a bit. Stir in the sliced sausages and pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.
_There is a high probability this will be random things about my kid, recipes I try, basically things I like.