Words cannot begin to express the joy in my heart that I am feeling right now! My sister–in-law showered my youngest daughter with the most fabulous Bubbly, Brunch, and Big Hats Bridal Shower! From the moment you entered her home you were welcomed and couldn’t help but notice the attention and love that went into every detail!…
I had so much fun hosting this Aloha Themed Wedding Shower! And how blessed am I that it was for a beautiful young lady that I’ve known since she was five years old! I love her family with all my heart and was truly honored to host a couples wedding shower for her and her fiancé.
Hosting a party is one of my favorite things to do, but I know for a lot of people, just the idea of hosting a party is overwhelming. Today I’m sharing just a few of my tips that make party planning fun and simple! These are all tips that I follow for every party I host! These are definitely geared towards hosting showers, but can be adjusted for any party.
Follow these 7 Simple Party Planning Tips to ensure all your guests feel welcome and have a great time, all while hosting stress-free!…
Trick-or-Treat!! As I was prepping for tomorrow’s trick-or-treat, I realized I never posted anything about last years Halloween party. For the adults, we always serve chili with all the toppings, cornbread, and a simple salad. I’ll be doing the same this year. If you’re still looking for chili recipes, you can find my Turkey Chili w/White beans recipe HERE or my Sweet Potato Chili recipe HERE. I always have a little more fun with the menu for the kiddos………..
I know that you’re all probably thinking, what does an “empty-nester” know about being a busy mom? Well, let me tell you, I do remember, and it’s hard!
What are you cooking for Father’s Day??? I’m not sure what our plans are for the day, but if we’re at home, and I’m cooking, I have no doubt that my husband, and all the men in my life (son-in-laws, nephews, friends), would enjoy a menu that looked something like this!!
If this is Kitchen 101 to you, then please just pass on this post. I’ve actually had a few comments on the onions I served on a slider, so I thought I’d write up a post on How To Caramelize Onions.
My best advice comes in one word……………
VERY VERY SLOWLY!
It takes at least an hour to get a big pan of onions to caramelize. And you really can’t hurry along the process. If you turn up the heat, you end up by browning them, which is not what you want. You want the sugars to slowly caramelize, making the onions sweet and almost buttery.
- 6-8 medium yellow onions sliced thinly
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP butter
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Melt butter and olive oil in large skillet over med heat.
- Place onions into skillet.
- Add salt & pepper and stir well.
- Cook onions over med/low heat, stirring often, for at least one hour.
- **Do not rush the cooking process, you want the onions to cook slowly until they are golden, sweet, and caramelized.
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How much is enough?
I’ve always heard 8- 8 oz glasses. That’s one half gallon. Some say more, some say it’s based on your weight, some say it depends on how much you exercise, some say other liquids can count towards your total. It can get a little confusing, but all I know is that I DO NOT drink enough. There I said it. I just don’t. I try, I just don’t enjoy it very much.
It should be easier when it looks so pretty!!
I know I don’t drink enough, but, I’m trying…….
I love bubbly water and I love coconut water. I read though that only one glass of coconut water can be counted towards your daily consumption because of the calories it contains. Dang!
I love drinking from straws. Weird I know. I often buy my stripey straws and cupcake liners online. I’m in love with this vendor: Shop Sweets and Treats
Roast Chicken is so easy and it’s so versatile when it comes to recipes.
The first obvious choice is to enjoy it for dinner. If I had done that, I probably would have served it with a side of mashed potatoes and some roasted veggies. But, I didn’t do that. In fact, we might have had take out that night. Instead, I roasted up a lot of chicken and cubed/shredded it up. Some is in the fridge and will be used this week and some is in the freezer. I’ll probably use that for enchiladas.
Occasionally I’ll be posting ideas that I hope serve an as inspiration for you to get dinner on the table. I remember all too well what’s it like to be a busy mom with kids going in all different directions all at the same time. I think that quesadillas are the perfect quick dinner idea that is sure to please the entire family. Some days it is impossible to sit down together for a meal, and these are perfect. Simply do the prep earlier in the day (grate cheese, sauté veggies, prep chicken, dice tomatoes, avocado, etc), and then whenever someone is ready to eat, simply assemble and grill.
I decided to “gourmet” ours up a little, since I was making them for my husband & I. I have no doubt the sautéed veggies would have been left out if I was feeding little ones, but since I wasn’t…..
I did however still take a shortcut. I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Some days just need a short cut here or there, whether you’re cooking for two or ten.
I simply sautéed bell pepper (yellow, red, and orange), sliced red onion, a couple cloves of pressed garlic, in a little olive oil. Then added in the shredded chicken. I topped with some fresh diced tomato, cilantro, and avocado and added some sour cream and guacamole for dipping. I also used a combination of colby jack and pepper jack cheeses.
There is no recipe included, because I believe that everyone can make a quesadilla, however, PLEASE, DO NOT put some bagged shredded cheese between two tortillas and place in microwave. Take the time to grate your own cheese and grill them. I always melt a little butter on my hot griddle (or large frying pan) for a slightly crispy tortilla. Heat slowly so the cheese has time to melt before the tortillas burn.