My Own Dinner Creation, and He Loved It

Oh gosh, my boyfriend has to deal with my silly meal creations – like for instance, I had this chicken breast that absolutely needed to be cooked up. There were no kids, so normally I would not even cook a huge meal but I had to because the chicken had to get used up. I decided to make my own version of what looks like chicken quesidillas (sp?).

Making Chicken Meal

I basically took chicken breast, tortillas, shredded cheese and sour cream to layer a creation in a baking pan. First I had to cook up the chicken but overall this was a great meal idea.

Meals using chicken

The dude loved it. I loved it. And we were filled right up with a quarter of a piece each along with the broccoli and pasta I cooked with it. A meal made for a king .. or well maybe a meal made for a daring person who is willing to taste test any of my sometimes questionable food creations…

My New Favorite Indulgence – Hot Italian Sausage Grinders

Hot Italian Sausage Grinders at HomeI have always loved spicy foods and with that comes a love of Hot Italian Sausage Grinders. You know, subs, that’s what some people call them. They are the most delicious things ever and I make them at home.

I purchase sandwich or grinder rolls at my local grocery store. I then purchase Hot Italian Sausage grinders in Premo brand. I also purchase onions and green peppers. First you saute the onions and green peppers (sliced) in a pan with butter. Keep a watchful eye on the veggies so as to not brown them too much, unless you prefer them that way.

Next you cook the Premo Hot Italian Sausage in a skillet. Basically add water, the sausage and cover. Heat for 10 minutes, then uncover and heat for another 10-15 minutes. Making sure to turn the sausages as they cook, this ensures each side is browned. I personally hate to mess with raw meat, so I use a meat thermometer to ensure that they temperature of the meat has reached 160 degrees, citing it is fully cooked.

Then place sausage and onions with green peppers in your grinder/sandwich roll. For an added touch to mine, I put a slice of cheese in the bottom of the grinder/sandwich roll first then place sausage and onion and green peppers.


Skillet Sized Pancakes and Batter Everywhere

One night we had nothing for dinner, so the three year old and I headed down to Hannafords to pay the electric bill at Western Union and while there I decided to let him ride in the car type cart so that we could pick up school snacks and something for dinner. Having a car type cart made the trip so much more bearable with a three year old who often is found getting bored in grocery stores.

As we went down aisle after aisle, trying to determine what it was I wanted to purchase to make for dinner, we happened upon the breakfast aisle. I saw the word pancakes under the aisle recap that you find above any aisle in a grocery store and I knew that was the perfect dinner idea for us. I picked up a box of pancake mix that only requires water and thought maybe I would do waffles instead of pancakes, man I miss eating waffles, they are yummier to me than a pancake.

Once home, snack and play time came and went, it was nearing 5:00pm, which meant dinner time. I started to make the pancake batter with the three year old happily mixing the ingredients of pancake mix with water together. I let the three year old measure the water, I taught him where the 1 1/2 cups line was on the measuring cup and he happily let the faucet water go into the measuring cup and quickly poured the water into the mixing bowl container with a splash. Pancake mix ended up all over the dirty dishes in the sink beside the counter area we used to mix the pancake better.

We had mix all over our shirts, the counter, the sink and more. It was a fun experience but then I decided to pour pancake mix into the waffle iron and well, having never used a waffle iron before, I think I messed it up. That totally sucked, I had batter all over the iron, and it just hardened before my eyes. This was a total mom fail, no waffles, but I knew just how to make this situation get better ….. pan sized pancakes!

Oh yes indeed, making regular sized pancakes for four of us seemed like it would take forever, so I decided to make 10″ skillet sized pancakes for each child. The three year old had a 4-5 sized pancake, I had a huge 10″ pancake, the five and nine year old had a size between 5″ and 10″ for their pancake. NO one ate that full pancake but they were so insanely happy about these huge pancakes that I knew I made a wonderful dinner idea.

I think that I will make more big pancakes in the future, but this time maybe I will get all three kids to assist in making them rather than just the youngest kid. Batter everywhere made for great memories and the faces on my kids when they saw the huge pancakes made me realize I had made the best decision ever to short cut cooking time of pancakes for four by making one big pancake for each of us.

What A Relationship is to Me

What a relationship is to me:

Bouncing off of each other making macaroni and cheese in the kitchen.

Ability to rise above the weaker person in a moment and help them be stronger.

Give and take, not just giving nor taking.

Non stop affection and when the kids aren’t looking or around, passionate moments.

Ability to respect each others hobbies and passion while supporting them in their ventures.

To love, unconditionally forever and ever because the person you are with makes your world all that much better.

What is a relationship to you?