January 26, 2014

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash
By: Me

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place butternut squash halves on a large baking sheet flesh side up. Roast 25 minutes, until flesh is fork-tender. 

I made this for Jase to try. It's freezing now so puree photos to come. Before I placed in the freezer I had him try it and Jase LOVES it!

January 25, 2014

January 20, 2014

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar


1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
4-5 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
2-3 diced avocados, ripe but still firm
4 green onions, sliced thin (I used 1/2 purple onion diced finely because that's all I had)
around 1/2 to 3/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped finely
1-2 limes
ground pepper and salt to taste


Drain and rinse the black eyed peas, black beans, and corn. Add to a large bowl. Dice the tomatoes, making sure the seeds and insides are removed. You want to do this to make sure that there isn't too much liquid in the dip. Add the diced tomatoes and cilantro to the bowl. Slice the green onions finely (or purple onion) and add to the bowl. Dice the avocado and squeeze a little of the lime juice over the avocados so they don't brown as quickly. Squeeze the rest of the lime juice into the bowl. Add the Italian dressing and stir to coat all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Chill in the refrigerator until cold and flavors have marinated together. This is best served the same day as prepared. Serve with tortilla chips.

January 13, 2014

January 8, 2014

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat Recipe

Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat Recipe
By: Yammie's Noshery

Makes about 4 servings

1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups half and half (or 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream)
3 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped small
4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bread Bowls (Recipe Here!)

Cook the butter, onion, and garlic on about medium heat until tender.
Slowly add the half and half and chicken stock. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water until there are no clumps and add it to the rest. Add the nutmeg and bay leaves and cook on medium low until thickened.
Add the carrot and broccoli and simmer until tender. Discard the bay leaves. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper and serve in bread bowls.

January 7, 2014

Shooter is 8!

I cannot believe that you are eight already. I can still remember the day we brought you home. You have always been such a patience, smart and loving dog. Thank you Shooter for everything and we hope you have a wonderful Birthday!
momma and papa

January 6, 2014

Jase: 5 Months

  • How old is Jase?: 22 weeks
  • How big is Jase?: 18lbs
  • Stats: Size 3 diapers, 6-9 month clothes, 
  • Sleep: 10 - 11 hours
  • Milestones: Eating carrots in his cereal
  • Mom Check-In: Doing well. Finally getting into a routine here at home. Still getting up at the first cry but that's ok. Still having cuddle time with Jase
  • Best Moment of the week: Giggling... Love hearing his laugh... Also, learning/watching everything you do. He is processing it all... 
  • What I'm excited about/looking forward too: I cannot wait for the other veggies that we will be trying soon. Also, he seems to be getting stronger so I think he will be sitting on his own soon. :) Go Jase!

Caprese Garlic Bread

Caprese Garlic Bread
By: Two Peas in Their Pod

Yield: Serves 8 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Garlic bread with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic! The best garlic bread you will ever eat!

1 loaf ciabatta bread, horizontally cut in half
4 tablespoons salted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place both sides of the baguette on a large baking sheet with the cut side up.

2. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic and spread evenly on bread halves. Place the mozzarella cheese slices on top of the bread, making sure the cheese covers the bread completely. Bake the bread for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

3. While the bread is in the oven, make the balsamic reduction. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring the vinegar to a boil, decrease the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about half. This should only take about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.

4. Remove the bread from oven. Top the bread with tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Cut into slices and serve.

January 1, 2014