Monday, February 28, 2011

Salmon Patties with Egg Sauce & Roasted Potatoes

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My mom made salmon patties all the time when we were little.  On the side, she would serve fried new potatoes and the patties were dressed with an egg sauce. 

This meal takes me back.  I’m also given the “huh?” face from those I serve it to, mostly because of the egg sauce.  I’ve made it to many people over the years, from Miami to Baton Rouge, and the egg sauce raises an eyebrow.  Hard boiled eggs in a basic bĂ©chamel sauce.  I guess that does sound a little off.

Either way, its a yummy break from the norm, relatively inexpensive and we all could use a good dose of Omega-3’s and Vitamin D.

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I’ve tweaked the way my mom prepares this meal in a few ways.  Her patties were a little less seasoned and she used Ritz crackers.  She also fried them in straight up butter, so that made up for lack of seasonings.  I’ve also decided to bake my potatoes instead of frying them, but they taste pretty similar.  Sorry mom…I have a waistline I’m fighting with here!

Salmon Patties (printable)

  • 1 can pink salmon, drained (remove bones if you like but they are edible and add calcium)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil (I used Canola)

Mix all ingredients minus the butter and oil in a bowl.  (Hands work best here!)  Shape into 6-8 small patties. 

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Melt butter and add oil to a large skillet.  Fry patties over medium high heat until golden brown and flip once. 

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Place on plate with paper towel to soak up an excess oil. 

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Serve with Egg Sauce.

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Egg Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 hard-cooked boiled, chopped

Melt butter in small sauce pan.  Add flour and cook with stirring on low for 2 minutes.  Don’t let the butter brown.  Wisk in salt, pepper, milk.  Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and add the hard boiled eggs.  Cook over medium low heat until sauce thickens.  Serve immediately over patties.

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut desired number of potatoes into quarters and place on a rimmed cookie sheet.  Toss with enough olive oil to get them wet with the oil on all sides.  Sprinkle with garlic power, coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Toss to coat on all sides.  Roast uncovered for ~40 minutes, turning once half way through roasting.  Potatoes are ready when the cut sides are dark golden brown and fork tender.

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Again, one of my favorite childhood meals, slightly altered and enjoyed by my own little family these days. 

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Congrats to Jon & Sarah!

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My friends welcomed Little “E” to the mix last weekend and I was able to meet him yesterday.  He’s perfectly perfect and the smell of “new baby” took my breath away.  We are so happy for them.

And just to prove that I got to hold a little one week bundle of joy, I present…

One Week Old Toes…

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Try not to pass out from that 10 count cuteness.

This weeks challenge is “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes…Anything But A Face!”

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Don't Break The Table Mom!

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A cute little tidbit brought to you once again from that ever thinking 3 year old, Braden. 
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Calming.  Relaxing.  Quiet.  Kind of like a massage huh? Well…

I have a friend.  Yes, I do have a few.  This one in particular is a very talented massage therapist that works at my chiropractor's office.  She also has a small massage business of her own and has been working really hard to promote it.  Recently, I helped her design some mailers for her clients and she thanked me by offering me a massage. 
In.   My.    House!!!!!  Yeah!  Can you say decadent? 

Anyway, I had her come over the other day while B-boy was still running around.  Not my best plan, but she said that she had clients with kids and dogs and that it was "no problem".  All-righty then...here we go.

I tried to prepare B for this new situation by explaining mommy has a sore back and that a friend would be coming over to fix my back, etc.  With a sad look of concern he questioned my back "boo boo" and so I explained it even further by saying that I would lay on a table while mommy's friend worked on my back.
Braden = blank then confused stare.
Then...."Mommy, you CAN'T get on da table!  You break it!!"
Guess those grueling workouts aren't "working out".  errr.
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I told him that she would be bringing her own table, but he was still concerned for the table's well being.  He had to be further reassured after she arrived with said table. I'm not even sure he was properly convinced until I was on the table for an hour and it didn't collapse under my imposing size. 

So was it relaxing?  Yes.  Of course.  She's wonderful.  Although, next time…if there is a next time....I'll probably wait until Braden's in school and lock Dixie the wonder pooch up in her kennel.  At the neighbors.
You see…
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…she likes faces.
A lot.
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And Dixie found my face to be simply irresistible while face down in the massage table's donut.  Geesh.
Good thing I love these cuties so much…
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

And the winner is…

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Alanna from In Search of Everything!

Congrats on winning the $55 CSN Gift Certificate!!!

Hope you can find something really fun to use it on!

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Fab Feature at Tip Junkie

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Just wanted to say thanks to Laurie the Tip Junkie for featuring my little Monkey Themed Baby Shower.  If you didn’t catch the post, I uploaded all of the printables I used for the shower.  They are yours for the taking.  Or making? Whatev.

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Enjoy and Thanks again Laurie!

DIY Party Ideas

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Balsamic Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables

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About a year ago, I started experimenting with the  ancient “super grain”, Quinoa.  After a little research, I learned that quinoa isn’t really a grain at all, but more related to leafy plants like spinach and beets.  The plant produces a protein and nutrient packed seed that some call a grain.  End of school lesson.
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Cooked quinoa

So, I’ve tried it out as a great substitute for a basic brown rice pilaf, but I wanted to do more with this delicious new find…AND I bought this super sized 4 lb bag of it at Costco and need to find some creative ways to use it!  Just being honest.   Here’s a recipe I’ve put together and we’ve enjoyed a few times…yes, the whole family!


Balsamic Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables (printable)

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can (about 2 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets, cooked for half the recommended cooking time in the microwave

In a small bowl, prepare marinade by mixing oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Marinate chicken for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator in a medium bowl or zipper bag.  In a small saucepan, mix quinoa and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until most of the broth has been soaked up by quinoa.  Set aside.  Pour chicken, including the marinade, into a large skillet.  Cook over medium high heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Remove chicken and all of the liquid in the pan to a bowl and keep warm, Do not drain the the liquid!  SautĂ© onion, garlic and pepper in 1 Tablespoon of oil in the skillet  for ~5 minutes, then add partially cooked broccoli.  Continue stir frying for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Stir in chicken with reserved juices and quinoa and serve.  If you feel that the mixture is a bit dry, try adding a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the pan. 
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I encourage you all to give quinoa a try.  Even my little guys like it!  Read here for more info on quinoa and why you should eat it too!
And NO I’m not getting paid by “Quinoa, Inc.” to promote this food.  I just like it.  The kids like it.  And I  LOVE finding healthy AND tasty foods for my family to enjoy.

Don’t forget to enter my CSN Giveaway!



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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Monkey Themed Baby Shower: Free Printables

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Well, I finally got around to uploading the files I used to create the invitations and decorations for the baby shower. They are now available for you to use and print as you like…just give me some love in return.

NOTE:  If you'd like to feature any of these printables on your blog (I'd love it if you did!), please shoot me an e-mail with a link to the post.

Let’s start with The Invite:

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You can download the PowerPoint invitation file HERE.  Also, check out my tutorial on how to create invites using PowerPoint.  This should help you modify the file to fit your needs.

The Banner

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I made the above banner using scrapbook paper and diamond-shaped letter cut outs…

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After cutting the diamonds out, I attached them to the scrapbook paper using raised sticky dots to give them a little dimension.

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You can download the letters for the “it’s a Boy!” banner HERE.

Mantel Bubble Letters

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I also decorated our mantel mirror with blue and green bubble letters.  You can find the entire alphabet in this format HERE.

A Sweet Parting Gift

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For the party favors and for a portion of my “It’s a Boy!” banner, I made these little monkey circles, again in PowerPoint.  I’ve saved them as a PDF file for you all to use if you like.  For the smaller circles, I used a 1 inch paper punch to cut them out.  Then I tied a ribbon to each candy jar and glued a monkey to each bow.

You can download the monkey circles HERE.

I really enjoyed making these homemade decorations and hope you all find some great uses for my printables.  Let me know if you have any questions or issues with the files.

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I’m linking this post up to the below parties!  Check them out for some fabulous inspiration!

 

handmade projectsShow and Tell GreenCreativeShareWednesdaysGet your craft on Thurs.

  The DIY Show Off  UndertheTableandDreaming

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