Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hoagies & Sliders

Roast Beef Leftovers: Hoagies & Sliders

Made High Temperature Eye of Round Roast a few days ago. We just got back in town from visiting with J's family in FL and we needed something easy. With laundry, unpacking, & Christmas Tree shopping we didn't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

We made the roast Sunday. Bring on the leftovers!
Monday I made fajitas. They were thrown together in a hurry & we all ate hovering around the bar. Just one of those kinds of nights.
Last night we made Hoagies & Sliders.
Tonight we'll have Steak Ceasar Salads w/flatout croutons.

Leftover Roast Beef Hoagies
Green Bell Pepper, sliced
Yellow Onion, Sliced
Leftover Roast Beef, sliced
Provolone or Swiss Cheese
Whole Wheat Hoagie Roll

Saute Bell Pepper & Onion
Slice Hoagie Roll, fill w/ mayo, pepper, onion, roast beef, top with cheese.
Wrap in foil.
Bake 350 15 minutes.

Leftover Roast Beef Sliders
Roast Beef, sliced
Swiss Cheese
Dinner Rolls
Slice Dinner Rolls
Fill w/mayo, roast beef, cheese.
Bake 350 until cheese is melted, flipping once.

When Jason got home from work he began singing
"Hoagies & Sliders, Hoagies & Sliders.
Lima Beans, Lima Beans, Lima Beans, Lima Beans."

Since not everyone will get out Circa 1994 humor I figured I'd include the video clip so you didn't think we're dorks. (Well, we may be dorks & that's okay but at least you'll know we're making a joke when we're being dorks!)

Lunch Lady Land - SNL

Who doesn't love Adam Sandler & Chris Farley dressed as a woman?

Apple Cider Chicken

I'm back!  THanksgiving was wonderful this year at the Lentz house.  We really have so much to be grateful for this year, the Lord has really blessed us.  I'll be posting pictures soon on my family blog, check them out there! (Link is in the right hand column)

Anyway, we spent most of our grocery budget for the week on Thanksgiving food and items.  Our pantry has been a bit bare and we are out of various items, so I've had to get creative at dinner time.  I looked through the fridge and pantry and found these items:  chicken breasts, mushrooms, an onion, 2 celery stalks, fresh ginger, and apple cider (left over from my apple cider brine used on the turkey).  Thus, the birth of Apple Cider Chicken.

It was delicious!  My husband really enjoyed it and was like, "Now, I like this chicken."  As if there is some other chicken I make that he doesn't like?  He just knows that when I start experimenting sometimes it doesn't work out so well for us.  I'm glad this time it did!

Ya need:
bone in chicken pieces
1 onion sliced thinly
2 celery stalks chopped
1/2 T. fresh grated ginger (less if you use powdered)
2T brown sugar
2 Cups apple cider
1 cup water (chicken broth would be better!)
2 tsp. ground All Spice
1 T salt
1 tsp pepper

What Ya Do:
Mix up the salt, pepper, and All Spice & coat chicken in it.

Brown chicken.  As you can see, I got a little distracted with the kids and came back to a pan of slightly overly browned chicken.  Oh well.

Remove chicken and set aside.

Saute onions, celery, mushrooms, & ginger.  Once translucent, add in the brown sugar, apple cider & water.

We had an extra big jug.

Add chicken back to the pan and nestle it in with the good stuff.  Put the cover on and braise the meat for about 45 min or until all chicken is cooked through.

I'm sure you could just do the same with plain old apple juice.  The all spice gave it a really nice flavor.  The pictures don't look great, but trust me- this is one you should make!

Happy Wednesday!  It's Pizza night here!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Hiatus

Hope everyone had a 

wonderful Thanksgiving!  

We will back soon!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Recipe Request: Poppyseed Chicken

My friend Kristi Ballard asked for my PoppySeed Chicken Casserole recipe.
I started with Allison Cravey's recipe & tweaked it a little.

Poppyseed Chicken Casserole
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, shredded (or leftover turkey!)
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
2 tablespoons dry sherry
salt and pepper to taste
1 sleeve ritz crackers, crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease 9x13 pan. Place chicken in pan.
In a bowl combine the soup, sour cream and sherry. Pour or spoon mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
Mix the poppy seeds and crushed crackers and sprinkle mixture over the chicken, salt and pepper. Drizzle the melted butter or margarine over the cracker/poppyseed layer and bake covered in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, remove foil for the last 5 minutes.

Some time I'll make it & post pics.

Happy Thanksgiving!
~ Alison

Friday, November 18, 2011

Grocery Ad Match 11/16-11/24

I'll be traveling this week & will not be planning meals so I didn't spend a lot of time scouring the ads.

But since I have such a huge following I'll go thru the ads & find a few highlights.

Kale $.59/bunch Kroger
Onions, yellow white or red $.49/lb Sprouts
Tomatoes, on the vine $.77/lb
Oranges, naval $.99/lb Sprouts
Pears, Bartlett $.99/lb Sprouts
Apples, Granny Smith. Gala. $99/lb Sprouts
Green Onions $49/bunch Sprouts
Celery $.77/ea Sprouts
Broccoli Crowns $.69/lb

Chicken- Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.77 lb Sprouts
Beef- Bottom Round or Rump Roast $2.99/lb Albertsons
Beef- Eye of Round Roast $3.49/lb Brookshire's (used to make High Temperature Eye of Round Roast)

Cheese, Store brand, 6-8oz (sliced/shredded) $2 Kroger
Cheese, Kraft 5-12oz shredded/whole/singles $2 Brookshire's
Pillsbury Rolls- Crescent rolls 8oz, sweet rolls 12.4-13.9oz, grands biscuits 12-17.3oz $.99/ea Albertsons
Butter- LandOLakes $2.50 Albertsons

Cranberry Sauce, Ocean Spray 14oz $.99 Albertsons

Ritz Crackers 7.5-16oz $2 Kroger
What Thins & Nabisco Crackers 7oz-10oz $1.67 Tom Thumb
Ritz Toasted Chips 8.1oz $1.67 Tom Thumb
Wish Bone Salad Dressing 16oz $1.19 Tom Thumb
Chips- Lays/Cheetos/Fritos 9-10.5oz $2 Brookshire's

Frozen Vegetables, bagged, 9-12oz $.88 Kroger
Red Baron Pizza 14.76-22.63 oz $2.99 Tom Thumb
Cool Whip Whipped Topping 8oz $.89/Brookshire

Thursday, November 17, 2011

something personal

I just want to share that I love my husband.

He's an amazing man.
He's kind.
We're good together.
He makes me laugh.
He makes time for our kids & enjoys them.
He gets up with the kids in the middle of the night.
He's patient with me.
He gets me.
He's mine.
He loves me.
and I know he loves me.

~ alison

Recipe Fail: Reheating Brown n' Serve Rolls (yes, I messed those up.)

I don't know what happened.
Making rolls for Braden's Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast.
Put the rolls in, stepped away for a few minutes, come back to smoke all over my kitchen.

That's not entirely true.
I do know what happened. I stopped using my brain.

Okay, here's the problem- usually when I buy rolls I get the Sweet Hawaiian Rolls from Costco. You cook them at a low temp & leave the rolls in the paper tray & put the paper tray into the oven.

For these rolls the oven temp was set to 450. Not exactly a low temp.

When my husband came home from work he asked, "what am I smelling?"
me: "I burnt rolls today."
J, looks at the burnt rolls: "Those aren't the rolls you normally get."
me: "No! And that's the problem! I put the paper in the oven b/c w/ the rolls I normally get that's what you do!"
J: "What was the oven set to?"
me: "450."
J: "Did you not remember-
me: "No! I know! I remembered after the fact!"
J: "That's like the only thing useful we learned in Literature!!!"

Of course, we're refering to the book Fahrenheit 451.
Had I really thought about it I would have remembered that 451 degrees is the temperature that paper burns.
And I even read that one, too!

~ alison

Oven Roasted Asparagus

I love all oven roasted vegetables!  Even though it's not probably quite as healthy as steamed, I definitely prefer veggies caramelized in the oven.  Mmmmm... and oven roasted is really the only way to eat asparagus.  NEVER canned.  Ever.  Ew.  Don't do it.  And if you do, don't tell me about it.
I probably let mine roast a little longer than the average person would,
 I like them a little charred and crispy. 

What Ya Need:
fresh asparagus
olive oil
kosher salt
cracked pepper
Optional:  garlic or parmesan cheese!

What Ya Do:
1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.  Snap off the end of one of the stalks so you can see where the natural break would be.  Then line it up with the rest and just chop them all to the same size.  It will only be 1-2 inches.
3.  Place on baking sheet & drizzle with olive oil.  Just enough to cover evenly.
4.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper & and any additional toppings you'd like to try (garlic bits or parmesan cheese)
5.  Roast for about 15 minutes.  It should be tender, but not soggy and definitely not too tough
6.  Enjoy!

I could eat a whole platter of this by myself!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spaghetti Squash with Almonds

We have a problem. Eli wants to take a nap right about the time when I have to leave to pick up Braden from school.

So, about 2 weeks ago I grabbed my Real Simple magazine that I splurged on & left early to get Brother from school. The magazine cover boasted "A month of easy dinners" so I decided that I would make a grocery list while Eli napped and at 2 get Braden from class, go by WalMart on the way home & begin making dinner. An hour in a car with quiet, my ipod, & a magazine I've had for 5 weeks but have been too busy to read.

They had a section on squash & I have never really made squash. And since I'm up for trying new things & will not be intimidated by a recipe (even when I probably should) I bought my squash & figured I will make it & love it & learn something new.

Going to give Spaghetti Squash with Almonds a try.

This is where I'm frustrated w/ Blogger. I can't rotate a pic???

That was 2 weeks ago.
The squash has been sitting on my counter untouched for 2 weeks. 
My husband is beginning to drop hints, "have we used that squash?" "When are we going to make the squash?"

I've been dragging my feet b/c for some reason the sound of spaghetti squash sounds unappealing.
... and that's being kind...
 So Braden & I decided Today will be the day! And began making the squash while Eli napped. 
Okay, after some brute force & a really big knife, we got that bad boy open.

The 4yr old & I, each armed with a soup spoon, bagan digging. Of course, why would you use a spoon when you have God-given hands that God gave you for the sole purpose of getting messy playing with squash guts while chanting, "Getting messy is fun." God gave me boys.
Gross hands covered in squash guts it is.

As we're digging out the squash guts I'm noticing that the seeds have sprouted. Not just a little sprout. 7 inch long sprouts that have roots & leaves. Gross.

Of course, I can't mention that I'm a little grossed out b/c Braden will pick up on it & decide that the squash is inedible & my ultimate goal, remember, is that I want to make it & love it & learn something new. And by "I want to make it & love it," what I really mean is that I want to make it & love it & my kids eat it enough to warrant the giant pain this is becoming. 

Okay. Roasted the squash.
Now, "With a fork, gently scrape the squash flesh into the bowl."
As Turk from Scrubs would say, "Learn by doing."
Here we go!

I must say, for my first time I did a rather fine job!

Surprisingly, somebody liked it!

The verdict: Braden & I thoungt it was gross.
Jason & Eli liked it & would like it again.
Unfortunately for them, I do the meal planning, grocery shopping, & cooking so they can look for it at a restaurant. Good luck with that. 

Thanks for reading. This was a fun post.
~ Alison 

The Best Chicken Salad- My Secret

The Lentz family are big fans of chicken salad.  What's funny is that I just started eating it about a couple years ago!  My mom stumbled across a very important chicken salad secret and I have using it ever since...... here it is.... 
drum roll..........
 Marie's Cole Slaw Dressing!
My mom discovered this a couple years ago.  I think maybe Paula Deen uses it in hers.  I should probably look into that.  I get compliments on this chicken salad anytime I've brought it places or made it for anyone.  Honestly, the Marie's does the trick!

You also need the following:
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup Marie's
salt & pepper to taste
2-3 cooked, shredded (or chopped if that's your thing) chicken breasts
1 cup grapes
2-3 green onions chopped
1 stalk celery chopped/sliced thinly
1/2 apple chopped into small chunks
*cranberries would be good, I toyed with putting in craisins- they are shown below, however- they did NOT make the cut into my chicken salad.

Sorry craisins, nothing personal.  Just not feelin' it.

And I wish I would have had some walnuts.  Maybe next time.  Of course, if I buy walnuts I think I'd rather put them into cookies... 

Anyway, back to the point-  mix all ingredients to your liking.  Add more or less of whatever you want.  If you like yours creamier, add more mayo or Marie's.  If you are into curry, add a bit, I know lots of people who love curry chicken salad.  Just not this momma.

You can eat this on a fresh roll or just plain bread too.  I always just eat it with Ritz crackers.  Such a light and fresh meal.  

And I'll check into that Paula Deen thing, wouldn't want to not give credit where it's due!  
I'll let you know!

Easy Meatloaf & Best Ever Sloppy Joes

This is another recipe I've had for years. I have no clue where I found it but I'm glad I did. It is YUMMY!

Easy Meatloaf
1.5 lbs Ground Beef
1 egg
1 onin, chopped
2 T prepared mustard
1/3 C Ketchup
1/2 C Milk
1 C dried Bread Crumbs*
(about 1.5 slices, torn into small pieces)
salt & pepper
1.5 C Brown Sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350degrees.
2. In large bowl combine Beef, Egg, Onion, Milk, & Bread Crumbs. Season w/ salt & pepper.
3. Form 6 balls & place them in greased 9x13 baking dish.
4. In a separate bowl, combine Brown Sugar, Mustard, Ketchup. Mix well & pour over meatloaf.
Bake 350 for 1 hour.
* Tear bread into crumbs the day before so they can get stale.
Or you can toast them in the oven at 200degrees.


You can use packaged bread crumbs if you are in a pinch but using torn up pieces of bread makes a huge difference & is the way to go.

**This is Kristie- I'm hijacking this blog post to say that Alison passed this recipe on to me a few months ago and it has been a big hit at our house!  I love this meatloaf and had it on our menu for this week!  YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS ONE!  It's really sweet so of course your kids will LOVE it.  Ok, thanks for letting me interrupt!

Kristie, you just made me smile! I had no idea you were rummaging thru my draft recipes. :-)

Since I had extra hamburger meat I figured I'd give you an extra recipe.

Best Ever Sloppy Joes

1 lb ground beef
1/4 C onion, chopped
1/4 C green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp prepared mustard
3/4 C ketchup
3 tsp brown sugar
salt & pepper

1. Brown ground beef & onion & bell pepper over Med heat. Drain off liquid.
2. Add garlic powder, mustard, brown sugar & ketchup. Mix thoroughly. Reduce heat & simmer 30 minutes. Season with s&p.

These recipes are easy, inexpensive, & tasty! 
~ Alison 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Recipe Fail: Pizza Pie

Well this one wasn't intentional anyway.  I haven't been feeling great and my sweet husband decided he'd take care of dinner.  He pulled a ball of frozen dough out of the freezer and asked if it was pizza dough.  I told him I wasn't sure - so he tasted it and said it was.  The other thing he figured it could have been was sugar cookie dough.

Pizza rolled, topped, baked.

When he pulled it out I heard him say, "I don't think this pizza dough was good anymore".  I went to look at it and realized he had used a pie crust.

Not delicious to say the least.

We ate it anyway.

Lesson learned:  label your doughs!

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (but we used 3!)

Ignorance is Bliss.

I came across 1 Ingredient Ice Cream in a free E-Book called 5-Minute Recipes. It's published by the guys at
My kids love making "Ice Cream"
I love making it because it's a banana & I don't feel overly guilty about giving it to them.
My husband, however, is not impressed. He's into sweets & his only comment has been, "That's NOT ice cream."

No. It's not.
But for my 4yr old & almost 2yr old, Ignorance is bliss!

3-Ingredient Ice Cream
adapted from 5-Minute Meals

2 bananas, peeled, frozen
2 T milk
something sweet to mix in it. (we used m&m minis tonight)

Eli had a food fight with himself at dinner
which is why he's shirtless.

In a food processor, add frozen bananas. (You may want to cut them up a little)
As it's blending add milk.
Add a mix-in.

Possible Min-In ideas: strawberry pieces, chocolate chips, nutella, peanut butter, coconut flakes, almonds, candy pieces, etc.
Think Marble Slab & be adventerous.
Okay, don't think Marble Slab but do give it a try. It may satisfy someone's sweet tooth.

~ Alison

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Recipe Fail: Nutella Cookies from Pinterest with Guest Chef David Ballard!

Last nigh we had our Thanksgiving Service at church. And we were asked to bring cookies.

I don't know why but for some reason I am a decent cook but I cannot bake to save my life.
My friend Kari Davis said that whether you prefer to cook or bake says a lot about your personality. those who like to cook are more go with the flow. Those who prefer to bake are more exact & precise.
I am definitely not exact or precise in the kitchen.

I had seen the recipe for Nutella Cookies pinned to a friend's board. I have Nutella. I have sugar, and flour, and an egg. Alright, we'll be making Nutella Cookies.
Our friends, the Ballards, came over for hamburgers & hot dogs after church. 

David helped me make cookies! Doesn't he look proud of his mixing abilities?!?

Our first indication that the recipe may not be so good was that the cookie dough was like little pebbles & not at all like cookie dough. It actually looked like taco meat.

But at this point we keep going.

They just didn't turn out good. They were really gritty, like the sugar never melted.

Pretty disappointing.
They weren't disgusting or anything, just not good.

It could have just been me & my inept baking ability. But the recipe said Add 4 ingredients. Mix. Bake. Pretty hard to mess that up. I dunno.

More pics of us & the Ballards hanging out.

Kristi losing at Mario Kart to a 4yr old.

3 boys playing & watching Mario Kart.
Thanks, David, for helping me make Nutella Cookies (even though they didn't turn out very good)!

Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips

One of my favorite ways to prepare chicken at home is making Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips.  It is always really yummy and my two year old thinks they're great too.  It's an easy recipe that takes just a little bit of TLC since you will be pan frying them.

I started the process by marinating the strips in fruit juice.  For the strips, I just cut up boneless skinless chicken breasts using my kitchen shears into appropriate sized strips.  If you're feeding big kids (husbands) then cut bigger strips.  For Will, I make shorter skinnier strips.  

For the marinade I just looked in the fridge to see what I had.  I had fruit punch.  Toddler fruit punch.   That will work...
  Mott's for tots Fruit Punch to be exact.  I mixed up some juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil and tossed it in the bag with the raw chicken.  You can marinade the chicken however you want, or not at all, it's up to you and the flavor you want.  Let them marinade for at least an hour in the fridge.
For the rest you need:
2 c. flour
2 c. panko bread crumbs
1-2 c. coconut flakes
3 eggs- beaten with about a T of water
chicken strips

Make an FEB station- flour,egg, breadcrumbs.  Mix the panko and the coconut together in a bowl.  I think I did about 2 cups coconut to 1 cup coconut, but you can add more if you'd like.  Dip strips in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.  Place strips in hot oil in frying pan.  Use med to med-low heat.  The sugar in the coconut will burn if it's up too high.  This is a bit like bacon- low and slow is the best way.  
Once they are browned on both sides, remove them to a stack of paper towels to drain.
If you aren't sure that the strips are cooked through, but they need to come out of the oil, just put them in the oven for a few minutes.
And there they are!  Yummy, sweet, crispy chicken strips!  So easy and super delicious!

They are really great the next day too warmed in the oven.  

**If you have never used panko before you are missing out!  We always try to have two boxes on hand.  I use them to bread anything from chicken, porkchops. shrimp, and veggies like zucchini.  

So I hope you'll make these and let us know how they turned out! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Best Bean Chili & Freezing Chili Tips

Very few foods say "Hello, Fall!" more than Chili.

This recipe I found online years ago. I have no idea where. I think it was 2002. It's the only chili recipe I've made in almost a decade. I don't know how it'd stack up in a Chili Cookoff but me & my husband like it and nobody's ever said they didn't like it when I've brought it somewhere.

It's a simple recipe- Brown ground beef, open cans, dump stuff in, add seasonings, simmer, eat.

Best Bean Chili
1 lb Ground Beef
Ingredients & my little helper.

1.5 C Chopped onion
1 C Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 t Minced Garlic
1 Can (15 oz) Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed
1 Can (15 oz) Pinto Beans, drained & rinsed
3 Cans (14.5oz) Diced Tomatoes w/Green Chilis
2 T Brown Sugar
1 T Chili Powder
1 t Ground Cumin

  1. Brown Ground beef in large saucepan (5-8minutes.) Stir in onions, bell pepper, & garlic. Cook 5 min more.
  2. Stir in kidney beans, pinto beans, and tomatoes. Season w/ Brown Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Chili Powder, & Cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover & simmer 20-30 minutes.
  3. If it's too spicy you can add ketchup & brown sugar.

I decided to make a double batch so I could freeze some for another day. Freezing foods is super easy. See below for tips!

We made Italian Garlic Bread & Open-Face Cheese Sandwiches to go with it.

Chili! Add sour cream, crackers & cheese & you're good to go!

Thanks for reading!
 ~ Alison

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Grocery Ad Match 11/9-11/15

I do just about all of our grocery shopping at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart price matches.

So every week I go through my ads & circle the prices that seem like a pretty good deal.
This is pretty much how I plan my meals.

Since I'm doing it anyways I figured that I'd type up what I've found & maybe it will save you some time & a few dollars too.


Walmart already has pretty good prices so some of these may not be needed.

In a perfect world I will post a Grocery Ad Match post every week.
The reality of it though is that Wednesdays are typically really busy days & it frequently takes me a day or two to sort through the ads.

First things first: How to Match Ads
You can read Walmart's Price Match Policy but I'll break it down for you.
  • There's got to be a price marked.
  • Item must be identical in size, type, brand, etc.
  • Produce & Meat are matchable.
  • The ad must be local.
  • You do not have to have the ad with you (but I always do or take a picture of the ad on my phone.)
 Here's a list of items that I'll be price matching this week.

Cluster/Vine Tomatoes $.77/lb Sprouts
Broccoli Crowns $.77/lb Sprouts
Celery $.69/each Sprouts
Apples- Gala, Fuji, Golden or Red Delicious, Granny Smith $.45/lb Aldi
Pears- $.49/lb Aldi
Zucchini or Yellow Squash $.77/lb Sprouts
Red  Bell Peppers $.69/each Sprouts
Grapes- Red Seedless $1/lb Kroger
Lemons $.12/each HEB
Cucumbers $.44/each HEB
Potatoes- 5lb bag Russet $1.47 HEB

Pork- Center-Cut Pork Loin Roast $1.99/lb Sprouts
Beef- Boneless Rump Roast $2.59/lb Brookshire's
Beef- Boneless Bottom Roast $2.99/Kroger
Beef- Boneless Sirloin Tip Roast $2.99/lb Kroger
Ground Beef- Fresh 93% Lean $2.99/lb Tom Thumb
Steak- Boneless New York Strip Steak $3.97/lb

Milk $1.99/gallon Aldi
Eggs 12 count, Large $.99 Aldi
Eggs 18 count, Large $1.88 Kroger
Butter- Land O'Lakes 15-16oz $2.50 Albertson's
Creamer- International Delight Coffee Creamer 32oz $1.99 Kroger

Breads & Cereals:
Fresh Baked Wheat French Bread $.99/each Brookshire's
Nature's Own Honey Wheat bread 20 oz $1.99 Albertson's

Red Baron Pizza 14.76-22.63oz $2.89/Brookshire's

Vegetable Oil- Wesson 48oz $3.19 Kroger
Ghirardelli Brownie Mix 18-20oz $1.69 Kroger

Canned Vegetables- Del Monte 11-15.25oz $.50 Kroger
Campbell's Cream of Chicken/Cream of Mushroom Soup $.50/each Kroger
Swanson Broth 14.5oz $.50/each Kroger

Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero 12 pack cans 12oz $3.33 HEB
Dr. Pepper, 7up, Big Red 12 pack cans $3.33 HEB

Want to take a gander for yourself?

~ Alison

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Crescent Dogs

Last week at MOPS the speaker was all about mealtimes. More specifically the importance of creating a time when the family can come together & share a meal together. She touched on planning & shared some recipes but it was really about togetherness of the family.

I couldn't agree more.

At the Sestile house we almost always ate dinner together as a family. Eating dinner together was one of the only things that I had decided was going to happen with our family. I wish it happened more than it does. I wish it could happen that way every night. But sometimes my husband works late. Sometimes our daily errands or activities last longer than expected & we're home too late to prepare the planned meal & just make sandwiches. And sometimes (LOTS of times) the kids are ready to eat ridiculously early.
[Can I hear an "Amen!"?]

BUT, One thing that I'm working on is to admit that things aren't always perfect. Yes, we make mistakes. Don't beat yourself up about it. Thank you, Robert Cleaver, for sharing this pic on FaceBook!  -->

Couldn't that be it's own blog entry??? Dude, if I ever start (Or Kristie ever asks me to start) a Words of Wisdom Blog or something like that, there will be several entries about this, no doubt!

But I digress!
Back to the speaker from MOPS...
I can't remember if she suggested this or it just came to me (It probably just came to me. I'm smart like that.) but it occured to me that I should make one day a week a kid-friendly meal. I ask my kids all the time to eat my food that they're not really a big fan of & they do a pretty good job of it.
But my children would really love it if I just stopped cooking altogether & made Mac & Cheese from a box, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, & a bowl of cereal for dessert. Every night.
As much as that much ultra-processed foods makes me cringe I can let them have their way once in a while. (I just won Mom of the Year, for sure.)

Tonight I'll be making Crescent Dogs. Adapted from

Crescent Dogs
Don't tell my husband I'm using Turkey Dogs!
8 hot dogs
Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
(Original recipe used 4 slices American cheese)
1 can crescent rolls

1. Preheat oven 375 degrees. Slit hot dogs to withing 1/2 inch on both ends. Stuff with cheese.
2. Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough triangle around each hot dog. Place on cookie sheet cheese side up.
3. Bake at 375 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

For this I'm gonna need some help.

Braden (4 yr old) is an accomplished cheese adder & triangle roller.
Eli proudly wearing the remains of his snack-
yogurt on his nose & cinnamon/sugar on his mouth.
Eli is supervising.

Eli (23 months), the rookie cheese filler.

Assembled Crescent Dogs
Cooked Crescent Dogs
They were good. We served them with Macaroni & Cheese from a box & grapes. Braden ate everything. Eli snubbed the Crescent Dogs but he's not very adventurous yet. He gladly ate all his macaroni though.

Thank you for reading & letting me show off my kids.

~ Alison