Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Midway Through The Week

Twinkling Lights have invaded my front room....

I love filling my trees with lights.  I think this year there are 8 strands.

And I don't care for fru-fru ornaments.  We keep it pretty simple.  I mean, I'm just fine having my lights.

For the kids though.....

Thomas comes on over

And Miss Pinkie Pie

Hiccup & Toothless

Even Ironman himself

And last but not least, Ben 10

I'm so excited to play around taking pictures with the kids around the Christmas Tree.  I mean I took this one which was out-of-focus; look at all those lights.

ahhhh.  I love this time of year :)


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekly Winners : Nov 20-26, 2011

-All shots taken with my Canon Rebel xsi-
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So I kinda forgot to post last week; I got caught up editing pictures for some friends that I took.  It was so much fun taking their family pictures :)


I put curlers in my girls hair, just to see how it would turn out.....and gosh darn't, I forgot to take a picture of it.  Just imagine her having an afro poof :)

This is how I spent my Thanksgiving.  On my couch, watching "Dark Knight" & eating out of a tupperware container.  My oldest was sick, so a Momma's got to do, what a Momma's got to do.

What goes great with Gumbo???  Orange-White Chocolate Chip Cookies......

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pomegranate Week 2011 : Pomegranate Couscous

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I love Thanksgiving because we get to eat alot of fun food, so I'm very much excited for this afternoons gorging on Turkey.

But, for today, since I decided to post Pomegranate recipes {since they are in season right now}, I've got a very yummy side dish to share with ya'll.

Pomegranate Couscous.

My family loves couscous, so when I saw this recipe, I was like "ooohhh".

Of course, I didn't follow the recipe, but I take the essence of it and made this wonderful side dish {it went along great with some simply-seasoned grilled chicken}.

I loved the addition of the dressing to the already cooked Couscous...I've never done that before.  I also loved the fact that we had extra & I was able to eat it the next two days during lunch.

Would you like to try my version of this dish?
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Thanks for stopping by; Enjoy!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pomegranate Week 2011 : Pomegranate Choco-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now....first off,  how can you go wrong with a chocolate cookie.  I don't think that you can.  When I was gathering recipes to try out with Pomegranates, I saw this recipe {from a blog I read daily}, looked at the recipe & decided to give it a try.

When looking over the recipe & the contents of it, I realized that my basic go-to recipe for cookies would work perfectly in creating these interesting cookies.

Again, the hardest part to making these cookies......getting all the arils out of the pomegranate.  But I took my time, so that way I wouldn't have pomegranate juice all-over the place.

I was very happy with the end result.  Imagine a very fudge-like cookie with pops of pomegranates.  When offered to friends, they always asked what was inside the cookies, and when I would answer they would say, "Ohhhh".

I wasn't sure at first if the combination of chocolate & pomegranate would go together, but they do go together quite nicely :)

Would you like to try out this recipe?????
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And if you wanted a breakdown of the cookie, here you go....Not bad for an afternoon treat.

Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate Choco-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serving Size 1 each
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125.49Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value
Total Fat6.37g
Saturated Fat 1.58g
Trans Fat 0.91g
Total Carbohydrate16.44g
Dietary Fiber 0.83g
Sugars 9.84g
Vitamin A (IU) 240.05
Vitamin C 0.01mg
Calcium 5.23mg
Iron 0.54mg

Thanks for stopping by; Enjoy!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pomegranate Week 2011 : Pomegranate Scones

For todays recipe, I'm bringing you Pomegranate Scones.  I remeber this was one of the first things I pinned when I was looking up recipes.




No.  Not exactly.

Although enjoyable, it could have been sweeter to counteract the whole-wheat flour.  I guess after making Cranberry-Orange Scones, I was expecting a sweet dough with yummy granules of Pomegranate.

I guess I should stick to the more "fattening" version; which I'll be happy to try out again once I make another trip to the grocery store.

Thanks for stopping by :)


Monday, November 21, 2011

Pomegranate Week 2011 : Pomegranate Salad

A couple of weeks ago, my Husband's Cousin  messaged me that she was going to on "Good Things Utah" a couple of days later.  I would have loved to have gone to see the show in person, but alas, due to school commitments & children, I had to watch the show from my comfy couch.

Jan did fantastic as always.  She made this Pomegranate Salad.  I instantly wanted to make it.  So the ingredients went instantly to my grocery list.  In fact, this salad inspired me to find recipes utilizing Pomegranates {which I'll showcase throughout the week}.

This is a semi-super-easy salad to least once you get past the Pomegranate & getting all the granules out.  I, of course, couldn't make the recipe as listed, so I tweaked it my own way.  Want to see how I made mine???

Pomegranate Salad

First, I chopped up 2 good sized Gala Apples.  I love Gala Apples.  I eat an apple everyday at lunch.  That's how much I like them.

Then, I added in some chopped Walnuts.  That's what I had in my freezer.  I figured I should use up something that I had instead of buying something else {like the pecans mentioned in the recipe}.

I then added in a whole Pomegranate.  I took my time getting all the pieces out; I didn't want juice squirting all over the place.

This is where I cheated.  Instead of buying some Whipping Cream & whipping it up, I bought a container of Cool-Whip & dumped it in.  I'm lazy like that :)

And that's that.  I stirred it all together & scooped them into individual glasses for an after-dinner dessert.

This was very delicious!  I can see how one could sit & just eat the entire bowl :)

Thanks for stopping by!



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Tasty Kitchen Review : Mushroom and Blueberry Balsamic Pot Roast

A couple of weeks ago, while I was writing up a menu for the following 2 weeks, I wanted to try out some different pot roasts.  So I headed over to PW's Tasty Kitchen and typed in "Pot Roast".  This particular recipe stuck out at me.  Blueberries.  Beef.  An interesting combination.

This was a very delicious piece of meat.  Although I didn't get it fork-tender, it was still moist.  The addition of the Balsamic Vinegar & Blueberries was very good.  I didn't even give a mushrooms a chance.  I don't like them.  So I let my husband steal them off my plate.

It's nice to change up traditional recipes.

Give this a try.  Enjoy!