Friday, March 18, 2011

Oh my word.

I have been wanting to try McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal and since it is the season of Lent and McDonald's has so few meatless entries I thought it was the perfect time.  I cannot tell you how scrumptious it really was.  Our family loves oatmeal.  We either make it homemade from oats with our own added fruits and toppings or just grab a packet of our go to brand, Quaker.  Since the discovery of this oatmeal (for which I had a coupon for a free one) I am sold on drive-thru oatmeal.  I was scared about whether it would be too runny or too dry...but it was just the consistancy I wanted. So, give it a try and let me know what you thought of it!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring---Please come soon!

I am so anxious for Spring to arrive.  I get my hopes up with every sunny day we have only to be disappointed when I see snow the following day. 

As I mentioned before, my mother in law is a florist.  When she does arrangements for an event I usually always benefit.  This weekend was no exception. Clint's wonderful cousin Emily is marrying a good friend of ours, Tony.  We cannot tell you how happy we are to see these two people share the rest of their lives together joined in love and marriage.  They are one if those couples that you say....something about them together is "just right".  They are both so kind hearted; the kind of people who would do anything for any one. On top of that, they both have an infectious sense of humor.  Well, this past weekend was their bridal shower and my mother in law did the centerpieces.  They were a few left over at the end so I was able to bring these beauties home.  Doesn't it get you excited for Spring as well?

Tulips make me think of Spring and that makes me smile!

Saturday, March 5, 2011


What you need for this recipe is likely things you already have in your pantry, fridge and spice rack.  Goulash for me is a huge comfort food.  I personally don't like butter but this is one of two meals I always have to have a slice of buttered white bread with.  (The other one is roast).

Let's get started.  Go grab these items:
1 lb. of lean ground beef
1.5  cup macaroni
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper,chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
(2) 14.5 ounce cans of stewed, sliced tomatoes
(1) 14.5 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 tbs. Chili powder
Salt, Pepper and Italian Seasoning, to taste.

First, preheat your oven to 350.  In the meantime, brown your ground beef along with the onions, green bell pepper and garlic.  Drain grease. Cook macaroni as directed on pkg.  Add cooked macaroni, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce and spices to beef mixture.

Transfer to a casserole dish and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.

Voila! It's that simple...and is so yummy.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Here is the best Chicken Salad recipe ever.
What you need is the following:
3 cups cooked chicken
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 apple, chopped
1/3 cup of dried cherries
1/4 cup of chopped pecans
1/3 cup of mayo
1 tbs. buttermilk
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Chill in the fridge for half hour.  Serve on a croissant or in a multi-grain sandwich pocket as a healthier option.
I often substitute grapes (cut in half) for the apples and use a rotisserie chicken for ease.
Enjoy!  Perfect for lunches or to take on a picnic or day outing.