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Countdown to 2011: Dessert

31 Dec

Morning!  It’s New Year’s Eve!  When did that happen?!

Breakfast was a two-egg omelet with sea salt and pepper, served with dry toast. 

And black coffee. 🙂

Today is the last down in Finding Joy In My Kitchen‘s Countdown to 2011.  I have had so much fun going through my recipes from this past year – thank you to Sno White for hosting!

On the menu for today: Desserts!  Yummmmmmm.  Here were my favorites …

WARNING:  These dishes are not low fat.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m convinced it’s like having a big bowl of oatmeal.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

This was my Thanksgiving pride and joy!

Dad’s Peanut Butter Pie

My dad pulled this recipe out for Christmas and my-oh-my where has this pie been in my life over the past few years?!
Head over to this post to see more dessert recipes! 
I’m working on a photo montage of 2011, so come back later and cross your fingers that it works!
My Other Countdown to 2011 Posts:

Countdown to 2011: Main Dishes

30 Dec

Morning!  Look what I found on my camera this morning …

Not bad for a fourth grader, right?  I was explaining depth-of-field to her and she picked it up immediately.

I have several boxes of cereal with a little bit left, so I combined them this morning for a big bowl of “Cinnamon Toast Cheerios”.  Can I trademark that?

It’s time for this morning’s episode of Countdown to 2011!  Today Finding Joy In My Kitchen is featuring Main Dishes.  Here are three of my favorites …

Christmas or Thanksgiving Day Leftover Pie

This was my pride and joy a few days after Christmas – a delicious way to use up your leftovers!

Stuffed Shells

I had always been intimidated by Stuffed Shells, but these were so easy!  Take a look at the step-by-step tutorial and give it a shot in the new year.

Pasta Chicken Stir Fry

A delicious blend of juicy boiled chicken, fresh veggies and hearty pasta is bound to tickle your taste buds.

I’m sorry, that was really cheesy.

Head over to this post for more top 2010 main dish recipe posts!

Have a great day everyone.  Bruce and I promised Gabriella we could make a snow fort today!  Though I’m pretty sure it’s my young-at-heart husband that really wants to make one …


Past Countdown to 2011 Posts:
Soups or Stews
Vegetarian Options

Countdown to 2011: Vegetarian Options

29 Dec

Good Morning!

Something has been tracking through our yard!  I thought deer, Bruce thinks it is several different animals, including deer, turkey, dog, cat and possibly mouse.  Thoughts?

Breakfast was a three-egg tomato and cheese omelet.  So delicious!  I’ve recently discovered that if you cook omelets on lower heat, they cook slower, but much more evenly and turn out looking nicer!

Are you enjoying the countdown to 2011, food blog style?  I’m loving it!  Today Finding Joy in My Kitchen is featuring some of their favorite meatless meals.  While I’ve been cooking without meat a lot lately, most of the recipes haven’t ended up on the blog.  But here are some of my favorites!

Summertime Rice and Beans

This was one of those meals that cost $4 to make and fed me all week.  I was working in the hospital when I made it, so I separated everything into tupperware and brought it for lunch.  It was also fabulous with some melted cheese in a wrap as a vegetarian burrito.  Cilantro would be a delicious garnish.  So many options!

Creamy Cream of Mushroom and Veggies

This dish is actually more suitable for winter.  It’s so hearty, yet so simple!

Simply Fancy Spaghetti

I am a sucker for a good Italian dish and this hit the spot!  Full of flavor and no meat.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes us with.  I’ve found that cooking without meat can actually be much more inexpensive – and often faster – than cooking with meat.  Head over to this post to check out the other vegetarian options that people have linked up with.

My Other Countdown to 2011 Posts:
Soups and Stews

Countdown to 2011: Soups

28 Dec

Hello there and happy Wear a Dress Tuesday!  Man, we woke up after yesterday’s blackout to a messy house!  Apparently not being able to see means that we didn’t have the means to put anything away?

Sine we didn’t eat a whole lot yesterday, I was starving when I woke up.  It took me awhile to get moving, though, so I decided to make more of a brunch than a breakfast.

Two leftover pancakes (last ones!) and a two-egg cheese omelet.

Actually, in the spirit of honesty, I should tell you that I was originally making scrambled eggs.  However, after an unfortunate incident involving the garbage can, coffee grounds and egg shells left me crawling on my hands and knees picking gross things up and Bruce standing over me with a broom, I stood up and realized my eggs had cooked before I had a chance to scramble them.  So I flipped them and decided I was having an omelet for breakfast.

Mmm, hit the spot.  And the kitchen is clean from the mess I made (thanks for helping, Bruce!).


As we continue to countdown to 2011, I’ve been participating in Finding Joy In My Kitchen’s recipe exchange (see my breakfast post here).  Today we’re looking at our favorite soups and stews!  Ahhh, my favorite.  Here we go …

Cheddar Chowder

Borrowed from Kari‘s mom, this recipe is one of our absolute favorites in the wintertime!  It’s creamy, yet hearty and can be adjusted depending on what you have in the kitchen (I know Ver used bacon instead of ham) and could feasibly be turned into a vegetarian dish as well!

Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew

This is definitely one of those sinus clearing soups 🙂 – perfect after a morning of shoveling (perhaps I should have made it yesterday?).
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what everyone links up with today – now that we have a bigger freezer and are living in colder climates, I plan on making a lot of soups, stews and chilis to get us through the winter!
Have a great day everyone!  See you this evening with Wear a Dress Tuesday pictures (psst. it’s the LAST WADT of the year!).

Recipe Swap: Breakfast

26 Dec

Afternoon all!  How are you?  The snowstorm that has been moving up the east coast is finally coming our way!  I want to go sledding!

I’m really excited for this week because one of my favorite food bloggers, Snow White over at Finding Joy In My Kitchen, is hosting a “Best of 2010” blog hop.  Today’s feature is BREAKFAST!  I love breakfast, but unfortunately I tend to get repetitive (you’ve seen my peanut butter bagels five days a week).  I don’t have that many breakfast recipes archived, but I hope to change that in 2011 (stay tuned for my resolutions).  Here are my favorite four breakfasts from 2010 …

Savory Scramble

A delicious blend of breakfast sausage, fresh veggies and scrambled eggs, topped with cheese!  Perfect to serve at a hearty brunch!
A fun twist on a classic breakfast sandwich.  I always keep a stash of aluminum foil in my kitchen so I can wrap these up and take them to go!

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes in the morning!

Spiced Applesauce Bread

This is perfect on its own or as a side for a big breakfast.  Heat it up and let some butter melt on your piece or spread some cream cheese on top!
Alright, I’ll stop – that was fun!  Stop by Finding Joy In My Kitchen for more breakfast ideas – I can’t wait to see what everyone posts!