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What’s For Lunch?

I can’t believe it’s already November. The hummingbird has been doing great in school and her love of reading has grown even more which makes me so happy since I’m a book addict. She’s still in the very early stages of learning how to read but I love when she’s lying in bed looking at a book and trying to sound out the words.

I think I’ll post some of the books that her teacher has been reading in her Kindergarten class sometime soon. The hummingbird has been adoring several of them.

Now, on to lunch!

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*Sweet Pickles

*Goldfish

*Goldfish S’mores in container

*Cheese Cubes

*Pepperoni

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*Grapes

*Cherry Tomatoes and Carrots

*Ranch Dressing in container

*Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Sandwich

*Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

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*Blueberries

*Caesar Harvest Snaps

*Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pie

*Shredded Cheese Sandwich

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*Frozen Cherries

*Carrots

*Salsa in container

*Tortilla Chips

*Cheese Quesadillas

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*Pretzel Sticks

*Fresh Corn From The Cob

*Peanut Butter and Honey Tortilla Wrap

*Applesauce Pouch

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*Cheese Cubes

*Yogurt Pouch

*Pepperoni

*Peanut Butter Cup

*Crackers

*For some of the items I use for the hummingbird’s lunch, you can refer to this post!

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Andouille Sausage, Asparagus, And Smoky Potato Skillet

sapskillet1I’ve made this recipe three times in the last month and it’s definitely a welcome dinner for all of us. It also has balsamic vinegar, which I absolutely love, and is a really comforting meal. You can use any kind of sausage that you like with this.

Same for the potatoes. I’ve tried it with two large russet potatoes, cut into chunks. The only thing I didn’t care for was that they didn’t really hold their form and made the skillet mushy. Of course, it still tasted great.

I’ve put a “kidafied” version below in case you have picky eaters like mine. You don’t have to go out of your way to make something completely different, which is such a pain in the ass.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

24 ounce bag of small Yukon Gold potatoes (or two large potatoes)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

small red onion, thinly sliced

4-6 large andouille sausage links (or any you prefer… would also work great with Polska kielbasa)

1 pound trimmed asparagus, each stalk cut into thirds

1/3 cup water

Vinaigrette

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

dash of salt

Directions:

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

While potatoes are cooking, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Cook sliced onions for 2 minutes along with smoked paprika. Slice sausage into 1 inch pieces and cook in pan for 3 minutes. Add asparagus and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Add potatoes and stir well. Add 1/3 cup of water to pan and simmer with lid on for 5-8 minutes, or until asparagus is to desired tenderness.

While that’s cooking, make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, add ingredients and whisk together. Remove the pan from heat, add vinaigrette, and stir together. Serve immediately.

“Kidafied” version:

Once potatoes are cooked, set aside some potatoes in a small bowl. Remove skin and add a bit of milk and butter to make mashed potatoes. Add a dash of salt if desired and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Before adding vinaigrette to the skillet, remove a few pieces of the sausage and asparagus and set on plate for your picky eater, along with the cheesy mashed potatoes. Add sliced fruit.

Sit down together for dinner and wait for one of two things to happen.

1. Either your picky eater will have complained for the past hour about how hungry they are and will at least eat the mashed potatoes and fruit.

2. They will have complained for an hour about how they’re starving but not want to eat a thing on their plate because ewww, the sausage has touched the mashed potatoes or the asparagus is “gross”.

Good luck!

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When You Go Out Of Your Way To Make A Nice Meal For Your Family And They Kind Of End Up Being A**holes About It.

1350591749695_7822193*I’m still sick and I have to say, I am the biggest pussy ever when it comes to having a cold. It definitely makes you see just how good you have it when you’re healthy.

Last week, when I was in my “pre-sick” stage, I wanted to make a nice dinner for my husband and the little hummingbird. It’s also the day that I made the incredibly orgasmic mini salted caramel apple pies.

Even though we’re a family of 3, it’s such a pain in the ass to get everyone on the same page when it comes to agreeing on what to make for a meal. Okay, actually I need to take that back. My husband will eat anything. Even some of the most horrible, OMG, what the fuck went wrong meals I’ve made over the years.

It’s my 5 year-old daughter who is picky, picky, picky.

Here’s where I have to say I for the most part ate pretty much everything my mom made. She was a single mom for many years and we had several meals of those cheap pot pies. She did the best that she could to feed us so I absolutely appreciate her efforts.

Come to think of it, I was probably more of a whiny little kid when it came to the food we had but I did my best to eat what she was able to afford.

Anyway, as a parent, there is probably at least one time, if not more, where you make a nice dinner for your family and go out of your way to cover all of the different tastes for them. It’s a pain in the ass but damn it, you want everyone to sit down, have a nice dinner, and not bitch and complain.

This particular night did not go as planned. Of course it didn’t. Fuckity fuck!

It may not seem like a fabulous dinner but I made buffalo macaroni and cheese. The perfect comfort food. So delicious and kid friendly. I even made a special casserole dish of it for the hummingbird.

I was running an hour behind though and everyone was bitchy by the time I was able to serve it up.

I was also bitchy and a total asshole to my husband because while preparing this meal, I realized that while I went to the store earlier, I forgot to get half and half. Fuck!

Then I flipped the hell out and sent my poor husband to the quick mart down the road. He was trying to be helpful and offer alternatives but I was all like NO! I FUCKING NEED THIS FUCKING HALF AND HALF, FUCKING FUCK!

Not one of my proudest moments… obviously.

I finally get this dinner in order and on the table. But did my family appreciate it? Hell no!

My hubby chowed down without breathing because he was so damn hungry and my daughter whined and said she didn’t like it. She wanted me to make Kraft mac n’ cheese instead.

And I had to get up multiple times for my daughter. “Can you please get me a napkin, mom? I wanted juice instead. I dropped my fork, can you get another one? My food is cold now, can you microwave it? Now my food is too hot and I can’t eat it. I don’t like this. Can I have something else?”

OMG! Really, people? REALLY?!

So, I sat there and cried. I totally lost it and cried while thinking fuck this shit.

I sat on the couch and cursed my family under my breath while my husband and daughter happily played together after dinner.

But then, I kinda sorta pulled it together and we had those delicious apple pies for dessert.

And all was finally good again.

Because mmmm, pie!

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What’s For Lunch?

The hummingbird has really been favoring the homemade lunchables I’ve been making for school lunch, as well as the bagel and cream cheese with strawberry jam. The pizza wraps are pretty good too.

Enjoy!

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Homemade pizza lunchable.

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*Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni

*Grapes

*Pizza sauce

*Whole wheat pita

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*Raw green beans

*Clementine

*Bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jam

*Cheeze-it crackers

*Mini peanut better cup

*Ranch dressing in container

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*Pirate’s Booty

*Carrot sticks

*Blueberries

*Hello Kitty peanut butter and honey sandwich

*Colby cheese

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*Pirate’s Booty

*Kiwi

*Pizza wrap with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sliced pepperoni

*Cherry tomatoes

*Ranch dressing in container

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*Sliced sausage

*Cashews and craisans

*Yogurt

*Mini pancakes

*Maple syrup in container

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Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

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We went to an apple orchard recently and have enough apples to survive off of for a year. Okay, maybe not that long but it feels like it. A few days ago, I made these mini pies and they are really good. I think I may try to make one whole pie next time. Although, the mini pies are nice for a little treat… if you can just eat one. They’re also great to put in your child’s lunch for a treat.

I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

Refrigerated pie dough

1 1/2 cups apples, sliced and peeled (cut them into the size of corn kernels)

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

6 store-bought caramels (cut into fourths)

Sea salt

Egg wash (1 egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water)

sugar for outside of pies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 F.

In a small bowl, add the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, and flour. Mix to incorporate. Sprinkle a little flour onto a cutting board. Unwrap 2 refrigerated pie dough crusts onto the cutting board. Take a glass or cookie cutter (the glass I used is 3 inches in diameter) and cut out the pie crusts. I was able to get 16 all together.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the pie crust on sheet. Divide the apple mixture and caramel evenly onto the pie crusts. Add a pinch of sea salt to the top of each. Place the tops of the pie crusts over the mixture. I slightly rolled out the tops to fit them easier. Using a fork, crimp around the edges of the mini pies.

With a knife, cut two holes on top of the pies. Brush each apple pie with the egg wash. Sprinkle them with sugar and put into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Take out of the oven and let the pies rest for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container or you can choose to devour several. I kept them in the refrigerator and warmed them up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

*True Love

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What’s For Lunch?

It’s the third week since the hummingbird started Kindergarten, and I still haven’t gotten the hang of the full-time school thing. It’s more of ” Where in the hell did my time with her go?!”

The little hummingbird’s school is excellent and very welcoming so I’ve been going there to see her at lunch or recess a few times a week. And yes, I peek a lot at what other kids are eating.

I’m kind of in awe of the kids I see who devour everything in sight since my daughter is not that way whatsoever. But, I’m still gradually introducing more foods into her diet and while it may take bribing with promises of chocolate, a My Little Pony doll, and even a little allowance, she has let me incorporate a few new things, like salsa.

One may ask “How can you not like the deliciousness that is salsa?”. Well, my 5 year-old was one of them. GASP! It took many years, but she’s now a salsa convert.

Given that my kid is so tiny and in the 3rd percentile, if that, I’ll stick with my bribing ways. Something I promised I would never do before I was a parent.

Oh well, I’ll just put that in the big ass pile of other things I said I’d never do as a mom.

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*Strawberries

* Carrots

*Cheez-It Crackers

*Tortilla wrap with peanut butter and strawberry jam

*Ranch dressing in container

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*Goldfish

*Grapes

*Bagel with cream cheese and jam

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It was my first time sending a cold cheese quesadilla in her lunch so I packed her extra food in case she didn’t like it. She did!

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* Tortilla chips

* Hello Kitty peanut butter and honey sandwich

*Granola bar under sandwich

*Applesauce pouch

*A winning cheese quesadilla

* Salsa in container

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Homemade lunchable.

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*Kiwi

*Sweet pickles

*Goldfish

*Sharp cheddar

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* Granola bar

*A clementine and blueberries

*Maple syrup in container

*Mini pancakes

*Sliced hot dog

I’ve had people ask me about the different things I use to add a little extra pizzaz to her lunch. So, here goes…

*EasyLunchboxes.

*Silicone round baking cups.

*EasyLunchboxes containers for condiments.

*Silicone square baking cups.

*CuteZCute animal picks and forks.

*Hello Kitty cookie cutter. This one came from Hong Kong so it took a few weeks to receive.

I try to add a little note in the hummingbird’s lunch box but I’ve also found some cute printable notes as well. I read her the notes the morning of. It took me much longer than I’d care to admit when it came to finding printables that I really liked. Damn, Pinterest! “Oh yeah, I’ll just check in on Pinterest for a few minutes”. Ha!

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Chocolate Drizzled Meringues

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These meringues are such an amazing treat. I went on a hard-core baking spree last month when I had a massive case of PMS and felt like I wanted to punch everyone in the face. They were exactly what I needed.

If you or a loved one is under a PMS alert, you can divert the situation by making a batch of these chocolate drizzled meringues.

Once made, slowly approach your loved one, hand them over, and take cover until they eat a few or all of these. The calming effect of these delicious meringues should last between 1-2 hours. Take as needed.

Ingredients:

Egg whites from 3 large eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons powder sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate or nutella (melted and cooled)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place egg whites in a large bowl or stand mixer and whip until soft peaks form. Gradually add both sugars, then vanilla and vinegar. Increase speed and whip mixture until meringue has glossy, stiff peaks.

Drizzle cooled chocolate on top of meringue with a spoon. Spoon out and place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Repeat (drizzle chocolate over meringue and spoon out onto lined baking sheet) until mixture is all used.

Bake meringues for 40-50 minutes or until they easily peels away from parchment paper. Cool meringues on a wire rack. When cooled, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

*When I first made meringues years ago, the recipe I used at the time made it so complicated (pastry bag, specific tip for the bag, chilled meringue, etc) and I was nervous I’d screw it up. This recipe is very easy.

When it comes to drizzling the chocolate on top of the meringue, take the spoon dipped in chocolate and drizzle it all over in the bowl. You may want to do it a second time if you want more chocolate on them. Use a different spoon to place the meringue on the lined baking sheet.

*All About That Bass

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