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Homemade Hump Day: Snacks on a Plane Recipe Roundup

17 Jul

Recipe Round Up

I am in full on packing mode for Big A’s trip to the Grandparents. Luckily, she helped me pack her suitcase:


So since, all she needs is toys, dress up clothes, and a coloring book, I can skip the laundry and focus on what we’re going to eat on the trip!  Continue reading


Homemade Hump Day: Farmer’s Market Edition Part 2

10 Jul


Last week I showed you the haul I got at the Mueller Farmer’s Market and the yummy Cucumber Salad with Roasted Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes I made with it. BTW, I made a pasta dish the next night and was kicking myself for not throwing in some of those tomatoes. So next time it’s pasta night, those will be the first thing I put in it.

After making the salad, I still had the blackberries and peaches. I love this time of year in Texas because I know I’m never more than 10 minutes from a stand on the side of the road selling Texas peaches. So. Good!…Anyway…that fruit had dessert written all over it.

It had Blackberry-Peach Crisp written all over it to be exact.

So I helped that fruit fulfill its fruity destiny and made it into a Blackberry-Peach Crisp. Continue reading

Homemade Hump Day: Farmer’s Market Edition

3 Jul


There is something about summer that just demands fresh food. Maybe it’s because it’s so effing hot — we have officially reached the triple digits here in Austin — that I need to conserve energy…in my digestive tract… Maybe it’s because summer and nature just seem to go hand in hand. Who knows but the desire for something super fresh hit this weekend. So on Sunday, I packed up the kids and copious amounts of water and hit the farmer’s market. Continue reading

Homemade Hump Day: Slow Cooker Pot Roast

16 Jun

Slow cooker pot roast

This past Sunday was Father’s Day so, since The Hubs is pretty good at fathering, I figured I’d make him something special. Special and easy because I was, as I tend to be these days (along with everyone else in the world that has kids), exhausted. I did manage to bring myself to actually go grocery shopping and buy food for the entire week so I’m chalking the entire day up to a success.

I wanted to do something manly with it being Daddy Day and all so I wanted to make some kind of impressive meat dish. What’s an impressive meat dish, you say? Something along the lines of what I imagine a lumberjack would eat. Continue reading

Homemade Hump Day: Yellow Rice

12 Jun

Homemade Hump Day: Yellow RIce

Ever have one of those days where you just cannot bring yourself to set foot in a grocery store? Well, I had one of those days almost everyday this week…but we had to eat and I’m too cheap to eat out all the time so it was time to scrounge the freezer and cabinets to see what I could come up with.

I knew we had some chicken that I had frozen last week that I could throw on the grill. Protein? Check.

Also found some sweet peppers and one plantain on its last leg in the fridge. Vegetables? Check.

I just needed some kind of carb to round it all out…Usually, I have a few bags of yellow rice on had because it’s cheap, easy and I know that both the Hubs and Big A would eat it. No such luck this time. I was just about to settle for mac and cheese (again…) when I realized that I had white rice and I had spices — I could make yellow rice from scratch!

I was pretty sure I had saffron and since my spice cabinet looks like the spice aisle of a grocery store, I figured I probs also had whatever other spices I would need. So I took to Pintrest with a renewed excitement about dinner. Found a recipe I had all the ingredients for and went to the spice cabinet.

No saffron. Continue reading

Homemade Hump Day: Hot Cocoa

5 Jun


I’ve recently developed an obsession with making attempting to make things from scratch. And I don’t mean this semi-homemade business. I mean for real in real life, nothing from a can (obvi, I’m not making my own flour or anything like that…yet…but you know what I mean). Sometimes it’s fantastical and I decide I’ll never go back to the store-bought version. Other times, it’s an EPIC fail…After one such epic fail, my daughter, Big A, wanted some hot chocolate. So I decided I was going to redeem myself and make it from scratch!

DSC_0775It seemed like this would be a relatively simple way to make myself feel like I hadn’t lost all my abilities to cook. Luckily, we had some unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder that I accidentally bought a few months ago but was too lazy to return. Also, as luck would have it, there was a recipe on the box. So I have the ingredients and I don’t even have to search Google or Pintrest for recipe! Could it be!?! It’s like it was meant to be (or like Hershey’s knows people might need a recipe to know what to do with unsweetened cocoa powder).

Well, Hershey’s, it was divine. And it was super easy. I didn’t really expect it to be difficult but my ego was bruised at the time so I felt good that it turned out well.

Watch out, Swiss Miss! I can do more than boil water or microwave some milk!


Hershey’s Favorite Hot Cocoa

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

Dash salt

1/3 cup hot water

4 cups (1 qt.) milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes.

Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

Remove from heat; add vanilla.

Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.


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