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September 21, 2015

Call Me Martha – Part 2

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A few days ago, I was on Facebook, and something delicious came up in my feed.

Bacon? Yes.

Tater Tots? Yes.

Cheddar Cheese? Yes.

I knew I needed to take another foray into the world of attempting to make recipes I’ve seen online.

But, when to make the recipe?

On a Sunday, for sure, because the only thing we love better than watching football on Sunday afternoons is the fall…

Is eating, what we call “football snacks.”

Every Sunday, we throw our, generally, good eating habits to the wind, and consume copious amounts of Tostitos with nacho cheese, pretzels, Doritos, Nachos, etc.

Then, we sit on the couch and cheer until we fall into a gluttonous coma.

Naturally, this would be a perfect addition to our autumn Sunday routine.

I rolled out the bacon:

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Popped in the tots and rolled:


Lined them all up on the foil-lined tray:


Baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes:


Piled on some cheddar cheese:


Cooked for 5 more minutes:


And we were in heaven.

Monkey in the Middle, who is incredibly health conscious, said, “Oh…these look so bad for you.”

And proceeded to eat three of them.

So, success, and if you don’t care about the horrifying nutrition facts of these, or if you are willing to put them aside for a few minutes (because that’s as long as they actually lasted in our house) you gotta try this.

Satisfaction guaranteed.

August 30, 2015

Call Me Martha

I can cook.

I don’t enjoy it, I’m not great at it, but I can cook.

I try to make sure we eat dinner as a family every night, and except for when we have baseball, hockey, soccer, dance, church, or something else going on, we generally do.

And it’s usually a legit meal.

Cavatelli and broccoli.

A roast in the crock pot.

Grilled chicken.

Spaghetti and meatballs.

I can cook.

However, my cooking is basic to the core.

There is no fancy stuff happening in my kitchen, and the meals that I make are quick, easy, and of debatable health value.

And so, despite the fact that at least two people are disappointed by dinner every night…which two depends upon the meal…I can cook.

But, Martha Stewart, I ain’t.

And so imagine my surprise, when last Saturday afternoon, the kids walked into the kitchen and found me whipping up ten eggs, some broccoli and some cheese.

“What are you doing?” they asked suspiciously.

“Trying out a new recipe,” I responded casually.

“Do WE have to eat it?” they asked nervously.

“Nope. Just me,” I responded happily.

“Is it gonna taste good?” they asked delightedly.

“Absolutely,” I responded less assuredly.

See, in my desire to be lose some of this extra weight I’ve been carrying around, I realize that I need to figure out some healthy breakfast for myself.

Because, if I don’t, by ten a.m., I’m ready for the vending machine at school.

So, I was intrigued when I was flipping through “All You” magazine, and found a recipe for “egg muffins.”


Over the summer, I’ve made myself two fried eggs for breakfast in the morning, and it’s been pretty okay.

But, I know the rush of a school day morning, and am well aware that I won’t be frying any eggs before work.

I gave it a try.

Guess what?


Those egg muffins didn’t suck!

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, because, let’s be honest…goat cheese? Arrugala?

Not in my wheelhouse.

But, I used some chopped frozen broccoli and a dash of pepper and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese on each muffin and they were delicious!

I can grab one from the fridge, every morning, on my way out the door, and can even eat them in the car on the way to work.

I was feeling so good after my success with that recipe, that I decided to keep going.

I used a recipe I found on Pinterest for chocolate chip cookies, because Monkey Girl loves to bake, and I shared the recipe with her.

(The recipe for these cookies can be found here.)

And guess what again?


Good stuff!

Then I was on a mission.

I made sugar cookies, baked ziti, reorganized the Tupperware cabinet, cleaned out the fridge, and cleaned out the closet in the laundry room.

I was a home-making whirlwind!

I’m feeling so good about it all that maybe I’ll try a different recipe tomorrow and see how it inspires me for the rest of the day!

Or, maybe I’ve channeled all the Martha I can handle and we’ll just order Chinese.

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