Menu: Week 149

We had a busy weekend. Pictures for Ronan’s 6th birthday, pictures of my sisters family, my little sisters bridal shower and dinner with the in-laws. And that was all on Sunday. What a weekend.

I also finished my second edits on my book and sent it back to my editor with a dedication and teaser excerpt. I think we are coming to the end, but I don’t really know how the time line works. All I want to see now is my cover.

Here is the menu for the week Enjoy!

Monday
Tuesday

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

– Spaghetti


Sunday
– Tuna Sandwiches
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Saying Goodbye to Summer

Well, with summer fading from our minds and fall creeping up on us, its time to remember some of the fun DIY projects and recipes that i’e shared with all of you over the last few months. Check these out.

One of my first projects from this summer was this awesome DIY solar light cluster. This was really easy to make and only cost me $15 in supplies. Check out the link below to see how it was made.

DIY Solar lights

This was my favorite project this summer. My husband and I turned the ugly towel rack in the bathroom into something that we love to show off. We used wood from our back yard and the cost was about $12 for the rest of the supplies. Check out the link below to see how it was made.

DIY Towel Rack

How about a DIY custom door mat? I loved how I got to make this one personal. My house is chaos all the time and I was able to incorporate that into the decorating of my new home.
Check out how you can make your own by clicking the link below.

DIY custom door mat

This summer we went blueberry picking and one of the most amazing salads I’ve ever had come of it. If you want the recipe for this amazing blueberry blue cheese salad, check out the link below.

Blueberry blue cheese salad

For my 300th post my husband helped me put together this awesome drawer organizer. It was super easy and super cheap to do. This is a must if your utensil drawer looks like mine did, or you just want it nice and organized. Check out the link below for more details.

DIY utensil drawer organizer

 I have three kids and they grow really fast, so this DIY wooden growth chart is a must around my house. This project cost me about $5 and took about 15 minutes.
Check out the link below to see how it is done.

DIY wooden growth chart

This one was more for my husband. He loves cucumbers and this salad meet his approval. If you too love cucumbers then follow the link below for the recipe.

Delicious lemon cucumber salad

Menu: Week 110

It’s strange to think that life can change in the blink of an eye. Yesterday started out like any other Saturday, but by noon it had been flipped on its head and we faced uncertainty.

I got a call from my brother while I was at work. I didn’t answer but I figured if it was important he would leave a message. There was no message. Fifteen minutes later my mother called. She never calls when I’m at work unless its an emergency. This time I answered.

With sirens blaring in the back ground I learned that my Dad was having a heart attack and he was on his way to the hospital.

It was unreal. My father has always been strong and he’s still so young. This couldn’t be happening.

Many things were going through my head at that moment, but there was always one thing that I could rely on in moments like that, my faith. I know I don’t get religious on my blog often, but in moments of uncertainty whether you are religious or not a prayer sent up to heaven never goes unheard.

My Dad will be ok. He will need time to rest and recover, but I truly believe that all the prayers sent his way gave everyone the strength to get through this tough time.

I hope you all hug your loved ones a little closer this week and please enjoy a meal around the table as you reflect on your day. Enjoy this weeks menu. I know I will.

Monday
Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Tuesday
Nachos

Wednesday
Chicken Tacos

Thursday
Blue cheese burgers

Friday
Tortellini and chicken skillet

Saturday
Chicken and broccoli stir fry

Sunday
– Pizza

Gluten Free Mini Muffins

As a mother with a gluten free child it’s some times hard to find snacks that are both safe and delicious for my son. He’s still young enough that if I mention gluten free he turns up his nose to it, but if I don’t mention it, he wont know the difference.
These gluten free muffins are amazing. Every single person in my family loved them and the kids had no idea that they were gluten free. Plus, they are tiny enough to put them in their school lunches and they still have room for their cheese sticks. Here’s the recipe.
Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups gluten free all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag chocolate chips
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place muffin liners in mini muffin tin or grease tin.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until creamy then mix in the milk and the olive oil.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips, but don’t mix to much, the batter will be very thick.
  6. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins, filling only to the brim. Don’t over fill.
  7. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Larger muffins will take longer.

 

 

 

 

Menu: Week 109

Well, we survived the first week of school with most of our sanity. The boys love going. I’m so glad its another short school week because I still haven’t gotten used to making extra food for school lunches. I get to make more gluten free muffins for the boys today. Maybe I can get them to help me? Maybe…

Enjoy this weeks menu.

Monday
Oven baked chili dogs

Tuesday
Chicken Caesar salad

Wednesday
– Lemon Pepper Chicken Alfredo

Thursday
Sticky Sesame Chicken

Friday
Garlic Ranch Chicken Pizza

Saturday
– Spaghetti

Sunday
– Dinner with the in-laws

Sweet and Sour Pork

I’ve never been a fan of sweet and sour anything, but a few weeks ago my husband requested sweet and sour pork for the weekly menu. I’m up for trying new things and I usually like the things I make. I found this recipe on lilluna.com and tried it out. It was delicious!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Pork steak, or I used pork chops cause they were cheap
  • Oil or shortening for frying
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 TBS. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15oz can of pineapple chunks
  • 3 TBS. brown sugar
  • 2 TBS. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 green pepper chopped up
  • 4 cups rice cooked
Here is how it’s done. It’s super easy:
  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sprinkle pork with paprika and brown in the pan. Cover pan and cook pork for about 20 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Combine in a medium bowl brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the pineapple liquid, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and water until mixture is smooth. Add to meat, cooking over low heat until thick, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in pineapple and green peppers. Cover and simmer over low heat for 6-8 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
  4. Serve over hot cooked rice.
This is really a great recipe and my husband loved it too. Try it out and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below or sending me an email.

Visitors Guide to Cannon Beach, Oregon

We visit Cannon Beach every year and every year there is something new to look at, do and eat. Over the years we have been to many establishments and had good and bad experiences alike. I have compiled a list of places we’ve been around town and would recommend to anyone traveling down the Oregon coast soon.

Eats – 

Mo’s – Lets start off with my favorite little place to eat. Mo’s at Cannon Beach. Its just south of town in Tolovana. They have some of the best clam chowder on the coast and the restaurant sits right on the beach, so you get a great view of the ocean with your dinner. This is definitely a must. My family goes every time we visit.

Ecola seafood restaurant and market – Speaking of good clam chowder, we stopped by this little place on the way out of town to grab some chowder to go. Not only can you eat here, you can also pick up some really good seafood to go. So, if you’re staying nearby or want to grab a romantic dinner to take down to the beach at sunset, you should stop at this little place.
 Fultano’s Pizza – Who doesn’t like pizza right? If you’re looking for just a slice or a whole pizza, this is the place to eat. They have gluten free options as well. Score one for me. And for all you salad loving people out there, guess what? They have a salad bar. It can get a little cramped inside, but they do have out door seating, or you can call them up and have them deliver it to where you are staying. Its a pretty sweat deal.
Bill’s Tavern – A few years ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to get a night to ourselves for our anniversary. This is where we picked to go. They have a wide assortment of beers, local included and they make a mean chicken strip. It has all the style of a brew house with the flare of the Oregon coast. I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
Tom’s fish & chips and Morris’ fireside – These are two restaurants that I have not visited but have heard good things about. If you have a review on either of them, please let me know so I can update this section. Maybe i’ll get to them next year.
Shopping – 

Once upon a breeze – Is, as you can see, the oldest kite shop on the Oregon coast. Tucked back into the nooks between shops, this little jewel as some of the most cool kites you will find. We’ve purchased a few ourselves including a viking ship kite (staying true to our heritage). Its awesome. Check it out, buy a kite and have some fun in the breeze at Cannon Beach.

Bruce’s candy kitchen – If you are looking for some locally made taffy and other nummy goodies, then check out Bruce’s. You can watch them make the taffy from a large window at the north of the building or go inside and be amazed by the wide assortment of jelly beans. A few of my favorite items that are a must when I visit are the dark chocolate dipped sea foam, the all banana runts and the rocky road fudge. My husband is a sucker for the taffy and the kids will eat just about anything you let them.

Geppetto’s toy shoppe – This shop has been around for years. The kids love visiting this location and frankly, so do I. They have a wide variety of games and toys. My favorite purchase over the years has been the blocks that spell out my boys names. They are pretty cool.

 West of the moon – As far as shopping for myself goes, I always like to visit this place. It has some of the best jewelry in the area and their prices are actually doable. Along with jewelry and trinkets, they have some nice clothing and accessories along with some figurines. It’s a really cool place to look around, so if you get to Cannon beach you must check out this hot spot.

Insomnia coffee co. – Half way through your day you’re going to need a little pick me up. Check out this coffee shop that is located near the beach and grab yourself a cup. Me, I like to fill my Insomnia tumbler with a nice cool flavored tea, before lounging on one of their many comfie chairs while I read a good book. Make sure this is a stop on your list.

Cannon Beach Clothing Co. – So, I know this is a picture of my husband, but this shop doesn’t have a plaque outside its doors, so you get to gaze upon what is mine and glance at the hate he purchased at the Cannon beach clothing co. This shop is jam packed full of hip clothing and they rent buggy boards and wake boards for $8 a day. Maybe when my kids are older we can try that.

Cannon Beach Book Co. – This is and forever will be my favorite place to visit. They have a nice variety of new books and they are all jam packed into this little gem. I picked up to new reads this year. Maggie Stiefvater’s Scorpio Races and Garth Nix’s A Confusion of Princes. I have yet to read either of them, but they are next on the list.
The Picnic Basket – This candy shop is located right next to the book store so it makes it even better for me. It carries taffy and other yummy treats just like Bruce’s but it also has ice cream. Its a great location on a hot day. Get a good book and eat some delicious ice cream on their front porch.

Lemon Cucumber Salad

My Mother-in-law has a beautiful garden where she grows so many yummy fruits and veggies. One of my husbands favorite summer time vegetables is the lemon cucumber. It’s small, round and yellow. Unfortunately I totally spaced taking a picture of them before I cut them up for the salad but feel free to google away.

One delicious way to dress up cucumbers is to put them in a summer salad. Here are the ingredients you will need for my Lemon Cucumber Salad:

1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
4 lemon cucumbers
2 tomatoes
1/2 a yellow onion
2 Tbs dill

This is really simple to make. Chop up the cucumber, tomatoes and onion into small bite sized pieces. Then mix it all together with the sour cream and dill. My husband says the more dressing the better, so if it seems too dry, go a head and add more sour cream or yogurt.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Yummy Buffalo Chicken Rolls

Last week on my Findings Friday post, I had highlighted a recipe of buffalo chicken rolls. They were also on my menu for that week. Let me tell you, this was one of the best buffalo chicken recipe ideas I have come across.

I’m not a big fan of spicy food, but I like to make it every once and a while for my husband’s spicy pallet. He will really eat anything… except for enchiladas, can’t get him to eat those.

Anyway, I put these yummy little morsels together and bam! We had a hit. The husband even took the rest of the left overs to work the next day. The only thing different that I did was fry the rolls instead of bake them, but that was only because it was 100 degrees outside and I didn’t want to turn on the oven.

To check out this recipe click on this link. There are step by step instructions on how to roll the wrap and create this amazingly delicious dinner. Enjoy!

Roadhouse Burger

I have been on a mission to find the summers greatest burgers. I’ve come across some amazing recipes already and I’ve been sharing them here with all of you.

Did you all try the delicious Ranch burger? Yep, that one was pretty tasty. If you haven’t all ready grilled one up, maybe you should. Or you could make one of these amazingly scrumptious Roadhouse burgers that my family tried a few days ago.

Here is a list of ingredients that you will need:
Beef patty
Toasted onion buns
Munster cheese
Caramelized onions
 Bacon
Garlic mayo
Onion rings (We didn’t have these but it would have been so good)
I think what really made this burger was the garlic mayo. It really gave it a kick. This is definitely a breath mint kind of meal, but it was so good. 
Grill up a burger or two and send me a picture. I would love to see what you come up with. SHendersonPhoto(at)gmail.com