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Polenta and Sausage

I’ve been wanting to try out polenta and I found the perfect recipe.

Polenta with Italian Sausage

4 cups water, divided

1 cup cornmeal

1tsp salt

1lb Italian sausage links

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can (14-1/2oz) Italian stewed tomatoes

2TB minced frash parsely

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Combine 1 cup water and cornmeal in a small bowl. Bring remaining water and salt to a boil. Slowly stir in cornmeal mixture. Reduce heat; cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

In a large skillet, cook the sausage and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Cool slightly. Cut sausage into 1-in. pieces; return to skillet. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and parsley; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.

Spread half of the cornmeal mixture in a serving dish; top with half of the sausage mixture. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. The boys started eating and seemed to enjoy it. Then they started telling me the sausage was too spicey and was burning their tongues. So next time I’m thinking I’ll just use ground pork in the sauce. I need to find some other things to do with polenta – suggestions?

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Polish Kraut and Apples – slow cooker

Made a super easy dinner for Nathan. I love slow cookers!

Polish Kraut and Apples

1 can (14oz sauerkraut)

1 package (16oz) smoked polish sausage, cut into chunks. I used a beef sausage.

3 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into eighths

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp caraway seeds, optional

1/8 teaspoon pepper

3/4 cup apple juice

I was only making this for Nathan so I cut everything in half.

Place the sauerkraut in an ungreased slow cooker. Top with meat, apples, brown sugar, caraway seeds if desired and pepper. Top with remaining sauerkraut.Then pour the apple juice over all. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until apples are tender.

Nathan thought it was wonderful. He said I could put it on the menu again.

August 29, 2011 Posted by | LIVING, Nathan's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banana Ice Cream

I often have friends send me links to great kid food ideas, here’s one of them!

http://confident-beautiful-motivated.tumblr.com/post/4418288504/rouxeats-chocolate-banana-ice-cream-freeze-a

If you don’t feel like clicking here’s the recipe

Chocolate-Banana “Ice Cream”

Freeze a banana, then combine with 2 tbsp cocoa powder and blend until smooth and creamy. Dairy-free, 110 calories.

I used bananas I had frozen for weeks. I made two batches for two boys, that’s why two bananas. Cut up banana and put in food processor with cocoa. At the last minute I swapped out the cocoa for  carnation instant breakfast to get some extra good stuff into their bodies. I thought this was the best stuff ever. The boys didn’t care for it so much. So I dumped it in a cup and added milk. They drank it right now. Whatever works I guess.

August 26, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grilling for a Benefit

Nathan was asked to be the grill man at a cancer benefit. He agreed since he loves to grill. Although, a little disappointed once he found out he was only grilling hot dogs, he still did it. So as the grilling began I chased the boys everywhere while they played. We made our way back over to Nathan and I noticed he was taking ice from the cooler and sort of washing his hands and arms. At first I just thought he was cleaning himself off. Then I thought “Oh no, did he burn himself?” So I went over and asked what he was doing. Poor guy had hives up and down his arms and hands. Turns out the hot dogs had chicken in them. I had never seen him react like this before. He had cooked chicken on the grill for the boys and myself and never had a reaction. So he basically took a step back and let the other two guys handle the dogs until it was over. I wonder what will happen next time he does chicken for us.

A few side notes while at the benefit:

Charlie asked if he could go request the Christian band to play Luke Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing”

Charlie was later blown up by a storm trooper. He was so excited.

The benefit was for http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Million-Kisses-to-the-Moon/152322038167443?sk=wall  – a children’s book inspired by McKenzie Brownlee—-Its a celebration and memory of a courageous little girl who fought a STRONG battle with cancer. All author’s profits go to the McKenzie’s Smile Foundation. http://www.kids4courage.com/About_Our_Dog.html Purchase one today to donate to her foundation!

Two other authors were showcased at the benefit as well. http://www.amazon.com/Tuesdays-Grace-Sara-M-Howard/dp/1612155898      and    http://www.amazon.com/Called-Serve-Encouragement-Inspiration-Military/dp/1572934581/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314027015&sr=1-1

August 25, 2011 Posted by | LIVING, Nathan's allergies | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Puppy Chow for Kids

I think everyone had puppy chow growing up. Cereal covered in chocolate and peanut butter sprinkled with powdered sugar. If you didn’t then you need to make some!

Since we now have Sunbutter that’s exactly what I did! I cook a lot for my family but the sweet stuff I just don’t do. Frankly because there’s not much I can make with our options.

Super excited for puppy chow I quickly grabbed everything I needed.

9 cups corn chex (you can use any type of safe cereal really. I remember once my aunt used crispy critters cereal and it looked like we were actually eating puppies)

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter (sunbutter)

1/4 cup butter

1tsp vanilla

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

I cut the recipe in half.
1.Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2.In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
3. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
4. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. (I didn’t have any powdered sugar so I skipped this step.
5. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Once cooled we all tried it. Charlie and I loved it. Gage was iffy, again. He’s eaten some of it but not as much as Charlie has! Yay! A new treat I can make.

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunbutter!

SUNBUTTER!

Our new best friend.
http://www.sunbutter.com/

I have a jar of peanut butter in the highest cupboard in the kitchen for myself. I LOVE it. Since the 3 men aren’t that sensitive to it I do enjoy it every now and then. The boys actually always ask to smell it when I have it out. Talk about breaking your heart. “yes, here honey have a big sniff but you can’t eat it!” I hardly ever actually eat it in front of them. They just caught me one day.

A friend had mentioned sunbutter to me and I instantly looked it up and found a location. Bingo, right in our small hick town.

Once we got it home I gave Charlie a spoonful. He was in love. I made them both up a Sunbutter sandwich. Charlie ate his right up.

Gage’s was actually on light rye crackers.Gage was a little iffy about it. Might just be beacuse he’s 3.

I am so excited for Sunbutter.

August 23, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tractor Pulls

One very hot, 96 degrees to be exact, summer night we ventured out to the tractor pulls. The humidity was so high you just instantly started to sweat as soon as you stepped out of any air conditioning. It was something we had never done though and literally right down the road. How could we pass it up?  Upon arrival we realized this was how the hillbilly’s do it. Pretty much out in a field with some old wooden bleachers lining the track. Might have been a fun time back in college with a cooler, minus the kids and minus me being 7 months pregnant. We made the best of it. We let the boys pick out some candy from the stand, something they rarely get to do. They each also got to have pop, another rarity. We found some seats somewhat in the shade, but there was no breeze to be found. As we dripped with sweat and waited for the action to begin the boys decided they wanted to go home. I didn’t blame them one bit but we had paid and we were going to watch the show!

Finally the trucks started. After the first run we quickly realized we had forgotten Gage doesn’t like loud sounds. We think he has sensitive hearing. He instantly wanted to go home. Luckily, Nathan being the brilliant husband he is, he magically pulled earplugs from his pockets. I had the emergency bag but hadn’t thought of earplugs. So that helped, a little. I still had to hold my hands over his ears when each and every truck went by.

Once things got started I was concerned with how heavy the air was. The clouds of smoke would just hover above us. I was happy it had rained earlier in the day to keep the dust down. Luckily no one had an asthma attack.

When the trucks were over it was time for the tractors. I was excited to see the tractors. Growing up in a farm community and I had never seen tractor pulls. It was exciting, for the tractors that made it. I don’t know if it was because it was so hot out, but tractor after tractor broke down right in front of us. We did see a few go at it and blow fire making it to the end. Charlie thought it was the best night of his life. His eyes would light up as each machine passed by. It was fun just watching his expressions and hearing him cheer them on.

Overall it was a fun night of sweating, holding our ears, learning all about porta pottys and tractor pulls.

Thank goodness no asthma attacks.

The only bad thing that happened were my swollen hands and feet.

August 22, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | , , , , | Leave a comment

Charlie’s breakfast

charlie’s breakfast
week one Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
filler chocolate chip pancake oatmeal smoothie – grits pancake
fruit strawberries pop tart banana/yogurt yogurt/granola
meat bacon dry cereal ham steak
choco milk carnation carnation carnation carnation carnation
week two Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
filler oatmeal cereal/milk smoothie – nutrigrain bar waffle
fruit mandarin oranges banana/yogurt yogurt peaches
meat bacon sausage dry cereal pig in blanket bacon
choco milk carnation carnation carnation carnation carnation
week three Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
filler chocolate chip pancake oatmeal smoothie – grits pancake
fruit strawberries pop tart banana/yogurt yogurt/granola
meat bacon dry cereal ham steak
choco milk carnation carnation carnation carnation carnation
week four Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
filler oatmeal cereal/milk smoothie – nutrigrain bar waffle
fruit mandarin oranges banana/yogurt yogurt peaches
meat bacon sausage dry cereal pig in blanket bacon
choco milk carnation carnation carnation carnation carnation

August 18, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | Leave a comment

Charlie’s lunches

Charlie’s lunches
week one Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
meat cubed chicken deli meat/cheese wrap ham and cheese sand sunbutter sand quesadilla
fruit applesauce peaches go-gurt plum mandarin oranges
veggie cheese stick carrots cherry tomatoes cucumber slices frozen corn
tummy filler pretzel sticks cheese its nutrigrain bar cheese popcorn crackers w/cheese spread
dessert caramel pudding cookie chocolate pudding coconut marshmellows chocolate chip cookies
week two Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
meat turkey sand ham/cheese/wrap pancake sunbutter sand ham steak
fruit plum mandarin oranges applesauce peaches go-gurt
veggie cherry tomatoes pickles go-gurt black olives cheese stick
tummy filler cheese its pretzel sticks nutrigrain bar cheese popcorn crackers w/cheese spread
dessert fruit snacks caramel pudding skittles oreo dippers chocolate pudding
week three Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
meat cubed chicken deli meat/cheese wrap ham and cheese sand sunbutter sand quesadilla
fruit applesauce peaches go-gurt plum mandarin oranges
veggie cheese stick carrots cherry tomatoes cucumber slices frozen corn
tummy filler pretzel sticks cheese its nutrigrain bar cheese popcorn crackers w/cheese spread
dessert caramel pudding cookie chocolate pudding coconut marshmellows chocolate chip cookies
week four Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
meat turkey sand ham/cheese/wrap pancake sunbutter sand ham steak
fruit plum mandarin oranges applesauce peaches go-gurt
veggie cherry tomatoes pickles go-gurt black olives cheese stick
tummy filler cheese its pretzel sticks nutrigrain bar cheese popcorn crackers w/cheese spread
dessert fruit snacks caramel pudding skittles oreo dippers chocolate pudding

August 18, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | Leave a comment

A hard lesson

Charlie starts school next week. So to make it easy on myself I’m charting his breakfasts and lunches. Not being able to grab just anything and with a baby on the way I figured I may as well save myself some huge stress.

As I’m typing out breakfast options I’m realizing that I’ll be feeding Charlie some things to fill his tummy that Gage can’t have. I almost deleted those items but then realized I have to feed Charlie and make sure he’s full for school. I can’t feed him the same thing everyday. Two big things Gage loves that I have on Charlie’s breakfast list are oatmeal and pop tarts. I actually have oatmeal and a pop tart paired up on the same day. Gage understands now that he can’t have certain things, but I feel this will be a slap in the face.

This is going to be hard.

Wonder if I can get Gage to sleep in on those mornings.

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, daily life, Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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