Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

As you know, my husband loves PIZZA! and anything pizza flavored...just ALL about the pizza! 
So, I knew this recipe that I found on Pinterest would be a hit! was!

8 flour tortillas 
8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 lb pepperoni
1 16-ounce jar of pizza sauce
Optional: 1 6-ounce can of sliced black olives, 1 cup of sliced cremini mushrooms

  1. Brush each tortilla with a thin layer of pizza sauce (so thin that if you turned it over, none would drip).
  2. Sprinkle cheese on top of the sauce on the bottom tortilla. Top with pepperoni and other toppings, if desired. Sprinkle with another layer of cheese and place the other tortilla on top (sauce side in).
  3. Pre-heat a medium cast-iron skilled over medium heat.
  4. Lay quesadilla in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and tortillas are crispy.
  5. Slice into quarters and serve with a little bowl of pizza dipping sauce.

I served with a side salad!

Thanks to Snixy Kitchen for posting this yummy recipe!
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Hospital Survival Kit

I saw a super cute idea on Pinterest for a Hospital Survival Kit for moms-to-be! I remember what it was like packing for the hospital, trying to think of everything I would need during my stay. But, let's be honest, my pregnant mind was all over the place (as are most folks' a few weeks before delivery).
My friend, Claire, is 38 weeks pregnant. I was going to have lunch with her and thought, "this would be the perfect time to test out a Hospital Survival Kit." I got the idea and free printables from Jen at My Own Road.

Here's what I decided to put in the bag:

I don't like when little products are floating around in a large bag, so I separated the items in groups and wrapped individually in plastic gift bags. I then put sticker notes on each set of items...
 I wasn't allowed to eat in the delivery room. So, after Owen arrived, I was starving!
>>Granola bars and candy | "To satisfy your cravings after baby arrives"
Before I could take a shower, I remember feeling so gross..just wanting to wash my face and pop a breath mint
>>Face cleansing wipes, tissues, lip balm, breath mints, and lotion |  "To keep you feeling fresh, clean, and presentable"
While in the hospital, people dropped off gifts. I also wanted nurses names/addresses to send thank you notes for taking such good care of us!
>>Journal | "To record gifts received in hospital, nurses names, etc ."
There was a lot...a LOT of waiting...
>>Magazine | "To help pass the time"
My hair was short, so I had it pinned back. But, if my hair is long, I'd want a way to keep it out of my face/off of my neck
>>Ponytail holders and headbands | "To keep your hair out of your face"

The final product! Cute, huh?
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken with Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes

Wow, this dinner was SUPER YUMMY!! (and a huge hit with my husband)

Here are the EASY recipes:

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken

4 chicken breasts cut in thirds (12 pieces) I used chicken tenderloins
bacon slices (1 per piece of chicken)
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder
chili powder
brown sugar

If using chicken breasts, Cut each breast into 3 pieces. Season all the chicken with the spices, then wrap a bacon slice around each piece, roll in brown sugar and place into an oven proof dish. Make sure you have some olive oil in the dish too, like 2 or 3 tablespoons is fine. I used PAM rather than olive oil. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy.


Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes


  • 4 tomatoes, halved horizontally I used 2 large tomatoes (halved them, cut off the ends, giving me two thick slices per tomato...4 total slices)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese I used Kraft grated Parm
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano I used Publix Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 450° F. Place tomatoes cut-side up (this didn't apply to me as both sides were cut) on a baking sheet (I lined mine with aluminum foil for easy clean up). Top with Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper (I also sprinkled on some shredded cheese). Drizzle with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.


I served chicken and tomatoes with brown rice!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Three great weekend deals!

Deal #1:
My son is scooting from one end of the living room to the other. Needless to say, I've been in the market for a good play yard/baby gate system. Fortunately, my sister-in-law recommended the Little Playzone with Lights and Sounds. After researching this (and other products), I found it was one of the best reviewed! The unfortunate part: it costs $120 (+$35 for EACH extension gate you add...which you almost need because the play yard is pretty small). So, I was about to order the play yard ($120) and two extension gates ($35x2=$70), with about $20 in tax/shipping costs...bringing my total to $210. Boo! At 11:30pm on Thursday night, just as I'm about to place the order, I decided to look on Craigslist. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a listing for TWO of the play yards for $120...FOR THE TWO OF THEM! I always look on Craigslist, but have never actually made a purchase. Luckily, my mom was coming to town on Friday. So, I called the lister (YES, at 11:30pm! I had to have these products!), and we went to pick it up on Friday...great neighborhood, super nice house, and friendly family! The play yards were in tip-top condition! That was my first deal of the weekend: two play yards for the price of ONE (plus, no tax/shipping/waiting time)! **And, the seller told me he received 4 calls about the play yards on Friday glad I called Thursday night!
Here is a link to the play yard:

Deal #2:
I've had a hard time finding the perfect post-baby body bathing suit to wear this summer. I need something to, obviously, slim the tummy and cover my thighs. I tried some swim skirts and shorts from Target, but nothing that fit well/flattered my body/didn't look like an old lady suit. So, I decided to look at JCPenney (Since they've "revamped" their stores/Ellen's joined their marketing campaigns, I thought it was worth the trip). I believe I tried on just under 20 swim suits. Luckily, I found one (pictured below). The top is very slimming (lots of ruching across the stomach) and the skirt has a slimming panel (that's actually comfortable)! Because the skirt is black, I have flexibility to buy other tops and mix & match!

The skirt was $20 and the top (which retails for $25) was on sale for $18!

Deal #3:
I've been on the hunt for cute "mom" shorts (i.e. not the daisy dukes being sold in most junior departments these days) that won't break the bank! I've also been looking for breezy summer pants. Kohl's fit the bill! These linen pants (originally $44 each) were on sale for $19.99 each, and the denim shorts (originally $34) were on sale for $17.99..making my total (after tax) $62.03....and my savings: $64.03!!! And because I had $42.33 in store credit to use, I only paid $19.70 out-of-pocket!!! SUPER SAVINGS!!!

Did you find any great deals this weekend?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hawaiian Sweet Roll Sammies & Honey-Glazed Carrots

I found this recipe for Hawaiian Sweet Roll Sammies on Pinterest.
All I can say is....YUUUUM!

The recipe can be found on the blog "Beyer Beware: Mother Running on Empty"
This meal made enough for 2 nights (for 2 people). It'd also be great for a dinner party for 4!

I served it with Publix Honey-Glazed Carrots (which are super easy to make!)

16 oz Publix Baby-Cut Carrots
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp seasoned salt

Combine all ingredients in microwave-safe dish.
Cover and cook on HIGH 10-12 minutes, stirring once, until carrots are tender.
**I topped with more brown sugar:)

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I found this recipe for Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole (from on Pinterest.
It's super yummy! The last tuna casserole I made was very cheesy and 
the tuna was overpowering. This one offered a nice mix of flavors!

Here is the recipe (my modifications are in red):

6 oz no yolk noodles (you can use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, or brown rice pasta for gluten free) I used 8oz of Publix spaghetti noodles
1 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, minced fine
3 tbsp flour (gluten free use rice flour)
1 3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 cup 1% milk I used 2%
1 oz sherry (optional) I didn't have any, so I left this out..but I will use next time to enhance flavor
10 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms I used white mushrooms (because they were on sale)
1 cup frozen petite peas (thawed)
2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained (I used albacore) I used chunk white albacore
4 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar (I used Cabot) I used Kraft (because it was on sale)
butter flavored cooking spray I used regular PAM
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
2 tbsp whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs I used regular, non-seasoned breadcrumbs

Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.Melt the butter in a large deep skillet. Add onions and cook on medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spray 9 x 12 casserole with butter flavored cooking spray.

Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined, increasing heat to medium and whisking well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. When boiling, addsherry, mushrooms and petite peas, adjust salt and pepper to taste and simmer on medium, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes). Add drained tuna, stirring another minute.

Remove from heat and add 1 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar and mix well until it melts. Add the noodles to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated. Pour into casserole and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray and top and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. Place under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp (careful not to burn).

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