Friday, June 20, 2014

Asian Glazed Carrots

We love Japanese hibatchi chicken and steak.  However,  like everything else, my family gets tired of the same ole thing.  So,  to change things up a bit, I change out the veggies.  I remembered one time getting glazed carrots at a Japanese steakhouse and they were yummy!!

I found this recipe and just tweaked it a bit.  Here's what you need:
(As usual, I forgot an item in the pic. Can you guess which one?)

                1 pound of carrots (sliced into 1/2 inch rounds)
                2 TBSP butter
                1 cup chicken broth
                1 TBSP maple syrup
                2 tsp soy sauce
                1/2 tsp garlic powder
                1 tsp olive oil
                1/4 tsp ginger powder

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add the carrots and stir around in butter until coated.
3.  Combine chicken broth, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, olive oil, and ginger powder then add to the skillet.
4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and let cook uncovered for about 10 minutes.  The carrots should be soft and the liquid should be reduced to a syrupy glaze. 

You can use these as just a side dish,  or I combine them with my hibachi chicken.  Either way,  they are good.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Smashed Potatoes

My family is a meat and potatoes type family.  They try my pasta dishes and for the most part like them, but they prefer MEAT and POTATOES.  I have to be honest though baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and French fries get OLD!!  I threw in these roasted potatoes a few years back and they were a big hit, but it was time to add a new potato dish.  Hubby had seen smashed potatoes on facebook and asked for them. So, of course, I went to my favorite recipe source, Pioneer Woman, and found a recipe for crash hot potatoes.  I had to modify it a little because the kiddos are not fans of cayenne pepper.

These were an instant favorite.  They are now on the boys' birthday menus and frequently requested by hubby.  Here's all you need:
                              small round potatoes (I used petite red)
                              olive oil
                              kosher salt
                              garlic powder
                              onion powder

First, you need to bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add the potatoes and boil for about 20 minutes.  You want to be able to easily stick a fork in them.  (I didn't take a pic of potatoes boiling, oops.)

While the potatoes are boiling,  drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Place the potatoes on the baking sheet leaving room between, they will spread out when you smash them.

Now, using a potato masher or just a big fork, smash the potatoes.  Then, brush them with olive oil, sprinkle some kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and pepper on them.  You can adjust the spices and use whatever you like. 
Throw them in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.  They are crunchy deliciousness!!

Yum, Yum.  Once again,  my hungry stomach took precedence over my picture taking.  I didn't remember to take a pic until they were almost gone.  This was what was left of two baking sheets full of smashed potatoes. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Menu Plan Monday June 9, 2014

Last week was a disaster!!  I got a BAD sunburn on Tuesday after just sitting outside for 1 hour watching the little ones play in the pool. OUCH!!!  I wore my swimsuit top for the next three days because I couldn't stand any clothes touching my shoulders.  THEN,  I discovered one of my little angels had taken a permanent black marker and scribbled all over my antique secretary's desk.  I was LIVID!!!  Fortunately, my calm hubby took control of that situation.   That's just to name a couple.

Enough talk about last week, let's move on!!  It's a birthday week!  My firstborn turns 16 on Wednesday.  Where has the time gone??? 

We will be looking into learner's permits this week and he's been saving money for a car!!  Too much for my mommy mind to handle right now.  So,  let's get on to the menu!!!

MONDAY - steak on the grill, grilled sweet potatoes, watermelon

TUESDAY - chicken in a crock pot, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls

WEDNESDAY - Birthday Boy's choice, but he hasn't decided yet.

THURSDAY - hamburgers, French fries, fruit salad

FRIDAY - chicken casserole, butternut squash, peas

SATURDAY - grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob

SUNDAY - spaghetti and meatballs

Hope everyone has a blessed week!!  For more menu ideas, visit Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Best Lemonade

It has definitely heated up here in the south!  Summer time is upon us and I have proof -

OUCH!!!  Just one hour sitting outside watching the kiddos in their little pool and I am a lobster!!!  I didn't even show my face cause I look like a raccoon.  Good grief!!  I have had to wear a bathing suit top for the past 3 days as I CANNOT have ANYTHING touching those shoulders. 

When this kind of weather hits,  it's time to keep this perfect lemonade in the fridge.  I've tried a few recipes, and this one has become my favorite.  Not only is it delicious (just the right amount of sweet and tart), but it's easy!!  All you have to remember is 1 - 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of lemon juice.  How easy is that? 

Simply pour the 1 cup of sugar in the 1 cup of water and heat until sugar is completely dissolved.  Then mix that with the 1 cup of lemon juice (you can use all fresh squeezed , lemon juice from the store, or my method - a combo of both).  Now, 1+1+1=3 right?  Add 3 more cups of cold water and stir it all up.  PERFECT!! 
If you have a bigger family (as I do), just double the recipe,  still easy 2+2+2=6!!
Grab a glass with some ice and enjoy.  Oh,  and don't forget the SUNSCREEN!!!!