Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Strawberry Fields Forever

Between rainstorms Saturday, we made a mad splash dash to the strawberry patch. I was beginning to think we wouldn't make it before all the strawberries were gone.

The ground was muddy from all the recent rain, so it was a good thing Anna Claire and Mallory wore their rain boots. There were plenty of strawberries, and we quickly figured out the best rows were the muddiest ~ the rows other people wouldn't dare pick from! The girls did a really great job picking at first and filled almost an entire bucket by themselves before splashing in the mud became more fun!



Our Sweet Strawberry Pie ~
I really wanted a strawberry pie recipe that didn't call for Jell-o, and I found one here. It was super~easy to make and most importantly yummy! I froze plenty of strawberries, so we'll definitely make this pie again!


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Bowen's Island

Friday night most of the Watson clan headed over to Bowen's Island for dinner. I hadn't eaten there in ages...even having burned to the ground, I'd say it hasn't changed much in the last twenty years or so...still scrumptious!

The girls loved looking out over the intercoastal searching for dolphins.

Not a bad family photo.

The weather wasn't too hot and the wait wasn't too long, but the girls were out way past their bed time which is pretty unusual for us. You've gotta break the rules every once in a while, though. It was definitely worth it.
Granny and Papa.
The family...too busy eating shrimp and oysters to look at the camera.



Monday, July 2, 2012

Keeping Cool

Lunch by the pool...

Popsicles to make you drool...
It was so hot this weekend {still is} that if we weren't inside playing we were either in the pool or eating popsicles on the back porch.

My new favorite popsicle recipe:

8 oz fresh pineapple
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/4 c milk
1/4 c Coco Lopez
1/2 c coconut flakes

Blend until smooth then freeze in popsicle molds.

Tastes just like a pina colada {minus the rum}. Yum!



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Supper

Is there anything better than your mom showing up at your door with a basket full of fresh vegetables...espically when you don't really have any dinner plans? Our fresh~vegetable feast last night consisted of tomatoe pie {my favorite; girls' wouldn't touch it}, stewed squash, corn on the cob, grape tomatoes {we started with more than four...Mallory needed a little appetizer}, and sliced cucumbers. I was sure to warn Walter as soon as he got home from work that meat was not on the menu. ;-)
Anna Claire and Mallory are usually content to play while I cook. Yesterday they played My Little Pony on the back porch.
Earlier in the day I asked the girls to play for a few minutes while I made them a dentist appointment. Here's what they built...
Summertime is rolling right along... beyond the beach and pool, the girls' got haircuts today, dentist next week, swim lessons start the week after, then they'll have their four~year well check which will include lots of shots {yuck!}. I wonder what else we'll be able to squeeze in?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Silver Queen

Are you enjoying the fresh corn right now? We sure are, and the best part is Anna Claire and Mallory are old enough to help shuck this summer...kind of.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dinner Deconstructed

Do you have picky eaters in your household? Well, I do!

Over the past few months both girls have become increasingly picky about the foods they will or will not eat; Anna Claire is the worst {she particularly detests meat and I can't really fault her for that}, and as long as it's something Mallory can dip in ranch dressing she's usually okay. More often than not, though, dinner for the girls looks something like this:
I refuse to be the mom that cooks one meal for the children and something different for the parents. My compromise is what I like to call "dinner deconstructed." The food in the photo above was not what Walter and I ate but it's constituent parts. I took this pic last week, so I think it was pasta, green beans, mushrooms, almonds, chicken, and Alfredo sauce. Before I mixed everything together, I made Anna Claire's and Mallory's plates. This is about as far as I am willing to go to make them something "different" to eat, but it doesn't always work.

Just last night we {by "we" I mean Walter and me} were eating homemade vegetable soup, and Mallory informed me she doesn't like to eat things that are all mixed together. What child doesn't like vegetable soup? Mine did until about six months ago! I think that's what gets to me the most. The majority of the foods they won't eat are all things they used to gobble up!

Breakfast isn't that much of an issue; I guess they wake up starving after refusing to eat supper the night before. Lunch all depends on what's being offered {Corn dogs? Yes, please.}. Dinner is the real battle. Of course it would be; we're all tired and hungry!

Our go~to menu items these days:
broccoli
tomatoes
avocado
corn on the cob
chicken {may be "oven fried" or plain white meat}
macaroni and cheese {homemade only, not the stuff from the box; talk about being picky!}
spaghetti
plain pasta
bread in any way, shape, or form 

If I'm serving something not on this list; it's a total toss~up whether it will be eaten or if we'll have a complete meltdown at the kitchen table. Oh, how I hope this is a phase ~ one that is almost over!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why I Shouldn't Be Sharing Recipes

If you're making "Working Mom's Apple Pie," be sure to pour one cup of milk over everything before popping in into the oven. ;-)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Sweet Treats ~ Revised!

Anna Claire, Mallory, and I were at it again in the kitchen this weekend, this time baking up not one, but two sweet treats. First up, our fall~favorite: chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.  The pumpkin~chocolate combo isn't for everyone, but we think these muffins are yummy...

1 box of chocolate chip muffin mix
1 cup of canned pumpkin {not pumpkin pie filling}
1/2 cup of milk
1 large egg
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
Bake in a greased mini-muffin pan at 400 degrees for 10 minutes {for mini-muffins}.

Now, this next dessert might not look so pretty, but let me just tell you that it is sooooo good! My mom brought us back half a peck of apples from the mountains and that is a lot of apples in case you're wondering. I was trying to figure out what I could do with all those apples before they went bad when my mom shared this recipe from the produce stand where she bought the apples. I love apple pie but I 've never made one because, really, who has time to make apple pie these days? So, I am naming this recipe Working Mom's Apple Pie because it tastes just like apple pie and only took this working mom about 15 minutes to whip up.
  • Dice and peel 6-8 apples and place them in the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and a cup of sugar {I just could not bring myself to use a full cup of sugar, so I used 3/4 of a cup instead and the apples were plenty sweet}
  • Sprinkle all that with a cup of Bisquick (I used Publix pancake/waffle mix because that's what I had}
  • Cut up a stick of butter and arrange it on top {yes, I used the whole stick of butter and that's all I'm going to say about that}
  • Finally, POUR ONE CUP OF MILK OVER EVERYTHING!
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
Serve warm with Publix vanilla frozen yogurt {to offset all that butter, ha~ha}


Friday, September 10, 2010

Orange You Glad...

...she didn't eat the entire crayon? Can't you just imagine what her face and teeth would have looked liken then?Anna Claire has always been the one to put things she shouldn't into her mouth, and while we've come a long way with that, she still loves to eat crayons.

If we are coloring, I have to watch closely because if I don't she'll sneak off into her room with a crayon, quietly close the door, and gobble it up before I even know she's left the room. I, personally, have never tasted a crayon, so I am not sure what that's all about. Something she's missing in her diet maybe?

Remember this? The first of many crayon casualties.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Breakfast in an Instant

The girls recently began to grow tired of eggs for breakfast and were also starting to avoid their pancakes, waffles, and french toast, so I needed to find a filling alternative fast. I happened to have some instant oatmeal in the pantry. We gave it a shot last weekend, and it was an instant hit!

On the menu this morning: oatmeal, bacon, cantaloupe, and grapes.

Monday, September 21, 2009

In a Pickle

The girls' insisted on trying a dill pickle after seeing me eat one myself.

Anna Claire shook from head to toe and the first taste...
Mallory took the sourness a little better...Pucker up!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Look at That Face!

I can explain why Mallory seems to look so sad - she was actually chewing (not frowning) a fruit puff - the first one she was able to get into her mouth all by herself. (Yay!) Her chubby little cheeks and those pouty lips do strange things when food is in her mouth. So darn cute!