Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barbecue Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower



Are you like me, always looking for a vegetable dish that your kids will eat?  After all, there is only so much salad, potatoes, and carrots a girl can eat. I'm also a big fan of getting kids to at least try a new dish while they are young and impressionable. It helps broaden their horizons...or taste buds, or whatever. I just don't want my girls to be picky adults. I want them to be willing to try new things!

So in my quest to find new vegetable dishes, I decided to try roasted cauliflower. I'm a fan of roasted broccoli, so I was immediately intrigued. I decided to add some flavor by adding grill seasoning to lend a barbecue style flavor--and all the kids loved it!

Here's what you need:

1 head cauliflower, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tsp grill seasoning (I used spicy Montreal steak seasoning)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning. Spread on parchment paper in a single layer. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until tender and starting to carmelize around the edges.


Makes 6 side dish servings.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-09-29

Happy Menu Planning Time!!



This week has been nuts. My husband was sick--and then he gave his germs to me. Love the man, hate the germs. I also sold some kids things at a consignment sale--love that we can get rid of some old toys and clothes--less clutter is better (she says overlooking a huge mess of toys in the bonus room...

But anyway, we've enjoyed Carolina fall weather this week--which means that we didn't break 80. I know--some of you are rolling your eyes, but it was nice that it isn't so hot an humid! Anyway, we're shifting gears to more fallish food--and loving it!

Monday: Slow Cooker Roast, Bread, Carrots
Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Salad, Bread, Mediterranean Roasted Corn


Wednesday:Spaghetti with Dressed Up Sauce


Thursday:  Breakfast for Dinner, Fruit


Friday: Parmesan Pepper Sausage Pasta, Salad (We didn't have it last week)



Saturday: Hamburgers
Sunday: Homemade pizza

What are you eating this week?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pottery Barn Indigo Circle Art #Knockoff

Do you love a good knock off? I sure do. This beautiful knock off piece of art is all about embracing imperfection and creating a simple piece of art with my silhouette.


A couple of weeks ago, I picked up the Fall 2014 Pottery Barn Bed and Bath Catalog. I love just about everything in their stores, but I just can't afford them. One of the easiest things to knock off is abstract art, and the cover of this catalog features a beautiful abstract art featuring circles. I simply can't afford a $249 price tag these days.

But I didn't want to give up on getting a piece of art like this! I love the geometric, yet rustic look! And the funny thing is...all you have to do is let go of the ideal of perfection.

You see, I knew I could create this look using stencils with contact paper and stencils. However, when you make stencils, you do everything in your power to keep any bleed through. But with this art, I wanted the bleeding and rough edges! So no sealing the edges with mod podge or paint for me.

I created  my stencil by making dashed line circles and then tracing the outline.


I cut out several of the circles out of contact paper and then pressed them onto a 16"x 20" canvas that I had painted white (which is optional, but does help even out the canvas' color),

Then, I dry brushed the indigo color paint onto the canvas with horizontal strokes. While the paint is still wet, take a paintbrush that is just wet with water and do more horizontal strokes, allowing the water to drip down. Once you have obtained the coverage you desire for the indigo paint, allow to dry.


When the paint is dry, remove the contact paper. You're going to have some bleeding, but that's okay.


Because next you take some watered down blue paint and white paint and allow it to drip and blur the stencilled lines even more.


All I had to do was let that last  coat of paint dry, and I had a great version of indigo circle art of my own to enjoy for way less than the store bought version!!


Do you like making knockoff art?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Remember when I made iced pumpkin spice lattes with my keurig last week? I used pumpkin pie spice in the mix. 


What if you don't have pumpkin pie spice on hand? Or maybe you buy your spices in bulk—not many people make pumpkin pies in bulk. I personally love the scent and taste of cloves. So I made my own custom version of pumpkin pie spice to put into my pumpkin lattes...and for baking later this year!

This is super easy. Here's what you need:


2 tbsp cinnamon
1-1/2 tbsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cloves

Place in a spice container. You don't have to layer it like this, but it does look cool.


Shake to combine. Then sprinkle it on all kinds of fall drinks, desserts, and goodies.


Enjoy.

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