Favorite Finds: Super Bowl Sunday

This is super last minute, but I tend to do things last minute…  I’m not alone, right?  I truly think that’s one of us women’s super powers – to fly by the seat of our pants, pull things out of nowhere, and somehow create wonders.  Even if it’s semi-homemade, it took effort and still counts!

In all honesty, I’m not a big football fan and it probably has something to do with the losing track record of our local team…  The Redskins.  Oye.  I know the basics of the game, like what a fumble, touchdown, and a field goal is, but I’d rather watch the Puppy Bowl and the Super Bowl commercials than the actual game.

Fun fact: one of my cousins (and his wife) create commercials that air during the Super Bowl!  I won’t say which, but one is really cute and involves a puppy ;)

Ryan and I were planning to watch the game with friends tonight, but that fell through so we’re switching gears.  We most likely will stay home and order pizza (which I’m more than okay with since I’d rather not be out late on a school night), but we may also stop by our community’s event – free drinks, free food, within walking distance…  Winning!

Regardless of whether you’re hosting a group or keeping it low-key tonight, enjoy!  And if you still have no clue what to make, no worries.  Pinterest is full of (p)inspiration!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Walking Tacos by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Walking Taco

17 Sweet Super Bowl Party Ideas via babble

17 Sweet Super Bowl Party Ideas

Super Bowl Recipes via Somewhat Simple

Super Bowl Recipes

25 Super Bowl Bites via Crystal & Co.

25 Super Bowl Bites

10 Sweet + Savory Super Bowl Snacks via A Mitten Full of Savings

10 Sweet + Savory Super Bowl Snacks

5 Chili Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday by Two Peas & Their Pod

5 Chili Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

The Big Game Commercial Bingo {Free Printable} by Flamingo Toes

Super Bowl Bingo

Super Bowl Party Ideas by A to Zebra Celebrations

Super Bowl Party Ideas

DIY Football Field Table Cover by Hello My Sweet

DIY Football Field Table Cover

And if you’re feeling really crafty (and hungry!)…

Learn to Make Your Own Super Bowl Snack Stadium via Neatorama

Super Bowl Snack Stadium

Question:  Which team will you be rooting for tonight?

Question:  What are your favorite game day eats?

— Allison

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WIAW: New {Recipes} at Almost Each Meal

Good afternoon y’all!  We have another snow day today – just as the weatherman foretasted, the snow started falling late morning yesterday and continued through the evening.  It’s not snowing today, but the temperatures are bitterly cold – it currently feels like -15*F with the windchill!

Tuesday's Snow

scenes from yesterday

Wednesday Morning's Snow

scenes from this morning

Enough snow talk.  Moving on…  Onto food, specifically my eats from yesterday.  I planned to make meatloaf for dinner (I’ve had an intense craving for meatloaf for days!) but the ground turkey that I took out of the freezer didn’t fully defrost.  I know that I could have put it under warm water to quickly defrost, but I was too caught up watching One Tree Hill so I decided to save it for dinner tonight.  No worries, I have three, yes THREE, recipes to share today!  That said, I’ve learned that I’m not a great recipe writer (no big surprise), so if anyone would like to kindly share their recipe writing tips I’d gladly listen!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

Molasses Cappuccino

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 espresso pod (or you could grind your own espresso or use instant granules)
  • Water (enough to fill the reservoir)
  • 1/2 cup Silk Light Vanilla Soymilk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • Cinnamon
  • Stevia

Directions:

First, froth the milk.  There are a few different ways to do this…

- If using a Rivo System (or similar machine), the machine will essentially do all of the work for you.  Just be sure to choose the cappuccino setting, not the latte.  The machine will beep once the milk is frothed.

- If using a steam wand, be sure that the wand is pushed down fully into the pitcher – if the wand is too high, large bubbles may form.  Slowly lower the pitcher as the milk rises in order to keep the tip just below the surface.  The milk is finished when the temperature reaches approximately 145*F.

- If using a handheld frother, warm the milk in the microwave for 20 seconds.  Make sure the glass/mug is microwavable!  Transfer the milk to a pitcher and hold the frother close to the bottom, slightly angled.  Turn the frother on and begin swirling it around, alternating between high and low.  The milk will quickly start to thicken and small peaks will form.

Next, brew the espresso.  I make a double shot because of the size of my coffee mugs, but it’s up to you if you want a single or double shot.  Traditionally, a cappuccino is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foamed milk.  Pour 1/2 tsp. of molasses, cinnamon, and stevia (to taste) into the espresso.

While the espresso is brewing the milk should separate, the foam will float to the top and the steamed milk will settle on the bottom.  Slowly pour the milk into the cup of espresso – the steamed milk will pour first and the foam will follow.  Top with the remaining 1/2 tsp. of molasses.

Note:  I use a Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte Brewing System, but a handheld frother works wonderfully too!  Handheld frothers are fairly cheap ($10-20), are easy to find (Amazon.com/Crate & Barrel/Bed, Bath & Beyond), and require two AA batteries.  I used one before I received the Rivo System.

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups water (this is more than the recommended amount, more water = super fluffy oats!)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 – 2 tsp. brown sugar

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine.  Bring oats to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Occasionally stir the oats, scraping down the sides.  Cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes or until desired doneness.  Top with your favorite toppings.

Note:  My favorite oatmeal toppings include: cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh and/or dried fruit, nut butters, cereal or granola, and a splash of milk.

Cheesy Hodgepodge Eggs

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1/2 cup Harvest Hodgepodge (it’s a frozen veggie blend from Trader Joe’s, but you could use any blend)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 2+ tbsp. shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 rice cakes
  • 2 sunny side up eggs
  • Salt + pepper *optional*
  • Hot sauce *optional*

Directions:

Coat a medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place on medium heat.  Add the frozen veggies to the skillet.  Once the veggies are cooked, add a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce and stir.  Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed.  Remove the veggies and distribute evenly among the rice cakes.  Sprinkle with Mexican cheese.

Place the skillet back onto the burner.  If the skillet is sticky from the Worcestershire sauce add a second coating of nonstick cooking spray.  Crack eggs into the skillet.  When the whites start to turn opaque, cover the eggs with a lid – the lid helps the whites to cook thoroughly while the yolk stays runny.

A thin white layer will form on top of the yolk and indicates that the eggs are done.  Place an egg on top of each rice cake and sprinkle with salt + pepper and add a dash of hot sauce.

Note:  I know that a lot of people love to hate rice cakes more than they love to eat them (my husband included).  You can easily swap the rice cakes for toast, an English muffin, potatoes, or skip the carbs all together.

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celery sticks + salsa, a grapefruit, & pretzels on the side

Apple & Popcorn Snack

an apple & Brown Bag Popcorn with sunflower seeds for an afternoon snack

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veggies, veggies, & more veggies

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chicken potsticker soup & a buttered English muffin

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Joe’s O’s with vanilla bean ice cream

Question:  Does anyone else think that those Brussels sprouts look like alien heads?

Question:  Do you butter your bread?  I don’t usually becuase my stomach doesn’t do well with butter, but sometimes nothing sounds better than buttered toast (or pasta).  We use Earth Balance butter and my stomach seems to do well with that.

— Allison

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WIAW: Cleaning Out 2013 {Recipes}

I’ve got a feeling that today is going to be very…  Interesting?  School is delayed two hours and yesterday we were supposed to have a FLE (Family Life Education) lesson in the morning and attend a strings concert in the afternoon.  I suspect that both of those “special” activities will be rescheduled for today, meaning I’ll be trading discussions about multiplication and the solar system for hilariously awkward chats about human anatomy and listening to classical music.  Winning or losing?

what i ate wednesday

When it comes to sharing recipes I’m bad.  I’m bad because:

a) I don’t usually follow recipes.  Rather, I mix this and that to create something that sounds good to both Ryan and me.  This is also why I don’t meal plan, our minds change by the minute.

b) I don’t usually measure ingredients, which makes it hard for me to recreate dishes.

c) I don’t usually write down ingredients/amount of ingredients/the cooking procedure.

That said, in 2014 I’d love to try to change.  Key word: try.  I’m not promising anything, but for the sake of sharing more recipes on LAB, having tastier WIAW posts, and for my own good, I’m going to try to make more of an effort to write down my recipes and to use the cookbooks that are gathering dust on our bookshelves.

What I Ate Wednesday Is & Isn't

via Peas & Crayons

It’s an excuse, but the main reason that I don’t write down recipes is because I’m usually ravenous by the time I step foot into the kitchen and all I wanna do is eat, not write.  In the morning I have more time (hence, why I bombard y’all with breakfast recipes), but dinner is usually made immediately when I get home from work/the gym and both Ryan and I are hungry.  But remember my 2014 mantra?  Make it happen.  So that’s what I’ll try to do.

Since this is my first WIAW post of 2014, I’d like to clean out the 2013 clutter – pictures of recipes that I planned to share but…  Never did.  If y’all are interested in any of them, let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to try to recreate all or none of them!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

Cocoa Cinnamon Cereal Pancakes

Deliciously Simple Chicken Parm

Semi-Homemade Sunny Potsticker Soup

Eggnog French Toast

Overloaded Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Red Skin Pecorino Potatoes

Tart Cranberry Orange Compote

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Pumpkin Pancakes

Kicked Up Green Beans & Mushrooms

Crock-Pot Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

Question:  Do you prefer using a recipe or creating your own?

Question:  Where do you find your food inspiration?  Blogs, cookbooks, referrals from family/friends…

— Allison

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