Category: Food

Fish Sandwich with Slaw

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I took the girls roller skating, which is their new favorite thing to do.  They both own skates, now, so we’re getting a good bit of use out of them while they still fit!  We also ate these delicious fish sandwiches with slaw!  Pumpkin isn’t a big fan of most meat, but when I make fish for dinner she gobbles it right up.  This fish sandwich was no exception!

Fish Sandwich with slaw #recipeI had some catfish I wanted to use and we had just had Crispy Baked Catfish the week before, so I wanted to try something different.  I’m a big fan of slaw so when I stumbled on this recipe I was intrigued!  I made a few changes to the recipe and it was a hit!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/229853/catfish-po-boy/

Fish Sandwich with Slaw
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Slaw
  1. 16 oz bag coleslaw veggies
  2. 1/4 pickled pepperocini peppers, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  4. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  6. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  7. 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  10. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  11. 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
Fish
  1. 6 catfish fillets (4 oz each)
  2. 2 tbsp hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot)
  3. 1 cup cornmeal
  4. 1 cup panko
  5. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tbsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp black pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  9. 1 cup oil for frying
  10. 6 hoagie buns
Sauce
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3 tbsp garlic powder
  5. 3 tbsp onion powder
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  8. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Toss all the slaw ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. 2. Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 3. Place the fish in a bowl with the hot sauce and toss to coat.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl combine the cornmeal, panko, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Remove catfish fillets from the hot sauce one at a time and coat with the breading mixture.
  5. 5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and fry the fillets until cooked through, 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  6. 6. Assemble each sandwich by putting one fillet on a hoagie and top with slaw and sauce.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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Cupcake’s Rainbow Craft Party

Yesterday Cupcake turned 6!  I don’t know how that happened.  She has grown so fast!  Two inches in the last year!  She is such a funny girl.  She’s so smart.  I love listening to her read.  She’s getting so good at it!!  And she’s a little mathematician.  She’s very energetic and can often be found bouncing off the walls or the couch.  She has a big heart and loves everybody.  She especially loves her little sister, which melts my heart.  And she’s happy!  She typically wakes up in a very good mood, my little sunshine.  A bright girl like her needed a bright birthday party!  We settled on a rainbow craft party because she loves crafting.  And the party was a hit!

DSC_9459I sewed her up a Brooklyn Dress with circle skirt modification and Bonny Leggings to coordinate in the brightest, rainbowest fabric I could find.  And I love how it turned out!!

Rainbow Craft PartyRainbow colors of crepe paper made great, easy and cheap decorations!  And I found great rainbow plates and cake banner at Hobby Lobby.  With traveling last weekend I didn’t have a chance to make cookies, like I love to do.  So I feel the dessert table was a little sad.  But it left room for the favors.

Rainbow Craft PartyFor favors I found these great paint buckets and I added a notepad with “color swatch” covers, a rainbow twist lollipop, a stackable crayon and rainbow stickers.  I used my Silhouette to cut a letter for each guest.  The kids loved them!

Rainbow Craft PartyBut back to the cake.  I went with an easy but messy method for decorating.  I just frosted it with buttercream and pressed sprinkles to the side.  I read a tutorial that told me to roll the cake in the sprinkles, but I was terrified to try to pick this thing up and roll it!  I put the turntable on a baking sheet to help catch the sprinkles that didn’t make it onto the cake.  But quite a few bounced around the kitchen……

Rainbow Craft PartyOh, and Pumpkin got into the rainbow fun, too.  She got a pair of Bonny Leggings with circle skirt and a Flutterby top to match.  She was disappointed it wasn’t purple, so I had to bribe her to wear it.  #threenager

Rainbow Craft PartyI served up BBQ pulled pork and mac and cheese.  Then made a rainbow platter of fruit and a rainbow platter of veggies.  And for some extra crunch I added some Terra chips. 

Rainbow Craft PartyIt was a cold, windy day, so my plan for an outdoor craft got moved to the garage, again.  Each kid got an apron with their name on it to wear while the painted a masterpiece.

Rainbow Craft PartyWe let them pick what colors they wanted and let them have free reign of design.  It was great to see all the different ideas and creations!

Rainbow Craft PartyThe girls can’t wait to hang up their creations in their rooms! 

I also cut out paint splatters from colored cardstock and taped them in random places around the house.  But I don’t think I got a picture of them.  But back to the cake……

Rainbow Craft PartyCupcake kept changing her mind about what kind of cake she wanted.  This girl loves chocolate, but we finally settled on…..

Rainbow Craft Partya rainbow cake!  I love how it turned out!  It was hard to cut, though.  6 layers is tricky.  I think the best way to cut is start with the top 3 layers first.  By cutting through all 6 layers (and then giving each person 3 either the top 3 or bottom 3) the cake got very wobbly and by the time I was done serving it tipped over.

Rainbow Craft PartyCupcake was showered with amazing gifts from very thoughtful and amazing friends and family.  The kids sat and watched for all of 5 seconds and then they couldn’t resist jumping up to get a closer look! 

Rainbow Craft PartyThat’s one happy girl. 

Rainbow Craft PartyI really had fun with this party theme and I’m so glad she chose it.  It fit her perfectly and the kids and adults all enjoyed it.

I LOVE birthdays and I’m so happy to spoil my kids with a great party on their special day. 

 

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Recipe: S’mores Snack Mix

Every Friday night I make a pizza, we pile up on the couch and watch a movie together as a family. Friday pizza movie night is our tradition.  Sometimes we like to have a little snack during our movie as well.  Popcorn is a favorite, but last week I whipped up this S’mores Snack Mix and the girls went crazy for it!

DSC_9280-EditThis is such a quick and yummy snack! You only need 3 ingredients, there’s no cooking involved and it’s s’mores!  I love s’mores!  This is also a great recipe for getting kids involved in the kitchen.  They can measure, stir and drizzle.  Well, maybe do the drizzling yourself.  😉

S'mores Snack Mix #dessert #smores #recipeIt can get messy! 

The hardest part of making this delicious snack is waiting for the chocolate to firm up so you can dig in!  But once you dig in, yum!  It was a big hit with Cupcake who dug right in.  Pumpkin is a tricky one and she picked out marshmallows. 

S'mores Snack Mix #dessert #smores #recipeNow here’s the silly part where I give you a recipe that is hardly a recipe.  But you need it to whip up a batch of this S’mores Snack Mix!!

S'mores Snack Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  2. 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  3. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl.
  2. Spread evenly on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Drizzle chocolate over the cereal marshmallow mixture.
  5. Let chocolate harden for about 3 hours before breaking into chunks and serving.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
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Recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Are you a slow cooker fan?  I use mine all the time and I actually just got a new, bigger one!  I’m so excited.  No more trying to shove a whole chicken in my small one. A slow cooker isn’t just great for warm winter meals, but it’s also great for cooking while you’re outside enjoying beautiful spring afternoons.  Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin is a delicious dinner that cooks all day while you’re out having fun.

DSC_9256-EditThis is a truly simple slow cooker meal with very minimal prep.  No precooking required!  All you have to do is mix up a quick sauce, pour it over the meat and let it cook. At the end of the day the meat just falls apart.  It’s so easy to just break it up with some tongs and stir it into the sauce and serve!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin #dinner #recipe #slowcookerI served this Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin over some wild rice and a side of roasted broccoli.  It was a delicious, filling meal.  The sauce is sweet, but not overly sweet with just a bit of kick.  Hubby didn’t even have to add any red pepper flakes to his.  😉  But not so spicy that I didn’t like it.

You’ll definitely want to add this Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy to your menu this week!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lb pork tenderloin
  2. 10 oz sweet chili sauce
  3. 16 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
  4. 2 tbsp brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place pork tenderloin in slow cooker.
  2. Mix together sweet chili sauce, cranberry sauce and brown sugar. Pour over pork.
  3. Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours and then low 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred pork, stir into sauce and serve over rice.
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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin #dinner #recipe #slowcooker

 

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This decadent carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the perfect springtime dessert.  Moist, flavorful cake with a creamy, sweet frosting will have you licking the plate clean!

Happy day after Easter!!   Did you have a good one?  Ours was very low-key.  It was just the four of us, so the girls got up and checked out their Easter baskets, hunted for eggs and feasted on pumpkin pancakes.  Then the girls played with their new toys.  A LEGO set for Cupcake.  And My Little Pony set for Pumpkin.  We watched a movie together and we had ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner. Because the 4 of us don’t need a whole ham.  And for dessert we had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeMaybe you think I’m a day late with this recipe.  If so, I’m sorry.  Maybe you’re wondering why you didn’t have carrot cake yesterday.  In that case, you’re welcome.  Now you can make a carrot cake with this fantastic recipe.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting #baking #dessert #recipe #carrotcakeDespite containing a vegetable, this cake is in no way good for you.  But it tastes so good and that is what dessert is all about. 

We may not have had family in town to celebrate the holiday, but I have a family cookbook and that is where this recipe comes from.  My mother-in-law made it some time ago and I thought it was amazing.  I was very happy when she told me the recipe was in the family cookbook!  I love a good carrot cake!  Especially with cream cheese frosting.  That’s the only way to serve it!  Cute carrot decorations optional.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C flour, sifted
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 1/2 C vegetable oil
  7. 2 C sugar
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 2 C carrots, finely grated
  10. 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  11. 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  12. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  13. 1 tsp vanilla
  14. 1 C walnuts, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the oil and sugar and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well. All the carrots, mixing well.
  3. Divide batter evenly among two greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting: Combine butter and cream cheese. Beat until light. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat. Add in nuts if using. If the frosting is too thick add water 1 tsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
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