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Super Cute Halloween Cupcake Ideas – BHG.com

7 Oct

 

 

I LOVE Cupcakes.  Not only to eat them but they are just a perfectly cute additions to any party or occassion, they are small enough to decorate without being overwhelming.  With Halloween coming up there are so many great, creative ways to decorate cupcakes and this article has a great gallery with instructions on how to do any of their 25 cupcake designs.

Some look really easy and would be sure to get you noticed at your party or make you look like Super Mom.  Have fun making these cupcakes and please e-mail me photos if you decide to make any of them.

-Drama mama out

Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas – BHG.com.

One Pot Shepard’s Pie Recipe

13 Sep

Well now that its Monday and I am back on track I decided to cook tonight.  Just becuase I am watching my weight doesn’t mean that I don’t want or can’t have ooey gooey cheesy dishes that make you all warm and cozy inside.  I decided to make shepard’s pie becuase I had all of the stuff that I needed and I had a lb of ground turkey that I needed to cook.

So here goes

1lb of 93/7 ground turkey.  I used Honeysuckle
1/2 a small onion diced
Instant Mashed Potato Flakes ( I used Hungry Jack Redskin & Yukon Gold left over from my Wisdom Teeth fiasco)
Butter/Margarine
Water
2% cheddar Cheese
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

In a deep skillet ( I used Rachael Ray 6-qt. Saute Pan in green) brown the onion until tender. Add in the ground turkey to brown.  Season meat and onion mixture to your liking.  Make sure that the meat is broken up nicely and crumbly so that it covers the bottom of the pan….drain if you have excess water or fat.

Prepare instant mashed potatoes.  Your instant mashed potatoes will have a “recipe” with measurements.  If you are not counting Weight Watchers points follow the directions on your box for the 6 serving option.  If you want lighter potatoes follow the 6 serving recipe leaving out the milk and opting for low fat margarine instead.  If you have homemade mashed potatoes to use up that’s fine too, you will need about 2 1/2 cups.  Note: This is a great recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

This is the way that I prepare my potatoes (this may differ depending on what type you buy) Microwave 1 3/4 cups of water, salt, garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of margarine.  Microwave until butter is melted. Add in potato flakes and stir.  Add more water if potatoes are too thick.

Layer the prepared mashed potatoes over the layer of meat in the skillet.  Top with the cheddar cheese and bake on 400 until cheese is melted and bubbly.

If you use low fat margarine, 2% cheese and omit the milk from your potatoes 1/4 of the entire skillet is about 6 points.  It’s a pretty large portion and also gives you that “cheating” feeling without going over your points budget for the day.

Any side dishes work well with this.  Green Beans, Broccoli, Garlic Bread a side salad, etc the sky’s the limit. Also this is a real crowd pleaser…Even picker eaters will eat this 🙂

Enjoy

-Drama mama out

Tastespotting.com: a Visual Potluck

7 Sep

I came across a site tastespotting.com on stumbleupon.com.  This site is a beautiful collection of food images that link to other blogs, recipes, resturant sites etc.

Here is the site’s explanation of themselves:

Founded in January 2007 on the idea that we eat first with our eyes, TasteSpotting is our obsessive, compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side. Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste.

We don’t use the term “potluck” for the hell of it. Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions.

If nothing else is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL site that makes me hungry 🙂 You can also submit your own food information for posting on the site.  Next time I come across something delicious I may have to post to see if my entry makes it in.  All in all cool site that I could spend hours on…probably not good for my weight loss self control but photos can make me gain weight…can they?

-Drama mama out

Potato Soup Recipe

27 Aug

I had my wisdom teeth out this week so we made potato soup so that I could actually eat a substantial meal.  This recipe is a variation on a Paula Dean recipe and it is DELICIOUS!

1/2 stick of butter
1 small onion diced
2 tbsp flour
8 russet potatoes peeled and chopped into chunks
2 chuck bouillion cubes
4 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half and half
6 slices or turkey bacon
Pepper
Salt
Garlic Powder
Cheddar Cheese for Garnish
Green onions for garnish

Saute bacon in pot and remove.  Add butter to bacon drippings until melted.  Sweat the onions in the bacon drippings and butter mixture until translucent.  Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute until combined.  Add in the milk, potatoes and chicken bouillion cubes and bring to a boil.  Once the soup boils turn it down to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are tender.  Mash some of hte potatoes with the back of the spoon.Add in the 1/2 and 1/2.

Garnish with cheese, bacon and green onions.

If you use skim milk, fat free 1/2 and 1/2 and light cheese it will be 6 points per cup without bacon.

Emjoy!

-Drama mama out

New Favorite Things – Homemade Iced Coffees

14 Aug

WATCH OUT STARBUCKS AND CC’S! I have been making my own iced coffees at home because lets face it $5 is a bit much each morning.  I brew the coffee when I wake up and immediately pour mine into a cup to cool.  When I am ready to leave I combine by coffee with 2 tbsp of White Cholocate Mocha Coffee Creamer and 2 splenda. There are so many options out there for really great coffee drinks at home.  Try out some of the other flavors and let me know what you think.

I also use Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa in the coffee as well…delicious.  Fill with ice and enjoy.  If you watch weight watchers it is only 1 pt and yields a huge glass of delicious iced coffee.  I put this coffee into a plastic cup that I already have with a straw but I want a cute “to-go” iced coffee cup which is really hard to find.  I get some options in I google “iced coffee to go cups” but most are glass and the thought of myself juggling my purse that holds my macbook/charger and my lunch, Bailor and his breakfast and a GLASS iced coffee cup that I bought online and will probably cost me about $20 bucks….not a good image.

Let me know if you guys come across somtheing that would work…with a straw 🙂

-Drama mama out

Forrest’s Delicious Baked Ziti

26 Jul

Forrest made an amazing Baked Ziti dish last week and it was pretty darn amazing.  Hope you like it.  Try it out and let me know what you think.

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion minced
1 lb ziti pasta
1 jar of Ragu or other pasta sauce
1 cup mozzarella sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Salt
Pepper
Italian Seasoning

Brown the turkey with the onion and salt and pepper.  Once meat is cooked add in jar of sauce.  Boil pasta based on directions.  Combine meat sauce and pasta in a casserole dish.  Top with cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and italian seasoning.  Bake at 400 until cheese is melty and browning on top.

If you use 93/7 Turkey, low fat mozzarella cheese and light pasta sauce this dish will be about 7 points per cup.

-Drama mama out.

Baby Food Smoothies…Luna Jane loves them!

24 Jul

We just recently started feeding Luna Jane, who is almost 6 months, baby food, only fruit so far.  I came across organic fruits in these really cool twist off cap, squeeze out pouches and we had to try them.  At first we tried feeding them to her with a spoon like we had with the normal baby food but these organic fruits are a bit more watery and makes them difficult and messy to feed with a spoon so we started adding them to her “thick milk” bottle (bottle with rice or oatmeal cereal mixed with her formula) and she loves them

They make feeding her fruits to her new and fun and not messy at all. We are about to start veggies but we will keep veggies in a bowl with a spoon. Veggie smoothies don’t sound that appetizing. 

Anyway, check them out you can find the fruits at Babies R Us.  We use “Plum Organics” and “Ella’s Kitchen organic Baby Food” the best thing about these baby foods are that they are all organic and it is so nice to see ingredients that don’t involve acids or other preservatives.  They are also really easy to store as the cap is screw on and while they are not super cheap Babies R Us normally runs specials on them.

Luna Jane likes the mangoes and strawberries and apples.

Check them out

-Drama mama out