Monthly Archives: August 2014

Take Out Remake – One Pan Sweet & Sour Chicken

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Here’s another Chinese “Take Out Remake”. You might remember my last remake post, General Tso’s Chicken (https://simple2something.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/take-out-remake-general-tsos-chicken/). That is my husband’s favorite Chinese take out dish, and this one is mine. Usually Sweet & Sour Chicken is battered and fried, but I’ve taken a healthier spin on the dish and made it super simple by making everything in one pan. Easy, delicious and less dishes to clean! Yay!

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Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, right? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t….they are my husband’s favorite cookie and after trying many recipes, this is the one that has his stamp of approval. I’ve been baking these for years and after my most recent batch, I realized that I haven’t shared my recipe here. The recipe is super easy, I use my mixer so prep is a breeze and they are pretty fool proof, and even taste ok burned…..yes I have burned more than one batch in my day. These cookies are super soft because of my secret ingredient, they are slightly chewy which is a must for chocolate chip cookies and they are loaded with chocolate chips, also a must because they are chocolate chip cookies after all! Without further adieu, here’s the recipe……
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Garlic Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

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I urge you to try these mock mashed potatoes…..cauliflower is a great substitute for potatoes in a low carb diet. This recipe is super simple, 5 major ingredients and minimal time or effort is needed. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, and my low carb followers, I’m sure will be adding this to their recipe repertoire! This dish looks, smells and tastes like potatoes but without all the carbs! I dare you to serve this to someone and see if they can tell that it isn’t potatoes!

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These Hands

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I’m having a very emotional mommy day today, my daughter is 9 months old today, my son starts pre-school later this month and our dog, who was my first baby turned 8 on Monday. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and reminiscing these last few days and I came across two pictures of my children when they were new babies that brought me so much joy and made me think about how meaningful these pictures really are. It’s the little things in life that mean so much. Seeing my tiny children in my hands inspired this post and I hope all of my parent friends can relate. These hands, these hands that are typing this blog post, these hands that work harder than any other part of my body, these hands that I take for granted every day are actually one of my most valuable tools. My hands are small with long skinny fingers that end in usually un-manicured nails. I don’t spend money on expensive soaps and moisturizers anymore so they are usually dry. My hands are strong, they have endured many things, but to my children they are gentle, a comfort, a soft place to land. I’ll never be a hand model, but these hands are mine and I love them for all that they can do!

These hands…….

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