Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/28/13

Happy Halloween week! We are not huge fans of Halloween around here, but I do loved making themed meals! E. will be trick or treating for the first time. Can't wait :D He also has two parties to go this week. yes, my 2.5 year old has more of a social life than me LOL!! Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

Monday: Ranchy Crock Pot Chicken (from last week)

Tuesday: leftovers

 Wednesday: Halloween party at J's school, so dinner will be from the freezer.

Thursday: Ghost of Monte Cristo Sandwiches, Pumpkin Crumble (from Our Best Bites Cookbook)

Friday:  Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie

Saturday and Sunday: Saturday we are going to a brand new Smashburger!!! I am sooooo excited, and I will have a review up for you guys next week!

Dessert of the Week: Pumpkin Crumble and leftover Halloween candy ;)

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/21/13

 I am so glad that I chose to make last week a light week, since we all came down with bad colds! it has been so hard to function, and here it is, 2 p.m. when I am writing this, and I can't stop yawning!! This week and next Jeff is working late (his play is Nov 7 and 8!) and it is supposed to get cooler, so I am thinking more crock pot and stew recipes are on the way. Also as we get closer to Halloween the craziness of the season goes into full swing!

Monday: BBQ Chicken Stuffed Potatoes, using shredded chicken from the freezer

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

 Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Halloween Party (see Dessert of the Week!)

Friday:  Dinner out

Saturday and Sunday: Ranchy Crock Pot Chicken (and leftovers on Sunday)

Dessert of the Week: Bringing something to the Halloween party... either Fudge Candy Corn or Simple Slice and bake Candy Corn Cookies or maybe some candy corn cake balls. So hard to decide!!!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/14/13

We just came back from a birthday party, so I am STUFFED and not really into thinking about food right now! I think this is going to be a pretty light week, cooking-wise. Starting to get into using up the leftovers in the freezer mode.

Monday: leftovers

Tuesday: Easiest Ravioli Bake

 Wednesday: BBQ chicken pizza

Thursday: leftovers

Friday:  We are going to a wedding!!! yay!!

Saturday and Sunday: something from the freezer

Dessert of the Week: Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins - pumpkin is on sale this week!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Radical Review Wednesday: Smoogy Frozen Cheesecake Cookie Sandwich

The Smoogy in Original Lemon

My husband and I are suckers for just about any food competition program on TV. So when we heard about Supermarket Superstar - where home cooks competed to get their product onto supermarket store shelves - we had to watch! It was a pretty good show, and the winner was the Smoogy, an ice cream sandwich made with a flavored cheesecake filling instead of ice cream.

When I saw it in this week's Waldbaum's ad, I knew we had to try it!

Smoogy is a good size with a lot of filling

The first thing I noticed was the size. I thought it was comparable to to other ice cream sandwiches. It also had a lot of filling. I also noticed that the filling was off  center, with a lot more on one side than the other. They are individually wrapped in the plastic you can see in the picture above.

A bite of Smoogy-ness

The is a definite cheesecake taste, with a good lemon aftertaste. However, they also taste a little bit chemically. The cookie is the best part -  a good size that tastes like a spice cookie. I did find the Smoogy difficult to eat, though, because where the cookie touches the cheesecake filling, it hardens, thus making it difficult to bite then chew tthe cookie. The edges stay nice and soft. I have not had that problem with other ice cream sandwiches.

Smoogy nutrition info
Looking at the nutrition facts, Smoogy is slightly worse than the tubs of ice cream I had in my freezer - however, ice cream's serving size is 1/2 cup, and I know that I have more than that at one time! So it seems more of less like a wash to me. But, $3.99 (on sale) for three servings makes these expensive, and I just don't think the taste justifies the price. I would not buy these again.

If you want more information, there is a Web site - but that doesn't really have too much info on it!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/7/13

Another uninspired week, I blame the overcast skies! By the end of the week, it will HOPEFULLY be cold enough to make some soup. I am so tried of wearing shorts in October!!!

Monday: grocery shopping day, so something from the freezer (again!)

Tuesday: Italian Chicken Roll ups

 Wednesday:  chicken pot pie cupcakes - by request of the kiddo!

Thursday:  leftovers

Friday:  slow cooker potato and corn chowder

Saturday and Sunday: leftovers, and a birthday party on Sunday!

Dessert of the Week: Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins - if pumpkin is on sale!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Long Island Fair 2013

I grew up near an AWESOME county fair. It had rides, big name acts, animals, tons of displays, crafts, fun fair food. It was the best. So I was a bit sad when I moved to Long Island, where this no fair. But much to my surprise, I found out last year that they DO have their own little fair! It is not really the same as a real county fair, but it is still really cool!

Here are some pictures from this year!

There are pumpkins and apples for sale

Agriculture displays

Big John Deere display

This is where the food, crafts and other home type items were displayed
Carrousel for the kiddies

Petting zoo for the kids - moments after I took this photo, this goat licked that little girl!
petting bunnies

Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders are on hand!

Old timey band

literal pig sty!
 There is alot of stuff to do that i did not get a picture of! The fair is held at the Old Bethpage Restoration at the nd of September. Here is the info from this year's fair:

Hours: Friday, September 20 and 27 - 10:00 - 4:00 Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29 - 10:00 - 5:00
 Admission Prices: DOLLAR DAYS ARE BACK - Saturday 9/21 and Sunday Sunday 9/29. $1.00 for everybody. Otherwise: Adults - $12.00 Children (5-12) and Seniors (over 60) - $8.00 Children (under 5) - free

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