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This is another recipe that I got from the Rachel Ray magazine last month.  I altered it a little (especially the cooking part!) and this is how it turned out:

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It’s been a long time since I put up a recipe.  I’ve mostly been making the same old dishes, so it didn’t seem worth the time to re-post them!  This is one that I’ve thought about making before, but I finally did last week.

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I am really tired tonight so I’m posting random thoughts for you guys!  I got to work at my first auction for my employer today (you can find us at and I had a blast, but I’m ready for a nice nap (or just to go to sleep – I’m not used to waking up before 4 am!)  I’ve been to auctions in the past when I was younger, and even to estate auctions and such as an adult, but there is just something about the auctions with Ritchie Bros – the energy in there is amazing!

This post doesn’t include any recipes, but it is still (mostly) about food.  For me, it’s almost always about food!

My amazing husband (aka The Man) really knows how to crack me up.  He loves cheese (no really, really, really loooves cheese!) and he made the funniest comment the other day.  He called himself the Cheese Master – so I had to take a picture of the Cheese Master!

Notice the glare 🙂  Although he loves cheese  and me (although not as much as cheese, or so he says), he does not like it when I take his picture.  Poor guy 🙂  He also swears that he never eats out of pans when I bring the pan/pot to the table.  Even while he is pulling his fork or spoon away from the pot, he will continue to affirm that he would never do such a thing!

My daughter (aka The Girl) is crazy – she’s such a great kid!  She’s 9 years old (even though I don’t feel like I’m old enough for that!) and is really doing some great things.  She loves to help me out in the kitchen, and even helps me with other chores (sometimes) around the house.  She wants to start doing the laundry so she doesn’t have to do the dishes anymore…I’ve tried telling her I’m not so sure that’s a good trade, but she’s convinced laundry is way better than dishes!

I love it how she is willing to do any little thing when we cook together – she’ll chop vegetables, she’ll shred cheese, she’ll open cans, she’s excited for all of it!

Look at that beautiful smile!  I’ve been really blessed to have her in my life!

My son (aka The Boy) is the epitome of crazy!  He’s a goof ball at almost all moments of the day – but he’s also such a great kid.  One of his teachers told us once that she loved having the boy in her class because he would find a way to make her smile every day.  The boy is our fearless taster in the house.  He’ll try (almost) anything that we give him.  He one time even tried stinky cheese with the man.  The cheese was REALLY stinky, too – I couldn’t even stand to be within a few feet of it!  The boy just plugged his nose and chomped away – he said “hmm…it’s not bad if you keep your nose closed!”

The boy also likes to help in the kitchen, but at 7 years old, he’s not really tall enough to help out on the stove.  And, he’s not really calm enough to be trusted with a big knife…so, he helps with other things.  He mixes things for me often, and he also helps to shred cheese.  Or, on his favorite days, he gets to help with bacon:

Because really, do you know any kids who don’t love bacon?

Families really come together around food – we have a nightly tradition in our house that we always tell everyone else about our day at the beginning of supper.  Even if we’re eating leftovers, we have to say at least a few things.  The man likes to copy the kids “I went to school and went to recess” or just be silly “I went to work and worked on work.”  The girl likes to tell all about random things – sometimes she gets so excited about her day that we’d probably be finished eating before she is finished telling about her day if we didn’t stop her 🙂  The boy says pretty much the same thing every day “I went to school, did some stuff, went outside, had lunch, went outside, did math, came home.”  Sometimes I get to talk about fun people I’ve talked to at work, like the day I talked to a customer from Australia, or the day I called a customer in Quebec who hung up on me because I didn’t speak French.

What kid of dinner traditions do you have?  Leave a comment and let me know, I love hearing about other people’s traditions!


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