Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I thought I would share with you a few pictures from my weekend.

It was filled with lots of food. Moderation sure was hard but I preached it all week at work so I tried my hardest to practice it.

Thursday I went to my Dads and spent the day with him. I made a pumpkin pie to take!

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I found the idea to do the braded crust off of Pinterest. I’m addicted!

Friday my sister and her husband CJ came over to my mom’s to watch the Razorback game. Mom made chicken and dumplings!

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What a game.

Moses even dressed up for the game.

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Saturday we went over to my Grandmothers house for Thanksgiving with my mom’s side.

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We always have a good time at Grandmothers. She always goes over the top with her tab top decorations Aren't they perfect?! I was so excited that Ashley and William joined us as well.

We also celebrated Grandmothers birthday. My sister, Jamie made her cake.

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My Grandmother is the cutest Grandmother ever!

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We then celebrated our third Thanksgiving with my Mimi and Grandpa on Sunday at Cracker Barrel!

When my sister and I get together we always have Moses and her dog Zoey. They are like brother and sister!

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It was a great Thanksgiving weekend. I always love going home and being with my family.

I put my tree up Sunday night. It smells like cinnamon in my house right now! I love the holidays!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pumpkin Oat Smoothie

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week! It really has snuck up on me this year. I love the holidays so much and want to enjoy every minute of it. So from now on I’m in holiday mode. I started my morning off with a Pumpkin Oat Smoothie. Mmmm every sip reminded me of Thanksgiving, family, friends, and pumpkin pie!

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When I have a smoothie for breakfast it needs to keep me full till lunch. So I love to add oats for that creamy goodness to fill me up.

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This is a quick and easy smoothie and is easily doable for a quick morning breakfast.

Cook your oats for 5 min on the stove stove.

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Throw all of your ingredients into your blender and blend till smooth.

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Pumpkin Oat Smoothie

1/2 Cup uncooked Oats

2 Cup water

1/2 Cup pumpkin puree

3 Tbs Agave

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

1 Cup non fat Milk

2 Cup Ice

Cook oats in 2 cups of water over the stove top for 5 min. Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. It makes about 2 servings.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m so blessed this year and have so many things to be thankful for.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Easy Pineapple Chicken

I decided to make an old recipe last night. I’ve only made it in the crockpot but tonight I made it on the stovetop. It turned out pretty good. I paired it with a side of Edamame with sea salt!

I started out cooking and then shredding 1 lb of chicken. While the chicken was cooking, chop up your veggies.

Sauté veggies in olive oil.

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Once your vegetables are tender add your chicken, pineapples, paprika, turmeric, and soy sauce. Sauté for 15 min on medium heat.

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While your chicken mixture is cooking, prepare your rice. (I used brown rice)

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Start with rice then top with chicken mixture.

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Served with steamed edamame. Yum!

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Check out the full recipe here.

Pineapple Chicken

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2011 AR Cornbread Festival

Saturday was the 2011 Arkansas Cornbread Festival in Little Rock. I entered the competition thinking it would be a fun activity to participate in; I had no idea how big of a festival it was going to be. The number of attendents kept increasing which made me more nervous as the competition neared.  The last count I had heard was 1000 people and  I thought, how am I’m going to fix enough cornbread for that many people?  I knew that they would only be getting a 2 oz sample cup but still, that's a lot of people.
I spent Friday afternoon and evening baking cornbread. They suggested that we make 4 13x9 in square inch pans worth of cornbread, I ended up shooting for 5 just to be safe.  My cornbread was called Citrus Corny Cornbread. It originated from my mom’s corny cornbread recipe that I grew up on but I put a little twist on it by adding orange juice, orange zest, and cream cheese.
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After 3 trips to Walmart and one batch that didn’t turn out right, I ended up with 5 13x9 inch pans worth!
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Saturday morning, the day had finally come and I still had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I wanted to get there early to set up and get prepared.  The amateur cooks were all placed in the same area and the tables were on a first come, first served basis. So, since I got there early I got a pretty good spot.
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I made the signs and used a gray twin sheet for the table cloth and my mom made the yellow table clothes and the runner. I thought the table turned out to be really cute.
Once we got there we were told  that we would need to have some cornbread placed in a container for the judges.   The samples were being judged on presenatation, aroma, and taste.  Here's what my sample looked like:
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My main concern of the day was how I would keep the cornbread warm. Cornbread always taste better warm but the rules stated that contestants would not be allowed to use electricity.
I thought about using sterno warmers but was afraid it would burn the cornbread so I decided to use hot hands and placed several of them in an ice chest with the cornbread. It did its job in the ice chest but once the cornbread was out, the cold air was our enemy.
As you can see we did our best with the hot hands. Winking smile It didn’t really work though.
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At about 10:45 we started getting a rush of people and we started cutting as fast as we could.
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Kyle was great at talking to everyone and reminding them who to vote for; I was just busy cutting and listening to all the reactions of how they all felt about the cornbread.
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It was interesting hearing what people had to say. They would say “Citrus huh?”; “I’ve never had anything like this before!”; “Wow this is very moist.”; “I’ve come over here because I was told you have the best cornbread.” I even had 2 people try to buy my cornbread right there. I couldn’t believe how well it was received.
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 The tasting was scheduled to last until 2 but I ran out of cornbread at around 1:30. I couldn’t believe that I had already gone through 5 pans! They told us that they were expecting 800-1000 people but 3,000+ showed up.
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I was very fortunate to have 3 very wonderful helpers: Kyle, my mom and Aunt Lori. They all were a huge help and I couldn’t have done any of this without them.

My Beautiful Aunt Lori
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And my beautiful mom!
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I ended up winning 1st place in the amateur, sweet category! There were so many great cooks out there and it was an honor to spend the day with them. Kyle was such a trooper throughout the whole day. He even bought me those flowers that you saw on the table. He is so sweet!
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I want to thank everyone who came out to support me! It really meant a lot to see your smiling faces!