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Football is BACK!!

I just thought I would shout that out just in case any one missed the opening weekend, lol!

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As many of you know the hubster and I participated in our beloved Saints team’s back to football 5k Saturday morn.  It was an exciting event, and I was so happy to have such a big/important race for our first one together.  The race was sponsored by the Gleason foundation.  If any of you are die hard football fans you know that Steve Gleason was a Saint’s player that was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago.  He was best known for his game winning block of a punt at the end of our first game back in the dome after hurricane Katrina!

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We woke up super early Saturday morning to make our way into the city for the race.  The course started in Champion’s Square, ran through the French Quarter, and ended on the fifty yard line of the Super Dome. 

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We were a hot and sweaty mess afterwards, lol!  It is still well into the 90’s in Louisiana after all.  Which I could totally tell during my run.  Between the heat, humidity, and street conditions (if you have ever been in New Orleans you will understand) I didn’t finish as well as I would have like, but I am still pleased with the results.  I had to stop and walk several times for the above reasons affecting my breathing, feet, and ankles.  My finishing time was 34:10, and the hubster’s was 24:42!  I was very jealous excited for him. 

He has only been running for about three months now, since I asked him to participate in the race with me, and when we started he could barely make it the two miles with me that I normally run around our university’s campus.  As you can tell by now he leaves me in the dust, lol!  I was very happy for him 🙂

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Nothing in New Orleans is complete without a tailgate party!  We stayed in Champion’s Square for several hours after the race to enjoy some beer, food, and music.  Of course we knew this would be going on so we were smart enough to reserve a hotel room for the night and just enjoy our time together.  We ate lots of yummy food, drank a little too much beer, and just had a blast New Orleans style!  Here is to football season 🙂

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Sweet Sweet Summertime!

Howdy do to all of you!! I am hoping that your summer is gong as grand as mine. I really do love this time of year, not only because I am out of school, but also because there are so many fun things to do!

We spent Saturday on the lake with friends. They have a poker run every year for a local fire department fundraiser so we enjoyed friends, food, and very fun dancing 🙂

We are soaking in the sun on my new huge lake raft that I am so enjoying this year. One side is flat with a back piece that will lay all the way back with you for sunbathing. The opposite is a circle piece for people sitting up. It has to built in coolers and several cups holders……love it!!

Saturday night was spent on the dance floor…..and running back t the tv room to check on the game…..how bout dem tigahs!!!!!!!!!

LSU is headed to Omaha again this year, so exciting!!

 

Sunday the hubster and I spent the day together shopping, and eating a fabulous lunch! We went to a locally owned place in a neighboring town that has all Caribbean inspired foods…..so good! I enjoyed a shrimp rotis (wrap) that had shrimp, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and a super yummy sauce…..with Caribbean spiced sweet potato fries.

After lunch we went to academy to purchase bicycles for us. I am so excited that we now have bikes to red with the boys. I do not have a pic but I am sure some will be coming up soon since we are taking the camping this week. We leave today for “yogi bear campgrounds” in Pelahatchie MS. It is one of the boys favorite places to visit! Look for a recap post soon 🙂

So as you can see I have been busy with fun activities, spending lots of time with the boys, swimming, biking, and just plain enjoying myself! If only I could live this ah year round, lol! I hope that your summer is going as well as mine, and that man of you are getting out to enjoy all the fun seasonal activities.

The boys sure have with their “home made water slide”!!

 

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Random Eats

Hello my wonderful friends, how is your week going?  Mine is hectic as usual.  There are times when I sit and wonder what life would be like if my schedule wasn’t so hectic, I must say the thought is kind of frightening!

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But today is what I ate Wednesday, which will show you randomness from a hectic week.  I do believe that each photo was snapped on a different day over the course of the past week.  I had all intentions of documenting a full day of eats, only to get so busy that I would scarf down food without thinking about pics.  This seems to be the norm for me lately.  However, several of the meals/snacks have been repeated on different days so it could be very likely that both were eaten with a day.  Oh well we love randomness  right?

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I have the joys of waking up to the hubster cooking breakfast several times a week now with his new work schedule.  You see if it is his night off he is awake when we get up for school/work.  So he cooks our breakfasts for us while we dress, then cleans the kitchen, and once we leave he if off to bed himself.  He is such a great house wife husband.

 

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When the hubby is working he comes home in the mornings after we do which leaves us to throw together breakfast on our own.  I have been scarfing down ezekial cinnamon raisin toast with peanut butter like it is my J.O.B.!

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Or I may opt for a bowl of cereal with fruit if I could eat the bowl while driving!  It is usually so hectic trying to get the kiddos ready that I eat breakfast on the go.  I found the above cereal at my WalMart last week!  I was so super excited……see that ingredient list!  Just brown rice 🙂

Now I have to admit it doesn’t taste or have the texture of the usual brown rice krispie type cereal.  It reminds me of sugar smacks without the sugar.  It is lighter, softer, but oh so fun to eat.  Kohl loves it and guess what?  It cost all of one, yep ONE dollar!  I purchased two bags, lol!

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The other day I was really in the mood for a snacky type of lunch.  I didn’t feel like really cooking anything, I didn’t have any leftovers, and let’s face it I just wanted to snack.  So I made a snack plate with crackers/cheese, apple slices, and peanut butter!

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Now this first picture was the man’s meal!  He wanted a “steak sandwich” so that is what I gave him.  You simply slice up cube steak, season with whatever seasoning you like (we use cajun naturally), and throw it in a pan of butter to cook.  Not the healthiest but not the worst either.  I use real butter, none of the imitation stuff around here!

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Of course this portion of the meal was the woman’s part!  I love salads.  In the mix is lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, and snap peas.  All topped with a local sweet onion dressing from our produce stand…………wow now my mouth is watering!

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Snacks have been a little more on the healthier side this past week that usual.  Except for the cookies and brownies (homemade), but in my defense I did eat smaller portions.  I have learned to only cook part of the recipe (place remaining batter in fridge) in order to help with portion control.  If  I only cook enough for the fam then I have no temptation to nibble again later 🙂

But I did make some healthy fudge this past week.  I have to make more tonight, I am already missing it!

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 4 T cocoa powder (I use dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 t vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, place saran wrap in bottom of a small dish (I have a small square ramekin), and place in the fridge to set.  You have to keep this fudge in the fridge.

It is so good.  The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of honey as well, but I found the 1/8 cup to be perfect. 

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And now for my new obsession!  It is strawberry season here in Louisiana, yay!!  I have local berries in my fridge so I am a happy, happy girl.  This mix is so simple.  I placed a chobani coffee with dark chocolate chips in the freezer and topped with sliced strawberries.  The. Best. Dessert. EVER!!  It is a must try, trust me 🙂

Thanks to Jenn for hosting, have a wonderful Wednesday!

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I Can Make You Sweat….

OK be honest, how many of you just starting breaking down to…..

“Girl I bet I can make you sweat”??

Seriously, how many? Because as I was thinking about this post and the title I totally started the cheesy song and dance routine!

Now while this post doesn't really have anything to do with bedroom activities to make you sweat it does contain something that will raise your body temp 🙂

It is all about a lovely little spicy dish that is very common to the great people of Louisiana – shrimp creole!

And I am going to share this little gem of a recipe with you. It is spicy, it will make you sweat, and it will leave you wanting more. Which means if you serve this to your significant other it very could possibly lead to bedroom activities. If it does please don't brag to me and thank me for the recipe, it will only make me jealous!

  • 1tbs olive oil
  • 1 bag of seasoning blend (found in frozen section-onion, pepper, celery)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1tsp corn starch
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1-2 lb shrimp
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp hot sauce
  1. Heat oil in large pot, add seasoning blend and sauté until water cooks out.
  2. Add garlic and sauté a few more minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, bay leaves, cayenne, and Cajun seasoning to pot. Stir to mx well, bring to a simmer, turn on low and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Make a slurry with corn starch and water add to sauce cook several more minutes.
  5. While sauce is simmering clean shrimp if needed and sprinkle Cajun seasoning.
  6. Add shrimp, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Cook until shrimp are done.
  7. Serve over brown rice.
***if you like food really spicy you can add a little more hot sauce or cayenne, if you are not a spicy food fan then omit cayenne***
Now you can also grab a loaf of crusty bread to eat with this. I promise a few chunks of French bread are perfect with this; however, I opt to not enjoy that treat do too my tummy issues 😦
So know you have a tried and true Cajun recipe to enjoy, please let me know if you try this and how you like it!
Then again maybe you have made this before. If you google shrimp creole you will find a ton of recipes, and they are all pretty much the same! Oh and if you opt for bread you can always leaf out the slurry for a thinner sauce so you can soak it up with the bread. I add it since I do not eat the bread. Most creole recipes do it have this component.
And girl I bet it will make you sweat 🙂

 

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This is how we do it….

This is how we do it.
It’s Friday night, and I feel all right
The party is here on the West side
So I reach for my 40 and I turn it up
Designated driver take the keys to my truck

Uh huh, admit it…..you were doing the same thing when you read the title to this post.  I mean who can help singing along when lyrics are thrown out at you?

But that is not what I am talking about.  I am not taking you back in time with music.

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I am talking about how we kick off football season her in LA…..specifically in New Orleans.  That’s right many of you know that I ran in a back to football 5k Saturday morning in NOLA (new orleans lousiana ).  The bestie and I hopped out of bed bright and early for this monumental event.

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Don’t laugh it really was monumental.  You see I haven’t ran in two years, and the bestie has NEVER ran before.  A 5k was on her bucket list so we knew we had to give this one a go when we saw it!

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Aren’t our outfits totally cute??!!  You must where costume when in NOLA…..like really it is required!  We left my house around 5:45 to make the hour drive into the city.  Breakfast and water was chugged down on the drive.  Once there we had to fight the mass of people to get registered, pick up our shirts, and potty. 

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Which unfortunately means that we didn’t get to stretch as well as we would have liked considering the number of people that participated in the event, traffic, parking, and all that was required to be ready to run.

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We started with the 11 mile a minute runners.  We both are pretty slow runners (and ok with it) so we knew to keep things realistic.  It was a slow start with such a crowd of people.  That and the fact that many people walked it mixed in with the runners.  I hate that!  I have no problem with people walking in the 5k, I just feel that they should have been respectful enough to go to the end of the crowd as opposed to jumping in with the runners.  But no problem we did it!  Our finish time was a little more than what we were shooting for, but considering the lack of stretching, lack of prep the week before due to sick/injuries, and the crazy humidity I totally feel like we rocked this race!

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We started out running together for the first 1/2-3/4 mile.  At that point I did get ahead of her.  We made a pact that we wouldn’t slow each other down or push the other to the max.  We were ok with seperating and catching up at the finish line.  So I did run ahead of her at one point.  Now I wasn’t able to run the entire race without a walk break.  I think this is mainly due to the factors before the race, but Iwas totally cool with a little walking.  Which means that the bestie was able to catch up with me eventually (she saw me ahead and when she noticed I was walking she started sprinting to me), and we finished the race together.  We held hands once we hit the field and crossed the finish line together 🙂

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Here we are at the finish on the 50yard line of the super dome.  We are literally on the field!!  It was awesome to experience being on the turf of the field.  We ran through the entrance that the Saints players go through when entering the ball games and sprinted to the end 🙂

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Happy, sweaty girls with big smiles 🙂

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Then it was time to celebrate NOLA style.  Which if you know anything about New Orleans then you know that means a band and free beer!

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This is my lovely rendition of a ballerina, haha!  We had a couple of beers to celebrate our victory before heading back home.  I feel so proud of myself for this run, proud of my friend, and so happy that I was with her to experience it 🙂

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The Boys of Fall

Yiippppeeee!  It is that time of year again!  Can you tell I’m excited 🙂

I started celebrating the boys of fall last Saturday with a little tailgating and an LSU football game.  It was the hubster’s first time in death valley. 

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Thankfully I had bartenders……..

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A day can’t go wrong with the two people you spend the most time with……bestie & hubby!

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and let’s not forget a little costumes, clowning around, and just plain old good times.

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But that is not where the celebrating ends.  I am celebrating again tomorrow.  Only this time it is little healthier!  The bestie and I are running the Saints 5k to kick off the 2012 NFL season!!  I am so excited.  It will start in Champion’s Square right outside the super dome and ends on the 50 yard line.  We have some super cute costumes to wear in the race.  I can’t wait to share the pics with you guys.  So wish me luck, I will be hitting the pavement at 7:30 a.m.!!

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I survived week 1!

Wow what a week it was!  As many of you already know I am participating in Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and I have just completed week one of the program.  It is an eight week program.

So last week I made a little record book of my weight and measurements for the start of the program so I can track progress.  I also did some photos of me in a bikini to do before and after comparisons when it is all said and done.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by some of the results from week one, while a little frustrated with others.

I have lost one inch each from natural waist, hips, butt, and 1/2 inch form thigh areas!!  I was really happy to see those changes.  I didn’t expect a full inch lost form the areas for just one week.  On the other hand I had only dropped one lb of weight after week one.  I know this has to also deal with water retention and such.  I did have a treat meal of taco salad at lunch with a friend, along with a margarita, and also some beer on Friday night.  It is also the “P” week, so I know some water retention is in play! 

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We decided to keep our weekend a little low key since we are leaving for our anniversary trip this week.  I wanted to make sure that we spend some quality time with the kiddos before we leave.  So we also did breakfast out on Sunday morning so we could treat them.  I had a florentine  omelet with spinach, mushrooms, bacon, and cheese, some breakfast potatoes, whole wheat english muffin (1/2), and coffee.  I loved this breakfast.  I only ate part of it and was stuffed 🙂

We love this little cafe in our town.  It is in the downtown area.  We love to go there, and Kohl loves it because he can get beignets!! 

I also took a little shopping trip this weekend with the boys and a friend.  I had a friend call me asking if I would like to go to Old Navy with her just to get out of the house, so the boys and I tagged along for the ride.  Boy am  I glad I did.  I scored some awesome deals!!

I grabbed two pairs of capri pants for 7$ each, a pair of shorts for 6$, a tank for 3$, a pool bag for 2$, and…..here goes a pair of jeans for 47 cents.  Yep, that is right 47 CENTS!!!!

I would have had pics to share, but in all the vacation excitement I have already packed the items for our trip!  So you will just have to take my word for it. 

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So of course after such and awesome weekend I am ready to tackle week two of BBB!!  Now this week will be a little tricky since we will be eating out for five days!  Which is why one of my goals for this week is to choose healthy options for most meals/snacks while on vacation!  I will have no problem with activity since we are staying at a resort on a lake with kayak’s, canoe’s, trails, etc available.  I have to switch up a couple of my days in order to get workout days in, i.e. using Wednesday as a rest day since we will be traveling, but I am up for the challenge. 

Goals for this week:

  1. continue goals from week one, vitamins & food journal.
  2. make healthy food choices for most meals/snacks on vacation

Now I did make a point to say most because let’s face it eating out for five days & my anniversary means we will have some not so healthy choices, and I am totally ok with that! 

So here is to BBB while traveling 🙂

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SSS…..

I haven’t been feeling to well over here lately.  I have a huge, I do mean HUGE, ulcer in the front of my lower lip.  It started out being down in the lip by one of my brackets.  It has now grown to reach half way across the lip, and up onto the top of the lip.  It is excruciating!!  Bad enough that I made a trip to my dentist yesterday in the middle of my work day to beg for relief 😦

So I didn’t bless you guys with a wonderful post yesterday due to the craziness of the day.  And the pain.  And the swelling.  And the pain.  And the difficulty with eating.   Oh and did I mention the pain?

Yeah, yeah I know you get it!  So today I am going to share a snack with you guys.  This thing has been on my radar since, well since I had a friend bring me a flat of strawberries!

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Aren’t they beautiful 🙂

Let’s call this the SSS shall we?? 

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Simple Strawberry Snack

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • smear of peanut butter
  • sliced strawberries

This is very complicated so bear with me, mmmkay!

  1. You take one slice of the bread and smear some peanut butter on it. 
  2. You take the second slice of bread and smear some peanut butter on it. 
  3. You place the sliced strawberries on bread slice numero uno, place bread slice numero dos on top.
  4. Throw that baby into a grill pan with just a spray of butter if you would like.
  5. Cut the sandwich into cure little triangles and enjoy 🙂

I have been eating these little babies almost daily since, well since I had a friend bring me a flat of strawberries!  Now if you will excuse me I am going to go deal with my mouth 😦

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Happy and yummy snacking!!

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Two for Tuesday

I am in a fabulous mood for some reason today!  I have no clue why, seeing as it is only Tuesday.  I usually do not feel any type of euphoria during the week (unless it is during a break) until say oh Thursday afternoons. 

Maybe it has to do with the fact that I know this is going to be a pretty smooth week work wise.  Or maybe because I know that we have a fabulous day planned out for Friday (can you say field trip).  Or perhaps that I have been eating wonderful foods this week!

Well to be totally honest with you all of the above can add to my happy mood, but that is not the reason I am in such a friggin great mood!  I only have 30 (yes you read right 30) more work days left til summer break, woo hoo!!

So I am giving you a two for Tuesday to celebrate my fabulous mood.  This morning I tried a new to me breakfast.  I said new to me breakfast because it really is not a new to me food.  I have eaten this before in other meals/forms.  Just never as breakfast! 

I was at a loss last night as to what to cook to go with my wonderful steamed veggies.  I didn’t want to use pasta.  I didn’t have time to cook brown rice (out of the quick cooking kind), but I needed something to help keep me satiated for the evening.

So in comes barley!  I had some quick cooking barley in the top of the pantry.  I forgot all about this box until my fabulous spring cleaning last week.  So I decided to cook some up for dinner.  Then I decided to cook a lot of it.  More than I needed for dinner that was for sure. 

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So I decided to give it a try for breakfast!  I had never had this for breakfast.  I scooped out a good 1/2 cup or so of the cooked stuff this morning, added 1/2 cup of milk to the bowl with some stevia, then nuked it in the microwave for about two minutes.  I knew right away that I wouldn’t like eating it.  I like my breakfast cereals to be creamy.  Barley is not truly creamy all on its on.  So what is a girl to do?  Toss half of it into the blender and blend away.  Then I added the blended mixture back to the bowl, gave it a little stir, topped it with sliced almonds, and breakfast was served.  Nice, hot, creamy goodness 🙂

Unfortunately I am out of fruit at the moment <<gasp>>  I know right!  I would have loved to stir in some berries for an extra punch to the bowl.  If you have never tried this for breakfast I urge you to give it a go.  I can’t wait to make a savory breakfast with this!      

Now on to my second discovery I want to share with you guys.  As many of you know I am from south Louisiana.  As in seafood, cajun, butter, fried, artery clogging south Louisiana.  The area that I live in is close enough to New Orleans to have seafood abundantly, but country enough for just plan old southern cooking which means lots o butter and lots o frying!

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Well I give thee good ol southern fried fish – minus the frying that is 🙂

Oven Fried Fish

  • your choice of fish fillets (we prefer bass in these parts)
  • 1/4 c flour of choice (we use unbleached all purpose in these parts)
  • 1 c corn meal
  • seasoning salt /cajun seasoning to taste (this depends on who you are, the hubster likes lots o seasoning)
  • cooking spray of choice
  • egg
  • good squirt of mustard (may need more than one egg depending on how much fish you have, should coat fish well)
  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Mix the egg and mustarg together really well.  This is important in southern fried fish. 
  3. toss the fish over in the egg mixture and coat it really well
  4. mix together flour, corn meal, and seasoning in a bowl
  5. drop fish into corn meal mixture to coat
  6. spray a pan really well with non stick spray
  7. place the fish onto baking pan, spray with cooking spray, turn over and spray opposite side
  8. place in over to bake for about 15-20 minutes or more depending on thickness of your fish, we like thin fish in these parts
  9. once the fish is cooked through you can turn on broiler and brown coating  a little if you like, be sure not to over cook

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This was super delish served along side some oven baked “french fries” and steamed veggies with barley.  The only way I could tell the difference between my fish and the hubsters (because you know he had to fry his) was the grease!  Seriously the coating was still crispy and had the same flavor!  In my opinion it was better because it didn’t have the greasy taste, which I do not care for any way 🙂

Now go buy some barley and fish and get to cooking!

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WIAW spring break edition

Have I told you lately that I am on spring break this week?  Oh I have, mmkay.  Well have I told you that I have been cleaning like crazy this week?  Oh I have, mkay. 

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Well have I told you that I have big plans to bake/cook this week?  I didn’t!  Oh well I do have those wonderful plans 🙂

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The run down:  overnight oats w/ peanut butter & blueberries, yogurt, chocolate chip scone, lots-o-salad, red beans & rice – Louisiana style, skillet cornbread – the only way to cook cornbread, and of course a spring break wouldn’t be complete without a nice glass of wine!

So which recipe should I give to you first?  Hmmmmmmmm, kay beans it is!

Louisiana Red Beans

  • 1 pack of red beans (I use Camelia brand)
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage (andouille is best but can use ham as well)
  • 1t salt
  • 2t black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced (use two if you like spice, I have wee ones so only one for me)
  1. Rinse the beans well then place in a large pot
  2. Add enough water to cover the beans by two to three inches
  3. Stir in the onions and peppers
  4. Place on stove over medium-high heat and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for two to three hours
  6. Add water as needed to keep beans in enough liquid
  7. Now take a potato masher and mash some of the beans in the pot, or use a spoon to mash some against the side of the pot, this step is important because it gives you the creaminess that Louisiana beans are known for!
  8. Stir in the salt a pepper
  9. Serve with cornbread

The key ingredient here is the peppers.  We like things a little spicy here in Louisiana so don’t by shy about spice unless you have wee ones to feed.  You can also add in cajun seasonings to give you some heat if you choose to not use peppers.  We also love to eat out beans with a few dashes of hot sauce and some sliced banana rings out of the jar on top 🙂

Now if you will excuse me I have some baking to do 🙂

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