Valentines Day Meal Ideas

Valentines Day Meal Ideas

Valentines Day Meal Ideas

One of the many changes that occur once you have kids is Valentines Day, before kids Valentines Day was a about romance and spending time with your significant other. Fast forward and now you have these little munchkins who have also taken your heart and this is a day about love.  We often spend our Valentines Day together as a family and I always make our dinners extra special with some great Valentines Day Meal Ideas.

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Dessert:

Make up a pretty inexpensive tablescape and I serve the kid drinks in wine glasses and this makes anything you serve extra special.  :-)

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OREO Cookie Ball Footballs For the BIG Game!

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The Big Game is just around the corner and that means cheering on your favorite team with lots of fun, friends and food!  As a chocolate lover anything OREO is delicious for game time and these delicious OREO Cookie Ball Footballs are just what you need to satisfy that sweet tooth and your guests!

I purchased all my ingredients at Walmart and as you can see there are so many OREO choices available so you have lots of yummy flavor choices to choose from.

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These are so simple to make and you may want to make a double batch because there will not be leftovers! ;-)

I used a food processor to crush the OREO’s to a smooth consistency and simply put them in the mixer along with 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and mix them just until fully combined.

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Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with wax paper and use the mixture to form the shape of footballs, then put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.  Don’t worry if they are not perfect right now I found it was much easier to form the footballs once they were removed from the freezer.

Add the Baker’s Chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time.

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Coat your footballs with chocolate and allow them to set and harden in the freezer for approximately one hour….this is going to be the longest hour!!  Don’t worry just scrape the bowl and it will hold you over.  ;-)

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Once they are hardened you can use some white frosting to add the laces to the footballs!!  That’s it….ENJOY!!

OREO Cookie Ball Footballs For the BIG Game!
 
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Ingredients
  • OREO COOKIE BALL RECIPE
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • Share and enjoy!
Instructions
  1. Make it!
  2. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  3. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  4. CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
  5. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
  6. Share and enjoy!
  7. hour or until firm.
  8. Share and enjoy!

 

Easy Chinese Fried Rice Recipe

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Weeknights are crazy at our house and Chinese food is always a hit so instead of ordering carryout I found this Delicious Easy Chinese Fried Rice Recipe.  Most likely you already have the ingredients on  hand and my family devoured this in less than 10 minutes.  I think you’re gonna love it too! :-)

Easy Chinese Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients
3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)

3 Tablespoons sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
1 small onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3-4 Tablespoons soy sauce

Directions:
  1. On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok. Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender.
  2. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour eggs on the other side of skillet. Stir fry until scrambled.
  3. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!

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Almost Famous Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe!

Chocolate Mousse Cake

I don’t know about you all but chocolate is a food group for this girl just something about it makes the day seem so much better! :-) If you are like me you will devour this awesome Almost Famous Chocolate Mousse cake recipe.  It’s layered with a delicious creamy mousse on top of a crunchy chocolate crust.  Who can resist that?! ;-)

This can also be prepared way in advance so it’s a great recipe if you have company coming and want a special treat.

Ingredients:For the cake and mousse:
1 18 .25-ounce box devil’s food cake mix (plus required ingredients)
14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks)
unsalted butter, diced
1/4 cup strong coffee
10 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups plus 6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cold heavy cream
  • Make the cake: Prepare the cake mix as the label directs for a 9-by-13-inch cake. Bake; cool slightly in the pan, then invert onto a rack to cool completely.
  • Clean out the cake pan and line it with plastic wrap. Cut the cake in half lengthwise, then in thirds crosswise to make 6 rectangles. Using a serrated knife, slice each rectangle in half to make two layers. Arrange half of the pieces snugly in the cake pan. Crumble the remaining pieces and press tightly into 6 small balls; arrange 1 cake ball in the center of each cake rectangle in the pan.
  • Make the mousse: Heat the chocolate, butter, coffee and 1/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water), stirring, until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan; stir until cool. Reserve the simmering water. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • Whisk the egg yolks, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a separate large heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water and whisk until pale yellow, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the chocolate-coffee mixture and the vanilla and whisk until combined, about 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the pan and set in the bowl of ice water; whisk until slightly cool but not thick, about 4 minutes.
  • Beat the egg whites and salt in a bowl with a mixer until foamy. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and beat until almost stiff; gently fold into the chocolate-yolk mixture to make a dark chocolate mousse. Spread 5 cups over the cake and cake balls. Freeze until firm on top, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat the heavy cream and the remaining 4 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form; fold into the remaining mousse. Remove the cake from the freezer; spread with the light chocolate mousse, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or overnight.
Shell & Sauce:
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
To serve:
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pint vanilla ice cream

  • Stir the chocolate, heavy cream and 4 tablespoons corn syrup in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water) until melted. A spoonful at a time, spread half of the shell mixture over the frozen mousse. Return to the freezer.
  • Make the chocolate sauce: Add the remaining 1 tablespoon corn syrup and the butter to the remaining chocolate shell mixture. Microwave 30 seconds, then stir until glossy.
  • To serve the cake, beat the heavy cream with a mixer until foamy. Add the sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Remove the cake from the freezer; invert onto a baking sheet and unmold, then invert again onto a platter, chocolate shell-side up.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Valentines Day is just around the corner and each year it’s my hubby and my daughter and she likes our Valentines Day dinner “fancy” so I break out the wine glasses and pour her milk in it and use nice dishes to make it something fun and special for us all.  Every year I make a special Valentines Day treat and these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts have become my favorite!  Everyone thinks of chocolate covered strawberries for Valentines Day but these are made to form hearts and they are filled with marshmallow creme!  YUM!! So much better than those chocolates from the store. I think you’ll agree ;-)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

  • Pint of Strawberries
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips (Optional for drizzle)
  • Marshmallow Crème

Directions: 

To construct Your Hearts

1. Pull the stem off and slice in half down the middle and use a small knife to cut out the middle of each half (top right-hand

2. Stick a toothpick through each half to attach them. It should look like this

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3. Be sure your strawberries are pretty dry so that the marshmallow will stick to the berry easier. You can use a paper towel to do this.

4. Use a butter knife, small knife or spoon to scoop and spread marshmallow into each half.

5. Add chocolate chips to a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time to melt the chips. You can also add a small amount of oil to your chips if you would like a smoother texture. I added a dab of coconut oil.

6. Dollop the chocolate onto the strawberries and marshmallow. Carefully use a small knife or spoon to spread the chocolate so that it pours over the sides and into the creases so that the strawberries will be “stuck” together when the chocolate

7. Once the red chocolate hardens, pick up chocolate covered strawberry and shake off excess.

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts
 
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts
Ingredients
  • Pint of Strawberries
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips (Optional for drizzle)
  • Marshmallow Crème
Instructions
  1. To construct Your Hearts
  2. Pull the stem off and slice in half down the middle and use a small knife to cut out the middle of each half (top right-hand
  3. Stick a toothpick through each half to attach them. It should look like this
  4. Be sure your strawberries are pretty dry so that the marshmallow will stick to the berry easier. You can use a paper towel to do this.
  5. Use a butter knife, small knife or spoon to scoop and spread marshmallow into each half.
  6. Add chocolate chips to a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time to melt the chips. You can also add a small amount of oil to your chips if you would like a smoother texture. I added a dab of coconut oil.
  7. Dollop the chocolate onto the strawberries and marshmallow. Carefully use a small knife or spoon to spread the chocolate so that it pours over the sides and into the creases so that the strawberries will be “stuck” together when the chocolate
  8. Once the red chocolate hardens, pick up chocolate covered strawberry and shake off excess.

Meal Planning Monday

Meal Plan Monday Blog

One of my goals in 2015 is to be more consistent on planning my week ahead so that I am not scrambling through my day and once dinner time comes I have no idea what we are having. My aim is for healthy meals that don’t take much time.

I am normally pretty good about this however posting our weekly menu will not only give you all some great ideas but hopefully help make your life a little easier as well.

Monday: Healthy and Fast Veggie Stir Fry served with egg rolls

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas served with Corn cake and chips and salsa.

Wednesday: BLT sandwiches served with cauli tots

Thursday: Seafood night!  Popcorn Shrimp served with baked potato and salad.

Friday: Marinated Grilled Chicken with green beans and roasted potatoes.

Saturday: Dinner Out

Sunday: Leftovers

Come Check out my Pinterest page for more meal planning inspiration!

 

If you enjoy this post and would like to see the Monday Meal Plan each week let me know and leave a comment! :-)

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes

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Christmas is such a fun time of year and holiday baking is one of our favorite things to do!  These Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are my absolute favorite.  They are SUPER simple to do so even a beginner like me can make something that looks absolutely amazing!  What I love most about these is that they are so fun for the kids to make and eat!  Crank up the Christmas music and have some fun making these adorable Christmas Wreath Cupcakes. :-)

 

 

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes
 
 
Ingredients
  • Easy Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
  • (Follow instructions on box)
  • Basic Buttercream Frosting:
  • (Or you may use the great Christmas colors found in stores right now)
  • 1 C. butter, softened (or ½ C. butter and 8 oz. cream cheese)
  • 3-4 C. powdered sugar
  • food coloring, if needed
  • peppermint extract, if needed (great for the "green" frostings)
  • Mini M&M's, Red fruit leather strips (Fruit by the Foot)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix up cake Mix according to directions
  3. Stir in cake mix.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  5. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Frost the cupcake with brown chocolate frosting
  7. Using a star tip create a green wreath like design with your green frosting
  8. Create a small wreath bow with your red fruit by the foot strips
  9. Add mini red M&M’s to add Holly to your beautiful wreaths.

Red Chicken Chile with Black Beans and Rice

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At the end of a long day the last thing you want to do is spend your evening in the kitchen.  This delicious Red Chicken Chile with Black Beans and Rice is simple, quick and best of all it’s cooked all in one pot.  This is a favorite in our family as it’s a hearty meal, it’s not spicy and best of all you can top it with sour cream, salsa or whatever suits your taste.  We often like to eat this up with tortilla chips as well.

This is definitely one that will become a regular on your meal planning schedule.  ;-)

Red Chicken Chile with Black Beans and Rice
 
 
This one pot dish will feed your whole family and be on the table in 30 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1.5 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cups rice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions (about 3-4 green onions), roots and wilted outer leaves removed before chopping OR ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salsa and sour cream for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a medium-large heavy pot over medium heat. Sprinkle the diced chicken breast with salt and ½ tablespoon of the chili powder. Place the chicken in the hot oil and brown , stirring and flipping occasionally, until browned, 2-3 minutes (the chicken doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through because it will finish cooking later). Remove the chicken to a plate.
  2. Add the second tablespoon of oil to the pot and add the onion and rice. Cook on medium-low, stirring for several minutes, until the rice turns from translucent to opaque. Add the garlic and the remaining 1 tablespoon chili powder. Cook one minute, and then add the broth and salt (between ½ to 1 teaspoon) to taste. Stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot along with the beans, give it all a good stir. Recover the pot and cook on low for 10-12 minutes longer, taking care that the mixture isn’t cooking to hot or else it will burn on the bottom.
  4. Sprinkle the green onions and test a kernel of rice. It should be tender, in which case you place the cover back on, remove it from the heat and let it stand 5-10 minutes. If it’s not cooked, cook for another 5 minutes or so, stirring and checking often to make sure the mixture doesn’t burn.
  5. Fluff the mixture with a fork and serve with salsa and sour cream.