Thursday, December 16, 2010

Angel Baby

My sweet baby girl was an angel this past Sunday at church. The children are starting to put on a Christmas program each year and the preschool/nursery come in for a couple of songs and play a nativity. My sweet girl got to be an angel in this year's nativity, her natural role. :)

We were afraid she wouldn't do very well, with few naps and all the people, but she did great. She got a little fussy right before we went in and once for about 10 seconds when we were sitting up there, but I called her name and that helped. She just needed to see Mommy's face.

Her are some pictures of her big stage debut! :)

Baby Jesus was played by a sweet friend's little boy, Knox. He's 2 months older than Nyla and he did great too. His Momma was worried he'd freak out too, but our babies did wonderful!

Smiling at her people!

For her costume, she wore all white and the Preschool Director covered and exersaucer with all white and made big cardboard wings and attached them to the exersaucer, along with the halo so Nyla wouldn't have to wear them and bug her. It was so sweet. She was sitting on top of boxes behind baby Jesus so everyone could see her. It was so fun!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Ummm... can we say delicious?

I'm not one to go all out on side dishes for dinner, I'm content with a baked potato or rice, but I saw this recipe while I was watching Food Network one day and saw how easy it was and wanted to make it. I planned on make it for Saturday night for our Sunday School Christmas party. Hubby ended up not feeling great, so we didn't go, but I still wanted to make it. Glad I did.

It's cheesy, but not overly cheesy, a little crunchy (I love a little crunch) and quick to put together. It was a hot and delicious side dish for us to enjoy, a special treat.

nonstick cooking spray
4 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 14 small to medium size potatoes)
1 cup milk (I used 2% and a little heavy cream; the recipe called for whole but I don't keep that around)
1 stick butter, melted
1.5 cups mozzarella cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp plain dry bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop potatoes and cook in a large pot of boiling salt water for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain.
2. Return potatoes to pot and mash well. Mix in milk and melted butter, mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup of the parmesan cheese (reserve 1/4 cup for topping). Season with salt and pepper.
3. Place potato mixture into greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle the bread crumbs and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese on top of mashed potatoes.
3. Stir bread crumbs and 1/4 cup reserved parmesan cheese and sprinkle
4. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until topping is golden brown.

This is a great make-ahead recipe and can be refrigerated up to 6 hours.
Serves 6-10 people

The Verdict:
Um, awesome. It had that classic mashed potato taste, but with some extra cheesy goodness. We loved the topping and I upped the bread crumbs from 2 to 3 Tbsp, because we like an extra crunch. It was a great change from mashed potatoes and was warm and yummy on this chilly night.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday-December 6

How was everyone's weekend?

We were busy around here. Saturday I had a basketball game, then a puppet performance for our kids at church and Saturday night we were scheduled to go to our Sunday School Christmas party, but Hubby ended up not feeling well enough to go, so we stayed home. I was okay with staying home since I'd been on the run all day. It was nice to get into bed at a decent hour and get some much needed rest! I sure hope we're not getting sick around here!

Looking at the week ahead, it looks to be like a usual week, which I'm totally okay with. I have basketball practice tomorrow night and that's it as of right now. So yay!

December 6- December 13

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti (a favorite in this house)

Lasagna (already made, in the freezer)

Chicken Vegetable Marinara (we never had this, so we'll try again)

Chicken Enchilada Soup (a soup mix I bought at a craft fair)

Overnight Blueberry French Toast-from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures (I love overnight french toasts, you can see one we enjoy here)

What are your favorite dinner items?

Have a great week!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

2010 Christmas Wish List

I've been reading a lot of wish lists this year for gifts and I thought I'd join the fun!

Here are my top 10 wants: (in no particular order)

1. A new waffle maker. I love waffles! And we do breakfast frequently in this house, so it makes sense. We have one now, but I'd like to get a bigger one and just update what we have.

2. New cookware set. I like this one and this one and this one (I'm addicted to green stuff right now). I've had our set since we've been married (almost 3 years), which isn't very long, but I'm ready for something a little nicer than what we have. I was conscientious of being frugal on our wedding registry, I just chose that route of picking less pricey items. And now that I cook every night, I want a set that's nicer and more durable. I also want something that is oven safe. And a dream would be something that is dishwasher safe too. I HATE washing my pots and pans in the sink. It's annoying.

3. Hey, it's a wish list. I want this!

4. Corningware set. I've wanted a set for a bit, but have continued to go back and forth as to whether I really want it. So I'll just add it to the wish list.

5. Yep, we've wanted a juicer in this house for a long time. And this is the one.

6. A new toaster oven, just not sure which one. Suggestions?

7. A bread maker. Mine died this week, sad!!! This is the one I had and it was great because it was free! A girlfriend at church gave me hers a little over a year ago. I was looking to borrow one and try it out to see if I'd use it enough and she said I could have hers because she never used it. I just hate the thought of needing a new one because the good ones aren't cheap.

8. Yes, I want a fryer. Yes, I know fried foods aren't great for you. But, there are a few things I'd like to make from time to time and frying on the stove top just is gross. The grease flying everywhere and then the clean-up, no thanks!

9. Another mixing bowl for my stand mixer. I have one but I'd like another since I bake frequently.

Well, that's my top 10. As you have noticed most of the wanted items are for the kitchen. It is my favorite room in the house and I want to spend most of my time in there. Somedays that happens and others not so much. I do have an almost 5 month old, that would be why. But that is okay. I'd just like updated kitchen stuff and new stuff too, so when I'm able to get in there and cook I have everything I need. :)