Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Frosting Friday, Oct 30 2009 

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All I have to say is yum. I saw this post and knew I had to try it. I don’t use box mixes so I used this recipe from Food Network. I also added an extra tablespoon of pumpkin to the icing to make it more orange, though it does not show in the picture. They were so moist and so good!

My only problem was that I used a pumpkin shaped cupcake pan and could not get them in the shape of a pumpkin. So they were funny looking, but they were for pre-schoolers. Pretty sure they did not care.

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Shrimp Pot Pie with Fennel Thursday, Oct 8 2009 

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I don’t really like fennel, but this recipe also had shrimp and carbs, so I was willing to over look that. Ben could not find the large puff pastry so he bought mini ones. They worked great and turned this recipe into 6 servings, which is plenty filling. The fennel even tasted pretty good. Though it did not get the “goodest dinner ever” rating, I enjoyed it!

So I have not been very good at cooking this week, there are too many things going on in the evenings. I will be lucky to have 3 of the 5 recipes made this week. So I will carry over what does not get made.

Ravioli with Apples and Walnuts Thursday, Oct 8 2009 

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“Mommy, this is the goodest dinner ever” -Corbin Glaser circa Monday night dinner

I really liked this recipe. I didn’t make the pasta, as I am boycotting that until I ge tthe pasta attachment for my kitchen aid. I bought the pasta from Costco, the spinach and cheese that is in the cheese area. Love it. It was a pack of two so I have big plans for a fatty sauce to go with the other pack. But back to this post. I left out the walnuts as they are really high in points and I don’t like them that much. I see no need to waste points on things I don’t like. I did not miss them. The apples gave a good flavor to the pasta. Super easy dish.

On to Week Three!! Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

The shopping list for week three was pretty basic. I had all of the meats and the ingredients in the “may have” column. I had someone ask me if this was adding to my grocery bill. It really is not. I had some of the meat already from my CSA. What I did not have we picked up aat Costco for around $100. This gives us more meat than we need, so we will be able to use that even after this month is over. As far as the produce for each week we have spent under $25 per week so far.

So overall I think it has saved up money and got me to try meats that I would not normally. Pork chops were one that we never buy, so the change was kind of nice. I am hoping overall this is giving me ideas to try things outside of my bubble.

Chicken Posole Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

This was moved to Sunday as I think soups need more than 30 minutes to properly cook. I also needed to cook a chicken from our freezer. The only think that I changed was I used 1/2 broth and 1/2 stock. I had a 1/2 full box of broth in the fridge to use up and tons of stock in the freezer to use up. Now that I have another chicken carcass I will probably make more chicken stock this week……I need a bigger deep freeze. I also let the tomatoes and broth simmer for about 45 minutes and them another 20 after adding the chicken and hominy.

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This recipe is supposed to serve 4?? This is a 4 quart stock pot, full. So if you feel the need to eat a quart of soup this is 3 points. If you are not someone who feels the need to eat that much in one sitting, I would put this down as a 1 point soup. I ended up freezing most of it for later.

I can’t decide what would go good with it, cheese? tortilla chips? Any ideas?

Goat Cheese Omelet Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

So cooking five meals a week is a bit much. Not because we eat out a lot, we don’t. I have been making these recipes without cutting them down. We don’t need more than 2 1/2 servings most of the time, if that. I knew that this week I was not cooking on Wednesday, but I do cook on Sundays, so that day was moved. Once Thursday hit I had no desire to make omelets. Our fridge is overflowing with the leftovers, even with me taking them to lunch and Ben eating them here and there. So I skipped the omelet and worked on the leftovers.
Anyhow, I still had the ingredients so I decided to make these for breakfast afternoon snack when I woke up Sunday. I did half this recipe as I knew I would be the only one eating it. There are still leftovers in the fridge!
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I tried to get a picture of the yummy goat cheese, as you already know, photography is not my thing.

This was really very good. The goat cheese melted and the mustard was a great addition. Beats cheddar cheese in an omelet anyday!

Steak with Potato Parsnip Mash Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

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This was Tuesday’s recipe but due to the fact that it is 10 points it got moved to Friday. I usually put butter on a steak before cooking it, but tried it without anyway. It was pretty good and so were the potatoes with such a small amount of butter. They would be better with cheese or gravy 😉 The potatoes made waay more than 4 servings, but the kids won’t mind eating them up! The parsnips gave them an odd tang. I could not decide if I liked them, my mom thought they were good.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

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Wednesday I skipped the Real Simple cooking in favor of a family dinner at my parent’s house. When I got home I realized I had three bananas about to go bad. I also had buttermilk still in the fridge from the pumpkin pound cake that was needing to be used. I had saved tons from recipes from Cook Yourself Thin and this seems like a perfect time to try the muffins. Since I had three bananas I tripled the recipe. Thank goodness for my Kitchen-Aid!

These were really good and really filling. I made large muffins, which are 4 points and mini muffins which are 1 point. The large muffin kept me full for most of the day. The mini muffins are perfect to give to the kids for breakfast on the way out of the door. I am really glad they liked them as our freezer in now full of them!