Friday, January 27, 2012

Lazily Mediterranean

I LOVE couscous-  The great, quicker cooking cousin to rice and pasta.
OK, that's not true since its really just tiny pasta pieces.
But it seems like rice.
But its not.

Anyway, just boil water and 5 minutes later your done.
5 minutes to dinner=Awesome.

The great thing about this dish is that it seems exotic to me.  Mediterranean definitely.  A bit Middle Eastern.  And yet- 5 minutes and FOUR ingredients.  Diced tomatoes would also be a good addition, but I'm out of them and I rarely run to the store at the last minute for anything.  I also like to top it with parmesan.
So- there you are.  Another 5 minute meal :)

My favorite is:

Jar of quartered marinated artichoke hearts
can of garbanzo beans (aka chick peas)
1 cup coucous
1 1/4 cups of broth
(the above = 4 servings)

Add it all together, boil it, take it off the heat and let it sit 5 minutes, fluff with a fork and enjoy the delicious simplicity.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Broccoli Soup

I have been doing this paleo thing lately, which is so outside of my general carbohydrate addict's existence. (paleo is the "caveman's diet" with no "white carbs", ie no pasta, rice, potato or bread... I know... what is left for me to eat?!"
Anyway, in an effort to get more vegetables (and not be so darn hungry all of the time) I developed the lazy girl's broccoli or spinach soup.

defrosted frozen Broccoli (or spinach)
block of tofu
shredded cheese

basically, I defrost the broccoli and throw all the ingredients into the blender and add broth until its the right consistency.  So easy.  So filling.  So few calories :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

To start off the new year, I have all of the laundry in my house clean and put away.
ALL of it.  AAAAAnd, while I was at it I organized the kids clothes, and put some more in my "take to the Salvation Army" bag.
All the clothes clean AND put away.
That, like, never happens.
Its "throw myself a party and drink the rest of the champagne from last night" exciting.
Ok, like I wasn't going to do that anyway since Sweetheart is working tonight and I'll be home with the champagne and the rest of the Christmas chocolate calling my name.
So... hooray for me!  The clothes are all least for another 3 hours until the kids change into their pajamas, at which time the laundry cycle will start over :)

That was my big New Years activity.  How was yours?  Are you doing something to start it off on the right foot?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lazy Lemon Bars

I never bake.
Never hardly ever.
When people come over and ask what to bring I always say dessert.
This is partly because baking is not such a great activity for the attention deprived (we tend to put too much or too little of ingredients and burn things) AND it is a terrible activity for those of us with out self control, since a dozen cookies lasts all of 12 minutes.  And that's when the kids are asleep.

Unfortunately, though, I am required to bring something for some function.
Enter, the TWO ingredient Lemon bars over at "I'm a Lazy Mom" (my hero ;)
Angel food cake mix and lemon pie filling (plus powdered sugar to top.

Click the pic to link to the actual awesomely awesome recipe.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I'm not going to make everything a link to a blog or pinterest, but this stove top Mac and Cheese is A.Mazing.

My kids, generally, only liked boxed mac n' cheese, and when I try to make it from scratch they whine and say they want the "real" stuff.
Am I the only ones with kids like this?  Or am I just the only one who feeds their kids such a consistent diet of Kraft that they think its a food group?
Anyway-- it tastes and has the consistence of Kraft-- but tons better.  Click on the pic for the link and the recipe.  Basically its Alton Brown's stovetop mac n' cheese with evaporated milk, shredded cheese and eggs.  I don't add the mustard or hot sauce.
***Also, I only use ONE can of the evaporated milk, not two as recommended.***

Friday, December 9, 2011

Socks are So Pinteresting

Lately I have been on Pinterest... which I seriously L.O.V.E.  Seriously.

This idea, though, is one of my favorites and something I actually do.  And Love.  Seriously.  As I've told you, Laundry is one of my nemiseseses.  
Especially little socks.  
I think tiny socks are SO SO SO cute.....until they're in the laundry and I'm trying to match them up and figure out which tiny white or pink sock is exactly the same as some other tiny white or pink sock.
Enter, The sock bag.  
This is a life change folks.  

Here's the scoop:
Buy 2 big bags of socks (we have 20 pair total of the same sock) that will fit both kids.  Put the socks into one of those little containers for plastic grocery store bags.  Hang near the shoes.  Don't fold/match/deal with baby/kid socks ever again.  The end.

Now, I understand this is easier for me, given my kids have feet relatively the same size (one is a 9 and the other wears size 11's) but you could totally do it with different sized kids.  Just buy everyone a bunch of the same sock with different colored toes, or mark each kid's with a different color sharpie.
I am totally cheap cheap cheap, but this was so worth the little investment in buying new socks and getting rid of the old ones.
We do have some other socks-- some occasions call for the Princess to have pink socks or other random cutie ones, and TinyTwo#1 occasionally needs black or navy blue socks, but those occasions are rare.
The kids can get their own socks every morning -- which I love-- and they put the clean ones away by themselves :)
You're welcome ;)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Link: The Suburban Minimalist

The Suburban Minimalist has a great post today-- I could have (almost) written it myself. She and I think a lot alike in many ways (though she's much cooler than I am), so today I'll be lazy and share her tips on
the absolutely positively pain-free way to go simple (and stay chic)