Mom of Many Male Youngsters




Because I need to lose weight natch. Must. stop. cooking/baking.







**UPDATE: It appears I have once again put the wrong recipe up for my queso dip. I did start with Pioneer Woman’s queso. Then I printed Her Chile Con Queso Revved Up recipe. But in the end I made it up as I went along. See below for the actual recipe.**

So I’ve been putting together my super bowl menu. It’s my excuse to cook a bunch of stuff I never make and an excuse to spend a day in my kitchen instead of having to be out “doing things”. Yes, it’s true, I’m not a fan of doing things. I know you’re all shocked. Okay, maybe not. In fact, I realize, no one who knows me is shocked. You’re all smacking your forehead and yelling duh at the screen. Sorry. Don’t hit yourself too hard.

So, the menu, what you’ve all been waiting for…

Pioneer Woman’s Italian Beef Drip

Chris Jordan’s Hummus

Homemade Salsa

Homemade Guacamole

Chili – a complete amalgamation of recipes

Chile Con Queso by me:
16 ounces Velveeta
12 ounces Monterey Jack shredded
1 can Rotel
1 pkg. Chorizo unskinned and browned
1/2 yellow onion
1 small can Chopped Green Chilies
Brown meat and onions then add everything else into the pan. Stir it until all the cheese is melted then put it in a crock pot on low and let it sit for a couple hours.

And my newest invention – Football buckeyes


Football Buckeyes

Anyone want to come over for dinner and football?

Blind Taste Test


I discovered a new vice. Three words: Peanut. butter. cereal. mmmmm…

I know I don’t need another vice. The coffee and the chocolate and well, everything good and fatty is much more than enough but have you tried peanut butter cereal? My holy hell it is good.

The first purchase started as most of these things do. I bought it for the kids. We have a strict, no more than 11 grams of sugar, rule for cereal. Yes, 11 grams is random. I think it came about because I needed to limit the amount of sugar in their cereal and they were already eating Honey Nut Cheerios. (I may be wrong here – it’s been years.) The good part is when they ask for some horrific, sugary cereal with weird colors and licensed characters on it I can tell them to check the sugar. They do and usually it is over the 11 gram mark. Wegman’s Peanut Butter Corn Crunch was not. I believe it came in at 10. So we bought it.

I’ve been having to buy 2 boxes a week and we still run out. This past weekend I did not shop at Wegmans so I had to buy the cereal it was modeled after: Captain Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (9 grams sugar).

They ate it but it was not the same. There was controversy over which was more peanut buttery and which was sweeter. So I  did what I had to do – I made a trip out to Wegmans and the kids and I had a blind taste test.

The contenders:


The unanimous results:

The Sweetest

The Most Peanut Buttery

The Most Peanut Buttery

The only controversy left was whether each participant preferred more sweetness or pb-ness.

The votes have not been counted on this. The children can’t decide. I however have:

Right sentiment – Wrong box

Right sentiment - Wrong box

Kid Conversation


Things my 13 year old said to me this morning while I took him step-by-step through the process of preparing dinner:

13: Do I have to touch the raw chicken with my hands?

Me: No, it will leap into the pot all by itself. You’re just there to watch.

13: Do I put the chicken IN the crockpot?

Me: No, place it AROUND the pot. It cooks better that way.

This may have made my day.

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