We are fully back into the swing of things with school. The kids enjoyed their drama and sports classes on Tuesday, today starts our piano lessons and Erik’s Aikido, which he is looking forward to so much, one thing he doesn’t like to give up in Summer, but mommy likes the little break. We just keep motoring along, and as I think this September may be our busiest month I can ever remember , I am sure October will be here before we know it. Quick meals are key when you have a lot going on, like this one simple, easy and a seafood dish the whole family enjoyed. Yes even me!
Recipe from Betty Crocker Quick and Easy
- 8 oz uncooked vermicelli
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup sliced red onion
- 1 medium zucchini , sliced
- 1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced ( my grocery store didn’t have any so I used 2 zucchini)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 lb, shrimp, tails removed
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1. Start a large pot of water boiling to cook your pasta, cook to your desired tenderness,.
2. While pasta is cooking, saute onion and garlic in oil in large skillet until tender. Add remaining vegetables and salt, cook additional 2-3 minutes until tender. Set aside vegetables.
3. Add shrimp to skillet and cook 1-2 minutes until just pink. Return vegetables to pan and mix with shrimp.
4. While cooking vegetables and shrimp place marinara sauce in small sauce pan and heat.
5. Divide pasta between your serving bowls and toss each with about 2 Tbsp of marinara sauce. Top with Shrimp and Vegetables plus additional marinara sauce.
6. Eat and enjoy!
Why is there a candle on my cupcake you ask? Is it a birthday party? Anniversary? Well I guess you could say a little of both. It’s my Blogaversary! Actually it was last Thursday, however right when I was about to post my camera died, and all the pictures had not been transferred to my computer. Easy problem to solve you say, just recharge and load them up. Well easier said than done, you see, both my husband and I searched high and low for the recharger and it was not to be found. Last night Hubs borrowed a recharger from a friend just so I could do this post. Yup he’s a keeper. I have now blogged for more than a year. A fun little hobby.Keep your eye out for some changes coming to a blog near you. We are in the process of changing to a self hosted site where I can have a lot more control, and thanks to all of you who have read this little project of mine.
Cupcake Recipe found at Allrecipes
Creme Egg idea found at The Cupcake Activist
- 10 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 16 Cadbury Creme Eggs-frozen
1. To make cupcake batter blend together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, add both extracts with last egg.
2. Blend in all your dry ingredients, then milk.
3. Divide batter into 16 muffin cups that have been lined with paper liners. Top each cupcake with frozen creme egg. (It will sink into the cupcake during cooking time.
4. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, cool, then frost as desired.
5. Eat and enjoy!
What a very, very busy weekend we had. I will start by telling you all about Saturday. First of all, my parents, the snowbirds are back! Yay, for me, I totally love hanging out with my parents, they are some of my very best friends so I like it when they are close to home! A super bonus is they bought me a bunch of “american groceries” things we don’t have up here in Canada, like Biscoff spread, a whole lot of baking stuff, cereal, well it was just like Christmas in April, and everything was food! It was fun! Then they took us out to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch to celebrate the birthdays they missed while they were away! Well, first off all, I will say Chuck.E Cheese is busy on a Saturday. Secondly, I don’t think there is anywhere in the city our kids would rather be. Between the fill your own drink station, pizza, and games it really is where a kid can be a kid. I will admit I have a pretty good time there too. While pizza is definitely their food of choice, they also have a salad bar for the adults, it has quite a few salad options, the only negative I think would be the romaine lettuce, could have been a bit fresher, overall, we will be back again, and again and again, because nothing brings a smile to a kids face like a surprise trip to see Chuck E.