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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Taking my Le Creuset for a test drive on egg shells

Finally had a chance to take this baby for a spin.  Sunday I made game day food and used my Le Creuset stock pot to boil eggs for deviled eggs. 

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There are two things that I’ve always either had a hard time cooking or just cared less.  Well, maybe three…rice, pancakes and boiled eggs.  Some days I boil eggs and they peel with ease and there’s the other days… those days no matter how cold the water is after they’ve boiled, those suckers just won’t peel correctly. 

Well, all while boiling these eggs I was wondering… should I be boiling eggs.in this pot?  The water took some time to boil… will I have trouble peeling them like I did the other day?

To my surprise…

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These eggs peeled like butta.  After turning the water off I may have waited 5 minutes before running cold water on them.  Not sure if that was the reason they peeled easily after running cold water on them, but I was so excited!  Lame? Maybe, but when you’re in the process of making deviled eggs… and the eggs peel smoothly? I’m good.

If anything changes the next time I boil eggs in this pot I’d be sure to let you know.  However, if I continue to get these results, we’ll leave it at I’m a happy egg boiling mama. 

Before I go let me tease you with our game day food.

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My kid’s favorite homemade fishsticks.

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My favorite… deviled eggs.

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And a few finger poppers. Oh, made my husband’s favorite scalloped potatoes.  Loaded Scalloped Potatoes to be exact and Ice Tea.

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Are you hungry now?  Did you make any special dishes for game day?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Cooking Channel: First lunches of the school year

We’re on our regular schedule and I’m back at making lunches for the kids.  They have an option of eating lunch at school or taking one.  I prefer making their lunches and especially with this being my daughter’s first year.  She’s sort of picky and until we get the lunch schedule, we’re going  play it safe.

Since yesterday was a half day I didn’t have to make their lunch, but I did have to make my husband’s.

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Four turkey sandwiches with turkey bacon on pretzel rolls.  Today I sent him with leftovers we had from yesterday’s dinner. 

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Tilapia, tri-color pasta w/ Alfredo Sauce

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Yep, packed’em up!  No need to let it go to waste.

For the kids….

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Both had turkey sandwiches, but my daughter’s was on gluten free bread and my son’s on miniature italian bread.  I let them both pick their on sides and added Capri Sun drinks.

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My daughter is so excited about going to the cafeteria for the first time today. I’m excited for her too and can’t wait to see if she ate all of her lunch. 🙂

Does your husband and children take lunches from home or buy out?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Cooking Channel: My favorite Dominicks Store

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About a month ago I participated in a challenge using some International products from Dominicks. A few of the items I wasn’t able to find at our local store so, after speaking to a manager he told me about the Dominicks in Palos Heights. He told me that they had a section dedicated to International products. When I went to the store I immediately was sidetracked by some home decor in their floral section.

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I loved their International section because everything was in one area and the shelving units were low. You know how some things can be overwhelming? However, I didn’t feel that way in this section because of the way things were set up.

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Yesterday I went back to try out some new products or ingredients that I maybe haven’t tried before, but of course my first stop was the floral section.

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A picked up a few items, but what I was mostly excited to get were the eggroll wraps that I had been looking all over for. Let’s see what I come up with. Do you have a particular store that you enjoy visiting for specific reasons?

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This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own and spent with my money 😉

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Cooking Channel:Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

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My husband seems to love planting rows & rows of Jalapeno Peppers. Usually I’ll freeze those suckers and call it a day, but this year I decided to make use of the harvest, Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers. Normally I pick up the frozen boxes from the grocery store. They’re filled with what I assume to be a cream cheese filling, but with my family being the meat and potatoes type I wanted to add some ground turkey to the filling too. This is how I did it. Sorry, I don’t have accurate measurements, but what cook actually does that unless you’re baking, right?

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First, pick your Jalapenos from the garden or pick some up from the store. In this batch we have 14 peppers.

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Split peppers down the center and remove seeds. If, you want some kick leave a few in.

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Cook some ground turkey and season well with your favorite seasonings. Your only going to need about 1 cup of meat. Take advantage of using the other portion of meat for something else. This day I made catfish, spaghetti and coleslaw for dinner and the excess ground turkey was used for the spaghetti.

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Now take your cooked ground turkey and mix it with a couple tbl spoons of cream cheese.

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This is what they’ll look like. Prepare the batter

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Mix 3 eggs in a bowl and season.

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Mix equal parts flour & yellow cornmeal in another bowl and season. Cook Pour vegetable oil in skillet and allow it to get good and hot. Tip*** Test to see if oil is hot enough by taking a sprinkle of flour mixture and sprinkling it in the hot oil. If it sizzles well it’s hot enough.*** Prepare Jalapeno Peppers for Cooking 1. Take stuffed pepper dip in egg mixture, next in flour mixture, back to egg mixture and once again to flour mixture. Repeat this process to all the peppers before placing them in oil. 2. Place them in oil and allow them to brown on each side. (3 – 4 minutes tops) when they float they’re done.

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3. Remove peppers from skillet and place on a paper towel to allow oil to drain off. Serve with some sauce and it’s all good!

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FYI I used the Taco Bell Sauce with ours.

Enjoy

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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