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Friday Night Fun

This week was a lot of fun.

 We made lots of yummy dishes like this, this, and this.

Woo hoo weekend leftovers.

 Studied insects and my classroom kiddos made these delicious creations.


Packing up was tons of fun on a sugar high.We also found out the rainbow twizzlers….are no good.

Had a couple of adult root beer floats.

 And participated in Friday Pizza night.

White Pizza 

1 tube refrigerated pizza dough

3 links spicy turkey sausage

1 cup ricotta cheese (about 8 ounces)

2 cups six cheese italian blend

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

2 cups spinach

S&P to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400. Brown sausage into crumbles. Spread pizza dough on to a baking sheet or pizza stone. Spray dough with with olive oil cooking spray. Top with spinach.

2. In a bowl, mix together cheeses, adding red pepper flakes and S&P. Spread mixture over the top of spinach. Top with sausage.

4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.


Pepper Jack Chicken

While I am not sure I am suppose to – I was so happy to get a short run in this afternoon. I was a light jog and my foot felt good the whole way so maybe the second doctor was right about lack of arch support.

Tomorrow I will use my gym membership and ride a bike just to see if alternating cardio activities will help.

Pepper Jack Crusted Chicken

2 boneless chicken breasts

1/2 cup whole wheat crackers (about 10 crushed)

1/3 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

1 egg

1 tbsp oil

1. Combine crackers, cheese, and bread crumbs in a food processor and pulse, put in small bowl. Put egg in own bowl and beat. Dip chicken in egg mixture and then dredge in crumb mixture.

2. In a skillet, place about 1 tbsp oil and heat to medium-high. Add chicken, cooking for about 5 minutes on each side.

3. Once cooked, top with an extra pinch of pepper jack and let melt.

Tomorrow is the last day until the weekend!

Whoop whoop!

Happy Birthday to you!!!

Today is our oldest nephews twelfth birthday.

Now I am new to this aunt thing.

So when deciding what to make in Christopher’s birthday honor

I was clueless.

Things I know about Christopher:

1. He likes to ride the Hulk rollercoaster.

Like 4 times in a row.

Yea I was a little sick afterward.

2. He is a ninja.

Well he takes karate.

I just assume he is secretly a ninja.

3. He is pretty smart.

Well he talked me into riding the Hulk 4 times.

Kid’s a genius.

I asked Rich for some input:

“He has red hair.”

Wow. Thanks.

So when I decided to make Confessions of a Cookbook Queen’s Cap’n Crunch cupcakes with peanut butter  marshmallow frosting, it was a shot in the dark.

Kids like cereal.

Kids like peanut butter.

Kids like marshmallow fluff.

Good enough for me.

So Happy Birthday Christopher.

We love you.

Chocolate Cupcakes *

3 eggs

3/4 cups butter or 1 1/2 sticks at room temp.

2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 cups milk

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Mix together flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda, and salt, set bowl aside.

2. Beat butter in a mixer for about 30 seconds, add eggs, and slowly add the sugar until combined. Make sure to wipe down the sides and beat one more time.

3. Add in vanilla. Then add milk and flour mixture on low. Kick up the speed for about one minute or until completely combined.

4. I then crushed up 2 cups of Cap’n Crunch and added it to the cupcake batter.

5. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and then frost.

*I did not use her exact cupcake recipe, she uses nilla cupcakes. I chose to use my own chocolate cupcakes.*

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Frosting

2 sticks butter, at room temp.

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup milk

4 cups powdered sugar

7 oz jar Marshmallow creme

1. Beat eggs, peanut butter and vanilla extract in a mixer on low until combined.

2. Slowly add in powdered sugar until well combined.

3. Fold in marshmallow creme.

After frosting the cupcakes add a little cereal on top.

This is Kristan’s exact recipe.

She has a zombie she employs that eats the brains of unethical bloggers.

I like my brains so I am giving her the well deserved credit she deserves.

Well that, and I do not want her to make fun of me on her blog.



Operation Dinner

Dinner a la moi!

We have been super lucky to have Rich’s stepmama making us delish dinner for about a week now.

She rocks in the cooking department.

We wanted to giver her a break and  make something delish for her and papa Barnes.

We made Rich’s almost famous grilled chicken.

Almost meaning my five readers now know it exists.

Balsamic roasted brocoli and cauliflower.

I was dying for some sweet potatoes but for some reason Long Island does not believe in stocking regular sweet potato.

Rich convinced me to use Japanese sweet potatoes.

I bought some boxed bulgar and garlic just in case this was an epic food failure.

Fortunately they did turn out awesome.

I mean when you use maple syrup and brown sugar how bad could something be?

Maple roasted sweet potatoes

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

a sprinkle of brown sugar (just in case)

Preheat over to 400

1. Arrange sweet potatoes in a baking dish.

2. Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice and salt in a separate bowl.

3. Pour over the top of sweet potatoes. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

4. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Stirring every 15.

We now have 110 save the dates to label and mail out.

I sense a vodka spritzer in my future.

What foods do you like to make to impress family?



Everyday I’m shufflin’

The first month of summer vacation completely flew by. It is amazing to think that I only have one full month off before it is time to play with, I mean educate the future.

Rich and I are both working hard at our goal of 200 miles in the summer.

I was disappointed that I only made it to 46 miles in June, but then Rich reminded me that I did not set a goal until June 5th so I lost 5 days and then 2 more travel days.

And it made me feel better and it helped me be more proactive and set my goal on time this month.

July goal- 75 miles.

This is not going to be easy but we are going to start training for Disney Wine and Dine.

So hopefully that will make us run some longer runs.

I started the morning running 4 miles. Stalking my favorite blogs, and eating some yummy breakfast courtesy of Rich.

Peanut butter, banana, and sandwich thins. YUM!

Afterwards I spent the day with these sweet faces.

Otherwise known as my nieces and nephews. This photo courtesy of Kacey’s facebook, since I could not get them together for one on babysitting duty.

We made some awesome bracelets:

Kenzie and hers.

Abby and hers.

Mack in sunglasses. Only because he is too cute for words.

Yes-I pray that my children will someday be this cute (it is a sickness).

We then tortured played with Torre, blew bubbles and learned to not  make fun of our friends from Yo Gabba Gabba.

I am pretty sure she is praying to wake up back at the place with no children.

I have to give a major shout out to Kacey who lives this life everyday.

I know what you are thinking…I do this with 18 kiddos everyday…it is NOT the same. I am able to do this in a very structured environment, with PE, music and Art teachers to help.

Because after about 3 hours of sweet faces. I soon was dealing with this face.

Yea. I hated my life at that moment as well.

I needed a major drink at the end of the day.

On top of my delish drink. Kacey got us this:

Chicken Bacon Bomber pizza.

This is pretty much the best pizza I have ever had in my entire life.

Fried chicken, bacon, 1000 dressing, sharp cheddar, and delish dough combined.

It is beyond AWESOME. It is what TMNT would dream of if they had time between all the saving the world and being cool.

And worth every calorie. I never regret enjoying a piece of bomber pizza.

One more picture for you to envy. I mean enjoy.

At some point this weekend I will post some recipes but I feel strange making a mess cooking in someone else’s house.



ps I am officially obsessed with this video and song.

Throw some glitter make it rain

Today was the best day.

Best Day = last day of school until August.

In honor of this occasion, teachers are celebrating.

Celebrations make me think of parties. With streamers, glitter, sequins.

And LOTS of yummy food.

Including cupcakes.

I used box mix because I had no time after my Chili’s celebration.

I also used my mixer (otherwise known as my one true love).

Separate the batter into four bowls (about a cup each).

I picked my favorite colors:






Layer the batter into the cupcake pan. Then use a toothpick and gently swirl the cupcake batter. A light swirling should do.

Follow baking directions on cake mix.

Mine baked about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

The perfect party cupcake.

The Ke$ha ¢up¢ake

1 box white cake mix (or you can make homemade)

Food Coloring

1 can of frosting (or you can make homemade)

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