Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ginger Teriyaki Sliders

I got this recipe from Family Circle. We loved these!


Makes 12 sliders
Prep 10 minutes
Broil 6 minutes

12 per pkg mini soft dinner rolls (King's Hawaiian)
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 green onions, trimmed and cut up, plus more for garnish
2 tsp peeled and coarsely chopped ginger
1 pound ground pork
1/4 cup + 1 tsp teriyaki stir fry sauce
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 tsp sugar

Heat broiler.
Line a baking pan with foil, coat foil with oil or cooking spray.
Wrap rolls in foil and place in oven to warm.

In a mini chopper, combine mushrooms, 2 green onions and ginger.
Pulse until finely chopped.
Transfer to a bowl and add pork, 1/4 cup stir fry sauce
and the bread crumbs.
Stir to blend.

Shape mixture into 12 patties.
Place patties on baking pan, broil 6 min. turning once, or until desired doneness.

Stir together mayonnaise, remaining stir fry sauce and sugar in a bowl.
Split rolls and top each with a burger.
Spread 1 tsp teriyaki mayonnaise on each roll, sprinkle with green onion, then serve.

*For a spicy hit, stir a pinch of wasabi powder or a dash or hot sauce into the teriyaki mayo before spreading on rolls.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spa Day

Back before Mother's Day, I said that I would love to have some relaxing time at the spa. Bryan had looked into a trip for myself and my friend Kelly to go to Nashville and spend the day at the spa and night at a nice hotel. After months of us never getting around to making that trip, I decided that maybe we should try something on a smaller scale.
Last Wednesday Bryan had the day off so Kelly & I made an appointment at a spa here in Clarksville. The day was AMAZING!
We started with a facial - which I had never had before. I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxing a facial is. I almost fell asleep during the process!
The facial lasted an hour and after that we had our foot treatments. Their foot treatment is basically a pedicure, but it was the best one I've ever had.
Following our foot treatments, we had lunch in the Garden Room of the spa. We had vegetable soup, corn bread and chocolate cake. We decided that it was a perfect meal because the vegetable soup wasn't heavy or super filling. Therefore we had plenty of room left for our big piece of cake!
Our final treatment for the day was our hour long massage. It was wonderful! After the massage, the therapist told me that she could tell during the treatment how badly my body needed that.
Overall it was one of the best days I've had since we moved here. It was great to be able to share such a relaxing day with a good friend who also needed a break. I'm so thankful to Bryan for making the day possible for us!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Clarksville Half Marathon

This past Saturday was the Clarksville Half Marathon. The race was at 8am so Bryan & I were up by 6. Our babysitter came to stay with Marlie while we ran. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. I ran 13 miles two weeks ago, but this run was MUCH harder. I struggled a lot and was disappointed with my end result, but I completed the race in 2 hours and 38 minutes.
On the other hand, I was very proud of Bryan. He was in the field for the 2 weeks prior to the race so he wasn't able to run much leading up to Saturday. He finished the race in 2 hours and 4 minutes.
I'm glad to have the experience behind me now. I plan to sign up for the Country Music 1/2 Marathon in Nashville in April. For now I'm going to take a bit of a rest from running long distances though!

Once again we had to take a post race picture at our house because there was nowhere to put our camera at the race site.

You can view some of our action shots here. You have to search by our bib numbers though. Mine was 132 and Bryan's was 133.


Here is a picture from the start of the race where you can see Bryan well.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sausage & Cheese Squares

This was a winner at my MOPS group and a hit in our house too!

Sausage & Cheese Squares
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
2 lbs breakfast sausage
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 8oz pkgs cream cheese

Brown & crumble sausage, then drain.
Remove sausage from pan and melt cream cheese in pan.
Fold in sausage.
In a greased 13x9 inch baking dish, place one can of rolls in bottom and press seams together.
Add the sausage & cream cheese mixture on top of the flattened crescent rolls.
Next sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly on top of the mixture.
Finally add the 2nd can of rolls on top of cheese and press the seams together.

Bake at about 375 for about 25 minutes.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


So I've told some of my friends and family about these, but haven't put them on my blog. I have bad feet so it's always an ordeal for me to find cute, comfortable shoes. I came across these on Target's website and LOVE them! They are soft and flexible which leads me to believe they would be a good fit for anyone. They are only $12.99 and if you spend over $50 at Target, you can get free shipping. I would recommend doing what I did, and get them in multiple colors! In addition to red, I also bought turquoise, mustard, pewter, bronze and fuschia!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sausage with Peppers and Pasta

Here's another recipe from Kraft foods. I have to include the disclaimer that our votes were split on this one. Bryan just thought it was ok, but I really enjoyed it. That is especially surprising since I don't eat peppers.

Sausage with Peppers and Pasta

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 29 min
Makes: 6 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

3 cups rigatoni pasta, uncooked
1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced
1 each: red, green and yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups Shredded Italian* Mozzarella-Parmesan Cheese Blend
1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

COOK pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet on medium heat 10 min. Stir in peppers; cook 7 min. or until sausage is cooked through and peppers are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 min. or until heated through.

DRAIN pasta. Add to sausage mixture with shredded cheese; mix well.

TOP with Parmesan.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Happy Halloween

Last week Bryan & Marlie carved one of our pumpkins that we got on our trip to Patterson Place Farm. Marlie enjoyed being the assistant, but she did not want to put her hand inside the pumpkin!

Getting an up close view of the glow!

On Wednesday night, my friend, Kelly, and I took our girls to the fall festival at our church. It took Marlie a little bit to warm up to her costume, but once I mentioned that she could get candy if she wore it - she was all about it!
Showing off all her candy!

"Baby" Emily & Marlie

My sweet Foofa

Searching for candy in the hay

On Saturday, we had a pre-trick-or-treat get together at our house. Some of our neighbors came over and we had an early dinner then let the kids play. Once 6 o'clock rolled around we were out the door! A large group of us walked around the neighborhood while the kids collected way too much candy!
Foofa once again

Kate & M

Rainbow Brite, Foofa, and DJ Lance Rock. I made my costume last year and plan to wear it until it falls apart. M's costume was easy to make, but DJ Lance was a little more work. They're not perfect but it was fun to make them.