Monday, February 25, 2013

At the Movies

It seems like we go for ages without going to the movie theater, choosing instead to wait for DVD's.  But on Sunday, after her birthday massage, Madison and I went to see Safe Haven at Studio Movie Grill.  I LOVE going to Studio Movie Grill.  What's not to love?  Really nice seats and a waiter to bring your food.  And good food too.  Margarita Pizza and Ginger Lime Chicken Salad were our choices this time. 

And we will be going back soon I hope.  Cullen and I can't wait for this movie to come out in a couple of weeks:  

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie
1 Tsp. olive oil
3 stalks celery, diced
1 stalk leek, diced
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
1 lb. ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. bay leaves
1/2 tsp. greek seasoning
1 small can diced tomatoes
2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded chedder cheese
In large saucepan saute celery, leek, carrots,and onion until semi tender.  Add ground beef and cook until cooked through.  Add salt and pepper, bay leaves, greek seasoning and tomatoes.  Heat through.  Transfer to medium casserole pan. 
Add cream cheese and shredded cheese to potatoes.  Drop by spoonful on top of meat mixture.  Place under broiler for 5-7 minutes until slightly browned. 


Madison turned 17 this week.  All grown up with places to go.  She wanted a Vera Bradley steering wheel cover for her car (yes - she's got a car!) and her first massage at Massage Envy.  We are going on a girl's shopping trip and lunch today. 

I'm very proud of my girl!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Soup

I made this Minestrone Soup for Super Bowl Sunday.  I often make soup on Sundays since it's easy to throw things in the crock pot and forget them while we are running errands or working around the house then come dinner time we have a nice hot soup.

We were all going in different directions early Sunday afternoon.  Girls were getting pedicures.  The boys were working in the yard and going to the batting cages.  Everyone was in and out at different times but we each found some time to get a bowl of this soup.  I had some fresh rolls too since we like dunking. 

This soup will be great again tomorrow for taking to work for lunch.  It also freezes well. 

Super Bowl Soup

4 cups chicken broth
2 -14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, Italian blend
1 lb. potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced
19 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium leek, chopped (light green and white part)
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped broccoli or broccoli slaw
1 cup diced carrot
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. marjoram or basil
1 1/2 cup cooked pasta

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker except pasta.  Cook on low 6 hours.  When all vegetables are softened, add pasta.  Serve immediately.   Top with Parmesan cheese.