P31 Wannabe

Waffles! Waffles! Waffles! November 15, 2013

Filed under: Breakfast,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:26 am

Last Saturday I went a little crazy with making waffles. See, Friday morning I had whipped up a batch of whole wheat waffles from my usual recipe. It makes more than we eat for one breakfast, so I lay the extras on a cookie sheet and freeze them, then put them into a ziploc bag for later. But I never got around to cleaning the waffle iron. So, on Saturday, I decided to make some more waffles, mainly to stockpile them in the freezer again. I hate buying store brand waffles when I can make them myself. Especially since I can make them healthier and cheaper (I’m assuming but I haven’t actually calculated).

My teenage son doesn’t like anything healthy so he’s not a fan of the whole wheat waffles. I decided to try out a recipe that wasn’t as healthy just to make him happy. So I tried a recipe for cinnamon waffles. They were good, fluffier than my whole wheat kind, but nothing extraordinary.

Next, I noticed that I had some bananas that were over ripe so that led me to think of making banana nut waffles. So I searched and found this yummy recipe: http://cookieandkate.com/2013/banana-nut-waffles/

They were delicious. Thick, but delicious! I decided to make a half batch since I had one banana left but of course halfway through I realized that I hadn’t divided the ingredients like I was supposed to, so I substituted the other banana with a single serve cup of applesauce. So I guess I invented another kind of waffles: Apple Banana Nut! They were pretty good, too.

Finally, I also made pumpkin waffles from the fresh pumpkin I had cooked and frozen before Halloween. These were yummy, too! (Although I didn’t add the chocolate chips like she did. I was trying to keep it at least a little healthier).

So, now my freezer is bursting with waffles and I have been enjoying one for breakfast each morning with only a little butter and no syrup. And a week later, we still have a lot left. So hopefully they’ll last another week or so. Saves on buying cereal, too!


Cheesy Zucchini

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 1:09 am

I stumbled on this recipe while on Pinterest (of couse!). But I am a refined Pinterest addict. I only get on when I need something specific and not just get sucked into to browsing for an hour at a time! But that’s besides the point.

This recipe is super easy and really good. Although H still threw a it about eating zucchini even though I only gave her teeny serving (I always make the kids take at least a little bite of everything). I wouldn’t have told her it was zucchini except daddy loudly asked what I was cooking and thought it was broccoli. Otherwise I was planning on just calling it cheesy veggies.

The recipe only calls for 2 ingredients: zucchini and cheese! I shredded the zucchini in my food processor with the shredding attachment and it worked great. Here’s the recipe: Cheesy Zucchini


Spaghetti Squash Lasagna October 24, 2013

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 7:58 pm


I made this yummy casserole tonight. It might sound weird, but it is really good! And it’s a great low carb recipe. Here’s the recipe:

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

I changed the recipe just a bit by putting it all in a 13X9 pan and making two layers of the squash. I put a thin layer of spaghetti sauce first, half of the spaghetti squash, some ricotta cheese, a layer of shredded cheese (mozzarella or an Italian cheese blend). Then repeat spaghetti sauce, squash, ricotta and cheese layers. I finished with a light layer of spaghetti sauce and more shredded cheese (hey, what can I say? We like cheese!).


Blooming Onion May 8, 2013

Filed under: Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 2:24 pm

This week I took the girls strawberry picking with a friend and her kiddos. At the farm they were selling these huge onions:

I had the bright idea to make a Blooming Onion

with mine.

This recipe was pretty easy all things considered and I actually had all the required ingredients besides horse radish (which I wouldn’t have used anyways). It was a bit spicy for my taste but I still liked it. I did have to use more oil than it called for for my small fry-daddy.



I served mine with hamburgers and corn on the cob.


Easy Boston Cream Pie February 11, 2013

Filed under: Desserts,Homeschooling,Life,Recipes — Lacey @ 2:10 pm


This is the Easy Boston Cream Pie that we made for our Make Way For Ducklings study. It was one of the easiest recipes I found online. I had never made Boston Cream Pie before so I was impressed with how yummy and easy this recipe was. We all enjoyed it a lot!


Sour Cream and Bacon Chicken (Crockpot) November 15, 2012

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes,Slow Cooker — Lacey @ 4:13 pm

I found this recipe on Pinterest and was excited, because what could be better than sour cream and bacon on chicken? And I thought Seth would love.

It was good, but not that good. Neither of us liked how undercooked the bacon seemed. Personally, I like my bacon pretty crispy. The recipe said you could precook the bacon some or just wrap the chicken in raw bacon. I was short on time so I just used raw bacon. I would definitely recommend precook the bacon at least some. I’ll probably try this the next time I make it.


Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 3:32 pm

I keep seeing these peppermint cookies on my Pinterest food board and really wanted an excuse to make them. It’s not Christmas yet, but who cares! Peppermint is good anytime, right? So I decided to try them out for our high school dgroup. Well, they weren’t that big of a hit with them. I guess most of them don’t dig peppermint. Chocolate yes, peppermint…apparently not.

Haddie really liked the dough but she didn’t like the cookies. The melt away cookies were quite dry. Not crispy or over cooked, but powdery dry. You definitely need a drink afterwards. I’m pretty sure that’s how they’re supposed to be, but I prefer soft chewy cookies instead. Also, I don’t think I like peppermint extract…it doesn’t taste like actual peppermint. It’s too strong. I ended up not using it in the frosting and instead I used vanilla extract. It was much better this way.

I also wonder what the cookies would have tasted like if they are made with cocoa powder to become chocolate peppermint cookies! Mmm…I Love chocolate and mint together!


Sweet Kugel November 8, 2012

Filed under: Desserts,Homeschooling,Recipes — Lacey @ 12:05 pm

I found this sweet kugel recipe on Pinterest when I was planning out our school for the Mrs. Katz and Tush FIAR row. Since the book is about a Jewish woman and Passover, we have made a number of Jewish recipes. This one was probably one of the best ones. We liked it better than the Apple Matzo Kugel. The texture wasn’t so squishy. Surprisingly the noodles didn’t get super soft. I liked the sweeter taste and the crunchy butter topping.

Haddie only tried a little bit and then spit it out (which is not allowed in our house!). I think she just prepared herself to not like it because it is different, even though she enjoyed helping to make it. Seth thought it was pretty good and a few of our youth group guys ate some. I actually had seconds on it. It’s probably not something I’d make again, but it was good.

The recipe did almost overflow my 9×13 pan. So be sure to put a cookie sheet underneath. And I left out the raisins because we aren’t fans. Also, I used an almond honey oat cereal because we didn’t have enough frosted flakes. I think it turned out even better with it.

Sweet Kugel




Orange Teriyaki Chicken

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 11:45 am

I made this earlier this week and it turned out great. The recipe is actually for grilled chicken kabobs. I made them this way, but next time I’ll probably just bake them with the sauce instead. I am horrible at grilling at it probably doesn’t help that our grill is very inconsistent. It’s either like “hey, let me burn the crud out of your meat or I will barely heat it.” So it took a lot longer to grill them and the ends got black. But anyways, I say all that to explain that we liked the sauce but I didn’t like all the extra work of making the kabobs and grilling.

And I don’t seem to have good luck with the kabob sticks. I have wooden ones and I make sure to soak them in water but they always catch on fire and turn into black stubby ends. Is that just normal?

Like I mentioned, we really liked the sauce. It wasn’t too orangey but it did have a little of a spicy kick to it. I will be making it again, just probably baked.

Oh and of course you know where I found the recipe…

Orange Teriyaki Chicken


Funfetti Cake Chex Mix November 7, 2012

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 3:05 pm

When I found this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it for my high school dgroup. They love the regular puppy chow Chex and I figured this would be a good change of pace.

My first attempt at it was a disaster. I tried to use white chocolate chips because that’s all I had. I attempted to melt them in the microwave but the more I tried to melt and stir them, the bigger of a hard chunk I got. I even tried to put them in the oven with the Chex to see if it would thin out that way. Yep, just ended up with white chocolate chunks and toasted Chex. So, that week the kids just munched on the Chex disaster.

The next week I broke down and got the actual almond bark from Walmart. And this time it worked wonderfully. I just used regular white cake mix and it was delicious. I tried to add sprinkles after the fact to get the funfetti effect, but the wouldn’t stick. So if you add sprinkles, I recommend adding before the cake mix and powdered sugar.

Funfetti Chex