August 16, 2012

Gift Idea {for the foodie that has everything}

Wanted a unique gift for my cousin who a chef in Chicagoland. He and his gf just bought a home in the burbs, so a fun housewarming gift was in order.

Check out Empire Mayonnaise Co. I'm all about mayo to start with! I got them the NYC each of smoked paprika, black garlic & lime pickle. Bonus ~ I found a online discount code: SUMMERBBQ for 25% off.

Since this is a quick iPhone post, that's all for now folks xoxo

August 3, 2012

Workman Brain Quest Kits

I found a fantastic deal on these from Rue La La, so I ordered them for the boys.  The 2nd Grade and the Kinder Kit.  I would love to hear any opinions or input...

And it just goes to show (my husband) that shopping on Rue can be educational too.  It's not just clothes & shoes.  

Happy Weekend All!!

August 2, 2012

BHG Throwback ~ Farmer's Casserole

I'm on a mission lately to clean out and use up products in my fridge and pantry.  I created 4 weekend appetizers on Friday by just hitting the farm market and clearing out some stuff we already had...Tzatziki, Corn & Black Bean Salsa, Buffalo Chicken Dip and Deviled Eggs.

Along with making a concerted effort to cook {almost} every night, the pantry purge has been pretty successful!

This recipe also helped me purge an aging can of evaporated milk, frozen hashed brown potatoes, cheese and eggs that were on there way out.  Some "seen better days" green onions and peppers were added as well.  A perfect midweek supper!

Nonstick cooking spray
3 cups frozen shredded Southern Style hash brown potatoes
¾ cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese or shredded cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
1 cup diced cooked ham, cooked breakfast sausage, bacon or Canadian-style bacon
¼ cup sliced green onions (2)
4 beaten eggs or 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
1 ½ cups milk or one 12-ounce can evaporated milk or evaporated fat-free milk
Pinch of Salt
  Pinch of Pepper
  Optional: Diced bell peppers and/or mushrooms

1.Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange potatoes evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cheese, ham, and any vegetables you may be using.
2.In a bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture in dish.
3.Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 50 – 60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe courtesy of better homes & gardens. 

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

August 1, 2012

It's no secret...

I was thinking ahead whilst web-surfing and happened upon Pottery Barns Halloween Decor 2012.  All Fab...and some re-creatable via craft stores and dollar stores.  Black paint, burlap, wires, lights, netting, fabric, chalk, feathers, etc...Get inspired...

By the way...How is it August?!?!