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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice


I have to admit, sometimes I forget to get a menu together and after the crazy week that I've had (and it's just Tuesday), menu planning hasn't even been on my radar, sadly... We also had a "clean out the fridge week" last week, that was successful - and for some reason, because I didn't take time to plan a menu last week, I didn't take time this week either.... anyway, I digress... 

Needless to say, when Dan asked me what was for dinner tonight (he usually cooks on Tuesdays because he works from home), I didn't have anything planned... I threw out the idea for fried rice because I knew we had rice in the pantry and random veggies and at least one egg in the fridge.

Well, if you know Dan at all - you know he can't be having just plain fried rice - he had to come up with something quite yummy and he didn't fail! It was yummy and easy and, did I mention yummy!?! 


Thai Pineapple Fried Rice


1 tablespoon oil 

1 or 2 shallots - diced

3 cloves garlic (chopped) 

1 red chili (chopped) 

1 red pepper (diced) 

1 egg (lightly beaten) 

3 tablespoons vegetable broth (we used turkey broth that we had in the freezer)

1 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce 

1 tablespoon curry powder 

1 teaspoon sugar 

1/2 cup cashews (roasted)

3 cups cooked rice

1 cup pineapple chunks

1/4 cup peas (fresh or frozen) 

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup cilantro (chopped) 


1. Heat the oil in a pan. 

2. Add the shallot, garlic, chillies and red pepper and stir-fry until fragrant, about a minute. 

3. Add the egg and stir-fry for a minute. 

4. Add the stock, fish sauce, soy sauce, curry powder and sugar and stir-fry. 

5. Add the cashews and stir-fry for 30 seconds. 

6. Add the rice, break up any clumps and stir-fry for a few minutes. 

7. Add the pineapple, peas and raisins and stir-fry to mix them in. 

8. Remove from heat and serve garnished with cilantro. 

This would be great with chicken or shrimp - but we preferred it to be meatless. It was still very filling! Dan adapted this recipe from the Closet Cooking Blog.  He has other great recipes too - so you should totally check this blog out! 

Coffee Crumb Cake


One of my favorite desserts is a simple coffee crumb cake! There is just something about that thick crumb topping with brown sugar and cinnamon yumminess that makes me want to dance around my kitchen - okay, maybe not?!  Pair this cake with yummy coffee and I am one happy girl! 

I found a really great and easy crumb cake recipe over at Buns in My Oven, a great blog with lots of other yummy recipes! I didn't change anything and it came out pretty close to perfect! The only problem that you might have is eating all the crumb topping before you actually bake the cake! I had to pull out some serious self-control! 

Hope you enjoy! 

Baked Burritos with Sour Cream-Poblano Sauce


Dan always finds the yummy recipes and last night's dinner was NO different! It was super yummy and fairly easy, although there were lots of dishes that I had to clean up afterwards. We have a deal in the kitchen- one of us cooks and the other cleans. By the way, I prefer the cooking part! 

We made some pretty big changes to the recipe. Instead of using beef, we actually went meatless and just added some extra peppers and beans - and it was still quite yummy! 


Baked Burritos with Sour Cream-Poblano Sauce

Baked Burritos

  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green or red pepper
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1.25 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8-10 whole wheat tortillas
  • Spray cooking oil

Sour Cream-Poblano Sauce

  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth (preferably room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (light is fine)

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

To make the burritos: Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and then add the oil. Once hot, add the onions and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften. 

Stir in the peppers, tomato paste and cook for 30-60 seconds before adding in the beans. Add the broth, cumin, oregano, chili powder, cayenne, brown sugar and salt to taste. Reduce heat and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Place 2-4 Tbsp. of cheese on each tortilla and then spoon some of the bean mixture over the top. Fold it up like a burrito. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet, and spray each burrito with cooking oil.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until tortillas are golden brown and crispy.

Meanwhile, while the burritos are baking, make the sauce.

Place the poblano directly over a gas burner. Using tongs, turn occasionally until skin is blackened on all sides. (You can also do this in the oven by place the poblanos on a cookie sheet and turning the oven to broil.)

Let them cool until you can work with them. Peel the poblano (I find that using a paper towel and just sliding it down the poblano is the easiest way to do this), remove the stem and seeds, and dice it.  

Heat a sauce pan over medium heat, add the butter and then stir in the flour, cooking for an additional minute. Slowly add the chicken broth and then the diced poblano; continue to simmer, whisking frequently, until thickened.

Add the sour cream and warm through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve the sauce over the baked burritos.

*This recipe was adapted from EllysaysOpa blog, which has many other yummy recipes too! 

Oh, Pumpkin...


This year, we bought several cooking pumpkins and made our own fresh pumpkin puree instead of buying canned pumpkin. It was a lot more tasty, "healthy", and economical. I'm not saying the recipes we made were "healthy" just the fresh pumpkin part...

Here are the yummy dishes that we've been enjoying around our home lately. 


1. Fresh Pumpkin Pie from Market District - so very yummy and I only made a few changes to the recipe. I didn't do the streusel topping and I cheated and bought a pre-made pie crust (I was in a hurry....). I also added all spice and nutmeg to the spice mixture. 

2. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Sweat Pea's Kitchen blog. Who doesn't love snickerdoodles? These just have a hint of pumpkin and are so good! I couldn't stop eating them!! 

3. Harvest Pumpkin Soup from Sweat Pea's Kitchen blog too-  You can't go wrong with this version of pumpkin soup. It's filled with flavor and topped with Blue Cheese - oh snap! It was good!! 

4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars by Bake at 350 blog. These have chocolate and pumpkin! It's a quick and great fall rendition of the traditional chocolate chip cookie bars I always loved as a kid. 

5. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes from Annie Eats' Blog - OH MY! These were so yummy and reminded me of one of my favorite drinks from Starbucks - these little cupcakes were filled with great spices and coffee! 

There are so many other recipes that I didn't quite get to this year, even though I'm probably not done making pumpkin recipes just quite yet. For more recipes using pumpkin, check out my Oh Pumpkin collection on Pinterest. 


a desire to bake...


For some odd reason, I woke up Wednesday morning with a desire to bake... Maybe it was the fact that it was Halloween and I had a sweet tooth?! I'm not sure why, but I gave into that desire and picked out a yummy recipe that I found on Pinterest - of course.  These were super yummy and easy - and the best part - I got to give them all away to the sweet ladies that I work with! Ok, we may have kept a few...

Simple Sugar Cookie Bars

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg white - i used the powdered egg whites
  • 1 egg
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease a 9X10 pan.  Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium. sized bowl. Set aside. 
  2. In a stand-mixer combine softened butter, sugar and powder sugar until fluffy (about 4-5 minutes). Mix in vanilla, egg white, egg, and sour cream until combined. Then slowly pour in the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl until combined. The dough will be pretty thick at this point. 
  3. Spread evenly into the greased dish. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting. 


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. half and half
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. orange extract
  • Orange food coloring - I had to mix yellow and red until I got an "orangeish" color. 

Combine all of the ingredients in large bowl and beat with a mixer until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. 


The recipe that I followed came from I Heart Nap Time. Her blog is pretty creative and filled with lots of recipes and craft ideas! I didn't have to change the recipe at all - These were pretty close to perfect - which makes me really happy!