December 3, 2013
Good afternoon! I seem to be feeling better than this morning, so to celebrate I am double dipping on posting today to share a new recipe.
I gave you all a preview of what to expect in the upcoming weeks recipe-wise, and this one kicks off a few specialties I plan to feature created by Scott’s step-mother, Kay.
She is very talented in the kitchen and I truly enjoyed having her here to show me some of her tricks last week. This stuffed mushroom recipe is one she created by taking bits and pieces of others, then sprucing it up by adding her own spices and herbs combination.
For those of you who (like me) are interested in substituting lean ground turkey instead of the regular sausage, she said it would still taste great. You might want to, however, also add 1/4 tsp. of sage for more flavor, since turkey sausage tends to be a tad less flavorful than regular sausage.
I look forward to making these again with turkey for our next dinner party or get together!
Kay’s Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
24 small white mushrooms
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 lb. mild sausage
1/2 cup yellow onions, diced
1 1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. whole fennel seeds
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
2 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1. Prepare mushrooms by removing stems and scraping out some of the interiors with a small measuring spoon or melon baller. (I used a small dinner spoon). Brush the inside of each mushroom with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Chop reserved stems and scrapings; set aside.
3. Saute sausage for the filling in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook only until no longer pink, (about 8 min). Add reserved mushroom pieces, onion, garlic, and seasoning; saute 3-4 minutes.
4. Off heat, stir in cream cheese and parsley.
5. Fill mushrooms with stuffing.
6. Bake 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe makes 24 mushrooms.
Tips From the Chef
There’s no need to wash and scrub the outside of the mushrooms. Gently pat the outsides with a watered down paper towel to remove all organic matter.
The hardest part for me was scooping out the mushrooms to make room for the filling. When doing so, make sure to be gentle!
Also, don’t throw away the extra mushroom pieces. Chop everything leftover up and throw it in the stuffing mixture!
Add everything to the sausage on the stove top and saute away.
When scooping the cooked stuffing mixture onto the mushroom tops, you can use a melon baller or any type of spoon that creates a ball shape. If all you have is a regular kitchen spoon, try to pack it as tight as possible to avoid crumbling.
Bake and serve immediately!
Stuffed mushrooms can also be frozen before baking, then thawed, baked, and served at a later time. I can’t wait to take another stab at them!
Also, (in case you missed it) this morning kicked off a pretty stellar Reebok sneaker giveaway for those interested in free goodies.
Have a great rest of your day!
December 3, 2013
It’s Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, and if you are feeling anything like me today it’s more than a little sluggish.
I don’t know if it was the craziness of last week’s game schedule topped with Thanksgiving and all of the yummy (carb loaded and sugary) food that goes with it or what, but I am just not feeling myself this week. I am doing my best to get as much rest as I can while getting my eating and workouts back on track so I can hopefully kick whatever is trying to take over this body of mine. Fingers crossed!
Speaking of kicks… remember when I previously wrote about how you can design your own shoes (<- make sure to read about the process if you missed it!) on Reebok’s website? I was given the opportunity to select a pair to custom design as part of my partnership with them and was so excited to see them arrive at my doorstep yesterday!
After at least an hour of going back and forth on the design (I am horribly indecisive), I came up with a Detroit Pistons type of color scheme, complete with a customized initialed back.
Pretty darn accurate, right?
Excited to give them a go, I wore them to practice last night which also included a workout of running stadium stairs, walking lunges and core exercises. By far, the CrossFit Nano Speed sneakers have been my favorite versatile workout shoe I have tried thus far.
Interested in designing a shoe of your choice for yourself? Good news!
Reebok is offering one lucky Housewife Glamour reader the chance to win a gift card to design your own custom shoes, too!
Leave a comment on this post sharing what sneaker you would pick to make your own and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
Did you utilize all of the entries available? (Remember if you are already a HWG fan on Facbeook/Twitter, that still gets you additional entries!)
You have until Midnight Sunday, December 8th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. The winners will be announced first thing Monday morning, December 9th.
AND (!!!) before I go, I have to mention that Reebok has extended their Cyber Monday savings to midnight TONIGHT! Through today only, receive 30% off everything Reebok (except for custom shoes and the Nano 3.0s) by using the promo code CYBER30. You better believe I took advantage of this savings by stocking up on winter fitness gear and maybe even a fitness shoe or two for the husband. (<- best shopping strategy ever.)
See you later this afternoon with a new recipe from Thanksgiving.
*Disclaimer: All products were provided to me, free of charge from Reebok. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
December 2, 2013
This was the first year Scott and I have ever attempted to host our own Thanksgiving. As nervous as I was, I have to say it was a great success!
With Scott’s parents in town and spicy chili dinner on last year’s menu, we wanted to move back towards more of a traditional holiday and eat the regular Turkey Day staples we agreed upon serving. Before company arrived, I put together a list of sides I would like to make, and most of them were more on the healthy side.
While the thought was great (and I did sneak in two things I was rooting for!), we agreed that for this one day we don’t need to fret about calories and substitutions like I normally would in the kitchen, and eventually my arm was twisted. A standard Thanksgiving menu it was.
The morning started early with Scott working the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit. Last year, the three of us (Scott’s Dad, step-mom and I) went with him. This year, we decided to stay home and start cooking, just in case he didn’t get back home until the afternoon. In the end, it was a wise decision.
The day before, we planned out the entire menu down to the grocery list with every ingredient needed. We also went to a few grocery stores to buy everything so it was home and ready to go in the morning. Even so, we ended up sending Scott’s dad out two times for last minute purchases.
I know Scott was exhausted by the time he got back home on a more than chilly morning of being outside. While I anticipated him resting for a bit, he hopped in the shower instead and got right to work on a handful of dishes he wanted to prepare. Kay and I started early, and the three of us worked throughout the day and early evening putting everything together.
(In the butternut squash scooping zone, clearly.)
While the three of us worked hard side by side, I can’t take much credit for what ended up on the menu. I voiced my ideas and helped with everything, but in no way was I the head of the kitchen here. Kay has years of cooking experience as well as a culinary degree, and Scott has more knowledge of putting recipes and spices together than I ever realized.
My job was to help out with everything, clean up, and make it all look good.
With less than ideal lighting after sunset, some of these photos turned out blurry but are way to great not to include here. ^^^ I just can’t with these slippers anymore.
Friends started arriving around 7 p.m. and a few of them came armed with side dishes and dessert. I was very grateful to have them!
It was a lot of hard work and planning, but it was really neat to see everything finally come together ready to serve around 8 p.m. Here’s what was on the menu!
• Scott’s Homemade Spicy Queso Dip and Chips (<- I swear I will share this with you one day…)
• Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Jelly Dip with Crackers (similar to this Sweet & Spicy Cream Cheese Dip)
• Scott’s Cream of Butternut Squash Soup
• Scott’s Roasted Corn and Bacon Wild Greens Salad
• Kay’s Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms (<- recipe coming to you tomorrow!)
• Jalapeno & Corn Casserole (<- similar to this recipe. Can you tell our family likes spicy?)
• Adam’s Homemade Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce
• Dinner Rolls
• LIBBY’s Famous Pumpkin Pie with homemade whipped cream
• Spiced Pumpkin Bread (<- recipe coming to you soon!)
• Maw Maw’s Blueberry Salad (<- recipe coming to you later this week!)
• Dutch Apple Caramel Pie from Yates Cider Mill
We might have outdone ourselves on the menu a bit, but I am never one to complain about having Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers for the days following.
As the night went on, people we invited over trickled in and out, most of them leaving fuller than they arrived. Even through the stress of the anticipation and pressure to be responsible for hosting a holiday dinner, it was a great feeling to know we tackled our first Thankgiving Dinner! (With the help of this wonderful woman, of course.)
Thank you so much, Kay, for teaching us (well, mostly me) your ways! We had such a great time with you guys in town and can’t wait for the next visit home.
Cyber Monday Deals
You probably thought I forgot, but I didn’t! As soon as I hit publish I plan to peruse the online deals going on for Cyber Monday and thought you might like some I found in my email inbox:
• 30% off everything Reebok, including the CrossFit gear (except for custom shoes and the Nano 3.0s) with promo code CYBER30.
• 40% off everything Saks Fifth Avenue (Saks outlet!) <- visit website for details.
• Super savings on Nordstrom boots and fall accessories. <- visit website for details.
• 15% off and free shipping over $75 from Macy’s with code CYBER.
• 50% off bracelets and 20% off silver jewelry from Things Remembered, plus free shipping with the code CYBERSHIP5.
• 25% off your entire online Bath and Body Works order with the code HAPPYMONDAY.
• Free shipping at Hearts with the code MONDAY2014.
*Most Cyber Monday sales are only valid online, until midnight EST.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and Happy Shopping!
Questions of the Day
• Did you do much of the cooking for Thanksgiving this year?
• What is your favorite recipe to make and bring to dinner parties?
• Any recipes you’d like to share? Link ‘em up below!
December 1, 2013
Happy December! Holy geez, did I just write that? This year is officially the speediest.
Tonight I am coming to you pretty late. In fact, I’m sure ninety percent of you reading this won’t even see it until Monday morning or afternoon. But, I’ve always been a firm believer in better late than never so I’m stickin’ to it and taking you along for the ride.
Last week was crazy, ya’ll! Four home games, a visit from Scott’s parents, cooking for and hosting our very first Thanksgiving, extra rehearsals, and fun outings completely took over our lives for a good bit. As I am just settling down to type this at about 11:30 p.m. I have too much running through my mind and so much to share with you.
I want to highlight our Thanksgiving and preview a handful of yummy recipes I can’t wait to type up. I want to tell you a few funny stories. I want to get back to posting workouts, and I want to start sharing my eats in a more healthy and inspirational “hey, I can make that” way. But, for now I am saving all of that for this week and am sharing a collection of photos from the weekend instead.
To keep it on the short (and what I think to be fun) side, I am going to simply stick to photos and only use hashtags to describe them. Because I love them and still think they’re awesome.
#gamenumber3oftheweek #TLChalftime #noscrubs #chasingwaterfalls
#cutestkittenaward #bestillmyheart #wereinlove
(at my friend’s house after the game)
#birthdaycelebration #fridaynight #goodtimes
#movember #wedontknowthem #okayfinethatsmyhusband
#saturdaynmorningpractice #ishouldjustsleephere #nobutreally
#UofMvsOSU #GOBLUE #wehadtickets #had #didntgettogobutstillwatched
#gamenight #lounging #friends #fun #waytoocompetitive
#abbaabbaboo (<- for Nichole).
#whyRoadieisanut #whymydogthinksheisacat #hilarious
#Sundayafternoongame #daisydukes #bestroutineever #pistonsdancers
#celebratorydinner #hibachi #spicychicken #noleftovers #whoops
#christmaslights #downtownrochester #favoritethingaboutourtown #winter
#dessertoasis #decafmexicancoffee #chocolatepeppermintmoussecake
#morelounging #readyforbed #wereout
This week should be less hectic and more normal for yours truly. I am looking forward to getting back to my healthy eating and workout routines in the biggest way possible. I hope you had a fabulous weekend full of fun hashtagging opportunities as well. (Feel free to share any below!)
See you again oh so very soon!