The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

What Is It About New Crayons? November 30, 2011

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Today, little E and I were sitting at the table coloring. I clearly was in to it, because I did not see him grab a brand new box of 24 shiny, pointy crayons. Once I did catch him, I explained that we needed to use mommy’s box of 98 manky, dull crayons up first. He didn’t like that. It got me wondering…

What is it about new crayons?

I distinctly remember liking the new, pointy, shiny crayons better when I was a kid. Was it something about being the first to dull them? Or the precise coloring ability they gave? I remember sharpening crayons too. It was OK, but not the same. You just got short, pointy, dull crayons.


What’s For Dinner? The 11/30/11 Edition

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What’s for dinner has been kind of boring lately, hence the slowness of posts. Mainly, I’ve been trying to use leftovers up.  Tonight we had leftover beans & rice from Monday. E loves dipping chips in that! Yesterday, was hamburger browned and served over rice with leftover turkey gravy from Thanksgiving. I wasn’t sure how turkey gravy and hamburger would go together but it went surprisingly well. Nobody got sick, anyways.

What are you having for dinner?


What’s For Dinner? The 11/26/11 Edition November 29, 2011

Filed under: Baking,Fall,recipes,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 9:50 pm
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Catching up! I’ve been in a turkey coma the past couple of days. I may go back. It’s been delicious!

Saturday’s dinner was phenomenal. I was looking for something new to do with turkey because we have a lot of leftovers. And, you can only do so much turkey, stuffing, and gravy casserole. I have my limits.

So, when I found this recipe for turkey pot pie on Life As Mom, I got giddy.  I’m not lying, absolutely giddy. It sounded delicious and I had been making a lot of crusts for my mini-pie adventures. Oh, mini-pies. But I digress…

So, I made the turkey pot pie with my yummy lard & butter crust. I skipped the peas, but only because I forgot. With the lard, butter, and gravy, this dish needs peas, green beans, and a weight loss program.

turkey pot pie: action shot!

before baking

I brushed the top with olive oil to make sure it became golden brown. I also added some leaf cut outs because I was feeling crafty.

A tender, flaky crust that stood up to all that gravy. It was so delicious, so comforting, so coma inducing. Too bad I had a hockey game to go to that night! I figured the cold would help me work off the calories, but I don’t think it did enough, so I skipped the nachos, splurged on a $3.50, 12oz Diet Coke and called it a night.

Is it sad my exciting girls night involves Diet Coke and college hockey? I hope not; it’s what I got!

What have you been eating?

P.S. I was going to show you what the inside looked like, but suffice it to say, the pieces we cut didn’t last that long.


Mini Pies!

Filed under: Baking,Fall,random musings,recipes — thecatatemyplant @ 9:48 pm
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I have a thing for cherry pie. That’s how it started. Hubs doesn’t like cherry pie, and I can’t/shouldn’t finish a whole one by myself. Though, some days I want to!

So, a few years ago I got this genius idea to make mini pies. I used muffin tins to bake them and the first time I made them I made grasshopper, banana cream, and cherry. They did not last long.

It became a new passion of mine. They were the perfect size for someone trying to lose weight! Just 3-4 bites and your craving is gone. But, you can end up eating the whole batch anyways: dangerous! So, I leave a few out and quickly freeze the rest.

This year I decided to make cherry pomegranate, pumpkin, and apple cranberry mini pies. I’ve so far only made the cherry pomegranate and pumpkin. Apple Cranberry is on deck!

I used the cherry pomegranate recipe from The Frugal Girls.

pomegranate seeds

Hubs de-seeded the pomegranate. He’s never encountered a pomegranate. He said they looked like corn kernels. I can’t say he’s wrong!

pies with cherries

I was able to put 7 cherries plus some sauce in each pie.

pomegranate seeds: action shot!

I then sprinkled a generous portion of pomegranate seeds on top. It went something like this…

Some for the pies

Some for me


plain pomegranate & cherry pies

Then, I got all crafty. And made leaves to go on top.

cherry and pomegranate pie!

And, finally, just before I devoured it…

nom nom nom

And, just to be fair, here’s the pumpkin.

pumpkin pie

I’m not a huge fan. Can you tell? But, Hubs likes them. So, I make him a pumpkin pie once a year. Or mini pies. And sometimes, I get crafty and put a pumpkin on the top. Side note: I pureed that pumpkin myself. I’m hardcore! ha ha


The Day After November 25, 2011

It is the day after Thanksgiving. This is the first time in maybe five years that I didn’t go Black Friday shopping. With trying to get out of debt and promising to watch my friend’s one-year-old, I was not in the mood.

We still scoured all of the ads and tortured ourselves with all the things we wanted to buy. An immersion blender and food processor would make my cooking adventures so much easier! And new pillows… Have I mentioned I have a thing about buying new sheets? I like to get new sheets. And cream sweaters. I have about five cream sweaters (that’s just the non-maternity wardrobe).

I don’t get it either.

Back to today…

So last night after dinner I threw the turkey carcass in a pot and started on stock. I am in love with homemade stock! I first tried making stock a few months ago and it was wonderful. I didn’t use it in soups, but definitely in cooking and I truly felt like there was a difference in flavor.

I ran out of stock a few weeks ago but didn’t want to get a bird just for stock purposes, knowing Thanksgiving was just around the corner. And yes, I do have three turkey/chicken carcasses in my freezer that I could have used, but that’s just too logical.

It took me a while to settle on a stock recipe, but I found this one from Kitchen Stewardship and I really like it! It’s easy, and I can start it at night so all the ‘hard’ work is done while the kiddos are in bed. I don’t remember reading this on her site, but I do end up adding a lot of extra water. By the morning when I wake up, it’s boiled down pretty low. I’d guess that I add an extra three quarts of water throughout the cooking process. Just a guess!

Do you make your own stock? And if so, how? I’m always looking for new ideas!!!




Filed under: random musings — thecatatemyplant @ 11:13 pm

I can imagine the blogging world was exploding with words of thanks yesterday. I know that a lot of the blogs I subscribe to started the day off with a word of thanks. Certainly not a bad thing, just not how I roll. I tried doing the 30 days of giving thanks deal but failed. I think I only made it to November 3rd! I guess I had trouble with it mostly because I’m more the type to say, “Thanks” as I go along.

For instance, on the third my little E had an ear infection.  I thought they were bad enough when he was little but to hear my two-year-old tell me his ear is ‘ouchies’ just broke my heart! That day, I was thankful for children’s acetaminophen and amoxicillin. I said thanks to my God and cuddled with my babies.

That’s not to say either way is right or wrong. I think it’s more to say that I just am not that type of person and once I stop trying another way and do what works for me, things will go smoother.


What’s For Dinner? The 11/25/11 Edition

Filed under: random musings,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 10:58 pm
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Hey all! So I took a few days off of blogging. A couple of reasons: we didn’t eat anything good, and I was cooking a Thanksgiving turkey!

So, tonight we had pizza again. Just your typical pepperoni on one side and green olives on the other. We eat that variety a lot. I think it’s time to switch it up!

I was trying to dream up a cool and delicious way to make a Thanksgiving leftovers pizza. I have no idea how to do that without it being a carb/starch overload. I can do parts, but not the whole thing. Maybe gravy as the sauce, turkey and green bean casserole on dough? That just seems so heavy!

I did wonder how good turkey, spinach, garlic, and bacon would be on a pizza. No red sauce, just olive oil and some fresh mozzarella. That sounds good! Maybe next week. We’ll have to see how adventurous I am.