An Easy and Tasty Sheet Pan Dinner

Hi Sis,

I got this easy and yummy meal from Nate’s mom, who prepared a basket full of recipes with food… for busy days or just fun cooking! This was the first one we made, and even Nate went back for seconds! I am thinking it would be a good moving meal for when Mom and I come to visit and help you unpack.

Pesto Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Small Chicken Breasts
  2. 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  3. 4 Tablespoons Pesto
  4. 4 Tablespoons Parmesan or Mozzarella
  5. 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
  6. 1/2 Cup Parmesan
  7. 1 egg, whisked
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 370. Flatten each breast and put filling down the middle of each breast. Roll and use tooth picks to hold. (Filling is Sour Cream, Pesto and Parmesan).
  2. Dunk in Egg wash
  3. Roll in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese mixture
  4. Bake about 30 - 35 min
Notes
  1. For the rest of the sheet pan I tossed potatoes and a bag of frozen green beans with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and some savory, marjoram and parsley.
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Love,

Jamiegoof

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Christmas Gifts

Hi sis,

I made most of my christmas gifts this year… minus your mugs. I started this summer when Nate and I went berry picking, so we could give away jams and jellies. I also had enough energy this weekend (with Carmin visiting) to make some of my candies, but didn’t go crazy like previous years.

Mommy asked for a headband and gloves. I had some very pretty purple wool and had just enought to make this winter set for her. The headband and gloves are from drops design, and the other is a bow tie neck warmer.

I made Melissa a headband too. It was a pretty fair isle pattern on raverly for free

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Playing in the Snow

Dear Sis,

Tonight we unplugged our extra freezer, so it could defrost for the move. I scraped away much of the frosty build up so that it wouldn’t make too much of a mess overnight. Mr. Baby embraced the opportunity to play in snow for the first time. 

When Mr. Baby took to throwing the frozen gobs, we moved things into the bathtub.

Mr. Baby will like playing in real snow when we get to Ohio!

Love,

b

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Our Gift Exchange

Dear Auntygoof,

We opened presents tonight. All the pretty paper crinkled and some of them had tags with bells! 

I got some new toys, some new clothes, and a photo book from my first year of life.

Happy Holidays & Drooly Kisses,

Mr. Baby

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Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

We started the evening with a game of dreidel.

We used this helpful chart style instruction sheet to guide our game.

Then, Charlotte lit the Menorah while I sang the blessings.

Baruch ahah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, asher kiddeshanu b’mitzvotav, vitzivanu, lehadlik ner shel Hanukkah. Give thanks for the blessing of lighting the Hanukkah candles.

Baruch ahah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, she-asah missim la-avotaynu bayamim ha-hem barman hazen. Give thanks for the miracles performed for our ancestors.

I put the finishing touches on dinner, while Charlotte read The Chanukkah Guest to the three kiddos.

Menu

Latke Topped Salmon served with Applesauce and Sour Cream

Roasted Root Vegetables and Dinner Rolls

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Latke Topped Salmon
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pound salmon filet (thick end)
  2. 2 T butter or ghee, cubed
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 16 oz package shredded hash brown potatoes
  5. 1/4 c butter or ghee
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Place salmon in prepared dish. Arrange bits of butter on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, brown potatoes in ghee, in a hot skillet until moderately crisp and golden.
  4. Top salmon with cooked hash brown. Serve with applesauce and sour cream on the side.
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They don’t look glamorous because my photography is lacking a certain je ne said quoi, as it usually does, but I assure you… they taste glamorous!

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 3 beets
  2. 4 carrots
  3. 3 parsnips
  4. 2 sweet potatoes
  5. 1 red onion
  6. 1/2 c cider vinegar
  7. 1/2 c olive oil
  8. 1/4 c brown sugar
  9. 1 t thyme
Instructions
  1. Peel and thinly slice all vegetables.
  2. Preheat oven to 450. Line two jellyroll pans with foil.
  3. Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and thyme. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  4. Spread vegetables evenly over prepared pans. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pans halfway through.
Notes
  1. In future, I plan to by raw pre-cut sweet potato fries and half baby carrots to save prep time.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
Adapted from Simply Recipes
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I used this recipe. However, I intend to use the changes in the recipe below in future.

Pecan Cheesecake Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 refrigerated pie crust
Cheesecake Layer
  1. 2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, soft
  2. 1/4 c granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
Pecan Layer
  1. 2/3 c dark corn syrup
  2. 2/3 c granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 T butter, melted
  5. 1 t vanilla extract
  6. 1 c pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a springform pan. Center and press pie crust into pan.
  2. Beat together cheese layer. Pour over crust.
  3. Beat together pecan layer, stirring in nuts last. Pour over cheese layer carefully, so they don't mix.
  4. Lightly fold down any crust that extends more than 1/4 inch beyond filling. Bake 50-60 minutes.
Adapted from Inside BruCrew Wife
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With only 25 days left until the big move, it was biter sweet for us to talk as the children played into the night. They weren’t just neighbors, they were and are friends so wonderful they embraced us like family! We’ll miss Texas because of all the wonderful people and the strong sense of community we will be leaving behind, but we will work hard to recreate it in our next home!!!

Hope your Hanukkah was great like ours!

Love,

b

 

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Seventh Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

Potato Latke Recipe

This time I deep fried them. Too much grease! As much as it is fun to try and follow tradition, my stomach much prefers a mildly oiled panfry instead!!!

Earlier today, we tried our new weather shield during today’s drizzle! I expected Mr. Baby to tolerate it, but he actually seems to really like the weather cover.

Love,

b

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