Everyday Mom's Meals

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome To Fall {A Giveaway}

I love supporting small business. I love supporting other moms that find a way to turn a hobby into a little business that they can do from home while they are with their kids. (After all, that's how EMM started many years ago!!) I love supporting friends. So imagine my excitement when I get the chance to do all three in one shot!! 

My friend Kara has started her own Etsy shop, selling the most adorable hand towels, coasters, placemats etc. 

Kara was so kind to offer me a towel to try and then host a giveaway for all of my fans. What a fun way to celebrate the coming of fall! Just look at this absolutely adorable one I chose. Plus it's totally functional. 

I love the large size and the way it absorbs so well. I am kind of addicted to kitchen towels, and I'm really picky too. This one definitely met, and surpassed my expectations. It's my new favorite, hands down.

Want to win two of Kara's towels for your own kitchen? It's easy to enter, easy to win! 

(1) Lucky Winner will receive (2) Towels of his/her choice

To Enter: Visit Kara's Etsy store here. Take a look around and leave a comment telling me which towels you would choose if you win. Leave an email address so I can find you! 

Contest Ends October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Have You Noticed?

Noticed what, you might ask? That I'm trying really hard to give you at least one new slow cooker recipe each week? Did you? I didn't really make a conscious effort to do so, but after I noticed it was happening, I figured nobody would complain. So many of us are celebrating the arrival of autumn by using our Crock Pots for everything and anything, for the comforting, cooked all day meal we all crave.

So, here is today's installment. A rustic meal that you can literally throw in the slow cooker in about 15 minutes in the morning as you are rushing out the door, and then come home at the end of the day to eat. That's it. No fuss. No muss. The perfect dish on a chilly fall day when you just want to pick your feet up, relax and enjoy every single bite.

I actually made a version of this a few years ago, and decided to tweak it a little bit to make it even better this time around. Add a little more flavor to an already tasty dish. Plus I moved it on the scale a little bit, farther from soup, closer to a stew. Doesn't the word stew just make you feel warm and satisfied? Especially during the colder months. Oh, and I added more veggies this time to! Get them in where you can, right??!!

If you've never had lentils, think "flat beans". I know that isn't a technical description, but when they cook they remind of a little of beans, soft and tender. They also happen to be one of the healthiest foods you can eat! With high protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, they are an easy way to get more nutrients in your diet.

If you're looking for a delicious meal that you can feel really good about eating, and savor every spoonful, this is it. Treat your family to it tonight!

Crock Pot Sausage and Lentil Stew
1 c. dried lentils, rinsed
1 lb. smoked sausage, chopped
3 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 (28 oz.) oz. can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 white onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery hearts, diced
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried parsley, extra for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredient in Crock Pot. Stir well to mix. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours until lentils are tender. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kid Approved Recipes From Eggland's Best {A Sponsored Post}

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows it's a common even to have Alex in the kitchen with me. I love finding recipes that he can not only enjoy eating, but help me make, creating memories in the kitchen that will last a lifetime. And now, thanks to Eggland's Best that same idea is spreading like wild fire! 

Whether eggs are the star of your child's breakfast, or maybe a nutritious after school snack, it is so important to keep kids energized during and after school hours by providing them with foods packed with nutrients, such as vitamins E, D, B-12 and omega-3's By choosing Eggland's Best, you're getting eggs that are fresher, taste better, and contain more vitamins and nutrients. 

By using EB eggs in everything from breakfast, to snacks, to sweet treats, it's easy to sneak extra nutrients into your child's diet, keeping them energized, focused and strong. 

Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs contain more than double the omega-3s, which studies have found may boost attention in kids under 12.  Plus, with ten times the vitamin E, a key antioxidant for strong immunity, EB eggs can help to ward off those sick days.

The folks at EB know the day doesn’t end after the bell rings, so you’ll be excited to hear their eggs pack four times the vitamin D, helping the body absorb calcium for strong bones on and off the field.  They also  have only 60 calories while ordinary eggs have 70 and also contain 25% less saturated fat, -helping to keep kids light on their toes.

So let's get those kids into the kitchen to make something yummy they will love to eat, and you can feel good about giving them! 

This is a great recipe to start with! I love muffins. I love how versatile they are. I love that one batch can go so far because you can give them to kids morning, noon or night. Need a quick breakfast? Done. Maybe even on the go? Done. Kids want a after school snack? Done. Want a dessert that is also nutritious? Done. Oh, and want a recipe you can have fun with your kids making together and enjoying every single minute? Done. 

The flavors of fall have come to a muffin, and you're going to love every bite!!! Plus, my friends at Eggland's Best have a fun prize pack to give to one lucky EMM reader, Just scroll below the recipe to see how you can win! 

And be sure to stay up on all things "eggy" with Eggland's Best on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
1 stick butter, room temp
2 eggs
1 c. pumpkin puree
1/3 c. water
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 TBS flour
1 TBS butter, room temp
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 c. powdered sugar
4 tsp. water

Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with muffin papers. Beat 3/4 c. brown sugar, white sugar and 1 stick butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs. Beat. Add water and pumpkin. Beat until well incorporated.  In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Mix well. Slowly combine into pumpkin mixture. Mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin tin, filling each vessel about 2/3 full. In a small bowl combine ingredients for topping. Using fingers, mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove to wire rack to cool. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and water. Mix well. Drizzle over cooled muffins. Makes 18 muffins


To Enter: Leave a comment telling me what your favorite kid approved recipe you would use Eggland's Best eggs for. Be sure to leave an email address so I can find you. 

Contest Ends: October 8, 2014

 (1) Lucky Winner Will Receive: 
(1) $25 Visa Gift Card 
(2) Coupons for 1 FREE Dozen EB Eggs

Disclaimer: The Eggland’s Best information, coupons, gift card, and additional gift pack have been provided by Eggland’s Best.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Soul Food Saturday

What's better than football season? Not many things in my opinion but the food is definitely up in the rankings near number one. That's why I feel these slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches are perfect for any game day meal. Tender, juicy, flavorful meat that is then covered by your favored BBQ sauce. Piled high on your favorite bread, that is even more delicious soaked by the delectable sauce.

Game Day Sized 
Crock Pot 
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
3 lb. pork shoulder roast
1 medium white onion, sliced
1 c. Water
2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. granulated garlic
1 bottle BBQ sauce (I used Texas style-we like the heat)

Add onions, pork roast, salt, garlic, and water to the crock pot. Cook on high 4-6 hours, or until very tender. Remove the meat from the crock pot and strain juices, reserving onions and 1 cup of cooking liquid. Shred roast with 2 forks. Add shredded pork together with onions and half of your BBQ sauce. Stir to combine, if you enjoy a saucy pork, add more sauce, then add cooking liquid a little at a time to thin your sauce if desired. Taste for seasoning, and adjust if needed.
Pile pork high on your favorite roll, grab a friend or a dozen, and enjoy the game!

Menu Plan September 28-Oct 3

*New Recipes
Links to Recipes on Blog
^ Recipes getting re-blogged

We have a birthday party to go to!!!

Baked Ham and Cheese Sammies*
Sweet Potato Salad*

Spanish Noodle Casserole*
Sliced Pears

Grilled Steak
Baked Potatoes
Skillet Creamed Corn

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup*

English Muffin Pizzas*