Week Fifty

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Well this will be one of the last Catch the Moment 365 posts of 2014! I am actually going to complete this project, not missing a single day. Only two weeks left... we're in the home stretch. Linking up as always with some fabulous ladies. Mindi from Simply Stavish, Stephanie from Behind the Camera and Dreaming and Sarah over at Nurse Loves Farmer. So what has gone on during week fifty... 346 | 365 James had his pre school Christmas concert last Friday and Graham got to come along for it. They walked hand in hand to school. It was terribly cute. 347 | 365 This is his 'cheese' face. "See Mama - I say cheese" 348 | 365 The best effing stuffing ever. Seriously. I want to eat it, and I know I shouldn't. Christmas dinner is 6 days away. I can wait... 349 | 365 Some days I let the house get like.. well this! W don't do clean up until after nap.... sometimes not till after dinner. Keepin it real. 350 | 365 Each of the boys have a little … [Continue reading]

Baked Chicken Taquitos

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I will be totally honest and say, I only ever ate store bought taquitos before I came up with this recipe. And by store bought, I mean the ones from 7-11 that had probably been sitting there for 8+ hours. I didn't care, it was usually for a somewhat drunken walk home. But that was way before kids came into the picture. Now I make them at home... not drunk. I was getting board of tacos, so instead of using ground beef, I cut up some chicken breasts, added some veggies and a pack of taco seasoning (I still need to come up with a homemade seasoning) and rolled em up and baked them. The verdict in this house? Everyone loved them, so they stayed on the menu. They really are easy to make, and are perfect for a somewhat quick dinner. If you make the filling ahead of time all you have to do is add cheese, roll them in a flour tortilla and bake them. Ta Da! What you will need: This makes approx. 12 small taquitos 10 - 12 small soft flour tortillas 3 large chicken breasts; … [Continue reading]

Christmas Dinner Traditions: Stuffing

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For as long as I can remember, this is the stuffing recipe my Mom made, each and every single Christmas. She taught me to make this at a young age. It then became my job to make on Christmas eve. I have perfected this recipe, and staying true to tradition, have not changed anything. Not one single thing. You can stuff a bird with it - I don't. Not a fan of sticking my hands in a turkey... no thank you. So I make this the night before our dinner and then reheat the day of Christmas dinner. I think this is a basic stuffing, or dressing. Whatever you call it. It's simple, basic yet so delicious. What you will need: Yields 8 servings 250g pure pork sausage * I used Maple Leaf brand. 1/2 a frozen tube will do. 1 package frozen Butterball HomeStyle stuffing; thawed 2 celery stalks; diced 1 small onion; diced 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning** this is an estimate. I always season and taste.  1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts; cut into … [Continue reading]

Crazy Blog Weekend

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I wasn't 100% sure if I wanted to share this news on the blog. I thought it was a little tacky, but then I thought about it and said to myself that I have worked really hard to grow the blogs readership, and I have been busting my ass to come up with new recipes, and have been working on better photos. And this weekend proved to me that my hard work is paying off. For the first time in my entire blogging career I have hit and broken my own records, not once, but three times! I don't focus on page views much, as they are always low. I never let them get me down because I enjoy blogging. I wrote about why I blog a while ago, and the reasons still stand. Never did I ever think that making the switch from a family/child Mom blogger, to a food based blog (which is what alishaenid is slowly turning into) would have such a profound effect on my page views... or my social stats. **SIDE NOTE: This all started with my first blogging conference back in October. My good friend Sarah … [Continue reading]

Christmas Wish List

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Last year I put together a small holiday gift guide, as well as my Christmas wish list. This year, I was so behind with everything that the gift guide was put on the back burner and let's be … [Continue reading]

Catch the Moment 365 _ Week Forty Nine

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Forty nine weeks down, three weeks to go. Three short weeks until 2014 is over... wow. This week was hectic, stressful and I am exhausted. I have been busting my ass in the kitchen, getting … [Continue reading]

Holiday Baking: Nun’s Farts

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One day while I was making chicken pot pie, I was transferring my pie crust into the pie plate and my Mom told me to save my pie crust trimmings. She told me that my Nana use to make a sweet treat out … [Continue reading]

Back to Basics: Banana Bread

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Back in 2013 I shared my version of my Mom's banana bread. I wanted a healthier option and I have been making them that way since. But this past weekend, I went back to the original recipe, and OH... … [Continue reading]

Janelle & Justin’s Christmas Card

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I had an 'Ugly Sweater' shoot on the weekend... and nothing went as planned. I had this grand idea in my head for my best friend Janelle and her boyfriend Justin, but Murphy's Law had plans of its … [Continue reading]

Smoky Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

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I'm not a fan of cooking large hunks of meat. Whole chickens, beef roasts or pork roasts. I've never been comfortable cooking them in a conventional oven, so I usually cook them in the crock pot. I … [Continue reading]