Monday, November 28, 2011

YummMonday: Cheesy Wild Rice Casserole

For Thanksgiving, I experimented with a new recipe I came across: Cheesy Wild Rice Casserole

Ok, granted, everything's not from scratch, but it was still an excellent recipe that I could also make without soy since one of our little guests has an allergy to that.

This came out really well and I got a lot of compliments on it, so I'd definitely suggest trying it.

Notes if you're making this:
- I did NOT thaw the frozen spinach
- I mixed A LOT - there's no real instruction to do this, but I did. I mixed the spice pack up in the casserole dish with the rice & mushrooms, I mixed the water/spinach combination in the pan while it was cooking and I mixed them all together in the dish before I put it in the oven & then again when I checked on it halfway through
- I added the cream cheese then the water mixture to the casserole dish with the plan of softening the cream cheese so it'd be easier to mix everything together before putting it in the oven - I did not add the "prepared mustard" noted in the steps to make this dish. It was not listed in the ingredients section, so I didn't have it when I went to make it, so I didn't add it.

I'm not sure how it would come out since I've yet to have the chance of using this recipe again, but I think next time I'm going to use more mushrooms and more spinach since those are some of my favorite things.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

YummMonday: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

At the special request of my cousin, Gretch, I'm going to repeat a recipe this Thanksgiving that I made for the first time last year - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

It was delicious last year, although not as good as Gretch's pumpkin hummus, but still. I'm sure it'll be great again. Just need to locate some crackers/bread without soy in them for the little man that's visiting. Cannot wait to see my CT babies (and c & d too)!! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Website Want Wednesday

Look how fancy and nice:

Bet this would be fun ... and so I want it :)

This is actually on my wishlist:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today at Work

Today while at work, I asked an older man something along the lines of if he was finding everything he needed alright. He was looking at cat collars (he had looked at a shiny silver/black collar and he was handling a blue plaid one) and the man said no, that "I don't even need this stuff" - a bunch of cat treats and cat food. It was in a joking manner, not a mean one.

As he walked away, he turned to me and added, "My wife said to me: "Everyone else's cats have fancy collars, so here I am" and he jokingly threw his hands up.

I couldn't help but smile.

I hope in 40 years, the guy I marry is so sweet to me (and the cats) that he'll go out to look at sparkly cat collars upon my (silly) request. :)