Monthly Archives: August 2012

Jalapeno Pineapple Mahi

Hola Betches! Here is a recipe I concocted yesterday and it turned out fab! Its a little heat and sweet and would probably do well with chicken or pork chops too. FUN FACT: whenever I type or write jalapeno I always say Ja-lap-en-oh in my head. Told you I’m a bit off haha!  Let me know what you think if you whip up a batch :)

Jalapeno Pineapple Mahi

Pretty, right!?

  • 2 4oz Mahi filets (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 can pineapple tidbits & juice
  • 2 tbsp diced canned jalapenos
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp salsa (I had Newman’s black bean & corn on hand)
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 tsp flour
  • Cooking Spray
  • Mrs Dash Table Blend
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
 Combine the first 7 ingredients and place in refrigerator for 30 min. Heat skillet on medium Season filets with Mrs Dash. Melt butter in pan and add fish. Cook 4-7 min (depending on thickness of filets) on one side. Remove half cooked fish, spray pan with cooking spray and return fish to pan for another 4-7 min. Plate fish and top with sauce. Serve with your favorite veggie or side item (I used a birds eye steam fresh with asparagus, gold and white corn and baby carrots that I added garlic salt to).
Enjoy!
-Manda-
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Hello, my name is “THAT (S)MOM”…

Soooo here we are on day two of the first week of school! YAY! I must admit although I have dreamt about this for a couple years (to avoid daycare costs and 24/7 entertaining SD), it is a bit odd. I mean I know I didn’t birth her (praise cheesus to that), but it is still a little mind-blowing that SD is in real life school, not some BS 3 hour VPK nonsense.

A kindergartener?! REALLY?! Am I that old!? Shit. 

Anyhoo, there has been a trending convo that my other mom (& mostly my baffled non mom) friends in the past couple weeks: being THAT MOM. I am first to admit that I am OCD, need a paper trail for most communication or agreements, and have my calendar filled in through December. I think you all know a “THAT MOM”, in fact you do…MEEEEEE :)  We are the ones who made gifts for the kids and teacher on their first day, the ones that make peanut butter banana sushi in lunches, the PTA pushing, overly involved ladies! I think that the evolution of Pinterest and how easily anyone can access crafty awesomeness on blogs has a LOT to do with the outrageous things us moms and smoms are doing with our “free time”. But seriously, what kid doesn’t want pb nanner sushi in their lunch!? I sure as hell would! I had these gems ready to go for the first day over a week ago:

Obvi I didn’t hand out an empty vase! Flowers were added the night before. DUH.

The truth is I am an ass kissing-overachiever by nature and I LOVE giving gifts. Ok, and I don’t mind out doing people either LOL! I had my volunteer app turned in June. Outfits are picked out for SD for the next 3 weeks (mind you we are on every other day visitation so it’s not THAT much to have together). I had a letter for our teacher in hand on orientation to explain our parenting plan and the bonkers amount of travel that SD would be encountering on our days (45 min, 33 mile trip one way) because I am concerned it may get crazy and I wanted her to be in the loop. And last night I already wrote another note asking how I could help and explaining that there would be clothing back and forth daily in her bag. A bit much? Maybe…but I like to cover my ass and be prepared.

This fall is my LAST full semester at USF, and I have 15 credit hours (3 courses on campus and 2 online). I’d say about mid September my head will spin trying to keep up with kindergarten happenings, my school work, a potential job and keeping this house in order-stay tuned for that doozie of a post! Hence, I am prepared before shit hits the fan. I have Labor Day vacay planned, Halloween mapped out-costume and all, visitation break downs through December, Thanksgiving in NYC set to book this weekend, Christmas Eve dinner reservations set (BTW I only had to call 35 times to get through to WDW dining… But Be Our Guest Restaurant  looks SO worth it), and lots of other ridiculous shit handled…but it is HANDLED and everyone who is being  judgey can kiss my ass :)

I’ll check back in after my first experience in the “car rider line”  on Friday. I’m sure I will get yelled at or nearly truck a kid with the X5. Wh0ops!

-Manda-

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Hot Mess does OG Dressing!

As promised, below is my rendition of the Olive Garden Italian Dressing. GASP! Is this 2 posts this week?! OH SNAP! Personally I like it better than the real deal OG, but I may try and sub out the corn syrup for agave next go round. I’m not really a fan of OG and frankly I think it is a shame they call it “Italian”, but the salad and lovely 140 calorie a pop breadsticks are prettttty dang good. It has been at least a HOT 5+ years since I have gone to the joint too though, so don’t get all pissy patty** on me because you LOVE it or some shit!

Hot Mess OG Dressing

  • 1/8 C White Vinegar
  • 1/8 C White Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp grated parm
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat mayo
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
 Mix all that jazz up and combine with a PREPARED (water & oil of your choice) packet of Good Seasonings Zesty Italian Mix
Chill 1 hour before serving, will keep 3-4 weeks in sealed jar or bottle. I used a Grolsch bottle I had saved for god knows what LOL.
**Pissy Patty side note: I have spent basically an entire “work day” cleaning up what seems to be 2 gallons of SD’s pee, because she “didn’t want to get up” last night and go in ohhhhh I don’t know where… MAYBE in the TOILET!?!  Steam clean, rinse, repeat 5 times, sprinkle with baking soda, vacuum, dab with vinegar & water, wait to dry…STILL  wreaks of urine. SUPER, right!?
BONUS RECIPE ALERT!!!
Breakfast at Denny’s Shot: 
  • 1 oz Jameson (or any whiskey will do, I know we can’t be fancy all the time lol)
  • 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Served chilled with an OJ back and a slice of bacon
(Thanks Megs for reminding me of this gem and adding the bacon!)
Happy Monday, we all managed to survive another…although many of us prob would have been better off with a couple bfasts at dennys to start it off !
-Manda
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Half Milli Spaghetti: Hot Mess Express Cooks Dinner

Apologies for the lack of posts, but you know the deal. New goal for the remainder of 2012 is to blog once a week on SOMEthing. Be it food, my daily drama or whatever, I need to step my game up!

I have been pinning like a champ the last few days (My Pinterest) and decided to try out a recipe for Sunday fat dinner. Yes, that’s a real life thing here in our house on most Sundays. I actually decided to do a healthier twist on this popular pin Million Dollar Spaghetti via Being Grown Up so that I could down some vino in the process. OK and maybe the leftover cold stone! So here is my version of this fab dish!

  • 1lb 93/7 ground turkey
  • 1 jar of your fave spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (I did 4% because I can’t deal with small curd)
  • 1 package 1/3 fat cream cheese (8oz)
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 10 oz whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/2 bag reduced fat shredded italian 4 cheese blend

Preheat oven to 350. Boil noodles (apprx 6 min). While those bad boys are in the jacuzzi, mix the cottage cheese/sour cream/cream cheese/seasoning/garlic salt together. Slice up half the butter and scatter it in the baking dish. Cook and drain turkey, mix with sauce. Put half the cooked pasta on top of the butter and spread entire cheese mix over that. Layer the other half of noodles on top of the cheese mix & top with remaining slices of butter (1/4 stick). Spread sauce over the top and sprinkle on as much pepper flakes as you can deal with. Bake at 350 for 30 min, take out and top with shredded cheese, bake again for 10 min or until bubbly. CHOW DOWN!

I didn’t calculate this in myfitnasspal yet, but it has to be better (for you) than the original recipe. I served it with a salad topped with my variation of the Olive Garden dressing. And chardonnay, DUH. If you’re lucky I’ll post that this week too. LOL. No, I will tomorrow.

Boom! Dinner is served…now someone come get these leftovers!

Nighty night betches!

 

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