Sunday, January 30, 2011

Manic Monday Meals ~ Happy Birthday Rick (Yikes 35)

Oh yes today is Rick's 35th birthday, I was trying to find a recipe that was a simple one that I did in honor of my "Can't you just make a simple meal" guy but no luck. Sorry dude I don't do just a simple meal. Enjoy! Happy Birthday hun, it's been one heck of a past year with TONS of ups and downs and I'm happy to say we came out on the better side. Love ya.
Start w/ Breakfast
by I ate that
1 cup all pur­pose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. bak­ing pow­der
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nut­meg
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup + 2 tsp. milk
1 tbsp. cook­ing oil
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. creamy peanut but­ter
1 ripe banana, sliced thin
In a medium mix­ing bowl, mix all dry ingredients. In a separates bowl, mix egg milk and oil until well combined and then pour into dry ingre­di­ents and add peanut butter. Stir until all dry ingre­di­ents are mixed in. Add banana and mash with a fork until it is well combined. Scoop batter in 1/4 cup serv­ings onto a buttered, pre­heated grid­dle, and cook until done (2 – 3 minutes per side).
ALEXIS NOTES: I used whole wheat flour, sugar substitute and doubled :).
For Dinner!
by The Pursuit of Happiness
• 1 lb ground turkey
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, diced
• 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
• 1 T minced garlic
• 1 T Italian seasoning
• 1 jar spaghetti sauce
Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, and seasoning in a bowl. Cut mozzarella cheese into small chunks. Flatten a small amount of meat in your hand and place a piece of mozzarella cheese inside. Form the meatball around the cheese. Make sure all of the cheese is covered by meat so the cheese doesn't come out while it's cooking. Place meatballs on a greased baking pan and cook for 30 minutes. Quickly take the dish out of the oven after it has cooked for 30 minutes. Pour the jar of spaghetti sauce on top and put the pan back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
ALEXIS NOTES: I only had cheese sticks which don't melt well, I suggest you don't use it.

And for dessert:

by One Crazy Cookie

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup jam (raspberry or blackberry)

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x13 pan. Beat butter until creamy. Add flour, sugar and salt and mix until crumbly. Press 2 cups of the mixture in the bottom of the baking pan. Reserve the rest. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until golden brown edges. Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and condensed milk on high for 1 minute. Stir until chips are melted. Pour over the crust. Drop teaspoonfuls of jam over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of chocolate chips. Bake 25-30 minutes until the center is set.

ALEXIS NOTES: I used whole wheat flour, I was out of chocolate chips (I know I'm nuts) so I switched out with Nutella.

Happy Monday I hope you find something you may enjoy!!!


  1. Now you are really making me hungry. Happy Birthday to Rick!

  2. Happy birthday to your husband. I'm cracking up at the cheese sticks. I've used them so many times for recipes when I'm out of mozzarella and just wish they would melt!

  3. I really like the meatball recipe. At our house pasta and meatballs are a big hit. I'm always trying to change it up a bit and this might be just the thing. Thanks! Blessings, Joanne

  4. The dessert sounds fabulous! I love the idea of mixing the fruity jam with chocolate. YUM! I have some leftover blackberry jam that would be perfect for this.

  5. Happy birthday to your hubby. I hope he appreciated your meal

  6. Happy Birthday Rick.. Wow what a lucky husband to have such a great meal to enjoy.

  7. Tell Rick Happy birthday from us. Hope he has a good day. My 'simple guy meal' is just a couple of steaks (throw them in the oven on broil for 5 min, flip and broil for 2-3 more) and a baked potato with all of the yummy sides (cheese, sour cream, bacon pieces, chives...) Maybe I make a veg too, but usually just the steak and potatos for that meal.

  8. What a wonderful birthday meal he will have. Hop on over to enter my first give away.

  9. Only thing better than a meatball is a meatball with a center of ooey gooey cheese! Happy Birthday Rick!

    Happy Monday!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  10. The bars are amazing! Anything with Nutella gets my vote!

  11. I'm always on the look-out for different recipes. The Chocolatey Jam Crumb Bars sound good.
    Happy Birthday to your hubby!!

  12. Happy Birthday to Rick! I hope he knows that having you as a wife is a gift that keeps on giving.

  13. Happy Birthday to Rick! How lucky is he, what great things you made to eat. They all sound delicious.

  14. My stomach is rumbling now, thank you very much.
    Happy birthday Rick!

  15. What a lucky hubby!! I love the nutella idea!! I have gotta try it out.


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