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Leftover Remake (1)

When I first left corporate America to be a full-time stay at home mom, I wasn’t the best cook.  Who am I kidding, I didn’t even like to cook.  I could throw a few things together and try to keep us from eating out all the time, but it wasn’t pretty.  The first couple months I started scouring the internet to find meals that my family would enjoy and even took to cable to find a cooking show that could help.  I mean it’s not like my mom didn’t try to teach me how to cook…I just wasn’t interested at the time.  Ask her she’ll tell you!

The first couple shows I started watching were repeats of “$10 Dollar Dinners” hosted by Melissa D’Arabian and “Semi-Homemade” hosted by Sandra Lee on Food Network.  Granted this was before I started moving us away from so much processed food stuff, but it helped me get started and showed me useful ways to make an almost completely different meal out of left overs.  It was a great help to a newly single-family income trying to eat on a much smaller budget.

So let me tell you about this dinner we had.  My husbands department had a Christmas lunch at work last week and he signed up to bring dressing and gravy because no one else had.  Normally I would have made at least the dressing from scratch, but I just ran out of time.  I found a really great organic stuffing mix at Sprouts so I thought I would try that.  I added sauteed celery and green onions and homemade cream of mushroom soup and baked the stuffing in the oven.  I also used a jar of turkey gravy and added extra stuff to that as well.

organic stuffing

Why I’m I telling you this…well even though people hadn’t signed up, there was more dressing at the luncheon than could be eaten so we had more than half a pan of stuffing left that I didn’t want to go to waste.  I’m not even sure what to call this, but my husband described it as the ultimate comfort food that he could graze on all day.  Now I take that as a super big compliment!! 🙂

So here’s what I did.  I took left over gravy and crumbled the stuffing into a large mixing bowl, added a bag of slightly thawed frozen mixed vegetables and a can of chicken and enough chicken broth to make it moist.  Mix this together with your cheese of choice; my husband requested Monterey Jack cheese this time.  Pop in the oven on 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown.  It was delish!!


Over the past couple months of having my blog, one of the hardest things I’ve discovered is trying to take decent pictures of casseroles.  They look like mush on the plate and all together unappetizing in a picture.  It’s a good thing they are so yummy when you take a bite!

I’d love to hear from other bloggers how you take something that looks like mush and make it look so wonderful.

As we come closer to the end of 2014, I want to say a special thank you to friends and family and strangers that have reached out to me to inquire about of adoption journey.  I love sharing our story with people in hopes to encourage others to consider adopting a child.  Although it can be a stressful journey, it is one of the most beautiful journeys.  Without it, I wouldn’t have my beautiful son.

If you have thought about supporting us during our adoption journey, please take a moment to visit our fundraising page.  No amount is too small or to large, $5 to $5000 to help a family bring home our baby girl.  All donations are tax-deductible through the Adopt Together website.  www.adopttogether.org/babygeiger

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Happy birthday mom!

It’s been a couple days since I posted because I’ve been working on a special birthday surprise for my mom.

One of moms guilty pleasures use to be a Hostess Snoball. Since Hostess was bought by another company, the recipe is just not the same. So when I asked mom what she wanted for her birthday,she said a good tasting Snoball was all she needed. So that’s been my goal the last few days to find a comparable homemade recipe.

Although I was able to find several recipes, this is the one I choose. Thanks to From Away for the recipe.

It’s definitely not the marshmallow texture on the outside as the original but the taste is spot on.

Here’s a couple of pictures from my baking process. I had fun making these and can’t wait to share them with my mom. Happy birthday mama!!!




Adoption News:

We found out this past week that we have officially been accepted into the infant adoption program. We submitted our fee and are now eligible to be matched with a birth mom. What an exciting time for our family.

We have been greatly blessed by the prayers, encouragement and financial support from friends, family and complete strangers. If you would like to read more about our story please see my earlier blog posts or check out our fundraising page.

Adopt Together fundraising

For those celebrating next week from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Freezer meals revisited (I)

Last week I wrote about a group of my mom friends getting together to swap freezer meals.  Tonight we had our first meal from the swap…Chicken Parmesan.  I’ve never made Chicken Parmesan for my family because I always thought it was too difficult.  After seeing the results tonight, I’ll be adding this to my recipe planner.

I added a side of whole wheat spaghetti that I mixed it with the marinara sauce that wasn’t used on the chicken.  Our veggie for tonight was Parmesan and garlic broccoli that I steamed in the microwave.


Speaking of a recipe planner.  I use a service called Plan to Eat (affiliate link) to store my recipes.  It has a calendar planner (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) that I love and takes what I plan and puts it in a shopping list for me.  I’ve been using Plan to Eat for almost a year and I love the functionality of the program.  The normal yearly subscription fee is $31, but they are having a 50% off Black Friday sale from November 28th to December 1st.  If you know someone looking for this type of service, what a great time for an inexpensive Christmas gift.

Adoption News

We found out today that our adoption home study has been approved and we are now ready to start the matching process.  We look forward to the day we can meet our future birthmother and then our daughter. The adoption process has been and will continue to be emotional and resource intensive.  We cannot continue to go through this process without encouragement, prayer and financial support from our friends and family.  We would like to invite you to journey with us through this process.

Will you partner with us and support our family in bringing our daughter home to our family?
If you have the financial means to support our adoption, no amount is too small or too big; $5 to $5,000 – any and all funds will help! Our goal is to raise $25,000. And, 100% of your financial support will go toward our adoption costs, thanks to Adopt Together.  Donations made through this site are tax-deductible.  

New Twist…Old Favorite

I’m not sure I ever “loved” rice crispy treats, but when I see one at a gathering I don’t mind having one on occasion.  I recently had a friend bring some to a meeting and she shared with me that she always adds peanut butter to her recipe.  YUM!  So I decided to expound on that recipe and try adding chocolate chips in as well as the peanut butter.  These were very yummy if I do say so myself!


Use the standard rice crispy treat recipe:

3T butter (I used organic)
10oz marshmallows (yes I used the store bought, but next time I make my own)6 C rice crispys (I found a brown rice organic brand at Sprouts)
1/4 C Peanut Butter (I used a honey roasted peanut butter I got from the farmers market)
1/4 C Chocolate Chips (I used some left over Ghirardelli mini chips)

Melt butter over low heat, add marshmallows and melt, add peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Stir until all melted.  Remove from heat and pour in large bowl.  Add rice crispys.  Use wax paper to form into a 9×13 pan.  Cut and serve.


World Adoption Day

We are so excited to share with you that this Sunday, November 9, 2014 is the first ever, World Adoption Day.  Check out the link and help show your love to all those you know who have been touched by adoption.

Baby Geiger

New Food Wednesday!

Ok, so that’s not really a thing in my house, but I was so excited today to have my son try something new.  During a shopping trip today I picked up these little sweet peppers at Sprouts.  I’m not a fan of peppers myself, unless they are in a stir-fry, but I thought lets give it a try.


In the months before I became a stay at home mom, I started following a blog on how to remove processed foods from your diet.  This family is no where near being completely processed foods free, but we’ve made some major changes over the last year and a half that have greatly benefited us.

Almost daily on the blogs Facebook page, she posts pictures of what her kids take to school for lunch.  I was blown away by what these kids will eat.  I thought we’d give these peppers a try…and voila!!!  He loves peppers…and the homemade ranch dip doesn’t hurt either!!

Speaking of homemade, the link above for the ranch dip also includes how to make your own taco seasoning and several other recipes.  Since making these myself, I can taste such a difference in the packaged version.  I never realized just how much salt was in the prepackaged stuff.  Check it out, you’ll love it.

If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that my family is in the process of adopting a baby girl.  We hope that you would continue to keep us in your prayers as we move through the process.  We completed our home study over the weekend and our adoption agency is finalizing the background check and we found our today we need to have our fingerprints completed again since its been a couple years since those were first done.  On my personal Facebook page, I shared a challenge in honor of Halloween.  We are hoping 31 people would consider giving $13 or $31 (or any amount) to our adoption fundraising page.  We’ve had 3 people donate $1050, which has just blown us away and we are so grateful.  Would you share in our journey and be one of our 31?  www.adopttogether.org/babygeiger

Thank Goodness for Freezer Meals

When I get in a grove, I like to make a double batch of a favorite freezer meal and keep it for weeks just like this when I really don’t feel like cooking.  There are tons of recipes out there that can be frozen and cooked at a later time.  There is a bit of an art to the process of freezing meals.  Certain ingredients need to be under cooked, such a pasta, so as not to become a mushy mess once it gets baked in the oven.

Making freezer meals that can easily be set out the night before and popped in the crock pot the next morning were a life saver when I was still working full time.

Here’s a link to what Caleb and I are having for dinner tonight with a piece of baked chicken.  I love to add extra veggies when I can, so I did modify this recipe to include mushrooms and used colby jack cheese instead of sharp.   I also used Basmati Rice since that was all I had on hand at the time.