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Menu Monday 30 APR 12 — Derby Week AND Cinco de Mayo!

Posted by Hallee on Apr 30, 2012 in Hallee's Galley, menus & menu planning

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of April 30th. As far as desserts go, since Kentucky Derby AND Cinco de Mayo fall on the same day, this week I’m going to make a Derby Pie and Tres Leches Cake.

While you’re here, be sure to enter to win this amazing bracelet by Cathy’s Creations and an autographed copy of my second novel, Emerald Fire, Book 2 of the Jewel Trilogy. You can enter here. The contest ends at 5PM EST on May 5th — Derby Day/Cinco de Mayo!

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Menu Monday 2 MAY 2011 – Mother’s Day, Amigos!

Posted by Hallee on May 2, 2011 in Hallee's Galley, menus & menu planning

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of My 2nd. Today and tomorrow is Pastors’ Fellowship at our church. I am SO excited about this. I’ll be making Hallee’s Travel Sandwiches to add to the sandwich pile as we serve lunch to hundreds of pastors and their wives and various other music leaders and church goers from within the First Church of God.

As far as desserts go, Scott has been begging me to make Jell-O. I have some unflavored gelatin and I’m going to play around with some fruit juices. I think I’ll also fill the cookie jar with some of DoodleRoo’s Snickerdoodles. It’s also Cinco de Mayo AND Mother’s Day week. This happened last year! We’ll be making a festive Tres Leches cake to have with our Taco Dinner on the 5th. And I hope to make my mom something special to take with me to my parents’ house this weekend.
Kaylee has testing for the next two weeks. She said, “I’m going to need some good breakfasts the two weeks of testing.” It made me laugh, because she apparently has NO idea just how good she eats in the morning — and when teachers say that, they’re talking to the kids who are lucky to get a pop-tart to go with their can of soda. But, I’ll rev up the protein a little for her, so that she feels like she’s made a positive change toward a good breakfast. She also asked me to make her a High Protein Breakfast Smoothie every morning. I have these portable smoothie containers with a ball whisk in them that will be perfect for her to take to school.

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Easy Cheesy Chili Empanaditas

Posted by Hallee on May 5, 2010 in entrees, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Mexican, Recipes, Snacks, starters

This is an amazing dish. The pastry is so light and buttery that it nearly melts in your mouth. The cheese combined with the chilies is a remarkable flavor. They can be an appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or a delicious and savory treat for lunch.

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Wonderful Whole Wheat Sopapillas

Posted by Hallee on May 5, 2010 in Breads, Breakfast, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Recipes

I have a good friend who asked me to make whole wheat sopapillas, so I’ve been researching recipes. I finally came up with one that will please all of us “real food” minded mamas. Sopapilla means “little pillow” and can be used in a savory dish much like a tortilla or a pita bread. For this dish, I used them as a breakfast bread and drizzled them with honey. They were beyond amazing. A wonderful breakfast to kick of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Festive Tres Leches Cake

Posted by Hallee on May 5, 2010 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Recipes

A beautiful finish to any festive Cinco de Mayo celebration. Tres leches means three milk – so this translate to “Three Milk Cake.” This actually blends the idea of a three-milk cake from Latin American tradition with a rum cake from Puerto Rican tradition.

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Emergency Substitution: Sweetened Condensed Milk

Posted by Hallee on May 5, 2010 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, kitchen & cooking tips, Recipes

Sometimes when you find you didn’t have great planning and took advantage of a relatively well stocked pantry that didn’t end up being as well stocked as you thought, and when you’re baking a cake at 5:00 in the morning and you have two sleeping toddlers upstairs and a husband in Afghanistan, and it’s not really convenient to run to the store to grab that one pantry item you need right now, it’s nice to know that there is a possible emergency substitution. (heh) This happened to me. As I was making Tres Leches Cake for Cinco de Mayo, I went to put together my “three milks” and discovered I didn’t have any sweetened condensed milk. Normally, I would have just set the cake aside to do later, but the milk needs to be added to the cake while it’s still warm, and at 5AM, there was no way I could do it. So, I discovered a good sweetened condensed milk substitution. The cake tasted fantastic, so I’m calling this one a success.

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