Friday, October 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Menu

Meals by Misty has so much to be thankful for. My sweet baby boy, Finn, made this past year the greatest, most fulfilling year of my life. I am looking forward to the holiday season more than ever!

I decided to feature a Thanksgiving menu again this year. I've included all my favorites as well as my customer favorites. Listed are the sides and desserts I will be offering. 

Meals by Misty
Thanksgiving Menu
Summer Squash Cornbread Dressing
Summer Squash Casserole with Cheddar Crunch Topping
Traditional Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Sage
Green Bean Casserole with Panko and Herb Crunch
Cream Corn Bake
Sweet Potato Casserole
Harvest Vegetable Gratin
5 Cheese Macaroni
Red Velvet OR Pumpkin Spice balls, both with cream cheese icing and dipped in Chocolate

YES, I realize most of these dishes are "beige" in color. Beige just so happens to be my favorite color and beige is a great fall color. Reminds me of the vegetable plate I use to get at the local meat and 3 place. I'd skip the meat and get all healthy vegetables. You know, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, fried okra and cream corn. I added pepper to give it a little color. I love being healthy. 

On that note, here is a great recipe I found on the Dish and Dine blog. Its only a little beige...
Yummy Root Veggie Gratin

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'm Bringing Pumpkin Back

I will be the first to admit that I love a boxed cake mix. They are easy, cheap and just as good, if not BETTER, than mixing your own homemade mix. When I heard about mixing a spice cake mix...
You get a darn good muffin. All for around 2.5 points.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Weight Watchers

Anyone else on weight watchers? Are you feeling as hungry and I am? Are you so tired of fruit that you could scream?
Just checking. Happy Tuesday.

Monday, October 10, 2011

4 ladies, 1 man, 2 dogs and a baby. Oh, and the best shrimp salad I've ever had.

Last month we drove down over to my mom's house in Missssssisssssippi to surprise her with a 60th birthday party. She doesn't "do" birthday's well, but I do. So, I felt it necessary to invite my favorite friends and family over for a shrimp boil. I'll post more on that later, but wanted to share the absolute best shrimp salad I've ever had with you.

We had a ton of skrimp left over from the Thursday night hoopla-shindig, so we put our heads together, went to and found a keeper. CLICK ME FOR THE RECIPE

The recipe called for green onions, but we decided to be bold and try a leek, which none of us had ever cooked before and after cleaning its dirty self up, I was shocked at how easy this little crunchy goodness is to toss in a dish and take it from 4 star, to 5. I love a good leek! Who knew!
Next came my favorite herb in all of the land...this bunch probably came from some far away land where they use child labor and enough pesticides to poison the world, but I wasn't home and had to make do with the Walmarts produce.
We chopped up some surprisingly good tomatoes...too bad tomato days are over for a while.
Notice how long and lovely my Aunt Jilly's nails are. Looks like a Rachael Ray Furi commercial.

We started dumping it all together, with a red, yellow and green bell pepper. Added a diced jalapeno and a little cayenne peppa. (I just cringed as I typed that...made me think of the Neely's...ugh.)
Opened up some perfectly ripe avocados, diced and dumped them.
And then tossed it all with the juice from 2 limes. Added some salt and pepper and it was INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE good! I realize this isn't a fall recipe, but I guess I'm just not ready to let go of warm weather. Yes I am, nevermind.

By the way, I feel it necessary to show our tower o phones...
RIP Steve Jobs.

And in honor of Fall, here is the pork tenderloin I grilled to go along with our tasty Avocado, Lime, Cilantro, Leek, Pepper, fantastic o rama salad.

And, our newest addition of the family...Zelda. She belongs to my sous chef, and most fun Ole Miss chick I know...SJ.

Sous Chef Sarah:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Finn's First Birthday Party

Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet baby Finn! He has changed my world and made me a better person! I love him with my whole heart and have never been happier! 
Here are a few pics from his birthday party. Our theme was vintage trucks and our colors were turquoise and red.

 Time for cake! I had a hard time deciding between making Finn's cake myself, or having a fancy cake made at a bakery. When my mother in law told me she had made Joey (my husband) a carrot cake on his first birthday, my mind was made up! Carrot cake it was.

 Tonka tailgate :)
 These adorable cookies were made by my sweet friend Shannon, aka The Cookie Mama. You MUST check out her blog. Just click here!

 So hard to believe a year has passed since my little man made his debut into the world. It has definitely been the best year of my life!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Greek Yogurt, Strawberry Parfait with Nutella Granola Crunch

I have a serious sweet tooth. The funny thing is, when I go to the grocery store, I refuse to buy anything unhealthy. This leads me to feeling neglected after dinner...that's when my sweet tooth kicks me in the face.

Last night after dinner, I racked my brain trying to come up with something to satisfy. So, that lead to this nifty, tasty creation. All I did was add 3 small scoops of fat free, vanilla Greek yogurt, 4 strawberrys, and then, for the best part...I smeared Nutella on a healthy granola bar. VOILA! We used the granola bar as the spoon and it worked! I felt satisfied and not guilty.

I think I might try this with peaches tonight and I might add slivered almonds. I'm nuts like that.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blackened Red Fish Fresh from the Gulf

Ok friends, you have one of two options here. I vote for option number two, but you do what feels right.
To make your own blackening mix:
Blackening Mix
1  1/2 teasp. cayenne pepper
1  1/2 teasp. paprika powder
3  teasp. salt
1  teasp. onion powder
1  teasp. garlic powder
1/2  teasp. white pepper
1/2  teasp. black pepper
1/2  teasp. oregano
1/2  teasp. thyme
1/4 lb  butter   (1 stick)

Now, if you would prefer the easier approach. Buy this:
I paid a whole dollar for it at Publix.

Now, what to do:

Melt your butter on med-high heat in a non stick skillet. When the butter turns dark, place the fillets in and cook 2 minutes per side. Don't over crowd your fillets and be sure not to let the butter burn. You want it dark, but not black. WARNING: you might want to remove the battery from your smoke alarm so it doesn't freak out your baby.
This fish was really really really really really really good. I think a lot of that comes with the freshness of it. My husband grew up in Mobile and he won't eat fish unless it is fresh, never frozen. Picky man! Lucky woman!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Pesto...a Meals by Misty oldie, but goodie!

We are having some friends over tonight and this morning when I was reading blogs, sipping my tiny cup of coffee and sitting on the patio, I realized my basil was out o'control. So, pesto tonight. I'm thinking grilled chicken with Roasted Garlic and Tomato Pesto pasta.


If interested in the chicken marinade, CLICK ME