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Memory Monday – Cake

It’s graduation season! That means lots of graduation parties… and lots of cake.  I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m not a big fan of cake.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat it and enjoy it when I do, but there are many other desserts I’d choose before going with cake.

I think it all stems from about 10 years ago.  My wife had the incredibly important job as a stay at home mom with our girls.  To get a break… over the course of a year she took every cake decorating cake class our local Michael’s store offered.

It was a great way for her to be creative, get out of the house, and spend some time in the company of adults.  The only thing was… she needed a cake to decorate every week.

That meant we had a cake to eat every week!  I ate so much cake that I guess I got sick of it.  Towards the end of the classes I even think there were times we threw some away.

I know that on more than one occasion I asked if she could decorate brownies, bars, or a pie.  That never worked… so cake it was.

My wife got really good.  Every cake she decorated was very impressive and her skills came in very handy for making birthday cakes for our girls.  She even made my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding cake.

Unfortunately, this was all before social media and smartphone cameras so we don’t have many pictures of her edible works of art. At least none I could find easily without making a mess.

Believe it or not… all this talk of cake makes me actually want a piece. Good thing my birthday isn’t too far off.  That means carrot cake (my favorite cake of all time)!

Carrot Cake

Are you a cake fan?  What’s your favorite dessert?

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Grill Once, Eat All Week

I  love a good bargain… especially at the grocery store!  When I saw our local Hy-Vee had bone-in, split chicken breasts for 99 cents a pound this week I knew I’d be getting a few packages.

I ended up putting 3 packages of 3 half breasts each into our grocery cart.  It added up to be about 10 pounds. Instead of freezing two of the packages to use later I  grilled it all tonight.

Grilling Chicken Breasts

The grill was going to use the same amount of gas if I grilled 3 pieces of chicken or all 9… and this way we can eat on the leftovers all week.

Platter of grilled chicken breast

Tonight we enjoyed the grilled chicken with a pasta side salad.  Then I cut up and bagged the rest.

Cut up grilled chicken

Bagged grilled chicken

There are lots of possibilities for this chicken.  One meal will pair the chicken with fresh mushrooms, spinach, pasta, and alfredo sauce.

Another time we could use it cold on spinach salads with lots of fresh veggies and some cheese.

Chicken stir-fry over brown rice would be good.

We could mix one bag with barbecue sauce for barbecue chicken sandwiches and boiled potatoes.

For $10 dollars we’ll get 5 family meals and 1 lunch for me. Not too bad at all!

The next time you fire up the grill be sure and fill it up.  Throw on an extra steak to use later for stroganoff or fajitas.  Grill some extra veggies for omelets or to add to pastas and pizza. Grill an extra burger or brat for lunch.

What’s your favorite meal to make with grilled leftovers?

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