Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thai Lahvosh

One of my teacher friends brought this absolutely yummy dish to one of our birthday lunches.  I LOVED it - just couldn't get enough.  I hurried home and made it for my family that same week.  I was at a bridal shower today and the lady that gave Leslie the recipe served it at the shower - it was perfect!

I found a box of 3" and 5" Valley Lahvosh Rounds at a local HyVee Grocery Store.  I am sure you could make this on one large Lahvosh cracker but we so enjoyed making the smaller ones.  I hope you can find a similar cracker round in your area to give this a try!

Thai Lahvosh

2 Grilled chicken breasts, diced
Lahvosh crackers - We used the Valley Lahvosh Rounds
Cashew pieces
Thai sweet Chili sauce - We used Taste of Thailand brand
Mozzarella Cheese
Chopped green onions
Chopped tomatoes

Place the crackers on a baking sheet.  Put the chicken, cashews and mozzarella cheese on the crackers.  Top with 1/3 - 1/2 of the bottle of chili sauce.  Cook on 500 just til the cheese is melted - just a few minutes.  Top with green onions, chopped tomatoes and a little more sauce.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jenna's Graduation Party

Our sweet Jenna graduated from high school last week.  It has been a whirlwind month with preschool graduations and my own daughter graduating from high school and... our oldest coming home after her first year in college.  I knew when Annie and Jenna were born and they were just one grade apart that we would have our busy moments - this was one of them!

The graduation party was a huge success - Jenna loved it and that was of most importance.  We did a dessert themed party similar to Annie's with a few different desserts, candies, more Blue Bell Ice Cream and a different color theme.

I cannot tell you how much fun a dessert party is.  I also have to tell you how much I appreciate all of my friends and their help.  My dear friend Sue did most of the decorating, my friend Barb helped with the "Jenna" table, my friend Donna made two amazing cheesecakes for the party and Michelle, Lori, Tammy, Kathy, Donna and Shelley spent several hours dipping Oreo balls, Red Velvet Cake balls, Cookie Dough Truffle and frosting sugar cookies.  We had a party... the night before the party!  I truly couldn't have pulled off Jenna's fun party without the help from family and friends!  Thank you!

Monster Bars, Lemon Bars, English Toffee, White/Dark Chocolate Candy with Sea Salt and Pecans, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Sugar Cookies, Precious CAMERA cookies made by a sweet preschool mom, Oreo Balls, Red Velvet Cake Balls, Cookie Dough Truffles, Mini Gigi's Cupcakes And Texas Blue Bell Ice Cream Sundaes served in the Kitchen (Missing from this picture - the wonderful Brownie Cheesecake was front and center and on the top of the right tiered was Jenna's favorite - Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Avalanche Apples - sliced)

  Jenna and her good friend Jay!  The rest of the graduation pictures are still on the camera!  :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze

I don't cook much fish around here.   There are a few family members that just aren't huge fans.  Chris loves just about anything... but he doesn't love salmon.   I decided to try it.  Meg and I both enjoy it and I was hoping to sway Chris.  We all enjoyed this yummy recipe!  Well - everyone except Jenna - who won't even try it.

A preschool teacher found this recipe on  It was quick and easy and I served it with roasted green beans, onions and grape tomatoes.

I used one large piece of salmon with the skin.  I put it on a piece of foil and Chris cooked it on the grill.  The skin burns to the foil and you slide the salmon right off.  This version uses the broiler which I will try next time.  I actually think their version looks a little tastier!

Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 ( 6 oz) boneless salmon fillets
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat broiler and the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.  Spray the rack of the broiler pan with cooking spray.  Season the salmon with salt and pepper and arrange onto the prepared broiler pan.  Whisk together the brown sugar and the mustard in a small bowl.  Spoon mixture evenly onto top of salmon fillets.  Cook under the preheated broiler until the fish flakes easily with a fork - 10-15 minutes.

Suggestion - put a little water in broiler pan for steam

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