November 17, 2018

Cranberry and Cinnamon Goat Cheese Tartlets

This post is sponsored by Montchevre but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The holidays are here!  And we are finally feeling the spirit around here! There has been more cold days than hot it seems.  Which is a little different for us here in South Texas.  But we are embracing it and determined to enjoy it!

For us the holidays are special because they bring us all together.  Family.  Friends.  Neighbors.  This is the time of year to slow down and take time to be thankful for things that we might not have realized are blessings to us.  And we can't forget about all the food.  Am I right.

Fall foods are the best.  Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday of all.  We are a little traditional around here.  We do the turkey with all the fixings.  Stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, creamed corn, rolls and don't forget the cranberry sauce.  I love cranberries.  Spring and summer its all about the dried cranberries, but when fall hits, I love seeing the little red berries everywhere.

This year I wanted to add a little more to our pre dinner menu.  We usually do a good spread of cheese and crackers, chips and salsa along with other odds and ends while the game is on.  And then after dinner of course we have all the pies.  This year I am testing out a few things to add to the menu.

Starting with these tartlets I made with Montchevre Cranberry and Cinnamon Goat Cheese.  We don't do a lot of dairy around here so I wanted to try something a little different.  Goat Cheese.  Not only is it high in protein, calcium and Vitamin D, it said to contain less lactose so that is always a plus around here!  That being said, Goat Cheese is also an acquired taste.  I have only had it once before in a more of a savory type of pastry, so when I saw that Montchevre made fruit versions for the holidays, I figured I would give it a chance and maybe adding a little more of a sweet factor would help my original opinion.  That and presentation.  When people ask me how I get my boys to eat such a variety of things, I always tell them, if it looks good, they will try just about anything!

Montchevre Goat Cheese
Puff Pastry
Cinnamon Sugar
Melted Butter

Pre heat oven to 375

Unroll one pastry sheet and cut into 9 even squares.

At a spoonful of cheese to the center of each square.

Fold up all 4 corners to a point and place into cupcake pan.

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

I love that these are really easy and quick too.  Which make it perfect to pop in and out of the oven when everyone needs a little something to hold them over till dinner.  I'm all for keeping things simple and quick in the kitchen.  The sooner the cooking is done, the more time you have to spend with your family and friends.

What are your go to holiday bites?  Are there any goat cheese lovers out there?  If you are a fan or just want to give it a try, visit Montchevre and check out all the flavors they have available and see where to find them!  Try something new this Holiday Season!

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November 16, 2018

Drs, Dentists and No Days Off

Just when I think I am ready for vacation, the week before vacation happens.  Never fails right.  Oh well, what matters most is that its Friday and its also time for Thanksgiving break!  In just a few short hours, the boys will be home and my heart will be happy.  Even happier a when David gets home.

This week was full.  I feel like everyday it was something.  But there were little blessings in it all. So before I crash out and take the nap I have been dreaming about all week, I wanted to share a few things that made this week better!

November 12, 2018

Menu Plan: November 12th

Hello Monday! Im not going to lie, the week is starting out on a busy note but Im hoping that just means it will only get better! Before it get into all that, lets talk food.

I had planned on planning better.  Then the weekend happened and the menu planning didn't.  So yesterday I pretty much just threw it all together and got my grocery order in.  Anthony suggested Chili, which will be perfect since a cold front moved it and we will need something warm mid week!  Here is what we will be cooking up this week!

November 9, 2018

Fresh Air, Penguin Fun & Family Time

Another week has come and gone.  Hello Friday!  This week went by surprisingly fast. It seems that it happened so fast, I barely had time to sit down and open up my computer.  Am I the only one that would still rather surf the net on a computer than the phone?  Ive also been avoiding staying online too much because politics brings out so much hate.  I have no problem with people having their own opinions and standing up for their beliefs, but holy hell does it get ugly!  I have no time for that.  I'm loving all the thankful posts and fall pictures.  Those make me super happy!

Speaking of happiness, its Friday and time to link up with the Peaceful Posse and share some things that made me happy this week.  Here are a few of my happy highlights!

November 5, 2018

Menu Plan: November 5

Okay Monday, I'm gonna need you to take it easy on me.  I have been pumped to start the last few weeks and each week has pretty much taken a nosedive.  I'm ready for a fresh, new, solid start to the week.  And I'm praying this is it.  Everyone is feeling better.  We had a great weekend.  And now it's time for a new week.  And a new menu.

This weeks line up is little different than most weeks.  But I let the guys pick out dinners and this is what they asked for.

November 2, 2018

Whats up weekend: November 2

Sometimes it feels like the harder I try, the worst things get.  I swear, I set out to have a good week and the whole week goes to hell in a hand basket, but when I'm sure its going to impossible, things go better than expected.

This week started out with Anthony being squeezed in to see his doctor.  30 minutes later, we are leaving with a new inhaler, steroids and antibiotics.  He has a double ear infection and his asthma is kicking his butt right about now.

By Wednesday, Anthony was feeling better and Chico decided it was a perfect time to go into a full on old man fit.  We dropped him off at the vet yesterday morning and prayed for some answers. But by the way he was acting, I was for sure he wasn't coming home.  Turns out his kidneys are up to something, hes anemic and he has an infection.  On top of that he is almost 17.  So he is home for the time being.  Because he is still eating, drinking and going to the bathroom ok the Dr suggested we make him comfortable, try some meds and check back in a few days to see how he is doing.  If there is not change, then we will be saying goodbye to our baby.  As much as I thought I was prepared for it, my heart hurts something awful.

Fridays on the blog are usually set aside for happiness.  This week, I feel like I'm getting beat up as soon as I get around every corner. But still, I'm moving forward.  And no matter how hard life pushes,  my only option is to push back.  So even though this has been one of the most exhausting and frustrating weeks ever, I'm linking up with my Peaceful Posse ladies Lindsay, Charlotte and Beth and will try to round up a few things that lifted me up this week.  Here we go!