Pumpkin Patch pie


Pumpkin Patch Pie
1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag
2 2/3 cups cold milk
2 packages (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                                                             
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Graham cracker crumbs                                                               
25 small cups
1 can whipped topping
25 spoons
Combine the milk and instant pudding in the Ziploc bag. Remove the air and Ziploc shut. Squeeze and kneed with hands until blended for 1 minute.
Add the pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger.
Remove the air and Ziploc shut. Squeeze and kneed with hands until blended for 2 minutes.
Place ½ Tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of small cups.
Cut corner of gallon freezer bag and squeeze pie filling into cups.
Garnish with 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping.
Add a spoon. Serve and enjoy.
Yield – 25 students and 1 teacher
Ingredients can be divided by 4 or 5 students to work in small groups.

Venison Daube

Venison Daube*

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 3-pound venison roast, cut into 3-inch cubes
Salt and black pepper to taste
4 cups white wine
2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
4 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 28-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped
2 bay leaves

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown meat on all sides, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set meat aside.

Pour off any excess oil. Add wine and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes. Whisk in the mustard. Add the meat, onions, tomatoes, garlic, herbs and bay leaves. Cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, until meat is fork tender. Remove bay leaves and serve while hot.

*A daube is a French pot roast that is usually made with red wine. This white wine version is a bit lighter than the classic version.

Snead’s BBQ – Belton, MO

Ok so a few weeks ago when we went to KC for the weekend we had plans of stopping by Snead’s BBQ in Belton, MO.  Ever since I met back up with my husband that’s all he talked about was Snead’s BBQ and how we had to go eat there.
Well that Friday when we headed to KC, things didn’t go as planned and we didn’t make it there, but never fear, they were open on Sunday and we hit them on the way home!

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday 11am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm
Sunday 11am to 9pm

Truth be told, I’m not a huge BBQ fan.  Now we can debate BBQ vs a barbeque grill, not going there this time :)… we’re talking about ribs & meats that have been slathered in BBQ sauce.  I’m just clarifying :).  But, don’t get me wrong, I do like BBQ too, just not something I crave.


The Melting Pot – Kansas City, MO

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Our trip to Kansas City was kind of based off a trip to The Melting Pot.

When we got married 2 years ago, our honeymoon was in Chicago.  We walked around the city and decided one night to try The Melting Pot since hubby had never eaten at one.

It’s been 2 years since we’ve eaten at one and hubby has been wanting to go again.  So when we decided we were headed to Kansas City, we knew we had to eat at The Melting Pot again.

When you get there you receive your menu plus a pan that they turn on.  Once it starts steaming you’re getting close to being ready!


Buca di Beppo – Kansas City, MO

Last spring when we were out in Las Vegas, I introduced my husband to the restaurant that is Buca di Beppo.  I know that it is a chain restaurant, but sometimes, they are some of the best… otherwise why would there be a chain of them, they wouldn’t last at all.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love the Mom & Pop type diners too! Just to be clear!!
Friday though, when we were driving up to Kansas City we were trying to decide where we’d eat dinner.  I mentioned Buca to hubby and he agreed, it would be good so Buca di Beppo it was.

Now I’m not trying to brag or anything, definitely not at all, but we had to get new phones since we changed cell providers.  Hey, Verizon has coverage at our house in every nook and cranny where AT&T only wished they had coverage… so we got introduced to the thing that is Siri.  (if you’re not an iPhone user, she’s a really cool feature that is in Beta on the iPhone 5 and it’s fun to screw with her, I’m just saying!)

We actually used Siri and an iPhone app called Open Table to make our reservations while we were driving to the City.  I’ll tell you now, Hubby was driving, I was doing the rest.  I’m totally against texting and driving.  Ok off soap box now.

Buca di Beppo is located down on the Country Club Plaza, but not at street level, nope, you have to go down.  How awesome is that!?!?

Remember, Buca di Beppo is family style cuisine.  So basically you order a small to feed 3-4 people or a Large I think they said feeds 6-8 depending on what you get, obviously.


Cheeseburger in Paradise – Kansas City, KS

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The whole trip was planned and based off going to dinner at a restaurant Saturday night.  Kind of the rest was a fly by the seat of your pants trip…

Dinner Saturday night was set for 8:15pm so we decided to eat a late lunch.  After running around town, I had remembered seeing a Cheeseburger in Paradise back close to our hotel (we stayed on the Kansas side of KC over by the Motor Speed way) so we asked our trusty GPS to get us directions and away we went.

Cheeseburger in Paradise apparently not to be confused with the Cheeseburgers in Paradise that we ate at in Hawaii.

Normally we don’t get appetizers, however this time, we decided to.  I’m a huge fan of Fried Mozzarella Stix and Fried pickles, but we didn’t need two items.  They said they were known for their Frickles, however we went with the Fried Mozzarella.


The Roasterie Cafe – Kansas City, MO

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My 6 year anniversary at work is coming Tuesday.  I somehow wound up with 1 day of vacation that I had to use before Tuesday so my hubby and I both took a day of vacation last Friday and headed for Kansas City.

I have some relatives that live in KC, but I don’t seem to get up there as often as I should to visit them.  And truthfully I haven’t really been around KC much to know what all there is to offer.  I have been saying to hubby for a while I’d like to go to KC and this weekend just so happened to be the weekend we headed that direction.

One thing they have in KC is a Trader Joe’s Grocery Store.  Now we both LOVE grocery stores and I just so happened to finally find a Trader Joes!!  I made it a point that we had to check it out.

So we woke up on Saturday morning and debated on what we would do for breakfast.  We chose the Trader Joe’s over on 119th St and decided that we’d just check out the food situation once we got over there.  That’s when we wound up stumbling across this cute Coffee Shop.

The Roasterie Cafe.  I could have gotten a better shot of the front of the building but I was standing in the middle of the road trying to snap this shot.  Granted the road was a parking lot road but there were cars coming.  Just so we’re all clear :).

When we walked in the door we were greeted with all these beautiful chocolates.  You didn’t even want to eat them they were so pretty.  Sorry about the quality of photos, they’re taken with my iPhone…