Monday, July 12, 2010

What you have all been waiting for....

A new post from me! Ha Ha! I know you haven't been, but in case you are wondering why I have not been posting much, well, I guess the answer is that I have been boring lately. Oh, I haven't been bored. I never am. I just have been busy with mundane, every day stuff and none of it was interesting enough to share. LOL!

But this weekend, I was a little more interesting. Hubby and I had watched "It's Complicated" a while back...cute movie....and Meryl Streep character made chocolate croissants. She was a baker/chef, so of course made them from scratch. So, I have been thinking about those things for a couple of weeks and this weekend, I decided to make some. Not from scratch.

So, I took a tube of store brand crescent rolls, $1.36 and put a layer of chocolate chips (free because I always have them in the pantry.) over the dough, rolled them up, then baked according to the directions on the tube.

Voila! Simple Chocolate Croissants.

They were delicious! I loved them! Hubby said they were delicious but too sweet. After I regained consciousness, I asked him where my husband was, since MY husband has never said anything was too sweet. He just laughed.

I can't make them any more, since I would have to eat them all myself.

I am thinking about trying them with cinnamon, sugar and a little butter instead of chocolate.

Then for dinner, I decided that I would try to create the amazing pasta sauce I told you about here . I made a valiant attempt, and though I don't know if it tasted exactly like what we had a few weeks ago, I can tell you that Hubby and I both thought it was DELICIOUS!

Okay, so it does not look that beautiful. But it was delicious. Here is what I did. (Note: I had everything but the artichokes in my pantry and freezer. So, I only spent $2.79 to make this dish.)


2 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can quartered artichoke hearts (they were the cheapest)
1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 cup of frozen chopped spinach, drained
1 jar Ragu Alfredo Sauce
1/4 cup milk (fat free is what we had)

Thaw 2 frozen chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces and cook until done. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel.

Coat that pan with olive oil and toss in frozen spinach. I did not even thaw it first. It thawed out pretty quickly in the pan. Then add mushrooms and artichokes. I sauted all this together until it was good and hot, then added the jar of alfredo sauce. After emptying the jar, I poured in the 1/4 cup milk into the jar, and shook it up to get the remaining sauce out of the jar pouring that in the pan.

I let the sauce simmer while I cooked some spaghetti noodles and warmed some french bread. Then served the sauce over the pasta. It looks much better after you mix it into the pasta, but we were gobbling it up by then, so no pics.



Annie Jones said...

I love that you wrote you're never bored. Neither am I! The only time I get bored is I'm forced into a waiting situation (waiting for Shane or someone) and don't have a book with me. Otherwise, I'm occupied all the time.

I've never had chocolate croissants. I may have to try those!

Frances said...

Hi, Annie Jones! Someone told me, many years ago, that you can only be bored if you are boring.

So I am never bored. And Hubby says I have more patience than anyone he knows, as it does not bother me to wait for something. I prefer to have a book, but if I don't it doesn't bother me.

I figure I have to wait, whether I am bored or not, so I might as well not be.

SonyaAnn said...

DAMN, DAMN, DAMN, Den won't eat Alfredo Sauce! It looks amazing so maybe I'll part it out!LOL
And OMG on the crescent rolls! Can I live with you?

Frances said...

Yes, SonyaAnn, you can come live with me. LOL! You will have to sleep in the cat's bedroom....on the floor.

Once you mix in all the veggies, it does not taste like alfredo. I love alfredo, but when I tasted it in the restaurant, I actually called the waiter over and asked what it was, since it did not taste like alfredo to me.

Maybe you could substitute a light cream sauce or wine sauce. What about alfredo does Den not like?

Pam said...

I haven't gotten to be on the internet much but I'm glad you are back! That sauce sounds so good and now I must make some. :)
The croissants look good but my daughter would say they were too sweet and Bryan is allergic to chocolate. Oh well.

slugmama said...

"Someone told me, many years ago, that you can only be bored if you are boring."
Well that does it....there is no hope for me because afterall....I AM boring!

And feel free to come here anytime and bring your chocolate croissants! We can bore each other watching ourselves eat

Frances said...

Hi, Pam! Thanks for coming to see me! Hope you get a chance to make the sauce and that you love it too.

Since Hubby thought the chocolate croissants were too sweet, I may just stick with cinnamon rolls or pecan rolls.

Some people besides me must like chocolate croissants. A bakery near my office sells them for $2.59 each! Of course, they are bigger than mine were, but each one costs more than my whole batch!

Frances said...

Oh, Sluggy, you are not boring and you know it. Quit trying to elicit compliments from us! LOL!

I think we would not be bored if we were together.

slugmama said...

Dang!...Am I that transparent?lol
And yes, if we were together, the world had better LOOK OUT!!lolol

Frances said...

I think it would be scary if we got together.

Well, after I finished walking around in awe of your stockpile.

yonca said...

Croissants with cinnamon..sounds delicious.I like everything with cinnamon:)

Frances said...

We love cinnamon, too, Yonca! It makes almost everything more delicious!

Diane said...

I have been pretty boring lately too, finding it hard to find items to post about. All the food looks great and tasty.

Frances said...

Diane, thanks for coming to see me. Maybe it is the heat that is making me not find anything to blog about. Yeah...that's it...the heat.

McVal said...

Oh there you are!
Both of those things look so yummy! I never thought of putting chocolate chips inside of croissants! Great idea!

Frances said...

Hi, McVal! Glad you came to see me. I cannot believe how many of your posts I missed this week.

I need to quit working so hard at work and keep up with my bloggy buddies. (Or, get on the 'puter at night and do it.)