Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
My son places his hand in the same place only to be met with total motionless silence.
The beginning of sibling rivalry. :)
My husband and I assure him that one day, very soon, you will be able to see the kicks and definitely feel them.
He doesn't look so sure and goes off to play with cars.
As if on cue, I get another kick and I have to stifle a giggle. Its like having a secret joke among a loved one.
I am overwhelmed with this gift of carrying a child and of the joy and complete agony of motherhood.
I could not feel more blessed.
Thank you Lord.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
At the main public library downtown, they have an awesome Train for the holidays. The display even includes Thomas and Percy!!!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday: Pizza Night!
Friday, December 10, 2010
I wrote this last year at the Christmas but I still feel the same way, this year! I thought it was worth a re-post!
I think we all can relate in a way. There is no doubt about it. The holidays are a busy time.
As I recalled the conversation (as I was wrapping a gift) I began to wonder. Is this what the holidays are all about? How much pressure do we put on ourselves?
Then I actually felt guilty for enjoying all those things that woman was complaining about! I love baking cookies. The kids enjoy having goodies to snack on and it makes this time of year special. The hard work I put into each baked treat is appreciated by my friends and family. Its not just flour, sugar and butter. Its my love given to my loved ones.
I also will admit to really enjoy wrapping gifts. I wait until my kids are asleep and then I put on a chick flick (White Christmas anyone?) Cocoa, a snack and turn the fireplace on. I savor this time. I get to wrap each gift in fun, beautiful or funky paper and then make it pretty with ribbon, bows or ornaments. I like to think that when the person receives the gift, they will feel a little more special! (Or at least be able to tell how special I think they are!)
It didn't always used to be like this.. I am afraid that I used to be just like that woman in line. Everything about the holidays was just another thing on my list to be checked off. But is that all there is? The holidays are just a series of things to get done, accomplished and then we can sleep tight at night?
If we look at these tasks as something that gives joy and pleasure to others the job is suddenly not a "job" but a gift. That time I put into sending a special note in their card or baking that extra batch of cookies is my gift of love.
This season is all about the Creators wonderful gift to us.... his Son. If he gave me this gift begrudgingly, would I appreciate it as much? Would I cherish it knowing that it really didn't want to be given?
Hopefully I can maintain this attitude throughout Christmas.. but check in on Christmas eve at 2:00am. :)
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I tried making my on cocoa and loved it! I found mason jars at Odd Lots and after filling the jars with my homemade cocoa, I topped them with some material and a ribbon. (You can even fill the top of the jar with mini marshmallows!) Its easy and will mean so much to those you give it to!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I am always searching for leftover turkey recipes that will fool my family into thinking they are not eating leftover turkey. No small feat.
I like this recipes because it flavorful and I can freeze half for another day....further stretching the turkey eating! :)
Turkey and Rice Bake
6 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup sliced onion
2 cups cooked rice
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach or broccoli, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons chopped pimiento
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream
turkey slices, 6 to 8 large slices or enough sliced turkey for 6 people
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon melted butter
Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels then crumble. In 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the same skillet, cook onion and celery until just tender. Combine the rice, bacon, onion, celery, spinach, pimiento, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Combine the soup and sour cream then stir half of it into the rice and vegetable mixture. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11x7-inch baking dish. Arrange turkey slices over rice and vegetable mixture. Spoon remaining soup and sour cream mixture over turkey. Toss bread crumbs with butter and sprinkle around edge of casserole. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until hot and browned around the edge.Serves 6.
Recipe taken from Southern Food. You can find the original post here.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I won't bore you with more. (Oh yes, there is more!) The point of rawly exposing my worst day I have had in a long time is simple. Many times we as moms try to come off as perfect. Like we have it all together. As a mom, I see other moms and wonder how they manage to do it all. Or after a really bad long day I wonder if I deserve to be a mom.
One of my friends whom I have not seen for a while confided that she wanted to handle things like I did with the kids. I threw my head back and let out a long hearty laugh. I told her of that awful day where I felt like a total failure as a parent. Her eyes grew wide and she joined me in a good belly laugh.
Because that is the thing with girlfriends who are mama's. We don't only need to share recipes and sewing tips. We need to share the really hard days where our kids are acting a'fool and we are losing it. Because we have all been there!!! We all have days like this. None of us are perfect, have it all together or do the right thing all the time. Just knowing that we are not alone helps us to take a deep breath and hope that tomorrow will be better. (Along with prayer...alot of prayer!)
So next time your friend is having a hard day take some pity on her and tell her a really awful story of yours. It will make everyone feel better!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Hello! I am extremely happy and blessed to announce that the morning sickness has chosen to depart this past week. Leaving in its wake.....hunger! I think I am trying to make up for weeks of not eating. :) The herbed turkey breast roast below is so good I had to share! Its easy and you can usually find a turkey breast roast on sale with the roasts! Also check out some of the linked side dishes below which I cannot wait to try......happy eating y'all!
Monday: Herbed roast turkey breast, stuffing, corn, green beans with ham hock
Tuesday: Shrimp pasta in a sun dried tomato cream sauce, spinach salad, garlic bread
Wednesday: Leftovers- If its in the fridge, you can have it...but mama is not cookin!!
Thursday: Turkey Enchiladas, Black beans and rice
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Cheeseburgers, baked fries, Tomato Salad
Sunday: Fried chicken, cheesy mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes, salad
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Here are some leaves that we collected and let dry. (They curl so pretty!) I placed them in a glass cylinder and even put a candle on top. And guess what?! They are from 2 years ago!!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Monday: Pot Roast, roasted carrots and potatoes, green beans, hot rolls
Tuesday: Boulevard salad (recipe below)
Wednesday: Roast chicken, mixed veggies, cheddar biscuits
Thursday: Hot roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes, salad
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Leftover night- Mama is too sick to cook!
Sunday: Chicken enchiladas, Re fried beans, Spanish rice
My family used to have a favorite restaurant called "The Boulevard" when I was growing up. Since then, it has long gone out of business but I have tried to recreate my favorite dish. It just so happens that it is delicious and easy. The combination of the hot stir fry, melted cheese and the crunch of the cool lettuce is a great combination!! I hope you love it as much as my family does!!
The Boulevard Salad
1 bag of frozen teriaki chicken stir fry (I get the one with the chicken included)
1 head of lettuce
1 bag of mozzarella cheese
Fix the bag of stir fry as directed on package including the sauce.
Meanwhile on a plate, make a bed of lettuce. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top of the lettuce.
When stir fry is cooked spoon ion top of the lettuce and cheese.
Sprinkle the top with Asian noodles and serve while hot.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Tuesday: Ham potato cheddar soup, fresh bread, salad
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner- French toast, bacon and scrambled eggs
Thursday: Chili and cornbread (See recipe below)
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Potato bar with chili, cheese and sour cream, garden salad with fresh veggies
Sunday: Left over buffet- Mama is prego...and not cookin!
Cornbread (Adapted from women in my family)
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
6 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold water
In a large pot over medium heat, simmer chicken in 6 cups water until no longer pink. Remove chicken, cool and shred.
Return shredded chicken to pot and stir in butter, salt and pepper. Cook until chicken reaches desired tenderness, 15 to 60 minutes.
In a bowl, stir together baking mix and milk until smooth. In a separate bowl, stir together flour and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Stir flour mixture into soup; bring soup to a rolling boil.
Drop baking mix mixture by tablespoonfuls into the boiling water, neatly around the chicken. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes. Then cover and cook 10 minutes more. (Sneak a spatula under the dumplings to prevent chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot.) Serve hot.
Monday, October 4, 2010
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 hamburger buns
Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring to crumble. I like to use a potato masher to even out the lumps. Add onion and celery, cover the pan, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease.
Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Heat to a simmer over low heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom.
Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
We are thrilled that God has blessed us with another child!! (How can you love someone so much from one little flicker on a screen?...I guess that is another post!)
I am having a hard time right now keeping up with the blog while I fight with my tummy:)
Please be patient with me...I have some great ideas in the works.
But for right now I need to go lay down :)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chunky salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
In an electric food processor or blender, combine beans, broth, salsa, and cumin. Blend until fairly smooth.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday: Pizza night!
1 1/2 cups beer
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound cod fillets
2 cups crushed cornflake crumbs
1 quart oil for frying
In a medium bowl, beat together egg, beer, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place cod in the bowl, and thoroughly coat with the mixture.
In a separate medium bowl, mix the cornflake crumbs. Dip the cod in the crumb mixture, and thoroughly coat all sides.
In a large, heavy skillet or deep fryer, heat the oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Fry the fish until golden brown, and flesh is easily flaked with a fork.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
3 pounds boneless pork ribs
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
Pour can of beef broth into slow cooker, and add boneless pork ribs. Cook on High heat for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. Remove meat, and shred with two forks. It will seem that it's not working right away, but it will.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This has been a really hectic 2 weeks around here. (I will get more into that, hopefully next week.) It has left me...hmmm, how do I say this? Not wanting to cook very much! I do want my family to still eat well though, so that has left me with getting creative. That also means lots of crock pot use. For the new recipe below I used the leftover chicken from earlier in the week, making it even less effort! Happy Eating Y'all!
Monday: Leftovers- If its not movin, you can have it..... but mama is not cookin!
Tuesday: Grilled chicken, green beans, roasted carrotsWednesday: Crock pot beef roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Thursday: Chicken with Asian veggies,(recipe below) brown rice, egg rolls
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Shredded beef tacos, Spanish rice, black beans
Sunday: Crock pot BBQ pork,(recipe Tues.) baked beans, coleslaw, tomato salad
Chicken with Asian Veggies
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup of sliced bamboo shoots
1 can baby corn1 cut thinly sliced water chestnuts
2 tbs Soy sauce
First grill the chicken breast slightly on both sides and cut into pieces if desired. Boil the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts for about 15 minutes. Open the can of baby corn and wash very well. Combine all the ingredients into the crock pot and stir. Let the dinner cook for about 6 hours on low without opening to check on it and a great, delicious meal should be ready to serve.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
3 tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 drops chili oil
1/4 teaspoon packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Preheat the oven broiler, and move oven rack into the top position.
Place the snap peas onto a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread the snap peas out into a single layer.
Meanwhile, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil, brown sugar, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. When the snap peas come out of the oven, toss them immediately with the sauce.
Monday, September 13, 2010
So glad to be back to a regular schedule this week! I am trying a new pasta bake that looks super easy...which is how I like it. Check out the recipe below! I also will be posting a delicious recipe for sauteed snap peas tomorrow. Your family will love them! Happy Eating Y'all!
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted boil water to a boil. Cook mostaccioli pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well.
Meanwhile, cook ground beef and chopped onions in a skillet over medium heat until browned.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until very hot.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Lay out 1 sheet of wax paper and place leaves and decorations of choice on the wax paper.
Then place 2nd sheet of wax paper and place medium heated iron on top and iron until wax paper bonds with each other.
Wahlah!! Beautiful place mats!!