Monday, December 31, 2007
So Maddox's first night in his Big Boy bed went great! He slept the whole night without a peep until 6:00 a.m. this morning. It couldn't have gone any better! However, now Maddox is really taking all this Big Boy stuff to heart. This morning he insisted on picking out his own shirt. Even made me hold up a couple several times until he'd made his choice. Then he went to the pantry, opened up the door, took out the jar of peanut butter, took it to his place at the table, and sat down with it. Like he was going to eat nothing but peanut butter for breakfast. Now, if only we could convince him that Big Boys don't need a Binky AND use the potty.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
1 (8 oz.) can crescent rolls
1 apple - peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges
1 stick (4 oz.) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup Mountain Dew (YES, you read that right)
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Unfold the crescent rolls. Place an apple wedge on the wide edge of each piece of dough and roll up; place the dumplings in a baking dish.
2. In a saucepan, melt the butter with the sugar and cinnamon over medium heat; stir in the Mountain Dew. Pour the mixture on the dumplings. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes; remove the foil and bake 15 minutes longer.
Makes 4 servings. (2 each)
So you SHOULD make these, Maddox LOVES them. (so do I) I asked for a subscription to Rachael Ray's magazine for Christmas. I should have asked for some of her spoonulas or cookware. I'm really starting to get more interested in cooking lately, and Shawn says if I stick with it, someday I could probably upgrade my cookware. Rachael Ray online store...here I come...
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
So here's a picture of our new fridge, officially in the kitchen as of last night. Everything that could go wrong with this has gone wrong. When unloading it from the truck last weekend Shawn's finger got caught in the back of the fridge and tore out a big chunk of his finger. We then spent many hours in the emergency room because we couldn't get the bleeding stopped. By the time it was our turn to be seen, the bleeding had stopped. So there wasn't any skin to sew up so they put this fake skin stuff in the hole and said that more skin would grow back. OK. While the whole finger thing was happening one of the fridge doors got dented. Not even in the house and it's dented. (Shawn's Mom works at the appliance store so they're drop-shipping us a new door for free, all we have to do is put it on, that was nice) Then getting it into the house was a pain in the ass. We had to remove both doors and the drawer to get it through the door, but then it still didn't really fit so a little non-important piece got broken off. Of course we were having friends over for dinner, but Shawn wanted to get the new fridge in the house. So when they showed up all the contents of our old fridge were scattered all over the kitchen and dining room, the new fridge was still being put back together, and I hadn't even started dinner yet. (at least I was just making Papa Murphy's pizza) At least it's now in the house, but now that it's in the house it's making my stove and counter tops look like ass. I guess they're next on the never-ending home improvement list.
1 pound boneless pork roast, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 jar (20 oz. ) salsa
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, drained
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, optional
1. Mix pork, salsa and chilies in slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or until pork is tender. Stir in beans. Cover and cook on low about 5 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with cheese.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Then I won 3 5 x 7 prints of my choice from Jennifer Grant Morris! Check out her work at A Thousand Words. If you're interested I picked "tulips in black and white", "sun on water", and "winter's signature" from her "My World" set.
PLUS... you should really check out PRIZEY because I won a potty training prize pack! I'm a prize-winning machine!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
My drawing is open to all US and Canadian residents, whether you have a blog or not, and I'm also covering the cost of shipping. To enter just leave a comment (if you don't have a blog be sure to leave me an e-mail address so I can contact you) on this post by noon, Friday November 2nd. I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner that afternoon. Good Luck!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
4 sole fillets (4 oz each)
(I actually just used one big piece of fish that I cut into 3 sections, and I'm not even sure it was really sole, but it WAS some kind of fish)
salt and pepper
3 T. butter, melted
1 T. lemon juice (I used a little more)
Crushed butter-flavored crackers
Place the fish in an ungreased microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and microwave 3 - 4 minutes. (I have an 1100 watt microwave and only cooked the fish 3 minutes the first time) In a small bowl combine the butter and lemon juice; pour over fillets. Sprinkle with the cracker crumbs. Cover and microwave for 4 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. That's it!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Here's Maddox with the preschool class after we picked pumpkins. None of the kids in his class would stand together to take a class photo. So Maddox got to stand next to his hero Hunter. Hunter is teacher Bethany's four-year-old son who Maddox thinks is the greatest.
Here's the backyard while we were working on it.
We started from scratch.
My recipe this week comes from the magazine "Simple & Delicious".
2 lbs. boneless pork chops
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 T. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Hot cooked rice.
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
Lime juice, optional
Place pork chops in slow cooker. Combine the teriyaki sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes, and garlic; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until meat is tender. Remove pork and cut into bite-sized pieces; keep warm. Strain cooking juices into a large saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in peanut butter; add meat. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with onions and peanuts. Drizzle with lime juice if desired. Makes 6 servings.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
A Classic Pumpkin Face
You would make a good pumpkin pie.
They call you sticky fingers for a reason!
|Your Monster Profile|
You Feast On: Fried Chicken
You Lurk Around In: The Hearts of Men
You Especially Like to Torment: Boys Who Wear Make-up
1. I’ve recently developed an allergy to cats.
2. I still don’t understand how a person can develop an allergy to something all of a sudden, after over 25 years.
3. I’m addicted to Bath & Body Works body splash.
4. My current body splash scent: pineapple.
5. Right now my dream job would be working at Joanne’s Fabrics, or any quilt shop.
6. If I worked at my dream job I would probably spend my paycheck before I got it.
7. I would LOVE to start rock climbing again.
8. Currently I’m too fat to start rock climbing again.
9. I HATE spiders. I don’t care how small or big they are I hate them all equally.
10. I forget to buy stamps at the store EVERY time I need to buy them.
11. I wish I knew how to really dance, like ballroom or something.
12. Double sided tape ROCKS!
13. I’ve been having a hard time sleeping lately, can’t turn off my brain.
14. It seems ironic that I can’t turn off my brain at night because it doesn’t feel like I use it during the day.
15. People who don’t signal when they’re turning are as stupid as people who don’t turn their blinker off after they’ve turned. They annoy me.
16. My friend Lisa has a blog that I REALLY want to read, maybe someday she’ll let me. (HINT, HINT)
17. I’ve started to realize that I have an online giveaway addiction.
18. I now only sign up to win the prizes that I really want. I used to sign up for everything.
19. My least favorite rental home repair is working on toilets. Damn wax ring!
20. I actually like painting.
21. Not the prepping or the cleanup, just the painting part.
22. I once doubled my money at blackjack…
23. Since I only started with $20, I only won $20.
24. Math was my worst subject in school…
25. I had to take algebra three times.
26. I wish I had one of those big trampolines in my backyard.
27. I think Bigfoot exists.
28. My first job was at Wendy’s. Would you like to Biggie Size that?
29. I seriously think I’m allergic to maple syrup.
30. I can’t keep any plants in my house alive.
31. I’m afraid to wear contact lenses…
32. Considering getting Lasik.
33. I’m terrified of driving in the snow without studded snow tires.
34. I adopt my pets from the pound…
35. Every time I walk into the pound I cry.
36. I’ve always wanted to see the Nutcracker.
37. I LOVE my crock pot
38. I tend to buy myself expensive shoes.
39. I told my husband that we’d take turns cleaning up the poop if we got a dog…
40. I lied…
41. Now he won’t let me buy Maddox a fish.
42. I love going to my piano lessons…
43. Partly because I get out of the house by MYSELF.
44. I have several pairs of really awesome, really high shoes…
45. I don’t ever wear them because they aren’t comfortable.
46. I absolutely hate pulling weeds.
47. I think my Swifer Wet Jet is crappy.
48. Someday I will pay someone to clean my house so I don’t have to.
49. Even though our dogs are 70 & 90 lbs. we give them a bath in our bathtub.
50. I clean the bathtub afterwards.
51. I think pulling the guts out of a turkey or chicken is disgusting.
52. I generally like listening to all different types of music…
53. But I’d rather listen to opera than rap.
54. I LOVE chocolate…
55. But my favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake…
56. However, it has to be made with fresh strawberries, not frozen.
57. I get in food ruts.
58. My favorite restaurant right now is Chili’s.
59. When Maddox is older I’m going back to school…
60. I’m not sure yet what I’ll go back to school for.
61. I spend too much time on the computer.
62. Mike’s Hard Lime…Yum
63. I wish I had more energy.
64. I’ve been to Mexico once
65. It was for a mission trip and I stayed in an orphanage
66. I’d like to be a good cook…
67. By good I sort of mean fancy…
68. Someone who cooks things like tarts, or fancy appetizers.
69. I buy all my wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. at the Dollar Store
70. I hardly ever dream when I’m asleep…
71. I wonder what that means about me.
72. I’ve decided I don’t really care for Kettle Corn
73. I prefer Spring and Fall to Summer and Winter
74. Mayonnaise is so gross
75. If I feel like I’m going to puke I cannot function.
76. I like hot chocolate…
77. But I only like the powdery kind that you add water to, not the kind with real chocolate and milk.
78. I dislike selling things…
79. I have to sell a lot of things for Maddox’s preschool.
80. I’d love to have a really fancy kitchen, something from out of a magazine…
81. Stainless steel would be everywhere…
82. Even though stainless is harder to clean
83. I took two years of Spanish in high school…
84. I barely remember any of it.
85. I really like Cinnabon.
86. I’ve promised myself that next Spring I will plant a garden again…
87. I will water it, weed it, and not kill it.
88. I only like tomatoes if they’re tomato sauce.
89. I don’t really like to vote…
90. But I do…
91. Even though I don’t really feel like it makes a difference.
92. I wish my blog had a cool header; maybe I’ll put it on my Christmas list.
93. I like doing paperwork…
94. It makes me feel important
95. I like jewelry…
96. I just hardly ever wear it
97. I know the Bob the Builder theme song by heart.
98. I love taking pictures and I think I’m good at it.
99. I enjoy going to a movie theatre to see a movie…
100. Whenever I go out to see a movie I buy way too much crap, and can never eat it all.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Place ribs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingrediants; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Serves 8.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Check out Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more great Slow Cooking Thursday! My recipe this week is a twist on my Sweet & Spicy Pork Chops. Here's Mine:
Sweet & Spicy Pork with a Twist
1 lb pork tenderloin (or 4 pork chops)
1 bottle (12 oz) chili sauce
1 can (16 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
5 cups enriched rice
1. Place pork in slow cooker. (I ALWAYS use a crock pot liner!)
2. In bowl, mix together chili sauce, cranberry, and brown sugar. Pour over pork.
3. Cover. Cook on high 4 to 5 hours. If using the pork tenderloin continue to cook on low an additional 3 to 4 hours. Serve pork over cooked rice.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
1 cup dried bread crumbs
6 chicken breasts, skinless
1 jar (10.5 oz) pizza sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 slices mozzarella cheese
1. Beat egg in a shallow bowl. Place bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken breasts into egg, then dip into bread crumbs, using spoon to coat meat on all sides.
2. Saute chicken in large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray.
3. Arrange one layer of chicken in slow cooker. Pour 1/2 of the pizza sauce on top. Add second layer of chicken. Pour remaining sauce over top. Cover.
4. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken is tender but not dry. Just before done, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and add mozzarella on top, cover, and cook 15 more minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
It came with some florist foam and a bunch of
silk flowers for arranging into a
He was tired of me taking pictures but I wanted to capture his soccer outfit.
Notice that his shirt says "Soccer Champions".
So other than the psycho dad we're looking forward to next week!
This is the basement. We'll be putting in an egress window in two weeks
and pouring a concrete floor the end of October/beginning of November.
When finished it will be the 3rd bedroom and a big family room.
Here's me operating the backhoe. (Horrible pic of me!)
I didn't actually do anything important, just moved some dirt around.
It's great that all we have to pay for is the gas to run these machines