Friday, July 30, 2010
Caribbean Lime Coolers
1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon grated lime zest (about 1 lime)
3 Tablespoons lime juice
6 Tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup powdered sugar, for dusting
Heat oven to 350. In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, coconut, lime zest, lime juice, chocolate chips, butter and egg until soft dough forms.
Drop dough by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 9 to 13 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
With a small strainer, sift powdered sugar over cooled cookies. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
When I have had really low day or just sad it is amazing how looking at this little guy makes me feel better!!!! He reminds me that our life is very amazing right now - we are all healthy, roof over our head, food on the table, and he gives out as many kisses as you want for free!!!!
Now for Dinner:
So I am not a fan of Sloppy Joes but my dear friend Lina made these and wow they are really good!!
5 lbs ground beef
3 cans tomato soup undiluted
3 tablespoons mayo
3 tablespoons mustard
1 cup brown sugardab/teaspoon/tablespoon (or just, "to taste") hot chili powder
Brown off 5 lbs ground beef, drain fat. Put ingredients over and mix. Serve. (Freeze half of it)
I plan to serve it Twiced Baked Potatoe Casserole with them....Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
So less than two years ago my fabulous hubby bought me a Kitchen aid Stand Mixer. It sat in the box at the back of the closet for almost a year!!! Between having Gabriel, losing my love to bake all things yummy, and having no counter space, I never got it out. Then I met my Goddess of Baking friend, Jen Pack, and I just had to get my mixer out and start baking again. Well that didn't happen till this past May when she moved to Alaska and I knew I had to learn how to make yummy bread, cinnamon rolls (there needs to be a reward for her cinnamon rolls), and get back to baking.
Then my friend Jen M. invited me to go to Greenville to do the Kitchenaid Plant Tour. After a 45 minute drive through rural Ohio and seeing corn field after corn field, we were told the plant was closed every year after the 4th of July for repairs and cleaning. However the lady told us to go into town, eat at Maid-Rite and go to the Kitchenaid Store. So off we went.
Well, after talking with Jen M. I decided that I would go back and check out this sale. Jen M. went on vacation but gave me instructions to call her if I do go and if they have this beautiful yellow stand mixer on sale. So a couple days before I headed up to Greenville my fabulous hubby decided to join me. So we turned our trip into a road trip to visit Greenville, KitchenAid Store, and Bear's Mill. I found this wonderful blogger who listed what all was going on the sale and what each day's sale was....yes check out this site so I don't have to blog all about the sale ;)
Thursday came, we loaded up the car with picnic lunch, made a pit stop to pick Birthday girl Elena and her mom Lina, had yummy breakfast at Tim Horton's, drove 45 minutes with laughter, talking, singing, and the fabulous song "Corn, Corn, Corn, What's That Smell??" To finally arrive at the sale. People this sale is AMAZING!!!! As posted in the Blog link above, each day they add to the sale. Lina bought herself a 6qt mixer in this sexy bluish/grey color....
I bought a new 5 qt Mixer for Jen M., Blender, and Coffee Pot, which resulted in some FREE amazing gifts!!!!! We left the store because it was getting packed and Gabriel wasn't having the stroller anymore. So off to Bear's Mill we went. This is a working Mill and not what I expected. The lady inside was very rude, wouldn't offer up any information about the Mill, brushed Nathan off when he was buying coffee, and in the end I am glad I didn't make a special trip just for the Mill. That being said, Lina got some great service from the lady and she explained there are some walking trails around the Mill. Other than that, I will do more research on the place...like why is this thing hung from the Mill???
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Cowboy Cookie Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 cups regular oatmeal
2 eggs 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups all-purpose flour 7 oz. coconut
1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup peanut butter, optional
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream butter in a large mixing bowl: add sugars mixing well. Add eggs, vanilla and peanut butter.
Combine flour, soda and salt: add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats and remaining ingredients.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet. bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool on wire racks.
Yield: 4 dozen.
Freezes well. Place two cookies back to back wrapping in plastic wrap.
**After trying for 10 minutes to upload pictures, I hear Gabriel waking up. So will upload pictures later and info about Nachos too. Off to celebrate Pancake Friday with just Gabe and I**
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
So yesterday we went over to the George's home and helped celebrate Miss Elena's 2nd birthday. I forgot my camera but Lina had the birthday party a Rock Start theme. Guitars, music, balloons, bubbles, lots of laughter, great food, and such a YUMMY cake!!! Happy Birthday Elena...your future mother-n-law loves you!!
Then that night we had a date night. It started out as a double date night, then was going to be a quad-date night, but ended up a triple date night. We had sooo much fun!!! It is rare that you become friends with someone and have your husbands get along too. I really love Catherine and having so much fun getting to know Jessica, that in no time I know I will love her too!!! The best part of the evening was sitting back and watch all three of the husbands talk and share stories. I am surprised we didn't get kicked out of P.F. Chang's from laughing so loud - well maybe it was just my loud laugh ;) We really missed our fabulous friends The Walker's but hope next time they will be able to come!!!!!
After P.F. Chang's we went back to the Mize's house (Catherine and Jessica are neighbors so makes get together super easy!) and sat around a fire pit. Let me tell you, for a perfect Saturday night, tell some stories, have a fire, the makings for S'mores, a man named Nenose, and you will truly have the best evening!!! Here is to many more Saturday nights with my military-family.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
How I allowed myself to get sucked in so deep with FB I seriously don't know. But instead of dwelling on it I am fixing it!! I have deleted all pictures of hubby and son off FB. Pictures now will be found on our password needed, secure, Shutterfly account. I am making myself stop updating my status....period. I am going cold turkey because I was finding myself updating my status' three to four times a day!!!! That is just plain wrong (IMO of course).
Now I won't delete my account for two, well maybe three reasons.
#1 - I can't expect family and friends to email me pictures of my nieces and nephews or their kids when they already upload them to FB.
#2 - I plan GNO and Playgroup Activities -
**after 20 minutes of sitting at this computer and typing out all the drama, I have realized that I am still way beyond pissed to type things and blog about it. So I will just say join the playgroup on FB...period. For GNO, I will no longer be planning...period
#3 - I joined a group on FB (Fun Days 101) that is all about things to do in Dayton and the surrounding area. I love this group!!
Now onto some positive notes....
#1 - For four weeks now I have been doing a Bible study - Anointed, Transformed, and Redeemed - I truly have been enjoying myself, the class, and the lessons!!! This is my first Bible Study, ever, and it couldn't have come more at a time when I needed it the most in my life!!! I will blog about some of the things that I am learning and truly trying to live my life by.
#2 - Gabriel is 19 months today. He has such a passion for life and he is only 19 months old!!! He is always into everything, learning, touching, on the go, and fills our home and hearts with laughter and such indescribable joy!!!! Nathan and I still find ourselves smiling and amazed that God has given Gabriel to us. We truly are blessed beyond words.
#3 - I am slowly starting to see my true self again. Working out, letting go of FB, planning stuff, and drama, is really what I need right now. Just wish it hadn't taken me this long to realize that I have been heading down a path that is not healthy and basically that is not me!!!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Then I look at my dirty floors or the laundry that is piled up on the kitchen floor and in the laundry baskets (everyone has their own basket to help separate the clothes), and just feel like I suck as I wife/mother. When Gabriel was born Nathan and I were beyond blessed with such a happy, easy, loving baby. I was rested (yes I slept for 3-4 hours, nursed/bottled, napped, and even read books), cooked meals every night (after the first 3 months of getting used to being a new mom), and this house was SPOTLESS!!!!!
Now jump to 18 months later and I am lucky if my husband has a cooked meal ready for him and the toys at least shoved into a corner. Nathan tells me all the time he loves, respects, and appreciates me, but I don't feel it for myself. I also seriously don't understand how in the beginning I had all this energy and ran a fabulous home and now....I feel like the walls are closing in on me with all the mess.
Something has to give or change and it has to happen ASAP!!!! So I have promised myself by the end of Sunday the floors (kitchen and bathrooms) will be swept and mopped. All laundry will be put away into drawers or hung in the closet. Then next week, I am grabbing trash bags and throwing out the junk that I haven't touched in 6 months - donated or being tossed....either way I can't continue like this. I am disappointed in myself.
**Side note** I shouldn't be hard on myself for today because today Gabriel was in the mood to dance, play, read, and hang with his momma. So for days like these I am okay with not doing housework or cooking a meal because I know my fabulous son will not want to hang with his mom forever. It is those days when Gabe is playing by himself and I am sitting on the couch doing nothing that get to me.
Monday, July 5, 2010
So today after Gabe's nap, I put in Jillian's 30 Day Shred to get an idea of what I was about to get myself into. You know it isn't that bad!!!! LOL The workouts are 20 minutes long and all I need is a mat and weights. So I have the mat and will go get some hand weights tomorrow. I will roll out a mat for Gabe so he can "workout" with me too.
I would really like to lose at least 30 pounds before we start trying for baby #2. This also has me getting my butt up and moving because come September.......fingers crossed :D
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Then we have Facebook. Facebook can be great to keep in contact with family and friends. However it can cause lots of drama, you being "deleted" from someone's page, people thinking you are talking about them and never mind that you have 300plus "friends" on Facebook, and then all the security issues.
So tonight, with my husband out for Guy's Night, our son who has been up off and on for 3 hours now, fireworks still going off at 11pm at night, and my nightly nonsleeping habit, I have decided that I must delete my MySpace account and seriously cut back on Facebook!!!
I am mainly sick of the drama people like to cause and all the security issues with posting pictures and too much information about yourself.
Instead of posting pictures on FB, I will now post them on my favorite site - Shutterfly!!! They have a free, unlimited, password needed site, where you can post pictures and videos. Then you invite people to join or view your photos (password needed) and family and friends can see your life that way.
As of 5 minutes ago, emails went out to every email I have of family and friends requesting them to bookmark and join Shutterfly. Hope they do since in 5 minutes MySpace will be deleted and so will post of my pictures :( If you are a family or friend reading this, on FB and we are friends, and didn't get an email from Shutterfly and would like to follow our family photos, let me know.