Friday, February 25, 2011

Five Question Friday!

1. Can you drive a stick shift?

Once upon a time, long ago I could. Now? I guess if I was forced I could, but do I want to? No, thanks. 

2. What are two foods you just can't eat?

Pickles and green peppers. I wish I loved both, but unfortunately I don't.

3. Do you buy Girl Scout Cookies? What is your favorite kind?

We didn't buy them this year. I told Matt to look for some people at his work selling them, but of course he didn't remember. When I worked at the school I had tons of people asking me to buy, and I happily would. My waistline doesn't miss them, but I sure do.

4. How do you pamper yourself?

I don't usually do anything, but I guess I take a bath, or buy shoes, or think about shoes in the bath. Now if I could get  bath shaped like a shoe. Ahhh... :)

Courtesy of Google


5. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

Bloomer. Goes with my maiden name. I still get called it from time to time. I was Bloomer #4 after my dad and my two brothers. 

Sock Munching

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Food Day- Slow Cooker!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Strognaoff has always been one of my favorite types of sauces to put on buttered egg noodles (or mashed potatoes), and when I found this recipe using my slow cooker I had to try it. The house smells SO good right now! The original recipe seemed okay, but nothing special so I jazzed it up a bit (with some suggestion from reviews online).

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cubed beef stew meat
  • 2 cans of Golden Mushroom Soup (NOT Cream of Mushroom)
  • 1/2 Chopped Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1 Beef Bullion Cube
  • 1/2 Packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • Dollop of Sour Cream

I forgot to put the bullion cube in this picture!



    Put beef stew meat, cans of soup, half of a chopped onion, Worcestershire Sauce, Water, Bullion Cube, Lipton Soup, and garlic in the slow cooker. Stir so everything is mixed well and set on low for 6-7 hours. The original recipe suggested 8 hours but after reviews it seemed that amount of time was too long. Before serving add the cream cheese and sour cream, stir well. Serve over butter egg noodles. It seems like a lot of ingredients, but all were really cheap and it was super simple to make. It makes the entire house smell amazing!



    Note: Served over mashed potatoes or rice is equally delicious! 

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday: Asleep By The O.J.


    Monday, February 21, 2011

    Food Day!

    This recipe makes the entire house smell so good! It is perfect for a rainy cold day, and since we are having one I thought it sounded just right. 

     Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

    Ingredients:

    • Pork Roast (beef is equally delicious)
    • One Lipton Onion Soup mix packet
    • 1/4 cup of Coffee
    • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and chunked (or as many as you can fit in)
    • 4-5 carrots, peeled and chunked (also as many as you can fit in, mini carrots work great as well)




      Place the roast in the slow cooker and pour coffee over the roast. Sprinkle the roast with the onion soup mix (the coffee helps it stick and gives it even more moisture). Turn slow cooker on high. After two hours stick in the potatoes and carrots. You could do them all at once, but I like to add them later because the roast starts to have its own juices come out. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 8-10 hours. Take out of the crock pot, and enjoy this hot meal on a cold day (or anytime of year)! 



      My husband isn't a huge fan of cooked carrots, but he had two (and he already had started eating before I took the picture)!!!


      This is probably the simplest meal, but tastes like you did a lot of work! 

      Note: With the leftovers, shred the pork and add BBQ sauce. Instant homemade pulled pork sandwiches! 

      Friday, February 18, 2011

      Five Question Friday!

      1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?

      I will wear jeans for more than one day, but unless I am camping, no. I don't even think camping I would wear the same outfit more than one day. I hate putting on clothes that I feel are "dirty". Yuck. 

      2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?

      Chicago, if we are talking the United States, or London if we are talking overseas. I actually love large cities and would love to live in either of those cities. 

      3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?

      We have only taken Fletcher in a car. I wouldn't mind flying with him, but usually it is just easier to drive. If he is fussy it doesn't bother me as much just being in the car with us. I think he would do pretty well flying though. It would just be a lot of work for Mama. 

      One of the first times in his car seat. Now, he barely fits...time for a bigger one!


      4. What is your idea of "spring cleaning"?

      I like to keep things picked up at all times (or I try), but I do like a good clean everything including the baseboards once it starts feeling nicer out. I hate a really dirty house. Luckily my husband isn't very messy!

      5. What is the best book you have ever read?

      Oh man, there are lots. I don't even think I can narrow it down.



      Thursday, February 17, 2011

      6 Months Old

      This is a few days late Fletcher, but you are now SIX MONTHS! I can not believe how fast time went. I look back at pictures from when you were first born and I don't remember you being that small. Small is not a word people say about you now, because Fletch, you are one BIG boy! I wouldn't have it any other way. You are ALL boy and I love that!


      You are a true joy to be around. You are always the biggest ham when we are out in public. When we went to your six month well check you spotted a little girl who was around a year and half and totally flirted with her. I am going to have my hands full once you are older. With those eyes...I am in trouble. 

      You took your shots like a champ, and didn't cry much at all. You weigh 20.7 pounds and were 27 1/2 inches long. I swear you are bigger now and it has only been a week! 


      We had to move your ExcerSaucer (still your favorite toy) up to the second level because you were way too tall for the first setting. You are already flat footed in the second setting. You are going to be tall like your Daddy!



      Speaking of your Daddy, well you have become a bit of a Daddy's boy once he is home from work. When you are upset or need something you still say "Mama" but as soon as Daddy walks in the door you want his eyes on you. He doesn't seem to mind, he thinks you are so cute as well! He likes to read Sport Illustrated to you, and walking in on this melts my heart. I love you guys so much!


      You are going to eat us out of house and home when you are a teenager, you are already proving your love for food. You are on Stage 2 foods and pretty soon I am going to just grind our food for you. Every time we eat you open your mouth like a baby bird and want some too. I love when you do this! You eat solids three times a day and are drinking a six ounce bottle (sometimes more) every three to four hours. You mostly seem to want your bottle at night, but we are going to have to break that sometime soon.

      You still aren't back to sleeping through the night, but that is okay by me. We are working on it, and it is okay that you are not a fan of your crib. You would rather be snuggled up on Mommy, and sometimes sweet boy, I want that as well. Your soothing breaths, sweet smell and how you grab my shirt makes me a pile of mush. 


      I mean how could you blame me? You are an adorable sleeper. We are working on it though, and naps in the crib are going better so pretty soon you will try out your first night alone in the crib. I am just down the hall big guy so we will be okay. For now though, this is fine by me. 

      You are currently wearing size three diapers, and are almost entirely in twelve month clothing. Yes, you heard me right Fletch, you are six months old wearing twelve month clothing! See, you are big! 






      Even though you have a paci in your mouth in the picture above you are not a fan of them. That is fine by me, I just wanted a picture of you looking sweet with a paci. Soon after you spit it out, and kept on playing. You love to play, but you get to be a crabby boy if you are kept in the house too long. You love to go, go, go (just like Mommy). You love going out to eat, going on road trips, and just being out of the house. When the weather gets warm we are going to buy you a baby pool and I can't wait to see you splash! You are going to be my little water baby! 

      You have gotten up on all fours a couple of times, and I bet in a few weeks you will be crawling! I better start getting this house put together so you don't get into everything! This is after you were on all fours but fell. I love your little butt so I had to post this buddy. 



      Fletcher, Mommy and Daddy love you more than words can describe. You are our world and we couldn't have asked for a better baby boy. Thank you for making me a Mommy and I can't wait to continue to see you grow. 



      Love you big guy, and please always love your Mommy's kisses. I just can't help myself. 









      Wednesday, February 16, 2011

      Food Day: Breakfast For Dinner

      I love breakfast anytime of day, but for some reason breakfast always tastes better at dinnertime. I am not sure why that is, but it does. We had leftover tortillas from our fajitas night and some hot sausage in the freezer so I knew what I would make, breakfast burritos! One of my husband's favorite dinners, and also what he gets when he picks up breakfast from McDonalds. :)

      This recipe is super simple (like all of them are) and doesn't take a lot of ingredients so it is really good on a budget as well. 

      Breakfast Burritos

      Ingredients:

      • 6-7 eggs (depending on how much you want to make), beaten
      • Pound of Sausage (I use hot because I enjoy spicy foods)
      • 1/2 large onion
      • Salt & Pepper
      • Tortilla
      • Shredded Cheese (or whatever you have on hand)


      Brown the sausage in a fry pan and halfway through add your chopped onion. Brown it really good so it has a little bit of a crust. Once it is browned and your onion is translucent add your scrambled eggs to the mixture. No need to drain the sausage, the extra juices make it that much more tasty. If you want to drain it, that would be fine as well, but I don't. Stir your eggs often (just as you would to make scrambled eggs) until they are firm and done. Pile mixture onto a tortilla, top with cheese and I usually microwave it for 10 seconds to melt the cheese. This doesn't need to be done though. Add your favorite toppings and start chowing down. I like salsa and sour cream on my burrito. 

      See how simple that was?

      Note: Green Peppers would be good, just add them when you add the onion. I am not a fan of green peppers so I omit them. 

      Fried Potatoes

      Ingredients:

      • 2-3 large potatoes
      • Half of an onion (I use the other half from the burritos)
      • 2 Tablespoons of butter (or oil can be used or both together!)
      • Salt and Pepper


      I start by taking the potatoes and putting them in the oven for 30 minutes to soften them. Just as you would when making baked potato. I find this helps them when you try to fry them later. Once soften, slice into chip sized pieces. Cook potatoes and onion in the butter on medium heat for about ten minutes or until golden. I usually add the onion after the potatoes cook halfway so they don't burn. Season with salt and pepper and they are ready to eat! 

      Note: I sometimes add cayenne pepper to the potatoes to give it some zip. 

      Wordless Wednesday: 6 Months!





      Tuesday, February 15, 2011

      Food Day!

      This meal was going to be made with love for my husband on Valentine's Day. That didn't happen. I intended to make it, but yesterday decided it wanted to be hectic so by the time dinner came around we decided to hit up our local Mexican restaurant. So that just means we get another nice meal today! It is like two Valentine's Days in a row. Who am I kidding? We eat fairly well most days. On the menu, Garlic Butter Steak, Parmesan Potatoes, Salad, Corn and Chocolate Cake (we did sample this last night)!

      Garlic Butter Steak:

      I am using my cast iron skillet for the steak. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees for after you sear your steak. Searing the steak is very important. Keeps in all the yummy juices and gives the steak a nice crust. Make sure your steak has sat out for thirty minutes prior to cooking, and turn your burner on high, like smoking high. Salt your steak, add some oil (vegetable, peanut, grape seed but no butter or olive oil or it will burn) and place the steak in the pan. Let it sit for a minute on each side and then place in the oven until however you like it cooked. Mine is in there usually 10-12 minutes depending on thickness of steak. I like my steak medium. 

      Now, for the garlic butter. Yum. Here are the ingredients:

      • Stick of butter, room temperature
      • 3 garlic cloves, minced fine
      • 1/2 Teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
      • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
      • 1/4 Teaspoon of Sat


        When butter is room temperature mix all of the other ingredients with it in a bowl. Once mixed scrape onto plastic wrap and form a log. Pinch sides and place in the refrigerator. When ready to use and firm remove from plastic wrap and slice off a piece and place on the hot steak. Watch it melt into deliciousness! 

        Parmesan Potatoes (My Mom's recipe):

        Ingredients:

        • 3-4 potatoes peeled and cup into wedges
        • 1/4 cup of flour
        • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan
        • Salt & Pepper
        • Stick of butter 


          Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put the stick of butter in the bottom of a 9x13 glass pan. Once the butter is melted take the pan out of the oven and set aside. Put the flour and parmesan in a bag (or bowl) shake salt and pepper into bag and add potatoes (a little at a time). Shake until coated and place the potatoes in the bottom of the pan with butter. Cook for 45 minutes flipping potatoes halfway through. I enjoy eating my potatoes dipped in ketchup, but they are good by themselves. 



          Both are SO simple but can be done for a special occasion!


          *Note: My husband said the garlic butter for the steak was like a gentle orgasm. Just a hint, but amazing at the same time. Ha!

          Monday, February 14, 2011

          Happy Valentine's Day!




          Thursday, February 10, 2011

          Leftovers, yum!

          Chicken Fajitas Alfredo just might be better than it's sister recipe Chicken Fajitas. 



          It is truly a Mexican-Italian party for your mouth. Mmm...



          My Romeo (Don't Tell My Husband)


          Please Pray, Think, Give Good Vibes Or Whatever You Do...

          For an adorable little boy, Owen who is having a heart procedure done today. He is such a trooper, but it doesn't hurt to have a few more people on your side! 

          Please & Thank you! 


          I know after having a little guy myself how hard it must be for Owen's family. So, thank you so much for the prayers & thoughts for that little dude! 



          Wednesday, February 9, 2011

          Food Day!

          Two food days in a row? Say it ain't so! I promise you, tomorrow won't be a food day as we are using the leftovers from todays dinner for tomorrow! 

          Mexican food is a favorite in our household. If the hubby and I ever go out to eat it is alway to the local Mexican restaurant. We also always get the same thing. We are spontaneous like that. Well, why not bring Mexican home? It is so easy and just as tasty (well except for the white cheese dip, I have YET to get it as good)! Tonight we are having Chicken Fajitas, and with tonights leftovers we are having one of my husband's favorite foods, Chicken Fajitas Alfredo tomorrow! It is like a Mexican-Italian party in your mouth! What could be better?

          Without further ado, Chicken Fajitas!


          • 1-2 pounds of chicken (I used 2 tonight so I had leftovers)
          • 2 bell peppers
          • 1 large onion
          • Fajitas packet (yeah, I went lazy tonight!)
          • 1 tablespoon oil
          • 1 cup of water



          Preheat fry pan (or I used a wok) to medium and add one tablespoon of oil. Cut chicken in strips and cook until no longer pink. Add seasoning and one cup of water. It calls for 1/2 cup but since I use more chicken I don't like it to get dry. Add bell pepper and onion and cook ten minutes. Again, it says to cook about five minutes but it didn't seem done so I cooked it an extra five. Spoon into tortilla and add your favorite fixings. 







          Enjoy your Mexican feast! I just did (and my hubby as well, he devoured it!)!!!