Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip. Gary Allan

I will go to Worthington Park every night that I can convince Blaine to go! Tonight we went after trivia (we won 2nd place!) and took a little stroll!
I just love looking at the lights and listening to the music!
When we got home, I started "packaging" my crock pot of Beef Vegetable Soup! As Annelle in Steel Magnolias said, "It's in the freezes beautifully section!"
Beef Vegetable Crock Pot Soup
1 small roast
1 can Homestyle Veg-all
1 can green beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 bag baby carrots
1/2 bunch of celery chopped
1 cup chopped onions
1 large can tomato sauce/V-8 juice (prefer v-8!)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bag soup starter
water to the top
Put the roast in the bottom, cover with carrots and celery
Pour on tomato sauce.
Open all the cans and pour them in. DO NOT DRAIN!
Add water until it reaches the top.
I sometimes add garlic and other spices, that's up to you!
Cook for at least eight hours. I cooked mine on low over night and all the next day.
ONE HOUR BEFORE SERVING add the package of soup starter. I like Bear Creek. When the hour is up, eat away!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. Calvin Trillin

This is what I wear for our nightly trips to Worthington Park. If you live near West Memphis, Arkansas, you should make a little trip to see it! It's all lit up and they play Christmas music. The houses in the neighborhood also decorate! One lady even comes out on the weekend with her ventriloquist dummy and sings "Blue Christmas!"

Last night it was snowing!!!!

This is what our house looked like last night! And here's what it looked like when we left for work this morning!
I was very thankful that it didn't stick to the roads. Every time we miss a day of school it's one more day on the end of the school year. This year we'd like to get out before June!!!
This is my picture from tonight. It was cold, but no snow!
This is the last bite of the Dinosaur Breath Cheese Ball from Thanksgiving. Today is also the day that all the leftovers went down the garbage disposal!

I put all the fixins for Beef Vegetable Soup in my crock pot! I set it on low and it will cook tonight and tomorrow. OMG it will be so good and tender!!!

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And all your future lies beneath your hat. John Oldham


I'd like to introduce you to Hills of Home. The maker of my adorable hat. Her name is Jennifer and she's an amazing crocheter. She will work with you and use any colors you'd like! If you have an animal you'd like her to make just email her and ask!

I've put in a request for a Razorback Hat and a Red Imp hat (our school mascot). I should get it in before Christmas. I will definitely be posting a pictures of them!

Here's the info:

Children's hats $18
Adult sizes $20
Shipping and Handling $4 for the first hat and $2 for each additional hat.
Football hats $15
Diva "do-rags" $12 (These have buttons at the base of the head and open in the back like a head band, so you can wear a pony tail.)
Fingerless gloves $12
Prices can vary on special requests, depending on the difficulty.
You pick the colors, or use the ones you see.

I was not paid nor compensated for this post. I just loved my hat so much I wanted you to be able to purchase one too!

 This one is mine!!!!

 Diva do-rag and fingerless gloves.
 Order an adult sized one of these and take a picture of your newborn snuggled inside :)

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Can she bake a cherry pie? If she has Pinterest she can!

Pinterest is a very dangerous website.
Enter it with caution.
It is known to consume hours of your time before you realize it.
It will cause you to jump up and run to the kitchen and start cooking.
Even if you aren't hungry!
My project last night:

I just happened to have some pie crust. I started by cutting out circles.

I used my pizza cutter and sliced the leftover dough into strips.

 Look what else I found in the cabinet! I could eat this straight out of the can!
I baked the empty shells in my muffin tin first. I can't stand raw pie dough :(
Filled them up with Cherry pie filling. Mmmm, I'm getting hungry just looking at this!
I took the strips and wove them together, on my counter, for the top. I used a spatula to lift them up and lay them on top.
I baked them a little longer to get the lattice done. I used the temperature and time from the pie crust box.
Isn't it just the cutest little pie?

I thought about putting a cherry on top, but I was able to stop myself!

I only ate one, I loved it. I might have gotten the crust a little overdone. I took two to my in-laws and Blaine had one. There's one left, maybe breakfast tomorrow!

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p.s. do you Pinterest? What's your weakness? Have you actually made anything?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Beans, Beans, the magical fruit

I am happy to report that I have managed to finally lose some more weight! I have lost 2 pounds! Maybe it was all that cooking and running around for Thanksgiving. I don't know, but I'll take it! That brings me to a grand total of 67 pounds since January!

I did manage to leave the house twice today. I got the paper, it had my coupon and to gather the final tomato harvest of the year. It is November 26th and my pot garden is finally done for the year. I look forward to trying again next year.
I finally figured out how to get the oven to do its "self-cleaning" thing. After three hours of intense heat, stinky smells, and a little *cough-cough* smoke, I now have an oven with a little ash in the bottom. Woohoo!

While the oven was cleaning, I put the leftover ham in the crock pot. I added some onions, garlic, sea salt, and a tablespoon of honey. I read online to add the honey. I mixed up some cornbread and once the oven finished, I baked the cornbread. The beans were yummy. I'm sure we'll be extra "musical" later tonight!

I embraced my inner nerd and watched the Lord of the Rings marathon on Encore today. Director's cut, no commercials, and in HD. I'm taking a break right now, it won't be done until 10 pm.

I drug out all the Christmas presents I've been buying all year. I'm trying to figure out who's left I need to get something.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." - Albert Einstein

I got my new Owl Hat in! If you would like to order one, contact Jennifer Freeland Hammons on Facebook! She makes kid and adult sizes! Contact her for prices and styles. I picked the colors and the animal! I picked red, black, and white because they will match my EJHS pullover that I wear in the winter. I'm gonna be stylin'!

Blaine and I went to trivia Thursday night. Shocker, I know. We got third place. We were going to stop and shop at Wal-mart. We quickly changed our minds when we saw the parking lot. We decided there wasn't anything we wanted bad enough to brave that crowd.

This is one of the free 8x10s I've gotten from Walgreens. We braved Hobby Lobby today and bought some frames. I think it looks pretty good!

After shopping we went to visit my Aunt Olivia. It had been too long since I had seen her. I'll do better and get over more often!

We went to see Real Steel. If you can get past the first 30 minutes of the movie it's really good. I loved the ending.

We ended the night at Qdoba Mexican Grill. We had never eaten there, but decided to give it and our BOGO coupon a try.

I do believe we'll visit there again.

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p.s. Pinterest has me wanting a waffle maker. I keep seeing where people are cooking cinnamon rolls and brownies in it. The look so good!

Friday, November 25, 2011

"Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." - Dave Barry

In all the excitement yesterday I forgot to mention the flames. Did you know that when melted butter hits the heating elements in an oven it will produce FLAMES???

Blaine just happened to be standing there when it happened. It flamed up and went right out. I have to tell you it was AWESOME! I felt like I was in a sitcom. My first time doing Thanksgiving dinner and I had flames!!!!

I have got to figure out how to do the self-cleaner on my oven! All that butter in the bottom produces lots of smoke every time I turn on the oven. Yuck!

We did a little shopping today. Got a few Christmas presents, a bunch of household supplies, and some 'stuff' (that's things we wanted, didn't necessarily need, but were on sale, so we splurged.)

My biggest bargain of the day was a FREE collage print from Walgreens! RGIFT2U is the coupon code if you get on the website before midnight 11/25/11. It's totally free if you pick it up at your local Walgreens!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. ~Phyllis Diller

Happy Thanksgiving! Deuce, my great-nephew, is thankful he doesn't have to have his picture made with me every day! I'm thankful I'm blessed with such an awesome group of in-laws!

Before I go into the Thanksgiving details I want to talk about Thanksgiving Eve! We woke up yesterday morning and went to see Dr. Hyman to have our heads eyes examined. He says that I can go one more year before having to switch to BIFOCALS! OMG I need reading glasses! I'm going to get me the old lady/librarian kind and put them on a chain around my neck!!!!

We went to Denny's for breakfast, came home and worked on the house, took a little nap. All the sudden I woke up and said "We forgot to pick up the turkey!!!" Up we got and went to Gus's to get the turkey. Blaine took the turkey to his mom's. I was mixing up all the casseroles and needed the room in the fridge for those!

After I got them all mixed, we went to trivia. We needed a break from house cleaning and cooking! Our friends Shirey and Stacy met us there.

So glad we went! I had a blast. We got second place! I have to tell you Shirey is awesome! She come to our house and helped me out. She talked to me while I cooked, cleaned off the kitchen table, and helped me conquer Mt. Everest aka My Closet! I probably wouldn't have gotten any sleep if she hadn't helped out! Thanks again Shirey!

I woke up at 7:30 and got busy.
 Sausage Balls by Paula Deen

1 pound sausage (my MIL says the cheaper and greasier, the better)
3 cups Bisquick
4 cups Cheese (don't cheap out, get the good stuff! Cheddar is better)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Mix well with your fingers. The mixture will be very crumbly. Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking.

 Here's the finished Dinosaur Breath Cheese Ball! You can find the recipe and directions here.

 This is soooooo yummy. I eat it by itself, no Triscuits!
This is the tray my Aunt Libby gave to me. I think about her every time I use it! Love you Aunt Libby!!

 Fancy Sweet Potatoes by my cousin Sharon
3 c sweet potatoes (canned - mashed well)
1 c sugar
1/2 c milk ***I used whipping cream***
1/3 c melted butter
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

 Combine & pour into baking dish.  (I always spray with Pam first)
1 c coconut
1 c chopped pecans
1 c brown sugar
1/3 c flour
1/3 c melted butter

***I didn't use this topping. My BIL has diverticulitis and nuts and coconut are a no-no. So I used MARSHMALLOWS!!!***

Blend well and spread over potatoes.  Bake at 375 degrees till hot, bubbly and browned.

 Secret Family Recipe Corn Casserole by my cousin Sharon

1 Stick Butter- melted
2 eggs - well beaten
1 can Creamed Corn
1 can Whole Kernel Corn - drained
1 small can Pet Milk
1 box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
***I added some onions, sometimes I add bacon, sometimes I get extra crazy and add shredded cheese!***
Mix butter and eggs.
Add both cans of corn.
Mix in Pet Milk and Jiffy mix.
Pour into a greased/Pammed pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
 Broccoli Casserole by my momma

2 packages frozen broccoli
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small onion - chopped ***I used frozen chopped onions from Kroger!***
1 cup mayonnaise
2 eggs - well beaten
1 stick margarine ***I used butter***
1 bag croutons (onion & garlic flavored) ***I used garlic & butter flavor***
1 lb cheese, grated
***I added 1 cup minute rice and 1 cup water***

Cook broccoli. Drain.
In a large bowl, combine soup, onion, eggs, and mayonnaise. Fold in broccoli. Place in a large casserole dish. Cover mixture with grated cheese. Cover with croutons, which have been mixed with melted butter. Bake at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes.
 Green Bean Bundles by my friend Jami!
2 cans WHOLE green beans ****I doubled this recipe****
1 stick butter
1/2 lb bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic salt

Place 1/2 strip of bacon on the palm of your hand. Put 7-8 beans on your palm. Wrap the bacon around them and secure with a toothpick.

Place in a pan

Pour melted butter over bundles.
Sprinkle with garlic salt and brown sugar.

Bake at 450 degrees for 45-60 minutes. ***This is necessary for the bacon to cook! Don't skimp on the time or the temp!***
 Ham by Honey Baked Ham! I used a $3 coupon at our local Kroger!
 Dressing by Mrs. Priscilla, my friend Tona's mama! AWESOME! She also sent some yummy gravy too!
 Turkey by Gus's. It tasted better than it looks.
 Salad by me :)
Bag of Salad
Slice olives
Bacon Bits
Shredded Cheese
Purple Onions
Chopped Tomatoes
How awesome do these "homemade" rolls look????
Here's my SECRET recipe!

Go to the frozen section and get the frozen bread loaves.
Thaw the dough and let it rise.
Take your pizza cutter and slice into chunks.
Place chunks in a pan
Melt a stick a butter, pour over bread chunks.
Sprinkle Mrs. Dash on top.
Sprinkle Kosher Salt on top.
Bake until Golden Brown. Use back of dough bag for temp and times!

Three of the nephews and a great-nephew from Blaine's side of the family. What a crew! I survived today and had a great time visiting with everybody. I hate that my dad and Coco weren't able to come!

And now for the boys, here's a video (it's PG-13) proceed with caution :)
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Happy Thanksgiving!