Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MIA

I have been so busy and have had no time for blogging! Really, really trying to get my house together, cleaned out, and scrubbed down for the big move to Germany. Plus a few golf games with friends have really sucked into my extra time:)   I would like to share with you some things I have found, made, and tested out over the past month or so.  

Easter has passed us by this year but this has to be the cutest Easter printable that I have ever seen!!! Vintage Easter Treat Bags over at Funkytime is where you can grab them for yourself!

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and How Does She? has printables that can spice up a teachers gift.  Need ideas for the gift?  Here are a few....Paper block, and dollar store etched glass.

I posted this earlier this week on FB under Recipes with Friends....in case you missed it, over at Cheeky Kitchen she has perfected the recipe for Iced Lemonade.  It is so delicious, try it..today!!!


and because I am a collector of wine corks, I had to share this......cork monograms!


Lately I have been trying my hand at Photoshop....it makes me crazy at times but The Coffee Shop Blog has helped me grasp the basics of applying actions and presets to my photographs. If you are interested in photography, retouching photos, photoshop actions, and tutorials for all of these things...then head over and check it out.  The best part, she offers it all for FREE!


Won't be out of the loop forever....hope to keep you updated on the move, the travel, and all the good times!  Thanks for stopping by:)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Asian Lettuce Wraps

I posted this on Facebook a few days ago, it is a great recipe!  Really tasty and I think fairly healthy...even the kids ate them up quick.  

If you have never checked out Our Best Bites, swing by........this is where I found this recipe and they will even send recipes right to your inbox:)


Asian Lettuce Wraps
Recipe by Our Best Bites
2 tsp canola oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 lb ground chicken*
3 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped (about 8 small mushrooms)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 C bagged coleslaw mix or thinly shredded cabbage
1 8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained, rinsed, and finely minced
1/2 C thinly sliced green onions
4 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 lemon, zested and juiced (about 3-4 Tbs juice)
1/2-1 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce (1 tsp of Sriracha is fairly spicy in my opinion, so if you want less or no kick, just give it a little, or you can leave it out completely)
1/3 C roughly chopped cilantro
1-2 heads iceberg lettuce
*To prepare your own ground chicken, cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into large chunks and pulse in a food processor until ground.
Dipping/Drizzling Sauce
4 Tbs soy sauce
4 Tbs rice vinegar
3 Tbs water
2 tsp honey
1-2 tsp finely minced fresh ginger
Heat a very large skillet to medium-high heat on the stove top.  When hot, add vegetable  oil and then garlic and ginger.  Saute for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, and then add ground chicken, chopped mushrooms, and kosher salt.  Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until chicken is cooked through.  (*At this point, sometimes I have some extra liquid in the pan from the chicken.  If it’s quite a bit, I tilt the pan and spoon it out so the chicken can cook and not boil.) Add cabbage/coleslaw, water chestnuts, and green onions.  Cook for about 2 minutes, until cabbage starts to wilt.  Add soy sauce, sesame oil, the zest from the lemon and the lemon juice, and hot sauce to taste.  Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
To prepare dipping sauce, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine.
To serve, carefully remove the individual leaves from the head of lettuce.  (The closer you get to the center, the easier it becomes!)  Place chicken mixture in the leaves and serve with sauce.
Yield: about 5 C chicken mixture.  Makes 14-16 lettuce wraps.

Sorry for the lack of pictures....there was absolutely no time, the wild things were needing FOOD!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PW~Blackberry Cobbler

My mom bought me the Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook, if you don't own it....you should try it.  It has beautiful pictures, is laid out very nicely, and the recipes are simple and easy to follow.  This will not win me a popularity contest and I hope not to receive hate mail for this but I find her stories about Marlboro Man completely nauseating:)  If you do as well....look past it, the recipes are worth it:)

You will find this Blackberry Cobbler totally addicting, AND  super easy!  If you take it to a get together they will also think you are a creative cooking genius!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1-¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Blackberries (frozen Or Fresh)

Preparation Instructions

Melt butter in a microwavable dish. Pour 1 cup of sugar and flour into a mixing bowl, whisking in milk. Mix well. Then, pour in melted butter and whisk it all well together. Butter a baking dish.
Now rinse and pat dry the blackberries. Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle blackberries over the top of the batter; distributing evenly. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the top.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden and bubbly. If you desire, sprinkle an additional teaspoon of sugar over the cobbler 10 minutes before it’s done.

The family would have literally made themselves sick on this if I would have allowed it....it's that good!!!!

Thanks for stopping by:)

Melissa H.

is a friend of mine and has been a loyal blog follower since the minute I told her I had a blog.  She also has a way of making people do things, and I am not sure how that happens?  Anyway, she placed an order with me a couple of weeks ago....

now, if you are scratching your head and wondering why you don't know about order placing! Or that I even took orders for items that I make.  You are correct....but for Melissa I made an exception, only because I like her so much:)   Here is your "H" Melissa!




Send me your address so I can get it to you....I will work on the Princess printable this weekend!  If any of you would like to know how to make a letter of your own, check out my obsession with the letter "R", and the letter project on my blog!


This week I am hoping to post some great stuff I am working on...one is a nest bowl for easter, it could possibly be the messiest project ever!  So stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by to take a look:)))

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Break, Part II

The reason my spring break plans fell through is because my parents who were going to go see ended up coming down to Birmingham, AL so my dad could work for Farmers Insurance.  Since they were there Jon and I figured what better time to have a date night!  We took the boys up and dropped them off at the motor home. It is always an adventure driving between Montgomery and Birmingham...1. people in the South consider the left lane, just another lane, its not the fast lane or the passing lane, just a lane.  This makes me cuss like a trucker, and gives me serious road rage:) 2.  If there is an accident or construction on the road a Southerner must know what it going on, this in turn backs up traffic for miles just so we can be well aware of the crew painting lines on the road!  By the time we arrived, and my kids had started fighting in the backseat...I was ready to dump them at the stop light and make a run for it!

Birmingham is a really nice little city, it has great shopping, restaurants, and lots of things to keep you busy.  We stayed at the Hotel Highland at the Five Points South.   It is a historic hotel, and was remodeled a few years ago.  We really enjoyed our stay and had a great time getting away!  Apologies for the pictures, they were all taken on my phone and some were off because of the lighting but looked way worse when the flash was used!




The best part about getting away from you children for the evening....ok, maybe the 2nd best thing;) is having a great meal without little people eating off of your plate, or taking someone to the restroom every ten minutes! In the Five Points South area, we chose Chez FonFon, it has been featured in Southern Living magazine a few times and is a Chef Frank Stitts restaurant.  Just a great restaurant, very busy on a weekend and they don't take reservations.  Their signature drink is the "Orange Thing", it was awesome....after one I could not feel the left side of my face:)  They offered lots of imported beer and the hubby chose an Old Speckled Hen.  Their wine choices were endless!

I snapped this shot of the bread, and on the right is the dessert!  A tasty chocolate mousse, desserts change nightly so you never know what you are in store for.

The meal was really a treat and so delicious.  The hubby ordered a Hamburger FonFon with comte and pommes frites, I ordered the Steak frites with pommes frites...it came with a small salad and was absolutely delightful! I did not realize that I put the bread picture in here twice, sorry about that:)

The next day we actually got back to pick up the boys fairly early....Andy really did not want to leave, this is what he did for most of the trip home because he missed grandma! and if you cannot tell...those are tears, good grief!
 Thanks for stopping by to take a look:)