Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why do they are to make it so hard ????

So I have been back to work for almost a week. I am loving it so far. Today I was giving my own teller number with all my own monies. I love being back at work. So far so good on keeping up on our weekly menu. Dinner the last two nights have been delicious. We almost fought over who got left over chili for lunch today. WE MAKE A GOOD TEAM. Both in the kitchen and in our day to day life.

Since I have been back to work Kayden is going to daycare. This morning when I dropped him off he clung to me and did not want me to leave, I hate he does this, I know he loves going to daycare and makes many friends and learns all sorts of cool stuff. Today Mrs Lacole as he calls her taught them about cylinders and some he some how connected that a tornado is a cylinder and also a cyclone. My little boy is so smart. He also made a new friend at the park. I think he likes her, When I would ask him about her he would get all shy and start to smile big. The wonderful parts that go along with being a mommy.

Tomorrow I get to go see the Dr's, Shawn and I have been talking about for a while now wanting to add another member to our family but my body is not working with us. We will see what they want to do with me. I don't know if I am looking forward to it or not. Last time I had to take these kind of drugs I was a mad woman. Ask Shawn sometimes about pancakes and Valentines dinner. I love you babe.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Whats cooking in my kitchen !!

Sunday 1-24

Bacon casserole
Whatever we find
BBQ Teriyaki Pork Chops
Macaroni salad
Grilled Pineapple
Hawaiian rolls

Monday 1-25
LO Casserole
Chicken Salad
Pita Chips
Frito Pie

Tuesday 1-26
Bagels and cream cheese
LO Frito Pie
Green Chili Pork Enchiladas

Wednesday 1-27
Toaster Strudels
Yogurt and fruit
LO Enchiladas
Steak Kabobs W/ Green peppers, Onion, Corn
Thursday 1-28
Egg and Bacon Bagel Sammy
Pizza Rolls
Fresh Fruit
Fried Chicken
Mashed Taters & Gravy
Buttermilk biscuits

Friday 1-29
Waffles or Pancakes
Yogurt and fruit
Ham and bean soup
Chicken salad sammys

Check out http://orgjunkie.com/ for more meal plans and other fun stuff

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

OH MY !!!!

I am so darn proud of my self right now. A lady I work with was telling me about this cake and how she tried to make it and it over flowed all over the oven and burnt. I asked for the recipe and told her I would try it this weekend. I am so glad I did and cant wait to take her a piece tomorrow morning.

It is just heavenly and yummy and you don't need to add anything to it.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

3 Sticks Real Butter - Softened
3 Cups Sugar - yes you read that right
8 oz of cream cheese - Softened
6 Eggs - room temp
3 Cups Flour
2 Tsp vanilla

Cream together the butter, sugar and cream cheese. Alternating add an egg and then some flour till you have it all mixed together. Add in the vanilla. 

Grease a tube pan and pour batter in pan. Bake at 300 for 1:30.

ENJOY !!!!

Been Busy

First off I want to say - I LOVE MY JOB !!!

Thing have been going great, They put me almost on my own on Friday. I am just that good.

Thing at home have been busy. Yesterday we got all our shopping for the week done and I was able to pick up some new work cloths on clearance at Old Navy I for 3 skirts and 5 shirts for 28 bucks. Today we have been home all day and looks like it is gonna stay that way, Maybe before dinner We will take a walk on the beach. Been cooking up a storm to get ready for the week, Chili is done, Pork is in the crock pot cooking, Teriyaki sauce is made, Chicken salad is done and I am gonna make a cake in a little bit. Still need to get some cleaning done - But that stuff is no fun :(

We went out to dinner to Kayden favorite restaurant for dinner on Friday, It is a local place called Fudpuckers. When ever the word got out to eat comes up he always wants to go there. They have the best hush puppies, I need to learn how to make them.  They also have a bunch of baby alligators.

Gonna go start my cleaning and getting ready for the next week. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dinner The Last 3 Nights

So I have been really bad the last couple of nights with posting about my dinners or even taking pics. The last one I took pics of was Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps. SO GOOD. If taste like some of the ones you get at fancy restaurants. But mine are better and so easy. Shawn does not like his wrapped in lettuce so I serve them with rice and garnish with chopped peanuts. Shawn made the rice to go with it and of my I could of eaten all the rice, I don't know what he did to it but it was good.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

1 Tbs veggie oil
2 Tbs minced onion
1 Tbs minced garlic
1 lb cut up chicken
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs bottled chili sauce
1 Tbs granulated sugar
1/3 cup minced peanuts
1 head butter or Boston lettuce, separated

1. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. Stir fry onion in hot oil for several minutes. Add the garlic stir fry for 1 minute. Add the meat and separate for even cooking. Stir in soy sauce, chili sauce and sugar.

2. Cook until meat is brown and crumbly and the liquid is reduced, stirring frequently. Spoon the meat mixture into a serving bowl. Place peanuts in small bowls and the lettuce on a platter.

3. Self serve: Spoon meat mixture onto a lettuce leaf and minced peanuts, and roll tightly.

Second night I have not posted about was Yummy Pork chops. Yes the are really called that and they are really yummy, I get to have left over for lunch tomorrow and am looking forward to it. We had rice with this too and I don't know why but it was not as good as the first night and Shawn cooked them both times. I forgot to take a pic of dinner but oh boy it is good or should I say YUMMY.

Yummy Pork Chops

2 cups Italian-style salad dressing
1/4 cup soy sauce ( I do about ½ or what ever looks good that day)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless pork chops
1 Large onion – Sliced

In a bowl, mix the Italian-style salad dressing, soy sauce, and pepper.

Place the pork chops and onion in a skillet over medium heat, and cover with the dressing mixture. Cover skillet, and cook pork chops 25 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove cover, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking to desired doneness.

Today was my first day back and work and wanted something easy for dinner, I had some frozen raviolis and made up some homemade spaghetti sauce and popped it in the over for a little while with some cheese. I served it with roasted cauliflower and left over french bread, So yummy. I forgot to take a pic tonight too.
Maybe tomorrow I will remember before I eat it all.

Roasted Cauliflower

half a large cauliflower (trimmed/cut to bite size)
4 Cloves garlic, peeled (I use more I love it)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more to drizzle
Parmesan Cheese - Shredded

1. Mix oil, salt, pepper and garlic together
2. Toss in cauliflower and place in a large casserole dish.
3. Roast in a preheated oven of 450 degrees for 20 mins then pull out give it a toss and add cheese, return to oven for an additional 10 mins.

Oh no she did not !!!

SO I love my new job so far, and don't think it is gonna change. Most be have been there for a long time.
It is a small bank, there are only 4 branches and I am working at the main one. With me going back to work a M-F job we had to put Kayden back in to daycare.

Well the provider that we chose was out sick today so she found someone else we could take him to for the day. Let me start by saying that I had a bad feeling from the get go on it. I did not have a copy of all his records with me but the other provider was gonna email them over to her. She called Shawn at 11 this morning and told him that he needed to get her a copy of the records now or he had to come pick him up. We are down to one car for two more weeks so that was gonna take a little work. She told him that she was afraid that she was gonna lose her license over this. So her hubby picked Shawn up from work and took him to get a copy of his records and took him back to work. What a pain in the tosh.

Fast forward to me getting home I am asking Kayden how his day was and he tell me that he got to go to the park. Mind you all the parks on base are in walking distance form this lady's house, He proceeds to tell me that she let him ride in the front seat with out a car seat. Kayden is almost 4 - He does not know how to lie yet. I asked him I cant tell ya how many times and different ways I asked him about this. The answer was always the same. I called and talked to her and she told me that according to FCC policy she can let him ride in the front cause her airbag will turn off and that he was in a car seat, That she has 4 car seats, Funny thing she had 5 kids today. Long story short I am reporting her tomorrow morning. That is not OK to let my baby ride in the car with no car seat.

I am glad he is going to the other provider tomorrow.

There is gonna be a post over load in a little bit, I have I think 3 to post with pics.

mexican sandwich

We had some chicken, steak and a lot of veggies to use up so I made up some quesadillas. They were super tasty and think I will make the steak ones more often. It is a good way to use left over veggies. I had green peppers, onions broccoli and corn and topped it all with a little monterey jack cheese. The possibility are endless with this.


8 Tortilla
1/2 cups cooked steak - Sliced
1/2 cups cooked chicken - Chopped
1/4 green pepper - Sliced
1/2 onions - Sliced
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup corn
1 cup monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup butter

Fry green peppers in a tablespoon of butter, just to take the bite off. Repeat with other veggies.
Spread one side of tortilla with a little butter and lay on griddle, Top with a little bit of cheese and meat and veggies that you want. Top with another buttered tortilla. Flip when the cheese starts to melt and then tortilla is browning.
Slice in to quarters and servce with sour cream.

Better then IHOP

Well unbeknown-st to be Shawn LOVES pancakes. I have been planning to make them for a while but have been putting them off since I am not fond of them.

Up in my recipe basket (the needs to be cleaned) I had a recipe the I had tried before and liked. Well I decided to bit the bullet and make them for Shawn again.

They were better then I remember. The only down side is if you have a small family you will be eating pancakes for a while. I had enough to freeze for 6 different breakfast. it is nice, Shawn can just pull a bag out of the freezer and take them to work and he has homemade pancakes. Kayden loved them too, He ate everything on his plate - This does not happen often. He told me they were better then IHOPs.

I can not remember where I got this recipe at

Pete's Scratch Pancakes

2 cups flour
2 T baking powder
3 T sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beat them separately before adding to mixture
1/4 cup butter, melted (1/8 of a pound)
1 3/4 cups milk

Mix the dry items first. Melt the butter, whisk in the eggs, and then slowly whisk in the milk. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Let sit at least 10 minutes while heating the pan.

These will be high, but light and fluffy.

Ready to go in the freezer


I must of been in a homemade mood yesterday - I also had homemade pizza for dinner. I love this recipe and have been using it for a couple years. Our favorite way to make it is on the BBQ but we did not do that last night. I made a double batch and froze 3 of them so that when we want pizza I just have to grab one out of the freezer.

Last night I made it with pepperoni, salami, bacon and fresh pineapple. We are known to also make a garlic chicken, BBQ chicken and taco pizza. This recipe also makes good bread sticks.

This one I got of  Cooking for your family a couple years back. I love that site.

Master Pizza Dough

3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package FLEISCHMANN'S RapidRise Yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water (120 to 130oF)
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, and salt. Stir very warm water and olive oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface10 minutes.

Lightly oil 1 (14-inch) or 2 (12-inch) round pizza pan(s).** Sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough into smooth ball. Divide and roll dough to fit desired pan(s). Bake in preheated hot oven (450)for about 10-15 minutes.


I love baking but most days don't eat what I bake. I am excited that I am going back to work and that Shawn is back state side and has an office that he can take things to. With that being said I had a cookie exchange to go to for my mommy group and made this little beauties.

I could of eaten them ALL.
I was good and only had a couple but cant wait to have a reason to make them again.

Easy Pretzel Turtles

small pretzels
Rolo candies - one bag has about 55 candies
Pecan halves - or optionally peanuts, cashews, and m&m's

Optional: almond bark or white chocolate for drizzling

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Unwrap your Rolo candies and place one on top of each pretzel like a cute little hat.

Place pan in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Any longer is probably too long. You just want the chocolate on to look glossy and melty, but they should still hold their shape.

Remove pan from oven and take a pecan and gently press it right into the center of the chocolate candy.

Here's where you can be creative. You don't need to stick to pecan halves. I also love cashews and peanuts (I used honey roasted peanuts here). And for kiddos and those who can't eat nuts or don't like them, M&M's make a great little topper, or those mini Hershey's kissables are cute too. I always throw a few of those in for color and because the kids like them.

If you want to get fancy you can give them a little drizzle of almond bark or white chocolate. Just melt some in a plastic baggie and nip the corner off to drizzle. A little goes a long way; I used a half a square of almond bark for half a batch and had plenty left over.

Also the other day I was board and wanted to back something. Being in the kitchen is a stress reliever for me. I had some banana in the freezer that I wanted to use so I whipped up a couple loaves of Pineapple Banana Bread. SO YUMMY !!! I froze one and we have been munching on the other one.

Pineapple Banana Bread

3 Cups Flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 Eggs, beaten
1 Cup butter - Melted
2 Cups mashed banana
1 Eight (8) ounce can of crushed pineapple, drained
½ Cup coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla

Combine first 5 ingredients

In a LARGE separate bowl combine remaining ingredients, add flour mixture to this wet mixture

Stir until dry ingredients are well folded in and moistened

Spoon batter into greased pans (loaf pans, muffin tins whatever)

Bake at 350 for about an hour and ten minutes (70 minutes) give or take depending on your pan - bake until a toothpick comes out clean .

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I hate being in a funk.

In a good note I start my new job tomorrow. I am excited and scared all at the same time. It is banking I know I will do fine. I am excited to be putting Kayden back into daycare and getting out of the house all day.

On a not good note, I put onion peel down the garbage disposal last night while I was cleaning up the kitchen to make dinner, I always let it run for a couple of mins after I think all the food is gone. It started backing up in the sink. I called maintenance and they said it it not important to call back today. THIS IS VERY URGENT MATTER TO ME !! I call them this morning they say tell me that I have to wait till tomorrow at 8 am. NOT OK. I have a kitchen to clean and a floor to mop. They should be out sometime today but that means I have to sit here till they come over and fix it. I love FL but am not loving the housing maintenance.
A lessoned learned - Don't put onion peel down the drain :)

Another good note - The house is getting all they way cleaned, I want to start tomorrow with a clean house.

Tonight I am gonna post a bunch with some new recipes. Lots of good stuff the last couple of days !!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

What I am cooking this week !!!

Check out her site for other meal plans

Saturday 1-16

Chicken or steak and Veggies Quesadilla

Tex Mex Rice

Sunday 1-17
Homemade Pizza

Monday 1-18
What ever looked good
Ham and Salami Sammys
Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Tuesday 1-19
Banana Bread
Yummy Pork Chops
Green Beans

Wednesday 1-20
Egg McMuffins
Pizza Rolls
Cheese Ravioli with Alfredo & Red Sauce
Roasted Cauliflower
French Bread

Thursday 1-21
French Bread Pizza
Broccoli Beef
Egg rolls

Friday 1-22
Toaster Strudels

I start a new job this week so it will prove to be interesting. I am hoping that even with working full time I can still keep up on my menu plan.

If you have questions about a recipe let me know.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mount Laundry

I think I need to start doing laundry more.

We have 5 loads to wash still,

One in the washer

6 to put away !!!!

 I think it has been 2 weeks and we still have cloths.

We are not running out anytime soon !!!

Name Change

So this is turning into a family blog !!!

I think I might change the name to

Tales of an Air Force Wife

To the beach and beyond !!!

I love living in FL. It is the middle of winter and we went for a walk on the beach the other day !!! Forget about snow !!! Nothing beats white sandy beaches. The sand does get pretty cold.

We went for a walk out on one of the piers, It got a bit breezy but was nice out.

Looking at the later below

We played chase for a long time !!

My cute little family

I don't get the cheesy looks ???

The shark ate him !!!!

This is what happens when he does something he is not supposed to and we leave the beach.

Friday, January 15, 2010

BEEF is what for dinner.

For those that know me you know I am not a big beef eater. But sometimes a steak just sounds really good. I have been stocking up on new york strips when I go shopping. I can get a pack of 2 at the commissary for 8 bucks.

We decided to have some BBQ steaks,Baked taters, Grilled onions and Bacon wrapped corn on the cob for dinner last night.

The steak was delish and the taters was good, But the corn needed some work. When we BBQ and have corn I just wrap it in some foil and have Shawn toss it on the grill. It is most nights done by the time my steak is. Well not last night, Shawn brought in dinner and I could handle the corn with no problems, I was telling him it was not done but he insisted it was. i opened it and the bacon was raw still so I tossed it in the oven on 500 for about 20 mins and it was nice and crunchy. I will make it again just not on the BBQ. The one thing that did turn out well is I sliced up an onion and put it with a little butter and some pepper in a foil pack and had Shawn put that on the grill. YUMMY !!!!

A big FAT flop

I dislike meals like this but they happen every so often. I had sour cream pork chops on the menu but when it came time to cook dinner I did not really want them. I think it was the pork I did not want. I ended up making a concoction that was just gross I think but we ate it anyways . I cut the pork into chunks and coated them with seasoned flour and fried them up. I also fried up some onions and boiled for egg noodles. I make a homemade creamy sauce with dijon mustard and sour cream and veggie stock. Mixed it all together and baked with some cheese on the top. Served with with homemade bread and some green beans.

I will not make it again.

Oh Well !! Live and learn.


I got me a job !!!! I am so excited. I have not working in almost 4 years and can't wait to get back into it. This full time mom and job will be interesting but I am gonna try my best to stick with it and keep up on cooking good home cooked meals. I have taken to not eating out much as I can cook better at home.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I love a good crusty bread and have not found a good recipe. That was until last night. I have had this one sitting around for about a week and keep meaning to make it. Well while making dinner last night I cooked up some extra bacon so we could put it on some sammys today. I guess that meant that I really needed to get to work on that bread huh ?? After we put Kayden down and got the kitchen cleaned up I asked Shawn to help me make it. I was worried cause after 40 mins it had not risen any, But we proceeded with it and in the next step it doubled in size. Once I pulled it out of the oven I cut right into it.

IT WAS DELICES. I could not wait for lunch today.

I used the bacon, left over chicken, thin sliced onion, spicy mustard and american cheese. On mine I put some shredded lettuce and tomatoes. I grilled them up and we had a yummy lunch.

I cant wait to make more bread.

I got this recipe off of Cooking for your family

Italian Bread

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Mix the sugar, water and yeast in the mixer bowl and let sit 10 minutes. Then add oil, flour and salt and mix with the dough hook for 5-10 mins. Let rise 1 hour.

Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into two loaves. Place the loaves seam side down on a cutting board generously sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise, until doubled in volume about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the risen loaves with egg mixture. Make a single long, quick cut down the center of the loaves with a sharp knife. Gently shake the cutting board to make sure that the loaves are not sticking. If they stick, use a spatula or pastry knife to loosen. Slide the loaves onto a baking sheet with one quick but careful motion. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

No fancy name today !!!

I love this dinner, It is not low fat by any means but is so tasty. But I think that anything with bacon fat is tasty.

This dinner was sort of in inspiration for one that the outback has called Alice springs chicken.

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken

4 Chicken Breast
8 slice Bacon
1/4 onion - Sliced thin
4 Tbsp BBQ sauce
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Trim Chicken of fat and place in a shallow baking dish. Top with 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce, A couple slice of onion and two strips bacon.
Bake at 350 till bacon is crispy and chicken is done. Top with some cheese and bake until melted.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


You would of thought I just hit the jackpot.

Shawn and I made a loaf of bread tonight to have with lunch tomorrow. It calls for an egg wash before you  put it in the oven. I usually just toss the egg after I do the wash. Well I have been hearing how you can put an egg in the microwave and thought I would give it a try. As my cousin Garrett would say " Bon Apetite "

Easy Scrambled Eggs

1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 slice cheese

Whisk in a microwave safe bowl, Microwave on high for 30 sec. Mix. Microwave for 25 sec. Place a slice of cheese on top and enjoy. Would work really well on an egg sammy.

list LIst and more LIST

I love making list. I guess it makes me feel like I am doing stuff.
Here is a list I made that is stuff I need to get done today. Lets see how much gets done !!!

Today -

  • Sort
  • Wash
  • Dry Today
  • Put away
Sweep & Mop
  • Kitchen
  • dining room
  • Play room
Vacuum living room
Clean Kayden bathroom
Make Treats for cookie swap
Make Bread

Stuff that needs to be done soon -

Clean bedroom
Clean office
Hang curtain in play room
Hang curtain in entry way
Hang curtain in kitchen

No need to eat out !!!

Dinner last night was WONDERFUL ....

It is one of those meals that it all comes together in the last minutes.
Have to heat the ham
Melt the cheese
Toast the bums
Fry the fries.

But once it is all on the table it is so worth it.

We sat down at the table and assembled out sammys, Shawn took his first bite and said oh this is good.
I love comments like that.

For dinner we had
Ham Melts
Homemade Fries
Fried Cauliflower

Shawn ate all his and was still picking at the left overs, I had have my sammy left and was done for a while, I asked for it later. He said I was lucky that it was still there and he had not eaten it yet !!!

This will be on my make again list

Ham Sammys

1 pound deli ham - thin Sliced
1 tablespoon Butter
3 oz velveeta cheese
2 tablespoon milk
4 buns
Arby sauce

Melt butter on a in frying pan, add sliced ham in pan and cook till heated though.
Set aside ham and put a little more butter in pan and place buns open side down in pan till brown and warm.
Heat cheese and milk in small sauce pan till melted.
To assemble - spoon a little arby sauce on bottom bun, pile 1/4 of ham on bun and spoon some cheese on ham. Put on top bum and enjoy.

Homemade Fries

2 Taters
Pepper, Salt, Garlic to taste
1 tablespoon Flour.

Wash and cut taters to any shape you would like. Mix seasoning and flour in a bag - Flour is KEY.
Heat oil, Once hot - fry taters till tender and they start to float. Drain on a paper towel and enjoy.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Whats on the table this week !!

I found a new site that does a meal plan on monday - Check it out. At the bottme there is lots of other cool blogs. http://orgjunkie.com/menu-plan-monday

Monday 1-11
Abby’s Ham Melts

Tuesday 1-12

Yogurt & Pineapple
Stuffed Baked Taters
BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken
Fried Taters
Mixed Veggies

Wednesday 1-13
Muffins and Yogurt
Chicken fries
Sour Cream Pork Chops
Buttered Noodles
Green Beans
Crescent Rolls

Thursday 1-14
Toaster pastries & yogurt
BBQ Steaks
Baked Taters
Bacon wrapped Corn on the cob

Friday 1-15
Eggs and Bacon
Chicken and Veggies Quesadilla

Saturday 1-16
Eggs Benedict

Yummy Pork Chops
Green Beans

Sunday 1-17

Meat Loaf
Mashed Taters & Gravy
Crescent Rolls

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Little Chef

I was posting some new pics to FB tonight and came across these. I love that we cook as a family !!!!

Carna Asada Tacos

YUMMY - Yummo - Delicious - I could go on !!!

Shawn had been asking for this and I have not made them in forever. I think I don't like making them cause you have to let them sit for so long before cooking them. But oh boy was it worth it.

I made them with a Tex-Mex Rice that I love. I froze the left over meat for a dinner that we are gonna have on Friday. I served it with all the fixens - Chopped Onions, Lettuce, Maters, Cheese, Limes, Salsa and Corn Tortilla. Next time I will fry to the Tortilla not just warm them. I like them better with a little bit of crunches.

Holy Batman !!!

So in the base house he have this room off the dinning room. When we first looked at the house I was puzzled as to what it was for. Well I found a purpose.


For some insane reason I have a fear of running out of things. I really don't know where it comes from and sometimes I feel bad for Shawn because of it. It was really hard for me the last year not having space of my own. I feel much better now that I can stock pile stuff again. I wait for most of it to go on sale and stock up on it using coupons. Most time I get a pretty good deal.

Well here is the stock piling I have done since we moved in. I don't think we are gonna run out soon. We also have the deep freezer full of stuff too.

Also notice the rock band stuff. That is something we have taken a liking too.

I know I am strange. But that's why ya love me !!!

Breakfast !!!

We usually only make big breakfast on the weekends and most of the time we do it together - I love cooking as a family.

I had some apples that needed to get used up so I goggled a recipe for apple pancakes and found one for a puffed oven apple pancake. It was delish and more like a egg custard. I tried to turn it onto a plate and had no luck. But it still lasted really yummy. I served it with some homemade apple sauce and bacon and sausage. Shawn Uncle D stopped by on his way home from a date to join us and said he loved it. I love cooking for other people. That how you can tell if I like ya is if I will cook for you. The recipe I found on http://www.allrecipies.com/ . I have found a bunch of recipes on that site. I go there often. I also got the recipe for the homemade apple sauce there.

On Sunday we made a breakfast casserole that we make often - We had some ham that needed to be used up so we put that in it. We have made it with bacon and sausage before and I really think I like it with the bacon best. I have made this when we first for to FL for Shawn's family - there was I think 12 of us. Everyone loved it. it also reheats well. We also had fresh pineapple that was really good. I think I should freeze some of it. Like I said this is one I use often and got the recipe off of a babycenter.com board I get on called cooking for your family.


Hope ya enjoy !!!

Apple Oven Pancakes

4 eggs
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large tart apple - peeled, cored and sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In a large bowl, blend eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gradually mix in milk, stirring constantly. Add vanilla, melted butter. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.

Melt butter in a 10 inch oven proof skillet, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon . Sprinkle mixture over the butter. Line the pan with apple slices. Sprinkle remaining sugar over apples. Place pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles, then gently pour the batter mixture over the apples.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Slide pancake onto serving platter and cut into wedges.

Stovetop Apple Sauce

4 Apples - Peeled, Cored and sliced.
3/4 cup Water
1/4 Sugar
As much Cinnamon as you want

Heat all ingredients on stove still they are the desired tenderness. Mush with a potato masher.

Grandma Mack’s Breakfast Casserole

1 Tube Refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 Oz)
2 Cups Breakfast meat
6 Eggs (beaten)
½ Cup Milk
Salt & Pepper
2 Cups Home Fries
1 ½ Cups Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese

Step 1: Arrange Crescent rolls on the bottom of a 13x9 in baking dish, pressing together at seams to seal. Place cooked meat on top of the crescent rolls. Beat the eggs and milk and set aside. Layer the hash browns over the meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Pour egg mixture over the hash brown. Top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Sometimes we just salsa on it.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I thinks it time to clean this bad boy

Picture this -

I am on a website looking up something and it was asking me if I had an operi port. I did not know so I asked shawn. He was looking at me like he had no clue what I was talking about. I asked him to come over to my computer - He wiped off the screen and said yes we have an OPEN port. I think it is time to clean the computer.

We both had a good laugh about that.

I want this !!!

I love reading other blogs, I can't remember who I found this one but I love her and love that she now has a cook book. I told Shawn that if he wants to get me something I would like that. Also helps that we just signed up for the B&N membership


Here is her website


Tomorrow is I get around to it I am gonna post what we had for breakfast today :)

Lazy Chicken Chili Rellenos

Dinner Last night was good - Dont think I would make it again but good. I Love Chili Rallenos. There is a restaruant in CO that has the best. I need to learn how to make them that way. Shawn said next time to ot use the while chilis just a bunch of the chopped ones. I was wanting something with more structer. I ate all of the top of it. I thought it was the best part. Kayden ate his but kept calling it lobster.

Lazy Chicken Chili Rellenos

1 pound cooked chicken - Chopped
3 small cans of whole Roasted Chiles.
1 small can chopped Chilies
1-½ cup Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
3 whole Large Eggs
1/2 cups Milk
Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
1/4 teaspoons Paprika
A sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne.
Mix together chicken and chopped chilies
Cut chilies in half and add a single layer of chilies on the bottom of a loaf pan
Top chilies with half the chicken and half the grated cheese
Repeat with another layer of chilies and chicken
Pour egg mixture all over the top and top with more cheese
Place into a larger baking dish or rimmed baking sheet. Pour in 1/2 inch of water and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until completely set.
Cut into squares and serve with tortillas chips

Friday, January 8, 2010

Opps and a funny

So the second day into my food blog and I don't even cook dinner. We had a bunch of stuff to do after Shawn got off work yesterday so we decided to just go out. We went to a local restaurant called Fuddpuckers. If you ask Kayden it is his favorite restaurant. There is two in FL and they have alligators. I had some really yummy chicken with bacon and jack cheese on it. Shawn and Kayden had chicken strips with fries. One thing I love about living in the south is every place serves sweet tea !!!

So tonight I will make what we were supposed to have last night.

On to the funny. So When Kayden is being a butt Shawn will ask him if he wants a red butt. He always says "no". Well yesterday I was sitting here and Kayden came up to me and said. Mommy I have a red butt. I looked over and he had taken his red marker and colored his little bum red.

He is so my child.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lemon Pepper Pork Chops.

Shawn loves Lemon Pepper. Shawn Loves Pork Chops. He has not had them in well a long time. I don't think he made them for him self while he was in Korea and I have not made them since he has gotten back.

On the Menu last night was : Lemon Pepper Pork chops with buttered noodles and corn.

Most of the time when I cook I don't follow a recipe and if I do I end up changing it.

For the pork chops I trimmed the fat ( I don't do fat) and sprinkled both sides with lemon pepper and plain pepper and put in a pan that had butter. Fried them up till they where brown on both sides and then put them in the oven to finish. The oven was set to 375 to cook the garlic crescents.

For the pasta I added more butter to the pan the pork chops had cooked in and lots of pepper and the juice from one lemon. I thought it needed something else so I added some half and half. and more pepper. and more pepper. at the table we both added a little salt. It was good but I think it was too lemony.

We we moved here we had to stock up on lots of stuff and while looking at the spices I found a garlic spread and pick some up. We have been spreading it on Pillsbury crescent rolls. It is supper yummy.

Well that's what was for dinner last night and it was all in all yummy