Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I will be 12 weeks pregnant tomorrow! Hopefully, that means an end to the sickness!! I got to get another look at the little one today. They did a "NT scan". Everything looked great! The baby was so cute. Waving its arms and hands all over the place. It was jumping around... I loved watching it on the screen! I can't wait to find out the gender!!! It's killing me!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Hanging out in the pool... while it was filling up
Doing his Swimsuit Model Crawl!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Click the button on the left or below to follow their journey-
Monday, June 15, 2009
I got this recipe from Kelly http://kellyskornerrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/05/mexican-chicken-aka-king-ranch-chicken.html
Sticking to being myself... I tweaked her original recipe a little bit.
I browned my chicken in a little olive oil on the stove, and then used my crockpot to add all the liquid ingredients (rotel, COM and COC soups, and enchilada sauce).
I added a can of enchilada sauce to her original ingredients just to give it more of a mexican kick. I just let the chicken in the sauce cook for a few hours until it fell apart when I stirred it. It took about 4 hours on high, although the chicken was cooked through before that. If you dont like to fiddle with the crockpot, still make this using her easy way... it is well worth it! So simple, and so good! AND I used flour tortillias instead of corn- I am not a big fan of corn tortillias- unless they are fried into chips! :-)
Her original recipe is as follows
3-4 chicken breasts, boiled and cut into bite size pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can rotel
1-2 cups cheddar cheese
Package of corn tortillas (small) OR FLOUR as I used
1 can enchilada sauce (optional- but it made mine good!!)
Tear the tortillas into small pieces and line the bottom of a pan. Mix together the soups, rotel and chicken and pour on top. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Seriously - it's that easy!
Monday, June 8, 2009
I borrowed this recipe from http://theungourmet.blogspot.com/2009/05/chicken-gyros-with-oikos-greek-yogurt.html
She has lots of yummy looking recipes!
I think part of the trick for the sauce is to get GREEK yogurt. Of course I couldn't find any at the commissary the other day, so I got regular plain yogurt. My sauce was a tad runny... but it still tasted good.
And the potatoes were FAB!!
The Ungourmet marinated her chicken all day in the following ingredients and placed it on the grill to cook.
I of course don't grill well, so I did my version by browning my chicken in a little olive oil, then placing all the ingredients in the crock-pot to let it cook all afternoon. It was super tender and just naturally shredded itself. So I just stirred it up in all the juices! The chicken had a great taste.
juice from 1 lemon
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup of Oikos Greek Yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp oregano
pinch of dill
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
(To this I also added 1tsp of seasoned salt)
Squeeze all the water you can get out of your cucumber. Combine all ingredients and allow to sit in the fridge for at least an hour for them to combine well.
For the potatoes- I follwed her directions exactly-
Wash and slice in about 1/4" slices. Brush with olive oil and sprinkled with a mixture of kosher salt, paprika, oregano, onion powder, and cracked pepper. I placed them in a 425 degree oven to cook (20 mins or so... just keep an eye on them, and test them with a fork to make sure they are tender) and then finished them under the broiler to brown them just a touch more, which also made them crispy!
Place chicken on warmed flatbread, add grated cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, (we also added Feta and Greek olives) and don't forget the sauce!!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
In Crockpot add 1 small can of enchilada sauce, 1/2 cup of water and packett of fajita seasoning
Bake at 375 for 20-25 mins until cheese is bubbly
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here is my buddy Griffin... He didn't get to go see Mickey... He stayed with his meme while we were gone. I think meme snuck him some Pepsi... and Reeses...
I took this picture while at Epcot. We were hanging out in Norway.. eating Schoolbread (which was YUMMIE!!) and the sky was beautiful! This picture is straight out of camera... NOT one bit of photoshopping!
And my cute boys... just because they are cute!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
But I will be away from Blogger land for a week. We are taking a much needed vacation to see Mickey Mouse in Orlando. We haven't told Slayde yet. He is going to be so excited when we show up there! We are leaving Griffin with my mom. She volunteered, so I thought it would be so much easier not to have to deal with only one of us being able to ride with Slayde at a time. There aren't many rides that a 9 month old can get on. And apparently the crowds are at a crazy high right now! So much for a recession!!
Of course we were supposed to have left at 5am today... somebody put a monkey wrench in my plans! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR but we wont talk about that, because I am actually still pretty pissed about it...
Anyway... I am sure I will have plenty of pictures to share when we get back!
Monday, April 6, 2009
These must be started the night before Easter.
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a ziplock bag
1 wooden spoon
Preheat oven to 300F.
Before you do anything else put the whole pecans in zip-loc and let your children beat them with a meat mallet, or hammers, to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read: John 19:1-3
Allow each child to smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl.Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegarto drink. Read: John 19:28-30
Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His lifeto give us life. Read: John 10:10-11
Put a little of the salt into your child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers,and the bitterness of our own sin. Read:Luke 23:27
So far the ingredients would not make a very good dessert! Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us toknow and belong to Him. Read: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sinshave been cleansed by Jesus. Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.Read: Matthew 27:57-60
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66
Now, go to bed.
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read: John 16:20,22
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the crackedsurface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read:Matthew 28:1-9
Monday, March 30, 2009
Slayde had his very first T-Ball practice last week. He was so funny. He followed the coach around like a little puppy dog.
The coach said "Take a Knee". I don't know ANY 4 year olds that know what that means... but apparently they all knew... except Slayde! HaHa... of course he is the only one still standing!
When the others would hit the ball towards him, he would run, get the ball- and WALK it to the boy at 1st base... he never threw it. It was so funny!
My cute boy in his batting helmet- he was excited!
He did pretty well hitting the ball
Now, if we could just get him to pay attention to whats going on... instead of breakdancing in the field!!
In other news... My sweet Griffin is making a new face! It is so funny looking. He used to smile so sweetly... his new smile is a scrunchy face- he wrinkles his nose now. He also has started making that face and making a noise breathing in and out loudly. I call it the stinky face!
And this... this is my life... I have become a PlayStation 3 widow... boohoo...Dan has Slayde very interested in playing video games. (OK... he really didn't need any help- he already loves his leapster, and his nintendo DS). Guitar Hero Metallica came out yesterday. Of course Dan had his on pre-order. Slayde rocked out with him... so funny. I love the faces he makes, and how he shakes his head getting into it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I have been blog-hopping and have come across so many interesting blogs! I LOVE people who blog about recipes!!
My dinner last night consisted of two different bloggers recipes! The pot roast, and the roll were compliments of 2 great bloggers! The rice on the plate... that was compliments of a rice cooker.
I found this entry http://crazy-eight.blogspot.com/2009/02/lets-make-it-easy.html
The recipe looked interesting because of the tomato based sauce that gives the same ol' same ol' pot roast a twist!
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, cut in 1 inch pieces, juices reserved
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (1 ounce)envelope of dried onion soup mix
1 (3 1/2 pound)boneless beef chuck roast (or really whatever size you have)
To her original ingredients above, I accidentally added a can of tomato sauce also- because I wasn't looking at the recipe... duh... but it worked out great!!
Once Brown, the meat goes in- the lid goes on- cook for about 8 hours on low... or if you can cook on high for about 4-5 hours. Your meat should be so tender that it just falls apart!
I also found this entry http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2009/03/italian-herb-rolls.html
Her recipe was for Italian Herb Rolls!
I am going to copy and paste here- because she does a better job than I would explaining!
Italian Herb Rolls
2 1/4 tsp. yeast (or 1 pkg)
Alternatively, you can...Mix the yeast, water and sugar in a bowl and set aside until yeast is activated (you'll see it because it's foamy).In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients but the flour and stir to combine. Next, add 1.5 C of flour and mix well. Add dry ingredients to the yeasty mix and stir well to combine. Continue adding the remaining 1.5 C of flour until dough stiffens. When stiff, place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes, or until smooth and silky.Lightly mist a bowl with oil/cooking spray, and place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat the dough with the oil. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise until dough has doubled in size. This takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
I have 2 sick boys, I am grumpy, Dan is Grumpy... I have a sore throat and a headache... AND my lovely camera or computer- OR combo of the two...will NOT upload any pics to my computer right now.
I was tempted to throw it against the wall, but you know... then I would just have to freakin clean it up. So I put it to the side. I will try again later to actually post pictures and recipes of yesterdays delish dinner.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
But his Doctor is so nice, and very thorough. I don't ever feel like she is in a hurry. She is such a good doctor, that Slayde was having some issues walking a few months back, she examined him- sent us for x-rays- blah-blah-blah.... and SHE called me about 3 times that day which was a Friday, and called me several times over the course of the weekend to check on him- she even gave me her personal cell phone number to call her if I needed her... I don't think most Doctors do that anymore.
Anyway... if all goes okay tomorrow, I will post pics and recipes of tonights dinner! Yummie! and EASY!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Anybody want to party?? Join me in the Ultimate Blog Party 2009! One week starting today! This is your chance to meet other bloggers! If you don't have a blog, but LOVE to read others check it out! And if you have a blog, check it out and add your blog to the party so we can all see YOUR blog too! What a fun way to get new readers! Oh, and there ARE PRIZES too!
So, to introduce myself to all of you Partygoers!
My name is Leah- this is me! I am an Army Wife, and a stay-home mom to Slayde and Griffin. I dabble in photography, and I love to cook! My blog consists of updates on my life, and my sweet boys... as well as LOTS of good and EASY recipes!! I just got started.. but stay with me!!
This is Slayde, he is four.... Think Jim Carey as a child...
This is sweet little Griffin, he is 8 months old and is WELL on his way to walking! Oh... the fun times begin!
Here we are as a family! Dan was in Iraq when Griffin was born... He finally got to meet him when he got home. Griffin was 5 months old. This is our little family that great day!
Thanks for stopping by! Come back anytime!
These are some of the things I would like to win!
This one is especially cute since I have a new BIRD OBSESSION!
USC 53 — Blue Feathered Nest http://www.robinsbluenest.typepad.com/
19. $50 Gift Certificate At Target
58. Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
#12 Gift Cert to the Gift Closet
#19 Target gift cert
#21 Target Gift Cert
#22 Target Gift Cert
#26 Target Gift Cert
#88 Carrabbas gift cert
#89 HomeGoods gift cert
#91 Target gift cert
#103 Surprise box
#118 Old Navy gift cert
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Fully Cooked Corned Beef Cut Into Cubes About One Cup or more if you like more meat
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I was totally moved by a post from fab photog Scarlet Lilian . http://www.blogger.com/www.scarletlilian.net
She just recently lost her father in his battle with cancer. Her family paid tribute to his life with a celebration. Scarlet made a slideshow documenting his life. I don't know her... or her father... but I sat watching her video with tears streaming down my face. She had a beautiful relationship with her father. It made me a little sad that I don't have that with my own father. My parents are still married- have been for almost 40 years. I live 12 miles from them... see them several times a week... but my father has never been involved in whats going on with his children, seems he has always been busy working, or messing with whatever muscle car project he has going on. Don't get me wrong. He has always provided well for his family. He is a very hard worker, still goes to work everyday doing a job that is very labor intensive. He has had the same job for about 38 years. He has always been there for me when I needed money... a car... dinner... help moving (too many times!). We have never had that close- dad-daughter relationship. I guess we just aren't those kind of people... in touch with our feelings and emotions and such... Thats fine... but I WILL be making the effort to talk to him more- Instead of calling their house and saying "hey, where is mom".
The other blog that has me in tears this morning is http://www.bevinsfamily.blogspot.com/
Kim and her family have suffered the loss of a child at 35 weeks a few years ago- then again last year loosing a baby girl at 28 weeks. They were all set up to adopt a baby girl from a young girl and her boyfriend... spending time with her and her family weekly... the baby was born a few days ago. Kim was in the delivery room, cut the cord. She and her husband had a room in the hospital to stay with the baby. They took the baby home, and within a few hours the birth mother was at their door because she changed her mind. My heart breaks for this family. I can't imagine the pain they have experienced. They have a 5 year old daughter that has also had to suffer the loss of THREE babies in her life. How do you cope? How do you help your young daughter understand? I hope they find some sort of peace. They are in my thoughts.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I am going to work on this though... I love good food dang it!
On a side note, I got a new PINK laptop... It is so cute! I was going to get a "mini" but Dan talked me out of it. So I let him pick out the specs told him to get whatever he thought I needed- as long as it was pink! heehee
We also bought a new mattress! My back has been killing me lately for some reason. We bought new bedroom furniture when we moved in November- but didn't get new a new mattress... That was a mistake for us... my hubby moves around ALOT while he is sleeping... the old box-spring we had made crazy noise every time he moved- which kept me awake half the night- thinking about my back hurting! I love our new mattress!
We also ordered Slayde a new bed! He is getting bunk beds! His bed now is his crib- converted to a full-size bed. He just needs a little more room in there I think. Plus when we get stationed somewhere else- we will probably be living in post-housing- which means the boys will probably have to share a room (boo-hiss). This was there will be room for both of them! I got him some cute Pirate sheets... I am on the look-out for accessories for his room now!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Remove crescent roll dough from packaging do not separate sections, and roll out into a rectangle, sealing the perforated areas with your fingers- so the cream cheese doesn't oooze out of the cracks!
Cut in about 1/4" sections and lay on baking sheet. Bake for about 15 mins or until crescent roll is cooked.
Friday, February 6, 2009
1 cup(s) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup(s) sugar
3/4 cup(s) brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
2 1/4 cup(s) unsifted flour
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
DirectionsHeat oven to 375ºF.
Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at meduim speed until creamy and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: The 11 1/2 ouces of 60% Cacao Bitter-Sweet Chocolate Chips can be substituted with any variety of chip flavor (i.e.- Milk Chocolate Chips, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, etc.)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
1 roll breakfast sausage
2 cloves minced garlic
two 14.5-oz cans whole tomatoes
two 6-oz cans tomato paste
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried basil
one 10-oz pkg lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups lowfat cottage cheese
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup Kraft Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
In a skillet, combine ground beef, sausage and 2 cloves minced garlic. Cook until brown, draining off half the fat. Pour in cans of tomatoes and tomato paste, dried parsley flakes and dried basil and 1tsp salt. Mix together thoroughly and simmer, uncovered about 45 mins, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, boil the lasagna noodles. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil to water. Cook the noodles "al dente". When noodles are finished, drain and rinse with cool water, and lay the noodles flat until ready to use.
While meat and noodles are cooking, mix lowfat cottage cheese in a bowl with 2 beaten eggs. Add 1/2 cup Kraft Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes, 1 tsp salt.
Set up your assembly line-
Overlay edges of cooked noodles in the bottom of your pan- covering the bottom. Spread half the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the noodles. Lay mozzarella cheese over that then spoon tomato sauce mixture over that and repeat the process.
Then top generously with Parmesan cheese.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 mins until hot and bubbly.
We had my parents over for dinner last night, We had Lasagna and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. We played a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit... My parents had to leave before the game was over but Dan and I finished it out. I let him win... yeah that's it.. I LET him...
Still to come what I cooked yesterday...
Breakfast- Sausage cream cheese pinwheels
Dessert- Chocolate Chip Cookies
Saturday, January 31, 2009
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
3/4 lb green beans (I use fresh green beans- Kelly prefers canned)
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts
Preheat oven to 450. Coat a large baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange lemon slices from 1 lemon in a single layer on the bottom of the dish.