Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Madness!

Just wanted to share a few pictures...



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!


Hand delivery...




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.

video

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Finally Pictures of FOOD!


okay... it is ONE picture- who's counting??

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.
And don't be fooled... OF COURSE I added sauce on top of my rice... I just thought this looked better haha.

The recipe looked interesting because of the tomato based sauce that gives the same ol' same ol' pot roast a twist!

Pot Roast
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!!


I always brown meat before putting it in the crock-pot... I don't know why- I just do!
So I brown the roast in a dab of oil on the stove top. While browning, I sprinkle the roast with garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides.


While the roast is browning on the stove top, I turned on the crock pot and added all of the other ingredients, and used a fork to mix it up well.

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!

Her recipe was for Italian Herb Rolls!
She made hers a little longer- more like hoagie rolls- I made mine like dinner rolls. They were a big hit! I served them hot out the oven with butter.

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)
1 C warm water + 1 T (if using wheat flour)
1 T sugar
1/8 C olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 T dried basil
1/2 T dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic)
1/2 tsp. onion powder (or onion flakes)
1/4 C grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
3 C. bread flour
Combine ingredients in the bread machine, in the order listed by your machine. Mine call for all the wet ingredients first, and the salt next. Then all the dry ingredients, topped off with the yeast. Set to dough cycle, and let it do the kneading for you!


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.
Here's where you pick up the recipe if you've made the dough with the bread machine.
Punch down the dough and form into rolls. Place rolls on a lightly greased pan and cover to let rise again for about 30 mins or until they have doubled.
Depending on the size of your roll- cooking times will vary. I cooked mine at 350 for 20 mins and they were perfect!!

Or NOT!

Apparently somebody.... somewhere hates me today.
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

Tomorrow... Maybe

I made a totally yummie dinner tonight! Even fresh baked rolls! My sweet little Griffin has not been feeling well today. I am going to take him to the Doctor tomorrow.... OH how I hate taking him to the Doctor. I LOVE the Dr. herself... but the office SUCKS! A good portion of the staff is rude... it is always hot in there... it is about a 45 min. drive from my house... and every time we go, we are there for at least 2 hours!!! They should NOT make people wait that freakin long! Especially with kids... and sometimes SICK kids!! grrr
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

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 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!










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19. $50 Gift Certificate At Target
58. Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
#12 Gift Cert to the Gift Closet
#19 Target gift cert
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#88 Carrabbas gift cert
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#103 Surprise box
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Corned Beef Hash



So, you made corned beef and cabbage for dinner on St. Patricks Day? You Didn't?? What's wrong with you? Corned Beef is Yummie! Anyway if you DID and you want to know what to do with the leftover corned beef- THIS is the thing! Corned Beef Hash! You know the stuff you get in the can that is all mushed up and looks a little like dog food?? Well, this isn't that~it is OH SO much better!! Real Homemade corned beef hash is one of my favorite things to eat- ever!! So go out and buy a corned beef brisket... make corned beef and cabbage for dinner, and make THIS for breakfast this weekend! You wont be sorry!! And it's easy... There is no real measurements here... you can't do it wrong!


Ingredients:
Fully Cooked Corned Beef Cut Into Cubes About One Cup or more if you like more meat

Simply Potatoes- Diced with Onions- You find this in a green bag in the refrigerated section at your grocery store- usually near the eggs, or rolls and cookies...(I usually use 1/2 the bag-unless I am feeding a crowd)

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Oil
Salt and Pepper
Pour oil in a frying pan- just enough to slightly cover the bottom

Heat on Med-High

While your pan is heating, cut up your corned beef into cubes

Once your pan is good and hot, throw your potatoes and your meat into the oil- let them brown and get a little crispy before you turn them over...

Add a little garlic powder, onion powder salt and pepper and cook til' your potatoes are light brown and crispy!

I usually dip mine in mustard and or ketchup! Yummie!






Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tears

I have spent the better part of my morning doing laundry, cleaning, playing with Slayde and Griffin. In between all of that, I have been trying to catch up reading all the blogs that I follow.


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

Boring...

I haven't had much to say these days apparently! My hubby has decided he needs to be on a diet... Apparently he doesn't understand that I NEED to cook for my blog (haha)! It makes no sense for me to cook some totally delish meal just for myself. Slayde isn't ever interested in eating what I cook unless it is a hamburger or mac and cheese! I have cooked lemon pepper chicken several times because it is really easy and not too bad calorie wise.
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!