Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pantry Organizer


  
     I think we have about nine thousand and one open boxes of snacks, drink mixes, seasonings, Ziploc bags, chewing gum, breakfast bars, and other miscellaneous items in our pantry. I like everything in my life to be organized and neat. I picked up a shoe organize from Bed Bath and Beyond for about $8, with a 20% off coupon that they mailed to me, to help organize my pantry. All the smaller items that are in my pantry are now contained in a much more organized fashion. I have gum on the top row, beverages (teas and drink mixes) on the second row, packets of oatmeal on the third row, seasonings, formula packets, and bagged snacks on the fourth row, breakfast bars on the fifth row, trash bags and snack bags on the sixth row, and freezer bags, in size order, on the seventh row. This makes my once box filled pantry much more accessible for both little hands and big hands alike. If I had a Label Maker, then I would label each pocket. Luckily, the pockets are clear plastic and therefore self explanatory.



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Playing in the Sand



     It has been a long week and today is only Wednesday. My son is teething, still, and his canines are currently crowning. The past few days have been filled with tears, meltdowns, tantrums, and lots of cranky behavior. I thought that it would be good for all of us to get out of the house and get some fresh air. We went to the beach and he had a blast playing in the sand. It is so wonderful how the sun, sand, and surf can make even the crankiest toddlers happy again.  I hope my sweet boy's teeth finish coming out before his second birthday next week!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Addicted to Pinterest



    Is anyone else a Pinterest Addict? I think PA syndrome should be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders along side Extreme Couponing. Are we all addicted to pinning random recipes that make our tummies growl with desire, tutorials that seem oh so easy but when you try them they are so darn confusing, clothes we want, furniture we have to have, and baby items that makes even Cruella De'Vill's heart melt? 
   "Must pin ALLLL of these!!!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chicken and Bean Quesadilla


Chicken and Bean Quesadilla

Ingredients:

1 can of Refried pinto beans
Mexican Chicken
Mexican blend cheese
Flour tortillas

Directions:

1. Smear the desired amount of beans onto one half of your tortilla.
2. Scoop 1/2 a cup of Mexican Chicken onto the beans and spread out.
3. Sprinkle with desired amount of cheese.
4. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
5. Top with sour cream and enjoy!



Monday, June 18, 2012

Chill'n In My Bumbo: A Baby Rap




    I hope you all get a good chuckle out of this little rap/rhyme that has been playing in my head since we put our daughter in the Bumbo for the first time. Who knew a piece of baby's equipment would make me want to rap? It was pretty hard keeping a straight face while raping/rhyming to Chloe!

Happy Father's Day!




    I made a second brownie trifle to take to my husband while he was working. I made the trifle big enough to share with his coworkers and employees. It is one of his favorite desserts and he said that, besides having a moment with our children and myself, it was the highlight of his day!  Yum Yum! I also made a little card for him because he is a Turtally Awesome Daddy! I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge to help create the card.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ruff Day?


     The daughter of a friend of mine just got tubes in her ears a few days ago. I made her a little card with a puppy on it, because her favorite animal is a dog. I used the Create a Critter cartridge with my Cricut to help create the card I made her. I also made her a brownie trifle to help make the hurt go away with chocolaty goodness. If you were a child and just underwent surgery, wouldn't you want a mouthful of brownie, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream? It is by far the most unhealthy thing to give to a toddler, but I think that surgery warrants a post-op sugar high. Yummy!


   

Menu and To Do List



     I always feel like I am writing lists for grocery shopping, what I need to do each day, meal planning for the week, etc. I printed up a To Do List and Menu on pretty scrapbooking paper and framed them. I then can write on the glass with a dry erase marker and then wipe off. It saves paper and looks pretty! I hung them in my kitchen directly opposite my fridge.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

EAT My Heart Out



     We moved into our house a few months ago and I have been on a slow and steady mission to turn our house into a home. I "worked" on the kitchen today. I bought some letters at Michael's and painted them with metallic silver paint and then layered a coating of glitter. I then embellished with some clearanced out rhinestones I found at Joann's and some pearls that I had left over from a previous project. I think it adds some personality to my blandish kitchen and my husband doesn't hate it. I am happy with the overall project and I am calling it a success!





Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mexican Slow Cooker Chicken



Mexican Slow Cooker Chicken
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
1 Jar of Newman's Own Salsa
1/4 cup of Water
4 minced Garlic Cloves

Directions:

1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
2. In a bowl add salsa, taco seasoning, water and minced garlic. Stir well and pour over chicken.
3. Cover all the chicken with the sauce and place the lid on.
4. Turn the slow cooker on for 8 hours on low.
5. After 8 hours have passed use a rubber spatula and gently pull the chicken apart. Once chicken is pulled stir to incorporate the sauce.
6. Serve with beans and rice, rolled into a burrito, or stuffed in a taco. Enjoy!


I typically set aside half for a future meal later in the same week. I have never frozen it, but it keeps well for about 3 days and is versatile enough to do two separate meals out of it!



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Nutella Brownies



Nutella Brownies
Yield: 9 Brownies

Ingredients:
1 box of Triple Chocolate Ghirardelli Brownie Mix
1 large Egg
1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup of Water
1/2 - 3/4 cup of Nutella

Directions:

1. In your Kitchen Aid Mixer add the egg, oil, and water. Mix on a medium speed for 30 seconds.
2. Add in your brownie mix and mix on a medium speed. Stop to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula until all is blended and smooth.
3. Pour batter into your oiled 8x8 silicone baking dish.
4. Swirl in the Nutella with your spatula.
5. Bake at 325 F for 32 minutes. Let cool, cut, and enjoy!

*Brownie mix is the only pre-packaged box mix I use. I have found that the Ghirardelli Brownie Mix is so much better than any scratch made brownies I have ever tried making.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fresh Guacamole and Corn Chips


Guacamole

Ingredients:

4 ripe Avocados
2 Roma tomatoes
4 large cloves of garlic
1 small-medium Vidalia onion
1/4 cup of chopped Cilantro
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Pepper

Directions:

1. Slice avocados in half and pluck out pit. With a spoon or your fingers scoop out the pulp of the avocado into a bowl. With a fork mash the avocado until almost smooth.
2. Slice your tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds and juice. Dice your tomato into small bits and add to the avocado.
3. Chop your onion in small bits and add to avocado mixture.
4. With a garlic press mince your garlic into the avocado mixture.
5. Add your salt, pepper, and lemon juice to avocado mixture and stir well.
6. Chop your cilantro finely and add to avocado mixture. Stir once more.
7. Pour into serving bowl and enjoy!

Corn Chips

Ingredients:
10-15 Corn tortillas
Salt
Vegetable Oil

Directions:

1. Turn on your deep fryer to 375 F.
2. Quarter your corn tortillas into 4 triangles with your knife.
3. Add a handful of triangles into your deep fryer. They cook very fast so I use a fork to rotate them around. They take about a minute for each set of chips. You know they are done when they turn a golden complexion.
4. Remove the chips from your deep fryer and lay on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt while still hot from the fryer.
5. Repeat step 3 and step 4 until you have made all your chips.
6.  Add all your chips to a serving bowl and enjoy!






Summer Wreath



     For my base, I wrapped a 14 inch foam wreath with light blue yarn. It took me about two hours start to finish to wrap the yarn around. I did it in 30 minute increments during my children's nap times. After I was finished with the base I wrapped lace around one side and topped with lacy flowers. I used a hot glue gun to secure the flowers and lace down. Overall, I like the simplicity of this wreath and am happy with the way it turned out!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Apple Crisp



Apple Crisp
Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:
5 Granny Smith Apples peeled and sliced finely
1 stick of butter
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
Cinnamon

Directions:
1. Peel, core, and slice apples thinly. Place slices equally in four ramekins.
2.  In your Kitchen Aid Mixer cream the butter with your paddle attachment.
3. Add in the sugar and flour slowly on a medium speed.
4. Separate the topping into four balls and place on top of the apples in ramekins and flatten with your palm.
5. Sprinkle a light dusting of cinnamon on top of the topping.
6. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar on top of each topping.
7. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and lightly cover with a sheet of tin foil.
8. Bake at 350 F for 20 min. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes.
9. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


Bacon Wrapped Vidalia Onions



Bacon Wrapped Vidalia Onions

Ingredients:
1 Vidalia onion per person
3 pieces of bacon per onion
1 Tbs. of butter
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Peel and gently core out the top part of the onion.
2. Wrap the onion with your bacon and pin closed with a toothpick.
3. Sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper over each onion.
4. Place your pad of butter on the top of the onion
5. Wrap onion in foil and bake on a cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 415 F for 40 minutes.


Keeping a Toddler Happy in the Car


     How do you keep a toddler happy in the car? Load his sippy cup up with his favorite juice? Sit a bag full of Multigrain Cheerios in his lap for him to devour during the 10 minute ride from point A to point B? Turn on music for him to listen to? Hand him stack after stack of his favorite books to read? No. You simply place his sunglasses on his face and he pops his two fingers in his mouth and enjoys the ride.
     What do you all do to ensure your toddler is happy in the car? If a toddler ain't happy then nobody ain't happy!!