I love this one, it always makes me smile. I love German Shepherds <3
Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Roasted BBQ Chicken
1 whole chicken
1 bottle of your preferred BBQ sauce (Kraft's Brown Sugar is really good if you need a suggestion)
Preheat your oven to 350. Then you need to clean the chicken. Relax, it's not hard! Run it under cold water, reach inside and pull out the neck and whatever innards have been left behind, rinse the inside, cut off the little tail piece and you're done. Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour the bottle of BBQ sauce over it. Yes, the entire bottle! When no more sauce will come out of the bottle, fill the bottle 1/4 full of water. Shake the bottle vigorously. Pour the now BBQ flavored water into the baking dish around the chicken. Pop it in the oven and bake for about an hour and a half. (You should invest in a meat thermometer) Chicken is done when the internal temperature (meaning you jab the thermometer into the bird so that it is not touching bone, some people say measure the breast, some say the thigh) reaches a minimum of 165 degrees (I shoot for 170 to be sure). Enjoy!
Baked Sweet Potatoes
An appropriate number of sweet potatoes (meaning one for each person)
Thoroughly wash sweet potatoes. If you'd like you can stab a few holes in each one with a fork. I don't know if it actually helps the cooking process, but it's a good stress reliever anyway. Wrap each potato in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish. Pop them into the oven with the chicken. Bake them for roughly half an hour or until they feel soft. Remove the pan from the oven (use an oven mitt!) and very carefully unwrap a potato. Slice it open. Place a tablespoon of butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a teaspoon (or 2 if you like it sweet) of brown sugar inside. Rewrap the potato. Repeat for each potato. Place the tray back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until completely done.
A bag of frozen broccoli
Boil the water in a pot large enough to contain the broccoli. Add the broccoli. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add a tablespoon of butter. Cook until broccoli is tender. Voila!
And there you have dinner! If you want to get fancy and add a bread in there, go buy some Sister Schubert's Yeast Rolls and follow the package instructions. They're very good. And there you have a yummy, and very easy meal! Oh, you want dessert too? No problem!
Easiest Chocolate Pie Ever
1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust (the kind you can find in any baking aisle)
1 package of instant chocolate pudding (Jello's sugar free chocolate pudding is yummy)
Prepare pudding according to box directions. Pour into the pie crust. Chill in the fridge until it's set (firm). If you want to get wild and crazy you can squirt some whipped cream on top before you serve it.
And now you have made a delicious meal, complete with dessert, and you didn't need a culinary degree to do so!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Peanut resembles the offspring of an abominable snowman and a macaw, but don't let the cuteness fool you. This guy is funny!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
For everyone else...
So, my prediction was half wrong. It was Will and Paul in the finale but Paul was the winner. So, congrats Paul! I wish you the best of luck in your new venture. I have to admit, seeing Paul get so emotional when he talked about his late mother made me a little teary eyed.
As for Elise...all I'm going to say is thank goodness she was eliminated! And yeah, I laughed when the very last thing they showed was Chef Ramsay telling her to stop being such a b****. ;-)
Today I was teasing my 4 year old who sometimes has this spontaneous deep southern accent and asking him if he was southern or Egyptian. He says to me "I'm ****. I'm the good child!" No idea where he got that from but it made me laugh. Later on, someone, who shall remain nameless to avoid any potential embarassment, had the need to relieve some built up pressure from the posterior area. Ok, someone farted. My three year old says "Mommy who farted? It wasn't me, cause I didn't smell it!" Ah the logic of a child.
As I'm typing this from my couch, my baby girl suddenly peeks her little head around the laptop and says "Hi!" with the biggest smile on her face. Which of course made this proud Mama smile too. Then her Daddy was teasing her by shoving a chocolate chip cookie in his mouth and not sharing it with her. She retaliated by smacking him on the nose. Yeah yeah, not encouragable behavior but I giggled anyway. He should know better than to keep chocolate away from my daughter. ;-)
And through the laughter, smiles and tears, they make me proud too. My four year old saw another little boy when we were at the play area and said to me "Mommy, maybe that little boy wants to play. You're supposed to be nice and play with other kids." My three year old has difficulty with social situations and over stimulation. Which means, he has frequent uncontrollable meltdowns when we're out. But not today. Today we made it through an entire Walmart trip without even a whimper. And the baby is growing and learning so fast. She's a smart cookie and the sweetest baby. What Mama wouldn't be proud of these three?
Monday, September 19, 2011
Dear Chef Ramsay,
Please please please for the love of cheese do not pick Elise! Thanks!
Seriously, I am hoping and praying Elise does not make the finale. She is immature, deceitful and too darn arrogant. Being cocky isn't always a bad thing but this chick isn't nearly as good as she thinks she is. I'm wondering if she's possibly been kept around just for the drama.
I don't think Tommy is mature enough to handle being a head chef either. He's a laid back guy, but I think he's a little too laid back for the job.
So that leaves Paul and Will. They're both talented chefs but I think Will might have the advantage. He seems a little gutsier which he would need to run a kitchen. I can picture him taking control of a kitchen. Paul, I have my doubts about. I'm not sure he's quite ready to be a leader. I'm having a harder time picturing him barking out orders.
So, I'm predicting Will for the win. The finale starts tonight at 8 Eastern so we'll see if I'm right.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
It's so hard to have sick kids, especially ones that are too young to understand what being sick means or why they feel so yucky. Mommies are supposed to make it all better and it's heart breaking to have this little face pleading with you to make it better when there's not much you can do. The baby has also decided that boogie suckers (otherwise known as bulb suction) might very well be spawned from Hell itself.
It's hard to take care of kids (sick or not) when you yourself are feeling like poo. But, Mommies don't get sick days of course. So, I'm self medicating with gallons of Egyptian tea which I swear has healing abilities. And in the meantime, I've got some good friends, Sprout, Disney Jr, Nick Jr, Mario on the Wii and a couple shelves full of books to help us get through. And I'm not ashamed to use them! ;-)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
- 1 large apple
- Peanut butter (or an alternative if you are a no PB family)
- 1 small granola bar, crushed OR 1/2 cup loose granola
Sunday, September 11, 2011
- 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
- 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
- Cheese (your preference)
Friday, September 9, 2011
My living room is just that, a LIVING room. That means we spend a lot of time in here and of course my kids want their toys close by. Plus we have books, movies, photo albums, framed pictures, candles and various other bits and pieces that need a place to go. Of course I want something attractive as well as practical. So, I'm looking at some bookcases. I need something with shelves and some doors would be nice as well. Here are some black bookcases with doors that I'm looking at.
My bedroom set is from Egypt and it's beautiful. But, the only dresser is very small. There are two of us and my husband has just as many clothes as I do so we need more drawer space. So, I've been looking at gentleman's chest furniture . I think some of them go really well with my bedroom set.
And then there's the boys' room. My boys are young and they still want to share a room. But, they each have their own tastes so trying to decorate their room can be a bit of a challenge. They won't agree on one character, sport or theme so I try to keep it somewhat neutral but still incorporate some of the things they each like. I found this really cute lots of dots rug that I think will work really well.
Now I just have to convince my husband...
In my opinion it would be far more effective just to say 'Hey ladies, do your breast check!" In fact, my current status is;
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Hey guys could you do me a favor and keep the east coast in your thoughts and prayers? We're getting hit hard and the situation in a lot of areas is really bad. They've had to shut down Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the DC area, there are a lot of roads under water. In PA, Hershey Park is under water, people are being evacuated from Lancaster and other areas, roads are closed, schools are closed and homes and businesses are just gone. And it's still raining and raining hard. I'm not sure about aid for the flood victims yet but as soon as I find out I will post the info here.