Thursday, September 30, 2010
It's finally here!!! Tomorrow is the big day......moving day! So I am running around trying to get all the last minute things packed and in doing so, look like a wild crazy women. But I keep telling myself it will all be worth it...TARGET......in the end:) So while I go back to work here is a little video for your enjoyment.
It is the song that has been playing in my head all morning.....The Final Countdown...by the way I LOVE 80's music videos...the are epic:)
Enjoy! Happy Thursday.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
If there is one thing we love in the Nesbit's house it's breakfast!!! Pancakes, doughnuts, COFFEE, sticky buns (don't worry this recipe will be shared later this week), omelets, and breakfast burritos. There is nothing like a lazy Saturday morning and eating breakfast with my boys! So here is a very easy way to spice up those eggs:) If you are prone to heartburn..break out the tums because this is so worth it.
One thing we like to serve with our breakfast burritos is a side of Spanish Rice...the homemade kind;) So cook your rice as directed, add a can of Rotel (chopped tomatoes with chilies). Then comes a little secret..shhhh don't tell!
This little packet will give your taste buds a punch in the face, really you will be blown away. Sorry the picture is kind of blurry, but this little prize packet is called Sazon Goya....it can be found near the authentic Mexican food in your store! It will change you!!!
Ok back to our burritos...so start by adding some butter to the pan..hmm about 2- 3 tbs...I know I love butter;) Then add in your chopped onions, green pepper, and red pepper. Cook until onions are transparent...by the way it will smell heavenly, so much that if you really listen you may hear angels singing... any way add your chorizo...I use a whole package and let cook for a few minutes. Then add your eggs 8-10 and cook em up!!!
Ta Da....serve your chorizo and eggs on warm tortillas with some cheese and sour cream if you like...we paired it with some re fried beans and our Spanish rice:)
Soooo good, excuse me while I go and wipe the drool off my face;)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
It has been a few days since I have blogged anything...but do not fret I am just up to my armpits in packing tape and boxes:) My husband is getting transferred up to a job in Minot, ND...brrrrr. He leaves this weekend because they want him there on Monday....we on the other hand are not leaving until next Friday...whew..so that gives me a few extra days to pack and clean. All mind you my little "wolf pack" has been sick all week.
So I am not ignoring you, just super busy this week!!!!
Earlier today a wind came blowing into town and I was hoping to see Mary Poppins floating down with her umbrella...but no luck.
But do not worry...I have a few things in store for you this weekend and next week will be my first giveaway!!!!!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I have always been afraid of the PECAN pie...It always seemed so complicated looking. But today I was feeling fearless, in a lets where tight pants with out spanx kind of way. So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.
Start by making a crust or you can use a store bought one as well...take a look, can you believe it? THIS is all it takes to make a pecan pie...sugar, sugar, sugar and a pinch of salt!
Place a heaping cup of chopped up pecans on the bottom. Ok..before we go any further, I must admit until I had kids..I hated pecans...but it is strange how having kids changes you, even your taste buds...
Anyway back to the pie, next add your sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, vanilla, melted butter and eggs.....mix, mix, mix...until it is all blended.
Then pour all that sugary goodness over your pecans...and pop in the oven for 55 minutes.
End result a wonderful looking pie!!! I cannot believe how easy this pie is...all those fears that caused me to steer clear of this pie...well no more..this pecan pie has found it's way to my palate and is here to stay!
So don't be shy...give it a try if your into pecan's that is:)
This is PW Pecan Pie Recipe
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I am not sure how the weather is where you are...but out here in the Wyoming Plains...it is cold..brrr. Yesterday the temp dropped like 20 degrees, so as I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner an image came to mind. Do any of you remember the Dinty Moore Beef Stew commercials?
Well my image went something like this... John walks in the door from work, bringing a cold blustery wind in with him. As he shakes off the cold and out of his coat he turns to ask me what's for dinner. I then turn to him looking like I spent all day at the spa, wearing a cute apron and hair all pinned up and reply holding a can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew, "Beef is what's for Dinner".
Gross! I am sorry if you are a fan of Beef Stew from a can, but I just cannot stomach it. So I decided to go out into the great unknown and create my own version of Vegetable Beef Soup...not from a can.
So here it is and I must say...this was so GOOD. The perfect soup to warm us up on such a chilly day.
This soup is so EASY to make...
After the onions are nice and transparent..it is time to add some color to this party. Add your bag of frozen mixed vegetables and potato.
Then it's pasta time..add two cups of uncooked pasta..I decided to go with some spiral noodles, but any noodle will do:)
Next add a whole container of V8, we Nesbit's like a little kick to our soup so we went with the Spicy Hot version, but if spicy isn't your thing you can go with traditional V8. Don't worry it wont hurt my feelings:)
Bring the pot to a boil and add two Bay leaves....then reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes. Just make sure your noodles are done:)
Vegetable Beef Soup
1 package of cut up beef (usually it will say stew beef)
1 48oz container of V8 (I used spicy hot)
3 tbs butter
1 onion, chopped
1 large potato, diced
1 16 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
2 c. uncooked pasta
1 can beef broth
salt and pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
Once you bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 30-40 minutes:)
Friday, September 17, 2010
I have expressed over and over...how much I LOVE fall and one of the reasons, is this little drink called Apple Cider:) I don't know what about it I love so much, it just makes me feel like I should go running through an apple orchard while the crisp air hits my face:)
Okay okay that may be a little dramatic, but really there is no
thing like a mug of hot apple cider to make this girl smile, especially if it is paired with a pumpkin spiced doughnut or two....or three;)
Getting some fresh apple cider from an orchard is kind of out of the question for me, since I live in the middle of nowhere (pretty sure that is the name of a Hanson album). So I had to buy a gallon from the store and add my own touch to it!
So here it is...a drink worthy of kings and queens...and stay at home mom's too. So you can start by heating up your apple cider in the microwave or if you are making it for the whole fam...well just pour it in a saucepan and heat it over the stove.
Yummm...it's like liquid gold and taste so good...pour in your caramel;)
Then sprinkle some cinnamon on top!!!
Stir it all together...the wonderful aroma will knock you off your feet.
I give it a thumbs up...by the way ignore how weird my hand looks here...plus the best part of this drink is when you get to the last few sips, you will get a caramel surprise...my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I hope you enjoy this hot cup of goodness!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
One thing I love about my boys, is that they are all so different and special in their own way. Lennon...my sweet sweet baby just turned six months and I can't believe how big his is getting.
He is such a jolly little guy, always full of smiles and giggles;)
So I thought I would give you a glimpse of what a cute little bugger he is....
Good book choice Lennon:)
Awe my sweet sweet baby...time is flying by...I wish I could stop it, sit back and enjoy this moment for just a second longer:)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This morning I woke up to three sad looking bananas... so I thought the only thing left to do is but them to good use in some banana bread! I Love banana bread...it is the perfect way to start the day..plus it is a good way to get that daily serving of fruit in (okay that probably isn't right but a girl can dream).
Preheat those ovens to 325 and lets make some bread!!!!
Here is a quick look at what is going to bring this bread to life....I can't wait!
First thing is, you will want to butter a loaf pan...the wrapper from the stick of butter you are going to use will work just fine...also it will make you feel good to recycle that wrapper:)
Combine your sugar and room temp butter into a bowl...beat it, beat it (okay forget the Michael Jackson song) until it's nice and fluffy.
Then add your eggs one at a time, beating them in... then set your bowl aside...don't worry we will come back to it.
In a smaller bowl, mash your bananas with a fork, add your milk and cinnamon...what a wonderful site:)
Look at that...this bread is going to be AWESOME!!!
In another bowl (yes you will have to dirty up three different bowls, but it is worth it) add your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt...mix it up.
Then about an hour and half later you can enjoy a nice slice or half the loaf with a nice glass of milk.....
Here it is all written out for ya:)
Time 1 to 1 hr 10 min
1 c. sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temp
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tbs milk
1 tsp cinnamon
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
* note...after pulling bread from oven, let it sit for 15 min before removing it from the pan:)
Monday, September 13, 2010
Early this morning I was cleaning out some closets when I came across a box of old pictures from High School...you know the kind...the ones where you are 20 lbs lighter and in a bikini (hence the reason they are hidden in a box in the closet).
So I started looking at them and remembering the days when I would consider my stomach my best feature..Now it wasn't all six packed out but it was nice and flat and my belly button was, well as cute as a button.
I must admit this probably wasn't the best time to be looking at these pictures because when I looked down I realized that I still had my sweatpants on. On one of my legs there was a spot where I wiped off some formula and on my other leg was some left over breakfast in the shape of Miles hand. So yes you can guess I started feeling sorry for myself, pining over my long lost stomach.
But then I got up and decided, no big deal I would just have to come up with another best feature..so the search began. First I started with my hands..they looked okay, despite the chipped nail polish (my friend Jill would be so disappointed). Then I skipped over the rest of my body and looked at my feet. Yep they were kinda of cute...but I still couldn't get over that mental picture of what my stomach was like before I had my sweet babies.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks..you know what my stomach can still be my best feature because before it was all flat and boring...but NOW it tells a story on how each of my precious boys made their way into this world and into my arms.
C-section scar number one and a majority of my stretch marks are the makings of this little bugger we named Keegan.
I love the look on my husbands face each time he got to hold each one of his sons for the first time...priceless.
Then as I scan my stomach, I come across the largest of my C-section scars...and smile because even though it was one of the most terrifying experiences and the most painful deliveries..it was all worth it because Miles came out fighting:)
Poor little bugger, he spent a week in the NICU...but like then he is still a little spit fire:)
Then my third and last C-section scar...brings a tear to my eye..because out of it came my last baby Lennon..sweet sweet Lennon.
He is such a joy!
So even though my stomach isn't quite like it use to be (okay it has totally taken a whole new shape and face)...I still wouldn't change it for the World because it stretched beyond limits and housed three precious lives for nine months...It is a daily reminder of the blessings I like to call the "Wolf Pack"
Sunday, September 12, 2010
So this little recipe was an experiment....It originally suppose to be a pumpkin spiced scone, but I guess there is a shortage of can pumpkin this year?
The entire town of Gillette is out of canned pumpkin and they have no idea when they are getting some in....REALLY....what kind of place is this?
But the world must go on..pumpkin or no pumpkin. That is when I started to get creative...hmmm what can I use instead of pumpkin and then a little light bulb went off..
I got it SWEET POTATO....and I must admit it turned out better than I thought it would...otherwise I wouldn't be putting it on here (don't worry I will never steer you wrong).
Here are the lovely ingredients that you will use to make this scrumptious treat! Note: I first baked one sweet potato in the oven until it was nice and soft.
First I scrapped out the sweet potato and mashed it with a fork to make a nice puree.
Go ahead and combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Next add your cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove, and ginger...a combination of magic!!!!
Butter...everything is so much better with butter...add your butter and mix in using a pastry blender or if your like me, just use two clean hands:)
Your mixture should become nice and crumbly.
Back to the guts of this recipe...the sweet potato, place it in a medium bowl.
Add the half and half to the sweet potato...did I mention that this is a figure friendly recipe:)
Add your egg and mix well with a fork...it kind of looks like chunky orange soup...
Next pour your sweet potato mixture in with the flour mixture...It looks so lovely doesn't it? Don't worry it will end up tasting wonderful!!!!
Gather up your dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface.....
Flatten out your dough and shape it into a rectangle..you can use a rolling pin if you want..just make sure your dough is about 3/4 of an inch thick.
Cut dough into four sections going parallel to the shorter side of the rectangle and then into three sections going parallel with the the longer side. This way you end up with 12 squares!!
Then you want to cut diagonally through each square, this way you will have 24 triangles...we are getting closer..by the way these little triangles smell so good.
Place these little tasty triangles on a greased cookie sheet...and pop them in the oven.
Oh my these smell so wonderful...it's a bouquet of Fall in my kitchen:)
While your little scones are cooling down...it is time to glaze it up...start by adding your powdered sugar in a bowl.
Add your milk to the powdered sugar and mix with a fork...
Nice and smooth like a babies bottom:)
Time for your yummy scones to take a bath in some glaze...
After their bath in the glaze let them sit for awhile so the glaze can harden up...
In the mean time, lets make some spiced glaze...this stuff is a slice of heaven...try not to eat it out of the bowl...believe me I had to dig down deep for some stored up will power:)
Then it is time ...da ta duh....to bring this all together..using a fork, drizzle the spiced glaze over top of the scones....let them sit for about an hour in order to let the glaze set.
Look at these!!! Not only are they cute but tasty...so go ahead enjoy!
I am having mine with a cup of hot apple cider on the side:)
Spiced Sweet Potato Scones
Preheat 425 degrees
Time 8-9 min
2 c. flour
7 tbs. sugar
1 tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground clove
1/4 tsp. ginger
6 tbs cold butter
1 c. sweet potato, puree
3 tbs. half and half
1 large egg
Powder Sugar Glaze
1 c. powder sugar
1 tbs. powder sugar
2 tbs. milk
1 c. powder sugar
3 tbs. powder sugar
2 tbs. milk
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch ground clove.