Saturday, October 30, 2010

With a Face Like That

Here's a look at the scene this morning at the Nesbit house.....naughty, naughty boy!

 While I was changing Lennon this morning I heard a growl that came from the bathroom. I thought this might be a picture taking moment and grabbed my camera before going in......this is the face that greeted me! 

 Followed by a "Oh man she caught me again" look. Then I asked what he had all over his face? This is the response I got.

"She catches me every time, this lady is on top of her game". Maybe next time I will remember to put my mascara away after using it....or he will remember to growl a little softer in a very small chance that he won't get caught....

Just another day in Paradise:)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Breaking Point....hmmm not my greatest hour...

Every now and then you find yourself in a situation where you leave and think Wow did that just happen? Well just this past Monday I found myself there. This isn't a happy story where you will leave feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, it is a story where I admit that I lost my cool and found myself going off on a 6' 4'' large tire service man. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...we shall start at the beginning where a series of unfortunate events lead to....well I will just tell you.

The day started off like any Monday morning, I had just dropped Keegan off at School and needed to get my tire looked at because it was leaking air. So I went to a well known tire service to see what they could do for me. After unloading my two boys, we made our way to the front service desk where I proceeded to explain to the lady why I was there. I explained that I had a leak in my tire and needed it looked a,t but told the lady that I also needed to leave by 2:30 in order to pick my son up from school.

"Well there are a few people ahead of you, but that gives us an hour and a half, so that shouldn't be a problem", replied the lady.

 Great I thought, that gives me time to walk around and pick up a few things that I need. So I gave the lady my keys and proceeded through the store.

Now shopping with a 2 year old is like poking yourself with a needle over and over again...just plain painful. So after chasing him down because he refused to stay in the cart I gave in to giving him a bag of Cheetos, which I was continuously picking up off the floor. Meanwhile, Lennon decided to spit up all over the front of my coat in a fit of being fussy but was all smiles and giggles afterwards.

Slowly the hour and a half passed as we made our way back to the tire service area.  By the time I reached the front counter I was covered in spit up, as well as having little Cheetos hand prints all over my black pants. All I wanted to do was get my keys and get the H-E- DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS out of there.

I approached the front counter and asked the lady how much I owed, when she gave me a confused look. So I explained I was there to get my tire patched and gave her the details of my car.

"Oh, well I think they just pulled your car into the garage, let me see where they are at with it", explained the service lady.

Wait what do you mean they just started on my car? I told you that I needed to leave at 2:30 and it is now 2:35!!!!

"Let me just see whats going on, I am sure it should be ready in a minute or two" the lady replied back.

So at this point the panic started to creep in, what was I going to do? There is nobody else that can pick him up, he will be so scared if I don't show up on time. I started having crazy flash backs when my parents forgot to pick me up from school after a going away swim meet. The coach was really annoyed so I lied, told him I called, and that my parents were on their way so he could leave. Then I spent an hour hiding behind a dumpster because I was afraid someone would see me. Needless to say I finally got a hold of them at my grandma's house while using a pay phone (this is before kids in Junior High had cell phones).

Back to the story.....

Then entered a very large tire service man....who we will call Joe. Joe was holding a part in his hand and  asked me if I wanted to pay $52.00 for the sensor and valve stem that needed to be replaced on my tire.

What, you haven't done anything with my tire yet....I need to leave. Can I go and come back?

Joe replied, "No..your tire is flat and we can't put it on until we replace the valve should only take us about 20 minutes".

At this point I was seeing RED... and didn't care who was around because I had reached my breaking point!
You don't want to mess with this!!!!!!

Well Joe...I don't have 20 minutes..I don't have 1 minute! I told you I needed to leave by 2:30 to pick up my son and so I don't care what you have to do but you get in there and get my tire back on NOW!

Then the tears started falling.

Joe I just moved here and I don't know anyone and my son is waiting to be picked up!

I can only imagine what the scene looked like to those waiting in the lobby. Here I was covered in spit up and Cheetos, I had two screaming kids, and was ranting like a crazy wild women.

Then the anger set in again.

Get my tire on Joe and get me out of here...I will grab a tire off one of these stupid shelves and replace it your job.

Joe then explain, "Well I don't have to put the sensor in and so I can get it done in 5 minutes if you'd like?"

Why are you still standing here then JOE!!!!!!

I was like a Momma bear that had been woken up from hibernation and found someone messing with her cub...Don't mess with my Cub.

Then I remembered my one and only friend in Minot, Kathy. She also moved up here with me, since our husbands are working on the same job.So in a panic I called her and asked if she could go pick Keegan up for me since I was stranded at the tire place.

Thank God she was able to do it and was only 5 minutes late compared to the 20 minutes late I would have been!

So moral of the story.....I may need to find a different tire place next time I need a repair. I don't think I made too many friends at this last one!

Potato Cheddar Chowder

One of my favorite things to do on a cold windy day is make a large pot of is just so comforting:) So here is one of my family's all time favorite good, so easy!

 Here is a look at all the yummy ingredients....but wait, there is no meat in this picture! That's right it contains no meat and usually my husband would shake his head in disapproval but this is one of his favorite soups! It may be all the vegetables drowning in 16 oz of cheesy goodness that put this soup over the edge, but you will just have to try it and see:)

 So enough talking...lets get to why we are really here. Start by melting 1/4 c. of butter in a pot, then add 2/3 c. onion, 2/3 c. green pepper, and 1/2 c. celery (or more if you like). Cook until nice and tender.

 Meanwhile, cut up two medium potatoes into cubes, and chop up a large carrot that has been scraped.

 Once the vegetables become nice and tender, add the potatoes, carrot and 3 1/2 c. of chicken broth. My BFF Jill would be so proud that I took time to paint my nails, usually they are covered in chipped nail polish:)
 Okay bring to a boil....I love watching things right before they's like a competition to see what bubble will pop first and start a frenzy of popping bubbles (ok I know weird, but I never claimed to be normal). Then reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are nice and tender because nobody likes uncooked potatoes in their soup.

 While your waiting for your vegetables to get nice and tender, cut up 16 oz of cheese. I used a block of sharp cheddar and a block of medium cheddar.

 Then take a 1/2c. of flour and mix it with 3/4 c. of milk, stir until nice and smooth.

 Once your vegetables are done, pour in your flour/milk mixture....stir.....

 Then add your cubed cheese and an additional 1 1/4 c. of milk...stir...

 Let soup cook until thick and bubbly or about 8 minutes...then add a little pepper to taste.

Serve with a side of bread so you can wipe down the bowl to get every last bit or that's what we do in the Nesbit house:)

Keep warm!

Potato Cheddar Chowder

1/4 c. butter
3/4 c. onion, chopped
3/4 c. green pepper, chopped
1/2 c. celery, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 large carrot, scraped, chopped
3 1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. flour
2 c. milk, divided
16 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed
Black Pepper to taste

Recipe: Southern Living

Monday, October 25, 2010

Who you going to call...Chinese Delivery Man!!!!

Sometimes we have a day, that takes everything out of us and come dinner time we are lying curled up in a ball wishing dinner would just appear. Well if you have a phone and a food service that delivers, than you are in luck.....

 In my case it was Chinese...and No this was not all for me, I shared some of it:)

 A little Crab Rangoon to start.....

 Then add some General Tso's Chicken.....

 Mixed in with an egg roll or two....

 Paired with a side of fried rice.....

Finishing the meal off with a cookie filled with wisdom!

So needless to say I have had one of those is the proof!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Something You Should Know....

Before I let this go any farther I think there is something all you should know about me....I am almost embarrassed to say it because you may just exit my blog and never return when you learn the truth.

Besides being a little bit of an odd ball.....

Ok here it is...I am a food blogger but unlike many of you may think I do not have a fully stocked kitchen! Wait what, I know just cover your ears. Here is the thing, when I first started really getting into baking and cooking I steered clear away from recipes that called for things like dutch ovens, food processor, and mixer with a hook. Then one day I threw up my hands and said this is crazy...I am going to cook something I want to cook or bake regardless the equipment I do or don't have.

So with that off my chest....I know, how can I really cook or bake without these things, but I do it everyday:) Now I may be up to my armpits kneading dough when it would be much easier to put it in a mixer with a hook, but at least I can say my arms are getting a great workout (as long as my pits don't sweat on the dough it's all good).

I really just wanted to encourage all of you out there, who like me, don't have a kitchen off of the food network. Yes it takes more time to get things together, but with some determination and hard work anything can be done. 

Now don't get me wrong I would love to have a nice food processor, Kitchen Aid standing mixer, and a Le Creuset Dutch oven ( oh all the wonderful colors they come in), hint hint husband, but I will just have to settle for what I have right now. 

So don't be discouraged by recipes anymore....get out there and tackle them (feels like I should end with GO TEAM so I will)


Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Winner is......

The Winner of my First Giveaway is.......

"Marvel"ous Boys

John thought it was very witty:) So email me at so I can get your info and send your $50 gift card, don't worry everyone there will be other chances to win.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Red Chicken Chili with Cornbread Croutons

One thing I love about the Fall and Winter is all the soups, stews and roast that you can make....there are endless possibilities. Now I am a huge fan of White Chicken when I came across this recipe for Red Chicken Chili..I didn't know if I should abandon everything I love and jump off into the great unknown.

But seeing that I am a Risk/ Thrill seeker (really only when it comes to food) I decided to give it a try. This was sooooo good and the Cornbread croutons topped it off, even my husband who is my number one fan when it comes to my White Chicken Chili couldn't get enough of this:) Also make sure you scroll all the way to the end because there is a bonus recipe that you can do with the leftover chili!!!!!

 So here is what we are going to start with ...... notice there are no canned tomatoes....

 Start by preheating the broiler and with the rack 3 inches from the heat source...than cut one white onion in half, one jalapeno in half (you can take out the seeds or leave in for more heat), peel four garlic cloves, and cut 10 Roma tomatoes in half. Than arrange them on a baking sheet and place in oven for about 5 minutes.

 Everything should have a nice char on it when you pull it out of the oven...this method will add a nice smokey flavor to your chili:)

 In a pot heat 2 tbs. of olive oil and then take 2 pounds of chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch cubes and place in pan until fully cooked...
 While to chicken is cooking, take the tomatoes and jalapeno and place in a blender or a food processor and pulse until chunky.
 When the chicken is done cooking, remove from pot and than add the chopped white onion and minced garlic...cook until golden brown. I LOVE the smell of onion and garlic cooking, it reminds me that I should get some gum in case I talk to anyone after I have devoured it.

 Since the onion and garlic are getting a nice tan...take this time to take two canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and chop them up...if you are afraid of spice just cut one of these up.

 Once the onion and garlic have finished browning, add 1/4 cup of chili powder and salt. Then continue to cook for 1 min.

 Next add your chicken back into the pot with the chopped chipotle peppers and turn your heat up to high.
Add the tomatoes and jalapeno sauce, stir and scrap the bottom to bring up brown bits for about 3 to 5 min.

 Stir in 1 3/4 c. chicken broth or stock and let simmer for 20 min.

 Meanwhile I made some Cornbread and baked it in a 8 x 8 in. pan.  You can make it using the recipe on the cornmeal can or just use a box of Jiffy (that's what I used, it is really easy just 1 egg and 1/3 c. milk).

 Cut cornbread into 3/4 in. cubes and toss in olive oil and coarse salt...then lay them out on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. until golden brown.

 These little crisp cubes will be perfect with your if you like cornbread they are great all by themselves:) You gonna eat that Cornbread:)

 Once the chili has been simmering for about 20 min. add a can of kidney beans and continue to simmer for 10 min.

Then place in a bowl top with shredded cheese, sour cream and cornbread croutons....then STUFF!!!

Red Chicken Chili

10 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 jalapeno pepper, halved (take out the seeds if you want)
1 white onion, halved
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbs. olive oil
2 pounds of boneless chicken breast, cut in 1/2 in. cubes
1/4 c. chili powder
2 tsp. coarse salt
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (use one if you want to cut down on the heat)
1 3/4 c. chicken broth or stock
1 can kidney beans, drained

Cornbread Croutons

1 box of Jiffy cornbread
1 egg
1/3 c. milk

1/4 c. olive oil
2 tbs. coarse salt

Recipe: Martha Stewart

But wait there's more (don't you love when people say that)

Here is a great way to use your leftover chili.....Ready?


Just start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Start with a layer of tortilla chips, top with chili and cheese and then repeat layer one more time starting with the chips again. Bake for 3 min than broil for 30 sec. Take them out and top with salsa and sour cream:)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Snickers will need a glass a milk to wash these down!

I am a sucker when it comes to dessert, if I could skip over dinner and just have dessert I would....but that wouldn't be setting a good example for my little "wolf pack" and it wouldn't be good for my waistline either....

So I try to be good and not make a dessert everyday...but when I came across this recipe I knew it was destiny...the stars had aligned and I absolutely had to make these cupcakes.

Let's get started!

 Start by placing 2 cups of flour in a medium bowl and add 3/4 tsp. baking powder, 3/4 tsp baking soda, and 3/4 tsp of salt....mix together

 Than in a smaller bowl dump in your 1/2 c. cocoa powder and 1/2 c. of hot water

 Whisk until nice and a babies bottom ( you know I really never understood that saying because I don't know about you, but it isn't like my bottom got harder with age).

 In a large bowl beat 16 tbs of butter, than add 1 1/2 c. sugar, mix until smooth

 Add two eggs and one egg yolk, adding one at a time and combining after each addition

 A cupcake paper works as a nice egg holder.....just a thought:)

 Drop 1 3/4 tsp. of vanilla to sugar mixture

 Add your cocoa mixture and combine

 Than add half of your flour mixture....combine

 Next add 1/3 c. of sour cream....combine, than add the other half of flour mixture.....combine, and finally add another 1/3 c. of sour cream......combine. Why can't you combine it all at once, well I am not really sure but I bet there is some scientific method to this and the results, a better tasting cupcake:)

 Here is another handy tip...use a ice cream scoop to fill your cupcake holders 3/4 full.....bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 min. Take out of the oven and let sit for 5 min in the pan...than take them out and let them finish cooling on a rack.
 Meanwhile...go ahead and cut up 24 fun size snickers and place in a may need a few extra for snacking purposes...just to make sure you have bought a fresh bag of snickers:)

 Once cupcakes have cooled down cut a cone using a pairing knife....these little nuggets also make a tasty snack....
 Time to make the Carmel 8 tbs. of butter, cut into pieces and 1 c. of sugar over medium-high heat
 Stir .....
 Once the sugar and butter has started to foam and becomes a nice brown color....add 1 c. of heavy cream.....I had to make this twice because as you can see I didn't let my sugar/butter cook long enough to get that nice Carmel color.

Take off heat, add a 1/4 tsp. vanilla and a pinch of salt....set aside and let cool.

 Frosting may be thinking, this is the longest recipe EVER....but if you stay committed until the end....this cupcake won't let you down. On to the frosting...start by beating 16tbs. of butter that is at room temp.

 Add 1 pound of powdered sugar...combine

 Take 1/3 c. of the homemade Carmel sauce, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and a pinch salt....add to the frosting and beat until smooth.

 Add 2 tbs. heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy

Place frosting in a zip lock bag and cut off one corner or use a pastry bag with a tip used for frosting.....If you are wondering...I used the zip lock bag:)

 Remember those 24 fun size Snickers you chopped up...well if you have any left add 1/2 c. of Carmel sauce to coat.
 Fill in those lovely cup cakes with the Snickers coated in Carmel.

Than with your pastry bag or zip lock bag...frost the cupcakes and garnish with some more chopped up Snickers ( I used 8 fun size snickers).

Well I hope you make it to the end of this recipe....because your taste buds will not be disappointed.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat 350
Bake 18-20 min.

1/2 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. hot water
2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
16 tbs. unsalted butter, two sticks
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs and 1 egg yolk
1 3/4 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. sour cream

Carmel Sauce

8 tbs. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 c. sugar
1 c. heavy cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt


24 fun size Snickers, chopped
1/2 c. Carmel sauce


16 tbs. unsalted butter, room temp
1 pound powdered sugar
1/3 c. Carmel sauce
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
2 tbs. heavy cream

Recipe: Annie's Eats