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Hubby’s Breakfast Burritos :)

6 Jan

I know it might sound crazy but when the alarm goes off for Mr.R to get up for work, I’m usually already up fixing breakfast for him. I have always done this and always enjoyed doing so BUT sometimes it’s nice to be able just to pop something in the oven or microwave with no prepping or cooking, just heating. These burritos do just that 🙂

What you’ll need:

1lb pork sausage- we use hot but choose yours to your own taste
1 onion finely diced
1/2 of a red pepper finely diced
1/3- 1/2 cup diced ‘tamed’ jalapeños or diced chiles if those are too spicy
4 eggs
Slices of American cheese
5 large tortilla shells

1. Start by browning the sausage and onions together in a large frying pan. You’ll want the meat to be small chunks vs. the big chunks, so you may have to break some of it apart.

2. Add the peppers and jalapeños and cook for about 5 minutes covered.

3. Add the eggs in and scramble them with the meat and cook until eggs are cooked.

4. Lay the tortilla flat and put half the slice of cheese down, lay the filling in the middle, top with the other half of cheese and roll up.

5. Cool and wrap with Saran Wrap and put in the fridge. They should last up to 5 days but they never last that long.

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Mmmm take that Ikea! Amazing homemade Swedish meatballs!

17 Oct

Okay I have a confession, I LOVE the Swedish meatballs at IKEA. Everytime my mom and I would go we HAD to stop and get our meatballs. Hey it was a tradition, and really if you’ve ever tasted them you’d understand the deliciousness of these tiny round morsels of heaven. Now, I live in a different country and the nearest IKEA is two hours away… I don’t think hubby would have appreciated a drive after working all day just for some meatballs so I decided to make them myself… Or at the very least make a good attempt at it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! Even hubby said it was awesome, so naturally I thought I would share it with you all!

What you’ll need:

4-5 slices of white bread
2/3 cup milk
1 large onion grated
1 tbsp butter
1lb ground pork
1 1/2 lb ground beef 85/15
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp allspice
1tbsp canola oil
6 tbsp butter
1/2 cup flour
1 quart of beef broth
1/2 -3/4 cup of sour cream

(Now the recipe I used called for 2 eggs but I forgot to put the egg in and it was delish! So if you want the egg add it but it definitely doesn’t suffer without the egg)

1. Put the slices of bread in a large mixing bowl, cover with the milk and let sit 15-20 minutes so the milk soaks into the bread.

2. Grate the onion and sautée in a pan with 1 tbsp of butter until translucent. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. Break the bread up with your fingers or a food processor (I always just use my hands- it’s meat balls people! Lol). Add the onions, pork, beef, salt, pepper and allspice. Mix well with your hands- the mix WILL be sticky.

4. Use a tbsp and form the meatballs, place on a baking sheet. (I got around 40-50 meatballs)

5. Melt the 6 tbsp butter with the tbsp of canola oil in a large pan. Place the meatballs in the pan and brown them. They don’t need to be fully cooked, just browned and you will have to do it in batches, don’t crowd them. Move the browned meatballs to a plate with a slotted spoon and then start the second batch.

6. When your done browning the meatballs keep the butter in the pan and add the flour to make a roux. Cook the roux until a nice caramel/coffee color.

7. Slowly add the beef broth a little at a time. Dot worry it will seize up and look like you ruined it. Don’t panic, just keep stirring and add the broth until you get a nice sauce. Add salt and pepper To taste if needed. Add the meatballs back, cover and cook for another 30 minutes or so.

8. When you’re ready to serve remove from heat and add the sour cream. Gently stir until incorporated and serve over egg noodles.

9. Enjoy!!! Mmmmmm, seriously give this recipe a go.

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Happy 30th birthday to my hubby!

20 Sep

Tomorrow is my husbands birthday… The big 3-0! I decided to make my hubby a cake with one of his favorite themes… ZOMBIES! It was really strange to make a ‘gross’ cake for once, normally it’s cutesy cakes that I get asked to make so I took a stab at it and here it is!

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So to my wonderful husband, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! I hope you have an amazing day and I look forward to many more birthdays together 🙂

I love you!
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Finally!

27 Aug

It FINALLY happened! In June of 2012 my husband and I were married and shortly after that day we filed to change my status to a permanent resident as well as a temporary permission to work until the PR came through. The work permit was supposed to come within 90 days, so we waited… And waited….90 days passed, then 6 months passed… And nothing. I had solidly been calling weekly since January of this year and NO progress, I was frustrated. This had been the first time since I was 15 that I hadn’t worked, talk about going stir crazy! I’ve tried to keep busy with making cakes(ill do an update post of my latest cakes) cleaning etc.

Finally in July around my birthday we received a notice in the mail about an interview with immigration for August 2. I immediately called my Hubby who booked the day off so we could head to Dallas. I was excited and hopeful that this would be the last one.

That morning we got up at 4 and left the house at 5 am giving us ample time to make the 830am appointment and to even get some breakfast. Wrong! Lol, we should have arrived in Dallas at 7am but traffic was awful so we arrived at immigration at 8:17 so no time for breakfast, we headed right in and upstairs. We checked in and they have us one of those vibrating coaster things (you know the ones restaurants often use) and waited patiently. About 45 minutes later a young woman flagged us over and we went back to her office and started the interview. It was much more laid back than some of the other steps we’ve gone through, we were all laughing making jokes and answering all her questions. I handed her a stack of over 200 photos and she asked a few more questions, where we met, etc. Then she said the magic word: approved! Woohoo!

1 week later I received my welcome to the USA letter, then another week passed and I received my Green Card then finally my social security card. I’m soooooo excited and have been revamping my résumé and I’m sooo ready to get to work 🙂

Yay!!!! 🙂

Well Hello 2013!

21 Jan

I can’t believe we’re already into 2013! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. We have been crazy busy! My wonderful stepdaughter just recently turned 5 years old and I think secretly hubby is dying at the thought of his baby girl getting just a little bit older. You know how it is when it’s “Daddy’s little girl” hehe. It was cute.

Anyways, I asked if I would be able to make her a cake. Hubby said of course and was really excited at the thought of me doing a “Hello Kitty” cake.
About a week before her birthday weekend, we changed plans and decided to do “My Little Pony” instead.

I was really nervous about trying to do such an ambitious cake, especially since I had never worked with fondant before. LOL. But hey, I like to aim high 😛

Now I HATE the taste of storebought fondant… To me it tastes like sugary cardboard lol. I searched everywhere and found a recipe for marshmallow fondant. Let me tell you, this stuff tastes AMAZING! Just like marshmallows heh, and SO easy to make. I started earlier in the week making the figurines for the cake…

The Rainbow…

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One of the two ponies….

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and at the last minute decided to make a fondant figurine of my stepdaughter…

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The day before I made the cake layers… all six of them LOL. If you’re planning on ever making a rainbow cake, I highly suggest investing in more than one of the same cake pans. LOL, I did all six seperately, and between baking, cooling and cleaning in between each layer, it took forever!
Once they were done, I covered them with a few layers of saran and stuck them into the freezer.
The next morning I got to icing the cake, crusting it etc.

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then finally getting the fondant onto the cake! That was the fun part. Talk about stressful when lifting that fondant up to roll it over the cake lol. Whew! I’m glad it went as smoothly as it did.
Finally I started assembling all the goodness!

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and when it was done…. I was shocked and proud at the job I had done!

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Truly Blessed

30 Oct

I feel like I’ve been doing alot of reflection lately, from the little things to the big ginormous things. I’ve been stressing over EVERYTHING…I was surfing around and I saw a video today that literally brought me to tears. It was a music video and in it the gentleman singing incorporates snapshots of his life and it was such a beautiful, moving song. I decided to dive a little further and found his story. It was a man who had been with his then fiancée for years and only months before they were set to walk down the aisle she was in a horrific car accident that left her with a permanent brain injury, she had to learn to walk again on her own, learn to talk again and even today she journeys down this new path facing the battles head on with her loving fiancé by her side. How amazing for him to be a real man and have such a great heart and character.

It made me realize that instead of being so caught up all if the ‘dramas’ and little annoyances of life, I need to wake up and just let it go. Life is WAY too short to be bickering or stressing. Please take the time to enjoy those hugs and kisses, don’t let life pass you by and be truly thankful for what you have.

I am truly thankful for:
-Having an amazing husband who loves me unconditionally, supports me in all I do and who walks beside me in life
-being lucky enough to be a part of my stepdaughters life
– my family and friends
– having a roof over my head and food in my belly
– for my faith in God
– being able to wake up every morning and to build on the memories
– for those people who try my patience, without challenges like this I wouldn’t grow stronger when it comes to facing the ‘hard’ times

I hope y’all have a blessed day.

A link to the video:
Chris Medina- What are words

DIY Foam Board Chalkboard

13 Sep

My hubby’s daughter absolutely LOVES drawing with chalk and let’s be honest here… Don’t we all? I know the little girl inside of me still does haha. I looked and looked but I either hated the ones at the store, or refused to pay the outrageous prices for the ‘nice’ ones.

After doing some research online I stumbled upon a few DIY ideas but no matter how nice it looked I didn’t want something heavy on the wall. No matter how you bolt something down, sometimes the little ones have a way of pulling it apart lol. So I figured why not use foam board? It’s lightweight, easily hangs up and it’s super easy to work with. Off to the store I went. I picked up the following:

2 pieces of 20 by 30 foam board
1 can of black chalkboard spray paint
Nails
Tulle
Ribbon

I managed to do all of this for just under $15. Thanks to a 50% off coupon for michaels and 50% off tulle and ribbon at hobby lobby. Saweet!

First spray paint the foam board in a well ventilated area. Trust me the fumes off this stuff STINK.

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Let the boards dry for a full 24 hrs before you start using it. And rub a piece of chalk on the board to condition it for use 🙂

I chose to keep the board fairly low to the ground since the little one is only 4 years old so I stuck a few nails in the board to make sure it stayed put.

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Then I wanted to make it a little more girly and keep to the colors in her room so I found some sparkly tulle and some really cute pink ribbon.

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So I draped the fabric around the chalkboard and finally the ‘princess’ chalkboard was complete! 🙂 I can’t wait to see her face when she sees it!

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