Cravings and Crafts :)

6 Nov

I’m not really sure why, but today I peeled myself away from my craft table and beelined to the kitchen with a MEGA french fry craving. LOL. I looked at the keys sitting on the counter thinking maybe it would be just easier to go to a “fast food” place … and it would have been faster, but I highly doubt it would have tasted better. LOL. I peeled a big ol’ russet potato, poured some canola oil into a pot and then turned the heat up on high and waited… I always slice a tiny end of the potato off and throw it in to test the heat of the oil… If it’s bubbling around it in fry-happy goodness then it’s time to throw the rest of the potatoes in (I usually do it in batches so that they dont stick together).

I let them cook for about 10 minutes then remove them and toss in the next batch and then throw the first batch back in the oil for about 10 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown color. I’m not really sure why, but my grandmother always fried them twice- but it always works for crispy fries with a gorgeous inside πŸ™‚ Remove and place on paper towel before lightly seasoning with salt and pepper.

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Et Voila! The final product! Yes, that is sour cream lol… Don’t judge me :p I’m not really sure why but I’ve always LOVED it with fries lol.

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Now it’s back to my crafting! I’m working on some wall art for the dinning room because the plain white walls are driving me nuts. LOL. Hubbykins is off at work so I’m sure he’ll be surprised when he comes home but he’s never disliked any of the projects I’ve done so far so fingers crossed lol.

Remember that cereal box?

I decided to turn that into a big ‘ol star for the dinning room. Right now while the glue dries it’s clamped together with clothespins lol. but it will lay flat when dried. Once it’s dry I can do the paint touchups, some blending and up onto the wall it goes!

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I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished product! No one will ever be able to tell that it was once a rice krispies box πŸ™‚

Off I go!

I hope you all have a blessed day πŸ™‚

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T’is the Season!

4 Nov

Okay…. maybe not quite there yet. BUT Lately I’ve been seeing alot of posts on my Facebook feed about people decorating for Christmas already, I have to admit I was mildly jealous since I had already promised my hubby that my Christmas craziness wouldn’t start to appear throughout the house until AFTER thanksgiving LOL.

Most of my friends decorating and celebrating early are like me- oilfield wifeys. I feel for those families that are alone during the holidays while their hubby’s are out in the cold working and having to be alone as well 😦 so I totally get doing early or late holidays… Thankfully my hubby isn’t always out of town working his tail off, this year we’ve been super lucky with that. That could change tomorrow though, we never know so we enjoy as much time together as we can. I’ve started veering off from where this post was supposed to go lol, surprise, surprise.

All these posts of trees, decorations and endless sparkle hasn’t been helping with my Christmas fever. At. All. Lol. But as promised I’m only going to post a couple things our little family will be hopefully doing:

This being our first Christmas married I wanted to start a tradition for us that would both last for years and remind us of all the time gone by. Ornaments filled with our hopes and wishes for the year ahead, or maybe your favorite memory of the last year. Not only does it give you and your loved ones a chance to reflect what you’re thankful for, your wishes etc. but how fun would it be to look back in 5, 10 or even 50 years and remember those moments?

You don’t need a whole lot of money to do this little project, you can find everything at hobby lobby and in your pantry or craft drawers.

Just buy some clear Christmas ornaments, they’re usually inexpensive especially if you use the in store coupon (you can even pull it up on your smart phone and they’ll type the code in, so don’t panic if you forget the trustee paper coupon at home). Get yourself a nice extra fine tip permanent marker, some paper it could be plain white paper or Christmas themed or whatever you want – have fun with this. Now decorating wise you can do whatever you want but I myself would definitely keep it clear so I could see what was written, maybe a few accents here and there OR you could even make it look like a snowball with a little Modge podge and Epsom salt:

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How cute right? I saw this on Pinterest and thought how awesome would that be with a window for the paper to be visible???? Definitely going to be doing this! And I’ll post pictures when that happens πŸ™‚

Another thing I would love to do came from Pinterest (yes again) lol. This woman’s blog is awesome by the way, a little bit of everything in it πŸ™‚ my husband and I are spiritual people and we both believe in God and the Bible and I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in the holidays that we forget to stop and remind ourselves what the celebration is really about. The blogger Kendra posted 24 scriptures for the month of December to teach her little ones about the true meaning of Christmas. What a great idea!

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You can check out the blog here, it even has a printout of the scriptures for you.

How cute would that be to turn into a crafty project, a book or something fun for the little ones, for everyone really.

Whatever your faith is, whatever your belief I hope that during the holidays we all take the time to remind ourselves of what and why we are celebrating and to enjoy every single moment with family and friends.

*Sigh* I better stop pinning and get to bed before I sneak into the Christmas boxes in the closet. Good night all! I hope you’ve all had a blessed day πŸ™‚

Oh what a day!

1 Nov

Today was a mega cleaning day, I bleached the floors, vacuumed, folded laundry, cleaned the kitchen, tidied up the fridge and cleaned up my stepdaughters room. Nothing better than the smell of a clean house! After all that hard work, I decided to get started on my latest project. I hope to have it done by the weekend *fingers crossed*. My inspiration came from an unusual place:

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Stay tuned for a post about that project here soon!

The other mega thing that has been going on in our house: My poor hubbykins has been in so much pain lately with a HORRIBLE toothache 😦 He’s definitely not the kind of man that pain bothers him much. He’s a strong manly man oilfield worker and most of the time if he gets cut or hurt he just shakes it off, so for him to say its painful I can only imagine HOW painful it really is. He even went to bed last night at 630 because it was so bad. We finally got him an appointment for the dentist tomorrow morning :). I’m sure he’s counting down the minutes like I am.

Until then I’m hoping to make him a meal tonight that will be easy for him to swallow- literally. Since it’s also starting to cool off in the evenings I wanted to whip up some potato soup and some soft biscuits. Hubby loves it and it will hopefully not cause more pain.

My potato soup is simple and quick to throw together. My hubby loves it because its different- it’s not like the creamy soup you usually find. All you need are some russet potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, chicken stock, butter and salt and pepper- all things you usually have in your fridge and pantry and I promise you you’ll be surprised with the flavor you get from this soup. πŸ™‚

Start by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in a pot, I suppose you could use margarine or canola oil but I like the flavor of butter – everything tastes better with butter! πŸ˜‰ Toss in the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and salt and pepper cook until the onions start to go a little translucent. Toss in the diced potatoes mixing up the veggies and let cook for about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, if the soup needs more seasoning then have at it πŸ™‚ bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium and let cook until the potatoes are soft, tender and almost fall apart. If you like a chunkier soup then just use a potato masher and mash a few times until it thicken to how you like it. I myself like it smoother, so I just toss it in the blender and purΓ©e it (be VERY careful, hot soup in the blender like to expand, I recommend only filling it up halfway). You can put it in your favorite serving dish or return it to the pot and keep it warm on the stove. The house will smell so yummy!

If you want to add some toppings, so great ones are bacon, shredded cheese, green onions or MY favorite: a dollop of sour cream Yum, Yum, YUM!

My hubby being a true Texan I think it’s safe to say that he knows biscuits and I’ve always been sort of intimidated by the thought of even trying to make them. So I did what anyone else would do: I called my grandmother lol. I love her recipes, simple, no fuss and deliscious- these biscuits are no exception. All you need is 3 ingredients. Yes, seriously, 3. Lol

2 1/4 cups of self rising flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup of buttermilk (don’t panic if you don’t have any handy, simply take whole milk or even 2 % (but whole is better) and mix in a tbsp of vinegar and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Yes it will get thicker and lumpy but don’t be afraid.

Toss it all in a bowl and gently mix until just combined. Drop heaping spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown or till they just barely start to brown on the tips of the dough. Voila! Fluffy, soft and deliscious!!!

Hopefully hubbykins will feel better, tomorrow morning isn’t soon enough for him to feel some pain relief.

A picture of the soup and drop biscuits :

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I hope you all have a blessed day πŸ™‚

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 fiancΓ©e 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 fiancΓ© 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

My Spicy Stuffed Burgers!

25 Oct

It was a burger night tonight at our house, mostly because I was craving a nice baked potato lol. I had only ever made burgers twice before tonight, the first time was horrible, they fell apart, had too much onion and just plain sucked lol, I’m surprised my hubby managed to stomach it, but he did -with a smile on his face I might add πŸ™‚

The second time I decided to try a stuffed burger with jalapeΓ±os, bacon, mushrooms, onions and pepper jack. When hubby came home and found out we were having burgers, I got a kind of skeptical look, fair enough lol the first time was awful but let’s give it a try :). As always he did with a smile on his face and grabbed the burger and took a bite while I waited on pins and needles for that look in his eyes that says ‘well done wifey’ haha. Time moved slowly as it always does when he takes the first bite of a meal I’ve cooked for him… Waited and FINALLY! There it was, that look that said ‘damn that’s great!’. Woohoo! I win! Lol

A picture of the filling :

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Update :
I thought I would update with a bit of a recipe:

Filling:

3 strips of bacon, cooked then diced
2-3 button mushrooms
1 jalapeΓ±o
1/4 of a white onion finely diced
2-3 slices of pepper jack

Burger:
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs ( or more if the consistency is too ‘loose’ )
Worchestire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
1 egg

1. Cook up bacon until crisp , move to the side to cool and drain most of the fat.
2. Add the rest of filling ingredients (except the cheese- that will melt as the burger cooks πŸ™‚ )
3. Dice the bacon, add to the veggies and set to the side to cool (or stick it on the freezer for a couple minutes )
4. Throw all the burger ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
5. When the filling is cooled add the diced pepper jack and put a big spoonful of the filling in the middle of a patty made from the ground beef, top with another patty and seal the edges of the burger so that the cheese doesn’t leak out.
6. I let them sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes before frying.

Top with your toppings, cheese whatever you want! The filling is fun to play around with ingredients πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy!

Breakfast Braid

18 Oct

I’ve been trying to get a little creative when it comes to hubby’s breakfasts for work- I think he was getting burnt out on the typical bacon and egg toasted samiches lol. I hunted around for some inspiration and found a braid with apples and that started the wheels turning…. A breakfast braid it is!

I used a recipe for pizza dough that called for you to mix the yeast right into the dough without doing the whole water thing first to let it proof. I thought this was strange as I’ve always proofed the yeast before adding it to my flour for pizza dough :). I tried it anyways, it rose but it was definitely nowhere near as nice as when you do it the traditional way. If making dough isn’t your thing, you can definitely do this with a tube of pillsbury pizza dough or crescents even.

My husband loves spicy foods so I used jalapeΓ±o sausage from a local butcher (YUM). If spice isn’t your thing then use a mild breakfast sausage or even turkey sausage would be super yummy! Cook it up and set it off to the side.

Next, dice up some potatoes, onions, and red bell peppers. Now if you’re like me and you tend to keep bacon grease to use to fry stuff up lol use about a tbsp of it otherwise use about 2tbsp of butter or canola oil. Fry it all up together, add your meat to it to warm. In a separate pan, scramble some eggs until they set but don’t cook them till they’re dry (you’ll be baking it for about 15 minutes once you put it all together).

Grab your dough and roll it out to about a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Place your egg mixture down the middle and top with the vegetables and meat mixture. Use a pizza cutter to cut strips to within about a 1/2 inch of the filling. Alternate strips so that you get that braid effect. Place some cornmeal down on your baking sheet and place the roll ontop and toss in the oven until you get some golden brown coloring πŸ™‚ and enjoy!
(You can make these personal sized , fruit filled or one big one for the family to enjoy on Sunday morning breakfast). My actual recipe for dough and filling follows after the picture.

Rainy Day Projects

15 Oct

Bring on the cold weather! LOL Life has been so fast paced lately I’m still catching up on posts and projects :p

A couple weeks ago we got a real surprise when the weather dropped from the high 80s to the low 40s. It was cold, wet and rainy. My husband said this was normal Texas weather, one minute it could be super hot and the next it could be freezing cold or pouring down rain lol, I guess my Canadian self isn’t quite so used to the quick drastic changes yet. But anyways, I’m losing the plot here lol.

It was pouring down rain and a restless 4 year old running around. I always love crafting and what better way for a 4 year old to be creative and for us to bond ( I’m a proud stepmom πŸ™‚ ). What’s better than getting messy with glue, paintbrushes and some pretty colors of tissue paper?? I cut out some shapes like hearts, squares, circles, stars, triangles etc. took some WASHABLE white glue mixed with water so it’s runny and reminds you of milk and some paintbrushes. I made sure to lay down a large garbage bag to catch any drops that might have fallen and let her loose on the patio door. She had a ball and did a great job!

Here’s a couple snapshots :

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That night was also pizza night, only it was homemade pizza night! Hubby was excited and my stepdaughter was excited to decorate her own πŸ™‚

I used the dough recipe from ‘The Joy of Cooking’ and while she was creating a masterpiece on the patio door , the dough had enough time to rise :

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Hubby and I of course made our own ‘grown up’ pizzas :

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Then we all settled onto the couch and enjoyed a movie in each others company πŸ™‚

The next morning I woke up and got busy in the kitchen whipping up breakfast: pancakes, eggs, bacon YUM!

I always try to make a fun little spin on her breakfasts: this morning i tried a Halloween themed character:

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Originally the ‘vampire’ had strawberry fangs but the little ate them before I could get to the camera lol.

After our bellies were full we relaxed for a bit and decided to make a couple decorations for Halloween so we made a couple ghosts to hang outside.

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Just a little bit of cheese cloth, black felt, glue and a couple styrofoam balls πŸ™‚ The little one was thrilled to get some Halloween decorations up… I’m even more excited for Christmas…. Oh Pinterest projects I’m coming!!!! πŸ˜‰

What a great weekend we had πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a blessed day πŸ™‚