Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I made this meatloaf and mashed potatoes last week and it almost killed me it was so good. I thought that I would share the recipe with you so that I would not be the only one gorging myself in southern comfort food :)
1 whole Medium Onions
8 cloves (to 10 Cloves) Of Garlic
6 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Optional: A Few Shakes Of Hot Sauce
2 cups Ketchup
1/4 cups Whole Milk
1 cup (to 2 Cups) Breadcrumbs
1 pounds Of Lean Ground Beef (92% Lean)
1 pound Ground Pork
3 whole Eggs
2 Tablespoons Honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Chop the onions into a small dice and mince the garlic. Over medium-high heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter. Once butter begins to start browning, add the diced onions and garlic. Add about 1 tsp. salt. After these have cooked for a few minutes add 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. If you like it hot, add a couple shakes of your favorite hot sauce. Next add about 1/4 cup of ketchup. Continue cooking and stirring for a few more minutes. Remove from heat.
After allowing the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes, add about 1/4 cup of milk. Stir until combined. Next add at least 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Continue adding breadcrumbs and stirring until mixture is a nice, thick paste. In a large mixing bowl place the ground beef and pork. Whisk 3 eggs and add to the meat. After allowing the pasty vegetable mixture to cool down a bit, begin incorporating it into the meat. Keep working all of the Cajun-Vegetable mix into the meat until all is blended well.
Spray a sheet pan with some non-stick cooking spray. Next, using your hands, form your meat mixture into a loaf on the sheet pan. Make the loaf around 6-8 inches wide and about 1 ½ inches thick. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together ¾ cup of ketchup with about 2 tablespoons honey. Slather this sauce over the whole meatloaf.
Place in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I got the glass ornaments at Michael's. They were on sale for 50% off so they were under $2 for a pack of four! The "stuffing" is just shredded paper that you can find in the gift wrapping section of any store, you could do any color that you want. Pick out ribbon that matches your stuffing, the letters are stickers that you can find in the scrapbooking section, and voila! Cheap, fun, and easy!
Friday, December 11, 2009
1. Does Santa wrap the presents he leaves at your house?
Well, that's an easy one. Since we don't have any kiddos yet, we don't really put much out. We "stuff" each other's stockings and that's about it as far as Santa is concerned.
2. When is your "big" Christmas celebration...Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Tell us about it...
We have three celebrations...are you ready for this.
On Christmas Eve Eve I make a special dinner and the hubby and I have our own little Christmas and exchange the gifts we got each other.
On Christmas Eve we go to church with my family and then have dinner with the in-laws
And then on Christmas day we do the Christmas morning thing with my parents.
I'm exhausted thinking about it!
3. Are you big on keeping tradition every year?
No ifs, ands, or buts about it
4. Do colored lights or white lights tickle your fancy?
I like all white lights. There is something about them that brings peace to my soul. And let me tell you I need peace in my soul during the crazy holiday season
5. Do you decorate outside your house for Christmas?
You guessed it! All white lights and a few red ribbons here and there!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!
½ cups Shortening
¼ cups Sugar
½ cups Brown Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla
1 whole Egg
1 cup All-purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
½ teaspoons Salt
½ teaspoons Baking Soda
6 ounces, fluid Chocolate Chips
Cream shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until well mixed. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture slowly while mixer is on a low speed. Add egg. Make sure it is well mixed. You can put it on a higher speed to make sure it is mixed. Just keep it on low while you are adding the dry ingredients! You can either fold in the chocolate chips or put them in and turn the mixer on a low speed to mix in.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8 minutes on greased cookie sheet. Enjoy, and trust me, you will!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
What I would Really Really love, is to go next year to see the Grandaddy of all Christmas Trees...
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
1. Favorite gift you are GIVING this year?
UMMMM...let's see my favorite gift that I am giving this year would have to be a yoga set. Nothing says Merry Christmas like yoga!!
2. How many parties are you attending between now and Christmas?
Four...WooHoo party girl!
3. What is your favorite Christmas song?
That's a very good question. I really love Oh Night Divine and Mary's Song. But my favorite fun Christmas song would have to be "Merry Christmas from the Family" (Google it, it's hilarious!)
4. Who was your favorite elementary school teacher and why?
Ms. Melton. She was my third grade teacher. She treated us more like friends than kids. She was great!
5. If you had a choice to live in any other period of time (other than now) what era would you choose and why?
I am totally a Flower Child at heart. I would so be protesting with a sign that says "Make Love Not War". Peace Man.
Merry Christmas!! Only 21 days left!!
I did a little jig in the store when I found this baby. Not really, but I wanted to.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
What were they all waiting for you ask....Her
Monday, November 30, 2009
I always eat way too much of this...And this....
Here is a SHORT list of a few things that I am thankful for...
- My health
- A roof over my head
- My job
- My wonderful husband and Family!
- Great Friends
- That my grandma could travel to come spend the holiday with us
There is so much more, I could go on and on! So I have NEVER gone out on Black Friday, but I decided that this year I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so we held our noses and dove in. It wasn't that bad. Sure, there were crowds, but nothing that I couldn't handle. Now I will admit that we didn't go out before 10 AM so I don't know what it was like for the early birds, but I'm not much of an early bird so I stuck to 10 AM. I will dare to say that I would do it again! The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on things around the house. Of course being the SUPER organized gal that I am (ha!) we got all of the Christmas decorations up and they look great! And now sad to say, back to work!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
He is a cock-a-poo and he is the most spoiled little puppy that you will ever lay eyes on. He follows me EVERYWHERE. We got Dewey a few months after we got married
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Aren't these great? I love 'em!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The weekend was kind of a blur. I was SOOOO busy that I didn't even really get to visit any other friends or family. I am plum tuckered out! Oh well, there's always next time.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I made chocolate chip cookies, banana, blueberry, and chocolate chip muffins. And I that last minute I decided to make pumpkin muffins (recipe courtesy of Tasty Kitchen, I don't know what I would do without you.) They were every easy to make, tasty too! And thank you so much to my Mama for baking up a storm for me! The event went well but I'm glad it's over. Now on to the next one...wedding shower for my best friend this weekend. Does it ever end? I'm beginning to think...no. That's ok though, I enjoy it! Here is the pumpkin muffin recipe that I tried...
In-a-pinch Pumpkin Muffins
package of vanilla cake mix
1 can Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together. Grease muffin pan. Fill muffin tins 1/2 way. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. That's it!
Friday, November 6, 2009
(Chocolate muffins with Pumpkin Frosting)
(Do you like the name that I gave them? Ha!)
For the muffins:
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Coco
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temp
3 cups Sugar
5 whole Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Buttermilk
For the Pumpkin Frosting:
1 stick Butter, softened
8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
3 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 cups Pumpkin Puree
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease muffin pan or line with paper liners.
Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, then add the sugar and beat until fluffy. On medium speed, add one egg at a time to the butter sugar mixture. Don't over-beat, just mix enough to blend well. Add vanilla and mix.
Alternate adding flour/cocoa mixture and buttermilk until combined. Mix well on medium speed for about 30 seconds until smooth.
Fill muffin tins 1/2 full.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake these.
Let muffins cool in the pan for about 2 minutes and carefully remove to cool on a rack.
Beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth, add all other frosting ingredients and mix together on medium speed. Add more powdered sugar or cream cheese for a thicker consistency if desired. Put in refrigerator for 10 minutes and then ice the muffins.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
1. What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh?
Last night I went to see This Is It with a good friend and she always makes me laugh!
2. Who was your first CELEBRITY crush?
Leonardo Dicaprio ALL THE WAY!!
3. What is one talent that you wish you had?
There are so many things that I wish I could do...if I have to pick just one I would really love to be a talented artist!
4. How often do you and your spouse go out w/o the kids? Is it frequent enough?
All the Time...we don't have kids yet! Ha!
5. What colour(s) is your bedroom?
My bedroom is where I like to unwind from the day...so I picked the tranquil colors...brown and seafoam....and yes I said Seafoam.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
In honor of the upcoming holiday this weekend, I thought that I would make this post my favorite holiday...HALLOWEEN! I love everything Halloween, the tricking and treating, dressing up, the scary movies that come out, Eating chili dogs. Don't ask...my mom made chili dogs every Halloween for as long as I can remember and now I have carried the tradition on in my house! Since we don't have any kids yet, we are going over to a friend's house and going trick-or-treating with them and thier kids! I can't wait! What's your favorite holiday?
Have a safe and SPOOKY Halloween!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I wanted to take this pink helicopter home!! This was the cutest little plane flying all around!
I am so glad the we got to go. It was a great time and I will definitely go again next year! Hope everyone had a great weekend!