Monday, December 14, 2009

The Christmas Picture

Sometimes it is easy.....but sometimes you have to really work at it.
Especially if you are working with tigers, lions and such.....

And hams.....

But eventually you get that picture and it makes it all worth it!
Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Decorating

Getting ready for Christmas :)

Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you have a blessed holiday season!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Holidays starting already!

Halloween kicks off yet another holiday season! The kids are ready for Trick or Treating and I have been running all over for parties, making sure everyone has treats to share :)
Today I sent a new recipe for a dip to Cal's Halloween potluck at work. Below is a picture from the website. I forgot to take a pic of mine, but the recipe was easy and mine came out almost identical! Very fun! I will have to wait to hear if it is good or
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 8oz pkg of cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup prepared guacamole
2-3 Tbsp sour cream

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and salsa until mixed. Spread into 9 inch pie plate. Carefully spread guacamole to within 1 inch of edges. Place sour cream in a resealable bag, cut a small hole in the corner and pipe concentric circles an inch apart over guacamole. Beginning with the center circle, gently pull a knife through circles. Wipe knife clean and repeat to complete the spider web. Very easy and fun! The kids had fun too!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our Day At The Zoo......with Nana!

The kids discovered lion cubs............
The newest lion cub.....
Grace in front of the lion's den......
The penguins loved Grace!!

Cal and his favorite animal...the sea lion
Dylan loves the new train!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Uncle Jerry's Birthday!

A pool party and cook out....what a great time with family! Happy Birthday Uncle Jerry!

Beat the Heat

When it is 104 degrees, with a heat index of 110 degrees....the last thing I want to do is cook! During this wretched summer heat, I turn to my "friend" the Crock-Pot! Here I have simply placed some chicken breast, chicken broth, and seasonings in the slow cooker.....I even placed some fresh basil on the top. (yes I am growing basil now!) The aroma from the fresh basil is amazing! I wasn't expecting that!
Simple but delicious...and the kitchen isn't too hot!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Dylan is a ham! He loves to have his picture taken, as long as he is "doing something" he is being a spider. hahahaha These Zippy Beef Tips are heavenly and very easy to make :)
Place 1 /12 lb stew meat into greased 2 qt dish w/lid. Spread a can of cream of mushroom over the beef, top with an envelope of dry onion soup mix and then pour a cup of 7-UP over all.
Do Not Stir!
Cover with lid and bake 3 1/2 to 4 hours at 275 degrees.....yum!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Enchilada Anyone?

These green chili chicken enchiladas are delicious!! They are simple to make and are raved about every time I serve them :)

Please note that this is for 2 servings....I triple the recipe for my family. For the cooked chicken, I bake a pound of boneless chicken breast, drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with salt, cayenne pepper and garlic powder, for one hour at 350 degrees. You can do this the day before and refrigerate it. It helps to warm it in the microwave before slicing. Also, I never seem to have coriander, so I use cumin and a pinch of allspice.
Chili Chicken Enchilada -- Taste of Home
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
4 flour tortillas (8 inches)
Sliced ripe olives, chopped tomatoes and green onions, optional
In a small saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Combine flour and broth until smooth; gradually add to pan. Stir in the chilies, coriander and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/2 cup cheese and sour cream until cheese is melted. Combine chicken and 3/4 cup sauce. Place about 1/2 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Garnish with olives, tomatoes and green onions if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fajita Night!

I have never made fajitas before, so I was a little concerned...but my father-in-law is full of helpful tips, especially for cooking :)

I found a three pack of wonderful looking peppers at ALDI, my new favorite store :)

Here they are "doin' their thing" with an onion.....

I also found some thinly sliced top sirloin steaks at Aldi. I cut them into strips and seasoned them with steak seasoning....

It all came together for a lovely fajita! Not bad for a first try, if I do say so myself!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Father's Day

We had a wonderful day celebrating our favorite guy!!
The pie shot!! He loves for me to make this homemade keylime pie with freshly squeezed limes.....
I was HOT after standing over the stove! But it was worth it to see him devour it! Fresh green beans that Grace and I snapped, fresh corn on the cob, potato salad, deviled eggs and chicken spareribs! I used "special" bowls to serve dinner. The green bean and corn bowls are from my great-great-great aunt and the chicken bowl was a wedding gift that Cal's aunt made herself!
Can you see little fingers creeping toward deviled eggs?