P.S I'm not pregnant.
THIS MONTH ON MOMMY DIARIES
P.S I'm not pregnant.
I think the Mother in law situation can be difficult. As hard as that relationship can be to build there is a joy in getting close enough to learn from the person who raised your spouse. I'm grateful for my mother in law. She puts people first every time, a skill I am constantly trying to emulate.I also am a follower with a button.
My mother is very special to me. She has dedicated her life to her children and made numerous sacrifices to make sure we are happy and have everything that we need and want. She is a wonderful grandmother and a fantastic example.
To celebrate you this Mother's Day we are giving away TWO 1-year subscriptions to our favorite Family Fun magazine! Family Fun is stocked full of great ideas for families. We know you will love it all year long! (If you already have a subscription this one can roll over to start when yours ends.) It's our way of saying "Thanks for being the wonderful moms that you are! And thanks for stopping in to read our Mommy Diaries!"
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Unroll crescent dough; separate into 8 triangles. Top each dough triangle with 1 Singles triangle and 1 frank; roll up.
PLACE, seam sides down, on ungreased baking sheet.
BAKE 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with your favorite condiments, if desired.
I think this one is one of his favorites. And I made this for the missionaries last time we had them over for dinner and they loved it. (I tripled the batch, and it was ALL gone by the time they were done with it.) This recipe is from Kraftfoods.com.
It is easy, and really good, if you like mac and cheese...
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix milk and eggs in large bowl. Add butter, red pepper, prepared cheese product and Cheddar cheese. Stir in macaroni; mix lightly.
POUR into 1-1/2-quart casserole.
BAKE 20 minutes or until heated through.
I’m married to the love of my life, and we have two beautiful children (I know we are all wondering who has the ugly kido's, but mine, non-the-less are beautiful) a boy 11years old, and a 2 year old PRINCESS in every sense of the word. And we were sealed for time and all eternity last May.
Hmmm... More specifics?? I have blonde hair, I home-school my son, I’m a cosmetologist on the side (mostly do it for fun. How many people can say their job is like playing... oh, and the discount on hair products.) I was raised in the church, my husband is a convert (and he’s from North Las Vegas- the ghetto part. I have to remind him all the time that he is white.) You can read more about us here.
I enjoy crafts... any that I can get my hands on, cooking, and being a mommy! I’m excited to get the chance to show some of my work here, and hopefully it helps some of you... some one... o.k. I’m not making any promises ;). And I’m excited to hear from all of you!
I mean if you really think about it... that's 60 names you can't use. (His brothers get really touchy about it)
So I've been through the books, and gone to the websites and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Honestly I shouldn't since it's my fourth baby, but there it is.
So what are some of your favorite boy names?
The picture was taken with my phone, so it's not the best photo in the world either... and if you're wondering, that's pomegranate juice in the background, if anyone wants to hop on over to my place and show me how to make jam out of it I'd be forever grateful.
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 1/2 to 4 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
3 1/2 cups cold cooked rice
2 to 3 ounces honey or sugar-cured ham (yielding 1/2 cup cubed ham)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas or baby lima beans
1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
3 tablespoons green and white scallions
Heat a wok or a small, heavy skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, swirl to coat the pan. Add eggs and scramble them. As soon as there is no more freely running egg, turn them out into a bowl and break them into small bits. They should be soft and a bit runny -- not brown.
Heat the wok or a large skillet and add 2 tablespoon oil to coat. Add the rice and toss briskly to coat and separate each grain, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ham and peas. Toss to mix in the ingredients and allow the mixture to heat through, about 30 seconds. Return the eggs to the pan and toss to combine. Season with salt, scallions and peanuts, tossing another 5 to 10 seconds to let the eggs get hot.
p.s. We're also using some of our ham for the yummy Princess Pasta that was posted earlier on this blog.
So here's two:
1) Chicken Cordon Bleu
Swiss Cheese slices
Generally you would pound out the chicken and then roll the ham and Swiss into it (using toothpicks to hold it in place), but I find that tedious and I have no toothpicks, so I just cut the chicken lengthwise to thin it out and then stack it. Chicken, ham, Swiss, ham, chicken.
Place in oven safe dish and cook at 350-400 (covered) for about an hour... or until chicken is done all the way through.
(Sorry guys, that's how I do my recipes... I just wing it a lot of times)
2) One of my favorites! Potato Soup
3 medium red potatoes (I use russets a lot)
2 C water
1 small onion
3 TBS butter
3 TBS all purpose flour
Crushed red pepper
Ground black pepper
3 C milk
1/2 tsp sugar
1 C shredded cheddar
1 C cubed ham
Cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes (and ham if you need to). Cook potatoes in the water until tender. Drain, reserving 1 Cup of the potato liquid (water may be added if needed). Set aside both potatoes and liquid.
Melt butter in large saucepan (the one you'll use to make the soup) over medium heat. Add onion, cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown. Add flour to saucepan, season with pepper's. Cook 3-4 minutes. Gradually add potatoes, reserved liquid, milk, and sugar to onions. Stir well.
Add cheese and ham.
Simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Makes 12 servings.
Tricks and notes:
*I add more cheese and ham and you don't need salt if you've got good ham.
*If you turn the heat up during the simmer part and stir constantly it takes less time, but if you want to do other things go with the lower heat... you don't want to burn your milk.
*Serve with rolls, they are perfect with this.
*Missionaries love this meal.
*A little bit goes a LONG way (it is potatoes) and it still tastes great the next day.
I got this idea from here: JELLY BEAN BRACELETS
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup buttermilk (I didn't have any so used 1 cup milk with 1 Tbsp. of vinegar)
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Place the eggs, milk, flour and salt in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour the butter into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish; add the batter. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the first five syrup ingredients; bring to a boil. Boil for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. serve immediately with the syrup.
Obviously everyone has different opinions and has done it differently, but i'm just curious why people wait however long they wait! my husband and I always planned when to have our first but never talked about the rest after that, I kind of always figured to wait 2 years.
Well we have our first and he is such an angel baby, he is SUCH a great baby, we really got so lucky with him. SO on the one hand I'm thinkin WOW this is such a blast he is so easy yada yada I can have another one right away and I wouldn't have a problem with that.. THEN I'm like wait.. he is too good there's NO way we will have 2 like this..our second will be so different and probably harder (especially with one already). So maybe it's still best to wait a couple years!
I have also heard 18 months is a good distance and most people that have them close like that love it! If anyone has any advice on the matter I'd love to hear it:)
Just curious what others have done and whether they would do it that way again or not!
I don't know if I've posted about this cookbook before. I love this book and my aunt is the illustrator of all the cute little pictures inside. Some of my regular favorites include the Mac-n-cheese, Baked Fries, and the Puffy Apple Pancake:
Puffy Apple Pancake (similar to German Pancake)
1/3 cup butter or margarine
2 med. apples
3 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
*powdered sugar (optional)
1. Set oven to 425.
2. Put butter into a 9-10 inch frying pan and place in oven until butter is just melted, not browned.
3. While butter is melting, peel and core apples and cut then into thin slices.
4. Remove pan from oven, add sugar and cinnamon to the melted butter and stir in the sliced apples.
5. Return pan to oven for about 3 min.
6. In a blender, whip eggs and milk at high speed for 1 min. Set blender to low speed and slowly add the flour until well blended.
7. Remove the pan from the oven and pour egg batter over the butter and apples.
8. Bake for 20-25 min. or until the pancake is raised and golden brown.
9. Serve immediately and enjoy! Cut in wedges and dust with powdered sugar. Good with a dollop of applesauce and fresh whipped cream too!
It's pretty simple but here is the recipe we use:
6 hard boiled eggs
3 TBS mayo
1/2 tsp mustard
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
Peel shells off eggs and cut lengthwise in half. Remove yolk and put into a bowl and mash up with a fork. Add remaining ingredients to yolk and stir together. Spoon mixture into egg whites. And if you want you can sprinkle some paprika on top. Yum! We love these.
And I don't usually care about them looking too fancy but if you do then you can use a piping bag (the bag you use with frosting to decorate a cake) to put the mixture in and squeeze into eggs whites... then it looks a little prettier (like the picture... which is not my picture).
Place eggs in a single layer in a pot. Cover with cold water one inch above eggs. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to just below a simmer, simmer for 15 minutes.
Click on the links below for some fun ideas to do with your children and your eggs...feel free to comment and tell us what you plan on doing!
- Animals from Family Fun: Mouse, Pig, Sheep (I'm pretty sure I've fallen in love with these!)
- Dying Techniques from Amazing Moms: Egg designs
- Or if you are out of Paas packets you can always find a more natural way to dye them here.
You're right Cassi! I forgot to post a picture! Well here it is. I love the idea of making the necklace holder bigger. I wish I had one more peg on mine. One of them keeps falling down. I'm going to make a "manly" looking one for my husband's belts. They're always on the floor!
So, here are mine. I did one for my keys and one for necklaces. I wanted the necklace one to be a little bigger. And you can't really see it, but there is one of Kara's fabric flowers on the bigger one. So I did both crafts in one! :)
I found this great recipe, and it is supposed to be one that keeps the dough nice and soft.
I made it today and Brielle and I had a blast! She loved to squish the play dough between her fingers and say "Ewww!"
I found the recipe on Lovely Design (she's got some really fun ideas!) and it turned out great! I made the yellow one first, and I think that one turned out the best. My one caution is this: put the flour in a little bit at a time! With the yellow one I did just that because I didn't know how much I needed. But with the red one (the second one I did) I got cocky and thought I knew what I was doing. Well, that one turned out hard and grainy. So my third one, the blue one, I did the flour slowly and it turned out great again! I used a wire wisk at first while putting the flour in so that it didn't stay all clumpy. Then used a spoon when it was too thick.
Here's the recipe (it's also on the link above):
2 c water
1 c salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
4 TBSP oil
2 c flour
(I didn't have enough salt to do even one batch, so I quartered the batch and got 3 colors! And it's the perfect amount for Brielle's little hands!)
- Combine water, salt, cream of tartar and food coloring (.5 tsp for pastel color and 1.5 tbsp for vivid color) in a large saucepan.
- Cook on low heat and stir. As the mixture heats up, stir in the oil and then the flour slowly.
- Keep Stirring the mixture until it starts looking dry and pulling away from the pan. Remove from heat and pinch a piece between two fingers. If it is not sticky, it is done. Otherwise, continue stirring over low heat.
- Place the dough on counter and knead until smooth. Children will enjoy kneading the warm dough when it cools enough for them, too!
- When finished playing, store playclay in an airtight container or plastic bag to re-use again and again. Do not refrigerate.* For children who cannot tolerate gluten or food colouring, you may subsitute rice flour for flour and use natural beet (red), spinach (green) or carrot (orange) juice for colour.
One of my friends has recently started a blog because she loves to write and has a great way of finding the humor in life. She loves new readers and is hoping to update it regularly, so I thought that I'd let you check out her funny look at motherhood.
1 box rolled pie crusts
6 slices bacon(or 1/2 cup ground spicy sausage)
½ cup diced green onion
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
1 cup shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll out pastry and press into deep dish pie plate.
Cook bacon or sausage till done. Bacon should be crispy. Drain and crumble. Add bacon or sausage to bottom of pie. Add cheese. Add chopped green onion.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream and salt and pepper till very well combined. Pour egg mixture over the toppings until just under the edge of the crust.
Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until center is set. Let quiche cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before serving.
I've found that with the meat and cheese, even men will eat this quiche!
Then take a needle and thread and start sewing together your bunches. It helps to kind of shape and sew as you go, pulling up material in the needle to make it look the way you want. Does that make sense? Probably not.... sorry.
After I had one bunch done, I just slipped another circle onto my needle and thread and did the same thing. So, I had about 3-4 circles sewn together, and then I added the tulle at the bottom. In the next picture, you can see the bottom, I took a much smaller circle, and sewed around the edges to make it look a little more finished (plus it is easier to glue or sew it onto something else).
Here's the pink one all done! Isn't it cute!!
And the black....
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hm... it was always a big family dinner and an easter Egg hunt, with a basket and a movie on the resurrection, since I got married we added another family dinner, that's basically it, now that we have a baby we will have to think of how we wanna celebrate in the future, this year will probably still be spent with both of our families:),..I posted about the giveaway and have a button:) put me down for more!
So fun - love the find it bags! I'm now a follower!
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