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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Good Morning All! I can't believe that it has already been a month since Christmas. And I must confess that I packed away the last of the decorations just today. They consisted of those few stray items that get forgotten and a beautiful felt poinsettia pillow that I started way before Christmas but just finished. I couldn't stand the thought of opening the Christmas storage totes and finding an unfinished project from 2011 being added to my list of to-do's in November 2012. The good news is that I can now start Valentine's decorations and gifts. I don't go all out crazy for Valentines but I do like a holiday that allows you to share how much you care. It is also a special day because it is my wedding anniversary (yes, I am a romantic sap and thought getting married on Valentine's Day would be so sweet). Little did I know that each year our special day is invaded by all the other couples and we can barely get a dinner reservation to our favorite spots without paying and arm and a leg. Also, I am cut one less special gift day because the two are combined on one day, foolish girl. The really interesting tid bit is that my dh and I have been married 25 years, 25 years? That just can't be correct, because if I got married at 22 then that would make me....old!! Haha. I sure don't feel it, I mean some days, yes, but it just doesn't seem possible that I'm sliding into 50 soon. Enough about how time flies, and on to the day of Amore.
On to some fun. Go check out Stacie at The Three Sweet Peas, who shared some adorable Valentine gift tags that you can print out. Her link, http://www.thethreesweetpeas.com/search/label/printable
She is way talented and also shared a great tutorial on Tatertots and Jell-O's blog about making cute canvas liners for baskets.
Almost forgot to share my weekly menu for the week. So here it is:
Monday: Italian Zucchini Pie
Tuesday: Taco Pie
Wednesday: Barbeque Chicken, Steamed broccoli and cauliflower
Friday: Something with leftover ground beef from Tuesday
Saturday: Make your own Pizzas
I also will try and get another post out this week to show you some of the projects that I am desperately trying to finish before I start anything new. I refinished an old french country dresser that we purchased when we first got married and have moved around everywhere but I now have it back in the master bedroom redone with Black satin paint and distressed somewhat. I painted the details in turquoise but after staring at it for over a week I think I am going to try filling them with a stain pen. The blue is just too something. I also redid a cherry finish media cabinet and both of the adjoining shelfs. The major work is done but there is some details that still to be wrapped up before I show the after pics.
Happy Hump Day!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I try to make the meals healthy because face it my dh and I both could stand to lose a few pounds, and I don't want to give my kiddos junk. But, they cringe at the sight of a vegetable, esp. the vegetarian which makes things ten times more complex. I've been trying to plan out a weekly menu to maintain some sanity around here which helps, but.... . If anyone has these issues I would LOVE to hear how you handle this or maybe a cookbook that caters to picky eaters. I just want to have time to finish the projects I've started, catch a reality show or two, read a chapter in my book, start a new craft, pin on Pinterest,and rest (ha ha). And not spend four hours in the kitchen only to be greeted with, "What is that?", "Ew, fish. I think I'm allergic to seafood.", "Can't we just order a pizza?", "I'm not that hungry."
I noticed Lori at Our Forever House (http://ourforeverhouse.blogspot.com/) posted a similar post about this same problem and she is posting her weekly menus so I an going to pony on to that and try posting my menus on here too. Also, at the end of my post is her recipe for knock-off Chik-Fil-A Baked Nuggets that I am going to try plus a wonderful breakfast egg muffin I tried this weekend that was very yummy.
Maybe by the end of 2012 I will have perfected the PERFECT FAMILY MENU. dun dun dun (serious times call for serious theme music), until then here is the plan for this week. And yes, I know it's Tuesday, but today is my Monday because of Martin Luther King Day. Hope everyone has a good day and bon appetit.
Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts
Leftover Steamed Green Beans
Leftover Carrots and Red Potatoes
Taco Tuesdays (copied from Rosa's Cantina, a Mexican fast food restaurant, who offers tacos at a ridiculous price on Tuesdays.
Fake Chik Fil A Nuggets
Sweet Potato Fries
Chicken Tortilla Soup using a kit from HEB
Broiled Lemon-Parmesan Tilapia
2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 cup milk
1 tbsp Tabasco
1 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Trim away any fat from the chicken and cube them in to bite size pieces. Try to keep them uniform in size so they cook evenly. In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk and Tabasco. Place chicken in milk mixture and cover. Let it 'marinate' for 2-4 hours in the fridge (I let mine sit overnight since I made them 2 days in a row). This will make the chicken very nice and tender. Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl or large resealable bag. Add your "marinated" chicken to the dry ingredients and coat. Spread the chicken out on a large baking sheet, leaving space between. Place the pan under the broiler. Watch closely. When the nuggets start to get a bit golden brown, remove the pan and turn over the chicken using tongs. Place back under the broiler to brown the other side. Under the broiler, the heat somewhat caramelizes the sugar in the breading which allows the nuggets to turn a golden brown and get a bit of a crunchy crust.
Serve with your favorite dip and enjoy.
The real secret to the recipe is the addition of powdered sugar in the breading which gives it some sweetness. I never thought about that the nuggets at Chick are sweet, but they kind of are and that is what makes them so tasty. I made a few changes to the original recipe. Since I was baking these, I added some additional sugar to help crisp up the nuggets under the broiler. I also added some Tabasco and cayenne to give the nuggets a bit more flavor and zip.
Breakfast Egg Muffins
1 dozen eggs
1 1/2 Bisquick
1 c of whipping cream
1 tsp Spike seasoning
sliced green onions
shredded cheddar cheese (use as you like)
salt & pepper
sauteed mushrooms and fresh spinach
Cut up ham, or cooked turkey sausage
Mix together and pour into muffin tins. Silicone works best but if you use paper liners use two and spray with oil. Spray the silicone too these babies like to stick. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Only fill the cups 2/3 full. Can freeze and reheat in the microwave. These are like the South Beach quiches that use egg whites and whipping cream, which I like but my kids have a hard time with. Next time I am going to try it with low fat milk instead of the whipping cream to lower the calories and fat. I just needed to use up some leftover whipping cream.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The other similarity with the name Pearls and Roses is that essentially who doesn't love to take something ugly and turn it into something beautiful. But, of course there will be some thorns a long the way but it is worth the blood, sweat and tears when the rose finally blooms. I hope to see some of your rose gardens, so please post pictures. Until next time, here is a few of the makeovers I have just completed. I will include details as soon as I can.
$4 Thrift Shop Find that I made into a nightstand for my granddaughter, Skyler, using homemade chalk paint. I forgot to take the true before shot, which is where it was faded brown oak stain with water ring damage on top. The top pic is the after with a coat of poly wax to seal it good.
Monday, January 2, 2012
I am amazed at all the talented people who I have discovered on the internet. My 20 year old daughter was always go on and on about so and so's blog and what they had done, but I had never taken the time to browse. First, she got me looking on Etsy ( Unbelieveable), then Pinterest (Totally addicting), and finally reading blogs from other women just like me who took on crafts, and painting, and sewing and furniture redo's and posted about it. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. Sometimes I have original ideas, but other times it is great to copy others genius. I am promising myself that I will take time and load up some of the things I've worked on and am currently working on. I can't wait to hear your feedback, suggestions and comments. So let the fun begin!