Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I rarely say no to hand-me-downs because,
you just never know what you will get.
If they didn't want it, I can give it away just as easily,

This summer we have been so very blessed by:

a BMW pedal car

a little tykes van and car

a water pirate ship
along with
wagon, dump truck, lego table, 2 trikes and a glider
and a DOLL HOUSE!!!!
fully equipped with tons of accessories!

We are super blessed by our generous friends....
how did we get so lucky?!!!

Thanks for thinking of our kids,
they LOVE their new toys!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's What's for Dinner!

I've never really done this before, but seems like it's only
fair to share some of our favorite meals....

Tortilla Soup comes in many different forms, but
I love this meal and it couldn't be easier!

Put 3 largish chicken breasts in a crock-pot with Taco Seasoning
(I use a packet of Lawrys Chicken Taco Seasoning), cook 4 hours on high
then shred the chicken. Add 2 cans of corn, black beans, diced tomatoes,
and chicken broth. 1 can (4oz) diced green chilies
cook 4 hours (or more) on high
Serve over crushed tortilla chips, top with cheese, avocados, and sour cream

You won't be sorry you made it!

Again, there are a lot of ways to make mac and cheese,
but I haven't found one I like more than this

Old-Fashioned Mac & Cheese

1 pound of macaroni, slightly undercooked and drained
4-5 cups of béchamel sauce (white sauce) – see below
8 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I use sharp)
dehydrated onion
salt and pepper to tasted
buttered breadcrumbs – see below

In a 13x9 pan add about half the cooked macaroni; top with half the béchamel sauce, sprinkle about 1-2 tsp of the dried onion over the sauce, then spread a couple of big handfuls of cheese, making a nice thick layer. Repeat. Top with buttered breadcrumbs and bake until bubbly around the edges, the cheese is melted, and the breadcrumbs are toasty, about 30-45 minutes.

Note: it may seem like a lot of sauce, but the macaroni soaks it up quite a bit. The dried onion is key.

Béchamel Sauce
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
4-5 cups whole milk, or half and half
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat. Add the flour all at once and whisk until smooth and bubbly. Add salt and pepper, I use 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ a tsp of pepper. Slowly whisk in the milk until all the lumps are gone. Stir until sauce thickens slightly and boils, be careful not to scorch the bottom. The sauce should be kind of loose. If it’s too thick, add more milk to thin it out. Add a couple of cups of cheese or to taste and stir until blended in.

Buttered Breadcrumb topping
Whir 2 pieces of bread in the food processor or blender
Melt 2 tablespoons butter and pour through the spout onto the crumbs while the processor is running. Spread over the top of the prepared mac and cheese.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Time to Celebrate!

A little someone started school today!
And we have many many years of school
pictures ahead of us!

It was a happy day here! She couldn't be more
excited about starting school....
she even sang a "I'm going to preschool" song
last night....
And although she was excited about school, she
was kind of over pictures! She just became silly!!!

Us as we were waiting in line for school to open!!!
A friend of mine growing up was there with her daughter too
This is the girls meeting and showing each other their name tags!

She had to find her row on the mat
Kissing brother goodbye....
so sweet!
And one last photo, she was ready for me to leave but I
had to capture the moment!

She came home with lots of stories and is
looking forward to going back....
but was disappointed she doesn't
get to go tomorrow!

now, what am I going to do with my free time?!!!
:) Its a good problem to have!