Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Kinsey has a dentist appointment Wednesday so we should get an update on where she is at as far as her teeth go. I'll try to get a new picture of her silly grin. All her teeth are coming in at different rates or just gone. It makes eating interesting.
Grandma and Kinsey with turkeys
Sunday, November 25, 2007
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with my family. I got to visit with my parents, see my brother and Grandmother. I also got to see a few other family and friends. It was great!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We are not skiers but do go sledding. Kinsey loves sledding and we have our "secret" spot we go to. This year Neal and I invested in ski bibs for ourselves since we froze last year. We can wear his heavy Carhart coats with them. Last year Neal found a great sled abandoned on the side of the road so we should be flying down he slopes soon!
Friday, November 23, 2007
This afternoon my Mom, Kinsey and I did a little shopping and driving around. My Mom showed me houses she used to live in and where some other family lived. It's amazing to see how much this town has changed over the years. I remember when we used to go downtown to go shopping. There was a Woolworth's, JC Penney, Sears, Anthony's, and various other stores. Now they drive to the edge of town where the Wal-Mart is. Times change.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
PERFECT APPLE PIE
6 to 8 tart apples, pared, cored, and thinly sliced (6 cups)*
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon
dash ground nutmeg
2 pie crusts for 9 inch pie (top and bottom)
2 tbsp butter
If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 tsp lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, spices, and dash salt; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with crust. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Take second crust and cut into strips for lattice top. Weave strips criss crossing then trim ends even with outer edge of pie. Fold over lower crust, seal, and crimp edges. Sprinkle top with cinnamon and sugar, dot with pats of butter. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.
*or, use two 1-pound 4-ounce cans (about 5 cups) pie-sliced apples, drained.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I'll still be posting so watch out for daily updates!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Let me warn you if you see these kits by Wilton that the cookies aren't that great. I was thinking they would be a soft sugar cookie but they are rather hard.
Yes Grandma, that is the apron and cooking utensils she got for Christmas last year! I still can't get her to wear the hat ;-)
Friday, November 16, 2007
I'm off to bed! Have a good night and I'll try to take some pictures and look for something to post tomorrow..........
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Besides all that I can't imagine having 3 little ones that close in age. I have family that have several that close and it just boggles my mind.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Brown meat in a dutch oven or large pot then add a package of beef stew mix and 2-3 cups of water. Simmer over medium heat while you chop up 2-3 potatoes into small cubes. Add potatoes. When the potatoes start to get fork tender add one can green beans, one can corn, one can diced tomatoes, and one can carrots. You can vary these veggies according to what your family likes--we sometimes use frozen veggies including peas. When you use the can veggies do not drain the juice just poor it all in your pot. If you use frozen you will need to add more water. Continue simmering until everything is hot. Make a pan of cornbread and you are set for dinner!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
After playing last night I realized she doesn't have much clothes for these dolls so I went to Target.com to see if they had any clothes but they don't offer them online. My next option was Ebay where I found a wonderful "lot" of clothes for a very reasonable price. I bid on them expecting that I wouldn't win because the price was so low. I was very surprised to find I had won today! Now her dolls will have a lot more outfits to pick from. I also plan to get her the horse that goes with them. Kinsey would love a real horse but she will have to live with this smaller horse. I even found one like she wants--a brown horse with a black mane. A few more Christmas presents take care of!
My sister and I went to a great shopping experience today. It's called the Christmas Jubilee and is held at the convention center. Local stores and crafts people in the area are represented. It's not really a crafts show but more of a trade show. It's a great way to go to a lot of stores in one place. We also went to a few retail stores and a flea market type place. It was nice to shop together and visit...something we don't get to do often. Between work, kids, husbands, etc we don't see each other as much as we would like. We live less than a mile apart but some days it seems like 100's of miles.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Neal ended up getting a 40 gallon tank instead of the 30 gallon we had. For some reason the 40 was cheaper than the 30! Yeah, more hot water!! I have a fan running in the closet floor and the doors open hoping it will dry out soon. I sure would like to hang my clothes up again. Right now they are in the recliner.
I'm off to bed.
Friday, November 09, 2007
SLOW COOKER BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
1 bag (32 oz.) frozen hash brown potatoes
1 lb. of bacon diced, cooked and drained or 1 lb. cooked ham, cubed **
1 medium diced onion
1 green bell pepper diced
1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese
1 dozen eggs
1 C. milk
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper (more or less to taste)
Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place a layer of frozen potatoes on the bottom of the slow cooker, followed by a layer of bacon then onions, green pepper and cheese. Repeat the layering process two or three more times, ending with a layer of cheese.Beat the eggs, milk and salt and pepper together. Pour over the slow cooker mixture, cover and turn on low. Cook for 10-12 hours.
**I'm making it with ground sausage instead of bacon.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
EASY PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
1 pork shoulder or pork roast
salt and pepper
1 bottle of favorite BBQ sauce
Spray the inside of your crock with non-stick spray. Put the pork in your CrockPot, slice onion and put in, season with salt and pepper. I always add about 1/2 cup of water. Cook on low for 8-12 or on high for 4-6 hours. It's always best on low but if you are in a hurry it does work on high. When the meat is done, drain any juice (take out bone if there is one) then shred meat with 2 forks. Pour some BBQ sauce over it and mix. Keep adding sauce until it's the consistency you want. I always leave it in my CrockPot so it will stay warm.
Serve on hamburger buns and leave BBQ sauce out for anyone who wants more.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
The hash brown casserole is from the back of a package of Surefine Southern Style Hash Brown Potatoes (small squares).
HASH BROWN CASSEROLE
2 pounds (32oz) southern style hash browns
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese
1. preheat oven to 350F
2. butter 9X13 baking dish and spread hash browns in dish
3. pour milk over potatoes and season with salt and pepper
4. bake for 40 minutes or until potatoes are done and milk is absorbed. (If potatoes were defrosted before cooking, cut baking time to 20 minutes)
5. cover with 1 cup shredded cheese
6. bake for 10 minutes longer or until cheese melts.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Last week I bought some fresh cranberries and needed to use them up. I made a double batch of Cranberry Nut Bars and used pecans instead of walnuts. They are so good. Fresh cranberries are perfect in these.
We had 7 very ripe bananas so I made a double batch of Banana Bread and threw in a package of pecans. It smells heavenly baking. Anytime I have over ripe bananas I throw them in a bag in the freezer. When I have enough I make this bread. You could also make them into muffins.
Next I'm going to make Fresh Apple Cake from a recipe I found in American Profile (small magazine we get in the paper). I made one a few weeks ago and it was so good. Recipe to follow.
I may make a Pumpkin Sheet cake if I have time. I like to bake them in loaf pans and eat it like pumpkin bread instead of cake. Most of these items I'm putting in my food sealer bags and putting in the freezer to use for the holidays. I love to bake when I have fresh items but if I keep all these things around we (I) will surely eat them all.
FRESH APPLE CAKE
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups peeled and chopped apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.
2. Beat sugar, eggs and oil together with a mixer until well blended. Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in apples and walnuts, mixing well.
3. Pour into baking dish. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool.
the original recipe comes with a cream cheese frosting but I don't think it needs it. If you do want to add one, you can use the one that is with my Pumpkin Sheet cake recipe.
**note...with all my recipes I always divide my flour between all purpose flour and whole wheat flour. I also use pecans instead of walnuts in my recipes.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
1 can refrigerator biscuits (not flaky)
pizza sauce (spaghetti sauce)
any additional toppings you would like
Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray. Press a biscuit in each cup so that it goes up the sides and leaves a depression in the middle. Put about a tablespoon of sauce in each cup and sprinkle with cheese--you could add your additional topping before the cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until biscuits are done.
The kids loved them! I also read that you could use the filling for tacos, sloppy joes, or even BBQ. This would an easy thing for the kids to make and help with. They could press the biscuits in place and even add the filling. Make sure they wash their hands and have an adult put them in and out of the oven.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
The playground is finally done! We went to two birthday parties there last weekend and it was a lot of fun. This past weekend, my Mom was visiting so she and I took Kinsey and my nephew to the park. Here are a few pictures I took.
Kinsey at the top of the tower
Cade on the fire poleKinsey and Cade in Smokey Bear Park
Sunday, October 14, 2007
She has a balloon sculpture on her head from one party and a cat tattoo on her cheek from another. She was a little bit dirty but she had fun!
Monday, October 01, 2007
1 round steak (approximately 1 1/2 pounds), see note
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, cut into strips
1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips
Cut steak into serving-size pieces. Season, to taste, with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Dust meat with flour. In heavy skillet, brown both sides of meat in vegetable oil. Transfer to Dutch oven. Combine garlic, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and 1 tomato-can measure of water. Pour over steak and simmer over low heat until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours adding water, if necessary to keep meat partially covered. Season, to taste, with additional salt and pepper.
Hint: Cook this in a slow-cooker, according to manufacturers instructions, on low for a most fabulous dinner. Low heat on a slow cooker is about 200 degrees F and high heat on a slow cooker is about 300 degrees F. (I PUT IT IN THE SLOW COOKER FOR 4 HOURS ON HIGH. YOU COULD DO IT 8 HOURS ON LOW)
Note: to ensure tenderness, it is necessary to have the butcher run the round steak through a cuber. (I BOUGHT CUBE STEAK)
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Neal had to work for part of the morning but when he got there he helped build the firetruck. The theme of the whole playground is Smokey Bear/Ranger station since it's beside the Smokey Bear Park.
The main structure is a fire tower with climbing wall, slide, and a rope climb.
The kids are going to love it once it's done. There were not nearly enough people there to help but those that did show up gave it their all!! When it's completed I will add a few more pictures.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
By the way, that's our camper in the back ground. We should be able to tow it with the little pickup. It will be great to be able to tow the camper, carry the 4 wheeler, and then be able to go mudding in the truck! Neal is finally getting all his "toys" back.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Kinsey and Mrs. Rice. I don't know why she is making that face......
Saturday, August 11, 2007
My friend bought 2 wreaths and a baby toy (she owns the daycare).
The next sale we went to I found a football for my friends son for $1 and she bought some under counter lights and a bracelet for Kinsey. I had to drop my friend off after that so it was just Kinsey and I now. We went to a dollar store near by for a few things then hit an Estate sale that started at 10am (why so late??) and bought two little plastic measuring jars. I'm sure they went to some Oster blender or mixer at one time but I think they will be great to mix small things in. They were $.25 each. The last sale we hit was at a storage building and they had stuff strung out every where. I found an adult life jacket for $.25 and Kinsey found the game Trouble for $.25. Here is a picture of all the little odds and ends.
Kinsey and I grabbed some lunch and were home by noon. We've already played several games of Trouble and looked through the books. Not bad for a Saturday!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
So my advice is never say it can't get any worse because it can. We are hoping and praying that the rest of 2007 is better for us.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Growing up I wore jeans, boots, and western attire. Now days I wear shorts, flip flops, and the coolest shirts I can find...lol! Pecos is hot in July usually averaging about 110 degrees during the day. When we want to take Kinsey to the park to play we wait until 10pm to go so it's cooler. You would be surprised at how many people are out there at that time of night.
The following week we will be back home and attend the Smokey Bear Stampede and Parade. It's the local rodeo and festivities. The parade is amazing because it has so many fire trucks in it. Trucks from all over the area come to participate. You just have to hope there's not a fire any where because all the fire trucks are here...lol!
ps. this fire truck picture was actually taken in May at another parade...that's why the trees don't have leaves yet. All but one parade in Capitan have firetrucks in them...lol! The Christmas parade is a non-motorized parade so there aren't any trucks in it.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Here are a few pictures of some pretty wild flowers I found while Kinsey was playing in the water.
And lastly a picture of why we left and headed home.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Does anyone know where my title comes from?
Monday, June 04, 2007
I love the reflection on this one
This is my favorite picture of all that I took. I'm looking down into the "lake" and it's reflecting the clouds back up at me.
All of the lakes are actually sink holes that are fed by springs. The water in them is salt water. The largest lake has a beach with sand and a great swimming area that is roped off. You can rent paddle boats and paddle boards to go out in the deeper part of the lake. The camping area is very nice and has a great bath house. We use it instead of trying shower in our camper (aka "the smallest shower in the world").