Thursday, December 17, 2009

Homemade Spinach Dip

As I looked into the fridge- I noticed that it was nearly empty.  Emptier than I have really ever seen my fridge.  I needed to come up with some delicious food for friends (who didn't come- boo (hope you are feeling better!)).  How does one make magic deliciousness out of nothing?  Homemade Spinach Dip is the way to go.  It was great the first day- but that is about it.  Don't even try to keep it- it isn't worth it in my humble opion.  (But I am sure I will keep it next time I make it anyway- because that is just who I am.)


Homemade Spinach Dip
adapted from M Cubed


  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened (or the remnants of two tubs in your fridge- check for mold first)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) package tortilla chips (about 16 cups)
1. Preheat oven to 350°. 

2. Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, sour cream, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and next 5 ingredients (through spinach) in a large bowl; stir until well blended. 
3. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. 
4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve with tortilla chips.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chicken Spaghetti with Rotini

I was unable to post yesterday because Chris took my laptop to school with him for his final.  It is so nice to have him done with school for the semester.

Here it is- Chicken Spaghetti with Rotini.  As you can see- it is not the prettiest dish- but I most comfort casserole aren't lookers anyway. 

This super fast and easy dinner is awesome.  It will definitely be made again sometime when I need dinner and haven't gone to the store in weeks.  Or maybe I will make it next time I want some delicious cheesy goodness.

Lucy used spaghetti- but I didn't have any . . .  so rotini it was!  I think it turned out fine- with the advice to "use what you have" I left out carrots and celery in favor of tons of red, orange and green peppers and 3/4 cup of corn.  Yum.

Chicken Spaghetti with Rotini
adapted from Lucy's Kitchen

  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups peppers, chopped
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can tomato soup (Oops- I forgot this!  It was fine without it- but I can only imagine how awesome it would be with it)
  • A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce (I added some soy sauce and white wine vinegar instead)
  • Pasta 
1. Satuee veggies in olive oil until tender. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.
2. When pasta is cooked, drain and rinsed. Add sauteed veggies and chicken.
3. Add cheese, soup (or soups), Worcestershire sauce (or substitute), salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
4. Transfer to a lightly greased casserole dish. Bake, covered, at 350 for 30-45 minutes until cheese is bubbly and casserole is heated through.

Monday, December 14, 2009

I am working on it

Yesterday it was so nice to get back into the kitchen.  We had dinner plans with my bestest bud- but she had to cancel due to a fever (ick- hope you are feeling better Mandy!)

However, I had already planned out the meal so I just made it anyway.  (It was a lot easier because I didn't have to clean the rest of the house too.)

I will post about the meal tomorrow: I made Homemade Spinach Dip for Fatties (found here), Lucy's Chicken Spaghetti (here), and some No Bake Peanut Butter Balls (from Cabin Cooking).

I had forgotten how much I enjoy the challenge of trying new things and creating good food.  (Confession- we have eaten quite a bit of fast food and convenience foods from the freezer these past few weeks.)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Oh my gosh- the one where I got the best deal ever on chairs . . .

Let me start by telling you the situation: We are in the market for some chairs. We have 4 from our kitchen table and two solid ones from the dumpster.  We also have two more dumpster finds that are less than solid- not fun to wonder if today is the day they will give out.  I would like to replace those wobblers and get more chairs since we now have two tables to eat at (thanks Mom and Dad!)

I have been scoping out craigs list hoping for some stellar buy on simple wooden chairs that I could stain or potentially paint white.  But I am super cheap (read: lazy) and $25-50 for a chair that is an hour away didn't seem worth it. So we have continued to be sparse on chairs . . .

. . . until now.  Here comes my story: I was at Target the other day just perusing the clearance like always and came to the furniture section.  Low and behold- there was a set of two chairs and a set of two stools on clearance.  Hip hip hurray!

But I told myself not to get too excited- often clearance stuff isn't that cheap.  But you will not believe what I found . . .

The chairs:

Originally $169.00 - reduced to $10.64  I kid you not.

And the stools:

Originally 119.00- reduced to $10.64

I am in heaven.  I checked them out as best I could at the store: the stools do have a minor scratch on one of the seats, and the wood on the underside of one of the chairs is a little rough.  Hopefully that is why they have been returned- because I am willing to work with those imperfections!  I just hope all the pieces are there when we try to put them all together . . .

images from (here and here)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

First Things First- The Turtle

When we first saw our house, it was evident that the owners loved sea turtles.  Turtles were in the entry, the bathroom and even the living room.  The crown jewel of the turtles was this- what seemed to be a painted faux stained glass sea turtle.

Splendid, right?

But since I did not plan on having sea turtles be one of the major decorating motifs in our home, the turtle needed to go.

After much consideration, it looked as though we were going to need to buy some sort of paint thinner and apply it to the window to get the turtle off.  But my mother, the genius, discovered that it was actually a huge sticker.  With the help of a razor she was able to rip it off.  And wow- just so you know- that stuff smelled wicked.  Thanks mom!

With the sticker gone, I just needed to clean off the vinyl residue.  This has proven to be fairly difficult, and I still have not gotten it all off.  But good enough for baby Jesus.  = )

Now we just have to deal with the new problem of looking right out at the neighbor's deck . . . any suggestions?  Maybe I need to get a sticker made of Chris and I . . .  Or maybe PeeWee . . .

Friday, December 4, 2009

As if life couldn't get more complicated . . .

 . . . We got a dog!

His name is Pee Wee.  He is a 5 year old Jack Russell Terrier/ Dachshund mix.  We adopted him last Friday from the humane society in Boulder.

He is slowly coming out of his very subdued state- showing a bit of personality if you will.  Awesome.  The last week we have been keeping a close eye on the little guy and giving him lots of loves and walks.  So fun!

Now that the circle of trust is mostly in place, I can move on to taking pictures of the new house - focusing on what we have done and not what we have left to do. = )

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oops . . .

Okay - so I obviously grossly underestimated the time and energy that it would take to move into a new house.

Sorry about the bread.  I'm sure you were all counting on that recipe for dinner on Wednesday night.

We have made great progress on the house- my mother in law has painted the pantry and master closet, while I have cleaned just about everything in the house- which is nearly 3 times the size of our apartment!  It takes a long time to clean all that.

Plus, I had to clean so much hard wood flooring- my knees are going to kill me as soon as I give them a chance.  seriously.

But the big move happens tomorrow.  We are moving the beds and dresser and all that "big" stuff. (Everything that requires two or more big men to life) This means that sleeping the the new house is going to happen!  Hip Hip Hurray! 

I hope y'all had a great week.  I have missed you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


So my first day of home-ownership is going to be filled with cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning.  thankfully, my mother-in-law has graciously offered to help.  Hopefully tomorrow I can start doing more exciting things- like painting! 

I will try to take pictures of anything exciting. = )

Until then, I will leave you with this bread.  It is so easy- kind of ridiculous actually.  I will share it tomorrow.

Monday, November 16, 2009

We are Homeowners!

Well- not yet . . . but today is the day!  I cannot believe that we are really going to do this, but we are, and that is super exciting.

I expect things to get a little inconsistent around here for a bit- with all the moving and lack of kitchen stuff- but I have some dishes to share and I will be sure to let you know when exciting things happen.  = )

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Homemade Beefaroni

While this might appear to be glorified pasta with meat sauce- I promise- it is.  Ha ha.  I didn't really think about this recipe's similarity to this meal.  However, when we actually made Homemade Beefaroni- the dish was actually quite different than I expected.  I think the cheese adds quite a bit of flavor and texture to the sauce.

Also- If you like pepper, you could add 1/4 tsp rather than 1/8 tsp.  I don't like pepper- and 1/8 was too much for me.  But that is just me.

Homemade Beefaroni
adapted from Cooking During Stolen Moments

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 28 oz jar tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 t. each garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt (I didn't add salt because my pasta sauce already had added salt)
  • 1/8 t. black pepper
  • 1 lb. cooked pasta (I used wheels to make it interesting)

1. Brown meat.
2. Add remaining ingredients (except pasta). Simmer to combine flavors.
3. Add pasta and stir to combine.  Serve warm.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Soup

After reading about Lucy's Red Pepper soup and then SnoWhite's Red Pepper soup- I knew I needed to try my own.

So when red peppers were 55 cents apiece last week (wow!) I decided to give it a try. 

Unfortunately-I do not have any decent pictures of the soup.  I just have this picture of the roasted peppers.  Yumm.

You will just have to use your imagination on this one- ok?

Homemade Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Soup
adapted from Lucy and SnoWhite

  • 3-4 large red bell peppers, roasted and diced
  • 4 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 1 C half and half
  • 1 tsp dried oregano*
  • 1/4 tsp dry thyme*
*I read recently that when using dried spices that are over 6 months old (ours are from our wedding . . . ) to at least double what the recipe calls for.  Good to know.  However- I just shake a bunch in the pot and call it good.


1. Roast peppers like Lucy does here.
2. Cook garlic and onion in oil until softened.
3. Then add potatoes, peppers and broth and bring to a boil.
4. Add seasonings and simmer until most of the broth has been absorbed.
5. Blend soup in a blender.  (I made the soup ahead, let it cool, and then blenderized it.  I have had bad experiences with hot soup and my blender.)
6. When ready to serve, warm it back up and add cream right before serving. 

Chris really liked this soup- He liked it even more when he added bacon and cheese to it the second night. = )  Nothing a little bacon and cheese can't fix- right?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Homemade Whole Wheat Pitas

Yum!  what is better than fresh homemade pitas?

Well- lots of things actually- like homemade ice cream, fresh hot cookies, pies and cakes- just to name a few.  But pitas are pretty good too.

Pitas are nice because they are very versatile.

We have used them for quesadillas, tacos, and personal pizza crusts.  And because they freeze well- they are an excellent quick dinner item.

Now I just need to work on getting them to be more round.  

Homemade Whole Wheat Pitas
adapted from Good Eats

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 packet yeast (2-1/4 tsp)
  • 1 1/2 cups water, warmed a bit
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Take one cup of flour and 1/2 cup water and mix together.  Set aside for 30 minutes.  (If you are using regular flour- you can skip this step.)

2. Mix the yeast in with the rest of the flour, salt, and sugar. Add to the water/flour mixture. Add the olive oil and 1 cup water and stir together with a wooden spoon. All of the ingredients should form a ball. If some of the flour will not stick to the ball, add more water.

3. Once all of the ingredients form a ball, place the ball on a work surface, such as a cutting board, and knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes.

4. When you are done kneading the dough, place it in a bowl that has been lightly coated with oil. Form a ball out of the dough and place it into the bowl, rolling the ball of dough around in the bowl so that it has a light coat of oil on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and set aside to rise until it has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.
5. When it has doubled in size, punch the dough down to release some of the trapped gases and divide it into 8- 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, cover the balls with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, and let them rest for 20 minutes. This step allows the dough to relax so that it’ll be easier to shape.

6. While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. If you have a baking stone, put it in the oven to preheat as well. If you do not have a baking stone, you can use a cookie sheet.

7. After the dough has relaxed for 20 minutes, spread a light coating of flour on a work surface and place one of the balls of dough there. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and use a rolling pin or your hands to stretch and flatten the dough. You should be able to roll it out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick - 6 inches in diameter. If the dough does not stretch sufficiently you can cover it with the damp towel and let it rest 5 to 10 minutes before trying again.

8. Place discs on a lightly greased baking sheet and let rise, uncovered, until barely doubled in thickness, about 30-45 minutes.

9. Bake for 3-7 minutes depending on how crispy you want them.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mama's Standard Quiche

One standby dinner at our house is quiche.  We have had a couple quiches before (Hash Brown Quiche, and Asparagus, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quiche) but this one is a good base recipe to build off.

My mother has a standard quiche recipe that is a cheap, easy, and fast dinner option.  I take the standard and then add whatever we have in the fridge at the time to compete the meal.

Mama's Standard Quiche
from Mom!

  • 4-6 eggs
  • milk
  • pie crust (I am still learning to make this well)
  • cheese
  • meat (chicken, bacon, ham, etc.)
  • veggies (onions, peppers, asparagus, etc.)
  • optional: ground flax or wheat germ

1. Crack 4-6 eggs into a 2 Cup measuring cup. 
2. Add milk until it reaches 2 Cups and mix well.

3. Lie pie crust in a pie pan.
4. Add whatever meats, veggies and cheese you would like to the mix.  You really can't mess it up. 

5. Pour egg mixture into pie pan.
6. Bake at 325 for 1 hour until a knife comes out clean.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Homemade Salt Scrub

A long time ago, I made a Sugar Scrub.  It was nice.  But then I used it all and never made more.  I don't know why.

Oh yes, I remember- it really hurt to rub on your skin.  Sugar is tough stuff.

But with winter coming, I wanted that moisturizing shower stuff again.  This time, I bought some Epsom Salt to use instead of sugar.

Here is what you need:

1 part olive oil
2 parts salt
essential oil if desired (I use grapefruit.  I love it.)


Mix together.  Done.

Taryn's Take:
Much, much much better than the sugar.  Doesn't hurt and it works like a charm.  Be careful- it makes the shower slippery!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Homemade Dried Apple Chips

When I had a bazillion apples, I turned a few into apple chips.  I wasn't sure I'd like them, so I didn't make very many.  I wish I had made more!

I find myself choosing them often when I am hungry- but don't want to make (i.e. do any work) something. Oh well- you live and learn.

Homemade Apple Chips
from me

  • Apples
  • water
  • lemon juice

I followed the same protocol as with the Dried Pears.
1. Cut apples.
2. Soak in water and lemon juice mixture.
3. Lay on dehydrator at 145 degrees for 5-6 hours, until dry.   

Sunday, November 8, 2009

An Award!

 Kristen at Happily Ever After has given me an award!  Thanks so much Kristen.  She just moved into a new house so the joys of home ownership really shine through.  Check her out if you get a chance. 

Friday, November 6, 2009

Roasted Chicken on Potatoes and Red Onions

I don't really touch meat. 

I really don't like to associate meat with the animal from which it comes.  If not for Chris- I would be a part-time vegetarian- I would only eat meat if someone else prepared it.  Well I guess that is what I have been . . .

Until this week.  

Wednesday I did this.

Yes- I roasted a chicken. 

I found a happy (read: organic/free range) chicken on sale at the store and something changed in me.

I bought the chicken.  I took it home.  I opened the bag. 

I touched the uncooked chicken.  I took out a bag of something like gizzards.  I washed it.   I pushed butter, herbs and garlic under the skin.  I cooked it.  Then I picked it.  Then I ate it. 

It is kind of a big deal. 

And today I am going to revisit the bird for some broth making.  Wow.

Be impressed people.  Be impressed.

(I followed directions mostly from here.) 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

No Bake Cookies

I made these with the kiddos I sit for- and they had a lot of fun helping out with the measuring and to stirring- but somewhere along the way I think we may have messed it up.

Kate's from Cooking During Stolen Moments looked like this:

Ours tasted fine- but they fell apart really easily.  I don't really know what went wrong- so I will just give you her directions.  Hopefully yours will stay together better.

No Bake Cookies


  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 c. butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter
  • 2 T. milk
  • 2 c. oats (quick or old-fashioned will work)

1. Melt the butter over low heat in a medium sauce pan. Add butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Stir until chips are completely melted and mixture is smooth. Add milk and cook an additional 3 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and stir in oats. Drop mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased aluminum foil or parchment paper. Allow cookies to cool until set and firm.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Homemade Lotion Bar

Well last week we had two days of being snowed in.  I love it.  It seems a little early in the year- but it just gets me thinking of Christmas!  yippee!

Anyway, while I was snowed in, I finally got around to some of the stuff I have been wanting to do, but never really got around to doing.

Such as the sweater.

And making homemade lotion bars.

I got the idea from Screams of Terror from My Kitchen.  (She is pretty awesome.  She told me about the Apple Pie Jelly from apple peelings.)

Good lotion is expensive.  In Colorado you need good lotion.  So I was willing to try a very hydrating lotion that came in a neat form.

I adapted the recipe from here
Here is what you need:

1 part olive oil
1 part shea butter
1 part beeswax
a little essential oil if desired (I used Birch Sweet- I have no idea what it is but it smells like bubble gum- yum.)
some vitamin E if you have it or want it


1. Melt beeswax and shea butter in a doulbe boiler. (I used two pots.)

2. When melted, add oil, essential oils and vitamin E.
3. Pour into a mold or a container that you want to use.

4. Cool and then use!

Taryn's Take:
This bar feels like the consistency of soap.  But I must have done something a little wrong because mine broke apart when I picked it up.  Maybe it needed to be in a smaller container so it would be thicker.  It works like a charm- very moisturizing (read very oily- I have to rub a lot to get it in- but once it is in- it is great!)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Homemade Peachy Pear Fruit Roll Ups (Fruit Leather)

Try number two- peaches and pears- even better food combination, if you ask me.

I still need to work on the evenness- this one dried unevenly.  It is my fault- I knew it was uneven, but I didn't think it was too bad and I really didn't want to fix it.  Oh well.  Next time.

Peachy Pear Fruit Leather
from me!

*I have to admit, I made these several weeks ago- while we were still drowning in fresh fruit.  However- if you have some frozen you could use those or wait until next year.  I wanted to make sure I documented what I did when next summer comes around.

  • 2 cups peaches
  • 1 cup pear
  1. Puree fruit.
  2. Add to dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 145 degrees for 4-5 hours, or until dry.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Jacques the spider says "Have a safe, healthy and happy Halloween!"

Friday, October 30, 2009

Homemade Snickerdoodles

Smitten Kitchen is one of my favorite food sites.  Not only are the pictures absolutely gorgeous- but the writer is a doll to listen to any day of the week.  

Oh yeah- and she has phenomenal desserts.  Just last week she posted about chocolate mousse.  Oh yum.

This recipe came from her.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen


2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 stick or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs


1. Mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
2. Combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar in mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
3. Add eggs, and beat to combine.
4. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
5. Deb chilled her dough for an hour- I just went at it.
6. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon.

7. Form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

8. Bake at 400 degrees until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sentimental Sweater Pillow

I am a sentimental person.  I struggle to throw things away that are associated with good memories.  Anyone else?

I am learning to let go of the thing- while still maintaining the memory- but I have not quite perfected it.  Instead, I am finding a way around throwing things out by turning them into new things.

Take this sweater.  (I know it is inside out- I forgot to take a picture right side out- and I can't find any pictures of me wearing it.)

I wore this sweater while driving in the car to meet Chris on our wedding day.  I  didn't want to wear my dress in the car (wrinkles?) so I wore the sweater and some jeans.

We decided to take pictures before the ceremony at the lake where Chris proposed.  (Oooo- very romantic . . .) The unromantic part is that I had to change in the parking lot!  Chris and my sister held up sheets while the photographer got a show.

The problem is that I never wore the sweater much before that day- and never after.

But I couldn't just give it away!

So I made it into a pillow.  It doesn't really match any room in our apartment- but oh well.  I get to keep it a bit longer.  Success!

Here are some cursory directions.

I followed instructions from Leeann from Mint Basil. 

1. Find a sweater you like- but don't wear.  Sew from armpit to armpit.

2. Cut off the top.  Sew over the edge one more time to make sure it is super strong.
3. Measure and make a pillow to fit inside your sweater.  (My pillow is too small for my sweater case- I need to work on this skill.)
4. Like Leeann- my sweater pillow got "ears" where the armpits were, so I just sewed the sweater in a bit and cut off the extra. (Leeann has pictures and explains it better- just go see her.)
5.  Sew some ribbon on the bottom of the sweater to hold your pillow in the case.  Tie closed and enjoy!  

Just for fun- here is a picture of Chris and I at the lake.  sigh.

Happy memory lives on.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Homemade Croutons

I as you may have noticed- I love my (new) dehydrator.  As I was cleaning out the freezer (for our impending move) I found some sourdough bread I had frozen.  It wasn't the best bread, which is probably why it got frozen in the first place.  So rather than throw it away, or make more bread crumbs, I decided to whip up some croutons.  Chris loves croutons on his salads.  yum.

Homemade Croutons

  • Leftover bread
  • a few Tbsp of Olive oil (depending on how much bread you have)
  • seasonings to taste- I used garlic powder, Super Salt and Rosemary

  1. Cut your bread into desired size.
  2. In a bowl, drizzle oil and make sure the bread is coated evenly
  3. Season with garlic powder, Super Salt and Rosemary- or other seasonings you choose.
  4. Place on dehydrator and cook at 145 degrees for 4-6 hours until dry. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

Wow- this is GOOD!  Really good.  Better than I was anticipating.  Chris doesn't really like peppers- but he ate this one and admitted that it was pretty darn good (after you take out the peppers.)  Ha- thanks Chris.

He might not like them- but he must admit- they are so pretty!

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet
adapted from Finding Joy in My Kitchen

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 bell peppers, seeded and cut into large chunks (I used green, yellow and orange)
  • 1/2 of a standard 26 oz jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 C brown rice, cooked (I cooked mine in homemade broth- it really makes a difference in the flavor of the dish)
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Cut up your peppers and set aside.
  2. Brown meat and onion.
  3. Add seasonings, tomato sauce, peppers and carrots to the skillet and simmer until carrots and peppers are softened to you liking.
  4. Add rice and stir to combine.  
  5. Serve warm and top with cheese if desired. 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!

I won a contest!  How lucky am !? 

Thanks Ashley.    Happy Birthday to you. 

image from Our Little Apartment

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My First Memory Quilt (T-Shirt Quilt)

Look at what I did . . .

A memory quilt using Chris' Hawaii t-shirts.  It is not perfect- but I am happy with the results.  I just need to buy backing, batting, binding and then tie it up!

Then on to my childhood  . . .

Friday, October 23, 2009

Flashback Friday: Schwans

Did the Schwan Man ever come to you house?  When I was a kid- this MN based company made regular appearances at our front door.  My Daddy would order all sorts of delicious (but hardly nutritious) treats for us- and the Schwan man would carry boxes up our very steep (and often frozen) driveway. 

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago: Chris got us some free icecream from  They delivered the ice cream, and then a week later they came back to ask if we wanted more.  I didn't need any more 5 gallon tubs of icecream- but I did need some nostilgia.

So I looked through the magazine and picked out two treasures.  We had them for dinner (and dessert) last night.  Ahh, the memories. 

We had Bagel Dogs

I have looked through the rest of the magazine and I can't wait to try some of my other childhood favorites.  Yum. 

images from