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I am not going to lie ... most days we are hot mess here at this little three ring circus I am apart of! I have a great husband, a darling doodlebug of a daughter, two, yes two, boston terriers and a cat ... that is a lot of feet running around!! I love all things creative! I am not the best at anything, but I love to see what other great creative things people do and try to incorporate them into my life! I will warn you, with all this creativity comes the high probability of the following: miss spelling, ranting, random shinanagans! Consider yourself warned.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Beef Stroganoff Recipe - Crockpot

I love to make things in my crock pot - because I can throw it all in there and do whatever I need to do for the day and then poof dinner is ready! It's like I didn't even have to cook and all the sudden there is a home cooked HOT meal ... love it.

On Saturday I went to the grocery store because we literally needed 2 of everything ... I am not joking, it was a cart overflowith type of event. I almost ran out of room in the CRV. I was also determined we would have some things for dinner ... not something you take out of box and heat up, but real dinner this week. (never mind doodlebug had mac & cheese last night while I fell asleep on the couch and woke up and fed myself Lucy Charms! Thank goodness she has a nice papa!)

Picture belongs here
Here we go - super easy! And really really yummy Doodlebug & Husband ate it ...
Serves 4 adults (about a million munchkins) with some leftovers

1 lb -cut up beef stew meat - it is cheap and will taste wonderful after it has cooked all day in the crock pot
1 cup flour
2tbs crushed rosemary, dill, & hot spice (I use norwoods, or cayenne pepper - whatever you got)
Put Flour & Spices in plastic bag - shake it up! Add meat to coat.

Dutch Over -
2-3 tbs olive oil
Coated meat pieces
Couple spoons fulls of garlic (4 fresh cloves)

Sear until brown on all sides - at this point I always burn my dutch oven, because I burn everything in my dutch over - I don't think they were made for electric stoves. Once browned add: 1/2-1Cup of red wine - make sure all the pieces are getting good and juiced up!

Add 4 cups beef broth (one of those cardboard containers)
Add 1 Can cream of mushroom soup
Add 1 can tomato paste (6oz)
Extra Spices: crushed rosemary, dill, & hot spice & salt and pepper

Stir till everything is good and together. Transfer to crock pot. Added .5 cup grated Parmesan cheese (because I love it). cook on low for 6-8 hours - you want to make sure you meat falls apart.

When close to done add a couple big spoons fulls of sour cream & parsley.

I par cook my egg noodles and add the last hour - they help thicken it up and I finds it all taste better mixed together, but you can just serve over the top like the do in the nice picture above (not mine by the way, I borrowed it from simply recipes - yes I just got a new fancy camera for my birthday - no I didn't remember to take a picture, jeez)  If you put them in there all day they will suck up all the juice.

Adding Mushrooms - I love them, Husband hates them - so I left them out. Secondly the last couple times I have left them in the crock pot all day they have made my dinner taste awful, at least that is only conclusion I can come up with. So if you want add them the last hour - or saute them and add them at the very end!

I had enough for a second dinner left over - so in the freezer it went for next week!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Woodland Baby Shower

Fall maybe in the air but so are babies!! I swear I know so many ladies out there ready to pop I can't believe it! One of my Kentucky Ladies is ready to have her first little boy and we are soo excited for her. Of course what does that mean, we have to have a party - I mean what else would you do???

Mr. WCL will be here late December in time to snuggle in with his Momma for a long cold winter - there is nothing better than winter babies all snuggled in blankets, the fireplace going, drinking a nice cup of coffee while they coo in their crib (SHUT IT ... this is my fantasy and I will remember it anyway I want! HA)

We are having a fall Couple's Shower on the back patio - dinner, drinks and a Smore's Bar!! I can not wait. I have two fantastic mom's helping me put on this party and we have so many cute ideas.

I printed these on craft paper and it gives them an even cuter woodsy feel! I printed large labels that took up almost the entire envelope with the tree, owl & little fox on it! I bought my little creatures from stockberrystudio she has great digital artwork, I have used her stuff before! And she is super nice and answers my dumb illustrator questions - because I am self taught and my teacher kinda sucked! HA

Of course I spent at least 150+ hours on Pinterest looking for cute ideas for this shower ... which is were I found the original smore's bar idea. If you wanna take a peak at all the items I pinned go for it! Hoot-Hoot.

More to come! Hope you are busy planning some sort of Fall Festival at your house or at least decorating up a storm. I have been adding little characters like the ones above all over the house in an attempt to get ready for the shower! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Salsa Queso; Great Mexican Appetizer

The weather at least for today, has turned a delightful, chilly. Never mind we started the month at 102.
Thursday Night, Saturday Morning, Sunday - all day - have been filled with football. I love college sports - I can't name every quarter back, or remember who beat who in the 1984 showdown, but I love to get in the spirit of college football. I love that in the South they dress up for games and start tailgating on Thursday's (I do not love the SEC, just making that clear - I will always cheer "GO BIG RED" during football- I was raised by a die hard Nebraska Fan). But I kinda secretly wish my daughter goes to school college in the South, because tradition there is soo cool.

Anywho - what to eat on game days! I came across this great homemade Queso - No, dad, it is not Velveeta cheese & rotel. But it was really good - taste like you might actually have it at a Mexican Joint - the real kind!  

2 Medium fresh poblano chile peppers
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves minced
2 medium roma tomatoes
1 cup half & half
1/4 tsp salt
3oz cream cheese
8 ounces asadero cheese (I found this at my local grocery store, and they never have anything out of hte ordinary - it was with the cheese by the eggs)
Fresh cilantro - handful
1-2 Jalapeno

Preheat the over to 425. line a baking sheet with foil. Halve chile peppers lengthwise remove seeds (this will burn the hell out of your eyes - be very careful). Place cut side down on baking sheet. Roast 25 mins or until skins are blistered and dark. Wrap in foil let sit on counter for 20 mins or until they cool down.
Pull off skins - chop peppers

In large skilled, heat oil over medium heat, add onion, garlic, cook until tender, add tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos, simmer till cooked - transfer to food processor and chop to liking. Return to pan, add half & half and bring to simmer add salt. Add both cheeses a little at a time and stir till melted and bubbly.

This does not reheat well - it taste good, it just is not as smooth ... so best to make and eat! WONDERFUL.

Enjoy! GO BIG RED ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back To School Board

Little Miss Doodlebug is back in "school". She started full time mid-August and really enjoys it. I am not going to lie - we are having some adjustment issues to being in school all day and not napping ... and by adjustments I mean she comes home every-day and cries until we can't take anymore and put her to bed. With that said, my friend reminded me the do not call it the Terrific Two's, sigh. It is a phase, we will get it through it ... this is what I keep telling my self, and my husband, the dogs, the mailman and just about anybody else who will listen to me :)

Now we have art projects, daily activity sheets, school calendars, show and tell Thursday, uniforms to wash and iron - so to keep it fun, I redid Doodlebugs bulletin board in "back to school".  I need to get all the cute pics of her in uniform printed and hung up, but hey at least this got done before December!

I also just got a fancy new camera, I have NO idea how to use - needed a few "test subjects"!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mason Jar Thank You Gifts

These little jars are so cute all by themselves, but add a little spray paint, fabric, twine & a little tag - super cute! Easy cheap little thank you's for Birthday Parties, Teacher Gifts, Holiday give aways - you name it. I am for sure not the first person to think up this great little idea by, probably 50 years ... but I do think after all this time they still are a cute little gift.

I bought the small (not super small) ball canning jars. Cut squares of material (rough estimate, no real measuring here). Spray painted the tops in coordinating party colors. Printed off little tags that matched the invites. Cut what seemed like a thousands yards of twine.

Next step very important: if filling the jars with candy you like, buy extra bag. At my house it went handful of Swedish Fish in the jar, handful in my mouth, jar, mouth, jar, mouth -you get the idea.

I had a bit of trouble getting the fabric and lid to all tighten up correctly - but it could be the Swedish Fish induced comma I was entering. Tie them off with cute ribbon or twin and done!  Happy Eating,  I mean giving.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wooden Signs - Birthday's or Any Holiday

These wooden signs are so cute and so easy to do for just about any occasion.

Boards of different sizes (my Lowe's has a finished board section - all I had to do was pick out the ones I wanted $1.50-$3.00 a board)
Stakes ($15 for dozen at Lowes or Home Depot)
Spray Paint
Cut out Letters & Shapes ( I use the Cricut for this part)
Modge Podge
Nail Gun (or good ol'fashion hammer and some smaller tacks)

Easy Steps:
Cut out whatever you want to go on your signs ... use words, pictures, whatever
Spray Paint your boards, let them dry
Spray Paint your Post
Adhere images/letters with Modge Podge - let it dry
Use Nail Gun (or hammer away) the boards to the Post
And Done - I mean it doesn't get much easier.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Red, Aqua & Pink Crab Party

A MONTH (how long since I last blogged) ... this new job thing is killing me smalls :) I miss the days were I did nothing till 4:00pm and then wondered how the hell it was almost dinner and we got nothing done today! HA ... now I just work and still get nothing done ...

I did manage to  co-pull together with  little miss crabby's fantastic mom, a fantastic, first birthday party. It was so cute, and such a fun night filled with great people, great food and a great guest of honor. We  wanted to create this vintage back yard, southern low country shindig ... and I think we did a pretty good job of nailing it. The weather was a million degree's - but we did say south, so go figure!
Even Miss Crabby Herself - was dressed for the party!

Free Printable!

We had ton's of inspiration for this party ... we knew right away we wanted the color scheme: teal, pink & red ... and then Maddie had the fantastic little crab outfit made by a great gal we know in town. Off the quilting store I went, because they have the best fabric. (FYI, I have zero quilting skills) There I snagged up 4-6 fat quarters in great vintage girly patterns. I really wanted the pennants to be hung from twine, but I struggled on an easy way to hang over 17ft (x2) of pennants on twine ... a needle and thread was just not happening! Now, maybe if I had started some time prior to 72 hours before the party, maybe. Nope, not even then, that is a lot of damn pennants to string!

Crepe paper is another supply I love to use, because it comes in great colors and is CHEAP! The two pictures flanking the TV are pleated streamers - double side taped to a piece of paper, framed without the glass. Best part, take it out and use the frames for something else at your next party, holiday, or around the house.  I also use crepe paper on my wreathes. Easy to do and makes them super cute.

Check out my Pinterest Spot (here) to see all the places we found our great ideas! Also a shout out to eighteen25 for creating this FREE darling birthday sign that just happened to match our birthday party perfectly!!! Check out their site for other great stuff.

Mr. B made a fantastic shrimp boil - I mean LOVED IT. He also, according to everyone else, made wonderful grits. I did not grow up the south. If it looks like mashed potatoes - it should taste like mash potatoes, not oatmeal. Sorry Mr. B, no offense.