Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An unpolished Mommy

"I'll be your mess and you be mine, that was the deal we had signed" 
Gayle Forman, Where she went

  When I am out and I see the mom who has the perfect hair, makeup applied and cute outfit out shopping with her 3 kids I find myself taking stock. A once over show this mommy in her favorite jeans, tennis shoes and my hair in a ponytail. Not because I don't want to look more polished but I can't figure out how. Just to get out of the house to go certain places I have to start getting ready a couple hours ahead of time. I try and shower during the double nap so my hair can start to air dry and cut down on the blow dry time. I make the bottles, grab the sippy cups, extra diapers for both girls, snacks, bibs, baby food and toys to keep them occupied.

 By the time nap is over and its almost time to go, I get everyone up, diapers changed, clothes on, hair brushed and shoes on. My husband helps with these things and for him to get ready is ten minutes max but somehow no matter how early I start I find myself standing in my pajamas with 10 minutes to get ready. 

                                                                     

   Then its a rush to apply make up, run a brush thru the hair, grab clothes and socks and bolt downstairs to the car where everyone is buckled and ready for our trip out.
Don't get me wrong, its not that I look hideous and I am not in sweat pants or anything but when I see the other moms who are lazily browsing thru the aisles in the jeans tucked into the cute boots and nice cardigan, I really start to wonder. I even have these well behaved little girls that make it easy for me to get them ready. My husband is really good looking and my kids are adorable and I often wonder if when we are seen as a family out together if people think.."I wonder how she landed that cute family?"
  
  I feel like I am in a state of disrepair. The rusty car that clutters the driveway. I have the best of intentions but with the amount on my plate I find myself always in last place. I am actually okay with that because the mommy automatically puts everyone first. I think I need to make a deal with myself to try and do the small things that will make me a little more polished. 
My list:
  1.  Keep those eyebrows on the 3 week wax schedule- 3 weeks needs cleaned up. 4 weeks  leaves me with an eye beard thus making my eye shadow look like a 5 o'clock shadow.
  2.  Don't let the gray hairs overtake you, get that hair colored and shaped so the hair doesn't just hang there. You may feel old but you don't have to look old!
  3.  Stop letting my clothes get so worn that I have holes in my socks and my underwear.
  4.  Stop whining about money and buy myself a pair of shoes that isn't a tennis shoe.

This last one is hard to admit but in the interest of being honest and straight forward, I have to say this. I was pregnant twice in under 2 years so I have more maternity clothes than normal clothes. I wear the t-shirts still because I don't have the time to go and buy more clothes and the money is a little tight. These aren't always flattering.

    5. Go buy some clothes that aren't maternity and either give the clothes away or pack          them away.
I don't want to look perfect but I would like to not be running out of the house, putting shoes on in the car and wondering if I look okay enough to go somewhere. I find myself chanting in my head."please let this not be the day I run into someone I know". Its too much pressure. So I will have to commit to my list and one by one polish this mommy up a bit. I need to do it for me because sooner or later I will run into someone I know and instead of quickly turning around and trying to escape I want to be proud and have them think..How does she do it? How does she look put together and have two kids?

Being more polished, its my goal!
(This is my beautiful baby and I tame that hair every day even though its perfect the way it is)
  
This post is dedicated to my best friend Kathy, for  years I look at her and her beautiful hair, makeup, outfits and 3 kids and think..HOW DOES SHE DO IT? She makes motherhood look easy and she does it with continued grace. I love her because she loves me even when I am at my most unpolished!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Roasted beef ribs

                                   Roasted Beef Ribs

    I love pork ribs, they are one of my favorite summer treats. If you were to search pork ribs you would never run out of different ways to cook them. My husband and I like to break from the normal occasionally by doing beef ribs. I think these are not as popular or maybe not as easily found. Either way when cooked correctly these are outstanding. We generally put these on the barbeque but we wanted to try them in the oven. My sister is always making these in the oven and they practically melt in your mouth! 

Ingredients
2 racks of beef ribs 
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper
Chili powder

Directions: 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove ribs from package and cut the racks in half. Take your roasting pan remove the lid and fill it 3/4 with water. Season your ribs with the garlic powder, salt, pepper and chili powder (to taste). Be liberal with the seasoning so that your ribs are evenly coated. Place ribs on your roasting pan, meat side up and cover with foil. Make sure the foil is snug so that the steam from the water stays in. 

The ribs will stay in the oven at 350 for 2 hours - then remove the ribs and baste with your favorite barbeque sauce. Place back in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. This will crisp up the ribs a little and finish roasting. 




Once ribs are done, cut into individual bones andserve immediately with additional sauce for dipping! 




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Friday, April 11, 2014

My EPIC Pinterest fails

                                               My Epic Pinterest Fail

    I had stumbled across a site that was dedicated to recipes from Pinterest that people had tried and failed. I laughed so hard at some of these pictures because I have totally made these mistakes. See below my hard work that made me puzzled..


I found these beautiful and unique cupcakes from one of my favorite sites. when I saw them I knew I wanted to make these immediately..I also wanted to bake with my toddler for the first time and this looked easy enough! See the picture below and the recipe from Chef In training.


Rice Krispie Treat Frosting from chef-in-training.com ...This frosting is AMAZING! If you love Rice Krispie Treats, you'll LOVE this!


Now see my pathetic attempt at this cupcake and frosting- It looks like melted wax..I could barely convince my family to try them- The taste was great but not sure what happened to the frosting..


I tried and tried to get this frosting to look nice and stand up but to no avail..these cupcakes were a MESS.

I didn't let this get me down, I tried again with what looked like an easy but yummy recipe.


                                         White Fudgy bars


White Chocolate Brownies - INCREDIBLE! http://backforsecondsblog.com  #whitechocolate #blondies #brownierecipe

Here is what I ended up making- The sad part is this had like 3 steps and 5 ingredients and I came out with White fudge jerky- they were so chewy and disgusting..This was really disappointing. Also, when I tried to cut them out of the pan I bent a knife.. GOOD GRIEF. 





I am not a baker, I say it over and over. I still waste time on trying because that day my little helper had fun. It was the first time baking with my daughter and even if we NEVER make anything edible I will keep trying because when sister got her first taste of Marshmallow she was a big fan.. I may have bombed these two delicious and easy recipes but this face was totally worth it!





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Golden Honey Shrimp

 Golden Honey Shrimp


    I have been on a shrimp kick lately and I love most to try anything new. To my surprise not only was this easy but it was FANTASTIC. The Shrimp was cooked to perfection and the light sauce gave it that perfect texture. I made this over bow tie pasta noodles and even though we loved it. My husband has requested this over rice for the next round. 
  My mom watches our daughters and I love to send her leftovers of anything new that I make. I honestly had to stop myself from polishing this off and put some aside for my mom. My husband joked that she would be lucky if this made it to her house the next day.  Here is the recipe, please Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup of walnuts
3 tablespoons of mayo
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons of condensed milk
1 pound of shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
1 large egg (beaten)
1 cup or more of cornstarch ( I used more)
1 green onion for garnish

Instructions;

In a small bowl whisk together mayo, condensed milk and honey.

Heat your oil in a large skillet

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add sugar and stir constantly. This will start to turn color and thicken. Add walnuts and gently toss to combine. Transfer to a parchment lined plate.
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste ( I use very light salt)

In two separate bowls, one with the egg (beaten) and one with the cornstarch.
Dredge the pieces of shrimp in the egg and then the cornstarch - make sure shrimp is well coated.

Add the shrimp to the skillet (do not overcrowd) and fry until evenly coated. This will only take about 1-2 minutes. You may have to do a couple of batches. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

In a large bowl combine the shrimp and the sauce mixture and walnuts- Toss to combine. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.

You can serve over noodles, rice or on the side with something else. This is so good that it won't matter what you serve it with!

NOTE: I over cooked my walnuts, they were still delicious but I did them about 20 seconds too long. this process is quick so keep an eye on them! 


                                



Adapted from Damn delicious

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sausage and Egg - breakfast burritos

    Sausage and Egg breakfast burritos

   This is by far one of my favorite recipes and my most requested. I haven't shared this one yet and when I was making up a batch of these for my co-workers I knew it was time to share. These are easy and I have only ever made them 12 or more at a time so I don't know what the measurements would be for less. I do know you can freeze these and heat them back up so this would be a great freezer meal for quick breakfasts. 


Ingredients *(makes 8-12)

Eggs (1 Dozen)

1 roll of sausage (I ALWAYS use Bob Evans Zesty Hot)

2 small cans of diced green chiles 

2 packs of large tortillas (I use Mission)         

 

1 large bag of Colby Jack shredded cheese 

1/4 cup of skim milk *(you can use what ever percent of milk you have in the fridge)

1 tsp of salt and pepper

1/2 tbsp of butter or margarine

 Directions:

Brown the sausage and drain, place in a mixing bowl to cool. Add both cans of green chiles. 

                             

Put the eggs into a bowl and scramble them with a fork or a whisk-You want to make sure your egg yolks are broken. Add 1/4 of milk and the 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper. In the same pan you cooked the sausage melt the 1/2 tbsp of butter.

 Keep mixing the eggs until they are scrambled and cooked well. Add the eggs to the bowl with the sausage and chiles. Toss so all three ingredients are well mixed. You don't want big chunks of either ingredient so make sure it breaks up as you mix.

                      

                     

Tear off foil ahead of time so that you can wrap the burritos as you make them. 

Step 1: Take a pinch of cheese and place on the tortilla (Not in the middle but not to close to an edge)

Step 2: I use a large serving spoon to measure the amount of mix in each tortilla. You don't want to overfill or the tortilla will tear.

Step 3:  Fold in the edges and roll until burrito is wrapped tightly. 

 

Step 4 : Wrap in piece of foil and either freeze it, put in fridge or heat for breakfast.

This is a very easy recipe and depending on your love of spicy you may want to use normal Bob Evan's sausage. The zesty hot is perfect in that it adds a kick to your breakfast without it being to hot. 

Make these for your next family event and people will love them. I make these for Christmas morning and have made them for work many times. Its also nice to have them to grab and go when you are in a hurry.

You can make these healthy by using egg whites, whole wheat tortillas and turkey sausage!

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