Friday Five

There are so many things going well that it is difficult to choose just five for the week…..but here it goes:

1. My husband. He is absolutely amazing in every way and I thank God daily for him. Recently he helped me realize a dream and provided a way for it to come to fruition… that will be another blog post when the time is right. ☺

2.  Sleepovers with my eldest nieces from Pennsylvania. Seriously two of the most gorgeous human beings on the planet.

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3.  Halloween makeup. Yep.  Tonight I get to try my hand at some Anime makeup. I have no idea who Nepeta Leijon is..but I know who MAC Paint Pots are….and I can play!

4.  Golf cart rides! Load up the puppies. …time to visit the neighborhood friends & in-laws!

5.  Tombstone pizza. Seriously beats Digornios every. single. time.

I am sure next week I will be back to advising on Pledge wipes or the like, but this week I have found my inner child and I have missed her!

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Memorization Monday

Does anyone remember the material they learned in school? Elementary, High School, College…what percentage of knowledge do you think you have retained?
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Baking Essentials

I will never forget the feeling I had when I came home last year with a new container of baking powder. I am not sure what it was about the simple purchase, but I felt like a real adult who was married as I put it away in my pantry. My husband laughed at how giddy I was that I had a recipe that called for baking powder and I had some….but it’s the little things!

I will include a picture from our first home where I took an entire section of the kitchen and called it my “baking island”…I take my cooking seriously! 

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Sunday Sitdown: Purging Negativity

At this time last year, I was someone who, like most, checked Facebook religiously. I would read a post that someone wrote and I would spend more time than I should complaining about that person. They partied too much while trying to pretend to be mother of the year, someone couldn’t let things go, and then there is my favorite…the person with the passive aggressive posts that hinted at who the post was about (kind of like I did above with the examples). After a while I realized it did nothing for me or my house, or any of my relationships. Nada. In a world full of Kardashian wannabes, I miss real. Real people who are confident despite how their braces look or how old their clothes are. Does Social Media cause such narcissism that we all think of ourselves as celebrities? I think so.

 

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Blanching Corn

I finally feel like an adult… I have blanched my first bushel of corn on the cob!

For years I watched my mother and grandmother “can” vegetables but I never actually felt the urge to learn how. Unfortunately for me once I stopped living at home I missed those veggies and corn on the cob. Luckily for me, I have some amazing family members who love to farm and are willing to share some family secrets so that I may have that which I love!

The reasons one would want to go through this long process of blanching are quite basic.  The vegetables you freeze will taste better, they won’t lose valuable nutrients, they will be clean and they will take up less space in the freezer.

If one does not blanch the vegetable prior to freezing the enzymes will still be active and the vegetable will want to grow and mature. If the enzymes continue to be active while stored in the freezer,  the corn will not taste nor look like corn when it is time to eat it.

Here is how to blanch corn:

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Death by Oreo Cupcakes

I don’t want to even think about how many calories were in the cupcakes I made Sunday.  I can think about how fast everyone ate them and how everyone ate more than one!

This will definitely be a recipe I use again, although next time I will forget the box cake mix and make my own!

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One Pot Chicken & Mushroom Pasta Recipe

I am a sucker for one pot wonders. When I first began cooking I learned the crock pot was my friend. Gradually I became confident in cooking and expanded to one pan meals.

One of our wedding gifts was a Cuisinart Deep Dish Fry Pan and it inspired me to try a recipe for Chicken Alfredo from scratch. It was a huge hit in our family and I kept revising it until I thought it was perfect.

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Prepping for dinner guests

One of my favorite days of the week is Sunday.

When we got married we started a tradition of Sunday dinners and eventually Church with my husband’s mom. As I was learning to cook it was sometimes overwhelming wondering how the food would actually taste; but with time my confidence in the kitchen rose and our recipe collection expanded.

Today we did things a little differently. I cooked at our house and we took it to my in-laws. This is perfect now that they are a golf cart ride away.

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Finding new hobbies…

I have never been described as an “outdoors type.”  In fact, you could say my pale skin comes from the fear of bugs, ants and bees.This fear does not come in handy when I have tons of yard inspiration from my grandmother and Pinterest.

Luckily, I married a man who can look at a bee and tell me it is a Carpenter Bee and how to avoid it.  He also tells me things flying through the air are mosquitoes and not wasps; and when I should stand still and when I should try to kill flying objects.

The one subject we will always disagree on is ANTS.  He says there are good ants and bad ants.  That there are kinds that will harm you only when you invade their space, and then there are the kinds that will really hurt someone who is allergic to them.  I say they are all ants and they should all be killed. They all look red to me.

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Back Strain

I have strained my back. Not fun.

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