Monday, December 29, 2008
So, tonights dinner was born! Crab Bisque and Crab and Chicken Ravioli's with a Lemon Cream Sauce! It was so freakin good, I thought I'd share with you!
stick of unsalted butter....no margarine you goof!
1 c. corn...frozen or canned whatever if its canned, drain it!
2 cans cream of celery soup...trust me on this!
equal parts of white wine (I used Chardonnay) and half and half/cream/milk/evaporated milk...what ever you have. I used about half a cup of each.
couple stalks of celery, diced thin
green and red peppers diced (for color)
half white onion diced
garlic...of course! Three or so cloves, depends on how much you like garlic...oh and mince it!
Crab--the more the better, but at least a cup of crabmeat
salt and pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
So you've got it all...now what? I chopped everything first cuz once you get going, you're going to need things quickly.
Put your soup pot over med/high heat and dump your butter in there. Once melted, add celery,peppers,onion and garlic....salt and pepper it, let saute til fragrant.
Add the celery soup, and corn stir to combine
Add the wine and milk (or what ever you have for milk)
Thyme, maybe a tablespoons worth
And the bayleaves. Stir again, then put a lid over it and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. I let mine simmer a few hours.
10 or so minutes before serving, add crabmeat...heat through (4-5min)
Use an immersion blender or your food processor or blender and blend soup. So you have a nice creamy, hearty soup! Alternatively you don't have to blend it, you can eat it as is...I just blended it cuz thats how I remember a bisque!
So, the ravioli...first off, does anyone have some tips for folding raviolis and making them pretty? Mine sucked! The fold job did anyway!
I'm not going to share this recipe just yet! While the ravioli's were magnifique, they were also time consuming. I know there is an easier way to use this flavor combo, so it's back to the ATK for me...Ashleigh Test Kitchens.
I'll get back to you!
Now, I just need to finish off this prime rib in the fridge...I'm thinking Carne Asada in my new crockpot my mom gave me for christmas!
I'll letcha know!
Till next time....loves!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Our little family, we have better ones, but they will be included in said Christmas cards. THis was our stage (duh ash, ya mean they don't have presents and christmas balls on trees naturally?)
And this is the natural setting. I love Rain yawning and Hurricane crying! IT makes me laugh!
Here's one of my faves of the boys!
Yes, I think I will blow this one up and print it!
So, then we moved to pictures of me and DH....we really don't have pics of us by ourselves that date past the wedding and reception...so, well lets get some! Right? Ohhhh! So that's why we don't take together pictures! Look at my face!!!!I don't know what he was doing, but I was pretty grossed out by it! And lets face it, that is the grossest face I could pull too!!!!!
Ahh, well, onward, lets see if the next one turned out any better?
Awww! Cute....there is a redeeming picture of the two of us....nope, wait, what is that I spy??? Take a really good look at my shirt tails!!!
Yep, they're crooked....nope, nothing to drink...yet. All the sudden, flashes of the Janet Jackson superbowl debacle flood my mind and shatter my hopes that THIS year, we may have some pictures worth a thousand words...good words, not snorts and giggles!
Hmph. Maybe next year I'll get the professional photographer, maybe s/he will notice all the little details sucha as my shirt is buttoned wrong...then again maybe not!
So, we went to Wally world Sunday after church. Remember the ever elusive Wally World on the Griswold Family Vacation....have you ever thought that today's Wally World is the same in so many ways? WE pack up our family with such high expectations of finding soulful zen (or at least a great bargain) there, just to come out feeling tired, worn, and cranky...hmmm. Anyway, a.d.d. kicked in again....so we went to Wally. And first thing we see is a gingerbread house. We thought, "what a fun project to do with the kids!" But we didn't want the easy kind...no no we wanted to make our own. We got the stuff, dragged the kids through wally for hours (days if you talk to renne) then made our lovely trek home! By the time we got home, this was no longer an innocent, fun, lets-do-it-with-the-kids project. This was our Gingerbread Faceoff! Who was gonna be better, blah blah blah. rain's survived many collapses, apparently DH forgot about support whatevers inside...so the house imploded...twice. Meanwhile, mine and Hurricane's went up pretty fast...never mind it looks like a house you would see on Harry Potter! It's crooked (kinda like my shirt) and there's an errant graham cracker that sticks out more than the rest, but ours didn't collapse...twice!
We put the pictures on FB and had our friends and fam vote...DH and Rain won...bragging rights for the whole year, but no worries...Hurricane and I have already begun construction on our house for next year! We're using real gingerbread, and snow glitter, and some other top secret items! Yes, we have implemented a new holiday tradition...Gingerbread Houses!
The pic on the left is Rain's...notice the Rolo terds that are supposed to be a chimney, and look at the back, it was imploding as I was snapping the picture! Then their's mine and Hurricane's...tall, yes, crooked, uh-huh, but still beautiful haha!
Well, we had fun, and I had fun sharing this with you! Loves to all of you!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Anywho....on to Halloween....
Rain's class celebrated Reformation instead, so they all got to wear jammies to school! So the boys and I followed suit and showed up in jammies. We painted faces, bobbed for apples, and did this doughnut eating game...it was alot of fun!
As for trick or treating, there is but one neighborhood in Pagosa that does trick or treating! Partially b/c we are so spread out, and partially b/c there are so many part time residents, you never know what you'll really find. Anyway, so we went there first... There we are! We have....
Pumpkin played by Jacob...Ms Hainer's lil one
Chef Colette (Ratatouille) ...Rain
Snow White...Rylie (Rob and Brandie's daughter)
Mouse- Yep that would be Hurricane and...
Dragon- Jack Jack!
Where's TT? Oh, there he is! Swaddled in the Moby! With B and Jack Jack...check out my minnie mouse ears...yes that's my hair! Yes those are coffee cups in our hands, and yes they had hot totties in them!
On to Trick or Treat!!! Hurricane didn't really get what we were doing, until that first piece of candy... whew dog, then we couldn't go fast enough! After trick or treating, we went to The Powerhouse, a gathering place for the areas teens. All the churches get together and offer different booths with games and stuff and then the kids get a candy at the end! After all that fun and excitement, we headed home to watch movies and chill.
They boys had gone to a football game, so the girls gabbed and got kids in bed, then we had our adult Halloween...no, no strip poker! Just food, fun, and friends!
And we're still waiting for the snow to fall......(Jaws theme inserted here)
Until next time....
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So I thought I'd share!
Dinner menu tonight-
Chicken Tacos......I was going for a Chili's inspiration, and wanted easy crock pot cookin, well lets just say mine were much better than anything I've eaten at Chili's!
4 or so chicken breasts
1 can tomatoes or Rotel
1/4 c salsa verde if your not using Rotel
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
1 can chicken broth or tomato sauce
2-3 cloves of garlic
Salt and Pepper
Throw it all in, mix it up, put the lid on and cook 4-6 hours on low.
When your ready to put your tacos together, I grilled my tortillas in oil to crispy them, added sharp cheddar and the chicken mix. THATS ALL!!!!
2 or so cloves of garlic minced
1-2 tomatillos or 2T salsa verde if no tomatillos on hand
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1c butter milk (or half milk half sour cream)
1 packet ranch dressing
Juice from one lime
Throw it all in a blender and blend....easy huh?
Cilantro Lime Rice
2c uncooked rice
4c chicken broth or 3c broth 1c water
2-3 garlic cloves minced
juice from one lime
Add all ingredients but dressing to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer till rice is done. Add dressing to desired consistency and call it good.
This was an ok, but I may have to do some tweaking on it, I'll let you know.
Cafe Rio Black Beans
Garlic 2-3 cloves
2 cans black beans rinsed and drained
1 can tomato juice or half a can tomato sauce and the same amt water
2T chopped cilantro (see a pattern! I used the entire bunch of cilantro on this dinner! Which is good because usually it goes bad in the fridge. Plus Sean hates cilantro, but told me this was definitely a do again!)
Heat oil in saucepan, add garlic, about 1t or so of cumin, and salt. Saute til fragrant. Add black beans, and tomato juice. The longer you can let this cook, the better the flavor cuz you can cook the liquid down. Add the cilantro at the end. Add salt if needed but ONLY after you've added your cilantro and are sure you now need salt!
So to give credit where due, I adapted these recipes from http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?p=569596
gotta be fair right?
Anyway, hope you enjoy as much as we did!
Rain had gone to a Pumpkin patch down in Aztec, NM with her class. The boys and I didn't go due to our Plague sickness we had! Anywhoooooo we decided to go down that weekend.
What you can't see on this pic of Hurricane is that he has a bag of popcorn that he was conspiratorally shoving down his throat like there was no tomorrow!
The kids had fun though! We did a corn maze, then there was this little playground that used dried corn. Hurricane would go down this slide and dig his head into the corn!
He is a goof!
Anyway, we did face painting, and train riding, then went on a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch part!
No Pumpkin weekend is complete without a little carving wouldn't you say?
As you can see by the disgust on both kids faces, pulling seeds out was not their favorite part...but man did it make for some good pics!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Crown- Biebel Rak Scraps May 08 Kit
Feet- M Bennett Bundle of Boy
Love you dot- K Pertiet DD Greeting Dots
Brushes- A Soft Rainfall KK Swirl RAKscraps
Andrea Victoria Web brush DD Freebie
DD Ad Challenge Freebie
K Pertiet Frostbitten frame DD
Font- DJB Megan
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We're in Salt Lake for three weeks. What originally started out as a working vacation was transformed into just vacation when they pushed our trial back to November. I can always find things to do with my SLC visits, so the extra time was welcomed! One thing I did was plan a day to go up to my aunti Kim's and teach her a few things on PSE...Photoshop Elements for those of you non digi-scrap-photographers! We had so much fun! So I had to include our first page....this is my cousin Mitch's son Easton isn't he cute?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Apparently my heart misfires...but it's a normal abnormality if that makes sense...so yay we got the clearance from a cardiologist! So Juanita (one of the midwives) came out to the house today and we went thru what to expect etc etc...I am so excited!
DH's parents were here too, so they were able to meet one of our midwives at least. But they approve, so that's good!
I had a few questions about homebirth...so here are the answers...
Yes, the midwives are highly trained.
Yes they put us at the center of the birth, not on the outskirts.
Yes, they work with us as part of the team, instead of excluding us in the team process.
Yes, they facilitate water birth, any position birth, and are open to what we feel comfortable with.
Yes, they clean up afterwards (and make dinner, and make sure baby's nursing, and mom and dad are good, they they tuck you in tight and leave)
Yes they do follow up visits, one day, four days after birth at home, then two months down the road at their office.
Yes, they have wonderful relationships with the OB's and Peds at the hospital, as well as the emergency staff, so should there be any sort of emergency, they are calling ahead making arrangements and getting you and/or baby where they need to be....they're not afraid of asking for help if needed.
No they don't work in high risk births.
Yes they had lots of school, and hands on training.
Yes they are regulated by the state...very heavily.
Yes they massage/touch/accupressure as you are comfortable with.
Yes, they are there for more than just catching the baby, they come when you call and stay till you are ready for them to leave.
Yes, they can do all the tests right there (apgar, eye ointment, vitamin k)
No, they don't circumcise.
I think that was it for now!
I will keep you updated!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
However, this pregnancy has been very hormonally driven, so I wonder if we are actually going to have a girl.
We have names picked out for both...if it's a boy his name will be Nykolas Dean. Nykolas b/c we haven't found any funky boy names we can agree on....boy names are hard! And Dean for my dad.
Our girls names are: Mara(after my great grandma Margaret) Grace or Evangeline (After my grandma) Lilly ( after DH's gma). Girls names are SO easy!
Oh, the stress!
Well, now that I have driven you all crazy with THE question.......without further ado....
Guess it's Nykolas Dean born on June 16th is my prediction! He wants to share Su's bday!
Yay!!!! My life just got easier! Oh yeah, this makes number three all correct genders using the chinese birth calendar! It really does work. www.chinesebirthcalendar.org