Category Archives: Suzanne

The Best Steak You Will Ever Eat

I enjoy a really good steak. As Jon has said, the fact that I enjoy meat was never strike against me when he looked at me as a potential mate (and, for the record, still works in my favor). While I am really like white meat, every now and again, I crave a delicious and juicy steak.

The Best Steak You'll Ever EatUnfortunately, I have almost always had to go out to get a steak that meets my standards. Its not that Jon can’t cook a great steak – he can. Dad always cooked a great steak, too. But they cook their steaks on the grill. And I think that is where their steaks differ from this one, that has far surpassed any steak I have ever had outside of a restaurant. This steak was seared on the stove top and cooked in the oven.

And it was delicious.

It was juicy.

It was tender.

It was just how I like my steaks.

Dare I say it – these have been better than a restaurant steak.

Here is what you need for it: Continue reading The Best Steak You Will Ever Eat

Wooden Growth Ruler

Kids grow so darn fast, don’t they? Our little guy is only 2 but he’s already over 3 feet tall and continuing up the ladder quickly. Pretty soon, I’ll be looking up to him (he just better remember who carried him for 9 months, birthed him, and then carried him for even longer than 9 months!).

I can easily recall his birth statistics. 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and 21.5 inches long. But as he is getting older (and taller), I love having something tangible to compare that length to. And I love being able to see how he grows through the years. And, Lord willing, should we add to our family, I would love to see how all of our children grow throughout the years. Should we ever move, I also want a way to take those memories with us, rather than leave them behind on a door frame or a wall.

I have seen growth rulers in stores costing upwards of $100 (and that’s the least expensive I’ve seen…yikes!) and these projects are plentiful on Pinterest (a dangerous but oh-so-fun hole that I can get lost in for hours!). Putting together what I’ve seen in these various places and mixing in my own ideas, I came up with my very own growth ruler. I’m going to share with you the first way that I did this project and then I will share a few variations I have done or that you can incorporate into making your very own growth ruler.

Before we begin, we need to gather all the supplies we’re going to need. Some of these you may have around your house if you’re a crafter, DIY-er, or if you (or your husband) enjoy woodworking. But you will more than likely still need to make a trip to your local home improvement store and your local craft store for a few items. Continue reading Wooden Growth Ruler

Cruising with a Toddler

Last November, our family went on a Caribbean cruise! I had been on a cruise 10 years earlier and loved it. This was the first time Bug and Jon went sailing into the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. My sweet husband was reluctant to go so far from the safety of land but I (and in the end, he) was so glad he did! (As he put it, he has seen Titanic. And it did not end well.)

Bug LOVED the window in our stateroom and enjoyed looking out every chance he got
Bug LOVED the window in our stateroom and enjoyed looking out every chance he got

Even as excited as we were (…I was), there was still much trepidation about traveling with a toddler. We had ventured to Canada to visit Jon’s family 4 months before the cruise which helped us prepare. We were able to get a better grasp on what we would need to bring for Bug – and our test-run was done where we were able to get something if we forgot. (Of course, in the middle of the ocean, you’re out of luck if you need something.)

A friend asked for tips on cruising with a toddler shortly after our return. I formulated a list of my thoughts and want to share them with you. Continue reading Cruising with a Toddler

My kitchen must haves – Part 5

What are you kitchen must haves?

You’re jumping into the middle of a 5-part series on what I need to work in my kitchen. (You’ve reached the last part!)

Visit part 1 with my cookie or ice cream scoop here.
Visit part 2 with my pizza cutter here.
Visit part 3 with my measuring cups here.
Visit part 4 with a good knife here.

Today’s must have: Continue reading My kitchen must haves – Part 5

My kitchen must haves – Part 1

If you are new here, I love to cook. Based on my recent posts, you may not be able to tell that – but I’ve had something preoccupying my mind lately.

Anyway, I have…for a while now…wanted to share with you the top 5 items I have in my kitchen that I love. As much as I love cooking and baking, I have a list of things that I need in order to make my experience in the kitchen that much easier. Without further ado, I present the first installment of my kitchen necessities.

Today’s must have: Continue reading My kitchen must haves – Part 1

Chicken & Dumplings ~ Cracker Barrel Style

I am a very big fan of good, southern-style cooking. I grew up on that kind of food. It’s good-for-the-heart cooking…but not really every good for the heart. I love making this type of food, and recipes I would classify as southern-style litter my cookbook. However, sometimes you just don’t want to cook these types of dishes and you have to go out in search of them. One of my favorite places to get this delicious southern-style cooking is Cracker Barrel. My favorite meal there is their chicken and dumplings dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, biscuits and a sweet tea. I don’t even have to look at the menu when I go.

Sometimes, though, I get a craving for chicken and dumplings. (This happens when you’re pregnant…the cravings, I mean.) We have 2 Cracker Barrel restaurants within a reasonable distance to us – but neither is really convenient. So, I took to the internet to find a recipe I could make that would be close to Cracker Barrel’s. Continue reading Chicken & Dumplings ~ Cracker Barrel Style