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.
Unfortunately, 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.
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→
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→
It may not be fall, but this cold weather makes it seem appropriate to bake up some delicious pumpkin pie!
I have always enjoyed pumpkin pie — but I have never made my own. I got to thinking about it and I couldn’t believe I had never baked a pumpkin pie! As a result of my misguided steps in never making this delectable dessert, I went hunting for a recipe that I could try out. After all, I was not going to use the canned pumpkin pie mix. I want to put a little effort into it. And this was the end result:
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: breakfast foods are one of our favorite foods in this house. From cinnamon roll waffles, to scrambled eggs, to potatoes, we love it! Breakfast for dinner is a common theme around here. The potatoes are a favorite of mine. Jon enjoys them, too — but I am the potato-aholic in this family. I could live off potatoes and be happy.
Because I love them so much, I want to share a recipe with you. Breakfast Potatoes.
I have made these for several years. It’s a concoction all of my own, although I am sure I drew inspiration from other sources to make this delectable dish (however, I am not sure where so I am unable to site my source). Continue reading Breakfast Potatoes→
In December, for a gathering with friends, I made a cheese ball — the same cheese ball as someone else who attended! To be fair, I got the recipe from her 2 years ago…but still! What are the odds?
So why did two of us make the same cheese ball? (Well, I made a cheese ball because I got some adorable cheese spreaders for Christmas. But that’s beyond the point…) Because it’s delish. And easy to make. That is all that needs to be said. I mean, what more needs to be said.
I LOVE potatoes. And, for holiday meals, potatoes are a staple. Good thing I love potatoes. And good thing I have a hubby that loves to eat them too.
For our Christmas dinner, I wanted to make the ‘ole staple. But, I didn’t want to have all of my dishes needing to be made at the same time. So, I found a recipe to help me with that. I found a delicious slow cooker recipe (and we all know about my on-going “love affair” with my slow cooker…) that would solve that issue.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that you all have been enjoying time with your loved ones over the long weekend. We have visited some family and will be spending time with family through this coming weekend.
Today, I have felt very “domesticated” as a wife. I spent time working on a sewing project that has been in progress for several months. (It continues to make progress but I have a long way to go. I am can’t wait to see it when it’s completed!) I cooked some dinner: breakfast foods (a favorite around here). And I have prepped some of the food for our Christmas dinner. And that, friends, is what I have come to share with you: the menu plan for tomorrow.
For breakfast/brunch (whenever we wake up), there will be cinnamon roll cake. I have never made this before, but it looks delicious! I have mixed it up (with my new KitchenAid mixer! …thanks Mom and Dad!!) and it is waiting to be baked tomorrow morning. 🙂
For “lunch”, the plan is to have some appetizers and snack-y tidbits. The plan is to do some crescent roll ups (of the pepperoni variety), little smokies, chips and salsa…and whatever else we can muster up.
And for dinner…the master of all meals…there is a delicious menu planned. The main course will be a baby turkey (3 pound chicken breast) that has cooked all day in my slow cooker (delicious…moist…wonderful!). We love starches around here and that explains the stuffing and mashed potatoes (however, the stuffing is really for hubby and mashed potatoes will fill my plate!), as well as some tasty bread. We will have some corn and fruit with the meal. And it will all be topped off with some pie (not sure if it will be pumpkin or chess). And, we shall (hopefully) have a delicious limeade-strawberry drink.
After Christmas, I hope to give you some recipes so you can enjoy some of the yumminess that will grace our table for Christmas dinner.
So, enjoy time with your loved ones and make sure you take time to reflect upon the true reason for the season. From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!
I can’t believe that I haven’t shared this recipe with you yet! I mean…really. It’s one of my favorites and I have turned it into a favorite for Jon, as well. He had never heard of, or tasted, this delicious pie until we started dating. My grandmother gave me this recipe years ago and has been a favorite in my family for a long time.
This stew is either the first or second soup/stew I ever made (not sure if this or one of my potato soups came first), so it holds a special place in my “cookbook heart”. We (Mom and I) started with a recipe when we made this the first few times. And then we lost it. As a result, we/I started winging it. So, this stew resembles the original recipe, at least what I remember of it (I mean, it’s been more than a decade since we first made it) but is my own creation and often varies a little bit each time I make it depending of what I may have on hand…and that’s okay. Continue reading Brunswick Stew→