Saturday, January 31, 2009
Congratulations, Rich, on becoming a professional surveyor! :-)
Friday, January 30, 2009
- 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
- 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) slices olives, drained
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream and salsa
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, spaghetti sauce, mushrooms and olives. Drain spaghetti; stir into the beef mixture.
Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa. Yield: 8 servings.
I made a few changes, again, according to the ingredients I had. I only used 1 pound of ground beef and then a 3.8 ounce can of olives and a 8 ounce can of mushrooms. I also didn't have a 3-qt baking dish, only a 2.5-qt, so I cut back on the cheese on top, because it was starting to spill over. I probably only ended up using 1 cup of cheese instead of 2. With all the changes, it ended up being 480 calories per serving and that's without the toppings. We only had salsa and sour cream in the house at the time, so those are the only toppings we used.
I wasn't sure how Mexican and Italian would mix, but Rich and I loved it! Blake ate it quite well, while I think Morgan had a hard time with the spaghetti noodles. (She doesn't like to get messy while she eats, so she won't eat it-even after cutting it up so it was more manageable.) It is definitely worth making again!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 package (32 oz.) frozen Tater Tots
- 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup crushed potato chips
I made a couple small changes to the recipe when I made it. I used garlic salt and onion salt instead of garlic powder and onion powder. (I didn't have any.) I also only used 1 serving of potato chips and only 1 cup of cheddar cheese to cut back on calories a bit. I divided it into about 10 servings and it still ended up being nearly 400 calories a serving, but it is worth it! Rich and I both agreed that it was delicious and the kids both ate it and like it! :-) It tastes a lot like cheesy potatoes, but even more flavorful! The only thing I didn't like was I didn't plan anything else to go with it and it isn't much of a meal. It would be a great dish to take to a potluck, though!
I haven't been giving credit to my great new cookbook like I should be. The Onion Cheese Biscuits, the Pepperoni Pizza Muffins and this recipe all came from Taste of Home's 2004 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes cookbook. Thank you Taste of Home for the great recipes!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I had to get a picture of this when I noticed that Morgan had sorted each place setting of her tea set by color. When I commented on it, she told me that the settings were for her, her grandma and her cousins, Emerald and Maggie. She was very proud of her little tea party! :-)
By the way, they have a giveaway going on right now for a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Who couldn't use that!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm sure they will appreciate any help you are able to give, whether it is a monetary donation, a food donation or helping spread the word. Thanks!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Luckily, when I got to the dentist, I didn't have to wait long. I don't think my nerves could have taken it! I went and sat in the chair and they had me sign some paperwork. The dentist then came and gave me the Novocaine, which was followed by the dental assistant coming and getting an impression of my teeth for the crown. When I was completely numb and feeling like I had a fat lip, the dentist came back and proceeded to drill, and drill, and drill! I swear he was drilling for 20 minutes. Water and pieces of tooth were flying everywhere, including all over my face. Apparently I did quite well, though. The dentist complimented on how easy going I was. (Believe me, I really wasn't feeling easy going!) Once he finished drilling, he then poured the silver into both teeth that needed fillings and proceeded to shove this metal cylinder around the tooth that needed a crown. (By the way, when I say shove, I think he actually stood up and was pushing down on it with all his might to get it into place.) He did more scraping and who knows what. The assistant rinsed and sucked up pieces of tooth and whatever stuff they make a crown with. Afterwards, I got another impression for the permanent crown and yet another for the temporary crown. The assistant cemented in the temporary crown, washed off my face for me, and I was all set (besides having to pay for all the trauma and the pain to come.)
So I'm home now. The Novocaine has wore off and I can feel the extent of what was done to me! My jaw is super sore and that whole side of my head hurts. I was told that the tooth that needed the crown would be sensitive and it is-to air! I can't breath through my mouth without feeling a sharp pain in my tooth. I was told the sensitivity would be to hot and cold and could last for 48 hours. I'm really hoping that it doesn't last that long! On top of that, the cement wasn't completely cleaned away from the inside of my tooth, so my tongue feels raw from rubbing on it. I'll need to go back in 3 weeks for the permanent crown, but that should be quick and easy...I hope.
By the way, this was only phase #1 of a dental plan they set up for me. I still have to go through phases #2 and #3 to get my wisdom teeth pulled (gulp).
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I also put together a slide show of more horse related pictures.
If you like this picture, head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and leave a comment letting them know! :-)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I don't know if you remember when I entered Bear in a contest on An Ordinary Life, but he actually made it as a finalist! He has a chance to win a Sleep Number Pet Bed and I'm so excited! I've been shaking since I found out! :-) Anyway, we would appreciate all the votes we can get, so please head over to An Ordinary Life and help Bear get a bed that he doesn't have to share with the cats :-) Thank you!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
For more Wordless Wednesday, check out 5 Minutes for Mom.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today Morgan insisted on wearing a sweater that her Aunt Katie made for her instead of the shirt that went with her outfit. Not a problem. It's a little short on her, but at least it will keep her warm. I helped her get her arms in the sleeves then left it alone. Well, she worked and worked at it until she had three of the buttons done up! She yelled "Mommy, I did it! I did it!" It was too cute and I, of course, had to take a picture to remember the first time Morgan buttoned up her shirt all by herself. :-)
On the same note, Pampers is giving away a Free Potty Training Kit for those of us who need all the help we can get! :-)
The kit includes:
*A free sample of Easy Ups Trainers
*Fun stickers & coloring pages
*Step-by-step potty training tips
*Potty Progress Chart
*Dora or Diego training trophy
I'll be potty training Blake this summer, so I'm looking forward to the Potty Party and the free Pampers to help the process! :-)
Monday, January 19, 2009
I love the look and even though it's kinda hanging in the kids' play area, it still looks nice!
On another note, I was pleasantly surprised with Plow & Hearth. After placing my order, I recieved an e-mail asking where I'd like a tree sent. It turns out that they have a campaign going to reforest America. They are working to help restore natural habitats lost to forest fires. For each order made through a year (not sure when it started), Plow & Hearth will donate one seedling and their goal is to reach 1 million! I had my tree sent to the Huron-Manistee National Forest in Michigan, but they can also be sent to California and Florida. It just felt nice that I was able to help out in a small way with my order. If you would like to learn more about their efforts, just check out this link.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
- 3 cups biscuit/baking mix
- 1 can condensed tomato soup
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
- 2 Tbsp chopped ripe olives
- 1 Tbsp dried mince onion
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
Place biscuit mix in a large bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients; stir into biscuit mix just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 14 muffins.Rich and I tried them and I love them! He still likes the Onion Cheese Biscuits better, but since I do the baking, we'll probably end up with more Pepperoni Pizza Muffins again before the Onion Cheese Biscuits :-) I think I'll try them with mushrooms and green pepper next time too, because you can add anything that you like on a pizza to the batter!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
When we first got to Cologne and parked, we went by the Dom, which is a huge Cathedral. It was magnificent! They had services going on at the time, though, so we walked over and checked out the Christmas Market first, then went back to see the Dom. The inside was as magnificent as the outside! There were paintings, sculpted pillars, huge stained glass windows, beautiful tile work-it was a lot to take in at once! The Dom also had several crypts, including the crypt that contained the remains of the Three Magi. Most of the crypts were quite plain and you could walk right up to them, but the one with the Three Magi really stood out. It was in a glass box and surrounded by an elaborate fence, so you couldn't get anywhere near it, and the crypt itself was made of gold.
Seeing the crypt of the Three magi was one of the main things my parents wanted us to experience while in the Dom, the other was climbing the spiral stairs of the bell tower. Before my sister and I even went up, my parents took our backpacks. They had done it before, knew how rough it was going to be, and they weren't doing it again. Even though my mom had described it to me before, I wasn't prepared for what it was really like. Katie and I started climbing the 509 narrow spiral steps fairly well staying to the wide part of the steps. It wasn't until I realized that people came back down the same way that we were going up that it started to get scary. We ended up having to move to the inside of the steps, climbing with nothing to hold onto and only the ball of our foot on a step as we turned sideways for people to pass. I started dreading hearing footsteps from above and the more I climbed in circles, desperately trying to catch my breath, I began to get light headed and nauseous. I kept thinking that we must almost be to the top and Katie asked if I had been counting steps. We did finally make it. Maybe it was the lightheadedness, or something about being that out of shape, or the grins people gave us when they saw our relief at the top, but we just laughed! I'm glad we did it, though. The view was beautiful, even through the dreariness and raindrops, plus we can say "We did it!"
After making the great decent back down the bell tower of the Dom, we took off, through the rain, to find the Lego store, but being Sunday, it was closed. Luckily, we were going to Munich and they had a Lego store there. So we found the car and headed to the Chocolate Museum. Even with the help of 2 different navigation systems, we could not find the Chocolate Museum. The navigation systems kept taking us to what we thought was the wrong spot, but it turns out they were taking us to an underground parking area that we needed to go to in order to go to the museum. We did find it after a nice long walk, though. There was a Medieval Christmas Market in front of the museum that we went through first, then headed into the Chocolate Museum's shop. We decided against going through the museum due to time and the fact that we wouldn't be able to understand any of it anyway being that it was all in German. I did a lot of my shopping for family and friends there. Who doesn't love chocolate, right?
That was my experience in Cologne and it was definitely a memorable one! Check out the slide show to see some pics!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
We came across this fire truck as we were leaving Trier, Germany's oldest city. It was really neat to be able to see a German fire truck up close (and the firefighters!)
Me next to the fire truck.
The back of the fire truck.
The fire house in my parents' town, Neiderjoshbach.
A closer look at the sign on the fire house.
A fire hydrant outside the fire house in Neiderjoshbach.
I think this is the tower the fire whistle is in in a town near my parents', Eppstein. It is connected to the fire station, but I wasn't close enough to get a picture of that.
Those are all the fire pictures I got while I was their, but I also got Rich a little Lego firefighter playset at the Lego store in Munich and a German firefighter stein in Trier as souvenirs. I'm glad I got the stein when I did, because I never saw another one! :-) Here are pictures of them:
I'm not sure if you can get this in the USA, but I thought it was pretty neat while I was in Germany. Plus Legos are really big there!
This was just too neat to pass up! The price was right and it also says "Made in Germany" on the bottom, which is great to see on a souvenir from another country. :-)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I was thinking that sweet potatoes needed seasonings like brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, but these fries were quite good! If I happen to have sweet potatoes again, I think I would definitely make more fries. Plus Morgan loved them! She kept asking for more and more and more...
I have to thank Allrecipes for the wonderful recipe. I love using their site!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I loved the schnitzel in Germany! The first place I had it at was a restaurant called Waldgeist, fairly close to my parents' place. They serve everything in platter size portions there. I ordered a quarter of a jagerschnitzel and, even though it was smaller than a whole, it was still a lot to eat. I don't even think I ate half of it! Gigantic portions! The jagerschnitzel is schnitzel with a creamy mushroom sauce. They served it with french fries, or 'pommes'. Since there was so much, I ended up taking it back to my parents' place to eat as leftovers and had it 3 more times!
This is what was left of my schnitzel at Waldgeist. As you can see-there was still a lot left to eat and I had already had half of it! (Sorry it's so dark.)
This is me with my leftover schnitzel. I have a goofy look on my face, don't I? I think I still had some jet lag going on.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I think I need to find more dress-up costumes for them-they absolutely love it!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring
the best to you and yours!
I hope everyone has a wonderful 2009!