Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter my friends!  Tbug is with her mom this year, but last weekend, her daddy, she and I decorated Easter Cookies. 

Welcome to my messy kitchen!








Happy Easter!  by the way, where did March go?  I think it flew by!  Anyone else feel that way?




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Friday, March 29, 2013

Homemade Bread... Yum!

You know the best thing to do while you're making bread?  Drink wine :).  Then text your friends that you're drinking bread and baking wine.  Sure, why not :)   Hey it happens!

1 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp yeast (1 Package)
3 beaten eggs
4 1/2 cup flour

Combine scalded milk, butter, sugar & salt; cool to lukewarm.  Add yeast and stir well.  Add eggs, then flour; mix to smooth, soft dough.  Turn your electric mixer on and let it run for 10 minutes.  (My grandma always said that was key).  Knead lightly on floured surface.  Place dough in greased bowl; cover and let rise until at least doubled in size.

Punch the dough down

and divide dough so when you roll it out you get about the size of a breakfast plate; roll each 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.  Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into wedge shapes (like cutting a pizza); roll each wedge making sure to give the tip an extra pull around to hold.  Arrange on a greased baking pan.  Brush with melted butter (or butter spray), cover & let rise until very light (about 45 minutes).  Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Once out of the oven, spray with baking spray again to give them a glisten.



Butterhorns

by Nicole
Keywords: bake appetizer bread side fall winter
Ingredients
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp yeast (1 Package)
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 4 1/2 cup flour
Instructions
Combine scalded milk, butter, sugar & salt; cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and stir well.
Add eggs, then flour; mix to smooth, soft dough.
Turn your electric mixer on and let it run for 10 minutes. (My grandma always said that was key).
Knead lightly on floured surface.
Place dough in greased bowl; cover and let rise until at least doubled in size.
Punch the dough down and divide dough so when you roll it out you get about the size of a breakfast plate; roll each 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into wedge shapes (like cutting a pizza); roll each wedge making sure to give the tip an extra pull around to hold.
Arrange on a greased baking pan.
Brush with melted butter (or butter spray), cover & let rise until very light (about 45 minutes).
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Once out of the oven, spray with baking spray again to give them a glisten.
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It's Time to Revolt

You know, I've tried fitness programs all along.  Remember Billy Blanks and Tae Bo which was fun but when you're doing DVD's you do the same routine over and over which gets boring and your body gets used to.

Same with Jillian Michaels and the 30 Day Shred.  It's a bit different, but not really.

Then I've tried the whole P90X and while you switch up your routine and it kicks your butt, who wants to devote an hour to an hour and a half every night 6 days a week if you're busy and on the go?!?!

That's one reason why when they asked if I wanted to try Revolt with Nichole Huntsman I kind of scoffed at it at first.  I thought, oh geez, another thing I'll try and won't stick with.

I stuck with P90X for 3 weeks and gave up.  That was a lot of time to devote to fitness that I really sadly didn't have at the time.  Jillian Michaels was allowed to kick my butt for 3 weeks as well.  So when I finally decided to start Revolt I sadly gave it and myself 3 weeks.  I'm at Day 25 though.  That's 4 days over the 3 week mark and I don't see an end in site.

Nichole does the workouts right along side you, you do them on the computer and from what I can tell she video's them that day.  So every day you're doing a new workout pretty much with the exception of Thursday being a repeat of Monday's workout.  But that's only doing the same workout twice.

And to say this is kicking my butt would be a bit of an understatement!  Don't worry, I have the before pictures and hubby can already see a difference between the before shots and now.  I plan on when I'm done with this total a**kicking program to show the before and after photos.

So stick with me for this ride.  And please keep me accountable.  I'd like to break the "3 week" cycle :).



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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Get Your Welding On

If you were to ask me one thing I would wish upon my kid(s), my answer would be this... I would wish upon them the kind of childhood I had growing up.  Yes, my parents and I butted heads a few times, that will happen when you have different/similar personalities together, but I had a great childhood.  I only hope that I can bring some of the things that my parents did for me or taught me to my kids.

Now, as most of you know, Tbug is my {step}daughter, but I don't like that word step.  She's just as much a part of me as if I would have carried her for 9 months, I just got mine walking talking & potty trained.

One thing that I did at an early age is help my dad, mom, grandparents, whomever out in the hayfield or while they were fixing equipment.  Late last fall we got one more round of hay for the season to feed our critters, but in the process the mower conditioner broke down and has been sitting in my mother-in-laws shop waiting to be fixed.


A couple weekends ago while Tbug was over, we headed to my MIL's house to fix the mower and her daddy gave her lessons on welding.

Now normally, here is where I would remind you about safety, i.e. making sure the mower is turned off, making sure the tractor is turned off, making sure everything is raised up, not being in water if you're welding, etc.  but we were in a shop on a "clean", dry, concrete floor.  The mower wasn't even hooked up to the tractor, therefore nothing to worry about there.

After hubby crawled around and investigated what he needed to do to the mower,

It was time to give Tbug lessons on what to do while welding.
  • Wear a welding helmet
  • Don't look at the welding arch with your bare eyes (ie wear the helmet)
  • I'll give you the signal on when to pull the helmet down
  • Pull your hair up (ie Nicole pulls hers down so Tbug has a ponytail)
  • Turn your hat backwards (out of the way and helps protect your hair)
  • I'll give you my coat to put on for extra protection
  • etc etc


And then they were off.

She didn't actually do any welding, she stayed back and watched from a very close, safe distance.

When they fired up the welder I turned my back to them to shield my eyes and this is what the wall looked like.  That's how bright the welder is.... and I know it doesn't look bright in this photo, but the big overhead door was open too so we had outside light in there as well.

When we were done we asked her what she thought and she said she had fun.  That's my girl!




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easiest Hard Boiled Eggs Eva

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Are you dying Easter eggs this year?  How about making Deviled Eggs for Easter?  Try this tip on getting them just right...in the oven!  So so EASY and they turn out great.  This has already changed my life for the better.

Place eggs in a muffin tin and bake at 325 degrees for 28 minutes. After cooking, transfer to a bowl of cool water and let sit for a few minutes. Change the water if necessary to keep cool.

Peel and serve!

Sunday Night Dinner - Zebra Girl Style

Welcome back for round 2 of Sunday Night Dinner :).  This time was a bit different because we were celebrating Zebra Girl's 11th birthday.  It was a Partay!

And of course, you can't have a birthday with out presents.  Ah, to be 11 again!  When I saw some of her presents, I contemplated it again, but then decided I didn't want to be 11 again after all, but she got some awesome presents!  The funniest part to me was we had Tbug help us pick out her present, you know, being 10 and all, and she didn't know what to get her.  It was funny.

This weeks theme was Chili.  There were 3 different types of chili too; Ald, Earl and hubby contributed their chili.  I'm still not a huge chili fan so I didn't try any of them.  Again, I suck, but I hear they were good.

They also made hot dogs for the kids or if the adults wanted a Chili Dog.  I ate a hot dog, does that make me a kid?  Well remember I contemplated wanting to be 11 after seeing Zebra Girl's party....

Divergirl brought Corn bread muffins.  And look at the cute muffin wrappers.  Now Zebra Girl loves Zebra's, hence the name... so Divergirl helped out!

TB played hard at the Spring Gathering and was exhausted come Sunday.

I jokingly called this the "liar's corner".  And Earl just happened to walk into it.  lol.

The kiddo's were all having fun with each other.  This picture on the left, they grabbed on to grandma's leg and formed a chain being drug across the floor.

Then it was time for the cake.  Now originally they made a cake that was a balloon covered in whipped cream but it kept sliding off the balloon so they covered it in snow.  Yes, I said snow, it snowed on Sunday.  Anyway so Zebra Girl was supposed to cut into it and it was supposed to explode but it didn't. 

Then it was time for her real cake.  She tried to peek so Uncle Pokey wouldn't let her.  I think she liked it though, what do you think?  Apparently she drew the Zebra herself and then Price Cutter put it on the cake for her.  The cake was half vanilla, half chocolate.

Once the candles were blown out, then it was time to dish up the cake & ice cream.

Earlier that day Hubby, Tbug and I made Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cookies and decorated Easter Sugar cookies.  So we contributed those as well.  Divergirl brought Blueberry Muffins, Triple berry Muffins and another type of muffin.  You know in addition to birthday cake or instead of, depending on how you felt about it.

Then it was time for presents.  Like I said, she got some awesome presents!

And that Girls and Boys was our Sunday night dinner this week.  I'm so glad you were able to join us!  Hope you have a wonderful hump day Wednesday.  We're now halfway through the week.  Breathe easier!  Especially if you get Friday off from work.  I know I do :)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 Things to Smile About - March Edition

Holy Cow!  Where did March go, can someone please tell me.  Seems like just yesterday I was smiling about February and now it's already time to smile about March.  Yikes!  I swear, some days at work it feels like time is actually standing still, but when you look at the big, whole, overall picture, I think someone hit time warp speed accidentally and life is flying by!

So today I'm linking up with EmmyMom for her 10 things to Smile about




And with Shawn & IA for Talk to us Tuesday
Seriously Shawn

And Stacy at for Random Tuesday Thoughts
Stacy

And in no particular order

1.  I started doing the Revolt Fitness as well as a Biggest Loser Competition among friends.  And even if the scales aren't moving as fast as I prefer they would, I am starting to feel better about myself and hubby said for sure he's seeing definition in my arms.

2.  We finally got snow, even after Spring supposedly sprung.  Mother Nature had other ideas.  And I may not be a snow person, but... it's good for the ground, especially since last summer we were in drought conditions.  Every little bit helps!

3.  Tbug went and spent a Saturday with us at the Kansas City City Market {Farmer's Market} and she loved it as much as we do.  We also went out to lunch & dinner and to Cabela's & Trader Joe's.  It was a fabulous weekend!

4.  This chicken cracks me up!  It was an email I got at work and shared here, but truthfully I feel that way some days as I'm sure we all do!

5.  We had the first baby of the season born.  She's now a couple weeks old and a big ball of fire!

6.  I'm finally starting to adjust to this time change, but every now and again it's still kicking my butt!

7.  The 6S we performed on my pantry is still lookin good!  Made it almost a month and everything is still "in its place".

8.  Sunday Night Dinner's always make me smile

9.  The fun time we had at the Spring Gathering.

10.  And this still makes me smile.  And sorry it has a dirty word in it, but I didn't pick the song, I just think this is awesome though.  Dressage is pretty sweet style of riding, especially to music like this.  They say generally they choose classical music.


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