Friday, January 29, 2016

Remodeling


Have you ever taken the slide-out off a camper? Neither had we until Monday night. And Karen teases me that I document everything. Well of course I do. Someday we'll look back and smile... until then.... well.... there's a slide out sitting on the shop floor.

Karen, this documentation is for you :). I got ya covered!

For some reason the floor was rotted and there's a leak plus a few small issues to fix. We'll see what happens :). Wish us luck!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Oh where have the words gone?

I'm at a loss for words today. I feel like I have been the last few days. Nothing really unusual or anything, just words have left me and I don't know how to write. Which is detrimental when trying to write a paper. I gave a presentation, I messed it up, but went and talked to the professor today and told him my take on how I presented and he saw what I said. He didn't see it that way but he saw what I saw when I explained it.

Recently my husband and I wound up in Pittsburg at lunch time. He asked what I wanted and I suggested the Mall Deli. I had never eaten there but everyone raves about it and it's funny but the few times I've tried to eat there, there have been lines out the door of people wanting to eat there. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

 Okay... so truth be told, the food was excellent! I had a French dip. I'd go for this over hubby's and his was excellent! That's all the words I can come up with. Like I said words have left me. The bun, YUM. The meat, YUM! The dipping sauce. The chips. I didn't eat the pickle :)

Hubby went for the Big Matt with a side of beans. I didn't try the beans but the sammich (sandwich) YUM! Yup, that's about all I have at this point.

And if you wanted a validation as to why I'm not a fashion blogger, here ya go.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Easy Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


I woke up this morning with a headache and it hasn't gone away. In fact it's gotten worse and my eyes feel dry. Not a good combination!

Anyway, the other day Abug and I were getting caught up on DVR'ed shows and we were watching Trisha's Southern Kitchen. I have NO idea what she was making but she was talking about a crockpot meal and how great they are for all day long slow cooking, etc. Then I got to thinking that we had some Chicken we needed to use and boy wouldn't that cream cheese crockpot chicken I make be good. So I went in and started digging through the cabinets looking for "Cream of Something" soup. Darn, we didn't have any.

Hubby and I were texting during this process and he told me to make some so I went out on the internet and found a recipe. Wow, did you know how easy it is to make your own cream of chicken soup? I've made cream of mushroom before and it was really good, but I didn't realize cream of chicken was just as easy if not easier. seriously!

Seriously, it's as easy as like 1-2-3....

I got this really cool whisk for Christmas. I picked it out at Williams Sonoma and this is the first time I got to use it! I was so excited. Oh and don't you have a sand pail in your kitchen? Be jealous if you don't! :).
Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup (Pinch of Yum)
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cups flour
1 tbsp seasoning mix (use what you like, the possibilities are endless. I went with 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper, and a Rachael Ray Chicken seasoning grinder mix)

1. On medium to medium low heat bring the chicken broth and 1/2 cup milk to a low boil.
2. While that's happening, in a mixing bowl, mix the flour and the remaining milk until a smooth mixture forms. Add seasonings.
3. Pour the flour mixture into the sauce pan over low heat and stir continuously for 5-10 minutes or until mixture is smooth and thick. As it cools it will thicken even more.

And that's it. Like I said, 1-2-3. Then I added it to my crock pot with seasonings for the chicken and the chicken and let the crockpot do it's thing. I may or may not have sent hubby pictures throughout the day to be mean ;).



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Peanut Post - A 19 Month Update


  • You're wearing 12+ month clothing. Pants have to be 18 mo or 2 years for length, otherwise you have on high waters and 18 month is pushing it.
  • At your 18 month drs appointment you weighed in at just over 22lbs. You're in the 24ish%tile for weight and the 74ish%tile for height. They said you're following right on track with previous visits. You had lost a little weight but they said that is normal when you take off running and you'll start gaining it back soon.
  • You got one shot and took it like a champ.
  • You spent 10 minutes screaming because you were told to wear snow boots.
  • You are a ham :) (that's a good thing!)
  • You love baby dolls.
  • If you don't get a nap or a good nap, you're a bear to go to bed at night.
  • You've decided you hate going to sleep.
  • You are hilarious. Enough said!
  • You know the words now for eye (which you usually poke people in the eye when you're saying it), nose, mouth, teeth. And of course you know more body parts than that, you just say the words for those.
  • I think you're ready to be potty trained as now you grab your diaper and say bu (butt) either when you're going or when the diaper needs to be changed. I haven't totally figured that out, but we're about ready to find out!
  • You love books.
  • You're such a happy baby that when you're upset it confuses all of us.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Getting those Creative Juices Flowing... hopefully....

Happy Saturday. Yes, I'm writing on a Saturday. I have a presentation and a paper due for my Digital Humanities class this week and back in grade school they always said to just start writing to get those creative juices flowing. So that's what I'm doing. I'm writing to get those creative juices flowing so that I can write my paper and make my presentation.

In my Memoir class Dr. Morris had us do an exercise on that "first line" of works. We just had to pick up books and read those first lines. Have you ever done that? It's quite interesting. We had to examine 10-20 works and then narrow it down to 10-12 that we liked. Then we had to examine our own works and our own first lines. I actually admitted in class I blog. I think it makes me sound like a nerd even though I do like it. I really do, sometimes probably more than I should. I guess if I'm going to be a nerd I should own up to it. I have the glasses and I was a band geek. In fact, my dad loves to point out that I could have had a scholarship if not a full ride scholarship to play in the band in college and he wouldn't have had to pay for me to go to college. Sorry dad! I also heard if you are musically inclined you're good at Math. At one time I was good at Math... now... well I have my moments.

My first line of this post by the way... Happy Saturday. Real engaging, right? So in my research for my Memoir class... One of the books I picked up was Taya Kyle's American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal. Here's her first line...
"If I could sum up my life in four words, they would be these: Love, War, Faith, Renewal, taken together, these have brought me great joy, though with that joy I have also found the deepest sorrow." 
If you don't know who Taya Kyle is, she was married to Chris Kyle, the American Sniper who was killed on American soil after he retired from the military and joined forces in helping other solders with PTSD.  Anyway, her opening line is much better than my Happy Saturday! That's for sure! If you've made it this far, thanks and congrats. I might shut up now, but not before I give you a restaurant review because, well... that's what I do.

This week a friend of ours turned 16. Wow I remember turning 16. We were getting ready to go home when they asked if we wanted to join them for dinner for his birthday. We said sure. The plans were to go to Old Chicago which is a new pizza place here in the area.

They gave Abug a kids menu but were out of crayons so we gave her an ink pen. Then I stole it and wrote on hubby because I mean, why not! It says SHMILY in case you can't figure out. It might be a bit of a stretch but you can see it.

Anyway I'm sure you're more interested in the food, which by the way, YUM! Okay so this was an appetizer. I have no idea what they are called but HOLY YUM! Their website kind of needs help! but I found what they are... they are Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls. Basically a pepperoni pizza in a roll form. All you need to know is holy yum!

These, these are also holy yum! These are Fried Mac and Cheese bites. A couple weeks ago we brought Jared and Karen here (or actually met them here, whatever) and I had a free appetizer coupon so we got these and tried them. HOLY Cow were they awesome! So awesome. And my fingers look like hubbys here but I promise that is my hand and I don't have manly hands.... I don't think.

They also got Sausage and Beer Onion rolls. In my opinion, the others were better. Hubby really liked these and thought they were better. See... difference in tastes.

Then we got 3 pizzas. One was at the other end of the table and I couldn't get a picture of it. I'll tell you, their deep dish "Chicago" style crust is better than this original by far. Now when they said Chicago style... well... I've had pizza in Chicago and it definitely was a lot thicker than theirs is but still, their Chicago style pizza is way better than this original crust. Just saying.

I think the one on the Chicago style crust was Meat Me. Italian Sausage, Canadian Bacon, Andouille Sausage, and pepperoni.

This one was the Tuscan Chicken with Spinach. Chicken, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and garlic. YUM. Abug even ate an entire piece herself. Yes, the kid can put away food. haha.

This was the Hawaiian pizza. It was a base of a Thai Chile sauce, Canadian bacon, pineapple, red peppers and green onions. I'm not crazy about pineapple and ham together so this was my least favorite. Truthfully I didn't get any of the one at the far end of the table so I only ate the one above....

And that was DW's 16th birthday as I know it :). Now on to writing my paper.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Homemade Tomato Soup


I don't know about the weather around your part of the world, but here in the midwest, we're finally experiencing some winter. Not much, but some. It's been cloudy, spitting something out of the sky (not exactly sure what to call it), and cold. I hate to use the word cold but... it's cold! It can be colder... but.... it's cold.

So earlier this week I thought grilled cheese sounded good. When I make grilled cheese hubby likes to have tomato soup. I decided

Homemade Tomato Soup (adapted from here)
Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
half a yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp basil
1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
1/2-1 cup half and half or if you're feeling crazy heavy cream (I just didn't have any)
1-2 tbsp corn starch

1. Fry bacon in a large soup pot until bacon gets brown and crispy.
2. Add onion and garlic; sauté until onion cooked. Then add the ketchup. Stir for a few minutes.
3. Add the flour and stir for a minute to cook out the flour taste, then add the broth and seasonings.
4. In a separate bowl, dump the tomatoes and their juices. Smash the tomatoes up with your fingers, then add to the soup pot.
5. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes. 
6. Use an emersion blender or a regular blender (in batches) or a food processor (in batches) to puree the soup.
7. Add corn starch if it needs to thicken a bit more. Then top off with the cream if you're feeling saucy.
8. Enjoy, or make a grilled cheese because you know you want to!
9. Oh and top with Parmesan cheese because why not!!



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Road Food - Part 2

Hey, with any good road trip there is road food. I named this part 2 because I've already had a post this month called Road Food... when we went to Houston for the 1st Playoffs game.

But this road food goes with our trip to Oklahoma City. Jared got off work just before we headed out Saturday morning for OKC and he said he was hungry. We debated stopping in Tulsa for lunch but it was 10:30am and we were making great time so he decided that he could wait until we got to OKC. We debated a few restaurants and eventually wound up with Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. The last time hubby and I ate there was in March 2011 (wow!) but we remembered the food being really good so that's what we decided on.

If you've never been there, the decor is pretty friggin awesome. There is a disco "ball" saddle. A motorcycle that looks like it is driving down a road (that is painted on the wall) and a painting of Toby Keith along with a bus driving through the wall (just the front) and tailgates made into seats, and and and and.

If you don't know much about Toby Keith, he is a huge supporter of our American troops. So I love that this is an option on the menu.

Tbug didn't get to go, she's been in cheer competitions all this month so she'd have been super jealous because they had calf fries on the menu and the girl loves calf fries. (If you don't know what calf fries are, they are (pardon my language) calf nuts. You actually castrate calves to make them steers and those are the nuts that are battered, fried, and eaten. I personally think they kind of taste like chicken livers or gizzards but that's just my opinion.) All the guys ordered this with different versions of sides. This is hubby's particular plate. Those Fried Okra were AMAZING!

Then there's this... a smothered chicken breast. It had ham and bacon and bbq sauce and cheese. Need I say more? Then a loaded baked potato and southwest corn.

Abug got the Mac and Cheese and fries. Their mac and cheese was good and definitely not like the kraft stuff that some restaurants make/serve. It was good. The only picture I didn't get of different food was Karens burger. I wasn't thinking.

Of course then we went to the museum. After that the second of the Chiefs playoff games started so we decided to try and find a restaurant that we could watch the game on tvs. There was a Buffalo Wild Wings that was close to the fairgrounds for the evenings events so we headed there.

In the same parking lot was an Academy so a few of us ran over there to wander around for a bit. Meanwhile hubby and Grady went to get seats at the BWW. He went into the bar area not realizing it and they carded him for a Pepsi. He was like are you serious? She was like this is the bar area, to be in here you have to be 21. Then he realized there was a restaurant part out of the doors. Well when I went to go in, I didn't realize I entered through the bar and I got yelled at, all I was doing was walking through looking for hubby, but I had Abug in my arms. That's why I got yelled at. whew. Eventually I found them in the restaurant. None of the servers in there yelled at us!

So we started by getting a sampler platter. It had Mozzarella sticks, Wings, Onion Rings and Nachos. Then they ordered some fried pickles. SW found some Cheesecake bites on the menu she wanted to try so we ordered a couple orders of them too. By the end of that little stop we were all stuffed.

And that was our road food.

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