Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lazy Sunday!

I don't know what has happened to our beautiful spring weather but it has been miserable, damp, and groggy around these parts. After a weekend filled with family parties, cleaning, running errands and taking care of everyone like I usually do, It just seemed right to kick back and relax with one another. We cuddled up under our blankies and watched movies all afternoon After of course a big hearty breakfast that this momma put together!
Scrambled eggs, tator tots (hashbrowns), bacon and Mangoes. Don't forget the OJ!! Yes of course we were all full hence the need to cuddle up on our couches and take a load off. I mean Sunday is the day for rest is it not?
While resting I snapped some pictures. (This is rare for me but I like having theses kind of moments in photos so I think I might do it more often. LOL) Anyway Hope you all got to enjoy some kind of rest this weekend to help prepare you all for the week ahead!!
Daddy and Capone!

My Boys!

Coco had to come into the mix.

Awww kissy time!!

Then we were trying on hats.

I had a wonderful weekend Hope it's a great week as well!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Veggie Box Galore!!

So remember I was talking about my vegetable box from the local garden center. Well Look at my bounty!!!!
1 bunch swiss chard
4 green peppers
1 lb onions
3 cucumbers
1lb yams
3 oranges
1 head iceburg lettuce
2 bunches asparagas
and the only thing not shown was 1/2 gal apple cider.

This sure was a plentiful box.
I made a lot of salad!
Here's one I found simple and delicious.
Cherry heirmloom tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, sprnkle of cheese, and some thousand island dressing...... thats the way I like it.

Yumm!..... Great lunch or dinner starter.

Next I made Chili!!!
I got my ingredients together
1 lb ground beef
2 peppers 1 green, 1 orange
1 onion
a few cloves of garlic
1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 14 0z can kidney beans drained and rinsed
spices: chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

First I chopped all my veggies.

I added about 2 tblsp of unsalted butter to a heating pot.

Once melted, add the veggies to soften and get tender.

Next I added in the spices.
Now I don't measure I just sprinkle to coat the top of the veggies and I use the spices to flavor every layer of this pot.

Once all the veggies have had time to saute then comes the beef.
Add it in and break it up and add more spice to the top.

cook until there is no more visible pink meat.
Add in drained and rinsed beans
spice: optional

Then the tomatoe sauce.
Def. add more spices and a lil salt and pepper this is the last step.

So I did something different this time around. Since my mom had gotten me this really cool dutch oven I used to make the chili in I thought, Why not bake it?
So I did! I put the pot in the oven for about 2 and 1/2 hours on 300 degrees.
It came out Awesome!!

Add a little sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of sour cream
Just how like it!!

More recipes to come .....Enjoy!!