September 30, 2008

Win A Free Handbag

Visit Handbag Planet and register. It's VERY easy. All you need is an email address. Blog about it and get more entries. You even get to choose the bag you like best.

September 29, 2008

Roasted Noodles

This is a simple and very inexpensive dinner to make. It was one of the things I grew up eating. This dish is also a great way to use up leftover noodles or pasta from a previous dinner.

You'll need:
Pasta or noodles (I usually make the whole bag or box, 1 lb)
3-4 large eggs
Ham (my mom used the canned ham, and is completely optional)

Place a tablespoon of oil in a skillet, add your noodles. Let them get a little golden. Once they become golden, beat your 3-4 eggs and add them to the skillet. Gently stir until everything is coated in egg. Once the egg is cooked, you're done! If you decide to use ham in the recipe, add the ham in the beginning when you add the noodles. When I was younger, my mom would also serve this with a little strawberry or grape jelly on the side. It's the sweet salty thing, yum!

September 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Another week, another menu plan :)

Monday--roasted noodles

Tuesday--Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas.

Wednesday--chicken Parmesan, angel hair pasta.

Thursday--Pot Roast, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower.



Sunday--Laberkaese, german potato salad.

Bathtime Rodeo

I just gave all 6 dogs a bath, separately of course. Good Lord, some of them bucked like wild horses LOL. The largest and the smallest were great it was 2 somewhere in between that gave me a bit of a hard time. Oh well, at least they smell good and I didn't get too wet.

September 25, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

This week's Thursday Thirteen will focus on my 13 current favorite TV shows (in no particular order):
1. How I Met Your Mother
2. Big Bang Theory
3. House
4. Bones
5. Lipstick Jungle
6. Ghost Hunters
7. Paranormal State.
8. Family Guy
9. No Reservations
10. Bizarre Foods
11. Deadliest Catch
12. South Park
13. Robot Chicken

September 23, 2008

Another award :)

Thank you Savysuzie at the Recipe Mission for my newest blog award.

Here are the rules to follow:
When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back.
Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.
Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’.
Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).

My choice of blogs to award this to:

Savysuzie at her other blog The $200 Mission

I love reading all your blogs and thank you for the support of my blog!


I know, I know, I said I was going to post this recipe yesterday. I'm sorry! The posted recipe makes 12 rouladen. When I make them I make a lot because the rouladen themselves and the gravy freeze very well.

You'll need:

12 thin slices of top round (at my grocery store they are already cut like this and come in a pack of 3, if you can't find them, ask the butcher to cut them for you)
Regular yellow mustard
Hamburger dill pickles
Turkey Bacon (you can use regular bacon, I prefer the turkey)
Beef Base


Assemble your slices of top round side by side along your counter (make a little assembly line). On each piece of meat place a line of yellow mustard, 1-2 slices of bacon (depending on how wide your slice of top round is), and 3-4 pickles. Do this on each piece until they are all at this point. Then fold in each long side of the top round to where the sides meet in the middle. Once it's folded in, roll the beef up and secure at the top with a toothpick. Once you have done this with all of the meat, get a roasting pan nice and hot on the stove. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place each rouladen in the roasting pan and brown on each side. On the stove top, all you're wanting to do is brown the pieces. Once they are all browned, remove the rouladen to a dish or paper place temporarily. Fill your roasting pan half way with water. Add about a cup of ketchup, 1/2 cup of mustard, and 4 tablespoons of beef base. Whisk this all together and make sure you get all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. The gravy should taste a little beefy and tangy, so you can adjust the amounts needed to your taste buds.

Place the rouladen back into the roasting pan and place the lid on it. Slide the roasting pan into the oven and leave it for 45 mins. At this point, you want to remove the rouladen again, temporarily, and add enough cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Once it's thick, place the rouladen back into the gravy and serve. I serve this with German potato salad and homemade spaetzle (those recipes will be another day) lol.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll be more than happy to elaborate :)

September 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

If you think you've clicked on the wrong link because this week looks awfully familiar, you haven't. I haven't had much of an appetite at dinner time so I've just been cooking something for DD and going to bed with a glass of milk. The meal I have starred as a family favorite will have the recipe posted tomorrow. It's difficult for me to write out a lot of the recipes that have been handed down as most, if not all, don't really have specific measurements for things. You just kind of figure it out as you make and tweak it a little each time.


Tuesday--Grilled cheese.

Wednesday--Creamy crock pot chicken thighs, rice and broccoli.

Thursday--Breakfast for dinner.

Friday-Roast chicken, German potato salad.

Saturday--**Family Favorite** Rouladen, with noodles.


Things That Make You Smile

I was getting my DD ready to go down for a nap. While she was jumping on the bed (a whole other post lol), she started singing "ring around the rosey".

Here is her rendition:
Ring around the rosey
Asses, asses, 
we all fall down!

Now I know she was trying to say ashes, but apparently the "h" was a little silent. I just had to chuckle to myself a little.

September 18, 2008

100 Foods to Eat or Not Eat Meme

I found this fun easy meme over at my HBFF Tammy's place and i wanted to play too.
Here are the Rules:a) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructionsb) Change color all the items you’ve eaten.c) Cross out, bold or italicize any items that you would never consider eatingd) Leave them regular if you aren't sure what they are or just haven't had them before.
So red i have have eaten, pink i would like to try, and blue there is no way i would try it!
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile/alligator
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. baba ghanous
11. Calamari
12. pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted Cream Tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insect
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/€80/$120 or more
46. Fugu Fugu to eating blowfish!
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbread
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears, and funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

September 14, 2008

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

This is a very simple and easy recipe. It might not look like a lot, but it's very yummy and kid friendly.

You'll need:

2 lbs. chicken thighs
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
seasoning salt

In your crock pot, add the chicken thighs, both cans of soup, then 2 cans worth of water to the crock pot. Add the seasoning salt (I don't measure this, but if I had to guess maybe 1 teaspoon, add to your taste). Give it a little stir. Cover and turn it on low. Let it cook until the chicken thighs are falling apart. Serve over rice.

Menu Plan Monday

This week was a little more difficult for me to plan because DH is going out of town again sometime this week. This week's menu is also using things (i.e. meats) that are in my freezer, this week I bought no new meats because neither of the stores had any great sales.

Monday--crock pot stuffed tricolor peppers and rice.

Tuesday--Chicken Caesar Salad, with homemade Caesar dressing.

Wednesday--Creamy crock pot chicken thighs, rice and broccoli.

Thursday--Chicken Noodle Soup.

Friday-Roast chicken, German potato salad.

Saturday--Rouladen, with noodles.


Father's Rights

I know I'm a "mommy" blog, but this is something I was thinking about today. What should a father's right be? Where is the line drawn?

I heard today's society referred to as being "schizophrenic" when it comes to the rights of fathers. At first I was a little puzzled, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. We want dad's to pay child support, even if when the baby is first born, he says he's not interested in being a father. He goes to court and is subsequently slapped with a payment amount. Yes, I agree this to some extent is fair. However, when a mother maybe decides to give up a child for adoption or even decides she wants an abortion, where does the father's right enter into play?

The mother is carrying the baby, I understand; however, that baby is 1/2 the father's too. Personally, I just think it should be a joint decision, or at least one that is discussed. Not where the mother goes and makes a decision on her own without involving the father.

What are your thoughts on this?

How much rights does a father have?

September 13, 2008

High Heels For Babies

Chalk another fashion debate for babies. The people at Heelarious thought it would be a good idea to make heels for babies. When I say babies I mean 0-6 month olds. Now I'm fine with toddler shoes that have a tiny kitten heel, but why in the world does a 3 month old need a pair of pumps?

I guess the heels will match their super mini skirt and halter top they picked up earlier that day.

September 12, 2008

The Cupcakes Club Contest

The Cupcakes Club, along with MomDot, is giving away a 10K Gold, Diamond Cupcake necklace ($250 retail) to a lucky contest winner by simply signing up for a free membership at The Cupcakes Club and go to MomDot to let them know.

This delightful pendant will be a delicious sweet sight shining at your neckline. Red, blue and yellow diamond accents decorate a miniature 10k yellow gold cupcake charm.

September 11, 2008

Little Things Make Me Giddy

The other day, I received an email from Al who works for Country Bob's. In his email, he said he had gotten my name from The Southern Plate and wanted to know if I was interested in getting 2 free bottles of Country Bob's to try and blog about. Umm, YES! I tried the Country Bob's coincidently that same morning in the beef stew I was cooking in the crock pot (which by the way was awesome) and I am looking forward to trying more recipes with this sauce. Well guess what the UPS man just dropped off, yup my 2 bottles. When I get done kicking strep throat's butt I'll be back cooking and trying more of this sauce in recipes. Thank you Al and Country Bob's!

Remembering 9/11

Who would have thought 7 years ago this date would hold such meaning. For our parents the question was "where were you when Kennedy was shot?" For our generation the question is "where were you on 9/11?" So much has changed in 7 years. Our country found patriotism it has not seen in years and as a nation we supported each other through very hard times. Let us all take a moment of silence and remember those who lost their lives on this day.

September 9, 2008

The Case of the Missing Trashcan

We live on a tiny little road with 4 other houses on it. We take our trash to the main road and it sits in a little homemade trashcan holder (some 2x4's nailed together). Since my DH has been working out of town, I typically leave our 2 trashcans in their little holder and then just take a trash bag up to the road when I need to. Much easier than shoving a stinky trashcan into the back of an suv. Anyways, last week I noticed only one of our trashcans by the road. We have a "C" spray painted on the cans to avoid this situation of someone taking it lol. I thought maybe someone drove by, decided they needed a trashcan and refused to buy one, so they just took ours. Ok fine, cheap ass LOL. So trash day comes and guess what?! Our missing trash can has appeared. Hmm, now me thinks it's our new neighbors who took the trashcan. So I thought ok, they just moved in and needed an extra can, no problem. Well at the end of trash day, the can is missing again. WTF? Apparently our new neighbors do not understand the trash cans by the road belong to people. So now I'm sick and stalking the garbage men. Waiting for them to get the trash so I can haul butt up to the road and get my trash cans safely back to the house. Fun times!

September 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, Week of 9.8-9.13

There's only one "do-over" from last week's menu. Hope you guys find this week's menu inspiring or at least find a new blog or recipe to enjoy.

Monday--Beef Stew, the recipe can be found at The Southern Plate.



Thursday--Lentils and Egg Noodles.

Friday--Kielbasa Pasta.

Saturday--Pork Medallions with sour cream gravy, rice, veggies.

Sunday--Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.

September 6, 2008

Coupon Organizer Giveaway

Mindi over at Mom's Need to Know is offering a giveaway for a great coupon organizer.

It's called the Couponizer and the contest ends September 11 at 8:30 pm (EST).

A little info about the Couponizer:
The Couponizer- a heavy duty spiral bound notebook with a pocket for each category
Your Guide to Smart Savings - giving you the basics on how to use this great system to maximize your savings.

CoupStacker - presorting mat - this thing is great! You can use it to sort your coupons as you clip them, or if you are using the Couponizer in addition to a larger system, this can really help you plan your shopping trips!

Shopping List - no flipping through your coupons as you visit each aisle! Just write out your shopping list and mark the space if you have a coupon for that item!

CoupTracker - record monthly savings - this can be one of the biggest motivator to continuing the use of coupons. When you see how much money you are saving with every trip, you will see that your efforts are worth it.

Scissors - You can never have too many pairs! And having a “special pair” devoted to coupons? Bonus!

Carrying Bag - clear plastic protective bag - anyone who has ever dropped their coupons in the store, car or house will appreciate how wonderful it is to have everything contained!

Head on over and enter for your chance to win (even though I really want this lol).

My First Blog Award

I am so flattered to get my first blog award :)

Thank you so much to Jenn P. over at The Peacock's Nesting Place for giving me the "I love your blog award".

September 1, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

When you read this week's menu, you may have a case of deja vu. The hubby is back in town for a few weeks, so it'll be easier to stick to my menu, instead of eating cereal for dinner when I didn't feel like cooking.

Monday--leftover chicken n dumplings.
Tuesday--Goulash, egg noodles.
Wednesday--going out for my birthday dinner.
Thursday (Happy Birthday to me)--Kielbasa pasta, garlic bread.
Saturday--baked chicken ziti, cheese biscuits.
Sunday--Asian Pork Tenderloin, jasmine rice, zucchini.