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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Why?...

Why oh why...

 does Tuff insist...
 on barking...
 while the girls...
 are swinging?...
 Is it the movement?
Is it the noise?
We try to pay attention to him and throw the ball, but even after he gets tired, he STILL barks!
Ugh!  So annoying, but he's a good dog so we'll put up with it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's In My Fridge?...

When I saw this Linky party on the Feminist Housewife's blog I thought to myself, "No way!  I am not posting pictures of my fridge on my blog."

Then I saw her pictures and I decided to just do it.  So here goes.  As you will probably be able to tell I didn't do any prep work.  I woke up that morning, reached for my Diet Pepsi and decided to start snapping away.

I didn't realize how gross my fridge was until I started taking pictures.  Please don't judge!


 The top shelf always consists of milk (whole milk please!), OJ, sweet tea, and a pitcher of water...
 Sippy cups of water are always a plus that way they are already chilled and the girls can get them themselves.  In the left hand corner is my Diet Pepsi that I was reaching for before I got the wild hair to do this...
 Eggs are a necessity.  If I am ever out, it's a bad day.
My MIL gave me black raspberries and two pie crusts which I turned into a black raspberry pie today.  Yum!  Normally I use the Pioneer Woman's pie crust recipe, but I can't turn away something that is given to me!;0)...
 The crisper drawers usually consist of a variety of cheeses and veggies...
 Right now, the other crisper drawer is using to store some ice cold Busch Light.  Normally the beer is kept in the fridge in the garage, but it is starting to bite the dust...
 Last but definitely not least is the fridge door.
This holds all of our condiments.  My personal fave!
 We can't live without our Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and Sweet Baby Ray's.
I have been known to throw the ranch dressing in my diaper bag and take it with us to various outings!!
 I always try to have a supply of crescent rolls, flakey biscuits and breadsticks.  These are nice if I am in a rush...
 We keep Aloe Vera gel in there too.
It soothes sunburn skin even better when it is ice cold...
 Next up is the freezer.
It's a mess.   I can't lie there.  I try to organize it, but it doesn't stay that way for very long.

I am also including a picture of our deep freeze.  We have a beef butchered every winter.  That adds up to be about 600 pounds of beef that we have made into roasts, steaks, hamburger, etc.  We also have a hog butchered and that gives us about 200 pounds of pork that we have made into sausage, roasts and chops.


In the 9.5 years that Brad and I have been together, I can probably count on one hand how many times I have had to buy meat at the grocery store and for that, I feel very fortunate!



Monday, June 27, 2011

Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes...

I found this recipe on Paula Deen's website.  It is simple and it involves a box mix brownie which I always have in my pantry!!

Whip up the brownies according to the directions on the box...
 Fill the cupcake liners half full with the brownie mix.
Top with peanut butter chips...
 Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Ta-Da...
Scrumdidlyumptious!!!

(I was in a rush one day and didn't want to mess with the cupcake liners so I just poured the brownie mix in a 9x13 pan and sprinkled the peanut butter chips on top.  Much faster, and they taste the same.)


Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes


1 Brownie box mix (18 1/2 oz.)
1 12 oz. package peanut butter chips

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.  Fill the cups half full with brownie mixture.

Place about 1 tbsp peanut butter chips in the center of the batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until the cupcakes are set.



Friday, June 24, 2011

Crazy Days of Summer:Yellow...

Today I am linking up with Project Alicia and Live and Love Outloud for Crazy Days of Summer.  Click the link below if you would like to participate or just browse all the gorgeous photos.  Have a great weekend everyone!





Thursday, June 23, 2011

Out Of the Running...

A while back I was standing at the kitchen sink and I looked out the window to see B staring right back at me.  Eye to eye!

This is what she had accomplished...
 Instead of running outside and saying, "Get down from here right this minute!", I grabbed my camera first and snapped a couple pictures...
Then I said, "Get down from there right this minute!"
Then I realized I was no longer in the running for "Mother of the Year".

Oh wait!  I wasn't in the running for "Mother of the Year" to begin with.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Easy Beefy Enchiladas...

This recipe is a new fave in our household.

Heat oil in a skillet...
 Brown beef in hot skillet;drain...
 Return meat to pan and add 1/2 cup enchilada sauce to meat...
 Add another 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce to the bottom of a  greased 9x13 pan...
 Spread it around to coat the bottom of the pan..
 Add 1 cup shredded cheese to the meat...
 Stir to combine and let it melt a bit...
 Place about a 1/4 cup meat mixture to the middle of each warmed tortilla...
 Top with an additional sprinkling of cheese...
 Roll it up...
 Place seam side down in pan...
 Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top of the stuffed enchiladas...

 Bake...
 and enjoy!...
(Sorry for the crummy picture.  I was too busy enjoying my meal that I forgot to snap a photo until the end!)

Easy Beefy Enchiladas

1 lb hamburger
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
12 tortillas, heated
1 can enchilada sauce
3 cups shredded cheese
Top with sour cream, refried beans, cilantro, shredded lettuce etc.

1. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in skillet.

2. Add ground beef to hot skillet.  Saute meat until browned; drain.

3. Return meat to skillet.  Add 1/2 C enchilada sauce and 1 c. shredded cheese.  Mix to combine.

4. Spread 1/2 c. enchilada sauce in bottom of 9x13 pan.

5. Place 1/4 c. meat in middle of heated tortilla shell.  Top with shredded cheese.

6. Roll tortilla up and place seam side down in the pan.

7. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the stuffed enchiladas.

8. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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