Friday, January 20, 2017

Prime Rib with Garlic Herb Butter

Around Christmas, there were a few recipes that you probably saw posted over and over again on Facebook. Shawn found himself so unable to quit thinking about one of these recipes that a week after New Years he had to make it to ease his cravings. I don't know that it eased any cravings. When we first moved in together, 12 years ago, a nice Shawn cooked meal was beanies and weenies or kraft dinner.  Don't get me wrong, I love beanies and weenies just as much as the next lady, but wowza, that man of mine has come a very long way! Our 3rd recipe in our 52 new recipes for the new year was Prime Rib with Garlic Herb Butter.

Prime Rib with Garlic Herb Butter

1 cup butter, softened
7 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
5-7 pounds boneless ribeye roast, trimmed
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef stock

Preheat oven to 500°F/260°C.
Mix together the butter, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper in a bowl until evenly combined.
Rub the herb butter all over the rib roast, then place on a roasting tray with a rack.
Bake for 5 minutes per pound of meat — so a 5-pound roast would bake for 25 minutes and a 7-pound roast would bake for 35 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the rib roast sit in the oven for 2 hours, making sure you do not open the oven door or else the residual heat will escape.
Once the 2 hours are up, remove the roast from the pan and pour the pan drippings into a saucepan over medium heat. 
Add the flour, whisking until there are no lumps, then add the beef stock, stirring and bringing the sauce to a boil.
Remove from heat and strain the sauce into a gravy dish.
Carve the prime rib into ¾-inch slices, then serve with the mashed potatoes, green beans, and sauce!

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

For our 2nd recipe in our 52 new recipes we tried a new delicious way to eat our veggies.  We eat broccoli with almost every home cooked meal, so we were in desperate need of a mixing up.

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

1 1/2 lbs broccoli florets
3-4 tbsp olive oil (I used a garlic EVOO that I had on hand)
Juice from 1/2 lemon or about 1 tbsp
Kosher salt
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss broccoli and minced garlic with olive oil and lemon juice until lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt and toss to coat.
Arrange the broccoli florets in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been rubbed with olive oil or lined with parchment paper.
Roast for 16-20 minutes or until done. You can check with a fork and the outside should be slightly browned.
Put the roasted broccoli back in the bowl and toss with freshly ground black pepper and parmesan cheese. It's ok to be generous with the black pepper. It is delicious!
Serve immediately!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Spaghetti Sauce

I already have a really good spaghetti sauce recipe, but if it doesn't cook all day, then it just doesn't taste right.  Honestly who has time to cook sauce all day, every time they want spaghetti. Not me! This year, my husband and I were inspired by a friend to try 52 new recipes in the year 2017. We jumped right in, by giving a new spaghetti sauce a try. Guess what... It was amazing!

Spaghetti Sauce

2 lbs mild Italian pork sausage
2 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
ground pepper
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 (16 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in butter
parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Brown the sausage, onion, and garlic, in the olive oil with the bay leaves, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes.
Stir well and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Add the mushrooms.
Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Use sauce to cover cooked spaghetti.
Add parmesan to top and voila! It's amazing.

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good morning! I'm home from my trip, the kids are out of school for MLK day, and Shawn is out for the week in Boston. I'm feeling super ready to just fly through the week quickly, so lets get started!

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather:::
It is pouring down rain at the moment and 38 degrees. I think it's supposed to be low 40s today and tomorrow and then in the low 60s for the rest of the week.  

On my reading pile:::  
Still working on the 2nd Outlander book. I haven't had too much time for reading lately but hope to finish it this week.

On my TV:::
I have so many shows to catch up on.  I need to watch last week's This Is Us, and the last 2 weeks of American Housewife among many other things.

On the menu for this week:::

Monday -  Chicken Doritos Casserole
Tuesday - Spaghetti and garlic bread 
Wednesday - Pork chops with veggies  
Thursday - Homemade Pizza 
Friday - Going out for Shawn and I's anniversary
Saturday -
Sunday -

On my to do list:::
Come up with my grocery list and put in grocery order
Quick run to the grocery store for tonight's dinner
Fold the end of laundry pile in my room
Have the kids clean their rooms
Vacuum the stairs and living rooms
Clean out and reorganize my bedroom closet
Rearrange my kitchen counter tops

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Dying to get my crochet hooks out.  I have all this yarn I haven't touched yet. Also, I need to make the girls their name banners to go over their beds this week, so we can finish decorating their room.

Looking around the house:::
The main areas of the house looks really nice and tidy.  The kids rooms however look like they've seen a hurricane and my bedroom has plenty of clean clothes in need of folding in baskets on the floor.

From the camera:::

Something fun to share:::
I don't know if this really counts, but I have a friend that for the last few years has done 52 new recipes during the year. You can find her blog over at The Nerd Nest. This year, Shawn and I decided to do the exact same thing. We've already done three brand new to us recipes. I hope to document it all here, but I can't make any promises. Either way, it's a fun idea and a neat way to get us out of our rut of the same recipes every week or two.

What I'm wearing today:::
Dark blue jeggings, and a black and grey sweater. If I make it to the grocery store today, I'll probably wear my gray coat, and my Bearpaw boots.

One of my simple pleasures:::
Reading! I love to just relax with a good book. Put the kids on their iPads or with a book so I can lay back and tune them out while letting my imagination roam with a good book.

Bible verse, Devotional::: 
Today, I don't have a bible verse but it is an inspirational devotional anyway.

Facebook Chain Quizes

Ever pop onto Facebook and see a cute little chain status that you want to do but don't want others to feel obligated to do? Well, I did.  My friends have been doing this one for quite a bit and it's so super cute I couldn't fight it any longer.  After the kids and I finished, I realized that once I post it, it will go onto my Facebook page, where I'll never see it again, so I decided to post this cute thing right here as well.  I mean seriously, how cute are my kids answers?

WITHOUT prompting, ask your child these questions and write EXACTLY what they say about you.
Ben age 9
*What is something I say a lot? “Swag, mom, you say swag a lot.”
*What makes me happy? “Good kids”
*What makes me sad? “Bad kids”
*How tall am I? “5 foot”
*What's my favorite thing to do? “take pictures and videos”
*What is my favorite food? “Chili, most likely.”
*What is my favorite drink? “Dr Pepper.”
*If I could go anywhere, where would I like to go? “Disney World”
*Do you think you could live without me? “No”
*How do I annoy you? “Always make me clean. It annoys me bad”
*What is my favorite TV show? “Outlander”
*What is my favorite music to listen to? “Queen”
*What is my job? “Taking care of us kids, of course.”
*How old am I? “90 hahahahah 31.”
*What is my favorite color? “Turquoise, of course.”
*How much do you love me? “Enough that I’d fall off the world to protect you, that’s how much I love you.”
Sydney age 6
*What is something I say a lot? “Sydney come over here, you forgot to clean.”
*What makes me happy? “When we say we really really love you.”
*What makes me sad? “Saying hey, I don’t like your dinner.”
*How tall am I? “6 feet?”
*What's my favorite thing to do? “Spend time with us.”
*What is my favorite food? “Chili and ice cream”
*What is my favorite drink? “Dr Pepper”
*If I could go anywhere, where would I like to go? “San Francisco”
*Do you think you could live without me? “No”
*How do I annoy you? “Nothing”
*What is my favorite TV show? “The Real Housewives of something I don’t know which one.”
*What is my favorite music to listen to? “It’s not ‘My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard’ but that’s my favorite. I don’t know this one. Beyonce?”
*What is my job? “To take care of us”
*How old am I? “31, yea that’s right, I know my mom”
*What is my favorite color? “Turquoise, buh bam buh bam!”
*How much do you love me? “More than you love me”
Rylie age 4
*What is something I say a lot? “You need to be yourself, no matter what anyone else tells you.”
*What makes me happy? “That we’re here”
*What makes me sad? “When you’re not here with us.”
*How tall am I? “7 centimeters”
*What's my favorite thing to do? “Play with us”
*What is my favorite food? “Turkey.”
*What is my favorite drink? “Coffee.”
*If I could go anywhere, where would I like to go? “San Francisco.”
*Do you think you could live without me? “No because if we didn’t live with our mom we couldn’t be born.”
*How do I annoy you? “Take my iPad away.”
*What is my favorite TV show? “Fixer Upper.”
*What is my favorite music to listen to? “Ummm… The She’s so pretty He’s so fine song dad likes.” (Avett Brothers)
*What is my job? “Taking care of us.”
*How old am I? “31”
*What is my favorite color? “Turquoise and blue”
*How much do you love me? “A million billion and tillion.”
Scotland age 2
*What is something I say a lot? “You say, ‘What do you mean why?”
*What makes me happy? “Me”
*What makes me sad? “Not me, Rylie.”
*How tall am I? “Very big”
*What's my favorite thing to do? “sing”
*What is my favorite food? “Ice cream”
*What is my favorite drink? “chocolate milk, just like me.”
*If I could go anywhere, where would I like to go? “in your room”
*Do you think you could live without me? “no”
*How do I annoy you? “When you are mean and want me to get up.”
*What is my favorite TV show? “Peppa Pig”
*What is my favorite music to listen to? “Paw Patrol song”
*What is my job? “get me cocoa pebbles”
*How old am I? “big girl”
*What is my favorite color? “Green.”
*How much do you love me? “So much.”

Monday, January 9, 2017

Packing or Not

Today, I'm supposed to be packing my bags for my trip to South Carolina tomorrow.  I, however, am a monster procrastinator. Guess what I have packed so far? Absolutely nothing! I mean seriously, my bag is sitting empty, collapsed, and upside down on the desk behind my computer, I'm literally looking at it. Scowling at it rather. Did I mention I hate packing?

I'm going to take this time, when I should be packing to talk to you a little about me.  I have anxiety. Anxiety in that I don't like to do things outside of my comfort zone, which is pretty much anything outside of my routine. When I say, I don't like to do these things, I mean it makes me really nervous and sick to my stomach. It stresses me out and triggers my IBS. That's what this trip is doing to me. I'm so stressed and sick just thinking about traveling without my husband and children.  They are my security blanket.

I'm going to be without my kids, my world, for FOUR WHOLE DAYS! I've never done this before. This is normal for Shawn, as he travels a lot for work, but he assures me that the way I'm feeling right now, is exactly how he feels before he leaves for every single trip.

I'm going to try to make the best of this trip. I'm going to try and enjoy myself and be present in every step. I plan to take plenty of videos and photos. I'll be with my mom and sister and the whole trip is to watch my brother graduate from basic.

Alright, since I started this post, I've gotten lots of work done on videos, picked kids up from school, taken kids to dance and an art class, and now have helped kids with filling out cards to mail out for their school magazine sale fundraiser.  I've even figured out with Shawn that we are ordering pizza for dinner.  Guess what I haven't done... Packed a single item.

Alright, I need to get working. Or at least enjoy some more snuggles with my babies.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good morning, or night rather since I'm getting to this so late... Oops. It's been a busy day.  Alright, lets get right to it, shall we?

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather:::
Today was a bit rainy but the rest of this week is supposed to be quite cold.

On my reading pile:::  
Dragonfly in Amber (2nd Outlander book) by Diana Gabaldon

On my TV:::
I've mostly just been watching vlogs as I get my housework done but am hoping to catch an episode of Westworld with the hubby before bed.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -  Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
Tuesday - Beef stew and homemade bread
Wednesday - Chicken chili
Thursday - Chicken with veggies.
Friday - 
Saturday - 
Sunday - 

On my to do list:::
Still to do is folding laundry.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
I've got to make the name thingys to go over the girls beds.  Ben has one with his name and Scotland has one with her name, but Sydney and Rylie don't have them yet.  Their room has now officially been painted so it needs to happen. Shawn told me that is my chore for tomorrow.  Finally a fun chore. Hahaha!

Looking around the house:::
Just finished picking up, washing dishes, etc.  Have to get this giant pile of laundry folded and I can go to bed.

From the camera:::
My siblings and I on Christmas day.

Something fun to share:::
Next week, I'll be going on a short girls trip with my mom and sister.  It'll be my first time being away from my babies over night, which I'm dreading.  I'll be gone for 3 nights. My little brother is graduating from basic training with the Army National Guard.

What I'm wearing today:::
Today, I wore a pair of jeggings and a large purple sweater. Nice and comfy for a cool rainy day.

One of my simple pleasures:::
Snuggles with my littles. I think everyone can agree.  There is nothing better than cuddles from your little ones, especially as they grow bigger and too cool for their mommas.

Bible verse, Devotional:::  
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11