Monday, October 31, 2011

Chorizo, Potato, & Cheese Quesadillas

The possibilities are endless when it comes to filling a quesadilla.  I made chorizo, potato, and cheese ones the other night and they were so tasty!


Simply peel and boil one potato and cut into cubes.  Remove the chorizo from the casing and brown just as you would ground beef.  Melt a little butter in the pan, add a flour tortilla, put ingredients on one side, fold in half, and crisp up both sides.


I serve with fresh tomato, sour cream, and a side of avacado mash.  The avacado mash is 1 avacado (mashed), 1 garlic clove (chopped), and a little salt and pepper.  I could eat this on top of everything!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We're Moving!

I might be a little more absent from blogging for the next few months because for those of you who read this that don't already know, my husband has been offered a relocation to Kansas City!  And we said yes!  Our house has been on the market for a few weeks and aside from cleaning and decluttering, I have not started any new projects to share with you. 

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We are very excited about this move, but that is not to say that we will not be saddened to leave San Antonio.  What a great city, with lots to do, and great people.  We anticipated being here longer, and we have really enjoyed our time here.  And let's not forget the weather.  I love and cherish the heat.  I will miss the weather, the people, and our home.  If you have never been to SA, you must put it on your "to-do" list.  There is just something about living in TX that is like no other! 

Steve and I have been together for 10.5 years, and this will be our 6th state in the same amount of time.  This lifestyle poses challenges and keeps us on our toes, but it is exciting and adventurous and a great learning experience for our kids, and us a couple.   Everyone keeps asking about the kids and when we will stop moving. I cannot tell you when we will stop moving, but I can tell you the kids are the least of my worries. They are so resilient, and adaptable, and up for the adventure. I know they will be grateful for the life experience when they are older!

Steve and I grew up in the midwest, though we have lived in the south for 10 years.  We feel fortunate to be moving back up "north", where we will be closer to family and friends, and will get a taste of the midwest again.  I think the most exciting part is that I will be just 3 short hours from my sister and her family.  What a blessing!  I never thought we would live this close ever again!

Snow.  Snow??  Oh well, I will buy some warm boots.  I'm not happy about it, but I know two little munchkins who could not be happier about the prospect of playing in the snow.  They were practicing their snow angels in their playroom the other day...

We have a lot to be thankful for and I couldn't be more proud of Steve.  We are praying that this transition goes smoothly.   It will soon be time to pack up our belongings, the cars, the kids, the pets, and start our new adventure.  Let the chaos of living in a hotel for several weeks and starting a new life begin!  We must be crazy! :)

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House hunting this weekend, so wish us luck!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pumpkins

We never made it to the pumpkin patch this year.  The weekend we were going to go as a family it rained the entire weekend. It hasn't rained here in about 6 months, but alas, it did when we had outdoor family plans!  Steve has been traveling a lot, so the kids and I decided to just decorate a few pumpkins at home.


We just bought a few small pumpkins that the kids could paint and I added a scrapbook paper "L" and some twine to a large one (pinterest idea).







My kids love to play dress up, but I am refraining from letting them wear their actual Halloween costumes until that day!  It is killing them, but I know it will be more fun for them if they wait! 

At least or porch finally has some festive decor!

P.S.  If you are super observant, you might have noticed a lock box on our front door.  More to come on that soon!



Monday, October 17, 2011

Dipped Pretzels

It was Drew's turn to bring snack to preschool last week, so I wanted to do a little something festive for the month of October.  I decided to make some dipped pretzels, which I have actually never done before. 

I already had some almond bark in my pantry as well as some Halloween Oreos I picked up at the store.  All I needed to get were the medium sized pretzels.


I melted the almond bark in the microwave, dropped in about 8 pretzels at a time into the bowl, covered them on both sides, fished them out with a fork, and put them on wax paper.  I had crumbled Halloween Oreos that I sprinkled on the pretzels before the almond bark had cooled.  A bit of a messy job!



After they were completely cooled, I packaged the pretzels inside individual cellophane bags and gave larger bags to D's teachers to take home. Super easy.



Drew's teachers told me these were an absolute hit with the kids!  Steve and the kids have been requesting more, so it is on my list of things to do this week!  How can you go wrong with the sweet/salty combo?!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hot Corn Dip

I have really been enjoying trying new recipes and appetizers I have "pinned".

Last weekend, I made a hot corn dip for football Sunday.  It was fantastic!  A must try if you like dips!


Easy to make and very pretty too!  The sweetness of the corn really comes through against the other flavors.  The recipe calls for black beans as an optional ingredient.  I did not use them, as we wanted the corn to be the main ingredient.  I served with tortilla chips.


The original "pin" and website with the recipe can be found at http://menumanaged.blogspot.com/2010/09/hot-corn-dip.html

Try it and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Favorites

A few photos that capture my kid's loves...

This little guy is eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, as evidenced by the helmet, football, and football pj's in his bed. We wouldn't have it any other way!


And here is our little miss with her Ariel pj's, eating popcorn, with milk and her "stinky".  Don't forget she is watching her favorite movie, "Tangled".  She is living the life in this pic!


But, what trumps all their favorite things, is Daddy.  They are completely obsessed with him and I don't blame them!  :)


Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Another Coffee Table Makeover

I posted about the transformation of my $15 coffee table several months ago and I absolutely love it in my space.  I picked up another coffee table at Goodwill for $20, and am finally getting around to posting about it.  I received a lot of positive feedback about the dark stain and white base of my coffee table and kitchen table, so I decided to do the same for this one.  I hated to see this one go, I'm glad she went to a nice home!



I was hesitant to purchase this one, but it had great bones.  Look at those claw feet!



I'm not sure who Haley and Kyle are, but they left their autograph!


As with the last one, I used a hand sander over the top of the table to get the water stains and marker off.  I rough sanded the bottom part because it was in good shape.  After giving it a good cleaning, I used 3 coats of dark walnut stain on the top (Minwax).  I sealed the top with several coats of poly.  A couple coats of a shade of white paint I had in my stash, and a little distressing, and it was finished!  



Don't be afraid of worn out tables-you can make them pretty again with a little elbow grease!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thank You

A big shout out to two blogs who featured my Burlap BOO on their blogs recently!  Thank you!

The first is www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com.  They always have lots of great recipes and tutorials.  Can you believe the authors are six sisters and no brothers?!  I love it.  Check them out!




The next is houseofhepworths.com.  Again, you will find lots of great craft projects, giveaways, and tutorials on this blog.  HOH just posted several pumpkin decorating ideas and fall craft projects!  Check her out!

HouseofHepworths

Thanks again!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bacon & Pancakes

I had some girlfriends over on Saturday night and we got to talking about bacon.  Good Saturday night conversation, right?  I think so! 

Anyway, it reminded me that I wanted to share a tip for perfectly cooked bacon...in the oven.  I grew up with my mom frying it on the stove, and I have always done that myself, because it just tastes better.  The crispier, the better, for this family! 

Love me some bacon, but hate the smell that lingers all day.  You feel like you have to wash your hair and clothes immediately after cooking it and you could come home 10 hours later and your house still smells!

I got this tip from somewhere and I can't recall the source.  Place the bacon in a 9 x 13 baking dish, put in a cold oven, crank up the temp to 400 degrees, and cook for 20 minutes. 


It turns out crispy and delicious without the bacon haze!


I also recently tried the Pioneer Woman's Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes.  It was such a great combination of flavors.  The recipe calls for evaporated milk, which might be the key.  I would definitely recommend!


How good does breakfast for dinner sound tonight??!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall Wreath & Branches

I made this fall wreath a few years back because I couldn't find any to purchase that caught my eye.  This was so easy and inexpensive to make.  I have a brown brick house with a wood door, so this is really a great pop of color and you can see it vividly from the street!


This is simply a grapevine wreath and a long strand of leaf garland that you can find at any craft store.  I wrapped it around and started hot gluing it to the wreath base.  It has held up really well and I love the colors!


This year I decided to make a few leaft branches for my mantle.  This is about as easy and inexpensive as you can get. 

1.  Go outside and trim a branch. 
2.  Purchase some leaves from Dollar Tree (for, you guessed it, a dollar :)
3.  Hot glue to the branch in random order.



My tree out front has given me two cute branch projects this year!!  Hope you are all enjoying fall!  The temps have been a little cooler here and we are loving it!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Apple Cupcakes

I just love Pinterest.  It seems that in every recent post I am talking about how I got an idea or recipe from Pinterest.  Such a simple idea, yet so wonderful!  I know we are all thinking, "Why didn't I think of that"?

Kate was due to bring snack to preschool last week, so I decided to make her class some apple cupcakes (that I had pinned to my "Fall" board).  They are so eye catching, adorable, and so appropriate for this time of year.

All of the pictures below are mine, but the original post can be found at http://www.makeandtakes.com/apple-shaped-cupcakes.


These are super simple to make. They key to making these look like apples in the indent in the cupcake holder.  People have used marbles, but I didn't have any, so I used little tin foil balls. 



All you need is a cake mix, frosting, red food coloring, pretzel sticks, and green gum drops.  I couldn't find green gum drops, but I found these fruit slices at the Dollar Tree.  I grabbed the container that had the most green ones.



I used A LOT of red food coloring and they still turned out a little pinkish, but they looked close enough!


I broke a pretzel stick in half, slid it in the top and added the gum drop.  That's it!  So cute and easy!


Kate couldn't wait to show her teachers and share them with her friends!  Happy Fall!

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http://www.atthepicketfence.com/
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http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
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http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/

Hawaii: Part 2-Oahu

After five glorious days in Kauai, we took a short plane ride back to Oahu (Honolulu, Waikiki Beach).  Where Kauai was sleepy and quiet, Honolulu was bustling and busy and every bit a big city.

It was nice to experience two different sides on our trip.  We stayed right on the beach and spent most of our time soaking up the sun, swimming, shopping, and eating!  Waikiki is known for their gorgeous sunsets and it was fun to see all the surfers out every morning.


A view from a rooftop bar



Lovely sunset



Walking the beach at night...


Yes!  A surfing dog!


This makes me happy  :)


And so does this guy... :)



We had been eating a lot of fresh fish and sushi. . .we needed some pizza!



 The view from our balcony-Diamond Head


Steve was in heaven...









A fabulous trip with fabulous memories...

Mahalo!
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