Sunday, November 4, 2012

Texas Chili

Made this chili today; it's a perfect Fall day in the mountains and chili was just what we needed.  This recipe comes from one of Ryan's Texan aunts.  It's very mild; throw in some of your favorite hot sauce to spice it up.


2 pounds cooked ground beef
1 package chili seasoning
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can pinto beans-rinsed and drained
1 can chili beans in sauce
1/2 white or yellow onion-chopped
Shredded Mexican cheese
Sour cream


Mix seasoning, beef, tomatoes, beans, and onion in a crockpot.  Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 8 hours.  Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, and Fritos.

EASY! That's what I'm talkin about.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Nursery Reveal

People apparently have parties to reveal everything about their baby (sex reveal parties, name reveal parties, baby's got all 10 fingers reveal parties, etc), so I'm thinking of making a huge deal out of revealing little THT's nursery.

JK. Sickening.

Here are some pictures instead :)  Its a little plain, but, I figured I might as well save my time, energy, and money to redecorate in about 3 years when little T will have an opinion on what his room looks like.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

July 12. Planned. One baby. Yes, I'm sure of that.

Oh my GAH! 

I should have made a t-shirt that said all of the above.  I have been asked 8 jillion times those same first it was kinda of cool like "hey, it actually looks like a bun in the oven, not that I went a little overboard at Dunkin Donuts."  Now its kinda like "do you really need to know? Do I even know you? Can I rub your belly, too?"  

With less than a month until baby T hopefully arrives* let's reflect:

*ahem, baby T, I'd like your birthday to be the 4th of July...hint hint.

I'm like 5 minutes pregz! Sweet, time to show off that bloat.
Bought my first maternity shirt; totally unneeded at this point but hey, it was like totes cute.  I'll prob wear it unpregnant, too.

Obvi pushing out my stomach so it looks like baby not bloat (note: this was in February, baby was the size of like a tortellini noodle at this point).

Woohoo, a little bun in the oven! 
Skipped a few weeks.  Defs a baby in there. Now is about the time all the stupid questions get asked ("are you sure there's only one in there?!" "Uh no, I'm obviously going for octo-mom 2012." I mean really people, come on.)

Glamour shots: Knocked Up edition

I believe when I texted this one to my homegirls the caption was "fresh out of birth classes and scared sh*tless." Yeah, at least the hospital looks like a hotel.

Why yes, I did swallow a watermelon.  Thanks for noticing.  Oh and yes, amazingly there is still only one baby in there! You can stop asking now.

Ok, so there's me.  Little T's room will be finished tomorrow! HOORAY. I mean I've only been trying to get it done for like 6 months now*

*note: we have Hopie to blame for this one...took homegirl like 8 weeks to find the "perfect" dresser and it will be delivered tomorrow.  

So in case you are all just dyingggg to see his room, which he won't even use for another few months, I'll put up pictures later this week.

Peace out.

Monday, November 21, 2011

What Can I Tempt You to Buy Today...

Just when you think the world has everything we could possibly need (except a functional government...) out comes the Kindle Fire!  WOW!  So many people are turning in their well-loved paper backs for the more preferable "e-reader."  I don't have one myself, however, hint hint Santa...

Buy the Kindle Fire here for the book worm in your life.

Amazon is also running a "Black Friday" week this week (wow! more than one day for all you crazies who only shop on BF).  Check it out, there are so many neat gifts; my personal favorites: Bridesmaids DVD (absolutely hilar.  Please oh please let this appear in my stocking!!),  the Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1 Digital Camera (currently $249.99 which is 50% off!), and lastly the Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set (I totes need this for home! BTW- IDK why its underlined, I can't seem to undo it).

To find these gifts plus many, many more visit: Black Friday Week.

Cheers to shopping, y'all!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Gifting Page

For the past several months I have been thinking about getting a part-time job (keyword here: thinking) for some extra holiday spending money (remember the "you made it to December" gifts.... plus I need to give some attention to the star I took off of the angel tree, plus I like to get books for my kids, and lastly because I need to spoil my dogs husband).  As I was doing some research about how to make money quickly, without having to do too much (I mean come on, I don't already work 85+ hours a week or anything...) I found this super cool program: Amazon Associates.  Basically I advertise products that are sold on Amazon.  And basically YOU buy them and I get paid! :)  Works out for everyone!  I will be frequently posting products that I think may be helpful to you as you prepare to do holiday shopping.  Help me out by sending along my blog to your friends and family ;)  Thank you in advance!

Yesterday I posted about Amazon's Christmas Corner which is a wonderful starting point to finding both home decor as well as gifts for everyone.

Today I am going to post a link to another page on Amazon.  This Gifting Page is the perfect place if you have no idea where to start.  It is broken down by recipient, price, and product category.  There are a wide range of gifts in each category and as always, the prices are unbeatable.

Still don't know what to buy someone? How about an Amazon gift card, so ya know, people can buy salad spinners and stuff.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cheers to: Christmas!!

I am a full believer in celebrating and honoring one holiday at a time; and while right now is the time to give thanks and appreciation for all that we have, I am also a full believer that it is never too early to at least begin thinking about Christmas.  I mean hello, it takes Santa a while to process all those orders.

I usually start looking for ideas of what to buy and make around this time, it helps put me in the holiday spirit and I just flat out like it*

*note: I won't listen to Christmas music until Black Friday though.

Speaking of which! BF is right around the corner! I have never been one of those people (you know, at the mall by 2am), but thats only because I have never been much of a deal hunter until recently.  I have, however, taken advantage of the new "Cyber Monday" (what a modern world we live in!) and have done some online buying then.  I came across Amazon's Christmas Corner today and my mind was completely blown! WOWWWZAAA! There is just so much stuff. I didn't even know where to begin (reminds me of going into a department store...during a sale...).

Once I got my act together and was able to look around a bit, I realized I could do almost ALL of my shopping there (including what I'd like to purchase for myself, as a..."you made it to December!" gift)  plus get ideas of things I'd like to make*!

*or at least attempt to, you know me, not much of a crafter...too impatient!

I highly suggest you check it out, you can buy anything from toys, to decorations, to trees, to books, to salad spinners! (I actually would really like a salad spinner...hint hint: anyone).  I'm thinking about starting an Amazon Wish List and letting it carry over into my birthday month*...

*do I think Hope and JJ are even hip enough to know what Amazon is? No, but still...

Click the link below to go to the Christmas Corner and Cheers Y'all!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pumpkin Bagels

I have this issue with baking/eating what I've baked... I love it; I mean, I only base my whole diet around carbs and in fall idk anything better than baked carbs, esp if it involves pumpkin.  We only get canned pumpkin a few months out of the year, why not take advantage of it.

I've never once thought about making bagels before, I didn't even really think real people made bagels, I thought it was all about a machine in the back of Bodos.  However, I came across a bagel recipe during a search for vegan pumpkin recipes* and decided that Ryan would really like homemade bagels.
* please note, I'm 100% absolutely NOT a vegan, we just didn't have eggs or milk in the house and I was in no mood to drive off the mountain to go to the store, so: vegan pumpkin recipes.

One of the first recipes I found was for bagels.  I would have ignorantly assumed that bagels were laden with eggs and milk, but nope, they aren't (does this make them just a smidge better for me??)

A little apprehensive about non-machine made bagels, I pulled out the trusty Kitchen Aid and got to work.

Several hours later: pumpkin bagels!...that Ryan was less than thrilled with.  But thats okay, more carbs for me! 

While they taste really good, especially with lots of Country Crock churned butter, they are missing a lil somethin somethin.  I think its sugar, yea thats it! More fat! Duh. For real though, I would add about 1/4 cup of granulated sugar to the recipe next time and see what that does for me.

Pumpkin Bagels

3 1/4 cups flour (you can use all-purpose or bread flour)
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, warmed slightly in the microwave
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup sugar (remember: I didn't do this but I will next time)

Mix all ingredients together and knead for 4-5 minutes

Stop when you have a thick orange dough

Lightly flour your work surface


Shape dough into a ball

Place ball in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 90 minutes (omg! it was so hard to wait that long!)

Feed leftover bits to begging pup


After your super long wait, reflour your surface and make 12 small balls out of the dough

Now, for the hardest part, something I clearly did not master this time: make the bagel shape.  I read online to poke a finger through and wiggle it around while simultaenously shaping the dough in a flat circle.  yeah.  I can't do 2 things at once. But whatevs.  Btw- I have NO idea how normal bagels come out smooth?  Mine are all lumpy.

Place 2 or 3 at a time (no more than that!) in a pot of gently boiling water for 1 minute, then flip and let boil for another minute.  Repeat for all bagels.

Bake bagels for at 425* for 20 minutes

Cool on a wire rack

Slather on the fat ;)