Sep 30, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Happy Friday!

Here's the crazyjoy challenge word:


Check out Anna's blog today to get the details for the crazyjoy challenge and to see our favorite entry for FUEL.

I'll see you all on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Sep 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I've seen that title around and decided to copy the idea and post some photos. I guess I've already broken the rules by writing this but who really cares.

Here are some shots of Sweet P to prove that I don't just let her play in dirt, she also likes to take everything out of every bin she finds.



And the many faces of P. 









And I also got a new 'do last week. A little darker for the fall and a bit shorter and I love it.


Thanks Loren!!


Happy Wednesday, folks.

Sep 27, 2011

Seriously the Best Homemade Salsa I've Had

Yes, you read that right! I found a recipe for HOT, homemade salsa that tastes just as good, if not better than most, restaurant salsas.

Thank you pinterest for making my life a little happier and thank you Erin, from One Particular Kitchen, for sharing my new favorite recipe.

You guys know I like my salsa pretty hot, right. Well, after seeing this on pinterest and then reading all the reviews on how amazing it was and especially how hot is was, I pinned the recipe and finally tried my hand at it.

I halved the recipe because it said it made a ton and I was still very cautious to believe I had found the one. The halved recipe still made a lot.

Here's all you need (plus cilantro if you like):

The Best Homemade Salsa - Ingredients

Then you cut the tomatoes and onions in half, chop off the tops of the peppers and lay out on a pan and roast in the over until the onions are tender and the peppers are charred.

The Best Homemade Salsa - Step 1 and 2

Next you put all that in a food processor with salt and cilantro. (I only have a mini food processor so I had to do it in like 8 batches.)

I also like my salsa a little chunky so I added some fresh diced onion and tomato to the roasted salsa.

bestsalsadoneThe Best Homemade Salsa

Stir it up, eat and be happy you never have to buy another jar of bad salsa again!

The Best Homemade Salsa

I followed the recipe exactly (except I didn't use as much cilantro and added freshly ground pepper) and it was HOT! More than make your nose run, hot, almost too hot for me and the husband (almost). I think I'll leave out a few serranos and add a few jalapenos and try some other peppers in the mix and maybe even add a little lime juice for a different flavor.  I'm so excited about this recipe and all the different things you can do with it!! Yay!

Sep 26, 2011

CrazyJoy = Fuel (revealed)

After a weekend like this past one, I am ready for a new week! Here's my photo for the crazyjoy challenge word: FUEL.

crazyjoy = fuel

Yes, that's an emergency room in the background - don't worry, we're all doing great. Since Sweet P has been born, we've visited the ER 2x, but not for her! The husband was having killer migraines all weekend so we wanted to make sure it wasn't anything more. Tests came back normal, kind of surprising his head is normal, I mean, the man noodles.

Anyway, dealing with a husband with migraines all weekend, a 14 month old that doesn't sit still unless she's sleeping and add growing a baby on top of it all, I needed some caffeine to fuel me.

Here's Anna's:


Seriously folks, have you noticed how much our brains are alike!? Yay for coffee.

If you joined us this week, link up your blog post with you photo below...

Hope you guys had a great weekend and here's to a great week!

Sep 23, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Happy, happy Friday!!

It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day here in Tulsa so we're going to get out and enjoy it.

If you're here for the new crazyjoy challenge word, here it is:


Here's what you need to know to join in with me and Anna:

  1. Think on the word, photograph it, draw it, make it, whatever you want to do to represent it
  2. Come back Monday and I will post my and Anna's photo and you can link up through Thursday with your interpretation
  3. Then check out Anna's blog on Friday where she will post our favorite entry and the new challenge word
And here's our favorite from last week: ATTACK.

9-10 BA vs Lincoln Christian

How awesome is that action shot!? Thank, Alice, and everyone else that joined in this week.

Have a great weekend!

Sep 20, 2011

The Weekend

I mentioned yesterday that our weekend was crazy and here's a little more on that.

I love how many outdoor festivals there are in this town, especially the ones centered around food! The Rock & Rib Festival was this past weekend and after going last year, we had to come back. It rained pretty much all day and finally let up in the afternoon so we hurried down to the festival and made our way down the street checking out each vendor before deciding on which ones to try. 

Rock and Rib Festival 2011

Sweet P was pretty patient as we tried to decide.

Waiting for Ribs

Last year we tried Johnson's so knew we wanted to sample something else - even though they were SO good!

A Slab of Johnson's at BOK's Rock 'n Rib Festival

We finally made out decision and went with "Porky-N-Beans" ribs and "Big Boned" ribs and sides.

Rock and Rib Festival 2011 - Ribs

This year's winner went to Porky-N-Beans but I think Johnson's was better.

Sweet P slept through the festival last year but enjoyed gnawing on a bone this time around!

Sweet P's first Festival!

crazyjoy = attack

After stuffing ourselves with meaty goodness, we let P run/dance wildly in the open square.

Hitting the Dance Floor

Fleeing the Dance Floor

Another successful festival in the books.

The next day I woke up to biscuits and gravy for breakfast and a delicious Rocket Brothers latte. Not to mention, the little one was already fed, changed and ready for the day!! My husband is pretty awesome.

Weekend Breakfast

Fed and full, we to the park and then I filled nap time with baking.

There was a little football game later in the evening that I needed to make snacks for because I can't watch sports without snacks. I made some orange and black (OSU colors) cupcakes and had enough to take to my grandpa's. Our family gets together pretty much every Saturday for dinner.

Check out the pictures my sister took of Sweet P in her game-gear on her post today

Anyway, we were about to leave and I was in the front seat (holding an uncovered plate of cupcakes) waiting for the husband to get in the car after buckling in our daughter. That's when he decided to lob me the keys at my lap - without warning and then, the keys landed perfectly on the cupcakes.

Orange/Black cupcakes

So that was a fun time cleaning icing off car keys!

After dinner we had some friends over to eat snacks and watch a little football. The game we were excited about, OSU-TU, had a scheduled kickoff time for 9:10pm. Late? Yes, but when it's your alma mater, it's not too bad. It had been raining all evening and the lightening delayed kickoff.

We waited and ate more food. 10:30 rolled around and I was giving up hope of the game actually happening. At about 11:30, everyone else gave up hope and went on home. By midnight, the snacks were eaten but the game finally began. The husband tried to watch the game but it was way past my bedtime and I only lasted the first 20 minutes.

Sunday was a day of recovering and resting. It was good.

So that was our weekend, in a super long post. Hope you had a good one.

Sep 19, 2011

CrazyJoy = Attack (revealed)

This past weekend was nuts and I'll save some of that for tomorrow.

So for today I will leave you with my photo for the crazyjoy challenge word: ATTACK.

crazyjoy = attack

We hit up the Rock and Rib festival over the weekend and Sweet P attacked the rib bone.

Link up with your photo at Anna's blog today.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Sep 16, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Sorry for the delayed post on the new crazyjoy challenge word. I know, you have been waiting on the edge of your seat, barely able to go on with your day, but here it is...


If you want to join in the challenge, here's what you need to know:
  1. Think on the word, photograph it, draw it, make it, whatever you want to do to represent ATTACK
  2. Come back Monday and I will post my photo, visit Anna to see her photo and also link up through Thursday with your interpretation
  3. Then come back Friday where I will post our favorite entry and the new challenge word
Don't forget to check Anna's post today for our favorite entry for ROCK.

Have a safe and fun weekend!

Sep 15, 2011

She Likes Dirt

Sweet P is becoming an excellent gardener.

She is really good at rotating our soil.


She's not afraid to get a little dirt on her hands. And legs. And in her hair.


And she'll even taste it to make sure all levels are optimum for planting.



Hmm, I guess that dirt was not quite right.


But I do think someone should teach her to keep a little dirt in the bucket so we can actually plant something in it.



Sep 14, 2011

My Favorite Mushroom Risotto

As I typed that I caught myself saying riz-auto in my head like I'm Chef Ramsey. Have you ever heard him say it? It's just like that.

Anyway, one of my favorite not so healthy indulgences is risotto. I've never had it at a restaurant so I have no comparison as to what it "should" taste like. But, I've made it countless times at home and love it.

Here's the recipe I use as a base - not surprisingly from Martha. I get the sliced baby portobellos from the store to help with the prep work because risotto is a dish of love and labor. It's not one that you can start and walk away from. I've never timed it, but I think it takes about 30 - 40 minutes of constant stirring.

Portobello Risotto

Not a side I make if the husband has to work late.

It's also a great recipe to use any frozen, homemade chicken broth because it calls for like 5-6 cups of chicken broth.

Since the risotto needed serious attention, I baked some salmon and steamed some asparagus to have with it (it also balanced out the meal to be a little healthier). Although, I could eat of bowl of just mushroom risotto by itself.

Yes, it's that good.


And that's what we had the other night.

Here's my adapted version of her recipe:
  • 5-6 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, diced small
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine
  • 2 handfuls grated Parmesan (probably about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, marjoram, and chives

I'm really wanting to try this recipe next:

It's supposed to be a quick version that you can bake!

Sep 12, 2011

CrazyJoy = Rock (revealed)

Time to reveal our photos for the crazyjoy challenge word: ROCK.

Here's mine:

crazyjoy = rock

That was my attempt to rock Sweet P. She had other things in mind like looking at her books. I miss being able to rock her to sleep but it's pretty fun to see her remember her favorite books and point to different things. Plus, I guess I'll have another one coming along soon to rock to sleep!

And Anna's:


If you joined in the challenge this week, link up below:

Hope you all have a great week!!

Oh, and make sure you check out my friend, Danielle's blog today for her adoption HUGE day of giveaways and help bring her baby home!

one sweet love

Sep 9, 2011

CrazyJoy =

Finally Friday! Before you head off to enjoy your fabulous weekend plans, here's the new crazyjoy challenge word:

crazyjoy = rock

Here's what you need to know to join in with me and Anna:
  1. Think on the word, photograph it, draw it, make it, whatever you want to do to represent it
  2. Come back Monday and I will post my and Anna's photo and you can link up through Thursday with your interpretation
  3. Then check out Anna's blog on Friday where she will post our favorite entry and the new challenge word
This week was tough to pick a favorite entry for YOUNG. There were cute, young ducks, gorgeous, young couples and amazing wedding dress but ultimately, the baby and the kitten won us over.  Thanks, Jen! Go check out all the entries last week for some other great photos.


Thanks for all the fun photos you guys shared last week. Hope to see you all back next week to link up.

Until then, have a great weekend.

Sep 8, 2011

Proof I Still Cook

Last weekend marked the beginning of college football season! Go Cowboys!
I love this time of year, especially because of the insane, record-breaking summer we just had.

The mornings are cool and crisp but the sun is out and warms the afternoon, perfect mix of cool and warm. I also like long sleeve shirts, jeans, weenie roasts by a campfire and the smell of fall. I also realize I am not in college anymore and shouldn't dress like I am, but I love hoodie sweatshirts and just can't let them go.

Anyway, another reason I love college football games is because we almost always eat fun game-day food. I went to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and we started the tradition of eating great food on game days. If it was an away game, there would be meat smoked, chips and dips a-plenty and tasty treats. Home games could be enjoyed at Eskimo Joe's eating world-famous cheese fries or in parking lots on tailgates. Ahhh, I can smell the game-day flavors now!

Sorry about the sidetrack, back to last weekend and food!

Now, I didn't invent this recipe and there are probably a hundred different recipes out there on these but I'm going to go ahead and share how I make jalapeno poppers.

These are one of those perfect game-day treats: two bites, on a stick and make no mess.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 8oz tub of Philadelphia chive and onion cream cheese
  • 2 slice of American cheese
  • 12 slices of uncooked bacon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash the jalapenos, slice them in half and remove all the seeds and ribs (those are the hot parts).

Jalapeno Poppers - Starting

Then cut the American cheese into little strips and put one into a jalapeno slice, then spoon in some cream cheese and set aside and repeat with the remaining jalapenos.

Jalapeno Poppers - Filled
Jalapeno Poppers - Filled
Jalapeno Poppers - Filled

Next, cut the bacon in half lenght-wise and wrap one half of a slice of bacon around the cheese-filled jalapeno. (Sorry, no pics here due to gross raw bacon germs.) Then stick a toothpick or small kabob stick through on end to the other to hold the bacon in place while it cooks. Repeat with the remaining jalapenos.

Jalapeno Poppers - Ready to Bake

Put the assembled poppers on a wire rack and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bacon is brown and starts to crisp. Let them cool a few minutes before digging in, otherwise you'll melt your tastebuds off.

Jalapeno Poppers - Ready to Bake
Jalapeno Poppers
These are also really good cooked on a grill but the husband was fishing so I had to use the oven which was also good.

I also bought enough jalapenos and bacon to try this recipe I saw on pinterest, but due to a small kitchen fire that ruined all the cooked bacon pieces, I only got to make a few.

The few I did get to try were dangerously good!

Jalapeno Crescent Poppers
Jalapeno Crescent Poppers

So there, proof I'm still around and still cooking.