Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Our Life in Lego: Be Careful

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday food day

Well we've finally had our fill of chicken tacos...for now :)  I"m sure they'll be back.

This week our meals are:
Chicken and veggies
Pan fried pork chops and veggies
Brats and Salad

Today was my big cooking day for the month.  Which basically means I cooked all the veggies I would need for the month.  It's mostly cooking lots of potatoes for Adam :)  Here's how I fix potatoes in bulk.

I buy a 5lb bag of potatoes, and clean them and boil half of them in my big pot.  When cooked, about 10 mins, I drain them, then I add a stick of butter and some milk (1/2 a cup maybe a whole cup) and mash them up.  The ones that aren't going to be used in Adam's lunches this week I put in a gallon sized Ziplock bag.  Then you take a bamboo stick and make lines in the potatoes and freeze.  This way when you take them out of the freezer you can break off a piece of mashed potato.  Easy Peasy.

For my veggies I bake acorn squash.  It's pretty simple cut the squash in half, scoop out the insides, and put in a baking dish.  400 degrees for 15 mins.  The broccoli I cut up into small pieces and steam for about 15 mins.  The asparagus I clean and put in a small Pyrex add a little bit of water and cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 15 mins.

The Pork Chops are also really easy.  We just add some garlic and onion powder to some flour and dredge the pork chops in the flour mixture, and Adam fries them up in the skillet.  It makes a bit of a mess but they are soooo good.

Adam's chicken and pork chop meals.
Don't get me started on the blandness.
It's what he likes.

My chicken and pork chops with actual veggies.

Oh and last week I made quiche for both of us and they were awesome.  I'm made them again this week.  Here's the recipe for the quiche.

Hashbrowns enough to cover the bottom of the pie pan
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 lb bacon
2 cups cooked spinach (optional, definitely don't put this in Adam's)
Mix everything together and pour on top of the hashbrowns.
375 degrees 30-40 mins (mine took a little longer since I baked two at a time)

Also I topped mine with Parmesan cheese before I baked it and it made it even more awesome :)

Happy cooking/baking-

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites: The beginning of Autumn

I love fall.  The cooler temperatures, the changing leaves, cider, really it's just swell.  There is one thing I don't love though.  No not the fact that everything now comes in a pumpkin flavor, it's the fact that Pinterest is full of pumpkin flavored jokes.  Everything is pumpkin flavored this time of year, we get it already.  sheesh.  Personally I don't care.  I have one pumpkin spice latte and call it a season.  Instead of complaining about people who are complaining...which I guess I already did, I will share a few random things that have made this week nicer.

First up: I recently bought a cookie jar, which may have been a mistake, but I decided it need to be filled with cookies.
These are chocolate chip/ Oreo cookies.

Wanna know my secret ingredient?...
What I'm not Martha Stewart and these cookies are awesome.
And seriously all I added was some Oreos, though next time I'll probably add more Oreos.

Ok this next thing is just kind of silly.  But I saw them at the store and couldn't resist them.
These reusable cups come 5 to a pack all one color.
So of course I bought two packs (one green, one blue)
Though they do get really hot and need coffee sleeves...expect future post about diy coffee sleeves.

Of course I use the cups for coffee, but what's even better than coffee?
Cider with a little bit of this...
This stuff is freaking wonderful.
A little of this in your cider and you'll be happy.
Now it's not very strong so we're not drinking it to get drunk, it's the flavor that's so amazing.
This makes your cider go from good, to oh my gosh this is the best cider ever.
Don't believe me?  Try it for yourself.

Oh and one more little thing that makes me smile.
I know it's early for Halloween decorations...especially from me (I hate Halloween).
But this little mummy brightens my day.

I hope you all have a great weekend.  
God Bless-

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday food day: Seriously Tacos...again?

Sorry for flaking on you last Monday, but we had just come off a week of good food with bad nutrition (also known as vacation) and all either of us wanted was chicken tacos.  I didn't think Chicken Tacos was worth an entire post.

Before food, a weekend in review.  Adam worked hard on that big project and I'm getting so close to being able to share it with you.   I can't freaking wait to show you. (also can't freaking wait for it to be done)

I have been wanting to make a new afghan so I looked up an easy granny square pattern and went to town.  When I finish it I'll share the pattern and the inspiration picture that started it all.  For now, here's what I worked on all weekend.

69 granny squares in total.

So making one afghan reminded of another one that I had totally screwed up and just wanted to rip out.  I don't know why it took so long to admit to myself that there was no fixing that blanket, but I finally realized there was no hope.  So I told Adam he could rip it apart... because he enjoys ripping out crocheted things...I know it's weird.  But since ripping it out got old fast he had to employ power tools to make it go faster.
Here he is using a drill with a piece of pvc pipe attached winding up the used yarn, so I can use it again in the future.  oh goodbye pretty afghan... :(

And here's my afghan all wound up to be used again soon.

So while he was undoing my afghan I asked if he could set up a little system to hold my yarn while I crochet, and he came up with this.
Here he is winding up a new skein of yarn for my next squares.  

There it is the final product.  And it works great.

Ok so now for the food part.  We're having chicken tacos again... I have no idea why.  I guess we're just in a rut...and quite happy about it, too.  Sorry we just love tacos.  So while I don't have new dinners to share with you, I can show you the quiche I made for breakfast this week.  I made one for me with bacon and spinach (for me) and one with just bacon (Adam's),

Here's my beautiful quiche.  

Have a great week-

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Favorites: B.A.M. (Action Heros)

Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs.

Today's topic Action Heroes.  My parent's were strict with what we watched growing up but they relaxed a little bit more as we grew up.  And my father was one to bend the rules...when my mom wasn't around.  My dad loves Action movies and Westerns.  And though I never fully enjoyed westerns I have always loved a good blow 'em up movie.  Explosions for dramatic effect just hit the spot sometimes.  My first PG-13 movie was Die Hard, the original one :)  Since then I've always had a bit of a crush on Bruce Willis.  I could always count on my dad taking me out to see whatever action movie was currently showing.  Since that time I've learned to appreciate what Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone and a many others bring to the big screen.  I of course married a man who loves action movies too. His favorite action star is: Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Because of Adam I've see almost every movie he's ever made, got to be honest I've skipped a couple, I'm a fan just not an obsessed fan.  But I was interested in his story.  How did he get where he was?  So I picked up his book at my most recent Half Price Books trip.

Here's what I knew about Arnold before I read the book.  Born in Austria, Body Builder, Actor, Husband to Maria Shriver, and Governor of California.  So I just finished reading this and after 600 some pages it seems like quite an accomplishment.  This is a very detailed account on his life.  Things I liked about the book were his youth and learning all about his bodybuilding days.  Something that surprised me is how smart and enterprising Arnold is.  He is not the dimwitted actor that the media makes him out to be.  Something I didn't enjoy was the last third of this book is a detailed account of his time as Governor.  If there's one thing I hate talking about it's politics.  And I repeat it's very detailed.  To be honest I skimmed a lot of it.  But all in all it was a very interesting read.  I suggest it to anyone who grew up watching his movies.


The action hero I really wanted to learn about was Chuck Norris.  When it came to Ah-nold (said using my best impression of the man) I new some of his history.  Chuck Norris I knew nothing about except that the internet has an obsession with him.  If you've heard one Chuck Norris joke you've heard them all.  What caused people to see him in this larger than life way?  So when I found his book I couldn't wait to read it.

I gotta be honest I was surprised how interesting this book was.  That's not meant to be a slam on Chuck Norris at all.  I guess I thought maybe his book would be a book only boys would enjoy :)  But it was interesting.  Not to give the whole thing away, but he had a hard child hood and it's encouraging to see someone come out of that and excel.  Also for those of you who don't know Chuck Norris is a Christian, and as a fellow Christian it's neat to read about his relationship with God.  What stands out about his life for me was his drive to reach goals.  He would set his mind to achieve something and then work tirelessly until he did.  Whether it was in Martial Arts or Action Films, his work ethic was constant.  There's something admirable about a person who achieves dreams that others would think were to lofty or unattainable.  And when you get to the end of the book you realize Chuck Norris really is a bad ass and honestly a good guy.

Oh and a side note, my husband actually read this book.  (Pause for dramatic effect)  You might not realize how exciting that truly is.  I've never seen Adam finish a book before and the only other books I've ever known him to finish was the Narnia Chronicles and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Seriously in 8 years he's never wanted to read a book that didn't have to do with wood working.  So I can honestly say that if my husband can finish this book, it must be truly interesting.

Try these out and let me know what you thought.

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