Sunday, January 30, 2011

The weeks ahead

I have a few projects up my sleeves (yup, takes both sleeves here) ... One is a 50 days - 50 photos project. The other a little top-secret project I'll share once it's finished. We also have some busy times coming up in my house. Things we're trying to and needing to accomplish. Never the less, I will continue on with my blogging.
I will ask, does anyone have any songs they've been totally loving lately?Just checking. I've also got a few good blog ideas up my sleeves (they're intermingled with those projects)  :)
And, in closing - Gentlemen Broncos is by far the weirdest, most stupidly funny movie I have seen in quite a while. (Yeah, we just got to see it)

Homemade Salsa

My latest addiction : Salsa. Homemade Salsa. Really yummy homemade (by me) salsa. Which is super easy to make, by the way.

1 - 16oz can of diced tomatoes
4 - med.size ripe tomatoes 
1  onion (part)
1  green pepper (part)
1 & 1/2 cups corn
2 tbs cilantro
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbs lime juice
(optional - hot sauce)

Place the can of diced tomatoes into a food processor, blend until smooth. Add black pepper, onion powder, ground red pepper, and garlic powder (and hot sauce) to tomato sauce, blend until mixed. Set aside.

Dice tomatoes into small pieces, place into large bowl, add cilantro and corn, set aside.
Dice green peppers and onion into small pieces (about 1 cup each) add to tomato, corn and cilantro. Add lime juice. Stir until well mixed. Pour tomato sauce mixture onto veggie mixture, stir until well blended, and enjoy your yummy salsa.

Now, I myself am not very good at slicing and dicing veggies (and I like having all my fingers). So .... I use a little chopper.  It makes chopping a lot easier. And, a little tip - freeze the veggies. Slice the tomato into slices, and the onion and pepper into strips, and put in the freezer for maybe 5 minutes. This helped a lot, because it firmed up the veggies, and they were completely defrosted by the time the salsa was mixed and ready to eat. Just store any leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the fridge.   

This is like my food chopper - I have the mini version. I'll probably upgrade to the regular size version soon. (The mini was about $5, the regular $9, in black at walmart)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Super Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I have made this soup a few times, and everyone seems to love it. And, well, it's seemingly idiot-proof.

You need:
~ Crock-Pot (the bigger kind)
{you could use a pot on the stove, but since I tend to burn 90% of what gets cooked on the stove, the crock-pot is my new kitchen bff}
~ Chopped chicken breast {I took the lazy way out here and used can chicken. You could do turkey or ham too}
~ Cheese sauce (and shredded cheese for topping)
~ Milk
~ Frozen Veggies: about 16oz broccoli, and any other veggies you'd like {I finished off my broccoli bag, and added corn and peas}
~ Optional: salt & pepper

Now, the making it part:
~ Cook your chicken (turkey/ham/whatnot) and slice into small chunks (bite size, I'm not responsible if you choke)
~ Important: plug in and turn on crock-pot to low (I often forget this step, come back 30 mins later, and wonder why it's not cooking...)
~ Add chicken and veggies to crock-pot
~ Add cheese sauce to crock-pot (save the sauce bottle)
~ Fill sauce jar up with milk and add to soup (Do this twice)
~ Optional : If you like your soup more cheesy tasting add about 1 cup shredded cheese to melt in.

Let cook about 2 hours, stirring occasionally and enjoy your easy idiot proof dinner.
Just serve and add extra cheese, salt, and pepper (to taste).
This serves about 4, but you could easily double it for a larger family or get-together.

Also, since I'm lactose intolerant (weird soup for me, right?),  I prefer a less cheesy tasting soup, and let hubby add his own cheese to his. You could probably do 2 jars of cheese sauce and 1 jar of milk for a really thick cheesy tasting soup.

Approximate cost (for 4): $6.00 total (assuming you have milk on hand) - only $1.50 person.


Let me know how it works out for you if you try it, or any variations you try.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Frustrations ....

Everybody has them. Those little things that annoy them. Whether they be things others do, or things we ourselves do, they are none the less frustrating.
I am one to procrastinate. Such as with sitting down to write this blog. Which, this is the only tab I have open on my computer right now, so blog, you are getting my full attention briefly ... (a piece of paper next to me with the names of dead people is calling out to me however...). Another one of my shortcomings is how easily frustrated I become. Just the slightest things can upset me sometimes. Sometimes it's generally nothing, an a one time deal, from a bigger issue. Other times it's things that are just plain annoying. Such as:
~ When people don't use turn signals. I am not a mind reader. I don't know where you are going. Stop being lazy (or get off the phone) and use that arm to flip on your signals.
~ When people drive bad because of the phone. If you can't drive and use the phone, then don't do both. Being on the phone doesn't excuse your erratic nut-job driving.
~ People who get in the way in the grocery, because of the phone. If your shopping, stop talking. If you had to call home to remember what you needed, make a list next time.
And, I hate seeing kids with cell phones. I didn't get a phone until college. And I shared it with my mom. No 10 yr old needs a phone. And, if your kid needs a phone so you can keep track of them, perhaps you should step-up and start being a parent. And, take the phone and tell your kid to go outside and play.
As you can tell, cell phones bug the crap out of me. Seriously. The day they require phones with keyboards and make us have that internet crap will be the day I get rid of my phone. Call me old school, but a phone is for making phone calls. Not checking e-mail, surfing the web, starting your car, and what not.
I think we live in a society with too much dependence on computer technology. Kids can't do anything themselves, they expect a computer to do it for them. Why do research at the Library in an encyclopedia, when you can google it? Why work out my math homework, when my blackberry will do it for me? Why go outside to play when I can play on the computer?

Now, things other then technology bother me too. And, technology isn't all evil. I do enjoy my computer. But it's about all the technology I can handle. I can e-mail and blog. Check craft sites and do genealogy. That's enough for me. A lot of the other things that bother me, are more personal type things. When people try to tell me what the feel or believe. When people ask none of their business type questions. And other things only concerning myself.

I can't remember where this blog was going anymore. It did have a point when I started. I will throw out that I had to go into Wal-mart today, which is where half of this frustration probably came from.

So, I will leave you with some of the lyrics to a song I happen to love, that was used in a show I happen to love as well. I know of only a few friends who can name this song and show it was in.

" I want to live in a house
Surrounded by snow and birds and wood and stars
And all along the front of the stage
There'll be fairy lights as bright as any city light

I was lost in the nighttime
How am I a stranger to you when we're friends?
I'm young and I made awful mistakes
You're older and you do the same. ..."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fabic Flowers

I found this tutorial for fabric flowers, and they are so adorably cute. So, I figured I would try it.
Here's what I did:

I can't wait to try the rest of them out, but my fav. so far is the Pomela one :) It's super easy to make as well. And, these are great for using up my felt scraps. However, I'm not sure what to do with them :-/ Ideas??
I would also like to share that I did these at 9:30 last night (post-Chuck time, as a cheer-me-up) and they turned out mighty nice for a night-time project. Also, hot glue really lives up to its hot name. So, be super careful when gluing everything together. (or, don't make them at night when you're half asleep)

Now, check out these super cute tutus ... I so want a baby girl to make tutus for!

Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 is upon us

I have decided that 2011 will be the year of organization. 
Everything will be organized and have a home. Everything will be neat and tidy.
I have been organizing the file cabinet. Organizing my genealogy info. Organizing the computer.
And, one of my tasks : 
To tackle this!
This is my closet. And it's a disaster. It needs some serious cleaning and organizing. It was once organized. I promise - but not now. I'm hoping to get it nice and tidy, and clean through my clothes as get read of what doesn't fit anymore. And keep it that way until we move. :)
Any organizing suggestions?

Also on the agenda: clean my sewing machine, finish the americana quilt, and continue working on genealogy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Blog

Hello new blog. I am making it one of my resolutions to begin blogging. Little tidbits of my day, things bothering me, ideas and inspiration, etc ... And, I will try to update it in a semi-regular (aka timely) manor. :) Something I am not too good at doing. Maybe if I bookmark blogger to my bookmark bar, I will actually remember to blog :) So, hello blog world! I will update with my happenings in a little while, once I've had time to actually format everything, and do my profile :)