Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas tv

I admit I have a problem!

I love cheesy Christmas movies, and I have my twins just as addicted as I am. We love the Hallmark channel this time of year. We can watch cheesy, sappy, totally predictable Christmas movies to our hearts' content. My hubby and Prince Charming alternate between putting up with us and rolling their eyes at us. I don't care. Princess Hope protests, but watches them anyway. I just love Christmas movie time! It has become one of our favorite silly traditions. We spent 20 minutes going through the TIVO guide and setting it to record movies for this week.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In the mood for the holidays yet?

3:15 PM, the road to my house, -13 F out.
I love this view probably most of all the views I have driving around. Although the USAF airstrip with mountains behind it runs a close second. Can't take pictures there though.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Another breakfast potato

Instead of twice baked potatoes, these were breakfast potato boats:
Before cooking: each hollowed out baked potato had layered in it
1- 1 Tbs salsa
2- a pinch cheese
3- a pinch bacon crumbles
4- an egg
5- another pinch cheese
6- another pinch bacon crumbles
7- pinch chopped chives

After cooking.

We had them with fresh fruit for brunch as a special treat for Daddy for Veteran's Day.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I must admit to a few tears of joy....

Before my strokes, my favorite Wii balance board game was the obstacle course. Basically you stand on the balance board and run/jump through a course.

Studies have proven the Wii as a good therapy tool for brain injured folks.

I'm stubbornly competitive. I used to hold the family high score.

I got a wild hair today. My walker stayed in front of me. My strong twins stood on both sides of me. The couch was behind me if I fell back on my butt.

It took 30 min. 

I conquered level one.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gluten free hash brown breakfast panini

Disclaimer: it was early, I was feeling froggy in the kitchen. These measurements are estimates as I was in grab and dump mode. It was a "see what you can find and cook it" morning.

6 cups hash brown/shredded potatoes, thawed
2 tsp onion powder (finely chopped onion would be fine)
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1 pack deli ham, chopped
3 eggs
2 tbs dried parsley (because I like pretty food)
2 slices Colby jack cheese, torn into fourths.

My sis-in-law gave me a panini maker/griddle thingy that I love. This worked because I could apply heat from both directions.

**i sprayed the panini maker with Pam to make sure things didn't stick.

I dumped everything but the cheese into a bowl and mixed. I plopped a handful of the potato mixture on the panini maker, placed a 1/4 slice of cheese on top, and then plopped more potato mixture on top. Then I grilled the on high on the panini maker until they browned. 

We topped them with a bit of ketchup. We made 6 and ate them with forks.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

My boys and their trip.

I totally forgot to post last month when my boys had a boys weekend together and decided to take a road trip South. Just for perspective. The drive from here to Anchorage is about like the drive from Florida to North Carolina.

Here are a few pics:
The middle of "no where" Alaska

My "Redneck boys" took a selfie while hiking around "nowhere, AK".
Farther South in " Nowhere, AK"

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pumpkin dip

Sorry folks, I've been barreling through life at what feels like break neck speed. I just haven't taken the time to slow down. 

Just a recap, I'll get pics soon, but three of the four took part in a multi style tournament (all martial arts) and each one medaled in every category in which they competed. The fourth child didn't compete because of injuries, but is just as talented. I must say, I'm a proud momma . Yes, this is a shameless brag. 

School is going really well. It has taken some searching, but we have finally fallen into some different curriculums that make them click. School really has gone well, if tough some days on Momma.

Not much on the food front, but I did make a pumpkin dip for Bible Study that received rave reviews, so I'll share that with you:
1- In a mixer, dump softened cream cheese and about 1/3 can sweetened condensed milk. Blend.

2- Add 1/2 can pumpkin purée (reg size can). Blend.

3- add your fav spices, I did about 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (fresh) and about 1 tsp cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. Blend. ...disclaimer....I never measure. I'm a sniff and dump cook, so those are estimates.

4- fold in one medium tub cool whip 

5- refrigerate over night, or about 4 hours at least

6- our fav dipper is chocolate graham crackers, but plain ones, fruit, and vanilla wafers work too...really any hard cookie . Ginger snaps are good too.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

The sad sad state of our world...

These were REALLY the directions on a frozen box of cheese sticks that I was fixing as a quick snack for my kids before Taekwon Do. I laughed so hard I almost cried. Check out the last instructions. They actually printed that! My 12 yr old couldn't believe it when she saw it.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What is for dinner?

Dinner got rather "Chopped" like last night.

My freezer had frozen boneless skinless chicken and green beans.
My pantry had coconut citrus salad dressing and rice.

Tada, dinner!

We thawed the chicken, cut it into bite sized pieces, and browned it.

Now, I love braising in my "magic pot" (enamel coated cast iron Dutch oven), but I imagine this would work just as well on low in the crock pot all day.

I tossed in a bunch of frozen green beans.

I topped it with half a bottle from SAMs of coconut citrus vinegrette. Just use your fav salad dressing.

I let it cook about 6 hrs at 225 F.

Princess Grace had thirds! Every one raved. Three ingredient dinner served!