Pioneer Woman…You will be the death of me!

Or, at least increase the size of my butt! This woman is amazing though, and if you haven’t taken the time to try out some of her recipes please head on over NOW!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/

We have tried the “Corn Chowder with Chilies” AH-MAAAZING!!! Have you seen “Happy Endings”? It’s a really funny sitcom and I recommend a watch.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/corn-chowder-with-chilies/

The “The Perfect Pot Roast” This was really easy and super flavorful. I will do this again for sure.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/09/2008_the_year_of_the_pot_roast

And the one I’m actually writing about… ” Cinnamon Rolls 101″

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/cinammon_rolls_/

This is the one I think you should make immediately. I feel very strongly that you should head on over to her website and check it out. Therefore, I am only going to be posting photos of my last cinnamon roll day. I called them, “Nemo Cinnamon Rolls”. Really, you can just create any reason to make these, they are THAT good. You’re welcome.

Happy Saturday!

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Hot out of the oven...delish!

Hot out of the oven…delish!

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Meatloaf and Purses

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Good Morning!
Week One of my de-clutter project is well on its way. I opened the closet and was met with some resistance… my purses were not liking the idea of leaving. They have been with me for awhile, but lately or really the last two years they have been neglected so I thought it’s time for them to have a more loving home. I’m keeping a few favorites and the rest must go.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress and with a photo on Sunday of the finished project. Having a baby makes things take twice as long, but I think he’s at least entertained by the piles of brightly colored items coming out of the closet.

You may have noticed the picture of the meatloaf above. I decided to use some of the ground turkey we had on hand so I could make sandwiches for the hubby for work. Here’s the recipe!
Happy Wednesday!

Turkey Meatloaf
1lb ground turkey
1 egg
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1 c. bread crumbs* or
Oatmeal(not instant)
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
1 t. salt and pepper
1/4 c. ketchup (I eyeballed this)
Handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
1 small onion or shallot**, chopped fine

Mix all together in a bowl, I use my hands
Preheat oven 350
Bake for about 1 hr

* I used Panko this time, but usually use oatmeal.
** Shallots are amazing and I use them often. If you haven’t tried one, do it! They are purple-ish in color and will change your life.

French Toast and The Art of De-cluttering…

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I decided to make my husband “breakfast in bed” French Toast this morning. He has been very helpful this past weekend with the baby while I recouped from surgery. I’m feeling better today.

French Toast is probably one of the easier things to make for breakfast and takes little ingredients. Here’s what I did this morning.

3 eggs
1/2 c. fat free half and half
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1 T. brown sugar
Round French Bread sliced (you can use any bread though)
Whisked it up and Saran wrapped it and stuck it in the fridge( he’s still sleeping).

He’s awake!
I took out my large skillet and took about a tablespoon of butter and let it melt.
Soaked the slices in the egg mixture to saturate and cooked them until golden brown.

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I finished them by spreading a little butter and real maple syrup.

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The Verdict:
Hubby:They’re great!
Me: Pretty tasty

Okay…so let’s get to the de-clutter part. This is probably my least favorite and most favorite thing to do. I really dislike going through stuff because I know that I need to get rid of stuff on one hand, but I really MAY need those 20 vases that I’ve had in my closet that I’ve maybe used twice. It sounded like a great idea when we were registering for our wedding…you remember those days.

“Yes, honey, we really need 2 square, 2 small round, 2 large round and a GIANT hurricane vase”, “I’m going to have fresh flowers every week and I’ll decorate with the big one by putting pine cones for winter and Easter eggs for spring…” You get the picture.

The vases are the least of my worries, but it’s what I’ll be tackling this week in my “52 week de-clutter my life project”.For those of you like me that need some order check out http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com. I’ve been reading her blog awhile now and have tried quite a few of her recipes and she is awesome. Her latest blog talks about her 52 week challenge to de-clutter and I’m joining in. So….this week I’ll be cleaning out the closet in the nursery/office/guestroom ( city living makes for some multi-purpose spaces) and making three piles.

1. keep 2. throw away 3. give/sell. Sounds easy enough, right?!?!? I can’t wait to see the finished project, that is the best feeling.

Make some French Toast and then get to work…

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Oral Surgery and the Art of Letting Go…

Yesterday, I went to the oral surgeon and had to have two teeth removed. This of course was entirely my fault and could have been TOTALLY prevented. I broke my lower back molar on the left years ago while eating a raw almond and did nothing about it and the same thing happened to the top back right molar but a year or so ago I added to the problem. I was home in California and visiting Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and NEEDED to have salt water taffy. Yeah…really needed it! Well, on my first delicious bite it stuck to my back tooth and as I opened to chew again I felt something hard in the taffy. ” What was it you ask”, OH, just a chunk of my tooth, no biggie. I think you get the point. This is not even about teeth, but can serve as a reminder if you’re reading this that you should…

1. Get regular cleanings

2. Maybe limit your intake of raw almonds ( read: candy, soda and all things that can rot teeth)

3. If you break a tooth go directly to a dentist to have it fixed, so you won’t end up like me with two missing teeth ( did I mention they were BOTH infected…EW!)

I got home last night safely with the help of my sweet husband, who not only had to deal with the biggest baby he also had to deal with our 5 month old son. We live on a 4th floor walk up. For non- New Yorkers, we had to climb up 56 steps. I woke up this morning and the last thing I really remember was telling the doctor three, when asked how many kids that I wanted before becoming unconscious and eating Velveeta Shells and Cheese so I can take my Vicodin and Antibiotic.

I have a hard time letting someone else take care of me and letting go of control of pretty much everything. Since getting married and having kids ( probably before) I have figured out how I like things done. And that goes for doing dishes, please use HOT water; mopping the floors, please fill the bucket FULL; cooking, pretty much MY way or the highway and a million other things. My husband calls me a Diva…

The new year is quickly approaching and I’ve been reading my friends posts about resolutions they are planning on tackling. I always like the idea of changing myself for the better, but as we all know, is much more difficult than just saying it out loud or writing it down on “paper”. I was crying to my husband today because I felt like I had to do everything and that he wasn’t capable of doing what I needed him to do, I realized that I felt that way because I never let him do anything. I always have to do it ALL.

Fast forward a couple hours…I have started a blog for 2012, relaxed while the hubby picked out a recipe and went shopping for the ingredient while baby napped and now as I type my boys are reading on the bed in the other room.

I’m looking forward to having a home cooked meal made entirely from scratch by the hubby while I either watch TV or read “The Paris Wife”, which I love so far. So, at least for today and hopefully a few more times during 2012 I am letting go…

Happy New Year!