Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

A really good Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is hard to come by. Most recipes are so bland that you feel like you are eating just plain pasta. Kinda gross, in my opinion. And, if you cheat and buy a jar, they are so full of salt and preservatives, that it's just nasty! I made this recipe, by combining 2 different Alfredo recipes. My husband loved it so much, even telling me that it was the best Alfredo that he's ever had! That's saying something, considering that he used to work in an Italian restaurant! My a.m.i.l. said that she loved it too, and she's an Italian food nut! So, I must have done something right! Here's the recipe!

1 box fettuccine
4 Tbs. butter
1 container of shredded (not the dried stuff you put on top of spaghetti) Parmesan cheese
(yes the entire 6 oz, or more)
2 C. of cooked chicken ( I used the left over grilled chicken, that hubby made, from the night before)
2 TBSP minced garlic
1 1/2 cups half & half, warmed
1 tsp. pepper
dash of salt

Cook the fettuccine noodles according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking,  melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about 1 min. Add the chicken to heat. Add the half and half and mix well. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese, and whisk until all lumps are gone and sauce is heated thru. Add salt and pepper. Serve over the cooked pasta.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Corset pigtails

The name might sound odd, but this hair style is adorable. I have had dozens of women and girls come up, ask to take pictures of Mopsey's hair, so they can try to do it themselves! It looks alot more complicated then it really is, which is why it's a favorite stand by when mom doesn't have alot of time to do something intricate to her hair!

The secret to doing the ribbons is a large craft needle. It has to have a large eye to it, to the ribbon can fit, and after you're done putting the hair in the pigtails, you literally weave the ribbon into the pigtails with the needle! The more sections you create, the tighter the corset look!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lattice Pig Tails

I love doing other people's hair! My daughter and I will sit and fix up her hair, making it look pretty, and it's a great bonding time! I'll share some of my old photos, of her hair dos, sometime. I think I got my love for doing hair when I worked with special needs children. Every Sat. night, the ethnic girls would wash their hair, then come over where I was working so I could braid, style, and just have fun with it! The other day, I was incredibly blessed to be able to do the foster children's hair, that are living with our amazing babysitter. The little girls are gorgeous, and their hair is equally so! Sadly, their hair had never been taken care of, and it took me 2 times, coming over and conditioning and braiding, just to get it looking beautiful again! I think the oldest one will need a couple more conditioning treatments. Her hair had never been conditioned. But, it's looking alot better now!

'K' hair.

P's hair. Much easier to see how I sections and braided the hair, then in K's picture.
Mopsey's hair, in the same style. Her hair was alot shorter a year ago, but you can see how cute the same style looks without braiding the sections.

My favorite website, for looking at hair ideas is Hairstyles for Girls She has a full blog of great hair ideas, and full detailed explanations on how to do what you want! Check her out!

Until Next Time,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Crockpot Meatloaf

I don't make much of a secret about how much I LOVE my crockpot! Oh, my little cooker can just cook supper all day, and when it's dinner time, I don't have to do anything! Such a wonderful little guy! I love it so much, that I actually have 2 slow cookers. Nothing quite like them! I make everything in them, and on hot days like today, it's a simple way to cook a hot meal without heating up your home. One of my favorite meals to make, in the crockpot, is meatloaf. Yes, you can cook even meatloaf in the crockpot, and here's how!

Non-stick cooking spray
2 pounds of ground turkey (you can use beef, but we don't eat red meat usually)
1 c. of plain bread crumbs (you could use Italian flavored bread crumbs, if you wanted a nice flavor, but plain is what I had on hand.)
3 eggs, whisked
1 TBSP of Italian seasoning
3/4 c. BBQ sauce
dash of salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions: Spray the inside of the crockpot with a non-stick spray. This is a very important step, so please don't skip it, or your meatloaf will not come out of the pot! In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Put the meat mix into the crockpot and cover. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low all day. Make sure to spoon any grease off at the end. Super easy and a family favorite!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Going Wireless to Not Miss Out

I read a powerful blog on how to miss a childhood. In this age of electronics, it's so easy to get sucked into what you're doing, choosing to place that text above your child. I want, above everything else, for my children to know that their mom loves them and values them above any friendship. Here is an excerpt from that post mentioned above, and it really cuts deep:

How to Miss a Childhood
*Keep your phone turned on at all times of the day. Allow the rings, beeps, and
buzzes to interrupt your child mid-sentence; always let the caller take priority.
*Carry your phone around so much that when you happen to leave it in one room
your child will come running with it proudly in hand—treating it more like a much
needed breathing apparatus than a communication device.
*Decide the app you’re playing is more important than throwing the ball in the yard
with your kids. Even better, yell at them to leave you alone while you play your
*Take your children to the zoo and spend so much time on your phone that your child looks
 longingly at the mother who is engaged with her children and wishes she
was with her instead.
*While you wait for the server to bring your food or the movie to start, get out your
phone and stare at it despite the fact your child sits inches away longing for you talk
to him.
*Go to your child’s sporting event and look up periodically from your phone
thinking she won’t notice that you are not fully focused on her game.
*Check your phone first thing in the morning … even before you kiss, hug, or greet
the people in your family.
*Neglect daily rituals like tucking your child into bed or nightly dinner conversation
because you are too busy with your online activity.
*Don’t look up from your phone when your child speaks to you or just reply with an
“uh huh” so she thinks you were listening.
*Lose your temper with your child when he ““bothers” you while you are interacting
with your hand-held electronic device.
*Give an exasperated sigh when your child asks you to push her on the swing. Can’t
she see you’re busy?
*Use drive time to call other people regardless of the fact you could be talking to
your kids about their day—or about their worries, their fears, or their dreams.
*Read email and text messages at stoplights. Then tell yourself that when your kids
are old enough to drive they won’t remember you did this all the time.
*Have the phone to your ear when she gets in or out of the car. Convince yourself a
loving hello or goodbye is highly overrated.
Follow this recipe and you will have:
Missed opportunities for human connection
• Fewer chances to create beautiful memories
• Lack of connection to the people most precious to you
• Inability to really know your children and them unable to know you
• Overwhelming regret
If you find this recipe difficult to read—if you find that you have tears in your eyes, I
thank you, and your child thanks you.

OUCH! I don't know about you, but I am guilty of at least 1 of those! And I know that it's just not cell phones, but computers, TV, anything that you place as more valuable then your child! I want my children to grow up and know how to interact with people on a one-on-one level, not just thru a cell phone. My children will, hopefully one day, get married and have children. I don't want them to not learn the vital role of communication with their spouse, their children, their friends, because all they learned was to text out what they wanted to say, instead of talking about it face to face. So, it starts with me. I'm going to be putting away my phone during the day hours, when the children are awake and want to play. I will not return phone calls, unless they are important, until it is naptime or daddy is home. I will not be getting on the computer unless the children are napping or are in bed for the night. Will it be hard? Not really, I'm not on that much anyway, but even the small amounts I am on are to much. Children learn by example, not by what you tell them. I want my children to learn that personal interaction is much more desired then electronic interaction. So, if you call me, or email me, I'll get back to you during nap time, or once the kids are in bed for the night, unless it's an emergency. My family is a bit more important then a text!

Until Next Time,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Getting Creative and Having Fun!

Being a mom or dad, you have to learn a vital skill called "Rolling with the Punches". Not everything you that you plan, will happen. Case and point was today. For the past 2 weeks, we've had planned that the children were going to the Grandma V's house while hubby and I had a work day. Our goal was to clean out the garage. We knew that the kids were going to be out of the house, so I called Orkin and set up an appointment to take care of a new bug problem. This poor winter Kansas had is going to make bugs an issue this year! So, with Orkin coming, we had to be out of the house for 4+ hours! Not a problem, the kids were going to Grandma's house! Well, yesterday Grandma V came down with something, and couldn't watch the kids. Suddenly, hubby and I had the problem of no sitter, and no where to really take 3 kids, 2 of which would need naps right in the middle of the time that Orkin was going to be here, and 1 of those kids would need to nurse a couple of times. What to do...

After much deliberation, hubby and I came up with the perfect solution. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a couple of tents on sale. We love to go camping, and want to take our kids when they are older, so we knew that we would need them eventually. So, why not set up the tents and have the kids have a camp out, while we had to be out of the house! Hubby and the 2 older kids set up the tent, hubby got a fire going in the fire pit, and we had a blast! Sure, we didn't get to the garage, but what we ended up doing was far more fun and much more memorable!
Perfect fire for roasting hotdogs!

Setting up the tent!

The kids had so much fun sleeping in a tent, roasting hotdogs over the fire and playing! They were rather sad that they had to sleep inside tonight! I think we'll wait till they are a little older, till we try sleeping outside! There will be plenty more backyard camp outs, and more camp outs in camp grounds as they get older!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Our Newest Addition

As I've mentioned before, I LOVE antiques! I'm so blessed that my husband's adopted mother loves them as much as I do! Her house makes me drool! Anyway, she knows that I have a Hoosier Hutch, and had an antique meat grinder to put on there! It's the perfect touch to my hutch and I love it so much!

Until Next Time,

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