Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Man's Man...

boy, n. 1. a noise with dirt on it.

Yep that just about sums about Big Guy.

Dirty and Loud.

But full of life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Loaded Flank Steak and Buttery-Onion Corn on the Cob...

Ladies, (and possibly Gentlemen) how would you like to have an easy recipe that will just put a smile on your husband's face?

I call this recipe "The Meal the husband proclaimed, I can't wait for lunch tomorrow!"

Really it was THAT good.

And THAT easy.

I present to you, courtesy of my August/September 2011 issue of TASTE OF HOME magazine:


Can I get an Amen?

Recipe as printed in the magazine.

Loaded Flank Steak
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
3 green onions chopped
2 tbsp ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 tsp pepper
1 beef flank steak 1 1/2-2 lbs

1. In a small bowl combine the first 5 ingredients.  Cut a deep slit in the side of the steak, forming a pocket.  Stuff butter mixture into slit.
2. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-6 inch from the heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches a desired doneness (for medium-rare, thermometer should read 145*; medium, 160*; well-done, 170*).  To serve, thinly slice across the grain.

My notes:  This was so quick and easy.  I chose to BROIL ours.  I cooked each side for the 7 minutes and then I moved the pan to the bottom rack, as the outside of my meat was beautiful but I wanted the inside a wee bit more done.  We cooked ours to mostly medium.  It was truly one of the best pieces of meat I have ever had.  The taste was that of a fine restaurant, not home cookin'.  We will definitely do this again.

Combine 1/2 cup melted butter and 1 envelope onion soup mix; rub over 4 medium eats of sweet corn (husks removed). Wrap each ear in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450* for 15-20 minutes or until the corn is tender, turning once.

My notes:  I cooked the corn first and then pulled it out and then Broiled the meat.  In the last 3 minutes I slid the corn back into the oven, still on broil, to warm it back up.  When I looked at this meal idea in the magazine I really thought just meat and corn wouldn't be filling enough, but this meal was simply perfect.

Cost breakdown:  I spent $11 on all the ingredients for this meal and it was enough food to feed 2 people 2 separate meals, with about 1 serving of meat left for a 5th meal.  Way cheaper than heading to the closest upscale restaurant.


Also if you do not subscribe to Taste of Home magazine, I highly recommend it.

*I was not compensated by Taste of Home, just my honest opinion of their great product.Thanks!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Little Cleaner...

Little Guy has a definite love language.

He delights in helping.

You can bet that if he is awake, he is within 5 feet of my leg. "HEP Mommie."

He loves to help.

Help clean, help cook, help with laundry, help build, help 'kwean up'.

He knows where we keep all the towels, brooms, and vacuums.  When he sees a mess (mesch), he runs to clean it up. 

His absolute favorite helping tasking is 'mop ping', what most of us know as vacuuming.

The second he hears me fire up the small stick vac to clean up around the table, he runs for his own dustbuster; or his new personal favorite the big vac.

He would vacuum for 8 hours straight if we let him.

The whole time exclaiming, "HEP mommie." mixed in with verses from Jesus Loves Me and Wheels on the Bus.

I adore this child's sweet spirit and am anxious to see how his personality develops when he is JP's age.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


As a two year old, you don't have a whole lot of control in your own life.

You don't get to pick where you go,

or what food is bought,

where you live,

or what clothes you buy.

You don't get to decide when you get new toys,

or when you get to have treats.

It it rough being two.

One thing you can decide is where and when you sleep...

This is Big Guy after an extended time out, due to his lack of cooperation in clean up time.*

There are TWO beds in his room, yet he decided to sleep on the stuffed animal hamper.

It is the one thing he can control.

*you may wonder why a timeout would possibly be long enough for a 2 year old to fall asleep?  Well lemme tell ya.  Big Guy is smart and calculating.  He refuses to clean up at clean up time.  His exact words after he looks around at the mess, "Uuumm, NO."  continues playing.  He thinks hey why spend 20-30 minutes doing clean up, when punishment is 2.5 minutes.  Kid is smart!  Thus the long time out.  If he refuses to help Little Guy, then he has timeout for as long as it took Little Guy to clean up.  Little Guy loves cleaning, so he doesn't mind.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hitting the Road...

Big Guy is an amazing little driver. 

Give this boy something with 4 wheels and he is off.

He can zig, zag, and make hair pin turns.

He can stop on a dime.

He understands drive and reverse.

He can do 3 point turns.

Given the opportunity I am confident he can successfully handle parallel parking.

He kicks the tires frequently.  And inspects the headlights and taillights.

He prefers the pink corvette over the john deere gator.

We may have a future race car driver on our hands.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Pontiac...

This past Sunday was a TwoIgnite Sunday in our church, titled 2 Fuel Money and Marriage.  The sermon was focused on finances.

I love me a good sermon on finances.

I honestly thought it was such a great message I wished it was required listening for everyone, especially those moving to our town. 

Our Pastor asked for people to post a photo of their paid for vehicles.  As I thought about this Pontiac Grand Prix, I was flooded with fond memories of our 12 year old vehicle...

This car was the first large decision Aaron and I made as an engaged couple. 

It is the car we drove to our honeymoon. 

There is the scratch on the back trunk where I threw a rock to scare away animals from the trash and accidentally hit the car.

We brought JP home from the hospital on Easter Sunday.

There were the countless number of times we had it in for warranty work on the crazy random working windows.

We brought AJ home from the hospital on a scorching hot August Saturday.

Tears were shed in that car on the first day of preschool as I dropped my baby off.

There is the slightest stench of oil on a super hot summer day, from the time a defective bottle of oil spilled all over the front passenger seat.

There is the dent in the front hood, where Aaron's dirt bike accidentally fell on the car.

All the driving through the may be a car, but deep down she thinks she is a 4 wheel drive snow plow.

Aaron has countless hours invested in this car with oil changes, tire rotation, replacing wheel bearings, and fixing air conditioners, replacing other random parts.  Blood and sweat poured into it.

The headlights are foggy, the paint has scratches, and the interior is beginning to fade...BUT it is a working, comfortable, and for the most part still pretty sharp looking 12 year old vehicle that suits our family nicely.

Twelve years and 4 kids later we enjoy no car payments, far more that we would enjoy a fancy schmancy new vehicle.  And I think JP would look mighty fine in this vintage vehicle in 6 years.  Of course that is if he can afford it, afterall the boy has to buy his own vehicle.

His Dad and I did.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Quick Dessert...

Heading out to a potluck for the 4th of July?

Need a quick eye catchy dessert?

How about this...

These are so quick and easy and sure to please many!

4th of July Strawberries
strawberries with stems
melting chocolate or almond bark
blue sprinkles

Melt chocolate in the microwave according to your cooking guide, do not overcook.  Take cold washed strawberries and dip into the white chocolate leaving some red showing.  I then wiped a smidge of the end of the strawberry off, so there was not a ridiculous amount of chocolate.  I did that simply by brushing the strawberry against a spoon after I dipped.  Now dip the dipped strawberry into blue sprinkles, leaving some white showing.  I left mine to harden on a wire rack for a couple minutes.  Then I put them in the refrigerator until it was time to go.