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Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry

I guess you could say I'm a chicken kind of girl.  I don't have a problem with people eating beef and such, but I just don't like the taste or texture.  The hubs on the other hand salivates at the thought of a juicy steak.  In order to be considerate of his desire to chomp on the icky-ness that is steak... I make this stir fry.  I even like it.  The sauce is so yummy that I could probably eat it all by myself.  The steak stays tender and the rice soaks up the sauce leaving it flavorful and delish.  This is also from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook Double Delicious.  I love, love, love that cookbook.  Here is how it went down:

Mix the marinade and add the beef:

Let the beef sit in the marinade for 20 minutes:

I pulled out 1/4 c carrot puree from the freezer.  I have several different purees already frozen in the freezer and ready to use.  Have a family member that doesn't like carrots??? 
No problem-o...the carrot puree gets mixed in the stir fry sauce...  it's totally camoflauged! 
 While the meat marinades, I mix up the sauce for the stir fry.
 I heat EVOO in a HOT skillet.  I make sure it is piping hot so it sears the meat appropiately.
 I remove the meat and add the broccoli to the skillet.  This makes the broccoli taste sooooo good.  My kids love this broccoli because it has so much flavor from the marinade.
 I add the sauce and meat to the broccoli and cook until the sauce thickens.  I dish it out and serve.  YUM!


What do you think?  This could be what's for dinner tonight! - Rachael Ray


Triple Berry Muffins

These muffins are a great way to get in your fruit for the day.  They have raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries in them.  They are simple, tasty, and healthy.  This recipe does not call for wheat flour, but that is what I used and the picture below is of my wheat muffins.  They are delish! 

 

Ingredients Taste of home

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, beat the eggs, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in berries.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.


Look at all that "berri-ness"



A little hint from me... use an ice cream scoop to get the perfect amount of batter in your muffin cups. 

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All You Need is Love

One of my friends and I are making signs to sell at our craft show in a few weeks.  I love the simple, sleek look that the signs have.  With the wood being from a 150 year old barn there isn't any need in making the paint anything fancy.  The texture of the wood is simply amazing.  I have done a few that are just the wood with stenciled writing on them, and this one is painted black with words on them.

I started by priming the wood and then I painted it black. 



Once the wood was ALMOST dry, I took a paper towel and wiped the wood.  It allowed some of the old paint on the wood to show through.  Then I used a pencil and traced my letters on the black. 


I painted the words and sanded the entire piece to get the aged feel.



You can see the difference here between the sanded portion and non-sanded portion.  I definitely like the sanded portion better.

Here it is in my foyer.  I think it adds something to the area.  I sooo need to update the metal squares on the wall.  Ugh... what to do??


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Panini Time

I have been so busy taking care of two kids, preparing for VBS and getting ready for upcoming events here in town.  When I have had time to do other things, I have needed to tackle the pile(s) of laundry that were haunting me in my sleep.  No really... I was dreaming about them.  Moving on... Finally, yesterday I made a brand new recipe that the family LOVED.  This is a Ham and Onion Panini.  It is super easy, and super cheap.  My favorite words- easy and cheap.  So this is how it all goes down. 

Isn't it lovely???

Ingredients:
2 onions, sliced
Panini slices (I used whole wheat pita pockets)
Deli ham
Provolone cheese slices
Tomato
Pickles


Caramelize the onions in 2T of EVOO.
I spent about 30 minutes letting them slowly cook.

Spit your pita pockets and fill them with the ham, tomato, cheese, pickle and onion.
I put my paninis inside of our quesadilla maker to toast, but if you have an inside grill or forman grill that would work great as well.

I threw some chips on the side and served immediately.




YUMMO!

How's that for easy and cheap???  Bon appetite!

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Let there be Light

I am beginning to love Goodwill.  I never knew what one could do with someone else's junk.  This lamp was $3 at GW.  I needed another lamp for our master bedroom, so I picked this one up and decided to beautify her. 


I gave it two coats of Rustoleum's Heirloom White and then sanded (when dry) it until I was satisfied. 



She is pretty cute on my nightstand.  :)


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My Very Own Cloche

I have been seeing cloches all over Pottery Barn and blogworld and have been loving them.  I bought this candlestick and cheese dome at Goodwill for $3 for both!!  I was so excited to see what I could make of it. 


I painted it Heirloom White (Rustoleum) and then sanded it in a few select places.  I had some greenery left over from something else, so I rolled it and made it into a simple bird's nest.  The pigeon next to it was $.99 at Goodwill as well.  Score!!


Here it is in my cabinet that my parents gave me when I was younger.  I have a hard time filling this thing because it is HUGE!


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Lovely Flowers

Spring is never complete without some lovely flowers to flank the front door.  A greenhouse from Kansas brought these to a local store, and they were beautiful! 






Flowers add so much color and life to the place.  :)  LOVE THEM!





And, for the personal touch.  These are some pretty cute footprints from some pretty cute kids.  We did this last fall with Mark poured our sidewalk. 


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Candle Sticks

I got these ashtrays candlesticks from my grandparents when they sold their house.  They are really old fashioned ashtrays, but I'm using them as candle sticks.  When we were going through their stuff deciding what we wanted for our homes, I didn't know where I would put them, but I knew I could find a place.  I am trying to get away from the "cherry" finish and bring some color into my home, so I figured these could help me with that task. 

I put on two coats of Rustoleum Winter Grey spray paint. 


After I painted them I sanded them in spots that looked like they might receive a little "wear" naturally.


Here they are sitting in my foyer.  I plan on taking down the metal wall decor and putting up a framed world map.  We'll see...


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Blog Style

I am struggling to find a background/color scheme for my blog.  I keep changing it because I am not happy with how it is turning out.  Oh, well... I guess I'll get it figured out eventually.


  HELP!!!

Gardening- Phase 1

This year I decided to plant a veggie garden.  Things are so expensive at the store, and we have the room... so, why not??  The only problem is our clay soil is terrible.  I'm not sure if all our hard work is in vain, or not.  Let's hope for the latter. 

This is the "garden" before tilling, watering, and planting.


I know she looks dry and not fruitful, but give it time.  I hope she produces SOMETHING. 


I started small since I have never done a garden before.  I planted tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and banana peppers.  We also have a strawberry plant.  :)


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Coloring Together

Liam has just found a new love in coloring.  He sits at the table with Ella and colors till his heart is content.  He likes to snuggle, so he eventually moves off the chair and stand next to her.  So sweet!