Monday, October 31, 2011

Say it Isn't SNOW...

Yes, we had SNOW on Saturday.
Yes, it was COLD.

The Colonel and I headed out early in the morning to do a little shopping.
Hey, I had a 20 percent off coupon for Kohls 
and the Colonel needed pants for work.

But first we had to get Michael to the high school 
for breakfast with his football team.
His team was scheduled to play at another school
about 30 minutes away at 1:30 in the afternoon.

Not to worry...
the snow wasn't suppose to start until after 3:00 and 
not get heavy until much later.

WRONG!
This was around noon...
Our backyard...
My scarecrow and pumpkin...
There's a lantern under all that snow...
So beautiful...
Scarecrow and pumpkins look a little out of place on the back porch...

The Colonel left around 5:00 to pick up Michael from the high school...
And we didn't think Michael had enough time out in the snow,
so he helped his dad shovel out the driveway when they came home...
Making good progress...
The snow does look pretty...

Don't be fooled by this picture...

This is where I spent most of my Saturday, 
NOT outside shoveling the snow 
and DEFINITELY 
NOT in the bleachers watching my son
play his first football game in a blizzard...
Sorry Michael.
I'll be in the stands tonight!

With a GREAT meal for the Colonel and I to share!

Enjoy your day!


Come back tomorrow for Tuesday's Question.
It's a GREAT QUESTION!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Crescent Roll Ups...

My Colonel LOVES Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

When he was in Afghanistan last year that's what he requested in the 
monthly boxes I would send to him...that and a particular brand of pretzels.

I saw this recipe a few days ago and knew My Colonel would love this!

Peanut Butter Roll Ups...


Ingredients:
One container crescent rolls
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chips
(I used mini chocolate chips because I had them leftover 
from another recipe)

Lay out the crescent rolls on a flat surface and spread
the peanut butter on top of each one...


Then add your chocolate chips...


Starting at the biggest end, roll the crescents up and
place on a baking sheet...


Bake at 375 until they are golden brown...


Can't you just taste the DELICIOUSNESS...


Feel free to add a glass of milk!

You could also just cut up a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
and place it in the middle of the crescent roll or spread with NUTELLA!  

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lasagna Roll Ups...

Lasagna Roll Ups

Our family loves Italian food. 
We really could eat it a few times a week, but I try to limit it to just once.








I've been making Lasagna Roll Ups for years.
When we were first married I would make lasagna the traditional way, in LAYERS, but it was usually a disaster.  Cutting into the lasagna and trying to get the pieces out of the pan would result in everything falling apart.

NOW I know, I wasn't wait long enough for the lasagna to SET when it came out of the oven.
But who has the patience to wait 30 minutes or so to taste the deliciousness? 

I saw this procedure for lasagna a year or so after we were married and have been making lasagna this way ever since and it's so easy.


Ingredients:
  • Lasagna noodles (I used 6 noodles)
  • 15 ounce container Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Tomato sauce
Directions:

Boil the noodles for 10 minutes.
Drain the noodles and then lay them out flat on top of paper towels; otherwise they may stick together.
In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese and egg.
Spread the ricotta mixture evenly over the lasagna noodles.
Starting at one end, roll up each lasagna noodle.
Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Put a few spoons of sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, making sure to cover the entire bottom of the baking dish.   
Place the roll ups in the baking dish.  
Cover the roll ups with more tomato sauce, followed by Parmesan cheese and a layer of mozzarella cheese.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  
  


Spread the cheese over the lasagna noodles...


Starting at one end, roll up your lasagna noodle...



Add Parmesan cheese and a nice layer of mozzarella cheese and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly...



Delicious...


If you want to see how I make the lasagna roll ups and FREEZE them for easy meals, head over to the link below...

Freezing Lasagna Roll Ups for Busy Nights



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Martha Would Be Proud...

I mentioned in Monday's post that the windows
in our house are clean and sparkly
thanks to my Colonel!

Our house has tilt-in windows,
BUT...
every time I tilt them in to clean them,
the whole window comes out.

I'm left holding a window with no idea
how to put it back in!

I learned early on if I want clean windows,
my Colonel needs to help me.
He doesn't mind.
At least he tells me he doesn't mind!

Last year when he was in Afghanistan I was only 
able to wash the four windows on the front porch
and the two windows on the back porch.
Only because I didn't tilt them in!

So our windows were in need of a good washing.
And the Colonel just took over.
Here he is in the dinning room...
His tools of choice.
A squeegee, plastic gloves and THIS homemade cleaner ...
Don't forget the window sills...
He soon grew tired of tilting the windows in.  
I found him out on the roof washing the bedroom windows...
It was a beautiful morning to wash windows...
Have I mentioned before how much I hate THE BIRDS
around our house...
Disgusting.
If you really want to see the mess the birds have done
around our house, read this POST .


Thank you Colonel for your hard work!
Our house looks beautiful!

Do YOU need help washing the windows in your house?
Or do you have a BIRD problem?
Leave me a comment and let me know.

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday's Question...

"Do you advertise on your blog?"

More importantly...

"Do you click on advertisements on other blogs?"

I would love to know YOUR answers to the
above questions!

I recently started advertising on my blog
and so far so good!

Actually, I really needed a
MANICURE FUND.

I love getting my nails done, but
money has been tight lately with
the Colonel off active duty
AND
Olivia in college.

So I made the decision to advertise
and use the money towards my
MANICURE FUND.

So leave a comment and let me know 
how you feel about advertising.

Oh and if you would like to contribute to my 
MANICURE FUND...

Feel free to click on one of the advertisements!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions...


HAMBURGERS 
with Caramelized Onions...



I start with an 80/20 blend of chopped meat.
I always call it chopped meat...I'm from Queens!

Add a few chopped onions and form the hamburgers...



When I'm not barbecuing our hamburgers outside on the grill I always use
my cast iron grill pan.  I love it!

After cooking the hamburger on one side for a few minutes,  flip the burger and 
then place the pan in a 425 degree oven. 
I do this BECAUSE the hamburger splatters everywhere and makes my stove top a mess.  

Ready to go in the oven...



In another pan, I start sauteing the onions in butter...


Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of flour over the onions...


Cook the flour in the onions, stirring constantly for a few minutes 
and then add a beef bouillon cube mixed with 1/2 cup water or
ONE of these packets along with 1/4 cup water...


Continue cooking your onions until you have a beautiful thick gravy that 
you can serve over your hamburger...



Feel free to add a hamburger bun!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Something Funny...

An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, 
"I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you 
that your mother and I are divorcing; 
forty-five years of misery is enough. 

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams. 

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says. 
"We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, 
so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her," and he hangs up. 

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. 
"Like heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, 
"I'll take care of this." 

She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, 
"You are NOT getting divorced. 
Don't do a single thing until I get there. 
I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. 
Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up. 

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 

"Okay," he says, "They're coming for Thanksgiving 
and paying their own fares ... 

Now what do we tell them for Christmas?

Enjoy your Thursday!
Please make sure you stop by tomorrow for
"Something Yummy for the Colonel's Tummy!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finally...

First, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in 
Tuesday's Question.

I agree with your comments!
I really wanted to know how everyone
responded to a "visitor" comment.

I've been visiting a lot of new blogs lately and leaving comments
on some FABULOUS posts.
Some respond with a visit back to my blog, 
and others...
well, don't.

BUT...
I still visit their blogs because I really do enjoy them.
Just not spending the time to leave comments
unless it's something I really enjoy.
AND...
I really do try to visit everyone who leaves a comment on my blog.

On to today's post!

FINALLY...

I was able to get the Colonel to spray paint for me!

I've been asking for quite awhile.
And of course he will say I only asked once;
this past Saturday.

Nevertheless,
there was some serious spray painting going on in our garage on Sunday.

Over the years the Colonel has received many awards, certificates, diplomas, etc.
from the Army.
And like any GOOD WIFE, I framed them all and have them hanging
on the wall in our library. 

I always tried to get the same type of frame...
OAK.

But for quite awhile I didn't like the way the frames 
didn't really match.
And I thought it would be nice if they were all BLACK.

So on Sunday, I took them all down and the Colonel
proceeded to spray them all BLACK.

I hung them back up yesterday and even he was surprised how 
nice they all looked...
The framed single medal is the BRONZE STAR
the Colonel received last year for his work
in Afghanistan.
He actually received it on Christmas Day.
That was a nice Christmas present while being away from home!

"We" did this a few years ago with our family
 picture wall at the top of the second floor stairway.  
Again, we had an assortment of
oak frames and they were looking rather old and boring.
I took all the frames apart and the Colonel very nicely spray painted
them BLACK.

The result is really nice...

So instead of running out and purchasing all new frames,
why not grab a can of spray paint
and see how beautiful old frames can look!

AND your hubby will be so happy you didn't spend the money 
on new frames.  Even if he does have to spend some time
in the garage breathing in spray paint fumes.

THANK YOU COLONEL!

Enjoy your Wednesday!