Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We Are Such In A Hurry...

When we get pregnant we can't wait to hold our baby.  

If you were like me you sat in the empty nursery in the rocking chair rocking back and forth rubbing your bump imaging that precious baby.  

What she would look like...would she have any hair at birth?  Would he love the sound of my voice?   

Then we blink and our pregnancy is over.

After our baby is born we can sit for hours staring at this precious creature in awe at his tiny little features.  We wonder when he will smile at you for the first time.  We can't wait to watch them roll over, sit, crawl, take first foods, sleep through the night, stand, walk, and talk

We blink again and these moments are gone. 

I know this because my first baby is a senior this year.  I swear I can still remember every moment from his birth to rolling over ...to first Birthday.  (It's was Pooh themed)

I want those first moments back sometimes.  Did I appreciate them to the fullest or was I so concerned with the next milestone that I didn't slow down and live in THE moment?

I now look at Cole  with those same eyes.  Honestly things went so fast his pregnancy that it was a blur.  I feel like it was just yesterday I felt him thumping away inside my tummy.   And here I sit staring at  this ball of wonder who is 14.5 months old racing around the house on his wobbly legs.  I keep thinking this is his first Fall, but it's his second. 

Again time if flying by. 

I'm trying so hard to enjoy each hiccup, each giggle, each cry, each hug


Sometimes hubs and I will sit on the couch after a long night of wrestling the animals into bath and pj's and bedtime books.  By the time we sit on the couch we are exhausted but will share a giggle and say

"Man they are the coolest kids....let's go wake them up and play with them" 

Of course we don't.  But no matter how tired we are, their sweet little faces or the things they say melt our hearts at the end of the day.

I can't stop the clock, but I sure hope I can video, record, snapshot each moment to reflect back on.


Love my 6 little (and big) monkeys!

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's a Roo-Lawd

You see the word all the time...

Being Southern we all have our accents...Roulade is a fun word though

Even more fun when you eat one.

Roulade is French for 

a dish cooked or served in the form of a roll, typically made from a flat piece of meat, fish, or sponge cake, spread with a soft filling and rolled up into a spiral.
Roulade’ means ‘roll’, and refers to anything which is rolled around a filling – like a swiss roll, or even slices of ham rolled around a filling. A roulade may be savoury or sweet. In French, ‘roulades’ (the plural) is pronounced like the singular. - See more at: http://www.howdoyousaythatword.com/word/roulade/#sthash.TrK1V1CN.dpuf


I will roll anything if it's a sweet treat!

Last night for dessert I made  Pecan Roulade

My cake didn't bake as flat as the picture Paula Deen showed and my filling made so much (doubled recipe for 2 rolls mind you) I could have filled 5 rolls with it.

Was it good?  Yes
Mild in flavor

We sprinkled powdered sugar and cinnamon over the top of ours!

It wasn't TOO SWEET and wasn't TOO BLAND

I thought it would make a great breakfast with coffee...SO that is exactly what I did this morning



I saved a piece....It was so delicious!  I savored each bite!

I would make this again for a brunch with ladies...or coffee with a friend


Pecan Roulade 

Ingredients
  1. 7 large eggs, separated
  2. 2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  3. 1/2 cup cake flour
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup ground pecans
  7. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  8. 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  9. Caramel Filling
Roulade’ means ‘roll’, and refers to anything which is rolled around a filling – like a swiss roll, or even slices of ham rolled around a filling. A roulade may be savoury or sweet. In French, ‘roulades’ (the plural) is pronounced like the singular. - See more at: http://www.howdoyousaythatword.com/word/roulade/#sthash.TrK1V1CN.dpuf

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan with nonstick baking spray with flour. Line pan with parchment paper, and spray again.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 cup granulated sugar at medium-high speed with a mixer until thick and pale. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Sift flour mixture over egg yolk mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in pecans and melted butter.
  3. In another large bowl, beat egg whites at high speed with a mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/3 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Meanwhile, sift confectioners’ sugar into a 15x10-inch rectangle on a clean dish towel. Immediately run a knife around the edges of pan to loosen cake from sides of pan, and turn out onto prepared towel. Peel off parchment paper. Starting at short side, roll up cake and towel together. Place seam side down on a wire rack, and let cool completely.
  5. Unroll cake, and spread with Caramel Filling. Reroll cake without towel, and place seam side down on serving platter. Sift confectioners’ sugar over cake, and garnish with pecans, if desired.

Caramel Filling

Ingredients
  1. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  2. 1/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 (12-ounce) jar hot caramel ice cream topping*
  4. 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
  5. 3 tablespoons cold water
  6. 1/4 cup boiling water

Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream at medium speed with a mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Add caramel, beating just until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine gelatin and 3 tablespoons cold water; let stand for 2 minutes or until softened. Add 1/4 cup boiling water, stirring until dissolved. Add gelatin mixture to cream mixture, beating just until combined. (Mixture will look like it is melting, but it will set up again.) Cover and chill for 4 hours before using, or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Roulade’ means ‘roll’, and refers to anything which is rolled around a filling – like a swiss roll, or even slices of ham rolled around a filling. A roulade may be savoury or sweet. In French, ‘roulades’ (the plural) is pronounced like the singular. - See more at: http://www.howdoyousaythatword.com/word/roulade/#sthash.TrK1V1CN.dpuf
Roulade’ means ‘roll’, and refers to anything which is rolled around a filling – like a swiss roll, or even slices of ham rolled around a filling. A roulade may be savoury or sweet. In French, ‘roulades’ (the plural) is pronounced like the singular. - See more at: http://www.howdoyousaythatword.com/word/roulade/#sthash.TrK1V1CN.dpuf

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Soup-a-doup....Taco Soup

The weather is finally getting chilly.  I whipped out a new Taco Soup recipe that is sure to please everyone.

Raising 6 kids and 3 of them are in the house all day...It doesn't leave me a lot of free time

I like a recipe where I can just throw stuff in a pot and let it do all the work.

This recipe had a lot of cans to open though.  But since it only took 10 mins to prep and then just sat in a pt for 30...It's all good!.  This is when I wish Lily's arms could open cans for me....

Recipe from November Paula Deen....
(I once again had to use her photo...we ate in record time and I didn't get any photos..as usual)



I didn't double the recipe and it was perfect for our family of 8 and peeps going for 2nds

The only addition we did?  Shredded cheese and chips

1 lb beef  (could increase this for more beef in your soup)
1 cup chopped onion
2 (15oz) cans green chile enchilada sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
1 can ranch style beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
2 (4oz) cans diced green chiles (I actually only had 1 can on hand)
1 package taco seasoning mix

 
In large Dutch oven, cook meat and onion over med heat until beef is browned.  Drain
Add enchilada sauce and all remaining ingredients
Bring to a boil over med/high; reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally for 30 min

That's it...hardest part is opening all the cans!

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The weather is getting colder.  I just hope we don't get a heat wave next week for Trick or Treating.  It never fails...if I dress the kids in head to go bunnies or lions it's 100' outside.  If I dress them as tiny fairies with a leotard and wings a cold front comes and it's 30'.  Fingers crossed for perfect weather in the 60's!

I've got a sweet
Little Red this year.  She wants one of her brothers to be a wolf.
Child #5 wants to be a super hero.  So it looks like #6 it is!


Now off to google WOLF costumes! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monkey See Monkey Do

#5 has been walking since he was 9 and 3/4 months.  He was my earliest mind you.  By the time he was a year he had not only mastered walking ...but was running like a pro...no stumbles.  He could leap off of things too

His coordination is impeccable.  I am still impressed by his skills

He is your typical child climber...pushes objects to get a leg up on any surface.  He can balance like the best of them

Leaps from anything.  (has no fear)

But the one place he never climbed out of or in?

HIS CRIB

I took pride in the fact that my 2.9 yr old loved his crib and never tried to leap out

He would just ask to be in there...nestle his hands under his bumpers and hug the edges of the mattress...cover Kenneth over his face and pass out.  (kenneth is his giraffe lovey)

When it's time to get up...he would just call my name until I came.

Most people were like "He's 2...move him to a bed"  

My response?  "Why?"

Why mess with a good thing.  He's a terrific sleeper. 

He loves his bed...he loves sleeping...he sleeps all night....

You know the saying?  If it isn't broke don't fix it  

I mean the weight capacity on that thing is pretty strong right?

About 2 months (or 3 I lose track) Lily started sharing a room with Reid. 
She officially moved out of our room and into a princess bed
(ok now we are just down to 1 kid in the bed...waves at #6)

She adores finally having her own space.
Reid never minded she is in there...in fact he loves it

I will hear them talking to each other on the monitor and Lily will even cover him up when his blanket falls off

A few days ago I noticed she taught him a new trick

CLIMBING IN AND OUT OF THE CRIB

Deep sigh

It's over. 

I mean it's no wonder he made it this long


Friday, October 18, 2013

The Bestest Gift Ever....

Seriously it is the best monthly Box Club...don't get me wrong I love Citrus Lane, but for activities?  You need to try Kiwi Crate

Each month they send a cute green box filled with 2 crafts for your child and 1 bonus sometimes.  (so far every time) and a story to read. 

This month WAS AWESOME!!!!  Not only do they provide ALL the materials you will  need, but the quality is fantastic.  I've been hugely impressed with each month...so far we have had about 6.  They come with easy instructions and let you know the level of messiness and parent involvement.  

The 2 crafts this month were Glowing Animals.  We got to learn all about a few animals that glow and why.  (even mommy gets to learn new things too)

The bonus... we made a firefly....w/glow sticks.  Lily loved turning off all the lights and flying him around the house before bed.

This box each month is strictly for Lily...it's Mommy and Lily time when the boys go down for a nap.  Something we both look forward to

Craft 1:  Glow Worm...








This little guy is named Glowy!!  

Craft 2:  Racing Jellyfish







This was great b/c there were 2 of them and Miss  Lily and I could race them!

Christmas is coming...tell the Grandparents your little one would like this for a gift!  I promise you you won't be disappointed

Even better...? 

Use this code for $10 off the first box  Get $10 Code

Or join now....next months theme?

STORYTELLING 

We are making a string puppet, a theater , and a bonus finger puppets.  I've been excited for November since August haha


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Dip....Another Reason I ♥ Fall

My favorite month is whizzing by. 

Pumpkins, spice, pumpkin patches, oranges and reds, falling leaves, weather getting a chill...leggings, fuzzy cardigans...the list can go on.

But the pumpkin treats are  my favorite part of the season. 

Got a friend coming over to play this morning.....I just had to whip out my fall recipe card and make some 

Pumpkin Pie Dip w/Ginger Snaps....



Recipe was passed around at church back in 2004  ...(I know this because I wrote it on the card...haha) 
I like to document where I got recipes from.  It's fun to look back and see...wow....that was a fun day etc...

The ingredients are a breeze...

8oz cream cheese room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cloves

Whip together until fully combined and smooth! 
Grab a box of Ginger Snaps...bam!

I may have licked the bowl and spoon multiple times!

I'm starting a new blog for my Essential Oils with another Mommy friend...(who is just as crazy/obsessed  excited as I am)

Find us on Facebook The Oily Cupboard
Instagram theoilycupboard
and starting a blog soon...*under construction at moment*

Happy Fall!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Little Home'sCool Lesson...

We had our 1st Science Experiment...

The ol Gummy Bear in 4 different liquids Experiment.



It would have been more than 4...but Reid ate the entire bag of gummies....

We used Vinegar, Water, Salt Water, and Baking Soda Water.  

(little brothers are stinky...Lily said)

Still 4 cups of liquid was a fair amount...
 

We added 3oz of liquid to each cup and 1tb of either salt or baking soda to their cups

Plopped in our Bears and wait....we watched them for 24 hrs...

Ha kidding...but we did walk past them often to check the progress.

This morning Lily was surprised to see 1 cup were empty (eek...fun)



No your little brother didn't eat it....

We got to learn about how things made of sugar dissolve in liquids...and how some things blow up or shrink.  (it's easy when you are 5)

She cracks me up...she picked that the baking soda would be the biggest...then she changed her mind when we fished them from the glass...
(silly girl)

After "Science Class", we headed outside for Ice Pops...the weather is so nice...wish there was more of a bite in the air though...October is my favorite Month


While outside we had 1 more lesson...

Every child needs to learn their address...back when the older 3 were 4-5 I taught them my phone number and our home addy.  I used the tune to "Oh My Darling Clementine"
Start humming....now add your # and address...here like this

555-555-5555
555 (oh my darling)
555 (oh my darling)
55 (oh my darling)
55 Clementine

then...the Thou art lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry, Clementine
Sing your addy like this...
"I live at (thou art)
1111 Street Address (and gone forever), 
in City (dreadful sorry) 
Texas (clementine)"

(if you know me and still don't get it...call and I'll sing you yours for you bhahahahaha)

We've lived in 2 homes since I created this with 2 different numbers now (now I teach the kids my mobile since it will never change)  All numbers will work...just tweek it a little when singing to make it cute and sing songy.  
Sing this 5-6 times a day and in a few weeks your little one will know your # and address. 

After snack we were off for the 2 littles Naptime.  Lily does more school is cool work while they nap....
I decided to prep dinner....Recipe said 30 mins prep...TOOK ME MORE LIKE 1.5 HRS.  I did double recipe but still...geez

IT WAS SO WORTH IT.

(photo from Southern Living Oct 2013...recipe link too)


Made Tomato Basil Lasagna Rolls.  Meatless dish mind you...the family was like "what?  no why??????????"  (insert tears)  oh pish posh...just sample them first

There were Artichokes inside...everyone ate them...I didn't tell what it was until they went for more..it gave these a spectacular flavor...that and the fresh torn basil...





Off to Ballet Class......I want to be 5 again!  I'm so blessed I have little girls!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Prepare for a Crowd



I always double and triple recipes for my family.  Especially when I will have 2 extra neighborhood kids show up just at the perfect time...DINNER TIME (8 pretty children filling their bellies...there better be enough for 2nds)

With 6 kids someone is always hungry in my house and dinner needs to be on the table by 5:15...I usually start prepping and cooking either first thing in morning or I start at 3pm...I'm in the kitchen all day...Barefoot and no longer pregnant (bha...oh anywho)

Back to that Paula Deen's Family Dinner magazine I picked up in the aisle at the grocery store...

Chicken and Rice Enchiladas

I really liked this b/c 1. it looked super easy...2 it had the rice IN the enchiladas....

I bought the ingredients and had it on the menu for Thursday night...while at the store Thursday morning (I hate when I forget stuff and have to rush to store for things) I ALMOST bought double the ingredients for this dish b/c I remembered I didn't double it and was afraid I wouldn't have enough

BOY AM I GLAD I DIDN'T...

This recipe is a make ahead and freeze dish...IT MAKES 2 PANS OF ENCHILADAS!  BAM!



Point of this story...?  Great dish for when you need a meal for someone that has just had a baby or freezer meals for your family!  

The flavors were fantastic!   (even hubs said over and over...I really like this)

And because I'm lazy again...here are more photocopies from the pages of the magazine (if they were online I would paste from there)



 Hard to read...just ask me! 

The only thing I did different was I added 1 8oz package of cheese to the top each pan vs 1 package SPLIT between the two (we like things cheesy) 

For a side dish I make a bean recipe I got from Southern Living 15+ years back...

2 cans refried beans, 1 pkg of taco seasoning, can rotel, and shredded cheese
mix first 3 ingredients and add to a greased 2qt dish.  Sprinkle with cheese. 
Bake 350 for 20 mins
Use this for a dip or side dish...we serve it with chips!

Tonight on the menu?

Why yes another recipe from the magazine  (I told you there were over 20 yummy things I'm making from here...if not more)

Chicken (recipe called for Turkey) and White Bean Chili

Looks fantastic don't it?!
(thanks Paula for photo)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bittersweet Decadent Divine Pie of Silky Goodness

 
I'm staring with Dessert here first b/c well...I dreamed about it all last night.  I even want to run to the store today to make another pie (even though I made 2 yesterday...hey I was feeding a crowd)

It was bittersweet, creamy, dreamy, soft, smooth, ...it was...it was...well when I took my first bite I let the fork slowly leave my mouth...I let the pie sit on my tongue as I rolled my eyes into my head....I didn't chew just yet..I let the flavor sit in my mouth as I let a delightful sigh of happiness escape my lips.  I have tasted heaven.  
I know you think I am exaggerating..but I'm a sucker for bitter chocolate and pie.

This pie was so crazy easy to make it is sad.  It tastes like I spent hours in the kitchen making this divine dessert.  I'm almost embarrassed at how easy it was.

All you do is melt stuff and pour stuff and chill stuff...


The key to this?  Top this with whipped topping from scratch that is super sweet.  It will help balance the bitter sweet chocolate taste of the pie

(sorry copies are so bad...held phone over photos)

As for the menu for last night?

I was standing in line at the grocery store last week and saw the Paula Deen issue of Family Dinner there in the check out aisle...I had to buy it b/c I saw about 20 recipes I would make.....I'm sure there are more...but after the first 20 I just threw that bad boy in my buggy

Last night's meal was amazing.  I ate light the entire day to make room for the smells that were slow cooking in my kitchen.

(images all copied from Paula Deen's Family Dinner issue)

Beef Stroganoff Summer Peas w/pearl onions and bacon, Pesto Pinwheels and Chocolate Cookie Pie (which should be called Bitter Sweet Goodness)

This called for Cream Cheese...and while everyone else loved it...my husband (the wanna be chef) wants to skip it next time and add Sour Cream...(your choice)  I used 4.5 lbs of meat and 1.5 the ingredients....the meat came out soft and tender and perfectly perfect.  (add extra salt and pepper though)

THESE WERE AMAZING.  I am a sucker for Peas...Pearl Onions and Bacon...and shaved Parm.  You can't go wrong with this one.  I want to marry this dish! 

Perfect flavor.  I felt all fancy making these...maybe it was the pesto scent wafting through the air as I was spreading it on the dough...or maybe it was the fancy way I sprinkled the crushed pecans and shredded parm too.  Or how I felt fancy rolling and slicing.  Either way..MAKE THESE  (you'll feel fancy too)

These would go great with a chicken dish ...or even a pasta with red sauce.  I will def make  again!  I doubled this recipe (I was feeding 10 people)

It's bad to dream about pie all night isn't it?  I wanted to sneak downstairs and cut a tiny sliver and pop it in my mouth.  But I had brushed my teeth and didn't want to mess up and waste a perfect piece of pie

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