Sunday, November 15, 2009

Oh, yeah...I had a baby

So it's been forever since I've updated my blog. But I have a good excuse, people - I had a baby. Yay! On October 16th @ 1:18 p.m., I gave birth to a beautiful 9 pound, 3 ounce; 23-inch-long baby girl. Can you believe she was 23 inches? I can. I felt every millimeter of her - ha! We named her Abigail Wil. Wil is in honor of my grandmother Wilma (everyone used to call her Wil).

Abby's very healthy and we're very happy. Maddie is an excellent big sister - better than I ever could have imagined. We're starting to get a routine down - as best we can with a newborn. Stay tuned to I Am Nacho Mama. I plan on cooking up a storm - maybe even trying some low-fat recipes because Lord knows, I need some LOW fat!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Firecrackers

Got this in an email from my sister-in-law. It's amazing. They're called The Firecrackers. Took this from their website:
"The Firecrackers are a performance jump rope team made up of talented 4th-8th graders from the Kings Local School District in Ohio. Coached by Lynn Kelley, they perform at venues across the country."



Thanks for sharing, Laura

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pregnancy Update - Part Five

Wow. It seems like it's been forever since I've been on here. Thanks to everyone for being so patient.

I found out Monday that I'll be having a planned c-section October 14th - 10 days before the original due date. Maddie's 4th birthday is October 20th, so I'm just glad the c-section isn't falling on that day.

Everything has been going pretty good. I'm feeling super huge about now and am looking forward to being able to walk without pain and being able to stand for more than a few minutes without my back killing me. All this pain will be totally worth it.

I probably won't be updating the blog until sometime after the baby is born, so please keep us in your prayers.

Shepherd's Pie - Recipe R&R

Last week, Kelly watched an episode of Emeril Green where Emeril made a shepherd's pie. So Kelly asked me to make one. He found this recipe that he liked on Cooks.com. Instead of the creamed corn, I used a can of kernel corn.



This tasted pretty good. Kelly liked it. To me it lacked something. So we came up with a different recipe, just a little bit different.

First off, I made Southern Plate's MeMe's Mashed Potatoes which we both adore. Then I cut up an onion and cooked it with the hamburger meat with a tiny bit of olive oil.

Then instead of the can of peas and can of corn, I used two drained cans of Vegall.

This time it turned out better than before. It was still a little runny, but very good.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fried Pickles - Recipe R&R

Yesterday, Kelly and I made fried pickles.

He loves fried pickles - absolutely loves them.

I used the recipe from Cooks.com. They definitely needed more flavor. I think next time I'll use more pepper and a little more salt. I'll for sure use more hot sauce in the liquid ingredients.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oatmeal, Coconut Cookies - Recipe R&R

Last night, Maddie and I made Taste of Home's My Kids' Favorite Cookies.





(without coconut - I was catering to Kelly who does not like coconut - I'm sweet like that occasionally - okay, okay, rarely - rarely is better than never, right?)



These turned out okay. Maybe I was expecting more from them because they are called "My Kids' Favorite Cookies."

I'd rate these about a 7.5 or an 8.

Crunchy Beef Casserole - Recipe R&R

Last night I made Southern Plate's Crunchy Beef Casserole.

YUMMY!

Kelly doesn't like french fried onions (I know...he must be crazy) so I tried to be fair and impartial like the upstanding citizen I am and give him half of this casserole by leaving the french fried onions off of half of it. As you can see, my pregnancy brain took over and decided that 3/4 equals 1/2. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, I have no idea why this was so dang good, but it was just that...dang good!

We'd both rate this a 9.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Best Home Improvement Tool Ever

This cracks me up - so much so that I posted it on both my blogs.




Thanks, Mom

Monday, June 29, 2009

What I've Been Up to

Can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted anything. I took two sewing classes at Joann's. First one, we made a bag. Second one, we tried to make another bag. For a beginning sewer, boy, it was hard. Here's a few pictures of it:



The lining (don't look at the lovely hand sewn part of it!)


It's McCall's pattern M5866. I had to get help from both my mother-in-law and my mother to help me finish it - thank you!

I'll be taking sewing 301 at the end of July. Hopefully by the time that class is over with, I might actually know what I'm doing!

The baby and I are doing great. While I'm writing this, I feel her punching or kicking away. Saturday I will be six months along. Can't wait until October.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jalapeno Popper Dip - Recipe R&R

Today I made Love Deliciousness's Jalapeno Popper Dip.

I was a cooking fool today, wasn't I? Hardy, har, har. This turned out pretty good. I made it for Big Daddy, who absolutely cannot stand mayonnaise. I didn't tell him it had mayo in it until after he'd eaten about 1/2 of the bowl.

I tasted this before and after I added the cheese. I liked it better without the cheese and without heating it up.

My rating: 8.5

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies - Recipe R&R

Today, Maddie and I made Jessa Duggar's Cookies .

They turned out pretty darn good. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Best cookies I've ever made, but that's not really saying much since this is only about the second or third batch of cookies I've ever made- ha! I only used 1 cup of oatmeal.

I'd rate them an 8.5.

Potato Pizza Casserole - Recipe R&R

Tonight I made Nom Nom Nom's Potato Pizza Casserole.

It was pretty easy to throw together. Next time I make this, I'm leaving the potatoes out because they were not cooked at all. I sliced them very, very thinly too.

My rating (just the topping w/out the potatoes): 8

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Can Relate

Hamburger Casserole - Recipe R&R

This week sometime I made 24-Hour Menu's Hamburger Casserole.

It was so easy to make and tasted pretty good. I think Kelly and I both rated it a 7.5 or an 8.

Also, last week I made Pioneer Woman's Baked Lemon Pasta. Maybe I screwed something up, but I don't really think so...but this tasted horrible. I wound up throwing the whole thing in the creek and calling Pizza Hut and ordering pizza.

Also, last night I made Real Mom Kitchen's 3 Envelope Roast. It was absolutely delicious.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pregnancy Update - Part Four

Thought I'd update y'all on what's been going on with the pregnancy. All my bloodwork has come back looking great. We had a sonogram on the 19th. We found out we're having a little girl. Don't know what Kelly's going to do with three females in the house. He's already said he was going to remodel the barn and put a bedroom out there and maybe some satellite TV just to get away from all the estrogen - ha! That's all the news for now.

Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole - Recipe R&R

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted anything. I don't know what I've been doing really. I know I've been cooking almost every single day - haven't been cooking any new recipes though - well, that is until last night.

I made Lauren's Kitchen's Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole. I think she describes it as "white trash." Well, I think we all got a little bit of white trash in us. Some of us more so than others (yes, I'm talking about myself!)

This was super easy to make. I think it might have tasted a little better if I had used seasoned frozen french fries, but nevertheless, it was good.

Kelly's Rating - 9
My Rating - 7

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Roasted New Potatoes - Recipe R&R

This recipe is from the Neely's as well, but it's for fingerling potatoes. Since they don't sell fingerling potatoes at my Walmart, and since Lord knows I don't like going to 50 million different stores, I used new potatoes.



I have a confession to make...please don't laugh...I have never in my life bought olive oil before. Boy, have I been missing out.

These turned out really good. Possibly had too much garlic, but still good.

My rating - 8

Pot Roast (again!) - Recipe R&R

Last night I made Momma Neely's Pot Roast. I love watching the Neely's on Food Network. They're recipes are usually delicious.

This one was no exception. Easy to make and tasted delicious. I think a lot of the flavor depends on what kind of red wine you use. Although I personally used a $3 bottle of red wine and it tasted fabulous.

My rating - 8.

Sopapilla Cheesecake - Recipe R&R

Last weekend I made Real Mom Kitchen's Sopapilla Cheesecake for a get-together we had for my father-in-law's birthday.

It was so easy to make. And HOLY COW it was delicious! I think everyone at the party liked it.

I'd rate it a 9.5.

Peanut Butter Fudge - Recipe R&R

Last week sometime I made Julie's Fabulous Fudge from Happy To Be @ Home.

Sooooooooo simple to make.

This stuff is very, very rich.

I'd rate it a 7.

Cheeseburger Macaroni - Recipe R&R

I've been horrible about posting stuff on here. I'm so sorry. I have been cooking, just haven't been posting. I made The Cookbook Junkie's Cheeseburger Macaroni sometime last week.

Easy to make.

Big daddy's rating - 9
My rating - 7

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pregnancy Update - Part Three

Well, I went to a specialist last week. They took my blood, checking for proteins. Don't have the results on that yet. I did have a sonogram that measured the width of the baby's neck. Everything was excellent. Heard the baby's heartbeat. The baby was moving around like crazy, even though I can't feel it. The sonographer said that movement was involuntary at this stage (I was 12 weeks pregnant at the time.)

I went to my regular ob this morning. After some discussion with him and the maternal fetal specialist, it was decided that I needed to go ahead and have the diagnostic mammogram. I am not at all looking forward to that. My appointment is this Monday and I am absolutely terrified at how much it might hurt. Being 13 weeks pregnant, you can imagine how sore and tender my breasts are anyway, and then to flatten one of them out like a pancake just makes me cringe. Wish me luck.

Enchiladas Verdes - Recipe R&R

Oh my goodness these were good. I got the recipe from my Taste of Home magazine. It was one of four recipes submitted by Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, TX, which is just right up the road a piece from me.


These were pretty easy to make and all the ingredients were simple, which I love. (If you're at all familiar with El Rancho Grande restaurant in Fort Worth, the cheese sauce for these enchiladas reminded me of theirs - yummy!!)

Kelly's rating - 9
My rating 9.5

Friday, April 17, 2009

Baked Rigatoni - Recipe R&R

Tonight I made Recipes of a Cheapskate's Baked Rigatoni.

It was pretty easy to throw together. Took a while for the sauce to come together, but I'll blame that on my ancient stove.

Kelly would rate this an 8.
I'd rate this a 7.5.

Easy Key Lime Pie - Recipe R&R

A couple of days ago, Maddie and I made Controlling My Chaos's Easy Key Lime Pie.


I took this picture last night. Now there's only one slice left.

This pie was so easy to make, it's not even funny. The batter tasted a little wangy to me, so I added probably a tablespoon or so of sugar.

Kelly and I would both rate this a 9.

Taco Mac & Cheese - Recipe R&R

I made Taco Mac & Cheese last night. I found the recipe in an ad in my Taste of Home magazine which I got for free, by the way, via SheSpeaks.

Kelly and I would both rate this a 9.

Since I can't find the recipe anywhere, I'll go ahead and post it here:

Taco Mac & Cheese

1 lb. ground beef
1/3 cup salsa
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 cups (8 oz.) elbow macaroni, uncooked (I used small shells)
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
2 3/4 cups water

Brown meat in large skillet. Drain. Stir in water, salsa & chili powder. Bring to boil. Stir in macaroni; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 8-10 minutes or until water is almost absorbed. Add Velveeta; cook until melted, stirring frequently.

If desired, garnish with crushed tortilla chips, chopped tomato and/or chopped green onions.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Egg Noodle Lasagna - Recipe R&R

I made this sometime this week - can't remember when. I also can't remember if I asked Kelly to rate it or not, and if I did, what he rated it - my problem is a severe case of pregnancy brain!!

I got this recipe off of Allrecipes.com.

Sorry about the horrible picture, but I forgot to take a picture of it in a bowl or in the crockpot. Pregnancy brain strikes again!! This is a picture of the leftovers that were squished down in a plastic container.

I think I made something similar to this a while back. I think Kelly and I both agreed that we like this recipe better.

I'd rate this a 9.

Chili Mac - Recipe R&R

I made this sometime last week. I don't know why I've been slacking on posting things. I found the recipe over on Meal Planning Mommies.

I thought this would be kind of gross and that we wouldn't like it. I was wrong.

Kelly loved it and would rate it a 9.
I would rate it about a 7.

Super, super easy to make.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Beef Ziti Casserole - Recipe R&R

Last night I made Annie's Recipes Beef Ziti Casserole.


I thought it turned out really good. I think this might make the rotation.

My rating - 9

(I forgot to ask Kelly his rating, but he ate two bowls of this stuff!)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chocolate Chip & Toffee Cookie Pizza - Recipe R&R

The other day I made Priscilla Bakes' Chocolate Chip & Toffee Cookie Pizza.


I couldn't find an 18-ounce tube of chocolate chip cookie dough, so I bought the next size down - which was like 16-oz. or something like that.

I spread it out on a pizza pan and it didn't even come close to covering the whole thing, so I decided to put it in a pie plate - not a very good idea. I kept having to smoosh it down so all the other ingredients would fit on top. You can tell by the picture I totally forgot to put the best part on - the toffee bits.

I'd rate this about a 6.

Good idea, poor execution on my part.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas - Recipe R&R

A few days ago I made Pennies On A Platter's Cheesy Chicken "Ben-chiladas". Mine turned out more like burritos.


I didn't care for these that much. Kelly liked them...of course. I used a rotisserie chicken that I bought at Walmart. If I ever made these again, I'd save about $5 and buy the canned chicken.

His rating - 8.5
My rating - 5

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Peach Cobbler - Recipe R&R

Yesterday I made Something New Is Cooking's Peach Cobbler.


I'm the only person in the house who likes peaches. Crazy, I know. No matter how hard I try, I can't make them like dang peaches!

This was super easy to throw together. I diced the peaches up because I don't like big chunks of peaches. I like my peach cobbler super crispy and this didn't turn out that way.

I'd rate this a 6.

Try this recipe instead:
Good-N-Gooey Peach Cobbler

It's the same recipe that's in my Texas Home Cooking cookbook (just increase the lemon juice to a tablespoon.) And I always used a big bag of frozen peaches.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hashbrown Casserole - Recipe R&R

Last night I made My Wooden Spoon's Hash Brown Casserole.

It was delicious. I've made Southern Plate's Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole before and although it was pretty good, My Wooden Spoon's recipe was yummier. The only difference in the two recipes is My Wooden Spoon's recipe calls for sour cream and chives and 1/2 cup more onions. Also, MWS's recipe doesn't call for salt or pepper, but you need to add plenty of both.

Mine and Kelly's rating - 9.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Taco Casserole - Recipe R&R

For supper tonight, I made Rad Recipe's Family Favorite Taco Casserole.


I really didn't care for this that much - neither did Kelly. The consensus was that it was way too squishy. I think it might have been a little better with corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas.

I forgot to ask Kelly what he'd rate this. I'd rate it a 4.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Party Potatoes - Recipe R&R

Tonight I made Taulman Times Party Potatoes.


I don't know why but they tasted too cream cheesey to me. I thought those words would never come out of my mouth - something being too cream cheesey. I love cream cheese. I added lots more salt too.

Kelly and I both would rate this a 7.5.

Doritos Chicken - Recipe R&R

I made Megan's Munchies Doritos Chicken. It was pretty easy to make.


For some reason, I didn't buy picante sauce, so I left that out of the recipe.

Kelly's Rating - 6.5
My rating - 7.5

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oven-Baked Pot Roast - Recipe R&R

Last night I made Real Mom Kitchen's Oven-Baked Pot Roast.



I thought it turned out delicious. I cooked it without the vegetables at 325 degrees for one hour. Then I threw the potatoes and carrots in and cooked it for two more hours @ 300. The vegetables were cooked perfectly.

Kelly would rate this a 7. (I just about fell off the couch when he said 7. I think I might fire him!)
My rating - 9.5

Pot Roast on Foodista

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Grandma's Goulash - Recipe R&R

I haven't made this in forever. I don't know why because I like it.

What you need (excuse the sippy cups in the background) :


Half an onion
Bell pepper (I always buy green but Walmart was totally out of them today)
1 lb. ground beef
Can spaghetti
Can Ranch Style Beans

First off, kick the cat out of your way.

For some reason, he always plays with the magnetic letters on the refrigerator. He's a weirdo.

I cook everything in an electric skillet. If this is your first time joining us, then let me tell you that my stove is an antique and not in a oohh, it's an antique and it's worth of lot of money kind of way. But it's an antique like pain in my bo-bo mustard yellow Corning older than me kind of antique that takes about an hour to boil water - hence the reason why I'm using an electric skillet.

Anyway, dice up onion and bell pepper. I cut the bell pepper in large chunks because nobody in my family will eat them. Cutting them in chunks makes them easier to remove. Add the ground beef and cook until meat is cooked through.

Drain. Add Ranch Style Beans and spaghetti and cook until everything is heated through.


Now, dig in. I always make cornbread to go along with this.

I'd rate this an 8.5. When my grandmother was alive and made this, I would have rated it a 10. Why is food so much better when somebody else makes it?

So here's the recap without all my little snippets in there - makes it easier to print:

Grandma's Goulash
Half an onion
Bell pepper (I always buy green but Walmart was totally out of them today)
1 lb. ground beef
Can spaghetti
Can Ranch Style Beans

Dice up onion and bell pepper. I cut the bell pepper in large chunks because nobody in my family will eat them. Cutting them in chunks makes them easier to remove. Add the ground beef and cook until meat is cooked through.

Drain. Add Ranch Style Beans and spaghetti and cook until everything is heated through.

Welcome

I just wanted to say welcome to all the Foodie Blog Rollers. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

I thought I'd let y'all know that my Recipe R&R posts have been kind of few and far between lately because I'm 8 weeks pregnant and I've been feeling the full effects of "morning sickness." Now that that's finally subsiding, I'll be reviewing more recipes. So please stay tuned. And thanks again for visiting.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's Just Got To Be



Even though I know there's only one in there, it feels like at least five or more. I think I've already gained 10 pounds and I'm only 8 weeks pregnant! Lord, help me.

Country Pie - Recipe R&R

It's a miracle! I actually cooked supper last night! Yay! The bad news is it tasted horrible! Yay! Oh, I mean, Boo!

I made "Country Pie." I put quotes around it because I have no earthly idea why this is called country anything. I found the recipe over on Frugal Recipes. And frankly it tasted...well, it tasted frugal. There was no taste at all hardly. Everything was so dry.

I didn't even bother asking Big Daddy what he rated it because I know it would have been low.

My rating - 3

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sausage Balls & A Yummy Dip

This weekend we had a get-together for my niece's husband who has been in Iraq since August. He came home for a two-week leave and is now on his way back to Iraq until, hopefully, July.

I have been feeling so sick. I would never in a million years wish this feeling on anyone. This is the first time I've cooked anything in a long time. I've been feeling better. Yesterday was the first day I've felt good most of the day.

Everyone knows how to make sausage balls, but since I haven't posted anything in a while, I thought I'd post this.

Sausage Balls
1 lb. breakfast sausage
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 cups Bisquik
few sprinkles of garlic powder
few sprinkles of Cavender's Greek Seasoning

Combine all ingredients. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 - 15 minutes.

Next is the yummy dip I told you about. I've posted about it before, but it deserves a second post. I found it over on Southern Plate. One of Christy's readers sent it in and she won a fancy-schmancy crock pot.

Go here for the recipe.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Oh, Mandi...

Do y'all watch The Biggest Loser? I watch it to make myself feel like crap when I don't lose 10 pounds in one week.

I'm such a bawlbag lately. I cried when Mandi left last night. The only thing that was running through my mind was the old Barry Manilow song...Oh, Mandi, you came and you gave without taking and I sent you away...


I really like Mandi. I think her sister, Aubrey, is going to win the whole thing. I think that because last year, Prevention magazine hosted a challenge or whatever. At the end of that show, it showed the Prevention magazine with Michelle Aguilar (winner of season 6) on the cover and she was skinny but she was still heavy on the show. Anyway, this year on the cover of the Prevention magazine was Aubrey, and she was skinny. That's just a theory I have, but I bet I'm right. We'll see.

In other news, I am crying all the time. I stink like I don't know what. I've even gone so far as to use my husband's deoderant which is no help at all (TMI, TMI I know.). I feel like I'm going to throw up 24 hours a day. My boobs feel like they might explode at any given moment. Ahh, the joys of being pregnant.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pregnancy Update - Part Two

I just want to say a great big ol' thank you to everyone who's been praying for us. The prayers are working.

I had a sonogram today. We saw the embryo and even heard the heartbeat. Everything looks great.

Thanks again and please keep the prayers coming.

And by the way, sorry for no recipe posts. I haven't really felt much like cooking lately. Hopefully I will again real soon.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Pregnancy Update

I really don't have much to update here. I had my hormone level checked back on the 19th and the number was 885. Had it taken again on the 21st and the level was 2127. That was great news. Your hormone level is supposed to almost double every two days until I think the 12th week when it starts going back down - that's when the morning sickness and all that loveliness starts to go away.

I'm feeling really tired and very, very, very queasy. I have cramps every now and then that bothers me a little bit - that's normal I guess since the uterus is expanding. I wish this sick feeling would go away, but I guess it comes with the territory. I didn't feel this way when I was pregnant with Maddie. I just had really bad heartburn with her.

Anyway, just thought I'd keep y'all up to date.

Collinwood Deviled Chicken - Recipe R&R

I made Collinwood Deviled Chicken tonight. I got the recipe off of cdkitchen.com.


I didn't use three pounds of chicken breasts. I used a little over one pound of chicken breast tenderloins.

I loved this stuff. Kelly said it had a funky taste.

His rating - 6.5
My rating - 9

Will I ever find recipes that make both of us extremely happy? I hope so.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Nacho Pie - Recipe R&R

I made Mommy's Kitchen's Quick & Easy Nacho Pie.



I love Mommy's Kitchen. I won a $15 off coupon for a Cook's Ham back in November of last year off her blog. Thanks again, Tina.

This recipe was easy to throw together. Kelly and I both really liked it.

We'd both rate this an 8.5.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Corn Chowder - Recipe R&R

It's cold and windy here today, so I decided to make Cooking for Comfort's Corn Chowder to help us warm up.


I told Big Daddy I was going to make chowder for supper and he kind of turned his nose up and said, What the heck is chowder? I told him I thought it was a thick soup. Turns out it's any thick and chunky soup so I was pretty close.

Anyway, this turned out really good. I altered the recipe slightly. Instead of 2 cups of milk, I used a can of evaporated milk and then filled the rest of the measuring cup with milk to get to 2 cups. I also used a lot more salt than it called for. And I used a 16 oz. bag of frozen corn instead of the 10 oz.

Kelly's rating - 9
My rating - 8.5

Friday, February 27, 2009

Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese - Recipe R&R

I made All In A Desert Day's Slow Cooker Macaroni & Cheese.


I started it this afternoon, boiling the milk and flour and seasonings. The vet called and told me my dogs were ready to be picked up (after getting bathed and their shots), so I had to turn off the burner and go pick them up and then start it back boiling again after I got home.


Don't they look pretty?

Anyway, this recipe just goes to show you how one person's taste differs from another. Kelly loved this.

Kelly's rating - 9
My rating - 4

I felt like it didn't have very much flavor. Every time I make homemade mac & cheese, I always wonder why I even bothered - the box stuff always tastes better to me.

I'm going to keep looking for the perfect homemade mac & cheese though. Any ideas?