Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Road Trip Snacks

  This weekend we will be going on an about 8 hour road trip to Atlanta, Georgia. We don't want to make many stops especially for food. I went to the ever helpful Pinterest and searched "road trip snacks" and there are a lot of different pins with ideas.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Married Monday- Communication?

This week was going to be about communication. I'll be honest though I have no right to write about it to try and give advice or tips on it, I think I suck at it. Nothing comes out right, the way it was meant in my head.

Update and Weekend Recap

   Hey guys I wanted to write today a little about what has been up the last couple weeks around here. Not a ton but some fun things to share.

   The biggest new thing is I have started subbing. I had been waiting since July for all of my background checks to clear, well really in August all but one was done and it took this long to get it figured out thanks to the school district. Anyways I got to start last Friday.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Swap

   To celebrate fall I decided to sign up for my very first blog swap. This could mean a few different things depending on the hosts, this one involved getting a partner, sending a few emails to get to know them, and stalking their blogs for things they like, and was centered around fall.                        

Fall Swap

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stuffed Shells

If you haven’t noticed I love pasta. I mean it’s not like oh yes I like to eat pasta from time to time, NO I would eat it every day if carbs weren’t so bad for you. I LOVE PASTA! Ok now that that’s cleared up, I also enjoy quick easy clean dinners. Well pair these two up and you get these stuffed shells.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Married Monday: Pinterest Finds and a Challenge

Weekend Recap Dog Park

   Hey everyone hope you had a great weekend! We did, and so did the fur baby.  We took her to a dog park, pets smart, and we looked at a new fish store. 

If you've been with me since we got her
here is an update of how big she's gotten

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chicken Marsala

   Hey all this is my favorite meal, I have a few favorites really but this would probably be at the top. Now before very recently I had to go to Olive Garden to satisfy my need for it but now, now I can make it on my own and it’s almost just as good. Only almost because I don’t have the minestrone and bread sticks to go with it. 

   The first time I had this outside of a restaurant was when Hubby and I were dating and he made it for my birthday. It was delicious! We’ve only had it a few times and usually I have him make it but this time I gave it a try and realized it’s a very simple recipe.  So let’s get to it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Char Siu (Red Pork)

   At our house we love Chinese food, and as good as it is at a restaurant we love to make it ourselves. Now I probably should say I include any type of Asian, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese foods when I say Chinese. Whatever you want to call it we love eating and cooking it.  A couple weeks ago I found this giant cookbook, Gourmet, which was on sale for only $10, so of course I got it. I have found some really great recipes to try including this one for Char Siu. I have made it before but have misplaced the recipe and this one was a little different then I remembered so I gave it a try.

Char Siu Pork (Red Pork)

1 pound of pork butt or shoulder or tenderloin
¼ cup hoisin
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 ½ tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
½ tsp salt
1 tsp red food coloring ( optional, I just like the color it gives)

Cut a pork tenderloin into strips, about an inch wide. Mine looked like this.

Take the pork slices, soy sauce, hoisin, ginger, garlic, rice wine, honey, and food coloring (optional) together in a bag and marinate for at least 4 hours. The recipe calls for hoisin sauce I only had a hoisin garlic marinade that worked just as well and it was nice to have because I was a little low on garlic clove.

Put a rack in the lower third of the oven. Fill a cake pan or roasting pan if you have it with about an inch of water, place a wire rack across the top of the pan. I used a cooling rack. 
Take the pork from the marinade and place the strips on to the rack as close to an inch apart as you can fit them.  KEEP the marinade. Roast at 375°F for 15 minutes.

In the mean time bring the marinade to a boiling a sauce pan, remove from heat.

Brush the marinade onto over the pork flip and brush the other side and roast 10 more minutes. 

Basting once

When it’s done baste again the same way as before, and cook again for 20 minutes  basting 2 or 3 more times. Increase temp to 400 and roast until caramelized on edges.

After they came out, see how they
got darker on the sides 

I cut my meat smaller  and thought that was too much cooking time I did about 30 minutes total. Just check  the temp of the meat, it needs to be about 155 -160.

Let the meat sit for 10 minutes after you take them out to rest.

While they rested, we made the

Served over rice and with potstickers from the freezer aisle they are the best. I would suggest not using all your sauce to coat the meat that way you have some to put over the rice. 

Yummy Yummy 

This turned out surprisingly well for my first time with the recipe it was so good. I wished I had made more to eat the rest of the week.  Do you usually go out for Chinese or do you make your own? Whats your favorite kind?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekend Recap

This is a tad late sorry! I have been busy dealing the dog, writing, house work and working on other stuff. Last weekend was great we realxed hung out and had a weekend full of great food!

Friday was the night I baked my first chicken. Now this is a surprising realization to me because I have cooked and baked and done very many surprising things with a lot of different foods, including de boning and skinning a chicken , grinding it up and then mashing it together and boiling it, but never baked a whole chicken.  My mom always did that and she is great at it so I asked her what I needed to do, its surprisingly easy and it turned out great! We hung out watched some TV and just enjoyed each other.

Saturday we went to Little Rock to get some shopping done, really I just wanted to try and spend my gift cards. We ended up just getting a dish drying rack that we really needed, so it satisfied my need to buy something...for now ;). That evening I made Char Sui pork with rice and dumplings. Recipe on Wednesday! It was soooooo stinking good I was impressed.

Sunday it was a cold rainy day and a perfect day to make Chicken and Dumplings made with left over chicken and the bones from the chicken I baked Friday, you can make a ton of stuff from one chicken! As I was making the stock I was just about ready for a nap and my calendar alarm went off saying I had CPR training in 30 minutes. Its a good thing it did that because I had completely forgotten about it. I spent 4 hours learning how to save adults and children if their heart stops or they are choking. Now technically I can do it I know the steps, would you want me to be the one to save you well if I'm the only one around that has training yes other wise I'd be glad to assist whoever else could do it, cuz I would be freaking out.

And that about sums up our weekend we don't do a ton and we get to enjoy eachother, and we get to eat lots of yummy yummy foods.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Married Monday: Fall Bucket List


   I’ve talked about how dating your husband is important in your marriage in this post. Well, since it is fall I have decided to make our dates more fall focused.  It is a little bit into fall, but it just now has started to cool down here and stay that way. I made a list of things that we as a couple could do together to enjoy the season and get out of the house with each other.  Some of these would be based on the area you live if it’s possible to do.  I am saying that Thanksgiving is the end of fall and when I aim to have these all done.  I will do a post at the end with a recap from each one and share the fun we have.

Let’s make a commitment to spend this fall loving on our spouse and hanging out doing fun things.
Share your plans or commitment in the comments and lets do this together. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tutorial: How to Dry Acorns

   I was on Pinterest looking at fall decorations and found many pins that used acorns. I tried to figure out where to get acorns, yes outside did not occur to me at first. I looked online and at craft stores and they cost quite a bit for how few you get. Then I realized you can get them on the ground for free. My mother in law was great enough to share some of the ones she had gotten for me to work with.
Now that I had my acorns I had to figure out how to make them last forever, well longer than one season. There were only a couple tutorials out here on the blog world and they said different things. So I did what I do best and combined them with what I thought made sense.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

   Last night I made carnitas, and they turned out fantastic. I didn’t have an exact recipe, but my great father in law told me what he remembered from when he made them and I went from there. This is an easy crock pot recipe that doesn’t take much effort.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Being a Proverbs 31 Wife Part 2

Welcome back to the Being a Proverbs 31 Wife series part 2. This week I am doing the same as last week and breaking down the Proverbs by section and explaining it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Decorating

   Happy Friday its fall! I have been waiting and waiting to get my decorations up until it cooled down a little bit. Finally this week I couldn’t hold it in any more. I got my kitchen table done and after tomorrow I will have my front porch done.

   I went to Walmart and got a small pack of leaves, a little bag of pine cones and pumpkins, and another bag of pine cones with little gourds.  I also found this adorable glass pumpkin that was only $3! I also grabbed a couple electric votives to add a little ambiance to the table. 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pork and Creamy Rice

Last night I made a dish that I have eaten most of my life and love, Hubby had never had it and is not a fan of a couple of the ingredients. I was convinced though that he would enjoy it so I made it anyway.  To me this just says comfort its simple and yummy, what can be better then pork chops and creamy rice.