Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
My Santa that I have (sitting on a chair) is getting ready to go on my front door. Hopefully the wind will be nice this month so I can hang it and it wont blow off.. (Dang Spanish Fork wind!)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
So I have been trying to make dinner every night (not just pb&j or ramen noodles!).. And try new things. I blog stock this blog called Kevin & Amanda, She has posted some recipes that I SOOOO want to try! Well tonight, I did one.. Mine did not turn out as BEAUTIFUL as hers, but it was sure tasty... AND all the kids (Harley, Oakley and Erika) scarfed it down! *I did not take pictures of mine, because I was to busy making dinner and chasing around an 8 month old.. so I borrowed this from the blog I got it at!*
This delicious, incredibly cheesy dish is another one of our favorite weeknight dinners. It’s beefy, hearty and whips up in less than 20 minutes. Hope you love this one as much as we do!
Start with one pound of lean hamburger meat, browned and drained.
Add a package of taco seasoning.
And one can of this. The good stuff.
You don’t even have to bother to drain it!
Gosh, I really like Rotel.
Add two cups of beef broth.
(You can also just use water if you want.)
And one cup of elbow macaroni. You’ll be glad you did.
By the way, I’ve tried other shapes of pasta in this recipe, and none of them seem to work as well as good old macaroni. Gotta love it.
Stir to combine, and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 12-14 minutes until the macaroni is tender.
Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add 2 tablespoons of flour.
Whisk to combine, and continue to cook, whisking until the roux is fragrant and light brown in color, about 5 minutes.
Whisk in 3/4 cup of milk.
And bring the sauce to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
Whisk until melted. Heaven help me.
Now one last step for the sauce, this stuff needs some seasoning! Add 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper. I love this seasoned salt and pepper.
Here’s what your hamburger and noodles should look like after 12-14 minutes. Don’t worry if there’s still some beef broth in there. You may want to taste test a noodle for doneness at this point.
If you like it, go ahead and pour in the cheese sauce and stir gently to combine.
Glorious! Beef. Cheese. Rotel. Taco seasoning. Does it get any better than this? Enjoy!
1 lb lean hamburger meat
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies (or petite diced tomatoes)
2 cups beef broth (or water)
1 cup elbow macaroni
Brown and drain hamburger meat. Stir in taco seasoning, Rotel, beef broth, and macaroni. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer 12-14 mins until macaroni is tender.
Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce….
2 Tablespoons butter
2 tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking for 5 minutes until fragrant and light brown in color. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce. Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently to combine.
***PS... I like the pictures! It helped me be able to see what MINE was supposed to look like! ***
Monday, August 29, 2011
I have to laugh.. sorry if you are one of these parents... There was a couple parents (okay really one while I was there..) that was crying because her BABY was going to school.. Me? I couldn't be happier! Oak's school is during B's naptime, so that means ME time.. (on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays!) Well I was helping Oakley get his bag in the right place today, we put the bag on the hook and he said..."Okay mom... You can go now.. bye..." Wow, Mr. Independent! Glad that he is ready to go to school and actually liking it!
Harley is another story! She has loved school since Pre-school.. and has always been excited to go.. This year, not as much. She has fun, but she says that it is boring.. I am thinking that she will grow out of the boring school stage, and it is just because she is new to the school, and only has a couple friends (luckily a couple of those couple are in her class!) Well, Ill be done with my NOVEL and let you check out pictures.. For those couple of you that actually read my blog!
I am not big on making breakfast for my kids before school because we are always in a hurry to get ready and off to work and daycare, that they get cold cereal... BUT since my day off is Mondays, I thought that I would make them Crepes!
Brighton was even happy about it!
Harleys First day of School..
(didn't you know we lived in WINDY city USA!)Sitting in her class
Oakley and Erika's first day of Kindergarten
These two are best friends, and are not even in the same class, OR time...
Lexi wanted to get in the picture with them!
Oakley in front of his Classroom! He was so excited!
Oakley and Berklie