Saturday, June 21, 2014

I'm Still Here!!

Have some of you noticed that I haven't been posting much lately? I am still here, just really busy with wedding stuff. Our wedding date is October 11th this year and it seems to be fast approaching! I am a hands on type of gal so I have been making a lot of important things myself. Like my flowers for the bouquets. I had the hardest time finding the color and style of rose I wanted so I decided to make ribbon roses. Have you ever tried these? I love the finished rose, but they are more time consuming than I had anticipated. If you have ever made a project with ribbon roses, please share!! I am really curious to see what can be done with these.

For those of you that are interested, here are a few photos of what I have been exerting my time to.
Can't wait to see the finished bouquets! 

My bridesmaid boxes. 

Happy first day of summer! After our brutal winter, I am loving the sun and all its glory :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Easy Guacamole ChaCha Style

I came across a good deal on avocados this week so I decided to make my own guacamole. I don't know about you, but I really do not enjoy paying $1.80 or more extra for a small dollop on guacamole on the side. Think it is too difficult to make? It is actually really simple and versatile!
Tips on finding an avocado that is ready to eat:  Select ones that are not too mushy or too firm. If you have a firm avocado, place it in a paper bag and let it set on your window sill or counter for a day or two. Also, if the stem is still attached, pick it off. Underneath should be a yellowish flesh. If it is brown it is too ripe.

What you'll need:
Avocados- peeled and diced
Garlic to taste - fresh minced or powder
Red or Spanish onion - finely chopped
Jalapeno - seeded and finely chopped
Salt/Pepper to taste

Optional Add Ins:
Chipotle Chili powder or Cayenne pepper
Cilantro - chopped
Roma Tomatoes- diced

 I mixed 2 avocados, 1 diced jalapeno, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 cup onion, juice of 1/2 lime, 2 shakes of Chipotle chili powder, and salt/pepper to taste. We are not big cilantro fans so I opted to leave it out. You can omit the chili powder if you don't want the extra heat, but I really enjoy the smokiness it adds. 
 Mash it to the consistency desired. I enjoy a chunk of avocado here and there. 
Enjoy! This is so great with chips alone but you can add to so many things. Tacos, burritos, eggs, and one of our favorites- jalapeno guacamole burgers.

I would love to know what ways you enjoy guacamole, please leave a comment below.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snowed In: First Winter Storm 2014

I live in Northwest Ohio and love the four seasons. But winter is getting to be one of my least favorites as I get older. I try to remember and remind myself how much I loved snow and staying home as a kid, so I made the best of it with my kids during our 3 day shut in with the kiddos.
We made a snowman. (This is a must when the snow packs just right). We put my older son's Navy hat on as a tribute to him overseas. At the beginning of the storm, the temperature stayed around 32 degrees so it was not bitter cold. Yet. 
Then we made a small sled hill with the snow from the drive. Trying to get my daughter in the house after this was nearly impossible! But she loved it. 
As an incentive to go into the house, we ate homemade pizzas.
.... And watched it snow more.
And more.... into the night. 

I believe we ended up with close to 12 or more inches. Day 2 and 3 were not as fun with the wind chills reaching around -35-40 below zero!!! After being bound to our house from Sunday to Wednesday (because of the order to stay off the roads by authorities) we had just a touch of  "cabin fever". Roads are still a bit troublesome, but not impassable. Work for some resumed. As for me and the kids, they had another no school day and I chose to stay home with them. I am happy to say my kitchen got some much needed organization and I depleted some of my freezer stock. We did not fight crowds for bread, eggs, milk, etc., I am usually well stocked all the time. It was reported that all the stores had ran out of potatoes, produce, meat, milk, and bread on Saturday prior! 

Did any of you experience the "Polar Vortex" as they called it? What do you do on snow days?