Saturday, January 31, 2009

Super Bowl Menu

Even though the Broncos aren't playing tomorrow (maybe next year) we are pretty excited about the game tomorrow. My brother in law and his girlfriend are going to come over and I am going to make some good food. What more do you need? So even though this is not a cooking blog, I thought I would post my menu (with recipes) because I do love cooking, especially for get togethers.

Hot Wings (a must have in my house)
-Season wings (I buy the large bag of assorted wings at WalMart) with salt, onion powder and garlic powder and bake for one hour at 425 degrees
-Melt butter and mix with Franks Red Hot Sauce (this is my favorite sauce for wings, you can use any sauce you like)
-Coat cooked wings with the sauce mixture
-Serve with Blue Cheese and Ranch dressings

Mini Cheese Steak Sandwiches
For this I use the SteakUmms frozen steaks. I used to laugh at the thought of eating those until I tried them.
-Since the steaks cook up pretty fast I usually saute some mushrooms and onions separately
-Cook the steaks in a pan until they are done almost to your liking
-Put the onions and mushrooms and whatever cheese you prefer on top of the cooking meat so it gets melty ( I prefer Cheese Wiz, Roy prefers Provolone)
-Place on small rolls. The rolls with the harder crusts work best

Potato skins
-Cut medium baked potatoes in half length wise
-Scoop the insides of baked potatoes out leaving 1/4" of potato for a shell and cut shells in half across
-Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees
-Sprinkle cheddar cheese in the shell. You can put skins back in the oven for a few minutes so the cheese melts.
-Sprinkle crumbled bacon and green onion slices on top and serve with sour cream.

Artichoke Dip Served In A Bread Bowl
I am trying my sister's recipe for this, because I can't find the one I used to use and she swears this one is good.
-Saute onion in a pan with a little olive oil (or butter would be good too)
A-dd 1 package of cream cheese to the onions. You may need to add a little milk to this if it gets too thick
-Add your artichoke hearts (1 can). My sister said she takes about 3/4 of the can and chops them up pretty small and rough chops the other 1/4
-Place mixture in a bread bowl and put shredded parmesan cheese on top and put it in the over until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly
-Serve with the bread pieces you took out to make the bowl and crackers

So there you go. GO PITTSBURGH. For more recipes and menu ideas go check out my Mom's kitchen blog.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Flashback Friday, Free For All

This week is a free for all theme for Flashback Friday hosted by Anne from My Tiny Kingdom ,so I went through the few pictures I do have from when I was little and decided to do a family theme. These are just some random pictures I decided on.
This is my Mom, Kaisha and I on Easter of 1980
This is my Dad and I. I think it was the summer of 1980.

Mom, Kaisha, me and Matthew June 1981

My Mom with Kelly and Matthew on my birthday 1985.

My Dad with Matthew and I in 1986.

Don't forget to check out my giveaway for the Bloggy Carnival.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival

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It is time again for the Bloggy Carnival Giveaways. Time to go look at a thousand plus items being given away from bloggers. This is my first time participating so here I go.

I am giving away to two winners one (each) checkbook and debit card holder set made by me. Of your choice (from what I have). This is open to everyone.
Here is what you have to do. It is easy, I promise. Look at the pictures and leave a comment before 12:00 pm (US mountain time) telling me which one you would like to get if you win. That's it.

I will pick two winners using You must leave your email for me so I can contact you if you win. You need to respond by 6:00 pm (US Mountain time)with your mailing info.

By the way, if you win and you decided you would like a different one than you stated in your comment, just let me know.

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Michael Miller Fire Truck

Michael Miller Floral

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Morgan's Max & Ruby Party

Even without any licensed party stuff Morgan's Max & Ruby party was a huge success. This cake is made with an edible cake topper that I got from ebay.

This personalized banner also came from ebay

Here she is twenty minutes before party time.

But when all of her friends got here she was ready to have fun. It was pretty nice outside and the kids were able to run around outside for a while.

Cassidy taught Morgan how to properly apply her makeup for such an event.

See how beautiful.

Morgan loves blowing out her birthday candles.

As promised, I made a Worm Cake. It was the talk of the party and tasted pretty good too.

(I have edited this post to include the recipe for this worm cake at the bottom of this post, I seem to get quite a few hits from google searches for the recipe)

Carter & TaTa agree.

Poor David was told he couldn't have any cake.

TaTa and Matthew helped Morgan open her presents. She was very excited about the scrapbook Marly made her.

Hannah & Cassidy tried to teach Morgan how to play Candy Land but (according to their Mom) they are too bossy to teach a three year old.

Carter decided that the huge bear from Great Grandma Ruth was a great resting place.

Then he decided to hang out with this guy.

And then it was time to say goodbye.

Worm Cake Recipe

3 round chocolate cakes

2 boxes of chocolate pudding (that is what I used, frosting might work too but I didn't think it would give the mud look I wanted)

Gummy Worms

Red Dots

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crumbs (I couldn't find the regular size crackers so I used Teddy Grahams and crushed them in the food processor)

Layer the cakes with pudding in between the layers.

"Ice" the cakes all over with the remaining pudding.

Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on top and put the worms in so they look like they are crawling out, make sure you put some coming out of the sides. Put the dots on top of the cake.

I would not recommend assembling this cake the night before because the pudding soaks in to the cake and makes it come apart a little.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Flashback Friday. This Makes Me Giggle.

It's time again for Flashback Friday hosted by Anne Glamore of My Tiny Kingdom. This weeks theme is This Makes Me Giggle.

When a two year old dresses herself in July it is a must to have mismatched mittens with American flag flip flops on the wrong feet and a Curious George snow hat.

This picture makes me laugh because of how hard she is laughing. This also was her first tattoo (temporary).

Morgan always put her bink in her mouth this way.

She also thought she was a puppy.

That is her "Uh-Oh, Please don't see what I am doing" face. She still makes it.

When we went shopping for Krystal's baby shower Morgan insisted I get her a party hat. She didn't like the elastic band around her chin so she put it on Carter instead.

Helmets. I think Morgan got the idea from Wow Wow Wubbzy.

Little did I know this would become Carter's favorite place to hang out. No big deal, until he tried to get out and kept banging his head on the table. That of course was when he actually cared about hitting his head. It doesn't bother him anymore.

I love this picture. I have one of Matthew holding Morgan wearing his hat too. Rumor is there is one of David too.

Carter. The Ferocious King Of Beasts.
For more pictures of Morgan that make me giggle check this post out. I have a lot of Carter too but you will have to wait until his birthday post (March 10th) for those.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Our Night At Chuck E Cheese. In Pictures.

We had such a fun time at C.E.C. Marly, Jay & Andrea all came with us. Morgan had so much fun that the first thing she said this morning was "Can we co to Chuck E Cheese today?". Here are the pictures.

Grandma came over and brought Morgan a Care Bears balloon and some new books.

This ride was Morgan's favorite. She rode it about 20 times.

Thank you Marly for the cool light up cups!!

Carter wasn't too sure what to think of this ride. Somebody took his shoes off and by the end of this ride his other sock was off too.

We ended up with 700 tickets. With 700 tickets you can get a stuffed basketball, a stuffed football, a plastic thing that the top pops off of when squeezed, a slinky, two bracelets and an airhead candy.

This ride was a big hit too.

Carter liked it too.

I don't think Andrea knows about this blog, but if I suddenly stop writing, I am wrong and she killed me for putting this picture on here!!

Morgan actually fell asleep holding her balloon. It was "a tiny bit cold" so she put the string under her Yo Ho Ho (HOHOHO) blankie with her.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today You Are 3

Happy Birthday Morgan.
I hope you stay as fun, funny, caring and curious forever as you are today!!
I love you and love being your Mom!!