Archive | October, 2008

Family Photos!

29 Oct

For our Anniversary (I know, waaay back in July), we decided to do the “traditional” gifts.  So, year 1 was paper.  John was very creative and showed me that he HAD been listening to me all year.  I had been hounding casually mentioning to him that I wanted to get family pictures taken together.  So, he surprised me with a gift card to get them done!  We got them done a month ago and her are some of my favorite pictures! 

Okay, I want to get one of these framed to go over the mantle, but I’m having a hard time deciding which one.  So, let me know in a comment which one should be framed. (I also added a poll to vote on.)

 

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Here are just some fun ones.

John and Zerbie

Me and Zerbie (the pink boa was John’s idea)

Silly Hands Picture

Zerbie was very interested in the Studio’s kitten.  The photographers thought it would be so cute to see the size difference up close.

Zerbie!

28 Oct

I haven’t posted about Zerbie in quite sometime, so I thought I’d dedicate this post to her. 🙂  She really is such a funny dog.  Alot of her mannerisms are almost “human”.  Such as:

Her like of “pillows”

Even laundry will double as a pillow for her.

Her need to be loved and the center of attention.

Always wanting to know what’s going on around her. (Yea, we don’t have this couch anymore, we recently upgrade to the 2 recliners in the above picture.)

Looking out the window for visitors.

John and his “baby” 🙂

Happy Husband

27 Oct

“If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Tends to be the popular saying… but I think it also works for the men in our lives too.  When John is really happy (which he is most times), it just makes everything go better. 

Here is the most recent explanation for his happiness.

Yes, his beloved Xbox 360 is working once again.  It broke sometime in the early Spring (again… for like the 3rd time), we called and they said it would be $150 to fix it! Cra-zy!!  So, we just let it gather dust in the back room.  A few weeks ago, John really started wanting to play his NCAA Football (as if we don’t have enough football at our house right now… lol), so we called and they said they’d fix it for FREE!  Yippee!

Me, being the good wife I am 🙂 , surprised John with the NEW NCAA Football 2009 when his Xbox came back.

I’m still here!

21 Oct

In case you are thinking I have fallen off the face of the Earth, I really haven’t.  My allergies have been really really bad this year and I found out yesterday that it has developed into a severe sinus infection… so I probably won’t be cooking for a few days.  I’ll be back soon though…. promise!

Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa: CEiMB #1

16 Oct

So, you may be wondering, what exactly CEiMB is…. Did Nina loose her mind and is talking jibberish you may ask yourself… The answer is no!  CEiMB – Craving Ellie in My Bellie is a new weekly bloggy even for creating healthy dishes from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave cookbook.  I saw CB participate in the first week last week, and I immediatly knew I wanted to join.  So, I ordered the cookbook on Monday, and it arrived last night… just in the nick of time!

 Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa
1 TB Chili powder
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t salt
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
1 1/4 pounds of Top Sirloin steaks
12 6-inch-diameter Corn tortillas
3 cups shredded red cabbage (I cheated, and just got coleslaw mix. It’s basically all cabbage, but cheaper than head cabbage.)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges
Cucumber Avocado Salsa (recipe follows)

In a small bowl stir together chili powder, garlic, cinnamon, salt and cayenne pepper. Rub spice mixture on both sides of steaks.

Grill or broil steaks for 5 to 6 minutes on each side for medium rare, turning once. Remove from grill and let meat sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Carve into thin slices.

Warm tortillas by placing them on the grill, for about 30 seconds, turning once. Or place 6 tortillas at a time between 2 moist paper towels and microwave for 45 seconds. Wrap in cloth napkin or place in a tortilla warmer to keep warm. Place the carved steak, warm tortillas, cabbage, cilantro, lime and Avocado Lime Salsa in serving dishes and let diners make their own tacos at the table.

 

Avocado Lime Salsa:
1 large cucumber peeled, seeded and cut into chunks (about 2 cups)
2 avocados, cut into chunks
1/2 red onion, diced (I’m not a huge fan of raw onion, so I only used probably 1/4 cup, then John added more to the portions he ate)
2 limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
Salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped and seeded, plus more to taste (I omitted these)

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss gently to combine.
Serve within an hour of preparing.

The tacos were wonderful!  It was a very good change from the beef fajitas we normally make when we want steak and tacos.  John loved them also!  I was unsure what he would like about the cabbage and salsa, so I told him he had to make the tacos as directed (in the recipe) at least once.  So, we did….. for all 3 tacos!  As he was eating and throughout the night he kept saying, “Wow. these are really good.  These or really really good.” I think it was a success!!

A couple of changes we talked about were adding a bunch more seasoning to the steaks, once they were cooked, you couldn’t taste many of the flavors.  That could be my fault though, I was a little shy, since I don’t like spicy food, I didn’t want them to be too hot. 

You may have noticed a few extra pieces of meat on the grill, we figured we might as well cook some other stuff to have in the fridge for lunches since we had the grill “light up” (I don’t really know what the correct terminology for that would be…. “turned on” sounds funny, since it’s a charcol grill and doesn’t have an on button….. hmmm, readers?).  So we cooked 2 pork tenderloins… my favorite!  One is cooked ina  spice rub and the other with barbeque sauce.

Make sure to check out the other CEiMB member’s delicious tacos too.

Often when we grill, John will grill some meat scaps for Zerbie.  He’ll hide them in her food dish so hopefully she’ll eat some of her dog food too.  It’s a pretty funny picture when she’s finished.

The food goes everywhere as she looks for any remaining scraps of meat.

But luckily when she does this, she comes back an hour later and eats all the food that she spills, so I don’t worry about.  One day when I have kids crawling around, I may think twice about it… but for now, whatever makes her happy. 🙂

More Fall Decorating…

14 Oct

Hopefully y’all aren’t tired of hearing about my decorating yet.  You see, our family’s THANKSGIVING DINNER is going to be at MY HOUSE this year.  I know!  I think this makes me an official grown-up now.  I’m pulling out all the whistles to try and make it great, which includes endless fall decorating.  I have these hopes that it’ll look like it came out of a magazine when I finish, but I highy doubt it’ll look that good. 

So, after going to the pumpkin patch I decided to put the pumpkins up in the corner shelves in my dining room.  I love these two shelves, they look great decorated for any season.

Here is my dining room:

Here’s a close up of the two corner cabinets.  I wish I have a few more pumpkins… maybe I can talk John into going back to the pumpkin patch…. hee hee

After seeing my small dining room, you may be wondering where I am going to put the 11-15 people expected?  Well, my table fits 8 people, then I’m planning on setting up a long “card table” infront of the table…. We’ll see how it all turns out!!

While looking at some blogs last week, I saw Kelli’s idea for the cutest little acorns.  I knew I had to make some for my house too.  After much searching, I finally found some huge acorns! 

Now, this is not a “quick and easy” project.  But it was a blast.  The instructions are on her site.  The only other tip I have is to either “bake” the acorns for an hour at 200 degrees, or freeze them for 48 hours to kill all the worms.  gross!

Oh yea, you might want to warn anyone who doesn’t want glitter on them, to leave the house for a few days, both my hubby and Zerbie have glitter coverings. hee hee.

Zebra Cake!

13 Oct

I made this cake a little more than a month ago, but somehow it didn’t get posted (like evrything else that happened around then also)… This is a cake I made for one of our Student Workers at work, Champayne.  Champayne requested a pink zebra cake, and this is what I cam up with.  I hope you guys like it!