Flashback Friday

Let’s go all the way back to….yesterday! I missed National Margarita Day!!!! Since, it’s now Friday bitches, let’s drink up on some Margarita’s now, likely won’t be on any specials today, so make them in batches in the comfort of your home, and no DD needed, cheers!!

photo credit https://thecookful.com/

For the classic Margarita

Ingredients:
  1. kosher salt (for the rim of glass only)
  2. ice cubes.
  3. 2 oz. tequila
  4. 1 and 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice.
  5. 1/2 oz. simple syrup *directions below*
  6. 1/2 oz. Triple Sec.

Simple Syrup:

Pour equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan. Heat the ingredients until dissolved. Once the simple syrup is cool, Keep it cold.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients plus ice into a cocktail shaker, shake for 10-15 seconds, pour into martini glass that is rimmed with salt and add lime wedge.

Check out my post Cocktail hour for other delish recipes

Cocktail Hour 🍸

 

 

Queen of Procrastination

Just like every other busy momma, I am the true definition of procrastination. My intentions were doing separate updates on some of my previous posts, going way back from October. Well, that’s not going to happen, lol, instead here’s one quick update.

1. That damn pom pom rug, nope, still not finished. I did manage to bring into the house in hopes to start it again, well I may be starting back to step one since Kaila has managed to find and play with them….I really need to find a better hiding spot, but it seriously looks like it’ll be done by the time she goes to college in 14 years lol.

2. Fundraising for Jarron’s gaming and technology academy this summer. I am happy to say that I have kept up on the fundraising, we’ve held 3 cookie sales (about 60 dozen sold altogether), and currently working on the last fundraiser, which will the Spaghetti dinner…that was a big hit in the past.

3. Kaila’s laser treatments for her skin graft scars…she has not had anymore treatments, we go back to the burn clinic in 2 months, but I honestly think she will not require anymore…Funny thing is, when her doctor was telling about these treatments and how many she will need, he said, “I never had a child who needed only one treatment”. I replied watch Kaila be his first, and she actually may be the first patient. The reasoning for this is, the laser treatments are simply not beneficial to her, we will wait to see how it looks once she becomes older and the skin stretches out.

4.  The real on POCS…well unfortunately, things were going too well for me for about 4 years, and I believe when I was writing the post, I was recognizing my old symptoms and pains. I said before POCS can not be cured, but manageable, but ultrasounds and labs have detected that I’m no longer managing it, biopsies are being scheduled, then hysterectomy (uncertain partial or full, but with my luck it will full) will be done. These dates are still unknown, waiting on insurance approvals.

5. Frugal Friday and March is fast approaching, that means it’s time to go hit all those clearance sales for next season, hell if you live in Michigan like me, you can use some extra sweatshirts and boots now, we know Winter isn’t fully over until end of April lol.

I believe that’s about all that needed updated for now, my New Year’s resolution was to prioritize my time and projects better, this may be my first step into doing so…better late than never, stay tune for much much more…….

My Bloody Valentine

Now that I got your attention, Happy Valentine’s Day, a few know that today is my husband’s 40th birthday…and no I didn’t go kill him on his birthday, lol….I purposely saved these recipes for this day, and a special thank you to his sister for giving up Grandma’s recipe so I can make this for him, but first the bloody part….Bloody Mary’s, one of our favorite drinks!


Bloody Mary’s:
4 oz V8 juice (can use spicy) *regular tomato juice will do*
1.5oz Vodka (I like Skye)
2 splashes tabasco (more or less depends on your taste)
Fill cup with ice, add vodka, then add V8, top with tabasco
*When I make mine, I put dash of pickle juice and green olive juice in it, I must have a pickle spear and some green olives in it. **Now this is the way we prefer ours, some people add Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce but we prefer to omit those ingredients

Fish Taco’s:
1 lb Grouper (any white fish will do, since we don’t have Grouper in Michigan!)
1 cup of panko bread crumbs (I mixed panko with Italian breadcrumbs)
Egg whites (mixed with lime juice) * I used 4 eggs whites and 1 tbsp fresh lime juice*
1/2c olive oil
Cut fish into cubes (chunks, tenders, however you like), coat in egg white mix, then coat in breadcrumbs, cook in heated olive oil until golden brown all sides and cooked through.
Pico De Gallo:
4 ripe roma tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small white or purple onion, finely chopped
1/4 c cilantro leaf, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
*Combine all ingredients, cover and chill for at least 1 hour
Sour cream sauce:
16oz sour cream
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1/2c mayo
*combine all ingredients, chill for 1 hour before serving*
Toppings:
Shredded cabbage, tomatoes, black olives, pico de gallo, shredded cheddar, sour cream sauce…whatever you like inside of a flour/corn tortilla shell.

Cocktail Hour 🍸

Let’s change up my normal food recipes and put a little spirits up in here! Weekly I’m going to make a post with great drink recipes, in all honesty, what momma doesn’t need a drink or two every now and then,  so cheers 🍻

My very post drink recipe will be for my sister in law, Jody Lou, who is sitting up in the ICU again for her asthma, wishing she had one of these right about now, and yes, she’s likely going to kill me for calling her Jody Lou lol…

Strawberry Margarita:

6 oz of Tequila

2 oz Triple Sec

8 oz frozen strawberries in syrup

4 oz frozen limeade concentrate

ICE

Directions:

Fill blender with ice and crush, add tequila and triple sec, then add strawberries and limeade, blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Serve in margarita glasses with rimmed dipped in sugar.

This one is for my little sister who’s birthday is coming up this week, so Happy birthday Cindy Lou who (She’s gonna kill me too lol)

Fierced Apple Crown

 

1.5 oz Apple Crown whiskey

4oz Green Apple Gatorade

Fill cup with ice, add Apple Crown then Apple Gatorade

**I love apple crown, but i serve it with Ginger ale or 7 up**

 

What’s your favorite go to beverage, leave it in replies and I’ll give it a try… unless it’s beer, straight liquor or champaign…. I honestly can’t drink those lol… till next time, drink up 🥂

 

February Birthday Shout Outs🎂

 

I’m pretty sure every family has a month that is full of birthdays, February is our families month, so I would like to take the time out to wish every single one of them a very Happy Birthday 💖

Feb 4th: Happy birthday to my youngest son Jarron, he turned 14. We’ve known from day one that you were something special, we knew you were going to reach for the stars and beyond, we are so proud of the young man you’ve become.

Feb 6th: Happy birthday to my dearest sister in law, Jennie, our Christmas miracle, we are very blessed that you have overcome so many obstacles and are here with us to celebrate your special day. We love you Aunt Jennie

Feb 14th: Happy birthday to my husband, my best friend, my very own Valentine, turns the big 40 this year. I love you with all my heart and I’m very proud to call you my hubby 💖

Feb 15th: Happy birthday to my little sister, my best friend, Cindy, the chick who doesn’t let anything stand in her way and always lands on her two feet, keep being you boo!

Feb 16th: Happy birthday to our dearest nephew, Peyton, you are becoming an extraordinary young man, we are all so glad that you and your mom have become an honorary Jones. We love you!

 

 

JAN 24th: Although I didn’t make this post in January when it was my father’s birthday, after all these years, that day is the one of the hardest for me since you’re no longer here to celebrate with us. Love you and miss you buddy 💜🖤

Who’s ready for the Superbowl?

Who’s ready for some football……recipes and money saving tips (yes, I did combine my two favorite type of posts) 😊

Here’s some quick budget friendly recipe that works for any crowd.

Instead of going out to your fav little restaurant or bar and spending $1 on ONE chicken wing, go to the grocery store and pick up a bag of chicken drummettes (little drumsticks) and make yourself.

photo credit: GeniusKitchen.com

Easy Chicken Wings:

Oven Baked

1 bag of chicken (thawed and dried well with paper towels)

2/3 cups of flour

2 Tbsp Paprika

2 tsp each of garlic salt & black pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

6 Tbsp butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Combine all dry ingredients in a plastic bag & shake to mix

Add chicken wings

Line large baking sheet with foil and melt butter on it.

Add wings to pan and turn to coat

Bake for 30 min, Turn wings over, bake additional 15 minutes or until crispy and done.

 

**This recipe can be used to fry the wings as well, omit the butter**

Serve or toss with your favorite wing sauce!!!

photo credit: myrecipes

Spinach Artichoke dip:

1 10oz frozen chopped spinach (thawed, drained, and squeezed dry)

1 14oz can of Artichoke hearts (drained, and chopped)

1/4c Mayo

1 pack of cream cheese (softened)

1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Mix mayo and cream cheese together until smooth, add remaining ingredients.

Cover and bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 min. uncover and bake additional 5 min.

 

photo credit: tubbys.com

Instead of ordering a party sub for your football party, set out a deli meat and cheese tray. Let your guests make their own sandwiches.

Depending on the number of guests, but for a party of 10-15

2 lbs sliced turkey

1 ½ lbs sliced ham

1 lb each of swiss and American cheese

1 large onion sliced

2 tomatoes sliced

1 bag of shredded lettuce

3-4 loafs of bread (white, wheat, rye,etc)

Then set out the typical condiments (Mayo,mustard,pickles,miracle whip)

 

photo credit: sugarapron.com

Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 package softened cream cheese

1 cup cooked chicken breast (canned works or shredded rotisserie chicken)

½ c Buffalo wing sauce

½ cup ranch

2 cups shredded Colby- Monterey jack cheese

Directions:

Mix cream cheese, ranch, and buffalo sauce well together

Fold in chicken

Pour mixture in baking dish (pie plate)

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.

Add Cheese and bake additional 10-15 min.

Serve with Bread sticks, celery sticks, fritos or tortilla chips

Now here’s the ultimate savings tip, saves you plenty of time in the kitchen….Invite yourself to a friends house who is also watching the game…stop at the store and pick up a 6 pack so you’re not going there empty handed.  😊

I hope everyone enjoys their night, remember to drink responsible, and DON’T Drink and Drive!!!

Walking Tacos!!

Walking Tacos

Who doesn’t love the easy convenient food at the little league concession stand, or sporting events, but with it being a little too cold out and no baseball going on, I found 2 easy and great recipes to make my own at home. What is a walking taco? It’s a small bag of corn chips topped with taco meat (or chili), cheese, jalapenos, it’s basically heaven in a bag!! I never can enjoy the full experience of the mini meal because they all use regular hamburger meat, since I made myself, I used ground turkey…

 

Walking taco with Chili sauce:

1 lb ground hamburger (turkey)

1 10oz can of tomatoes with green chilies

1 15oz can of Ranch style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)

1 packet of Chili seasoning

Directions: brown meat (drain), mix all ingredients together and cook on low for about 10 minutes

 

 

Walking taco with taco meat:

 1 lb  ground hamburger (or turkey)

1 envelope of taco seasoning

Directions:

Brown meat and drain, add packet of taco seasoning (adding little water at a time until desired consistency), simmer 5 minutes.

 

For both recipes you’ll need:

1 oz bags of corn chips (frito’s)

Shredded Mexican cheddar cheese (or liquid Nacho cheese)

Top with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, Picante sauce (salsa), or any other favorite topping you desire.

 

**Instead of little bags of corn chips, you can buy bigger size and layer it in a bowl instead of bag, Doritos can be used as well**

Three months into blogging!

I’m officially in my third month of blogging, and I still don’t know sh**(HAHA)! I started this journey to get rid of my boredom blues, little did I know it was actually going to take over my life, only kidding…only 80% of it. I’m loving every minute of it, I am meeting so many different people around the world, who knew a simple little blog could turn into all of this. No, I am no longer bored, and with my life I have no clue how I was bored to begin with, but guess I just needed that something extra to do. I’m still tackling all the little tech things that go into blogging, spent many hours watching YouTube learning how to install certain plug ins, still can’t figure out the SEO thing-a-majig, then I seen another post about LSI keywords (wtf are those!), all in due time I’ll have it mastered 🙂

I’ve been ask by many where do I find the time to do all of this, as most now I am extremely busy mom of 4 and two grandchildren (again,how was I bored to begin with, right?), but I have always been good with multitasking (kinda learn fast when there’s so many kids lol). I’ll give a little example of my day, I never wake up on my own, normally the dog or daughter wakes me up (hopefully not one of the older kids that missed the bus, that’s too early lol), I make sure both dog and daughter are content, I check messages, Facebook threads, etc. I will interact with any of those if needed, if I need to grocery shop, normally it’s just a quick trip (I hate shopping, can’t be in stores long), I’ll get dinner ready, once hubby gets home around 2:30pm, I leave for work at 3pm. This goes on almost everyday of the week, the only time it changes is on Friday’s, I drop my son off to work on my way to work. I’m lucky to have the job I have, because that’s how I’m able to keep up with my blogging and etc. The main thing is to not stress if I didn’t get something accomplished that day or week, I don’t set time limits on any goals I have, that will make me stress over the time and not the project itself.

I honestly didn’t think that I would be blogging this long, what started with just a little insight on family life, turned into weekly recipes, money saving tips, health, etc. Sometimes I wonder how many recipes and tips can I possibly write about…well the amount is endless!!! If you find something you enjoy, continue doing it..if it ain’t don’t fix it, right!!

Have a girl, they say, it’ll be fun!

I was told that every mother needs a daughter, although I was perfectly fine being a mother of 3 boys, I did wonder what it would be like to have my very own daughter.  Pregnant with my fourth, everyone rooting for a girl, they said girls are fun, they’re so sweet,  dresses and bows…. Well, they’re all wrong! I got my girl, I got a sassy, dress and bow hating girl! I’m pretty sure growing up with 3 older brothers may have something to do with the tomboy’ness, but she is our youngest and she knows she’s very spoiled so she uses that to her advantage. I’m not saying I’m not happy with my girl, she can also be the sweetest thing ever, normally after eating cake (hey, aren’t we all), she tells me I’m her best friend all day long, but we all have seen the Sybil movie lol.

Now thanks to Facebook sharing posts from 2 years ago, I get to show what I deal with on a daily basis.. The first photo is during those fun potty training days, Kaila was in her room playing with her kitchen my best friend gave her, I hear her yelling “Mom, I go pee”, I asked my son to go check on her, he comes out laughing and told me where she was, I didn’t believe him so of course I go look. Yup, there she was sitting in the sink of her play kitchen going pee!! Y’all know I had to take pic before I cleaned it up, and about a week later we had to take the kitchen away because she made it her own port-a-potty for her room.

Here’s a recent fun story about my lovely wild child, she begged me for months to get her ears pierced, while Christmas shopping at the mall, she asked again,  so I agreed. We go into the store, she tells the lady what she wants, picks a pair out and was all ready to go,  and she flipped a switched! The next 15 minutes she goes back and forth if she wanted them or not, but she refused to leave the store,  knowing my child I knew she really wanted them, so I picked her up and held her,  she screamed and cried (yes, we drew a crowd), while Kaila was looking at another coworker, I motioned the lady to do it now. Kaila let out a little tiny “hey, owe” and turned her head to let her to do the other ear, 1-2-3 and done! The worker asked if she was okay and if she was mad at her,  Kaila responds with “No, can I have more!” The small crowd let out a chuckle, and I gave them my best sarcastic bitch look. Here’s a quick little lesson, if you don’t know me personally, don’t judge me or my parenting skills, obviously she was fine, she wasn’t dramatized, and I knew she needed that extra boost to do it, and if she didn’t get it done she would’ve continued to beg for it. Stay tune for my fun little stories about Kaila, the hits just keep coming 🤣

Mexican Spaghetti (Fideo)

Yes that’s right, I said Mexican spaghetti, how can this be any good? I thought the same thing over 10 years ago when I found this recipe online, I’ve only made it a few times, but really should add it to my regular menu…especially on cheat days 🙂

Ingredients:

4 boneless chicken breast halves

1 (12oz) packaged spaghetti noodles, broken in half

5 roma tomatoes, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 tbsp ground cumin

2 1/2 tsp chili powder

salt & pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups of water

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

 

Directions:

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken until nicely browned on outside, then remove from pan and set aside.

Add remaining oil to skillet, add broken noodles, stir constantly until browned, drain excess oil. Add tomatoes and onions, dice the chicken and add to mixture, season with cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper. Pour in water, cover & simmer over low-med heat until pasta is tender and water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. *check towards the end, and add more water if needed. Garnish with cheese

*** If you don’t have a very large skillet, brown the spaghetti in increments..This time I used half packet of taco seasoning instead of cumin and chili powder, results were the same. Add 1/2 cup of cheese and mix before serving, then top with more cheese***