Monday, April 30, 2012

a recipe for Porkloaf

If I haven't mentioned this before; we go in with my family and have a hog butchered once a year. We buy one at the county fair in July each year, have it butchered and divided amongst us and then enjoy the meat all year long.  One of the cuts of meat we get is pork burgers, and we usually eat them as burgers and fix them on the grill.  So when I found a recipe that called for pork burgers I was anxious to try something different.  This recipe is similar to meat loaf but calls for pork instead of beef so therefore it's called Porkloaf.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pineapple Mango Crisp

I have been eating a lot of fresh fruits lately and was flipping through the pages of the latest Fit Pregnancy Magazine and found this recipe for a Pineapple Mango Crisp.   I never knew Pineapple could pair so nicely with your average crisp topping, but it makes for a nice dessert.  The other great thing about this recipe is that it has ginger in it which helps queasiness and digestion.
Untitled The other thing I really like about this recipe is that it gives me a chance to use my pineapple slicer, which is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ott, E's Dad-chelor Party

With only days before our bundle of joy arrives; Ott, E got once last chance to hang out with some friends this past weekend at his Dad-chelor Party. (That's right a Dad-chelor Party; for 1st time dads.) Ironically, Ott, E's best friend and his wife are expecting their first child a month after we are, so I thought why not combine the two and have a party for both of them at the same time.   And, as I always say any good party starts with a great invitation. So I worked with a lady who prints out cards and came up with the following invite to explain the situation. She did the graphics of diapers hanging on a line next to shorts and I did the wording with a cute rhyme explaining all the details.
Wording on the card.

"With babies due in June and May,
a Dad-chelor Party is held right away.
Their wives gave permission so it's ok,
to hang with the guys one last day."

"Meet at _____ on ____ a Saturday,
From ___ till ____ you'll eat and play,
and enjoy some guy time before Delivery Day."

With simple appetizers, drinks and some games, the guys had a great time, and Ott, E had one more night of fun before the baby, bottles and burp clothes arrive.

This post was linked to: Made by You Monday on Skip to my Lou, It's a Blog Party,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nesting time

 As we get closer to our due date I've started to get some nesting tendencies, but maybe not in the normal sense as far as cleaning.  I feel like our house is normally pretty clean, but you always hear stories of woman who scrub and clean every little square inch.  I can safely say I don't feel compelled to do that at all.  However, I do feel a strong urge to organize and find ways to make things more efficient and utilize our space better.  So I've prewashed all the baby's clothes, towels and sheets, I've organized the nursery closet, toys, books and even the stuffed animals.  I've stocked the diaper bag, assembeled baby first aid kits and a bath time caddy.  We have stocked up on diapers and wipes and have those organized according to sizes and brands and I could keep on going but you get the idea.(As you can see below, our little MacchiOTTo is well on their way to becoming a shepherd with this flock of stuffed sheep.)

Monday, April 16, 2012

a downright delightful peanut butter brownie cheesecake

I sat down the other evening to watch TV and saw a recipe that had been torn out of one of my Midwest Living magazines.  Since I didn't tear it out I assumed Ott, E had.  So I asked him about this recipe and said, he thought it looked good and wouldn't mind eating it sometime.....  (he wouldn't mind eating it... of course that meant I would have to be the one making it.)  Well I looked over the ingredients, thought of a few ways I could make it better and today I am showing this recipe for a downright delightful Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cranberry Cornmeal Muffins with Orange Glaze

With our due date right around the corner I have been baking up lots of casseroles and freezer meals to have on hand for after the baby arrives.  I have also been working on some different breakfast foods to have on hand as well.  One of the new recipes I've been tampering with is a muffin with a cornmeal base, cranberries and a Orange Glaze.  While I was a bit worried that the cornmeal would dry the muffin out, the glaze kept it quite moist and tasty.  And with using yogurt instead of eggs it keeps the muffin low in fat, making it a little healthier for a breakfast option.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Mantle & Decorations

Although I decorated for Easter a few weeks ago I am just now getting around to showing off pictures of our mantle. As you will see in the pictures below I have some Longaberger baskets I bring out this time of year, along with some bunny figurines to set around.  I also have a swag with pastel colored berries I use on the back part of my mantle as well. Feel free to look around at our decorations.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

March's Iron Chef Challenge Winner

There were some great recipes linked up to last month's Iron Chef Challenge featuring Red Star Yeast. The blogs have all been reviewed and the results are in.   
Guest Judge Kelly Olson, Consumer Relations for Red Star Yeast selected a winner and choose......

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

3 different recipes for crescent roll ring bakes

PhotobucketLike most of you I've been to my fair share of Pampered Chef Parties and one of the recipes they tend to make a lot to show off some of their tools is the taco ring bake. It's quick, easy and tasty! Well today I have found two versions of this recipe with different ingredients and taste but with the same theme of using crescent rolls, and being quick and easy to make....and of course tasty!!

So to start with I'll share that recipe for the taco ring bake.
Ingredients: 1 lb. browned hamburger, 1 taco seasoning packet, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 tube of crescent rolls.

Directions: Mix taco seasoning with hamburger according to package directions.  Arrange crescent rolls in a circle on a greased baking sheet.  Distribute taco meat around the edges of the circle and sprinkle with cheese.  Wrap edges of crescent rolls over meat and bake according to directions on crescent roll package.

Another version of this recipe is the Spinach & Turkey Ring Bake.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ott, E working in his Carhartt's

I am working on a project with the Real Farmwives of America & Friends today reviewing Men's Carhart Shirts and Pants.  So I enlisted the help of Ott, E and he agreed to help model and is showing off his new Carhartt Jeans while he works in this nice spring weather. Not only is this a great time to review this pair of jeans, but I can also explain a little more about what Ott, E does.  As I've mentioned before on this blog, Ott, E is a Field Market Development Specialist which means he does research on agri-chemicals such as herbicides and other pesticides for an ag. chemical company.  Most days he works out of his truck as he drives around the mid-west checking on the trials he has going.
Today he is doing an early spring weed count.  This means he is looking for what weeds have already emerged so far this spring.  He does this by walking into a field and picking random points to take samples.  In his hand is a 2 foot square which serves as his guide for his sample size.  Jeans are a necessity out in the field as they are rugged and yet comfortable and help him get his job done.