Archive | January, 2012

Corn Bread Pudding

31 Jan

Here is a fast and delicious dish that my Grandmother passed along to me this past summer. The whole family will love. This is a great dish to share during the holidays or if you are just have a quite evening in!

Ingredients:

1 (15 1/2 oz) can of whole corn drained
1 (14 1/2 oz) cream style corn
1 (8 oz) package jiffy corn muffin mix
1 cup of sour cream
1 stick of melter butter

Dump both cans of corn, jiffy mix, sour cream and melted butter into a bowl. Mix all contents together until all ingredients are blended.

Pour into a greased casserole dish.

Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, until a very golden brown.

Voila! Give a few minutes to cool, but is perfect if served warm. (Maybe a little butter)

xoxo – Elizabeth

Monday Memories

30 Jan

Sometime I really miss how easy life was growing up. Dinner was always ready, long summer vacations,  and the excitement of Christmas.

Top 10 favorite memories

1 Summer Vacation. Each summer my mother would send us up to our grandparents cottage at Houghton Lake. There was no other place my sisters and I would rather be. Months of warms sunny weather and floating in the lake morning to dark.

2. TV shows and Movies: Saved by the bell, Fresh Prince of Belair, TGIF on Friday nights, Goonies, Harry and the Hendersons, Monsters under my bed.

3. Snow: Do you remember those days? We would play for hours in the snow. sledding, making snowmen, snowball fight, tobogganing

4. Riding the Bus: At the time we HATED riding the bus. But it is a fun memory. When we say the lights in the morning coming down the hill we would all rush out the door yelling “BUUSSSSSS” for all the neighbor kids to come running.

5. Sports:  A few years ago I blew out my right shoulder. Havent played since.  But I was really good at Shot Put and decent at Volleyball.

6. 84′ caprice classic: Each of my sisters drove this car when we were in high school. We named her the Blue Bessy and she was nondestructive!  We would fit four comfortably across the front bench seat and five across the back. That car rocked!

7. Pets: We grew up with a lot of pets. Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Ponies…. Living on a farm are memories that I will also cherish. We used to have hundreds of chickens that would roam free. Which meant they were everywhere. In the trees, they would sneak in the porch, some even made it into the house.

8. Sharing a room: This was torture growing up. “Stay on your side” and “Where is my favorite shirt”.  Now I can’t wait until I am together with my sisters again. I alway smile when I think of the penny fights in the middle of the night.

9. Trips to Florida: Every Easter break we would load the car and we would drive to Florida to see our Grandparents. From Michigan it was about 21 hours.  We would usually get to take off an extra week when we went. By the second day on the sun we had to wear our t-shirts we would be so sun burnt.

10. Sleepovers: Literally every weekend we would have a house full of 15+ girls. Since there were 4 of us we each would a handful of friends over.   My dad would just go to his room and we would take over the house.  We would move all the mattress into the living room, get tons of junk food, and rent cheesy movies.

Though I miss the good old days. I got it pretty good now.  Still have my parents farm (only one chicken left), when my sisters come into town we have sleepovers. We still head to Houghton Lake in the summer and head to Florida for a short stay in the winter to to see our wonderful Grandmother. We sold the Caprice, but my dad swears he still see it on the road.

What are some of your favorite childhood memories?

xoxo – Elizabeth

Weight Watchers: Shrimp Zucchini

24 Jan

It has been a while since I posted a new recipe. I always think about making something new and sharing it on my blog, but I have been stuck on all my favorites lately. Since I started Weight Watchers last week I have been exploring new healthier ways of eating. Tonight before I left the office I came across the most interesting recipe on the WW website and I just had to try it.  I have never cooked with zucchini so I thought it was a little strange that I was craving it.

Ingredients:

1 zucchini – slice
1 pound of uncooked shrimp – I used frozen, peeled.
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup of water
(I add some wheat pasta)

Directions:

Saute sliced zucchini in a turn of olive oil. Cook both sides 2 minutes on high.  Once lightly browned remove and set to the side.
Saute shrimp for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, oregano, salt&pepper and saute for another minute or two.
Pour in water and add garlic. Cook for another few minutes until everything is cooked and softened.
Finally, add zucchini and stir ingredients all together and turn off heat.

After we finished eating  husband gave me a 10 star rating and I said “I would pay $50 for that dinner” ha. Let me know if you get a chance to try this recipe! It is one that I will revisit soon. ( I have an extra zucchini and lot of shrimp in the freezer)

xoxo – Elizabeth

23 Jan

Single Life 2 Married Wife:

Made this for dinner tonight and had to bring this back to the top. This is the most delicious Dish I have made yet!

Originally posted on Single Life 2 Married Wife:

Growing up did you ever cringe when your mom said it was meatloaf night?  I know I did. Somewhere between here and there I have grown to appreciate a good meatloaf.

Tonight I had a package of turkey burger in the fridge that needed to be used. Hummmmmm, what to make…  Turkey Loaf! Quickest dish I have ever made! Start with preheating the oven to 350 and pour yourself a glass of wine. ;)

Combine in a bowl – I used my hands to work it all together.

Bake for an hour… poke it with a fork every so often to check on it!

My side dish was…

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Wordless Wednesday

19 Jan

Houghton Yoshi, aka – Houghtie

3/4 Black Cocker, 1/4 Jack Russel

2 years old

Opened the blind to find this!

xoxo – Elizabeth

Weight Watchers!

9 Jan

It is a a new year and today I joined Weight Watchers Online.

This is my second time on the program. 2.5 years ago – 6 months before our wedding I joined and lost about 16 pounds. I am by no means “fat” but you know a girls need to look good on her wedding day!

Well, over the past few years I have let a pound here and there hang around. My jeans fit a little bit tighter and I would wear a sweatshirt all the time if I could. It has been long enough and I decided that the WW online offer right now was to good to pass up! (no sign up fee and 18 a month)

I am mostly joining to get back on track of eating healthy, tracking portions, and increase exercising each week AND to feel better about my self!

I plan to share my journey and hope to inspire others to get healthy with me! I have done it before and it really does work!

Have you every joined WW or currently on the program? Please share your experience!!

xoxo – Elizabeth

The Love Dare: Part 1 of 8

6 Jan

For Christmas one of my sisters gave me a beautiful book, The Love Dare. (The book in this link is not what mine looks like).  If I was ever going to judge a book by its cover it would be now. It has a beautiful brown warn leatherish type cover. I held the book and ran my hands over the material several times and just admired it. The edge has a beautiful design around it and the back has a beautiful scripture on it – 1 Corinthians 13: 7-8 “Love Bears all things, Believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails.”

My sister had bought the book with someone else in mind and then decided that she wanted to give it to me.

The love dare is a 40 day challenge. I decided that every five days I wanted to share with you my challenges.

Day 1: Love is patient – When you are patient you are slow to anger and stops the foolishness from taking over. Patience is wise.
Challenge: Do not say anything negative for the day.

Day 2: Love is kind – Kindness is broken into 4 categories – Gentleness, helpfulness, willingness, and initiative.
Challenge: As well as be positive, do an unexpected act of kindness

Day 3: Love is not selfish – We live in a world that revolves around “Self”.  You can not act out of real love and selfishness at the same time.
Challenge: Along with restraining from negativity, buy something unexpected for your spouse.

Day 4: Love is thoughtful – Thoughtlessness is the silent enemy to a loving relationship.
Challenge: Contact your spouse during the work day to see how they are doing or if they need anything.

Day 5: Love is not rude – Treat your spouse how you want to be treated, no double standards, and honor requests!

By no means do my summarys do any justice to this book. I highly recommend that you pick up next time you are out! This book has brought a new light to our marriage. Even though my husband has yet to read it or even knows that I am,  it will be very beneficial in the end..

XOXO – Elizabeth

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Anniversary

4 Jan

To my Mother and Father:

Happy 36th anniversary to you! (yesterday)

May you have 30 more!

If you are married how many years?

XOXO – Elizabeth

Girl Gone Hunting

2 Jan

My father “Big Al” was blessed with four daughter in four years. He loves all of us very much, but I have to imagine that he would have liked at least one boy to do boy stuff with.  For as long as I can remember he always wanted us to go hunting with him. Every season he asks and we say “Sure Dad” but I don’t think any of us really went.

Well, this was my year. I agreed to come out to their farm, spend the night, and get up early to go hunting. We got up at 7:00 am. Drove the truck to the back of the property to the “Man Cave”. As we pulled up a few deer were exiting the field.  We sat there for a few hours. The air was chilly but was so fresh and clean that it was didn’t matter. We watched a hawk fly in and try to catch a rodent, squirrels were zooming up and down the trees not knowing we were watching, and we caught sight of two young deer come to the edge of the field.

By noon I was ready to head back to the house. Big Al protested a little by my decision but agreed to take me in. I took a nap when we got back and at 3:00 pm it was time to head back out. I may have protested to my mother, but reluctantly put back on all my camo and made my way to the truck.  We can across a bunch of wild turkeys. Those things are really tall! lol. They scurried away as we approached them not really bothered by us.

We got back to the “Man Cave” and this time I called the Comfy chair and jumped in the blind first to claim it. I also positioned all the heaters around me. ;) We sat there for maybe 45 minutes before it all happened. The snow was zipping around the field when the first deer entered the field. Big Al handed me the camera and said to start filming. The deer made his way into range and KABOOM. The deer dropped. While I was filming I got very sad. I was saying in my head “Run little guy Run” but, Big Al was pleased. As he settled down he asked if I wanted to go in. I was unsure until directly on the other side of the Man Cave there were two Bucks standing there eating. Now Big Al said they were about 75-80 yards out.. I had no idea really.

My heart sank. With out speaking, I handed the camera to Big Al and he hand me the gun. I put it up to my eye.  My heart was pounding in my back of my throat. Big Al asked if the safety was off and I whispered I have no idea. He leaned over to make sure I turned in off. I focused on the buck for what seemed like a hour.  They slowly made their way directly in front of us when something caught their attention. Their tails went up and the first buck trotted off. I can hear Big Al in my ear saying NOW NOW… The only thought in my head was “what if I wound it”. “Shoot NOW Elizabeth, NOW!” Big Al still whispering.

I pulled the trigger….. and the buck dropped instantly. There was a split second of silence and then Big Al erupted with cheers! I sat there in shock and began crying.  Big Al was extremely proud that he finally had one of his daughter get their first buck and I sat there crying. All I could say was ” I am very emotional right now.”

Minutes passed and Big Al jumped out of the blind to check out my first kill. I called my mother. She quickly answered knowing that we were in the back of the farm and several gun shots had gone off.  ” Mom, I got a deer.” Big Al shouts ” A Buck, you got a Buck” She asked what was wrong. I told her that I could not stop crying. She consoled me for a few minutes before I let her go.

I continued to weep as I approached the deer.  Big Al went to get the truck. I jumped in to go pick up his deer in the north field. We then headed back to the south field to pick up mine. Now I am not going to go into detail, but I knew what was coming next. Not only did I have to “Assit” in dressing my deer my father had one also.

A few hours later when all was said and done I started to feel a little better. We have lots of yummy venison!

Have you ever had this experience?

xoxo – E

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