Tuesday, May 31, 2011

just a glimpse

I have wanted to blog for a few days, but my brain isn't really working with the end of school happening plus allergies/sinus issues so I haven't come up with anything good.  So, lucky you, you get to glimpse into random photos from my phone. 

my new hair - some subtle highlights
loving them!


my nephew.
no words really for this picture.  just look at that handsome little man.

nephew again.  loves his sheriff hat and wears it everywhere.
he is also madly in love with his uncle matt.

baby weston's birthday.  him and sister lily. 
 these two are the closest thing i have to kids.

my first strawberry pie.  delish.


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

missing you.

Really missing these four today. 



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Monday, May 16, 2011

newly discovered website that i love.

If you've seen pictures of my classroom at school you know that it's filled with owls.  My room has an outdoors/camping theme so owls fit right in.  I have an owl pillow, owl tin wall hanging, owl job cards, and an owl themed decal on the wall.  And they are all so cute! 

I came across the cutest website today.


I, of course, found several things I wanted, but there were two things I had to have! 

Personalized Owl Deskpad
Set of 4 Personalized Owl Notepads

I.am.in.love!  I kind of have a paper product fetish.  I can't wait to get them in my hands! 

You can visit the website at www.erincondren.com, like them on Facebook here, or on Twitter here!


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Saturday, May 14, 2011

ham and cheese calzone

This morning I did a Pampered Chef party for a dear friend of our family at her church.  The party was a fundraiser for their women's group to raise money for the church.  She decided on the Ham and Cheese Calzone and it was a big hit with all the ladies!  It's a new twist on hot ham and cheese.

Ham and Cheese Calzone

2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 8 oz. sliced smoked deli ham, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
8 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 pkg refrigerated pizza crust
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine mayonnaise, mustard, broccoli, ham, onion, and half of Swiss cheese.  Mix well.  Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with 1 tsp of vegetable oil.  Unroll one package of dough onto bottom of pan, gently stretching and pressing dough to cover bottom.  Sprinkle with remaining Swiss cheese.  Spoon ham mixture over cheese.  Unroll remaining dough directly over filling, matching edges of dough and shaping to fit as dough is unrolled.  Press edges to seal.  Brush remaining oil over dough.  Make 12 slits in three rows of four each into top crust.

Bake 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and return calzone to oven.  Bake 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is deep golden brown.  Slice and serve.

**The Large Bar Pan is a Pampered Chef Stoneware product.  You can use a baking sheet if you don't have the bar pan.  Good time for you to order one :)
**The recipe serving size is 8 servings, but that is with large pieces.  I cut the calzone in smaller pieces and it served more.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

gobble gobble

**Update: So, I left out an important ingredient - water.  For the coating mixture you need 1 egg, 1/2 flour, and 1/2 water and some salt and pepper.

There once was a farmer who decided he was going to go look for a turkey.  His wife didn't even know there were turkeys to be found anywhere near.  Boy was she wrong.


It's beauty is not easily seen in this picture nor with my eye, but apparently it's a pretty enough turkey to soon be making his presence in my house in the man cave.  Standing up, kind of like this.  Nevermind, I can't find one that I find remotely good looking.  (Remind me to one day show you the zoo that the farmer calls his man cave - or maybe I have already?) 
Apparently wild turkey is a delicious wild game.  And I was the lucky one who got to cook it!  I was stumped on what to take to Easter dinner at the farmer's grandmother's house.  Mom and Dad were up and Mom was making four pies so I was just going to show up with her and the four pies - it would look like I helped right?  The farmer had other plans.  We were taking fried turkey to Easter dinner!

First I diced the turkey up into bite sized pieces and seasoned them with some Cavenders and Pampered Chef Southwestern Seasoning Mix.
I used my Pampered Chef Coating Trays and Tool to coat the turkey. 
For the coating I used eggs,

flour,


and Smokehouse Black Pepper.


I mixed it all together in my Pampered Chef Stainless Mixing Bowl.


I used a recipe that my mom gave me for chicken nuggets to coat the turkey.  Instead of putting the flour and eggs in different trays, you mix them together in one tray.  I put the turkey in one tray, coated it good, and then let it drain in the next tray.

Add some salt and pepper before it goes in the deep fryer.

Add turkey to deep fryer in a single layer.  Cook for approximately 8 minutes.


Remove from deep fryer.
These look PERFECT! But you may like them a little crispier.  Cook to your liking of course :)

I was pretty skeptical about trying the turkey, but it was surprisingly good.  The farmer and dad loved it and it was a hit at Easter dinner because there were only two or three pieces left. 
So, if your husband ever comes home with a turkey, don't fear!  Even this city girl could fry up some turkey. 
I think Pioneer Woman would be impressed. 
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