Wednesday, June 29, 2011

kreativ blogger award

Super sweet Elizabeth Ann of Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box recently gave me the Kreative Blogger Award!  I've been reading her blog for a while - she is one of my main go to blogs for new and yummy recipes.  The farmer always compliments the recipes I make of hers and wants to know what Food Network show I got them off of, HA! 

After receiving these awards, the rules are as follows:
1. Link back to the giver of the award
2. Pass on the love by awarding 10 blogs (if you want)...I only did 4 due to my bedtime!
3. Contact those blogs to give them the good news!
4. Share 10 random things about yourself (or 4 things!)

Here are my award recipients!

Allison from Syliva Rose Design
Allison is one of my best friends (one of the Fab Five) and is the epitome of creative!  She has her own graphic design business and has so many great creative ideas.  Plus, she's hilarious and beautiful!

Ashley and I grew up in the same school and hometown and while she was a year older than me, she was always such a sweet friend - sweet as pie! Ashley is a mom of four - three of those being triplets!  This girl is one creative party planner for her friends and family :)

Lenzi went to college with one of my best friends, Katie, and although I have never met her I feel like I know her from reading her fun blog!  Several of her recipes are on my list to try and I can't wait to see the wreaths she is in the process of making!

Speaking of Katie...Katie is another of the Fab Five, one of my best friends.  She has two beautiful girls - Molly who is 2 today (Happy Birthday!) and Chloe is 2 months.  Katie is quite the creative party planner these days and has done some super cute craft projects!

And my 4 random facts:

**I still wear my Aggie ring.  If you ever meet an Aggie, check out their right hand!
**I used to hate the rain when I was younger because it put a halt on my plans, but now I love the rain so the farmer will get a break!
**I'm now obsessed with homemade bread after my first successful batch.
**I love honey roasted peanuts and apple juice as a snack.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

pork chops with apples and onions

These summer days have been nice, but I decided today I was kind of tired of doing nothing.  The farmer came home for lunch and started listing off all these things I could be doing.  He then proceeded to tell me that I could do a whole blog on the 100 things to do when you are bored and have nothing to do.  I'll save you from the boredom and post a new yummy recipe instead :)

(He told me to go shopping (he never tells me that!) because he was home and wanted to nap.  I opted for Dillards to buy a new swimsuit and Target where a old in a hurry man backed into me...thankfully my new car isn't damaged except for a little scraped paint!  See if he ever tells me to go shopping again!)

I got this recipe from Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box, where I tend to get a lot of my recipes these a fellow Aggie who can cook!  The farmer asked me which Food Network show I had gotten the recipe from that day and I told him I hadn't, but that it had come from a blog.  He then informed me that it was one of the better blog recipes I had cooked.  Way to go!

He loves onions and I love apples.  Perfect!

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

4 bone in pork chops (I used boneless pork chops)
3 tbs olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
4 sliced and cored apples (I peeled them and then sliced and cored them)
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large pan over medium high heat.  Season the pork chops with salt and pepper to taste.  Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and fry the pork chops for about 5 minutes on each side (I did longer) until well cooked and browned. 

Set the pork chops aside, reduce the heat to medium low, add the other tablespoon of olive oil and add the onions and apple slices.  Cook for about 4 minutes until the onions are slightly soft. 

Serve the pork chops with the apple and onion topping. 

*There was something about the apples and onions together that was so yummy! 


Friday, June 17, 2011

scrumptious homemade bread

*Seriously Blogger?  I can't get spacing right for the life of me!  Anyone else having problems??

Let me start by saying, oh, say 5 years ago, it would never cross my mind to even attempt to make homemade bread, much less be successful at it.  I have come along way when it comes to cooking considering growing up I never cooked, college was fast food, ramen noodles, or something easy peasy, and single girl life was eat out, go to mom and dad's, or lean cuisines.  Life threw me a huge curve ball when I moved to small town Arkansas to a town with a pizza restaurant, a BBQ restaurant, and Sonic.  Pizza and BBQ got old real quick so I had to teach myself had to cook - with hundreds of phone calls to my momma! 

My experience with homemade bread was in highschool when I would get lucky and get my hands on some homemade bread made by Mrs. Mary Dell, a mom of a friend and classmate who would often bring grilled cheeses for breakfast to school our senior year and when he didn't want it he'd share with the girls in Mr. Kirk's government class.  Her bread was to.die.for.  Scrumptious!  I always wished she would bake some up and sell it.  I also get a pinch of homemade bread at communion one Sunday a month and even though I've begged for Mrs. Pat at church to make me some, I always get shot down.

Fast forward to now. 

I spent the weekend in West Texas with my parents at my dad's family reunion.  My cousin's wife, Shana (love her!), had made homemade bread and I was in love!  It was so moist and yummy and reminded me why I like homemade bread so much.  I returned home on Monday and on Tuesday I was making me some bread!
In a mixer, combine yeast, sugar, salt, oil, egg, and water. Add flour and beat.
Slowly add more flour until dough starts coming clean from inside of bowl and looks "doughy". 

Put dough in large container or bowl greased with Crisco.

The recipe calls to cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and a dish cloth to prevent air drafts, but I left it uncovered and put it in the oven, turned OFF, and turned on the oven lights.  Let dough rise until about double.  It takes about 3 hours. 

You'll need 3 loaf pans greased with Crisco.  Don't use glass.  That loaf didin't turn out as good and took longer to cook.  Plus, my glass one was a little smaller.  I will be making a trip to Target for another dark pan.
Punch down the dough and then separate it equally in three loaf pans.

Stick it back in the turned OFF oven and let it rise for about 3 or 4 more hours. 

Once it is up to the top of the pans, bake for 14 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees.  Cover with foil and bake 14 more minutes.

Rub a stick of butter over the top until it's good and buttery!

Turn onto a cooling rack.  Let cool and refrigerate or ummm....EAT! 

Doesn't that just look so incredibly yummy?

Lou Chumney's Loaf Bread

1 pkg yeast or 1 T instant yeast
1 T sugar plus 1/2 cup sugar
1 T salt
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
2 1/2 cups warm water (if you let rise overnight use cold water)
6-8 cups flour

Mix all except flour in mixer (I used my KitchenAid mixer).  Add 3 cups flour and beat until smooth looking.  Slowly add flour until the dough starts coming clean from the inside of the bowl.

Put the dough into a large greased container or bowl (greased with Crisco).  Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and a dish cloth.  (I left uncovered and put in my oven, turned OFF, with lights on.  Make sure it's OFF!) Let rise until about double.  Punch down. 

Divide dough into three equal sections.  Put into 3 loaf pans greased with Crisco.  Let rise until just over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.  Cover with foil and bake 14 minutes longer.  Rub a stick of butter over the top and turn onto cooling racks. 

Let cool and refrigerate. 

 Or EAT! :)


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

the most divine cupcake ever.

Summer vacation is in full swing and I'm loving it!  My first weekend of my break I took a little road trip to Shreveport to visit Scott, Amy, and little Zoe.  I had so much fun!  We spent the weekend shopping, eating, and playing with Zoe with emphasis on the playing :)  I couldn't keep my hands off that little girl...well, until I came down with the stomach bug.  Life was all fun until Sunday night when I might as well have just made a pallet on the bathroom floor.  My trip was extended a day, but not with fun things, instead I was laid up in Amy's guest bedroom all day Monday.  But, who really wants to hear about being sick?  

A highlight of my trip was Saturday lunch at Superior Mexican Grill, a well-known, popular restaurant in Shreveport.  No trip to Shreveport is complete without lunch or dinner at Superior.  We met our friend Emily - that was a special treat!  Emily was Katie's best friend at LSU and it's always so fun to see and hang out with her. 

Another treat was our pit stop at Buttercups Cupcakes, the cutest little cupcake shop.

I had the most.divine.cupcake.ever. 

I introduce you to the banana pudding cupcake. 

 If I could box it up and send it I'd mail one to all of you. 

Your mouth is watering right?

I asked for the recipe, but they wouldn't share it with me.

If you ever find yourself in Shreveport or Bossier City don't pass up Buttercups. 

You won't be disappointed. 


Thursday, June 2, 2011

camera in hand

I spent an afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend with these two sisters at their house on the farm with a camera in hand.  I took six months photos of little sister and one of her photos is my all time favorite.  These turned out pretty cute.  I know, it looks like I've confused myself and that I should be posting these on my photography blog, but these two are too cute not to share with the blogging world that visits me here :)

I introduce you to Hayden and Presley.



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