Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 Grilled Steak Fiesta Salad
Serves: 2

  • 2 steaks (total of about 1lb. I used top round but would recommend a different cut as they were quite chewy – but hey, they were on sale!)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Dressing of your choice (I used Chipotle Ranch Dressing)

  1. Whisk together the honey, chipotle in adobo, dijon mustard, lime juice, minced garlic, cumin, cilantro, allspice and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add the steaks to the bowl and generously coat with the marinade. Cover and let marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, tossing a few times during the marinate process.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the corn and black beans. Season with desired amount of crushed red pepper.
  4. Heat your grill to medium heat and grill until your desired doneness is reached.
  5. Slice the steak across the grain.
  6. Place lettuce in large serving bowls or plates and top with black bean/corn mixture, shredded cheese and sliced steak. Top with your desired dressing or enjoy plain.

Cuban Chicken Salad

    Cuban Chicken Salad
    Salad Ingredients
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 1 bunch green onions
    Dressing Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Grill chicken and cut into strips.
  2. In a bowl combine the black beans, corn, and onions.
  3. On a bed of lettuce spoon the black bean mixture then top with chicken.
  4. To make the dressing combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  5. Top the salad with the dressing and serve.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Meal Planning

Monday- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas

Tuesday- Baked Potato Soup

Wednesday- Orecchiette with Sausage and Roasted Peppers

Thursday- Baked sweet & sour chicken over rice with green beans

Friday- Pizza and fresh fruit

Saturday- Cinco De Mayo/Taco Bar

Sunday-Breakfast for dinner/ Egg Casserole

Treat of the week-
No-Bake Cereal Bars (From my Aunt PJ)

6 cups Special K
1 ½ cups peanut butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Place cereal in large heatproof bowl; set aside. In a saucepan combine the peanut butter, corn syrup and sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Pour over cereal until well coated. Spread into a greased 13 x 9 pan. In microwave or heavy saucepan melt chocolate and butterscotch chips stir until smooth and spread over bars.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

If I had a million dollars

Did you miss me? I'm back and ready to blog!

One of my favorite songs is "If I had a Million Dollars" by the Barenaked Ladies.  Fun to sit back and think of all the things I would or could do with a million dollars. Here is what's on my list

Been wanting to work on our bedroom, thinking turquoise, yellow and grey is the way to go.  
This is from Bed, Bath and Beyond- love all the cute pillows!

I have been drooling over this shower curtain forever from Anthropologie but $118 for a shower curtain?

Of course I would have to get these hand towels from Anthro too

Thinking about getting an oilcloth tablecloth for the kitchen- LOVE the bright colors and you don't have to change the tablecloth after every little spill. Etsy has really cute patterns- kind of liking #3. from the etsy shop Baby's Indulgence

Been hinting to the hubs that this David Yurman ring would look awesome on my hand

If he buys me the ring then I might have to buy him the RocketBallz 3 Wood he has been wanting

My running list of wants:
a date night with the hubs- something fun like a concert or show
memberships to the Zoo & Botanical Gardens- great for summer with the girls!
dream of taking my girls to Chicago- for American Girl
new glasses
an iPad
sleeping bags & sleeping pads/air mattress for the family (for camping)
Coleman Xtreme cooler (camping)

Ok back to reality.  Must go read this book.

Is it considered the Gimmies when you make a wish/dreaming of list?

Or does it mean that I have NOTHING else to do on a Saturday night when E is out of town?

Either way I still like the song.

and would like a million dollars.

or a shopping spree

Either one would work

Good to be back blog world.  Good to be back!

It IS easy being green!

Kermit the Frog said "it isn't easy being green" well here are a few easy ways to go green in your everyday life

Stop receiving unwanted mail
Free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.
go to: Catalog Choice

Don't buy bottled water
I used to buy bottles of water by the case but my husband and I decided to stop so I bought everyone in the family a cool new water bottle (Sigg's are great!) Easy huh?  Need a flavor boost?  Add some cut up lemons, limes or even strawberries to you water. 

Give up paper towels or limit your use
This was easier than I thought! I went to the dollar store and bought 2 buckets and a bunch or cloth dish rags and towels. I put one bucket next to my washing machine so I can throw clean towels in- easy & convenient and the other bucket I keep under my sink- instead of grabbing a paper towel to dry my hands or wipe up a mess I grab a cloth one.

Get the kids involved
-reusable water bottle, sandwich box and snack containers for school lunch
-my kids love art, we have taught them to use both side of the paper and to make recycling easy we have a  container next to the desk for recycling
-plant an herb or vegetable garden with your kids. Great reminder of where our food comes from

Meatless Monday
REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide (far more than transportation). And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
(Source meatlessmonday.com)

Green Cleaning

Wood Floors
Vinegar: Whip up a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 30 ounces of warm water. Put in a recycled spray bottle, then spray on a cotton rag or towel until lightly damp. Then mop your floors, scrubbing away any grime.

Porcelain and Tile
Baking Soda and Water: Dust surfaces with baking soda, then scrub with a moist sponge or cloth. If you have tougher grime, sprinkle on some kosher salt, and work up some elbow grease.
Lemon Juice or Vinegar: Got stains, mildew or grease streaks? Spray or douse with lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.
Disinfectant: Instead of bleach, make your own disinfectant by mixing 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. It's easy!

Kitchen Counters
Baking Soda and Water: Reclaim counters by sprinkling with baking soda, then scrubbing with a damp cloth or sponge. If you have stains, knead the baking soda and water into a paste and let set for a while before you remove. This method also works great for stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, containers, refrigerators, oven tops and more.
Kosher Salt and Water: If you need a tougher abrasive sprinkle on kosher salt, and scrub with a wet cloth or sponge.
Natural Disinfectant: To knock out germs without strong products, mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray or rub on counter tops and other kitchen surfaces.

Windows & Mirrors
White Vinegar, Water and Newspaper: Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.
If you're out of vinegar or don't like its smell, you can substitute undiluted lemon juice or club soda.

Carpets & rugs
Club Soda: You've probably heard the old adage that club soda works well on carpet stains. But you have to attack the mess right away. Lift off any solids, then liberally pour on club soda. Blot with an old rag. The soda's carbonation brings the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda thwart staining.
Cornmeal: For big spills, dump cornmeal on the mess, wait 5 to 15 minutes, and vacuum up the gunk.
Spot Cleaner: Make your own by mixing: 1/4 cup liquid soap or detergent in a blender, with 1/3 cup water. Mix until foamy. Spray on, then rinse with vinegar.
To Deodorize: Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the carpet or rug, using about 1 cup per medium-sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
Clogged Drains
Baking Soda and Boiling Water: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the problem drain, followed by 2 cups of boiling water. If that isn't doing it for you, chase the baking soda with a 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover tightly, allowing the vigorous fizzing of the chemical reaction to break up the gunk. Then flush that with one gallon of boiling water.

Aluminum Foil, Boiling Water, Baking Soda and Salt: Keep your sterling shined with this seemingly magic method. Line your sink or a bucket with aluminum foil and drop in tarnished silver. Pour in boiling water, a cup of baking soda and a dash of salt. Let sit for a few minutes. The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil.
Toothpaste: If you can't immerse your items or are otherwise inclined to polish by hand, rub tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft cloth. Rinse with warm water and dry. Instead of toothpaste you can substitute a concoction made of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
Ketchup: To keep your copper pots, pans and accents looking bright and shiny, try rubbing with ketchup

What are some of your favorite ways to go green?

Great blogs:
Keeper of the Home
Simple Homemade

The Daily Green
Simple Mom

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Advent Conspiracy

Have you heard about Advent Conspiracy?

The concept behind Advent Conspiracy is simple...
It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.
Before you think we’re getting all Scrooge on you, let us explain what we mean. We like gifts. Our kids really like gifts. But consider this: America spends an average of $450 billion a year every Christmas. How often have you spent money on Christmas presents for no other reason than obligation? How many times have you received a gift out of that same obligation? Thanks, but no thanks, right? We’re asking people to consider buying ONE LESS GIFT this Christmas. Just one. Sounds insignificant, yet many who have taken this small sacrifice have experienced something nothing less than a miracle: They have been more available to celebrate Christ during the advent season.
God’s gift to us was a relationship built on love. So it’s no wonder why we’re drawn to the idea that Christmas should be a time to love our friends and family in the most memorable ways possible. Time is the real gift Christmas offers us, and no matter how hard we look, it can’t be found at the mall. Time to make a gift that turns into the next family heirloom. Time to write mom a letter. Time to take the kids sledding. Time to bake really good cookies and sing really bad Christmas carols. Time to make love visible through relational giving. Sounds a lot better than getting a sweater two sizes too big, right?

***more to come on this***
When Jesus loved, He loved in ways never imagined. Though rich, he became poor to love the poor, the forgotten, the overlooked and the sick. He played to the margins. By spending less at Christmas we have the opportunity to join Him in giving resources to those who need help the most. When Advent Conspiracy first began four churches challenged this simple concept to its congregations. The result raised more than a half million dollars to aid those in need. One less gift. One unbelievable present in the name of Christ.  

Need more information?  Check out the web-site:
Advent Conspiracy   

My family is really excited about this!  We took the first step and instead of shopping on Black Friday we spent the day as a family.  We watched the Macy's parade that I DVR'd the day before, we had lunch in the park, we went to the Worship Fully event at out church and ended the day making pizza at home together.
Awesome day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Christmas Scripture Traditions

Beginning on the first day of December, read one scripture a day with your family. Consider using your family’s talents by adding special musical numbers and singing together. When Christmas arrives you will find you have begun a new family tradition that will increase your knowledge of the Savior. Continue your scripture reading time together each day throughout the year to further strengthen the bonds of your family.

Day, Event, Reference, Jesus Christ
1 Jarius’ Daughter raised, Luke 8:41-56, Was compassionate
2 Sinful woman forgiven, Luke 7:36-50, Was forgiving
3 Nobleman’s son healed, John 4:46-53, Had power to heal
4 Temple cleansed, John 2:13-17, Was reverent and opposed to evil
5 Storm calmed, Mark 4:35-41, Had power over elements
6 Children blessed, Mark 10:13-16, Loved children
7 Savior dined with Mary & Martha Luke, 10:38-42, Made people happy
8 Savior suffered in Garden of Gethsemane, Luke 22:41-45, Was Submissive
9 Apostles’ feet washed, John 13:3-17, Was humble
10 Apostles chosen, Luke 6:12-13, Was prayerful
11 Christ’s wisdom advanced, Luke 2:51-52, Obeyed parents
12 Christ baptized, Matthew 3:13-17, Obeyed God’s law
13 Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:2-16, Gave counsel
14 Christ in the temple, Luke 2:42-49, Taught when twelve years old
15 The Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:9-13, Taught proper way to pray
16 Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:5-16,Taught with stories
17 Parable of the Lost Sheep, Luke 15:4-7, Helped sinners
18 Story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:29-36, Was kind
19 Promised the Comforter, John 14:26-27, Promised the Holy Ghost
20 Fishes and loaves shared, Matthew 14:15-21, Performed miracles
21 Story of Lazarus, John 11:40-44, Raised the dead
22 Mary’s visitation, Luke 1:26-33, Is the Son of the Highest
23 Christ’s Birth, Luke 2:1-11, Fulfilled prophesy
24 Shepherds visited & Wisemen brought gifts, Matthew 2:9-13 & Luke 2:12-16, Was worshipped as Savior

Thanks Tip Junkie for the awesome idea!