Traditions are important to me. Since my Grandma passed away I feel like there has been a shift. She never got to meet my kids and never got to see me as a mother. Traditions shifted. Now my mom is the Grandma, and I am the mom.
New traditions are now blended with our old traditions.
I found this list from Country Living Magazine and I am set on incorporating these activities into our December Holiday Season.
We purchased our son’s Halloween costume at the local thrift store and he really wanted his dad to be a power ranger too. I was not down to spend $45 on a costume for a couple hours walking in the cold. So I through this together.
Check out these cuties modeling for my Etsy store, Miss Sabby Knits. I have been knitting since college. I have a whole bin of things I’ve knitted throughout the years. I’ve sold on Etsy years ago, but this time I’m doing it for a hobby. I’ll be adding items as I knit them. I’ve decided that the one thing that everyone loves is a good winter hat. So, I’ve decided to sell “The Winter Hat” with the customizable embellishment. Check it out!
One of my favorite knitting patterns was inspired by a pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Read about it here.
Also, I am not a photographer. HOWEVER… I did take these pictures of my boys with my iphone and I love the way they turned out. Here is what I did if you want to achieve the same look:
Purchase a chunky knit hat. You can purchase the one my boys are wearing in my Etsy store here.
set a chair (mine was a white wooden chair) by a window with natural light.
set kid in chair without the light (sun beams) directly on their face or body.
say cheese 🙂
use the “photoshop express” app (adobe PS express)
Introduction to recipe rotation- with three weeks of recipes.
My Mom is an excellent cook. She is the type of cook that can make anything without looking at a recipe and make it fabulous. Everyone comments on her cooking. She came to the United States from Singapore in the 80’s and met my dad. Her cooking is an amazing fusion of Asian and American. Everything has flavor- blah foods are not her style.
I am not a cook. I tell this to people all the time, but I never take time to explain. My standards for good food are always judged against my Mom’s food. When we go out, its always, “the food is good but…” While, we do have our favorite restaurants and our favorite dishes, are usually quick to judge them. I am a good critic, influenced by years of watching the original “Iron Chef” on food network when I was in elementary school.
I feel like my story is common- everyone has a good cook in their family and some people learned to become good cooks themselves.
“I learned from my Grandma.”
“I learned from my Aunt.”
“I learned from my Dad.”
Well, I didn’t. I simply accepted my Mom’s talents and never took the time to follow, question and learn from her. I am an adequate cook. I know how to chop onions, boil eggs, and follow recipes. In fact, I follow recipes quite well. Recipes are in-tune with my personality- a set of plans that I follow. I am not a rule breaker or culinary trail blazer. I don’t stray from plans or recipes and I don’t add more of this or take away that. This is what makes me, in my mind, an adequate cook. Great cooks are pioneering these recipes and tweaking recipes. I am following them. In the end, the excellent cooks allow us adequate cooks to produce the same delicious meals to serve.
If you are anything like me, you really do not want to read five chapters about inspiration and rules to follow. Who has time for that anyway? So I am going to keep this extremely simple. 6 days of cooking per week. 3 weeks.
I actually do an 8 week rotation to keep things interesting. You can add on to this plan or you can do your own. Either way, this has saved our family money (no more buying excess amounts of things or eating out) and has saved me time (shop once per week and done).
I shop at Kroger because I love adding all the items to my online lists on the Kroger app. Each week I load the list to my cart and select grocery pick up. The next day, I drive up and they load all the groceries into my car. I have included 3 weeks of grocery lists here, but I have a 8 week rotation with 8 lists. Once I complete those 8 weeks, I start over.
Grocery List Week 1:
1 lb Asparagus
3 bunches green onions
1- 4 oz can diced green chilis
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
1/2 cup sour cream
6 (12 inch) flour tortillas
2 ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels
1 red onion, chopped
2 ⅕ pounds ground beef
5 white onion
4 russet potatoes
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
12 ounces penne pasta
1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, diced
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
= 49 total items
Grocery List Week 2
Bakery Fresh French Bread 2 16 Oz
Kroger® Italian Style Bread Crumbs 1 15 oz
Kroger Sweetened Flaked Coconut 1 14 oz
Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup 2 10.75 oz
Kroger Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Brine 1 14 oz
Kroger Whole Peeled Tomatoes 2 28 Oz
Kroger Tomato Paste 1 6 Oz p$$t… Long Grain White Rice 1 5 Lb
Kroger Grated Parmesan Romano Cheese 1 8 Oz
Kroger Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 1 16 Oz
Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese Bar 1 8 oz
Pillsbury Grands! Southern Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits 2 10.2 oz Kroger
I just wanted ONE WEEK of perfect weather where I wouldn’t need the air conditioner or the heater. However, Dallas has other plans and decided to skip Fall and go right into Winter. Rainy cold days call for the oven to be on with something sweet cooking up.
I made a loaf of Amish White Bread the other day. We loved eating it with meatball sandwiches, and butter with jelly. The last of it was begging to be made into bread pudding.
Big, crusty, loaf of white bread.
With a bread machine, this bread is super simple… just toss the ingredients in and let it do its thing.
If you have left overs, try out this bread pudding:
1/2 cup raisins (optional- I substituted for semisweet chocolate chips)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
How absolutely stunning is this bracelet!? Go check out my friend Isabel’s website and blog here. Her her Etsy page is up and she is taking orders! Here is a little excerpt about her and her products:
I have always had a passion for creativity as well as aspects of business. Running a little shop of my own was always in the back of my mind. So, why not incorporate my creativity and manage all at the same time?! Well, it all began after a quick shopping trip at Joanns….well maybe more like a two hour shopping trip. I wanted to create a product that expressed my creative side by finding what truly makes me “different”. Creating and crafting has been a part of me all my life, from dancing, to painting, it has always been there in some way. I came up with the idea to make bracelets. Each chain and every bead incorporated has its own unique look. No one bracelet is the same. Just like no one person is the same….