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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Newlywed in the Kitchen Recipe #17: Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Noodle Bake

This recipe was recommended to me by Super Friend, who is a phenomenal cook and she found it from Pioneer Woman, who never leads me astray, so I knew that we had to try it!  This is a great one to add to your list of easy, hearty, week-night options.

Boy from Texas Rating:  3/5.

Boy from Texas Comments:  This isn't bad, I'd eat it again.

Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Noodle Bake

To view her recipe, complete with commentary and photos, click here.

1 1/4 pound ground beef
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1/2 t salt  (Per Super Mom's advice, I added extra of all the spices in this recipe)
Freshly ground black pepper
8 oz egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/4 C cottage cheese
1/2 C green onions  (I don't like onions, so I used parsley instead.  Not 1/2 a cup, but numerous good shakes)
1 C grated sharp cheddar cheese  (I always cheat and use more cheese.  This is why I'm chubby.)

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown beef in skillet and drain fat.  Add tomato sauce, salt, and pepper.  Stir and simmer while you prepare other ingredients.  

Cook noodles, drain, set aside.

In medium bowl, combine sour cream, cottage cheese, more pepper, parsley/onions, and noodles.  Stir.

To assemble, add half the noodles to a baking dish.  Top with half the meat mixture.  Sprinkle half the cheese.  Then repeat with another layer of noodles, meat, and cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Baby from Texas: Weeks 11-20

Well, here we are, halfway through this little pregnancy adventure.  In case you missed the first post in this series, click here to read about what The Baby from Texas was up to from weeks 0-10.  Today, let's recap the last few months.

*  Announced his gender.  You probably remember this post announcing that The Baby from Texas is, indeed, a boy.

*  Traveled to 4 new states.  In addition to the baby's trip to Georgia during the first trimester, Washington, DC; Virginia; Iowa; and Minnesota have now been added to the baby's travel list.  Not bad for someone yet to be born!

*  Bought his first ram.  Well, actually, his grandpa bought the ram, but The Baby from Texas went along for the multi-state road trip and selection process.

*  Survived his first lamb sale.  As you all have read about a lot, our family lamb sales are a big deal.  The baby attended his first sale and survived like a champ.

* Celebrated Easter.  We had a lovely Easter at home.  We went to church that morning then were joined by Cousin Swiss Mister, and The Boy from Texas' mom, grandparents and sister.  Everyone left with grateful hearts and full tummies.

* Watched lots of March Madness.  This is, after all, his mama's favorite time of the year.  A lot of basketball was watched.

*  Discovered more new friends are on the way.  I counted up a couple of weeks ago and have 10 good friends and family members all pregnant at the same time.  I'm not talking just acquaintances here (if we added those in, we'd likely be over 20).  This kid will have no shortage of people to play with!

*  Attended a Swiss reunion of sorts.  Over Easter, Cousin Swiss Mister, Cousin Whitney, and I had a bit of a Swiss reunion in Amarillo, along with her husband, The Boy from Texas, and The Baby from Texas.  It was fun to catch up and spend some time all together!

*  Attended his first Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Convention.  Because we are certain that the will love cows--how could he not?--this was a good little learning experience for The Baby from Texas.  I feel like making it a yearly tradition could be something very fun down the road!

* Went to his first Friends of the NRA Banquet.  One day, he will learn that this was how his parents spent their first date.  This year no guns were won, but we still had a great time.  Next year, The Baby from Texas will be in a drawing to win a Red Rider BB gun, so we're hoping he will be a lucky little fella and bring that home!

*  Remained mostly hidden.  Even halfway through this thing, The Baby from Texas hasn't made himself super visible.  Most days, there's not a baby bump to see, it just looks like I ate too many tacos.  I'm sure that will change soon.

19.5 week baby bump picture.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Big Jake's Big News

Big Jake has some exciting news about his newest rider, The Baby from Texas...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Family Farm Friday #93: Gran Was a Liar

*I know it's not Friday, but I forgot to hit publish last week and wanted to get this one up.*

Last week, I made a road trip to Iowa with my dad and The Boy from Texas to go and pick out a new ram.  While we were at one of the farms where we stopped, I noticed a lot of dandelions near the sheep pens.  

I asked the owner, "Do you guys have trouble keeping the sheep from eating these?"  He looked confused and said, "No, we don't care, they can eat them all they want."  I said, "No!  They are poisonous to sheep."  My dad and The Boy from Texas jumped in and asked what the heck I was talking about, informing me in no uncertain terms that this was completely untrue.

Immediately, I said, "Yes it is!  Gran told us that we had to pull all the dandelions in the yard because they were poisonous to sheep."  

Continuing on the investigation, I called Little Brother and the conversation went something like this:

Me:  "Are dandelions poisonous to sheep?"  
Little Brother:  "Yep."
Me:  "How do you know what?"
Little Brother:  "Gran said so."

By this point, my dad was rolling at the fact that my Gran managed to convince us to pull all these dandelions on the farm simply by lying to us and telling us they were dangerous to the sheep.  She didn't want to deal with the weeds and knew that if you tell farm kids they will kill the sheep, her work was done.  While I was a bit offended at first, I couldn't help but laugh.  For those of you who knew her, that was classic Gran behavior.

She set us up when we were little kids running around, and kept it up 30 years later.  Good work, Gran.  Good work, indeed.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

6 Month Anniversary: #tysaidno

6 months ago tomorrow, I said I do to The Boy from Texas on what I'm going to go ahead and deem the perfect wedding day.  Since sappy is not really our style, I decided to go a different route in this 1/2 year anniversary post.

Shortly after we got engaged, I posted something on Instagram with the hashtag "tysaidno."  One of my friends commented that she was excited to see how many times I used that hashtag during our first year of marriage.  I thought that would be an interesting statistic, so I kept track of things that Ty has said no to during the first 6 months of our marriage.

And here we go.

*  Pink flamingos in the front yard.  I texted him a picture of something similar to this while registering for wedding gifts and said, "Can I?"  His response, "No."

*  Riding in a hot air balloon on our honeymoon.  I said, "We could do a hot air balloon ride!"  His response, "The only positive thing I can say about that is that at least we would die together.  No."

Naming our firstborn son Tyreek. After the OSU running back with this name ran back the touchdown to tie it up and get us a victory in Bedlam football, I felt like this could be a good way to honor the player, plus it sounds a bit like The Boy from Texas' first name.   His response?  ""  (Less than a week later, Tyreek was kicked off the football team for beating his pregnant girlfriend...The Boy from Texas was right on this one.)

* Getting more dogs.  I suggested we should take home three, maybe four, dogs from a pet adoption day because they were all alone with no one to love them and had really sad eyes!  "Since when are you such a dog person?  No."

* Buying matching moose footsie pajamas in Canada on our honeymoon.  *Dirty look.* "No."

*Eating lettuce wraps.  Me:  "I found a really good recipe for lettuce wraps and I think you might really lik...."  TBFT:  "No."

*Ingesting the placenta.  Me:  "You know some people take part of their placenta, put it in a smoothie, and drink it."  TBFT:  "Who the hell are these people?  We live in America. NO!"

Monday, April 20, 2015

Worth The Read/Listen

I've collected a few great blog posts, articles, and a song for your listening pleasure!

*  Opening Up.  My friend Lori wrote a beautiful blog (click here) about raising her sweet son who has some developmental delays.  She is honest and loving and this post is just beautiful.  There is one line in there that just rang so true with me and that I think everyone should read and think about.  "I believe that my son sees things differently because the world needs people who see things differently...Your kid is exactly who he or she needs to be - and maybe together, all of our 'different' kids will take the world in a 'different' direction that it truly needs to go."

*  We Said Yes Too. This article (click here) was written by a Catholic mama who has suffered multiple miscarriages.  She discusses how she has to deal with judgment and negative comments because she does not have more children.  I've had good friends who suffer with judgment for the opposite reason, folks thinking they have too many children.  The bottom line is that we never know what someone is going through and instead of commenting or judging, we should just be loving and supporting them.  Period.

* 5 Years, Yo.  My sweet College Roomie recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of her first date with her husband.  I am proud to have been a part of their meeting.  She did a great job of telling the story of that fateful meeting and following first date.  It's hilarious and I'm a genius.  To read her blog, click here.

*  Jayton and Jill.  Zane Williams has my very favorite song right now called Jayton and Jill.  I love everything about it.  The music, the story, his voice....everything.  When I went to go pull a video so you guys could listen to it, I learned that he wrote the song after taking 10 random words from his fans and putting 9 of them into a song.  The words?  121 North, Bearcats, Jill, Oil, Ephesians, Jayton, sarsparilla, flamboyant, 4th of July.  He couldn't make the 10th word (roller skates) fit.  Amazing!  Give it a listen here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Oklahoma Girls Have Some News

After 6 years of this blog (has it really been that long??), you all know the Oklahoma Girls.  You've been there for girls trips, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, weddings, and lots of good times.

Well.....the girls have some exciting news and thought we should share with you all.
Blonde Oklahoma Girl:  "Little boots to be filled coming October 15, 2015!"

Loud Oklahoma Girl:  "Waiting on our next Oklahoma sports fan.
Due November 2015.  Just in time for Bedlam!"

That's right, y'all!  Oklahoma Babies are on the way!  I can't tell you how much fun it has been to go through this pregnancy adventure along with two of my best friends.  We are all so excited (and somewhat terrified) to be contributing to our own little baby boom!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Newlywed in the Kitchen Recipe #16: LD's Potato Salad

This was a second dish I made for our Easter dinner.  It went over quite well as you'll see in the comments below!

I ate some of this heavenly creation at the NRA banquet while I was in the throws of the worst of this morning sickness and it was one of the only things I remember tasting really good.  And trust me, if it tasted good then, it will taste amazing to a regular person!

The Boy from Texas Rating:  4   My rating:  5  Cousin Swiss Mister rating:  5

The Boy from Texas Comments:  This is even better than at the NRA banquet!

Sister in Law's Comments:  I don't even like potato salad, but this is awesome.

LD's Potato Salad

(I made the amount below and it was too much for even 7 people.  So I'd probably at least half this.

5 lbs potatoes  {I peeled and diced mine into small pieces before cooking, it made them cook much faster!}
8 hard boiled eggs, diced
1 large onion, diced {I left this out}
2 C kosher dill pickles, diced
1.25 C miracle whip  {I accidentally bought low fat mayo instead....didn't seem to matter.}
.5 C mustard
.5 Tbsp celery seed  {Again, I didn't have any, so I used celery salt}
1 Tbsp salt
1.5 Tbsp pepper

Boil potatoes in water for 1-1.5 hours.    Cut into small pieces.  Place in large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Address "Book"

Despite the fact that I blog, I'm not real into technology.  For example, I think I may have been the last person on the planet to get an iPhone.  I still don't have a clue what "the cloud" is or how that relates to said iPhone.

It will likely shock no one to learn that I am a fan of the old school, written way to keep addresses.
I had a rolodex for years, but it was a pain to make a new card every time someone moved and they eventually stopped making the refills.  The world moved on and left me and my rolodex in its dust. Sigh.

So, I improvised and created my own system.

Several months ago, Mrs. Arizona asked me how I kept addresses.  I sent her a picture of my creation and she responded with, "That's genius!  It should be on Pinterest!"

Because I am so non-crafty and uncreative, I was quite flattered by this and figured I'd share my little idea what you all just in case you find it useful as well.

Here she is, in all her glory:

I just got a little note-card sized tupperwear box at Target, a thing of letter labeled dividers, and index cards.  Super easy to make, and if someone moves, it's easy to either get a new index card or just mark through their address and write in the new one because you've got plenty of room.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Newlywed in the Kitchen Recipe #15: Mom's Macaroni Salad

The next few Newlywed in the Kitchen recipes are going to be the dishes I contributed to our Easter dinner.  They all went over very well with everyone and were pretty quick, easy, and painless to make!  So in addition to the usual Boy from Texas comments and rating, you'll have some guest appearances by those at Easter lunch.

This is one of my favorite things my mom cooks.  It's easy, but seriously so good.  I especially like it in the summer when it's hot and it's hard to think of a food that sounds good.

The Boy from Texas Rating:  3    My rating:  5  Cousin Swiss Mister's rating:  4

The Boy from Texas Comments:  I don't like macaroni salad, but this isn't bad.

Cousin Swiss Mister Comments:  I've never really had such a dish before.  Macaroni salad.  How do I compare this to nothing?

Mom's Macaroni Salad

(My mom makes a massive bowl of this.  I halfed this recipe for Easter and that was still more than enough for 7 people).

10 oz macaroni
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
Chopped ham {I buy it already diced, but you could buy deli ham and dice your own.}
12 oz jar of Mayo
Squirt of mustard
2 tsp. sour cream
Celery Seed  {I only had celery salt, it worked fine.}

Boil and drain macaroni.  Rinse with cold water and put in bowl.  Add all other ingredients to the bowl.  Stir well and refrigerate.

If you plan to east left overs, my mom says it dries out a bit, so you can just mix up some more of the mayo, mustard, sour cream, and spices dressing and add to it.  I didn't do that and ate it the next day with no problemos.