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A Year of Crockpotting

18 Jan

I came across this blog about 4 or 5 months ago. It was created by a woman who decided to use her crockpot every single day in the year 2008, and guess what? She did! They even had her on the Rachel Ray show last year because of her unique resolution. If you ever need a crockpot recipe, here is a great place to find one! She took a photo of all of her ingredients, posted the recipes, and rated everything that she made.

365 Days of Crockpotting


All Sorts of Fun!

14 Nov

I haven’t written a blog in a few days, which is weird for me haha. I’ve been extremely busy working on a very BIG project. I’ll write about it after I get back from San Diego. We will be in San Diego from the 18th (next Tuesday!) until the 23rd. One of my best friends is getting married and I am in her Wedding. I’m so excited!!! I’m not excited about traveling with an 8 month old though… It was easy to travel when she was 2 months old and again when she was 3 months old but…8? I guess we’ll find out on Tuesday! For those of you who don’t know, we are originally from San Diego.

Our beautiful daughter Zoe is now officially 8 months old (as of yesterday!). To celebrate her 8 month birthday she decided to feed herself for a change! She picked up her little puffed corn snacks and put them in her mouth yesterday. I’ve been trying to teach her how to do that for a couple weeks now. She didn’t really seem to be making any progress…then all of the sudden out of nowhere she does it! I love babies hehe.

She has also figured out how to crawl this week! She crawled for the first time on Sunday (the 9th)! We had to get rid of our coffee table (well, we put it downstairs anyway) because it took up most of our living room. Now she has room to crawl.

I can’t believe how fast she is growing! She even looks older than she did a few weeks ago. Unfortunately this week she has had a cold. Her first cold ever and it has lasted more than a week now. She has a cough and a runny nose. Her fever went away a few days ago though, so at least she’s improving!

Yesterday was also Wednesday which means it was Baking Day! My friend Rachel has been coming over on Wednesdays with her 17 month old son Evan and we bake something. We baked Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies. They turned out pretty well! (As you can tell from the photos, hehe) Needless to say they tasted amazing. They were pretty simple to make too. I also baked some Blueberry Muffins because it was my turn to bring snacks to Bible Study today. I didn’t end up going because Zoe is still sick, but my MIL brought the food to church for me.

My oven has been pretty busy in the last 24 hrs! Cookies, muffins, sweet potatoes (for Zoe), corn bread as part of dinner last night, and pizza for dinner tonight. I love the oven 🙂 I’m not so fond of my stove-top though (as it is nearly impossible to clean) I end up using it nearly every night though. I should bake more of our dinners and use my Crock Pot. I cannot wait until we move and I have a new stove…hopefully it is not like the one we have.

Ok enough rambling, I need to get to bed now!

I Love Evernote!

6 Nov

In our world today we are constantly bombarded with information. So much information that we often forget things we really didn’t want to forget. Personally, I forget just about everything that I want to remember and this is why I need schedules, plans, notes, pictures, lists, agendas..etc.

Do you ever wish you could save just a quote from a website that you come across (and not have to go through the trouble of giving it it’s own notepad or word document, taking up space on your computer)? Or maybe just part of an e-mail you received yesterday? How about a recipe, along with its pictures that you saw on this great recipe website? An item that you plan to buy on ebay in a week? Driving directions to an airport?

Check out Evernote.

Rather than having to bookmark every single site I come across, I can save just the parts that I want to save and place them in specific notebooks that coincide with their topics. It’s like having virtual hands to pull out pages in a virtual magazine (that is the internet), or like having virtual scissors to cut out the parts of the pages that you want to keep for future reference.

I just discovered it a couple weeks ago and it is *awesome*. I don’t have to deal with Microsoft Word’s crazy formatting when I try to save a recipe (and its pictures) from a website because it saves everything as is. There is no copy, paste, fix, save, file… just highlight whatever it is you want to save, click the green elephant button that is in your browser and poof! It’s saved.

With Evernote you can:

  • Create, clip, and share notes on the web and see them everywhere.
  • Search through all your notes, even find text within images, whether online or off (on your desktop)
  • Also – depending on what kind of phone you have you can: Take snapshots, read to-do lists, record audio whenever and wherever you like. Evernote also has special software for your iPhone.

This program can save you a lot of time and a lot of hassle, it also helps you to stay organized. I absolutely recommend it!

Beef Stew Recipe

12 Sep
Tonight’s Dinner: Easy Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Recipe from

What You Need

1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium beef broth

1/4 cup KRAFT Light Zesty Italian Dressing

1/4 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce

1 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1 lb. boneless beef chuck for stew, cut into 1-1/4-inch cubes

1 lb. red potatoes, quartered

4 large carrots, cut into 1-inch-thick slices

1 large onion, cut into chunks

2 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped

3 Tbsp. flour

3 Tbsp. water

Make It

MIX broth, dressing, barbecue sauce and oregano in slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except flour and water; toss to coat. Cover with lid. Cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours (or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours).

TRANSFER meat and vegetables to serving bowl with slotted spoon; cover with foil. Set aside.

MIX flour and water until well blended. Stir into juices in slow cooker; cover. Cook on HIGH for 15 min. or until sauce is slightly thickened. Spoon over meat and vegetables.

This turned out to be a pretty good meal. However, the meat I used turned into shredded meat and I used garlic rather than an onion and I had no oregano so I just used parsley haha. It turned out pretty good! Very easy. I definitely recommend it.