Monday, December 19, 2011

Blog Award

I was so happy to receive this fun little award from Tess at
Make sure you check her blog out, it is great!

The Liebster award ("Liebster" is the German word for friend or love) originated in Germany. The aim of the award is to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers.

I chose to pass this award onto these really great writers:

Consider following these blogs, they are awesome!
These are the guidelines for accepting the award:
1. Show your Thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
3. Post the award on your blog
4. have fun and spread the Karma
5. Save the Leibster image to your computer and upload it to your blog

Monday, December 12, 2011

Quick & Easy Dinners

This time of year is crazy for everyone...not just moms!  Usually I love to make a good dinner but lately making dinner just seems like another "to do" on an already VERY long list.  On top of getting ready for the holidays and  my baby's first birthday, my little guy is sick for the first time.  This means mommy is getting very little sleep.

On days like today, crockpot dinners are the best!  Here are 2 of my favorite easy, quick recipes.

Spicy Potato Soup
1 lb. ground beef or sausage (we always use sausage that we take out of the casings), browned
4 cups cubed, peeled potatoes
1 small onion, chopped
3 8-oz cans tomato sauce
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1/2-1 tsp hot pepper sauce

1. Combine all ingredients except water in slow cooker.  Add enough water to cover ingredients. (I usually add a little extra.)
2. Cover and cook on Low 8-10 hours or High 5 hours, until potatoes are tender.

*Pick up some crusty bread to eat with it!

Crockpot Salsa Chicken
1 lb. Chicken breast
1 jar of salsa
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans

1. Combine all ingredients.
2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. 

*I shred the chicken and mix everything together.  We put this on a burrito wrap with some avocado, sour cream and cheddar cheese.  We love it so much it is now a staple in our house.  Quick and delicious.  I have also seen people throw in cream cheese but it is great without it and I know I don't need the extra calories!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ornament Wreath

While browsing Pinterest a few months ago I came across these instructions for a really cute ornament wreath.  Over the weekend I gave it a try and I am really excited about the way it came out.  I used mostly ornaments in varying sizes from the dollar store and a few extra I had around the house.  

I like that my wreath has no real pattern to it (not that I could have made one if I wanted to.)  I do think my bow skills could use a little work.  At the end of this season I am going to buy a bunch of discounted ornaments and make a few of these wreaths for family and friends for next year.  Hopefully by then I will have gotten better at bows!!!