Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Day of Accomplishments

It was an exciting morning in our household. 

During a rather uneventful breakfast The Short Chic announces quite proudly that she "did it!"

The Husband and I might have expected to see a mess when we turned around. However, instead we were so excited to see she had tied her shoe by herself for the first time...EVER! 

I was even more excited because she credited me with showing her how!

I love it when little kids finally figure it all out. The sense of accomplishment is huge. She did not just do it once, she tied both shoe laces and then gave herself double knots. 

How can that not melt your heart?

And if it could not get any better, tonight The Short Chic got herself ready for dance.  She wanted her hair to look pretty so she did it herself. At the age of 5,she put her own hair up in a bun. 

Did I say she did it all by herself?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Campfire Breakfast Burritos

Our Second Annual Family Camp-out is next weekend.

I absolutely love fall camping! The weather is perfect: warm sunny days followed by a cool crisp evening. Perfect for a campfire. With a campfire comes food cooked on a campfire!

My secret to successful camping starts with good prep work. The week before I go camping I am planning meals and activities. This year we are having some of our camping favorites: Walking Taco's, Hot Dogs, Breakfast Burrito's, and some dutch oven cooking.

Today I pre-made the  Breakfast Burrito's. I love to make these up ahead of time and freeze them. They will serve as a cold source for my cooler and they thaw slowely. When it is time to cook them, I just place them on the campfire and they heat up.

I am sure there are many different ways to make Breakfast Burrito's but this is my preferred method.

Step One: Ingredients

What would you like in your burrito's? I usually put some type of meat in my burrito's. Bacon, Sausage, Chorizo, even meatless substitutes will work great. Next, eggs or egg substitute. Vegetables? My family is split on what vegetables we like and don't like. Sometimes I add mushrooms, peppers, or onions. The last ingredient that I normally use is potatoes.

Step Two: Prepare Ingredients

This is where I maybe a bit odd. I like to cook each component separately. I start with the meat.
Then I will saute any vegetables I am using. Then I scramble the eggs. Depending on the potatoes you choice to use, you may need to cook them too.

Step Three: Mix 'em Together

As the individual components are cooked, I mix them together in a large bowl.  I also add the things that did not need to be cooked: cheese and my choice of potatoes.

 As my friend Angie can tell you, I am not a measuring kinda lady. I usually add ingredients until it looks right to me. That kind of cooking drives Angie crazy! So for those who need some parameters: I used 1 pound of sausage; 1 package of Simply Potatoes, 10 eggs, 1/2 cup milk in my eggs, and about 2 cups of cheese.

These are the potatoes I use. They can be found in the refrigerator section right next to the eggs. They are perfect for breakfast burrito's. I do not heat them before I make the burrito.

Step Four: Fold Your Burrito

Step Five: Wrap It In Foil

Folding a burrito is not complicated. You simply fold in the ends and roll it. After it is rolled, I wrap mine in two layers of aluminum foil.  They are going to be cooked over a campfire after all.

When wrapping the burrito in aluminum foil, you want to create a pocket for steam. I bring the long ends up together and fold them down towards the burrito.

After the long end is secured; work on the short ends. Roll them up tightly.

After all the burritos are rolled and wrapped I put them in a plastic bag and freeze them. They are then ready for the camping trip!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day:Belgian Waffles

Happy Labor Day to you!

We are enjoying a nice, laid back Labor Day at my household. The kids have no school and The Husband and I are both enjoying a holiday from our work.We were originally planning to go camping this weekend but when the heat spiked and temperatures soared close to 100 degree's we opted to stay home instead.

My Belgian Waffle story actually starts some five years ago when we first moved into our home. We have hard wood floors on one level of our house and I purchased a large red area rug for our family room. As soon as we got it home we noticed the rug shed. Badly! It has continued to shed to the point that there are bare spots in the rug.

As I was cleaning the house Saturday, I noticed how horrible it looked. We decided to make a trip to Nebraska Furniture Mart to look for a new one. We did find one that we all liked {well, except The Short Chic, she wanted a pink rug only}. Nebraska Furniture Mart was running a sale with free financing for 30 months but you had to spend $500.00. Our rug was way less than that, so we had to find something else to buy to bring us to the minimum.

As I was wondering the kitchen area trying to justify another kitchen gadget, I saw the waffle irons. I did not have one. I have had to borrow my friend Meeghan's every time I made waffles. So, my husband decided to bring one home with the promise of waffles for breakfast Labor Day morning.

I found this recipe from Taste of Home. The waffles were so yummy that I am posting them here in case you would like to try!

Belgian Waffles

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.

Use a pre-heated waffle iron. This recipe yielded 6 waffles.

Delish! I wish I had strawberries to put on top of them but the one thing I have not done this Labor Day Weekend is grocery shop.

And as for the rug, tell me what do you think?