Wednesday, August 17, 2011


yum. yum.

the other night i made fish tacos and had picked up some avocados earlier that day at the store. i knew right then it would be a good night. fish tacos and guacamole will do that for you.

it {the guacamole} is really easy to make. scoop out your avocados into a bowl. or if you are fancy, like me, you have a mortar & pestle set. just kidding...i'm not fancy. i didn't even know what it was until i received it as a gift and then had to read about what to do with it. but, it is a handy gift - especially if you love guacamole.

anyway, scoop out your avocados and mash it up with a fork or pestle until they are the consistency you want. i like a little chunk. add lots of salt.

in a seperate bowl, dice the same ratio of onion and tomato, add a little bit of cilantro and a squirt of lime juice. this is actually called pico de gallo. well, my pico de gallo. you can make it any which way, but i've been making it this way for years without complaint. dump it in with your avocado, moosh it all around and you have guacamole!

i didn't like the lime chips, though. regular for me, please.

and while we are at it...take a look at that picture again. see the pink tile in the background?

it surrounds my kitchen!

suggestions? can i paint it? help.

ps. if you were wondering about the title, that is how my little brycer pronounces it.

i know, it is adorable.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Everyday Laundry.

doing laundry sucks. right?

especially when you do like 4 loads every day.

at least i have a good little helper.

but, even a 4 month old knows it. is. not. fun. for very long.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

make my mouth sing

have i mentioned how much i love the pioneer woman? i do! i do! she is amazing, no? my momma brought me nearly 100 jalapenos and i just didn't know what to do with them until i remembered about this recipe from 2008, i think.

bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

so i scrolled through my 2010 PW cookbook and they were there, too, only with a new twist - bbq bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. 

seriously. freakin' bbq bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers!

anyway, they are super easy to make and just about the best thing on earth - they will make your mouth sing.

but, don't do like i did and scarf down about 8 and then try to run 3 miles. i could barely get to 2 and then i'm pretty sure something on the inside just dissolved out of shear jumbled-up spiciness.

anyway, here's the deets.

8 oz. cream cheese
shredded cheddar
snipped green onion

mix all together, very well. i used my stand and just let it beat for 5-6 minutes so it whipped the green onion around in all the cream cheese glory. have i also mentioned how much i love cream cheese? yeah.

while that is mixing, slice your jalapenos, length-wise, right down the middle. carefully scrape out all the white fleshy stuff and all the seeds. i like mine to be spicy so i leave in some of the seeds, but do whatever you like.

next fill each jalapeno boat with the cream cheese mixture and lay each on a rimmed baking sheet (or glass dish). after each one is filled, start your bacon wrapping.

i slice a pound of bacon in half and used one 1/2 slice for each popper. it really depends on your bacon, but i was able to have enough to wrap 30 poppers (also about how much the cream cheese mixture will fill unless you double the recipe)

wrap each one loosely. if you wrap them too tight the cream cheese doesn't have room to expand and it oozes out anywhere it can find and you end up having poppers that taste good, but look a mess. and all the lady-folk know how much presentation, counts, yes?

anyway, wrap your poppers and slather a little bbq sauce on each one before putting them in the oven. sweet baby ray's is our go-to sauce. and i haven't found anything as good. wait, i take that back. when we lived in jacksonville, you could buy pat's ho-made sauce at the local publix. pat's ho-made sauce, isn't that awesome? i bought it for the title, alone, but it turned out to be really good,t oo.
bake in the oven at 300 for an hour.

eat. up. ...and if you like challenges, try to eat just one.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


it's been a long week. (since i last posted) 
actually, a short week with days that seem to only last 2 hours. (or less)
i don't know what i'm saying, but school freaking starts on thursday.

so before we get to all the cute baby pictures, our new cute dog pictures, and all kinds of recipes...

we had a back-to-school-campout

city-style s'mores

good lookin' boys...and my little girl puppy

tent-dwelling story telling

"the moon is here!!" - bryce

checking out who was making the scary was triston, who high-tailed it after i casually mentioned bigfoot. oops.

...and to top it off...

j-man learned how to tie his shoes!

and because of that, all my summer goals are complete


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

i. love. summer.

cucumbers from our garden
right now, my countertops are full of home-grown peaches, watermelon, blackberries, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos, squash, zuchinni, and sweet corn. and these little weird peppers that are growing in our garden that are not good. we don't even know what they are because somebody forgot what he planted. that would be travis.

we've been living off of summer fruits and vegetables for the past two weeks. plus a little bacon here and there (hello! B. L. T.'s) and homemade wheat bread. i don't even have any posts for all of this because we've been eating it too quickly. but i am making coconut zuchinni bread this week.

i can't help but feel gratitude for all the yummy and healthy fruits and vegetables the lord provides.

we are blessed.

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