Thursday, November 19, 2015

chocolate chip cookies and life in general.

i yell at my cookies when i bake, yes. it's usually the batter's fault, yes. the cookie isn't soft, why? it's not what i expected...

trial and error. trial and error.

i thought chocolate chip cookies were an easy bake. not!

it's supposed to be therapeutic, but it wasn't... then it was... then i was happy.

baking kind of is like my life right now.... but i'm cool with that. xo

Sunday, November 8, 2015

cranberry oatmeal cookies

you guys, i used to be so afraid to bake, but after trials and trials, i am more confident now. unlike cooking, you have to be real careful about the measuring of ingredients, how and when you put the ingredients together.

i also find it fun because i can involve photography. baking/cooking is an art itself. it also involves math and science. not only is baking fun, i have found it therapeutic! :)

i remember one of my chores as a kid was cleaning the dinner table up after dinner. i would take all the left overs and pretend cooking and putting it on display. i may have watched many of julia child and martha stewart. you can thank my dad for never allowing my siblings and i to watch cartoon or soap operas. yay, tpt/pbs!

anyway, i promised brady that i would bake him cranberry oatmeal cookies. i was able to pack a dozen for family that stopped by. i followed a recipe i found on google. i forgot which one exactly, but i believe it was from food network’s website. sorry, i don’t do the pinterest.

well, i hope you guys go out and try cooking/baking something new! it can be scary, but it is rewarding. rewarding for you and your family/friends. you achieve a goal and their bellies are happy! hope you all have a blessed week!

Friday, November 6, 2015

everything is falling.

the sun falls down by five in the evening.
the leaves are falling.
the time fell back.
and it finally feels like fall.

and when i look out the window at six p.m., i feel as if it's nine o'clock.
i can't fall asleep yet. there's so much to do.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

us lately.

the other day while brady was just looking in the mirror, i jumped next to him on the tub ledge. . . i look in the mirror and see that i look my age (ladies, i'm sure most of you can relate)! i proceeded to fix my hair so i could look younger, but he was helpful and took off his cap. we both laughed so hard. i love this guy and all of our jokes.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Spicy Turkey Chili

It was my first time making chili and Brady was pretty pleased. He can’t stop obsessing over it. I’m rather happy that he enjoys my cooking skills. He's the real cook around here. :)

Anyway, chili is perfect for the cool days that we should be getting, but it has been a warm fall. I’m not complaining.

wooden spoon for mixing
cutting board

1 pound ground turkey (but you can use any kind or do without)
1 tablespoon veggie oil
3 minced garlic cloves
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
3 cups tomato soup (I bought mine from carton, cans are just as good)
2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 pinch black pepper
salt to taste

  • Turn crockpot to medium/high. Add tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, black pepper into crockpot and give it a good mix.
  • Mince garlic gloves, set aside. Slice onion and red bell pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet and cook until evenly brown, drain turkey. Place in crockpot and give it another good stir.
  • Cover and cook for 3 hours.

    You can top it off with sour cream, shredded cheese, and/or corn chips. Oh yeah, I also made corn bread because I’m kind of a pig like that.