Monday, January 31, 2011

Split Pea Soup

So I've been craving some split pea soup!! So decided to make it even though nobody in the house but we will eat a GREEN mushy SOUP.... LOL that's ok!!!!!!! Even Hubby wouldn't try. I ate this for days!!! It was so good!!

First I started with this

Then you know I can't leave nothing alone like Hubby says. I added about 4 cups of water and some veggies bullion. I added carrots and onions and potatoes to it!! It was so freaking delish!!! I don't think I would add the potatoes next time!! Just cause I do like mushy texture and the potatoes made it chunky. It was so yummy though!!! I was so mad nobody would even try my soup.


Vegan BLT

I'm in love with some fake bacon!!!!!!! LOL I put it in a lot of dishes. Why I never made a BLT with it?????? I have not a CLUE?? I used a Pita for this yummy lunch!!! I'm still trying to get used to Vegan Mayo. It reminds me of Miracle Whip and that stuff is kinda gross. I was always a Hellmans kinda girl but sadly couldn't have much or I would get sick from the eggs. Anyways I used bagged salad & some tomatoes and of coarse my fav bacon from Light House.


Vegan Lunch Time

I love buying the big box of already bread eggplant at BJ's. It's always something to make an easy dinner with. Well I was craving it for Lunch tooooo!!!!!!!! I baked it then melted some Vegan Cheese on top and some Vegan Mayo on a pita and Lunch!!! It's quick and yummy!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vegan {corned beef} Hash

Hubby and I used to love Corned Beef Hash with a Sunday breakfast. I used to put it on buttered toast with a ton of Ketchup!!!!!! I KNOW not very healthy!!!! It was good though!! SO I had to find a way for me to eat something LIKE this but VEGAN!!!!!!!! Here's what I've come up with and it's sooooo tastey!!!

1 can of White beans, here I used white kidney beans but I do like the navy beans better.
About 3 good size potatoes 4 if they are kinda small cut into small chunks
3 Slices of Vegan Bacon
Few Dashes of Garlic Salt (If you want more garlic flavor use Garlic Powder)
Few dashes of Pepper
About 2 TBSP of Earth Balance or any Vegan Butter

First Mash up your beans in a glass dish that's oven safe

Then add your potatoes

Then add some Fakin Bakin

Add butter and seasonings and mix well.

Put in 375f oven for about 35-40 mins. I like the top to be nice and crispy!!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vegan Mac - N - Cheese

I've been following this blog Meet the Shannons. So it is just one of my fave blogs to read!! She's cooking here way through a Betty Crocker book!!! Oh and of coarse making it all Vegan!!!! What a great idea right!!! I've made so many recipes from the blog already! i'm having a lot of fun cooking Vegan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So here is a recipe I found and had to try!! I'm super obsessed with MacNChesse and cheese has been the hardest thing to give up being Vegan!! Well not anymore! This is actually BETTER then my old Mac-Cheese.......... YUP i just said that!!! LOL I meant it too!!! I'm eating left overs as I type this!!! So here is her recipe down below!! The only things I did different was use Whole Flour cause that's how I roll LOL!!! I added real onions instead of onion powder and I had garlic salt instead of garlic powder but used less!!!

In no particular order :
Nutritional Yeast : Yes -An unfortunate name that keeps many people from trying this little bit of heaven turned into a yellow powder that is the perfect replacement for Parmesan cheese ( I mean seriously sprinkle it on pizza, salad, popcorn - whatever ). It is also the key ingredient to the best Mac & Cheez ever ( see below ) and making a vegan gravy that you'll want to eat like soup.
3 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 cup ( 1 stick ) vegan margarine
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of turmeric
1 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
A few dashes of liquid smoke
Paprika & Black Pepper, to taste

• Preheat the oven to 350°F.
• Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
• In a saucepan, melt the margarine over low heat. Whisk in the flour.
• Continue whisking over medium heat until smooth and bubbly.
• Whisk in the boiling water, salt, soy sauce, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder, and turmeric - add a few dashes of black pepper to taste.
• Continue whisking until dissolved. Once thick and bubbling, whisk in the nutritional yeast flakes.
• Mix 3/4 of the sauce with the noodles and place in a casserole dish. Cover with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the paprika.
• Bake for 15 minutes.
• Broil for a few minutes until crisp.

Here's My picture!! And let me tell you something my son who always covers his Mac-N-Cheese with Ketchup did not put a drop on this and came back for MORE!!!!!
click here to meet the Shannons

Real Homes, Real Messes, Real Life

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I've decided to join this party because ever since Christmas I feel like my house has been upside down!! LOL with the kids having so many days off lately it's hard to keep up with all the house work!!!! Here's my lovely mess and I blame it all on the kids LOL They are cute but sure know how to wreck my house Hehehe!!!!!!!!!!!! Today they are home cause it's Martin Luther Kings Day!! So I promise tomorrow is gonna be some serious cleaning time!!!! I gotta get my house back in order before hubby is home on vacation in a couple weeks!! Oh and when he's home we are lazy and watch movies our go out to lunch!!! I just know I have to get things in order before then so they don'y get too outta control!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ohhhhhhhhhh the joys of being a SAHM :)

Ok here's the livingroom!! Hoping hubby will take the AC to the basement on his vaca, you know it's only the middle of January!!! LOL

Oh my poor shelve!! Things just get thrown on it!! Need to redecorate that!!

I sure do love to cook!!!!!!!!!!!

Time for my son to do his chores and take out the garbage!!!!

Well the girls are smiling cause I made them clean the playroom and it's all beautiful now!!

Oh you aks what is going on here!!! LOL all the snow gear thrown by the heater to dry!! The girls toys from Christmas that haven't made it upstairs to their room yet or the palyroom!! They think this is their new spot!!!

Yup my Princess' have destroyed their room!!!!!!! They keep asking me to clean it!! But I'm trying to get them to do it!!!! Just another Tuesday project for mommy!!

Well I guess I can't make my bed with 2 dogs all snuggled up!!! Sshhhh don't tell Daddy!!!

So that's all the messes!! Thankfully everything else is pretty clean!! My son keeps his room nice and tidy!! Mines clean and all the bathrooms are clean so that's a start!! Hope you enjpyed my messes!! Now please excuse me while I go clean!!! xoxoxo

I'm not good with links so I'm not sure how to do this??

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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That's a Big Curly Fry

LOL......... My son Devin was eating some dinner and starts yelling for me to get the camera!!! We all know I like to take pictures of just about anything!!! He really was super excited to show off his HUGE curly fry!!! LOL He was AMAZED in how long it was and didn't even want to eat it at first!! Hehe!!!! So cute!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ophiuchus, new Zodiac sign dates and your real astrological sign - Pop2it - Zap2it

Ophiuchus, new Zodiac sign dates and your real astrological sign - Pop2it - Zap2it This is so odd! I can't believe it's changed!! I make the perfect Capricorn and don't want to be Sagittarius. I think Hubby and My kids fit so well in their old signs as well!! Very interesting though!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Help... How can I post a Background?? {edited}

So I've made my own background and I love it!!! But I don't know how in the world I get a code to post it???????? I love all the fun things other people can do on here like make clickable links and share them!!! I'm a bit slow in the coding world LOL i'm good at making stuff but not good at figure this coding thing out LOL!!! I need your help please!!

I wanted to add that I also can't reply to my posts either!!?? Sometimes on my other computer I can reply but I can't see what I'm typing :( IDK what to do to get this blog to work right for me??

Also the background I have on here isn't mine I got it from a website and would love to add my own but when I put it in photobucket and tried to add it it just made a little picture on my sidebar :( Uhhhh I hope to figure all this out LOL

Guacamole Garlic Hummus

I made this for New Years Eve and it was a big hit besides my salsa ( that I forgot to take a pix of)

1 Avocado
1 (15 oz) can Chick Peas drained
A lot of Garlic. I'm not gonna lie I used like 10 cloves
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 tsp of whole peppercorns
1/8 tsp Paprika
1/8 tsp Cumin
1/8 tsp Adobo Seasoning
About a cup of fresh Cilantro (washed and)
Olive Oil about a 1/2 cup. I start off with a little and keep adding more  if I'm having trouble mixing.

Put ever thing in a food processor and just mix till nice and smooth!! The more lemon juice that you add the longer this will last. Mine was out all night and never turned brown. Use less garlic if you don't want bad breath like me LOL

The nest day I used it on a Veggie Burger and it was amazingly Yummy!!!

Also I wanted to add that Hubby doesn't like Guacamole but he loved this stuff!!!



Sunday, January 9, 2011

I ♥ naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes: Friday Favorites!

I ♥ naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes: Friday Favorites!: "We had another great week of Sundae Scoop. Click here if you missed it. Thanks to everyone who linked up! Like always… I had a hard time p..."

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Crazy New Bathroom

Hehehe!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been wanted to do something fun in here but just didn't know what!!!??? Shabby Chic was totally out for this room say's Hubby!! LOL My mom gave this this really cool calendar for the New Year that has some amazing pictures. I kinda used this as inspiration!! I should have took a pic off the page I went off of!! Darn!!!!!!! Also I've been following SAra's Art House and she is filled of Colorful Fun ideas!! Here house is simply amazing and when I saw it I thought I can totally give up some Shabby Chic for this Artsy kinda decor!! And if you all know me I'm very artsy and a very creative person!! So are my kids!!

opps I made a booboo

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My Valentine's Shelf

I like to pretend this is my Mantel and just want to decorate it like every month to some new theme!! LOL I took all the Christmas stuff down so thought I'd go ahead and jump right into Valentine's!!! I don't really have that much of Valentines stuff though!! I do have a lot of heart things around my house cause it's kinda been a new obsession of mine LOL. Also I made a Valentines Subway Art!!! I just love all the Subway Art everyone makes on blogs so I wanted to make one myself!!! Hope you Enjoy your weekend!! Tomorrow is my birthday so Hubby & I are going out with his brother and girlfriend. My parents are gonna take the kiddies overnight for a sleepover! They are pretty excited!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Please a Man

I was talking to Hubby the other day about all these projects I want to do around the house!! We've lived here for 2 and half years and I still feel like there;s so much to do! I'm always redecorating and moving things around cause I get bored very easily!! Hehehe I just can't help myself!!! I was asking what he thought about this and that and that my mom had a hutch for me, you know cause I don't own enough furniture around here LOL. He was like "well it doesn't matter. My opinion doesn't matter cause you do what you want around here!!" He said we have different tastes and I won't let him win!! He can't bare to have one more Shabby Chic item enter this house LOL. My style or styles I should say are Shabby Chic, Country, Cottage, anything Vintage, I also Love fun and funky stuff. He'd go more this modern plain and simple and clean. How do we share the same house??? IDK??? I've decided to downsize the Shabby a bit and find something new!! But what?? I want to redo every room and make us both happy!! How in the world can I mix up both are tastes and make my house pretty!! He's like to buy all new stuff and I'd much rather dig through junk and go to Flea Markets or Goodwill and repaint every thing in site LOL. Should I just pick a room and kinda get it simple to more his style??? Also I'm so darn sick of the Butter colored walls in my dinning and living room!! They share this one big wall and I just don't know if I'm ready to paint both rooms right now? I can't even find a color to paint?? The color is called Moon Mist and it's like a very pale Yellow Cream color. I really am hating the color. We painted our stairway wall a Bold red color, I think it's called Cherry Cobbler it's a deep red. I don't want another dark color but what color would flow well with this??? Winter always seems so long to be trapped up in the house and I just want to get my house in order and love it!!! I was inlove with this house and begged hubby to buy it!! Now I'm not loving it so much!! So I thought if I could just redecorate on a very strict budget I'd like it much better!! Also I have this tiny little living room that I just don't know what to do this!! Doesn't help out 62 inch TV takes up all the space LOL. I'll have to start taking pix and maybe I get get some advice????? I search and search online in hopes I can find a room that I love and just want to replicate on my own but no luck yet!! I have to just pull it outta my head I guess!!! Time to start watching more HGTV!!!!!! Good Day All!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Resolutions

Hey everyone!!! I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday!!!!! Mine was very crazy and I was sick for like a week so that sucked pretty bad!!!!! But the kids got everything they wanted and I got a wireless printer :) We took down the dead tree cause of all the darn pine needles all over the place LOL..... I thought I'd share my New Years Resolutions with you!!! Plus I can look back and see if I can sick with them!! I feel like 2010 flew by so fast!! I feel like I didn't even do much with myself. I've enjoyed meeting a lot of new friends online this past year so that's a plus!! I'm excited to share another year with my wonderful Hubby and family. So here we go some plans for the new year!!

1. I've dyed my hair Brown, and I'm hoping to grow it out for 2011!!!
~ I've dyed it every color and managed to ruin the crap outta my poor hair in 2010 :( Time to get my hair back!!!

2. I wanna get on track with my Vegan diet. I've been having a tough time giving up cheese which is no excuse since theirs so many Vegan cheeses out there. I love eating Vegan and it makes me feel so good and so healthy!!

3. I'd like to save money to go to school to become a Makeup Artist.
It's my passion and once all the kids are in school full time I want to do something I love and enjoy!!

4. I want to get my house more organized !! Sometimes I think I just let things go cause I'm so busy with the kids and life!!! But I'm so crabby when things are outta place!!

5. I really want to do something with my bedroom this year. We've lived here for 2 years and still have ugly paneling on the walls and I just want a pretty Shabby Chic bedroom!! Hubby just hung some shutters above our bed as a faux headboard and I love it so much I just want the room to look beautiful!!!!

6. I want to learn something new this year!! IDk know what but I hope by the end of the year I can say I learn THIS!!! I just would love to learn something new!! Hope to find it!!!

7. And last!!!!! My whole life I've always wanted to write a book!!! I talk to Hubby about it all the time!! He's always asking when I'm gonna start!!! Well I have no clue as to what I'd like to write about!!!???? I just know that this year I'd like to find something that I'd like to write about even if it's just for myself!!!!! I feel like someday it's gonna come to me but when??????????????

So what are your New Years Resolutions???????????