Monday, October 17, 2016

My Life #7

Happy Monday all! We actually had an amazing thunderstorm last night and for October that is surprising, I am happy with any kind of storm except for snow storms but I know soon those will be coming. It is gloomy today, the trees are almost bare and the colors are fading fast.
There wasn't much that happened this last week, it was just the usual homework, catching up on housework and the girl's school stuff.

Oh I did get a hair cut! You like? I like! It feels like I had 10 pounds lifted from my shoulder, not really 10 pounds but it does feel better and look healthier.

This week we made pumpkin bars, which are gone so that means that I have to make more because I didn't get a photo of them, I updated an old blog post from 2011, I actually have done a few in the last few weeks. I will post the link down below.

Can I get serious with you all, I am frustrated and not just kinda frustrated I am a lot. Between the kid's mess, my mess, homework, and the man of the house who goes to work when it is dark and comes back home when it is dark, I am exhausted. He tries to help but I don't expect much because he gets home at almost bedtime. I am tired, my house has never been this neglected, and suppers haven't been the best because I am in such a rush.

I usually tell my youngest who ends up crying herself to sleep some nights that I just cannot cuddle with you tonight because mommy has homework, she is four she does not understand that mommy has 2 hours until math is due or that I have to just read 3 chapters of psychology by tomorrow. I am trying to do my best in school and to pass so I can do the best for my family but I also feel like am failing as a parent in the meanwhile.

So tonight, I ignored the dishes in the sink and the pots and pans are still on the stove. While the girls played with each other, finished their homework and got ready for bed, I finished what I had to with my homework so I could cuddle with my sweet four-year-old who has been begging me to all last week.

I go lay with her, she tells me about her dreams, she tells me what she had for lunch today and what she did at school. Right before she kisses and hugs me goodnight she starts to giggle, she then tells me "Mommy you are laying next to the boogie wall! hahaha" I look behind me with a flashlight and there are buggers all over a spot on the wall.....

Just another thing to my "this house needs 10 maids" list


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Panna Cotta

A creamy gelatin dessert topped off with berries, you cannot turn this down. Don't let this fool you if you have never had it before it is one of the most amazing dessert you will ever have. It is creamy, just a touch of sweetness and the berries just top it off with this perfect taste. You can make this for yourself, a dinner party with the boss or even on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Enjoy the taste of Italy in your home with simple ingredients that you already have.

1 Cup Whole Milk
1 Packet Unflavored Gelatin 
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Sour Cream

Berry Topping:
2 Cups Berries of your choosing ( I did strawberries and raspberries)
4 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Off the heat, place 1 cup of milk and gelatin into a pan and let sit for 5 minutes to let the gelatin soften. Place pan over medium heat and stir until gelatin until it dissolves, do not let mixture boil.

Add in the 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and the pinch of salt. Keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved and again do not let mixture boil.

Remove from heat and let sit to cool for 5-10 minutes. 

Place Sour Cream into a separate bowl and whisk until smooth. While whisking slowly pour your cool mixture into the sour cream. Once the mixture is smooth place into 6 glasses or jars. Place into fridge for 6 hours or over night. 

Berry Sauce:
In a small sauce pan combine 1 Cup of the berries, 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice and 4 Tablespoons of Sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook for 5 minutes or until it looks like syrup.
Take off heat and stir in remaining berries, when the sauce reaches room temp, spoon over the cooled Panna Cotta.

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Life #6

Whew last week was a busy one!  Last week was full of homework, PTA meetings, doing my demonstration speech, baking, cleaning and more homework all to have an amazing weekend.

Our small town has this amazing pumpkin patch, I just heard about it last year but we were never able to go. This year we promised the girls to go to a pumpkin patch. We were hesitant because the one we usually do to we could spend an easy $100 and that is just to get in, petting zoo, going through the maze and more. Then we remembered the one that was in out small town and then we found out that is was only $5 to get in and that included everything, bouncy houses, corn mazes, 100 ft slide, petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, corn shooting and more. If you are ever around Spooner, WI in the fall you have to check out they are an amazing family, an amazing pumpkin patch at amazing prices.

So that is where we went on Saturday, the kids had a blast and we spent 3 hours there. We were wore out but cannot wait to go again next year. We picked out our pumpkins and carved them when we got home, baked some pumpkin seeds and relaxed with Zootopia, again, anyone elses kids obsessed with that movie?

Sundays are always pretty busy, did more cleaning, homework 2 hours of ballet practice and a wonderful visit from my sister in law and I got to snuggle with the new baby for a while. This baby fever is not going away I tell ya.

Now back to homework, I hope you all have an amazing week.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mississippi Roast

During the cold months I live off of slow cookers and soups, my two favorite things and this roast recipe is a favorite in my home. It is semi spicy, just has that perfect kick and will just fall apart as you shred it. So if you want to enjoy a sinfully slight spicy simple 4 ingredient roast. Make this.

I would like to also add I wrote down this recipe years ago but kept forgetting to take photos of it and put it on my blog. I do not know who the original poster is because this recipe is everywhere. So whoever you are thank you for the recipe. 

3lb Roast (any kind you like)
1 Packet of Dry Ranch
1 Pack of Au Jus
1 stick of butter
8 Pepperoncini peppers
1 Tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper

Place Olive Oil in pan and salt and pepper the roast, sear it just until it is brown on both sides. 
Take out and place into the slow cooker. Sprinkle on the ranch and aujus; place the stick of butter on top of the roast and top off with your peppers. 
Place on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
Shred when done, you can thicken the juices for a gravy and serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

Monday, October 3, 2016

My Life Monday #5

Hello all, happy Monday!
I hope your weekend was great and that even though it is Monday you got a smile on your face.

This weekend was pretty calm, I got enough homework done to take off on Saturday so we did some random shopping and bought some pumpkins that we soon have to carve and some fall decorations that I got put up. Sunday was a busy day for us we put in a new front door which took more time than we all thought, 2 hours of ballet and a house full of kids, it was chaotic but the house is looking a lot nicer.

Ballet went amazing, this year is Lauren's first year and she was so shy and so nervous, she was slowly following along while twisting her hair. I know her personality will shine through soon but for now she is just being shy and sweet, they don't know what is coming haha.

This will be Anna's second year and she still loves it and cannot wait for next Sunday again, it felt like we never even left there maybe that is because we just ended in June! It is a great little dance studio and so glad we have one in our small community.

On our "Slow Cooker Saturdays" I made my Mississippi Roast which to my surprise I have never put it on my blog so look out for that this week and pretzel bites.

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Hope you all have an amazing week.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Simple Crock Pot Chili

It is officially fall and that means it is soup season in my house.  I could live off of soup, I really could, there is nothing better than a soup on a cold day and today it is 53 so, soup it is.
I make this chili when I don't have a lot of time on my hands and it is so simple just to throw it in the crock pot and let it simmer all day long. It has the perfect amount of spice and the upside is that you don't have to chop up anything? Not kidding, learn my trick below.  Happy Soup Season!


1 lb Ground Beef
2 cans, 15 oz, Tomato Sauce
1 can, 15 oz, Dark Kidney Beans, Rinsed
1 can, 15 oz, Light Kidney Beans, Rinsed
1 jar or 1 1/2 cups, Chunky Salsa
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper Flakes


Brown meat and place meat and all other ingredients into slow cook, mix and place on low for 6 hours, high for 3 hours.

Top off with crackers, cheese, sour cream, gold fish, or even corn muffins.

My Life Monday #4

Welcome Fall! Fall is finally here, our trees are turning, the days are growing shorter, and the weather is growing colder. I love me some sweater weather.
So I have forgotten some of my "My Life Monday" posts well because life just got in the way. I have been very overwhelmed with school, house work, kid stuff and etc. I was one screw up away from having a melt down, no fun. I just got done with 58 problems of Algebra so why not relax and write my post for tomorrow morning.

It has been a busy few weeks, Mallory has joined band and is playing the clarinet, basketball will also be starting soon, Anna and Lauren have joined in ballet again, the two oldest ones have after school programs, got sucked into the pta at the preschool, and every day life cleaning, cooking and more.

It has been harder to adjust than I thought it was going to be, full time school, cooking, cleaning, kids homework, after school, pta, sports and more there are days I feel like I neglect my family when I am doing school for 8-12 hours during the day and night, trying to clean, trying to cook, trying to figure out life and me. I will get it down, I will get there again but for now my life is a chaotic mess.

We did find amazing an amazing new hiking trail that is just beautiful I just wish this fall weather would last longer than a month because at 45 tomorrow morning, that is to cold for my liking.

Anyways props to anyone in life that is going to school, working, has a family and just trying to get by, this is going to be a rough two years but I will make it, I have made it through worse.