Monday, January 31, 2011
But the moment you've all been waiting for ...
Baby K is a boy!
I was surprised. Lance was also surprised. But we're thrilled, a baby boy is a great way to start a family and a big brother is always a good thing! Lance has visions of endless hours of bonding through sports and tractors. He's such a boy :)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
This year to commerate our love, Lance and I will be going to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival! Nothing says "I love you" than pounds and pounds of bacon! Right?!?
I've been told that bacon is good for pregnant women and their baby. What? You haven't heard that from your ob-gyn? Okay, well now is as good as any time to start that rumor :)
Tickets sold out last Friday in four minutes flat. Gone. Poof. 1500 tickets vanished in four minutes. I think it would be accurate to say, Des Moines residents love their bacon!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I made up one cup of white rice (no 60 minutes available for brown rice for these starving tummies) and used a bunch of leftover ingredients in my fridge. What I found was a smallish container of black beans, some homemade salsa from earlier in the week, some cheddar cheese and some sour cream. I made the rice according to the package instructions, stirred in the black beans, and then seasoned both with a sprinkling of cumin and chili powder. I then added to the rice concoction the rest of the ingredients and served with tortilla chips (note to self: you do not have room for Costco's 3 lb bag of tortilla chips, no matter how cheap they are). Lunch was hot, done, and served in 25 minutes flat. And I cleaned out some leftovers from my fridge and made the world's cheapest lunch.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This is me when I was 4 months old. Look at those chubby cheeks. Oh wait. I still have those same chubby cheeks ...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Here's another great Groupon deal - $30 worth of Bath & Body Works products for only $15!
I used by Body Shop Groupon certificate last week and got a huge tub of Cocoa Butter body cream, some Mango body wash and a nice quality hair brush - $40 worth of product for only $20! I read online that Cocoa Butter can diminish stretch marks. While I have not yet gotten stretch marks, I suppose preventative care has some merit to it! I didn't need the body wash but I needed another $5 to tack onto my total. My favorite purchase, hands down, was the hair brush. I've been using this skanky one I got for free 6 years ago. It's gross, but I never could bring myself to shell out money for a better one (note to self: Aveda really isn't the place to contemplate how much one should spend on a hair brush. One will never be able to bring one's self to part with money for a hair brush there). I love my new Body Shop hair brush, it's like a fun scalp massage every morning :)
Moral of the story. Groupon has some great deals. Check them out.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I made these ... awhile ago. Let's not talk about how long ago and how long they sat on my counter. I will say they do seem to keep indefinitely if you ask chubby-hubs. But then again, Lance has a very skewed sense of how long food should be kept for too. But these bars were a yummy twist on the traditional pecan pie. In fact, I think they were better than traditional pecan pie. I think that pecan pie gets a little ooey-gooey with all the filling. The bars have a nice pecan pie essence without all the goo. They are rich, so watch your waistline folks!
Pecan Pie Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine, cut up
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter or margarine
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl; cut in 3/4 cup butter thoroughly with a pastry blender until mixture resembles very fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into a greased 13" x 9" pan, using a piece of plastic wrap to press crumb mixture firmly in pan. Bake at 350° for 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Remove from heat. Stir one-fourth of hot mixture into beaten eggs; add to remaining hot mixture. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour filling over crust. Bake at 350° for 34 to 35 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Actually we don't know if we're having a boy or a girl :) I know that it's killing people, but the world will have to wait until the end of the month. The ultrasound technician sealed the results in an envelope. Then we went home and promptly sealed that envelope inside another envelope and securely duct taped it shut. No peeking! Lance and I will be having a gender reveal brunch-party on 1/29/11 at my parent's house with both of our families. The rest of the world will find out then. Lance is hoping for a boy and I'm hoping for a girl. Regardless of what gender the baby is, we'll be happy. Baby K was being stubborn yesterday and wouldn't turn over for a good profile shot for the technician. Lance is convinced that it must be a girl because I'm the only stubborn person in our family. Whatever, we're both equally stubborn people. Therefore, no surprise that the baby is stubborn. I think it must be a boy who doesn't like having his picture taken - just like Mister Lance!
Patience people, patience. Time will tell if this baby is a boy or girl!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
1. Learn how to make a Korean food item. This was on my list last year and did not get accomplished.