Monday, February 29, 2016

An Extra Day, Homemade Oreo's, & A happy end to a rough day


So around Valentine's Day remember I made those things called Red Velvet Oreo's? Today I had a bad day. I know I'll cherish even these bad days someday but boy was it rough! Anyway... I decided to make dessert to go with dinner (post about it coming to a blog near you soon!).

What was dinner? Dinner was Homemade Oreo's. Totally worth it! (Adapted from Your Cup of Cake and Sally's Baking Addition)

Ingredients:

  • Cookie:
    • 1 Box Devil's Food Cake Mix
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1/3 cup vegetable (or Canola) oil
  • Icing:
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350˚F.

Mix cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil in a bowl. The mix will be extremely thick. I got in and mixed it with my hands.

Bake 8-10 minutes. Once you pull them out of the oven, quickly pat down to flatten. (quickly because 1, they're hot and 2, the warmer they are, the easier they are to flatten!

For the icing:
Use a blender or a mixer (I used my Ninja). Add all icing ingredients. Smear a thin amount of icing on one cookie, top with the other cookie. Press together. Enjoy!

And I'll tell you, I totally enjoyed them!!


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Go to the feed store....

This is Devil Dawg, not Mudflap....

As we were pulling out of the driveway this morning I looked down at my phone and it said I had 26 minutes to my parents house and that traffic was clear. I laughed and joked that we go to my parents house a lot on Sunday's I guess.

If you don't have an iPhone, it has some feature about it that picks up on patterns that you normally do and tells you how traffic is for that particular commute. Oh... and we weren't headed to my parents house this morning.

Hubby said that the other day he was talking to my dad. My dad mentioned that he looked down at his phone the other day and it told him what traffic was like to the feed store. Dad started laughing and asked if hubby and I were playing tricks on him. But no, every Saturday is feed store day.

Mudflap used to tell dad it was Saturday and time for the feed store. Mudflap recently passed away though... so now it is dad's phone that tells him it is time to go to the feed store. I can sure tell you the horses will be happy to have dad receiving reminders ;).

Oooooo I wonder if we travel on a trip if it'll say he has to go like 136 miles (or some random number) to get to the feed store.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Unfortunate chain of events landed us here... {Jose Peppers}

A lot of things happened on Monday that landed us here at the end of the day. It was a very frustrating day that I'll probably, maybe blog about, but until then, why don't I share food with you because food is a lot more fun than frustrating days. So anyway Monday we wound up eating dinner at Jose Pepper's in Belton, MO.

Every time we've been up here we've wanted to try it, just hadn't yet. It was cool because I couldn't remember the name of it, but we got off at the Belton exit and started chattering about it. When we went inside, it was like 5:30 at the latest and there was already a 5-10 minute wait. That tells you this place has to be awesome, especially for a Monday. By the time we left the wait was even worse.

They started us with chips and salsa. Hubs loved the salsa, I liked the chips, and Abug liked both. Hey, the kid loves salsa.

So then we were reading through the menu and I landed on an appetizer of Jumbo stuffed Jalapeños just as hubby pointed to it. OMG, I'm sooooooo glad we got these. Now we didn't know how big they were and the waitress didn't tell us, so we were only able to eat one a piece and brought the other 2 home. We could have ordered just 2. Fail on the waitresses part... :(

Anyway the Jalapeños were stuffed with chicken, jalapeño cream cheese, wrapped in Monterey Jack cheese, breaded and deep fried. Served with Tomatillo ranch.

Now the bug loves Cheese Enchiladas with Cheese sauce. She wasn't real crazy about the cheese sauce they topped this one in. I took a bite though and I liked it :).

I'm not sure if our waitress was new or what because when hubby ordered the Chicken Del Mar the waitress looked confused. She was like oh the enchiladas, and he was like no, the Chicken Del Mar and pointed it out on the menu.

Chicken Del Mar: Char-grilled chicken breast topped with jumbo lump crab, shrimp, and scallops in a creamy seafood sauce. Garnished with peppers, cilantro and a jumbo tail-on shrimp. Served with black beans and cilantro rice.

So I tried a bite. It tasted fishy to me ;) but I don't care for the taste of fish. Hubby on the other hand was very happy with his choice.

I went with the Enchiladas Especial, seasoned chicken in two corn tortillas baked with chile verde sauce. It was topped with jalapeño cream cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Served with rice and beans. I don't like beans and forgot to ask for it without... so I ate a few beans as they put my enchiladas in the beans, but whatever.... I survived!  Now my jalapeño cream cheese was in a pile there with the guac and sour cream, so to get it in a bite I had to smooth it out but my enchiladas were good. The rice wasn't bad either :)

So after stupid people, we were able to end the day with a good meal. I'm still not over what happened on Monday so I don't feel like talking about it just yet. When I do, I want to be diplomatic, not name calling :)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Boots Boots and more Boots {and Tips on taking care of Leather!}

My love/hate relationship with Facebook paid off once again this week. Why do I say love/hate? Well because sometimes I love to hate it! Sometimes people overshare on facebook. Sometimes people take what you say wrong on facebook. Sometimes..... the stories go on and on. Use your imagination.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great place to connect with old friends and new friends a like. a great place to share recipes and pictures. And a great place to find deals on boots!

Oh wait, what? Boots? Yes, boots. This past weekend I was on facebook, and a group that I'm a member of Farm Hats had a post about a Durango Boots discount. I read through the post and it said that if you ordered with the code FFACHAPTER you got a pair of FFA Durango Boots for $49. I thought, that seems to good to be true.

So I went on to the website and it showed that they were $149 (or if mens $152 or something like that). I went ahead and added a pair to my cart, plugged in the discount code and bam... $49 pair of FFA Durango boots. No tax and you could get free shipping for $2 for FedEx shipping. I showed it to the hubs and also shared it on my facebook page for others to benefit from.

Then that night hubby and I decided (and I use hubby and I loosely, he did it ;) I just benefitted from it) to order us each a pair. One... the website said $2 was donated to the FFA (I'd have liked a little more but whatever) and two, you can't beat a pair of $49 pair of boots.

They arrived yesterday. I was sooooo happy! Oh and get this... The box said they donate $5 per pair of boot to the FFA. Even better!!

I may be making a wrong assumption but I assume the discount works this week because it is FFA Week. But anyway I just had to share about my great find! Oh and here are some tips for keeping boots in tip top condition!

Leather Care

  • Wipe them off - Just use a towel, damp it if you must and wipe them down, especially after heavy use. This allows the leather to breathe and stay flexible.
  • Let dry for 24 hours - Remember your feet sweat. When moisture from your feet hasn't had a chance to dry, this allows the smellage (I made that word up). Just let them air dry, drying with heat may cause the leather to crack. No bueno! :)
  • Condition your boots - This is what I'm worst about... dun dun dun. Leather, just like your skin, dries out. Keeping them oiled with leather conditioner allows the boots to stay supple and soft.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Red Velvet Oreos

Just call me Cookie Monster :). Seriously, these cookies are insanely good and will change your life forever. Truth be told, I'm not a huge sweets person, give me savory over sweet! But I didn't want to stay out of these. Hubby said I had a little too much filling in them... what does he know. ha! I've been seeing people making homemade oreos for a while and I really wanted to try my hand at making some. Then I found this recipe for Red Velvet Oreos. Oh be still my heart! Seriously. And like I said, I'm a savory person but YUM! Anyway I can't say enough good things so just make them for yourself, you won't be sad. The cocoa powder gives a hint when you bite in and oh... I want more. We're out at my house..... sad day! But I don't need anymore :).

So a tip, I keep a 1/4 measuring cup in both my flour and my sugar so I'm not having to dig for a measuring cup when I need to go to measure something. Some days like making cinnamon rolls when you have to do 8 cups flour I'll pull out a 1 cup measuring cup just so I don't have to count so many quarters, but otherwise, it's so nice because I'm not constantly digging for a measuring cup, there's just one in there and bam, I'm on my way :).

One day our friend Jared went to get in the cabinet for a cup and asked if we liked JL's that much. We have a bunch in our cabinet and a bunch more somewhere. Hey... we know good food at my house ;)

Red Velvet Oreos (original recipe found here)

Ingredients:
for the cookies:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
8 tbsp butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tbsp red food coloring

for the filling:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
8 tbsp butter, softened
1 tbsp hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Time to make the cookies:
In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; whisk and set aside.
In your electric mixer beat the sugar and butter until combined and fluffy.
Add the egg and food coloring and continue to beat/mix (with your electric mixer!!)
Slowly add the dry ingredients and turn the mixer on until the dough comes together.
Form the dough into balls (about 1 tbsp each) and place on baking sheets, leave a couple inches between the balls.
Then take a cup and slightly flatten the balls of cookie dough.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are set.
Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets and then remove to cooling rack to completely cool.

Filling time:
We're making a butter cream filling... so....
Beat powdered sugar with the shortening, butter, water, and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Making the Red Velvet Oreos:
Now comes the fun part, assembly. You can place your filling in a piping bag with a small round tip (size 3 or 4). Pipe filling onto one cookie and top with a second cookie, pressing together to spread the filling.
or
Take a icing spatula and just smear icing on one side of the cookie, top with a second cookie and smoosh together.
Enjoy! and whatever doesn't immediately get eaten, store in an air tight container! :)



Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Day Weekend

It was a Valentine's Day weekend. Now... if you know, the hubs proposed to me on the 12th of February 6 years ago, so it usually turns into a multi day thing. That's just how it is. And 6 years ago when he proposed, it was on a Friday and Valentine's Day was on a Sunday. That weekend however we found ourselves in Branson at a Cheerleading competition....

Anyway this year Valentine's Day weekend started off with lunch with my dad and my husband followed by coming home to a present :)

I had been wanting to try homemade Oreo's. Well I stumbled across a recipe for Homemade Red Velvet Oreos. It seemed like the perfect time to try making them and Oh YUM!

Then we had to head to get Tbug. We didn't see her the whole month of January because of Cheerleading so we have her every weekend this month. We decided to grab a bite to eat because cheer doesn't get done until 9pm so we did click ahead seating at Outback. Wow, that's awesome. We put our names on the list when we left the house and when we showed up, it was like maybe a 5 minute wait at that.

They had a Valentine's Day special, a blooming onion, 2 salads (although hubby subbed in French Onion soup), 2 Sirloin steaks (Medium rare!) and a side a piece (Loaded Mashed Potatoes & Broccoli and cheese), and a slice of Cheesecake to share (with chocolate sauce on top).

Now all the way to pick up Tbug, Abug kept repeating Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride. We really did create a monster. The kid loves to ride and we love it! So we went to town Saturday morning with my mom and the girls had lunch at Carinos. Dad and hubby had to haul hay. The girls went back to my parents house and Tbug, Abug and I rode horses. It was soooooo cold so we all had on our insulated bibs which helped.

After we were done riding dad said he'd buy dinner if we wanted to go so we headed to El Charro. Man it seems like I've been eating all weekend. oy!

Sunday we had plans. Yup, we actually made reservations at Buca di Beppo in KC. On the way up, we had my phone hooked up playing the music. I got tickled when it said She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy (by Kenny Chesney) was by Gloria Estafan. As I started paying attention, it had a few Kenny Chesney songs by Gloria Estafan. Sure, why not.

Anyway I mentioned Buca di Beppo. Hello yum! We had stuffed mushrooms to start. We'd never had them before. Oh they were awesome. Then we got Prosciutto stuffed Chicken with a side of Fettuccine Alfredo and for dessert Tiramisu. OMG the food was awesome. Thank goodness we had reservations because we definitely wouldn't have gotten in, they were booked solid. The service wasn't bad although we waited a long time on our dessert, but it was a busy day so I guess we'll let it slide this time :).

Afterwards we headed to the Farmer's Market. Then to Ikea. I soooo have been wanting to go to Ikea for ages and we finally went. That place is friggin huge! Oh and I documented our first trip to Ikea with a picture :).

I found this sink. I want this sink. That's all :). Luckily it was out of stock so I wasn't even remotely tempted, although I wouldn't have bought it anyway. We did get Abug a stool for the kitchen so she can get up to the kitchen counter easily. Oh and the way that the carts go down, how friggin cool. Seriously. Ikea is awesome and HUGE!


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