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Best Husband EVER February 28, 2009

Filed under: Recipes — mrswade @ 11:11 am
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Last night was date night and I knew Jake had something up his sleeve.  He took the date money out of the cash envelope in my purse the night before and was being rather sneaky.  

what's cookin good lookin?

I had a friend over for coffee when he got home with a paper bag and immediately banned me from the kitchen.  Occasionally he would peek around the corner and ask questions like, “what do I do with this part of the garlic after I squeeze it?” and “do I use this knife for chopping the green onions?” and there were the occasional “ah ha!”s and “Oh come on!”s.  It was very cute 🙂  Jake has made me dinner once before, I’d say over 2, maybe 3 years ago.  He made me shrimp scampi and it was delicious, so I had a sneaking suspicion that he was making me the same thing last night.  I was right 😉

how romantic :)

 

I’m glad he made me shrimp, we both LOVE seafood and it is definitely a special meal because shrimp is not something we can normally afford to have.  And he makes one mean shrimp scampi! 🙂  

He even set the table with candles and everything 🙂

 

The shrimp was amazing…and REALLY buttery…haha.  He did a wonderful job and I felt so very loved 🙂

This is the recipe he found online:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs large shrimp (about  16 to 24)
  • 1/3 c clarified butter
  • 4 Tbs minced garlic
  • mushrooms (as many as you want)
  • 6 green onions
  • 1/4 c dry white wine (Jake used Pinot Gris, which was really good)
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice, fresh if possible
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Rinse shrimp and set aside.  Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat.  Saute  garlic until it is softened but not browned with the salt, pepper and parsley.  In a separate pan saute mushrooms in butter.  When the garlic butter is done, turn the stove up to medium-high heat and pour in the wine, lemon juice and sauteed mushrooms.  Add shrimp and green onions; cook until shrimp are pink and firm, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side.  Do not overcook (no more than 5 minutes total).  Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs if desired.

He served it over pasta with garlic bread 🙂

 

DELICIOUS

DELICIOUS

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Simple Whole Wheat Bread February 25, 2009

Filed under: Recipes — mrswade @ 6:20 pm
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Two posts in one day! wowee!  On monday I made homemade bread which I was a little nervous about, but it was O-SO-delicious!  It makes 3 loaves, which I would have known had I read ahead in the instructions, quite a pleasant surprise when I was only expecting one loaf!

Home-made Wheat Bread

Home-made Wheat Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
  2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely

I am going to keep making this bread, possibly as our main bread, for lunches and such.  I am also going to use all whole wheat flower instead of 5 cups white, 2 cups whole wheat.  I’m not sure if it’s cost effective to make my own bread, but it sure is yummier and makes me very happy.  Also, I think there is probably less crap in it than the store bought stuff, even though we already get bread that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup.

ENJOY!

 

Wifey Book

Filed under: home,organization — mrswade @ 12:16 pm
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Wade Home Management Notebook

I was reading one of my favorite blogs (Simple Mom) and came across the idea of a home-management notebook.  A home-management notebook is basically a place to keep your brain.  I feel like I have so many ideas and lists and to-do’s, etc, etc, that I probably lose some of them and most definitely lose time to think of other things.  The notebook contains different tabs for different information each with 2 clear page-protecter sheets, lists/current info I want to keep in those sections and blank pages to write on.  In mine there will be:

  • In the front pocket I have a mini “daily docket” (another great tool from Simple Mom).  You can read more about it on her page but it is a great way to really organize your to-do’s.  Today is the first day I’m doing it, so we’ll see how it goes, I think it will help. 🙂
  • money/finances tab: I will keep a simple form (standard expenses) of our monthly budget, a sheet laying out our financial goals, a debt pay-off tracker, tips and tricks for saving money and reasons why I want to be a “gazelle” to help me stay motivated to save.
  • Important Info tab: The address book from our wedding along with room to add new addresses/phone numbers and a sheet that contains online account info and phone numbers of providers (cable, electric, etc.).  And don’t worry, I am aware of identity theft, if I thought having a sheet with this info was a bad plan, I would definitely not be putting it together, we also will not be filling everything on the sheet out.  (I did see a sheet that had SSN #s, bank account #s, passwords, PIN #s…we opted to keep that info in our heads :).)  I might also be putting in flyers or business cards of people we want to get in touch with at a later date.
  • Food tab:  Jake and I plan on making a “Top 50” list so that we can really track sales and who has the best price on the items we buy the most, that list will be here.  I also made a page of “food notes, ideas, thoughts” where I will write down things I learn, good brands, ideas for meals, parties, etc.  Today I learned about the “Dirty Dozen of Produce” which are produce that are worth buying organic.  They are Peaches, Apples, Sweet bell peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Pears, Grapes (imported), Spinach, Lettuce and Potatoes.  I also learned about Horizon vs. Organic Valley dairy, all of which I put in my notes page.  I will also have plenty of blank paper (maybe even recipe cards!) to write down recipes that I find if I don’t have my recipe book handy.
  • Keeping the House tab:  I am always thinking of things to do for my house, ideas for storage or curtains or wall hangings or larger ideas on how to put together a whole room.  I also see things in magazines that give me inspiration for my own home.  In this tab I will have some cleaning check lists and a sheet of paper or two for each room in my home and a sheet of paper or two for the whole house.  I will used these sheets to write projects on, such as: Bedroom – Make curtains, buy curtain rod, find night stand, find lamps; or Living Room – paint TV stand, buy pillow forms and cover them.  I will also be able to cut out those inspirational pictures and place them in here.
  • Gifts/Holiday tab: I LOVE giving and Jake and I have gotten pretty good at budgeting for gifts.  We have sinking funds (thanks to Dave Ramsey) for Christmas and also for all the money we’ll need to buy birthday and mothers/fathers day gifts, as well as Christmas and gifts for each other (birthdays, anniversaries and Valentines day).  I have a Christmas budgeting sheet here (which you can find on simple mom’s download page), and a gift log/ideas sheet (which I made, if you’re interested email me and I can send it to you).  I will probably keep any party ideas I find and other things like that in this tab as well.

I haven’t put everything together  yet, so I will probably come up with more tabs or things to add into existing tabs as I go.  To find out more about Home Management Notebooks or the categories you might like to have in yours, click here.  Give me your thoughts, is there anything you would have in your notebook that I haven’t listed?  Many people have a section for babysitter info and kids schedules, since that isn’t a part of my life right now, I don’t have a tab for it.  Also, some have calendars in theirs,  I have a calendar in my day-planner that I keep in my purse that I used because it’s more accessible.  I am considering just adding a small calendar in the gifts/holidays tab to note where birthdays and holidays are, but that’s in my day planner so I’m not sure if it’s really necessary.  

Well here I go, off to class then back home to keep working on my notebook! Yay!

 

200 day Wedding Anniversary! February 18, 2009

Filed under: Random — mrswade @ 3:29 pm
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and we’ve been together for approximately 1144 days 🙂  I heard this song for the first time today and loved it, I wish I could have used it in our wedding!

take a look 🙂

 

breaking things February 16, 2009

Filed under: home,Random — mrswade @ 10:44 am
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So, this happened a while ago, and I wanted to upload a picture to commemorate the first broken dish of the Wade household but my computer is a dinosaur, and a full one at that.  I can’t fit anything else onto it or it yells at me and tells me it’s going to delete something…no one wants that.  So here it is, the sad sad fate of the giant-mug-bowl…

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Very Old Muffins February 6, 2009

Filed under: home,Recipes — mrswade @ 11:54 pm

For Christmas from my step-grandma (I guess that’s what you would call her, anyway, my step-mom’s mom), I received her mothers muffin tin (great-step-grandma) and her mother-in-law’s Refrigerator Muffin Mix recipe (that would be my step-mom’s, step-dad’s, mom, which I think would mean my double-step-great-grandma).  ANYWAY, I thought it was really special to get the muffin tin from Kay (my step-grandma) because Nana (step-great-grandma), Kay and Kari (step-mom) were really close and I don’t have grandparents, so it was really cool.  I made the muffin mix for the first time today, and it was delish!  I think it’s so fun too, because you make the mix and just stick it in the fridge.  You just pull it out whenever you want muffins and bake em up!

I’m posting the half recipe because the full one is gigantic, the note in the hand-written recipe even says that “I use texas gallon pale”  I’m not sure what that means, but it seems big, cuz everything is bigger in Texas right?  I wonder if she was from Texas…. 🙂 (note: do not pour your boiling water into a glass measuring cup to measure it, it may explode all over your kitchen, believe me.)

Refrigerator Muffin Mix

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups all bran
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water

Let cool thoroughly in container

Add:

  • 2 eggs beaten until foamy
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I used white, but next time I want to use whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pint buttermilk
  • 1 more cup all bran
  • raisins if desired

“Stir but don’t beat.  Keep in covered container in refig.  Spoon out to use – don’t re-beat.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 min.”

There you have it, yummy bran muffins takes only 15 minutes in the morning once you’ve made it. 🙂 ENJOY!

 

the nothing-new kick February 4, 2009

Filed under: Creativity,frugal,thoughts — mrswade @ 3:37 pm

So, this semester I have been thinking about many wonderful possibilities for life.  I have this dream of doing a little of everything and having a little shop, where I sell all my random stuff.  My re-claimed furniture, painted and re-upholstered, re-painted frames with prints that I took and developed myself.  Blankets, coffee cozies, scarves and hats that I knitted or crocheted, little children’s clothes and blankets that I sewed, pots, mugs and bowls that I made, jam that I canned, pillows that I put together, pre-scrapbooked pages for you to put your own pictures in, recycled candles in old jars, and whatever else I can come up with!  I would absolutely love and adore for that to be my life, who knows, maybe someday it could be?

I went to Goodwill today to get a shirt for pottery.  I spent $7 on it, which was really lame, because $7 is kind of expensive for Goodwill, but it’s really cute 🙂  I looked around the rest of the store and had to exercise my will-power not to just snatch everything up.  I got to thinking, that this year, no one is going to get a “new” gift for birthdays or Christmas.  I don’t know if my friends and family will be as thrilled about this as I am, but they should be.  Not only will I be re-using and recycling (gotta work on that reducing part…), but I will be saving money AND being creative!  I hope my friends and family likes pots and pictures, because I will be making a lot of them this semester and hoping to give them as gifts when the time comes.  🙂

So anyway, I just needed to blog my excitement about it all.  Maybe I’ll write down a list of things I think are rad and want to make this year, give me something solid to look at when I’m looking for something to create.  🙂

and on another note.  It is AMAZINGLY sunny today and I drove the whole way home from lunch with Jake with windows down, sunroof back and music up (all while wearing a t-shirt)!  It is gorgeous out!  I better not get used to it though, its only February.