Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve

For breakfast, I made myself a ham and cheese omelette. 

Ham and Cheese Omelette
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Ham-Chopped
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • Heat pan over medium to medium low heat. Spray pan with cooking spray. 
    • Scramble eggs together with salt and pepper and add to pan.    
    • Left pan and spread eggs around evenly in pan. Shake pan to loosen eggs. Flip eggs and top with ham and cheese. 
    • Place eggs on plate folding eggs over toppings. 
      I like my omelette with salsa

     After breakfast, we went to the beach. We parked near Juno Beach Pier and paid $1 each to walk down the pier to look for sharks. We didn't see any sharks, but we did see a lot of birds :) 

    The weather is so nice here everyone decided to go to the beach, I think. 
    Before we left to go to the beach, I place one of the pork roast into the crock pot.

    Crock Pot Pork Roast with Gravy
    • 2 lb Pork Roast
    • 2 Cups Beef Broth
    • 2 Cup Water
    • 3 Cloves Garlic
    • Salt and Pepper to Taste
    • 1 Tbsp Flour
      • Place ingredients in slow cooker.
      • Cook high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
      • Reserve 2 cup liquid add to a pan over medium heat.
      • Mix together flour with 1/4 cup water and add to broth. 
        • Serve sauce over meat
    I served the pork with Garlic Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans

    Garlic Smashed Potatoes
    • 2 lbs Potatoes-peeled and diced
    • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
    • 1 Clove Garlic-Minced
    • 1-2 Tbsp Butter
      • Boil potatoes until tender. Drain.
      • Add butter, garlic and salt and pepper. 
      • Add broth 1/4 cup at a time until you get desired consistency.
        • Serve with sauce and pork.  

    Yummy!! Great way to end dinner!

    We decided since we did not really know what to do in the area and would just stay home for NYE. We walked to the liquor store. We felt a little trashy walking back with our brown bag and case of Bud Light.

    We stayed up and watched football and the ball drop, and we made really cool hates to wear.

    Yes we are dorky! But it is nice to have someone to be dorky with! 

    2011 was a great year with so many exciting things happening and I can't wait to see what 2012 has to offer! (Saying 2012 seems so weird!!!) 

    I hope everyone had a great New Years. 

    I want a lot of things...

    Today, we went to Miami for Huck to look at a claim. We stopped in West Hollywood for lunch on our way home. Not on purpose but it looked like a nice spot for lunch an a cool area to visit again. We were walking down the street and stumbled across Pizza Rustica. They have $5 slices of pizza. Huge slices of pizza. I ordered the BBQ Chicken and Huck ordered the Meat Lovers. The best part was the crust. It was really crispy. They also offer $1 beer Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

    Meat Lover

     BBQ Chicken

    Daily Pic of Ooper sleeping! 

    On our way home, we stopped by Best Buy where I bought a NEW COMPUTER! I convinced Huck I really needed a new computer for helping him with his work ;) JK! I really need to take my adjuster test, so I really do need a computer, and he is almost always using his computer.

    Hopefully blogging will be a lot easier now.

    Friday, December 30, 2011

    RIP Computer

    Me and my computer had a lot of good times together. It allowed me to lay in my comfortable bed to play on the internet, I stayed connected to family while I was in Italy, and provided me hundreds of hours of Facebooking, Pinteresting, and blog stalking. My laptop was 6 years old and still worked better then Huck's computer he bought a few months ago. I will really miss him! I am just hoping I can find my junk drive I saved all my pictures on a few months ago when I though it was dying. Guess it is time for a new one :)

    For breakfast I made egg sandwiches.

    I fried an egg and topped it with a slice of cheese and two slices of ham. I toasted the outside of the beard for a little extra crunch. The strawberry jelly is a must too. I like Publix brand Strawberry No Sugar Added Preserves. Only 25 calories a tablespoon.    

    For lunch, we went to Casa Cuba. I read a lot of good reviews about the food, so we decided we would try it out since the Italian Restaurant I wanted to try isn't open for lunch. 

    Huck ordered the Milanesa De Pollo. It was a breaded chicken breast with ham and cheese. Kind of like Chicken Cordon Bleu. It came with three sides. Huck picked yellow rice, black beans and fried plantains. The chicken was a little dry but tasted ok.  

    I ordered the 1/2 Cuban Sandwich and bowl of Chicken Noodle soup. The sandwich was good, but the soup was really greasy.

    I still ate it all though.

    Even though the food was ok, we will not be going back again. Our waitress disappeared after we finished our lunch and we waited over 30 minutes to pay. We thought about just leaving a few times. Dine and Dash.

    After lunch, we stopped at Publix for food for New Years Day. The traditional Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens. Publix also had their Pork Tenderloins on sale for $1.99lb. We bought a 12 lb piece of meat for $24. I asked them to cut it down to 2 lb roast, and when we came home I cut two of the roast into pork chops. We have 6 meals and each one will make lots of leftovers. It was a great deal.

    For dinner, I didn't make anything with pork surprisingly. We made our Chili Gumbo. It was a great use of leftovers.  

    Chili Gumbo
    • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey (I used leftover taco meat with peppers, onions, and corn already added)
    • 1 Can Ro Tel
    • 1/2 Onion-Diced
    • 1/2 Cup Corn
    • 1 Yellow Pepper-Diced
    • 1 Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
    • 1 Can Kidney Beans
    • 8 oz Cut Okra (optional 
    • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
    • 1 tsp Ground Red Pepper (depending on how hot you like your food)
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
      • Brown meat in a pan with a little cooking spray, onions, and peppers. 
      • Add all the other ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. 
        • Serve with chips or cornbread and sour cream and cheese.
    This recipe can be cooked in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. If you use the slow cooker brown the meat first.

    I love all the different colors
    I bought these tortillas chips at Whole Foods. I thought they were cute for Christmas. 

    I do not remember exactly how the okra made it into the chili. I think I had some frozen okra in the freezer and just threw it in. I have added black beans, navy beans fresh tomatoes, and fire roasted corn in the past, also. It is a great way to clean out the freezer and use up any leftover ground meat.  

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011

    This is what happens when Huck does the grocery shopping

    Well my computer has officially died tonight. This makes blogging a little more complicated. I am not able to click on anything and random files open multiply times. I am not sure what is going on with it.

    For dinner we had Steak, AGAIN!!

    When I go to the grocery store, I think about what different meals I can make. When Huck goes, he thinks about getting stuff for his usually meals. And if I make something one way, that is how he always wants it which makes it hard to experiment to make a dish better. My goal over the next few weeks is to stop using packaged food and using more vegetables. I just have to keep Huck's mind off the tacos and steak.

    I played with my camera a little more tonight too.

    I think this picture is amazing!! 

    For the corn I just cooked it in a pan with garlic and salt and pepper. It was Huck's idea to cook corn with potatoes. 

    A few other pictures... 

    One of my favorites 

    I can see you... 

    Tomorrow, my goal is to clean the whole house and come up with a new, healthy meal for dinner.

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Is this worth it?

    Me and my computer are about to fight. I have spent all of my afternoon trying to upload pictures, play with my camera, and work on my blog. It should have took me 10 minutes to work on my blog, but it is taking me hours. I almost gave up on the whole thing. I need some more followers to make this worth it ;)

    While in Georgia, my Papa Mathis gave us a few bags of his Brunswick stew. He makes the best Brunswick stew ever. When he makes this, he used a huge pot and each pot makes about 60 quart size bags. I can not share this recipe for a couple of reasons. One, I have a recipe for a large pot of stew and I'm not sure how to break that down to a normal serving size. It is manly a shopping list. Two, he doesn't really have an exact recipe "Look for the right color" is what he said. Three, this stuff is so good, I want it to stay a family secret because I think me and papa are the only ones who know to make it. I went to his house a few months ago and he showed me how to make it. I really enjoyed him showing me how to make his Brunswick stew. 

    After a 10.5 hours car ride, I didn't care what the picture looked like. I was ready to eat. 

    He doesn't like having his picture taken

    That's my dummy!
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