Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Break

Teething is back and Christmas is here to wear me out physically, as if Rachel doesn't do a good enough job as is, so I will leave you with a few pictures from this weekend's snowfall and then I am heading home tomorrow for the holidays and plan to take a blogging break until the beginning of the year. So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Project Completed

I have been working forever on finishing a project at home. This one was a new one for me. The stockings that me and E currently had were just some cheapo's we bought last minute at CVS a few years back and I really wanted something classier. I look at Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn and Pier One and I drool over their cute stockings and really wanted some. But it's just not in the cards for me this year. Maybe one day...So I went through my scraps of fabric and found an old curtain and decided to make our stockings this year...for FREE!!! It literally cost me nothing and I am super happy. It was so easy. If you have a sewing machine and a little bit of time, you can do this. So here are our stockings. Mine and E's match, Rach's is pink, and Maggie's is the brown furry one. I can't wait for Christmas now.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Our Last of a Snow Day

We got snow...just lots of rain to go with it. Regardless, I was taking my baby outside to play. So we geared up and just went out for a few minutes but it was fun nonetheless.

She watched the snow fall outside the window for the longest time that day.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What's Cooking Wednesday -Belated - Energy Rice

I can't remember where I saw this dish for the first time, but nonetheless, it's awesome, super quick and leaves me enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Long grain wild rice (energy), black beans (energy), pork (energy), and lastly green salsa (just for flavor and for fun). Seriously! It's that easy and you feel great after eating it. Going to the gym after work? Have a family at home that needs you to be motivated when you get home? EAT THIS! Protein Protein Protein!!

One extra perk, E loves this dish and gets excited when I make it because the pork is SO good and the flavors together are amazing. And I can't stress enough how quick this meal is. It literally takes less than 10 minutes to throw together.
1 can of black beans, drained
1/2 cup salsa verde
1 package Hormel Pork Au Jus
1 package Uncle Ben's 90 second rice (Long Grain Wild Rice works great!)

Cook the pork according to the package directions. Shred the meat and pour meat and juice into a mixing bowl. Add the salsa.

Cook the rice according to the package directions. Add rice to the meat and salsa mixture. Microwave the black beans for about a minute or until they are warm, then add to the rice and meat mixture. Stir all ingredients together. Serve.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mt Vernon By Candlelight

I am honestly TOO tired to do the research for the Tuesday gift ideas and I am too disorganized while getting ready for dinner guests tonight to do a What's Cooking Wednesday, so I am posting pictures instead. So sorry!

During the Thanksgiving weekend, my parent's got us all tickets to Mt Vernon by Candlelight. Mt Vernon is George Washington's home in Virginia and it was amazing. Our tour commenced right at dusk and it was beautiful. I highly recommend this tour if you live in the area or plan on visiting.

Rachel's first time to see a camel. This is Aladdin, the Christmas Camel. He was so tiny and was 2 years old. They told us that back in the Christmas of 1790, George Washington paid to have an 18th century oddity come to Mt Vernon. And that oddity was a camel, now called the "Christmas Camel."
Rach's camera face (or the excitement of seeing a camel for the first time).

While we waited for our turn to tour the property, carollers wearing period apparel, entertained the crowd by singing christmas carols while we all enjoyed cider and cookies.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Too Little Not To Late

So I know it's been a few days and Thanksgiving has passed us all by and we are all looking into the future now towards Christmas (I know, I said it, Christmas...not "Winter Holiday") but I am still posting my Thanksgiving pictures today (Finally!).

Rach decided she wanted to chew on my sister's new wellies while she took a nap.
All of us at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

E carving my Thanksgiving masterpiece.
Rach was occupied for at least an hour chewing on my mom's beads.
She was also completely mesmerized by my dad's mustache.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lets Talk Chicken

While the Bailey house is recovering from a stomach bug (ugh! It's way more fun when you still have to be "Momma" but you physically can't get off the couch), I am going to leave you with some chicken tips until I can pull my life and my household back together.

How easy is it to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store? SUPER EASY!!! BEYOND EASY!!!

So why not use the convenience to set your kitchen up for success? Do rotisserie the Everyday Bailey way!!

Step 1: Buy the chicken!

Step 2: Leave it on the counter to cool after you get home from the grocery store (only if you plan on pulling it apart immediately, otherwise, put it in the fridge until you are ready).

Step 3: Once the chicken is cool enough to pull apart with your fingers, pull the legs/thighs apart in once piece. Put in individual sandwich bags and seal. Put the individual bags inside a larger freezer bag and seal. Throw in the freezer.

Step 4: Pull the rest of the meat off of the bone, quickly shred with your hands, divide and put into 2 separate storage containers. Throw in the freezer.

**Steps 3 and 4 take 10 minutes. Trust me! You have time for this!

So let's review what you have done...
1. You have individual bags of chicken legs/thighs in the freezer. And if you don't eat them by the time you go the grocery store again, add to the freezer bags with more legs/thighs. Now you can pull out the exact number of legs/thighs that you need, thaw them over night in the fridge, and when you are ready for dinner, throw them in your toaster oven or regular oven for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees. Add a side dish, and you have dinner!!
2. You also have shredded chicken for casseroles, soups, stews, a green salad, pizza, pasta, chicken salad, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!! With this step, you have saved yourself SO MUCH time making dinner because now don't have to cook, cool and then shred the chicken before assembling your dinner. To quickly thaw, throw in the microwave for a minute to a minute and a half. Use, Eat, Enjoy!