Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
· 10 cups popped popcorn, I like to pop my own
· 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
· 1 cup butter (no substitutes)
· ½ c light corn syrup
· ½ tsp cream of tartar
· ½ tsp baking soda
· ½ tsp vanilla extract
· ½ c dried cranberries
· ½ c whole almonds, toasted
· 12 oz. white chocolate chips
· 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
Keep popcorn warm in a large bowl in 300° oven. In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and cream of tartar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 300°-310° (hard crack stage). Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and extract. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; toss gently. Spread into two greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Cool completely and break into pieces.
Once popcorn is cool, return to bowl and mix with cranberries and almonds. Melt chocolate chips and stir in vegetable shortening until mixture is smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture and stir to coat. Spread back into pans, and allow to cool completely. When mixture is cooled and set, break into chunks for serving. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature. Enjoy!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
1 pound ground beef
2 (15 ounce) cans spicy chili beans
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
8 ounces Velveeta, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Monday, December 8, 2008
Since we were already there, we went ahead and stood in line to go inside. Talk about some tight security. We had to wait forever in line, all the while holding these credit card sized cards that could detect explosives on us. We entertained ourselves by buying a couple of souvenirs, like this little torch for the girls. There was no food allowed inside, so that kids were able to get a snack of all that was left in my purse. Finally, we went through what I think was a metal detector except that you had to stand there and they just jet-puffed air on you. Very strange. But in the end worth it because then we got to go inside the museum. That’s a picture of the original torch that she carried.
Her toes REALLY are that big! Leila thought they were a blast. She just kept rubbing them and playing with them. We finally had to pull her away. This is the view from inside of her and looking up. The spiral staircase leads all the way up to the top, but they don’t let the public go up there.
When you step outside though, it is SUPER windy. I thought we were going to blow away! And it was freezing too! But when you’re standing right underneath her, you get a sense of just how majestic she is. For those who haven’t been, I would definitely recommend it. It is really, really neat, and now the girls are even more obsessed with the Statue of Liberty.
Here we are getting ready to go the game. At this point, we’re pretty much sweating in all the clothes we have on. Three pairs of pants each. In fact, I had to run out last night to buy a pair of jeans for Gabrielle because as I was getting everything together, I realized that I’d forgotten to bring Gabrielle’s pants. Luckily, we’d eaten dinner at a restaurant that was next door to a Children’s Place, so I quickly drove back there to get some jeans. Unfortunately, I arrived at 8:02, and the store closed at 8! I had to beg the guy to let me in. . . “Please sir, we’re from out of town, and I forgot to pack my daughter’s pants!” The good news is that it worked, and she’s wearing them there. . . along with the two pairs underneath. By the time we got to the stadium, they were drowning in clothes. Boots, coats, hats, gloves, scarves. . . the whole nine yards. But that doesn't stop them from taking in everything that's going on around them. In case you're wondering, they're staring at a giant video screen and trying to figure out where all the loud music is coming from. They're actually waiting to get their faces painted. Leila didn't really go for it. As soon as she felt the airbrush on her face, she was off. But Gabrielle never says no to face painting. And apparently neither does her dad. :-)