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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Christmas Time in Texas

This weekend Southeast Texas got a cold front and we were blessed with 40 degree weather. We don’t get much cold here, so the cold weather was much welcomed. Normally, I like to take one holiday at a time. Thanksgiving is not here yet but the weather and my radio station  playing Christmas music got me in the mood so I decided to bring out the decorations. I went with an emerald theme this year.

Found these stocking last year at Pier One's clearance sale for 75% off

Found these stockings last year at Pier 1’s clearance sale for 75% off

Mantle

Purchased this reindeer at Michaels during a 50% off holiday sale along with a 25% coupon

Purchased this reindeer at Michaels during a 50% off holiday sale along with a 25% coupon

I really like the look of burlap with sequins so added some burlap

I really like the look of burlap with sequins so added some burlap

Free things are always nice. A gift from my stepmom

Free things are always nice. A gift from my stepmom

Enjoying the cold weather!

Enjoying the cold weather!

I really enjoyed wrapping presents this year. Most of the supplies I already had.

Kraft Paper Wrapping

Kraft Paper Wrapping

Emerald Wrapping Paper

Emerald Wrapping Paper

Christmas cookies I made. Recipe here.

Samoa Pudding Cookies

Samoa Pudding Cookies

For a teacher’s gift the kids made candy sleighs with a gift card on the bottom

Candy Sleigh and Gift Card Holder

Candy Sleigh and Gift Card Holder

 

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Chiles Rellenos

Having a husband who is an EXCELLENT cook and (extremely picky with food) means I usually am the one who ends up cleaning dishes. However, I have gotten serious about learning how to cook all the delicious Mexican meals my stepmom makes. She doesn’t measure anything and cooks in large batches so for an inexperienced cook like me that can be difficult but I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen and am determined to master them all. I am pleased that she was very impressed with how these turned out (this is only my first time making them). I kept it simple and did a basic cheese filling. I tried to take pictures of every step.

Chile Relleno

As seen in the picture below, you remove the seeds from the Poblano peppers and roast them for about 15 minutes. There is debate on whether the seeds should be removed before or after. My stepmom removes them after but I did beforehand just because it’s easier that way. After the peppers are roasted, place them in a bag for about 15 minutes to steam so the outer skin is easier to remove. Remove the outer skin and fill peppers with whatever filling you are using.

photo-34For the egg batter, use approximately one egg per pepper. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Mix the egg whites until fluffy. Then add the yolks slowly, keeping the fluffy consistency. Flour the peppers then dip in the egg batter and fry in vegetable oil on medium temperature.

photo-35For the sauce that goes over the chiles, I just sauteed some garlic, onion and tomatoes then seasoned with cumin and oregano. You can add whatever chile you like for spice.

50th Day of School (50s Clothes)

Today was the 50th Day of School so, as is customary, the kids got to wear 50s attire. Naturally, my little one wanted to wear her poodle skirt. That made me very happy because I made it! I made it last spring with the help of a tutorial I found online. The tutorial is very easy to follow (link below). My daughter has worn her skirt to a sock-hop and two 50th Day of School celebrations. Since she is growing like a weed, and obviously loves to wear it, I will need to make a new one soon!

50th Day School

Poodle Skirt with Sewn-On Applique

Poodle Skirt with Sewn-On Applique

Poodle Skirt with Sewn-On Applique

Poodle Skirt with Sewn-On Applique

(Tutorial here)

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