Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What the Heck Wednesday

This is supposed to the Halloween Costume version, but I have to admit, I've been so busy lately I really haven't had much time for research.  So, this may actually be the shortest post ever.  Has anyone else wondered why basically all Halloween costumes for women are "sexy" this and "sexy" that.  Really??  Why?  I tried to avoid those in this post, but it was hard to find some costumes for women that weren't sexy unless you wanted to be something stupid like a bottle of ketchup.  (No offense to anyone who dressed up like Ketchup.)

Let's get the sexy ones out of the way:

 A gum ball machine.  Notice that the gum balls would actually exit her, err uhmm.... never mind.
Now you knew that after Mitt Romney's comment about loving Big Bird, we'd see this costume.  But sexy?  Really?  Way to ruin a childhood favorite.  By the way, I understand that Sesame Street has issued a cease and desist regarding the "sexy Big Bird" costumes.  Good luck, Sesame Street!
I actually like this costume, but I think her dress needs to be about 8 to 12 inches longer otherwise there might be a few traumatized trick or treaters.

Everyone loves bacon!  Or is she dressed up as GaGa?
Christmas Story leg lamp - Now this is actually a great costume!  Although quite short, it's still a great idea.

Doctor Shots - Chief of Intoxication.  I'm sure his treatments are highly sought after.

Full Moon Repairs - I know some folks who actually sport this look every day.  Unfortunately, for me.
Beer keg costume with a functioning tap.  This guy would be one of the most popular people at the party.

Well, I guess that's it.  I found a cute couch potato costume that I wanted to share, but I couldn't get a clear picture.  I wish I could be a couch potato tonight.  I would really like one night this week when I don't have any place to take anyone.

If you see me out with my boys, be forewarned, if you are dressed anything remotely "Gangnam Style," I will not be responsible for my actions.  Oh, one more thing - I'm not scared by people jumping out from behind things.  My dad did that almost every single day of my life.  I'm immune.

Everyone have fun and be careful out there!  There are alot of crazies and most of them tend to come out on Halloween.

Happy Hump Day ya'll!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Stuffed Breakfast Crescent Rolls

Several years ago, the fiance of a sweet co-worker brought breakfast to all of us in the office.  (Hi, Lisa and Sam!)  I remember it was fabulous fruit and the most amazing ham & cheese crescent rolls.  I totally made a pig of myself.  I think I was pregnant at the time, so I had an excuse. Eh hmmm... Anyway, I had to have the recipe, and he kindly shared.  Unfortunately, I didn't write it down and I also had what I call pregnancy stupidity so I was lucky to remember my own name at the time.  Sometime later, I attempted to make what I thought he said, and no one died.  In fact, they really liked them.  So, here's what I do:

1 can of crescent rolls (makes 8 rolls)
whipped cream cheese
swiss cheese - 2 slices
and deli ham (baked or smoked, your preference) 2 or 3 slices

Separate out your crescent triangles and lay them flat. 

Spread a thin layer of whipped cream cheese over the triangle.  Take a slice of swiss cheese and divide it into 4 pieces.  Take one piece of swiss cheese and place it on the triangle with cream cheese. 

Now, take a small piece of ham and place it on top of the cream cheese/swiss cheese.  Roll up your crescent and repeat until all 8 are done.

My boys also like to make these crescents using sausage and cheddar cheese.  For these I use the prepackaged frozen sausage patties (they're approximately 4" in diameter), and cut them into 4 equal pieces.  For 8 rolls, we would use 2 pieces of 4" sausage patties.  I always have some shredded cheddar cheese on hand, and we'll sprinkle that on instead of using the swiss cheese.  Again, continue the process until 8 are complete.  Roll them up and space them evenly on the baking sheet.  I usually end up making 8 ham & swiss cheese and 8 sausage & cheddar cheese.  If I'm lucky we'll have some left over for the next day, but that rarely happens.

These stuffed breakfast crescent rolls are so easy to make that my boys made these while I was slurping down coffee and trying to wake up.
By the way, in preparing this post, I checked with Sam, and he combines two crescents to make 1 roll, he also adds little mozzarella cheese and about 7 to 8 minutes in the baking process, he'll brush the crescents with some egg white. 

These are a favorite in our home, and I'm sure you'll love them too!  Enjoy!

Original recipe received from Sam Coulter and adapted.  Thanks Sam!  Muuuah!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Crazy week, this week.  There's not much to report on though.  I guess that's a good thing.  Right?  RIGHT??
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The boys and I did some more experimenting with crisped rice cereal, and it was yummy.  You can read about it here.  Also, last weekend I made a big pot of Cabbage Creole, a favorite in the Fall & Winter months.  It lasted a whole 2 days.  You can get that recipe here.
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I've ordered Blogger for Dummies in the hopes it will help me make some much-needed changes to the blog.  I'm tired of the cookie-cutter beginner template, and need to personalize more things around here.  Plus, I'm trying to figure out how I can separate out recipes with their own tab or "page."  Stay tuned.  Hopefully I'll get these things worked out soon.
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Parent teacher conferences - I don't care for them, especially the middle school conferences that are NOT organized at all.  At these conferences, my son's teaching "team" is located in one room and you have to jockey for a chance to visit with each of the teachers.  Although some parents are courteous and form a line, others just walk in and sit down with a newly available teacher before a parent in line can get to the table.  Frustrating!!  PLUS, although I know this was parent teacher conference night, if you're child is having problems so significant that it requires 30+ minutes of the teacher's time, maybe you should schedule a private conference.  Just sayin'.
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Have any of you ever had an allergy test.  I had one done in the early 90s, where they did a scratch test on my back.  I took allergy shots for a few years.  Well, apparently, I didn't take the shots long enough for it to make a significant difference in my allergies.  So, I had another allergy test done Thursday, and apparently I'm allergic to everything.  Seriously.  Dust, mold, trees, grass, feathers, horses, dogs and cats - Oh, and cockroaches.  Ummm yeah.  They tested me for cockroaches.  Gross.  I'm still allergic to all of the things I remember from my 1st test.

I'm highly allergic to cats and oak trees.  Obviously, I knew that.  I can avoid cats for the most part, but oak trees?  How on earth am I supposed to avoid them?  This is Arkansas for crying out loud.  There are oak trees everywhere.  I live on 3 acres of oak trees.

My doctor has offered me at-home immunotherapy.  This means that I would go to the clinic for the first 2 or 3 shots, and they would teach me how to administer the shot myself, how to use an Epipen, etc.  Anytime my dosage is increased or changed in anyway, I would have to go to the clinic for that shot.  I don't have any doubts that I could give myself a shot, but man, we're looking at over $4,000 each year PLUS the cost of the syringes, etc.  Additionally, they recommend that I continue to take the allergy meds I've been taking, AND the immunotherapy should last three to five years for it to be really effective.  Yikes!    After the 3- to 5-year period, my allergies may be completely reversed or in the very least significantly reduced.  So, there's that....
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I judged a chili cook off today.  I totally forgot I was supposed to do it.  It was really great timing though because this morning was really crazy, and I didn't have time to fix myself some lunch.    It was a nice reminder that some surprises are actually good ones. 
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I hope your surprises are good ones!  TGIF!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What the Heck Wednesday

As I'm sure you're all aware, simply because our kids have reminded us one BAZILLION times, next Wednesday is Halloween.  So, I think next week we'll do a Halloween costume feature.  I know I've seen so many costumes that deserve to be mocked, I'm sure you've seen some doozies as well.  If you see anything you think should be featured, send me the link, and I'll give you shout out.  See my contact info under About Me.

While researching last week's WTHW post, I came across several pairs of pretty ugly shoes, so I decided it was time to do another shoe post.  You would not believe how many pairs of hideous shoes I've found.  I finally just had to quit looking because there is apparently do end to the ugliness.  So, let's get started, shall we?
I'm sure we've all heard of a gumshoe.  I guess this is a stepped in gum shoe.  Although clever, not something that I would wear.  By the way, this is one of the tamer shoes I found.

Is this a purse, a shoe, a shoe purse?  Who the heck knows.  Now someone can truly keep their money in their shoe, along with their wallet, their lipstick, car keys, etc.

There are some sick and twisted people in this world.  Who on earth would wear these?  Then again, clear shoes to me scream STRIPPER, maybe the hamster is part of the act?  Eh hmm...... Never mind.

I would say someone seriously needs a pedicure!

Why on earth would I want to wear a pair of shoes that make me look like I was caught with my pants around my ankles?

These look like another DIY fail.  Notice the sole is constructed of corks?  Apparently, they did a little too much drinking when they made these.
Oh look!  Stirrups and slippers.  These are for the ladies who wear jammies and slippers to WalMart.  It's the latest accessory.  Now just slip on the micro mini and let your butt cheeks hang out, and you'll be "stylin'."
What the ^&*#??!!

Awww... stripper wedding shoes! 
They said these were inspired by THOR.  Ummm..... I'm sorry, when I think of Thor, I think of this....

not iridescent purple wings and rainbows.
These are called armadillo shoes.  They remind me of a crab - Mr. Crabs to be specific. 

Hey - put these with those oatmeal flats I featured a while back, and we can carb load!

These Reeboks must have been designed by the Joker. 

That's it for today folks!  Remember, send me your hideous Halloween costume submissions.

Happy Hump Day, ya'll!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Whatchamadoodle Rice Crispy Treats

My youngest named these.  We were trying to create our own version of a candy bar with a similar name.  Although, it's not an exact recreation, it's similar and quite tasty.  Other than the marshmallows, I used items that I already had on hand.

Again, I followed the basic Rice Crispy Treat recipe:

3 tbs. of butter
10 oz. marshmallows
6 cups of crisped rice cereal

Additional ingredients used:
1/3 cup of peanut butter
20 to 24 caramels (we may or may not have eaten some out of the bag)
1/8 cup cream or milk
1 tbs shortening

Prepare a 9 X 13 pan.  In a large pot, melt the butter being careful not to burn it. Once the butter is melted, add the marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted so they don't scorch. 

When the marshmallows were melted, we added 1/3 cup of peanut butter and mixed it in well.  We then removed the pot from the heat and added the crisped rice cereal and stirred to coat the cereal well with the marshmallow/peanut butter mixture.  Next, pour the mixture into the prepared 9X13 pan, butter your hands, and press the mixture into the prepared pan.

Ignore the frozen pina cola mix on the counter.  (That was for my benefit.)
While the crisped rice mixture is cooling, add approximately 20 to 24 caramels to a double boiler.  We may or may not have eaten a few of the caramels.  Don't bother count what's here, because I have no idea where in the process I took this photo.  We may have still been unwrapping the caramels at this point.
 Add approximately 1/8 cup of cream or milk to the caramels to help make them easier to spread.

Stir caramel mixture until it's completely melted.

Pour the caramel mixture onto the crisped rice and spread evenly.  Set it aside and allow it cool.  Now again in a double boiler, add approximately 8 to 10oz. of chocolate chips and a 1 tbs of shortening.  (I say approximately, because I used an open bag of mini Tollhouse chips that I had on-hand.)  The shortening lessens the chance your chocolate with seize, and it will make the chocolate a little easier to spread but still allow it firm up when cooled. 
Now that the chocolate has melted, you want to spread it evenly over your cooled crisped cereal/caramel mixture. Allow it to cool thoroughly so that the chocolate will be hard before slicing and serving.

I actually refrigerated this for about 2 hours before I cut it.  These are really yummy, but I think next time I'll bump the peanut butter up to 1/2 cup and make the caramel layer a little thicker.  My husband, who does not like rice crispy treats at all, really liked these and has probably eaten 1/2 the pan already, if that tells you anything.
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