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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Whew!

This weekend was crazy!! We were literally busy all weekend and hardly had time to relax, but that’s OK because although it was busy, it was extremely fun!

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early for something I had been saving for Josh’s birthday, I took him ZIP LINING! Not exactly sure what I was thinking because I’m terrified of heights!  We drove out to this place in Roanoke off 114 called  DFW Adventure Park. They have a ton of things to do there like paintball, ATV courses, and zip lining!

After we got all “geared up” we drove about a mile back into the park where our first course was. I’m pretty sure I was in full panic mode when I saw what we had to climb up!!

Not sure if you can tell by the picture, but there are several extension ladders that we have to climb up to get to the top (shudder)

 

Just about the time that I had a heart attack Got all my gear, and we started to climb to the top!

This was our view from the top platform, it may not look that high, but looking down was another story!

I went first in order to keep my heart from exploding in my chest!

What you can’t tell from this picture, is we were going really fast!! A lot faster that I thought we were going to be going.

Josh however, was super calm  (insert jealous look here),  he looked like a natural!

Then he got CRAZY!!

show-off

 

It was really a lot of fun and if you are looking for something different to do that’s in the area, try this out one weekend before it gets to hot!

We finished the night celebrating my brother Jared at his Senior gymnastic banquet. It was a fun and special time with family and friends!

Sunday we “took it easy” by that I mean, running errands in the morning (well Josh did, I stayed home to “take care of the dogs” :)) Then when he got home we took them to the dog park!! It’s their favorite place!! Shiloh howls like I’ve never heard him howl before when we pull up there! They run around for about an hour then they are super tired and we (usually) have calm tired dogs for the rest of the day.

Anyway, sorry for the picture over load!

This will be a short week for me this week because Wednesday night I’m picking up Jared’s girlfriend Kaitlynn and we are going on a ROAD TRIP (!!!) to San Angelo to watch Jared at his State meet Thursday and Friday. So please keep our travels and the teams travels in your prayers, and also Jared as he competes for his last time in high school (finish strong little man)

That’s all I got for now, hope everyone had a great weekend!

 

WEST OUT!


Yes I know… 2 recipes in a row, but I can’s help it!!  I will admit, I was a little skeptical with this one, because it required homemade BBQ sauce. So this post has both recipes!! (thank me later when you make this, I promise you will :))

Homemade Kansas Style BBQ Sauce
(this has a lot of ingredients but it’s sooo worth it)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup + 3 TBS red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses (unsulfured) <–If anyone can tell me what unsulfured means, that would be awesome
  • 2 tsp all natural hickory liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  1. Combine all ingredients together in one large pot and let it simmer for about 25 min on low. Be sure to stir it occasionally.
  2. Let it cool, then store in the refrigerator until your ready to use it.

Ok so now for the meat (my favorite part!!)

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup(ish) of the homemade BBQ sauce
  1. Put pork in slow cooker and add vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic and salt. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours. (If you are leaving for work or something, when you come back, your house will smell AMAZING!!!)
  2. After 6 hours take out the pork and shred it (try not to eat it all at this point, but it’s really hard not to because the flavor on this bad boy is AWESOME).  Add the shredded pork back in the slow cooker and add some of the BBQ sauce. You can gauge how much you want, if you want it more saucy add more, or if you want less, then (duh) add less.

I topped it with a little coleslaw mix. Put it in a bowl, added about a teaspoon or so of white wine vinegar, a splash of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) (yes I watch love Rachel Ray) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Give it a mix and top a sandwich with the pork and this!

This was fabulous!  Josh and I both fought the urge to go back and get a second sandwich.  We had to reminded ourselves that there was plenty of left over for us to enjoy for lunch the next day.

Well, that’s all I got for now, I’m telling you though, if you are looking for something to make soon, run out to the store and pick up these ingredients. Your belly will thank you later!

Original recipe with nutritional information can be found here… Skinnytaste

West OUT!


I have to share this recipe with y’all!! I made it last night and it was so good that I literally saw Josh lick his plate! (not joking, it really happened!)

Asian Beef Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used 1/4 regular and 1/4 low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, graded or minced
  • 1  1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, graded
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1- 1/2 lbs flank steak
  • 2-4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 head of lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1- 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • tortillas ( I prefer corn with this, but flour is just as yummy! )
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Fresh Pineapple (optional)
  • Sriracha (options, if you really like spicy)

Directions

  1. In a slow cooker, mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and cinnamon. Add the beef and toss to coat. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours (or until it becomes easy to shred)
  2. Right before your ready to devour eat dinner, shred the meat and let is soak in the sauce a tiny bit longer.  Put the scallions, lettuce, cilantro and sesame seed is using in a bowl and toss it with the rice vinegar.
  3. When ready to assemble, warm up the tortilla (if using a corn tortilla, I like to spray it with a little pam and stick in a warm skillet for a few min on each side just to make it warm), then add your beef, salad topping, and pineapple if using  (which I fully recommend) and if you are wanting a little heat, add some of the Sriracha, but heads up, that stuff is HOT!!

This is what Josh called, “slap your momma good!!” – in which case, I would never recommend “slapping your momma” 🙂 … But ya, it’s that good! Your house will smell so yummy all day!

Happy eating!

West OUT!


Whew! What a great busy weekend we had! Loved getting to celebrate Josh’s birthday on Saturday with friends and then with family on Sunday.

Friday night when we got off work we went to Sprouts to pick up food to grill on Saturday night. We absolutely LOVE their burgers! Also picked some food for meals for us to make this week. On the menu… Asian flank tacos, pulled pork sandwiches with homemade BBQ sauce, and chicken spinach flautas. I am super excited about tomorrow night though, I am meeting a one of my friends (and bridesmaids 🙂 ), Katie, for dinner at Chefs Point!! Wohoo!! I haven’t seen her since she has been back from Tech and I can’t wait to catch up!

Saturday, I got up early with the dogs so the birthday boy could sleep in (he usually always gets up with the dogs on the weekend and lets me sleep in) then we proceed to clean the house because we were having people come over to grill and watch the UFC fights.  We had a blast just hanging out with friends and eating food (it’s what I do best ha-ha). Jessica made the best lemon cupcakes ever for Josh!!

Sunday morning we got up early and got ready to hit the lake! We drove out to Lake Lewisville (got there a little to early) to go on a catamaran that was going to serve brunch. Because we got there so early we sat down at the pier restaurant and sipped a mimosa and Bloody Mary. Then we got on the boat, which was one of the coolest things ever! It has a restaurant and bar area inside where we could sit and eat out breakfast, which was fabulous! We had fresh fruit, potatoes and peppers, onions and sausage and homemade omelets! Then we moved up to the front of the boat which had chairs and bean bag type things to hang out on. We sailed for about 2 and half hours and it was the PERFECT day for it too! If you are looking for something fun and different to do, look up these catamaran rides on their website Bigdcats.com. I would totally recommend it!

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We finished up the night going out to eat with Josh’s sisters family and my family at Brixx Pizza in Roanoke. So yummy! One of out favorite places to eat in Roanoke.

Thats all I got for now, next weekend will be just as busy and I cant wait for Josh to see my birthday gift to him .

West OUT!

PS. I told my friend Clay that I would give him a shout out in today’s blog, so here’s to you buddy! Hope this one makes you smile as much as all my others ones do 🙂


TGIF!! Am I right??

This weekend starts off a bunch of busy weekends for us! Tomorrow is Josh s birthday! We have some friends coming over to cook out and watch the UFC fights tomorrow night. Which also means that tomorrow morning is Cleaning day!   (can I get a yeah…)   It’s not that the house is a mess, but with working full time and going to school, there are just some things that dont get done around the house during the week. We are are going later tonight to pick up some food and burgers from Sprouts. Their burgers are the greatest! I am also going to be trying a lighter version of potato salad to go with it, I will post the recipe later if it’s good 🙂

Sunday morning we are going for a brunch cruise on Lake Lewisville! I have never heard of it before, but I got a groupon-like email from another discount company called KGB DEALS . I have found several things on there that I like and this one was just the right time for Josh’s birthday!

Next weekend we are going to celebrate his birthday some more with my gift to him, but it’s a surprise ! I will report back after next weekend with pictures 🙂 It’s gonna be AWESOME!!

….. Side note, getting birthday gifts for guys can be super difficult, but i think i did good this year!!.

 

So last night we had some unexpected (at least to me) storms move in! As much as I love to lay in bed and watch the lightning and thunder roll in… I find it harder to enjoy now because poor Shiloh is terrified of storms! He cried and yelled and growled during the whole storm. I had Josh get up and put a towel over his kennel becasue if he cant see the lightning, it seams to calm him down a little. That being said, I have seen commercials on TV for something called a Thundershirt, and have told Josh in passing that we may want to get it for the little guy. Last night he finally agreed to try it out. Has anyone ever tried these things before? I’m hoping they actually work because being woke up at 4:30 in the morning was not very pleasant.

 

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!! I’m excited even more so because I’m pretty sure (I say pretty sure, because I haven’t looked at when things are due, so I’m crossing my fingers…)  I will not be writing 2 huge papers this weekend like I was last weekend, so hopefully I can enjoy this weekend and celebrating my sweet husbands birthday!

 

WEST OUT!

 


OK, so maybe we’re not going to state, but my “little” brother Jared is!!

Please excuse me while I brag on this little guy! OK so, for the past 4 years I have watched my brother compete in gymnastics. He has always been good (he comes by it naturally, my dad was a gymnast in high school and college and can still blow people away with his “skills”), but watching him in his last meet, which could qualify him for state,  I was blown away!

Something special about this particular meet was that my dad got to be their fill in coach! He was out there on the floor with the 3 men gymnasts from KISD and I’m not sure I ever saw the smile come off his face! I was excited for my dad as well as my brother that they got to share this memory together!

Because of budget cuts the KISD boys gymnastic team was cut and so they are doing this on their own, with the assistance of their old coach,  all 3 of them! They are going up against teams that have over 30 members and state of the art facilities! To watch my brother compete among them was really impressive.

Now, that’s not the most impressive part, during their regional meet last week, he placed 7th on the floor, he was among all those powerhouse teams!! The top 10 qualified for state so he was IN!!!! We were ecstatic!! The best part comes next, after they went through all the individual events and qualifications, they ended with the All Around qualifiers.. As my mom, my brother Michael, his girlfriend Kaitlynn, and girlfriends mom Mrs. Allen all sat there holding our breath they called his name (AHHHHHH!!!!!) !!!! He got 7th in all around also!!! (I couldn’t believe how nervous I was waiting on them to finish calling all the names!!) So there he was on the podium and going to state in not just 1 event, but 2!!

As I was looking through pictures this weekend for his senior slide show, I came to realize one thing, hes all grown up! I remember thinking him driving a car was just crazy! There was no way he is old enough to be driving a car! Now here we are and he will be graduation high school in a few short weeks… (tear) It has been such a blessing and pleasure watching the young man Jared has become and his love for others. I cant wait to see where the future takes this little guy, I am so incredibly proud of him and all he has accomplished and love him very very much!!

So, San Angelo, hope your ready for us!! We’re coming to cheer for Jared!!

Please keep him in your prayers May 3,4 and 5th and to have safe travels for all us of going up there to see him!

West OUT!

PS. mom, I hope your not crying 🙂

Also, sorry for not posting for a few days, I knew I wanted this to be my next post and it took a few days to get these pictures uploaded.


Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb thin asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 4 slices (2 oz) thin sliced prosciutto
  • String Cheese (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°.
Wash the asparagus and cut off any rough ends. Gather 4 or 5 pieces of asparagus and if using string cheese, place pieces of it in the middle of your bundle. Wrap one piece of prosciutto around the bundle then place on a baking sheet. Continue to do this with the rest of the asparagus and prosciutto. Drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with some fresh black cracked pepper.

Bake 12 minutes or until asparagus is tender crisp.

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 bundle • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pt
Calories:
64.8 • Fat: 2.1 g • Protein: 7.2 g • Carb: 6.4 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium:
351.8 mg

My opinions: SOOOOOO GOOD! Loved this and ate it all! There were no left overs, even my “picky” husband loved it. The even better part, is it’s not that bad for you either!

To find the original recipe go to Skinnytaste.com