Monday, January 25, 2010

My New Obsession

My new food obsession is Campbell's Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder.

I had brought some home for mom to try and she hated it. I love soup and love eating it at work especially on a cold day like today.

Weekend Recap

Mike came over after work to help me with my basement. Took us the whole evening getting everything back to where it was, good feeling to have a nice clean house again despite the musty smell.

Mike headed back to St. Elizabeth to get ready for his bowling tournament. I was bored and feeling a little ambitious so I decide to help my dad and cousin Zach stack brush. Dad has been cutting the bottom of our cedar trees along the highway. I couldn't believe how much they have grown, we made about 3-4 huge brush piles just from 5 cedars. I will have to post pictures of our progress soon. Afterwards I got ready to head to St. Elizabeth to watch Mike bowl.

Headed home to eat dinner at my grandma and grandpa Feeler's. Had meatloaf, baked potatoes and all the other fixings. I'm glad my grandma is feeling a lot better to start up our Sunday traditions like we used to have. Came home to do some laundry then took a nap while Mike watched the game. That evening Dad, Todd, Mike & I played liver pool rummy while mom fixed supper. Mom had fixed roast, mashed potatoes & gravy, cooked cauliflower, corn and custard pie for dessert.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Water Busted My Weekend

Work has been super hectic getting special projects done and our Newcomer's magazine published leaving me very little time to blog lately. I'm so glad it's Friday and have the weekend away from work or so I thought...

Last night I came home to find my dad using the shop vac on my basement, the floors completely soaked!! Literally every room was covered in water. Luckily I've been doing some pre-spring cleaning earlier this week so almost everything was put away and not on the floor to get soaked. Looking at the brighter side, I guess things could be a lot worse! At least it was rain water and not sewer water, which has happened in the past! Very gross! Thankfully with my dad laid off work he was able to stay downstairs using the shop vac until most of the water was gone. To top things off my cell phone decided to die on me today. So hopefully the weekend gets better and not worse.

Hope everyone has a safe "dry" weekend!

Monday, January 11, 2010

White Chili

I came across this recipe from the Pioneer Woman's blog last week and decided to try it for our Sunday family meal. It's a spicy white chili that I served with melted cheese in corn tortilla shells. Recipe below.

Some of the ingredients used. Note: I used the chicken granules instead of the broth. Was a cheaper route!

Boiling the chicken

Sauteing the onions, I had forgot to add the green chilli's to this step

The end result!

1 whole Fryer Chicken, Cut Up (or 3 Cups Cooked Chicken)
1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 whole Cans Green Chilies, Chopped
1 pound Dried Great Northern Beans, Rinsed
8 cups Chicken Broth
1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
1-½ Tablespoon Ground Cumin
½ teaspoons Paprika
½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
Salt To Taste
White Pepper, To Taste
1 cup Whole Milk
2 Tablespoons Masa (corn Flour) OR Cornmeal

Preparation Instructions
Cover chicken and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until done. Remove meat from bones. Set aside.
In a dutch oven over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic for 2 minutes. Add chopped green chilies, then rinsed beans. Pour chicken broth into the pan. Add sliced jalapenos. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin. Place lid on pot and reduce heat to low.
Cook for 2 hours or until beans are done. Halfway through the cooking process, add 3 cups of cooked chicken.
When beans are tender, mix milk with masa (or cornmeal) and pour into the chili. Cook for an additional ten minutes to thicken. Check seasoning and adjust, adding cayenne pepper and paprika if desired.
Add some Monterey Jack cheese to the pot and stir to melt.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year's Weekend

New Year's Eve
After babysitting the Allen boys all day I got ready to head to St. Elizabeth. Mike and I celebrated our New Year's at their local bar. It was good to see everyone that we haven't seen in a long time.

New Year's Day
A typical day at the Holtmeyer house never ends up in me sleeping late! Got up at 7:30 and started playing the Wii with Mike and his brother Randy until it was time to eat dinner. After dinner Mike and I headed back downstairs to play the Wii again. As you can tell it is very addicting especially trying to beat your score or Wii age. I managed to go from being 80 to 67 in Wii years, hopefully I can get that number down before too long. Pretty sad in my opinion!! :o)

Later that evening we headed to Mike's aunt Delores' house for a mini Christmas / New Year's dinner since not everyone was able to make it on Christmas Day. For dinner we had lasagna, roast beef, mashed potatoes, salad and green beans. Once everyone was done eating and cleaning up we watched Shay and Kylie open up their Christmas presents before heading back to my house.

Got the opportunity to sleep in and loved it! That afternoon Mike and I headed to St. Anthony to the tavern where his dad was frying fish. Ended up staying there until 10 by playing pool, watching the Mizzou game, playing pitch and of course eating fish! Afterwards we headed to Mandy & Lonnie's house to play cards. On our way there Mike and I decided to switch our bibs and surprise them. We had fun and they all got a kick out of it especially since Mike was wearing my pink bibs. Ended up playing pitch there also but this time it was very different, they were playing four point pitch. It was hard to get the hang of it at first and didn't finish our last game until 2 in the morning. Needless to say, we were all ready for that last game to end so we could hit the sack!

Mike and I

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year's Eve DAY

Spent the day babysitting Blake and Nathan while their mom and dad had to work. They were such a joy to watch!

Nathan and Blake

Dad tickling Nathan, he loves to smile a lot!

Blake trying to wait patiently while "his" Dwayne fixed his chocolate milk and hotdog