Monday, March 31, 2008

Yummy Horseshoes!

A few weeks ago my husband and I got a craving for a horseshoe sandwich. Since we don't live in Springfield, Il anymore we can't go to D'arcys pint and eat one, so we decided to make our own. Overall it turned out pretty good except for the cheese. We used a Mexican cheese sauce, but it was way too spicy for me. So, today I got the brilliant idea to search the internet for a recipe, and guess what? I found one. I am super excited and can't wait to try it. I'm hoping to make it this week, cause I am totally craving a horseshoe.

For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about...a horseshoe is a piece of bread with a hamburger patty or other type of meat on top, french fries are then piled on top, and then smothered in cheese sauce. AWWWW they are soooo good. Horseshoes can only be found in Springfield,Il and surrounding towns. So, if anyone ever goes to Springfield try a horseshoe or its smaller version a ponyshoe.

I'll let you all know how my cookin' goes!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Room to Roam

As a mom of four girls I never realized how wonderful having space would be until we got it. We are no longer all on top of each other. Everyone can spread out. Things are much calmer, and there is a place for everything. We moved almost two weeks ago into our dream house. It has everything the two of us has ever wanted. Everyone has their own room, there are 3, yes 3 full bathrooms, and an inground pool. We are in town, but at the same time we aren't. The house is on almost 3 acres, which the kids are loving. Unfortuntly our 12 yr old must have been tuning her dad out(this happens often at this age), and didn't hear him say "watch out for the poison oak". So, she has it on her arms, legs, and neck. So far so good no other cases of a poison oak outbreak have been reported. Julia the almost 8 yr old tells her sister. "I knew there was poisin oak, that's why I didn't wear shorts. I listened to dad". Then a couple of glares and smirks were exchanged between the two. Typical.

We went from about 1200 sq. ft to 3080sq. ft plus a bonus room over the garage. I pinch myself everytime I drive up the driveway. I can't wait to start painting and decorationg. It will take awhile. My goal is to do one room at a time. I'll have to put pictures up as I get rooms done. Right now the family room and dining room are totally empty, but it will stay that why for awhile. I want to get the girls room's done first. I still have to unpack our room. Over the weekend Steve and I used our bathtub. It is a 2 seater jacuzzi tub...OMG that was AWESOME!!! It was like we were in a hotel! Can't wait for this weekend.

We are on a hill, so our views are beautiful. Yesterday I looked out the window and I counted 26 wild turkeys in our yard, some of them had their feathers sticking up. The other night when we were driving up to the house there were three deer in our front yard. It is so cool to see the wildlife. I don't know if you can buy food for the deer or turkys, but I'm going to find out. I want to feed them!

Once I find my cord for my camera I will put some pictures up. This is the house that we will be in for at least the next 20-30 years!!! Which is totally exciting for me because I want my girls to be able to come home to the house they grew up in. I never had that, and I wish I did.

Heidi, if you and the fam ever want to come out and visit I have room for the 3 of you. I'd love to have you! Are you planning a summer trip to Spfld? The me and the girls will be there in July sometime after the 11th(our weddind anniv.)

More to come at a later date. Hope everyone is doing well.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ringing in the New Year

Well, this is my first blog for the new year, so here it goes. There are reasons that if you are having a new years eve dinner party why you should make the meal first before you start drinking. We had two other couples over for a elegant NYE dinner party. Us girls got all dressed up while the guys didn't(party poopers). We all had drinks before I started working on dinner. I had a few too many drinks and was feeling REALLY good while trying to make dinner. The menu was filet mignon, crab legs, corn on the cob, and scalloped potatoes. Luckily my hubby stepped in and took over dinner otherwise I have a feeling dinner would have never been ready. After dinner I set out dessert. Turtle pie and apple pie both from Schwans. I thought all I had to do was let them thaw, WRONG. It turns out the apple pie needed to be baked, WHOOPS!!! Keep in mind the bahama mama bottle and I had become very very good friends. All of sudden I hear Steve saying "Ummm Rachel you were suppose to bake the pie". Of course we all burst into uncontrollable laughter.

Our other memorable moments of our party was the board games. I got Steve the Dirty Minds game for X-mas. We thought it would be a fun game to play. It is hilarious. The clues just crack me up. What made the game so damn fun, was listening to Steve trying to read the clues. He just started cracking up. None of us could stop laughing. Here is on of the clues Steve attempted to read: People pay to see me play with a big pussy. They scream as I shove my head between two pig pussy lips and then ride the furry one to the climax. The answer a LION TAMER, need I say more.

All in all NYE was a night of good food, good fun, and good friends