April 28, 2010

Eclair Cake

My MIL makes this cake called an Eclair Cake. It's really good! I thought I'd go ahead and give it a try today! :)
You need, 2 small packages of instant jello pudding, (I used cheesecake, but you can use Vanilla, French Vanilla or even Chocolate or Pistachio....whatever you want) milk for the pudding, Small container of whipped topping, Graham crackers, Chocolate frosting. Make the pudding according to the directions. For the cheesecake pudding, mix 4 cups of milk for 2 small packages, beat with whisk then refrigerate for 5 min to set.

Line your pan with graham crackers! Not sure if you're supposed to separate but I did.

This is optional but I frosted the bottom layer of graham crackers for more chocolate. Love chocolate! :)

I put the top graham crackers on foil and frosted them as well.

Once the pudding is set whisk in the small container of whipped topping.

Whisking! :)

Layer pudding mix on top of bottom Graham crackers, then more graham crackers, more pudding mix then top off with chocolate frosted graham crackers. Cover and put in fridge.

If you leave in the fridge for 24 hours it will be better set. I couldn't wait to dig in tho. :)

April 22, 2010

Easy Peach Cobbler

I had some frozen peaches and thought I could make a peach cobbler. On the package of peaches it had an easy peach cobbler recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand so I went ahead and made it.

1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Nutmeg
2-3 cups peaches
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup butter

In a small bowl, mix 1 Tbsp. sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over peaches and toss to mix. Place in a shallow dish. I used a glass pie dish.

In the same small bowl combine 1/2 sugar, flour, egg and butter. (the directions actually tell you to melt the butter and drizzle over the crumb topping but I decided to just mix the butter in the crumb mix b/c it all will get mixed anyway right)? Mix until it forms a crumb-like mixture. Pour over the peaches. (Oh I doubled my crust batter so I would have enough to cover entire dish)

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until top turns slightly brown and crusty. Serve plain or over ice cream.

April 19, 2010

Chicken Lasagna....

The other day when I made Lasagna, I made way too many lasagna noodles. I wrapped them up real tight and put them in the fridge and figured I would save for later. Today, I thought about how I could use the lasagna noodles. I figured I would make Chicken lasagna. No, I've never made chicken lasagna but I thought I could use the same process as regular meat lasagna. I ran into bloom and got some chicken and cheese. I thought about using cream of chicken soup for the sauce. I didn't want to use red sauce. (not that kind of red sauce K) I went down the spice isle and found a 4 cheese mix like the one I use for my alfredo. I thought I could totally use that!!

I cooked the chicken and cut it up into chunks. In a saucepan I made the cheese sauce. Once the chicken and sauce were both done I layered some noodles in the bottom of the dish. Added some cheese, then chicken and sauce. Repeat process. I did 4 layers!!

Don't forget to make sure all noodles on top have sauce so that they don't harden. Add more cheese on top. I covered with foil and baked at 350 degrees for about a half an hour.

Yum!! I couldn't wait to dig in. Nate walked in the door as I was pulling the rolls out of the oven.

It was delicious!! I will def make this again and I think next time will def be when our friends are over so that we can all enjoy it together!! :)

80's movie day....

Kristen hosted a 80's movie day yesterday at her house. It was fun!! Sharon, Melissa, Ashley, Kristen and myself had lots of fun!! :) We watched 'Say anything' first, then best parts of 'Mannequin', next up was 'Sixteen Candles', then parts of 'Top Gun'. It was a fun day!!!!



My carebear!! I brought along to sit out with Kristen's my child, cabbage patch doll and her carebear.

Kristen had a bowl full of 80's candy for us to snack on during the movies. We also got an awesome goody bag full of 80's treats to take home with us. AWESOME!!! :)

April 18, 2010

Harley and the bear....

video

I have this stuffed animal from build a bear that I made many years ago. It says "I love you" and Harley HATES it with a passion.

April 17, 2010

Fun Saturday

I went to IKEA today with my friend Kristen! We were on a mission to get a paper roll. The paper roll is for an upcoming project. Kristen had her own shopping list. She wanted to check out the area rugs, mirrors and curtains. She didn't like any of the ones IKEA had so she wasn't able to get it. She did however find a really cute cupcake apron. So, she got that. It is perfect for her future cupcake shop. :)
How cute is this apron?? There were also dish towels but the apron was too cute to resist.

I have to be honest with you.......I mainly went to IKEA for their yummy cinnamon rolls. Talk about heaven! LOL They are so good, and IKEA is sooooooooooooo evil with them baking in the oven as you're paying at the register. How can you not get one or in our case 6! Hey $4 for 6 of them is an awesome deal! Just don't look at the nutrition chart. haha :)

After our fun trip to Northern Virginia....we stopped in at party city and got some stuff for the LOST party. Then made a trip to Lowe's and World Market.

Later on, we took a 15 min road trip to Ferry Farm and Kristen had a walk down memory lane. We saw her childhood home, garage where she first made out with a boy and then saw her old church. :) It was a fun day with my best friend!







April 14, 2010

Lasagna

Nate's mom makes really good lasagna. Last time she made it, I watched her step by step and got her recipe so I could make it. Well today, I decided to make it!


Cook the noodles....
Cook the meat, I also added some onion to the meat....

Once noodles are done and drained layer some into your pan. Then add meat, cheese, sauce and start the process over again.

Once you've finished layering top off with sauce. Linda told me it's very important to make sure each noodle (on top) is covered with sauce so the noodles don't get hard. Then I added more cheese on top. Who doesn't like a lot of cheese right? LOL :)

MMMMM....I baked the lasagna on 350 degrees for about 1 hour and a half.

I would say that it tastes just like Linda's. Perfect!!! :)

April 12, 2010

Kitty Rug

My MIL, Linda brought over a rug that she no longer needs. We put it down under the kitchen table to see what it would look like. It looks very nice and matches the colors we have in our living room. The only weird thing is Harley and Lizzie are both obsessed with the rug. It's like catnip to them. I can't get Harley to leave it. I even filled his food bowl and he didn't move. And anyone who knows him knows he loves his food. He's a true Miller. LOL I think the kitties both approve of the new rug. :)

April 11, 2010

Weekend....

So, last night I'm on my laptop and all of a sudden my computer stopped working. I had this bad feeling that I'd lost all of my photos, all of my radio commercials, psa's, promos, air checks etc that I had done. This morning, Nate went to best buy and got some device to put my hard drive in and he recovered all of my things and he picked up a new laptop for me. :)

So, Nate's family came over today for a late Easter dinner.

For snacks while dinner was cooking I had Wegman's pepperoni, Muenster cheese, townhouse crackers, fresh pineapple and fresh strawberries.

For dinner I made BBQ pork chops, crescent rolls, applesauce, and bacon asparagus. Linda brought potato salad. Everyone loved everything. And the bacon asparagus was awesome!!!!!!!!

Last night, I made a sheepy cake. Just a white cake mix baked in a sheep shaped pan. It was perfect or at least before the icing. That didn't turn out too well. haha Feel free to laugh at the pictures, and please call me up if you ever want a sheepy cake. haha :)



April 7, 2010

FXBG Photo Show....

I've made a decision to participate in the Fredericksburg Photography show this June. Nate entered it years ago and one of his pictures placed at the top. I love taking pictures and I have a few that I think will be perfect for the show. :)


Here are some of my pictures that I plan to enter into the contest:




Pink....

I was at the kitchen sink washing my hands and as I was looking out the kitchen window I saw that the tree next to my shed had pink flowers all over it. I grabbed my camera and had to go take some pictures. They are very cute little pink flowers. :)

Easter 2010

My friend Sharon and her husband Joe invited us (as well as John Blaze and the Anderls') to have Easter dinner with them. We didn't have any plans so we were in! I made a small turkey breast that morning and Kristen brought Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream cheese frosting.

When we got to Sharon's....Sharon was busy in the kitchen making deviled eggs. She added bacon bits to the deviled mix. So good!!!! We also got some chips and salsa out and put a plate out of muenster cheese and real pepperoni. Oh so good!! I don't think I've ever had muenster cheese before. It was so good. And real pepperoni is much better than packaged. Sharon then prepared bacon wrapped asparagus. OMG!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooo good!!! We all loved it and I think every piece was gone before she was done making the next batch. LOL

Kristen's cute little cupcake! :) Easter was lots of fun and very nice sharing with friends!!! :)

Farmville Fun....

This past Saturday, Kristen, Ashley and I took a little road trip to good ol' Farmville, VA. Before Farmville we stopped in at the Brickhouse diner for a hearty breakfast. I got the Bigboy Waffle combo. It's Belgium Waffles, Scrambled eggs, bacon and grits. YUMMO!!! :)

We got to Farmville, and then went around to all the little shops. I didn't find anything I needed or had to have but it was fun looking.


We did go into a shop called Amish Originals. They make a lot of their furniture in Holmes County, Ohio. We told them about my husband having relatives (Amish and English) in the Ohio area. The owner, Carol immediately had to check an ancestor website to see if there was any relation. Come to find out the owners mom, who is Amish is my father-in-laws 3rd cousin. How cool!! :) When we left I laughed and said "See you at Thanksgiving" and they laughed. :)

We found a little Amish/Mennonite deli down the road and had lunch. It was a cute little shop. I got Birch Beer to drink with my lunch. Very good root beer! :)

After we got back from our road trip, Kristen made baked Ziti for dinner for us. As a surprise project, Kristen got us a cookie kit. The kit included cookies, icing and decorations for the cookies. We all had a fun time decorating our cookies.

Here are the finished cookies!! My plate is at the top of the picture. Ashley's cookies are on the left and Kristen's cookies are on the right. Thank you Kristen!! :)

April 1, 2010

Sheepy Surprise


Anyone who really knows me knows that I adore and am a little obsessed with Sheep! :) Last night, when I came home from work I was greeted with a little fat woolly sheepy surprise from Nathan. It made my day!! :) He was added to the shelf in the sheepy room. :)

Spring....



Springtime is a wonderful time of year. Except for the allergies and sinus infections that come with it. haha But I'm glad to see all the flowers and trees in bloom. Sooooo pretty!


A field of Daffodils by the FXBG train station.


These trees are all over downtown. The blooms look like puffs of snow and when the wind blows them off the trees the little blooms cover the streets and sidewalks. :)