My First Deployment

7.12.2010 00:59 Posted by Amanda 2 comments
Heck this really sucks, here I am in Alaska and Chris is still in Oklahoma hanging out with friends. He hasn't left yet which makes it ten times harder knowing he is still stateside. :(

I am scared to death of "letting" my best friend go so far away for a long time. He is my better half. I am afraid he will not be the same when he returns or that he wont return at all.

I am so proud of him though for going to fight for our country. He is an awesome dad and an amazing husband.

I get worried that it will not be the same and that he will come back a completely different person.

My Journey of Cloth!

5.04.2010 10:28 Posted by Amanda 0 comments
So I started cloth diapering Skye when she was about two months old.
I bought many different diapers to try and am still trying more.
I buy specifically from WAHMs becuase I believe in supporting them.
Chris was not so on board to begin with he didn't want to change her and left that for me to do, but if he never changed her I would be fine with that as long as she stayed in cloth.

I use fitteds
A few Reviews for you
Cloth! is the new diaper - She has two version her first version has a wide crotch and shorter wings but a great fit on my daughter. version 2.0 is by far a better version longer wings and a skinnier crotch. great fit and a trim diaper. She has super cute prints and excellent customer service. And as for absorbancy it is awesome. Skye sleeps in her CNDs, granted they are soaked after 12 hours but what do you expect putting a baby in cloth for that long.

Goodmama Simple goods- My favorite diaper as far as fit but they are quite pricey brand new. absorbancy not so good and customer service- I don't know as I have not dealt with the directly but from what I have seen they are not very good with their customers and getting them the products in a timely fashion or even the right product.

 Nacho Dipes- Awesome mama to work with who has a great product. I ordered a custom diaper from her and she did a great job. The fit on Skye is really good and the absorbancy is amazing. works just like my CND. cannot wait to get more

Pooligans - Great fit and a trim diaper, not as absorbant as some of my other diapers, but works well otherwise.

Babushkas- great quality product. fits well and is bigger than most OS(One Size) diapers. the stretch is good. She will only be making them on occasion though.

Jambalaya Pasta

4.07.2010 22:36 Posted by Amanda 0 comments
Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound low fat smoked turkey sausage -- cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic --pressed
  • 1 27 1/2-ounce jar spaghetti sauce -- your favorite
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • cayenne pepper -- to taste
  • 12 ounces linguini -- uncooked
In a skillet over medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add sausage; cook over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
Add the chopped peppers, onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until tender.
Stir in pasta sauce and remaining ingredients except pasta. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cook 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Spoon sauce over hot pasta.

Pork Loin

3.03.2010 19:45 Posted by Amanda 0 comments

3lb pork loin
1/4 cup chipotle sauce (it's in the same place as hot sauce in the store)
2 cans diced green chiles
3 cloves of crushed garlic
1/2 cup of water
little bit of salt
Cut pork into 2 inch wide pieces add to crockpot.  Season with salt, add garlic and green chiles then add the water.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours.  Shred meat in crockpot, (take garlic cloves out) and mix all together let cook on low for 15 minutes-enough to get the juice and meat mixed.
That's how you make it and what you do with it can vary.  Most first night meals we eat with rice, lettuce, black beans, cheese and sour cream.  Sometime was make burritos, after a night or two break I make "can" soup out of it. 
This is why I call it can soup:
one can of mexi-corn
one can of black or kidney beans
one can of red beans
two cans of chicken broth
one can of rotel
1/4 cup cilatro (I don't like cilantro so I skip this-but most people like it)
1-2 cups of the leftover pork
Add all ingredients together and cook until hot.  Serve with avocado slices and sour cream on top!  YUM!

Pasta amatriciana (this makes a great lunch with lots of leftovers!)

19:08 Posted by Amanda 0 comments
INGREDIENTS
• 4 slices bacon, diced
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
• 1 pound linguine pasta, uncooked
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
• 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook diced bacon in a large saucepan over medium high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of drippings from the pan.
2. Add onions, and cook over medium heat about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds. Add canned tomatoes, undrained; simmer 10 minutes, breaking up tomatoes.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of 4 quarts boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.
4. Stir basil into the sauce, and then toss with cooked pasta. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. 

Salsa and Sour cream Chicken

19:07 Posted by Amanda 0 comments
Ingredients:
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 package reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup light sour cream

Directions:
Spray the crock pot with cooking spray. Add the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with Taco Seasoning. Top with salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

When ready to serve, remove the chicken from the pot. Place cornstarch in a small amount of water. Stir well. Stir the cornstarch mixture into salsa sauce. Stir in sour cream.

Black Bean Soup

19:05 Posted by Amanda 0 comments
10 slices bacon, finely chopped
2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime
Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated cheddar, for garnish

Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the soup is bubbling gently and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, pick off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup when it has been simmering 10 minutes. cook until the soup is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the garnishes.

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