I finally got one!

If any of you are like me, you have been wanting a Wii Fit and just wondering how you would ever find one!  Well I just ordered mine today!  This was my Christmas present.  I thought I was going to have to wait forever to get my Christmas present this year!  Well I found one with the help of Britni.  She posted about how she signed up for Wii Alerts and was able to get one.  I signed up right away and have finally found one a Best Buy.  Check it out if you are still trying to get a hold of one!

I am hoping that I can use it some before I have the baby.  I think some of the exercises might help have a good delivery.  Of course I will have to talk to the midwife first to see what she thinks.  Then of course I will use it after the baby to help loose some of the baby weight!

Thanks for the tip Britni!  And thanks Wii Alerts!

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Christmas Traditions…You Tell

For Works for me Wednesday this week I thought I would ask everyone what sort of traditions you have at Christmas time.  I guess this is kind of a backwards week!  This is Blake and my first year to have a tree up.  We lived with my in-laws last year so we didn’t really have our own Christmas.  We are going out Sunday after church to get our tree.  Then we plan on coming home to decorate.  I think I might make some Christmas cookies and listen to Christmas music too.

What sort of traditions do you have around your house at Christmas time?  I love to hear what others do and how they got started.  You can either just post it in my comments or write your own post about it and leave the link in my comments!

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Freezer Prep

6a00d83451c5ac69e200e55296ac148834-800wiThe past few days I have been trying really hard to get ahead on some cooking.  Now that we are settled into the house and I have a deep freezer it is time to fill it up!  I made some Poor Man’s Steak for dinner yesterday and made double so that I could put one meal in the freezer.  I also got a good deal on bananas the other day so I sliced them up and put them in the freezer.  Today I am making meat balls and meat loaf to put in the freezer.  I also have a whole chicken in the crock pot since last night.  I am using it for dinner and then putting the rest in the freezer.  I haven’t completely figured out what I am going to make with it for dinner.  Probably just something quick and easy.

It feels great to be getting some meals in the freezer.  I really hope to have lots of meals stocked up so that way dinner will be on hand after I have the baby.  We don’t have much in the way of family living close to help out with things like that.  I know that I will be too tired to cook much so I figure planning ahead will be the best way to continue to care for my family after things get turned upside down.  I wish I would have been able to plan ahead for my first trimester because poor Blake had to fend for himself since I was so sick.

Simple Kitchen Tips

This Wednesday I am just going to share some tips that I have found.  I don’t take credit for any of these.  I really enjoy being in the kitchen and I like to hear other people’s tips they have learned over the years.  This is just a list I put together of some of the ones I think are good. 

Stubborn stains can be removed from non-stick
cookware by boiling, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar,
and 1 cup of water for ten minutes. Before using the pan again,
season it with salad oil.

Whenever you empty a jar of dill pickles,
use the left-over juice to clean the copper bottoms of your pans.
Just pour the juice in a large bowl, set the pan in the juice
for about 15 minutes. Comes out looking like new.

To restore color and shine to an aluminum pan, boil some apple peels
in it for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.

When preparing lunches for your children (or anyone), try “drinkable” ice packs: Fill a 12-ounce plastic bottle about halfway with drinking water and freeze it overnight, tilting the bottle so the water will freeze at an angle (if you freeze it straight up, the expanded water will make the bottle bulge). Next morning pack the lunch, add more drinking water to the bottle, and stick it in the lunch box to keep the food cool and be melted enough to drink by lunchtime.

A roast with the bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast –
the bone carries the heat to the inside of the roast quicker.

For a juicer hamburger add cold water to the beef before grilling
(1/2 cup to 1 pound of meat).

To keep cauliflower white while cooking –
add a little milk to the water.

Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds and double the juice you get
before squeezing.

Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip
right off.

When slicing a hard boiled egg, try wetting the knife just before
cutting. If that doesn’t do the trick, try applying a bit of
cooking spray to the edge.

When mincing garlic, sprinkle on a little salt so the pieces won’t
stick to your knife or cutting board.

If your cake recipe calls for nuts, heat them first in the oven,
then dust with flour before adding to the batter to keep them from
settling to the bottom of the pan.

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to
prevent ice cream drips.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the
potatoes.

Poke a hole in the middle of the hamburger patties while shaping them.
The burgers will cook faster and the holes will disappear when done.

When tossing a salad with a basic vinaigrette, always make the
vinaigrette at least 1/2 hour ahead of time and let the mixture
sit to allow the flavors to marry. Pour the vinaigrette down
the side of the bowl, not directly on the greens, for a more
evenly dressed salad.

Chefs pound meat not to tenderize the meat, but to help
even the meat so it cooks evenly.

Save butter wrappers in the freezer to use for greasing pans when baking.

To keep salt from clogging in the shaker, add 1/2 teaspoon of uncooked rice.

Egg whites should always be at room temperature before whipping.
Be certain there is no yolk in the whites and that the bowl and
beaters are perfectly clean. Cream, on the other hand, should be
well-chilled. For the largest volume, chill the bowl and beaters
before whipping.

Before opening a package of bacon, roll it. This helps separate
the slices for easy removal of individual slices.

Whenever possible, warm your dinner plates slightly in the oven
before serving so the meal stays a little bit hotter.

Cookies will spread if your dough is too pliable by allowing butter
to get too soft. If your cookies are spreading too much, try
refrigerating the dough for a couple of hours before baking.

Cookie dough can be frozen up to three months in an airtight
container or refrigerated three to four days.

I hope this list has a little something to help everyone.  I know lots of these were helpful to me!  For more great tips check out Rocks in My Dryer.

“Set it and forget it!”

heehee, No this message is not being brought to you by Ron Popeil and no I am not going to try to sell you anything!

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Have you ever hear of Crock Pot Cake?  Well I had not until recently.  A friend at work brought this one day and it was a great treat.  I thought I would share it with all of bloggy land!

It is really easy and yummy.  A great treat for times that you don’t want to spend all day cooking.  Well it might take all day but you don’t have to do anything.  Just mix it all up and turn it on.  It takes anywhere from 3 to 8 hours to cook. 

1 chocolate fudge cake mix or your favorite chocolate
16 oz sour cream
1 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c water
4 eggs
3/4 c vegetable oil
1(8oz) package of chocolate pudding mix

Mix everything together and pour into a crock pot sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 3-5 hours on high. Cook until cake is raised in the middle and edges are pulling away from pan. 

“But wait, there’s more!”   This tastes great topped with some ice cream too!

Easy Healthy Recipes

Works for Me Wednesday is backwards again today.  That means that I get to ask a question and receive some answers from all of you!

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I love to cook and bake but sometimes I struggle to find really good healthy recipes.  Especially for desserts!  There are only 2 of us but unfortunately I work full time so I don’t have as much time to cook as I would really like.  I have to come up with a quick dinner so that I not cooking all night and eating really late.  I would love if everyone would share with me their favorite recipes that are quick and healthy!  Oh yeah and please with affordable ingredients!  Thanks in advance! 

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We have been trying to eat healthier and start exercising more, so one of the
things I have tried to do is cut out dark meat.  We really like things made with
ground beef so I have been using ground turkey instead.  This has worked great and I actually feel like I am loosing some weight.  That is just an added benefit!  Blake doesn’t mind it either.  Some of you ladies could probably replace it and your husbands never know.  Although I am in no way encouraging you to deceive anyone just trying to state that it tastes that similar. 

Another added bonus is that it is also cheaper!