Monday, June 21, 2010

Entered another give away!

Hello everyone.  I have entered this give away:

go check it out for yourselves!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Shepherd's Pie for dinner.

I made a yummy dinner tonight!  I've tried several Shepherd's Pie recipes over the past few years and so far this one is my favorite!  Jack (my 3 year old) ate it like it was going out of style too!

Shepherd's Pie

4-6 potatoes (I did 5 medium and it was plenty)
1 lb ground beef
3 carrots, diced (I didn't have carrots so it's good without!)
1/2 an onion, finely chopped (used a whole one and left bigish pieces, super yummy)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated (I used minced and it was ok, but I recommend more)
1/2 small bag of frozen peas
1/2 small bag frozen corn
1-2 tbsp flour (eye ball it, I ended up using 3 tbsp but my burger was a little more than a pound too.)
1 c water
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
pepper, seasoning salt

Make mashed potatoes like you normally do.  John likes our really creamy.

Brown your beef, adding onions and garlic when it gets close to done (there is something missing in this recipe but I have yet to figure out what it is.)  Do not drain, add flour, and stir til flour coats meat and onions.  Add W. sauce, water, pepper and salt.  Stir til thickened, and then add corn, peas, and carrots.  Cook this mixture over low to medium heat til carrots are tender, but peas are still pretty color of green(do NOT over cook, you want the peas and corn to still have a little snap in them).  Pour mixture into 13x9 baking dish(way too big, I used a 1.5 qt  casserole and it was perfect), then top with mashed potatoes.  I topped mine with paprika and parmesean cheese, don't be afraid of over's so good!

Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, just til the potatoes get a kind of crust on top and the gravy mixture is a bit bubbly.  Everything is cooked so you are just trying to brown the top.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My first attempt at a bag.

And I have to say...I LOVE IT!  It turned out a bit smaller than I thought it would, and it's far from perfect, but for a first attempt I'm pretty happy!  What do you think?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Look what I made!

So I moved into my current house in Feb. and I have something I've never had before.  A kitchen window over my sink.  I LOVE IT!  But it needs curtains right?  So I looked and looked for months and couldn't find any that I even remotely liked...soooooo I made some!  Do you like?
I have yellow ribbon tie backs now too and I think they complete the look.  I love them!  The bright colors against my dark cabinets really lightens it up in there!  They are far from perfect, but I'm impressed with myself.