Monday, February 29, 2016

Lemon Monkey Bread

This was okay....not great, not bad.  Ray and I discussed it and we think that we'd rather just have rolls OR a sweet...and this is like a halfway house. We aren't big on the sweet/savory stuff so this makes sense.  I took the leftovers in to my pre-algebra test and my students gobbled it up, though!

Philly Cheeseteak Stew

This was very yummy!  Definitely has the taste of a Philly. My meat was a little tough, but I overcooked it. 

Philly Cheeseteak Stew
Modified from the Cozy Apron

1.5 lb beef, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
4 tbsp. flour, divided
2 onions, sliced
10 oz mushrooms, sliced
1/2 tsp thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups beef stock, hot
Provolone cheese

Add beef to a large bowl and season with salt, pepper and onion powder. Toss to coat.  Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. of flour and toss again. 

Place a hot over medium-high heat and put 3-4 tablespoons of oil in it.  Cook beef until nicely browned.  Set aside.  [Be careful here...if you overcook, the meat gets chewy.]  Add more oil if needed to pot, then add in sliced onion and caramelize.  Add in mushrooms and cook until nicely sautéed.  Add thyme and garlic and stir to incorporate.  Add 2 more tbsp. of flour to onion mixture and stir well.  Slowly add in beef stock.  Reduce to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Turn off heat and add back in meat.  Stir.   Top with shredded provolone cheese [I think I used my shredded Italian cheese mix.].  They recommend bread bowls.

Serves 4.

Andrew's Work

Ray was planning out a Andrew did, too!  Andrew was helping me make cookies and decided he need a recipe...this is his recipe...I couldn't convince him he could use more paper....he cut out that square....

Thursday, February 18, 2016

New Star Wars

We took Adam to see the new Star Wars movie - he was SO thrilled!! He was so good the entire time in the movie, too!

General Grevious

The boys like to "form" General Grievous to fight Daddy in their light saber battles!

Making Tacos

Learning the art of taco making from Daddy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Andrew's Puzzles

Circular Needles

I did some research online and got the best idea for sorting my circular needles.  All it is is a binder with plastic archival sleeves, marked by type.

Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Christmas Pictures

New Glasses

Andrew got glasses...I figure both boys are fairly doomed on this issue!

Lego Boys

The boys are really into Legos. Adam can know do the HUGE ones by HIMSELF. Andrew is just starting to do the bigger project, but has issues with attention span and tends to let them go on too long and so ends up losing crucial pieces!
Tie fighters

There were NINE bags!

A Rough Term

We knew this was going to be a rough term, but oh, boy, it is barreling along!  I am teaching six classes and taking one (this was NOT in the plan).  Ray is working full time, of course, and defending his dissertation in March (he has to fly to Ohio to do it).  I am getting my application in order and will be applying to start mine next fall. 

On top of that, we can't stay healthy. No one in the state can, I swear. I had a student tell me (and this is a student I trust/believe) that her son had scarlet fever. I didn't know that even existed anymore!! I guess if you get strep bad enough, it does!!

Then there's hockey....oh, my, I want this season OVER.  I am sick of it and so our the boys. We started in October....can't we be done yet?