Apr 28, 2008

Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

1 lb Penne Pasta
1 cup light Italian dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup red onion
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 Roma tomatoes

Cook pasta as directed on package. In medium size bowl mix dressing, cheese, onion, basil, and tomatoes together add pasta and cool in refrigerator for 1 hour and serve. This pasta salad gets better over a couple of days.

Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

1 lb Penne Pasta
1 cup light Italian dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup red onion
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 Roma tomatoes

Cook pasta as directed on package. In medium size bowl mix dressing, cheese, onion, basil, and tomatoes together add pasta and cool in refrigerator for 1 hour and serve. This pasta salad gets better over a couple of days.

Apr 23, 2008

Our Garden

Here is our garden that we planted a couple of weeks ago. We have squash, jalapenos, bell peppers, onions, watermelon, basil, chives and cilantro. Kendie is excited about the watermelon, we planted them from seeds and they have finally spouted. Hopefully by the 4th of July we will be eating juicy watermelon while we watch the fireworks!

Our Garden

Here is our garden that we planted a couple of weeks ago. We have squash, jalapenos, bell peppers, onions, watermelon, basil, chives and cilantro. Kendie is excited about the watermelon, we planted them from seeds and they have finally spouted. Hopefully by the 4th of July we will be eating juicy watermelon while we watch the fireworks!

Apr 22, 2008

Ruffles and Rhinestones

Well yesterday I has my very first jewelry show and it went really good! It was at the NB Bible Church to raise money for the Mother's Day Out program. We sold a lot of stuff and had so much fun even though there wasn't a lot of people shopping we still made some $$$. We went on Sunday night to set up, we walked in and everyone had beautiful displays all we had was our jewelry not even a table cloth. You could clearly see this was our first rodeo! I ran home and gathered up everything I thought would look cute and this is what we came up with.





















Ruffles and Rhinestones

Well yesterday I has my very first jewelry show and it went really good! It was at the NB Bible Church to raise money for the Mother's Day Out program. We sold a lot of stuff and had so much fun even though there wasn't a lot of people shopping we still made some $$$. We went on Sunday night to set up, we walked in and everyone had beautiful displays all we had was our jewelry not even a table cloth. You could clearly see this was our first rodeo! I ran home and gathered up everything I thought would look cute and this is what we came up with.





















Apr 21, 2008

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Here is another Barefoot Contessa recipe. I don't make her recipes very often but every time I make something of hers it is so good! I think that real butter makes everything better! That's why I love Paula Deen's food so much.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (18 ounces) creamy peanut butter (recommended: Skippy)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) raspberry jam or other jam
2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Here is another Barefoot Contessa recipe. I don't make her recipes very often but every time I make something of hers it is so good! I think that real butter makes everything better! That's why I love Paula Deen's food so much.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups (18 ounces) creamy peanut butter (recommended: Skippy)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (18 ounces) raspberry jam or other jam
2/3 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, then grease and flour the pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light yellow, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix until all ingredients are combined. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined. Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares

Apr 17, 2008

It's been 4 years...




Today is our 4th wedding Anniversary, I can't believe it...it feels much longer than that J/K. 4 years ago today I was FREAKING out not because I didn't know if I was marring Mr. Right because I didn't want everyone looking at me walking down the isle! I even tried getting my then 3 year old niece to walk with my Dad and I hoping to take away some of the attention on me, but my sister wouldn't let her. Through this past years I have learned some very important things. I think I have over come my OCD on the cleanliness of our house (it was bad when we first got married).When J says my name instead of babe I know he is MAD!! Also, I have finally given up tyring to get rid of all of his crap! Seriously these Goebel men and all there stuff, he has a box of rocks from like 1990...need I say more. Last but not least appreciate the things we have. We have had a great life together not to say that we haven't had some hard times but they made me appreciate everything he has done for our family. I love you babe can't wait for until our 50th anniversary...oh and eating at Huisache tonight!!

It's been 4 years...




Today is our 4th wedding Anniversary, I can't believe it...it feels much longer than that J/K. 4 years ago today I was FREAKING out not because I didn't know if I was marring Mr. Right because I didn't want everyone looking at me walking down the isle! I even tried getting my then 3 year old niece to walk with my Dad and I hoping to take away some of the attention on me, but my sister wouldn't let her. Through this past years I have learned some very important things. I think I have over come my OCD on the cleanliness of our house (it was bad when we first got married).When J says my name instead of babe I know he is MAD!! Also, I have finally given up tyring to get rid of all of his crap! Seriously these Goebel men and all there stuff, he has a box of rocks from like 1990...need I say more. Last but not least appreciate the things we have. We have had a great life together not to say that we haven't had some hard times but they made me appreciate everything he has done for our family. I love you babe can't wait for until our 50th anniversary...oh and eating at Huisache tonight!!

Apr 16, 2008

Kindermasken Parade

On Saturday Kendie was in the Kindermasken Parade with her friend Ava. All the kids dress up, of course I didn't even know this parade was going on . I have lived here all my life so I really should know these things.

We only had a couple of days to figure out what we were going to be. We pulled out our trusty dirndl, living in a German town this thing comes in handy several times a year!

We really had a good time we didn't win the costume contest but there were some really cute costumes like tractors, Papa John's delivery boy and Penguins and there igloo. I already have our costume idea ready for next year...washer, dryer and a box of tide and don't even think of coping it!












After the parade we went to the Folk Fest, I have to say we had the best time. They had all sorts of things for the kids to make...corn husk dolls, bricks, homemade candles and soap.


Karagen and Ken with there corn husk dolls




helping wash clothes




Just being cute with her daddy.

Kindermasken Parade

On Saturday Kendie was in the Kindermasken Parade with her friend Ava. All the kids dress up, of course I didn't even know this parade was going on . I have lived here all my life so I really should know these things.

We only had a couple of days to figure out what we were going to be. We pulled out our trusty dirndl, living in a German town this thing comes in handy several times a year!

We really had a good time we didn't win the costume contest but there were some really cute costumes like tractors, Papa John's delivery boy and Penguins and there igloo. I already have our costume idea ready for next year...washer, dryer and a box of tide and don't even think of coping it!












After the parade we went to the Folk Fest, I have to say we had the best time. They had all sorts of things for the kids to make...corn husk dolls, bricks, homemade candles and soap.


Karagen and Ken with there corn husk dolls




helping wash clothes




Just being cute with her daddy.

Apr 15, 2008

Coast Trip

Last Friday we went down to Port A for a little day trip. My cute little husband had to go to Corpus Christi for business so we decide to tag along. At first it was cloudy and cold but it turned out to be a beautiful day.






Coast Trip

Last Friday we went down to Port A for a little day trip. My cute little husband had to go to Corpus Christi for business so we decide to tag along. At first it was cloudy and cold but it turned out to be a beautiful day.






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Apr 14, 2008

Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry

Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

1 (17 1/2-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drain spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, for 5 minutes. Stir together spinach, mushrooms and cheese; set aside. Roll 1 pastry sheet into a 13 by 11-inch rectangle. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush 1/2 melted butter over pastry. Spread 1/2 spinach mixture over butter. Roll-up, jellyroll fashion, starting with the long side. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry sheet, butter, and spinach mixture. (Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days, if desired.) Cut rolls into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry

Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

1 (17 1/2-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drain spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, for 5 minutes. Stir together spinach, mushrooms and cheese; set aside. Roll 1 pastry sheet into a 13 by 11-inch rectangle. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush 1/2 melted butter over pastry. Spread 1/2 spinach mixture over butter. Roll-up, jellyroll fashion, starting with the long side. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry sheet, butter, and spinach mixture. (Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days, if desired.) Cut rolls into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Apr 10, 2008

Breathing Treatments

The other night J and I had a huge scare! Ken woke up around midnight coughing and coughing, I went in her room and she could not breath she was gasping for air. Because I am my Mother's child I was FREAKING OUT!! We decided that she needed to go to the hospital because she was having such a hard time breathing. As we were driving to the hospital she was talking and BREATHING much better. We sat in the parking lot debating if we should go in or go home. We decided to go home and if she had another attack we would come back...obviously. So we had a sleepless night making sure she was O.K. The next day I took her to the Dr. and she said that since Ken had RSV in Dec. that it may have been a asthma attack brought on by RSV but since this was her first "attack" she couldn't say that it was an asthma attack for sure. So my little baby has to have breathing treatments 3 times a day for 2 weeks:( but she is doing just fine.

Breathing Treatments

The other night J and I had a huge scare! Ken woke up around midnight coughing and coughing, I went in her room and she could not breath she was gasping for air. Because I am my Mother's child I was FREAKING OUT!! We decided that she needed to go to the hospital because she was having such a hard time breathing. As we were driving to the hospital she was talking and BREATHING much better. We sat in the parking lot debating if we should go in or go home. We decided to go home and if she had another attack we would come back...obviously. So we had a sleepless night making sure she was O.K. The next day I took her to the Dr. and she said that since Ken had RSV in Dec. that it may have been a asthma attack brought on by RSV but since this was her first "attack" she couldn't say that it was an asthma attack for sure. So my little baby has to have breathing treatments 3 times a day for 2 weeks:( but she is doing just fine.

Apr 9, 2008

Mrs. Marshall

The other day I went outside for something and found this...





Our 85 year old neighbor, Mrs. Marshall with a gun!! Mrs. Marshall is not even 5 feet tall and weighs about 90lbs soaking wet and as sweet as can be. Apparently, squirrels were eating her plants and she had had enough!

Mrs. Marshall

The other day I went outside for something and found this...





Our 85 year old neighbor, Mrs. Marshall with a gun!! Mrs. Marshall is not even 5 feet tall and weighs about 90lbs soaking wet and as sweet as can be. Apparently, squirrels were eating her plants and she had had enough!

Apr 7, 2008

Strawberry Scones

These scones are delicious and make a huge batch! Enjoy them for breakfast or a sweet snack!!

Strawberry Scones

  • 4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup small-diced dried strawberries or any dried fruit of choice
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in the cold butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add them to the flour and butter mixture. Combine until just blended. Toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of flour, add them to the dough, and mix quickly. The dough may be a bit sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface and be sure it is well combined. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see lumps of butter in the dough. Cut into squares with a 4-inch plain or fluted cutter, and then cut them in half diagonally to make triangles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush the tops with egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the outsides are crisp and the insides are fully baked.

Strawberry Scones

These scones are delicious and make a huge batch! Enjoy them for breakfast or a sweet snack!!

Strawberry Scones

  • 4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup small-diced dried strawberries or any dried fruit of choice
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 4 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in the cold butter at the lowest speed and mix until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add them to the flour and butter mixture. Combine until just blended. Toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of flour, add them to the dough, and mix quickly. The dough may be a bit sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface and be sure it is well combined. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see lumps of butter in the dough. Cut into squares with a 4-inch plain or fluted cutter, and then cut them in half diagonally to make triangles. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush the tops with egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the outsides are crisp and the insides are fully baked.