Sep 30, 2008

Tortilla Soup

My friend Heather made this for a New Year's party and it was so yummy and super easy!! Sometimes I fry up some corn tortilla's (cut them into strips) and put them on top...very Huisache!

Tortilla Soup

Preparing the chicken:
4 boneless skinless breast halves

Add chicken to boiling salted water. Once cooked, remove chicken and discard the water. Shred with two forks.

For the stock:
4 10 oz cans chicken broth
2 10 oz cans rotel diced tomatoes with green chili (lime and cilantro flavor)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 SMALL block Velveeta, diced

Combine all ingredients (except the Velveeta and cumin) in a soup pot, add shredded chicken and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes. Add the Velveeta and cumin and simmer about 10-15 minutes longer.

Garnish with fresh cilantro, avocado, and shredded cheese of your choice.

Tortilla Soup

My friend Heather made this for a New Year's party and it was so yummy and super easy!! Sometimes I fry up some corn tortilla's (cut them into strips) and put them on top...very Huisache!

Tortilla Soup

Preparing the chicken:
4 boneless skinless breast halves

Add chicken to boiling salted water. Once cooked, remove chicken and discard the water. Shred with two forks.

For the stock:
4 10 oz cans chicken broth
2 10 oz cans rotel diced tomatoes with green chili (lime and cilantro flavor)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 SMALL block Velveeta, diced

Combine all ingredients (except the Velveeta and cumin) in a soup pot, add shredded chicken and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes. Add the Velveeta and cumin and simmer about 10-15 minutes longer.

Garnish with fresh cilantro, avocado, and shredded cheese of your choice.

Sep 29, 2008

Fun at the Fair

Last week was our County Fair. We decided to skip the parade on Friday but made up for that by going to the Fair on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The Fair is always fun walking around, seeing old friends, riding rides and eating yummy food. Needless to say, it was not a good weekend for the old diet.




Ken riding the ugliest pony they had




K and Wy. Don't they make the cutest couple?



She wanted to take him home with us!

Fun at the Fair

Last week was our County Fair. We decided to skip the parade on Friday but made up for that by going to the Fair on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The Fair is always fun walking around, seeing old friends, riding rides and eating yummy food. Needless to say, it was not a good weekend for the old diet.




Ken riding the ugliest pony they had




K and Wy. Don't they make the cutest couple?



She wanted to take him home with us!

Sep 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Shelley

Today is my dear friend Shelley's birthday. Last night her husband had a great birthday party for her at Adobe Verde. There was a group of about 20 so we sat on the patio and it was a beautiful night, nice and cool. Than we walked on over to
Gruene Hall.




But this is were we ended the night....the classiest place in NB!

Happy Birthday Shelley

Today is my dear friend Shelley's birthday. Last night her husband had a great birthday party for her at Adobe Verde. There was a group of about 20 so we sat on the patio and it was a beautiful night, nice and cool. Than we walked on over to
Gruene Hall.




But this is were we ended the night....the classiest place in NB!

Sep 23, 2008

Spicy Grilled Chicken

I got this recipe from eatingwell.com. They have all sorts of yummy and healthy recipes. This chicken is delicious with black beans and salsa. I make chicken all the time so I'm always looking for more recipes!


1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno, sliced
1-1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat, tenders removed

1. Whisk lime juice, oil, vinegar, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Stir in jalapeno. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over it, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning once, or overnight.
2. Preheat grill to high heat. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let cool slightly; thinly slice crosswise. Serve warm or chilled.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 71 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 31 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 11 g protein; 0 g fiber; 46 mg sodium.

Spicy Grilled Chicken

I got this recipe from eatingwell.com. They have all sorts of yummy and healthy recipes. This chicken is delicious with black beans and salsa. I make chicken all the time so I'm always looking for more recipes!


1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno, sliced
1-1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat, tenders removed

1. Whisk lime juice, oil, vinegar, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Stir in jalapeno. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade over it, turning to coat both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning once, or overnight.
2. Preheat grill to high heat. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let cool slightly; thinly slice crosswise. Serve warm or chilled.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 71 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 31 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 11 g protein; 0 g fiber; 46 mg sodium.

Sep 16, 2008

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Fall is in the air!! I am loving this weather we are having! The first time I had this soup was at my baby shower. My friend and her mom made this soup for everyone and it was so good!

Cheddar Corn Chowder


8 ounces bacon, chopped

1/4 cup good olive oil

6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

12 cups chicken stock

6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)

10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (3 pounds)

2 cups half-and-half

8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.


Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Fall is in the air!! I am loving this weather we are having! The first time I had this soup was at my baby shower. My friend and her mom made this soup for everyone and it was so good!

Cheddar Corn Chowder


8 ounces bacon, chopped

1/4 cup good olive oil

6 cups chopped yellow onions (4 large onions)

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

12 cups chicken stock

6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes, unpeeled (2 pounds)

10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (3 pounds)

2 cups half-and-half

8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon and olive oil until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions and butter to the fat, and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.


Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a garnish of bacon.

Sep 14, 2008

It's Sunday....

Update on my "diet" or should I say lifestyle change? I've lost about 7lbs(I forgot to write down my starting weight). I wish I would have lost more but I'm doing it slow and steady! My exercise has not been going so well, my friend use to be a yoga instructor before she had her little girl and we are thinking about getting the girls together and doing something once a week in the evenings...that should be interesting!

It's Sunday....

Update on my "diet" or should I say lifestyle change? I've lost about 7lbs(I forgot to write down my starting weight). I wish I would have lost more but I'm doing it slow and steady! My exercise has not been going so well, my friend use to be a yoga instructor before she had her little girl and we are thinking about getting the girls together and doing something once a week in the evenings...that should be interesting!

Sep 12, 2008

Favorite Friday




I love this bracelet! It is a rose bracelet and yes, the big beads are made with real roses! My friend Gretchen makes these and cooks the roses and then rolls them into beads. This is great to do with roses you get from a special occasion. These bracelets are simple and beautiful.

Favorite Friday




I love this bracelet! It is a rose bracelet and yes, the big beads are made with real roses! My friend Gretchen makes these and cooks the roses and then rolls them into beads. This is great to do with roses you get from a special occasion. These bracelets are simple and beautiful.

Sep 10, 2008

Ballet Class

Today was Kendie's first day of ballet class. It went really well and it was so cute
to see all those little girls in little ballet leotards.





Ken super excited for class



Ballet Class

Today was Kendie's first day of ballet class. It went really well and it was so cute
to see all those little girls in little ballet leotards.





Ken super excited for class



Sep 9, 2008

Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower puree

Here is a recipe from Deceptively Delicious. This mac and cheese is so good! I usually make it with the pureed cauliflower...don't worry you can't even taste it!


Macaroni and Cheese

1-1/2 cups elbow macaroni
Nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup butternut squash or cauliflower puree
1-1/2 cups shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
4 ounces reduced-fat or nonfat cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain.

While the macaroni is cooking, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the oil, then the flour, and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture resembles a think paste but has not browned, 1-2 minutes.

Add the milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3-4 minutes. Add the vegetable puree, cheddar, cream cheese, and seasonings. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the macaroni and serve warm.

Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower puree

Here is a recipe from Deceptively Delicious. This mac and cheese is so good! I usually make it with the pureed cauliflower...don't worry you can't even taste it!


Macaroni and Cheese

1-1/2 cups elbow macaroni
Nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup butternut squash or cauliflower puree
1-1/2 cups shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
4 ounces reduced-fat or nonfat cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain.

While the macaroni is cooking, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the oil, then the flour, and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture resembles a think paste but has not browned, 1-2 minutes.

Add the milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3-4 minutes. Add the vegetable puree, cheddar, cream cheese, and seasonings. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the macaroni and serve warm.

Sep 8, 2008

Help Me Help Hannah

My sister is a teacher and she is trying to raise money for a little girl in her class that has juvenile diabetes. To learn more about Hannah go to my sister's blog. To raise money for the walk, the next 2 people that buy monogrammed bags I will give that money to Hannah! It's not a lot but every little bit helps. Help me Help Hannah!

Help Me Help Hannah

My sister is a teacher and she is trying to raise money for a little girl in her class that has juvenile diabetes. To learn more about Hannah go to my sister's blog. To raise money for the walk, the next 2 people that buy monogrammed bags I will give that money to Hannah! It's not a lot but every little bit helps. Help me Help Hannah!

Sep 6, 2008

Coming Soon to Ruffles and Rhinestones... Iron On Appliques!!
Coming Soon to Ruffles and Rhinestones... Iron On Appliques!!

Sep 5, 2008

Favorite Friday

I love to do crafty things! I want to start putting some craft projects on here that are cute and easy! Some you can do with or with out your kids. You know how everyone has their child's name on the wall with those letter's you get from Hobby Lobby? I'm not hatin', I have Ken's name up on the wall too! It just seemed like everyone has that and I wanted to do something different! I made this swag (like the Nester) out of all sorts of ribbon and fabric.





Here is a close up...




All you do is cut your coordinating ribbon and fabric into strips. Some longer than others(my longest strip was about 14 inches) but I really didn't measure anything. Than just tie it to wire or ribbon (I used some left over tulle)Rope would be cute in a boys room for a Cowboy look. To hang it, I put up some nails and just tied the ribbon to the nail and Viola you have yourself a very cute swag. This would be great to do with the fabric of a special blanket or even a shirt...just to give you some ideas.

Favorite Friday

I love to do crafty things! I want to start putting some craft projects on here that are cute and easy! Some you can do with or with out your kids. You know how everyone has their child's name on the wall with those letter's you get from Hobby Lobby? I'm not hatin', I have Ken's name up on the wall too! It just seemed like everyone has that and I wanted to do something different! I made this swag (like the Nester) out of all sorts of ribbon and fabric.





Here is a close up...




All you do is cut your coordinating ribbon and fabric into strips. Some longer than others(my longest strip was about 14 inches) but I really didn't measure anything. Than just tie it to wire or ribbon (I used some left over tulle)Rope would be cute in a boys room for a Cowboy look. To hang it, I put up some nails and just tied the ribbon to the nail and Viola you have yourself a very cute swag. This would be great to do with the fabric of a special blanket or even a shirt...just to give you some ideas.

Sep 4, 2008

New Prices

In order to make room for all my Fall inventory I need to get rid of my Summer jewelry! So I'm cutting prices!! Check out Ruffles and Rhinestones and see if the item you've been eyeing is on sale!

New Prices

In order to make room for all my Fall inventory I need to get rid of my Summer jewelry! So I'm cutting prices!! Check out Ruffles and Rhinestones and see if the item you've been eyeing is on sale!

Sep 2, 2008

Chocolate, Peanut Butter Trifle

Can you tell I'm on a diet? Instead of eating all these yummy recipes I've just been putting them on here!


Chocolate, Peanut Butter Trifle


1- Box of Chocolate Brownie Mix

1- 6oz Box of Instant Chocolate Pudding
1- 12 oz Tub of Cool Whip
1- Bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


Cook brownies according to directions; Let cool completely. Cut into small bite-size pieces.
Mix pudding according to directions
Open all Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and set aside in bowl
Begin layers...
Brownie, then pudding, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (crushed), then cool whip...REPEAT until trifle bowl is full.
Let it chill for several hours.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter Trifle

Can you tell I'm on a diet? Instead of eating all these yummy recipes I've just been putting them on here!


Chocolate, Peanut Butter Trifle


1- Box of Chocolate Brownie Mix

1- 6oz Box of Instant Chocolate Pudding
1- 12 oz Tub of Cool Whip
1- Bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


Cook brownies according to directions; Let cool completely. Cut into small bite-size pieces.
Mix pudding according to directions
Open all Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and set aside in bowl
Begin layers...
Brownie, then pudding, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (crushed), then cool whip...REPEAT until trifle bowl is full.
Let it chill for several hours.

Sep 1, 2008

My Summer Loves

I hope everyone is enjoying the day off today! It's Labor Day so that means Summer is over. So I thought I'd tell you what I loved about this Summer.

Going to the coast with our whole family.


A huge rain storm in the middle of the day.


Seeing the look on Ken's face when the fireworks went off at the park on the 4th.


The very first time we went swimming this Summer.


My sister and the girls coming into town and doing something fun.


Happy Hour at Sonic


Getting a tan...tan fat is better than white fat :)


Planting our garden and K praying for rain so it would grow.


Sitting outside with J for hours on Saturday nights.


Going down to the plaza and watching the 4th of July parade, for some reason that is one of my favorite things to do all year.


Having all our friends get together and having a party. Everyone has busy schedule's and kids, we use to get together every weekend but now it's like once a month. But this is one of my most favorite things to do during the Summer!


That new show Wipeout, I love that show. Those big balls, has anyone made it across??




Here are some pictures of our very busy Summer...




My Summer Loves

I hope everyone is enjoying the day off today! It's Labor Day so that means Summer is over. So I thought I'd tell you what I loved about this Summer.

Going to the coast with our whole family.


A huge rain storm in the middle of the day.


Seeing the look on Ken's face when the fireworks went off at the park on the 4th.


The very first time we went swimming this Summer.


My sister and the girls coming into town and doing something fun.


Happy Hour at Sonic


Getting a tan...tan fat is better than white fat :)


Planting our garden and K praying for rain so it would grow.


Sitting outside with J for hours on Saturday nights.


Going down to the plaza and watching the 4th of July parade, for some reason that is one of my favorite things to do all year.


Having all our friends get together and having a party. Everyone has busy schedule's and kids, we use to get together every weekend but now it's like once a month. But this is one of my most favorite things to do during the Summer!


That new show Wipeout, I love that show. Those big balls, has anyone made it across??




Here are some pictures of our very busy Summer...




Summer Pictures

Summer Pictures