Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: July 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Father's Day Weekend 2010

 "He didn't tell me how to live, He lived and let me watch him do it"

To start off Father's Day weekend. My husband's side of the family all met together for a potluck dinner. We then went out to the Veteran's Memorial to visit my fatherinlaw's grave. This has become a tradition for us and it is such a great time to spend sharing stories about Damian and we always watch a slide show with pictures from his life. We then had Key Lime pie, which was one of his favorite desserts. Oh and sorry in advance. Below is a total picture overload:

My handsome nephew

Makenze is so photogenic and is always asking me to take her pictures. I love it because she always chesses it up for ya :>

By the end Miss Kelsie had some crazy hair

Having Uncle toss them into the air seemed like fun to everyone. They all stood in line waiting their turn. It was so cute!

Then on Sunday we had a special breakfast for my hubby and then went to church. After we ventured  over to my parents for a yummy dinner of porkchops.

It was a great weekend spent honoring the fathers in our life. I am thankful for my fatherinlaw and the example he was to my husband. He made him the man he is to day. I am thankful to my dad for always being there. He is the strong silent type and I am thankful for all he does and the example he is to me. I am thankful to my husband. Jason you are the answer to my prayers. Your are my eternal companion and I am forever grateful to have you in my life. You are an amazing father, husband, friend and I love you!

Grandmama is here!

I am so excited that my Grandmama (that is what the kids call her I didn't miss spell it) is finally here from New Jersey! It took a while to get her out here, but now she is here to stay and I couldn't be more happy! Just had to do a little post on her and let her know how thankful I am to have her so close. She has THE best personality and she keeps Jason and I laughing. I also love the fact she got my hubby to eat blueberries. He rarely eats fruit and anytime I offer it he tells me no, but when Grandmama offered him blueberries he couldn't say no. He ate a whole bowl and I just laughed at him. Thank you Grandmama for getting him to finally get some antioxidants into his diet :> We love you Grandmama and can't wait for all the memories we get to make with you!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Easy Bisquick Banana Bread

Here is a simple banana bread recipe I wanted to share with you. We tried this out this morning and as you can tell from the picture half of it has already been eaten up by my cute family (mailing the kids and I my hubby doesn't do banana bread). It is super easy and yummy, which is exactly how I like my recipes to be. I also love the fact it uses Bisquick. I like to have some Bisquick in our food storage and of course love to find new recipes for it. Hope you guys are having an awesome day

2 cup Bisquick
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
2/3 cup Sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (I used 4 ripe bananas)
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Combine Bisquick, sugar, and baking soda. Mix with electric mixer. Add bananas and eggs.Mix well. Add walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix and pour into a greased bread pan 9x5. Bake @ 350 for 45-60 minutes (Mine took about 55 minutes).

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

What I've Been Reading...

Match Me If You Can

Texas! Lucky (Texas! Tyler Family Saga)

Both have these have been such fun romantic comedies. I can't wait to read more by these authors :>

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Scrumptious Bread Machine Roll Recipe

1 cup + 1 tbl water
1 egg
4 1/2  tsp of oil
1/4     cup of sugar
1 1/2  tsp salt
3 1/4  cup flour
2 1/4 tsp of yeast

Layer all ingredients in this order in your bread machine. Put your machine on the dough setting. Once your dough is ready punch down your dough in the mixer and then roll into small balls. Spread a little bit of butter on top of each roll and let rise again for about 15 minutes. Bake @350 for 15 minutes. Serve hot with butter and honey. These are super easy to make and taste so good with Sunday dinner. I served them with pork loin, homemade mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Thank you again Holly for a yummy bread machine recipe :>

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gooseberry Patch Peach Crisp

I copied this recipe from a Gooseberry patch cookbook during the winter. I finally got around to trying it out, but unfortunately I can not remember the exact book I got it from. Sorry about that. All the Goosberry Pacth Recipes are so very yummy! Their cookbooks are my favorite. Enjoy the reciepe below and if I figure out which book it is from I will let ya know :>

1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 c butter chilled and sliced
1/4 c quick oats
8 fresh rip peaches peeled, pitted, and sliced
3 tbl lemon juice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350'. In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar & flour. Add butter and mix with a pastry blender until crumbly; stir in oats. In a glass pie dish, toss peaches with lemon juice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sprinkle peaches liberally with topping and bake for about 25 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Serve with warm fresh whipped cream or yummy vanilla ice cream:>

** Things I did differently were: I don't have a pastry blender,so I used a wooden spoon. I also just baked mine in a metal pie pan with high sides. We served it with vanilla ice cream. It was so yummy!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Bread Machine: White Bread Recipe

For those who don't know me I am an avid DI shopper (goodwill, salvation army, etc). I love finding a good deal and totally love it when I leave the store with something I know I have been searching for, but could never afford at regular store prices. Well a few months ago I found a bread maker for $7.00 Are you so surprised? I sure was. My hubby and I found it and brought that beautiful baby home. It is a Regal brand Breadmaker. I am not sure if that makes a difference. It is my new best friend and I love it! Once home, I immediately called my sisinlaw Holly and copied some of her favorite bread machine recipes. One of them was for white bread and oh man is it yummy! It makes a 1lb. loaf and if you have never had homemade bread before please go make some. I swear it will change your world. A bread machine makes it super simple. Just pour the ingredients into your machine, hit start, and go on with your day. In 3 hours you will have a house smelling of homebaked goodness and some yummy bread to eat with your loved ones. Here is the recipe for a Basic White Bread 1 lb Loaf. Enjoy and Happy Baking!

** Add wet ingredients first & then dry on top. The yeast goes on the very top**

3/4 cups of tap water + 1 tsp of water
1 tbl oil (I use canola, but vegetable will work also)
1 tbl molasses (optional)
1tsp salt
1 1/2 tbl white sugar
1 tbl dried milk powder (can also use real milk)
2 1/4 cups of flour
2 1/2 tbl of gluten powder (optional)
1 1/3 tsp yeast

put all ingredients in your bread maker in this order. Put it on the basic bread setting and press start. I try to check on mine after like 10 minutes and see how my dough is looking. If it looks a little wet I add a tbl of flour, if it looks a little dry I add a tbl of water. (this all depends on if you use molasses or gluten).

Hope you guys have a chance to try out this yummy bread recipe!

My hubby and I love our bread fresh and hot with some Nutella spread on it. So Yummy!

XO Danielle

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Crockpot BBQ Baked Beans

Well a lot has happened in the past week. We are currently living out on our own. (we were living with my hubby's mom). It has been such an awesome change and I am excited to unpack boxes that have been in storage for the past 2 years. Anyways I am still looking for my cord so I can load all my pictures from my camera onto the computer, so since that is not happening tonight I thought I would share a super easy, super yummy recipe I used this week. So as you know we are still in boxes and I have slowly, but surely been unpacking. Because of this I choose simple meals this week that would free up a lot of my time, which I could then use for unpacking. Here was our menu for this week:

Monday: Enchiladas, rice, and beans brought by my awesome sis! Thank you Holly!
Tuesday: Bratwurst, Baked Beans, and Honeydew Melon
Wednesday: Rigatoni, Meatballs (pre-made), and garlic toast
Thursday: Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, corn on the cob, and pistachio      fruit salad.
Friday: Chocolate Chip Pancakes and bacon with fruit
Saturday: Possible doing a picnic with family
Sunday: Crockpot Roast with potatoes and Zucchini

Everything can basically be made ina  short amount of time and mostly made in the crockpot. I love all the time these meals saved me this week

Now for my recipe swap this week. I wanted to share a simple crockpot baked beans recipe. Put it on in the morning and forget about it until dinner time. It is a guaranteed family favorite!

BBQ Baked Beans

2 cans of pork and beans
1 bottle of BBQ Sauce (I use the Kroger brand)
3 tbl. of ketchup
about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (I eyeball this and go with what feels right)

Pour all items into your crockpot set on the low setting and forget about till dinner time :>

** I also sometimes use bacon if I have it, but this week I forgot to thaw it out and it still was just as yummy without it**

XO Danielle

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Finding joy in the Journey

Finding joy in the Journey

Today I think back to months ago when I wrote this. Where is that woman? I want to do what she wanted to do then. To write more and think of my savior often. With that in mind here is something that has had me thinking lately:

  "It's easy to become a Christian. It's difficult to walk out this Christian life."

I can't actually remember where I heard this quotation above, but I heard it a while back, knew I loved it. I then copied and pasted into a post that I knew someday I would write. I think these words are so true. The moment I read them I knew I didn't want to forget them. For me it has been easy becoming a Christian. I don't ever remember it being a question of whether or not Jesus Christ lived. I knew he was a person who did an amazing thing. As I got older, in my teens years, my testimony grew and I began to understand just how amazing my Savior was and is. I learned that he didn't just love me unconditionally, but that because of that love he died for me. Jesus Christ knew I couldn't make it back to Heaven again without his help. What a blessing and comfort that was to know that someone in this world loved me more than anything. Now don't get me wrong I have amazing parents and have always felt loved and cherished by them. I have a husband who I know I mean the world to as he does to me, but the love of our Savior out weighs anything we will feel while on this earth. That simple fact there is just incrediable to me. So becoming a Christian has just been how it is.

Now I think the latter of the quote is the part where the work comes in. Saying you are a Christian is just giving yourself a title, but living like a Christian now that is where the true devotion and faith comes in. Believing in Christ will only take us so far. I think of it kind of like a bridge. Picture yourself at the top of a cliff overlooking a river below. Below is a huge drop with uncertainty enshrouding it all. We have to know that Christ will Catch us. That he won't let us fall into the rocks below. We have to have faith that he will build a bridge for us to get across, which in reality he did. By giving the ultimate sacrifice he built the bridge to allows us to return to our Heavenly Father. When we take that first step out into nothingness he holds our hands and then we are able to see the bridge that he has provided for us. By walking with faith we are living like a Christian. When we serve one another and love one another, we are becoming more like Crhist and becomig a better Christian. Isn't that what being a Christian means? Becoming more like Christ?

Now this is not always an easy task for me. I mean I know I am never going to drink alcohol, smoke, or curse, because I decided long ago that was not what I wanted for myself. I knew I was a daughter of a king and I deserved better. It is the little things that get me and knock me off the cliff a little. Daily Scripture reading, journal writing, and prayers. Sometimes I fill my day up so much that by the end I am spent. The quite moments of my day that should be dedicated to my Savior and my Father in Heaven sometimes go unspent because I am to "busy" or "tired". This is where I know I need to walk more by faith and allow Christ to guide me, instead of me planning my day and basically scheduling Christ out of it. I don't want to do this. I want to be better at my journal writing, so that each day I have that quite time to reflect and see God's hand throughout my day. So I am challenging myself this week to write in my journal each day... and I encourage you all to pick something also that you want to work on in your life, that will bring you closer to your savior and then  maybe we could share our experiences.
By doing this I know that we can find more Joy in the journey...because with Christ in our lives how could you feel anything less than pure joy

Finding Joy in the Journey by President Thomas S. Monson 

Offering Hospitality Recipe Swap: Picnic Theme

Crystal over at Offering Hospitality is doing a new monthly post that I thought I would participate in. It is a themed recipe swap. I love trying out new recipes and am excited to share some of my own with you. Hopefully you guys have some time to hop on over there and check out some of the yummy recipes that have been posted. Anyways I am going to share Bubbas favorite fruit salad recipe. He is always so happy when I make this and I swear you just can't get enough of it. It is so tasty and oh so simple!

Pistachio Fruit Salad

2 cans of mandarin oranges (drained)
1 can of pineapple tidbits or chunks (partially Drained)
2 bananas (cut into chunks)
1 can of fruit cocktail (drained)
1/2 a bag of mini marshmallows
1 pkg of instant pistachio pudding mix
1 tub of Cool Whip

In a large bowl combine all the fruit (you will want some of that pineapple juice to help flavor the salad, which is why you only partially drain the liquid out of the can). Then mix in the marshmallows. Add the tub of cool whip and mix. Then just add the instant pudding and mix well. You will know you have mixed in all the pudding when your salad turns green. Then chill and  Enjoy!

This is a family favorite of mine and I hope you guys are able to enjoy it as well. Oh and it is an awesome food storage recipe

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Baking1 Pictures, Images and Photos

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. I thought I was getting pretty good at posting, but yet again life happens and my time on the computer becomes a thing of the past. Anyways I have a few moments now and I wanted to share a new yummy recipe I have tried so far this week. I am currently doing a recipe swap with my bestie Holly. Ever once in a while I borrow one of her cookbooks try a few recipes and then copy the ones my family loves. I am currently borrowing The Essential Mormon Cookbook: Green Jell-O, Funeral Potatoes, and Other Secret Combinations.This cookbooks has some of the most yummiest recipes in it. They are all categorized by season and then it will list a main course, side dishes, and a dessert. It makes Sunday dinners a breeze to plan. Well today I decided to try out a cookie recipe that is called "Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies", see I didn't give them that label the book did, although the name does suit them :>

1 cup butter or maragine, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups of flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 (12 ounce) bag of chocolate chips

Cream together butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. In a seperate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto greased cookie sheet by heaping table spoons. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 mninutes or untill lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen.

** Here is what I changed: I used semi-sweet chocolate chunks (12 ounce bag). and I used an ice cream scooper to spoon my batter onto the cookie sheets. It does make much bigger cookies. They cooked for a total time of 14 minutes. **

I hope you guys are able to do some  baking today. Don't forget to ask the littles to help. Miss Priss was my assisant today and Bubba did his usual job of being our offcicial taste tester.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Preschool: Airplanes

My goal this summer is to just have fun with my kiddos. I don't believe that learning should just stop in the summer, but that you should have more relaxed fun exploring with the littles. To start off the summer I went with an airplane theme. We read some books on airplanes and even tried making some out of Popsicle sticks. (The kids still play with them). We also watched a movie all about airplanes we got at the library. Bubba loves the "All about" series. To end our week we went out to Nellis Air Force Base and had a picnic. They have a neat area by a playground where they have old airplanes set and the kids loved being able to see them. We read some stories, while we ate. Made paper airplanes and then played on the playground. It was a fun afternoon and I am thankful I got to spend it with the two cutest redheads around :)

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