Bonito- Burrito Dinner

So tonight I cooked one of my hubby's favorite meals that his mom makes, burritos. It's actually not that hard. It's super easy. They only hard part was defrosting the meat. :)

- About 3-4 pounds of meat. I used 80/20, but I like 85/15 (less grease to drain after it's cooked.).
- chopped onions
- seasoning for the meat (I used onion pwder, garlic pwder, chili pwdr, and black pwder) I eye ball it and then taste it.
- tortillas (flavor of your choice... I mainly use flour tortillas)
- refried beans
- Shredded cheese
- 9 x 13 pan
- Oven to 350

*This recipe will be a little different than what I normally do. I think it'll be a whole lot better.*

In short, here is what I did:

1. Lay tortillas flat on counter and spread beans evenly one side.
2. Sprinkle cheese over the beans.
3. Pour the meat on top. About one spoon scoop.
4. Roll the tortilla like an enchilada. Then I put a small touch of beans, where the tortilla that will be on the outside touches. This helps seal it shut (in my opinion).
5. Place in the baking dish.
6. Repeat process until the pan is full. (I can normally fit about 8 in a dish.
7. Then I spread the beans on top of the tortillas. Nothing perfect just hap hazardly.
8. Then I put some more onions on top (because I like onions).
9. Then I poured the rest of the meat on top.
10. Then I put cheese on top of it again.
11. Then bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. Just until everything is heated and the cheese is melted.

side note: I put some picante sauce on top and it was good.



The garden

Here is the second part of the garden. As I said before, we put newspaper down and then put the garden soil on top. Here is the hubby putting the paper down.

Here is the second finished bed. It's starting to shape up real nice. 

The growing garden

So the other day, the hubby drags me to Lowes to get Garden Soil. So off we went and bought like 12 bags of that stuff. When we got home he put down newspaper in the beds and then put the soil on top. Next (Friday) we will get some bags of chicken manure to add, when it comes in at the nursery. Below is two shots of what the garden is starting to look like.

Well, the hubby is banging on the window to get me out there to help with the next bed. So off I go.


Finishing the bathroom

So I'm almost finished with the master bathroom. I"m super super excited. I finished the second to last part, the tub. Here is what it looked like before. As you can see, the yellow stuff is the glue backing that is between the vinyl wall paper and what you stick it too. On the floor in the front I have a sponge, glass of water, and a putty tool.

I dipped the sponge in the water and then whipped the glue backing. After I got it soaked enough and waited about 1 minute, I used the putty tool and started scrapping the glue off. The water makes it super easy to peel right off. I've had multiple people tell me to use the wall paper stuff from Lowes or Home Depot, but the truth is water works just as good, and it's free. :) The one thing not in the picture is frog tape. I love it. It's way better than Blue painters tape. When you pull it up, it doesn't pull the paint off with it and it pulls up super easy, not like it's stuck to the surface it's on. What I did with the frog tape is lined the area I was going to texture before I sprayed the texture on. 

Here is the texture I bought from Lowes. We used this texture through out our whole bathroom experience. It took us more cans that what we thought, but I'm really happy with the out come of it. 

Below you can see the front of the tub looks like after I put the frog tape down and then sprayed the texture. After I let it set for about 5-10 minutes (the color turns from blue to white) I started painting. It took only about 15 minutes to paint the whole thing.

Here is the finished project. I'm super happy with the over all look of the bathroom. It's really turned out great. Now on to the kitchen.

Here is the bathroom before with the wall paper. You can see I've somewhat got the paper off.

 A HUGE thank you goes out to the hubby!! If it wasn't for him, I'd spent more timet than I really wanted to. I took a total of 2 months and he did most of the work. He got the paper pulling rhythm faster than I did.

Bird Feeder Part 2

So the hubby asked if we could hang his bird feeder outside today. So after some searching, in our 20 foot deep backyard, he found a spot on the fence in front of the windows to the living room. He nailed it to the fence and put a support beam under neath the bottom to help stabilize it. This is how it turned out.

Now all we have to do is fill it with seed and wait for the squirrels, I mean birds come and enjoy it.


Bird Feeder

So the Hubby decided to build a bird feeder. It took him about an hour with some old wood in our backyard. When we got our dogs he had to fix the fence and these are the left over boards. He's so frugal and can't throw them away so he repurposed them. I think he did a really good job.


The Master Bath

So I have been working on my master bath since Thanksgiving. UGH!!!! This has been the longest, worst, and most laboring project I have done. Have you ever seen that movie "Money Pit"? That's how I'm starting to feel about my house.

BUT!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! I have finished the bathroom except one part, the front of the tub. Hopefully, I'll get that done soon. Ha ha ha!!! But in the meantime, here are some pictures of what is finished. :) I'm pretty happy about how it's turning out.


Pork Chop Dinner Delicioso!!

So I found a pin on Pinterest for Creamy Ranch Pork Chops. I had four pork chops that I needed to cook and figured I'd give this a try. Here is the link to the actual recipe.

Here is what you are going to need:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 boneless pork chops, 3/4-inch thick (about 1 pound)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or98% Fat Free)
3/4 cup milk
1 envelope (1 ounce) ranch salad dressing mix
Ranch-Style Rice

  1. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until browned on both sides.
  2. Stir the soup, milk and 1/2 package salad dressing mix in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the pork is cooked through. Sprinkle with the paprika.
  3. Serve with the Ranch-Style Rice.

  • Ranch-Style Rice: Heat 2 1/4 cups water and the remaining salad dressing mix in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Stir in 1 cup uncookedregular long-grain white rice and cook according to the package directions.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with a vegetable blend. For dessert, serve chunky applesauce topped with cinnamon.

What you'll need with the pork chops. That's 3/4 c. of milk.

Instead of pouring the ingredients in the skillet, I mixed them all together first (not the oil though). Here is what it looked like. Then I poured it into the skillet and cooked it all together.

For a side we cooked rice.

Here is the final product. It was pretty good. The Hubby said he would eat it again.


Growing a garden

Well we decided to grow a garden. We ordered some seeds online, from Burpee, and they came in a couple of weeks ago. We also bought from Lowes, those garden trays that come with the dirt in it, and then you just add the seeds and water. I asked the Hubby and he said we've been doing it for 2 or 3 weeks.

Here are some pictures of what it's starting to look like. Ok, this is the only good picture I took. Do you see the very tall plant in the front that looks like it's almost touching the candle? That was our first green bean to grow. They are coming a long very well.

Here is what we built in our backyard (which isn't very big either). It's our  own little garden. The long skinny one is going to host our beans. The other two big ones are going to have tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard, and okra with some different kinds of herbs and carrots. I'm excited about getting our own little garden going. It reminds me of when my dad used to plant one in our backyard and we would go out there and get some fresh stuff. I can't wait for my Big Guy peppers to sprout. Then I can make some homemade stuffed jalapeno's. We still need to get some fertilizer and soil but other than that, we are almost good to go. :) The net is going to get fixed (some how), to keep the birds out of. I'm not sure how my hubby is going to orchestrate it.

Here are some of the seeds we bought. This is what we are planting in the spring. We have some others that are going to get planted in the fall.


Homemade Burgers

Last night I decided to make homemade burgers. Nothing complicated, right? Well, you're right. I had seen on someone else's blog that they had used Weber's Chicago Steak seasoning. Wow, did that make a big difference. I'm going to use that from now on. Here is the recipe that I got off that same site. I followed it  exactly and it was wonderful. I'm going to do this next time I make burgers.

1 lb. lean ground beef (for about 5 burgers)
1 tbsp Weber's Chicago Steak seasoning
1/4 c plain bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt (you can add more or none at all. . .not a huge difference maker)

Mix everything together by hand and then shape into patties. Place on grill and then eat afterwards. 



Our family

The night of Thanksgiving, 2011, my hubby brought his iPad in our room and said, "Hey, what do you think about this dog?" I said, yea I like him. The next thing I know, we are emailing the rescue company about setting up an appointment to meet Oak. Then the next day, we decide to take him. So here is a picture of our not so little guy.

After we had him for about 2-3 days Oak was showing signs that he was lonely and no matter how much we gave him love, attention, and affection. So I asked my mother-in-law if we could "borrow" their dog for one week, and then I would give him back. Some where in there my father-in-law told my hubby that we could keep Vince. So now we have two dogs.

And renamed Oak to Otis. So now we have Otis and Vince. We are one happy family. Most of the time we call Otis, Big O or Little O and Vince, Vinny Ray or V.

I love my boys (hubby, O & V)!!!!

Xmas recap

So here is what the hubby and I gave each other for xmas. I gave him the wind chimes in the background and he bought me the swing. I love it. We sit on it almost every Saturday morning and drink our coffee and watch the sun come up over the fence. Sometimes we sit out there in the evening after a long day at work. It's so nice and relaxing. :) I love my swing.