P31 Wannabe

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables July 26, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 4:11 pm

I made this the other night and it turned out really good. The meat was really moist. It took a lot longer to cook (I forget how long since I just kept setting the timer for another 5-10 min), but I also ended up using a 2 lb piece. I’d never actually cooked pork tenderloin before. Typically we’re beef and chicken people. But this was really good. I also added some carrots in with the veggies.

I got this recipe from a Kraft Food & Family magazine fall 2004.

Pork Tenderloin w/ Roasted Vegetables
Prep: 15 min
Total: 50 min (including stand time)
Servings: 4

1 pork tenderloin (1 lb)
1 envelope Shake ‘N Bake Original Pork seasoned coating mix
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 in cubes (about 2 cups)
1 lb red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 in cubes (about 2 c)
1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1 in chunks
1/2 c zesty italian dressing

1. Preheat oven to 450. Moisten meat with water. Shake off excess. Coat meat with coating mix as directed on package. Discard any remaining coating mix.
2. Toss potatoes and onion with dressing. Spread evening into 10X15 in baking pan. Top with meat.
3. Bake 25-30 min or until meat thermometer inserted in center of meat registers 160F, stirring vegetables after 15 min. Let stand 5 min. Slice meat. Serve with vegetables.


This Little Piggy July 24, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 9:04 pm

Haddie has really started to enjoying playing “This Little Piggy.” She’s even started to learn some of the words so she fills them in as we say them. Recently she’s cracked me up with two different versions…

A couple weeks ago, she took off her shoes in the car (even though I always tell her not to!). I was aggravated until I realized that she took them off so she could play “This Little Piggy” on her own toes. Of course, I had no idea what she was saying most of the time. But it was still hilarious…especially as she tried doing both feet at the same time.

Tonight during bath, we did “This Little Piggy” while I was cleaning her toes. I let her tell me what each piggy did. The first one went to “Publix” instead of just the basic market! Guess we’re moving into the 21st Century. I actually had done this version with her a couple times before, but its really been months since then. Oh, the things they remember! And her third piggy decided to have “Pizza” instead of plain old roast beef. I have no idea where she got this one! Usually in my sillier version, the piggy has hamburger or something…once I actually said “bacon” before I realized what that meant. haha. Oh, my child makes me laugh!

On another not so happy note…Haddie has had a fever all day long. Boo. She’s handled it pretty well, but tonight she is definitely clingy and fussy. Bath time helped to make her feel a little better, but I’ve already decided she’s staying home tomorrow from church. Thankfully my dad is here visiting this weekend, so we’ve struck a deal that he’s going to first service, so I can go to second. I am feeling church deprived since I’ve missed the last 2 weeks due to being sick. Just praying I don’t get this round of virus and that it works its way quick through poor Haddie. Times like this really made me glad that I’m not working now! I don’t think I would have dealt very well with being so sick, so long and having to arrange coverage or struggling to make it through! But anyways…time to put the baby to bed and finish the movie we’re watching through Netflix on Seth’s new PS3!!! Thanks to his parents for his awesome Bday gift! We’re going to get a lot of use out of it just by watching movies! : )


Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole July 23, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:02 pm

This has seriously got to be the easiest thing I have made. Well, at least the easiest actual meal (if you don’t count meals out of a box or can!). I got it from a Campbell’s advertisement in a magazine sometime ago. You can customize it to however your family will like it best (see the bottom of the recipe for the different ideas). I just made it the regular way with peas, corn and broccoli.

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup
1 1/3 c water
3/4 c uncooked rice
2 c fresh or frozen veggies
1/2 t onion powder
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese

1. Stir the soup, water, rice, veggies and onion powder in a 12X8 shallow baking dish.
2. Top with chicken. Season chicken as desired. Cover.
3. Bake at 375 for 45 min or until done. Top with cheese. Makes 4 servings. (Mine took 15 minutes or more to actually cook all the way through. I may have just had thicker pieces of chicken, but expect a little longer cooking time.)

Mexican Fiesta: In place of onion powder, use 1 tsp chili powder. Substitute Mexican cheese blend for cheddar.

Taste of Italy: In place of onion powder, use 1 tsp Italian seasoning. Substitute 1/3 c shredded parmesan for cheddar.


I Shouldn’t Be Allowed in the Dollar Store!

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 4:59 pm

After Seth’s early birthday lunch yesterday we walked around in some of the shops nearby. As a side note, he of course chose the Chinese buffet. Too bad my stomach wasn’t feeling better…I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Although I always feel like I’m spending too much money at buffets because I never eat my money’s worth. My stomach just isn’t that big. I love the varieties at buffets, but I like that I can take a doggy bag home at other restaurants because then my meal gets stretched to at least two. Anyways…

One of the stores we went into was the Dollar Tree (or Store? I can never remember the difference). I realize more and more that I shouldn’t go in there! I find so much cool stuff and I justify buying it because its only a dollar! I literally had my arms full and asked Seth to get a cart. His smart reply was that we shouldn’t get one because then we’d buy more stuff. Well, needless to say, at the end of the trip my arms were sore and cramped. But we spent less than $20, so I guess it wasn’t that bad.

I know where I’m going to go to buy some school workbooks for Haddie once she gets old enough to do them!

There are so many different coloring books we’d never run out of a selection.

But unfortunately they don’t have any paint-with-water books. Boo.

I love their cheap gift bags, tissue paper and wrapping paper. Why ever spend more?

If I was planning my wedding, I’d go there for some of their selections.

I found a few craft/art supplies for Haddie for her birthday.

They have a great selection of board books for babies and toddlers.

They already have an aisle of Christmas stuff out. And they have fall decorations, too. Seriously, already?

Although I mourn that they only sell KJV Bibles. Seriously…who reads those anymore?

And I mourned their bead collection. They only had a few bags and they weren’t enough beads in there for costing a dollar!

I found this cool book there, too. I have no experience with embroidery, but I think I may try it sometime. This book has some super cute patterns for sheets, making your own stuffed animals, etc. Should be interesting!


Newest Additions

Filed under: Jewelry,Misc — Lacey @ 4:47 pm

I’m really starting to get into the jewelry thing…if it hasn’t been obvious by now… It’s just exciting to finally find a hobby that I really do enjoy. I went shopping at Michael’s yesterday. Talk about beads galore! They have entire aisles lined with never ending choices of beads. I didn’t even know where to start! Its a bit overwhelming! I do better with having a few random assortments of beads and designing something from there. I wouldn’t even know what to choose from those huge varieties they offered! Unfortunately, I’m not ready to spend that much money on those types of beads. I want to be able to get more experienced and be able to sell jewelry at a reasonable price. If I bought most of those beads, I’d have to double the prices! No joke. But I did find some cool stuff to add to my collection…

I’m really hoping that this new “business” will take off. I may eventually start listing them online, but for now I’d like to sell to people I know.

Anyways, I’m starting to make some lanyards since they’ve been requested. Here are the first couple that I’ve made. Let me know if you’re interested in requesting one or two…or more : ) I can make them in almost any color choice or design. Just let me know. I also have supplies to make regular keychains, too.

I’m also starting to make bracelets and more earrings. The turquoise one is a set I made for myself from metal charms that I had saved from two bracelets that had broken previously. The red and black one is one that I made after a request. I can make more of these in the same or different colors.


Letters, Letters Everywhere

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 3:38 pm

I decided to start an experiment with Haddie about a month ago. She has a couple decks of sesame street letter cards and she loves to get them out. But she wouldn’t sit still long enough to look at them and would just end up dumping them on the ground. So, I decided to tape them up around the house onto items that started with each letter. Honestly, some of those letters are a lot harder to find items that match then you’d think! Seth was confused when he came home from CIY to see all the letters around the house.

At first Haddie didn’t seem to care much about them or even remember them. I’m not trying to push her to be a baby genius or anything! And I haven’t really been pushing the letters. But recently, she’s been pointing at them and saying some of the letters. A couple mornings ago she got a lot of the ones in her room right, which really surprised me.

Now when she’s drawing, she’ll tell me what she’s making. Usually its mommy, daddy, Grandma, etc. But recently its been letters, too! Of course, her drawings are still just scribbles, but I’m excited that she is putting so much together in her mind. Kids are like sponges, seriously! I’m also realizing how much reading and letters and such are just a result of memorizing. Haddie can already tell me what letter some items start with by memory because of where I’ve hung the cards. Its so cool!

Here are some of the examples from her room:

Because of having her name on the wall (thanks to Theresa for these beautifully painted letters!), she has known the letters “S” and “A” for a long time. Funny enough, she knows “H” too, but instead of saying the actual letter, she always recognizes that “H” is for her name. She calls all “H”s “Haddies.”


My Compadres

Filed under: God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 3:14 pm

In my Bible reading today, I was again reminded of the blessings of my friendships.

Here are some of the Proverbs about friendship:

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm” (13:20)

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (17:17)

“A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (12:26)

I am so thankful that God has blessed me with awesome, encouraging, and wise friends. They help to balance me out, speak truth into my life (especially when anxiety is overwhelming me), inspire me to be better and to grow stronger in my relationship with God. They are also bring a lot of joy and fun into my life. Thanks to my closest friends…you know who you are!

I am most thankful for my best friend…my hubby! Sometimes I feel like I don’t brag on him enough (although I guess I do on here…just not always verbally). But he is truly an amazing man. A great spiritual leader. A great encouragement and support. A calm and steady presence in our home (he never ever raises his voice, but is still consistent and firm with Haddie). I love how much he appreciates me and all I do. I also love how willing he is to help (although if its mowing the grass…I may have to twist his arm). And I love how much of a fix-it-man he is. Today’s his birthday! He’s now over a quarter of a century old : ) And I’m glad to say he’s mine!