Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Recipes :: Jambalaya

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you'll now I've had a new recent obsession with Jambalaya  It pretty much started around Easter and hasn't let up since. What you may not know is I'm an EXTREMELY picky eater... Well not as much as I use to be.. Gregory has slowly fixed that over the years but the one thing that remains the same is I am "Fish weird" as we call it.

I am very, very, VERY picky when it comes to any type of sea food I eat. As time goes on I've developed a taste for Mahi mahi, popcorn shrimp and tilapia but only if its made a certain way. But that is pretty much the extend of my sea food consumption. One thing I don't eat and HATE touching are shrimp... UGH ... I know I just said I eat popcorn shrimp but that is small and covered in bread crumbs ... (Like I said fish weird).

One day I was going through Pinterest.. (doesn't every good idea steam somewhere from this amazing website?!) and stumbled across a Jambalaya recipe and then quickly sprinted to Target with Gregory (who DOESN'T love Target?!) and we proceeded to grab everything we needed.

One thing I've learned over the years is that Gregory has an amazing sense when it comes to winging it on recipes and cooking. He is always adding or changing recipes around and they ALWAYS come out good... Me on the other hand if I'm cooking and winging it you better have poison control on hold... It's kind of sad but when it comes to baking I'm reining champ!

Any who... As we were grabbing the ingredients Greg started to make suggestions on how to tweak the recipe and knowing his cooking I went along with it. This is what we finished with:


Ingredients
  • 1 package (19 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® Italian Sausage 
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes 
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes 
  • 1 can (8 ounces) diced chillies
  • 3/4 large onion, chopped 
  • 1 green pepper, chopped 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 package (7.4 ounces) Zatarain's Spanish Rice OR Jumbalaya

Directions
  1. Remove brats from casing, crumble into skillet and cook through. Drain and reserve. 
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sausage, petite diced tomatoes, green chilies, stewed tomatoes, onion, green pepper and water. 
  3. Bring to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat. 
  4. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender.

And that's it you're done. Now enjoy! YUM!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Growing Up!

Well this is embarrassing... To say I have been slacking on this blog is a bit of a understatement! I apologize about that! I don't really have much of an excuse. While my life has been pretty crazy training a spoiled to smart for her own good puppy, working full time and both Gregory and I falling victim to the stomach flu January pretty much just disappeared!

I'm upholding my New Year's resolution pretty well, it also helps we changed our dress code at work to be more professional versus casual so it sorta makes me have to keep up with it but I have to admit I enjoy waking up in the morning and knowing I have a cute ensemble to put on.

I'm a firm believer in picking your clothes out the night before. It just helps me with time in the morning with get two people ready... well one human and a fur ball. Who is growing like a weed and it makes me so sad! LOL

Picture Take: (L) December 12, 2012  | (R) February 2, 2013
See what I mean! She's gotten so big already! And I swear the girl is to smart for her own good! At almost 4 months old she has: sit, paw, around (she's to stumpy for lay just yet so we make her go in a circle LOL) and is fully potty train. Oh, and takes the stairs like they're nothing! She either sleeps in bed with us every night or in a small pile of Greg's clothes she won't let us put away. She's really a Daddy's girl unless he isn't home then Mom is cool.




See?! The last one cracks me up cause this was when Gregory had the stomach flu and I wouldn't let Eleanor near him cause he was so sick that she actually went to go pout on his clothes. LOL. She really is quite amusing and brings such joy into our lives. She's constantly watching YouTube with Gregory she'll even bring her raw hide or what ever chew stick she's working on over and lay-down with him.


Doesn't that just make your heart melt?! As you can tell I'm a bit obsessed with taking pictures of her but that's okay after waiting, begging and driving Gregory nuts I finally have my corgi and I can say I am enjoying every moment of being a Corgi Mom! ...Kind of scary to think what will happen when I have children of my own... HAHA!

For wedding plans we are slowly working our way through those. I don't want to divulge to much and give it all away just yet cause nothing is final but I can say I am super stoked to have an amazing wedding planner to help me with everything! If you are in the market for a wedding planner I recommend Summer from Water Lily Events! But that's about all I have time to write for now as I have an anxious puppy wanted to go play in the increasing pile of snow Chicago decided to deliver.... Thank god it's Saturday and I don't have to drive in it!




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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Easy Homemade Chili

I don't know about you but I am always one for a recipe, I can wing a bit when it comes to baking but as for cooking if I'm flying by the seat of my pants you better have poison control on hold!

I can't tell you how many times I've come up with a "genius" idea for a recipe I found online and throw it together for dinner just to watch Greg graciously choke it down and say: "Oh yeah, it's good...but lets try another recipe"

But the other night after hearing him say he had the taste for chili on multiple occasions. Not like a "hint hint I want chilli" but more of a we go out to lunch he orders then realizes they have chili and he's disappointed he didn't get it. So I finally decided I fix the cure and making him a pot of chili.

My mom has a really simple recipe she uses when the mood strikes her for chili so I called her up and asked for her recipe then headed to the store to go get the ingredients I needed. I discovered that Hunt's came out with a "chili sauce" mix for chilli and I assumed it would have chunks of tomatoes in it so only purchased that as well as a packet of chili seasoning, yellow onion and ground beef (I got the 85/15 mix). I already had the Heinz Chili Sauce and to my luck Red Gold's petite diced tomatoes at home.



I preceded to cut of a quarter of the onion, Gregory had asked for a hearty chunky chili so I kept the onion pieces on the larger size and threw them in while I browned my ground beef.

After draining the grease I thew it in my big sauce pan and opened my Hunt's chili sauce to discover it didn't have chunks of tomatoes but was just exactly what it said "sauce" (I know big DUH!) but luckily I had a can of petite slices tomatoes so I threw those in (don't drain before just pore it in), followed by the chili powder seasoning and then the Heinz's Chili Sauce and about three shakes of paprika.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking... Did I really need ALL those chili seasonings?! But I have to admit after letting it simmer for about a half hour and stir occasionally it was AMAZING! Even Gregory said it was a keeper!

Ingredients:
  • 16 oz. Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 12 oz. Heinz Chili Sauce
  • Chili Seasoning
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion
  • 15 oz. Hunt's Seasoned Diced Tomato Sauce for Chili
  • Paprika

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Goodbye 2012 ... Hello 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I know I've been MIA for quiet a while. Life has been hectic to say the least! With the holiday (we have to go to 4 Christmas events), being sick and getting little miss Eleanor my life has seriously been a complete blur! But I mean look at this face! She just demands attention! LOL

Little Miss Eleanor
I've made a vow to myself to get back on track with filming and my fashion blog as I've been neglecting it a LOT lately. I mean I hadn't filmed a video since the beginning of October! But I am back on track and have been uploading a video a week well at least for the last two weeks.

Having a cold is really putting a damper on things as I feel exhausted and ready for bed just a few hours from wake up. This could also be because Eleanor picks and chooses when and how long she feels like letting us sleep. I swear she's like having a real child! (Not that I would exactly know but it seriously feels like it) Luckily Gregory has been an angel and gets up with her and lets me sleep when he can! We did figure out that she sleeps later if we put her in our bed. (Spoiled brat I know.) But if simply putting her between us gives us an extra 2-3 hours of sleep your damn straight that's where she'll sleep. We are crate training her but shes hardly ever in it. Once she's completely trained we plan to ditch the crate but for now she's just in it when we are at work during the day. If we go out for dinner or running errands we just put baby gates up to keep her in her room. (Yes, Eleanor has her own room... I told you she was spoiled LOL)

Christmas is a chaotic time for Gregory & I as we have four events to go to between Christmas Eve & Christmas Day... I was lucky to have the day after Christmas off from work this year THANK GOD!

Christmas Eve we go to Greg's Dad's side of the family first then head over to my Dad's side of the family luckily this year was at my parent's house so there wasn't so much traveling. Christmas Day we started off  by having Eleanor opening her presents from Santa Paws. Yes, Santa visited our house this year! (I'm crazy it's okay we both know it.) then got our stuff together and headed over to Greg's parents house where we opened gifts and had breakfast. After a few hours we got ready and headed over to his Mom's side of the family lunch/dinner thing and then finally ended up at my parent's again for just a family dinner. All of this with Eleanor in tow as everyone wanted to get a look at the newest addition to the family!

New Year's Eve I woke up with a cold that still hasn't gone away. We decided to keep it simple and hung out with our friends Korey & Amanda. We went to White Chocolate Grill for dinner which was an interesting thing on to it self.

We decided last minute to go there for dinner so couldn't make reservations because of this we waited two hours and ten minutes ... Yes, we waited that long! Luckily we were able to have some appetizer and drinks while waiting. I have to admit it was worth the wait. The steak I had easily had to be one of the best I've ever had that I can remember! Seriously DELICIOUS! Then we headed back to our place and watched New York's ball drop then switched over to watch Chicago's count down...

Can I just saw Chicago's count down show is just TERRIBLE! Seriously its kind of pathetic when you go from New York's show with the glamours crystal ball and big name acts to Chicago's show with a bunch of older people ball room dancing to random no name cover bands filmed in low def quality... It really is just sad...

I barely made it to midnight as the cold was kicking my butt but we did get to play a couple games before the clock struck 12! We played Uno and Apples to Apples. Riveting right for a bunch of people all within the legal age to drink?! But I can honestly say I enjoyed my self even with my cold.

Now we're heading into week two of the new year and I am thinking about all the wonderful things that are going to take place this year and reflecting on all the things that happened last year.

Last year easily had to be one of the best years of my life! Gregory proposed after seven years of dating, we bought a house and my corgi mom dreams came true with purchasing Eleanor!

Next year promises to be even more amazing as I get to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend and begin my life as Mrs. DelFabulous!