Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Upcoming Projects!

So we were sitting here and Cotton asked me when I was going to do my next blog because apparently it's hard to follow someone when they don't blog all the time. My answer: well, I haven't done anything in a couple days! Sheesh! BUT what I do have is a list of some of my ideas of things I know I want to get done in the next couple of months. It goes a little like this:

1) Lainey's kitchen repurposed from an entertainment center

2) Tooth Fairy Pillows (it's about that time!)

3) Coathanger (much more glamourous than it sounds, so FYI if you have, or know anyone that does, any antique/vintage doorknobs, I'd gladly take them off your hands!)  

4) Ruler growth chart for the kiddos (yes, seen on pinterest, but SO awesome for military families always on the move!)

5) 3 canvas painting for over our fireplace (which will extend up to the ceiling)

I'm sure there will be a ton of little things in between, but those are some of the things that are on the top of my list :) Can't wait to see how it all turns out! 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Breakfast Crescents

A couple of weeks ago, I was wanting something different from the usual breakfast. I mean, of course bacon, eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage (and sausage gravy), pancakes, waffles, etc.., are great and all, but I do come up with some pretty awesome ideas for every other meal EXCEPT for breakfast. Now, I'm not the first one who has thought of this, I'm sure. As a matter of fact, I got the idea from seeing someone else stuff a hamburger casserole type filling into a crescent, so that made me think that this would be pretty great. And it was. What's not great about bacon, eggs, and cheese rolled up in a flaky, buttery crescent? Plus, it's super easy cleanup and perfect for on-the-go! Win-win! So here's how breakfast crescents go down in my house:

My household consists of my husband, 2 children, and myself, so I really am taking that into consideration and I'm not joking with the amount put into this. We were all stuffed too! But just an FYI, these pics are from the very first time I made them, and I overcompensated by 1 egg, and 2 pieces of bacon. 

You need:
 1 can of crescents (I used the flaky and buttery Pillsbury), regular, not dinner size.
2 eggs
1 slice American cheese, broken into little squares
2 slices of bacon
Butter for cooking the eggs

First things first, I scramble up my 2 eggs with a whisk, adding just salt and pepper to flavor. By all means, add whatever you like, though. I always make sure to get my eggs very foamy to get a nice, fluffy scrambled egg in the end. (I also have finally fought the urge to add milk while mixing!) 

Preheat the oven following directions provided on whatever brand of crescents you choose. Fry up your bacon and get your butter going in another small skillet for the eggs. I always use a little over medium heat on my eggs at first. (I like a little sizzle).

After I fry my bacon, I like to place it on a paper towel lined saucer to catch the grease. Once cooled, coarsely chop.

Once your eggs have reached the "almost done" stage, (they still look a little wet), pull them from the heat and add the American cheese. 

Here's a close-up of what I mean by that "almost-done" stage. However, if you are a scrambled egg connoisseur, do not trouble yourself ;)

Now we are ready to fill and roll our crescents. I grease a cookie sheet with butter. If you aren't as keen on as much butter as I throw around, put down some parchment paper. Unroll the crescents and take about a tablespoon of the egg mixture and place it in the center of the crescent, and top with some chopped bacon. 

 Roll up crescent around the mixture as you normally would and place approximately 2 inches apart on pan.

As you can see, I'm not too worried about rolling the egg mixture up into the crescent and covering it completely. The reason being, the crescent bakes up and around it, so none really spills out. I'd also like to point out here that pretty sweet coffee cup in the top left corner ;)

However long your crescent package directions direct you to bake for, start with that, (which for mine was 9-11 minutes). Each time I have made them, though, I have added 1-2 extra minutes. Pull from oven and let rest briefly before transferring from cookie sheet to serveware. 
And from here, you OM NOM NOM! We were too busy with this step for me to take a picture or show you the inside, so I'll have to toss that in later! Enjoy! 

If you have a different take on this, or have done something different, I would love to hear about it, so leave me a comment or email me!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Introduction to my life!

As if I needed to add one more thing to my day to day activities, I threw a blog on in. I love to write. Always have. It's just the creative side of me. I'm even considering penning a novel. Writing is also a huge outlet for me. It's a way to get things out of my system, say exactly what I want to say without having to worry whose delicate feelings I'm hurting. Let's see...where to start. Well how about the title: Southern Belle as an Army Wife. I'm a Kentucky country girl at heart. I grew up in the backwoods of what my brothers and I like to call, Hippie Hollar. I was removed from an unsightly "home situation" by my amazing aunt and half zaney grandmother. I got introduced to somewhat of a city life, but still it was redneck Central.  Regular teenage life. Boys, drama, boys, drama. I was known to be a bit brazen and, well, let's face it; I still am ;). I was going down a rough path for a while. I had my own place and was living with a complete idiot when my knight in shining combat boots came along. I like to refer to my now husband as my saving grace. I lived about 20 minutes from Fort Knox, in Elizabethtown. I never wanted a relationship with a soldier. I always thought it was something I couldn't deal with. Well, come to find out, I'm tough as nails and you can't help who you love! Regular boy meets girl, they fall in love, have kids and get married. We just did it a little early...at 19. But hey, six years later, it's still working for us and neither one of us could be happier. That, or he's the world's biggest conman and I'm a complete idiot...but I doubt that. After 3 PCS's (where we move to a new duty station), a deployment, nursing school for me (highly-educated LPN), 4 big promotions for him, here we are. In Middle of Nowhere, Midwest, USA. We just purchased our first home and are settling in here. It feels like coming home. And by that I mean, we are in the middle of no where, with nothing but outdoor-sy type things to do. The nearest big city is an hour or so from here. Let's just say, in order to keep my sanity and everyone in the house alive, I'll be making a trip there at least once a month. So by now, you are probably wondering what's so Southern Belle about me. Well, I never really thought of myself as a Southern Belle until I worked at a restaurant as a server while going through nursing school. We were in Kansas City and an accent wasn't heard too often around there. I couldn't go anywhere without someone asking me where I was from. So in the middle of a rush at work, I'd come in the back, cursing and acting like a complete fool. One of the cooks there would always say, "There's my little Southern Belle". It never failed to get a laugh from the entire staff. You know something? He was right. A Southern Belle is sweet tempered, yet quick tempered. A Southern Belle will drop everything and be there for you when you are at your darkest of times; but piss her off, and you'll soon wish you hadn't. There is a finesse to be learned in proper procedure and execution of this. A Southern Belle will make your sweet tea with a side of a glucose monitor and never fail to give you a heart attack for dinner, yet it will be the best meal of your life. A Southern Belle knows when to hold her tongue and when to give someone a good "talking-to". A Southern Belle knows how to dress to the nines and look like an absolute princess, but she's not afraid to get dirty with the boys on four-wheelers, in mud trucks, or in the woods. No one loves bigger than a Southern Belle and no one goes out harder than a Southern Belle. At least, these are the Southern Belle's where I'm from. If you had any preconceived notions on Southern Belles, I assure you they are wrong. So yep, that's me. Stay tuned to see what happens when this Southern Belle morphs into an Army Wife. This could get interesting....