Friday, August 31, 2012

Food Friday - Freeze Sweet Corn!

My friend, Ann brought over this dish as a side and I fell in love with it. I love love love it. When I asked her how long it took her to make it, she said she did it LAST SUMMER! Yes, she made corn and froze it so she could use it all year!

I married into a family who grew up on casseroles, baked goods, and farm-fresh meals. And I love everything about our meals together. So when I mentioned freezing corn, they all said they'd done it before too. I feel like I am way behind. I am here to make sure none of you feel out of the loop too!


You will need:

4 dozen ears of sweet corn
2 pints of half and half
4 sticks of butter
a pack of 40 quart-sized freezer bags

Now, I will warn you: THIS IS A PROCESS! So make sure you have a couple of hours to kill before you attempt this.

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Shuck and de-hair all ears of corn. Bring a big pot of water to a boil, put corn into the boiling water (at which point the water will stop boiling). Bring back to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes or until corn pops when you bite into it.

Using a knife, take all corn off cobs. This part is M-E-S-S-Y.

Put half and half AND butter into roaster and dump corn on top. Cook at 325* for about 1 hour (no more than 1.5 hours).

Let cool and put into bags at at whatever serving size you like! Ours made 28 bags that my lovely husband took downstairs to freeze. Good man.

When you want to eat it, just take it out of the freezer, take out of bag and put it in a bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes or until it is hot.

YUM! 

Off to another wedding... CONGRATS DARREN AND TRISH!!! Have an amazing weekend!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY Hair Tie Holder

This one was a piece of cake!!

We wanted something cute to go on Baby K's wall that would be effective in holding her hair accessories while sprucing up her room a bit. Here's what you will need:
  • A picture frame (we used an 8x10 frame we bought at Goodwill)
  • Paint
  • Chicken wire (small piece, the size of your frame)
  • Staple gun/staples
Remove the glass and photo from your frame so the frame is completely empty.

Paint frame desired color.

Staple chicken wire to the back of the frame

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Hang her ribbons/bows on the holder!

Voila!


We have it sitting on a floating shelf. Next to it are two flowers that I took off of a picture and painted. The remote is for her mobile. I. Love it.

Easy and fun for Tyler and I to do together!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

34 Week Check-Up and Nursery Reveal

This morning I have our 34 week check-up. 

I will hear her heartbeat.

I will fall more in love with her. (Is that possible??)

I will become more anxious to meet her.

I will be in awe of what my body is doing. 

I will be THAT much closer to meeting our baby girl.

Does the excitement ever subside?

I feel like every day is exciting now... Every day is a milestone. Will it be the same way when she's here?

Speaking of milestones, THE NURSERY IS DONE!!! I am so in love with it!

Now, I feel like we hurry up and wait. Ready when you are, little lady!!

Within the next few days, I will post about where we got everything.






Friday, August 24, 2012

Food Friday - Hashbrown Casserole

Well, this post deleted after I wrote it. The WHOLE thing.

So even though this recipe is amazing, I am a little cranky.

This is an easy side to toss together AND it reheats VERY well. Win win!

You will need:
  • 2 bags of hashbrowns (you can use strings or chunks... I HAD strings, but prefer chunks. Oh, and I used Simply Potatoes brand... always good)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 16 oz container of sour cream
  • 2 cans Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Potato Soup
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 9"x13" baking dish. Cover and bake at 350* for 1 1/2 hour. Uncover and place under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to brown top. 

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This. Is. Delicious. And my husband (who always says what could be better about something) had nothing to say but "yum". Winning! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Food Friday - Granola Bars

First, I must say, I am SO over the moon excited for Tyler's cousin and his (ah-mazing) fiance who are getting married TONIGHT! So stinkin' pumped.

Now...

I got this amazing recipe from Life in the Green House.

These granola bars stay chewy forever. Ok, I wouldn't know about forever... they don't last long enough to say forever. But they last. And did I mention how flippin' amazing they are?

No?

Well they rock.

Here is what you'll need:
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup Biscoff spread You can only find this stuff at Walmart or HyVee in Minnesota.
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups Rice Krispie's cereal. I went the glucose free wheat ones... just to feel better about it.
  •  4 1/2 cups quick oats
  •  2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 - 2 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
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In a large mixing bowl, stir rice cereal and quick oats together.

Over medium-high heat stir together butter, honey, brown sugar and Biscoff spread. Stir constantly until smooth and until mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat and cook another 1-2 minutes. Add vanilla. Remove from heat and mix into dry ingredients.

Stir ingredients thoroughly until they are all coated. Cover a cookie sheet with wax/parchment paper (easy cleanup and guaranteed to not stick). Pour mixture onto the cookie sheet. You want them to be about 3/4" thick so you may not be able to use the whole pan. Press firmly to ensure they stick together well. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press lightly. Cool on the counter at room temperature for 2-3 hours.


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When cooled, cut with a pizza cutter to the size you'd like. I chose about 1" by about 4".

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

And while I made these, I made (what could possibly be the BEST EVER) applesauce. Amazing.



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I love cooking days..


Friday, August 10, 2012

Food Friday - Zucchini Bread

Again, oh my word this is so good.

I love homemade breads and this one was no disappointment.

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You will need:


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
  1. Grease three 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325*.
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool. 
The cinnamon does wonders for this bread. Yum.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Instagram - Newbie

I have discovered a new love. I feel like I did the day I discovered pretzels and chocolate frosting... so readers beware.

I got a new phone. An iPhone... Yes, this means I succumbed to temptation/peer pressure and took the leap from the Android operating system to the Apple operating system and ya know what? It wasn't as bad as I thought! Some things I miss, others I don't. For example: I miss my e-mail system from the droid. I don't miss it power cycling every time I would go to charge it... the whole time it was charging.

Today, I bombard you with too many pictures. I have been going Instagram-crazy and (don't) promise this will phase out. I love the way the photos look. And the way you can post them so simply! If you'd like, feel free to follow me: mrsknott

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My in-laws invited us kids to help them celebrate 30 YEARS of marriage... Such a beautiful thing.

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DIY projects for baby K's room.

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Baseball takes up a big portion of our lives, because it really is a lifestyle choice. But it is a beautiful life. My hubby was pitching here.

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We harvested WAY too much zucchini (before the plant died) so we made brownies and bread. Yum!

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My fingers are officially fat enough to not be able to wear my wedding rings : ( Sad sad day.
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Until my husband bought me a "place holder" at the local jewelry store!

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The love of a dog and her ball. I was waiting for the baby shower to start!

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Baby K's daddy making sure all her furniture looks perfect!!

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Zucchini brownies. Holy... Yum.

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Our pack and play for the baby is assembled! Hopefully it isn't always that hard to put together.

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Baby K's first bed!!! : )

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The stroller tester. This will have to be cleaned before baby comes anyhow.

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Look at our new hot rod!! Now we have a jogging stroller AND an everyday stroller!!

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Last but not least, CONGRATULATIONS, ROCKETS!! After an outstanding win on Sunday, the Rockets have made it to the state tournament! Such a great game.

Monday, August 6, 2012

NOT on Target

I have always been a huge fan of Target. In fact, I STILL love to shop there, even after my latest experience.

Let me preface this with: LIE ABOUT YOUR NAME ON THE REGISTRY!

Ok, don't "lie" exactly, just add to it!

For example: Melissa Knott(___town name___)

Make your town name as part of your last name.

OR do this: Melissa&Tyler Knott

Where your first names are BOTH on the registry. Or any combination of the two.

Here's what happened/is happening:

There are TWO Melissa Knotts in Minnesota and both are registered at Target AND Babies R Us. She is due in September and I am due in October... less than 2 weeks apart. AND WE'RE BOTH HAVING GIRLS!!! But other than the due date, no differentiating details are sent out or given from Target registry online "for security purposes". Who knows... maybe my due date changed! My guests wouldn't know...

So the buyer guesses who is who. I have gotten SO many things that she registered for from my party (which she has good taste, so I'm not complaining). But you DO have the option to "Send to the registered party" which means:

**I can't come to your party but I want to send you a gift to your home**

Great gesture, but Target doesn't let you see where it's being sent, again "for security purposes". So, how do they know they sent it to the right person? They don't.

Now, an AMAZING gift from an equally AMAZING woman is being sent to SOMEONE ELSE and Target is doing absolutely NOTHING about it!!! I have been on the phone all day trying to figure it out.

I called Target and the (slightly beyond) rude lady said, "the lady should have known...".

So I got the tracking number from my friend and called UPS who said that "to be more economical", they send things from UPS to USPS (post office) to be delivered. So I called the post office.

It is still at USPS and not yet delivered. Working on it now... still.  Waiting waiting waiting for a phone call.

My stress level is high AND to top it all off, I am super sick. I would like to eat, but know the food won't do any good since it returns promptly after consumption. I have a SERIOUS case of the Mondays.

Grammar Police

I have a pet peeve. Well, if you know me at all, I have many. But this one is a frequent flier on my pet peeve list. Mainly because it shows it's ugly face in all places.

Lets get started:

I work for a large company running a software program. I love my job. But it exposed me to my first ever experience with this here peeve.

(For reference, it is a custodial staffing software)

One of the inspection criterion was "Urinals, toilets, and wash bowels"

Yes. There is a difference between "Bowls" and "Bowels".

For those of you who are unaware:

Number 1: A bowel is where number 2 comes from... also known as the part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine.

Number 2: A bowl is a round, deep dish or basin used for food or liquid.

See? Completely different.

So while Thank You cards are nice, please be sure to spell check. I got TWO thank you cards that thanked me for the "lovely mixing bowels" I gave them. While I would love to be credited with their fortunate intestinal occurrences, I don't believe that was my shower gift.

But you're welcome.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Food Friday - Zucchini Brownies

Oh-My-Stars these are ah-mazing.

The moisture in these bad boys came primarily from the zucchini and holy smokes, these are awesome. I made zucchini bread too... three loaves. Watch for that (awesome) recipe next week!

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You will need:

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded zucchini
And (because I didn't want to make this part from scratch) one jar of milk chocolate frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the zucchini. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring back when gently touched. 
  4. Open jar of frosting and spread over cooled brownies before cutting into squares.
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 Deeeeelicious.
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