Archive | January, 2012

slow cooker beef stroganoff

31 Jan

Ok, so I’ve attempted to make beef stroganoff countless times.. no joke, it has always been DISGUSTING. Seriously. Maybe I was just trying too hard to make it complex…who knows! Anyway, I gave it another go (with a much simpler recipe that I made some minor adjustments to) and IT WAS A WINNER! Woo hoo! Go me! I now have 15 dishes (10??) that I know how to make that will consistently turn out delicious… ok edible. But this one really was delicious!

Let me apologize right now for not including any pictures in this post.. It’s not for lack of effort. I took about 30 pictures while I was cooking, but the way the raw stew meat looked on camera…just wasn’t workin’ for me! So here is the recipe, sans pics. You’ll just have to trust me!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff


1-1.5 lbs stew meat

1 large onion

1 can Golden Mushroom soup (it HAS to be Golden Mushroom ya’ll.. Cream of Mushroom just won’t cut it!)



2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 cup beef stock

5 oz. cream cheese (cut into blocks)

a healthy dollop of sour cream


Dice the onion and place it in the bottom of the crock pot. Season the stew meat with some salt and pepper, and layer it over the onion. Add the minced garlic, soup, and beef stock. (umm, hello, easy.) Let cook on Low for about 6-7 hours, or on High for 4-5 hours (I did High for 4.5 hours and it was terrific!). Right before serving, add the cream cheese blocks and the sour cream. Stir until melted/combined. Serve over egg noodles or rice. Enjoy!


on Sundays…we barbecue!

24 Jan

One of my favorite things about Charlie is his tight-knit group of friends. Whereas my friends are spread out all over the state (that’s what happens when you switch colleges..three times), most of his college buddies (and a TON of his family members!) are still in San Antonio. Since everyone is so close, we usually spend Sundays at our house with the entire crew (most of them anyway!), watching football and drinking beer. Beeeeeer! Ahh, why does it have to be Monday? You horrible horrible day!

This Sunday, like most Sundays, we barbecued. The result:


BOOM! May not be the prettiest burger (can I blame that on bad lighting and my iPhone?) but I’m tellin’ ya’ll, it packed a tasty, yummy, delicious punch! Charlie will say it’s his amazing skills on the grill, but I’m blaming the deliciosity (word?? Now it is!) on the chipotle mayo and caramelized onions & jalapenos that I whipped up!


Chipotle Mayo

1 large chipotle pepper, chopped (I get the canned ones with adobo sauce.. yum!)

1 cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s!)

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

Add all of your ingredients to a food processor and let’er rip! So very simple, and so very delish!


Caramelized Onions & Jalapenos

1 large onion

2-3 large jalapenos, seeded

1/4 cup beer (I used Bud Light..I’m from Texas, whaddya expect?)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1-2 tablespoons butter

Adobo seasoning

Slice your onion into rings. Do the same with the seeded jalapenos. I seed mine because my “spicy tolerance” is a little low.. feel free to keep some seeds for an extra kick! Put the onion rings and jalapenos in a skillet, add all of the ingredients, sprinkle with a generous amount of Adobo and let simmer over medium-low heat. I always start these before we start grilling, so I put the heat on very low about 10-15 mins in.

Oh, can’t forget the stuffed jalapenos! Thanks to Javy for spending a very, very long time stuffing these bad boys perfectly 🙂


I was too obsessed with my contributions to pay much attention to his method, but they came out wonderfully!! Enjoy!


where I come from

20 Jan

So I recently started researching my family tree on ya’ll it is SO COOL! So far I’ve only really gotten a chance to research my mom’s side of the family, but I’ve uncovered so many records (seriously, everything from military enlistment to marriage certificates to death records!!) it’s insane. I even found my great grandmother and great grandfather’s passport applications!! Check them out:



My great grandmother was born in France, and lived there until 1919. She moved to Lake Placid, New York and married my great grandfather. I cannot wait to show these to my mom! She’s going to be so excited 🙂 I’m so curious to see what I’m going to uncover next. If you haven’t checked out this website, I definitely suggest you do! It’s so cool learning where (and WHO!) you come from!


fireworks over Cabo

18 Jan



2012 & my vow of clamor

18 Jan

Let me start my very first post by saying, I love blogs. I love blogs about food, I love blogs about fashion, I love blogs about travel, you name it–I follow a blog about it. It wasn’t until I subscribed to my eleventy millionth blog that I started wondering if I could do it. I was never one to keep journals or diaries (I was, however, one to buy journals or diaries and never use them.. they look pretty on my bookshelf), but maybe blogging will be different.

So with the new year I have decided to take a vow of clamor. I’m hoping that this vow will make me feel as though I have to write…kinda the way paying for a personal trainer makes me feel like I have to work out. We shall see, sister girls and brother boys.

What are your resolutions??