Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Oreo Cookie Fudge

This fudge is SO GOOD!! It's a must try if you like fudge

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter or margarine (1 1/2 sticks)

5 oz. can of evaporated milk

12 oz. package milk chocolate chips

7 oz. marshmallow crème

1 tsp. Vanilla

12 Oreo cookies, broken into 6 pieces

8 Oreo cookies, finely crushed

1.      Line a 9x9 inch square pan with foil, spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray
2.      Break your 12 Oreo cookies by hand. I broke each cookie into about 6 pieces. Set them aside. Finely chop the other 8 Oreo cookies. A food processor works great. Chop it with the Oreo filling-this will keep it moist.
3.      In a large saucepan bring the sugar, butter and evaporated milk to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 minutes or until 234 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer. Stir it the whole time!
4.      Remove from heat and add vanilla, chocolate chips, crushed Oreo crumbs, and marshmallow crème. Stir until well blended and chocolate chips are melted.
5.      Pour into prepared pan and smooth stop with spatula. sprinkle broken Oreos on top. Use hand or spatula to push Oreos gently into fudge.
6.      Cover and chill for at least one hour until firm. Store in fridge in airtight container for up to 3 days


2013 In Review....

It's time again to say goody to another year gone. This year seemed to just fly by! 2013 had it's good times and bad times like every year does I'm sure. Let's look back and see some highlights from my year....

I sprained my ankle pretty bad. But it's pretty much back to normal now.

I had a great 29th Birthday Luau.

We broke the World Record for Largest Pub Crawl for CFC.

My Grandpa passed on Sept 4th. :(

We celebrated our 3 year Anniversary.

My mom was diagnosed with COPD.

We went to Cabo, MX again for the 3rd.

I got a new tattoo in memory of my Grandpa.

I upgraded my DLSR camera.

We added a shed to our backyard.

Now it's time to see what 2014 holds for us!!

I haven't set any goals for 2014, not sure if I will or just play to day by day and see what comes of it.....

Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo Shoot: Thanksgiving/Christmas Celebration

A little over a month ago a friends mom asked if I could shoot their Thanksgiving/Christmas family celebration. The celebration was a little over an hour from me so I had to get up early and head out for a day of photo shooting. My friend that I did this for her family I have known her since middle school and she currently lives in Florida, so it was nice getting to spend sometime with her and seeing her be with her family. I had a good time at the celebration and got lots of pictures.

To see more from this shoot, please visit my Facebook Page.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

I love my slower cooker in the Fall/Winter time. It makes cooking so much easy and I love coming home to dinner already done! Makes for an easy night. :)

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch slices
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon Cajun
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 3/4 cups long-grain rice
 Parsley, optional

1. Combine chicken, sausage, onion, greep pepper, celery, tomatoes, garlic, chicken broth, spice mix, thyme and oregano in a large (5-quart) slow cooker, Cook on low for 5 hours.
2. Add shrimp and rice: raise heat to high and cook for 30 mintures or until rice is cooked and no longer tender.
3. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!


I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!!

Shane and I have a busy day today. We will head over to Shane's dad around 10:30-11am and open gifts and have Christmas dinner there. We are having Steak this year, yummy!!
After we are done there around 6:30pm we will head out to my Grandma's for more family fun. This year at my G-ma's we decided not to do a big dinner but just have desserts since everyone goes places during the day and is eating all day. I did make a festive dessert to take which I will post later.

Enjoy the day with your families and be safe if you are traveling!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pretty Little Liars #2 & #3: Flawless & Prefect

I will say I have been doing lots of reading while I haven't been blogging. The PPL series I have really been enjoying a lot! So I have been reading as much as I can at work, home, before bed....

I have finished book #2 and I'm currently almost done with #3.

This series is really keeping my attention and as I said before I just love books like that! It doesn't follow the show exactly but I have still enjoyed reading the series and see how it differs from the show. The TV show is one of my favorites so I'm glad I like the books maybe just as much. :)

This series has a lot of books so I should be busy reading these for awhile now....as long as I don't go crazy and just sit around and read all day. Haha!


Hopeful by this weekend or so I will be ready for Book #4!!

It's Been Awhile....

It has been awhile since my last post.....I can't say that I haven't had time b/c that's not true, so I guess I just haven't felt like blogging lately or just been lazy about it.

So it's time to get back on track and get back to blogging, so let's see if I can make that happen.

Yeah we have been busy with the holidays and getting stuff done and spending time with our families. Now with the holidays almost coming to an end maybe I can get back into the routine of my normal blogging.
Since I haven't shared for awhile I think I will play catch up and share what you have missed while I was MIA. LOL

I hope everyone has been doing good and had a great Thanksgiving and have a Merry Christmas!!