Secret Tea Party…

So my Mom is crazy about tea parties. Having three girls she hosted her fair share for us. We use to love them. One time my youngest sister Jamie (probably around 4/5 at the time) put pretzel sticks up her nose. (I’ll never forget that) They were always a so much fun. Because anytime we’re all together we laugh way too much. So let me tell you how we surprised her with a secret tea party for Mother’s Day.
Well, my Mom and I went thrifting a couple months back. At every dang store, she would find part of a tea set and tell me about this time in Mississippi when she found a whole tea set and she should have bought it. Well after the first 3 stores, my wheels started spinning and I text both of my sisters. We planned on surprising her not only with a tea set for Mother’s Day but also with a tea party.
Whew… can I just say I never realized the work that goes into a good tea party? Oh, man, I worked and stressed for two months at her party. I’m a perfectionist and a mad do it yourself-er and I wanted to go all out. After all, the three of us were quite a handful.
My sisters: Courtney, is an LPN (2nd shift) and a dog Mom of two. Jamie, is a college student, works at a State Park, and is a dog Mom too. Cassi (is technically not my sister, but fingers crossed Dillon’s brother marries her one day and it can be official) She is a college student, works at the college, and we have adopted her into our family.
I did all the DIY and crafty stuff and cooking. Courtney and I did most of the planning and I put Jamie and Cassi to work day of setting up.
For her party, we did a lunch: of egg salad tea sandwiches, bite-size BLTs, cucumber with herbed cream cheese, bacon ranch pinwheels, cheese ball bites, grapes and cheese. For dessert: little cakes, French macarons, Oreo truffles, lemon scones, strawberry mousse. For drinks: ice water, hot tea in lots of flavors, and adult punch.
We played Never have I ever, and a what’s in your phone game. We took photos and had us a grand time in our dresses. (They were required)

I tried to have a well-rounded menu. There was 8 of us total and let me tell you I should have made more egg salad sandwiches because they were gone quick.
We also got our cousin, her daughter and our Aunt (Mom’s sister), to come down it was kind of a surprise for her too. Mom did not know they were coming either. Ha! We got her so good. By the way, she was shocked and so excited when she finally caught on.
We told her we had special lunch reservations in Tulsa and when she opens the door to Courtney’s house she was in awe of everything. She still hasn’t stopped oohing and aahing over it. It was a major success.
I love throwing party’s and they normally look like Pinterest threw up. That is my go-to for inspiration and ideas. It’s probably a good idea because my Mom loved it so much she wants a new family tradition of Mother’s Day Tea. Which is fine with me as long as it’s not a secret.
I’m not good at keeping secrets and let me tell you I almost blew it a couple of time. One time I told her I was so stressed over Mother’s Day (Oops) she asked why and I told her it was because I had to take her to lunch. (I felt a little bad). I also had to lie about why I was asking about the egg salad recipe. Dillon doesn’t like it and of course, she remembered. (Oops)

Turkey Burritos in the slow cooker…

This was a concoction that kinda developed over time. I really love taco salad but I live with two picky butt heads! (I love them)

I started off making taco meat in the crockpot since I’m the only one who eats raw tomatoes I decided to add them to the mix. Then one time I got too lazy to make refried beans so I added a can pinto beans. (which I later switched to black beans) Dillon doesn’t like hard tacos or chips to much so he just had to have a burrito. One time making this last minute Dillon informs me he has a friend coming over. Well I hurried and made some rice and added to the mix so there would be a little more. Turns out everyone loves it that way! Now this is a staple in our house. Sometimes I just eat it as a burrito bowl! I’ve shared the recipes multiple times.

  • 1 lbs of ground turkey
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 can Bushes seasoned black beans
  • 1 pack taco seasoning
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Stir ground turkey, onion, beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning, and half the tomato sauce into crockpot on low for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked rice or quinoa. Before serving if it looks dry add more tomato sauce. We use Mission carb smart whole wheat tortilla. (When Walmart has them) Make sure you add cheese and top with your favorites.

* When I double this recipe I normally use 1 can Bushes black beans and 1 can of pinto beans just to give it a little more variety!

Falling in love with Claremore Oklahoma in a day…

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I recently had a chance to stroll down Main Street in the small town of Claremore, Ok.
I was immediately in awe of all the shops and character that it possessed. There was nowhere close to park, so I ended up in the public parking a little future down which wasn’t as bad as it sounds! I don’t mind walking and it was great that they had this overflow parking! As it turns out the town was having there Souper Saturday (more on this in just a bit) that’s why it was so busy. The weather was just perfect for a stroll down Main street.
IMG_5252I went into the first store, and was blown away! Farmhaus was not only beautiful and historic, but the farmhouse decor inside was to die for.

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 I literally wanted one of every inside. (Sometimes it stinks living in a camper 24/7) I got a chance to talk to the lovely lady who owns it and as it turns out we have mutual friends from Wagoner. (I’m always amazed by how large, yet small the world really is)

 

I continued on down store after store of wonderful and beautiful shops and boutiques with the friendliest workers.

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The District on Main had some beautiful clothes and some neat stuff. Very high-end stuff. I was just in love with their original brick wall inside the store and she told us the story behind finding the wall. (I’m Fascinated by old antique/historic-stuff)

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I went into a store that I had spotted on the drive in, LoliPop. I thought it was going to be a bakery and candy type store. Truth be told I was mildly disappointed that they didn’t have cupcakes. They do have candy, but it is also a boutique. They have some of the cutest clothes, and the sweetest girls working! I bought a cute sweater dress/shirt. I tied it up and the girls in there oohed and awwed on it and made me have an absolutely giant head (maybe I should start a fashion blog, ok just kidding)
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Next, I stopped in at She Brews Coffee House and treated my self to a coffee (The Misty) and a piece of delicious Lemon Ooey Gooey Cake. (Y’all I almost died and went to heaven. I love lemon flavored everything!) I was so glad I waited in line and studied their info. She Brews not only has coffee, wonderful desserts, and a lovely lunch menu but also helps women transition form negative/troublesome pasts into better futures. (I am a sucker for this stuff. I almost cried standing in line reading a success story on their wall.)
The Misty– cappuccino with half the espresso, but a generous serving of white chocolate and caramel and topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of white chocolate.
OutWest Home Decor had everything you need to decorate in a cabin or western theme. Beautiful stuff and again the lady who owns it was super sweet. I bought a cute wooden state of Oklahoma ornament that said Claremore on it.
I had just enough time to run into Burlap Closet Boutique and check it out. I was in love with some of their tee shirts but didn’t have enough time to try them on and/or by anything. The lady working gave me a card and told me they ship. I’m definitely going to be getting me some cute new shirts.
I went in as many shops, boutiques, and antique stores as possible before I had to head back and pick up Dillon. But I’m telling you I was amazed at the charming and bustling Main Street. Everyone seemed to be helpful and friendly. Claremore really has the best downtown shopping district that I’ve ever been too. I love supporting small shops!
IMG_5247Y’all I parked my truck at 1:30 and walked into the Farmhaus a few minutes later. Some lady asked for soup. (It’s a home decor store) I was thrown for a loop! I kinda interrupted the lady’s talking and asked what was going on. She told me that 2 times a year they have Souper Saturday, to promote businesses on Main Street and as fundraisers for stuff the town needs. I was very intrigued and asked if she could explain more. (I later found out her husband is on the city council) she said the business on Main Street dish out soup if you get the ($8) package which includes a cup for your soup. I was so bummed to be coming in at the end of this! (11am-2pm) (Y’all know food and shopping and two of my favorite things)
She also told me about food truck Thursday’s during the summer months, where they practically close down Main Street for food trucks and shopping. (I’m telling y’all it sounds like heaven to me!)
She told me that Claremore had also passed a city ordinance that you may walk around with beer now also. (Which is a big deal here in the Bible Belt)
I am so marking my calendar for all the fun events coming up this year. If we didn’t already have a cabin in Arkansas, I’d be ready to move to Claremore!

Hashbrown Casserol

This is my Hubby’s absolute favorite, he always requests it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. So this year I made a double batch and froze them so they were ready to go. We actually traveled Thanksgiving Day, this year and these bad boys were perfect to pop in the oven once we got there! Everyone loves Hashbrown Casserole on both sides of our family so I always get stuck making them (I can’t complain they are super easy and perfect for me because were are never in one place for very long so they are great to make ahead of time) Can you guess what I’m bringing for Christmas Dinner?
I’ve done them separate so I can just show you one! I’m also doing them in cheap disposable aluminum pans because there will be too many dishes to do already. My Mother-In-Law and I don’t just love doing the dishes while everyone else is in their food comas!
The onions are optional because… well let’s face it, I forgot to chop them up and put them in for the Thanksgiving ones. (I’m not perfect) Dillon informed me he likes it better without the onions. So ha! We will just say I did it on purpose, Okay? Just keep it between us! I’m on the fence about whether or not I want to put them in for Christmas or not yet.
(Anyway your gonna need)
Ingredients:
 
  • 1 bag of frozen hash browns
  • 1 can of cream of chicken (or cream of mushroom)
  • 2 Tbs of butter softened
  • 1 Small thing of sour cream (8 oz)*
  • 2 cup of cheese (halved)
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • Small onion (optional)
 (This recipe is not doubled)
Stir salt, pepper, garlic powder, sour cream, cream of whatever soup, butter, onion (if your using), and 1 cup of the cheese together until blended. Next, add the hash browns in and mix well. Spread into pan and sprinkle leftover cheese on top. Cover with foil and freeze or bake.
When you’re ready to bake preheat your oven to 350. Bake for 25 minutes with foil on. Then remove foil and bake for 20 more minutes. If you froze them first like me just thaw out before baking.

 

*I have the bigger tub because I made two batches and just used half in each.

Hamburger soup

Ok, I’m like 90% sure you’ve heard of this and or you call it something different. 

I grew up on Hamburger soup although, Mom isn’t too fond of it. My Dad, sister, and I loved it. I now make it in my crockpot, for my family. It’s cheap it’s easy and it just reminds me of my childhood. (Am I the only one that associates memories with food?!?)

Ingredients 

  • 1 lbs hamburger meat (get the one with the lowest fat ratio)
  • 1/2 diced onion 
  • 1/2 tablespoons of seasoned salt
  • 1 can corn 
  • 1 can green beans 
  • 1 can diced potatoes 
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can carrots
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 stick of butter (sorry y’all but that makes it better)
  • Medium squirt of ketchup 

Cook hamburger meat, onions, seasoned salt on low in crock pot for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Then add your can goods juices and all. Add the ketchup. Stir. Add all that butter (try not to cringe too much) Stir frequently until butter is melted and all vegetables are warm. Enjoy! 

I normally make cornbread with it. But we also eat it with crackers occasionally. 

Tortellini Lasagna-ish

Y’all this was one of my first concoctions. 

In the middle of summer using the stove or oven (or both) really heats up your camper. Dillon works in the heat all day so he hates coming home to a hot camper. So I had to get creative! The crockpot is my favorite. It’s so easy and stress-free to just throw crap in the crockpot and let it cook all day with little to no work, and the best part Dillon has a  cool camper and a hot dinner when he gets home. 

So I was really craving lasagna. But dang I’ve never tried the lasagna noodles in the crockpot. (Still, haven’t) I had some Buitoni three cheese tortellini noodle hanging out in my fridge (I can’t even remember what I was gonna make with them) So I drug out all the fixings for my Lasagna and my tortellini noodles and went to throwing stuff together. Dillon and Logan loved it. Well, Logan picks out the mushrooms but he’s a strange kid.

I don’t even know what to call it because it’s not lasagna. I have started making it with turkey meat and I’ve tweaked the process since but the end result is delicious. Easy comfort food. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 lbs of ground turkey (you can use beef* if you want) 
  • 1 jar of your favorite Spaghetti sauce 
  • 1 tbs minced garlic (I cheat I buy the squeeze jar) 
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning 
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash garlic & herb
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes 
  • Small tub of cottage cheese
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Half package of Buitoni 3 cheese tortellini noodles
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1 can of tomato paste ( if needed)

Stir ground turkey, Italian seasoning, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and mushrooms together in the crockpot. Add sauce and stir again. Cook on low for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Add cottage cheese and noodles. If it looks really dry add half a can of tomato sauce. Cook on low for another hour stirring occasionally. Again if it looks dry or you like it a little saucier, add more tomato sauce.

*if you are using beef make sure you get the lowest fat content or that you drain it before adding anything else

In the picture, I have Walmart tortellini noodles because I couldnt find Buitoni ones! (I didn’t like the walmart ones)

Please let me know if you try this. Also, questions and name ideas are always welcome!

One Pan Chicken & Cauliflower Fried Rice

I love simple, I love fast, and I love healthy! So I get really excited over stuff that can be cooked in one pan! That’s why this is my go-to healthy one pan dish! Someone once told me the basics of how to make this and I’ve tweaked it to fit my family and made it all in one pan!  IMG_4250[1]
Ingredients 
• Some diced chicken (however much you want)

• 2 large eggs

• 2 bags of frozen riced cauliflower

• 1 bag of frozen peas and carrots

• 3 tbs of soy sauce (we use low sodium)

• 2 tbs of oyster sauce (you can find this at Walmart)

• Salt and pepper

 

I start by spraying a little oil in my pan. Then cook the chicken. Salt and pepper chicken while cooking. Once the chicken is mostly cooked I scoot the chicken to one side of the pan and fry my eggs in the same pan. Then when your eggs are fried up, mix everything else in and stir. Cook about 15 minutes. Ta-Da Voila!

In the pictures, I used A LOT of chicken Logan complained there wasn’t enough cauliflower but Dillon like the amount of chicken! Ugh I can’t ever please both of them!
I also bought two bags of peas and carrots I didn’t mean to take a picture of both! (There for another meal!)