Yesterday we crossed another item off the list. We made our way to the little village of Bradford to visit the public pool! Just so we wouldn’t get bored being by ourselves, we invited my little brother and sister to go with us; they jumped at the opportunity, but that may be because Jordan said he’d buy us all Pat’s Whip ice cream on the way home. There wasn’t too much excitement going on at the pool, but I think we missed the busy part of the season… we might’ve held off a little too long, as the daily temperatures have been dropping, and yesterday was our first of three visits to the pool. Yikes.
I made the mistake of dipping my feet into the pool to feel how frigid it was; frigid was correct. I hesitated, but I finally took the plunge. Jordan and Jakob enjoyed doing their Olympic-worthy dives off of the diving board, Jeanna swam in the deep end, and I slowly made my way out to find the comfort of a dry towel. Take two will be this Friday after work, weather permitting… but we need to make it priority, as the pool closes next Wednesday. Again, yikes.
I am desperately trying to become a better housewife. Jordan and I were married in April, so I have had almost 4 months of house cleaning, laundry and cooking done perfectly each day. NOT. I work full time at an office, and I usually race home only to continue working on a craft project. Jordan has always supported me and all of my hobbies, but I have always felt guilty that a home cooked meal is rarely made anymore. I grew up in a traditional home: my dad worked long hours while my stay-at-home mom cleaned spotlessly and cooked delicious meals each and every day. Granted, my mom had five children to take care of while I don’t have any kids (yet). I will hopefully work myself up to be a professional in the home, but meanwhile; I haven’t shown much effort in taking the steps to get there.
Yesterday was the beginning of a new era (insert heavenly singing here)! After work, I went straight to the grocery store in town and made a beeline home to start on some food. For last night’s meal, I picked an easy favorite. It’s hardly a five course meal, but I needed something easy if I planned to get anything else done that night. I made my Taco Dip that friends have come over specifically to eat (while the meat browned, I made dessert). After we ate, I threw together a Pot Roast in record time. Today, I found a recipe that I will serve for tomorrow’s dinner!
Find all three recipes below:
Jerrica’s Taco Dip
1lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
2/3 cups water
½ cup favorite salsa
1/8 cup jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional)
Cover the bottom of a pie plate in your desired amount of sour cream. I usually spread it out to an even half inch depth. In a medium sized skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain. Add water and taco seasoning, stir and set to simmer until the water evaporates. Add the salsa and jalapeno peppers (optional, I just like the added kick) and stir until the salsa heats and the jalapenos soften. Pour this mixture directly on top of the sour cream in the pie plate, and even out. Top it off with your desired amount of shredded cheese (the more the better in our opinion). Serve with tortilla chips.
Beyond Easy Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
2 lbs Pork Roast
1 bag Petite Carrots
¼ Onion, chopped
1 large potato, skin on, cubed
McCormick Bag n’ Season Pot Roast seasoning packet
¼ cup water
Place pork roast(s) into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the bag of carrots, potatos and onions. Mix the packet of Pot Roast seasoning with the water and pour over the contents of the slow cooker. Refrigerate until morning, or start the slow cooker to bake for eight hours.
Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs
2-3 pounds pork baby back ribs
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup favorite barbeque sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 dash hot sauce
Rub the ribs with salt and pepper, then place ribs in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients and pour on top of the ribs. Refrigerate until morning, or start the slow cooker to bake for eight hours.
Then, you will fold over each raw edge and iron. Finish each piece by stitching down the raw edge. You may do this by hand sewing, but I just ran it quickly through the sewing machine.
Put the two pieces together, forming the front of the collar, and sew together. The small amount of hand sewing will be done just right at the the top, where the collar-pieces touch.
Setting the collar aside, cut the bracelet into two pieces, leaving the clasp attached. This will be used as the closure for the back of the Collar necklace.
To finish up, sew each end of the bracelet on the back ends of the collar. This is done with just a small amount of hand stitching.
Yesterday was a stressful Monday (when aren’t they?), and it started when my dreams of a long weekend died at the sound of the alarm at 6am. As the fun doesn’t have to stop as soon as the work-week starts, I decided to rekindle the weekend flame by asking Jordan out on a Monday-night date. We had a few errands to run anyways, so why not throw some adventures in the evening as well? We stopped at Target to do the few purchases we needed, one of which was a storage tub to store all of those Christmas gifts we bought over the weekend! And who can walk through Target without looking at the clothing section? Okay, Jordan would’ve been happy skipping that part, but he wasn’t so lucky. From there we headed to the mall and just enjoyed the walk around and I bought a few items of clothing. Before we headed home for the night, we ate at Monical’s, and split a large pizza as usual.
What I wore: A dress that is more special than it looks; it is from a little boutique in Armand’s Circle, Sarasota, FL. That is where Jordan and I went for our Honeymoon in April! Clog/heels, Charlotte Russe. Rose & Gold bracelet, Charlotte Russe. Copper bracelet, thrifted. Gold chain necklace, thrifted.
I received so many compliments on my dress last night! It was my first time wearing it since I tried it on at the boutique on our honeymoon. I felt beautiful. I just hope my date thought so, too! ;)