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Summertime Corn Dogs

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Is anybody else ready for summer? I am so ready! Warm weather, sunny days, barbecues, watermelon, swimming, and no school! Talking about school- I’ll actually be done before Easter so that’s part of the reason I’m so excited for summer is because it’s coming early!! ūüėÄ I can’t get the chorus part of Mungo Jerry’s song “In the Summertime” out of my head!

Anyway… Summer always makes me think about grilling out hotdogs and hamburgers so then that thought led me to corn dogs! Who doesn’t love a good corn dog? We usually just get a box of the pre made ones at SAMs but I’ve been wanting to try and make our own. Well, let me just say that I have a feeling these will be a once a week thing in the summer time for us! ūüėČ

Surprisingly they’re easier to make than I ever thought! This recipe makes almost 2 times more than it says it should so if you really only want 10 corn dogs I would cut the batch in half or do what I did and make 20 dogs and then some bite sized ones! ūüôā

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Summertime Corn Dogs
http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/homemade-corn-dogs/

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (regular milk works too)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 (10 count)* package Hot Dogs
10 wooden skewers or chopsticks

2 Quarts Vegetable Oil, for frying

Directions

1) In a medium or large pot, add the oil. Turn heat to medium and heat oil to 350 degrees F.

2) In a large bowl, add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir together. Then add the beaten egg, buttermilk, oil and honey. Stir until combined. (Batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter)

3) Remove hot dogs from package. Wipe them all dry with a paper towel (this will help the batter stick to them better) Insert one skewer or wooden stick into each hot dog.

4) Pour the batter into a tall drinking glass. Holding by the skewer, take one hot dog and dunk it into the batter, coating all of the hot dog. Slowly remove from batter and let a little excess batter drip back into the cup. Immediately place it into the hot oil, while still holding the stick. Turn as necessary to brown all sides. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until all sides are a deep golden brown. Remove from hot oil and place on paper towels to drain grease. Repeat with all hot dogs.

5) If there is leftover batter I cut up a hot dog or two into thin slices and mix it in with the batter. Then I use a cookie scoop to scoop up little balls and plop them in the oil to fry for about a minute on both sides. And there you have bite sized corn dog balls! ūüôā

*I found that one batch makes 20 hot dogs with leftover batter.

Here are the corn dog balls!

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I’m Baaaaaack!

Wow! I can’t believe 2013 is over! It has gone by so fast! And I haven’t written in a while so let me tell you what we’ve been doing the past few months. We’ve had 3 birthdays since November. My younger brother had his birthday the day before Thanksgiving. So we’ve had a lot of parties! On Thanksgiving our priest offered Mass and that was awesome. At the end of Mass he was so funny and started asking us all if we were hungry and ready to celebrate and telling us “Smacznego” which is the Polish word for Bon appetite! Our Nana was here to celebrate with us and we also invited a friend from church. Here’s a picture of our table.

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Then my birthday was the beginning of December and we had our annual gingerbread house making party that day. We invite all our friends and we have a huge party! Here’s a picture of my brother hard at work!

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And here’s a picture of a finished house

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We went to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and it was beautiful. It was so peaceful that the little ones fell asleep in the pew! ūüôā Then we all slept in the next day and had a yummy breakfast of chipped beef and homemade cinnamon rolls while we opened presents! Oh, and I forgot to mention that our tree was 16 feet tall this year! We have a tall ceiling… ūüėČ

In January we (the Sanctity of Life Committee) had a bake sale to help raise money for our trip to DC for the March for Life! There were all kinds of assorted baked goods! We made Caramel popcorn, fruit cobblers, and artisan bread. We bought an apple pie that our friends make that is delicious!

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Next to Christmas the March for Life is one of our most favorite thins of the year! The SLC always gets two buses every year for the March For Life and we go up for the day! It was pretty cold but as Elsa likes to say in Frozen ” Let the snow rage on, the cold never bothered us anyway!” ūüėČ Here’s a picture looking back from where we were walking! This just gives you a little taste of how many people come from all over! It was also Mom and Dads 20th anniversary! ‚̧

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And now that things have settled down we are getting back into the swing of school! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanskgiving, Christmas and are enjoying 2014!

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese frosting

Hi everybody!

I am so glad that it’s turning into Fall! Cozy sweaters, cups of Coffee/Cocoa, and snuggling under the blankets. Oh, and all things pumpkin flavored! ūüėČ

Let me just start by saying that I found this recipe because I was looking for something to use up a tub of homemade cream cheese frosting. Serveral days prior I had made cinnamon rolls. (Come back on Friday for that recipe!) And I also made The Best Cream cheese frosting. But I made a little mistake… I added a whole teaspoon of salt instead of an eighth of a teaspoon. So long story short, I ended up making 8 batches of frosting to balance out the salt! ūüėõ But having too much frosting on your hands isn’t really a bad thing, right? ūüėČ

So to use up the frosting, I thought, what goes better with cream cheese frosting than pumpkin? One of the things that I love about this recipe is that you put it in a jelly roll pan. I like doing that because it helps make the cake go farther and the frosting to cake ratio is a little more even. ūüėČ I feel like any time you mix pumpkin with a cake mix you come out with the most moist and deliciously flavored masterpiece! Which is everything I want in a cake!

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Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting
From http://selfreliancebyjamie.blogspot.com/2011/11/most-amazing-pumpkin-bar-recipe.html

Ingredients

2 cups Flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups pure pumpkin puree
4 beaten eggs
3/4 cup melted butter

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour a 15×10″ pan.
2) Combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
3) Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool completely and then frost.
4) Serve with a glass of milk and watch it all disappear! ūüôā

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
4 Tbs. Softened butter
3 ounces cream cheese*
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

DIrections

1) Beat butter and cream cheese with mixer until combined.
2) Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Mix in the vanilla and salt.

(If too thick for your liking add a little milk until it is the consistency you like.)

*I don’t mind a little extra cream cheese so I just do 4 ounces to make it easy. ūüôā

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Balsamic French Dip sandwiches a.k.a Special sandwiches

So I have no idea when we started calling French Dip sandwiches “Special Sandwiches” but let me just say- this recipe deserves that title! We used to make French Dip sandwiches with a packet of au jus, Italian seasoning, and beef broth and it always tasted good but this knocks it out of the park.

One Saturday morning I was trying to find something to put in the crock pot so we would have dinner when we got back from Mass. I realized that I had a rump roast and rolls but no packet of au jus. So I did what I always do in a food emergency- turn to Dr. Pinterest. I found this recipe and checked all the ingredients and they were items that we always have in our pantry. What luck! So I threw it all in the crockpot and couldn’t wait for dinner to come.

We got back from Mass and the house smelled amazing. The boys could barely restrain themselves from picking the meat up with their fingers and eating it. We served it on rolls with a little mayonnaise and there were no leftovers! So I guess it was a hit! ūüėČ What’s really weird is that I don’t really like meat but this is one of my favorite meals now. Anyway enough about me, let’s get on to the recipe! ūüôā

If you try it let me know what you think! ūüôā

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Special Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 (4 pound) Boneless rump roast
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to your prefernece)
4 cloves chopped garlic

Directions

1) Lay the Rump Roast on the bottom of the crock pot.
2) Combine all other ingredietns in a bowl. Pour over rump roast and put the lid on.
3) If on low cook 6-8 hours and if on high cook 3-4 hours.
4) When done it should pull apart fairly easily. Then with 2 forks pull off as much as the fat as you can and discard.
5) Serve on rolls with some mayonnaise and a little bowl with the some of the extra sauce for dipping.

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Birthdays and Spicy Buffalo Dip

Hi Everyone!

Sunday was MG’s Birthday and my little sis turned 8! When she was born I remember being SO excited to have a little sister. Finally someone who I could play super girly games with! Don’t get me wrong, 4 brothers are AWESOME and my older brother is one of my best friends (and we had some pretty good tea parties) but it’s nice to have a sister who you can giggle with. ūüėČ

MG loves spicy things like I do so I am in luck when it comes to her birthday foods! She wanted this deliciously spicy dip that I got from my Aunt Marcella and Uncle Danny that’s called Spicy chicken buffalo dip. It is so good and perfect with anything! I have made it as a dip, a grilled cheese sandwich and I even mixed it up with some egg noddles to make a yummy casserole. I might have to go in the kitchen and get some right now. ūüėČ Oh and did I mention it’s easy? The hardest part is cooking the chicken but you could use canned.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 Jar Frank’s hot sauce
1 Jar blue cheese dressing
2 pkgs. softened cream cheese
1 pkg shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup celery

Directions

1) Poach and shred the chicken.
2) In a small casserole dish mix together the cream cheese and the blue cheese dressing. Then mix in the cheddar cheese.
3) Sauté celery in the hot sauce until slightly soft.
4) Combine the chicken and the celery mixture with the cheese mixture in the casserole dish.
5) Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Serve with crackers (and a glass of water;) and enjoy!

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(Sorry about this lousy picture this dip was surprisingly hard to photograph…) ūüėõ

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Gatlinburg TN

Hello Everyone!

I can’t believe September is almost over! We have been pretty busy this month so that’s probably why… Dad’s birthday was the 16th so to celebrate it we went to Gatlinburg TN for a few days. It is one of our most favorite places to go! Whenever we go down there we always stay at a cabin which is so much fun (and easier than a hotel). My brother found us a cabin that sleeps 12 for $100 but in the end it was lowered to $78. So we were very excited about that. ūüėÄ The 2 little girls (16 months and 3 years) had never been to TN before so I really loved seeing them experience for the first time all the sights and little things that we love!

Some of the places we like to visit while we are there are the Aquarium, WonderWorks (affectionately known to us as “the Upside Down House”, and on this last trip we discovered mini golf! We got several pictures from the first two places but with 10 people playing mini golf there wasn’t time to take pictures… ūüėČ

Here are just a couple of pictures from the Aquarium!

This was a new exibit that we saw for the first time and it was really cool! It’s a penguin tank and they added these little tunnels where you could crawl under the penguins’ water that they swim in. The penguins all had cute little names too….

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This was a really cool and huge fish that we saw in the shark tunnel! I can’t remember it’s name though…..

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Thought this was a cool picture…

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And here are some pictures from the “Upside Down House”.

Picture of the outside……

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Leave it to the older boys to turn the rock climbing wall into a racing spot and competition. ūüėČ They even timed themselves……

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MG on the Bed of Nails

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This thing was new and it was really cool. There was a timer and a wall of little circles that light up and you have to see who can hit the most circles when they light up (kind of like that wack-a-mole game)….

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This is their 4 story rope course. Yes, that’s right, I said 4 story high rope course. I don’t have an issue with heights but this thing was scary!

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I was really happy to see that they added a few more little kid games. The 2 girls really enjoyed this “Lite Brite” sort of thing.

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My little Pumpkin….. this face pretty much sums her up…. quite the character….. ūüėČ

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The bubble room.

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Enjoying this giant play house!

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They have this exhibit about the Titanic, and it has a bucket of water that is as cold as the water was when the ship sank and there’s a timer. Well, I got to around 9 seconds and my bother got up to 3 minutes!!! Then Mom made him pull it out…. The man who was working said the record for someone holding their hand in it was 25 MINUTES!!!! O_O

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And here is everyone but Dad in front of our cabin.

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I got this picture of Pumpkin making faces on the way home….

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Well, there are some of the things that we did while we were down there! Hope your week has been Fantastic! ūüôā

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Silliness

Okay everybody, if you need a good laugh, gather your family around and have everybody sit (so when they die laughing they don’t bang there heads on the way down!) Pick a good song that is already loud and proceed with the fun! ūüėČ

http://lolsnaps.com/news/31524/0/

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Bonjour!

Bonjour¬†everyone!¬† I haven’t been blogging lately because I have just started school.¬† As you can tell I am taking French this year! Yay!¬† So far my school has been going well-¬†I have been able to work my schedule around school and cooking so now I am adding blogging in as well!¬† My little sister has been potty training herself over the last few days.¬† Seeing her wearing underwear kind of makes me sad!¬† She’s growing up too fast!¬† Yesterday I switched over all the girls to warmer clothes.¬† I’m SO happy we are getting into colder weather!¬† When it gets below 32 degrees I am going to go outside and blow bubbles- supposedly they freeze and become ice bubbles!

My latest thing I have been making is sea glass candy!  Boy, are all my siblings (and me!) really happy!  I have tried lemon, peppermint and I just made root beer today!  They all liked the lemon and the root beer and thought the peppermint was okay.  I want to make coffee flavored next for Dad and I!  When we finish all the candy I made so far, I am going to make three batches but leave them clear and put them all in a jar so that they are mystery flavored!

http://www.theidearoom.net/2011/02/sea-glass-candy.html

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 ‚Äď 1 tsp*. flavoring oil
  • Powdered sugar (to coat cooled candy)

1.  Lightly grease jelly roll pan.

2.  Pour sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.

3.  Without stirring, boil the mixture until a candy thermometer reads between 300 and 310 degrees. (about 20-30 minutes.) Drop a small amount into ice water. If it separates into brittle strands its ready.

5.  Remove from heat and let boiling subside.

6.  Measure flavoring oil and pour into candy mixture. Also add food coloring if desired. Blend with a wooden spoon.  **Be very careful when adding as it will let off strong smell and steam.

7.  Pour onto greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Let cool.

8.  Cover with wax paper* and hit lightly with a hammer to break into smaller pieces.

Take the pieces and coat them lightly with some powdered sugar. Put in a pretty jar and try not to eat them too fast!

*I used 1/2 tsp for the lemon and1 tsp for the root beer and thought that was perfect!

* I didn’t cover it with waxed paper because I didn’t have any but it still worked fine!

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Gift From God

2 years ago today¬†¬†I met someone¬†who was truly a gift from God. That person¬†is my little sister, Pumpkin! Let me give you a little of the story¬†though…

We had always had relatively healthy pregnancies. With my sixth sibling, mom had gestational diabetes and so she immediately started eating a strict diet and testing her blood sugar numbers. Near the end of the pregnancy she had to take glyburide but the only life threatening problem occurred when it was time to give birth. The baby had a prolapsed cord so we had to do an emergency C/section but we had a healthy 7 lb 3 oz baby girl.

A year later, we were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting¬†a 7th child!¬†But¬†one day my¬†Mom went to the hospital to have a routine ultrasound of our baby and we found out that our little one’s heart had stopped beating. We felt as though our hearts had been stabbed with a knife. The little¬†children (the youngest was¬†1 at the time)¬† didn’t quite understand¬†what was happening, only that something terrible had¬†happened and that everyone was sad. Well,¬†a few months later we found out we were expecting again.But again for some reason that only God knows, we only had 8 short weeks with this little one.¬†Mom lost 2 more sweet babies after this. ¬†We don’t know why¬† we had 4 consecutive¬†miscarriages over a period of 4 years, but it was one of the most painful experiences ever.

When we found out we were expecting for an 11th time we immediately started praying and looking for a good doctor who had experience with gestational diabetic pregnancies and we found one. He was such a good doctor! He knew how many miscarriages we had had and how worried we were about the baby so he scheduled us to come in every week to have an ultrasound or Doppler check of the baby. At each appointment we would hold our breath when they turned on the Doppler and searched for the heartbeat. With the grace of God the doctor found it each time even if he had to get the ultrasound machine out and look at the baby!

Even though Mom still had gestational diabetes and a scary thing called a Sub Chorionic Hemorrhage (SCH) which made her have to be on bedrest for the first half of the pregnancy, we knew if we got to 20 weeks we would be able to worry a little bit less because our chances of miscarriage from the SCH would go down. But boy, I have never felt so many weeks go by so slowly! But we rejoiced and thanked God each day that we had this precious little one.  About halfway through the pregnancy we decided to not figure out what the baby was so that we could be surprised. The baby would come by C/section because that would be the safest way

.¬†We all counted down the days until the baby was supposed to be born.¬†90, 80, 50, 30, 10 until finally it was the night before the baby was coming. I was going to go in with mom and Dad to have the baby early in the morning so I went to bed really early and surprisingly fell asleep within minutes. I was worried that my youngest sister at the time (who¬†I shared a bed with) would wake up¬†alone and be really scared but all our Guardian Angels were working hard because my two younger brothers woke up in the middle of the night as i was walking down the hall and said that they¬†woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep¬†in their own beds so they wanted to know if they could sleep in¬†my bed with our little sister.¬†It was perfect and I didn’t have to worry about them the rest of the day! We¬†left for¬†the hospital at 3:30 a.m.¬†and it took a few hours to get to the surgery prep room and get mom prepped for the surgery. As they were about to go in the kind nurses let me stay in a room right across from the¬†operating rooms so i¬† could be there when they came out.¬†There was a TV in the room so I turned it on and the Duggars were on so¬†I watched them and watched the door where they had¬†gone in. Several minutes later a nurse came out and told me everyone was fine so far and then she¬†went back in. I heard over the loud speaker that there was an emergency c/section going on and they needed all available nurses and doctors to go help. Imagine the kind of scare I had when they all rushed in the door my parents had gone in!

The minutes crept by like hours after that and I barely paid attention to the TV and just stared at the door waiting for a nurse or somebody to come out and tell me what was going on.¬†What seemed like hours later out the¬†doors came my Dad and my new little sibling!¬†I rushed over to them and was able to hold her for the first time ever!¬†We headed back to the recovery room¬†to wait for Mom and cuddle with my sweet sister¬†and then¬†when Mom was ready we all went together¬†to her room. Later that day Dad went back home¬†to get the other children and bring them to the hospital to meet her. We hadn’t had a baby in so long that we were surprised by all the little things that babies do and all the little noises she made!

I can’t believe we are already celebrating her 2nd birthday! She is so funny and really a ball of fun! She loves going to the store with Dad and I and when we are getting into the car to leave she¬†will¬†say everybody’s name’s and ask where they are.¬†If a dress is not cute she will flap her hand and say “nasty” and wont want to wear it. And then she will pick out her favorite dress¬†that is pink and has doggies all over¬†it, and say “please”!¬†Her favorite thing to do when she has a lot of energy¬†is to say ” 1,2,8″ and then run from room to room as if she were¬†running an obstacle course!¬†¬†Even when she does something naughty, like screaming at the top of her lungs,¬†taking the iPone out of somebody’s hand, eats a whole pack of¬†hubbuba bubble gum all at once¬†or spilling red juice all over¬†our white carpet, I can’t help but think “I’m just so happy she’s here do that!”

As Blessed PopeJohn Paul II said ” The greatest gift you can give your child is another sibling”.

How right he is!

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Lord of The Rings Movie Marathon

 

I am tired after having stayed out late last night because our homescool group had a nighttime pool party. Now we are gearing up to have a Lord of The Rings: Extended Version with a friend tonight. We made brownies, rice krispies and are breaking out the ice cream and soda right now to help keep us awake and watching the movies! We all watched a little bit and are saving the more suspenseful parts for when the little ones go to bed!

But¬†we had to eat a relatively healthy meal to¬†balance out all the sweets and desserts¬†so for dinner we had Honey Lime Chicken Skewers (¬†http://www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com/uncategorized/honey-lime-chicken-skewers/), Pineapple Fried Rice (¬†http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/07/pineapple-shrimp-fried-rice.html)¬†and Easy Cheesy¬†Zucchini bake (http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/07/recipe-for-easy-cheesy-zucchini-bake.html) which was gone so fast¬†I didnt even¬†have time to get a picture!¬†Everyone liked¬†all of it¬†so much that there is nothing left! I have to go- they’re about to play the movie! Au Revoir!

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