Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Best date night idea..... ever.

So, hubs and I have recently started to plan, "date night meals," which means we switch off who gets to pick the meal, but then we work together to make it! We originally got this idea from the movie, Julie and Julia--thinking it would be cool to work through Julia Child's famous cook book; BUT, when we bought Julia's, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, we found it was more of a teaching cookbook than a really GREAT recipe cookbook, so we more or less decided that we could pull the recipe from anywhere as long as the meal was something we deemed worthy of a five star meal :)

So for our first attempt, I choose something I KNEW would be yum, but took a ton of prep work, Oxtail Soup. Which I know sounds disgusting, but I SWEAR it is the most decadent, amazing soup you will EVER taste. My Mom made it every Fall growing up and it's something that conjures happy thoughts. You can find this recipe in the Joy of Cooking (which if you don't have this staple cook book you should buy, immediately). If you don't have this book, you can find a prettttty close version of the recipe here. This was AH-MAZ-ING!!! 

Then we made Braised Beef Short Ribs (Tyler's choice). Ummmmm, DELISH! I had never had a short rib and honestly when we bought them in the store I thought they looked kinda fatty, BUT holy smokes these things are awesome! Simply put, this recipe makes them taste like a SUPER decked out version of pot roast.... they are divine. In fact, since we made them we've been hankering for them again and again.... so yummy! And I'm not going to lie, the Swiss Chard, makes the meal, so don't skip this step! You can find the recipe we used over at Smitten Kitchen or you can just click here. You can thank me later folks--- yummy! 

This weekend Hubs and I have been toying with the idea of either trying our hand at gnocchi or risotto. Anyone have any KILLER recipes for either of the two? We'd love your suggestions!

What about ya'll? Do you have any fun date night traditions?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ford digs the park!

This weekend was absolutely gorgeous in South Texas so we took Senor Ford to the park! He's getting to be such a wild man and we NEEDED to release some energy! Here are a few shots of my cutie patootie! I cannot believe how fast he's grown--- it's WILD!

Hasn't he become such a big kid!?!? Where'd my baby go? I guess it's a good thing I've got another on the way, pretty soon this little one won't let me snuggle him up, like he does now! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

So What Wednesday!

So What Wednesday

Today I'm linking with Life After I "Dew" to tell you about some of the things going on around here in the Deneault household, but like most of my posts I've just got to be down right honest.... so here goes..

So what if...... I crawled into bed last night at 6:30, I'm pregnant, I'm allowed. Right?

So what if....I've had to give Ford benadryl the last couple of days due to mosquito/spider bites and I've been praying LOUDLY that it makes his naps longer.... 

So what if.....I was patting myself on the back a few weeks ago for getting my Christmas shopping on early, but now I'm REALLY wanting to just go ahead and give Ford the toys now... oops. 

So what if......I've got my baby girl name picked out and have been calling baby number two by "her" name for almost a week now.... Hah, better be a girl! 

Speaking of gender reveal, we scheduled our gender sono with our doctor  (they make you wait until 19 weeks!)  for Halloween, grrr.  So what, if I'm seriously considering going to one of those boutique sonogram places next week (15weeks) so I can find out.... I'm ANXIOUS people....

So what if.... I walked into Ford's closet yesterday and noticed that my baby keepsake pile was getting obnoxiously large and actually considered throwing it in a box and maybe just decoupaging it or something (to make it look cute) as opposed to creating a baby book (worst mother of the year, I know...) I mean a baby "box" could be "pin" worthy----- maybe, hmmmm?????

So what if I turn THIRTY in exactly one month and ELEVEN days...... I'm still young, right??? 

Hmmm, I could go on and on, but Senor Ford just finished breakfast and this Mama's gotta clean up one big ole mess, have a good day! 

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