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Mini Me Making Mini Muffins

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Easy Bake Oven is BACK!
If you had one, you remember how your tiny cake was baked with only the heat from the light bulb inside. What a novelty!
Today’s Easy Bake Oven does not cook with a light bulb. To be honest, I have no idea how the thing works, but you plug it in and it gets damn hot. Slide the tiny tray of dough in for 12 minutes, then Bon Appetite!
Quinn was chomping at the bit to bake pretzles in her new oven. Let me tell you that the box of mix can be quite deceiving. It looks like you will get big, lucious, Aunt Annie-esque pretzles. They are more like tiny blocks of dough.
This however did not slow down Quinn. She baked two batches and ate them all in record speed.
Thanks, Grandma! Quinn will be baking you some muffins as big as your pinkie to show you her gratitute.

You know what else is making a comeback these days? The Crock Pot!!! Oh how I am loving mine this winter.
Last night I replicated my husband’s favorite dish from our local Mexican restaurant.

Chili Verde
2 lbs pork shoulder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 lb tomatillas, husked and rinsed (You can substitute 1 16 oz jar tomatilla sauce if you cannot find fresh tomatillas.)
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 small can green chopped green chilies
1 c chicken stock
Cooked Rice
Season pork shoulder with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients.
Cook on high for 3.5-4 hours, until pork is super tender.
Shred pork in crock pot with two forks.
Serve over rice. Garnish with Cilantro

Thanks, 2011!

With the welcoming of a new year, comes thoughts of how this year will be better than the last.  I have to say, the past year has been quite a fantastic year.  With health and love at an all-time high in our home, there is not a lot to complain about.  (I still find things to complain about, but it’s not because I am unhappy with my life.)
Here are some things that 2011 whipped out:

*Declan finally decided it was time to walk.  He now can be social and actually make contact when he hits during a tantrum.

*I lost 20 lbs last spring.  I gained 10 back this fall, but hey, that’s what resolutions are for.

*Quinn has continued to grow as a superstar in her own imagination.  I have a love/hate relationship with her superstar side, but it makes her who she is so I would never change it.

*Jeremiah gave me a foot rub an average of 3 out of the 7 days each week.  If that’s not a Great Husband, than what is?

*My friends near and far continue to be wonderful, funny, supportive, and give me strength to feel like I am capable of anything.

*My children are realizing how special and wonderful their grandparent’s, aunts and uncles are.  As they get older, they will only grow to know how very lucky they are to have a BIG, fabulous, and loving family.

Thanks, 2011.  You have been so very good to me.  Please pass the word on to 2012 to keep things on the up and up.

On to losing those darn 10 lbs again!!  Healthy soup, for a healthy new year!

Slow Cooker Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and Vegetable Soup
serves 8

6 links Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb fresh spinach
2 large parsnips, scrubbed and sliced
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
8 cups chicken stock
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tb Cumin

In a hot pan, cook turkey sausage until internal temp is 160F.  Half length-wise and slice sausage.

Place all ingredients in slow cooker on high.  Cook for 2 hours on high, then 2 hours on low.

Serve hot.

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