About how2mom

I am a stay-at-home mom, which is made possible by my hardworking husband (Steve). I have two beautiful children (Bryce and Brianna). I love crafts, fashion, books, and DIY projects!

I have moved my Blog

I tried my best to keep wordpress but it just became inconvenient for my blogger followers to follow me. Most blogs that I visit are at Blogger so I’ve decided to make the switch! No offense to WordPress, it would just be easier for me. Thanks. I have also transfer all of my posts from here to my new blog. Here is my new blog:

http://how2mom.blogspot.com

I hope you can continue to follow me! πŸ™‚

Back to reality

What I mean by this is that the kids and I are back to being alone all day long! Summer has come and gone and Daddy is back in school 😦 But the good news is I am excited for what fall has to offer! Here are some of my favorite things to do in the fall…

The kids love to pick apples and mama just goes for the amazing apple cinnamon donuts! Here are some pics of our past adventures at the Orchard…

This is also where we go to get our pumpkins

Last year was my first year going to the Oz Fest but after that experience, I will be going back every year! Plus this year I will be selling some of my tutus and accessories! πŸ™‚

I didn’t take any pics last year but I will this year! Here is a sneak peek of my “Over the Rainbow” tutu and I will post more as I finish making them! My next project is “Dorothy!”

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week. Come back soon!

Happy Friday

I have been a very busy beaver this week! I made a friendship bracelet (LSU colors!), 2 headbands, and 2 tutus and 1 tutu dress! Of course every morning I have this to get me going…

(notice my laptop to the right, blogging and coffee, perfect start to my day!)

By the way thanks FTLOB for the spotlight! πŸ™‚

Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on…

flower headbands

tutu dress

LSU friendship bracelet

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend! I know I will be busy! I want to end this with one of my favorite movie quote…

“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. Live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, have the strength to start all over again.” – Benjamin Button

Fall = Football

When the Fall season rolls around my life is consumed with football. If you come to my house from Thursday to Monday, we are most likely watching football. I absolutely love theΒ  game. I could also blame my husband but lets face it I love it just as much he does. My husband played football in high school and college. He is an amazing athlete! I tease him because I can’t think of anything he is not good at. He is just competitive in nature (this is where my son gets it). He is now a teacher and coaches football and track. Being a coach’s wife is not an easy task. He is pretty much obsolete during football season, which is sad for me and the kids. But we are there to support him in any way possible.

(My hubby and I after a win)

I am a diehard LSU Tigers fan! My Grandpa went to LSU and I always remember hearing stories about Mike the tiger when I was a little girl. I watch all their games and let me tell you I am a nervous wreck when I watch the games! They definitely know how to make it interesting… I hope they do well this year, I know that they are a young team but hopefully those who have experience can lead them to the championship. Les Miles is one of a kind, always pulling trick plays out of his sleeves! Geaux Tigers!

(Tim Tebow getting sacked, lol my husband would appreciate this)

So this year, I am doing Fantasy Football for the first time. I’m a little nervous but I’m excited too! I recently just started to like the NFL. I definitely like college more. But I like the Colts…since I live in Indiana πŸ™‚ Well I live in Northwest Indiana and most people around here root for Da Bears…..not me! I like Peyton Manning (who could not like him?) and I like Joseph Addai because he use to play for my beloved Tigers, and I like Austin Collie because he is very good looking (ahem, I mean player!) πŸ˜›

(My little Cheerleader)

So there you have it, a different side of me! I’m a girly girl who is an avid sports fan!

Black bean enchiladas

Here is the recipe I use to make my black bean and rice enchiladas

Ingredients:

1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1- 15 oz can of black beans
1- 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes
1/4 cup picante sauce
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups cooked brown rice
8- 6 in tortillas
1 cup salsa (homemade salsa recipe below)
1 cup shredded cheddar-jack cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute the green pepper, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the beans, tomatoes, picante sauce, chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until heated through and mixture thickens. Add the cooked rice; cook 5 min longer or until heated through.

2. Spoon about 1/2 a cup of the rice mixture into the center of the tortilla. Fold sides over filling and roll up. Place in a 13 x 9 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon salsa over each tortilla. Cover and bake for 25 min. Uncover, sprinkle cheese and cilantro. Bake for another 2-3 min or until cheese is melted.

Tip: If you don’t like it too spicy reduce the picante sauce and chili powder.

Homemade Salsa

3 large ripe tomatoes
3/4 cup onions, chopped
3/4 cup bell peppers (red or green), chopped
1-2 jalapenos, chopped (including seeds)
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. I usually like my salsa pureed, so after I mix the ingredients together, I put it in a blender and just blend it for about 30 sec. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve with your favorite tortilla chips!

Enjoy!

Green Thumb

Hello again! The kids are napping so here I am! I just want to share how excited I am about my mini-garden. This year I wanted to try and grow my own herbs, vegetables, and flowers. I think I did a decent job and now I’m already planning on expanding my garden for next year!

 

 

 

 

I think I was successful for the most part! The bottom picture is an example of what NOT to do!

Do not plant tomato plants too close to each other, especially if they’re labeled “Big Boys” They will get huge and get tangled! Luckily we are still able to harvest the tomatoes,its just difficult to find them in this hot mess

Making some fresh Salsa with our tomatoes. Dinner for tonight will be Mexican; Blackbean Enchiladas, black beans and rice, and chips and homemade salsa! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday everyone!