Tex-Mex Night

Dear Sis,

Cousin Blue already had Texas barbecue while the Grannys and Aunts were in town, so the remaining food experience we had to share with him… some good Tex-Mex! We used to buy it for visitors, but I’ve gotten so good at making it during our time here, I made some homemade. 

Tex-Mex Menu

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas on Fresh Baked Tortillas

Ready to Cook Flour Tortillas can be found in the refrigerator section of most grocery stores.

Mexican Rice

Fried Ice Cream

Mexican Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 2 T avocado oil
  2. 3/4 c long grain white rice
  3. 2 c chicken stock
  4. 1 c frozen corn
  5. 1 c frozen peas
  6. 2 minced serrano peppers
  7. 1 diced white onion
  8. 1 diced roma tomato
  9. 1 peeled and diced carrot
  10. 2 T tomato paste
  11. 1 t minced garlic
  12. 1/2 t salt
Instructions
  1. Lightly brown rice in oil over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes or until chicken stock is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat. Rest 5 minutes and fluff with a fork before serving.
Adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch
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Love,

b

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Week Four – Pence Jug Knit Along

Welcome back to the knit along! This week, we are doing our very last repeat of the two beaded and purled rows, and then you are going to decrease and graft off the bottom of our pence jugs! If you are new to grafting, I recommend practicing with some heavier yarn and larger double pointed needles. Make sure you have completed week 3 before you continue onwards.

Week Three (Link)

Helpful Video’s

  • How to knit (not sew) the kitchener stitch. Video here
  • Regular kitchener Stitch with sewing needle. Video here

Rows 51 – 52: Knit with beads

Rows 53 – 54: purl

Rows 55 – 56: Knit with beads

Time to work on the bottom of your pence jug!

Row 57: *K7 stitches, k1 with a bead* repeat from * to * seven more times (8 beads total)

Row 58: K5 stitches, k2tog, *k6, k2tog* repeat from * to * till last stitch, k1

Row 59: *K6, k1 with bead* repeat from * to * seven more times 

Row 60: K4, k2tog, *k5, k2tog* repeat from *to* till last stitch, k1

Row 61: K5, k1 with bead *repeat from *to* seven more times.

Row 62: k3, k2tog, *k4, k2tog* repeat from * to * till last stitch, k1Row 63: *K4, k1 with bead* repeat from * to * seven more times.

Row 64: K2, k2tog, *k3, k2tog* repeat from * to * till last stitch, k1

Row 65: *K3, k1 with bead* repeat from * to * seven more times

Row 66: K1, k2tog, *k2, k2tog* repeat from *to* until last stitch, k1

Row 67: *K2, k1 with bead* repeat from *to* seven more times.

If you have larger hands and can’t imagine doing one more decrease row, then you can divide your stitches onto two needles and graft them on now. 

Row 68: k2tog, *k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* till last stitch, k1

Divide stitches evenly onto two needles, and graft off (16 stitches or 8 stitches/needle)

You have completed week four of the pence jug knit along! Next week we will add the handle, ring, and do all the finishing touches to complete your coin purse! 

Week Five

Happy Knitting!!!

Jamie

copywright2017 – this pattern is for personal use only. This pattern is not to be sold or redistributed.

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Bowling with Granny Bob

Dear Sis,

Granny Bob is the best bowler in the family. She upheld her reputation by beating us all. Josh came in second. Shockingly, I didn’t lose. I beat cousin Blue by one point!

Since Granny Bob is always making the pictures, she is rarely in them. This time I had Josh take the picture, so we would have one with her in it:)

Love,

b

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River Walk with the Crew

Dear Sis,

Today we traveled to the San Antonio River Walk with the Grannies, Aunts, and cousins. It’s a touristy thing to do:) 

Cousins Blue and Ethan with Aunt Jerm outside of the Red Robin in which we had lunch

Aunt Steph, Granny, Mr. Baby, and I

Josh (Pilot) and Cousin Blue (Pilot in training)

Granny Bob fell behind and snapped this pretty picture

It was a hot day for an outdoor stroll, but it was a nice way to pass the time with family:)

Our best family shot from the visit occurred while waiting at a cross walk on the way back to the parking garage:)

 

We got home in time to have the Chili Stew I made in the slow cooker over Sweet Corn Spoon Bread. To make the stew cousin Blue friendly I replaced the beef with turkey. Plus, I added some green bell pepper and doubled the tomato sauce and omitted the diced tomatoes to make a thinner consistency. 

Sweet Corn Spoon Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
  2. 1 (14.75 oz) can creamed corn
  3. 1 c vanilla yogurt
  4. 3/4 c corn meal
  5. 3/4 c unbleached flour
  6. 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1/4 c sugar
  8. 2 eggs, beaten
  9. 1 T baking powder
  10. 1/4 t baking soda
  11. 1/4 t salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  2. Beat together all ingredients. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 25 minutes. Broil 5 minutes to lightly brown top. Serve hot with chili.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free Option: replace unbleached flour with Gluten Free flour
  2. Dairy Free Option: replace butter with vegan baking stick and diary yogurt with a nut milk yogurt
Adapted from Wicked Good Kitchen
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Love,

b

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Day Two with the Nashville Crew

Dear Sis,

Today was our second day spending time with the Grannies, Aunts, and cousins. I tried Breakfast Pizza in the morning.

Cousin Ethan talked Aunt Steph into playing SuperSmashBrothers on the WiiU

Josh got barbecue for lunch and I made Potato Salad, Dinner Rolls, Toss Salad, and Caramel Apples to go with it.

I use the caramel apple sheets from the store. They are fast, less sticky to work with, and taste the same as homemade!

Daddy interrupting Mr. Baby’s lunch to give him kisses

After lunch, we went swimming at the hotel pool. Mr. Baby is such a water bug!

I made Gluten Free Lemon Bars for dessert and the Aunts made Honey Garlic Stir Fry, which we served over Rice, for dinner.

Love,

b

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Meeting Mr. Baby

Dear Sis,

Granny Bob and Granny have been planning a Texas visit for a few months. It finally happened today! They brought most of the Nashville crew with them:)

Mr. Baby Meeting Aunt Steph

Mr. Baby helping Granny play piano

Mr. Baby Meeting Aunt Jerm

We spent the day enjoying one another’s company, eating food, and playing games:)

. . . . . 

Cousin Ethan needs to eat gluten free and cousin Blue needs to eat beef and dairy free, so meal planning was a bit tricky and we had to try a few new things.

For dinner we had Gluten Free Spaghetti with my homemade Turkey Meatballs, I made homemade breadcrumbs with gluten free bread and fried them in avocado oil instead of ghee. We also had side salads and Avocado Chocolate Pudding for dessert.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 has avocados, halved and pitted
  2. 1/2 c powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 (10 oz pkg.) Enjoy Life! semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
  4. 1/4 c cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 c almond milk
  6. 1 T vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 t salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries.
Notes
  1. Avocado pudding is more rich and filling than usual pudding. Smaller servings are recommended.
Adapted from Well Plated
Adapted from Well Plated
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Love,

b

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Daddy Home

Dear Aunty-goof,

Daddy has been gone for two whole months learning to fly BIG airplanes! These pictures are from the day we said bye-bye.

When Daddy got home yesterday, we played and built a model airplane, until we got sleepy. Then, we both took long naps.

This is the kind of plane Daddy flies now!

Our neighbor Mr. David collects model planes, so we walked over this morning to add it to his collection. This is a picture of Daddy and I on the walk.

Drooly Kisses,

Mr. Baby

 

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