Monday, July 7, 2014

Is anyone still out there?

February 26. That was the last time I blogged. 

So much has happened since then and even before then that I am not 100% certain I am ready to talk about on the blog just yet. Let's just say, 2014 has really turned my world upside down. "Oh Jenna, you're just being dramatic," you're probably thinking. I assure you, I am not.

But I can tell you, these changes are bringing up some exciting opportunities for blog posts, so you can look forward to some new home projects in the coming months.

I don't mean to be cryptic, but like I said, some of the things I'm just not ready to discuss yet. But I wanted to explain why I have been so silent.... that is, if anyone out there still cares about my little slice of the blogosphere.

See you soon.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ground beef stroganoff....

I've added another recipe to my dinnertime arsenal: Ground Beef Stroganoff. It's a classic and I forgot how much I enjoy it. Here's a simple recipe that will sure to have your family asking for seconds.

Ground Beef Stroganoff
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/8 cup butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
1 bag egg noodles

In small skillet, cook onion in butter until golden. In a large skillet, combine meat, flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Add the cooked onions and brown meat. Add cream of mushroom soup and cook for about 5 minutes. Add sour cream and heat thoroughly.

About the time your meat is browned, bring a pot of water to a boil then add the egg noodles and cook to the direction on the package.

Serve ground beef over noodles. I topped it with a little sprinkle of fresh parmesan and served with a garden salad.

Yummy, yummy in my tummy! It certainly warms you up on these endlessly cold winter nights. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

signed, sealed, delivered: valentine's gifts...

I always manage to find the cutest things in the Target dollar center. A few weeks ago I saw these darling mini-mailboxes and knew they'd be perfect for Valentine's Day. 

I got one for my hubby, mom, dad and sister, and packed them with chocolates and a personal Valentine's note. 

You could fill it with all kinds of things:

  • A bunch of love notes to be opened each day for the month
  • Mementos from past dates
  • Pictures through the years
  • Jewelry, etc.  

They are cute little gifts that don't cost a lot but can be packed with meaning. 
Happy Valentine's Day to you and the ones you love! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Target clearance round-up...

You can't beat Target for clearance deals. If you strike at the right time, you can score some great stuff for very little cheddar. Here are a few of the things I found recently:

These 8x10 silver frames were regularly $29.99 each. I got them for $4.98 each. BOOM! 
My gallery wall is coming together. 

This cute bowl is perfect to hold my salt for cooking and matches my olive oil decanter. Only $6.98.

I'd been looking for a table cloth for a side table in our guest room for at least 6 months. This one was $4.98 and good solid fabric. 

All this Target talk is making me want to go shopping! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

meet my new lover….

I met her at Anthropologie. For a cool $1000 she could be mine. So for now, she's just a dream. 

What a beauty! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crockpot Beef Stew…

As I type, we are getting hit with an ice storm on top of a couple inches of snow. This winter has been a doozy. I don't know about you but all this cold and snow makes me want to curl up with some piping hot comfort food. This Crockpot Beef Stew is a tried and true family favorite. 

You'll need: 
  • 2 lbs of beef (any inexpensive cut will do)
  • 1 bag of baby carrots
  • 3 potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 package of Knorr Vegetable mix
  • 1 bottle of beer 
  • 1 cup of water

I place the meat in the crock pot and then cover with the remaining ingredients to cover evenly. 

Then I pour the beer over the top. Any beer will do, but I always choose a more full-bodied beer for flavor. Then I fill up the bottle with water and pour that in as well. Cook on low 5-7 hours or 3-4 on high. The beef should just shred apart with a fork at this point. Salt and pepper to taste.

We had a lot left over, so a couple days later I spread crescent rolls on the bottom of a casserole dish, added in the leftover stew and topped with mashed potatoes. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. 

Two meals in one. Stay warm my friends! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spend a day in Cincinnati...

As most of my readers know, I moved back to my hometown of Cincinnati a little over two years ago. Until then, I hadn't lived here since I was 18, and in those 5, 10,  er - 17 years, a lot has changed… for the better. I love living here. Recenlty making the rounds on social media is photographer Justin Leibow's expose on his "4 Days in Cincinnati." It's a great piece punctuated by his beautiful photography. Check it out and get a glimpse of the wonderful city I call home.