Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween at work!

It's tradition that we have a costume contest at 417 Magazine. We have an animal contest too, but I didn't get the boys dressed up this year so I had to play along. I dressed like a peasant, Little House on the Prairie style. I'm begging for "more please!"

Kingston had eyes for me

Once a month we have a set date with Thomas and Josey. It normally consists of yummy food, great conversation and me taking multiple photos of their kid :) Last night he was so animated. Talking up a storm, blowing bubbles and making adorable little faces. I captured a few of them via my iPhone.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{New Meal of the Week} Chicken Taco Soup

Week Five and still on a roll! We didn't realize how similar this was to week one until we got all of the ingredients out. That was soft tacos/nachos and this was a soup. I was a little worried it might not be "soupy" enough, but it ended up being great!

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crushed tortilla chips (optional)


Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. We might have added half a block of Velveeta cheese to this step :)

Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. 
Things we learned:
1. We took our own adviced and used trimmed and ready chicken. So much faster in the morning!
2. You can kind of taste the beer. I bet we could have used two cans of chicken broth if you don't like that flavor.

Recipe courtesy

Monday, October 24, 2011

Blogging from my phone!

This is a test to see if I can get photos bigger than when I text them to my blog.

For your viewing pleasure here are the most recent photos of the cabin at Osceola. Coming along!

Springfield is kind of hip now

We are getting a lot of great musical acts coming to town. In the past month I have seen Andy Grammer and Colbie Caillat at Drury and Miranda Lambert at JQH. 

Colbie was on October 1 and I went with Ashley, Josey and Kristina. Josey, Ashley and I grabbed dinner at Houlihan's South then went to Roteract Casino night (a casino-themed charity event) before the concert. We met Kristina there. We had great seats on the floor!

Mirand was just this past Friday, October 21 (yes, on my 5 year wedding anniversary). Combs was in town, so Tim wasn't lonely. Ashley, Kari, Katrina, my mom and MIL all met after work, hit up Bambino's for dinner, then hopped over to the show. I must admit I didn't now very many of Miranda's songs (nor did anyone else I was with) but we still had a good time.
Our huge Long Island Iced Teas at Houlihan's

Our massive amount of food. It was during happy hour (on a Saturday) and none of us had a bill over $10!

Gambling (with fake money) at Casino Night

Kristina, Ashley and Josey

Andy Grammar


Me, Kari, Ashley and Trina at Miranda Lambert


Sunday, October 23, 2011

{New Meal of the Week} Cashew Chicken Casserole

It's week four and we decided to borrow a recipe from Tim's Nanny. Tim's had it before and suggested we give it a try. I think we did it justice!

¼ c. diced onion
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 c. diced celery
2 c. minute rice (uncooked)
2 tablespoons butter
½--1 c. cashews
2/3 c. chicken broth
1 c. chow mein noodles
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 lg. chicken breasts (we used 3 cans of canned chicken)

Cook chicken breasts in water with some salt & pepper sprinkled in.  (40—45 minutes)
Pull cooked chicken off of bone and set aside. (Or ignore if you are using canned chicken like us)

Saute onion and celery in butter (approx. 3—4 minutes).  

Add chicken broth and mushroom soup and simmer 5 minutes.  

Add uncooked rice, chicken meat, and soy sauce.  Mix well.

Pour into a large casserole dish.  Bake until bubbly (approx. 30—40 minutes) @ 350 degrees.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with cashews and chow mein noodles.  Bake 5 minutes more

Things we learned:
1. Canned chicken will taste the same, and it will take you SO much less time.
2. I would use more chicken broth (or cream of mushroom soup). It was a little dry for me.
3. We might add some oyster sauce next time too. We used that for our sauce when we make homemade cashew chicken and it adds a nice flavor.

Recipe courtesy Tim's Nanny :)


Saturday, October 22, 2011

MIZZOU's 100th Homecoming, Our Second

MIZZOU Homecoming turned 100 and we were there to celebrate. This was only our second time to MU, but it marked Kari and John's 10th homecoming in a row. And Hamlet's first! 

We headed up on Friday, October 14 after work. We would have made better time but we got a little turned around at the Lake of the Ozarks. Kari and John went to MU, so they have a crew of friends they like to catch up with. We have gotten to know them from our first homecoming and John and Kari's wedding in January. Friday we hit up Field House, then Tim and I cruised over to The Blue Note and watched Reckless Kelly perform. The night was pretty tame. Tim went to bed pretty quick and John, Kari and I ate Pokey Sticks, a homecoming tradition! Since we scored a parking pass from John's grandpa our alarms were set early to be at the lot when it opened at 8 a.m. 

About 6:45 a.m. rolls around and we all waking up then the quote of a lifetime comes out of Tim's mouth. "Why did I wake up in the shower with the water hitting me in the face?" he said. All Kari, John and I knew was that when we went to bed he was in bed in his clothes, when we woke up he was still in bed but he had definitely changed clothes. And had wet one's in the bathroom to prove this incident really happened! We were laughing so hard, might have been the funniest moment ever. So, we still aren't sure why Tim woke up in the shower, I guess he decided he needed to sober up or something. He thought maybe I got mad at him and put him there, but I had nothing to do with his midnight bathing. 

We got loaded up and head to the tailgate. We were in awe at all of the tailgating pros around us, and took notes for next year. Bring a table, don't forget forks, bring more than one liter of OJ, bring games such as washers, bag-o, 2x4' jenga, don't make a bloody Mary in such a large cup (you won't even come close to finishing it), bring hand sanitizer and your 2008 Ford truck will die if you leave the doors open (so just roll the windows down next time). 

John and Kari went into the game and Tim and I headed across the stadium to another parking lot where Steffanie and Eric Francis were tailgating. We hung with them for the duration of the game. John was a little upset he didn't get his El Rancho (another homecoming tradition) but the rest of us were ready for bed at 9:30 p.m. Party animals I tell ya. We of course captured the shenanigans...
On the road
Kari and I outside of our hotel (The Regency). So sad, they are tearing it down and building a DoubleTree Hotel. It will be nice, don't get me wrong, but it just won't be the same.

Tim passed out, and us enjoying our Pokey Sticks!

Oh yeah, we made breakfast!
And drinks...
Non-alcoholic Mimosas for Kari and Hamlet

John and his MIZZOU cup Tim and I got him for his birthday

So this GIANT rig comes into the parking lot and we are just waiting to see lasers and fog come pouring out of the back

So in the mean time we take a photo, of course
And out comes this.... tiny grill. Wa-Wahhh. Such a let down.

The people on the other side of u

Why yes, we will be the first to try it out.

The players making their way into the stadium.

Trina showed up!


Looking down the row at our tailgate spot

John got streamer bombed

We found Eric

And Steffanie

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