Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tasty Tuesday!

Well I've decided to call today Tasty Tuesday!!! About a week ago we bought some oxtails from a farm we visited. We never have had them, so I wanted to try them. First off they're expensive. We paid $7.99 per lb. Second if you're thinking they're the tail of an ox, well you're wrong. They're the tail of the cow!!! So since I've never had them nor have I ever cooked them Amanda found a recipe for me online. It just so happened to be my all time, favoritest, Paula Deen!!! The verdict...I liked them and so did the boys, Tony and Amanda. Justin wasn't quite sure though because they are a little fatty and he doesn't care too much for that. Here's the recipe (we also thought the recipe would be great used with pot roast instead of the oxtails too).

Paula Deen's Country Oxtails
Total Time: 2 hr 55 min
Prep 10 min
Cook 2 hr 45 min
  • 3 pounds oxtails
  • House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves of garlic, large ones cut in 1/2
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, cut into 6 wedges
  • 6 small new red potatoes, cut in 1/2
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 pot hot buttered rice

Preheat oven to 300 to 350 degrees F.

Sprinkle the oxtails liberally with House Seasoning on both sides.

Coat the bottom of a heavy oven-proof dutch oven with the olive oil. Once heated, add the oxtails and sear on all sides. Remove and set aside. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic gloves. Stir. Add basil, oregano, bay leaves, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and the reserved oxtails. Stir to combine all ingredients together.

Cover tightly, place in oven, and bake for 2 to 3 hours.

Remove from oven and bring to a simmer on stove top. Add the sweet onion wedges, red potatoes, garlic and carrots to the pot. Cover and simmer until potatoes are almost tender, roughly 15 minutes.

Serve oxtails with the vegetables over hot buttered rice.

House Seasoning:
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

I served ours with buttered rice, bread and green bean bundles!

Hope y'all give it a try and have a happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

We had a very low key weekend. Friday night Justin and I went out to eat with Justin's brother Tony and his girlfriend Amanda at Ichibons!!! It's the only Asian restaurant I like. Then we headed to a club called "The Hop". We went there to support our friend 90 who was supposed to be in a hot body contest, but it ended up being cancelled do to not enough people signing up. Boo!!! We still had a blast though...

Saturday we just spent hanging around the house & mostly sleeping. Sunday we did pretty much the same thing, but throw in some football and a trip to Wally World. I would say we had a great weekend. Hope y'all did too and have a happy Monday!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Words

I've decided to start posting words of wisdom I've come across every Sunday!!! I love how certain quotes inspire me or just make me smile!!! I happened to find this today & love it. Hope y'all are having a blessed Sunday!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

What I'm Lovin' This Week

This week I'm lovin' that the boys went back to school!!! The older three started on Monday.
Evan not so happy we're up so early!

Jaxon started first grade.

Ethan started 5th grade.

Jonathan started 9th grade.

I can't believe I have a high school kid! Yikes!!! I think the thing he was most excited about were the girls! Lawd help me!!! We also found out Ethan was chosen to participate in a special science & technology program. There were only 30 5th graders chosen and they get to go to Ellington Airforce Base every Tuesday for 5 weeks. We are so proud of him!!! So what are y'all lovin' this week. Hope y'all are having a happy Friday!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Time With Evan

This morning me & Evan spent some time just lying in my bed listening to it rain. It was so nice. We had a talk about the important things going on in his little 2 and a half year old mind. We talked about all the people he loved. We talked about why his boobies weren't like mommy's. We talked about how he wanted daddy to buy him a big green truck, but daddy couldn't ride in it with him because he's to big. Then we shot nerf gun bullets at the ceiling. Then his attention moved to pretending he was a police officer riding on my exercise bike and I got up to finish making the bed. Our special moment was done and I loved every second of it!!! Hope y'all have a happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Weigh-In

Today I'm starting something new...Wednesday Weigh-In!!! I was on a weight loss program and actually lost almost 30lbs a few months ago. Then I had to up my dosage on my other medication I take causing my weight to creep back up. Boo!

So I'm starting at my heaviest weight again. The program I did to loose the weight the first time was the HCG diet. It worked really well for me and I learned a lot about what is healthy for my body. I plan on doing this again. It was created years and years ago by a Dr. Simeon. You can read his book, Pounds and Inches here.

I'm not going to post my starting weight because it's kind of embarrassing. Let's just say it's a lot! Every week I hope to post my lost weight and things I'm doing to accomplish it! I hope by posting this here it will keep me more accountable and on track. If you want to join me on my journey just leave me a comment and we can be each others support!!! Good Luck and y'all have a happy Wednesday!!!