Friday, May 24, 2019

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Hello, mid May. How did you get hear so fast? It has been a whirlwind of a month. The last day of school has come and gone, along with the crazy schedules, field trips, and work wind down projects that come with the end of the school year. On top of all that craziness, I road tripped with the boys to Ohio for Mother's Day Weekend. When we returned, Lex came down with a fever and took an entire week to recover. One day after he recovered, Eli came down with the same thing. Fortunately, Eli only took about 4 days to recover, but he still missed the last 3 days of school. I am exhausted.

So now, finally, I am taking a deep breath and thinking about summer. Tomorrow morning we leave for our first summer adventure, which I will post about later. For today, I'm posting a recipe from the beginning of the month. It's been sitting in my cue ever since.

Three things happened simultaneously on May the Fourth. First, Star Wars Day. As in May the Fourth be With You. Which isn't particularly relevant, other than Eli wore a Chewbaca growling mask every where we went that day, including the DMV. So there was that.

Second, we brought home Miss Daisy. It was a beautiful Saturday for bringing home a puppy while wearing Chewbaca masks.

And third... the Kentucky Derby. Let's talk about that for a second. Here are all the things I know about the Kentucky Derby. 1. It's a horse race. 2. It's in Kentucky 3. People wear fancy outfits and gamble on the horses 4. Mint Juleps are involved. That's all I know. When I was little, my parents took us to Kentucky one time to see the horse farms, so I have a little connection that way, but other than that, well, I've got nothing.

And even so, every year on the Day of the Kentucky Derby, I make sure we don't have any plans so that I can watch all the coverage, pick a favorite horse, and watch the race. I have no idea why I do this, but it's a thing.  This year, I made these Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders with the cutest puppy running around my feet, and Eli wearing a Chewbaca mask.

Can we just agree that slider sandwiches are the bomb on infinity levels? It's not just a sandwich... it's a sandwich you can eat in 4 bites, leaving room for lots of other snacks... or more sandwiches. And when they are made the best way, they drip saucy, buttery goodness down your arm when you take a bite. Messy food is the best.

I got this recipe straight from here - so for the full version, check out the original post.

Hawaiian Rolls, 12 pack
12 slices deli turkey
12 slices bacon, cooked
12 slices cheese (the original called for Gruyere, but I used mozzarella)
Sliced tomatoes
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/2 cup butter
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

For the assembly, spread mayo, then turkey on each roll.

Add tomatoes (I only did half the rolls because the kids aren't fans) and cheese (not pictured).

Are you ready for this sauce? Trust me, you're not. It is sooooooo good.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions, and cook for a couple of minutes. Whisk in Worcestershire, garlic powder, and brown sugar until it's all dissolved together. I also stirred the Parmesan into the sauce (the original recipe said to just sprinkle it on the sandwich).

Finally, drizzle some sauce over each sandwich. Yummmmm!!!  You will have leftover sauce for dipping, or for eating with a spoon. Whichever.

Next comes the bacon. One slice per roll.

And then the top.

Brush the top with melted butter, then cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover, then bake for 5 more minutes.

Like most sliders, these can be made ahead and then baked before serving. Either way, they are perfect for snacking. Especially during the Kentucky Derby... or for Star Wars Day... or for when you get a new puppy.

Happy late Derby Day! Bon Apetit!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Story of Daisy

It's a girl! Meet Daisy. She has all of our hearts and we love her like crazy. Here's how Daisy came to be the newest member of our family. A few months back, we had talked about getting Kylo a dog to keep him company. He is so playful, and so, so loving, and he just loves every dog he comes across. But he also likes to play, and run, and wrestle, and we knew he would love another dog to keep him company. So we decided to just put feelers out for anyone who knew of some puppies around. Before we had even had a chance to ask around, a friend of Jeremy's called and said his dog was expecting to have her puppies very soon, and would we like one of the puppies. Yes! On May 10th, we got the phone call that the puppies had arrived. In 8 short weeks, we would have our puppy. 

In the meantime, we talked about names. Kylo has a Star Wars name (obviously), so we tossed around other Star Wars names. We also tried out lots of Harry Potter names, names from places we had visited, and just about every common name out there. We were so indecisive and could not settle on a name, even with weeks to think about it. Before we picked up our girl, we had loosely decided that if picked a boy, his name would be Storm, and for a girl, Posie.

There were 9 dogs in the litter, but several were already spoken for. We narrowed it down to two dogs right away, but between those two, we settled on this guy. Isn't he so cute?! I loved him so much. 

But after we had walked around on the farm for a while, Eli found this little one. She wasn't out with the others when we first got there. She was the smallest of all the dogs, and the owner told us what a sweetheart she was. Eli was in love, and very quickly, the rest of us were too. I'm still a little bit sad about the brown and white dog we left behind, but I hope he found his family too.

So our puppy said goodbye to her momma (pictured below), and off we went. But we knew Posie was not her name. It took us so long to come up with that name, I did not want to start over. But as it turned out, it was much easier, once we met her.

The second I said the name Daisy, we all agreed. We tried it out for the rest of the day, and by bedtime, her name was settled. We have since added Mae to it as well, because Daisy Mae just fits her. 

Our first stop was Pet Smart, because we had not stocked up on anything yet. We got her some food and water bowls, a pink collar and pink bow, a couple of toys, and puppy food. We also got some puppy shampoo, because she was stinky coming home from a farm. 

As puppies do, she slept a lot of that first day. 

She met Kylo. He was so excited to have another puppy in the house. And he has been soooo gentle with her. It's adorable.

She spent lots of time in the backyard.

And was completely spoiled by Lex and Eli (and us too.)

Isn't she sweet?

There is so much love in this house for these furry family members.

Daisy Mae, we are so glad you are here! Happy exploring!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Said the Boys

Ages 7 and 9 must be the perfect ages. But then again, I say that at every age, because I just love watching them grow up. Here are some things I love about this particular age.

They can hold actual observations about actual real life things.
They can go fetch an item in another aisle, when you accidentally pass it up at the grocery.
And speaking of groceries, they will help carry in AND put away.
They'll still come get in my bed when it storms.
They have their music preferences (even if it means we listen to Imagine Dragons
They can make their own snack, and on occasion, their own supper!
They are starting to develop their own opinions. Example: Lex recently voiced concern about treatment of animals at zoos after researching this topic at school. And just today, Eli said that he no longer wanted to use plastic straws if he couldn't recycle them.

Oh and also, they say the most hilarious things, which is what brings us here today. I have a place in my phone where I immediately type the funniest things that come out of their mouths. I'm happy to report that Eli speaks in fluent sarcasm, which comes straight from my side of the family. Here are some of my favorites from Eli and one from Lex too.

Eli: I wish Hudson was my brother. 
Me: But you already have a brother.
Eli: Yeah. Hudson can be my cool brother, but Lex can still be my annoying brother.

Jeremy: (goes on and on about slushy options)
Eli: I don't know where you're going with this.

Me to Eli: Puzzles make you smart.
Eli: Yep. And the more smart you are, the more you'll be a nerd.

While playing a game..
Me: Name Beyonce's hits.
Lex: What? I don't even know who that guy is! 

Eli looking at some of his baby pictures, sees a picture of me and says: "The face you used to have is cuter than the face you have now." 

Eli: Can I have marshmallows for a snack?
Me: You don't need a snack. It's almost supper time.
Eli: Okay then. Can I have marshmallows for a side dish?

Eli: I'm right handed, but some of my friends are weird handed. Do you know what I mean by that? 
Me: Ambidextrous? 
Eli: No. Left handed. 


Love them to the moon and back.