Monthly Archives: July 2013

Crabfest…Traeger Style

It has been far too long since my last blog post!  I promise I have been busy working on projects and cleaning my house before I go back to work!  I have not had a whole lot of extra time/energy to do much of anything else.  Chloe and Mia have been bringing chiggers in the house, and ALL of us are suffering because of it.  I spent last week shampooing the carpet, spraying everything and washing, washing, washing!  It has been a total nightmare.  Alex and I have been getting bites and they are so painful.  Chloe has a huge rash on her tummy and the vet told me to put baby oil on her to help smother the chiggers.  It has not been fun all around.

My mom came down last weekend to celebrate her birthday and we had a blast! We went to Saints by Oak Park Mall for dinner because they have an amazing patio area and that is what she wanted to do.  They were even having a car show while we were there!  We ended up trying out Kanza Hall, which is a new country bar by Fuel in Overland Park. There are 4 bars in one area and it was a pretty good time!

Jace and I surprised mom with tickets to see Pink in November for her bday!

Jace and I surprised mom with tickets to see Pink in November for her bday!

Mommy and me at Kanza Hall

Mommy and me at Kanza Hall

On Saturday, we shopped for a dress for my mom to wear to my sister’s wedding coming up in a few weeks.  I wanted to do something more low key Saturday so we could visit and have some good grub.  I decided that I wanted to try crab legs on our Traeger.  I have been wanting to try it for awhile and we love crab legs, so it seemed like a good time to try it!  I was amazed at how easy it was!  Don’t get me wrong…it was pretty expensive, but man it was worth it!  It was a good experience and we will definitely be doing these again!  Alex found a recipe on the Traeger website.  Click here to see their recipe.  We pretty well followed what they said to do, but we did 5 lbs (which was MORE than enough!  Alex and I had leftovers last night!).

King Crab Legs

Fresh crab legs from Hyvee!

Fresh crab legs from Hyvee!

Ingredients:

5 lbs King crab legs

1 1/2 c melted butter

1/2 fresh-squeezed lemon (slice up the rest if you are a fan of lemon juice with your crab legs!)

Cajun Seasoning

3 cloves minced garlic

1 large roasting pan with wire handles

Directions:

Start your butter melting in a pan.  Turn Traeger on smoke with the lid open for about 5 minutes while you prepare the crab legs.  After 5 minutes, turn the Traeger 350° and let it preheat with the lid closed for about 15 minutes.  Combine melted butter, minced garlic, and lemon and mix well.  Layer crab legs in roasting pan and drizzle with butter mixture.  I did this in layers to make sure all of them got a good coat.  After pouring the butter on, sprinkle cajun seasoning before putting your next layer.  Repeat until all of the legs are covered and ready to go!  Once they are ready, throw the roaster on the Traeger for about 30-35 minutes.

Soooo yummy!

Soooo yummy!

Make sure you baste the crab legs 2 or 3 times in that 30 minute period.  There is no need to melt more butter for dipping.  In fact, the cajun gives them quite a kick, I hardly used any extra butter like I usually do.  You can use the butter in the bottom of the roaster if you desire.

We just used this rubber brush to "baste" the crab legs.

We just used this rubber brush to “baste” the crab legs.

Finish product!

Finish product!

I think we were all amazed at how easy these were to make.  I was worried about making sure they were cooked all the way through, but I looked up the temperature online.  Apparently all King crab legs are cooked immediately after coming off the boat to ensure the freshness.  Check out this website for more information.  Unless you buy live King crab legs, they are already cooked when you purchase them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Chair Pockets

These chair pockets are a great place to store white boards and books!

These chair pockets are a great place to store white boards and books!

Last summer, I created what I like to call a Granny Sweatshop as my most wonderful grandmas both helped me throw 30 of these together for my classroom!  I did not have my blog up and running yet, so I figured what a great time for me to post these with school coming just around the corner!  I have been so busy cleaning the house and doing projects that I have not had a lot of time to blog.  I would like to do some posts for back to school since that is the stuff I need to be getting done before my summer is over!

First off, chair pockets that you can purchase are outrageously expensive.  They are not exactly something that the school provides and my fellow teachers would agree that we cannot afford to buy EVERYTHING we want for our classrooms.  Did you know teachers can only claim $250 of things purchased for the classroom?  Let me tell you right now, that does not cover much!  So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Here are a few pins that I debated on before deciding to do the jean pockets…

You could even get aprons from Home Depot but I wanted the pockets to be big enough to store their whiteboards.

You could even get aprons from Home Depot but I wanted the pockets to be big enough to store their whiteboards.

These are book covers that are stretched over the chair and the pocket is turned inside out and used for storage.

These are book covers that are stretched over the chair and the pocket is turned inside out and used for storage.

These are just chair pockets made out of pillow cases!

These are just chair pockets made out of pillow cases!

I cannot seem to find the pin of the other jean pocket that I used as my inspiration for my final product.  If I run across it I will make sure to post it!  What I love about my jean pockets is that they were donated so the only cost I had was thread!  I also love that they are made of jean material, so they will last FOREVER!!  My grandmas both set up camp at my Grandma Bloesser’s house with both of their sewing machines and we just cranked it out in a few hours.  My sister Heather came over and helped me cut and pin them.

We were up to our ears in donated jeans!  I had more than I needed so grandma got some extra jeans for a quilt she has been planning!

We were up to our ears in donated jeans! I had more than I needed so grandma got some extra jeans for a quilt she has been planning!

Briggan came over and kept us company for a little while!  He looks so little here!

Briggan came over and kept us company for a little while! He looks so little here!

These were super easy, all we did was cut off the legs off and sew it together.  I do believe we cut right at the seam area (almost like a really short mini skirt) and folded them inside out to sew the pocket.  Then we just used strips from the legs and sewed them onto the front so we would have a way to tie them on the chairs.

These were super easy, all we did was cut off the legs off and sew it together. I do believe we cut right at the seam area (almost like a really short mini skirt) and folded them inside out to sew the pocket. Then we just used strips from the legs and sewed them onto the front so we would have a way to tie them on the chairs.

Here is a back view.  I love the back pockets for extra storage!

Here is a back view. I love the back pockets for extra storage!

I love these chair pockets and they are still in great condition!  The only thing that is frustrating is when you are trying to move desks around.  The chair has to go with the desk because the students store their own stuff in them.  They also drag the ground a bit which I was worried about, but the jean material is so sturdy it really doesn’t matter.  They are such a cute addition to my room and I get so many compliments on them!

Keeping the whiteboards in the chair pockets helps save those valuable classroom minutes.  Not passing them out every time we need them and not having to fish through messing desks to find them is also a huge help!

Keeping the whiteboards in the chair pockets helps save those valuable classroom minutes. Not passing them out every time we need them and not having to fish through messing desks to find them is also a huge help!

These are what I use for whiteboard erasers.  You can get them at Home Depot for FREE!  They are the perfect size and they are carpet samples so they last a long time!

These are what I use for whiteboard erasers. You can get them at Home Depot for FREE! They are the perfect size and they are carpet samples so they last a long time!

The erasers could fit in a jean pocket or in a basket with the markers and other classroom essentials!

The erasers could fit in a jean pocket or in a basket with the markers and other classroom essentials!

I even made extras for my computer area.  They are perfect to hold the headphones for the laptops!

I even made extra jean pockets for my computer area. They are perfect to hold the headphones for the laptops!

Chloe was a BIG help during our Granny Sweatshop as well!

Chloe was a BIG help during our Granny Sweatshop as well!

A huge thank you to my wonderful grandmas, Heather, and everyone who donated jeans to make these!  You are the best!  Love you!

A huge thank you to my wonderful grandmas, Heather, and everyone who donated jeans to make these! You are the best! Love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Steak Salad

Alex and I have been working hard to get back on the bandwagon of eating healthy and being active.  We have been doing really well for the past few weeks.  I feel like when I am eating good, I am feeling good.  That does not mean I don’t indulge in the things that I love! If I eat better during the week, I don’t feel so bad when I do indulge a little here and there.  I have been going back to boxing and feeling SORE and amazing! Alex tried boxing out with me last week.  He loved it!  It is a really good workout and will whip your ass into shape quick!  I think he is going to sign up and go with me on Saturdays!  It is so much fun getting out and doing something like that together.  Since summer school is over, I have been making it my job to get up, go to boxing and walk the pups when I get home before it gets too hot.

Have you earned your shower today??

Have you earned your shower today??

Alex actually just started playing in a mens softball league.  He has talked about how much he wanted to play softball again for a LONG time now!  We met some people at a pool party and now he found a team!  I have been helping him practice pitching and playing catch!  I like it because it is a time for us to get out and do something good for us!  Today poor Chloe took a hit to the head while watching us practice before his game tonight….poor babe!  She loves to think she is part of the game!

We have been going strong on a salad kick for the past few weeks.  Alex could eat salad everyday all day.  I sometimes need a little more but I have noticed the more yummy salad ingredients I come up with, the easier it is to eat them everyday.  We have been grilling chicken for salads for the past week and it was time to switch it up.  This was the perfect meal to fuel my man before his big game!

I was getting tired of all the chicken salads we have been eating...it was time to switch it up!

Ribeye seasoned with a little Cabela’s All Purpose Rub, salt, and pepper.

Grilled to perfection!

Grilled to perfection!

I tried to cut the steak in nice clean cut strips.  Alex is a professional at cutting food so I was trying to get it right!

I tried to cut the steak in nice clean cut strips. Alex is a professional at cutting food so I was trying to get it right!

Bed of spring mix, steak, carrots, cauliflower, low fat cottage cheese, pecans, cranberries, light italian dressing, and a sprinkle of croutons for a crunch!

Bed of spring mix, steak, carrots, cauliflower, low fat cottage cheese, pecans, cranberries, light italian dressing, and a sprinkle of croutons for a crunch!

 

 

 

 

Oven Baked Eggs

Anyone that is addicted to Pinterest has surely came across the pin for baking hard boiled eggs in the oven.  I was a bit curious, so I decided to check it out.  This week Alex and I are hitting it hard with eating right and getting back into working out after our 2 week hideous of selling fireworks and getting caught up on energy!  I even started going back to my boxing class!  I stopped going during summer school because it was a lot of driving and WAY too hot to do afternoon workouts for me.  The 8:00 am class is hot enough for me but I have been trucking through!  I figure since I am technically off for 3 weeks that my morning workout can be my reason to get my butt out of bed!

Such a sexy picture right?  Hey no one said working out has to be pretty!  I was dripping sweat when I got in my car to drive home and damn it felt good!

Such a sexy picture right? Hey no one said working out has to be pretty! I was dripping sweat when I got in my car to drive home and damn it felt good!

Anyways, so now that we are back on our healthy lifestyle, Alex loves to eat salads.  He could eat them for every meal.  I will not go that far but I like them enough to eat them a few times a week.  I like a little variety in my life!  After boxing class yesterday I headed to Hyvee and picked up a load of salad stuff to get us through the week.  I even ate tomatoes on my salad (Alex was very impressed!) and I am not a big fan of tomatoes unless they are in ketchup or salsa.  It is a texture thing.  However I have made myself start eating bananas so why can’t I learn to like tomatoes?!  I decided this would be the perfect time to try making hard boiled eggs in the oven to eat with our salads or for a snack.  Who doesn’t love hard boiled eggs?

Line a muffin tin with however many eggs you want.  I have never done this before, so I figured I would just try half a dozen to see how it works.

Line a muffin tin with however many eggs you want. I have never done this before, so I figured I would just try half a dozen to see how it works.

Bake the eggs at 350˚.  I didn't even bother preheating.  I just put the eggs in, cranked it up, and set the timer for 25 minutes.

I pulled them out after 25 minutes and just set them to the side to cool.  Normally if I need them right away to make deviled eggs or something, I would set them in a bowl of ice water to cool.  I was pretty pleased with the results.  It was a lot easier than me dropping them into boiling water crossing my fingers that they weren’t going to break as I did it.  They peeled very nicely.  I think this will be something I will start doing more often!

There were a few brown spots but they did not make them taste any different.

There were a few brown spots but they did not make them taste any different.

Perfect addition to my salad last night!  Yummo!

Perfect addition to my salad last night! Yummo!