Popcorn Balls!!

So I know I said I could skip Halloween, but my nursing class had other ideas! So tomorrow I will be dressing up and taking in the popcorn balls that I made today!
Here’s the recipe:

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It’s from a cookbook my mom put together!

First it’s best to do the cleaning, your sink should look like you can eat out of it! Because that’s what will happen!!

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Spotless!! And spray half with Pam!
Then grab wax paper and make some room on the counter next to the sink to put the balls!

So then you pop!!

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This made a huge mess!!
Then I remembered this trick my hubby uses when we make popcorn:

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Not so messy!!
Then you scoop the popcorn out of the bowl! This is imperative!! Scoop! Do not dump the bowl in the sink!!! You will end up with the yucky things that you don’t eat from the bottom of the bowl inside your popcorn balls!! Bad bad bad!
This is also the point where you call your mom and make sure you popped enough popcorn, because 32 cups sounds like a lot more then half a sink full!!

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You do not want to bite into the unpopped kernels!! See those nasty things, just waiting for an unsuspecting tooth to chip??
Then you get the sink about half full of popcorn:

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Mix the other ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

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Boil it until the sugar is dissolved, this was hard because my first batch was under and the second was over…both are edible and yummy, just not quite right! Guess I’ll have to try more!!
Once it’s at that point everything goes really fast! So I don’t have pictures, but follow the instructions and you will do fine!

Add your coloring and then the teaspoon of baking soda, and stir like a mad woman! Or man! It’s going to look like a volcano gone wrong from middle school… That’s ok!! Once it’s mixed up dump the sugar on the popped corn in the sink, and stir it up too!!

This is the point where you could have burning, turn the faucet on (in the unused half of the sink) to a trickle with cold water! Wet your hands and grab a handful of popcorn, squeeze it into a ball and set on the wax paper.

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Repeat until the popcorn is in balls. Let them cool for a bit and the. Wrap them in plastic wrap!

Or just eat them… It’s entirely up to you!

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Pretzel Bottomed Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Pie

Yes, It’s a mouthful to say. Yes, it is a little time consuming to make. Yes, it is soooo worth it!!!

Here’s a recipe and where I got the inspiration (via pintrest):

http://www.akmdesignsandelights.blogspot.com/2012/02/bake-me-happy-pretzel-bottomed-reeses.html

Here’s a picture of the one I made:

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It was yummy! Because I made it in a 9×9 however, I should have cut back on the pretzel part… it kinda just fell apart when cutting it and ended up in the bottom of the pan even when the rest of it was gone!

I also decided to add some peanut butter into the dough itself, because in this family you can NEVER cook with too much peanut butter! So I probably added 1/2 c. of peanut butter to it and cut back the flour a bit to make up for it. It worked, it was lovely. It was gone in two days.

The salty crunchy crust, and the chewy cookie inside, with chocolate and peanut buttery goodness in every bite was delicious!

Try it! I dare you!

Dump Cake!

I love dump cake! It is the easiest, throw it together, last minute, dessert cake thing you can make!! Camping, at home, to take to potlucks, dump cake is good anywhere!! There are endless possibilities with this cake and if you buy the ingredients on sale it’s really cheap to make!

Ingredients:
1 cake mix
1 can of pie filling
1 can of pop/beer

Yes my friends… it’s that simple.

You take the can of pie filling and pour it into a pan, 9×13, 9×9, cast iron skillet, what ever floats your boat.
Top that with the cake mix.
Pour the pop on top of the cake mix.

DO NOT MIX!
Then you bake it…
350 degree oven, open fire, coals… again whatever suits you!
bake it till it’s bubbly and hot, the top will get a little brown.

Serve with Ice Cream (Matt’s choice), whipped cream…etc.

Here’s a Cherry Dump Cake with Vanilla Cake Mix:

Cherry!

Cherry!

And here is a Blackberry Dump Cake with Chocolate Cake Mix:

I love the dry bits!

I love the dry bits!

I think the dry bits that don’t get pop or juices on them are the best!! Both my pictures are from camping and so were baked with coals! The Cherry one was made with beer as the liquid, and you couldn’t tell at all! It doesn’t taste like beer and the alcohol cooks off, but if that scares you or you just aren’t beer drinkers and don’t have any on hand we made the chocolate one with sprite, although chocolate and coke would probably be good also!!

Experiment! Have fun! I think I might try one with pumpkin pie filling and vanilla cake mix for a fall take on it!!

The proposal.

A few days before he popped the question he told me he was going to take me out to dinner on Friday (February 1st), dress nice. I thought that was great! We would go out to dinner and celebrate our 23rd month of dating (yes, I am a person who keeps track)! And it was going to be two days before his birthday so it’d be a good birthday dinner too!

So that Friday, I came home from school and got all dressed up and waited for him to come get me! I knew he was going to propose sometime soon, but with both of us being farm people I expected to go feed our bottle baby calf one morning and find a ring tied around his neck, on the bottle, or something along those lines! Nice dinners weren’t really our thing ūüėČ

Getting all dressed up!

Getting all dressed up!


When he came into the house to get me he brought along a bouquet of fake flowers (the first flowers he ever got me!) and I was super happy! He even got them in my favorite flower colors! We then loaded up in his pickup and drove to Whitehouse Crawford, the nicest restaurant in town, go inside and he says we have a reservation! I was floored! We had reservations? What?

So after a really nice dinner, while eating dessert he pulled a ring out of his pocket and in his no-nonsense style asked “will you marry me?” No words of build up, no getting down in one knee, just right out of the blue! I started crying, of course, and said yes!!

the ring!

the ring!


After dinner we went to the fire station, avoided everyone there until after we skyped my family in Idaho to tell/show them the big news!! After that it was a whirlwind of announcements and hugs and congratulations!!

Matts side of the story:
I don’t really remember how long I had the ring, probably 3 weeks or so. I showed Holly maybe a week or so before the proposal and asked her to make the bouquet maybe two days before? While we were making pizza for a firefighter fund raiser the last Wednesday in January. I was going to take her to Jacobi’s, but Hayden wasn’t working that night so I scrambled to make reservations for Whitehouse Crawford, just minutes before going to pick her up. And that’s about it…

Haha, and there went my thoughts that he had actually planned it out ahead of time ūüėČ
Oh well, we still got married!

A day with the hubby!

So today started out like most, the alarm went off at 530 and Matt stumbled out of bed around 545. I got up around 615 and downed my cup of coffee, with some wonderful girl scout thin mint creamer (yum). I had planned on staying home, but last minute decided to go tag along and spend the day with Matt (planning to study while hanging out in the tractor!).

So he went to go get fuel and I hurriedly dressed, threw a load of laundry in (because I had to steal socks and man socks just don’t fit!), packed a lunch, and then we were off like a herd of turtles! First stop was the fire station to drop off our ballots. Then we went and moved some piece of equipment from one field to the next… Then to fertilize, spent three hours doing that, moved it over to another field, and got called that plans changed ūüôā always changing!

So we got picked up by Bill and loaded a ton of hay (after counting and recounting and some more counting). 22 bales later…. We were on our way!

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Got that delivered, ate lunch, and then chisel plowed a very very very bumpy field!! That took 4.5 hours. All that time stuck together in a tractor is great one on one time to talk, we have had our most serious conversations in one tractor or another. Now all we have left to do is fuel up the challenger, grease the drills for tomorrow and we get to go home!!!

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This is the life!!

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Just kidding, we still have to give dad a ride to his pickup! Always changing!!

And yes, this was all approved by the hubby before publishing ūüėČ

Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving! The food, the family, all the traditions and crafts and decorations that come along with it!! Now, I know we aren’t over Halloween yet… but seeing as there is no way I’m going to get any trick or treaters out where I live we can pretty much skip it! That and the fact that Matt grew up with out it, he’s used to skipping it!

I already have some things set up for thanksgiving! My thankful tree is up and there are pumpkins decorating the porch! All the leaves are changing colors and it is so pretty up here!

So here’s my thankful tree: Image

What is a thankful tree?? It’s a dead branch, in a pot, filled with rocks!!¬†Isn’t that your normal thanksgiving decorations??? Really though, here’s what you do with it:

Make some craft paper leaves, preferably in fall colors… like theses:

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Then everyday (or everyday you remember) you write one thing that you are thankful for on a leaf and hang it on the tree!! By the end of November your tree will be full of color and thankfulness!!

This was one of my favorite traditions as a kid! It’s pretty fun to be able to keep it going with my own family!!

Do you have any thanksgiving traditions??

Pasta Salad with Mozzerella, Sundried Tomatoes, and Olives

This is a salad I made once to take to a boat house with some friends who are vegetarian. I had a general idea of what I wanted to make and this happened to be the result! It turned out amazing! I’ve made it since and plan on making it today so that I have some to take to clinicals this weekend and so that Matt has food in the fridge for when I am gone!

Yum!

Yum!

Excuse the picture, I’ll take a better one today!

So the recipe: (you can find others like this online)

Ingredients:

Pasta (whatever you have on hand will work)                                                                                 1-2 balls of mozzarella                                                                                                                            1-2 jars of kalamata olives                                                                                                                     1 jar sundried tomatoes in oil                                                                                                            1/3 c. balsamic vinegar                                                                                                                       1/4c.olive oil                                                                                                                                                                1 tbsp. mustard (any kind will work)                                                                                              salt                                                                                                                                                    pepper                                                                                                                                                thyme (dried works)                                                                                                                            oregano                                                                                                                                                                         Basil

Directions:                                                                                                                                              Boil one bag, box, or sack of noodles. Whichever you have, I like the spiral pasta for this, it looks cooler!

While the pasta is boiling you can cube one or two balls of mozzarella (I use two if I get the smaller balls, or one if I get the larger loaf).

Drain the olives.

Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and mustard, slowly adding the olive oil. Once all the oil is added dump the can of sun dried tomatoes in (oil and all). Then I like to toss the mozzarella in and mix it up with the sauce.

Drain the pasta and add to bowl with sauce and mozzarella.  Add olives and mix!                  Taste and Season as needed with some salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano if you so desire!

In my first attempt I tore up a handful of basil leaves and added them too!  This was good lukewarm and chilled! Great Sumer side dish! You could even sauté some veg and put it in too!

I found that the Kalamata olives were about half the price at Wal-Mart compared to Safeway!

Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out for you!

Animal Mania

Ace

Ace

Beatrice

Beatrice

Gunter and Beatrice

Gunter and Beatrice

Liz

Liz

T-bone! He was a triplet!

T-bone! He was a triplet!

Liz's second batch of kittens: Beatrice and Gunter came from this batch

Liz’s second batch of kittens: Beatrice and Gunter came from this batch

T-bone was also on our save the dates! His ear tag has the date of our wedding on it!

T-bone was also on our save the dates! His ear tag has the date of our wedding on it!

See?

See?

The day we got Tate!

The day we got Tate!

He's so cute!!

He’s so cute!!

This is Molly

This is Molly

This is the bull and Rocky

This is the bull and Rocky

T-bone and Rocky

T-bone and Rocky

This is our animal family. We have Ace, a grumpy old man, who gets pleasure out of barking at things and he can sing too. Tater Tot is our new baby who likes seeing how mad he can get Ace and is spoiled rotten by sleeping in our bed most nights. T-bone was born in February (I think) he was a triplet, which is really pretty rare for cows around here! He was the littlest guy of the three and so I became mommy! Love bottle babies! Liz is our cat who has had two litters of kittens, Matt is attached to Beatrice so we haven’t been able to get rid of her. Gunter is a funny guy that we’re still hoping will find a new home! Rocky is a pretty reliable horse! He likes women better than men, so I can catch him much easier than Matt can!

Those are our animals! Can you see why Matt thinks we have a zoo? He says he might as well change his name to Noah if I insist on getting more :] Fun Stuff! All I can say is… he knew what he was getting in to!

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Alright, so I’ve made these bad boys twice now and both times they were a hit! Matt ate probably half of the pan the first go around, the second time I was smart and took them to Ritter to my sister-in-laws so that Caleb could help Matt eat them… they were gone in one day, a 9×13 pan of cinnamon rolls in one day!! That is how addicting these things are though!! Device Pictures 168Look at the gooey, chocolaty, rolled up hazel nutty goodness!!!

My inspiration for these came from Pinterest, of course! Specifically from this page: http://www.averiecooks.com/2012/12/nutella-cinnamon-rolls-with-vanilla-glaze.html

I just made a homemade sweet dough, slathered on nutella, sprinkled on cinnamon and rolled!! Delish!

Let me know if you try them!

Get to know the Fogarty’s…

I’ve decided to embark on a journey that is to share my life and take the time to write about the days, trying to figure out where we’re going and remember where we’ve been.

My hubby (Matt)¬†is 25 years of age,¬†a farmer and volunteer firefighter, I (Hannah)¬†am 22 years¬†of age,¬†a student in nursing school, a cook, baker, animal lover, organizer, and procrastinator (right now I should be doing homework). We got married July, 6th so we’ve been newlyweds for 107 days now… not that’s anyone is counting. We honeymooned in Nashville, TN, a post and picture of that and the wedding will be coming soon!

We have a multitude of animals, at least it is in Matt’s eyes. The list right now is: a horse (Rocky), a Bull (randomly showed up in the pasture), a steer (T-bone), three dogs (Ace, Molly (we’re just sitting her), and Tater Tot), and three cats (Liz, Gunter, and¬†Beatrice). Again, pictures will be coming!

We moved into our house mid-September and it has been such a huge blessing!! There is a lot of work to be done but keep checking in for picture updates as the weather gets colder and Matt has more time to work on the blackberry bushes!¬†Before pictures are going to happen soon! Yes, I’ll even post pictures of the junk rooms that REALLY need help.

I am super excited to start this journey and to continue what we started July 6th by agreeing to live our lives together! What a wonderful thing marriage is!