Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My chutzpah

Would you believe that Jeff and I were discussing a housing related math situation last night and I had the unmitigated gall to make some suggestions? Yes. He patiently responded with a few 'but...' answers and finally, I just looked at him and said wryly, "I suppose I should just not get involved in this conversation since it involves MATH."

He smiled graciously and said nothing. I love him!

I also stink at cooking. I loathe it. My older boys make fun of my culinary disasters. (You just gotta love God's sense of humor giving ME 10 kids, don'tcha think?) So my husband, who apparently has more faith in me than I do, just called to see if a colleague could come over for dinner tonight. He is actually going to risk a serious humiliation. Quick...someone please send me an easy, five ingredient (or less) yummy main course that I could make for 'company.' I know that some of you are very talented in this area. And yes, it has to be easy because I have to clean the house, too. He's lucky that I already did my hair today because I pretty much agree with the woman who said,
"It's me or the house. We can't both look good."
In other news....

Katie-bug was feeling well enough to celebrate her birthday yesterday, so she had her very first American style birthday. She was VERY excited to get cake and presents. I tried to take photos of her jumping up and down and saying, "Yay!" but they all turned out awful, so you will have to take my word for it.

Jillian organized a little painting party so that the little kids could make birthday 'cards' for Kate.

I prefer not to know why this was the chosen painting attire.

Making the cake with a little help from Kate and Jake. I was so sad (NOT) to relinquish this duty to Jillian, who (gasp) watches cooking shows and loves to bake.

Jillian, decorated the cake all by herself.

Happy Birtday, Sweet Katie-bug!

"Yay! Kai Lan... just what I wanted!"


Kristin Ferguson said...

OK, this may not be "elegant" but it does have a pretty presentation and will feed a large crowd fairly easy--taco salad. Just fix the ground beef with the taco seasoning(as much as you need-probably 4-5lbs.) and then have bowls with all the fixings--lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, broken up tacos, etc. That's what came to mind first. Lisa said that if you wanted a taco soup recipe instead, you should e-mail her and she'll send it to you. Good luck!!


Karin said...

Kristin--that is perfect! I can handle that!! :) THANK YOU!

Beautiful Mess said...

This a FAMILY FAVORITE--easy enough if you can operate a can opener (sometimes that can be difficult for me {wink wink}:

Big Ole’ Pot of Sante’ Fe Soup

2lb Ground Hamburger Meat
1 Onion (or more-diced)
3 1lb cans of Spaghetti Sauce
1 Large and 1 regular size can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (Rotel)
4 cans of corn
5 cans of black beans
3 dry mix packets of Ranch Dressing
3 dry mix packets of Taco Seasoning

Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
Corn Chips

In a large soup pot
Cook Hamburger and Diced Onion together with a bit of oil until fully browned –then drain
Add all cans--liquid and all
Mix in dry mixes
Cook on Medium until heated through (so it doesn’t stick to the bottom-I mess this step up a lot)
It’s that easy!

Serve with toppings to your liking
My Family likes it best with 1 scoop of sour cream, then sprinkled cheese and then corn chips! All together-stir and eat! Yummy!

*Each time I make this I have changed it up to our liking. Play around with it. It's super easy.

Recipe courtesy of the Polk’s! Hope you love it!

Here is the Small contents version for those that don't have to feed an army :)
1lb Ground Hamburger Meat
½ Sweet Onion (or more-diced)
1 1lb cans of Spaghetti Sauce (Usually I but Hunt’s Traditional)
1 regular size can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (Rotel)
1 cans of corn
2 cans of black beans
1 dry mix packets of Ranch Dressing
1 dry mix packets of Taco Seasoning

Cook per other directions!

Karin said...

Mmmm...that sounds yummy and I think I might have all those ingredients on hand. :) THANK YOU!!

Mom Of Many said...

Haven't been on my fav blogs for awhile, but finally have a second to check in...thank goodness for snow for kids to go out and play in. =)

Even tho I haven't checked in, I have been praying for your mama heart as Ryan was leaving....so very hard on us military moms!

As for dinner tonight? Hmmm, I would probably do meatloaf...baked potatoes and a salad. All easy...very easy...But it looks like you have a taco salad recipe...so will pray that you have peace and just go with the flow as you have your special guest in...

Love from very, very snowy Colorado! xo

Angie said...

Here's hoping your dinner went well. I cooked last night for 4 ladies, one of their hubbies, 3 extra kids, and our six, for a total of a whole lotta pasta! Lasagne is my easy out when I have a big crew! And at least Jake wasn't totally bare...ya know...those all-natural painters??

Kim K. said...

I'm so glad you were able to celebrate Katie's birthday. Darling pictures. I love all the painting craftiness too! See all that paint made me SMILE at work today.

Kimberlie said...

Honestly Karin, you are one brave woman to have company from the company. ;) I would be terrified to have someone from Paul's work come to our house knowing that my three would probably be bouncing off the walls with excitement. We are still working on keeping the younger two in their seats through out an entire meal. They like to get up and wander in between bites. I love my kids and don't mind their quirks, but I so worry about what "important" people would think about our parenting skills.

I hope you came up with something quick and easy. For me, it's "Topping Chicken" a recipe my aunt gave me. You place chicken breasts in a large baking pan, pour 2 cans of cream of chicken soup over it, an entire bag of shredded cheddar goes over top of that, and lastly, a top crust from herb stuffing mix (we do Pepperidge Farms). That's the original recipe. I add broccoli in mine because my kids LOVE broccoli and love it even more smothered with cheese which I normally don't do. I serve all of this over rice (brown or white it doesn't matter).

My grandpa used to call this dish "glop" because that's what it looks like on a plate, a big glop of yumminess.

Hooray for your bravery!

Gretchen said...

Sorry, I got here too late to give you a recipe. Hope the dinner went well.

BTW, that cake is just beautiful! I think you might have a chef on your hands.

Lyn said...

Way too late for a recipe but I hope your dinner went well. Happy Birthday little Kate!!!

Cari said...

blahahahaha! thanks for the laugh!! I feel your pain about the cooking. I always tell my husband if he gets the grand idea of inviting someone over for dinner to do it on Friday nights....because that's pizza night here at our house! :)

Just think with 10 kids, there's bound to be a chef in the bunch, right?! That's what I'm hoping for someday with mine...hehe.

kanishk said...

you wanted a taco soup recipe instead, you should e-mail her and she'll send it to you. Good luck!

Work from home India

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Katie Bug!! So glad she is feeling better to celebrate her big day!!

I am so glad to hear that you do not like to cook- me, too! We get the food groups in, were healthy but it's not very interesting! My kids discovered peppers and onions in college- they give me indigestion- they were banned from the house long ago!

Hope you dinner goes well- no ideas from me, just prayer!!

Karin said...

Thank you guys so much for the dinner ideas! I made the Santa Fe soup and it was very good. :) We even had enough left over to eat tonight. yay!

If anyone else has any recipes, please pass them on. I'm so tired of making the same thing over and over. ugh.