Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Yummy recipe

Well, I have nothing terribly exciting to blog about so I thought I'd share a recipe that we really like. I think my friend Rebekah sent it to me initially and I have shared with co-workers and most recently I made it for my sweet sister-in-law who's on bed rest until she delivers our first niece, Madelyn in a few weeks. Anyway, it has an interesting name and I had to get the Wikipedia definition so I would have a clue what it is. (by the way, what did we ever do without Wikipedia?!?!)

A runza (also called a bierock, fleischkuche or Kraut Pirok) is a yeast dough bread pocket with a filling consisting of beef, pork, cabbage or sauerkraut, onions and seasonings. They are baked in various shapes such as a half-moon, rectangle, round (bun), square, or triangle. In Nebraska, the runza is usually baked in a rectangular shape. The bierocks of Kansas, on the other hand, are generally baked in the shape of a bun.

I guess since I have never been to Kansas and have only visited Nebraska one time, there's really no reason that I would have ever had the opportunity to try a runza. Anyway, enough's the recipe:

Runza Casserole

2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 cups chopped cabbage
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 tubes of crescent rolls 8 count (or you can use those new crescent sheets for casseroles like this)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef with onion, salt and pepper, drain. Add chopped cabbage to hamburger mixture and simmer for 15 minutes add soup to mixture. Prepare 9x13 pan, lightly grease bottom and sides of pan. Spread one tube of crescent rolls in bottom and slightly up side of pan. Pour hamburger mixture into pan. Sprinkle cheese on top of hamburger mixture. Cover with second tube of crescent rolls. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pilot to be???

We have had a fun weekend! We hung out with Jarrod's family from Oklahoma City, had a great dinner with Trent and Rachael, and probably the most exciting thing...went flying in an airplane with my dad's friend, Lin. Emily has been telling me for the past couple of weeks that she wanted to fly in an airplane. I explained that we would go on a trip one day and fly on a plane, but that flying was expensive and not something you can do often. I was telling my dad about her request and he arranged for Emily to go for a plane ride with Mr. Lin! Thanks Paw-Paw! She was super-excited about it, then kind of got nervous and unsure once she found out that it would be loud and bumpy. Even on the way to the airport, she kept reiterating, "I am not going to fly, I just want to sit in the plane." I told her that was fine, but not to make up her mind until she gets there and can check things out. She got in the plane and we taxied around the airport for a while and then got out to rest.

This is when we were taxiing around and Emmy was steering.
This is when she was deciding whether to fly or not.

After a little convincing and a promise that she could sit on Mommy's lap, she decided that it would be fun to fly.

She was ready to go!

I have to admit, it did freak me out a little bit when Lin said that she was REALLY steering the plane! Of course, he also had a steering wheel and could correct if she did anything crazy.

This was our view right after we took off...Lake Palestine!

Jarrod was playing golf at Eagle's Bluff and we flew over them and circled a little so Emily could wave (Jarrod and I were texting so I knew what hole they were on). We also flew over Albert's house and waved at him! It was pretty cool to get to do that! Thanks again Paw-Paw! Now to make Mr. Lin a special treat to say thank you!

The crew after our flight

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Funnies and Not So Funny

Our girls keep us laughing a bunch these days...These are just some funny things that have happened so far this weekend...I thought I would share:

Yesterday when I went to pick Emily up from my parents' house, she was invited to have a sleepover instead after much begging. I then asked her "Emily, why do you like Nana's house so much better than ours? Is it because we make you clean up your toys and stuff and you can just leave everything out here?" She immediately replied, "Yes, and Rhonda will clean it up for me!!" She has this thing lately with calling us all by our first names, so when she blurted that out, we immediately died laughing...#1 because it is 100% true, and #2 because she called her Rhonda and not Nana. She's a mess!

This morning I woke up about 7:30 because Alli was crying about the load that was in her diaper. I went to get her, changed the monstrous poo, then took her back to bed with me to see if we could both sleep a little that soft bald head is SO fun to snuggle with! She was a little restless and finally laid down where her mouth was on my arm. Then she started blowing raspberries (her favorite thing to do now) on me and I died laughing...which then made her laugh more. She just kept doing it and I kept laughing...what a great way to wake up on a Saturday morning!!

One thing that was not funny this weekend: Jarrod went over to a buddy's house last night to have a little guy get-together before his friend has a baby in about a month. He was preparing a slab of ribs to cook today and was cutting a layer of fat off with a butter knife. He managed to slice his finger open pretty bad and probably needed stitches last night, but they just bandaged it up. So when he wakes up this morning he tells me that he thinks he needs stitches...then he takes the bandage off (athletic tape...which was lovely!) and it starts bleeding again and looks pretty bad. His mom came over to check it out and see if it looked like it needed to be stitched up, but because it had been so long since he cut it, stitches wouldn't have been the best option because it could seal in any infection if there was they got it all cleaned up and bandaged again. It takes real talent to slice your finger open THAT deep with a BUTTER knife! Way to go babe!

I'm sure we will have some more stories before the weekend is over.

P.S. Alli is standing on her own now, but a little unsure about taking a step without holding on to something. It's coming soon though! Yikes!!