Fresh vs. Canned

As a kid I hated veggies. Despised them. You couldn’t PAY me to eat them. But looking back at how they were served, they were usually either canned or steamed. Two ways in which the veggies normally wind up smelling, weird. With canned you get the mushy can taste with it, with steamed they can be soggy with no flavor. So who could blame me?

So as an adult, after having my own child, I really had to buck up. This was a young person, whom I created and was going to be looking up to me. I had to start finding ways to eat healthy. So as I watched cooking shows, I payed attention to what THEY did with the veggies. They would sauteed them, roast them, do all sorts of things with them, and they looked good! So one day, Husband and I went on a date to a local casino. And had Dinner first. I ordered the sauteed green beans with a steak and mashed potatoes. And the Green Beans opened my eyes to a world of delicious veggies. They were garlicky, and crunchy, and I wanted more!

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T-Shirt Bandwagon

Yes guys, I’m jumping on the T-Shirt Bandwagon. Being a housewife is important to me, which means we rely on pretty much only my husbands income. Thats all well and good but there are times when I wish I could support my family with more of a finical role. And I know. As a housewife, I’m doing the cleaning, cooking, gardening, ect. I found a website through a blogger friend of mine, which will allow me to make designs in Photoshop, or use their in browser designer and design my own shirts. They can be for a fundraiser or not. The only downside being you do have to get a certain number of orders before they will print and mail your shirts to you.

I only have one design so far, the others, still in my head. I’ve been working on figuring out how to get them to computer. This one, I got inspiration from my Guild in Vanilla World of Warcraft. There was another young mom online, and made me realize that its not just me that is a mom, a wife, and gamer after a long day of supporting her family, its other women in the world as well. Some who do those things plus have a job!

So I ask of you all. Check them out at least. I have three different shirt styles to choose from.

Journey of a Simple Housewife T-Shirts

All Ants Must Die!

Where I live, it gets hot. And not just 90 degree hot. I mean HOT! Like 116 is about NORMAL for us in the summertime, like fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. So of course, (and honestly, I can’t say that I blame them) they come inside where its cool, looking for food and water. Being the first summer in my new home, I wasn’t sure how “bug proofed” my house was. Well, I found out. I woke up one morning, went to make my husband coffee. The previous night I had put a soda can in the sink. I don’t know why. My guess is I dosed off in the recliner and woke up, went to bed but took my can in the sink first. Anyways. When I woke up, I went to fill the pot up with water and the yellow squirt can was literally BLACK! From all the ants! “GROSS!” I thought as I ran the water and watched them all die and fall down the drain.

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Dead Plants Must go!

In the beginning of the growing season, I really was looking forward to growing some Cucumbers. Well…. I think my choice of cucumbers was a bad one because as soon as it was put in the ground…it died. So right from the bat I was paranoid that my soil was bad and my garden was doomed. But I kept a positive mindset and figured I would see how it went. Well. Its now mid June and my first few tomatoes are starting to ripen and change their colors, and my cayenne peppers are starting to turn red as well. Its really my most successful garden I’ve had yet. I’m quite excited. I also have some potatoes that I was not expecting to have, but no complaints here! I was finally able to get some tomato cages for my tomatoes, as well as a new bell pepper plant ( with a pepper already on it even!) And if I were to actually think and plant some onions, I would have liked to plant but I just never did. With how many wild onions my mother seems to get in her yard, I honestly doubted that it would have been an issue anyways.

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Garlic Shrimp Scampi

I adore Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi. Like, I’m addicted to it. I would buy that stuff in buckets if I could. So when my mom mentioned “shrimp scampi” the other day, I was like “hmm. That sounds pretty darned good” so, in the end we wound up buying the ingredients to make it. The only ingredient I was hesitant about adding was the white wine. I’m not a big wine person, weather its drinking it or cooking with it. About the most I’ve done with it is put some steaks in some red wine to marinade (And it makes the best marinade let me tell you what)

 

Back to the Scampi though. The first step is to peel and devain the shrimp. I personally prefer using raw shrimp, since thats what they do in the restaurant, but I don’t see why precooked shrimp wouldn’t work. Just be careful not to overcook them. Nobody wants or deserves rubbery shrimp. Accept for maybe your enemy. Here is the recipe I used:

1lb of shrimp

1Tbs Olive Oil

2tbs Garlic, Chopped

1 ½ cups White Wine ( I used Chardonnay)

½ fresh lemon

1 tsp italian seasoning

1tbs Parsley

½ Parmesan Cheese (refrain from eating it as best as you can)

Add Olive oil and cook shrimp. Remove shrimp and set aside. Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. If garlic starts to turn brown you cooked it too much. If it cooks too long it gets better. We don’t want that. Add wine and lemon and cook until wine is reduced by half. Add Italian Seasoning and reduce to low and add butter. Add shrimp again and sprinkle with cheese.

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Now, changes I will be making for my batch with my family, is I’m going to reduce the amount of wine, and I will not be adding the Italian seasoning. We also like adding noodles to our scampi. I just like the way it tastes.

And thats it! Its really that simple, and so delicious. Normally with pasta I have a crap ton left over, but not this time! I had enough for lunch the next day for my daughter.

Totally Awesome Cleaner

So part of being a housewife does have some boring parts to it. For me, the cleaning. I get that it needs to be done, but I hate spending so much money on cleaners. I’ve always felt like you didn’t need to, so I’ve been experimenting with stuff from the dollar store. Before, my mom went on a website where she won the ability to try a product called Krud Kutter. It worked great on things, but then I noticed on a trip to walmart one day, that it was close to $7.00 for a bottle of it! I was sure surprised! There had to be something that was more affordable that would work just as good. I just had to keep my eye open.

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My Garden Update

 

Since I last posted about my garden, I pulled some taters that were ready. They turned out to be really tiny, but hey, its my first harvest! I can’t expect too much out of it. I’m not going to become fabulous overnight or anything. But I have around 5 peas that are on my plant growing, one that I don’t think is in the best condition that will probably be used for a stock, or I’ll give it to Elizabeth Guiana pig Lilly.

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Mothers Day Chicken

Yesterday being mothers day, men everywhere were cooking breakfast, lunches and dinners for the mother of their children, or sometimes their own mothers. In my case however, we tried to invite my mom over for dinner because my husband makes the best chicken on the face of the earth. We don’t cook whole chickens very often because of how time consuming they are but after last night, his chicken made me want to just cook them more often anyways!

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Broccoli Beef

Chinese food has got to be my favorite type of food. And honestly, I think I have more of a veggie intake when I do consume Chinese food. As a kid, my family used to go to a local Chinese place called “Lims Cafe” as a kid. That was the ONLY Chinese restaurant we would go to as well. Eventually, due to my dads diet that became the only restaurant we would go to as well. As much as I loved it there, not being able to go ANYWHERE else was kind of old.

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