Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I "Heart" These Shoes!

I dress myself starting with my shoes.  Therefore a pair of shoes may sit in my closet for years until I find just the right outfit.  That is what happened with this beautiful pair of Irregular Choice shoes.  I think I purchased them 3 or 4 years ago.  Then the Dutch Milk Maid dress came into my life and the love affair began.  It wasn't love at first sight it was more like a courtship, but when I put the outfit on it was a match made in heaven.

I hope you enjoy the look as much as I did!


My Outfit Ideas:
Dress:  Modcloth
Earring:  My daughters
Purse:  Irregular Choice
Stockings:  Walmart
Shoes:  Irregular Choice

My Twins Outfit Ideas:
Shirt:  Ralph Lauren
Bow Tie:  Ralph Lauren
Belt:  Ralph Lauren 
Trousers:  Ralph Lauren
Shoes (brown):  Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes (black):  Stacy Adams

My Daughters Outfit Ideas:
Hair Ornament:  Beauty Supply Store 
Dress:  Gymboree
Purse:  Gymboree
Shoes:  The Children's Place
Stockings:  Gymboree

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cheesy Chicken - Mommy Hull Style

Thursday 9-19-2013

Transformation.... How to transform a frozen dinner into something your husband or kiddo's will eat.  I don't like frozen dinners but this particular brand after transformation turned out to be really good.  The cheese and spices set the tone.  Try it out.

Cheesy Chicken - Mommy Hull Style


Birds Eye Voila Cheesy Chicken Frozen Dinner (Family Size)
1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
1/3 Cup of Water 
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
2 tablespoons Granulated Onion Seasoning
2 tablespoons Garlic Powder  
Pepper (to taste)
Paprika (a dash or two)
1 Cup Grated White Cheddar (From Sprouts)*  

* This is not a pasteurized cheese and Sprouts is the only place I can find it.  It has a very sharp unique taste and it really brings out the taste of the dish.


Open the frozen dinner and remove the cheese packages.  

Add 1/3 cup of water and 1/3 cup of heavy cream to a heavy skillet. 

Add in the cheese packages that were included with the frozen dinners.  

Add in the remaining contents of the frozen dinner and cover.  

Follow direction on the bag (omitting the water).  

Once you are able to stir all ingredients all your spices (you may add more or less spices as desired).  

Do not over cook or your pasta and veggie will be mushy, remember this dish will steam.  

Remove from heat and fold in cheese (you may add more or less cheese as desired).


Monday, September 16, 2013

We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

Monday 9-16-2013

Since I live in Southern California the weather is mostly sunny and hot.  The chill of Fall seems to allude us, so I introduced fall into my life with this hand sewn frock!  The colors and print (Micheal Miller's Park Landscape Green) was just the ticket.  I felt as if I was back in the woods in Alabama!  

We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

Outfit Ideas:

Dress:  Hand sewn
Earrings:  Modcloth
Shoes:  Irregular Choice (Purchased from Modcloth)
Tights:  Calvin Klein
Hair Ornament:  Beauty Supply Store
Lipstick:  Walmart (Revelon Colorstay Relentless Raisin)

Twins Outfit Ideas:

Shirt:  Ralph Lauren
Pants:  Lands End
Belt:  Ralph Lauren
Black Shoes:  Stacy Adams
Brown Shoes:  Tommy Hilfiger

Daughters Outfit Ideas:

Dress:  The Children's Place (Sale)
Earrings:  The Children's Place (Sale)
Tights:  Walmart
Barrettes:  Walmart
Shoes:  The Children's Place (Sale)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Life... New Beginnings... New Food....

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake


10-12 graham crackers, finely ground (1 1/3 cups of graham cracker crumbs) (I use Nabisco)
1/4 cup of sugar
5 tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg*
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon*


24 oz. of cream cheese at room temperature
3 large eggs (I use Sprouts XL Organic eggs)
1 (15 ounce) can of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened can of condensed milk **
5 tablespoons pure grade B maple syrup (I use Sprouts brand) ***
2 teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (Sprouts brand)
1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice seasoning

1 Cup Heavy Cream
2/3 Cups of grade B maple syrup
3/4 pecan pieces


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

For the crust:

Break graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until finely ground.  The crackers should resemble fine meal.  Pour the crumbs into a heavy sauce pan and add sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and melted butter.  Stir until well mixed.  Pour the crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan (I line the bottom of my pan with parchment paper so my cheesecake come out of the pan easily).  Press the crumbs evenly on the bottom of the pan and set aside.

For the cheesecake:

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese on high speed until fluffy.  Reduce the speed and with the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time.  Taking the time between each egg to scrape the bowl.  Add in the pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, maple syrup, and vanilla flavoring.  Next, add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and pumpkin spice seasoning.  Beat the mixture for awhile, this will make the cheesecake light and fluffy (not too long).  Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.  Tap the pan lightly on the work surface to remove any air pockets.

Bake until the center appears set, but jiggles a little when shaken, 1 hour and 15 minutes (make sure you put a sheet pan under your spring form pan to catch any leaks.  Cool for 1 hour.  Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.  I always chill my cheesecakes overnight.

For the glaze:

In a medium sauce pan, combine the cream and maple syrup and bring to a boil.  Boil until slightly thickened.  25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in pecan pieces.  Cover and chill.  Pour glaze over your cheesecake.  Serve to your guest.

*Hint:  Make sure your spices are fresh and please buy good spices.  I like to get mine from Sprouts or Trader Joes

**I only use Eagle Brand of condensed milk.  I have tried cheaper brands in my recipes and the recipes do not come out as good.  You can save a $1 or $2 and risk your creation or go with my tried and true.

***Please make sure you are getting pure maple syrup and not breakfast syrup.  This stuff is not cheap.  I pay $8.99 for a 12 oz. jar.  It is 100% pure organic Maple syrup.  Also it need to be Grade B which is Darker in color and have a heartier robust flavor.  Very important when making your glaze.

Monday, September 2, 2013

When Daisy Met Sally

Monday 9-2-2013

Happy Labor Day.

Yesterday was a great day for my church.  We closed a new chapter and started a new one.  We are leaving our old building and going to a new one.  Thanks to prayer, our pastor, deacons, and faithful member this process was finally completed.  God is good.  Amen.

My children's recital went o.k.  All three forgot parts of their songs, but that's o.k.  They are learning and it takes courage to continue to play.  Way to go kiddos.

When Daisy Met Sally


Outfit Ideas:

Hair Band:  Modcloth  (Free with Purchase)
Tee:  Modcloth (Sale)
Skirt (Thrift Shop)
Shoes:  Irregular Choice
Earrings:  Gifted