Momma Welch’s Greenbean Casserole: Shave edition

My mom has always made the same greenbean casserole for as long as I can remember, and it is a lot different than the “normal” GBC. It envolves, corn, water chestnuts, french cut green beans, with crushed town house crackers with butter as the topping! :)  mmmmmmmmm

It is not much like any other casserole people make, and personally, I like it best. It is always a tough decision when deciding to share a recipe, but since I am trying to start blogging more, I thought now was a good time. :)

First things first || Ingredients:

3 cans french cut green beans
1 can shoepeg corn
1 can water chestnuts-chopped (or you can get sliced and chop them yourself)
Mom uses 1 cup finely diced onions. I use 1/2.
1 can cream of celery
Salt and Pepper as needed

1 stick butter, melted
1 roll Crushed townhouse crackers

Drain the 4 cans of veggies and spread in an 8×10 [glass prefeered] cooking dish
Chop onions and water chestputs and spead on top 
I drop the cream of celery soup in about 9 blobs and spread bake 350 for 35-40 minutes

*I changed the recipe a little because I found people tend to like the french onions on top, so I crunch them and ADD them to the top.


Homemade Vanilla

First off, I must give credit where credit is due. My all knowing, home making, garden growing, egg hatching mother-in law got me started on making vanilla from “scratch”. She originally gave me a jar at a bridal shower and I was hooked. I give it credit for many of my recipes turning out so well. I am about to make some for my mom for Christmas; she has been asking for some since she saw mine but since the beans and vodka can be pricey, I decided to do it as a formal gift instead of a give away.

Even vanilla extract at the grocery is expensive for its size, running anywhere from $4-$10 depending on brand and purity. So you can guess, as mentioned, that vanilla beans are expensive too…so do yourself a favor and order in bulk. I got mine from Atlantic Spice Company for a good bulk price… and (sidenote)  I hear they have great nuts too. :)

Depending on what size bottle you are going with, you could need anything from 5-15 beans. Even after the package is open you can store the rest to use later.

Today I am making a small amount in about an 8 oz bottle which uses 5 beans and is the perfect size for a gift.

You will need: cheap vodka, vanilla beans, a knife, and a bottle with some sort of secure lid.

Step One) Slice the beans long ways, it helps release the flavor. (I am using 5 beans)

Step two) For this size bottle, you will fold the beans in half so they will fit, then place them in the bottle.

Step Three) Add your vodka.

Close lid.

and you’re done! vuala!

You can deliver it as is, informing your friend to let it steep 6-8 weeks, or make your bottle 2 months in advance so it is ready when you give it. I personally loved “waiting” until mine was ready, so that is what I do.

Busy social calendar = bad diet days

I have been so bad with blogging but I’ll give you a quick update of what you missed:
(not of just food, but everything)

Thursday I did averagely well on my diet. I did have a piece of Aubrey’s birthday cake and some Nutter Butters (again) but I did dance the night away as Sassy Ann’s with Katie, Aaron and Brett, so I know I burnt that crap off. There is no way I burn less than 200 calories an hour shakin my wanie fanie (funky song funky song)

Friday I worked late (well like 6:45) and then met up with Taylor at the park. I ate healthy all day except for TAYLOR MADE ME go to McDonalds with him and I somehow ended up with fries… ahhhhhhhhhh! I know! I don’t even like fries!!! But we did walk all the way there and back from Worlds Fair so that burns a lot of calories right? And we laughed a whole lot so that burns even more. He is on this I refuse to drive my car thing so we were walking everywhere. (Good for us) I am excited though because I just got my bike back from the church and Jaime Ketchen, Ben Fair and Taylor Brown all said we could go riding.

Deep thought side noted: While we were at McDonalds Taylor and I talked about my meanness (I fussed at Kat and felt bad so I asked him if I was a bia and doomed for life…)
He said I wasn’t a bia.
Naturally you are quicker to anger with the people you are the closest to. And you aren’t afraid to show it.
He gave me some really good advice to think about. He said that part of that is just how I am, but a way to work on my attitude and behavior, is when things really peeve me off, I almost need to take myself out of the situation and be like this is making ME mad, but what does the actual situation look like? Is it a big deal? Why am I so upset? Am I being selfish by only thinking about how I feel? I need to remember that I tend to over react and take that into consideration. Instead of automatically reacting to a situation, I need to respond in a way that takes my feelings and the others into account.

Saturday was really bad…. I’m not gonna lie… I had a fantastic omelet at the tailgate though. We all got there at like 9 (make it 10 for me because I walked from BFE) and Eric make omelets from scratch! Personalized! Anything we wanted in them! mmmm so good. And we had cantaloupe, grapes, cinnamon rolls, sausage, hash brows, biscuits, and much more! Now I didn’t eat all that I was just braggin on Monafo’s tailgate. Everyone was there and it was so great. Even Jesse was in town (my best friend Kat’s boyfriend) so it was overall a perfect day. Channing, Sara, Brett, Kat, Jesse, Matt, VInce, Rebecca, Jen, Corey, Megan. Who could ask for anything more? :)

Very impressive. Pictures to come. I didn’t have my camera but everybody else took plenty.
And we made a pyrimid.


Diet Day 1

Thanks but no thanks to the AWESOME apple crisp Sara fed us at small group tonight (: I didn’t stick to my diet… It was so freaking good though! Actually I had already broken it because I ate a NutterButter with Drew. It was only day one and I worked out so hard this morning, right?
Oohhh justification.

I did eat less than I was supposed to though because I have not gone to the grocery yet… but for the first day, I did pretty good. And I bought this protein for my best friend but he doesn’t work out these days and since it was about 50 bucks, I figure I shouldn’t let it go to waste, so I had that (I almost spelled that waist haha, and if I don’t work out enough that’s exactly where it is going to go!!) I hear protein for girls is dangerous.

Oh yea! I didn’t tell you guys what Harith’s diet was yet…

Meal One4 egg whites 1 yoke
2 pieces whole wheat toast or
Oatmeal with splenda or
100% whole wheat cereal with skim milk

Meal Twoprotein shake and fruit or
low carb yogurt

Meal Threegrilled fish or chicken
sweet potato or baked potato or brown rice
steamed vegetables

Meal Fourdeli turkey 2 pieces low carb whole wheat bread or
tuna & canned red kidney beans with salsa

Meal Fivegrilled fish or chicken with steamed vegetables
and salad with fat free dressing

Special thanks to Alice for her healthy snack she always brings to small group. I love you girls. Each and every one of you is an answered prayer.
Kat told me Harith was really excited to train me and that I did a really good job today. That really makes you happy. Harith may be a old perv, but it’s still some how rewarding to get his compliments and approval.

I need to remember the point is also for me to be HEALTHIER, not just eat less. Today was overall a good day eating wise.  Emotionally a little rough, but i need to remember food does nothing for me, neither does man. God is my only source of stregth and true unfailing satisfaction.