Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Under Construction

Our home builders broke ground on the new house.  We are thrilled to say the least, it seemed like the day would never come.  It took a long time for the plans to come out of engineering and a long time to get the permits from the city.  We started the process in May by picking out our lot and early September this beautiful hole showed up on that lot.

As of right now, the footings and foundation have also been laid.  We've visited the site a few times and climbed down into our "house" and explored.  We are all so very excited for the house to become reality.  Even though it's just a pile of dirt and concrete at the moment, it already feels like home!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

First Day of Kindergarten

To Palmer's utter delight, school started (for D track) on August 30.  Palmer has been eagerly awaiting Kindergarten since he graduated from Preschool.  And as the date got closer he became more and more excited.

I took this picture just before he went into class.  As you can see, there is joy and excitement from head to toe!

He had a great first day.  When I asked him what he had learned he said very matter of factly, ""Mom, you don't learn anything in Kindergarten."  However he did tell me that he made "50 friends!"" and had three recesses (counting when I dropped him off at the school playground and picked him up from the playground).

He has always had a love for learning and for new adventures.  We know he will do great in his future schooling!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Recipe - Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

I don't know why, but this summer I have been craving Philly Cheesesteaks.  This is especially odd because before a couple years ago, I didn't even like the sandwich.  We've eaten out a few times to pacify my craving; they aren't exactly cheap.  So when my most recently bought cookbook had a recipe for cheesesteaks, I knew it was a sign for me to give them a try at home.  I adapted this recipe from Family Favorite Recipes.  And it was great; definitely worthy to be a family favorite!

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

2 c. beef broth
1 package onion soup mix
2 packages (12 oz. each) philly cheesesteak sirloin meat (I got mine from Walmart, Great Value brand and it came frozen), or the original recipe says you could use regular roast beef from the deli
1 green pepper, sliced
1 white onion, sliced
8 ounces of cream cheese, divided
6 ciabatta rolls
12 slices provolone cheese

In a large skillet bring beef broth and soup mix to a boil.  When broth is heating sauté onion and pepper in another large skillet.  Add roast beef, reduce heat and simmer.  Cook each side of the steaks 3-4 minutes and then break meat apart with a spatula.  When meat is cooked through, drain.  Add meat to the vegetables, along with 4 ounces of the cream cheese.  Slice rolls in half and spread remaining cream cheese on the insides of the buns.  When the cream cheese in the skillet is melted, put a generous amount of meat on each sandwich, topping the meat with two slices of cheese per sandwich.  Broil in the oven for about a minute until the tops of the bread are lightly toasted and the cheese is melted.