Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oh So Close!

Our house is nearly complete! Check out the latest pictures; we have plants, a driveway and closets!!!

First picture together in our new house!

Natalie Rigg, this picture is all for you!

I love Azela's! 

We have a driveway now

Welcome home, Brad

The kitchen island is in

First floor bathroom

Laundry room and new washer and dryer

I LOVE my Closet!!!!!!!!

Brad loves his giant closet, too!!!!

Side shelves and drawers in my closet

Brad looks so small in that giant shower!

The mirror is up!

View from the master bedroom looking out

Upstairs hall bathroom

Can't wait to use this amazing new oven!

Skinny & Delicious Margaritas

Guilt Free Margarita


Margaritas sure are good from time to time, but who wants all those calories? We were set to enjoy our awesome imported spread from the Texas Tamale Company, but wanted our calories in wholesome food goodness and not sugary margaritas. After looking at the humorous serving size of Skinny Girl Margaritas (1. 5 oz, yes that is correct there is a point between the one and five!), we knew a better version could be mastered at the Ford house! Round one went fairly well, and with a few small adjustments a grand, low calorie, FULL glass has nearly 100 calories less than Skinny Girl Margaritas, and between 300 & 400 less than your traditional margaritas!!!

Note, the above picture was the "test run" batch which wasn't as thick. I might add a dash of food coloring next time to make it look more margaritaesque!

Ingredients
- Tequila of choice, chilled
- Triple Sec, chilled
- Ice
- Lime flavored sparkling water, chilled
- Splenda
- Honey
- Salt (optional)
- Fresh lime

Preparation
Prepare by placing liquor in the freezer for at least 3 hours or longer, this will keep the margaritas from being watered down by the ice. Refrigerate sparkling water a few hours before preparation. Continue to chill until ready to prepare margaritas.


Mixing
Fill blender half way with ice. Add 3 shots tequila and 3 shots triple sec. Blend on low for about 1 min. Meanwhile drip 1 - 2 T honey into blender through top opening, dripping as slow as possible to avoid clumping from the cold. Add 2 T Splenda, blend slightly longer. Do not blend again. Then add 1 cup sparkling water and stir by hand to avoid loss of carbonation. Check flavor, add more Splenda if desired. Serve in chilled glasses. Optional salt can be added to the rim of the glass and garnished with a fresh lime.

Enjoy your low calorie margarita!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Jambalaya" Vegetable Soup

I gave this soup the name "Jambalaya" Vegetable soup as I took a lot of the inspiration from making Jambalaya in the past. This is a healthy, vegetarian version, but with all the flavor! I wanted a soup that would be packed with vegetables and some carbs, to go along side the chicken I was serving.



Ingredients:

2 -14 oz cans Diced Tomatoes (with or without added peppers/ onions /etc)
1 bag frozen cut Carrots
½ bag frozen Okra
1 Yellow Squash, seeds removed & cut into bite size pieces
1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
6 cloves Garlic, pressed or chopped
6 cups water / Vegetable Broth*
1 diced Red Pepper
2-3 stalks sliced/ chopped Celery
1 cup Brown Rice
2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 T Butter
1 t Thyme
1 T Smoked Paprika
¼ t or less of Cayenne Pepper

Heat large pan on medium-low heat, add olive oil and butter. Once hot, add garlic and onions and sauté 4-5 minutes. Add squash, red pepper, celery and continue sauteing 5 more minutes. Add frozen vegetables and canned tomatoes (including juice). Cook until vegetables no long appear frozen. Add vegetable broth and spices. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, until low boil occurs. Add brown rice and stir well. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking 20-30  minutes until rice is done. Makes 6-8 servings.

* I use  Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base , which can be found at most grocery stores next to the canned broth. I personally like the "Better Than Bouillon" bases much better than canned or cubed broths as they are much more flavorful, and more cost effective. Each jar makes 38 servings. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lady Ford's Work Music

Here is my current mix on my iPod, the playlist "Lady Ford's Workout Best", that is.  Hope you get some fresh ideas. I really like to keep the mix fast & pumped up. * Denote some of my favorites right now!


Havana Brown - We Run The Night (Explicit) ft. Pitbull           
Pitbull - International Love ft. Chris Brown           
Chris Brown - Turn Up The Music           
* Crazy            Pitbull Feat. Lil Jon
* ACDC - Thunderstruck (Crookers Remix)           
Blackout  (Post- Hardcore.RU)            - Breathe Carolina
* Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)            -  Kelly Clarkson
Baby Bash - Outta Control feat. Pitbull            
Highway to the Dangerzone            Top Gun
SKRILLEX - Bangarang            
Out Here Grinding -            DJ Khaled
Live Tonight            Nelly & Kerri Hilson
*Turn Me On            David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Flo Rida - Good Feeling [Official Video]
Train - Drive By           
Eric Clapton- Cocaine           
Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
I Know You Want Me            - Pitbull
Put your back into it-            Ice Cube
Zombie Nation * REMIX * -            Kernkraft 400
I Like That (Jersey  Shore)            - Richard Vission feat. Luciana
ACDC - HIGHWAY TO HELL - Sebastien Benett Remix (HFI RECORDS)           
Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again ft. Pitbull           
Sandstorm            - Da Rude
Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock And Roll (The Ultimix)           
Lady GaGa - Poker Face            
Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
Break Your Heart - Tiao cruz
Rihanna - We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris           
Notorious BIG - Hypnotize           
In The Dark - Dev feat. Flo-Rida           
Welcome To The Jungle -            Guns N' Roses
Pitbull - Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) ft. T-Pain           
Oye Como Va - Carlos Santana
Party Rock Anthem (Benny Benassi Remix) -            LMFAO
Sexy and I Know It            LMFAO
Usher ft. Pitbull- DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again
David Guetta feat Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj - Where Them Girls At - Lyrics video           
Paul Wall - Holla At Me Baby (featuring DJ Khaled, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Fat Joe & Pitbull)           
The Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Stop The Party           
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze (Benny Benassi Remix)           
Kingsmen - Louie Louie           
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode (Balanced Stereo ROCK-IT Remix)           
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love           
Far East Movement - Girls On the Dance Floor ft. Stereotypes           
Fire Burning On The Dancefloor            -Sean Kingston
Put That A$$ to Work -             LMFAO
Take It to the Hole -            LMFAO
Aretha Franklin - Respect           
Nothin But a Good Time - Poison           
Hollywood Undead - Comin` In Hot           
Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)            -LMFAO
Starfunkid - Louie Louie - Kingsmen RMX           
Reminds Me of You            LMFAO & Calvin Harris
Born This Way -            Lady Gaga
We Came Here to Party (feat. GoonRock)            - LMFAO
Jay-Z  - Money Ain t A Thing           
Shut It Down [Ft. Akon] -            Pitbull
C & C Music Factory Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) -            C & C music factory
Jennifer Lopez - On The Floor ft. Pitbull           
Best Night (feat. will.i.am, GoonRock & Eva Simons) - LMFAO
Ride with' me -            Nelly
My Humps -            Blackeyed Peas
Far East Movement - If I Was You (OMG) ft Snoop Dogg           
SOS -            Rhianna
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends           
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack,Nayer - Give me everything (Tonight)           
Taio Cruz - Higher ft. Travie McCoy           
Champagne Showers (feat. Natalia Kills) -            LMFAO
David Rush - Shooting Star ft. Pitbull, Kevin Rudolf, LMFAO           
The Edge Of Glory -            Lady Gaga
DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again  - Usher Ft Pitbull           
Yolanda Be Cool - We No Speak Americano            
Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin' (The Teenagers Remix)           
P!nk - Raise Your Glass           
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)           
I Like It  -            Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull
All I Do Is Win (Feat. Ludacris Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, And T-Pain) -DJ Khaled
Feel So Good - Mase (WideScreen Classic)           
ATB - Could You Believe            
Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations           
MC Hammer - U Can’t Touch This           
Bad Romance (Album Version) -            Lady Gaga
Break Your Heart (Remix)            - Taio Cruz Ft. Ludacris
Sugar (Gimme Some) Ludacris ft.Trick Daddy
Black Eyed Peas - The Time (Dirty Bit)           
Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Produced By Timbaland) -            Jay-Z
Enrique Iglesias Ft. Ludacris - Tonight Lyrics           
Old Time Rock N' Roll – Bob Segar
Trey Songz - Bottoms Up ft. Nicki Minaj
Feedback -             Janet Jackson
Dynamite -            Taio Cruz
Family Affair -            Mary J. Blige
It's Going Down            - Yung Joc
Rock That Body            - Black Eyed Peas
Don't Stay Home -             311
Imma Be -             Black Eyed Peas
Keri Hilson - Pretty Girl Rock           
Elvis Presley - Hunk Of Burning Love
Trade it all pt 2 -            Fabolous Ft Pdiddy
Lady Gaga - Beautiful, Dirty, Rich           
Riverside (Remix) -            David Guetta
On The Dancefloor (Featuring Will.I.Am & Apl de Ap) -            David Guetta
Memories (Feat. Kid CuDi)            - David Guetta
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) -            The Hollies
Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) -             Flo Rida
Armin van Buuren - Sound Of Goodbye            
Jagged Edge and Nelly - Wheres The Party At           
WeBuiltThisCity -            Starship
What's My Name -            Snoop Dogg
Back That Ass Up -            Juvenile
Boughetto -            Ali Featuring Murphy Lee
Michael Jackson Feat Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me           
Spice Girls - Wannabe           
(Don't Fear) The Reaper -            Blue Öyster Cult
Jenny From The Block (Rap Remix) -            Jennifer Lopez
Real Love            - Master P.
Ladies Night -            Lil Kim
Love Shack (Full Version) -            B52's
Party People  -            Nelly ft Fergie
Starstruck -            Lady Gaga Feat. Flo-Rida
Tik Tok (Remix) -            Ke$ha Ft. Flo Rida, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Akon And Biggie
Go Hard (Feat. Kanye West & T-Pain) -            DJ Khaled
Alex Gaudino - Im In Love (Original Mix)           

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter Dishes

These are two of my favorites, layered salad and cherry fluff, as I call it. The layered salad is an old recipe  my mom has had for years and the cherry fluff is adapted from the Paula Deen recipe for Banana Split Salad...hence the name change, we do not use bananas.


Cherry Fluff
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
½ c. chopped pecans
½ c. shredded coconut
1 c. fresh sliced strawberries
Garnish: chopped pecans, coconut, sliced strawberries
In a large bowl, combine milk and whipped topping until well blended. Fold in next 5 ingredients and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with pecans, coconut and strawberry, if desired.

Layered Salad
1 bag mixed greens, spinach, lettuce or Romaine. 
1 cup Miracle Whip
4-6 T sugar
Frozen Peas (thaw lightly in microwave and drain excess water)
Chopped Celery
Matchstick Carrots
Diced hardboiled eggs (approximately 3-4)
Crumbled bacon (as much or as little as desired)
About 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 medium diced red onion


Use a triffle dish or a large casserole dish. If using a triffle, you will want to create two separate layers of salad for a fancier look and more even flavor throughout. Mix sugar into Miracle Whip until slightly thinned out. Begin layering peas, celery, onions, carrots, eggs and bacon over salad. Top with half of the dressing mixture, and then half of the cheese. Repeat second layer exactly as the first. Refrigerate. Can be made a day in advance. 

YEA! A Kitchen & Carpet!!

It's only been two weeks since the last time we checked out the house progress, and man they sure are making progress! Can't wait to get in and put that kitchen to good use. 
Corner of living room looking into kitchen

Butler's Pantry, family room through the doorway

Front den

Kitchen cabinets and black granite

Pull out spice drawer to the left of where the stove will be

Super cool 'Lazy Susan' type of cabinet in the corner

Large corner cabinet

Kitchen pantry, interior cabinets flip a full 180 degrees

View from fireplace into kitchen. Island still in progress

Front entryway looking upstairs and into dining room

Excited Brad! Front hallway looking into family room / kitchen. Stairs on left go downstairs. Bathroom on right.

First floor bathroom.

Brad in the finished side of our basement!

Basement looking out into the woods

Basement view from the windows looking towards the stairs.

Just outside the basement door, under the deck

Master bathroom and shower -- so far

Master bedroom looking into bathroom

Hallway view from Master bedroom door. Laundry room to the right, guest bath to the left.

View of family room/ kitchen and hallway from back door.