Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tasty Thursday's #1 Ricotta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Ricotta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

OK, So I know that the above is not the most flattering picture BUT don't let it fool ya! It is the best tasting stuff since I don't know what! LOL
Ingredients are as follows:
Pork Tenderloin
Big tub of Ricotta Cheese
Dried Chopped onion
salt and pepper
pre cooked or raw bacon
shredded cheese (any kind you like, i use the mexi blend)
Now, this is pretty simple to make. Even simpler if you buy the pre-cooked bacon.  Fist off you start by pre-heating your oven to 400*,  rinsing your tenderloin and letting it drip dry. After the excess water has gone, you place it in your pan! After placing in pan, split from one end to the other as pictured below. You can also trim any fat off of yous as I did , before you place in your pan.
Next, You will need to mix up your Ricotta mix. All I do is mix it to my personal taste. I add the chopped dried onion, garlic, salt, pepper and a handful of shredded cheese. After you have mixed it to taste, it should look like the picture below. Not much different from the starting look of the Ricotta but much tastier!!
By now, your oven should be pre heated and ready to go! You will spoon the Ricotta mix into the split of the tenderloin. making sure to pack it down as you go. you will wither have the perfect amount or it will look like a heap of Ricotta is in the center of the tenderloin. Either way its just fine. I always have it heaped up in the center. It will cook down and ooze out as you are cooking. And that's OK.
After you place the cheese mix in the tenderloin, you will have to choose your preference 9 cooked or raw bacon) if you used the pre cooked bacon, you will wait until the tenderloin is done to place the bacon on top and cook for an additional 10 minutes or so until the bacon gets brown and crispy. If you use raw bacon you will wrap the tenderloin in it before placing it in the oven. I do both ways but this time I decided to use raw bacon and show you how to wrap it before cooking

Now, you have all the deliciousness wrapped ans ready for cooking. Here's the fun part. WAITING! I almost NEVER time my food when I am cooking it, and in this case I never do! I'm a test cook as I like to call myself. i eyeball my food and cut into it to judge if it is done. If i had to estimate, I would say I cook this anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour. just depending on how big the tenderloin is. PLEASE do not throw this in the oven for 45 minutes and assume it is done. 140*-160* is what I have found to be the preferred internal temp when done medium well. ( again not fully sure, I googled those results you should double check this yourself)

Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment with questions, or your experience!

Much love,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Comfort Your Teenager who has had their heart broken-Mommys Break #1.

Do you remember the first person that broke your heart? I have learned that answer to be yes! No
matter how old you were you remember your first broken heart and who broke it. Mine was at 14
and I felt like the world had officially come to an end. I remember the tears and the anger as if it were
yesterday and that has been 21yrs ago. I remember words my mom and dad said to me and I remember how they made me feel. Now I have a fourteen year old daughter who is going through the same thing. I feel helpless at times but I have learned a few do’s and don’ts through my own experience with my first broken heart and while dealing with my daughter’s first broken heart:

1. Don’t tell them to get over it:
I remember both of my parents telling me to get over it and I remember thinking they don’t even care
how bad I am hurting. It made me resent them in a way.

2. Don’t tell them there is more fish in the sea:
It doesn't’t matter to them that there are more people out there for them because at that time all they
want is the person that broke their heart.

3. Don’t tell them you don’t want to hear any more about it:
If you say this they might shut down and never come to you about anything and that could lead to some big trouble.

4. Do be compassionate and caring:
Wrap your arms around them and tell them you love them. Tell them about your first broken heart and show them that you do have something in common and that you do understand.

5. Do buy chocolate or ice cream and offer to curl up in bed with them, watch a good tear jerker and have a good cry yourself:
Spend time with them and don’t make them feel like you don’t care about their pain. By doing this it can help them see that you are there for them no matter what they are going through. I promise this will bring you closer together.

6. Do listen to what they are saying and remember your own pain when you went through it:
Always take the time to listen to what your kids are saying. Sometimes we are too busy to listen to them and they often drop hints that we miss. Remember being a teenager isn’t easy and they need us to listen.

7. Do tell them they are beautiful when they decide to get out of bed and pick their self off the ground:
They will get up in their own time when they are ready. Be supportive and give them a smile and tell
them they are beautiful. Kind encouraging words will help them through.
I hope that these tips help you a little when your teenager gets their heart broken for the first time. My daughter and I are closer than ever and I think it is because she knows I am always on her team. She knows that she can come to me about anything and she actually asks for my advice on boys, thank goodness.

Much Love, Vanessa*

Monday, September 24, 2012

An Update for My readers !

Hey everyone! Just a little update for those of you who have visited today wondering where my blog post was :) I will now be doing blogs differently, due to classes starting for me tomorrow :) YAY me! ( all encouragement is welcome) :)
I have a guest blogger on board with me now! I'm super excited to be working with her.
Everyone, I would like you to meet Vanessa Mullins. She is now going to be the writer for Tuesdays in "Mommy's Break" (cute title hunh)

Her first blog starts tomorrow!

As for the schedule for blogs now, this is how they will go

Mondays- "Motivated Mondays." They will be all about well....MOTIVATION!!!
Tuesdays- "Mommy's Break." My guest blogger will be writing all material for the post!
Wednesdays- No theme needed here. This will be the day I write about whatever i feel that day. And it will also be the day that I can take off if needed for school etc....
Thursdays- "Tasty Thursdays", Recipes of all sorts!
Fridays- "Freebie Friday." Printable's, giveaways etc... whatever I fancy at the time :) (your feedback for ideas is welcome!)
All blogs will be posted at 11:00 am!
I am currently making a stockpile of giveaways! so spread the word about the blog and when I get to 100 readers daily I will start the process. Everything you can think of is in the works! I just know you all will love the giveaways! And the wonderful people/companies that have donated to this! Please if you have not yet liked the blog on Facebook do so. Spread the word about my blog! the more you spread the word, the more readers I get. And the more readers I get the more giveaways I can do! SO GO LIKE IT :) Here is the link!!/MommysQuietTimeBlog
Also I know I have said it before, but had little response so HEY YOU!!!! I WANT YOUR INPUT !!! I would love to hear some ideas on material you would like to see here on Quite time!
Now dear friends it is off to eat a yummy supper (which smells wonderful!!) and then set in front of the computer to edit pictures all night (yay)

Much love,

Friday, September 21, 2012

Freebie Friday #1

After much thought and consideration, I think that I am going with Fridays being "Freebie Fridays." I need input from those of you who read the blog. Comment here, on Facebook, e-mail me...WHATEVER way you want to. I need your help!!
Now, I'm going to get right to it. I have been doing my "household Binder" and have obsessed over it here lately! IF you are an OCD freak like me, you will love this. If no one gives me input, then i will continue with the home binder theme untill I have given all of the freebies for the making of it.
I am going to inclue a list of items you will need to prepare to make this. The items are as follows:

A 3 ring binder ( no smaller than 1'')
Copy paper
colorful tab dividers (walmart has these)
ink pen
A-Z tab dividers (walmart has these)

I have labled my tabs as follows 9 you can add or remove tabs as you wish, each family is different):
About us
Duplicates (for extra prints)
To Do
Daily schedule
Kids chores
Songs to playlist/download

Now, like I said you can add to it or take from it. I have 16 dividers (2 packs of 8) and i have a few left black so if i decide to add another tab I can.

SOOOOOOOO... for your first freebie I will give you the place I downloaded my "about us" section from. you can add more information in this section of your binder as you wish, medical info, household inventory etc...
Happy Home binder making... next week I will give you the link to the cover, spine and back pages of my binder

Get it by following this link to @new beggenings. she had great stuff! all of the links will be to her in this post :)

And the ones below you can get in this link

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #9

My two favorite songs

1. Spoke in the wheel by BLS

2. I need you by Skynard

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #8

Three Movies

1. Pretty Woman
2. The Notebook
3. The Green Mile

Monday, September 17, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day # 7

Four Books

Ok, So Anyone that knows me, knows I am not a big reader BUT I do read! so heare are my top 4!!
The Notebook
Water For Elephants
Anything Nicholas Sparks
And... even though I haven't read them yet, I so want to
the 50 Shades books

Sunday, September 16, 2012

10 Day challenge day #6

Five Foods


1. Pizza. Because its one of my favorites :) my favorites are from Roma's and Ramano's here locally. Especially with their ranch dressinggggggg! OML!
2. Subway... I love me some!

3. Oreos.... With a big glass of milk... nuff said right :) ?

4. Baked potatoes.... YUMMY... perfect compliment to anything almost or alone :)
5. Pickle wraps! YUMMMMMO

Saturday, September 15, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #5

Six Places




1. My papaw's. For all of you who know me, know this is one of my favorite people and his home would be one of my favorite places.
2. Birch knob... Because it is breathtaking!

3. Disney. Simply because I want to go there.

4. Gatlinburg... it is a great getaway! and so close to home... great memories!

5. the beach! i have never been!!!

6. Heaven. Because After I have seen my great grand kids. I want to see heaven and Jesus!

I had a ton more typed but it all go deleted so short and sweet once more :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #4

Seven Wants

1. A home of our own

2. To loose weight. Not to be stick skinny but to look like this. realistically

3. Long Hair ( halfway there as its at shoulder blade length now) and to have it dip dyed!

4. To go shopping for three days for a WHOLE new wardrobe. With unlimited money for it.

5. This baby... ( yes i know its not possible but a girl can dream)

6. This Shirt.... and it speaks for itself !

7. Last but not least, these shoes... i love the colorfulness

Hope ya'll are having a great day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #3

Eight Fears
2. Loosing A child
3. Loosing a family member
4. Snakes
5. Anything Creepy and crawly
7. People not liking me for who I am.
8. Medicine/doctors/operations
Again short and sweet :)
Much Love,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #2

1. GOD
2. My Children
3. My family
4. Perfume!
5. Pretty Underwear
6. Pepsi
7. Music
8. Dancing
9. My Best friend
Simple Enough right? Short and sweet as it has beeb a few days in a row
Much Love,

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day #1

10 of my secrets
1. I battle with Anxiety and Panic Attacks DAILY.
2. I have a pair of "fake glasses" AND I wear them :)
3. I'm WAY to easy to anger.
4. I secretly wish I could tell my family how I feel about how we rarely get together, and we don't talk like we should. I seriously have no cousins that I talk to on a regular basis. THIS IS a BIG deal to me . I just don't want to anger everyone by telling them how I feel.
5. I am TERRIFIED of dying.
6. I am the mother who wants her kids to stay little. I am seriously OK with them staying home untill they are 60! spouses, kids, and all!
7. If I write something, and it looks off to me, I re-do the whole thing.... (this caused a BIG problem when I was in school.) OCD MUCH?
8. I am JUST NOW at 27 finding myself....
9. I love to shop and for the life of my CANNOT save money well! It is my biggest flaw in my book.
10. I still have my "blankie" from when I was little....

Monday, September 10, 2012

10 Things you should tell your child every day

10 Things You Should Tell Your Children EVERY Day

1) I love you! - You should say this everyday as many times as you possibly can. Say it until you get that familiar "I know, Mom" or "You always say that!" Say it when they wake up. Say it before they go to bed. Say it before they leave for school, a play date or just to run around outside. Say it when they come back. Say it when they are eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Say it as much as you can!
2) I'm proud of you! - Find something everyday to tell your children you are proud of them for doing. Tell them you are proud that they are learning to read or learning to add or subtract or multiply. Tell them you are proud of the way they drew that picture. Tell them you are proud that they finished their dinner and cleared the table. Tell them you are proud of how they are sharing with their brother or sister. Let them know they are doing things to make you happy!
3) You are special - Every child is special. Find something everyday that makes your child special (even if it is just because they are YOURS) and tell them about it.
4) It's okay. - Honestly, a lot of the things that kids do drive us crazy. They can push our buttons. Really well at that! They make messes that they can't clean up and we know we will be stuck cleaning. They break things - expensive things or irreplaceable things. I promise you that at some point one of those things will happen (if you are like me it happens daily). TAKE A DEEP BREATH, GIVE YOUR DARLING CHILD A HUG and say, "IT'S OKAY!" You will both feel better - and even though it may not feel like it's okay . . . it will be.
5) Yes! - Kids hear "No." ALL the time! "No, you can't eat that." "No, you can't do that" "No, you can't have that." "No, we can't buy that." "No, we can't go there" Do yourself (and your kids) a favor and pick one thing a day that you would normally say NO to and say YES! Their smiles (and shocked little faces) will be worth it!
6) How about now? - Tomorrow . . . Tomorrow . . . there's always tomorrow. We always put things off that we don't have time for or don't feel like doing. For example, Danika has been asking me to make cookies with her for 3 days and I keep telling her another day. Tomorrow, when she says "Mommy, when are we going to make those cookies?" I'm going to say, "How about now?" I can't wait!
7) That's a great idea! - I know I love it when someone says that to me . . . it doesn't happen often, though! Imagine how many more ideas they will have if you tell them how great their ideas are! Not every idea is going to be great, of course, but if you don't encourage them they will stop having ideas and that is truly tragic.
8) I love spending time with you! - Believe it or not, your kids would rather have you spend an hour reading, drawing, laughing, snuggling, playing, cooking, building, learning, teaching, racing, throwing, catching, swinging and smiling than anything that you can buy them. Best of all - it doesn't cost a penny! Each day spend some time with you kids and then tell them how much you love spending time with them, it will mean more than you can imagine!
9) Will you help me? - A lot of the things we want done by our kids we tell them to do. In fact, one of the lessons I learned early on when teaching 3 year old's was that you tell them and don't ask them . . . because if you ask them they can say, "No". However, with your kids it is sometimes nice to ask for help. There are certain things that they HAVE to do and those are the things that you can TELL them to do . . . pick up your toys, make your bed, brush your teeth, eat your dinner, turn off the TV. But imagine asking your child to help you with something that they don't HAVE to do but you truly WANT their help with! "Can you help me set the table?" "Can you help me make dinner?" "Can you help me pack a bag?" "Can you help me find my keys?" It will make them feel needed and useful, which we all know are WONDERFUL feelings!
10) You make my life complete. - Yes, I love Jerry Maguire. I've always loved that movie . . . perfect mix of chick flick and sports movie (yeah . . . that's coming from a chick so I'm sure it isn't PERFECT but I enjoyed it!). The whole, "You COMPLETE me" thing has always been one of those things that I've considered to be just as powerful (if not more so) than an "I love you". Telling your child that they make your life complete not only tells them that you love them but it also tells them that they are part of you. We may be More Than Mommies but Mommies are also a BIG part of who we are and we wouldn't be complete without the loves of our lives!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Things you should never say to a mom of a large family

So, the other day as I ran into a few of my elders at our local farmers market, answering all of their questions got me to thinking. LOL and I know how to take the older generation and all of their "conservative outspokenness" As I like to call it... lol The fact of the matter is, the older generation ( like my grandfathers age 60+) have a way of being honest and no one criticizes them for it. Say for example, my grandpa never fails to tell me about the weight I have put on... And that I need to loose it! And I dare say anything back to him. One out of respect and two because that’s the way their generation was raised. and three... well I love him and he means nothing by it other than wanting me to be healthy! But let me tell you.... If some hot-headed know it all woman walked up to me and said casually, wow! you sure have put on some weight Amanda... I would have to fight hard not to smack her! Ha-ha
With that said I have had my fair share of people coming up to me and asking plenty of questions concerning our family of more than two kids ( just three but I still get the questions and looks) and sometimes I fight the urge that the real me wants to let shine and tell the person asking all of the questions off!
Any who here is a list of things that people have actually asked me/said to me... I found this list online and had to re post my take on it! Mostly because the page had a lot of the questions I had been confronted with. So, I took the ones I related to and here they are.
1. Don't you know what causes that?
Why yes I Do! This by far has to be the one I’m asked the most and the one I find it hard to answer. Why would you ask someone you know let alone someone you don't this question? Its inappropriate! Unless you are close family or a good friend. I feel like saying you idiot! Yes, I know all to well what "causes that." "THAT" is my child. And you know.... MAYBE knowing what "causes that" is my problem. You know, I actually enjoy "that" LMBO!
2. Why would anyone want that many kids?
Easy! The same way you don't want that many kids. you want what you want. PLEASE come up with better conversation!
3. Don't tell me your pregnant again!
OK, for the love of GOD! Don't tell me you just said that! Please do not come at me with a question like that acting like its some burden for you if I am expecting again... Whether my answer is yes or no does it really matter that much to you? (this goes for the "your done having kids right" question as well)
4. Were they all planned?
Does it even matter? There here and I can't imagine life without them!
Believe it or not, I have had a complete stranger tell me this! And I fought the urge to throw religion and anything else out the window and set her in her place! Seriously? How about you come a little closer and I close your mouth! lol!
6. You actually seem happy (while laughing)
Gee... Did you ever think I seem that way because I am?
Those are the 6 that hit home to me. Please if you are one of the people who ask questions like this or make statements like this DON'T. People may laugh them off at the time but I can assure you that inside they are no liking it one bit!