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    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Wednesday, August 6th…

August is here! August is here!.. August is a busy birthday month for us (along w/ April).. Kaylor’s “birthday weekend” all in all turned out really well! Friday night 6 of the 7 girls showed up for her party and from the steady stream of laughing giggles I would say they all enjoyed themselves.. I had decorated the kitchen w/ a banner, streamers & balloons, and had a craft project set up for them when they arrived. They made foam door hangers, adorned w/ foamy letters, flowers, polka dots, etc. In the meantime I had their Papa Murphy’s pizza in the oven cooking so that I could keep them steadily entertained.. After pizza, we did presents, then cupcakes.. Lesson learned however, that time does not go quickly w/ that many girls to occupy… All of the things I had planned for them were done by 7:15pm and the party was from 6-9pm! haha.. Luckily they happily wanted to play in Kaylor’s room, so it still worked out quite well. In checking on them every so often, there was a grocery store, boutique and even a salon w/ painting of finger & toe nails.. They all were content w/ playing, so that’s exactly what Erik & I let them do.. I would say that our first friend party for Kaylor was a SUCCESS! Yay!.. Here’s a little collage I put together from her friend party.. I also ordered a picture of her w/ each of her friends to send in their thank you cards =)
On to the birthday Saturday.. I asked Kaylor what she’d like to do for breakfast the night before and she informed me “pancakes from McD’s”… So pancakes it was.. I do have to say.. McD’s for breakfast every once & while sure does hit the spot! Later in the morning Kaylor had her last softball game of the season.. Papaw, Mamaw, daddy & I were all there to watch as well as her great grandma.. She did really great w/ fielding balls and hitting.. We’re so proud of what a little ball player she has become over these last two summers of playing.. Later Saturday afternoon she attended the annual picnic for my mom’s work.. They have a face painter, balloon maker, prizes, and a blown up jumpy thing, so needless to say, she had plenty of fun at that cookout..

Yesterday was her big family & friend party at our house… I had estimated for the # of people that would be coming and *thought* that I was making plenty of Italian beef.. enough that we would be eating leftovers for days… Boy, was I wrong! I felt so bad that BOTH crockpots full ran out of meat! So, luckily we had burgers & a package of hotdogs in the freezer that Erik threw on the grille.. Sorry for anyone who was delayed on eating!.. I’ve come to realize that no matter how much you try and plan for certain events, you either have way too much food that gets wasted or not enough.. BUT I will say, it made me feel good to have so many people say that they liked the Italian beef flavor! I tried a new recipe (w/ fingers crossed) and it did taste pretty good if I say so myself! Thank you to everyone that made Kaylor’s 7th birthday VERY special! I tell her all the time that we are so lucky to have such great family & friends..

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a whirl.. (I used 7-10 lb meat for each of mine)

ITALIAN BEEF

    • 3 cups water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon onion salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
    • 1 (5 pound) rump roast

DIRECTIONS

    1. Combine water with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix in a saucepan. Stir well, and bring to a boil.
    2. Place roast in slow cooker, and pour salad dressing mixture over the meat.
    3. Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork.

Another Recipe Share of the Week:
This one comes from my 2nd mom, who makes this all the time for big family meals & get togethers. A great one to make extra and freeze for later. It’s pretty darn yummy!

Pizza Casserole
1 lb ground beef
1 small chopped onion
garlic salt (to taste)
1 small jar of spaghetti sauce
1 small jar of pizza sauce
1- 16oz. box of rigatoni pasta
1- 4c. package of mozerella/cheddar mix shredded cheese

BROWN GROUND BEEF & ONION TOGETHER IN A LARGE SKILLET. DRAIN. RETURN TO SKILLET & ADD SAUCES. SPRINKLE WITH DESIRED AMOUNT OF GARLIC SALT. COVER AND LET SIMMER ON LOW. IN A LARGE DEEP PAN PREPARE RIGATONI IN BOILING WATER AS DIRECTED ON BOX. COOK APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES OR UNTIL TENDER. DRAIN. RETURN TO PAN AND MIX IN THE SIMMERING SAUCE. MIX WELL. PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES. IN A LARGE CASSEROLE DISH SPREAD 1/2 OF RIGATONI MIXTURE IN BOTTOM AND TOP WITH 1/2 OF THE SHREDDED CHEESE. REPEAT THE SAME FOR THE NEXT LAYER TOPPING WITH REMAINING CHEESE. BAKE FOR 20 MINUTES OR UNTIL CHEESE IS WELL MELTED.
SERVES 6. FOR A LARGER CROWD DOUBLE RECIPE.

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Miranda Lee Kemp - August 7, 2008 - 2:26 AM

Sounds like a great party. sorry we couldn't make it… HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAYLOR! Alos, thanks for the recipe, I just might "borrow" it. 🙂

Kellybelly - August 7, 2008 - 6:57 AM

The party looks like it was WONDERFUL! Zachary's is this Sunday (wish me luck!). Thank you for the recipes Bridget. YUM

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