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New House!!!
 29 Feb 2016, 3:16 pm
Soon we will be living in Fairfield.  Pics coming soon!
Category: Our House
Homemade Laundry Detergent
 1 Nov 2014, 11:12 am


•1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (a homemade laundry bar, Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, ZOTE, or Fels-Naptha)
•1 cup of borax
•1 cup of washing soda


Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results! You can take this a step further and blend the mixture in a blender or food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed container with a small scoop.

To Use:
Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads).

Category: Recipes
White Chicken Chili
 28 Oct 2014, 4:48 pm


2 Cans White Beans
1 Can diced tomatoes
1 Medium onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon Tabasco, or to taste
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 bay leaf
Dash of oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon white pepper, or to taste
1 4-ounce can green chilies
1 lb. ground chicken
5 tbsp. butter
Accompaniment: tomato salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese


In a large pot cook onion and ground chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil over moderate heat until browned.  Add beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, Tabasco, green chilies, green bell pepper and seasoning to pot.  Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes.

In a separate small pot make the roux during the last 10 minutes.  Melt the butter over moderately low heat and whisk in the flour.  Cook roux, whisking constantly until it is a golden honey color.  Gradually stir in the milk and continue cooking for one to two minutes until thickened.  Immediately pour roux into chili and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Garnish chili with sour cream, shredded cheese and salsa

Category: Recipes
Easy Refrigerator Pickles
 31 Aug 2014, 1:24 pm

Refrigerator pickles are easy to make, and there's no need for kettle steamers, special jars, and vacuum-tight lids. Plus, unlike store-bought pickles, these scrumptious homemade pickles are low in sodium.

Yield: 7 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)

6 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
2 cups thinly sliced onion
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Place 3 cups cucumber in a medium glass bowl; top with 1 cup onion. Repeat procedure with the remaining 3 cups cucumber and remaining 1 cup onion.

Combine vinegar, water and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Pour over cucumber mixture; let cool. Cover and chill at least 4 days.

Note: Pickles may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Category: Recipes
Apple Pie Moonshine
 31 Aug 2014, 1:01 pm

Yield: 5 Quart Jars

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes + Rest Time

An easy recipe for homemade apple pie moonshine. A strong and flavorful seasonal drink.


½ gallon Apple Cider
½ gallon Apple Juice
¾ cup Sugar
¾ cup Brown Sugar
1 750ml bottle of EverClear or Grain Alcohol
4-8 Cinnamon Sticks

5 Quart Sized Mason Jars with lids


Add all ingredients, except for the alcohol, to a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool to room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the alcohol. Pour into clean mason jars and add in 1-2 cinnamon sticks per jar. I add two into quart size mason jars. Seal and place in the fridge or cool, dark room.
It's best to let it set for about two weeks.
But be careful - this stuff is potent!! Sip wisely.

Category: Recipes
Chicken Tortilla Soup
 15 Jan 2011, 12:06 am

Chicken Tortilla Soup
1-1 1/2 lbs. Chicken Breast
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Can Enchilada Sauce
1 Medium onion, Chopped
1 Can Tomatoes and Chiles
3 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Cup Water
8 oz. Velveeta
1/2 Cup Salsa
1 Can Corn w/ Peppers
1 Can Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
Salt to Taste

Put all ingredients except for Velveeta in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.  Remove chicken and shred with fork.  Return chicken to crock pot along with Velveeta cut into one inch cubes and cook until cheese is melted.  Serve with corn chips, sour cream, cheese and green onions on top.

Category: Recipes
Framing is Coming to an End!
 17 Dec 2010, 7:12 am

All the framing is nearing completion.  I just have to frame the ceiling.  That will probably take as long as the rest of the walls combined did.  But I'm doing all the work myself so I can't complain.

Front media wall

This is the front media wall were all our entertainment stuff will be.

Pantry and water heater/HVAC closet

Large pantry and HVAC/water heater closet.  And yes everything in this house is crooked except what I am building:)

Toy Closet

Large toy closet for the kids to keep they toys organized.

Bar area

This will be our bar area.  It will be a small bar with a refrigerator.

Laundry room

More laundry room

This is the laundry room.  Kind of messy right now:)


Our stairs.

Center wall

This is the center wall were the garage and storage room is.

Category: Our House
Finishing the Basement!
 2 Oct 2010, 3:37 pm

So we are in the process of finishing our basement.  This is sure to be a long and hard project but I am very hopeful it will run smoothly.  I will include pictures of the progress on this blog.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.  -Ryan

Lumber for our basement.

Look at all that wood.  I hope its enough:)

I'm glad we cleaned it out first because there would be no more room with all this wood.

The laundry area before it will have its own room.

Water heater, furnace and pantry.

Category: Our House
Tomorrow is Elizabeth's 1st Birthday Party!
 23 Apr 2010, 9:04 pm

We can't believe it is already here!  How is it possible that our little baby is now walking, talking, and turning one? 

Tomorrow we had planned to grill out, but it looks like it will rain all day. Boo hoo!  We are having a pink and brown cupcake themed party for our little princess!  We're having Chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and chocolate sprinkles, and I'm sure Elizabeth will have a blast tearing into them!  We will also be having Eclaires (get it?).  We will also have BBQ Pork, cole slaw, pasta salad, fruit, chips, and dip.  

Elizabeth will be the belle of the ball in her brown and pink attire, complete with a birthday girl shirt, and pink and brown tutu (made by mommy!).  We can't wait to see her toddle around the house in her birthday girl gear.  We are sure we will have plenty of pictures to add very soon!

Next week we have a very busy week.  Mommy has to go buy her bridesmaid dress for Manda's wedding (she is the MOH).  Very soon we will also start looking for dresses for Elizabeth (the FG).   Mommy and Daddy also celebrate their 3rd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, followed by Elizabeth's birthday on Thursday!  Mommy and Daddy took a long weekend to spend some family time together.  Hopefully we can do a picnic one day (weather permitting), and take Elizabeth to Totter Otterville for her birthday!

Thats all for now and we'll update with pictures soon!

<3 The Curleys

Category: Elizabeth Claire
 8 Mar 2010, 12:18 am

What would life be without luxury?

This is our new family friendly vehicle.  Its a 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L with all the bells and whistles.


It has a 244hp, 3.5 liters V6 engine,  Heated leather seats, sunroof, 6 disc CD changer and much, much more.

My wife and I are very excited and can't wait for the many family vacations that this car will be there for.



P.S.  We also can't wait for all of the babies that will fill its seats! ;-)

-edited by Sarah

Category: Latest News


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