Beef Wellington At Home!

Beef Wellington

Love some of the dishes you find at fancy restaurants but can’t always afford to go out? For about the price of one of these meals at a restaurant you can make this Beef Wellington for about a family of 4! You can half the recipe if it just you and love <3 


First let’s get what we will need. All found at your local supermarket!

5 lb Beef Tenderloin (I go to the town butcher for this cut of meat. Chain Supermarkets just don’t live up to my expectations)

4 oz Liver Pate

2 + 4 +4  TBSP Butter

1 Medium Onion Chopped

1 Cup Mushrooms (Sliced

2 Puff Pastries (Freezer Section, Usually sold 2 per box)

1 Egg

1.5 Can Beef Broth

4  TBSP Red Wine

Here we go!

Take your pastries out of the freezer to thaw and soften!

Puff Pastry

Preheat the oven to 425

Soften 4 TBSP Butter

Place Beef Into Baking Dish (I halved my beef, about 2.5 lb fits per pasty sheet when you wrap it)

Spread the softened butter over the beef

Beef Tenderloin

Bake until browned, about 20 minutes. Don’t worry, we are baking it again, we aren’t serving raw meat!

Remove and let beef cool. Reserve the juices for the dip later!

While the beef is baking and cooling, in a skillet saute the onion and mushrooms with remaining 4 TBSP Butter (about 5-7 min)

Butter Onions Mushrooms

Remove when finished and set aside to cool.

Next take the last 4 TBSP softened butter and mix it with 4 oz Liver Pate. I used a fork to just smash and mix it all together. Works fabulous!

Butter Liver PateMixed Butter Pate

Tine To Prep and Bake!

Alright! Now let’s get it all together and get it ready for baking! Turn the oven up to 450 to preheat!

Ready to Prep

At this point you should be able to unfold your pastry sheet. Spread the Pate/Butter Mixture on one of the Beef Halves. (I used a butter knife, it was a bit too thick to use the basting brush) After spreading one side place it on the pastry sheet. Then spread the top side.

Pate'd Beef

Next you want to top it with the onion/mushrooms.

Onion and Mushroomed Beef

Stretch and close the pastry and pinch it good and closed. Brush with egg white. Then cut a few slits in it for venting while baking. Prepare the second one if you didn’t half the recipe.

Wrapped BeefCut Slits

Next Bake it at 450 for about 15 min or until the pastry is golden brown. Reduce to 425 and bake about 20 more minutes. Check with meat thermometer, its done at 145 degrees. 

Almost there! 

Fresh Outta The Oven

Set aside and keep warm while we make the dip!

In a saucepan where you put the drippings from the pans from before add 1.5 cans beef broth and 4 TBSP Red wine and bring to a low boil, then simmer for 10 min. Serve on the side.

Gather Round The Table!

I paired mine with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus and it was Happy Valentines to everyone in the house!



Valentines Day…OR…..

Valentine’s Day…ScamEmTimes Day..Am I Right…

Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I have been married over 26 years and this year will celebrate our 27th Valentine’s Day and YES we do celebrate! But we try not to fall into the hoopla that surrounds this day monetarily! We have in the past, our first few Valentines days came with long stemmed roses, huge cards, jewelry, candy….

I was in a local supermarket yesterday when a very young (obviously and does not know the repercussions of talking too much lol) cashier who had scanned my supplies then clocked out right after my order and was walking to her car when I was walking to mine. She told me she usually works in Floral and she couldn’t believe the markup that started about a month ago (so as not to be so sudden I guess?) on the Roses and arrangements as well as the candy!! Nothing I wasn’t already aware of, hence the supplies I bought!  I’m going to share what I am making my husband this Valentine’s Day and I tell ya it could go either way with the genders…I would absolutely love these gifts given to me as well! Thoughtful and I know he won’t need a day of overtime away to make up the cost!

Kisses For When I’m Not With You (SMOOCH)

Supplies (Some you might have around the house already!)

Mason Jar (any size you want….I used giant because he REALLY loves his chocolate)

Hershey’s Kisses (STAY OUT OF THE SEASONAL AISLE! I bought the traditional bag of kisses for $3, the Valetines bag of the same size was $5.49!!)

Heart Tissue Paper

Red Material (COMPLETELY optional, I had some leftover in my sewing bag)

Kisses For When I’m Not Around Print Out (OR write it out and stick it to the lid!)

Kisses Supples Too


Top Of Kisses



It’s that easy! It’s thoughtful! And it’s delicious! I’ll put it in the driver’s seat of his truck to have!

Kisses Complete


Lottery Ticket Bouquet

Small Bud Vase

Tissue Paper


Wooden Skewers

Lottery Tickets


Hot Glue Gun

Close Up Lottery Supplies


Hot glue the tickets ( Don’t hot glue over the bar code) and signs to the skewers. Then break them off into different sizes

Lottery Bouquet Close Up

Assemble into the bud vase…. There ya have it folks!

Lottery Complete


So don’t stress it! Easy and thoughtful! 


P.S. I’ll also make him his very favorite special Valentine’s Day dinner! Recipe next week! Come back and see!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Some days you just wish you could open a magic box and POOF dinner would be  ready! Well this is ALMOST the answer to your wish! Fast, Easy, Delicious! This recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup is simple and delicious! I make a huge cooker full to feed the masses I have in my house, you could half the recipe if you need to.

First the ingredients!

3 lb chicken breast

4 cups chicken broth

2 cans petite diced tomatoes 

1 cup chopped onion

8 pressed garlic cloves

5 tsp chili powder

3 tsp cumin

2 tsp paprika

2 cans black beans

3 cups frozen corn

2 Tbsp lime juice

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro


Sour Cream

Shredded Cheese Tortilla Strips

Step 1 of 2! Thats right only 2 steps!

In the slow cooker, add the chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika. Next put the chicken breast in and cook on low for 6 hours!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Prep

Step 2….You’re almost done!

After the 6 hours are up, remove the chicken breast and shred then add it back to the cooker. Add the black beans, frozen cord, lime juice and cilantro. Stir and allow to heat through. I turned mine on high for about a half hour then back to low. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup Halfway There

Dinner Is Served…Super Yummy Goodness!!!

Grab some bowls…add your cheese, sour cream, avocado, and tortilla strips and enjoy the yummy goodness!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Yummy Goodness


This makes for tasty leftovers! Take it to work for lunch!

The Finest Hours

February 1952, Mother Nature vs US Coast Guard

Based on real life events The Finest Hours is one of the most chilling (brrr) and heroic rescues in Coast Guard history. It takes place when 2 oil tankers, The Fort Mercer and The Pendleton, off the coast of Boston, MA are caught in one of the worst sea storms and both break in half. While The Fort Mercer sends a call in for help and the rescue crews focus on getting to them, The Pendleton has no radio and one can only speculate their last known coordinates.

Challenging The Odds

Following orders from his superior, Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), a clean-cut young Coast Guardsman with 1950’s boyish, shy charm named Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) leads up his team of 4 on a 30 ft boat to face not only a cold, snowy, violent storm. But manning a trip over the sound off the coast of Chatham, MA where wave after wave crashes around a boat revving 90 degree angles to make it over to get into the Atlantic seems to be an impossible mission to survive. But with a hesitant but positive attitude Bernie and crew set out to search for whats left of The Pendleton and the 32 crew members trying to keep it afloat after running it aground to buy some time for the rescuers that may, or may not have been coming for them. 

The Pendleton

Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), a quiet and shy but confident captain of The Pendleton makes decisions, some that aren’t popular with some of his crew who feel that because he is a single loner that he isn’t making the best decisions to get the rest of them back to their families. He quickly emerges as the leader they need to keep this half ship above the water as they face setback after setback while waiting, and hoping, that someone is looking for them. 

Back On Shore

Back on shore, Miriam (Holliday Grainger), Bernie’s fiancée, who after meeting on a blind date and a few months of dating, boldly asked Bernie to marry her, waits with the men manning the Coast Guard station and the whole community to hear the fate of Bernie and his crew. Emotions run high as the brother and widow of the crew of the ill-fated fishing boat, The Landry, that Bernie tried and failed to reach over the bar in a storm, perished at sea, await as the anniversary approaches on the storm that overtook The Landry. 

Bernie n Miriam

Grab your date and get your tickets!!

I’ll tell you, I’m not a big history movie fan. I have to tell you though, The Finest Hours had me glued to my seat. The boyish Bernie and the love story between he and Miriam made the perfect backdrop for the waves of action that would follow in the finding and rescue attempt for The Pendleton. The regret of not being able to save the men of The Landry, the history of the men of the town and community around the sea and its trades pull you into a time and place of the past with depth and emotion. You are literally living each emotion, each cold wet harsh wave, each sigh, each fear, right up till the credits roll! It’s a fantastic movie! I highly recommend grabbing your date and hurrying on out to watch!

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Genre: Heroic Action-Thriller

Rating: PG-13

U.S. Release date: January 29, 2016

Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John
Ortiz and Eric Bana

Director: Craig Gillespie

Producers: Jim Whitaker, Dorothy Aufiero

Executive Producer: Doug Merrifield

Screenplay by: Scott ilver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

Based upon the book by: Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias

Country Wedding On A Budget

Country Wedding On A Budget

Want to have a beautiful outside country wedding but think you can’t afford it? Here’s a few tips to help you through!

Many barn wedding venues look beautiful but even the cheapest can cost thousands simply to use the property and that’s without a single decoration, table, or the food. We have our own small farm so we used it and dressed it up. These tips can be used to do it all yourself at your own place or it’ll save you a bundle after spending the money to rent a venue!

We started by clearing the field and getting spools from the local electric company (FREE I might add, we just went and picked them up. Call early as they are sporadically available, so try and plan ahead) and used them for tables. There were several sizes so we used them as seating tables as well as cake and present and drink tables! Some were tall enough we put them around the perimeter and some people liked to use them to stand around!


Backdrop for the Ceremony

Next we made the backdrop for the ceremony. We were using the barn but needed to dress it up a bit. This was a fall wedding so we incorporated sunflowers into a burlap wreath. To make it the large scale we wanted and so it would be heavier than the normal wreath to hang and help us shape properly, we used chicken wire and doubled it over. We then took Burlap Ribbon (easily found at craft stores for $1.00-$5.00 per roll) and intertwined the holes in the chicken wire. Put in some sunflowers and you have a simple but eye catching backdrop for an overhead backdrop. Bales of Hay and pumpkins and one of the larger spools set up with a unity candle finishes off where the bride and groom will stand and take their vows!

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Dance Floor and Presentation Area

Next we built our own dance floor. Find level ground then use Particle board and 2×6’s screwed together in any dimensions that will accommodate your number of guests. Bales of hay around the perimeter holds the 2×2’s to string the lights on (it always helps to have cute little helpers with the lights) and the hay bales double as seats for spectators who want to be close to the action! We had a friend we hired who is a DJ, so that’s where we spent our wedding allowance in addition to the dress of course! 

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Centerpieces and Signs

Next we made centerpieces and signs! We took a small tree and cut it into slices then used a simple wood burner tool to make the bride and grooms initials. We repurposed some different shaped beer bottles and painted them wedding colors (purple and white here) and used them for simple flowers and wheat stalks. Repurposed wine bottles were used as candle covers. We used a glass cutter and took the bottoms off the bottles and used a citronella votive to help at night when the mosquitoes are out. The sign was just a piece of particle board painted with whatever message you want…for this one Here Comes The Love Of You Life. It can be made small enough to be carried by one person but we had 2 so we used a pole through the top!

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Goody Bags and Cake

Next instead of the usual birdseed or bubbles we made a goody bags instead and we had them available for guests at the end of the meal line as we also had a bonfire pit available after the sun went down. We used Sending You S’mores Love as the theme as Smores are a great idea to make outside at a bonfire. 1 Pack was 2 smores and we simply printed and cut the tags on our home computer as well. The wedding cake was made by a friend of ours. Always price your local bakeries but also as around your area for some folks who might do this as a hobby. By all means be sure you get samples and see pictures and don’t just take someones word for it. The level of skill for the cake you want for your big day makes alot of difference in price too.


Bouquets and Tutus!

The bouquets we made from a local supermarket and plant stand with sunflowers and some accent flowers. We used a spool of flower tape and ribbon to keep them spun tight and beautiful! For the flower girls we dyed the shirts/onsies ourselves to be sure we got even colors for the 3 of them. Next we make them tutus with some elastic bands and tulle! 



Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Bridesmaids got to go pick their own style dress as long as they got the same fabric and color. So the bride made it easy. These bridesmaids paid as little as $25 for their dress, but by having the option to pick whichever style they wanted as long as they stayed with the same fabric and color let them spend as little or as much as they wanted. For the groomsmen, the only thing they spent money on was a white long sleeve button up and a purple tie. The vests were rented for $8 each! The little boys simply wore white button ups with their jeans!



Feeding the Crowd

BBQ is always a cheap way to feed alot of people! You can crock it and do it yourself or its pretty cheap to cater in as well. Chips and Beans are easy peasy as well. We used Mason Jars with lids and straws. Using plastic cups is cheap too, but we opted to do these in case it was windy so they didn’t blow away when they were getting empty!

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The Final View

The finished product! We used folding chairs and had everyone bring theirs from the ceremony area over to use at the tables. It was super fabulous both day and night!

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Dance Floor Fun

And the crowd danced into the night! 


The Best Wedding Ever….Keep It Simple!

The Wedding Party! A beautiful country wedding for less than $500!!!!





All About Me

Here are a few things about me…

My name is Cyndi. I’m working with Dina to get the blog up and going again. Let’s get to know me. I married the love of my life over 26 years ago…this is a pic of us on our 25th Anniversary Vow Renewal. We’ve had ups and down, but I’d do every down again to experience the ups. He is truly my best friend and the love of my life. 

Love Of My Life

One Big Crazy Family

We have raised one big crazy family…they are our pride and joy. (We’ve added one since this pic too!) It’s a crazy time when we are together but there is nothing more I love to hear than their boisterous noise.

One Big Crazy Family

The Farm

We live on a small, still developing farm. We love our garden and our animals. We hope to add pigs and goats this Spring!

Small Farm

Friends And Fun

We LOVE our Friends and our gatherings. We try to make sure we go out, or get together in, at least once a month. These gatherings are entertaining to say the least. These are the sisters of my heart.

Friends Gathering

The Beach is the Greatest Place On Earth

The beach is by far my favorite place on earth next to home. The sand, the sun, the salt…its what my soul craves.

Beach Favorite

Enjoy The Ride

We love to craft and DIY in all aspects of life. We love to cook and clean and adventure. I’m going to share this with you and hang on….I hope you enjoy the ride!!!

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