Answering to Mommy has been the norm for me for the last 2 decades….Welcome to 2016, year of the Grandmother. That’s right, I soon will take on the role of Grandma. How exactly does becoming a Grammy make me feel? Let’s explore.

Soon, I will mean the world to more than just my daughter. How amazing is that?!? Ten little fingers, ten little toes, looking at her Gram in awe. She loves me already!

Soon, I will be able to spoil my little princess and send her home to her mommy, Hershey bar in one hand, lollipop in the other. Operation Mamaw’s rotten baby commence!

Soon, I will be wiping the tears from 2 generations’ faces as Nana, the mediator. They will both depend on Granny to instill peace, security, and love. Which I will.

Soon, life as I know it will become just a little more complete. Fear, anxiety, pride and an overabundance of love are just a few of the emotions. That will be evident come spring. Soon, this Mimi will be just that….a Mimi.

 

Amy

In an ever changing world, it can be hard to find your place. I know it was for me, until I found Tri-State Trophies! When I was given the opportunity to work at Tri-State Trophies, I was thrilled! I was told that it was a brand new position with the company, sales support. It’s fantastic! I’m generally the first person people talk to when they call or come into the store. I love the fact that we can customize almost anything to meet our customer’s needs and wants, which is what we all strive for here! I’ve learned so much with the help of my co-workers; they are the key to my success. They’ve helped educate me on trophy and plaque selection and sales, along with dash plaques and car show products. It was all very overwhelming at first, but everyone has been so patient and understanding. I really couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with! We are definitely one big happy family here at Tri-State Trophies!

I have always loved being in the kitchen, whether it be for cooking or for baking. I loved helping both of my parents in the kitchen, yes, both of my parents were always in the kitchen, whipping something up. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was food, and that was all that mattered. Some meals weren’t the best, but some were amazing. My father was the cook for the camping trips for the Boy Scouts, so we got to be the guinea pigs for that, it didn’t always turn out great. I have always had a passion for cooking and baking, I love both of them.

About 5 years ago, I bought a crock-pot.  I was a little skeptical of it, since it was new to me. I started out with the simplest meals and always made the meal during a time that someone was home. I was afraid that it would it burn the meal or cause some horrific accident.  In the 5 years that I have had the crock-pot, I have gotten a second one, and love them both!  I had no idea the amount of meals and snacks and drinks that you can make in one. Being on Pinterest, has really opened up the possibilities of knowing what and how to cook in your crock-pot. I have made a whole chicken, lasagna, spiced apple cider & even made dessert in there. It is truly amazing that something so small can amount to such amazing meals.

My mother-in-law showed me how she was taught to make lasagna from her mother-in-law. It is a very long drawn out process, but it is so worth it.  I have been making it like that for 5 years now, and then I found out that you can make lasagna in the crock-pot.  So I tried it, and it was the best lasagna that I have ever made or tasted. It comes together a lot quicker since you do not have to boil the noodles and then stick them in ice water. Below is my recipe for making lasagna in the crock-pot.

1 lb Italian sausage

1 lb ground chuck/beef

1 jar spaghetti sauce

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 package Pepperonis

Ricotta Cheese

2 bags-Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

¼ cup Parmesan Cheese (grated or shredded)

2 eggs

1 package Lasagna Noodles

 

Cook the sausage and beef in a skillet over medium heat, until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease. Add in the Italian seasoning. I like to add in crushed red pepper and minced onion at this point as well.

Next, add the sauce to skillet, let simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, turn your crock-pot on HIGH. Put the lid on.

Mix the Ricotta Cheese, 2 eggs, Parmesan and some Italian seasoning. Set aside.

Put about a tablespoon of just sauce in the bottom of the crock-pot. Layer the noodles in the crock-pot, making sure that the bottom of it is covered. You will have to break them into pieces. Spread the cheese mixture on top of the noodles. Then spread the meat sauce. Then add shredded cheese then pepperonis. Repeat layers until you run out of everything.

Cook on high for 1-2 hours , or on low for 2-3 hours. Serves 12-14

Enjoy!

Hello, I was fortunate over the summer to be able to go to the beach, not once but twice. The second time was to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We met up with some friends and that’s where we were introduced “Yeti”. For those of you who do not know, Yeti is company who sells cup and coolers that keep your beverages two times colder than others. If you put a beverage in their tumbler cup it will stay cold while you relax on the beach or where ever you choose. Our friends bought us a 30 oz tumbler, we fell in love with it and want to give them for Christmas.  We have searched for this tumbler and are unable to find one.  I guess everyone else was introduced to Yeti as we were. Hopefully one day we will meet up with Yeti again.

Suzette

Well hello again!

I have been asked to write a blog. I figured since it was getting to the end of another year and close to the holidays, I would reflect back on this year and what I am thankful for. It has been another typical year, where it seems we are all running longer, harder and faster. Busy as usual, which is both good and bad. I do love what I do at work which is engraving. It is a very rewarding job in which it is often really exciting to see something you created come out really cool and the customer loving it. When my busy life at home becomes very hectic, it is nice to go to work and get deeply engrossed in your work as an outlet. My co-workers have become more than friends, they have become family. I am very thankful for my family which just continues to grow. I hope all of you  have a wonderful holiday season and the new year to come.

Sincerely, Liz