NOBODY PUTS MAMA IN A CORNER!

MAMA HAS TALENT! MAMA CAN DRIVE, WRITE, DANCE, PAINT, COOK, CLEAN, RUN, KNIT, CHEER, SEW, CLIMB TREES, AND MUCH MORE! FOLLOW ALONG AS THiS PERKY MAMA SHOWs THE WORLD HOW IT IS DONE!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Summer Lovin" Part 1



Summer for this Colorado family means a pilgrimage 
to
TEXAS!
This pilgrimage consists of family, fun and food.
Not always in that order.
FOOD
in
TEXAS
is 
CRAZY GOOD
I mean
CRAZY GOOD!
Even fast food is Good!
The first food stop is usually in Amarillo, Texas.
We have mapped out the nearest and newest
WHATABURGER!
If you have never had a Whataburger
then you are surely missing out.
SOOOOO YUMMY!

Stay tuned for more "Summer Lovin" posts coming up!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mamas Who Do The Right Thing



I have always been a firm believer in Karma. At minimal just do 
the right thing and good things will come back around to you.
I try to teach my kids to do the same.

So here is the deal……
I sold a book on Amazon.
When I went to ship the book, I flipped through it and saw that 
there were pencil marks on some of the pages.
I went back to look at my listing and saw that I listed the 
book's condition as NEW.  So obviously it wasn't new.
I erased almost all of the marks but  few remained.
I shipped the book to the new owner in TEXAS.
I also enclosed a note explaining my mistake in the description
and that I would happily refund them the money in full
if they wanted to look for another book.
I also included a $5 bill which brought the cost of the book down to
what  a book in "almost new" condition would cost.
Being that I am from Texas, I also added a note at the end that said,
Texans Take Care of Texans!
Several weeks later I received a letter in the mail from the customer who bought the book.
She and her mom wanted to thank me for my honesty.
Honesty? I had just done the right thing!
They went on to say that it was rare to find this honesty and that
in gratitude they were gifting me with a $25 WalMart gift card!
How beautiful is that?
All I had done was
THE RIGHT THING
and
I had been rewarded Ten Fold 
AMAZING
SO
What's a Mama to do?
I sent the gift card to school to donate to the orphanage my daughter 
serves at in the summer. I then sent a message to Brittany and her Mama
letting them know
I Was Paying It Forward
So I challenge you to do the same.
Every single deed, big or small contributes
to making the world a better place.
oh
and 
one
more 
thing
At the bottom of the letter she wrote,
TEXANS TAKE CARE OF TEXANS
You Gotta LOVE it!




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Here Comes Peter Cottontail!


Pulling these Sugar Eggs out of the closet!

I made these over 15 years ago!
NO ANTS!!
Yippee!

New post coming very soon!
Go HERE 
to
HOP
to 
EASTER
PAST

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mama is Getting Pretty Tired of the COLD!


It is always about this time of year that I start yearning for 
COLOR!
I WANT IT
I REALLY WANT IT
I want to step out on my patio and see
FLOWERS!
PRETTY FLOWERS!
Mama will just have to be patient
as it is going to be a little while before that happens.
SIGH…..
I can just sit and stare at Baby Girl #1's
latest oil painting!
It has COLOR!
I miss watching her paint in the kitchen.
Just another thing I have to be patient about.
Wishing you a beautiful and colorful day!

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file:///Users/hollin/Downloads/pinterest-bc6b6-4.html

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mama's Easy Crockpot Breakfast Casserole


Mama's Texas cousins came in town to see snow!
They drove all day and most of the night to get here.
I wanted to have a nice warm breakfast
to fill up them up before they headed
to the mountains to play.
I decided to try my usual breakfast casserole
BUT
in the crockpot instead of the oven.
Mama
was
nervous
But guess what? 
It worked like magic!
I fooled my cousins to thinking I was
up all morning cooking up a storm.
They awoke to the smell
of eggs and sausage.
The crockpot did all the work!
Mama
slept
in
So needless to say it was a big hit and I will
most definitely be making it again!

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with an Italian Twist
8 -10 beaten eggs
10-12 slices of bread (cubed) any kind of bread may be used. (I like to use french bread)
3 Cups of whole milk
2 1/2 C mozzarella cheese (really any kind of cheese is fine)
1 lb. Italian sausage crumbled, cooked and drained
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper (more or less to taste)
fresh spinach and or sliced mushrooms can be added if desired. (no more than 1/2 C each)


Directions
Grease the sides of the crock with butter. Make layers in the crockpot of bread, followed by sausage, followed by cheese, ending with a cheese layer. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Pour over crockpot mixture, cover and turn on low. Cook for 8-12 hours. Put it on before you go to bed and wake up to the smell of an amazing breakfast. Serve with fresh fruit and you are done!

Cousins!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Mama Gets Her Christmas Craft On

So what can a mama and her baby girl do with some 
old jars, old books, ribbon and miniature Christmas trees?
 A LOT
says 
Mama
A LOT!


Miniature Trees - Dollar Store
Ribbon - Mama's Closet
Old Glass Jars - Mama'a Garage
Old Books - Mama'a Basement

Mama 
is
a
HOARDER
YES
SHE 
IS

Sad but true!


How cute are these little guys?
Way Cute
says
Mama

Hot glue the trees in place.
Add a little shredded book pages 
or 
fake snow
Put the lid on nice 
and 
tight
AND
YOUR DONE!






Not a creature was stirring
not even 
a
Mama

Peace Out

Monday, August 5, 2013

Chinese Pepper Steak Mama Holli Style!



Before 


After

Long ago when Mama Holli's babies were young pups, she would load up her bus and haul the pups to Hallettsville, Texas to stay with Granny when her hubby traveled.
Granny LOVED to cook for her family but 
every now and then she
 would request one of us "GIRLS" 
to whip up some Chinese Pepper Steak.
It was a recipe not found in her usual amazing
repertoire of family favorites. Granny was Czech and Czech's did not cook up Chinese food, not even with a Texas twist. She would very quietly ask if I would mind making it for "DINNER" which was actually "LUNCH".
Then we would have leftovers for "SUPPER" 
which was actually "DINNER"!
This is the adapted recipe we would pull out.
The original was posted by Pam Post in the 
Holy Ghost Booster Club Cookbook
back in the 1970's!

Chinese Pepper Steak
1 1/2 lb Cubed Steak - cut in small bite size pieces
1/2 ts Ginger
1/2 ts Sugar
2 Garlic Cloves - minced
1/2 med Onion - sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper - sliced
1 med Tomato - sliced into wedges
1/2 C Soy Sauce
1 C water
1/2 C flour

Toss steak in flour. Brown steak in a skillet with about 3 tablespoons of oil. In a bowl mix soy sauce, ginger, and sugar. Add to steak and then add water. Gravy will thicken quickly. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking to bottom of skillet. Add garlic and simmer 10 minutes covered.
Add peppers, onions and tomatoes to meat, cover and cook on low until desired tenderness. Check every 5 minutes to see if more water is needed to keep from sticking to bottom as gravy will be thick. I usually cook for 10 - 15 minutes on low and then serve it hot over brown rice.
To spice it up add a little chili paste to your liking.



Have a Happy Day
and
REMEMBER
Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner!


Graphic courtesy 
of

The Graphics Fairy

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Dance Recitals! A Mama's Gotta Love it!








Go HERE to see more DANCE pics!

Ballerinas in The City
By Holli Nucci Photography


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Triple C Rolls
Chicken, Cheese and Cilantro 


This is so very yummy!
It is such an easy recipe to pull
put of your mama recipe box when 
you have some chicken leftover!
I had made some extra chicken breasts
and came up with this quick recipe.
I had all of the ingredients already
so this was a 
Winner
Winner
Chicken Dinner
I'm thinking this would be a great appetizer
as well. I was also thinking if you wanted to make it really fattening you could dump some yummy queso 
on top of each individual serving!
It does have a yummy tex mex feel to it!
I want to serve it with some fresh pico 
and a guacamole salad


Triple C Rolls
1  pound of cooked/grilled chicken breasts (chopped)
3/4 block of cream cheese (room temperature)
2 Tbs of finely chopped white onion
1/3 cup of chopped cilantro
3/4 cup of Monterey Jack Cheese
1 refrigerated pie crust 
1 small chopped jalapeno (OPTIONAL)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Spread out one pie crust on kitchen counter.
Spread the chicken mixture on pie crust and roll up until it is one
long roll. Place the roll on a well greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust becomes slightly browned. Slice into bars
and serve alone as an appetizer or with a salad for dinner.
I dumped some pico on mine and sliced up some avocado.
It was yummy, yummy yummy!
I doubled the recipe when I served them as appetizers.




Best Queso Recipe 
is HERE!


Check out these lovely
vintage images from Mama Karen

The Graphics Fairy









Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mama is FRESH! Fresh Salsa in The House!


Nana Nucci would call you
FRESH
if you sassed back,
told a joke,
flirted with a boy,
teased her,
pranced around in a new outfit 
or 
if you
did just about anything
other than be a bore!
"Are you getting FRESH with me?",
she would say and then gently cover her mouth and start
laughing out loud!
Mama Holli whips up some 
FRESH Salsa
about once a week for her familia.
It is very similar to the
recipe but slightly different in taste and preparation.
Pull out the trusty food processor or a blender.
I like to use the FP for this recipe as it works best 
with fresh toms. Over blending the tomatoes can make 
your salsa foamy, which you don't want!
Mama Holli's FRESH Salsa
4 vine ripe tomatoes ( quartered)
1 to 2 serrano peppers
1/3 cup purple onion
1 garlic clove
1 cup or more of cilantro
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of red wine vinegar

Blend pepper, garlic, onion and cilantro first until finely chopped.
Add tomatoes one at a time, pulsing a few times in between each one. Add the salt and vinegar. This part is up to you....you can pulse/blend it a little more to make it less chunky or leave it as it is. This Mama does NOT like chunky salsa so I blend pulse it a few more seconds. Not too long though or you will loose the fresh taste of the toms. 
FYI.......
This batch I photographed has extra cilantro. I was craving it that day! The fresh toms will blend more pink than red unlike canned toms, hence the greenish color of this batch.
Serve it up with some chips and you are good to go!
Enjoy!
Watch This 87 Year Old Mama 
Dance The SALSA!
Now This is FRESH!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Baby Girl #1 in LOVE


This Baby Girl is in LOVE!
In LOVE with the beautiful
people of Belize!
"I'm Going Back!"
She says with a smile.
Some Way Some How
"I'm Going Back!"

Small little benches for my 
long legged girl!
Teaching Belize Babies to read!


Sharing a home with the 
lovely Mayan people.
Learning to make tamales 
with the women
and playing soccer 
with the children.
Her new favorite food is......

Fry Jacks Beans
and Eggs
for breakfast!

 You have to dump this all over it!
YOU HAVE TO!

Eating Tamales!

Living in solidarity 
with the 
people of Belize.
 and
sadly saying goodbye
just for a little while




And then there are days, 
when the world just sings to you, 
from the minute you open your eyes 
to the minute you shut them again at night.
-Roswell
Belize Delegation 2013

Stay Safe my sweet friends until I see
your beautiful faces again.
I will pray for you all each night before 
I lay my head to rest until I see you again.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mama is HUNGRY!

HUNGRY!
YES!
I am craving this dish 
BIG TIME!

So I am slipping on my boots,
grabbing my pocket book, 
(as Granny would say)
and heading to town!
Eggplant & Chicken Parmesan
here I come
ready 
or 
NOT!
Go HERE 
if you want the recipe.
I want to serve it up on these
fun plates from Anthropologie!
HOW fun are these!!
WAY FUN!
Ok
I am off
and
running!
LATER
GATOR!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ballerinas In The City!

Oh how much fun did 
Mama Holli 
have with this photo shoot!
TOO MUCH!









What a lovely day in the city!
Such beautiful baby girls
inside
and 
out!
Kudos 
to
their dance home,

Denver Academy
of
Ballet
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