Thursday, September 30, 2010

An Interesting Sundae...

My kids went to McDonald's tonight to get an ice cream sundae after the high school football game... here is what they gave my son...  This might possibly be the worst ice cream sundae I have EVER seen! It makes me laugh every time I look at it.  :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Birthday To My Hot Hubby!!!

I figured I would dedicate today’s post to my BFF. I never really had many BFF’s. I had one or two “best friends” in Elementary school, but I quickly figured out that it was much better to just have a group of friends than to dedicate yourself completely to one good friend. Once I got in to high school I was more friends with boys than with girls... mostly because I only ever trusted a handful of girls.

Now the problem with having mostly boys as friends is that at some point, you either have to marry them, or they marry someone else and you pretty much have to stop being friends. No way I was gonna let that happen to me, so I went ahead and married mine. This year we will have been BFF’s for about 20 years… and married for just over 18. Now just because we have been BFF’s for all those years does not mean we haven’t had our share of struggles… but being BFF’s is about working through things, and letting the friendship prevail in the end.

So what makes a good BFF? Yes, there are the standard answers… always be there for each other, put each other’s needs first, blah blah blah. Here are the top ten real-life reasons my hubby is my BFF.
  • He will let me vent to him… even if it is in bed… at 12:30am… and he won’t go to sleep until he is satisfied I have said everything I need to say.
  • He will hold the trash can for me if I’m puking…
  • He does more than his fair share of the cleaning.
  • He’ll miss a football game to take me to see my mom and dad.
  • He always backs me up in front of the kids… even if he doesn’t agree with me.
  • He will go out at Midnight to pick me up any newly released book he knows I want to read even though he knows he may be standing in line for an hour with a thousand obnoxious, screaming women.
  • He will massage out any kink in my back, no problem, any time.
  • He isn’t afraid to buy me "women products"… (and doesn’t even care if they price check).
  • He will be completely honest with me if I ask him how something looks.
  • He takes me out at LEAST once a week… just us.
Today is my BFF's birthday, so...
Yes, it is true you are an old fart, and you are now TWO years older than me (at least for the next two months), but I love you and hope to celebrate MANY more birthday's with you... now and forever more!
Sept 27, 1971

What a cutie!

Always a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Outdoor Ed


Dating... what a lucky guy!! ;)

Baptism Day

Wedding Day

Becoming a daddy

Forcing the kids to be Cowboys fans.

Becoming a daddy... again!

Disney World 2000... with his FAVORITE Disney princess

Universal studios 2002

Daytona Beach 2006

Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 2010...
and just as handsome as the day I met him :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crafty Me!!!

I never thought I would like scrapbooking.  I am not crafty at all... generally I like everything technology related and do everything on a computer.  I completely resisted for two years after moving here to Utah, but in January I went to a scrapbooking club because I really liked the lady who did it and one of her club members and wanted to hang with them.  Well, I am completely hooked!  If you live in my area and you like socializing and creating, you need to go to one of Brandie's club nights and see how fun and easy it can be when you buy a kit each month that has instructions. 

This week I have made a 2-page layout as well as 12 cards in some of my spare time.  (I may have way too much extra time on my hands right now, but whatever.)  The kit comes with enough extra stuff that you can make 12 cards, 2 layouts, (2 pages each layout), and still have lots of leftover stuff to do extra with!  I am looking forward to finally having some pretty albums that can be shared and then passed down to my kids.

Here are six of the cards I made this week with my favorite paper to date...

If you have been looking for a Close To My Heart Rep or just want to start scrapbooking, I highly recommend Brandie! :)  She teaches new techniques all the time and you get to actually scrap at her house on club night.  And believe me, if I can do it, ANYONE CAN!!!! :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One Charming Party...

Tonight as I was surfing the web I came across this amazing blog that has the cutest ideas for parties!  It is called One Charming Party.  I wish my kids were little all over again so I could do some of the things they have on here. 

Right now they are doing an Art Gallery Party and they give you step by steps and pictures to follow.  You can use a few of the ideas or the whole lot.  Be sure to check out the amazing cake they make for the Art party and all the cool stations they are putting together. :)  They add more every day for about 2 weeks for the same theme.  There are other themes in the right hand column.  Trust me, you don't want to skip this blog!  Enjoy. :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Flashback Friday...

Seems just like yesterday that they were this small...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award...

I was so tickled to hear that a new blogging friend, Tammy at Mommy Life With 5, gave me the "One Lovely Blog" Award. :)  Thank you so much Tammy!  If you haven't visited Tammy before, please stop by and say hello.

Here are the rules for accepting this award...

  1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
  2. Pay it forward to (up to) 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered.
  3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.
I picked six great blogs that I would like to pass this award on to (in no particular order):

Jane at See Jane Cook  She inspires me to cook
Brandie at Rudy Family Rukus  She inspires me to take pics and scrapbook
Ruthy at Live, Laugh, Love  She inspires me to be a better friend
Kym at Temporary Insanity  She inspires me to be happy... intentionally
Kazzy at Kazzy's Ponderings She inspires me to think
Marybeth at My Very Own Lifetime Movie  She inspires me to keep going

Take a peek at their blogs... who knows... maybe they will inspire you too! :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Will Never Forget...

For the year 2001 I had decided to try something new and keep an electronic journal. I was a stay at home mom living in Silver Spring Maryland, just 20 minutes from downtown Washington DC. Here is my journal entry for September 11th, 2001:

Today is a day that will be forever remembered in World History, and I thought I definitely should write about my feelings of today. I dropped the kids off at school as I would any other day, and went to Giant to do some shopping. I came home, and immediately got a phone call from Carole, who sounded quite panicked. She asked if I had been watching TV, to which I answered no, and she told me to turn it on. Thus started a chain of events that I just can’t believe is happening in this Country. There was news on every channel. It turns out that a plane had crashed right into one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. As the news was showing the coverage of this “accident”, all of a sudden, out of the sky another plane came smashing into the world trade center as the entire world watched it. Terrorists were attacking America. Very soon after that, a plane crashed into the pentagon in Washington DC. I was terrified at this point as I thought about what was happening. We were being attacked here near our home.

The FAA for the first time in History grounded all planes in the United States. Other countries did the same thing. Another plane crashed in a rural area of Pennsylvania. This was a plane that we later found out was also taken over by terrorists, and was heading back to Washington DC to perhaps take out the White House. The whole world came to a stand still as all federal buildings were closed. All museums, all sports cancelled, all the schools in our area closed. Less than an hour after the twin towers were hit, the first one came tumbling to the ground. It was a horrific sight.

I felt sick as the news reported that the fire and rescue workers that had gotten to the scene, and were desperately trying to help people out of the building were buried under thousands of pounds of rubble, adding to the already large amount of dead and injured people. I came to a horrible realization, that many people who were trying to get out of the building suffered a horrible death. One of the most heart wrenching scenes, was that of people jumping from the top of the Twin Towers. These were people who were trapped by fire. There were shots of people jumping holding hands, and I cried and cried thinking of the horror they were living through, and the awful death that they had no choice of. Then about 20 minutes later, the second tower collapsed. It was like watching a really horrible movie, but the thing was that it was really happening. And we were watching it happen live on TV. I have never felt so sick inside as I felt the awful truth that life in America, life on the earth, life will never ever be the same.

I was relieved as I got to the school to get the kids. I just wanted to have them close to me. I felt like the world was coming to an end. I called mom and dad who were in England. I found it hard to keep myself from panic, but for the good of my children, I restrained myself from crying as much as possible. I wanted them to feel safe, not terrified like the rest of us. When I picked them up from school, I explained to them that some “very bad men had crashed planes into some buildings, and that in order for everyone to be safe, they wanted the kids to go home with their parents.” I tried to keep it as brief as possible, yet let them know what was happening, as I was sure that they would see or hear it at some point, and I didn’t want someone else to be the ones to tell them. I just kept praying in my heart that we would all be safe, and that they would feel safe with us.

All activities were cancelled for this evening nationwide. They said that there were thousands of people working in the World Trade Center Twin Towers. They are hopeful that many people were able to escape, and it will be weeks before a death count will be available. Meanwhile, we are making sure that our kids do not watch TV, because the coverage of this event is on every channel, and it is graphic, and sickening. They have already cancelled school for tomorrow. They don’t know when flights will resume, and so we have no idea how long mom and dad are going to be out of the country.

Today is a dark day for the United States of America, and all countries of the world that are affected by terrorism. It is an evil thing. It is a nightmare for our children. Life will never be the same again. :(

Today, September 11, 2010, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the terrorist attacks and the families who lost their loved ones. I also am thankful for those who continue to fight for our freedom and give their lives for us. My prayers are also for them and their families.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Word Of The Week...

The English/American word of the week is:


An English Biscuit...

An American Biscuit...

Any questions?

**Update:  So you all think the American biscuits look divine... I'll admit it, they really do and they really are... however, in the interest of fairness, here are some other of my fav English Biscuits...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Someone has been digging under the trampoline again...

Bad Puppy!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Swiss Chicken...

Another dinner from my meal planning... Swiss Chicken.  I LOVE this recipe.  It just doesn't get any easier than this!  Can I tell you, having all my meals planned out for a couple of weeks has really lessened my stress levels.  I know what I'm cooking, the fam is so happy that there is a delicious dinner on the table every night and we have been saving all kinds of money from not eating out! 

4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
Swiss cheese (can can substitute other sliced cheese if you don't like Swiss)
1 can cream chicken soup
Stuffing Mix

Place chicken in a 9x13 pan. Put one slice of cheese on each chicken breast. Mix a little milk with the soup and pour over the chicken. Cover with dressing. Drizzle with butter. Bake 1 hour 15 min. at 350 uncovered.  Delicious!

Friday, September 3, 2010

I Love...

...the color of this tree in my front yard!  Hello Fall... please stay awhile!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Boneless Pork Ribs in Orange Butter Sauce...

Day Three... This is my hubby's hands down FAVORITE dinner.  Any time I want to "butter him up", I just have to cook him chicken or pork in this sauce I came up with... it works every time. ;) 

Tonight I chose boneless pork ribs, (slicing them thinly to speed up the cooking process), but this works really well with pork chops, chicken breast and even salmon.  Throw some rice in the rice cooker while you cook the meat, and you will be eating before you know it!

About 2lbs of your choice of meat
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2-3/4 cup sugar (add to taste)
2 tablespoons of butter

Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning generously on both sides of your meat and brown for a few minutes on each side in a large skillet on top of your stove.  (I often dice chicken or pork to bite size pieces.) Throw the half can of frozen concentrate right into the skillet along with the sugar and mix until melted and bubbling.  Cover and cook till the meat is cooked to perfection, then stir the butter through right before serving.  The combination of the lemon pepper with the orange juice, sugar and butter is divine.

Serve with rice and your favorite vegetables.  I personally like to sprinkle a little coconut on the top... yum!  Sometimes I serve canned mandarin oranges and pineapple on the side as a fruit serving for the day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yummy Chicken Enchiladas...

Day 2 of meal planning and it's smelling amazing in here.  Tuesday we had chicken enchiladas served with sweet corn bread.  Another of my own recipes that we have enjoyed for years, however, somehow this one hasn't made it to our table for a few months now.  At hubby's request, it was added to this weeks menu. 

12 flour tortillas (soft taco size)
6 chicken breasts, small diced and sauteed until cooked through
1 large onion, finely diced
1 10oz can Old El Paso GREEN Chili Enchilada Sauce to the onions.
Light Sour Cream
8oz bag shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8oz bag shredded Mexican variety cheese

Now, I have a family that is half-fussy, so I do six enchiladas as follows, then six plain.  I know what you are thinking... 12 tortillas?  But you have to realize that these are even better second day, so you have to make extra!  You will thank me at lunch time. :)

Saute the onion until translucent and brown, then stir in the green enchilada sauce.  Set up an assembly station with all your ingredients within reach.

Take the tortilla and put two large spoons of the cooked chicken down the middle.  Drizzle two large spoonfuls of the enchilada sauce/onion mixture over the top of the chicken and sprinkle a handful of sharp cheese over the top.  Dab with three teaspoons of sour cream.  Roll the tortilla tightly and place in a glass 13x9 baking dish. Repeat with 5 more of the tortillas.  Drench the remaining sauce over the top of the rolled tortillas and generously sprinkle about 1/3 of the bag of Mexican cheese over the top of the sauce.

With your remaining tortillas, chicken and cheese for the fussy members of the family:  Just put the chicken, cheese and if desired some re-fried beans down the center.  Hit with a few dashes of mild GREEN Tabasco sauce (if you like), roll up and place in a DIFFERENT 13x9 glass baking dish.  Smother with mexican cheese.  I know, aren't I accommodating???

Bake at 350 for about 20-25 mins or until bubbling and golden brown on the top. :)

You could of course make the entire lot with the sauce, but you would probably need double the onion and enchilada sauce since you use it all for the first 6.  However, if you have fussy children, I thought you might appreciate knowing that you can have deliciousness and still keep the fussy ones happy with a slight adjustment. :)