Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cooking experiment underway

I have a bottle of hot wing sauce.  It is not being used on chicken wings.  I am so unpredictable like that y'all.  Actually, I am predictable.  It just makes me feel a little better to say that.

There is a turkey in my oven right now, thoroughly coated in butter getting his tan on.  Um mm-hum.  Just waiting to be smothered in orang-ey hot wing sauce goodness. 


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Mid Winters Night Dream....

I wake up with remembering something my dad told me once.  

if you spell S O C K S  it has  meaning in Spanish.   I ask, what does it mean...?   He tells me to ask my  Spanish teacher...   She said It didn't mean anything. 

So after waking up to the memory I take to Google.
I find  it isnt literally translated but it means something like :
Eso si que es means "That's what it is"
There is a old joke I found online.

A Spanish-speaker with no knowledge of English goes into a clothing store. He looks like he needs help so a lady who's working goes up and asks if she can help him with anything. He says "No English" but the nice lady wants to help him anyways, so she leads him to the mens' clothing section. Holds up a shirt and asks if it's what he needs. "No, eso no. Necesito calcetines." he says trying to explain with gestures. She brings him to the trousers. "Is this what you need?" "No, eso no. Calcetines." he repeats again trying to gesture better so she will understand. Finally, the lady thinks she's got it. She leads him to the socks. "Socks? S - O - C - K - S? Is *this* what you need?" And the man happily replies, "¡Eso sí que es!"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Come on down..

hey , just thought I would share this with you.  there is a giveaway at Fiddledeedee  courtesy of Blogher and Welches.  visit her blog.

Cooking Canuck is also hosting the same giveaway - stop by.

BooMamas post about Welchs can be found here

Stop by and visit  Home to Three Duncan Boys  and enter

This Womans Work has a chance to enter also!

Home Grown Reviews are also participating

Slip over to Six in the City for another entry or Cheaper than Therapy to enter also and read how they combine Christmans and Hannukah

You can enter at Super Healty Kids  and also over at  My Happy Crazy Life - there are some funny comments here.

LoraLees Looney Tunes has another chance to enter along with a great idea of how to celebrate.

Good luck!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Deal on Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanillas at One Kings Lane

Just saw this vanilla posted on   The Pioneer Woman  and it comes highly reccomended.  I was just looking on  One Kings Lane today and they have this set for  22.00 plus shipping.  The Good news is that if you signed up a month or so ago with someones link, like I did, they were offering a $15.00 credit, which makes this awesome set  $14.95 shipped. 

They may still be offering that special,- I tried it today and it appears to be working, but try at your own risk. If you use my referral, I would receive a 25.00 credit after your first purchase, and you will have the same opportunity. If interested, here is the link.  If not you can find this set at for 22.00. The orders dont ship for a couple of weeks, so it should arrive the middle of December and I can't wait to use it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What do you say?

My son hasn't seen his dad for awhile.  He recently got to see him at the Ms Walk and  it was quite a shock to see how he had been affected by this disease.   My 20 year old almost lost it a couple of times, I am really proud of her for holding it together as she did.   I guess my ex husband has been feeling really ill and didn't want  Brandon to see how he was. He did however get to go home with them after the walk and stayed overnight and was picked up the next evening. He was silent the whole car ride home ( 45 minutes)   He came home and retreated into him room and wouldn't talk to anyone.  He stayed to himself the next couple of days.  I don't know what to say or how to help him process this.  My parents were ill a lot  growing up, but I was accustomed to it.   Anyone?

Halloween 2009

Ms Walk November 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

MS Walk

The sky was spitting at us, but there was a good turn out as we headed inside the mall for our walk.   Our team raised over $3000.
One part of Team Gray

Wil and my daughter Alyssa

Brandon and his dad.  That is Wil's wife Rhonda on the left with my ex- inlaws.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

MS Walk

I am walking on Saturday in the MS walk.  I just signed up yesterday, kinda a late arrival.  MS however arrives early.  my ex-husband is in his mid 30's and is confirned to a walker on good days.  They discovered it a  few months ago and are just trying to bring it under control...he has had chemo, and now iv steroids.

anyone walking?

Friday, November 05, 2010


Remodeling guy is hosting a giveaway for a delta product!  Click here to visit  the delta addison showerhead giveaway at remodeling .  Good luck!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Today was the 2nd day

of my husbands new job :)   Thank you Lord, Amen.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

crossing my prayers...

ok, that is saying my prayers, crossing my fingers....


on another note:
I actually had a skip in my step as I entered the polling place yesterday.  Did anyone else feel that way?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

now thats tired.

Working late, then getting up early does catch up.  I was so tired, when the alarm went off one morning, I  was trying to think /dream about PB&J sandwiches, but I was for some reason was dreaming about them as as PB&L sandwiches.  I was a whole two letters off. 

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the $20.00 credit at Rue La la, a collection of amazing boutiques where each is open for a limited time. You can click below for a 20.00 credit that will appear in your account within 48 hours and can be used until December 31st. They have some great items and such a variety of boutiques. Shipping cost is 9.99 for standard shipping and is all day shipping, so any other purchases the same day ship standard for free.  Sign up with this link for the 20.00 credit and when you use it, I receive a 10.00 credit - and you can sign up to do to the same thing. You can save some money on some great Christmas gifts!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Here's $20 on me ... at Rue La La

Two posts in one day!  That is definitely a record.  But when I saw this I had to share about Rue La La. Rue La La is an invitation only collection of amazing boutiques where each is open for a limited time.    You can click below for a 20.00 credit that will appear in your account within 48 hours and can be used until  December 31st.  They have some great items and such a variety of boutiques. Shipping cost is 9.99  for standard shipping and is all day shipping, so any other purchases the same day ship standard for free.

Sign up with this link for the 20.00 credit and when you use it, I receive a 10.00 credit - and you can sign up to do to the same thing.   You can save some money on some great Christmas gifts! 

I saw this on the Frugal Freelancer - thanks Angie

the silence is deafening

My son left for the school bus at 6:30 am and my husband left a few minutes later.  He is starting a new job today after being unemployed since April.   Amen.

the house is so quiet.

edited to add:   after arriving he completed new hire paperwork, and wasnt able to work in that position due to a minor surgery he had a year ago.  So he is back to looking for work.  Prayers are appreciated - for everyone affected by this economy.   I am fortunate to work at home as a customer service agent.  I speak to people nightly that are hurting in this economy.  On my heart this week: a lady in GA that is recovering from an illness whose employment was cut back.  Her monthly income was reduced to 551.00. Her rent is 550.00 and the landlord isn't willing to renegotiate.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm so defensive about my driving

yea, I got a ticket a few months ago, and was able to opt for the defensive driving option.  It is pretty painful to have teen drivers on your policy and I really dont want to add any extra cost to the bill.  Somehow, I managed to get  the date mixed up in my head  and gave myself an extra 2 weeks to complete the class... so after a quick check and a frantic call to the court, I had to take defensive driving in one afternoon. 

insert slight panic attack here.

Anyway I had received a few postcards outing me as a criminal to anyone who was within eyesight of the postcard... conveniently offering defensive driving over the web. So of course,  I picked the prettiest one and pulled up the website.

$25.00 and six hours later I have survived a defensive driving class.  You know, it wasnt the worst one I have ever had either...

What was your defensive driving experience like?

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Cheese Worked Me Over


When you open up the box

to reveal

an extra large cheese pizza. 

I am so not a vegetarian.

My night was saved with a phone call.

There is nothing like a "works "pizza.

The End.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Cambells Tomato Soup - your ideas needed

So, I am in South Texas , just outside of Houston.   As you have heard we have some very flavorful food here.   I dont normally cook with a can of tomato soup, but with budget constraints I am tying to use what I have in the pantry.   I have found a few recipes that use it, but am still  undecided.   So... what are your tried and true recipe favorites using tomato soup.   This is the recipe I am considering: Porcupine Meatballs from  They are one of my favorite websites and are formerly known as  I guess I am afraid of a very bland recipe.  I cannot add anything really spicy, but  I guess I am looking to impart alot of flavor. So, if you have any ideas to improve on the following recipe they are welcome.  I really want  my family to  say  "Hey, this is great, make this again! Or, something along the lines of that statement.  

Porcupine Meatballs
Ingredients:Serves: 4 -5 ,

Servings: 20
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup long grain rice, uncooked
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, snipped or 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can tomato soup, divided
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

1 Combine ground beef, rice, egg, parsley, onion, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the tomato soup. Mix well. 2 Shape mixture into about 20 small meatballs. 3 Place meatballs in a large skillet. 4 Mix rest of soup, water, and Worcestershire in a small bowl; pour over meatballs. 5 Bring to a boil. 6 Reduce heat; cover; and simmer 40 mintes or until meatballs are cooked and rice is soft, stirring often.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Free Cottonelle Wipes

Fill out the online form here for a free box of Cottonelle wipes for you and a friend.
The link is posted below if you don't want to click on the link

Monday, September 13, 2010

Artichoke Tapenade, Anyone ?

So I am sitting here at my desk, staring at this huge jar. I mean,  a really huge jar.  That picture just doesnt do it justice.

You could go bowling with this jar... except it is filled with  Artichoke Tapenade.  Immediately after I think about the bowling possibility, I immediately mentally flip to the next scenario... which is the enormous mess  it would create and how would you get that out of all the crevices around the pins.    I

 have never worked at a bowling alley so I cant even imagine where the concern for tapenade dripping  everywhere comes from... except for the mom gene...
So, since bowling appears to be ruled out, what would you use it for?   I think I should get a gold star for spelling it correctly... seriously.

I  am pretty sure this blog post is the first time that the word tapenade has been involved in any thought I have had.   So, what would you do with this ginormous jar of creamy goodness? 

Saturday, August 07, 2010

We have a Winner!

I am the worst when it comes to waiting.


I was so excited about this contest, being my first, I had to stay up and complete this all official and everything.

No  names in a hat for my peeps... no way!  so I totally used the generator at and scientifically subtracted the two comments I made and found my winner. All scientific like. 

Congratulations to


Jodie  of Eating on the Cheap 

JodieMo said...
I'm a big ol' fat follower now too! :D Thanks for all the great comments on my blog!

August 6, 2010 11:58 AM

Jodie, if you would contact me via email  I have a $40.00 virtual gift card headed your way from

 Check out Jodie's blogs, she has some great recipes and is a talented sewer seamstress- proof is here  and always some really cute bags in her Etsy shop.   Sorry, I got sidetracked looking through the recipes on her blog.  I'm hungry now. A word of advice- don't look at her blog without eating first.  If not the pictures look so good you will be really hungry.

edited to add:  yep I got called out on my grammer  I thought I could slide... nope.

Thanks to everyone that participated you guys absolutely made my first contest so special.

Friday, August 06, 2010


The Fabulous giveaway to ends today at midnight!   Either click here to jump to the giveaway post or scroll down to Saturday, July 31st  to enter .  The prize is 40.00 to be spent at CSN  they are a collection of over 200 stores and have some FABULOUS things!

The drawing ends today at midnight - dont miss out.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Happy Birthday to me !

Happy birthday to me! 41 today so obviously I am going to spend it cleaning out the pantry and washing clothes! 

I decided to host a giveaway for my birthday week so make sure you enter -


You can win a 40.00 giftcard to which is a site with over 200 stores!  It is an amazing site and I am so happy to be able to share it with you.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Sundays Adventure

from  they are a compilation of over 200 stores

The heat in South Texas combined with the humitidy is enough to .... well,  I will let you fill in the blank.
Anyway, regardless of the heat I wasnt  going to pass up the opportunity for my son to take his first glider flight ( or any flight)  yesterday.  The boy has never been up in a plane, period, or out of Texas.  I think I can safely say he has never been north of Dallas, or west of Luling.  Here are a few shots of the experience that he took... bless his heart, his knees were up around his chest. After it  was over all he could do was grin from ear to ear.  He is fourteen and had to keep up appearances but he did describe it as "stupid sick".

Getting ready to fly

Tow line connected and waiting for take off as another glider comes in overhead for a landing - remember the size of that line. This facility has a nice covered patio where you can watch out of the direct heat of the sun. So most of the parents are waiting there. 

We have liftoff!  I had liftoff also about this point, but it was liftoff of my stomach.  It was a mix of excitement when I saw my son in the front seat of the glider, followed by that mild nausea when you see the size of the rope that is holding my son in the air.   That passes quickly, and he was in excellent hands.

Up in the air

Gaining altitude

Still Climbing

Brandon at the controls

Look Mom! No tow plane 

the view out the vent window.  I am standing just outside of the building right there watching the approach.

Turning  and getting ready to land

He took an awesome video.  Since the instructors takeoff and land he was able to document both. I will see if I can post it separately since it isnt loading.

Brandon was able to do this due to being a member of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets.  If you have a kid interested in avaiation,  I was just told by one of the other parents about the Young Eagles,  On their website, their objective is listed as follows "Our mission is to provide a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people primarily between the ages of 8 and 17."  I hope to look into that very soon.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

WOO HOO it's a Giveaway!

I received an email from CSN Stores asking if I would  be interested in  reviewing an item I would be able to keep or hosting a giveaway for my readers. If you are not aware of CSN STORES, you are missing out they are a great website with a collection of over 200 stores with products like  LeCreuset  in kitchenwares to just so many other beautiful items and it was really difficult  to pass that up, but I decided it was WAY more fun to host a contest for everyone!  
 I can tell you one of my readers  has her eye on this beautiful clay baker
  from Schlemmertopft Clay Bakers Collection  and she is a great cook, so I tend to listen to what she says.  It comes with a recipe booklet as well.

So as you peruse CSN Stores you will see there are some wonderful items and  one lucky reader will receive a 40.00 gift card to spend there.
How to enter: There are five chances to win listed below. For each method you use please include the method in each entry. For example:  Bonnie - I tweeted about it - include the link. 

  1. Just leave a comment on this blog with the item you would most like by Friday August 6th pm at midnight. Don't forget to include your email address. This is good for one entry.
  2. Follow my blog - for one more entry- dont forget to leave a comment if you do. " hey, I followed" is fine.
  3. Post about this giveaway and link back to it- one entry -leave a comment with the link to your blog.
  4. Facebook or Tweet about this contest-  worth one entry each - hey if you do both you get 2 additional entries - leave a comment after doing so for the additional entry into the contest.
That is an opportunity to enter up to five times! Dont forget to include your email in your entry- if I can contact you through your blog that is fine.   This contest is open until August 6th, 2010 and for the residents of the US and Canada.
I added the share button below to make it easier for everyone- good luck everyone !

Friday, July 30, 2010

Where did I go?

No where really, guess I took a hiatus from blogging, and * gasp* reading blogs also... the boy is keeping me busy.  So stay tuned for a fantastic giveaway. it will be my first... so it will be super cool!

With it being summer and all, I had serious plans about some day trips but with some recent car issues I havent been able to venture out. 

I had a spectacular outing 2 weeks ago, to traffic court.  Yep, I have to sit through defensive driving in the near future.  Don't be jealous. 

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Muffin, anyone?

muffin tops

there are no further words needed! enjoy.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

been a little busy lately....

trying to keep this bone safe enough to heal. see, it was broken in August and it required a 4 inch piece of metal and six screws to mend it.  Sadly after several months, it has to be removed, ending my sons fantasies of a wolverine like existance.  It also required a really cool orthopedic that took a picture during surgery and emailed it to me from his i-phone while he was giving me the update on how everything went.  so they also autoclaved the hardware they removed and my son can display it proudly.  *boys*  After the surgery he was in a surgi strip bandage and also a splint. I know this because I havespent way too much time yelling PUT THAT BACK ON! geez, kid.   So now we had the follow up friday and have prgressed to  a removable brace and the fight is still on.  He can play sports  and will be able to swim in another 10 days, but he can NOT lift anything more than 5 lbs.  He is still so enamored with his height, he grabs ahold of anything that can remotely resemble a pull up bar... and my heart stops... then he lets go and it starts again.

If he ever makes it to adultood he should make a pretty fun dad.

Happy Father's Day.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

the transformation begins...

been up for awhile. the son gets the 4 in metal plate and 6 screws removed from his arm today.  *sigh* he will be just mere mortal again.  I have threatened him within an inch of his life if he doesn't e.x.a.c.t.l.y. follow the Dr's orders - no push /pull for 3 months. 

Umm, he's 14.  "All boy." 

you sure you won't put this kid in a brace? cast, anything for the first 6 weeks?  *tap, tap * Hello, this thing on?  This Dr clearly doesn't have a teenager.  especially one that thinks metal in the arm = cool in a crazy wolverine sort of way. 

I am glad they didn't  remake the 6 million dollar man yet.  By the way, I saw his ad recently for a hearing aid.  That was just all wrong.

I definitely cant let him watch Edward Scissorhands... i wouldn't be able to find anything in my house to cut a coupon  or a stray thread to save my life.


it's what they do.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Too many May's!

Okay, so things are a little busy. Updating my blog has been one of the last things on my mind.
Just returned from the Dr with my 14 year old, and he may or may not be having surgery next Wednesday to remove the 4 inch place and the 6 screws from his arm that he broke in August.  ( Keep in mind he broke that wrist in May before that and the other arm my daughters prom weekend the April before that. That weekend I learned my mom radar is good, but may or may not be honed on the right kid...)

So he may or may not have to take his finals early.  I am fairly sure the Jr high is rejoicing this is his last year.

He may or may not have to reschedule surgery from 6/2 to 6/7. 

This is depending on whether or not we can have the preliminary test done before surgery.  He has taken to passing out after his drill and PT( physical training)  When you are 6'3 and stand up in your 11x10 bedroom, and pass out, you are going to hit something.  Bed, walls, furniture, door frames... so this weekend or sooner I will be removing the captain's bed for his own safety.

So, due to his lack of enthusiasm for curricular activities there may or may not be summer school... to which he cannot attend with a freshly Swiss cheesed arm.


edited to add:  things are working out, I wrote this last week and saved it  instead  of posting. heart tests this week as ordered by pediatrician.  Then surgery,  next week.  then, there may or may not be summer school the next week.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lose Something? A 2 for 1 post Not Me Monday and Tuesdays Truth

A 2 for 1 post Not Me Monday and Tuesdays Truth

Here is a picture at Christmas of the partial crowd that was in and around a neighbor's driveway waiting on Santa Claus to arrive by firetruck. I think the procession was just rounding the corner.

I love my neighborhood, for the most part. If I have to live in a neighborhood, and not on a few acres, at least we picked a good one (with a little assistance-thank you Cheryl with Coldwell Banker) Our neighborhood is older with a mix on our street of infants to retirees and we know more of our neighbor's names than not...
It 's really awesome when you are the mother of teenagers and VOT's ( very old teens ) to be able to see toddlers in action. We see the wonder of discovering something new and the agony of defeat when things don't go their way - meltdowns? Yep, I have seen a few, toddlers and their parents meltdowns too. I usually am reminded of something my own children did at a similar age and laugh or get lost in a quick trip down memory lane. 

Last week I was struggling ( yes, sometimes it becomes a physical struggle) to get my 14 yr old son out of the house in time for school.  The Giant. All 6'3 size 15 shoe wearing boy.  I don't even remember what he did, said, broke, provoked, etc, but some frustrated mother managed to loose it on my driveway and have a meltdown of her own... 

Yea, umm, Not me.

Apparently the two neighbors ( of the toddlers I find entertaining)  found that highly entertaining and told me the next day they couldn't stop laughing. I'll pass that along if I see her again, which, regretfully, I am sure will be in the near future.

                                          My new motto courtesy of a bumper sticker: 
                                Grandchildren are the reward for not strangling your teenagers. 

Philippians 4:4-9

Peace Out.

Alright, please join the fun and post below. Time for Tuesdays Truths.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesdays Truth

Not posting today  - my hand is in a heating pad, but please go ahead....

Monday, May 10, 2010

Link to a Missing Theme? Not me!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Notorious for sliding in at the deadline, I was very proud I made a post early Monday am while the house was still.  I post it only to discover that due to some unkind comments the regularly scheduled post of Not Me Mondays never appeared... oops... Surely I immediately corrected it as I would never get busy and forget to  correct an assumption I made.... Not me!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Dewberry cobbler is your reward found at the Homesick Texan

I have been anxiously awaiting dewberry season!
Pail      ( check)
Stick    ( check)
Boots/tennis shoes ( check)
Awesome recipe to try once I get back?  ( check - see below)

Dewberry cobbler is your reward

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tuesdays Truth

My Pastor is on my Facebook.
I really appreciate the little church I attend even if I have missed the last 3 weeks, lol.
so y'all, he he posts these little gems of truth.

One from this week:

How do you know if you're out of God’s will? You planned to be out of God’s will! We don't accidentally slip out of the will of God Each and every one of us knows the basics of God's will for our life God directs us to specific people places and actions These things are where God’s blessings await us Yet, we insist in... going the wrong direction because of some insignificant inconvenience or some self-indulgent desire

Yesterday at 9:29pm · Comment ·Like Unlike
Humm, so as i am redirecting myself toward the right path and making the right decisions, the obstacles I have to overcome were firmly placed there by me as a result of my bad decisions... I got there all by myself...    However, if I gave them to God instead of trying to stubbornly trying to fix them my self my load would be a little lighter. For me that is difficult, I think I am going to have to physically write them and leave them ... or burn them in the barbeque pit...

C'mon, don't be bashful... post a truth.   Me and Cookie are the only ones in the pool right now. Come on in, the waters fine!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Inside out ...not me monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

The new job is 40 hours a week, so in the rest of the time, I am usually hurrying to get places, get things done but still... what was up with that woman walking into the Walmart with her shirt inside out the other day???   She quickly realized it at the entrance as she was reaching for her cart.  She stopped , embarassed and the kindly greeter looked at me her and said : I am so glad I am not the only one that does that ..." 

Whew people, "me either"  

edited to add:  Okay, so the one day I actually get my entry posted  so I can *gasp* be on time for something, it changes on me.... due to some not so kind comments, Mck Mama posted about that here.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Save "Loads" of Money on Laundry Detergent

I added pages to my blog recently, as this is an important item in my household in heling to accomplish two things, getting my clothes clean and saving "loads" of money.   This detergent has the endorsement of the VOT or the Very old teen... that is saying something, as she has some really high standards.   She actually said when were test drove this detergent that she liked it better than the commercial ones we bought at the Wal-mart.  You can find the link and instructions here for Homemade Laundry Detergent

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

See How She Cooks?? Umm, no thanks...

I created a new page for keeper recipes... you can find it at see-how-she-cooks. Since I have made a few things in the last year that I have lost recipes for, that the VOT (Very Old Teen) missed while she was out with friends- this seemed like a great idea. Thinking back, ther have been some pretty good dishes come out of my kitchen in the last few months with accolades from OT's ( other teens) even some that dont't belong to me! I was monitoring for mannered responses, however they asked for additional portions and quickly finished those off as well...

Ha! Take that (VOT)! She had walked by briefly on the way out the door, with the nose turned up at this particular dish.  CAN YOU SMELL WHAT "THA" MOM IS COOKIN'?

My VOT( very old teen) said the other day: "Why are you making that tonight?" to which my reply was that it used ingredients that I had on hand. (VOT): "Why not go buy a mix instead of making something?" Me: "That is wasteful, besides you don't like hamburger/tuna  h**p*r or anything like it, so what do you propose that I purchase? ( Seriously, what mix is left,  a can of manw*ich or pancake mix?  To which the reply would most certainly be  ... well, yea! )


Today, on the menu is: Laundry Detergent.... sorry kids.  And a visit to the dentist I have named Atila. Hope she doesn't take my little nickname personal. then workthe evening shift for 8 hours.  Never fear, VOT, sandwiches are in your future.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Simmered Chinese Chicken Recipe totally gets the credit for this one.  I made this the other night and it was easy and tasty.   My dd was saying she didn't want any of the sauce, as I scooped out a portion on her plate... I said it is really good, I am sure you will want some... but this is the child who ate ketchup with her whole cooked carrots when she was a her pickyness confuzzels me.   A few minutes later. she returns to the kitchen... "Man, I gotta get some sauce!".... so there is your picky kid/now very old teen ( VOT) endorsement.  Enjoy!

Simmered Chinese Chicken Recipe #101777

This is a super easy to make "all in one-pot" dinner. The flavors are wonderful. The recipe calls for a whole chicken but I have also made it with boneless breasts and thighs.

by Pvt Amys Mom

1¼ hours
20 min prep

1 (4 lb) whole chickens
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon catsup
1/4 cup dry sherry or apple juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 green onion (sliced diagonally, small pieces)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

Rinse the chicken and remove"the goodies" from the inside, pat dry with papertowels.
Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or soup pan.
Brown the chicken on all sides.
Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, 1/2 c water, catsup, sherry, red pepper, garlic and green onion together.
Pour mixture over chicken.
Cover and simmer 45 minutes.
Remove the chicken to a serving platter.
Dissolve the 2 T of cornstarch in 1 T of water.
Add to the sauce in the pan, over low heat, to thicken.
Pour sauce over chicken.
We serve this with rice and pour the sauce over the rice as well.
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Tuesday's Truth

In the interest of time, I will have to add my truth later today... but I am ready for you , so dont hold back....Ready... Set... GO... 

Monday, April 26, 2010

So Busy I can't write anything? Not me!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

see?  Not me.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Start of Tueday's Truth - it's Share Time, People

Okay, I googled and didn't find anything similary titled.  Here goes nothing.  This is my first linky attempt, so be kind people.   I thought if  other bloggers have cool theme days like Fabulous Fridays, Wordless Wednesdays where you link to your post about something that contains the idea, why couldn't there be a Tuesdays's Truth?

Not like "What were you thinking with that haircolor? ( which btw happens to be totally appropriate currently)  or "Your perfume is really nice." which is just actually just really strong smelling shampoo... or the like. 

What I had in mind, was about something that we know as a truth.  Or maybe needed to be reminded of. Or if you are like me the lightbulb moments that occur when you are in the shower or alone in the car.  That we may or may not need reminding of.  Like: You could say in my life recently I may have had occasion to worry. Worry. - Why waste the energy? according to Mathew 6 25-33 NIV.  Or whatever else you would like to share/  I am keeping this example short as my presence has been requested at a school conference in an I will not subect those that might stumble across this blog to read a entirely seperate post. I cannot do this alone. Well, I could, but it would be really short. So I am stepping out in faith that I will have some company. You are more than welcome to join in. Disclaimer: That last sentance may or may not have contained a little begging in it as well.  

Just post your link below in the linky section below. please.

Smooth Move Exlax - Not me Monday's!

Yep. I didn't write about my kids last Thursday... and I definitely didn't include lyrics to a song reminding him

.... "Instead of being angry, I'm gonna throw my arms around them and I'll say: In the sunlight or the rain, brightest nights or darkest days, I'll always - feel the same way. Whatever road you may be on, know you're never too far gone. My love is there, whatever you may be"

.... only to be tested the v.e.r.y. next day by him trying to play the timeless laxative/chocolate trick while I was in virtual training for my new job aka chained to a computer) and on the same day we had just received some really serious news for our family (like "in this economy" type of news. big stuff. that this kid was TOTALLY unaware of. And I sure didn't forget how to laugh at that instead of being aggravated....Nope. Not me.

Postscript ( Tuesday's Truth: A day later it became slightly funnier as he apparently got his piles of chocolate mixed up and found his little plan "backfired" on him... He was late to school that morning as he was doubled over with stomach cramps and when I called his coach to let him know what happened, I thought he was going to fall over laughing. He said that was the funniest thing he has ever heard in all of his years of working with kids. I owe him for being able to see the humor in that situation. Thank God for placing these people in our lives. One more thing, if you would kindly consider today’s post - there is a new category or theme I wanted tot start, but it needs your participation, I know this is a big step considering I don’t have any followers of my blog, but I have faith in the people that may cross this page, from wherever they may come. If you are enjoying the music, I recommend popping out the player (see the buttons right under it) and opening it in a separate window, this way you can mute each page as you browse.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Under Destruction? Reconstruction? Maybe that should read Construction

The blog and me. yep, both. And just like real life, I don't always know what I am doing... or how to do everything right. I didn't have any fear when I clicked that HTML button, not like real life. I added a music player at the bottom, so if it isn't playing already, scroll down and check it out- cause I thing there are some really great songs on it. I took this picture of Brandon in the bluebonnets this past Easter Resurrection Sunday. He turned 14 in February.

There he is... my "little" man. I'm sure he'll get in trouble every chance he can... I pray to God, that when he does, I can be just as understanding as my Father was. Cause the last thing that I want to do is let Him down, so instead of being angry, I'm gonna throw my arms around them and I'll say: In the sunlight or the rain, brightest nights or darkest days, I'll always - feel the same way. Whatever road you may be on, know you're never too far gone. My love is there, whatever you may be.

Just remember , that you'll always be my babies.( Hey - Bubba -Yes I am aware that I just come up to your armpit now, but you're still my baby.and you're still grounded. Love, Mom) .

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Working at Home...

I got a job! I was out of work for almost 4 weeks - which is a very short time in this economy... I am training for currently...a customer service position. Best of all it was just what I wanted. Full time, with some benefits. BUT -The best benefit is that I do my job from the comfort of my home. There are real jobs out there that you can find! You don't have to pay someone for a virtual book or a tip sheet. I have always helped people trying to find at home work in any way I could. I think I will be posting more regularly about working form home and where to find information.

The company I work for now ( I worked for them for 2.5 years ) is currently looking for people that live in Wyoming. You have to have a computer that meets their requirements...among other things. If you know anyone feel free to comment or contact me via email seehowsheruns at GMail dot com. If you are hired, I am eligible for a small referral bonus which would make me happy, but my true happiness is when I run across someone and they tell me I helped them find work that they enjoy!

Monday, February 15, 2010


after my startling discovery. If by any chance you are in need of an espresso and are too many miles away from your favorite barrista Folders decaf instant crystals will do n a pinch. Just follow this to the "t".
1. be distracted. (nothing specific - kids, thoughts, husbands, pets, anything will do)
2. totally forget how many spoon-fulls are required while mixing. Stir. then while you are peering over the rim of that cup and think - Does that need another spoon-full? then add it, maybe 1 and a half.
3. stir.
4. take a sip.
*blink* *blink*
Of course, it probably helps that the jar of coffee was in the pantry for awhile....

Friday, January 29, 2010

Balmex.... powder and other emergencies

you have to check this out I am loving the knife giveway she is sponsoring, but what I truly relate too is
Yep. been there. A two year old that painted every part of his body with Balmex when he was supposed to be napping. Leaving only eye holes and the flesh under his diaper that was flesh toned. He is thirteen now about to be fourteen - and for the life of me I cant remember how many baths it took to get it off of him....

Sunday, January 03, 2010

still hanging in there....

Well, I must say I am shocked... I really had my doubts.... I mean serious doubts... but, it's still there, hanging by a wire. I really liked what it turned into as I was twisting and tucking - and now I can't seem to take it down though... I think it might have to stay up a few days longer.

My record for leaving the decorations up was Superbowl weekend. That was a long time ago... but it may get challended this year.