Saturday, November 29, 2008

In Lieu Of A Real Post

A brilliant remark from my dad earlier today.....

"Just because you're burning a candle doesn't mean you're holding a séance."

True, that. 

And on that note, it also doesn't mean you're Catholic.  It is what the intent of your heart makes it.  Just like with anything else you do or don't do. 

Good thing, too...cuz I burned one earlier today and the house still smells faintly yummy...and the only spirits I had to deal with over it were quite among the living ("What's that for, mom?  Can I touch it?") and not the dead, and I also didn't pray over it (well, unless you count, Dear Father, this child don't listen)!

Anyway, the turkey turned out fine, as did the stuffing, scalloped potatoes in the crockpot, and the biscuits....(made from scratch...I scratched them right out of the bag from the freezer). 

I have pictures, but will have to wait....been quite busy and it's totally time for bed. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's Wednesday

Day before Thanksgiving....and in about 7 minutes, it will BE thanksgiving....and I'm really tired.

But I wanted to blog just cause. And it's totally random cuz that's my brain right now. Sorry.

I joined Facebook....totally been dragging my feet on that...myspace was enough to keep up with, but I finally caved. So now I get to keep up with ANOTHER place. *sigh* Oh well.

Found out late yesterday evening/this morning that I get to cook Thanksgiving to take to the in-laws after all (original plans were just to stick around the house here and not do anything special) ran around today collecting all the things to cook the typical turkey dinner. Had I known ahead of time, I would have been more prepared, but as it is, there will be some cheatin' cookin' goin' on since I will have my hands full making my first attempt at cooking a turkey and I didn't have any time to make any of the other stuff ahead. *sigh* I'm not complaining.

Honestly, I think some days KC and I totally do a was a great example. He was all Mr. Complaining and I was Mrs. Optimistic (TOTAL swap there). He lost the only car key (not the whole set of keys, just the car key just came off the keyring without him noticing) we had with us at Walmart and was freaking out about it and running around trying to retrace our steps through Walmart and I was the totally calm one (I'm sure the fact that "I" was not the party at fault -- for a change -- had NOTHING to do with my calmness) who walked back into Walmart to the Help Desk to ask if a single black Honda key had been turned in. It had. So I called KC from his mad search through the store to come back to the front because I had the key. Anyways....some days it's nice to be on the other side for a change of scenery...LOL.

Anywho....he's reading over my shoulder now so I'm going to hit publish and go to bed now.


PS Happy Turkey Day, ya'll...keep your fingers crossed that it will be a happy turnout on my turkey fixin efforts tomorrow. Er. Today. LOL!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Almost Thanksgiving

And at our house, what I hear the most about it is...."after thanksgiving is KISSMAS, RIGHT, MOMMY??????"

Our daughter most definitely is her daddy's child.  K-man is more like me in that regard, Christmas is exciting, Christmas is fun, but it's not the only thing going on in his head before, during, and after Thanksgiving. 

And on the topic of my hubby....he blogged.  Controversially blogged.  Let me just put it this way, if you are not of the open-minded sort, I don't recommend you read his post.  (And if you go there without being open-minded, no hate mail, please, cuz I warned ya.)  Seriously, he's right and I'd have to agree on most of what he said. 

I say most because in my family, when I was growing up, Christmas was a few nice gifts and a fun season, but the highlight that sticks out in my mind was family.  Christmas at Grandma & Grandpa's next door, helping them decorate the tree, all the family from out of town coming in for the week, everyone being together....that was the big thrill of the season.  And I feel pretty strongly against bestowing a gi-normous amount of gifts upon the kids because I would rather it NOT be about "getting" things, but about giving in moderation.  And about being with family.  And about me not having to find places for a gazillion and one new toys in their already crowded toy space.  KC & I have found a pretty happy medium between our two extremely different backgrounds....on more than just this issue when it comes to our kids, but any-ka-who. 

I'm thankful for my hubby. 

I'm thankful for my hubby who isn't afraid to just tell it like it is. 

And I'm thankful for the true Church of God.  It's not a place.  It's not a doctrine (although God does have a lot to say about how we live...hello, He wrote a whole book on it).  It's me.  It's you, if Jesus lives in you.  It's a way of life, the way that God tells me personally to live, it's an individual walk. I'm thankful that I don't have to live by man-made rules in order to be part of God's church. 

And now I'm going to go work on the Sunday School newsletter. 


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Font Lovin'

Look at this!

It's a font from my handwriting.

It needs some tweaking, for sure, because apparently I didn't write my letters in the right spot on the template every time, but it's totally cool.  And it was free.  I heard about it in the SIH class.

Want to try?  Go to and follow the directions.  Way fun.

Now let's see if the font actually publishes into blogger like it is here in LiveWriter. 

*EDIT: It only shows up if you have the font installed.  BUMMER. Well, take my word for it, it's cool.  Go try it for yourself and see what I mean.

SIH (Self): Peaceful, Perfect

I love quiet.  As in, no chatter, not having to carry on a conversation, not having to decide what to say, just quiet.  My husband says I'm unsocial, and there are times when this particular introverted personality trait is more of a hindrance than a blessing, but it is true that I am a sucker for alone time. 

CadesCabin-020So much so, that if I were to describe a perfect and peaceful moment in time, I would set it away from the crowds.  It would be a mild day, maybe just cool enough to need a cozy  blanket.  I envision a covered porch with a gorgeous view, possibly even a log cabin tucked high up in the mountains in the middle of fall leaf season, with a comfortable, cushioned, wooden swing and a large glass of lemonade (or Dr. Pepper, if you want the complete truth) on an end table within arm's reach.   Fresh, warm brownies would be a nice effect, as would a warm gentle breeze CadesCabin-009_1and some soft and easy Norah Jones music floating from inside.  The finishing touch would be a book (of the romantical kind, of course), something you could disappear inside for hours...with occasional breaks to enjoy the view, another sip of lemonade (or Dr. Pepper), or to just pause and relax in the peace and quiet. 

My kind of moment.


Interestingly enough, after I wrote all that, I googled images of porch swing and found the above image, it was connected to a page advertising a cabin rental...ahem.  So...there it much more perfect can it get?  All I'd need is for the season to be right, a couple of blankets and pillows, the good Doctor (Pepper), the brownies, cooperating weather, the music and a book.  *sigh*  I'm going to go to sleep now so that I can REALLY dream.  LOL.

Friday, November 21, 2008

More On Stories In Hand

A very brief summary of some of the things that have been talked about in the class.....with a few of my thoughts and notes intermingled.

"This class is really not about writing, or about scrap booking, but about the gathering process. About the remembering process. About collecting the experiences, big and small, that have shaped us and made us who we are. The stories worth telling."  -Jessica Sprague

The sections of the "story sparks" are broken down into three different sections: Roots, Family, and Self, with the Family section including a subsection for specific family members or pets.

Assignment 1 was from the Roots section.  Finished that assignment.

Assignment 2 was from the Family section.

Assignment 3 was from the Self section.

The challenge on each assignment is to read through the target section of sparks and jot down memories that pop up and then choose one of them and write the story in detail.  After you write the story, you're supposed to read over the following questions and then go back through and make any adjustments to the writing. 

  • What year was this? How old was I?
  • Where exactly were we, and what were we doing?
  • Who else was there?
  • What do I remember about how I felt? The mood in the air?
  • What else (context) was going on in the world or in my family at the time?
  • Why did we do this thing?
  • What else can I remember about what my life was like at this time?
  • What is the strongest single thing I can remember about this?

And the last thing is to refine, remove any un-necessary pieces of the story, and accessorize as needed. 

Now.  At the moment, I'm two assignments behind. 

None of the family sparks really jumped out at me because they are more about the right now and I talk about the right now all the time on this blog.  There were some on the dating and marriage that I could go back and pull some memories out, but it just isn't hittin' me right about now. 

The other thing is that there is supposed to be a surprise tomorrow and you need to have the Self assignment done.  So I should do it.  But I'm REALLY not into writing about myself at the moment because frankly I really don't want to delve into the answers to some of those questions about myself (for instance, right now, I don't really know how to answer the "why I think I was born into this world" question). 

And others I could answer, but I am not sure I have it in me to form my answer into a well written piece.  A great example of this one would be the "How long can you go without a bath or brushing your teeth? What are your ideas about cleanliness?" spark.  I could quite easily answer that, but to answer in a way that would be worth reading?  Not feeling it right now.

You know that whole "statute of limitations" thing?  I get the feeling that this may be why I feel more comfortable digging up memories from my childhood as opposed to talking about "What thought is constantly pressing for attention today?"  Because...well, it's been longer than ten years on most of my childhood memories, and anything I felt or said or did probably doesn't have the power to make my life miserable today.  How I feel today or what specifically is on my mind, on the other hand, could get me in heaps of trouble. 

But because I'm just ornery like that, I guess I'll start a new post and take a stab at one of the self questions anyways.  Back to the drawing board (or sparks pages) to try to find an easy, non-life-altering one.  LOL.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Procrastination Project

Well, I finally got around to it.  And in retrospect, it was a procrastination project in more ways than just one.  First though...take a gander at the before and after shots. beforeafter













Don't you just LOVE before and after shots?  I do.  It makes me want to go find another project to do, although I'd be hard pressed to find another in such drastic need.     

Anyway, as I was saying, I did not realize how much of a study in procrastination this desk had become until I emptied it completely, wiped it down, and tried to reorganize the stuff to put back. 

See, this desk used to be in use in the office, which is now Munchkin's bedroom.  Of course, when we put all the kid stuff in, mommy and daddy stuff had to go away, so henceforth, the office stuff was packed up and now resides in two neat semi-neat stacks in the garage.  That is an excellent excuse reason not to file, let me tell ya.  I digress.  Back to the story.  The desk was stuck in the garage, empty, to sit until the time comes when we have a room in which to put it (at this rate, it will be our next house, I'm sure).  The desk is currently un-usable, due to the garage being neither heated, nor air-conditioned, and let's face it...paying bills is unpleasant enough, without sweating it or chilling your fingers to the bone while doing it. 

And that whole paragraph there was just to say that the desk was emptied of all the things that belong on it.  Right.  Okay. Just making sure you're with me here. 


IMG_2183Well, let me put it this way, as I started organizing the things that I raked off the desk, and putting things away in their proper homes, there wasn't much to put back on the desk, because, hel-LO...all the desk things are still packed away! 

So basically, the desk was full of things that I was PROCRASTINATING about putting away. 

This picture on the right was the pile of things to put away inside.  Yikes.

And for the things that are still on the desk, yes, the majority of those things belong there, I went through some of the packed away office stuff and pulled out some of the things that I have found myself needing (you know, like that office variety hole punch now that I've finished punching the million and one holes for the stories in hand book and have a sore hand to prove it). 

Fun, fun, fun. 

I never did find the stapler though.  Humph. 

I should have taken pictures of the area surrounding the desk, as my efforts to clean the desk sorta bled over into the nearby messes.  Strangely enough, most of the nearby messes were also "procrastination piles."  Ahh...the joys of putting things off...*sigh*

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SIH - The Banana Seat Bike

When I was a kid, I loved riding bikes. Some of my favorite bike riding memories were on an old banana seat bike. I don't remember where it came from (except I don't think it was new when I got it) or the exact year I got it, but I do remember spending many hours on that seat.

Click to View SourceOne of my favorite parts was the "cycle appeal." I could and did pretend it was my Harley. And just like a motorcycle, when the need arose, you could find a passenger riding on the back half of that banana seat. It was much harder to lean into the curves when you had a friend on back, though.

Countless days you would find us riding around the circle, occasionally it would be me pretending to be a cop and chasing down the bad guys (aka: my brother), but more often than not, he was the cop and had a never ending supply of imaginary tickets to give me for speeding. (Little did I know how true to life THAT little bit of playacting would turn out...thank goodness, not lately though -- knock on wood.)

During the time I had this bike, we lived next door to my grandparents and the shared gravel drive made a loop past both houses. The drive, appropriately branded "the circle" by family members was fairly large (at least in my memory) and had bushes and trees in the middle that were perfect for trying to dodge those pretend cops. One of the bushes in particular, I remember, we used as a drive thru bank, pulling off the "road" (driveway) up to the bush on our bikes to "make a deposit" before pulling our bike back onto the "road."

I learned the skid on that bike, which was especially fun on gravel. If you leaned just right as you were coming to the part of the drive that had several layers of gravel on it, and slammed on that pedal brake, you could skid sideways and spray gravel for several yards before continuing on your way. And with a lot of practice, it was eventually accomplished without a wipe-out between the sideways skid and the continuing on your way. Another favorite maneuver was flying down the hill and jumping the gully in front of grandma's. Those smaller bikes were lighter and you could catch some major air with those babies.

I must have been somewhere between 7 and 8 when I first got that bike and I remember even after I "graduated" up to a grownup bike, I would still occasionally pull that rattletrap out for a ride. I don't know what ever happened to it after I finally outgrew it for good, but it will always remain a fond childhood memory.

Oh to be able to return to the days when life was all about playing, the speeding tickets were imaginary, and there was always sufficient (albeit imaginary) funds for withdrawals....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Stories In Hand

JSprague-StoriesInHand-Flyer425 So I'm taking this free class at and I'm having a blast...

Except, so far, I am procrastinating about actually WRITING down the stories that I've "sparked."

And I'm having a hard time using the handy dandy little binder we printed and put together because the binder rings I used when I put the binder together are too small.  And our stinky local Stuff-mart doesn't have a larger size. 

So.  I need to find some larger binder rings so that the book will actually OPEN instead of just looking pretty. And I need to get writing already.  I plan to use the blog for the writing, and just tag them for this class...I'm not sure how it's gonna go, or when I'm gonna get around to writing, but wish me luck. 

And if she ever offers this free class again, I highly recommend it!

More Cookin'

Trying out a new recipe...Baked Ravioli. Decided to do a spin on the usual throwing of the frozen ravioli in a pot of boiling water and bake it instead.

This recipe had high reviews, and it was pretty basic, so we'll see how it turns out.

Baked Ravioli

  • 1 jar (26 to 28 ounces) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
  • 1 package (25 to 27 1/2 ounces) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1.Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of rectangular baking dish 13x9x2-inches, with cooking spray.

2. Spread 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce in baking dish. Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in single layer over sauce; top with half of the remaining pasta sauce and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers once, starting with ravioli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot in center. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Do-Ahead -- To make this super-easy recipe ahead of time, layer the ingredients in the baking dish, cover tightly with foil and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Bake as directed.

My alterations: I didn't have any shredded cheese, or anything other than cheddar that could be shredded to use, so I used sliced provolone instead. Baking it in the oval pampered chef stone casserole, so I wasn't sure if it would be okay to grease it or not, so I may have a mess on my hands after the fact. Hopefully it will be yummy though.

*EDITED TO ADD: Smashing success!!!!  Highly recommend this one...easy and delish! 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

*Wince* *Moan*

That whole feeling better thing is not all its cracked up to be. I woke up this morning just as achy as ever and ended up going back to bed instead of getting ready for church.

I finally did get up to get a shower and get dressed cuz the hubby said I am not allowed to miss Choir Practice this afternoon and he wanted me to fix lunch here since I was home, so I threw some meatballs in the crockpot and I'm ready to go for this afternoon, so now I'm going to go pop another couple of advil and take another snooze on the couch.

I am sooo tired of being sick. *sigh*

On the bright side, I have only missed like one day of posting this week....that's a miracle for me!

*edited to add: sweet hubby helped clean up after dinner AND put the kids down for a nap without me even asking. What a sweetie.*

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Perfectly Good Saturday

Where did it go?  *sigh*

Oh yeah.  I spent most of it laying around on the couch.  Again.  How long does this flu stuff last anyway?

But.  No whining. 

I spent most of the afternoon surfing the internet researching handmade gift ideas for the holidays.

And uploading a few pictures that I never did pull off my camera....guess it's been about a month.  YIKES . 

Here's one that I had to put on the password protected pictures.

And here are the others....

Went to see M's band competition last month....he's the snare drummer on the end in the first picture and in the front of the line on the second picture.  That was pretty fun since we were otherwise was kinda like a date for me and the hubby.  Haha. IMG_2130IMG_2138

IMG_2149Then here's that project I was talking about...the magnetic calendar and altered dry erase board that I bought for $.50 and hung up for my calendar/to do list in my kitchen.  I like how it turned out.

Next we have last night's cpr/first aid class at DSS...CV & MV took it with us here in town so she was operating the camera here.  The instructor decided KC should be the human demo dummy (as opposed to the plastic versions that he also brought IMG_2172to class) and made him get up on the table and then made me be the first to practice using an was only a test model, so it didn't actually SHOCK him.  LOL.  It was pretty funny.  He left after the cpr part b/c he had already taken first aid, but the older couple that the instructor used to demonstrate appropriate choking technique was HILARIOUS!!!  He was the one "choking" and she was trying to get her arms around him and told him to "suck it in" and he was like, "I CAN'T, I'm 'CHOKING'" and she said, hey, "be quiet, you can't talk, remember?"  They were TOO funny! 

And last of all, but certainly not least....I slaved in the kitchen popped open the can of dough and stuck them in the oven to make these today.

IMG_2174And then I iced them. 

And then the woman saw that the tree chocolate covered cinnamon twist was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree sweet to be desired to make one wise fat, she took of the fruit food thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.**  

And then they had another.  And I went and sat down.  And then I got up and took a picture of this exact one.  And then I ate it.  And it was good, too. 

The end. 

**this has been a twisted Faith-spin from the book of Genesis chapter 3.

Have a lovely evening.


New post in the private blog.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Need Some Cheese

Cuz I have plenty of whine. 

*huge sigh* 

I hate being miserable.  I hate being so hot I can't get cool, but the minute I do, I'm freezing.  I hate headaches that won't go away.  I hate being achy.  I hate PMS.  I hate being grouchy and I hate being sick.  I'm not really that sleepy right now, but I don't feel like doing anything either.  Which is why I'm here, whining. 

And since I hate whining, I'm going to stop now. 

Maybe with my extended time of fellowship with the lovely couch, I'll feel like blogging something of greater importance later. 

Blech.  Anything would be more important than this.  A detailed report of the hairball that I just witnessed....well, maybe that wouldn't be more least not by much.  Ha.

My sense of humor isn't sick....or maybe it is.  LOL. 

But hey.  I'm laughing.  That is better than I was doing at the beginning of this post.  Progress, eh? 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pretty Sure It's The Flu

Cuz I'm downright miserable. Started getting all achy on Monday and last night started running a temperature and REALLY achy. Hasn't stopped yet. And I have to go get the kids from school. And take them to get their flu vaccines second half....



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Not Doing So Great

Post moved to private blog.

Monday, November 10, 2008

In The Last 4 Hours

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Trying Out Live Writer

On the recommendation of (the other) Faith, I decided to download and try Windows Live Writer and so far so good.  It downloads the settings from your blog and it's like you're typing directly into your blog, not in the post screen (that drives me crazy when I hit publish and the way I typed everything out is all changed). 

So basically, I'm checking to see if this is going to publish differently than it looks when I'm typing. IMG_6540e 

And wow.  The way it loads pictures is thousands of times can change all the settings right there without having to delete and re-upload if you got the placement or size wrong.  It even does borders and everything.  WOW. 

So far so good.  What else shall I test.  Okay how bout a map? So here's a map.  Look you can even do pushpins.  How fun.

A Map of Montana





Oh cool...and I don't have to play around to make my text fit down below it!!!  Woohoo!  And apparently spell check is automatic b/c it's telling me that Woohoo and b/c are not spelled right.  HAHA.  Nice. 

Well, okay now....I'm gonna post and see what happens. 

Catcha later!

*EDITED TO ADD: Wow....that was cool! (Giant thank you to [the other] Faith)*

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Weekend Woe

Actually it wasn't really that woeful, except for the fact that I did another "three day posting absence" kind of thing. I guess some people wouldn't consider that "woe."

LOL. OHHH well.

Been staying busy.

Have nothing really important to say except that K-man's antibiotics for ear infection are making potty training quite difficult. *SIGH*

And really....that's not that important. Only about 2 more days of that.

Oh and my alternate (read: evil) state of mind (otherwise known as PMS) appears to be gearing up for a lovely time of it. Stay out of my way. Consider yourself warned. No further comment. (LOL!)

Even that is totally unimportant (unless you live with me...hahaha).

Seriously....I have nothing of the slightest bit of interest to talk about. My busy life, but I've posted enough schedule for awhile....must find something better to talk about. I'll put that on my to-do list.

Thanks for reading this woefully unimportant post. Your day (or night) can only get better from here, right? *grin* That almost rhymed. (wincing)


Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Crockpot Flop

I tried Mac & Cheese. Blech!

It should have turned out right. Smelled good. But it had a weird weird texture and taste that was totally not creamy velveeta. Maybe we're just spoiled.

Extremely funny though that K-man, who doesn't even LIKE mac & cheese, ate it and said it was good.

Oh well. I'm entitled to a few flops right?

At least I didn't do a pathetic job on the house cleaning today. Something in my favor anyways. LOL!

Oh yeah, Munchkin has a viral infection. Not strep, not ear infection (at least not yet, thank goodness). Still fever on and off, so I guess she'll be sticking with me tomorrow, too. If she feels better I may still try to do my errands tomorrow and just let her tag along. I'm sure she'd love that. She told me she would rather do that than go to school. HAHA.


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

This Crazy Thing Called Life

Wow, where do I start?

I apologize in advance if I be ramblin tonight b/c my life is all tangled up in knots right now and I'm spending all my time trying to untangle everything.

Monday - Math tutoring, errands in town
Tuesday - Moving the rest of the sod patch the neighbor was getting rid of, to our yard full of bare patches that we call a lawn. (She's extending her flower bed out into her yard a ways and didn't want to kill the grass when we could totally use it. I have one thing though...the grass that was greener on her side of the line? Is totally not as green now that it's on our side!! HAHA. Actually it is getting green again now that I've been watering it in good...hahah) Oh and I also finished up the scrappy magnetic calendar that I started over a year ago at the last convention....I'll post that project and pictures later.
Wednesday - Physical/TB test for foster home license renewal, returning the wrong sized air filter that I bought on Monday (that was like $17 bucks), deposit a check, pick up some groceries, get a land line hooked back up to the house so that our fire inspection will pass, reschedule the kids flu shots since I almost missed the fact that I double booked tomorrow morning, church, got home and Munchkin's running a fever (I knew she wasn't acting like herself)
Thursday - IEP Meeting with Munchkin's speech therapist first thing in the morning, school picture day for the kids, KC's parents for supper and Mr TechSupport to work on some computer issue (not sure how all this stuff is going to factor in with Munchkin being sick tonight)
Friday - Back to the doctor for TB test read, thinking about going back to the town I used to work for lunch again (I went through my books faster this time although it doesn't seem like I was reading that much, but I need another library fix, plus this is thrift store 1/2 price sale week at all three stores down there, and I'm still looking for Munchkin a winter play coat. I didn't realize until I got all the winter stuff unpacked that the only play coat she has is for temperatures between 55-68F), licensing home visit to check the house over...not that it's changed any in 2 years except the last time they visited, we were childless and the house stayed clean after I cleaned it. HAHA.

Anyways....Monday - Wednesday is a rundown of actual happenings. Thursday and Friday are possible that Munchkin is seeming to get sickly, the plans may change....there may be a doctor visit in there that is not for me.

I wanted to get the load of laundry in the dryer folded and put away today but that didn't happen. I also need to do a little basic housecleaning sometime between now and Friday's home visit, so I forsee myself scrambling to get some of that done tomorrow between the IEP meeting and time to pick up K-man and I'm not sure where Munchkin is going to fall in that picture yet.

Seems like I had other thoughts running through my head when I opened this post, but now I can't think of them. Oh well.

Oh yeah, one thing. I'm not going to link this b/c I never got a response to the comment I left this person and if I freaked her out with my comment at least she won't see a whole bunch (okay who am I kidding?....FIVE) people flying to her blog from here, but for you people that know me, go open a new tab and in the address bar, type in walkwithmebyfaith (dot) blogspot (dot) com and go look at her blog. Go look and then come back.

Are you back yet?

How bout now? LOL. Just playin. Anywho, how strange is that? She's only been bloggin about six months, but from what I can figure, she must be around 2 years older, married 1 year longer, hubby's names start with the same letter, OUR names are the same, we both sing in church choir, read some of the same blogs, the whole kid issue (or lack there-of) just keeps going....

Anyways, she seems to have it so together and so crafty on top of it. This Faith is sadly lacking in the "Having it together" department...and in the sewing department....and we won't even get into the pointless blogging department (except to say that I'm the one that's got that one covered). Ohhhhh wellllll. I'm trying to retain my normal color (for a few moments there I was feeling a little green monster trying to change my colors....LOL!!)

If she responds, I'll let you know. Speaking of responses, I need to go check those people I tagged a few weeks ago....the randomly chosen strangers...I've never gotten any response from 6 out of the this how Jesus must have felt when he healed the 10 lepers and only one came back? Ya try to be nice and nothin but rejection. *sigh* Oh well.

And on that ever-so-positive note...I think I'm gonna hit the sack.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Ten On Tuesday: Blah Blah Blah

Today's Topic: 10 Things You Love To Talk About (as always, click the link to go to the Ten on Tuesday Site)

(these are totally NOT in order of importance)

1. scrapbooking
2. crafty gifts
3. church/God
4. books
5. photoshop
6. photography
7. my family
8. blogging
9. organization projects
10. the horrors of potty training (hopefully this talking topic will go away SOON! HAHA)

Thanks for stoppin by! =) Happy Tuesday!

(Well....sorta happy....and rather annoyed that pretty much all the folks who had my vote....well....annoyed says it all, I think.)

This Is Bad

Totally not homemade or crockpot fare, but this pizza ROCKS!!!

I think they might even be buy one/get one at Food Lion for a few more hours (I think Food Lion's sales change on Wednesday morning).

This was supper tonight and KC even allowed me to have FOUR pieces of pizza (LOL to Mike/Amanda).

For the rest of you who would be like, "huh? What's she talkin about?" Well, I had to miss church Sunday morning to take the K-man to the doc, and apparently my name was brought up (I'm not really sure how) about how they saw me eat 4 pieces of pizza and couldn't believe it (yeah, i'm not really that skinny, so I don't know why that's a big deal) and someone else commented to KC later, that it was because he wasn't with me and he didn't allow me to eat more than two pieces. LOL. Hah. They are just soo funny. *grin*

Whatever, but this pizza is just awesome!! And baked on a stone makes it that much better!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Monday Is Not My Friend

Seriously. Why is it that Monday must be so difficult? Grrr.

Well, busy weekend and stinky Monday, but on the bright side, I had both crockpots going today (just so I could show KC that I really do *need* two crocks...hehehe).

I tried this Decadent Chocolate Gooey Cake Recipe in the crockpot. On a scale from one to ten, I'd give it about a 4. Kinda "eh" in my book. Not terrible, but I probably won't fix it again. KC seemed to like it and it smelled good. Maybe I'm just not in a chocolate fit....oh well.

The other one, however, is a winner and will be going in my recipe file. The original recipe was Bacon Ranch Chicken but I didn't have any bacon and I'm not big on egg noodles, so I switched it up a bit. Here's mine:

Crockpot Ranch Chicken

1 tsp garlic minced (I used freeze dried and kinda guessed on the tsp)
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
4 boneless skinless chicken breast (I used 2 large ones and 1 medium sized time I'll use four though b/c I generally don't eat the chicken but THIS time I actually liked it!!!)
Pasta of choice, cooked (I used the tri-colored garden spirals with a light garlic and oil over them to keep them from sticking together....butter might work better with the ranch....might try that next time)

Combine the first 4 ingredients. Pour over chicken in slow cooker. (Wait...hang on before you do that and spray with cooking spray first....I remembered this time...and the recipe didn't even call for
Cook 3-4 hours on high or until chicken is cooked through. (I cooked for 3 hours on high and 1 hour on low and the chicken was literally falling apart, but SOOOO good).
Serve over hot pasta.
Makes 4-6 servings.

Things I noted...the sauce was extremely runny....I'm not sure if it was due to the one less piece of chicken or if I did something wrong, but it was still totally delicious. It was more like soup with giant chunks of chicken in it dumped over noodles, but oh well. *grin* I'll definitely be doing this one again.

Anywho. That's it for today....I have a headache and I'm rather grumpy so I'm gonna hop out of here before I get all negative. LOL.