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ooohhhhhhh.....I'm so full. 

Lunner was delicious if I do say so myself.  :D

I tried one of the Jennie O oven ready turkeys  this year and it turned out amazing, everyone raved about it.  Everything else, ok except the dressing & giblet gravy, I made myself and if I do say so myself I did good.

I need my nap now.  Courtney and Abner are still here and Eric and Abner are playing x-box, while mom and Mike went out to see some of his family that lives here in town.  Emily is patiently waiting her turn to play the kung fu panda game after the boys are done.  

Its been a really good day. 

NATALIE'S SECRET SHRIMP DIP RECIPE


2 pkgs of Cream Cheese, softened
2 cans of Tiny Shrimp (in the tuna section)
Green Onion (2 cut up very small)
Celery (1-2 cut up very small)
1-2 Tbs of Mayo (depends on the thickness you want) I don't use much.
 
Mix it all up, and chill in the fridge. (The longer it chills the better the flavor.)
Serve with Crackers (my fav are Wheat Thins or Triskets)
 
ENJOY!

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My co-worker Natalie, brought this today for us to snack on and its so good. I'm so making it tomorrow for a snack or maybe even tonight

picture frames


I need rustic frames like these in 4" x 6"

Those are perfect but to much and to big.

classic cake stand

This is so pretty!  I would love to have one.





It would look nice sitting on the bar separating the kitchen/dining room.

Anyone, anyone?

I have an extra copy of a book that I thought someone on here would like to have so I was thinking since I have never done this that I would have a contest!

Just leave a comment and you are entered, nice and easy. 

The book is Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld and has lots of healthy simple recipes that include vegetable purees.



I have liked the copy I have and have made quite a few recipes in it that went over well with the entire family.  

So just let me know.

OH YEAH I'LL DRAW THE WINNER THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!!

Tip #12371347498720129874

From me to you...

When getting toothpaste on your hands make sure to wash it all off thoroughly before attempting to put contacts in your eyes because it will burn badly and make you scream like a little girl and  you won't be able to get the contact out of your eye fast enough.


You are welcome. 
I love this picture Emily drew. 

Its cute.



Its how she draws all of her girl faces now. 

I am completely and totally exhausted and could pass out right now.

Eric and I took Emily to the county fair and we walked all over that place and she rode tons of rides.  It really wore me out!

But I had funnel cake so that makes up for all the walking.

emily barrette

Emily really wanted a heart barrette so I made one of these for her.  My stitches need a lot of work but I thought it turned out decent.  I stuffed it with little bits of the felt that were left over so it would be a little puffy.  





I'm going to keep working on it until I  can get my stitches perfect.  

awwww yeah


one of the best songs ever

if you pass this post without listening to the song you are just hurting yourself

couple of random pictures

Dawn I went ahead and took a picture of the barrette for you.  :D



The red felt is the little cheapy kind you find at wal-mart craft section in squares but the yellow part is the nice felt I bought at a fabric store, it was a little more but a nicer quality.  Not the best but I thought it was kind of cute and Emi loved it. and she kept it in her hair all day. 

How do some little kids come home at the end of the school day looking perfect?  Neither of my ever have, they come home looking like they have played and played all day long with wild hair!

Here is my new hair.  I haven't colored it yet again but if you click on the picture and look at it larger you can see the lighter streaks are the lavender purple streaks now.  It may be hard to see though but I promise its there. Its a little shorter than last time but the lady didn't have a choice since the other guy butcherd it.  I really like it.



My chin is broke out so bad that I'm seriously considering buying proactive for my face. 

I'm so damn relieved right now I can't even tell you.

It is a rainy, rainy day out there.  All night long it rained with lots of thunder and lightening and I didn't get much sleep again so I heard it all.

Thinking of going to a few thrift stores today but not sure I want to get out in the rain with the bad drivers.  If I stay here though I'm pretty sure a nap will be in store for me because napping while its raining is wonderful.

I made Emily a cute little hair barrette last night and did the sewing by hand.  I practiced the blanket stitch and I think I have it down now.  It doesn't look perfect but its cute and Emily loved it when she saw it this morning so I fixed her hair with it.  I made it with yellow and red felt and a button so it looks like a little flower.  I'm going to try and make some more today or tonight.

SPEEDY NO-KNEAD BREAD


Time: About 1 hour, plus 4 1/2 hours' resting

3 cups bread flour

1 ( 1/4 -ounce) packet instant yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Oil as needed

Combine flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups water and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest about 4 hours at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

Lightly oil a work surface and place dough on it; fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes more.

At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under dough and put it into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.

Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

New Dancing with the stars lineup!

I'M SO EXCITED!  I can't wait for this season.

Toni Braxton, singer, 40, and season one DWTS champ Alec Mazo
Lance Bass, singer, 29, and Lacey Schwimmer
Ted McGinley, actor, 50, and Inna Brayer
Cloris Leachman, actress, 82, and Corky Ballas
Warren Sapp, former NFL star, 35, and Kym Johnson
Rocco DiSpirito, chef, 41, and Karina Smirnoff
Kim Kardashian, TV personality, 27, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
Maurice Green, Olympic gold medalist track and field star, 34, and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke
Misty May-Treanor, Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player, 31, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Susan Lucci, Emmy-award winning soap opera actress, 61, and Tony Dovolani
Jeffrey Ross, 42, comedian, and Edyta Sliwinska
Cody Linley, 18, actor, and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough
Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough

Tailgate cake

This sounds pretty good!  Found the recipe in the paper

TAILGATE CAKE

1 Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker German chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup oil

1 cup water

1 can German chocolate frosting

4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put all ingredients in an electric mixer bowl and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour into a greased 9-by-13-inch pan or tube pan. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes in the 9-by-13 pan or 55 minutes in the tube pan, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

etsy shopping

I really like the colors of this skirt and how whimsical it is.  With how hot it is here I want to wear skirts but I have none to wear.




Cute dress for Emily and it comes in her size!


I love these earrings!  The color is gorgeous

This is pretty much one of the coolest web sites ever, This is sand

When the page opens up click on the box in the top left corner to start.  

Its right up there with virtual bubble wrap.

Fresh Corn Quiche

FRESH CORN QUICHE

Chronicle-tested recipe

  • 3 cups fresh, raw corn kernels, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and diced
  • 1 deep-dish frozen pie crust, thawed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Purée 1 cup corn kernels in a food processor. Add eggs, onion, flour, sugar, salt and coriander. Blend until onion is finely chopped. Add half-and-half and butter; process just until blended. Transfer to a large bowl.

Fold in the remaining corn kernels and the jalapeño. Pour into the crust.

Bake until the filling is slightly puffed and golden on top, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

Makes 8 servings.

SUMMER CORN AND PANCETTA SOUP

mmmmm.....I want this right now

  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 6 ears corn, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound pancetta, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes or crushed canned tomatoes
  • 2 quarts corn stock or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh basil

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, reduce the cream by half, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove from heat and set aside.

Using a box grater, scrape corn kernels from the cobs until most of the pulp is removed. Reserve the cobs.

To make the stock, fill a large pot with 2 quarts water and the cobs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, to a soup pot add oil and melt butter over high heat. When butter sizzles, add the pancetta to render the fat; stir frequently and don't overcrisp. Stir in the onion and sweat until translucent. Add garlic and sauté briefly before adding corn. Stir for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with juice and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the corn stock and cream. Simmer and season with Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Add basil and steep for 5 minutes. Remove basil with a slotted spoon. Ladle soup into 6 soup bowls and serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

funny craigslist ad

I wonder how much secretary he need?

Our company need some Secretary (Sugar Land)


Reply to: job-757207745@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-07-16, 10:24AM CDT


Our company need some Secretary
Must have a good attitude, and willing too work.
If interested please call 281-240-2712 to set up an interview.

Thank You and Gooodluck.
   


  • Location: Sugar Land
  • Compensation: Our company need some Secretary
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

I like how much they pay.  :D

My Adventures

I think tonight I'll be going on an adventure. 

Since I was finally old enough to drive I used to love to drive to new places that were close by.  Going in to the Big City, Houston, was always fun for me since we only live 30 minutes away or to Galveston since it was only about 30 minutes the other  way, we are right in the middle.  So like I said I loved driving to new places I would hear about that were close by.  And I had my cool 69 camaro that I adored to do that in. 

I remember one time Dacia, Billy, and myself decided to drive to Galveston one day because we had heard about the old mans face on the side of the building story (rock I actually googled for "old man on side of building + galveston, tx" and it was actually the first image popped up!!  How cool is that? ))))  Anyway. 

So we go to Galveston and the building is UTMB's buldings to see this for ourselves.  We actually didn't tell our parents where we were going because my mom would have lost her mind and Dacia never really told her parents where she was going and Billy was just always with me at that time since he couldn't drive yet.  So off we went on an adventure!

We finally arrive on the back side of the island  to where we knew the buildings were and found a place to park my car.  At that time, probably 86/87 there was a lot of construction going on and there was a fence around it but it was pretty much useless with it leaning/holes in it that were just able to walk in.  So the three of us walked in strutting our stuff thinking how cool we were to be there when we see/hear a big, black vicious looking doberman is coming right at us.  Not sure we heard him or saw him first all we knew was that we had to get the hell out of there before we were eaten by the dog.  We get back to our car but by then the dog had lost interest in us so we waited a little bit and tried again since he wasn't anywhere in site.

We got back in and walked to the back of the building where the face was supposed to be and look up and there it is, as big as could be.  I wish at the time I would thought to taken a picture but I didn't think of it then.  The story we had always heard about "The Face" in Galveston was that of an old man who's property was taken from him to build the buildings for the hospital and it all ended up just being taken from him and he died shortly after that and had swore he would never leave his land, thus the picture on the building.  Hey, we were teenagers so we didn't know better and its a better story than the one listed in the link above right?   heh.

So the three of stood there for a few minutes, went alright well that was so now what do you want to do?   And walked off. 

I was pretty neat though and we can say we saw it. :D

But I like doing stuff like that.  For prom we went on tours of the old homes Galveston and got to hear their stories.  Courtney and I would go on adventures all the time.  She likes to look through antique shops, funky stores, thrift stores like myself  so we still do that.  I like to find random festivals to stop at, large craft shows, farmers markets and just stop to see whats going on.  We have taken random beach trips after work on some summer nights just to go enjoy the early evening ocean breezes.  Or have driven in to Houston when I hear about specialty grocery stores that have all kinds of samples of food I had always wanted to try.  New restaurants since we all love food so much.  The wall of water in Houston.  Carriage rides on the Galveston Strand or in downtown Houston on the night of prom.

Just all kinds of fun stuff I like to do and I'm sure I didn't even get even a page filled in up in the book I could write of all the fun stuff I like to do.

So tonight is a more boring adventure maybe, myself, the girls and Abner may be driving to Bedias, Texas to drop Courtney's car off at dad's tonight and then driving back.  But along the way there is plenty of beautiful scenery and interesting things to look that it will be fun.

I'm  so glad both girls like to go on adventures with me because its more fun with them

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Neat Idea! Etsy find - Tote Bag Organizer



As much as I like to change purses around this would be ideal, and I have big purses so it would work great. 

Speaking of bags, I bought myself a large tote bag from Target today to keep all of my work papers/snacks/ work cup in because I keep forgetting it all either at home or in the car.  I also need a little change purse to just switch over and throw in my work tote.

pretty chair



Isn't that pretty?  I love the style more than the colors and I see this chair all the time at the antique stores.  I would love to have one for the house sitting in a corner with a lamp next to it to read in.  It looks so comfy.

These are Heelarious!

High heels for your baby girl!  They deserve to be fashionable too.  :D



Found from another community

Cute Stuff found on Etsy


I wonder how hard this would be to make?  I really want it!

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Cute Stuff found on Etsy

I love love love this little sewing kit and the other items in this shop.

Needle books

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Dec. 19th, 2006

I actually tried to watch television last night but all the shows I wanted to see were repeats so that pretty much sucked.  I played with my cell phone instead and downloaded some new ring tones.  I am now the annoying owner of All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey, Fergalicious by Fergy, and Irreplaceable by Beyonce.  I am now one of those annoying cell phone people with the obnoxious ring tones but I was getting tired of Your man by Josh Turner.  :D

I have the most tasty coffee recipe that dad's girlfriend made for bunco last week so here it is....

VIENNESE COFFEE
 
Ingredients:
 
3 cups strong freshly brewed hot coffee
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup creme de cacao or Irish cream (optional) (I** used creme de cacao)
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate shavings (optional)
 
Directions:
 
1.  Combine coffee, chocolate syrup and sugar in Crock pot slow cooker.  Cover and cook on LOW for 2-2 1/2 hrs.  Stir in heavy cream and creme de cacao (or Irish cream), if desired.  Cover and cook 30 minutes or until heated through.
 
2.  Ladle coffee into coffee cups.  Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.
 
Makes about 4 servings.

You will love it, trust me. 

Not feeling the whole work thing today.  Would have rather stayed home in bed being useless but this always happens during pms.

So I guess I'll finish filing now which is my number one hated office job of all time.

ramen chicken salad

Here is the recipe the other day from the bunco group I went to that was so tasty!

Thanks again Tabby!

1 bag cole slaw
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 c. toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 c. sliced almonds
2 pkgs. chicken flavored ramen noodles (save the
seasoning packet)

dressing:
1/2 cup of canola oil
4 T. rice wine vinegar
4 T. sugar
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. salt
seasoning packet from the ramen noodles

Make salad. Put on dressing a little while before
serving so it can
marinate. DO NOT put in noodles until ready to serve.
Crunch them up
and toss with salad before serving.

I added chicken so it would be more of a meal.

Chocolate swirl bundt cake

Oh and Courtney's cake turned out really good!

1 pkg yellow cake mix
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
3 (1 oz.) packets of nestle toll house choco bake unsweetened chocolate flavor*
2 tbsp. powdered sugar

preheat oven to 375 and grease 10 cup bundt or tube pan

combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil and water in a large mixing bowl and beat on low spead until moistened. beat on high for two minutes

place 1 1/2 cups batter in a medium bowl, stir in choco bake. alternately spoon batters into prepared baking pan, beginning and ending with the yellow batter

bake for 35-45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake come out clean. cool for 20 minutes. dust with powdered sugar before serving.

*didn't have choco bake stuff so I just melted some chocolate chips and mixed with the batter and it turned out fine.

Pepper Steak

I got this recipe out of the "Fix it and Forget it Cookbook" page 79. I had been checking this book out and then when suz posted those recipes from it not to long ago I had to go out and buy it. Its one of the best cookbook purchases I have made in a while.

Pepper Steak

1 1/2 - 2 lbs. beef round steak, cut in strips
2 tbsp. oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup chopped onions
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 large green peppers, cut in strips
4 tomatoes cut into eighths, or 16 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup cold water
1 tbsp. cornstarch

Brown beef in oil in saucepan. Transfer to slow cooker.

Combine soy sauce, garlic, onions, sugar, salt, pepper, and ginger. Pour over meat.

Cover. Cook on low 5-6 hours.

Add green peppers and tomatoes. Cook 1 hour longer.

Combine water add cornstarch to make paste. Stir into slow cooker. Cook on high until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Serve over rice or noodles.

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Chicken & Brocolli Rice casserole

I don't claim to be a gourmet cook but this is really good and easy to make.
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