Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday!


This last week while trying to accomplish one of my tasks, I became very frustrated. I was struggling to find all my pictures. Where were they? It is a sad state of affairs when you are still unpacking 1 1/2 years after moving. Sigh!!

While stewing over this lack of organization hubby said tackle the problem one box at a time. Simple isn't it!?!? But hubby couldn't be right...could he???
I think someone was trying to get a point across to me this week because the very next day I was watching Peter Walsh from "Clean Sweep". He was asked "where do you start an organizational job?" and his response was "my grandmother always said the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time!" Lightbulb flashed overhead. The only way to get from point A to point B is one step at a time. Hubby was right...but please don't tell him ;-)

With this new affirmation leading the way I have since taken time each day to empty, sort, purge and fling one box daily. Some days I have been lucky and done a few more. It took time to get to this point - it will take time to get where I want this house and my life to be.

So this week other than my daily box I want to clean off the baker's rack in the kitchen. It has become a catch all for many things. As you can see its time to do the recycling too.



Okay is anyone else finding this project tackling addicting???
Now what to do next.......

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Monday, March 31, 2008

#24 - cook an ethnic meal

Cooking has always been a source of enjoyment for me, but lately I have noticed that I cook mostly the basics or tried and true recipes. My sense of adventure and curousity has been limited. So on this journey, I have decided to make an "ethnic" meal at home atleast every 2 months.

One of our family favorites is Chinese food. I have noticed lately however that much of what we get as take-out does not meet our standards and we have been left disappointed. So I thought why not imitate a couple of these family standards.
Sorry...no recipes. I just tossed in a bit of this and that til my tastebuds said YES!

Firstly I made homemade egg rolls with store - bought wrappers, coleslaw mix, shredded chicken and spices/sauces to taste. After assembly I fried them in some oil till golden brown. Hubby asked if they were store bought :-) Not sure, but am taking that as a compliment.

Fried rice is another standard of any Chinese takeout. My only complaint of most fried rice is that the veggies/meat are few and far between. I sauted ginger and garlic with some onions. Cut up waterchestnuts, bamboo shoots, carrots, baby corn and broccoli and sauteed this ginger/garlic mixture...added rice and soy sauce. Yum!

Finally I made hubby's all time favorite - Pineapple chicken. VH sauces now has a Pineapple sauce. I lightly battered small chunks of chicken breast and fried in oil til golden. Then I added to warming pineapple sauce.

All in all...the Chinese feast was a hit and I will be doing this again for sure.

Menu Monday - Mach 30th - April 5th

Surprize! Surprize!! I actually followed my menu this week. LOL
And it made my days much more pleasant.

This week is using up items in the freezer so grocery shopping was for fresh produce, milk and snacks only.

Sunday: Meatloaf burgers, home fries, broccoli, coleslaw
Monday: Roasted chicken thighs,gravy, mashed potatoes, salad, corn
Tuesday: Salmon, rice, green beans, coleslaw
Wednesday: Pierogis, sausage, coleslaw
Thursday: leftovers or wraps
Friday: Homemade pizza
Saturday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday's Feast #13 (185)

What does the color dark green make you think of?

The color dark green makes me think of nature and all its calmness.
Trees, grass and all the serenity that goes with the experience of world around us.

How many cousins do you have?

8 first cousins on my mom's side
5 first cousins on my dad's side
And then their kids, and their kids' children

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how honest are you?

I rate honesty very highly and strive to been honest as much as I can.
Of course there is the occasion "white" lies do happen....the phone solicitor you just don't feel like dealing with or the ones we share with our children (tooth fairy, santa, easter bunny)

I would say I rate about a 9 on the honesty scale.

Main Course

Name something that is truly free.

Happiness because your happiness comes only from your state of mind...nothing else.

Using the letters in the word SPRING, write a sentence.

Some People Realize Inspiring Notions Generally.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Booking through Thursday #11

This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:

While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?

Book design usually has very little do with my reading enjoyment. My library is full of hardcovers, softcovers, plain covers, eleborate pictured covers, fonts of varying sizes and literature that is main stream and off the beaten path. I am often drawn to a book by the author, or how catching the blurb is written inside the jacket. At times I pick a book just on a whim or something recommended by a friend/family member.

The only time I think book design has any effect on me is when I am travelling and my space is limited. Then I look for small paperbacks. Something that is light and takes up a small space.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

#23 - New Dessert Each Month

As part of my "101 things in 1001 days" project, I wanted to start cooking more...and new things! Things that I have never tried - but always wanted to.

For March's new Dessert I wanted to go with something that I could use to celebrated St. Patrick's Day. Oh we all know the typical stuff of Corned Beef and Cabbage with Soda Bread. But what is a typical dessert? I browsed the internet and came up with this recipe.

Rhubarb and Raspberry Jam Roly - Poly

Filling: 1/2 lb rhubarb, chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup raspberry jam

Dough: 2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 tbsp frozen unsalted butter
2/3 cup ( or more) iced water
1 tbsp whipping cream with 1 tbsp sugar

For filling : Combine rhubarb, sugar and 1 tbsp water in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Cover; cook until rhubarb softens to thick pulp, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Mix in jam. Cool. Can be made one week ahead. Cover. Chill.

For Dough : Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into large bowl. Using large holes in box grater, grate frozen butter into mixture; stir to blend. Cover and freeze atleast 15 minutes. Add 2/3 cup iced water to flour mixture, tossing to form soft dough. Trasfer to floured surface and knead to form ball. Roll out dough to 12 x 9 rectangle.

Spread 6 tbsp filling over dough leaving 1 inch border all around. Starting at long edge, roll up jelly roll style; seal seam. Place seam side down and seal ends. Brush with glaze. Bake at 400F for 30 minutes. Cool briefly.

Vanilla Custard Sauce

1 1/2 cups half and half
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
6 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar

Place half and half in heavy medium saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat, cover and let steep 30 minutes. Whisk yolks and sugar in medium bowl until thick. Gradually whisk half and half with vanilla bean into yolk mixture. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir custard over low heat until thickened enough to leave path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 6 minutes. Do Not Boil! Pour into bowl. Chill uncovered until cold, atleast 2 hours. Discard vanilla bean before using.

Reviews: DD loved it!
Hubby said was good but thought with custard, an apple filling might be
better. Time to search for an Apple Roly-Poly :-)

Tackle it Tuesday!

Another week! Another tackle!!
This project of tackling something each week, started as something "fun" to do and has now grown into a compulsion. Each Monday night I start looking around the house for something that needs to be completed. Believe me...my list is endless!!

This week's projects....

1. DD has FINALLY cleared out her closet. 4 bags for donation later and a bunch of other stuff boxed and waiting patiently for a home somewhere in the room, I was able to remove the existing clothes hanging set up and put patch fix on the walls. Today I plan on sanding down the patched spots....reapply patch fix if necessary and picking up white paint to finish off the walls.

2. A project that cannot be put off any longer. My side of the family is having a family reunion in June and a cousin is piecinig together a Memory book. Each family needs a page put together and I have been putting off this task. But it is needed before April 1st...so today out comes the photo albumns and boxes and I will be going down "memory lane" and putting together a page of my family.

3. If time allows I would very much like to reorganize, clean and purge the fridge freezer.

Happy Tackling everyone. Pictures of my finished tackles to follow.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Menu Monday : March 23rd - 29th

It's Monday again. Another week and another menu. Yup! Reoccuring theme!!!
Last week's review....wasn't a week I followed the menu very closely. Started the week okay, then I wasn't feel great and then we were home and it just fell apart. Friday we snacked on hot wings because I wasn't in the mood to cook much. Saturday, we ate out for lunch and no one was very hungry come supper time.

Monday I did make the "Irish" stew and potato rolls.
Stew was pretty standard but the rolls were from a new recipe. And we will definitely be having them again.

Potato Rolls

2 small russet (baking potatos), peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
5 - 5 3/4 cups bread or all purpose flour
2 pkgs active dry yeast
2 tbsp butter, melted

In a small saucepan, cook potatoes, covered, in enough boiling water to cover for 15 ot 20 minutes or until tender; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Using a fork, mash the potatoes; set aside. Add buttermilk, the 1/4 cup butter, sugar and salt to the hot cooking liquid; heat until warm and butter almost melts.

In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups flour and the yeast. Stir in the buttermilk mixture and mashed potatoes. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining four to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic ( 6 to 8 minutes total) Shape dough into a ball. Place in a buttered bowl; turn once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 hour)

Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease three baking sheets ( or line baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 10 x 6 inch rectangle (3/4 inch thick). Cut each rectangle of dough into fifteen 2 - inch squares. Place squares 2 to 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush tops with the 2 tbsp melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.

Bake in at 375F for 15 - 18 minutes or until golden. Immediately remove rolls from baking sheet. Cool slightly on a rack. Serve warm.

Oh well....time to try again. LOL

Sunday: Tacos, Mexi-fries
( I know its Easter but I still have turkey and ham in the freezer from Christmas and New Years, so we dared to be different)
Monday: Fritatta, Salad
Tuesday: Pork chops with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Wednesday: Egg Rolls, Fried Rice, Pineapple Chicken
Thursday: Leftovers or wraps with veggies
Friday: Chicken thighs, gravy, mashed potatoes, beans, salad
Saturday: Steak, baked potato, salad, corn

More menus can be found at Organizing Junkie

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday's Feast #10, #11 & #12 (182, 183 &184)

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Two

If you could be any current celebrity for one whole week, who would you want to be?

I would want to be Oprah. She is making strong changes in the way people think and how people interact with others. Not only is she successful but she is enlightened and compassionate. A great combination!

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you enjoy talking on the phone?

Depends on who I am talking to. If I am talking to family and friends, then it would be a 9 or 10. If I am talking to solicitors or strangers, it would be about a 2 or 3.

Name a charitable organization to which you have donated (or would like to).

Any organization that has to do with children and helping make their lives better is high on my list of worthy charities.

Main Course

What is a food you like so much you could eat it every single day for a month?

Shrimp. I just love shrimp! Anyway!! Anyhow!!
Kind of makes you think about the scene in Forrest Gump doesn't it. LOL

Have you or anyone in your family had the flu this year?

We haven't had a full blown case of the flu but we have had a couple days of sniffles and just not feeling very good.

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Three

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how much do you like your own handwriting?

My handwriting is a combination of printing and writing. Hated it growing up because I was forced to change my style because a teacher felt it was too small. Now I write back handed and large. But as my daughter has gotten older, I have learned to appreciate it more. Reason???? She commented one day that forging my signature would be almost impossible for her. Dang I love my handwriting! :-)

Do you prefer baths or showers?

Hot bubble baths all the way.

What was the last bad movie you watched?

I would never label a movie "bad". Each one has its own redeeming qualities. Some just don't appeal to me. The last movie I was glad I rented and didn't pay full price to see was "The Comebacks". It was spoof funny but not worth $12 at the theatre.

Main Course
Name something you are addicted to and describe how it affects your life.

Food. It can be a downer sometimes...especially when trying to lose weight.

Which instrument is your favorite to listen to?

Guitar and piano

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Four

Given the choice, would you prefer to live in the country or in the city?

I prefer neither. Right now I enjoy the community I live in.
It is a smaller community about 15 minutes away from the city. Best of both worlds. Country close by when needed and city with it conveniences just as close.

Who is the cutest kid you know?

My daughter of course. She was adorable from day one! Big eyes. Infectious smile! Pebbles pony as she was roaming through the toddler years. Even during her awkward elementary years she had a smile that could light up a room. As she matures that smile and zest for life follows and I know we are in so much trouble as these teen years descend upon us.

Fill in the blank: I couldn’t believe it when I heard (a motorcycle buddy was involved in an accident).

Main Course
If you could star in a commercial for one of your favorite products, which one would you want to advertise?

Something from the Body Shop

What type(s) of vitamins and/or supplements do you take on a regular basis?

Calcium, Glucosamine Chondroitin, Vitex and Time-released vitamin C

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Booking through Thursday #11

You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?

(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)

I am a rusher! I usually have the next book lined up ready to read. Mulling over the ending of books can happen for me....but usually days later, even weeks and months later. But this mulling never stops me from reading something new.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday!

This week I have decided to clean off my bedside dresser. It has become a catch all for everything and anything. Ugh!

So out came the wipes, wood cleaner, and garbage bags. I sorted, purged, relocated and found a dresser top. Wow! It looked so amazing when I was done that I continued the surfacing cleaning and worked my way around the room. Looks great :-)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Menu Monday: March 16th to 22nd

Another week and another menu. It is helping - when I decide to follow the plan ;-)

Sunday: Pizza
Monday: Irish Stew, Potato Rolls
Tuesday: Spaghetti with meatsauce, salad
Wednesday: Salmon, Rice, Beans, Coleslaw
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Egg Rolls, Fried Rice, Pineapple Chicken
Saturday: Roasted chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

101 in 1001

Recently I have been thinking a lot about life. What have I accomplished? What do I want to accomplish still? Last week I celebrated 19 years of marriage. Last summer I turned 42. As I look back I think about all I still want to do.

Then I stumbled across Day Zero, the home of the 101 in 1001 days project. What a great way to keep a person focused on their goals. So I set out to make my list.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Jamie's Journey of 101 items in 1001 days

Starting March 13th, 2008
Ending December 9th, 2010


1. Save $1 into Sheridan's savings each day
2. Sell something I made
3. Save $1 each day for something for just me
4. Set budget and stick to it for 6 months
(hopefully it will become a habit)


5. Lose 40 pounds
6. Join a gymn
7. Take a yoga class
8 Take a tai chi class


9. Trip to Disneyland
10. Trip to Las Vegas
11. Trip to Greece


12. Have a facial once a year
13. Have a professional massage
14. Get a tattoo in honor of the boys when weight loss is complete
15. Professional bra fitting
16. Have eyes tested to see if I can have lasic surgery
17. Wade in the ocean
18. Visit Matthew's grave on his birthday onto earth (Aug 26) and
his birthday into heaven (Oct 15)
19. X-mas shopping finished by December 1st for 2008 and 2009
20 Buy a piece of art/sculpture I love
21. Plan something special to celebrate Sheridan's 13th birthday


22. Eat at 5 new restaurants
23. Make a new dessert each month
24. Plan a full ethnic meal every 2 months
25. Make sourdough starter and use it
26. Take a cooking class
27. Start an indoor herb garden
28. Try 5 new vegetables
29. Use juicer every 2 weeks


30. Make a control journal
31. Redecorate/paint each room in house
32. Declutter each room
33. Declutter and organize under the stairs
34. Put all photos into scrapbooks
35. Trace family back atleast 5 generations
36. Blog atleast weekly
37. Send out Christmas cards in 2008 and 2009
38. Make place of honor for my angels
39. Frame picture of kids and hang by front door
40. Make changes to make our home "green"
41. Create home filing system
42. Steam clean family room couch


43. Learn to swim
44. Learn to speak basic Greek
45. Learn to play the keyboard
46. Take learner's motorcycle class
47. Learn to ice skate
48. Learn calligraphy
49. Take a cake decorating class
50. Take a first aid/ CPR class
51. Take a car maintenance class


52. Read/Study course of miracles with Marianne Williamson
53. Personal affirmation weekly
54. Make a vision board
55. Do charity knitting every 4 months
56. Give blood twice
57. Adopt a family for Christmas 2008 and 2009
58. Take 6 spirituality classes
59. Send 30 Make a Child Smile submissions
60. Do a charity walk
61. Start a gratitude journal...journalling 3-5 things daily
62. Learn to meditate


63. Make a quilt
64. Knit 3 sweaters for me
65. Make Level One of SWAP
66. Publish a short story
67. Take a pottery class
68. Take a photography class
69. Crochet a blanket out of granny squares
70. Do a knitting project with beads
71. Make cards
72. Make Ukranian eggs with Sheridan
73. Update recipe box
74. Make ceramic mozaic table
75. Refinish vanity
76. Refinish kitchen table and chairs


77. Take Sheridan to see The Nutcracker
78. Take Sheridan to see Swan Lake
79. See 3 Stage West performances
80. Put together 10 puzzles with Sheridan
81. Take family portrait in 2008 and 2009
82. Have a game night with Sheridan every 2 weeks
83. Build a snowman
84. Go Sledding
85. See an Opera
86. Fly a kite
87. Perform a RAK with friends/family once a week
88. Coffee or lunch with Cindy monthly
89. Visit Chris every 2 months
90. Make a Will to protect my loved ones


91. Read 150 of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
92. Read 15 books from Oprah's Book Club
93. Read 20 books from the Banned Book List
94. See 50 movies from Ebert's 102 movies Before You Die
95. See 50 movies from IMDb 250 Top movies by users
96. Record all vinyl and cassettes onto CDs or hard drive
97. Read 5 books of poetry
98. Read Newspapers & magazines at library weekly
99. Read Bible every morning
100. Attend a live music concert
101. Listen to a new singer/composer every month

102. Make new 101 in 1001 list

I hope to update my accomplishments and this list every 2 months.
Looking forward to the journey :-)

Booking through Thursday #10

Suggested by John :

How about a chance to play editor-in-chief? Fill in the blanks:

__________ would have been a much better book if ______________________.

Playing editor of a book is a dream....directing the course of characters, plots, etce. But as I ponder what book I would change, I stop and realize that most books, whether I agree with the components of the book or not, I could not change. Like in Back to the Future....changing one event/character could have an enormous effect on the final outcome. Would Gone with the Wind be the same if Rhett didn't leave Scarlett at the end? Would Pride and Prejudice have been more effective if there hadn't been so much miscommunication and assumption. What would of happened if Alice hadn't followed the rabbit, in Alice in Wonderland.

Now that being said, I recently read one book that had me seething at its completion. It affected me so profoundly that I still feel the rage bubbling when I think about it....

The book I talk about is Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison.
The experience of Bone are heart-wrenching....but the choices of her mother at the end baffles me. For a mother to choose her "rapist" husband over her child is unforgiveable to me.

So.....Bastard out of Carolina....would have been a much better book if....Anney Boatwright had put her child before everything else. To me it was horrendous that the mom would think that a birth certificate would make it all better for Bone in the end...instead of being there for her daughter whenever she was needed.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday!

Its been a couple of weeks since I have posted....but that doesn't mean I haven't been working.

Progress on the three large projects I posted a couple weeks' ago is as follows...
1) TV cabinet still waiting to be finished...hardware arrived in mail but life has been busy on the weekends...so it sits pleading with me to finish it.

2) Closet organizer is still waiting patiently to be installed. For anyone who has a near-teenage/teenage daughter...they don't like to be rushed...and I REFUSE to clean out her closet for her. My daughter is the type that when she cleans, she takes forever because "treasures" are found that she has forgotten she owned...LOL
At the moment the closet is about 5/6 cleaned and hopefully today she will finish the last couple piles.

3) The recipe box project...it is almost completed. I have painted the box, sorted through my recipes, purged what family didn't like or stuff that just won't be made, filed those that have not been tried yet and written family favorites on cards. However, hubby suggested this is the archaic way of tackling this project....he suggests putting everything on the computer...so I think this project will need another week.

Now onto the new stuff.....each Tuesday I have tackled a smaller project since larger ones seem to stall in their progress.

Tackle job #1 - February 26/08
Tired of the mess I call the storage container cabinet. Its an odd shape and often I am scrounging through the containers just to find a lid...plus there are unused items in there...I just knew it.

Tackle Job #2 - March 4/08
This week I cleaned our section couch in the familyroom.
I must admit posting pictures of its tired, dirty state is something no one should endure. Let's just say it looks tons better and leave it at that :-)

Tackle Job #3 - March 11/08
And finally this week...as I was sitting at my desk in my craft room I had a lightbulb moment. My craft room....a room just for me...for creative moments and such had become a dumping ground for almost everything. The mess is overwhelming! Where to start!?!?! I decided to focus on the desk itself. Its amazing what a little tidying can do for the spirit. I filed bills, shredded old papers and compartmentalized the little things. The results are wonderful.

Hopefully next week I can post that the 3 larger projects are done and I am ready to move forward.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Menu Monday : March 9 - 15th

Wow! Last week was a busy one but thanks to my menu I was ready each and every night. It was a great feeling to know exactly what needed to be in the house for each meal.


Saturday night I relived my memories of university by making Indian Tacos.
I noticed the recipe on many a blog lately and just had to make them. My summer job during University was at a replica "whisky trading post" and we had living history. Fry bread was a staple food made in the kitchen for tourists to sample and as a treat for the staff we had Indian tacos after everyone had left. The recipe didn't leave me disappointed and even though I am not sure it was loved by all in my home, I can honestly say I will be eating this lovely stuff again in the future.

Now Friday was hubby's 42nd birthday. In honor of the occasion I started out making a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate creme filling. I baked the cake successfully. Put one layer on the plate when cooled and placed the yummy cream filling over top. Then I placed the second layer ontop and proceeded to frost the cake. As the chocolate frosting oozed down the sides of the cake a cake earthquake must of happened....the cake began to split in half and then half again. I stood in shock! What should I do? This can't be happening!!!!

Then I just giggled, grabbed my largest bowl and dropped in on top of the natural disaster. I inverted the bowl and presto.....bowl chocolate explosion cake. LOL

In spite of the "disaster" no on seemed too disappointed in the cake!

This week I am utilizing my deep freeze stash to plan.

Sunday: ribs(from freezer), baked potato, beets, coleslaw
Monday: Turkey soup (broth and meat in freezer), buns
Tuesday: S & S meatballs (freezer), rice, beans, coleslaw
Wednesday: Salmon crown (pantry salmon), rice, corn, salad
Thursday: Chicken thighs (freezer), roasted potatoes, peas/corn, salad
Friday: Roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots (beef in freezer)
Saturday: Leftovers

Happy planning everyone. For more ideas check out
Menu Monday

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Travelling Back in Time

If you could travel back in time...

With so many choices how do I choose just one......?

Where would you go?
I would go back to Early England or the deep south during Civil war times

Who would you see?

I would visit the English court of the time....be it King Arthur, King Henry VIII or Queen Elizabeth I.
And in the deep South I would love to meet people who ran the Underground Railroad, President Lincoln or General Robert E. Lee.

What would you do?
In either case I would love to be involved in the great changes that were taking place at these times. Neither time was easy but it made a huge mark on the world.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Menu Monday : March 2 - 8

This week is full of celebrations...so let's see if I can stick to the plan.

Sunday: fend for yourself...didn't feel well
Monday: spaghetti with meatsauce, salad
Tuesday (anniversary): chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, salad, peas/corn
Wednesday: Salmon roll, rice, beans with almonds
Thursday: Quesidillas, veggies with dip
Friday (hubby's b-day): Clay's choice...still waiting for him to decide
Saturday: Indian tacos (saw over at The full-handed housewife's website and it brought back memories of my summer job in University)

For more great menu idea's check out Laura's blog.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday's Feast #9 -181


Who was the last person you hugged?

My hubby as he went off to work this morning


Share a beauty or grooming trick or tip with us.

When putting lotion on your skin in the morning and night don't forget your feet.
Feet take the most abuse on the body and need some love and affection too.
I have foot cream on the dresser beside my bed and the last thing I do nightly before climbing under the covers is to massage some cream all over my feet.


What does the color yellow make you think of?

Sunshine, warmth and happiness!

Main Course

If you were to make your living as a photographer, what subject would your pictures revolve around?

Nature all the way. The beauty in the world around us is breath-taking!


What was the longest book you ever read?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Enjoying the story helps with the length of the book though....you get lost in the story.

For more feasting check out Friday's feast

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Booking through Thursday #9

Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)

When I first read this question, the name that popped into my head was Scarlett O'Hara. I have had a love affair with this character and all her flaws since fourth grade when I watched the movie in the theatre with some girlfriends. Oh I know, Scarlett is selfish and self-absorbed, but she is also independent, strong willed, persistant, courageous and a risk taker. Most of these qualities are associated with men, not women, in older literature. It was refreshing for me as a young adolescent to see that women could be all that and more. Scarlett's flaws just make her more loveable in my eyes. Her experiences showed me that being human means taking failure with success...and just to push through.

Other women characters I admire would be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She is a lady who is comfortable in her own skin, despite what society (and her mother) expect of her.

Then there is Anne of Green Gables. She is merely a girl when her story begins but her love of live, drama, imagination and desire to be loved leads us, the reader, on a journey of human experience. She is very endearing.

Herominie Granger is another female character I just adore. Watching her grow up through the Harry Potter series, she stands out as someone who possesses many qualities I find necessary in the real world. She is kind, compassionate (do not forget her fighting for the rights of house elves), smart, devious and commited. She morphs before our eyes and grows into these traits along the way.

My list would not be complete without Jo March from Little Women.
She is another female character who is not your typical flower. She is strong willed, lively, a writer, energetic, almost tom-boyish in nature. She has an intense love of family that will not be denied. And once again she is not afraid to live by her rules and not those decided for her by society.

I am noticing a theme here...most of my beloved female characters are ladies who buck the system and live by her own rules and not that which has been decided is right for ladies. Is that my subconscious rebelling to the establishment? LOL I do know that I am drawn to those that believe strongly in themselves and follow their dreams wherever that may take them.

Who is your favorite female character?
Check out Booking through Thursday for more favorite heroines.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tina's Tuesday - Gotta Love E-mail

How many email accounts do you have?

How often do you check these accounts?
3 I check daily and 2 I check whenever the urge hits

What was one of the best or worst emails you have ever got?
I love e-mails from friends and family...they are among the best
The worst are some of the crappy spam e-mails that enter my mailbox on a daily basis.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Menu Monday - February 24 to March 1

Another week! Another menu!
Last week was a true bust!!
With my daughter out of school for the week and me feeling a bit under the weather, I am not sure if we followed the plan at all. We ate out a couple times, once because we got a call from my old University roommate...a great time.

I knew we had eaten out a bit too much when DD asked to eat meals at home. LOL
That is always a sign that menus for home haven't been followed.

So let's try this again this week.

Sunday: Shake and Bake Pork Chops, baked potato, salad
Monday: Meatballs, rice, broccoli, salad
Tuesday: Tuna casserole, peas & corn
Wednesday: Hamburger pizza, salad
Thursday: Baked potato soup, biscuits
Friday: Thai chicken wraps, veggie sticks with dip
Saturday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad

For more menu ideas check out I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tag - Your It!!

Was browsing through my weekly list of blogs when I came to Stephanie's

She has tagged me before and I must admit I didn't follow up with it. Feeling the guilt this morning, I decided to take her challenge/tag and run with it. Plus it looks like it could be fun.

Anyone else who wishes to join in...by all means do...but Emily I tag you personally. I know you have a book just to the side of you :-)

The Rules
1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages.
2.Open the book to page 123 and find the 5th sentence.
3. Post the next 3 sentences.
4. Tag 5 people

Book - Bastard Out Of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Page 123...starting at sentence 5

Tears began to run down my face.
"Auntie, don't ask me."

How much am I worth dead?????

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Friday's Feast #8 - 180


Have you ever played a practical joke on anyone? If so, what did you do and who was your victim?

No I have not played practical jokes on anyone. I am no good at jokes.
Plus having been on the receiving end of practical jokes...I know how destructive they can be when they go too far.


What do your salt and pepper shakers look like?

I have some novelty salt and pepper shakers...but they are mainly for decoration.
My main duty shakers are the grinders for peppercorns and sea salt that you can get at Costco. I love the fresh ground taste. And it makes me feel more like the chefs on the Food Network ;-)


Where is the next place you plan to visit (on vacation or business)?

We are taking a family trip to Disneyland in April.

Main Course

What kind of lotion or cream do you use to keep your hands from getting too dry?

I have a variety of lotions/creams throughout the house.
Jergens, Nivea and The Body Shop butters are my favorite.


Make up a dessert, tell us its ingredients, and give it a name.

Chocolate explosion: Take a piece of chocolate fudge brownie and place it on a plate
Place a scoop of chocolate chip mint ice cream on top.
Drizzle with chocolate fudge sauce and chocolate shavings.

Friday's Feast #7 - 179


Name one thing that is unique about you.

What is unique about me is my loyalty to friends and family & my ability to forgive.


Fill in the blank: My favorite _________ is __________ but I like _________ too.

My favorite pastime is to knit but I like to read too.


What type of wood do you have for your home’s furnishings?

Mainly oak but have some alder wood too.

Main Course

Who do you talk to most often on the phone?

Hubby, cousin and aunt


What level of responsibility do you have in your job?

My level of responsibility is high with my job. I am the CEO of my family. I ensure the house runs as soothly as possible as well as helping to raise a healthy, happy child who will be part of our world's future. I consider my job to be a pleasure and one of the most underappreciated but important roles of society.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Booking through Thursday # 7 and #8

Still playing catch up from last week's removal from the world. LOL

Here’s something for Valentine’s Day.

Have you ever fallen out of love with a favorite author? Was the last book you read by the author so bad, you broke up with them and haven’t read their work since? Could they ever lure you back?

After pondering this question for some time I must admit that there is only one author that I can truely say that I have "fallen" out of love with. That would be Danielle Steele. As a girl I would absorb her books at an increasingly speedy rate. However, as I entered university and was exposed to a larger world of literature, I must admit her books became boring and predictable. I was shocked at how each book seemed to flow in the same manner.

Now that being said....I still will read her books from time to time. I usually gravitate towards her literature when I need a simple escape from reality because I find she doesn't require must from me the reader.

All other things (like price and storage space) being equal, given a choice in a perfect world, would you rather have paperbacks in your library? Or hardcovers? And why?

Surrounding myself with books has always given me a thrill. I love having books around to read, to look at and to enjoy. And at the moment most of my books are paperback. The reason....cost is usually the main factor,

But as I look at my collection I must admit the books I treasure the most are the hardbacks. They seem to stand up to the marching of time better....comparing books my grandmother has passed down to me. And they are just gorgeous on a bookshelf with their spines all standing in a row.

SO given the choice hardback would always be my choice if price was not a factor.