Friday, December 29, 2006
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead.
Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow.
Do not walk beside me either.
Just pretty much leave me alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
11. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
12. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
14. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
15. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
16. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
17. Generally speaking , you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
19. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
20. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I have never mastered candy making, so I rely on 'cheater' type recipes. Not being a fan of the marshmellow creme faux fudge, I've settled on this cheater style stir up fudge:
3 oz. softened cream cheese
1/4 t almond extract (or other flavoring)
2 oz. melted chocolate or 2 oz. cocoa powder
2 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar.
Beat cheese to soften, add chocolate and other ingredients together. Press into greased pan and chilluntil firm.
Variations: use white chocolate chips , then add chopped glace cherries and almonds or pecans,
use dark chocolate, add a glaze of dark chocolate on top,
use wimpy milk chocolate and add mint flavoring and a mint frosting on the top,
use peanut butter chips and peanut butter, then marble with chocolate fudge (had to add a t. ofbutter to the peanut butter to make it mix together.
I was feeling cheap and bought an 8 oz dark chocolate candy bar and melted it instead of buying the baker's chocolate (the candy bars are on sale this time of year for $1.25 at Wal-Mart)
Monday, December 18, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?Unwrapped
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? I like both, maybe all white is a bit better 4. Do you hang mistletoe? it sounds tacky to admit that I hang up plastic mistletoe, doesn't it?
5. When do you put your decorations up? sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? hmm, that leaves out a lot, maybe 7 layer dip 'n chips
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child:the feeling of anticipation, knowing that somehow, magically, Santa would come!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? just figured it out last year, whadja mean?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?not usually
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? In stages, we get it out, put on the lights, then come back and put on the ornaments, no tinsel
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? I would love it more if it didn't last so long (if spring came in Frebruary, for ex, how would that work for everybody out there?)
12. Can you ice skate? yes, but my ankles scream the whole time, now
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I've been given a lot of really nice, thoughtful gifts over the years, can't pick one out
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? getting everything done ( or not), contemplating the birth of my Savior.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? cookies, mostly any kind
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? reading the story of Jesus' birth on christmas eve
17. What tops your tree? a paper mache star my husband made as a child, attached with non-original popsicle stick
20. Candy canes: better for decoration than for human consumption.
21. Favorite Christmas movie? don't really have one, just saw Jim Carrey's Grinch again, and loved that
Monday, December 11, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I miss the good old diaper bag! My purse is ABAP, as big as possible. I realized last week that I had carried my black purse through last spring, summer, and fall, and it was too late to change over to a camel colored purse I have. oh well.. slow me. Yeah, it's stuffed with everything possible. Yea, it's too big. oh well, I admit it gives me a certain amount of security, having my 'stuff' with me. Could be worse, I could have my things in a red dishpan (see previous post) !
Monday, December 04, 2006
My kids will tell you, I'm not a very stylish person. I wear flats, heels hurt my feet, and even elastic waistbands, the whole bit. When I go out in public, my goal is usually to look unremarkable (i.e., no food stains on my shirt, no weird looking hairstyle). This Sunday, however, I hit a new low (or high, depending on how you look at it) - I rolled into church carrying my very own red dish tub to carry my 'stuff' in. Now, admittedly, I was in a hurry, but as I'm walking up the hall I realize how stupid and how un-stylish I look. My friend noticed and teased me, so I bought her one today (I like to share my 'special' ideas). At least is a lovely seasonal color!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
12 c. dry bread
1/2 c chopped onion
3 c. chopped celery
1/4 - 1/2 lb cooked sausage
optional: 1 t. poultry seasoning
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
sage to taste, 1 t - 1T?
Shred bread into large bowl(sometimes we let it dry out overnight). Beat eggs, add spices and pour over bread. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except broth and butter, add enough of these to make a sloppy mixture. Stuff in turkey or put in greased casserole dish (9x12, etc) and bake at 350 F for 1/2 hour or so before serving. If you don't like mushrooms, walnuts, butter, don't put them in!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
yea, I know this recipe is more Betty Crocker than Julia Child, but it's yummy and easy:
½ c baking mix ( jiffy, bisquick)
½ c. chopped onion or less
1/c – 1 c. Swiss cheese, grated or sliced
2-3 sliced tomatoes
½ c. cottage cheese
½ c. milk
½ c sour cream or yogurt
¼ c grated Parmesan cheese
preheat oven to 350
grease a 5 x 8 casserole dish
chop onion and sprinkle onto the bottom of the casserole dish, then sliced tomatoes, then Swiss cheese. Mix the remaining ingredients together; pour over the veggies and cheese, then bake about 20- 30 minutes.
Friday, September 29, 2006
I am ready to be done with tomatoes. Here is a poem that illustrates
Tomatoes on my Windowsill by Robin Benzle
Tomatoes on my windowsill,
Lined up like happy soldiers,
from pale green as Key lime pie
To red as sunburned shoulders.
They seem to smile at the sun,
While they patiently a-ripen.
And when I do my kitchen chores,
I smile back, enlightened.
One by one I take them down
From their nest upon the sill,
And add them to a salad or
Perhaps a sauce with dill.
Then to my garden I return
To pluck another load,
And tenderly I line them up
On that shelf in my abode.
No sooner do I get them shelved,
Than my garden calls me back.
They're ripening all at once, I think,
As I stuff them in my sack.
So I give them to my neighbors and
I give them to my friends.
I give them to my enemies,
Just to make amends.
Soon, I note, they're turning red
So fast it makes me ill.
From off the vine, they drop like flies.
My plot looks like road kill.
Tomatoes on my windowsill
All rotting in a row.
I never though I'd say this but,
"Where the heck's the snow?"
Monday, September 25, 2006
recipe from my daughter, Edge -gal (mom of 'yun man')
Jalapeno or other pepper, chopped
Green onion, chopped
Mix together in proportion to taste (i.e., less peppers if you don’t like it hot, less garlic if you don’t like that) good with any Mexican- type meal!
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Anybody else out there have a color they hate?
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
five things in my frig: leftovers of various and sundry meals, dijon mustard remnants , too small of an amount to use, two boxes of eggs (store bought, thanks to our on strike chickens!), seedless watermelon, yum!, and four different types of jam/jelly.
five things in my car: a music stand, a back massaging seat cushion, three half empty bottles of water, an almost empty bottle of diet coke, and? dust.
five things in my purse: only change after paying short cakes her allowance today, lipstick, tic tacs, business cards, a coupon folder, and other boring and usual stuff.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
(and died of exhaustion)
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Hope you are having something better, and tastier!
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
homemade pizza - she has since nixed this and added chicken and dumplings to the list
ham, beans and cornbread (Tuesday)
So tonight , we are having..........
a beef roast with veggies
Why? because you have to make soup out of leftovers, of course!
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Well, this is what I saw out my back window this morning! I covered my two Early Girl tomato plants last night, as well as the jasmine that is about to bloom. However, I didn't cover the herb pots I put together last night(for Edgy, Sassy, Gretchie and myself), so they got covered this morning. Hope the basil survives!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
1. "How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"
2. "Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too."
3. "Just leave all the lights on ... it makes the house look more cheery."
4. "Let me smell that shirt -- Yeah, it's good for another week."
5. "Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I'll be glad tofeed and walk him every day."
6. "Well, if Timmy's mom says it's OK, that's good enoughfor me."
7. "The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It's not like I'm running a prison around here."
8. "I don't have a tissue with me ... just use your sleeve."
9. "Don't bother wearing a jacket - the wind-chill is bound to improve."
read this on GCFL (good clean funnies),
received from FranCMT2.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
13 things I do when I can't sleep:
1. Hey, I go thru the alphabet, too, and list colors, plant names, family names, etc.. hopefully boring enough to go to sleep over.
2. Sing the 'books in the old testament' , 'books in the new testament' books, too.
3. move to the couch
4. this is always bad- go play solitaire on the computer and check my email
5.snuggle up to my husband and try to lie really still next to him
6. review all the places I've lived, go thru the floor plan of the house/apt - tres boring!
7. put lotion on my feet and heels, if they are itchy!
8. read a bit, usually the scriptures
9. go visit the temple in my mind, review what I wear there, picking up my bag, driving there, going in, etc.... helps me feel calm and relaxed
11. try to relax, and it doesn't work well for me, either
12. if something's bothering me, I pick it up and throw it in a big box, to look at later, or hand over to Someone else! My latest box has a big R on it for resentment, and features big pokey sharp things sticking out from the sides.
13...... uh, ? guess this is really a Thursday 12!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
I'm a Porsche 911!
You have a classic style, but you're up-to-date with the latest technology. You're ambitious, competitive, and you love to win. Performance, precision, and prestige - you're one of the elite,and you know it.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
13 things about me:
1 my kids have to help me blog
2 I have red hair, originally brown
3 I have worn glasses since the 5th grade, can’t handle contacts or surgery
4 I have hairy arms –so feminine!
5 I loove gardening!
6 I'm getting older by the minute! (but aren’t we all)
7 Yellow is my favorite color
8 A day without chocolate is a wasted day, in my opinion
9 I used to be shy, now, not so much
10 Picky about shoes, no I’m not, this is a takeover entry by my 10 yr old daughter WA HA HA
11 WEIRD EYEBROWS LLLL ---- ah , this is the kid who is not going to help me with my blogging!!!!
12 I snore like a buzz saw (sorry, DH)
13 my morning wake up routine includes checking my email and reading the comic strips on line
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Wednesday is a full day, this is what we had on Tuesday. 'Popeye' is a thick , square noodle cooked in broth and served over mashed potatoes, which was a family favorite when I was a kid (obviously pre-Atkins!) . It is total comfort food. It may be a Pennsylvania Dutch type recipe, I have not found it in a lot of places, but it is sold in the grocery stores' freezer section in Ohio where I grew up. Much better homemade, though!
Popeye or potpie
2 cups flour
1 t. baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 T shortening, heaping
approx 2 – 6 T water
cooked beef and broth, salted to taste
Stir flour and baking powder together, add eggs and stir together with a fork. Cut in shortening (Crisco), then add in water, and stir and knead briefly until the dough holds together. (it will be thicker than cookie dough, not as thick as bread dough). Divide the dough in half, and roll it out on a floured surface until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into squares of about 1 ½ inches, and then repeat with the other half of the dough. Put into the simmering broth, and cover, lowering the temperature so that the broth is still simmering at a low level (as for dumplings) for 20 minutes. Serve over mashed potatoes.