Saturday, September 26, 2009

Game Time


Tag Your It!
My friend Susannah from The Edwards Edition tagged me to play along!  Her and I grew up together!
The rules:

1. Respond and re-work: Answer these questions on your blog. Replace one question you dislike with one of your own invention, and add another question of your own.
2. Tag some friends to play along!

1. What's your favorite article of clothing?
Yoga pants that have elastic (in love with elastic so things don't touch me) in the waste!

2. Who was the last person you hugged?
Cas I guess

3. What's your favorite dinner?
Prime Rib

4. What's the last thing you bought?
Chilli seasoning and kidney beans

5. What did you cook today? (my question) I made homemade Chilli and homemade Coke Cake!

6. What's your favorite weather?
Fall


7. What is your least favorite season?
Summer due to the heat other than that I love to be out in the sun and the water

8. What's in your purse?
Wallet probably without any money!, make-up, deodorant, brush, sunglasses, gum, occasionally my camera and a load of other crap that floats around the bottom consisting on hair clips, ponytail bands, receipts, nail files, nail polish, sometimes clothes!  You would have had a much shorter answer had you asked what is NOT in my purse!  I like to be prepared people!

9. Say something to the person who tagged you.
"Hello Sus"!  I wish we still lived in the same town so we could hang out!  I know we would have lots of fun stay in trouble together!  Thanks for making me laugh with your blogging and your love for Miley! LOL

10. What is your favorite dessert?
Anything chocolate and Key Lime Pie

11. What did you want to become as a child?
A teacher, a wife, and a mother!

12. What do you want to be now?
A teacher, a wife, and a mother!

13. What is your favorite song?
Party in the USA right now-yes, I'm 30 and I love Miley. (This is Sus's answer and I have to agree)
I love lot's of music!  I have Christian, Pop, Rap, Rock all on the Ipod

14. What is your favorite country/state?
I like alot of things about differant states!  I like Tennessee for the mountains and we love Chattanooga it has special meaning for us!  I also love going to Florida but wouldn't want to live there due to hurricanes!

15. If you could go anywhere in the world in the next hour, where would you go?
Australia~to see the cute animals! Italy~I bet the food is fab! Anywhere but here!

16. What are my most challenging goals right now?
Making enough money to pay for all of life's neccesities!

17. What is your five-year plan?
We are gonna go back to being a teache, wife and mother

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Auburn football if I must watch. I prefer to be at a game if I watch.  I like going to the Braves game's too

19. What show would you be a cast member of?
Extreme Home Makeover so I could help others!  Cas and I could do a show like Bill and Guiliana!

20. What is your most prized possession?
My Mother's Wedding Ring

21. Name a favorite childhood memory.
Shopping with my Mom and going to Smith's and Sneaky Petes for hot dogs and Grapico

22. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
Corinthians

23. What is your favorite quote?
No bees no honey, no work no money

24. What is your favorite book?
Skippy John Jones~A children's book about a Siamese that thinks he is a Chihuahua

25. Now let's tag some lovely people:
Courtney at Court's Thoughts
Charity at Charity's Chatter
Lacey at Heath and Lacey

Susannah also did a post today on vaccinations for all you Mom's that would like to read.  Very interesting!

Have fun!

Friday, September 25, 2009

FYI

I am playing around with backgrounds and headers today so please excuse the hideousness of it for the time being.  I am not loving what I have done so far.  I liked what I had before but everyone had MY background plus it looked too Summery.  I am still pondering professional help!

Show Us Your Life-Desserts

It is Friday again and Kelly is blogging about desserts today!  So I have a few to share!

One of our Favorites is "Better Than Sex Cake".  If you are taking it to a church function or to some older folks you might want to refer to is as "Better Than Anything Cake".



This of soo simple, did you expect anything less, ha!  So here is the run down:
1 Box of Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 Can of Condensed Milk-It calls for one but sometimes I put 1 and 1/2
Caramel Syrup-normally I buy the regular jar last time I bought the big bottle so I could put more on
Large Tub of Cool Whip-a regular size doesn't seem to cover it for me
Candy Topping-I like the Heath Bar bits but the BF doesn't so I grate the Hershey Bar

Make Cake according to directions
When it comes out poke holes all over the top
Pour Condensed Milk over it while warm and let it soak in
The add Caramel
After this has absorded into the cake then cover the whole top with Cool-Whip
Then just add your topping of choice to the top


 



Waa-Laa you have a great cake!  It tastes even better after it sits in the fridge for the night!

Here are two more I really like on my Cooking Blog.....stiiiilll to be updated! I want to redesign it!

Happy Friday~Enjoy!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A, B, C, and D From ME

A: I will be in Birmingham for the day tomorrow at the Southern Women's Show.  I will be by myself so if you are going call me!  Kate Gosselin will be there at 1:00.  I wonder if you are supposed to bring something to get signed or do you just get your picture taken? Hmm...things to sleep on.

B: Please don't forget about going to Cold Stone Creamery for the Make-A-Wish event being held tonight September 24 from 5-8 CST.  Everyone loves ice cream so why not have a treat and help children out at the same time!  For the a couple of years while I was a Director at a day care I had a little boy by the name of Daniel (only 3 years old) at the center.  He was a precious and energetic little boy and last fall almost a year ago he was diagnosed with Leukemia and in August he was granted a trip from Make A Wish to go to Disney World with his parents.  So without donations and fundraisers such as all of you eating ice cream, these things are not possible!

C: Sus, I got the game and will answer and post hopefully tomorrow night!  Friends you may be the next to get tagged!

D: It is after 1:00 in the morning and I am tired so sleep tight and I will fill ya'll in on other happenin's tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Love Thy Neighbor?

I know Jesus said too, and for a HUGE part I am great with that.  But did he know this guy would be my neighbor?

I went to Target Wednesday afternoon to get some ink for the printer.  I made a pit stop at the dollar section too.....very dangerous, very dangerous!  That place is a trap.  You can't go in without looking at the great cheap stuff and you can't get out without stopping by Starbuck's and buying a Pumpkin Spice Latte'!  Anyways when I returned home I checked the mail and there was a great big postcard that reads "SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION"! We had already checked the list on-line after we moved here last year and it is very scary! This guy's card reads that he has been convicted two differant times and his last victim was a 6 year old relative!  Horrible!  I mapquested because we new it was right around the corner according to the card.  Mapquest says this Mr. Crawford Mr. Creepford lives a mere 52 seconds and .32 of a mile from us!  God please deliver us from this town!

Monday, September 21, 2009

TV Madness

With all the new shows starting we have already ran into issues fighting over the DVR!  The other half has the DVR set to record all the shows he feels he has to watch and so that leaves me not be able to watch Dancing With the Stars.  Yes we have numerous tv's in our house but I can't cook from the bedroom!  I am having to push back watching Jon and Kate too!  I know...you are rolling your eyes!  The problem is that you can only record two shows at a time....I am thinking we need to be a two DVR household!  Atleast we can agree on Jay and Chelsea which we are cracking up at tonight.  They just informed me too that Khloe Kardashian is getting married this weekend?  What the?  I am always up on my reality gossip and I have not heard that!  I must do better!
We will be glued to the tv tomorrow night watching The Biggest Loser!  Anyone else watching it?  There is a lady on there that lost her daughter, 2 week old son and her husband all in a car crash a few years ago!  I can not imagine going through that!  We are pulling for her!

Giveaways and Recipe

As I was "Blogging It" today I came across Angie at Bring the Rain and Kelly at Kelly's Korner are both giving away the new David Crowder Band cd!  Who doesn't love a give away?  Just this week I was downloading some of his praise songs!  I luuuv "All That I Can Say" by DCB!




Simply Mommy is giving away giftcards in support of Breast Cancer.  Go check it out!

Simplified Bee is giving away a great book on photography.....which I love!

If any of you know me you know I LUV jewelry! So of course I would love to have this necklace that Julie of Julie Ellyn Designs is giving away!

Craft Queens this giveaway will make your heart pitter patter!  The Mod Podge Rocks blog is awesome!

Also, Shannon at Bless Our Nest has a Fall giveaway as well!  I have not had any luck winning anything yet but I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Lastly I read one of my bestest friends Renea's blog all the time but she also has a cooking blog that I have linked on my cooking blog.....her cooking is way more advanced than mine.....but I read it today and found she had blogged about my birthday and the ice cream she made for me.  So you can make it too!  Please invite me if you make it! 


Last Day of Summer

Today is the last day of summer.........  While I do love the colors, smells, and traditions of fall I do enjoy a lot of things about Summer.  Now I HATE loathe with a passion because it makes me wan't to vomit the humidity of the South!  We live right in the midst of it in Alabama too! I hate to sweat and our bedroom stays 120* in the summer!  But I enjoy such things as eating watermellon on a hot day, making homeade ice cream, love wearing obsessed with flip flops, sleeveless shirts and capris, sundresses and sandals, swimming, the lake and the beach, grilling out, 4th of July fireworks, going to the farmers market, and planting colorful summer plants!  We have lots of fun planting pretty bright colored flowers in all of our flower pots.  I can spend all day at Home Depot and Lowes and a few specialty plant nurserys just picking out plants!  Another thing that gets me excited is when they start putting all the summer items out at Hobby Lobby.  Really I should tell the truth on that too.....I like when they put out anything new at Hobby Lobby.....that is why I must visit weekly a couple of times a week!  I love going for cool treats like ice cream and Sonic drinks on a hot day!  My favorite season of the year is Fall but there are so many things that you can only enjoy during the days of Summer!  What are your favorite things about Summer? What will you miss?  I have started working on my Fall decorations around the house and I will share some of those with you later in the week.  Good Bye Summer!  Until next year!

Diva's

I haven't done much this weekend because it has poured rain.  Cas went to the Auburn game last night and Mags and I burrowed in the bed listening to it storm and we watched the re-run of Diva's on VH-1.  Of course one of our faves Miley was on there and we love most of the ladies that were on there!  Mags is a Diva herself so she can relate! 

Another Diva I love to watch is Jeff Lewis of "Flipping Out" on Bravo. In case you have never seen his show you may be questioning why I have a man listed as a Diva....well just watch!

 He is so dramatic but he cracks me up!  Of course Bravo is the home of Diva's!  The Housewives of Atlanta and Orange County are my favorites of all of the housewives!

And last but not least....this Diva!  I am traveling to Birmingham Thursday to the Southern Women's Show to see Kate Gosselin.  I will be attending a coupon class and a cooking class too but this is my main reason!  Anyone else going to it?

Who is your favorite Diva?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday Night When You Turn 30

What does a 30 year old women do on a Friday night? Um downloaded all of Miley Cyrus's songs to her Ipod from her new cd! I downloaded them for free though.  Back off all you who are judging right now! If you don't like her good for you but you can't even begin to tell me that when this song comes on in the car you don't sing along!  Maggie likes it too!  She moves her hips like yeah and wags her tail like yeah!



My friend Susannah has blogged about her love for this too and she is my age so hah!  Check out this parody she put on her blog!  Too fuunny!  I do lover her songs!  I am not walking around with a Hannah Montana shirt on or anything so I haven't gone over the edge!  And I might have looked to see if she would be performing anywhere in our region........sold out.........darn 6-14 year olds!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Haaa-larious Happenings-This Stuff Really Happens on a Cruise People!

I finally have the 900 plus pictures from our trip downloaded since we had to buy a external hard drive last night because our computer was FULL! Yeah I take a lot of pictures! I took a couple of videos on board as well and thought I would give you some humor to start off your weekend!

The first three videos were taken at the past guest reception. Oh yeah we were invited by special invitations! Please focus on the precious older man in the tan jacket! I cracked up watching him! What a good sport he was! Sorry for the poor video and the fact that the camera moves around a lot! There may or may not have been free drinks at this function!

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Pah-leeze watch right when they say "Hands on Your Knee's"
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Again sorry for the quality of this video and we also tried to rotate it but had no luck.....but let me preface it for you! A couple of nights the head and assistant waiters put on shows for the guests at dinner. Also let me mention that most of them are from Indonesia, etc so their singing accents are pretty funny! On our last cruise they sang "That's Amore'" so when "Apple Bottom Jeans" started blaring out of the speakers and that was followed by 100 plus Indonesians singing and dancing I thought I was going to fall out! I was soo not prepared for that! I would like to add that they all are so happy to be there and I know they do not make nearly enough to have to dance to this!
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I have got to invest in a Flip video camera! This summer Amazon had them for $40 (I knew that because a money saving blog posted it!) and I thought about getting it because it was so cheap and now I wish I had!

Hope you all get a good laugh!

Party on the Block


Tonight Cas and I went to downtown Auburn to the Block Party.  It is something they are having now the Friday night before the home games.  They have a different band each week and they had people out painting children's faces and yes one grandma's too!  I think she was supposed to be a tiger but when she smiled and showed her teeth it was more like a big rat!  So..... go rats!  She was also the Mom to the lady that was dancing with her husband and I am pretty sure the dance they were doing was from a work out video!  If only I could have turned on my video camera without anyone noticing!  Ahh the free entertainment!  One of our main reasons for going was because James Dean the artist that does Pete the Cat was at Auburn Art painting and signing pictures.  We have a few and we bought one as one of Cas's Christmas presents (to be put away until then) and he signed it. I have another one picked out for him too! I also took a few pictures of downtown while I was there too!  We had a good time and it was something differant to do on a Friday night.

 
 
 
 
 

Show Us Your Life-Dinner Recipes

I read Kelly's Korner religiously. I have been following her since before she had her daughter and I absolutely love to read her! She is great! Every Friday she does a "Show Us Your Life" post with a new topic each week. I have thought of joining in on a couple of them that pertain to me but I seem to forget or get busy. Anywho today it is dinner recipes. I am sharing with ya'll one of my all time favorites! My Mother made it growing up and I loved it then and I make it because it is so simple and it reminds me of her. I enjoy making things that were her recipes since she is not still with me for us to cook together! I sure wish she was! I would give up everything to be able to!!!!!!
Chicken Escort is one of my all time, quick and easy recipes! I am going to be updating my cooking blog soon as I have been working on taking pictures of my cooking!

This is another one of my all time faves too! But I know ya'll don't need a recipe for that! We had this last week and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach when I make my Taco Salad! In case you are wondering about the dressing.....It is the Hidden Valley dressing mix in the packet that you add mayo and buttermilk to! That was another thing my Mom made for us growing up and I won't make it without it!
Here is another one of my SUPER simple meals! Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken. Pour a bottle of Pineapple-Teriyaki sauce (found near dressings) over chicken and top with pineapple and bake til done and put over rice! It doesn't get any easier than this! The recipe is much better than the picture looks! Ha! I promise I do cook many more in-depth things but I had pictures of these on hand!
I hope you all do your post of your faves and link it to her blog so we can all get ideas and some great recipes. I probably have over 100 cookbooks in this house but I am still always on the hunt for a good recipe that I don't have to take all day to make!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ice Cream and Their Dreams

I thought I would share with all you this that I just received in my email: I know we have two locations here in town. Enjoy a treat and help a cause!

Cold Stone Creamery supports the
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama!

Cold Stone Creamery® will host the "World's Largest Ice Cream Social," a fundraising event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America and its chapters across the country.

On Sept. 24, 2009, from 5-8 p.m., Cold Stone Creamery stores invite ice cream lovers to experience the joy of ice cream at a nostalgic event that promises wholesome family fun and lots of ice cream.

This year's celebration includes a 3-ounce Creation developed by 5-year-old wish child and 2009 Junior Tastemaster™ Jack. He combined sweet cream ice cream with brownie, sprinkles and fudge to create his special treat.

From 5-8 p.m., customers will receive a 3-ounce serving of Jack's Creation in exchange for a donation to this worthy cause. Donations that night and all month long will benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Krazy Kanye

Argh...I am soo tired of Kanye and his antics! He always has something to say and it is usually uncalled for! He puts his two sense in when it has not been asked for! A few weeks ago, in case any of you missed it, he named himself the new "King of Pop" since Michael Jackson has departed. Umm isn't the fans decision? Any who I feel sorry for poor Taylor and for Kanye himself for thinking he is better than everyone else! I hope he comes to his senses. Even his peers don't think too highly of him right now!

At A Stand Still

I am at a stand still on my blogging that I promised to do! Not because I am being lazy but because our computer is almost full and I can't download the almost 1000 pictures off of my camera! Argh! Cas and I are going to the good 'ol Best Buy to see if we can find a remedy (hopefully cheap) for this! I have recipes to share and most importantly I would like to share our pictures from our Mexico cruise and my birthday in New Orleans!

On another note Fall t.v. is starting up! Jay Leno comes back tonight and I am sooo glad because I do not really like Conan and never have.
Cas and I are also really really excited because the Biggest Loser starts back tomorrow night! We started watching that together after we moved in this house together and that is one of the shows that we both love and enjoy watching together! We have also started watching the Shark Tank that will come on the same night. It is where people have a unknown product and they try to convince investors to give them money for a certain percentage in their company. Pretty interesting! Happy Monday!

What t.v. shows are you most excited about?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Just When You Think.....

It is going to be a good descent night because you hear and sing to "It's Gonna Be A Goodnight" by the Black Eyed Peas on your way home...... It happens----You realize heh maybe it is not going to be such a good night. What tells me that you ask. Well when you are carrying the pizza sauce, that you just bought no less that 30 minutes ago, to the pantry to put away and it gracefully plummets to the floor shattering and exploding causing there to be pizza sauce fireworks from the kitchen all the way to the den! It the midst of this glass was all over the place and sauce went everywhere possible including in the crack of the back door, all over the pantry, covered the floor and even so nicely made it on to my chair in the den. Just flipping grand! It also covered my feet and legs and the bottom of my pants. Apparently the glass bottle was thoughtful enough to cut me up to as I realized this when I looked down and was bleeding from both legs! The bottle was not that big to have that BIG of a mess! Wow starting this pizza tradition on Friday's isn't going so well!
*The bottle that was harmed was for next Friday night as I had bought two! Now I get to add that back to the shopping list! I will post pics of our pizza when uploaded!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Always Has to Have the Last Scratch


We did Pet-A-Cures around here tonight and this little guy wasn't happy about it!


I was holding them and Cas was clipping and he got loose and scratched the **** heck out of me!

This isn't a good picture as I took it with my phone. I know I look very scary without make-up!  There is two deep scratches and when I put make up on it looks like Halloween make-up! Swell!

A Birthday Suprise

When we came in at midnight from our trip I found this note from my friend Renea!
Then found a cute pink gift bag with this in it! A great Ben and Jerry's recipe book with any kind of ice cream in it that you could want to make and these super cute ice cream bowls!
Then there was a note in it to open the freezer! Renea made me homemade Key Lime Pie ice cream! She knows I love Key Lime Pie and really love Key Lime Pie Ice Cream! Isn't she the best!
Just earlier in the day I feasted on this at LuLu's in Gulf Shores!
Yummy!It was so nice to come home and find this birthday treat! It was nice to be thought of. Some people don't even call you on your birthday anymore!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fix It and Forget It

I love to cook in the crock pot especially if I am having a group of people for dinner or if I am going to be gone late in the day. This way it is ready to eat and I don't have to come straight in and start cooking. The biggest reason is it is EASY but still tastes great! Fall is coming up and I am already wanting to make Chili and Taco Soup. I had been looking at this cookbook for a while and finally picked it up.The best part of this is everything has 5 ingredients. I am excited because they have a lot of tasty recipes that will be quick for me to throw in the trusty Rival (I have my Mother's crock pot) crock pot. I am all about it looking great and tasting great without having to stand in the kitchen all afternoon! I will share some with you when I make them.

What is your favorite dish to make in the crock pot? I would love to know and maybe you would share the recipe too?!!!

P.S. There are ribs in the crock pot today with some of my favorite seasonings on them.......You must try Penzy's spices! Today I am using Barbecue of the America's and Barbecue 3000!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Maybe They Had Too Much Salt Water

In between vacuuming dust bunnies the size of cats and sucking up spiders webs (it is amazing what inhabits your home while you are gone) I thought I would get in a couple of blogs. I just would like to point out that if you have low self esteem take a cruise! There is always some one on board that will make you think things could be worse. I am not talking about folks....I am just sayin! So I was in the main restaurant the other day waiting in line at the ice cream station....yep they have 24 hour soft serve ice cream! That in itself is just joyous but anyways these two ladies were in front of me and the first lady was fixin' her cone and told her friend that she should try that one too as it was the only one that had Strawberry (this one was Yogurt and the other two were Ice Cream). The friend saw the signs that said Fat Free Strawberry and Fat Free Chocolate under each of the respective flavors and she sighed and said yeah but I don't really like Fat Free. Well the middle one (as anyone with a Kindergarten certificate knows) just said Strawberry and Chocolate. The friend serious (dumb) as can be looked at the other friend and said well this one, pointing to the middle isn't FAT FREE! So the other friend trotted on over and made her a cone! The machine didn't need a sign~She did! Really? Everyone knows that what comes out of the middle is from the left and right sides right????? So that would make the middle FAT FREE!
Moving on......when we got on the cruise we headed to each lunch because that is really all you can do because they are still getting rooms ready. They play the news in the main restaurant. I noticed it was the news out of Denver and then they have something like CNN or something of that nature going which also has the time at the bottom from the Denver time zone. I do not know how they decide on which time zone, news to broadcast, I guess maybe it has something to do with what signals they pick up, etc. but anywho......we were at dinner one night and a couple that we ate with that was from Arkansas said they had been talking to another couple earlier in the day from Denver none the less and they commented on "How cool it is that they personalize the news in your room from where you are from!" Dear Lord.....do you really think that is someones job to sit there on the day everyone boards and program everyone's room to get their own personal news! Wow!

There is also a little top 10 of questions that have been asked on Carnival ships. Our Cruise Director told them at a show as our last Cruise Director dis as well! Here are a few:
* What do they do with the ice sculpture when it melts?
*Does the elevator go from the front of the boat to the back?
*Do you have generators on board?
*How do I know which pictures are mine?

Some people..............

From Ship to Shore

We are on dry land! Sigh......I could have stayed gone for another week! We arrived home around midnight Saturday night after stopping off in Gulf Shores to eat dinner. We have basically slept since we have been home as we were very tired! We met some great people and ate and ATE a TON! I am slowly working on getting pictures downloaded (I took close to 1,000!). I will also do posts on what we did and where we went. I was a slacker and did not post on the Bahamas cruise from May! I will be working on all this in between the mounds of laundry and sweeping up and mopping and so on.........the cats have been here all week furring things up (Thank you Jason and Renea and Drew for checking on them)! So needless to say I have a good bit to do and I am moving slow (I am 30 now you know...can't do as much as I could when I was in my 20's)! Hope everyone has had a great week and I have already been reading some blogs from the bed on Cas's blackberry! So much happens in a week!

P.S. I will also be working on my recipe blog and Maggie's blog (with her help of course) when she returns home tomorrow! We have missed her sooooo much and I have some fun things in store for her tomorrow!

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