December 29, 2008

When Your Child Has To Get A Shat...

No, that's not a typo. The nurse spelled out S-H-A-T-S when discussing if DD was up to date on all her shots. I thought the shats is what happened to you when you drank the water in Mexico. Well I didn't think DD needed any shots but I guess I forgot about one of the HEP vaccines that she needed. I felt bad because I felt like I lied to DD that the Dr. was just going to check how big she was getting (by the way she's 39 inches and 34 pounds at 3 years old). Your child getting shots as an older kid is much harder I discovered today. When they're an infant you know the shot hurts and you have to handle them crying. But when your 3 year old gets a shot, you suddenly hear crying, along with "that hurts me!". Totally didn't see that one coming. DD was a champ and was all better after a sucker and watching the train in the lobby. 

Here is a dirty secret of mine though, I recall when DD was a baby that after the shots was a great time because she would actually take longer than a 30 minute nap. I know, I know, I'm horrible, but it was a mini vacation for me during the time of getting up 15 times a night.

Guess a train and a sucker will cure a case of the shats every time, DH needs to keep that in mind next time he's in the Philippines. 

December 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday--New Year's Tradition


I can't believe it's almost 2009. Where have the years gone? I hope each of you have a wonderful beginning to the New Year.

Monday--Ham Bone Soup.

Tuesday--Pork Chops, rice, peas.

Wednesday--Fondu.

Thursday--Black Eye Peas, Collards, Corn Bread.

Friday--Lasagna.

Saturday--Take out.

Sunday--Breakfast for dinner.

I thought I would also share why Southerners eat the chosen foods on New Years day. Black Eye Peas are meant to signify luck, Collards are meant to signify wealth/money, and Corn Bread is meant to signify good fortune. Granted these foods are always delicious, but it helps to have another reason to eat them :)

Visit more Menu Plans at Organizing Junkie.

December 27, 2008

Home Improvements Should Come with a Marriage Counselor

Why is it that any form of home improvement activity is a way to insight an argument in a couple? From painting a bedroom to adding onto a house, some marital conflict seems to follow. For example, tonight my DH and I were painting our DD's bedroom. From the onset of this simple task, I felt myself getting annoyed at his presence even when taping off the baseboards lol. Home Depot and Lowe's should have a marriage counselor for contract waiting at the checkout line when you leave with your various materials. The counselor could serve as a mediator or a voice of reason when you're thinking about shoving the paint brush where the sun doesn't shine or using the blue painters tape in ways it was not meant to be used. Nonetheless it amazes me how emotions run high as soon as the couple has the receipt in hand from your local home improvment store. 

My DH and I managed to not paint each other and are not drawing up divorce papers so I guess this round of home improvement has come and gone successfully. Just keep this in mind the next time you think "Hey honey, wanna make a run to Home Depot?"

December 23, 2008

Tell Me Something Good Tuesday

My DH got home yesterday. I'm so happy he's home for Christmas!

Now tell me something good and please sign Mr. Linky :)


December 22, 2008

Menu Plan Monday--Christmas Edition

Monday--Ribeyes, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, broccoli (DH is coming home today and requested this meal)

Tuesday--forage for something in the freezer.

Wednesday--Christmas Eve dinner: venison tenderloin, spaetzle, German potato salad, gravy with chanterelle mushrooms.

Thursday--Christmas dinner: goose, boiled potatoes, red cabbage, gravy.

Friday--Maybe date night, I have 2 free movie tickets that need to get used up and a gift card to Outback.

Saturday--Pizza, UFC fight night.

Sunday--leftovers.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with their families!

December 20, 2008

A German Christmas


Frohe Weihnachten!

Germany is rich in tradition and culture when it comes to Christmas. I come from a German family and when my parents moved to the U.S. when I was younger, thankfully they continued to keep the German culture alive in our house. 


St. Nikolaus Day

One such tradition is St. Nikolaus Day. This is celebrated on December 6th. On this day children place their boots outside their home and hope that St. Nikolaus will fill them with apples, oranges/tangerines, lebkuchen, cookies, or fruit bread. Traditionally these items were reserved for special occasions and children did not get such sweets on a regular basis. If the children had been good and polite during the year, they received treats; if they were not good, they had a switch placed in their boot. 

Christmas Eve

 The German Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve. Parents decorate the Christmas tree and place the presents underneath without the children around. The Christmas tree also serves as a present since no one has seen it until the Christkindl brings the presents. The Christkindl means “Christ Child.” In Germany the Christkindl is the bringer of gifts for children. A young girl with a golden crown and wings usually portrays the Christkindl. On Christmas Eve, traditional food is goose, fish, or deer. In my family, we always have deer on Christmas Eve and have goose on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day 

December 25 is known as the “1st Christmas Day”. On this day, families visit the other set of grandparents (usually the father’s parents). There is no traditional food eaten on this day, it is more like a traditional Sunday dinner in the U.S. 

December 26 is known as the “2nd Christmas Day”. On this day, families visit relatives who live out of town. Again, the traditional food is more of a Sunday dinner.

Germany has many rich traditions during the Christmas season, from celebrations to foods. I am fortunate to have been raised in these deep cultural traditions during my childhood and now have the opportunity to pass these traditions to my daughter while also teaching my husband about my cultural traditions. 

December 18, 2008

Recipe Roundup: Easy Recipes

Old-World Manicotti

12 large manicotti shells
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 (26 oz) jar of spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350'. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water. Let pasta dry on paper towels.

For filling, stir together 3 cups of mozzarella with the ricotta. Using a teaspoon, carefully stuff pasta shells with prepared cheese mixture.

Spoon 2 cups of spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dish. Arrange shells over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top of pasta. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

Bake manicotti for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan and bake for 10 minutes longer.

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Pork Chop Casserole

4-6 pork chops
vegetable oil
seasoning salt
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
24 oz. bag of frozen hash browns (thawed)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 8 oz. cans of french fried onions

Preheat oven to 350'. Brown pork chops and sprinkle with seasoning salt, set aside. Combine soup, milk, sour cream, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in hash browns, 1/2 cup cheese, and 1/2 cup french fried onions. Spoon mixture into 13x9 baking dish. Arrange pork chops over mixture. Bake covered at 350' for 40 minutes to 1 hour. Top with remaining cheese and french fried onions. Bake for an additional 10 minutes uncovered.




December 16, 2008

Tell Me Something Good Tuesday

I thought I would start a new meme where we share something good that has happened to us during the past week.



My good thing is that I'm done Christmas shopping!



When you've answered your good thing, please sign Mr. Linky.


December 15, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I'm sure many of you notice I don't post a lot of recipes for my menu planning. The reason is many of them I have made so many times I don't measure the ingredients, so it's difficult to explain to others how to make it. This week I will post some recipes I do have the exact measurements for that my family loves.

Monday--Spaghetti.

Tuesday--Dinner out.

Wednesday--Stuffed chicken breasts, rice, broccoli. 

Thursday--Crock pot roast, with veggies and mashed potatoes.

Friday--Pizza.

Saturday--Grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Sunday--Chicken Parmesan with angel hair pasta.

December 12, 2008

The Unmentioned Circle of Hell

Dante did an exceptional job when he wrote the Divine Comedy and described the 9 circles of hell, but he forgot one. It's called "the three year old". This circle is characterized by a 3-4 foot person parading around throwing temper tantrums if one of the dogs looks at her funny and has fallen completely helpless when it comes to finding sippy cups.

Someone please tell me that this whole "I'm three now, so I think I'm an adult" thing is only a phase and it will dissipate soon. Please. It's ok, lie to me, make me feel better. If this lasts until she's 4, this will be a long and heavily medicated year for me (just kidding about the heavily medicated, ok maybe only half kidding).

Seriously though, it's like my nice, well mostly nice, previous 2 year old became possessed by the 3 year old demon. Everyday is a power struggle, or a full fledged war over the most minuscule things imaginable. "Lay down"; "No, I can't". What?! You can't lay down? Ok, ok, I naively thought this was a one night thing. Yeah we're going on about a week now. The "I can't" thing doesn't stop there, but the other stuff I kind of see coming. "I can't pick up my toys, etc".

Rationally, I understand this is just where she is developmentally and I know it's hard on her without DH being around. But still, I get sucked into the power struggle and before I know it I can't remember how I got in it and I am completely clueless on how to get out.

Welcome to the 10th circle of hell.

December 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Christmas in Stuttgart, Germany.

December 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


Monday--Pork Chops, German Potato Salad, Broccoli.



Thursday--Leftovers.


Saturday--Flaedle Suppe (Soup made with leftover pfannenkuchen)

Sunday--Pizza.

December 3, 2008

Winners of the Pillsbury Giveaway!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
6
4
Timestamp: 2008-12-03 15:02:16 UTC

#6 is Miss Blondie and #4 is Rahime.

Congrats!

Wordless Wednesday

November 30, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday--(DD's 3rd Birthday) Fleisch Kuechle, pasta roni, corn.

Tuesday--Easy Crock pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas.
 
Wednesday--Chicken parmesan, angel hair pasta.

Thursday--Leftover roast.

Friday--Roast chicken, rice, mixed winter veggies.

Saturday--(DD's birthday party) hot dogs, chips.

Sunday--Chicken soup.

November 26, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Pillsbury Home is Calling Giveaway

The Pillsbury Home is Calling campaign wants to bring families together and is helping by delivering more than 1 pound of groceries to food banks each time someone forwards their commercial to a friend.

The giveaway:

Pillsbury has offered 2 lucky readers a chance win a Pillsbury Home is Calling gift basket. Each basket contains:
a coupon for free Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
a magnetic coupon holder
a house-shaped mouse pad
a pot holder
an Oneida cookie sheet
a bread basket
a Pillsbury Doughboy figurine

Who can enter:

This is open to anyone with a US shipping address. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. Please be sure to leave an e-mail address if it is not in your profile, or if you are not a blogger. I must have a way to contact you!

First, leave a comment telling us your favorite Pillsbury product. You must do this to qualify for extra entries.

To gain additional entries, you may leave an unlimited number of comments, as long as you share your favorite part of the family meal in each one.This contest will end on Monday December 1, 2008 at 11 PM EST. The winners will be selected via a random.org.

Winners will be e-mailed and announced here and will have 48 hours to respond, or a another winner will be drawn.

November 25, 2008

Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

This year I am more on a budget than ever before for Thanksgiving and I wanted to share my menu with you.

Turkey and gravy (done by my mom. Thanks! :))

Mashed potatoes--$1.75
1 5 lb bag of potatoes--$1 (I got a 10 lb bag on sale for $1.99)
2 cups of milk--.50
1/2 stick margarine--.25
salt to taste

Corn Souffle--$1.77
2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix--$1.00
1 egg--.15
1/2 cup of milk--.12
1 can of cream corn--.50

Mix ingredients together and place in a baking dish. Bake at 350 for approximately 30 mins.

Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes--3.35
2 large sweet potatoes--$2.00
1/2 cup sugar--.08
2 tablespoon margarine--pennies
1/2 cup milk--.12
1 egg--.15
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 bag of marshmallows--$1.00

Brussel Sprouts with bacon--$6.00
2 1 lb bags of frozen brussel sprouts (thawed)--$4.00
1/2 lb of bacon--already had on hand
2 cans of chicken stock--$2.00
1/2 an onion--already had on hand

Brown the bacon and set aside (leave bacon grease in the pan ;) ). Saute the onions until translucent, remove. Place thawed brussel sprouts into pan and brown. Add chicken stock to brussel sprouts. Once the brussel sprouts have become tender, add onions and mix together. Remove to serving dish and sprinkle pieces of bacon on top.

Stuffin Muffins--$4.00
Cornbread bought from store--$2.00
1/2 cup of dried cranberries--already had on hand
1 granny smith apple--$1
1 can of chicken stock--$1
1/2 onion and 2 stalks celery--have on hand
salt and pepper to taste

Cut cornbread into 1 inch cubes. Cut apple into 1/2 inch pieces. Dice onions and celery. Mix ingredients together and add cranberries. Add chicken stock until mixture is moist. Fill muffin tins with stuffing and place into 350 degree oven for approximately 15 mins or until brown.

November 23, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday--Chicken Noodle Soup.

Tuesday--Grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Wednesday--Pizza.

Thursday--Happy Turkey Day!

Friday--Leftovers.

Saturday--Probably more leftovers lol.

Sunday--Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas.

What's on your Thanksgiving menu this year?

November 17, 2008

No Menu Plan Monday this week

Again lol. DH just left this morning for Alaska and then he'll be going to Trinidad. I wish he could find a job here :(

November 16, 2008

Fun With Fall

Need ideas to keep an almost 3 year old busy on a cool fall day?

Try gathering fallen leaves and gluing them. We tried to make a "turkey" then it just turned into DD having fun with glue and leaves.










November 14, 2008

Forgot to share my good news

I passed my portfolio and exit exam. Guess what this means? I graduate on December 13, 2008 with my Master's in Community Counseling!!!

November 10, 2008

Winner of the giveaway!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

13 

Timestamp: 2008-11-10 13:50:03 UTC

Comment number 13 was from Melissa at Twincredible Twosome

Congrats!!!

November 9, 2008

Menu Plan Monday



My DH is home so menu planning will become somewhat easier again. I hope you all have a wonderful and delicious week :)

Monday--Chicken Cordon Bleu, noodles, and peas.

Tuesday--Salsa Chicken with rice and veggies.

Wednesday--Phannenkuchen

Thursday--Gulash Soup.

Friday--Pizza.

Saturday--Grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Sunday--Leftovers.

I've been tagged!

Lisa from A Stitch of Faith and Melissa from Twincredible Twosome have tagged me. 

Here are the rules:
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and share the rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Tag seven people and list their links in your post.
  • Tell those seven people they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I have a strange obsession with "good" pens and other "cool" office supplies (i.e. post it notes, etc.)

2. We got pregnant with my DD through in-vitro.

3. I *love* the fall because my favorite "holiday's" happen: Halloween, Thanksgiving and I'll throw Christmas in here even though that's technically "winter" lol.

4. My entire family is German. My parents moved to the states when I was 3 months old.

5. I used to competitively show quarter horses in my younger days.

6. I despise doing laundry, well technically getting the stuff out of the dryer and putting it away.

7. I have no middle name, seriously.

Tag! You're it!







November 4, 2008

Don't forget to vote today!



It doesn't matter who you're voting for, but go out and vote today!

As an incentive, there are companies who are giving away freebies if you vote.

Krispy Kreme is giving away a free donut if you come in with your "I voted" sticker.

Starbucks is giving away a free cup of coffee.

Ben and Jerry's is giving away a free scoop of ice cream.

This is a historical election. Please use your privilage to vote!

November 3, 2008

Review and Giveaway

I am so excited to tell you about this wonderful company, True Soaps, and products. I was first introduced to Debbie's soaps 5 years ago at my first trip to Christmas Made in the South. My first purchase was a magnolia melba lotion and a salt scrub. Since the first time I purchased from her, I have bought other lotion scents and of course her soaps. 

Debbie's lotions are wonderful! My favorite scent is Spun Sugar. If you ever wanted the smell of cotton candy in a lotion, this is it. Another great thing about the lotions is that they continue to leave their scent hours after you put it on. I hate putting a lotion on and it not having a smell anymore after a few minutes. Debbie describes Spun Sugar as "Yummy sweet smell reminiscent of Cotton Candy, but *all* grown up! A light, luscious lotion that liquefies on contact with your skin. Slips into your skin quickly and leaves you feeling cool, smooth, and smelling incredible. No sticky residue or oily feeling."

Now the soaps. Where can I start? The soaps smell wonderful and leave your hands soft and very clean feeling. Another great thing with the soaps is they last a long time. I use mine everyday and it has lasted me about 4 months at a time. My favorite scent is spearmint and lavender. It's minty and very refreshing. The bars are approximately 3 ounces and come hand wrapped in beautiful papers. 

THE GIVEAWAY

Thank you Debbie for being The Adventures of a Working Mom's first giveaway!

Debbie has generously donated a $25 electronic gift certificate for the winner of the giveaway.

This giveaway is open to non-bloggers and bloggers; however, it is open to U.S. residents only. The contest is open until November 9th at 10 pm EST. The winner will be pulled by random.org on November 10th and will be announced at that time. The winner has 48 hours to contact me after being announced. If no contact has been made, a new winner will be pulled. 

To enter:
Head over to Debbie's site TrueSoaps and tell me how you would spend the $25 gift certificate if you won, this will give you 1 entry.

To earn extra entries:
Blog about this contest--1 entry.
Carry my button in your sidebar--1 entry.
Add this to your technorati favorites--1 entry.

Good luck everyone!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday--Lentils.

Tuesday--Leftovers.

Wednesday--Spaghetti.

Thursday--Goulash Soup.

Friday--Pork chop casserole.

Saturday--Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice, veggies.

Sunday--Leftovers.

October 27, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Hey everyone. I have the flu, so I'm not planning out my week this time around. I do have exciting news though! Look next week for my first giveaway. I'll post a review of the place at the end of this week, I've been buying from her for about 3 years now. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

October 26, 2008

Bloggers Anonymous

Thanks to Trisha at MomDot, I think I may need a 12-step program for blogging lol.

You may need Bloggers Anonymous if you  (by trisha)

1) You start referring to your blogging buddies in conversations with your RL friends and assume they know who you are talking about “Oh, let me tell you what Tena said today” “kim did the funniest thing”

2) You tweet, kirtsy, stumble upon, diggplurk, myspace, ning, and facebook all day long….and still have time to set your posts

3) You stalk your stats more then once a day

4) You get excited when 2 people comment on a post and if more then 5 do, you start to hyperventilate

5) You play more then one MEME a week

6) You have more then 3 blogs…one for reviews, one for family, and one to talk about your family (and they dont know about it)

7) your a closet blog hater with the “big” bloggers

8 ) You have ever talked to a blogger on the phone-that you have never met

9) You are already planning your vacation to BlogHer 09

10) You are secretly happy when something dramatic happens during the day so you can blog it

11) You know where all the major graphic sites are online (istockphoto)

12) You have figured out enough HTML to add a blog banner to your page and damn, are you proud

13) You have given advice to ANOTHER blogger on how to blog

14) You think statements like “Blog You” are funny

15) You break out in hives if you have to change hosters and a template change is a SERIOUS decision

16) When one of your kids has broken into your makeup/fridge/cabinet/underwear drawer, instead of removing them from the situation, you grab the camera to document it for your blog

17) You get excited when someone links your blog on their blogroll

18) You think your cool if your entrecard costs more then 125 points

19) You get more then 2 packages a week in the mail and your child is starting to think the post man is Santa Claus

20) Instead of buying a new product, you ask for a “review” from the company

If you qualify for more then 10 of these, you can take our Bloggers Anonymous award. Feel free to grab our post and use it on your page, as long as you give us credit back. We also encourage you to pick 5 bloggers and award them…you know who your addicted buddies are! Lets make the BA Group huge.




October 21, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Now that fall is upon us, you see cans of pumpkin going on sale all over. If you're like me, you eye these cans each year wanting a new (or even a recipe period) so you can do something with pumpkin. 

Last year, one of my coworkers made these cookies and they were delicious. When I asked her for the recipe, I couldn't believe how easy it was to make.

I hope you try these cookies and they become a fall favorite in your home too. Oh and in the near future I'm going to try and make these cookies with pecans or white chocolate chips and will let you know how they turn out.

For this recipe, you'll need:
1 box of spice cake mix
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
1/2 bag of chocolate chips (or you can leave them out)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour the cake mix into a bowl, add pumpkin and mix together. At first you'll be asking yourself if you missed part of the ingrediants because it looks like there is too much cake mix for the pumpkin, but trust me, it all comes together. Grease a cookie sheet and portion out the cookie mix onto your cookie sheet. I use a 1 inch scoop. Bake for 13-15 mins and enjoy!

Makes approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

October 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Since Tuesdays and Thursdays are my late nights at work and the dinners I make the day before make a lot of food, I have leftovers a couple times this week. 

Monday--Pinto Beans and Cornbread

Tuesday--Leftovers

Wednesday--Spaghetti

Thursday--Leftovers

Friday--Hamburger Helper

Saturday--Chicken Cordon Bleu, Rice, Peas.

Sunday--Breakfast for dinner :)

October 18, 2008

Shameless Post

If you're looking for girls clothing size 18 months, 24 months, 2T or 3T for the fall/winter, please check out my ebay listing :)


Night Terrors

Has anyone's DC had them?

I think my DD had her first one last night and it scared me and her. Any advice on what I can do for her during it? Please tell me this is just a phase lol.

October 17, 2008

Tried a new method of cooking ground beef

Thanks to Christy over at The Southern Plate, I found this interesting method of cooking ground beef ahead of time. 

It doesn't look very appetizing while in the process of cooking, but the convience of it is well worth it. From now on I'll be treating my ground beef like this.

Thanks Christy!

October 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen



Thirteen Things That Make Me Happy:

1. My husband and I are closer right now than we have been in awhile.
2. DD is being awfully cute and affectionate lately.
3. Work is going well.
4. I bought an awesome pair of brown shoes yesterday.
5. I'm buying a pair of black shoes Friday lol.
6. I'm getting my hair done on Friday (it needs it badly).
7. I got paid yesterday.
8. DH got paid today.
9. Fall weather is here.
10. Halloween is almost here (Yay!)
11. I'm getting closer to graduation (Dec. 13 baby!)
12. I take the NCE on Saturday and don't have to stress about it anymore.
13. I'm purely happy.

October 13, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday-Chicken and brocolli alfredo.

Tuesday-Stuffed chicken breasts, rice, creamed spinach.



Friday-Spaghetti.

Saturday-Weiner Schnitzel, German Potato Salad.

Sunday-Leftovers.

October 7, 2008

Leaving Is Hard To Do

This blog is to girls who have become a type of family on a forum. 

You guys have been my support and have been there when I needed you. My life is changing and growing and so is yours. Growth and change hurts. You can't live by holding onto the past, wanting something that isn't there. You girls mean more to me than you will ever know and I appreciate and treasure the friendships I have built through the years. It deeply saddens me that I will have to say goodbye. I cannot move on with you. My life is taking new turns and reconnecting me with people that I need to nuture friendships with. I hope you will read my blog and email me to keep in contact. This is possibly the most difficult post I've had to make. It comes from a good place though, I'm not mad or upset at any of you. I will still be on the blogging forum so I will still "see" some of you. 

I love you girls. 

Thank you for being there.

October 5, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Monday--Hamburger Helper

Tuesday--Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach

Wednesday--Chicken Planks, Tator Tots

Thursday--Leftovers

Friday--Spaghetti

Saturday--Pfannenkuchen

Sunday--Roast Beef Sandwiches, Soup

Another Award

I will admit, Jamey from Walking by Faith gave me this award last week and since I totally suck, it took me awhile to post it. 

Thank you so much Jamey and I really appreciate this award :)


This is a very cool Portuguese Award and it means this blog invests in and believes that blogging makes us close. Proximidade translated to English means vicinity, or neighbourhood.
Here is the statement I am supposed to post...


"They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 blogger's that in turn must make the same thing and put this text."

I pass this award onto:












October 4, 2008

Aloha Friday



Welcome to Aloha Friday's! All you have to do is post an answer to my question. If you would like to join in the fun, post your own question on your blog (nothing requiring a lengthy answer) and sign the Mr. Linky at An Island Life.
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This week's question:

Do you believe in ghosts?

My apologies

I apologize to you guys for not having put up a blog in a couple days. I love having the readers I have and hope I do not lose any. Right now I'm having to work on my portfolio for graduation. My goal is to turn it in on Monday, so until then I'll be a little checked out. I will still try to visit your blogs and leave comments. Just wanted to let you guys know why it's been a little slow over here :)

October 1, 2008

New Button

In the spirit of fall (my favorite season by the way), I thought I would update my blog and thereby update my button. If you have my button listed on your site, please change it to the current one :)

Thanks!


Wordless Wednesday


September 30, 2008

Win A Free Handbag

Visit Handbag Planet and register. It's VERY easy. All you need is an email address. Blog about it and get more entries. You even get to choose the bag you like best.

September 29, 2008

Roasted Noodles

This is a simple and very inexpensive dinner to make. It was one of the things I grew up eating. This dish is also a great way to use up leftover noodles or pasta from a previous dinner.

You'll need:
Pasta or noodles (I usually make the whole bag or box, 1 lb)
3-4 large eggs
Ham (my mom used the canned ham, and is completely optional)

Directions:
Place a tablespoon of oil in a skillet, add your noodles. Let them get a little golden. Once they become golden, beat your 3-4 eggs and add them to the skillet. Gently stir until everything is coated in egg. Once the egg is cooked, you're done! If you decide to use ham in the recipe, add the ham in the beginning when you add the noodles. When I was younger, my mom would also serve this with a little strawberry or grape jelly on the side. It's the sweet salty thing, yum!

September 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


Another week, another menu plan :)

Monday--roasted noodles

Tuesday--Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas.

Wednesday--chicken Parmesan, angel hair pasta.

Thursday--Pot Roast, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower.

Friday--Pizza.

Saturday--leftovers.

Sunday--Laberkaese, german potato salad.

Bathtime Rodeo

I just gave all 6 dogs a bath, separately of course. Good Lord, some of them bucked like wild horses LOL. The largest and the smallest were great it was 2 somewhere in between that gave me a bit of a hard time. Oh well, at least they smell good and I didn't get too wet.

September 25, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

This week's Thursday Thirteen will focus on my 13 current favorite TV shows (in no particular order):
1. How I Met Your Mother
2. Big Bang Theory
3. House
4. Bones
5. Lipstick Jungle
6. Ghost Hunters
7. Paranormal State.
8. Family Guy
9. No Reservations
10. Bizarre Foods
11. Deadliest Catch
12. South Park
13. Robot Chicken

September 23, 2008

Another award :)

Thank you Savysuzie at the Recipe Mission for my newest blog award.

Here are the rules to follow:
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Rouladen

I know, I know, I said I was going to post this recipe yesterday. I'm sorry! The posted recipe makes 12 rouladen. When I make them I make a lot because the rouladen themselves and the gravy freeze very well.

You'll need:

12 thin slices of top round (at my grocery store they are already cut like this and come in a pack of 3, if you can't find them, ask the butcher to cut them for you)
Regular yellow mustard
Hamburger dill pickles
Turkey Bacon (you can use regular bacon, I prefer the turkey)
Ketchup
Beef Base
Water
Toothpicks
Cornstarch

Directions:

Assemble your slices of top round side by side along your counter (make a little assembly line). On each piece of meat place a line of yellow mustard, 1-2 slices of bacon (depending on how wide your slice of top round is), and 3-4 pickles. Do this on each piece until they are all at this point. Then fold in each long side of the top round to where the sides meet in the middle. Once it's folded in, roll the beef up and secure at the top with a toothpick. Once you have done this with all of the meat, get a roasting pan nice and hot on the stove. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place each rouladen in the roasting pan and brown on each side. On the stove top, all you're wanting to do is brown the pieces. Once they are all browned, remove the rouladen to a dish or paper place temporarily. Fill your roasting pan half way with water. Add about a cup of ketchup, 1/2 cup of mustard, and 4 tablespoons of beef base. Whisk this all together and make sure you get all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. The gravy should taste a little beefy and tangy, so you can adjust the amounts needed to your taste buds.

Place the rouladen back into the roasting pan and place the lid on it. Slide the roasting pan into the oven and leave it for 45 mins. At this point, you want to remove the rouladen again, temporarily, and add enough cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Once it's thick, place the rouladen back into the gravy and serve. I serve this with German potato salad and homemade spaetzle (those recipes will be another day) lol.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll be more than happy to elaborate :)

September 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

If you think you've clicked on the wrong link because this week looks awfully familiar, you haven't. I haven't had much of an appetite at dinner time so I've just been cooking something for DD and going to bed with a glass of milk. The meal I have starred as a family favorite will have the recipe posted tomorrow. It's difficult for me to write out a lot of the recipes that have been handed down as most, if not all, don't really have specific measurements for things. You just kind of figure it out as you make and tweak it a little each time.

Monday--leftovers.

Tuesday--Grilled cheese.

Wednesday--Creamy crock pot chicken thighs, rice and broccoli.

Thursday--Breakfast for dinner.

Friday-Roast chicken, German potato salad.

Saturday--**Family Favorite** Rouladen, with noodles.

Sunday--leftovers.

Things That Make You Smile

I was getting my DD ready to go down for a nap. While she was jumping on the bed (a whole other post lol), she started singing "ring around the rosey".

Here is her rendition:
Ring around the rosey
Asses, asses, 
we all fall down!

Now I know she was trying to say ashes, but apparently the "h" was a little silent. I just had to chuckle to myself a little.

September 18, 2008

100 Foods to Eat or Not Eat Meme

I found this fun easy meme over at my HBFF Tammy's place and i wanted to play too.
Here are the Rules:a) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructionsb) Change color all the items you’ve eaten.c) Cross out, bold or italicize any items that you would never consider eatingd) Leave them regular if you aren't sure what they are or just haven't had them before.
So red i have have eaten, pink i would like to try, and blue there is no way i would try it!
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile/alligator
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. baba ghanous
11. Calamari
12. pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted Cream Tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insect
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/€80/$120 or more
46. Fugu Fugu to eating blowfish!
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbread
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears, and funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

September 14, 2008

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

This is a very simple and easy recipe. It might not look like a lot, but it's very yummy and kid friendly.

You'll need:

2 lbs. chicken thighs
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
seasoning salt
water

In your crock pot, add the chicken thighs, both cans of soup, then 2 cans worth of water to the crock pot. Add the seasoning salt (I don't measure this, but if I had to guess maybe 1 teaspoon, add to your taste). Give it a little stir. Cover and turn it on low. Let it cook until the chicken thighs are falling apart. Serve over rice.

Menu Plan Monday


This week was a little more difficult for me to plan because DH is going out of town again sometime this week. This week's menu is also using things (i.e. meats) that are in my freezer, this week I bought no new meats because neither of the stores had any great sales.

Monday--crock pot stuffed tricolor peppers and rice.

Tuesday--Chicken Caesar Salad, with homemade Caesar dressing.

Wednesday--Creamy crock pot chicken thighs, rice and broccoli.

Thursday--Chicken Noodle Soup.

Friday-Roast chicken, German potato salad.

Saturday--Rouladen, with noodles.

Sunday--leftovers.

Father's Rights

I know I'm a "mommy" blog, but this is something I was thinking about today. What should a father's right be? Where is the line drawn?

I heard today's society referred to as being "schizophrenic" when it comes to the rights of fathers. At first I was a little puzzled, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. We want dad's to pay child support, even if when the baby is first born, he says he's not interested in being a father. He goes to court and is subsequently slapped with a payment amount. Yes, I agree this to some extent is fair. However, when a mother maybe decides to give up a child for adoption or even decides she wants an abortion, where does the father's right enter into play?

The mother is carrying the baby, I understand; however, that baby is 1/2 the father's too. Personally, I just think it should be a joint decision, or at least one that is discussed. Not where the mother goes and makes a decision on her own without involving the father.

What are your thoughts on this?

How much rights does a father have?

September 13, 2008

High Heels For Babies

Chalk another fashion debate for babies. The people at Heelarious thought it would be a good idea to make heels for babies. When I say babies I mean 0-6 month olds. Now I'm fine with toddler shoes that have a tiny kitten heel, but why in the world does a 3 month old need a pair of pumps?


I guess the heels will match their super mini skirt and halter top they picked up earlier that day.


September 12, 2008

The Cupcakes Club Contest


CONTEST
The Cupcakes Club, along with MomDot, is giving away a 10K Gold, Diamond Cupcake necklace ($250 retail) to a lucky contest winner by simply signing up for a free membership at The Cupcakes Club and go to MomDot to let them know.

This delightful pendant will be a delicious sweet sight shining at your neckline. Red, blue and yellow diamond accents decorate a miniature 10k yellow gold cupcake charm.