Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hey, hey, good lookin', whatcha got cookin'?

How's about cookin' something up with me?
Hey, hey, sweet baby, don't you think maybe,
We could find us a brand new recipe.

I love that song, And I also love new recipes. Last night I made the most awesome tasting fajitas. I sort of made up the recipe so there is no famous name for the fajitas except for maybe
Really Good Chicken Fajitas

4 chicken breast

2 tablespoons of lemon pepper season

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 onion

1 red bell pepper

1 carton of sliced mushrooms

1 stick of butter

2 tablespoons of dried minced garlic

1 tablespoon of chicken fajita seasoning

fresh avocado dip (see recipe below)

1 fresh tomato diced

Light sour cream

Monterrey jack cheese

fajita size flour tortilla ( low carb brand is great)

1st marinate the chicken in lemon pepper seasoning and olive oil for about a hour. Be sure to rub both sides of chicken with season and oil.


Then heat up the out door grill and grill the chicken breast slowly until tender and done.


While the chicken is on the grill, Chop one onion, 1 red bell pepper. Prepare a pan with 1 stick of melted butter. Mix onion, bell pepper, 1 container of sliced mushrooms, minced dried garlic, fajita season in the pan. Saute the mixture until the onion becomes very dark brown and all other is tender. Set aside.
Bring in the chicken and slice in thin strips.

Add the chicken to the mixture and stir together. Serve with warm flour tortilla, fresh avocado dip, light sour cream, Monterrey jack cheese, and fresh garden tomatoes. (Hopefully you have a really sweet old man that lives across the street like me that will give you fresh garden tomatoes.


Fresh Guacamole Dip


3 avocados peeled and mashed


dash of garlic


dash of salt and pepper


splash of lemon juice


1/3 cup of light sour cream ( I add this for my DH. He is just learning to eat avocados and it helps to take away some of the strong taste of the avocado. As for me, I love it as strong as I can get it. But sometimes you have to make changes for others sake.)
Stir all ingredients together.


I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we did. There sure was not much left for leftovers.

Tonight I made a big NO NO dessert. My husband was craving cinnamon rolls. So whats a women to do!!! She has to do what she can to make her Man happy. Right?? Right!!!! However, I thought no way am I going to make homemade cinnamon rolls. That takes about a day to make. He don't need to be that happy!!! So I thought....... and decided to put together my quick version of cinnamon rolls. I originally got the recipe from Pampered Chef, but then of course I had to tweak it a bit to make it perfect. All for my MAN!!! So hear goes.


Apple Cinnamon Something Anuthers

I am adding a warning label on this recipe. If you are on a diet, Stay Away!!! and I do apologize for tempting you. I am on a diet and I did eat a very, very small piece. I just needed a taste is all. Its really awesome.


2 cans of refrigerator biscuits

4 medium granny smith apples peeled and sliced2 cups of granulated sugar

3 tablespoons of Cinnamon

2 stick of butter melted in 2 separate bowls with 1 stick in each bowl. Set 1 bowl aside for icing.
1 cup of powdered sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of chopped pecans (optional, but I suggest not leaving it out unless you just hate nuts)

4 tablespoons of water

Pour sugar into mixing bowl. Add in the cinnamon. Mix around till blended well. Take biscuits and first dip into bowl containing 1 stick of melted butter. Place dipped biscuit into sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place in baking dish. Continue with the rest of biscuits until are in baking dish. Pour sliced apples over top of biscuits, making sure apples are in between each of the biscuits and distributed evenly.

Pour any left over cinnamon/sugar mixture over biscuits.
Pour any left over butter over biscuits.

Sprinkle pecans all over the top of biscuits.
Bake at 350 degrees until biscuits look brown, fluffy and done.

Mix together
powdered sugar
vanilla
1 stick of melted butter
4 tablespoons of water

Blend well.

Pour over the top of baked biscuits evenly. Don't miss any spots, because if you do, your DH will let you know. LOL!!!!

This was hubby's piece, mine was much, much smaller!! Really it was!!!

LOL!!! Anyway, That's it!!! Enjoy and hopefully with less quilt than I had.

On the Scrapbook front......

I spent the week so far taking my DD to scrapbook camp. Its been a fun week. She has made lots of great 12x12 pages, several greeting cards and some crafty projects. There are 6 girls in the class.
As for me, I have been working on one of my 8x8 books and I have almost completed it. I will share pictures of course once I do. I also have had a great time scrapbooking with my friends HO and G. I love going to the store during the day. There are hardly any other addicts there and so I can have a entire 7 ft table to myself. Boy do I spread out.

Also this week at home, I have been working on my friend HO's birthday gift. I finished it last night and gave it to her today. She seem to really like it.

These are altered items. I purchased the chickens at a dollar general store. I totally altered them from top to bottom. I used Daisy D paper and decoupaged the body's and the front of the shelf. I painted the rest of the chickens with beige acrylic paint and barn red. I used my Cricut to cut out their goozles. It was a heart I turned upside down. I painted them barn red. I used my crystal stickles on the beaks, dots on wings and parts of the body's. I used my Base Camp Cricut font on the words "The Crop Coop" and then stickles them. On each of the jars, I painted the tops with barn red and then decoupaged the paper on the very top. I hung little tags from my Cricut using dmc floss. The jars were used Making Memory flower jars. It was soooo much fun to do. I have not done something like this in several years when I use to own my on craft business. Sometimes its fun to get back to your roots.
Speaking of Cricut. I got my newest cartridge in today. Yippy!! Yawhoooeeee!!! What a deal too. It was buy 2 for 50.00 from Creative Express. So me and my friend HO went in together. She got one and I got the other. So for 30.00 tax and all, I got a 60.00 cartridge. This one is called Stamped. It looks like loads of fun. I cannot wait to play with it. Thats it for scrapbooking this week!!!

On the home front.....

Besides cooking all the yummy foods, I have actually been trying to get strict with my weight lose. Its a on going process with me. I am sure it will be for the rest of my born days. As you can see, cooking yummy desserts does not quicken the process. This past week I have been doing Slimfast. Its been a while since I gave this a try and since nothing else has been working, I might as well try again. I love,love the shakes and I really love how fast you can just mix them up and go. My favorite is the milk chocolate,strawberry, vanilla, oh shoot, I love them all!!! I am actually drinking the Milk chocolate with the extra protein right now. I want to make sure since I am doing 2 meal replacements a day, that I get enough protein. The suggested amount a day is 25 grams. There is 7 in the powder and 7 in my soy milk that I mix it with, so that means 14 total per shake, which is 28 G's total for the day. How do you like that math!!! LOL!!!! Plus I am getting 10 G's of fiber. That's not a lot, but its a start. The amount of fiber suggested is at least 35 G's a day, so I am having a little bit harder time getting in my fiber for the day by doing the shakes. I have not seen any significant weight loss yet, but I feel really good. A online diet buddy suggested the "Walk the Walk" tape for indoor walking. I totally forgot I had that tape already. I use to do it a while back, but had put it away. So I dug it back out last Wednesday I think it was and did it Wednesday and Thursday night. Hubby and I started out with the mile walk. I was only able to fit it in those 2 days last week, so this week we started out today with the 2 mile. Got lots of ground to make up. Its such a great tape. Very low impact, but will get the heart beeping (as my little girl calls it) pretty fast!!! She is such a awesome instructor. She is a Christian based teacher and while you are doing the walk, the background music is Christian music. She encourages you to praise God as you walk and to reach up and Thank him for your blessings. Just very awesome teacher. At the end of my video, there is even a message from her pastor. What a cleaver way to reach out to people and tell them about Jesus. I love it!!! You can buy the DVD's at most Christian book stores, Walmart and Hastings. Maybe some other places as well. Give it a try!!! I think you will love it too!!!

What else have I done. I finished reading a entire book. Yes, its hard to believe. I am not one to do a lot of reading. Mostly magazines (health, scrapbook, stamping and women's world) is the limit to what I read. However, I recently decided it was time for me to do some reading. So I picked up a book that I bought sometime back at the thrift store. Its called 'Sister Chicks on the Loose".
I just totally loved this book. I laughed, I cried. I just could not put it down. I blocked the world out when I was reading it. Its the first time since Charlotte's Web in 3rd,4th,5th,6th grades(I read it every year over and over. It was my favorite book) that I was able to read an entire book without falling asleep before chapter 2. Its a feel good book about friendship and the rediscovery of how God truly does work within our lives just when we need him. I loved it so much that I am now on Chapter 3 of the next book. There are a series of several books. Not sure of the number in the series, but I know there are at least 2 more other than these. Robin Gunn the Arthur also writes several other book series for teens and young adults. She is a Christian writer, so all of her books are feel good books from what I have gathered. http://www.robingunn.com/

I cannot wait to really get into this next book. Hawaii here I come!!!

One last thing before I close this extremely long post. If you read all of this before 10:00 tomorrow, would you please send up a prayer for my sweet MIL. She is going into the hospital tomorrow for testing of her heart. She is having a die scope put up her leg and into her heart to look around. If there is blockage, than they will also do angioplasty. She could be there tomorrow for 6 hours or it could turn into 1 to 3 days. All depending on how she does. Right now her heart sounds as though there is blockage. She is 79.5 years old. So I am very worried about her. So please send one up for her during your prayer time. Thank you!!!


Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Crash! Bam! Boom! LOOK OUT FOR THAT Treeeeeeee!!!!

Oh my! Oh my! Down come a limb, out went the lights, pitter patter went the feet, (that's my feet running through the house to see what the heck happen). Kelvin and I nearly collided in the hallway trying to get to baby girls room. We were not sure where the loud crash came from but we both had the same idea to head to her room to make sure she was safe. Then once we both figured out it did not come from her room or have any effect on her, we both ran out the back door. A main branch from my neighbors (my in-laws) tree, broke off and fell in between our house and on our power and telephone lines. Lucky it did not hit our roof. The fork of the tree went on either side of our house. Half went on top of the tree close by and the other half lay across our electric and telephone lines. The power to half our house was out. It broke a line away from the main pole and sparks and light lit up the sky. I think that was most of the loud boom that we heard that caused our feet to hit the floor so fast. This all happen at 4:30 this morning. My neighbor in the back came out to see what was going on. He said it was so loud and bright outside. He called the electric company and they came out about 30 minutes later. The electric guy said we were very lucky to have a ground rod because if we had not, than it would have shorted out our entire house. Air Condition, TV's, Computers, all appliances would have been fried!!! Praise God for watching over us!!! The wooden fence between our houses was really the only main damage, other than the power lines. So now it is 7:30 and I need to go get dressed cause Kadie and I are heading to Scrapbook Camp at our local scrapbook store. We have it all this week from 10:00 to 2:00. What a fun week. Hope it only gets better from this point.















Oh and my weekend was excellent. I spent all day Saturday with my friends and we had such a great time shopping, cropping, eating and laughing. I truly do have the best friends ever!!

Sunday, I slept in and then went for lunch and then home again, home again, jiggity jig!!! I worked on my friends birthday gift which now I am late giving to her. I had no clue what I was going to do for her this year and finally a idea hit and I got busy yesturday and got most of it done. I just lack the finishing touches and I will be done. Only a few days late. Lucky I will be seeing her every day this week for Scrapbook Camp. I will post photos when I am done!!! Everybody have a awesome day!!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

We have words!!!

Yes my Cricut does write. Here is proof!!!

Pretty cool huh!!!! Not sure what I would ever need it for, but its cool to know that it will write. I went to the store today and bought one of the mini sharpies. I had to wrap masking tape around it a few times to get the size I needed for it to fit into the slot where the blade goes. Once I got it to fit properly, I screwed it in place, picked a image and clicked cut. It worked perfectly.

The movie we went to see was Evon Almighty. It was hilarious!!! I totally recommend it!!! Ok so now I am off once again to go walk my 30 minutes.

Short but Sweet!!!!

Ok, this will be a very quick post, because I am leaving soon for the movies. I just wanted to say that I had a fantastic week. We went putt putt golfing on Wednesday night. I have not done that in forever. It was great fun. Then on Thursday we went to the movies in the park. We saw the movie Curious George and it was sooooo cute. Had a great time having a picnic and watching the movie. The weather was perfect both nights. A cool gentle breeze and no mesqitoes. I also went to the library yesturday and checked out some recipe books. I am in search of new foods to cook. I started my Slim Fast diet back this week and so I want to try to find some good foods to eat that want kill my calorie intake. Today I made this yummy fruit dip for Strawberries. Strawberries are very, very good fruit to eat and one of the few that is low in sugar and that I personally am able to have. So I thought this recipe sounded yummy to go with them.



1 8 ounce of light sour cream



2 tablespoons of powdered sugar



2 teaspoons of finely shredded lime peel ( I omited this)



1 tablespoon of lime juice ( I added extra)



Strawberrys



In small bowl stir together sour cream, powdered sugar, lime peel, and lime juice.



Serve with Strawberries.



Thats it!!! Its so easy and so yummy. I did add just a tad bit more powdered sugar and lime juice. I wanted it a little sweeter. It taste kind of like Key Lime Pie filling. UMMMMM!!!!! Not sure what the calories are when you add the extra powdered sugar, but the book says the recipe as is has 60 calories for 2 tablespoons of sauce and 3 to 4 strawberries. Thats not bad for a yummy dessert. You also get 1 fiber from eating the strawberries. Now who can pass that up. LOL!!!



On the scrapbook front... I found out this week that my Cricut machine(smaller version) will cut chipboard. I am so happy about that. This is too different thickness. The darker one is the thin chipboard that you get when you purchase packaged paper. The lighter chipboard is thicker and not sure where I got it. I only had to run it through the machine 3 times to cut it out. The thinner chipboard I only had to run through 2 times. When I say run it through, I mean to load the paper, cut the image and unload, then load the paper again and then click the repeat last button and cut a second time and so on.... till your image is cut. Now you may have to trim a little on the thicker chipboard. Depends on the thickness. I am so excited. So 3 cheers for my Cricut!!! Next I plan to see if it will draw using the small sharpie markers. I went today to purchase 2 sizes. I will update you on that later.


One more thing I want to say before I close. My DS passed his written and driving test for his CDL. I know some of you probably did not even know he was trying to get his CDL, but for the last month and 1/2 he has been taking test, failing and taking test. He finally passed them all and is now officially a dump truck driver for our local City street Dept!!! Huge Praises!!!



That's it!!! I am off and running. Everyone have a great weekend!!!!



Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tuesdays Child

Mondays child is fair of face,

Tuesdays child is full of grace,


Wednesdays child is full of woe,


Thursdays child has far to go,


Fridays child is loving and giving,


Saturdays child works hard for his living,


And the child that is born on the Sabbath day


Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.




I just love this little poem. I thought of it today, cause of it being Tuesday. It just popped into my head and thought it would be a pleasant way to start out my post.
I am defiantly a Tuesdays child. I was born on February 12 1963 which was a Tuesday http://www.number-one.org/~rigg/dlr0164.htm. I guess I really never knew that until now. My DD was born on a May 4th, 1999 which is also a Tuesday. So she is a Tuesday's child as well. My DH was born November 10, 1963 on a Sunday. So that makes him bonny and blithe. Yes I do believe that about him. He is always a happy guy and everyone loves him. He also is very handsome. My son was born on August 21, 1987 on a Friday. So he is a Friday's Child. He is definitely loving. Not sure about the giving. I think he probably is very giving. Just not to me. LOL!!!! My hubby and I were married on June 2 1983 on a Friday. So I guess Tuesdays and Fridays are very significant days for me. LOL!!!
Now back to Tuesday's child full of grace. What does that mean anyway?
grace (grās) Pronunciation Key n.
Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
A sense of fitness or propriety.
A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
Mercy; clemency.
Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
An excellence or power granted by God.
A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
Graces Greek & Roman Mythology Three sister goddesses, known in Greek mythology as Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, who dispense charm and beauty.
Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
An excellence or power granted by God.
A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.
Grace Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop.
Music An appoggiatura, trill, or other musical ornanment in the music of 16th and 17th century England.

Most of that seems fitting for me. I think I am definitely generous and giving. I also am very protective of those I love. And I know that I have Gods protection in my life. He has been there many times for me. So yes I believe I am definitely a Tuesdays Child.


Ok, so now that we have established that, on with the show.....

Friday night I had the best, best time with my friends. We met at our local scrapbook store and had some great laughs together. Did I get anything done? Well I did finish my swap cards. I had started them earlier in the week and so I took some time to complete them. I did have some time to play with Oodles (aka Cricut). I have not had a lot of time to play with some of the features. I was also trying my best to enable my friend into getting one. LOL!!! Not that I think she has to have one, cause she is always welcomed to use mine, but just the challenge of her saying I could not talk her into buying one, I just had to try. She was a tough cookie though. She did not give a inch. I tried to make every cute thing I could think of and no budging. Nothing like some of my other friends. All I had to do was turn the machine on and make a simple cut and we were racing to the nearest Walmart to purchase. I do love to enable people though. I just want to share the happiness that I feel when I am playing with my machine or any other scrapbook/stamp tool ect... that I own. I just think every person should be so happy, as I am. Ha! that is part of my grace!!! Helping others to spend there money and find happiness. LOL!!! Anyway, the evening was cut an hour short for us cause of bad weather threats. None of us wanted to be stranded out in the rain with our scrapbook stuff. So we packed up early and got home before the rain hit. I barely made it home in time and then it came a down pour. Thank goodness for our husbands who watch after our safety even when we do not realize it.


Saturday we spent the day out and about. We as in DH, DD and myself, went to the movies to see Nancy Drew. We actually went there with the intentions of seeing Surfs Up, but once we got there, we all decided we wanted to see Nancy Drew instead. It was a cute movie. Then we went to Walmart, Central Market and the Scrapbucket. I do love the Scrapbucket. I had not been there since they moved a few doors down, but their crop room is very nice. Will have to try it out sometime in the future. I really did not spend a lot of money but my DD had a great time. Oh what have I started. I am so glad that I have bought most of the stuff I need cause I fear that the rest of my money will be spent on her. She is a chip off the ole block. She is starting to catch the scrapbook fever also. So we leave to come home and we are caught right in the middle of a huge, huge thunderstorm. It was quite scary actually. The traffic was moving at a high speed of 30 for about 20 miles. I thought we would never get back home. We spent the rest of the evening watching movies from our nice cozy bed.


Sunday we slept in and then off to the store for some grocery shopping. I decided to start back on my Slim Fast diet. I have always been a huge fan of shakes and Slim Fast happens to be my favorite. I was reading a article in my favorite Women's Magazine about shake diets and they named Slim Fast as the all American favorite. So I decided what the heck. Nothing else I do seems to work. So we went to the grocery store and bought some Slim Fast. I got the new chocolate high protein powder and my DH bought the canned ready to drink. He likes anything quick. I would rather mix with ice to make a frozen shake. Monday was our start day.


Ok so now Monday we did our shakes as we were told. Breakfast and Lunch. Surprisingly I felt more energetic. I guess because of all the vitamins. I did some bouncing on my trampoline and then for dinner I cooked fish, baked potato and salad. The fish of choice was Mai Mai. I had never tried that fish and thought it would be good. I just seasoned it with lemon pepper, garlic and lemon juice. I grilled it on my inside griddle. I cooked only one baked potato and halved it with DH. The salad I put in tomatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, spinach, romaine lettuce, purple onion and sprinkled on a little feta cheese. It was very yummy. I did encounter a few bones while eating the fish. So I might not go with the Mai Mai. One of my biggest fears in life is choking on a fish bone. Do not ask me why, cause I do not know, but I am terrified of that. I did have one poke me in the throat and I swallowed and it went down after I raced to the kitchen and gulped a glass of water. I worried all night about it poking my stomach or intestines. I think I just watch to much "House" That show really makes you think about the small stuff. So I did not like that experience of the Mai Mai. Other than that, it tasted wonderful. I will just pick a different fish next time.

That's it!!! Here it is Tuesday. I have had my 2 shakes today and already thinking about dinner. I am fixing some BONELESS chicken. LOL!!!! I believe we will have Grilled Chicken, broccoli and another salad. I love salads in the summer time. I could eat them every meal. I do not want to bore hubby though. He is not as much of a salad eater as I am. So I have to be careful and not burn him out to quickly. He is doing so good eating veggies these days. I have tried for many years to get him to eat veggies. He is a meat, red beans and potato man. So now he will eat Broccoli, Spinach, Onions, Mushrooms, Green Beans, He gave tomatoes and red peppers a try recently and says they are SO SO. In other words, he would rather not have them. LOL!!! I want give up though. Its my nature to help people however I can. Its all because I am Tuesdays child full of Grace!!! Who would have Thunk!!! (wink, wink)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I am a Clutter Bug No Moe!!!

Well at least I am working on it anyway. I have a long way to go before I can officially make that declaration. This week I have been watching lots of HGTV, Food network and the Travel Channel. They are my favorite channels to watch these days. I love to see all the beautiful homes they show on HGTV. I love to watch the decorating shows and the House Hunters. I also love the organizing shows. How they can change a entire room by just getting rid of clutter and rearranging the room. It sure has been a motivation for me. I have been organizing and getting rid of clutter off and on all week. I started with my bedroom. I got rid of all the stuffed Boyds rabbits which were very dusty. My DD, decided she wanted them to add to her already tremendous amount of stuffed loves. I only left a few bears for me to hug. So now she has Boyd Hares and I have Boyd Bears. That works for me!!! Anyway, back to my decluttering. I then cleaned out my closet and was able to sack up 5 bags of clothes that I have not worn in a while. Can you believe that? One would think I would not have any clothes left. No worry, I have plenty more left. The ones I got rid of were either too big, too small or I was sick of wearing them. I just hang on and on to them for whatever reason. I got rid of shoes that I did not wear and I also got rid of old purses that have been hanging around forever. My closet looks so much better and I am sure my racks thank me!!! My room looks so much better. I bought a shoe rack for the back of my bedroom door and put all of my flip flops in it. I am a flip flop freak. I realized that after I filled 18 of the 23 spaces on the rack. I have room for more. YIPPY!!!! Must go shopping!!! I need balance you know. That's part of what makes things look organized. I love having my flip flops all in one place where I can just look at them. So many colors. YUMMM!!!!
I totally love the organizer on my door. I have one on every door of my house. They are wonderful. I get them at Target for 5.99. They are clear vinyl. I have one in my bathroom for my makeup, hair stuff, toothbrushes/paste. I have one in my scrapbook room for my scrapbook supplies, I have one in my laundry room for my dust rags, laundry ect... I have one in my dining room closet for this and thats. I have one in my hall closet for utility stuff and now one in my bedroom for my flip flops. I wonder where else I could hang one. (He,He,He)

Next I headed to my scrapbook room. I cleaned out drawers and containers, threw away old magazines. I threw away stacks of papers. I rearranged it a little bit better to be more workable for me. I got rid of 3 bags of trash in that room plus a lot of magazines that I have had since I first started scrapbooking.
Tomorrow I plan to work on the closet in the dining room, then move into the kitchen cabinets and then the closet in the hallway. Those are all my worst areas. Why does a person need so much stuff anyway? Its ridiculous for me to be such a packrat. I have so many blankets in my hall closet that I could probably warm all the homeless people in my town. That's exactly what I plan to do. Share the warmth. I will get them out and donate them to the clothing box. Hopefully someone will be able to use them better than me storing them in the closet. After I am done organizing and decluttering, than I will have to clean. Everything needs dusting, floors need sweeping and mopped, glass needs cleaning ect... That probably want happen till next week. No need to hurry right!!!! A girl has to fit in some FUN TIME along the way.
The food network always has something good cooking. I love, love to watch the cooking shows. Tonight I made a really yummy dinner. The recipe I used was from Rachel Ray. Its called Southwest Turkey Burgers. The only changes I made to the recipe was that I sauteed my peppers, onions, jalapenos, garlic and cilantro in a little oil before adding it to the meat. I wanted them to be tender. My DH is not a huge fan of red peppers and really hates them when they crunch in his food. So in order to make sure there was no possible crunch, I decided to cook them before adding to the meat. I also left off the sweet red pepper relish. I used Turkey bacon, red onion, southwest seasoning, Monterrey jack cheese and Tabasco sauce. Most were optional. I used what I had on hand. The rest of the recipe I stayed pretty much on course. I am not one to measure anything, so I do the pinch here and pinch there measurements. I made some fried potatoes with skin and cantaloupe as my sides. It was all delicious. My DH really said he enjoyed the meal. Said it was a nice change from the same O same O, which is what I have been trying to do. I am so tired of eating the same stuff every night. That includes going out to eat. I am sick of eating out. We have been doing it so long that its not even a treat any more. I would rather eat something like this at home. Anyway, give it a try if you are looking for something new. Its very good. It is a tad spicy, but not to spicy. You can regulate that I am sure, by leaving out the peppers and the Tabasco sauce.


Southwest Turkey Burgers Recipe

courtesy Rachael Ray


Ingredients

8 slices turkey bacon or turkey bacon with black pepper or apple wood smoked bacon

1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 large shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional - parsley may be substituted

1/2 small bell pepper, green, red or yellow, seeded and finely chopped

1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 teaspoons, 2/3 palm full, ground cumin


1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne hot sauce, several drops (recommended: Tabasco)

2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick) Vegetable oil or olive oil, for drizzling

1/2 pound deli sliced pepper jack cheese

4 crusty kaiser rolls,

split 1 cup sweet red pepper relish, found on condiment aisle - pepper jelly may be substituted Red leaf lettuce

Spicy O-nuts,



Instructions



Chop your garlic and veggies.


Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Wipe excess grease from pan and return skillet to heat. While bacon cooks, combine turkey meat, garlic, shallot or onion, thyme, cilantro or parsley, bell pepper, serrano or jalapeno pepper, cumin, hot pepper sauce, grill seasoning or salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds then form meat into patties. Drizzle patties with vegetable oil to coat. Cook in skillet over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Place sliced cheese over the patties in the last 2 minutes of cooking, use 1 or 2 slices for each patty, as you like. Pile cooked cheeseburgers into buns. Spread sweet relish or jelly on bun tops and set red leaf lettuce into place, using the relish or jelly as glue. Top cheeseburgers with 2 slices of cooked, crisp bacon or turkey bacon and lettuce.


I think I will kick back and see whats on the travel channel tonight. Maybe I can take a dream vacation somewhere exotic. Yes it would be a dream alright. That's why I love that channel. It takes me places I will probably never be able to go in my lifetime. I get to see and visit places all from my bedroom T.V. What a way to travel. LOL!!! Then I get to close my eyes and dream!!!

Have a great evening. KISS! KISS! HUG!!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Time to Scraplift


Have I mentioned lately how much I love my Cricut? Well then, let me tell you. I do love my Cricut (aka OODLES!!!) I love my Cricut, I love my Cricut, love, love, love my Cricut. Ok that should do for a while. (giggle) Seriously though, I love my Cricut. I am having the best time playing with it. Today I went shopping with my MIL to Walmart and she bought me another Cartiridge for it. They have them on clearance and so we thought I needed to take advantage of it. I have been helping her a lot lately with taking her to doctor and ect.... So she likes to reward me with lunch out and toys and I like to let her. (wink,wink) I got the Mini Monogram Font. It looks really cool. Like several different fonts in one. What I am thinking I am going to like most about it, is the scalloped circles and squares. That seems to be a big thing these days in the card making world. So I cannot wait to have some time to get it all out and play with it and make some cards. Now lets see, where did I see some ideas on that. I think its time for a little bit of scraplifting. Tune in later to see what I come up with. THINKING...............(scratching my chin and trying to remember which blog I saw a card using a scalloped circle. Hmmmm!!!!)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Today I made this pie. All I have to say is Yum! Yum! Yum! Emeril!!! You have the best Key Lime Pie recipe ever. The only changes I made to the recipe is, that I bought my graham cracker pie crust, rather than make it myself. I am all about easy and fast. and that just seemed much faster to me. Plus, I was able to get a low fat crust. Probably did not make much difference, since I used 2 cans of condensed milk, but every corner cut is a calorie saved. This was such a fast pie. 3 ingredients for the filling, a pie crust and you have a pie. Could not be any easier than that. Its very, very sweet and tangy at the same time. You only need a small piece to completely satisfy your sweet tooth. The sour cream topping is delicious. I did add a little bit more sugar than 2 tablespoons. I wanted it to be a little sweeter. So I would suggest sweeten to taste. Enjoy!!!



Key Lime Pie

courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2002



Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup granulated sugar 4 tablespoons

(1/2 stick butter) melted

2 (14-ounce) cans condensed milk

1 cup key lime or regular lime juice

2 whole eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lime zest


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with your hands. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan, and bake until brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before filling. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. In a separate bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs. Whisk until well blended and place the filling in the cooled pie shell. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Once chilled, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the pie using a spatula. Sprinkle the lime zest as a garnish on top of the sour

Friday, June 08, 2007

Stickle Junkie


Yes its true, Stickles can be used on just about everything. Allow time for drying. LOL!!!! Just love it!!!

And the winner is.....

Well one may never know who the winner is. I am not sure what this years theme was for the Great American Scrapbook Convention, but I think it should have been "She who dies with the most scrapbook supplies, wins" I went to the Convention yesterday "Thursday". I got up very early and dressed and packed my lunch and headed off for a day of shopping with friends. I really was not sure what the day was going to bring, but I was going to get there early for parking and no lines. The Convention opened at 9:00 so I figured if I arrived at least 30 minutes early, I would get decent parking and maybe not to long of line. Well was I wrong. I got there at 8:30 a.m. sharp. I could not believe how many cars were already in the parking lot. I still had to park in North Forty. Well maybe not North Forty. Maybe more like North 30. It was still a good walk to the entrance door. I was ok with that. It was early and my feet were still fresh. So I get in and the first thing I do is get a ticket cause the ticket line was very short. Then I raced towards the bathrooms. When I started towards the bathrooms I see this line of people. I could not see where the line ended. I just went to the bathroom and gathered myself, figured I better take some Tylenol and hooked up my IPOD. Thank goodness for IPOD's. Armed with my IPOD, my telephone, my rolling cart, I headed out of the restroom to face the crowd. OH MY GOSH!!!! It got even longer while i was in the bathroom. So I decided rather than go to the back of the line, I would go stand close to the door and wait for the line to end. Several other ladies joined me and we formed our own new line. LOL!!! The lady standing next to me giggled with me as we watched people trying to sneak in (cut in line). Well it did not work for them all that well cause there was a "Line Police". If he caught you, you had to go to the back of the line. LOL!!!! One lady did manage to sneak by him when he was distracted by another lady. Anyway, it took about 15 minutes for the first line of ladies to get in the doors. The line police finally let us go in. People were running everywhere. Here and there and there and here. It was like a flock of birds scattering after being spooked. You could not help but laugh at the site. As for me, I calmly entered in the door and just started over on the far left side and worked row after row. I knew that I was just scanning the booths and not really going to make any purchases till I saw it all and found the best deals. So I just bebopped in and out listening to my music. It was great. After I completed all the booths and roamed the room probably twice, which took about 2 hours, I was ready for some lunch. So I made another potty break and then off to find a nice comfy spot to eat. I ended up out on the patio at a shaded table. It was a bit windy, but it was very nice. I was later joined by some other ladies seeking refuge from the crowd and a somewhat quieter place to have their lunch. We all set around the table, no one talking to the other at first, and then I finally could not stand it any longer, and started a conversation about how expensive the food was and how I learned to pack a lunch. That was all it took. Everyone chimed in and we were talking as if we all knew each other forever. It was great conversation. After lunch, we all departed ways and wished each other a fun day. I then met up with a friend whom I knew was not coming until ll:00ish. We strolled around to different booths and discussed and oooo awwwed. Met up with a few other ladies, and then departed ways for them to go to lunch. Since I had already had lunch, I took the opportunity to seek out my other group of friends and hang out with them a bit. I had bumped into them earlier and knew they had also arrived. So I went on my adventure to find them. While searching, I stopped at a booth and purchased myself a scrapbook T-shirt. It had been a long time since I had bought one, and thought it was time. After looking for my friends for about 10 minutes going up and down each isle, I finally bumped into them. They had gotten there around noonish I am guessing and I had to laugh when I had found them only a few rows over from the beginning. It was 1:ish. LOL!!! They were just strolling along. I walked the entire building in the same amount of time it had taken them to do a few isles. I remember my first time at convention and it was so exciting to see all of my favorite stuff under one big roof. I remember it being somewhat overwhelming and not knowing exactly which way to go or what to look at. So it was good that I found them early on, cause then I was able to help them through the booths faster by pointing out all the bargains and not so bargains. We spent the next few hours or so going in and out of the booths and just having the best time together. It was a lot of fun just watching their excitement. Anyway, I did manage to find a few bargains for myself. I ended up with a bag full of different colored stickles for 1.75 each, a t-shirt and some shrink plastic. They had the most fabulous colors of stickles. I just had to have them all. Well almost all of them. I had to leave some behind, cause you know there is this thing called money "Limited amount" Yes I had to stay within my budget. I just could not allow myself to go crazy. So no, I was not the winner of "She who dies with the most" But I did manage to contribute a fair share I think. After my shopping adventure with these ladies and saying goodbye, I went about my way to find my other group of friends, which I had made attentive plans to have dinner with. We ended the afternoon with a wonderful back and foot massage. The best part of it was that it was "FREE" They had a demo booth set up with about 5 chairs and were selling these awesome foot and back massage rs. They were letting people try it out. Since it was the end of the day, we got to stay extra long. All I can say is "OH MY GOSH" what a way to end a shopping day. If I had the money, I would have bought both items on the spot.
So off to dinner we went. We all met at "On the Border" For a nice relaxing dinner. I was so pooped that I could barely eat. I mostly drank Tea. Lots and lots of Tea. We stayed and talked and talked and talked some more. It was around 9:00 when we decided to give the poor waiter a break. LOL!!! We all said our goodbye's, which was kind of sad, cause we all knew it would be a while before some of us would meet up again. I was very glad it was a long drive home, cause it gave me lots of time to reflect on the day. It certainly was a more wonderful day than I ever anticipated it to be. I had a great time shopping, and I loved being able to spend time with all of my friends. I am very thankful for the varity of friends I have in my life right now. Each of them bring something different and exciting to my life. Each of them are very, very special to me and I love them all. This past year God closed 2 major doors in my life. It was hard for me to accept and I handled it all very poorly, but then as he closed each one, he opened another. It has been a true blessing for me. It has made me appreciate my friendships more, has taught me that I can have a varity of friendships and enjoy each of them differently, has helped me open myself to new friendships which was something I have not done in a long time. It has made me realize just how much he is in control of our lives and knows what is best for us even when we do not understand. We just have to trust in him. My cup runnith over!!!