Monday, January 28, 2008

My nutty header photo

I have been trying to change my header photo for weeks,I mean I like it but I'm wanting a new one since christmas has been over for quite a while now!
When I go in and click "remove image" it just blinks and won't let me!!!AGHHHH!!!
If anyone knows how to do it or what might be wrong please help!


I had an ok weekend,I thought the kids were finally getting over whatever they all had then Sat night my baby came down with it.It's awful when they're sick and there just isn't a whole lot that you can do other than comfort them. He has an ear infection and when I say that I MEAN it.I've never actually been able to SEE it in one of the kids ears but I could with this one. I guess his ear drum actually burst and all the "stuff" came out.It totally freaked me out but I guess it's fairly common.NOT pretty!I'm sure it's quite painful too,poor little guy.
My girls and I sat around and watched movies yesterday which I very raely do and even when a movie is on I still get up every 5 minutes and run around.I find it very difficult to sit for that long whie I'm thinking about 25 things that need to be done.I actually sat through "Steel Magnolias"(yes,again!) and get this...."Titanic"! What is that like 3 hours long???!!!I adore both of those tear-jerkers,so as you can guess I spent more than 4 1/2 hours on the couch I must be getting sick or something though to stay in one place for that long,I did have a very sore throat last night and have been guzzling hot tea.Please don't let me get it,what's the chance I won't tho? (slim....very slim)

I spent ALL last Sunday cooking freezer meals,this was something I'd wanted to try but never have.Well,while I have enjoyed not having to come up with dinner every night it was sooo exhausting! It took 2 days to recover from all that.Man,I'm old.
Here is a list of what I made.................
mac n cheese
taco meat
spaghetti sauce
broc casserole
chicken noodle casserole
meat loaf
BBQ meatballs
beef n bean enchiladas
grilled chicken
lemon pepper chicken
roated rosemary chicken w/veggies
chicken n dumplings(from the roasted chicken)this was by far the whole familys fave!
I know there was a couple more but I can't remember what they were now.
It's been nice to have homemade meals every night but I'm tellin ya by last night the kids were begging for take out pizza!!! Should my feelings be hurt?lol
I might do the freezer thing again but maybe not so much in one day,lesson learned.
I actually got inspired from this wonderful lady at her blog,it's one of my faves to visit.

Tonight I'm making Easy Salisbury steak over noodles.My mom used to make this but I never really tried it till I found this recipe,it's good and easy!

Speedy Salisbury Steak

1 egg
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed French onion soup, undiluted, divided
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch pepper
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cold water
6 cups hot cooked egg noodles
Chopped fresh parsley, optional
In a large bowl, beat egg. Stir in 1/3 cup of soup, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture; mix gently. Shape into six oval patties.
In a skillet, brown patties over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside; drain. Add the water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and remaining soup to skillet. Bring to a boil. Return patties to skillet. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Remove patties. Combine flour and cold water until smooth. Stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve patties and gravy over noodles. Garnish with parsley if desired. YUM!

I actually already made this earlier today so I just have to re-heat it.

I'm hoping and praying that my baby is on the mend by tomorrow,the anti-biotics usually start kicking in in a day or so.He just seems to have gotten it so much worse than the others did.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bad week

I'ts true,sometimes life just does not go the way you want it to.
We have good days,we have bad days and this week I'm having some of those not-so-great ones.
I'll get over it,life goes on....nothing else to say right now.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Giant cupcake!

This has to be one of the cutest things I've seen in awhile!
It's a cake pan that makes a cake to look like a big cupcake!You can ice the top,add sprinkles,etc
I just love it! I have 2 of my daughters birthdays coming up in the spring and I sooo want to get this and try it.
Too cute!!
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Thursday, January 17, 2008


There's been a word following me around lately,(you know when you hear or see something then all of a sudden it seems like it's everywhere?)
It's ~"BLISS"
I have never used that word much or really heard it that often but it seems to be just "wanting" me to notice it.
What is "bliss"? The official definition follows~

"blithesomeness; gladness; now, the highest degree of happiness; blessedness; exalted felicity; heavenly joy."

Wow,the "highest" degree of happiness! Have I found that? What does that mean?I started thinking about it in bed last night and there are some times in my life that I think I've felt that.
~the days and even exact moments my children were all born
~my wedding day
~seeing my children doing something that makes them completely happy

ok,other than that I can't think of a time when I could say that I've acheived "heavenly joy"
In the definition it also mentions "blessedness",now I think most days I feel very blessed in my life but that seems different to me than the other stuff.
I would love to be able to feel that way every day,I mean who wouldn't?!Is it a feeling,a state of mind,a journey?
Maybe someone is trying to tell me something? I even saw a book I beleive it was (or possibly an article,I can't recall right now but I noticed it)called "Finding Your Bliss"
How do you go about that? (on a daily basis anyway)
I mean I know I've probably been much more focused on the negatives in my life recently so maybe this is the brick I needed to fall on my head?
I believe Oprah said when those little "whispers" speak to you~LISTEN!
Ok,Ok "BLISS"~I'm listening,now where do I begin?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's still winter

Well,the 60 degree days we had were just a little tease for spring because now we're freezing! It's like 18 here right now!
I got this recipe in my e-mail this morning from
it sounds soooo good.I have been obsessed with soup lately mainly because it's generally easy,fast and not high in fat or calories.This recipe could even be tweaked a bit to make it more WW (weight watchers)friendly.
Is there anything better on a freezing cold day than soup,especially with cheese!!!
I think not.

Cheddar Cheese Soup~~
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 12-oz. cans evaporated milk
1 c. beer or chicken broth
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
8-oz. pkg. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Garnish: additional shredded cheese, sliced green onion

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, stirring constantly until bubbly. Add evaporated milk; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; stir in beer or broth, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes; stir in cheese until melted. Garnish as desired. Makes 4 servings.

Here is a little winter poem my 8 yr old daughter wrote,thought it was appropriate

~I feel a chill
Beside the windmill

Snow falls all around
right onto the ground

I threw a snowball
right when I fall

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Well blow me down!!!!

We actually have a severe WIND advisory here until 7:00 pm tonight.I can't really recall the last time we had one of those.
Geesh,talk about your weirdo weather so far this winter,snowing 8 inches 1 week,65 degrees out the next now we're in a wind storm!
The little ones get so confused,my 7 year old asked me yesterday why winter went by so fast!lol
They had outside recess today,but by next week they'll probably be home on a snow day.
I'm making a new recipe tonight,if it turns out edible I'll post it tomorrow.;o)

Monday, January 7, 2008


My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past Christmas day.(they are actually my grandparents but they raised and adopted me so when I refer to my mom and dad that's who I'm speaking of)
We had a big anniversary party for them last weekend and it was just wonderful.Gosh,if hubby and I make it even to 20 years I want a party!!!;o)

Happy anniversary to a very special couple
Here is their wedding pic

Friday, January 4, 2008

Highly irritated and Happy New Year

I've been trying to change my top header photo for a week now and it won't let me!ACCCKKKKKK
Gosh I'm glad this last year is over.I hate to complain but it's been a rough one in so many ways.I'm hoping and praying that 2008 will be a better one for all of us.I'm feeling hopeful about it.
I couldn't even stay up till midnight on New years eve this year,I fell asleep around 11:30.Gosh,I'm lame.

My 2 oldest boys share a birthday on New Years day so we had (requested) home made enchiladas and I even made them a cake.I usually get one from an awesome bakery that I know but I just didn't have the extra $$ this year.
I still can't believe that I'm the mom of a 14 year old boy,a 14 year old anything for that matter.When did this happen? You know when your kids are small people say"enjoy it now,they grow up so fast"
Well, you know it's true.
I'm thinking if he goes to college he could be out of the house in 4 years.How do you do that? How do you let your 1st born baby walk out the door on his own??!! I know people do it every day but it's beyond me.I have alot of prep to do I guess.Is there a class I could take maybe??
My middle son (who turned 7) is telling me at least once a day that he's joining the army or marines when he gets old enough.WHAT??!! HUH???!!! Where did that come from?
I have the utmost respect for the guys and girls in our armed forces but you don't want to hear that from your little boy,especially now.(((sigh)))This growing up thing is for the birds.

Here are some pics from the boys b-day