Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
This is my wedding day, 11 years ago tomorrow. I was a young 21 years old that day. My hubby had just turned 23. Our honeymoon was a stay at a local condo while we tied up loose ends in our move to Oregon. Oh, and we put up hay for my mother in law. Seriously. I bucked bales on my honeymoon. On that day I vowed that we would go to Maui for our 10 year anniversary, which we did. Another crazy story about our wedding day was the photographer. He was a guy Dan knew and he was just starting his photography business (this should have been a big red flag). He wanted to make our pictures his examples to show other brides.(One of my pictures ended up in the phone book, kinda weird!). He came to my Mom's house before the wedding to get pictures of all of us girls. An hour into the pictures, I was climbing into my Dad's 55 Chevy Bel Air, and the photographer yells, "S***". He had forgotten to put film in the camera. We quick re-did some pictures of me and the bridesmaids, and rushed to the church. The whole rest of the day felt rushed, and we ended up re-doing some pictures the next day! So, on my wedding night, I had to be careful not to mess up my hair!!!!!
Dan is on the boat right now, so we will celebrate our anniversary when he gets home.
Happy Anniversary Honey, I love you!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I just finished a book of pictures from the camping trip. I made it for the kids and also as a project for one of my classes. I made it through Shutterfly, and I think it's going to be really cute. If you have never made a photo book, check them out online at Shutterfly, Photoworks, Costco or Walmart. It's really easy, and the books are a great keepsake.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cut into strips (leftover chicken, pork or turkey also works great)
2 tbsp oil
1 ½ cups water
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 packages Oriental flavor Ramen noodles
1 package frozen vegetable stir fry mix
2 tbsp soy sauce
In wok or large fry pan, cook chicken in oil. Add water, garlic, bring to boil. Add noodles, seasoning packets, veggies, and soy sauce. Simmer 7-9 minutes
Monday, May 25, 2009
Here's Lily playing in the sand. The river was really cold, so they didn't swim much. Yesterday our whole camp played a game of softball. We had fun and Lily got the first home run (because they let her). The kids got to sleep in a tent with Uncle Marty last night, and they thought it was a great adventure. The weather was beautiful all weekend and we couldn't have asked for a better time.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Nate loves to read Calvin and Hobbs comic books. I love that he's reading, and that he gets a kick out of it. There are some things that go right over his head, and others I have to explain. In one comic, the snowman was committing suicide, and I had to explain to Nate what suicide was. This picture is an example of what I find when Nate is reading too much Calvin and Hobbs! Should I be worried?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Spicy Grilled Cheese
Sourdough bread (get the good stuff at Costco)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Large onion, sliced thinly
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
4 oz can tomato paste
3 or 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (found in Mexican food aisle)
2 tbsp mayo
1/4 cup brown sugar
Saute onion in EVOO until soft and light brown. While cooking onions, blend tomato paste, peppers, mayo and sugar in a blender until smooth. On one slice of bread, spread the tomato mixture, top with onions, cheese and second slice of bread. Butter both sides of bread and brown both sides in a fry pan.
Monday, May 18, 2009
My Scentsy Mother's Day baskets were a hit. I thought that it would be a great idea any time of year, so now I'm making Birthday Baskets! Each basket includes a plug in warmer, bar of scent and a car candle. I'll even throw in a birthday card. Items must come from my stock on hand, but I have a variety of scents and warmers. The special price for these baskets are $25 plus tax. I will deliver anywhere in Whatcom County. If you are out of county, shipping is extra. I can also make up special order baskets for graduation, house warming, ect. Click on the Scentsy picture on the right of the blog for my contact info, or to check out these Scentsy products.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Texas Two Step Dinner
1.6 oz pkg. brown gravy mix
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried, minced onion
1 tsp garlic salt
10-12 crushed tortilla chips
1 ¼ cup pasta wheels or 1/2 package veggie mac, wacky mac
Pour gravy mix and seasonings in a plastic zipper bag. Add chips and pasta. Attach instructions.
Add bag contents, and 7 cups water; bring to a boil. Add one can of chili with beans, or 1/2 pound ground beef.
Stir in 15 ounce can corn and 16 ounce can chopped tomatoes.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes.
Garnish with tortilla chips and cheese.
Monday, May 11, 2009
My mom is always making me feel better when I am sick
My mom is always pretty and nice, and that's the truth
My mom is always doing baskets for the teachers on half days
But my mom is never making me eat yucky food.
My mom is always wearing a bandanna when we go camping
My mom is always making the best cookies in the world
My mom is always making the best brownies in the world
But my mom is never forgetting to plant food in the garden.
My mom is always getting me good toys for me for my B-day
My mom is always the best mom in the world
My mom is always nice to Lily and me
But my mom is never mean to me and Lily.
Happy Mothers Day 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Mom, me, Marty, Rob, Tiff, and Amy Jo
I have the best Mom in the world. Don't even try to fight me on this, I will win! Mom had 4 kids in 5 years (crazy). I can't even imagine how hard that was, in the days before disposable diapers! She made dinner almost every night, and almost always had cookies on hand (hmmm, wonder where I get that from?). She was cook, chauffeur and bottle washer, and worked on and off the farm. She was the cool Mom that went on field trips and all of our friends loved her. When I was in high school one of my favorite things to do was host breakfast. On special occasions like a birthday or Pajama day at school, Mom would get up early and cook breakfast for me and my friends. She would spend a couple of hours in her bathrobe flipping pancakes for hungry teenagers. For my sweet 16th birthday, Mom piled the van full of my friends and we went dessert hopping. We hit 4 different restaurants and only had dessert. Today, Mom is the most supportive of me going back to college. She watches Lily for me on Tuesdays so that I can go to class. She's up for a game of battleship or a tea party any day. I would be lost without her support, advice and friendship. I love you Mom, you are the best! Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mom!
Friday, May 8, 2009
My wonderful friend who shall remain unnamed, turns 40 today. Last night a bunch of us surprised her with a party, then I stole her to go play poker at a girls night. I have to say that I am horrible at keeping a secret because I'm a bad liar. I think I did pretty good, even when the birthday girl called me two hours before the party to whine and complain that nobody was doing anything for her birthday. He he he. I did have part in a fun joke that we played on her. I did not do it alone, so I can't be the only one blamed! Last night during the party a toilet with a fountain in it just happened to show up on the birthday girl's front porch. I think it would make a great goat water trough since her goats keep showing up on her front porch. She has already threatened to bring it back to my house. I think a new war has started.....he he he he.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I wrote a post for my Art class and it would help for them to see the visual of what I am talking about. So please don't judge me by the look of my office. My point in this post was to show that I need an office makeover.......I'm sure you'll agree!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
4 chicken breasts
1 jar of salsa
1 can corn
1 can black beans
Place chicken in the bottom of a crock pot, place everything else on top. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Top with cheese, or shred chicken and place it all in a tortilla.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Lily: Mommy, when Nate is in 4th grade and I am in 1st grade, can we walk to school by ourselves?
Me: I'll think about it, why?
Lily: Because then you can get a Sleep Number bed and get a good night's sleep.
Me: Kid, you are cut off from TV, you are quoting commercials!
So, in Lily's mind, if she and Nate could walk to school together, Mommy could sleep in, hence the good nights sleep.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Today is my baby girl's 6th birthday. How did time fly so fast! She is super excited for her birthday party today, and so far we have only popped one balloon! Here's a picture of the birthday girl at her ballet recital in March. Happy Birthday Lily bug!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I had asked for Mother's Day that my husband pay someone to come clean out my fridge (it was nasty!). My sister in law Tiffani got wind of this and decided to repay some favors by cleaning the fridge. Tiffani you rock! So here's the question, do you think that Dan should still get me a Mother's Day present?