Friday, October 31, 2008
Trick or Treat
Smell my Feet
Give me something good to eat
If you don't, I don't care
I'll pull down your underwear!!!
hehehehe Tonight is the big night for Trick ER treating!! :) I can wait, but the kids can't! I will be looking forward to them getting too tired, so I can reTREAT back to my house for some hot tea and their candy *Snort*
You will just have to wait for tonight (late) or tomorrow for pictures from trick or treating! Cuz I know this blog is ALL You think about! *cheesy grin*
Hopefully, I can wrestle Syd's costume on. Why in the world can she play "dressup" all day but can't with a costume?? This is the first year that Noah is EXCITED to wear a costume! Hubby and I are NOT dressing up. Have a good night with the kiddos!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Well, we put our son to bed a few nights ago around 8:00 to watch Star Wars before bed and we sat down on the couch to watch our shows.
We heard his footsteps coming down the stairs. He whispers, "Mooommmmy...." I come around the corner and say, "Noah you need to get back in bed."
NOAH: "Mooommmmy...why do people hurt animals?" I go up the stairs to get closer.....he had a stream of tears flowing over his cheeks.
Me: "Honey, I don't know why. I guess some people just don't love animals like you and me."
NOAH: "I want to save all the animals like on tv."
Me: "I know you do and we can try. If we see a hurting animal we will help it, okay?"
NOAH: "It makes me sad. That lady sang and it made me cry about animals being hurt."
Me: "That commercial makes me cry too honey. I love you Noah. Now back to bed." I walked him back to bed and turned off the tv.
I laid there with him and cuddled for a couple minutes just holding him. He is such a sweety and I want him to stay like that forever!! I will never forget his face, the look in his eyes, and the genuine concern he had for those abused animals.
Damn you Sarah Mclaughlin....you get me everytime I watch that commercial! But you don't have my money YET!! tahehehehehhe
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This was a recipe given to me by my friend Julie. She swore by them so I tried them and we have been in love since. My hubby won't let me make any other recipe of meat loaves! Everyone gets their own loaf!!
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 pound sirloin ground beef (85% lean)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard
In a bowl beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add beef and mix well.
Shape into 7 or 8 hand-size loaves. Place loaves evenly separated in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
Glaze: Combine sugar, ketchup, and mustard in a small dish. Spoon over loaves.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and is 160 degrees on a thermometer.
Sunday: BBQ Chicken on the grill with grilled potatoes (cut up potatoes with olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper) and green beans.
Monday: Mini Cheddar Meatloaves, mashed potatoes (the real thing), and corn
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon in olive oil and basil, grilled potatoes (hubby is a potato man), & salad
Wednesday: Cheddar Chicken Rice Casserole (this recipe but I add cheddar cheese) and butter bread
Thursday: Spaghetti, garlic bread, and peaches
Friday: HALLOWEEN so we are ordering pizza
Saturday: Out for relaxation time
2. Diamonds or pearls? Neither..not much into jewerly
3. Last film you saw at the cinema? Ice Age 3 (I think...)
4. What is your favorite TV show? Lipstick Jungle for sure!
5. What do you have for breakfast? Two dippy eggs, toast, and a hot tea
6. What is your middle name? Ann
7. What food do you dislike? onions-raw
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Don't have one. I don't buy them.
9. What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Matrix
10. Favorite sandwich? Club
11. What characteristic do you despise? Dishonesty
12. Favorite item of clothing? Jeans
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Disney World and take my kids for the first time!
14.Favorite brand of clothing? Lerner New York...
15. Where would you retire to? In PA so my hubby will be happy!
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? None really. Depressing huh?
17. Favorite sport to watch? football
18. Farthermost place you are sending this? Who knows...its on my blog
19. Person you expect to send it back first? Better be someone! I love to read these things!
20. When is your birthday? December 30
21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night
22.What is your shoe size? 9
23.Pets? We have a Shitzu.
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? Nope....boring life here
25. What did you want to be when you were little? Oh it ranged from an Archeologist to a marine biologist to a Veterinarian, to a teacher....where I wound up!
26. How are you today? Sick and emotional.
27. What is your favorite sweets? Anything baked at home!
28. What is your favorite flower? Ones that are alive
29.What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Thanksgiving with my family
30. What is your full name? We will keep that private :)
31. What are you listening to right now? My daughter on the monitor singing to herself.
32. What was the last thing you ate? A double cheeseburger from McDonalds...I KNOW I KNOW
33. Do you wish on stars? Always did and Always will.
34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Yellow. Has to be bright and cheerful!
35. How is the weather right now? Sunny and cool
36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? My hubby.
37. Favorite soft drink? Fountain Pepsi
38. Favorite restaurant? Olive Garden
39. Real hair color? Just the way it is...never been colored.
40. What was your favorite toy as a child? My babies and my Barbies
41.Summer or winter? Summer
42. Hugs or kisses? Both, especially from my kids
43. Chocolate or Vanilla? That I am mixed on.....I like chocolate with somethings, but prefer vanilla others....
44. Coffee or tea? Definitely tea, especially SWEET TEA
45. Do you want your friends to email you back? They either can email it or blog it!
46. When was the last time you cried? A few hours ago over an elderly lady at the gas station....that is another blog in itself.
47. What is under your bed? A couple of the kids books
48. What did you do last night? Laid on the couch with the kids and watched a movie
49. What are you afraid of ? Something happening to my children
50. Salty or sweet? Sweet
51. How many keys on your key ring? 9
52. How many years at your current job? 6 years teaching & on the 3rd year staying home
53. Favorite day of the week? Friday!!!
54. How many towns have you lived in? 4
55. Do you make friends easily? Usually. I can be shy at first till you break me in
56. How many people will you send this to? To everyone who reads my blog
57.How many will respond? Oh....lets say.......3
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I just thought it looked beautiful! Mainly because it is one of my favorite things in my home.
Okay...I am going to go all Hilary on your asses..... since she is so damn good with the camera and crafty shit.....LOL
You would almost think I knew what I was doing....
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For one.....my ankles and knees hurt and it is hard to get my muscles moving in the morning.
Second, I actually WANT a sewing machine for Christmas. No...not for quilting or hemming, but to make things like this: Hobo Bag I can NEVER find a cute bag that I like, but I could totally MAKE my own bag I like!!
Third, I am ready for bed by 9:00, but after 9 is the only quiet time I can get hence why I am too damn tired to get out of bed at 6:15 am!!
Heading to bed....I will have to catch my Lipstick Jungle tomorrow at nap time.....I am too tired!!
I will add the pictures later.....This is a MUST try!
Hershey Bar Cake
This is a 3 layer cake (but very easy!)
1 box Devil's Food Cake mix
1 1/2 cups milk (2%)
3/4 cup oil
1 small package instant Vanilla pudding
Mix all ingredients together and pour into 3- 9 inch cake pans that are greased and floured. Parchment paper/wax paper cut to fit the bottom helps when flipping the cake out) Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 mins. I found on a similar recipe to freeze the layers of the cake in wax paper because it will moisten the cake?? Didn't do that, but might try that next time!
12 oz cool whip
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups confectionary sugar
3 Hershey Bars (frozen and ground fine) or A giant Hershey bar: Pampered Chef chopper works GREAT!
Cream both kinds of sugar with cream cheese until smooth, add cool whip and Hershey Bars. Mix well and frost the cake.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday: Chicken Manicotti & peaches
Monday: Honey Dijion Salmon, Rice, and Peas (Hubby's birthday dinner) I also made him a Hershey Bar Cake (I will add that one later)
Tuesday: BBQ Chicken, cut-up grilled potatoes (potatoes cut up into small pieces, wrapped in foil with butter and seasonings), & corn
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Garlic Toast
Thursday: Out because Hubby has parent-teacher conferences all night!
Friday: Italian Grilled Chicken, cut-up grilled potatoes, & corn
This is the easiest recipe ever! It was quick, very little mess involved, and kids love it!Ingredients:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast tenders (uncooked)
14 uncooked manicotti
(30 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1/3 cup of the spaghetti sauce in ungreased 12x9 baking dish. Sprinkle garlic powder on chicken. Insert chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Place shells on spaghetti sauce in dish. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over shells, covering completely. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake about 1 hour, or until shells are tender.
1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-1/4 teaspoons melted butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Dash white pepper
2 salmon fillets (4 oz each)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I keep out)
1/2 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed (I keep out)
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, butter, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Stir in honey, mustard, and pepper.
Place each salmon fillet on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Drizzle with honey mixture and sprinkle with walnuts (if you use them). Place asparagus around salmon (If you use them). Fold foil around salmon and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-20 mins or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
I spend most of my week thinking about my grocery list. I keep an ongoing list on the fridge so when something runs out or if I think about what I need, I write it down. And I am CONSTANTLY looking for new recipes (for REAL people) and ideas for organization. So, I made a seperate blog for my dorky needsand to help me, mainly, to keep track of cool places I find. But be sure to stop by When did I become my Mother?
That one is for you Mom :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My daughter loves playing with her babies. She watches me with the little girl I babsit. She even mimicked me the other day on how I hold the baby's legs up when I change her diaper. She pulled out the changing pad, put her baby down, and put both of her baby's ankles in her one hand and wiped the bum with the other. She looked like a Little Mommy sitting there. Sydney amazes me everyday with the things she does. I sometimes have to force myself from watching her to get things done.
For the last couple years since she was born she has slowly collected babies. I am in the process of creating a really cute scrapbook page... but until then, check out Sydney with all her babies!
Think she needs more?? Believe me she plays with ALL of them! And I am SURE Santa will bring at least one more for Christmas! lol
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I know don't knock it people. I am BORED and this brings EXCITEMENT to my life!!
Hubby also took the kids and I had.....are you sitting down for this.... Probably huh?? Since you are on a computer....anyway.....I HAD 3 and half hours in the house to myself!!
I CLEANED all 3 levels, vacuumed the ENTIRE house, changed sheets, ran 2 miles, showered and got myself ready! Now I will have at least another 3 hours to myself with a great group of women!! I am OUT OF HERE!!!
I went from White Trash Mama to Sexy Mama!! LOOK OUT APPLEBEES lol
Friday, October 17, 2008
That was too funny that you all were hoping I was pregnant.
I did wish it for quite some time, but my hubby just wouldn't be able to handle it right now. We have enough to catch up on in life. A LOT of sacrifices had to be made for me to stay home. I am so jealous of all the moms who just get to stay home with their kids and enjoy them without worrying about money.
So you rich SAHM's you have NO idea how easy your lives are!!!
So anyway....back to me being pregnant. Yeah only the grace of God can make that happen cuz we aren't trying. A tiny part of me still wants it, but a HUGE part of me desires to go back to work and make more money. ...but THAT is a whole other blog! I have been working on that one in my head now for quite some time.
Back to my 2 babies.....
This morning I went to get my daugther up at 9:15 (I know right?? RUB RUB RUB...she didn't go to bed till 10:30) and when I went in....she didn't even move an eyelash! I said, "Syd...ney." Nothing. She looked so peaceful, so of course I had to run downstairs and grab my camera for 2 reasons.
1) She looked so cute! and....
2) She was sleeping with my Cabbage patch kid from the 80's! She runs around with my Cabbage Patch Kid and Hubby's from when he was a kid (I know right?? NO...he didn't play with it!...you should see the difference between his and mine lol)
I let her sleep for another 30 mins and got her butt up! She is quite the sleeper! :)
So....those are my 2 babies :)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have to say they arent too bad considering the kid JUST started to enjoy coloring and being creative.
He was the kid at the restuarants who ate the crayons and threw them at the waitress. He was NOT the kid that you could sit at a wedding and hand him a coloring book and crayons to keep quiet.
But with him starting Kindergarten, he has become such the creative one...something sparked him....
At school, he works on this work and when he is done he is to flip over the paper and draw a picture on the back. (Great strategy).
He brought this one home yesterday.
My first thought was, "Ah....Noah wants me to have another baby."
My second thought was, "Does he know something I don't?"
So, after I showed Hubby, I had Hubby ask him about his picture. This is how the conversation went:
Hubby, "Noah, so tell me about your picture? I love it!"
Noah, "It's Mommy."
Hubby, "What about this?" as he points to the baby in my belly. "Do you want Mommy to have another baby?"
Noah, "NO!!! That is Sydney! I want her BACK in Mommy's belly."
Hubby and I looked at eachother and chuckled.....That was the cutest thing EVER!! Nothing like getting rid of your little sister huh?? Just put her BACK!!
OMG!! So no babies here!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Most of the kids were nonreaders, so I created a sheet of things to look for with pictures and with words. We had such a good time. The kids were still talking about it tonight!
I also had a good time...a much needed playdate with ADULTS!!
This group is EXACTLY what I needed!!
All the kids minus my son (Who was pouting over a small cut he got on his finger!)
Scavenger Hunt Sheets:
Now go have one of your own! Your kids will LOVE it!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Here are some photos of the kids at the pumpkin patch!
The dog pisses on my bathroom floor.
My daughter still has occasional accidents....
My son pissing the bed....
My hubby pissing on the floor beside the toilet.
I am sick of piss!!!
Am I the only one who doesn't piss in this house???
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I vow, today, is my day!
Not tomorrow, not next week, not in a few days after I binge eat....TODAY!!!
I have already had a cup of Fiber One raisin bran and 1% milk.
I vow: I am NOT going to finish the girls food today at lunch just because I feel guilty that it is being wasted.
I vow: I am going to pay attention to what I eat and how much I eat
I vow: I am going to MAKE the time for me to exercise.
I vow: I am NOT going to make excuses anymore.
TODAY IS MY DAY!!!!
I guess a weekly weigh in would be good for me. SO you people are my way of making me responsible for this. If I tell you, then I HAVE to follow through right???
Well, I have spent enough time vegetating. I am off to dance to Hi5 with the girls! Build a sweat.... 1 2 3.......NO PAIN NO GAIN!
Friday, October 3, 2008
We definetly had a great time going to Walmart since we NEVER get out of the house, but we didn't think the fun would involve spilt sweet tea, ripping off of $4, and a wild Grandma in a bright red Grand Am.
Here's how it went down.
Amy and I decided to run out quickly to pick up a couple things from Wally World. She left her daughter with her hubby and I left mine with my mother in law. We figured an hour would be plenty of time and it would have if the chaos hadn't happened.
First we skipped (literally) into Wally World since we were WITHOUT children and we got to go to Walmart with a friend!
We bought the things we needed, headed to the cash register, paid, and packed up in her little blue Trackor. We made a pit stop at McDonalds since we were craving sweet teas. We got our sweet teas and were enjoying them, when Amy noticed that the Walmart chic ripped her off $4 and some change on her juice. She did a "short" cut and charged her for 5 times the most expensive juice when some of the others were cheaper (much cheaper). So, we headed BACK to Walmart. I waited and guarded the groceries while she got her money back. Upon her arrival back to the Trackor, we sucked down some more sweet tea and discussed how DELICIOUS it was today.
We made our way to the second red light home when we were sitting there talking and.........
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I manage to keep my house "red" or "read" up as we say in Pennsyltucky. This means "stuff" gets put away. I hate clutter being out, blankets strung across this way and that on the couches, pillows not placed where they belong, toys picked up and put where they belong, etc...etc. My hubby is notorious for putting things where they don't belong...like...oh there that spot in the pantry or kitchen island looks like a great spot for a dirty sock.... you catch my drift.....
So, keeping up with him, my two kids, myself, plus the 2 kids I babysit is an endless job. However, I manage to keep my home in a mediocre shape. I like my garbage emptied, sink clear of ALL dishes, things picked up and put away, floors vacuumed (daily) and mopped (weekly), blah blah blah.....
However, my bath and kitchen towels FREAKING REEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know what it is...was it me not switching them quick enough from the hamper to the washer, Hubby's stinky body oils (not mine of course..I smell like roses ALL the time), or just the fact that they have been used off and on now for years..... (there Mom...Christmas idea: I need CLEAN CRISP BIG WHITE towels lol) or am I that sucky at laundry???
I did my research as always....I am a researcher...I spoke to my mother first, because like me, she learned to be Miss Susie Homemaker and believe me....if my mom could, she would hire a maid to come in daily and clean for her and change her sheets to fresh ones daily as well! lol.
She mentioned how she hangs hers outside on the clothesline... the sun and being outside tends to "kill" the stench. NEGATIVE: I can't do that. I like in a subdivision and clotheslines would hurt the property value. Sorry rednecks....we almighty ones here don't allow such ugly things (Sorry...that was supposed to be sarcastic...cuz for one...I am a Suburban redneck and proud of it. I want a clothesline to hang my granny panties on for the world to see, but I can't. I love fresh sheets right off the line....mom you spoiled me growing up.)
Anyway.....that won't work, so off to the Internet I go. I found a couple websites that were like...use some febreeze...whatever...why do people think febreeze will work? It doesn't clean my towels, it just masks the musty STENCH!! Febreeze is great when company is on the way and you need to make it SMELL like you really are Susie Homemaker!
Then I found one who said 3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, your favorite laundry detergent (Tide original of course), and wash in HOT water. Even mentioned stopping the washer to let it soak for awhile.
WOW dudes....my towels NO LONGER STINK!!! What the heck did we ever do without Internet?? lol.
That is the key Susie Homemaker Wanna Bes! It didn't form a big volcano in my washer either when I mixed the baking soda and vinegar either hahahhhahahahahahahha.....
Okay, now I am off to clean something while the girls nap.