Sunday, October 28, 2007

Fall Y'all Bloggy Giveaway!

The time has finally come...Giveaway Time! I hope you've all set aside several hours this week so you'll have plenty of time to enter all the drawings. I won something during the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway so I'm PSYCHED for this one! This awesome event is hosted by Bloggy Giveaways, for the master list of participants click HERE.

Here's what I'm giving away this time:

A $5 Starbucks card!

What's better than coffee?

My drawing is open to all US and Canadian residents, whether you have a blog or not, and I'm also covering the cost of shipping. To enter just leave a comment (if you don't have a blog be sure to leave me an e-mail address so I can contact you) on this post by noon, Friday November 2nd. I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner that afternoon. Good Luck!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Why did I bother...& the easiest fish recipe...EVER!

So tonight I attempted to make my family a healthy dinner. I made fish (real fish, not fish sticks), mashed potatoes, and green beans. Maddox came running to the table when I called dinner, took one look at his plate and started crying. FUCK! I was hungry and Maddox had eaten hardly any lunch so I caved and brought him something else. He's teething (last 4 molars) and not feeling well, and like I said, I caved. I shouldn't have bothered because he didn't eat that either, well I guess he ate a container of yogurt and like 4 green beans and his soy milk. wow. On the plus side I have discovered the EASIEST fish recipe EVER. I'm serious, it takes 8 minutes in the microwave. 8 minutes in the microwave, that's it! I used to be so intimidated by any recipe calling for fish, I had no flipping clue how to make fish. Well, not any more! Seriously, this recipe could not get any easier. Shawn and I really liked it. Maddox didn't, but he doesn't seem to like food at all lately, so his opinion doesn't count. Here it is:

Sole Fillets in Lemon Butter

4 sole fillets (4 oz each)
(I actually just used one big piece of fish that I cut into 3 sections, and I'm not even sure it was really sole, but it WAS some kind of fish)
salt and pepper
3 T. butter, melted
1 T. lemon juice (I used a little more)
Crushed butter-flavored crackers

Place the fish in an ungreased microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and microwave 3 - 4 minutes. (I have an 1100 watt microwave and only cooked the fish 3 minutes the first time) In a small bowl combine the butter and lemon juice; pour over fillets. Sprinkle with the cracker crumbs. Cover and microwave for 4 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. That's it!

In our house everything comes at a price...

Me: Shawn will you go clean up the dog barf?

Shawn: No.

Me: I'll give you $5.

Shawn: OK.

Friday, October 26, 2007

To the vet again...

Yes, that's right, we took a dog to the vet, AGAIN! This time it was Sophie. She licked a patch of fur off of her leg and was occasionally limping. Apparently she has food allergies. So we had to go to Petsmart last night and buy a bag of more expensive dog food that does not contain beef or chicken. I did not know this but if you have the original dog food packaging you can return unused dog food to petsmart for an exchange. I, of course, had already thrown the packaging out because we store the dog's food in the container under their bowls. So this morning I'm taking 30+ lbs. of dog food, and some assorted cans of dog food to the humane society. On the plus side at least the old food will still get used, and the trip to the vet was a little under $100, it's usually never that cheap!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Field Trip!

Maddox had a field trip today and it was the perfect time to try out my new camera! We went Hidden Acres out in Greenbluff and took a tour. All the kids had a great time.

Here's Maddox with the preschool class after we picked pumpkins. None of the kids in his class would stand together to take a class photo. So Maddox got to stand next to his hero Hunter. Hunter is teacher Bethany's four-year-old son who Maddox thinks is the greatest.
Here's Maddox with his pumpkin devouring the snack they gave the kids. A pumpkin doughnut and apple cider. The parents got a snack too, yum!

He wasn't very happy when I set him on this pumpkin!

Here's Maddox and I in a self-portrait during the hay ride. Maddox was a little scared, the tractor was pretty loud.

Yucky House....

Well our yucky house isn't so yucky anymore...
at least on the outside.

Here's the backyard before we started. The fence was falling down and the trees were overgrown. The green stuff you see wasn't grass, it was weeds.
Here's the backyard while we were working on it.
We started from scratch.

Here's the finished product!
Looks good, doesn't it?!
Wait until you see the pictures of the front!
(I need to go and take the after pictures)

Slow Cooking Thursday!

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My recipe this week comes from the magazine "Simple & Delicious".

Thai-Style Pork

2 lbs. boneless pork chops

1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

2 T. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 T. cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Hot cooked rice.

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

Lime juice, optional

Place pork chops in slow cooker. Combine the teriyaki sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes, and garlic; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until meat is tender. Remove pork and cut into bite-sized pieces; keep warm. Strain cooking juices into a large saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in peanut butter; add meat. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with onions and peanuts. Drizzle with lime juice if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wordless Wednesday!

This time last year...

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Some Good, Clean, Halloween Fun...

You Are

A Classic Pumpkin Face

You would make a good pumpkin pie.


They call you sticky fingers for a reason!

Your Monster Profile

Infamous Lunatic

You Feast On: Fried Chicken

You Lurk Around In: The Hearts of Men

You Especially Like to Torment: Boys Who Wear Make-up

100 Things...

The time has come…in true blogging fashion my 100th post is 100 things that you may or may not know about me. I was SO EXCITED to do this that I actually tried a while back. Click HERE to check out 65 things about me. (Coming up with 100 things is hard! I started my new list after my 90th post) Here it is:

100 Things

1. I’ve recently developed an allergy to cats.
2. I still don’t understand how a person can develop an allergy to something all of a sudden, after over 25 years.
3. I’m addicted to Bath & Body Works body splash.
4. My current body splash scent: pineapple.
5. Right now my dream job would be working at Joanne’s Fabrics, or any quilt shop.
6. If I worked at my dream job I would probably spend my paycheck before I got it.
7. I would LOVE to start rock climbing again.
8. Currently I’m too fat to start rock climbing again.
9. I HATE spiders. I don’t care how small or big they are I hate them all equally.
10. I forget to buy stamps at the store EVERY time I need to buy them.
11. I wish I knew how to really dance, like ballroom or something.
12. Double sided tape ROCKS!
13. I’ve been having a hard time sleeping lately, can’t turn off my brain.
14. It seems ironic that I can’t turn off my brain at night because it doesn’t feel like I use it during the day.
15. People who don’t signal when they’re turning are as stupid as people who don’t turn their blinker off after they’ve turned. They annoy me.
16. My friend Lisa has a blog that I REALLY want to read, maybe someday she’ll let me. (HINT, HINT)
17. I’ve started to realize that I have an online giveaway addiction.
18. I now only sign up to win the prizes that I really want. I used to sign up for everything.
19. My least favorite rental home repair is working on toilets. Damn wax ring!
20. I actually like painting.
21. Not the prepping or the cleanup, just the painting part.
22. I once doubled my money at blackjack…
23. Since I only started with $20, I only won $20.
24. Math was my worst subject in school…
25. I had to take algebra three times.
26. I wish I had one of those big trampolines in my backyard.
27. I think Bigfoot exists.
28. My first job was at Wendy’s. Would you like to Biggie Size that?
29. I seriously think I’m allergic to maple syrup.
30. I can’t keep any plants in my house alive.
31. I’m afraid to wear contact lenses…
32. Considering getting Lasik.
33. I’m terrified of driving in the snow without studded snow tires.
34. I adopt my pets from the pound…
35. Every time I walk into the pound I cry.
36. I’ve always wanted to see the Nutcracker.
37. I LOVE my crock pot
38. I tend to buy myself expensive shoes.
39. I told my husband that we’d take turns cleaning up the poop if we got a dog…
40. I lied…
41. Now he won’t let me buy Maddox a fish.
42. I love going to my piano lessons…
43. Partly because I get out of the house by MYSELF.
44. I have several pairs of really awesome, really high shoes…
45. I don’t ever wear them because they aren’t comfortable.
46. I absolutely hate pulling weeds.
47. I think my Swifer Wet Jet is crappy.
48. Someday I will pay someone to clean my house so I don’t have to.
49. Even though our dogs are 70 & 90 lbs. we give them a bath in our bathtub.
50. I clean the bathtub afterwards.
51. I think pulling the guts out of a turkey or chicken is disgusting.
52. I generally like listening to all different types of music…
53. But I’d rather listen to opera than rap.
54. I LOVE chocolate…
55. But my favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake…
56. However, it has to be made with fresh strawberries, not frozen.
57. I get in food ruts.
58. My favorite restaurant right now is Chili’s.
59. When Maddox is older I’m going back to school…
60. I’m not sure yet what I’ll go back to school for.
61. I spend too much time on the computer.
62. Mike’s Hard Lime…Yum
63. I wish I had more energy.
64. I’ve been to Mexico once
65. It was for a mission trip and I stayed in an orphanage
66. I’d like to be a good cook…
67. By good I sort of mean fancy…
68. Someone who cooks things like tarts, or fancy appetizers.
69. I buy all my wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. at the Dollar Store
70. I hardly ever dream when I’m asleep…
71. I wonder what that means about me.
72. I’ve decided I don’t really care for Kettle Corn
73. I prefer Spring and Fall to Summer and Winter
74. Mayonnaise is so gross
75. If I feel like I’m going to puke I cannot function.
76. I like hot chocolate…
77. But I only like the powdery kind that you add water to, not the kind with real chocolate and milk.
78. I dislike selling things…
79. I have to sell a lot of things for Maddox’s preschool.
80. I’d love to have a really fancy kitchen, something from out of a magazine…
81. Stainless steel would be everywhere…
82. Even though stainless is harder to clean
83. I took two years of Spanish in high school…
84. I barely remember any of it.
85. I really like Cinnabon.
86. I’ve promised myself that next Spring I will plant a garden again…
87. I will water it, weed it, and not kill it.
88. I only like tomatoes if they’re tomato sauce.
89. I don’t really like to vote…
90. But I do…
91. Even though I don’t really feel like it makes a difference.
92. I wish my blog had a cool header; maybe I’ll put it on my Christmas list.
93. I like doing paperwork…
94. It makes me feel important
95. I like jewelry…
96. I just hardly ever wear it
97. I know the Bob the Builder theme song by heart.
98. I love taking pictures and I think I’m good at it.
99. I enjoy going to a movie theatre to see a movie…
100. Whenever I go out to see a movie I buy way too much crap, and can never eat it all.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Soon to be a millionaire?

Well, I have had a LUCKY day and think I might just go buy a lottery ticket! I was 92.9's Loyal Listener 783 (?? - you'd think I'd remember my number!) and won TWO prizes...count em' TWO prizes. I NEVER win anything! I won two tickets to Fastkart to race go-karts and I won two tickets to see Brandi Carlile and a Fine Frenzy at the Big Easy next Wednesday! application to Blogher was approved. So in a few days you will see a small, yet tasteful, ad at the top left of my blog. Some people might call me a sell out, I prefer to lean more towards entrepreneur. Gas station here I come! (That is where you buy a lottery ticket...right?)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday!

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I have to give credit where credit is due...this week's recipe is out of the magazine"Simple & Delicious". I haven't tried this yet but am looking forward to it because there HAS to be an easy way to make ribs! Here it is:

Tender Spareribs

4 lbs. pork spareribs
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablesppons Worchestire sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

Place ribs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingrediants; pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Serves 8.

Wordless Wednesday!

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La La La La La....

So Maddox does well at co-op. He starts getting excited as soon as we pull up outside. However, he DOES NOT like circle time! He doesn't want to sing, but most of all he doesn't want ME to sing. I'm no Britney Spears, but I don't think I suck either. I just don't get it. If I try to sing he shakes his head and repeatedly tells me no. He's giving me a complex.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm Baaaacccckkkk!

Whew, has it really been a week since I've last posted? I've been trying to get things ready to sell for a craft fair the first week of November. All this little time. My Etsy store has been busy so I'm rapidly running out of stock. Anyway, I've missed blogging so I'm back! Coming up at the end of this month Rocks in My Dryer is hosting another Bloggy Giveaway! I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to give away...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Halloween Giveaway!

Well, no one won my Halloween giveaway. I think I told too many people before I decided to host a giveaway. ANYWAY, Maddox is going to be a cow! Mooo!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday!

Click HERE to check out my Halloween Giveaway!

Check out Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more great Slow Cooking Thursday! My recipe this week is a twist on my Sweet & Spicy Pork Chops. Here's Mine:

Sweet & Spicy Pork with a Twist

1 lb pork tenderloin (or 4 pork chops)

1 bottle (12 oz) chili sauce

1 can (16 oz) jellied cranberry sauce

2 Tbsp brown sugar

5 cups enriched rice

1. Place pork in slow cooker. (I ALWAYS use a crock pot liner!)

2. In bowl, mix together chili sauce, cranberry, and brown sugar. Pour over pork.

3. Cover. Cook on high 4 to 5 hours. If using the pork tenderloin continue to cook on low an additional 3 to 4 hours. Serve pork over cooked rice.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wordless Wednesday!

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Halloween Giveaway!

OK folks, I'm going to host a little giveaway! Guess what Maddox is going to be for Halloween?! All you have to do is leave a comment by noon, Friday, October 5th, stating your guess on what Maddox is going to be for Halloween this year. This contest is open to everyone in the U.S. and Canada. If you don't have a blog leave your e-mail so I can get in touch with you. The winner will receive a Halloween table runner, lovingly made by me. EASY! Good Luck! I'll even give you a HINT: he was a skunk last year, so he's not a skunk this year.

Disclaimer: If I've already told you, you obviously can't win, so don't guess!