Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here are just some of the ingredients. (See the white plastic mixing bowl? I don't think I can part with it. My cousin Bonnie gave me this set of mixing bowls when I got married the first time. It used to have a rubber gripper on the bottom. Plus all the bowls have these handy dandy lids.)
This recipe calls for quite a bit of cocoa. I prefer to use Hershey's, it seems to be a little stronger and works well.
I'm relieved when I get here. I can add the peanut butter chips and I'm almost home!
To stir this big gooey mess, I like to use a big wooden spoon. I love my wooden spoons!
This batch is big. I think I can usually get 4-5 dozen cookies out of it. Of course it all depends on how big you like 'em! I'm tired of baking by the time I'm done.
Don't they look yummy?
If you like the taste of a chewy, moist brownie with a little peanut butter, then this one is for you!! The recipe is on the back of the PB chips package.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Yesterday I broke the news to ReyRey. He will soon be going in for the big snip(s). No scratching my legs anymore and never will he be chasing the female felines for a little "friendly stuff". What he doesn't know won't hurt him. heehee. Say goodnight 'naldo....
Monday, July 21, 2008
There can only be ONE, count it, ONE answer for each question. Aha...you have to pick one!
I myself am very bad at this but let's try it! We will keep it all simple...just one little answer to "My favorite _______ is:" Uh huh. That's it! ('cept I had to add a few extras)
I like to think of this game as an exercise in focusing on those sweet things that make us extra happy. We all need *happy* right? Even on a real downer of a day, there has to be *something* that could bring a smile to your pretty face. YOu know...your favorite things! At the very least, we might find out a new tidbit or two about our friends!
~Susie Q's "My Favorite Things" Game~
Game: Triple Yahtzee
Movie: The Illusionist (the one with Ed Norton)
Broadway play I have seen: I'm so sad, I've never seen one.
Broadway Musical I have seen: Ditto again, but if a movie counts, it would have to be Phantom of the Opera
Song: Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
American city I have visited: Chicago
Foreign city I have visited: Cancun, Mexico
Book: twilight, as if you couldn't guess that answer right now!
Children's Book: Little House on the Prairie, I used to get lost in these books!!
Classic television show: Leave it to Beaver, I think I still have a crush on Wally!
Recent television show: Don't Forget the Lyrics
Actor: Tom Hanks
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Perfume: Miami Glow, by J.LO. Why doesn't she make this anymore? I'm almost out!!
Food: boiled spiced shrimp
Chain Restaurant: Red Lobster
Local Restaurant: Los Jimadores
Car: That sporty 2 door Lexus, don't know the name.
Condiment: Dill pickles, LOTS of dill pickles
Kitchen Appliance: stove/oven
Home Appliance: Does computer count?
Beauty Product: Mascara - That's DITTO for me, I don't leave home without it!!
Piece of clothing: nightshirt
Food Network show: Ace of Cakes
Author: Dr. Suess
Male Songwriter: Andew Lloyd Webber
Ballet I have seen: N/A
Disney character: Tigger
Flower: Casablanca Lily, see 2 posts below...
Alcoholic drink: Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Magazine: Quick and Simple
Animated movie: Shrek
Television network miniseries: The North and the South???? I'm not too good at following more than one show in a series.
Male vocalist: Kenny Chesney
Female vocalist: Stevie Nicks, just to have her voice for one night!!
Day of the week: Friday
Household Chore: organizing the kitchen, which I can't seem to do enough lately
Ice Cream: Bunny Tracks
Candy: Milky Way
Artist: William Holbrook Beard
Quotation: "...sing as if no is listening, dance as if no one is watching, love like you've never been hurt, live each day as if it were you last..."
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Don't cha just love Maxine. If we could really have one day a year to let everyone know just how we feel...
Thank you Farmchick for awarding me once again. I feel honored to be awarded by someone who has quite a terrific blog herself. Thank you again.
I must say to everyone, I have been blogging since March and I cannot believe all the wonderful people out there. I love to read about your lives and see how talented everyone is. I am so amazed by your creativity and imagination. You gals are what makes life so worthwhile. I can't wait to see daily posts to find out how things are going, who's created what, who's cooking what, and where I can get some fantastic ideas for my own life. All of you guys are the best!!!!
Now I'm off to hopefully finish a book a friend at work gave me to read. "twilight" is fantastic. I'm over half way finished and am chomping at the bit to get there. Vampire stories are not my cup of tea, but this one is quite the read. I understand the movie is coming out in December, I usually don't want to see movies after I've read a book, but I may have to on this one.
Have a great rest-of-the-weekend everybody!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
November 10, 1948 - July 17, 2006
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My friends Pam at Farmhouse Primitives and Pam at Antique or Not have both given me this award. My very first blog award. I am very happy and very proud. You can read their blogs at FarmHouse Primitives and Antique or Not. Of course they gave me rules to follow, here they are:
*Put the logo on your blog.
*Add a link to the person who awarded you.
*Nominate at least seven other blogs.
*Add links to those blogs on your blog.
*Leave a message for your nominee on their blogs.
There are so many great blogs out there, I wish I could twitch my nose and everyone would get one just like that.
Here are my choices:
Back Porch Musings - Talk about one crafty little lady. I look forward to your posts Pat!!
Abby Sweets - If you haven't checked this one out, please do. April knows how to post some terrific recipes, YUMMEEEE!!
Cobblestone Farms - Cathy, if I only had a green thumb like you. You should be in the calendar business too!
Oatmeal and Whimsy - For Gayla, my inspiration. I'm afraid she cringes at my writing ability at times, but I do adore this woman!!
Rabbit Run Cottage - I'm sure everyone knows this lady, Susie Q. She makes me feel like an old friend!
Tomatoe Creek Primitives - She is a woman after my own heart. I love her creativity too!
Rue's Peanutbutter and Jelly Life - It's just plain fun to be living vicariously through Rue, I really enjoy your blog!! Yes, you get another award!!!
Congratulations everyone and thank you so much for making life so interesting!!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
So here are a few things about me!
8 Things I say alot:
*"What?" This mainly occurs when my caseworkers ask me if they can have a day off or leave early. I disappoint them if I don't respond with this.
*"What do you want for supper tonight hubby?"
*"Are you kiddin' me?"
*"I'm really am going to lose 10 pounds."
*"Man, that guy needs to brush his teeth", referring to offenders who talk to us throughout the day.
*"Have the dogs been fed?"
*"What's going on?"
8 books I have Read Lately: ( only I need to change it to: or intend to read)
*twilight - I just started this, not my kinda read, but I'm liking it so far.
*At Home in Mitford
*Playing for Pizza
*The Mermaid Chair - the book was much better than the movie of course!
*90 Minutes in Heaven - I'm still working on it.
*We Are All Welcome Here
*Marley and Me
*Jim the Wonder Dog - at the hubby's request, yes I intend to read it dear hubby, just not now.
8 movies I've seen 8 times:
*Sixteen Candles, I really love this movie
*Hope Floats, I love the music
*Fools Rush In, too cute
*The Illusionist, I love Ed Norton, there's just something about him
*The Christmas Story, the Chinese Waiters singing FaLaLaLa, cracks me up everytime
*When Harry Met Sally, my very favorite Meg Ryan movie!
*When a Man Loves a Woman, I show this to a group I do, it encompasses so many issues in life
8 Things I Am Working On:
*As always, cleaning my house.
*My attitude, it needs to be better.
*Being a better wife and daughter.
*The new landscaping in the front, I don't want anything to die or drown.
*An idea for a children's book, I'm too lazy to get it off the ground, but would really love to.
*My goal of reading 3 books this summer. I'm off to a late start.
*Drinking more water.
*Walking more miles.
8 People I Invite To Do This: I'm afraid I'll lose my blogging friends if I keep tagging people, but I invite everyone to be tagged. It's always fun to learn the little things about people. Thanks Cathy!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Since we were so early, the hubby had an idea to go through the museum at the base of the Arch. I wasn't sure I wanted to as I've done it many moons before. However, it was really cool. I'm glad we did. I think I appreciated all of the information so much more than I did when I was 18. I took a few pictures to share with you. If you ever get the chance to go through the museum, you must also go to the top in the little tram. We discussed it and decided to do it the next time we are in the city. I was in the top when I was 18. Getting there was a little rickety, but once I got to the top I was fine.
The swollen Mississippi.
Comparatively speaking, the Arch is taller than all the pictures here. The Washington Monument is only 555ft. Which I learned that day.
People waiting for a ride on one of the tram stations.
I had to snap this picture. It's William Clark. Doesn't he resemble George Bush entirely too much?
The pictures remind me of Little House on the Prairie. It's amazing that we did not need anything more than this to survive back then. Honestly, what 6 year old now a days would want to go hunt buffalo with dad? Very few I bet ya. We thought the boat would sure be fun to test on the lake.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping you summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see whay they're listening to."
Instead of tagging seven people she just asked for anyone to play along. So here it goes. I didn't really stick to the "this summer" rule. I like a lot of hard rocknroll and did not want to offend anyone. But I did add a few extra to my playlist in case you're curious.
The first one I heard last week in the car while I was listening to the radio. (Darn the luck, Itunes does not carry Kid Rock.) I love his take on Sweet Home Alabama called "All Summer Long". I day dream Kid is singing about me in 1988!!
Second is a song from the soundtrack to "Hope Floats". I heard it just 10 years ago when 2 friends and I went to see this movie. I think it relates so well to the beginning of a new relationship, "Chances Are" by Martina McBride and Bob Seger. Who would've ever thought to put these two talents together.
Third, "You Save Me". Kenny Chesney just nows how to sing about life. I love Kenny, I don't care what anyone says about him.
Fourth, "Cherry Bomb". This song, by John Cougar Mellencamp, always takes me back to my "growing up years" in my hometown of Bevier.
The fifth song is by Queen. I had never heard it until this Christmas. "One Year of Love". The hubby was listening to a greatest hits album and this was on there. Somewhere between very beautiful and very sad. God bless Freddy Mercury!! There will never ever be another you!!
The sixth song is "Hound Dog" by Elvis. Come on it's Elvis. Elvis was in my family before I was ever born. Plus, this song reminds me of summer because my friend Dodie got called on stage to sing this with a nashville performer during the Bevier Homecoming about 15 years ago. Her best friend confided in me, "I was so happy she knew all the words!" I laughed to myself because there really aren't that many words to remember. Dodie was in her element, oh if I could turn back time.
The final song is a little freaky to say the least, but I love it. It's called "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry. This one along with ole Kid Rock round out my summer!
All of these and more are on my Ipod. Can't go anywhere, but work, without it!!!
Just a side note, I would've been the perfect candidate to go on American Bandstand. Remember that show? We watched it every Saturday. Remember when they'd have to rate a song and it was always the same answers, "it's got a good beat" and "I can dance to it". That's how I judge every song before I even hear the words. Seldom do I listen to words the first time around. If it makes any part of my body move, it's got to be good. I don't really have to hear the words. (Unless your Brad Paisley, his words crack me up, like "Ticks".)
That's my list. Let me know if you play along, I'd love to see your list too!!
Monday, July 7, 2008
What my hubby had been waiting for, for days or even weeks. It really didn't rain until game time Thursday evening. We got to the stadium incredibly early because the hubby claimed he's never gotten to see batting practice. I attempted to correct him, recalling the times we had seen batting practice, but he said and I quote, "you're wrong". Whatever, I know my memory serves me correctly. Not that I minded. I know the routine, it doesn't bother me to watch batting practice. But since we got there at least 3-4 hours early, we strolled around the Arch and looked in the museum and watched the river. It was a nice day considering the weather. I'll post more about the Arch later. Here's the stadium at arrival time.
This is what we saw for the first 30 minutes. These guys work hard, I'm telling you. They really do. Talk about great exercise. My heart grew stronger just watching them. Back and forth, back and forth.
Now, check this guy out. The hubby pointed him out and told me to take his picture. I almost missed it. I hope he's wearing boxers or briefs under that coat.
This is the guy my hubby came to see. Albert Pujols. We were suppose to get to see him hit his 300th homerun. Guess what? Nada, nope, nothing happened. To top it off, he came out of the game at the 5th or 6th inning. The hubby said they had to pull him and save him for the Cubs series. The hubby's heart was broken. He was bothered. I watched him tapping his foot like he does when he's thinking. I'm sure he was holding back tears. The next night, when we were at home, he came screaming into the room, "Pujols hit it!!!" Excitement wasn't the proper term for the enthusiasm the hubby had that evening.Here's Fredbird. He's giving direction to the Warner Brothers' Crew on how to slingshot a t-shirt into the crowd. This was a hoot. Tweety didn't do bad. However, Foghorn Leghorn didn't fair to well. Look at him, he almost looks perplexed waiting his turn. Well, I was too busy laughing to catch his picture. When it was his turn, he sling shotted the t-shirt into the dirt about 4 feet away. Fredbird buried his beak in his hands and walked away. Nothing like good friend embarrassing you in front of a crowd!!