Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This is the end of the bed with my cedar chest and two of my grandma's quilts. The one hanging up is over 60 years old. The one across the chest is the last one she completed before she passed and is the only one any of the family is allowed to touch - and ONLY when they are sick. We call it the sick quilt. Nothing but originality in this family folks. :D
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I found this state flag for Arizona [the letters/date are my add-ons] but do want to know a neat bit of trivia? The star in the middle is actually copper colored. It is their state's official metal and Arizona is also the largest producer of copper in the U.S. Nifty!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
BUT...when can I wake the kids? Seriously. I have a boat load of presents I want to see unwrapped and for anyone who read my old blog [hey you two!] it is well known I have a bad case of insomnia on a good day -as such, I have been awake since 3 am.
I want them to get up now. Giggle...aren't I bad? I can't help it. I actually HAVE a reason for them to be awake before dawn and I am getting tired of waiting.
So if anyone is being as ridiculous as me and is reading this at 5 am - vote...well, actually just agree with me so I can wake 'em up and allow the mayhem to begin.
Wait 'till you guys see the bike I bought for 35 bucks, free shipping. It is AMAZING!
Now SOMEONE tell me I can rouse them!
ETA: Did I mention that I bought Pooldad a Dallas Cowboys Gnome? Yes, yes I did. Wait for it - because that is going to be a post all it's own.
C'mon - y'all are laughing....a Dallas Cowboys Gnome? Internet Shopping rocks - it is all I can say.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This weekend the youngest and Pooldad were responsible for puppy sitting a lil' ball of fire named Peanut. She is a min-pin. I couldn't remember her name [Hi Susan (waves!) - love you - but the name Peanut? Does not fit your dog.] So I called her Doohicky. Pooldad just sat back, resigned, shaking his head and called her Whirling Dervish [which REALLY fits]. Have any of you ever been around one of these lil' gazelle like pups? They are crazy tiny, with long legs and speed to rival a greyhound. They are something else!
Friday, December 19, 2008
It is also super easy to make.
[This is for you Phelan!]
6 cups of Crispix cereal [or a mix of corn and rice Chex]
2 1/2 cups peanuts [we use unsalted]
2 cups of pretzel sticks [broken up]
2 bags of white chocolate chips
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Melt white chocolate in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until pourable. [Or melt in a double boiler on the stove.]
Pour chocolate over dry ingredients. Mix well.
Spread mixture out in a single layer on waxed paper. Let harden.
When hard, break into pieces, gift bag it and enjoy!
[Store in an airtight container]
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
My bank promises 24 hour banking. I know - you think ATM, online, etc. - but no, their promise is to have a live person, via phone, available 24 hours a day.
I have never thought about it, nor have I ever had a need to utilize it at 2 am, but I wanted to transfer money, now. I can only transfer money via phone or in person. So, being 2 am, I called.
They are closed. Every night. From 12 am until 6 am.
Um....doesn't scream 24 hours to you, does it? I guess 18 hour banking just didn't have the same type of ring to it.
Whatever. It just struck me as funny. Especially the recording you receive when you call:
"Thank you for calling Bank. Our 24 banking line is currently closed. Please call during our business hours of 6 am until 12 am. Thank you."
Pooldad? I was going Christmas shopping for you. Let's hope the mood strikes me again between the hours of 6 am and 12 am. Eh? mwuah!
Monday, December 15, 2008
That is Pooldad's hand in the pic'. [My hand would've been dwarfed and it would have looked a foot long!] Sorry it is blurry. I am finding I need new glasses or something because my picture taking ability is quite poor lately. :D
It is a mitten for those of you who are questioning my sewing skills.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
My children decided to make handmade Christmas cards. Nice, huh? Well they decided to abscond with my craft drawers and now they are decimating all of my supplies. [Big words make it sound so much nicer doesn't it? Because what I really want to say is "The little brats stole all my stuff and are using it up." But that isn't very nice.]
They are doing a great job, so it isn't too painful. sniff...[stomping Skippy feet] I want my stuff back dangit!
Y'all have a fun, crafty day!
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Chili with beans, cheese, onions and sour cream with saltine crackers
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Leftover Chili with beans over rice with cornbread muffins
- Leftover Chicken and Dumplings [so better the second time around!]
- Roast Chicken with rice and broccoli
- Chicken and rice soup and french bread
- 1 lb hamburger meat $4.00
- 1 large can of kidney beans $1.59
- 1 large can of diced tomatoes $1.00
- 1 pack of chili seasoning $1.00
- 1 lb bag of white rice $1.59
- 2 roaster chickens* $7.00
- 1 can chicken broth $1.00
- 1 5 lb bag of potatoes $3.00
- 1 lb frozen broccoli $2.50
- 1 bag of large carrots $1.60
- 1 pkg. celery $2.00
- 1 white onion $0.50
- 8 oz. of sour cream $2.00
- 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix $0.50
- TOTAL: $28.29
*chickens are sold two to a pack at our local grocery store for about $3.50 each
I had eggs, Jiffy dumpling mix, crackers and shredded cheddar cheese on hand plus additional spices for the chili. If I was to add the cost it would be an additonal $8.00.
This is the way it broke down:
1. Sunday night we had chili. Leftovers were refrigerated. 2. Monday night we had chicken and dumplings [with potatoes] using a whole chicken for this. Leftovers refrigerated 3. Tuesday we had Chili over rice with corn muffins [over rice really stretches this.] 4. Wednesday we had leftover chicken and dumplings [adding more dumplings because we ate them all on Monday :D!] 5. Thursday we roasted the second chicken, made double amounts of rice and the bag of broccoli [using half for dinner, saving the rest for Friday]. The carcass was cooked for soup on Friday with celery [the top leafy part] & half an onion. 6. Friday we used the broth from yesterday's chicken, the leftover chicken with the extra rice and broccoli for very, very yummy chicken noodle soup with homemade french bread. The soup had carrots, broccoli and celery along with the leftover chicken and rice.
I actually had chicken and dumplings for lunch one day and chili twice for lunch this week!
This is a menu to feed a family of four. [Dad, Mom, teenager and a tweener ;D]
Also everything is homemade unless listed [ex. Jiffy dumplings and Jiffy cornbread - Love me some Jiffy!]
Friday, December 5, 2008
The person I am sending it to loves sewing like me so I have an extra fondest for this one. It is covered in a quilt fabric, with a sticker basket/thimble...two buttons...and the needle is handcut and colored by me. The red ribbon is ...um, red ribbon. hee :D
These cards are 2.5"x3.5" with square/rounded/cut corners.
Someone said you could get addicted to making these little whosits. I believe them. I had a great time creating this one. I hope my swap buddy likes it.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
TEDDY BEAR LOVE!
Thank you so much Gail. I wasn't feeling so great today and this lifted my spirits immeasurably. The winners of my Pay it Forward post are going out Friday - keep your eyes on the mailbox!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This box has: Heart shaped cheddar and swiss cheese, heart shaped salami and squares of flour tortilla; homemade mini chocolate chip cookies and a clementine.
It amazes me how much fun they have making their lunches. I also love that they food is always nutritious and portion controlled.