Saturday, July 25, 2009

Feeling Like a Kid in a Candy Store!


The other day after church I went to Barnes and Nobles while Mark and the boys were at Best Buy helping Mark's brother Chris with something he needed. I decided to go to the bookstore fro a couple of reasons. 1. My Dogs were KILLING me in the heels I was wearing and I could sit and relax them. They aren't used to heels anymore since I started working at the motorcycle dealership. I only wear sneakers or flat sandals. 2. I never get to go to a bookstore and explore since I am always working so my store exploration is a fast run in and run out during lunch 3. I just LOVE BOOKS! I don't know if it is just me but I found that on my way walking from Best Buy to Barnes and Nobles a spring came into my step. I was so Full of joy to be going I felt like a kid going to a candy store. I didn't have to rush just take my time exploring what is new. I don't' know if it is just me that feels like that in a book store just the thought of being able to get a new book or learn something EXCITES ME! My feet were still hurting so I took my shoes off and sat right on the floor in front of the SALES Bins. Just to let you know I was still in my church clothes and was wearing a white skirt. I didn't care or have a care in the world just the excitement of rummaging through the books.

My last stop and this is were I always land is in the KIDS Book section of the store. I had a Chance to help a lady and her two sons. She had one SON that loves to read and the other SON that doesn't. I can relate to this because Dylan loves to read but Jacob and Jared you have to push or just make it mandatory reading in the house for the most part. This past year they did find a couple of series they enjoyed reading so I shared them with her and she purchased them for her son. At the end I wound up sitting and reading an old Nancy Drew Mysteries book. I had them all when I was a kid and remember loving them.

On my way out of the store I stopped to read Cook Books, I can't remember which book it was but I got a recipe out of one of them. So easy and simple I went home and made it. It was called EASY CREAMY BEEF STROGANOFF! It was interesting that I came across this because I had set out stew meat to make Beef Tips and Rice for dinner. I will go back find this book and purchase it. I MIGHT SPEND HOUR FINDING THE EXACT BOOK BUT I WILL FIND IT!




Here is the recipe for all to try.

EASY CREAMY BEEF STROGANOFF
1LB OF STEW MEAT
1 CAN OF CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP
1 PKG. OF ONION SOUP MIX
4 0Z CREME CHEESE
EGG NOODLES

IN A CROCK POT (I PUT IT ON 4 HOUR HIGH)PUT THE STEW MEAT, CREAM OF MUSHROOM (I DID ADD A CAN OF WATER) AND ONION SOUP MIX. COOK THIS FOR 3 HOURS THEN ADD CREME CHEESE THE LAST HOUR IT COOK KEEP STIRRING UNTIL IT IS WELL BLENDED. Cook EGG NOODLES AS DIRECTED ON PACKAGE. THAT IS IT AND IT TURNED OUT WONDERFUL, MEAT WAS SO TENDER AND FULL OF FLAVOR. IT WAS EVEN BETTER TWO DAYS LATER FOR LEFT OVERS AND I DON'T EAT LEFT OVERS. WHEN I COOKED IT I ALSO DOUBLED EVERYTHING TO FEED US ALL.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

PAY IT FORWARD!

It is time to play PAY IT FORWARD!


I played and was picked on my friend MERRIANNE's BLOG. Here are the goodies I received in the mail yesterday when I got home. My son Jacob was just as excited as I was. That is becasue he sniffed our CHOCOLATE. Before I got it in the door he was trying to open MY PACKAGE, The nerve of some KIDS! Look at what I got and at the end I will tell you how you could be just as lucky as I was and recieve a gift in the mail from ME!


I LOVE NOTECARDS! As all my friends know I love to send personal notes to my friends so I love to receive them as well. Thanks Merrianne.


LOOK AT MY WONDERFUL GOODIES!


I ALWAYS NEED SEVERAL OF THESE TO KEEP UP WITH EVERYONES SCHEDULE/APPTS.

FRIENDS ARE WONDERFUL


I am going to PAY IT FORWARD all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you want to be put in the drawing. I will pick three names on Monday, August 3. Once you are picked I will let you know your name was drawn and then you will receive a package in the mail, you'll blog about it and then you will figure out a way of choosing three people to send things to...etc... etc....

SO NOW IT'S TIME TO PLAY THE GAME
IT HAS A WONDERFUL NAME
LISTEN CLOSELY HERE IT IS
" PAY IT FORWARD"

Friday, July 17, 2009

HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY



Today is my Boo(Ali/Nikkole)and Cord's 1 Anniversary. I don't know what they have planned for today but I hope they have a great day together and take some pictures for future memories. Next year on their 2nd anniversary they will be having the BIG WEDDING as she puts it since they didn't have one before Cord we out to Sea. She is married to a wonderful guy that spoils her rotten and is very good to her. She picked a winner in my book!

I am so happy they moved to Jacksonville three weeks ago. I have missed her so much over the past three years. Now I can go visit often and she can come see me.

Love you guys!
MOM

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My little mechanic

Yesterday I was riding around with Mark doing errands after we dropped off my car to get fixed. So I wound up at the YOU PULL IT! junk yard looking for a power steering pump for his work van that he has been driving around in for a while without power steering. I really like going just not when it feels like 100 degrees out and sweat is already dripping off every part of my body because there is NO A/C in this van either. It took a while but we were able to get one off another van in the yard. The only good thing that came from it besides we found the part we were looking for is I GOT SOME SUN, I have been trying to make it to the beach on a day off without any luck. The main point of this post is that when I went home at lunch today this is what I found. My 12 year old son Jacob under the van installing the Power Steering pump. He looked so grown up under there and very serious like he knew exactly what he was doing. I thought is was so cute I ran into the house to get the camera. Now everyone who knows Jacob knows he HATES his picture taken. As you can see in a couple he was trying to cover his face so I couldn't get the shot. So now I know if Mark isn't around for some reason and my car breaks down I have atleast one mechanic in the house to help me fix it. How did I get so lucky!

 
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Friday, July 3, 2009

4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Let's get this started now,
So it will be out there on the fourth!



I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE
FLAG, OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA ,


AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR
WHICH IT STANDS,

ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE,

WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!


KEEP IT LIT!



For all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be.
Please support all of the troops defending our Country.



And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.
Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July.

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he'd stand out in any crowd.


I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil;
how many mothers' tears?


How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.


I heard the sound of Taps one night,
when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.


I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant 'Amen.'


When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.


I thought of all the children,
of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.


I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.


Of unmarked graves in Arlington .
No, freedom isn't free.


Enjoy Your Freedom

and God Bless Our Troops.



When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen.


Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.