Tuesday, April 1, 2008
When Johnny Jones was serenading Mary, He sure could quote a lot of poetry But he'd much rather tell herwhat he learned in his speller When they both attended PS thirty-three....(chorus) "A," you're adorable,
"B," you're so beautiful,
"C," you're a cutie full of charms.
"D," you're a darling and
"E," you're exciting
And "F," you're a feather in my arms.
"G," you look good to me,
"H," you're so heavenly,
"I," you're the one I idolize.
"J," we're like Jack and Jill,
"K," you're so kissable,
"L," is the lovelight in your eyes.
"M," "N," "O," "P," I could go on all day.
"Q," "R," "S," "T," alphabetically speaking, you're OK.
"U," made my life complete,
"V," means you're very sweet,
Double-"U" "X" "Y" "Zee."
It's fun to wander through the alphabet with youTo tell you what you mean to me.(repeat the chorus)
And I know I was going to post after pictures today....hold tight. They are going up tomorrow for my "B"eautiful house!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Monday-Garlic lime chicken Creamed spinach Salad Brownies
Tuesday-Meatloaf Mashed potatoes Peas Frozen yogurt
Wednesday-BBQ pork ribs Cornbread Green beans Ice cream sandwiches
Thursday-Taco Salad Jello
Friday-Out with IL's
Saturday-Hamburger steak Salad Apple dumplings
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I got this pitcher several years ago in a secret sister swap I took part in. It was sent to my by my secret sister as part of a gorgeous flower arrangement and it keeps looking at me and I at it. Apple green, white, and black. That hutch I told you about? I'm thinking of painting the doors and panels apple green and the trim black with white polka dots. Maybe. If I do that, then I'll probably do black and white polka dot curtains. But I'm in love with toile and would love to have curtains made with that. But then what to do with the hutch? Any ideas? I'm open :D
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Since Monica's challenge is just about over and I am just about done (yeah!), I thought I'd post my before pictures. The afters will come when the whole ordeal is finished. We start with the kitchen:
As you can see there is a mess galore! And these aren't all the pictures! We move on to the living room/play area/dining room. It's a great room that I've divided with a couch.
See that empty shelf? I had already started going through videos. I wish I had a before picture of them. Oh, well. It's probably for the best! We move now to the upstairs.
This is the laundry room/linen closet/craft closet/pantry. Our house is not that big! lol!
This is our bedroom. I'm only showing a few photos because, well frankly, the whole room looks this bad!
No pics of the kid rooms. So there you have it. A shameful look into my house. It gets better. I promise.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Easter was lovely. My Thursday bell choir played both the 8:30 and the 11:00 service. At the end of both services, the sanctuary choir sang a marvelous rendition of Handel's Messiah. Just beautiful. After church, I headed over to my IL's house where I met up with Mr Crafty, the kids, my IL's, my mom (my dad had to work), My MIL's niece and her fiance, and, last but not least, my best friend and her husband (Mr and Mrs K). We had a delicious dinner and wonderful desserts (I provided those...lol) and the kids had a fantastic time with an Easter egg hunt. Later, Mrs K announced she would be busy in the Fall because she and Mr K are expecting a baby! I'm so excited for them! They've been trying for some time. I know they will be awesome parents!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Grand Diplome Cooking course, Danbury Press, 20 volumes including index volume (complete), fine condition. Originally published by Purnell Cookery under the auspices of Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School, Paris. Published in 1972. Detailed instructions and recipes. Excellent condition, no stains/tears and appear never to have been opened!! This set is THE set to have to become the top notched chef in your own kitchen or restaurant!
THIS IS A SET OF 20 GRAND DIPLOME COOKING COURSE BOOKS BY DANBURY PRESS ALL FROM THE 1970'S. ALL RECIPES HAVE BEEN TESTED AT THE CORDON BLEU COOKERY SCHOOL IN LONDON OR IN THE U.S. TEST KITCHEN. ALL RECIPE QUANTITIES SERVE 4 PEOPLE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. THEY ALL HAVE BEAUTIFUL COLOR PHOTOS. THESE COURSES COVER ROASTING: BOILING AND STEAMING; BONING, CUTTING UP AND CARVING POULTRY; POT ROASTING; FRYING, BROILING; SAUTEING; CASSEROLE COOKING; HOW TO MAKE PATES AND TERRINES; STEWING BRAISING AND MARINATING; PREPARING AND CARVING MEAT; SLOW AND SPIT ROASTING; PREPARING AND COOKING GAME; ADVANCED ENTREES; SAUSAGES; RECHAUFFEES; DEALING WITH VARIETY MEATS; MAKING GALANTINES, AND CHAUDFROIDS. MAKING STOCKS, SOUPS, BASIC BROWN, WHITE, BUTTER- AND SWEET- SAUCES; COOKING WITH MILK. RICE, CHOCOLATE, NUTS, CHEESE, PASTA, DRIED VEGETABLES, AND WINE. COOKING WITH EGGS, MAKING OMELETS, ROULADES, HOT AND COLD SOUFFLES, WAFFLES, CREPES, AND PANCAKES. PREPARING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES; SEASONAL SALADS, SIDE DISHES, APPETIZERS AND HOR D'OEUVRE; POACHING FRUIT, MAKING SAVORY MOLDS, CLEARED AND UNCLEARED GELATINS AND ASPICS; PRESERVING JAMS, JELLIES, PICKLES AND RELISHES; HOMEMADE VINEGARS; AND USING HERBS AND SPICES. SHELLFISH, RICH FISH, AND WHITE FISH- ELEMENTARY AND ADVANCED DISHES. MAKING PASTRY: FLAKY, PIE, ROUGH PUFF AND CHOUX, FLANS, PIES, CAKES BOTH PLAIN AND FESTIVE. FRENCH AND OTHER CONTINENTAL PATISSERIES AND GATEAUX. ENGLISH CAKES, HOME-BAKED BREAD, BISCUITS, MERINGUES, SPONGE CAKES, COOKIES, COFFEE CAKES; PETIT FOURS, HOMEMADE CANDIES, MAKING SHERBET, AND ICECREAM, FRAPPES, GRANITES AND ICED DESSERTS. SPECIAL OCCASION MENUS, MEMU PLANNING AND CATERING FOR PARTIES OF ALL SIZES, ALL AGES, FROM A TEENAGER CELEBRATION TO A GOLDEN WEDDING BUFFET. PLANNING VACATION COOKING AND FOREIGN FOODS FOR SUMMER. RUSSIAN COOKING; ITALIAN COOKING, GERMAN COOKING; ENGLISH REGIONAL DISHES; SCANDINAVIAN COOKING, JEWISH COOKING; MEXICAN; MIDDLE EASTERN, JAPANESE AND CHINESE COOKING; INDIAN AND PAKISTANI DISHES, TROPICAL COOKING AND FRENCH HAUTE CUISINE.
I'm quite excited about this find! They are awesome!
On another note, I also purchased a large quantity of patterns. They were bagged up so I didn't know what was in there until after I purchased them. A good amount of them are maternity patterns. If you'd like them, let me know and they are yours!
Easter Sunday dinner will be at my ILs. I'm bringing deviled eggs, broccoli casserole, Oreo refrigerator cake, and Jenn's (that's me) Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
-cleared off my sewing cabinet
-cleared of my desk
-scrubbed the table really well
-gave all the real wood a rub down with Old English
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Culled old books
Culled all videos
Cleaned out the art supply/toy cabinet
Fixed Miss A's kitchen
Cleaned under the couch and chairs
Rubbed all the real wood down with some Old English
Everything has recently been dusted and all the glass has recently been cleaned, so I didn't bother with that. My MIL is going to let me borrow her steam cleaner next week and I'm going to do carpets then.
I'm saving all the pictures until after the Spring Clean is done and I will take you on a virtual tour of my clean home! I know you are just giddy with anticipation!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
-Cleaned the mirror
-Cleaned the toilet
-Cleaned the sink area
-Swept and scrubbed the floor
-Wiped down the cabinets and applied Old English
-Wiped down the door
-Wiped down the walls and baseboards
-Cleaned the tub in full bath
In case you are wondering, I didn't clean out my cabinets because I did it several months ago and I have been maintaining them :)
Monday, March 10, 2008
The kitchen. I do have before photos, however they are on my camera and I don't have access to them currently. They , along with after pictures, will be posted asap. But here's what happened in the kitchen!
-I cleaned out all the cabinets that needed it (food ones. The ones that house pots and pans were fine)
-I cleaned the oven
-I cleaned the ceiling fan
-I washed the windows
-I cleaned the vent cover above the stove
-I cleaned the cabinet doors and put on a coat of Old English
-I took my trusty toothbrush to my kitchen sink
-I shined my sink
-I cleaned the microwave
-I cleaned off my counters and gave them a good scrub
-I swept and mopped the floor
-I scoured my stove top
I did not clean my refrigerator as I toss old food once a week and give it a good cleaning once a month and it was just cleaned in February.
And now I will no longer cook in my kitchen. If someone gets hungry they will just have to tough it out. It looks too good for me to go in there and get it messy!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Since I got home so late there are no kitchen updates. I will say that I finished my book though :D
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I knew he would. While all the designers had an awesome show, Christian brought his signature flair and general "fierceness" to the table. Here's a sampling. On a side note, I'll be updating my kitchen progress tomorrow. Yesterday was so pretty the children and I spent time outside with friends.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Living Room-March 8
Dining Room-March 10
Master Bedroom-March 12
Laundry Room/Pantry-March 15
Bathrooms and Deck-March 17
Kid rooms-March 19
Also this month (not exactly sure when, depends on the weather) I will weed the flower bed and plant seeds.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
And for those that don't know, I play in two handbell choirs. I started playing 4 years ago (though I can't believe it's been that long!) I absolutely love it. We have a lot of fun. The smaller choir (there are 7 of us and I play treble d's and e's; the larger choir (11 of us) I play bass e's and f's.
Monday, March 3, 2008
1. Seeing a couple of Robin Redbreasts this morning. A sure sign Spring is on the way!
2. Eating dinner and chatting with Mr. Crafty.
3. Having strawberries for dessert.
4. Getting most of my task list for the day completed.
5. Having some dark chocolate covered matzoh!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Here's the chow for this week-March 3-9
For more inspiration, please go here!
Monday-Thai ground beef, jello
Tuesday-Cheese stuffed chicken (ended up not having this last week as my husband ate the cheese! lol!), creamed spinach, brownies
Wednesday-Steak, salad, French strawberries
Thursday-Taco salad, ice cream
Friday-Marinated pork chops, broccoli, chocolate chip cheesecake bars
Saturday-Greek hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, pudding
Sunday-Garlic lime chicken, salad, dessert buffet (leftovers)
So, there's my second post and list for March!
Yes, yes. I know. I missed yesterday. Sue me. I was going to post after Vallen and she snuck in on me. I'll post twice today! I am following the challenge given over at NaBloPoMo to post everyday for the month of March. To spice things up a bit, they propose a month of lists. Now, I am, in fact, a list maker, but I highly doubt you want to see all of my lists as they are only exciting to me. Therefore, I will be making some random lists that you may or may not be bored by. If you are bored, forgive me. If you're not, I am delighted. Without further delay, the first list.
This is my grocery list. I am copying it for you almost the same way I have it written. They only thing that is left out are those words that I had to strike out (if someone could please explain to me how to do that, I would be forever in your debt. I've seen it on numerous blogs, but have yet to figure it out.) I wish I had a scanner so you could see that this is really what my list looks like.
Xim gniddup oihcatsip
Xim puos noino
Rettub tunaep (larutan)
Friday, February 29, 2008
Who was the last person you hugged?
My kids. All of them. *sigh* So sweet!
Share a beauty or grooming trick or tip with us.
If you have trouble taming your eyebrows, use a bit of clear mascara to keep them in line.
What does the color yellow make you think of?
Sunshine, summer, and butter.
If you were to make your living as a photographer, what subject would your pictures revolve around?
That's tough. My immediate response was the beach. There is nothing quite like it. But I am in love with the changing Seasons. So I think I would have to say the beach during different seasons!
What was the longest book you ever read?
Oh goodness. I have no idea. The Stand maybe? That was pretty long. I never was able to wade all the way through War and Peace. hmmmm.....
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Now, if you too are a watcher of this highly entertaining show, you will know that last night there was a showdown of sorts between Chris and Rami. Chris is a costume designer while Rami loves to drape things.
While they both executed interesting designs, I thought Chis showed a bit more promise. Even if he did incorporate human hair into his clothing. Yes. Human hair. I don't think he would really design something like that for consumer use, I think he was trying for a big Pow! impact for the judges. Unfortunately, the judges did not think much of it and we had to say adieu to Chris March.
So who are we left with, you ask. What can compete against human hair as a trim? What indeed!
First up, we have the winner of last night's "showdown", Rami. As I mentioned, Rami loves to drape his clothing. In fact, all I have ever seen him do are dresses. There was one episode that involved a pair of pants, but he didn't make them. Don't get me wrong, he does do good work, beautiful in fact, but I can only take so much draping! And I had to agree with the judges that the coat he showed last night was not his best effort. I
didn't even care for the color. Ah well. Our next contender is Christian.
When the show first started I did not care for him. I found him conceited, obnoxious, and just plain irritating. As the show wore on though, he started to grow on me. Now he is conceited, obnoxious, and irritating, but I find him to be oddly amusing and even a bit refreshing in a way. When Tim Gunn stopped by to check on his collection, I had to pause. Were those feathers on those pants? Just about everything he does is very voluminous. It will be interesting to see his whole collection next week!
Finally, we have Jillian. I like Jillian. She does a fabulous job. My one complaint is that she has a ton of jackets. Jackets here, jackets there. Does one really need all of these jackets? They are meticulously done. They are gorgeous. There are a few I wouldn't mind owning. But you need to wear them with something, right? Perhaps she just hadn't gotten to that point when Tim was making his rounds. I dearly hope so.
Tune in next week when we see who wins the grand Project Runway prize!
btw-would someone please tell me who to do strikes through a word? Thank you in advance!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Clean the upstairs bathroom
Straighten all rooms
Laundry (still getting caught up from when I was sick)
Clean the downstairs bathroom (should have been done this morning, but I overslept slightly)
Plus, the younger children and I are going to have an indoor picnic lunch!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I am so ready for Spring!
4 king size Snicker bars
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp half and half
4 cups cool whip
9 inch graham cracker pie crust (I used individual ones)
Melt together the Snicker bars, peanut butter, and half and half until smooth. Let cool slightly. If you happen to do as I did, and forget the half and half, you can go back and add it in :) Fold in the cool whip and pour into the pie crust. Freeze 3-4 hours or refrigerate (which is what I did). Optional: drizzle with chocolate syrup!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I know it's Sunday here, but it's Monday somewhere else. Here's what is on the lineup for this week.
Monday-BBQ ribs, creamed spinach, snickers pie
Tuesday-Cheeseburger pie, green beans, Popsicles
Wednesday-Parmesan fish, salad, jello
Thursday-Crockpot beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes, salad, crunchy choco-mallow bars (Miss R is making)
Friday-Out to dinner with mom
Saturday-Pork chop cabbage casserole, leftover potatoes, chocolate pudding parfaits
Sunday-Cheese stuffed chicken breasts, broccoli, homemade ice cream sandwiches
For more great menu ideas, go here!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/08 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:
Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye!
On Gobbler's Knob on this fabulous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008
Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators,
Rose to the call of President Bill Cooper and greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.
After casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll, which proclaimed:
"As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me.
Six more weeks of winter it will be!"
Go here for pictures of the phamous phil!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I will say that I am *so* glad that it is the end of January. My Valentine red goes up tomorrow. Maybe it will pull me out of my funk.
I did make an awesome roast the other night. Here's the recipe.
1 chuck roast (a size to feed your family)
1 cup hot water
1 tsp beef bouillon (or a beef bouillon cube)
1 tsp instant coffee (must be instant!)
1 envelope of onion soup mix
Other useful items:
Glass baking pan (I use a 9x13)
Additional water (from the tap is fine if you're not picky)
Pat the bottom of your roast with some of the additional water. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the soup mix over it and press in with your hand. Put bottom side down into your pan. Repeat with the top and the sides of the roast. Mix the beef bouillon and the instant coffee in the hot water. Pour around and gently over the roast. Cover tightly with the foil. Place in a preheated 325 degree oven (okay, the recipe still works if you don't preheat!) and cook for 4 hours. Fall apart tender and oh so good!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I can't stand the bleakness any longer though. Everything looks and feels so drab. I want to drag out my meager Valentine's Day decor just for a splash of color. I know if I do it too soon I'll be despising it mid February, so I will just bide my time and think of Spring.
It's that time again-menu plan Monday.
Monday-Pork roast, fried cabbage, mashed potatoes, applesauce, chocolate cream pie
Tuesday-Hamburger steak, leftover potatoes, green beans
Wednesday-Chicken and Dumplings
Thursday-Beef and Broccoli
Saturday-Spanish chicken, rice
Sunday-German Beef Skillet
For more menu ideas, go here!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
It's the middle of January and we are finally getting our Winter. The temps are getting low at night and hover around 50 degrees during the day. We actually had some snow flurries the other day! That was a sight!
I'm so very ready to brighten things up with the reds of Valentine's Day though. I'm itching with impatience. I will have to content myself with preparing my Valentine's for the swaps I'm in and be patient!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Update:I found the main part of what I need! Yeah! Now I just need to find the rest :)
Monday, January 7, 2008
I think I may have mentioned this before, but I am a voracious reader. I read anything I can get my mitts on. Truly. I save the dry, boring, really-not-interested-in-it-but-it-will-do-because-it's-something-to-read for those time when I am desperate. Luckily I don't have to rely on those dry reading materials too often. One of my favorite venues to read is mysteries. Specifically, murder mysteries. I think I may have mentioned some of my favorites before...Diane Mott Davidson and Joann Fluke. Both include a good selection of recipes along with a satisfying mystery. However, I was recently turned onto a new-to-me writer, Leslie Meier. While she doesn't offer recipes in all of her books, she does offer a quaint, entertaining Maine town and a pretty good mystery. I heartily suggest all three authors if you're looking for something new. If you're interested but don't want to invest in case you don't like them, may I suggest this site?
Now, Dear Reader, I am going to confess something I've never told anyone. You will probably think I'm silly and maybe I am, but you don't know me from Adam so I don't really care! Sometimes, especially after I've spent several hours with a good book, my thoughts go into "story mode" *giggle*. That is, I'll find myself thinking something like "She decided after vacuuming the living room that she was due for a break. She got herself something to drink and sat down at the computer to blog." Do you ever find yourself doing silly things like that?
My break is over. It's time for me to get on with my work before my older kids get home from school. Enjoy your day!