Monday, February 28, 2011

So I'm Craving Carbs...

I'm missing my bread today. This morning I was drooling over Garlic Texas toast in the frozen aisle at Sam's. Now it's scrumptious looking recipes on the Sargento website. I love recipes. I'm constantly collecting them.

Some of these look amazing. Particularly the Grilled Chicken Alfredo Pizza. How can you get better than that? Chicken and alfredo in pizza form. Doesn't that sound SO heavenly? Hhhmmmm.....

The Easy Taco Salad looks like something I could probly do if I left out the tortilla chips and tomato slices (or at least cut back on them). I have however found that I have to watch taco seasoning packets carefully because they tend to have several carbs per Tbs because of the flour added into the mix of ingredients. Yum...I'm thinking taco salad sounds like a good idea for dinner tonight...

Anyone ever heard of Stuffed French Toast Casserole? That's a new one for me. It looks like it could be pretty yummy, though I'm pretty sure I'd leave off the powdered sugar and syrup. This looks like something Jase would really like. Meat, cheese and bread...especially if I substitued sausage for the ham/ turkey to make it more breakfasty. He would be a happy guy. I'll have to keep this one in mind for a future carb hour or special occasion.

I guess I'm gonna go set out ground beef for taco salad tonight. My hubby will be home in a couple hours...hoping they fly by...I miss him so...

Monday Morning...

I was up at 7 for the first time in months...probly more like a year. Jase started work today and had to be out the door by 8 to be across town by 8:50 with time to stop at McDonald's for a drink. I can't wait until we can move back across town and only be 3 minutes from his job. Mornings will be so much nicer. And he'll be able to come home for his lunch break.

I would totally be in bed again right now, but I planned a 10 am shopping trip with my sister-in-law, so here I am, showered, make-up on, dressed, waiting for her to get here. A nap is definitely happening later.

I'm determined to keep up with this blog better this week. It's become quite the ad reel over the last couple of weeks. I almost added a recipe for a low carb omelet that Jase invented yesterday but I had just loaned my camera out to another sister-in-law who is awaiting the arrival any moment of her 3rd baby. And recipes without pics always bug me. So, I'll just have to make the omelet again sometime to get a pic. Shucks. ;)

Hopefully, having to maintain a more structured schedule for Jase's job will help me manage my time better. I'm always more motivated to get any and all housecleaning and projects done before Jase gets home so that after dinner we can have a nice leisurely evening.

I'm off to bundle up for the cold, rainy outdoors...hope everyone has a good day.

Ta-ta for now.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

To the left, to the left...

To the left of this post, you'll see a column of banners. When people click on these banners and fulfill certain requirements, I make commissions. Commissions make me happy.

The first banner is for a site called InboxDollars. This site provides you with an opportunity to make money doing random things like reading emails, taking surveys, filling out various offers, etc. When you link to the site through my banner and create a free account, they immediately credit $5 to your account to get you started. Depending on what offers you fill out and how many, you can easily reach the first $30 goal and they send you a check. It's pretty nifty. I have my own account and am working my way up to a paycheck. So check it out...

The second banner is my most recent. The Whitesmoke site offers an english writing, editing and translation tool that according to Yahoo 'has been ranked #5 in the Top 31 Business Ideas in the world' and is receiving rave reviews. When you click on my banner it will take you to the site where you will be offered the chance for a FREE trial. This trial does not require credit card information and you don't even have to remember to cancel it when it expires. Just download the trial and viola! have a nifty tool and I get a commission...

The next banner is for my etsy site. I offer custom made jewelry and various other crafty items at affordable prices. I'm also open to custom orders. :)

Banner #4 will take you to Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty skin care site. If you scroll back through my post history you'll find a youtube video that I posted with lots of info about this product. From everything I've seen and heard it looks to be pretty good stuff. Or you could just click on the banner and go directly to the site to check it out. Everyone that purchases will make me a commission! :)

The last banner is for VistaPrint. You'll notice that it's advertising free business cards. VistaPrint is constantly running specials and freebies on all kinds of different items from business cards to mugs and t-shirts and labels, etc. They have some pretty amazing deals. When you click on my banner, go to the site and place an order (like for one of their freebies where you only pay S&H) I'll make a commission!

Please check out these sites and help me reach my monthly goal! Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Last night I was directed to this site. For starters, I want to make it clear that I in no way approve of or condone smoking. I believe it to be very unwise, unhealthy and damaging, both to your body and even, if you claim the name of Christ, to your testimony. I actually tried for a different task, but wasn't able to get it and clicked on this one out of desperation to actually get something before all of the tasks disappeared. Lol. I didn't even realize what it was until I clicked on the link. Oh, well. The site is called

After it pulled up, I spent a few minutes browsing the page, and trying to figure out what exactly the point of an electronic cigarette is. Turns out it's an alternative for smokers that allows one to enjoy the flavor of smoking without the harmful smoke to damage the lungs. Interesting. I've seen these things once before on tv. Can't remember when or where. I suppose if one MUST smoke , this would be the less harmful way of doing it.

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Hope everyone is having a lovely morning so far. I'm off to prep house and food for the TI party this evening...


Monday, February 14, 2011

Early Birthday and Valentines...

Yesterday we spent the afternoon with Jase's family celebrating several January and February birthdays. It turns out that posting a birthday wishlist a couple weeks back was a good idea. Lol. I was given this beautiful glass dome AND a glass cake stand to go with it.(And the awesome Paula Dean wooden spoon that's tied to the top of the dome) And that's the adorable red velvet cake that I requested for my dessert.

Hee! I might just have to start collecting cake stands now.

And look! When I flip both pieces over and stack them they become a punch bowl! How cool is THAT?! :D

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Tomorrow several guys are coming over to play Twilight Imperium. Today we went shopping for the party and while I was out I picked up ingredients for strawberry and chocolate stuffed french toast for our little Valentine's dinner. It turned out more like a dessert and it was SO good. And the plates turned out gorgeous.

And per the request of Mrs. Royer, here is the recipe:

Strawberry and Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

4 slices French or Italian loaf (not a baguette) -- 1-inch (2 cm) thick
1/4 cup (50 mL) cream cheese
1/4 cup (50 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (50 mL) strawberry jam
2 eggs
1/4 cup (50 mL) milk
2 tbsp. (30 mL) granulated sugar
1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla extract
2 tbsp. (15 mL) butter
powdered sugar for dusting
maple syrup and fresh strawberries as accompaniment

With a sharp knife, cut a pocket into the side of each slice of bread -- cutting almost, but not quite all the way, to the edges. Spread the inside of each pocket with 1 Tbsp of the cream cheese, stuff with 1 Tbsp of the chocolate chips and spoon in 1 Tbsp of the strawberry jam. Depending on the size of the pocket and the slice of bread, you may not be able to use the full amount of stuffing ingredients -- just play it by ear and use as much as will fit inside. Squash the bread closed to enclose the filling.
In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Dip the stuffed bread slices into the egg mixture, turning to soak both sides evenly. Arrange on a plate.
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the stuffed bread to the pan and cook, turning each slice over several times to let it brown evenly and allow the heat to penetrate and melt the chocolate -- about 5 or 6 minutes total. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve with powdered sliced fresh strawberries and maple syrup.

I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 12, 2011


Thanks to my wonderful hubby for the following blurb. Since I know nothing of basketball he was sweet enough to write this entry for me. It is afterall, OUR blog...:) Thanks, love...

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A couple of quick sports notes from last night in the NBA. Toni actually didn’t mind having some hoops on last night for once, so I got to see Kobe and the Lakers destroy the Knicks in the Garden. I don’t know what it is about Kobe, but he always seems to play ridiculously well in the big apple.

On a completely unrelated note at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cavs are AWFUL. If anyone had any doubt about King James and his reign at Cleveland, the fact that his absence has spurred them to break on of the most negative records in the NBA by losing 26 straight should say something. Last night though, they did get lucky enough to accidentally beat the Clippers in overtime in spite of Blake Griffins 32 pt/13 rb night. I suppose it is ironic that the downtrodden Clippers where the ones to fall to a team that may put out the worst single season effort of all time (unless they can manage to buy one more win). The King has left the building.

Speaking of the King, Miami won their 8th straight last night, destroying the Pistons 106-92. The game actually wasn’t even as close as the ending score with the Heat leading by as much as 25 in the second half. My man D Wade is amazing. Just had to throw some props his way. I am glad he hasn’t gotten lost in James’ shadow. He is too good and too classy to be overshadowed in his city, and I am glad he is holding his own.

Anyway, fun night of NBA entertainment (and FRINGE which is totally amazing!), and we needed to reference some NBA teams and where to get tickets for a blog ad, so I thought I’d share :D. Have fun out there peeps!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Life Insurance...

My hubby has life insurancethrough State Farm. To be honest, I really don't know much about insurance. My hubby has had some experience trying his hand at an insurance business, so he knows a lot about coverage options and policies and therefore takes care of all of our insurance.

For anyone looking for insurance information this site seems to provide a pretty good amount of info including quotes. Check it out and best of luck in finding what you're looking for. :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I've decided that my current favorite past time is sitting on the couch, crochet in hand and Food Network on. :P Unfortunately, as enjoyable as that is, my house suffers some from it, if I'm not careful. At the moment Rachel Ray is cooking up a date night chicken and mushroom meal.

I'm going shopping this afternoon with Joanna while Jase is doing his assessment at Teletech. I'm trying not to think about his assessments. The idea of him getting this job seems too good to be true. I've been finding myself trying to imagine what it would be like to go back to what I keep thinking of as 'normal'. Work schedules, real income that pays more than just our bills, maybe even good benefits (meaning possibly regular chiro visits again!!!!). *sigh* I'm trying not to think about it all that much though. I'm afraid I'll end up very disappointed.

I'm off to finish getting ready to head out...



Guest Post

Kansas City for the Holidays

Guest written by our friend Sergio Chaney

My husband and I traveled to Kansas City, MO this year from Lawton, OK for the holiday season. We ended up extending our stay an extra week and I was glad that I had remembered to set our home security alarm from ADT HOME SECURITY before we left our house in Lawton. We had not planned on extending our holiday but we had so much fun and had the extra time off work, we decided to stay longer!

We really enjoyed visiting my parents and grandparents, as well as extended cousins and aunts and uncles. We all drove to the Kansas City Plaza together and watched the Christmas light show and it was absolutely amazing! Since we stayed an extra week, we took advantage of the sales the day after Christmas and really found some deals on home interior items and beautiful bedding sets.

Our drive back home was nice and leisurely and we were fortunate to have good weather. We spent the drive talking about our plans for this coming year and what we hope to accomplish. I am excited about the goals we set and look forward to challenging myself to meet them!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Germany...Berlin, to be exact...

Usually, when thinking and dreaming of places I'd love to visit, the top several slots on my list are filled with places like France, (Paris specifically, but I'd love to tour the country) England, Spain, Italy, Wales, Greece...or someplace tropical and sunshiney like Hawaii, The Carribean, Jamaica,etc...

For some reason unknown me to, several places have never really made that list. Like Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Hungary. However, when I stop to think about it, I have to admit, that if given the chance to visit Berlin, Germany, I would definitely jump on the opportunity. I'm sure the countryside is beautiful, the architecture in the cities, magnificent, the museums and history (even though I've never been much of a history buff), fascinating and even the nightlife...well...interesting. :)

I've always thought that the best way to visit (anywhere really) would be to stay for awhile to give yourself the time to explore and really get a taste of the culture.Rent apartments in Berlin, eat the food, visit with the natives, learn some of the language, walk in the parks, thoroughly explore the shopping centers and districts of Berlin, visit surrounding villages, etc. Doesn't it just sound like so much fun??

Unfortunately, I don't see that happening in the near future. But, I continue to dream and think to myself "Someday...". :) For anyone who ends up luckier than me, and is looking to take a trip to Berlin, maybe even for the holidays (!!) check out holiday rentals and plenty of travel guides to ensure that your trip is as well laid out and experience-filled as possible. And above all...ENJOY!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Meaningful Beauty

To the left you can see a link for the site for Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty skincare. Check out the video below and then click on the banner to the left to check out the site. :)


My week long experiment is over. I'm pretty happy with my results. From last Saturday until today I posted 10 entries not including ad blurbs. That's more than I've blogged in one week (or one month) since college. :) And I only broke my status fast 3 times in the last 8 days. Of course, I'm pretty sure that the 18 inches of snow that kept me indoors from last monday through today, helped with the blogging...

So I'm back to my facebook posts. But I'm hoping to maintain more balance between status updates and blog posts in the coming future....

Friday, February 4, 2011

January pics...


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

This evening...

I'm home alone this evening. Jase is at a bachelor party for a friend who is getting married on Saturday. I'm bummed that Bones reruns are NOT playing on tnt at 6 this evening, and I'm impatiently waiting for Idol at 7 and a new Bones following that. After that I'll likely be back to being bored until the guys get back, late, late tonight. I'm really hoping they get back before midnight. I'm not a fan of bring home alone at night.

I would write a longer post, but like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm sitting cross legged on the floor to access my laptop...and my legs are, I'm back to the couch and the blanket I'm crocheting...


I've never rented a storage unit. I've contemplated it. At the moment the closet in my back room serves as my storage. I can tend to be pretty bad about keeping things. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be considered a hoarder...but, for example...I still have three boxes of silk flowers from my wedding, and up until a few weeks ago I still have a leftover roll of lightweight filtration paper that we used for draping at the wedding. I have two pianos because when I got the upright from my sis inlaw, I contemplated selling the electric keyboard, but didn't try very hard to get it sold because I'm emtionally attached to it. It was my first 'real' piano and it's been back and forth between the US and Mexico with us since I was about 9.

So, anyway...I like to hold on to things. So the idea of renting a storage unit and giving myself MORE space to fill up, is probly not a good one. The limited space of my extra bedroom keeps me in check. And I don't quite understand the idea that keeping something in a storage unit is safer and more secure than in my home. I supposed it could be...but then I don't have anything super valuable enough as to feel the need to lock it down in a storage unit. But...if I were living in London and looking for storage London, this company provides storage services for homes and businesses at low affordable cost. If only I were living in London...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Back to the snow...

...and more stupid people...

Apparently there are a few smart people...

The drifts around the cars are getting deeper.

On a brighter note...

I tried the stove top frosting recipe for the red velvet cake that I mentioned several posts ago. I had a boxed white cake sitting in the pantry, so it became cupcakes topped with the frosting. Yummy....


On cold days like today when the weather is so miserable and nasty out, I start dreaming of sun, and warmth, blue skies, green grass and flowers. And sometimes, I even think about Hawaii. Or anywhere tropical, really. Lol.

I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. Actually I've always wanted to live there. I've been to some pretty beaches before in Mexico, but there's something about Hawaii beaches that just seem so much better. Maybe it's all hype, but still. I can't imagine I'd mind living there. :)

Just last night I watched an international real estate show with a couple looking to buy a retirement home in Hawaii. The homes they looked at were phenomenal. Their price range was between 1.2 million and 1.8 million. Eesh. But apparently it takes that to get a nice home there. Apparently real estate has been suffering over the last couple of year in places like Oahu, Big Island, and Maui because of the drop in tourism. Well, with prices like doesn't seem a big surprise.

Maybe someday, when we're wealthy and ready to retire...for now I'm back to staring out the window at snow flakes and knee high drifts, while I dream of beaches and palm trees. :) Oh, and taking pics of stupid people who are apparently out of touch with reality enough to pull out of their parking spaces and get their cars stuck in the middle of the parking lot. REALLY, people?

More snow pics...

These silly people thought they could get out...ha...they had 4 grown men pushing car and they only made about 6 ft of progress. After awhile they gave up and left the car sitting there...

Look at the drifts around the vehicles...eesh...

Yummy pasta dish I made. I followed Buddy's instructions for tomato sauce and it's some of the best I have ever tasted...yummm....

A few min later these people decided to take a try at getting out. They had a little more luck. With two people pushing they got the car at least past the building across from us and out of my sight. I have no clue how much further they made it...people are crazy...

The snow is still falling just as heavy (maybe even heavier) as it was this morning when I first got up. I'm having a wonderfully cozy day of watching food network and taking snow pics. White cupcakes just came out of the oven and in a little bit I'm planning on trying a new stovetop frosting recipe to go on them. Even my hubby is sitting on the couch watching the cooking shows with me. Heee....


Taken at around 10 am.

About 10 am.The only way to get the snowflakes to show in the pic was to zoom in on the trees. It's coming down pretty hard.

About 10 am. There are usually buildings in the background of this shot.

About 10 am...

About 10 feet are STILL chilled...

Sitting on the couch (ON TOP of the unfolded laundry) watching the snow...



Taken shortly after 11 am...

Blizzards and dog shops....

Got up at about 9:15 this morning and rushed to the window to see if the weather forecasts had come true. They had. I knew it had sleeted and iced, because everytime I woke up last night I could hear the pellets hitting the window behind our bed. I think it kept poor hubby from sleeping well last night. It's hard to judge just how many inches of snow are on top of the ice, but i'd say it's at least a couple...and it's defintiley looking like a blizzard out there. It's very pretty, but i'm really hoping we don't get the FULL 12-18 inches that it's calling for.

I've been missing my puppies lately. Try as i might I cannot seem to convince Jase to let me have a dog. He has several reasons for saying no. All of which are valid so I'm having my doubts as to whether I'm ever going to be able to convince him. :(

I love dogs. Mostly little indoor dogs. I grew up with indoor dogs. In the past we've had a shitzu, a beagle, a dalmation, mutts,a cocker spaniels, a shepherd, a poodle, dachsunds, hounds, and a chihuahua. My family are definitely dog people.

I was led to this online dog shop this morning. As much as I love puppies, it always has amazed me how much people are willing to spend on dogs. My family loves our dogs. But we've never spent much money pampering them. They get basic dog food, maybe a collar if they need it, vet trips only when absolutely necessary, basic shots and meds when they're little or when absolutely necessary, and each of the current puppies has one article of clothing, which the entire family views as a rather ridiculous thing. I believe I'm guilty for both outfits. *cheesy grin*

The Orange Dog is apparently a Canadian charity that provides 'freedom flights' for abandoned and abused dogs that needs rescuing. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this. You know those 10 minute long commercials about abused and abondoned animals on tv? I can't watch those. They make me cry. I absolutely hate to see suffering animals. And yet....they are animals. Is it really wise to spend so much money and resources on rescuing abandoned dogs when so many babies are being aborted, and children are being abandoned and abused? Anyway...if you're interested on reading more about the said freedom flights, visit the above link, click on they're freedom flights tab and read away.

I'm going to go see if my camera battery is charged enough to get a pic of this crazy, miserable looking weather...Have a blessed day, everyone.