Monday, June 30, 2008

Card Reader

In case you did not notice, I have pics again!!! I ordered a new card reader for my imac. The cool thing about it, since it consumes a USB port is that is has two USB ports on it!! So, you actually gain a port... How cool is that?? Not that I have anything else to plug in right now, but you never now. So, now I feel like I can blog again. Cuz, to be honest, w/out pics, I was just not myself.

So, here is a cute pic of a Bee on my bee-utiful lavender plants. :')

slouchy couchy

We have had this chair and couch for about 6 years now. OMG.. time flies. I have been meaning to pull all the filling out, pull it apart and restuff them for quite some time. I finally got started on the oversized chair. It's back actually has two chambers of stuffing. I got started on the top one. I sat on the floor for at least an hour pulling it apart, then put it back in the casing. I think my legs went numb a various points at least five times. At which point, I had had enough. So, I put it all back together and will get to the other chamber another day. I have three huge pillows on the couch to do still...

first zukes

We planted our garden early, so most of our seeds did not make it. I did get a few zucchini plants!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Calling all Smores lovers

While watching tv the other day I saw this advertised. You are supposed to make them in your microwave anytime you want a smores without fear of burning yourself.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I came across this today.
It looks neat, it is an online photo editing site. I'll let ya'll know if I try it.

" Discover Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With all the features professionals use and novices want, it's easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once. Splashup runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photosharing sites, and even has its own file format so you can save your work in progress."

Mrs. Sterwarts Blueing
Has anyone ever heard of this, or used this?
It looks interesting.
I am especially interested in the salt garden kit.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Making cookies from scratch

I think most of us know how to make cookies from scratch, so it always amazes me when someone asks where the tube of dough is to make cookies. I think Kaylie really enjoyed making cookies the old fashioned way and to tell the truth it was my first cookie tower. I have to tell on myself though. We put the cookies in the oven and set the timer. Then we went to the sewing room and were making Kaylie a belt when suddenly I started smelling burnt cookies. We threw them in the trash outside and sprayed tons of room deoderizer so when her Dad came to pick her up he wouldnt smell our mistake.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cucumber Salad

I've been lurking on this blog..
and found this recipe.... I need to remember this for the next party I'm invited to.

1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons
1/4 teaspoon
English cucumber — peeled
Yellow onion
Green grapes — seedless
Red grapes — seedless
Jalapenos — from a jar
Lime juice


  1. Cut cucumber and onion into large chunks and process in the food processor for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and process on pulse 6-8 times until finely chopped.
  3. Cover and chill at least one hour.

Recipe By :Lisa Clarke, adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light’s “Grapes” Article of Summer 2002
Weight Watchers Points: 1 per 1/2-cup serving


  • It’s great with tortilla chips and is supposed to be good with grilled chicken, although we haven’t had it that way.
  • This makes for a very mild salsa. I usually increase the jalepenos for more of a bite.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Brain Fart

Thought I'd share a brief brain fart moment...Last night I made myself a range top smore. Nothing like the beauty of graham crackers, chocolate bar, and marshmallow toasted over an open burner on the end of a fork. I slid the gooey marshmallow off using the graham cracker...mmmmmm....and then I stuck the fork in my mouth to get that last bit off....Crissy says you can actually see the individual tine marks in the blisters on my top and bottom lip. What happened to the smore, you ask? I ate the damn thing anyway, and it was good. Hope everyone is having a good week!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

peach pickin time

last night Tif called and invited me to go with them peach pickin. I never saw peaches picked from a Bobcat.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

good morning, be sure to check out the update for Lyle's farm at he has concrete walls now. You know how if you raise one little cherry tomato plant you end up with thousands of cherry tomatoes, well I was googling this morning and found this recipe I think I will try.

Pickled Tomatoes (Mom) Ingredients
Grape leaves
Cherry tomatoes
1 qt Vinegar (white)
Dill seeds
3 qt Water
Garlic cloves
1 c Salt
Black pepper, whole
1/2 ts Alum
Instructions for Pickled Tomatoes (Mom)Let tomatoes stand in cold water a while, then wash (in cold water). Drain and put in jars. For each pint jar, put in a teaspoon of dill seeds, 3 or 4 cloves of garlic and 8 to 10 peppercorns. Tuck a grape leaf into each jar, over tomatoes. MAKE SOLUTION: Combine vinegar, 3 quarts of water, the salt and alum. Bring to rolling boil; lower heat and boil 3 to 4 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars up to shoulder (line). Seal immediately with sterile lid. To sterilize jars, put jars in pan of water upside down. Boil water and cool. (Water is sucked up into jars.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Chocolate Mint

Hey Ya'll... Long time no blogging. Just been busy, Brett and I are both done with school. Brett had his last baseball game last night, so we will have a little more time on our hands. I was not feeling well today, so I decided to stay home. In the hopes of lifting my spirits, I decided to try to find some uses for all that Chocolate Mint that is growing out front. I have pineapple mint also.

First idea I came across, was tea. So, I got my two 1 gallon size pickle jars out of the closet and put several tea bags in each, 1/2 cup of sugar in each. Then stuffed a bunch of chocolate mint into one and pineapple mint in the other and put them both out into the sun on the front walk. So, later on today we'll try that.

Second idea was banana bread with the mint. So, I whipped up some batter, pulled the leaves of the stems then chopped the leaves up real good and added to the batter. That is in the oven right now.

Third idea was to make simple syrup. So, I have that simmering on the stove right now. That site said to use the syrup as the mint and sugar components of a mojito. So, I may be running out for some light rum later on today.

Sorry, no pics today. Since I got my new imac, I have not quite yet gotten the camera and photo tools set up.
Take care, I'll chat at ya'll later.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mother knows best

I've missed chatting it up with you guys here on the blog. For an all too brief moment the world outside lured me away, but with the advent of the air conditioner, I am back on the net. My latest wish list find is here you should check this bad boy out! An automatic cigarette rolling machine that makes a pack in 5 Minutes! Way cool.

I've started going to a foot doctor...I've decided that I'd like to be able to walk when I'm 40. My feet aren't really any better, but the arthritis medication they gave me is doing wonders for my back! Right now I'm on the hunt for appropriate shoes that don't look like they belong on an 80 year old man. Leather boxes with velcro straps in white just don't appeal to me. Something promising that I've found are a new style of crocs. If nothing else, I could wear them when I'm not at work. I've been put off by the bright colors and sandal style in the past, but now there is an alternative. Not super cool, but not too bad.

I had a great birthday; it lasted about three days. Crissy and I took a jaunt to Champaign for tiramisu and book shopping on Sunday...Monday (the day) she made me bruschetta burgers for dinner (YUM) I got a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake at work (YUM) and I drank a bottle of Black and Blue (YUM YUM). Tuesday I had two more cakes at work from the folks that weren't there on Monday. Let's face it, I love sugar.

Gonna have to make a trip to the Depot on my day off, much as I hate to do it. The bedroom door knob just randomly fell off, and porcelain doesn't fair well in a fight against tile. I'm feeling that need to kill off vegetation again, so I'll probably also get some spray killer to help in the war against the stuff growing behind the garage. Oh how I miss the days when you could just pour whatever noxious chemical (like gas) you wanted to in your yard and the neighbors wouldn't call the EPA. Oh well, those days, along with corporal punishment, are long passed.

Don't be strangers!

Crissy's new sauce


Ingredients:2 cups plain yogurt2 teaspoons pureed garlic1 teaspoon salt2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, grated ( use large holes on grater)1/2 teaspoon black pepper2 teaspoons olive oil
Drain yogurt for 1 hr. in cheesecloth lined strainer. In bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt. Sprinkle rest of salt on grated cucumbers, drain for 10-15 minutes. Add drained cucumbers to yogurt. Drizzle with olive oil, mix well. Note: This is wonderful with salads, as a dip with crackers. It is a Greek recipe.
This recipe from CDKitchen for Tzatziki - Cucumber Sauce for Gyros serves/makes 3 cups

Red Dog digging

RD was digging the hole for the septic tank and the only way to see the bottom was to stand and dig. I thought it looked cool.

watching the world southern illinois stlye
I know we are going at a hectic pace, but dont forget to check in with the blog and just say you are alive, that you had a great birthday, thrift shopping is fun, the beach in the bahamas is awesome, it is to darn hot, i miss you all
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