Saturday, May 30, 2009

Grocery shopping

http://www.mommycoddle.com/2007/09/how-to-save-mon.html

I know that we are always trying to find a way to save money at the grocery store. I came across this blog and thought you all might be interested. I especially liked the idea of budgeting for white wine, cause you know we like our alcoholic beverages.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hats from Wal-Mart Bags


I thought this was very interesting and something you would appreciate. This lady is crocheting Wal-Mart bags into hats!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I am finished







I got the little dresses done about 2:30 this afternoon. I am a little dissapointed in the pictures, cause they dont really show how cute they really are. Every one of the dresses is a little different, just using several methods to sew the bodice to the skirt.

Out of the sewing room


The sewing bug has hit me and I have cut out 5 little dresses for Abby girl. I finished one last night and hope to have the others finished today since it is raining and I cant mow. I think I will try to do each one of them a little differently or at least that is my plan at 7:30 in the morning who knows what the day will bring.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My meal time

When I get done cooking I place everything on our bar. If Kaylie is there we eat at the bar. If it is just Jerrod and I we make our plate at the bar and sit in the living room. I permanently keep a barstool in the living room and use it as my table and Jerrod just places his plate in his lap in the recliner. If we have a big crowd we place everything on the bar and eat at the table in the office/party room. For some reason we never, ever sit at my actual dining room table.

songs....

Candy, I love that song too... my favorite line is "He’s a six pack up when he walks in"
I used to always get a head start... not so much anymore! LOL..

I also love your pick, too, Tiff!

I'm still digging on Run to You cuz I like to belt it out in my car when no one can hear me.

Meal Time

My meal time routine is that I try to cook exactly the amount that we will eat, or I intentionally cook for two meal. I serve up the plates at the stove and serve. I do this for my own portion control and to ensure ease of clean-up. If I serve it all up, then the cookware goes right into the sink for a rinse!! I've been doing it this way for as long as I can remember:')
If I put food on the table, then I always eat more that I need.. UGH!
Also, I hate it when there is that one tablespoon of green beans left and no one will take it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

One question

I am brazenly stealing an idea I saw on another blog site. Just to ask a simple question like; What is you meal serving style. Do you prefer buffet, single served, dish up at the stove give me your feedback on your particular style.

All of you have eaten at my house at one time or another so you know that I go for the pick it up with your fingers or go get your own plate and start dishing up what you want. I honestly used to prepare real meals and have everyone sit down at the same time, but since it is usually just RD and me we tend to be very informal and to be honest I think I am out of practice. I would love to hear about your style.
Okay here goes, my new favorite song is below. It makes me think of RedDog when we were dating and went to the bars. He still can be a party all by himself sometimes and I love that about him.


One in Every Crowd, by Montgomery Gentry


Golden Tee, shuffleboard,Pinball, he’s got the score
That everybody around here’s tryin to beat,
He’s a six pack up when he walks in,
Tells the band crank it up to 10,
Then he’s up dancin on his seat,
Well he’s a big mouth, yellin’ hey play some free bird,
Says give me three steps and nobody gets hurt,
Then he takes off his shirt
There’s one in every crowd,
Brings the party in us out,
Good time charley with a harley,Whiskey bent and hellbound,
He’s got the next round,
But he always drinks for free,
There’s one in every crowd,
And it’s usually me,
Hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll,
There’s one in every crowd
Got a fliptop box of marlboros,
He’ll bum a light and steal your girl,
Then laugh at you for gettin’ all upset,
Well everybody here knows his name,
Makes everybody else look sane,
When he’s out, as far as you can get,
In his mind he’s a rock star,
Crankin’ out that air guitar,
Til the bartender says fool, get off my bar
There’s one in every crowd,
That brings the party in us out,
Good time charley with a harley,
Whiskey bent and hellbound,
He’s got the next round,
But he always drinks for free,
There’s one in every crowd,
And it’s usually me,
Hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll,
There’s one in every crowd
He’s a hard drinkin man’s man,
And women love him when they can,
He’s a bartender’s best friend,
It ain’t a party till he walks in
There’s one in every crowd,
That brings the party in us out,
Good time charley with a harley,
Whiskey bent and hellbound,
He’s got the next round,
But he always drinks for free,
There’s one in every crowd,
And it’s usually me,
hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll
,There’s one in every crowd
It’s usually me,
Hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll, hey ya’ll,
There’s one in every crowd, that’s right

New Favorite Song

Well Jolene, I missed your new favorite song post awhile back. I figured I would share mine. I really like the tune and its pretty catchy, it makes me want to drink beer! Sorry mine isn't too inspirational of a song!

She's Country
By Jason Aldean
You boys ever met a real country girl? Talkin, true blue, out in the woods, down home, country girl.
She's a hot little number in her pick-up truck Daddy's sweet money done jacked it up
She's a party-all-nighter from South Carolina, a bad mamajama from down in Alabama
She's a raging cajun, a lunatic from Brunswick, juicy Georgia peach

With a thick southern drawl, sexy swing and walk, brother she's all Country, (shoot) from her cowboy boots to her down home roots
She's country, from the songs she plays to the prayers she prays,
That's the way she was born and raised, she ain't afraid to stay, country
Brother she's country

A hell raisin sugar when the sun goes down, mama taught her how to rip up a town Honey dripping honey from the hollerin Kentucky, getcha flippin kinda trippie like a Mississippi hippie, She's a Kansas princess, crazy mother trucker, undercover lover

Thick southern drawl, sexy swing and walk,
Brother she's all Country (shoot) from her cowboy boots to her down home roots
She's country, from the songs she plays to the prayers she prays, That's the way she was born and raised, she ain't afraid to stay, country Nothin but country
Brother she's country, from her cowboy boots to her down home roots
Nothin but country
Yea yeayeaaa She's country (shoot) from her cowboy boots to her down home roots She's country, from the songs she plays to the prayers she prays, That's the way she was born and raised she ain't afraid to stay, country Yea she's nothing but country She's all about the country From the backwoods she's a homegrown, down to the bone, she's country

Time to Blog

Well I figured I should blog and give some updates since it has been awhile. Jerrod now has got our garden in and it is starting to look pretty good. It also looks like we are going to have a large peach and apple crop this year, along with sunflowers for the doves. Summer is gearing up and that means softball for us. Kaylie is playing on two teams this year and Jerrod has finally given up softball at 31 years old.

Our family was super excited last week to learn that Kaylie had won the Superintendant's Award at her school. The Superintendant's Award is given to the student that has the highest grade point average for the year in the grade. So Kaylie got 5th grade this year!

School is still a bitch. Right now I am doing a business simulation that allows me to manage a global camera company for the next 5 or 6 years. Unfortunately at the pace of my classes each year is over every Thursday and then again on Sunday's so I have to plan 6 years worth of business decisions in less than 3 weeks .

The George's are also taking their first family vacation ever! Kaylie, Jerrod, & I will be spending the first week in June in Gatlinburg, TN. We are planning on going to Dollywood, the Dixie Stampede, and some of the Ripley's attractions. Unfortunately Einstein will be going to the Kennel instead of Doggywod (and there seriously is a Doggywood)! Poor Velcro will be staying her usual stay at the George Motel alone (our house), needless to say she will be mad. (For some reason she acts like she has to go to work every morning at 5 a.m. chasing the birds outside).

Well that's about all I got right now. I thought I would end with some time of thought provoking reflection or question for everyone to answer but I can't seem to think of anything.

Monday, May 25, 2009

We have a new baby


His name is Kota and we adopted him from Christopher and Brandi. I was supposed to go north this week, but wanted to stay home with the new baby. He rode in the back seat of the truck with Tanner and did just fine.





Thursday, May 21, 2009

Front porch sittin

Come one, come all the ice tea is made and the beer is always cold. Thinking of all you and seats all filled.

More on breadmaking

It must be an epidemic of breadmaking right now. Kathy told me she found a recipe for Whole Wheat bread in Motherearth News. This is a magazine I used to subscibe to way back in the 70's when I was a young hippy. http://www.motherearthnews.com/ Anyway, if you havent been to the site it is well worth looking at and who can resist warm bread out of the oven, yummm.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bread Making


Ok girls... I bought this book a LONG time ago.. maybe almost a year....

But this morning, I finally put together my first batch of dough!!!
It is in the container, now I let it rise for 2 hours...

I'll let ya'll know later how it turns out.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Regional News

I know that anyone who has been in Jacksonville, Illinois in May will understand my news. The whole town of Jacksonville is out of vanilla. Yes you heard me right. You can not buy vanilla in this town. The gnats get really really bad here and for some reason they dont like vanilla so every year there is a shortage of vanilla. I will plan ahead for further trips. At Walmart yesterday they did say that Absorbene Jr. would work also, but I dont think I want to go around smelling like that all day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Family Pics

My sister Stephanie had asked me to scan some old family pictures and email them to my sister Jan. I thought you might get a kick out of them. If you would like to see more of them they are at www.knoxie.shutterfly.com . I am the little one in the front. The picture was taken in front of my Grandma Hall's milk house after a fishing party on the Embrarass River.

Tyler is growing

I think I surprise myself on taking pictures. Of course I take a million pictures and have maybe five good ones. Christopher, Brandi, and Tyler were home on Saturday. They are getting ready to go to Japan, so they had brought things home to store. I have new rocking chairs on my front porch for three years at least. There will be plenty of room for all of us gals to sit and gossip together. I am not giving up on my dream of getting you all here together one day for the great Karioke party and gossip fest.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Galette




I saw a blog post yesterday on how to make galletes.


Today we went to Westminster and we stopped into Bed Bath & Beyond, so I picked myself up a new toy. A dough blender.
I'm wondering if there is a trick on how to use this thing....
let me know if there is...

I had some frozen raspberries that Brett and I picked last year, so I whipped up some dough, rolled it out, baked it and there you have it..

This was a really simple recipe to make.

I couldn't help myself, I went ahead an had a little nibble.

I think that I have some whipped cream in the freezer to put on top.

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Adding to my google reader

I've added the following blogs to my google reader:
Beauty that Moves
House on Hill Road
Posie Gets Cozy
Green Clogs
The Simple Green Frugal Co-op

I just thought I'd share...
enjoy!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Vanilla creamer... part 3

I tried the homemade creamer, made from condensed milk. It was not so tasty.
I consequently went back to the vanilla creamer sold in the big plastic container.
I just blocked out the the guilt of ingesting chemicals and polluting the evironment w/ more plastic. I do recycle, but I don't think that is good enough....

Betsy, from work, has stopped using her creamer, on her son's advice. He is a green naturalist. She has been just using organic sugar to sweeten the coffee and she does not miss the creamer at all. WOW! I thought I could give the sugar only method a shot and I did, albeit the non-organic process variety.
Nope, not good....

My latest attempt: I have purchased organic half 'n half in a box (no plastic). I put some sugar in the coffee, a little half 'n half and dribble of vanilla. It tastes good, but vanilla is expensive, so maybe I can wean myself from that.... in due time.
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