Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I had been helping Meagan move all that day so I wasn't sure if the soup was really THAT good or if I was just REALLY hungry. I had always wanted the recipe but I had assumed it was just a thrown-together-Grandma-type-of-soup. Well...what do you know...there is a recipe! You have to try this soup. It's so good!!
Trying to be all like Shining Egg with this picture but I don't think it looks the same.
UPDATE: Recipe Link isn't Working
Grandma Mifflin’s Hamburger Soup
2 tbsp. butter
1-2 medium onions, chopped
1 close garlic, minced
2-3 lbs. ground beef
3 cans beef broth
1 med. Can tomato sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can French style green beans
1 tbsp parsley
½ tsp. basil
salt & pepper to taste
1 16 oz pkg frozen veggie’s
I put in a handful or 2 of frozen chopped okra
In large pot, melt butter, sauté onion and garlic. Add the beef (which I cook in the microwave to cut down on grease). Add all ingredients to beef. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cook until veggies are done. Season to taste.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
December 8: 6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window, watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!
December 9: We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering ever inch of landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snow plow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so i got to shovel again. What a perfect life!
December 12: The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man. I'm glad he's our neighbor.
December 14: Snow , lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20 . The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! the snow plow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize that I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.
December 15: 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.
December 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I thought was very cruel.
December 17: Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.
December 20: Electricity's back on, but had another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Freakin' snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.
December 22: Bob was right about the white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and its so cold it probably wont melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up and go to out to shovel then I had to pee. By the time I got undressed, peed and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he's too busy. I think the jerk is lying.
December 23: Only 2" of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she...... NUTS?!?! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.
December 24: 6". Snow packed so hard today by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the SOB who drives the snowplow, I'll drag him though the snow by his balls. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street. Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for the freakin' snowplow.
December 25: Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of the @#$%^& slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God I hate snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The Wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's an idiot. If I have to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" one more time. I'm going to kill her.
December 26: Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.
December 27: Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze.
December 28: Warmed up to above -50. Still snowed in. The Wife is driving me crazy!!!
December 29: 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am? (Our neighbor Ryan actually told us to do this and I thought he was a freak! Thank God we did it.)
December 30: Roof caved in. The snowplow driver is suing me for a million dollars for the bump on his head. The wife went home to her mother. 9" predicted.
December 31: Set fire to what's left of the house. No more Shoveling!!
January 8: I feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?
I slipped out of my Eddie Bauer slippers which a dearly love and can't live without (cause Hubby won't let me turn the heat past 62 degrees) and put these boots on immediately. They are like wearing my slippers ALL the time!
I have a rather large boot and they do not look or feel bulky. They are SUPER warm and I need that cause I live next to Santa Clause and we are getting 3 MORE inches of snow today.
I would highly recommend them!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I found this Santa card I made at a SU Workshop last year. Forgot I had it. Such a cute idea to make the belt with a soda can tab.
Sorry SU Consultants...I don't remember all the techniques I used.
This is what happens when Daddy watches the kids...haha!
I on the other hand:
-wrapped 2 presents with hand made wrapping paper
-made 2 cards
-boxed up 4 Ebay items
-listed 7 items on Ebay
-made cheesy spinach manacotti for lunch
Amazing what can be accomplished when One doesn't have to change poopy diapers, give baths or feed children. Truely amazing!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
So many of the things I did growing up and had forgotten about all about. According to my sister 'Workout Barbie' I have NO MEMORY at all and have forgotten all the important things from my childhood. Like the time I scared her and made her cry or the time I embarrassed her and made her cry and the time I stole her so & so and made her cry....see a pattern here?? Yeah, me too...a pattern of her making up tales to STILL get me in trouble 25 years later.
Anyway...I digress....According to The Daring Book for Girls there are 14 different kinds of tag. Who knew!?
- Blog Tag
- Freeze Tag
- Tornado Tag
- TV Tag
- Shadow Tag
- Time Warp Tag
- Line Tag
- Zombie Tag
- Electric Tag
- Battle Tag
- Inverted Tag
- Infection Tag
- Hot Lava Monster Tag
- Hide and See Tag
And remember those hand clapping games? Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack.... Love it!!
The Dangerous Book for Boys teaches how to hunt and skin a rabbit (useful knowledge for every boy...haha!) and has advice about girls. This section is too funny! The book says 'to be careful with humor. It is very common for boys to try to impress girls with a string of jokes, each one more desperate than the last. One joke, perhaps, and then a long silence while she talks about herself....' What??
The second rule is 'When you are older, flowers really do work--women love them. When you are young, however, there is a ghastly sense of being awkward rather than romantic--and she will guess your mother bought them.' LOL!! This book is SO written by a man.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Okay so this is how I imagine this conversation went:
Walmart Bakery Employee: "Hello 'dis Walmarts, how can I help you?"
Customer: " I would like to order a cake for a going away party this week."
Walmart Employee: "What you want on the cake?"
Customer: "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that "We will miss you".
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
It was like the opening of Disney Land or something! People were rushing in and all giddy. There were groups of people just standing around talking and laughing. I think I saw about 20 people I knew. The whole store was all pretty, shiny and new. So many choices!
Some of you may dislike Walmart and I get it but you have to understand that up until yesterday we only had a tiny little dirty Walmart. Very few choices and hardly any food. If I wanted to buy diapers and say...potatoes I would have to go to two different stores and with these children in tow it's a pain. So you see...this is a huge improvement I think.
The only thing that could have made this any better is if a Target had opened up.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The first fabulous thing to make the list is this super cute little Colander Tealight Pair from Party Lite. I have a thing about colanders...don't ask me why...very weird. I just think they are too cute. You can contact my fabulous Party Light consultant, Sheri, for more info.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I'm trying to clean today. So, while I'm in one room cleaning this is what the little stinker is doing in his bedroom. He climbed up on the toilet and got the powder off the TOP shelf of the cabinet. How in the world did he reach it!!?
We've had a lot of throwing up lately and I swear the house smells like puke no matter how much I clean. Well not anymore! Smells baby powder fresh!!
He's finally asleep....all is quiet for the next 2 hours.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
I really just don't get it. Do you then make a sweater for you or your dog?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
He didn't think I was going to be home. He came home quick to load up his hunting gear and take off. He wasn't going to tell me he was going hunting. He is SO BUSTED!! I couldn't believe it.
He SO owes me a shopping day now! BTW....he didn't get anything. (This deer is from earlier this year.) All I can say is......KARMA!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Anyway....I now have a PAIR of boots and I love them.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Our washer has died. Instead of calling Sears to come and work on it Darling Husband (DH) thought it would be 'easier' to take it to the basement and bring the one in the basement upstairs. Up all 14 STEPS!! There was a set in the basement when we bought the house and we just left them there (just in case). DH installed the washer.
While we are doing this the kids, of course, were behaving themselves...ack!! Bubby will climb on EVERYTHING. You can see his little wheels in his head turning when he can't reach something. "What can I find to stand on so I can reach the counter where the knives are??"
Friday, January 4, 2008
So...after Christmas I'm at Macy's with my friend and I discovered these Naturalizer boots. They of course did not have my size...cause no store ever has my size. I ordered them. They came yesterday. Let me rephrase that....IT came yesterday. I received ONE boot! Who packs ONE boot in a box to ship!? I kept looking in the tissue paper thinking this huge boot is going to appear...that I've missed it or something. So after MANY phone calls with MANY different sales associates my missing boot is found and is being shipped.
Soooo....this is my first attempt at creating my own. I apologize ahead of time or misspelled words and improper word usage.