Monday, November 30, 2009 1 comments

Friend Making Monday!

Its FMM PEOPLE! This weeks simple survey:

1. Favorite website: probably

2. Favorite color: Blue, i've always been a blue fan!

3. Facebook? I love facebook. but my family doesn't know about my blog and i'd like to keep it that way.

4. Favorite Christmas song? oh way to many to count. probably anything my amy grant. she's my favorite christmas singer by far

5. Christmas tree: Real or fake? REAL!! fake trees are just lame

6. Hottest celebrity? at the moment... probably taylor lautner (mmmm jacob)... but vampire erick for the win FOR SURE!

7. Favorite restaurant? i'm a simple girl, probably olive garden

8. Favorite magazine? as much as i dislike her show. rachel ray's magazine. i love it

9. Favorite thing to drink around the holidays? mimosa's

10. Favorite Christmas movie. ELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009 0 comments

Tonights Dinner

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

(i found this picture on line, but its actually the same crock pot i have so it works)

I really don't have a recipie for this one (sorry guys)

its just:

1 roast (i used 5lbs i wanted the left over meat)

a couple red potatoes (b's fav)

some celery stalks

some baby carrots

some red onion (b's fav)

1 seasoning packet

1 cup (or somewhere close) beef stalk

put it all together set it on low.

poof slow coker pot roast.

today i also made:

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2)In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3)Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown


Saturday, November 28, 2009 0 comments

Tonights Dinner

Potato Chowder

Quick Corn and Potato Chowder

2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 medium yellow/white/red potatoes (skin on- chopped)
1 can corn- drained (yes, CANNED CORN! ZOMG!)
1 chicken boullion cube
sea salt, black pepper, basil, onion powder, celery salt, smoked paprika
corn starch & water (it's better to mix the corn starch in water first & then use it to thicken)

(we also added real bacon bits and obviously didn't add the corn)

In a medium saucepan: add the water & boullion cube- cover & cook the potatoes until tender (about 15 min or so)
turn the heat down to medium low & add the corn & milk (don't drain the potatoes because the starchy water will add flavor & thickness)- mix & then add seasonings to taste (not too much, no need to overwhelm, but make sure to use plenty of salt & pepper)

Allow the chowder to simmer for about 5-10 min- while it simmers, add the corn starch (to desired thickness)
Remove from heat & ladel into bowls- NOM NOM!!!

p.s. you can top with cheese or bacon or whatever you want- i just keep it simple :) [We added cheese to the top)

Cheddar Biscuits
Biquick Mix
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Follow the directions on the Bisquick box- add the cheese into the mix & plop them on a greased baking sheet (usually not greased but cheese requires grease people!)
Bake for about 10 min- butter & eat! YUM!

OMG! TO.DIE.FOR!!! I would eat my weight in these and then marry them if i could.

Thank you T.Bird. If you weren't already married and a mom i'd as you to marry me and be the mother of my children



My New Blog

So I take some pride in being a pretty good present giver. I take time and careful thought into each and every gift and every wrapping and every box. So I decided to make a blog about it.

I love to send gifts
I love to see people’s faces
It’s a sickness really.

Ask my husband... he'll tell you.
I'm in need of a serious 12 step program to quit buying presents. But if I blog about all my ideas and share them... maybe... just maybe it'll help. Pshh yah right!

Sooo I debut: ROTTY SHOPS

Friday, November 27, 2009 0 comments

Friday Fill Ins

Time for Friday Fill Ins

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget the wine.
2. drinking to much wine followed at once by my first wine hangover
3. The trouble is the little boy downstairs starts playing his drums at 8am.
4. I can't wait to be many miles away.
5. With a faint pop my parent's realized that their oven was on fire! (true story)
6. 5am crowds are shadowy and ominous.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time with B, tomorrow my plans include coaching, then baking, then cooking and Sunday, I want to try a pot roast in the slow cooker (i rock a oven pot roast)!


Mmmm Dinner

THIS is whats for dinner tonight

1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped red pepper

1 (14 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes (with juice), chopped

2 cups medium egg noodles
1 (12 ounce) can of kernel corn (with liquid)
1 1/4 cups water
1 (4 ounce) can of diced green chilies
1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope of taco seasoning mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup grated jalapeño Monterey Jack cheese

Sliced black olives, for garnish

Heat cooking oil in large frying pan on medium. Add next 4 ingredients. Scramble-fry for about 10 minutes until beef is no longer pink. Drain.

Add tomatoes with juice. Stir. Transfer to ungreased 3 quart casserole.

Add next 7 ingredients. Stir. Bake, covered, in 350°F oven for about 1 hour, stirring once at halftime, until noodles are tender but firm.

Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for another 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Garnish with olives.

1 serving:

349 Calories; 15.0 g Total Fat (5.5 g Mono, 1.2 g Poly, 6.7 g Sat); 68 mg Cholesterol; 33 g Carbohydrate; 4 g Fibre; 23 g Protein; 1217 mg Sodium

Reprinted from Most Loved Casseroles © Company's Coming Publishing Limited
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Thursday, November 26, 2009 1 comments

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday

I am thankful for:

~my husband

~my amazing dog

~my glorious followers

~my amazing friends

~good food

~good wine

~good health

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 0 comments

Starting Next Week

These are my goals:
♥ Less than 1 can of soda a day
♥ More water
♥ No Starbucks
♥ Bring my lunch to work every day
♥ No snacks ate work that aren't fruit or approved snack bars
♥ No drinking during the week
♥ Work out in the mornings, and if i fail to work out in the morning, work out that evening.
♥ Make dinner at home
♥ spend as much time with my husband as possible.

I'm seriously dedicated - so dedicated that i cleaned out my desk at work, put it in a bag, gave it to my boss to take home to her kids.

If i don't have it around, i won't eat it.... hopefully.

Wordless Wednesday

I ♥ Oregon

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 2 comments

In need of prayers/vibes/good thoughts

What ever you do, i need it... well we need it.

B is going to find out ANYDAY NOW, if he was selected for the officer program in the Air Force.

We need this like you can't imagine.

please send us a good thought. he's a good man. he needs this.

Monday, November 23, 2009 1 comments

Somethings to think about...

I got this email today... i just had to share it

Somethings to think about:
* Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

* There is a great need for a sarcasm font.

* How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

* I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

* The only time I look forward to a red light is when Im trying to finish a text.

* Was learning cursive really necessary?

* I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

* MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

* Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

* Bad decisions make good stories

* You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

* I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

* I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

* As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

* Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

* I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call..

* I think that if, years down the road when Im trying to have a kid, I find out that I'm sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the fact that I was not aware of my condition in college.

* Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my a$$ everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

* My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?

* I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

* I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.


Friend Making Monday


This week is all about Thanksgiving. AEfilkins asks:

1. Turkey or Ham? Its Thanksgiving - TURKEY all the way
2. Favorite side dish. Mashed Taters.... mmmmmmmmmm
3. Favorite dessert. does liquor count
4. Black Friday: Are you going or not? ALWAYS
5. If so, what's on the top of your list? as boring as it sounds socks, underware, & under t-shirts for bri. they're dirt cheap.
6. Going out of town or staying close to home? going one town over to my ma's :(
7. Hosting or helping? Helping
8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving. get liquored up, fight, mom gets mad, husband gets pissy, and we all live happily ever after
9. What do you do after dinner? does go into a coma count?
10. What are you most thankful for this year?My amazing amazing did i mention amazing husband. I don't know what i'd do with out him.

So now i'm asking you?
1. Turkey or Ham?
2. Favorite side dish.
3. Favorite dessert.
4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?
5. If so, what's on the top of your list?
6. Going out of town or staying close to home?
7. Hosting or helping?
8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.
9. What do you do after dinner?
10. What are you most thankful for this year?

If you blog about it, comment with the link so i can share in all the dish (lol) about your favorite thanksgiving choices.


Sunday, November 22, 2009 4 comments

Tomorrow is...

My Second Blogiversary.

So i went back and looked at some of my old posts (including the first post). Wow what a long way i've come. It's amazing to me.

There isn't much to say about it. i'm just so happy with the person i've become. and i'm so glad i made the decision to start my blog in the first place. Thank you to all of my amazing readers. Thank you to everyone who's helped me along my way.
That one of my old friends is friends with my ex... Again. She had introduced me to said ex. they were friends before we became friends

Me and said ex had a very passionate and volatile relationship.

This ex royally fucked up both my relationship with brain and her relationship with her husband.

It fucked up her relationship so bad that they called off their engagement and broke up for several months.

I don't talk to her much anymore. But I got bored and looked her up on face book. And there he was.

.... Why does this bug me so much?

It makes my decision to cut ties with her more solid. I’ve been wishy washy about it for a while.

Me and brain got drunk one day and he told me he didn't like her because she had a part in the bad period in our relationship in the beginning.

And I understood that so I didn't ask him to do 'couple' things anymore with them. And just slowly we grew apart.

Now this.

I feel betrayed.
But I don't think I have a right to feel that way.

stupid facebook.
i was perfectly okay thinking he no longer existed.

Friday, November 20, 2009 3 comments

Its official

Me and Heidi Klum are fighting

It should be illegal to look this good 6 mother loving weeks after giving birth! for serious Heidi. I have no kids i'm i'm 2x your size. EAT A CHEESE BURGER! HAVE A BEER ya bitch!

::seethes in jealousy::

but then again if i had a personal trainer, personal chef, time to go to the gym, makeup artist, hair stylist, and a lighting designer.... i'd probably look this good too.


Its the simple things

There are often moments, and sometimes they’re so simple, that just make you think how lucky you are.

Last night after a hard day's work I came home, feeling kind of frustrated. When I walked in the door B stopped his game, got up, and looked so excited that I was home. He walked into the living room and gave me a big old hug and a kiss. I was shocked and my mood was totally switched

It’s the little things like this that make me so lucky to have him.
He makes me so incredibly happy and he doesn't even do it on purpose


Friday Fill-Ins

Time For Friday Fill Ins

1. We need more time together and less time with others!

2. B was excited when i came home and it made me smile.

3. If you want you can let little things get to you!

4. I love him because he makes me happy!

5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think If you can afford cosmetic surgery, you can afford the 5% tax.

6.Snuggly time on the couch makes for a happy holiday.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Coaching tomorrow my plans include chilling out and Sunday, I want to Get in a good work out.


Thursday, November 19, 2009 3 comments

My mother may ruin my marriage

So as I stated in my last post, I've been going through quite a bit.

I went on vacation (sun-tues) to Vegas with my family: me, B, mom, dad, broha, & g-ma.
If we ever spend that much time with my family again, I’ll be going alone. There is NO way my marriage could withstand something like that again.

-She always has something negative to say

-She always has something to be upset about

And the woman who's been separated 2x and had paperwork pending on divorce tries to give me advice. No thanks ma.

I like my mother, don't get me wrong. But there is so much I hate about her its not even funny.

I can't stand the way she treats my husband.
I hate the way she treats me.
I hate the way she always has something 'to say'.

I’m just done.

I think after the holidays we're going to go on a family break.
None of his family - unless its his dad (he's the only one on our good side).
None of my family - period.

If we don't take a step away from them we're doomed.
There is so much stress going on in our lives

I just don't know what to do.


::smacks hands:: BAD BLOGGER!

I've been a bad bad blogger.
but here are my excuses
1) i've been dealing with a lot of personal problems. Ones i need to get off my chest but can't ever get more than a few seconds of alone time to do so.
2) we went on vacation. to sum it up in 2 words: beautiful disaster or Never Again.
3) i've been a busy busy beaver.
4) i'm just so tired.

i promise i will post more, but at the moment i need to make my coffee, check my email, and scoot off to work for the first time since last thursday.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 3 comments

Wine Help

So I've become a little burnt out on beers and am slowly craving wine more and more.

Please help a wine virgin out.
Recommend your favorite wines (with links if possible so i can see).

Tonight i got 3 bottles from local wineries
I got 2 from Honeywood Wines

And then i got 1 bottle from Bridgeview Wines I have seen these a couple times before, i figure its a good place to start.

what are your suggestions?

I have found that I'm a bigger fan of red wines than white. but I'm willing to try anything.


Friday, November 13, 2009 2 comments

Late Night Confession Friday

♥ Yep, I'm currently following 199 blogs. And I've tried to go through and delete some, and I just can't bring myself to get rid of any. i just keep adding.

♥ I currently I'm pretty gosh darn sick. but my baby dog baby is sicker than me and I'm worried about him.
♥ I pay more attention to Sammy when he was done throwing up so that B would clean up the puke.
♥ Sammy is currently shivering while sleeping in my tshirt wrapped around him. I'm still worried about him.
♥ I would quit my job today if i could. but i can't and i am kind of bitter about it. The worse work gets the more o f a bitter bitch I become.
♥ I'm watching 'Say Yes to the Dress' and I'm so glad i don't have that money because most of these females are horrible humans.
♥ I hate HATE HATE that i work 45-50 hour weeks plus and i still do most of the house work and 3-5 days worth of dinner cooking. I know B's having a rough time. but i feel like if he kept himself busy he'd be happier
♥ because i know that he's having a hard time, i can't bring myself to tell him how much stress it adds to me.
♥ Last week i emailed B 5 recipes to choose from, told him I'd cook it if he would just choose one. his response 'well, why don't you choose one'. when i hung up the phone i cried out of sheer frustration.
♥ I've come to the conclusion that i have a complete inability to not give my job my absolute all. even if i hate it.
♥ I called in sick to work today knowing full well that it was going to be a chaotic day with lots of shit going on. I do not feel bad about it. i was sick and probably contagious, but i take glorious pleasure in the fact that she probably freaked out. ::laughs to self::
♥ My face is warm
♥ my cheeks are tingly
♥ i ♥ wine
♥ i ♥ red red wine
♥ i ♥ semi-drunk confession Fridays.
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Reading List ~ As Of 13-Nov

So we're gearing up to go on vacation (blog post to come). I always read more on vacations. So i'm going back over my reading list. I divided it between the books I want to buy, and those i still have on my reading list!

♥ To Buy List ♥
• Vampire Diaries
~ The Awakening & The Struggle (reading this one now)
~The Fury & Dark Reunion
~The Return: Nightfall

• Blue Bloods
~Van Alen Legacy – book 4 - Available October 6th

• House of Night
~Tempted-Book 6 - Available October 27th

• Sookie Stackhouse Series
~A Touch of Dead - available October 6th

• Morganville Vampires
~Fade Out – book #7

• Vampire Academy
~Blood Promise- Book #4 - Released Sept 17th

♥ To Read List ♥

Evernight Series
~ Evernight
~ Stargazer
~ Hourglass

Chicagoland Vampires
~ Some Girls Bite
~ Friday Night Bites

Jane Jameson Series
~ Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
~ Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men

Hunter Games Series
~ Hunger Games
~Catching Fire

• The Immortals

• Garnet Lacey
~Tall Dark & Dead
~Dead Sexy
~Romancing The Dead
~Dead If I do

• Queen Betsy
~Undead & Unwed
~Undead & Unemployed
~Undead & Unappreciated
~Undead & Unreturnable
~Undead & Unpopular
~Undead & Uneasy
~Undead & Unworthy
~Undead & Unwelcome

• Lords Of The Underworld
~The Darkest night
~The Darkest Kiss
~The Darkest Pleasure
~The Darkest Whisper - just released 09/15

• Nightwalkers

• Mortal Instruments
~City Of Ashes
~City Of Glass
~City of Bones - I bought this book, i just have yet to read it.

• Cassandra Palmer
~Tough the Dark
~Claimed by shadow
~Embrace the night
~Curse the dawn

• A Touch Novel
~Deadly Little Secret
~Deadly Little Lies

Need – Carrie Jones

• The Secret Sercle
~The Initation & The Captive Part I
~The Captive Part II & The Power

• The Early Spring Series
~Broken Flower
~Scattered Leaves

• The Shadow Series
~April Shadows
~Girl in the Shadows

• The Broken Wings Series
~Broken Wings
~Midnight Flight

• The Delia Series
~Delia’s Crossing
~Delia’s Heart
~Delia’s Gift

• Black Dagger Brother Hood
~Lover Revealed-#4
~Lover Unbound-#5
~Lover Enshrined-#6
~Lover Avenged - #7
~The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insiders Guide

• Love At Stake
~How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
~Vamps and the City
~Be Still My Vampire Heart
~The Undead Next Door
~All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire
~Secret Life of a Vampire
~Forbidden Nights with a Vampire

The Host: A Novel

• Vampire Kisses
~Dance with a Vampire
~The Coffin Club
~Royal Blood

• Immortals After Dark
~A Hunger Like No Other
~No Rest for the Wicked
~Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
~Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
~Dark Desires After Dusk
~If you can find Book #6 please let me know what the F it is. Because on amazon it goes from book #5 to Book #7
~Kiss of a Demon King

• Vampire Chronicles
~Interview With the Vampire
~The Vampire Lestat
~Queen of the damned
~The Tale of the Body Thief
~Memnoch the Devil
~The Vampire Armand
~Blood and Gold
~Blackwood Farm
~Blood Canticle

• Argeneau Vampires
~A Quick Bite
~Love Bites
~Single White Vampire
~Tall, dark & Hungry

• Riley Jensen
~Full Moon Rising
~Kissing Sin
~Tempting Evil
~Dangerous Games
~Embraced By Darkness
~The Darkest Kiss
~Deadly Desire - my mom sent this one to me. but i refuse to read it till i read the others

• Vampire Series - Linda Lael Miller (Thank you H.I.T)
~Tonight & Always
~Time Without End
~For All Eternity
~Forever And the night

Friday Fill Ins

Time for another round of
♥Friday Fill Ins ♥

1. The last band I saw live was a local country bad at the wasco county fair, they were pretty awesome.

2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is good food, good conversation, and celebrating another holiday with my amazing husband.

3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is slightly overwhelming!!

4. Thoughts of baking projects fill my head.

5. I wish I could wear jeans 2 sizes smaller, work in progress.

6. Bagpipes will always make me sad a little, but remind me of my dad in a GREAT way.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting to vegas, tomorrow my plans includeCoaching & Packing and Sunday, I want to Fly safe!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009 3 comments

Time Out Thursday

Time For Time Out Thursday

Good morning all, Its Time Out Thursday again. I love that its already thursday.

This week was similar to last week.

My time out this week was MAKING (not finding making time!) Time for the gym. I tried their boot camp class again. And while i love love love it. I'm still quite sick and couldn't make it through their whole class. The real teacher was back this week, he's freaking awesome. He's Air Force Special Forces. And he's a freaking KILLER!

I'm so so sore. He yelled. He screamed. He MOTIVATED. I'm so excited for next week to go back!

Then i came home, made my Pasta Bake, and had 2 glasses 1 bottle 1 small bottle (makes me feel better) of wine. and watched dexter with my loving husband and my sick baby boy (sammy had issues yesterday, long story)

My time out thursday = gym + wine + food + cuddletime!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1 comments

Wordless Wednesday - Veterans Day Edition