Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday's Ramble About.....

Why do I use a Notebook for my home? Because I like too:) I was one of those kids that got so excited for the first day of school so I could get my supplies all ready--so I have so much fun, yes I said F.U.N. , making and adding to my Home Notebook. I heard this saying on the radio the other day * Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life* that is basically what I am doing----I just love what I am doing--yes sometimes I am so busy my head spins around, and other days I find more time then I should playing on the computer--but I think of it as a learning game. I learn so much from reading about other people, and plus I do a lot of research on so many things too when I am on the computer.

Well, I have so much stuff that I want to accomplish by Monday--so I am typing fast so I can get back to it----Laundry is on my list, working in the kitchen--and I also have to make a list of things I will need this week from the store-----I will be back to check in through out the day--so if you see me comment--you know I am taking a break:) Blessing to all my friends!!! xoxox

Friday, September 28, 2007


I can not believe how fast this week just zoomed by. I was gone a good part of the day---my grandmother had a doctor's appointment and then she had her shopping to do. My father's birthday is tomorrow and we were all supposed to go over the Ortega's to see him--but my step mother is ill so she is postponing his party. I am sorry that we aren't going, but I do have so much to catch up on. I am going to start at the furthest corner of the house, and work my way down cleaning everything that is in my path. I already started on laundry when I got home---dishwasher is going with the days worth of dishes--the little ones are all asleep and Kevin is asleep too--I am not far behind--what a wonderful tiredness this is-----a wholesome tired ----a good tired. Okay, for my blog, this is just an update so when I look back at this time, I won't wonder what I was doing because I wasn't blogging and to all my dear readers---I want to say Hi and I will be by you tomorrow----Good night xoxoxo :)

Thursday, September 27, 2007 be continued

...oh, what a busy week this is turning out to be. Thank you all for all the wonderful comments in my post below---I so enjoyed reading all of them.

ahhh--baby is up--be back in a few:)))

Monday, September 24, 2007

My Post!

Have you ever met a feminist that was happy, I mean REALLY happy? This is what I was listening to on the radio this morning as I was driving. So, it made me think-----

I love my family--I adore my husband and children. I love cleaning my home, I love cooking for my family--breakfast, lunch, dinner--snacks---I love knowing how much they want to eat my cooking. I love getting my daughter's clothes ready for the next day, knowing that her pink dress must be pressed. My husband's clean clothes all ready to go and how he depends on me for these things--my husband depends on me to take care of our home, our children--him!!! He knows that when he is at work working hard, I am at home working just as hard too. I would never want to do a man's work---I love being a girl--I love wearing pretty dresses, pretty perfume--having babies--and being caretaker of my family. My husband may not buy me flowers everyday----or jewels---but, he will stop at the store after work and bring me home my creamer when he noticed it was low that morning---he will clear the dinner table off for me when I am upstairs feeding the baby, he will call me just to tell me he loves me---in the morning he will kiss me gently on the cheek not to wake me, but just to do it before he leaves for work.

You see, there is nothing more in this lifetime that God has given me that I would rather be doing then what I am doing right now. I was at the grocery store on Friday, and I had all three of my children with me, Little Kevin was in his little seat in the cart--Alexis was holding on to the side, and Tony was standing next to me---I thought at that very moment--I am HAPPY!!!! This IS happiness---the sweet faces of my children---Oh, how I love them. My husband, my dear sweet husband--works so hard---I can see the pain in his face when he can't give us everything---I can see the little worry lines on his forehead at times, and I know he is thinking of things that he is worried about and doesn't want to worry me with them---I hug him and ask him if I still hypnotize him with my beauty---and I giggle and he kisses me and says YES, I still hypnotize him---even though I can be mean at times---I have terrible OCD, and if things just don't go thus way--I become so frantic and frazzled, but Kevin loves me for all my imperfections---even when I am yelling on the top of my lungs---what the DOG DID...LOL.
This is happiness, this is MY happiness--and I thank God everyday for what I so don't deserve but cherish with all my heart!!! xoxoxo

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Happy Autumn!!!


(yes I am yelling...LOL)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday.

It is official baking season
:::::Doing a happy dance:::::

Saturday, September 22, 2007

It's A Beautiful Morning!!!

YAY!!! I woke up to rain----rainy days are my favorite. This is what it looks like outside my bedroom window. (Giggles) Who else would be outside in the rain at 6:30 in the morning taking pictures...LOL:)


I am not sure what dinner is going to be--we had London Broil last night on the grill, and I made homemade french fries--I cut them really thin and they came out so good.

I am going to go look in the freezer and pull something out---I will keep you posted.

Mary Had A Little Lamb

(Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Veggies and Other Fun Stuff

I took this picture because I thought the fruits and veggies looked so pretty on my counter. Yes, I did stand on a chair to get the shot...LOL. Do you see that eggplant? Well, last night, I made eggplant parmesean--oh, it was sooooooo good, and it was so simple. I just peeled the eggplant, and cut it pretty thin--then I laid the slices on paper towel and sprinkled salt on them--( I will cut and paste the recipe I used below).

..and some potatoes. This bag of potatoes cost $ will be used for baked, french fries, roasted, etc---for mashed, I bought this box of potatoes at Costco, that my Grandmother suggested--the box was about 6 dollars and it has individually packed bags of mashed potatoes--8 servings in each bag, and there 112 servings, and the mashed potatoes are sooo good-----I am usually not a big fan of convience food, but this was good.

Here is the box of mashed potatoes I got from Costco-->

...and I bought hummus----it is a favorite in this house--I actually used to buy it for me, but my kids caught on, and love it--it was on sale at the Farmer's Market for 2 dollars a container. Have any of you ever made your own, I keep meaning to try it, but I keep forgetting to add chick peas to my list..LOL--oops.

Well, this post went in its own direction--I just started typing and off my fingers went --I am so glad it is Friday ---I will be doing laundry this weekend--I am also going to take my Grandma to church on Sunday---working on my notebook, making a list of never ending chores, planning dinners for the week, shopping--etc. What are your plans for the weekend?

As always, I hope all who visit me, have a blessed weekend, and if you leave me a comment, I will come by your blog to visit too--I just love all the wonderful blogs and everyones wonderful posts about there daily life as a homemaker:))
Here is the Eggplant Recipe-->

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
*I tweaked the recipe a bit--I used Prego spaghetti sauce, and I bought freshly grated Parmesan at the store. I left the whole recipe as is, just in case some of you are interested in the spaghetti sauce recipe and such.

1 Decent Sized Eggplant
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup of Milk
½ + Cup Flour
Olive Oil
½ # Parmesean Reggiano
½ Box Penne Pasta

Easy Spaghetti Sauce
Pre-heat your oven to 350°.
Peel your eggplant, and cut into roughly quarter-inch slices. Lay these out on paper towels and sprinkle salt over the top of them. This is to get some of the bitterness and water out of them. You'll want to let these sit for around a half hour, at the end of which dab them with a paper towel to remove the liquid and excess salt.
In a bowl, mix your eggs and milk with a fork, like you were going to make scrambled eggs. Put your flour and salt and pepper on a plate, and mix together with your fingers - this is for dredging the eggplant. You may need more flour, but you can add that to the plate later.
Pour 2 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a sauté pan, and set your heat to medium to medium-high. Now take your slices of eggplant, and, one by one, dredge in the flour, tap the excess flour off, dip into the egg mixture, then dredge back through the flour. Once you've done this, put the slice into the pan with the oil, and cook for approximately 2 or 3 minutes a side, carefully flipping with a pair of tongs or a fork, until the batter becomes a nice golden brown and is crispy. Typically I only do 4 or 5 slices at a time, and hold off on dredging the eggplant until I'm ready to put them into the pan. And it really helps to have someone in the kitchen to help you with the dredging and egg, so that your fingers don't become entirely gunked up with egg and flour.
As the eggplant slices are done, remove them from the pan and place them on a cooling rack. This isn't so much to cool them as it is to prevent them from getting mushy as they cool, so that the batter stays nice and crisp.
Once you've cooked all your eggplant, using a cheese grater (or a small knife), grate off large rustic slices of your parmesean reggiano into a bowl or onto a plate.
Now take and randomly layer your eggplant into a pan - some kind of Pyrex, or a brownie pan, or the like will do just fine. As you put down a layer, sprinkle some of your cheese over each layer. But be sure to save out a little bit of the cheese for garnishing the plate!
Pop the pan into the oven for approximately 30 minutes.

If you're making the
Easy Spaghetti Sauce, this would be a great time to start it.
After the eggplant's been in the oven for about 10 minutes, start your water for the pasta.
When there's about 10 minutes left to the half hour for the eggplant, you have two choices - either drop everything into a holding pattern so you can open another bottle of wine, or carry on. If you're dropping into a holding pattern, you'll want to drop the oven temperature to about 200° when the half hour is up. You can keep the eggplant good and hot but not overcooked like this for up to about a half hour. If you're not, throw in your pasta so as to have everything come together at the same time.
When it's time to serve, take some of your sauce and toss with the pasta, and put on the plate. Then place a few pieces of eggplant over this, and ladel a little more of the sauce over the top. Sprinkle some of the leftover cheese over the top, and serve.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Can You Read This--->

I recieved this in an email-----I could read it--can you?

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Can you read this?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Spray Wash, Floors, Tomatoes--Happy Tuesday!

It is Tuesday--and thank you all for your prayers for my children, Alexis is better---I think she was better an hour after she was home...LOL---Tony still sounds a little rough, but I give him credit for going to school--He knows I will rescue him if he needs to come home. Dinner was really good last night--Kevin wanted french fries instead of mashed potatoes, so french fries it was. Tonight I am going to make Italian sausage, Noodles with oil and garlic, veggies, and a salad.

I went to the store looking for this product I saw on TV --it was Shout Advanced and it got stains out that were all ready set in--I couldn't find that product, so I bought this--ohhh boy, does this work good---my new favorite product right now---and it smells delightful:)

I got the bucket out and filled it with soap and water and some bleach and washed all my floors in my home----don't get me wrong, I use my swiffer all the time--but a good scrubbing is what my floors needed:) I didn't do it on my hands knees though, I cheated a little and used my cotton head mop:) The floors look nice and my house smells clean--and all the rugs are ready to be put back down when they finish up in the dryer..I washed all bathroom rugs today too.

...Aren't these just gorgeous!!!! They are big too---The grocery store were having a nice sale on Tomatoes--and when my Dear Hubby was at the store, he brought these home---they are going to be so good in my salad.

Oh, the picture below of me in my apron--I had to giggle at my mirror, boy, did that need to be cleaned(don't look)---OOPS...LOL--oh well, such as life:) Have a great Tuesday--it is nice and cool out----so it is always nice to do housework.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Monday!

Good Morning!!! Happy Monday ..I just LOVE Mondays. I worked on laundry over the weekend, still working on that. I also need to iron some things that did not come nice out of the dryer. I got everything out of the dryer fast enough, but, somethings just need to be pressed. For Sunday dinner, I made a pork roast---it came out so tender. SOOO, after I send this post, I am going to shred the rest of the pork, put it in my crock pot with BBQ sauce, and have pulled pork tonight for dinner. I will make a fresh green salad---and probably mashed potatoes---Cole slaw sounds good--but then I would have to run to the store--we shall see. It is a cool morning-and I have my pretty new apron on--it is so funny, I am trying so hard to be neat, so I don't get it dirty...LOL.

I had to clean the bird cage this morning and vacuum the feathers under neath---the girl bird, knocked over her food dish--and made a mess, she does that--the yellow bird, Sunshine, is so sweet, and the blue bird has quite an attitude...LOL.

Looky here--I got pumpkin pie incense--isn't that such a pretty little jar:)

I also made another stop at Grandmas (pictures below)---Alexis doesn't get to see her as much because of school, so I make special stops over the weekend too, so we can all visit:)

I have my list goingof all the things I want done this week--it is on the kitchen table, and as I get one thing crossed off--two more things pop on my paper that needs to be done. I REALLY need to mop my kitchen floor today, I seemed to have neglected it over the weekend---OOPS!!!

Alexis and Tony are both complaining of a sore throat and tummy ache--Alexis is laying on the couch, and Tony said he had to go school----I told Tony to call me any time, and I would zip right down to get him--the school is right down the hill--it takes me 2 minutes to get there--but when everyone goes for drop off and pick up--it takes up to thirty minutes----oh well:)

Well, I better get going---I hope everyone that stops by is having a wonderful, productive Monday!!! xoxoxo

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Have A Wonderful Sunday!!!

Genesis 1-2:10 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)
Public Domain
Genesis 1
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2
1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Friday, September 14, 2007

My New Apron

While I was at Grandma's today, I told her I was in need of some new aprons--well, she went into a drawer a pulled this out, she says she has had it for many years and has never worn it---I LOVE IT!!!! Look at the pretty fabric--->(Giggles)--here I am trying to take a picture of me wearing it
..and another---I just love my new apron:))

Today At Grandma's

YAY!! I caught a smile in a picture:)

Pretty flowers in her garden

Flower's in her kitchen
I Love my Grandma!!!

Pictures Before School This Morning

Pictures Taken Yesterday!

Little Kevin smiles all the time, but as soon as I break out the camera, he just has this look of concentration, like how he can get the camera..LOL. I took these last night, and I so don't want to forget to post them.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Ohhh, I want to make my Wednesday post before it is Thursday...LOL. Last night Kevin needed some things from the grocery store, he did not like the brand of deodorant he had picked out, and asked me to get a different kind.--Sooooo I did my big shopping trip today, which was nice. I got the sale paper, and made my list. I bought the big pack of pampers size 2, they go up to 18 pounds, Little Kevin is already 16 pounds--so I don't want to buy the mega box at Costco until next time--he will soon need size 3. I am going to my Grandma's on Friday to take her to the Doctor's, so I will also go to the Farmer's market too, because she lives right by it. I bought a small amount of fruits of veggies today, but I will load up on them on Friday. My menu for the next few days, consist of tacos, a roast, London broil on the grill cooked medium rare, more chicken--I also bought some ground beef, that I have to divide into smaller portions. I ran out of time today, so that will be done tomorrow. I have been up since 5:30, and I am tired---a good tired---a lot done tired------a sleep well tired----

I look at my children sleeping and just smile, and hope they are dreaming of wonderful things--the baby lets out a giggle in his sleep--I just wonder what he is dreaming of...sleep well my friends:) xox

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Coffee and a Post

This morning after I dropped all the kids off at school--I hopped on the freeway and went to my Grandmother's---just in time for some fresh brewed coffee. We had a wonderful morning--she always tells me story's about Grandpa and when I was little and such. She calls Little Kevin, *Bobby's Boy*--I am not sure if you remember, we all refer to her as Bobby because she wears Bobby pins in her hair. I spent the weekend doing every stitch of laundry so I took the morning off today to visit my favorite person. That doesn't mean that NOW I don't have more laundry...LOL..because I do. Last night one of my dearest friends called me, and I had to tell her I had to call her back---Kevin had gotten home late and I had to fix his plate and clean the kitchen---then Little Kevin awoke and I nursed him and then fell asleep myself--so I woke thinking---OH NO--my friend--so I have to call her in a little bit and apologize for not calling her back--I know she had a lot to talk about, because lots of changes has gone on in her life.

Chicken is in the oven baking--a great sale on chicken bre*asts-----yay!!! We also have mashed potatoes, corn, spinach and a fresh green salad. I am cooking all the chicken, so tomorrow I can use the rest in either a casserole, noodles or dumplings---not sure yet. Tomorrow I am definitely staying home and doing some housework and such--plus getting my list ready for a great big grocery trip:) Ohh, I forgot on Friday, Bobby needs to go to a Doctor appointment, so I will be gone some on Friday.

I am charging my camera up--it was low, so I am going to take some updated pictures of Kevin, he is growing so much--and what a sweet personality he has, just like his Daddy!!!! I have been tivoing Martha, so maybe one day this week I will be able to see what great ideas she has. Also, the Duggars new episode is going to be September 21st--I am pretty sure, but I am going to double check just to make sure.

Well, what else.....I am setting up my home in *Fall Motif* I will take pictures and share my fall decorating/cooking/baking etc.

Friday, September 07, 2007

5 Minutes

What a difference 5 minutes makes---I think I have figured things out. Today was so nice and stress free--just because I left 5 minutes earlier then normal--I beat all the crazy traffic --yay.

I also made a mini notebook to keep in my car. I can't lug my big Home notebook around, and I just love pink. I printed out a calendar and added it and notebook paper for jotting down notes--now I can keep track of times and dates in my car--and look over them as I am waiting at one pickup point--including my grandmother's appointments too--and yes I do also have a mini book in my purse too--you never know when you may need to jot something down, or look something up--well at least I do..:)

Plus, I just love stationary, folders and pretty pens.

How many club cards do you have? I have a few small keychain cards and then I have bigger ones in my wallet for other stores, like VONS....I just thought I would take a picture and share this with you...
ohhhh, and this is something I just have to have on my key chain. I wear my key chain on my wrist--especially when I am holding my daughter's hands and holding the baby--oh it helps me not lose my keys. After I use them though and they are no longer needed, I do put them in my purse--but from the house to the car or the store to the car it is a life saver for me.

I am so happy today is Friday--what are your plans for the weekend? I have a big date with the washing machine--I am also going to go visit my Grandmother on Saturday for awhile. My grandmother is 88 and I want to spend as much time with her as I can. I want my children to *KNOW* her!!!!

I cleaned toilets today, and I also wiped down the children's bathroom sink area. I also brought out a few more fall decorations--I just love fall---

I will be back in a few xoxox