Ronda, the Ginger Chicken I made the other night--was Lawry's Marinade:) ...it was really good too--and it made great sandwiches the next day--so it was simple and good.
Do you ever start one project and then it leads into another one--I was cleaning out the dungeon downstairs--I mean the coat closet--and ohhh what a mess---I want to hang ALL jackets in there---instead of scattered in all the closets--and that would give me more room in Alexis's closet. So I was doing one thing and then that led to something else---My home is not prefect, by any means and sometimes, I cringe if I hear the door bell and I am not expecting anyone. I am trying to not be like that--but I have to give my house a good run down if I know someone is coming over----My house is not dirty--and I try to contain the toys--the keyword is try...LOL. I know that I notice things that no ever does...
I want to post this before I forget--it was so good. I was listening to KWAVE and the Pastor said this: Let go of your past mistakes, God has already forgiven you for them, so you should too! I really liked that saying--Alexis didn't quite understand, so we spent some time talking about what it meant:) I enjoy this radio station very much--there is not too much I can play on the radio with my little ones in the car, even if the music is okay, the commercials can be horrid--I really don't want my kids to grow up so fast, let them be innocent for awhile. I was a little more free with Tony, my oldest, and I am not so sure if that was wise--I think he knows far too much then he should--I do have CD's that we play--and Kevin has made us some too. Laurie Berkner is a favorite--I think I know all her songs by heart...LOL.
A little tidbit of info about me---When I was 18 I bleached my hair blond and I was a blond for a few years---Do you want to see a picture....it is a riot--and ohhhh, the makeup:) Maybe, I will be brave and post a picture of that--I just don't want to scare anyone away....:::Giggles:::: Happy Wednesday!!
It is a new week--YAY!!! I have lots to do--as always:) Thursday, class lists gets posted--Friday is Meet/Greet at the school--and Wednesday Alexis has a dentist appointment. I have to run to CVS this morning and before this week is over, I need to clean out and organize my car--it is quite messy---EWWWWWWWWW...LOL. I hope to play in Show and Tell and Feminine Friday ---I have my item for Feminine Friday already picked out.
Last night I made Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Grill with Grilled eggplant with melted mozzarella cheese, mashed potatoes and Salad---tonight, I took out Pork Steaks---I have been grilling a lot this week--No pans to clean:) Anyway, this is the last week of summer break----and as much as I miss my kids when they are at school---I am looking forward to Fall and all the fun Holidays---Anyway, I am going to hop in the shower and then go off to CVS---Happy Monday!
Well, yesterday we went back to the beach--and my oldest son came with us too--it was a lot of fun--and I have gotten so much sun. After the beach, I went to the grocery store and the checker asked me if I had just gotten back from vacation---I giggled because why would I want to go on vacation?? I love my little town--and this is where I got my tan. That also brings up the topic of staying home--what is so wrong about wanting to stay home---All my friends HAVE to go on vacation--I guess it is *Keeping up with Jones* syndrome here--I am just so happy to be at home and we live in a tourist town where people come from all over the world to vacation---Is this making sense? Unless my husband said we were going to move back to Georgia(I would love that too)--I am staying put here-----I totally understand going to visit family---I am not talking about that--I am talking about one of my friends telling me how broke they are and then next thing I know they are all going to Hawaii for the summer....I wish I could be that broke..(J/K)...Hawaii does not interest me in the least----places that interest me are--like if I had to pick some place to go--I would go to visit * The Laura Ingalls Museum* in Missouri or visit the WW 2 sites--that is just me--anyway---I did not mean to ramble on like this--my point is--I am just totaly happy and content to be home--Home is Where the Heart is:)
Kevin has to work ALL weekend, and school starts next week (Septemeber 2nd)--sooooooooooooooo--TODAY, I am going to do a *BIG* clean today--I played all day yesterday and all day the day before----I want my kids to have a fun summer--but now that school is coming upon us, I have a lot I want to get done before the big day. Also, when Kevin has to work weekends, I like to work also:)
Last week I went to IHop with some freinds and they took this picture of me---so I am sharing it here--->
Last nights dinner was leftovers--and tonight, I am grilling pork chops---I am also going to make stuffing--I feel like stuffing and Little Kevin has not had stuffing yet, I think he will like it. I will make corn and a salad too.
We baked Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies today Then we headed to the Dana Point Harbor --this is PCH--> (Pacific Coast Highway) Don't worry- we are stopped at the light for the picture. All the pretty boats. All the boats were named, we always try to find our names--there are hundreds of boats docked here.Beautiful, warm summer day Hi Everyone! Alexis took the pictures of me. ::Giggles::: I just love my sunglasses. My kids Deep in thought The jetty The jetty cuts off the ocean, which leaves just the water and no waves--PERFECT for small children--and perfect for me:)
Kevin wanted nothing to do with the water Alexis is in the back and Kevin is running away from the water...LOL Here is my pretty girl posing on the rocks. Look at this sign posted everywhere. Going back home---> That is the 5 freeway
Now, to cool off in our luxurious pool---> Look how he floats on his tummy...LOL More pictures Hi MOM! Playing!
Do you see my little dog? Can you see him now? Basking in the sun! We had a fun filled day today--I got so much sun today. Alexis also had a Girl Scouts meeting this morning--she had a tour of the grocery store--it was really neat--they got to go behind the scenes of the store---We also took time out and baked cookies and grilled our dinner. It was a perfect summer day:) Thank you for sharing it with me!
I did a little grocery shopping today--it always feels good to get out and buy a few things for the kitchen--I picked up things for dinner---not sure what I am going to make, but I picked up some fresh mushrooms, they were on sale--fresh green beans and cabbage--I also got some ground beef--and a few other things.
I also brought down all the laundry and started in on that. Hopefully between laundry day and taking care of my kids I can get some baking done. Little Kevin is now able to climb onto the couch---the only problem with that, is that he refuses to get off the couch the way I show him--he wants to leap off like superman--he is surely my daredevil--because neither of my other children did things like he does----I can't take the couch away--but every time, I have to go to the bathroom or go in the kitchen he is back on the couch ready to leap off--Ugh--I don't like putting him in a playpen, but if it is for safety reasons I may have too--what are your thoughts on this--any helpful ideas--do I just let him leap off and learn that it hurts?
Anyway, summer is coming to an end--and I am so thrilled about that...LOL :)
Ohh, with a new school year coming upon us, I am thinking about re-doing my notebook--freshening it up.
First, I want to say thank you all, for the encouraging comments and hugs in the last post! I want this blog to be a positive blog but I also want it to be truthful--and Friday, I was just not having a happy day and I wanted to write about it--and I did and it felt so good to share it with all of you! I also hope for anyone who has gone through what I did, I hope it might help in some way.
Okay---August is close to an end, can you believe it? Fred, is almost ready to come out, I am sure he is tired of having a bag over his head--LOL--it is keeping the dust off.
I am also thinking of new ways to decorate my home for fall--and I can not wait to see what you all do. Baking time is almost here--cookies and so much more--I just adore Fall.
Last night for dinner, I made my own version of Chicken Parmesan---I think it came out really good---I had the camera all ready and can you believe I plated the food and forgot to take a picture---oh, well it was good. Tonight Kevin has a business dinner, so dinner will be very easy for me--I have some left over chicken so the kids will have Chicken and macaroni and cheese..and of course a salad.
I just love my Taste of Home magazines, but I wanted to share something about it---one of my favorite parts in the magazine is the Kitchen makeovers---do you ever like the before picture better? I do!!! LOL--My daughter is forever searching for the toothpick--I cheat, I wait for the answer....SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Okay, today is Tuesday and I am probably just going to stay home and putter--I will fill up the pool and let the kids play in it for awhile this afternoon. OHHH, I almost forgot---I took Alexis's training wheels off her bike over the weekend and she is now riding her *BIG* girl bike without training wheels--YAY!!!
Today is Friday and I had my checkup--everything seems to be back to normal pretty much. He told me to at least wait one full cycle to try again so everything has a good amount of time to heal completely.
I know in my heart that there was nothing I did that caused this, but I still asked him. Do you know what some people said to me---One person said, maybe I should have worn rubber gloves dealing with the lice, one person said, that because I am nursing it took too much away from the baby--HUH? There are a few others----and they stung pretty bad! I want to shout on the top of my lungs to everyone---I want my baby back---I was pregnant--I don't want to be back to normal--I want the baby that I had!!!!
I drove to the Doctor's alone--I put in some music--and I cried, I cried for what could have been--I cried for what I lost, I cried for what was mine for such a short time---I cried and I cried--the tears just fell--and it felt sooo good.
Happy Thursday! We had a fun day at the park:) It was the perfect time, not too hot and too chilly--the sand was cool--so the baby actually walked in it and played in it. I wanted to take pictures, but with Little Kevin able to move fast, I just did not want to chance it. It is hard work chasing a baby on the move--is he a toddler yet? He does toddle...LOL.
Okay, I made the Onion Rings last night--they came out great--they were yummy!!! The recipe is in the post below this one--you have to make these.
Well--I am doing laundry today and other fun stuff:) I can not believe it is already Thursday---
Dinner will be posted soon:)
Oh, and about my poll--thank you for playing--I was just curious about who is reading here--I had a feeling I had a lot of girly girls reading here--because normally I flock to blogs that I can relate to, too--I am sure for all you wonderful NON-girly girls my girl talk can be a bit much?...LOL-- Thank you ALL for visiting!!!Some days I have over 500 visitors and other days I have about 200--I remember the day when I had no one, I am so happy I started this blog, I have met so many wonderful women and I have learned so much too--you all are an inspiration to me--on days when I can't figure out what to make for dinner, I know if I do a little blog hopping I can find new ideas--or if I am in a cleaning slump I just go to one of your blogs and see how you ironed freshly cleaned linens and so on, and it such a motivation for me to get up and do something!! (((Great Big Hugs To ALL Of You)))
Happy Wednesday! I went grocery store shopping yesterday and I bought some onions for this recipe--I am going to use my deep fryer for these--> Click on recipe to enlarge--> It is out of the Taste Of Home Magazine --August/September 2003 issue. Last night I made the Golden Potato Casserole--Best potato side dish I have ever had--it was scrumptious! I forgot to take a picture of the casserole out of the oven, this is the casserole after dinner in a container ready to go in the fridge:) Golden Potato Casserole: 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 4 cups of cheddar cheese (16 ounces) 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup--undiluted 1 cup of sour cream 1/4 cup of melted butter 8 green onions chopped--(I used 4) Dash of salt and pepper
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 12- 15 minutes until tender. Drain. In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients; gently stir in potatoes. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish (dish will be full). Bake, uncovered at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Here is a picture of my happy fridge after I went shopping---I went to Walmart and the Grocery store. I still have to go to the Farmers Market-- I am one of those people that just loves to stay home and putter--I love to clean, organize, cook, bake and just play house.
I am not a big fan of the park--but I go, because my kids love it there----on days that I don't feel like the park--I let the baby run in the back yard--it is a pretty big back yard---but at the park, it has the sand and the fun toys. At my last house, we had this wonderful swing set--but because of the angle of my yard, it would not fit here---I would like to get some sort of play thing for the yard though--it is not always warm enough for the pool---okay, anyway---my daughter is supposed to go to gymnastics today or tomorrow--which ever day my sister decides she wants to take Emma--the girls are going to do it together--so whatever day, we are ready--Alexis is excited, and I think it will be fun for the girls to do it together.
Tonight's dinner: South western Onion Rings Pork Chops Peas Fresh Green Salad (and leftover Potato Casserole)
I took all the trash out of the house, today is trash day--Kevin wheels the big cans to the curb, and I just fill them up..LOL. I have a load of laundry going, I watered the grass already and now I need to empty the dishwasher from last night. I also have this project I am going to do, I have these two built in shelves in my house upstairs and I loaded them with pictures, but it looks cluttered so I am going to straighten that out. .....and of course outside time--I am going to get the kids to the park and let them RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Can you believe I did all my shopping today and I forgot to get Coke--that is my husbands absolute favorite drink--I realized what I had done while I was checking out--I couldn't just run and get it because I had the kids and half my cart was already unloaded. I shopped at Walmart before Albertson's and the coke was about 5.00 so I said no thank you to that price and I was going to pick it up at Albertson's--ahhh--so now I am making some *SWATE TEA* the wine of the south that my husband just loves. Here in California there is no such thing as sweet tea--if you want it sweet there is sugar on the table to add to it..LOL--I personally like ice tea with no sugar and a little lemon. Anyway, I am making some tea to hold him over until I can get back to the store tomorrow:) Golden Potato Casserole: Click on the picture to enlarge the recipe---I am making this side dish with my dinner tonight--I thought it looked really yummy--it is out of the Taste of Home Magazine. London broil will be served with it--steamed broccoli and a fresh green salad with YUMMY avocados! ~~~~~~
School starts September 2nd---I went to the highschool today with Tony and we figured out a plan for this year--my son is very smart but he just does not apply himself--he gets an A in the social aspect of school but his study skills are lacking a bit---so this is going to be exciting as he gets closer to adult hood. It is hard for him, he is not a little boy, but he is not quite a man--so I know he has his struggles--but, oh what a mature young man I had in my time of need--I will never forget that!
Today is another hot one, A/C is on---do you think it would look funny if I put Fred out...LOL (My Scarecrow)
Monday--I really like Mondays--it is the start of the new week. I have lots of things I want to do this week--I also have lots of things I have to do this week. Tuesday, I have an appointment with Tony's academic adviser, we are going to go over Tony's highschool plan for school. On Friday, I have an appointment with my Doctor, he is going to give me a checkup to make sure everything is okay with me. Also, I am getting all my coupons together and making my lists and I am going to do some grocery shopping tomorrow--so hopefully I will be able to share my dinner plan--if I don't get it up in a post, hopefully I will have it up on my sidebar--don't hold me to that though...LOL.
(Today, I am going to stay home and just do a lot of cleaning, so I can focus on other things during the rest of the week)
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend--we had a nice one. Lots of pool time for the kids:) Alexis is also going to go to a gymnastics class on Wednesday--the first class is free--so if she likes it, we will sign her up. It has been really warm here--the A/C is back on--I am totally eyeing the first day of Fall on my calendar September 22nd--I am so ready for Fall and to put Fred out. All the wonderful cooking and baking--I am so excited--also, I need to find recipes for my new Cuisinart--I see Rachael Ray use it all the time and I can't think of one recipe...LOL.
I took out some ground beef-- so, dinner will be something with ground beef. I am pretty much all ready for the school year, I have all the supplies and the kids have all their new clothes---so anything else I see will just be extra.
That is all for now--and I just want to let everyone know--I am fine--I am still sad--I am getting through this--and I have my happy times, and then I have my sad times---but I am getting through this--I have such a nice husband who is a wonderful support system----
Today is Friday which means it is Feminine Friday---and Kelly at Barefoot Mama hosts this wonderful and fun Meme. Thank you, Kelly, as always for hosting this--it is a really a great idea. Please go over to her blog and add your link to Feminine Friday--she has the rules posted on how to play!
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Kelly wants us to post something *OUTSIDE* our home that makes us feel feminine--I had to think about this---I was thinking I could take a picture of my nail salon, or a tanning salon--both places I just adore--but I have not been using either as of late---I avoid those places when I have such a little baby---french manicures and little babies don't go well together--and I don't tan if I am pregnant or nursing--so even though I adore those places and they make me feel so pampered and feminine, I decided to post something that makes me feel feminine and it is free:)
Here is a picture of my beach--yes it is my beach(J/K)--actually I have gone to this beach since I was a small child, about ten--I grew up in the next town over and when I came to this small town of San Clemente, I knew this is where I wanted to live ---and besides the time I spent in Georgia (which I loved) I have spent most of my adult life living right here by this beach--the San Clemente beach--
Walking along this beach, barefoot with a sun dress on and your hair gently blowing in the wind--the water hitting your toes and the sun kissing your shoulders makes me feel so beautiful and feminine:)
There is a restaurant on this pier and I have gone to dinner with my husband here and while he was sitting up on the pier I would run down to the beach and wave up to him...LOL. Happy Feminine Friday everyone!!!
Good Morning! I found something out that was a bit comforting--it may sound odd, but to me it is comforting. I found out that my mother had, had 3 miscarriages--she had a miscarriage before each one of my sisters and before me---what is comforting about it, is she was able to have a successful birth after each. My mother having babies amazes me anyway--she was super tiny--she was 4' 11" and about 90 pounds--and I was a 9 pound baby...LOL. My mother is in heaven, and I know she is taking care of my babies. I had a miscarriage before having Tony, but it was by far not as painful as this--I was also just a few weeks not almost 3 months--it was still painful just the same but not as bad as this one--I really did not understand what was going on at that time--I do know now.
I had to stop at the store and get diapers and some Tylenol and I was walking through the store I was thinking --no one knows--no one knows ---I was so sad. I am not giving up though--but I am also not going to drive my hubby crazy either--I am not going to be a chore--I am going to love on my husband because I love him, and if God decides I am ready--then I will be so happy and if I don't have any more, I will be accepting of this and be so happy and grateful for the children I do have, but I won't lie and say that I don't wish I had more--I want more ---but I will be okay.
I have been resting and taking care of my baby--but to be honest, I don't like resting--I don't like just laying there or sitting there---today I am going to do some things that help me keep busy--like I have a few things in the kitchen I want to do--nothing I am doing is strenuous, just busy work to keep my mind busy--also, I enjoy reading your blogs and I have quite a few I need to go visit, some new ones too. Listen, I am sad---but I know what happened happened for a reason and that reason hopefully one day I will know---everything must go on, and I have a beautiful family to take of care--and trust me, my husband takes very good care of me--he would do all the work around here forever if I needed him too---but I enjoy homekeeping so please understand, it is therapeutic for me to do things I enjoy--but trust me, in the back of my head there is something very painful I am dealing with--and I thank you, each and everyone of you for the prayers and hugs and notes--(((Gentle Hugs)))
P.S. I know a lot of you want to know what KF is and who are all my friends from "KF" are It is short for "Kitchen Frugality"---It is a message board on AOL--and it is a wonderful board with wonderful people--::::Waiving::::
I am sitting here and I am going to try and put down in words what has been probably the worst if not most terrifying night of my life. I can't even explain how all your emails and comments comforted me through this time. Most of you did not know that my husband had gone to Georgia with Alexis for a week, so he was not here last night, but he will be here soon---I endured this pain alone. Have you ever heard a man cry--well it has got to be the most gut wrenching sound I have ever heard. Please forgive me I am not making any sense--but I want to get all this down while it is fresh in my memory--while it is a memory I would not like to have happened it is a memory that will never be forgotten by me. I have never in my whole life felt such pain that I felt last night. The bleeding started to get heavier as the day went on--and at about 7:30 p.m., cramping started--and it was progressively getting worse---they were like ten minutes apart and then by 1:00a.m. in the morning they peeked at the most pain I have ever felt--I literally thought at that very moment I may die---I tried to be as quiet as I could not to wake Tony or the baby--but of course I failed, and had to have Tony help me with the baby---the baby just wanted me to hold him and nurse, but the pain made me double over and I did what I could to comfort him but then I would have to go into the bathroom again--I even threw up a few times over the pain--at about 2:30--I called my sister and she came right over and took over the care of my baby---and at about 4:00 the pain had tapered off and I think I gave all I could give and no more--I could not believe all that came out of me--sorry to be so graphic. I am completely numb--it has not yet hit me emotionally yet--I don't think.----I am so very sad, I am heart broken---That is all for now----I just want to thank you all for the support, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would have friends all over the world praying for me---thank you!!
I woke up this morning and noticed some spotting---I called my Doctor and he told me to come in---I came in and he checked me and then sent me to have an ultra sound-- I am so very sorry to say I am having a miscarriage---He asked me if I wanted to go into the hospital and have a D&C or just go home and have it naturally--I chose to go to home--so here I am--I feel numb--and so very sad---I am completely putting this in Gods hands because I know he knows best--I am just so very sad right now---I am sorry to have to have posted this and I feel so bad for the pain I hear in my husbands voice---I love you God and know you are doing what is best. I am so very thankful for the three beautiful children I do have--but I am so very sad :*(
1 skunk, scent bag removed 2 sliced carrots 1 c. clear soup 1 tsp. onion juice
Dissolve 1 bouillon cube in 1 cup hot water. Skin, clean, and remove scent bag from skunk. Parboil in salted water 15 minutes. Drain off water. Then place meat in fresh water and steam until tender, about 1 hour. Transfer to roasting pan and put in oven at 375 degrees. Add 1 cup of clear soup, 2 sliced carrots and 1 teaspoon of onion juice and cook uncovered for 2 hours.
~~~~~~~~~~~ I am soooooooo Kidding with this recipe:)
Anyway, living here in Southern California--there are A LOT of skunks running around--I bet you did not know that little tidbit. Do you know twice this week--there was skunk that had been hit by a car--and the smell just permeates your everything!!! Kevin said to me--"Julie, I feel like I can taste that skunk, the smell is sooo strong." There is probably not a week that goes by that you can't smell the smell of a skunk somewhere. I could be mistaken, but I don't ever remember smelling skunk in Georgia--okay everyone--if you have skunk near you--let me know:) Anyway, after Kevin said that he can almost taste the skunk--it got me thinking if people ever ate skunk---and yes, sure enough--there are zillions of recipes for this little critter all over the world wide web--amazing--deep fried too--I almost posted that recipe, but I liked this one because I like how it stated to remove the scent bag--ohhh yummy! I wonder if I Google that, I can find direction on how to remove the scent bag---
Do you have skunk near you?---The next post will be about the heard of Raccoons that ran by me:)
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I am so happy that my blog and everyone elses is up and running again--I took site meter off which seemed to be the culprit.
I am so ready for fall--no offense to summer--but I am more of a Fall/Winter kind of gal. Do you remember those days when we were little and our parents would force us to go outside and play--ugh---I did not like that--I wanted to play in my room with my dolls--so what did I do--I packed up my dolls and played outside by a tree...LOL. I was never into sports, I did want to do ballet--but my mother could not afford it---I also wanted to play the piano---but that is on my list of things to do in my life and I will learn...one day.
Okay, I have a full week of things to do--I am also going to be going to the doctors for my check up--I can not wait to hear the heart beat. I also forgot to post Little Kevin's stats--he is 22 pounds and perfect!! God is soooo Good!
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(Click on Logo) Happy Feminine Friday Everyone---have I mentioned lately I just adore being a girl--well thanks to Kelly and her blog we can all share things in our lives that help us feel feminine. This week I am going to show you my sewing machine--I think every female should have one of these. I am not the best sewer, but I am learning and trying my best:)..Plus it is so much fun. My husband bought this sewing machine for me (a few years ago)--and I treasure it. Thank you for visiting my Feminine Friday--Please go on over to Kelly's Blog and share your Feminine Friday with all of us girls! Thank you Kelly for hosting this.
Happy Friday everyone--today for my Show and Tell I am going to share with you two little cows I have from my collection. When my husband and I were dating--he had bought these two cows for me, The big one is named Kevin and the smaller one is named Julieann:) They used to sit on my bed, now I have moved them on top of my book shelf--and when I see them they make me smile--do you see the little cow bells they have:) Thank you for visiting my Show and Tell--Now hop on over to Kelli's blog and add your link to her Mr. Linky. It is a wonderful way to find some new and wonderful blogs--Thank you, as always, for hosting this Kelli!!!