Saturday, February 28, 2009

For you---Give away!

I have been informed by an *Eco* friendly company that they want me to review their products--I normally turn this kind of stuff down because this is not how I want my blog to go--BUT---they said they would give one of my readers a gift of their choice---soooo, I said yes-----I will post all the details on Monday---because I adore all my blogging friends--and I thought this would be neat. Okay? Thoughts?

Stay tuned:)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Burrito Burger Review

The Burgers turned out amazing--I have to say one of the best burger recipes I have ever made--the little bit of of the chili pepper in the Avocado mixture was perfect. The recipe for this Burrito Burger Recipe is in the post below this one--You have to try it!

I made the burgers--I actually doubled the recipe---

Flipped the burgers

got the lettuce and tomato ready

Made the salad

I made curly fries too----the picture does not do this dish justice, the colors were so pretty:)


Let me know if you make this--it was yummy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2 Things

First thing: Dinner tonight is going to be Burrito Burgers--the recipe and photo is from my Rachael Ray magazine Click on photo to see better
Click on photo to read recipe

After I make my own tonight, I will snap a few photos and share them tomorrow--I will also let you know if my family liked this recipe--how can anything with that much avocado on top be bad...LOL.


Second thing: My nursing Journey with Little Kevin is over--the last day I nursed him was Saturday---so at the very bottom of my blog--I will be removing my ticker---I nursed Kevin for almost 22 months:) I am sad, but I am also happy I was able to do this for my child, my little baby is growing up. I nursed Tony for 14 months and Alexis for 2 1/2 years. Will this be my last baby, will Saturday be the last time I ever hold a little child and nurse him? Only God knows, and I thank him every day for letting me do this not once, not twice but three times, I am truly blessed.

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Monday!

I really enjoyed all the comments in my last post--thank you all for your opinions. Now, that I am starting to feel better--this cold I had did not want to go away-- But now that I am feeling better I will be posting more and commenting. What a wonderful community we have of blogs and commenters.

On Saturday I grilled these pork steaks---and I had quite a bit leftover so we had that on Sunday too---I just mixed it up a bit. The first night we had pork, (Loaded)baked potatoes and Salad--the next night we had fried potatoes and a veggie...LOL--just a bit of a difference--but enough to make my family happy.

Remember how determined I was to finish all my laundry before my MIL got here--well I did get it all done--but then when she was here--I didn't do any so now I am back to where I was...LOL....Oh, well---I enjoy being a housewife so it is okay.

My Girlfriend is still here with us-----she is having some struggles, and I just don't know what the right words to say to her all the time are--I won't go into too much detail about that over the Internet, but could you all say a little pray that she gets on the right track soon.

My menu tonight is going to be something with ground beef----any ideas? When I decide I will try and post it.

Ohhh, as for doing a reality show--I don't think I could do it----that would really be hard for me I think. My husband could do it, but I don't think I could.

I have to say I have had the baby tinge again---the little baby I miscarried would have been born this month--so when the due date came and went, I was a bit sad, but then I know God knows best and there are reasons for this--I may not understand at this moment, but I know with him I will be okay:)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday & A Question!

My Mil is now safe and sound back in Georgia. Someone asked me if I liked her in my comments--and I just adore her--she really is an awesome lady!

We are all sick though---Alexis was first---she is now back to normal. Little Kevin was next and now Kevin and I are both sick--it is icky--sore throat--stuffy nose--achy all over--YUCK! I just do not have time to be sick...LOL. Tony--he NEVER gets sick anymore--he has a very strong immune system. I think it goes back to when he was little and I do this with all my kids--I just do not believe in pumping them with all sorts of anti biotics---my mother used to take me to the Doctor every other week and I was on so many different anti biotics, I don't think my immune system ever learned to work properly--hence, that is why I am always catching what every one has---

I will be making my grocery list and menu plan today and probably do the shopping tomorrow--I am just not feeling that great to go shopping today--we will see. I will be doing some light housework and I took a chicken out of the freezer for dinner. We were absolutely spoiled while my MIL was here, we ate at all these wonderful restaurants, but now it is back to normal and I do enjoy cooking so it will be nice too.

Now, I have something I would like to talk to you all about---I make references to Jon and Kate quite a bit in my posts......and lately I have been reading some things about them that other people have written and some are good and some are not so good. I want your opinions----
If you had a chance to do a reality show like they are doing and be able to make quite a bit of money--would you do it?

Monday, February 16, 2009


Here are the cookie Lollipops I made---I put a little too much batter in the heart shaped tin--but they still turned out okay--I will know better next time. It sure did not ruin the taste though.

All wrapped up and ready to go.
My MIL is flying in today from Georgia for my Husband's birthday which is on Wednesday--we have some things planned for the next couple days---I have been preparing my home for the last couple of days too and Alexis had 3 birthday parties---plus more Dental visits.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cookie Lollipops!

I am going to make Chocolate chip cookie Lollipops for Valentines. I will take a picture of the finished product when I make them.

I am still working on laundry--it is actually dwindling down.

I also have my kids gifts bags to put together for Valentines, because they are all my valentines.

Tonight I am making those Country Baked BBQ Ribs--Baked potatoes---Burnt Brussel Sprouts and a salad---along with some stuffed mushrooms.

Happy Thursday--No school for the next 4 days---WOOHOOOOOOOOOO!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I am determined!

I have sooooooooooooooooooooo much laundry to do---I mean tons--I would take a picture but I wouldn't be able to fit in, in one shot...LOL.

I am going in, wish me good laundry vibes...LOL.

How did my laundry get so out of control?

Please leave a comment if you did or are doing laundry today.

I will be back :o)

Friday, February 06, 2009

This and That Friday!

A warm apple pie wax tart is starting on my tart warmer.I really like how Kate (Jon and Kate plus 8) had a rug in front of her fridge at her new house--so I put one there too

I needed some new hot pads and these dish towels came with the set---I couldn't find cows, but I found these roosters, which I liked.

Hot pads

A new vanilla honey candle

I have one on my vanity and one by my sink and another for back upThe container is sooo cute tooIngredients for Semi-homemade chili
I browned a pound of ground beef and added that chili seasoning packet, along with two cans of tomato sauce--a can of chili beans and a can of kidney beans--It will be transferred to my slow cooker until it is time to eat.

I am going to make some macaroni for it to go on, along with some cheddar cheese, green onion and sour cream to top it.

Fresh rolls are now going in my bread machine!
They will be served too--my family does not care for cornbread too much so it rolls tonight.
(Dinner Roll Recipe is on the sidebar)

I have a green salad already made and it will be topped with some homemade Ranch Dressing. It is another beautiful rainy day--so I thought this would be a nice warm meal to go with the day.

Ohhhh----------Homemade dressing is just sooo yummy!
Ranch Dressing:
1 1/2 C Mayonnaise
1/2 C Buttermilk
1 T Red Wine Vinegar
1 T Sugar
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion powder
1 T Dried Parsley
1/2 tsp Dill
1/2 tsp Salt (optional)
1/2 tsp Black pepper
Dash of Paprika

Whisk ingredients together, and refrigerate one hour before serving:)

Let me know if you make it or if you have made it.
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, February 05, 2009


It's raining--it is all dark and cozy--I am going to light all my candles and enjoy this beautiful rain.
I just adore rainy days:)

Picture post coming!
Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Happy Wednesday!

Cleaning Day!!
We have been on the go!
Today I can finally take a breather and do what I love to do best---take care of my home. I have my third load of laundry going--I just finished vacuuming and spot cleaning the living room carpet, and dusted--so now when my husband comes home, everything will be fresh and clean. The upstairs needs more attention then the downstairs. On Monday night, I actually wiped down my whole kitchen with bleach-- it is nice and clean, just needs a little bit of attention. So, now you all know what I am doing today, what are you all doing today?

It has been so beautiful outside, but they say the rain is coming tomorrow--((Murmurs a quiet, yippee...LOL))

On Sunday, we grilled--steak and shrimp and baked potatoes--
Monday we had baked BBQ pork and Tuesday was Taco night----tonight, I am either thinking of making Meatloaf or hamburgers---not sure yet.
I am going to make some homemade Ranch dressing--the recipe is in my side bar and I will post a picture of it when I am done--it is sooo yummy!

Well, have a wonderful happy and productive Wednesday!

Monday, February 02, 2009

American Girl!

In my sweet little town of San Clemente, California You have a choice......

You can get on the I5 headed south and in an hour you are in San Diego......

Or, you can get on the I5 headed North and in an hour be in Los Angeles

We got on the freeway this weekend and headed north to LA--going towards.....


The American Girl Place!!!!!

The store was absolutely beautiful--any girl young or old would love this store--an absolute wonderful store--and I enjoyed going there with my daughter

These are the dolls that are sold only for that year--I noticed they did not have one for 2004 There were two levels of dolls---they had show cases of these beautiful dolls every where.
This one is having tea.
My daughter was over whelmed to say the least--she wanted to look at the dolls and not have me keep taking pictures of

Decisions, decisions

I wish I could have taken a picture of each show case, I fell in love with all of them

Another smile for mom...LOL. Those dolls behind Alexis are The Just Like Me Dolls. They have one with every skin, hair, eye type.

Another lovely Showcase. Can you see the little eyeglasses on the doll--I think that is the Molly Doll. I did not get a picture of my favorite--but Josphina was just beautiful.

This lady here worked there--and she sure helped us--she new the story behind every single doll!! It was amazing--I could have stayed all day listening to her tell all the stories.

My husband's favorite was the Julie doll--Alexis wanted Samantha--but she was already archived

Alexis did not want the Just Like You doll--she wanted a doll with a name, but that somewhat resembled her--so she chose this years 2009 American Doll Chrissa--she is just adorable.

Love this pose!!

It was very sunny

Thank you so much for looking at our American Girl adventure--we can not wait to go there again!! For Alexis's next birthday, we will be having lunch there--She is so excited.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A Decade of the Waltons

I put this two hour special of a decade with the Walton's in order on my blog---I just adore the Walton's!!!
I hope you will enjoy this too!

EASY Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe
3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

I found the Banana Bread recipe through google and just love how easy it was and it tasted wonderful:)

Then after the Banana Bread I made a batch of Dinner Rolls--if you have not made these yet--you have too--they are so light and fluffy!

Dinner Roll Recipe