Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday....already, LOL

WoW..It it was a busy unexpected day...LOL.

I had to run to the grocery store for some milk, and ended up picking up a few things here and there..little did I know the plans of my husband. He got home early and wanted to go to off we went. I have been busily trying to get everything put away. I really need to re-organize my pantry really is out of control....BUT, I mean out of control in a happy way. I thank God every day for our blessings and that I am able to feed my children such healthy foods.

Dinner was not what had been planed, we got Costco pizza instead..what a huge pizza for only $8.00

The New year is almost upon us, and as I was reflecting on this past year, it was a very good year in general, but there sure were a few bumps. Little Kevin being in the hospital, then Tony having to be in the hospital, those were really hard times for me, but we made it through, and I made it through with the Grace of God, and I lay in bed at night and thank him for all my many blessings.

One of my favorite sayings to live by is, If tomorrow you woke up with only the things you thanked God for, what would you have? Makes you think, huh?

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday night, and stay warm, it is quite chilly tonight. Also, please forgive my run on sentences...LOL. The words just flew from my fingers...LOL.

Thursday, December 29, 2011



Today is Thursday and it is a day I don't have any where to go. I can stay home and do things I enjoy:)

My daughter is on a playdate with her cousin, they are the same age, which is so nice, automatic best friend for life...LOL. They had a sleepover here last night, so now they are over at my sister's home.

It is just me and Little Kevin until Big Kevin gets home.

It is like a summer day outside, in the 70's. Sundress kind of day:) At about 4:00 it starts to get cold, it can drop down to the low 30's.

My dinner menu for the week is going well, I am thinking of making the tacos tonight. A favorite here. We shall see:)

I dusted my room today. Where does all this dust come from. Also, do you get those webs up high on the ceiling. I feel like I am constantly getting rid of the them. There is one corner in my living room, that has a vaulted ceiling that is near impossible to get at..and it has so many of those webs..I get a wet wash cloth and make a ball and throw it up to get them...LOL.

Happy Thursday and a quick question:
How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?
I tend to drink coffee through out the day.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Turkey Enchiladas

2 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey cheese blend
1 onion, chopped
1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives
24 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1 (19 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
4 cups cooked turkey, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the cheese, onion, and black olives.
In a small skillet, heat enough oil to lightly coat one tortilla, and cook until soft. Remove and dip in enchilada sauce to coat.
Add turkey and cheese mixture to center of tortilla, roll and place in the prepared dish. Repeat until bottom layer of pan is covered with enchiladas. Spread enough sauce over bottom layer to cover.
Repeat process with a second layer; spread remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is melted.
I got this recipe from AllRecipes, I put the link above the picture for you to click on:) I followed the recipe with the exception, I used more sauce and more cheese. Have to have lots of cheese.

Happy eating:)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jesus's Birthday Cake:)

For Christmas we always make a birthday cake for Jesus. Alexis has been in charge of picking out what kind and help making it.

This is a Chocolate on chocolate with chocolate sprinkles:)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Menu Plan Monday:)

(Visit Laura's Blog for more menu ideas, click on picture)

My menu plan for the week will include a lot of Turkey, since that is what we had for Christmas dinner:)

Monday: Prime Rib Roast, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Fresh Green Salad, Homemade Dinner Rolls.

Tuesday: Turkey Casserole, Steamed Veggie, Salad, Rolls.

Wednesday: Turkey Enchiladas, Salad

Thursday: Turkey and Dumplings...Salad

Friday: Tacos

Saturday: Blackened Tilapia, Steamed Veggie, Rice, Salad

Sunday: Pork Roast, with all the fixings:) Potatoes, carrots, salad, rolls.

.....Also, if I have enough Prime Rib Roast left over tonight, I will work that into the menu, not to waste it:)

......Also, my menu may change if I use up all the turkey in one meal, before I can make another...LOL.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Cookies!

Made more cookies:)

These are sugar cookies with white icing and sprinkles:)

Tonight for dinner I made Hamburgers, Au Gratin potatoes, Peas and a Salad:)

My turkey is in the fridge defrosting for Christmas day dinner.
We did some shopping today and Alexis picked out Jesus's birthday cake. She wants to make Chocolate on Chocolate with Chocolate sprinkles:) That is a lot of chocolate...LOL.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Tuesday:)

This is the snow man Alexis is soo cute. It's little red nose seemed to have fallen off...We will have to glue on a new nose:)

This is the new ornament for our tree this year. Alexis picked it out. It is a Jingle bell too:)

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....are you ready for Christmas?

I think we are ready:) We need a few more stocking stuffers, but I think we are good.

Today I will be baking and cleaning,
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, December 16, 2011


Christmas vacation starts today:)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some Pictures:)

Kevin and Alexis with Axel sitting by the tree:)

This is Alexis right before her Violin Recital:)

Kevin wondering, why did my mom put this on my head?...LOL

Alexis, with her reindeer ears that light up:)

Alexis and her best friend Taylor.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Plates!

I brought out my Christmas plates this week. I think they are just so pretty!


Today is Wednesday, and it is a beautiful COLD day. Alexis had her last ballet class yesterday until after the Holidays. So she has about a month off.

Last night's dinner was pigs in a blanket. I can not remember the last time I made those. Kevin was not home for dinner, so I thought I would make something fun. I made steamed carrots for a healthy side to go with...LOL.

Tonight's dinner is going to be boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Some of you are interested in the breakfasts I make, so yesterday morning I made bagels with cream cheese, turkey bacon and fresh fruit.
This morning's breakfast was french toast and fruit on the side.
Real bacon is made on weekends, My husband's favorite breakfast side.

...and yes, they do enjoy a bowl of cereal once in awhile, I have fun cereals and healthy cereals:)

I go to Costco and buy lots of fruit and veggies. Not only do my children eat a lot of fruit and veggies, I also juice too. So I need a lot. PLUS, my Guinea girls EAT a lot of veggies..:). There favorite thing to eat is wheat grass, they go crazy for it. I like to put it in my juicer, but I can't keep up with it...LOL.

I am sure you are all busy getting ready for Christmas, as I am:) I adore this time of year so much. It always seems to go by so fast.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Isn't this container cute! I bought it at Albertsons, perfect to store cookies in.

I made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies

The container seems to be missing some cookies..LOL
Now I am making some chocolate chip...and then the Decorated Sugar Cookie:)

The rain seems to have stopped, now it is just cold outside, BRRRRRRRRRR:)

Happy Baking!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rainy Monday!

Good Morning!!!

It is a cold and rainy day here in San Clemente, California! San Clemente, is in between Los Angeles and San Diego. It is a little beach town, but boy is it cold today:) I love the cold and rainy days we get.

We had a wonderful weekend. Hope you all did too.

Christmas is just around the corner, can you believe it? Are you ready?

I will be doing housework today and staying INSIDE. I will enjoy watching the rain though, through the windows.

It is an Ugg Boot day. I love my Ugg Boots! They keep you so warm. I think Ugg boots may be a California thing, I didn't see any in Georgia when I lived there.

Last night for dinner, we had Tacos.
Tonight's Dinner, will be Sausage, Steamed Broccoli, Rice and a Salad.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Saturday!

This morning at about 9:00 I went to the Walmart and did some Christmas shopping for Little Kevin all by myself:) I got there early enough that it wasn't crazy busy. I picked out his new jammies, they are cars. I picked out a few toys he said he would like. I was happy with my purchases, I love the excitement in there eyes on Christmas morning.

I rarely ever go anywhere with out a child or my husband with me, so it was weird being all by myself..the checker asked me if I enjoyed shopping with out the children and I said with a big smile, NO!!!!...LOL.

So, we are supposed to have a big storm move in on Sunday evening and last until Tuesday, exciting, I love the rain. It is quite beautiful outside today, you would not know that it is December, more like a spring day.

I can't be too specific about the gifts on my blog or Facebook, because my daughter can read either at any I have to keep some things secret:)

If you friend me on Facebook, from here, please let me know you are from my blog. Some people will ask to be my friend, and I get a little embarrassed because sometimes, I have no clue as to how I know them:(

For the rest of the day, I will continue with some housework, laundry and I aso want to make my Christmas cookies (sometime before Christmas..LOL)

Also, we always make Jesus a birthday cake. My daughter will most likely pick out what kind of cake this year and help me make it. It is very important that my children know the true meaning of Christmas. It is not all about the gifts. It is Jesus's Birthday.


I was saddened to hear about Michelle Duggars miscarriage. It is truly heart breaking. It is also NOT for us to tell them how many children they should and shouldn't have. That is between them and God, AMEN!!!

Have a glorious Saturday!!


Thursday, December 08, 2011

My Guinea Girls:)

My girls say, Feed Me!!!


My Tiki bird says, Hello!!

Before and After!

This is what my kitchen looked on Thanksgiving before I cleaned it.

This is what my kitchen looked liked after I put everything away and washed the dishes:)

Monday, December 05, 2011

Food From Thanksgiving:)

I have some pictures of the food from Thanksgiving. We fried our turkey. This is the White meat.

Dark Meat:)

Potatoes boiling away.....

Green Bean Casserole
(My Favorite!! :o)

Macaroni and Cheese

Burnt Brussel Spouts
This is them midway, I get them a lot crispier

My Dinner Rolls...are you tired of seeing my rolls...LOL

Deviled Eggs

I have some pictures of my kitchen after Thanksgiving dinner...oh, what a happy mess...LOL..then I have an after I cleaned it picture:) I will post those too.


Tonight's Dinner:
We had Blackened Tilapia
Baked Potatoes
Roasted Asparagus
Dinner Rolls

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011


Welcome December!
Are you getting ready for Jesus's Birthday?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Turkey Frier

This is what our turkey frier looks like. It has a metal basket that you put the turkey in and lower it into the grease. Then you put the lid on it and away it fries. 5 minutes per pound:)
Always do it outside!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Fred says, "I'll see you all next year!"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Fried Turkey
Mashed potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Burnt Brussel Sprouts
Macaroni and Cheese
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Stuffed Mushrooms
Deviled Eggs
I think that is all...LOL.
Have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving:)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Green Bean Casserole:)

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

One of my favorite side dishes on Thanksgiving is the green bean casserole. You all have probably made it or ate it at one time or another. I can make it homemade with fresh mushrooms, fresh green beans, cream sauce..etc..BUT, I like it the way my grandmother makes it....the Campbell's soup version...LOL:)...YUM!!! :)

Will you be making the Green Bean Casserole this Thanksgiving?


The Holidays don't start until Peter comes home :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Baked Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!

You have to check this recipe out for BAKED CINNAMON PANCAKES at The Big Red Kitchen's Blog! An absolute perfect Christmas Morning dish:)

The Big Red Kitchen is also such a wonderful blog to visit too:)
I first came across Robin Sue's blog, when I saw her in a commercial promoting a dishwasher soap, and she mentioned her blog on the commercial, so of course I had to look...LOL. She has a really fun blog:)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 17, 2011



I thought I would post some blogs I adore:) There are sooooooooo many wonderful blogs out there. Here are a few of the ones I enjoy.

Organized Homemaking for Christ

Making A House A Home

Mari's Little Corner of the World

The Pioneer Woman

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


My alarm went off this morning and I hit the snooze. I must have been tired because I am usually up before my alarm:)

I got up, made breakfast, fed Tiki, fed the Guineas, pottied the dog...I had some coffee in between there:)

I got Alexis and Taylor(Alexis's best friend) off to school, then I headed to the grocery store. I got my turkeys too, YaY! Albertson's was having a buy one get one free, so I got two. After the store, I went to the bank. Came home, unloaded the groceries and put them away. Sooner did I do all that and then some, it was time to go back to Alexis's school and pick her up. It was parent/teacher conferences this week, and my appointment was at 12:30. School is half days this week and no school on Friday:) The conference went wonderful. Alexis got a glowing report and I am very, very proud of her.

Came home from that, prepped for dinner. We had Tacos. Little Kevin must have really been tired because he asked to go to bed at 6:30. The kitchen is clean, the animals are fed and I cleaned the guineas cage, the bottom of Tiki's perch, made sure my parakeets little feeders were filled and I also gave them a spray millet, which they love...whew:) Axel has his dogfood, but I think he would much rather have had a taco...LOL. Oh, I also cleaned the fish tank...whew again...this has been a wonderfully busy and productive day.

I will be so happy to stay home tomorrow though! I have lots of things I want to get done before Thanksgiving. I want to clean my Living room carpet again, I just need to figure out when I can do it..besides the kitchen it is the most used room in the house:)

I picked this picture out, because it made me giggle...LOL.

Happy Wednesday evening!!
Stay warm tonight!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Butternut Squash!

I asked my family to taste them, Kevin thought they were sweet potatoes and Alexis thought they tasted like carrots. Little Kevin just ate them...LOL.

They are quite good, and the stores seem to have a bunch of different kinds of squash these days.
I kept it simple, just butter and salt and pepper. You could add some brown sugar, but my husband does not like sweet at dinner time.


On Tuesday, I am the librarian for my daughter's library class. Well, I get there, turn on the computer, enter the passcode and it locks on me....Oh boy!! No one, and I mean no one knew what to do. So today the children checked out their books the old fashioned way, I used a pen and paper:)


How are your plans coming along for Thanksgiving? Have you got your Turkey yet? Menu planned. Are you making the green bean casserole? That is one of my favorites:) Are you cleaning and getting the house ready?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Menu Plans:)

Thanksgiving is almost here. Are you ready? Are you cooking? Turkey?

I thought I would blog a little bit about my menu this week. Over the weekend, I made a pork roast, and I still have a considerable amount left. I planned it that way. I bought the roast knowing It would make two dinners.

I also roasted a bunch of chicken, one for dinner that way and another in a more creative fashion:)

Mondays Dinner:

Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce
Fresh bread to go with the pork
Steamed Broccoli
Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday's Dinner:

Chicken Bwak Bwak
(Leftover chicken cut up in bite size pieces or pulled apart, whatever works for you, then added to egg noodles with butter:)
and a steamed veggie

So, those are my first two nights of dinner. Using two leftover dishes, to make two completely different dishes.

The spice/herb rub I put on my chicken was a combination of:

Garlic powder
Onion Powder
Poultry seasoning
Chili Powder
Cayenne powder
Salt and pepper

I eyeball the mixture, using lots of paprika to a smidge of the cayenne pepper
I mix it all together and rub it all over the chicken with a little bit of veggie oil I get under the skin too. I also learned a new tip, I prick the chicken with a fork to let the flavors seep into the meat:)

I do a lot of experimenting, I have used all different kinds of oils, I have used butter...meat tenderizer. If I use something with a lot of salt, I omit regular salt. It is all what flavors you like.


Do you recognize this menu?

Do recognize this Menu...LOL?

Waffle House and Cracker Barrel, nothing says you are in the south then these two restaurants:) I remember the very first time Kevin took me to a Waffle House....and you are sitting in the booth looking out the window at another Waffle House Catty Corner to the one you are at, just as full with people!
It was quite an experience, and a very different experience for this California girl...BUT, I loved it!! I love the South and Kevin and I hope to one day make it our home again. We will be visiting Georgia again real soon:)
How is your cleaning going? Are you almost ready for Thanksgiving?
In my mind I am ready...but I still have a lot to do.
I have not gotten my Turkey yet. Have you? Are you going to make a turkey?

Time for a cup of coffee..I have Peppermint Mocha Creamer :)