Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year - 2012

Happy New Year!

In the 2012 my goals are simple but so important!

I am starting the year off with the commitment to myself and family to:

  • Do a better job planning meals and eating at home more

  • Finish the bible reading plans that I start.  Whether it be a daily devotional, a chapter or even a passage, I will invest daily in His word.

  • Spend less time watching reality TV.

  • Walk the dogs daily.  We both need the fresh air.

  • Turn off the electronics after 8:30p.  For some that might not be a big deal, but I realize I spend too much time on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  Instead, I need to wind down each evening with a good book and bath.

  • Focus on my life verse DAILY -- Romans 12:9-13

So with that said, I begin with my planned dinner meals for the week....

Black Eye Peas
Mexican Skillet Cornbread

Carnitas Tacos (Crockin Girls)
Green Salad
Cheese Dip/Chips

Creamy Chicken Casserole (Southern Living Easy Weeknight Favorites)
Mandarin Orange & Lettuce Salad

Baked Potatoes (loaded with broccoli & cheese and/or butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon)

Sliced Ham
Homestyle Mac & Cheese (Kraft)
Buttered Green Beans (Southern Living Easy Weeknight Favorites)


White Bean Chili

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Menu Plan Sunday

Sunday:  Fried Rice

Monday:  Loaded Baked Potato Soup & Cornbread

Tuesday:  Out

Wednesday:  Beef & Bean Burritos & Salad

Thursday:  Baked Spaghetti - Green Salad - Sister Schubert Rolls 
makes plenty so I'll freeze some for another meal!

Friday:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Corn on the Cob

Saturday:  Out

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple.

Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.

Thankful today and always for my Grandma Nellie.

Love you Granny!

Bailey & Great Grandma Nellie - July 2011
me and Nellie

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Emergency Survival 72 Hour Kits

Some people think I'm crazy for putting together these emergency survival kits for my family and pets. 
I say better to be prepared and safe than sorry!  I've lived in areas prone to earthquakes, floods and tornadoes and you never know when a natural diaster may strike.
When disaster hits, it can take up to 3 days for relief workers to reach some areas. Having a 72 hour kit will supply you with supplies and food you need to survive for 3 days. 
It seems like a lot of stuff for 72 hours but you never know what kind of emergency could come your way.  Luckily, it all fits in a backpack!
Find bags that can be easily carried by each person in your family.  I found these bags at Target for $10 a piece.  The "Back to School" clearance sales are a good time to look for back packs!

Don't forget your pets!

I was able to find most of the non-food items at our local dollar store which saved me a lot of money! There were so many different lists, it was hard to know what should really go in a 72 hour kit.  You can Google "72 Hour Kits" and find lists of recommended supplies if you want to adjust our list. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Uses for Old Things

Football Helmet used as Thinking Machine.

Clever way to repurpose an everyday item.

Photo courtesy of Ginger Goggles

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Class of 2018 -- Run While You Can

A typical day at my job working in the Middle School consists of this picture and quote.....

"Um, excuse me.  I don't mean to get anyone in trouble, BUT someone just did a belly flop on the picnic table and broke it".

Future Class of 2018.   Peace Out.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

and they call it Puppy Love

This is our bundle of puppy power!  

All cute and cuddly!  

Thanks to this little muffin of love, I have not done any laundry in a week.  We have not had a full nights rest.  The house is messy.  Our eyes are glazed over.  The other pups hate us.

Would not - could not - will not EVER EVER get rid of His Royal Jetty Punch.

In case you have been under a rock this last week, our family proudly announces the arrival of Jet White.

Please come by and visit, but don't wear any nice shoes because they will become the next favorite chew toy.

Over and out.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mexico City Muchachos vs the Sioux City Soup Kitchen

Once a year, my home is overtaken by a group of sons and fathers for the Annual Father/Son Knotthead Fantasy Football Draft. 

The league is currently in its sixth year and something my guys look forward to every year.
The Team Owners
The Snacks

The Board

Of course, no Fantasy Football League would be complete without some trash talking but those things cannot be said here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sometimes Life Is Hard for No Reason at All

School has begun.  
Football players have been practicing all summer.
As we pass by our school field, my boy stares with longing eyes.
Its almost been a year since an injury on the field saved his life.
Who'd have thought a concussion could be a blessing?
It's still hard to understand why this happened.

Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Meal Planning

I am NOT a Fan of Grocery Shopping.....
However, school begins for us this week so I am resuming my Sunday evening ritual of planning the weekly menu.  After doing a better job of tracking meal expenses this summer, there is no denying that we spend WAY too much eating out.  Usually it is just for convenience or my laziness.  So, with the help of EZ Meals, Pioneer Woman and my own recipes -- we will be eating at home as much as possible.
Menu for the week of August 15:
Monday -- Grilled Marinated Chicken, Pasta Primavera & Italian Bread

Tuesday -- Pork Chops, Scalloped Potatoes & Salad
Wednesday -- Slow Cooker Stroganoff over Noodles & Green Beans
Thursday -- Breakfast Casserole, French Toast Sticks and fresh Strawberries
Friday -- Cheeseburger Sliders, Steak Fries & Corn on the Cob
Saturday -- Mexican Casserole, Tortilla Chips, Cheese Dip, Spanish Rice and Salad
Sunday -- late church so late lunch/dinner out then prepare for the next week.
What are you having for dinner? 

This is when I plan meals.
....and this is when I do not.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stormy Dreams

This is what I found in my bed after a night of stormy weather.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


While visiting my Granny last week I had the joy of visiting one of my favorite "food court" places to eat -- Hot Dog on a Stick.

This was a staple for me on Saturday afternoons while my friends and I hung out at the mall.  A hot dog on a stick and a large lemonade  The employee uniform never seemed odd to us and I was surprised to learn that the uniform has remain unchanged in the 25 + years.

The debate is this.  While talking with my office mates about this fine food establishment, I was told they never heard of it.  And the question was, "Isn't that just a corndog?"

No, my friend.  It is a...Corn Dog on a Stick.  Always has been and always will be.

Large Lemonade 
Famous Color Blocking Uniform