Monday, December 29, 2008
Neal just has the problem of people misspelling his name. He has one of those names that can be spelled several different ways. He was blessed with the less common spelling. At least he still gets called the right name.
Just this Christmas we received a sack of goodies from a neighbor and it said To: Neil and Deb. We had a good laugh over it and of course had to give the neighbor a hard time ;-)
ps. I should mention that Kinsey gets in on this all the time too. She gets called McKenzie quite often. I tell people it's just Kinsey...no Mc in front.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
It's a Nintendo DS Lite--the thing she has been asking for more than anything else. She also got an accessory pack for itand a gameSanta also left her a gift card to buy another game. Mama received a new pair of tennie shoes and Daddy got a new gun case.
Today we are cleaning up the house and putting things back in order. We have company coming Tuesday and are very excited! My Mom is coming to visit for a few days and have Christmas with us.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I have loved our bigger house this year. It was so nice to have the room to set up the big Christmas tree and not have to move furniture. We have a mantel over the fireplace to display special items and to hang our stockings from. My kitchen has plenty of counter space for my baking and candy making. We have a guest bedroom for my Mom to come stay.
We are feeling quite blessed to have found this house. We have used the fireplace quite a bit this month. After getting our natural gas bill we decided that us cutting wood and building fires would be much less expensive than using the heater all the time. We can build a fire in the evening and it keeps the house warm until late into the evening. We are hoping to see a big difference on our next bill.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Monday, December 08, 2008
These will be put on our bigger tree and shared with family. Now we can put the glitter up and be done with it for a very long time........
Friday, December 05, 2008
Kinsey and my parent's dog Goldie (aka Red).Sorry about the quality of these pictures. I'm still learning how to use all the setting on my camera. I need to work on taking pictures at dusk.
Monday, December 01, 2008
We had a great time at my parents for Thanksgiving. We ate to much, visited, and slept a lot...lol! My parents and I stayed up way to late one night playing Phase 10 Dice. Earlier my Mom and I were playing and Kinsey wanted to play. We decided that Go Fish would be easier and she had a blast playing. My Dad kept teasing me because I only won one game out of about 10. After putting Kinsey to bed I came back to play Phase 10 Dice again. I won the first game and my Mom won the other 2. My Dad didn't win any...HA! It was so nice to get to visit with them. My Dad has had some hearing loss since he was young. He has always resisted hearing aids until this year. This is the first time I have been home since he's had them and it was so nice to be able to talk to him without yelling. It took a little getting used to since he's been that way my whole life.
We had a very relaxing weekend and got to see several other relatives. My paternal Grandmother came over for Thanksgiving lunch and my aunt Reita came by and visited that afternoon. We also went to Reita's apartment the next day. I have not been to it since she moved in and it was lovely...just like she is. I want Kinsey to get to know my aunts and uncles as she grows up so she knows what great family I had growing up. I have fond memories of going to my Mom's aunt and uncles houses when we were young and I want the same memories for Kinsey.
Ok, on to December. We have a parade next weekend and a school program on the 11th. There are also several other things planned through out the month. Also, I'm hoping to get the Christmas tree up this weekend so check back for pictures!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Adding the chocolate chips....some how a few made it into her mouth...hmmmm.
Ready to go in the oven.
Done! They are cooling on the counter now waiting to be sliced and put in a container. Kinsey had to go to bed so she will miss that part. I may have to sample them to make sure they turned out ok ;-)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thanks! Needed to get that out! Night all!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I seriously LOVE pumpkin. My sister got me a great pumpkin cookbook for my birthday and I want to try so may of the recipes. I will probably go back and get another case of it before the sale ends. I want to try pumpkin butter in my crockpot very soon.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
He is hopefully going hunting early in the morning so I may not see him. The hunting gods have been working against him the last few days. His alarm hasn't gone off so he hasn't gotten up early enough. Sunday the power went out during the night and last night he forgot to set it. When he has been out he's only seen does or cow elk. In some ways I hope he gets a deer but in others I hope he doesn't. The meat would be great to eat this winter but it's a huge chore to process all that meat and get it in the freezer.
I'm off to bed.....yawn
Sunday, November 16, 2008
My Mom and I standing, my younger sister and brother are sitting.Kinsey trying to fly with a whole bunch of balloons...lol!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
We still plan to put down a different floor but that's one of the things that will be in the future. I'm still waiting for Kinsey's bathroom floor to be done and it's a very tiny bathroom. We have the tile and all the supplies it's just motivation someone to do it. I can't say to much though, our deck which was almost falling down when we moved in has been totally redone and is so much sturdier. Whomever built it didn't know what they were doing and didn't secure it to the house. Neal and I couldn't be on it at the same time for fear of it collapsing. A few weeks ago, Neal and a friend of his completely tore off the old deck and rebuilt it. Now you can go in and out without fear.
One thing at a time............
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fast forward to today when I needed them and couldn't find them! Last month I took the mini blinds down in Kinsey's room and put up heavy blackout drapes because they keep her room warmer and help her sleep later in the morning. I put the mini blinds in the spare room to put up in there since I had never bought any for that room. I wanted to put the blinds up but couldn't remember where I put the brackets. I looked on the counter, in the junk drawer, several boxes, etc. I finally gave up and moved on to other things. I was putting something in a cabinet and saw a plastic sack sitting in there and it hit me.....maybe it's in there....but why would it be in that sack? Sure enough I looked in the the sack and there they were!
The mini blinds are up and while I had the curtains down I washed them so they are nice and fresh. I'm thinking those nights that Neal tosses and turns or snores this will also be my place to sleep...lol!
Monday, November 10, 2008
one 16 ounce jar Italian marinara sauce, such as tomato basil
1 medium size yellow onion, cut in and half and sliced in half moons
1 to 3 cloves garlic, to your taste, minced
1 medium size green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs and 4 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
6 ounces fresh mushrooms, quartered
2 tablespoons all purpose flour (optional)
2 tablespoons water (optional)
2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional)
1. Layer half of the tomato sauce and all of the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and chicken in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the mushrooms on top and cover with the remaining tomato sauce. Cover and cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through, 2 1/2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 6 to 7 hours on LOW. The chicken will add some of it's own juices to the dish.
2. (Optional) Transfer the chicken to a warm platter. If you wish a thicker sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, water, and wine until smooth. Stir into the sauce in the cooker, turn to HIGH, cover, and cook until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the sauce and vegetables over the chicken and serve.
Serve over white rice or noodles. Serves 4.
***The changes I made--I just used spaghetti sauce with mushrooms that I had in the cabinet, my minced garlic in a jar smelled funky so I threw it out and sprinkled some garlic powder over the chicken, and I used sliced mushrooms since that's what I had on hand. I'm sure it will be just as good as the original recipe.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
The reason we are having company is that my nephew is joining the Air Force and my sister is having a farewell party for him. We are so proud of him. He will be 23 in December and has decided this is what he wants to do for the next 6 years. In this time of war it is a big decision to join the military. I wish him the best of luck and will pray for him to be safe every day.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I've been working on making our guest bedroom into a real guest bedroom today. When we moved in everything that didn't have a home was just shoved in there. We will be having company next weekend (Hi Mom!) so I thought I had better have a place ready to sleep. I have found all kinds of treasures today and a whole lot of junk...lol! I did empty out or consolidate quite a few boxes and threw out some stuff. Sometimes I wonder why I keep half the stuff I do. I know part of it is genetic (Hi Mom!) and part of it is living 20 miles from Wal-Mart. I would rather have stuff handy and not have to drive to get something. I've been going through boxes of craft stuff and sorting them into Avon boxes. My Grandmother has sold Avon for over 50 years and she gets her deliveries in sturdy boxes. They've been the same size box for years. When I was in high school I covered several boxes with contact paper and kept stationary in them. I still use those boxes to store stuff in. In the guest bedroom/craft room I have a long shelf over a storage hutch and I plan to put the craft supply boxes up there. I need to cover the boxes but that will have to wait until another day. I will at least label them so I know what's in each box.
I'm lucky that the two twin beds we have are captains beds. They have storage under them and 3 drawers. They were mine and my sister's when we were growing up. My brother used one as he grew up. Kinsey has the one that was mine and the guest bedroom will have the other one. I was able to store some boxes of odds and ends under it and will fill the drawers with "stuff". I can't wait to get this room done so that I can do some sewing and crafting in that room. It will also be nice to have a place for guest.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
We tied a scarf around her head and add a few more necklaces.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
So far this week everything has been met with great enthusiasm by Neal. Kinsey only liked the beans and cornbread. We've been having her try more and more food that she previously turned her nose up at and she has found that she likes more food than she thought. Neal loved the unstuffed peppers tonight. I thought he might explode if he ate much more...lol! I used brown rice and he never even knew the difference. Next time I'll do brown rice and ground turkey for a very healthy meal.
On the local front we re-elected the county sheriff. That was a very good thing! The "other guy" had been the mayor of our little village a few years ago and well lets just say we've already experienced his politics and didn't want any more of that. It was a landslide victory so yes the people spoke and were heard!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I started out right under the flag then worked my way up closer to the stage. There were around 10,000 people there but I was about 10 people back from the side of the stage. It was so hot that day. Many people had heat exhaustion and had to be carried out. I drank plenty of water and tried to keep cool.
After a few local people spoke they announced there was a special guest....out walked Hank Williams, Jr! Neal was wishing he had gone with me at this point. Hank sang a few songs and talked about the campaign.
Finally, Sarah Palin's plane landed and out she walked with her beautiful baby boy. After handing him off she came in and gave her speech. The crowd was very motivated and jubilant.
I very much enjoyed this day. I have never been to a political rally and got to meet a lot of interesting people from all over New Mexico and Texas. I was amazed at how far some people had come to go to this rally.
Monday, November 03, 2008
MONDAY pulled pork sandwiches, guacamole with chips, and a veggie to be named. Pork sirloin roasts were on sale so I bought a family pack with 3 in it. I put the 2 smaller ones in the crockpot with a sliced onion for tonight. When I get home I have to shred the meat and add BBQ sauce. YUMMM! This will be for dinner and a few lunches.
TUESDAY pinto beans and cornbread
WEDNESDAY unstuffed bell peppers and a veggie to be named. This is a recipe I discovered a few years ago. It's so easy and very good
THURSDAY Easy baked potato soup with cheese and bacon. I learned to make this recipe a few yeas ago at a Taste of Home Cooking School. Very filling and easy. I will "bake" my potatoes in the crockpot while I'm at work then assemble the soup when I get home.
FRIDAY pork roast with onion, potato, and carrots. I will make drop Bisquick biscuits to go with it. This is the 3rd roast from the family pack.
I received a new crockpot cookbook for my birthday recently and have been looking at new recipes. I'm hoping to try a few next week. I also found a recipe for crockpot pasole on the internet that I want to give a try. Lastly, I have a blog that I have been finding all kinds of great recipes at. It's where I found out you can "bake" potatoes in the crockpot. Go check it out at A Year of Crockpotting.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
By the way, I changed my back ground again. I've found so many cute ones at this new place. Can't wait to try some more.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Labor Day parade in Carrizozo, NM. There were several troops there but this is some of our girls. Silly Kinsey is in the middle with her hat over her eyes.
Last month, the Holloman Air Force Base Girl Scouts invited area troops to come bowl on their base. We had a lot of fun and got to meet a lot of other Girl Scouts.
Today we carved pumpkins, decorated small pumpkins and had a snack of caramel and apples. It was a wonderful fall day!
Next weekend we have a day camp at a local park. We are hoping for good sunny weather. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun for the girls.
I helped her get out a pairing knife. We practiced keeping her finger back and slicing strawberries and banana. She also washed some grapes and added those.
Kinsey was very proud of herself when she was done.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I guess this is going to count as my October blog because I sure haven't been keeping up with blogging. November is just around the corner and that means a blog a day. I have a ton of pictures I need to post from all the things we've been doing. I'll try to get on that soon. Just wanted to say hi and that we are still around!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
First day of school getting off the bus. Our pictures from that morning were not that great but this one turned out good.
This is the 2nd day before school and it turned out much better.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Cheerleaders leading the girls in a cheer.
Kinsey after they got to play in the sprinklers on the last day. It was a hot day and the girls really enjoyed getting wet.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Anyways, back to finding a healthy snack. Last year I bought a book called The Sugar Solution which is not a diet but a change in lifestyle. There are many, many diabetics in my family and I want to try to keep from having it or stave it off as long as possible. I'm trying to change what I and my family eat. It's going to be a little at a time as old habits are hard to break. We are eating a lot more whole grains, more fresh fruit and veggies, and less meat. Neal is having the hardest time with less meat. He is a meat and potatoes man but I'm trying to find veggies he really likes so that he can eat more of those. I forget he grew up on a farm and ate a lot of veggies where as I grew up in a family that did not eat a wide variety of veggies. I keep finding things he has ate and likes so we are eating a lot of different things now. I love to try new recipes and finding something I haven't ever tried. I recently purchased the cookbook to go along with The Sugar Solution called The Sugar Solution Cookbook. I have found a lot of recipes that I want to or have tried. I was really excited when I saw the recipe for Pumpkin-Carrot Snack Bars. I made them this weekend and they are WONDERFUL!! These bars are loaded with fiber and have a lot of vitamins with all the fruit and veggies in them.
PUMPKIN-CARROT SNACK BARS
from The Sugar Solution Cookbook
1 c canned solid pack pumpkin ***
1 c shredded carrot
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c dried cranberries or raisins, chopped
1/4 c canola oil
2 large eggs
1 c whole wheat pastry flour*
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c shelled pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, carrot, sugar, cranberries or raisins, oil, and eggs. Stir until well blended. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix until blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds or walnuts, if using. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the top springs back when pressed lightly. Cool completely in the pan on a rack.
per bar: 99 calories, 2 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 1 g
dietary fiber diet exchange: 1/2 bread, 1 fat
carb choices: 1
* I used regular whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour and they turned out ok.
** I added 2tbs ground flax seed for extra fiber and omega-3s
***Just realized I used the whole can of pumpkin instead 1 cup. They are really moist and cake-like instead of "bars". I'm not sure how this will skew the calorie/fat count.
by the way, I would suggest these two books to anyone interested in cutting out/back on refined sugars. There are a lot of really good recipes and ideas. The Sugar Solution was very eye opening for me. I fell better and am thinking clearer since starting to eat better. I don't feel so tired all the time. I'm rarely hungry like I was before--always craving sweet things. I would also suggest Betty Crocker's Healthy New Choices cookbook. There are lots of flavorful healthy recipes in it.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
The recital was held at the Smokey Bear Museum and Park. I forget they have a small stage and seating area. It was perfect for the recital. The temperature was so nice and the wind wasn't blowing! Enjoy!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The last 3 days I have been cleaning carpet. This machine isn't a true steamer since it doesn't heat the water. You add the cleaner and hot water to a tank and then the dirty stuff is sucked up into another tank. Very easy to use and works great! I can't believe how much better my carpet looks. I did my bedroom, the living room, dining room, and hall. Kinsey's room was not bad so I haven't done it and the spare room has to much "stuff" in it for me to do it right now. That whole room project is on my to do list for the near future. It will be my sewing and guest room. I have it all planned in my head, just need the time to do it.
Neal pulled the carpet up in Kinsey's bathroom today. There were so many stains on the sub floor that I now realize where the smell was coming from. I poured a box of baking soda on the floor and let it soak up any smells it could. That helped a lot. I plan to go to Home Depot to get the tile we need for that bathroom next weekend and hopefully we can get it installed right away. Kinsey's not that impressed with sub floor as her new floor...lol! I have her pretty new purple rugs down so she doesn't scrape her feet.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I plan to attend my reunion on July 4th and see old friends. I've changed a lot and I know they have too. I can't wait to see them and catch up.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Last year was a crazy year filled with lots of pain (on Neal's part), sadness, and anxiety. I honestly thought we wouldn't make it through last year with 2 surgeries, a broken foot, my Grandmother passing away, my Mom's illness, a wreck, and money woes.
This year is looking up. We've finally found a house we love and are enjoying making it ours. I won't say any more so I won't jinx myself ;-)
I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I picked it out at Home Depot last time I was there. It's called Morocco Slate tile. It has the neutral colors we like and the browns that match the cabinets.
Today, after scrubbing the kitchen floor, I decided that the kitchen needs to be done. For some reason someone picked out white linoleum for the kitchen and it shows every speck of dirt. I spent an hour scrubbing it by hand today. It's pretty but it won't last. Hopefully this is a project we will get to this summer. The bathrooms will be first but the kitchen will be soon after that.