Saturday, June 5, 2010

Where are you?

I'm running through the house
looking outside in the back yard
front yard
under your bed
in my closet
under your brother's covers
behind the shower door

Where are you?

I walk back in through the garage door and there you are....


Friday, June 4, 2010

Another quick and easy recipe I wanted to share!

while I wait for the "call" to job happiness, I continue to cook and try to perfect my current Stay at Home Mom position (still a hard job and I still suck at it...) but I am trying! 

Cooking has been the easiest part but I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe I tried if you are ever in a rush for dinner.  It comes from Jasen Guillermo in Tucson, Arizona...

(picture of my dish!)

2-2/3 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta*
1 lb smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch slices*
1-1/2 cups sliced ffresh carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tbsp canola oil*
1can or 2-1/4 oz sliced ripe olives (drained)
1/2 cup italian salad dressing*

1.  cook pasta accordin to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the sausage, carrots, green pepper and onion in oil until vegetables are tender.

2.  Drain pasta; place in a large bowl.  Add sausage mixture and olives.  Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.  serve warm or chilled.


*I used a vegetable (tomato/beet/spinish) tricolored pasta, smoked chicken sausage, olive oil, and a lite dressing to keep the dish lite and from becoming to oily and served it with a yummy foccocia bread.  Family said it was super good and to save it in my recipe file (to never be cooked again...)

the first time I saw her...

was in my very first zumba class...
then I saw her again at the gym...
I see her from time to time running the trail by my neighborhood...
She came to hang out in my garage and ate dinner one night...
then again, at my dinner table...

Her name is Mindy...

I am somewhat lazy and kind of a whimp...
She is the personal trainer who is going to help me get toned and fit...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ribbons and flowers




In an effort to make my gift baskets more personal (and mine) I have taken on learning alot of nifty little tricks that not only save me money, but also help me find exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to a bow or flower (meaning, if the design I want isn't available but the ribbon has the style of print I need... I can now buy the ribbon and make my own bow!) although I have yet to use any out of the ordinary prints...




some of the bows I like to add to my baskets that either lay flat or ones that will not have a bow on the packaging. (above)








ribbons, ribbons, ribbons turned to lovely giant bows! (above)




and my all time favorite... flowers! full flowers work best with wide ribbon...

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I stumbled across a site (http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/) that was full of wonderful crafts, the ones I loved most were the flowers, so as you can see... I've been practicing~ not even close to the ones presented on the site but I know with practice~ it will be like second nature when it's time to make them work in my baskets...






I'm super excited working my crafts and building skills that may help me in my quest for beautiful "homemade" baskets.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Visit from the tooth fairy (or just mom the goofball?)

I don't ever remember telling 15 y/o there was a tooth fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, etc... but when 5 y/o had to have another tooth taken out because of a small bump that worried the crap out of me (first was impacted after a fall at 2~ then pulled...), the dentist office INTRODUCED him to the toothfairy, who appeared on a small mirror, on the way out of the door to the waiting room.  She kindly told 5 y/o "Congrats on a great job getting your tooth pulled!  if you place your tooth under your pillow I (tooth fairy) will visit you and leave you a suprise!" there was more said but I was stuck on "leave you a surprise..."

soooooo....

from 1246pm until bedtime (9pm) the only conversation from 5 y/o was "has the tooth fairy come yet? we have to check under my pillow! tooth fairy, tooth fairy, tooth fairy"  (thanks dental office associates and your introduction to the ever so bubbly tooth fairy)  I will admit, bath and bedtime was alot easier than normal, 5 y/o could not wait to get into bed and see what would appear under his pillow.

As hubby and I are winding down for the night, I remembered "tooth fairy" and asked "sweetie, do you have a dollar?" he says "no, i don't carry cash anymore" (neither do I....) Great, now I get to be fired from the job as tooth fairy.  I look in my purse, and then I looked in another purse where I found $5... wow~ the tooth fairy is carrying a big bill for such a small tooth! 

Before we turn in for the night, I grab Tinker Bell (don't ask!), my camera, and the 5 bucks I found in my purse and headed to 5 y/o's room..... 









The next morning I heard little feet running from my room to his room, and back to my room with 5 y/o waking me saying "mommy! mommy! the tooth fairy gave me 5 dollars!!!"  I guess playing tooth fairy isn't such a bad job after all (orrrr, I'm just a goofy lady...)