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Pumpkin Patch Pictures!

Pumpkin Patch Pictures!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Egg and Cornbread bake

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery, diced
4 cups diced cooked ham
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 (14 ounce) package seasoned cornbread stuffing mix
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika, for garnish

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.


2. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Saute onion and celery until onion is soft and translucent. Stir in the ham and continue to saute until the vegetables are tender and the ham is heated through. Add the chicken broth, water and the remaining 1/2 cup butter or margarine and heat until the butter is completely melted.


3. Place the stuffing mix in a large bowl. Pour the contents of the skillet over the stuffing and toss together gently until mixed. Turn the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

4. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, until heated through. Remove from the oven and make 6 evenly spaced indentations big enough for each to hold an egg. Take care not to leave a bare spot at the bottom of the indentations. Carefully break an egg into each indentation, leaving the yolks whole. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake another 12 to 14 minutes, until whites of the eggs are nearly set.
5. Remove from the oven again and sprinkle evenly with the cheese and then dust with paprika. Continue to bake for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is melted and whites of the eggs are just set, but yolks are still soft. Serve hot, with one egg in each serving.
I found this recipe at AllRecipes.com

Monday Mayhem

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Today's Meme- Thom's 8 Words Meme

Directions: Copy and paste this into a blog post. In Exactly 8 Words and 1 picture Describe....

1. Your love life:
Entertaining, chaotic, fun, passionate, loving, wonderful, intense and magnetic!

2. Your worst habit:
Bad, good, sweet, refreshing, easy, tasty, cold and awesome!

3. The city you live in:
High-tech, congested, hot, bats, weird, athletic, diverse and strange.

4. Your pet peeve:
Obnoxious, annoying, unbearable, sad, primitive, simple, discourteous and unrefined.

5. Your parents:
Reliable, wonderful, funny, helpful, social, irreplaceable, happy and the best!

6. You favorite dessert:
Sweet, creamy, tart, yummy, pretty, scrumptious, desirable and edible.

7. Your worst vacation:
Hurt, stinging, scary, meat tenderizer, intense, fast and unforgettable.

8. Yourself:
Organized, loyal, moody, loving, stubborn, procrastinator, intense and adorable!
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Stealing

"Welcome back to Sunday Stealing. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. We will be very honest about our theft: We always let the owner of the selected blog know that we have ripped their meme off. In turn, we will always provide a link to their site. Join in the fun and rip it off of us every Sunday. And stop by fellow thieves blogs and have some fun... Cheers to all us thieves!"

This week's Meme was originally posted by Vicki @ Fleurette

The Tell Me About Yourself Meme

1. When is your birthday? November 4th 1976

2. Where were you born? Corpus Christi

3. Where do you live now? At home :)

4. What is your heritage? I am a mutt, but I am mostly Cherokee.

5. Tell us about a weakness.
I have a weakness for soda and sunflower seeds.

6. What's a goal that you'd like to achieve?
I would like to stay at TWC and become a trainer.

7. What is the most overused internet phrase? lol

8. What was your first thought this morning?
Oh shit, I overslept! I have to get up and put the turkey in!

9. When do you usually go to bed?
Gosh between 2am and 4am was my bedtime until I started my new job and now it is more like midnight to 1am.

10. Do you smoke? No

If not, did you ever? Yes

11. Do you like your current relationship status? Yes :)

12. Do you (or did you) get along with your parents? Yes

13. How often do you drink alcohol? A few times a week.

14. Have you ever tried drugs (that weren't prescribed)?
Yes I was a wild child in high school.

15. Have you ever gone skinny dipping? If yes, do tell.
Yes back when I was in high school. I don't actually remember anytime in detail...

16. If given the choice, how would you like to die? In my sleep.

17. What did you want to be when you grew up? An Archeologist

18. Have you ever been dumped? Yes

19. What's on your pizza?
Mushroom, Onion, Bell pepper and tomato.

20. Have you ever shoplifted? Yes......

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Things you can only say at Thanksgiving! LOL!

1. Talk about a huge breast!

2. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.

3. It's Cool Whip time!

4. If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!

5. Whew, that's one terrific spread!

6. I'm in the mood for dark meat.

7. Are you ready for seconds yet?

8. It's a little dry, do you still want to eat it?

9. Just wait your turn, you'll get some.

10. Don't play with your meat.

11. Just spread the legs open and stuff it in.

12. Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?

13. I didn't expect everyone to come at once!

14. You still have a little bit on your chin.

15. How long will it take after you stick it in?

16. You'll know it's ready when it pops up.

17. Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that!

18. That's the biggest one I've ever seen!

19. How long do I beat it before it's ready?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Our Thankful Tree!

Here is this year's Thankful Tree! We had a blast making it like we do every year and it turned out pretty well. Last year we started adding little touches to the whole picture so we went ahead and did that again this year. The kids really enjoyed creating their own personal touches to add to the Thankful Tree!

Princess drew Spongebob hugging the tree while sleeping and wearing a pilgrim hat, Spunky added the "birds" (The one on the left is carrying a burnt sausage. She loves her dad's Bratwurst, he grills it until it is burnt in some areas so this is her idea of this.... lol), T-Man drew the fire breathing dragon and Patrick with the magic wand/witch hat while Cameron drew the mutant lizard wearing a pilgrim hat!
Materials:
Glue
Scissors
Markers
Poster board
Colored pencils
Construction paper

Instructions:
Each person traces their hand multiple times on construction paper. Of course all in Fall colors and then we cut out all the hands (we usually do 4 hands per person in each color). After all the hands are cut out then we write something we are thankful for on each of our hands. Then draw a tree trunk and branches if you would like on a piece of poster board and decorate how you like. Then just glue all the hands to cover the tree as if they were leaves.

I like to make a few look like they are falling from the tree since it is the Fall! There you go you have a Thankful Tree made out of all the things you and your family are thankful for this holiday season!

Here is the link back to last year's tree! :)

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I GOT A JOB!

Finally after looking for so many months with no luck at all......I have a job! :) I have my wonderful friend Amy to thank for this awesome opportunity and I am so grateful!! I actually went through Orientation this past Friday and my first official training day was yesterday. The first two days I have to say were incredibly boring and enough to make you wanna run away screaming or maybe just fall asleep! lol

Today though has been quite fun (I am writing this on my lunch break) and I am looking forward to what the rest of the day holds. This morning she broke us up into groups and assigned us each a feature to outline that we would have to talk about for 5 minutes. My first thought was OMG no, but it turned out to be quite fun. My group received Bundled Services and we did a really good job imo. I learned a lot of good information this morning and as I write this last sentence need to head back to work! :)
Here is our information, I did all the writing! :)

Ruby Tuesday

"You are invited to participate in Ruby Tuesday!

What are the rules?
On Tuesdays you can post any photo you like (it must be one of your own) that contains the color RED. Your photo can contain lots of RED or a little RED. When you've posted to your blog, come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky and leave a comment."

We had a great time at the annual Pajama Book Fair this past week at the school and got some really good books to take home! Here are my bookworms posing with their books right before we left to go home! lol
Spunky had to have her picture taken in front of Clifford and his house since he is one of her favorites of all time! This picture was taken in the library after we got to listen to a real Fireman tells us stories!
Please visit Mary @ Work of the Poet for more Ruby Tuesday participants!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Mayhem

"We're going to say it now- this is the home of where no two Mondays stay the same. Please join us weekly for our 'inspirational' and never the same weekly memes. Memes will be Posted on Sunday afternoon. Join up on our weekly linky and be sure to visit the other participants."

Today's Meme- The Top 5 Meme

"For each of the prompts, you may answer with an image, a sentence or however you want to. Simply copy and paste this into a post on your site and answer the prompts."

For the Top 5 Meme- simply answer each prompt with your 5 best answers.

What are the first 5 things that entered your mind?
  1. Wow that has to suck for them Turkeys!
  2. They sure taste good!
  3. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving!
  4. Awww poor Turkeys!
  5. Gobble Gobble
2. Family Gathering
What are the first 5 things that entered your mind?
  1. Smile a LOT!
  2. Have a stiff drink!
  3. Stay for the minimum amount of time! lol
  4. Eat a lot to keep your mouth full so you don't have to talk.
  5. Do what you say you are going to do! If you say you will bring a dish or help with dishes do it!!
3. Eat the whole thing?
Tips on not eating everything this holiday season.
What are the first 5 things that entered your mind?
  1. Oh please share some tips with me!
  2. I don't have any tips...
  3. Drink a large glass of water before dinner.
  4. Put a pair of your "skinny" jeans near the table.
  5. Put a spoonful or a slice of everything on your plate and wait at least 30 minutes before going back for seconds!
assessing your weight
What are the first 5 things that entered your mind?
  1. I care, but I don't dare!
  2. Blah blah blah
  3. My scale is broken..
  4. You only live once!
  5. I need to lose weight, but don't care to work out at the moment...
Rushing the door
What are the first 5 things that entered your mind?
  1. Hell NO
  2. Anxiety
  3. Trama
  4. Chaos
  5. I hate to be and cannot be around that many people!
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Give Me Five Monday

This week's Give Me Five topic is five reasons you can be thankful this year:
  1. I am thankful for Jeremy and our awesome kiddos! :)
  2. I am thankful for my wonderful and incredibly supportive family and friends!
  3. I am thankful for my job!!
  4. I am thankful that I can now face my problems from a new perspective.
  5. I am thankful that I have learned to breath.
For more Give Me Five Monday participants check out BeccA's Buzz!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Stealing

"Welcome back to Sunday Stealing. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. We will be very honest about our theft: We always let the owner of the selected blog know that we have ripped their meme off. In turn, we will always provide a link to their site. Join in the fun and rip it off of us every Sunday. And stop by fellow thieves blogs and have some fun... Cheers to all us thieves!"

This week's Meme was originally posted by Sarah @ Lady Mama

The Party Mummy Meme

1. Name someone with the same birthday as you. Miss Ronda! :)

2. Where was your first kiss? Behind the piano in my 4th grade classroom with Jason Risinger.

3. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex? Yes

If yes, why? I would rather not say.

4. Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people? Yes

When? Multiple times throughout school. I was in choir and we did lots of contests and musicals etc..

5. What's the first thing you notice about your preferred sex? Eyes and smile

6. What really turns you off? Cockiness, insensitivity, rudeness also being smelly and totally unkept.

7. What is your biggest mistake? Not finishing my schooling..

8. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose? Yes....

9. Say something totally random about yourself. I can't bake....I burn it all! lol

10. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? Yes Ricky Lake lol

11. Do you still watch kiddie movies or TV shows? Yup yup with the kiddos and sometimes I find myself still watching them even when they are not around. :)

12. Are you comfortable with your height? Yes

14. When do you know it's love? When you love absolutely everything about that person no matter how obnoxious it may be, you feel that "electrical" type feeling throughout your body when you kiss your love.

15. What's something that really annoys you? Ignorance and whining!!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tortilla Stack-Ups

Ingredients:
1 tbls vegetable oil (we used canola)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (10oz) Original Rotel
1 can of corn
1 pckg taco seasoning
12 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup water

Optional for granish:
Sour cream
Black olivesDirections:
Preheat oven to 350' and spray two 13x9 inch baking dishes with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add onions; cook and stir 3 minutes or until tender. Add beans, tomatoes with juice, corn and taco seasoning mix. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.

Place 2 tortillas side by side in prepared dishes. Top each tortillas with a large spoonful of bean mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and repeat layers twice creating 2 tortilla stacks each 3 tortillas high.

Pour water along sides of tortillas.

Cover tightly with foil and bake 35 minutes or until heated through. Cut into wedges to serve and top with sour cream and black olives, if desired. (Makes 8 servings) We had Stuffed Chayotes to go along with these for dinner that night!

Stuffed Chayotes

A Chayote
A Stuffed Chayote!
Ingredients:
Boiling water
2 Large Chayotes, cut in half lengthwise
2 tbls butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tbls chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup canned corn
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
Cook Chayote halves in 1 inch boiling water in a large covered skillet 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and drain. When cool, remove pulp, leaving 1/2 inch shells; coarsely chop pulp and edible seeds. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Brush half of the butter inside Chayote shells. Add onion and garlic to remaining butter in skillet; cook until onion is tender. Add tomato and parsley; simmer 5 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat; stir in corn, salt, pepper and chayote pulp.

Preheat oven to 375' and place chayote shells in greased shallow baking pan. Evenly fill shells with corn mixture; top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes or until chayotes are hot and cheese is melted. (4 servings) We had Tortilla Stack-Ups to go along with these for dinner that night!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Random Thoughts for the Day

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is a great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't so tired I could not remember my own name.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my report that I swear I did not make any changes to in the first place!

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail.

What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Bud Lites than Kay.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

"You are invited to participate in Ruby Tuesday!

What are the rules?
On Tuesdays you can post any photo you like (it must be one of your own) that contains the color RED. Your photo can contain lots of RED or a little RED. When you've posted to your blog, come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky and leave a comment."

This gorgeous tree is right down the road from the house. I had to take a picture of it because it is one of the few that I have seen actually changing colors for the season! I hope you all enjoy! :)
Please visit Mary @ Work of the Poet for more Ruby Tuesday participants!

Ten On Tuesday

"10 Things You Wish You Knew How to Do"
  1. How to find a job from home that you can make legit money!
  2. CPR
  3. How to keep a garden alive!
  4. How to make my own Sushi!
  5. Learn Spanish!
  6. How to write a book!
  7. Better HTML skills!
  8. How to make homemade tortillas!
  9. How to keep up with my house and chores!
  10. Cook fish that was edible! lol
To play or just to see others answers please visit Ten on Tuesday!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Mayhem

"We're going to say it now- this is the home of where no two Mondays stay the same. Please join us weekly for our 'inspirational' and never the same weekly memes. Memes will be Posted on Sunday afternoon. Join up on our weekly linky and be sure to visit the other participants."

Today's Meme- Have You Would You?

"For each of the prompts, you may answer with an image, a sentence or however you want to. Simply copy and paste this into a post on your site and answer the prompts."

HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Go Skinny Dipping?
I have and I don't think I would again! lol



HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Woken up somewhere that you have no idea how you got there?
Nope I have not and hopefully would not!


HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Eaten a rabbit?
NO I have not and would not!


HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Have a meet-up with another blogger?
I have not at this point, but I would! I have met a few girlfriends from the mommy forum and it was actually a wonderful experience!
Blogger


HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Stolen a candy bar?
I have....and will not again!


HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Roasted a pig?
I have not and I would not!



HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Bounced a check
Yes I am embarrassed to say and I will not again!

Bounce Fresh Linen package


HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Gone for a balloon ride?
I have not, but I would love to before I die!


HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...

Write a really cool Monday Mayhem ?
I have not, but I would be open to putting together a cool Monday Mayhem!

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