Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Broke 1000!

I can't believe it! I guess I haven't been paying too much attention to the numbers, and I'm really excited to see I've had over 1000 hits. That's so cool!

Thanks everyone for checking out my blog! Enjoy!


Cooking Day with a Twist

It's time again for my monthly cooking day. I've planned my meals and I'm doing all 30 this month. I've got a few new ones in the mix, like Catalina Cranberry Chicken, and of course, by popular demand, Stromboli is back after taking a month off. My kids had a fit last month when I didn't make it.

So here's the twist. I'm making double the meals. My aunt contacted me and asked if I could do a cooking day for her. Specifically she wanted me to just double my meals, which will make this first time easier for me. She is paying for her food, as well as paying me a fee for my time. I'm excited to be doing this for her and don't mind cooking for others while I'm cooking for myself.

Here's my cooking list for this month. If you're interested in a recipe just post a note here. Or if you live close enough to me and would like me to cook for you as well, just let me know!

1. Almond Chicken
2. Bird’s Nest Pie
3. Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Casserole
4. Catalina Cranberry Chicken
5. Cheesy Corn Casserole
6. Chicken and Tomato Rice Bake
7. Chicken and Broccoli Rotini
8. Chicken Nuggets
9. Chicken Pie
10. Crab Shells
11. Crock Pot Peppercorn Steak
12. Dijon Pork Chops
13. Fragrant Sticky Chicken
14. Goulash
15. Ham and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
16. Ham, Vegetables and Bows
17. Italian Slow Cooker Chicken
18. Maple Glazed Stuffed Roast Pork
19. Maple Glazed Turkey
20. Marinated Flank Steak
21. Meaty Corn Bread Casserole
22. Orange Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
23. Oven BBQ Chicken and Cheesy Biscuits
24. Pasta and Sausage Bake
25. Pork Chops w/Brown Sugar Cidar
26. Sausage Pizza Twist
27. Steak Fajitas
28. Stromboli
29. Stuffed Sausage Balls
30. Sweet Onion Pork Chops

Monday, October 19, 2009

Birthday, Family Visit, School

It's been an interesting few weeks since my last post. My parents came in from California to visit for my birthday. We had a wonderful visit and I had a great birthday. The best gift I received was of course a whisk. I'm an avid whisk collector. I don't know why, but I just think all sorts of fun, different and weird whisks are neat. For my birthday my parents gave me the biggest whisk I have ever seen.
Oh, I'm in heaven! I haven't counted my whisks in a while, but I do believe I own over 20 whisks now. Unfortunately, this one is too big to go with my other whisks, and too big to fit in a drawer. I want to mount it on the wall above the stove, but my hubby doesn't agree. We'll see who wins that argument. It's my kitchen right?

While my parents were here we got to go to a corn maze, pick pumpkins, and carve those pumpkins. They also attended ballet with my daughter and went to Cub Scouts with my son. They enjoyed having their grandparents here and cried when they left. Well, I cried too so I don't blame them for that!

Now that they are gone we are getting back into our normal routine. The kids are doing school work each day and I'm finding it surprisingly easy to teach both at the same time. I love the curriculum we use and the online charter school was definitely the answer for us.

Since our routine has us finishing school around 2:00 each day, it's given me ample time to work on my schooling. I'm happy to say that today once the kids finish their school, I will be starting my final transcription class. I've been working for a couple of years now in trying to get a medical transcription degree. It's so exciting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Right now I'm carrying a 94 average and am hoping to keep that or raise it with my final classes!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dining Room

With the front room almost finished, we decided to paint the whole first floor to make it all look nice. We can't afford to rip all the walls out and insulate right now, but at least all the rooms look nice. The kitchen has been painted the same as the dining room, but I don't have any of those pictures here. In the dining room, we refinished the floor to match the front room, but we left the railing as it was. It's beautiful, but now it really stands out against the new paint colors. I can't wait until we get the molding and tile in the front room. But for now, it's perfect. And yes, I actually did help!