Friday, September 26, 2008
Note: No ceramic pigs were harmed in the cashing out. The rubber stopper was plugged back into the belly, and Mr. Pig (who is wearing a graduation hat because he is a 'College Fund' bank) was placed gently back up on the shelf.
The next book in my reading adventure was Through The Storm, by Lynne Spears. Yep, Britney's mom. I didn't even know she was having a book come out until I saw it displayed at Barnes and Noble. Now, if you are looking for the dirt and gossip on her famous daughters, this is not the book to read. Through The Storm is a mother's account of her famous family and where they came from. The ups, the downs, the good times and the bad.
I have always been a fan of Britney Spears - really! I know she went a little crazy (well, a lot!) and some of her mothering skills have absolutely sucked (but hey - she's human!!), but I really feel for this girl. It saddened me to see her in so much pain and unfortunately, it was displayed for the whole world to gawk at.
I will admit, as an avid celebrity gossip reader, I have shamed Britney and her family for all that they have been through in the public eye. But, I always hoped for the best possible outcome for Britney. No one can deny that the girl is talented. Her last album is even downloaded into my hubby's ipod (sorry to out you, babe!), and after reading this book, you get a whole new perspective as to why this family has been through so much. Lynne Spears does not try to sugar-coat all the drama and issues with her family. She simply tells their side of the story, the side that tabloids do not report on. The behind-the-scenes reasons as to why Britney had a nervous breakdown, how Jamie Lynne became a teenage mother, and the heartaches they have been through as a family.
I am not saying that this book makes the Spears family look like saints and that they just get a bad rap, but it definitely gives a new insight into the world of this most-talked about celebrity family.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is the original, Pampered Chef, version of my famous layer dip that is requested at almost any event I attend. I now claim it as my own because I have tweaked the recipe enough to make it my own. This is seriously the easiest recipe and can be double or even tripled depending on the size of the crowd. You can add or omit as you please, creating your own special recipe. I have added chicken, used garlic powder for a quick alternative to fresh, added extra cream cheese, omitted the taco seasoning, served with a side of fresh guacamole, the variations can go on and on .... I make this year round and it is perfect for the fall football season! Guaranteed a hit at your next event!! Be sure to let me know if you try this recipe - comments are so much appreciated here on my blog!!
Touchdown Taco Dip
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 can sliced black olives
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- tortilla chips
1. Spread the refried beans in a square stone baker (or a 9-inch square baking dish)
2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning, and garlic.
3. Mix well.
4. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of refried beans.
5. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of cream cheese mixture.
6. Sprinkle olives, tomatoes, onions and cilantro on top.
7. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.
8. Serve hot with Tortilla Chips!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I can honestly say that the fall is one of my favorite times of the year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and warm Spring days being the other faves). This afternoon, I lounged around in sweatpants under a cozy blanket and listened to the rain fall outside. Being an Oregonian, enjoying the rain is a rare occurrence. Just wait a couple more months and I will be complaining about how depressing our gray weather will be. But today, I was calmed and relaxed. The air smelled so fresh and clean, and the sun breaks were beautiful. I put out my small collection of fall decor this last week, and planted mums in the front yard. The leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees, and I can hardly wait a couple more weeks to take pictures of the boys playing outside. Holiday bazaars are just around the corner, daylight savings is in a few weeks, and before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us (stores are already bringing out Christmas stuff!!). I am looking forward to slowing down a little bit, earlier bedtimes, and fall activities. What a beautiful season ... I am so excited it is here!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
And how disgusting is the following statement ... makes me so thankful that I live in the US where our food is strictly monitored!
A senior dairy analyst said Chinese farmers were cutting corners to cope with rising costs for feed and labor.
"Before the melamine incident, I know they could have been adding organic stuff, say animal urine or skin," said Chen Lianfang of Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant Co. "Basically, anything that can boost the protein reading."
But he and others expressed skepticism that so many farmers would know to add melamine to milk. The chemical is not water-soluble and must be mixed with formaldehyde or another chemical before it can be dissolved in milk.Can someone please tell me why animal urine and skin would be considered organic for human consumption? Gross!!
Deanna Favre gave a wonderful insight into her world, and I am happy to pass along her book to anyone interested.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
At least with the close of one season, there is a new season to take over and keep me occupied. I have a couple new shows and a few returning favorites. Here's my weekly DVR schedule (I have to record everything due to my 'momnesia') ...
Sunday nights on Lifetime, 10pm - Army Wives
Monday nights on MTV, 10pm - The Hills
Tuesday nights on CW, 8pm - 90210, and at 9pm - Privileged
on CBS, 10pm - Without A Trace
on NBC, 10pm - Law and Order SVU
Thursday nights on NBC, 9pm - The Office (my hubby got me into this show now that King of Queens is no longer running new seasons)
Friday nights on CBS, 8pm - Ghost Whisperer
What are your favorites? Which shows are you bummed to see close for the year?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Anyways, within minutes, this guy got up from the booth, looked over our way again, grabbed his drinks and table settings and moved to the next table away from us. Apparently, he was annoyed by our little ones (who, by the way, were being so patient waiting for their breakfasts!!).
Okay, now I completely understand that not everyone (especially guys), are into children. But hello! We are in a family restaurant - one that I visit on a weekly basis - and our kids were being pretty darn good! So whatever - he needed to move away from us. No big deal, right? Sure, until he then picked up all his stuff one more time (when his leggy blonde friend in high heels and short skirt showed up) and moved to the farthest possible table away from us. Even his waitresses (yes, plural due to changing sections 3 times!!) looked annoyed!
I didn't take an offense ... we were probably just interfering with his macking skills and hook-up potential. So sorry we bothered you, dude!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Freaking out (but remaining in full control of the car - ha, ha), I called my hubby to explain to him that he had the manly duty of taking care of the removal when I got home. And of course, he did (I love my man - he takes care of everything!!). He did think it was funny though that I had to take pictures so I could blog about my rare incident.
As much as seeing a dead bat up close and personal creeped me out, I was sad for a moment. This poor little thing was just minding his business when he was blinded by some bright lights and flew his little self right into his death. I don't think he suffered, but I am sure his bat buddies are wondering what happened to him. LOL!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tears rolled down my face this morning in remembrance of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. There is still so much pain in the hearts of those who lost their loved ones on that horrific day. My thoughts and prayers go out to them today. God Bless.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The suggested treatment: get plenty of sleep, exercise, write down lists, and keep a day planner.
I am no longer a new mom. I have two boys, ages 4 1/2 years and 23 months old. Before kids, I had a stellar memory - phone numbers, account numbers, appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, events, etc ... You name it, I knew it. I didn't have to keep a calender, everything was in my head. Jump ahead to present day, and I can't even remember what I did yesterday without taking time to really think about it. I always forget to get things at the grocery store, and sometimes will have to go back 3 times in order to get what I needed. More seriously, I have even started forgetting to pay bills! I'll be in the middle of conversations and forget what I was talking about. If I don't have it written down, I'll forget all about it. Arrggg!!
I can't stand this handicap I have developed and it has actually gotten worse the older my kids have gotten. It drives me crazy! I am thankful the symptoms are only minor in my case. I have heard of moms leaving their kids places and not remembering where, or forgetting to pick them up. In those cases, I think their heads need to be examined further for a possible brain tumor!
In any case, this mental issue is so frustrating! Anyone have any ideas to help me regain my brain power? I am working on my sleeping habits, and I have a calender that I try to remember to fill in (ha!). Any and all suggestions are welcome ... help me out girls!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
... a favorite now! I am hooked on the new series and added it to my DVR!
It's not fair to compare it to the original series just yet (or ever for that matter), but this spin-off will definitely be entertaining. I am loving that Kelly and Brenda are back and am so excited to see who else may return! Maybe some more eye-candy, like David or Dylan, will come back, and I have already decided that Annie and Ethan belong together! Who else watched the premiere? What did you think?