Sunday, December 31, 2006
I had many different tv shows that I watched growing up. They all seemed to speak to me at that certain period of my life. Some of the ones I related to the most, and got the most out of were:
Saved By the Bell
Rags to Riches
Charles in Charge
The Eddison Twins
High Mountain Rangers
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
Life Goes On
Beverly Hills 90210
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
1. being able to celebrate the birth of Christ
2. being with my family
3. sitting in a darkened room watching the lights on my Christmas tree
4. decorating my house for Christmas
5. going to the Christmas Eve service at my church
6. listening to and singing Christmas carols
7. seeing the joy and excitement on my girl's faces
8. going to the Nutcracker ballet
9. the scents of Christmas (pine & cinnamon)
10. giving gifts to those I love
Sunday, December 24, 2006
School Christmas Concert
Monday, December 04, 2006
10 Things That Are Offensive to Me
1. People who spit on the ground
2. People who smoke while I'm eating
3. People who are late
4. People who are rude
5. People who have no manners
6. People who don't use their signal lights
7. People who are lazy
9. People who are always negative
10. automated phone messages when you are trying to get ahold of a real person
Saturday, November 25, 2006
I love sending mail to my family at Christmas time. I would love to be able to send out handmade cards to them all, but am working like crazy right now and just do not have time. I will be sending store bought Christmas cards this year with a quick personal not in them all. It seems every year at Christmas time I just keep getting busier and busier and am having a harder time getting cards out on time.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
make a list of 30 things they could do in 30 seconds or less to change the world.
1. say hello to everyone you pass
2. smile at people
3. take back someones grocery cart
4. hold the door open for someone
5. put some cans in the food bin when you are leaving the grocery store
6. donate your change to whatever organization is collecting money outside the grocery store
7. picking up some garbage on the street
8. leaving an anonymous note for a co-worker telling them they are doing a good job
9. tell someone that they are loved & cherished by God
10. say I Love You to your family
11. phone a friend you haven't talked to in a while
12. carry bags out of a store for a senior or a mom with her hands full
13. buy the coffee of the person behind you in the drive thru
14. tell someone they look beautiful / handsome
15. put money in someones parking meter
16. let someone in front of you in the check out line
17. forgive those who have hurt you
18. praise God
19. stop and truly listen to those you are with
20. put a quick note in the mail to brighten someones day
21. pray for someone else
22. put extra money in the offering plate at church
23. bringing your own bags to the grocery store
24. give someone a flower
25. hugs those around you
26. Tell someone you are proud of them
27. use a thermal mug from the coffee shop instead of a throw-away one
29. donate clothes or toys you no longer use
30. turn off all the lights I'm not using
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Challenge: What is your clothing style?
Do you dress casual/or do you like to dress up? If you could have $1000 to buy your dream wardrobe, what would you buy???
HHHMMMM clothing.... I definitely need some new clothes. I would say that over the past few years since my life has become so insanely crazy busy that my style has become much more casual. My staple outfit is jean and a cotton shirt, either long or short sleeved. I love clothes that wash really easily and don't wrinkle too much, I hate folding laundry. I love to buy my jeans from bluenotes - they are the only ones who see jeans my length. I also love Old Navy. If I had $1000 to spend on clothes these pics would be my wish list from old navy, plus some new jammies and some jeans from bluenotes. I would also splurge and buy new bras and underwear from La Senza.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
My absolute favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal is the stuffing and the cranberry sauce. I'm not quite sure what it is but turkey does not seem the same without them. Here are two of my favorite recipes.
Basic Brad Stuffing
1/2 cup butter
15-ounce bag cubed bread
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 cups homemade turkey stock or chicken broth
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and celery. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is golden, about 10 minutes.
Scrape the vegetables and butter into a large bowl. Add the bread and parsley. Stir in enough of the stock to moisten the stuffing, about 2 1/2 cups. Season with the poultry seasoning, if desired, add salt and pepper to taste. Use to stuff the turkey, or place in a buttered baking dish, drizzle with an additional 1/2 cup stock, cover and bake as a side dish.
Makes 10 cups.
1 Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.
2 At this point you can add all number of optional ingredients. We typically mix in a half a cup of roughly chopped pecans with or without a few strips of orange peel. You can add a cup of raisins or currants. You can add up to a pint of fresh or frozen blueberries for added sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice can be added too.
3 Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
Cranberry sauce base makes 2 1/4 cups.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
The thing I get the absolutely most excited about is the love I have for Christ. I have been a Christian for just under a year now and I get more and more excited everyday!! I love learning about Christ and about the love I have inside me for Him. I am so humbled and so blessed to have His love and His acceptance. It means so much to me to live each day in the excitement that He is the one guiding my day. I love being able to just praise Him and say "Please show me what you want from me today, show me who You want me to speak to, who I am to share You with." I love seeing what happens after that and just opening myself up to whatever may happen.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I too was disappointed to hear that Rhonna & Cathy Z's blogs were ending. I often look to these (and many others) for inspiration. I love journaling and often feel better being able to put my thoughts down somewhere concrete. Sometimes when I journal in a notebook, I tend to forget to go back and keep at it. When I discovered blogging I was so excited because I could journal in such a creative way. I love photography and fonts and colors. I love computers. Being able to blog gives me a chance to release the many thoughts (and sometimes emotions) that are going around in my head. Blogging does take time, but to me it is time set out just for me. Time to figure out what's going in in my head, time to share the joys and hurts in my life, and time to praise God for all He does in my life. It gives me a release, a chance to just be 100% me.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
I have so many fond memories of this past Thanksgiving. I am getting to know an amazing member of my my church, Sue. She is helping me through some things that God has brought to my attention and is there for me all the time. This woman is so full of love for God and for others. She and her husband, one of the pastors, invited me to have Thanksgiving with them this year because they knew that I was going to be alone because the girls were at their dad's. I was amazed that in just getting to know me they wanted me to be a part of their family time. I was honored and felt so accepted. I see in them the qualities that I so desire. The way they live their life totally for God inspires me to do the same. I am blessed to know them both.
Most of the time my biggest trouble is just doing it! I am always filled with ideas and thoughts about scrapping, but I never just start it. I gather so many ideas on 2 Peas, from magazines and in my favorites and then I don't get started. Sometimes I wish I had a better area for scrapping but I know that the one I have would be great if I kept it clean and organized. I think I might just see a challenge in the next few days - I will clean and organize my scrap are and get off my butt and get something done.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I went to a crop this past weekend and started an album of my trip to Niagara Falls with my girls. This is the title page I did for the album. I completed 16 pages, but still have to journal them. I will post more pages as I get them done.
Monday, October 02, 2006
I AM MOST THANKFUL FOR:
1. Having a God who loves me unconditionally
4. being clean & sober
5. having somewhere I love to live with my girls
6. finally loving me just as I am
7. having family close by
8. finding happiness with a new man
9. being creative
10. being able to support my girls
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Challenge: You are at the magazine stand, what three magazines are you going to purchase?
For me it is always these same 3 that I buy as soon as I can find them in this small town.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Maureen tagged me! Being tagged is a first for me - should be fun!
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Residential Counsellor
2. Community Support Worker
3. Marketing Director
Four movies I have watched over & over
1. The Prince & Me
3. How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days
4. Ever After
Four places I have lived
1. Port Elmsley (in a house with my parents)
2. Smiths Falls (in a house with my husband)
3. Perth (in an apartment on my own with my girls)
4. Smiths Falls (in a mobile home on my own with my girls)
Four TV shows I like to watch...
1. The First 48
2. Criminal Minds
3. Dallas Swat
4. CSI (Vegas, Miami & New York)
Four places I have been on vacation...
1. Niagara Falls
2. on a trip across Canada to the west
3. the Bahamas
Four blogs/web-sites I visit....
1. 2 Peas in a Bucket
2. Yahoo games to play canasta
3. A Life Unrehearsed http://alifeunrehearsed.blogspot.com/
4. Bright Ideas Scrapbook Co. http://www.brightideasscrapbookco.com/
Four of my favorite foods...
2. Spaghetti with meat sauce
4. Roast Turkey with stuffing & mashed potatoes
Four places I'd rather be right now...
1. In bed
2. on a beach
3. on a cruise ship
4. in Tuscany
Four people I would tag:
1. Bonnie Rose
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I didn't even have to think about this one. If there was one thing that I could change in this world today it would be that all children be safe. Safe from physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Safe from hunger and fear. Safe from being unloved. Safe from wars. Children are the absolute most precious thing we have in this world. They are the closest thing we have to look at that shows us Jesus. In these children we can see the love of Christ and the love that Christ has for us. I would want to do everything in my power to return that love and keep every single one of them safe. Make them feel secure and loved.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
3 parsnip, peeled
2 carrot, peeled
1 medium-sized turnip, peeled
1 medium-sized rutabaga, peeled
1 medium-sized celery root, peeled
12 garlic, cloves
Preheat oven to 425 degree Fahrenheit.
Cut parsnips, carrots, turnip, rutabaga and celery root into equal size pieces.
Add all remaining garlic cloves and pork trimmings to roasting pan.
Coat with olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Place roasting pan on stove top.
Over medium heat brown vegetables.
Place seared pork trimmings on top and place in oven.
Cook until golden brown and fork-tender.
Remove trimmings and reserve for jus.
Place vegetables on platter.
This is my all time "I know it's fall time" recipe!
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil
salt, to taste, about 1/2 teaspoon
Rinse seeds well and get as much of the pumpkin pulp off of them as possible. Some of the small pieces are going to adhere, but they won't hurt the seeds at all, and might even add a little more flavor. Pat dry with paper towels. Don't let them dry completely on the paper towels, because they might stick!
Heat a skillet over medium low heat; add pumpkin seeds and cook, turning frequently, until nicely browned and crunchy. The seeds will probably start to pop. If using butter, you might have to lower the heat a bit more. This takes about 30 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer if the heat is quite low.
To roast the seeds in the oven, heat oven to 300°. Cook, turning from time to time, for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned and crunchy.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Here's one about food preferences. Here ya go:
How do you take your coffee/tea? Coffee definitely black, tea with milk
How do you like your eggs? I like dipping my toast in runny yolks but don't eat the rest of the eggs
Favorite breakfast foods: granola bars and fresh fruit
Coke or Pepsi? definitely pepsi
You're feeling lazy. What do you make? spaghetti - it's so easy
You're feeling really lazy. What kind of pizza do you order? either Hawaiian or mushroom and bacon
You feel like cooking. What do you make? stir fry with chicken and tons of fresh vegetables
Do any foods bring back good memories? turkey dinners always brink back memories of family events
Do any foods bring back bad memories? banana pudding - reminds me of being sick and on antibiotics all the time when I was a kid
Do any foods remind you of someone? not really that I can think of
Is there a food you refuse to eat? oysters - and sardines yucky and slimy! gross!
What was your favorite food as a child? mashed potatoes
Is there a food you hated as a child but now love? broccoli
Is there a food you loved as a child but now hate? nope
Favorite junk food: caramilk bars and fuzzy peaches
Favorite dessert: chocolate cream pie
The perfect nightcap? coffee with flavored creamers
Do you have any weird food habits? I have a huge appetite and I love food - I can be a pig!
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
> I love having my Bible available around me whenever I want it
> I love to surround myself with books
> Surrounding myself with candles makes me feal so peaceful
> I love a vase filled with flowers on my tv stand
> I love my collection of sandcastles
> I love having scrapbook and crafting supplies handy
> I love having magazines to look at for inspiration