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Friday, April 30, 2010

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ultimate Dilly Ranch Burgers

Our Homeschool Home

I am ready for Summer but who isn't right?? I know I am.

With the new way we eat, we grill out a lot.  This recipe contest is right up my alley.  It is hosted by Robin over at Our Homeschool Home.  If you would like to join in then just click the button at the top there or the link right back there.  

My recipe is a burger recipe.  We tend to eat lots of them cause they are fast and cheap. 

Ultimate Dilly Ranch Burgers

2lbs Fresh Ground Chuck the 80/20 one. 
1 Pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Harvest Dill mix
1/4 cup Quick Oats 
1 Cup Shredded  Mozzarella Cheese 

In a large bowl break up the hamburger meat so it is easy to mix the ingredients into it. 
Add the Dill mix, the quick oats and then salt and pepper to taste and then the cheese. 
Mix until it is all mixed together well.  
Spread out a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and form 1/4lb balls and form into a patty. 
We use a burger press. 
Place on the cookie sheet for easy storage. 

Cook on grill to your liking.  We like ours medium well.  

Serve on a any type of hamburger bun and your normal condiments.  I like either a good kaiser roll or the Sandwich thins for bread.  

Best side to go with them is Homemade Sweet Potato Fries.  You can get that recipe here.  I found that if you use parchment paper under them they get crispier.  But normally they are not crispy but they are so so good.  



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I heart Faces! ~Smiles

I have been seeing these around the bloggy world and decided that I would do enter this week. This picture is of my darling Sephy and she loves to make her eyes pop and this is how she always smiles.  I never can get her to show her teeth.  



Thinking about things in my life sometimes will make me step back and 
re-evaluate what is going on and why. I often find myself asking God if I can handle this.  Is this the right step we should be going in? Am I doing the right thing? Why am I worrying about this?  The word 'this' is my hypothetical problem. But in a way it really isn't hypothetical at all.  

I am worried about Thursday. I go in to the doctor for my yearly appointment and I am scared that they are going to tell me I can't have another child.  I worry that they are going to say things like your to old or your to over weight.  I know some of those answers are not something I really want to hear right now.  I know in my heart that I want another child.  I feel that if it wasn't in God's plan for us to have another child my husband's vasectomy would still be good. But it isn't. So now it is all on my body and up to God for us to have another child.  I keep telling myself that is up to God, but deep down I do not want to give up that control.  I want to be the one that says this is what is going to happen.  I don't care what anyone else has to say.  I know that I can not. I do not have that control, it is up to the Lord!. 

Sunday night we where given a new song in choir practice, that I wanted to share.  I know that it isn't a brand new song but I had never heard it before until Sunday night.  The song is called "My Life is in Your Hands". It is written by Kirk Franklin.  This song has really made some sense to me since Sunday. 

"I know that I can make it
I know that I can stand
No matter what may come my way
My life is in your hands"


Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


(if you would like to join in hop on over and visit Sandra!)

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Beautiful, a little humid, and it might rain tomorrow. 

Things that make me happy: 
When my daughter tells me she loves me.

Book I'm reading:
I am not a huge book reader.  I just finished Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.  It is marked for young readers and I got it for my daughter to read and read the first couple of pages. Had it read in 2 days. But it is not for young tween/teen girls that is for sure.
What I'm enjoying on TV:
US of TARA- It is a funny show. I love just watching it over and over. 
Rachel Ray-  I just can't seem to not watch her shows. 

 On the menu for dinner:
Leftover Brisket and Baked Potatoes

On my To Do List:
Sweep the carport
Clean the kitchen
Do some laundry
Clean the bathroom

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Spelt Kaiser Rolls- Here is a
link that has a recipe to them. I have one in a book that I will use.

In the craft basket:
Don't really do very many crafts, but I have been wanting to make something for my daughters teachers for teacher appreciation week next week. 

Looking forward to this week:

Going to the Doctor on Thursday. Although if I am lucky they can get everything worked out and I can start meds to be on my way to having another baby. 

Tips and Tricks:

When you can't get the lint off the dryer lint tray, lick your finger and then run your finger over it and it will come right off.
My favorite blog post this week: 

@Almighty over at Layton Family Joy

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):

Lucy's Reality- She will say things that most might be afraid to say. I really like her views! 

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

This was taken by my friend Liz. Sephy was 7yrs old here.

Lesson learned the past few days:

That you must stop and enjoy God's Creations.

On my mind:

Afraid that when I go to the doctor Thursday that they will say I can't have another baby. 

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nourish your Inner Goddess Giveaway and Review~ CLOSED

This Giveaway is Closed! 

I was given the opportunity by MyBlogSpark and Yoplait to review the new Yoplait Greek Yogurt . I am not a big fan of yogurt but I decided to try it out.  I tried the Honey Vanilla and the Strawberry. It was very good. I would recommend you trying it out! I have always heard good things about Greek yogurt but it was always hard to find until now.  

Here are some facts about the Yoplait Greek Yogurt: 

  • 12 grams of protein
  • 4 delicious flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla and Plain.
  • "Made with milk from cows NOT Treated with rBST/rBGH"
  • Offers a unique thick and creamy texture

Yoplait has teamed up with actress Izabella Miko, who plays Greek Goddess Athena in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ film new epic feature film “Clash of the Titans,” which launched in theatres on April 2 in 3D. As my readers you get to access exclusive behind the scenes footage from Izabella Miko’s Yoplait Greek photo shoot in Malibu.

As a reader you can also get a $0.30 coupon for one cup of the New Yoplait Greek Today!  Just visit here to get it. 

On to the giveaway!!! One of my lucky readers will win a Nourish your Inner Goddess Gift Package that includes 2 coupons for free cups of the New Yoplait Greek, Slippers, Towel Wrap, Sponge, Nail brush, hand held massager, and a hand towel.  Aren't they pretty.  I sure do like mine! 

This Giveaway is only open to US Residents. Sorry Gals! 
*This coupon offer for a free cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Tennessee. 



~ Tell me which Flavor you would like the most.  (1 entry)

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(Do both and that makes 2 entries for the mandatory) 

Additional Entries:

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Leave a comment for each entry. You must include an email address so that I am able to contact you if you win. Give away will end on 05/07/2010 at 11:59CST.  Winner will be posted on 05/08/2010.


Disclosure:  2 VIP coupons, gift pack, information and additional gift pack to give away were all given to me from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark. My views are my own and no one told me what to say. I did not receive any form of money to do this review. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Follow Friday ~ 5QF

Welcome Follow Friday Blog Hoppers and 5QF!! 

I am glad that you stopped by.  Leave me some luv and I will hop on over to your blog and follow you too!! 

I hope that you have a great weekend! 

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1. What was the first car you owned?

It was a 1994 Pontiac LeMans Hatchback

2. What song are you embarrassed to know the lyrics to?

You have lost that loving feeling from Top Gun.  I don't know if that is the title of the song but I know those lyrics.  

You've lost that loving feeling. 
whoo oh ohhh that loving feeling. 
You've lost that loving feeling now its gone gone gone.  whoo ooo ohhh 

I think that is how it goes, hahaha I had to think about it and my husband was no help cause I was singing it and he just laughs. 

3. Have you ever had stitches?

yes in the bottom of my foot. I was around 5 and I stepped on a thorn and it went through my shoe and into my foot and broke off.  I had to taken to the ER and they had to take it out. I still have the scar. 

4. What was your first job?
It was at Six Flags over Texas and I got it on my 16th Birthday! Well I got the job before then but went to orientation on my birthday. Everyone thought I was crazy for going but I was like hey I have to have a job or I won't get a car. I was in the Game department.  Even to this day I still can't play the games and win, but I can sure take your money when guessing your weight and your age. =) 

5. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

My favorite Character has always been Snuffy. 


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Raw (e) Water

I pulled this one from my archives because It has rained here in a while and all my beach pictures just where not that great for water.  It was taken on my old Kodak.  I remember taking this it had been raining for 4 days straight and we lived in this horrible house in Shawnee.  I tried hundreds of ways to capture it.  Putting paper behind it and everything.  I was about to give up and tried one last time and I caught this:

If you would like to join in please visit Sami  over at Sailor & Company and join in the fun.
The rules are simple:

post a water photo
unedited (don't touch it or crop it or enhance it AT ALL)
don't post until you put your picture on your blog
link to your post not your url so I don't have to dig for it
only post ONE photo!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Black and White Wednesday

My Sephy.  
We where just hanging outside one afternoon in the backyard and I took this shot while she was looking over the banister at me. 

This blog hop is brought to you by: 
the long road

If you would like to join in hop on over to her blog and join in the fun. 


Anger much?

Today on the way home from picking up Sephy from school and the hubster from work, we where driving down the same road we always go.  Well one of the two ways we go.  There where some teenage boys out throwing a football across the street. I slowed down so that they knew I didn't want them throwing it over my van.  Well they ended up throwing it and I made a comment to my hubby that if that ball hits my van I hope that he gets out and gets them.  That isn't what he heard at all.  He said boy talk about someone who needs anger management.  He thought I said I was going to get out and pop them for hitting my van with a ball.  He was like slam on the breaks get out of the car and just pop them both and jump back in the car and drive off.  I was like oh yeah sure. I am not about to jump out of my van and try to hit two big boys just because they hit my van.  But I would make them pay for any damages that is for sure.  

I think that sometimes I do pop off on things with out thinking and the last couple of weeks I have seemed to do it more than normal.  BUT I will not at all harm someone for their stupid acts.  

I guess sometimes my brain just doesn't want to work right.  I sure hope that it gets back to normal soon.  


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party- After-Party TwentyTen

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Wow what a great party to be part of!! 

I first want to thank everyone over at 5minutesformom.com without their hard work it wouldn't have been possible to have such a time.  

Thank you to all the sponsors for the prizes! 

Thank you Pamela for all your hard work for getting the prizes in order and giving them out. 

I meet so many new bloggers.  

Found a lot of really neat Blogs to follow.  Here are a couple of my favorite ones: 

Lucy's Reality
Lucy Reality:  I love her blog she is funny.  She is blunt. She shares a lot of the same views I do. Check her out! 

LovelyRitaAnn:  She is my late night Twitter buddy :) She has a very cute blog and Is doing her first GIVEAWAY right now! 

Christy over at Just Thinkin' has a really great blog and she also has a photography blog too.  She was one of my first followers! I love this girl.  Please go check her out!!! 

I won a couple of great prizes!  

I participated in some of the events.  I watched the live video chat.  Couldn't really keep up with that one very well.  I decided to try the twitter party and glad I did! I have had so much fun on twitter.  If you have twitter follow me and I will follow you back.  At the twitter party I won a mommy/daughter necklace and earring set from http://sydneyandrews.com/home.  Thank you!! 

Then Friday night I stayed up to see if I won any of the main prizes yet.  I wasn't expecting to but I did.  I won USC 60 a $200 Gift Certificate to Wall Slicks.  I was really wanting this one.  It was one of my top 3. I haven't decided yet what I am going to get from them.  Thank you!! 

To top off the weekend we got a new pet.   

It is a black with a little bit of gray on its underneath and Sephy named it Midnight.  

I hope that everyone had a great UBP TwentyTen!!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

God Watches over us all....

Today I thought was going to be a normal payday Thursday. 

God had something else planned.

I did my normal morning routine, Shower, get dressed, brush teeth and we all headed out the door. 

I took Sephy to the Doctor.  It was a fast appointment. Just renewing her meds and she did a once over on her and said she looked like she was getting taller.  Got our Rx and left. 

Stopped by the Library, picked up 8 new books for Sephy to read and 1 for me (that was for her but I read the first chapter and said nope I ain't letting her read this.)

I take Persephone to school and then head to the Pharmacy.  Pay $30 bucks for her Rx.  

Head home for a moment to pick up my Giveaway Necklaces so that I can mail them. 

Head to the post office.  

I drive past the post office, thinking to myself.  Yeah there are parking spots in the front, so I turn around and I am sitting at the stop sign to turn.  All of a Sudden all the parking spaces where full but ONE.  That one was going to be mine.  So I wait and wait for all the cars to go by so that I can turn.  A red car is slowing down and I am like NO NO NO that is my parking spot.  (this is all in my head mind you)  So this red car goes to Park. 

I am sitting there watching her.  She pulls in and goes to stop. 


Instead she Plows into the side of the POST OFFICE.  

I was like OMG.  Lord please let her be okay.  Please don't let her be bleeding I do not want to get blood on my new shirt.  ( I know selfish of me, but really I wouldn't have cared I can always buy new clothes) 

Finally I can cross the street.  Guess What I got the parking spot I was going for.  

I flew out of my van.  My cell phone was already in my hand as I walked really fast to her, because another man was standing there talking to her already.  I called 911 told the lady.  Hi my name is Cherees R------- I am at the Central Post office at the end of Magnolia and a Lady just ran into the post office.  ( I know that she is thinking on the other end, so everyone is running into the post office today. because not until after that did It dawn on me today is tax day.)  So I told the dispatcher that I need an ambulance.  She said okay one is on the way.  

I talked to the lady.  I said Hi My name is Cherees.  What is your name.  She said Gloria.  I was like nice to meet you.  Are you hurting anywhere.  She said yes my knees.  I told her I don't want you to move until the EMTs get here because it isnt safe.  I asked her if there was anyone she wanted me to call because if they don't take you to the ER you are going to need a ride.  I called someone for her.  I stayed and just kept her talking until the EMT got there.  

I had to even help the EMTs with the car door because it kept shutting on them.  

I had to stay there until they got her in the ambulance and the car onto the wrecker, because of that oh so cherished parking space.  

Gloria is okay, they did take her to the ER just to make sure but she was talking and was just in pain.  Her pretty Red car is all crushed. 

My nerves are still a little shaken because of the what if's.   
 I am thankful that Gloria is okay.  
I am thankful that I was there to help and talk to her.  
I am thankful that God was watching over her and that she hit the side of the building instead of the railing that would have made the nose of her car fall into it and it could have been worse. 
I am thankful that God made me wait for that cherished parking spot. 

But, I never did go into the Post Office today because after that I just wanted to leave that area and spend time with my husband.  

I pray that Gloria is okay and that God is still watching over her and that she is safe at home. 

The rest of my day was very uneventful compared to my morning. 

Had lunch with hubby. 

Picked up Sephy from school. 

Went to the grocery store. 

Went home. 

Ate Dinner. 

Blogged about my morning.