Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
- At the present time, I am obsessed with the color pink. I don't know why, but I think the girly-girl in me is finally surfacing.
- My first vehicle was a 1983 Chevy Scottsdale pick-up truck with plush red interior.
- In 1990-1991 I was the county's Dairy Princess and I loved it!
- I met my husband on the internet and spent much of our first date, 500+ miles from home, in the hospital with a kidney stone.
- I used to ride my horse, Magnium, from sun-up to sun-set in the summers. My parent's have no idea how far away from home I was.
- I collect "Mailpouch Barn" memorabillia. I think because my 'Grampy' chewed Mailpouch tobacco.
- My friend Dan-Dan drove me home from work once in the midst of a snow storm and we did a donut in the middle of Route 8. He ended up staying at my parent's house for a day or two because the blizzard pretty much covered his car that we affectionately referred to as "The Lil' Pumpkin."
Monday, April 16, 2007
After a long day of work, it is a chore to come home and do more chores - dinner making included. But being budget savvy means we batten down the hatches and find a way to make it work. My solution... CROCK POT COOKING!!!! Check out my new Crock Pot. I'm so excited. We had one years ago, but must have given it away as a result of one of our moves or something. I always wanted the kind with the lift-out stoneware, and now I have it! 4 quart is just our size as we have no extra mouths to feed at the moment. Fairly priced $19.99 at Target, I believe we've found ourselves a deal. Keith consented to this purchase. I am certain he is anxious to taste the fruits of our labor in this regard. Now - if I could only get my hands on those liners that Amanda speaks so highly of... they did not have these at Target. Believe me... we looked everywhere!
My first experiment is tonight's dinner... crock pot chicken. I layered carrots, onion, and celery on the bottom and placed a whole frying size chicken on top. (after rinsing and patting dry) I sprinkled on generous amounts of coarse ground salt and pepper and some thyme. I poured a small can of chicken broth around it, slapped the lid on, set it on low and promptly forgot about it.... until NOW....
I think 8 hours would have been plenty, but I had a meeting tonight so it cooked more like 12 hours. Oh well... As soon as I got home I found myself a nice large platter. I was assessing how to lift the chicken out of the pot. With 2 forks or with a pair of tongs? I grabbed ahold of a leg with the tongs and it slipped right up out of the pot away from the body. Hmmm... TENDER... I grabbed a wing and as I layed it on the platter the bone fell out of it... REALLY TENDER!!!! I'm telling you what... I have never made a more tender, juicy, delicious whole chicken EVER! I'm so proud of myself. You know what - my biggest problem is that it is falling off it's bones so well, that even the tiniest back bones are not holding together and I'm going to have to sift them out of the veggies and broth.
This made more than one meal for us. I have indulged myself and will be fixing a plate for Keith as he is working this evening. The rest... the sky's the limit. Hmmm... chicken salad on crackers or sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, casserole, enchiladas.... What do you suggest?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
With Me and Mr Faust and our awards... was he praying for us?
Light years ago...
A few things about Paul:
- Nickname = PB
- When sprouting bat-wings under his hat... "It's time to trim the bush"
- He used to drive this old beater truck that had a hole in the floor and whenever I was riding with him, he'd purposely hit mud puddles just to get me wet.
- He has a potato launcher... why?
- He pushed me off my hobby horse when I was little. At least this is the story and I'm stickin' to it (even tho I don't remember) LOL. I had to get stitches on the inside of my lower lip... scarred for life!
- He used to take things apart and put them back together just for fun. He's very good at that sort of thing. I tried that once... the rototiller... it was not a smart move for me.
- He once glued a rat (or was it a mouse) on the hood of his truck like a hood ornament. What is wrong with this picture?
- When I was 5 years old he was mean to me and in retaliation, I dipped his pet kitty in a bucket of motor oil and threw it down the silo. (again - not my brightest moment... and for the record I would NEVER do that again)
- He taught me to put cats in a feed sack and swing them around... good clean farm-life fun. (what was wrong with us!)
- He's always willing to lend a hand... he helped us move multiple times, even came to Kentucky to help us move home! He's a great packer - very neat, tidy, and precise. I appreciate him more than he knows.
(disclaimer: Don't be over-alarmed by our childhood monstronsities... growing up on a farm is full of pleasant memories and we would NEVER intentionally hurt a family pet.)
So cheers to Paul for another year of fun and frolic! I hope it was an enjoyable birthday! (Can't wait for next weeks bon fire for Moms! Maybe we should put the fire department on red-alert???!!! LOL)
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Mom Advice - not that Mommy stuff is in any way applicable to me, but she has a ton of links to free stuff - samples and such. Cool - one can never gather too many free samples. These are the kind of things I save up for vacation time -- sample size shampoos and such.
I might have some more to add later. I need to do something a little more productive now.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
It is just great to have Keith out of school. Don't get me wrong, I support him completely in his educational endeavors. He is a fabulous teacher and is quite scholarly. He always had good grades, and even graduated from Clarion Cum Laude. It's been an interesting journey we've been on. After all these years of prepping for 'tomorrow,' we feel as if we are finally living for today. Sure, we have aspirations, hopes, dreams, and plans for our lives... but we have dismissed the "living for tomorrow" lifestyle and are loving where we are right now. He may still return to his studies. So may I. Or we may just keep doing what we are doing and allow the events of our non-work lives to transpire.
Couple profound things I've come to learn over the past couple of years -
- God has a plan for you, but lets you choose your own path. When you find yourself at the crossroads of life, you can rest assured that there are blessings and hardships whichever path your choose.
- God has a plan for you TODAY, don't waste today trying to get to tomorrow's plan.
- My plan isn't necessarily God's plan. I begin each day asking the Lord to help me put aside what I want and fill my heart with what He wants. It's not easy, but as time goes by I am realizing that he has greater things in mind for me than what I dream up for myself.
You know, it took me a while but... I've come to realize that Starbucks coffee is not like regular coffee. If you drink it plain, it's not too great. It's made to be served WITH something. Be sure to stop on over to Keith's blog to check out the newest coffee snob brew!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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Sunday, April 01, 2007
We had a sell-out week... Lots of yummy meats!
Ricky has delicious strawberries, mushrooms, broccoli, onion, some honkin big carrots and, of course, a lovely array of Easter flowers!
Amanda and I
Me with Mr. Jones's Grandson - Alexander
For over 15 years I worked for the neighbor selling meat and vegetables at the Farmer's Market in Pittsburgh. In February of this year, a fire destroyed the interior of the building. The fire was ruled arson. That very week the co-operative pulled themselves together and built an addition about 1/3 of the size of the main building in order to continue serving their purpose in that community. For more news, click here.