Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thursday pizza

The past few days have been a busy one. My daughter got an ear infection from her allergies so I've been here at the house.

Thursday night we made personal pizzas. The kids loved being able to decide what to put on their pizza. Both kids made a smile face on their pizzas and I had pineapple and Canadian bacon on mine. 

Here is what they looked like after they were cooked. 

And, of course, here are the two my husband made. He browned up some hamburger meat and onions and then added pepperoni on them as well. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The reason I love to preserve food.

My husband bought five avocados the other day so he can make guacamole. Today, he pulls them out of the fridge and asks me if we have any more tomatoes left. I kindly tell him no but I do have a quart of tomatoes in the pantry that I canned a few weeks ago. He thinks about it for a minute and then tells me that they should work but we'll have to go get a jalapeno pepper to go in it. I pull a bag out of the freezer that I vacuum sealed a while back ago and told him he could just pull a few out from it. Because I had everything we needed for the recipe already on hand since I had preserved it weeks ago for this reason only, we were able to have chips and guacamole today.

Now, let me tell you about my awesome avocado slicer. If you don't have one then I suggest you get one. It not only scoops out the avocado from the peeling but it also slices it, too. 

 See how simple it is to use this thing?

 I love this kitchen gadget and beg the husband to let me scoop out the avocados every time he makes guacamole. I love using this especially when we slice avocado to put on sandwiches. It makes even slices.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starting over....

I have tried this blog thing a few times but I think I've been going about it all wrong. I wanted it to have a theme but there really isn't any theme with me. I love to take photos, bake, drink wine, sing, hang out with my kids, preserve food, drink wine (did i say that already?)  and love on my dog. And somewhere in there my husband is always with me so my life is complete.

So, I was feeling brave this morning and asked my son what he wanted for dinner and he says... breakfast. I asked the hubby if he'd swing by the store on the way home from lunch so I could buy biscuts and he asked me that infamous question "Why don't you make them from scratch?". Now, i'm not real good at making biscuits or bread so i panicked. I just looked at him and said OK.

 Fast forward to this evening and I started on the biscuits. I didn't have a recipe so I had to find one on Food Network. I wanted to find one by Ree Drummond but for some reason it wasn't cooperating so I chose this one, Buttermilk Biscuits. I didn't realize that they wouldn't rise like bread does so I only made them 1/2 inch thick. Next time I'll make sure I make them thicker. All in all, I think they looked great and they actually tasted good. I will definitely be trying to make them again in the future.

This is what they looked like when I put them in the oven.  I only had to bake them for 15 minutes since they were so thin.

 And this is what they looked like when i took them out. They tasted just like they should have.. HOMEMADE!!! There is nothing better than biscuits made from scratch.

We had these biscuits with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and hash browns. We also had white gravy to go with the biscuits.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Arm Knitting!!!

I'm not a knitting person. Crocheting is my thing. There is something about having to use two needles that i can not get the hang of. So, when i heard of arm knitting i figured it wouldn't be for me. I looked at a few youtube videos and found that this style of knitting not only looks gorgeous but it was easy enough that i could do it, too. So, here i am last night, sitting on the couch with all my yarn around me and my ipad in front of me with the video up, trying to get the hang of arm knitting.

The project only took about 45 minutes from start to finish and I thought I did a really good job on it. I wore it to work today and had a ton of ladies ask me how i made it and couldn't believe it was from arm knitting.
I think every girl should try this at least once and make an awesome scarf like this one. It is so pretty and very warm. Here is the link to the blog i used to make mine.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Demon or Angel?

Back in December i was introduced to an author from my friend, Jessica Green. Many of you know her as A Girl Amongst Books. If you haven't checked out her blog, I highly suggest you do. It's a great book review blog. She's got a team of ladies, myself included, who helps her read books in return of an honest review for the author. Anyway, Julie Morgan is one of the awesome authors i have gotten the privilege of reading her books. I am part of her street team for the Chronicles of the Fallen. The first book i read in December is Fallen.

 Lisa Adams wants what every other woman wants: The perfect job. The perfect home. The perfect guy. When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Lisa has no idea what she’s actually signed up for. Her boss, who is tall, dark and incredibly sexy, starts making advances towards her and she’s having a hard time telling him no. Lisa begins seeing things that are scaring the Hell out of her. Nightmares are leaving her frightened.
Then there’s this new guy that’s come into her life. He brings a new light into the darkness that threatens to claim Lisa. He’s mysterious, heartwarming and kind. Not to mention the most beautiful man she’s ever met. But something with him seems to be off.

Faced with love, seduction, sacrifice and deceit, Lisa will find herself being pulled in two directions; one pursues her to claim her soul and the other will sacrifice everything to save her.

In my review, I gave Fallen a 5/5 stars and this is what I have to say:

Lisa loves her job and will do anything to make it to the top. She is infatuated with her boss but then meets the hot guy living in her building and they form a connection. One guy is out to destroy her soul and the other is trying to save her. Who will she choose?

This book had me completely sucked in and wishing I was Lisa. I would highly recommend this book if you love paranormal. I would recommend this book even if you weren't into paranormal books. The love and compassion that is built in this story is like no other.

You can find this book at the following link:

You know how when you finish a book and then realize it's only the first in the series and you want to immediately buy the other five books? The second book hasn't been released yet so i thought I had to wait. Luckily, i didn't have to wait long and then i was given an ARC , advanced reader copy, of Redemption.

 It's not on Amazon yet but i did find the book description on Goodreads. The cover I got from Julie Morgan.
Lisa's choice has been made. She's living her dream and couldn't be happier. Then as news comes to shed light on her happily ever after, a series of events are set in motion. Some want to claim what is rightfully theirs, others want to mold and mentor in a positive light.

Alex feels the demon inside of him growing stronger, day by day. Will he be strong enough to keep it at bay? When new demons come into Lisa and Alex's life, the two think they know what their intentions are, but do they truly?

There's a demon on the prowl and he has every intention of taking down Alex and destroying Lisa in the process. When Lisa finally understands what is happening to her, will she lose herself and destroy everything she loves or will she seek redemption and accept what she has become?

I give this book a 4/5 stars and this is what i have to say: 

This book is not as intense as the first book but had a very strong plot. There are several twists and turns in it that you never see coming.  I felt that some of the characters weren't as developed as they could have been but have been reassured they will be developed more in future books.

Lisa is pregnant and they wonder if it's demon or angel. There are several people who claim they are there to help them but Lisa isn't sure who to trust. When things turn from bad to worse, she is left to find her way back to Alex. Unexpected forces come together to fight the never ending battle and things finally start looking up for the new parents. 

I am looking forward to the third installation of this series. Overall, this is a great series to start reading. I highly recommend it to everyone.