Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Moanin'

Well, not so much a Monday moan, Its a Monday Musing.....

I don’t’ know what it is??
You would think I couldn’t find “just the right” lipstick/chapstick. I just happened to be taking inventory and here’s what I found:
In the desk drawer at the office:
In my purse:
In my make-up box:
At my computer:
Even my church bag:
High Maintenance, nooooo!
Just sensitive lips

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Old Man Winter


Old Man Winter Stikes Again
gotta love the Pacific Northwest.
We went looking for the Elk...but found snow instead!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Food Fun-Roasted Chickpeas & a quick lunch

Today is a Friday Two-Fer
I had my little snake already…. And my friend Carmen gave me another recipe for a GREAT SNACK ( I actually eat it for lunch)
It's full of protein, and flavor… .. yum-yum-0 (too much Rachael Ray?)
Cut up: apples, chicken breast, walnuts, dried cranberries.
Mix them all together with lowfat yogurt. Great as a lunch (with romaine leaves) or as a snack! THANK YOU CARMEN! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Roasted Chickpeas – a pop-em in your mouth snack
There are many variations on this snack. I just did the easy-sneezy one


Preheat oven to 450.
1can chickpeas (15/5oz) rinsed and drained
2 tbl olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
any other seasonings (I used garlic, and I have used lemon pepper)
Mix ingredients together in a shallow baking pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
A great snack warm! Like popcorn, (only sort of.. well that’s what they say, but not really)
Its good for you!














Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday Wisdom




We need the star-shine of each other to light our skies and chase the shadows away.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Monday Moan-in'

note: Iam trying to be more organized with the bloggidy... and because Friday Food Fun is so....well you know - - fun, I've added Monday Moan-in' and Wednesday Wisdom.





Welcome to Monday Moan-in' because ya deserve one day to moan about something!

Today it is about weight. We (my handsome husband) and I have been trying to diet for 4 weeks. Trying very hard. We pretty much stick to a South Beach way of life, with Isagenix shakes thrown in for Breakfast.

The first two weeks were ok. Slow and steady wins the race. But for the last two weeks I have not lost an ounce, let alone a pound. I am eatting less, and walking a little (too cold outside so i have a tape I walk a mile to)

Have I mentioned NOT AN OUNCE....... for two weeks.. and all the stores have Easter Candy, little fluffy peeps, and m&m's in all shapes and sizes! PASTEL PEANUT, yum yum


- - - - - - -MOANNNN & GROANNNNN This is seriously hard to take.


well there is the voice in my head ... ..... ..... suck it up ...... and get on with it. (that is my bosses voice actually -because he says this daily)

sigh...........


not an pound, not an ounce



Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Food Fun-Chili Lime Chicken Kabobs

ok, the cookies nearly DID US IN, I cannot make anymore goodies till we've lost more weight.... yeah they didn't make it to the Boys... I did take them to work though so I wouldn't be tempted, (oh yeah, like I wasn't tempted at work!!!!!)
so.... Its back to no carb meals for this couple! Although I will say Mr. Produce looks forward to Friday to see what Food Fun he gets to test!!!


Chili Lime Chicken Kabobs


INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
cayenne pepper to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
skewers

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice.
Season with chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish with the sauce, and stir to coat (or zip lock bag). Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade.
Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken juices run clear.


NOTE: If you are using wooden skewers, but sure to soak them in water for an hour before threading the chicken onto them. This will help prevent them from burning while your meat is cooking.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New paint

I would first like to say that I am entirely bummed out that I did NOT win the Home&Garden Home of the year in Sonoma , CA .. I had so many positive thoughts going toward this endeavor (and entries) that I just KNEW I WOULD win, but I didn’t, some retired couple in FL won. HEY they already live in a beautiful warm place, sigh. SO….In keeping with the Home Theme, I thought I would show pictures of my painting and tilling job that I FINALLY finished this weekend.

Along with the new paint job, I put glass tile around the sink, ohhhh
A dark sage green in the Hall and Kitchen,


Phew I’m tired of climbing up and down ladders

Friday, March 13, 2009

Paula Deen's White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies


Paula Deen's White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies
Cook Time: 13 min
Ingredients
1 stick(s) (8 Tbsp. unsalted) butter, softened
1 cup(s) (packed) brown sugar
1 cup(s) (granulated) sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
3 cup(s) flour
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
2 tablespoon(s) milk
1 cup(s) (chopped) macadamia nuts
1/2 cup(s) (candied ) cherries, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cup(s) white chocolate chunks or chips
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, with electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until just combined. Set aside.
3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl. With mixer on low speed, add milk to the butter mixture, then add the flour mixture. Beat until just combined (batter should be stiff).
4. In another bowl, combine nuts, cherries and white chocolate chunks. Stir into batter with wooden spoon just until blended. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until golden, then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

blog-erville

I have blog-itis

I cannot stay off of the internet-blogging-network.

I think about it all day long. I can’t wait till I go home, Yesterday was TORTURE. I had to work, right after work at 4:30 I had to take my mother grocery shopping. I left her at safeway and went to the post office, drove back to Safeway, called 2 friends (not in), read the rest of a magazine, went in to find her.. and she wasn’t quite done. So after an hour and a half I finally got her home and groceries packed in… I had to run to the VT appointment, and then to another VT appointment… and then home, make dinner, lunch, clean kitchen, FINALLY.. at 9pm I logged onto that big box of information-overload time-waster upstairs and started my stroll thru Blog-ville.

I read all my fav’s, I looked at their fav’s and their fav’s being careful to keep the good ones… finally I had too many blogs minimized and my computer CRASHED

Sigh, now I’ll have to start all over again. And it ended up to be 10:45…. (for those of you who know me know I can not, no matter what stay up after 10pm).
I love the crafty people.
The talented people.
The funny people.
The Spiritual people with stories galore.
The beautiful people and their families.
PEOPLE I ACTUALLY KNOW
The witty writers
The informational tutorials
The contests that I have NO IDEA how to enter!!! (sad but true)
And all the buttons on the side panel that I want to have on my side panel but have no ideal on how to add them…..
..and frankly who has time to add buttons when I’m going from blog to blog finding more and more people I want to know and have hang out with and over to dinner.

Actually this doesn’t sound like Blog-itis. it sounds like Blog-a-holic. Oh no (dramatic background music)
Hi I’m Lisa and I’m a Blogaholic,

…and I’m not about to recover because it’s just too much fun and I am learning so much, I don’t have any time to make what I’ve learned though or cook or take pictures or read the recommended books or listen to the recommended music (or I should say research how to “get” the recommended music) HEY I’m still learning how to upload pics to my blos.. let alone put pics on the side panel or links on the side panel (yeah, guess you could say that is really stressing me out).

I need Lauren to visit and just do it for me, that would solve all the problems.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Food Fun- Quiche Cups to Go

My husband LOVES these, he takes them to work for a snack. Just heat a couple and it’s a great pick-me- up. They are on the south beach diet and a great snack!

Quiche Cups to Go
1 pkg Canadian Bacon
1 pkg (10oz) frozen chopped spinach
¾ C liquid egg substitute
¾ C shredded reduced-fat cheese
¼ C diced green(red-whatever) bell pepper
¼ C diced onion
3 drops hot-pepper sauce (optional)

Thaw spinach, drain excess liquid.
Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.
Put 1 Canadian Bacon in each tin
Combine egg, cheese, peppers onion & spinach in a bowl. Mix well, Divide evenly among the muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Quiche cups can be frozen and reheated in the microwave. ANY combination of appropriate vegetables and cheese can be used.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bathroom re-paint job

I just had to share the pics of my new bathroom!

It is a closet size "toilet&sink" room. Last fall I thought of painted it a lovely red,(shudder) um now it was a cave! so... I artistically (ha) painted it back cream... added a few swirls of gold & red swipes.. and you have a lovely --bright room, yea!

all I have to do now is retile the sink.