Saturday, June 30, 2012

In our hearts- - -

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pinterest Highlights and Bombs

You've seen the 'hard 'boiled' eggs that were cooked in the oven.. yeah me too so I thought I'd try it out.
Oven set at 325degrees...  place eggs on racks... cook for 30 minutes
Immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of icewater.   Leave about 15minutes.
Peel. (usually under running water helps it peel better.)
So you'll see that some parts of the eggshell are darker, and there a little 'spots' on the egg white... from where it sat on the oven rack.
This is a highlight...these eggs are delicious!  Very creamy.  Cooked but not green or overdone!  They were really good and I will cook my eggs like this this from now on!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

It's not so important where we stand, but the direction in which we are moving.

Monday, June 25, 2012

hitting the Washington repeat button

Back to Washington state...
You know the saying, the more things change the more things stay the same. Well I'm livin' it.
After getting Mr. Produce situated in warm/sunny/hot/fun/family friendly Arizona,  I arrived back here in WA to rain/drizzle/below 55degree temps.
Yep, still the same back here.  Thank you summer.
To cheer me up I really have to work at it.
Today I count my blessings in the way of friends.
A really good blog friend from up here in the Seattle area - Shelly - paid me a visit and BROUGHT GIFTS!!!!! She stopped by my work- this JOY flag was the gift topper and a PERFECT item to keep on my desk
(by the way, my boss is always using the quote: Consider it all Joy)
mmm a beautiful 'Shell' crown, I LOVE CROWNS
and a cute little light, shells included- a little sand and it will be a beautiful to the outdoor table-- whenever i DO get to AZ.
 music heart & cone too
It totally made my day, and the joy on my desk is a reminder everyday of this wonderful friend.  Please stop by her place... she is going through some rough family times and needs all your thoughts and prayers!

AND as if that wasn't enough..,.
I won a beautiful prize off of The Blog Guidebook's  anniversary  MADE by  CrystalB  and this is her shop... if you are looking for a present  GO HERE she is very sweet and her creations are dreamy.  
These earrings are SO SO SO totally me, and my color
and Lauren the necklace would be perfect for your gray and yellow dress:
I've got to remember to see the rainbows in the clouds of rain!
remember remember remember remember remember

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blog-ville Pattern spot

This site is for sewing---
and free download patterns
ALL sorts of beautiful ideas of quilts and clothes and toys and hats and baby items and towels and  aprons and tea cozys and pillows and scarves and napkins...
oh you're just going to love it!
you can even download your OWN designs. 
Some Most! patterns you pay for....SOME ARE FREE.   
This is a lovely site that makes you want to get that sewing maching out, dust it off and SeWsEwSeW

too many pictures to see... you HAVE to go!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just a little fun in the sun

Moving hubby to AZ is a little like taking a kid to college.. go buy hangers for lunch...
but there was lots of time with family:
 he's got a funny face for everything
and here's the rest of the gang

 YEP  I was a picture takin' fool

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Fathers day

Saturday, June 16, 2012

say Marsupial three times fast

Friday, June 15, 2012

Food Fun Friday- Crockpot Stroganoff

Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff
1 lb stewing beef
1 (10.75 oz) can Cream of Mushroom soup, I use the heart healthy
1 (8 oz) container of mushrooms, sliced
½ a medium sweet onion, chopped
1/3 cup water
1 T Worcestershire sauce
½ block cream cheese (4 oz)
In your crock-pot, combine beef, soup, mushrooms, onion, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.

Before serving, mix in cream cheese and cover for a few minutes until mixture warms through and cheese melts.

Enjoy over rice or pasta. OR serve over (frozen) stir fried veggies!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blog-ville Random Tutorial

here's something that it chose for me: tutorial: roscoe the diaper pouch robot

or...Creative Guest: Crocheted Headband with Flower

If you're the kind of person that's always looking for a fun crafty project, you've got to hop over to RandomTutorial! It's a new site that directs you to simply click a red button  (actual button) and each time you do, it brings up a tutorial of a project from within the blogging community (you can search for specific projects if you want too but I personally like the little red button!). Seriously, you might be there all day so bring sustenance.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Monday, June 11, 2012

We're moving toward a move- sing it with me--

Come listen to my story ‘bout a man name Rod
Goin’ to make a new home and getting a new job
Said, Ari-zona is the place we’re gonna’ be
So they loaded up the truck and moved to hot country

Swimmin’ pools, Fam-i-ly and cactus as far as the eye can see~
Banjo, banjo, banjo

Leaving the Pacific North West (which has been the coldest weather not only in the country but in the world)
Seattle and Portland are both forecast to receive above-normal rainfall with a cool, unsettled weather pattern lingering during this spring in the Pacific Northwest . "Mountain snow will linger in the Northwest” "It will be a slow recovery on temperatures late in spring into the summer"
We're moving to sunny (read hotter than what you would consider hot) Arizona .
My cousin once described Arizona : "It’s as though you are standing behind a running bus, no matter WHERE you stand!!!"
Rod has never lived in any other state but Washington .
Lisa is a fog baby.
This should be fun!~!~!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Don't they teach English anymore?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Food Fun Friday- Oven Fried Chicken

Still trying to stay true to a South Beach/Atkins diet.. (you can use less or different flour)
yummy buttery goodness
Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
6 chicken breasts
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter, melted

Step by Step:
1. Mix together flour, thyme, paprika, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Spray baking dish with butter flavored non-stick cooking spray. Pour melted butter into baking dish.
3. Dredge chicken in flour mixture and place into baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, flip and cook an additional 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pinterest Highlights and bombs

At work we have a Gone Fishing Day, which is totally obvious since it is a Company that sells custom fishing rod components!!!
I had seen a picture on Pinterest and thought these would be perfect for the pot luck. 
Here is my attempt making cupcakes:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

Monday, June 4, 2012

Never say Woot

There are several phrases and words used in this new lingo world that drive me crazy:

Right On - yes, this is the phrase from the 60's that people use now as an answer to anything.
Awesome - speaking of a word or phrase that is used to answer/describe anything-- people not EVERYTHING is awesome.  In fact VERY few things are awesome (awe inspiring)  Come on, think of a new word.
No Doubt - no not the band, but the phrase, again used to answer anything, awwwe yes, no doubt.

and then excited people use these irritating words:
Awesome (oh there it is again)
Sweet or Sweeeeeet (all I can think of is that stupid movie, and the guy that used to work behind me who used this word  Thanks Robert)
and then one of the worst words of all
Woot  oh yes and apparently it is spelled:
well,I hate the word so much,  wootwootwootwootwootwootwootwootwootwoot
*like nails on a chalkboard*
If you feel the same way this will be a funny video for you:
 or same thing you can go here... can't seem to get it to show up

join the movement
here's her web site:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

is your cameltoe showing?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Food Fun Friday- Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Mr. Produce wanted a Rhubarb pie for his Birthday.  I'm not a fan of pie's BUT it was HIS Birthday so here you go.  I used frozen deep dish pie crusts and for the top I used pie crusts from a box (no judging).

After making this I realize that the strawberries are the REAL rock stars of this recipe.  I don't know why they call it Rhubarb.  I guess it's the little bit of sour taste they add.  But really it is sweet and strawberrylike!

Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (from Betty Crocker)
Crust for 9inch 2 crust pie
1 1/3 C sugar
1/3 C flour
1/2 tsp grated orange peel (optional but REALLY makes this taste GREAT)
2 C cut up rhubarb (half inch pieces)
2 C cut up strawberries
2 tbl butter

Heat oven to 425degrees.  Prepare pastry.
In one bowl mix sugar, flour and orange peel. 
In another bowl mix berries and rhubarb.
Place half of the fruit into the pastry lined pie plate: sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture.
Repeat.  Dot with butter. 
Cover the pie with the remaining circle of pie crust.
Cut some slits for steam.  Cover the edges with 2-3 inch strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. 
Remove the foil during the last 15 min.
Bake until crust is brown and juice bubbles through slits (40 to 50 minutes)