Friday, January 30, 2009
But I LOVE earrings! I have a hanging jewelry bag just FULL of earrings. And I have loads and loads of earrings marked as my favorites in my Etsy shops. Here is one pair that I think is just beautiful...elegant, and very Victorian looking. These are from Amber Sky and they run $34.50:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I did fairly well with dinner. I chose the fish. I can't remember the name of the dish, and it doesn't show it on their website, but it was tilapia with fresh lump crab meat, shrimp, crawfish, and mushrooms in a light butter-Chablis sauce, served with seasonal veggies. The veggies were yellow squash, carrots, and broccoli. Pretty healthy, right? I didn't have any appetizers, although I did snag a few french fries from Brother Bear's plate. And I did have a bite of Papa Bear's Queensland Salad.
But it was the cake and ice cream that got me. I didn't have a lot, but it was enough. I had a small piece of birthday cake, and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Then, I saw that my brother-in-law (Papa Bear's brother) wasn't having cake and ice cream. This is what he said, "I'm just thinking of my workout today. I don't feel like ruining it.". In response to that, my husband said, "That's why I allowed myself the cake today. I planned for it.". Who thinks like that? Like, "I just worked out, so I'm not going to ruin it by eating wrong.".
Here's how I think: I walked today, so I can have that scoop of ice cream and not feel bad about it. Right? Is that how you other gals think, or is it just me? Do you justify that candy bar, because you worked out? Let's hear it!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (but is it really more than we can afford? Really?)
7. Been to Disneyland [okay, Disney World]
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt (does a quilt square count?)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Feel free to "borrow" this and post it on your blog. But please let me know, so that I can read yours too! :-)
In each of Fireproof's first four weeks in the box office, it gained in theater counts. It had 839 theaters in its first weekend, 852 in its second, 875 in its third, and 905 in its fourth. During this time, it lost many theaters, bringing its total down, but also added some through this time, keeping it among the top box office films. As of December 12, 2008, it has lost more than half of its theaters, at 346.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Here's what I did: Put a carton (or whatever you have left over) of whole mushrooms in a small skillet, and add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup beef broth. (Ours happened to be "beef-flavored" because that's all that Papa Bear could find at Whole Foods. He saw chicken broth and vegetable broth, but not beef broth...only beef-flavored broth. Weird, huh?!) Bring to a low boil over medium heat, and let simmer.
Every now and then, give the mushrooms a stir, so that all sides get cooked evenly. Continue to simmer, and you will see the broth start getting a little thicker as it "disappears". Start stirring constantly at this point. The beef-flavored broth caramelizes on the mushrooms.
Once all the liquid is gone, take the skillet off of the heat. Let the mushrooms cool down a bit, and then ENJOY! These reminded me of some fried mushrooms we used to get at a little drive-in called the Panther Drive-In in Knob Noster, Missouri when I was a little girl. The flavor seemed to taste the same. Of course, mine didn't have the breading and frying.
Back in August, hubby found this battery charger on Amazon.com. We have used and used and used it! When you buy this charger, you get four AA batteries with it. The great thing about this charger is that you can charge both the AA and AAA batteries in it. You need to use the batteries that they call for, which are the rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. Amazon.com sells the AAA ones too, so don't worry that this set only has the AA.
You will be SO glad you switched. We have even told some friends and family about this recharger, and some have purchased it too. In this day and age of battery operated everything, it is a moneysaver! And who can't find that attractive?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Want to win this sweet necklace from Pampering Beki? Find out how by clicking HERE. Beki is an online "buddy" of mine, and she has some GREAT items in her Etsy shop. Hair clips, necklaces, earrings, and much more. Go check out Pampering Beki, and see for yourself. And don't forget to go over to Thrifty & Chic Mom to enter to win the necklace.
Yesterday, I did something that is SO rare...I watched a portion of the Rachael Ray show. She was making Cheeseburger Chili Mac, and I thought I would try making it for dinner last night. But I made some changes...I didn't use the chili powder, but instead used Taco Seasoning because that's what I had on hand.. And instead of extra sharp cheddar, I used Mexican shredded cheese, again, because that's what I had on hand. Sorry for the itty bitty picture. I didn't take a picture of ours last night. We were hungry!
Truthfully, I liked it, but I would've liked it better if it had been more "saucy". And it DEFINITELY needed the sharp cheddar cheese! YUM-O!
Want the recipe? Click HERE.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Seriously! This is just WRONG! The only way it could be worse, is if you were to add chocolate!!! Don't you know I'm dieting? How could you do this to me? Well, this might just have to be a one time, one can thing. These are doughnuts made with canned biscuits, butter, sugar and cinnamon. I found them through The Mom Buzz, who found them at Southern Plate. Wanna know how to make them yourself? AND get little doughnut holes too? Just click on Southern Plate up above, and you'll magically find yourself in the Land of Good Food!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I have this cookbook:
And I want to get THIS cookbook, because it says it's a budget-friendly cookbook:
If you click on each picture, you'll go to where you can purchase these on Amazon.com. The reviews on Amazon are really good, and we put a lot of stake in those reviews. I would love to hear if anyone else has the Family Cookbook, and if so, how you like it.
I am ready to try some new, yummy, healthy recipes! So, if you're trying to lose weight and get healthy, I challenge you to get one of these books, try some of the recipes and then let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from ya!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Oh my goodness! I was a bit surprised to find that I've been given some "blog love"! I mean, I've only had this blog up for about 3 weeks! Thanks Sydnei! Right back at ya!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I hear this little maraca-sounding noise, for quite awhile, and a lot of silliness and giggling. Then, I looked over (like 5 minutes later), and see this:
...along with milk all over the carpet, the entertainment center, and even on the TV. Baby Bear has figured out how to bite hard enough on his sippy cup lid (a soft lid), to disengage the "spill-proof" widget that's inside. And he loves that shaking noise, so was shaking the cup, and in the meantime shaking milk all over himself and everything else. Needless to say, I was NOT thrilled with him, and even fussed loudly at him, which in turn, made him cry. That's why he's not giggling in the picture above.
What's a Mama Bear to do?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Roughly 6 quarts of water (so now you know you need a BIG POT)
Papa Bear's Bowl: Shredded cabbage, chopped red and yellow onion, fresh lemon wedges, oreganoMama Bear's Bowl: (already mixed in) Chopped red onion, fresh lemon juice, oregano
Brother Bear's Bowl: Fresh lemon juice, oregano, and shredded cabbage
Now, while Baby Bear can't quite handle the textures in the posole, he LOVED the broth! When I let him try some, he promptly signed "more"!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Hurry! The giveaway ends at 11:59 CST on January 13th!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
If so, here's some GREAT news! I found this blog post over at Military Mama's blog...Musings of a Military Wife. Disney is giving away tickets for retired or active duty military families, along with great discounts on hotels.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Baby Bear just started back at "school" today, after not being there for a whole month. I put taking him to school on my list. I didn't count on the fact that 1/2 hour after I put him down for his morning nap, he decides it's time to go "stinkies" in his diaper. So of course, he's not sleeping...even though I really need him to sleep because he has school at 12:15! So, with diaper changed, I put him back down for his nap. I didn't get much done between that time and the time I had to go get ready to leave.
Then, after school, we went back to the house to get the stroller so that we could walk today. No, the stroller wasn't in the trunk, where it normally is. Yes, I had to go and get it, and put it in the trunk. Yes, Baby Bear got upset when the stroller went into the trunk, instead of him going into the stroller. He didn't understand that we had to drive before we could walk. I drove down to the local park, nearest Brother Bear's high school. We got said stroller OUT of the trunk, and walked the almost full mile to the school. When Brother Bear got out, we walked the almost full mile BACK. Yes, I'm POOPED! I don't get much exercise. That's going to change this year, but it didn't help much for today. I do know that I will sleep well tonight! Unless I happen to fall asleep while typing...................................................................................huh? what? who said that? Oh, sorry, I guess I dozed off. I think it would help to get to bed earlier tonight!
So, now that it's almost time for Papa Bear to come and get Brother Bear for jujitsu, I've still not gotten much done. Bed is not made. Dishes are not done. Laundry isn't done...just started. Prescription didn't get picked up. Only 3 of the 14 things on my list have been crossed off. Dinner is nowhere near being ready. Can we call in for pizza? Papa Murphy, are you there? Yeah, we'd like to place an order. Papa Bear, can you pick up some pizza on the way home? You know, the one WE cook. So it actually looks like I cooked dinner tonight? Thanks! Love ya!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Whether you're a teacher or a student, a family, or grandparents, these Valentine's Day cards will be so fun to send. And they're easy to order and print. All you do is purchase, send me your photos and text, and then I'll send you a .jpg file that you can have printed at your local photo processing center for just around $0.12 to $0.20 each!
Print these out as 5x7's, and then cut to make 3-1/2x5 inch cards!
Thanks for looking!
I like pretties. Especially pretties with pearls and pinks and all that. So, I'm posting about this giveaway in hopes that I might win it! So, go check out Gabrie's Shop and find out how you can enter to win it too!
Have a good week!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Our good family friend, Eric, came over for a tamale dinner the Sunday before Christmas. He and Brother Bear made Snickerdoodles together. I hope you enjoy our little slide show. Baby Bear wanted to help too, but he thought greasing the cookie sheets was a little more than he could handle. He got some shortening on his fingers and fussed until we wiped it off!
Here is the recipe they used for the Snickerdoodles.
1 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each. Add vanilla. Sift together the flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended.
3. In a small, shallow bowl, stir together the 2 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in the sugar mixture. Place cookies 2 incehs apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies should be slightly golden at the edges. Remove to cool on wire racks.
*This recipe was adapted from the "Snickerdoodles V" recipe on Allrecipes.com
Friday, January 2, 2009
I think that I have an entrepreneurial spirit. For as long as I can remember, I have been crafting. I remember sitting with my mom, while she sewed on the sewing machine, making little things with the scraps of fabric that she didn't need. I remember Vacation Bible Schools where my favorite part of the day was doing crafts. I remember sitting year after year at schools and churches for craft shows.
I have made and sold everything from baby bibs, to bath and body products, to fudge and peanut brittle, to handmade jewelry, to handmade kid's "boutique style" clothing.
And now, the internet! I started my own website, where I sold my handmade jewelry and kids' clothing. I also sold handmade greeting cards. I even tried my hand in the "custom boutique" craze that is on eBay, and even sold quite a few outfits. But, the website didn't do so well and eBay was getting a little pricey, and I wasn't getting what I needed to get for those outfits.
I was so excited to find out about Etsy.com in October of 2006. I opened up a little jewelry shop called "Ambrosia Delights" , and then promptly proceeded to forget about it. I knew nothing of promoting my shop, or hopping onto the forums to just chat, to get my name out there. I knew nothing of blogging.
Then in April of 2007, I got an email that said I had sold something. I thought, "Wow! Someone saw my website and bought something!" But, no, the sale had come from Etsy. Oh wow! I had totally forgotten about my Etsy shop! But I had just sold two pairs of earrings! Woo Hoo! I decided then and there that it was time to ramp things up. So I started learning about promoting.
I didn't sell MUCH more jewelry or baby blankets, or burp cloths, or kids' clothing, or anything else from that shop. (In fact, now my Ambrosia Delights shop is a destash shop where I sell sewing patterns and fabric. I will be adding jewelry making supplies soon!) I decided to try my hand at Etsy shop banners, because I accidentally found out that I could create banners and such with my photo editing software. I put some banners in my jewelry shop, and they started selling! So I decided to open up a separate shop just for banners. I opened "Rio Oso Designs" in May of 2007, and since then, I have had over 600 sales, and have met some pretty incredible people!
Then in November of 2008, I decided to branch out even further, and so I opened "Photo Greetings" on Etsy. In that shop, I sell photo greeting card designs that you can get printed at your favorite photo processing center. It's a wonderfully easy and convenient process, where you can get as few or as many photos printed as you need. We currently have designs for birthdays, baby showers, birth and adoption announcements, Valentine's Day, holidays, "Save the Date" announcements, and Memorial Cards. We can custom design a card to suit your needs, no matter what the event. I hope you'll check us out.
I said all of that to say this: I am in 100% favor of supporting "mom shops". I am a part of Etsymom, which is an Etsy "street team" full of moms who sell what they make. I think our economy would probably improve quite a bit if more people bought from "little" businesses like these.
On Twitter today, I found out about a great site: Created by Mom. This site has tons of products made by moms. I hope you will visit them, and even buy. They have gifts for everyone in the family! Their website is attractive, with a simple layout, and is easy to get around.
If you are a "mompreneur" and you want a little additional promotion, just drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The test: Organic Pink Lady apple VS. Organic Honeycrisp apple
While not as tangy as the Pink Lady, this apple is just as sweet, and a bit more crisp. Thus the name Honeycrisp. If you click on the "Honeycrisp" name above, you will find the website, which touts this apple as one that can be stored in a refrigerator for up to four months! We cut our Honeycrisp apple around 6:30pm, and right now, at 10:00, the apple still has not gotten brown!
I'm willing to bet this apple is one that even the youngest apple-eating kiddo would love.
All in all, we had a favorite by far: The Pink Lady. Papa Bear will be going to Whole Foods tomorrow to get some more Pink Lady apples! It's a good thing it's on the way home from his work.
I hope you'll go out and try both of these. They sure make a tasty, very healthy snack.
Well, Coldwater Creek gave me a real treat this week. I got an email saying that through e-mail only, I could get 70% off of ANYTHING in the store through January 5th!!!! Now, THAT I can afford. I just had to use the code WXH6452. So I bought a skirt and a pair of pants. I have a really difficult time finding pants that I like, and that fit right, because of my body shape, so I hope they work! I got both of those items and only paid $0.51! That's right, just fifty-one cents! I had a $50 gift card from my birthday in August, and that covered everything, including tax and shipping. Pretty good, huh?
If you visit the Coldwater Creek website, you will see that they are offering 50% off of everything in their store. Use the code SAVEBIG, when you check out.
Here are the two pieces I got:
Right now, the tv is on, with the Rose Parade showing on at least 4 channels. There are some pretty amazing floats this year. The theme is "Hats Off to Entertainment" I normally don't watch it, but I did get to see a few floats...including one from my "home state" of New Mexico. This float won the Bob Hope Humor Award, for its depiction of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner.
Later on, I think we're going to go for a good walk. Yesterday I managed to get Brother Bear, and Baby Bear, to go for a walk with me. We walked 1-3/4 miles! Whew! I haven't done that in quite awhile, but it felt good. Papa Bear is going to go with us today. We have our handy-dandy little pedometers that we got from Amazon.com
Have a great day!