Monday, July 30, 2012

Menu Monday - 7/30/12

This Week's Menu     
    Girls weekend was a blast. I had such a wonderful time. This week Menu Monday is going to be even shorter. because we are headed out of town once again. * Sigh * The novelty of leaving town on trips has worn off, now I just want to stay home. Oh well. It is a family reunion & will hopefully be a fantastic time. 

        B- Pancakes
        L - Ham & Pepper Sandwiches
        D- Apples & Pork Chops with Oven Roasted Potatoes

         B- Cream of Wheat/Oatmeal
         L- Chicken & Rice Casserole
         D - Beef & Broccoli

          B- Scrambled Eggs
          L - Sandwhiches & Salad (Hitting the Road)
          D- Gone

      @ Reunion

  B & L & D -  @ Reunion 

        B : @ Reunion, but we are in Charge of Breakfast so  Homemade Egg McMuffins

        B- Cold Cereal
        D - @ Baby Blessing

Baking:  Homemade Wheat Bread, Num Num Bars

As always I am linking up to Organizing Junkie

This Week's TO DO
  • Laundry, laundry, & laundry 
  • Load & Start Editing Latest Photo Shoots.
  • Get Quickbooks up to date
  • REUNION!!! 
  • Any else that life happen to throw at me : ) 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Fun

 I just got back from a girls weekend with my sisters & mom. It was fantastic!! 3 days of visiting, crafting, shopping, a little chocalate & a whole lot of fun. I will post about it later, but I wanted to share a few pictures from earlier this summer. I went to spend a few days at my mom's house in June. While we were there we did some fun activities. The weeks theme was "Sky High" and my sister & her kids had been learning about things in the sky: clouds, stars, the moon etc. We were lucky enough to join them for a few days.  
We did shaving cream painting at the park and made clouds. 

 We did a science experiment with Ivory soap.  We put this in the microwave and got...

this neato cloud!

The kids played at the park.

My sister made delicious 'cloud' parfaits 

After my sister had showed my brother this recipe on pinterest he was all excited to try it out.  So he made us all a scrumptious batch of edible worms.

MMmmmmmm....appealing don't you think?

The kids all eating one :) (See Below) 
(My sister broke into song and sang "Everybody hates me, know body likes me.  I guess I'll go eat worms..." everyone looked at her funny, my brother & I included. She says its a real song, I am in doubt. Does anyone else remember that song?)

All the cousins eating a worm. In fact, we all eventually joined in & have pictures of my sister, mom & I eating some as well. They are kind of gross & slimy going down. My sister & kids were able to finally meet new little boy.  The kids all LOVED him.  What a cutie!

Anyways, I meant to share earlier, but life has been crazy! We had such a fun time, I am glad we went. It so good to be with family. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The House that Built Me

We had a family reunion last weekend. One with all my Grandma & mom's brothers & sisters & kids. My sister put together a video of my Grandma's home. A place we all played, loved, laughed & created memories there that will last a lifetime. My kids are lucky enough to live close enough to my grandma to have created their own memories here as well. I love my grandma so much & love that we can still visit her today &  I love her house that built me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


This aren't the final pictures, but I already love them so much I couldn't wait for the others better ones to show. We went to a family reunion last week & my sister told me about this awesome picture she has seen. So we decided to give it a go. A 4 Generation picture, of hands. Its my Grandmother, Mother, Mine & my baby. 

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Menu Monday - 7/23

This Week's Menu 
    A few weeks ago I said I would make lemon bars for my honey & I did. I will post the yummy recipe later this week.  So last week Menu Monday, went out the door. We were gone to Oregon for a what was supposed to be 2 days & didn't get home until 5 days. So my whole week was thrown off. This week we are out of town again for a few days.(That is how the rest of my summer looks, gone at least a couple of days each week.) Anyways this Thursday the baby & I are headed to Utah to spend a weekend with my sisters & Mom. This will be our 2nd annual girls weekend & I am quite excited. So yeah!!  What are you doing fun this week?  

        B- German Pancake
        L - Mac n' Cheese
        D- Chicken Pot Pie

         B- Pancakes
         L- Sandwiches
         D - Santa Fe Chicken Packets from Ready Set Eat

          B-Cream of Wheat/Oatmeal
          L - Sandwhiches & Salad
          D- Apples & Pork Chops in Slow Cooker

      B-     Waffles
      L & D -    @ Girls Weekend - Boys on Their Own

  B & L & D -  @ Girls Weekend - Boys on their Own

        B & L - @ Girls Weekend, - Boys on their Own
        D - Hamburgers & Homemade French Fries

        B- Pancakes
        D - Roast & Mashed Potatoes w/ Cooked  Carrots 

Baking:  Homemade Wheat Bread, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

As always I am linking up to Organizing Junkie

This Week's TO DO
  • Continue Weeding flower beds & Garden (This will be on my to do list, all summer long!)
  • Laundry, laundry, & laundry (after a week out of town, for 5 people, working hard. There is lots!)
  • Load & Start Editing Latest Photo Shoots.
  • Girls Weekend
  • Any else that life happen to throw at me : ) 

Thursday, July 19, 2012


They say your never to old to learn, today I am testing that theory. I am learning to drive a backhoe. It's one of those pass fail kind of tests. They say those are the best, because you instantly know your grade. I am not so sure since it is my husband & son on the end & being raised into the air.

Anyways I am only 1/4 of the way done with my test. My nerves are shot. Oh well, here I go again. Keep me in mind today. I am trying to learn quickly, but it sure makes me nervous. I going to review for a few more minutes before I start again. Because one things for
certain I really need to pass!!

(pictures will come later. I come later. I can't seem to load them from my phone right now.)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Off the beaten path

        Yesterday the boys asked if we could head to the mountains. So we agreed that if they got their chores for the day done, then we would. Well they worked hard & fast. So yesterday we spent a wonderful evening chilling just off of this beaten path.

               It was such a beautiful evening. The perfect temperature, & absolutely beautiful. It has been a few years since I have been up in this canyon.  We loved it. The boys played hard:

                                           While my baby watched from his car  seat.

                                          Then the boys had dad take them on a little hike . . .

Once again, the baby & I chilled. 

                                                               And kept the fire going.

  Me & the babe, hanging out back at camp.  We enjoyed the scenery & sounds of the great outdoors, while the boys were gone.

        I know that this tree is random ,but I love the you can see it's gnarled roots.

                                                                  A little bit later, they returned.

             Not really sure why this little boy, headed up the mountain without shoes, but whatever his reason may be; it look like it made the hike for him a lot easier.  

                   Then we sat around the campfire eating our campfire cooked hot dogs & later roasting marshmallows.

                    We roasted marshmallows, played a bit, more & headed home. It was such a nice break & change of pace.   I think we will start doing it a lot more.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Favorite hours

I just got back from one of my favorite hours of the month. Quilt club. We have such a variety of ideas & examples. We laugh, we eat & I always come home happy & inspired..

Inspired to sew.

Inspired to give more.

Inspired with colors schemes.

Inspired to get my things in order.

Inspires to help others.

Inspired to create.

One lady brought this quilt & I love the colors & fabric. I think it's called urban cowgirl. I might have to get my hands on some.

It is all really inspiring..

Yea, I love that hour.

Hot Fudge Sauce

The boys earned a treat the other day, so we made hot fudge sundaes. It was delicious. The recipe for the sauce is quick, simple & most importantly delicious.

Hot Fudge Sauce

1/2 c. Butter
1 can of evaporated milk
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 c. Powdered sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Mix everything together. Bring to a boil on the stove. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat & let cool a little & serve warm over ice cream. Gain 5 lbs. (Well that's usually what happens next.) Enjoy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Menu Monday

This Week's Menu     
    It seems like summer is wonderful & crazy all at the same time. We did a few quick road trips & I will be gone a few more days this week. So this is what's cooking:

        B- Ranchos Jeuvos
        L - Busy Man's Casserole
        D- Pork Chops w/ Oven Fried Potatoes

         B- Pancakes
         L- Leftover Italian Chicken
         D - Tilipia w/Grilled Veggies

          B-Cream of Wheat/Oatmeal
          L -Ham/Pepper Sand whiches
          D-Sunday Chicken - Recipe from Pinterest 

      B-     Waffles
      L & D -    @ Girls Camp - Boys on their Own

  B- Sausage & Eggs
  L & D -  @ Girls Camp - Boys on their Own

        B-. Cream Egg Toast
        L & D - Out of town

        B- Pancakes
        D - Herb Roasted Chicken w/ Steamed Veggies 

Baking:  Homemade Wheat Bread,  Treats for Girls Camp, Lemon Bars for my Honey

As always I am linking up to Organizing Junkie

This Week's TO DO

  • Can Pinto Beans & Refried Beans
  • Continue Weeding flower beds & Garden (This will be on my to do list, all summer long!)
  • Re-Arrange my Bedroom
  • Clean House 
  • Load & Start Editing Latest Photo Shoots.
  • Get Read for Girls Camp
  • Any else that life happen to throw at me : ) 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Growing Celery

So I saw this idea on Pinterest originally. ( I will try to track down the original, is at Chickens in the Garden). Anyways I thought it was fantastic, so I tried it & so far its working.

Growing Celery

Take your store bought celery. The one you used all the stalks on & are about to throw away in the trash. (Or in our case, to the animals.) Make a clean cut all the way across the top & a thin slice off the bottom. Put in water & it will start to grow.  When I have time, I am going to take this plant & put it in our garden. You plant it will stalk side up, just dig a small whole, fill it with water & set the end in the whole. Cover it with an inch or so of soil & water thoroughly. I plan on getting a whole row growing at different stages so I always have plenty of celery in the garden.

     The plant above is about a week old. I am so excited to grow my own celery & to propagate it out of the stuff I bought from the grocery store. I couldn't help, but share. So next time don't throw your celery in the trash, grow your own.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Menu Monday -on Tuesday, again :0)

So our weekend turned out wonderfully. We didn't get everything we wanted done, but that is okay. We had almost all of our family in town on both sides & it was fantastic. My little brother surprised us by showing up, so that was fun. It was a great weekend & we are so blessed to have so much family & have them be so good to us. This week is going to be a crazy one, & I hope you all are able to enjoy the 4th. I am spending the 1st of my week on the road to 2 different states. It should be fun. Here is my view from Oregon this morning.

Menu Monday

Monday: B- ranchos juevos
D- Traveling

Tuesday: Traveling all day

Wednesday: B- Cold cereal
L: @ my parents house
D: @my parents

Thursday: B @ my parents still
L: tacos
D: Stir fry

Friday: B: waffles
L: BBQ Chicken
D: Tin foil dinners

Saturday: B: Cream egg on Toast
L : Busy mans Casserole
D: rice & beans

Sunday: B: Sticky rolls & fruit
L: roast & mashed potatoes

Baking: Bread & can some more pinto beans