Sunday, March 23, 2008

Have You Noticed?

Have you noticed I've been posting a lot of recipes lately? I'm not a fancy cook, I don't have my house stocked with a plethora of ingredients or have fancy wine racks full of wines. I don't drink, so I guess that would be silly for me. But I do like simple, yummy recipes. So keep checking back. The majority of recipes you'll see on here are simple, with an occasional more difficult recipe thrown in to mix things up. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have a recipe you're dying to share, I'm always looking for new recipes.

Travel Insurance

We have a bunch of travel coming up over the next few months. I love to travel, but it stresses me out at the same time. I always worry about our house back home...will it be ok? Will someone know we're gone and break in? I worry about getting into an accident while we're traveling. Basically I just worry. Some stuff I can do something about. We'll have someone look after our house while we're gone, it helps that we're friends with a sheriff's deputy, he can check our house and scare anyone away. We'll just have to be careful while driving and pray that no one hits us. That's about all we can do there. But getting travel insurance probably couldn't hurt either. My brother-in-law sells insurance, I suppose we could check with him. Who knows? Right now I'm just worried about our car, we have a few things that need to be looked at and I can't handle the thought that we'll have to shell out more money we don't have to fix things. Sigh...will we ever get ahead?

Create Your Own Logo


Do you like the above business card? I was able to make it with it's logo design and all in the matter of just a few minutes. It was super easy and I was able to choose from a huge assortment of logo designs. I had a lot of flexibility in the decisions on the card from colors used to placement of the logo and print. I really like it, it looks sharp. With such quality you'd never guess it was so quick and easy. I love how the logo and card complement each other so well, I could really brand my blogs out there and be known by this cute label.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Poppy Seed Bread

I've completely worn myself out today. It's a good thing we don't have a lot of stairs or I'd need a stair lift just to get through the house. But I'm not too tired to share another recipe with you. This time it's a yummy poppy seed bread recipe. For some reason I associate breads like this with Spring. And the weather this week has definitely been Springy. Give it a try, let me know if you like it.

Poppy Seed Bread

3 cups Flour
1 ½ tsp Salt
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
2 ½ cups Sugar
1 ½ cups Milk
1 1/8 cup Oil
1 ½ tsp Poppy Seeds
3 Eggs
1 ½ tsp Vanilla
1 1/4 tsp Almond

Mix above ingredients. Place in greased and floured bread pan. Bake at 350
degrees, 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven when bread springs back when
touched with finger. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Spoon glaze
over each loaf.


2 tablespoons Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Orange Juice
½ tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Almond Flavor

John Adams Salsa Recipe

It's the weekend yet again. I can't think of a better weekend activity than cozying up under down comforters and watching movies while chowing down on some yummy munchies. This recipe came from a coworker at my old job. This stuff is seriously so good! So whip up a batch and get some tortilla chips and cozy up in front of the t.v. for some serious movie watching.

John Adams Salsa

1 can black beans, undrained
8 small tomatoes, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 can Green Giant white shoepeg corn, drained
1 small can diced green chiles, drained
2 ripe avocados, diced
1/2 c onion, diced
2 limes, juiced
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Serve with chips as a dip or serve over lettuce with chips, chicken, and
sour cream as a quick, easy taco salad.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Yummy Peanut Butter Bars

Ok, I may not know about a lot of things, like HDMI splitters, what the heck are those? But I do know a good peanut butter bar when I taste one. I tried this recipe for the first time at my baby shower that was thrown by my old job way back in 2005. My boss made them and they were awesome. I just had to get the recipe. If you like peanut butter these are great!

3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 eggs
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350 (f). Mix all ingredients together and spread on large cookie sheet. Cook for 12 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the top.

Frosting (I just use the stuff you buy in a can at the store in the milk chocolate flavor, but this is the official kind. I suggest adding a little peanut butter or chopped peanuts to it if you use the store kind)

2 T butter
1 T vanilla
4 T cocoa
2 T peanut butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
5 T milk, continue to add milk until you get the consistency you want

Spread frosting over top. Cut into bars and eat. Have I told you how good they are yet????? They're yummy!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wally World...a.k.a. Walmart

We went to Walmart yesterday. I feel like such a snob, we had to get our daughters' Easter dresses there because money is tight this month (thanks to the dentist, a crib and a car registration being due). I feel bad about it. I shouldn't, but I do. We didn't spend a ton while we were there, we even made it out of there without getting cheap glasses. Kenzie always wants a pair of cheap sunglasses. I can't believe we made it out of there without spending over $100...when does that ever happen? Last time it was over $400...yeah, yikes! But that's when we bought the crib and did our monthly grocery shopping and we bought Kenzie's Easter present (a dvd, a basket and a little candy).

I want to post a bunch of recipes so I have them on record so I don't lose them. I'll be posting those soon. I have to teach a youth group tonight at church, so it probably won't be tonight, but soon. :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

* Sticky Post* Changing Things a Bit

I started this blog as a place to put fun quizzes, stories and otherwise that I found online, but felt they were too much on my personal blog along with the regular posts over there. Eventually I started doing paid posts with Smorty and Blogsvertise. I am not doing those anymore. I have deleted my blogs from Smorty's system. I wanted to delete my whole profile, but I can't find anywhere to do that. But regardless, I'm not doing any more posts for them. As for Blogsvertise, I sent a not to their customer service asking to quit. So no more posts there either. I want to get this back to being a place where I put fun things I find.

Also, I'm going to start putting fun recipes I try here. That's all, I just thought I'd let anyone know who's reading this that I'm no longer working for those companies. I'm just showing you stuff I find and like.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

I've Had a Rough Day

Hey! I've been struggling with this blog for awhile and I think I've figured out why. I haven't done any market research on it or anything. But I'm working to change things. I'll make an announcement about it. But I'm going to make this a better blog. I keep finding things and am too lazy to post. For one, that has got to stop. There are a few things I wish I had posted because now I can't find them anymore. Dang it!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Win Mary Kay Makeup!

The blogger over at Eternal Flux is giving away some Mary Kay makeup. She has some super fun eye pencils. This stuff is discontinued so you can't just go buy it. What woman couldn't use some new makeup? It's easy to enter her contest...go check it out!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Rest and Relaxation

I could totally use a little rest and relaxation. I'm so dang tired! Seven months of breast feeding a baby and counting means never a full night's sleep. When I do sleep I wish I had an adjustable bed or massage chair or something. The baby finally has a real crib instead of her portable crib so hopefully it will be more comfy and she'll sleep better. At least I can hope so, right?