Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Have you ever just been tired ?

 I am running on empty. I use to love doing my Blog and you couldn't get me off Facebook or YouTube. Now I am hardly on I just don't have the desire. I still will get on my blog at least once a week to read the blogs I am following, but I can't seem to get up the energy  to leave a comment.  Most of the time  if I am honest,  it has to do with the fact that I never see these people on my blog and feel they could care less about what I have to say. And sometimes I just don't have anything to contribute  to the post. The same is true for face book.  I will go on the games I use to play and answer request, but that's about it. I am just not into playing the games any longer. It's like a switch has been turned off. Is there such a thing as media over load? 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

UPDATE: Trailer is totally finished and ready for camping.

 A couple of years ago we visited Ricks dad in Arizona  . He is a snow birder, they spend every winter in Quartzite Arizona. While there I meet a lady that had redone her trailer to look as close to a home as possible. It was lovely and very inspiring. After we got home I couldn't get the look or feel of her trailer out of my head. So I set off to do the same thing on a budget.

 Our friend Kent made this head board for us ( that was not on a budget but so worth it). I just love it. The white curtains were found in a yard sale. The valance is done with fabric I got on sale. All I did was staple the fabric over the valance. The pillow were  some I no long us in the house.

 The hunters quilt at the foot of the bed was a gift I made for my husband.The mirror was a sore spot with my husband. He doesn't care for mirrored closet doors. To fix this I bought a roll of frosted window covering.  My talented daughter drew  the trees and moose for me. Then it was just peeling the backing off and applying it to the mirror.The bear in the right corner was also done by our friend Kent.

 This was so simple. We bought these decorated pieces from Home Depot and with a little stain and liquid nails we were done.
 You would never know they didn't come with the trailer.

 Pictures really added to that home feeling. As you can see we also took down the valances off the windows and added curtain I found at the dollar store.  I still can't believe I got them for only a dollar. Rick added the shelf above the window and behind the sofa for me. It's so nice to have somewhere to set my coffee cup.
 The tin on the kitchen wall was bought on sale at Home-Depot. Very easy to put up. I also add white curtains that were given to me and used some old fabric for the valances.
 We tore the carpet up and added a fake wood flooring. It's one of my favorite things we did. 
 It's amazing how little things like a small quilt or simple tablecloth can make a space.
When we bought the trailer they had cup holders between the chairs. We removed it and added this reading table from Lowe's.  We pretty much set in these chairs in the evening. The lamp is perfect for reading. The top of the foot stool comes off for more storage. It was also bought on sale. I love a good sale. I fell like I pretty much accomplished. what I intended to do.  For me it feels like our home away from home. Can't wait to take it out this summer/

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The best part of Mothers Day

I woke up to coffee and breakfast smell waffling into my bedroom. My wonderful husband had made me breakfast. I also found flowers and a card on the table by my plate.
My twins came over after Church to make me cookies as well as take me out to dinner for Mothers day. They informed their dad he could come along too. This is when I realized that the card they gave me was so true.

My girls have a great seance of humor
I also received calls from my other two daughters. They live out of state. It was so good to hear from them.They both have family and are very busy so it meant a lot that they took the time on their own Mothers Day to just chat.  
Now for the best part . It wasn't the cards or flower. It wasn't the great restaurant or food. It's whats is going on right now as I write this. My girls are sitting on the couch watching Shaun the sheep on TV. It may not seem like much but to me it,s everything. It's been so long since we have been together just to watch  TV and enjoy each other company.  With their work and school, not to mention living out of town it seems like forever since we were able to take a step back in time to enjoy what it was like when they were young and lived at home. I miss those days. So I will cherish any time I get a little glimpse of when my girls were young. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ranch, cheese, and bacon, potatoes. OH MY !

I use  picture instead of my own because I forgot to take a picture before we started eating it.
 These were so good , my husband gave them a 10.Which is rare for him when it comes to potato dishes. I will be making these quite often.
 Awesome Potatoes
 6  medium potatoes, peeled then cut 1/2 inch cubes
and one can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
one1/4 cups milk
one envelope ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
Finally you need salt & pepper

Instructions :
First step to prepare this easy and delicious recipe is to add the potatoes to a saucepan full of water.   Bring to a boil; then cook between 10 to 12 min . Next  put drained potatoes into a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. In a separate  bowl combine together the soup, milk, salad dressing mix, 1 cup cheese, salt & finally  pepper to taste; then pour over potatoes. 
Next add the crumbled bacon & also the remaining cheese over the top. 
 bake, uncovered, 350 degrees F between 25 to 30 min
 or till potatoes are tender.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Love, Love, Love this Pot Roast.

This is my favorite recipe for pot roast. You put it on in the morning and it ready for dinner that night.
 I have tried others  recipes but always have come back to this one.
1 chuck roast 3 to 4 pounds ( the size really doesn't matter. It can be bigger or smaller)
1 large onion chopped up.
6 to 8 button mushrooms.
 A hand full of the leaves from one stalk of celery or 1 stalk finely chopped.
1 can of mushroom soup
1 package of dried brown gravy mix.
1 tbs of minced garlic
2 full tsp of Italian seasoning (  Don't brush off the top of the measuring spoon when taking it out of the jar.)
about a 1/2 of a cup of fresh parsley leaves.
Mix the mushroom soup,Italian seasoning, and brown gravy together. DON'T ADD WATER . You will get plenty of liquid from the roast.  ( It will make it,s own thick gravy) .  Place your onions and mushroom in the bottom of your crock pot. Add your roast then spread your garlic on top of it. Pour your gravy mixture over the roast .  Add your celery leaves and parsley leaves. If you are using celery stalk add it with the onion. Turn your crock pot on high for three hours then down to low to finish cooking for the rest of the day.
If you have a high watt crock pot you can leave it on low all day. But I have found that giving it that three hours on high real adds to the flavor.

 The next night I cut up the leftover meat then added it back to the gravy, add sour cream to it   Poured it over noddles .  It was wonderful.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Goats are in our future.

Rick and I finally decided to venture into the world of raising goats. We plan to spend this summer getting everything ready for them. My dear friends Heidi and Jan are more then ready to help me along with this crazy plan.
First thing to do is get the side yard fenced in for them. Then comes their shelter, Rick and I are still going back and forth on that one. He wants the front all the way open then add dog igloos. I want the front partially closed  with stalls. It will take a little time, but I think I will win.
We are also looking for things for them to play on. Debbie found us this play slide for 10 dollars, she
 is always on the look out for thing I might  need for the goats. I don't know what I would do with out these ladies! The test will be if they can put up with all my questions.
I just notice I didn't tell you what kind of goats we are getting. Nigerians, I really like the taste of their milk and it great for soap making. Plus they are small and easy to take care of. I am only getting two. Everyone tells me they are addicting," but I am staying at two. "This is a chant I will keep repeating to myself over and over.
I know summer hasn't started yet this year, but I am so looking forward to next year. In the mean time I have a lot to learn. Jan also helped me with that one. She gave me a goat book for dummies. My friends know me so well !

Friday, March 13, 2015

Homemade Velveeta Cheese

I couldn't believe how easy this was to make.It only takes 4 ingredients to make it and one of them is water. In less then 10 minutes it's done. Best part is no ingredients I can't say or spell. Plus being cheaper doesn't hurt.

 Homemade Velveeta:

1 pound mild or medium cheddar cheese  ( Shredded your self. Pre-shredded cheese has a chemical that doesn't work well. with this recipe)
1 non flavored  gelatin package
1 cup boiling water
6 Tablespoons of instant non fat powdered milk
 In a blender or food processor put your gelatin and instant milk. Pour the boiling water over them. Mix a couple of times to blend together then add your cheese. If your mixer is small you may have to add a little at a time. Mix well, till your cheese has  melted ( a few un-melted pieces won't hurt anything) . Place in a bread pan lined with plastic and cover top with plastic. Make sure all the cheese is covered and all the air is out. If there is air trapped inside the plastic it could dry the top of your cheese. Place in frig over night or at least 12 hours.
Note: if you see a little liquid on the cheese after it is wrapped don't panic . This is normal due to the heat.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How to Make Microwave Bowl Cozies

 I love these . They not only keep you from burning your hands taking things out of the microwave, But they also help keep your ice cream cold.
This is the video I used to help me make these. The direction are super easy.
 I made the size ten bowl. It works great with my soup bowls.

 To made the other sizes  here are the size darts that you will need
15 " x 15 " size bowl holders: I used 1 " across and 3 " down for the darts
12 " x 12 " size bowl holders: I used 1 " across and 2 1/2 " down for the darts
10 " x 10 " size bowl holders: I used 1 " across and 2 " down for the darts.