When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck

February 28, 2009

Saturday Is a Special Day It's the Day We Get Ready for Sunday

We clean the house, and we shop at the store, So we won't have to work until Monday

We brush our clothes, and we shine our shoes, And we call it our get the work done day.

Then we trim our nails and we shampoo our hair, so we can be ready for Sunday.

That is a children's song the kids sing at church. These pictures and the way this day has gone reminded me of that particular little song.

Henry is afraid of the shower. I told him if he would get in Nana's shower, he wouldn't be sorry because he could hold the nozzle himself. P.J. of course wanted in on the action.

As you can see Henry is quite enjoying himself.

I had to crop these just right as you can see. I just wanted you to see Henry singing into the shower nozzle. He is really into it now.

Doesn't that look like it feels great. Much to Papa's displeasure this is the only time the double nozzles are needed at our house. I have never been one for the double shower scene. Call me a square I don't care.

We then moved our youngest daughter out of her house and into her in laws place, she lost her job so...... well we all know what is going on in this economy.

My DIL Aisha has been really sick so we checked on her, yes she is still really sick. ( a long story) I told Aishsa and Jamie (our son) I would bring them dinner. We had Italian Crock Pot Chicken Yummy!!

Earlier in the day I threw the chicken in the Crock and we were off to our previously sold hair salon. The new owner shut the doors to the place today. She told Taylor ( My hair stylist daughter, that we built the place for and she ran it until she had to move to New Hampshire. It is another long story. She is a fab hair stylist btw.) Anyway she told Taylor she could have a stylist chair and mat and gave me some of the shelving and some other furniture from the place.

We went to pick it up and something happened to me. I had a melt down. Looking at all the things Taylor and I picked out for the place, you know mirrors, chairs, couches, flooring, etc. Put me over the edge. These were emotions I had not expected at all.

It was like we had put all this hard work and money into a dream that didn't come to pass and now it is just over. I thought the new owner would be able to keep it going and it would still be there for a long time.

Well some times things just don't work out how you planned, right?

I cried for awhile then decided there were a lot more important things to worry and feel bad about, so I decided to get a rope and a chair and really do things up right. Awwww calm down that's just a little of my black humor coming out.

We had a lovely dinner like I already said.

Yes, we had a nice green salad too. We had to get our veggies in before eating this......

I know that is a Christmas bowl. I know Christmas is over, so get off my back. This is Classic Fudge Brownie, vanilla ice cream and Hot fudge sauce. Mmmmmm.

Then Pete ( Tay's husband) washed the dishes while Papa and I were taking dinner to Jamie and Aisha.

That made me a happy girl.

Until I realized my dog Two Dot had peed the bed. She stunk, then I checked her bed and sure enough, pee! I can't get mad at her because she has a condition(another long story) she has to take estrogen, and if she doesn't get it on a regular basis at least once a week she wets herself. She can't help it.
I don't want to get into why the estrogen helps her because that is another long story and this story is already way longer than any sane person would want to read.
I have been remiss in giving her the estrogen, hence the pee, hence the washing of her bed, hence her having to have a shower and, hence her all snuggled into this blanket.
Who could be mad at that.

At least she's all ready for Sunday!!

February 26, 2009

Master Painter

This is my brother Kip, as you can see he loves to paint. He uses a different technique then most of the rest of us. To him using a paint brush is wasteful, he would rather use his own body hair, which as you can also see he has plenty of.

Anyway he did before it was clean up time and, well let's just say all the hair he has left now is his eyebrows. Who paints naked any how? I am starting to feel that my family is a little to free with our naked selves. Kip is a newly wed though so I think he's pretty much naked all the time.
And I must say what women wouldn't want to come home and see her man in all his glory throwing paint on the walls? I think it was a very romantic gesture. I see that he very nicely painted around the electrical socket there, and then just must have thought throwing it would be an easier route to follow. Hmmmmm. Interesting. He should have framed that part and told his new wife Allison it was some sort of love art or something.

I happen to know though that her favorite part of the newly painted room was the freshly painted bed (I think he was planning something kinky for later!) and carpet.You know I have never thought to paint my carpet, he is always on the cutting edge of style. He has told us for years that he was a Master Painter. I never believed him. I feel badly for misjudging his abilities.
Do you know what else is great? He is an Engineer for the railroad yes, he's one of the guys driving the BIG LONG TRAINS you see zooming by along the railroad tracks. I know I myself feel even more secure about his driving the train abilities now more than ever, after seeing what he can do with a can of paint.
He will paint your home too if you mention my name when you call him. He has a very exclusive clientele, so make SURE you remember to mention my name now. His number is 555-555-5555. There you go. Remember to pick a good color too.

February 25, 2009

German Pancakes

As you well know by now if you follow this blog is that I am a butterholic. I have started a 12 step program...... right to the fridge. This pancake is full of butter, so be prepared. I am tired and have a mad cold so I am just going to get on with this.

We love German Pancakes at our house. I hope you will like them at yours.


1 Cup Milk
1 Cup flour
6 eggs
1/2 to 1 teas. salt
1/2 Cup butter ( 8 TBS.)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Slice butter and put pieces in a 9 x 13" pan. Put in oven and melt the butter. Take out of oven, set aside.
With blender combine eggs, milk, flour and salt. Pour into melted butter and put back in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes.

The pancake will puff up in the oven. Take a good look at it, because as soon as you take it out most of it will deflate. I mean it takes a minute but it will deflate. I tell you this so you won't feel like a failure when it collapses.

Serve with Syrup, milk and wet wipes.

February 24, 2009

Our Wedding Day and Beyond......

It was a magnificent April morning. The sun was shining, birds were singing, all was well with the world. Papa and I were married in a morning ceremony that rivaled any wedding I had ever seen. Our family was with us, as were our friends. When the ceremony was over we decided to go home to our new apartment, just to talk for a while, yeah right.

I believe I need only say, we had waited to totally share our physical love with one another until this special day. Most of you will understand what I am saying. Those of you who do not understand, well you are idiots.

To say Papa was in a hurry to get to our place is a huge understatement!!!! We blissfully drove home anxiously awaiting the true passion we were about to experience.
We did eventually get home safely.Papa was driving while attempting to make some serious moves on me at the same time. He is very coordinated.

After arriving, we slowly strolled into the apartment as not to attract any one's attention. Once inside however, there was no longer any strolling what so ever. Everything was wonderfully romantic, passionate, hot, whatever.....until my mother and father in law walked in the door with my then 10 year old sister in law. YES, you read it correctly! They just walked right in, no knock, no Yoo Hoo, no "Is anyone home....having sexual relations?" NOTHING!

We heard the front door slam, soon followed by a woman screaming. IT WAS ME.
Linda (my MIL) looked a little shocked...
Merle ( my FIL) however, looked like he always does.....

Mike (Papa, I just can't call him Papa during this story, it kind of makes me sick) Anyway he turned into Raging Bull. I'm not kidding, look at him. I hurried and took this picture before I ducked back under the bed.

I tried to take the hatchets away from him but, I was naked and I kind of was hoping he would use them. I heard "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE?!!?" Then there was some muffled screaming, a few bumps against the wall , the door slammed again and it was once again silent in our little haven, except for the noises from my hyperventilation problem.
Linda later told us they just happened to be driving by our apartment and noticed the front door was open with the keys still hanging in the door knob, she thought maybe we had been mugged while trying to get in the house, she was worried like any snoopy...er...good mother would be. She didn't stop to think her son was so, shall we say excited he wasn't thinking straight while trying to get in the door.
Remember this was April when all this occurred, by June I was pregnant. We were ecstatic.
Linda however by this time wasn't feeling so well, she was having terrible Gall Bladder problems. It got so bad that she finally went to see her Dr. The Dr. examined her thoroughly, looked her in the eye and said "Your Gall Bladder has a heart beat. I think you better go see your O.B.
This is how I see it. Merle, Mr. Suave learned some new tricks from our little family sex encounter and decided to use them. Voila that is how the oldest woman in history became pregnant with my sister in law.
Here she is in her second trimester.

Meanwhile.... my SIL Sissy was doing some community service, she is very gracious that way. Sissy met a wonderful young man named Jack, while doing said service. He was doing a little community service himself. Yes they are a thoughtful couple.

They fell in love, serviced each other and she then was expecting also. That story always makes me cry. Give me a minute to find a tissue....... o.k. I'm back.
This is the story of how the three of us ended up pregnant together. We all had girls. Sera my SIL ( I believe she owes her life to Mike and I.) was born in February.
Taylor our girl was born in March
Ashle our neice was born in April
I wish I had a scanner so I could show you how cute the three of them were.
We all live happily ever after! ( yes I meant to say live not lived)


February 22, 2009

Pork Chops In Mustard Cream Sauce

This is the finished product. I want you to know this is Papa's plate full of food, mine was much bigger.
I had my trusty helpers. This is not what they looked like after church however. Henry was having a melt down, did not want me to put him in his car seat, went straight as a board, was kicking me, (yeah I smacked him on the leg. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. He broke my necklace too. The ride home was H, E, oh who am I kidding HELL! P.J. master of fit throwing was actually telling Henry " Just take a breath and Let it Go, Henry." It did not help!
When we got home P.J. proceeded to pitch a fit about changing his clothes. I was not in a good mood! P.J. soon found that out. Fit subsided! Everyone was happy to help with dinner though, they loved me again.

This is the Mustard Sauce and it is Oh so delicious, unless you are P.J. He didn't like the grass (Rosemary) in it and proceeded to make our meal H, E, whatever, HELL!! Henry was hilarious because he would take a bite of Asparagus, he then looked like bitter beer face, his body would spasm, then he would take another bite. DUH! You know Wenda has been here all day and these boys just were not on their best behaviour, plus she brought some guy she met at church back here! The nerve.
Wenda and boyfriend didn't starve at this meal if you know what I mean. Oink Oink.

This is a picture of the chops simmering in the broth. Mmmmmmm
Here is the recipe:
I doubled the recipe and well it's good I did. I won't mention any names.
1/4 Cup plus 2 teas. flour, divided
1/2 teas. salt
1/4 teas. pepper
4 pork loin chops, trimmed
2 TBS. vegetable oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms sliced. I only had canned mushrooms and they worked great.
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Cup beef broth
1/2 teas. dried rosemary, crushed. Oh, I forgot to crush mine. It was great anyway.
1/4 Cup 1/2 and 1/2 or whole milk
1/4 Cup sour cream
1 TBS. Dijon mustard
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 1/4 cup flour, salt and pepper. Add pork chops, one at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown chops in oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.
In the same skillet, saute mushrooms and garlic for 3 minutes. Add broth and rosemary, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, return pork to pan. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is very tender. Remove pork and keep warm.
In a small bowl, combine the half and half, sour cream, mustard and remaining flour until smooth. Pour into skillet. Bring to boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pork chops.
I also made mashed potatoes. Mmmmmmm.
Then I made this Heavenly Cake.

This is a picture of my version of "Almond Joy Cake" as you can see I did not have any almonds and I barely had enough pecans to make it worth while, but the cake is DELISH!!!! I got the recipe from mynew30.blogspot.com/ She has pictures of this cake that are much better than mine. In fact it is a beautiful blog. She is a foodie like me, so if you are a foodie go get this recipe. I also made her "Chicken and Dumpling Bake" Saturday night for dinner. It was sooo good and sooo easy!

My advice to you is get your butt over there and give her a look.
WHAT? Wenda has a pair of my jammies on. I better go make sure the misfit she dragged home from church is out of here.

Have a great night!

February 21, 2009

Kidz Kick Off Party

I have the button that will lead you right where you need to go, it's on my sidebar to the right. Tara's post today is beautiful. Go see what her blog is all about.

February 20, 2009

Honest Scrap and My Purse of the Day

Mama's Online Cafe gave me the Honest Crap....er...Scrap Award the other day and I wanted to thank her. As you know these awards come with rules, the rules that apply to this one are that I must tell you 10 honest things about myself and then pass it on to some of you other suckers that I am nosey about.

Well here goes:

1. I am already stumped.

2. I have a drivers license, yeah that's a good start.

3.My youngest brother is 15 yrs. younger than I am.

4. I baby sat said brother while high( on life) one New Year's Eve. (my mom is either really dense or just really needed to go out that night)

5. It was just recently I told my mom about above incident, she laughed, my brother is still mad. I told him to give it up already. I only dropped him once and he slept like a rock the rest of the night, so did I. ha ha ha ha I just think that is so funny. Maybe I'm still a little high. (on life)

6. I did not inhale.

7. I was pregnant with my mother in law and sister in law. We had our babies 6 weeks apart.
There is a great story that goes along with above statement. I will dish it later.

8. I have cliff dived at Lake Powell, er ... I cliff jumped after my 5 yr. old son went before me. What a little show off. I thought I was going to die! We were with the youth from church and they were all "come on." Between them and my son I didn't have a chance.

9. I have been Camp Young Women's Leader a million times, they liked me because ( i don't know what the yellow is all about) we made a big fire and got high. (on life, really this time) Well actually I was the Y.W. Pres. Love the girls!!!!!!!

10. I have been married for almost 28 yrs. It seems like 5 minutes.......under water! Oh you know I love love love my Papa!!!

O.k. then there it is.

Oh Dear it is going to be one of those nights. Wifeoriley
tagged me the other night also, I must show you a picture of my purse. The purse I am currently using. That's my RX's hanging out of the top.

I asked Papa if he would take a picture of my purse and well, let's just say he misunderstood and had a conniption fit. He was all WHAT???!!!!! "I mean come on! I don't talk like a drunken sailor!"

He was either thinking, I don't know what he was thinking. I am moving on!! I just have to say his eyes almost popped out of his head and, now I am moving on.

I also must tell you how much this purse cost. It was $19.99, so yes you know it is real leather!!
I bought it in St. George Utah at one of the outlet stores down there.

I went to St. George last fall with some of my kids and grandkids, my oldest son works with my husband and must go to St. George on business every fall, so some of us join him. St. George is an hour from Vegas. ( we never go there) It is a beautiful little town in the desert. In the fall it is great because it is no longer 120 degrees outside, but you can still lay by the pool all day, go to Chuck A Rama then shop till you drop. That's about as exciting as that trip got.

Along with the picture of my purse you get to see what a mess my house is today. Papa also was told not to get me in the picture, he is dead meat.

I will Scrap and tag some of you all later.

Go visit Kidz There is a big party going on!!!!!!

February 18, 2009

No Bake Drop Cookies

First I must say we call these Dump Cookies. We spent countless hours brainstorming to come up with a more exciting name for these little nuggets of joy. Some of the names just didn't seem quite right such as:

Cow Chip Chewies

Diarrhea Ding Dongs

Prairie Plops

Cling On Tag a Longs

Last Night's Stew

We decided the above mentioned names were just too highfalutin so we settled on Dump Cookies. I'm sure 98% of you already have this recipe but I decided what the heck I was going to give it to you anyway.
We make these when we just need a sugar/chocolate fix. They are quick, easy and even have oatmeal in them.

Some people like to ruin them by adding peanut butter. I say pish posh to that! I will include the peanut butter in the recipe anyway. I am not a hater. I love PB, just not in these.
2 cups sugar
1/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 Cup butter
1 TBS. light corn syrup
1/4 Cup peanut butter (Ack!)
2 Cups quick cooking rolled oats ( I use regular too, whatever. I also put 3 to 4 cups of oatmeal in them, so the mixture is thicker.)
In heavy saucepan, stir together sugar and cocoa powder., stir in milk. Add butter and corn syrup, bring to boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil vigorously for 3 minutes. Stir in peanut butter, then rolled oats.
Return mixture to boiling. Remove from heat, beat till slightly thickened. Immediately drop from a teaspoon onto waxed paper. (If mixture spreads too much beat a little longer. I think this is why I use more oatmeal than the recipe calls for.)
I also like these best when they get a sugary texture. Some people like them chewie, but all the peeps I know like them sugary.

Go Visit Kidz
There's big doings going on over there!!!!

February 16, 2009

How To Tell When She is Angry

Ladies are some of you having trouble with your man? Well if you are hear are some ideas to help drive home the point that you may be a tad angry.

I guess it disturbed this young lady that Scott spent so much time with his small friend Dick. She spent a lot of cash just to say stop hanging out with Dick so much. Poor Dick, what a way to find out your friends girl friend doesn't appreciate you hanging around.

I like this next picture it makes a point. It would make him mad and hopefully embarrass the jerk. I however, would have also sprayed all the windows black so he wouldn't be able to drive the car any time soon.
This next one is also good. Not too original, but at least all the neighbors would know old Jim next door does more with his spare time than a little fishing, and they could go through his stuff to see if they wanted anything.

I really like this one. As you will see in the picture under this one, old Steven found the wrong women to mess with. The Humping Hound Dog.

Steven, Steven, Steven.....tsk, tsk, tsk!

Who ever owns this car was stupid to go out with a woman strong enough to cause all this damage in the first place. I would be afraid, very afraid if I were him. I think she has an ax to grind.

There you go gals, just a couple of ideas to help you vent a little steam if the need should arise.

February 15, 2009

It's All About Kidz

Tomorrow as you can see begins Tara's big kick off party for her blog Kidz. For those of you who don't know Tara is my daughter in law, she is married to my son Obadiah. Together Tara and Oby had a beautiful baby girl named Chloe. Chloe is a special needs child. When she was born we had no idea anything was wrong with our little girl.

As time went on and we did realize we had a lot of challenges facing us as a family well, to say it was a shock is putting it mildly. When Tara started to get her mind wrapped around all that was going on she desperately wanted to try and help others in similar situations know they were not alone, she also wanted to bring awareness to others concerning children with special needs.

Tara's blog is for everyone. It's for families period.

Go take a look, she is having some really great giveaways to celebrate this event. Even without the giveaways you would not be sorry taking a minute out of your day to look around.

Chicken Enchiladas

Sorry about the weird angle there, but I don't have time to go back and fix it, so just deal.
Whenever we are cooking in our house this is where you will find Two Dot our dog.

This is my favorite Chicken Enchilada recipe. I have many and I have decided this is the only one I am going to make anymore. Taylor gave me this recipe and it is a keeper!!! This is tasty and pretty easy so give it a try.
Before I go on I want to say Thank you for all the sweet things you all have said to me concerning the testing I have been having done as of late. The truth of the matter is I may not know for a very long time if this is something I have. It is very hard to diagnose at first so we will just forget about it for a while. If my tests I have just had done come back saying anything I will let you know for sure.
Meanwhile life goes on and we must eat so here ya go.
Cooked Chicken I like to bake up 2 to 3 chicken breasts for this recipe. Then I take off the skin and chop it up as in the picture.
Flour Tortillas
3 chopped green onions
4 Cups Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/2 Cup butter
8 TBS. Flour
4 Cups Chicken Broth
Melt the butter, Add the flour. When mixed, slowly add chicken broth, stirring constantly so it will all mix well. Then add:
1 pint sour cream
1 small can diced green chile's
Mix thoroughly.
Pour enough white sauce in a 9 x 13" pan to cover bottom of pan .
In tortillas put 1/4 cup chicken, sprinkle a little green onion on chicken then some Monterrey Jack Cheese. Roll tightly set in pan, seam side down.
Do this until your pan is full. Then pour remaining white sauce over enchiladas. Take remaining cheese and sprinkle over white sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly

I hope this makes sense as Taylor's recipe card was almost as fun to read as my mom's recipe cards are. Any of you who follow this blog know that can be pretty interesting.
I hope you all like these as much as we do!!!!!!!!!!!!