Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Currently Creative 3...


This week I made these super awesome cinnamon rolls.
Next time I won't expect to eat them before lunch or get up super early to make them.
It took way longer then I expected.
I can now see why they are so expensive when you buy them at Cinnabon.
They where a BIG hit with hubby and Ashley.


I've managed to redo 4 of the 6 sections I did wrong on my knitted blanket project.
The green section I just finished with seems like it took forever.
Maybe longer.
But it was the biggest piece. 
So hopefully the next 2 will go a bit faster.
Then I can started on the rest of the pieces.


I guess I shouldn't be in such a rush.
It's suppose to be fun and relaxing right?
But darn it I want to see the finished results.
Oh and buy more yarn...






Sunday, August 3, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan - Week 4...

I didn't get around to making up my weekly plan until Sunday morning again this week,
but since I'm using 2 left over recipes from last week I wasn't worried.
We had a lot of left overs and had BLT's one night
so I didn't use all the recipes I picked for last week.
Made this weeks plan super quick again.
I just picked a standard dinner (hamburgers) and 3 new recipes.

Here is the Pinterest board I created to keep track of the recipes I'm using
 Meal Planning - {Picked Recipes} 
This was I won't have to search for them later.
Some I've used before and some are new.

I printed out a weekly meal planner sheet I found online.

This weeks plan:

August 3 - 9

Sunday: Crock Pot Roast Beef (didn't use last week)
Monday: Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole (didn't use last week)
Thursday: Layered Doritos Casserole (new)
Friday: LEFT OVERS, PIZZA or what ever (I'm not cooking)
Saturday: Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Currently Creative 2...


This week I whipped out a blanket for Natalie.


What I used:
Size Q crochet hook.
7 skeins Bernat Baby Blanket: White
5 1/4 skeins Bernat Pipsqueak: Pixie Pow
I kept the wrappers this time so I would know for sure how many I used.
I held the two different strands together while crocheting.
There's probably a technical term for it, but I have no idea.
This being my second crochet project... 


Here she is giving it her cuddle of approval.

My daughter Ashley has put in her request for a cuddly blanket.
So I picked up some white & pink yarns for her blanket today.
I told her it wouldn't be done next week.

I'm still working on the knitted blanket I started HERE.
I'm on the 4th section.
I try and do a bit on it everyday....
I also tell myself it won't be done in a day or two.
Even though I wish it where.
But then I'd just have to start something else.
Slow but steady..


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan - Week 3

I didn't get around to making up my weekly plan until Sunday morning,
but since I'm using 3 left over recipes from last week I wasn't worried.
We had a lot of left overs and didn't use all the recipes I picked for last week.
Made this weeks plan super quick.
I just picked a couple of standard dinners and 1 new one.

Here is the Pinterest board I created to keep track of the recipes I'm using
 Meal Planning - {Picked Recipes} 
This was I won't have to search for them later.
Some I've used before and some are new.

I printed out a weekly meal planner sheet I found online.

This weeks plan:

July 27- August 2

Sunday: Crock Pot Cheesy Pasta & Beef  (didn't use last week)
Monday: Red Chile Chicken with Rice & Black Beans (didn't use last week)
Tuesday: Crock Pot Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken (didn't use last week)
Wednesday: Hamburgers & Sweet Potato Fries
Thursday: Crock Pot Roast Beef 
Friday: LEFT OVERS, PIZZA or what ever (I'm not cooking)




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Currently Creative 1...


I know I said I wouldn't start another project until I finished my Knitted blanket,
but what can I say..
The yarn was calling to me.


I pinned a couple of thick crocheted blankets and had to make one for Lexie.
I crocheted it with two different yarns.
One really thick and soft (9 skeins) and the other one small and full of fibers (6 skeins).
I doubled these up.
I used a Q hook.
I only allowed myself to crochet one skein of yarn a day.
I did take it on a road trip and I was able to do 3 skeins that day.
So it took about a week to make. 


It turned out super cuddly and as you can see Lexie loves it.
Natalie was already asking where her's was.
So I'll have to whip her one up this week.

As for my knitted blanket I've finished 3 sections....
Slow but steady...





Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan - Week 2...

Week 1 worked out pretty good.
So I'm giving it another try.
It was nice to not have to think about it.
I just walked to the fridge to see what I had to get out.

This week I spent Thursday morning (Lexie was watching Mickey Mouse Club) searching my Pinterest boards for recipes.
I created a board called Meal Planning - {Picked Recipes} to toss the recipes I'm planning on using in.
So I won't have to search for them later.
Some used before.
Some new.

I printed out a weekly meal planner sheet I found online.

I wrote down what we will be having on what day.

July 20-26

Sunday: Crock Pot Frito Pie (new)
Friday: LEFT OVERS, PIZZA or what ever (I'm not cooking)

We ended up having enough left overs after each meal last week to eat for lunch the next day.
I ended up going to the store, but only bought what was on the list.
(Yeah for me!!)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan - Week 1...

Life is hectic and I'm tired of spending a fortune at the store.
So I'm going to give meal planning a try.

This week I spent one evening after everyone went to bed searching my Pinterest boards for recipes.
I created a board called Meal Planning - {Picked Recipes} to toss the recipes I'm planning on using in.
So I won't have to search for them later.
Some used before.
Some new.

I printed out a weekly meal planner sheet I found online.

I wrote down what we will be having on what day.

July 13-19

Tuesday: Crock Pot Salsa Chicken (used)
Friday: LEFT OVERS, PIZZA or what ever (I'm not cooking)
Saturday: Spaghetti 

Then I made a shopping list of all the items that will be needed from the store.
Along with a few essentials like milk, juice, salad, eggs and bacon.
Now the best part I'm going to send my husband Mike to the store with the list to buy the items.
He never buys anything extra..
Unlike me who grabs ice cream, cookies and anything else that catches my fancy.
We'll be saving a bundle with me not shopping.
But I'll have to remember to state how many milks and juice to buy
or I'll only get one.

If it turns out there are more left overs then just for lunch the next day then I'll move 
recipes to the next week and eat the left overs a couple nights a week.

My plan is to make up the next weeks plan on Wednesday or Thursday.
This way Mike can shop on his day off for supplies.
I'll also be able to see what meats are on sale at the store.
I figure after a couple of months I'll have a good list of recipes we LIKE and can just rotate them around.
I hate cooking so I want it to be quick and pain free.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blanket Start Over...


I've taken up knitting after reading a post over on Kellie's blog Give a Girl a Blog.
Thought I would give it a try.
It can't be that hard right?

Anyways I managed to do 5 sections of the blanket and couldn't figure out why it was curling up at the edges.
So went back to the Martha Stewart post 
to see what in the h*** I was dong wrong and if anyone else had problems.
Yes I'm an idiot and don't know how to read directions.
I was doing the stockinette stitch instead of the garter stitch.
In all my excitement and research I must have confused the stitch I was suppose to use.

Well at this point I thought about giving up and starting a whole new project,
but no I said I would finish this one before starting a new one.
So onward I go.
Yes I feel like a ding dong, but I will prevail!!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

City of Ashes - City of Glass...


Amazon Description

Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


Amazon Description

Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

My Thoughts

Still loving it!
Can't wait to see what kind of trouble they get into next.
Onto book 4.




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cupcakes...


When these popped up in my in box from Your Cup Of Cake the other day
I knew I had to make them.

They turned out so yummy.
I need to added more powdered sugar to the frosting next time so it pipes on like Lizzy's.
But not to bad for a first try.
It won't keep me from eating them.





Sunday, June 1, 2014

Today's Prompt...

When I'm around to much negativity, I...

walk away





Saturday, May 31, 2014

Writing Prompts...

Have you ever been stumped about what to write about on your blog or in your journal? 
Can't come up with anything. 
Need a little prompt to get you started?
I did a google search and found this blog 
It has an imagination prompt generator.
You click the button and it gives you a prompt to write about.
Pretty cool right!

So I clicked it and my prompt was:
If I could take tomorrow off work, I'd....

book a flight to some sunny exotic place on the beach. 
I'd lay under an umbrella all day drinking a fruity drink.
The ocean breeze would be lightly blowing rustling my hair.
I would be completely relaxed without a care in the world.




Monday, May 26, 2014

City of Bones...


Amazon Description

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts

I watched the movie before reading the book.
Still loved it.
It has a completely different ending.
Glad I don't have to wait for book 2.
Will definitely be reading more of her books.








Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chasing Wishes...


Amazon Description

"I wish I didn't have to go home. I wish I was someone else—someone with a future..." 

For sixteen-year-old Nina Torres, it feels as if life is nothing but a dead end. Despised by her rich classmates and afraid that she'll become just like her drug-addicted mother, Nina's future seems to get dimmer every day. 

There is one bright spot in her life though... 

Sitting beside her one night, the only person in the world who cares about her makes a promise. No matter what happens—no matter how much Isaac's wealthy family disapproves—he and his girlfriend Nina will be together forever. 

Fate plays a cruel trick on Nina, though, and a visit from Child Protective Services the next morning turns Nina Torres into Irene Hartley, a woman with a future but who will never see her beloved Isaac again. 

Nine years later, a blind and incredibly handsome young entrepreneur hires Irene to be his personal assistant. Terrence Radcliffe reminds her so much of Isaac that she can hardly believe her eyes, and she's falling for him fast. Irene knows that fairy tales don't come true, but she allows herself one last wish. She wishes that she could finally say goodbye to Isaac and let herself take a chance on Terrence. 

What she doesn't know is that Terrence is also searching for someone: a shooting star who streaked through his life nine years ago, and he won't give up until he finds her... 

My Thoughts

It only took me 12 days to read this one.
If I had more reading time I would have finished it sooner. 
It was one you could read all the way through in one sitting if time allowed.
Kept me interested all the way to the end.
Would I pick up another book by this author?
Yes

Want to see what I'm currently reading check out the Amazon link on the right side bar.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Goldfinch...

Wow I haven't been by here in a while.
Here is the latest book I just finished reading.


AMAZON DESCRIPTION

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

THE GOLDFINCH is a mesmerizing, tell-all-your-friends triumph, hailed by Stephen King as "a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind." (New York Times Book Review)

MY THOUGHTS

It started out pretty good, but about half way through I lost interest.
It seemed like ever time I sat down to read it, it went no where in the time I had to read.
I kept hoping it would pick up.
I always tend to read it to the end even if I hate it. 
I paid for it so I have to get my money worth out of it.
All in all I'm glad I've finished it and can move on to something new.
Would I pick up another book by this author?
Probably not.

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