Saturday, April 12, 2008

Saturday Scavenger Photo Hunt

Dino sleeps twisted in all sorts of ways!

Saturday Challenge

My "Look up at the sky" day challenge.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Saturday Challenge

Saturday April 12th is "LOOK UP AT THE SKY DAY" . So I challenge you to go out and tell us what you see.

You can use a picture, a poem, a comment, a haiku, anything at all. Then come back here and comment so we can all go look at your sky!

Letters- Day 11

Dear everyone,

Have you had the chance to watch 'The Last Lecture'? I just watched it twice, the one that was on Primetime the other night was first. I cried through the whole thing. Not just little tears, but big ugly cries. It really touched home. Then I watched the whole lecture on youtube here . There are 10 parts.

What would you say if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum up everything that was most important to you?

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit You can order FREE the video version at itunes U.

I cannot imagine changing my way of thinking at this late date, but I intend to try. I encourage everyone who hasn't seen this to watch it in some version when you get a chance. It will make you cry, laugh, and wonder why you cannot think that way. Over 10 million people have downloaded it to date.

Photo Friday

Photo Friday - FRAGILE

Friday Memes

Friday Fill- Ins

1. I love springtime in _California____!

2. _Gravy and biscuits____ are foods I love to eat for breakfast.

3. It seems I'm always searching for _ways to make more money____ .

4. _A nice long bath____ is a great way to end the day.

5. I think I _am losing my mind sometimes____!

6. _Watermelon____ is what I've been craving lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _go out to dinner with my son and his family____, tomorrow my plans include _nothing since it's supposed to rain____ and Sunday, I want to _catch up on my blogs____!

Friday 5
1. Among your acquaintances, who’s the best screamer?
I don't think I've ever heard them scream about anything.

2. When was the last time you had to shout in order to be heard?
Almost every day, just kidding. Not much shouting around here, thank goodness.

3. When was the last time you cheered for anything?
my granddaughter's ballgame

4. Whom did you last yell at?
my dog when he wouldn't come back to me after getting with his dog friends outside

5. When did you last lose your voice, or at least find yourself hoarse?
Hoarse from being sick last year.


Amazing Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
10 3/4 ounces cream of chicken soup, condensed
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate

1 Heat the shortening in a skillet over medium-high heat. In a bowl, mix the flour, condensed soup, seasoned salt, pepper, and salt. Dip chicken in the mixture to coat, and fry in the skillet until golden brown.
2 Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix the chicken broth, brown sugar, and orange juice concentrate in a bowl, and pour over chicken in the slow cooker.
3 Cover, and cook 2 to 3 hours on Low or 1 to 2 hours on High.

Four Foods on Friday #24

#1. What’s your favorite food smell?
Wow, that's hard to answer. I think any smells that remind me of my childhood.

#2. What’s your favorite kind of apple?
I like yellow apples.

#3. What veggies do you like in your salad?
lettuce, cucumber, radished, carrots

#4. Share a recipe that uses beef.

Pepper Steak

Notes: In place of the tomatoes, I sometimes use one 15 oz. can tomato sauce. It makes a lovely gravy for the rice.

1 1/2 pounds round or sirloin steak, cut in 1/8 " strips
2 tablespoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons margarine
1 cup sliced onions, with tops
2 green bell pepper, cut in strips
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cups hot cooked rice

Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper (and meat tenderizer); brown meat in butter. Add garlic salt. Add onions and green peppers; cook until wilted. Add tomatoes and broth. Cover and simmer on low heat about 15 minutes. Blend water with cornstarch and soy sauce. Stir into steak. Cook until thickened. Serve over hot rice.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thurday Challenge / Letters- Day 10?

I totally lost the past two days. Hubby off for two days and we have been out taking pics at the lake, and today my feet are swelled beyond belief! No Letters today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hump Day Humor

Why did the chicken cross the road?

1. Why did the chicken cross the road, roll in the mud and cross the road again?

Because he was a dirty double-crosser.

2. Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide

3. Why did the chewing gum cross the road?

Because it was stuck to the chicken!

4. Why didn't the chicken cross the road?

It saw Colonel Sanders on the other side.

Wordless Wednesday

This is my mailbox. top right...where the 'magic' happens. Except there is no magic, it's always empty! So if your mailbox is empty also and you would like a loyal pen friend.... or a swap partner... email me and let's exchange addresses. I would love to get something in my box except for bills and sales papers. How about you? (

Letters- Day 8

Dear Mr Buck,
I am so sorry that when I scratched you two weeks ago in the eye it took your site away. I know Dad took you to the vet and he said he thought it would get better, and gave you icky eye ointment, and I thought all was ok.
Now you are totally blind in that eye and for that I am truly sorry. But as you know, I am the king cat of this house, and I like my space. So stay away from me, because sometimes if you get all up in my space, I will claw your eyes out. Since you only have one good eye now, this is a warning, but a friendly one. Back away from me!
Mr Rowdy cat

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Heads or Tales / Express

Lily has always had the cutest EXPRESSions!

I believe the Pony EXPRESS is almost as fast as today's mail.

EXPRESSION is everything! Believe it!

Letters- Day 7

Dear Self,

Stop going to sleep for a nap at 7 pm and waking up at 11 pm to just be up all night. Your old age is shining! trying to Love you, Sandy

Manic Monday / 1000

Mo over at It's a Blog Eat Blog World has chosen "1000" as the theme for Manic Monday this week.

I bought these flowers at WalMart yesterday to plant by my patio. No I did not buy 1000 flowers, but I would if I had a place for them.

Give Me Five Monday

Give Me Five Monday Theme- 5 Favorite candies of all time

Letters- Day 6

Dear Self,
You are getting very forgetful. You almost forgot Day 6. Wake up.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Senior Sunday

Please feel free to share your Senior funnies with us every Sunday!

Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings
  1. Nutritious :: Usually doesn't taste good!

  2. Graduate :: high school

  3. Tonight! :: with David Letterman
  4. Located :: found

  5. Weapon :: gun

  6. Jumper :: parachute

  7. Collectibles :: elephants, recipes, postcards, photos

  8. Dennis :: my youngest son

  9. Hostile :: violent

  10. Vivid :: Bright

Scrumptious Sunday

Theme= SOUP

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced sweet bell pepper, red or green
4 to 6 ounces diced ham
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups cooked black-eyed peas or 2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups frozen chopped turnip greens or spinach, thawed
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tomatoes, diced, with juice
1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt, to taste

In a large Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion and celery in vegetable oil until tender. Add the ham, bell pepper, and garlic and saute, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
To the ham and vegetable mixture add chicken broth, black-eyed peas, greens, tomatoes, Creole seasoning, pepper, and oregano. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste and add salt, as needed.
Slow Cooker:
In a skillet over medium heat, saute the onion and celery in vegetable oil until tender. Add the ham, bell pepper, and garlic and saute, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer ham and vegetables to the slow cooker; add chicken broth, black-eyed peas, greens, tomatoes, Creole seasoning, pepper, and oregano. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, or HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. Taste and add salt, as needed.