Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Stitching Plans 2009

On this last day of 2008 I am looking forward to 2009 and my stitching goals.

2008 WIP
1. Mirabilia Thanksgiving Harvest Fairy
2. Mirabilia Easter Fairy
3. Dragon Dreams Dragonlets 12 Months
4. Little House Needleworks Colonial Homes
5. HomeSpun Elegance The Stitcher
6. Ursula Michaels Seasonal Birdhouses
7. Lavendar and Lace Celtic Christmas
8. Passione Ricamo Enchanted Fairy
9. Jeremiah Junction Village Sampler

2009 Projects
1. Ink Circles Cirque des Cercles
2. Mirabilia New Year's Fairy
3. Mirabilia Valentine Fairy
4. Mirabilia Christmas Elf
5. Country Cottage Needleworks The Needlework Shop
6. Little House Needleworks Liberty Hill Inn
7. Prairie Schooler Old World Santas I and II
8. Mirabilia Queen of Freedom

That is all I have for now but I have plenty of other charts to start and even more I want to acquire. I am hoping that this year I will be able to complete my goals and even be able to frame the ones I have finished or finish in some fashion.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Bakery

I started Country Cottage Needleworks The Bakery at the end of 2006 and with this and that happening I am just now almost finished with it and determined to finish it by midnight New Year's Eve. I am so close to being finished and I will be back New Year's Day to let you know if I made my goal or not.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Greek Stuffed Peppers (No Meat) with Rolls

Tuesday - Leftover Buffet

Wednesday - Baked Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta

Thursday - Leftover Buffet

Friday - Chicken Pizza

Saturday - Spaghetti Casserole with Garlic Bread

Sunday - Chicken and Rice Dinner with Rolls

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dinner Review

I made the Shepherd's Pie last night and I have one word, yummy! This is the first recipe that I have made that I sighed upon eating and even received compliments on that wasn't from a box! This recipe is going into the files to become a staple recipe in my kitchen.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Shephard's Pie with Whole Wheat Rolls

Tuesday - Pork Chops with Au Gratin Potatoes and Green Beans

Wednesday - Fish with Peas

Thursday - Leftover Buffett

Friday - Chicken Noodle Soup with Garlic Biscuits

Saturday - Cincinnati Chili (Didn't make last week)

Sunday - Lasagna Rolls with Garlic Bread

Dessert - Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, October 6, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Now that things are settling down and returning to normal I should be posting a menu each week again. Same simple menu but no dessert for me this week, too much birthday cake last week.

Monday - Soft Taco Pie with Fat Free Refried Beans and Corn

Tuesday - Breakfast Scramble with Low Fat Golden Wheat Grands Biscuits

Wednesday - Baked Chicken with Four Cheese Risotto and Whole Wheat Rolls

Thursday - Leftover Buffet

Friday - Fish with Peas

Saturday - Cincinnati Chili with Garlic Bread.

Sunday - Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

For more great menu ideas check out this!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


6 Quirky (or just plain weird) Things About Me

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Ok Velda for some reason thinks I have quirks and I have no idea where she comes up with this idea but well you tell me if I have quirks. :)

1. I have a slight issue with wanting to vacuum the carpet in the living room each time I spot the slightest crumb, some say OCD I say just like to keep things clean.

2. My pantry is organized into different sections and if I find something in the wrong spot I must move it immediately.

3. I can't stand finding loose hair on me, it drives me insane.

4. I have to plan my meals in advance and I do so by looking at three separate store ads, finding coupons, and making a list and I also go to a fourth store to see what I can find there when I am near it. I can not just go to the store without coupons or a list I get slightly crazy if forced to do so.

5. I don't like uneven amounts in my savings account, it must be a whole amount no change. Don't ask even I can't understand that one.

6. I can only handle so much spontaneity in life, if my schedule gets too off course I become very unfriendly.

Ok after looking at this list I must admit, I need to get some serious professional help and I am glad I have a friend like Velda who loves me despite my quirks.

I will have to update this post with my list when I get home when I have my list of blogs in front of me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fall Into Reading 2008

It's that wonderful time of year when leaves are turning, well not where I live in South Texas where fall consist of leaves turning brown and then falling off the tree. I sometimes miss the Autumns in the North where I grew up, the crisp air with vibrant shades of leaves, pumpkins waiting to be carved and cooked, apples ripe and ready for picking. Fall is such a nice time to slow down after the hetic summer of running here and there trying to have as much fun as possible. Sure school is back in session but things seem to fall into place and everyone has their schedule to follow. I have so many books on my to read list and I can't wait to get started. I am taking the challenge and hope to finish them all.

1. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
2. Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
3. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
4. Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
5. Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs
6. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
7. Bones To Ashes by Kathy Reichs
8. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
9. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
10. Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
11. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
12. Quilters Kitchen: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel with Reciepes by Jennifer Chiaverini
13. Thai Die by Monica Ferris
14. A New Earth by Eckart Tolle
Check Out Callapidder Days To Find Out More!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Lasagna with Garlic Bread

Tuesday - Meatloaf with Potatoes (Crockpot Meal)

Wednesday - Hamburger Helper with Veggie

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Fish with Peas

Monday, September 1, 2008

September Stitching Goal

This month I have planned the following:
Start Harvest Fairy by Mirabilia
Frame The Bookshelf by LHN
Frame a Halloween piece I received two years ago
Start and Finish a Halloween pattern yet to be chosen.

I finished The Bookshelf at the beginning of August and at that time I had very little done on Colonial Houses but I am happy to report that I have one house to complete and the bottom row and then it's done! I was hoping to have it completed by today but I can only sit still for so long but I made great progress this week considering last Monday I was only half way done with the piece and now I only have about 1/4 left to stitch on it for completion. I am going to try to finish in between breaks on Harvest Fairy but I am determined to finish Harvest Fairy and frame it by Thanksgiving this year. Will update with pictures as the month progresses.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

8 Years Ago Today....

This came into my life:
and life couldn't be any better if I tried. These past 8 years have flown by and my life is richer having him in my life. I never knew how much him being a part of my life would not only make me a better person but in a way he saved me from a lot of destruction. I sometimes catching myself begging for time to slow down because it is going by way too quickly and it seems like only yesterday I was holding my breath and willing him to live. He came into this world at 4lbs screaming and fighting and he hasn't stopped since. I look forward to seeing him continuing becoming his own person and becoming this great man that I know some day he will be.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Bookshelf

After getting over my stitching slump I have finished The Bookshelf by Little House Needleworks. I just love how it turned out and can't wait to frame it and hang it next to my bookshelf in my living room. I stitched it on 32ct Linen using DMC threads, I know I started it last year but I stopped keeping track of the time because it was taking away the joy I used to find in stitching. I am now currently working on finishing Colonial Houses by Little House Needleworks that upon completion will hang in my living room.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Steak with Oven Fried Potatoes, Corn, and Biscuits

Tuesday - Peppercorn Pork Loin with Broccoli

Wednesday - Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Biscuits

Thursday - Philly Cheese Steak Hamburger Helper with Mixed Veggies

Friday - Pizza with Salad

Saturday - Chicken Alfredo Chicken Helper with Salad and Garlic Bread

Sunday - Sausage with Straganoff Rice a Roni and Peas

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thank You For Being A Friend

It was with deep sadness that I learned yesterday that Estelle Getty passed away at the age of 84. I grew up with the Golden Girls in the 80's watching with my grandmother and losing one of them is like losing her all over again. I remember hearing her just laugh and laugh when watching this show and her favorite was Sophia. So RIP Estelle you will be missed.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Hamburger Helper with Broccoli

Tuesday - Spaghetti with Spinach and Garlic Bread

Wednesday - Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Biscuits

Thursday - Chicken Helper with Green Beans

Friday - Pizza with Salad

Saturday - Spicy Garlic Chicken with Asparagus

Sunday - Grilling Out

Dessert - Chocolate Cheesecake

Thursday, July 10, 2008

CVS Deals

I scored really great this week and just had to share. I don't have a picture because I forgot to take one but next time I won't forget.

I bought
1 Cascade 2 n 1 packs 20ct 3.49
1 8pk Bounty Regular Paper Towels 6.49
2 Bath Mesh Sponges $2.99 each

Total Before Coupons: 16.08
I had a $1 off one Cascade and a .50 off 1 6pk or larger Bounty
Total After Coupons: 14.58
ECB : $13.00
OOP: 1.58!

For more great deals check out Centsable Sawyer!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

On my own this week until Friday so using up leftovers and having frozen meals till Friday.

Monday - Rigatoni with Garlic Bread

Tuesday - Hot Dogs with Tator Tots

Wednesday - Smart One Meal

Thursday - Smart One Meal

Friday - Eat Out

Saturday - Hamburger Helper with Broccoli

Sunday - Baked Chicken with Oven Roasted Potatoes and Biscuits

Dessert - Bananna Cream Cake

You can more menu ideas here. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Come Take A Tour With Me

I finally found the time to take pictures of the house I moved into at the end of March. After losing the flakey roomate and thinking I was going to have to move a miracle happened and G landed a fantastic job that will allow him to pay for half of the rent and all utility bills allowing me to stay here and not break my lease. So on to the tour.

Front of the House

Entrance from Front Door. G's Office and Laundary room to the right, hall closet to the left and living room straight ahead.

Living Room from Entrance. Kitchen is the right back corner and deck is seen from windows.

Living Room from Back Door.

Living Room from Kitchen

Fireplace. I know what your thinking who needs one in Southeast Texas but you would be surprised it does get chilly in the winter down here.
Kitchen from Living Room
Kitchen from Dining Area

Kitchen from Garage Door
Hallway to Bedrooms
Hallway. G's room straight ahead, my room to the left, and hall bath to the right.Hall Bath

My Bedroom which is the Master Bedroom.
My bedroom with bath straight ahead
My bedroom with walk in closet straight ahead.
M's bedroom from hallway, it's on the opposite end of G's room
M's bedroom
M's bedroom
View of my office/craftroom from hallway. It's next to M's room.
Office /Craftroom I will be putting a chair in here along with a table so I can stitch in here with privacy and watch t.v.
Another view of my office. I will move my t.v., dvd player, and recorder in here once I get a chair put in here.
Another view of the office looking towards the door.
Backyard from deck. It's fenced in allowing M freedom to run and play.
The rest of the backyard.
The Deck it runs from the kitchen all the way to G's bedroom window and it's covered perfect for the Texas heat.
Another view of the deck
Finally one of M's favorite outdoor activities.
Thanks for taking the tour and has I add things to the house I will update with pictures here.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Chicken Helper with Green Beans

Tuesday - Chicken Pasta Bake with Salad and Garlic Bread

Wednesday - Chicken Quesadillas with Rice, and Corn

Thursday - Hot Dogs with Baked Beans and Mixed Veggies

Going out of town till Saturday night.

Desserts :
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Ice Cream
Graham Crackers
Pop Corn

Monday, June 23, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Friday :
French Toast
Blueberry Waffles
Saturday : Turkey Sausage Links and Biscuits

Kid Cuisine
PB & J's
Lean Pockets
Dino Nuggets
Carrots with Ranch

Monday - Tamale Pie with Corn

Tuesday - Sloppy Joe's with Mixed Veggies

Wednesday - Salisbury Hamburger Helper with Green Beans and Potatoes

Thursday - Pork Chops with Au Gratin Potatoes and Spinach

Friday - Fish with Mac N Cheese and Peas

Saturday - Hot Dogs with Potato Puffs and Corn

Sunday - Barbecued Meatloaf with Baked Beans, Veggie, and Biscuits

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Monday, June 16, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Saturday - Barbecued Turkey Burgers with Vegetarian Baked Beans and Peas

Sunday - Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Biscuits

Monday - Hamburger Helper with Broccoli

Tuesday - Tamale Pie with Corn

Wednesday - Spaghetti with Garlic Bread and Spinach

Thursday - Smoked Turkey Sausage, Oven Potatoes, and Green Beans

Friday - Pizza and Salad

Desserts: Peanut Butter Cookie Bars and Snickerdoodle's

Monday, June 9, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Saturday - Steak, Crash Hot Potatoes, and Salad

Sunday - Barbecued Chicken, Squash, Bush's Grillin' Bourbon and Brown Sugar Beans, and Leftover Potatoes

Monday - Pork Steaks with Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Carrots and Leftover Baked Beans

Tuesday - Lean Cuisine

Wednesday - Waffles

Thursday - Leftover Barbecued Chicken

Friday - Spaghetti with Leftover Vegetables

Dessert - Brownies
Chocolate Cake

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Free Magazines

I saw this post on another blog about watching so many short ads on this website and you would earn a free magazine subscription. Well I was thinking to myself thats too easy and can't be true. So I watched the required number of short ads (ok I clicked on them let them run while doing other things but making sure I clicked on the button at the end before the time ran out) and earned my free magazine subscription to Good Housekeeping and would you believe my first issue arrived yesterday! I couldn't believe it, finally something is true and actually free! They have other magazines to choose from and some other ones that will be coming available in the near future that I will be keeping my eye out for. So go here for more information and earn a free magazine subscription.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday - Hearty Chicken and Noodle Casserole with Honey Wheat Bread

Monday - Brats with Fresh Corn and Squash

Tuesday - Turkey Burgers with Mac N Cheese and Green Beans

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Waffles

Friday - Cheese Quesadilias and Fat Free Refried Beans

Saturday - Smart One Meal

Dessert - Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Monday, May 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

All prices reflect the total price it costs to feed two adults for this week. The corn casserole I only did the price for Sunday since it is a leftover on Tuesday.

Sunday - Swedish Meatballs (I use Frozen Meatballs to save time) Served Over Noodles with Corn Casserole and Rolls $4.76

Monday - Tilapia with Brown Rice and Broccoli $4.25

Tuesday - Pork Steaks with Baked Apples and Leftover Corn Casserole $3.16

Wednesday - Chicken with Carrots and Mixed Greens $2.70

Thursday - Spaghetti with Peas and Garlic Bread $1.80

Friday - Pizza with Salad $2.98

Saturday - Shopping Day

Dessert : Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Total for 6 Dinners $19.65

Friday, May 16, 2008

How Much I Am Worth

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OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Save The Date

This was stolen from Velda who stole it from Chris who stole it from Lindsay who found it from someone else.

1) Go to Wikipedia
2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3) List three events that happened on your birthday
4) List two important birthdays and one death
5) One holiday or observance (if any)

1971 - Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States.

1982 - EPCOT Center opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States

1982 - Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).

1924 - Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

1935 - Dame Julie Andrews, British actress and singer

1985 - E. B. White, American author (b. 1899)

World Vegetarian Day