Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cooking Thursday

We had a chili cook-off at work a few weeks ago.  I didn't enter because I was working the night before, but I wouldn't have won anyway - we had one overwhelming winner!  The winner shared her recipe with me and I made it this past weekend.  It's a rich, meaty chili with a bit of a kick!  It filled my 6  quart crockpot, so I have some saved in the freezer for another day.

Prize Winning Chili

3 pounds hamburger, browned and drained
1 onion, chopped and browned
3 envelopes McCormick Tex-Mex chili seasoning
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 cans kidney beans, drained
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cans Rotel original tomatoes with green chilies
Stir hamburger, onion, seasoning and brown sugar together in large crock pot.  Add the beans and tomatoes.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Serve with cheese, sour cream, chopped onion or other toppings of your choice.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bosses Day!

Last week was bosses day.  I have a really great boss, our director of nursing, Maggie.  I saw a cute idea for bosses day on Pinterest and thought I would share it with you.

It says:
Maggie, we really Skor ed with a boss like you!
You stay calm when it's Crunch time.
You put in Extra hours when needed,
can handle Mounds of paperwork,
are a real Lifesaver in an emergency,
budget wisely to ensure a Payday,
and are willing to go to the Milky Way and back for your employees!
We thought about a shopping Spree,
a New York trip,
or a trip into Orbit, but they didn't seem right.
We hope you just Take 5 and enjoy the poster.
Hopefully it will make you Snicker
and not ROLO ver and get sick.
From your Goofball 's at the desk.

*The words that are bold are the names of the candy on the sheet.  The Goofball candy is actually a special edition Snickers.  Other suggestions were Goobers, Nerds or Airheads.

This was a fun project and she enjoyed the finished project.  I think her kids will benefit from the candy!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gues what day it is?

Monday the 24th is a pretty special day for us!  It's our sweet Alaina's 5th birthday!  I can hardly believe she's 5 already, but when I look at her, I can see she is growing fast.  She is one of God's greatest blessings to us, and brings joy to us each time we see her.
Both girls spent the night here on Friday.  Here's a peek at our time together.

 When we picked them up they had new shirts on:
 Alaina's said - "I'll just ask Grandma!"

And Ruby's says "I love my Grandpa!"

After a busy evening, they changed into their pj's.
Alaina was pretty tired and was snuggling with Grandpa.

Ruby was going strong and was climbing on Grandma and laughing!

They both slept well that night.
 Oliver had spent the week at our house, because our daughter Heather and her husband Andrew were moving.  Oliver is a wiz at hiding when the girls are there, so they were very happy when Aunt Heather came to pick him up and they got to pet him.

 When Ruby took a nap after lunch, Alaina and I had a project to make.  First, we cut strips of cardstock in varying shades of orange.

 We took four strips and arranged them as you see above.  We pulled the top two pieces together to form a circle and stapled them, then did the same with the last two pieces.  We taped a brown stem to the top and added a skinny piece of green cardstock that we had made curly, to be a vine.

We ended up with some cute little pumpkins!  Alaina called them a "pumpkin patch" and she was excited to bring them home.
It was another fun weekend!  I know I have to enjoy these moments because they pass so quickly.  The next 5 years will most likely go even faster.
Happy Birthday my sweet girl!  Grandpa and Grandma love you lots!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday Funny!

Lady's Yearly Exam

I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.
The nurse started with the basics.

"How much do you weigh?" she asked. 
"135," I said.
She put me on the scale.

It turns out my weight is 180.

The nurse asked, "Your height?"
"5 foot 4," I said.
The nurse checked and saw that I only measure 5'2".

She then took my blood pressure and told me that it is very high.

"Of course it's high!" I screamed.  "When I came in here I was tall and slender! Now I'm short and fat!"

Now I'm on Prozac...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cooking Thursday

Last week I shared a recipe for The Pioneer Woman Spaghetti Sauce, and told you this week I would share a recipe that you could use the same sauce for.  It's another recipe from The Pioneer Woman and it's another good one!

Italian Sloppy Joe

Pioneer Woman Spaghetti Sauce
Garlic bread
Mozzarella Cheese

Heat Garlic bread in oven as directed.  While it's browning, heat the spaghetti sauce until it's hot and bubbly. Spoon spaghetti sauce over a slice of garlic bread, top with a slice of mozzarella cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted.

Quick, easy and a great way to use leftover spaghetti sauce!  If you use another sauce for this, be sure to use one that's meaty or your bread will be soggy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall in our back yard

Since I showed you around our area, I thought I would show you what it looks like in our yard.

 The shumac tree in the back is getting very red.

 And so are our sedum.  I love their Fall look!

 Even the grasses are showing some red.

The flowers on the hydrangea tree are turning that pretty rosy pink color.

We have lots of oak trees in the front yard, and they are among the last to change, so there isn't much going on in front.