(20 years ago, no one would have understood this joke!)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The lovely Sandra is again hosting Cooking Thursday. Stop over at her place and see what good things people have recipes for today!
This is one I used to make a lot when the kids had to bring snacks for Youth Group or were asked to bring something to pass. Both kids and adults like them! (and it makes a bunch!)
M & M Squares
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup oleo
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups M & M's
Beat together peanut butter, oleo and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour, oatmeal, soda and salt. Add to oleo mixture. Mix in 1 cup M & M's. Press into jelly roll pan. Sprinkle remaining M & M's over dough. Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Speaking of drafts - I often have quite a few of them in progress too. If I see or hear something that I think would be a good thing to post, I'll start one and save it as a draft to finish later.
This works much better for me that trying to think of something, to post right away. My brain doesn't function well under pressure!
For more tips, visit Kristen at We are THAT Family.
Monday, July 26, 2010
When I opened it, this is what I found!
I think the notebook is so cute! There is a ruffled band across the front and a button to close it with.
Kayren is talented and her products are very well made! To see more of her things, visit her Etsy shop.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Here's some quotes to start your week off with a smile!
"My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to take a breath."
"Sometimes when I look at my children, I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin'."
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."
"I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall'."
"We could certainly slow the aging process down, if it had to work it's way through Congress."
"I never drink water because of the disgusting things fish do in it..."
"Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty... but everything else starts to wear out, fall out or spread out."
Thursday, July 22, 2010
If you are 30, or older, you might think this is hilarious! If you are younger than 30, brace yourself.
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yada
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of stuff like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in an Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!
There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butts! Nowhere was safe!
There were no MP3s or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless.
We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!
There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". Think of the horror.--. not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent.--. you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!
And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
And our parents told us to stay outside and play.--. all day long. Oh, no -- no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!
And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were luckily, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!
See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!
The Over 30 Crowd
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It's time for Cooking Thursday. Sandra will have more recipes over at her blog, so stop over and check out what others are sharing.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wednesday means it's time for Works for me Wednesday with Kristen. To see more tips visit her blog at We are THAT Family.
I found a new pre-treater for my laundry! Oxy Clean Max Force Gel stick was on sale and I decided to try it. I can honestly say it works better that any pre-treatment I've used in the past. It's a gel so it really sticks to the clothing, and it has little nubs on top which work well for rubbing it in. Heather had some uniforms that had grease stains in, which had gone through the wash and dryer and it took them out! It's worked really well on other everyday spots too, saving a few things I thought were ruined. Try it out - it works for me!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Here is a Lego church that is incredible! Here are a few facts about it:
How long to build? 1 1/2 years of planning, building and photographing.
How may LEGO pieces are in it? Over 75,000!
How big is it? 7 feet by 5 1/2 feet by 30 inches.
How many people are in it? 1,372
It features a balcony, a narthex, stairs to the balcony, a restroom, coat room, several mosaics, a cross, a baptismal, a pulpit and an elaborate pipe organ.
Can you imagine putting this together? The details are amazing. I noticed there are even chandeliers!
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Sunday, July 18, 2010
I thought that was a pretty cute explanation, but it also made me think about the way we make the people around us feel. Do we make their hearts happy with the way we act? Does the way we do our jobs bring a smile to our co-workers faces? Do we add joy to the lives of our families or do we take away their smiles? And - does our own happy heart show on our face?
"A joyful heart makes a cheerful face." Proverbs 15:13
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sandra, from Diary of a SAHM is hosting Cooking Thursday again.
I have one of the easiest chicken recipes ever! I can come home from work and have this in the oven in about 5 minutes! The chicken is moist and tasty, and on top of that, it's healthy!
1 pkg boneless, skinless chicken breast (5 or 6)
1 jar salsa - any type
shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place chicken breasts in shallow baking pan. Pour salsa over and around the chicken.
Cover pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Take out, remove foil and sprinkle cheese over chicken.
Place back into oven for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We were getting ready for our little trip to Pennsylvania, and were booking things online. In an attempt to keep the costs down, we decided to try using Priceline; choose your own price. Neither Cheri or I had used it before, because you have to commit before you know exactly what hotel you are getting.
When you use Priceline, you choose the dates you want, an area you want to stay in, what star hotel you want to stay in and you give a price you are willing to pay. You then put your credit card info in and see what comes up.
We decided we would put in a really low number, and if it was accepted we were just hoping it was a good place. We chose the highest star available, which included Marriot, Holiday Inn, Indigo...
Well - it accepted our price! We quickly checked to see what Hotel it was and found it was the Lancaster Marriott Convention Center.
Here is what it looked like:
If we had booked this room on line, it would have cost us $165 a night. We got it through Priceline for $65 a night! This really saved us some money and I'll be using it again!
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Monday, July 12, 2010
and some bakeware...
There are even things for your pets!
The good people at CSN have asked me to do a review of one of their products. Be watching for the product I choose and what I have to say about it!
They are also offering a giveaway for the readers of my recipe and my photo blog. Be sure to watch both of those spots this week, so you can sign up!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
This campground is on the beach of Lake Michigan between Holland and Grand Haven. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Heather had the day off and came with me. Here are a few pictures of our walk to the beach.
Heather and Terri's daughters spent several hours on the beach, and Heather got quite burned in spite of putting sunscreen on. Terri and I sat in the shade and talked, so I got no tan, but I'm not burned either! It was a nice relaxing day - thanks Terri!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
30 letters and it's one of the longest words in the English language. I bet you don't know what it means. (I didn't either!)
It means brain freeze, something I think we have all experienced. If you would like to have that feeling again, stop by your local 7 Eleven on July 11 and get a 7.11 ounce Slurpee. Slurpee turns 44 on that day and participating stores will be giving them away free, from 8am to 11 pm!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The first day of our trip was quite uneventful. Alice was on her best behavior, faithfully telling us to turn left, stay on the same path, etc. The first sign of trouble came that night as we looked for our hotel. We were in Pittsburgh and we gave the address to Alice. She started us toward the hotel, but then we ran into a closed road. Usually when you go off track, the GPS will redirect you. This time, even when we drove a distance away, she kept bringing us back to the same closed road. There weren't detour signs to follow and it was getting darker. We ended up in a part of town that didn't look to great, but finally made it to the hotel. We gave Alice a break that night because we figured the closed road wasn't her fault.
The next day she took us on a detour of her own. She had us turn down a road that we wondered about, but we followed her instructions. We found ourselves in a campground. As we followed the instructions she led us through the campground and back out, like it was her plan all along.
After this, other strange things started to happen. We would be driving, Alice would tell us to turn. Immediately upon turning we would hear that familiar chime, followed by Alice saying "recalculating route". We would end up turning around and starting again.
Alice really acted up on our last day. We had checked the time of our drive home using her the night before. It was supposed to be about 11 1/2 hours. We were out of our hotel by 6:15. Imagine our surprise when Alice told us we wouldn't be home until 8:30 pm. Considering Alice's recent behavior, we were wondering where she was taking us!
You may wonder, as my husband did "why didn't you look at the map?" Well - it was in the trunk, in my suitcase! Not smart, I know.
So - we were at Alice's mercy. We started home, taking very short breaks along the way. We would gain a little time, only to lose it in construction, or a rain storm.
When we got near Lansing Michigan, Alice was telling us it would be another 3 hours. We knew at that point that it should be more like 1 1/2 hours. As we got closer to home, we saw that Alice was going to have us drive past our exit, go to Grand Haven Michigan, and then come back to Allendale. We gave her a lesson on that one, and showed her the quick route to get home!
Our drive home still took us about 13 1/2 hours which included our stops. Who knows what crazy route Alice took us on?
We decided that Alice is getting older and perhaps she has developed some dementia. We may not take her along next time!
* I have to tell you that we spent a lot of time laughing! What else can you do?
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
One of the things on the map they gave us was a Conservatory. We thought this was going to be a quick stop, thinking it would just be full of plants. As soon as we stepped in the door, we knew we were wrong!
After finishing in the Conservatory we followed a path, where we were supposed to find a Chime Tower. Imagine our surprise when we rounded a corner and saw this view.
This is the entrance to the tower and the spiral stone staircase inside. We climbed the tower and found an exit door at the top.
This was the last stop at the Gardens. It was a hot day and we were ready to get into our air conditioned car, but we agreed it was well worth the time it took to get there and the heat we walked around in. If you are ever in the area, you really need to stop here!