Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Being on a VERY tight budget has its charms. For one, it is forcing us to be "creative" with our cooking. On Monday, Dennis said, "We really need to go to the grocery store." to which I replied, "No we don't. Look in the pantry. We just need to be creative." With that, I made Paula Deen's Potato Soup. I think the whole meal cost $7 and it fed 4 people with leftovers.

Then I remembered my friend telling me her son is a fabulous cook and makes a lot of Williams Sonoma recipes. It completely escaped me that Williams Sonoma had recipes! Last week while in Williams Sonoma, I saw the cookbooks amongst other things and God knows I love their products. Including this $400 hammered metal pot I am now coveting. The photo here does it ZERO justice. When I saw it in the store on the shelf, I swear I heard angels singing. I LOVE this pot so much I don't even know if I could use it. It would just sit on my stove where I can admire it.

After remembering the part about the recipes, I started looking at their cookbooks online. Then I started trying to find them cheaper... online. Then I checked with our local library. It was shortly after that I found the recipes link on their own website. I never knew the link existed!

Tonight I am making the split chicken breasts that I got on sale, using the recipe that I have this post linked to. I know you all probably cook this way all the time, but for me this is great because it is forcing me to teach myself, how to cook. There is a whole line of fabulous cooks in my family, however that gene seems to have skipped me completely. Should anyone want to send me that beautiful pot, comment and I'll send you my address. ;)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Worst Part

Hearing life-altering news about a patient before they hear it. Knowing this is going to devistate them. Wondering if they will choose treatment or to let nature take its course. My heart breaks for them and their family. Definitely the worst part.

Like mother, like son.

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Fuznuts baby.

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Fuznut chilling under the pines

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Friday, September 09, 2011

How I spent my day...

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

What's your Fantasy?

First full day without children and here we are. Side by side, laptops in full effect. Dennis has his fantasy football pics this evening with the guys from work. This is his third year of Fantasy football and I must say, it's pretty cool. We used to think the tool next door was such a dork when he would talk about his "team", but then after they moved Dennis was asked to play and on a whim, he did. It is so much fun, he's been doing it ever since and this year is on two leagues.

The interesting thing about it is watching football games to which you really have no loyalty to either team. However I have discovered that I am really into The Patriots.

Everyone is saying that this could be the year for the Lions. I'm not going to hold my breath.

Monday, September 05, 2011

You talkin' da me?

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Time Changes Everything

Of all the places on earth to live, I absolutely LOVE living in Michigan. We experience a complete change with every change of season. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in the south where it is fall, but everything is still green. Or it is Christmas, and it's 70 degrees. There is nothing more beautiful than walking my children to school on a brisk fall morning and the sound of crisp fallen leaves under foot. The only drawback is a gusty day that wipes the beautiful colors from all the trees.

Time changes everything. This year, I will only be walking one child to school. Emily, will be heading to Junior High on a bus. Our traditional "first day of school" photo on the corner, will be minus one. How did we get here so fast?

I just hope time drags its feet so we can enjoy all that life has to offer.

~On a lighter note, I added a couple of new blogs to my "stalker" list. Check them out.