Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I've been TAGGED by Mel! Okay, so it's been awhile since I've been on, so I'm a bit tardy in reposting!

Here be the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.

2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as their links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

My five random facts are:
  1. My favorite food--home cooked--is Cubed Steaks! Yep, that's right. Flour 'em and fry 'em in some Crisco and serve with ketchup and Pasta Roni's Parmesan Noodles and I'm in LOOOOVE! LOL Not the healthiest meal ever, but I swear I could eat it about 3 times a week! At least! Now who saw THAT one coming from me?! LOL
  2. I met Doyle at a bar. Okay, he was WORKING at said bar (as a bouncer, part time on the weekends in addition to his regular "day job" as a commercial plumber). He'd noticed me MONTHS before I'd met him, even tried to fanagle an introduction once through a friend who was a waitress there, apparently, I just ignored him! LOL And to think, that just a few short months later, I was the one who noticed him! Okay, well my friend Brooke noticed first, pointed him out to me, and proceeded to give him my number! LOL So really, I can't take credit for any of it, other than accepting his invitation out to dinner the next day! And the rest was history!
  3. I have 5 cats and 2 dogs and I would have many, many, MANY more of each...if I could convince Doyle of it! I love animals.
  4. I have worked as an office administrator for my dad's electrical contracting company for almost 10 years now---and have hated the 30-40 minute commute just as long---I am actually EXCITED to "get to" work from home soon...and am looking forward to it!
  5. 47 more days to go until Madison's due date. I can't wait!!!!!!!

Okay, here's who I'm tagging:

  1. Amie
  2. Shelby
  3. Anyone else who wants to play, I don't have any more "blog friends"! =)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Meal Plan Monday - November 26th

Here's what we're having this week!

Sunday: Turkey (we didn't get leftovers from Thanksgiving so we cooked our own turkey Sunday JUST FOR THE LEFTOVERS!!)

Monday: Lasagna

Tuesday: Leftover Lasagna

Wednesday: Cubed Steak and Parmesan noodles

Thursday: Tacos

Friday: Out - we're goin' out to get our Christmas tree and will probably grab something on the way!

Need more meal planning ideas or want to see what others are having? Visit Org Junkie

Monday, November 12, 2007

Meal Plan Monday November 12

We didn't make it out to the grocery store this past weekend, so we'll be using stuff that we have on stock. And I FINALLY remembered to keep the ground beef out of the freezer to defrost it! I KNOW that's what the microwave is for, but I'm picky and it never tastes the same to me when it's defrosted in the microwave!

This week's meal plan looks like this!

Monday - Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf -- I've had to cancel on this TWO weeks in a row, but you can BET I'm DOING it tonight! =)

Tuesday - Taco Salad with salsa/sour cream dressing

Wednesday - Hamburger Gravy over mashed potatos, served with corn and biscuits

Thursday - Beef Stroganoff

Friday - Pizza

Saturday - Pot Roast

Sunday - Leftovers

Need more menu plan ideas? Go visit OrgJunkie. (Please note her link has changed)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday # 2 - Home Office

Last week I mentioned that my Tackle It Tuesday project was going to be converting my guest bedroom into a home office for when I start working from home in about 5 weeks until after Madison is born. So things went WAY better than planned and now the office is just about complete!!

Here's some pics on the progress!

My new desk!!

The shelves still need some work!

(For more Tackle It Tuesday projects, go here!)

Not your average survey!

10 Real Random Facts About You

1. I have 5 cats and 2 dogs and have a problem saying NO to more animals, although I KNOW my boyfriend would kill me were I actually to bring another home!

2. I have never wanted kids. Ever. I am having one in 2 months! =) And I can't WAIT!!!!!

3. I've been married twice. And divorced twice. The second time was NOT my fault and I am sooo glad to be out of that one!! =)

4. I am addicted to MySpace. Seriously. I NEED to check it. All the time.

5. I am OCD about washing my hands. And now, thanks to Mel, Wet Ones are my new fave!

6. I owned 5 horses growing up and lived on a 'farm' (okay, acreage, is that better?). I was a HUGE tom boy. Pfft! Really, I was!!! (I've even been in horse manure fights!) Betcha didn't see that one coming eh?! LOL

7. I write what I would like to call romance novels, however, I haven't finished any of them yet and none is long enough to be considered a novel, so we'll go with "stories".

8. I am addicted to jeans. Seriously. At last count--before I got pregnant, I had over 30 pairs. I like to buy expensive jeans...my most expensive pair was $250.00. See, I AM addicted!!!

9. I want to be famous someday. A singer, writer, whatever...

10. I miss my pre-pregnancy body! I miss smoking and drinking and dancing on stage and on the bars! BUT I know that this next stage in my life will be the best yet, so I am okay with that and glad that I had the chance to have that fun!

1. be honest
2. be supportive
3. be open, talk to me
4. compliment me
5. love my pets
6. love me, for me, accept that I will ALWAYS take forever to get ready and usually be late for everything!
7. pay attention to the small detials, what's important to me
8. accept that I will always have clean clothes laying on the chest at the foot of the bed!
9. love my family and friends

1. flat iron
2. cell phones
3. purse/ wallet
4. keys
5. perfume
6. hemp chapstick
7. makeup
8. camera

1. liars
2. bad drivers
3. fake people
4. being ignored
5. slackers
6. drama
7. drugs

1. Washington ( just one.)


1. write and publish one of my books
2. travel to Scotland/England
3. raise Madison (and maybe have another baby someday??) and watch them become happy adults
4. be a grandma and hopefully even great grandma
5. be debt free!


1. failure
2. losing someone I love
3. child birth
4. dying


1. shower
2. get ready
3. eat


1. stress
2. shop!


1. Amber, I miss my sissy!

Hi, my name is:

When I'm nervous:
play with my hair, but I also do that when I am bored!

The last song I listened to:

By this time next year:
I will be almost 30 and have an almost 1-year old!!!!

I have a hard time understanding:
men, who doesn't? LOL

If I won an award, the first person I would tell:
my family

Take my advice:
everything happens for a reason!

Most recent thing I've bought myself:

Most recent thing someone else bought me:
stuff for Madison

My favorite hair style:
i love my hair curled when Jen does it! =) I suck at it, which is why I always just flat iron it!

My middle name is:

In the morning I:
want to sleep in!!!!!

Last night I:
went to Babies R Us for Madison's dresser/changing table combo, grabbed Papa Murphy's and went to bed!

If I was an animal I'd be:
a cat!

A better name for me would be:
I like mine!

Tomorrow I am:
going to work and making dinner...excitin' stuff!

Tonight I am:
going to my massage, making dinner! Another exciting night!

The 7 people I miss the most are:
my friends that I don't see as much as I used to! =(

My favorite color(s) is:
green, pink, teal

My heart is:

Monday, November 5, 2007

Meal Plan Monday November 5

Here's what we're having this week!

Monday - Papa Murphy's Pizza (late night, going to get Maddie's dresser so we need to eat quick!)

Tuesday - Ranch and Herb baked chicken, red potatos, and salad

Wednesday - Layered Meatball Bake

Thursday - Easy Stovetop Stuffing and Chicken Casserole

Friday - Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Saturday - Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Sunday - Spaghetti and Meatballs at D's mom's house! Yum!

(For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit OrgJunkie!)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #7

For this weeks edition of Thursday Thirteen, I am going to shamelessly plug my own home-based side business while sharing with you THIRTEEN 2007 HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS/GIFTS FROM THE BODY SHOP!

And if you have someone to buy for on your gift list, you can order through my website directly and it will ship straight to you (or the person you purchase the gift for!), so this works for those of you even if you don't know me or live near me!

1. Sweet Chestnut Limited Edition - These items are available only while supplies last!!

2. Rich Plum Collection - items available for individual purchase are: Body Butter, Shimmering Bath Bubbles, Hand Wash, Shimmer Lip Balm, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Soap, and Bath Gloves.

3. Cranberry Collection - items available for individual purchase are: Bubble Bath, Two Tone Bath Lily, Body Butter, Hand Wash, Shimmer Lip Balm, Body Polish, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Soap.

4. Vanilla Spice Collection - items available for individual purchase are: Body Butter, Bath Melt, Hand Wash, Shimmer Lip Balm, Body Polish, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Soap.

5. Holiday Make-up Exclusive Collection - available only while supplies last!

6. Glitter Eyeliner - available only while supplies last!

7. Sparkle Pot - available only while supplies last!

8. Holiday Highshine Lip Treatment - available only while supplies last!

9. Holiday Eye and Cheek Palette - available only while supplies last!

10. Ultra Lip Gloss - available only while supplies last!

11. Holiday Accessories - available only while supplies last!

12. Holiday Home Fragrance - available only while supplies last!

13. Holiday Fragrance - available only while supplies last!

And a bonus item, because it's too good to not share!! Perfect for anyone on your Holiday Shopping List!

14. Holiday Gifts with Love

(Visit Thursday Thirteen for more participants' lists!)

Recipe Favorite! Italian Stuffed Peppers

Last night I tried a new recipe! It was unplanned but both D and I had been craving them---and I'd never had them or tried to make them before but they've always sounded good! So between Trick or Treators, I made them and didn't get to eat 'til I actually turned the porch light off THREE HOURS LATER!! Guess that's what happens when you live in a neighborhood!

So here's my recipe! Hope those of you who try it, enjoy!!! And it was super easy to make! We had a bit of meat left over as we only did three peppers so I just baked it as meatloaf and D had leftovers for lunch today!! ;)


1 lb+. ground meat (we used beef, but pork or turkey would work as well).
4 eggs
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves fresh garlic (I used the minced garlic in a jar)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
Italian seasoning to taste---I used a generous amount
2 cans tomato sauce or 1 large jar of Spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup cooked white rice
4 large *green* peppers (can also use yellow, red, or orange---we used yellow), sliced in half or hollowed out if you prefer to use the whole pepper.
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Grease bottom of 13x9 baking pan with olive oil. Mix meat, eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, and all seasonings in large bowl. Cook rice and mix into meat mixture. Slice peppers so that you have 8 halves, and remove stems and seeds (you can also slice off the top of the pepper and use the whole pepper instead). Stuff peppers with meat mixture. Place in pan and pour tomato or spaghettic sauce over top and along bottom of pan. Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour; sprinkle shredded mozzerella cheese over peppers when there's about 10-15 minutes left on timer. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.