Thursday, October 30, 2008

Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup


The weather had turned and there is now a chill in the air for most of day. For me that means it is time to cook up some warm your tummy comfort foods. This is what we had for dinner last night.



Wendi's Vegetable Beef Soup Crock pot Style

1 lb beef cut into cubes (I used a round steak that I purchased on clearance)
2 cups tomato or vegetable juice (I used a pint of home canned tomato juice)
4 cups water
1/4 cup ketchup
3 Tbs beef bouillon
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix all of this together and then add:

4 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups green beans (I used a pint of home canned green beans)

Cook on high for 7 hours or until the veggies are cooked to your liking. I always check the broth about an hour before we eat to be sure it is seasoned to our taste. Sometimes I need to add a little salt.

I served this with a slice of Sandra's Simple White Bread.

Be sure to visit Sandra for more delicious crock pot meals. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkin! Pumpkin!

The past week has been full of all things pumpkin. We started out the week by reading this book.

An afternoon of making paper plate pumpkins.


We were unable to make it the pumpkin patch due to the weather. We purchased a pumpkin at the grocery store which was just fine with Megan.


At first Megan wasn't sure about cleaning out the pumpkin until she saw Daddy do it. After that she had no problem.

She enjoys going out to light her pumpkin each night.


We roasted the seeds.


Megan had fun cleaning and salting the seeds, but didn't care for the taste.

I think this was the highlight of the week. I couldn't find my pumpkin cookie cutter so I just made circles.




Chuck and I ended up frosting most of the cookies. Megan was happy with just one cookie. I think she had the most fun licking her spatula!



Monday, October 27, 2008

Tagged

I was tagged by Magi to list 7 random things about myself.



1. Chuck and I went to school together. No, we were not high school sweethearts. We sat by each other often in middle school due to the alpha seating. I don't even remember him during high school. We connected during our 10 year reunion and well... the rest is history.

2. I was born an Army brat at Ft Leonard Wood, Mo.

3. I don't like tomatoes, but I do like tomato based foods.

4. I use to drink at least a six pack of Diet Coke a day. It was hard, but I broke the habit. I now only have a Diet Coke if I am in a restaurant.

5. My former job was investigating credit reports for mortgage companies. I was the lucky person who got to call people and tell them they had unpaid collections on their credit report. Not fun!!

6. I am a quiet person. I am not good at small talk.

7. My favorite home task is cutting grass. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the peace of being alone with my thoughts for a little while.

Now I am suppose to tag 7 other people. Honestly I don't know who to tag that hasn't already participated. So, if you haven't been tagged yet.. tag your it!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Mail Call

One of the great things about blogging is all of the wonderful people that you meet.
A reader of my blog, Nancy, contacted me about an ornament she had for Megan. Her daughter had purchased it for her future daughter, but was blessed with four boys instead of a Megan!

Megan was excited when we handed her the package. Here she is unwrapping her goodie.




Nancy it was very thoughtful of you to send this to Megan. I can't wait to see it hanging on our tree. Thank you!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Whatcha Workin' on Wednesday

I am really running late today. You know the saying better late then never, well that is the motto for today.

I have been a busy little bee since returning from our vacation. Monday was spent doing laundry and all of those fun household chores. I do most of my laundry on Monday, with sheets and towels on Wednesdays. I will run a load of clothes on Wednesday and Friday if I have enough for a load. Since I keep up pretty good on the laundry I had forgotten how much work it is when you just do it once a week. I felt like I was never going to finish up the laundry on Monday.

Tuesday was spent doing yard work. Megan and I went out and picked up pine cones in the afternoon. Then grandma stopped by and Megan went with her to see grandpa and have dinner. Chuck and I used this time to cut grass. We then hit the Chick-fil-A drive thru and stopped by the bookstore on our way to pick up Megan.

I hadn't been to the bookstore in a while. I could have spent a fortune there!

Today was spent cleaning out my closet and crafting. I am using some of the collected pine cones to make a wreath for my front door. I had Chuck cut out a large circle out of cardboard to use as the base for the wreath.

I then started to glue on the pine cones with my handy glue gun.


This is what I have completed so far:


The plan is to add a large homespun bow and hang it on my front door as my Christmas wreath. I usually like to hang a wreath of fresh greens, but I am trying to cut back on spending. You can't beat a wreath that is well... free!

Once I have it complete I will post a picture. Stop by and visit Leslie to take a peek at what other's are working on.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall Getaway '08

We had so much fun on our getaway! The area we go to is where my dad is from, so we still have family there. The main reason we go there is for my family reunion. We enjoy the area so much that we make it a mini-vacation. We stay at an Indiana State Park Inn and it is fabulous!

It is fire prevention month so the inn had a huge Smokey the Bear in the lobby. Megan loved him! She had to go say Hi every morning and goodnight in the evening.


We took some long drives in the country. I know some think this is weird, but we love to explore old cemeteries. We found a little country church in the middle of no where a cemetery is on the church grounds. We spent a good portion of the afternoon exploring. The oldest birth we found was 1775. They are in the process of replacing some of the old stones. I feel it is so important to preserve our past!

There is a pioneer village in the park. We had a great time exploring it. I thought this cabin was so cute!

Can you imagine a winter in a space this small? I certainly can't, but what a cute vacation spot this would be.

We wanted to attend the church service at the pioneer village chapel, but were not able to make the 8:30 service. Maybe next year.


We split for dinner one evening and took three of our nieces. We found a great picnic spot for dinner and then the kids had a good time running around and exploring the area. A great way to run off all of that energy!

We are already planning our trip for next year!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We returned from our vacation yesterday afternoon. We had a wonderful time, but now I am exhausted. The last night we stayed Megan had a rough night, which translates to we all had a rough night. Today will be spent resting, doing laundry and catching up on housework.

Tomorrow I will share some of the fun things we did. Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Away

We are heading out of town for a little get away. This is a trip that we take annually to attend my family reunion. We usually arrive on Friday, but decided to extend our stay. There is no cell service were we stay and no internet connection. I am looking forward to some quiet time with my family.

Have a great week and I will be back on Monday!

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Red Door

Although we did not get everything complete on our list, we were able to accomplish a few things. I am so happy that I finally have my front door painted red! Navajo Red to be exact.


It is the same color that we painted our shed and also the window boxes. Now all of my outside doors are the same color. It only took us three years to get the front door painted! Oh well, it is done and I am pleased.

An unexpected expense and task this weekend was a new starter on Chuck's truck. It hadn't been starting correctly and sometimes would take several tries to get it going. He took it apart thinking that the connections might just need to be cleaned. One thing lead to another and he ended up installing a new one. I am just grateful that he could save some money by doing it himself.

Megan had an adventure this weekend. She went for her first sleep over at Grandma's. Everyone was shocked that I let her go and I have to say that I am still shocked that I let her go! She did really well. She went to bed with no problem and sleep from 8:30 until 1. She woke up two times after that crying for her Daddy but they were able to get her back to sleep. Both Grandma and Grandpa said they needed a nap!

I plan to stay home today and tick a few more things off my list. Have a great day!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pear

Prayer
Energizes
And
Renews

I saw this and thought it was really cute and so true!

Wednesday was a down day for me. I went to bed with a slight headache on Tuesday night and woke up with a doosie! It was so bad that I had Chuck drop Megan off at my parents on his way to work. I don't know why I am getting so many headaches all of a sudden. I use to have them all the time when I worked, but that was stress related. I am not stressed, so I am not sure why. A day of rest and I was back to normal on Thursday.

We are having a dose of Indian Summer this weekend. We are both excited to get a few things done. Nothing exciting. Things like clean out the flower beds, paint the front door and wash the outside of the windows. Really exciting, huh?

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Day in My Life

Nothing exciting happening around here. I like to have a peek at what other people do with their day so I thought I would share my Tuesday.

It started at 6:15 when Megan woke up. She watched a little Disney while I woke up. We then had pancakes for breakfast. After that I started the dishwasher (forgot to set it the night before... oops!) and started a load of laundry. I don't normally do laundry on Tuesday, but Megan's pull up leaked. I washed the bedding and then did a load of towels.

After we were dressed and ready for the day I tackled this trouble spot.


I only keep the most recent catalogs and put the rest in the recycle bin. I had a pile of recipe and craft books. I have put them all away for now. I have so much going on that I don't need any new projects!


I then vacuumed the house and my helper was right beside me using her toy vacuum. Too cute! We went for a walk and then I did a quick clean of the bathroom. It needs a deep clean, but that is for another day.It was then time for lunch and nap time!I surfed the web, did some reading and made cookies while Megan napped.


I had to babysit in the afternoon. The kids arrived about 1:15 and Megan was up by that time. It was a beautiful afternoon and we headed outside. We had a good time playing on the swings and taking a walk.

The kids were picked up about 3:00 and we headed inside to finish dinner. We sat down to roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans when Chuck arrived home around 4:30.

I spent a portion of my evening cutting fabric for my garland.


I have all the fabric cut in width and just need to cut it to the correct length. It looks like I need to pick up a little more green fabric. I am taking this project on our get away next week. It is a project that will be easy to pick up and work on as time permits.

We ended our evening with a gentle rain.


Megan enjoys watching the rain and hearing it hit the metal roof on our back porch. After that it was time for Megan to head to bed.

Chuck and I watched NCIS and watched some of the debate. By 10 o'clock I was snug in bed and fast asleep.

Hope you enjoyed you peek into my day.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Weekend Stuff

On Saturday we headed to the fall festival at church. Megan had a blast!

She had her face painted for the first time. She picked out the balloons herself and sat so still while it was done.


Megan won this bottle of soda in a ring toss.


She was so proud of this bottle. I hope she didn't think it was her bottle to drink!

The local fire department was there and so was the lifeline helicopter. We were sad when they received a call and had to take off. Although it was neat to see the helicopter take off. Megan keep telling everyone about the helicopter flying away.


Of course it wouldn't have been a festival without games!


It was so much fun and we heard the total in attendance was about 400 people. Great turnout!

The thing that made us the happiest was that Megan did so well with all of those people around. Usually when there is a crowd or we are someplace new she wants to be held. She did not ask to be held once and was even talking with people! She has come such a long way.

Speaking of coming along way... here is her toddler bed. Can you believe that my baby is in a toddler bed?!



We re-arranged her room and it looks so much bigger. Now I just need to clean out some of the toys. Megan is so proud of her big girl bed.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Kmart Double Coupons

Although this is not my favorite store I knew I would have to make a trip when I heard they were doubling coupons up to $2.oo! I had a budget of $20.00. This what I came home with.


My before coupon total was $48.78. I had $32.89 in coupons and spent a grand total of $18.33. I could have done better, but Tums where a must have (hubby asked that I buy some) and I ended up paying $2.49 for those. The Tide was also a splurge. I paid $3.00 for the bottle. I walked away with 2 Gillette Shampoo, Cascade Rinse Aid, Glade Air Freshner and 2 Taco Mix packets for free.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Crab Apples

My next door neighbor has a couple of crab apple trees. She was having some of the branches trimmedand I couldn't resist taking a few. They were loaded with crab apples and I ended up with a five gallon bucket.


So far I have placed some in the bottom of my Mason jar candle holders.


I am not sure about the fabric I tied on. What do you think, with or without the fabric?


I have also started to make a garland. I am not yet sure what I am going to do with it.

I am thinking about using some in a wreath and my neighbor mentioned that you can make jelly out of them. I have lots of crab apples to use, so if you have a suggestion let me know.