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Random things that pass thru my sometimes crazy life and mind.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Today i got to play in the snow. I shoveled snow for the first time in my life. It was awesome!!!!! I LOVE SNOW!!!!!! Driving the jeep has been a pleasure. It handles so well in the snow. I am a lucky girl!!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Fun Monday ~~ 2/7/11

Fun Monday this month is being hosted by Molly of Return of the White Robin. Her assignment this week is to tell what we would do if gifted with 10 million dollars.

This is an easy one for me. I think about this every time I play the lottery....lol.

I would fund the redoing of kitchen at my son's school. The kitchen feeds not only my son's school but the school next door also. The kitchen feeds grades PRE-K thru 12th. They do a fantastic job with home made meals everyday. I would love to see it done easier with a more efficient kitchen.

Second, I would endow two scholarships for a complete Catholic education K-12 at St. Joe's and Holy Cross. One boy and one girl would be selected per year to receive the scholarship.

Third, I would pay for the remainder of one of my co-workers daughter's education. She is in college and there is a real possibility the money will run out before she finishes. Unfortunately the family makes to much to qualify fir financial aide but not enough to afford school.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

lily and Sabbath

Today we took Sabbath to the barn when we went to see Lily. I don't think Sabbath had seen an animal that big. She was a little nervous about them but only barked once. Lilly didn't mind her at all. They snifted noses and became friends. Yay!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I am a Foster Mom

No that does not mean I have changed my last name to Foster. LOL. Today I picked up my foster dog, Sabbath. She is a 7 month old Great Dane. She was rescued by The Great Dane Club of Amarillo (of which I am a member) 3 weeks ago but needed a new foster home toady, due to health complications with her foster parents. When she came into rescue you could count each vertebra and see her hip and shoulder bones. She has steadily been putting on weight and is looking oh so much better. Here a couple pics of her meeting the gang here.

<---Sabbath and Ollie meeting.

Sabbath and Scooby saying "Hi"------->
(aren't you glad we dont greet like dogs?)

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Toy

Today I purchased a Nook Color and let me tell you, I am SUPER excited. Little did I know this thing is the cats meow. And it is customizable with really pretty covers. I got one that says "A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. ~ Samuel Johnson"

I can not wait to really start messing with all the features. Check back for updates as I let ya know how it preforms!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hot grease in the eye SUCKS!

Today was another first for me. I made Chicken Fried Steak for the very first time. It turned out pretty good. The only negative I can say about this recipe is that hot oil in the eye HURTS!!!!

For those that asked, here is the recipe. Enjoy! I stole this off of Pioneer Woman (she has lots of good eats there, feel free to take a look)

Recipe: Fried Round Steak
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 6

■3 pounds Cube Steak (round Steak That's Been Extra Tenderized)
■1 cup All-purpose Flour
■1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
■3 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper, Or To Taste
■Salt, For Seasoning Meat
■½ cups Canola Oil (more If Needed)
■2 Tablespoons Butter
Preparation Instructions
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Mix together flour, seasoned salt, and pepper.

Season both sides of steaks with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece in flour mixture, pressing to coat with as much flour as possible.

Add butter to pan right before frying.

When butter is melted, fry pieces of steak in butter/oil mixture. Flip when sides are deep golden brown and cook about 1 minute on the other side.

Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve immediately.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Food Network

One of my favorite channels is Food Network. I used to love watching all the new shows but lately it seems there are only 4-5 shows each evening that are just run on a loop for the week. I do look forward to Sundays though when Worst Cooks in America is on. This show used to be tailor made for me. Recently though my cooking skills have been improving by leaps and bounds. Heck last night I made a wonderful Brocolli Beef that had such a nice flavor and a delicious sause that was delightful I've the non-instant rice I made. Well it is nap time for me before I go into work tonight.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Weather Event

(Not my picture, stole it from the internet but we had some beautiful snow today) I LOVE WEATHER!!