Monthly Archives: April 2009
Yesterday was our last religion class of the year. We’re now out for summer vacation. We always start just a little after school does and get out a little before they do. That way the mad rust at the beginning and ending of the school year doesn’t reflect into religious education. Anyway, I don’t need to write more on that. I already have a blog post, I just haven’t published it yet. I need to add a pic I took of all of us. On top of that yesterday….and I was dreading class ending. I love those kids!!
Hubby was involved in a fender bender yesterday on the way to work. He’s alright, thank God!! It was raining in the morning and someone pulled out in front of him from a turn lane so they could turn. He braked so he wouldn’t hit them, but someone rear-ended him instead. Nope, he never did hit the wide turn idiot either. He thought it was over and someone slammed into the back of the car that hit him. I guess they were asleep, because that shouldn’t have happened. His car has a little damage. The bumper has a dent in it and it slightly twisted. His brand new license plate is bent under. But, he’s alright and that’s all I care about!! He just kept telling me that it pays to drive a good old-fashioned piece of American steel!!
The Man is now in talks with the guy’s insurance company to see what’s going to happen. I’m sure this is going to be interesting!! UGH
I don’t know if I’m overtired or just have stomach bug, but I’ve felt like crap all day today. We all had like a stomach bug the other day, but I was fine immediately after that. Today though, I just dragged all day. Water sure does taste good though!! Actually, I’m not going to be up late tonight. As soon as I post this, I’m crawling in bed!!
The commander that died in the bicyle accident earlier that I blogged about will have a funeral on Monday. There’s still nothing on the local news or in the newspaper about it. We all really want to know what happened. All we know for certain is that he was on a bike and a van hit him. Nothing else!! Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend the service on post because hubby starts working overtime next week and the service is in the middle of the afternoon. I won’t go alone because I didn’t know him well enough. I was just impressed by his respect for my husband when I did see him at the retirement party. It’s still so sad.
With that, I’m off to bed. I have to wake up ready to go tomorrow….errands to run!! Out….
Hubby received an odd text message at work and he couldn’t wait to get home to show me and check on it. He thought it was some sort of joke….a horrible joke. After a phone call, we found out that it was NO joke.
When the Man retired, he had a young commander. He was only about 28. A very bright man. I remember his exact words to hubby the night of the retirement party at the unit. He had the utmost respect for my husband. He had such kind things to say and most of all, he truly meant them. He was full of respect. It meant so much to me because in the Army, officers think they know it all and don’t rely on their NCO’s. Usually NCO’s have in much more time and have worked the trenches, but the officers have a degree!! This young man wasn’t like that. He said that he learned what it was like to be a soldier from hubby.
That man lost his life today. He’d been to combat in Iraq. He’s even trained the Iraqi’s to defend themselves. He was a good commander and had recently changed command. But that’s all over now. When we saw him at the retirement party, he was on crutches and his foot was in a cast. He was out of the cast and off crutches trying to rehabilitate that foot and leg. Last night, he was out riding his bicycle when a van hit him. We really don’t know more details than that.
From our understanding, his spine was severed and there was head trauma. He was life flighted to OKC, but was pronounced brain dead. Sometime today, life support was turned off. In many ways, he’ll go on though as he was an organ donor. He left behind a wife that’s a nurse (I believe) and one daughter. It’s so sad to know that a soldier survived combat, only to be killed in an accident and on a bike no less. Hubby plans on going by the unit to drop off some money to donate toward flowers, a card, and whatever else they put together. I’m sure we’ll go to the memorial service if it’s not during the Man’s work day.
Very sad and so hard when it’s someone that you actually know. You know that they’re a good person and deserved a good life. But, God had a plan for this young man. Now his time here as ended and he’s moved on.
Now I know that you might think if I’m in the kitchen cooking that “A Night Out” is an odd name for this entry. However, don’t despair because I have a good reason for doing that!! So, let me explain!!
Since money is tight, we just don’t eat out as much as we used to. Simple fact, I can cook at home way cheaper than feed 3 of us at a restaurant. I wanted to create a meal of some of our favorite dishes when we go out and create a meal at home. I think I did just that!! The meal was….
Santa Fe Chicken (Chili’s ® Monterey Chicken), Southern Green Beans and Baked Mac-N-Cheese. MMMM Doesn’t it just look so tempting and delicious??
One of my favorite meals is Monterey Chicken from Chili’s. I swore that I’d find a way to make it, and I did!! The recipe is very easy as you’ll see below and I call it Santa Fe Chicken. The Man loves Southern Green Beans anytime we go to a BBQ joint or someplace with southern cooking. Kiddo absolutely loves Baked Mac-N-Cheese when we go out anyplace. I don’t usually make it this way. I do the typical cheese sauce on the stove and mix it all together.
I don’t get credit for the Baked Mac-N-Cheese though. I followed the recipe from Ree at Pioneer Woman. You can find the recipe here. Once I saw it, I knew it was the one I wanted. I originally saw it on my birthday at Dawn’s Diversions and went in search of it. Now on to the rest of the dinner….
Santa Fe Chicken (based on a dish at Chili’s called Monterey Chicken and they own the rights to that name)
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts mustard 2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup smoked bbq sauce 6 strips of bacon, cooked until crispy
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2-3 teaspoon lemon pepper
Preheat grill to about 350°. After cleaning the chicken, place in a medium bowl. Add about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and using your hands, coat the chicken. Add 2 good squirts of mustard and rub to coat again. Next, add the lemon pepper and rub to coat one last time. Place chicken on grill chicken breasts on the first side for 10-15 minutes (depending on size of chicken breasts). Flip chicken and top each with bbq sauce and grill the 2nd side for 10-15 more minutes. At the end of that time, place 2 strips of bacon on each chicken breast and 1/3 of the shredded cheddar cheese. Cover and grill until cheese melts. (I put mine under the broiler for 5 minutes.) Remove from grill and serve.
Hubby said that I nailed the recipe. He sat there through the whole meal saying that it was just as good if not better than the restaraunt. The next side, he was really thrilled with.
Southern Green Beans
1 large can cut green beans, drain 1/2 liquid 6 large pearl onions, quartered
3 strips of bacon, cooked crispy and chopped up 1 Tablespoon butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place the butter in the bottom of large saucepan, add onions and let cook until onions are still firm, but turning almost translucent. Add cut green beans, chopped bacon and season to taste. Cook over medium-low heat until heated through. Serve.
So there you have our “Night Out” dinner. I hope that you give it a try, and if you do, be sure to let me know what you think!!
I had every intention of post a new “In the Kitchen” tonight. We made the most amazing dinner and I wanted to share it. However, at the end of the cooking, I started to feel very sick. My stomach was turning and I was weak and hot. I sat sprawled out on the couch until I had to check on certain parts of the meal. After we ate, I was better, but I was just totally zapped. Miss K was next to feel that way and then hubby. I don’t know what hit us, but it hits hard and fast. Stomach cramps like I can’t describe!! There’s nobody to blame but my parents. They sent it to us through the phone. They didn’t go out for their anniversary because mom was feeling this way and the next day when they were going to try to go again, dad was under the weather. It PASSES quick, but you’re pretty tired afterward. BLAH I’ll share my “In the Kitchen” tomorrow. Trust me when I say, it’s well worth the wait!!
My parents are marking off their 43rd anniversary today. They’re so deserving of an awesome day. They’ve been the best life example there is. Nobody could know a more true and enduring love than they have. I found a great card for them this year. Sometimes it’s hard to find just what I want, but this one was almost perfect. It said so much of what I’d like to tell them. I wish that there was some sort of tribute that I could do for them. I was the main planner of their 40th anniversary party and it turned out to be everything they deserved. Actually, they deserved more, but it was just awesome the people that showed up and seeing them renew their vows. I only hope I can do something as wonderful for the best parents in the whole world when it’s their 50th. So for now Mother and Daddy….
What has become our Wednesday night traditions, we had dinner cooked in the crockpot tonight. I don’t know if I’ve ever stated why we do this on Wednesday’s. Anyway, it’s because it’s the night that I teach my religion class. We always used to go out, but tightening up our spending and enjoying home cooked meals together has replaced that.
So, what was on tonight’s menu?? It was beef fajitas and just look at them….
To say they were delicious is putting it mildly!! We could smell these things cooking all day and at times, it made it hard to focus on our studies!! Interested in the recipe?? HHMMMM Maybe I won’t share this one!! HAHA Let me just tell you, it’s the most simple recipe you can find. With that said, here’s my recipe for Beef Fajitas in the crockpot….
1 pound beef flank steak (we used brisket) 1 medium onion, cut in strips
1/2 cup salsa 2-4 Tablespoons lime juice cilantro, chopped (approx. 2 Tablesppoons)
2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small green and red bell pepper, cut in strips
1 Tablespoon chili powder (more if desired) 2-3 teaspoons cumin salt to taste
flour tortillas, warmed when ready to use
Cut your flank steak or brisket lengthwise in half into thin strips. (We did this the night before and let it sit in a covered dish in the refrigerator with the seasonings on it.) Combine salsa, onion, peppers*, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and cilantro in crockpot. Add the meat and mix well. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Serve with flour tortillas and additional salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese and whatever else you like.
*If you prefer your peppers firmer with a little crunch, add to crockpot 1 hour before you’re ready to serve.
And that’s it people!! I told you it was simple. They taste so good and they’re very filling. I hope that you enjoy this recipe and be sure to let me know if you try it out!!
As many of my readers know, I have a feature called “In the Crockpot”. I try to share recipes that I’ve made in the crockpot and are hits in our house. Today, I have something new….a new feature called “In the Kitchen”. It pertains to cooking too, but this is cooking the old fashioned way and without a crockpot.
My first recipe is “Chicken Spaghetti”. I don’t know how many of you read the blog, The Pioneer Woman. I’ve read her off and on since I started blogging. If you haven’t already checked her out, you should. Anyway, I was over there looking for her macaroni and cheese recipe when I came across her chicken spaghetti recipe. It just sounded so delicious that I had to try it, except do it MY way!!
So, here you have Chicken Spaghetti….
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 cups grated/shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped red or green pepper
2-3 TBLS. finely chopped sun-dried tomato (optional) 1 cup cheddar cheese (addtional for topping)
1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup
3 cups dried spaghetti, broke into 3rds 2 cups reserved chicken broth (from pot)
seasoning salt, salt, and pepper to suit taste poultry seasoning (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. Boil chicken in pot with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. When done, remove from pot and reserve 2 cups of broth. Add dried spaghetti to boiling broth pot and cook until al dante; drain when done. While spaghetti is cooking, cut up/shred chicken. Mix shredded cheddar cheese, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, seasoning, onion, peppers, sun-dried tomato and chicken. After drained, add al dante cooked spaghetti and mix. Slowly add in the 2 cups of reserved chicken broth. Mixture should be creamy, not too wet or too thick. (I used the whole 2 cups.) Pour into casserole baking dish and top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until bubbly and warm through. If the cheese gets too dark, cover with aluminum foil.
And this is what it looked like….
I took a couple days off from the blog to enjoy some time with the family. It was so worth it. We really had a great weekend. We each sort of did our own thing, yet we had time together.
I got some games made this weekend, that’s for sure. I’ll be sharing some of them on here as soon as I get them uploaded to my 4Shared account. I made 4 train games alone!! I think with the exception of a Cinco de Mayo tic-tac-toe game and some Spanish number cards for Cinco de Mayo, they’re all file folder games. I got the most feedback from the train games. They’ll probably be the first ones that I upload too.
Hubby got his new windshield wiper motor installed on his car. Kiddo got her room pretty well clean. Only problem now is that she’s got a mound of clean laundry!! HAHA She says she can’t win. Oh, if she only knew!!
The Man made his famous fried chicken today and while we ate, we watched “Quantum of Solice”. Totally awesome 007 movie!! I must say, Daniel Craig as made a good replacement. Next to Sean Connery, my favorite is Pierce Brosnan. However, Craig has made James Bond all his own and the movies are just so action packed!! Also watched “Celebrity Apprentice” tonight. Boy is that show getting cut throat. They’re getting nasty….and this is supposed to be for charity!! SHEESH I’ve lost respect for poker player Annie. She’s about a dirty as they come and loves to lie. I guess she comes by it naturally, but she’s mean!!
Alright, that gets you all caught up on our weekend. The skies are cloudy, but the temperature is nice. Had the windows open yesterday. Pretty typical spring settling in now!! Oh and a fantastic night race in Phoenix. Jr. had the lead for awhile, but a change of tires and he was at the back of the pack. It’s amazing what a bad set of tires does on the track!! UGH
I’m out!! What did you do this weekend??
Ah yes, there’s a definite smell of birthday cake in the house as I grow another year older. MMMM It was chocolate!! HEHE
I had a totally awesome day today. When I woke up, hubby had a card for me sitting on my keyboard. When I opened it, I found a gift certificate to get my hair done. Not just a cut, but a wash and style too!! WooHoo Now I know that may not seem like much to some, but it was everything to me. With our budget cuts, one of the things that kiddo and I have given up is getting our haircut every single month. That’s a savings of $40!! So just the other day I complained that I can’t do anything with my hair. I mean it’s horrible right now!! So low and behold, the man got me the perfect gift!! I know some of you would be upset at a practical gift, but not me. I’ll take what I need any day over something I’m just going to throw in a closet or hide. That includes appliances….if I need it, give it!! HAHA But anyway, I’m looking forward to my hair appointment, that is, whenever I have time to set it up now!!
Kiddo made me breakfast and gave me a beautiful card. She’s such an amazing kid!! I just loved the card and that one may never get put away. My dear online gal pal, Debbie, sent me a birthday message. That meant alot to me and in turn it sent other wishes my way. I also got a call from a long-time friend that we haven’t heard from in ages, not to mention Suz called to have a chat. My in-laws sent me a card and some $$!! WooHoo My parents sent a card and they called. Of course, they used that time to remind me how old I am. They didn’t quite fall for me being 21 and having my first drink tonight!! HAHA Hey, that reminds me….I never got a drink!!
Hubby made his famous chili dogs for dinner. They’re to die for and oh so sinful!! MMMM Don’t get too close….I have onion breath!! HEHE After that, we relaxed and had some chocolate birthday cake. With that, the day was over and now I’m just another year older!!
I am back with another game!!! No it’s not my mom it’s Miss K this time!!
It is called ” I Promise, Love God”. I thought maybe I should make a game about promises, because I haven’t seen any people who have made games with promises yet. Anyways, kids don’t KEEP their promises any more and sometimes adults don’t either.
I hope you all enjoy the new game!
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The people were out in force today all across the United States to attend the TEA Party. TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Parties took place in the largest cities and the smallest towns. There was people from all walks of life in attendance. There were Democrats and Republicans, poor and rich, conservatives, liberals, and independants, employed and unemployed, and everything in between!! Among those in attendance was Miss K and I.
Despite what some news stations/networks wanted you to believe, this had nothing to do with being a Republican or hating Democrats. It had nothing to do with being a fan or not of Obama. This DID have everything to do with being fed up with the way our government has been handled over the past several years. It wasn’t just a message for the President, but also for Congress and state governors and mayors. This outrageous spending can’t contiue and it’s time to stand up and say we’ve had enough. We did just that!!
I was told that it was futile to get out there and protest a budget that’s already passed. I disagree!! It needs to be known that me and people everywhere know that it passed, but we’re not going to allow it to happen again. Not only are our kids and grandkids going to pay, but generations yet to come will pay. Enough pork!! We don’t need to save Pelosi’s frog or toad, or whatever it was. We don’t need to pay for Reid’s special road funding. It’s time that we make a change in Congress and remind them that they WORK FOR US!! If they don’t believe they work for us and doing what’s best for us, we can all FIRE them come the next elections.
So no, this had nothing to do with any one party. It had nothing to do with the current president, but it does have to do with anyone that’s allowed this to happen in the past and any future ones. The people are taking America back and we’ll be heard!!
The person that thought it was futile thinks that because it’s already happened that it’s too late. It’s never too late!! The Boston Tea Party happened after the fact as well. It wasn’t too late. It made a point and it changed things. Change doesn’t happend unless we speak up and be heard. It doesn’t matter that CNN chose not to cover it. There wasn’t a CNN for the Boston Tea Party. The voice was still heard all the way across the ocean. No, it’s never too late unless your mindset it.
On a final note on this subject, Homeland Security said that everyone that participates is a criminal. I’m no terrorist although it seems that our NEW government thinks I am. Why?? Because I choose to speak out. If I’m not mistaken, that’s what this country was founded on and has always been about. Call me an extremist?? That’s laughable. I’m merely worried about my daughter’s future and that of her kids. Yes, she was standing next to me and I was so proud of her. She was part of an important step for America and the people. There is no better educatiaonl tool then to experience what this country was founded on.
So you tell me….WHY is Washington so afraid of a few people that are fed up?? WHY label us as terrorist and criminals when we’re involking our Constitutioanl rights??
Washington…..do NOT forget who you work for!!
Ok, it’s not really me that’s a year old today. My blog is a year old today though!! That’s right, Commotion from the Ocean of Lifeis 1 year old!! WooHoo
Yes, my blog is already a year old today. I can’t belive it!! It seems like I just started it. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!! I have enjoyed every minute of it too. I was the first one of my friends to start blogging and some have started since that time. Others, they still avoid it. I’ve made some new friends through my blog and kept some old friends updated on what’s happening in our lives. I’ve been able to share both good and bad times along with the tears and laughs that came with them. I don’t get comments any more like I used to and I really miss that. It’s so nice to know that someone has read it and has taken the time to note what you’ve said. I do know that many are still readers of my blog. My stats say so!!
With that said, I think I’ll give you a couple of the current stats of my blog at 1 year old!! They are:
301 posts, 11 pages
25 categories and 545 tags
119 different countries
top search terms: Elizabeth Taylor eyes, religious folder games, classic actors/actresses, homeschool, Army life, squished boob
busiest day: 27 August 2008 with 244 views
2,328 spam comments (denied or removed)
average monthly views: 7 for May 2008 (worst), 144 for April 2009 (best)
So there you have it!! That’s Commotion from the Ocean of Lifein an interesting statistical view!! So what is your view of my blog after a year??