Saturday, June 18, 2011

When Plans Are Cancelled Why Not Scrapbook?

I was planning on attending a crafting event that my apartment complex was hosting this afternoon but unforuntately it was cancelled.  So, since I was already in a crafting mood I decided to pull out my scrapbooking supplies and working on a few pages.  Here's just a few of what I finished this evening.

Homemade Sugar Free Root Beer Float - Happy Father's Day

It was delicious!

Sugar free vanilla ice cream and root beer made this a friendly dessert for the hubby.  I love the addition of the whip cream.  Looks like all my skills from my days of Friendly's Ice Cream have come into good use!

Check out Homemade Washing Machine Cleaner

I would like you to take a look at: Homemade Washing Machine Cleaner

My laundry supplies

Friday, June 17, 2011

Less Stressed Feels So Good! My Chronic Pain Journey Continues

I've had to reduce the mgs of Savella because it was causing my blood pressure to rise.  And at the same time I'm re-discovering what it means really relax! 

Marcus and Charles have shared with me that the medication has definitely changed my personality.  My husband says it will take some time for him to get used to a quiet and less affectionate me.  

We'll continue to stay the course. 

Summer Nail Polish Color - OPI

I was in a hurry so I stopped off at Beverly's Nails.  I don't usually go there because they have a very limited color range of nail polishes.  But I decided to go with this nail color.   

ps I forgot the name and had no luck researching.

Bananas On Sale at Smart and Final - Let's Make Banana Bread

Martha Stewart Banana Bread
I bought a couple of small bunches for 39 cents yesterday, at Smart and Final.  Our family loves bananas but the ones that we don't eat will get used in a banana bread recipe this weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yes, The Collard Green Plant is Still Growing! Our Patio Garden

Charles first try of collard greens!
My husband planted these last fall and as you can see they're still growing in this hot Las Vegas climate.

Yes, I Do Attend Meetings and Training As a Work At Home Employee - Webinars

The most common question I'm asked as a work at home employee is "How do you attend meetings and training as a work at home agent"?

My response...Webinars! 

Webinars give individuals and corporations the ability to connect remotely via their personal computers.  Many of my meetings, events and training session will sometimes require web cam.  Usually this is for smaller groups.  I find this to be fun to meet and see my co-workers and supervisors.  I must add that you'll probably won't want to show up with bed hair.

Webinars also offer instant chat capability so that you can interact with each other while listening to the speaker.  Many times we can even talk to our speaker and class through our USB headsets or microphone feature, on our laptop.  Other times, we may be required to call into a toll free phone number as well as logging onto the meeting link.

One of my favorites is the desktop sharing.  If you're having trouble accessing an application, your speaker can take control of your computer, with your permission and assist you.  Or if you're doing a practice exercise it allows the group to view your work. 

Web conferencing



Summer Reading Retreat at CafeMom The Park Bench Group

I decided to join CafeMom The Park Bench Group's Summer Reading Retreat after receiving an invite. 

The first selection for the romance group is The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls.  After reading the synopsis I knew I wanted to read this book!

What sane woman would consider becoming any man's ninth wife? Bess Gray is a thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist living in Washington, DC. Just as she's about to give up all hope of marriage, she meets Rory, a charming Irish musician, and they fall in love. But Rory is a man with a secret, which he confesses to Bess when he asks for her hand: He's been married eight times before. Shocked, Bess embarks on a quest she feels she must undertake before she can give him an answer. With her bickering grandparents (married sixty-five years), her gay neighbor (himself a mystery), a shar-pei named Stella, and a mannequin named Peace, Bess sets out on a cross-country journey—unbeknownst to Rory—to seek out and question the wives who came before. What she discovers about her own past is far more than she bargained for.

The Ninth Wife is a smart, funny, eye-opening tale of love, marriage, and the power of stories to unlock the true meaning of home and family.

Food trucks cash in on wedding parties

Food trucks cash in on wedding parties

The question at Today Food was "Would you have a food truck cater your wedding"?

These days there are high end food trucks dishing out gourmet and yummy choices in many cities like Los Angeles and New York City.

I remember attending a party, in San Diego, that had an ice cream truck offering ice cream cones. Not only was it fun but think of there's no clean up for the hostess.

Enjoy the article!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Books for Dad | Real Simple

Books for Dad Real Simple

Father's Day is quickly approaching! So if your dad is an avid book reader consider a book from his favorite author.

My husband is a fan of Clive Cussler's books. He also loves making military vintage airplane models.

And don't forget the magazines! I've purchased a one year subscription of Fine Scale Modeler and Time for the hubby. His smile was definitely thanks enough.

Pancakes From Scratch - Betty Crocker Big Red Cookbook

I'm a huge fan of pancakes and love making them from scratch.  Here's the recipe that I've been using for years courtesy of Betty Crocker's Big Red Cookbook.

ps I don't add the sugar and ues 2% fat free milk.  I do let the recipe sit for few minutes to thicken.  And when including fruit I serve it at the table.  I don't like to mix it in. 

1 large egg
1 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
3/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon granulated or packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

margarine, butter or shortening for the griddle or skillet.  I use margarine...we don't like the taste of shortening and butter can sometimes burn

Beat egg in medium bowl with hand beater or whisk until fluffy.  Beat in remaining ingredients except butter just until smooth.  For thinner pancakes, stir in additional 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk. 

Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat or to 375 degrees.  Grease griddle with butter/margarine or shortening.

For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter from cup or pitcher onto hot griddle.  Cook pancake until bubbly on top, puffed and dry around edges.  Turn and cook other side until golden brown.

Marcus Preparing the Spare Ribs! Yummy

We had 6 pounds of ribs, cooked for 2 hours at  350 degree oven for 2 hours.  Then fr the last 15 minutes, we turn the oven down, covered with barbecue sauce.  Let rest for 20 minutes, grab plates and napkins and dig in!

I served them with baked potatoes.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Day Camp at SkyView YMCA North Las Vegas

When Marcus was 5 years old we sent him to HYP summer day camp at Horizon Christian Fellowship.  Every 2 weeks he had a different theme camp.  Swimming, arts and crafts, tennis, woodworking and fishing were a few of his favorites.

Charles and I looked forward to seeing our Little One every night to hear about his adventures. 

We continued to send him till he turn 14 years old.  When he got older he attended his church youth group events, volunteered through Teen Korps and worked with the teen group at the Boys and Girls Club and the local recreation center.

He still speaks about the program with fond memories.

In North Las Vegas, parents can look to Sky View YMCA for affordable day camps for their kids and teens.  And they even offer financial assistance.

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