Friday, October 19, 2012

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Friday ~ Halloween Kid and Pet Costumes

Whether your kids are going to a Halloween or Harvest Festival party they'll need a costume. And who doesn't need an excuse to dress up their pet? Well, you definitely have one this time of year.

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a mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood
Alice in Wonderland

Source: attrip.jp via Rona on Pinterest

lion
spider

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life: My Favorite Charities/Non-Profits

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life weekly topic is your favorite charities and non-profits. I'm looking forward to visiting the participant's blogs. There's probably many charities I've never heard of.

Below I've shared mine and our family's all time favorites. We usually give end of the year money donations, no matter how small.

I find that one can show support via Twitter, Facebook and blogging to bring more attention to their causes, as well.

If you would like to join in stop by Kelly's Korner.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Marcus started attending the Clairemont San Diego club when he was small. He continued on till we moved to Las Vegas. The club was there when my husband was in the hospital providing much needed supervision and counseling to Marcus. Marcus was the club's Youth of the Year in 2007.
American Cancer Society My husband and I have lost those near and dear to us to cancer so we make an end of the year donation. And when his uncle passed we made a donation in lieu of flowers.
Nevada SPCA This is the non-kill animal sanctuary that we adopted our beloved Toby from. And when we lost our home we were able to surrender Toby knowing he would have great medical care and a loving home. I receive their tweets and am a Facebook friend. I always make sure to retweet and share the adorable adoptable pets!
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth When Kiana came to live with us, in 2010, we learned of this organization.

Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

I found these acorn squash not as difficult to cut in half. Usually my son or husband will cut them because the outer skin is very hard.
I used some cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar on both halves. Set the oven at 400 degrees for up to 40 mins. Sometimes I'll scoop the squash out, mash it and add some cinnamon, butter and brown sugar to taste.

Besides the fact that it taste delicious, acorn squash has fiber, vitamins A & C and manganese. Manganese has antioxidant properties which can be beneficial to chronic pain sufferers!

Roasted Acorn Squash

Our Puritan's Pride Order Has Arrived! Whee!

I've been ordering from Puritan's Pride for over 10 years. Their vitamins, minerals are easy for me to digest. The customer service is terrific. And the shipping is quick.
This time I order the Aloe Vera Papaya for the first time. My husband and I had tried a sample of aloe vera concentrate months ago at a health store. He immediately noticed that his stomach felt better.
I also love their Buy One Get One Free promotion. (the other Aloe Vera Papaya is in the fridge)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our "How Did You Meet" Story ~ Thanks Friendly's Restaurant

Source: google.com via Donna on Pinterest

While my husband was stationed at the Bath Iron Works dry dock, Portland, Maine, in 1988, he would stop by Friendly's Ice Cream, Maine Mall Rd, on Thursdays, for a cup of coffee and a large bowl of cream of broccoli soup.

I was a waitress there and he would request to sit in my section. A few weeks later he asked me out. And the rest is history!

Today's Message: What is God Up To In My Life?

While clearing out our file box today I decided to listen to Family Talk Radio on Sirius XM. Turning Point's message today was about dealing with pain in your life.

The speaker caught my attention when he said "Ask yourself, What does God want me to learn"? I immediately stopped sorting pages, grabbed my notebook and pen and focused on the message.

"What has God wanted me to learn"? Well, that he's always with me. I am not alone. Whatever you're going through God loves you because you're one of his children. Always remember that!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DO TWO WRONGS MAKE IT ALL RIGHT? The Bus Driver, Woman and the Punch

Shanda shares her views about the bus driver punching a woman on the bus video that's gone viral! 

While my husband can't speak about the situation publicly I can.  There are some crazy and angry people riding the bus.  The drivers deal with people spitting, yelling and hitting them all while driving, watching the traffic, and keeping the riders safe. 

Now, I don't think it was right for her to get hit.  The situation was definitely very hot.  The driver should have pulled the bus over, contacted his super and the police to have her escorted off the bus.  Once she pushed the bus driver you could see that the bus swerve.  What if he had hit a car or a person? 

In Las Vegas, it's a Federal offense to attack the driver. So she would have been on her way to jail. 

I wish people would calm down.  Why are we so mad all the time?  Take a deep breath, let it out and go enjoy your day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Replacement Vinyl Blinds Look Great !

Did you know that you can buy replacement vinyl blinds? I didn't so when the maintenance man was at our apartment fixing our bathroom sink he suggested bringing a few slates.

Now the view is much better!

Auerelio's Pizza: Italian Beef Sandwich with Hot Peppers

I haven't had lunch out or takeout for several months so when Marcus suggested ordering from Auerlio's Pizza and thought, "Why not"?

Italian Beef sandwich with hot peppers and carrots I had forgotten how much I enjoy their Italian Beef Sandwiches with french fries. It was so good!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween or Harvest Festival Theme Foods

Whether you're planning a Halloween or Harvest Festival party there's probably going to be food! Here's some delicious ideas that I came across on Pinterest.
Spiderweb Cookies
Mummified Cheese Log
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Cakes, cupcakes, treats

I Made Buttermilk Pancakes This Morning!

I bought a quart of buttermilk this weekend to make some ranch dressing from scratch. Of course I still have buttermilk left over so this morning I'm thinking I should make buttermilk pancakes.

I'm so glad I did because they were delicious!

Best Buttermilk Pancake recipe

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 15, 2012

Have you watching "Calling the Midwife" and "Upstairs, Downstairs" on PBS on Sundays?! Well, I have! I promise to not provide any spoilers but my husband and I had a good laugh watching Chummy and the police officer. And "Upstairs, Downstairs" always has such beautiful fashions! I even managed to get my husband hooked on both series!

I've been keeping up with "The Good Wife" online since my Sunday TV watching schedule is full. I am getting a bit bored with Kalinda and her husband but as a faithful viewer we know that the writers will not disappoint us.

Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday.
Parmesan Chicken, mixed greens salad and mashed potatoes
Baby back ribs, mixed greens
oven hot dogs, pickles
Pioneer Woman's meatloaf, acorn squash
Hearty chicken soup
Fish & chips

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jumping Tandem Sundays ~ He'll Keep You on Track!

Source: bit.ly via gerda on Pinterest

At my last counseling session this week, my therapist reminded me to not give up hope, when times get rough to pray, pray, pray and that the Heavenly Father has a plan for me!

Thanks to Jumping Tandem for hosting Sundays!

Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life: Crockpotalooza 2

This week at Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life linky party, participants are posting their favorite crockpot recipes! Come join us!

This is one of my husband's favorite soups...and it's diabetic approved! The family loves the flavors. I will sometimes finish this soup off in a crockpot. That way everyone is guaranteed a hot bowl of soup.

Mexican Tortilla Soup

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb boneless,skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, coursely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) ready to use reduced sodium chicken broth
1 package (10 oz) frozen whole kernal corn
1/2 cup salsa
chopped fresh cilantro
broken up backed tortilla chips

In a deep pot heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the chicken is browned on the outside, stirring frequently.
Stir in the chicken broth, corn and salsa: bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Serve in bowls, sprinkle with cilantro and tortilla chips.

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