Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back to school

Kids think they are the only ones who go back to school.  These pictures prove otherwise:

Oh boy!  A bus ride!  Yeah!!!!  

Off to the park we go!

 back on the bus for our next stop....

the police department so we can all get booked!   (just kidding....)

Back in the bus, ummmm. Now we hit the library. it me or is it getting REALLY hot in here?

off to eat LUNCH
Are we there yet?  
I'm hungry
I'm thirsty
I have to pee

insert appropriate picture that I forgot to take HERE.  
The food was good, the a/c was better!

Hold up...we are heading back!  yay!

Back to school, not my room.  My co worker did this over the summer for her new room.   She has two windows that span the length of the room. 
Totally rocks!

By the end of the day, we were all seriously sweaty...but we had a great time!  Thanks to da boss and his minions for setting up a great little outing!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Recipe Box: Lentil Soup

It has been awhile since I've posted a recipe of my mom's!

Last week when Tammy was here, I made some lentil soup.   It was unbelievably good so I thought I'd share the recipe.  I took my mom's recipe and tweaked it for my family.  

This photo shows it over rice.  

Mumu's and mine...Lentil Soup

1 cup green or brown lentils.  (Red ones don't take as long to cook and will explode!  If you use them, adjust the cooking time and add them at the end.)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 large carrots, chopped (set aside)
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1-2 small potatoes, diced (set aside)
4 ounces red wine
2 large or 4 small bay leaves
1 large can diced tomatoes in juice
1 pound turkey sausage
8+ cups stock, broth or water.
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)
4 chicken bouillon cubes

Slice one pound of smoked turkey sausage and sear on both sides.  Put in a bowl and Set aside.
(Deglaze the pan with a little water and use in the stock)
Saute the seasonings, bay leaves, onion, garlic and celery for a couple minutes.  
Add the lentils, sausage, red wine and the bouillon cubes.  Cover with stock, put on the lid.
Bring to a boil and then immediately turn down the heat and simmer on medium low for about 30 minutes.
Add the carrots and potatoes.  Return to heat for another 30 minutes or until they are soft.

*You can adjust the seasonings before serving.  I usually add more salt. TASTE it first as bouillon cubes are salty.

Lentils tend to continue absorbing liquid when put in the fridge so we put our leftovers over rice.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

potential dog whacker poop bag holder thingie

I'm a genius.

I mean it.  Here is my proof:

So....wanna know what it is?

Of COURSE you do!
  It is a "loose dog keep away-er or whacker if they get too close/poop bag holder thingie!"


You understand, right? let me break this down for you.  We have loose dogs in our neighborhood sometimes.

8 months ago, a friend of ours and her two Shelties got attacked by 2 pit bulls.  Serious injury here folks.
She almost lost one of the dogs....cost over 12k to get him well.  Her arm was messed up.  A retired marine heard her screaming, jumped up, grabbed his gun, jumped his fence and shot the dogs.  One died right then, the other was shot IN THE HEAD but kept coming.  He did die but was still fighting until he did.
The people who owned the dogs?  Slap on the wrist and they went out and bought 3 more pits.  Sad, I love the breed but some people shouldn't own ANY dog, much less a pit bull.

Our friend?  She sold her house and moved.

Okay, so I know a tennis racket won't really protect me much.  But I feel that it is better than a golf club because it has a bigger surface...and is lighter if I actually had to swing it.  And yes, if I had too, I would.  I absolutely would whack the bleep out of a dog if I was cornered and had too.

The poop bag holding thingie is just a bonus.  I just fold them and cram them into the large holes on the end.  Yay!  (just a disclaimer here, I thought of it first....)

All you tennis nuts and racquetball players, chill.  No rackets were harmed (at least not YET)  in the walking of this cutie pie:

Sorry about my piggies photo bombing the pooch.  If I cropped them out, I'd cut her little head off.  Can't have that so y'all just have to deal with it.

Oh!  I almost forgot.  You know what gave me the racket idea?

Have you seen this movie?  LOVE IT!   Yep.  this scene pretty much sums it up.  Sorry about the f word y'all but there it is....

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five on Friday

Friday is here and I'm joining Amy again for her "5 on Friday" blog hop!  

Here are a few highlights of the week!

We dropped our sweet girl off for a week at RYLA. (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.)  I know she is having a fantastic time because she actually touched base.  TWICE!  

I had to share this card she gave me for my birthday.  I'm sorry, but this totally sums me and my sisters up.  Seriously, they need to make a card with THREE critters on it.  True dat.

I just harvested my basil 2 weeks ago and had to do it again.  This stuff is super happy right now!  I made 24 more basil puree cubes for the freezer.  Takes at least 2 hours to do it but soooo worth it!  (I have directions on my recipe link if you want to see....)

 I've been dragging hoses all summer!  The rains stopped hitting us hard in June and with the heat in the high 90's and low 100's, our yard would be toast if I didn't water.  That being said, our yard and landscaping is looking so pretty.  

We may make one more bed in the front to get rid of some more is soooooo thirsty!  Landscaping is hard work but takes up less water once done.

My first zinnia of the summer!

Last but not least this:
I mean, seriously.  NOW I UNDERSTAND!  

Click on Amy's name  to blog hop with us!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

little visits....

Tammy from T's Daily Inspirations came for a visit while here in the states.  

We met online years ago and then in person when she stopped through on her way to visit a former co worker.  It was a great visit and we have become good friends.  Funny old world, she grew up here and went to the same school as my kids!  
Now she lives a world away and comes back to visit family.

When she is here we do simple things like take walks early in the hot as it is to me, it is nothing compared to the heat she is used to!  
I love this photos she took of us walking Osa.  We look like giants and Osa looks like a lion!

Osa posing pretty for her new friend...

and WITH her new friend too!

We go to Starbucks a couple times each visit.  It is great to just sit, relax and crochet while we catch up on each other's lives.
This time we made baby hats for a cause she found on Instagram.  Mine is mailed off but she is making a few more on the road.

We typically have dinner a few evenings...or a little snack to go with the wine.  This year, I made lentil soup one night and just put some fun snacks out the next.

We have so much in common, it is a shame she doesn't live closer.  I thoroughly enjoy the times we get together.  

Monday, July 20, 2015


Another year has flown by.  My mom was so right.  The older you get, the faster the years seem to fly by.

My family was full of surprises this year!    I woke up to this hanging in the hall:

Then Dean took me to Starbucks and to run and errand.  Osa got her first puppaccino.  Oh yeah, girl was happy.  We only let her enjoy half is whipped cream.

Then they took me to lunch.  

They took me to see the Minion movie because of the corgis in it.  So cute, too bad they were only in two scenes.
After wards, it was back home to my cake and a few special gifts.  

Matt gave me a gift card to Starbucks (I'm addicted)  And Kaela painted me another gorgeous box...

After we devoured the cake, Dean and Matt forced me to beat the pinata.  
I felt awful beating up Bob....but it was filled with chocolate.  
A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Oh, and Dean's gift?  You wanna see?

Yep.  And yes, they were good!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Drum roll....

Marilyn, you have won the Mad Hatter party pincushion!  I used the random number generator but couldn't get it to copy and paste correctly.  You'll just have to trust me!

Now I must wait for the NEXT party hosted by Vanessa.....ready for Halloween?
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