Wednesday, September 30, 2009


The 2nd award I got was from Kathie @ Thanks a lot. Please check out her blog. It's a lot of fun.

I pass this award on to.
1) Erin @
2) LZ @
3) Whispering writer @
4) Sasha @
5) Linda @

1st I got this award below from my friend in Idaho. We met way back in the early 90's & were pen pals & we met up in person 93 in CA. Thanks so much. Sorry it took me so long to post this. Check out her blog @

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Random Thoughts Tuesday

I took this photo yesterday. These are the flowers that I have outside of our garage. They had a visitor.

We have a chipmunk that lives in this hole in our driveway.

I'm so afraid that someone is going to run him over. Everyday when I come back from being out, he's just coming out of the hole or playing around there. Maybe I should get a "Beware of Chipmunk" sign. Tara named him Muck (Mucky) yesterday. When we came home today he came out of the hole & took off. So we staked him out for a few minutes because I really want to get a pic of him, but he didn't come back. I will get a pic eventually.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Chicken Murphy

I made this last week & it's really good. It reminds me of chicken creole or cacciatore, but it's different.

Chicken Murphy

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 large red sweet pepper, seeds removed, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 hot cherry peppers, cut in half, seeds removed
1/2 pound orzo, cooked following package directions
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant. Stir in tomatoes with liquid, salt and pepper. Break up tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add chicken, sweet peppers, onion and cherry peppers. Cook over medium-high heat, covered, for 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and stir peppers and onion. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until internal temperature of the chicken registers 160° on an instant-read thermometer.
3. Serve with cooked orzo. Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009


We went to an apple orchard near us today. The place was packed. I bought some apples & plan to make apple crisp soon, for the 1st time.

It's here, it's here

We ordered a painting of Tara & it came today. It came out really nice. I think it will add some color to our living room. This is her site if you would like to check out her work.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sugar boots

I ordered these boots today. I think they're really cute & have been wanting a pair of Sugar boots.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fun fall day

Today I met my friend Laura & her son Daniel @ the park. We walked around the walking path, got some veggies, the kids played soccer & then we went to another apple orchard. I got apples & cider donuts.

The fresh fruits, veggies & donuts.

When I got home, I noticed these fuzzy flowers in our front yard. I'm not sure what they are & I don't think they were there last year. I picked a few & put them in the kitchen on a shelf.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall frenzy

I'm in the meet up group for Stroller strides (an exercise program that they do @ the mall with your kids/strollers). I haven't done much with it, but today they had an event @ the mall. It was called the Fall frenzy. I had so much fun. They gave out free stuff from Lush & a free coloring book from Build a bear & a gift bag from Sephora. I ended up joining stroller strides for 4 weeks. So I start next Thursday.

We got to have a 10 minute mini Mom makover. I always wanted to have 1.

Welcome Autumn

Monday, September 21, 2009

What I'm reading now

I got this today from the library. I'm going to sit down later & look through it & read it. What are you reading right now?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fair finds & Twilight

I got this cute camera tile pendant yesterday @ the craft fair. My camera is in my purse @ all times, so I thought this was perfect for me.

I also got this Inspire bracelet, but I had the girl put the pendant on a necklace & now it doesn't hang right. So I might have hubs put it on a bracelet that I have. The necklace looks like a dog collar, which I know is in right now, but I just don't know if it's me. 10 years ago yes, but not so much now.

We also watched "Twilight" last night. I liked it, but I am not obsessed.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

1st craft fair of the season

Today T & I went to the 1st craft fair of the season. We got to the place & I went to take the stroller out & it was not in the car. My Dad took T for a walk yesterday & didn't put it back in. So we walked up the st to the library & the craft fair. I carried her part of the way cause she kept saying up. I had fun, but realized that I forgot to take more $ with me. So I only had $16 with me. I was so bummed. I ended up getting a camera tile pendant, but when I got home I noticed that it wasn't really centered & you can see the cork in the background. Also got T a bead bracelet, but she seems to hate it. Maybe she'll like it when she's a little older or she's just in a cranky mood like her Mom. The good news is the fair is tomorrow too. So I'm going to go back with more $ & we'll prob go on a train ride that they had there, if it's there tomorrow.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Aloha Friday

Aloha Fridays are brought to you by Kailani from An Island Life. Over there in Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. So, for Aloha Friday, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Answer my question and put one of your own up on your blog. Link up and check out other blogs that participate at An Island Life.
My question is: What is your dream car?
Mine is an Eclipse. I know that sounds crazy. I got 1 in 2002 & totaled it in 04. I don't like the newer 1s, I like the year that I had 2000. It's also not a family-Mom car, so my Subaru Outback Impreza will have to do.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Busy scrapper

I got this book a while ago. I really like it a lot. It's perfect for busy people. Who isn't busy these days?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Look what I got from the library today. I have not seen the movie or read the book yet. We'll probably watch it on Friday night or Sat. I'm anxious to see what all the hype is. I have no interest in reading the book. I know everyone usually says the book is better than the movie, but I usually like the movie better. That's just me. So I will prob write a post about how I liked the movie. I also dvr'd "Vampire diaries", but we haven't watched that yet. By the way 1 of my all-time fave movies is "The Lost Boys". Anyway, I think I'm getting a cold. I've had a sore throat for the past week & woke up with a killer 1 today & T has had a runny nose. So I'm going to keep this short & go lay on the couch & watch "The Rachel Zoe project".

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm a shopaholic

I've really been crazy lately buying things. I need to stay away from any stores for a while (after I go to the mall this week). I got this leather looking jacket today @ Walmart. I realized a year or so ago that I don't have any leather jackets. I grew up in the 80's, so I always had at least 10 at a time. Not sure where they all went. I wouldn't wear those anyway cause some had fringe on them. Even tho' fringe is back in. So I got this jacket today for $30.

Also got these slippers @ Target, but I think I need to go & get the next size up.

I found this cute Fall decoration @ a yard sale last Summer for $1. I just put it out yesterday.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My nailpolish collection

I was so excited by Vampy Varnish's post yesterday that I just had to play with my nailpolish tonight. I don't have nearly as many as her (she has around 1000) but I love them just the same. haha. I've actually thrown out a ton of them this year that were old. I re-organized them by brand. I haven't kept up with that much lately.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Old friend

1 of my old friends found me last week. She sent a note to my parent's house asking for my e mail & phone #. I've known her since 1985 & hadn't talked to her for 4 or 5 years. I called her yesterday & we talked for an hr & 1/2. I'm hoping we can get together in person real soon. I love finding old friends. It's so much fun.

Friday, September 11, 2009

wine & martini girls

I found a site with nice martini & wine glasses & also salt & pepper shakers. They're a bit pricey, but would make a great gift. I won this wine glass on a blog yesterday.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fun swap

I recently did a swap on

My swap partner was I got some great things. A Sweet cinnnamon pumpkin candle by Slatkin & Co (it smells great), A box of See's candies, some boysenberry syrup & an Angels keychain (the baseball team).

Thank you Kathie for hosting the swap & thanks Karen for the great stuff.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

free downloadable art

I found this cool site on another blog. If you are looking for free art, you should be able to find it on this page. I found 3 things that I want to print.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm losing it

Tonight I put on T's pjs & we went to brush her teeth. All of a sudden she pointed down & said wet. There was a wet spot on the floor & I noticed that her pants were wet. My hubby came in to help me brush her teeth & we went to check her diapers & change them. Well he took her pants off & there was no diaper. Oops. I guess I have too much on my mind.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

My Fave things right now

My deck. I'm so going to miss hanging out here when it gets cold.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim cracks me up.

Parents magazine

La Ink. Love Aubry.

Neutrogena make up
The Rachel Zoe Project. Isn't Tay wicked miserable?
100 calorie Right bits, Fudge shoppe, Fudge grahams. Really good.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Piggy paint review & 15% discount

I've been wanting to try Piggy Paint for a while. I had painted my daughter's nails with regular nailpolish recently & a little while later put her down for a nap & when she woke up, all of her nailpolish was gone. I was horrified. So I was very excited when I got a sample of Piggy paint in the mail to try. We received Candy-coated to try & also the nail polish remover. The color was so pretty. I painted my 2 year old daughter's finger nails & toe nails.

A little about Piggy paint. There are no harsh & smelly chemicals. It's as natural as Mud.

Why is Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish the safe nail polish choice for children?

Low Odor
Water-based formula
Fun, vibrant colors
Dries to a hard, durable finish

Piggy Paint™ is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone.

Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish Remover
Why is Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish Remover the best choice for your little girl?
Low Odor
Made from natural ingredients
No Acetone

Put harmful, smelly polish removers behind you with Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish Remover, a remover that works quickly on all polishes, especially Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish. Our remover is safe to use and contains none of the solvents that could offend your nose or harm our atmosphere. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E are added to supplement the natural oils that protect little one’s nails and cuticles

Laurie from PP was gracious enough to offer a 15% discount to my readers on anything in the store including sale items. Just enter the code RANT15L. It expires Octobober 31, 2009. Spend over $25 and domestic shipping is FREE! They ship worldwide!

Showing off her toes.

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