Thursday, December 20, 2012

Making Ravioli

Making ravioli for Christmas Eve

Ravioli to Italians
is like
Chicken soup to Americans

If your cold, eat some ravioli
If you're sick, eat some ravioli
if you're happy, eat some ravioli
if you're hung over, eat some ravioli

The recipe that I use comes from my husband's Grandmother
Grandma Rosie
She was 100 percent Italian
She was a story teller
and she knew how to cook
I miss her so much
I always shed a little tear when I am making her ravioli
She was so much fun to be around


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Haute Hippie Feathered Skirt

Dear Santa,
I have been a really good girl
except for that one time....
and that other one time....
other than that
I have been a really good girl
please bring me a black skirt with feathers


A Craft from Pinterest

yesterday's project

my oldest daughter pinned this on her
pinterest board
so I took it upon myself to recreate it
it involved a trip to
office max
my closet
at walmart you had to buy the canvas board
in a pack of five
I only needed one
so now I have four extra canvas boards
at office max
the lady working the oversized printer
couldn't get the printer to print the size that I needed
after about 30 minutes
and taking other customers in between my project
she managed to get the size I needed
patience is a virtue that I don't posesse
but I am working on that
in my closet is a jar of silver glitter
that I have had for years
so at least I had that
no drama with the glitter
I followed this tutorial
for some reason the link to the original pin
my daughter pinned wouldn't work
now I just need to figure out where to hang it


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Another Recipe from Pinterest

last night's dinner
was chicken and biscuits pot pie
comfort food
 quick to put together
due to the fact that I have a plethora of already
cooked shredded chicken in my freezer
I make lots of homemade chicken stock
which yields a lot of cooked shredded chicken
and I used
betty crockers bisquick buttermilk biscuit mix
for the biscuit topping
all in all
another successful recipe from
Ali's pinterest food board

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Brain is on Christmas Overload

you wouldn't want to be in my head
during the holidays
it's on overload
I have a million things I want to get done
and not enough time to do it all
I put up all my decorations and then spend the next three weeks rearranging everything
and don't even get me started on Christmas lights
I loathe putting up Christmas lights
but I love the way they look at night
so the more the merrier
I have to go to confession for all the cussing I did
while putting up the lights

it's 80 degrees in Arizona
and I really want to be wearing sweaters and leggings
not a t shirt and flip flops

I bought the little deer at an estate sale this past spring for 3 dollars
when I went to pay for it all I had was a
hundred dollar bill
the lady taking my money was totally irritated at this
and told me she couldn't sell it to me
(and if my sister is reading this, yes, I remained calm, even though
I was throwing darts at her with my eyes)
so I kindly asked her if she would hold it for me
while I went outside to my vehicle and
search for some loose change
I said a quick prayer to St. Anthony
not only did I find the three dollars I needed to buy the little deer that
the irritated woman was holding for me
I found three more dollars
it pays to pray

so today I was all set to spray the little deer with glue and glitter
to put in a jar with a tree
and when I looked at him
I just couldn't do it
so now he sits on my jewelry box
where he was meant to be for the holidays
unless of course,
I move him


A Grilled Steak Recipe from Pinterest

We ate this last night
it was really good
we weren't crazy about the
gorgonzola cheese
I would probably use some other type of cheese
the next time I make it
or at least cut way back on the
stinky cheese

I have been in a cooking funk lately
and so my youngest decided
to make a list of what she wanted me to cook
from her food board on
she even went so far as to make a grocery list
of what I would need
she has surprisingly good taste in picking out recipes

you can find the original recipe here
I didn't make my own pizza dough
I picked up an already made pizza crust from target
it was called
fire roasted thin square pizza crust by archer farms
it was good
I highly recommend it
and it saves time
especially, when one is ready to eat their arm off
one is so hungry

 yes I leave the fat on my meat
I grew up on a ranch and this is where all the flavor is
and it's good for you
despite what all the politically correct experts tell you


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

It's all about the food
Once again
my brother and sister in law
put on a thanksgiving feast to remember
her table decorations were perfect
little glass jars with single flowers
in fall colors
four turkeys
and every side dish you could imagine
the dessert table was fit for a king
two families coming together
to give Thanks
for all that we have
thank you God for this amazing family time


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Killing Time on Tuesday Afternoon

I want to read this book and be inspired to sew

I want to visit this place and dance my feet off

I want this bag on my shoulder

and most of all, I want to cook in this kitchen
Designer Karen Blake 


Monday, November 19, 2012

A Yard Sale

"Your stuff is so expensive"
"you should have seen the price I paid for it"
was my reply

yard sales are a lot of work
but I am sure you know this little fact
most of the stuff I accumulate
is donated
either to the salvation army or some other worthy cause
after the yard sale,
it looks like most of my stuff will be donated once again
and I will vow
never to have another yard sale again
for as long as I live
or until I forget the pain of the last yard sale


Friday, November 16, 2012

Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle

three cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
one cup sugar
half teaspoon salt
two eggs, slightly beaen
third of a stick of butter
half cup of milk
one teaspoon vanilla
one teaspoon cinnamon

mix all ingredients together and pour
in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish


one third stick butter
one cup brown sugar
third cup flour
one cup chopped nuts

mix all topping ingredients together and sprinkle
over potato mixture.
Bake for thirty five minutes at 350 degrees

because I have a big family that gathers
for the holiday
I usually make two of these and top the
other souffle with marshmallows and butter
so everybody is happy


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch

photo by martha stewart

two oranges
eight whole cloves
six cups apple juice
one cinnamon stick
fourth teaspoon ground nutmeg
fourth cup honey
three tablespoons lemon juice
two cups pineapple juice

preheat oven to 350 degrees
stud the oranges with cloves and bake for 30 minutes

in a large saucepan,
combine the apple juice and cinnamon stick
bring to a boil
reduce heat and simmer five minutes
remove from heat
and stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice, and pineapple juice
serve hot in a punch bowl with the
clove studded baked oranges
floating on top
your welcome


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


unknown source

is the best cure for a sinking feeling

my gratitude list
my family
my Country
service men
my faith
an abundance of food
being a mom to a dwarf
having a husband who makes me laugh
all the time
three beautiful children
who taught me unconditional love
who rocks my world
a place to call home

Everything I have read this week
has had the same theme

it has been a comforting message


Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Daydreamer

For as long as I can remember,

I have been an optimist, a daydreamer
at almost any given time I can check out
and start fantasizing about a different world,
traveling, fashion, planning fabulous parties,
the list goes on and on..
Before the election,
I was fantasizing about a world without the current President
I even called my sister and said,
let's celebrate and have a party for America
I was so confident that the rest of the Country
was fantasizing too...
I'm an optimist, a dreamer to a fault
but I can't shake this sinking feeling...


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Visiting Indiana with 56,000 Teenagers

Last week
I went to Indiana with my daughter
and her high school FFA team for the National FFA competitions
and I survived
56,000 people in one area of the city
I have a love/hate relationship with the FFA
and this definitely added to the love part
kudos to a well run convention

The weather in Indiana was
especially experiencing the Fall weather
rain, wind, and cold
my favorite part was being able to wear
sweaters and tights
it's still shorts weather in Arizona

My sister and I were so excited over the fall weather
we collected leaves to bring home
except mine ended up all over the airport floor
My bag was over sixty pounds (there is a fifty pound limit)
and the not so nice attendant checking us in
was going to charge me an arm and a leg to check it in
not so nice words were flying out of my mouth
and thanks to my sister she reminded me to be patient
so I unzipped my bag in front of everybody
and started downloading stuff into another bag
and leaves were flying everywhere
I did manage to come home with a few leaves


Sunday, October 21, 2012

A White Elephant

a white elephant
to go with my white coat


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Nutcracker Coat


I love this coat
but white is so impractical


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Not Gonna Do It

I refuse to make my hubby
toll house cookies this weekend


Monday, October 8, 2012

Monster Supplies

soft flexible and hairy

the perfect starter kit for mini monsters
each tin contains sweets and specially commissioned stories
by bestselling children's authors

contains sweets and a specially commissioned poem by
Laura Dockrill for monster supplies

via unknown
a scary t shirt
for the little ones

Don't you just love Halloween time?


Friday, October 5, 2012

Hold your Horses

Hold your horses

Is an old saying my Mom used all the time

Throw in a few indian bracelets and
this would definitely be a Tom Boy look for the Ranch

The above clothes are from
and the boots are from

Have a great weekend...