Monday, February 28, 2011


Not sure how to turn a video on my computer. So you will have to bare with me!

Book Signing

Ree speaking at the introduction of her book signing.

Shelley, me, Ree and mom.

Mom and Ree.

Mom trying to get close to Marlboro man for a picture.

Weekend REEcap

Friday I had to work late.

Saturday I got up early to meet mom then we picked up Shelley and headed to St. Louis. Went to the Dove mall, target then on to the Galleria mall with about a two hour time span between the two malls. :) We thought we would come along good shopping areas by the library, but everything seemed to be vacant including a mall! Seemed like such a waste of good buildings. We also planned to stop at the Big Foot store, but they were closed as well. Around 3:30 we decided we better head back to the library to wait in line. I knew the line would be long, but never imagine the extent of it. There was already a long line 2 hours prior to Ree Drummond's book signing. It was a little chilly out but nothing we couldn't handle. Finally at about 5:30 they let everyone in to find a seat. Then there she was... Mrs. Ree Drummond and her husband (Marlboro man). She looked even taller in person. She did an introduction to her book signing and answered questions. She announced several times how she hated public speaking and was terrible at it. Well she did awesome despite the weird questions people were asking her. After the Q & A's she was brought into a private room where everyone went in groups to meet her and to get our books signed. I may have to break down and actually read this book. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate to read unless it's a magazine. We were group #2. I am so mad at myself for being so nervous around her. I said maybe two words, hi and thank you! Yes, April Elrod was star struck! Even after the signing I was still shaking. I felt like a nerdy fan! ;) After the book signing we headed home. I stayed at mom and dads since I knew we would be getting back late and grandma was also having dinner the next day.

Sunday dad fixed breakfast: bacon, eggs and toast! YUM! Played lazy most of the morning before heading to grandmas. She made ham and beans, mashed potatoes and gravy etc. All very good along with the company of great family! I didn't stay as long as I would have liked due to a headache coming back. It started at the book signing the night before then finally went away on the way home. By the time I got home it went into a full migraine. Been years since I had one that bad. Took some medicine and slept all afternoon and most of the evening.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday Ramblings

- This weekend is the weekend. St. Louis bound with my mom and Shelley to do some light shopping and more importantly meet the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond at her book signing. Going to be a long day for us, but well worth it!
- My girl scout cookies finally came in this week. I may be nice and give one to mom and dad. :)
- I finally broke down and bought a new pair of tennis shoes today on my lunch just in time for this weekend. My white puma's that I am so fond of has now became my go-to shoes that are okay to get dirty. I've brought it back to life three times by washing them, but now there isn't much hope for the old squeaks. I guess it has been almost 3-4 years since I bought them, plus I wear them all the time on weekends. Still some life left, just not a very pretty one.
- A tidbit of info: don't buy the seamless shelves from Target! I wanted a couple of small ones for my bathrooms. Well Monday night Mike and I put one up in his bathroom and the shelf wouldn't stay up right. The holes were in the studs, holes were level with each other and we even tightened/losen the screws up to see if that would help. Nope, still the same. So much for that, at least I saved the box it came in because it is going directly back to the store where it belongs. Didn't use the anchors, that could have made a difference, but I didn't want to mess with it since the screws didn't seem to be the problem. So now I have two holes on my pretty blue wall.
- It's so hard to believe that next week it will be MARCH! This year is already flying by.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gone Country

My house went a little more country as of last night. My hutch needed something on top of it. So through my cabinets I went to search for some red dishes to go on top. I honestly don't know what to do with all my dishes. Seems like they are taking over all my extra cabinet space. I'm not sure I can trust them being in the hands of our basement. So I will just have to bare with it. To me this seems like clutter, but I'm slowly adjusting to it. If only my grandma was alive to see her dishes were given tender-loving-care and given a proper home on/in my antique hutch. I have just a few out for display. Didn't want to over do it, I figured the more I set out then the more that would be most likely broken over time.

Weekend Recap

Friday Mike had to bowl in the late shift so I just stayed home. Watched a few movies and went to bed early. Gee I sound like an old person, don't I? Well it satisfied me, so that's all that counts in my book.

Saturday I had planned to sleep in. That idea went out the window, in fact I've not slept late at all since we moved into the house. I usually get up about 7 or 8, unless you count the days I've been able to sleep until 9 or 9:30 as sleeping late? Got a lot of deep cleaning down around the house and I've found I strongly dislike cleaning walk-in showers. It's a pain to get the glass clean clean. That afternoon Mike and I had planned to take the four-wheeler out to play in the mud. Those plans quickly changed as it began to sprinkle followed shortly after with a huge down pour! So we browsed the gravel roads just to kill time and to enjoy the scenery. That evening we headed to Kitty's to eat supper. I ended up going ahead and walking home since Mike was busy visiting with the guys, both old and young. It only took me 2 minutes at the most to get home! I could have took the truck, but it was a nice clear night so I enjoyed it. Again I went to bed early! This half way to 50 age must be kicking in (ha) - not really, but it does sound like a good excuse to me for going to bed early! ;)

Sunday I woke up early, had time to watch a movie and then got ready for church. I have a confession... I haven't been to church since right before we got the house. I know, I know there really is no excuse! I need to make a better habit of this. After the church service they had a chicken dinner. I love church dinners! The food is always so delicious. When we were done eating mom and I headed to the lake to do some minor shopping. I did manage to find a mirror for Mike's bathroom for $29 and a few other items for the house!

New mirror. Ignore the areas where we still need to do some major touching up with paint after my dad had to relocate the plug in.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Word of the day

Dipwad [dip-wah-d]
1. lacking good judgement or intelligence.
2. Slow to understand

Used in a sentence:
Barbara Jean you're a dipwad, you can't use a coffee filter to hold spinach juice from leaking onto your potatoes and meat.

*This word was NOT copied out the of dictionary. It's not a real word, hence a made up word used by two people. Both mom and I use this word a lot - mostly to each other! ;)

Sad to say, but Barbara Jean (aka my lovely mother) did try this last summer. Both dad and I watched her as she was putting spinach onto her plate on a coffee filter. Finally after moments of silence and look of confusion from both my dad and I. I asked her what was she doing.

Mom, what are you trying to do?

Well the spinach juice always runs into the rest of my food. See this way I can stop it. You guys are just jealous you didn't think of this idea.

Uh, you're using a coffee filter?

Yea, I thought it would stop the juice. It's not working as good as I had planned though.

Mom! It's a coffee filter! - said with a snicker.
(At this point, dad's face is beat red trying to keep from laughing)

Yea, it works for coffee so it should work for the spinach juice too.

Both dad and I couldn't hold it in any longer, the laughter began...

.... still laughing

Mom! It's a coffee filter! How do you think the water drains through it to make coffee!
(again still laughing)

Oh (with a chuckle), I guess you're right.

Now we're all laughing at her dipwad moment. :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tongue-tied Thursday

Most of my fellow bloggers have a wordless Wednesday where they post just a random picture. I think I'm going to start the same tradition with my blog only have it be on Thursdays, since I have my ramblings on Wednesdays. Which if any of you have noticed I failed to do that post yesterday. Work got the better half of me yesterday with typesetting legals so you will have to bare with me. Also bare with me for my witty blog title. I couldn't think of anything else similar that started with a "t" for Thursday.

Bar Stools

Here is a picture of our new bar stools. I love them!


I found this card in our mail last week from my mom. Fits me perfectly since my grandpa always jokes that there is two perfect people in this world - me and him. :)

Front of the card.


Pics from the weekend

Okay so I lied. I forgot I did have a few pictures on my camera from the weekend.

These first two are blurry since my lens fogged up in the turkey house. Here Nathan is holding on to Mike for dear life, he wasn't too sure what to think.

Three week old turkeys.

Nathan helping me load the dishwasher.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Stuffed Pizza

3½ cups Bisquick Mix
1 jar of your favorite pizza sauce
approx. 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. Italian sausage (I used pepperoni instead)
3/4 cups cold water
Add any additional favorite pizza toppings, I added onions and green peppers

First heat the oven to 450 degrees. Take a baking dish and grease it. Take a pan. Put the ground beef and sausage in it. Heat it until it gets brown. Drain out the excess fat and keep it aside. Take a bowl. Mix Bisquick and water to form dough. Divide the dough into 2 parts. 1st part should be slightly larger. Dust the baking mix or flour on flat surface and roll larger portion of dough on it. After rolling fold it into thirds places it in dish, unfold and press it on bottom. Sprinkle cheese over it and cover it with sauce add other toppings and meet again cover it with cheese. Roll the 2nd part of dough and then fold it into thirds. Place it over cheese in baking dish. Unfold it and press it. Seal together the edges of both crust top and bottom. On the top crust make a small slits, spread the remaining sauce and cheese on top crust. Bake it for about 20-25 minutes until it gets golden brown.

It's quick, it's easy and best of all delicious!

Weekend Recap

Friday I was exhausted from a long day at work so we just stayed home. Mike's brother came over and they put together our bar stools. I LOVE them. They're a black color which I know it doesn't match very well with the rest of my furniture. But to me, black goes with everything, plus I don't like everything to be the exact same. Gets boring! I will have to take a picture and post it sometime this week.

Saturday I got up early to get the house ready for a weekend with the Allen boys. Mike had to help his uncle at the turkey house that morning and part of the afternoon. Which ended up being okay. The boys and I were able to eat lunch and all three of us got a nap in. After putting Nathan asleep, Blake and I watched the Princess and the Frog. It was a cute movie and before I knew it we were both asleep in the recliner. When Mike arrived we loaded up to see the little turkeys. They were about three weeks old. Nathan seemed to be interested in them until Mike decided to pick one up and it starting flopping everywhere. Then he knew for sure he didn't like them and was ready to go. Blake was fine with them since it wasn't his first turkey experience. My camera lens became foggy due to the heat in there, so we didn't capture any photos. After we headed to Mike's mom and dads house where we stayed there and played while Mike helped his dad. I think if the boys had it their way they could have stayed there the rest of the evening. They had fun playing with their old farm toys, which by the way still look brand new! As we were leaving Nathan kept going "Arf, Arf Arf, Arf" to the cows, I remembered his mom telling me he's been saying "arf" for all the animals. Blake and I tried to get his to say moo, but all he could do was grin and say.... arf! lol We did get him to say gobble gobble for the turkeys, it was cute. For supper I made stuffed pizza from my Bisquick cookbook. It was very good, recipe to come in another post. Mike ate about half of the pan and both boys had a full serving. After supper Blake and I made brownies topped with cheesecake. He was pretty proud of himself for breaking the egg all by himself and stirring the rest of the ingredients in. Ended the rest evening playing with the boys.

Sunday was a lazy morning for all of us. Nathan was the first to go to bed and the last to get up. He's not a morning person and takes him awhile to wake up, which I feel the same way most of the mornings - okay, maybe every morning. ;) So we sat in the recliner, got warmed up, ate cheerios and watched Spongebob Squarepants. Later we loaded up and headed to my mom and dads so they can have some time with the boys. Mom fixed her usual dinner for Valentine's Day consisting of a heart-shaped meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad, which most were all in a heart shaped dish. For dessert she made half strawberry/half cherry delicious cake and chocolate chip cookies.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Ramblings

- Well my car was clean as a whistle yesterday thanks to a local dealership for cleaning it for FREE when they serviced it. It's not looking to promising to keep it clean with this weather we are getting yet again. I know the roads will be very dirty and slushy come the end of this week. Oh well, at least the salt from last week is off and did I mention it was free? :)
- This weekend I finally have the Allen boys. Been awhile, starting to forget what they look like. Not really... well maybe just a little. We have lots to squeeze in on Saturday afternoon like seeing turkeys, cows, etc.
- Mike's cousin who recently got married back in August is expecting. Looks like we're getting babies on both sides of our families, my cousin Krissi is pregnant as well. I believe I've posted about that a few weeks ago.
- Last week I broke down and bought a purse online. I've seen it at the Buckle for quite sometime. Had a coupon so I decided what the heck. It's rather large for what I am used to, but I like it. Plus mom finally got my purse that I've had for a YEAR. She's even offered to buy me a purse when we would go shopping just so she could have my old one. But I never found one I liked or one I could at least settle for.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Working Class

I've been recording this new show called Working Class on CMT. For those of you who watched the show Reba, it has Barbara Jean(aka Melissa Peterman) as the main character. Reminds me a lot of the show Reba, but with the roles reversed. Reba McEntire stars on the show every now and then as the ex-husbands' rich girlfriend. A good, clean, family comedy!

Weekend Recap

Friday I was finally home bound. I stayed the rest of last week with my mom and dad so I could make it to work due to the weather. It was good to be home. Spent the evening catching up on my shows and doing laundry while Mike bowled in his league up town.

Saturday Mike and I drove around for a bit to kill some time. Met up with his brother and girlfriend. Made some rounds on the gravel road and ended up visiting some friends and their little boy the rest of the afternoon. That evening we headed to Kitty's to eat supper then eventually headed home. A good unplanned day for once!

Sunday was the big day... Superbowl. Got a few things done around the house then headed to Mike's mom and dads for dinner. Spent the rest of the afternoon/evening at Randy and Elizabeth's playing cards and watching the Superbowl. Halftime show was horrible in my opinion, but at least the Packers won! :)

Our weekend was a slow steady one, which was a good thing. So nice to not really have any major plans for once.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday Ramblings

The month of February there is big plans, here is just a few to share...
- Going with my mom and a friend Shelley to St. Louis to see none other than REE DRUMMOND!!! She is having a book signing. If you know nothing about this amazing woman, you can check out her blog here.
- Got a new phone this week. I'm not into high tech/expensive phones, but I did buy a Blackberry Curve online for around $40. I love it! So much of an upgrade from my puny Sony Ericsson I had.
- Shopping trip planned for the Lake.
- A weekend planned with my favorite little boys, Blake and Nathan.
- First month free of no painting! Well I say free, but there is still tons of touch ups to do. I think they can wait! ;)
- Hopefully this is the LAST month this winter with snow fall. I am so tired of it!

Cheeseburger Bake

As most of you know Mike is not a big veggie eater. I have been slipping a few vegetables here and there into the food I make in hopes that it will go down with the rest of whatever he is eating. As far as I know he still doesn't know of my mission :) Mom gave me a Bisquick recipe book for Christmas so I thought I would try a recipe out. As I was flipping through it I saw this recipe for Quick Cheeseburger and Vegetable Bake. I thought this may be just the ticket for an easy dinner/lunch for me and more vegetables for Mike. I'm slowly broadening his food horizons. Although he did mention to not tell his family about all the different foods he has been eating and to his surprise liking. Shhh readers! This will be our little secret. ;)

The Bisquick cookbook showed this served with ketchup and pickles. Well Mike dislikes ketchup and isn't a fan of pickles, so I didn't test the food horizons too much. I didn't add the frozen vegetables, I only used onions and green peppers in mine. Guess I wasn't broadening his food horizons too much with this recipe. I determined that I like using Bisquick. The crust was crispy and had a nice flavor. I will be making this again along with more recipes to come. Who doesn't like a quick and easy recipe? Next on our list is a deep dish pizza.

Quick Cheeseburger and Vegetable Bake


1 lb ground beef
1/2 C chopped onion
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
1 1/4 C frozen mixed vegetables (if desired) - I used green peppers.
1 small can mushrooms (optional) - I didn't use mushrooms.
1/2 C milk
2 1/3 C Bisquick mix
2/3 C water
1 1/3 shredded Cheddar cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously spray the bottom and sides of a 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan.
2. Cook ground beef and onions, drain.
3. Stir in soup, vegetables and milk.
4. In a separate bowl combine Bisquick and water until moistened. Press into prepared pan.
5. Spread beef mixture over Bisquick in pan. Sprinkle with cheese.
6. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes.

Weekend Recap

Friday I took the day off from work so I headed to Jeff to do a little shopping. Found two shirts for work, but still NO PURSE. That evening friends met up with us at our house to head to the concert for Jason Aldean. We had plenty of time to eat supper so we stopped at Coltons Steakhouse. We was told the wait would be 15 minutes so that wasn't bad. Well it ended up being about 30-40 with another 20 minutes of waiting on the food, therefore, leaving with us with about 5 minutes to scarf our food down. Never ate so fast in my life! To our surprise it didn't make any difference on the time. We would have been to the concert on time if it wasn't for the traffic! We waited a little over an hour in traffic in just a mile stretch. So we, along with everyone else stuck in traffic missed an hour + of the concert. Both Eric Church and Jason Aldean put on a good concert so it was well worth the wait.

Saturday was a lazy day for me. Tried a new recipe for lunch, which turned out very good. Recipe to come in another post. That evening we went to the bowling alley where Mike had to bowl in a tournament.

Sunday I headed to Vienna to meet my mom. We watched a scrimmage game that my cousin, Ashlyne was playing in. Which by the way they won. :) I was very shocked at how the other team's coach treated their players because they were losing. It was horrible and I was embarrassed for their team. It just a game and winning isn't everything. Later mom and I went to a birthday party for my cousin's little girl, Kieren. That evening mom made Sunday dinner consisting of homemade chicken pot pie. Headed home, did some laundry and went to bed early.