Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My New Sewing Machine

When I was in jr high i took homech classes. They were classes that would teach you how to sew, cook, crochet, needlepoint etc. I loved it, i learned how to make many things. When i first got married, i made our first Christmas stockings for us. they turned out cute. I have no idea why i never really pursued sewing till now. I see so many projects that can be done, but all i needed was a sewing machine. i didn't want a fancy expensive one, just one that would do the job. so i went to http://www.marthastewart.com/ and found one that she "hand picked", it's sold at http://www.walmart.com/ at a very reasonable price of $99 Singer 2263 Simple.  here is a picture of it and hope that soon i will be posting my projects, i cant wait. WOOO HOO!!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Discounts gotta love them

About 10 years ago, my favorit job was working at Strouds Linen Outlet. I loved it there. Deep down, i get happy when i buy stuff for the house, pillows, sheets, drapes, etc. When i worked there we got a 30% discount, and it was even better when stuff was on sale, we would add our discount on top of that. It was great.
Now, I now longer work there, but my sister works at Lowes and we tell her what were looking for and if it comes up on sale she calls us, we tell her to grab it and we get her discount on top of the sale price. we love that.
today i went to go visit her during my lunch hour and bought these that were already 25% off and i got her discount. All three for $12.50, great deal right?

i bought 1 of this one

and 2 of this one

Monday, October 11, 2010

Play Dough Time!!!

I was over at http://www.livinglocurto.com/ and found this great recipe for Homemad Play Dough. Super easy and fun. Amy from living locurto created this great recipe card to go with it as well. So cute.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Salmon anyone?

Here is another great recipe that I found on http://www.livinglocurto.com/.

Grilled Basil & Lemon Salmon with Tomatoes & Asparagus

Butter substitute like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter or 1/2 stick softened butter
1 bunch of fresh basil, finely chopped
1-2 lemons, sliced
3-4 Roma Tomatoes, diced
Fresh Asparagus
Salmon Fillets – if you have a large slab of Salmon, slice it into portions as they will be served
Fresh Ground Pepper
Mix the chopped basil into the softened butter and set aside
Lay out foil for each serving of Salmon you plan to make – foil should be about 12-15 inches in length
Place salmon in the center of the foil
Put about a tablespoon of the basil butter mixture on top of salmon and press down slightly with a spoon along the top of the salmon sprinkle with pepper
Place 2-3 lemon slices on top of butter mixture
Add 3 asparagus stems to the packet (rub butter mixture on top of asparagus for extra taste)
Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of the diced Roma Tomatoes on top of lemon layer
Salt to taste and grind fresh pepper on top
Pull top and bottom of foil up and roll down until it seals in the center. Fold over the sides several time toward the center to seal and form the foil packet.
Place on medium heat grill for 10-12 minutes (in oven cook 20-25 minutes at 375°)
Open steaming packets carefully and enjoy!
Sides: Salad or brown rice.

For the rice, we love using the different types of Uncle Ben's 90 Second Rice

If you do the recipe, comment me and let me know how it was, and if you changed up the recipe to make it your own.

Back to Cooking!!!

My husband and I enjoy cooking. Ever since we moved out to Perris, my daily comute to work is now 3 hours daily. So, by the time I pick up my son from my mom's I dont get home till 7pm. Which has delayed my cooking during the week a lot, and I end up having a frozen dinner or something that my mom has packed up for me. Not too bad, because my husband travels a lot, so it's mostly the baby and I, but I still miss cooking.
I was talking to my friend Jammie, and she informed me that she plans her meals for the week on the weekend, does the grocery shopping, and prepares the meals for when she's ready to cook them. It's not only cheaper (your not buying groceries that you wont be using), fast, and convenient. So, that has inspired me to start planning my meals, and any left over from the night, I can take to lunch for the next day (saving more money).
I came across this great blog/website www.livinglocurto.com/weekly-meal-plans/, Not only does Amy provide great meals from her own kitchen, but her blog readers, and her friends, so theirs a variatey of meals that you will love. She also provides a pdf file that includes the meals for the week, photos, and a grocery list. I love it.
This is the first meal that i will be preparing

Spicy Turkey Crock Pot Lasagna
I hope mine looks as good as this one, and I have never done Lasagna in a crock pot.....I'm scared.
Here is the recipe, and it's originally from parents.com and directions if you would like to try it out, come back and leave me a comment when your done.


1 lb. ground turkey
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
15 oz. container ricotta
1 package of shredded Italian-blend cheese
 – 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
fresh ground pepper
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked and broken in half
1 large jar (26 ounces) chunky pasta sauce (your favorite kind)
1 cup water


Cook turkey in a pan. Season with Italian seasonings, salt and pepper flakes.
Mix ricotta, cheese blend and spinach in a bowl. Add a few pinches of salt and fresh ground pepper.
In a crock-pot, put a spoonful of pasta sauce to coat the bottom of the pot, then add a layer of the noodles.
Add half the meat mixture over noodles. Pour on half the pasta sauce and half the water. Spread half the cheese mixture on top. Repeat layers.
Cover slow cooker; cook on low heat 4-1/2 hours.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Free Give Away

I came across this give away that I wanted to share with you. We all love free giveaways!!!!!!!!!!!

C.D. Madison from www.enbdecor.blogspot.com is giving away. The winner of this giveaway will receive a 1 dozen of each size (9”, 12”, 18”) Round Up Lollipops! (U.S. residents only please.).

To enter
To enter, visit her shop http://www.enbdecor.com/, and then go back to her blog and leave a comment on what you would like to see added to all the goodies. Don't forget to include your name and email address so she can contact you!  Good Luck
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