Friday, September 19, 2008

Nope I haven't disappeared...

Nope, haven't disappeared off the face of the Earth. Just having some changes going on at my house.. Some of you may know that my brother in law had a new baby 6 weeks ago. And what comes next some of you may not want to know...lol.. But I watched him 4 days last week and we are watching him 4 more this weekend. So that they can get some work going on and get paid. They are like super behind and super sorry....
My husband felt that this was only right, thing to do to help. Yep, I am taking care of a newborn. Weeeee, I know it is crazy.. But I will tell you this some people shouldn't be allowed to pro-create (hope that means pop them babies out!!!) . I know that is probably horrible to say. But I can't understand any one these days.
Well just wanted to stop in and say hello.. Just sooo busy, when I get to a lull, I will try to catch up.
Pray for this baby, that what joy I can bring to him, will carry through his toughest days..
Thanks for all the thoughts ..
Catch you soon

Thursday, September 11, 2008

well that didnt work...lol

let me try again
1) ROYAL BLEND whole grain. Texmati brown and red rice with pearled barley and rye berries.

http://www.amazon.com/RiceSelect-Lovers-Sampler-Couscous-Variety/dp/B000HJRGQU/ref=pd_bxgy_gro_img_b

2)Forbidden Rice (black rice)

http://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Foods-Forbidden-Rice-15-Ounce/dp/B000ER3GJQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1221151868&sr=1-1


3)Quinoa

http://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-26-Ounce-Packages/dp/B000EDG3UE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1221151608&sr=8-1

I hope this works.. definately gotta work on this though..lol

Links for new food on thursday

As per my friend Songbirdtiff that it would be easier to understand these items if I added a link..
I have never done it so here I will try.

1) ROYAL BLEND whole grain. Texmati brown and red rice with pearled barley and rye berries :


2) Forbidden Rice (black rice):


3) Quinoa:


There lets see how it works..
Thanks for the advise..

Different Foods....Thursday 9/11/2008

"Today is a day to remember all those lost in the World Trade Center. May we never forget" September 11, 2001.


Different Foods ... Thursday 9/11/2008

Okay it looks like the first month of this is just grains.. swear I didn't plan it that way, just they keep popping out at me.
This week I bought some rice.
Here is the name of the label.

ROYAL BLEND whole grain. Texmati brown and red rice with pearled barley and rye berries. I have seen it at Krogers. I actually bought mine in a 4 pack... again at Amazon.com. I will be looking to see if I can get a better price on it.

Description:
It is kinda ricey grains and then some seeds and then darker reddish, brown grains.

How I made it:
I cooked this also in my rice cooker. It was 1 cup rice to 2 and 1/2 cup water. It took a bit of time. I also had to put a towel on the counter to get the hickups my rice maker makes. I put in a bit of olive oil and a bit of chicken boulion. My kids like the flavor to it.

Taste:
It was very good, very whole grain ricey tasting.I think I would try to hold back just a shy of water to give it a more wholer bite, it was kinda slightly mushy, but not in a bad way.

The family:
I should call them the testers..lol.. they ate it all . I made a chicken and brocolli chinese style and they ate it with that.

I will try to buy this again. Just gotta find a bargain..
Hope you enjoyed this post.. will try to find something else to tantilize you with...
take care..

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Different Foods... Thursday, 9/04/08

Okay, I promised you a few different things. I am trying a new food, to my family and maybe new to you.

I will try to share my findings with you.

This week it was:

Forbidden Rice (black rice)

This is an unusual black rice, it was kinda hard to find. But I found it on AMAZON, and ordered it. Kinda expensive. It is full of vitamins and has a lower carb than white rice. So it was kinda a plus.

Description:

A short grained rice. Black in color and when cooked it was purple. (It was actually cool)

How I made it:

I used a rice cooker and followed the instruction to how much water to rice. It turned out really good in the cooker (first time, used exact water, which gave it perfection) (second time, used just a bit less and gave it a more nuttier taste) Both times they turned out good. One thing though, when cooking it in the cooker, be sure to put paper towels around. My kinda spits when it gets to cooking well and it spit purple this time.

Taste:

Well the first time, just served it with fish. It has a really nutty taste, but was overall nice. I mixed a bit of chicken boulion in and gave it a more savory taste.
The second time, I added the rice wine and the sugar and made sushi rice. I even rolled it in the seaweed. It also was good, but kinda hard to eat it all purple..lol

The family:

Kids thought purple was cool and liked it the first time. The second, you say sushi and they just die. Gosh, would hate for them to eat anything different and good.

I will use this again. I loved the texture and I like enjoying different things.
I hope you enjoyed this Thursday..
till next we meet again...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesday September 3, 2008

Hey, kinda lost for words (naw!) this has been a short week with the long weekend we just had. I hope everyone had a safe Labor Day. We had our cookout on Sunday, that way we could just kick back and relax on Monday. Took years to figure that one out. Party and visit and still leave a r-n-r day. It works every time.

I have been working on some keen ideas for making my blog more. So keep your eyes open for some more crazy things to come. I am even trying to get my 11 year old son to start one. I think it is something he would have fun with. Now my 17 year old, not so much, she is the stable one around here..

Water, Water, Water...
Last Wednesday, we went down to the basement and two rooms were big old puddles. The AC had gotten clogged in the condenser line. Thank goodness for my husband. But we work well together. I deligated kids to removing floor tiles, I vacummed (wet vac) and we got it all cleaned up and back in line. WEEEEE missed that bullet. Don't feel like sinking cash into the AC again. So close to the end of the season.
Just when I think we got the wet stuff done, yesterday, my husband comes to tell me....(he finds it all, you know water finds its own level, and unfortunately it is my husband fav, hiding spot, the basement) That the water room (the small room on the side the house leading to the basement) is flooded...gee, could it get any better. So they go outside and the flower bed is flooded. Looked like a pipe, but no just the hose busted. My husband checked it out and we are clear. He went down to the meter and it is leaking. Calling the water company I was told that more or less that a leaking meter is not a priority. Wow, I just then told him that he better document the leak and I wasn't paying for any extra. It is now 10 am and still now repair man. I thought we were in a drought, go figure.

Now that I have filled you in on our life, I want to share something I learned the other day.

Tips, just me talking to you:

When changing my package on my cell phones, I asked that my rollover minutes be transfered. I was told yes, and I asked them to please document on my account. Well low and behold I get the bill and it wasn't done. I called and they researched it and fixed it. So lesson to be learned, 1) I keep a notebook, in which I put down who I called, time and the reason why, and any other things (that way if they don't have it I do!) 2) Ask them to document also 3) and you can ask for roll over minutes to be added 4) always recheck all bills and statements, they are sometimes sneaky left out stuff or added stuff.

Food, Recipes, Menus and stuff:

New Challenge:
My goal from Sept 1 till whenever is that we don't go out to eat for awhile. For me to be motivated, I have 2 banks. In one can, I get a dollar for every day that I do not eat out. (I will use this when I get enough to have a good dinner out) and another can will have another $1 and this is my reward for not going to the store (this is to see how long I can stretch that food money, exception to that is MILK.)
I will let you know how it goes. I already have $2 in each can...yea.....

Menu for this week is

Monday- we cooked out
Tuesday - chicken and pasta
Wednesday - Kabasi, sourkraut and mashed potatoes
Thursday - Chicken strips, mac and cheese
Friday - Hot Dogs
Saturday and Sunday - I am thinking about trying to get a Lasagne in. I also have wings.
Friday- Hot dogs

I am thinking of spreading out my posts a bit, just got to find a happy day for each subject.
So thanks again for listening (reading) Keep up with me, I will finally get it all together. This is a learning process....
Keep in touch...