My Crazy Little Life

ramblings of a crazy woman living her sometimes crazy life with her little family, in their little home, in a little town, in the BIG state of Texas

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Games People Play

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 04/08/2009

This evening while waiting for ours kids to finish various church activities, some girlfriends and I played a game we call ‘True Confessions’.  It’s just a silly little game where you reveal something about yourself you wouldn’t normally confess to.  We, well they, will remain anonymous but here are a few of the ‘confessions’.

Sometimes I use a baby wipe to take my makeup off….in bed, I keep them in my nightstand drawer.*

So I won’t have to pump gas, sometimes I will ‘accidentally’ grab my husband’s keys on my way out and drive his truck.

I prefer to use packaged (food) mixes because they are faster, but mostly because I like the way they taste.

I really, really, really don’t ‘get’ twittering.

My children are required to fold and put away all the clean towels & washcloths in our house. I tell them it’s because they need to practice and learn responsibility…but really it’s because I hate that chore.

Ditto above – emptying the dishwasher.

As you can see, it’s all in fun. We get to laugh together and at each other. Sometimes we even pick up a few tips. (I think the baby wipe/makeup remover is genius!) After all, that’s what friends are for, right?

So…what would you like to ‘confess’?

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Project Overload

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 03/26/2009

Sometimes it feels like everything happens at once. I’m just so thankful we’ve been able to get these projects done before the summer heat takes over.

For starters, we (using the term ‘we’ very loosely here) replaced our field lines and converted our system to aerobic. I’ll just let you absorb that for a moment. Yeah. So, it was costly, but certainly not as costly as having a new system installed. ‘We’  also replaced the shower in the kids bathroom. The original tub/shower was very odd. There was a ‘ceiling’ to it (think travel trailer! Srsly.) and the tub so slanted and tall that it made getting in and out dangerous for my Grandmother that lived with us. More on that in a minute. Anyway, the new shower and saftey precautions were, of course,  more expensive and time consuming than anticipated! ‘We’ still need to add trim and then I will post pictures.

About my Grandmother: She is originally from east Texas. She had lived between east Texas and my parents home in Houston since my grandfather passed away 12 years ago. When my mother died two years ago, she came to live with us. She had been alternating her time between our home and her hometown.  However, at 75 her health is quickly deteriorating and her cardiologist recommended she not be leaving town longer than two weeks. She didn’t care for his ‘recommendation’ and made the decision to live there instead of here. She’s sassy and rebellious when she’s mad! I have very mixed feeling about this, but ultimately I do think it is best for all of us. I certainly wish she had made that decision BEFORE we replaced the shower…but I digress. It is what it is. So…we moved her back to her hometown. 

Which leads me to another project! It’s neverending around here, I tell ya!  We built a bedroom in our ‘den’ (converted garage) for our son, giving his room to my Grandmother. So, upon her moving, he got his old room back and now I have an office/craft room. I’m trying to make the kids call it my ‘art studio’ because that sounds more prestigious and I’m all about prestige, you know. They just laugh. Anyway, we are setting up that room for craft projects. And my art. Hopefully it will be done soon then I will just need to decorate it. Can’t wait for that part!

Lest you think we are slackers, we’ve also planted our garden. It will be much smaller than previous years, but plenty for us. The kids are really excited about it and my daughter has been checking for sprouts daily. She knows that we won’t see any for another week…but still she checks. Teens can be so cute!

In summary….we’ve done a lot of stuff around here and we are broke because of it. What have you been up to, Internets?

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Academy Award Response

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 02/28/2009

This is by far my favorite response to Sean Penn’s persecution of Christians at the Academy Awards. Dr. Oakley sums it up beautifully.

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Funny

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 02/23/2009

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MPM

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 02/15/2009

At this very moment I couldn’t care less about a menu! I have the flu and food is the very last thing on my mind.  My plan for this week is to get well and not spread my icky germs.  This is what I’m posting on the fridge, in hopes that the other 3 able bodies get the urge to help me out. 

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~breakfasts~ waffles and bacon, shredded wheat cereal, oatmeal x 2, eggs in a nest x 2, breakfast bake, fruits, oj, milk

~lunches~ leftovers, cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, salad, Ramen

~supper~

lasagna (from the freezer), garlic bread, salad

chicken and rice (crock pot), green beans

beef and barley soup, crusty french bread

oven-baked ‘fried’ chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed broccoli and cauliflower

cheeseburger pasta, English peas

chicken broccoli pasta, salad

What are you cooking up this week? For more menus, visit Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com. Psst….she’s also hosting a giveaway!

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‘Diet’ Muffins

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 02/12/2009

A lady at our co-op was raving about this recipe for ‘diet’ cake the other day. She said it’s something like 4 Weight Watchers points for each serving – which is actually a cupcake. I’m not doing WW, nor am I a huge fan of cake, but the excitement with which she described it really intrigued me. Today, I whipped out the recipe. Again, not a cake lover here and these didn’t convert me, but if you are looking for low-cal/low-fat/low-point cake, give these a try. They were fast, easy, and tasty. Not to mention pretty.

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Boxed cake mix of your choice. (‘Duncan Hines Golden Recipe Butter’)
1 can Libby’s pumpkin *This doesn’t give flavor, it just replaced the fat you would normally be adding.
1/2 cup water or FF milk (I used all FF evaporated milk & I think more than 1/2 a cup. I don’t measure.)
Mix & bake. Simple and quick!

Of course, adding a cream cheese frosting ups the points considerably. I’m just sayin’.

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MPM

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 01/27/2009

We did fairly well with sticking the menu last week. There were more leftovers than I expected, whick resulted in rolling the lasagna for a 3rd week and a few less supper meals on this plan. You’ll notice that our breakfasts and dinner meals don’t vary much, but it still helps me to list them.

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~breakfasts~ oatmeal x2, cereal, birds in a nest, biscuits with sausage, fruits, oj & milk

~dinners~ leftovers x2 or 3, pb&j’s, grilled cheese, 1 lunch out

~suppers~

chicken & broccoli pasta, salad, SF/FF pudding

lasagna, salad, garlic bread

fish sticks, mac & cheese, green beans (karate night!)

pasta fagioli, bread, brownies

pinto beans with sausage over rice, SF/FF pudding

What are you eating this week? Visit Orgjunkie.com for more menu ideas. PLUS, she is hosting a giveaway!

*I know this is Tuesday…I did write this on Monday, it just didn’t get posted!

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MPM

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 01/19/2009

Last week the hubby and I inventoried and reorganized our freezers. Let me tell you, it has been a tremendous blessing for me! I highly recommend it. So now that I have an accurate list, I’m planning meals around what I already have. There are 2 whole chickens I plan to roast and debone for some of my meals (like the nachos and tortilla soup).

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~breakfasts~

oatmeal, quiche, cheese toast, peanut butter toast, biscuits & sausage, cereal, yogurt, fruit, oj, milk

~lunches~

leftovers, homemade pizzas (I don’t really have a plan but I’m always craving pizza!), beans & greens with cornbread, sandwiches, salads, grilled cheese sandwiches

~suppers~

roasted chicken, steamed veggies, brown rice

spaghetti squash, turkey meat sauce, steamed broccoli & cauliflower, garlic bread

chicken tortilla soup with cheese, onions & chips on the side, SF/FF pudding

deer meat & vegetable soup, cornbread

chicken nachos, Spanish rice, black bean & corn salsa, fruit

black bean & turkey burgers with sauteed onions & mushrooms, Cole slaw, baked beans

pinto beans with sausage, rice, no bake cookies

lasagna (made with ground turkey, fresh spinach added), garlic bread, salad **Rollover from last week. We had too many leftovers to use.

Of course, I planned too much so one or two of these will also roll over to next week, but I like to have options!

What are you planning this week? Click on over to orgjunkie.com to check out some other menus.

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I’ve got the itch

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 01/16/2009

Do you ever have those days or weeks where you feel you just must create something? I’m having one of them. There are no less than 10 things I want to do right.now. Unfortunately the state of my home is preventing me from actually doing much of anything!

I did manage to alter a new prayer book for myself.

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The lighter colored paper was a little too light…but that’s ok.

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Here’s the back.

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Normally, I would embellish with some ribbon but since this one is just for me, I’ll leave it as is. What are you working on?

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Frustration

Posted by mycrazylittlelife on 01/14/2009

My widgets are missing and I cannot load pictures.

This spells much frustration for me.

I’ll return when I figure it out.

😦

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