Monday, October 29, 2012

What's for Dinnner

Yummy yummy salmon.

A few weeks ago Jeff and I made Salmon, and for those who don't know me, I am not a fish person But this salmon recipe that we made is just too yummy to not share. I found the  following Salmon recipe on line :

The recipe on line called for the following:
1 1/2 pounds of Salmon Fillets              2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tsp Lemon Juice                                      2 TBSP Soy Sauce
1 Garlic clove Minced                    1/3 cup of brown sugar
Salt for taste

Jeff and I didn't like that. We thought the recipe called for too much salt( There is salt in Soy Sauce all ready so why add extra?) and we thought is called for too much sugar. So we cut the ingredients to make it, well, healthier. 
Here is what we used:

1 lb of Salmon                                                  2 teaspoons of Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce                              1/8th +1/2 TBSP of Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon of minced Garlic

We mixed the seasonings(soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and brown sugar) together in a big bowl  and then we put the salmon in the bowl and made sure it was covered with the seasoning. We put the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes (you can do longer- it makes the taste stronger).

Once we took the salmon out of the fridge we had the oven set to a lo broil for 10 minutes. After that we flipped the salmon and moved the oven to a hi broil  for 8 minutes, flipping the salmon again at 4 minutes.  We took the salmon out of the oven and set it on top of the stove for 2 minutes.

 A tip- make sure to put a piece of foil on the bottom of the broiler pan. The first time we made this recipe we didn't do that, and had burned on sugar which is very difficult to clean. Also, the changes w made to the recipe makes the taste of the salmon come out more and with out the olive oil, it makes it more dry. If you don't like that, feel free to play around with the recipe and then post on the comments what you did.

On the side I made a Cucumber Vinegar Salad.

Spinach                                                             Feta Cheese
Cucumber sliced                                                Green Pepper- sliced and diced
Green Onions slice and diced                               1 1/2 table spoon of white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice                                dash of salt and pepper.

I put all the greens together. I mixed the lemon juice with the vinegar and salt and pepper. I put that on the salad, and enjoyed.

Well, that's my yummy dinner. What's yours?

P.S. Right now Hurricane Sandy is hitting the east coast. Please keep all the people out their in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pinteresting Sunday

That's so Pinteresting. What wonders did I find on pinterest this week? Well, lots of cool yarn projects for one. Which caused me to change some of my boards around. I now have a knitting board, a crocheting board, one all about yarn, and one just for arts and crafts.

Today, I want to share some of the pins I have on my arts and crafts board.

How to make envelopes from scrapbook paper
 How to make envelopes out of paper. My Step-mom did this for my wedding and they looked great. This blog (the picture will take you to it) has instructions.

Wonderful!!! One yard no sew shades 3 ways DIY
How to make shade out of fabric- this is from a blog on decorating. 
The picture will take you to the blog.

Cute way to patch!

And a fun way to patch up jeans.
Well, that is all for me for Pinteresting Sunday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Let's talk Fridays

Today I want to talk about........... Clothes for pets.
Who puts their dog or cat in clothes? If so do you do it all the time or just in winter? What about dressing the pet up for Halloween? A rain coat?

I have sweaters for Winston. He is a very thin dog, with short hair.To add to his thinness, and short fur, he doesn't have a lot of fur, so when we have winter, he gets cold. Along with his sweaters, ha has a sweatshirt, a winter coat, a hat, a Halloween costume and a winter outfit(Santa Clause). Is that too much?  Since the summers are warm, I don't dress him up. I was thinking about a rain coat, but I don't want to go over board.

Isn't is funny how our pets become our families? I feel with Winston, he is my little boy. Do other people feel that way? If so, do they dress their pets up? I was thinking of booties for him for winter, and I know other people who put booties on their  dogs. I feel, that their little paws can freeze. What are your thoughts?

(Side note, in case you haven't notice, I made some changes. I will still be working on some ideas to make the blog more "warm" for winter, please look for them)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Question Day???

Question day?! More or less I have some questions I would like an answer too

What can make a Hippo Smile?
How small is the worlds smallest violin?
Is Santa a wizard? If so, is he a pure blood?
Can dogs see in color?
Can cats see in color?
Can we teach dolphins to talk?
Is it possible to live on the moon?
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop

Do you have questions?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pinteresting Sunday

Today, I made a new board on Pinterest. I was super lazy this week(and super tired from the sinus infection i had) That not much cleaning was done. Now that I'm feeling a bit better(not 100% but better than most days this week) I need to do some cleaning and I want it to be done fast.  So, I made a new board with a bunch of cleaning ideas to help me. Instead of providing different pins I will just provide a link to the board today.

Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Something that helps me with cleaning is timing my self. I have a bit of a race with myself- although I want to be precised with my cleaning, I do want it to be fast. So I have set times, such as tackle the bathroom first, then while the laundry is going do the kitchen, and when the laundry is done the bedroom and lastly vacuum. Something else that helps me is listening to music. I put on some old school boy bands and other 90's music and rock out while I clean.

I know this Pinterest Sunday is not very pinteresting, but next week will be filled with pinterest ideas.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Let's talk Friday's

Tonight I want to talk about buffets. Mainly food buffets at restaurants. You see, my loving husband took me to a buffet tonight to eat, and for those of you who closely know me, you know I'm not a big buffet person. I think the food is either too cold or too hot, I fear the "cold" food have been sitting out or too long and can have food born illnesses starting and I fear someone sneezed on the food.  But, the gesture of taking me out to eat was wonderful and very nice and loving. While at the restaurant  I noticed I was able to put people into groups. At the buffet I saw the following:

The scavengers- those who take one of everything they see, push their way to the front and  don't bother to say anything.

The Gatherers- those who take more than one plate, and fill both of them up.

and lastly the nomads- they go for their plates first before they go find a table, or they forget where their table is.

So, those are the types of people that I saw to night. I know this is a generalization, which i why, I want to ask, what are your thoughts on buffets?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Puppy days

Winston has become a cuddle bug. All he wants to do besides play fetch with his tennis ball is to sit on mine or Jeff's lap and sleep. This has me wondering what does he do when there is no one home? Does he sleep all day? Does he play with his tennis ball? Winston has this trick where he is able to roll the  tennis ball and then he chases it. It is quiet an adorable trick.

He also loves to chase his tail, not only by running around in circles, but by laying on his back rolling around until he "catches" it. Does he do that on his days alone? Or does he "talk" to the other dogs in the building?

I was thinking about how some wealthier people have nannies and use nanny cams to see what the nanny does during the day. I wonder if those people have ever though to catch their dog in action. Well, I guess this is all for my random ramblings about dogs.  Before I go, a Winston picture


Monday, October 15, 2012

Yarn, yarn, yarn

I love to read. I was the girl who would carry books around with her everywhere. I still am that girl. But there is something else I make sure to carry in my purse, or bag. Sometimes, it's attached to a crochet hook, sometimes it's attached to knitting needles. Sometimes, it's finishing a project and sometimes it's starting a project. Most of the time, it's in the middle of a project.  What is item that has had a spot in my bag since high school?



So, what is it about yarn that has made it a staple in my bag? It is how sometimes it is soft, other times it's scratchy? Or, is it a pull to be able to make my own winter wear instead of spending money on something I could make for cheaper? 

What about knitting and crocheting that seems to have made it come back in fashion? Is my generation one that feels a pull to do things back to the way our grandmothers did things? Or are we forging a new path with old classics?

Do we like challenges? I found this website of a challenge- I'm wondering if I should join and try it?

Please, please share your thoughts.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pinteresting Sunday

Oh my how pinteresting this week has been. I've noticed pinterest was blowing up with Harry Potter Memes and other memes from older shows like Friends, and Gilmore girls (did I just call those shows old?)

Today, I want to share some pins I think may or may not rock your world.  To get to the pins, just click the pictures this week, since they came from many different boards of mine.

Indoor Tulips . . . Step 1 - Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks... Step 2 - Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support). . .Step 3 - Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldnt touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow in and vola tulips inside!
Flowers- mainly indoor tulips? I must try this and see if it works. 

Note to self...- use recessed outlets so that the plugs don't stick out from the wall. This allows furniture to be flat against the wall. Genius--- for when we build
An outlet that is in the wall so you don't have plus sticking out.I feel all houses should be built this way now. All house and apartments. 

Unblock your drains by pouring down 1 c of salt and 1/2 c of baking soda mixed together, followed by a kettle of boiling water. Can also use baking soda and white vinegar and boiling water....... I sure hope this works. I hate pouring chemicals down the drain!
Instead of pouring chemicals down your drain use vinegar and baking soda plus hot water. I wonder if it would unclog it. 

Healthier Grilled Salmon I Recipe
A salmon recipe. I'm not one to like "fishy" fish as I call it, or salmon as most people call it. But I know it is healthy for you, so  I figured I would ease myself into eating it. Well, I tried this recipe (and I cut the brown sugar the recipe called for from 1/3C to  1/4C. I still think it had too much sugar) and I liked it a lot. I actually ate all my salmon for once. 

That's all for me on the Pinterest front today. Happy Pinning!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rainy day, rainy day.

This morning I woke up with out power, but all set to go to a soccer game. As I was getting out of bed I received a text stating due to the inclement weather, there will be no soccer today. So what is a girl suppose to do on a cold, wet rainy day?

Thankfully the power was restored a bit ago, and after talking to my husband we decided today we would bake, and cook and just hang out at home (maybe even throw on  a movie and I would knit while it is playing.)

So, for dinner my ever famous short and small chili (found here) and for fun we are making lemon almond biscotti!  Look for a post a bit later on how the biscotti went. And for those of you in a rainy state, stay dry and warm.

(2:27 PM)
 Making the Biscotti,

Today  Jeff and I made  Lemon almond biscotti and ice cream cake. For both of them used recipes from 3 books in 1-100 calorie snacks, 200 calorie desert,300 calories main dishes which I got at Barnes and Nobles.  

For the ice cream cake I used one of those graham cracker pie crusts. I mixed all the ingredients together (I did do a variation on the ice cream flavor and the coffee that the recipe called for- I used french vanilla latte mix).  Right now I'm in the process of waiting for the cake to firm up. 

For the biscotti, Jeff followed the recipe book to a tea.  Right now it is baking. The house smells yummy between the biscotti and the chili. More to come when we taste it. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Let's talk Fridays

For today, I want to let you, my readers ask me questions. I will then answer them. So, go ahead and ask away.

For those who want to know how to make a comment, you just click on the word comment and you can make and see all the comments on this post.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wedding Flowers

After I go married, I posted that through out the year I would bring up some stuff from my wedding. I planned to do this because I didn't want to bombard all of you with my wedding right away. Today, I wanted to share my flowers.

For my wedding I wanted to be simple, and just have one maybe  two different types of flowers. One of my favorite flowers are Lilacs. Sadly, they are not really wedding flowers, plus are not in season in June. Another favorite flower of mine is the ever beautiful Peonies.

I used  Peonies for my wedding. In fact, minus the boutonnieres and flowers for moms and grandparents all the flowers were peonies. For those items that involved flowers listed above were spring roses.
Spring Roses

The Bouquets were all peonies. Mine was a mix of dark pink, light pink and white. My sister had dark pink, while my other bridesmaids had light pink. I did that to show a difference between the maid of honor.  The Toss bouquet was made to look very similar to mine. I included a little note to the women who caught my bouquet thanking them for being at my wedding and wishing them happiness. 

My sister's Bouquet

Close ups of my bouquet- the white hanki was my grandma's. (my something old)

I used the bouquets to decorate the head table! Very unique center pieces. 

The note on the toss bouquet.

The last thing are my center pieces.  I have two different center pieces involving the flowers. One was a small version of my bouquet, the other was a floating Peonies.
Small Bouquet (very full flowers)

The floating flower.

Well, that's all for now about my wedding. If anyone has any questions or comments, please feel free to share. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What's for dinner

Today I experimented with dinner and Jeff said "This is a blog post".

Cranberry Sirloin

( This is the egg noodles- we ate up all the sirloin)

3/4 Cup of Red Onion
3/4 Cup of White Onion 
1/2 leek
1 lb of Sirloin cut very thin
2 Celery
1/2 Green Pepper
1 Cup egg noodles
1/4 Cup of Cranberry Salsa
1 tsp of White wine
1 tsp of Olive oil
1 tsp butter
1/8 cup of Sprite

1. Thinly slice the onions and lay them on the bottom of the slow cooker. Chop up the leek and throw that on top of the onions.

2. Slice the Sirloin so it is very thin. Lay it on top of the onions and the the sides down if needed( I only had to do this with one piece)
3. Lightly season with salt, pepper and Garlic powder
4. Put Cranberry Salsa,white wine, butter and olive oil in a sauce pan. Heat on medium high, until all the ingredients are well blended.  Pour on top of the slow cooker. Cover, cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours. 
5. At 2 1/2 hours make egg noodles as instructed on package. Cup up Celery and green pepper. Add the Celery, Green peppers and Egg noddles to the Slow cooker. Pour in the Sprite. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour. 
6. Separate the sirloin from the noodles and veggies, Serve and enjoy!

Cranberry Salsa- Who has heard of this? I did not know it existed until last week. The area that I live in, is close to Ocean Spray with all the cranberry bogs. Last weekend, the town Ocean Spray is located in had a big festival called CranFest. There are a ton of different vendors. One of them was selling salsa, including cranberry salsa. Being at a festival about cranberries, I had to try the salsa. It is very good. Sweet, but with a kick. I know, I can also buy it locally in some of the stores here. But if you are not located at a place where you can but cranberry salsa, you can make your own. Looking online, there are a ton of different recipes out there for cranberry salsa. I suggest experimenting and finding the one you like best.


Pinteresting Sunday's-Books, and yarn

Pinteresting time!!! This week will be a busy week. The Baseball playoffs, more football games, plus it's now getting cold( like snow cold). I'm not ready for snow yet, but when it is cold the best thing is to curl up with a book or some knitting or crocheting. Below will be pins form my Knitting and crafts board, and my books board.

Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)          
  Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)           
  Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Jane Austen: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics)

Who doesn't love to read Jane Austen? I think  she has become more popular as of now, but she is a classic. 

Here in the Waiting Place: Free crochet patterns

Jeff saw this and told me it was a must pin. He thins it's very cute, I also think it is pretty cute and great for a little boy. Oh well, that is many years down the road. 

A Pinner said "UNBELIEVABLY EASY WAY TO CHANGE COLORS!!! i've recently figured out i'm an idiot when it comes to color changing seamlessly, lol, but this was sooooo easy!!!! i just did it in a double crochet (us) ripple blanket and it's almost perfect looking :) :) so check this tutorial out and you'll be able to figure it out, too."
How to change colors
Lazy River Scarf.This scarf is so easy, I almost named it the Lazy Knitter. It’s just alternating bands of K1P1 ribbing and garter stitch, two of the most basic stitches in every knitter’s repertoire. Use them alone and they might put you to sleep – but when you use them together, they effortlessly create this wavy fabric with rippled edges.

A pretty scarf pattern
celtic love knots - great lazy day project Oh so fast crocheting...and a very pretty way to showcase lovely yarn. BUT INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT IN ENGLISH boooo

A crochet scarf...the pattern is just not in English :(

Well, those are some great pins for a cold blustery day, like today!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Let's Talk Fridays

I found the following Public Service Announcement on Pinterest.

THROUGH A RAPIST’S EYES” (PLS TAKE TIME TO READ THIS. it may save a life.) Reblog this!
It seems that alot of attackers use some tactic to get away with violence. Not many people know how to take care of themselves when faced with such a
situation. Everyone should read this especially each n every girl in this world. THOUGHT THIS WAS GOOD INFO TO PASS ALONG…

FYI - Through a rapist’s eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.
They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.

3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.

4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.

5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.

6] Number three is public restrooms.

7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.



1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk:
can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up, you lose appeal as a target.
2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would 
not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and
armpit or in the upper inner thigh - HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.

5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our
instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.

6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using
much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel
little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.



I know you are smart enough to know these pointers but there will be some, where you will go “hmm I must remember that” After reading forward it to someone you care about, never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.

2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or
purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be
hiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE RIDING A TAXI CAB) .
b. If you! u are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better safe than sorry.

If u have a heart or compassion reblog this post.
‘Helping hands are better than Praying Lips’ – give us your helping hand.
So please reblog this….Your one reblog can Help to spread this information.
I hope you all will Reblog. Lets See how many of you really care for this.

What are your thoughts? First, I see some spelling and grammatical errors but putting those aside, is this something that can really save a life? I know this information has been passed around the internet for a few years. Which has me thinking.....if I can see this and see tips on how to get away from a rapist, can't a rapist see this too, and change some of their tactics to get me? I know it is better to be safe and paranoid instead of hurt or dead, but is there too much paranoia going around? I mean, as a young women, I'm constantly told to make sure I'm never alone at night, know my surroundings and make sure to know to run/ scream if anything happens. I was told to scream "fire" instead of help, because more people will respond to that. Well, is that true?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Winston time

Winston has not been talked about much, so today is all about my little pup.
 As you see, he is wearing clothing. Winston loves to wear clothes. I think it is because he is pretty small for his size and gets cold easy. I have tried to feed him more, and my husband and I have talked to the vet about his weight. We were told he may end up being a thin dog. But, even though he is thin, he is healthy. The vet showed us where he has grown muscle and fat, and his blood work says he is healthy. I'm glad, because Ineed my little jumper to be healky. And yes, he is a little jumper.

Winston loves to play fetch and he loves his tennis ball or balls.
At the dog park, he will chasse them for hourss and at home, is is consstantly trying to get who ever is home to pla fetch with him. As seen in the two pictures, he even sleeps with them. When he soesn't have his tennis balls, it's his bones that he loves, 

Above all, Winston is the best pet for my husband and me. He is cuddly, protective, fun and super cute. Now for more picture of him. 


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