our little rascal

Big Jed and I were discussing Baby Jed's personality a couple of nights ago.  

My first thought was his smile:
"An absolute angel... right?" 

Then Jed said, "No Way, He is SUCH a rascal!!!" I was going to disagree with him. But shortly after he said this, this face popped into my head:

and this one:

And I knew I had to agree with him.

But looking back on Baby Jed's first year, I'm sure I'll always remember this face!


online class

Good morning!  I'm so excited that I've been able to stay on top of my classes so far this semester...  In one my classes we have an online discussion board and this girl posted this after my part of the discussion---  I thought "How true! I hope I don't do this:"

Here is what she wrote that caught my attention:
"I loved your post!  It reminds me of how we can all get caught up in the things of the world.  I occasionally get wrapped up in reading "blogs".  Some blogs are all about impressing those who read them.  Like taking pictures of things and then bragging about all the material things you posses.  Posting online how perfect your life is....putting yourself above others."

EEk! Tell me if I ever do this, and thank you, class mate, for reminding me to stay humble!


Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Here are some super simple recipes for the Crock Pot that I enjoy cooking for our family.  ( I realize that most of them are chicken, sorry if you're not a big poultry fan.)

Easy Asian Chicken
2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed
1 medium bottle teriyaki sauce
1 can water chestnuts
½ pound snow peas
Cooked rice

Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Put in crock pot and cover with teriyaki sauce. Cook on low for four hours. Add water chestnuts and snow peas and cook one more hour. Serve hot over rice.

To-Die-For Pot Roast
3 pounds beef roast
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1 package brown gravy mix
1 package Italian Dressing mix
½- ¾ cup water

Place beef roast in crock pot. Combine 3 mixes well and sprinkle over roast in pot. Pour water into bottom of crock pot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. A wonderful sauces is created and perfect to serve over mashed potatoes alongside roast.

Cranberry Chicken
4 chicken breasts
1 can cranberry sauce
1 chopped onion

Combine ingredients into crock pot on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH 4 to 6 hours. Tastes great served over rice!

Apricot Chicken
1 8oz. bottle Russian dressing
1 8oz jar apricot preserves
1 pkg Lipton onion soup mix (dry; do not make soup)

Mix all ingredients in crock pot. Place frozen chicken (any amount) in crock pot, spread mixture over the chicken.  Cook on LOW for 8 hours  or HIGH 4 hours. 

Crock Pot Italian Chicken
1 block cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pkg Italian Dressing
2 or 3 chicken breasts (thawed or frozen)
Melt together and stir, then place in chicken.  Cook in crock pot for about 4 hours or until chicken falls apart. Serve over white rice.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
3 chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce
½ cup vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. mesquite seasoning
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. red pepper flakes

Place chicken in pot. Mix the other ingredients and pour on top of chicken. Cook in crock pot on LOW for 5 hours plus. 

Slow Cooker Taco Soup
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can chili beans, with liquid
1 can kidney beans with liquid
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 cans peeled and diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chile peppers
1 package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside.
Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on LOW setting for 8 hours. 
( This is super easy- if you don’t have taco seasoning, you can use about 2 Tbsp chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin, 1 Tbsp oregano, garlic, paprika, and salt to taste)

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken (super easy burrito meat)
About 1-2 lbs of chicken (can use frozen chicken tenders, or breasts)
Your favorite salsa

Spray crock pot with nonstick spray. Layer chicken in. Top with your favorite salsa ( a jar or two of whatever is on sale!)

Cook on high for 4-5 hours for tenders, maybe more for breasts. You could cook on LOW for probably 7-8 hours if you’re going to be gone all day. Shred with forks and serve how you like.



How would you caption this picture?

I have no idea what he's thinking... it just kind of leaves me speechless in an odd, funny way. :)


A Love for Schubert

I'm not sure if many of you know this... but I adore "classical music." I say it in parentheses because actually the term classical music refers to the classic period, and even though I'm a big fan of Bach and the like- my real love is for Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and the like...

Well my whole point is to share a clip of a movie I'm very fond of- with music I'm in love with!

Here is the song itself played by Horowitz the Amazing... (okay, he really wasn't called that... but deserves the title!)

And then I found this version:


finishing touches

I made some simple valances for the living room in our apartment.  At first, they didn't have lace, but thanks to baby's bed time last night giving me some free time... I was able to add the finishing touch. They really are very lovely! (and out of baby's reach-which makes it even better!)

This little guy wasn't used to Mom using the camera for something else other than to blind him... so I decided to snatch a few pictures of the little man.

win a blog makeover

The Shabby Vanity, (my blog design blog, teehee) is hosting a Blog Makeover!  Need a new look? Well hop on over by clicking the pic above to enter to win! 

The last day to enter is Monday, the 20th at 11:59am... so hurry and enter as many times as you can!

I hope you win!


sunday morning pancakes

This morning we had chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes for breakfast! They were so nummy yummy! 
Little Jed thought so too:

It was definitely bath time after this!

He turns eleven months old in just two days!


before cars were invented

Today Baby Jed and I had a long, time consuming adventure. What normally only takes one hour tops turned into a 3 1/2 hour event!!

Let me explain...

Big Jed had the car today. He has to drive at least 20 minutes every day to work when he doesn't carpool with someone else. He couldn't carpool because his driving buddy was out of town.
I had a normal doctors appointment today.  The clinic I go to is right across town and is really nice and fresh.               It takes me 6 minutes to get there if the weather and traffic is nice.  Well, since I didn't have the car... it took a lot longer than 6 minutes to get there.  Pregnant lady walking a 6 minute driving distance + baby stroller + uphill = 60 minutes walking time.

Yup... an hour.  So I get to my appointment right on time (phew...) and they take me back and say the standard: "the doctor will be with you in just a minute..."

Here we go again. What normally takes "just a minute" turned into just an hour.  The nurse walks in and says, "I'm sorry, but we're really backed up. Do you mind seeing a different doctor?" I tell her no I don't mind.... I just want to get home. By that point I'm tired and hungry and you can only imagine me trying to make baby Jed happy that whole time too...
So a different doctor walks in and apologizes. She gives me a coupon for a free Large IceCream Sundae... (score!!) And then we're headed back home.

Of course it takes nearly an hour to get back home-  ... you get the picture.

People that lived before cars were invented must have been a lot more patient and a LOT more physically fit.

Oh! I forgot to say that I also did my 45 minute walk this morning like I normally do...
That is a lot of walking in one day.


Well if it's a phase... he's still in it!