Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy List~ Winning, TMNT, Painting and Healthy Pizza


I have always thought it was important to share what makes you happy. This is why I love posting my Happy List.  I started off with Woo Hoo Wednesday but then found a linky party for Happy List, although the party no longer exist I kept the Happy List, this way I do not make only Wednesday the day I post my Happy List.  It has been awhile since I have posted a Happy List and I am sorry for that.

I won a blog give away I posted it about it once without pictures.  Patty's Pretty Things had a Give Away x2 and I won!  I love what Patty makes.  I love her cards and tags.   Her blog is one of my absolutes I have to read, she is so creative and I love how she takes us with her on her adventures.  Thanks Patty!  Her give away was two parts really.  Her creative tags and cards (by the way she sales these too) and green Ball canning jars.  The company reached out to her, you can read about it here in her give away by clicking here Give Away x2.
 
 Six Green Ball Jars, Canning Tags, A beautiful booklet, three buttons and two gift cards.
  Here are the two gift cards.  Patty does such a great job!
  The buttons are just too cute!
I just love the green Ball Canning Jars.
Oh I have plans for these babies!  Three of them will be for canning because I want to keep three of them true for their purpose and we will be canning real soon.  The other three will become two different projects.  Watch for my post by the end of the month for these projects, I have all the supplies and am in hopes to start making them next weekend. 
I am excited to see how they will urn out!  HAPPY!!!

I repainted areas I was not fond of with my Japanese Bridge painting.  I am much HAPPIER now.
I also repainted some areas of my first painting.  I thought it was too dark and I did not add enough white the first time.  I am HAPPY about this one too.
We had Taj spend the night with us last Friday.  Friday night we took him to dinner and then the mall where he played in the children's play area. While we were there I noticed Build A Bear had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and thought that would be something neat for Taj.  While Taj was climbing he noticed them too and pointed them out.  Naturally we left with Raphael.  He and I played a lot of combat with Raphael's sticks on Saturday.
 
 
Saturday early afternoon, Ethan, Noah, Taj, and I went to Rene's Ceramics and painted.  Saturday we will pick up the finished products.  Everyone was HAPPY with painting.
 Taj working on his very colorful Spiderman Bank.
 Ethan working on his coyote.
 Noah working on his game controller box.




One last HAPPY thing to announce.  I GOT THE JOB!!!  WOO HOO!

One of our favorite meals is pizza, who knows maybe we are mutant turtles too?  Todd and I are trying hard to work on watching carbs so I found this wonderful Cauliflower Crust Pizza.  I tried a few and this one is true pizza where you can pick up the pizza and eat it.
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups raw cauliflower rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre) Important NOT to substitute other cheese for the goat cheese!
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
  • pinch of salt
Directions:
  1.  Preheat Oven 400F.
  2. Start on the cauliflower rice.  Clean the cauliflower and place cauliflower florets into a food processor.  You will then pulse (small batches) the cauliflower until the texture is like rice.
  3. Next you will need to cook the cauliflower rice.  In a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the cauliflower rice and cover for about 4-5 minutes. 
  4. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer and transfer to a clean thin towel (tea towel) or cheese cloth.  This is very important step.  Wrap up the steamed cauliflower rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then squeeze all the excess moisture out!  You are going to be very surprised how much moisture you will be squeezing out.
  5. In a large bowl add the cauliflower rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and seasoning.  You will need to mix this well.  I typically use my hands when mixing like this.  
  6. Next we are ready to add our crust to the pizza pan.  You will need to make sure you line the pan with parchment paper.  Add your mixture and press into the shape you want your pizza.  Keep the dough about 1/3″ thick, and make the edges a little higher for a crust effect.
  7. Bake the crust for 35-40 minutes.  The crust will be golden and firm when it is ready to be taken out of the oven.
  8. Now you top your pizza however way you wish.  We used our own pizza sauce we canned from our tomatoes, I added a little garlic to the sauce.  Then I layered baby spinach and sliced Roma Tomatoes, a little diced garlic, crumble feta cheese.  
  9. After you have added your toppings you need to bake an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
  10. Cut into your pizza and enjoy!
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Song ~ Black Birds


I just feel like a little Beatles today.  Enjoy!


Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday (Saturday) Confessional



It is Friday and you all know what that means?  Yep you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday.   I could not get to the computer yesterday to blog because we had a special grandson spend the night with us.   I confess it was a lot of fun.

I confess...

I had two interviews this week.  The first one I want really bad.  I will know on Monday.  I know I am going to be very disappointed if I do not get this job and because I want it so bad I cannot really read how the interview went.

I confess...

The second interview I did not even complete the interview.  I just told them I did not think this job was for me.   After my interview was scheduled I started to hear a lot of bad things about the company.  I went to the interview with that in the back of my mind but I wanted to give it a chance as well.  Once I arrived the HR lady was not even there, she was at a job fair and after they found someone to be her back up, they told me I had to have a typing test and watch a 15 minute video.  What???  This was never told to me.  I was on my lunch break, if I knew that was part of the interview process then I would have told work I was going to take a long lunch.  The typing test was a 3 minute test and she told me I needed to type 30 wpm and told me I could take it again and again until I meet it.  I was not nervous and I thought if 30 is all they need there is no need to push my speed, so I took the 3 minute test and then told her I was done.  She kept saying "Well it has only been 3 minutes".  I told her yes, after the third time of her repeating and adding "Don't you want to retake it?" I answered back: "Well, the test is only 3 minutes you said it had to be 30 wpm and I got 63 with one error 99% accuracy and they deducted the 1 mistake to 62 wpm.  I really do not think I need to retake the test."  Her facial expression was priceless.  I then watched the 15 minute video and she told me she would try to find a manager to interview me. After 30 minutes of waiting, I just told them I have to go if this is going to take much longer.  I was not aware all this was part of their interview, so they found someone right away and then the interview began but we only made it to 5 questions when they told me how little they pay.  I just told them sorry, but I have a lot of experience and I cannot work for that amount and thanked them for their time and left.  Seriously, the money was horrible and the way they treated a prospect employee I do not think I would want to work there one bit.

I confess...

My son is being catfished seriously by this Canadian person.  I wish it was someone in the US because then I might be able to investigate a little more and show him.  He has so many facts that this person is being dishonest but he is so in love with the idea of this person he is being blind to the facts all for hope she is real.  I told him he deserves someone being honest.  We had a long discussion and I hope I made some break through with him.  I hate the idea this person is messing with his mind and heart and making him be so unhealthy!

I confess...

I am loving this Fall weather but I am a little sad the gardening is coming to an end.

What do you have to confess about?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Eastern Iowa ~ Bellevue & Bettendorf

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful Mother-In-Law who gives little get a ways for Todd and I over the past nearly ten years.  I am also very fortunate that my older boys help out when I do go over night somewhere.  Matthew and Hannah watched Noah for me last Saturday night so Todd and I could get away.  It was so peaceful and relaxing.  Exactly what Todd and I needed.  Connie (my Mother-In-Law) usually gets a room at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf at no cost for her because of her comps from playing on the boat, however they took all the comps away and the lady gave Connie one last room, so our free get away weekend have come to an end but I am very grateful for this last one.

Typically when Todd and I go we will bring books, our lap top and movies to watch on the lap top.  We stick to the room and occasionally we will go to the boat.  We typically cannot check in until 3:00 pm but we did not want to waste our day so Todd thought it would be a great idea to drive up to Bellevue State Park and go to the butterfly garden we went to a couple of years ago in the Fall.  There was a sign up there stating September is the busiest time for the butterflies.  I loved the idea, so off we went.  I have to admit I was disappointed because I expected more butterflies, however I was thrilled with our visit.  It was beautiful.  It was peaceful.  I enjoyed time with Todd away from the stress.  I enjoyed taking pictures of the nature and life.  We plan to go up sometime in August because more flowers will be in bloom then.
 
 In the center is a tiny little frog on the lily pad.
Do you see him?
I then found his big brother.
 
 The park added sculptures.  I thought they were so cute.
 This little boy is playing with his kite.
 Mom picking flowers.
 A little boy on his Dad's shoulders.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Todd watching the frogs. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 A little hummingbird would fly near me.
The first time he flew near me, he scared me. 
 
 
After the butterfly garden, we took a little walk.  There was a look out spot and what a beautiful view the Mississippi River.
Along the trail I found some nature beauties.  Todd took off to an area which was closer to the bluff.  I am too afraid of heights. I think next time we might take the boys for Todd to explore more.
 The trail path was a little too steep for my knees.
 
 I found this tree with an knot hole in it.  I loved the fact that it looked like a heart!
After the park we drove over the bridge into town.  The bridge near the state park had butterflies at each ends.
 We ate lunch at one of the small town's restaurant.  I cannot even remember the name, which is fine because they were nothing outstanding and the service really sucked.  We then drove the Iowa Great River Road and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  Once we were in Bettendorf we met up with him Mom and checked into our room.  It was nice room and we had the view of the parking lot and the Mississippi River.

We were in the South Tower but this is what the North Tower looks like.  We have stayed in both towers equally since the South Tower was built.  Connie took us to the Rhythm City (another casino in the Quad Cities) where she does have comps still and we all ate at the buffet there.  They had this amazing dish, Spinach and Seafood Lasagna.  I am now on a mission to find this recipe and see if I can master it.  After dinner we went back to our hotel and watched some television and decided to go to the boat and try our luck.  Yes, lady luck was not on my side.  I lost my $40 in just six hands and watched Todd play for another hour.  We have a rule, when you double up you quit.  Todd did exactly that and then handed me $40.  He won $50.  He told me with a smile, "We came out $10 a head."  I have a wonderful husband.  *smile*
 
Many of the buildings around the bridge in the above picture on Iowa's side has been torn down.  They plan on building a new bridge to replace the old bridge.  Illinois' side still needs to come up with their portion of the bridge.  The city is upset that an iconic restaurant will have to relocate, Ross' Restaurant.  The restaurant has been there since 1940 and has that old diner feeling still with great service.  In 1965 they became a 24 hour restaurant.  The restaurant has been ran by four generations and is home of the Magic Mountain dish and Grandma's Holy Cinnamon Roll.  This is the largest cinnamon roll I have ever seen!  Celebrities have dinned there: Louie Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Bill Murray, Simon Estes, Bette Midler to name a few.  In the recent years President Obama stops in when he flies into Illinois.  Now, Todd and Jolene have ate there as well.  We had breakfast there.  I had the best omelet I have ever had for breakfast, as I said, the service was excellent a very friendly staff and we sat by a town celebrity for breakfast.  It is going to be sad when they move because there is no way they will be able to recapture the old fashion Mom and Pop diner feel.
We really enjoyed our time away.

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