Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cleaning Ladies

Today Theresa and I knocked out a 3,500 sq ft home
doing a clean out!
I've been thinking a lot about what kind of job I want and the truth is that I dont want to go back to work.  It seems that every time I get a job I always end up regretting the fact that I can not make my own hours and have to answer to someone. I've been thinking more and more about going back to my cleaning business that I had many years ago when the kids were little.  It is good money for part time work, I dont have to work everyday and I am my own boss.  Theresa's been doing it for a while in Herriman and so she and  I have been talking about going into business together.  But since we live so far apart I figured I would try to pick up a couple of houses to clean out here in Springville.  So, I mentioned this to my mother in law and the next thing I know we have a house to clean that someone is moving out of.  So, that's what Theresa and I did today.  And now I am pooped!  But a little richer:)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beef with Peppers

Yesterday I went to work with Mike and we worked our butts off!  When we got off work we stopped by the store and got the ingredients for one of our favorites!  It's a chinese dish and we have been making in for many years now...but it's been a long time since we've made it.  It's yummy...hope you like it too!

1 ounce dried mushrooms
1 lb beef tenderloin trimmed
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
2 small yellow onions, cut into wedges
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 c water
1tbl soy souce
1 tsp cornstarch
1 teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules
1 tsp seasame oil

Here are just a few of the ingredients...I really just wanted to show
you the Chinese Five Spice in case you had a hard time finding it.

1. Place mushrroms in bowl and cover with hot water.  Let stand 30 minutes.  Drain and squeeze out excess water.  Remove and discard stems; slice caps into thin stips.
2.  Cut beef into thin slices 1-inch long.
3.  Heat vegetable oil in wock or large skillet over high heat.  Add garlice and five-spice powder; stir-fry 15 seconds.  Add beef and stir-fry until brown, about 5 minutes.   Add onions; stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and peppers; stir-fry until peppers are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
4.  Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl.  Stir into wok.  Cook and stir until liquid boils and thinkens.
Makes 4 servings


Monday, September 27, 2010

Newest Halloween Decoration

I thought I would share with you my newest Halloween decoration!
Isn't she cute?  I love her and I love what she says!
Some days the broom does fit and I do fly it, very willingly!
Like on Saturday when they towed my car away from the parking
lot in Provo...boy was I flying my broom that day!

I just love Halloween!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Theresa's Creations

This is my little sister Theresa!  Isn't she sooo cute?
Well, I love her to death!  And guess what? She is super duper
creative.  In fact she has her own jewelry business called 
you can go there to see all of her beautiful creations...and they ARE BEAUTIFUL!
(click on the name to view her jewelry)

Here are just a couple of bracelets that she has made along with sooo many other peices like necklaces, charms, watch bands and earrings etc.  She is super talented so please go check her out!  You wont be dissapointed. Oh, and she sells her jewelry mostly at 
Anastasia's Attic at Gardener Village here in Utah.
That's MY Sister!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just Peachy!

Yesterday I made this delicious Peach Cobbler!

I really, really like EASY recipes and this one is not only easy but a real treat!

First you need about 6 of these guys, peeled and sliced.

Next you add peaches to a sauce pan with
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbl corn starch
heat up til disolved and cook on low for 2 mins more

Pour into a 9" baking pan with
1/2 cup butter placed over the top

Sprinkle 1/2 box of yellow cake mix to cover the top
(double your peach mixture and butter for a full size pan with the
entire box of cake mix.)

Bake in oven at 400 degrees for about 35-45 mins


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Don't assume

One thing I really hate is when adults assume they know better than kids about EVERYTHING!  Because it is just simply not true!  What bothers me further is when adults dont even take the time to find out if the kid does know what he is talking about because the adult is too busy thinking about himself and how he feels at that moment.  How does this make the kid feel?  Well, when I was a kid I remember very well how this made me feel and it made me question myself, it made me feel insignificant and small.  Is that really the way we want to relate to our children?  Not me!  Kids need to feel that they are worth listening to and taking the time with so that they can explore and find out for themselves that they really have something important to offer in this life...and guess what?  It may be different from what you and I are used to but, that's okay, we can always open our minds to new things and new ideas....seeing it from a kid's point of view.  I think adults who do this assuming thing are very narrow minded and limit themselves to certain kinds of relationships and knowlegde.  So, don't assume!  You know what they say a bout "ASS-U-ME-ING"...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Orange Rolls

Made these Orange Rolls on Sunday and the family loved them!  Last night Mike asked if we had any left.....hahahaha...ya, right!  This one is a keeper!  Super Easy , melt in your mouth goodness!
Orange Rolls
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. sugar
1 orange peel, grated
12-18 frozen Rhodes rolls

Combine melted butter, sugar, and grated orange peel. Dip rolls in butter mixture and place in muffin tin. Allow to raise 3 hours. Bake at 35o degrees until lightly browned.

1 c. powdered sugar
2 tbl. butter, softened
2 tbl. orange juice

Combine ingredients and frost warm rolls.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Feeling Guilty

So, Mike is in the middle of finishing off a basement for his cousin in Provo and it's looking pretty good now.  However, I am feeling a bit guilty today because he asked me at the last minute to come and help him.( I know he doesnt really need my help, he just likes having me around). I have gone to work with him a few times lately and it has been really fun, (besides the dirt and dust and paint and all that junk that it constantly on my skin and clothing) but really, it has been fun working beside him and seeing what he does and learning some new skills and just talking to him about anything and everything. But today I just couldn't let everything go once again to go and play with him at work.  I would never tell him that to me it is like playing because of course for him it is work.  But my work is here in this dirty house.  Besides I really need to work on my resume so that I can drum up some kind of part time job.  That is another thing I am feeling guilty about, looking for work!  I am really just procratinating and stalling to find a job, hoping that he will land a good one soon so that I wont feel guilty only looking for a part time job instead of a full time job.  And now I am feeling guilty for sitting here wasting time on this computer while I should be cleaning the house, doing laundry etc....Okay, that's enough about my guilty morning... now it's off to work I go. Thanks for listening...I feel so much better now:)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Still Standing

Now that my boys are getting older and I have finally sent my first son out on a mission, I feel like I have reached a place in my life that I have always hoped and dreamed I would be.  So, now what?  Now I am finally enjoying all the other things that come with being a woman.  Like many other mom's I have devoted my life up til this point to raising my kids and being so involved with them that I really didnt take the time nor did I make the time to enjoy some of those other things that I could have.  Probably because I was growing up with them in a lot of ways. 

So, now it is time to explore and to really enjoy my life.  Although I am still raising my boys, I am also reaching that so called "middle age" and I am finding that I actually really love it! So, this blog will be dedicated to me sharing my thoughts and feelings about life, trying to get a bit more creative, different books I might be reading (I dont read a lot) and just new discoveries such a recipes, new talents and skills, new ideas, adventures and ...I guess we will just have to see what else I come up with.

  After all I am "Still Standing"!