Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Pink Saturday!

Happy Pink Saturday!

A marathon Black Friday shopping trip always deserves a quick pick me up 
and this Almond Roca always fills the bill!  A tin or two made it into our cart 
along with the Hickory Farms meat & cheese pack, and the little Black Scottie Dogs.

A  small pause in the action,  just to watch the fun animated figurines and scenes.
We are always a sucker for trains, after all Grampa worked for the railroad.
After squeezing all the paws of the singing and dancing puppies and pigs, and 
pushing all the buttons on the little ice skaters and dancing Santas.....

We wandered past this set of very colorful Christmas trees, and at 
$20 I think they are a steal, how about you? (I can't get this to stop 
underlining my words - any suggestions?

     We (okay the underlining stopped - why I don't know.....) went to all 
the stores on Jacob's list.  Menard's Cashway Lumber was our first stop,  because 
somebody wanted the small generator that was on sale for $99 (Half Price - woo hoo!).
I was told it would be perfect for camping.
Our next stop was the mall.   Jacob has phy-ed next trimester and
needed gym clothes.   (Which also meant he needed brand new boxers
just in case someone snuck a peak and his undies weren't "cool".)   
After a run through the usual A&F, AE, Pacsun, Zumiez, etc. we grabbed 
 a quick lunch at Culver's,  then popped into Walmart where we spotted all of
our Pink Saturday finds.
In the electronics department Jacob used the bar scanner on his
new cell phone to compare prices on a few items.  The sale sign  on the
products  clearly stated that their  prices were unbeatable!   When we 
approached the department manager that we found a lower price with his
scanner he refused to match it - even though the lower price was 
from a neighboring Walmart just 4 miles away).  
(He had two excuses - #1 -  It wasn't a  printed advertisement, and 
#2 - They don't price match other Walmart prices, huh?)
  That doesn't sound like they are unbeatable to me!  
The bar scanner sure is handy though.  
Later it dawned on us that  not only could we check the prices on the items, 
but we could check reviews on those items as well,  
and I am glad we didn't buy them.   One item had  over a 
dozen reviews labeled DON'T BUY THIS &  THIS IS JUNK, etc.   And a  television we
looked at for my parents bedroom only had a  850:1 contrast ratio. 
Well, that only means that I am still back at square one.  I guess
tomorrow we will buzz over to Best Buy and Circuit City.
Hope you all have a Happy Pink Saturday! 
Please visit Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound for the rest of 
the Pink Saturday participants!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pink Saturday - Cherry Delight

Cherry Delight

Okay, this is more red than pink,  but I lost track of time and oops!  forgot today was Saturday .... I was out of sync all week.  Tuesday is usually my assistant's day off, but this week she swapped it for Wednesday.  So Tuesday felt like Monday or Wednesday and Wednesday felt like Tuesday....I was so mixed up.   
Yesterday my Dad ran me ragged.  We started a little bit of Christmas shopping, we went to Sam's Club (not just for the Samples - that day is always a farce), and then on to the grocery store to get our turkey (23 lbs for 10 people) - I think we'll have enough - don't you?   I actually filled my gas tank for  $1.71 per gallon.  $18.00 to fill my tank! Our day out always includes lunch and we chose Chili's this week.   I have the same thing I always have (how predictable) the Chicken Crispers with the loaded mashed potatoes, and my Dad had his Baby Back Ribs.
Oh yes, onto the recipe.....
Cherry Delight is a quick and easy version of a cheesecake dessert.
We have to make it for every holiday because everybody in the family loves it.  It is light and refreshing after all the heavy food.

3 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1 stick of butter (melted)
1/2 cup sugar
Mix and press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan

2  8oz packages of cream cheese (softened to room temp)
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 8 oz container of cool whip
1 can of cherry pie filling

Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar with mixer until light and fluffy, fold in Cool Whip.  Spread mixture over the graham cracker  crust.  Refrigerate until firm.  Top with cherry pie filling.     

   I hope this qualifies as great pink substitute for you today.  To see some other great pink ideas visit Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound for the list of all of the other Pink Participants today!    
     I apologize for my lateness today, I finally re-upholstered my dining room chairs.  Nothing like a holiday to motivate me to get my projects done!  

Hope you all are having a Happy Pink Saturday


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just A Few Of My Easy Thanksgiving Recipes


Let me join in on the  recipe fun!   Here are some of my family's favorites.
They are simple and simply delicious.   

The night before or Thanksgiving Eve 
I have to make this.... 

Ambrosia Salad
2 14oz cans of  Dole Pineapple Tidbits - drained
1  14oz can of  Dole crushed pineapple - drained
I save the juice for Jacob to drink later.....
1  11oz can of Geisha mandarin oranges - drained
1  package of mini marshmallows
1/2 package of angel flake coconut - more or less to taste
Maraschino cherries  sliced in half  about half the jar 
         if you use more than that it will overpower the salad
3/4 of a 16 oz container of sour cream  - you don't want it
to be too loose or too dry -   if it gets to loose add more 
coconut - too dry more sour cream - see it's easy! 
     Refrigerate Overnight. 

Sweet Potatoes with my Secret Ingredient
2 29oz cans of sweet potatoes in their own syrup - drained
1/2 cup brown sugar sprinkled over sweet potatoes
1 stick of butter cut into pats and dotted over sugar
Peeps - yes I said Peeps.   Shaped like pumpkins (face down)  
or snowman.   I did this for the kids when they were young 
and my niece and nephews would have a fit if I didn't continue this tradition (they are now 26, 24, and 22).
I used to make this in my corningware loaf pan - however the other day I opened my cupboard and found it cracked in half!
I don't know if my sweet potatoes will ever taste the same:(  

I tried making them with baked and mashed sweet potatoes
but the kids had a fit.  So back to canned - I know, so gourmet....


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mmmm! Happy Strawberry Pink Saturday!

Sometimes, a Strawberry Pink Thick Rich Malt is what you need....

and our Snuffy's is where it's at, baby!

To see the rest of all our Saturday Pinkness, visit Beverly@ HowSweettheSound!
Have a Happy Pink Saturday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Let's Get Caught Up.....Again! Dogs On Thursday, Bookworms, etc.

     What  a ditz.   I tried sending Bridget my baby photo,  but I screwed up the g-mail address.  Then when I finally realized what I did - it was too late.   So here it is.  You would have guessed  me right away anyway,  I still look the same.   And this way I don't have to post my adult photo...  

Here is a picture of Mile's brushing his teeth.  What a good boy!
To check out all the other Dogs  of Dogs on Thursday visit Paula by clicking here!

Kathi from Lavender, Lace & Thyme presented me with this Bookworm  award the other day.
As you know, they always come with rules.

Pass this on to 5 blogging friends.

Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56.

Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that...

Well, I have a few books going.  The first is a cookbook.   
Cooking For Your Style of Living 
 A Herberger's collection of tantalizing recipes from our friends and families.

Page 56  contains a recipe for:

 Lemon Zucchini Bread (or muffins)
from Charlotte Anderson, Bismarck, ND

3 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
1 t. lemon extract
2 cup grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1/4 t. salt
1/4  t. baking powder
1 t. soda
3/4 cup golden raisins
or chopped pecans
Mix eggs, sugar, oil and lemon extract well.  Add zucchini.   Add flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and raisins or pecans.   Mix until all flour is moistened.  Put into loaf pans and bake at 350' for 45 to 50 minutes, or put into muffin pans and bake for 15 minutes.  Serve 12.
The actual book I am reading is 

Crazy Ladies
Michael Lee West

The passage is as follows.....
      I hadn't been impressed by his people.   His Aunt Estelle, who'd raised him after his parents moved to Chicago, was a nasty woman.   He always called her Ain't  Estelle, like her name was sawed in half, Es telle.

So now I need to choose five blogging buddies:

I can't wait to see what books you all are reading.

Have a nice Day!




Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Owwwy! I Have A Cold Sore:(

This is not me - just a pic from the internet....

     I woke up yesterday morning with the biggest honkin-est cold sore - front and center on my bottom lip.  Do you know how embarrassingly painful that is?   Not only do I work in a dental office so I am "front and center"   with my lips when I seat my patients - I think that it just looks gross.   
    Wouldn't you be grossed out.  Wouldn't you be afraid that you could "catch it"?   I can't wait to get that mask on my face.   Sadly, when I have the mask on my face - it gives me free reign to "play" with it.  I can't leave the sucker alone.   I'm biting at it and my tongue is poking it.   It's sickening.   I've applied  90% alcohol (that stings like a SOB!), I've applied Chlorhexidine,  and I've applied topical anesthetic which helps to numb it.  You can purchase that in the form of Anebesol or Zilactin.   
     You'd think that it would stop me from eating - 'fraid not.   I scarfed down a donut this morning (a patient brought them in for us,  pizza for lunch ( Dr. K bought us lunch today:), and an Arby's roast beef for supper (cut me some slack, I had an emergency at work and didn't get home until after 6) - I know, not a  healthy diet...
     As I am signing off for the evening, the weather man is telling me we may be in for some snow this week starting with some sleet right about supper time.  I better make sure I have my window scraper in my car.   ~ Robyn


Monday, November 3, 2008

Blue Monday and a Weekend Recap

Time to recover from a busy  weekend of festivities,

raking leaves,

and baking bread,
Anyone who has had Spanish class or children in Spanish class is familiar 
with Pan de Muerto or aka Bread of the Dead.

Please stop by Sally @ SmilingSally to visit all of the other
Blue Monday


Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's Pink Saturday!

How Many Licks Does It Take 
To Get To The Center of a Tootsie Pop?

Click HERE to see the cute Tootsie Pop commercial
with Mr. Turtle and Mr. Owl.
I haven't figured out how to post You Tube videos on my blog yet.  Sorry.
Then click HERE to visit Beverly and the rest of the Pink Saturday gang.
Hope you have  a nice day! ~ Robyn