4.30.2009

becoming domestic

being domestic is fun. i'm going to randomly post some recipes that i have tried and have worked on my blog. they're fun and tasty. i mean really, you're talking to someone that really loves food.

tonight i went out on a baking adventure and tracked down my FAVORITE peanut butter bar recipe. [thank you mother for the recipe book full of wondeful food!] for anyone with a sweet tooth, i recommend these. they are phenomenal. they make a person's life a bit better.













dig your sweet tooth into these. delicious!

here's the recipe if you would like to indulge.

Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 . butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. flour
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Icing
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter in a bowl. Add egg and vanilla. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 9X13 inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minute or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over bars.

Note: Add the milk to the icing a little at a time and make sure to stir all ingredients well.


ENJOY, I know I do.



The Most Beautiful Video

of my niece. she made it to send to dad in Qatar.

video
isn't it beautiful?

4.25.2009

conclusive essay on love


my husband is the most magnificent man in the entire universe. i never thought i would find someone so right for me. love is something that not everyone gets to experience. but once you do come across it, it puts you on a whole different level.

brendan and i have been through a lot together since we met. we've had some nasty living situations (ahem...ahem...motel). love keeps you truckin' along. through thick and thin. i love having a partnership. there are a lot of things about it that i need to learn. (example: sharing a blanket on our bed...leave us alone, rough sleepers need their space.) i have a lifelong partner and i couldn't be happier.

i knew i was in love with brendan the day that we met. i'm not so much a fan of "love at first sight" but i am a believer in "love at first meet". sounds pretty lame i know, but it makes sense to me. and i'm sure there are other people out there that can vouch for me on that statement.

when brendan and i first met, it was in my car. i brought him to work. i was never so curious about a man than i was with brendan. he was mysterious and that is what brought him to my attention. i wanted to know more about him. i knew that to do this, we would obviously have to start somewhere. and we did. we got to know eachother, we learned what true love is all about. on the other hand, brendan thought that i was completely out of his league. he was curious to know me, but he didn't think he had a chance. what a silly thought. little did he know i was even more curious about him.

there are so many aspects of love. it's incredible. everything about is so amazingly complicated. it takes a lot to love a person 100%. it takes a strong person. love brings out the best and the worst in people. (again, i think that statement is vouch-able). i wouldn't be where i am emotionally without brendan. he has immensely helped me get to a more stable point in my life. i was so uncertain of what my life held before i met him. love whirled and twirled and did its thing. now i'm here, married to the most incredible man on the face of the planet.

he is such a genuine, smart, caring, influential man. i wish more people could see what i see in brendan. those of you that know brendan should be proud. he has made a difference in a lot of people's lives and he will continue to do that throughout his lifetime.

B.A.B. is mine. forever and ever. and i couldn't be more giddy. i still think about our first kiss and i get those dweeby little butterflies.

he is my ULTIMATE blessing. i love him so dearly.

as he would put it. "
We Live Together, We Love Together, We uhhhh, We are Married."

4.20.2009

conclusion

i need to look for a better paying job. a job that isn't food service. i am so tired of working with customers. bye. it's waffle cone time [again.]

MONOTONY.

4.18.2009

carpal tunnel and rosetta stone

my life has been fairly monotonous lately. i go to work and make/dip waffle cones. i help some customers here and there and then i go home. not that i'm complaining or anything. it's so much better than sitting at home. one thing that i must add here is that i need a different TYPE of job. i am so tired of being in customer/food service i could throw up. most of the receptionist type jobs here require you to be bilingual. maybe i should learn spanish? i need to get my hands on rosetta stone and learn spanish. i think i'm determined enough to get a better job. i know i have so much more potential than food service, i just can't escape. i'm stuck guys. beyond the work topic, the weather has been glorious. cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. this next week we are looking upon close to 90 degrees everyday. welcome to texas where it's hot and there is not a drop of water whatsoever. but i do love it here, so again, i'm not complaining.

one thing that i am legitimately allowed to complain on is my carpal tunnel. i have been wearing my brace. it's not helping. as dumb as it sounds, i think it is acting up from scooping ice cream. ice cream is hard to scoop. today, during dinner preparation, i was cutting chicken with a heavy duty scissors. all of a sudden all the feeling in my right thumb went out. thank you carpal tunnel . you add a lot of joys to my life. my thumb still has no feeling. it's really annoying.



all those years of typing and piano and texting have quite apparently caught up with me. not fun by any means.

on another note, my cat is getting FAT. she's eating like a boy going through puberty. i guess that's a good thing. i know she is healthy and finally enjoying her living environment.

she is definitely my blue eyed baby. i'd be sad if she ever ran away or was killed. she's my love. she waits up every night for me to go to sleep. she knows that i will always care for her and be her mom. she is in much better hands now. her original owner is a jerk. she's a lover, that's for sure.

alright, well it's late. i must go to sleep soon. waffle cones in the morning. much love to everyone. hope everything is splendid with all of you.


4.12.2009

Man

Within the next year Brendan is probably going to enlist in the United States Navy. I am nervous and excited and proud. I think that the military would be really good for Brendan. He's been talking about it a lot the past 3 days. He seems very content in the fact that it's what he would like to do. He is looking at the career aspect of the Navy. He is very smart. I think he'd be great. In whatever career he decides to pursue. I am happy for him. But I can't even lie, it's something that has been sitting in the back of my mind as uncomfortable. He's excited so I am excited. We're a partnership and if that's what he would like to do, he may. He's a grown man.

Much love everyone.

4.08.2009

Check this out

Hey everyone. I found this website that I think is really neat and very influential. Please please please, if you care about environmental issues or making a greener world, check this site out. It's packed full of information for the starter environmentalist.

http://www.care2.com

Join now. It's phenomenal!

4.04.2009

commence

Hello readers. After much debate, I decided to write another blog post. It's not going to be anything special. But I do feel like typing so congratulations, you get something to read. Friday was my niece's birthday. It was really fun. I haven't been able to celebrate a birthday with a child since we went to Flint a few months back. Birthdays are such a blessing for kids. Kind of a hassle for parents, but that's what you have to do when you're a grown up. The look of pure joy on their faces is priceless. Sheer joy is the only way to express how a child feels on their birthday. When those dollar bills peek out of a card, or that wrapped present comes out of the oven [Yes, that's where we stored our presents yesterday], their eyes light up. It was fun to be a part of a child's birthday again.

Good news on the home front here. About 2 months back, we had our 2 four wheelers that were parked up against the house stolen. We hadn't heard a word about them until yesterday. My sister got a call from a detective yesterday. She said that they had found one of the quads. Needless to say, my sister was jumping up and down in sheer joy. Kind of like a kid on their birthday. They found the quad in Red Sands [a place to ride four wheelers, and drive jeeps and 4X4 trucks]. They ran the VIN number on the quad and it came up as ours. Whoever took those four wheelers was dumb enough to leave the VIN number on them. Idiot thieves. That's a good thing for us. Hopefully we'll be able to pick up the quad on Monday or Tuesday. The sheriff took down some names of people that were standing around the quad at Red Sands. Hopefully we can catch them. We will prosecute. Nevertheless, we are just excited that one of our quads was found.

Well everyone, a pretty meaningless entry. I'm going to be a couch potato and watch Grey's Anatomy in my room. I love you and miss you all.

Peace and blessings.

4.01.2009

didyouknow.org

I have the slightest addiction to looking up interesting/silly/strange/weird facts about random things on the internet...here's a collection of fun ones that I have found...sorry about this quirky entry to my blog. I'm bored okay?

  • In Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people
  • The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car
  • Sharks are immune to all known diseases
  • The harmonica is the world's best selling instrument
  • On average, you breathe 23,000 times a day
  • Unless food is mixed with saliva you cannot taste it
  • Every person has a unique tongue print
  • Wine is sold in tinted bottles because wine spoils when exposed to light
  • The Bible is still the world's best selling book
  • 2 billion people still cannot read
  • 80% of millionaires drive used cars
  • If California was a country, it would be the 5th largest economy in the world
  • In the US there are more television sets than telephones
  • India is the world's largest democracy with more than 600 million voters
  • More than 100 million people hold hunting licenses
  • A badminton shuttle easily travels 112 mph
  • Half the world's population is under the age of 25

Hope everyone gained a little fast fact knowledge from me tonight. It was thrilling. Goodnight.