Friday, March 28, 2014

Run Out and Buy This!


You know how your hair NEVER looks as good as when you go to your stylist? I finally asked mine the other day what I could be doing wrong that I cannot get my hair to look as smooth when I blow it out and straighten it myself at home. I purchased the straightener that she used on it.   I use a brush and blow it out by sections.  Yet I still can't get it smooth and shiny...I always have a bit of frizz going on.


What was I missing?  Well...she said said to buy this: 

$24.34 for 6 oz.


And wow!  It made all the difference!  My hair is so much smoother and shinier after using just a pea size of this stuff. I just use it on the surface of my hair, avoiding the roots and my bangs so they don't get greasy.  I then comb it through with a wide tooth comb.  I'm not saying it looks as good as it does when I leave the salon, but it's pretty darn close! 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Baby Shopping

My cousin's daughter is having her first baby very soon and IT'S A GIRL!   The baby mama is more like my niece and this is the first baby in our family in about 12 years so, of course, I am over the moon excited! 


My mother and I went shopping yesterday for the upcoming shower and I had so much fun!  So many new items out there, some of which I would have given my right arm to have when I had my first baby.  (Which was almost 20 years ago-EEK!)


She is registered at Target and here are the things we got her........

Tommee Tippee Bottle Set


Sassy Developmental Playmat


Munchkin Dishwasher Basket

(got the pink one though)



Munchkin Drying Rack



Circo Hooded Towel Set


Circo Wash Cloth Set


Munchkin Wipes Warmer


SwaddleMe Wraps


Carters Infant Ruffle Sandals

(Aren't these so sweet???)


Shopping for a baby was the most fun I have had shopping in a long time!  I loved seeing all the new items out there.  I tried to pick out items that I remember being useful when I had my babies.  I loved the wet wipe warmer (I think I had one of these with my second baby, but not the first.)  I used the dishwasher basket forever, even with sippee cup lids after the bottle was gone.  I used those Playtex bottles with the disposable liners so the drying rack wouldn't have worked for me.  Those Tommee Tippee bottles are so cute!  They even had them with little straws for babies with tummy problems.   That would have been so great for my babies-they both had tummy problems! 


But the item that I would have paid mucho deniro for is the SwaddleMe Wrap!  Oh my!  This would have given me so much more sleep!  Both my babies lovvvvvved to be swaddled.  I would wrap them up like a burritto when putting them to bed, but they would wiggle out of it way too soon.  I would sit and watch them and see how they would jerk awake because they lost that secure feeling from the swaddle.  These wraps seem great!  They have velcro that keeps them tight.  Would've loved these so much!



I can't wait for this little girl to get here!  It makes me want a baby-EEK!  But I think that ship has sailed since my "babies" are almost 20 and 14.  So I will just look forward to being a grandmother!  But, PLEASE, not anytime soon......

Monday, March 24, 2014

Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie



I'm all for shortcuts when cooking.  The easier the better.  In fact, if I find that a new recipe takes too much effort to make, it will only be made once at my house.


This chicken pot pie recipe was given to me by a co-worker when I first got married over 20 years ago and it is still one of my husband's favorites.  I made it tonight and he bragged on it even now after eating it many, many times.  Or he was just glad to get a hot meal.


What you will need:


1 pkg. refrigerated pie crust (includes 2 crust)

2 cans cream of potato soup

1  15 oz. can Veg-All-drained

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon of Thyme

1/2 cup milk

2 cups of cooked chicken

Boil the chicken (this time I used 5 chicken breast tenderloins (they are so much more tender than a chicken breast-hence the name tenderloin?).  Then dice it up into whatever size pieces you prefer-I like 'em small or even shredded. 

Add all ingredients (except the pie crust) in a large mixing bowl and stir together. 

Lay one pie crust in pie pan, pour mixture in, add second pie crust on top and press edges together.  Poke holes in the top with a fork. 

You can see I pinched the edges like a pro :)


Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.  Let set for 10 minutes and enjoy.  Quick and easy.


Back before I had kids I actually made this with homemade pie crust.  Mainly because they didn't have the refrigerated kind then. :)  But this is almost just as good and so much easier and much less messy.


I have also used a rotisserie chicken thinking it would take less time than boiling chicken and also maybe add a little flavor but couldn't tell a difference.  If you boil the chicken tenderloins it takes less time to cut up the boneless tenderloins than to pick apart a rotisserie chicken.  So not really saving much time and the tenderloins are cheaper than buying a rotisserie chicken.  I have also cooked the chicken in the crock pot all day while at school so that makes it even quicker and easier. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Run Out and Buy These!

I found a new addiction!  If you haven't tried these you must drop what you are doing and go get some.  Pronto. 


Blue Diamond Strawberry Almonds


I found mine at our local Wal-Mart with the rest of the canned nuts.  These are really yummy.  My oldest daughter had heard about them and asked me to get them for her.  I was sceptical.  I figured I would end up throwing them away like I do much of her requests.  But not these!  You. Must. Try. Them.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Netflix Take Me Away

My name is Sherri and I am addicted to Netflix.  To the point that I am ignoring my family and I'm scared that EPA may be called in to investigate what is growing in my sink.  Just kidding.  Sort of.

I just finished Friday Night Lights and I may have bawled like a baby when the credits rolled on the very last episode.  Or Maybe not. No one but me will ever know if there were real crocodile tears running down my face, snot filling my nostrils when I faced the fact that I would never see the rest of Coach and Tami's life. 


I want to see Gracie Bell start kindergarten.  I want to see Julie marry Matt and give Coach and Tami grandbabies.  And let's not discuss not getting to see Tim Riggin's pretty face ever again. Letting go is hard to do.

So what show is next going to break my heart?  I have to find another one that will force me to withdraw from my family, dirty dishes and laundry. 

I have spent weeks (months? I've lost tract of time!) watching these so far:

  • Friday Night Lights

  • Lost

  • Private Practice (already watched every Grey's Anatomy on t.v.)

  • Desperate Housewives

  • Scandal (and continuing on t.v.)

  • Army Wives


Shows I am considering are:

  • Orange is the New Black

  • Breaking Bad

  • Parenthood


Even though I know I need to take a break from Netflix just so I can get my house in order, it probably won't happen.  Netflix has me hooked.  I just need to learn to pace myself.  I don't have to watch 8 seasons of a series in a couple of weeks. 

Pace myself.  I can do it. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't loose.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Easy Peasy Chicken & Dumplings

I'm not much of a cook.  Just ask my family.  Crunchy lasagne.  Burned hamburgers.  Burned water.  But there are a few items on my menu that I can usually pull off without a major cussing fit failure. (jk-I don't cuss) These do not require the time sucking task of mixing and rolling out homemade dumplings.  Why do that when these frozen dumplings are just. as. good.  Trust me.

These chicken and dumplings are one of my family's faves.

Here's how I do it.....with a little more detail than probably necessary for those of you who can cook. :) I start out with the following ingredients:

  • 7-9 frozen chicken breast tenderloins (or 2-3 boneless chicken breasts) not pictured-you know what chicken looks like :)
  • 1 package Mary B's open kettle frozen dumplings (got mine at Wal-Mart with frozen bread and biscuits)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • Salt and pepper

1.  Boil chicken for about 20 minutes in enough water to cover the chicken plus about two inches more. 
2. Remove chicken onto cutting board and don't dump out the water!
3.  While chicken is cooling a little, lay out the frozen dumplings in a single layer on wax paper to defrost.  I use a butter knife to separate them.

4.  Cut boiled chicken into cubes.  I like smaller pieces of chicken.  My husband likes bigger pieces.  I'm cooking this so we get smaller pieces.
5.  Put cubed chicken back into water and then add butter, chicken soup, and chicken broth.  Bring to boil (medium heat.)
6.  Cut dumplings into bitesize pieces.  I like mine smaller so I don't have to cut them to eat them.  Again hubby likes them bigger (for his big mouth) but if he wants them that way, well he can do the cooking.

7. Drop dumplings into the pot of boiling water, soup, broth, and butter trying to distribute them around the pot evenly. 
8.  Boil for around 35 minutes until noodles are tender. Stir occasionally. I try not to stir too much, just make sure they are not sticking on the bottom.

9.  If you do like I have done a few times and added too much water here is what you can do so you won't have soupy dumplings:  Mix a little flour and water in a seperate bowl and slowly stir into pot to thickin it up a bit.

10.  Enjoy! Yummmm.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Chevron Fan

I know that this chevron fan has been done countless times.  And my daughter, whose room this fan appears in, is actually already "over" chevron.  But I still like it.  It's a cheap solution to upgrade/update the white and brass builder grade fan in her room.

 Here is what it looked like before.  Ugg. Ly. 

I wish I had known about the chevron patterned Duck tape when I tackled this project.  I used Frog tape and a ruler to measure the chevron stripes and used spray paint.  It did take several coats and I was pleasantly suprised by the crispness of the stripes. I didn't even remove the tape as soon as I finished painting and let it dry completely instead.  I used flat black paint because that is what I had on hand but wish I would have used a gloss.  Still all good. 

You can also see that I painted over the brass fixtures with a silver spray paint after hubby disassembled the fan for me. It was an ugly brass, not the pretty updated gold look I am seeing everywhere now. 

I am currently, slowly, planning a major redo for her room. This redo will include new globes for this fan-maybe even a drum shade?  The black and white will hopefully work in the new room.  We shall see.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DIE Winter, DIE


Today is day #13 (I think, lost count) out of school due to snow/sleet/freezing rain/snownado (aka Snowmagedon.) The first few snow days as a teacher are welcomed.  An unexpected day off so you can sleep in, stay in your p.j.'s, sip coffee, watch Lifetime movies, spend time with your kids, is heaven.  By day 4 or 5 you start thinking about the summer days you will be giving up. Now at day 13,'s just ticking me off. 


Back in 2009 we missed many days (can't remember what I walk into a room for most of the time, so can't remember missed school days from 5 years ago) and we ended up going to school a couple of Saturdays.  Junior High aged kids are fun enough to handle on normal days at times.  Saturdays?!? Yeah, think on that one a second.


You would think that I would be getting all sorts of things done around the house with this time stuck at home.  Nope.  I did one load of laundry (of 37) and unloaded/loaded the dishwasher.  That's it for the day. There is a pile of junk in our bedroom from when I cleaned out our hall closet that needs to be dealt with.  Floors are dirty-but will just get dirty again when the dogs go outside/back in to do their business.  Oldest daughters bathroom is beyond disgusting.  (She has a job as well as college so I don't make her clean it often.  I know-I need to bow up on that.)  Bought a new wireless router that needs to be installed.  But that gives me hives just thinking out that one. All these things I could be knocking off my to-do list but I'm just sitting around being lazy and thinking about the fact that I'm stuck in the house.


Looking at the bright's high is expected to be 28 so that means day snow day #14 tomorrow.  I'm sure I will get all of the above done.  Yeah right.