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Good to the last drop.

Well, I have never… November 26, 2007

Filed under: Family,Good deals,Hobbies — Shannon @ 8:05 am

Went Black Friday shopping when it was 10 degrees! Got some good deals though!
Had most of my Christmas shopping done before December even started!
Tried an eggnog latte at Starbucks – pretty good!
Made a turkey – came out great!
Got food poisoning – I feel better now.
Tried crocheting. Made a blanket.

Did you try anything new this month?


Wow! It’s been a long time! November 3, 2007

Filed under: Family — Shannon @ 6:22 am

Hello! I cannot believe it has been almost two months since my last post. Yes, I suffer from busy just like everyone else!

I know per Jon’s website that you have seen the fall colors, our first snow and Halloween fun! I have never been trick or treating before in 30 degree weather – without a jacket! Yikes! It took me awhile to warm up. Went thru all the candy and came up with different piles – mom and dad’s secret stash, holiday baking, stuff to save for next year and oh, yeah, the kids stuff! I want to use some of the chocolate pieces for my Christmas cookies! Per the official neighbor count – we had 182 trick or treaters.

We are having a season of lots of people visiting – I love it! We are enjoying the company and I am enjoying not cooking! I think I cooked every night for a whole month without going out! That is a record for us. Most times we go out once or twice a month. I am getting ready for Thanksgiving – I love that holiday. So often it gets overlooked because of the Christmas season, but I think it is great to sit with friends and family and be thankful! So, my parents are coming out for turkey day week and we are hosting a friend thanksgiving the Saturday before.

The kids are doing awesome! Busy with school, friends and extra activities. There social calendar is getting full. 🙂 Karate is going well – I am switching to an adult class because I am ready to test for yellow belt (exciting!) and the kids should be ready by the end of the month. I finally bought all my snow gear – our first snow I could not go out and play because I had nothing – I went out in my pj’s. So snow already! None is expected for awhile. Bummer.

I think I might actually get caught up on my scrapbooking – I am six years behind and two kids behind. A neighborhood crafting group just started once a week – so I will bring all my stuff. We recently completed 120 pop up books on Germany for my son’s grade level because I am the room mom – it took us ladies about 25 hours to get it done! Instead of Halloween, they learn about Germany – flag, history and food and complete the section by doing a 1.5 mile walk called a Voksmarch. They wore a pretzel around their neck and had a blast!

I will ask Jon later to help with more pics – just an fyi – on my hubby’s site – the pumpkins we are carving are the ones I grew! I also roasted some pumpkin seeds – hard to get away from that crazy pumpkin pulp – but yummy! I had a ton of tomatoes also!


About food… September 10, 2007

Filed under: Hobbies — Shannon @ 9:10 pm

Okay – I have a ton of extra hamburger buns – what else can I do with them besides the obvious? I have seen the poor man’s garlic bread and we are having some BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches soon but can you help a girl out?

I also made one of my favorite recipes tonight. Here it is:

Chex® Muddy Buddies®

Another popular name for this favorite mix is “puppy food”. Chow down; it’s doggone good!

Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:15 min
Makes:18 servings (1/2 cup each)
9 cups Chex® cereal (any variety – I used the new chocolate flavor)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation Directions:
1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, stir together chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Stove-Top Directions: Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

1 Serving: Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 200mg; Total Carbohydrate 30g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 17g); Protein 3g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 25% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

This is so good! Enjoy!


California – here we come! September 4, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 8:34 pm

Right back where we started from…

We are getting ready to see some old friends, go to Disneyland and me – going to the Women of Faith conference. So excited. The first thing we are doing is going to dinner at the Claim Jumper – man I missed that place!

See you there!


White and Nerdy September 2, 2007

Filed under: Family,Music — Shannon @ 8:09 am

We took our kids to go see Weird Al in concert at the Colorado State Fair. We had a lot of fun. That guy is a total genius! The kids had a lot of fun. Rachel stayed with grandparents so it was good time with the oldest kids. I think my favorite songs are White and Nerdy and the ones based on Billy Joel songs.

We also saw an 80 foot dive into a ten foot swimming pool, pig races, sting rays, tigers, sand sculpture based on Alice in Wonderland and a spray painting artist. The kids had a lot of fun and we did not get home until 12 on a school night which they thought was pretty cool. It got me thinking how long can I get away with going to concerts with my kids. I hope they will always want me to go. Probably not but we enjoyed the time together none the less. 🙂


Gotta love Texas! August 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 3:18 pm

Courtesy of my Snapple lid, Texas is the only state to accept absentee ballots from outer space.

If anyone finds the new Snapple Iced Green tea made with white tea leaves decaf green apple flavor at the supermarket – can you let me know? I can only find this yummy stuff at 7/11. Thanks!


I love Craigslist August 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 8:37 pm

I have become a junkie. I check it all day every day. I have gotten a lot of awesome stuff for super cheap. I am currently in the process of trying to get our snow stuff for cheap. I have recently started selling as well.

I also frequent garage sales every Friday and Saturday. Yes, you heard it here Californians, they have garage sales on Fridays and a ton of people come! Saturdays are sloppy seconds. Nothing really happens here on Sundays. Thats an adjustment. No one can buy any alcohol, car dealerships are not open and a lot of other businesses close.

Update on my garden – I took out my sad cucumber. I tried planting snap peas and butter head lettuce in its place. I will let you know if I get anything before snow happens. 🙂


I am a gardener! August 13, 2007

Filed under: Hobbies,Uncategorized — Shannon @ 7:53 pm

Little gardenWell, totally a beginner. It is kind of fun though. I am growing cilantro, yellow and red peppers, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins. I think I had skipped science class when I learned about boy and girl flowers and how bees help pollinate the flowers. Boy am I learning that now! The cilantro is flowering because I am allowing it to go to seed to get more cilantro plants.


I thought I had failed as an amateur gardener when I have been growing these plants for 6 weeks and no signs of coming fruit or vegetables. Well, after a lovely google search and learning that there is a whole reproduction cycle for plants, it reminded me of that song from Grease 2 “Reproduction” tag line – “Where does the pollen go?”


Now I know the difference between boy and girl plants and I show my kids every day. (Really, I am totally serious) They are still at the stage where they are excited to see the difference in the plants everyday. Pumpkin vines can grow up to 6 inches in one day! I had some other plants with it but had to transplant them so the pumpkin could take over. Right now it looks like I will have about 10 pumpkins. I have used my cilantro in recipes and as a fragrance for my kitchen sink disposal. The peppers are still developing and I have high hopes that I will at least get one before our first frost. I have about 25 tomatoes growing but the picture shows my biggest so far. The heat killed my cucumber and I did not know that it would grow better on a trelis. Oh, maybe next year.


Today the kids started school. They really enjoyed it and have already started learning some French! They know greetings and some colors. I took the baby to a pediatrician out here and she has the official seal that she does not need anymore physical therapy! So excited – doing the happy dance! So excited in fact, I made Jon take me and the kids out to eat to celebrate!

Here’s a couple more pics:

our house

I have been sleeping! August 4, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shannon @ 3:02 pm

Just wanted to give you an update: We figured out why Rachel kept getting out of bed – she liked the security of being closed in because when she was sleeping in her port-a-crib she would sleep just fine. So, in her big girl bed – we just created the same type of environment. She can climb in and out but it is a little harder to do at night.

She also is completely potty trained. Thank goodness because I kept forgetting the diaper bag anyway. 🙂

We have started a family karate class through the YMCA here. Rachel is in childcare while the rest of us learn karate. We go twice a week and Jon and I are the only adults. That’s okay though because the look on the kids faces is great when we are kicking and punching with them.

We are getting ready for school to start in one week. Two of the three will be in school. The school has an ice cream social the family goes to to meet the teachers and put your school supplies in your desk. S will be learning French this year – I think they get it three to four days a week and then A will get it once a week. Don’t worry – I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy! I think this year I will be a professional volunteer for 6 different places/clubs. Daisy scouts, AWANA, hospital, PTO, and church stuff . I also have recommitted to get back in shape. I have met with a trainer to get my abs back in pre-baby shape and joining yoga and pilates classes thru the YMCA.

We have been finding lots of fun stuff to do around town. Today we went to a BBQ cook off and got to vote on the best BBQ. The whole family loved it! I even ate a bunch of BBQ on a bone. (Normally I don’t eat that stuff) We went to a fountain downtown that plays music on the hour that the kids can play in the water while a teen battle of the bands were happening. All next to a playground to play after. What a fun day! I think Jon and I are even going on a date tomorrow!


Peanut free and hating it! July 27, 2007

Filed under: Family,Rant — Shannon @ 1:19 pm

I just learned that our local school is a nut free school. (insert your corny jokes here.) Kids cannot bring in any kind of peanut butter or snack that has been processed in a plant that manufactures peanuts.

I find myself getting a little upset about this. I mean, I am allergic to certain nuts and if I eat them I don’t die or anything but break out in some fabulous looking welts all over, so I certainly understand the sensitivity. But if your kid is going to die if they eat nuts – home school them. Don’t send them to public school to affect everyone else.

Peanut butter sandwiches are great according to me! They are fast to make, healthy (yes, I use the real peanut butter with no sugar or corn syrup) and cheap. Now I cannot make them for my kids? Are you serious? A lot of breads nowadays have the “has been manufactured in a plant that manufactures peanuts” so I cannot pack that! No granola bars or certain crackers. So what am I supposed to do? I do what my neighbor says most moms do – the school lunch program.

Now this ticks me off! Not only is this expensive, but I have no idea what my kids are eating and most things are not that healthy. Some are but those are the choices.

When are we going to stop being so sensitive – what about the people that have milk allergies, chocolate and/or wheat? Do we ban those from schools? What about when these children get to be adults and get into the workforce? They are so used to having everything peanut free that they demand it in the workplace too? What about bees? Are you going to ban bees from coming into the schoolyard?

Ahh. The main thing I am upset about is how this affects my 5 year old. That is all the kinds of sandwich that she will eat. What do I have her eat while at school? Sorry to rant – just had a bee in my bonnet.