Monday, August 15, 2011

Menu Plan Monday: Week of August 15th

The easiest way to keep track of a menu plan and recipes is to post it online :)

Monday: Chicken Tenders and Salad

Tuesday: Taco Salad

Wednesday:  Turkey and Bow Tie Pasta Skillet Dinner and Rolls

Thursday: Baked Cod and Rice

Friday: White Bean Chili (I also add 2 cans of chicken breast)

Saturday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Sunday: Chili Dogs and Fries

Thursday, April 14, 2011

American Idol: Scotty McCreery

This has been driving me mad since this season of American Idol began.  I KNEW Scotty McCreery looked like somebody but I just couldn't place whom (chalk it up to old age).

Scotty McCreery
Alfred E. Neuman

Do you see it? Maybe if they're side by side...

Really, I think if you look through the Americal Idol slideshow, you'll see even more of a resemblance:

Scotty McCreery - Contestants

Disclaimer:  Knowing who Alfred E. Neuman is does not make me old, just knowledgeable.

Clothing Supporting Military is Considered Violent

I have a son serving our country in Afghanistan. My youngest son wore a shirt to school with his brother's MP Company logo and was told to change because it demonstrated violence:

The logo:
OEF 2010 - 2011

School Policy:
Clothing with reference to obscenities or sex, violence, alcohol or other drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco or tobacco products, gangs or gang symbols or other inappropriate symbols are prohibited.

I'd like to apologize to my son's school and the school district for not only having a son in the military to protect your rights and freedom but also for having another son support his brother and the Army.

Oh, and in case you don't know what OEF stands for:
Operation Enduring Freedom

Ironic, isn't it?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blogger Challenge 17: Are You Named After Anyone?

I know I've been REALLY bad about posting these challenges, but I've been side-tracked by my son's military leave from Afghanistan and trying to spend as much time with him as possible because now I won't see him for at least 7 months.  However, I'm going to *try* to catch up before the end of the challenge. 

While my first name wasn't after anyone, my middle name was in honor of my aunt (my mother's sister).  Although really, my father had a sister named Kathy too.  Anyways...genealogy is a hobby I discovered a little over 10 years ago, and found it's been common for a name to be carried on through at least one child.  Sometimes it would be just the oldest, sometimes all of the children in the family.  Sometimes it would be to carry on the mother's maiden name, the father's first name as the middle name, to honor a person that has died, or a favorite relative.

Circa 1970's
November 2003

Nobody tell her I posted these okay? 
Otherwise she may hop in her car and drive 36 hours to come and kick my ass and stand over me until I delete them.  Not that I wouldn't love to see her, just not for that reason.

While her name is Kathy, I was given the name Kay.  Growing up, my initials were KKC.  But since my last name is German, it sounds like a "K."  Being called KKK was a common error.  Those that know me, may now come to the realization that my initials are actually KKK.  Not really something you want to monogram...

Family Tree Maker 2011 EssentialsGenealogy: Uncovering Your AncestryThe Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: A complete resource to using the Web to trace your family history (Everything Series)The Genealogy Guide: How To Trace Your Family History (Kindle Edition)Genealogy Uncovering Your Ancestry

If you want to join me on this blogging journey, I would love to learn more about you. Just post a comment with your link so I can read it and you can grab a linky at  it's gravy, baby for your blog too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


When it comes to relationships, we're not our parents, grandparents or great-grandparents. Over the last century, things have changed during every decade.

Women aren't raised to be "sold" to the guy that offers 2 cows and 5 chickens to the family. Women don't marry their older sister's husband because she died during childbirth. Women no longer get married *just* because they get pregnant. The threat of being sent away because of a pregnancy and disgrace brought upon the family is extremely rare. Pre-arranged marriages are practically extinct. Divorce is no longer seen as a woman's failure to keep her husband happy. (Note: While these things do still occur in some countries, I'm not referring to them)

No, things have changed.

We are educated (even if you don't graduate high school, you have more schooling than women did 100 years ago). If you've gone to college, you have more education than most women were 50 years ago.

We have choices now.

We don't have to stay in an abusive relationship.
We don't have to stay in a relationship with a cheater.
We don't have to stay at home and "serve" our husbands. (Note: I am not saying that homemakers that stay home to raise their children are serving their husbands. I'm saying you don't wake up and cook your husband's breakfast and make his lunch and wash/iron his clothing, wait for him to come home and make him a martini and get his newspaper and slippers and make the children be quiet so as to not bother "daddy" while you cook his dinner)

Beginning with Generation "X," we've been raised to be self-sufficient. To get an education. To get a career. To find our "true love." To get married. To raise our children. Oh, and if any of these things aren't working out for you, then make the necessary changes so YOU are happy.

You don't want to go to college? Don't.
You don't want a career but would rather stay home and raise kids? Fine.
You want a divorce? Get it.

Just because you were truly in love with someone once upon a time doesn't mean you won't find true love again. There are many, many people around the world. It's not like it was 100 years ago when your love search was limited to a 25 mile radius. The world is at your fingertips and you are no longer limited.

Find somebody that has the same interests as you. A person that has the same goals as you in life. Oh, and stop looking. Because when you are looking for love, you hurt every second that you're not finding it. Instead, find something to do that makes you happy. Then, look for a group of people that have that same interest, and you might, without looking, find that person.

Please, don't tell me that you're now sitting there thinking there is nothing you can do or have an interest in that cannot involve others. Just about every hobby in the world has groups online. Google it!

Tip 1:
You'll never be happy unless you're happy with yourself.

Tip 2:
The longest relationship you'll ever have is with yourself.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blogger Challenge Day 8: A Birthday Celebration

When I was younger, our birthday celebrations consisted of having 5-10 friends over for cake and games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey while wearing dunce caps (I mean party hats). If we were really lucky, we'd have a pinata.  One time, us girls went crazy around 1978 and put balloons under our shirts (I searched for the picture but couldn't find it)

Nowadays, the parties are themed at home spending tons of money or have to be held somewhere like Chuck E. Cheese or My Girly Party.   I think if you have boys, you're going to get off a little cheaper than girls.  If you go to Chuck E. Cheese and have the "super" package, it's 16.99 per child, minimum of 4 kids.  If you go to My Girly Party, it's $250 for up to 8 girls.  Seriously, if you're spending that much money on a child under the age of 5, you need therapy.

For my granddaughter, we did the Chuck E. Cheese thing a few years ago for Bryanna's 2nd birthday (which she won't remember but I have a lot of pictures and a lot less money). For her 3rd birthday, it was more low key at a clubhouse and her 4th birthday was at a  restaurant.

My personal tips for kids birthday parties:
  • Don't spend a lot of money until after age 5. They won't remember it.
  • Pick a theme of their favorite character and go wild at the Dollar Store
  • Create gift bags for attendees by going to the Dollar Store and picking up cheap toys
  • Kids love pinatas and it wears them out
  • For kids 7-10, go old school.  Have them do a  3-legged race, potato sack race, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, etc. and have prizes for the winners. The kids will love it AND get worn out.
  • Take a lot of pictures, but remember to put names of attendees on it (tag it) whatever, asap or else you'll forget who some of those people were LOL

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Blogger Challenge--Day 7

I know I haven't been around for the last 4 challenges, but I have a really good excuse. No, really, I do. My son came home from Afghanistan for his 2 week leave so I wasn't home. See? I TOLD you it was a good excuse!

So, today's challenge is to post about "Something you use every day."

The day has begun... get ready, get set ... wait a minute, I need more coffee.

My coffee pot is the most over used item in the house.  There is always coffee in it.  People think I'm exaggerating when I tell them how much coffee I drink (6-8 pots, yes pots not cups, per day).   I love my coffee.  It relaxes me.  To be able to sit down and drink a cup of fresh brewed coffee is pure heaven.  I will admit I'm trying to cut back on my coffee intake and add 8 glasses of water per day, but it's really, really hard. 
Just remember....Hand over the coffee and back away slowly and no one will get hurt!!!