Birthday cakes are a big deal in my house. My children and grandchildren know that I like to start the cake planning process long before the birthday gets here. Whether it’s making a sculpted lizard or Elmo, or a fancy cake topper that’s been molded “just so” by watching hours of you tube videos, the […]
These new buyers are making us crazy…
They’re going to end up making enemies of the neighbors. They seem to be causing nothing but problems. They did give us an extra month to stay here. We basically just postponed closing. They gave us a list of demands they wanted and we obliged, just because we were ready to get the house moving. Honestly, looking back I should have said no. Houses are selling within a day or two of listing right now. It was so knit picky though…as example: On a window there’s a latch missing from the previous owners. We didn’t think it was such a big deal, so we just left it. It was a huge deal to them. We called some window guys to come take a look and most of the window guys are like seriously? They’re gripping because of that?
Fast forward to today. We got a call from our real estate agent and he tells us that both our neighbors are a little over the line. I mean like a total of both sides being like 300 square feet of land. They want us to go and demand they remove their fences. We asked can we say no way? Now we’re waiting to hear from our attorney to see what the best case can be to resolve this… Behind our house there’s a family on the hill who connects to our property. He has a big fence up and these big huge old black walnut trees are bordering our lands. He wont let anyone cut them, but we can trim them, he doesn’t care. The buyers want to cut them because they are dangerous to dogs. I get that. BUT…don’t be a jerk. People end up hating you. Our poor neighbors on both sides are women who live alone. One is older, the other is even older….don’t be a bother. It’s not hurting you!
Chicken Breasts or cutlets
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter
4 garlic cloves chopped
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
salt and pepper
cut chicken breasts to thin sliced. Salt and pepper both sides. In a hot skillet add olive oil and brown chicken. Once cooked through set aside. In skillet add garlic and brown about 30 seconds. Add white wine. Reduce by half. Turn off stove and add parsley, butter, and salt. Pour over chicken.
All your Grecian food dreams come true: juicy garlicky lemon chicken souvlaki with tzatziki and a crisp and crunchy cucumber salad.
Getting ready to get into that new fall routine? I am! These Everything Breakfast Biscuits are the best way to have breakfast on the go. They are easy to pack and reheat at the office, or simple enough to eat on the walk to school. Make your daily grind even easier and add these to […] […]
My original intentions today was to talk about my annoyance today with foster parenting. Then I logged into my blog and I thought….Why? It’s ok to use the blog to vent and get out my frustrations, but how in the heck will you ever get to actually know me? Really you’d just think I was a grumpy, mean person, because all you’d hear would be my moaning and groaning. Yeah…I’ve had a rough morning. I hate when the social worker calls first thing and gives you bad news. It’s sad for these kids. I’m starting to realize the one’s I have now will never in their lives know any type of peace. I fear for their futures. I’d love to keep them forever, but there’s no way for multiple, multiple reasons. I guess this is where it sucks to be a foster parent. Where it doesn’t suck is hopefully I’ve been able to give them something they need. Love, structure, stability…those are all so important. Everyday I try to tell them how good, smart, kind, beautiful they are. Most of them take forever to even believe that it’s true. When they believe it though, you see it through their actions and behaviors.
1 1/4 lbs steak, thin sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups broccoli florets
2 teaspoons fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup oyster sauce (OR 1/8 cup soy sauce + 1/8 cup soy sauce and two splashes of Worcestershire sauce)
1/4 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
3 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste
heat oil in frying pan. Add broccoli and cook until tender. Add ginger and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from pan and cover. Add oil to the pan add steak seasoned with salt and pepper. brown on both sides. Do in batches. Add broccoli mixture and add in sauce. Serve once thickened.
Pepper Steak Ingredients 1 pound top sirloin steak or flank steak, cut into very thin strips 1/4 cup soy sauce (divided) 1/3 cup Shaoxing wine (divided) 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 green bell peppers, cored and cut into […] […]
Recipe found at Natashaskitchen.com
I’ve been sitting here listening to the kids play. Honestly…I AM SO READY FOR SCHOOL to start back. They do nothing productive all day. Trying to get them to do things besides video games, involves me threatening them within an inch of a grounding. They at least listen pretty decently, even if I have to threaten a punishment. It could totally be worse. It’s been hard adjusting to a new routine and now that school is going to be starting back next week, we all have to adjust to a new routine. C tends to stay up really late, so I’m a little worried about how he will grumpily adjust. HAHA.
We didn’t get our vacation this year, because we ended up with foster children. It was not possible for us to take the vacation we planned. It really bummed me out, but I figure maybe it happens for a reason. Honestly with us moving, we took a trip in April, and we bought a new car about 3 months ago so maybe financially it wasn’t the best time to take the vacation. It was going to be a short trip, so not such a big deal. I laughed and told hubby maybe this means he gets to take me somewhere extra nice next year.
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
Mix all seasonings together and sprinkle on pork. Brown pork on stove top. Transfer to oven at 400 degrees until temperature is 160.