Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jacob’s Birthday Invitation

I never knew that party planning was such hard work! Jacob will be 5 this year, and this is the first year that we will be having a party. Now that he is in school he has friends and of course wanted to be able to invite them, so the planning began.

I found this really cool place that has glow in the dark miniature golf and laser tag and he could not be happier. And he requested a sports them this year since he is about to start plating soccer. I am going to do cupcakes and decorate them like soccer balls, baseballs and footballs. The goodie bags are still up in the air because I am not sure what to put in them yet.

Then came the invitations… I did not want to buy store bought ones {which I have just in case I need them}, I wanted something more personal and memorable. I looked around Tiny Prints for ideas and inspiration, and what I came up with really excited Jacob, which made me even happier :) I used the basic concept of one of the invitations from Tiny Prints, but changed a few things to make it special for us. Here is how it came out……

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Now I have to just get through the rest of the party planning process and then the actual party before I have to do it all over again for Tyler’s birthday right after the first of the year.

Tonja

Monday, November 15, 2010

Our Little Day Trip

Yesterday we wanted to get away for the day, so off to the ranch we went! We spent the day outside hunting and cooking over a campfire. And I got my first deer of the season! Yay!

I am having a hard time getting the wording to work by the pictures so I will just let you know that The first two pics are of the boys and Michael, the third is of one of the many {many} cacti that were everywhere!, the fourth and fifth are pics of an old ford that were out in the pasture; Tyler said it was broke Doc Hudson {from the movie Cars}, and the last is of an old broken down tractor that was sitting out by the stock tank.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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Tonja

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lookin for a new camera bag

Here lately with me taking more pictures and wanting a more stylish way to carry my camera gear around, I have been looking for a cute camera bag to replace my boring,  not so stylish {ug-ly} one. I have found three that I fell in love with, that are completely different styles. They are all amazing looking and I would love to have all of them, but eventually I’m going to have to pick one… but which one?!? 
 

The first one I found on Etsy at the Porteen Gear shop.camerabag1 
The bag measurements: 12 inches long by 6 inches wide and 8 ½ inches tall.camerabag1a 
Price is $125 plus $10 shipping and is ready in 7-15 dayscamerabag1b


The second one is from Jo Totes and is called the Missy Bag. I love this design as well! See my dilemma? But I do like this on because it looks like it will hold way more! camerabag2


The bag measures 16" x 11 1/2" x 6 1/4". It has enough room and pockets for any girl on the go. camerabag2a


And I like that you can also use this one as a cross body bag. Comes in very handy with two little ones. This bag is $94 with $13.95 shipping.
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This one is also from Jo Totes. It is the Rose Bag. I have two different colors posted because I liked the pink one and the teal one! Dimensions and price are the same as the Missy Bag.

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The Great Outdoors

Over the past few weeks I have really been getting into this photography thing. I enjoy just going out for a walk and snapping pictures of whatever I can find. Whether it be a lonely tree on a cold rainy day or a rusted water tank standing alone in a field surrounded by overgrown grass. It’s so nice to be able to go out and capture the the beauty of my surroundings. Just remember, I am still learning so my pictures are not going to be perfect :) This weekend I am having a photo session with my kids and I can’t wait to see how wonderfully they turn out and also I am taking my friends family photos! I thrilled to pieces that someone wanted ME to do their pictures!!!


This photo was taken on the highway just south of town.

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I don’t know what it is about a white picket fence, but they just scream ‘home’ to me.

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I thought that the grass looked beautiful against the blue sky.

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This tank is just down from my house. I am a sucker for old, rusted things just sitting in a field :) I guess you could say I’m a country girl at heart, because those are the things that I find the most beautiful.

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Tonja

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Thunder Rolls

Here are a couple of pictures that I was playing with today…

Barb wire fence near my house

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Storm that passed through. I think that storm clouds are so beautiful to photograph!

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Tonja

Black Friday

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching that can only mean one thing… SHOPPING! Black Friday is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do I get to shop, but I get to shop and save money! If you are a big Black Friday shopper and have not yet checked out Black Friday dot Net … I would highly recommend it. They already have a ton of ads posted. You can even shop online if that is what you prefer.

I plan my shopping trip weeks in advance and make sure that I have everything ready to go so I can be out the door by 3am. There is also no sleeping and LOTS of coffee involved as well. Oh how I love Black Friday *sigh* I even think I am going to have my dear sweet hubby go this year to be the bag carrier, that is the hardest part.

Do you Black Friday shop or do you prefer to avoid the crowd?

Tonja

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A few pics…

Today has been a pretty lazy day. Michael worked from home today, which was awesome! We love having him around. Me, well… I played around with some pictures I had taken in my photo editing program. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I have to say that I am impressed with my work :)


{My} Boots and Pearls

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Do you know how hard it is to find a grasshopper in a field?

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My sweet little boy!

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My neice ‘B’. She has the best personality!

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 Tonja

Monday, November 8, 2010

Menu Monday

*Update* I tried to stick to my menu this week and I have to say that it just did not work out at all! Something always comes up and I don’t get to make what I planned. I think that I am just going to make a menu for the week and cook pick something the night before to cook. That seems to be working best for us right now.

Monday: BLT’s… it’s been a crazy day picking cleaning up the kitchen from my dear sweet husband cooking yesterday. I love him to pieces, but he sure can make a mess while cooking.

Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo with Texas Toast and Salad

Wednesday: Fend for yourself night :)

Thursday: Chicken Fried Deer Steak with Parsnip Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Friday: Pizza and Family Movie Night

Saturday: Grilled T-Bones with Asparagus and Potatoes… they were on sale for $4.97 lb.

Sunday: Antelope Roast with Carrots and Potatoes, Rolls and Salad

Brightening up the Kitchen

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I picked these up at the grocery store last week and can’t believe that they are still alive! They are some of the most beautiful flowers that I have bought and it’s nice to have them around the kitchen… they just make me smile :)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Best Friends

Tyler&Baylee

Nothing says comfort food like…

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Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cans Cream of Potato soup
8 oz bag of frozen peas, carrots and green beans
1 boxed Pillsbury pie crust
1 cup milk
1 egg- beaten
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 375*. Boil your chicken for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once chicken is boiled, cut into small bite size pieces.
2. Heat your cream of potato and milk in a saucepan until heated through. Add mixed vegetables and chicken. Mix well.
3. Lay bottom layer of pie crust down on greased pie plate. Add potato, veggie and chicken mixture and smooth out so that it is in an even layer.
4. Lay down the top pie crust. Cut off the overlaying crust and pinch all around the edges to seal the two crusts together. Brush top with the beaten egg and place in the oven to bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Mother in Law has the BEST Chili Recipe!

This recipe is from my wonderful Mother in Law. I am always calling and asking her for the recipes that she used to cook the food Michael loved so much. Now that she is passing them on to me, I can cook the same yummy comfort food that he enjoyed at home :)

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My Mother in Law’s Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

4 lbs ground meat- I used ground Antelope
1 large yellow onion- chopped
16 cloves of garlic or 8 tsp of minced garlic in a jar
2- 15oz cans tomato sauce
2- 15ox cans Italian stewed tomatoes
1 package 2 Alarm chili mix
2 cans Bush’s mild chili beans
1 can Ranch style beans with jalapenos
Chili powder
Red pepper/Cayenne
Olive oil

Directions:

1. Heat pot over medium high heat. Brown ground meat and onion together.
2. Add in the remaining ingredients to the pot and mix well.
3. Simmer for about 3 hours, stirring frequently.
4. Serve with lime, cheese, chopped onion or anything else you would like.

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Warm soup on a chilly day

I am sure you will absolutely love this soup. It is so easy to make and has just enough spice to give it a little kick. Michael hates soup, but he will sit and eat bowl after bowl of this.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

Whole roasted chicken- pulled into pieces earlier in the day
2 quarts chicken stock
2 cans mild rotel
1 jalapeno- deseeded and chopped
1/2 medium onion- chopped
3 tablespoons Olive oil
Pinch of salt
Grated cheese, avocado slices, lime and tortilla strips for garnish

Directions:

In advance: Take chicken off the bones and pull into bite size pieces.
1. Heat your dutch oven or pot over medium high heat. Chop your onion and jalapeno and place in the pot with the olive oil. Cook until tender.
2. Add chicken stock and stir to get all the brown bits off the bottom. Then add both cans of rotel. Simmer 15 minutes.
3. Add chicken and simmer another 15 minutes to let flavors fuse together.
4. Ladle into bowels and garnish with tortilla strips, cheese and avocados and a lime on the side.

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