Friday, April 20, 2012

What's for Dinner? Roast Beef Sandwiches

I haven't made roast beef for sandwiches in forever!  But I knew that last night I needed something easy to make that I wouldn't have to worry about.  I knew that we wouldn't be home until after 6pm because Sidda was in her first school play last night!  It was so much fun to watch and I loved every  moment of it!

So back to dinner, roast beef.  This is something I make in the crock pot, and its made similar to how you would make a pot roast, but I don't really like pot roast in the crock pot.  I personally cannot stand mushy carrots and the potatoes never seem to come out quite right.  But the meat cooking by itself always turns out great!

In the pot I put 2 cans of cream of mushroom, a 2.5lb beef round and topped it off with onion dip mix.  Make sure to turn the round to coat in the cream of mushroom.  Then cover, set to low and cook for 8-10 hours.

When it's done all you will need to do is shred to beef with two forks, and stir in the gravy that the soup created.  The beef will soak it right up.

Then you put the roast beef on a bun and enjoy!  Put any fixins on that you might like.  Tastes great and super easy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Some Pictures

Sidda and MJ Horsemanning.  If you don't know what it is Google it, it's funny.  It's like planking.

It's Easter, and time to show off some fanciness.

I can never get a happy picture without agreeing it a silly one.

Ahh, look at the love!

Anna got busted.  She knows that she is not allowed on the couch, but then she gave the puppy eyes, but I still kicked her off.

This is my picture I drew of Michael.  I think I did a pretty good job.  What do you think?

And here is a picture of me, since it's been awhile.  I know, I know.... I'm awesome!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Review: Second Chance

 Second Chance by Jane Green is a story about how four friends are brought back together after a terrorist attack kills one of their friends, Tom.  It started off well enough, I guess.  With an introduction of the friends, their first time seeing each other all together in about twenty years.  The we follow the stories of the lives of Holly, Olivia, Saffron and Paul for the next few months after being brought back together.  How even after all the time apart they find that they still feel comfortable with each other and close.

Holly is unhappily married and was in love Tom from the time she was very young.  They never were able to want each other at the same time, so their love just never happened.  After Tom's death and reuniting with Tom's brother Will, she begins to have an emotional affair with him, because her husband Marcus is not giving her what she feels she needs.

Second ChanceOlivia has just gotten out of a relationship with George and finds it hard to be single and having to date again after seven years.  Before Tom's death he set her up with Fred whom she has been emailing back and forth with and will soon meet.

Saffron is an actress who has performed on stage and screen and is considered B list.  She is having a discreet affair with a very popular married actor, who will not leave his wife, because it would be bad for his career.

Paul is married to Anna and very much in love.  All they want in the world is to have a baby and are getting no where.

I found the story predictable and I really just kept reading because I thought there might be a twist somewhere that I didn't see coming.  I at least hoped there would be.  I have liked Jane Green's novels in the past but this one just seemed not her style, maybe even rushed.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Seven Years

Tomorrow Michael and I will be celebrating the 7th anniversary of our wedding day.  It really feels like we just got married.  We were talking about it earlier today and it seems like life after high school just flies right on by.  But I wanted to show off what I made Michael for our anniversary.  I got the idea from a blog I found on pinterest which you can see here. Here are a couple of pictures of how I put it together:

In each heart it is labeled with a point on a map which holds some kind of significance to our relationship.  It has where we met, which was Green Valley Christian Center, and even though it is not labeled for it, that is where we also go married.  Where we got engaged, which was in Latouka, Fiji, while on a short term missions trip.  Where we went on our honeymoon.  Disneyland was awesome!  Where our first home together was and where we live now. 

I mod podged the maps to card stock and then cut them into its heart shape to keep it from being flimsy.  And then used mod podge to stick them to some bright red scrapbook paper that had some texture to the design on it, to give it some color.  I put it all in a frame that I found at WalMart that can with a mat for around $5.  I forgot to hide it after I finished making it, so Michael has already seen it and is planning on hanging it in his office.

And here is a picture of the joy that our marriage has produced.  Sidda and MJ make everyday interesting.  These three here are the best parts of my life.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Banana Bread with Kisses

My bananas were ready to make some banana bread, and I was in the mood to make it a little differently.  This time I took my basic banana bread recipe and added some Hershey Kisses that I had on hand.  After it cooked I got it out of the oven and after it had cooled enough to eat my family devoured it so quickly I did not get a picture of the inside with the melted kisses.  But believe me, it was good!  

Monday, April 2, 2012

Two Braided Buns

 Yesterday I decided I wanted to still have my hair out of my face.  It was very windy out and my hair tangles easily even when it's in a pony tail.  So it was a two braided bun kind of a day.  I just divided my hair into two sections, braided each and secured with an elastic band and put into buns on each side and used bobby pins to keep it in place.  Nice and easy.

Here is Sidda and me getting reading for Kids Church on Sunday night.