Monday, January 31, 2011


This is Bella, my grandbaby. She is playing with the keyboard on the computer. She loves hitting the keys. She also likes to watch the screen when your playing games. I think she's going to be a computer person like her daddy. He's a computer

Sunday, January 30, 2011


After a week of cloudy dreary skies, the sun finally came out. I took this this morning and only resized it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Looking through the window in our living room.

Chocolate..............what more can I say.

Luke playing in the crib.

Supper.....Salmon patties, Fried potatoes, and lots more.

My son Tommy and his daughter, Bella. He has twins, Bella and Luke.

6 ceramic dogs my hubby got at the flea market for 10 cents each. I collect dogs.

Me and Bella, she's smiling at her Daddy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


It's Outdoor Wednesday over at Susan's place, A Southern Daydreamer. Need some more info:

1. POST your outdoor photos and the Outdoor Wednesday logo/button on your blog and link back to A Southern Daydreamer so that others will be able to find all the links to other Outdoor Wednesday posts.

Reminder: Do NOT link in until after your post is up.

2. Add your Name and the Permalink to your post (NOT your general blog address) in “Mr. Linky”.

My Outdoors is not pretty, it's white where ever you look. The temps are suppose to get up in the mid 40's by the weekend, so maybe it will all melt, well at least some of it will.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


"The Food Bible" by Judith Wills
Product Description(
The Food Bible presents the facts consumers need to eat well throughout their lives and demonstrates how to combine healthful ingredients to create delicious meals. From an invaluable look at the "super-foods" that provide essential nutrition and protection against serious diseases, to special plans for weight control, to suggestions for satisfying a wide range of needs and taste preferences, The Food Bible features:

* Dozens of tips on what to eat -- and what to avoid -- if you suffer from allergies, digestive problems, insomnia, PMS, arthritis, and other common ailments

* No-nonsense evaluations of seven popular dieting methods; three customized dieting plans; and a four-week course in getting and staying slim

* 100 recipes, with complete nutritional breakdowns, for everything from snacks and soups to main courses and desserts

* At-a-glance reference charts covering more than 350 foods and including information on fat, calorie, and cholesterol content, fiber and sugar content, and much more --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
# Paperback: 320 pages
# Publisher: Fireside (April 2, 1999)
# ISBN-10: 0684856921

MY THOUGHTS: This book is full of helpful information if your looking for a way to change your eating habits. It is full of charts and lots of tidbits. It also has a food menu and recipes. So if your looking for a way to eat healthier this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.


Thursday, January 20, 2011


This is Bella, she just stole her brother's pacifier right out of his mouth.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


This is a weekly feature I'm doing.

"Mo' Dirty" by Darrell King
(from back cover)
Peter Whiskey Battle is a 24-year-old enforcer for Peola, Georgia's Bad Boyz II Syndicate, a dangerous street gang controlling the lion's share of illicit narcotics coming into the bustling port of Savannah. After murdering two local snitches for David Ambrosia, the suave, smooth-talking leader of the syndicate and Whickey's best friend, he is given an offer he can't refuse.
The underworld bosses and thugs of the low country have joined forces with a handful of rogue cops to bring an end to the term of meddlesome police chief Mickey O' Mally, whose wat on crime has angered many of the shot callers and big ballers of the dirty-dirty. With the headache of the top cop gone, they can depend on the crooked officers to eliminate their connections.
Everything goes as planned, until Whiskey begins a torrid affair that ends in the death of his lover. Is he guilty of killing his famous lover, or is he simply a victim of circumstances, considering the powerful enemies she recently made? You be the judge!
# Paperback: 304 pages
# Publisher: Urban Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1601622910
# ISBN-13: 978-1601622914

MY THOUGHTS: Mo' Dirty is a street-lit novel with lots of drugs, sex, and murder. Whiskey is hired to take out the police chief who is getting in everyone's way. The big bosses, who are serving time in prison, want Micky O' Mally out out the way. The story is full of non-stop drama, police corruption, and murder that will keep you glued to the pages. Mo' Dirty is a page-turner that will keep you guessing until the last page. Did Whiskey kill his famous lover? Does the police chief get killed? You'll have to read the book to find out.


[This is a free review book.]

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Snow in my garden. Lots of snow after the storm went through. 5 to 6 inches of the white wet stuff. To see more Sepia go visit Mary, it's Sepia Scenes.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


This is the result of a winter storm that blew in yesterday and last night. 5 to 6 inches of white, wet snow.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I will be doing a weekly feature here called Book Report Tuesday. I'll feature a book I have recently read and reviewed at my book blog, Just Books.

"Dismissed with Prejudice" by Fletcher Cockrell
Product Description(
Dismissed with Prejudice is a legal drama that deals with the dark side of a powerful university, major college sports and state government. At the urging of a wealthy businessman and booster with mafia ties, an assistant coach is fired under false pretenses. Landon Duhon, a smalltown lawyer, reads about it in the paper and becomes suspicious. It's the third assistant in the last seven years fired by the same multi-million-dollar head coach, a political schmoozer and philanderer. Duhon sends his colleague to investigate and slowly uncovers layer upon layer of fraud, corruption and backroom deals. The assistant's career is over regardless of the outcome, but he decides to sue for wrongful termination, setting in motion a legal battle that escalates into threats, violence and murder. The novel is a classic "little guy against the system" story with insight into the bureaucracy, legal environment, and corrupting influence of money in the university and political arena.
# Paperback: 336 pages
# Publisher: PublishAmerica (August 24, 2009)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1448919002
# ISBN-13: 978-1448919000

MY THOUGHTS: Sometimes bogged down with too much info this book was a little slow at times. But once over that hurdle it moved right along. Full of suspense and mystery, you will follow Landon Duhon through the trial with all the ups and downs of getting ready for the trial. What he finds is shocking as well as a surprise to me. It makes you think this could really happen. Very interesting book full of mystery and suspense.


[This is a free review book.]

Monday, January 10, 2011


I thought I would join Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. You should check this out.

The weather in my neck of the woods:
19 degrees with the sun peeking out.

Things that make me happy:
Reading, crocheting, and scrapbooking.

Book I'm reading:
Dismissed with Prejudice - Fletcher Cockrell

What's on my TV today:
The new Hawaii Five-O, it's pretty good you should check it out.

On the menu for dinner:
Chuck Roast, Potatoes & Carrots, Cole Slaw

On my To Do List:
Clean the bathroom, laundry, dishes.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Spicy Chicken

In the craft basket:
A green stripped Ripple Afghan

Looking forward to this week:
Going to the library

Tips and Tricks:
Give babies a cold wet washrag to chew on for teething, it works.

My favorite blog post this week:
My recipe for Cabbage Rolls.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Joy's Blog - She's a reader.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days:
Kool-Aid brand Tropical Punch has a very strong odor. It really makes everything in the fridge taste like it smells. Put it in a covered container.

On my mind:
Getting Bella and Luke's scrapbooks started.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


"Food" by Laura K. Egendorf
# Reading level: Young Adult
# Paperback: 227 pages
# Publisher: Greenhaven (August 7, 2006)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0737732326
# ISBN-13: 978-0737732320

MY THOUGHTS: This book is written from opposing viewpoints on different aspects of the food industry. From growing our food to the food stamp program. It has viewpoints from government, farmers, and the ordinary citizen. There was a very disturbing chapter on Mad Cow disease. It really makes you think about the food your eating and how "trusting" we should be in our government system of balances and checks.


Friday, January 7, 2011


Yesterday someone asked me about the recipe for Cabbage Rolls. So I guess I'm going to try and do this. This is mostly a recipe that is just thrown together. I make it from memory. My mom made these all the time when I was a kid. It's a cheap dinner and easy to put together. When your feeding 5 kids and 2 adults like my mom it was a must. So here goes.


1-2 lbs ground beef
uncooked rice
2-3 eggs
Head of Cabbage
3 15oz. cans Tomato Sauce
Salt and Pepper

Soak a medium head of cabbage in hot water. I usually fill up my sink with hot water and let the cabbage head soak for about an hour, turning it once in a while. Once the cabbage is soaked pull off the leaves individually. Lay aside.

In a large bowl mix ground beef, uncooked rice, and eggs. I mix it until it's nice and firm like a meatloaf.

Take a handful of the mixture and place in one cabbage leaf. Roll and place in large pan.

Add tomato sauce and about 4 to 6 cans of water. Add salt and pepper as desired. Bring to a hard boil and then turn heat down to simmer. Cook until cabbage is done.

I usually serve fried potatoes and cornbread with this. Hope this all makes sense to you.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Mary is the host for Sepia Scenes. Got a Sepia picture to share? Head over and check it out.

Our New Year's dinner was Cabbage Rolls, Fried Potatoes and Cornbread. Staying with the old saying that eating cabbage will bring you money for the year.

Cabbage Rolls - Sepia

Cabbage Rolls - Color

Monday, January 3, 2011


When Bella gets tired she puts her little hand under her chin and just rests there. This picture was taken really late. Bella and Luke are suffering from mixed up times. They sleep all day and stay up all night. Hopefully this will change soon.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Jan over at Murrieta 365 is starting a new meme. It's called First of the Month. The idea is...................

I thought I'd start a new meme called "First of the Month". The goal is to capture one thing repeatedly on the first of each month. It can be a landscape, a person, an animal, a project; whatever your focus is, is fine. It can even be a record of where you are each First of the Month.

At the moment there isn't too much to look at in this shot. But as winter goes away and spring comes you'll be seeing some of my beautiful flowers growing. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This is also my shot for Straight Out of the Camera. Just resized it is all. Jan is the host for this also. Go check them out.