Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mannequin In The Window

This week at Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life she is showcasing the city you live in. I live in a cute city in beautiful Southern California. I have lived there almost 16 years. Oh, and by the way, the pictures in this blog are not my house. Anyway, Hubby and I lived in our first house in Anaheim for 10 years, then we moved to our 2nd house in Lake Elsinore on a half acre lot. We lived there 10 years. I thought I was a farmer when we lived in Lake Elsinore. We had chickens and eggs and a goat that ate everything you didn't want him to eat. I thought he would eat the weeds and grass, but instead he ate the trees, stripped the bark from the trees as far up as he could reach. Not good. I planted a garden one year. Done. I canned fruit from our trees one year. Done. That is when I decided I was not a farmer, nor did I want to do farm things. So we moved to a house on a cul de sac in Corona and have been there ever since. I love it here and after 10 years, hubby asked if we should continue our pattern of moving every 10 years and I said there is no other place I would rather live right now. So, until something changes, we are here and lovin it. My job as office manager of our church is walking distance away. We have lots of stores, so I rarely venture too far away. One of the streets in Corona is Main Street. It is a quaint, quiet street with older homes. It is the historic area of our town. Well, there is one house that has mannequins in the window.

Every season the owner changes the scene.

In June the mannequin is dressing in a beautiful wedding dress

Halloween the mannequin is dressed as a witch.

Christmas time the mannequin is Mrs. Claus. It is always fun to drive by and see what is going on in the window.

I also like that they plant flowers around all the trees. It makes it so colorful. Yes, I love living in my little city.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cindy's Books

This week over at Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life, she is asking about favorite books. Well, I read all the time. I like true stories, crime stories, sometimes a romance book. I have an all time favorite I am going to tell you about. It is called the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It is a true story of her life. I don't want to give too much info., but just enough to let you know why I enjoyed this book so much. She tells about growing up in a dysfunctional household. Her parents were brilliant in so many ways, yet they did not know how to raise children. It would be very sad except you learn how these kids raised themselves and turned out to be very successful adults and how her parents eventually became homeless by their choice. One cute story she tells is how she wanted to fix up their home so when she was about 7 (I think) she found a gallon of yellow paint and painted all around the house as far up as she could reach. It remained that way until they moved out. Every chapter I would read I would tell hubby all about it. It was like we read it together.

I enjoyed The Glass Castle so much that I bought the audio version of her second book, Half Broke Horses so hubby and I could enjoy it together on our next long car trip. I loaned it to my son and daughter in law last week for their 4 hour trip to Vegas and they said it was great. I can't wait to hear it.

All my kids liked all the Shell Silverstein's books. We still have several around the house.

My mom was the Library Lady at my grade school. Many, many years ago. Actually that would be the 1960's, truth be told. I was so proud that my mom volunteered at my school. She was also the juice bar lady. I remember getting free juice bars. What a treat. When the school was done with library books they would have a sale. My mom bought several books and I still have them in my book shelves.

Now, the truth is going to come out. My very favorite book it a cookbook. All cookbooks, any cookbooks. I am addicted. I have never met a cookbook I didn't love. I have big ones, small ones, fat ones, tall ones. I have them here.................................

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I have them everywhere, and they make me happy :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's All About The Dessert

Sometimes, it's the simple things in life that make things great. Take our Mother's Day dinner for example. My daughter in law likes my tacos. So along with tacos, beans and rice, we had simple appetizers and desserts. Simple and delish

The kid's got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers

The dip is one of our favorites. You heat 8 oz. of cream cheese with a can of chili. Beans or no beans whatever you choose. Every last bit was gone by the end of the day.

Chocolate covered strawberries. At the grocery store they were $12.00 for 6 chocolate covered strawberries!!!!

I made a lot more for way less $$$$$. This plate was also empty by the end of the evening.

Another of my daughter in laws favorites is our magic bars. There are a lot of ways to make these, but my favorite way is to pour over the sweetened condensed milk over the the layers as the last step.
Cindy's magic bars:
Melt one stick of butter in 9x13 glass dish at 350 degrees.
Pour 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs over butter patting gently.
Sprinkle 1 cup each semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans over crumb crust. Sprinkle 2 cups coconut over that. Pour on one can sweetened condensed milk over everything. Bake for 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool and cut. Yum

Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday's Off And Oscar's Haircut

I have Monday's off. Off from my job at the church as the office manager, but certainly not off from work. Just the opposite. I work like a dog most Monday's. Take today for instance. I started the morning washing down my backyard patio, cleaning the patio furniture and watering my plants. It had been windy here, so that was a big job. It took almost 2 hours. Then it was shower time and a trip to Sam's Club. After I completed a major shopping trip, I started to load the loot into my trunk when much to my dismay, my trunk was full with a gasoline yard blower that my hubby had put in there on Sunday and forgot to remove. I had to stuff my Sam's club stuff into the back seat of my car. Then it was on to the grocery store to get the stuff that Sam's doesn't carry. Then it was home to quickly unload everything. I grabbed up Oscar the dog and it was off to the dog groomers. That is the trouble with having a long haired dog. It grows and gets bushy and matty and a trip to the groomers is something that has to be done every couple of months. Our other dog, Lolli is much easier to maintain. I just throw her into the tub and give her a bath, easy peasy.

Our two dogs, one high maintainance, one low maintainance.

One very noisy dog.

One embarrassed dog. He would not look at me when I tried to take his picture.

The groomer really cut him short! They cut his ears so short, he looks like a pin head. Oh well, it grows back and he will be ready for the hot weather.

After the groomer, it was home to put away the rest of the groceries and make dinner, a very busy 'day off' :)