Thursday, September 29, 2011

{sigh. I don't really wanna do this}

Hey friends and loved ones, readers, and who ever faithfully reads along about my funny little life over here
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in Central California...

It is with some pain, and tribulation, and...... that I am telling you this..
I never did want to do this but... as life goes some things are better...

I am making my blog 'private'.
I started it to keep in touch with my family and close friends... and its grown to include new friends, of who I do not want to lose! :)
I don't want any of you to feel un-welcome! That is not my thought... Its just 'safer' and better for me.
So if you want to keep on reading PLEASE send me your e-mail address to-

aprairiegirlincalifornia@gmail.com

and really. you are welcome. I am going to keep it the way it is for a few days to allow time for all of you who want to send me you address'. ♥

Happy day to you...


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Sorry there was no menu plan this week..
Its been crazy over here!! My parents were planning to fly in on
Monday but due to my dear Grams (they think) having a stroke, they had to post pone their tickets.
I wasn't planning on working much because they were going to be here and now
I have been working all week!
James and I want to head to the coast tomorrow and just have some 'hang out' time...

and now I am kicking my self that I didn't just make up that menu plan..
because- WHAT ARE WE GOING TO HAVE FOR SUPPER???!!!
(suggestions welcomed with eagerness =) )

toodles...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

{I♥Pinterest}

Somebody was a genius when they thought this one up. PINTEREST.
A place to 'pin' things you find on the web that you want to save...
Here are some of my favorite things I've found and 'pinned' ...
Inspiration aboundeth over there :)
                                                          Card board star made from a cereal box.
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I did it.!! and I love mine!!! :)
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                                           Candlabra...
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        Inside out cookie cup...

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Inspiring thoughts....


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Pretty Easy, DIY wreaths



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Wreath origin  Quote origin & printable


Happy day to you all, and may your imagination never let you down ;) ♥

ps- Head on over to 30Hand Made Days for a FREE fall printable from Barn Owl Primitives :)



Saturday, September 10, 2011

{for your information, pizza my way!!!}

We have only eaten ONE meal off of this whole entire menu plan. All week long.
I guess its just one of those weeks. I am hoping tomorrow I can try my hand at cooking up a roast tho!!!
Guess who will NOT be making up a menu plan for next week??? (only because I have a weeks worth of food waiting to be eaten !!!)
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These Californian, apparently have never heard of making your own pizza. I guess when Little Ceasers, Dominoes, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut and what not else are right around the corner (or with in delivery range) you don't need to make it. (I still DO eat that stuff, cause sometime you don't have TIME  to make your own,so... one must be content!!! LOL!!!)
I am hoping that slowly but surely I can warp their brains into thinking that home made is STILL better.:)
(the closest pizza place when I was growing up was at least 45 min. away. Now there is a Pizza place 10 miles from my parents...so you don't really just 'run and get it' :)

Here is a recipe for you-
My Favorite Pizza Dough
Courtesy of  my all time hero of country cooking - The Pioneer Woman !!!!
QUEEN OF PIZZA DOUGH


PIZZA DOUGH (for bread machine. if you want!!)
1 tsp. regular yeast
1.5 cups (quite) warm water
1/3 cup oil (I use canola. always.)
4 cups flour (if you do whole wheat flour do maybe 3.5 or less....)
1 tsp. salt.

Dump into bread machine in this order. When its done, spread it in  2 cookies pans (if you like it thin)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. (honest.)
Saute some onion and bell pepper. Add shredded cooked chicken. Dump on about 1/2 to 3/4 cup
of BBQ sauce. Stir together, and put on your dough. Sprinkle cheese and pineapple over top.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Enjoy!!!


(as I get ready to leave the house for a pizza joint. snicker.)

Head on over here for this last weeks menu plan!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{chinese casserole}

Mum's Chinese Casserole

Cook 1 cup rice.
Pan fry 1 lb. hamburger with a bit of onion and green pepper.(add mushrooms if you want)

Make this sauce:
1 cup brown sugar                                                          
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1.5 cup water
0.5 cup vinegar
3 tbsp. ketchup
Bring to a boil to to thicken.

Spread rice in bottem of a 9x9 baking dish, then the hamburger. Pour the sauce over, & scatter pineapple bits  &/or 'Farkay' noodles. (chow mein noodles or whatever you call them!!!)
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Enjoy ♥


You can head on over TO THIS PAGE for this weeks menu plan from my house !!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

{menu planning 09.05-09.11}

Another care free week... I have to admit. I am proud. I really am. I am proud of myself. I LOVED coming home from work every single day last week and knowing that all I had to do was go look at my menu on the fridge and pull out the ingredients. My life. turned simple. None of that stress. Do I have this or that. Or WHAT ON EARTH DO I COOK??? So I hope if you are one of the people that claim you 'don't have time' to make up a plan. Than you really are nuts :) Just kidding!!!! Use my menu plan than :)
Once again. Breakfast consists of cereal. Lunch is packed or fast food for James and me.. I don't eat. Ha! (not.)

MONDAY- Tacos.
TUESDAY- Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese. apple sauce.
photo source same as recipe

WEDNESDAY- Grilled Ham Steaks. Roasted Potatoes. Fresh fruit of some kind!!!
THURSDAY- Chinese Casserole. Green beans(sauteed in butter sprinkled with a wee bit of brown sugar.)mmm.
FRIDAY- I know we will have leftovers from Thursday. So we will eat that:)
SATURDAY- Pizza Night. (unless we go back to and eat some of that crazy awesome catfish and peach cobbler we had last Saturday night !!!)
SUNDAY- Lunch/Dinner. Roast Beef.  Pioneer Woman's Way with gravy and all the fixins !!!
(We didn't eat the beef today. I was home alone. so I guess it'll keep till next Sunday!)

Have a great week, you all and don't forget to pop back in!! I want to do a fun lil give away this week sometime!!!

toodles...
ps. the grilled cheese and Pioneer Woman both have links to the original recipe. Ask me and I will gladly hand out any recipe on here that you want!