Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lefse For The Holidays

One of the benefits to being married to a Norwegian is the lefse.... I was introduced this yummy treat 23 years ago when my boyfriend (now my husband) invited me to share Thanksgiving dinner with his family - before they became my family too.... Dusty's great Aunt Doris would make a batch for the family to share. As the years went by she would make a special "secret" batch for me.... after all I was her favorite niece...

Now that Aunt Doris is no longer with us - I can't help but remember her during the holidays - not only her kindness and beauty but her wonderful lefse made just for me. Every year Aunt Doris would invite me to her home to learn how to make lefse and I always thought there would be time..... but there wasn't and her absence will be forever missed.... My advise to you - don't wait until tomorrow what you can do today..

Lefse is a lot of work but worth the time... Enjoy

Lefse Recipe - great with butter and sugar..


- 4 heaping cups of mashed or riced potatoes
- 1 stick of butter (or margarine)
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of flour
- extra flour for rolling out the dough.

Measure out the mashed/riced potatoes into a large mixing bowl. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter/margarine in the milk; stir in the sugar and salt. Then pour over the cold mashed (riced) potatoes and mix.

Stir two cups of flour into the potato mixture. The dough will be sticky and soft.

Start heating the griddle or electric frying pan. Do not add any oil, margarine or shortening. Lefse is baked on a dry surface.

Take a lump of dough about the size of an egg. Place a heaping teaspoon of flour on the surface where you're going to roll out your lefse. Work about half of the heaping teaspoon of flour into the lump of dough (enough so you can handle the dough, but not so much that the dough becomes dry).

Starting in the center, roll outward until the lefse is about the size of a dinner plate. Try not to roll the lefse so thin that you cannot pick it up. If the lefse tears when you start to pick it up, gather it into a lump and roll it out again. Don't do this too many times, though, or your lefse will end up tough and dry. Ideally, you should only roll the lefse once, although that's probably not a realistic expectation if you've never made lefse before. Also try to turn the lefse only once while you are rolling it out. If the lefse starts to stick, add a little more flour.

When you have the lefse rolled out, transfer it to the hot griddle. Carefully pick it up and quickly move it. If you move slowly, the lefse is more likely to tear. Expert lefse makers use flat lefse turners (they look like long flat sticks) to transfer the dough by rolling it onto the turner and then unrolling it onto the griddle. You can also try rolling your lefse onto the rolling pin and transferring it to the griddle or the fry pan.

Once you have the lefse on the griddle, bake it for about a minute, just until brown 'freckles' start to appear; then turn the lefse over and let the other side bake just until brown freckles start to appear. While the first piece of lefse is baking, roll out your second one.

After the first piece of lefse is done, use the pancake turner to remove it from the griddle and place it on a clean dishtowel. Cover with another dishtowel.

Bake the second lefse and roll out the third piece.

When the second lefse is finished, place it on top of the first one and cover with the towel again.

Then bake the third piece.

Repeat until you have baked all of the dough. Place each newly baked lefse on top of the previously baked lefse and cover the stack with the towel.

Once the lefse is completely cool, place it in a plastic bag or wrap it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to help keep it moist. You must wait until the lefse is completely cool before wrapping it, otherwise the heat from the lefse will condense inside of the plastic or the aluminum foil, and your lefse will end up soggy. If you leave the lefse overnight without wrapping it in plastic or aluminum foil, it will probably be dried out in the morning. If the lefse dries out, sprinkle a little water on the dishtowel and wrap the dishtowel and the lefse in plastic. The lefse will soften up again.

When you're ready to eat a piece of lefse, spread it with butter (or margarine), sprinkle sugar on it (some people also like to sprinkle cinnamon on their lefse), and roll into a log.

Also, once the lefse is cool, it can be frozen.

This recipe is from the book Christmas In Dairyland by LeAnn R. Ralph.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Baby Terminology

I always have to laugh when this song comes on - the reason is my eleven year old loves singing this song but she has no clue what the words she is saying mean..

Slip the sable under the tree - an old fashion word for mink coat
Sign your X on the line - another word for signature
A platinum mine - a cave full of platinum rather than gold (much more valuable)
With some decorations bought at Tiffany's - Tiffany's an expensive jewelry store
A ring, I don't mean on the phone - an old fashion way to say "call me"

Merry Christmas to you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

When David met Bing

This is an awesome classic..... Love love this. I cry like a baby each time I see it.

Merry Christmas and May God Bless You Real Good!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Musical Monday - O Holy Night

Hosted by Diane at Good Mourning, Glory. One of my favorite sites!

I love the Christmas Season - I am sharing this song on the last Monday before Christmas. There's a little story behind it that I want to share...

When I was in the 7th grade so many moons ago - my junior high had a Christmas program. At the end of the program - all the children stood around the auditorium holding hands and singing "Oh Holy Night"... I was a kid that had the worst voice ever - seriously.... I still can't sing worth beans... Any way - my mom and dad came to the performance - afterward as mom, dad, and I were walking to the car my dad told me that it was his favorite song.... He said he could hear me singing and I sounded like an angel to him..... Now that he has passed away and this is my second Christmas with him gone - I wanted to share this song with you - every time I hear it - I can't help but well up..... God bless you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Letter From Jesus

Letter from Jesus about Christmas --

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own.
I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a"Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them,

buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :


Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Dinner

So I was thinking..... what to make for our CHRISTmas dinner feast.. Every year it's the same old thing... Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings... I was thinking about mixing it up a little...

How about a Sushi Bar for 20 guests

Or a Mexican Fiesta...

Or Hamburgers and Hot dogs..

But after a lively discussion with the spouse... we decided on the Bird....

Maybe we can deep fry it???? Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Christmas Lights

As you can tell I love Christmas - love to decorate. I love love the twinkling lights... For the first fourteen years while living at our home- I decorated the front yard - I put down the sheets of snowy white cotton on the lawn that sparkled in the morning like real snow from the dew on the ground... I covered the bushes with millions of lights and everything else that did not move.. Our lights would twinkle every night until Christmas night and then we would pack up everything for the next year.....

Well, the past three (3) years I have given the task of the outdoor decorating to the husband... Granted - he doesn't go as overboard as I tend to do... He'll wrap the bushes with a strand or two of lights.... he'll even set up the six (6) foot Santa globe... and place the candy canes along the lawn border... but this year I needed more... more I tell you....

When the hub went to work - my kid and I went to the task of putting up the flying snow man and the snowman teeter totter.. - I couldn't help myself - oh and hologram penguins too!!

The only problem is when the husband does the decorations the fuse always kills the lights... when I do them well let's just say our home is bright.... next year - I'm thinking it'll be a team effort...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Daughter Decorates For Christmas

Every year I can't wait to get up my CHRISTmas decorations - this year was no different except for the fact my back has been out for a while. My thirteen year old decided to do the task for me... She had a blast...





Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving In Sunny California

It's 80 degrees in Sunny California today on Thanksgiving... Crazy - I want it to be Fall - brown leaves.... cool weather... I want to smell fireplaces burning their logs.... Instead I get my husband without his shirt doing yard work..... The way this wacky weather has been going - we'll probably have beach weather on Christmas and wait to go snowboarding in the summer.... global warming, anyone?

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kelly's Christmas Tip #1

I learned a very valuable lesson yesterday and I know it can benefit you too... I was going through the Sunday morning coupons and sales and ran across a sale at Target. Target had the IPOD classic 160GB on sales for $245 with a $20 gift card - this is my husband's dream machine - it holds up to 40,000 songs - who else has 40,000 songs except for my husband - Mr. "I still love the 70's and 80's music and my CD collection is busting out the seams". So I decided to drop by Target after I went to Best Buy to check out their laptops that they had on sale...

Best Buy still had the laptop so I decided to buy it for me... well actually - I bought it for my husband to give to me for Christmas (he hates to shop and I am guaranteed getting exactly what I want, ha) so I was talking to the cashier about the sales and do I really want Windows 7 when I just got used to Windows Vista.. I mentioned that I was heading over to Target to get the IPOD - she asked me what the sales price was - I told her - She looked at me with a little doubt and proceeded to go to Target's website - and the sale was not on their site... She said that maybe they could match the price but the site was not showing the sales price.... I told her I had the ad in my car - she asked me to get it.. I did....

Not only did Best Buy match my price they even went lower.... They gave me a base price of $229 and a gift card for $20 - bringing the price down to a net of $209 - vs my original net of $225!! I was thrilled!

Kelly's Christmas tip #1 - Bring the ads with you when shopping and see if the competition will beat the price... In today's economy every little bit helps.. Oh, please don't tell Dusty what I got him... it's a surprise...

Do you have any tips to share?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Dinner Table Ideas

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to entertain. I love to decorate my home for Christmas - today I had the husband bring down over 43 boxes filled with Christmas goodies from the attic - tomorrow Winter Wonderland will visit our home. Everything will be Christmas - from the front yard - to the living room - to the bathrooms - to the kitchen - even my plates and silverware.

I found a great site to find dinnerware and flatware for my holiday parties - I just purchased 3 sets of the Christmas bulbs salt and pepper shakers. They are adorable for my Christmas dinner table - this year we will have close to twenty (20) people sharing our Christmas bird and we need more than one pair of shakers. I also fell in love with the plates - especially the Winter Berry design - in addition to the plates there are matching glassware and flatware. is a great site to visit for your holiday needs and everyday decorating - click on the links and have fun shopping and getting great ideas. You can find everything from dinnerware to flatware to drink ware to linens to complete your dinner table - I will definitely post pictures.

Another thing I love to do is cook and bake - I have found some great recipes on One of my favorite recipes is the Peanut Brittle and Caramel Crunch Ice Cream Pie. This site is an excellent food resource for the holidays and everyday fun. There are also "how to" videos on this site - How to cook your holiday turkey - how to make a lemon meringue pie and much much more.

Have fun entertaining this Christmas season - if you have any good tips - please let me know. Would love to hear them!

picture is the Christmas bulbs from Pfaltzgraff

Friday, November 13, 2009

Give A Shoebox For Christmas... really

One of the things that most excites me about the Christmas season is having a great excuse to do for others.. During the normal year - giving and doing for others may make the person receiving - feel bad..... A person's pride may be get battered and that is something I never would want to do... but during the Christmas season people in need tend to be more apt to receive..... does that make sense?

This Sunday I am getting together with my friends.... my sister... and we are stuffing tube socks.. Yes, you heard that right - we are stuffing brand new tube socks with water and pop tarts - then we will deliver them to a homeless shelter in Orange County.... I love this kind of thing....

You know, you could do something special too this Christmas season that is if don't already have something lined up... Operation Christmas Child -
also known as the shoebox ministry. This is an incredible way to bring joy to a child that would not being celebrating Christmas any other way.. The boxes go all over the world.

The boxes are so easy to put together - you can use a shoebox you already have handy or you can go to almost any Christian church and they will probably have boxes for you specially designed for this ministry.

Here's what you do:

Get a standard sized SHOE BOX or small plastic container
you can wrap the lid if you like
Choose a boy or girl and what age 2-4, 5-9, 10-14
Fill with age appropriate gifts (no liquids - please)
Donate $7 or more for shipping and expense
Place a large rubber band around the box.

Target has some great ideas there - I usually put a markers, pads, toothpaste, a battery operated toothbrush, stickers, hard candy, a small stuffed animal, and lots of little toys...

Go to Samaritan's Purse to find a drop off location near you.

Kelly's Idea #122509 - Give a Shoebox filled with goodies to a child in a faraway land.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Take Charge Of Your Credit!

I have been in the mortgage business since 1986. I started off as a Realtor but soon discovered that serious buyers were not interested in working with a wet behind the ears twenty-one (21) year old kid.... So I went into the loan side and I have never looked back.... Today I own a pretty busy contract loan processing business....

Over the years, I have run across many different types of borrowers - young adults buying their first home - that is so very exciting to me - to be a part of a life changing event. Borrowers who want to refinance their home for a better program. Borrowers who wants to refinance their home to payoff debt - get cash out to pay for their daughter's wedding - or take that vacation they have been meaning to take... There are a gazillion different reasons people choose to get loans on their homes.....

Lately I have been running across a lot of credit problems.. People who have over extended themselves by over charging on their credit cards... I have been seeing a lot of late payments and deteriorating credit scores.. People utilizing credit lines that they once would never consider... A lot of my clients are unaware how this behavior is affecting their existing credit life... One thing that I have learned it's very difficult to bring up bad credit but very easy to bring good credit down. We must be wise and know exactly where we are... There are many companies that can keep you posted on how you are doing.

Last week - I received a file to process - the borrowers wanted to refinance their home and take advantage of today's great rates - they had good paying jobs, money in the bank, and their home was worth a good amount...and I could not do this loan because there was a $21,960 collection on their credit report and they had to get rid of it or pay it off. The borrower said it wasn't theirs - after investigating it further - it was in deed theirs - a collection from several years ago that compounded fees and interest.. It went from $689 to over $20,000 and they did not have a clue!!!

We need to take charge of our credit - we need to know what's going on - who is checking it.. what charges are on it - has someone taken over my cards - Many years ago when the check/debit cards just came out - I received a call from Bank of America asking me if I had been to Mexico lately... I replied I had not - someone had created a card with my number (I had my card) and withdrawn $5000 out of our checking and savings accounts... One of the purchases was a one way ticket to Africa and another was a $1200 bar tab at a dance club in Tijuana... crazy.. It took us over six (6) months to get that money back... I don't know about you but $5000 missing out my accounts hurt....

On my side bar there are a couple of companies that can help protect you. Identity Truth is a company that provides Identity theft protection. Ovation Law will help you clean your credit. My Fico and Equifax gives you a Birdseye of your credit and helps you to be on top of your credit score. Please check them out - even if you don't purchase anything - they may give you some good ideas...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Freebie Friday

I was exploring Free Stuff/Freebie/Free Samples and ran across an offer for a free Snuggie Blanket - not sure how legit it is but I signed up.... Click here for the possibility of a free Snuggie.

One of the things I really like about being a blogger - is learning about all the great free stuff to be had. Free is one of my most favorite words...... I'm sure it's probably yours too....

One of my deepest desires is to one day go into the mission field - the thought of bringing God's word to the unreached is something I feel very strongly about and I know it will happen - in God's timing. While surfing the free stuff site - I ran across this free book called Revolution in World Missions - yesterday I ordered and click here if you are interested as well.

If you look on the side bar of this blog you will see the opportunity to get coupons.. These coupons are for everyday products that you can buy at your grocery store - there is no charge to you.... You only save money.... I average $30 - $100 a month on coupon savings and discounts at my favorite movies, fast food, and restaurants...

** Please note that the coupons and/or discounts offer no guarantee - but so far they have worked for me. Have a great "Freebie Friday"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Wife's Christmas Present

My sister, Tammy posted this video on her Face Book today - I had to laugh.... My comment was "I am not going to let my husband see this - he might get an idea....."

So the next time - you are about to yell at her significant other - think of this....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My "Must See" Scary Movies

I have a confession to make.... Many of you would be surprised... I'm thinking that Diane at Good Mourning, Glory wouldn't be surprised - I think she gets me.... I love love love horror movies.... and scary books.... Vampires are usually my favorite mode of fright... Psychological terror is a close 2nd.... But the poltergeists type movies are nothing to laugh at... Remember the little girl in front of the TV saying, "They're Baaaaaccckkk" - doesn't that just run chills up and down your spine?

I was going to list my "Top Ten" scary movies - but it is so hard to put the movies in order because they are so different.... So here is my list of "Must See" Scary movies..... not in any particular order...

Halloween (the original) the music alone.. makes this a classic!

The Exorcist - (the newer released one) for a couple of reasons:1) there are no more subliminal pictures - you can actually see the demons for a few seconds in random places - now I know why it was frightening watching the mother walk through the kitchen - there were demons on the appliances - in the original cut - you didn't see them with the naked eye - now you do... And the walking upside down the stairs is very freaky to watch... This movie was way before its time..

The Fog - (the original) I will forever be freaked out by fog.

Nightmare On Elm Street (the first one) I remember watching this movie at a friend's house and coming home and finding out that my other friend was watching it too - freaked us out - in the movie the friends all had the same dream... I guess you had to be there...

Fright Night - kept me on my toes.. and looking in my closet.. Just Don't invite them in...

John Carpenter's Vampire - call me crazy but the vampire was kind of you know...umm sexy? Or is that just me?

Salem's Lot - the version on TV years and years ago - not the remake.... The friend floating outside the bedroom window....

The Omen (all of the them) original versions - the scary innocence of the anti Christ was great film making...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - yes this campy movie is fun....

When a Stranger Calls - the original - I was just starting to babysit during this time and believe me I always checked the children, the closets, under the beds.. and everywhere...

Phantasm - I remember sneaking into this movie at the theaters in the 70's - the finger in a box will never be the same....

Carrie - again the original.... Sissy Spacek was amazing and terrifying...

The Ring - the first one....

Lost Boys - Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.. The music was incredible - I own the soundtrack.

There are so many others - but this is a good starter list....

My birthday is coming up soon and my friend Cathie asked me if I wanted to go see Paranormal Activity with her... She knows me well...

Paranormal Activity is a new movie that has come out - it's suppose to be the "Blair Witch Project" of 2009 - all I know is that the few people I know that have viewed have all said "It's the scariest movie they have seen... ever" - I'm looking forward to deciding on my own.... Below is a clip for the movie - what do you think?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dusty's Halloween Decorations

My husband is the son of a teacher - a home economics teacher... Growing up his home was decorated for every season... including President's Day.. seriously...

So last night before his poker buddies came over for their twice a year get together he decided to spruce up the house a little....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My Day Off At The Most "Crowded" Happiest Place On Earth

Yesterday I did what I said I was going to do... I went to Disneyland.. along with the rest of Southern California and a couple of other states and throw in a few countries and there you have it... The most crowded "Happiest" place on earth... Seriously, it wasn't so bad... The decorations were great and festive and orange... and you can find a lot to talk about standing in line for Space Mountain for 1.5 hours.. Yep - it was so crowded the Fast passes sold out before 2:00 in the afternoon.. No kidding...

We did play it smart - right when we walked in the park - we headed for the Haunted Mansion and got Fast Passes - the line was like nothing I had ever seen... Every one was there to see Jack.. So we got our passes and then we went next door to Splash Mountain - we stood in line for about 40 minutes - we visited with some great people from Costa Rica - enjoyed that.. Good thing the late morning/early afternoon was warm because we got soaked... It was very funny... A wave literally came over the log ride and drenched us....

After Splash Mountain - we were able to walk right into the Haunted Mansion - Love it! I had never seen it decorated for Halloween and Christmas - There was a huge Jack (from the Night before Christmas) dressed as Santa - awesome.... I wish I could have taken a picture of that.... Now I know what all the fuss was about..

This was the best picture I could take - while walking into the Haunted Mansion - The park was so crowded that they sold out Friday and Saturday. I was too pooped to stay for the fireworks - so today after tonight's Bible study we went as a family for dinner and fireworks.... Since the husband does not have a pass we watched from the top of the parking garage.. Very nice... but next week - I'm watching from inside the park!

Friday, October 9, 2009

No Work For Me On Saturday

My name is Kelly and I am a workaholic - it's true. I am very bad at delegating - no one can do it as well as I can.... Being a business owner makes it even tougher - if I don't work over time.. all the time... the income starts to trickle off and then I have to start all over again.....

Today - I came to the realization that my kids are missing me.... Even though I work out of my home office - I still have my office door closed - I might as well be out of the house.... I think my kids are okay with me working until 6:00 or later during the week day - they too have their work cut out for them... It's the weekends that drives my youngest especially insane... She is really missing mom and daughters time... I miss it too.....

So Kelly's Idea for Saturday - chuck it all - no work for me... I having girl time at the Happiest Place on Earth - We're going to Disneyland!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Somethings Should Not Be Posted On Face Book First!

As many of you know - I am a Face Book junkie... Yes, my name is Kelly and I am a Face Book junkie... But I have to say - there are some things you DO NOT put on Face Book until you have talked to your family.... your loved ones... As my work day was winding down - I went to check Face Book to see what was going on..... with my friends and loved ones.. This is what I read from my sister.... my best friend... ON FACE BOOK!!!!!

Status: Debbie - I'm scheduled for brain surgery on November 19th to remove a tumor. Prayers are appreciated... I'm a little overwhelmed with this.. I know it'll be OK.. but just a bit scared :) Yes, my dear sister put a little smiley face at the end of her status.....

As you can imagine, I called that little missy right up on the phone and chewed her out for not calling me first... What was she thinking posting this before letting me know... I'll tell you, I gave her the what for and the what not.... Because of course, it's always about me....

So, I ask you friends in blogger land - please lift my sister, Debbie up in prayer... Please pray that the doctors will remove the tumor without complications... Pray that Debbie will feel peace and know that she is in God's hands.... Please pray for her two daughters and her husband that they will be a strong support for her... that they will also find peace and that God's loving hand will be felt during this trying time...

Monday, October 5, 2009

My "Famous" Fried Pork chops


4 thick pork loins (chops) all fat trimmed
Lawry's Seasoned Salt 2 TBSP
Red Pepper 1/2 - 3/4 tsp
garlic salt or powder 1 TSP
2 cups flour
2 eggs (beaten)
2 cups oil

Preheat oil on medium low heat

Season chops with Lawry seasoned salt - tenderize - I used a fork

dip chop in egg and then the flour - carefully place in preheated oil.

Cover with lid - cook about 5-8 minutes

Coating should be nice and golden...

Cover with lid - cook about 5-8 minutes

I usually check if cooked completely by slicing a copy in the thick part.... if white it's done..

This recipe is very easy and it's always a winner with my family.... I usually serve cheesy potatoes, apple sauce, and home made cornbread with honey butter.... yum..


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Let's Be Content...

If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6:8

Each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. 1 Corinthians 7:17

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. Psalm 37:16-17

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, where well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12

Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Alice In Wonderland Tea Table

Our Table

Every year our women ministry has a tea party kick off for the fall ministry schedule... This year I co-hosted a table with my friend Valerie... It's nice to have creative friends.. Well we decided to go with the Alice in Wonderland theme.... Valerie is a whiz at embroidery - she made the cutest Alice napkins... and the table cloth had the queen of hearts and other cards... Valerie also made embroider hand towels.. simply elegant and beautiful.. I made the flower centerpiece... The competition was fierce .... Of course there wasn't a so -called competition.. we're Southern Baptist women..... we are always loving.... and generous with praise.... but you know... I was feeling it.... the competition monster.. and it was fun....

The Competition...... at least some of the 15 or so tables...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Over the Top Award

I won a very cute Blog award from one of my favorite bloggers - Together We Save be sure to visit this site for some incredible reading and incredible deals... Love love to visit Together We Save!
Here are the rules for the Over the Top Award:


It’s not as easy as you might think.
Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on.
It’s quite tricky to use only one-word answers!
Once you have filled it out ~~~ be sure to pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers and alert them that they have been awarded! Have fun!

1. Where is your cell phone? table
2. Your hair? gross
3. Your mother? unassuming
4. Your father? Heaven
5. Your favorite food? everything
6. Your dream last night? shhhh
7. Your favorite drink? tea
8. Your dream/goal? contentment
9. What room are you in? Office
10. Your hobby? games
11. Your fear? heights
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Bahamas
13. Where were you last night? Floats
14. Something that you aren’t? outgoing
15. Muffins? none
16. Wish list item? peace
17. Where did you grow up? California
18. Last thing you did? read
19. What are you wearing? scrunchie
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? trouble
22. Friends? close
23. Your life? constant
24. Your mood? stressed
25. Missing someone? sister
26. Vehicle? Toyota
27. Something you’re not wearing? watch
28. Your favorite store? Target
29. Your favorite color? Yellow
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? days
32. Your best friend? Christ
33. One place that I go to over and over? club
34. One person who emails me regularly? clients
35. Favorite place to eat?outside
And now I am passing this Award on to six wonderful bloggers who I enjoy so very much. Who bless me daily and I am happy to have met in blogger land.... have fun.

Propeller Head Mom

Heart 2 Heart

Ramblings of a housewife and Mommy

Diary of a Sad Housewife

Oh Sew Good

Mom's Mutterings

Have fun and I look forward to reading your answers!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Crispy Tacos

Crispy Tacos
Serves 12

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 large tomato diced
1 small yellow onion diced
1 head iceberg lettuce
1/4 lb jack cheese grated
1/4 lb cheddar cheese grated
1 doz corn tortillas
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening

In a medium pot place chicken and enough water to cover the chicken, add salt, garlic, and cook over medium heat until tender.
Drain water, shred chicken, and set aside. In a skillet, add 1 tbsp of shortening, onions, tomatoes and cook until tender over medium heat.
Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes, set aside.
Warm the tortillas over a a hot skillet, fill the chicken mix into the taco. Continue filling remaining tortillas.
In a large skillet add rest of vegetable shortening and heat over medium/high heat. Add prepared tacos and brown on each side until crispy.
Place tacos on paper towels to drain oil.
Add lettuce, cheese, and serve....

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stop Complaining.... Do Something About It!

One of my biggest pet peeves is people complaining... Complaining about their spouse... their kids, their weight, their work, their lack of work, and the list goes on..... I know I have been guilty of complaining on more than one of these topics.... okay let's me honest - I've complained on every single one of these topics... But I still can't stand to listen to it... even if it's coming out of my own mouth....

The world has become one big complaint..... No one sucks it up anymore.... Instead of complaining people - do something to better your circumstances... Sitting on your butt won't make it happen... Telling everyone how much your life sucks... doesn't do it either.... Take action... I have an Uncle - Uncle Kenny.. We were talking one day and his words of wisdom have stuck with me many years later.. This is what he said: "How are you feeling right now? Are you feeling good? Can you walk, talk, and move... then get out and do something that makes you happy... and if you can't be happy then make someone else happy... cuz you'll surprise on how good it feels to make someone else happy" We were talking about my cousin Mary V who was suffering from cancer and Uncle Kenny was trying to explain to her that she had to grab the good moments and make them count....

If your spouse and kids are driving you insane - find the cause and take care of it... talk about it.. be proactive... You might be surprised that - through communication and kindness you might find some happiness... Complaining just builds it up and makes it worse....

There are a lot of people without jobs right now and it is a very difficult time.... It is very easy to be sucked into the "feel sorry for me" mode.... It is very easy to give up.... But that is when you MUST be the most strong... Two years ago when my husband was laid off after 23 years with him company - he came home in a state of shock.... he did not know what to do with himself... in many ways he was looking to me for answers.... That is not the type of person my husband is.... After of week of letting him walk around the house in a daze.... I got in his face and told him to snap out of it.... We're a team - let's get you a job.... We were blessed - he found a job in less than 4 months... We were blessed - I believe because we were proactive - we helped to make it happen... God blesses us when we make efforts.. He doesn't want us sitting around complaining about the lack of a job... because we are taking away His Glory.... we are not showing our complete trust in Him...

So, Kelly's Ideas for the day - is get up and do something... If you need to lose weight - eat the right food today.. move your body today... Tomorrow start all over again.. If you need a job - call people you know, go to employment agencies, list yourself on job search engines, and make something happen... Stop complaining.... Breathe in ..... Breathe out.... and thank God for loving you and wanting to bless you in a Big way.....


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