Friday, January 29, 2010

My Doppelganger and what’s for dinner?

On Facebook apparently it’s doppelganger week. {I don’t know who comes up with this stuff, but if I have nothing better to post, then yep, I copy and do it too. LOL}

What is a doppelganger? I’d heard that word before but didn’t know what it meant. It basically means someone who looks like YOU. So, you’re supposed to change your profile pic (on facebook) to someone famous that you’ve been told you look like.

In high school, my friends and I would sometimes watch Young and the Restless at a friends’ house while eating lunch. They told me that I looked like Heather Tom. Of course, I was thrilled because I think she’s really pretty. Well, that was back in high school though. hahaha

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(I’m the one on the right, in case Heather Tom really is my twin and you couldn’t tell the difference. LOL) Who’s your doppelganger?

Ok so I was going to post this earlier in the week but just didn’t get around to it til now. My SIL Merrianne tagged me, so here goes.

We had Shepherd’s Pie for dinner on Sunday (and Monday) evening. Sorry Ben, yep, we had one of your faves while you were out of town. My Dad, Christy and the kids loved it!


Ok I know the pic looks a little messy but it’s the only one I got. We had green salad with it (I’m not including a pic – sorry. It was just lettuce, tomatoes, croutons and dressing). Here’s my recipe, you can cut it down a little if your family is smaller or you only want it to last one day.

Shepherd’s Pie

2lbs lean ground Beef

1 Onion, chopped

1-2 Garlic cloves, chopped or pressed

1 Green Pepper, chopped – optional

1 large can Tomato Soup

1 large bag Frozen Green Beans

5lbs or more Potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 stick Butter

1 cup Sour Cream

Milk, optional

Shredded Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown the ground beef with onion, garlic and green pepper. Drain fat. Stir in tomato soup, let simmer for 5-10 min on MED LOW heat.

Cook green beans according to pkg directions. Drain.

Peel potatoes and boil (I cook them in the pressure cooker because it’s faster). Drain.

In a bowl combine butter, sour cream and cooked potatoes. Mash until all lumps are gone. If a little dry, add a little milk slowly.

In a baking dish, coat with non-stick cooking spray. Add meat mixture, green beans, then mashed potatoes. Top with shredded cheese. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

For dessert we had a coconut-banana cream pie. My Dad loves coconut cream pie and banana cream pie and has been saying that it would make a great combo pie. So, I tried it and it was delicious!!!

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Here’s my recipe:

Coconut-Banana Cream Pie

1 1/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (I used store bought crumbs)

3 Tbsp. Sugar

1/3 cup Butter, melted

1 sm box Banana Cream Pudding

1 3/4 cup Milk

1 Banana, sliced then cut in half

1 sm box Coconut Cream Pudding

1 3/4 cup Milk

Cool Whip, optional

Shredded Coconut, optional

Combine crumbs and sugar in medium bowl. Stir in melted butter until thoroughly blended. Pack mixture firmly into 9-inch pie pan and press firmly to bottom and sides. Chill one hour before filling or bake in 350 degree oven for 8 minutes, cool & chill. (I usually bake it so it stays together better.) Set aside until ready to fill.

In medium bowl, add 1 3/4 cup milk and box of Banana cream pudding mix. Use wire whisk to blend for 1 minute. Stir in banana slices. Set in fridge for 5 minutes.

In medium bowl, add 1 3/4 cup milk and box of Coconut cream pudding mix. Use wire whisk to blend for 1 minute. Set in fridge for 5 minutes.

Pour banana cream pudding into graham cracker crust. Then top with coconut cream pudding. Refrigerate until serving.

*I wasn’t sure both puddings were going to fit in my pie crust so I didn’t add all the banana pudding on the bottom layer, once I saw there was room, I topped it with the rest of the banana pudding – that’s why you may see banana chunks on the top layer in my pic. You can do it however you want.

Optional: Add a dollop of cool whip and sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut to each slice when serving.

It’s delicious! Way better than I even thought it would be!

I’m not good at tagging, so if you post what you had for dinner and recipes, please let me know so I can come check it out!!

Have a super duper fun weekend! Ben’s been out of town since Saturday (in Austin, TX) so I’m excited he’s coming home tonight! YAY!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

my word for 2010


ACHIEVE: to bring to a successful end; carry through; accomplish; to get or attain by effort; gain; obtain; to bring about an intended result; accomplish some purpose or effect; to attain with effort or despite difficulty.

Notice the last definition. It means I actually have to WORK on my goals and not just sit by and wait for them to get crossed off my list without any effort.

I have so many goals for this year {especially since I failed miserably with my word from last year} that I’m hoping I can ACHIEVE something this year. I will take one goal at a time and WORK on it until I ACHIEVE it.

Have you picked a word for the year? If you need ideas, like I did, you can go HERE. {I totally got this idea from Allie Edwards} I looked thru the list of words, for inspiration, then wrote down a few that stood out to me and narrowed it down again from there. Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another Year Older & Wiser


hahaha yeah right! JUST OLDER! I finally found my FIRST white hair a few months ago! YIKES!!! Although, I have yet to see it grow back {of course I plucked it for safe keeping}.

Ok now I have finally caught up with my dear OLD hubby!

His birthday was the week of Thanksgiving and now mine.

I tease him that he’s OLD, but then a month and a half later – I “catch up!” LOL

By the way, do you like my new playlist? Enjoy it while you can because it will only play TODAY!

{maybe if I give enough hints – hubby will get that cake for me! I’ve already printed the $3 off coupon & will be placing it where he can easily find it. heee heee}

**I also want to add a BIG “THANK YOU” to all who have sent kind, loving emails, cards, meals and donations to my Mom’s Fund. My family and I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!

♥((BIG HUGS))♥

My sister, brother, uncle and I spoke {I was so nervous and it took me days to prepare for it} at my Mom’s service and a dear family friend sang several songs {he is so amazing} and it was beautiful. I’m so grateful that my brother and his wife were able to be here. I wish they could’ve stayed longer, but they needed to get back to their kids. Can’t wait til they can visit again this summer!

Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR! {and a Blog Hop freebie}

This has been one heck of a year for me and my family! I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to what’s to come in 2010.

We had a nice Christmas {even though my Mom was in the hospital}. She came home Monday evening and passed away after only being home 5 hours. We are having services for her this Saturday, Jan 2nd at 1pm. It has been a struggle for me to say “Goodbye” to her because she was my BEST friend! But I know she’s not in any more pain and with her family that passed before her. Thank you to all my amazing family & friends that have sent loving messages to me. I am so grateful. ♥

Ok I don’t want to dwell on the sadness right now because today is the beginning of a New Year and new beginnings!

If you are still finishing scrapping your Christmas pictures, check out my Deck the Halls kit plus all the extras!





Here’s my 2-page layout


Look at these fabulous layouts from the DSO CT:

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These layouts were by Kerri (kayjaydo)



These were by Karen (bydelstorp) also using Jazzy’s A Christmas Song wordart on the 2nd layout.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! The DSO Gals have been busy making gifties for y’all.


So, you probably hopped over from Shannon.

Since you’ve gotten this far, here is my special TREAT for you!


You can grab this HERE

For your next treat, go back to the DSO Blog to see what you’ve missed or hop over to Jazzy!

Since this is a Blog Hop, if you get lost along the way make sure you stop by the DSO Blog for directions! {Plus there may be a surprise for y’all there too!} Please remember that we’re all in different time zones around the world, so some may not post at the exact same time. Thanks!

**Ooooh I almost forgot, ONE LUCKY commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to DSO! Don’t forget to comment on THIS POST {and all the other blogs for more chances} to be entered to WIN!!! The WINNER will be announced Saturday, Jan 2nd on the DSO BLOG!