For Today ~ 24 July 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 24 July 2009

Outside My Window… Construction…they have the stairs in and are laying the metal down for the 4th floor. Blue sky. Looks like it will be another hot day.

I am thinking… It’s Friday again. None too soon either. Been somewhat depressed this week. Wish my husband would find work. I need to shut/lock the office for 2 hours so people can’t get in…put the phones to voice mail…and purge files. This place needs a good cleaning. I’m tired of people waiting for the last minute to do things, especially when it comes to people getting a pay check, and then expect me to do it yesterday.

I am thankful for… my job (well not today I’m not), my family, my house.

From the kitchen… I have some Hungarian peppers in the garden that are almost stuffing size. More beets to pickle.

I am wearing… Dark brown crop pants, tan t-shirt, and Betulas.

I am creating… nothing.

I am going… work on my sister’s quilt. Really and truly. I’m going to just turn on my ceiling fan, shut the door, put on some music and sew.

I am reading… I haven’t been reading the last few nights…BBC America has Torchwood: Children of Earth on every night this week. I LOVE Torchwood. Which reminds me, Dr. Who is new this Sunday night ~ Dr. Who: Planet of the Dead.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… Phone ringing, faculty pacing back and forth while talking on the phone, next door office, construction behind me, a/c just kicking on.

Around the house… My garden needs to be watered.

One of my favorite things… Quiet. No people around. I’m very content to be by myself most of the times.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… It’s Friday and the weekend is supposed to be in the 100’s…I’m going to hibernate and sew.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Dunluce Castle, Antrim County, Northern Ireland….the one place I want to go before I die.

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For Today ~ 04 May 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 4 May 2009

Outside My Window… Couldy and grey sky. Looks like it still may want to rain a bit. A big ole crane! The construction guys are putting steel framing into place. The two buildings are going up fast!

I am thinking… I need to take something for my headache. I think the stress is getting to me as my throat is starting to hurt a bit. 😦

I am thankful for… my job, even though it’s been crazy here.

From the kitchen… We had leftover porkchops and rice last night. Tonight I’m going to make the Rhubarb Orange Almond Cake that is on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog.

I am wearing… Blue jeans, 3/4 sleaved maroon shirt, tennis shoes, hair pulled back into a ponytail.

I am creating… Nothing…

I am going… To run over to the Dean’s Office…paper work, always paper work.

I am reading… The Secret Life of Bees still…almost done.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… The construction guys pumping concrete to make the foundation of the breeze way that will contect our building to the new buildings.

Around the house… dust bunnies.

One of my favorite things… Snuggled deep in my quilts listening to the rain on the back patio that has a corrugated metal roof.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… work, sleep, worry about work, water my yard and garden, work, more worrying, pray to God to take the worrying away.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Some of the books I got at the Friends of the Library sale on Sunday…a bag of books for $6.

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Tried Two New Recipes ~ Burek (Borek) & Chocolate Pie

Tried a couple of new recipes this weekend ~ one from Laila and one from The Pioneer Woman.

First…let’s do dessert! 🙂 Always go for the dessert first…especially when it has chocolate in it!

Here is the printable recipe for The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Pie…it’s pretty simple with not many ingredients.

I used her recipe for pie crust…I had made up one of her apple pies last month and stuck the rest of the pie crust into the freezer for a later date.

The only thing I would say is it takes more than 45 seconds to melt the chocolate in the microwave. I ended up just putting it over a small pot of hot water to melt it. Pulled out my Kitchenaid for this pie…added an egg and then walked away to watch the Friday Night Fights on ESPN. Added an egg and went back to tv…that goes on for four eggs. Until….

ONLY BAD THING ABOUT THIS IS YOU HAVE TO WAIT TWO FLIPPING HOURS BEFORE EATING IT! Big sigh…when she tells you to “scrape every last speck of it out of the bowl”….DON’T LISTEN TO HER! Leave some for you to lick lick lick! That should hold you until the looooooong two hours is up. 😀

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Next ~ onto Laila’s recipe. I made this up for dinner last night. Very, very, very tasty. Laila's Ground Meat Phyllo Pie "Burek"

Her recipe calls for:

one package of phyllo dough (box holds two packages, use whole box!)
1 pound of minced meat ~ I used chili cut minced beef
2 TBSP butter
1 small onion, chopped (I used a large yellow onion)
1/2 cup choped bell peppers (I probably ended up with 3/4 cup of chopped red, yellow and orange bell peppers, don’t like the green ones.)
1 TBSP Tomato paste
1/2 tsp Allspice
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 Cup milk
(I added Feta Cheese…had some that I needed to use up, figured it’s good with Spinach pie, why not with this?!)

Melt butter and saute onions, add meat until all cooked. Add peppers and mix. Then add allspice, salt and pepper, and tomato paste. Set aside.

Melt 1/2-3/4 cup of butter. Brush bottom of pan with butter and add the first sheet of phyllo (1-2 sheets), brush with butter and keep doing this until 1/2 phyllo is used.

Add meat mixture.

Continue with phyllo and butter until the last is used. Do not butter the top layer. You pour the 3/4 cup milk on top of the whole kit-n-kaboodle. The milk will give you a moist flaky crust that is easier to cut.

She says to use a medium oven for 30 minutes…I baked the pie at 375F for 30 minutes.

Cut and eat! I made up a salad of sliced cucumbers and red onions with garlic red wine vinegar.

For Today ~ 19 January 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 19 January 2009

Outside My Window… Sunny, very cold morning. I’m here at work on my day off ~ only for a while. But the construction guys are out back. Banging and beeping and hammering away.

I am thinking… My computer is awfully slow. Guess it wants the day off.

I am thankful for… my husband getting unemployment payments. He worked enough in all the temp jobs to received payments when not working. It’s not a lot, but will pay a few bills.

From the kitchen… BBQ Beef made in the crockpot. It turned out pretty good…will get 3 meals out of it. I found the recipe in the Raley’s ad last Wednesday. You take one beef chuck roast and cut it up into large chunks and place in crockpot. Peel and slice one large yellow onion and place on top of meat. Combine one jar of bbq sauce, 2 Tbsp of cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of chili powder and 1 tsp of black pepper…pour over meat. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8-10 hours. Remove meat and shred with two forks…you can return it to the onions and sauce or take the onions out.

First night I served it over a bowl of rice. Tonight we’ll have it as a sandwich in sourdough rolls. I’ll freeze the rest for later.

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, and a purple waffle thermal shirt.

I am creating… quilts.

I am going… to go buy bird seed and my nephew’s birthday present.

I am reading… nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… That the state does not vote for 6% paycut for us state workers…along with increase of $110 a month in insurance…along with a freeze of Cost of Living and Merit raises.

I am hearing… construction workers.

Around the house… it’s clean…we did some cleaning over the weekend.

One of my favorite things… a feather pillow and clean sheets.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… finish cleaning the student files at work.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Some fabric I bought to make a quick cute quilt ~

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Merry Christmas ~ The Prayer

I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2: 8-20

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

For Today ~ 15 December 2008 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 15 December 2008

Outside My Window… Snow Snow Snow ~ It’s snowing on the construction workers.

I am thinking… YEAH! It’s snowing! And it’s POWDER SNOW! I bet all the skiiers are excited…school is out in one weeks time and the slopes will be packed soon. Gotta pull the cookies out of the freezer for tomorrow’s cookie exchange here at work. Better go heat some water up for a cup of tea.

I am thankful for… My church, family, a roof over my head, my space heater under my desk here at work.

From the kitchen… The Great Beet Massacre of Sparks, Nevada. Stay tuned…more on the 11 pm news!

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, fuzzy black/grey pull-over.

I am creating… candy, cookies, candles.

I am going… to do the under-grad student time sheets once I’m finished here.

I am reading… just the newspaper at the moment…and 10 Years of Calvin & Hobbes (again)….just love those two.

I am hoping… that it keeps snowing, but that DOT (thankies!) can keep the roads cleared as humanly possible.

I am hearing… me typing. It’s a snowy slow day…oops, I take that back. Lady in the next office just came in…she’s not so quiet! Heh.

Around the house… probably two kitties on my bed (actually one on top and one under the covers) trying to stay warm.

One of my favorite things… Sipping hot mint tea inside on a snow day.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Make caramels, cookie exchange, package up baked goodies for trash guys, newspaper dude, and post lady.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… Snowing in the med school’s court yard.

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For Today ~ 8 December 2008 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 8 December 2008

Outside My Window… It’s dark out…I’m writing this Sunday night since I have Monday off and will be at the sewing machine and over the stove finishing Christmas presents.

I am thinking… The Sparks Hometown Christmas Parade was a lot of fun…there were about 100 participants! It was a long parade. I gotta get some packages ready to mail out.

I am thankful for… That my husband can work at least two more weeks, was just out of work for 3 days until they decided to bring him back for 3 weeks.

From the kitchen… Russian Tea Cookies, Ginger Cookies, Garlic/Artichoke Turkey Sausage pasta dish I whipped up…french bread too.

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies and a forest green turtleneck…wild hair, not up in a pony tail, although it probably should be.

I am creating… My nephew’s magician’s cape.

I am going… make chocolate/oatmeal/peanut butter no make cookies.

I am reading… Finished reading Lynn Kurland’s STAR OF THE MORNING
A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms #1, will walk down to the used bookstore on Monday to see if they have the second book of the series.

I am hoping… hmmm…not really hoping for anything at the moment.

I am hearing… The Librarian on TNT…I think it’s the 3rd Librarian movie.

Around the house… small load of laundry tonight, kitchen is clean, cats curled up on the couch, I’m sitting in front of the space heater.

One of my favorite things… Sleeping in a cold room under 3-4 quilts…so many that it’s heavy and you can’t move!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Just finish making Christmas gifts and then getting them in the mail.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… Ginger Cookies at various stages.



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