Saturday, January 15, 2011

BiG tOoLs MiNi PiEs

This morning I hit the floor running at 4:30am YES 4:30AM! 

to get Robert out the door at 5:15.

working 6-6 for the next few weeks

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my hubby works extremely hard, uses BIG tools and gets REALLY filthy

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                  BIG-O nuts and bolts                           BIG BERTHA, now THAT’S one big air wrench!

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Oil refineries

So, every morning I make him a HEARTY breakfast YES, EVERY MORNING! and I’m not talkin’ about a poptart and milk, I’m making breakfast burritos, ham and eggs, baked grits and turkey sausage, etc.! Then I prepare a lunch that the other workers will swoon YES SWOON! over.

This manly man doesn’t take samwiches and Cheetos but


lunches like chicken pot pie, baked pastas, fajitas, etc.

granted, some of these are from the previous night but hey, sometimes things get better with time

like cheese, fine wine and ME

So, today I COOKED. I don’t usually share my recipes but this one is too good and too easy to keep to myself.

MiNi HaM & ChEeSe PiEs!

  ~said like Oprah when she’s giving everyone a car~


Now these are no ORDINARY pies…

When I took them to teachers’ luncheons, they would be out in the parking lot with binoculars preparing for the attack when I drove in.




2 unbaked pie crusts

2 cups cubed ham, sautéed enough to get the water out

2 cups cubed CoJack Cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped green pepper

3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese

2 beaten eggs

dash of Tabasco, to taste

dash of pepper, to taste

(You can add chopped onion, green onion, mushrooms, etc)


Mix all ingredients together except the crusts.


Cut 2½” circles from the crusts


Push crust circles into mini-muffin tin.

(I spray mine lightly with canola oil)

Fill with cheese mixture.


Bake for 20 minutes at 350° or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

Let them cool for a few minutes.

Slide thin knife around the edges to loosen before removing them from the pan.

Serve warm. Makes 18 pies


for all you sweetsaholics out there, here’s another filling

shhhhhhh I got this from my favorite TV cook, Paula Deen

Pecan Tassies

½ stick of butter, melted
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped pecans

10-ounces Heath toffee bits (sold in 8 oz. packages)

Bake the same as Mini Pies.

This is a party favorite! 



Do you have a favorite “mini” food? 


now for my favorite part of every post…

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You make my day!


Blessings Y’all!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1.11.11 at 11:11

What time is it?


Gosh, I’m not sure, let me check with Robert…

hey Roberto…what time is it?

when I didn’t hear a response, I peeked into the living room and what did I see???





now this is just TOO much…

ONE laptop for Facebook

ONE laptop for a football game

ONE big screen TV for who knows

good grief!

charlie brown

I thought this was supposed to be a “simple” life…

‘nough said~

I don’t know if there’s any real significance to the numerals today

nothing weird happened, no “ah-ha” moments, no lottery winnings…

guess I’ll have to wait for 11:11 on 11.11.11

Did anything weird happen to you today on 1.11.11?


I did find an interesting community close to our campground

note the suspended bike

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super creative imaginations or smokin’ something wacky

but wait pawdner…

I DID find something


just around the corner

cue the music

Hark, I hear angelic voices …♪♪♪Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh♪♪♪

cue the lights

spotlight trader joes

this is puttin’ me in my happy place

for the next four weeks!


Blessings Y’all!

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sorry I preciously missed you










Sunday, January 9, 2011

26th anniversary

Today is the











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Happy Birthday to my precious daughter, Danielle!

I love you so much!



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Vickie Jones

Saturday, January 8, 2011



We’re taking a ginormous camper and that big-o long truck on Highway 1? 

  You know, that two-lane highway skinnier than Twiggy Twiggy remember her? with switchbacks tighter than a…drum. Yes, you can look straight down those cliffs into the jagged rocks and ocean below….

Am I ready to meet my Maker?

Yes, but I’d like to survive this so I can do some more stuff like Ped-Egg my heels and learn to dance the can-can ~  We even consulted with our campground neighbors, Hal and Vickie from Cloverdale in Sonoma County, a delightful couple who gave us a recommendation for a campground in Bodega Bay, IN CASE WE MADE IT!

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The hunk-o-love I’m married to, otherwise known as  “the greatest driver EVER” had no problemos!

We got some good pics and great video.

for when we’re old and can’t remember


We made it!


just in time to get the camper set up and head to Bodega Head for a spectacular sunset.

Migratory whales are spotted in this area January – April.


Topping off the night: Fish Tacos and Flash Fried Dungeness Crab  at Rocker Oysterfellers

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Today was amazing! We saw everything from deer in the woods to powerful ocean waves.

Thanks, God~

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Blessings Y’all!