Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ok----Here we go.  I am going to take on another DIY project that I found on Pinterest!

I thought this would look outstanding in our basement.  That is where Jack's man cave is.  We have a bar for entertaining and a workout room.

These first 2 pictures are my inspiration.

 Here are before pictures of our basement.  I actually started moving things before I took the first before pictures.

Bar Area
 Television Area
 Workout / Office Area
 A second area of the Bar
Wish me luck!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

30 Years of Marriage

Well, it all started at McDonald's.  Jack was one of my managers.  I was in High School.  He was 4 years older than me.  He asked me out several times, but always to dinner.  Being a young girl in school, the last thing we did in front of a guy was eat.  So I said no.

My mother took a few calls from him and said he sounded like a wonderful young man.  

One day after he returned from Florida, very tan......we had our first official date.  May 15, 1981.  We pretty much saw each other every day after that.  No matter where I was at, on the 15th of every month, I received a dozen roses.  Very Romantic.

2 months later, I asked him to marry me, and he said yes!!

We planned our wedding and we were married on November 6, 1982.  The wedding had several hiccups:
Jack's grandfather and uncle passed away within a week of the wedding
Jack was transfered to Mount Pleasant so the home we were moving into no longer worked (the week before)
Jacks parents both got pink eye
my florist raised the price of the flowers by $300.00 the day before the wedding
Jacks check got lost in the mail
My employer (not McDonalds) would only give me Saturday and Sunday off for the wedding
The cake top was wrong and had to be replaced.
The Best man passed out cold at the ceremony
followed by the groom having to get air while I kneeled at the altar waiting for their return.

Needless to say........we didn't let it ruin our day.  It is now one of the most remembered events.

We decided to have children right away.  We wanted to grow up with them.  We also wanted to be in our early 40's when they were at the end of their high school years.  We only wanted 2 children and were blessed with a girl and boy.  We wanted to keep it at 2 so that we could give them the most we could possibly give them.  Traveling was very important to us.  To get them to enjoy experiencing different places in their life.  Our goal was all 50 states by the time they turned 18.  I believe Chelsea was at 38 and Brian was at 37 states.  Not bad.  We also took them on a cruise to the Bahamas ( not a very good one) so I hope that experience doesn't sour them on cruises.

During their later years in high school, we did everything to make our home open to their friends.  To keep them off the street and make sure their paths did not take them to bad places.  I don't think we really ever had to worry, but we always had a house full of kids.  During the building of our lake house, we continued to be home as much as possible for them.

They both exceeded our expectations in life.  Both college graduates with many other accomplishments to boot.  They are amazing people and we know they are behind us 100% as we are them.  We are so very blessed.

Now so many years later, we are on our own again.  Have been for a few years.  This is an amazing time of life.  I couldn't be more lucky to spend my time with such a wonderful man.  We celebrated our 30th anniversary last year.  I love him more today than the day I married him.

I still get excited to see him at the end of a work day.  I can't wait to spend time with him.  My favorite place to be is wrapped up in his lap, pretending to watch what he is watching.

Life is good.....


Crock Pot Beer Chicken

Jack and I made this dish last week from Pinterest and It was easy and great!!
Crockpot Beer Chicken
4-6 Chicken Breasts or 1 whole chicken or cut up chicken
(we used boneless, skinless)
1 can of any kind of beer
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Basil
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
Put chicken in crockpot, pour in the can of beer.  Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning over the chicken.  
High 3-4 hours or low 7-8 hours

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This is an awesome, healthy snack.  Cut 1 apple into thin slices and put in a bowl.  Squeeze the juice of 1 fresh lemon and 1 orange over it.  Put in the fridge for at least a 1/2 hour.  It is so good.  I leave it in the fridge and the apple never changes color because of the juice.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Master Bedroom at the Saginaw House

Here is the project Jack and I have been working on this week!!  With the help of my girlfriend Barb.  She is a great painter and she did all the trim work.  Here is the before pictures.

Here are a couple of pictures after the painting was complete and while Jack was installing the flooring.

 Here is the after!!!  I am very excited.  The bedroom that was my inspiration is on my pinterest board.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Over 30 years of marriage ..This man of mine...

I have been married to Jack for over 30 years...I really want to tell you our story.... Tomorrow I will start to tell our journey!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ok--This is another super easy recipe and it is fantastic!!

Marinate in equal amounts of Balsamic vinegar and whiskey.   Anywhere from 1 hour to 24 hours.  Then grill to your liking.   Totally amazing!!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

So - I have a ton of pins on Pinterest.  So instead of focusing on getting new pins, I am going to start using them.  Here is the 'Baked Ravioli' that I have pinned.  It was outstanding.  A couple of changes that I made to the recipe.  I added very lean ground meat to the sauce.  Also the sauce- I used a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato sauce.  That is what I had in the house.  I also added a tablespoon of oregano along with the thyme.  Also make sure you add sea salt and fresh cracked pepper thru the cooking process!!  The complete recipe is on my Recipe Board on Pinterest.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A new resolution......
Our neighbor's across the street always go to Arizona from Christmas to April.  This is the first year that they have not left yet.  Also their kids cars have been in and out.  We felt better when we saw them both and knew nothing was wrong.  Tonight, we got a call from another neighbor.  He is full of cancer, 3 to 6 months to live.

A new added resolution.....
Live each day like its your last.
Make you life dreams happen, don't wait for them to happen to you.
Keep to your weekly goals.
Remember all your blessings...
Give Thanks for what you have and remember that the best things in life are free!