Monday, February 28, 2011

BEST Facebook Status Ever!

Trammell called and told me to check out his friend's status on Facebook.
It's a kid (23) who played high school lacrosse with Trammell.

I read the status -
"Hey everyone I just want you to know im alive well and clean and living in a sobriety house in Denver.  It's true I was in Arizona shooting heroin and a crack head to the max and became homeless and went through 60 grand in 2 months that's how bad I got.  I was legally dead but was brought back and got myself real help and I want to say sorry to everyone I let down im clean 50 days now and going one day at a time.  day by day now."

And I cried.

I cried because I am so happy that he was pulled from death and has a second chance.

I cried because 50 days is a long, long time to be off heroin and I hope he can stay clean.

I cried because I remembered "Senior Night" when he had no parents show up to escort him across the field.

I cried because at the end of lacrosse season this 6'2", 250, bald, tattooed guy took a knee on the field and cried.  When the coach asked him what was wrong, he said, "I am so happy.  I've never been on a team and treated like a member of the team before.  I' can't believe it's over.  I'm going to miss these guys.  Thanks for letting me play."

I cried because it made me think of the insignificance of my own problems.

This put all of those "Yea Glee is on tonight!"  "I hate Mondays!"  "Why do people speed up to pass you, get in front of you and slow down?" statuses in perspective.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Start Giving. See the Joy in Giving

Some days, we are caught up in ourselves.
It's easy to focus on our own day to day challenges, needs, and schedules.



Make today different!
Make today better!


"Start giving. See the joy in giving!"


GINA

Saturday, February 26, 2011

52 Weeks of Crazy Crock Potting

When you have teenagers, soup IS NOT a meal.
This one is hearty enough to fill everyone up.
ITALIAN SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP
Ingredients
1 lb Mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 Onion, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, minced
6 Cups Beef Broth
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Red Wine

1 14 1/2 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
1 Cup Carrots, thinly sliced
1 C Celery, sliced

1/2 Tablespoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 8 ounce Can Tomatoo Sauce
1 1/2 Cups Zucchini, sliced
1 1/2 Cups Yellow Squash, sliced
8 ounces Cheese Tortellini

1 Tablespoon Parsely, Chopped
1 Cup Fresh Spinach

grated Parmesan cheese for topping


Directions


1.Cook the sausage in a frying pan over medium high heat for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Remove the sausage and put in the crock pot.  Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon.

2. Add the onions and garlic to the fat and saute for 5 about minutes.

3. Transfer the onions and garlic to the crock pot.
4. Add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, celery, basil, oregano, tomato sauce zucchini, and yellow squash. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
5. Cook the tortellini according to directions on the package and set aside.

6. When ready to serve, increase heat to High setting, add the cooked tortellini, parsley, an spinach to the soup and cook for 10 minutes until heated through.

7. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

Serve with a nice salad and some warm, crusty French Bread.
Great for a cold winter day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

My Cookies Got Recalled!?!

Phew!  It's Friday!
Why do weeks that follow long weekends seem so long?
Shouldn't they seem shorter since we technically didn't have to work as many days?
Or are they longer because we squeeze five days of work into the remaining week?
Whatever!
All I know is that thanks to Mrs. 4444's at Half Past Kissin' Time, it's time to FRAG!
* First, let me get it out there that Charlie Sheen is an idiot.
Enough about him.

* I bought these cookies at Sam's Club-
Mmm.......Yummy!  Cute Sprinkles!
But then I got a phone call last night.
There was a recording that said "You have purchased Mini Sugar Cookies from Sam's Club with a UPC 12345678.  Do not eat the cookies.  They have been recalled because of undeclared food coloring ingredients.

What?
MY COOKIES HAVE BEEN RECALLED!

* I had forgotten that I have 8 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in the pantry.

* I had already eaten one of the cookies and Parker had eaten 4 when we got the call.
It's just food coloring.  We didn't die.  Don't you think we can eat the reat?

* Today, it is cold with a porjected high of 37 and it's supposed to start snowing.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny and 52.
Sunday it's supposed to be cold and rainy or snowy with a high of 41.
Doesn't Saturday sound like the perfect day to RUN Red Rocks?
* Parker's lacrosse team is hopping on a bus and going to Red Rocks.
Not for a concert.

But to run.
I'm having a hard time convincing him that it's a PRIVILEGE to RUN Red Rocks!
I mean COME ON!  Anyone can run the stairs at the high school stadium!

* For some ODD reason, BOTH Trammell and Parker's phones went "down" yesterday at 4ish.
There was widespread panic!
PANIC!
You would have thought one of Trammell's lungs had been snatched out of his body.
Death was nigh!
It all got worked out.
When Brian got home at 10 pm, he innocently mentioned that he was renegotiating his work cell phone plan and negotiated new phones for everyone - all workers and Trammell and Parker.
The new phones all work and are in a box in his office.

*I'm taking dinner to someone tonight.
She had a baby.
She requested home made mac and cheese or other pasta dish (for her 9 year old).
I'm taking home made mac and cheese,
grilled herb chicken,
grilled vegetables,
salad,
bread
and blonde brownies with chocolate chips and walnuts.

It's enough to tempt me to make double and eat at home.
Nahhhhhh!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!
GINA

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not ALL Emergencies Are Emergencies! An Interview With My Bro

First of all, let's introduce you!
This is my brother.
I asked him to send me a picture (preferably one that doesn't look like Charles Manson)
Evidently, that was too much to ask.

I'd like to say how wonderful my brother is and how he graduated from med school at 37 but I really want to get to the interesting stuff.


So you graduated med school and now what are you doing?
"I'm an Emergency Medicine Resident in Chicago."


How long is your residency?
"It's 3 years if I'm not remediated for losing professional points.  The residents in my program go to four main hospitals including a trauma 1 center, a teaching hospital, community hospital and suburban hospital.  We go to another 5 hospitals for other things.  The first year, we spend 50% of our time in the ER and the other 50% in other departments where we need to have knowledge - cardiac, ob gyn, orthopedics, pediatrics, etc."


So, I want you to tell everyone about the lady on the scooter.
Oh geez.......I just sounded like mom!
She always says "Tell about the time!  Tell about the time!"

Anyway.........tell us about the Lady and the Hoveround!
"Ummm...you're going to have to remind me.  I treat people every day on government subsidized scooters."


Oh and by the way - this is a family friendly kind of blog.  So leave out any f words
"That's gonna be hard but I'll try.

So it was late, like 3 in the morning and it's always interesting what you see at 3 or 4 in the morning. You would think that if someone is sick enough to come into the ER at that time, they would be pretty sick...but that's not always the case.
I don't want to ruin my image as a glamourous life-saving doctor, but we get a lot of 'non emergencies' or 'non life-threatening' cases.


When I'm assigned a case, I like to go into the patient's room fairly quickly just in case someone really is having an emergency.  It's rare.  But I want to make sure.


When we come out of the room, we say 'sick' or 'not sick' to the attending."
Really?  You really say that?

"Yeah.
After checking in on this lady, I reported: 'definitely not sick. But on a different level - very sick.'


When we're assigned a new patient, the computer shows their name and age and then has a tiny space for their chief complaint.
Like it could say - 'dog vs. pedestrian,' 'vag bleed,' - oh shoot this is family friendly.  Sorry.
On hers, it said - 'complex medical problems, NOT.' "


It said that?  Really?
"You have to understand that the night shift is made up of rogues, bad news bears.  I think KISS wrote a song about that - sleep all day and party all night. It's a different breed, which is why I like working the night shift better.
(He would!)


So I go in the room and she is, in the business, we call it morbidly obese.
She is suffering from Pickwickian Syndrome which is respiratory distress due to obesity.


I looked around and didn't see anyone with her, so I asked her,
'How did you get here tonight?'

She answers in a thick accent
'On my Hoveroun'!'
'You drove here at 3 in the morning on your Hoveround?'
'Mmmmm hmmmm....and you'll be proud to know that on the way here, I smoked my LAST cigarette.'
'Of course you did.  So you smoke.  How long have you been smoking?'
'Since I was 9.'
'And what is your chief complaint?'
'Well, I can't sleep and I can't breathe and my leg hurts and I gots this problem with my....'
'Whoa. Whoa.  Just one thing.  What was the life threatening thing that brought you in tonight?'
'Well, I jus felt winded and couldn't fall asleep.'


I told her that a large consumption of nicotine and Red Bull will make it hard for anybody to go to sleep


I could see that there was nothing acute going on and there certainly was nothing cute about it.
But I can't send her home.
If something happened, we would get sued for not taking her seriously.
I told her we would run some tests.


A few minutes after I stepped out of the room to write up orders for the tests, the nurse asked me if the patient in 18 could go out for a smoke break.
So much for that last cigarette.


Then, she started hassling the nurses saying, 'I be needin some food, and somethin to drink, warm blankets and somethin for my pain.'
Pain?  She never mentioned pain!


Basically, she wanted 3 hots and a cot or in her case, 10 hots and a cot.
We checked her out and released her.
The receptionist saw her unchain her scooter from a tree and light up.


That's pretty typical."


Thanks for sharing that fascinating case with us doctor!
He has more.  We spent the next 30 minutes talking about the lady with a 18 year belly ache, a man who ODed on Ativan and then got mad when there wasn't any more, so he drank the Cascade dish soap, and the man who "accidentally" sat on a wrench while working on his motorcycle naked.  I had to hang up because my stomach hurt.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Wee Bit Of Me Wednesday!

It's WEDNESDAY!!!!
Thanks to Leigh over at myleighashley.com. you GET to learn more about me!
{one} do you always wear your seatbelt in the car?
Always!  Sometimes I don't get it buckled until a block away from my house.  Or a quarter mile away I have left the grocery store.
{two} do you crack your knuckles?
NEVER!  Yuck!
{three} what is your favorite flavor of gum?
I don't usually chew gum, but I would pick cinnamon.


{four} what is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?
Probably the necklace Brian surprised me with on my 40th, I mean 29th birthday.
{five} who is your best friend?
He who gives great jewelry wins my heart!  No, it's not the jewelry but Brian has been my best friend FOREVER.  We just love to hang out together.  It never gets old.

{six} what is your favorite smell?

Flowers - all types.  I especially love Lilacs, Gardenias and Freesias but I love the smell of flowers
{seven} what is your favorite lunch meat?
Cupcakes.  Oh........meat?  Hmmm......I'd rather have soup and salad for lunch.  But I do like salami. We frequently bust out a stick of salami and slice it up with cheese, olives and crackers and call it lunch.
{eight} do you still have your tonsils?
Yes.  I have all my parts
{nine} do you untie your shoes before you take them off?
I don't have shoes that tie!  Eek!  That says alot!  Okay, I do have a pair of tennis shoes that I rarely wear but when I do, I don't untie them.
{ten} what color is your car?
Black.  We have four black cars.  We're into black.  When Trammell returned from his mission and was car shopping, we told him he had to buy black. He did.

Copy and paste the questions on your blog!
Come back and tell me if you do and I'll come and visit.
GINA





Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Want Some Candy Little Girl?

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday.........the BEST day of the week (besides Friday and Saturday)!
Don't you LOVE RaNDoM TueSDaY?
Go on over to The Un Mom and tell Keely how much you love her!

* We don't have school today (okay, I NEVER have school...but...you know what I mean).  There is always a Teacher Inservice Day on the day after President's Day.  So it's always a 4-day weekend.  And for that, I am grateful!  I wish everyday were a "no school day."


* Yesterday, Parker woke at 10:20 because he didn't "want to sleep the day away."
I suggested he 1. Get a haircut, 2. Clean his room and 3. Do about 1,000 other productive things.
He said he didn't think he could squeeze any of those things in because he HAD to go out to lunch, play a round of golf and go to the gym to play raquetball, squash and sit in the sauna.
His life is HARD.........really, really hard.
He DID clean his room though.

* This is my candy stash drawer cupboard.
I'm NOT a hoarder!
Seriously!  There's more in there than candy!
I mean - look that witch's cauldron takes up nearly half the shelf.

And there are boxes of Ziploc bags on the top shelf.
It just needs to be cleaned out.
REALLY!

* Get excited!  I am adding a fun new feature/column to my blog.
I'll be sharing "interviews" with my favorite ER doc.
It will be everything that is hilarious about the ER.
Having a hard time imagining what could be hilarious? Well check back.
You'll see!


*Sunday morning, Brian and I woke up at 6 am and thought we smelled natural gas in our bedroom.
We walked all through the house sniffing (in the dark.  Everyone knows not to turn on light switches when you smell natural gas.)
I even went outside to where the gas line comes in and sniffed around.
Our investigation ended in the storeroom.
It seems that one of the furnaces wasn't working.
We decided that it tried to go on and the gas valve opened up and the furance malfunctioned and didn't light.
The gas went out into the storeroom and when the other furnace kicked on, it sucked the natural gas air in and sent it into our room.
Thanks furnace!
Problem solved!
I just came upstairs, turned the furnace off and went back to bed.
Easy fix.

*Text conversation with Trammell -
"I know what I want for my birthday!"
Me: "What?"
"To kick it with you!"
Me: "LOL"
"No for reals not for fakes."

Awwww......how can I deny his birthday wish?

Come on over and get some candy!
And have a great Tuesday!

Gina

Monday, February 21, 2011

Small Town Super Heroes Saving the World From......

10,0000 years ago, when I was in college, it was the CENTER of a very small town.  There wasn't fast food.  There was only a movie theater or two and we went to the neighboring town to go to the mall.  Life was pretty boring.
Even for the campus police.

We took great joy in making their lives more interesting by almost getting arrested for "stealing" cafeteria trays and sledding on them. But really, weren't there more important things to do than question errant freshmen?

I guess not.  And things haven't changed THAT MUCH!
The "police beat" still provides hours minutes of entertainment.

I'm so glad that Trammell is finding the University Police as entertaining as I did.

Police Beat:
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Jan. 14: A suspicious male entered the Center for Service and Learning and asked a female receptionist about the enrollment on campus and the purpose of the building they were in. The receptionist thought his questions were suspicious and reported him to police. No further action was taken.

Really?  Asking the location of a building is suspicious?  It's the CENTER for SERVICE and LEARNING!  She is there to give service and he obviously was there to learn.  Pretty suspicious for a college campus!

Jan. 17: A student reported a male with orange hair and an orange beard looking suspicious in the Smith Fieldhouse. The student told police he had overheard the man telling a woman that he liked babies. When officers arrived, no one had seen a man with orange hair or an orange beard.

Ooooo....VERY suspicious!  A man who likes babies!!!  Okay, the beard part could be since beards are generally allowed on campus (really, they aren't).  If this occurred in March, I would guess it was a leprachaun!
Jan. 17: A suspicious rushing noise was reported coming from tall, metal cylinders located on the southeast side of the Clyde building. Police responded and discovered the cylinders were part of a research project being conducted by a student. The Provo Fire Department declared the project safe.

It IS very suspicious when vents do their job and VENT!
TRESPASSINGJan. 14: Custodians cleaning in the JKB discovered a man sleeping in the building. The man told custodians he had 24-hour access to the building and was just taking a rest. Officers asked him to leave and informed him the building was not meant for sleeping. No other actions were taken.


Jan. 14: Officers responded to trespassing alarms in LaVell Edwards Stadium. A male student was found running stair exercises. He was issued a citation for trespassing and asked to leave.

Both of these people are obvioulsy a menace to society.  Thank heavens the police were around.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Jan. 14: A woman was driving near the Crabtree building when she stopped at a light. A male using the crosswalk tapped her car with his hand and told her that she should not drive while talking on the phone. The driver saw this same man later and told him not to touch her vehicle. In response he rubbed his hands on the front of her car. Police were called, but the pedestrian was gone before they arrived.

LOL - I'm siding with the "perpetrator" on this.  Crazy that he wasn't still around when the police got there!  I wonder why he didn't hang around?  Maybe he has a life.  Oh and I would have rubbed my hands on the girl's car too!


DRUG POSESSION
 Jan. 18: During a routine surveillance check, an officer observed a suspicious looking vehicle parked behind the old BYU Broadcasting building. When officers approached the car they found the male occupant to be in possession of marijuana. The vehicle was secured and officers watched the male walk to his residence

WAIT! Whoa!  A real crime!  And the police just secured the car?  Ummm..don't they usually right a ticket for this one?  Ahhh....I bet the guy said it wasn't his car and it wasn't his pot and off he went.  Foiled again!

What an exciting week!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Families Can Be Together Forever

There's nothing quite like family! Nothing!




Have a wonderful Sunday!

GINA

Saturday, February 19, 2011

52 Weeks of Crazy Crockpotting

It's supposed to be 40 degrees and a little rainy tomorrow.
With that in mind, we're having
CAROLINA BARBECUED PORK Sandwiches

I'l tell you right up front that this is a "dry" recipe.  No!  Not dry as in tough, hard to chew meat.  But dry, as in it's not dripping with barbecue sauce.  If you want your meat with barbecue sauce, you can use this recipe and then add your favorite sauce the last half hour or hour of cooking.
CAROLINA BARBECUED PORK
2 Onions, quartered
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Paprika
2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 (4-6 lb) boneless Pork Butt or Should Roast
3/4 C Cider Vinegar
4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Hamburger Buns

Place onions in the crock pot.  Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt and pepper and rub over roast.  Pat it on.  Place the roast on top of the onions.

Combine the vinegar, worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, sugar, mustard, garlic salt and cayenne in a jar.  Drizzle about 1/3 - 1/2 of he sauce over the roast.  Store the remaining sauce in the refrigerator.

Cover the crock pot and cook on low 8 to 10 hours.  Drizzle 1/3 of the reserved sauce on the roast during the last 1/2 hour of cooking.

Remove meat and onions and drain.  Shred the meat and chop the onions.  If desired, buter buns and toast or grill.  Serve the meat and onions on buns.  Pass the remaining vinegar mixture to drizzle over sandwiches.

Serve with coleslaw!!!
YUM!!!!
Have a great weekend!

GINA

Friday, February 18, 2011

Are you calling me DUMB?

Are you ready for the LONG weekend?
Around here, it's actually a 4-DAY weekend.

I am SOOOOO excited!

But let's not rush the weekend, let's celebrate Friday!
Get on over to Half Past Kissin' Time and thank the amazing Mrs. 4444.

* My friend Kevin is very concerned for my welfare.
He sent me this chart with shocking information.

This chart that people who listen to certain music like Beethoven and Counting Crows score significantly higher than those who listen to hip hop music with the lowest scores going to Lil Wayne listeners.

I have two things to say to Kevin:

Na, na, na, na, na I never even took the SAT!  I took the ACT!

And -
* Brian likes a certain shampoo.
But we don't like to pay full price.
I found a website where I can get it at a discount.
But the shampoo has been on backorder since before Christmas.
Yesterday, I told Brian that the shampoo was still on backorder.
He said, "For heaven's sake.  What are you saving? $3?  Just go to the mall and buy the shampoo."


This is why I don't "just go to the mall and buy the shampoo."





* If you were receiving an emoticon what's madder or meaner?  a : ( or a : / face?

* I strongly believe in having my children attend school every day that it is in session.  They rarely miss class.  And they certainly don't miss class "just because" unless it's GERMAN and the teacher makes the class just sit in the auditorium while he works on technical stuff for the school play.  Parker will be missing German today.

* Oh and in case you didn't know - My husband ROCKS and I love he and my crazy boys more than words!

Have the BEST long weekend EVER!
Gina

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Why I Don't Run the World

While my parents are on their mission in Italy,
I am "in charge" of taking care of their house and mail and miscellaneous stuff.

A few months ago, their debit card was compromised and there was some fraud.
They had to get a new card mailed to them in Italy......which got stolen before it got there.
So they had a second, or third, depending on how you are counting, card sent to my house and I mailed it and it got there.

But in the meantime,
this
showed up - the costume, not the kid.

No.  My parents didn't order it.

And then these -

I returned them and CANCELLED the Disney Movie Membership "they" had signed up for.

But then this -

(the glittery case, not the I-Pod touch) showed up.
And it showed up AT MY HOUSE, ADDRESSED TO ME!

I figured it was another result of the credit card fraud because WHO would order this?
But just in case, I asked my boys if anyone had ordered it.
I asked my brother and his kids (who live just two doors away) if they had ordered it.
And just as I was getting ready to drop it into the trash can, I mentioned it in passing to my parents on Skype.

It was there's.  My mom had ordered it.
She wanted something that would stand out when looking into the dark cavern of her purse.
Oh, there is so much I could comment on!

Anyway, today I gathered the case and all of there W-2's and tax documents so that they can file their taxes and threw them in an evenlope with this note -

"Dear Mom & Dad,
I hope everything is going well and that you are feeling better.
I made a copy of all of your tax papers in case you don't get this package.
But then, you wouldn't know that I made copies because you wouldn't get this note. 
Whatever!
Talk to you soon.
Love, Gina"

They might want to rethink who they have looking over their affairs!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Wee Bit About Me



It's that time of the week!
You can join in too and tell us a wee bit about yourself!

{one} what is your favorite breakfast food?

So easy!  Cupcakes and coke with a side of bacon!

{two} how many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

Oh gee.  Let's concentrate on just one kind of shoes....like how many black pairs, or boots, or heels, or sandals.  I'll go with...........several.  Yeah, that's my answer.

{three} city or country?

City or a suburb of a city.

{four} what is your favorite part of your job?

That I don't have one.
Oh wait.  Mothering IS a job.
I LOVE the people I work with!

{five} what is your favorite junk food to snack on?

Potato chips, or tortilla chips and guac, or cookies.

{six} have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper?

I can't remember a specific time.  So, I'll go with no.

{seven} do you use post-it notes?

I like to buy them, but I don't use them very often.

{eight} do you have freckles?

Yes

{nine} is it okay for men to wear pink?

Definitely!  Every man in the crazy Cox clan owns a pink shirt and wears it proudly!

{ten} when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

I can't remember the last time.

There you have!  Everything you EVER wanted to know about me!

And I'll leave you with a bonus question (because I am missing the incredible breakfast buffet in Mexico) -
If you were at a buffet right now, what foods would you want to eat?
tacos
shrimp
guacamole
veggies and dip
scrambled eggs and ham
chicken satay with peanut sauce
creme brulee
crab legs
a wedge salad
italian sausage and pasta
grilled vegetables
CUPCAKES!

Have a fantastic day!
Gina

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Miami Vices, Minions & Fading Tan Lines

Where am I?  What day is it?  And where is that pool guy with a non-alcoholic Miami Vice?
Thank heavens for Keely and the fugly purple button-
My descent into "real life" has been difficult.
I tried wearing flip flops (oooo.... I'm proud of myself for not calling them thongs!) and that didn't work so well in the slushy grocery store parking lot.
Maybe I'll get out the blender and make my own tropical drinks
or throw a cover up over my jeans and sweater.
Well.......it was good while it lasted.


* I don't really watch award shows (unless my neighbors are going to be in them, so I will be watching the Oscars) but I was soooo happy that both Justin Bieber and Eminem were snubbed by the Grammy giver-outers!


* I've done five loads of laundry but have yet to unpack my suitcase.


* Eavesdropping:
"I find I am having more and more conflicts with people who won't do things my way."


Shocking!
* We have been trying to teach my 2 year old nephew to say "minion" in hopes that we can get him to say, "I'm a minion."  It comes out sounding like "mini." 
Brian derailed our whole scheme by teaching him to say "king."
Now, when I say, "Say 'I'm a minion!' "
He says, "I'm KING!."


Who will be our minion?


* Last week, I was buying See's Candy for my valentines.  Because I spent more than $25, they gave me a coupon to get............a FREE TOTE BAG with my next purchase.
Who wants a free tote bag?
I want free CANDY!

* Our Valentine's Day was mellow.
Brian surprised me with chocolate covered strawberries and roses when we got home from the airport Saturday night.  And we exchanged cards and candy yesterday.  Because we had eaten the last 30 meals out, including lunch yesterday, we did not go to dinner.

The boys all loved their Valentine's packages.
Garrett posted this on Facebook -
"Got the valentines hook up from my mom. Everyone who is complaining that they dont have a valentine should at least be glad their mom loves them."

Trammell texted this last night -
"Happy Valentine's Day Mom!  I love you!  You'll always be my valentine."

Awwww...........

Okay - I may be able to face the day!
Go be RaNDoM!
Gina

Saturday, February 12, 2011

52 Weeks of Crazy Crock Potting

If you came here looking for a delicious dinner, you will be sorely disappointed.
But if you came here looking for a lucious chocolately dessert, you will be in heaven!
And who said you can't have dessert for dinner?
I eat cupcakes and pie and cookies for breakfast, so I will NEVER be the one to tell you "no."

This week's crock pot recipe comes from my friend Kim.
She says it is "orgasmic."
You decide.
Triple Chocolate Mess



Ingredients –
1 package chocolate cake mix

1 (4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 cup oil
1 cup water
4 eggs
6 ounces chocolate chips

1 pint sour cream


Directions –
Spray crock pot with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, mix cake mix and dry pudding mix together. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add the water to the eggs and mix. Add the sour cream and oil and stir until smooth. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spray the inside of the crockpot with non-stick spray. Pour batter into crockpot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve dessert warm in a bowl with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream……..or both!

Enjoy!