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I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this wall.  I really didn’t want to put a big picture there because it leaves too much open space.  I decided to do a picture wall.  This is almost finished.  I’ve since added two more pictures to the left, but I need one more for the bottom row, so they aren’t included in this picture.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out though.  

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RIP Mustang, Hello Caddy!

Last week I was involved in a car accident. Another driver ran a red light and got me pretty good. I was very lucky and walked away with only a few bruises, and so did the young man.

I didn’t even see it coming. In fact, I was so disoriented I thought I had died. All I heard was a loud POW!!  I began spinning around and everything was black. There was a smell of what I thought was gun powder. I thought maybe I had been hit by a bomb. By the time I realized what had happened, the boy was already at my door, trying to help me out of the car. Luckily, I was able to get out and move with little problems.

The first thing I did was call my boss. I was on the way to a meeting with her. I knew I wouldn’t make it to the meeting. I then called my husband and my parents. I broke down crying by the time I talked to my parents. By the time I had finished calling them, one of my colleagues was there to help me. I will be forever grateful for her presence. Soon after my husband and my parents were there to make sure I was ok. I realized how blessed I am to have all these people in my life to drop everything to come check on my well-being.

I’m pretty sure one of the coolest cars I’ve ever owned will be totaled. While it’s sad to see it go, it’s just a car.  It was a great car and it kept me safe, but it can be replaced…and it already has been…


  

There is no way I could go without a car, so Saturday I went to Sewell Cadillac and picked up this BEAUTY!! I’m in love. I never really thought there was much of a difference between a luxury car and a regular car.  Let me tell you…THERE IS!!! The Cadillac drives like you are floating on air.  It’s actually indescribable!!

The experience of buying the car at Sewell was amazing. Their customer service and care is top notch. They truly care about their customer!!   I would highly recommend them if you are in the market for a new car.  See Scott Dulin because he was awesome!!

   I’ve been singing “Guitars and Cadillacs” ever since I drove it off the lot! LOL!  🙂

 

Easy banana pudding 

This year we volunteered to bring banana pudding to the family Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m not sure what made my husband volunteer for this since neither of us has ever made banana pudding, but he did.  So here it is.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I’m sure that grandmothers everywhere are shaking their head at us since we went the easy route, but I’m not ready to attempt any of those hard recipes; especially, when this easy recipe is so good.

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese (softened)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (Fat Free)
1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 sliced bananas
12 ounce package vanilla wafers

In a large bowl, beat the cheese until fluffy.  Add in condensed milk, pudding mix, cold milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.  Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping.

Line the bowl with vanilla wafers, layer banana slices on top of that.  Put a layer of the 1/2 pudding mix.  Layer wafers, bananas, then pudding.  On top of that cover with vanilla wafers, bananas and top with leftover whipped topping.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

YUM!!

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

I love getting to cook Sunday breakfasts for my family, but I want to find a way to mix it up a little. I ordered a waffle maker from Amazon.com, but it didn’t show up in time for me to make waffles. I looked online for another breakfast casserole and I found one that was very similar to the last one I made, but just different enough to make it something new. Luckily, I have 3 weeks until the next time I have to cook for everyone. I’m pretty sure my waffle maker will be here by then!!

Ingredients

12 eggs
1 cup of cheese (or more if you like a lot of cheese like I do)
1 tube of sausage
1 tube of crescent rolls
Salt
Pepper

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Put Pam on a casserole dish and then roll out the crescent roll on to the dish. DSCN0897

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Crescent Roll Breakfast

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

Pour the egg/cheese mix over the sausage

Bake on 350 for 45 minutes or until cooked through.

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Sunday Breakfast

Now that I’m back in Dallas, I have to take my turn making breakfast for everyone on Sundays.  I am getting much better at cooking and almost had my breakfast timed out perfectly.  Had it not been for my breakfast casserole taking longer than it was supposed to, I would have had breakfast on the table for everyone right when they got here.  It ended up taking a lot longer than the recipe said it would. It might be because I doubled the recipe I found at The Real Housewife blog.  It really didn’t matter though.  It all tasted great!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound Sausage
  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Bisquick
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Cups Milk

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Brown the Sausage
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Blend the eggs, milk, and bisquick

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Put the sausage on the bottom of the casserole dish

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Cover with cheese (sorry about the blurry picture)

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Dump the egg mix on to the sausage and eggs

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Put in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes.  Stick a fork in it to make sure that it is cooked all the way through.

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Enjoy!

Back to reality

Well, I’m back in Austin after a nice long weekend!  I really had a great trip to Dallas!  I got to spend a lot of time with my family and friends!  Saturday night, I went to a party at one  of my friend’s house.  There was so much food there it was unbelievable!  Mike brought two appetizers.  One of his friends he grew up with shipped Slovanian Sausage to him from Wisconsin, so he made a little appetizer with that.  I didn’t think I’d like Slovanian sausage, but it was really good.  He also made bris/apple/bacon quesadillas.  These were AMAZING!! I probably ate like 3 of them.  I hope he makes those again.

Sunday, we had a perfect Easter.  We went to breakfast at Cafe Brazil in Deep Ellum with my family and then Easter dinner at Mike’s parent’s house.  We had lamb for Easter dinner that was to die for!  I love all the good eating I did!! After I got back to my parents’ house from doing all this eating, I ended up walking on the Katy Trail.  I walked from the American Airline Center to Central Expressway.  It was a little under 8 miles and took me two hours.  After that, I went with another friend to Wing Stop for dinner.  I was afraid to get on the scale today, because I’m sure that was a five pound weekend!! I’ll get back on track this week!

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