Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Be thankful that you don't have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to.
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
they will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
However fulfillment also comes to those who
are thankful for some of the setbacks in life.
May the good things in life be yours in abundance,
not only on Thanksgiving but through the coming year.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
This wallet and purse (that I L-O-V-E) have recently been added to my collection, courtesy of my mom and step-dad, my dad and step-mom, and my husband-to-be (they all pitched in so I could get these for my birthday). Both were purchased at the Coach Outlet in Folsom. The wallet was on clearance and the purse was half off. I'd say we saved around $300 by purchasing these beauties at the outlet instead of a retail store. Score.
Posted by The Jesse at 8:00 AM
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Everyone loves lasagna ~ it happens to be one of my favorite foods. But sometimes you want some lasagna without having a week's worth of leftovers. Enter the lasagna roll-ups. Yum-o!
lasagna noodles (I use whole wheat ones)
ricotta cheese (I use fat free)
mozzarella cheese (I use reduced fat)
fresh ground black pepper
1 small can of tomato sauce (or any kind of pasta sauce - we always use tomato sauce because its cheaper)
Preheat your oven to 375/400 degrees.
Cook just enough of the noodles according to package directions (usually till al dente) to make 4 servings (for us, 4 servings would be 12 noodles).
While the noodles are cooking, mix together the tub of ricotta cheese, a generous portion of the Italian seasoning (I'd sad a couple of tablespoons), 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of mozzarella cheese, and the garlic and onion powder and fresh ground black pepper (probably about 1/2 tablespoon each).
Spread some of your tomato sauce or pasta sauce on the bottom of your lasagna pan, to keep the noodles from sticking. Once the noodles are ready, drain the water and rinse the noodles with cold water. Dry the noodles then place one noodle flat on a plate. Scoop out some of the cheese mixture and place it at one end of the noodle, spread it a little with the spoon up the noodle and the roll the noodle up. Place the rolled up noodle in the pan and repeat with all the noodles. Once all the noodles have been rolled up with the cheese mixture and placed in your pan, top each lasagna roll-up with your tomato sauce or pasta sauce and then with a little sprinkle of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and the mixture in the roll up is hot. Serve immediately.
*This recipe is so versatile. You can add your favorite lasagna ingredients (spinach, grated zucchini, ground beef, etc). It can also be made ahead of time and place in the fridge.
Have you ever tried to remove stickers from your new plates, a glass vase, a candy jar, etc? I'm sure almost everyone has. It's a pain in the you-know-what! I use to use Goo Gone. It works, but its super greasy and it stinks and then you have to wash the item you removed the sticker from like 500 times to get the grease and smell off.
A co-worker told me about this:
Use Pam! You know, Pam. The non-stick cooking spray. OMG. It works, amazingly good. I sprayed a little dab on my new class cookie jar that my step-mom gave me at our housewarming party it the sticker came right off. I couldn't believe it. I also sprayed a little dab on the new pasta dishes we bought last night (to complete our set) that Jon had removed the sticker from last night before he stuck them in the dishwasher (he obviously did not get all the sticky stuff off from the sticker) then put the dishes back in the dishwasher and started it. I haven't checked yet (because the dishwasher is still running) but I'm going to venture to say that I'm sure the rest of the sticker came off.
What a great household tip! And, I always have some Pam in my kitchen! Woo-hoo!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
These are perfect little roll-ups for parties! My mom always makes these and last weekend she taught me how as she was preparing them for our housewarming party!
1 package of 8 burrito size flour tortillas
2 8oz packages of cream cheese
1 4oz can of Ortega green chilies
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
Let the cream cheese sit at room temperature for about an hour before you begin.
After the cream cheese has been softened at room temperature for about an hour, place both packages in a large bowl and start to blend them with a fork (the cream cheese may be difficult to work with at first so use the fork to start making the cream cheese softer and easier to work with). Add in the green chilies and the packet of dip mix and blend well.
After the cream cheese mixture has been blended well, place one tortilla on a large cutting board and spread the cream cheese mixture onto the tortilla starting from the center and working you way around to all the edges. After the cream cheese has been spread onto the tortilla, roll the tortilla up tightly and firmly. Once the tortilla has been rolled up, scrape the excess cream cheese mixture that may have come out off and place the rolled up tortilla seam side down on your cutting board. Cut the roll up into pieces, whatever size you desire. Place a colored or fancy party toothpick into each roll up and arrange the roll ups on a platter. Repeat with each tortilla until you run out of cream cheese mixture. (We were able to make about 5 tortillas which made a lot of little roll-ups)!
*This recipe is very versatile. My mom always makes it the same way and I love them but my friend Kylie told me that she adds salami and black olives and pimentos to hers and uses garlic powder instead of the ranch dip packet when she makes them.
**The picture listed above has salami in the recipe. I made these today for a party that Jon and I went to. They were a hit, as always. Mine do not look as good as my mom's always turn out, but they were good just the same :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday - chicken and rice with peas and mozzarella cheese
Wednesday - leftover spaghetti and turkey meatballs
Thursday - Taco Soup
Friday - Lasagna roll-ups
Saturday - appetizer party
Sunday - leftover lasagna roll-ups
Posted by The Jesse at 4:06 PM
Friday, November 14, 2008
After dinner we headed to a bar in walking distance for a few drinks! It was a lot of fun! A few more friends met up with us at the bar and helped me celebrate my 28th birthday!
On my actual birthday, I was quite lazy. After an amazing breakfast at Paesano's with Farina and Ryan, I crawled back in bed with a migraine (damn insomnia after drinking turned into a massive migraine that had me in bed for hours) and then we went shopping at Ikea. After our shopping trip, Jon and I headed to downtown Sac again and had dinner at PF Changs! It was sooo good!
I had a great birthday ... despite the number of years I was celebrating.
Later that week we celebrated Halloween by handing out candy at our new house and then we got dressed up and headed out to a party! We had every intention of heading to a second party after the first, but instead we ended up having a drink at local bar in Elk Grove then heading home - not wanting to do a lot of driving in the rain.
Life has been a little crazy since we started the home buying process and moved into our new house. We haven't really gotten back to a normal routine yet. This week we have been in overdrive getting things unpacked and put away because tomorrow we are having our families and close friends over for a housewarming party. There are still a ton of boxes (all hidden in one bedroom) but its finally starting to look like a home :)
Here is a sneek peek at some of the work we've done getting unpacked and decorated:
That's vinyl wall art in our master bedroom above the window above our bed :) *love it*
Running has been all most non-existent and weight loss has hit a plateau. Life has been hectic and stressful and I'm drained. I need a vacation from life. But, it doesn't work that way. So I just keep on keeping on.
I saw this on someone's blog (I can't remember when or who) and so I thought, sure ... why not ... let's do it ... why not share a little about The Jesse with the rest of the world.
I AM ... 28 years old
I WANT... to have a baby before I'm 30!
I HAVE... just recently purchased my first home, with my husband-to-be
I KEEP... just about everything
I WISH I COULD... be more daring
I HATE... spiders and snakes & when people wear brown and black together
I FEAR... death
I HEAR... my co-workers talking around me
I DON’T THINK... I just know
I REGRET... a lot and none of it at the same time
I LOVE... Jon and my kitties and my family and my friends :)
I AM NOT... outspoken but I wish I was
I DANCE... badly but have fun doing it
I SING... pretty good when it's American Idol Karoake on the Xbox
I NEVER... apologize unless I mean it
I RARELY... judge a book by its cover
I CRY WHEN I WATCH... Extreme Home Makeover
I AM NOT ALWAYS... on time or organized and when I'm not it drives me nuts!
I HATE THAT … people percieve me as mean/rude/short-tempered
I’M CONFUSED ABOUT … life mostly
I NEED … to win the lottery
I SHOULD … be working!
Posted by The Jesse at 1:13 PM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So, with all that being said - check back soon for some updates ... and I mean soon as in maybe-I'll-find-the-time-to-post-an-update-when-I-get-home-from-work-today soon!
Posted by The Jesse at 12:14 PM
And, you can follow along with our wedding plans by visiting my other blog, www.jesseandjonswedding.blogspot.com
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
While I'm proud to have been a part of this change for our nation, and even though all the precincts have not yet reported, and they are saying its too close to call - for now I'm currently disappointed to be a resident of the great state of California. I'm just going to leave it at that for now.
Posted by The Jesse at 8:40 AM
We've got a busy weekend coming up. We are meeting with our wedding photographer on Friday morning to get our engagement photos taken in Old Sac and then on Saturday we are heading up to North Lake Tahoe for a mini-belated-birthday-getaway. Next week is the first week in a long time that life looks normal again. No crazy work schedules (today I'm taking a long lunch to go the dentist - which means I'll be working later than normal - and tomorrow I'm working another split shift so that I can be home for a few hours during the day to get our heater looked at - we've got a crack in our heat exchanger so currently we can't use our heater or we risk the chance of catching our house on fire), no appointments, no major errands to run. Life might just be getting back to normal sooner than I thought :)
Posted by The Jesse at 8:26 AM
10/1 - rest, working at the new house
10/2 - rest, painting - this is getting very depressing
10/3 - rest, painting and cleaning the new house - gosh, I can't wait to go for a run again ...
10/4 - rest, painting - still
10/5 - rest & a road trip to Sunnyvale to visit family
10/6 - rest, cleaning at the new house
10/7 - rest, cleaning at the new house
10/8 - rest, packing at the old apt
10/9 - rest, packing at the old apt
10/10 - rest, moving
10/11 - rest, moving and unpacking
10/12 - rest, unpacking, visiting with family & friends
10/13 - rest, sick, cleaned old apt
10/14 - rest, sick
10/15 - rest, still sick, and worked a split shift
10/16 - rest
10/17 - rest & dinner with the best friend Ryan
10/18 - rest & game night
10/19 - rest, hung over :(
10/20 - 2.88 miles @ the park, abs & pushups
10/21 - approx 2.5 mile bike ride, squats & lunges
10/22 - 2.88 miles @ the park, abs & pushups
10/23 - approx 2.5 mile bike ride, squats & lunges
10/24 - rest, abs & pushups
10/25 - rest, squats & lunges
10/26 - rest, my birthday :)
10/27 - 2.88 miles @ the park, abs & pushups
10/28 - rest, squats & lunges
10/29 - i can't remember if we did anyting or not :(
10/30 - rest, raining
10/31 - rest, raining