Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday's Recipe

I'm going easy today and giving you a quick and easy chip dip for the holidays.

Chip Dip
1 container Sour Cream
1 packet Ranch Dip

1. Stir together
2. Serve with ruffles.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Totally Bumbed

So...after two weeks talking back and forth with the guy who was going to buy the jeep, everything fell through. I guess he got pre-approved through Wells Fargo 2 months ago, and when he went back in, they wouldn't follow through with their pre-approval, economy and all. He then went to a credit union and got approved for $5000. He offered us the $5000 plus payments, but no way...he could totally jump ship and we would be out. We told him about our credit union (they didn't do any of those funny housing loans and they are sitting pretty right now). We are now crossing our fingers to see if things go through. I just hope this all wasn't a big scam. Do you think it was?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A walk around my block

Yesterday I was feeling restless with Loren being gone and everything, so I decided to take a walk around my block. I could believe all the flowers I saw (it's already freezing here and they are still alive). The leaves are at their peaks and it was just so beautiful with all the colors surrounding me. I was taking these pictures right at dawn without a tripod, so sorry they might be a little blurry. I tried being as still as possible.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Saying good bye to the jeep

While working at Ashley Manor as a Marketer, I used a company car to do all of my driving around. In February they decided to sell all of their company cars and since I was still working out of the car, Loren and I decided to purchase the car from them. We got a great deal. They sold it to us for $3000 and it blue booked at $5000. For the past 8 months we have owned 3 cars (Car, Jeep, Truck). We drive the car everywhere and use the truck for moving, camping, and other things. So in June we put the Jeep up for sale.
It blue books at $11,800, but it needed new tires. We priced it at $11,500. As the summer drifted away and funds got tight without me working, we continued to lower the price. The economy isn't the best place to sell a car right now, especially one that is used mostly for fun. Then last week I got an email with an offer of $10,000. Instead of paying for insurance this whole winter when no one drives it, we decided to settle on the lower price. I think we were a blessing for the gentleman buying it. He got approved for a loan but it had to be under a specific mileage and he was having a hard time finding a jeep with those specification. We will meet with the gentleman and his bank on Friday and sign over the title.
So this is my ode to my jeep...its been through a lot with me. Moving to Boise not knowing a single person and not even having a place to stay the first night. Starting my first career, and then switching it twice. Finding the love of my life and marrying him. I loved my jeep. Being able to take the top off and go rinding through the mountains was awesome.
As life goes on, so does the vehicle. I know someday I'll own another Jeep Wrangler. Right now in my life and where my future is leading (children and what not), the Jeep isn't right.
Good Bye Jeep.

10 min drive from Boise

Loren and I love to go for drives in the Mountains. We usually take the top off the jeep and enjoy the nice weather. This fall the price of gas has been so high, we haven't ventured out. Until this last week, we hadn't gone all year. So when we got an offer on the jeep, we decieded we better plan a date. We didn't go too far, only about 10 min from Boise. It was a little too chilly to take the top off, but it was a farewell drive. The colors were beautiful (you can't really see it in any of the pictures). We saw two deer and Loren saw a bob cat when we stopped to pee in the woods. These are some of the pictures from the drive.

Friday's Recipe

Cheesy Potato Chowder

2 c. diced potatoes
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. grated carrots
1/4 c. chopped onion
2 c. water
8-10 oz. Velveeta cheese

White sauce:
6 T margarine
1/4 c. flour
2 c. milk

Cook vegetable for 10 minutes in the 2 cups water. While vegetables are cooking, make a white sauce. Add white sauce to cooked vegetables (do not drain vegetables). Add Velveeta cheese to soup and simmer until melted.

The view from my office

Working at Dickinson Frozen Foods, has it perks. They barely moved into a new building in Eagle Idaho. Our office consists of the 2nd floor back side of the building. We have a gorgeous view of the pond, trees, and park. The only thing that isn't good, is that bright sun shinning in the morning.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Free Handbag

If you want to enter to get a free handbag go here. It's Handbag Planet and they are giving out a free handbag every hour on October 15. Check it out!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie

1 15oz pkg Pillsbury
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1.5 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2.5-3 cups shredded or cubed chicken or turkey
2 cups frozen mixed veges thawed and drained

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Prepare pie crusts for 2 crust pie (in other words, take them out of the package!) using 9" pan.

2. In a med saucepan, heat margarine, add onion & cook 2 min or until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. Gradually stir in broth & milk. Cook stirring constantly until bubbly & thickened.

3. Add chicken and vegetables. Remove from heat. Spoon chicken mixture into pie shell. Top with second crust and flute edges. Cut slits in top to help vent heat.

4. Bake at 425 for 30-40 min or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 min before serving.