I am on vacation! It started at 2 pm on the 18th of this
month and I will not be returning to work until Jan. 4th...
Now, what to do with my time????
Get somethings in order and organized.
Thinking that I just have to much stuff and
it is all closing in on me so I decided that it
was time to clean out cabinets, closets,
drawers and whatever else I can find to
Yesterday I decided that I wanted to make a
coat rack for my hall. I got the idea from my
cousin, Kathy. So here are my versions of
what she had made.
The top one is for the coats and the second one is
to hang behind the door in the bathroom to hold my
belts and scarfs.
I got a baseboard from Home Depot, that had
the curved edge over the top. The board cost
me $8.00 but I have been able to get to racks
measuring 24 inches each and one measuring
15 inches ( for towels in the bathroom, yet to be
The hooks on the top one were $3.98 each for a
total of $11.94. With the board cost cut in 3's and
the cost of the hooks, primer and white paint I
had on hand, this rack cost me about $15.00.
The bottom one was less since the hooks were only
$2.98 each. Costing a total of about $12.00. I love the
way they turned out.
In between cleaning out things and working around
the house I knit. I will stop and take a break here
and there (back issues still) and while I break...I knit.
I worked off and on, here and there on this first
one for about 2.5 days. Love the colors in this
one. Cost.....????, the yarn was gotten at
some time or another at a yard sale that
my Mom has picked up.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 7:57 PM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Several, several years ago I went to
a Kenny Rogers concert with two
friends. I have always liked ole Kenny
so I was looking forward to it.
The concert was held at the Grand
Ole Opry here in Nashville and we
had really good seats, 4th row back
to the left of the stage. Not bad
seating at all.
Well, my friends decided that for some
reason they were bringing a pair
binoculars to the concert. Between
the three of us we past the binoculars
back and forth to take a good look at
Kenny. From where we were sitting
and with the aid of those strong
looking glasses, we had a great view.
After several passes of the binoculars
it was my turn again. At this point
Kenny decided to stop singing and look
my way and ask me what I expected
to see sitting that close to the stage
looking through the binoculars! Okay,
I was so red and I could have very easily
crawled under the seats in front of me.
Yes, I could see the sweat on his
forehead and the whiskers on his
chin really well…..but did he have
to announce it to the whole place?
Thanks for stopping in,
Posted by Pam Jackson at 12:10 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 5:12 PM
Friday, December 11, 2009
For those of you who know me know that
I am not much of a cooker. I actually
have done more since September then
I probably have in several years. It is
just really hard to cook for one person
so it has been easier to grab something
here or there and make the most of it.
When I married at 20 I was not much of
a cook then either. The reason then was
a bit different, I did not know how to
cook. See my Mom was a stay at home
Mom until I was in the 11th grade. But
even then she was still home to cook
our breakfast before heading to school
and there to cook dinner. Plus, she
would rather not have anyone in her
kitchen misplacing things or making
a mess. With those reasons, I never
After marrying, I learned and became
fairly good at it. I cooked my children’s
breakfast before they headed to school
and I headed to work. And after work I
cooked a nice dinner, helped with
homework, started laundry and picked
up things all before going to bed.
Years after my divorce my son moved in
with his Dad, he was 12, wanted that Dad,
male bonding thing. At the same time
my daughter moved out on her own
(only to come back several times),
she was 18. I enjoyed it in some ways
and missed it in others. But one way
that I enjoyed the kids having moved
out was that I did not have to get up
and cook breakfast, I did not have to
cook dinner if I did not want to. Learning
to cook dinner for one was an adjustment
and just became easier not to worry with it.
When my grandson was 1 year old, my
daughter and Caleb moved in with me.
I told Amber that I did not cook much
anymore. After a week of living with me
she came to me and said “ Mom, you said
you did not cook much anymore, you did
not say that you did not cook at all anymore”!
Recently I have changed a lot of ways that
I eat. I started on fruits, veggies and
chicken. I have pretty much cut beef out
of my diet due to stomach issues and a
lot of what I eat is organic. So…that
required me cooking again! I cut starches
and sugar out of my diet also. This was
going really well until my surgery on my
hands a month ago and I could not cook
with stitches and bandages on both hands.
So I have to say that I have fell off that
wagon for the past month. I am working
on getting back on it but the Holidays
make that harder.
I tell you all this to make a point….I have
been cooking more for several months,
lots more. I have also tried a few different
things in my cooking adventures that I
wanted to share with you.
Roasted asparagus – not something that
I have ever made a habit to eat. But the
other night I cooked some fresh asparagus
and it was really good. I used a recipe from
2 pounds asparagus, tough ends
trimmed, rinsed and patted dry
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large glass baking dish, toss the asparagus with the olive oil and garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper, and toss. Bake until the asparagus are tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon the thickness of the stalks, stirring twice. Remove from the oven and toss with the lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Monkey Bread – I cheated on this
one and made it really easy.
A small batch (in a small bunt cake pan)
2 cans of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls –
cut each roll in fours
Layer the pieces in the pan and then
I poured a bit of melted butter over
that, adding more cinnamon. (yummy).
Continue this until all pieces are used
from both cans. Bake according to the
directions on the cans. Be sure and not
over cook. Remove from pan and pour
the icing over the top of the bread.
This was a hit at work!
Pecan Crusted Tilapia –
Tilapia filets with one side coated with
honey mustard. Press that side into a cup
of finely chopped pecans. Bake at 400 for
about 15 mins.
Fast, simple and so easy. If I have to
cook I am all about easy and fast!
Thanks for stopping in,
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:59 AM
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Last Friday evening my grandson,
Caleb and I went back in time to
Bethlehem.We walked down
the streets of Bethlehem during
the time when everyone
was called together to be counted
for the census. We watched as vendors
try to sell us their wares, as kids
played in the streets and as people
danced and sang.
Dancing and singing
that we could be counted on the
we viewed and passed Roman soldiers
herbs, selling bread and one
poor children that played in the
tending their animals. It was a
Caleb and the linen lady
Inn. We were greeted and taken
we settled in, we were served
The room was lite only by the aid
talking with our neighbors as
datas, olives and grapes. We
that the vendor in the streets
Then our host and his family
the long journey that most
Then there was a knock upon
loyal servants to see what was
they told Eli about a man and a
for a place to stay, they had
were late arrivers due to the
Eli had no more room in the
to bunk in the stables (yes,
Later on during our meal the
crashing into the room, yelling
and it had a tail. After calming
got out of them that it was a
stables. It was hugh, firey
Eli mentioned that the tail
God pointing down upon them.
Things seemed to settle down
there was another issue,
around the stable. Eli
to find out what was going on.
The servants arrived back
with their hands tied
Only upon questioning
learn about the shephards
how they came upon his
sang to them and how they
the stable to glaze upon the
in a manger, Baby Jesus.
Inn got up and went
we too could look upon
the last few years. The
place at Silver Springs
Mt. Juliet, TN. You can
the church to Bethlehem
given week. There is no
it is given to anyone who
by the church members
the first time for me to take
so glad I did, he so enjoyed it.
Thank you for stopping
that Jesus is the reason
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:32 AM
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 1:53 PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Many years ago a friend I was out running
around with a friend, Jill.
We were going shopping and then to
do lunch in her car.
Each time we got into the car to go
somewhere I noticed that the seat
belt was acting up a bit. It seemed
to be a bit hard to slip into the slot
and I was having to push on it really
hard. But when I went to release it
every thing seemed to be okay with it.
UNTIL…..when I got back in the car
on our very last stop I really had to
force the belt into the slot but before
I could make mention of it we started
talking and I forgot. When we arrived
to where my car was parked and I
pushed the button to release the belt,
I realized I was stuck.
The button would not push in far
enough to release the belt. I pushed,
she pushed, I pulled, she pulled…but
it would not work. So between gasp
of laughter from us both I suggested
that we go to her brother’s house to
have it cut off! She suggested loudly
that we were not cutting that belt, then
she rolled with laughter yet again. Oh
my gosh what to do.
Thank goodness that seats in cars today
will lean back almost to laying position!
I laid the seat back and started to wiggle
out of the belt over the back of the seat,
almost landing in the back seat. The funny
thing about it was that as I wiggled and
released another section of my body, the
seat belt would tighten up more and more.
When I out, thank goodness, the belt had
tightened up to the point that you could
not slid a body back into it. As far as I know
that belt never worked again.
Okay, stop laughing!
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:38 AM
Monday, December 7, 2009
I Heart Faces this week is titled Sweet Dreams.
Go by and check out all the pics.
My grandson, when he was 11 days old. He is now 1 yr. old.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 9:28 AM