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Married, mother of 3, grandmother of 3. I have a 27 year old son that is the Bud-Man(Budweiser delivery driver), I have a 22 year old son that is in the Army National Guard, works full-time for the Guard and attends MTSU as a full-time student, I have a 17 year old a drama queen :)that is a senior in High School,she is also on the swim team.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's Been Awhile

So as usual...I have really been slipping when it comes to doing things that I enjoy. Things like going to the gym, long walks at the park, I haven't read a book in forever, and I have neglected this blog like crazy! I certainly haven't missed a meal tho...as is obvious by the new super large size of my ass! I have got to change this or I will be going to the beach in yoga pants or a tarp this year.


A few exciting things have happened since we last talked though, like we got estimates on new replacement windows for the house, Justin got kicked out of yet another bar, oh and I got and passed a pap-smear! No but really, Alabama won the national championship! And I have a new grand puppy :)




Life is grand!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Free Online Games At Winster

Boredom...everyone has those days! Everything caught up and you just want to chill out and relax...check out Winster, free game and real prizes.

It's getting to be that time of year, too cold to be outside....so while you are tucked away for the winter, you may as well have something to occupy your time.

Great fun....and it's free...and we do love free!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Family Time, Football, Yummy Food

After a long stressful week of job searching, and 7 hours coloring my hair on Friday night, this weekend has proven to be a nice stay at home and do nothing kinda weekend.

We all sat around last night and watched Bama beat up on the Vols. The first half was a little rough and going into half-time, the score was tied up 6 - 6. The Tide came out strong in the second half and then they played some football! Bama 37 - Vols 6 :) I ended up sleeping through the last quarter.

Today....it's The Titan against the Texans. I reserve the right not to put too much confidence in the game...or The Titans....because well, they are the Titans. I will be cheering for my guys though.


Doug's out shopping and as soon as he gets back...this is what's gonna be cooking!


  
Spinach Cheese Calzone

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups mozzarella
4 oz goat cheese
1 cup ricotta
2 pizza doughs
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
3 Tbsp olive oil (reserve one)
1 bag baby spinach
1 egg, beaten
Flour for dusting


 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400.

Sautee shallots and garlic in 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat several minutes until shallots are translucent. Keep an eye on the garlic and don't let it brown.

Wilt spinach briefly in oil.

Divide cheeses equally among 4 bowls -- each calzone gets 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1 ounce goat cheese and 1/4 cup ricotta

Cut pizza doughs in half, dust with flour and roll into circles. Brush each crust with olive oil on the inside. Fill with cheese mixture and place spinach over cheese.

Fold dough over to form calzone. Seal with a little water and press edges with a fork. Brush tops with a little beaten egg.

Bake for 20 minutes until puffy and golden.

Meanwhile pulse the marinara sauce in the food processor briefly. It should still have a few tomato chunks.

Serve calzones with a dish of pizza or spaghetti sauce.

 

 





Healthier Spinach Dip

Ingredients
4 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)

1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)

1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped

Baguette slices, if desired

Assorted raw vegetables, if desired\

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Job Search

Looking for a job is not fun. I believe that most of you understand this. When I go to talk to someone about a job and possibly an interview, I feel like I have 3 heads. Is my breath terrible, do I have a bat in the cave? Then the sweaty palm thing...icky!

However, after a mild panic attack yesterday, I put on my big girl panties, (not really....but shhh....don't tell momma) and went and physically looked for a job. I walked right into those places, back straight, head held high and asked to speak to the manager.
Little did I know....I needn't worry too much about that, I just shoulda took some germ-x and some clorox wipes for the keyboards :\
While I did actually talk to a few managers...mostly the employees just pointed me to kiosk. Lonely little desk, cubicle like things. Really? How are they gonna see my perfect posture and my practiced smile? Wow....things sure have changed!
Now a lot of you know that I can be a half empty person....but on the other hand....I can be half full. I tried not to sulk on my way to the computer to put in my application....knowing good and well that one of the questions would be the my ending salary at my last job....sigh....and that my friends would be the end of that.

Fortunately, my persistence paid off and I did talk to a few of the managers.  I have an interview Friday at 12:30...which means more practicing and another panic attack.

Maybe I should just stay home?





Monday, October 17, 2011

Helping Justin Work On The Pathfinder

Wow, today was a miserable day. I have struggled all day long. It's not that I really even have anything against Mondays. I don't work and usually can't even tell you what day it is. But I spent this weekend with Justin and I am really paying for it today. I forget that I am not as young as I use to be, and payback for forgetting that is getting harder and harder to recover from.

Saturday, I busted up at his house while he was busy fixing toilets, trying to figure out what was wrong with Shandi's car, and complete his long to do list...I showed up with a 12 pack and most of that came to a screeching halt. Now we did take care of the budget thing. But other than that....Nothing. The day ended with us sitting on the deck doing one of my favorite things in the world...me listening to Justin and Kaitlin singing.

Sunday, I felt kinda bad for de-railing his plans. So Doug and I go over to Justin's house. I wanted Doug to try to figure out was wrong with Shandi's car. He decided that it was the blower motor. I got busy asking Siri for phone numbers to the local auto parts places. Found out that most places didn't have them in stock and a couple places could have them in the next day (not good with Justin's schedule). Finally found a place that had them in stock and Doug gave us a quick lesson in installing fan motors...cake...we could do it. Doug went on his way and Justin and I went to the parts store.



Once we got back with the blower motor, we realized that we didn't have a tool that we needed,  wire cutters, because the factory fan motor
plugged in and this one....well didn't. So back to the parts store.



We get back with that and then we realized that we needed some wire nuts. Yep...again, back to the parts store. Each trip to the store called for a drink. After we get all the stuff together...put it in....well Justin put it in, I offered moral support, the damn thing didn't work. Time to take it to Smyrna and to Doug. That called for another drink...sigh.


Turns out that it wasn't even the blower motor. It might be something called the auto amp? Holy crap...next time that car gets worked on....I'm just gonna stay the hell away.

I'm not complaining....we had a great time. I'm just really dragging today. And trust me, I definitely know it's Monday.

Monday Blah

It's Monday and I have no excuse not to have a fabulous dinner waiting on my husband when he gets home from work...but to tell ya the truth...I just don't feel like it. It was one of those weekends where I just played too hard and I need to rest now that everyone is back at work and school!

Here is an easy, fabulous meal...and until/unless he see's this... I am gonna let him think that I worked really hard on it :)


Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients 
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 oz each)


1 box (10 oz) frozen organic cut spinach, thawed, well drained


2oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened


1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves


1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 eggs
1/2 stone-ground wheat crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 organic Italian herb pasta sauce

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (1 oz)

 

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick.

In medium bowl, mix spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon basil and the garlic until blended. Spread about 1 tablespoon spinach mixture over each chicken breast; roll up tightly. If necessary, secure with toothpicks.

In small shallow bowl, place egg product. In another small shallow bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 1 teaspoon basil and the pepper. Dip each chicken breast into egg product; coat with crumb mixture. Place seam side down in baking dish

Bake uncovered 20 minutes. Pour pasta sauce over chicken; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted in center of chicken reads 165°F. Remove toothpicks from chicken before eating.



Now, I am gonna go back to my book, I still have a few hours to waste until I need to start dinner.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lesson For The FreeCreditReport Guy


Now... I know my children are far from perfect. I understand that my boys are grown....and they know that too. I try to respect that and let them handle their own business, BUT in my eyes, they will always be my babies and I will always stick up for them!

Need help??? Call me or email me...615-767-7831 or rhondashepperd@gmail.com ... I can be your mother too for the low, low price of $20 for the first hour, $10 per hour after that!




Yesterday was a great day at Justin's. We had some chicken, some quesadillas, and some potato skins...and watched Bama spank Ole Miss :)




Before the game, Justin and I sat outside on the deck and tried to cut some of the fat out of his budget. Forty-five dollar gym membership that he hasn't used since June...."Siri (talking to my way cool iPhone), I need the phone number to Anytime Fitness Center in Smyrna"...done...called them, easy as pie...cancelled...excellent! "Siri, How do I cancel that damn free credit report that cost fifteen dollars a month and is never used?" Got the number...Justin called...oh wow! 

Ten minutes into the conversation, I hear him getting annoyed. The guy was giving him all the reasons that he didn't need to cancel. Then he started into this long explanation... Justin still had eight days and he should wait because if he cancelled today, he wouldn't be able to use his remaining eight days. Justin agreed that he understood that, however he would still like to cancel. Next,  he asked Justin how old he was. By this time, Justin's ears are glowing, and he is no longer being pleasant with this man, he is so pissed! He puts the man on speaker phone and in his heavily accented voice was lecturing Justin on the importance of keeping up with his credit score. It was at this point, I felt the need to intervene. I screamed at this man, It went like this....

me..."HEY"

freecreditreport guy (never missing a beat)..."blah blah blah" (that's all I heard anyway)

me..."HEY...HEY...HEY"

freecreditreport guy..."blah blah blah, and Justin blah blah blah"

me..."STOP TALKING"

freecreditreport guy..."blah blah and Jus" (stopping mid-sentence) "yes ma'am"

me...."NOW LISTEN TO WHAT JUSTIN IS TELLING YOU AND CANCEL THE DAMN SERVICE"

freecreditreport guy..."yes ma'am"

At this point Justin takes freecreditreport guy off of speaker phone.



pause while he listens to the man who no longer had much to say...ten seconds later

Justin...."Yes, that was my mother"

pause while listening

Justin..."Thank you"

I raised my children to be respectful...but come on. How dare someone just refuse to listen. I had to give the freecreditreport guy a crash course in bitchology... sometime it is the only thing some people understand.

FreeCreditReport may be free for a specific trial period, that is in part due to the fact that it is so hard to cancel it. They are hoping that it is too much of an inconvenience and people simply will not cancel it. Justin had tried to sign in to his account online months ago to cancel, but it had been long enough that he had forgotten his password and user name.

All in all, it was a great day and we cut sixty dollars off of my son's monthly expenses...and Justin was reminded that his Momma is CRAZY, but she knows how to get things done!

So again I will tell you, if you need help, I can be your mother too for the low, low price of $20 for the first hour, $10 per hour after that!
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