Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lets all have some Political Party Respect!

Why is it that people think it is okay to send their friends and family (of differing political parties) emails blasting their choice of political party candidates?  I am a Democrat, my close friends and family members know this, but my Republican sister, brother, and a few friends still send me emails and texts that are totally insulting to Democratic party members.  It has gotten to the point that I have blocked those people from sending me any emails or texts because quite frankly I am sick of it.  These messages you send are not likely to sway me to become a Republican -far from it!  All they accomplish is to insult me and cause me to have hard feelings towards the person who sent it to me.

If you are one of these people who sends these out to all of your friends and family members, please stop it.  Be considerate of their feelings, and respectful of their difference of opinion.  I mean, think about it.  If your sister or best friend was a vegetarian would you send her emails of meat recipes?  Would you send her texts that contained cruel jokes that make the vegetarian the butt of the jokes?  No you would not.  And if you would, then you are not a good friend or a compassionate person.


I could go on and on in great detail about my sister and brothers, wondering why they are even supporting the Republican Party when their lives are polar opposites to what the Republican Party stands for as far as abortion, less government, etc.  Example, they are all government employee's, so how does that fit in with 'less government'?  It would mean they might lose their jobs.  But I don't send them nasty emails disparaging the Republicans -because I have RESPECT!  I believe they have a right to their own opinion even if it is different from mine.  I also would not want to hurt their feelings by sending them insulting emails or texts about people who are Republican.  That is just mean.

The symbol below is not an insult to the opposing party, not a character assassination, and not making any Republicans the butt of a joke and therefore not offensive to anyone.  It is just me showing support for my choice of candidates in the 2012 election.  If I were to receive an email or text with a similar symbol with Mitt Romney's name on it from a friend or family member I would not find this offensive at all.


 Have some respect! Before you send out emails or texts that contains awful jokes or blasts the opposing political party, take a few seconds to think about who you are sending it to.  You obviously feel you have the right to like your political party, don't you think your friend or family member has the same right?  These kinds of emails or texts are not going to sway the recipient to see your view, they are just going to cause hard feelings.  So have some respect.

That's it, done venting.  Now I am off to check my emails...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm Back! Did you miss me?

I am back! Did you miss me?  Ha ha ha!  I cannot believe it is June already and I have not posted in about 6 months!  2012 has been quite a year for me so far.  Some good, some not so good, but I finally feel that things are starting to slow down.  For example, I actually have time to write this post.  There have been at least a hundred potential posts in my head that I wanted to share but I just did not have time or the mental focus to sit down and type them out.  I wont go into great detail about the craziness that I have been going through because I don't want to bring you down, nor do I feel like reliving it all anyway.  So lets just say I feel like I have gone through the narrows and I'm squeezing out on the other side.

Me & the Grandbabes!

After closing my baby store at the end of 2011 I felt a huge loss and disappointment.  Then moving to Arizona (from Colorado) created lots of travel and extra work for us making that change.  Add on the fact that I am neck-deep in Peri-menopause and its a wonder I didn't give up months ago.  But I am beginning to feel whole again and I even feel a bit more liberated.  You may notice some changes around here in my future posts.  Now that I am no longer a retail owner who has to be so careful not to say anything that might conflict with one of my customers views or opinions, I feel I can finally speak my mind on lots of issues that in the past I just held my tongue.  I now feel that I have the right to share my opinions just like everyone else.  Great year for an election huh? LOL 

Seriously though, I do have strong opinions on several subjects and I plan to share those opinions with my readers, for better or for worse.  I am respectful of other peoples opinions and I just want to finally join the conversations!  So expect to get to know the real Nanny Anna...well, the real Anna anyway :-)

I hope you enjoy the new and improved me & my blog.  If you don't, you can always unsubscribe and don't visit my blog...I am totally okay with that, but I hope you will stick around :-)

Look forward to chatting with you all soon!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

UPDATE to: HELP, Our 12 year old Cat needs...

***UPDATE to: "HELP, Our 12 year old Cat needs to find a new home before we start traveling!!"

JJ has found a home!!!

GREAT NEWS!! We found a new home for JJ that is beyond Exceptional...it is absolutely PURRFECT!


A dear friend of ours, who's name is Saundra but we affectionately refer to her as the 'Cat Lady' because she has never turned away a stray cat.  She has on average 20-30 wild cats that she feeds.  She has had most of them spayed or neutered so they don't have any new litters.  And as she can catch them, they get a trip to the vet, then returned to her country home where they can live out their years not worrying about starving to death.


She also has 2 house cats and a very old dog.  She had 3 house cats but one recently passed away at a ripe old age of at least 14 years old.  Just so happens that the cat that recently passed away looked exactly like our JJ (except her cat was a female).  When I was talking to her about our situation of trying to find a new home for JJ she said, "Well Anna, why don't you bring him here?"  I never even thought about asking her to take JJ because I figured she had her hands full with the rescue cats outside, but it really is the perfect solution. 


So today we took JJ over to meet her and the house pets.  He explored the house while the other household pets were locked away inside of one room.  Then we let her dog in and she immediately sniffed out JJ in the guest bathroom.  The dog looked at JJ but did not make any effort to chase him.  JJ puffed up trying to look intimidating.  After a few moments of looking at each other, the dog just turned and walked in to another room.  The dog is very old and use to having cats everywhere so she wasn't really shocked by JJ's presence.

Next came the meeting with the young cat.  Dr Pepper is her name.  She was once one of the wild cats from outside but her mother abandoned her in the BBQ pit ashes.  Saundra took her in at only a few days old and fed her with a tiny bottle for weeks.  Now almost a year old, she is a part of the family inside.  Dr Pepper slowly followed JJ through the house.  They hissed at each other a bit while under the bed and watched each other intensely...more curious than anything.  Then Dr Pepper tired of the game and went to nap behind the couch and JJ went back to the guest bathroom and got in the tub.  Saundra said he was welcome to hang out there if he liked and she put a bed in the tub to make him more comfortable.

The final member to meet was the old, fat, female cat that doesn't like anyone except the old cat that recently passed away.  She was hiding while we were there...I have actually never even seen her because she hides every time we are there.  Saundra said she doubted there would be an issue with them...as long as JJ didn't try to play with her like the young cat does, she will probably just leave him be.

JJ enjoyed being lavished with love from Saundra while he was resting in her guest bathtub.  He didn't even seem to care when we left.  I think we found the perfect home for him.  I know that he will be loved and cared for there.  I wont have to worry that she might grow tired of him and dump in somewhere.  Plus we can visit him anytime.  We agreed to pay 'Cat Support' for the remainder of his life by having our auto-ship of cat food delivered to her door every month in a quantity that will feed not just JJ but his two new housemates as well.


I love happy endings...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HELP! Our 12 year old cat 'JJ' needs to find a new home before we begin traveling.


We are looking for an Exceptional home for our almost 12 year old cat "JJ".  Beginning the first of 2012 we will be doing some extensive traveling and cannot leave JJ at home for that long of a period, nor can we board him that long, so as much as this breaks our heart, we need to find him a new home...a really exceptional home where he will be loved and adored.


The most ideal home would be one with perhaps an elderly person or couple because he would make a great companion.  He adores men because they tend to pat him like a dog...he loves that.  He loves women too and  he just melts into a full body purr when they rub his fur and scratch his neck.   We would prefer a home without a dog, or at least one that is also older and doesn't chase cats.  JJ gets along well with dogs that are not spazzy like our Terriers that chase anything that moves.  Although JJ loves children, he would be better in a home without small children.  He is a rather large cat and loves to sleep with anyone who will let him snuggle on their bed, but a small child might be a little afraid of such a big cat wanting to lay on top of them for lovey time.

As I said, JJ will be 12 years old this spring and he is in wonderful health.  He is an inside cat, although he does on occasion run out the door when it is opened...he immediately realizes that he is outside and hightails it back inside.   We live in the country so I don't worry about him getting run over by a car or anything, but I do worry about wildlife getting him.  He is big but not aggressive at all so I don't think he could defend himself.  He is happy lounging around the house, sleeping 20 hours a day, and using his litter box, so he doesn't seem to mind being an indoor only cat.

In this picture he is on a full-size glider rocker...see how much space he is taking up in the seat?  He is a really big cat.

We live in Southwest Colorado and because cats don't like driving in a car, we would like to find a great home for him near by.  However, if a wonderful home was available outside of the local area we would certainly consider transporting him.    


I have had JJ since he was just 6 weeks old.  He has been neutered since the day I got him.  He eats Science Diet Senior Hairball cat food, which I will provide a few months supply to take with him to his new home.  He is energetic for a 12 year old cat, but is favorite activity besides napping all day, is giving and receiving lots of love -evidenced by his loud purr that can be heard from across the room when you pet him.

His worst habit is that he insists on using the litter box the moment I clean it out...something about a freshly scooped litter box that makes him have to go.  He also tends to drool if he is totally content...during what I call his 'lovey time' when he is cuddling with me getting a good rub behind his ear, he will purr really loud, work his feet in a kneading motion, and drool a bit.  It's like he is so happy that he forgets to swallow, lol.  Kind a cute actually.


I think he was tired of me snapping his picture by this shot, lol.
 If you have room in your home and your heart for JJ, or know someone else that would, please contact me. We will be traveling down in to Arizona for the Christmas Holiday, and we could deliver him to you if need be.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I've been Grilled! I am officially a "Grilled Grandma"

That's right, I have been Grilled by Lisa of Grandma's Briefs.  She has the cutest blog that is in my top 10 favorites to follow.  Each week Lisa posts a new Grilled Grandma Post where she shines the spotlight on a grandma by grilling her with some grandma-related questions.  She even allows the grandma to include photos with her answers -because you know that we grandmas love to show off our grandbabies at every opportunity :-)

And today I am the Grandma on the Grill.  It was such fun working with Lisa during the grilling process, I hope you enjoy the post as much as I enjoyed participating in the grilling.  Thank you Lisa...I am thrilled to be a new member of the Grilled Grandmas Club and will wear my Badge with honor!


If you are a grandma, have a grandma or know a grandma, you can nominate her by contacting Lisa Here just give her the first name and e-mail address, and she'll add her to the menu of future Grilled Grandmas.


Here is the original post:

Grilled Grandmas

Grilled Grandma: Anna

 
How many children do you have? Two daughters

How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
Two grandbabies, so far. My granddaughter Sydney will be 5 in February and my grandson Russell is turning 3 in December.

Any great grandchildren?
Nope.

What do your grandchildren call you?
They call me 'Nanny'

How often do you get to see your grandchildren?
Currently they live in Arizona and we live in Colorado, but now that I am retired I find a way to see them every few weeks. I also talk to them on the telephone often. They were both born here in Colorado and came to work with me in my store so I saw them every day. About 14 months ago their parents decided to move to Arizona...that about killed me because I was use to seeing them every day. I was first worried about them forgetting me, but I have since learned that they won’t forget me. I stay in touch with them, and see them as often as we can. Now I feel confident that they will never forget their Nanny & Papa.

 
Beyond the initial elation, what most concerned you upon hearing you'd soon be a grandma? Nothing concerned me negatively. I was immediately elated and have not come down from that high yet. When we learned that were were getting a second grandbaby that elation just doubled. I have a special bond with each of them. I feel like I was meant to be a grandma my whole life...and now I finally am.

What is the best thing about being a grandma? Oh my...I don't know if I could name just one thing. I would have to say one of the best things is being able to be in the roll of a grandma and not a mama (with all the mama worries) I get the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a child. They always amaze me with their view of things...so simple and untarnished. It helps to remind me not to take the world so serious.

What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
I am careful to respect their mama's rules, but at the same time, my daughter and I both know that grandma's get to bend the rules a bit ;-) when they are with Nanny. My daughter is totally okay with that too.

Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. They make me laugh so often, but the most recent was when I took my grandson to the bathroom while visiting my sister in California. He was nervous about using a strange bathroom by his self (he is newly potty training) so he asked me to go with him. Once we got in the bathroom he wanted me to use the potty first. Since I did need to go pee I agreed. As I was sitting on the toilet he said, "Nanny, you got a big butt." I said, "Well, thank you, you have got a little butt." He replied, "Well, thank you!" So here I thought he was insulting my big butt, but I guess he meant it as a compliment because he took my reply as a compliment.  We both laughed out loud together over that.

What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?
They love to play with Playdoh so we break out the Playdoh kit and create things with it for hours.

What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
They enjoy showing me all of their books and toys. Then we go to the park and play until we are dog-tired. It is also a must to get an ice cream cone at the local DQ.

How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? We talk on the telephone. At almost 3 and almost 5 it is sometimes hard to understand what they are saying over the phone (not seeing their mouths move), but I get most of it. They call me when they have something exciting to share, or if they are not feeling well. I call them when I need to hear their voices. We talk about how many more 'sleeps' (nights) until Nanny & Papa will be visiting them again.

What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? That they each are very special people. That they have special talents and qualities about them, and I try to encourage their own unique specialness.

What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?
Love

What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent?
I don't know...I am still learning :-)

What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?
Don't give advice to your adult children unless the specifically ask for it. Respect that they may have different ideas on how they want to raise their children, and that doesn't make it wrong...just different. Grandmas have a special relationship with their grandbabies, just enjoy that.
Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? Yes, my blog is about my life in 'mid-life' and all the changes that come with this new season such as going through menopause, being a grandma, my recent retirement, discovering my true self, and loving my time with my soul mate. The URL is http://IamNannyAnna.blogspot.com.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Peach Bread Pudding Recipe

I especially love baking in the winter months.  It makes the house smell so delicious and the oven creates passive heat in the kitchen.  Lately I have been baking lots of fresh breads...I am a carbaholic!  But even as much as I love fresh baked bread, there are times when a part of a loaf will go stale.  I hate to waste good bread so I slice this bread in to sandwich bread thickness and store it in Zip-Lock Freezer Bags in the freezer.  When I have enough to make 3/4 of a pound of bread (equal to about 12 slices of sandwich size bread) I thaw it out and make Bread Pudding.

One of my favorite versions of bread pudding is Peach Bread Pudding, and here is my recipe.  If you don't like peaches, you can use raisins, pears, or cooked apples in its place.  I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Peach Bread Pudding


You will need:

About 12 Slices of White or Wheat Sandwich Bread. Stale breads are best for this recipe. 
**If you don't have any stale bread you can buy an inexpensive loaf of sandwich bread at the grocery, let 12 slices sit out on a dish on the counter for half a day, rotating the pieces periodically so they get equally stale.  The stale bread absorbs the wet mixture much better.

9 Large Eggs

1 Cup of Sugar

1 Can Evaporated Low Fat Milk -12 oz

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Orange Zest (I use McCormicks Ground Valencia Orange Peel)

3/4 Cup Diced Peaches packed in water, drained. (* you can replace this with equal amounts of canned pears or  apples, drained, or even raisins).

1.5 Liter Glass Loaf Pan (or equivalent size baking dish)

Butter Flavored Cooking Spray

Foil

Shallow Baking Sheet to catch any overflow while baking.



How to Prepare:

Place oven rack in center of oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl tear bread slices into approximately quarter size pieces.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, and eggs.

Pour diced peaches on top of bread pieces, then pour egg mixture over the bread and peaches, gently blend with a large spoon just until all pieces of bread are wet. Do Not Over Mix!

Spray the baking dish with a butter flavored cooking spray.  Pour the bread pudding mixture into the dish, sprinkle a bit of Cinnamon on the top.  Drape the top of the dish with a foil tent, making a few small holes in the top, allow the foil to sit atop the dish but do not press the foil against the sides, it is only used to keep the top of the bread pudding from becoming too dry or too browned during the baking process.  Place the dish onto a flat baking sheet with a lipped edge to catch any spill-over fluids.  Place in the center rack of the oven.  Bake for 60 minutes.

Remove the foil tent and bake another 15 minutes.  Top should become a pretty golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool at at least 10 minutes before serving.  This dish is wonderful all by itself, but it is even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side :-)  Not ready to eat it now? After it has completely cooled, cover the top of the baking dish with a cover or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator...bread pudding is wonderful hot or cold!


I hope you enjoy my Peach Bread Pudding as much as we did.  I would love it if you would share what you thought of the recipe when you made it.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie ~Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipe!

If you are short on time but want to fix your family (or even just yourself) a delicious meal, then try this recipe for Homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

{Please ignore the ugly cookie sheet under the Ramekin, this is my designated spill-over sheet}

This recipe is based on making three servings (I am trying to cook small) but can easily be doubled to make a serving for six.

What you will need:

3 Ramekin (mini casserole dishes) Baking dishes (9.5 oz size each)
Your favorite Poultry Gravy Mix (to prepare 1-1/2 cups of gravy)
1 Can of Chunk Chicken Breast in water, drained (13 oz size)
1 Can of Sliced White Potatoes, drained (15 oz size)
1 Can of Peas & Carrots, drained (8.5 oz size)
1 Half Sheet of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (or your fav brand of phyllo dough found in frozen section)
Pepper to taste.

Lay frozen pastry sheet out to thaw for about 30 minutes before preparation, or microwave for 15 seconds to quickly thaw. (watch the dough, you don't want it to puff and cook in the microwave.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium sauce pot make the Poultry Gravy according to package directions.

Add drained Chicken, Potatoes, Peas & Carrots, and pepper to the gravy.  Mix together and remove from heat.

Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into each Ramekin.  This should come nearly to the top of each, but not go over the edge.

Place the Ramekins on a baking sheet.

Cut the dough in to 3 equal sections.  On a lightly floured surface roll each dough roughly in to a square shape that is at least large enough to drape over the top of each Ramekin dish {mine pictured above was actually a little less than I normally use...I was running low, but it is better with a little more overhang}.  Don't press the dough down on to the dish, just drape it over the top allowing the corners to hang freely over the sides of the dish.

Place the baking sheet with Ramekins in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.  The crust will puff a bit and become golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let it stand for at least 5-10 minutes...the sauce inside will be very hot so be careful about giving this to small children.

In less than 15 minutes of preparation, and 25 minutes of baking time you have a fabulous, fresh, hot meal that your family will think you slaved over!

Variations:  For a beef version I use small chunks of leftover steak, or even chopped up frozen meatballs (thawed) and switch the gravy for Beef flavored gravy mix. You can experiment with other veggies too.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nannys Facebook Page 'Like' HOP! PLUS I'm a Featured Blog Hopper in the "Newbie Blog Hop"

Welcome to my 4th edition of "Nannys Facebook Page 'Like' Hop!"  Today is a special day because I was also chosen as the Featured Blog Hopper in the 'Newbie Blog Hop' hosted by "Going Crazy! Wanna Go?" and "Life's Cheap Thrills".

So this week I thought I would combine the two!  Please join both hops below! First add your Facebook Page linky to my hop, then scroll on down and join the "Newbie Blog Hop" as well.  You don't have to be a Newbie to join, if you are an experienced blogger, then the newbies might be able to glean some great advice from you! Lets get this party started...

If you would like to get new Fan's on your Facebook Page and find new pages to follow, please join this Hop. I am calling it simply "Nannys Facebook Page 'Like' Hop". Join the fun is super easy. Just click on each button below, which will take you to that persons Facebook Page. If you are not already a fan of their page just click on the 'Like' button to become a new fan. It would also be awesome if you left a comment on their wall letting them know that you found them know that NannyAnna sent you!




To join just Add Your Facebook Page to the Linky below, then Please 'Like' My Facebook Page. I would really love it if you left a comment on my wall too! Then come back here and find new Pages to 'Like'.   As you get new fans on your facebook page, be sure to return the favor to your new fans by 'Liking' their pages too.  I will post this Facebook Page 'Like' Hop each week on Wednesdays and leave it open until Saturday evenings to give everyone plenty of time to join.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

I am Thankful that I am finally living My dreams...

Today I have dirtied and washed just about every mixing bowl, utensil, and baking dish in the house...at least once, and it's not even 5:00 o'clock yet!  Suzie Homemaker has got nothin over on me.



When I was a little girl in about 4th or 5th grade I told my mother that I wanted to be a housewife and mother to about 5 kids.  My mother, being the evil-negative soul that she was (is) said, "Don't you have more ambition then that?" Those hurtful words stuck with me throughout my life.  They were what drove me to become a workaholic -to prove to her that I had ambition, I guess.  They were what made me get my tubes tied after my second child so that I would please her.  They were what left me feeling like there was a void in my life because I was not fulfilling my dreams, I was fulfilling hers and I wasn't even consciously aware of it until I hit midlife.

This year I have made some major changes in my life that anyone on the outside looking in would think was plum crazy!  Like when I closed my profitable business to stay home and be 'domestic'.  My husband is loving it because now he gets home cooked meals every day and our house is finally starting to get in order.  My daughters think it is great because now I actually have time to go and visit them down in Arizona.  The grandbabies and I are loving spending lots more time together.

Today I made homemade Beef Pot Pies for lunch...



Baked a batch of Devil Food Cookies that totally flopped...{well, they were ugly, but still tasted delicious}


and three batches of Gingerbread Hug Cookies that turned our perfect!


I have 4lbs of Whole Wheat Honey Bread dough rising on the table and three Wheat Baguette loaves cooking in the oven...


And even though I am dog-tired from all the mixing, baking, and cleaning up...I am as content as can be.

So this Thanksgiving I am thankful that I stopped listening to my mothers mean words, stopped trying to win her approval, and started listening to my own heart.  I am finally the housewife that I always wanted to be and I am truly content, happy, and a peace!

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?  What would you like to change right now, that would bring you peace and happiness? 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chocolate Nut Bread Recipe ~ Yummy!

Since my recent retirement I have been really getting in to cooking and baking like I use to.  And that means I have a great excuse to buy more cookware.  One of my most recent purchases was a Non-stick Baker's Secret Loaf Pan so I could try some of my new soft bread recipes and of course so I could make all the delicious fruit breads during this Holiday Season.

You know how the bake ware comes with a cardboard product card stuck inside of it with booger-like blobs...which usually just roll off with your finger.  Well this new loaf pan had a slightly different kind of sticky substance to it that came off of the pan just fine but would not come off the cardboard product card without removing the printing under it.  This would not be an issue normally, but this product card had the most yummy looking recipe for Chocolate Nut Bread printed on the back.  I can't save the card in my recipe file because it would stick itself to the inside of my file and then I would never get to read the recipe...so I thought I would just include a picture of the Chocolate Nut Bread and recipe here on my blog so I will always have it...and you will too!

I can't wait to try this recipe out myself very soon.  Here it is...

Chocolate Nut Bread (courtesy of the product card with my Baker's Secret Bread Loaf Pan)



Yields 3 loaves


Ingredients:
4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1-3/4 cups milk
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups (12oz pkg) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease three loaf pans.

COMBINE flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

COMBINE eggs, milk, and vegetable oil in a medium bowl.  Add to flour mixture; mix just until moistened.  Stir in 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips and nuts.  Spoon into prepared loaf pans.

BAKE for 45 to 48 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans.  Cool on wire racks.

MICROWAVE remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; knead bag to mix.  Microwave at additional 10-20 seconds intervals, kneading until smooth.  Cut a small hole in corner of the bag; squeeze to drizzle over bread.  Sprinkle with additional nuts.


I will share how mine turns out when I get to make it.  Please let me know how yours turns out as well :-)

***Just in case you thought this was a sponsored post...it was NOT.  I was not provided any compensation of any kind by Baker's Secret, or anyone...I just love the product and wanted to share the recipe.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nannys 3rd Facebook Page 'Like' HOP! Come Join the Fun!!

This is my 3rd Facebook Page 'Like' Hop!  I hope you will join me this week!  Please help me spread the word about this New Hop by Grabbing the Hop Button and adding to your blog roll.  I really enjoy Blog Hops, especially the Facebook Page 'Like' Hops because they are so easy to 'Like' each page and then get to know them better over time as I see their new posts when I am on Facebook.

If you would like to get new Fan's on your Facebook Page and find new pages to follow, please join this Hop. I am calling it simply "Nannys Facebook Page 'Like' Hop". Join the fun is super easy. Just click on each button below, which will take you to that persons Facebook Page. If you are not already a fan of their page just click on the 'Like' button to become a new fan. It would also be awesome if you left a comment on their wall letting them know that you found them know that NannyAnna sent you!




To join just Add Your Facebook Page to the Linky below, then Please 'Like' my new Facebook Page. I would really love it if you left a comment on my wall too! Then come back here and find new Pages to 'Like'.   As you get new fans on your facebook page, be sure to return the favor to your new fans by 'Liking' their pages too.  I will post this Facebook Page 'Like' Hop each week on Wednesdays and leave it open until Saturday evenings to give everyone plenty of time to join.

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Before you leave...be sure to enter my current Giveaway of a Zoobies Paddington the Bear Plush 3-n-1 Doll, Pillow, and Blanket...great for taking on a visit to Nanny's House!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Deep Cleaning and a Lesson about Expired Medications

After 4 years of working 10-14 hours a day, 7 days a week, neglecting my household chores because I didn't have time or was just too darned tired to tackle any heavy-duty cleaning, my home has become quite cluttered and disorganized.  So now that I am retired, I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and doing some DEEP Cleaning and turning my house back into a home.



After this much neglect, there is no way I can do all of this work in one session...it is just too overwhelming.  So I decided to tackle one new area/space each day.  Since I want to finally get the new tile installed on the bathroom counter, I thought I should begin with our bathroom...well one small part of it at least.  Today I decided to tackle the medicine drawer.  We don't have a medicine cabinet like in traditional homes and we don't have any small children in the home so a big drawer has been the home to our prescriptions, supplement, ointments, and what-nots that are related.

Have you looked in your medicine drawer (cabinet) lately?  Have you gone through the old prescriptions and supplement bottles to check for expired dates?  WOW, I was so amazed at the old stuff we still had laying around.  I found ointments that were expired as much as 6 years ago!  Prescription medications that expired in 2008.  Why was this still here?  It's not like I was going to ever need these 3 antibiotic pills, that isn't enough to cure any infection.  We even had expired medication for our dog!

I certainly didn't need this bottle of Hydrocodone laying around...gee that full bottle would have probably earned me a few hundred dollars from Rush Limbaugh! {just kidding, I know he kicked that habit}.  Anyway, the doctor prescribed those for Terry 5 years ago when he had is second hernia surgery.  He didn't even take any...the doctor thought he might feel enough pain to need them.  So here they sit several years passed their expiration date.

Did you know that medications can become ineffective or even toxic after their expiration date?  I learned this from personal experience.  Several years ago I had a wreck on my dirt bike and apparently sprained my wrist.  I did not go to the doctor because it was on a Saturday and it wasn't that bad.  However during the night my wrist swelled up and was throbbing with pain.  Some time well after midnight, while suffering from so much pain that I just could not take it any longer, I dug through the medicine drawer and found an old prescription bottle for Tylenol with Codeine that my dentist had given me after a tooth extraction.  I took one and went back to bed, hoping it would kick in soon and the pain would go away.  About half an hour later I was still in excruciating pain and now also feeling so sick to my stomach that I got up to run to the toilet.  I was dizzy and weak and passed out on the bathroom floor.  When I woke up I was so thirsty so I got up and walked to the kitchen.  Before I could even get to the sink I passed out again.  This time I hit my head against the wall as I was going down.  The noise woke up Terry.  He came running in the room asking me what was happening.  I told him to call 911, then I passed out again.


Long story short...after my ambulance ride to the hospital and having all kinds of tests and scans to make sure that I did not have a concussion or was injured internally from the wreck, it was determined that the expired Tylenol with Codeine had become toxic and was causing all of this.  After the Tylenol with Codeine wore off, I was just fine...still in pain from the sprained wrist, but now on a current dated pain medication.  So DON'T keep old medications around...there is no point.  If they don't become toxic, they become ineffective...so either way they will be of no use to you.


 
Look at this!  I filled half a tall kitchen trash can with the outdated drugs from this drawer!  I also found enough motel shampoo, conditioner & lotion bottles to fill half a one gallon zip-lock bag. The grandkids will love these ;-)

And look at all of the great little bottles I now have for my Sewing Room!



So now our medicine drawer is all cleaned out.  We now only have current dated medications, first aide supplies, and no more motel bottles.  One big drawer down, five more drawers to go...guess you know what I will be doing tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nannys 2nd Facebook Page 'Like' HOP! Come Join the Fun!!

Last week was the 1st edition of my new Facebook Page 'Like' Hop, and we only had a few entries, but I hope to have more and more entries every week.  Please help me share this new Hop by Grabbing the Hop Button and adding to your blog roll.  I really enjoy Blog Hops, especially the Facebook Page 'Like' Hops because they are so easy to 'Like' each page and then get to know them better over time as I see their new posts when I am on Facebook.

If you would like to get new Fan's on your Facebook Page and find new pages to follow, please join this Hop. I am calling it simply "Nannys Facebook Page 'Like' Hop". Join the fun is super easy. Just click on each button below, which will take you to that persons Facebook Page. If you are not already a fan of their page just click on the 'Like' button to become a new fan. It would also be awesome if you left a comment on their wall letting them know that you found them know that NannyAnna sent you!




To join just Add Your Facebook Page to the Linky below, then Please 'Like' my new Facebook Page. I would really love it if you left a comment on my wall too! Then come back here and find new Pages to 'Like'.   As you get new fans on your facebook page, be sure to return the favor to your new fans by 'Liking' their pages too.  I will post this Facebook Page 'Like' Hop each week on Wednesdays and leave it open until Saturday evenings to give everyone plenty of time to join.

*** Please, Please add this Hop Linky to your blog as well!***
If you would like to add our Hop Button to your blog as well, that would be pretty cool too!

*Please ONLY Link to Facebook Pages where visitors can 'Like' your page. Include the name of your Page as I have done in position #1.  No advertisements, no links to giveaways or other linkys, no spamming please.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Giveaways that I am currently entering...

Updated: Nov 4, 2011

Now that I am retired I have time to enter all of the Cool Giveaways that I have been missing out on for so long. To help me keep track of them I thought I would create this post to track them...and share them with you too. I could have kept this list private so that my odds of winning are better, but that might spoil my luck by being stingy, lol. Good Luck!

I hope you visit these blogs (some of my personal favorites) and enter their giveaways as well. As the expiration dates come and go, I will remove them from the list below.

PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR OWN GIVEAWAYS! If you would like to be added, add a comment below with a link to your giveaway...IF I decide to enter the giveaway then "I" will add it here. Any entries that were not submitted by me will be deleted. Sorry, I don't mean to sound so grouchy but this is not a public giveaway linking.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Zoobies PADDINGTON the BEAR GIVEAWAY! -Rafflecopter

I am So Excited to be hosting my Very First Rafflecopter Giveaway!  Yay!

One of my Lucky Readers will receive a Zoobies Paddington the Bear 3-n-1 Pillow, Blanket, & Plush Doll for their little one! 

Have you seen the Zoobies dolls before?  They are perfect for toddlers visiting their Nanny's house over the coming Holidays.  Great to take on trips, to daycare, or just cuddling up on the couch for family movie night.  Each of my grandchildren have at least one each and they will be getting the Zoobies Slumber Pets for Christmas too! {but lets keep that part a secret}.
 

Without further delay...wait for the Rafflecopter entry form to load below, then enter to Win a Zoobies Paddington the Bear for your special little one.  Entry is very easy and with Rafflecopter it is very fast too!  Good Luck to you All! 





Disclosure: I have not received any compensation from the Zoobies company.  Zoobies has no responsibility or obligation in this giveaway.  I am personally providing this prize myself, simply because I love the Zoobies so much and want to share them with you.  This giveaway will close on 11/30/11 at midnight.  I will ship the prize to the lucky winner, inside the US only, within 7 days of receiving confirmation from the winner. 

Special Note for anyone shopping for Zoobies dolls.  We recently closed our online baby & maternity shop and are currently clearancing out all remaining inventory at wholesale cost or BELOW...We still have Zoobies available while supplies last at unheard of low prices...get one (or 3, 5, 6...) while supplies last!

Nannys 1st Facebook Page 'Like' HOP! Come Join the Fun!!

I finally created a Facebook Page for my blog. But it looks so lonely with just a couple of fans so far :(  So, I thought I would start a Facebook Page Blog Hop to introduce everyone to my new page!  I really enjoy Blog Hops, especially the Facebook Page 'Like' Hops because they are so easy to 'Like' each page and then get to know them better over time as I see their new posts when I am on Facebook.

If you would like to get new Fan's on your Facebook Page and find new pages to follow, please join this Hop. I am calling it simply "Nannys Facebook Page 'Like' Hop". Join the fun is super easy. Just click on each button below, which will take you to that persons Facebook Page. If you are not already a fan of their page just click on the 'Like' button to become a new fan. It would also be awesome if you left a comment on their wall letting them know that you found them know that NannyAnna sent you!






To join just Add Your Facebook Page to the Linky below then, Please 'Like' my new Facebook Page. I would really love it if you left a comment on my wall too! Then come back here and find new Pages to 'Like'.   As you get new fans on your facebook page, be sure to return the favor to your new fans by 'Liking' their pages too.  I will post this Facebook Page 'Like' Hop each week on Wednesdays and leave it open until Saturday evenings to give everyone plenty of time to join.

*** Feel free to add this Hop Linky to your blog as well!***
If you would like to add our Hop Button to your blog as well, that would be pretty cool too!

*Please ONLY Link to Facebook Pages where visitors can 'Like' your page. Include the name of your Page as I have done in position #1.  No advertisements, no links to giveaways or other linkys, no spamming please.



Have Fun!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Our Saturday Hike up Bear Creek Trail ~ in Pictures

What a beautiful fall day it was today.  We took the four-legged kids for a hike in the forest today.  We went along the Dolores River to the Bear Creek Trail.  It is only about 30 minutes drive from our home.  Here are some beautiful pictures that I took with my phone.


The Map.
Bear Creek Trail.
Crossing the Dolores River via the Walking Bridge.  Pickle was a little nervous about the running water under the bridge, but with only one eye her depth perception is not good.
The dogs lead the way.

Leaf covered path.
Aspen Leaves cover the ground and make for a kind of slippery path.
Aspens are so beautiful, even without their leaves.
This diseased tree looked like there was a face that formed in the middle.
This Pine Tree was sprinkled with yellow Aspen leaves...it looked like it was decorated for Christmas by Mother Nature.
On our way back down the trail.


 
On our way back down the trail I spotted this adorable Caterpillar...he seemed so out of place, or maybe just out of season.

Mossy Tree...so Peaceful looking.
Terry giving the dogs a drink from the Creek.
Dolores River. The lowest time of the year.

Pretty River Rocks.
Our Chariot Awaits!
So that is how we spent our Saturday.  The views, the smells, and the lack of any noise other than what nature makes was so peaceful and invigorating.  Such a great way to spend the day.
 
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