Scribbled by Jo on March 6, 2014
I am slowly but surely headed toward my totally gluten-free lifestyle. My goal is to be totally there very soon. My goal was March 1st, but that didn’t happen. I don’t know why I don’t just STOP eating things I know are going to just make me miserable. It would be the smart thing to do.
I know before I put it in my mouth that bread is going to give me a tummy ache and yet, I make myself a pb&j sandwich…how smart is that? Yeah I know. You don’t have to tell me. DUMB!!! That’s the worst part of it all. I KNOW!! But I do it anyway.
In other news, my sister got a touch screen phone today. Her first. She hadn’t even left the store before she called me to let me know she got it. Hilarious, that one. I love her to pieces. She’s been wanting a new phone for a while now, but didn’t have the money for one til now. She said she wasn’t getting a touch screen one but then when she called she said she got one. I think she got an LG Optimus Logic. She upgraded from a flip phone. Yeah, it was time…
Let’s see what else is going on… The new blog is doing really well! I finally found a layout I like. I am getting more and more visitors and page views each day, which is exciting. I encourage you to go to FoodGurly and check it out!!
I guess that’s about it for now…
Stay cool… I’m out!! ;) xoxo
Scribbled by Jo on March 6, 2014
We have to print a lot of things here at camp. We put out a few newsletters each year. Postcards go out a few times a year and we also send out flyers for events that are up and coming. That’s a lot of paper and ink. One might think that it’s cost effective to do your own printing at home/your place of work, but sometimes it really isn’t.
I have been doing some research and sometimes prices for wholesale printing are cheaper and sometimes your local print shop is a better savings. That isn’t to say that printing your own stuff never saves you money. It just depends on what you’re printing, if it needs to be photo quality, if it needs to be folded or if it needs to be in color…
Lots of different options go into shopping around for printing prices. It isn’t as simple as you might think! I’m gonna go finish the newsletter for camp now…
See ya later! ;)
Scribbled by Jo on February 18, 2014
I’m sharing another recipe I am adding to my master menu list for camp for this next year. I have used them for the last two winter retreats we’ve had and I have had great reviews! I figured they would go over well, but you just never know… Our winter retreats tend to be smaller groups so I figured I would try the recipes now and then add them to the master list rather than try them on the bigger groups in the summer. It’s just easier. But yay! I’m going to HAVE to remember to take pictures, though!! GGGRRRR!
source Easy Breakfast Casserole
- 24 oz. hash browns (about 8 cups)
- 16 oz. cubed ham
- 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 12 large eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 1 t. salt
- ½ t. ground black pepper
- cooking spray
- foil to line your baking pan (this just makes clean up easier, you can skip this step)
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Add the potatoes, ham, and cheese to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour the mixture into a foil lined 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, salt, and pepper (I use the same bowl from step 1).
- Pour the egg mixture over the hash brown mixture. Pat everything down with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Bake for one hour. The center should be set and the edges should be golden brown.
Now obviously I had to like quadruple this and bake it for a little longer, but it turned out perfect and everyone loved it! YUM! Hope you enjoy it… xo
Scribbled by Jo on February 16, 2014
I have tried a few new recipes at camp in the recent past…
This weekend in fact. And the last camp we had, I used the same menu. Our winter camps are shorter than our summer camps, for obvious reasons (the kids are in school). So we only have them for about 2 days. Some come in Friday and leave Saturday. Some come in Saturday and leave Monday.
I made this for the first dinner. I keep forgetting to take pictures though… so I will have to use the ones from Pinterest and give you the source.
This dish has gotten rave reviews. It’s a great dish and you can have everything prepared ahead of time, stick it in the fridge, covered and pull it out an hour or so before you’re ready to eat and bake it off.
1 lb bow tie pasta
1 lb mild pork sausage
1 large onion, medium size chopped
2 (26 ounce) jars pizza sauce
1 lb cubed cooked ham
1/2-1 lb of sliced pepperoni
3 (8 ounce) bags of shredded mozzarella cheese
6 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped garlic or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Cook pasta in boiling water until al dent é.
- Cook sausage, garlic or garlic powder and oregano with onions until the juices run clear.
- In a lightly greased 9x13x3 inch pan, pour a small amount of sauce to lightly coat bottom.
- Layer ingredients in the order listed below.
- 1st layer-1/3 of the pasta, 1/3 remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, sausage and onions.
- 2nd layer-1/2 of the remaining pasta, 1/2 remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, ham.
- 3rd layer-all remaining pasta, all remaining sauce, 1 bag of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, all the pepperoni(completely covering the entire top with pepperoni).
- Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Enjoy this dish with friends and family. Obviously I had to like quadruple this recipe to have enough. This makes a 9×13 though and should feed 8-10 people or so. I served this with a salad and Texas toast. Om nom nom…
See ya on the flip side! xoxo
Scribbled by Jo on February 15, 2014
Do you watch the Oscars? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It depends on my mood and what my family wants to do. One year my husband and I went to a screening of the Oscars at a movie theater. They had a TV station there covering the event. In fact, that’s how we ended up going. I won tickets by calling into the station during a contest.
We got dressed up and went out for the night. They had food and drinks there, it was pretty fun. I can’t imagine what the actors and actresses go through to get ready, though. All those gowns, tuxes and jewelry… It’s insane! Of course they have clothing and fashion jewelry designers at their disposal, I guess.
And from what I hear, they can get clothes and jewelry on loan. So it’s not like they are spending money on all that stuff they wear on Oscar night. Although, I’m sure some of them do!
What was the most expensive thing you ever bought to wear? I think mine was probably my wedding dress. It was worth about $600, but I didn’t pay that for it…I got a really good deal for it at an outlet!!
Would you ever spend a small fortune on something to wear it once?
Come on, you can tell me!
See ya soon… xoxo
Scribbled by Jo on February 10, 2014
I know I haven’t been around much lately. I have been nursing a five day migraine. On top of that we had a camp in last weekend and we have another one coming in this weekend.
With all that and my new blog, I have been a little busy. I would really like to get my readership over there. I want to work on possibly getting some companies to let me do product reviews and stuff over there. But you have to have a lot of traffic and good ranking and all of that.
I am trying to make sure I have unique, original content. Which is somewhat hard since I get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest and other sites online. But I do try to make the recipes I use my own in one way or another. You know, change them up a bit. Usually to make them healthier.
Anyway, that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Not really all that exciting, but it keeps me out of trouble for the most part.
See you soon… xo
Scribbled by Jo on February 5, 2014
This is old news, but I have a new blog!
I am blogging mostly over there now. I really want to get my readership up over there so, if y’all could head over that way and check it out, I would really appreciate it! I have really wanted to start a food blog for some time, now and now I have done it!! WooHoo.
Food Gurly is everything I have wanted and more. It is a place for me to talk about healthy, yummy food and to show off said food. Food I make for me and my family!! I love to cook and bake for my friends and family. It’s my love language. I also share recipes over there!!
Scribbled by Jo on February 2, 2014
Make sure you all go to the new blog foodgurly.com and subscribe to get my posts in your e-mail! Or just follow the blog if your a WordPress user. That way we won’t lose each other when I’m not blogging here anymore.
I will be here for at least a few more months. My domain is good for that long so… :) I might as well get my money’s worth, right? Since I’m paying for my domain AND hosting here. I’m only paying for my domain over there. That will save me some money. Not a ton, but some. :)
Thanks to those who have faithfully read over the years and commented. It means a lot. The blog has grown more than I ever thought it would. I just feel like I want to go in another direction. I want to stick to one subject rather than be all over the place. I mean, it’s okay to throw variety into a post, but the major theme of the blog is just one thing….does that make sense?
I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a food blog and I LOVE trying new recipes and tweaking them to make them my own. And I LOVE photographing my results! So it’s a no brainer for me!
See you over at foodgurly.com
Scribbled by Jo on February 1, 2014
Which movie was it? I can’t remember… Oh yeah, Coyote Ugly. Where she is moves to the big city to try and break into a music career.
She sends in tapes to all these producers and waits to hear back from them. After months and months of nothing she finally figures out that that isn’t the way they do things anymore. You have to have more sophisticated equipment like this recording software at guitar center. So she figures it out, gets her music recorded on cd’s and sends it in that way.
But then she finds out she has to go out into the big bad world and SING her music live to get her music heard and that proves to be a whole other problem, since she has stage fright and is afraid to sing in public. It’s a cute story, really.
All this to say, if you’re going to do something right…you must have the right equipment!! Just a little food for thought for y’all today!!
Scribbled by Jo on January 31, 2014
I just cannot believe what technology can do. I have heard of electric guitars. I have seen electronic pianos. I have seen electronic harmonicas. But I have never the likes of anything like this electric cello at wwbw! I mean, really?!?! Since when do they make electric cellos?!?!?!
We have come a long way, I guess. Next thing ya know we’ll have electric clarinets and flutes!! Goodness! I guess it’s cool, though. All the technology we have nowadays. They’ve come up with some cool stuff!
If you had to pick one, what would be your favorite piece of technology? I think I would have to say my smartphone is my favorite. I would be lost without it!!