Sunday, May 31, 2009

Birthday fun at Fudrucker's

We celebrated DJ's BDay at Fudrucker's. While there, I had the pleasure of meeting DJ's parents Dan & Sheryl who made the drive in from San Diego. To Eric, these wonderful people are also known as "Mom & Pops" as well. DJ & Eric have a brotherly friendship that goes back to their Jr High days. They have warmly excepted Eric into their home & he interns considers this loving couple his 2nd Parents & home away from home.

Deric took a really quick liking to Mom. He couldn't stop kissing her. It was too cute. Pops was not spared either. Unfortunately I wasn't able to catch a photo but Deric was making googly eyes to Pops.

Thank you for letting us into your family....
you will always have a special place in ours.

My friend Kristen liked what I did for Michelle & David so here is a little somthing for her.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Praying for David

Here is a little something I made for Michelle & David. I have attached some of the lyrics to "He's my Son" by Mark Schultz.

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16-18

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Praying for David

This little guy went in for emergency surgery last night. Because it was an emergency the Surgeon was a different Doctor than his usual Neurosurgeon. This is his 30th brain surgery.

Please keep these 2 in ur thoughts & prayers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My famous "Burrito Casserole" aka Enchiladas

This is my take on Enchiladas yet totally different but its quite yummy.

  • 1_1/2 lbs of Ground Beef
  • Spices: Salt, Pepper, Garlic (a pinch or to taste)
  • my Secret Ingredients (sorry ladies)
  • 3 Green Onions, finely chopped
  • 27 oz Enchilada Sauce (1 can)
  • Flour Tortillas
  • 8 oz of shredded cheese, your fav (I used Cheddar)
  • 2.2 QT / 2 LT Casserole baking dish
  • Large/wide bowl
Add all seasoning to ground beef while browning. Once beef is almost brown, add green onions & minced garlic so not to burn. Drain all excess oil. Pour enchilada sauce into X-Large bowl (do not heat!). Pre-heat oven at 400.
Get ready because this is the messy part- If u wear french acrylic nails, wear gloves as the enchilada sauce WILL stain. Get a tortilla & very lightly dip front & back in the sauce. Scoop beef into the wet tortilla, sprincle cheese then roll into a burrito. Repeat this process until the casserole dish is filled (1 layor only). Pour the excess enchilada sauce, sprincle more cheese generously, & sprinkle more beef on the top of the burritos. Place the dish in the oven. Everything has been cooked so you will only need to melt the cheese so don't walk away, this dish will be done in minutes.

Spanish Rice "Arroz"

This is my take on my Grandmothers "Arroz" aka Spanish Rice.

  • 1 cup long rice (1 part rice/2 parts water)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 cup water
  • olive oil
  • pepper & garlic (a pinch or to taste)
  • My Secret ingredient
  • 1/4 of a Yellow Onion (optional)
  • Mixed Veggies Canned 1 (optional)
    On high, heat EVOO in a large non-stick pan. Pour 1-cup of rice into oil & lightly brown stirring constantly. Once the rice has absorbed most of the oil, add tomato sauce/stir, add water/stir, add seasonings/stir, then cover. Lower to medium heat.
    • Continue to stir occasionally to avoid sticking &/or burning.
      Once the rice has absorbed all the liquid, roughly around 5-8 min's, taste to make sure the rice is soft, then its time to eat =)~

    Who's Deric's bestfriend?

    Last night, Deric woke every 1/2 hour crying & nothing would ease him. We tried holding him, rocking him, singing to him but nothing worked. Then I stayed up to observe him. Maybe his body language would speak to me, such as a tug at the ear. About 20 min's later I saw him toss & turn with his little arm reaching.... reaching high reaching low then there goes the water works. Then I realized that Deric was searching & missing his "Blanket".

    OMGoodness, I knew he loved his Blanket but I had no idea he had grown that attached to it. So there I go at 2AM washing & drying his beloved Blanket. The reason I had to put him to bed w/it is because it needed washing.

    I believe this whole Blanket thing started after watching The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Its a movie which teaches children the importance of sharing through Elmo's trials which came due to not sharing his beloved Blanket.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    Should I or shouldn't I?

    I'm thinking of painting the inside of our bedroom door black along w/the molding, as featured in the photo below. My only fear is that I don't want it 2b too dark..... but as I always say, "When in doubt, accessorize!" =)

    I'm aware that the look is not for ever1. Its sleek, new, & modern with a touch of suffistacation... I love it!

    Monday, May 25, 2009

    Which Sippy Cup is right for ur baby?

    We were introduced to the challenges of attempting to transition Deric from the bottle to the sippy cup. This challenge being really foreign to us since every mild stone from birth til now have all been so effortless.

    We tried every make & style with no luck until yesterday. I keep a "big boy" cup for when Deric's older cousins & friends come over. The type of cup with a lid & straw.

    Yesterday Deric turned 17months & thought, I'd try the "big boy" cup... & it worked! I told my sister & she said I was the exact same way bypassing the sippy cup going directly to a child's cup.

    Sunday, May 24, 2009

    Picture perfect

    We have this HUGE wall at the highest point of the vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. Me being the perfectionist that I am, well lets just say its been itching away at me to get it just right since we moved in. I could not find anything that fit "just right" in my eyes until today. We found a piece of art which really compliments the design if the frosted glass to our pantry door. This painting 44"W x 40"H and the best part of all is that it was >50% off. Double "Yea!"

    Friday, May 22, 2009

    Corona del Sol Class of '09

    Corona's '09 Senior class were awarded over $10 Million dollars in scholarship money.... Way to go Aztecs!

    My Niece graduated from Corona yesterday evening. The ceremony was originally scheduled for 7:30 PM however was bumped up 1hour due to the forecased rain.
    The commencement was nice & might quite entertaining. The speeches had a comedic twist & kept the audience with laughter... when on came the rain. Kind of odd for this time of year however, we were prepared with umbrellas until.... the color in my umbrella started to bleed! Oh my goodness, the walk to the parking lot seemed to go on for miles. Deric could care less, as he loves H2o.

    Thursday, May 21, 2009

    Cap & Tassel

    Here is a little somthing I created for my niece as part of her Gradguation present. I uploaded the photo to my local drug store's on-line photo center & had an 8x10 printed & fraimed. I hope she likes it =)

    Desert Edge Prom & Grad '09

    I just got this picture in today of my Niece Dannie & her boyfriend Freddy in cap & gown after graduation.

    Along with a picture at their prom.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Hide & Go Seek

    When I was little, I use to love hanging out under my mothers dinning room table. This table sat 12, & was so long it seemed to go on for days. I remember imagining myself in my own little world. Once, my mother "lost" me. She looked all over the house & could not find me. She searched high & low & was about to notify the authorities when low & behold, my sister found me. Can u guess where? Yes, under the table. So to see my son following Mama's hiding little footsteps, was very warming to me & obviously brought back a these memories of my young life.

    My mother gave me her antique solid mahogany wood table. Unfortunately, it was part of the loss we experienced in the fire of the storage unit right b4 moving into our new home. These are the legs of the table after the fire.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Celebrity Nursery Decor

    OMG, this is the cutest little Princess room, EVER! It almost makes me want to have a girl. The crib is so unique, I'm soooo lovin it..... but, it appears as the crib is made of some sort of hard metal? I don't kno about that.

    Check more out at

    Intruder in our home?

    Last night there were high winds which made a mess of our backyard. Winds gusts were so powerful, that it actually triggered the alarm to our home security system 3 times! Once at 2:00 AM, 2nd at 2:30, & finally at 3:00AM & scarred the heck out of us. Needless to say we did not get a restful night.

    Monday, May 18, 2009

    And Angels were singing

    Here are my Nieces Sissy (aka CC) & Lissy at their Choir Resital at their High School.
    All sibling rivalry were put asside so the 1st picture of them hugging could be taken LOL

    Saturday, May 16, 2009

    Monti's, La Casa Vieja

    Eric & I had our date night at Tempe's historical, Monti's La Casa Vieja. Not only is this a great steak house but we really love how it has so much history & even has been recorded as a historical property. Attached, I have copied a little history from for those of you that are intrested.

    Monti's La Casa Vieja is located in Tempe, Arizona, in the city's original pioneer home and the oldest continuously occupied structure in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The original adobe hacienda was built as a home by Charles Trumbull Hayden in 1871. Hayden settled in the area to establish a flourmill and a ferry service for crossing the Salt River, which flowed year-round at that time.
    In 1876, Hayden married Sallie Davis, and the couple turned their residence into a hotel, blacksmith shop, post office and general store. The community became known as Hayden's Ferry. The following year, the Hayden's son Carl was born in the hacienda. Carl would go on to become a sheriff, cavalry soldier and congressman, serving more than 57 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In [year?], the Arizona Republic ranked Carl Hayden first on a list of the most important people in Arizona history.

    In the late 1880s, a traveling English nobleman named Darrell Duppa suggested that the small settlement resembled an area in Greece called the Vale of Tempe. A few years later, the town's name was officially changed to Tempe.
    When the Hayden family moved to a new home in the 1890s, they began referring to the original structure by the nickname La Casa Vieja -- Spanish for "The Old House." Sanborn's Insurance Company documents from this period show that a restaurant of some sort was operated at La Casa Vieja as early as the 1890s, most likely as a convenience to those who had traveled a great distance to use the flourmill or ferry service. The Hayden daughters ran the restaurant until financial difficulties forced the sale of the property in the 1930s. During the ensuing years, several operators ran the restaurant. From the Great Depression through 1954, details about La Casa Vieja are sketchy. Mrs. Lucille Payne ran the bar and restaurant with her husband from 1943 to 1947, and has been kind enough to present us with some interesting photographs and stories. During World War II, many British military personnel that were in the Valley for training frequented the bar at La Casa Vieja. The British soldiers gave Mr. Payne a large Union Jack to mount on the wall (as seen in the photo at the right). After the Paynes departed, a couple from Alaska leased the restaurant, but there are few details about them.
    In 1954, the building was purchased by Leonard F. Monti, Sr. Monti had been operating a 13-stool diner in Chandler since 1946, having come to Arizona following World War II. After waiting for the tenant's lease to expire, Monti opened his new restaurant for business in April 1956. He was keenly aware of the property's illustrious heritage, and rather than entirely renaming the establishment he merely added his last name, dubbing it "Monti's La Casa Vieja."
    Monti diligently cultivated the historical aspects of La Casa Vieja, putting hundreds of pieces of memorabilia, photographs and unique objects on display throughout the restaurant. Senator Carl Hayden, late in his life, paid a number of visits to his childhood home, affording Monti an opportunity to question him about the building's intriguing history. Monti was also fortunate to meet Hayden C. Hayden, grandson of Charles Trumbull Hayden, who shared many historical anecdotes with him over decades of friendship. Today, Hayden C. Hayden remains a friend of the Monti family and a frequent customer.

    Significant dates in the history of Monti's La Casa Vieja:
    1825 -- Charles Trumbull Hayden born in Hartford County, Connecticut
    1858 -- Hayden establishes freight business in Tucson
    1870 -- Hayden files homestead claim for 160 acres of land in what is now Tempe
    1871 -- Hayden begins building his home, which will become "La Casa Vieja"
    1872 -- Hispanic village of San Pablo founded next to Hayden settlement
    1876 -- Hayden moves permanently from Tucson and marries Sallie Calvert Davis
    1877 -- Carl Hayden born in La Casa Vieja; he would become a soldier, sheriff & US.congressman
    1879 -- Hayden's Ferry merges with San Pablo and adopts the name "Tempe"
    1886 -- The Territorial Normal School opens for its first 31 students; will become Arizona State University
    1889 -- Hayden family moves to a new home and begins referring to their former residence as La Casa Vieja, which means "The Old House" in Spanish.
    1912 -- Arizona becomes 48th U.S. state
    1912 -- Leonard Monti born in Hibbing, Minn.
    1924 -- First major renovation of La Casa Vieja undertaken by the Hayden sisters
    1943 - 1947 -- Restaurant in La Casa Vieja operated by Eugene and Lucille Paine
    1946 - 1956 -- Leonard Monti operates dining area of Western Tavern in Chandler
    1954 -- Leonard Monti purchases La Casa Vieja
    1956 -- Monti's La Casa Vieja opens for business in April
    1969 -- Carl Hayden retires from U.S. Senate after more than 57 years in office
    1971 -- Tempe celebrates its centennial
    1972 -- Carl Hayden passes away 1969 -- Mill Room and new kitchen added
    1979 -- Southside addition built
    1984 -- La Casa Vieja listed on National Register of Historic Places
    1995 -- City of Tempe dedicates Leonard Monti Trail on "A" Butte
    1999 -- 13 original doors and windows restored with State Heritage Fund matching grant
    2000 -- La Casa Vieja listed as "Tempe Historic Property number 11" in city register.

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Jesse's visit

    Mom & Dad had my nephew Jesse for the day & decided to bring him over to play with Deric. The 2 played all morning til noon when I put Deric down 4 his nap. Mom & Dad said, "Ok, its time 2 go home now." Jesse said, "No, I don't want2... I want 2 stay here in Deric's "Race-car Room". I called his Mom & received clearance for Jesse to spend the day with us.

    So, I show Jesse the fun frame I made of him with the Dinosaurs & he informs me that he wld like a "Race-Car" photo like Deric.

    Fun Frames

    I really enjoy Digital Scrapbooking for fun. Here are a few of my projects I worked on last night.
    Deric McQueen, my baby boy.

    My niece, Jenelle

    My nephew, Jesse

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    ASU Class of '09

    I am so proud of my friend Michelle for overcoming adversity in so many ways. She is a loving mother to a beautiful boy by the name of David. Attached is a summery of Michelle, in her own words.

    "I had David in high school & he was born 3 months premature. Because of that he has several disabilities. David is my pride and joy. He is defiantly a little fighter. He has undergone 28 brain operations & he's still smiling. He does not walk yet but I know that day is coming. Most of you will remember me as pretty feisty. I am still the same old Michelle but some things have changed. At age 23, desperate for change I found Jesus Christ. This is the best thing that could have ever happened to my son and I. I quickly found myself working with at-risk kids helping them stay out of the same trouble I spent years in. I found my passion and that is what I am now in school for. God works in crazy ways who would have thunk?"

    Michelle is so inspirational, not just as a woman, but as a Mother. The world yours, you just have to inspire to want it.

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Does the Ped Egg really work?

    The PedEgg™ is a foot file that you’ve seen advertised on TV. It's the newest & fastest way to make your feet feel smooth w/NO MESS! The micro-files gently remove calluses & dead skin to give your feet the incredible baby soft look & feel. The unique “egg” shape of the is ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand. Best of all, it has been designed to collect all the skin shavings in a convenient storage compartment allowing you to use it anywhere with no mess.

    This product was featured & reviewed today by Savvy Shopper & was given great reviews (not to replace a Pedi but as an in-between/maintenance). A deminstration was provided on a balloon & it did not pop however, a demo on an orange scrapped the skin & captured in a hidden compartment for no mess!

    At only $10.00, I went out & purchased mine today at my local drug store (Walgreens).
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