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One thing that I love to do besides take pictures is to cook.  I think inherited this trait from my mother.  I don’t remember being “taught” how to cook.  I just know when I moved out on my own, I just started to cook.  So I think all those years of watching my mother create delicious meals paid off.
So for dinner tonight, I made my version of chicken fried rice.  I like this meal because it is quick and simple.  So I will share with you my recipe.
boneless skinless chicken breast cut into cubes
brown rice
frozen stir fry vegetables
soy sauce
garlic powder
evoo
butter
Prepare brown rice according to directions and set to the side.  Cook the chicken in some evoo.  Sprinkle garlic powder according to your preference.  When chicken is near done, add frozen veggies.  sprinkle with more garlic.  Cook for about another 5-7 minutes.  Add the rice and a pat of butter.  Pour soy sauce on to your preference.  Enjoy.
Please note I have not added any measurements because this is a recipe I made up myself and I don’t measure anything!
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Since moving, going to the doctor is not as easy with two 13 month-old babies.  Back home, my hubby had the flexibility to be off work to help assist in the appointments or I could get a friend to come help me.  Well times have changed and I am taking them to the doctor myself now.  So today we went in just for shots and a hemoglobin check.  So my daughter is showing off her Tweety Bird band-aid.  I hate seeing them get their shots but its necessary to keep healthy babies. 

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This weekend I got the local coupon book in the mail.  I actually enjoy reading through the coupon book.  Its not that I will actually use the coupon.  But rather, I am learning about some of the smaller businesses around me.  Chicago is a much larger city than what I was used to and reading the local coupon book for my neighborhood is helpful.  But the back cover of this latest issue had me so surprised.  There is a page of coupons for a local gas station and the coupons are for booze and beer!  I thought that was so hi-larious that you can actually cut a coupon for your Jose Cuervo or Capt Morgan.  Unfortunately I don’t drink either or those.  But if there was a coupon for some wine, I may have clipped the coupon and visited the local gas station!

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My hubby bought me a new Camaro today!  Did you really believe that?  We went to the Chicago Auto Show today and looked at tons of cars we cannot afford.  It was nice looking at all the cars and having fantasies of owning one of these cars today.  I picked this picture because I thought it was one of the better pics that I took today.  This was fun to get out the house and spend time together with the kids.  

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A nice glass of Riesling for my Friday night.  

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A concerned cousin shared some information with me that there was a recall on IKEA cribs.  My babies each have cribs from IKEA.  So I looked up the recall and checked out the cribs.  Luckily our cribs are not part of the recall.  So I decided to post this as my picture just as a FYI to anyone who reads this and they have IKEA cribs or know someone who has IKEA cribs.  So check out the link here to get more information on the crib recall. 

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So I had this brilliant idea to set up the tripod and use the timer on the camera.  I thought this will be great, I can get some shots of me and both babies.  Well it was good in theory.  This is probably the best picture I could get.  So I will just have to keep practicing.  Most of the problems were them wanting to play with the tripod and the camera.  

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So my duck friends came back yesterday for another photo shoot.  So I obliged and got a few shots.  As you can see, the ground is still covered with snow.  I wish it would just all melt.  But that’s another topic for discussion.  So ducks were very friendly and walked closer to me so I could take their pictures.  Somebody around here must be feeding these ducks and they somehow are mistaken I will feed them too….wrong!  I thought birds, in general, fly south for the winter.  I am not sure where these ducks live.  There is a lake in my subdivision but its snow covered and frozen.  Who knows?

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 

So today’s picture is actually a picture of a picture.  This is a picture of my grandmother which sits on my mantel.  Today would have been her 101st birthday.  My grandmother died 7 years ago but I hold a very special place in my heart for her.  I was my grandmother’s youngest grandchild.  So she affectionately called me “Baby”.  As a child I called her Grandma but as I got older I wanted to be hip like my older cousins and I called her Gram.  So today’s picture is dedicated to my Gram.  I love you and miss you!

To all my family members reading this…you better go wash yo’ nasty face and hands!

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Snow, snow, go away.
Come back another day.
(Really just melt and come back next winter)

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