August 27, 2014

Two Years

Two years of work. I feel like these years have absolutely flown by.  I have done, seen, and learned so many things; too many to name, but here are a few things I am so happy that I've experienced along the way:

I have learned how to get what I want from doctors.
I have learned to listen to the older nurses, even if they aren't nice.
I have learned to go with my gut, always.
I have learned to check, double check, and recheck my meds.
I have learned that two hands are better than one, and four are better than two.
I have witnessed families coming apart, and families coming together.
I have cared for people who have no one in the world.
I have cared for the alcoholic, the drug addict, the illegal immigrant, and the mentally ill.
I have had days where I questioned myself on end, and days where I didn't.
I have received praise for my work, and reprimand for my mistakes.
I have learned that it's okay when you don't know everything, and it doesn't hurt to ask.
I have cracked ribs.
I have learned what teamwork really means.
I have pushed meds.
I have been called names, good ones and bad ones.
I have seen people who are at their worst, still give their best.
I have had people lift me up, when it should have been the other way around.
I have called codes, called ambulances, and called families.
I have held patients as they took their first breaths, and others as they took their last.
I have learned that I love what I do.

August 26, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie.
Always a staple in my opinion. 

I have never wanted to invest the time to make my own pie crust for it and I have been using biscuits as crust since I could cook. I think because of that I prefer it to a more traditional crust.

Others may disagree, but no doubt that using canned biscuits make Chicken Pot Pie something attainable for a weeknight meal!

Traditionally this would be a recipe I am most often making/sharing in the fall or winter months, but here in Arizona we really only have summer as a season, so you are getting in on the recipe now!

In pulling up this recipe I smile. I have this one compiled in my OneNote on my computer.
Anyone remember OneNote?! I used it almost exclusively like I use Pinterest/my blog.
Darn I could have made millions with this Pinterest idea ;-)

Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of margarine or butter
1/3 cup flour
1 can of chicken broth (or bouillon) I use about 10 oz
3/4 cup milk
1.5-2 cups of mixed vegetables (or however much you want!)
Chopped Chicken (however much you want)
Dash of Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large skillet, melt the butter, stir in the flour and pepper. Cook, stirring consistently, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add chicken broth and milk. Cook until mixture boils and thickens stirring consistently. Add the chicken and then the vegetables and cook until hot and bubbly. Empty mixture into your casserole dish.**
3. Flatten out your biscuits and lay on top of mixture.
4. Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.


**I like to use a smaller casserole dish because I love lots of thick flavorful pie, but you may use your judgement there.

I have never met someone who does not like Chicken Pot Pie.
Are there any of you out there?

August 25, 2014

Granite

Like many builder grade homes, our kitchen was a sea of boring and bad.  
What we liked about this kitchen was the massive amount of cabinets and we love the floor tile. We didn't like everything else.

Now we couldn't afford to change out the appliances, but maybe one day when someone wants to fund that...anyone?! Any takers?!

To give the space some much needed beauty, we traded in the laminate counter tops for granite.  This was a pricey upgrade.  Some things are just worth the money.

I mean the laminate counter tops were the pattern of camouflage. Even my dad who hunts was not impressed.

We chose "Cashmere White" granite.  We also added a granite composite under mount sink, stained the cabinets, upgraded the faucet, and added a backsplash. I would post about doing the backsplash, except for I had NOTHING to do with it. Kevin took that puppy on. If you have any backsplash questions, let me know and I will forward them onto him and get you an answer. :-) We Kevin also put under cabinet lighting in. Too bad this man doesn't want to guest post because the under cabinet lighting it my favorite thing in the whole house!

Kitchen we really went all out on you!

Anyway back to the counter tops...We picked out our slabs and got excited. Then we my dad and Kevin took off the old counter tops. The granite guys came and measured and then the counters went in!

They went in and it made me nervous...as most everything does!
They sealed them, but I re-sealed them. (can you tell I have issues yet?)
Double protection doesn't hurt and other then that I am able just to disinfect with my granite cleaner or a sponge with warm water. 




Totally helped lighten the space perfectly in my opinion!

Any pricey upgrades in your house that you just had/have to have?

August 22, 2014

Cleaning my Wedding Ring

My rings mean so much to me. I love my engagement ring that Kevin surprised me with. Looking down everyday is a reminder of how much he loves me. Then there is my wedding band that I got to look like my mother's. 
My late grandmother, me, my mom

Well looking down almost everyday. Sometimes I don't always wear them working and sometimes if I know it is going to get super hot I don't wear them. For some reason I swell like no ones business. When it is cold they are loose and when it is hot the constrict. Yay weird fingers...not!

Anyway, I used to be the person to clean my rings in the jewelry solution or ensure that I went and got it done by the jeweler. But it got to be a lot of hassle and more money than just DIYing it.

And yes, you can DIY safely and effectively!

You can use ammonia I have heard. I have been too nervous to do so though. I instead use some water and dish soap in this jewelry cleaner.

They aren't paying me to say this, but it really works and works splendidly and for an EXCELLENT cost in my mind.

This post was brought to you by the word tada!
Have a great weekend!

August 21, 2014

Gravel or Grass

Gravel or Grass?


Ever since I started thinking about landscaping the backyard, my mind kind of went to grass. We have some beautiful trees here in our backyard and when their leaves, pods, and spines (we are in the desert after all) fall at all different times of the year, it is darn near impossible to scrape them all up from the gravel. 

Currently we have gravel. I thought it made sense, after all, it cuts down on water, it looks quite nice, and it seems like an overall low-maintenance option especially for a black thumb like myself. However, it seems to look good and then be harder to maintain. You have to fight with the trees and weeds among the gravel.

Well, that seemed to contradict everything you would think, but I will say that my lawn is definitely prone to some weeds, so it kind of makes sense. But then again, how much would it be to put all that grass in and then maintain it?

Anyone have any advice for me?
It would be much appreciated! 

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