Thursday

Picture off my phone

This is a picture of my husband and I. Our faces are a little white washed.


Called Back!

So after being laid off since June 2nd of last year, I got a call this morning from Joyce at the IRS. She called me wanting to know if I would come back to the IRS in Data Conversion. I didn't recognize the number until after I had it go to voice-mail. I listened to the voice-mail and she wanted me to come back Sunday Night (3rd Shift) and was thinking "YES, I want to come back but not Midnight shift." So, I texted my husband at work and let him know. I had to see what he said about me working 3rd shift again. You know that shift is not fun if your other half works a different one. He said it was more money than unemployment and to take it. I called her back and mentioned that I had requested 1st shift. She kinda sounded disappointed but said she would find a place for me and didn't know whose team I would be on though. I go into work Tuesday Morning at 7!!! I am excited to be going back to work. I know my husband is glad too.

Some downsides of not working 3rds:
*Less pay. It is still more than unemployment but a couple dollars less an hour.
*Not having my days available for doctor's appointments. I'll have to request off or schedule around now.
*Mondays - When I worked thirds last year I started the week on Sunday so it was like I never had a day that felt like a Monday. Now, I'll have Mondays.
*This week I probably would have got Holiday pay if I started work on Sunday because Monday is a holiday but instead I am skipping that and starting on Tuesday. Bummer!
*I've already paid for Ladies Conference so I'll have to use a day of my vacation for that. If I would have worked 3rds I wouldn't have to because I would have Friday's off.

Other than that I can't think of any other downsides.

Upsides:
*I get to see my husband regularly and not just for a couple hours between our jobs.
*I won't have that dead tired look at 6AM.
*My husband and I will have schedules that are similar!
*I won't have to leave from church early on Wednesdays and Sundays.
*I'll get to fellowship on those nights! Hubby and I used to have to leave from church, grab some fast food and then him take me to work.
*I'll probably get to see Sis. Smith (my pastor's wife) around lunch. She works for the IRS too.
*I'll be able to take my medicines at the same time as I am currently taking them. I'd have to change my routine otherwise.
*I won't have to request a check every two weeks on oet.ky.com.



So, celebrate with me! Wahoo! I'm going back to work at least for a few months until they lay me off again. Maybe I'll get lucky and find another position within the IRS.

Well I'm off to have lunch with Granny and my MIL :) Another thing I'll miss. :)

Have a happy day,

Wednesday

Mmmm Chocolate! Review.


I received these Ghirardelli Squares in the mail a few days ago from SheSpeaks. What a great treat around Valentine's Day! I have to let you know that this is not the first time that I have had Ghirardelli Chocolates. However, it is the first time that I have had this flavor - Milk & Truffle.

My first thoughts when trying one of these squares is that it was so smooth and it just melted in my mouth. However, it was kinda hard because it was cold when delivered! So, I had to try a second piece after I let it set for a while and I absolutely loved it. The truffle center was so creamy. It was delicious!


Do you love chocolate? I am not talking about your average check-out counter chocolate. I am talking gourmet chocolate. If so, you should definitely try this chocolate. But you might want to put them under lock and key because they are so good you will want to eat the whole bag!

My husband tried two. The second one he was dipping it in his Earl Grey Tea... He really liked it that way. I liked eating these with milk on the side to drink. I love drinking milk with anything chocolate!

An awesome idea: these chocolates would be great to put in a gift basket for someone. Sure it would have been nice to give to someone for Valentine's but since my review is after Valentine's day, consider adding to an Easter basket!

I received 2 coupons. I think I'll share one coupon and use the other to get me another bag of these Milk & Truffle Chocolates! Why? Because I ate the last one this afternoon!



For full disclosure: SheSpeaks.com provided samples of the NEW Milk & Truffle GHIRARDELLI SQUARES for me to review. No payment was given and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

On the Agenda

So, I've got a couple things that I am going to purpose to do later today (since it is 2:30 AM.) The first thing on the list is Meal Planning and making a grocery list. The second one is going through my closet and dresser. I am not sure if I am looking forward to doing it or not. My main goal is to find some clothes that I haven't wore in a while and move them to the front of the closet. It will be like a new wardrobe to me. These both could take a while.

I am going to come back after these two are done and give an update. Maybe a picture or two!

I've got a couple ideas for meal planning and another recipe to share. So be sure to check back.

Have a happy nite,

Tuesday

Something Fantastical

In January, my husband and I were invited to a Minister's Holiday Party (January Jingle- such a cute name.) We had to bring an appetizer and dessert. For the appetizer, I took the Buffalo Chicken Dip that I have posted on my blog in the past. I wanted to take something different than the Eclair Cake that I usually take to these sort of events for the dessert. Besides, last year I took the Eclair Cake and it wasn't touched because someone else had brought one too. So, I remembered a recipe that I was given for a really, really good dessert and I am going to share that with you. It got rave reviews at the party!


So, here is a recipe for Something Fantastical (aka Cream Cheese Squares)

Ingredients:
2 (8 oz) cans refridgerated crescent roll dough
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. (I used a slightly smaller one.)

Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.

Bake in the over for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is crisp and golden.

From start to finish about 45 minutes.
Serves: 24
Nutritional Info:
Calories: 213
Total Fat: 14.2g
Cholesterol: 21mg
Sodium: 246mg
Total Carbs: 18.4g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1g
Protein: 2.8g

Doesn't it look delicious!? Go to the store, get these ingredients and make this... you won't be disappointed especially if you like cheesecake. My Pastor's Wife said that this was better than the piece of cheesecake she had at the party. She actually had seconds of my dessert. Shhhhhhh... ;-)

Have a happy nite,