Dinner made Simple

28 06 2011

I’m all about the simple at the moment. This meal took about 45 minutes, start to finish.


  • long grain white rice
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • canned chicken chunks
  • cream of chicken
  • shredded cheese

To start I put about two cup uncooked rice in my rice cooker. On the quick-setting it takes between 10-15 minutes. In the mean time I pull out the rest of the ingredients. I use one 12.5 oz can chicken, drain the excess water but don’t squeeze it out like you would tuna. If your family likes a lot of meat just put in another can. I use two 10 oz cans cream of chicken. I buy bulk frozen mixed vegetables so for this I just eyeball an amount that looks good. I mix those three ingredients in a glass casserole dish and wait for the rice. Preheat the oven to 400. When the rice is done I mix it in (not always using it all) again I just eyeball what looks about right, and cover it all with the cheese. I put it in the oven uncovered for about 30 minutes. Long enough for the vegetables to cook and the cheese on top to melt. I like to put it on broil for a minute or to just to add a little browning to the cheese.

Pull it out of the oven,  set it on the table, salt and pepper shakers on the side, and ta-da Dinner made Simple. This feeds my small family of four just fine.


New Blog

10 06 2011

I just started a new blog. There isn’t much content yet but hopefully I’ll have some cool pics up soon.

Sunday Afternoon 4-10-2011

14 04 2011

It was such a beautiful afternoon that I had to grab my camera to savor the day. Hope you enjoy some of my favorite pics.



I love that I caught a bee in this next one Open-mouthed smile






The Hidden Picture

31 03 2011

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good intrigue/mystery. I stumbled upon one this week and it was very exciting for all of a day and a half.

The Background:

I bought a photo from a yard sale about 10 years ago; give or take a few. It was a small blue framed angel. I am sure at some point I had it hanging on the wall but since this last move (3 years ago) it has sat on a shelf, collecting dust, waiting for a home. Spring cleaning found me giving it to my daughter to put up in her room.

The Intrigue:

My daughter being an 11 year old girl and apparently not liking angels, decided to keep the frame and swap out the photo. Behind the angel picture (which turned out to be a greeting card) was a mystery man. A young football player had hidden his picture in the frame. He signed the front but his signature was a little hard to read. On the back he says “To the lucky person who gets my picture keep it forever. Love Nathen E. May 31 1998”

The Mystery:

So who is this guy? I personally think this was awesome and plan to put hidden photos in all my yard sale junk from now on. But what possessed a teenage boy to do such a thing? What kind of man did he turn out to be? Mostly I just want to know if I can track him down.

The Search:

So I started with what I knew. His name is Nathen E. Google didn’t pull up much to go on, neither did Facebook. I know the general area where I bought it and that his football helmet says Lions. Again not so easy. I found a school but the team uniform doesn’t match. Then there is his signature. Upon closer inspection I think it says Essman. Back to Google there is a Nathen Morris Essman on Memory lane who graduated in the correct area and his school are the Lions. I think it has to be him. He doesn’t have a Facebook account but Googling his full name pulled up a wedding announcement and his wife Sherah is on Facebook.

The Results:

Me – I was wondering if you might be married to Nathen Morris Essman. I found a picture of a football player named Nathen E. and am trying to track him down.

Sherah – He doesn’t have a Facebook. I’ll tell him that you sent me a message (:

Me – This is a picture my daughter Found behind a picture I bought at a yard sale in High school

Sherah – hahahaha… how weird!

Me – Is it him?

Sherah – Ya that’s him… I have a copy of the same picture, just bigger.

Sherah – I showed him your message and he said he doesn’t know who you are and wanted to know why you were trying to get a hold of him… he’s at work right now, wanted me to ask you lol.

Me – Just a mystery with the hidden pic. I don’t really need to talk to him or anything just wanted to see if I could find him. And I guess I did 😀

Ahhh the Wonder of Warm Weather

18 03 2011

As a fellow Blogger often says “It is Friday and Fridays are for fun.” Today is just that kind of Friday. The weather is amazing (don’t look it up you’ll see tomorrows forecast and it will dampen your delight of this sunny day) just step out side and bask in the wonder that is 79 degree weather.

Things to do on a warm Friday afternoon:

  • Walk the dog – you’ll get some nice outdoor exercise and a tan.
  • Park picnic – well hello FOOD and did I mention a tan.
  • Window shop – who knows you might see something you just have to have.
  • Yard work – I know, I know is sounds like… well like WORK but it is the perfect time to get to that flower bed you have been neglecting all winter.
  • Wash the car – AND if you get a cheeseburger and someone to film it you can do one of those sexy, eating mouth watering food, wet, sudsy, car wash videos. Post it on you-tube and you might go viral all because of this wonderful Friday weather.
  • Feed the ducks – bike down to your local pond and give away some bread to those over fed quakers. Like I said “you’ll get some nice outdoor exercise and a tan.”
  • and who can forget – Call a Realtor – wonderful day to look at some houses 😀


Things you Should know about SOMD

7 02 2011

I recently read an article on things you should know before moving to Northern Virginia and thought I should do that for my area. And so without further ado…

Things You Should Know Before Moving to Southern Maryland

1. Where and what is Southern Maryland?

Southern Maryland is the southernmost area of the great state of Maryland (not including the eastern shore) which includes the southern portion of Prince George County, the southernmost tip of Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, and St. Mary’s County. You might recognize Upper Marlboro, Clinton, Fort Washington, Huntington, Waldorf, La Plata, Hughesville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, California, and Lexington Park. There are plenty more places to live in so.md. but these are the first that will show up on your map.

SOMD Counties

2. Traffic anyone?

Maryland is old country. And so are most of her roads. You are looking at a “Rush Day” instead of a rush hour. There have however been improvements to several roads and some nice new by-passes going up to help with congestion. If you are traveling into DC you will most likely use the 301, 5, 210 or 4 at some point, and of course the 495.

3. Wez luvs our Edumacation.

No just kidding. You are actually looking at a lot of education opportunities her in Maryland. Not including charter and private schools you will find that Calvert County has twelve elementary schools, six middle schools, and four high schools. Charles County has nineteen elementary schools, seven middle schools, and six high schools. St. Mary’s County has sixteen elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools. Prince George County had too many to list. Check out the links for more information on each county school system. For collages go to Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. We also have access to institutions such as D.C.’s George Washington University, Virginia Tech and many more if you don’t mind traveling to the other side of the water.

School house

4. Did someone say Football?

The Washington Redskins play in Maryland, but their football training facility is in Ashburn, VA. You will find extremely loyal, neurotic fans (as with most football teams) who will debate for hours and in any setting, the superiority of our team. If footballs not your thing we also have… The Washington Capitals who play in D.C. at the Verizon Center (aka the Phone Booth) but practice at their hockey facility in Ballston. The Washington Wizards are our NBA team, and our MLS soccer team is D.C. United which plays at RFK Stadium in D.C. The newest team is the Washington Nationals MLB baseball team which plays in D.C.

5. Politics.

A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person. The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, He decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republicans pocket and gave him fifty dollars.

Also you know easy photo-op for the White House. Head to Southern Maryland Online if you really want more information.

White House

6. We have three major airports.

Reagan National Airport (DCA) offers domestic flights and is the most accessible to D.C. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is a nice alternative to DCA. If you don’t mind a bit of a commute Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers direct flights around the world by virtually every international airline, and is a major United Airlines domestic hub.

7. Public Transportation.

For those who do not wish to take on traffic alone, public transportation is available. D.C has the Metrorail System. The Green line services somd with the Anacostia, Congress Heights, Southern avenue, Naylor Road, Suitland, and Branch Avenue stations. For those further south the Commuter Bus system is available with Route 901 – La Plata/Waldorf to Washington, DC, Route 902 – St. Leonard/Prince Frederick to Washington, DC, Route 903 – Charlotte Hall Waldorf to Washington, DC, Route 904 – North Beach/Pindell to Washington, DC, Route 905 – California/Charlotte Hall/Waldorf to Washington, DC, Route 907 – La Plata/Waldorf to Washington, DC, and Route 909 – California/Charlotte Hall to Washington, DC.


8. Southern Maryland is famous for her hand-made, home-grown, locally-harvested shopping and authentic outdoor experiences.

You’ll want to check out The Heron’s Flight through Charles County. With 28 stops you’ll hit a range of places from produce shopping at Norris Farms to historical sites like Dr. Samuel Mudd’s House. St. Mary’s has the Barnwood and Beach Glass Loop. With 53 stops you’ll want to take your time to enjoy the history of places like Sotterley Plantation. Fossils and Farmscapes Ramble takes a path through Calvert County, stopping at 41 must see, eat, shop, or stay at sites. Lately you will want to check out The Turnbuckle Hop parts of Prince George and Anne Arundel County. With 27 sites you’ll enjoy stopping at places like Clearwater Nature Center.

9. We experience all four seasons of the year.

Winter usually features a cold snap when temperatures can be in the teens. There may be a foot of snow, total, for the season. There are many days when ice covers the roads (a traffic nightmare), and there may be a 20+ inch snowstorm every few years (2010 was an exception with three). Spring starts in March and runs through June (70°’s and 80°’s). We boast lush green landscapes and beautiful blossoms throughout this season. Summer begins July 1 and it can be hot (90°+) and very humid through mid-September. Buy a pool pass and enjoy the tank top season with water to combat the humidity. Fall begins in October with brilliant displays from our trees when their leaves turn every shade between green and brown.

Four Seasons

This list was in no particular order of importance. And if there is something that needs adding, then please speak up by adding a comment.

Ice Anyone?

18 01 2011


Woke up this morning, just like everyone else in Southern Maryland, to ice. Lots of it.


When the wind blows the trees crackle. There is so much ice the poor things are bowed over.


The roads are not that bad which begs the question “Why close the schools?” The answer…




No one wants to get up early and scrape all this ice off the car.