Still no house closing scheduled.....

And we still haven't closed. Our tax amendment is currently with the legal department.

Continuing to have Patience & Faith

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Buying a house: closing drama: will we ever close??

As of the afternoon of July 2nd we were good to go!! All set to close & be homeowners. By 3pm those day before jitters were turned into disappointment and discouragement. We are buying a house in one county and our realtor & title company are in another county. Apparently this is frowned upon. Or, perhaps that county tax office always sucks.
The afternoon of July 2nd our survey finally made its way in and, to everyone's shock, showed only 1acre, not the 2.29 acres. So I went & eyeballed those orange flags, making sure someone wasn't trying to Jim me out of half what we agreed to purchase. Nope, it's all included. Turns out that a lot of people have no clue what an acre looks like, or the difference in size of 1 or 2.29. So it's 1acre. I've always wants more,lots more, more is better. So, even though this is everything I originally saw, I'm a bit disappointed its not the 2.29. But it's not a deal breaker to me, or us.
So now we have to get a new appraisal, tax amendment, submit to my lender & then close. This could take awhile, because, I assure you, no one is willing to rush to help you out, no matter what the situation is. We, however, put in our 30 days notice, and have to be out by the 13th. This house is already rented to a new family.

On a different matter, I was kind of offered a job making great money, like 60-80k a year money. To us, that is amazing money, more than my husband makes kind of money. Now, my husband likes nice things & money, so for this kind of money he's ok with me working some shift work, evenings & weekends. I like nice things too, who doesn't! But I just don't know if I want to work full time and especially full time shift work :-/ just thinking about it I feel guilty for everything I would miss out on with my kids!! I guess I could get more info on the position. Oh, and by kind of offered, it's family that bragged on me to another family who does the hiring for their company and is looking for someone dependable & smart for a dispatcher position. Apparently my current boss says I'm smart ;-) and the other person is now interested in offering me the position. Anyway....I had planned on working at the boys school this coming year as a sub & patiently waiting for an office or other school position to open up & throw my name in for it. It wouldn't get more convenient than that. What to do what to do??
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Favorite Facebook Status Updates from June 2012

6/19-ugh, im apparently allergic to lettuce & i just ate a big ol salad, at work :-/ this is awkward.

6/19-sitting here on the porch, with my coffee & my laptop, watching the dogs do doggie things & I'm not sure what they did but a mocking bird is stalking them and has swooped Duke's butt twice. I didn't see him eat any baby birds so I think she's racial profiling. errr, species profiling

6/17-we had some stains on our mattress (kids...need i say more) so today i sprayed it down with hydrogen peroxide & a heavy dusting of baking soda & let it sit while we (& by we I do mean Danny) worked in the yard. When I vacuumed the mattress this afternoon it looks dang near brand spanking new. so...there's a little nifty fyi for y'all. wish i had before & after pics.

6/12-Keiser got wounded today and I learned a few things. #1 hydrogen peroxide gets blood out of carpet. #2 after cleaning the wound, I applied neosporin and a cotton wrap and then wrapped the ear close to his head with an ace wrap while it stops bleeding. Dogs hate head wraps. Poor Keiser. It was a horrible hello to coming home this evening:-/

6/8-is wearing my swim suit cover up today. Is not wearing my swim suit. Is not going swimming. im such a rebel!

6/5-Is done with bangs, they make my forehead sweaty. Pin It

Of Late....

The boys have been at my moms house. Turns out I'm very boring without them and very lonely. I understand now why some moms continue having kids until their body says "no more". I'm 31 and I have a 9 and 11 yr old. By the time I'm 40 they'll be adults and have their own lives.
But for now, turns out they miss me. The stay was planned for a month at my moms house while we moved and since I'm working part time this summer. Which is entirely too long and had me doubting my parenting abilities, and if I was ruining my family by leaving my children for an entire month. Well, my oldest called last night, he's coming home, the sooner the better and I said "ok" and he passed the phone to my mom and went and packed his bag up. And my heart is happy. My youngest, who I thought would be the first to crack, was frustrated that since his brother is coming home he has to come home also. Little booger!!

In the meantime,  I have checked off every item our loan process manager has tasked me with, she has provided new lists with brand spanking new requirements about weekly (grrr) and those have all been completed as well. And I'm thinking, there can't possibly be anything else for us to do so at this point we may be just sitting back and waiting for that July 3rd closing. Everything looks great for an on time closing.

I do not think "for sale by owner" is a reasonable option for pretty much anybody. The house we are buying is FSBO, however their buddies with a realtor who has bee amazing throughout this process. We couldn't have done this without him

A GOOD, no, a GREAT realtor will make your home buying experience. When a great realtor calls those inspectors, those title companies, those banks..etc..those people jump through hoops to accommodate!!  This realtor will also be on task and keep every step moving smoothly so that closing will happen on time. Sometimes things happen, but a great realtor will give you the best chance at that on time closing.

A knowledgeable insurance agency will get your homeowners insurance needs met at the lowest possible cost. Try a local agent that brokers insurance, they can quote you from multiple companies & that means you get the cheapest possible insurance.

Any time you need to have a service done (inspections and such) get a referral from local family, friends, realtors (not necessarily the realtor working your sale) when possible. Pin It



it's not perfect I know. It's my first attempt & many lessons learned (like, roll the dough under those cheese sticks & see if that keeps my cheese in place). But when it's topped & all done it's delish!

You'll need two batches of this, one for the calzones & one for the pizza

2 1/2 to 3 cups flour (can use a combination of white and whole wheat if you prefer)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) yeast
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 cup very warm water

Combine yeast, sugar, 1 cup of the flour, and salt in a large bowl. Add the warm water and oil and mix. Stir in remaining flour slowly until dough is soft but not sticky. Knead until smooth. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes before making the calzone.
I made this pizza crust in my bread machine, set on the dough cycle which takes 1 1/2 hour. I put the ingredients in this order:
water & oil
sugar & salt
use the back of my table spoon to make an indent in the top center & pour my yeast in there

Options: put a couple of teaspoons of italian seasoning or parmesean cheese in with the sugar & salt. 

Once finished on the dough cycle I floured my counter, dumped out my dough and used my rolling pen to roll out the dough for my baking sheet, rolling a little excess so I could roll the dough around my cheese sticks. 
I placed mozzarella cheese sticks end to end along the edges, flopped the excess dough on top, doing my best to tuck & squish the edges closed (I failed, the cheese oozed out, so what). I then poured a little olive oil in a small bowl & tossed in a bit of italian seasoning & brushed this all over my crust, the edges, the center, EVERY WHERE. And I stabbed the bottom of the crust with a fork a few times to prevent bubbling in the bottom.
I cooked on 375* for about 25-30 minutes. 
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When cooking I always have a shadow, just incase I spill, he's a great helper at cleaning up ;)

15 oz Tomato Sauce
6 oz Tomato Paste
4 tsp italian seasoning (or 2tsp basil & 2 tsp oregano)...whatever tickles your tastebuds
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder/crushed garlic/refrigerated crushed garlic OR 2 cloves fresh crushed

Mix & use. Refrigerate leftovers.

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This is DELICIOUS!! And easy, and quick, and I had everything on hand. This recipe will make approximately 4 cups of sauce

1-1/2 cups Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1-1/4 cups Ketchup (go ahead, use your homemade ketchup, that's why I gave you the recipe)
1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2-1/2 teaspoons Ground Mustard
2 teaspoons Paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 cup Water

Mix all ingredients adding the water last so you can control the desired consistency of your sauce. I made the recipe as is for a thinner sauce which is perfect for the crockpot which will thicken the sauce during cooking. Other recipes or meals I want a thicker sauce so I'll add less water. Refrigerate leftovers
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