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Family genealogy..

Soo, I’m currently back at my family’s genealogy. In the midst of doin this recipe book, I’ve decided to get back on ancestry and family search to finish my research. I’ve figured out our Swedish and Irish ancestors immigrated to America about 115 years ago, right around the Great Depression time. Our Irish ancestors suffered the Potato Famine right before the Great Depression. I am the 5th born generation for our Swedish side, and 6th generation for our Irish side.

Now if I can only find a paper trail for our Native American ancestors. Which unfortunately I don’t think will be happening, because I think our Indian ancestors got shunned for eloping with a white family. It was not accepted for an Indian man to marry a White woman. However if an Indian woman married a white man she had limited access to her tribe. Which also on this side of my family, we do have some German that we can date back to 1400 with ease, but the websites dated this side back to 900!!


Martha and Jasper Phillips, est. date: 1940

Our German ancestors immigrated right before the Great Depression, to some right after the Great Depression. So I am 4th and 5th born Generation. Now if I can only find some pics of anyone before my grandparents.

Family history is something the government can never change! Unlike the text books my kids are using, they are not teaching them the same I was taught 15 years ago. Stories change every time their told. You would be surprised what kind of information you can find on a census report in the 1900. Still born babies were soo common, they have it written down on almost every census report. Some even ask if they owned radios. It will tell you how much their house was worth, if it was rented, a farm, what language they spoke, did they write, read and speak English, all kinds of stuff.


Olive and Earl Phillips, est. date: 1950

All you need is a dead family members general age, 2 out of 3 names, a general area of living and the next thing you know a week passed and you have people in your family you never know! Now I gotta get the boys on the bus! Happy Thursday!

Does she look Indian?! How I wish I could find her paper trail!

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Recipe book..

Soo..I know I told y’all about my recipe box and going thru it to replace unwanted recipes. Well..I’ve found our family A-Z recipe book, which is 2 index binders with rings! 😜 And I know it’s going to be a lot of work, which I love trying new crafty things so I always have something going on lol, buut I was thinking about making our boys each their own recipe book from our family that they can always add to. I was also thinking about customizing each of them according to which recipes they like, but also the main ones with some tips and conversions. Our oldest loves to cook meals and our youngest loves to bake. And of course neither one enjoys eating what the other does, but isn’t that typical? 

Always remember a family that cooks together, stays together!  

And to clear my table some, in my search of lost (misplaced) items, I found their old bakugan binder with attached card sheets. Soo, until I’m bored again the binder will replace my accordion coupon book. Now all I have to do is paint it 🎨 

Quick mini story about my first time couponing:

Literally this past week before Christmas I decided to do last min. shopping, which I will NEVER do again! Anyways I was soo proud of myself for finding coupons for the things I wanted to get the boys, which would of saved $15 or so. With my Ibotta rebate savings almost $20. Anyways, lines were extremely long, traffic was horrible to get there, walking thru the people traffic was even worse. I don’t like crowds of ignorant people who bump into you and act like they never did.. Soo finally it’s cash out time, I give her my coupons and she scans one and says it doesn’t have numbers, it doesn’t work. But because I was already extremely irratated, I took back my coupons (which I threw out because she said they didn’t work), paid for everything I had coupons for in full price, and just yesterday asked a Facebook couponing page about my coupons. Which of course I find out they are good, all she had to do is enter the numbers ABOVE the bar code.. Anyways, lesson persistent in using your coupons, and put the items back for the coupon that “doesn’t” work. Oo and not to forget, never shopping the week before Christmas!

Hope you enjoyed my couponing story, hopefully you’ll learn from my bad expierence. Lol, till next time..have fun!

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What’s goin on..

Hey everyone! How are we doin? Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time, however I have had a lot going on. Between work, appointments, and basketball I just haven’t had time for much! This is my first relaxin bath in a couple months. But as I find more and more delicious recipes I find myself wanting to get back in this blog! Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook here. 😜 I’m always quick to post a pic or share things I find on my feed.

Wanna know something exciting? …I’ve decided to pick up couponing!…I’m always price/size comparing, why not take it up another notch and save EXTRA money..or even earn money! I’ve just started about a week ago. I’m collecting info like store policies, making a coupon book, and how to read the coupons just to be safe hehe. I also came across an old Betty Crocker recipe box I would like to go thru to replace unwanted recipes with our family recipes 😋 Now I will have to write them all down lol.

Besides that both of our boys started basketball about two months ago. This Christmas break was well needed with all the running around. Some times they had practice back to back at separate schools, blah 😔. But the 40 mins. drive to the games is what kills us. An hour later and we’re back on the 40 mins. drive ahh 😨 buuut the games are well worth it!

Happy holidays!


Gingerbread village

Standard Cookin..

Our new deep freezer..

I’ve been wantin a deep freezer for a while now.. Found one on craiglist and went to pick it up only to learn it won’t fit up the stairs from the basement. Let alone would the people we went to pick it up from open the outside doors .. Soo.. Needless to say we never got it. A couple months go by and I still can’t find a decent one on Craigslist. As the days pass by it tortures me, wantin a deep freezer, needin more room in our small fridge/freezer. We signed up for a gym membership ( very time consuming), after a week of eatin out because I didn’t have time to cook ( leave work by 3ish, get boys off bus and finish homework about 4:30ish, going to the gym for about 2 hours beacuase they have an indoor pool, countin drivin time and shower time we would be done about 8:30ish. Boys bed time is 9, where is dinner??) so I realized I needed to do something about it…and I did!! I begged my butt off to my darlin Hubby to get us a deep freezer, it’ll basically pay for itself! Yay, I got, I mean, we got a deep freezer!! So I spent all last Monday cookin and portionin food for homemade frozen dinners. I have lots of pics and recipes to share with you all!! Please sit by and be patience for more and more to come for this is a BIG  and very time consuming hobby/shortcut to help your self with dinner! I am still in the learning process but think I’ve got it! I will be cooking again this Wednesday, with different recipes than last week and will have recipies and hints for days! See ya soon!!

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Dear day light savings..

Dear day lights saving,

I am ever so happy and thankful for your shinin rays of light. The reminder of a new day. The natural heat you produce when the wind is a bit chilly on a warm spring day. I also love the extra time we get durin the summer days of summer vacation when we can stay out all night to play. However….might I remind you that some of our children have a built in alarm clock?!? So when the sun comes up late durin winter months my lil red rooster will stay sleeping until 8 am. Which is awesome to be able to sleep in! But also brings us to summer vacation months when the sun is up at 6 am. Yes..that means my lil red rooster is also up at 6 am ready to get into somethin he would normally not because mommy is still sleepin! No, he is not a real rooster, just the youngest child who is like a rooster and wakes when the sun rises. Come back winter! I would like to sleep till 7 at least! At least he is not a good whisperer or tip toe-er.


Extremely exhausted and tired Mom

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If any of you are restaurant employees you might be familiar with this thing we call “scarytech” or steritech..this is almost just like a health inspection, just a little more detailed. I am recently promoted to shift leader, a non salaried manager. No, it is not the first time I held this position, just my first time in a full-serviced restaurant. Yes, I have held my servesafe certification for 8 years and am very familiar with food handling and safety (a certification sayin you know how to prevent cross contamination, food safety, how to handle sicknesses with food, etc). I have never been thru an inspection by myself as a manager..I have been there many of times durin the inspection as an employee. We recently had an inspection over a month ago and for really stupid things, we failed (not my shift, I wasn’t even in the building). Not anything to so with food handling and safety as much as it was our “housekeepin”. So needless to say with the winter season we are slow and every day we tear apart a different part of our restaurant to detail clean..we are by far the cleanest restaurant I’ve worked at in the past 10 years. So we got a chance to do an instructional walk thru inspection with a trainer who we were allowed to ask any questions we wanted (they get impatient with us askin durin a real inspection). I was able to be there during this training and retained a lot of unknown information. Not to mention that he said we have very good housekeepin, and if the hard to clean spots are cleaned, then were doin somethin right! My G.M, Hubby and I are all goin on 2 years at this restaurant and when we first got there, they had a problem with fruit flies, we (as a store) have come a long way with this problem and it no longer resides in our store! Whew..ok so these scarytech people always have a way of showin up when least expectin..Tuesday bein my last workin day of the pay period I have to watch my hours for overtime (I cost to much to get it, I get paid more than my General Manager when in OT) and was relayin the days worth of messages to my Assistant General Manager when my host ran back and trembled over her barely English speakin words “the man here, steritech he here, the man!” I said “no, no your joking?” she replied frantically “no yokin, he here the man!” So my A.G.M and I quickly started to lid everything and wipe down counters, etc.. Is it that easy?? No or I wouldn’t be writin this…All day I’ve had contractors in the buildin from fixing tiles, the plumber, and deliveries. So once we got the store “cleaned” I went out to the inspector to nicely stall him by explainin we have the tile man here fixin things please give my A.G.M. time to get him out so you have all of our attention (I have know this inspector all 10 years of me workin in the restaurant, he deals with the area we live in so I can’t get away from him lol). “Well can I come back to the office to set up?” was his reply. I quickly said “I’m only a shift leader, I don’t want to upset my A.G.M by allowin you to come back while she is with another person, please just another 5 more mins” in the mean time all of my servers are harrassin him askin him to just pass us and get it over with..were all sick of livin with the headache of when is he goin to show up. After a long 1 1/2 hours of nerve wreckin pain (me constantly thinkin did I miss anything out of date this morning, did I close all the boxes, are all the cracked dishes thrown away, etc) We had our sit down with the inspector and he told us how great the store looks, we’ve done a great job meeting his criteria in the past failed inspection! We got a 99.3%!!! What was wrong you ask? 2 dented cans..when we received them they were safe to use immediately, however with dents it allows bacteria in and havin them sit to use was not the correct way to go, a dented can cost us .7%, I am not more confident than ever to walk thru with the scarytech man!! I opened the store and our employees were countin on me to get us thru! And I did it, now where my raise?!?

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Hello world..

Welcome to whilehewasgamin! My name is Jazzy, I’m a happily married 28 yr. old mother of 2 boys (10&7). I work a f/t job in a restaurant with my Hubby. I also volunteer at the school doing various things from coaching sports to copying papers. I absolutely love my family, providing things for them, and finding cool and exciting things to keep us busy. Please stay around to enjoy everyday life with our family as we grow together!

Goin for a hike on a hot summer day.

Standard Cookin..

My style of cookin..

I love to cook different food and try new techniques in the kitchen. I will continue to cook that item until I perfect it in my families eyes. Right now I am stuck on bread. What better than fresh, warm, fluffy, flaky, crusty bread. The creations are endless!! You can make a sandwich, dip in soup, eat with a spread, and on and on.. I don’t usually follow a recipe’s ingredients list, my kids are pretty picky, as much as I do the procedures to create the dish. This is the fun and creativity in a kitchen. My down side.. baking.. you have to follow measurements to the ‘T’. If you don’t your bread wont rise. Patience and measuring is the key to the perfect cake. Join me as I share my families favorite dishes, my childhood favorites, and my own creations.

Dinner is served

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Still tryin to get ahold of things..

I am slowly startin to pick things up around here. I’m also adding a few other site around the web like this one here. Please don’t forget to check out this site too! While checkin out some of my other sites please have patients with me as I continue to add a lil more here and there. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @whilehewasgamin