Wednesday, February 27, 2008
So, anyone who reads my blog(I am finding more fans, but only the faithful few that leave me a comment!!) --leave me a comment and tell me what you turned out to be! I will be providing a tutorial on comment making in my next entry for those comment challenged people!!! Remember, my love language is encouraging words--that means I like comments--hehaw! Well, not the negative ones, but I haven't had as many of those as I used to in years(b/c I resigned a formal teaching post 8 years ago!!).
|You Are a Question Mark|
You seek knowledge and insight in every form possible. You love learning.
And while you know a lot, you don't act like a know it all. You're open to learning you're wrong.
You ask a lot of questions, collect a lot of data, and always dig deep to find out more.
You're naturally curious and inquisitive. You jump to ask a question when the opportunity arises.
Your friends see you as interesting, insightful, and thought provoking.
(But they're not always up for the intense inquisitions that you love!)
You excel in: Higher education (Does this make me look smart, or what?--Appearances aren't everything!!)
You get along best with: The Comma
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. I borrowed it from a friend, Jennifer Borgne, so I can't give it away. This book was sooooo good! It's a true story of a man that died, went to Heaven, and was prayed back to earth!
It's the power of God, prayer, and more in this book that kept my interest. I love true stories, but this one was one of the life changing books that I am glad I have read now. I won't tell all, but I'm just salting the oats so you go out and get this book or get it from the library!!
Happy Reading!! Make sure that you value the Word of God first, then you can read others words:).
Deceptively Delicious(Seinfeld) (By the way, this is at Costco for $13.59!)
This recipe is from DD by Seinfeld(yes, this is by the comedian's wife)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
3/4 cup trans-fat free soft tub margarine spread
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 (15 - ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed. *She does non suggest pureing these, but after making them I would!*
2 Cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cups raisins (optional)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and margarine with a wooden spoon or on medium speed until smooth.
Beat in the egg whites and vanilla, then the chickpeas and chocolate chips.
Add the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt, walnuts and raisins (if wanted,) and mix on a low speed until a thing dough forms.
Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto the baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Press gently with a fork to flatten. Bake until the cookies are golden brown and just set, 11 to 13 mintues; do not overbake. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
We have a lot of fun making this meal, assembly line style. Each child gets to be in charge of one item. This is a favorite meal at our house.1 large jar pasta sauce (2 lbs. 13 oz. size)1 cup water4 cups grated mozzarella cheese1 large onion, chopped 2 Tbs. Italian seasoning2 lbs. wide egg noodles8 oz. pepperoni slicesCook the egg noodles for 3 minutes, until just barely tender. No longer!Combine the sauce with the water. In another bowl, combine cheese, onion, and Italian seasoning. Layer in the crock-pot: 1/4 of each item in the following order:noodles, sauce, pepperoni, cheeseCover and cook on LOW 3-4 hours. *Serve with garlic breadsticks."
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
"I did get a couple of pictures of it through some breaks in the clouds. Attached is probably the best one. You can see the curve of earth’s shadow along the right hand side of the moon. In this picture, the moon is not totally in the earth’s shadow yet, so that is why the right side is so bright and the left side is so dark. The red color comes from all the dust in earth’s atmosphere. The sunlight gets scattered in our atmosphere so that is why the moon doesn’t go completely dark. " --Bret Dahl.
The next lunar eclipse is supposed to be in 2010!!! So, if you missed it, here's an actual photo of what you would have seen up close(well, not really up close, but closer than just your eyesight!).
Thanks Bret! Thanks to Sarah (my closest friend) who is married to Bret for letting him do his "hobby." I am of the opinion, behind every man's hobby, is a very patient and giving woman!!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The recipe is:
3 oz. grated soap
½ cup washing soda(do not use baking soda instead)
½ cup borax
Friday, February 15, 2008
I am going to use an acronym and I am using the word Father, b/c I think John is just the best at fathering--and it's a longer word!
Faithful--you are very true to me and your kiddos!
Able-you make a handy-man not necessary to hire--YOU are the handy-man!!
Tough--you take the knocks for all the kids and you don't complain and tell them to get off!!!
Handsome--you are my chief among ten thousand(my scripture from Song of Sol)
Even--you don't have a temper, you are so very patient!
Ranbunctious--you make life fun! I love the spice that you put in life, marriage, family!!
Here are some tidbits on John, just in case you didn't know them.
He took the girls to get their ears pierced when they got them done(they were both 5).
He takes the girls on dates and Mark on GNO(Guys Night Out)s.
He takes Mark to his soccer practice and doesn't even ask me too.
He took the kids fishing with my dad!
He always buys me a card for holidays(no matter if I tell him, it's not necessary)--there's a story behind that one.
He's romantic and creative with our dates.
He always give the best back rubs!
He loves me more than I could ever ask any human to.
He forgets my flaws(what woman could ask for anything more!!)
He's a giver--he might try to save us money but he gives where there is need.
The list goes on, but I shall stop there.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.
In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Tim Hawkins(the one who sings this song and more) is a hilarious comedian! Is that redundant or what?
We plan to go see him in action at the end of March. If you live in our area or want to come up, let us know and we will get tickets in a group. We can't wait!!!
He also did this song and this one is our favorite one by far!!! You can do a search for tim hawkins on youtube and get some gems from his stuff.
Monday, February 11, 2008
John has a friend, Randy--who loves to fish too, and they went out on Friday afternoon with the kids and fished. Katie caught a perch, but no trout were seen by us. The fish were supposed to be released on Thursday night, so we started wondering if this was really true...
So, John went back on Saturday morning with the kids, again, to see if they could find the perfect spot. They wanted to be in the right place on Sunday with my dad. The lake was crowded--they had released more fish and only kids could fish from 8-11am. Well, no fish were caught, but they found some guys that were catching, and they suggested that the bobber be taken off the lines. They also had a different kind of bait. More perfection for Sunday fishing with Papa!
Sunday came and we fixed blni'(Russian pancakes) for breakfast and the clan went fishing. My mom and I stayed back with Matthew. So, they went fishing and came home with 23 fish!!! They met up with a man and his daughter at the lake, who was having great success with the fish catching! He gave them some pointers and let the kids reel in the fish he caught and gave them 19 fish too!!!
John cleaned them up and grilled them for all of us for lunch! Mmmmm...a little bony, but fun to eat the fruit of the land, well, lake!!!
We all very much enjoyed my parents visit!! Here is the evidence of the fishing experience!!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
This is from a Christian wife, mother and blogger....
I stopped seeing my life as a wife and mother as a JOB--something I put aside at the end of the day. I stopped complaining and started living. I am looking for ways to make my daily chores more enjoyable. I am drinking in the beauty of my children, taking the time to search their eyes, hold their hands, and be their mom. I am listening more and speaking less. I am working at catching myself every time I start to feel slighted or neglected or overworked, and turning that desire to run off for a bit of me time to make me feel better into a desire to cheerfully do any task set before me "as unto the Lord." I am beginning to enjoy time spent with my children just being their mom. I am trying to see interruptions as blessings and opportunities to bless others. And when I am feeling drained, I am seeking the Lord.
****What I am finding is that I am not clinging so tightly to the snipets of time I am given in which to do something alone because I no longer see those times as the only way to save my sanity. Instead, they are fun little stops along the blessed path I walk called motherhood.
Any time you spend away from your family MUST be spent in the company of those who will encourage you as a mother and wife. You will never gain anything but resentment from the council of those who encourage you to seek self. Learn to enjoy being home with your family. Learn to live sacrificially. Learn contentment in serving others. Learn to be happy being you--right where God placed you.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I also have some family albums through snapfish and will be adding to those for our vacations only. So, I am not abandoning the art completely, just going digital and online.
You may consider doing the same---you add the pictures very easily and you are journaling without penmanship being and issue~!
That's all for now on this Superbowl Sunday!!
½ Poblano green pepper (cut up very small)
1 cup of frozen chopped onions, red peppers mix (comes in a bag in the frozen section)
3 garlic cloves (diced)
2 T olive oil
2 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 Cups of shredded smoked chicken(about 1 lb)(we just used a roasted chicken from Costco and pulled the chicken off--it's about half of the roasted chicken)
1 16 oz can navy beans
1 15 oz can black beans(rinsed and drained)
1 12 oz can of chicken broth
1 1.25 oz envelope of white chicken chili seasoning mix
Toppings: shredded cheese, chips, sour cream, cilantro, or whatever you come up with.
Saute veggies(not the ones in the cans) in olive oil. Add the items from the cans, chicken, broth, seasoning packet, and cook for about 20 minutes.
Kids(about 10 years old- 12 years old)made, ate this chili and liked it!!! They didn’t even say anything about the veggies!!
My kids loved it and so do John and I!!! It's dairy free and fabulous!!! You can eat it without the chees and it's still yummy!!!