Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Today is laundry day. When I am finished, I will have washed and dried five loads. I don't usually let it pile up so badly, and I'm not sure how that happened this time. I'm waiting for that last load to finish washing, so I can stick it in the dryer. Then I still have to fold everything. I taped A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart, and I think I will watch that while I fold clothes.
Tomorrow I am going to visit some friends. One lives in Connecticut, and the other in Houston. They are in town for Christmas. I went to school with one of them from the third grade on, and we graduated high school together. The other one is her sister, and we are fairly close as well, just from being around each other so much.
Wednesday I will be busy getting the house ready for Christmas dinner. It is my turn to host my family this year, and I'm looking forward to it. There are nineteen of us: nine adults and ten children. It will be fun! I need to wash my china because I plan to use it. We have it, and we may as well use it! I also need to clean off the dining room table which means I have to get my wrapping done before then. I have a couple of pies to make, too. Oh, and we have a service at church, too.
Holidays are supposed to be busy, aren't they? In the middle of this, I am starting to wean Daniel. I wanted to wait until after the New Year, but I had a scare last week that I had developed mastitis again. I don't want that, so I moved the weaning up a little bit. So far so good!
I will try to be around some this week, but it may not happen as much as usual. I hope you have a good week!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Due to popular demand, I will be giving away another set of these crocheted Christmas coasters to celebrate my 300th post. (I wonder if I blog too much sometimes.) I only lack three, and I should be able to get those done easily in this coming up week. If you would like to win them, leave a comment. If you want another chance to win, post about this contest on your blog and leave another comment stating that you did. I will have John (or maybe Sarah Beth) pick a winner Wednesday evening, so this contest will be open until 8:00 EST. I should be able to get them to the post office by Friday so you should get them, hopefully, before Christmas. Good luck!
Friday, December 12, 2008
What is it about gingerbread that makes one think of Christmas? I honestly do not know why gingerbread is associated with Christmas, but we enjoy it this time of year. When I asked John the other night if he wanted me to make it, he gave me a resounding "yes!" So here it is. Unfortunately, I cannot share the recipe with you because it is not mine to share. Apparently, a couple of women in my church spent some time trying to come up with the perfect gingerbread recipe. They shared it with me, but I don't feel I should share it with you. I'm sorry. Here is a similar recipe, if you want to try it. These ladies recommend making their gingerbread in a bundt pan, and I really wish I had taken a picture of it before I cut it because it was pretty. Oh, well. As they say, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. The thing I find funny is that gingerbread does not have any ginger in it. Isn't that weird? It has molasses which is a little strong for me, but the whipped cream cuts it nicely. And whipped cream is good on just about anything, isn't it? Except maybe broccoli.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
But the recipe that I want to share with you this week is Chocolate Mousse. I'm sure you know how much more difficult it is to take care of little ones when you husband is out of town (and if you don't know, you are fortunate). So when John is gone, I make this recipe as a treat for myself. It is really good, especially with some whipped cream on top, and fairly easy to make. After I get the children in bed at night, I like to sit on the couch and savor every bite. Yummy! One of the good things about this recipe (or one of the bad things, depending on your point of view) is that it only makes two servings. When I make it for John and me, we eat it one evening, and then it is gone. It is not like cookies and pie that linger for a few days. I'm sorry that I do not have a picture, but I don't have any "nice" containers to put the mousse in, so it would not have been very photogenic.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
- leave a comment.
- post about this give away on your blog, and leave another comment stating that you did.
- share a recipe next week on Recipe Fun Friday. It doesn't have to be a new one, just one that you would like to share with the rest of us.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I told John about a month ago that I wanted to shop Black Friday this year, and he was fine with that. I have not shopped Black Friday since I went with my sister about 15 years ago, and I wanted to see what kind of deals I could get. However, when I looked through the sale papers yesterday, there just wasn't anything we needed. And I hate shopping just to shop. There was one place that had some things I would be interested in: Toys R Us.
When John has taken Sarah Beth to a local toy store, she has really enjoyed playing with the train set there. So he wanted to get our children a set for Christmas, but train sets are expensive. We also want to set the track up and glue it together (with a glue gun so we can take it apart later) so Sarah Beth can play with it since she is still too young to put it together by herself. We thought it would be nice to have a table, too, but those are really expensive. Well, Toys R Us had an inexpensive table on sale, and if you bought it, you received a free train set. I decided that was worth it, so I made plans to get to Toys R Us early. (John didn't think I would which made me want to even more!)
I had planned to get up at 4:30 because the store opened at 5:00. I knew I would be a little late, but I didn't think I could get up any earlier. I just needed the right incentive. Daniel woke up at 3:30 wanting to be fed. After I put him back in bed, I dressed and left. I arrived about 4:30, and there was already a loooong line, but I decided I had come this far already, and I was going to stay. It was an adventure, right? As I got my buggy and headed to the end of the line, the man giving out the buggies said these were the last ones. If I had realized how long the line was when I got there, I probably would have left, but I decided to wait half an hour to see what happened, to see where I ended up. A couple of women behind me thought it would take us an hour just to get inside the store. After they opened, it actually only took 15 minutes to get inside. I went straight to the train area, grabbed one of the two tables, the train set, and headed to the diaper area. (There was also a good sale on diapers.) I picked up a couple of games (BOGO) on the way to the line, where I was informed that that was the beginning of the line, and I needed to head all the way around the store to find the end. It only took me about 20 minutes to get my things, but I had no idea how long I would have to wait in line. I have heard lots of stories of people waiting for hours in line just to check out. Fortunately, I was one of the first on line, so I only had to wait about 20 minutes. And there was a nice lady behind me, so we chatted to make the time pass more quickly.
I got home about 6:15 after stopping at McDonalds for a biscuit. I crawled back into bed about 6:30, and I got a good laugh when John said, "Have fun." I told him that I was already back. Boy, was he surprised. He had slept through my feeding Daniel, dressing, and leaving!
I have to say that there was a Providential feel to my shopping this morning. I know that God loves me, but does He really care if I get this train set and table for my children for Christmas? Apparently, He did. If Daniel had not gotten me up when he did, I would have been too late to get a buggy, and there is no way I could have gotten that table without the buggy. I could hardly get it into the buggy, so there is no way I could have carried it through the store, especially not with my other finds. And there were only two tables left; as many people as were ahead of me in line, I really thought they would be all gone. But there was one for me. And it did not take nearly as long as I thought. My other concern was Daniel: what if he woke up while I was gone? What would John do since he won't take a bottle? Well, since I fed Daniel before I left, I didn't have to worry about him anymore. Did God want me to have a successful Black Friday? I think He did. Why does it surprise me that He cares so much for me?
John asked if I wanted to do this again next year. I just replied that I would have to wait and see what kinds of deals there were!
Did you go shopping today? What kinds of deals did you find?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Do you have a work in progress? If so, link up over at the Place of H. If you don't, head over there anyway to see some neat knitting projects.
My mom and my husband took great care of me and the children yesterday, but I still had a mess to clean up this morning. John brought me chicken and noodle soup from Chick-fil-A on his way home last night from work, then he took Sarah Beth out to give me some quiet time at home. He brought me some chicken and dumplings from Wife Saver (a local chicken joint) which was delicious. I had not had that before.
This morning the children slept in until 8:00 which is unlike them, especially Daniel. Yesterday he was up at 6:30. That gave me some time to get my shower, read my Bible, and eat breakfast. I fixed a bigger one than usual since I had eaten so little yesterday. Scrambled eggs and pancakes. I couldn't eat it all, but it was fun trying!
This mastitis came on at a very good time. Monday is my cleaning day, so that got done. I had very little on my to do list for Tuesday, and it could all wait until today except the bill paying which John did last night. Today the big thing to do is make pies which I plan to do tonight after Daniel goes to bed. Definitely, I will wait until John gets home so he can help lick bowls! Maybe I should wait until both children are in bed, so John and I don't have any help licking bowls from Sarah Beth. Hmmm.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Earlier, I could not get warm. When I took my temperature, the highest number I got was 97. I took it about ten times because I've never had my temperature that low. It was 95.4 twice in a row. (I even used two different thermometers because I just knew the first one had to be wrong.) My mom came over to help with the children. She got me settled with two blankets and a heating pad, Daniel down for a nap, and she left with Sarah Beth.
Finally, I am warm. But now my temperature is 100, but it was 101 earlier. I feel much better now, except that I'm burning up. I've been trying to drink a lot, but there is little food that interests me. My doctor called in a prescription for me which my mom picked up. She is gone again to run some errands and feed Sarah Beth lunch. Then she will come put Sarah Beth down for a nap. Daniel is down for another nap right now. I am so glad that he still takes two to three naps a day.
The nurse told me not to nurse Daniel on the affected side, but my research on the internet says to continue to nurse. So I will. The funny thing is that it is usually new mothers who get mastitis, not mothers who have been nursing their child for nine months. And there are no cracks or sores to account for it, either. And Daniel misses feedings at least once a week when I run errands and leave him with a babysitter. I don't understand why I have this.
Anyway, do you have any suggestions? I read about moist heat, so I am trying that. Since I am starting to get hot, I think I will go take some Tylenol. At least, I'm not shivering anymore. That was awful.
Monday, November 24, 2008
What kind of Thanksgiving plans do you have? Will you be hosting your family, or will you head to someone else's house?
Laura asked me for these recipes Saturday, and I thought you might enjoy them, too. They are quick and easy to prepare, and they taste good! The best combination for a recipe, don't you agree? (By the way, I plan to make them myself for our Thanksgiving!)
Easy Key Lime Pie
(from Real Simple June 2008)
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 6 ounce can frozen limeade concentrate (not thawed)
1 cup heavy cream
1 6 ounce graham cracker piecrust
zest of one lime
Place the condensed milk, limeade concentrate, and cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy and soft peaks form. Pour the filling into the piecrust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until chilled and loosely set, at least four hours (and up to overnight). Sprinkle the pie with the zest before serving.
Corn Bread Pudding
(from Taste of Home August/September 2006)
1 cup sour cream
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can cream-style corn
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 package (8 1/2 oz) corn bread/muffin mix
1/4 teaspoon paprika
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in corn bread mix just until blended. Pour into a greased 3-qt baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
What dishes will you prepare? Isn't this a great time for old and new recipes that you don't get to make very often throughout the year?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Since I received the same suggestion from several people, I will now open Recipe Fun Friday to any recipe, not just new ones. Also, I will not host it next Friday since it is the day after Thanksgiving, and I assume that you will be spending time with your family. I may head out for some Black Friday shopping. It will be my first time, if I do.
Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? If so, leave a link.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I think I am finally getting comfortable running errands with both of my children. It's been hard, as I am sure you know from experience. Daniel is big enough to sit in the front of the shopping cart, and I have a leash, er, harness for Sarah Beth. She is not bad about running off; she gets distracted and stops to look at things. Now that we are attached, I don't have to worry about leaving her behind in the store. I have peace of mind knowing that someone can't just snatch her, and she loves walking along like a big girl. You ought to see her grin! And I don't have to carry Daniel anymore in a carrier.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have some questions I would like to pose to those of you who have participated or will participate in Recipe Fun Friday. First of all, do you enjoy trying new recipes and posting those recipes on your blog? Does Friday work for you, or is there a day that works better for you? Are the recipes that others share ones that you would like to try? Should we limit it to new recipes or open it up to all recipes?
As I'm sure you can tell, I am thinking about making some changes to Recipe Fun Friday. I don't know what yet, so I would be glad for any suggestions that you might have to make it more user friendly. As of right now, it will be the same format this week. I was not planning on having it next week because it is the day after Thanksgiving, and I figure that you will be spending time with family.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I had some friends over yesterday for our monthly Mommies' Group, and I decided to try out a new recipe on them. Laura had a Pampered Chef party last month which I was not able to attend, but I did order their loaf pan, and it came with this recipe. I hope Pampered Chef does not mind my sharing this recipe!
What new recipe did you try this week? Share it with the rest of us by leaving a link!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This quilt is from Daniel's "bed-in-a-bag;" of course, we can't use it with him, but it makes a nice wall hanging. I bought these pictures at Penny's last week. I could not resist them since they go with the quilt so well. You cannot see them, but the green one is "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and the blue one is "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." The pre-sale price was $21.99 each which I never would have paid, but I got them for $7.99 each.
Here is the recipient of the fruits of my labor. He's a stinker but an awfully cute one, if I do say so myself!
I hung a couple of pictures in Sarah Beth's room this morning, but she is currently taking a nap, so no pictures for now.
Of course, they each still have two blank walls in their rooms, but I just don't know what to do with them yet. I hate to do too much especially with Sarah Beth's since she will probably be moving out of her crib into a big bed soon.
As to the rest of the house, well, there is nothing hung on those walls yet. One thing at a time!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
The recipe, like I said, is for Raspberry Lemonade Cake, but I like strawberries better, so I substituted strawberry Jello for the raspberry. Other than that, I made the recipe as stated. Maybe in the future, I will experiment with the icing in order to make it myself, but not next week. Laura, do you prefer strawberries or raspberries? You get to choose since it's your shower.
Did you try a new recipe this week? If so, leave a link.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Fox News reports that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent and did not know the member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the United States, Mexico and Canada -- when she was picked for vice president.
Newsweek reports that Palin spent far more than the previously reported $150,000 on clothes for herself and her family.
I found these quotes here but not on the Fox News website or at Newsweek. Funny.
Here is Rush Limbaugh's take on the whole thing.
I have a squirming, fussing baby on my lap right now which I hope will explain why this post is not more coherent than it is.
Rosemond says that it is normal, it is good, for this age child to explore his world by rummaging, testing limits, etc.. That is how he learns. Parents need to provide a safe environment for this exploration.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I am also working on this placemat. Here is what it will look like finished. This one is the third I have made; I was hoping to get eight done before Christmas, but I don't think that will happen. Maybe next year.
But...I know that God has a plan. I know that He is in control and that nothing, nothing happens without His foreknowledge. He did not just know that Obama would win the election, He caused it. Why? I don't know, and I don't have to know. There is comfort knowing that God's will is being done.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
As important as my vote is in this process, currently we are working on something on which I have a much bigger impact. (Let's face it: my one vote will not make any difference in the grand scheme of things, not even in the local elections.) Sarah Beth is learning to use the potty!
We started last week, but I was so disappointed with our last efforts that I did not want to chronicle our current trials here. This time, however, I was armed with John Rosemond's book Making the "Terrible" Twos Terrific which I plan to review later this week because it is excellent. His chapter on potty training is the shortest by far in the book. Basically, he says to set up a potty chair in the room in which the child spends the most time, tell them to use it when they need to, and ask for help if they need it. And he says to leave them alone! That was the biggest problem last time; I could not leave Sarah Beth alone.
We started Monday, and I used that day to train myself to leave Sarah Beth alone. She wanted to use the normal toilet not a training potty, so Tuesday I taught her to pull her pants down, climb on the stool to get on the potty, pull her pants back up, and flush the toilet. Things got better slowly but surely from then on. Yesterday while I was on the computer, I heard her go into the bathroom, turn the light on, use the potty, then flush the toilet. And I stayed on the computer the whole time! I think the key this time was leaving Sarah Beth alone and letting her do it by herself. As Rosemond says, toilet training is not so much an issue of cleanliness as it is of independence.
Of course, the M&M's and marshmallows help!
Don't forget to vote!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
By the way, don't forget to vote tomorrow, if you haven't voted already. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the outcome!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
If it were not for Recipe Fun Friday, we would have had leftovers last night. However, since I had to have a new recipe for today, I prepared this dish. It was delicious. Now we have leftovers for tonight and tomorrow night. Yippee!
I halved this recipe since there are only three of us who can eat it. This recipe is from Best of Country Breakfast & Brunch.
Blueberry French Toast
12 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed (I used my homemade wheat bread.)
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 cups milk
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey (I used honey.)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon butter (I forgot the butter, and we could not tell it was missing.)
Cut bread into 1 inch cubes; place half in a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Cut cream cheese into 1 inch cubes, and place over bread. Top with blueberries and remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and syrup; mix well. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown and center is set.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Stir in blueberries; reduce heat. Simmer for 8-10 mintues or until berries have burst. Stir in butter until melted. Serve with French toast.
Like I said, this dish was yummy! I will definitely make it again.
Did you try a new dish this week? If so, leave a link.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
For more ideas about teaching your little ones new things, head over to Babychaser's blog.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
John reminded me the other night that I need to make a blanket for one of his college friends whose wife is having a baby. I had forgotten. I think I need to make a list somewhere of everything I need to crochet. Otherwise, I will keep forgetting.
Be sure to visit the Place of H to see other works in progess.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Did you try a new recipe this week? Leave a link, and share it with the rest of us!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I wonder who taught her to lick the bowl?
Do you think she had fun? Do you think she will want to help Mommy bake bread again? Do you think she enjoyed licking the bowl? I think so!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
How did that picture get there? This is what I saw:
Can you see her? No? Well, she came back the next morning, and I switched the lenses on the camera. Is this better?
How about now?
John said that he sees deer often when he is jogging in the morning. Since he jogs at 5:00 AM, I am not surprised. However, I do not get up that early, so I was surprised to see this doe at 9:00 AM. We live in a normal, suburban neighborhood, but we do have some undeveloped land behind us. I guess the deer are looking for some safe places to feed since deer hunting season has started.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I am now supposed to list six things that make me happy.
- My salvation through Jesus Christ is what makes me happiest.
- My sweet, sweet husband makes me happy, even though he exasperates me sometimes, too.
- Of course, Daniel and Sarah Beth are on this list. Sarah Beth's silliness and Daniel's adorable smiles just make me laugh.
- I love living in town for many reasons; one of the main ones is that I get to see my friends more often.
- So, I should add my friends to this list.
- Books! Books for me are like the icing on cinnamon rolls. Without the icing, the rolls would be good; but with the icing, they are delectable.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Orange-Cinnamon French Toast
2 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I used a whole teaspoon; you can't have too much cinnamon, can you?)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 slices bread
In a bowl, combine butter, honey, and cinnamon. Pour into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan; spread to coat bottom of pan. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs, orange juice, and salt. Dip bread into egg mixture, and place in prepated pan.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Invert onto a serving plater; serve with honey, if desired. (I did not invert it onto a serving platter because my platter was too small. The cinnamon stuck to the bread lovely, so it really did not need to be inverted.)
We liked this recipe. John could not taste the orange juice, but I could. He also thought it would be better with syrup, but I liked the honey.
By the way, I tried Mykidsmom's Iced Pumpkin Cookies, and they are delicious. John liked them, and I did not think he would. Even my mom said they were good.
What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link, and join the fun.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
But now I have a baby blanket to work on!!! The sun came out from behind the clouds. There is a new desire to crochet. Oh, life is good!
John calls this stage of the blanket the "scarf" phase since it is so long and thin. I took a picture of a small area so you could see the detail of the pattern. I have only done a handful of rows, but I think it will make a nice, warm blanket for this Christmas baby.
Drop by the Place of H to see what other works-in-progess are going on.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Things went very well; we had no major problems to solve, and our customers were pleasant for the most part. When I got home last night, John said that he hates it when I work because, well, for lots of reasons. I thought about it, and I realized that I don't hate working anymore. I do not look forward to it, but I do not dread it anymore, either. The work situation here is sooo much better than my old job: there is enough help, and customers cannot accost me, asking if we carry fish or hair.
I thought I would give you some tips for getting prescriptions filled. You may already know these, but in case you don't, here they are.
- The first day of the month is a bad day to go to the pharmacy because it is so busy.
- Mondays are the worst day of the week to get a prescription filled, again, because it is so busy.
- It only makes sense then that the first Monday of the month is a very bad day to get a prescription filled.
- The absolute worst days to get a prescription filled are Tuesdays after Monday holidays. For example, do not go anywhere near the pharmacy on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Likewise, if New Year's Day is a Monday, do NOT try to get a prescription filled or even picked up.
I hope that helps. Now here is a tip to make our lives as pharmacists and technicians a little better: when you call to see if we are open and we answer the phone, please hang up. What? You think that is rude? No, it is rude if you call my house and hang up. We actually do a happy dance in the pharmacy when no one is on the other end of the phone. Okay, not really, but one of my technicians yesterday did say, "Whoohoo! No one is there!" The next time you pick up a prescription, listen for how many times the phone rings while you wait. The phone rings almost incessantly, and every time it rings there is a problem on the other side that we need to fix. We don't mind fixing problems; that is why we are there. But we hate answering the phone to hear, "Are you open?" Believe me, we are not there when we're not open. If we do happen to be there, we do NOT answer the phone. So, it is safe to assume that, if we answer the phone, we are open.
How was your weekend? Angela found a dog, and I bet she and Dustin keep him.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Mix apples, nuts, and sugar. Let stand one hour or more; stir often. Sift flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Add to apple mixture; mix slowly. Add oil, vanilla, and beaten eggs. Stir by hand until well-mixed. Grease and flour two bread pans, and pour batter in. Bake at 350 for one hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cheddar-Ham Oven Omelet
In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in the cheese, ham, and onions. Pour the egg mixture into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link, and join the fun!