Wednesday, December 31, 2008

WIP Wednesday

When I read Mrs. H's post about listing finished works, I looked back to all my works-in-progress, and I realized that I don't post pictures of finished works, so I won't link back to them.  Here is a blanket that I am trying to get finished now; I started it back when I was pregnant with Daniel and just never got around to finishing it.  I picked it back up last week after I finished the blanket for John's friend.  I saw this pattern in a magazine and really wanted to make it, but I don't know what I will do with it.  It's fairly big, and I have several blankets that size that I don't use.  Oh, well.  It's a pretty pattern, so I'm glad that I made it.  I only have two more rounds to crochet, and it will be done.

This blanket is made from five panels, but this picture just shows three (two are repeats).  You can see the detail a little better from this close-up.  

As for my other work-in-progress, the upstairs spare room, well, it has been put on hold until next week.  My mother and grandmother came over to visit this morning.  As soon as they left, two of Laura's children came over to play while their daddy picked up their momma and new baby brother.  So I've been too busy today to work up there.  Besides, only Angela and her husband Dustin will be staying with us, so I think they will be okay sharing the guest room. 

If you have a work-in-progress, you ought to join me over the Place of H.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Good Day!

My good, real-life friend Laura had her baby yesterday.  You can go here to see a picture of her new little boy.  Doesn't Laura look good for just having had a baby?  Of course, this is number five, so she's been through it all before.  I'm so excited about getting to visit her this evening and seeing her new baby!  I've been hankering after a Chick-fil-A milkshake lately, and I thought she might appreciate one, too.  I remember how hungry I am after I deliver a baby.  

Here is the spare bedroom after I worked on it this morning.  Does it look any better to you?  It may not, but there is more order to this mess than there was yesterday.  I got all the toys sorted into different bins and boxes.  Right this very minute, I am printing out the pictures I will tape onto the boxes.  I think our children have too many toys, so tomorrow I plan to re-sort the toys into "keep" and "giveaway."  Don't all children have too many toys?  Honestly, shouldn't it be that way?  Not that we want them spoiled, but it's nice to be able to provide our children with nice things, isn't it?

Happy day!!!  Angela is coming this weekend, and she's staying with me!!!!  I'm so excited because I didn't know if she was going to be able to come or not.  Of course, I'm also excited that Dayna is coming, but I already knew she was coming.  I haven't seen either of them (or their families) since Angela's wedding three years ago.  I can't wait for Friday!  I was supposed to work this weekend, but my sweet boss (who does not read my blog) found replacements for me.  Yea!!

It's a good day!  A new baby in our church family and cousins coming to visit!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Our Week Ahead

John took all of last week off, and it was nice to have him home with us all week.  However, it is also nice to get back into our routine this week.  Sarah Beth, Daniel, and I are all tired.  I think we need a few days to recover!  John has Thursday and Friday off this week, also, and he looks forward to a four-day weekend.

We have company coming this weekend.  My cousin Dayna and her family are coming, along with her parents, and our grandmother.  I hope that Angela and Dustin will be able to come, too, but I haven't heard back from her yet.  We haven't figured out where anybody will stay, but somebody (-bodies) will be here with me and somebody (bodies) will be with my sister.  My grandmother will stay with my mom.  Anyway, I tell you all of this because it is the incentive I need to tidy up the upstairs extra bedroom.  I plan to do a little every day this week because, well, that's how I work best.  And I plan to share my progress with you as I go along.

Here is what the room looked like this morning before I started.  Those boxes have some of Sarah Beth's outgrown clothes in them and other things that need to go into the attic.  Hopefully, John will be able to get to that this weekend.  As you can see, we also use the room as a catch-all for toys.  The ones that aren't downstairs to be played with live upstairs in this room.  I have a plan to sort them this week, also.

Here is the pile of stuff on the bed.  What a mess!  I have been storing these boxes up here so I can put Sarah Beth's and Daniel's outgrown clothes into them.  

This picture is the "after" picture from this morning.  There are a couple of more boxes because I boxed up some of Daniel's old clothes.  (Does it make you sad to do that?  I love some of those outfits, and I really hope we have another boy to wear them.)  I also brought up the plastic boxes I plan to sort the toys into.  I don't know how successful I will be keeping them sorted, but we'll see.  I will take pictures of the toys and tape them to the box so that Sarah Beth can help sort them.  

Yesterday morning, Daniel got me up earlier than everyone else.  After he ate breakfast, while I was making muffins for the rest of us, he kept getting into trouble.  If this is how boys usually are, he will run me ragged, I'm sure!  First, he climbed onto the hearth so he could eat some of the rocks inside the fireplace.  After I got him down, he crawled to the bathroom and pulled up on the toilet so he could play in the water.  (He can't quite reach the water yet, though.)  Then he crawled to the phone cord to play with it.  After all of that, he ended up on his knees at the end table, stuck, needing help to get down.  All of this occurred within twenty minutes.  (Speaking of toilets, I just had to go wrench him away from it again!  Sarah Beth didn't do this; boys certainly are different than girls.)

One of my friends is having a baby this morning; if you think about it, would you send up a quick prayer for her?  I know she would appreciate it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three Days Until Christmas!

Are you ready? I think I am. At least, I think I have all of the gifts bought that I need to buy. (John still has a couple to buy, I think.) Of course, I still have almost everything to wrap. My dining room table is covered in wrapping paper, so all I need to do is sit down and do it. But there is never a good time. I cannot wrap presents when Daniel is around because he will make a beeline for the Christmas tree, and I will spend all of my time chasing him down. I cannot wrap Sarah Beth's presents when she is awake, and I cannot wrap John's when he is home. Oh, my! But it will get done...probably in shifts. How about you? How are things coming at your house?

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

Recipe Fun Friday -- Taco Ring

I am sorry that I am late with this post.  I got behind this morning and was not able to get this up before I left to run errands.  

This week I want to share an easy recipe that I like to make when I don't have much time to prepare supper.  I got this recipe from my sister, and I think she got it from Pampered Chef.  It is easy, and it is yummy.  Those are two of the best ingredients I can think of for any dish!

Taco Ring
1 pound ground beef
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 packet taco seasoning (use as much or as little as you like)
2 cans crescent rolls (we use the reduced fat ones)

Brown the ground beef, and pour off the fat.  Add the taco seasoning and cheese.  Mix well.  Unroll the crescent rolls, but leave in a sheet.  Put the meat mixture on top of the rolls, and fold the rolls up over the meat.  Bake according to the directions on the can of crescent rolls.

It will look something like this when you're done.  It doesn't look like much, does it?

This is what your slice will look like.  It still doesn't look like much, does it?  But it sure does taste good.

Do you have a recipe you would like to share this week?  If so, please leave a link.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Eclectic Post

I have several things I would like to share with you today, and I would also like a little advice, if you can help me.  However, first things first, as they say.  The winner of the Christmas coasters is Mykidsmom.  Congratulations!  I know that you have been wanting a set since you first saw them this summer.

I watched the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie last week and this week.  (Yes, I watched it twice.)  Since I haven't seen anyone else mention it, I thought I would.  Although there are a few differences, the movie is fairly faithful to the book, and I was impressed by that.  I thought the movie was very well done, and I recommend it.  Of course, there are some fight scenes in it, so it is not appropriate for young children.  If you need a last minute gift, you might want to consider this movie.  By the way, I hope they continue the series because The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is next, and it is my favorite. 

Is tea an acquired taste?  I have several flavors of tea that sound wonderfully delicous, like candy cane lane, gingerbread spice, and apple cinnamon; but I just don't like the taste.  What am I doing wrong, or what should I add to make my tea worth drinking?  Do you know?  Please help!

I have a dentist appointment today, and I look forward to having nice, clean teeth this afternoon!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WIP Wednesday

Are you tired of looking at this baby blanket yet?  I'm sorry if you are, but I'm not done with it.  And, in case you're wondering, I am not tired of working on it yet.  It is nice to work on when I don't want to think about the project I'm working on.  As you can see, it is getting pretty big.  

I also included a close-up so you can see the pattern a little bit better.

For other works in progress, visit Mrs. H at the Place of H.

Don't forget to enter my Christmas coaster giveaway!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a Cold Christmas....

Did you hear that in Bing Crosby's voice? That's how I'm singing it today. I'm dreaming of a cold Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Okay, maybe not. I do live in Georgia, and I have always lived here, and we don't have white Christmases although sometimes they are cold. Anyway, the high today is 70, and tomorrow it's supposed to be 77. And so on until Monday. Then it's supposed to cool down to 57. Even this is warmer than usual. I admit that I am jealous of some of my blogging friends' cold weather. It seems so strange to read about being snowed in when I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt.

What kind of Christmas are you dreaming of? I may have shared this before, but the only white Christmas I have ever experienced was down in Jacksonville, Florida. Angela, do you remember that? It was long, long time ago, at least twenty years. Oh, and it was ice not snow.
I'll go back to singing now. I'm dreaming of a cold Christmas....

Saturday, December 13, 2008

300th Post Giveaway

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!

Christmas Tree

We put our Christmas tree up last night.  Sarah Beth thought it was really fun that we have one in our house because she thought they only lived at the store or in other people's yards.  Typical toddler, however, she had more fun playing with a piece of trash (a plastic stick from the tree stand) than decorating the tree.  Daniel was asleep in bed, so he did not get to "help."  It will be a lot of fun (do you hear the sarcasm) trying to keep him away from it.  Ugh!

For pictures of other people's trees, head here to Dishpan Dribble.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Gingerbread

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.

Do you have a recipe you would like to share?  If so, leave a link!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Look at Daniel!

Doesn't he look proud of himself?!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

WIP Wednesday

First, I want to show you the placemats I finished and how they look on our table.  We also bought that little Christmas tree which is actually a rosemary plant.  It smells so good, and now I have fresh rosemary when I need it.

I have also been busily working on those coasters.  I think I will have enough to have another giveaway for my 300th post next week.  Stay tuned.

Lastly,  here is that baby blanket I'm still working on.  Another of my friends is having a boy in April, so I look forward to working on that blanket, too.

For other works in progress, head over to the Place of H.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Children's Antics

You'll never believe what my children have been up to lately.  Actually, you will because your children probably did the same things, that is, if you have children.

Daniel has started pulling up.  The first time he stood on his own was in the bathtub which was not a good place.  He is not pulling up very much, but the other day he tried to follow me up the stairs.  Before you panic, he only got as far as on his knees holding onto the bottom stair.  I am not ready for him to pull up, and I am definitely not ready for him to walk.  (Boys don't walk, do they?  Don't they go straight to running?)  I have a plan, though; I will start knocking his feet out from under him.  Hopefully, that will slow him down a little bit.  John took this picture last week.  There are lots of fun things on the end table.  He is already getting into trouble!

Who can resist this smile, though?  Isn't he cute?!

I don't have pictures of Sarah Beth's antic; actually, I do because John took them, but they are too disgusting to share.  Saturday while I was at work, when Sarah Beth woke up from her nap, she decided to have a little fun with her diaper.  Can you see where this is going?  She took her full and smelly diaper off, and she smeared the contents all over the wall and got a bunch on the floor.  Gross!  Poor John had to clean it all up, but he did a good job.  You would never tell what she had done except it does smell a little in her room still.  Does she look capable of such a thing?  

Have your children been up to anything "fun" lately?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Marva's Marvelous Mixes

My good, blogging friend Marva just opened an online store in which she sells mixes and such at reasonable prices.  You ought to check it out here.  If you need some Christmas gifts, she has something for you.  If you would like some easy recipe mixes, she has things for you there as well.  I'm still trying to figure out what to buy because it all looks sooooo good!

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Christmas coasters is Big Sis at Through the Eyes of the Creator.  Congratulations!  For those of you who did not win, there is a possibility of another coaster giveaway next week to celebrate my 300th blog, but I am not promising anything!  I have two little ones who actually like to spend time with their mommy, and I still have to make a bunch more coasters.  But I will try!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday

I'm glad that I opened this up to all recipes, not just new ones because I did not try any new recipes this week.  John left for a work trip Monday and got back home last night.  I hate cooking for just Sarah Beth and me, so I usually don't.  But I have used a bunch of recipes in the past couple of weeks that I could share with you like the Easy Key Lime Pie or the Cornbread Casserole.  My dad's birthday was this past weekend, too, and I made Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting because he really likes those.  Oh, wait!  I did try a new recipe, and I could share about the Chocolate Pecan Pie that Mrs. H told us about; I made it for Thanksgiving, too.  

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.  

What recipe would you like to share with us this week?  Remember that your post will be counted as an entry into my giveaway.  

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Angela's Giveaway

My cousin Angela is giving away a blog makeover.  Who doesn't need one of those?  I know that I do, but her husband is already going to do one for me.  For free.  That's one of the perks of being family.  I get a blog makeover, and she gets free drugs.  Just kidding!  Anyway, you can read more about it here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

WIP Wednesday

Unlike Mrs. H, I did not get much crocheting done last week.  I'm not exactly sure what happened, but I was just too busy to crochet.  What a shame!  I was looking forward to getting a lot done.  Oh, well.

I was able to get a few rows done last night on this baby blanket.  The more I work on it, the more I like the pattern.

I have also gotten a few more of these coasters done.  Since I plan to give a bunch away for Christmas presents, I had better get them done.

By the way, don't forget that I am giving away four of these coasters.  You can see more about the contest here.

For more works in progress, visit Mrs. H at the Place of H.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It Matters Which Catalog You Use

Lately, I have noticed that I don't have many winter outfits to wear to church, specifically, I have three.  Well, there is one more, but I cannot wear it right now because there is no way to feed Daniel in it, if you catch my drift.  I used to have several more outfits, and I couldn't figure out why I have so few now.  Oh, yes.  Two and a half years ago, Sarah Beth was born, and I will never wear those skirts (or pants) again.  *Sigh*  And last year, I was pregnant, so anything I bought had to be BIG.  

I don't know about you, but I like to have a little variety in my wardrobe; I get tired of wearing the same clothes week after week after week after week.  I would like to have one outfit for every Sunday that I go to church (remember I work one weekend a month) every year.  Just kidding!  But I would like to have four or five, or maybe even six.

All of this leads to my experience yesterday.  I have been eying some dresses and things in a JC Penny catalog, and I finally got around to ordering them yesterday.  I like ordering from Penny's because I get 4% cash back via Ebates, they have nice clothes that are reasonably priced, and I can return things to the store in town which means no return shipping.  So anyway, I placed my order which came out to be waaaay too much, but I figured the catalog was old, so the prices weren't good anymore.  I had a couple of online codes to use (another reason I like Penny's), and I planned to try both to see which one would save me more.  

Neither code worked!  I immediately called Penny's, and a very helpful lady figured things out for me.  The catalog I had used was expired, and since I had used the item numbers from it to look up my purchases, the codes would not work.  I still don't quite understand it myself, but she re-keyed in my order and checked the codes to see which one saved me more.  Guess what!  By doing this I saved more than half of my original order.  

I pass this on to you so that you will learn from my experience:  it matters which catalog you use!  Be sure to use the current one.  Honestly, I had no idea!

By the way, don't forget to enter my give-away!

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Computer

John bought a new computer this past weekend, an Apple.  We had a Dell, but it was several years old, and it wasn't performing like it should.  John had been talking about getting an Apple, but the clincher was when he used one of our friends'.  He fell in love!  When the Apple store in town had a sale, he bought one.  Yes, he talked with me before he purchased.

I tell you all of this because all of my "favorite" internet places are stuck on our old computer.  I can still find all of my blogging friends because of my side bar, but the blogs where I "lurked," well, I may never find them again which makes me sad.  

I also have a document that I need to type up this week, and I have no idea how to do that on this new computer.  And John is not here to help me figure it out!  Oh, well.  I shall survive.

By the way, don't forget to enter my give away!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

One Year Blogoversary

Today I have been blogging for one year, and to celebrate, I thought I would have a give away.  Would you like to have a set of four of these hand-made Christmas coasters to help decorate your house this season?  If so, there are three ways you can enter:
  1. leave a comment.
  2. post about this give away on your blog, and leave another comment stating that you did.
  3. 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.
This contest will be open until next Friday night at midnight EST.  I will have John draw a name out of a hat sometime over the weekend and will post the winner Monday.  (I am working next weekend, so I won't have time until Monday.)  This contest is open to anyone in the United States and Poland.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

I wanted to wish all of my readers a happy Thanksgiving yesterday, but I was not able to get online until late. I'm sorry. We had a church service yesterday morning. I'm sure it was a good one, but I was in the nursery. When we got home, I immediately started cooking things to take to my parents' house for dinner. As soon as everything was ready, we left and stayed there until 7:00. We had a really nice day with family and friends.

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

WIP Wednesday

I don't feel like I got much crocheting done this past week, although I spent all day on the couch yesterday. I should have gotten something accomplished, shouldn't I? I did get the placemat done. Now I just need to crochet the poinsettia motif for the three placemats and tack them on so we can use them. I need to get that done soon, don't I?! Maybe Friday.

I had to rip out the baby blanket and start all over because it was just too small. That is the problem with making ones that are a useful size for a carseat or bassinet: I have to adjust the pattern from a normal-sized one, and there is no way to tell from the starting chain whether is it long enough or not. Sometimes, I cannot tell for a few rows which is what happened with this one. Now it's too wide, but that's okay.

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.

Mastitis Day #2

Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers. I felt almost normal last night (but very weak) when I went to bed. Today I feel just about well except for a lingering weakness, a little soreness, and some redness. Oh, and my head wants to hurt. I don't understand that, but a little ibuprofen works wonders.

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


I woke up this morning with mastitis. I was a little painful during the night, but I figured I was engorged since Daniel missed a feeding yesterday evening. But his eating this morning did not take away the pain. And I have all of the other classic symptoms. Ugh!

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

Thanksgiving Preparations

Last year, John, Sarah Beth, and I went to Louisiana to spend Thanksgiving week with his family. John's sister came in from Houston, so his whole immediate family was there, and we had a fun time. This year, however, we did not want to make the long trip with a nine month old, so we are staying here to have Thanksgiving with my family, at least some of it. We will have Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house with my sister and her family. I think my older brother will join us, but my younger brother will spend it with his wife's family. (Our big family get-together is at Christmas.)

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)
2 eggs
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

Recipe Fun Friday -- Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

I found a pork tenderloin in the freezer recently, and I hoped I could find a recipe that would let me cook it in the crockpot. I found this one on All Recipes, and I thought it sounded a little strange because of the French dressing. However, almost all of the reviews were good, and it was easy, so I decided to give it a try. This recipe was worth trying just for the delicous smell it gave to my house all day long! I thought it was a very nice way to fix the pork, but John wasn't as enthusiastic. He thought it was good, but not that good. Since it was so easy, we will be having it again. I served it with mashed potatoes because I thought John might like to put some of the meat sauce on them, but he didn't. (I like my mashed potatoes plain! Yummy!) I did make a couple of changes to the recipe: I used cranberry sauce with cranberries in it, and I left out the onion.

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

Don't Forget to Vote!

Yesterday, I packed up the children to run some errands. We also stopped by the Board of Elections in order for me to cast my ballot. For those of you not in Georgia, there is a run-off for one of our Senate seats. I had not realized that we were able to vote early in the run-off, but when I called the other day, I realized I was wrong. So...those of you who live in Georgia, don't forget to vote!

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

WIP Wednesday

I finished that blanket for my coworker, and I gave it to her this past weekend when I worked. She was thrilled to receive it. It turned out rather nicely, if I do say so myself, although I forgot to take a picture of the finished project.
I started this blanket for John's friend's wife who is having a baby. Dan was one of John's good friends throughout college, and he was in our wedding. Incidentally, Daniel is not named for Dan; Daniel is John's middle name. Again, I am at the "scarf" stage of this blanket, as John calls it.
I am still working on this placemat. The crocheting goes fairly quickly, but the weaving is tedious. The finished project will be worth it, though. We don't think that John's mother and her husband will be here for Christmas which means that I only need to have five done before Christmas Day. I hope to have my parents over for breakfast that morning. Of course, the world will not end if they are not done.

You ought to head over to the Place of H where Mrs. H hosts Work in Progress Wednesday. Usually, there are several knitters with beautiful projects in the work.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Questions about Recipe Fun Friday

I have hosted Recipe Fun Friday for a few months now, and I thought I would check with you to see how it is going. Honestly, it is not accomplishing for me what I hoped it would, i.e. increasing my blog traffic. I do enjoy trying new recipes and sharing them with you, but I had hoped to get more out of this experience. I had also hoped for more participants.

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

Recipe Fun Friday -- Spiced Carrot-Zucchini Bread

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!

Do you know the verse in Matthew about not building a tower until you have counted the cost? Well, don't double (or triple) a recipe before counting your eggs! I bought three zucchini for this recipe and realized that I had way too much, so I decided to double the recipe. I still had plenty of zucchini and decided to triple the recipe. After I had everything but the eggs in, I realized I only had seven. I needed six for the bread and two for the quiche I was also making. Thank you, again, Laura, for helping me out!! Now I have two loaves in my nice new freezer!

Spiced Carrot-Zucchini Bread
2 1/4 cups flour (I used half all-purpose and half wheat.)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp gound cloves
3/4 cup finely chopped carrots
3/4 cup finely chopped zucchini
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I don't like nuts, so I left them out.)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cloves. Add Remaining ingredients; stir just until moistened.
Spoon batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees 60-65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

(These ingredients make one loaf.)

This bread was very good. Laura, Ivy, and my other friend who was there all asked for the recipe. Actually, they asked if I was going to post it today. Of course!

What new recipe did you try this week? Share it with the rest of us by leaving a link!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Apology and Project

I want to apologize for my lack of posting, really, since Friday. It has been one of those weeks where busy-ness has combined with a dearth of material leading to no new posts. I'm sorry. But I am still here, and we are all fine.

I have a friend who loves working on projects around the home. I hate projects! She does not like the daily routine; I won't say that I enjoy it, but I find comfort in the familiar. Because I hate projects, there are things that I have not gotten around to doing even though we have been in this house for six months now. (But my house is neat and clean; that should count for something.) Last night, I took it upon myself to hang pictures in Daniel's room. I have had some of these pictures since before we moved, but I just bought some last week. Since I am so very proud of myself for finishing a project, I thought I would share some pictures.

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.
My sister gave me these two pictures when her son outgrew them. You can kind of see the trains in this picture. Those curtains came with Daniel's bedding, but they were not quite right for his windows, so Mom embellished them. Didn't they come out nicely? We finally got them hung a couple of weeks ago. Mom had them done right after we moved. (Aren't I a slacker?)

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

Ladies Only Give-away

Kristin over at Bits and Pieces from my life has a $30 gift certifiate from Expressiva to give away. Here is the give-away. Expressiva sells clothes for nursing mothers, so if you are one, will be one, or know of one, you ought to enter. The contest ends tonight, so you had better hurry!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Strawberry Lemonade Cake

One of my friends and I are throwing a baby shower for Laura next week. She is due with her fifth child New Year's Day, and we are all very excited. Anyway, I found this recipe for Raspberry Lemonade Cake in my inbox one day, and I thought it would be good for the shower. John has advised me in the past not to try new recipes out at events like that, in case they don't turn out well. So I made a trial cake this week to see how it tasted. It was delicious! Even John liked it, and he agreed that it would do well at the shower.

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

Sarah Palin Links

Here are the links I could find to what had me so riled up this afternoon.

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.

Sarah Palin

Have you heard what they are saying about Sarah Palin right now? I don't believe a word of it, and it makes me so angry I could...I don't know. Something bad!

Book Review

Earlier this week, I promised a review of Making the "Terrible" Twos Terrific by John Rosemond, and here it is: wonderful! You want more? Okay.

John Rosemond is an evangelical Christian, but I did not discover this in his book. I read it in an article he wrote that was in our paper a few weeks ago. This book does not have Bible verses in it. Did I just hear you gasp? Rosemond gives practical advice, the kind, as he says, that you would get from your grandmother. And if you can point me to the verses that talk about potty training my child, I would be most grateful.

Rosemond starts his book by describing the typical two year old -- he is busy learning about the world. A child makes the hardest transition of his life during his second year; he goes from being the center of the universe to, well, not. I see this clearly in Daniel and Sarah Beth. Daniel thinks the world revolves around him, and it does. When he cries, I do what I can to help him stop. His requests are fairly reasonable right now: hunger, fear, dirty diaper. However, if Sarah Beth continues to be the center of her world, she will end up a spoiled brat.

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.

After setting the stage for "normal" behavior, Rosemond gives practical advice on promoting development, discipline, potty training (the reason I bought this book), bedtime, and aggression. He even has a chapter on where children this age should be: at home with a parent.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has or will have a child this age. He has more books for older children, and I plan to read them when appropriate.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

WIP Wednesday

I am still working on this baby blanket from last week. Here is a close-up of the pattern. The more I work on this blanket, the more I like the pattern. That is a great thing! I doubt I will get it done before this weekend when I work with the recipient, but I picked up an extra day next weekend, and hopefully, I will get it done before then. If not, well, we work at Wal-Mart, and who really needs an excuse to go there?

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.
For other works in progress, head on over to the Place of H. There is usually some really neat knitted stuff that makes me wish I liked to knit.


I am afraid. I am afraid of what will happen to our country now. I am afraid that we will "cut and run" from Iraq, thereby inviting more terrorist attacks to our own country. I am afraid the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans will be slowly and surely taken away from us. I am afraid that our government will get even bigger. I am afraid that more people will become dependent upon the government for their subsistence. I am afraid of rising prices due to more unionizing while wages fall due to higher taxes. I am afraid of what Obama with Congress' help will do to our country. I am afraid that posts like this will soon be termed "racist" and therefore illegal. I am afraid.

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

Important Issues

Today is Election Day, and only God knows how it will turn out. Will Obama be elected with a Democrat-controlled, filibuster-proof Congress? Heaven help us if he is.

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

Undecided Voters

I keep hearing about "undecided voters" from the media, and it seems that the media thinks these undecided voters are virtous because they are undecided. I totally disagree. Undecided voters cannot have any positions they hold strongly to. If you think abortion is wrong, you cannot vote for Obama. If you think the war in Iraq is wrong, you cannot vote for McCain. Undecided voters cannot have any values. Am I the only one who feels this way?

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

All Saints' Day

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy All Saint's Day. Also, because I forgot yesterday, Happy Reformation Day!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Blueberry French Toast

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
12 eggs
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

Learning for Little Ones -- Reading

I love to read. However, with all of my motherly and wifely responsibilities, I do not have much time for reading. I feel lucky to be able to read a few pages in the bed at night before I turn out the light. I did find some time to read a new book I got, Making the "Terrible" Twos Terrific by John Rosemond, and the author encourages parents not just to read to their children but just to read. I know that it is important to read to Daniel and Sarah Beth, but I see now how important it is for them to see me reading my own book. Besides showing them that reading is fun and important, it gives the opportunity to teach things like "mine." I find myself saying very often, "This book is Mommy's, and you may not have it right now." This week I have made time for this very, very important occupation of mine (that I also dearly love!) in order to teach my little ones that reading is a good thing!

For more ideas about teaching your little ones new things, head over to Babychaser's blog.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WIP Wednesday

Remember that baby blanket I was working on a couple of weeks ago? No, I did not finish it. I discarded it because it had a couple of problems with it that I would not be able to fix without ripping it all out and starting over. First, it tracked to the right; instead of the edges being straight up and down, they were slanted to the right. The other problem was that the second skein of yarn I used did not exactly match the first. I was tired of that pattern anyway, so I picked a new one. Do you like it? I do, but I have already had to rip out a couple of rows. I have not had so much trouble with a baby blanket -- with anything -- since the very first blanket I made. And I didn't know anything then.

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

Christmas Presents

Have you thought about Christmas yet? Obviously, I have with all of those stockings, placemats, and coasters I have been making. What about the gifts I need, er, want, to give others? I did make that pot holder for my mother-in-law, and I stumbled across something for my mom. But then I found this website which has a listing of women who sell things they have made online. Since I have no idea what to get my mother-in-law's husband (they have been married only a year), I thought I might find something interesting which I did. I think he might enjoy getting soap that looks like doughnuts. I also like the fact that I am supporting women who try to make some extra money while staying home. For those hard-to-shop-for people on your list, you might want to browse some of these sites yourself.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Have you voted yet? Here in Georgia we have the option of advanced voting which I took advantage of a couple of weeks ago. I arrived about 9:15, and I was completely done in about fifteen minutes. However, a line formed just after I got there. So many people are voting early that our county has opened up two more voting locations. They expect a 90% turnout in our area, so I am glad I got that done. If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to avail yourself of it. I enjoy knowing that I have done my civic duty. (And since I voted, I can legitimately complain about politics!)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Sweet Pineapple Muffins

I have been given the title "Queen of Muffins," and I do not know where that came from. Not at all.

John loves pineapple, and I found this recipe in my new favorite cookbook Best of Country Breakfast and Brunch (I told you that you would see a lot of recipes from this book). I had to try it, didn't I?

Sweet Pineapple Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. In another bowl, mix the pineapple, eggs, and oil; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yields about 20 muffins.

These muffins were delicious. As you can see from the picture, I stirred them too much; that's why they're flat. I was trying to get all of the lumps out, but then I realized that the lumps were pieces of pineapple. Oops! My batch was very, very moist; really they were too moist because they fell apart when I removed them from the muffin pan. I was going to advise you to add more flour to firm them up some when I realized that I had changed the recipe just a little. You see, I didn't have two small cans of pineapple, I had one large can. A 20 ounce can. And I poured it all in. There was too much pineapple in my recipe. I'm sure that if you make it correctly, the recipe will turn out fine. If you like pineapple, you will love this recipe!

Did you try a new recipe this week? Leave a link, and share it with the rest of us!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cooking with Sarah Beth

This morning I decided to make the pumpkin bread that Laura wrote about last week. As soon as I started measuring, Sarah Beth grabbed a chair to come help. Daniel was asleep, so there was no hurry, and I thought what a great way to spend some time with her. My mom did not teach me how to cook, but the fault is all mine because I was not interested. I want to encourage Sarah Beth as much as possible so she won't have to "experiment" on her husband. (Also, I cannot wait until she can take over cooking one night a week, at least.)

Here is Sarah Beth mixing the batter. It was really hard for her, so Mommy had to help out some. (Check out her shoes. She found her Sunday shoes, and just had to wear them. My little girl has a real thing about shoes, and she definitely does not get that from me.)

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

Backyard Surprise!

Look what I saw in my neighbor's backyard the other day.

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

Another Award!

Ivy bestowed another award on me, so that makes two in less than a week! Wow!!! I will accept this award, although I do not feel very creative. (And I have to admit that I find it annoying that "creative" is spelled wrong.)

I am now supposed to list six things that make me happy.
  1. My salvation through Jesus Christ is what makes me happiest.
  2. My sweet, sweet husband makes me happy, even though he exasperates me sometimes, too.
  3. Of course, Daniel and Sarah Beth are on this list. Sarah Beth's silliness and Daniel's adorable smiles just make me laugh.
  4. I love living in town for many reasons; one of the main ones is that I get to see my friends more often.
  5. So, I should add my friends to this list.
  6. 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.

I shall pass this award onto Mykidsmom, Angela, Dayna, and Marva. I would give it to Laura, also, but Ivy already did.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday

I almost panicked yesterday. I did not know what I was going to make for this week's Recipe Fun Friday, and I did not know what we were going to have for supper. What I had planned to fix for both fell through because I did not have one of the major ingredients. There's no substitute for carrots. The nice mail lady saved me, though; she brought a recipe book that I had ordered. Best of Country Breakfast & Brunch has lots of delicous-looking recipes in it, so you will be seeing a lot from it in the future. I am sorry, however, that I forgot to take a picture.

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?)
3 eggs
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


Ivy gave me this award, and I'm so excited! Blogging Friends Forever! I know exactly to whom I would like to bestow this award: Mykidsmom, Laura (although Ivy already gave it to her, and she's more of a real-life friend), Marva, and Nikki. I would, also, like to give this award to Angela and Dayna who are actually my real-life cousins, if that doesn't break the rules. Now it is your turn to pass along this award!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WIP Wednesday -- Baby Blanket

Have I mentioned before that my very favorite thing to crochet are baby blankets? Well, they are! One of the women I work with is having a baby at Christmas, and I think she will appreciate receiving a blanket. I do not know her well at all since I do not work very often, but I will enjoy making this blanket. I am tired of my pot holder (I finally finished it, and I don't understand why it doesn't look like the picture); I'm bored with my place mats; I cannot believe how many coasters I still need to make; and I cannot get any enthusiasm at all to work on another stocking. I was so bored with all of that last week that I just could not post about it.

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.


I need some help from you more-experienced mothers: Daniel has started blowing razzberries when I'm feeding him. He has been blowing them for a while, but he just started Monday blowing them while he is eating. Is there anyway to stop him? Please, oh, please, help me! I'm tired of getting green beans, bananas, and sweet potatoes all over my face!

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Weekend at Work

I worked again this weekend. Yes, it has only been two weeks since I last worked, but I switched weekends in September because our trip to the beach fell on my work weekend. Now I am back to schedule-wise, anyway.

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.
  1. The first day of the month is a bad day to go to the pharmacy because it is so busy.
  2. Mondays are the worst day of the week to get a prescription filled, again, because it is so busy.
  3. It only makes sense then that the first Monday of the month is a very bad day to get a prescription filled.
  4. 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

Recipe Fun Friday

This week I had a couple of friends over for lunch. We used to go out to eat for birthdays, but now there are eight children to the three of us, so we stay home. I prepared a Cheddar-Ham Oven Omelet with Apple Bread, and both Laura and Ivy requested that I put these recipes here today, so I assume they enjoyed them. I know that I did (and the leftovers, too!).

Apple Bread
4 cups peeled, diced apples
1 cup chopped nuts (I left these out.)
2 cups sugar
3 cups plain flour (Yes, the recipe says "plain flour;" I used all-purpose.)
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or more (I used 1 teaspoon.)
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 beaten eggs

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
16 eggs
2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup cubed, fully cooked ham
6 green onions, chopped (I left these out; I don't care for onions.)

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!