Saturday, August 30, 2008

Daniel's First Food

Daniel has not been sleeping as well lately as he used to, so we decided that it was time to start him on "real" food. We skipped the traditional rice cereal because I don't see much point to it. I guess it gets a baby used to eating food that tastes like what he's used to (because it's mixed with mommy's milk), but other than that, what's the point? So we started with carrots.


Daniel was not too sure about them at first; I'm sure they taste very different from what he is used to eating. After a couple of bites, though, he seemed to enjoy them. He ate every single bit of the tablespoon I had apportioned out for him.

Poor Sarah Beth!! She remembered that this was her high chair, and she did not want to share it. A cookie helped. Cookies usually help, don't they?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday


Remember that cookbook I won at the Southern Living party I went to a couple of weeks ago? I have finally gotten around to cooking something from it. We had Roast Pork Loin with Crumb Crust, Honey Glazed Carrots, and mashed potatoes. It was delicious. The crumb topping gave the pork roast a nice flavor. And who wouldn't like carrots mixed with honey and brown sugar? Yummy!

Roast Pork Loin with Crumb Crust
1 (4 1/2 pound) boneless pork loin, trimmed
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped garlic
2 Tbsp coarse-grained Dijon mustard (I used plain, old French's mustard.)

Sprinkly pork loin with salt and pepper. Place pork loin on an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
Stir together breadcrumbs and next 4 ingredients; press breadcrumb mixture onto top of pork loin.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes; cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 155. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
(The recipe says that it makes 6 servings, but we got a whole lot more than that. I actually cut the pork loin in half and froze the other half.)

Honey Glazed Carrots
1 (2 pound) bag baby carrots
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint (I forgot to add this.)
freshly gound pepper to taste
Bring carrots and water to cover to a boil. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes or just until carrots are tender. Drain.
Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat; stir in sugar, honey, and salt. Add carrots, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 to 8 minutes or until carrots are glazed. Sprinkle with mint and pepper to taste. (I did not follow this step. I did not see the point of getting another pot dirty. I just threw the rest of the ingredients in the same pot that already had the carrots in it, and it turned out fine.)

What new recipe did you try this week?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

WIP Wednesday -- A Day Late

Addendum: I forgot to mention that Work in Progress Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. H at the Place of H. I'm sorry for that omission.

A day late, and a dollar short. Isn't that how the saying goes? I got tired of making coasters (I have 12 now), so I started on this. Isn't it lovely? Heehee. You can't tell what it is, can you? It will be a placemat when I'm done, a Christmas placemat, of course, to go along with my coasters and stockings. Hopefully next week, I'll have more done so you can get a better idea of how it will end up.

My right-this-very-minute work in progress is these oatmeal raisin cookies. My house smells heavenly, like Christmas from the allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. I guess it goes well with my Christmas theme for the summer.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Meme

My cousin Angela tagged me the other day. Here are some random facts about me. Do you find them interesting? Honestly, do you?

Here are the tagging rules:
1. Post the rules on your blog
2. Write 6 random things about yourself
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post
4. If you're tagged, DO IT and pass on the tag

  1. I have a pin and a screw in my ankle because I broke it (actually, John's horse did) five months after we were married.
  2. I cannot eat mayonaise. I have never liked it, but when I worked in the cafeteria in college, I had to pour it into the tubs that go on the salad bar. Oh, it made me gag.
  3. Dave Duncan is my favorite author who is living and currently writing books.
  4. The first diaper I ever changed was Sarah Beth's.
  5. Being in crowds wears me out. Even being around my family tires me; of course, there are nineteen of us, including the ten grandchildren.
  6. At our old house, I had my spices organinzed alphabetically. I haven't figured out how to do that here yet. (Or else they would be.)

Are those facts random enough?

Rules are made to be broken, aren't they? I won't tag anyone by name, but if you would like to participate, leave a comment so we can all come read your random facts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Aquarium

We went to the Georgia Aquarium Friday, and I am sorry that it has taken me so long to post about it. I spent Saturday recovering not just from the trip but also from Friday night. Why do babies pick the worst nights? Daniel woke up at 3:30 a.m.. He was awake and did not want to be in the bed. I did check on him, but then I left him alone, hoping he would go back to sleep. He would cry for five minutes then be quiet for ten to fifteen minutes. That went on for an hour! Finally, at 4:30, I gave up, got up, and fed him. He fell asleep while eating (because he wasn't hungry) but woke up before I could put him in the bed. He was ready to play! I threw him back in the bed (not really) at 5:00 and hoped he would go to sleep. Thankfully, he did. However, he woke back up at 7:00. Oh, I was exhausted!

Anyway, we had a really good time Friday. It took us about two and a half hours to get to the Aquarium. The children rode well, and John and I enjoyed talking. I realized that I had never been to an aquarium before, so this was a new experience. I was amazed and impressed. The fish were showcased very nicely. The windows into the tanks were large so you could really see in. I don't know how to describe it very well, so here are some pictures.
You cannot tell it from the picture, but I was looking up at this hammerhead shark because ...

we were in this tunnel. It was really neat.
I did not take too many pictures of the animals, but here is a beluga whale. The window into the tank must have been twenty feet tall.

And here are the requisite pictures of the family.


Sarah Beth enjoyed the "fishies." She also enjoyed spending the time with her daddy.

This one of Daniel is so cute that I just had to throw it in, too. If you look very closely, you can see his two bottom teeth. He cut his first top tooth on Sunday. He didn't care much for the fish, but he was very sweet the whole day.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Glorifying My Husband Week Eight

This list is from Eighteen Ways A Wife May be the Glory of Her Husband in the book The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace.

  • Ask your husband, "What are your goals for the week?"
  • Ask your husband, "How can I help you accomplish these goals?"
  • Ask your husband, "Is there anything I can do differently that would make it easier for you?"
  • Be organized with cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking. As you fulfill your God-given responsibilities, your husband is then free to do his work.
  • Save some of your energy every day for him.
  • Put him first over the children, your parents, friends, job, ladies' Bible studies, etc..
  • Willingly and cheerfully rearrange your schedule for him when necessary.
  • Talk about him in a positive light to others. Do not slander him at all, even if what you are saying is true.
  • Consider his work (job, goals, hobbies, work for the Lord) as more important than your own.

This last one is very hard. Why should John's activities be more important than mine? Is he more important than I am? Me, me, me. We are a selfish people, aren't we? It comes down to these two things: the general principle that you should treat others as more important than yourself, and the specific commandment that wives are to be submissive to their husbands.

I have been struggling with this lately. When Saturday rolls around, there are two things that vie for time. I need to go to the grocery store, and there is something that John wants or needs to do. I usually get aggravated because I don't get to go to the grocery store when I want to. I have always been able to go; it's not like my actually going is in jeopardy. I like to go on Saturday because I can go by myself or with only one child. In order to show love to John, and to keep from being angry, I decided this past weekend to go to the grocery store during the week. Daniel is now big enough to ride in my hip-carrier, (I love it; it worked so well with Sarah Beth) and Sarah Beth can ride in the buggy. This decision will leave Saturday open for John to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it.

My other tasks for this week include calling the trash people because they did not pick up our trash Friday, and unpacking the two boxes that are still in our bedroom.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday

Yes, I know that it is not Friday yet, but we are going to the Georgia Aquarium tomorrow, and I don't want to worry with posting this while we are trying to get out of the house.

I am always on the lookout for new muffin recipes because a home-baked breakfast is so much better than cold cereal. At the Southern Living party I went to last week, the consultant gave me a little recipe book with this recipe in it. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to try it.

Strawberries and Cream Cheese-Filled Muffins
1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less fat cream cheese, softened (I used the regular, full-fat cream cheese. I have a baby who needs all the fat he can get so his nerves develop correctly.)
2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk (I used plain yogurt instead, and it worked fine.)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large egg whites
1 large egg (I just used two large eggs.)
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375. Combine cream cheese and preserves; stir with a whisk.
Combine flour and next five ingredients; make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, oil, and eggs. Stir well with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. (I just dumped everything in together; the key is not to stir too long or the muffins end up flat. Did you know that? I just learned it.)
Spoon batter into 12 muffins cups coated with cooking spray, filling one-third full.
Top each with about 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture; divide remaining batter evenly over cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center.
Yield: one dozen

These were so very good. The poppy seeds were a nice touch, but the real treat was the preserve-cream cheese mixture. Yummy! Silly Sarah Beth didn't like how the goody was slimy, so she tried to wipe it off. I imagine that this recipe would work fine with plain jelly, or any kind of preserves.

What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link, and maybe one of us will try it soon, too. I tried Nikki's cheese muffins last week, and that recipe is definitely a keeper!

My Little Bag Lady


Check out this stroller: it is carrying a bear and a baby that you can see, plus another bear that you can't. The under compartment is empty which is unusual. You can see the blanket which was giving her fits this morning. (She wants it to hang a certain way, but I still don't understand what way that is.) There are two bags hanging from one of the stroller handles and one on her back. Yes, I helped her get the backpack on, but she did everything else. Sometimes, she hangs a little bucket on the other stroller handle. Oh, and underneath the two bears and her baby, were a little book and some big legos. She loves her strollers, and she loves loading them down.

USA Wins Gold

This morning while I was feeding Daniel, I turned on the Olympics to see what was on. Our women's soccer team was playing Brazil for the gold medal, and I caught the game during the seventy-something minute. I think soccer players are the absolute best athletes. Let me explain why for those of you who don't know much about soccer. Soccer is played in 45 minute halves with a ten minute break in between. Each team is only allowed two substitutions per half, and the player that leaves the game cannot come back in. In other words, soccer players run around and chase the ball for 90 minutes with only a ten minute break. Unless, of course, there is a tie. In that case, they play two more 15 minute periods.

Back to this game that I saw. When I turned it on, neither team had scored yet. When the second half was over, there was still no score, so they played for another thirty minutes. We scored during the sixth minute of the first extra period. Brazil never scored! There were several close calls where the ball missed high, to the left or right, but missed! Woohoo!

Chant with me now! USA! USA! USA! USA!

Our Week

This week has been, and will continue to be, a fun one. Monday, of course, we spent catching up from the weekend, especially since I was gone all weekend at work. Monday wasn't so much fun; we were all tired, but I got a lot done. Tuesday we ran some errands, and went to see Laura's new house. It's very nice, but you could get lost just in her bonus room! Yesterday we went to the pool with another friend and her three little girls. Poor Daniel was the only boy, but he survived. That stinker Sarah Beth did not nap yesterday, and she still was not caught up from all the fun from the weekend, so we had to cancel getting together for our monthly Mommies' Group today. I hated to miss it, but we needed to stay home and rest because tomorrow we are going to the Georgia Aquarium. We have heard that it's very nice, and John has been dying to go. We have been waiting for Sarah Beth to get old enough to appreciate it. John is taking the day off, and we are driving to Atlanta tomorrow. It should be a fun and exciting day but also very tiring. I'm sure that Saturday we will need to recover.

Yes, this is a busy week for us. I like to be home three of the five weekdays, and this week we were scheduled to be gone for four. Hopefully, next week will be better.

Addendum: Sarah Beth just threw a fit because she could not get the blanket to lie correctly on her stroller. (I'll share a picture later, hopefully.) Then she picked up her bear and her baby and asked to go to bed. We put her in the bed when she fusses and she loves being in her bed. Apparently, she is still tired even though we put her to bed last night at 7:30 instead of her usual 9:00, and she knows she is tired. Poor thing. I hope she gets a good nap. I'm so glad I cancelled this morning.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Veggie Tales Give-Away

Mykidsmom is giving away some Veggie Tales goodies here. If you have children, hope to have children, or are a child at heart, you ought to enter.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Look What I Got!


I got an award!! It's an honor...I think. It means I have been bothering mykidsmom enough by leaving comments that she feels I deserve an award. Now I must bequeath (isn't that a great word?!) this award to someone who is a SuperCommenter on my blog. The only problem is that mykidsmom comments the most by far. However, I must make a decision.

I hereby bequeath this SuperCommenter award to my cousin Angela. She probably leaves me more comments than anybody else, and she has participated the most in Recipe Fun Friday (other than, of course, mykidsmom).

See, there is an award for pestering people!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Work

This past weekend was my weekend to work. I did not dread going in like I did last time I worked. We were still very busy, and one of the technicians did not come in on Saturday because he was in a car wreck. (I'm not sure why he couldn't come in later, instead of sitting home getting drunk, but I did not ask.) I still do not enjoy working, but I have decided that I like working at this pharmacy much better for two reasons. One is the layout of the pharmacy, as I explained before. People with stupid questions cannot aggravate me with them. (This weekend's award goes to the lady who asked if we sell hair. Yes, hair. No, not wigs.) The other reason is that I have enough help. Now that I think about it, my old store was under-staffed.

For those of you who wonder about bothering a pharmacist with your questions, I did answer several good ones this weekend. There were a couple about rashes, one about PEG-tube feedings, another one about a spider bite. Feel free to bring your questions to the pharmacy; just don't bother the pharmacist by asking her where the lightbulbs are. I don't know! (And my technicians do.)

John and the children did fine. Daniel drank his bottle like a trooper. John wasn't quite as stir-crazy, and I wasn't as tired. Sarah Beth enjoyed spending all weekend long with her Daddy. I think John missed me the most!

Glorifying My Husband Week Seven

This list is from Eighteen Ways A Wife May be the Glory of Her Husband in the book The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace.
  • Ask your husband, "What are your goals for the week?"
  • Ask your husband, "How can I help you accomplish these goals?"
  • Ask your husband, "Is there anything I can do differently that would make it easier for you?"
  • Be organized with cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking. As you fulfill your God-given responsibilities, your husband is then free to do his work.
  • Save some of your energy every day for him.
  • Put him first over the children, your parents, friends, job, ladies' Bible studies, etc..
  • Willingly and cheerfully rearrange your schedule for him when necessary.
  • Talk about him in a positive light to others. Do not slander him at all, even if what you are saying is true.

Once again, John does not ask much of me this week which is nice since we are going to have a very busy week.

The last item on the list is a hard one, isn't it? I try very hard only to talk positively about John to our children, even though they don't understand what I say yet. Last week, I started telling Sarah Beth that Daddy was at work when she would ask about him. (I don't know why I didn't do that before.) I have a sweet, hard-working, wonderful, loving husband. Why is it easier sometimes to focus on his not-quite-perfect qualities instead of his good ones?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday


This week I took an old favorite and turned it into a new one. In my Betty Crocker Cookbook, underneath my normal recipe for meatloaf, I discovered a variation for Sage and Pinenuts Meatloaf. I won't bother to write down the recipe because it didn't taste much different than regular meatloaf; we still needed to add ketchup. The reason I will continue to make it is that it has spinach in it. If you would like to try this recipe, just take your regular meatloaf recipe, and add a 10 ounce package of frozen, chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry). If you're feeling especially frisky, throw in some pinenuts or toasted almonds for a bit of a crunch. I also tried a new recipe from my Paula Deen Celebrates! cookbook which I won from Marva a few weeks ago. Again, I won't write down the recipe, but to make squash boats, boil the squash until it is tender (about 15 minutes); scrape out the pulp; add a few saltine crackers, salt, and pepper; and top it with Cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

On a personal note, Daniel's tooth popped through yesterday afternoon. No more toothless grin. I'm so sad.

What about you? What new recipe have you tried this week? Leave a link so we can see your new creation.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Learning for Little Ones


Last month, some of the older mothers (when I say older, I actually mean that they have older children) in our church put together a Mother's Morning Out for us younger mothers (again, I mean that we have younger children). It was great! We turned our children over to the nursery for a few hours once a week while we fellowshiped, learned something practical, and ate lunch.

One of the things we learned was a method for teaching our children Scripture. Basically, it involves reading the passage to them a lot. Then you start leaving out a word, letting your child fill it in. The key is to make sure the child fills in the correct word.

I was not sure how this would work with Sarah Beth since she is just two and still only putting two words together. But I decided to try it. However, I was not as faithful and consistent as I should have been. I did not feel I was getting anywhere. Then I read Laura's post about how her three oldest know Psalm 100. The thing is that her two year old is only eight days older than Sarah Beth and already can recite Psalm 100. I felt like giving up in despair. We had been working on Isaiah 53:6, "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way." I could not even get Sarah Beth to say "sheep." She just looked at me blankly. I decided to keep at it, and the next morning after I read the verse a couple of times, Sarah Beth said, "Sheep gone astray." Wow!! I was so excited. That was the encouragement I needed, although I'm still not as consistent and faithful as I should be.

I have not been able to get Sarah Beth to say those three words again. I haven't even been able to get her to say sheep. When I say, "All we like ____," she fills in the blank with "chicken" or "doggie." I think she gets the idea that it's supposed to be an animal. I think she knows it's supposed to be a sheep, but I think she's being silly. I suppose I just need to keep plodding away. Eventually, she will get it, right?

If you have an idea for teaching your little ones, you ought to share it at Babychaser's blog. Her topic is Learning for Little Ones.

Addendum: Sarah Beth did it this morning! She said, "sheep." That was the first time; the second time, she said, "duckie." Oh, well. It's a start!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This and That

It has been a lovely, rainy day. Yes, we think that summer, rainy days are lovely down here in Georgia where we are almost always under drought conditions. And the high today was supposed to be only 81. 81! To put that in perspective, the high yesterday was 85, and that was the lowest high (if that makes sense) since May!

We have been enjoying the Olympics; have you? We don't usually watch much tv, at least when the children are awake, but we figure that the Olympics are only every four years. Why not watch them while we can? I especially enjoy watching Sarah Beth as she watches. When the gymnastics is on (taped, yes; we do not let her stay up that late), she jumps around and gets very excited. "Jump, jump!" Last night, watching the synchronized diving, she kept saying, "Fall down! Fall down!"

Needless to say, I have not been crocheting as much lately because you just can't look away from the uneven bars. The second that it takes to see what you're doing, well, you know how much you can miss in gymnastics.

Michael Phelps is awesome, isn't he? But why are all the swimmers so ugly?

Daniel is teething. His wonderfully, cute toothless smile will be gone soon. I will miss it. Isn't that the sweetest smile ever?

I went to a Southern Living party last night because one of my neighbors was throwing it, and I really need to interact more with my neighbors. One of my friends was throwing a Pampered Chef party, and I would have preferred to have gone to it. Oh, well. After a silly game, I won a cookbook. It has all the best recipes from 2007. There are 900 recipes in it. Nine hundred. They are sorted by the month in which the recipe won. Not helpful. I don't care if a recipe won in May or December, but I do care whether it has beef or chicken in it. Anyway, I have lots and lots (hopefully) of new material for Recipe Fun Friday. I also bought a cookbook because I feel obligated to buy something at these parties, and everything that I thought was pretty was expensive. There was a very pretty Christmas bowl, but I just couldn't pay $60 for it. Thinking about it, I spent less than I would have at the Pampered Chef party. It was probably for the best. And I got to meet one of my neighbors; she homeschools and might be another good resource when I start.

After seeing the Couponizer at Money Saving Mom (and not winning one), I just had to buy one. My current system of three Ziploc bags just isn't working anymore. I cannot wait to sort all my coupons into the Couponizer; however, I may wait until my little helper is asleep tonight. For some reason, Sarah Beth loves coupons, too.

Whew, I'm glad I got all of that off my chest. I feel like I have finally gotten you all caught up in our lives here. Not really, but it's a start.

WIP Wednesday


Lately, I have been working on more poinsettias, er, coasters. (Yes, this is the same picture as last time. Why not? They all look the same!) I have eight, almost nine, done. I have been thinking that they might make nice Christmas presents. What do you think? Maybe, just maybe, I'll have another give-away before Christmas and give some away. Would you like that? But I'm not promising anything! We'll have to see.

Are you working on anything? If so, you ought to join me over at the Place of H for Work in Progress Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Winner is...

You know, I think the odds were somewhat skewed in Angela's favor. If Dayna, Dusty, or Sybil (is that your mother-in-law, Angela?) had won, Angela would have gotten the blanket. Since only seven people entered my give-away, Angela had a better than 50% chance of getting this blanket. It doesn't seem fair, does it?

However, I also think it is funny that almost everyone who entered this contest either already has a blanket I crocheted for them or will receive one. (Yes, mykidsmom, if you get pregnant again, I will make you one.)

But I guess you want to know who actually won the blanket, don't you? It was Dusty. John drew his name last night, so now he gets to be a superhero for his wife. (See the comments from the give-away post, if you don't understand that.) Angela, when you get a chance, e-mail me with your address, and I will stick it in the mail for you.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Glorifying My Husband Week Six

This list is from Eighteen Ways A Wife May be the Glory of Her Husband in the book The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. (I keep forgetting to cite the book.)
  1. Ask your husband, "What are your goals for the week?"
  2. Ask your husband, "How can I help you accomplish these goals?"
  3. Ask your husband, "Is there anything I can do differently that would make it easier for you?"
  4. Be organized with cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking. As you fulfill your God-given responsibilities, your husband is then free to do his work.
  5. Save some of your energy every day for him.
  6. Put him first over the children, your parents, friends, job, ladies' Bible studies, etc..
  7. Willingly and cheerfully rearrange your schedule for him when necessary.

Last week, I wondered why John does not ask much of me. He responded that he just cannot think of things for me to do to help him. And last week, I just barely got his drycleaning picked up in time; it was 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, and the drycleaners closes at 5:00!

This week, John asked me to cancel a credit card for him and to call and see where our debit cards are. I doubt the credit card company will let me cancel his card, but I will try. Our bank sent us new debit cards a few weeks ago, but we did not receive them. So they sent us new ones after issuing us new numbers for our cards.

I have a hard time rearranging my schedule for John. It is not because I don't want to make him happy; it's more that I have already made my plans and know how things will happen. I don't like change; I don't like surprises (unless it's a gift!); I especially don't like last minute changes. I will have to work on this point.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Another Give-away

Hannah at Cultivating Home is giving away some books. All you have to do is answer a few questions in order to participate. Please head on over there because she needs fifty people to respond.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday

Have you ever wanted to make a recipe as soon as you read it? My recipe for this week was one of those. Mrs. Darling posted about her Blueberry Coffee Cake, and I just had to make it. What took me so long? Well, I wanted John to enjoy it with me, and I had to wait for a morning when he would be home long enough for me to make it. I just can't get up at 5:30 to fix breakfast for him. Is it laziness? I am afraid that it might just be. (Mrs. Darling's picture is better than mine.)


Have you made anything that, when you are done, you cannot wait to make it again? Well, I wanted to post a picture of my Caramel Apple Trifle. I got the recipe from Taste of Home, but I will pass it on to you, if you would like. Here is a picture:


Doesn't that look yummy? It tastes as good as it looks!

What about you? What new recipe did you try this week?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Guess What!

Do you know what today is? Yes, yes, it's Thursday. But no, that's not the answer I'm looking for. This is my 200th post. I thought we would celebrate with a give-away. How does that sound? Here is what I am giving away:




This is a baby blanket that I crocketed a couple of months ago just for this occasion. I really like it, so I may put my name in the pot, too, and have John draw names until mine comes out. Just teasing! It measures about 20 inches square, so it is a good size for use in the bassinet or car seat.

Now I know that not everyone has a use for a baby blanket. Honestly, I hope that Laura or Amanda win because they are both pregnant and live in my town so I would not have to pay for shipping. I would also like it if Angela won because hopefully she will have children soon (and maybe this would hurry her up!). Of course, if Dayna won, she could always give it to Angela if she and Owen don't have any more children. Now if you are done having children, well, I am sure that you could find someone to give it to. If you already have children, a little girl especially, like Mykidsmom, you could let her play with it. But if you are in Mrs. Darling's stage of life, there is only one word for you: grandchildren. I have a few other readers that I know about: Marva, Babychaser, and Nikki; I don't know much about them, but I think that at least one of them wants more children.

This contest is open to residents of the United States and Poland. (I don't want to leave my good friend Ivy out.) All you have to do to enter is crochet a 9 inch square potholder and send it to me. I'm kidding again. All you really have to do is leave a comment. I would appreciate it if you would let your blog's readers know about it, too, in case they might enjoy reading my blog. I would understand, however, if you don't want to do that; the fewer names in the pot means a greater chance that you will win. I will have John draw a name Monday night, and I will announce the winner on Tuesday.

There you go: my first give-away.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Glorifying My Husband Week Five

I'm sorry this post is late; our server was down all day yesterday. John finally got it running last night, but it was too late to post.
  1. Ask your husband, "What are your goals for the week?"
  2. Ask your husband, "How can I help you accomplish these goals?"
  3. Ask your husband, "Is there anything I can do differently that would make it easier for you?"
  4. Be organized with cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking. As you fulfill your God-given responsibilities, your husband is then free to do his work.
  5. Save some of your energy every day for him.
  6. Put him first over the children, your parents, friends, job, ladies' Bible studies, etc..

John does not ask much of me. I wonder if it's because I am so efficient in the things that I do that he does not need to ask. Or is he afraid that I will resent his asking or not do what he asked? I hope the reason is that he just does not have much for me to do.

This week John asked that I get the stuff for our beach trip in the mail and take his suit to the drycleaners. Those tasks are both done, but I reckon I need to pick up his suit from the cleaners. What do you think?

As for the new task for this week, it is hard sometimes putting John first. Oh, I don't find it hard to put him first over almost everything, but with a toddler and a nursing infant, especially the nursing infant, it's hard for them not to come first sometimes. I know their neediness will decrease as they get older. In the meantime, I do try to put John first. I know the best thing we can do for our children, after teaching them about God, is to model a loving, Christian marriage for them.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday

This week was not a good one as far as the cooking went. Monday I was too tired still from work to cook; besides there was nothing to cook since I usually go to the grocery store on Saturday and I was not able. Tuesday I did make some barbecued chicken, but there wasn't enough for leftovers. Wednesday we had shrimp because we just happened to have some in the freezer. Thursday was a disaster. I got the ground beef half-way thawed when I realized that I did not have one ingredient to make the casserole. So we had French toast which is my go-to meal. I think we had it one night last week, too. When I apologized to John for my poor cooking week, he was surprised and said that it was fine. He said that I had a good excuse because I worked the previous weekend. Isn't he sweet?!

Anyway, the barbecued chicken I made was pretty good and easy since I cooked it in the crockpot.


Tender Barbecued Chicken

Chicken breasts or 3-4 pound broiler chicken (I used chicken breasts)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
18 oz bottle of barbecue sauce (I splurged and used Sticky Fingers Memphis Original)
3/4 cup cola flavored soda

Place chicken in crockpot. Top with onion and lemon. Combine barvecue sauce and cola. Pour into crockpot. Cook breast 4 hours. Cook broiler for 8 hours. Cut into serving pieces and serve with barbecue sauce.

I thought it was pretty good. Of course, it all depends on what kind of barbecue sauce you use. The best part was that it was so easy.

I also want to include one of my old recipes. It's not old in that I have had it a long time; it's old in that I have made it a lot because it is so good and easy. We had it with the barbecue and finished off the leftovers with the shrimp.

Corn Bread Pudding
(from Taste of Home) August/September 2006)
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 can (15.25 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (14.75 oz) cream-style corn
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 package (8.5 oz) corn bread/muffin mix
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Throw the first five ingredients into a bowl and mix. Then add the corn bread mix 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.

This is so good that we ate almost all of it in two nights. Yummy!

Did you try something new this week? Leave a link and let us know.