Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Silly Sarah Beth!

It seems like I have a lot of posts with that title, but I cannot think of another one that is as appropriate. Are all two year as silly as she is?
This morning we went through her clothes to put away the summer ones and to get out the ones for winter. There were a few pairs of pants that I wanted her to try on to see if they still fit, one of which was a pair of pajama pants. We also found some mittens that my sister had given us as hand-me-downs from her daughter. Sarah Beth loved those and would not take them off, not even for lunch. I didn't think it was a big deal to let her eat her sandwich with mittens on; they are washable. I wish I had a picture of that, though!

Here she is in an outfit of her own choosing: golf shirt (I did pick that out), pajama bottoms, and bright red mittens. Doesn't she look proud of herself?!
She would not let me take her picture from a distance without her walking toward me, so I took this up-close one. It turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Here she is walking on her tip-toes. She walks like this most of the time, and it looks like she is dancing.
Apparently, she thought I would let her keep all of this in her bed during naptime. Mean, old mommy took it all out!

Tagged -- Six Unspectacular Quirks

I was tagged by Ivy last week. She is a good friend who now lives most of the time in Poland. However, she is visiting her mother (and her friends) in the States for a couple of months right now.

So here are the tag rules:
Link to the person who tagged you
Post the rules on your blog
List 6 unspectacular quirks you have
Tag 6 bloggers by linking them
Leave a comment on each taggee's blog to let them know they've been tagged.

  1. I've said this before, but I cannot eat mayonaise. Ugh! The smell!
  2. I cannot stand for there to be anything on my hands. I've got to wipe it off as quickly as I can. This quirk means that I hate, absolutely hate, to eat ribs when I'm not at home.
  3. Everything in my house has to be alphabetized. Yes, I mean books, but I also alphabetize my spices. Don't you know that all pharmacists have a touch of OCD? It's what makes us so good at our jobs!
  4. I hate shopping for clothes and shoes. I would rather order them online and send them back if they don't fit.
  5. I don't like dealing with people. I can handle talking to someone one-on-one.
  6. I like my books to look like they've never been read. It bugs me when I loan one out, and it comes back looking very used.

I think that I will tag mykidsmom, Angela, Dayna, Nikki, and Marva which is only five, but anyone else I would tag has already been tagged. It will have to do.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Excitement at Work

This weekend was mine to work again. Yes, it has been a while since I last worked because my normally scheduled weekend occurred while we were at the beach, so I traded weekends. I will work again in two weeks to get back on my normal schedule.

Saturday, one of my technicians called to say she was not going to come in (it seems like this happens every weekend I work, doesn't it?). Something else happened, and I said "It's going to be an exciting day." Don't get me wrong; I dislike "exciting." I like "boring." It turns out that I spoke prophetically because we had a forgery. How did I know the prescription was forged? It was written for a man by an OB/GYN. Once we verified the doctor, indeed, had not written the prescription, we needed to figure out what to do. Should we call the police? We contacted our district manager, and he advised us not to call the police. I still do not understand why, but I have to admit that I was relieved. I did not want to go to court about this; it would just be too much hassle. Isn't that a sorry way to look at this situation?

Sunday was a nice, "boring" day for which we were all glad.

John had a good weekend with the children except that Daniel did not want the bottle on Saturday. Since he is also eating "real" food, John didn't worry about it. Daniel did take the bottle on Sunday.

How was your weekend? I hope that it was just as boring or exciting as you were hoping it would be.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Chocolate Muffins


I had a hard time getting motivated this week. For one thing, we were on vacation last week, and I did not want to cook anything elaborate this week. I wanted good, old comfort food like spaghetti. For another thing, John was out of town all week; he left Tuesday and will be back tonight. I do not like to cook for just Sarah Beth and me, so we had leftovers and other thrown-together things this week.

However, I had this recipe for chocolate muffins that I have wanted to try for a while and just never got around to it.

Chocolate Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk (I used plain yogurt and needed more than 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

I dumped everything together and stirred it up. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

These muffins were okay. I like my usual chocolate chips muffins better, though, so I probably will not make these again any time soon.
Do you think Sarah Beth enjoyed them?

What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link and join the fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Daniel


(Yes, this picture is from our trip to the beach. And yes, that is a picture of me in my bathing suit in the background.)
Daniel is going through some changes right now. First of all, he is starting to creep. His movement is not organized enough even to call it an army crawl, but he is able to get where he wants, as long as it is not too far away. Secondly, another tooth popped through while we were at the beach so now he has five! Thirdly, I think he is trying to go from three naps a day to just one. He is driving me nuts during his old naptimes because he only wants to be held. I wish I had time just to hold him all day long, but I don't.
My baby is growing up too fast. Next thing I know, he will be ready for kindegarten.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Breast Milk in Ice Cream?

I already think that the people who associate with PETA are nuts, but this news story just confirms it.

This morning, PETA dispatched a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield,cofounders of ice cream icon Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace the cow's milk in their products with human breast milk. PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves. PETA points out to Cohen and Greenfield that such a move on their part would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health at the same time.

"The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn't make sense," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Everyone knows that 'the breast is best,' so Ben & Jerry's could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk."

Go here to read the letter PETA sent Ben and Jerry's.

I have a question: where does PETA think Ben and Jerry's would get the breast milk? I don't know anyone who would sell theirs. And it would take an awful lot, don't you think?

WIP Wednesday -- Hot Pad

Currently, I am working on hot pads as Christmas presents (yes, there's that holiday again!) for my mom and my mother-in-law. (No, they do not read my blog so I'm not giving anything away. Those of you who do know them, please don't spoil the surprise!) The picture in the book is very pretty, but the pattern is hard because it's all slip-stitch. It does not look like much now, and if it doesn't start to look like the picture soon, I might just have to give up and find something easier. I will persevere a little longer, however.

This is what my hot pad looks like, i.e. nothing much.


This picture is a close-up so you can see the pattern a little bit better.

Mrs. H over at the Place of H hosts Work in Progress Wednesday, and you should hop over there to check out the nifty things other people are making.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Kindermusik

I have been taking Sarah Beth to Kindermusik this fall. So far there have been three sessions, but we missed one because we were at the beach. It is hard to know what she gets out of it. Some of the children wander around the room, look out the window, or play with other things. Sarah Beth, however, stays with me and observes everything, but she does not participate much. She is only two years old, and I don't know what she is capable of. Anyway, we received the extra materials on Sunday from Sarah Beth's teacher who attends the same church we do. When I turned the CD on yesterday morning, Sarah Beth's face lit up. She recognized the music! One of the songs that has hand motions came on, and she started doing the motions. She has never done them by herself in class before although I have "helped" her do them. I was encouraged. Then she started picking up new words from the songs. Apparently, she gets more out of it than I realized, besides just a fun time. I wish we had the time and money to enroll Daniel in a class.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Beach

We took our first trip as a family to Fripp Island last week, and we had a wonderful time. Sarah Beth and Daniel enjoyed the beach as you will see from these pictures. Fripp Island is a nice place to take a vacation because it is family-oriented. There is little on the island except for houses and a couple of golf courses. There is a small store for emergencies like milk; otherwise, the nearest grocery store is half an hour away. The only trouble with our vacation was that it was too short; next year John would like to be gone for two weeks. Two weeks! I don't blame him since he barely had time to unwind from work before it was time to wind back up.

Fall arrived while we were gone, so the latter part of the week was not as nice as the former. We still had a good time, and it allowed us to do a little shopping in Beaufort. We found some pictures for the bare walls in our house. Now we just need to figure out where to hang them.


Sarah Beth loved the beach; she loved playing in the sand and in the water. This picture was taken before she had started playing in the sand while she was still clean.

Can you tell what Daniel's favorite part of the beach was?

Somebody had to take the required family picture, and you didn't think you would see me in a bathing suit, did you?

Fripp Island is a game preserve, also, so the deer are not afraid of people at all. We did not try to pet any, but we saw some people who were. We tend to stay away from wild animals.

Isn't this a pretty picture that John took?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

We're Back!

We arrived home from the beach yesterday afternoon. It is sooooo nice to be home and to sleep in my own bed. I plan on posting some pictures tomorrow, but we shall see. I will be busy putting the house back together after our week's vacation, and you know how that is.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole

I found this week's recipe in a little book that Pillsbury puts out, Casseroles & Slow Cooker January/February 2007. I have made other yummy recipes from this booklet, but I hadn't tried this one before. I have made another chicken and rice recipe, but it wasn't as good as this one. And I'm sorry, but I forgot to take a picture. I'm sure you can imagine what it looks like.

Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole
1 cup cooked white rice
1 cup cooked wild rice (I cannot find plain wild rice in our grocery stores; is it me, or do they not carry plain wild rice? I used an Uncle Ben's wild rice concoction that had chicken flavoring, and I left out the white rice.)
2 cups diced cooked turkey breast (I cooked a whole chicken, and used about half of the meat which was more than two cups.)
2 cups shredded Montery Jack or mozzarella cheese
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper (John agrees that the peppers did not add anything to the recipe, so next time I will leave them out.)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablepoon chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Heat oven to 350. Grease baking dish. In dish, mix white rice and wild rice; spread evenly over bottom.
In large bowl, mix turkey, cheese, milk, bell peppers, eggs, salt, and pepper. Spoon over rice. (I just threw everything, rice included, into the large bowl and stirred it all up.)
Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and top is lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley. Let stand five minutes before serving.

This casserole had a really nice taste. I don't know if it came from the flavored rice or the egg or what, but it was delicious. John does not usually enjoy casseroles much, so I was not sure how he would react. He liked it, too. I will definitely make this again. However, I won't need to for a while because I have half of it in the freezer!

What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link so we can come drool over it with you. By the way, I will be at the beach next week, so you have two weeks to try a new recipe.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gustav Aftermath

I received this letter in an e-mail from my mother-in-law. I cannot verify the authenticiy, nor do I care to. Even if the writer is completely ficticious, I am sure there is plenty of truth in what she writes. What do you think?

I am a nurse who has just completed working approximately 120 hours as the
Clinic Director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana over the last 7 days. I would love to see someone look at the evacuee site.

True - some things were not optimal for the evacuation and the shelters need some modification. At any point, does anyone address the responsibility (or irresponsibility) of the evacuees?

Does it seem wrong that one would remember their cell phone, charger, cigarettes and lighter but forget their child's insulin?

Is something amiss when an evacuee gets off the bus, walks immediately to the medical area, and requests immediate free refills on all medicines for which they cannot provide a prescription or current bottle (most of which are narcotics)?

Isn't the system flawed when an evacuee says they cannot afford a $3 copay for a refill that will be delivered to them in the shelter yet they can take a city-provided bus to Wal-mart, buy 5 bottles of Vodka, and return to consume them secretly in the shelter?

Is it fair to stop performing luggage checks on incoming evacuees so as not to delay the registration process but endanger the volunteer staff and other persons with the
very realistic truth of drugs, alcohol and weapons being brought into the shelter?

Am I less than compassionate when it frustrates me to scrub emesis from the floor near a nauseated child while his mother lies nearby, watching me work 26 hours straight, not even raising her head from the pillow to comfort her own son?

Why does it insense me to hear a man say 'I ain't goin' home 'til I get my FEMA check' when I would love to just go home and see my daughters who I have only seen 3 times this week?

Is the system flawed when the privately insured patient must find a way to get to the
pharmacy, fill his prescription and pay his copay while the FEMA declaration allows the uninsured person to acquire free medications under the disaster rules?

Does it seem odd that the nurse volunteering at the shelter is paying for childcare while the evacuee sits on a cot during the day as the shelter provides a 'day care'?

Have government entitlements created this mentality and am I facilitating it with my work?

Will I be a bad person, merciless nurse or poor Christian if I hesitate to work at the next shelter because I have worked for 7 days being called every curse word imaginable, felt threatened and feared for my personal safety in the shelter?

Exhausted and battered but hopefully pithy,
Sherri Hagerhjelm, RN

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

WIP Wednesday


I finished the placemat from last week, and I thought you might like to see it finished. I still need to trim the fringe; I am just not sure how long I want it. I'm probably worrying too much about it. I have started another one and have finished all of the crochet. I just need to do the weaving.

I cannot wait to start my next work-in-progress, however! My absolute favorite thing to crochet is baby blankets, and my friend Laura just found out that she is having a boy. My Christmas decorations will have to wait until that is done.

Be sure to check out the Place of H for other works-in-progress.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Do you ever have trouble coming up with ideas about which to post? I am having trouble right now; would you call it writer's block? Then there are times when I have more things about which to write than time to write them. Do you have that problem, too? There are lots of little things going on, maybe I'll write about some of them.

We are going to the beach Saturday for a week. It's the first time we will have gone anywhere as a family. We are going to Fripp Island in South Carolina which is family-oriented. The nearest grocery store is about half an hour away, so the island is nice and quiet. We have rented a house, and we are really looking forward to our vacation.

Vacations are for eating lots and lots of yummy but calorie-loaded foods, aren't they? I have made cookies and cupcakes to take with us. You can hurt yourself making those cupcakes. They are Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Anne Byrn's book. You see, first you take a little taste to make sure the batter is okay. That becomes another and another taste...until there is only enough batter left to make twelve cupcakes instead of 24. Then there is the chocolate chip cookie dough. Who can resist that? NO ONE! Oh, my, then there is the icing. That is good enough that you could sit down and just eat it. I am very proud of us; we only ate three, and the rest are in the freezer waiting for the beach.

Part of the reason I made those cupcakes (besides the fact that they are so yummy, and John specifically asked for them) is to lure my dad to the beach. He and my mom like to go deep sea fishing, and John is hoping they will come visit for a night or two so he can go fishing with them.

I guess I should mention that there will be no posts whatsoever from this blog next week. Possibly there will be one Saturday but don't count on it. We are not taking a computer, and we will not have internet access. For those reasons, I will, also, not be checking your blogs. I'm sorry, but I will catch up when we get back.

Hmmm. I guess I did have something to write about after all. I should have titled this post "The Beach."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Recipe Fun Friday -- Popover Pizza Casserole


I'm sorry that I'm late with this post today; I had the opportunity to try out Kindermusik with Daniel this morning at the last minute.

This week I tried a recipe that I found in American Baby. Sometimes they have easy meals that are worth trying.
Popover Pizza Casserole
1 lb uncooked ground turkey or beef (I used beef.)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green sweet pepper
1/2 of a 3 1/2 oz package sliced pepperoni, optional (I used more than half.)
one 15 oz can or jar of pizza sauce
one 4 oz can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp cooking oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 oz thinly sliced mozzarella cheese (I used grated.)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, and green pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain fat. Cut pepperoni slices in half. Stir pepperoni, pizza sauce, mushrooms, and Italian seasoning into meat mixture. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, for topping, in a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for one minute. Add flour; beat one minute more or until smooth. Grease the sides of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; spoon meat mixture into dish. Arrange cheese slices over hot meat mixture. Pour topping over cheese, covering completely. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake 30 minutes or until topping is puffed and golden brown.

This casserole was okay; it's biggest advantage is that it is easy. I haven't decided yet if I will make it again, although I doubt it.
What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link and join the fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

WIP Wednesday

This placemat is the same one I was working on last week. As you can see, I have gotten a lot done, but it feels like the going is slow. I guess that's how it is with little ones around. Maybe when life slows down? When will that happen? Any guesses? Anyway, I am using Sugar and Cream 100% cotton yarn for this project. It's the same yarn I'm using for the coasters. Those little hands are Sarah Beth's; she thinks it's a blanket for Daniel. Isn't that sweet? She didn't claim it for herself. She is turning into a sweet, considerate big sister, and we are so proud of her.

If you have a project you're working on, you ought to add a link with Mrs. H at the Place of H.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day

Did you have a nice Labor Day? I did. My sweet husband kept the children for a couple of hours so I could go out shopping all by myself. I haven't been able to do this since this trip back in December.

While I was paying for my purchase at Michael's the cashier complained about having to work on Labor Day. I wanted to laugh at her, really, but I didn't. I just agreed with her that I had had to work that day, too. Silly woman! I love my job, I do, but it is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. And I'm even on call all night long, every night. (All of you other moms are, too.) And I don't even get paid! That cashier did not get much sympathy from me, in case you couldn't tell. Besides, I think it's tacky to complain about such things in front of customers.

A few days ago John and I talked about our trip to the beach in a couple of weeks, and he commented that it would not be much of a vacation for me. Isn't it sweet that he noticed? He said that maybe next time we could go somewhere I could get more of a vacation. Hmmm. Do they have resorts where someone does all of the cooking, cleaning, childcare, laundry, dishwashing, etc. for you? If so, that's where we are going next year!