Friday, October 31, 2008
If it were not for Recipe Fun Friday, we would have had leftovers last night. However, since I had to have a new recipe for today, I prepared this dish. It was delicious. Now we have leftovers for tonight and tomorrow night. Yippee!
I halved this recipe since there are only three of us who can eat it. This recipe is from Best of Country Breakfast & Brunch.
Blueberry French Toast
12 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed (I used my homemade wheat bread.)
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 cups milk
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey (I used honey.)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon butter (I forgot the butter, and we could not tell it was missing.)
Cut bread into 1 inch cubes; place half in a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Cut cream cheese into 1 inch cubes, and place over bread. Top with blueberries and remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and syrup; mix well. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown and center is set.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Stir in blueberries; reduce heat. Simmer for 8-10 mintues or until berries have burst. Stir in butter until melted. Serve with French toast.
Like I said, this dish was yummy! I will definitely make it again.
Did you try a new dish this week? If so, leave a link.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
For more ideas about teaching your little ones new things, head over to Babychaser's blog.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
John reminded me the other night that I need to make a blanket for one of his college friends whose wife is having a baby. I had forgotten. I think I need to make a list somewhere of everything I need to crochet. Otherwise, I will keep forgetting.
Be sure to visit the Place of H to see other works in progess.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
I wonder who taught her to lick the bowl?
Do you think she had fun? Do you think she will want to help Mommy bake bread again? Do you think she enjoyed licking the bowl? I think so!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
How did that picture get there? This is what I saw:
Can you see her? No? Well, she came back the next morning, and I switched the lenses on the camera. Is this better?
How about now?
John said that he sees deer often when he is jogging in the morning. Since he jogs at 5:00 AM, I am not surprised. However, I do not get up that early, so I was surprised to see this doe at 9:00 AM. We live in a normal, suburban neighborhood, but we do have some undeveloped land behind us. I guess the deer are looking for some safe places to feed since deer hunting season has started.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I am now supposed to list six things that make me happy.
- My salvation through Jesus Christ is what makes me happiest.
- My sweet, sweet husband makes me happy, even though he exasperates me sometimes, too.
- Of course, Daniel and Sarah Beth are on this list. Sarah Beth's silliness and Daniel's adorable smiles just make me laugh.
- I love living in town for many reasons; one of the main ones is that I get to see my friends more often.
- So, I should add my friends to this list.
- Books! Books for me are like the icing on cinnamon rolls. Without the icing, the rolls would be good; but with the icing, they are delectable.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Orange-Cinnamon French Toast
2 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I used a whole teaspoon; you can't have too much cinnamon, can you?)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 slices bread
In a bowl, combine butter, honey, and cinnamon. Pour into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan; spread to coat bottom of pan. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs, orange juice, and salt. Dip bread into egg mixture, and place in prepated pan.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Invert onto a serving plater; serve with honey, if desired. (I did not invert it onto a serving platter because my platter was too small. The cinnamon stuck to the bread lovely, so it really did not need to be inverted.)
We liked this recipe. John could not taste the orange juice, but I could. He also thought it would be better with syrup, but I liked the honey.
By the way, I tried Mykidsmom's Iced Pumpkin Cookies, and they are delicious. John liked them, and I did not think he would. Even my mom said they were good.
What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link, and join the fun.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
But now I have a baby blanket to work on!!! The sun came out from behind the clouds. There is a new desire to crochet. Oh, life is good!
John calls this stage of the blanket the "scarf" phase since it is so long and thin. I took a picture of a small area so you could see the detail of the pattern. I have only done a handful of rows, but I think it will make a nice, warm blanket for this Christmas baby.
Drop by the Place of H to see what other works-in-progess are going on.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Things went very well; we had no major problems to solve, and our customers were pleasant for the most part. When I got home last night, John said that he hates it when I work because, well, for lots of reasons. I thought about it, and I realized that I don't hate working anymore. I do not look forward to it, but I do not dread it anymore, either. The work situation here is sooo much better than my old job: there is enough help, and customers cannot accost me, asking if we carry fish or hair.
I thought I would give you some tips for getting prescriptions filled. You may already know these, but in case you don't, here they are.
- The first day of the month is a bad day to go to the pharmacy because it is so busy.
- Mondays are the worst day of the week to get a prescription filled, again, because it is so busy.
- It only makes sense then that the first Monday of the month is a very bad day to get a prescription filled.
- The absolute worst days to get a prescription filled are Tuesdays after Monday holidays. For example, do not go anywhere near the pharmacy on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Likewise, if New Year's Day is a Monday, do NOT try to get a prescription filled or even picked up.
I hope that helps. Now here is a tip to make our lives as pharmacists and technicians a little better: when you call to see if we are open and we answer the phone, please hang up. What? You think that is rude? No, it is rude if you call my house and hang up. We actually do a happy dance in the pharmacy when no one is on the other end of the phone. Okay, not really, but one of my technicians yesterday did say, "Whoohoo! No one is there!" The next time you pick up a prescription, listen for how many times the phone rings while you wait. The phone rings almost incessantly, and every time it rings there is a problem on the other side that we need to fix. We don't mind fixing problems; that is why we are there. But we hate answering the phone to hear, "Are you open?" Believe me, we are not there when we're not open. If we do happen to be there, we do NOT answer the phone. So, it is safe to assume that, if we answer the phone, we are open.
How was your weekend? Angela found a dog, and I bet she and Dustin keep him.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Mix apples, nuts, and sugar. Let stand one hour or more; stir often. Sift flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Add to apple mixture; mix slowly. Add oil, vanilla, and beaten eggs. Stir by hand until well-mixed. Grease and flour two bread pans, and pour batter in. Bake at 350 for one hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cheddar-Ham Oven Omelet
In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in the cheese, ham, and onions. Pour the egg mixture into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
What new recipe did you try this week? Leave a link, and join the fun!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Yesterday went better than Monday but only because I did not push the issue of potty training. We tried those new Pull-ups, and when Sarah Beth wet them, she would come running, "Change diaper! Change diaper!" By late morning, however, she did not seem to mind the coldness anymore. I was able to get her to sit on the potty....for about two seconds before she started yelling, "Down!" and struggling to get off.
John and I talked last night, and we decided to put the diapers back on and do what we were doing this weekend (which worked!). I will periodically ask her if she wants to use the potty, and if she does, she will get some "chockit."
The problem is that Sarah Beth is just like me. We are stubborn enough that we won't do something unless it was our idea first. And potty training was definitely my idea not hers. As John said, maybe she will be tired of wearing diapers when she's eight or nine. In the meantime, I plan to make a big deal of the other little girls we know who are potty trained, not to shame Sarah Beth into trying again, but to show her that it is possible.
I have learned something from this experiment, something that I should know by now. Things do not always (usually) go according to my plans. Despite my grandiose plans, God has His own plan, and that is the one that will come to fruition. Don't we all need some humbling sometimes? I just received some.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Honestly, I feel like throwing in the towel and waiting until next year. What do you do when your child refuses to sit on the potty? Do you hold her on the potty while she's fussing and screaming, "down!"? It seems like that is not conducive to using the potty.
I should have known this weekend was too good to be true. I should have learned that when I was training horses; things never go as planned.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I have wanted a freezer since we moved into this house. At our old house, we had two refrigerators which was wonderful because the grocery store was so far away, and I did not want to make more than one trip. This house does not have room for two refrigerators, at least, not in the house. It would be nice to have a freezer so I have room to stockpile meat when it is on sale, etc.. You know. Well, this weekend was tax-free on all energy efficient appliances, so we went to look. Energy efficient freezers are expensive, so we did not get one. We just got a regular, energy inefficient one. I thought we would buy a chest freezer because of cost, but John thought a stand-up would be easier to use. Of course, it would, but they are more expensive. Thanks to my sweet husband, that's what we got. It should be delivered today, and I cannot wait! They say that you should keep your freezer three-quarters full to optimize efficiency. I need to get started shopping and baking! What kinds of things freeze well? I would like to keep some things on hand so I don't have to bake every time I need something.
Friday, October 3, 2008
What new recipe have you tried lately? Leave a link and join the fun!
By the way, did you see any of the debate last night? What did you think? I think Sarah Palin did an excellent job!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I do not force her to do any of these tasks. I ask for her help, and if she doesn't want to, I do not make a big deal of it. I want her to think helping is fun, and it is right now. I want to encourage that concept. The only chore she has to perform is throwing her diaper away. She does get disciplined if she refuses to do that one.
Do you have an idea for teaching your little ones, or do you need some ideas? If so, you ought to stop by Babychaser's blog.