Thursday, December 31, 2009
I could tell you how are are recovering from bronchitis and pnemonia but that is not a very fun way to start out a post. Tonight we are going to be enjoying some fun food. Cheese Sticks, Cheese Dip, Ranch Dip, Chips, Crudites, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Banana Punch.
Our Christmas decorations are still up. We used colored lights on our tree this year and it was very warm and cheerful. We're not ready to take them down just yet. Shane's parents gave me a pair of fuzzy, red snowflake pj's for Christmas and they have been my new uniform this week. I luh-huh-huv them. We had a nice Christmas with Shane's side of the family. Every year it is a lot of fun to see the kids get to play with their cousins. We both have wonderful families, that is a blessing we love.
This week we've rented a lot of movies and spent a lot of time on the couches with the Christmas lights and fireplace on. We've been playing a lot of games.
I'm scheming for wintry mantle ideas when I take my Christmas things down. Some tall sticks, silver beaded garland, white candles...lots and lots of white candles.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Two years ago we walk in and my son yells, "LOOK MOM, STAR HORES!!! (Wars, and yes we are in speech therapy). Thank you and yes, we are the family on staff at the church down the road.
Last week we walk in and get to the counter. I'm taking care of my postal business and the two big boys are standing to my left. One of them tells the other in the most loud, crystal clear voice you've ever heard, "Ow, that's my weiners don't hit me there!" I gave them 'the look'. You know, the "we don't talk about weiners, or any body parts at the Post Office unless we want to die look." I did not want to turn around to walk out. I contimplated insurance on my package as long as possible and then turned to do the walk of shame to the door.
Thankfully the line was all the way out the door so I had an extra long walk of shame.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Here's the deal. I love Martha. I love Growing Kids God's Way and want to raise obedient, happy little boys. I love Ina and cooking a great dish. I love decorating with ideas I learn from my dear friend Nester. And I love to talk about all these things on my blog. HOWEVER, don't ever think I have it all together because I don't. Come on it, you'll enjoy this.
I don't have on a lick of make-up. We have a Staff/Elder Christmas Party tonight and I look horrible right now.
The kids have been watching Saved By The Bell all morning.
The babies mess from DINNER last night-he throws his food and utentials on the floor. Growing Kids God's Way not working today. Or yesterday. (to the right, they are dressing themselves)
Spilled milk and more floor shots.
Laundry and supplies for our dinner party tommorow night at our house. That's right-22 are coming. The last frontier of my office. Where is all this stuff supposed to go?
Monday, December 7, 2009
I've been geering up for self-control for weeks because usually I get in there and go nuts. Or buy nuts in bulk or something like that.
Today I spent less than $20. Wanna know what I got? Mamaw and Aunt Linda discovered Sharp White Cheddar Cheese. Yes mam they did. Life changing. Truly. So I got that, bananas, and a 3 pack of Vanilla Soy Milk.
When Shane and I got married we went shopping to set up our new little kitchen. We went to Sam's because when you're poor and eat free samples for dinner that's where you go. Kidding. Kindof. Anyway, I needed flour. Sam's had a 20pound pack of flour so clearly that is what I bought. Lord have mercy, I did not even bake at the time. The flour took up one cabinet out of the 4 we had. It was really funny and comical after I realized what I had done.
Today I wrote down some prices on stuff. I'm always curious how prices compare to the things I buy most at the grocery store. If you are interested in comparing these prices to your grocery store you can print this post. Oh what a bunch of bargain shoppers we are:
KETCHUP 6.27 (2) 44OZ BOTTLES
MUSTARD 4.64 (2) 30 OZ BOTTLES
HOT SAUCE 2.86 3 PK
PREGO 7.83 2 PK 67 OZ (EACH BOTTLE WAS 4LB3OZ)
PARMESAN 7.98 24OZ
RAMEN NOODLES 5.88 36 PACK
CRUSHED TOMATOS 2.68 102OZ CAN
MAC AND CHEESE 7.37 12 PK
PURE VANILLA EXTRACT 6.88 16OZ
CHICKEN BROTH 5.38 (3) 32OZ
CHICKEN BROTH 7.88 (12) 14OZ CANS
PEANUT BUTTER 7.22 96OZ
GRAPE JELLY 3.42 (2) 22OZ SQUEEZE BOTTLES
HONEY 11.33 80OZ
CAPTAIN CRUNCH 4.82 (2) 20OZ BAGS
FRUIT CREAM OATMEAL 8.46 40 PKGS
CHOCOLATE CHIPS 9.34 72OZ
LUZIANNE TEA 10.86 96 COUNT
FOLGERS 9.32 48OZ
APPLE JUICE 3.98 (2) 96OZ
SUGAR 5.69 10 LB
Is this not the most riveting reading material you've laid your eyes on all day??!!!! Now that a good time has been had by all I'm off to go do something. OK, OK, I didn't want to say but you guessed right-I'm gonna find something to clean. Unless I get sidetracked that is...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The hustle and bustle of life take over and friendships can get pushed to the back burner.
I have no earth shattering thoughts on the topic other than I was just thinking of it today. There was an email that went around once talking about Get Yourself Some Girlfriends. To have lemonade with or something? You know the one...you had it to forward it to 6 of your closest friends or you didn't love Jesus and your wish wasn't going to come true. OK, yeah, you know what I'm talking about now.
Here are some things I like to invite friends over to do:
- share recipes (shocker of all shocker's!)
- come over Friday night with their family for Dessert and Coffee
- I am going to plan a formal dinner with my friend Amy. We want to have several courses and use the fine china.
My friend Becke' came over and helped me pack my old house, clean my new one, and unpack my new one. Wow, now that is some love right there.
I'm thinking these next few weeks I am going to make time for friends. Leave the piles of laundry, the fans that need wiped down, the garage that could use some organizing, the leaves that could be raked...and invite some folks over for some fun.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Here is a Strata recipe from Gale Gand I'll be trying this week. It's a fun way to use up that last bit of ham.
5 cups of cubed french bread (with crust)
10 large eggs
1 quart whole milk
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
add in's you want: ham, cheddar, bacon, onion, spinach, tomatoe, mushroom
- butter a 9x13 pan
-put bread cubes in dish and sprinkle with the cheese
-in a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard and salt. pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes. sprinkle the filling ingredients of your choice over the egg mixture and fold them in gently. cover and chill for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
-heat the oven to 350 degrees
-uncover the baking dish and bake for 60 minutes, until the mixture has puffed up slightly and is golden brown on top, and the strata doesn't shimmy with uncooked custard when you shake the pan. that's right you heard me right, you'll be doing the old shimmy test to test the doneness. that right there is reason enough to try this dish.
-tent he dish with foil if the top is browning too quickly. let cool for 5 minutes before serving. serve by the spoonful, using a large serving spoon.
we'll be having strata with fruit for dinner. the nice thing is this dish can be prepared in advance since it has to chill. it's sort of like a quiche except more fun since you get to shimmy and tent it.