Friday, October 31, 2008
Things that make you happy.
- A little girl running around saying "Hello, mateys!"
- Coffee. Needing it this morning.
- Going grocery shopping in the morning with T & the girls - that makes me very happy!
- Spaghetti squash - yum!
- Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - tried it yesterday and oh, my! :)
- Pajama pants. And, yes. I'm still in mine.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
1. Tomorrow is Halloween.
2. That's not something that we have celebrated with the girls thus far.
3. I take that back - we took N1 to the mall one time to trick-or-treat and she was most freaked out by the costumes.
4. So we're having a little family shin-dig here at home.
5. Pizza. (Our Friday night staple).
6. Mozzarella cheese sticks. (My suggestion and I'm excited about these.) :)
7. Pizza rolls. (T's suggestion). :)
8. Juicy-coke. Which is what the girls call carbonated beverages.
9. And candy. I let them go a little nuts at Walmart.
10. Twizzlers, jelly beans, and some chocolate.
11. Of course, there is a special movie for the evening - one for the children and one for the adults.
12. I'm excited about this new little tradition we are starting.
13. I hope the girls have a good time.
Surely I have spelled something wrong in that title, but mention the words "soup" and "crockpot" and I am ALL over it. Here are a couple of contributions for the event - fall & winter favorites of mine!
Corn Chowder Soup
6 slices bacon, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups diced, peeled potatoes
2 packages (10 ounce each) frozen whole kernel corn, broken apart
1 can (16 ounce) cream style corn
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water
Couple of drops of hot sauce (optional)
My own variation:Add 1 can evaporated milk at the end before serving
In skillet, fry bacon until crisp; remove & reserve. Add onion andpotatoes to bacon drippings and saute for about 5 minutes; drain well. Combine all ingredients in Crock Pot; stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 - 7 hours.
1 lb. ground beef
1 lg. Onion chopped
1 can refried beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can chili beef soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
Brown ground meat and onion. Add soups, refried beans and tomatoes. Simmer for 1 hour. This is best cooked in a slow cooker as it is easy to scorch. You may adjust the soup to your liking, adding only 1 can of tomatoes if you like it spicy or just 1 can or Rotel tomatoes if you like it mild. You may need to add a little water if it becomes to thick. I've also thrown in a can of corn, frozen corn, mexicorn - whatever - and stretch it even more.
Thanks, BooMama, for hosting!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
10 Years Ago...
1. I had recently come back from a summer missions trip to Split, Croatia.
2. I was learning to play guitar.
3. I was suffering from severe depression.
4. I was living in an apartment all by myself in the middle of Nashville. (Best apartment ever!)
5. Was two years away from even meeting Travis.
5 Things on today's "to-do" list
1. Bible study
2. mop the kitchen floor
3. Awana for N1
4. buying a birthday present for my niece and father-in-law
5. read with my girls :)
5 Snacks I enjoy
1. popcorn (made on the stove, NOT microwave)
2. chex mix
3. peanut butter and cheese sandwiches
4. the cajun nut mix from Walmart (although, I think that was the cause of a recent broken tooth, and what I feel will be an inevitable root canal. Still, love it.)
5. a veggie tray with fat-free dip!
5 Things I would do if I were a millionaire
1. pay off all of our debt
2. give to our church
3. put enough money in savings to pay for the girls (and any future childrens' college completely!)
4. travel - Disneyworld, England, Israel, and parts of the US that I've never seen to start with (like Alaska, California, New Mexico/Arizona)
5. build a 2nd story on our house so we can live in our neighborhood forever and never outgrow our little home. :)
5 Places I have lived
1. Oklahoma City, OK
2. Garland/Mesquite, Texas
3. Calgary, Alberta
4. Ft. Smith/Siloam Springs, Arkansas
5. Nashville, TN
5 Jobs that I have had / or still have
1. dishwasher (college)
2. piano teacher
3. legal assistant
4. music coordinator
5. school secretary & nurse
5 People I am tagging
Thanks, Monika, for the tag. :)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She has two grown children with her husband, Alan, and lives in Illinois.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future.
A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare. There, in a rocky cliffside home, Mary learns from former neighbors why God tore her from Ireland forty-five years earlier. As she begins to glimpse His sovereign plan, Mary is finally able to bury a dysfunctional past and begin to heal. Irish folk songs and sayings add color to the narrative.
If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE
Monday, October 27, 2008
Do visit Peggy's to see all the other daybook posts this week!
Outside my Window ... cool, windy afternoon. Leaves are blowing. :)
I am thinking ... that Christmas is a little less than two months away! Lists are being made and gifts are being secretly talked about and ordered.
I am thankful for ... a fun family afternoon yesterday. We normally spend Sunday afternoons with family (which is nice), but it was extra-special to get time with just the five of us, out for a drive, in the beautiful Tennessee fall.
In the learning room ... we are going to start reading books and talking about Thanksgiving. I've not done much of that with the girls as of yet, and I'm excited about it. On our Thursday tea this week, we are going to make a thankful tree for our "school room" and add to it over the next month.
From the kitchen ... this is my grocery week this week so I'm making do with what we still have in the pantry for a few more days. Tonight is spaghetti, salad & garlic bread. Nothing too exotic. I do have a new breakfast casserole recipe I need to post here that is WONDERFUL. I had it recently at a baby shower and am looking forward to making it next week when it's my turn to take snacks to Bible study.I am creating ... a little this and that. I need to make some cards (and if they would actually end up in the mail, so much the better!) I also am contemplating a little scrapbooking this week and thinking about how I want to do my December album this year. (Coincidentally, Ali Edwards has a post up this morning about her December album process). :)
I am going ... no where for the rest of the day. We got out this morning and went to the library for a neat homeschool program (and a quick stop at Walmart for milk), but are in for the day.
I am reading ... several of the Miss Read books right now, and I just picked up more at the library today. Qualify as comfort reading in my book. :)
I am hearing ... nothing. Girls are resting. As soon as I finish this post, I'm off to fold laundry.
Around the house ... laundry is on the counters in the kitchen and waiting to finish being folded and put away. The girls' farm and animals are scattered over the floor behind me - a little project for them after rest time today. :)
One of my favorite things ... hearing E say the big girls' names. N1 - who's name (Noelle) is admittedly hard to pronounce for a munchkin - has been deemed "Weeeeeeeellllleeee." Stretch out the word "well" and make it two syllables and you get the idea. N2 (Natalie) has been "Nah-nee" for some time.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week ... mostly regular weekly activities for us - Tuesday ballet, Bible study and Awana on Wednesday. We are making a few plans for Friday night - we are going to have our own little Halloween party at home. Homemade pizza (which is the norm for Friday night, but the girls love it), a special movie that they will FLIP over, and some extra treats to be decided.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you... our crazy BetsyBoo. :)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We had a family outing this afternoon to our co-op farm. A few months ago we signed up for a winter CSA. I am so excited about this! Today, "our farm" had an open house and we drove out there to visit. We had a ball! This is a family run farm - two brothers and their families - and we were given tours of some of their fields and greenhouses. The big girls got to each pick a carrot right out of the dirt, and we were given a fresh head of romaine lettuce and a turnip (which none of us have ever eaten before). Then, we walked around one of their greenhouses. Inside were all their herbs - dill, chives, onions, basil, thyme, cilantro and several others that I can't remember. The girls were shown how to shake the seeds out of a chive plant into a baggie and we now have some seeds here at home so we can start our own little plant. :)
Next was a hayride which the girls loved. We rode back into their field and picked persimmons and hickory nuts. I had never tasted a persimmon before either - the ones that had fallen on the ground were ripe and ready to eat. (Apparently the softer/mushier they are, the better!) The ones on the tree which are hard are not ready to eat ... trust me on that one. Travis and I tried one - yuck! :p The ripe ones were delicious and had an unusual flavor - sort of like an apricot, but different. We had to wait until we got home to try the hickory nuts since we needed a nutcracker. They tasted just like a pecan to me - yum. :)
After the hay ride, we just meandered around a little bit more. The family had built a bonfire and had a large bowl of seasoned popcorn and hot apple cider to enjoy. N1 found a friendly goat to visit with and enjoyed feeding it a bit of grass. N2 stumbled upon a bowl of apples and this was how we saw her enjoying it. :)
Several hours later, we loaded our little farm treasures and three tired girls in the car and headed back towards home. Travis and I have already had a salad with our fresh romaine - delicious! :)
Oh, we tried the turnip, too! We asked how they suggested that we eat them and they suggested raw, sliced into small pieces and put in a salad. It tasted like a radish and I like the flavor of it. I'll be eager to try roasting it when we get more over the next couple months. :)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Things that make me happy...
~ a rainy day at home. Dark and cloudy outside, but cozy inside.
~ my little holiday notebook. Nothing fancy, but a specific place to jot down ideas and thoughts instead of trying to hang onto them in my head (which is not entirely successful). :)
~ anticipation of mexican food for dinner tonight. Normally, Friday is pizza night, but since we are out of the pizza cheese, I will be forced to substitute with mexican. Yum.
~ my journal - a happy hodgepodge of clips, quotes (from books & girls) and all the other miscellany that my brain needs a spot for.
~ girls and pink. They just go together. :)
Happy Friday! Link up yours over at Becky's and share what makes you happy this day!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Where to even begin with catching up. Not that there has been anything that big that has happened. Just life, and lots of it. Lots of playing outside, enjoying the fall (cooler) weather that has arrived. Lots and LOTS of reading - my own and with the girls and it has been good! Lots of plans being made for the next several months. Nothing major, but I'm trying to be more deliberate in my days with the girls. Making plans and sticking with them - a concept I love, but had slid by the wayside a bit. :) A few details...
- Thursday Tea - we've instituted a late afternoon tea-time on Thursdays. We get out fancy tea cups, eat a special snack, and read together, starting with N1's Awana lesson for the coming week. (Confession: this idea is not original to me, but from one of my favorite homeschooling blogs.) :) Sometimes we do a craft, but that changes week to week with the temperment and nap schedules of the littlest girls. (Ie., no/poor nap = no craft!)
- We have cut out a lot of the girls' TV and computer time during the week. For the most part, Monday through Friday is TV free. We have a family movie night on Friday night - and by family I mean something for the girls! - and then they might watch a little bit either Saturday or Sunday. The computer wasn't as big of a deal to me as the TV, but the baby was always wanting to see what the big girls were doing on the computer and trying to climb up on the table and on them so it just worked to cut the computer out unless E was sleeping. They might get 20-30 minutes before she gets up from her afternoon nap, but that's it, if any.
- This past weekend was the annual Fall Festival at our church. Travis was in charge of coordinating the afternoon (and he did a GREAT job with it!) and I spent the day following around N2 for the most part. N1 had a blast and ran from booth to booth while N2 was a little more cautious. E mostly "assisted" her aunt at the hot dog and hamburger stand, but she also had a big time watching Daddy play in the band, as did we all. :)
- N1 and I are reading Charlotte's Web together. She has seen the movie (once, maybe twice?) so she has a some understanding of the story. It's been a LONG time since I've read it and we are thoroughly enjoying it together. Especially since we have pledged to watch the movie together when we finish the book.
- I downloaded Sara Groves' Christmas album today. Delicious. I highly recommend it if you are in need of new Christmas music to listen. Mellow, soothing, calm music. And some wonderful arrangements of some classics.
- I'm blogging back at my blogger blog for the time being. I missed some of the features of blogger, and I'm trying to decide if I want to leave my blog up on my own domain or combine mine with Travis' site. Either way, I'll probably keep blogging at my blogger address, and redirect it later. Sorry for all the switcheroos on this, but if you don't mind changing your bookmarks to here, I would appreciate it. :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Some secrets just won't stay buried.
When strange bones surface on a U.S. senator's property, the FBI enlists forensic entomologist Nick Polchak to investigate the forgotten graveyard. Polchak's orders are simple: figure out the mess.
But Polchak, known as the "Bug Man" because of his knowledge of insects and their interaction with the dead, senses darker secrets buried beneath the soil.
Secrets that could derail the senator's presidential bid.
Secrets buried in the history of a quaint Virginia town.
Secrets someone is willing to kill to protect.
With the help of a mysterious local woman named Alena and her uncanny cadaver dogs, Polchak sets out to dig up the truth.
But with a desperate killer hot on his trail, he'll be lucky to wind up anything less than dead.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Less Than Dead, go HERE
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!! A great mystery / who-dun-it and very interesting characters. If you enjoy CSI-type television shows (and this book is not at ALL gory like I find CSI or it's spin-offs) then this book is worth checking into. :)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Arnold Lobel is probably most famous for his Frog and Toad books - a favorite of mine and my sister's as a child. The Great Blueness tells the story of a time where there was no color in the world. Every thing was gray; thus the period was called the Great Grayness. :) A wizard, who liked making things in his workshop was puttering around one day and came up with an interesting concoction - he called it BLUE! Once the townspeople saw the blue (and because they were so tired of the Great Grayness) they asked the wizard to share his blue with them and soon everything was blue.
Well, of course, there were problems with everything being blue, so the wizard makes another color. And another. Until finally the color challenged townspeople reach a solution that makes life wonderful and splendid!
When I asked Noelle why she liked The Great Blueness, she said that she liked the colors in the story. She also like the people and the beautiful dresses that the author drew. She also wanted to add that she liked it very, very much! :)
If your library has this in stock, I recommend that you check it out with your child. And, if Arnold Lobel is a new author to you, he is worth a look at as well.
This post is written in conjunction with Five Minutes for Books' Kid's Pick Tuesday. Head over to their site to see other books recommended by kids for kids!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Do visit Peggy's to see all the other daybook posts this week!
Outside my Window ... the barest hint of frost on our cars and the rooftops. The temperature is 41°. I love cool fall mornings!
I am thinking ... that this was a busy weekend! We had our Fall Festival at church (which T coordinated this year) so he was busy all the live-long day on Friday and Saturday and ALL of us were pooped on Sunday. But the girls had so much fun and it was great event on Saturday - perfect weather and lots of folks there.
I am thankful for ... lessons I am learning. Some fun, some not so fun. All profitable.
From the kitchen ... thinking breakfast burritos for dinner tonight - yum. We haven't had those in a while. Tuesday is dance/crockpot day so I'll be trying this recipe. Also in the plans this week, mini pumpkin pies for Thursday tea with the girls and probably some mexican food one night.
I am creating ... a clean workspace at my desk. It's taken some time, but I finally (I think) have my desk rearranged to my satisfaction where there is room for my laptop and still lots of space for writing and laying out papers as I scrap or work or plan school. *sigh of relief* Up next, a cleaning plan for our home!
I am going ... to have a quiet week this week, but I think I say that every week with some hope. :) One of us has something every day this week with the exception of Friday, but most of those commitments are not mine so my goal will be keeping things here running steady as others run hither and yon.
I am wearing ... Land's end nightgown that I have had far too long. Super comfy. :)
I am reading ... The Time Thief, 2nd in a series by Linda Buckley-Archer. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, and this one just happened to be at the library when I ran by to pick up a hold so I felt I *needed* to take it so I could find out what happened! :)
I am hoping ... for a safe arrival of a few babies this week. I am eagerly anticipating news that they are here. (Both are arriving by c-section, one on Tuesday & one on Wednesday!)
I am hearing ... little girls chattering and eating a bit of dry cereal. (Trying to hold them off breakfast until N1 awakes so that I'm not making breakfast several times this morning).
Around the house ... Signs of fall are popping up - our jack o' lantern has been carved and we are enjoying lighting it in the evenings. Tis the season to stock up on yummy candle scents (my favorite time of the year for all the fall flavors!) Last night we burned a mulled cider one and the house smelled wonderful.
One of my favorite things ... a clean fridge. I took our fridge apart on Saturday and it looks so good now. A project that I had definitely been avoiding for sometime - and actually, not because there was anything growing in there. I just needed to unload all the shelves and get in there and do a serious wipe down and clean of all the glass and drawers. A tricky job with my three assistants, but it looks so much better and more organized!
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week ... This coming weekend is our church's annual missions conference so Saturday night is a pot-luck dinner and special services on Sunday. I want to take N1 (well, all the girls) out to find a few big leaves this week and try and do leaf rubbings. Also thinking about some plans for Thanksgiving - school-ish things - as far as talking about thankfulness.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Friday, October 17, 2008
Things that make me happy...
~ little girls that are beyond excited to go for a ride in the truck with their Daddy
~ sunny weather in the 60°'s for the weekend!
~ a husband that brings home Chinese on a Friday night
~ and offers to go get me Happy Juice today :)
~ these two books about the Penderwicks - absolutely delightful!
~ autumn colors - the reds, the oranges, the burnt yellows, the browns - all my favorites and there can't be enough of them
For more Friday Felicities or to link up yours, head over to Becky's!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
A Beautiful Fall
David C. Cook (October 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chris Coppernoll is the founder of Soul2Soul Ministries, with his interviews with Christian artists airing weekly on 650 radio outlets in thirty countries. He has conducted hundreds of interviews on faith issues with personalities such as Amy Grant, Max Lucado, Michael W. Smith, and Kathie Lee Gifford. He also serves as a Deacon at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and is currently working toward a Masters in Ministry Leadership degree through Rockbridge Seminary.
His "Inspirations" column is published monthly in the mid Michigan newspaper, The Jackson Citizen Patriot.
Chris Coppernoll is the author of four other books including Soul2Soul, Secrets of a Faith Well Lived, and God's Calling. Providence, his first novel, is his fourth book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
High-powered Boston attorney Emma Madison is celebrating her latest courtroom victory when she gets a call from a number she doesn't recognize. Area code 803 home. Juneberry, South Carolina eight hundred miles, twelve years, and a lifetime away from Boston. Emma's father has had a serious heart attack. Emma rushes to his bedside, and a weekend trip threatens to become an extended stay. She has to work fast to arrange the affairs of his small-town law practice so she can return to her life and career in Boston.
And then Michael Evans shows up. They'd shared hopes, dreams, and a passionate love as young college students during a long-ago summer. But Emma walked away from Michael and from Juneberry to finish college and start a new life. Michael has never forgotten her.
Enveloped in the warmth of family and small-town life and discovering that she still cares for Michael Emma knows she'll have to make a choice between the career she's worked so hard to build and the love she left behind.
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Beautiful Fall, go HERE
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Home Another Way
Bethany House (October 1, 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.
A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her family in upstate New York, where she is at work on her second novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
After her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.
In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast–and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father’s will stipulates a six-month stay before she can recieve the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?
A story of grace, of God’s never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.
If you would like to see a video book trailer of Home Another Way, go HERE.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Home Another Way, go HERE
Monday, October 06, 2008
Outside my Window ... dark. I hear cars driving up and down our street.
I am thinking ... that I am very glad that the birthdya weekend is over. :) It was wonderful and fun and much loved by my little five year old, but Mommy is exhausted!
I am thankful for ... my husband taking special care of me this evening. Wisdom teeth were taken our earlier today and he has been very solicitous and bought me fudgesicles. :)
From the kitchen ... please note aforementioned fudgesicle.
I am creating ... a week in the life album. I followed along with Ali's posts last week and am excited to see this album develop.
I am going ... to have a quiet week this week. I'm not planning to be incapacitated by this wisdom teeth thing, but I thought it best not to plan too much just in case. I am wearing ... my jammies and am curled up under the afghan my mom made me for college. My "blankie," the girls call it.
I am reading ... Gideon the Cutpurse (a young adult book about timetravel). I just finished Miss Read's Village School and am in chapter 2 of 1 Peter for Bible study.
I am hoping ... for some time in this beautiful fall weather this week. We have a family at church that apples available to pick and I want to try and take the girls out there the end of the week if nothing unusual comes up.
I am hearing ... Heroes on the television, and fingers tapping on the laptop.
Around the house ... things are picked up and girls are a-bed.
One of my favorite things ... fall. I'm am loving the cooler weather, the falling leaves, and am looking forward to making some pumpkin treats for the girls this week.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week ... like I mentioned before, not much. N1 has ballet tomorrow and we have Bible study and Awana on Wednesday. Other than that, nothing!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Sunday, October 05, 2008
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Working with Noelle on the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Personally, I adore that she calls it "the other day" (yesterday), "this day" (today), and "the next day", but if you aren't familiar with her lingo it gets quite confusing! :)