Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy . Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.Remember this motto to live by:"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Henry loved helping me add ingredients and stir. He also liked sampling!! Here are a couple pics. There is also a video because Henry decided to be scared of my mixer today and he claimed it was because it was loud and would wake up Zoe. The video is him trying to explain why he doesn't want to help.
Henry sampling some cake batter
Friday, December 5, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
It was impossible to understand any of them!
Jesus Freaks - DC Talk and the voice of the martyrs
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is the two pairs of babylegs I made today.
Step one: cut the sock in half at the heel. Cut the heel and toe off of the sock. Discard the toe and heel. (Unless you can think of something to do with them)
Turn the foot part of the sock inside itself as shown with the "good" side showing.
Now, comes the sewing part. I did not pin but if it makes you feel better pin the rough edges together around the sock then sew the three edges together. I used a zig-zag stitch to make it easier to stretch. fold the bottom part down and Voila! You're done!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Rigatoni or Ziti noodles
craft paint brushes
paper plate (to put the paint on)
old clothes (in case you ou your child gets pint on them)
cup of water ( to wash brushes)
I set up newspaper on the table and taped it over the edge to prevent sliding. I let Henry paint his noodles lots of different colors. I showed him that if you mix certain colors together it makes new colors (red and white make pink, blue and red make purple etc.) After we painted We set the noodles aside to dry. We finally got a chance last night to make his necklace. I tied one noodle to the end of the yarn, threaded the noodles on and tied a noodle to the other end with a little bit of space to put the noodle on the other end through for the "clasp". He was so proud of his necklace when I put it on him last night. Here are some pictures and videos (click the links) of him:
He kept saying that the noodles were "beautiful" so I wanted to get him on camera saying it.
Monday, September 22, 2008
All American Mini Meatloaves
17 Saltines crushed fine
¼ cup whole milk
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 large egg
1 ½ tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ lbs meatloaf mix*
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ cup Ketchup
¼ cup light brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar
*Walmart did not have meatloaf mix so I bought a pound of 90% lean ground beef and 1 ½ lbs ground pork and mixed them together and took out what looked like ¾ lb. And put it in the freezer for next time.
1. Heat oven to 500 degrees and put oven rack in the middle position.
2. Mix saltines, milk, parsley, wors. Sauce, egg, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and meat together. I used my hands to make sure it got incorporated well. Shape the meat into 4 oval loaves.
3. Heat the oil in a nonstick 12 inch skillet and brown the meatloaves on one side for about 5 minutes then carefully flip them over to brown the other side. Neaten up the edges with a spatula. In the meantime, while the meat is browning mix the glaze.
4. If your skillet is oven safe, top the meatloaves with glaze and place in the oven until the center of the loaves reach 160 degrees, this takes about 15 minutes. My skillet was not oven safe so I rubbed the bottom of a casserole dish with vegetable oil and placed the meatloaves in there before glazing them. Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
If you try it let me know what you think!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Barack Obama has rolled out new Believers for Barack merchandise. This sickens me! how a christian can defend someone who thinks it's ok to kill babies puzzles me. I guess people put their pocket books and their "Hope" for "change" above human lives and what God wants. God does not create life just so that it can be destroyed. This man disgusts me! I really hope that he does not become president.
You know I really struggled with wether I should post this or not because I don't want to offend people but, I felt like sometimes you need to stand up for what you believe in. So sorry if I offended you but I can't let this go unspoken for.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
one of his masterpieces
paint on his face
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Here are some pictures:
OK, photo overload!!!
The food: The party was at 4:30 so we just did snacks instead of a meal. The sandwiches are ala peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we also had carrots and dip (which are not in the photo)
My sisters, my mom, and my nieces
My mom and my niece
Henry and his cake.
Henry's first cupcake
Henry playing with his train, chugga chugga choo choo!
Zoe looking pretty!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Here is a picture of Henry with his fishtank before we put fish in it. He was playing "dress up" on this day. I need to tie the wires up in the back better.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
God is in control and he will take care of you. Do not worry!! These verses really spoke to me this week.
15Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."22Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?27"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Luke 6:27-36 (Jesus Speaking)
27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Just a good reminder for everyone!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Verse of the day: Psalm 36:5-7
5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,your faithfulness to the skies.6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,your justice like the great deep.O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Praise God today for his love and faithfulness when have you “found refuge in the shadow of His wings”?