Friday, May 30, 2008
Lori does a great job showing step by step with pictures. Check out her blog and try some of her recipes.
Flour Tortillas - Thanks Lori for sharing your recipe
4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. shortening
1-2 cups of HOT water
1. Get the griddle going before you start this part so it will be nice and hot. Sift all dry ingredients together and add shortening. Mix thoroughly. (just like you were making a pie crust.)
2. Add hot water. Obviously you don’t want to burn yourself but the hotter you can stand it, the easier your tortilla dough will be to work with.
3. Knead until soft, smooth dough is formed.
4. Pinch off dough (a little less than the size of a golf-ball) and form into a rounded biscuit looking thing.
5. Dip into flour and roll out.
6. Cook on your tortilla griddle. When you see the bubbles NOT coming up, that’s when you flip or take off.
7. Throw them in your tortilla keeper and enjoy
This meal tastes great, is easy to make and is very colorful. I changed the recipe slightly according to what I had on hand. I also didn't make as much as it called for since it was just for me and Mike.
12 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups cut fresh asparagus (about 1/2 pound)
2 medium sweet onions, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
1/3 cup butter, cubed
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/2 cup prepared ranch dip
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute vegetables in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in broth; cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, dip, Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil and salt; stir into skillet and heat through. Drain pasta, add the skillet and toss to coat.
Yield: 12 servings
Friday, May 23, 2008
I heard the question "What is God teaching you?" being asked to someone the other day and it made me stop and think...how would I respond to such a question?
I did some meditating on the subject and right now in my life the Lord is teaching me to be content in everything...content in the car we have, content in not having children at this time, content in all He has given us.
I am so blessed and yet I choose to focus on the things I don't have, that I think I need, instead of focusing on all He has already given me. If I don't find contentment in how my life is now, I will never be content. There will always be something I think I need to make me happy and the cycle will never end.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- Peanut Butter Granola (big red bowl)
- Big Breakfast Cookie (square pan) - breakfast this morning
- 2 loaves of lemon poppy seed bread* - to take to church tonight
- 1 loaf of chocolate bread*
- Chocolate peanut butter muffins* (green bowl)
- Biscuits - for breakfast tomorrow morning, I am making sausage gravy to go with it
*Note: These *starred* items are from the Amish Friendship mix. I just made them with different pudding flavors.
Peanut Butter Granola - Thanks to Crystal Miller for sharing her recipe on her blog
6 ½ cups oats
½ t salt
1/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
1 t vanilla
2/3 cup all natural peanut butter
1 cup raisins
Combine oats and salt in a large bowl. In a small sauce pan combine olive oil, honey and peanut butter and heat to combine well. Remove from heat add vanilla.
Pour over the oats and mix well. Spoon onto 1 large jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour, stopping every 15 minutes to stir the granola until it is golden brown.
Let finished granola cool. Add raisins and store in air tight containers
Big Breakfast Cookie - Thanks to Lori and Farmwife for sharing the recipe
1/2 C Oil
1/2 C brown sugar
1/3 C wheat germ
2 C Oats (rolled or quick)
1/4 C chocolate chips
1 egg beaten
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together, pour into 9″ greased pie dish, cook for 30-35 min in 350 oven.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was reading through Money Saving Mom blog the other day and I came across her Swap-A-DVD post. I thought "What an excellent idea." I guess this isn't a new concept though since they have one for paperback books and CDs; however, I never heard of it before, so for me this was all new.
To get started all you need to do is find 10 DVDs around your house that you no longer watch.
Go to swapadvd.com, join for free and list your 10 DVDs. Once you list 10 DVDs you receive one credit, so now you can go and select a DVD from the list of many DVDs that other members are looking to swap out. As other members select your DVD, you mail it, they receive it and you get a credit for that DVD so you can find another DVD to get for yourself. You pay for postage when mailing out but you don't have to pay when you receive your DVDs. Hope this all makes sense.
I wanted to try this before I blogged about it. So I posted my 10 DVDs and right away I started getting emails that people wanted the DVDs I listed. I mailed 10 DVDs out on Saturday. I have already gotten 6 credits for DVDs and I have selected 4 movies to be sent to me.
Check it out for yourself. It's actually fun and it's a great way to clean out some of those DVDs you own. Happy swapping.
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is going to be the first place I look when I need to buy a gift for someone.
I woke up yesterday and Mike had a card waiting for me in the kitchen. After taking care of the chickens, Betsy and getting ready for church we were out the door. We stopped at Kroger to pick up my newspapers (I am back to buying 2 double papers) and Mike went and got me a Caramel Macchiato. He is so sweet.
- Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce was $1.10 and I had a $1 coupon so that was 10 cents per bottle of bbq sauce (I bought 4 bottles)
- Spray & Wash spray was $1.40 and I had a coupon for $1 off so that is 40 cents a bottle (I bought 4 bottles)
- Dial bar soap the 3 pack was on sale for 97 cents and I had a 60 cent coupon (I bought 2 packs)
- I also got two 1 cent items which ended up being Publix pasta sauce (normally $1.80)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
You are an amazing man. Your deep voice and Marine background don't fool me :-) You are gentle, loving, caring and thoughtful.
I have learned so much about being a humble, submissive wife. I know I still have lots to learn so please be patient with me as God continues to change me and mold me.
I look forward to many more years together and I anxiously wait to see how God will use us as we continue to grow in His word.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Some things about me that you may or may not have known in no particular order.
Four jobs I have had:
1. BellSouth Mobility/Cingular/AT&T Wireless
3. Teacher's Aid at Faith Christian School
4. Day Care worker at Faith Christian School
Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. Sound of Music
2. Mary Poppins
3. Facing the Giants
4. Christmas Child
Two places I have lived:
1. Florida (Wilton Manors, Tamarac, Coral Springs, Apopka, Ocala)
Four favorite places I have been:
1. Niagara Falls (Mike took me last year for our 5 year anniversary)
2. Yosemite (we went on our honeymoon)
3. Brazil (family vacation when I was a child)
4. Blue Ridge Mountains in GA (we rented a cabin for Mike's birthday a few years ago)
Four of my favorite foods:
2. Corn on the cob
4. Any homemade dessert
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Sitting on the couch snuggling with Mike
2. Anywhere with family
3. On vacation somewhere
4. In bed trying to get rid of the headache I have right now
Four things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Celebrating my 6 year anniversary with Mike
2. Family Cruise
3. Church Family Camp
4. Thanksgiving and Christmas
TV Shows that I watch: (We don't have any cable, satelite or anything but if we did...)
1. Food Network
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
- I want to help my friend Rebecca Jeffries with selling her Tupperware. Check out her website.
- She is offering a special deal to help support Whispering Hope Women's Resource and Pregnancy Center. When anyone buys a $3 Tupperware Large Funnel from her she will include a recipe for a delicious Kiss to make with the funnel and all the profits from those sales (about $2 per funnel) will go to Whispering Hope.
- Tupperware is celebrating 60 years and has some awesome sales going on. I already have a list of items that I really like. If you can't make it but want to order something just contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you read my blog.
Let's join together and support a good cause!
Thanks everyone and God Bless You!
Monday, May 12, 2008
We had my family over on Saturday. I wanted to make a nice meal for my Mom. She is always the one cooking for everyone and I wanted to give her a break.
Mike grilled steak, chicken and onions and it was so delicious.
I made rosemary potatoes, Chinese slaw, broccoli bake and we ended the day with an ice cream cake. My brothers birthdays are in May so we celebrated that also.
It was a beautiful day. They got to see the chickens and we got to play Pass the Pigs and Sequence.
Family time is always so special. The older I get the more I appreciate it.
Updated to include Recipes
1 large bag of frozen broccoli
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 can Cream of Mushroom or Celery Soup
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers (crushed)
1 stick of butter (melted)
Mix first 4 ingredients together. Pour in casserole dish. In a separate bowl mix crushed Ritz crackers and melted butter together. Sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until cheese is melted throughout.
Chinese Slaw - Thanks to Mrs Gray for sharing her recipe with me
Cabbage - 1 large pkg.
Green onion - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
1 cup Sliced Almonds (browned)
Roman noodles on slaw (crunched up)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup vinegar
4 Tbsp. soy sauce
Boil sugar, oil, vinegar, and soy sauce together and cool. Toss with cabbage, green onion, almonds, and Roman noodles before serving.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
My Mom and I had a garage sale this past weekend. Friday went really well but Saturday got rained out. We had 4 families worth of stuff that we needed to clear out.
When having a garage sale I always try to price the items reasonably. I keep in mind what I would be willing to pay if I was shopping at a garage sale. Some things are easier to let go of but others sometimes tend to get priced higher because we are just not at the point that we really want to get rid of it.
We woke up at 2:30am on Friday to pull all the stuff out of the garage and arrange it as nicely as possible on the tables or on the driveway. Clothes got hung on the garage door, shoes got put out nicely on the front stairs. We had a customer at 6:30 although our signs said 7 to 2. We welcomed him in and he bought a few things. So our day was off to a good start.
We stayed busy all day. It was great... things were being sold which meant we didn't have to carry them back into the garage. I had a table of products that I buy for really cheap or get them free by using coupons and shopping at drug stores. I was doing a trial to see if those type of items would sell. The test was a great success. God really blessed us that day. Unfortunately, I am not as well organized as Mike so I didn't have an inventory sheet of how many products I started out with.
For all of you out there who shop with coupons and get those great deals at the drug stores I encourage you to buy extra and have a garage sale. Here are the items I sold and how much I sold them for.
- Bleach $1.25
- Fantastic spray bottle $1
- Lysol spray bottle $1
- Glass Plus $1
- Toothbrush $1
- Toothpaste $1.50 for 6.5 oz and $1 for 4oz
- Kids Listerine mouthwash $1
- Dial bar soap 3 pack $1
- Dove bar soap 2 pack $1
- Bic disposable razors 4 pack $2
- Palmolive detergent $1
- Goodys headache powder $1
- Bayer 81mg aspirin $1
- Q Tips $1.25
- Shampoo $1.25 or $1 depending on the brand
- Deodorant $1.50 or $1 depending on brand
The items that didn't sell at all for me were makeup and lip balm products.
Helpful hint: I found these 4 websites that you can advertise your garage sale for free. Mike posted an ad for our garage sale. Not sure if we got any customers from the post but its always worth a try.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
8 cups cut-up romaine lettuce
4 cups of chopped chicken (grilled, roasted or rotisserie)
1 large apple, cored and cut into wedges
1 1/2 cups green or red seedless grapes, halved
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Step One - In large bowl mix romaine, chicken, apple and grapes.
Step Two - In a small bowl whisk together water, peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, ginger and crushed red pepper. Drizzle peanut butter mixture over salad. Serve and Enjoy!
Makes 6 servings
Mike and I ate this yesterday and we really enjoyed it.
Monday, May 5, 2008
We have done alot to our house and property but there is much more to be done. It's so easy to find a project to work on around the house.
- Hanging family pictures... We have decorated the entire house except for putting up family pictures in the hallway and of course organizing my craft room.
- Waterproof the 2 outside decks
- Get stairs built off the back deck to get to the chickens
- Paint our 2 bathrooms
- Getting the grass to grow in better
- Build a picnic table and grill area outside