Friday, January 30, 2009
4 pieces of cubed steak
2 cans of Golden Mushroom soup
flour (seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic)
2 stalks of celery
Chop the celery and onion and put it in the crockpot. Place each piece of cubed steak in the seasoned flour and coat both sides well with flour. Brown each side in a skillet with oil. Once both sides of meat are browned place in crockpot on top of veggies. Place 2 cans of Golden Mushroom soup on top of browned meat. Add some milk to the soup can to make sure to get all the yummy soup out. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours - checking to make sure it has enough liquid so the food doesn't burn.
I made mashed potatoes to go with the Swiss Steaks and like I said before Mike really liked this meal. Next time I make this I will also add some mushrooms.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I will be giving away 10 handmade greeting cards. I'll make this really simple for you, just leave me a comment...that is all you have to do to get an entry into my giveaway. If you blog about it, come back here and put another comment.
This is open to everyone, so feel to leave a comment, check out my blog, or checkout my card website http://www.zizziecards.com/.
This contest ends on Sunday at midnight and I will announce a winner on Monday February 2nd.
Have a GREAT week everyone and thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I have used this on my cloth napkins and table cloth that get those spaghetti stains on them and it worked great.
If you want to avoid buying new clothes every time they get stained, get yourself a bottle of this wonderful stuff. So that is my tip for WFMW, check out Rocks in My Dryer for more.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
- Regardless of what kind of person you have been in the past with instructions from God's Word, you can become a heavenly-gift bride. You can still be your man's dream come true, and in the process your dreams will come true also.
- You do have a choice in how your life plays out.
- Each day is a decision, each hour a challenge, and each response starts you toward either the quicksands of divorce or the solid ground of being blessed "heirs together of the grace of life.
- If you will turn to God, asking him to open your eyes to his instruction for wives, he will open his Word to you.
- A wise woman doesn't take anything for granted. She is thankful to be loved and seeks to make herself more lovely.
- I had spent years scratching my head and wondering why he would not take a position of leadership in the home. I did not realize that I controlled many situations because I feared my husband would not handle them correctly.
- How blind I was to my own faults.
- Every man I know is a bonafide sinner. And, considering that you, too, are a selfish, fallen creature, it will take real effort to make a heavenly marriage.
- A good marriage, just like anything worth while, takes doing the right things every day...every hour...every moment.
- Proverbs 18:22 ~ Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
- You are inferior to none as long as you function within your created nature, for no man can do your job, and no man is complete without his wife.
- Do you wake each morning ready to make your husband happy and blessed, to serve him to the best of your ability - to be his helper!
- When you honor your husband, you honor God. When you obey your husband, you obey God. The degree to which you reverence your husband is the degree to which you reverence your Creator. As we serve our husbands, we serve God. But in the same way, when you dishonor your husband, you dishonor God.
- 1 Corinthians 11:8-9 ~ For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
- It is not a question of whether or not you can do a better job than he; it is a matter of doing what you were "designed" to do.
- It is far better that the job be done poorly by your husband than to be done well by you.
- A perfect help meet is one who does not require a list of chores, as would a child. Her readiness to please motivates her to look around and see the things she knows her husband would like to see done. She would not use lame excuses to avoid these jobs. A man would know he had a fine woman if she were this kind of helper.
- Provers 12:4 ~ A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband
- It is our job to learn how we can help our husbands in every way possible.
Time to Consider
- Think of ways you can be a helper to your husband. Start today.
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Apple Sauce
- Mixed Veggies
- Steamed Broccoli
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I am so happy to have a Bosch again. This mixer makes things so much easier for me when I am making bread. My Mom gave this to me since she got a Zojirushi bread maker for Christmas. The Bosch is much larger than my Kitchen Aid mixer so I can mix up 4 loaves of bread in one batch. So Tuesday I made 3 loaves of bread and some Monkey Bread as a special treat.
I pulled out my big cup to remind myself I need to drink more water. My goal is to finish this in one day. Since I pulled it out on Wednesday I have been able to stick to that plan.
Last week a family at our church lost their Mother/Grandmother so I made this card to send to them.
I went to collect the eggs and I found this really little egg. We've never gotten one so small before.
And last but definitely not least, here is a picture of my handsome husband ready to go to church.
Friday, January 23, 2009
1. I've come to realize that my hair... is perfect just the way God made it - no need to color, perm, straighten or highlight it.
2. I've come to realize that my family... will always be there for me, no matter what.
3. I've come to realize that my job... as a helpmeet to my husband is what God created me for.
4. I've come to realize that when I'm... overwhelmed with the worldly things around me I have taken my eyes off Christ.
5. I've come to realize that I need... to do more in depth study of the Bible.
6. I've come to realize that I have lost... all sense of time since being home. I can never remember what day it is.
7. I've come to realize that I hate it when... a meal I try making doesn't turn out.
8. I've come to realize that if I'm happy… in life it will rub off on those around me.
9. I've come to realize that money... buys things but things don't bring happiness. Contentment brings happiness!
10. I've come to realize that people... are not perfect because we are all sinners.
11. I've come to realize that I'll always... be a slow reader but atleast now I enjoy reading.
12. I've come to realize that my husband.... is a blessing from God to me.
13. I've come to realize that my mom... is the BEST mom any person could ever have!
14. I've come to realize that my cell phone... is not the latest and greatest but it works great for me.
15. I've come to realize that when I woke up this morning... I had a list of projects I have started and needed to finish.
16. I've come to realize last night before I went to sleep... that I have lived a sheltered life and I praise God for that.
17. I've come to realize right now I'm thinking about... what things I need to get accomplished tomorrow.
18. I've come to realize that when I get on facebook…. I get to see many faces from my past.
19. I've come to realize that today... is a gift from God.
20. I've come to realize that tonight... is going to be movie night for me and Mike.
21. I've come to realize that tomorrow... is never a guarantee.
22. I've come to realize that I really want to... be a better reflection of Christ.
23. I've come to realize that life... is full of choices and I need to make sure I make the right choices in my life.
24. I've come to realize that my friends... are blessings.
25. I've come to realize this year... is going to be a challenging year but God is with me every moment.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
So pull out your quarters and pennies and see if you have any that I'm missing.
Updated 12/9 - We have completed all the books with state quarters... thanks everyone!
If for some reason you have any really old pennies laying around the house I need most pennies from 1909 to 1974
Here is a list of the more recent years that I am missing
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Tuesday night started our Ladies Bible study at church. We took a break over the holidays and this week was our first week back. This is the book we are starting to go through Created to be his Help Meet by Debi Pearl. I've already read this book once but I'm very excited to be going through it again.
Wednesday the Adult Ensemble group at church started practicing for Resurrection Sunday. We will be singing 4 songs. We started learning 2 new songs ~ Every Knee Shall Bow by Brigette Shevy and The Power of the Cross by Keith Getty, Stuart Townend and Richard Nichols. They are both very beautiful songs.
We got some snow last night. It was so funny to watch Betsy outside. Here you can see her 2 paw prints and then a long strip of missing snow... that was her licking the snow. On her way back to the house she would step, step and slide... it was too cute!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Mix together the night before:
2 cups flour [I used hard white wheat]
2 cups water
1 tablespoon of yeast
Let sit overnight on the counter in a glass, plastic, or stoneware bowl. Anything but metal will work.
In the morning add:
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Beat well into batter and then add 2 tablespoons of melted butter or oil.
Cook on a griddle or pan.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yield: 2 loaves
3 cups flour [I used soft white wheat]
1. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
2. In another mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar. Add remaining ingredients, beating until well mixed.
3. Pour wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Don't over-beat.
4. Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans (use smaller loaf pans -- 6x3-inch, or use several mini loaf pans). Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until loaves test done.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
These hooks are so useful and very versatile. They can go many places that you wouldn't want to pound a nail into. I have never put something on one of the hooks that it didn't hold. Another awesome feature to the Command hook is if you change your mind and don't want the hook in that specific location the glue strip comes off without damaging the surface it's stuck to.
I have them all over the house:
- inside my kitchen cabinet to hang my pot holders
- on the back of the bathroom door to hang my towels
- on the fridge to hang my apron
- on the front door to hang my wreath
- in my craft room to hang my scissors, templates and hand punches
and I look forward to seeing how many more ways I can use them as I get each room in my house organized this year.
Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more creative Works for Me Wednesday posts.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Here are my PROCESS steps:
Monday, January 12, 2009
Amish Baked Oatmeal
Crockpot Pizza Beans and Mashed Potatoes
Chicken and Stuffing Bake
Mac N Cheese
Cheddar Cheese Broccoli Soup
Chicken Fajitas with homemade tortillas
Sandwiches (Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, PB&J)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Even Betsy makes Sunday her day of rest. :-)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.
Doing exactly what the Lord commands; doing it happily
Action is the key - do it immediately
Joy you will receive
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.
We want to live pure, we want to live clean, we want to do our best;
Sweetly submitting to authority, leaving to God the rest.
Walking in the light, keeping our attitude right,
On the narrow way;
For if we believe the Word we receive, we always will obey.
Chorus: Let's spell it O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E, Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.
Friday, January 9, 2009
1. Phone Calls ~ I got a call from my sister this week asking me to go on a trip with her in May to a friends wedding in Indiana. I am really excited. I enjoy spending time with my sister and it'll be great to see our friend who I haven't seen in years!
2. Projects ~ I finally made it down to the basement and started getting things cleaned and organized. The project is huge and will take me a while but it felt wonderful getting started.
3. Bond with a fellow Sister in Christ ~ I had the great pleasure of spending the day with a friend from church. It's so wonderful to have a bond, to be able to talk about spiritual things: what God is doing, sharing life challenges, encouraging each other.
4. Freshly milled soft white wheat flour ~ I haven't used my soft white wheat in a long time. I tried this new Banana Pineapple bread recipe this week. It tasted soooo yummy. I'll share the recipe with you sometime soon.
5. Days off and free movies ~ Mike had the day off and we were able to spend it together. It was a great day. We got much accomplished and even got to watch a movie for free :-) Marley & Me was a wonderful but sad movie. I didn't realize it would be so sad.
If you would like to read more Fridays Fave Five posts, check out Living to Tell the Story blog. You might even want to join in on the fun!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I recently heard about this cool site that actually gives you cash for your old used books.
All you need to do is:
- Go around the house and look for books you no longer need
- Go to cash4books.net and type in the ISBN # from the back of your book
- Find out just how much money you get for your book
- They even pay for your shipping so go right now and find those books
It's that easy ~ Really it is!
I just did this the other day and got $31.19 for old school books Mike used 2 years ago in some college classes he took. Go check this out for yourself.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Eight boxes of pasta at 70 cents each and two 4 packs of canned tuna. There items will go in my 90 day supply because they are great non perishable foods. The expiration date on them is 2011. Can you believe it?
What items have you been stocking up?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
- Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following questions.
- They have to be real places, names, things. nothing made up!
- You can’t use your name for the boy/girl name question.
What is your name? Elizabeth
- A 5 Letter Word: Egypt
- A Boys Name: Ethan
- A Girls Name: Esther
- An Occupation: Engineer
- A Color: Eggplant
- Something you wear: Ear muffs
- A Beverage: Egg nog
- A Food: Eclairs
- Something found in the bathroom: Eye shadow
- A place: England
- A Reason for being late: Engine trouble
- Something you shout: Ew!
Anyone interested in participating can be considered tagged by me.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Morning ~ Cereal and Fruit
Lunch ~ Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole
Dinner ~ Pigs in a Blanket; Carrots and Dip
Morning ~ Grits and Fruit
Lunch ~ Pasta and Garbanzo Soup
Dinner ~ Sweet Bologna, Cheese and Crackers; Carrot & Raisin Salad
Morning ~ Cereal and Fruit
Lunch ~ Chicken and Stuffing Casserole Bake
Dinner ~ Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Veggies
Morning ~ Amish Baked Oatmeal and Fruit
Lunch ~ Crockpot Pizza Beans and Cornbread
Dinner ~ Sandwiches
Morning ~ Leftovers
Lunch ~ Leftovers
Dinner ~ Home Made Pizza
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Do you have any good meal ideas that you can share with me? I would love to hear from you.
Friday, January 2, 2009
We slept in on New Years day as much as we could. Mike had to join a conference call because he is on call this week. All went well on the call and we were able to get outside by 10:30 to start raking.
Mike and I make a great team. We raked all the leaves in a section onto a tarp then carried the tarp and dumped the leaves in a designated area of the yard. We live on an acre lot and some of it has grass growing (or trying to grow) and the rest we have decided to keep "all natural". So leaves, branches and anything else goes in the natural area.
After that project was done we cleaned out the chicken run and made the chickens good and happy. You know, happy chickens lay more eggs :-)
Thank you Lord for giving us a beautiful, sunny and cool day yesterday to get our first project complete. Thank you also for giving us rain today because we so greatly need it.
Hope everyone had a fantastic first day of the year.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I am setting goals of things to accomplish by next year.
- Read through the Bible as a couple
- Participate in the walk to support Whispering Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center
- Bake homemade wheat bread more often
- Plant atleast 2 fruit or nut trees in our yard
- Complete one special deep cleaning/organizing project a month
- Open a Roth IRA for me and Mike
- Put atleast $250 in each of our IRAs
- Pay off the truck in 2009 (Mike has been doing an excellent job on doubling up on payments but if we buckle down on our spending we can pay it off this year ~ I know we can)
- Make one extra payment this year on our mortgage.
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Drink more water
- Make healthier choices
- Stop saying What?, Huh? and Yeah!
- Read a chapter from the Bible each day ~ this will allow me to meditate more on what I read.
- Each month do something for someone to show my love for them
- Increase my time in prayer
- Pray more specifically
Books to Read: