Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Yule

I found this about celebrating Winter Solstice, over here and I just wanted to pass this on.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

This looks like a great contraption!!

Does anyone have this? It is the Hamilton Beach BrewStation. Is it really as neat as it looks? Does it make great coffee???

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Time to bake Christmas cookies!!!

Makes 4 dozen.


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, I just use my hands to form a ball and roll in cinnamon sugar just on the top, for Christmas I use gren or red sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Don't cry over spilled milk

This is what happens when your 2 year old wants to assert his independence and NOT ask for help!!!!

I guess, I should say MY 2 year old.

Monday, October 01, 2007

My son took these pictures when we were at a wedding

I also wanted to check my watermarking abilities.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Where have I been????

Well, the end of July was very busy!!! First, we went away for the weekend in this:

borrowed from a friend, it was VERY luxurious!!!!

Then, a week later, we went out of state to the eastern shore and took along this:

It is small, but it is OURS. We slept in that for 3 nights. Some of the kids slept in a tent as we do not all fit!!! But it was fun, despite the limited sleeping arrangements, we had a great time. We stayed with family before and after our visit to the ocean. We were gone for 10 days total. After we returned home, it was a flurry of activity to get everyone ready for the start of school and the start of sports.

We are in full swing now and every night is busy, busy, busy!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Cooking with Anne: Shades of Dinner Tonight

If you are looking for some great recipes, Cooking with Anne is a great place to look. I enjoy reading her blog. Today, however, I found this very hilarious video. Go check it out and you will be laughing with me.

Cooking with Anne: Shades of Dinner Tonight


Yesterday, as I sat, peacefully knitting, waiting for my son to get his braces on, the woman next to me gave me a lot of personal information. I was completely surprised that she would share with me her husband's name, social security number, home telephone number, where he works, the name of their insurance company and their kid's name. Why would she tell me all of this information when I am a stranger. Never met her before? Probably never going to speak to her?

Why? Why, you ask. I ask why too. Why would she sit there and tell EVERYONE around her this information?

Because she was on her CELL PHONE!!!!

Do people not have any sense anymore???? I really did not want to know this information.

And by-the-way, she has a hair appointment next Wednesday, just a trim as she colored it herself over the weekend.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Being 40

Being 40 doesn't make me feel old. I rather like being 40. For the most part, I feel that age is irrelevant. It doesn't matter how old you are, it is how you live your life - what you do with it - how you behave. My Father-in-law is 84, so how could I possibly feel old?

I'll tell you how - having your oldest child turn 16 - that's how you feel old!!!

My oldest child will turn 16 before July is over. I will officially be old then. I remember when I turned 16, what I was doing, who my friends were, the things I liked, the people I liked. Kinda freaks me out!!!

Things are different for my 16 year old. First of all, he is High Functioning Autistic, it's called Aspergers Syndrome. He doesn't do some of the normal 16 year old things (which is perfectly fine with me). He still likes to play his video games and play with bionicle, watch cartoons. But he doesn't hang out with other 16 year olds. I can only imagine how much older I would feel if he did those things.

Not too long ago I was doing some calculations, then I started to feel really old. Right now, son #1 is 16 - when son #5 is 16, I will be 54. That's not too bad, till you figure in that son #1 will be 30! Holy smokes!!!!!!!

So, here's to getting older and not feeling older!!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The new way to celebrate birthdays, in your birthday suit!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Happy Birthday to my now SEVEN year old!!!!

Oh yeah, and Happy Anniversary to my dh, for a wonderful 18 years!!!

Friday, June 08, 2007

No Need for An Alarm Clock This Morning

When you have the whisper of a 2 year old saying, "Dad, where are sucky, DAD, where are sucky?"

*sucky is the name we use for pacifier.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

How can he possibly sleep like this???

Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all of our military, past and present.

Thank you for the wonderful job you do.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The reason I have been AWOL

Wow, I am surprised at how long it has been since I updated. Things here have been SO incredibly busy. My daughter is in track and has practice every day after school or a meet and needs to be picked up. That takes a bit of dinner time and seems to rush the evenings by quickly. My 9 year old son is in baseball and adds more to the time crunch. It has been a joy watching him play. He plays through the middle of June and the track meets are over this week.

With all the craziness of school, track, baseball, dinners, laundry and 6 kids in general, I have been knitting. I received an invitation to a baby shower for one of our older babysitters. She moved away several years ago. I hear from her at Christmastime through cards and have been able to follow her changing addresses. I was surprised to get the invitation and very much wanted to do something special. Since I now know how to knit, this is what I made for her and it took all of the 3 weeks I had to get it finished in time. I put the last row on at 6 in the morning, threw it in the wash, wrapped it and was out the door by 10:15 - phew!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Try one of these GREAT Chili Recipes

I make these 2 different recipes often.

This one is on the back of BUSH's Great Northern Beans.

1 Med Onion
3 TBS Olive Oil
1 (4 oz) can Chopped Green Chilies drained
3 TBS flour
2 tsp Ground Cumin
2 (15.8 oz) cans Great Northern Beans
1 (14 1/2 oz) can Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cups finely chopped or ground Chicken Breasts

Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Sour Cream

In large skillet, cook onion in oil for 4 minutes or until transparent. Add chilies, flour and cumin. Stir for 2 minutes. Add beans and chicken broth, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken, cook until hot.

I like to make this with half the chicken broth and we use Tostitos and eat it like a dip.


3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced (use less if your family doesn’t care for garlic)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups salsa (your choice on how hot this is)
1-teaspoon chili powder
1-teaspoon ground cumin

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Cook chicken, onion, green pepper, and garlic in olive oil until chicken loses its pinkness and starts to slightly turn brown. Add remaining ingredients and, after it comes to a boil, simmer for 20 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheddar, sour cream, or thinly sliced green onions.

Serves 8.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The BIG 40

Well, since I did this last year, I figured I could do it again this year.

I like birthday's. They are a celebration of life. I am happy to have been here this long. I plan to be here a lot longer. Turning 40 is such a big deal to a lot of people. They feel that their life is over. I am not like that. It is an accomplishment for me. Something I am proud of. I am very excited to be 40!

Now, is it too early for a Margarita or should I just go back to bed?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

To get the ball rolling.........

You Sometimes Don't Get Enough Sleep
You're often more tired than you'd like, and you're probably not getting enough quality sleep.Sleeping a little more could make you a lot more energetic and happy.Try having a bedtime, keep your bedroom cool, and only eat fruit before bed.
Do You Get Enough Sleep?

Somehow I already knew this!!!!! (could it be the 2 year old?)

Friday, January 12, 2007

I think I owe you an update.

This is the completed bathroom. I wish I could get a better picture, however, the bathroom is so small that this is the best I can do.

Let me know what you think!