Friday, December 28, 2007

Jesus vs Santa

I copied this from Jen's Blog and added a line:

Santa lives at the North Pole.JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh

JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year

JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies

JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited

JESUS stands at your door and knocks.. and then enters your heart.

You have to stand in line to see Santa

JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap

JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “Hi little boy or girl, What’s your name?”

JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly

JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO

JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says “You better not cry”

JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.

Santa’s little helpers make toys

JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but

JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree

JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.

Santa is a lie


It’s obvious there is really no comparison.

We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.

We need to put Christ back in Christmas.

Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Feeling Blah

I have been feeling pretty lathargic lately. I think we are still fighting some illness. Hopefully we will feel better soon.

We have given away our chickens. I think we will wait until we have more property before getting chickens again. It was fun having them, but sometimes good things must come to an end.

I have finished most of my Christmas shopping, just waiting for dh to give me the green light to finish ALL of it. What gifts I have purchased are already wrapped.

Not much else going on and haven't been inspired much lately to blog. I did update Nathanaels blog with a cute pictures.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Quiz

Angela didnt tag me, but I am pretending she did...okay so I am just being a copycat.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

2. Real tree or artificial? We dont always get a tree but when we do we get a real tree....sometimes a live one that we can plant.

3. When do you put up the tree? Depends when dh goes out and gets it, sometimes a week or two before, sometimes on Christmas eve.

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually within two weeks after Christmas, depends when we got it.

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes (w/o the alcohol)

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Can't remember

7. Do you have a Nativity scene? Absolutely....a porclein one and a banner.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My brothers

9. Easiest person to buy for? My girls

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't remember

11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? I used to mail them out...but my list was always 60-100 peoples, so now I just email.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (with Alistair Sims), "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" with Boris Karloff

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? September

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Maybe once or twice

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cadbury Bar

16 Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear

17. Favorite Christmas song? Not Sure, I like most Christmas Carols. I like "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "What Child is This (Greensleeves)" "Hark the Harold Angels Sing"....I used to not like the last one....but one year I really paid attention to the verses and have loved it ever since.

18 Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both, some years we travel to Kentucky otherwise we stay hom,

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Blitzen, I guess I cant

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star....

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Commercialism

23. Favorite Christmas tradition? I started a new one for the children last year and they loved it...instead of stockings (we try to stay away from the candy)....I dont put baby Jesus in the nativity until Christmas morning, so last year I hid him and left clues around the house.....along the way there was a small present for each of them to open, then they put Jesus in the Cresh...I also leave a fruit and nut bowl out that they can have as much as they want (which is a treat, because usually fruit is rationed)

24. Up early or sleeping in? I like to sleep in a little bit....I am usually the first one up, but now my girls are getting old enough to beat me to it.

25. Who hands out the gifts? The kids and daddy.

26. Does Santa wrap your gifts? Who's Santa?

27. Do you tell the Christmas story? Dh does before they are allowed to open their gifts.

28. Do you leave cookies for Santa? Are you kidding.....cookies have sugar in them. ;)....and who is Santa? LOL!

Thursday, November 29, 2007


You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house
The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them w ere about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.
He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. Sh e had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." She read the words "United States of America"
"No, not that; read further."
"One cent?" "No, keep reading."
"In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?"
"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient..
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross
+ 3 nails
4 given

That's the whole gospel message simply stated

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

When my son Zach was born a friend of mine brought me this casserole....I have made a couple of "improvements" to it. I had forgotten about this recently until we were given a can of French Onions and since I dont make the traditional green bean casserole I was trying to remember what I used them for. Here is the recipe:

2-3 cups of cut up cooked chicken (I usually use the breast meat, but you can use left overs from a roast chicken)

1 head of broccoli cooked (or package of frozen broccoli thawed)

1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup

milk (I usually measure 1/2 - 1 soup can's worth)

1 cup of cheddar cheese

1 -2 cups of french onions

Put chicken and broccoli in a casserole dish (I can fit this in a 8X8). In a separate stir together soup and milk and then pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese on top, and then the french onions on top of the cheese. Bake for half hour in a 350 degree oven.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Potato Casserole


5 LBS Potatoes, pared and quartered

2 tsp salt

2 pckgs Cream Cheese (# oz) with chives, cubed (if you cant find, used dried chives)

4 TBSP Buter

½ tsp Garlic Powder

Pepper and Salt to Taste

2 Cups Heavy Cream

2 more TBSP Butter


Cook Potatoes with salt in boiling water until tender. Smash Potatoes until smooth (or put through a potato ricer). Add cream Cheese, 4 TBSP Butter, Garlic, Pepper, and salt; Mix until smooth. Put mixture into greased 13X9X2” Baking dish. Refrigerate overnight covered with foil. Dot Top off mixture with remaining 2 TBSP of Butter. Sprinkle with Paprika. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour. 12 servings.

Swiss String Beans

This is not your mother's green bean casserole!


Make White Sauce of:

2 TBSP Flour

2 TBSP Melted Butter

1 Tsp salt

¼ tsp Pepper


1 TBSP Sugar

½ TBSP Onion

1 Cup Sour Cream

Gradually stirring until thick and Creamy

Fold in Gently: 4 cups Cooked French Cut Green Beans

Heat Thoroughly and Pour into 1 ½ quart Casserole dish.

Grate ½ LB Swiss Cheese over Beans.

Cover with 1 cup crushed corn flakes mixed with 2 TBSP Butter.

Bake a 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

To make this a bit healthier, I cut the sugar back by 1/2 cup and used sucanat. I used freshly ground wheat flours.

2 1/2 c sugar
3 1/2 c flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 c raisins (optional)
1 c walnuts (optional)
2 c cooked, mashed pumpkin
1 c oil
1/3 c water
4 eggs

350'F for approximately an hour depending on the size of the pans. Smaller ones could be quite a bit less. I use normal bread load pans and that is about an hour.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Life as usual

I have a cold and feel very uninspired.

I did cut up a pumpkin and process it today so I made two pumpkin pies.....with eggs from my chickens, kefir & sucanat everything is healthy except the store bought crust. I strongly dislike making pie crust.

My spacebar sticks so it is very annoying to type.....I think I might swap it out for the kids keyboard which is practically brand new. As you can see my life is very exciting right now. I don't even have to plan for Thanksgiving. My SIL is hosting and I only have to bring a sour cherry pie & a green bean casserole (not the traditional ones). I should post recipes for both the pie and the green bean casserole.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm Back

Just returned from my niece's wedding in North Carolina. Had a lot of fun and arrived safetly home.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


I have been hanging out over at facebook during my computer time having a blast and bad about keeping up with my blog friends lately. I realized just what bunch of computer dead beat friends (in real life) I have, with a few (and I mean 3) exceptions most of my real friends are not into the computer scene.....they barely email, they dont blog and they dont have FACEBOOK (which by the way is so much fun when you have some friends), okay so maybe they have a REAL life and I am a deadbeat...anyway, so most of my friends consist of my college age nephews and nieces and a couple of their am I acting immature for my age by doing this? or do I need to make some new friends. (Of coures I will keep my deadbeat ones too!)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Work Story

Jen tagged me, so here is my work story.

While I was growing up my brothers and sisters had a paper route that I helped with, one year before I was old enough to take it over, my sister gave it up. I did some babysitting and at 18 I got a job at CVS, I stayed there until I graduated from business school where I got my associates in accounting and microcomputing. I then got a job at a bank typing up home equity loans and lines, my job was outsourced from NY to PA and I transferred to the outsource company. While working there I met and married my husband at age 23. I worked for another year until a month before my daughter was born. I have been a SAHM ever since (for 9 years) and it is the best job I have had (and most challenging).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


My friend Jen awarded me the Wonder Woman award, and while some people may look at me and wonder, I am certainly not a Wonder Woman. ;0) . Thank you Jen, now to pass on the award, here is my list (and many of you qualify, I am only able to name a few).

So here it goes:






Monday, October 22, 2007

History Lesson Answers

(1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004

(2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007

(3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(4) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

Thursday, October 18, 2007

History Lesson

A little history lesson. If you don't know the answer make your best guess.
I will post the answers Monday.

Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the
few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin
B. Mussolini
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above

3) "(We) ...can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something
has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up
a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A. Karl Marx
B. Lenin
C. Molotov
D. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most
profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet
B. Milosevic
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above

Monday, October 15, 2007

Monday Meanderings/Menu Plan Monday

Continue daily readings in Acts & POW. I am also reading the Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

Return books to the library
Grocery Shopping
Go Scrapbooking!


Master Bedroom




My weeks worth of menus!

1. Sweet & Sour Chicken, Rice
2. Chicken Enchiladas
3. Pizza
4. Meatloaf, Broccoli, Oven Brown Potatoes
5. Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
6. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
7. Fried Chicken & French Fries & Salad

Sunday, October 14, 2007

In the Paper

Three of my children were in the paper today. Son Zach, who was there, was not because he was, according to dh, "Digging a hole".

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Texas One Dish

Texas One Dish

1 lb Ground Beef

2 onions, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 cup oats

1 can diced tomatoes

½ cup brown rice

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

cheddar cheese optional

pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet, sauté beef and onions over medium high heat. When onions begin to look translucent, add bell pepper. Continue cooking till beef is browned completely. Drain grease well. Add oats, stirring well. Add remaining ingredients, stirring well to completely mix. Transfer to 2 quart baking dish. Grate some Cheddar Cheese on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until rice is tender.

Note: May want to cook rice first or use left over rice. Doesn’t take as long.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What About Art?

Art is not one of my strongest subjects. Last year I came across the book "How to Teach Art to Children" by Evan-Moor and it was a God-Send. This year, however; I wanted to add something more and I wanted it to coincide with our American History Studies. I also did not want to spend big bucks, so I kept researching different curriculums etc. The ones that had what I wanted were expensive and the ones I could afford, didnt have what I wanted. Then I read someone's blog about the Extension program from the National Gallery of Art. So I decided to send for one of their catalogs. This is a great program. You pick one of their programs from the catalog, mail in you request on a postcard and wait. I picked American Art from 1785-1926, then forgot about it until the Priority Mail truck dropped off the package. It included a "Teacher's Guides:" with information about each artist, a DVD that a had a 20 minutes documentary on each artist, a couple of prints and slides from that artist and a big poster. The best thing of all is that it was FREE! I only have to pay return shipping on the items.

Here is the link if you are interested:

National Gallery of Art Loan Program

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Lunch Ideas

Motherearth is looking for some lunch ideas, so here is a list of what we usually do at our house:

#1 PB&J
#2 Hot Dogs
#3 Cheese Sandwhiches
#4 Grilled Cheese
#5 other cold cuts
#6 Ramen Noodles
#7 Potatoes slices with cheese & baco's
#8 BLT's
#9 leftovers (for me, the children dont usually want it, or there is not enough for everyone)
#10 Tuna Fish
#11 Broiled fish (usually for me)
#12 Burritos - I usually mash up some kidney beans with garlic & onion, cumin & chili powder in my food processor, add to a tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and microwave for 30secs to one minute, add tomatoes & sour cream.
#13 Mini Pizzas (english muffins with sauce and cheese, broil)
#14 Tortillas with spinach, tomatoes & mozerella, bake in toaster oven or under broiler for a few minutes.
#15 Other tortilla wraps, if I have left over steak or lamb, I will place in a tortilla with cheese, heat and add lettuce and tomatoes
#16 Gyros (if I have leftover lamb)
#17 Fried chicken ( the box stuff from the store, or from the hot deli section)
#18 Hoagies (subs, heroes, depends where you are from )
#19 Burger King, Wendy's, McD's
#20 Taco Bell
#21 Local Pizza joint
#22 Homemade Hamburgers & chips or fries
#23 Fried Rice (sometimes I get those boxes from the store with the seasoned packets and just add some leftover chicken or crumble ground beef)
#24 Mac N Cheese (this should be somewhere near the top like 3rd spot)
#25 Ummmmmm......okay I am running out of ideas!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Taxes - A poem

Tax truth

At first I thought this was funny...then
I realized the awful truth of it.
Be sure to read all the way to the end!

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed ..

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his butt

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin ,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words
upon his tomb,
" Taxes drove me to my doom..."

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
P roperty Tax
Real Esta te Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and
Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the
most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had
the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to
raise the kids.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Essie's Peach Cobbler

This recipe was handed down from my grandmother to my mother to me (and my sisters). It was originally on the label of a can of peaches or bag of flour or something.

Essie’s Cobbler

Cream together until light and fluffly: ¼ c. softened butter

½ c. sugar

In a separate bowl sift together: 1 c. flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

¼ tsp salt

Add dry ingredients into Creamed mixture. Mix alternately with ½ c. milk. Beat until smooth. Pour into greased loaf pan 10X5X3. Spoon drained fruit from a can over batter. Sprinkle ¼ to ½ c. sugar over fruit. Bake for 45-50 minutes @375 degrees.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Monday Meanderings/Menu Plan Monday

Continue daily readings in Acts & Pow. I am also reading the Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

Return books to the library
Grocery Shopping

House Blessing


Work on Character training, Attentiveness using Character Journal


My weeks worth of menus!

1. Sweet & Sour Pork/Chicken, Rice
2. Lasange, Salad, Garlic Bread
3. Fish, Spinach & Mushrooms, Rice
4. Meatloaf, Broccoli, Oven Brown Potatoes
5. Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
6. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
7. Strombolis



2 3/4 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast (or 1 TBSP)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons cooking oil

In a large bowl combine 1/1 cups of the flour, the yeast, salt.
Add warm water and oil. Beat wit an electric mixer on low speed for 0 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 - 8 minutes). Divide in half. cover; let rest 10 minutes.

I usually use a can of spaghetti sauce, but here is a pizza sauce recipe:

In a medium saucepan combine:
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 TBSP dried basil, crushed
1 teaspon sugar
1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
2 cloves garlice, minced
1/ tsp pepper

Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or till onion is tender.

Roll out dough into a circle....about 12-16 inches (or whatever fits on my Pampered Chef stone) Add some sauce to cover within 1-2 inches of the diamter. Add favorite cheese (mozerella & provolone), olives, green peppers, onions, pepperoni, ground beef, sausage....whatever you like in your strombolis. Fold in half and pinch edges. Bake for about 20-25 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Serve (just be careful because it will be hot) and Enjoy!

Sweet and Sour Pork/Chicken

Sweet and Sour Pork

1 8 oz can pineapple chunks (save juice)

1/3 cup sugar

¼ cup vinegar

2 TBSP Cornstarch

2 TBSP soy Sauce

1 tsp chicken bouillon granules

1 beaten egg

¼ cup cornstarch

¼ cup all purpose flour

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 lb pork, ¾” cubes (can use chicken instead)

1 TBSP cooking oil

2 medium carrots sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 green pepper, ½ “

2 cups hot rice

For sauce, drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add water to reserved juice to equal 1 ½ cups. Stir in sugar, vinegar, 2 TBSPs cornstarch, soy sauce and bouilon granules; set sauce aside.

For batter, in a bowl combine egg, the ¼ cup cornstarch, the flour, water, and pepper. Stir till smooth. Dip pork cubes into batter. Fry one-third at a time in the hot shortening or oil for 4 to 5 minutes or till pork is no longer pink and batter golden. Drain on paper towels.

Preheat wok or large skillet over high heat; add the 1 TBSP oil (Add more oil as necessary during cooking). Stir-fry carrots and garlic in hot oil for 1 minute. Add sweet pepper; stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or till crisp-tender. Push from center of wok.

Stir sauce and pour into center of wok. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Stir in pork and pineapple. Stir together all ingredients to coat with sauce; heat through. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

Friday, September 28, 2007

North & South - Movie Review

I am always on the lookout for a good clean wholesome movie. My weakness is period pieces. So when I heard of this movie "North & South" being compared to the 1995 A&E version of "Pride & Prejudice" I knew I needed to check it out. So this past birthday, I spent my BD money on the movie.

I was not disappointed. This takes place during the Industrial Revolution in London. When Margaret Hale's father can no longer in conscience agree with the church, he uproots his family from the home they love in the South, to a cold industrial town in the north where she catches the eye of mill owner John Thorton. There are four episodes about an hour each. It has wonderful acting and a satisfactory ending, oh and unlike P&P, minimal cleavage. Unlike me, you may not want to spend the $25 for it before viewing it, you shoud be able to get it through your local library's inter-library loan program. I give it 5 stars (out of 5). Since it has no rating, I would consider it PG.

**Movies I hope to reviewing soon

Masterpiece Theatre's Pollyanna
Miss Potter
The Sign of the Beaver (aka Keeping the Promise)
Flicka vs My Friend Flicka
Molly: An American Girl
Samantha: An American Girl

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thankful Thursday

We are thankful today for the beautiful weather that we have been having.
A wonderful, relaxing vacation at the New Jersey shore.
Being able to attend my nephew's wedding and seeing almost all of my family.
God is good all the time!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Slideshow from my Nephew's Wedding

United States Geography

This year for history we are studying the United States, to round out this study, we are also doing United States Geography, American Composers for Music and American Artists and Art for Art.

For geography rather than investing in a curriculum, I thought I would come up with my own. So I created a report page for each state:

Place Map of State Here

Mark the Capital City

Capital City:

State Nickname

Date Founded:

Date Entered the Union:

State Flower:

State Bird:

State Motto:

State Flag

The students put the name of the state he/she is studying on the top line. They cut out a blackline map of the state and mark the state capital on it. They find out information about the state either through the encyclopedia or online and answer the questions. They color in the state that they are studing in the miniature map of the United states. They then color the blackline flag that I printed out and glue it to the appropriate box. We also check out books out of the library for each state (if I prepare in advance). One series that I have found that I like for studying the American Colonies is the "Fact Finders: American Colonies" series.

I also printed out a full page size of the United States. Every time we study a state, we color it on our big map.

Here are some great links for information, blackline maps etc.:

EdHelper Theme Units

ABCteach Blackline State Maps

USA Quick Facts

About Geography

About Blackline State Maps

ABCteach State Flags

Enchanted Learning State Flags (Both color and blackline)

Full page size map of the USA

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday! - BEFORE

I started my tackle it Tuesday, yesterday because we had just returned from vacation the evening before and this is what my living room looked like (My house is a work in progress, so dont mind the unfinished walls):

I got most of the junk picked up and put away, now I need to finish it with a fall cleaning, since that needs to be done anyway.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday Meanderings/Menu Plan Monday

Continue daily readings in Acts & the POW study.

Clean up from unloading from vacation
Return books to the library
Get over this cold

House Blessing


Work on Character training, Attentiveness using Character Journal


My weeks worth of menus!

1. Chicken Cor Don Bleu, Baked Potato & Salad
2. Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, French Fries
3. Farmer's Breakfast Casserole
4. Cheesesteaks, Home Fries
5. Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad
6. Tacos

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I have returned!

I'm back from our quick trip to Kentucky to see my nephew married and then a week at Ocean City, NJ. It was a fun family time and relaxing. I have tons of pictures and a few videos (I learned how to do that function on my digital camera, so I will try and get those posted or at least linked to this week. In the meantime, here is one video for your enjoyment (or torture LOL)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thankful Thursday

"O Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good, for His mercy endureth forever" Psalm 107:1

I am thankful that I will be able to attend my oldest nephews wedding. We thought for a while there because of our circumstances that we would be unable to, but the Lord has provided for us. Thank you Lord!

Blogger Friend School

Assignment for week of September 10, 2007

A. Look at your “dream” place last week and using your creative juices and things in or around your home, CREATE a special place to blog. Most good writers have a location that is a comfort to them and makes their writing time enjoyable and productive. Share some quick ideas!

We are getting ready to go on a road trip and then when we return to go on vacation, so I wont have time to make my nook creative, I probably shouldnt even be blogging today, but since I need to eat lunch I will eat and blog at the same time. I am not a creative person nor do I have a laptop, so I can only blog where my computer is logged in, which is in the corner of the school room. I am a very practical person and since my home has been a constant construction & child zone since we moved in, I havent really decorated it (no wonder I have such a boring blog LOL). Some things I am able to view as I blog is the NGJ calendar which has pictures of happy families and some creative ideas. I also have a poster of a child dressed in the armor of God that I like to look at. I think for me neatness more than decor is an inspiration to me, while I live in a world of constant clutter (I declutter it moves back in with five children), I dont like clutter so for me having a clean desk would be more of an inspiration than a pretty pictures. When I do have a creative moment it is usually inspired from a walk in my garden or from something my children have done or said. I dont believe I have a gift for writing and what I do blog about comes from my life my suggestion is to live life...and (while I dont practice this) try to make your life experiences enjoyable for others to read.....a great example of this is the blog: Because I said so..

B. Once you have created that special place…SHARE A PICTURE of where you blog. Remember to be creative! {I REALLY look forward to seeing this creativity. Some of you last week shared some really neat imaginitative posts and I know that this will be a challenge!}

Not very inspiring I know (and I the top isnt very neat either. :( )

C. Share a verse this week that is upon your heart!

Deuteronomy 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest [that which is] good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

I know my past few wordless wednesdays have been the baby or kittens, but they are just to cute to resist, so here are a couple more and I will try to post something different next time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday!

Today I am takcling a corner in my kitchen that has been building up as a hot spot for a few months now.

Here is my before picture:

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I moved the canning stuff down to the basement onto a plastic shelving unit that was in another part of the kitchen. I moved the lego boxes that I had on it to the side of the dresser where the boys had easy access to them. I moved the crates to the other side of the dresser where the canning jar boxes were, still need to find a good spot for it. I wiped down the top and the front of the dresser. I moved the bread box from another part of the kitchen to here. We still need to finish painting the kitchen (hence the two tone) and hopefully now it will be easier for my husband to get to. Its not perfect, but greatly improved. Oh & note the two beautiful jars of cherry pie filling that I canned a couple of months ago...I had four but we used two. :)

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Monday Meanderings/Menu Plan Monday

MON - Acts 13
TUE - Acts 14
WED - Acts 15
THU - Acts 16
FRI - Acts 17
SAT - Acts 18

I am also going to be ambitious and start the Power of Motherhood study this week!

Pack for our trip to Kentucky and for the shore for when we return from KY.
Do the usual library returns and pickup
Cut back on the carbs again, now that my birthday is over!

House Blessing


Work on Character training, Humility using Character Journal


My weeks worth of menus!

1. Chicken Cor Don Bleu and Corn Dogs (dont ask)
2. Breakfast
3. Fried Chicken
4. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
5. ???? Pizza maybe?????

Due to vacation plans, I wont need to plan for Friday and Saturday. After vacation, I really want to start "cooking" healthy again!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Sometimes It's the Little Things - a testimony of God's Provision

As a faithful Father, God is always looking at the little details in my life!

Last night, I was having my ice cream craving after all, I hadnt had any ice cream since Monday. ;)
So after the children were in bed, Nathanael and I hopped in the van to go to the store. I prayed that God would show me which store to go to. I got behind someone who was driving like they didnt know where they were going, so I prayed "Lord, please show me which store has Breyers for the lowest price, if I am to go to Giant, please have this car turn right, if I am to go to Redner's please have it go straight" So the car went straight and I went right to Redner's. There they had Breyers 2/$5 wahoo....but wait, no mint chocolate chip (my favorite). :( Well, Turkey Hill's Philadelphia Style is just as good lets see how much it also was 2/$5....Thank you Jesus. Now He know I didn't NEED the ice cream, just wanted it, but he blessed my desires anyway.

I have always told people that children dont cost as much as you think, if God provides you with a baby he also provides for the care of it. I rarely have to buy clothes for my children (and I have five). When my youngest turned 3, I gave away 9/10's of my baby stuff and clothes sized 0-2T. So when I found out I was pregnant with Nathanael, I realized I didnt have much. I knew my sister still had her crib, so I could count on that. At my shower all the big money items were purchased (as well as some of the little items, plus gift cards for what I needed). Nathanael is just starting to outgrow his 0-3 months clothes, and only has a few outfits in the 3/6 month size. My husband got a job clearing out an apartment from a fire. The stuff on the floor was in great shape, but from a couple of feet up it was really bad. He brought home bins of clothes (looks like they were in storage) and in them were baby boy clothes sized 0-2T. I wasnt even starting to be concerned about what the baby needed clothes wise and God has provided for the next two years (plus I will be saving clothes from my older boys now too for Nathanael).

God is good all the time!

Hay Creek Festival

If you noticed I didnt blog yesterday, it was because we were having to much fun at the Hay Creek Festival at Joanna Furnace.

From their website: "MORGANTOWN, PA - Travel back in time and relive 18th and 19th century life at historic Joanna Furnace Iron Plantation. Feel the cool air of the shaded groves, hear the sound of the steam Engine’s whistle, smell the homemade kettle soups cooking in the open fires and watch the Early American craftsmen demonstrate their skills of a time past. Nestled in the groves along Route 10 three miles north of Morgantown, Joanna Furnace was once a cold blast, single stack, Charcoal-fired iron furnace, producing early America’s iron until 1898."

We had a great time watching the glass blower, chair caning, woodcarving, the huge saw mill, blacksmith, (Last year we also saw the potter working on his wheel and the cider mill press, but we missed those demonstrations this year).

Chair Caning

This was the prefect field trip for our American History studies this year.


One of the children's activities were experiencing what it would be like at an archeological dig. Here is Abigail piecing together a broken cup.

Emily is carefully picking at some clay to see if she could find something (she did, there was an old coin inside)
For the younger ones, they had a box full of corn with things hidden in it:

They also had rubbings (different plates with Joanna Furnace pictures on it, take a plain sheet of paper place over the plate and rub the image on the paper with a crayon) and a stamp hunt (8 different stamps, if you collect them all you get a prize at the end)

We had a lot of fun.