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.