Wednesday, December 31, 2008
- Melt butter in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add celery and onion; cook 4 minutes or until almost tender. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook 2 minutes.
- Stir together mushroom mixture, broth, and next 6 ingredients in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on HIGH 3 hours or LOW 5-6 hours or until rice is tender. Stir in whipping cream. Garnish, if desired. Enjoy!
Happy New Years Eve 2008!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
No, this is not our usual day to day home attire. . . For some unknown reason Mr. H was very proud to don his suit and tie today which he received as a hand-me-down from his cousin a few months ago. He specifically asked that I take a picture of him. So I quickly grabbed the camera. Awww, what a handsome 7 year old, if I do say so myself. :)
Happy Tuesday before the New Year!
Monday, December 29, 2008
We look forward to celebrating our own family Christmas on New Years Eve and until then we'll be unpacking, doing laundry, organizing, etc.. . . I'm sure you all know the drill after being gone a week.
Happy Monday before the New Year!
Friday, December 26, 2008
After 3 trips to the drugstore, 1 trip to Urgent Care and countless loads of laundry, we report that 9 out of 10 have had or have the dreaded stomach flu. You'll be glad that I spare you the details but my dear husband and I spent Christmas Day "down for the count". My sister and family left early yesterday and unopened presents still remain under the tree. The end has got to be near. Thanks for your prayers. Amidst it all, God continually reminds me of many things to be thankful for. . . and that alone keeps me keepin' on.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Happy Birthday Jesus!
A Joyous Christmas to All,
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Now listen to how the God who created the universe. . . the God who sent His son to die for us. . . the God who defeated death, rose again and sits on the throne of heaven, took care of our simple little traditions which seem to matter so much:
On Saturday night. . . as we were getting packed to leave on our road trip we received a call from our neighbor who had some goodies to bring our way. (We have great neighbors, huh?) Come on over! We're always ready for a treat! And you know what she had made? A big platter of homemade cinnamon rolls!
On Sunday. . . we stopped to see family who live along the path of our road trip. Guess where they asked us to meet them for lunch? The Chinese Buffet! Perfect.
On Monday. . . guess what my mom served for breakfast? Our favorite egg bake casserole!
Plans for Christmas day with my sister and family?. . Include the kids decorating their own birthday cakes for Jesus and singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus, just like we wanted.
Matthew 6:25 "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you be worrying can add a single hour to his life?"May you see God's love for you in the details of this Christmas week.
Happy Monday before Christmas!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I am thinking...the midnight vomiting of Mr. A has me tired and praying that it was an isolated case!
I am thankful for... our safe travels yesterday.
From the kitchen... my mom made a delicious breakfast and she's preparing our favorite BBQ beef sandwiches for later this week.
I am hoping.... the predicted snow for tomorrow holds off til' after we arrive at our destination.
I am hearing... the sound of the Dustbuster as Mr. C is enamored with the contraption while cleaning up the floors.
One of my favorite things...is looking at all the pretty Christmas lights this time of year.
A picture thought I am leaving with you:
To create a daybook of your own or read others, you can go HERE.
She does such nice work. They are seamless and wash up beautifully.
Best part is. . . They work like a charm!! (Yes, Mr. A really is sleeping!)
Friday, December 19, 2008
Our family event of the day was ringing the bells for The Salvation Army at our local Wal-Mart. While Ava and I did the shopping the boys rang the bell. I encouraged them to sing, but all I got was, "Yeah, right, Mom!" (Even daddy raised his eyebrows at that one! lol!)
Truth be known, we did have a few grinches among us who were not so cheery to stand in the cold. (But they will go "play" in the cold, right?) Oh well, it still feels good to have made the time to do some good for others and try to instill that in our children too.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Bless this mouth.
May it learn to speak words
that are helpful, encouraging, and right.
May these butterfly lips kiss away injury,
savor the wholesome,
and declare their Maker's praise.
excerpt from "Bless This Child" by Gloria Gaither
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Arrive at church 8:32, not bad. Program just started, but why is Mr. C on stage with his coat and hat on? He forgot to take them off??? OK, silly thought, it's part of the skit. Phew! Cause sometimes you never know with Mr. C! Anyway. . . my eyes then glance to Mr. H up on stage and, what?, oh dear, his "fly" is down. And that is not part of the skit! Dh and I look at each other and smile . . . what can you do? The program was classic and all the kids did great. We smiled and waved, took video for posterity and headed to the fellowship hall for cookies and punch.
It would be nice if the kids gravitated toward the not-so-messy cookies, wouldn't it? But noooooo, it's the oooey, gooey, chocolate ones that catch their eye! Now remember it's back up on stage for another song during the service so let's try and keep it together for one last song. he!he! I guess I was dreamin' cause I took one look at Mr. A as he decided to use his pants as a napkin to wipe his ooooey, goooey chocolate hands! Just then, Mr. J walked by and I realized his shirt was on backwards! "Oh well", he said. And as I ran into Mr. H I quietly mentioned that his "fly" was down and he may want to zip it back up. "Oh", he said, "Maybe you could do it mom, cause my hands are all sticky." At this point I'm thinkin' ,"Where is that dh of mine? I think I need a hand." Of course I notice that he's over in the corner enjoying a hot cup of coffee and some adult conversation. How does he do that?!!
At last. . . I sit down in the sanctuary ready to enjoy the worship service during this glorious Christmas season. It was a nice thought anyway. . . but Miss A had other plans. It was nap time and mama's lap wasn't doin' it for her. Idea!. . . Get that bunny out of the car, she loves her bunny, she may even fall asleep in my arms if she has her bunny. But where are the car keys? While searching in my church bag, a beautifully knitted, felted bag made by my mom, I feel that the sippy cup has leaked and now my hands and my beautiful bag are all sticky!! Still can't find the keys, so Mr. Z heads to the car in search of the bunny. Yes! The car door was open and the bunny was found. But noooooo, the bunny does not make Miss A happy this time. I think I should just take her home and let her have a nap. No, we can do this. We really can all be at church at the same time and enjoy the service. I'm dreamin' again! My dh and I both (not sure how that happened) ended up in the library with frequent visits from other members of the family wondering where we were! My apologies to all who were sitting behind us!
At last the final hymn was sung and we're out the door. I chuckle to myself on the way home thinking we should all head to bed and start this day over, or at least I should. And that's exactly what I did. Everyone made themselves a sandwhich, I put Miss A down for her long awaited nap and I crawled into bed (seems to be a theme here, huh?), and enjoyed some peace and quiet while all the boys watched football. Hooray!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Now, for that fudge recipe . . .
Rachel Ray's Fudge
1 package of semi-sweet choc. chips
1 cup of peanut butter chips, or butterscotch chips or milk-choc. chips
1 can sweetended condensed milk
(melt all of the above on low heat on stove top)
Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. of vanilla
and 1 cup of walnuts. Pour into 8X8 pan lined with parchment paper
Refrigerate at least 2 hours
Happy Saturday and Good Night!
Friday, December 12, 2008
It is a hard cover, lift-the-flap book with beautiful pictured pages.
There is one page for each day in December. We always start at the beginning so everyone has a page to read after day 7. And then the kids take turns lighting the advent candle. The advent pictured was painted by my dh's grandma. She was a very talented artist.
This book was a gift to us. (Thanks Aunt Bev & Uncle Jim!) It would make a wonderful gift to any family this holiday. You can go HERE to check it out if you're interested.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
But. . . it is the winter season where I live so the scenery was more like this. . .
The sun was actually shining today and after I warmed up a bit, the fresh air felt invigorating. It was MY time to think, pray, notice God's creation and do something good for me. I was more ready to take on my day when I returned home. Here's to once again making exercise a habit, a part of my daily routine.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
5 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 C almonds, toasted
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup chopped green onions, chopped
1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 T sweet pickle relish
1 T honey mustard
1 T honey
Salt & Pepper
Combine cabbage, almonds, cranberries, celery, green onions, and green pepper in a large plastic bowl with a snap-on lid. Combine all dressing ingredients, adding salt and pepper to to taste, and refreigerate until ready to serve. Pour dressing over slaw just before serving. Stir well.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Mister buck was looking on. . . if dead animals could talk. . . what stories he would tell!
Ta Daaaa! Now we're off and running to our Saturday happenings!