Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JACK!!!
Jack asked me last night when he can get his driving permit. *gulp* I'm SO not ready....
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Today, we are going to play a little game where we finish the following
five sentences. Try not to over explain or write a story. lol.
- 1. Hearing a scratching noise, she dashes into the kitchen, opens the pantry and finds a not-so-small boy hiding out and eating
- 2. It started out like a normal visit to the grocery store until she noticed
a man standing by the frozen section holding an open bag
vigorously chewing on frozen chicken nuggets.
- 3. She answers the phone and to her shock it's the Prize
Patrol asking for directions! It seems the GPS led them to the cow pasture
across the way....
- 4. As she walks into the bathroom to mop the floor she finds her 3 yr old in the shower, shaking his booty while saying, "Oh
yeah...YEAH. Oh, yeah"!
- 5. Peeking from behind her curtain, she secretly watches her neighbor's each and every move, just waiting for a little rural excitement
in this too-quiet neighborhood!
Now....wasn't that fun?!?! Go to Ida Red's place and check out everyone's links to Thursday Afternoon Tea. (And join us!)
Just a note to let ya'll know that I am having seriously frustrating problems with my DSL connection. I am switching back and forth between DSL and dial up and I have NO words (good ones, that is) for the frustration this is causing today.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
As I was thinking about the things that I need to do, I realized that I have a real mish-mash of list items this week. This list is chock-full of Halloween and birthdays! Here's my bare-bones list. I'm not adding the mundane, every day stuff, like daily laundry. That's a given in this house!
- Pick up Halloween candy for the preschool party on Thursday.
- Pick up more balloons for my little one's halloween costume.
- Finish making Cade's costume. Need popcorn!
- Make birthday plans for Jack. (15 on Friday!)
- Do some more work on my blog layout.
- Work on blog posts for my new gig at Deep South Moms!
- I really want to work on the furniture re-d0s I've posted about in previous lists. *sigh* Maybe??
So, what does your list look like this week? Go visit Lisa at Crazy Adventures in Parenting and link up your list!
What's better this time of year than a crockpot full of soup? Need an easy-peasy vegetable beef soup recipe?
(I'm all about shortcuts when it comes to cooking....think Sandra Lee's Semi Homemade on the Food Network!)
- 1-2 pounds of beef stew meat chunks
- 1 large can Spicy V-8 juice
- 1 large can beef broth
- 1 large onion, rough chopped
- vegetables-your choice! You can use canned, frozen, or left-overs.
Lightly flour and season the beef. Sear in a little oil until nicely browned. Add onion.
Pour V-8 and beef broth into the crockpot. Add beef and onion. Add vegetables. I often use canned veggies: corn, carrots, sliced potatoes, green beans, pinto beans, mixed veggies. Use what you have on hand. (Great way to use up the left-overs in the fridge!)
Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8 hours, or until flavors are blended and beef is tender.
Eat with cornbread.
So.....did I find some great Tuesday link-ups or what!?!
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Don't ya just love Fall?? The colors, the weather, the holidays......
So, the postings around here lately have been a bit skimpy, wouldn't ya say? I think the illness that went around filled me with a case of the doldrums, or something. Three kids ended up with it, but I really doubt it was the dreaded H1N1. The symptoms were there, but it lacked the punch we expected. Plus, no one was tested, so no way to know for sure. I hope it was H1N1 and it really was that mild, but I'm not banking on it.
Happy Fall, ya'll!
Last week I received a sample in the mail from Boiron. The box contained a bottle of children's cough syrup-Chestal, and samples of Oscillo and Coldcalm. These are all homeopathic medicines.
Umfortunately, my children were just recovering from a flu-like illness (no testing, so can't officially call it H1N1). If only the package had arrived a week earlier.....
We will be sure to put these products to the test at our next opportunity, and I hope that is no time soon! However, I feel comforted that I have these great products in my medicine cabinet, ready and waiting....just in case.
You can find information about these cold and flu medicines at Boiron USA.
This company also has a brand new blog, hence my posting this as Medical Monday's daily blog review. Boiron's blog gives information on the company as well as practical advice for the cold and flu season. Learn exactly what homeopathy is, as well as how the FDA is involved with homeopathic medicines.
Boiron was also a sponsor of Blogalicious earlier this month. You can read a little bit about it here.
Are you prepared for the cold and flu season? Request your free cold and flu fighting kit from Boiron Usa by clicking here.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I heard yesterday that a sweet little boy is very sick and in need of prayer. Noah Estes is a three-year-old who has an extensive medical history. Too extensive to even blog about! You can go straight to Noah's Story page here.
Noah's mother is Kate Estes, a fellow blogger and homeschooler. She blogs at Our Quiverfull. Kate is also the mother of seven other children and helps her husband run a home business called Hands and Hearts, a homeschool supply business.
Please pray for Noah and his family and he fights his current battle!
As a side note, but equally important....
Our heart buddy, Aiden Beers, passed away after open heart surgery yesterday. He was fifteen days old. Please pray for his parents as they struggle. It's hard to understand the loss of a child. It's just. Unnatural...
Their website is Baby Aiden's Journey.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Whew! I thought I was going to miss it. I've been out and about all day today and didn't have time to post anything before I left this morning. I went out thrift store shopping! I was looking specifically for a loaf pan and I found one for only two bucks! A nice Pyrex loaf pan.... And I found one of those new-fangled silicone cupcake pans for only....two bucks. I love deals like these. What would I do without those thrift stores? I would be really sad...
I needed a new loaf pan especially for this:
Doesn't it look delicious? It was. It is lonnnggg gone.....
Do you know what this is?
Have you ever heard of Amish Friendship Bread? You know, you get a baggie of bread starter and you mash it and feed it and mash it some more. Then on day 10, you separate it out into new starter bags and use the remainder to make your bread. If you do a Google search, you'll find tons of add-in recipes to make all kinds of bread from this starter. (Here's just one website that covers Amish Friendship Bread.)
Of course, I made chocolate. The only thing I added to the basic bread recipe is a large box of instant chocolate pudding and one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
The boys were a little weirded out by the puffy baggies of stinky stuff (their discription) that later became sweet bread. One even refused to taste it! The enthusiasm from everyone else finally won him over, though...
That's it for my Chocolate Friday. Go on over to Stop N Smell The Chocolates to see more Chocolate Friday posts!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I saw this on Christine's blog and thought I'd join in! You can click on the photo above to see the rules and original poster's blog, Under the Golden Appletree.
Here is today's post:
This afteroon let's make it really simple. Let's have fun getting to know each
other with a questionaire.
Simply copy and paste then answer the questions!
1) What color is your toothbrush? Green and white
2) Name one person who made you smile today. My little one, Eli
3) What is your favorite candy bar? Milky Way
4) What is the last thing you said aloud? I'll be there in a minute! (lol)
5) What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Peanut butter fudge
6) Ever go camping? Yes! Heber Springs is our favorite!
7) Are you a cat person or a dog person? Dog
8) What was the last thing you ate? Chocolate chip cookie from Subway *blush*
9) How long have you been blogging? About 3 years, seriously for about 3 months
10) What or who is your inspiration for your blog? My crazy life!
It isn't easy.
Americans love junk food. And as good as you try to be most of the time, admit it. You really do enjoy a little bit of the junk on occasion. So, today I decided to highlight a blog that is all about the junk food. Sound like fun??
Today's blog is called Phoood. The sub title says it all: Snack food, fast food, pizza, beer, and other delicacies. Yum. (Come on, you know you like this stuff. Don't put me out here all alone!)
Phoood is the creation of Jim Peoples from California. Jim blogs reviews of assorted junk food. (He also has several blog contributors, as well.) He has categories of junk foods like snack foods, breakfast cereals, and candy and candy bars.
Jim even has a rating scale and gives each review a rating to show how he feels about it. If you're thinking of trying a new snack or fast food restaurant, you might want to see what Jim thinks about it first.
Be sure to check out the other categories in the right side bar for beverages, fast food, desserts, and much more. And don't miss the Hall of Fame section for the best of the best.
Now you want to make a swing through Wendy's for a burger and Frosty, don'tcha! Sorry.....
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
So....here I am.
Did you miss me????
I recently saw a quote somewhere that said something like, "I love my computer. All of my friends live there." This is so close to truth for me. I thoroughly enjoy my online friendships and have been so blessed to gain new bloggy pals over the past few weeks. I've missed reading my favorite blogs and entering all of those great giveaways!
So, I'm getting back to my Google reader and Twitter today!
With that said, let's move on to Medical Monday. October is breast cancer awareness month, so I thought I'd highlight a breast cancer blog. I am so thankful to say that I do not have personal experience with breast cancer. No one in my family has had it and no close friends. I feel the need to just thank God right here and now that I am able to write those last two sentences! So many people are touched by this disease. So many people lose loved ones to this disease...
Today's blog is called My Breast Cancer Blog and is written by Jacki Donaldson. Jacki was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in November 2004. She has shared her five year journey on her blog to raise awareness and most likely, to create a journal for personal and emotional release.
Jacki chronicles her diagnosis, her treatment, and her kids. You'll also find stories of other women fighting breast cancer sprinkled in among her posts. You'll get a feel of the community that happens when women choose to fight-together and for each other.
I learned a lot about breast cancer when I found Jacki's blog. It's important to be educated.
And this is why I wanted to share it with ya'll.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
In the meantime, I'm trying my hand at a little html.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
It's true! At least that's the way my mind works. And from my experiences in blog hopping, that's exactly the way a LOT of blogger's minds work! Seriously.
I have a bit of a dilemma today. I have to choose between the Daily Blog Review or Chocolate Friday. And I guess you know which one I chose. Obviously.
Chocolate is always gonna be top choice....
I have seen this recipe all over the Internet and everyone has their own version. Some people leave the cocoa out and just do the peanut butter. (THE HORROR!) but I have never, ever done that, nor have I tasted anyone else's plain version. Maybe someday....not.
Here's the recipe:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups oats
- dash of vanilla, if you have time
And you can even make it with instant oatmeal packets. If you're desperate.
And here's a photo of the second batch. Notice the neat squares? When you pour it into a blob, you can cut squares and not have to rush through the whole spoon dropping. Also, notice the lighter brown color and dullness? Well, it's lighter because I didn't measure the cocoa and obviously shortchanged the mixture. But the dullness means you boiled a little bit too long. It should be a rich brown with a slight gloss finish....perfect. Oh, well. Maybe next time.
Until I can get back with pictures, why don't you visit Lisa at Stop & Smell the Chocolates? You can check out all of the other Chocolate Friday posts, and maybe even add one of your own!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I guess it's quite obvious that I have a raging sweet tooth. Looking back, I think nearly every Tasty Thursday has been dessert-related. Oh, well. Why stop now?!
Today's blog is a yummy, double yummy blog that is all about cakes and chocolate and stuff like that. Bakerella bills her blog as a place of sweet inspiration and fun baking ideas. The cake pops are a big hit (are they not amazing?!?!) and so are the cupcakes. Oh, and the cheesecake. And the pie. Heaven help us all.....
Bakerella is the place to go if you're looking for fresh new dessert ideas. Of if you're just jonesing for some chocolate. Either way, Bakerella will have just what you're looking for!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Today's subject is one that is near and dear to my heart: homeschooling Autism. I know it can be done and I also know that often, homeschooling is the very best choice for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. So much so that I spend a good bit of my valuable time questioning why my boys are going to school. *sigh*
I know that, for this season, public school is the answer. Three years ago, if you had asked me about sending my kids to school, I would have never believed it would happen. As long time homeschoolers, we were quite content with our family-oriented lifestyle. But then along came Autism and everything changed.
I can't complain, my boys are doing very well. I believe they are thriving on the schedules and routines that are required by public institutions. Or maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better. My heart will always remain open to the idea of homeschooling. You just never know what God has planned for your future.
And with that thought in mind, I continue to read about how others homeschool their children with Autism. Today's blog, Our Homeschool 2 is the personal story of Anne Basso. Anne blogs about many things that are relevant in the life of a mother, but the highlight for me is the homeschool post list. Anne covers hot button homeschool topics like motivation and socialization, as well as several posts recorded as Spectrum Saturdays.
If you have children on the Autism spectrum (like me!), or are just interested in learning more about Autism, visit Anne's blog to get a feel for the life of a mom of children with Autism.