Sunday, March 16, 2008


Hi all, just wanted to make a short post - life has become extremely busy lately and it seems as I have no time to post AND read my favorite blogs. (Thankfully) nothing huge or extremely exciting has happened to post about, and I'd much rather read everyone else's blogs so I've decided to spend more time doing that. Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope it has been an enjoyable visit. Good bye and God bless :o)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Head over to Laura's for some great menu ideas! Here's what's on our menu this week:

Monday ~ Sloppy Joe, buttered noodles, doritos

Tuesday ~ Breck, flavored rice

Wednesday ~ Chicken club wreath, chips

Thursday ~ Fish sticks, fries, flavored noodles

Friday ~ Hamburger Helper

Saturday ~ BLT's, mac & cheese, cottage cheese

Sunday ~ Chicken broccoli alfredo, garlic bread

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Total lunar eclipse

This is happening right now! I just came back inside (Brr), it is soo cool-looking but I can't get it to appear on my digital camera! What a bummer! I had forgotten about it, but I'm glad Megan remembered!! Here are some pics we took within the last half hour:

A Coincidence?

I found this on Sweetpeas site and thought it was worth sharing :o)

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

"The news isn't that fruits and
vegetables are good for you, it's that they are so good for you, they can save your life." David Bjerklie, TIME Magazine, Oct. 2003 _

Monday, February 11, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

WOW, it has been forever since I've done this! I still make a menu, just haven't posted it. Head on over to Laura's to see others!

Monday ~ Cheeseburgers, baked beans, chips

Tuesday ~ Country fried steak, gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies

Wednesday ~ Smoked sausage casserole

Thursday ~ Spaghetti, garlic bread

Friday ~ Rice with beef chunks and gravy, corn

Saturday ~ Chicken penne pasta, homemade bread

Sunday ~ Minute steaks, julienne potatoes, flavored rice

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Baking Breads

It has been too long since I last posted, but man have we been busy! I found an extremely easy recipe for beer bread, so we've been experimenting with different flavors of pop (soda). First, we made it with vanilla cream soda - not much flavor there, and we tried Dr* Pepper - you could really taste the pop in the aftertaste, and we had Sprite, it was the best. We also made homemade breadsticks, and we are now baking up some of Applebee*s blonde brownies - YUM. I got a recipe from a girl at work for pop cake that we're gonna try too. I would show you some pictures, but the battery in the camera is dead, and I can't remember to charge it. Maybe I'll go do that now. Have a great night!

Friday, February 1, 2008

And the winner is.....

Photobucket**UPDATE** Katie is the winner! Thanks to every single one of you who entered my contest! It was so much fun! Katie, please e-mail me your mailing info within 3 days so I don't have to pick another winner. Congratulations!! :o)

Just wanted to post that I am now going to go through all the comments and delete double entries and entries that aren't linked to blogs or list an e-mail address. If I can't reach you, then it's not fair to be in the running for the prize. That only makes sense - right?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Did you notice?

I have added a video to my blog. We are trying to memorize the books of the Bible and I thought it may be easier if we had a catchy tune to sing them to. Shame on me, I don't know them either. I used to know the Old Testament, but I can't name them all anymore. Good for me, because I'm changing that!

Monday, January 28, 2008


I found a recipe for oven-roasted chicken on Tammy's Recipes blog. IT IS DELICIOUS! And extremely easy!! Usually, when I try a new dish, there's at least 1 family member who doesn't care for it - not this one! I roasted 2 whole chickens for dinner, the only leftovers were a small amount of dark meat, which everyone wanted for lunch today! They've even asked for it again! Definitely a keeper!! You should try it!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway!

Shannon at Bloggy Giveaways is hosting another giveaway carnival. It is sure to be HUGE! I'm giving away this book:
You can read about it here. To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment (1 per person please) making sure I can get in touch with you (e-mail or blog address). This giveaway is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, but I can only ship to those living in the US. I'll be using this random number generator to select the winner on Friday. Good Luck! :o)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Great Deal part 2

I've made 3 trips to W*algreens to get my free goodies (read the previous post to learn more) - I cannot believe all that I got!! I didn't have ANY trouble using my coupons either, which that part had me nervous because most stores around here won't accept internet coupons. Here's a pic of all I got:
That, my friends, is a LOT of stuff!! Oh, and can you guess how much I spent? I'll tell you - I spent $31.46, but let me show you how much I saved (brace yourself):

Yes, you're seeing things right! I saved $125.55, $134.51, AND $135.96 for a total savings of $396.02 WOOHOO!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Great Deal!

I was just reading through my favorite blogs, and Amy had a link to Crystal, who has found the most amazing deal on Jane cosmetics! How about FREE?! Head on over so you can take advantage of it too, but HURRY, the sale ends on Saturday!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Why I make my own cakes

This was passed along to me via e-mail. I didn't really get it until I read the bottom, then I lost it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I can't believe this really happened (ok, yes I can).

This is how I imagine the conversation went:
Store Employee: "Hello, dis (Store Name), how can I hep you?"
Customer: "I would like to order a cake for a going away party."
Store Employee: "What you want on the cake?"
Customer: "Let it say, 'Best Wishes Suzanne' and underneath that 'We will miss you'"

Now, go back up and look at the picture again. This is hilarious!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I can't believe it!

It is 9am and I have dinner ready to go! Ryan is over there now chopping things for the macaroni salad! This has been getting harder and harder to do since I've returned to work. We'd get up, do school, fix lunch, then I'd take my shower, and once that was done, I'd trip all over myself trying to get dinner to a point where Jim could finish it up when he got home. I know I keep rambling on about this. I've even been running out of time for me to eat. There's even been a time or two that we had to stop school early because it was time for Jim to come home for lunch. Any suggestions on what I could do to make things run more smoothly? I'd really appreciate them. Here's what I've already thought about:
Get up earlier - UGH, I'm not sleeping as it is.
Tell Jim not to come home for lunch - we have leftovers for lunch, so it's cheaper for him to come here than eat out every day.
Have Jim do more of the dinner cooking - Jim's cooking abilities are SpaghettiOs, and hot dogs. I try to get dinner to a point where all he has to do is bake it. Then I have to leave detailed notes on what to do to finish it up.
Have Jodi help with the cooking - Jim is more of a cook than she is!
Use the crock pot - This interests me, my mil gave me a recipe book. I tried using it last night, but the dish had rice in it and it was all mushy. Looking for more recipes to try.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Just a short post before I head off to work. I've been reading Dave Ramsey's financial books and I'm really energized! Jim is all for being out of debt, he's just not liking the idea of 'no new stuff' until we are. But I've been talking to him and explaining that it wouldn't be forever as we haven't had any credit cards or car payments for several years now. That alone has been a HUGE relief for the both of us! We only have a couple small bills and the house payment. Now that I've gone back to work (even if it's only part-time), I can't wait to figure out how much money we'll save in interest on the mortgage alone!! Jim is a visual-type of person, so I'm going to make some charts and things to hang on our fridge - maybe that'll help with the "stuffitis". LOL

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Groundhog Day?

Have you seen that movie? It is about a man who relives the same day over and over. That's exactly how my life is feeling right now. We are getting back in the swing of school, between that and working, it seems like the exact same things happen at the exact same times EVERY day. I know, some people would love to have it worked out like that - and really I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining, it just means there's not time for anything to happen for me to blog about. Maybe I'll have something tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Back to normal?

Not sure if there is such a thing as 'normal', but we are as close to it as I think we are going to get. Christmas was wonderful! We decide to do a small Christmas every year, but somehow it always ends up bigger than we planned. That's ok, because over the years we have gotten better at celebrating the true meaning of the holiday. My brother, sil, and nephew made it home from Hawaii safely (PTL!). It's always nice to see them! I took down the decorations and got them all boxed up and ready to go back in the attic. I love to put them up, but once Christmas Day is over I'm done with them. People say you should leave them up until after New Year's Day - but to me that's starting a brand new year with a lot of clutter. New Year's Eve we went to Jim's parents for dinner and games. Because my children get a little crazy without schedules, I decided we were going to go back to school today - Ryan caught a bug and was throwing up all evening! Scratch those plans. Now I need to jump off here and get lunch going so I can get their dinner ready (Jim worked all night plowing the snow, so I want to get as much done as possible to make it easier for him) and I'm back to work today! I was lucky enough to get a 4 day weekend for New Year's! Hope your holiday was great!