Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
In the oven and cooling on my countertop. Don't you just love my silver sparkly countertop? lol
One more goodie...
Chocolate Cookie Bark
2 Tbl. peanut butter
6 squares Baker's white chocolate--melted (I used the off-brand)
10 oreo cookies, crumbled, divided
8 squares Baker's semi-sweet chocolate--melted (off brand)
Add the peanut butter to the white chocolate. Then add half of the crushed oreos to the mixture. Add the other half of the oreos to the chocolate mixture. Drop spoonfuls on a waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Use a knife to swirl the chocolates together. Put baking sheet in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm. Break up and eat! Yum-O!
Hope you enjoy these treats! I got them off of this website: http://www.kraftfoods.com I get their recipe emails and have really enjoyed looking at them and using some of them. They even have video tutorials for some of them!
I hope all of you have had a Merry Christmas! I'll be posting more pics and adventures in the next few days!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sophie, you know what?
I love you so much!
You know what?
What? (I'm expecting, I love YOU so much)
Rooster. (at this point I'm laughing)
You know what?
Cow. (more laughs)
Then it was night night time. She puts a smile on my face!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
- 1/2 quart cranberry juice (I like it a little less tart, so I use the cran-apple juice instead)
- 2 quarts apple juice (or a 1/2 gallon)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- orange slices (optional)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Carrot Souffle (this recipe makes two servings --two pretty big servings! You can half it for just one family gathering)
- 3 lbs carrots (I like buying the bags of the little carrots that are ready to eat...they're sold in one lb bags)
- 6 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder (I used the aluminum free)
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups butter (!!)
Cook carrot in boiling water, about 15 minutes. Position knife blade in food processor (I just have a blender...it works fine); add carrots, butter, and remaining ingredients (I had to mix the ingredients together in one bowl and put carrots with some mixture on top in the blender. It was so much that I had to do it in about 3 or 4 rounds. Then I would pour each batch into a big bowl just to make sure all the ingredients were mixed together well). Process until smooth. Spoon into 2 lightly greased 1 1/2 quart baking dishes. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Serve immediately.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Oh may all who come behind us, find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
Let the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
That the lives we live, inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us, find us faithful
Great song and a great challenge to me.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I love these kiddos!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Later that night we were at Mimi and D's house and Uncle Carl put his Dawgs hat on Isaac. Go dawgs!
It's time to head back home. My little dinosaur is sound asleep....
Hope you had a great Reformation Day!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Wow...He knew just what I needed. He's already told me twice in less than 24 hours. I wrote at the top of the page, "God, you are GOOD!!! Thank you for speaking to me!!"
What a great way to start out a new week. Today I was spending time with other believers and studying God's Word and I have felt so encouraged. But most of all I am blessed that I know the one true God, who knows my needs, who loves me, and who wants to encourage me.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I'm so thankful for my kiddos! God bless you today!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Another hobby, I guess you could call it, is planning birthday parties for my kids. I love it! I love looking up ideas on the net from other people's parties and putting my own together. I love making the cake/cupcakes, making the invitations, getting/making the decorations, etc. I know that my kids are too young to probably remember it, but honestly, I think I have more fun than they do. Plus I enjoy having friends/family over to celebrate with us. I'm already looking up ideas for our first double party (Isaac and Sophie's birthdays are 4 days apart!). I'm thinking we're going to do a Peter Pan/Wendy party. The ideas are already brewing! :-D
I did the ladybug cake and cupcakes for Sophie's first party, along with the styrofoam ladybug magnets for party favors/find the ladybugs in the yard game. Last year I drew/wrote out what I wanted and my mom, bless her!, made/decorated it for me (I was very large with child at that time). She's a great cake maker/decorator. But anyway, both parties were a lot of fun!
I have other hobbies I enjoy, too, but these came to mind because it's what I'm thinking about and doing lately. I really love homemade things. I have enjoyed making things for Sophie to take as gifts to birthday parties. Growing up, my mom would help us make our own Christmas gifts for teachers, family, and friends. I hope to make memories like that with my own little ones.
What do you love to do?! I would love some comments! :-) They make me happy! :-)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
And now...here is the recipe :-)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 clove chopped garlic (or garlic salt--sorry, my recipe doesn't have the amount...I'm guessing just a sprinkling)
- 2 small cans of tomato sauce (I only had one can, so I filled the other can with pre-made spaghetti sauce and omitted the sugar and garlic)
- dash pepper
- 8 oz noodles (I used the whole wheat spirally noodles)
- 3 green onions
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 cup grated cheese (I used a combo of cheddar and mozzarella)
Brown meat, drain, put back into pan and add sugar, garlic, and spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer for 15 mins. Cook 8oz noodles as directed on pkg. Chop 3 small green onions very fine and mix with 8 oz cream cheese and 1 cup sour cream. Grease baking dish (13x9) and put layer of noodles, meat sauce, then cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup grated cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 20 min. Yum! And it makes a good bit...so if you don't have a large family, it will freeze.
We had this along with spoonbread (I have this recipe on a previous post). Sophie ate it up...so did Joe and I! It was really good! Hope you enjoy. And I hope that God blesses you today as He did me!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tonight our church had a fall festival. It was a chilly night, but we had a good time! The favorite movie right now in our house is Peter Pan, so Sophie was dressed as Wendy and Isaac was dressed as Peter Pan. We had a good time and I think my little ones looked adorable! But what can I say...I'm a little biased ;-).
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This is my now full freezer! It's never been this full before. It's exciting to see all that God's provided for our family. On this grocery trip I saved $65! Woohoo! Thank you, Lord! So in two weeks I've been able to save a little over $100 on groceries. God has provided for us!
I'm so thankful to know Him! God bless!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- Salvation--Is. 45:8, 2 Tim. 2:10
- Growth in grace--2 Pet. 3:18
- Love--Gal. 5:25, Eph. 3:2
- Honesty and Integrity--Ps. 25:21
- Self-control--1 Thess. 5:6
- Love for God's Word--Ps. 19:10
- Justice--Ps. 11:7, Mic. 6:8
- Mercy--Lk. 6:36
- Respect (for self, others, authority)--1 Pet. 2:17
- Biblical self-esteem--Eph. 2:10
- Faithfulness--Prov. 3:3
- Courage--Dt. 31:6
- Purity--Ps. 51:10
- Kindness--1 Thess. 5:15
- Generosity--1 Tim. 6:18-19
- Peace-loving--Rom. 14:19
- Joy--1 Thess. 1:6
- Perseverance--Heb. 12:1
- Humility--Titus 3:2
- Compassion--Col. 3:12
- Responsibility--Gal. 6:5
- Contentment--Phil. 4:12-13
- Faith--Lk. 17:5-6, Heb. 11:1-40
- A servant's heart--Eph. 6:7
- Hope--Ro. 15:13
- Willingness and ability to work--Col. 3:23
- Passion for God--Ps. 63:8 (KJV)
- Self-discipline--Prov. 1:3
- Prayerfulnes--Eph. 6:18
- Gratitude--Eph. 5:20, Col. 2:7
- A heart for missions--Ps. 96:3
Monday, October 12, 2009
We had a great time going to the fair together. We were pretty excited when we found out that the price would be cut in half and children 10 and under were free with each adult! Woohoo! So we picked up Joe from work on Thursday and headed off to Perry. We needed a little family outing since we have been so busy. We walked around, went to the circus, and the night was complete once we got a funnell cake before we left! Oh...and my favorite...we saw the fireworks right as we were leaving. I love fireworks! This just affirms the fact that it's fall...even though the weather was so hot that evening! We were all sweating! I guess that's Georgia for you! :-)