Saturday, February 28, 2009
I changed the calender tonight and had to snap a picture for ya'll. It's Moo-arch! Shana helped her 3 girls (our sweetnessess) make us a calender before we moved from Georgia..and every month is of their 3 little hand prints. The month of March is "Cows n Chicks." I mean I love the Chick-fil-a calenders, they are a hoot but nothing compares to our sweetness calender!
Of course, every year I am going to need a new one, Shana!!! (winky-dink)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
No pain, no gain — yeah, I know. Or I think I do, until it hurts, and then I just wish it would stop.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I get caught up sometimes in "I deserve this" moments, moments where I compare myself to some other people I know and trick myself into believing that I am doing pretty good. Moments where I "deserve" a hot shower, or I "deserve" that chocolate bar even though I know it is expensive, moments when I "deserve" a new pair of shoes, because hey, I work hard. TRUTH: this is not at all scriptural. NO WHERE does it say that I am worthy or deserve a reward here on earth. Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do work at it with all your heart." It does not end in "and after this hard work you deserve a long hot bath and a chocolate bar." It does end in, "since you know that you will recieve an inheritance from the Lord as a reward." Oh, doesn't that sound better than all the material rewards you can think of? Matthew 19:21, Mark 10:21, and Luke 18:22 all say exactly the same thing, "Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven." I live in a world that tells me that if I sell what I have and give it to the poor, if I leave my rich american life to live in a cockroach infested, cement house in a third world country, I am doing a wonderful and radical thing. TRUTH: I am only doing what I love doing, and what God who gave His life for me asked me to do. Look at Jesus, doing more for the kingdom than any human can ever hope to and taking no pay, no reward, only accusations and eventually death. Ouch, there goes my pride.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The other day I heard a commercial advertising chocolate..Well, my ears perked up and I stopped making the bed. Did someone say chocolate?
As the video was showing chocolate being poured onto a cool granite slab, the voice said..
Friday, February 13, 2009
1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland or DisneyWorld 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a Marathon 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise (just a day cruise) 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community. 36. Taught yourself a new language 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David 41. Sung karoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie or TV ad 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp or knew a survivor 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten Caviaror sushi. 72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Written or published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House. 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox (and just about every other childhood disease)
89. Saved someone’s life (or helped save someone) 90. Sat on a jury. 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a lawsuit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee 100. Read an entire book in one day
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
My checklist for today is 50% complete….so I thought I would blog a bit. I know that many of you (Erin, Bran, Shana, Laurie & Alexis just to name a few) love new recipes.
Steve and I love, (strongly emphasized here) homemade soups in the winter and fresh salads in the summer. And since we now live in the burr-north, soups are more than enjoyed!
One of the things I love about being in Ohio is that we are close to our parents. Last week I took a day visit w/my mother and one of my mother-in-laws. Their birthdays are just days apart but that particular week a winter storm blew in! That morning I spent w/my momma & was going to have lunch w/ Annie (my MIL). If you met Annie, you would think she was an original Italian come, sit down and eat, mother. Not that any of us complain! She is a great cook!! She is also great at making memories! Well, this day, she had made Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup! Yum-o!
SO I have digressed, sorry. My to do list…..make 2 soups today, one for tonight and one for Thursday night. I choose the new Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup and one of my very favorites, Tomato Basil Soup.
Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup: (serves 16- 50 MIN Prep time)
2 # ground beef-browned (I used less b/c we don’t eat a lot of meat)
2 Qts water
1 (28oz) Can Diced Tomatoes
1 (29 oz) Can Tomato Sauce
¾ -1 C uncooked rice (I use brown rice)
1-2 large bell peppers (I like red and yellow)
¾ C beef broth
2 Tbls. Brown Sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
In crock pot add all ingredients, Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Tomato Basil Soup:
1 (28oz) can crushed Tomatoes......14 oz Chicken broth......16 fresh Basil leaves (diced)....
1 tsp sugar (I use raw sugar).....¾ C Heavy Whipping Cream.....¼ C butter or margarine
In large saucepan allow tomatoes and broth to come to a boil ….Add Basil, sugar, cream, butter…. Reduce to a simmer. Depending upon your desire in soups (I love thick soups) you can add 2 tsps of corn starch to some of the broth to thicken soup a bit.
Ok, now that I have checked these off of my list, I can now move onto my quiet time….conference study and returning to retyping a book on Children and Conversion that Steve has written.
Disclaimer: These two soups WILL NOT cause any hyper-ness to your mind, body or soul…unlike the Chocolate Soup will do if you partake of to much or to late in the evening.
Joy for your day!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wisk and Serve with pralines or pecans.