Thursday, August 12, 2010

The BIG cook

Hey everyone I am back! I wanted to tell you about this cook book that I am trying out. I heard about it from a friend who's sister and a few or her friends got together to make the meals and they had a blast. I looked for it on the Internet ( The BIG cook) and found it but the cost was almost $25.00 for it and I was not sure if it would be a good book so I didn't get it. Not to mention the fact that I am a stay at home mom with a busy family and church life and it was not in the budget. So anyway here goes, on yet another night that we were running behind and we were scrambling to figure out what's for supper and my husband was breathing down my neck saying "it is to late for a proper meal" I thought "I wonder if they have this book at the library?" Unsatisfactory meal eaten, kids to bed, and dishes done I sat down and looked to see what I could find. They did have it at the library but it was not our home town one so that meant I would have to wait for it to come in. Well I got it the other day and as soon as I got a min I sat down and read it through. I scanned over the recipes and they all look easy and yummy (there are pictures of the finished product) with ingredients that are easy to find in our local grocery store. However I did come across one item that I could not for the life of me figure out where I would look in the store for and guess what! By the time I got to reading the end of the recipe it told me where I would look for this odd item in a store. That is a touch that is invaluable for those of us with little free time. Yesterday we had 2 little ones over at our house which always makes it alot busier and when I was thinking about what was going to be for supper I remembered the cook book I just got. I opened it up and picked out one of the recipes and started to cook. This cook book gives you the measurement of each item cooked or not cooked depending on how it is put into the pot (not always a pot used). As I was adding the barley I thought "man that is alot of barley for this soup" but when it was all cooked it was the perfect amount. My husband came in the house as supper was almost made and the first words out of his mouth were "wow it smells really good in here". Each recipe gives ideas of what to serve with the meal like salad, potatoes, rice, fresh bread, biscuits and more, so last night I made biscuits to go with our Hamburger soup (picture on pg 17 and recipe on pg 44 of the cook book). I doubled the recipe (risky for the first try but we love soup at our home) because I have 2 children and a husband who work and they all like left overs for lunches. We sat down for supper and everyone really enjoyed our meal. It was easy to make, nutritious and filling. This cook book gives a shopping list to take to the store with all of the items that you can copy and check off what you need, and a conversion chart for things like 2 lbs of raw hamburger = this much cooked hamburger and this many carrots = one cup of carrots. I know that this book is meant to get together with friends and cook you heart out then freeze, freeze, freeze but I am going to do it a little different. I am going to make the meals (they give you the measurements for 1 meal, 4 meals, 6 meals and 8 meals) one time then if we really like them then I will make them a second time a week or so later and follow the directions to freeze some. I am not in objection to getting together with friends but it is not always possible and I need a plan that will work without any friends. The other thing I would like to do is to try four new recipes a week (until I can no longer renew the book from the library). This will give me time to make any that we really enjoy and freeze them and to have some of our family favorites that there would be a revolt if I didn't make. I can not post any of the recipes on my blog because it is not allowed but after looking at this cook book I don't think you would regret buying it. I will however try to remember to take a picture of each meal and post it on here so you can see my creations. Tonight it is going to be chicken for supper and I already have the recipe chosen, now I can't wait to cook it and then taste it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Don't leave it on the desk!

Let me start by saying that I am not the kind of person who likes to receive all of those junk emails and I almost NEVER send them. I got this one yesterday and I thought it was worth passing on. So here it is, hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It really gets the professors point across.


There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States

Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this

particular institution. Every student was required to take this course his

freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the

gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the

course as nothing but required drudgery.

Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going on to seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor's class.

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. 'How many push-ups can you do?'

Steve said, 'I do about 200 every night.' '200?

That's pretty good, Steve, ' Dr. Christianson said. 'Do you think you could do 300?'

Steve replied, 'I don't know.... I've never done 300 at a time.'

'Do you think you could?' again asked Dr. Christianson.

'Well, I can try,' said Steve.

'Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,' said the professor.

Steve said, 'Well... I think I can...yeah, I can do it.' Dr. Christianson

said, 'Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind.'

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. No, these weren't the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson's class.

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked,

'Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?'

Cynthia said, 'Yes.'

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?'

'Sure!' Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia's desk.

Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, 'Joe, do you want a donut?'

Joe said, 'Yes.'

Dr. Christianson asked, 'Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?'

Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first

aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.

When the professor asked, 'Scott do you want a donut?'

Scott's reply was, 'Well, can I do my own push-ups?'

Dr. Christianson said, 'No, Steve has to do them.'

Then Scott said, 'Well, I don't want one then.'

Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn't want?'

With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten push-ups.

Scott said, 'HEY! I said I didn't want one!'

Dr. Christianson said, 'Look!, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don't want it.' And he put a donut on Scott's desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.

Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, 'Jenny, do you want a donut?'

Sternly, Jenny said, 'No.'

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, 'Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?'

Steve did ten....Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room. The students were beginning to say, 'No!' and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks.

Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these

push-ups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts. He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert could count the set and watch Steve closely.

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however,

some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the

steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room. When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Dr. Christianson, 'Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?'

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, 'Well, they're your push ups. You are in charge now. You can do them any way that you want.' And Dr. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, 'NO! Don't come in! Stay out!' Jason didn't know what was going on.

Steve picked up his head and said, 'No, let him come.'

Professor Christianson said, 'You realize that if Jason comes in you will

have to do ten push-ups for him?'

Steve said, 'Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut.'

Dr. Christianson said, 'Okay, Steve, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?'

Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on. 'Yes,' he said, 'give me a donut.' 'Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?'

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Dr. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters. Steve's arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room.

The very last two students in the room were two young women, both

cheerleaders, and very popular.

Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, 'Linda, do you want a donut?'

Linda said, very sadly, 'No, thank you.'

Professor Christianson quietly asked, 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?'

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda.

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. 'Susan, do you want a donut?'

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry. 'Dr. Christianson, why can't I help him?'

Dr. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, 'No, Steve has to do it

alone; I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that

everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not. When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes.'

'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?'

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, 'And so it was, that our

Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, plead to the Father, 'Into thy hands

I commend my spirit.' With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.'

Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically

exhausted, but wearing a thin smile.

'Well done, good and faithful servant,' said the professor, adding, 'Not all sermons are preached in words.'

Turning to his class, the professor said, 'My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spared not His only Begotten Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole Church, now and forever. Whether or not we choose to accept His gift to us, the price has been paid.'

'Wouldn't we be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the desk?'

Thursday, April 15, 2010

UBP 10 Prizes! What to choose, what to choose?!?!?!

Wow who would have thought picking prizes would be hard? There are so many great gifts to choose from but here are a few I like.

USC # 10 from The Glass Polkadot Co. The give away is a glass pendent with a chain. They are beautiful and any one would be nice to win and the one that is being given away is called Lilac. The color is beautiful and the design is pretty. I would be happy to add this to my collection.

USC # 11 OK I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this product!!!! It adds bling to the photographers baggage. I would put this on my wish list for Christmas, Birthdays, and any other day that someone would want to buy me a gift. If I am not picked as the winner I would love to do a product review! I am taking pictures at a wedding at the end of June and it would be a great time to show it off.

USC # 15 $ 50.00 Target gift card is the prize but the real Gem is the website! Her pictures are beautiful at Halet quarles of love, life and family... and then some.

USC # 19 Sometimes it is just easier if they choose for you! Whoever wins one of these rings will be happy for sure because they are simply beautiful!!! Beadworks By Marcy what beautiful work you do.

USC # 36 Well I know that I would use a $ 25.00 Amazon gift card if I won it but that isn't the only prize you will get. Hop over to Tara's view of the World and read about life with 3 kids 1 of which has disabilities. This is real life.

USC # 37 Would a $50.00 Amazon gift card be better? You bet it would. And just as this blog spot has the same prize as someone else so does she also have the same blog back ground as someone else. And just as the gift card is bigger and better so is the blog!.I enjoy my visit.

USC # 39 $ 50.00 paypal cash prize. I don't know how to use this prize but i am willing to learn. I had a visit over at this blog and I felt at home. MomDot is set up tidy and easy to find everything. I read a few posts and found it very enjoyable. I will be back.

USC # 48 Wow, some more awesome jewelery. I am really enjoying looking at all of the neat stuff out there and this blog was great. There are allot of really nice pieces in this collections. It is great that you could win a $ 25.00 gift certificate too. Go over to Just Jewelery by Jessica.

USC # 53 I like to make fancy things and this cup cake cook book looks like it will be up my alley. I love the cover too with the little ducks on it. Go to HoosierHomemade to have a look.

That is all for now! It was allot of fun to read and comment on all of the blogs for the people who have donated these gifts. I can't wait to see if or what I win. My Absolute favorite would have to be # 11 then # 19, # 10, and # 48 any of the gift cards would be great too.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Laughter is the best medicine

The other day we were invited out to a friend’s house for a pot luck supper. There were a few other families that came as well. It was nice to have a chance to get together with other Christian friends to grow together and build a connection and support. On this evening someone brought a DVD of a Christian comedian. He was clean and for the most part seemed respectful unlike other comedians. Sitting there with our friends watching this guy got me to thinking. Everyone was laughing (some even in a fit of laughter) except for me. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few parts that I found funny and had a good chuckle but for the most part I didn’t laugh. In fact I actually fell asleep at one point! Some of the jokes to me were just common sense. Some were bordering the line of being morbid and when I said something about it the response I got was, “that is why it is so funny”. There is nothing wrong with jokes, I love jokes. So then, why is it that I have trouble laughing at things like comedians and comedies? I went home and started thinking about that. I thought is it because I am not a happy person, No, I am happy. Why would God create me in a way that things that make other people laugh, I either don’t get or don’t care to get? Well the very next day I got my answer! My husband and I were sitting in the living room together. We had 2 little people over at our house for a visit and were really enjoying our time together. Our youngest daughter has a little dog that is only about 7lbs. She really likes the little people that we had at our house and spent a lot of time playing with them. This apparently tired her out because when I was feeding the baby and my husband was snuggling with the little girl the dog finally took some time to sit still. As she sat there she started to fall asleep. Now let me remind you that she didn’t take the time to lie down. While she sat there her head would start to droop. She would jerk quickly and bring it up which happened a few times. Then as she got sleepier she started to fall over to the side. This happened a few times until I was laughing so hard that I was crying. I couldn’t for the life of me think of why she wouldn’t go lie in her bed until I realized that she didn’t want to miss out on the fun with the kids. Anyway after my laughing fit was over she took one long hard disgusted look at me and started to walk to her bed. I couldn’t help but chuckle once again because as she walked she looked like she was 100 years old. After she was out of the room I realized that it hadn’t been the first time that something she had done had brought me to tears with laughter. When she was little we had been watching a movie and one of the kids had been eating Pringles. When they were finished they set the can down on the floor till the movie was over. Jewel (the dog) smelt the chips and decided to have a look. She stuck her head into the can and couldn’t get it back out. We were trying to help but she kept walking around banging into things and everyone was laughing so hard that we couldn’t catch her. I Realized what makes me laugh at that moment sitting there remembering the times I have laughed at her. Life makes me laugh, the things in life that just happen and are not forced. Little people who are just learning who they are, and are trying out new words and new things make me laugh. Animals make me laugh; because they can’t think “is this going to be funny” they just live. When life just happens I laugh, and when I laugh I find myself satisfied with the world. Laughter really is the best medicine

Friday, April 9, 2010

And the Party continues

Who would have thought that my husband, who is Never interested in this blog stuff would go on my blog and read! Thanks to this blog party I am getting quite a few emails from my blog and when they kept coming he wanted to see what you all were seeing. He took some time to read my post on How much love? It is very nice to have everyone come and have a look at what I am up to but what a complement it was to have my best friend and husband stop by and have a read.

It has only been 1 day but I have read so many new blogs that my head is spinning. I never quite knew how you got people to read your blog and I was encouraged to blog by the love and freedom my dear friend IRL got from blogging. I can see that as I have more people that are interested in following me that it will give me a reason to let you know what is up. And I have started a good list of blogs that I am interested in reading about to keep me busy for awhile.

My dear friend IRL and I rented the movie Julie and Julia not to long ago and it really interested me how many people were touched by her blog. Will my blog ever connect with that many people? I really don't know but I am up for the task if that is where we go. I would like to be able to make a bit (or a lot) of money with my blog and if you are reading this and have any ideas for me please share! I would like to be able to do what I want on here and not tinker around or call for help at every bend (thanks so much LD). I have seen some neat buttons and bling on other blogs as I looked and I will look at some of that too. One thing that I think would work for me is to have a blog with my photographic portfolio on it to allow people to have a look. That is something that I will work on soon. My brain is tired from information over load so I will end this post for now but don't worry I will be back soon.

Crafty Mommy Diva and more

I had a chance to hop over to a few blog spots that I found from being a part of the UBP'10 It has been awesome to have a chance to see what the rest of the world is up to. If you are in need of some beautiful gifts this is a great place to look. There were a lot of cool gifts on there, have a look for yourself. I know that I am suppose to pick my fave but I love so many on there. OK, OK if you really want me to choose then I will have to say that I love the canvases. So anyway you can get on the site and start to buy some great gifts or keep sakes or follow the list of rules and regulations on here to try and win a $30.00 gift certificate for free. Don't try to hard though because I think that my name is already on it!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How much love?

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Wow! I have to admit that I really have no clue what to say here. Some of you that read this will have met me already and some won't have. I suspect that a few of you will have gotten to know me from a mutual friend and that is great too. There is always more room for friends in my life and my heart is like a balloon. The only difference is that I am fairly certain that it will not pop!

I have not always felt that I was a caring person. The journey to the person I am today was not easy but I got here and I am a better person for it. I have changed so much in the past 16 years that I didn't see the changes that were happening right in front of me. It wasn't until last year that I really realized how different I really was from others. I have spent little time in my life thinking about who I care about, how I care or even why I care. I have only spent time thinking "does that person need something"? And "can I fulfil their need". Those people who wish that they were a little more caring look at people like me and wish that they could be more like me. Don't get me wrong, this is a great way to live your life. But there are still down falls just like there are in every type of life you chose to live, and I say CHOOSE because it really is a choice. For me the biggest down fall would have to be the hurts that come with loving someone. Not everyone wants your love, not everyone understands your love, and not everyone accepts your love. When you love big you set yourself up to hurt big! There have been times in my life where I have cried myself to sleep because I was hurting for a friend or a loved one. I have woken up with red and swollen eyes because someone I loved was hurting or making bad choices and there was nothing I could do for them other then to keep loving them. Sometimes I feel like people don't understand me or think that I am not for real. That can hurt too because I know no other way to be. I do know that there was a time in my life that I wondered if I was even capable of loving someone. My life as a child and teen was so messed up that I thought that my capacity to love was void. I had a husband that I thought I loved and 2 great kids who I wondered if I really loved. Some days I would think that if they were taken away from me I wasn't sure if it would hurt me. I wanted so badly to feel the love that I was meant to feel. The love that I was meant to share. How could I find this love? How could I feel this love? I am a praying woman and that is what I did to find this feeling that I thought should be inside of me. I prayed that God would show me how to love my kids more then I had ever been loved. To love my husband so much that he would never need to seek that love from anyone else. As I talked to God I soon realized that the only way that I was going to be able to love these people in my life was for me to first love myself. Me, the one who was abused, worthless, useless, and unworthy of love. I had to first love the one person who I thought was unlovable before I could love the ones who I thought needed it the most. Let me introduce you to me! I am short and round. I have a very out going personality (not in a good way sometimes) and I am very stubborn. I am the one person that I would probably not get along with if I met myself at an event. Where to start then? Well first I had to find one thing that I really liked about myself and concentrate on that. Have you ever heard that the eyes are the window to your soul? Well in this case they were. I worked on finding out who I was and what my needs were and before I knew it, I liked myself! Once I realized how it felt to like myself I realized that I loved my family and just how real love really felt. It was a gift from God, and it is the gift that keeps on giving. You see the more you love the more you are loved! It is a never ending circle. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog feel free to drop in from time to time. If you do I will make an effort to update more often. Oh and nothing like a party to get the conversation started so go ahead and join the blog party, 5 min for mom's meet you there!