Sunday, August 31, 2008
Hope these posts are working and coming up on their own like I tried to set them up. We'll be back from camping by Sunday. Take care and have a great day!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Yesterday, I finally made it to take the hospital tour. It's been over three years since I had Aaron and I really did need a refresher, plus, the hospital has been through some remodeling. I'm glad I went because I feel more confident about having me time with my baby right after he's born. She said that they should give us a good HOUR of bonding time before they even weigh him or do any of that other poking and proding. I was suprised by that, but happy because that's what I really wanted. I always thought they HAD to do all that stuff right away, but that's really not the case. I'm getting excited and scared...it hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw those little bundles in the nursery...I'm going to have one of those in a couple of weeks!!!! SHOCK, cry, gulp. The world stood still for a moment. AND although it's pretty late in the game I just might hire myself a doula...I've been debating it for a while...but the lady who gave the tour yesterday is a doula and she was amazing. Travis is a great help, but for my last child it would be nice to have the expert help of a doula...make the birth that much better.
Travis volunteered at the Bishop's storehouse yesterday and also picked us up some more quick oats and regular oats. I was looking at this index card of how many pounds of grains you need per person per year for your food storage and HOLY SMACKEREL-400lbs. Between the five of us, well you do the math. Where do I put it all? Right now I have the leaning tower of food storage boxes in my dining room next to my china cabinet...looks so stylish. UGH!
I hope you all have a wonderful Sabbath day and take care.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
My Grade: B
Super different from the movie it was based on, author tried to end tie up the story way too quickly, I wouldn't have minded 50 more pages if it would have explained things a little better
Savannah from Savannah, Denise Hildreth
My Grade: B+
About an angst filled graduate determined to make her own way in the world not off of her beauty queen mother. Personally I thought it was a little boring
Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
For kicks and because I'm obsessed
My Grade: A-
Last book in the Twilight series. Missed the romantic tension between Bella and Edward that was present in the three prior books. Cool that Bella becomes the super heroine. Not my fav of the series, but I felt the same about the last book of Harry Potter. Not a super page turner for me like the others but enjoyable.
The Giver, Lois Lowry
My Book Club Pick
My Grade: A
Young adult and loved the way the author's "voice" read. Ending a little ambiguous but I will read Messenger soon.
Walkabout, James Vance Marshall
My Grade: B-
Odd ending and talks A LOT about native birds of the Australian outback...so much so that I think it distracted from the tale at hand. I kept thinking, "is this a book about survival or a bird watchers book?" Overall an okay read
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
My grade: B
What is it with these books and their endings. I wanted to know what Jesse thought, I wanted to see him meet up with Winnie again. Great symbolism with the toad, but not enough to push this story over the "B" range for me.
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
My grade: A-
Good story about the horrors of a high school first year but a little hard to believe that EVERY friend would hate her so much for calling 911 on the party. Overkill on that part...loved the art teacher character...hated the parents. Overall a pretty good read.
Maximum Ride The Final Warning, James Patterson
Because I thought is WAS the LAST book in the series...NOT!
My Grade: D
Don't even bother reading this book, what a waste of time! Doesn't even fit in with the series, no character development...save the planet...oh please...when did this series become a political action committee on the environment. UGH! ( I take care of the planet, but this book was like a bait and switch). HORRIBLE. I do, however, recommend the first book, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, for young readers. It's a great story line. Even the second and third are pretty okay.
The Tiger Rising, Kate DiCamillo
My Grade: A
A sad story but a decent read. I really felt for the children in this book.
Friday, August 22, 2008
FIREMAN CAKE STORY
1 garlic clove, minced
1 med onion
2 16 oz cans of diced tomatoes or fresh if you'd like
1/2 tsp of oregano
1/2 tsp of basil (I used fresh from my garden)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs ( I needed three)
1 lg eggplant ( I used 2 medium) sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 8 oz package of mozarella cheese sliced into 1/4 inch slices (who do they think they're kidding?!?! I used a pound to do my two layers)
CRUSTING for EGGPLANT
1 cup dried bread crumbs (THIS IS NOT ENOUGH BREAD CRUMBS, however, I have always used crushed Ritz or Townhouse crackers, just put them in the blender and whalah! I'd say about two sleeves would cover this much eggplant. I like an even coating)
I also add some Italian seasoning, onion powder, and salt to my crusting mixture.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Dip each slice of eggplant into eggs and then coat with crumbs. Place on olive oiled cookie sheet and bake until golden brown in places on top (make sure it's tender. I like to turn my eggplant slices midway and cook for approx 10-15 minutes total).
Meanwhile, saute onions and garlic in a pan with a little olive oil. When onions are limp, add tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Simmer this until eggplant is done roasting.
Layer: Eggplant to cover bottom of 9x13 pan (it's okay to overlap the eggplant), 1/2 tomato mixture, 1/2 parmesan, 1/2 mozarella slices. REPEAT (use up all the rest of your eggplant on this layer then top with every thing else that's left)
Bake in oven at 450 until cheese is golden...about 15-20 minutes
ENJOY! We sure did.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I made this card for a someone who has recently blessed my life. You should check out KWerner's color inspiration this week! SWEET!
For some reason I feel drained today. I took Jakob to school and laid back down in my bed...so tired. Tessa and Aaron played army guys and about 45 minutes later Tessa came in to tell me that I had been asleep for "a long time". So I got up and put in a load of laundry. I probably just need to get to bed earlier tonight. I made a YUMMY eggplant parmigiana for dinner last night...recipe forthcoming. The kids didnt' even complain last night... Jakob had seconds and Tessa kept asking for more, more, more. I think the last time I made it I cut the eggplant too thick and the taste was a little overpowering. Have a great day!
Ruffled Bloom: Stampendous
Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Real Red, Basic Grey, Basic Black
BTW you have to check out this link...GRID PAPER the possibilities are endless on what kind of cool grid papers you can create and use in your own scrappin. A tip though: don't print until after you've viewed your creation, that way you can go back and adjust line thicknesses and colors if you want to.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I'm off to run errands.
Have a great day.
Made this super simple thank you card for the lady that cut our hair. She's so sweet. Love her.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
So, I'm beat and I haven't had time to do anything crafty or scrappy, but I did make this card a few days ago for the store. Remember, I was on my masking kick. I suppose it'll do. I love ORANGE PEEL STICKLES! YUMMMO!
So, we got to go on a real live date tonight. We went to eat at this amazing cafe. The food is so good there and Travis loved it all. We were going to see a movie, but I just couldn't fathom sitting through 2 hours and 40 minutes of Batman when my body just wants it's bed...so we went to Home Depot instead and tried to pick out some landscaping rock for the front. I also got myself a stylin' new pair of gardening gloves since my last pair is spent. Well, I'm off to finish my Sunday School lesson, take care and have a super night.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I ended up using my 40% off coupon to buy a circle punch. WHOO HOO. Nothing exciting I know but they are always handy to have around. I'm going to try and scrap some more today but I want to take a walk with the family too. Take care and have a great day!
Friday, August 08, 2008
My dh has a work picnic today and so I've got to get ready and head out to that and I was planning on actually using my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby today.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Polka and flower paper are CK. I used my giant edged scissors to make the pinking edge around the main image. I inked the edges with Choco Chip ink. Alpha letters and ribbon are from American Crafts. Flower stamps are Stampin' up with punched circles added over top. The journaling circle is from See D's stamps, also stamped in CC ink. I paper pierced holes in a swirly design under the "5" which is from K&I Memories alphabet soup. I think that's it!
This feeds my family of five and THEN SOME.
RECIPE: Easy peasy in the crock pot. Put one stick of butter, four chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces and two packets of Italian dressing mix (the dry mix to make your own Italian dressing, I used Good Seasons) in your crock pot on high for two to three hours (this is good to do while your at church). Meanwhile leave two 8oz packages of cream cheese ( I used reduced fat) on the counter to soften. After you see that chicken is cooked OR when you get home, remove the chicken from the crock pot and add in the cream cheese and two cans of cream of chicken soup. Stir 'til smooth. Add chicken back in and cook for however long you want to on low or for and hour or two on high. Serve over rice and I SWEAR no one will be disappointed. Great for gatherings or as a comfort food. This is one of my husbands and kids favorites, not one little piece of rice is left on their plates.