Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I think this may be why as a child, I never let myself attach to pets because it's so sad to lose them. I have held back from naming the kittens just in case this happened. Animals taken from their mother much too early have such a low survival rate (I think). That's what I tell my children anyway. I tell them the kittens needed their cat mom to look after them and without her, we can only do our best for them.
For now we wait, to see what the morning brings for the little guy.
Friday, March 26, 2010
She never forgets me.
always a new bouquet
In the summer,
I get beautiful Zinnias and Snap Dragons,
fresh from my flower garden.Today the most beautiful bunch yet,
weeds with the roots and all.
Her heart is precious!
Cherish her, I do.
she's my girl!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
His love for me.
Sometimes.....I ask myself, am I getting it right?
Do I give them all that they need?
Will they grow up to care about others?
Does my light shine bright enough to light up their lives.
Do I tell them enough, how much Jesus loves them?
Oh, how I pray that I do.
I pray I'm getting this one thing right.
Today, I didn't feel well. So after lessons, I went to put my head down for a few minutes.
You know that awake but with eyes closed. Listening in, just in case but trying to rest too.
I could hear the papers rustling, cutting, and whispering.
I knew they were up to making something.
Being so good and quiet so mommy could rest a few minutes.
I always get extra hugs if I'm not feeling so good.=)
I could hear the swishing of footsteps, and something placed by my head.
My sweet sweet boy!I love Garrett.
p.s. acts of kindness, like this, let me know, I'm getting it right.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- 2-3 pounds of chuck roast or stew beef (I used about one pound of greenwise stew beef.)
- 2 TBLS veg. oil
- 4 quarts cold water
- 1 TBLS dried Italian seasoning
- 3 TBLS garlic powder
- 1 TBLS beef bouillon granules
- 1 TBLS Lady's House seasoning (garlic salt, salt, and pepper)(I omit this to cut down the saltiness)
- 1 TBLS The Lady's seasoned salt (Lawry's seasoning salt)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup sliced green beans, fresh or canned
- 1 cup frozen black-eyed peas
- 1 cup frozen butter beans
- 1 cup cut okra, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned
- 1 cup diced potatoes
- 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
Heat oil in large stock pot over medium heat. Cut meat in bite size pieces. Place roast in the skillet and cook until browned on both sides. Pour off fat from meat. Add the water, seasonings, onion, and tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pot, reduce the heat so that the liquid simmers, and cooks for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Add the remaining vegetables and the macaroni, and return the soup to a boil, stirring to distribute the ingredients. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. ( if sodium is a concern, cut down on the salty seasonings a bit).
Thursday, March 18, 2010
They are cute....but every 4 hours.
I have never won a contest....not even the three legged race in second grade.
But I won this darling little book about homeschooling.
A GREAT big thank you to Lisa at homesteadoriginals.com
I'm going on a journey.
To the South of France...well....not exactly.
I'll think about the South of France when I use this French soap.
I have read stacks of books and researched websites.
I'm using all natural vegetable based ingredients.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Besides pumping into them, all the in season organic fruit I can find. They also like the salty snack here and there. We love a snack mix or chex mix (whatever you call it)around here. Again, I wanted to make it myself and make enough to last a couple weeks at a time. Being a lover of all things Pioneer Women (she is so funny), I found the perfect recipe at her site and tweaked it a bit. Her recipe is just right the way it is, I just like to use the whole box of the cereals and add in different nuts.
- 3 cups corn chex
- 3 cups wheat chex
- 3 cups rice chex
- 2 cups pretzel sticks
- 2 cups mixed nuts (I add sunflower seeds too)
- 1 -1 1/2 sticks of butter (because I make so much at once, I add 2 sticks). Don't be scared!
- 3 TBLS Worcestershire sauce (again, go for it! If you like it spicy!);)
- 6-12 dashes Tabasco sauce (FIRE....Somebody call 911!!!!)
- 3-5 cloves of garlic (just don't breath in my face afterward.....) Garlic is good!!!
- 1 tsp Lawry's season salt (touch more, if you dare)
- 1/4 tsp onion powder (same here)
Dump cereal, pretzel sticks, nuts, and the kitchen sink in the biggest bowl you have. In a microwave-safe bowl, add remaining ingredients and microwave until butter is melted. Stir together and spoon butter mixture into cereal mixture, stirring as you go.
Transfer mix onto one or two baking sheets, and bake in a 250-degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Let cool and store in an airtight container.
Grab a handful every forty minutes. Eat. Spoil your appetite.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wherever she goes, Simba goes.
Midnight runs to grandma's house when he was left behind.
Even as the boy gets older, Dipper still comes along. Where he used to go in with us, now he gets left behind in the truck.
A young boy growing up....but still holding onto his childhood.
Oh, please Lord....help me to breath this in. Let me not forget one precious moment.
Just moments of this life.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
i come to you, however, knowing God made me not to impress you. not to be perfect or a genius. not to make a million dollars!
God made me to be uncomplicated in my faith. to watch children & kites & sunsets & rainbows & enjoy them. to take your hand regardless of who you are or how you look. to listen to you. to accept you right where you are. to love you unconditionally.
God made me to be real. to be honest. to be open. to never compare myself to you, but to strive to become my own best person.
~ann kiemel anderson
the blessing's we receive in a nest.
the sprout's of carrot seedlings.
the new growth in the soil.
looking forward to a bountiful harvest.
a girl in pink jammies trailing after her chicken.
Monday, March 8, 2010
We don't go away very often, but when we do, I prefer a nice CLEAN hotel.
Country mouse definitely approved. See that smile!
These sleep number beds are very bouncy and comfy.
Fancy granite and marble bathroom. We were pleasantly surprised at the nice details of our hotel accommodations. Yeah, we don't get out much! :)