Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
One of my favorite things of my home here is the white fireplace. Whenever I am outside with the neighbors and we talk about decorating, I always go on and on about my grand fireplace. They just laugh at me and remind me that everyone in the neighborhood has the same one. I have to remind them this my first 'real' house and I am still not use to this.
I LOVE having an open floor plan with big tall ceilings. I will be so claustrophobic if and when I have to move back into base housing with their 8 ft. ceilings.
Here are the rules: Pick some people to BOO and let them know that they have been BOO-ed. Have them link back to your blog to pick up their treat (picture) so they can BOO their friends. Put the picture on your sidebar so everyone knows that you have been BOO-ed. BOO
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Capital Hill Senate Bean Soup
1 pound dried navy beans or great northern beans, washed and drained
2 medium smoked ham hocks
3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 medium onions, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 large cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
Preparation:Cover beans with water and bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour. Drain bean liquid into a bowl; measure and add enough water or broth to make 5 quarts; pour back into beans. Bring beans to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until beans are very tender. Add ham hocks, potatoes, onions, celery and garlic, and continue to simmer for another hour. Remove ham hocks and cut up meat; return to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.Makes about 2 gallons or 8 quarts.
Chocolate Covered Halloween:
This is what my kids named it. I found this over on ramblinggal1960. Hers looks so beautiful compared to mine. But mine was delish!!!!
White Almond Bark
Friday, October 24, 2008
Garden Ridge was our destination for the day. Each of the four kids had a vocabulary word to look for. They were words like blanket and pumpkin. Yes, I got a comfy ride on one of those short school buses.
Our group was made up of the four kids and four teachers. You really do need that one on one ratio with them. The biggest and I mean biggest kid is an 8 year old with down syndrome. I thought he would love seeing all the Holiday stuff...nope, he was scared to death of Santa. As soon as we walked in the doors, there were HUGE blow-up Santa's. He started screaming so we turned down and an isle to find more giant Santa's riding on rocking horses and on merry-go-rounds. The poor kid fell to the ground screaming, so it took all of us to pick him up and get him into a cart. He is such a sweet kid I was shocked and felt so bad for him. Me just being a mom/substitute thought we needed to hit the road out of Christmas....no, one of the teachers grabbed a small Santa and kept telling him to say no, no Santa. It seemed mean to me at first but by the end of the day and the whole experience I see the whole picture now.
The day was fun. The kids really enjoyed seeing all the different colored flowers, all the pumpkins, feeling some of the feather ornaments we found. They tried on lots of funny holiday hats. We found soft blankets and really poky plants. And last but not least the CANDY isle!!!! Boy do they love candy! We bought some candy but had to go eat lunch first. To Wendy's we went. Those kids enjoyed some nuggets and french fries. But our big 8 year old ate a grilled chicken salad and a diet coke. He tells you "I want Coke."
I am so impressed with my kids school and our county for the love and care they put into these special needs kids. My day was so enjoyable I can't wait until they need me again.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Last night I finished this flash card garland. I love personalized stuff!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
After my friend leslie suggested using cookie cutters for seasonal decorating, I got right to it in my kitchen. My friend amber had sent me this yummy recipe for pumpkin cobbler, and since making it, I left it out on the counter...I think it looks cute. Well along comes Ben..."Mom you need to fix this recipe. There is no cooking time written on it. You need to write Fall right there."
Amber you sent me an incomplete cute recipe...the bake time is written on the back, Ben doesn't know. :)
( You will have to click on the recipe to see the blank line for the cooking time:)
I need and want a new camera SOOOO bad...then I won't have these problems.
I LOVE this idea I found over on tipjunkie. How fun to write a new joke each day for your kids lunch. I will have just as much fun doing this for the kids as they will with them. Bet their friends at lunch will all be in on the action.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
On Fridays, both Ben and Madi have gymnastics. Gym Dawgs in the making? Here is Madi on the balance beam. Ben was way in the back practicing dive rolls and other stuff so I couldn't get his picture.
Good luck Georgia!!!
Georgia plays Tennessee tomorrow. Here is a picture of Lulu and Junior, I think they are the most famous Tennessee fans ever...I wonder why? There is this guy, Colonel Coxwell, that Steve knew in Germany and has served with twice in Iraq. He was stationed in North Carolina until this past summer when he got a job at the Pentagon. Well, he called today around 1 pm to let us know he had 4 extra tickets for tomorrow's game. Some members of his family didn't want to go tomorrow so did we want them? Colonel Coxwell always gets lots of season tickets and will just fly down every weekend for the game...must be nice huh. Needless to say, we are going to the game! So you can look for us on TV :)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I have been married almost 12 years and had never made stuffed peppers before...so I thought I would shake things up a little. Since I didn't have a recipe for these I pulled one off of allrecipes.com. The picture is a little blurry but they turned out really yummy.
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 cup water
6 green bell peppers
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place the rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook 20 minutes. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly browned.
Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright.)
In a bowl, mix the browned beef, cooked rice, 1 can tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Mix the remaining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning in a bowl, and pour over the stuffed peppers.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, basting with sauce every 15 minutes, until the peppers are tender.
I steamed my peppers in the microwave first for about 4 minutes. And then I also add all the tomato sauce to the recipe instead of the basting part...it was easier for me and then only baked them for 30 minutes.
For dessert I made a new recipe my friend amber sent me for Pumpkin Cobbler.
3 eggs, beaten
15 oz. can pumpkin
12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. vanilla
18 1/4 oz. box yellow cake mix
1 1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped nuts
Mix the first set of ingredients together and pour into an ungreased 9" x 13" pan. Sprinkle cake mix over the top; drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; top with nuts. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
We dipped some ginger snaps in the cobbler and loved it all.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Stitching is a very easy and cheap hobby. You can use a pattern, print out your last name, favorite poem or anything. You can trace your kids hands to stitch and save even. If you have a pattern or something you have printed out you lay it under a piece of muslin and trace it. Then cut a piece of warm and natural to go behind the muslin. You pick out what ever colors of DMC floss you want and then you are ready to stitch using a backstitch.
These are easily framed or turned into pillows.
After seeing a beautiful stitchery on my friend Leslie's blog, it made me want to go get some new material and fix up some of my own stitcheries. Yesterday I went to my local quilting store and picked up a few new fat quarters...look at how pretty that material is. I tried adding some V shaped stitches around it. I love it. Now I have LOTS more to do.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
My most favorite things in life have everything to do with Homemaking....family, kids, house stuff, crafts. Since moving to Georgia just a little over two years ago, I have been so lucky. I have been making crafts to sale at one of my local antique stores and last year when Madi started school I started substitute teaching at their school. I have always loved kids. Even before being a mom, when I was in the Air Force, my first three years were spent in the Pediatric ICU at Wilford Hall. My second job the Air Force gave me was flying Aerovac out of Yokota AB, Japan. Every time a mission with a baby or child came up they would call me in. Most people are scared of the delicacy of tiny infants and children but this was my specialty. At church I always worked with the Primary kids or in Young Women. Besides being a mom I think I finally have found that being a (Kindergarten)teacher is my dream job.