Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
A delicious wedding cake for the happy couple,
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Southwestern 7 layer salad
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup thick and chunky salsa
1 can (15 oz) drained and rinsed black beans
1 green pepper, finely diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, with tops
1 package (16 oz) lettuce salad mix
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
(chips; can also add cooked chicken for heartier meal)
Combine sour cream and salsa in a bowl, set aside.Layer: beans, pepper, lettuce, tomato, and green onions. Spoon sour cream mixture over top of layers, then grate cheese on top.
The best part about this dip? The salsa/sour cream mixture. It turns pink. It never fails, that the guys will be the ones to ask you about it, and give you the one-eyebrow raised look (the select few can do that move. I can.) to see what you are serving them.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I am usually a day late and a dollar short when it comes to special days/celebrations. But for once, I am in the right mode for Independence day this year. No, not just for fireworks and a cookout, but for the real meaning of the freedom of our country, and why this day is so important to us and our children.
Tommy came home the other night with an HBO series, John Adams. He said our history buff friend had recommended it, and wanted to check it out. I was hesitant at first, not knowing how well I would like the main charactor, but I am really enjoying it. Now, granted, it is HBO so they throw in a bedroom scene (quite long, I might add), but other than that it has been enjoyable. We aren't quite finished yet, we just got to when he becomes President. I am NOT a history person, by any means, so I am asking questions during it (thank you, Tommy, for being so patient!), and I couldn't really tell you if they took a lot of liberties, or how well they did it. As I watched the scenes leading up to the Declaration of Independence, I couldn't help but think of the movie 1776. That movie is a musical (tried to watch that with the kids, but they do cuss quite a lot) and so enjoyable. I remember watching that growing up, but I never enjoyed as much as I do now. In BOTH of these movies, as I see the men sign the Declaration, I am so emotional (ok, yes, I'm crying). I am so proud of our forefathers and so proud to be in America.
The kids were very aware of this past election, and aware that we are not the biggest fans of the new president, but I do remind the kids that the must pray for our president and elected officials, as well as the military. We have to continue our prayers, and continue to thank our military for working so hard for our freedom.
Monday, July 13, 2009
So while I do, in theory, enjoy the pool with the family, can't we do it without everything that comes with it? As my dad used to tease us, can't we go to the pool and not get wet?
Friday, July 10, 2009
Whenever people come to my house, I often get the same comment: "whoa, you have a lot of family, and a lot of magnets." Or something to that effect. It's funny, but I didn't think that it was a lot until I started taking them off the fridge. I love having the pictures on the fridge to help me think of my family and friends. All the magnets are from a place we've been and they have some great memories for us. There are some from our honeymoon (it's the gold one next to the timer), trips to Europe, souveniers from other people's trips for us, Tommy's business trips (and there have been many), and a plethora of Disney. I thought maybe I would like the fridge without any magnets, but once they came off, the fridge looked so bare. Patrick didn't like it bare, so when I asked the kids to help me, he was the first one at my side.
I don't know. I think I could do it both ways.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Anyhow, back to that salad.
The Pampered Chef ®
Wilted Spinach Salad with Candied Pepper Bacon
Bacon and Salad
4 slices thick cut bacon
1 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 package fresh baby spinach
1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into thin wedges
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion wedges
Salt and pepper
2 hard cooked eggs, peeled and cut into wedges
1 tbsp reserved drippings from bacon (aka BACON GREASE)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1. Line bacon on parchment paper on a microwave safe plate, sprinkle with brown sugar and pepper. Cook in microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until crispy. Drain on paper towel and reserve that BACON GREASE. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Set aside.
2. Combine spinach, apple, onion in a large bowl. For dressing, whisk bacon drippings (GREASE), brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and mustard in a microwave safe bowl. Cover, microwave on high 2 minutes or until bubbly. Pour dressing over salad to serve, and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Top with egg wedges and bacon. Serve immediately.
Serves: 4 (obviously I made more than this for the army, I mean family that came over. ;)
The Pampered Chef Spin on Salads cookbook.
Monday, July 6, 2009
For those of you who don't know: Jimmy, Johnny, Danny, Chrissy, Tommy, Peter, Paul and Mary. Yes, I did say Peter, Paul and Mary.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The results came today. It took me a few minutes to figure out what the numbers meant, and when I did, I panicked. It showed that there were only 11 out of 20 math problems right. The comprehension section was just average (my child?? AVERAGE!?), but the LOW side of average. There is this number on the bottom that looks TERRIBLE, and my heart is sinking lower and lower as I continue to read. Tommy keeps asking to see it, and I can't even talk I am so upset. "I've failed him. I will never be a good teacher. Time to throw in the towel. Apparently I need to go to Kindergarten again!" My eye continues to scan those numbers, and I go to the top of the page.
There is a girl's name on here. That's not my address. Wait a minute, that's not mine OR Tommy's name up there. They sent us someone else's test scores! There was another piece of paper in there with Patrick's test scores (trust me, I checked the name before I read it), and (thankfully) he did great.
Whew! I was so relieved that I actually got the giggles. Tommy was laughing, I was laughing, and though I felt bad for the other kid and the scores, I was so thankful for that moment to show me that I wasn't a failure.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I love to turn the corner and see Patrick and Emma sitting and reading together. Patrick used to sit with the book and make up a story for Emma. It's so amazing to watch the change now he can read. Emma is listening, though the motion would suggest otherwise. It is a little long, but I am the proud mommy!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I am a stay at home mom. I have lots of sisters in the area (yay!) and we very often are able to be together. But there are days when I don't talk to anyone but the kids. The phone doesn't ring, emails don't ding, and we are just us. I love days like that, but sometimes I need to have grown-up things. Things that challenge my thinking. Encourage me when I am at my lowest. Tell me that I CAN get through the tough days, cherish the beautiful days, and keep going. Blogs are an outlet. My blog is my outlet. I can get "away" for just a few minutes and recharge to keep going. I do know them. They make me think a little harder, laugh a little more, and cry when I need it. I am so grateful to have them all.