Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
4 chicken breasts
1 T water
1 cup Japanese Panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
olive oil for frying
1. Pound chicken with cooking mallet to flatten.
2. Flour chicken lightly, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
3. Mix 1 egg with 1 T water.
4. Dip chicken into egg mixture.
5. Mix 1 cup Panko bread crumbs with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese in Ziplock bag. Dip chicken into mixture to coat.
6. Bring oil to medium heat in skillet. Fry on each side for 5 minutes.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Since I think the word is now out to everyone we know around here and our families, I thought I would share it with all of you - especially those of you who know me personally but do not leave comments or ever call (Belinda!!!!). :) This week marks the 11th week of pregnancy for me. I'm feeling pretty lousy and have been for about 5 weeks now. I'm looking forward to feeling better, but I must admit that this time around has not been nearly as bad as I recall the last three pregnancies being. I've actually had a couple of good days and several okay days. (I usually only get bad and really bad days.) So I'm grateful for that.
I'm also grateful for all of my dear friends from church who have been over to help me clean my house, cook dinner, and watch my kids so I can get a bit of extra rest.
Things have been interesting for me thus far. This is my first pregnancy during which I have been trying to simultaneously run our family and a business. It's been a challenge to say the least. Usually the time I work on business-related projects is after everyone goes to bed (around 8pm), but I've been so exhausted lately that I've been in bed at the same time as everyone else! I am slowly learning how to balance things and getting into a rhythm, I think.
I also really appreciate Gretchen taking the time to do most of the posting lately as I have not been up to it. (Thanks, Gretchen!)
My husband and I are so thankful for this new life the Lord has given us! We hope you will rejoice with us in this miracle! :)
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
For updates you may visit their mommy's blogs here and here.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I am absolutely heartbroken over this. My youngest daughter is 16 months old and this story just hits too close to home. The tears continue to fall as I type this post.
People are ranting and raving about why such a woman as this would have been allowed to be a daycare aide. But I am reminded that we are ALL sinners by nature, we are ALL prone to outbursts of anger, and we are ALL capable of this. Does that justify her act? Absolutely NOT! But as we consider this story, let's remember that any of us at any time could lash out in this manner. Thankfully, solely by the grace of God, most of us have not.
Hug your kids a little tighter today. Count your blessings a little more often. And PLEASE....as you think of this family and their tragic loss, pray for them. I just cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through....
She is such a little stinker! She found a bottle of Claritin in my purse last night and had opened the "child-proof lock", resulting it me going into a COMPLETE panic. I called 911 who directed me to poison control who directed me to go to the ER with her.
We sat and sat for 4 hours and she was fine. They said she would have had to have eaten more than 4 pills to have an adverse reaction (seriously??? 4 pills in a 2yo????), so apparently she had fewer than that, if any. She told me she ate some, but who knows if she actually did.Here is a (terrible quality) camera phone picture of her in her hospital bed holding the little bear she was given when we arrived:
Anyway, we are thankful to be home and that she is fine! But boy, am I exhausted!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thanks King Arthur!
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan
2) In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just until it's hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.
3) While the sugar heats a second time, crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla till smooth.
4) Add the hot butter/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.
5) Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth. Note: If you want the chips to remain intact in the baked brownies, rather than melting in, let the batter cool in the bowl for about 20 minutes before stirring in the chips.
6) Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.
7) Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.
An allowance is defined as:
1. The act of allowing.
A commission is:
As of now, we choose to do the commission route. Our son is 3 1/2 and he is quite the capitalist already.
We have a "responsibility chart". It is already filled out with things for my son to do such as brushing his teeth, making his bed, cleaning his room, helping his sibling(s), using good manners and other tasks such as that. He gets a check for each thing he does everyday. At the end of the day we put the total number of checks in the box. At the end of the week we add up how many checks he got and my husband pays him $0.25 per check (high, I know!). Then we immediately take 10% and have him put it in his piggy bank. We take the other 10% and have him save it for tithe at church the next day. We allow him to spend the rest as he wants to right now. We of course, guide him into making good choices with his money, but lets face it - he's 3 so toys are what he thinks about right now.
I have found that this system is working. My 3 1/2 year old son did something amazing tonight. He came up to me and said, "Mommy, come and look I cleaned my room." I was skeptical because we had not asked him to clean his room so I checked it out and he had cleaned his room! The toys were put away along with his clothes. I was so proud and amazed! Then I realized the motive. He had been carrying around the Toys R Us ad from today's paper. He already had some toys in mind to buy.
But hey, at least he is learning that he must do something in order to be paid for it. I think whatever you choose to do with your children, whether allowance or commission is fine. Either way as long as you are teaching them how to handle their money and what is a priority then you are doing the right thing.
Of course as our son gets older we will steer him in a direction of giving and not just buying toys for himself. Although he always wants to buy toys for his cousin too.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
What about you? What are you thankful for today?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Then I just follow the instructions:
HEAT oven to 400°F. Brown ground beef with bacon and onions in large skillet on medium-high heat; drain.
UNROLL dough onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Press into 15x8-inch rectangle; top with meat mixture. Top with shredded cheese. Roll up, starting at one of the long sides. Rearrange if necessary so roll is seam-side down.
BAKE 20 to 25 min. or until golden brown.
This meal is even easier if you have a frozen pizza crust on hand that you have pre-made and some frozen ground beef that you have already cooked up. It makes for a quick week night meal!
Monday, February 9, 2009
You can also visit Nick Jr. to watch Dora and some of the other Nickelodeon cartoons. If your older children liked Cartoon network they have some of their cartoons on their to watch for free. Just be careful, some of their cartoons are very inappropriate.
Also, once you get those converter boxes that the government is subsidizing (don't you love that TV is now a NEED instead of a want), you will also get more channels than you have had (unless you already have an HD TV). You will get at least three PBS stations and other stations as well.
We have our computer in our kitchen so we can moniter the shows that our kids watch because it is in a central location. It is nice also to be able to watch cooking shows and other things while I am doing the cooking and cleaning in the kitchen.
Also, there is a satellite company called Sky Angel that only allows family friendly programming. The subscription is not very expenisve, but the set up might be. I haven't checked into it that much, but if someone has, please let me know what you think.
If you have any more tips for free TV or entertainment, please let me know.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
There's also one other small detail: The winning commenter posted anonymously and did not leave an email address. Soooo....here's what we're gonna do....
The writer of the following comment needs to contact me by NOON on Friday, February 6th (yes, that's two days from now!) in order to claim the prize. The comment that was left was this:
(Anonymous, you can email me at fluud7(at)yahoo(dot)com if you don't want to leave another comment.)
If I don't hear from "Anonymous" by NOON on Friday, February 6th, a new winner will be chosen and announced!
Thanks for participating, everyone! You may still have a chance! :)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
by: Carol Stephens
1/ c. chopped yellow onion
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 c. milk
1 17-oz. can whole-kernel corn, drained (I'm sure you could use frozen as well)
12 or 16 oz. pkg. smoked sausage links, drained and sliced
In a saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender, but not brown. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk all at once. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly, about 1 minute. Stir in corn and sausage. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
For more kitchen tips, please visit Tammy's Recipes.Also check out Tempt my Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace.