Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup oats
2 cup brown sugar
1 cup melted butter
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups white sugar
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups water
8 cups rhubarb, chopped
Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until crumbly. Set aside. In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch, mix well. Add vanilla and water. Cook over low heat until thick and clear, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Line a 9x13 pan with part of the crumb mixture. Pour liquid with rhubarb over the crumb mixture in the pan. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
I made my husband stop eating so I could take this picture! :)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Varicose veins, hormonal headaches, that whole pubic symphysis pain thing (if you don't know what that is, be ever so glad) and all the rest. Read here for a nice little refresher on pregnancy.
What a blessing.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
BUENOS AIRES, May 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The eminent Spanish psychiatrist Enrique Rojas gave a speech yesterday in Buenos Aires declaring that homosexuality is "a clinical process that has an etiology, pathogeny, treatment, and cure".
Speaking at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair about his book "Goodbye, Depression", Rojas characterized homosexual orientation as a "disorder" rather than an illness, and stated his opinion that 95% of cases are caused by environmental factors, according to the Spanish news service Terra.
The disorder, according to Rojas, is the result of an absent father, overweening mother, or sexual abuse in childhood.
Rojas blasted the homosexual movement for promoting the development of homosexual tendencies in young people, and particularly condemned the practice of allowing homosexual couples to adopt children.
The child is deprived of a right to grow up "in a normal environment, heterosexual, which is the standard" he said. "Heterosexuality is what is normal, the natural condition of human beings."
According to studies from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, there is a 70-80 percent chance that a child adopted by homosexuals will develop the same tendencies, Rojas said.
Rojas is the author of various books on psychology, including "Who Are You?", "The Light Man" and "Remedies for Coldness".
Saturday, August 16, 2008
At the beginning of the summer I thought I might have THE answer. I decided that I'd make up a two week, rotating menu for each season. So I wrote down all of my best summer meals. Stuff like grilled hamburgers, chicken cesar salad and cool veggie pizza, anything that would be good for a hot summer day. It worked for a while. But it seemed like I was spending more $ at the grocery store than usual and honestly, I got really sick of making those things.
The last two or three weeks, ever since we got back from our trip in July, I have gone menuless. I was attempting to use up whatever we had to subsidise our extra spending while we were away. It worked well. I did go to the grocery store for milk, fruit and veggies but other than that, I just emptied out the back of the pantry.
So, on Friday, realizing that we couldn't go one more day without a shopping trip, I sat down with my little homemade, computer generated menu form and a sharpened pencil. And stared at it blankly. And sat and stared some more.
Then I called everyone together for a family meeting. I told them all that they had to each come up with some lunches and dinners if they wanted to eat for the next two weeks. It worked great! They were hurtling ideas at me faster than I could write them down. 'Course they aren't really what I would have thought of for this time of year (tater tot casserole?), but at this point I was just glad to have something on paper.
Here are some things that I ended up with:
meatloaf (make two and have the second as sandwiches a couple of days later)
bean and cheese burritos
grilled chicken and rice
hummus and veggie pita pockets
I might just do some menu planning this way again!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
When it's hot out, we tend to go through mayonnaise like crazy. Chicken salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, sandwiches and on and on. I finally got smart and quit buying it because it is so easy to make!
Blender Mayonnaise Recipe (makes about 1 1/4 cups)
1 large egg
1 T vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp paprika
dash red pepper
1 cup oil
1 T lemon juice
Combine the first six ingredients in the blender container. Cover, blend about 5 seconds. With blender running slowly, gradually add 1/2 cup oil (use a rubber spatula to scrape down sides when you need to). Add lemon juice and then pour the other 1/2 cup of oil in while the blender runs slowly. Store for up to 4 weeks in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator.
We like to double this recipe and it turns out well.
There you have it, cheap and easy mayo!
(A big thanks to my fab daughter who actually did all the work, aren't those the best pictures of mayonnaise that have ever been taken? :)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
We just sigh, try to smile and remind ourselves that we are ambassadors for the One True God and move on.
Who are we? The men and women that go against the grain of our society and uphold the Biblical value of life.
Do you realize what is going on in our country or have you been so steeped in our culture that you didn't even stop to think about what is wrong with the picture? We all know that one in five pregnancies end due to induced abortion. Some of you have even done the research to find out that oral contraceptives doesn't just stop a woman from ovulating, it can stop the fertilized egg from implanting. Even beyond this, many will use barrier methods, "natural family planning" or even altering their bodies through sterilization, to stop what God has clearly called a blessing. (Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them... Psalms 127 3-5)
What has gone wrong with our thinking? I can not agree more with this now famous quote from Doug Phillips, "The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing. But in our culture we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture."
I guess we can expect this from the blind, the ones that don't know or understand. But the Christians!? The saved and sanctified ones? They are following right along with the world. Frankly, I am surprised.
Yes, having lots of children is a challenge. Yes, you will have to (gasp!) get your mind off of yourself and lay down your life to serve someone else. Yes, having many causes you to lean on the Lord for so much. Yes, you will look different than your unsaved neighbors. Yes, it will single you out. Let me ask you, how can you claim to be salt and light when you are doing the exact same things as the world!?
Do we plan to have more children? My answer is this, we plan to continue to serve the Lord, however He sees fit. If that is having more children, so be it. Not my will, but His.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I know it's a little much for some people, but I really like to have it broken down by half hour for everyone in the family. It helps me to think ahead to where everyone will be when. This way, I am assured that each child is being productive and not getting in to trouble. It's also helpful to have different activities planned so that they don't overlap or interfere with others. For example, so we aren't attempting to have instrument practice during the baby's nap time or two children using the same equipment, like the computer, at once.
I love Managers of Their Homes by the Maxwells. It's a wonderful book and has helped me for years, ever since baby #3 came along. In my opinion, it's a necessity for a mom with many children. On the Maxwell's site, you can download a great, free worksheet to make your own schedule.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I have a lot of little teeth to brush every day around here, so you can imagine that I have to buy a lot of tooth brushes.
So my tip? Buy those toothbrushes at the dollar store. Buy the multi-pack, Dollar Tree will often have a four pack. For 25 cents each, I don't even get mad when I hear, "Mom!!! I just dropped ANOTHER toothbrush in the toilet!"
Hey, and while you're there stock up on pregnancy tests too. For a dollar, you can take three or four just to be sure!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
32 Question, One Answer Quiz
1. Where is your cell phone? don't have one
2. Where is your significant other? on the phone, in the chair on the other side of this desk
3. Your Hair? long, brown, falling out like mad since I had Sweetie Pie three months ago
4: Your Mother? a super shopper
5. Your Father? always laughing
6. Your favorite thing? sweet children
7. Your dream last night? that I could spend as much $$$ as I wanted on educational toys.... or was that a recent day dream?
8. Your dream/goal? That all my children serve the Lord
9. The room you're in? the office
10. Your Fear? 2 Timothy 1:7
11. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Continuing my service as a keeper at home
12. Where were you last night? Went to dinner with my husband
13. You're not? liberal
14. Muffins? My nick name when I was a cheerleader (heh heh) What else can I say about muffins?
15. One of your wish list items? A log cabin on 20 acres of woods with a little stream running through it
16. Where you grew up? Hawaii, New Jersey, California, Alaska, Washington
17. Last thing you did? Ate my left over Mexican food from last night
18. What are you wearing? pink flowered button up shirt and brown skirt
19. Your TV? in the basement
20. Your pet(s)? I refuse to have one more thing to clean up after - especially anything that poops!!!
21. Your computer? is slow
22. Your Life? busy!
23. Your mood? :)
24. Missing Someone? nope
25. Your car/truck? is a 15 passenger van
26. Something you're not wearing? nail polish
27. Your summer? has been enjoyable
28. Love Someone? yes
29. Your favorite color? purple
30. When is the last time you laughed? at question #14
31. Last time you cried? not sure
32. What time is it? 8:46
***Disclaimer*** My rule-following daughter has informed me that I can't have more than one word answers... hence the name, 32 Question, One Answer Quiz. But, of course, you know, I've got a lot to say.
This is my first batch this year. I never got around to making cherry jam in time, everyone ate them too fast! I hope to make several other flavors before the month's end.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
In reading a book recently called Buried Treasure (which I HIGHLY recommend!) Rabbi Lapin explained that you grow closer to someone that you do things for. Sure, children love their parents.. But, it's us, the parents that would do anything for our children - we've spent years serving, caring for and teaching them. It is the act of love that makes us have deep, protective feeling for them. That's a new spin on loving your neighbor for me.
I really thought about this concept relating to my children's relationships with one another. Since reading that I've been encouraging more care between them. The older ones helping the younger but also the younger ones giving to the older. I do see the benefits.
One day I will be gone. I hope that my children will have strong, lasting relationships. I hope that they will be there to support each other through life's hardships and struggles as well as rejoice together in all of the happy moments.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Last Friday I came home and found that my husband had a little surprise, he put these up!
Today Sissy and I scored big at the farmer's market. I know that's not as good as picking it yourself but you often place the money in to the hands that actually did. Anyway, I spent a lot of time there today looking for peaches. Everything was $1.69. I finally found one farmer with nectarines for $1.50 a pound and was able to bargain this 30 pound tote of nectarines down to $20.00.
And I have to tell you, these are some of the best I've ever eaten. The juice drips down your elbow. Mmmm.... really fresh fruit.