Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Peach Cobbler


With cooler weather comes fuzzy PJ's, hot chocolate and warm cozy meals and last night was a perfect night for all of the above. During the day while thinking about dinner I wanted to make a warm dessert and decided on peach cobbler. Have I ever made one before? "No." Did I know what was in one? "Well... peaches and maybe some flour." But I didn't hesitate I have many Southern family members and a few B.F.F.'s who can cook and well... it's good. So good, in fact, that no one is a size 4.. or 6 but that's as far as I'm going with that:)
Any who, I did remember seeing my cousin, Melissa, making a cobbler once and it seemed so easy. So, after heading over to Google I found a recipe. It was easy to make and delicious to eat. Although I do wish the crust was crunchy. So if you have any suggestions please let me know. Below is the recipe I made.

1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preparation:
Heat oven to 375°.
Pour melted butter into a 2-quart baking dish (11x7 or 8-inch square). In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the sugar, the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to blend. Stir in the milk and vanilla until blended. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Toss the peaches with the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Arrange the peach slices over the batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. The top will be browned and the cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Serve warm with a little heavy cream, whipped topping, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Picnic Time


Monday the kids were out of school and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. God created the beautiful day just for them. They played out side all day. Around lunch time I felt bad calling them in to eat so we decided to have a picnic. Sloppy Joe's and french fries:) Joining M, C & J are Savannah & Alyssa (2 perfect little blessings for my kids). They all had a blast and we definitely will do it again.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hero Day

In honor of 9-11 Madison's school had "Hero Day." The idea was for them to dress up as a Fireman, Policeman, Doctor, Nurse, etc... Madison didn't want to dress up as any of those things, instead; she decided she wanted to be a "Mom."

I knew that dressing up as a Mom wasn't exactly what the school had in mind, but when she said that my heart melted. I did send a note to her teacher explaining what she was wearing and that I felt it was a great choice because that was one thing all those Hero's, who had lost their lives all had in common. They all had mom's.

We attached a bunch of Motherly roles to the front of her apron (Judge, Cook, Laundress, Nurse, etc..) I loved it... and she loved it... at least until lunch:)

Monday, September 28, 2009

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Finding God in the Laundry Room by Lara Krupicka


"The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." 1 Samuel 17:37a (NIV)


As I carry a load of clothes into my laundry room, I glance at the breakfast dishes in the sink and the piles of toys in the family room. Here we go again, I think. Another day of cooking and cleaning that will only be repeated again tomorrow. What is the point of it all? Why am I stuck with such a meaningless existence? When will I ever get to spend my days doing things that have a lasting impact?


Everyday life can be so uninspiring at times. I want action and excitement. I want something to happen. But then when it does (like the day the washing machine overflowed into my basement), I get all out of sorts. I have a hard time handling the disruption to my simple routine. This is not the kind of excitement I'm wanting, I think to myself. I grumble and complain my way through the problems that come my way.


When I consider this verse from 1 Samuel, I realize that, unlike me, David had learned the benefit of being faithful in seemingly insignificant work. He did not despise the lonely job of shepherd. Instead day in and day out he patiently watched in the fields, making sure the sheep didn't wander or get eaten. He took his work seriously, and in doing so he trusted God to be with him in the simple task of herding sheep. He didn't say that once he was a mighty warrior like his older brothers were, then he would trust God. He did it right where he was. Then when trouble came to his quiet field, in the form of a lion or a bear, it was God he relied on to come to his aid.


This dependence of David's is what prepared him for one of the turning point moments in his life. He was able to face the giant Goliath with confidence, not because he'd fought in many battles. He could do this because he'd seen God work in the everyday and knew God would show up on the battlefield too.


I still have a lot to learn about dependence on God. Yet I know that as I depend on Him in the routine tasks of my life, He is preparing me for circumstances yet to come. When I turn to Him in the midst of my laundry room troubles, I experience His care for me and I grow in my ability to know that He will "deliver me" from things both great and small. And in my dependence on God, the chores of cooking, cleaning and laundry begin to take on meaning. My life isn't as pointless as it once seemed.


Dear Lord, thank You for being with me today. Help me to see You in the mundane things of my life and show me how You can bring significance to those things. Teach me dependence on You as You taught the young shepherd, David. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009


We are in our first season of soccer and let's just say these are the fundamental years. So far Madison and Cohen take after me when it comes to sports. They aren't competitive at all (except for with each other) and they're just having fun playing the game. Cohen is all heart. When the coach says "Cohen, c'mon it's time for you to come in." He just shakes his head no and says "Can't I just sit here?" (here being on the bench) They love their teams, love to go to practice and to games and I am very proud to encourage them when they are running all over the field and when they are just standing ob the field picking flowers.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Love Surprises

On Tuesday we came home and found this bag on our doorstep. When we got inside and quickly opened our gift we found apples, caramels and sticks for home made candy apples. We absolutely loved the idea. The Prescott's were the crafty minds behind this and she says the idea came from the book Homespun Memories from the Heart I'm getting my book tonight. It sure will help with gift giving ideas. Thanks Sheri. Oh, and the picture is Sheri's as well. We ate our goodies so quickly I didn't have time to take a picture.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

What???

All my kids have been potty trained by the time they were 2. There have been a few pull up days and nights here and there after but for the most part they have all made the transition well.

For me it's been other family members kids (not mentioning any names, hee-hee) who have left poop on my couch or bathroom wall but my kids have done pretty good. So what's up with this? I was outside talking with some friends when Madison came running out and being very discreet ( I might add, after all do you remember the beach incident?) and telling me Jack pooped on the floor. This was going to be a big runny mess, I hope he's not sick, he was just out playing with every one's kids. I thought all this to my self in the 2.5 seconds it took me to get in the house. I'm so glad this was all it was. He was dressed but I guess the load was just too heavy for his under pants to bear. (As my sister say, "That could preach.") Just a little F.Y.I. it (the poop) was much larger than it appears in the picture. When I asked him "Why?" all he did was point and say, "Poop on pot." he obviously knows the where but still not quite sure of the "When"




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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Amish Friendship Bread


Last week AJ brought home a gallon sized Ziploc bag of what appeared to be cake batter. ""Yum-Yum." Soon enough he told me that it was "Amish Friendship Bread" and handed me the instructions on how to go about making it.

I had gotten one before a couple of years ago but never did the mushing and ended up just throwing it away. Apparently the Amish are the only ones who can start the process and then they pass it along to a few friends who work on their own bags for the next 10 days, add a few ingredients, mush some more, split it up and pass some on. And so forth.

So today I finished my 10 days and passed the extra on to Sheri & Shelly. All was mushed and I was ready to make my bread, with the kids help of course. It was REALLY good. I have to admit; I thought it was going to be horrible. Oh, how wrong I was and I will definitely keep making it:) Just a little F.Y.I.... It was even delicious before it ever went in the oven.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I Need Help!


Soccer season has started and we are on the run a few days a week so dinner sometimes consist of P B & J or what ever drive thru is close. I like to have meals minus all the planning and slaving over a hot stove. Plus, I love when my house smells like a home cooked meal rather than McDonalds. It reminds me of my Aunt Ann's house. Her house always smells like something is cooking.
I need help! Do you have any Crock Pot recipes? Something delicious and kid friendly? If so you can leave it under this section in the comment area, Thanks:)

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

One More

Romans 1:14-16 14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.
16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

One More.. Just One More
How much do we have to HATE Someone to NOT share Jesus with them? That was the message in church yesterday.If we call ourselves Christians how can we not tell people about Jesus. At my church back home there is a sign in the grass as you leave the parking lot that reads "You are now entering the Mission Field." That is so true. You may not be called to a Foreign Mission Field but our own back yards are filled with people that may not know the Love of God.

Watch this clip of Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) He is a part of a magic duo in Las Vegas and is an out spoken atheist who lives his life by his beliefs, (believing there is no God) but was clearly moved by a man doing the same thing for a much higher power; someone living by what they believed not preaching to him but sharing with him the Love of God.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JHS8adO3hM

"Dear God, help me live my life according to your word.Give me compassion for the lost so I can love them the way you love them and give me the desire and the opportunity to share you with a never ending "One More." In Jesus Name, Amen."

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Newest Additions to our Family





Meet Oliver & Milly MacDonald. We just adopted them this morning. Oliver is the orange Tabby and just over 2 months. Milly is also a Tabby and just over 3 months. The kids have been wanting pets, and I have been wanting a baby, so, this kills 2 birds with 1 stone. Even though Madison's birthday isn't for another month; she wanted a grey one so to that we say "Happy Birthday." Cohen is still not to satisfied for some reason he wants a "Hunting Dog." It's not like we go out into the woods but I guess he needs help hunting down his shoes when we tell him to get dressed.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Monday, September 14, 2009

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G.F.I. by Susanne Scheppmann


Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NASB)

I pulled in the driveway grateful to be home after a five-day conference. I pressed the remote and the garage door rolled open. Bloodied water trickled toward me as I stepped from my car. I knew immediately what had happened - the freezer had gone out. All the meat had thawed and the bloody, watery juices had drained out of the freezer into a maroon stream that slowly ran toward the driveway. Yuck.

Mark, my husband, was out of town. I stood in my garage disgusted and slightly freaked out. Of course, I called my husband for help. I didn’t care if it was late and there was a three-hour time difference between us.

He patiently said, “Check the G.F.I.”

“The what?”“

The ground fault interrupter. It’s in the electrical outlet where the freezer is plugged in.

”Sure enough, the G.F.I. had tripped and in response the freezer shut down. Nothing was technically wrong with the freezer, except now it had hundreds of dollars of rotting food sitting inside it. Because of a tripped G.F.I., my evening turned from one of anticipated relaxation to hours of vexing cleanup.

Isn’t our faith sometimes like that, too? We are believing and trusting the Lord, when all of a sudden something unexpected happens – our own G.F.I (God Faith Interrupter) gets tripped. In response, our faith shuts down and we melt like a gallon of vanilla ice cream in a hot garage.

It’s certainly difficult to understand the twists and turns in our journey of faith. When a God Faith Interrupter occurs, we grope in the darkness for something to reassure us that regardless of our circumstance, the Lord is loving, merciful, and He will guide us. God Faith Interrupters might shake our faith. They can be scary. They certainly will be unexpected and uncomfortable, but the Lord holds the charge of power to uphold our faith even when it shuts down temporarily. We must turn to Him.

Express to the Lord your fear of a “God Faith Interrupter” tripping you up. Then thank Him that He will be with you, showing you mercy and loving-kindness, no matter what happens in the days ahead. Then resolve to stay plugged into Him, no matter what.

Dear Lord, I prefer those times when my life goes smoothly. However, I ask for an extra measure of faith when my life takes an unexpected twist. Teach me to trust Your sovereignty in my life, and to rely on Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Life According to Cohen


Remember me saying how I was teaching my kids responsibility? Well, a child's teaching is never done. Yesterday, I had the kids clean their bathroom. While they were doing so Cohen came down asking to go play with his friends. I looked at him and said "Cohen , is the bathroom clean?" he tilted his head to the side tossed his little index finger in the air and with a reassuring shake of his head said, "Maybe." Then I just gave him the crazed mom look. You know, the one where one eyebrow is arched and one eye pierces into their very soul so deep that their knees start to buckle and they break into confession. I said, "Is it cleaned?" His response was, "Mom, just go look." so, as I proceeded to the stairs he quickly back tracked and said "If it's not; how bout' not giving us a spankin, just, let us clean it again."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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A Long..Long..Time Ago

This was taken a long, long time ago. Me, Daddy & Joni . Daddy was so young he looks like he could be our brother.I look at this and think; When was this? I don't remember this shirt? What did we do this day?

I look at this and think; If I can't remember all of the stuff at this age, then maybe Madison won't. As much as I think I have ruined her maybe I can shed some of the "Mom Guilt" because through out her life there will be so much other stuff we will disagree on that her first 6 years will be just a blur.All I have to say to that is "YEAH ME"

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Kelly over at Coupon Cutting Divas said Restaurant.com is having a 90% off sale starting today and going thru 9/13. Just go to Restaurant.com and enter the discount code: NINETY at checkout to receive 90% off your order. I just got mine. They make great gifts.

Family Time


We took the kids to see G Force Sunday afternoon here on post. The kids love going to the movies and we love the price. It cost $10 for all of us to see it. You can barely see it from the last picture but, before every movie they show The American Flag with some military scenes and play "The Star Spangles Banner" It's so patriotic.

Jack hasn't been falling asleep when I lay him down. So, he's just laying down anywhere and passing out when he's ready to fall asleep. Like here on the Jack's-Jumpolene. We call it that because he jumps out there more than Madison & Cohen. He absolutely Love's it. As you can tell by him sleeping on it.



Later that afternoon it started raining. Madison came in saying there was a double rainbow outside. It was just one but a really vibrant one.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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