Archive for June, 2008

Taking a Break

I’m going to be taking a little bloggy break indefinitely.  I have felt for a week or so that I needed to do this.  But I didn’t want to.  Perhaps I rely on it a little too much!  I love the friendships and community I have found here and am almost in tears about giving them up right now.

But, I am in a Bible Study right now by Priscilla Shirer, “Discerning the Voice of God” and boy am I convicted.  I have known what God was telling me but chose to disobey because it was not what I wanted.  So, better late than never, I will now be obeying.  I am not sure how long it will be but I hope to be back again sometime.  Thanks to the faithful few that have read and encouraged me.  Your friendships mean more than I can ever say and have gotten me through some rough days!  Bless you…hope to blog with you again!


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A Proposal

Today we had guests at the pool.  Dancer’s very best boy friend and his family came over for lunch and swimming.  Dancer has been SO excited about this.  Dancer and “S” have known each other almost their whole lives.  They go to church together, went to Mother’s Day Out together, were in Pre-K together and will begin Kindergarten at our tutorial together.  They have planned their wedding all the way down to the dance they will do at the reception.  It is just understood by “S” that they will be marrying.  In fact, they have even gotten in trouble in S.S. once for kissing (although we later found out they were not kissing–they were playing cats and they were cleaning one another–which is worse?). 

Anyway, recently Dancer has decided that she is no longer getting married because I informed her that when she did she had to move out of my house.  Well, if that was so, she decided, all bets were off and she would not, in fact, be able to marry “S”.

Today at the pool, Football Boy decided to stir things up. “Hey, “S”, he said, “Are you going to get married to Dancer someday?”

Dancer swiftly and matter of factly responded, “Not until my Mommy and Daddy are Dead!”

Why do I suddenly feel the need for protection?

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Summertime Supper

Big Mama is having a carnival of sorts at her place looking for summer recipes.  As you all know through my whiningblogging, I am on a diet and have had to revamp my cooking tendencies of late.  If you have looked at the journal, you will notice that it involves A LOT of peanut butter sandwiches.  That would be because I have not yet made it to the store to buy anything else on the approved food list given to my by!  Anywhoo, I found this recipe on the sparkpeople website and tried it out.  It is quite good AND although it is a hot meal, it doesn’t heat up the whole house because it is done in the crock pot, which also means that you can cook and swim at the same time–what could be wrong with that?

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup salsa

1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning ( I used 1/2 and it was fine)

1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup (condensed)

1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream


Add chicken to slow cooker.  Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.  Pour salsa and soup over chicken.  Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Remover from heat and stir in sour cream.  Serve with rice.

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Things I have learned in the Past Week

1.  Reading a post by BooMama about Home Improvement may spur you on to do things you should have done years ago even though you know you cannot participate in her carnival because you are too technologically incompetent to post before and after pictures.

2.  A wonderful place to start on these projects is cleaning and organizing the kids’ bedrooms because of the instant gratification of throwing away three garbage bags full of unwanted drawings stashed in every nook and cranny of said rooms.

3.  If you really want to inspire the children to help with the project, invite a friend over and then tell the child he cannot play with the friend until room is cleaned and organized.

4. If you want the room to stay organized, you must spend the next week going into the bedroom at all cleaning sessions and acting as the cleaning gestapo with phrases such as:  “If it is left on the floor, it is garbage,” “Is that where that toy belongs?” or my personal favorite, “Can this pass a daddy inspection?”

5.  When tackling these little projects and suggesting on Saturday that you clean the garage that has not been cleaned since you bought the house 5 years ago because hubby wanted to wait until it was painted, be aware that after doing what you can on Saturday but not being able to finish because of the whole painting thing, that on Monday morning while you are in the shower, you may get a call from the painter hubby has hired to say he is on his way…immediately!

6.  Since this is obviously a week of improvements, you might as well get serious about your health and put yourself on a diet/exercise program and stick to it.  However, if the plan calls for starving yourself for two days, you should probably not spend dinner at the local catfish dive because you will end up going 200 calories over your limit and blowing things right off the bat!

7.  This has nothing to do with home improvement, but just because your boy is 11 years old and SHOULD know better.  Do not assume that when you let him go play outside with his friend that he will not do something crazy like decide to use nature to “relieve himself” despite the fact that our next door neighbors are having a garage sale and the fact that we live on a lot surrounded by woods full of creatures.  AND when boy does begin his job, it is entirely possible that a snake will come out of hiding to see what all the commotion is and scare the tee-tee out of boy (literally)!

Finally, I would like to end with a little story.  This has nothing to do with things I learned this week…but it is funny.  After spending two days organizing bedrooms, my kids were ready to play.  We had a friend spend the night Thursday night and on his way in he told us it looked like our next door neighbors were going to have a garage sale and we should go check it out.  I explained that we had just spent three days organizing and cleaning out…I did not want to bring someone else’s junk into my house.  But the allure was too much for the boys.  Bright and early Friday morning, they asked if they could go look.  Now, the neighbors are really sweet people and they have a little girl about Football boy’s age.  She is very sweet BUT her momma works a lot and her sisters who are much older keep her.  I think she is very lonely and she is delayed in academic as well as social skills.  Every summer we have to be very careful.  She will walk in the house without knocking, will get food out of the cabinets, refrigerator, etc. invite herself to lunch and even ask can she go into town, etc. with us.  Last summer, her sisters came looking for her about 2:00 in the afternoon–they had not seen her since 9:00 that morning.  Terrified, we went on a search for her and after about an hour found her in another neighbor’s house.  Anyway, the kids try to be nice, but they do get annoyed with her so they were a little leary about going to her house but finally worked up the courage. 

She gave them a guided tour of the garage sale and even laid a few sales pitches on them.  Finally, they found a prize…a disco ball…and they just had to have it.  So they pooled together $3 and made their purchase.  It has definitely provided $3 worth of entertainment!

Well, Monday Morning, our little neighbor came over and the kids started playing hide and seek.  She went into the boys’ room and saw that disco ball on their dresser.  I promise you, this was her reaction:  “Wow! cool disco ball–where did you get it?”  I say, the kids sell it back at about $10 and make a little profit!  🙂

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Diets…They are not your Friend (Updated)

  ***I ate a chicken salad and three hush puppies plus the crust off of Dancer’s hushpuppy.  I also drank a HUGE Diet Coke.  Guess what, I am NOT hungry and I DO NOT have a headache!  Thank you Catfish Galley!

I am STARVING and I have had a headache for two days.  I really do not understand.  I really don’t think I am eating much less than normal.  I think it is in my mind.  We have family coming tonight so we are meeting them at a Catfish place.  Home of Fried fish, fried okra, fried hushpuppies, and french fries.  To make it even better, they have an ice cream bar for dessert.  I am really excited about going (hah!).  I am NOT coming home hungry.  I will do my best to be good.  I will not partake of the ice cream bar.  But I am not coming home hungry!!!  And, just to get it out in the open now, I am NOT giving up popcorn and M&M night.  I am NOT!

Oh! by the way, I also missed out on exercising today–I’m really just a rebel at heart!

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A Cooking Meme

I was tagged for a Meme by Happy Mommy. Which is a great way to get me going this week.

When was the most recent time you were burned?

I have no idea.  It  has actually been awhile.  Unless you count Saturday night when I burned myself with steam from my iron while ironing church clothes…but that probably doesn’t count in a cooking meme.  The time I remember most burning something was not long after Tigerfan and I were married.  I was baking some cookies and went to take them out of the oven.  I grabbed the pan and decided to switch hands…to the one with no oven mitt.  Brilliant I know.  Worse yet…Tigerfan didn’t really even like the cookies I made.

Can you cook?

Why yes, yes I can.  And, I enjoy it tremendously although I don’t seem to do much of it these days.

If yes name your specialties.

Let’s see, I make a pretty good pot of Chicken and Dumplings and a pretty good pork loin.  I make some to die for green beans wrapped in bacon from a recipe I got from my brother in law. MMMMMMM.  And desserts…oh my.  Chocolate Revel Bars, Mississippi Mud Cake, and Tigerfan likes my Apple pie.

Do you enjoy cooking?

I love it when I have time.  And when the kids are cooperating.  I have started getting them involved in the process and I LOVE cooking with them!

What color is your kitchen?

It is very bright yellow.  We have a big picture of flowers in all sorts of bright colors so it is accented in red, orange, green blue.  It is very bright, happy, and unfinished.  I desperately need curtains but can never decide what would look good so almost five years after moving in and four years after painting all I have are bamboo shades.  Someday, it will be beautiful, though.

Do you bake?

Baking is my very favorite!  It reminds me of grandma.  And oh the deliciousness of what you can eat when you are through!  Unfortunately I am probably going to have to curtail some of my baking because I have decided to really get serious about losing weight and since I seem to be the one to eat the vast majority of the baked goods, I probably am going to have to stop!  Sigh!

What do you like to bake?

Cookies, Cakes, Brownies, Pie…I am not choosy.  Before we had more kids than hands I used to bake all our bread (without a bread machine mind you).  I adore the smell of freshly baked bread.  Did I mention I am dieting…Wow, this is making me hungry!

What color is your apron?

I have several but my favorite was made by my grandma and is green and yellow and has the obligatory tag on the back that says…Made with love by Grandma!

Okay…Feel free to play along.  If you do, leave me a comment and let me know so I can go check it out!

On a somewhat related note…meaning it has to do with food.  I am trying very hard to lose this weight and get healthy.  I have committed to telling someone about my progress and keeping a food journal to try to keep me on track.  You, my sweet blogging friends are  who I am telling…Tigerfan is a bad influence (I love you, sweetie!) so  feel free to ask me how it is going, send me your good, healthy recipes and I am going to start a page where I keep my journal online…hopefully that will keep me from cheating!  Thanks for your help!

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My First Award

OOOH!  I am excited.  Carolyn at Purple Diva’s Diary has given me my first award.  She is so much fun to read and super encouraging always.  She LOVES to give awards…so go check her out!  Anyway, once I get Tigerfan to figure out how to put it on my blog…I’ll post it!

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