Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tent Trailer

My husband was able to pick up a 1968 tent trailer for free. Yes, free! It needs some work but the top and sides are in good condition. There are two spots in the canvas that have holes but its 40 years old. The zippers also need to be fixed but, as far as we can tell, it has been pretty well cared for and is in fairly good condition.

Dad's Surgery

My dad had surgery for his hip yesterday. My sister picked him up at 5:00am so he could be to the hospital at 5:30 pm. My mom called at 3:30 pm and said they were getting ready to go home. My dad called me at 6:30pm and he still had not left the hospital. He did eventually go home. He is doing well now thought it will be a few days before he is back to himself.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cheesy Tuna Muffinlettes

2 c cooked rice1
c shredded cheddar
1 (6 oz) can tuna
3/4 c black olives (sliced in 3rds)
1 TBSP instant chopped onions
1TBSP parsley flakes
1 tsp seasonall salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 TBSP milk
Combine all. Spray 6 muffin tins w/cooking spray. Divide mix among cups. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Serve with Tangy Butter sauce or lemon juice.
Tangy Butter Sauce1/4 c melted butter2 TBSP lemon juice1/2 tsp seasonall salt1/2 tsp parsley flakesSpoon over muffinlettes.

Menu Planning Monday

Monday: Cheesy Tuna Muffinlettes
Tuesday: Easy Parmesan Chicken
Wednesday: Macaroni Casserole
Thursday: Impossible Cheeseburger Pie
Friday: Corned Beef Casserole
Saturday: Stir-fry
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Look What I Made!

I made this for my neice. I included it in a box with a whole bunch of craft stuff, glitter glue, fingerpaint, pipe cleaners, stickers, etc. My sister said it was hit.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Missing Teeth

My little girl has had a bridge holding in her tow false front teeth for about three years. I noticed on Wednesday that one of her real front teeth was coming in. I called the dentist and we went to get her bridge taken out. She was afraid children at school would make fun of her. I told her all children lose teeth. She thought she looked funny. She finally saw herself in the mirror. "Mom, I do look pretty." I'm glad she saw that. Today was her day at school with her teeth gone. She had a good day.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dinosaur Museum

Tuesday was Two Dollar Tuesday at the Museum of Ancient History. For $2.00, I couldn't resist as it is usually $8.00 per adult and $5.50 per child. We went with my parents and my neice and nephew. It was lots of fun. My nephew so does not look like having fun, but he's the one that's always liked dinosuars. There are dinosaur models in the background.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mashed Potato Pancakes

1 onion, chopped
4 slices bacon, chopped
2 c mashed potatoes (like to add cheese to ours)
1/2 c flour
1 egg, beaten

Cook onion and bacon until bacon is crisp and onion is tender. Drain reserving 1 TBSP of the drippings in the skillet.
Mixed mashed potatoes, flour, egg and onion and bacon mixture. Heat bacon drippings in same skillet. Spoon 1/4 c of teh potato mixture into skillet; smooth with back of spoon to create 3-inch patty. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden brown on both sides. Makes 4 servings; 3 pancakes each.

Menu Planning Monday

Lunch-ham sandwiches and peaches
Dinner- stirfry (chicken with frozen stirfry veggies)
Breakfast-blueberry muffins
Dinner-spaghetti and garlic bread
Lunch-tuna fish sandwiches and fruit cocktail
Dinner-corned beef casserole
Dinner-crockpot sloppy joes
Friday-oatmeal with fruit
Lunch-pasta salad
Dinner-zucchini-mushroom bake (weight watchers)
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Zucchini-Mushroom Bake

1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 c chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 c thinly sliced zucchini
1 c sliced mushrooms
1/2 c diced red bell pepper
1/2 tsp sliced basil leaves
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
4 eggs
4 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 400F. In 12-inch skillet heat 1 TBSP oil; add onion and garlic and saute until onion is translucent. Add zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper and seasonings and saute until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes; remove from heat.
In a medium size bowl beat eggs; add 2 oz cheese and vegetables and stir to combine.
Transfer vegetable mix to 8x8x2 non-stick baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (until knife inserted in center comes out clean).

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
Brown ground beef. Add ground beef and remaining ingredients to crockpot. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys,help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless."-- Ezra Taft Benson

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

I planned this yesterday but didn't get to post it until today.
Monday, mashed potato pancakes and cornTuesday, cereal, muffins, spaghettiWednesday, pancakes, chicken ceasar salad, soft tacosThursday, waffles, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and onion ringsFriday, cereal, stew, tinfoil dinnersSaturday, pancakes, ham and cheese sandwiches, pizzaSunday, cereal, Southwest Lasagna RollsFor more menu ideas visit Laura at

FHE for August 11

Scripture: Job 19:25
Song: I Am A Child Of God, Children's Songbook, pg 2
We discussed these three questions.
What is a testimony?
How do we get a testimony?
How do we strengthen our testimony?
We played a game about testimonies called Testimony Time from Finch Family Games.
For a treat we had pumpkin chocolate chip cookies because my DS9 likes them.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Last week we found a really good deal on peaches so we bought quite a few. I was able to can 6 quarts and 10 pints. It really didn’t take too long once I got going. I saved some to make peach butter with but it didn’t work. If anyone has good recipe for peach butter, apple butter or pear butter, I’d really like to try them.


DD6 had a bunk bed with a futon underneath that could've been folded into a couch but never was. DD2 needed a bed also so we got a new bunkbed. It has given them both so much more room to play. Both girls seem happy with it so Mom is happy.

Parable of the Popcorn

Parable of the Popcorn
Behold at the time of harvest, the ears of corn did bring forth kernels which were dried and prepared for the Popper's hand. And then it was that the Popper did take the kernels, all that did appear alike unto Him, and applied the oil and the heat.And it came to pass that when the heat was on, some did explode with promise and did magnify themselves an hundred fold. And some did burst forth with whiteness which did both gladden the eye and satisfy the taste of the Popper. And likewise some did pop, but not too much. Behold, there were some that didlie there, and even though the Popper's heat was alike unto all, some did just bask in the oil and keep everything that they had unto themselves.And so it came to pass that those which had given of themselves did bring forth much joy and delight to many munchers. But those which kept of the warmth and did not bring forth were only cast into the pail and thought of with hardness and disgust.And thus we see that in the beginning all appear alike, but when the heat is on, some come forth and give all, while others fail their purpose and become as chaff, so as to be discarded and forgotten. Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Starvation Resevoir

July 31, 2008 after the children arrived home, we took a trip to Starvation Reservoir. My extended family goes every year to catch crawdads but this is only the second year we have gone. It was hot, sticky and there were quite a few mosquitoes trying to make us their dinner. My uncle, my brother, two nephews, one niece, my sister and brother-in-law also went.

FHE for July 28

School starts tomorrow so we had this lesson today. We talked about what to do if we see someone on or near the school that should not be there or who looks like they should not be there. It’s better to be safe than sorry. We talked about always using the buddy system to walk home. We talked about passwords in case someone else needs to pick them up. We talked about obeying the traffic laws and waiting for the crossing guard to tell you its okay to cross. We also reviewed what to do if they are home alone. Always answer the phone. If they ask for Mom or Dad say they are busy. Don’t tell them you are home alone. Don’t answer the door. Etc.We did some role playing and then had refreshments-cookies in the shape of traffic signs.