Saturday, August 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Ian !!!!!!!!!!!!

Today my oldest is 21.  Where have the years gone?  Here he is pictured with his girlfriend.  I am so proud of the young man you have become.  Enjoy your day.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday already !!! Where did August go?

It seems like only yesterday that August started and now it is almost over.  Wow.  Rachel is adjusting very well to East Tn State and Ian is enjoying his classes at Middle Tn State.  

I got some of the best deals on school supplies at Target today.  They had 5 packs of 70 ct college rule notebooks for 35 cents.  Yes, you read 35 cents.  They had 3x5 notecards 100 ct for 32 cents and Bic Cristal pens for 62 cents.  Wow !!!!!!  I could not believe my luck.  I tried to get in touch with my dh the teacher but could not so I might be going back for the notebooks tomorrow as he has the students use these for journals.  They also had a 44 pound bag of Dog Chow for $18 which seemed like a good price and saved me from having to make another stop. ~smile~

I am working on my first care package for my away child.  She has discovered Easy Mac which I think is gross but she eats when she is up studying late and the cafeteria is closed.  Trying to find a good balance of healthy and junk.  Any ideas anyone?  I am all ears.  She forgot some clothes that she wants sent and the shelf for her refrigerator and I found the light bulbs she needs for her desk lamp.  Now I can't find a big enough box.

Got to make salsa tonight and I have been invited to pick pears if it doesn't rain tomorrow.  I am all for free.  I am going to can them.  All she asks is that she gets some of the canned pears.  No problem.    Every have a blessed day.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Menus and Recipe

Well I know that I normally post my menus on Monday but I wasn't organized so here they are today.  This week:

Sunday - ate out lunch, hamburgers dinner
Monday - just ds and I:  sausage and veggies
Tuesday - taco soup
Wednesday - chicken, potatoes and veggie (most likely carrots)
Thursday - salmon, potatoes and spring veggies
Friday - stuffed green peppers, mashed potatoes and grilled veggies
Saturday - Chicken stir fry (use up leftovers)

So tonight we are having taco soup.  The perfect thing for a rainy day.  Dh can take leftovers for lunches also ~smile~.  Everyone has their own  recipe for taco soup but I thought I would post mine.

Taco Soup

1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 can chili bean (I use white beans)
1 can kidney beans (I use pinto beans)
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet brown meat.  Drain and set aside.  Place everything in a slow cooker including browned meat.  Mix to blend and cook on Low setting for eight hours.  
I will sometimes add onion and green peppers in with the meat to soften.  My family likes the added veggies.  Hope you enjoy it.  
On the same theme my family also enjoys this recipe.

Taco Pie

1 pound hamburger
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup water
6 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 c crushed tortilla chips, divided
1 c sour cream
1 c shredded cheddar cheese

Brown hamburger.  Add taco seasoning, water and tomato sauce.  Place crescent rolls in bottom of greased baking dish and flatten.  Crumble half of chips over rolls.  Pour meat mixture over rolls and crushed chips.  Smother with sour cream.  Add cheese.  Top with remaining chips.  Bake for 20 to 25 mins at 375 degrees.  Serve with favorite taco sauce or salsa.
This recipe is wonderful for using up stale tortilla chips.

Notice we love mexican food.  I love it because you can work little bits of this and that in dishes to use up all the little bits of this and that in our fridges.

With Rachel away at school it only changes the food budget a little bit because Ian is still home and his girlfriend eats with us on Sundays.  We still are starting to change the way we are eating.  With dh and I being diabetic and dh having a heart condition we need to make the changes.  Eating healthier is the new name of the game.

Friday, August 22, 2008

In My Home This Week

It has been a week since I have posted and alot has happened.  Here is what occurred in the past week:

1.  We got a new computer last Saturday.  Our old one would work when it wanted to and would freeze up at the least little thing.  We got a Mac this time and have been extremely happy with it.  It has taken a while to get use to it but I think this will be a happy relationship. ~smile~

2.  Got more salsa made.   Another 15 pints.  I sure hope we get rain soon.  Our tomato plants are not looking very good and I still want to can more.  Our peppers are suffering also.  Time to start thinking of fall crops in Tennessee.  Any ideas?

3.  You can only fit so many things in one room and our bedroom has been maxed out.  I tried to put the ironing board up and found it very cramped.  It is now back out in the living room until I get my craft room back.

4.  Talking about my craft room we have asked a couple of folks for quotes concerning moving our washer and dryer.  I hope to hear from them soon.  Can't wait to have everything back to "normal" again.  What ever normal is.

5.  I got a facebook page.  It is amazing how many people I know on it.  I have been able to get back in touch with some high school friends.  Boy does that feel good.

6.  I think colleges make financial aid hard intentionally.  Boy do I have headaches working with them.  Ian's is right but Rachel's is bouncing around and school starts on Monday, August 25.  There is enough there but one item is missing and they have different amounts today then yesterday.  I guess I will be calling again on Monday.

7.  We got Rachel moved to college on Wednesday and Thursday.  Her roommate moved in at the same time so it was a mad house.  We got her unpacked before we left.  We did forget things so a run to WalMart was in order.  Oh well.  It was the hardest thing leaving her there.  My baby my youngest on her own now in a semi structured environment six hours away.  Weepy was my word of the day on Thursday.

8.  Today has been laundry.  Boy can it add up fast.  General straightening also.  Time to make a new schedule, Ian starts school on Monday so fall timing is in order.  I wish the weather would think it was fall ~smile~.  I will be working on my housekeeping schedule to get me back on track.

9.  Am I the only one who is shocked by the price of college textbooks?  Having two in college really hurts the pocket book.  There financial aid doesn't kick in until the first day of school so books come out of pocket until then.  One used book was $88 !!!!!!  That is ridiculous.

10.  Time to take my diabetes seriously.  I am having alot of problems getting under control.  Been reading and trying to figure of the correct way to eat.  Dh needs it also.  Pray that I am successful.

Got to go.  God Bless.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Rachel !!!!!!!

Today my baby turns 19. Time sure goes fast. I hope you have a wonderful day sweet one. Here she is with her aunt Jackie at her graduation party. Next step : COLLEGE. You go girl. Love you lots.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

In My Home This Past Week......

Boy have we been busy. I have had company and school has started for my dh. Here is what has happened this past week....

1. My brother in law from New Jersey has been visiting. I have not seen him in about four years so it was wonderful to see him. Next time I hope he brings his lovely wife. He left this morning to go back.

2. Last night we had a lovely couple from church for dinner to met Murph (dh's brother). We had a wonderful visit over hamburgers, potato salad, fresh green beans, homemade salsa and chips and carrot cake with ice cream for dessert. It was a wonderful casual meal among friends and family. I hope we can start to do that more often.

3. In my bible study I have been studying Proverbs 31:10-end. I long to be like that woman. It gives me encouragement when I read it and I notice something new each time I read it. This week I noticed verse 13 "She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands." The word I noticed was willingly. Not being forced or made to feel guilty into doing it but willingly almost enjoying to do it. As I seek to become the best wife and homemaker that I can be it is that willing attitude that will help me to fulfill that goal. I thought it was a wonderful thought. ~smile~

4. I am still canning away. In the last couple of days I have canned 15 pints of spaghetti sauce and 13 pints of salsa. I have another triple batch of salsa on the stove as we speak. Nothing speaks love than homecanned goods in the winter.

5. We are almost ready to move the washer and dryer into our "new" mud room and turn our present laundry room into a pantry. I am so excited about getting a pantry I can hardly stand it. When I start getting my disability this is one of the things we will be saving for. Right now I have canning jars everywhere around the kitchen and in my craft room. Dh wants everything in one place so he can find things.

6. Rachel got here laptop. Oh was this a joyous day. It is a graduation gift from her aunt and uncle and we knew it would be August when she received it. They waited until our tax free weekend to order it. Within five minutes she had her background up and things being installed. It is rarely out of her sight now. She has actually let me use it once or twice. Boy do I feel special. ~smile~

7. I am almost done with the second Christmas gift. I have most of the gifts planned out so now I am trying to pace myself to finish them in time. I love making homemade gifts for everyone. My sister in laws birthday is Christmas day also.

8. Rachel's 19th birthday is Friday and she has been hinting for a party. We just don't have the money but we have told her that her friends are welcome to come on Sunday when the youth group is here and we will celebrate then.

9. We have moved our computer. That is one reason why I haven't been on. It is now in our bedroom. We had to move all of the furniture though to make it fit. I used this opportunity to completely clean the room, to restaple under the box spring and dust and vacuum really good. I really enjoy the new setup and even with the computer table and everything else with it is in here it seems like we have more room. The computer had been in Ian's room and we really wanted to give him back his room. He is so happy.

10. Menu this week:
Sunday - eat out lunch, hamburgers for dinner
Monday - spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs
Tuesday - hamburgers, potato salad and green beans
Wednesday - chicken, potatoes and carrots
Thursday - stir fry and rice
Friday - tilapia, potatoes and carrots
Saturday - taco salad

11. I went to the doctor today and I am now using a cane and I have ordered special shoes. I am having trouble with my feet and I am experiencing balance issues. I had bloodwork done and we are trying a new pain med. Wish me luck as I am having alot of pain recently.

Can't think of anything else. I will be posting a little sooner than this time.
God Bless

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday Musings

This weekend was absolutely amazing. Beth Moore was something else. I am so glad that I took the time to go. Rachel really enjoyed it also. Her key phrase was "competently competent". Love it !!!!!!

Sunday I did pay for though as I spent most of the day in bed. So much pain. Was it worth it. Absolutely.

Today, I have been up since 6:45am working in the kitchen. I have got three batches of spaghetti sauce bubbling away, gotten 5.5 lbs of ground beef processed and almost done snapping beans for dilled beans. I will be canning the spaghetti sauce in quarts this time as the pints are just not enough. Dh likes a little spaghetti with his sauce ~smile~. Tomorrow I will make salsa with the two huge bowls of tomatoes that I have staring at me. Had to go to the store twice today as I forgot something the first time.

Please keep Ian in your prayers as he is trying to find a new part time job. He is actually losing money driving for Pizza Hut. He applied at seven different places this morning. He is trying to apply before all of the college students for MTSU arrive later this month.

David is sanding the storage room which will become the mud room once the washer and dryer are moved and then I will have a pantry where the washer and dryer are right now. I can't wait. So much work still to go though.

Well must go stir. God Bless.

Menus for August 3-9

Just got them done for the week. Nothing exciting but here they are:

Sunday, August 3 - lunch: hamburgers, coleslaw and potato salad
dinner: Pizza Hut
Monday, August 4 - chicken, potatoes and carrots
Tuesday, August 5 - sausage, potatoes, and carrots
Wednesday, August 6 - tilapia, corn and green beans
Thursday, August 7 - pork tenderloin with peach sauce, potatoes and broccoli
Friday, August 8 - chicken, peas and carrots or eat out (payday)
Saturday, August 9 - meatball subs

Hope everyone has a blessed day.