Friday, November 30, 2007
Infidels only consumed this delightful beverage until Pope Clement VIII found it to his taste and lifted the ban which had long denied Christians the enjoyment of this pleasurable and stimulating beverage. (Imagine~ no coffee before Sunday School or a church social without coffee!!! I shutter to think.)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
....groundhog that is. He paid us a little visit a few days ago. We figured he was searching for food before he lays down for his long winter nap. If you remember that last time we posted about our groundhog friend Snickers had him hemmed in under Lee's car. Since his brave return to our yard, Abbie has decided that we should call him "Bob". He hung around in the yard for at least 15 minutes while we enjoyed standing at the windows watching him forage. I stealthily took all the pictures of him (which can be seen in our Picasa album) from inside. So I can now add "wildlife photographer" to my list of skills. I'm just waiting for the National Geographic or Animal Planet to call with a job offer but I'm not holding my breath.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This recipe does come with risks involved which I will explain for you in the following disclaimer.
Disclaimer: Accept this Macaroni and Cheese recipe at your own risk. The gifting party will not and can not be held liable for any and all of the frustrations you may encounter after cooking said recipe and feeding it to others. You may become forever known as the "Mac N Cheese lady/man" and you may be asked to bring said Mac N Cheese to any and all functions you may or may not attend for the rest of your born days. By receiving this recipe you understand that you may never grumble under your breath or out loud about the person who gifted you with said recipe when you have to cook it for the umpteenth time . You now have all rights to this recipe and may share it with any and all parties concerned thereby gaining some relief of responsibility as "the Mac N Cheese lady".
Amy's (now Rebecca's) Fabulous Mac and Cheese
1 lb elbow noodles cooked and drained
1 stick butter (melted)
1 Cup of each of the following shredded cheeses
* mild cheddar
*Mexican Mix or Italian Mix (Asiago, Mozzerella, Parmesan for example)
2 Cups Half and Half (can use evaporated milk instead)
1 16 oz. bar of Velveeta (add to this about a Tbsp of milk)
2 large eggs
salt and pepper (ortional)
1 whole tube Ritz crackers crumbled
1 stick butter (melted)
Parmesan cheese grated
*********** In a VERY large bowl mix cooked noodles with melted butter, eggs and half and half. Then mix in the 3 cups of shredded cheeses, season with a bit of salt and pepper to taste (I used white pepper here). Melt Velveeta in the microwave or stove with a little milk until nice and smooth. Pour the melted Velveeta over the noodle mixture and stir it all together. Pour the entire shebang into a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top, melt the second stick of butter and pour over the top of crackers. Top it off with a little sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!!!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Ok I totally stole this off of Jen's blog. Thanks Jen!!! It was just too much fun to pass up. Alright everyone have a little fun and send me your answers!
Reminder: I have a new email address~ firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Rock star name (first pet & current car):
Me: Benji Suburban
Lee: Claude Mazda
2. Ghangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor & favorite cookie):
Lee:Spongebob Chocolate Chip
3. Fly girl name (first initial of first name & first three letters of last):
Me: R Bro
Lee can't be a fly girl
4. Dectective name (favorite color & favorite animal):
Me: Pink Otter
Lee: Red Bull
5. Soap opera name (middle name & city where you were born):
Me: Joan Rutherfordton
Lee: Gary Warner Robins
6. Star-Wars name (first three letter of your last name & first two of your first):
7. Superhero name ("The", 2nd favorite color & your favorite drink):
Me: The Blue Cream Soda
Lee: The Blue Coffee
8. Nascar name (first names of your grandfathers):
Me: Walter Walter
9. Las Vegas Dancer Name (favorite perfume & favorite candy):
Me: Poison Snickers
Lee: No Vegas dancing for him!!
10. Witness Protection Name (mother and father's middle names):
Me: Joan Thomas
Lee: Gary Rubeye
11. TV Weather Anchor Name (5th grade teachers last name & major city beginning with same letter):
Me: Strong Seattle
Lee: Brown Buffalo
12. Spy Name (favorite season & favorite flower):
Me: Autumn Pansy
Lee: Spring Plumeria
13. Cartoon Name (favorite fruit & article of clothing your wearing right now + "y"):
Me: Watermelon Flannel Pantsy
Lee: Pineapple Slippersy
14. Hippy Name (what you ate for breakfast & favorite tree):
Me: Fruitloop Willow
Lee: Toast MonkeyPod
15. Rockstar Tour Name ("The" + favorite hobby/craft + Favorite Weather Element + "Tour"):
Me:The Family Sunshine Tour
Lee: The Baseball Lightning Tour
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We had four full days of nothing but relaxing fun and food. I LOVED going into Cozumel. Papaw and Theresa rented a van so that we could go see the "real Mexico" and not just the touristy section near the port. Thanks Papaw and Theresa!!! The funny thing is there were 10 of us so we needed a big van. Well the Mexican fellas threw a couch in the back and assured us that there would be plenty of room for everyone. Gracie and Abbie got to see Mexico backwards from their couch in the back of the van. This totally reminded me of the bonnie method of doing things that we had become used to in Guam.
Favorites from the trip:
By far Gracie and Abbie's favorite thing was being able to go down to the Lido deck and get ice cream any time they pleased. I think their record was 11 cones in one day!
Holly and Sami also enjoyed the ice cream machine and they loved shopping in Cozumel and being able to stay up late every night playing cards with friends. I heard that Sami and Holly got a kick out of being able to order room service. Such a grown up thing to do!
Caitlin loved spending every waking minute with Aubry and the other girls that came with our group. She and Aubry went around and had their pictures made at every photo spot available.
Mimi and Papa had alot of fun watching the girls have so much fun. Mimi won a little cash at the casino and papa and I donated a little cash to the casino, but we had fun doing it.
Papaw and Theresa enjoyed the casino a bit too. A highlight was watching Papaw compete in the final round of the slot tournament. He did not win but we had a ton of fun cheering him on.
Lastly, my favorite thing was seeing Mexico. I was able to get plenty of bottles of yummy Mexican Vanilla and I can now add Mexico to my list of places in the world that I have visited.
One little note.... my camera was being stubborn while we were on the cruise, so the bad news is that I did not take any pictures. The good news is that papa did take a few and you can see them in our Picasa Web album.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The first is the classic "you are such a (weirdo) saint" and "how and why would you possibly try to duplicate ALL that a child would be taught in the FABULOUS school down the street?". This is usually followed by a well meaning albeit unsolicited explanation of just how fabulous the school down the street actually is and why their kid is in said school AND just how much their little darling LOVES said school AND how much they would HATE being a (social reject) homeschooler. For some reason people seem to take the fact that we homeschool as an affront or judgment on my part about their decision to send their kiddos to school each day. Hmmm... I have begun to wonder if this is because deep down they might feel a bit guilty that they are not doing the best thing for their child?
The next reaction is the one that REALLY gets me right where I live! That is the one where I hear the other mom say: "oh you are such a (weirdo) saint!!! I could NEVER spend that much time with my children!!!" This is usually followed up by one of several other comments including but not limited to: "we'd kill each other", "I cannot get her to mind me even in the little time we do spend together, she is SOOO strong willed" or the ever popular " we fight like cats and dogs just trying to get the two hours of homework done each night". Mind you this is often said about elementary school aged children. To this reaction I just shake my head and try ( a little bit) to look sympathetic but realistically I am wondering what their home life must be like with all that disagreeing going on. My other immediate thought is that if you cannot get your 7 year old to mind and respect your authority while he is small, then how in the world do you think it will be when he is a teenager?!!! Mental images of their child in the back of a squad car begin to creep into my mind. Then I truly DO start to feel a little sorry for this mom in front of me, mostly because I think of all the grief and heartache she will have over her rebellious child someday. OK, I already know what some of you are a thinking right now. I AM NOT trying to say that homeschooling children do not rebel, believe me I'm not THAT naive. I AM simply saying that I wonder about the logic of a parent who says that they cannot have a respectable relationship with their 7 year old.
As far as homework goes, I wonder if most folks realize that in the time it has taken them to get homework done at night (during what should be family time) they could have just about completed a day of homeschooling? The beauty of it is that you as the teacher do not have to spend half that time deciphering what it is her school teacher is wanting your child to do. Seriously my girls spend a concentrated 2-3 hours per day on school work and then we're finished! Then we get to go spend time with other homeschooled kids and moms (socializing) chatting and laughing about what crazy things we have recently heard come out of the mouths of other parents who just don't get us (weirdo) saints.
**** The italicized, parenthesis words, ALL CAPS and overuse of explanation points were all added by me for EMPHASIS and in some cases to note extreme sarcasm!!!!!!!
Monday, November 5, 2007
The Good Samaritan and His Dog
One day my master and I were getting ready to travel to
When I woke up few minutes later I saw a terrible sight. My master was lying on the side of the road bleeding and he looked half dead. From what I could tell the three men beat my master, ripped his clothes, and stole all of our stuff. I went and went and laid down beside my master, I was so tired, but I didn’t dare fall asleep, I wanted to be awake to protect my master, just in case those men came back. About twenty minutes later a priest came walking down the road. I know it was a priest because he was wearing the clothes only a priest is allowed to wear. He looked at us, and then just walked by on the other side. I was thinking “how rude of a priest to just walk by! “ A little while later, another man came down the road. When he came upon us, he looked at me and said, ”sorry little fellow I can’t help you right now, I’m to busy” I was thinking “ you are to busy for a dieing man?” I had just about given up I was almost asleep, when I heard foot steps. I looked up and saw a man with a donkey coming down the road. When the man came upon us he stopped and helped my master up upon his donkey, then the kind man dressed my master’s wounds. In an hour or two we were in
Written by Holly Brown