Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is how God was great in a nut shell!
1- New Job for my Hubby after 16 yrs at one place!
2- My Old Job back (up until last sunday :-( to help me bring in money for our family!
3- A great YIELD in our garden! Enough to share with many!!!!!
4- Over 200 LBS of apples from our adopted Grandparents! (this ='s over 150 jars of apple sauce!)
5- Making great new friends!
6-Showing me the way to eat "CLEAN" this year has made a huge difference in my family! PLUS, I got to meet so many Woman on blogs here online who are a great support when I feel those around me are LAUGHING at me!
7- the finances to purchase my WONDERFUL Kitchenaid (ok, so that is a really selfish "THANK GOD" thing, but come on I bless my family with it daily!)
8- My ETSY shop selling lots... bringing me to over 360 sales!
9- Did I mention great friendships, in real life and online?????
and Number 10-
Giving me my wonderful family on more year, with out sickness, accidents, etc.... Showing me that my children and my husband are the greatest people here on earth, and I shouldn't take advantage of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
Read more HOW GOD WAS GREAT IN 2008 at heavenlyhomemakers.com
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
When you BORROW something.... Give it back in BETTER shape then your borrowed it in!
When you BREAK something that you are BORROWING.... REPLACE IT!!!!!!
I truly believe in borrowing things that you NEED and Lending out things that others need! BUT there are SOME PEOPLE in my life that I just have decided to NOT LEND THING TO! They NEVER return them in a timely manner, they NEVER clean what they borrow, AND sometimes the item comes back broken!!!! I really believe GOD gives to those who care for others property!
IT goes like this.....
While we rented an apartment when first married.... we took care of it like our own house... we didn't eat in the livingroom, we cleaned up every spill, we didn't damage anything! BECAUSE I would tell my husband "I want a house one day and GOD will not provide that if you don't care for others housing!" ALSA, 3 months into our marriage we got our first home! Then after 5 yrs, we sold that home.... After caring for it and fixing it up, we made 45,000 on it! Yes, you read that right..... we bought it for 90,000 and 5 yrs later sold it for 143,000.... so after Relitor fees, we made that much money!!! So great to have to use when we built our new home! BUT we HAD TO RENT while we built! SO, back to renting and back to treating it like our own! This time though we had 3 children when renting! We found a great duplex in the middle of the country to rent (this is where we pick our hundreds of pounds of apples from each year)
To this VERY DAY, we have been their FAVORITE renters EVER! (and they have rented to others in 3 different duplex's for YEARS and YEARS! WHY you might ask.... BECAUSE we cared for their place!!!!! We were LENT this great home to keep our family in and we TOOK CARE OF IT like our OWN!!!!!!!!!!!
OK, that was a long tangent, but I think you catch my drift!
SOOOO, one of my top rules just follows the GOLDEN RULE we all grew up hearing!
OH, and also when walking somewhere like the mall, DON'T just STOP in the middle of the walking area to DO SOMETHING... this is one of my BIGGEST PET PEEVES!!!! Move to the side.... we do not ever STOP in the middle of the freeway to Tie our kids shoes!!!!!!!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
OK, after many trial and errors and many loaves of bread my hubby didn't want to eat... I took my recipe and changed it up a bit to get a soft roll like bread that my hubby actually likes ALMOST as much as store bread! I love White Whole Wheat Flour from King Arthur. I also use their unbleached flour. Someday I will have a grain mill of my own and life with be rainbows and bluejays! But for now, this is the flour I am IN LOVE WITH! You can also use Honey instead of sugar, but we really don't care for the taste ourselves. To know if the water is WARM enough, I stick my pinky in it and if it is hot, but not too hot on the pinky (like you don't want to pull it out right away) then that is the PERFECT WARM for yeast! OH, I almost forgot... sometimes if I have POTATO WATER (water saved from cooking potatoes in) I will use that in place of the water. Yeast LOVE the starch!
6 C. Flour (3 unbleached, 3 Whole Wheat)
1 C. Warm Milk
1 C. Warm Water
1 T. Yeast
3 T. Sugar
Put 1/2 the warm water in the mixing bowl. In remaining water, add 1 T. sugar and yeast. Add Warm milk, sugar, butter, and salt to mixing bowl. Add 3 C. Flour and begin mixing. When yeast mixture is bubbly, add to bowl. Add 2 more cups of Flour. Mix well. Slowly add remaining cup of flour until dough is no longer sticky. Knead for 5 min. Turn into greased bowl and let rise 1 hr. Punch down and form into 2 bread loaves. Let rise 45 min. Put into cold oven and turn oven onto 350. Cook for 30 min. Take out, brush with butter and put back into the oven for another
5 min. Turn onto cooling racks
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Today I am doing my CIVIL duty to warn people about a SCAM type of SITE on the internet!
I say SCAM because they SAY they offer a 30 Days Money back Satisfaction Guarantee!!!
I ordered a NEW battery for my Cell Phone (IT WOULDN'T TAKE A CHARGE), I ordered a Hands Free Set for my Cordless Home Phone (THE MICROPHONE DID NOT WORK), I ordered a Blue tooth for my Cell phone that wouldn't Pair with ANY PHONE we could get our hands on! (We tried at least a Dozen phones, all different!)
SOOOO I wrote to them and they told me this.....
We offer 30 days money back for any reason. If you're unable to use the product then please send it back to the following address for a full refund: Emtc, Inc.2212 S Fairview StreetSanta Ana, CA 92704
Note: Please write 8BJ40691VL072733K outside of the return package so we may process your refund accordingly.
OK, so I do this, Mail it back and WAIT AND WAIT.... So yesterday I email them letting them know that I sent back the package and was wondering when I would receive my refund....
Today I open my email to this.....
We have cancel and refunded the transaction as requested. Hope all is well.
SOOO, I emailed them back right away and asked them WHY I only received 1/2 of my money!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
1. Christmas is soooooo close I can taste it, AND I am scared! Scared I will not ge done all the things I need to GET DONE!!!!! Besides having to keep up with my ETSY shop, I have an order for 2 child quilts, 3 MY FIRST purses (ok, finished ONE the other night!), 2 MORE backpacks (I have already delivered 2) and that is JUST FOR PEOPLE at work! Then for my own gifts to give, I have to make ATLEAST 5 sports bags.... (smaller version of my laundry bags) BUT I would LOVE to get my boys done also, so that is 7 bags!
2. Atleast the christmas cookies are DONE!
3. I am having MY SIDE of the family over HERE for christmas... YES, call me crazy, but I just hate the complaining my mother does when she HAS to have it at her house!
4. I HAVE NOT EVEN STARTED CHRISTMAS CARDS YET....HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. I finally went to see Jim's new work... the people were really nice and they are all in love with me... (I send baked goods on fridays for their big LUNCH!)
6. I have the worst cold ever! I am even medicating it... which I HATE doing! Now of course my head is in a fog.... UGH, you can never win!
7. My kids are in their first christmas play at church! They are all excited and the grandparents are all coming to see them! I even took off work so I could go (YES, sometimes you have to be a good mommy!)
8. I have lots of boxes of STUFF to wrap up for my kids gifts... This year we are ONLY doing handmade for them.... so I have traded on etsy and bought somethings... and made some things..... Hopefully they won't be TOOOO let down...LOL! Of course SANTA will bring something from the store... Just have NO IDEA what that will be yet! Of course they will all get NEW sweatshirts I am sure... since that is SANTA'S tradition at our house!
9. Have I mentioned my cold.....???????????????
10. OH, the best news ever! I bought MORE flannel today! LOL! LOTS AND LOTS of flannel! FOR making LOTS AND LOTS of diapers with....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is all, I can't think of anything that is NEW here!
Anything NEW with YOU??????????????
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Crock Pot Chicken With Black Beans and Cream Cheese
4-5 boneless chicken breasts
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans
2 C. Corn
1 (15 ounce) jar salsa, any kind
4 ounces cream cheese
Take 4-5 frozen, yes, frozen, boneless chicken breasts put into crock pot.
add 1 can of black beans, drained, 1 jar of salsa, corn. (if using canned, drain first)
Keep in crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked.
Add cream cheese (just throw it on top!) and let sit for about 1/2 hour.
All done and enjoy!
I pull mine out before adding the cream cheese and shred the chicken and put it back... then add the cream cheese! We love to eat this with black bean tortilla chips!!!!!!!! Super easy and super good!!!! This is also a great dip (when chicken is shredded) to bring to a party!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1 t. Baking Soda
1 t. salt
3/4 C. Flour
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 C. Powdered Sugar
Mix all the cake ingredients together. Spread into a Parchment Paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 min. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar, then flip onto dish towel. Pull off parchment and sprinkle with more sugar. Roll up like a jellyroll in the dish towel. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, mix together
Unroll; spread filling on
roll and roll again without
the towel. Place in
plastic wrap. Refrigerate.
Friday, December 5, 2008
OK, I want you to start your HOLIDAY TO DO list if you already haven't done that!
~What else do you need to get done? BE SPECIFIC!
*Cards mailed out?
*Food Decided on, When will you prepare it?
*RSVP's make for things you were invited to?
If you do this NOW, there will be less stress in the next 20 days... YES, that is right,
Christmas is 20 days away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can head HERE for some great checklists (PDF files)
One great one is the HOLIDAY TO DO LIST!
They also have one for starting a CASH savings for christmas next year!
She has one of my favorite sites and you can sign up for FREE for emails from her!
Teaching how to SHOP AT HOME FIRST!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Milk Chocolate GingerSnaps
AND you can find the recipe RIGHT HERE it is the VERY TOP cookie!
Don't they look wonderful??????
Look forward to some more RECIPES from me very soon... as today I am making christmas cookies with my sister......
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Old Fashioned Butterscotch Candy
2 C. Sugar 2/3 C. Heavy Cream
2/3 C. Water Pinch cream of tartar
6 T. Butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 t. Vanilla extract
Place sugar in a large saucepan; add cream and water, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add a pinch of tartar, place over medium heat and boil the mixture very slowly until it reaches the soft-ball stage-240 F on a candy thermometer. Add the butter and boil the mixture until it reaches the soft-crack stage-280 F on the thermometer.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Pour mixture into a deep, buttered 7" square pan. When the butterscotch is nearly cold, use the point of a knife to mark it into squares.
When it is quite cold and set, break it up and wrap each piece in wax papaer,
and keep the candy in an airtight container. ( I don't do the wrapping in wax paper, I just put it into the container!)