October 27, 2008
A dad's heart ....
Here is a photo of the HUGE Jayhawk that graces one entire wall of Stephen's newly painted room. He is a huge KU Fan and wanted his room painted in KU Colors -- red, gold and blue.
My husband went the extra mile and beyond by also painting this huge jayhawk on the wall for him. The room is not quite done yet -- but its shaping up really cool!!


Menu Plan Monday - 27 October
We did pretty well last week -- except we changed meals around a bit.
My oldest son and I were talking about how a family he knows is struggling financially, yet wastes food, has a full size freezer stuffed with food but then orders pizza a few times a week for dinner. He said that's $20 a shot. Where is the sense? LOL He's learning.
Sunday -- Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots

Monday -- Hamburger Patty Special This looked so GOOD. I'll use lean ground beef and reduced fat soups (or make my own!) and will probably use mushroom. Rice, Veggie

Tuesday -- Leftovers

Thursday -- Grilled Brats/Italian Sausage, Orzo, Veg

Friday -- Halloween Night -- Homemade Pizza (if just hub and I, then Pizza goes to Saturday!)
Saturday -- See Friday!


October 23, 2008
Thankful Thursday ... Jesus Christ

Today -- while I am thankful for so many things, I believe Jesus Christ is the answer for everything and I am thankful for Him.

Jesus Christ is... Advocate (1 John 2:1)
Jesus Christ is... Almighty (Rev. 1:8; Mt. 28:18)
Jesus Christ is... Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
Jesus Christ is... Amen (Rev. 3:14)
Jesus Christ is... Apostle of our Profession (Heb. 3:1)
Jesus Christ is... Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins (1 John 2:2)
Jesus Christ is... Author of Life (Acts 3:15)
Jesus Christ is... Author and Perfecter of our Faith (Heb. 12:2)
Jesus Christ is... Author of Salvation (Heb. 2:10)
Jesus Christ is... Beginning and End (Rev. 22:13)
Jesus Christ is... Blessed and only Ruler (1 Tim. 6:15)
Jesus Christ is... .Bread of God (John 6:33)
Jesus Christ is... Bread of Life (John 6:35; 6:48)
Jesus Christ is... Bridegroom (Mt. 9:15)
Jesus Christ is... Capstone (Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7)
Jesus Christ is... Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)
Jesus Christ is... Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4)
Jesus Christ is... Christ (1 John 2:22)
Jesus Christ is... Creator (John 1:3)
Jesus Christ is... Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)
Jesus Christ is... Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20)
Jesus Christ is... Gate (John 10:9)
Jesus Christ is... Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
Jesus Christ is... Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5)
Jesus Christ is... Faith and True Witness (Rev. 3:14)
Jesus Christ is... First and Last (Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
Jesus Christ is... Firstborn From the Dead (Rev. 1:5)
Jesus Christ is... Firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15)
Jesus Christ is... Gate (John 10:9)
Jesus Christ is... God (John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; Rom. 9:5)
Jesus Christ is... Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
Jesus Christ is... Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20)
Jesus Christ is... Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)
Jesus Christ is... Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23)
Jesus Christ is... Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2)
Jesus Christ is... High Priest (Heb. 2:17)
Jesus Christ is... Holy and True (Rev. 3:7)
Jesus Christ is... Holy One (Acts 3:14)
Jesus Christ is... Hope (1 Tim. 1:1)
Jesus Christ is... Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27)
Jesus Christ is... Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
Jesus Christ is... I Am (John 8:58)
Jesus Christ is... Image of God (2 Cor. 4:4)
Jesus Christ is... Immanuel (Mt. 1:23)
Jesus Christ is... Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
Jesus Christ is... King Eternal (1 Tim. 1:17)
Jesus Christ is... King of Israel (John 1:49)
Jesus Christ is... King of the Jews (Mt. 27:11)
Jesus Christ is... King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16)
Jesus Christ is... King of the Ages (Rev. 15:3)
Jesus Christ is... Lamb (Rev. 13:8)
Jesus Christ is... Lamb of God (John 1:29)
Jesus Christ is... Lamb Without Blemish (1 Pet. 1:19)
Jesus Christ is... Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45)
Jesus Christ is... Life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
Jesus Christ is... Light of the World (John 8:12)
Jesus Christ is... Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
Jesus Christ is... Living One (Rev. 1:18)
Jesus Christ is... Living Stone (1 Pet. 2:4)
Jesus Christ is... Lord (2 Pet. 2:20)
Jesus Christ is... Lord of All (Acts 10:36)
Jesus Christ is... Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8)
Jesus Christ is... Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16)
Jesus Christ is... Man from Heaven (1 Cor. 15:48)
Jesus Christ is... Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15)
Jesus Christ is... Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)
Jesus Christ is... Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
Jesus Christ is... Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)
Jesus Christ is... Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:18; 1 John 4:9)
Jesus Christ is... Our Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13)
Jesus Christ is... Our Holiness (1 Cor. 1:30)
Jesus Christ is... Our Husband (2 Cor. 11:2)
Jesus Christ is... Our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3)
Jesus Christ is... Our Redemption (1 Cor. 1:30)
Jesus Christ is... Our Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30)
Jesus Christ is... Our Sacrificed Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7)
Jesus Christ is... Power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
Jesus Christ is... Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:6)
Jesus Christ is... Prophet (Acts 3:22)
Jesus Christ is... Rabbi (Mt. 26:25)
Jesus Christ is... Resurrection and Life (John 11:25)
Jesus Christ is... Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5)
Jesus Christ is... Righteous One (Acts 7:52; 1 John 2:1)
Jesus Christ is... Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)
Jesus Christ is... Root of David (Rev. 5:5; 22:16)
Jesus Christ is... Ruler of God’s Creation (Rev. 3:14)
Jesus Christ is... Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5)
Jesus Christ is... Savior (Eph. 5:23; Titus 1:4; 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:20)
Jesus Christ is... Son of David (Lk. 18:39)
Jesus Christ is... Son of God (John 1:49; Heb. 4:14)
Jesus Christ is... Son of Man (Mt. 8:20)
Jesus Christ is... Son of the Most High God (Lk. 1:32)
Jesus Christ is... Source of Eternal Salvation for believers (Heb. 5:9)
Jesus Christ is... The One Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)
Jesus Christ is... The Stone the builders rejected (Acts 4:11)
Jesus Christ is... True Bread (John 6:32)
Jesus Christ is... True Light (John 1:9)
Jesus Christ is... True Vine (John 15:1)
Jesus Christ is... Truth (John 1:14; 14:6)
Jesus Christ is... Way (John 14:6)
Jesus Christ is... Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
Jesus Christ is... Word (John 1:1)
Jesus Christ is... Word of God (Rev. 19:13)

Credit to Jesus Christ Is


October 21, 2008
Little Cat ...

My bestest cat is back ... have not seen hide nor hair of him since last Wednesday/Thursday! He is my favorite barn cat (well really the only barn cat ...) I like. I was pretty sad this morning about him succumbing to outdoor life and its predators and even prayed for him during my prayer time. On my way to work -- I always feed the cats on the way to the car, well I went outside looking for the can I undoubtedly left outside from the day before and there he was!! He is fat too -- so he obviously did some visiting and enjoyed some chow.
So ... glad he's back. It made my day!


Wish List ...
Sometimes you just have to dream (or wish!) about "stuff" or in my case "gadgets" you'd buy in a heart beat if you had extra cash to just drop ... these are not needs mind you ... just wishes ...

Mini Doughnut Maker -- only available in the UK! How unfair is that?

Canon 50m 1.8 Lens (again -- had one but it accidentally broke!)

Balls Complete Book of Home Preserving

(I borrow this from the library but would still like my own copy!)

T-Mobile G1 Phone

I so want this phone -- because it has touch screen and a keyboard and is easily comparable to the iPhone -- but this has a keyboard!!! Do I need it? Well no ... but ....


October 20, 2008
Special Prayer Request
Please remember our family in prayer these next couple of days -- we are believing God to take care of a situation that has arisen this past weekend ... we just made the enemy mad, is all!

Edited to Add: God is working things out -- just trusting and believing Him for it!!


Menu Planner and Grocery List Organization

I love Simplify 101 -- so many things that she does are SO my style. I just wish I had the time and energy to implement much more of how she organizes her home and business.

I came across this "perfect" Menu Planner and Grocery List from Aby Garvey that works perfectly in my Circa Junior Planner -- I love it! Take a peek and see if it will work for your family.

Lately it seems I must have things written down or I just forget. I really am good about remembering things, but I think my plate is too full and some things just spill over ...


Menu Plan Monday -- 20 October

Its been an interesting last few days -- we did well with our plan -- and didn't eat out but we have quite a bit of leftovers and some meals will be carried over ...
And yes, we are still preserving apples!
Sunday -- Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese and Broc/Caul/Carrot veggies mix
Monday -- Leftovers (I know boring but there is lots in the fridge!)
Tuesday -- Sloppy Joes, Orzo and Veggies
Wednesday -- Grilled Ham & Cheese, Chips and Veg
Thursday -- Grilled Brats and Italian Sausage, Rice and Veg
Friday -- Homemade Pizza
Saturday -- ?? I am craving a Turkey Sub from Subway!!
Sunday -- I plan on making Roasted Sticky Chicken (this is so good!!)


October 16, 2008
Bapple Bread Recipe
This is definitely not the best photo -- but this bread is so yummy! Its low-fat but not rubbery like a lot of fat-free baked goods are.
I am NOT a fan of banana bread but I do like this one. I made mini loaves this time instead of one large loaf. My husband liked grabbing one out of the container for an on-the-go snack.
I first saw the recipe posted by one of my artistic bloggy friends, Michelle at Ozarks Sew n' Sews who in turn found it at Mr. Food.
Bapple Bread
4 ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs (I used Aldi brand egg beaters!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9" x 5" loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place bananas in a large bowl and mash with an electric mixer.
Stir in sugar and let stand 15 minutes.
Add applesauce and eggs and beat well.
Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake 55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Cool on a wire rack
(For mini-loaves I baked them for about 20 minutes, then kept checking every 3 minutes until done.)


October 14, 2008
Our weekend -- and internet and fridge!
We had a busy (and productive!) weekend -- I like keeping busy. My husband says I never take a vacation and he's probably right. I just hate to waste time -- time is so precious and fleeting, it's gone before we know it.

We had a decent yard sale -- considering I only had little items, I didn't do too bad. Of course when I unloaded some of the things that did not sell, I found a couple of boxes that I forgot to bring with me. In the spring we plan on having another. I am trying to declutter our home. Too much stuff.

We had some more apples left -- they are soft so we decided to make another batch of apple butter out of them. It is cooking in the crockpot now so that I can process it in the canner this evening. My husband loves it ... (glad someone does!)

I made some Bapple Bread yesterday too! It is so yummy and low fat too.

I will post a recipe for this today. I made a huge pot of homemade spaghetti sauce and 3 pans of Baked Ziti -- 2 pans went into the freezer and one we ate yesterday. Yummy!

The Pastor spoke on Sunday about God blessing those who pay their tithes and give offerings. I had been kind of discouraged lately about our financial situation -- its not bad by any means. We are paying a lot off and we are always able to make the bills -- even after my husband took this other position which decreased our income about $600-800 a month. But then I got to thinking about it and we are more than making it with that much less!! My car will be paid off in about 3 months -- I am thrilled to not have a car payment again.

And ... God blessed. With the help of Melinda's husband -- our fridge is fixed!! Zero OOP. Of course I owe him some cookies for his help at the very least.

And ... new internet service. When I signed up last week they told me there would be a $99.00
installation charge and when they came yesterday -- the receipt said No Charge!!

How awesome is that??

Image courtest of Student Hacks


October 13, 2008
Menu Plan Monday .. 13 Oct

Internet service should be restored today! Hopefully it will all work out without any issues. Since we already have the dish set up in the field -- they should only have to change computer parts and new inside equipment!!

Sunday -- Baked Ziti, Italian Bread and Salad

Monday -- Grilled Brats/Turkey Sausages, Oven Fries, Veggie (SMC like these for lunch!)

Tuesday -- In all probability == leftovers (if there is any!) Grilled Ham/Cheese if not.

Wednesday -- Chicken Taco Soup (without the beer!)

Thursday -- Sloppy Joes, Mac & Cheese, Veggie

Friday -- Pizza (using the new Pizza Crust Recipe we tried 2 weeks ago)


October 9, 2008
Internet and Fridge Down!
Both our refrigerator and our Internet have expired! Ugh! We will not be able to get access until Monday -- so I can't post any photos of the new pizza crust we tried last week -- but here is a link to the recipe. It is so good!! My guys loved it.

Try it -- its a keeper. I haven't tried the bread sticks they say it makes yet, but I am sure we will. The best part is you can get all the ingredients at Aldi, and yes corn meal is inside of the dough and not. (I did not use as much oil as the recipe for the pans -- too much for this girl!) And I just used my Kitchen Aid and let it rise in a bowl covered on the table. Thanks for Mom Advice for this great find.

Pizza Hut Style Pizza & Cheesy Bread

1 1/3 cups water
2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp cornmeal
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Add ingredients to bread machine, according to manufacturer's settings, and run dough setting. After the machine beeps, roll out the dough.
You can roll the dough into two 9x13" pizzas or into two medium pizzas or a large pizza and an order of breadsticks (as instructed above).
Parbake the crust with a drizzle of olive oil on it at 450 degrees for ten minutes. Remove the crust and add sauce and toppings.
If making breadsticks, add your breadsticks at this time. Place into the oven for another ten to fifteen minutes or until golden and bubbly.Enjoy!

Pray we can find a good, used (cheap!) refrigerator soon!
Image courtesy of E How


October 8, 2008
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Have you scheduled or completed your mammogram this year?
Please call now and get this done -- your family will thank you for it.


October 7, 2008
Menu Plan Monday ... on Tuesday!
I really did have a plan, I put it in my planner but never posted here.

We've been canning a bunch of apples the past week and every night except for Wednesday that has been our routine.

We've made applesauce (of course!), apple butter, apple pie jam (yummy!), apple pie filling and apples with red hot syrup. We haven't canned the last it was just a trial run, but we plan on canning some of those, and another entitled Apples studded with cherries and raisins. If there are any apples left at that point -- they will be applesauce.

Sunday -- Grilled Chicken with chipotle marinade, Cheesy Ranch Potatoes and Corn

Monday -- Grilled Brats and Turkey Sausage, homemade fries and broccoli

Tuesday -- Beef Soft Tacos, Rice and Corn

Wednesday -- Clean out the fridge

Thursday -- Pasta with marinara sauce, italian bread and a veggie

Friday -- (Yard sale day!) Homemade Pizza -- I found a new recipe which I will share later this week for the dough -- we all loved it! It is a keeper.

Saturday -- OTE. Chinese Food!