Sunday, August 31, 2008

Just 5 simple notes. . . . . .

I am amazed everyday by the ways that God keeps showing us just how truly amazing His grace is. Cheryl over at diary of a crazy lady posted this video on her blog and yes of course I swiped one again. But I think you all will truly understand that I just couldn't leave this one alone. I hope you all get as much a blessing out of it as I did.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Congrats to all! The poll last week showed that most of us have converted to the eco-friendly CFL bulbs and thrown away the energy guzzlers. I'll be posting some other inexpensive ways that you can go "green" in your household.

Now for this week's question. Wow! I can only say that I was shocked, blindsided, and excited when John McCain announced his running mate for VP in this year's Presidential election. I am proud that for the second time in our Country's prestigious history, a woman will be on the presidential ticket in November. I was equally proud that his choice was a mother of five (hmm, who else do I know like that). So to this week's question. Are you excited that a woman is on the Presidential ticket for this year's election? I know I am!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bread Basket. . . . .

Household Helpers

Hey, did anybody besides me get weird looks from walking around with cool-whip in my hair while holding a bowl of strawberries? I actually did try one of them this week. My son got a paper cut and used the chap-stick helper and it actually worked! Go figure.

This week I found a site that listed the average lifetime of household appliances. I thought it was pretty neat so I though I would pass along the info. If anything it might give you housewives out there the leverage you need to go appliance shopping! I SO want a set of those HE washer and driers!

The average lifespan of household appliances:

  • Central A/C 15 years
  • Room A/C 12 years
  • Dryer 18 years
  • Washing machine 13 years
  • Dishwasher 12 years
  • Refrigerator 20 years
  • Upright freezer 20 years
  • Stove 18 years
  • Water heater 13 years
Unfortunately I'm stuck with my fridge, stove, dishwasher, dryer, washer, freezer, and water heater for quite a few more years. So, if any of you get that shopping spree please think of me!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Everything but the kitchen sink. . . . .

Oh the joys of motherhood. Did you ever wonder where in the world Hallmark got it's impression of the daily life of a mother? I would love to have been in the household of Leave it to Beaver when the TV camera's stopped rolling. I can bet you that June probably didn't get up in the morning with the look of Susie Sunshine on her face. Yesterday evening there I was sitting on the couch with my little "Bud". I love cuddle time with Adam especially when it's just he and I. After about 30 minutes of course big sis Meg came into the room and Mom was kicked to the curb. Oh but that's where the fun started. Only about 5 minutes later I was in the middle of a Mario Galaxy beating (my butt not Mario's getting kicked) when I heard this funny little noise. I can only describe it as a miniature version of what Mount Saint Helens might have sounded like. This sound of course was followed by a horrified gasp. Yep, that's right my little "Bud" has begun to erupt. And when I mean erupt, I mean it was out of both ends. Well all I can say is that Meg has yet to learn the finer points of going from sit to break-neck speed for the bathroom at the drop of a pin. Poor kid, her 1 second of hesitation cost her her outfit. Now this is where the fun starts for me. Thankfully Meg stayed with Adam in the bathroom. I of course went to get a towel and start my janitorial duties. Mind you in a previous post I introduced you all to the adorable addition to our family named Rascal. Let me say he has lowered himself several notches by his reaction to Adam's expulsion of his bodily fluids. We all know what puppies and dogs in general do when there is vomit in the vicinity. I'll let your imaginations fill in the blanks. All I can say is with one foot I'm trying to mop up the floor and trying to keep Rascal away with the other foot all the while trying to keep my balance so I don't fall into the mess. It was touch and go for a moment but I managed to stay afloat. Whew! After marking the floor, couch, my pillow, his bed, Meg's clothes, and oh yeah his Dad's shoes this morning so far so good. That little volcano inside hasn't erupted for a couple of hours now so hopefully Mount Adam has gone dormant. Oh the joys of motherhood!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Useless Info.

You know I've always been told that I have a great memory for useless information. They're probably right I still don't know why that one of the only things I remember from High School Biology is that to make chocolate milk creamy one of the ingredients they include is cargeenan which is seaweed.

So, I started surfing the web because I figured if there was one place in the world where a lot of useless information was floating around it was there. Here's a few tidbits that I found. Who knows, maybe I'll make this a weekly post. Hope you enjoy.
  • A snail can sleep for 3 years. ( I only wish I could get a good 7 hours!)
  • It's possible to lead a cow upstairs. . . . . .but not downstairs (so much for putting that milking machine in the basement.)
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men. (hmmm, it's probably because we can't believe all of the things they do!)
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist. ( I told my Mother that there was a good reason for me not to trust them!)
  • Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza a day. (I wonder if they sell those seeds down at the farm supply, could be a good crop to get into)
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. (I'll take their word for it, there's NO WAY I'm getting close enough to check)
  • Banging your head against the wall burns 150 calories per hour. (Wow, I actually do exercise 5 times a week!)
Didn't know that there was so much out there that you never knew about did ya?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Here is a person with nothing better to waste his time on. . . . .

Well it seems that Michael Newdow (he's the one that sued to have the pledge of allegiance removed from schools 4 years ago) is at it again. This time he has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court challenging that the motto "In God We Trust" on all of our currency should be removed because it refers to God and therefore violates separation of Church and State.

First of let me say that I love living in a democracy but there is nothing more aggravating to me than for someone to be able to stand on their soapbox and use the taxpayer's money and time for a blatant disrespect for the very values that this country was founded on. Dare I say I wish there was a way to send this person back to the times of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and let him state his case to them to find out exactly what not only their opinion of him would be but also the consequence of his words. Unfortunately Satan has his hands in every facet of our lives and one of his best tools is TV and the Internet.

Here is a link to a live poll that is running to find out what the general consensus of his idea is. Hmmmm, here's a suggestion let's start making people foot the bill for their frivilous lawsuits. Here's an even better one. Let's call up the US Treasury and find out just how many millions(or billions) it would take to re-mint all of the current currency in circulation and send this fool the bill.

Question of the week. . . .

Well I guess the poll showed last week that none of us have made the transition to power for the sake of the environment. I'm just as guilty!

Ever since they put that Planetgreen channel on the line-up I've been addicted. I now have the reusable shopping bags which really are a great way to help with the environment. But I had already made one transition in the house before Planetgreen put the enviro-bug in me. We all know that especially in the SE the summer months are when we need to take out loans to pay our electric bills. At least in our house we generally don't see a bill below $325.00. So, trying to help out I switched out all of the bulbs in our house to CFL's or compact fluorescent lights. Not only are they supposed to be better for the environment but they cost considerably less to operate and they generate less heat. Here's an example: An 18 watt CFL used in place of a 75 watt bulb will not only last about 10 times longer but will cost $45.00 less to operate.

I can say this, along with switching out the bulbs and having a new dryer and dishwaher, our electric bill has not been above $275.00 all summer. So, who else has made the transition? And if you have, have you noticed any savings?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Peace and quiet finally!! (Well sort of. . . )

This week was the big event of the summer. I'm talking about the four older kids going back to school! Hey I must admit that I was ready to boot them out the door!

Those that know me know that in our house there is one person that reigns supreme over all. I'm not talking about the hard working father who get's up at 4:30 and goes to work for 10 hours a day. Or the mom who trudges behind 5 kids all the while wondering where her clean house went to. I'm not even talking about the know-it-all teenager who resides behind door number two. No, I'm talking about the cutesy little two year old that to anyone who lives outside of our "family" loop may think he is the most adorable well behaved little young man they have ever met. Hmmm, all I can say is let me put you in a room with him for 10 minutes after he has been sufficiently charged up by his siblings and you'll be begging to swim with the sharks without a cage! He is definitely the puppet master and his four older siblings are his marionettes! The funny thing is that they don't even realize it. He doesn't even have to say jump for them to ask him how high. Boy, he has his own little Chuck E' Cheese's minus the pizza right in his living room. He doesn't even have to try and drive them nuts, it just comes completely natural.

Just this evening he was helping his sister's rearrange something in their bedroom. Unfortunately they never asked for his help and it happened to be their fish tank. They now have a turtle and hot wheels theme going on instead of the normal sea life. Forget sharks, those poor fish have to dodge the never ending net that Adam keeps using trying to catch them so he can "hold" them. I wonder if they have fish shrinks because they're definitely going to be needing one.

Fav food of the week shoutout. . . .

I am in general not a seafood person. My biggest complaint is the "fishy" smell. However there are a few that I will dig into. One being salmon. I honestly cannot get enough of it. Now I am talking about fresh salmon and not farm-raised. There have been concerns regarding chemical additives that could be harmful to you. That being said I thought tonight I would splurge for my hubby and I.

I start off with a fresh filet. Tonight I decided to blacken mine and cook it on the stove in a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Another good way is just to use butter and lemon with a little bit of garlic and bake in the oven. Those of you that have cooked salmon know that it does not take long. Just a few minutes on each side under medium heat will do the trick.

Tonight I decided to serve it with some alfredo noodles and spring veggies in a herb and butter sauce. Who said food that was good for you had to taste bad?

Bread Basket. . . . .

Household Helpers

Hope everyone enjoyed the helpers from last week. My girls especially loved the air freshener for cleaning mirrors idea. I guess it must have something to do with having to share their bathroom with two older brothers! I've found a few more "classic" household helpers I thought I would highlight. Some I'm sure you have probably heard of before and a few might just surprise you!
  • Using cool-whip in your hair for 15 minutes as a conditioner. Now I personally wonder how strawberries would go with that? :o)
  • Want shiny hair? Rinse it in brewed Lipton Tea.
  • Use chapstick or super glue on a paper cut.
  • Try rubbing WD-40 on those joints to ease arthritis pain.
  • Vaseline for removing eye makeup.
Hope you find that some of these work. I personally want to try out the super glue helper. Believe it or not they actually use a type of glue in Hospitals now for cuts instead of sutures!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Braking is definitely a science. . . .

You know I never knew how difficult "smooth braking" can be until I started riding with my 15 yo!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Newest member of the clan. . . . .

Well this past weekend we added a new member to our clan. Hopefully he will be better at cleaning up after himself. So far though he has been good at entertaining everyone. I'm talking about our new miniature australian shepherd puppy Rascal. We have been wanting to get a new dog for awhile now. Our last dog Woody was unfortunately struck by a truck while he was walking with me when I was pregnant with Adam. Since we live in a rural area I like having a dog because they will let you know if someone is coming up the drive. Woody was good at doing that and also he would stick to you like glue whenever you were outside and not let you out of his sight. So, I noticed an ad in the paper on Friday for the puppies and decided to approach the subject with the hubby who said sure. Well, off we trekked Friday night to what seemed the other side of the moon until we finally arrived at out destination. Unfortunately for me there was a litter of 6 that we had the daunting task of choosing just one puppy from. After what seemed about 1 hour the kids had finally whittled their choice down to the puppy with the bluest eyes. So far he's blended right in with the usual chaos of the household. Hmmm I wonder how long it's going to take before he crosses that imaginary line and chews up someone's MP3 player. Oh the joys of payback. . . . .

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Well the consensus from last week's question was that most did not think that taking a foreign language in high school should be mandatory but voluntary instead.

This week I thought I would probe everyone's opinion regarding the ever daunting task of laundry. Lately one of my favorite channels to watch on TV is Planetgreen. I can say that it has triggered the "ecobug" in me. I've found myself surfing the web finding out about such things as rainwater barrels, solar panels, and even denim insulation! One thing that I heard was that most feel that powder laundry detergent is not only better at washing clothes but also better for the environment versus liquid due to the water.

So, what's your preference? Powder or Liquid? Don't worry I won't send the eco-police after you(I personally prefer liquid!)!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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I have to admit I stole this idea from Cheryl over at Diary of a Crazy Lady. I was able to post just a few of the many photos from our family vacation to Gatlinburg. Hope you all enjoy!

Bread Basket. . . . .

Household Helpers

I hope that I helped boost Coca-Cola's stock price with last week's helpers. This week I have searched the World Wide Web for some new and some timeless helpers. Some you may have already tried but if not I hope they help out in your household!

  • putting a slice of bread in your brown sugar container will resoften it and eliminate the hard lumps.
  • like the smell of your freshly cleaned clothes and linen? Then place fabric softener sheets in your drawers and linen closet to keep that nice clean smell for weeks.
  • throw in a few tennis balls in the dryer with your next load. It will not only cut your drying time 25%-50%, but will also fluff your clothes!
  • use air freshener to clean your mirrors. It not only works just as well but will also leave a nice clean scent behind!
  • to help keep ants at bay, sprinkle cinnamon and cayenne pepper around the outside of your house. The ants will not cross the line.
Hope these helpers do the job. If you find or know of a good helper, feel free to post a comment letting everyone else in on your secret!

School bell is almost ringing. . . .

Well it's about that time again. The time when we all get to wake up with smiles on our faces welcoming the morning sun with zeal. Being courteous to each other and excited about the upcoming school day.

Ok, so I haven't woken up from dreamland yet right? At least in our house it's first wake-up call at 6:00a, repeat again at 6:15a, and then screaming foghorn at 6:30. Run around looking for some earplugs so you don't have to listen to the complaining about the girl's taking too long in the bathroom, or he just ate the last muffin! The ever present grumblings about how school is a waste of time and I wish I didn't have to go!

At least there are some changes in our household this year, we now have two in high school, and two in the middle school. That's right I only have to fight traffic to two different schools this year!

On a serious note I was reading a great article in the Home Life Magazine that our Church regularly hands out. You know in our society today, pressure is put on all areas of our kids lives. Peer pressure is enormous, and it's even preached to them in elementary school the value of their GPA for college scholarships. We as parents are just as guilty. I think a lot of us try to live our youth through our children. Maybe pushing them to strive for things that we in our youth never achieved or even attempted. I know in our home we have one that is in band at the High School where from August to December it's practice after school every day and then football games on Fridays. The girl's both are into soccer with busy practice schedules as well. We are even going to have one in ROTC which is a new beginning for us so we'll have to wait and see. But, in this article there was a sidebar mentioning 5 warnings signs of overload. As parents we need to realize that just like us children need that time every day to be able to wind down and just "veg out". Here are some signs that their schedule may just be overloaded:
  • leaving homework unfinished or having to complete it late at night because that's the only time left.
  • rushing through meals in order to meet other commitments.
  • complaining about practice, games, or lessons.
  • falling asleep during the day.
  • chronic irritability.
If you notice any of the above maybe it's just time for a "step back" and prioritizing things. Even children need to learn that you can't accomplish or take part in every activity. Kids can discover the things that they really enjoy. Plus, I'm sure everyone will agree it will make everyone's home life a better one!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Only in Florida. . . . . .

I'm proud as a native Floridian to report on another story that should make all the residents of this state wonder if there is something in the water that is causing such delusional behavior. Apparently, a Grandmother in Marathon used all of her wisdom which apparently wasn't much to make the decision to drive around a parking lot with her 3 year old Granddaughter on the roof. Yes that's right! Unfortunately I am not making this up! She actually found the words to defend herself! She felt that since she "had a hold of her leg and was only going at a snail's pace" that that somehow completely justified her lack of hmmmm let's say common sense? Apparently this was the Grandmother's way of showing the kid some fun. Can I say playground? Or how about Mcdonald's Playplace? Or how about "Grandma did you forget to take your medicine?". Boy what's next dragging her Grandson BEHIND the car and telling the police that she was teaching him to waterski?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beep......please leave a message

You know let's face it we live in a world where most people base their success on materialistic things and where most people think that the only way to live is to go go go.

I'm just as guilty as the next person. My cellphone is always on my hip when I leave the house, we're a "wired" family meaning that we are all guilty (me the most) of surfing the web. I'm usually up until late, it just seems that I'm in constant on mode. I guess if I wanted to I could easily say that having 5 kids means a busy life. But in reality I think we're all guilty of letting society tell us how our lives should be.

Being a Christian we all know that there is one day that is specifically set a side as a day of rest. I'm talking about Sunday. But lately even on Sunday's it seems as if those little "errands" that just can't wait have started popping up more and more. Pretty soon our day of rest has turned in to just another weekend day for us to get more things accomplished so we feel as if our week hasn't been wasted. Well guess what? I quit! That's right, today after Church I came home and I am not afraid to admit it I walked right past that sink of dirty dishes, ignored the pile of clothes in my bathroom that needed to be washed, and overlooked that clutter that was popping up on the dining room table. After lunch I actually took a nap with my 2 year old (how wonderful!), and caught up on watching "Living with Ed". I confusingly watched my 15yo play Mario Galaxy on the Wii and no I did not attempt to even try and figure out how to play it! I didn't worry that the cars needed to be cleaned out or that the grass wasn't quite finished being cut. I didn't even worry that I really needed to run up to Wally World aka Walmart although that one really put me through withdrawal I mean doesn't everyone need their daily fix?

I truly enjoyed my day of rest. So, I hope all of you don't let the Jones' down the street tell you what you need in your life to make it seem important or justified. That the world's view of success is not your own. And that you find peace and relaxation in a day that God gave us to recharge not only our physical but our spiritual batteries as well.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

You comment I follow. . . . . .

One of the big issues with bloggers is pagerank. It all boils down to how many pages are linking to your blog. Most people think that if they are leaving tons of comments on different sites that this will increase their pagerank because of links back to their site. Unfortunately most templates have a little piece of code that inhibits linkbacks from occurring with comments. Here is a link to Randa Clay's site that has a nice article about this issue telling you how you can remove this code to start allowing linkbacks to the sites of those that leave comments for you. She has also designed some nice logos that you can add to your site letting everyone know that your site will allow linkbacks. I've added one myself to the sidebar on the right. So, don't worry! Leave all the comments you want! The more comments you leave the more linkbacks you'll now get!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Question of the week. . . .

Well the US Government took the most blame for our gas situation in last week's question. This week I figured I would push a few buttons. Over at The Mom Blog's they were having a discussion regarding foreign language requirements. The big debate was whether or not it should be mandatory for High School students to take a foreign language in order to graduate. The opinions were far and wide. I personally think that it is great for a student to learn a second language. I myself took spanish in High School. I am leaning though toward the opinion that it should be an elective or "choice" of the student and their parents whether or not they take one and not a forced issue in order to get their diploma. So, what do you all think?

Fav food of the week shoutout. . . .

Well last week I highlighted a fav of my s/i/l Joyce. Tonight at Jake's birthday party I thought I would throw out another fav dip of mine since we just did the spinach dip last week. So, I introduced a house-full of Baptists' to Mississippi Sin Dip! It may be sinful but boy is it good! If you're into a low-fat diet please don't read any further because this dip is definitely not for you!

First of all here's the ingredients: 1 lb roll of sausage, 2 pkgs of cream cheese, 1 8oz. sour cream, 1 8oz. pkg of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 sm can of green chiles(optional), 1 loaf of french or round bread.

Hollow out the bread and break apart the reserve for dipping later! Cook and crumble sausage and drain. In large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture into hollowed out bread and completely cover in aluminum foil. Place on baking sheet into preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 10-15 min to brown the top.

Now, when I make this I also get a second loaf of bread because you never have enough! And don't worry about Joyce not getting her spinach dip tonight, I think I've introduced her to another future favorite! Hmmm, I guess now I'll be flipping a coin at Damien's party in October as to which one I'll be making!

Happy Birthday! ! ! ! !

Well today was the second birthday in our household in little over a week. The oldest of the five turned another year older in age and about 20 years in know-it-all! And of course as per my previous post this afternoon the biggest happening of the day was Jacob getting his learner's permit. Oh the excitement! You know the funny thing is is that he keeps stating "If anyone under 21 rides with me you had better be wearing your seatbelt or I'll get the ticket!". I think Nana summed it up perfectly this evening at the party when she replied, "Don't worry Jake if I'm riding with you I'll definitely be wearing mine!". Jake even had to smile at that one! My husband had the wretched task of bringing out the birthday cake so everyone could sing. What you have to understand is that Jake is a big FSU (Seminoles) fan and John is a diehard Gator! That's right we're a house divided. At least it's divided on the right ends, both the older boys are FSU and the parents are Gators so we can at least make them watch the U of F! Mamaw got a smirk in when Jake realized that the new trumpet case she bought him was made by the Gator company of Tampa and had a nice big Gator nameplate right on the side of the bag. What can I say, GO GATORS!

Warning clear the sidewalks.. . .

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I told everyone that as a responsible citizen I would give you all fair warning when the inevitable happened. That's right, my son Jake got his restricted license this morning! So, you all need to call you agent's right now and up your insurance or maybe I should be the one doing that! Hey so far so good, he's had his license all of 1 hour now and he's only almost killed me once! I already have a call in to the Doctor for a prescription for valium. So, if you meet me on the street I'll be the one staggering and slurring my words not from drinking but from traumatic stress disorder!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Who knew simple words could be so powerful. . . . .

Bread Basket. . . . .

I thought I would add a new section on the blog weekly called the Bread Basket. I'll post a different scripture weekly. If anyone has a favorite they would like to share, feel free to post a comment. For the inaugural verse I decided to post one of my favorites found in 1 Corinthians.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ramblings. . . .

You know there are some professions that make you wonder why in the world would someone drag themselves down to this level. Some of these could be lawyers, drug dealers, street walkers, but to me one of the lowest is telemarketers. No offense but these people must be either some of the most desperate or they just don't care what people think of them.

There is nothing more aggravating than to be right in the middle of something and mistakenly answer the phone without looking at the caller id. Then to hear that annoying let me see how much I can kiss up voice on the other line asking me how my day is going. One of these days I'm actually going to tell them the truth. Do you want to know how my day is going? It's going great! Had to wake up a grumpy teenager during summer break to take him up to the high school by 8am even though I wanted to sleep in since my 2 year old didn't get to sleep until after 1am since his sister's think it's funny to give him a caffeine fix via a central line until 10pm! I fell asleep on one of the girl's twin beds with said two year old who seemed like he was trying out for a kickboxing career all the while talking about eggies and crackers in his sleep (hey, it's his fav breakfast!). And, just when I thought I was getting him to agree to take a nap since my head was pounding and my eyes were burning from lack of sleep he decided to "crank up the volume" and pretend to be Lightning McQueen making at least 100 laps around the living room all the while squealing his tires in the turns. But low and behold, I FINALLY get him to sleep and just start drifting off to la la land myself when what's that? Oh the phone! And to my surprise who is on the other line? You! Apparently you seem to think that living out in the country I would certainly benefit from a fitness center membership to a gym that is 100 miles away. Oh I can see that one. As if chasing after a two year old all day and chasing off 4 teens before I commit euthanasia isn't enough, you think I would benefit from driving 100 miles to um let's see sweat and run myself out of breath? Gee I could stay right at home and do that for free!

I know what would be better, how about you write me a nice check for the $10,000 that you should be paying me right now for violating the do not call list. Better yet, how about I switch jobs with you for one day and let you deal with five kids and I'll enjoy calling people being completely annoying all for the sake of commerce.

Household Helpers. . . . .

Well I hope everyone enjoyed the helpers from last week's post. My kids are now known as lemon, lime, orange, grape, and strawberry. Just joking! Did anyone try out the jello one? If so let me know if it worked or not.

This week I thought I would highlight some classic uses that people have found for Coke. I'm sure that many have heard of these but if you haven't you have definitely got to try these out!
  • Removes grease. When washing a load of clothes empty a can of coke into the washing machine. The cola will loosen the grease stains.
  • Cleans corrosion off of battery terminals. Just pour a can over the terminals and watch the corrosion disappear. I have actually used this one and it works!
  • Brighten up a toilet. Pour a can into the bowl and let is sit for 1 hour. Brush it and flush, check out the nice shiny toilet it leaves behind!
  • Loosen rusted bolts. Dampen a cloth with coke and lay on top of the rusted bolt. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Just like the toilet, coke will remove stains from your china. It's the citric acid that does the trick.
And last but not least I found this recipe that I thought I would add as a bonus:
  • Take a baked ham and moisten it with coke. Pour some coke into the bottom of a baking pan and add the ham wrapped in foil into the pan. About 30 minutes before the ham is done cooking, remove the foil and let all of the juices run together. It will not only make a great gravy but will also produce a wonderful moist ham as well!
Hey if these things don't work look at it this way, if you own stock in Coca-Cola you're helping your retirement by buying it at least!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Beauty night. . . . . .

I guess when the boys got haircuts the other day it started the girls thinking about their hair. Today they conned me into making a trip to the local Sally's Beauty Supply. I just didn't realize what idea they had come up with. It seems that they both wanted to get their hair highlighted. Now mind you I was never one of those that worried about their hair. My idea of a good haircut is one that I can get right out of the shower, towel dry, throw in some sunglasses (not for sun but for the hair!), and be one my way. The term highlights never entered my hair philosophy. Anyway I must have had a moment of weakness either that or my blood sugar was extremely low! So, down the hair color aisle we went. Picking out the right highlighting cap, developer, brush, gloves, color, etc.. Now, I will say that I had my hair highlighted once. And believe me it only took the torture of having my hair highlighted once to convince me that I never wanted to do that again! Just the memory of that little hair pick poking through that cap and me feeling like I was being electrocuted with every pull made me wonder why any person would want to do that to themselves. Anyway, I paid for our purchases and off to the house we went. Meghan was up first. On with the cap and the poking began. I did warn them ahead of time but they assured me they would be fine. Well halfway through I was beginning to doubt their commitment to their decision.

Boy, we finally finished pulling Meg's hair through. I don't know who had it worse, her for having to actually go through with it or me for actually having to do it! Don't worry, no bleach for us I called a dear friend who has been a hairdresser for years and she gave me a wonderful safe option to bleach instead. So, I coated her hair with the Wella 1030 color with 20 developer and left it under a cap for 30 minutes. Voila thirty minutes later I don't know who was more pleased Meg for having her highlights or me thankful that her hair didn't fall out! And to think I got to repeat this whole thing again! Whew! Poor Brenna got to go through the lovely treatment also. All in all I think the night o' beauty went fairly well. The girls got their highlights, my blood pressure stayed intact, and no one lost any hair!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Shell shock. . . . .

The time is drawing near for that ever dreadful event in the life of any child or teen, I'm talking about the first day of school. Usually during the summer the boys can get away with something that is normally not tolerated in our household. I'm talking about shaggy hair.
They both were on the verge of being called mopheads. I personally can't stand to see unkempt hair on a boy no matter how good they "think" they look. Well a miracle took place the other day in our household. We were doing the normal puttering around the house when the phone started ringing. Caller ID said it was from the school board and I naturally thought that someone was calling me about a sub job. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I realized who it was on the other line. It was the commanding officer of the ROTC unit at the local high school of which Damien will be entering 9th grade. You would be proud that when I walked into the boy's room I only had a medium sized smirk on my face as I handed him the phone. He came walking out and said that orientation was next week. My reply was, "You know that this means you're going to have to get a haircut.". Oh I started picturing a flat top! This morning was the big day. I took both boys to the Olde Tyme Barber Shop here in town. Damien went first. The first question out of the barbers mouth was, "What kind of haircut do you want?". I didn't give Damien time to answer. I said, "He's going into ROTC this year." to which I got, "We know what kind of haircut you need, the Master Sergeant comes in here all the time!". What fun! I got to sit there and watch as Damien quietly took my secret punishment!

At one point the barber actually asked him if he was getting dizzy from losing all of that hair! Jacob was the lucky one. He was able to only get the "eyes, ears, and collar" rule that we normally enforce. He wouldn't agree to the flat top either.

Anyway, I have already had a LOVELY day! Unfortunately, I don't think the boys would agree.