Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Even Mother Nature gets sick.......

You've got to love how children can put together everyday words to come up with what they think is a cool phrase. Upon being asked if it was raining this morning when my 5 year old got to school, here was his reply, "It was barfing rain!". Hopefully tomorrow she won't have the runs! post signature

Saturday, May 5, 2012

You're how old?

Recently my Mom moved in with us due to health reasons. Needless to say it has been an adjustment for everyone getting used to having another person in the house and how that effects the household. The other day, I was in Meg's room when I heard my Mom, "Mamaw" to the kids, getting onto Adam for something he had said. I quickly went out into the living room to handle the issue thinking that I would save Mamaw from any unnecessary stress that comes along with dealing with a child. The Mom in me immediately started questioning and scolding Adam giving him the age old lecture on how you are to talk to your elders and that you are to show respect to your Grandparents etc., when I noticed that my Mom had gotten up and was walking toward her bedroom..... CRYING!!! Then of course I immediately started following her asking what was wrong and why she was crying explaining that you can't let something that a 5 year old says make you cry and it wasn't that big of a deal and that I couldn't believe that she was letting a 5 year old get to her like that all the while Adam is following me saying, "Mommy", "Mommy", "Mommy", by this time I was REALLY into my lecture mode about how my Mother had raised 3 children and she should know that 5 year olds by this time of the day are tired and that you really can't take some of the stuff they say literally when Adam finally raised his voice and said, "MOMMY!", I turned and asked him what he needed, he proceeded to say, "I'm not 5, I'm 6!". I just stopped turned around and walked to MY room....... welcome to my world!
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Friday, May 4, 2012

No More Hillbilly Bathroom........

     I wrote the following post QUITE awhile ago about our Master Bathroom remodel but never posted it.... hope you enjoy.  I added some pics of the finished product as well.

      It has been quite awhile since I posted about the decrepit state of our master bathroom.  I started calling it the "hillbilly bathroom" with it's three-level plywood patched floor and all.  Well, we finally decided to do something about it this Spring.
     Now mind you we have had PLENTY of time to discuss the plans on how we were going to redesign the space and like most home improvement jobs the plans changed frequently from day to day and even from minute to minute.  It switched from walk-in tiled shower to pre-made corner shower unit to claw-foot tub.  Bottom line was that I wanted the floor to be LEVEL!  Not too much to ask huh?
     The choice was made to gut the entire room down to wall studs and floor joists since there was quite a bit of repair work that had to be done from past water damage.  It always seems to me that demo takes that longest time.  The one that I think enjoyed this part the most was our dog Bindi who quite thoroughly enjoyed being able to get up under the house and come visit us while we were working because of the huge whole in the floor.  After repairing the floor joists and sub-floor, our attention moved to the walls.  We had decided to install a claw-foot tub and fore-go the shower all-together.  In place of the shower my personal choice was being put in it's place, a linen closet!  I never thought I would be so excited at what some people might consider such a trivial addition but until you've lived in a house with 7 people without one, you have no idea how excited one might be to have one. 
     Overall the final product has been VERY satisfying and enjoyable.  Going from shambles to what I consider a luxurious retreat has been truly a blessing.  My son Adam enjoys his baths at night in that great big tub!  I can also say Mommy thoroughly loves her long baths too!  Kudos to the hubby John who I think did a tremendous job even though he will be the first to declare that he totally DISLIKES anything to do with home improvement.  Thanks honey!

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Household Helpers

It seems today that more and more people are becoming interested in the "green" movement. I myself think that everyone in the Southeast should have a solar water heater. The possibilities are endless for someone that may want to do their part in helping give back to the environment. One of the simplest ways is actually located right on your home computer. There have actually been studies regarding the amount of ink used to print with the various fonts located in Email and Word along with many other programs. What they found is that the font Century Gothic uses up to 30% less ink than the traditional fonts such as Arial. There is a twist though, since the font is wider than most, if you have a lot of words you can run the risk of using more paper. So there is a toss-up on just how much ink you would save. But, with the average US Corporation spending $10,000 dollars per gallon of ink, the possibility of saving 30% of it might be enough of a chance to make the switch. Another font that is gaining momentum and popularity is the Ecofont. It saves ink by printing tiny circles instead of straight lines. This particular font is not included in your popular programs so to use it you would have to download it directly from their website. Regardless of your choice, it really makes you think that with just a simple click you CAN make a difference.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

FavFood of the Week.......

I haven't posted a fav food in quite some time by lately there is one thing that I make that lately seems to be very popular at gettogethers we have gone too. Jalapeno poppers. There are several things you can do to change up this recipe whether you like your peppers mild or hot. One trick is to leave a few "seeds" in place when you are hulling out the halves. This can be perceived as trying to change it up or simply trying to be mischievious! They are SUPER easy to make, have only a few ingredients, and people will think you have slaved in the kitchen making them. What more could you ask for? Hope you enjoy.
 Jalapeno Poppers
  • Approx. 20 jalapeno peppers 
  • 1 package of mild breakfast sausage.
  • 1-8 oz. Package cream cheese softened. 
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (not grated)
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice jalapenos in half long way and use teaspoon to hull out the inside being sure to rinse out all of the remaining seeds. Place jalapenos onto large cookie sheet. In large pan cook sausage until done. Add softened cream cheese and mix over low heat until incorporated into sausage. Add ½ of shredded parmesan cheese and mix until melted in. Using a spoon, fill jalapeno halves with approximately 1 teaspoon of the sausage/cheese mixture and place back onto the cookie sheet. Once you have all of the peppers filled, sprinkle each with the remaining ½ cup of the parmesan cheese. Place into oven and bake for 30 minutes or until jalapenos are done.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Craft time.....

One of the hot new sites to visit is pinterest, an online pinboard where people share photos, craft ideas, recipes, etc. My girls absolutely LOVE this site. Meg had found an idea for crayon art the other day and wanted to try and make one. Tonight, she and her bud Grace tried their hand at this cool art idea. I think they did a good job!!
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Use your sniffer......

Lately people have been pushing "aromatherapy" as a great way to improve how you feel. I know from personal experience that some smells/fragrances can bring on a migraine in an instant. I was reading an article the other day and they had three suggestions for the most common ailments: For Stress: Lavender. In studies people who smelled lavender or lavender oil for just a few minutes experienced a drop in the stress hormone cortisol. To use, set out a bowl of lavender potpourri. To Increase Energy: Citrus. Studies show that citrus scents stimulate the trigeminal nerve which is the part of the brain that makes you feel more alert. To use, drink a glass of OJ with breakfast. Relief for that Headache: Green Apple. Recent studies have shown that people suffering from migraines have felt relief when inhaling this scent at the onset. To use, take a whiff of a sliced green apple.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Not a "Civy" anymore......

Later this week I will be taking my 17 year old daughter Meg to have that wonderful rite of passage event performed that most people dread but is usually made to feel better with drugs.... LOTS of drugs..... and that is having all four of her wisdom teeth cut out. As scary and uneasy one might feel when facing this upcoming appointment, Meg is actually looking forward to it I think because she has been having some relentless ear pain that we are hoping will be relieved once the teeth are out. Now here comes the comical part..... I was talking to my oldest Jacob who I am proud to say is a member of the United States Coast Guard and is stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. Not that a Florida boy being stationed in Alaska isn't funny enough, it's what happened to Jake while still in boot camp. You see, it seems that HIS wisdom teeth started to bother him while he was at boot camp and yep, they had to come out. When someone says that living as a civilian and living as a member of the military are two TOTALLY different worlds they couldn't be more correct. Where as Meghan will first be treated to a wonderful concoction of gas, local nerve block, and the ever important IV sedation, poor Jake was treated to a wonderful shot of Novocaine. I'm sure I didn't score any "Mom of the year award" points when I laughed when he told me either. That's when I asked him "So, how do you like the Military now?!". I can only imagine the look that would have been on my face if a dentist came at me with a needle in one hand and a chisel in another. Needless to say I would probably be court-martialed for going AWOL. But, like the great guy that Jake is, he at the end wished his sister well although I'm sure he is secretly wishing that when it comes time for Meg's procedure, the gas tank is empty, and there is a kink in the IV line!

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Little Man......

Today my Hubby added a new toy to the shed. A new Husqvarna trimmer/brush cutter. When I got home from work and got out of the truck I could hear people talking behind the house and what sounded like a motor running. I thought it was our neighbors out in the woods until I rounded the corner and there stood our youngest decked out with his safety glasses on and getting a lesson in weed trimming...... hmmm, now I need to give him a lesson on using the hoe in the garden!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Household Helpers

You know some of the absolute best cookbooks you can own are ones printed by various Churches in your community. I had the opportunity to purchase one from a small Church of God in rural North Florida and haven't regretted it. Not only is it filled with wonderful family recipes but it is also filled with many Helpful Hints. I thought I would share just a few with you.... 

  1. Keep strawberries fresh for up to ten days by refrigerating them (unwashed) in an airtight container between layers of paper towels. 
  2.  When baking in a glass pan, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees. 
  3. When frying meat, sprinkle paprika over it to turn it golden brown. 
  4. Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands. 
  5. When cooking vegetables that grow above ground, the rule of thumb is to boil them without a cover. 
  6. Instant potatoes are a good stew thickener. 
  7. A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated. post signature