Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jack Frost Came to Visit

As much as I enjoy the cool nights and warm days of fall, I am always a little sad when we have our hard frost. For the past week we have been having frosty nights, but last night we had the first hard frost.

I had one planter on my back porch that was really hanging on. Last night Jack Frost was a little too much for it. I am always a little sad when the last flower wilts away.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Mrs. U's BEST Brownies

I was visiting Mrs U at Making A House A Home and found this recipe.

Mrs. U's BEST Brownies

12 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 C sugar
1 C melted butter
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 C self rising flour
1 1/2 T vanilla extract

Combine cocoa & sugar. Stir in melted butter, eggs, flour and vanilla. Pour into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool, cut and eat!!!

Feel free to add nuts if your family likes!!

I added my own touch by adding Chocolate Icing (I cheated and used store bought) and the finishing touch was a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

My hubbies response, "OH MY!!" Thanks for sharing, Mrs. U.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Homemade Playdough

Saturday my nieces spend the day with us. The two older ages 13 & 11 went out for a matinee movie. I stayed home with the two youngest, ages 3 & 4. We had a delightful day. The highlights were picking up pine cones and making Kool-Aid Playdough. Even though I did not have all the "fancy" playdough toys, they still had a great time!

Here is the recipe:

2 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (generic works just fine!)

Mix dry ingredients
Add oil & water
Wearing gloves, knead dough for 10 minutes
Store in zip lock bag in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Busy Days

I have been very busy the past few days. We installed a new window in our living room on Saturday. Then we had to put the siding back on our house. Our old window went all the way down to the floor. The new window stops just below the top of the couch. So now we have to re do the drywall. On top of that we are getting a new roof due to hail damage (we are not doing that, insurance is covering the cost of that). We spend Monday night and tonight at my sisters helping her remove and install a new sink in her laundry room. Needless to say life has been hectic!

Once my home is back together I will give all of you a tour!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

This is how Breast Cancer had touched my life.

My grandmother, Mom, died of Breast Cancer the summer of 1997. During this time I was living in Germany and her cancer touched my life from a distance. I was told that she knew something was not right, but choose not to a seek treatment. By the time she finally went to the doctor there was no treatment that would change the outcome.

A friend of mine, Becky, found out she had Breast Cancer while she was expecting her second child. She felt something and was told that it was due to her milk coming in. She accepted that for about 4 months before she asked for a second opinion. She was told at that time that she had stage 3 Breast Cancer. She delivered a healthy baby girl by c-section and began her treatment. She battled cancer for 3 year before she lost her battle the Spring of 2003. She left behind a husband, a son (age 5) and a daughter (age 3). She was a true inspiration. She never felt sorry for herself, but keep a positive attitude. She believed that God was in control and she left the burden with him. I have never been to visitation like hers before. I waited in line for
2 hours to reach the family! I can not even put into words how inspiring she was.

September 2003 my Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was at a health fair and had a free mamogram. She had 2 surgeries, Chemo, Radiation and so far the cancer has not returned. She had some pre-cancer found in her Colon this Spring and had surgery to remove most of her Small Intestine and most of her Colon. She has fully recovered from that surgery and continues to be Cancer FREE! We all believe that early detection has been the key to Mom's success. I am grateful everyday that Mom is still a part of my life.

So, ladies be sure you have your Breast exam each year during you Gyn visit and discuss with your doctor when you should begin your mamogram screening. You are the best guide to what is happening with your body, so it doesn't feel right, keep pursuing it!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

12 Month Anniversary!

As of 10/13/2006 our paperwork has been logged in China for 12 months! When we started this process I never thought the wait would go this long. Just my luck that the wait keeps climbing! Oh well, completely out of my control, so no use getting upset. I will spend the day working, running errands (grocery store & such) and patiently waiting to see the face of our Megan!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Plasticwear Stains

Does you Tupperware, Rubbermaid or what ever type of plasticwear you use easily stain? I have a problem when I store tomato based items, especially Spaghetti Sauce. There are products on the market such as Cascade Plastic Booster, but using those products add up. I tried lightly spraying the container with cooking spray before I added my leftover spaghetti. Worked like a charm. My Spaghetti slid right out of the container and there were no stain!

Monday, October 09, 2006

It's Good To Be Home!

I had a fabulous weekend on our mini vacation, or as my 3 yr old niece keep saying our "Honey B-cation." So, I get the B-cation but I don't know where the honey came from. Oh the mind of a 3 yr old!

Our family reunion was fun and everyone had a great time. Thanks for all your hard work Mom & Dad! It is always nice to see those I only see once a year. We exchange Christmas cards and such, but it is not the same.

We went to one of my favorite places called Applacres. I brought home a bag of apples and we all ate a caramel apple. I love being in a small town. The orchard gives out a bag of popcorn, one apple and a small cup of cider to all of the children. All that for no charge!

As much fun as it was, it is always good to be home! Sleeping in your own bed is the best.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

We are off for a long weekend!

I am busy, busy doing laundry and getting ready for our weekend get away. We are heading out of town tomorrow morning. This is where we are staying. My parents, sister and her family, and some aunts and cousins will also be spending the weekend there.

On Saturday we will gather for our family reunion. My parents are in charge of the reunion. Saturday morning Mom, my sister & myself will spend cooking. Mom has planned the menu:

Roast Beef
4 Turkey Breast
Fried Chicken (we will purchase this from a local grocery store)
Chicken Noodles
Baked Beans
Macaroni & Cheese
Baked Beans
Green Beans & Potatoes

The other family members are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert.

I plan to make a couple of desserts. I need to decide what I am taking very soon!

I am so looking forward to family, good food and great times spent enjoying the beautiful fall weather!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Computer Armoire Complete.... Almost!

Everything has found a home in the new Computer Armoire. I am so happy that everything has a place. I need to put some decorative things on the top and have one more container of things to go through. (I am going to try to purge everything in the container.)

I am very pleased. We have been looking for one for several months. We found several that we liked, but we refused to pay $400 plus for one. We found this one on sale at K-Mart for $100! The final selling point was the wood tone. It is the same wood tone as our bedroom furniture. For now it is in our 3rd bedroom, but we are thinking ahead. If we adopt a second child or need a playroom it can easily be moved into our bedroom. It will also keep little hands from touching things they shouldn't!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Car Problems

Here is my car saga....Last Wednesday while leaving work the service engine light came on. I needed an oil change anyway, so Friday night we drop the Blazer off at the mechanic. We got a call Saturday morning saying the gasket around the gas cap was bad. A new gas cap, an oil change and $100 (yikes!) later we thought we were good to go.

Not so....When I was leaving work today the service engine light came on again! We are leaving for a mini get away this weekend so it has to be fixed. Hubby said he will take care of it tomorrow after work. I hope it is nothing major and if we are lucky maybe there will be no charge to fix it. A girl can dream, right?