Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
You remember Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer don't you? This TAG requires you to pick a Christmas character you think your most like and explain why? Santa, Rudolf, Hermey, Cornelius, Bumble, Snowman etc. Then tag 3 other people...Have fun...
I relate most with Rudolf himself! He feels like he doesn't fit in, people don't understand him, he just wants to help and be part of a community of peers. Besides, his nose is the same color as my hair! LOL
I'm tagging Amy at www.thisthatandlifesjoys.blogspot.com, Risa at www.somepeacenquiet.blogspot.com and Jennifer at www.smellingcoffeetoday.blogspot.com . If you want to play? Consider yourself tagged! Blessings, Beth Ann
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I was gifted with two whole chickens yesterday! What a wonderful surprise! So as we speak, I have one roasting in the oven with all the trimmings and one in my crock pot cooking faux rotisserie style! Yummy! Roast chicken for dinner and rotisserie chicken sandwiches for lunch tomorrw after church. Speaking of church, need to make it there tomorrow, first advent Sunday of the year. We have been so sick here for the past two weeks, but think it's licked now. First DS and middle DD had it and gave it to me. Then DH got it, so did the twins and they gave it to me again. Oh joy, I got it twice! Ain't it wonderful being a mom? LOL
Here are a couple pictures I took over the week=end and wanted to share. Hope you enjoy.
Here are my two youngest DD helping cook on Turkey Day.
Friday, November 28, 2008
What Part of Thanksgiving Are You?
You Are The Stuffing
You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.
Are You a Pilgrim or an Indian?
You Are a Pilgrim
Like the pilgrims, you've felt persecuted for your beliefs from time to time.You have a strong sense of right and wrong. Your morality sometimes makes you feel out of step with the modern world.You may not go as far as moving across the world, but you still identify with the pilgrims.Well, except for the whole stealing land and killing Indians thing.
Blessings, Beth Ann
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If your at the beach, it must be kite flying time! Here comes oldest DS with his kite high up in the air.
Monday, November 24, 2008
1 1/2 lbs. boneless-skinless chicken breast, 1 taco seasoning pk., 14oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes.
place chicken in bottom of crock pot, mix seasoning and tomatoes together and pour over chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shredded chicken and serve in soft tortillas with all the taco trimmings!
Here is what is for dinner at our house this week:
Monday: Pasta Parmesan (Held over from last week where it was call on sickness and moved to this week) with Cesar Salad
Tuesday: Tamale Pie with veggie sticks and home made dip
Wednesday: Crock pot sauerkraut and kielbasa w/creamed onions and spice oat muffins
Thursday: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Deep fried turkey, , home made cranberries, crock pot green bean casserole, crock pot cranapple cider and onion blossoms for appetizers since we are already frying the turkey. Grandma S and Grandpa D are bringing oyster stuffing, mashed potatoes and gray, and the pies! YUMMY!
Friday: White turkey chili (made with leftovers) w/cornbread and salad
Saturday: Crock pot ham 'n cheese soup w/carrot sticks and garlic bread sticks
Sunday: Country corn blakeyed pea casserole (leftovers from week before) w/ smoked sausage and biscuits.
For more menu plan Monday fun visit www.orgjunkie.com
Whats for dinner at your house this week?
Blessings, Beth Ann
Saturday, November 22, 2008
What Beth Means
You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. Is that the same as being loud and and extrovert?
You can have a pretty bad temper at times. It's not the name, it's my red hair - honest, pinky swear!
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together. Only took me 40 years to learn how to do that.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life. Found the answers, at church and in the bible. I highly recommend it to all who are still "seeking".
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home. I do love to travel, but only in my RV with MY stuff! Comfortable? Guess most people with my name don't have OCD.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia. Finely someone 'gets' me!
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. Have they been talking to my ex?
You're a strong person. Yes I am.
I found this over at www.2nd-cup-of-coffee.blogspot.com Go ahead and share your name with us as well.
Blessings, Beth Ann
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, have a basement full!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, real one is too expensive.
3. When do you put up the tree? Week-end after Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? Week-end after New Years day
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Always partial to board games.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Me
8. Easiest person to buy for? Twins
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, about half a dozen and put each one out.
10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards ? Don't do cards any more.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Socks
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I LOVE Christmas movies, I have almost as many Christmas movies as I have Christmas CD's. Tie between National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Christmas with the Kranks. Wait, I ador While you were sleeping; too. Sigh . . .
13. When do you start shopping ? July
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Honey glazed spiral ham
16. Lights on the tree? yes, all one color - white
17. Favorite Christmas song? Tie again, sorry - Santa Baby and Baby it's cold outside - wait, wait, and No place like home for the holidays. Yea, that's all I think - LOL
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home. We use to travel, but oldest son said he just wanted to be "home"for Christmas. Wait, I also love the song ; Tender Tennessee Christmas :)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? One on Christmas Eve and the rest in the morning.
23. Favorite ornament? The pewter collection from Avon. I have them all, starting back in 1993.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Honey glazed spiral ham
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A new under the counter CD/radio for my kitchen to replace the one stolen from my home. Would also ask for peace of mind and world peace, but let's be realistic here. (middle dd wants me to add that she wants a white Christmas - not likely here in middle TN.)
Thanks for sharing this with me and yes I know I am missing numbers 19 and 22, but that is the way I received this. Please feel free to play along too and leave me a link to your answers.
Blessings, Beth Ann
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now I am working on some Christmas ornaments with all the left over adia/fiddler cloth I have laying around. I am quit pleased with the results so far and it will allow me to send a little something to people on my list who otherwise I might have had to skip. I love using leftovers to make beautiful gifts. I will post some pictures, but don't want anyone who is getting one to see them early here on this blog! LOL Remember, only 37 days until Christmas.
Blessings, Beth Ann
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
After getting home from shopping with bff, thought I might pass out. Last leg of journey was just mandatory shopping for food. I just wanted to be home in bed. Did have fun in the morning though, just the longer the day went on, the sicker I got. We checked out the new Trader Joe's in Nashville, what a disappointment. After hearing about the one in Seattle (where DH is from) and reading the raves on various blogs about their wonderful offerings, guess I expected more. It had a tiny, hard to maneuver parking lot and a crowded store with limited choices. I much more prefer Wild Oats/Whole Foods. Guess bff has spoiled me - LOL We did go to Whole foods too, so a great outing. Trader Joe's did have some good looking produce and I scored a nice package of white,red and gold pearl onions, enough for about two recipes. Think I will makes some creamed onions and some thyme glazed onions and carrots. Kind of wishing I had also bought my turkey there, but hind sight is 20/20. They had a good deal on antibiotic free, brine young turkeys. Sigh, wish it wasn't so far (about an hour). Hey Lois, want to grab me a turkey and head over here for some so-so coffee? LOL I can't really afford the "good" coffee, let alone that turkey, but still . . . Just think about it Lois, OK? :)
Speaking about prices. After stumbling on those two sites I mentioned last week, www.5dollardinners.com and www.crockpot365.blogspot.com , I have been doing some serious thinking and reconfiguring. I know I can't do $5 dinners, but around $7 seems good for our family of 6 (two adults, two teens and two 4 year olds). I am also trying to use my crocks more. Today I dragged my sick butt out of bed, told everyone I was not going to church as I could barley speak and went to start my crock and bread machine. I figured if I died or passed out before dinner at least I would be covered with a meal. When I am sick I seem to have no energy left by 3 or 4, let alone be able to whip up a great meal. So I started a loaf of bread - only 69 cents- and a pot of sirloin chili - $4.24- add some veggie sticks - 15 cents - and some home made ranch dip - 30 cents- for a full dinner at a total cost of $5.38! I know! Better than I even guessed. I had estimated the chili at $6 and with the sides a dinner total of around $7, when planning this on paper. So I am now thinking of starting a food journal and a dinner journal. The food journal, so I can better keep track of how healthy I am eating (want to make a better effort on this. Maybe now that DH has two jobs we can afford some better quality food) and the dinner journal so that I can keep a running account of not only what I spend on one meal but also per an item. I don't know about you, but the food prices here seem to jump about every two weeks. Not just food either, don't get me started on toilet paper and garbage bags!
Anyway, on my last stop yesterday I picked up some nuts, no not my friends - LOL, the lose kind. There was a post on this a couple months ago over at www.lowdownfromlois.blogspot.com and how we all seem to have a nut tradition around the holidays. So it seems to be that time of year again. I thought I would post the picture up at the top before all my nuts were gone. With in ten minutes of these being unpacked, put in a bowl and put on the sideboard, the kids started decimating it! They acted like they hadn't seen a nut in like nine months! That is pretty much all they had for dinner, which is good since I went to bed and huddled under a Grandpa Bob quilt and all DH cooked was some boxed mac. & cheese!
So share your nut stories here and let me know if you think the food/dinner journals would be a good idea.
Blessings, Beth Ann (this blog has been disinfected with Lysol for your protection)
Friday, November 14, 2008
For all of you who wondered where I was in all these pictures, here I am! Or at least there is my pedicure and new bling flip-flops - LOL
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Second. I know I usually do the stitching thin on Saturday, but thought I would post a question while it's still fresh in my mind. You know how that is! There is a lady at church who has done so much for my family, and our church too. Out of the blue last night at bible study she asked me if I could cross - stitch the Ten Commandments for her. So I was wondering if anyone out there had a good pattern for this. I found some on EBay, but not impressed with them. I will check Hobby Lobby this week-end, going shopping with bff (first time in like . . . five or six months). Could be the last time DH has a Sat. off to watch kids now that he is working two jobs. Know it is the last time this year bff has any free time! LOL So keep me posted please.
Finely, here is one of my prized stitching pieces. I stitched this sampler about 4 years ago and it hangs proudly in my kitchen. My DH does all the framing for me.
Have a great day. Blessings, Beth Ann
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This is a peek into my pantry. Please don't look to closely and ignore the mess! My mother in-law use to also call this the Harry Potter room since it is under our stair case. Guess if you read those books you get that. It is pretty deep and on the other wall it's got several racks for spices and dry items.
This is my back door, looking out onto our deck/sunroom. Couple years ago we got new doors for the house and our back door has those cool blinds between the glass. So cool, so clean! LOL It allows me to be in the kitchen and look out onto the back porch, pool deck and play ground, while I am cooking away!
Cook books. I LOVE them! This is just a small portion that I have on top of my china cabinet. There are more, believe me - LOL
My dishwasher. I sooooooo don't like doing dishes. With four kids still at home, we generate alot of dirty dishes.
My radio. I had a nice under the counter CD/radio right here. But it was one of the items stolen from us while we were on vacation last month. If you look closely up at the top you can see marks in the wall they left when they yanked it out. And I do mean yank. They ripped off the entire bottom of my cabinet, smashing all the dishes that were in there. Eventually we will replace it. But in the mean time my oldest DS is letting me borrow his old boom box. And yes, that is a stack of Christmas CD's next to it! LOL
AND MY NUMBER 1 favorite thing in my kitchen is . . .
Please share your most favorite kitchen items with us here.
Blessings, Beth Ann
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Blessings, Beth Ann
The second one is a cooking site where a lady made a new years resolution back in January of this year to use her crock pot every day! How cool is that? I have no idea how I missed this before, but check her out at www.crockpot365.blogspot.com or my links at the right. She even made it on to the Rachael Ray show back in July. Now this blog has really got my wheels turning and making me wonder what I can do with this info? I just got gifted a (new to me) bread machine. That makes two, and I usually go through about two a year. I also have my eye on one at the local consignment shop. Wouldn't it be a thing of beauty to have all three on my kitchen counter going at once? Or maybe a crock pot, got 3 of those too, and a bread machine going together everyday on my kitchen counter? Hmmmmmmmm . . . .
Blessings, Beth Ann
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Here is a snowy white egret in the salt marsh. The parts of the island that aren't ocean front, are backed by the salt marshes.
Here are my youngest two dd's on their bikes, riding around the park. Here they are at one of the ocean/beach accesses - good breeze (smile)
Friday, November 07, 2008
Late afternoon was one of our favorite times on the beach in South Carolina. We would stay until it was to dark to see. We were blessed with a full moon also while we were there.
Here are the twins in a sand fort that their big brother helped build.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Last week-end I finely got my act together and did a girls day out with my middle dd who is twelve. I try to do one of these ever few weeks, every other month or so on. For some reason time had gotten away form me, and it had been wayyyyyyyy to long, a fact my dd had be haranguing me about for a few weeks. So after our terrible "incident" I felt we needed a pick me up and caved in. I usually enjoy these little jaunts, but she wanted to go to the drive-in, and see the double feature on screen one. Ok, are you prepared to be shocked and horrified? Hold on to your underwear and don't say you weren't warned . . . High School Musical 3 and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. AHHH!!!!!!!!!! Now I wasn't opposed to the second feature( wich was so cute I have to buy it when it comes out on DVD), but I would have rather poked my eye out with a spork than see the first. I have sat through the first two HSM soooooo many times that I still wake up in a cold sweat if I hear the words "bet on it, bet on it". (only funny if you have seen the movie - sorry) Don't even get me started on the movie Camp Rock either. Which reminds me, Kristina if your reading this . . . please send that CD back so your sister will stop bugging me - thank you. Anyway, I digress. So I put my own personal revulsion aside and off we went. When we got to the main gates I was pleasantly surprised to see the owner taking tickets. I had met her like four years ago while doing a stint at the flea market which she and her DH also own (along with a ton of other stuff in town). Hadn't seen her in a while so we chit chatted a few minutes and I mentioned our "incident" to her as some of the vendors at the flea market were recent victims as well. As we wrapped it up I told her we were having our girls night out and she gifted us a free admission for the night. That small gesture not only brightened my evening but help put a bounce back in my step and jumped started my week with a positive attitude and a blessed calm about us and our situation.
So I could walk around saying how sorry I feel for my self and my family and blame this town for what happened, but I believe in the past couple weeks God has gone out of His way to show me the opposite. What a wonderful town full of caring people and now in these trying times it's more important to be closer than ever with your neighbors and lean on your church. I want to feel the light of God not only on my face but shining through my eyes.
Blessings, Beth Ann
It is our business to follow the Lord in simple faith. It is His business to make us into all He wants us to be.
"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works." Ephesians 2:10 NLV
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Today I just want to share a little of this, and a little of that. I have no plan, no rhyme or reason. Just stuff that I thought someone out there might like.
Here are my oldest two and friend (in polka dot's) getting ready to beg for candy.