Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday cooking

I love Sundays for lots of reasons. Church. Relaxation. Cuddling on the couch with hubby. Movies. Cooking. Lots of cooking!

This morning I made a family favorite, German Apple Pancake.

This hearty meal can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Couple it with ham slices and a fruit salad, and you have a great brunch dish too!

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German Apple Pancake

3 large cooking apples (I like to use a combo of Granny Smith and Gala)

1/2 stick of butter (no subsitute)

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

6 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. If desired, peel the apples. Core and thinly slice the apples. You should have about 2 cups. Melt 2 TBS of butter over medium heat in a small pan, and cook apples until just tender - about 3 minutes. Keep warm while preparing batter. Place a 10 inch cast iron skillet or very heavy ovenproof pan in the oven for 7 minutes -- the pan has to be very hot for this recipe to work. When it is well heated, add the remining 2 TBS butter to melt and put skillet back in the oven.

While the skillet is heating, place flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a blender. Blend until smooth (you can also use a rotary beater). Remove the skillet from the oven, quickly arrange the apples over the butter, and pour the batter evenly over the apples. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 375 and bake 10 more minutes. The pancake will puff and climb. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, then cut into wedges. Serve with syrup or jam.

This recipe works with with pears, peaches or berries (in place of the apples)

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For lunch, we had burgers on the grill. Before church, I made the patties. I like to add different things to our burgers. It keeps them interesting.

Today, I added cilantro, red & yellow bell peppers and garlic chunks. They turned out so amazing! A toasted bun, smashed avocado and fresh tomato slices made a filling lunch!


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Dinner tonight is chicken enchiladas. No recipe or picture. Sorry.

Have a great day!! Within the next couple days I will share about E's spring social last Friday evening. What a great event!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What a fantastic day! Eh. Who am I kidding?

Man. It's been one of those days. You feel tired, icky, general BLAH. You find your comfy yoga pants, pull your hair out of your face and find some cute flip flips. You leave your room and BAM -- the world smacks you in the face. Nothing bad. Just a lot of little things that add stress to a hormonal and tired woman.

Let's see.
The cat threw up not once, but twice. In. My. Slippers.

The dishwasher is ticked about something. It won't rinse the dishes.

Boy child #2, while trying to help, dumped a carton of orange juice all over the kitchen floor.

This means I had to mop. Again.

Several errands. Crazy drivers. No time for Starbucks.

I had 2 teachers out tonight from church. I had no back-up. That is bad. Even worse, the 32 kids we had tonight must have poured straight sugar laced caffeine down their throats before showing up. My eye is still twitching.
I must hand out whistles for special prizes next week. The parents will love them. Eh.

I ventre home and realize the house is void of chocolate. I don't even have a lonely bag of chocolate chips. How did that happen?!

Must. Go. To. Bed.

Hubby better hope for a clear breathing passage. If he is snoring like a grizzly bear, I'm getting out the electric razor and shaving his legs.

Friday, April 21, 2006

This is a 'practical' post

Beverly has Week 16 of the Homeschool Carnival. It is filled with practical advice and tips.
Thanks, Beverly!

I beat the closet chaos!

Board games were multiplying in the closet. Nasty little things. Boxes were ripping, pieces were getting lost, the 'favorite' game was on the bottom of a crazy pile...on and on.

I was just about to ditch all of it into several trashbags when I had a brilliant idea. I got a Sharpie pen out of hiding, a box of big Ziploc baggies and a couple of big Rubbermaid containers.

I went to work. One by one I took the game pieces out of the boxes. If things were missing, in the trash, all of it! If everything was present, I marked the back of the board with a number. Then, all of the pieces, along with the directions, went into a baggie. I put the name of the game and corresponding board number on the bag. The bag was put in the Rubbermaid container.

I did this for 45 games! Before, the shelves could barely contain the boxes. Now? Perfection. The game boards are stacked neatly and the Rubbermaid container holds the bags.

I have a ton of extra storage for other things now. I need to figure out what to do with all of the puzzles. The boxes take up a lot of room, but the kids need the picture on some of them to help, yk? Suggestions?

I wonder if this organizing frenzy will carry over to the garage this weekend? Highly doubtful....

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I love to do on a Sunday


1…..Snuggle under my down comforter

2.....Worship Jesus in church

3.....Hug church family

4.....Go out to lunch with family and friends

5.....Spend the afternoon in my pj's and slippers

6.....Get my hands dirty in the flower garden

7.....Watch movies with the kids

8.....Go for a drive in the country

9.....Read

10...Take a nap with Jeff

11....Cook a big hearty meal

12...Make ooey gooey cookies

13...Make lists for the upcoming week



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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

11 years ago today

Our nation experienced a horrific attack in Oklahoma.  Never forget.
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Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter was wonderful

I pray you had a blessed Easter. What a wonderful day. Thank you, Lord.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

:: chomp ::


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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I'm no Oprah but...

Well, it appears that Oprah is voicing her concern over the condition of our school system. Bill Gates is joining the bandwagon.

While I am always happy to hear about change for students (in a good way) -- I am left wondering...does it *really* take Oprah to rally people in this nation? And if the answer is yes, how sad is that?

Maybe this will be the wake up call some parents desparately need? The level of apathy in some families is astounding. If a child is not taught respect, discipline and a good work ethic, is it any wonder why they struggle in school? Teachers are not miracle workers. They can't force a child to listen or learn.

Having said that, I think the biggest problem is government. Simply put, big government has no place in our educational system. If the red tape big wigs stay, we will have no choice but to watch the process crumble at alarming rates. This game of throwing tests and money at the system is just that, a game. A bad game.

Of course, people do have the option of homeschooling. Bring your children home and teach them how to learn, instead of what to learn.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Does this toilet look weird?


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Is it crooked? Too small? Scary looking?

I ask because, for some reason, my twin boys have a horrible time aiming into the toilet. Since I can't find anything wrong with it, I was wondering what you thought?



Ugh. I never had to deal with this with the girls......


Friday, April 07, 2006

A special kind of torture

Most of you will understand my statement when I explain the following:

A child sleeps in the top bunk.
A child is a deep sleeper.
A child gets sick, very sick, on the top bunk.
A child, who sleeps on the bottom bunk, has a strong gag reflex.
A mother stumbles into the room, at 3 in the morning, and meets her torture.

Know what I'm sayin'?







Thursday, April 06, 2006

Thursday Thirteen



Thirteen Things about my husband, Jeff



1…. He is almost 42 years old.

2.....He wears glasses.

3.....He is very intelligent.

4.....He has brown hair (with a bit of gray) and green eyes.

5.....He is over 6 feet tall

6.....He has lots of initials after his name (with more to come). He collects them.

7.....His favorite show is 24.

8.....He has a mad love affair with mexican food.

9.....He was born in San Diego, CA - but did most of his growing up in Oregon.

10...He met me on a blind date.

11....He loves the Lord.

12...He has a beautiful relationship with his mom.

13...He is my very best friend.


Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Faithful Mommy



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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Treasure Tuesday

Faithful Mommy inspired me to share one of my beloved treasures on this fine Tuesday afternoon.
It is a poem from my husband, written for me on our first anniversary. It is framed and hangs in our bedroom.

I treasure my husband and marriage.

Beginnings

Do you believe in God?
I do.
On August 5, 1990
God gave us to one another
And started our journey together

Do you believe in love?
I do.
On September 14, 1990
Friendship blossomed into a
Beautiful and timeless love

Do you believe in marriage?
I do.
On November 16, 1990
We became husband and wife
Pledging our never ending devotion

Do you believe in romance?
I do.
I believe that each day

We are given togehther
Is more special than the day before

I believe in candle light, flowers,
Walks on the beach, long intimate talks
And making love.


I believe in us.




Sunday, April 02, 2006

52 fun filled facts about Kim

I snagged this from Tulip Girl .

1. FIRST NAME? Kimberly.

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Just the bazillion other Kimberlys born in the early 70's.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Last Thursday

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I've grown to appreciate it

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? That stuff will kill ya! No thanks.

6. KIDS? 4 girls and twin boys

7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes.

8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Does my blog count? I also keep a notebook for the kids - writing down special events, etc.

9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? I prefer to call it quick wit, but yes.

10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? No

11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Not on purpose

12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Kashi Crunch

13. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No

14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Mentally? I've learned via life lessons that I am pretty strong. Physically? Depends.

15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Dreyers chocolate

16. SHOE SIZE? 9-1/2 (I used to wear 8-1/2...but then I had kids...)

17. RED OR PINK? Pink, but the right pink. Very light but not pastel

18. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I struggle with patience

19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My best friend (in Japan)

20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? If they share on their blog, let me know in comments

21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING? Blue yoga pants and leopard print slippers

22. LAST THING YOU ATE? Stew (and a glass of Merlot)

23. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The kids

24. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Light, fluffy pink

25. FAVORITE SMELL? A newborn baby

26. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My sister

27. FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Hair

28. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I picked this up from Tulip

29. FAVORITE DRINK? Coffee.

30. FAVORITE SPORT? Watching my kids in their preferred sports

31. HAIR COLOR? brownish red

32. EYE COLOR? blue

33. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No

34. FAVORITE FOOD? Pizza

35. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? Happy ending.

36. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Dreamer

37. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? white

38. SUMMER OR WINTER? winter

39. HUGS OR KISSES? Both.

40. FAVORITE DESSERT? crème brulee

41. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I don't know

42. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I don't know

43. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? The Well Trained Mind (again) and Julie & Julia

44. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I am using a laptop - no pad

45. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? M.A.S.H (re-run on Hallmark)

46. FAVORITE SOUNDS? rain

47. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? Eh. Beatles I guess

48. THE FURTHEST YOU BEEN FROM HOME? Maui

49. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Hmm. Cooking? Pregnancy and labor? Compassion?

50. WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN? February 10, Western New York

51. WHAT CONDITION ARE YOUR HANDS AND FEET IN? Hands - decent ... Feet - okay

52. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR? Why don't you just ask me to pick a favorite child? Impossible.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Spring ahead - times are a changin'

Just about everyone knows about time changes. It happens once in the fall and again in the spring. People groan a bit, fiddle with all the clocks and get on with life.

Enter Indiana folks. We've never had to change times before. Why change? The cows like their current schedule just fine, thankyouverymuch!

This year, after immense pressure from the government and commerce - we are joining the time change train.

The media started to remind us about 3 weeks ago. Every paper had a story about time changes. The news would have a countdown - "Only 9 days until time change time" - hoping people would get used to the idea.

Since we are transplants to this fine state, we aren't confused. We are however, amused. You would not believe the drama some folks are drumming up over this issue. Change is hard.

I wonder how many people will be late for church tomorrow?