Wednesday, December 23, 2009
And do you know what!?? I wouldn't trade ANY of those pictures (or memories) for that ONE "perfect" family picture. Actually, I think this one is perfect...perfect for US!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Corn Chowder Recipe
1/2 lb bacon
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp dill weed
2 cans whole corn
1 cup water
1 can cream style corn
1 12 o can evaporated milk
6 oz smoked sausage links (also known as little smokies), cut
2 cups diced, peeled potatoes
minced dried onion (optional)
In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Drain all but 2T of the drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings until onion is lightly browned. Add potatoes and water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir in corn, milk, sausage, dill week, and bacon. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thanks, Mom, for starting this wonderful tradition for our family. The kids couldn't wait to pick out the first gift to open this morning!!
My mom started this a few years ago and the kids truly love it. The presents are usually small things that she picks up throughout the year. Sandwich and soup containers for lunch boxes, small stuffed animals, toothbrushes, hot chocolate, small games. When they were preschool age, she went with an art theme providing us with paper, crayons, paints, glue, pipe cleaners, and other things for us to "entertain" them with projects throughout the year. This morning it was Farkle, hot chocolate, and a car...can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!! What are your family traditions at Christmas time?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The tree is up and the stockings are hung. The gold ornaments and white lights against the wood in the entryway are BEAUTIFUL at night!! The outside is fun and festive this year too!!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
4. When you get as high up as you want, bring the jute back to your starting place and tuck under to secure.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I wanted to share this story with you. After one guest left, she contacted me to let me know how thankful she was for the table. Money was tight (her weekend was a gift), she had few supplies, and didn't know if she would be able to finish the album she was working on because she was running out of supplies. She was able to find some things from the table and kept on working. She was SO VERY GRATEFUL! Isn't that wonderful!!??
There are no rules for the table. You can leave or take anything. As much or little as you want. You can leave full sheets of stickers or a sheet with only one left. ANYTHING that you think someone else could use. Don't feel guilty for taking...someone wanted you to have it or it wouldn't be there.
Ok, with that said, I need to work on organizing it!!! Any suggestions!?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups!!! MMMMM...I could eat the whole pan!! Seriously, I had to have them take it away after I woofed 3 of them down in no time!! ;) I thought you might enjoy them, so here's the recipe. THANKS, GRANDMA KAREN!!! P.S. I would like to know how you took care of the kids AND managed to make pizza from scratch (yes, even the dough) AND Homemade Peanut Butter Cups AND play AND quilt with them!!??? I hope you went home and took a nap!
Crush graham crackers into crumbs. Mix with butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Dough will be stiff. Press mixture into buttered 9x13 pan. Melt chocolate chips in pan on low heat, stirring to prevent burning. Spread over mixture in pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into small squares. (Or big ones so you don't feel guilty for eating so many!)
Friday, October 9, 2009
See!!?? You don't need coordinating outfits for a day of fun and great pictures!!!
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HOURS: Fridays 1 - 6; Saturdays 10 - 6; Sundays 12 - 6
Located 6 miles North of Newton on Hwy K-15, then 3/4 mile East
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
and HAD to try them for myself. I dug through my scrapbooking stuff (great way to use up scraps) and created these...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Remember this doesn't have to look pretty...no one is going to see the back.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Here's a sampling of our Summer! It became a quest to do everything (or ALMOST everything) on our list. Thank you Meg for helping us form some great Summer memories!! You guys should try this...REALLY!!
Geocaching....CHECK!!! This is a great family activity. It's a treasure hunt AND they are located all over the country, so you can do this on any family vacation or day outing or just because you have some time to kill.
Paint seashells...CHECK!! I know, the original list says "Paint Rocks", but we all agreed this counted!
Kind of makes you wish it was Summer again, doesn't it!!??