Monday, March 27, 2006

Totally forgot I wanted to post the cauliflower casserole recipe. Did I mention my 19 month old *loved* it!

Cauliflower Casserole

3 cups cauliflower florettes, cooked
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 small onion, finely chopped (I used onion powder)
4 oz cream cheese, cubed
2 cups cheddar/mozzerella cheese

Mix cauliflower, mayo, onion, cream cheese (it's okay if the cream cheese is still "chunky"), and i cup of cheese. I also added salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. Put into a loaf pan or other baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Super dish!
Well, this is the first day of the Proverbs 31 challenge. I was awake for the sunrise but not because I wanted to be. No, my 7th month old Peanut had me up and I just could not get back to sleep. He's teething and everytime I would start to doze back off he would wake up. I don't know, maybe he's in on me doing this challenge and just wants to help me out! lol

Dinner was hamburger steak with cheese and a delicious cauliflower casserole. I thought it was pretty fabulous! lol! Tomorrow we will be having beef stroganoff, noodles, homemade biscuits and perhaps a dessert. Not sure yet about the dessert and if so, what it will be.

Hoping I have a better outlook tomorrow about getting up before the sun rises!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

*sigh* What a trying week it has been. A little background: In late September 2005 my mom went into the hospital for a hysterectomy (they thought she had tumors in her uterus.) Turns out she didn't have tumors on her uterus, but on her bladder (still there) and a larger tumor (some rare nonmalignant thing-leave it to my mom! lol! She found out later that just about everyone on duty in the hospital in the medical field came by to see it because it is so rare) in her uterus. They did go ahead and do the hysterectomy plus a coloscopy because her utereun wall, her bladder, and part of her colon were all fused together and they ended up having to take out part of her colon. This past February (the 15th to be exact) she went in to have the reverse coloscopy. After both surgeries she had some seepage from the wound site and a fairly difficult recovery. Two weeks ago she went out with my MIL and they went to lunch. The lunch made her sick and that evening she was in such pain that my dad took her to the emergency room. They did an ultrasound and found out that her gallbladder was full of gall stones. Her surgery was this past Wednesday (March 22) and everything was fine. Until Friday. Now she can't keep anything down and she's been feeling naseous. So, she was admitted back into the hospital today so they could put in an IV and keep her hydrated. Whew! I just feel so bad for her. Please keep her in your prayers for me. It would mean a lot.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

One of the lovely ladies over at Prairie Homemaker posted a link to this blog and it's challenge. I've been talking to myself about becoming a Proverbs 31 woman but admittedly have done little about it. Shame on me! I think this is the kick in the tush I need. I'll be posting on my progress.
Here's something else I found during my blog rounds. Thank you Christi!

Feast Eighty-Six
How would you describe your personal comfort zone?

My comfort zone is very small. I'm claustraphobic. It really bugs me when people crowd me when I'm in line at the store!

What is your favorite tree?

Japanese Maple

List 3 foods you'd like to include in your dinner plans for tonight.

Pasta, beef, sour cream

Main Course
What is the best advice you've ever been given, but didn't heed?

Hmmm.....if the advice is good I will usually heed it.

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest), how much attention do you feel comfortable receiving from others?

Depends on who is giving the attention! Probably a 5.
Peeping Friday

I was reading some blogs and found this idea. Okay, so I know it's not Friday! Yesterday was a bit busy, to say the least! Mom came home from the hospital (she's doing well, just very sore.) Anyway, here is my first peeping Friday...a small glimpse into what I'm doing.

I love Paula Deen. She has to be one of my favorite people on the Food Network. She just comes across as so warm and genuine, you just know that she has to be that way in person! One of my seceret dreams is to be able to go to Savanah and dine at her resteraunt: The Lady and Sons. So, for Christmas, my mom gave me two Paula Deen cookbooks, one of them being "Just Desserts". Well, there was a recipe in there for Cheese Fudge. I've seen this recipe before but I've never really thought about making it. Seeing it in Paula's book convinced me that maybe I should try it out. So I did. And is it ever good! You really can't tell there's cheese in it! Go on...I know you want to try too!

Peanut Butter Cheese Fudge

1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, sliced
2 sticks butter
1 cup peanut butter (I used a litle more than that)
2 pounds powdered sugar

Melt the cheese and butter together. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Put the powdered sugar in a bowl. Pour the peanut butter/cheese mixture over the powdered sugar; stir in. You will probably need to use your hands to knead it all together. Dough will be stiff! Pat into a greased 9" square pan . Press a papertowel on top to absorb excess grease (from butter). There is also a recipe for chocolate fudge using the same basic recipe, but I prefer peanut butter! (Sorry Kayla! lol!)

Sunday, March 19, 2006

100 Things about me!

Per Kayla's blog, here's 100 things about me!

1. I was born in Key West Florida.
2. I've lived in Virginia my whole life.
3. I've visited France.
4. I've visited England.
5. I play handbells.
6. I love trying to be more frugal.
7. I love to cook.
8. I love to bake.
9. I would love to homeschool.
10. I can play the piano.
11. I have four children.
12. Two girls; two boys.
13. They were born in steps.
14. I wouldn't have it any other way.
15. I love chocolate.
16. I love peanut butter.
17. I love to make candy.
18. I own a firearm.
19. I know how to use it.
20. I own a recurve bow.
21. I know how to shoot it.
22. I made the arrows for it.
23. I made it for the SCA.
24. I wish I had more time for the SCA.
25. I love to read.
26. My favorites are mysteries.
27. I can usually read a book in one day.
28. I love the Harry Potter books.
29. I love to sew.
30. I love to give homemade gifts.
31. I can knit.
32. I can crochet.
33. I can tat.
34. I wear glasses.
35. I try to learn a new skill every Summer.
36. This year it will be Italian.
37. I want to learn how to can.
38. I'm a SAHM.
39. I have my degree in Early Elementary Education.
40. I miss my job.
41. I was an assistant at the preschool my son attends.
42. But I love being a SAHM.
43. I need to be more organized.
44. I'm getting there!
45. I love to decorate for the seasons.
46. My favorite seasons are Spring and Autumn.
47. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
48. I'm very patriotic.
49. I watch tv
50. My favorite tv show is Monk.
51. I play Bunco.
52. I love to wear skirts.
53. I have my kids do chores (gasp!)
54. I love the beach.
55. I would love to live in the country.
56. I'm trying to cultivate a green thumb.
57. I would like to live in a bigger house.
58. I know it will happen; I just have to be patient.
59. My husband and I were engaged for seven years before we got married.
60. We dated a week before getting engaged.
61. We had known each other a month.
62. I like to play games on pogo.
63. I can swim really well.
64. When I was younger I swam on teams during the summer.
65. I had my first "job" when I was 14.
66. I volunteered with the summer reading program.
67. I had my first paying job when I was 15.
68. I worked the concession stand at the pool.
69. I am just now learning to manage my money better.
70. I am slowly getting more organized.
71. I am overweight.
72. I'm trying to work on that.
73. I'm planting a container garden this year.
74. I'm a terrible procrastinator.
75. I played basketball and tennis in high school.
76. I love fruit.
77. I don't eat enough of it.
78. I'm trying to be a Proverbs woman.
79. I love to play with my kids.
80. I've never broken a bone.
81. I try to make things from scratch as much as possible.
82. I can tap dance.
83. I love musicals.
84. I've never bought anything on ebay.
85. That's not to say I haven't found anything I would like to buy on ebay!
86. I try to update my blog once a week.
87. I love to read other peoples blogs.
88. I like to watch movies on Disney channel.
89. I like to wear aprons!
90. I like to scrapbook.
91. I like to make cards.
92. I love just about every kind of music.
93. My maternal great-great Grandmother was Jewish.
94. I make my own baby food.
95. I have two cats.
96. I'd like to have a dog.
97. I love to do logic puzzles.
98. I'm very content with my life.
99. I dye my hair.
100. I love my DH!

Monday, March 13, 2006

We've all been a bit under the weather the past few days. We're recuperating nicely though, just in time for the weather to go from nice to cold again and for us to get sick!

My sweet baby is cutting his third tooth!

I may have a summer job working at the preschool I worked at the past two years. A little extra income foe me and some summer fun for my two oldest kids...sounds good to me!

I made a delicious recipe this week. It's from a wonderful cookbook that my lovely MIL is letting me borrow. Since it was a new recipe and I wasn't sure if we'd like it, I haved it, but I needn't have worried! It was a hit! Even my SDH who doesn't like cobbler loved it!

Fresh Strawberry Cobbler

4 cups strawberries
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp sugar
Cobbler Topping (recipe follows)

Make cobbler topping and set aside. In a saucepan combine the 2/3 cup of sugar, cornstarch, and water. Cook and stir til thick and bubbly. Cut any large berries in half. Add berries to mixture in saucepan; cook and stir till bubbly, about 5 minutes more. Stir in vanilla. Turn into 2 quart casserole. Drop topper into 8 mounds on top of hot fruit. Sprinkle with the 1 Tbsp of sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Cobbler Topping

1 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk

Stir together dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg and milk; add to dry mixture. Stir just until moistened. Continue as directed in recipe.

And here's the highlight of my week:

My oldest DD was playing with some stick on letters her Grandma had gotten her. She took a "T", handed it to me and said, "here Mommy! This one's for you!" (She's 5.5) "Oh! Thank you!, " I replied. "And what does the T stand for? Tolerable?" I giggled. She said, "No! T is for Terriffic!" Then she turned to me with that sweet, sweet smile that just melts my heart and said "But you're more than terriffic Mommy!"

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Well, I guess I should update! lol!

Things have been about the same here. We did have some company tonight which was nice. They have a little girl Amelia's age, so it was nice for the two of them to play.

I've decided I really do need to do something about this extra weight I've got. More on that when I start losing some of it! lol!

Mom's doing really well. Her wound is smaller than it was the last time and the Dr says it's healing really nicely!

Our friend Matt called yesterday from England (where he lives) with the great news that he got a job! He's been unemployed for quite awhile, so it was nice to hear he got one. He works with computers and apparantly the demand isn't as great over there as it is here. The only downside is that he has an hour comute both ways. He also mentioned he should be able to come visit this summer.

I think that's about it for my week...