Friday, March 30, 2007
My first task was attacking all of the dust in the room, beginning with the ceiling fan. (Ewww!) I used a vacuum attachment instead of a feather duster because I don't like all the dusties floating down to the floor.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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Growing up in Florida I thought the pollen was pretty bad with the orange blossoms and pine trees, but that was nothing compared to what it's like here. The only good thing about the pollen that has overtaken our home is that it gives me an excuse to postpone my spring cleaning. It's absolutely pointless to try to clean anything right now. The pollen just layers everything.
Mr. C rinsed his truck off, but it was covered again a few hours later.
Mickey Mouse hasn't had to sweep the back porch in several days because the stirred up pollen just settles back down again.The kids have had loads of fun drawing pictures on the glass top of the back porch table. The little girls think the the pollen is chalk dust.:)
Even though we take our shoes off before entering the house, we still carry pollen in on our clothes. Buddy's coat of black hair is covered in it every time he comes in, too. There's a thin layer throughout the house. It's been much worse than last year, maybe because we haven't had any rain lately. I shouldn't complain too much, though. If it weren't for the pollen we wouldn't be able to enjoy the Creator's handiwork.
hedge in front of the house
forsythia in the garden
crabapple blossoms in the back yard
I guess we can endure the pollen and reap the blessings of nature. Thankfully we haven't had any severe allergy outbreaks. I hope all of you are enjoying spring where you live, too! :)
Monday, March 26, 2007
You can find more menus at Laura's. :o)
1 frozen pastry crust (I stretch this recipe and use 2 deep-dish shells.)
1 lb. bulk sausage
1/2 c. chopped onion
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. basil
dash of garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 c. milk
Prepare the pastry shell. Cook the sausage until it's brown and drain. Combine the sausage with the next six ingredients, mixing well. Spoon the mixture into the pastry crust. Top with the cheese. Combine the eggs and milk, beating until just foamy. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes or until the quiche is set.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
We've all been spending a lot more time outdoors this week, and that means that the kids have been getting to bed later and having a harder time rising the next morning. The fresh air and exercise really tires them (and me) out!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
I planned this week's menus with very simple meals that my nine year old can prepare because I'm still having a lot of rib pain. :( I'm going to the doctor tomorrow for some heavy-duty pain meds and (hopefully) some relief!
Sunday~ roast sirloin; fried okra; squash casserole; rice; cake brownies
Tuesday~ hot dogs; fries; fruit salad
Thursday~ meat loaf; mashed potatoes; sauted squash & onions; black-eyed peas; salad
Friday~ pizza; salad
Thanks to Laura for hosting Menu Plan Monday.
1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Devil's Food because that's what I had in my pantry.)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix the first three ingredients until a crumbly mixture develops. Add the nuts. Press 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Heat the condensed milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla over medium heat until melted, stirring constantly. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cake mixture. Top with the remaining 1/2 of the cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Friday, March 16, 2007
We are so thankful that Mr. C's parent were able to spend a few days with us. I wish that we were able to see our extended family more often, but I think that all of us appreciate the special times we are able to spend together so much more now than we did when we lived 5 miles apart. We certainly treasure these days and the memories we are making.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
I continue to write in my blessings notebook which I've titled Hugs From God. I've found it especially beneficial as a pastor's wife to record the ways that God shows His love to Mr. C and me as we serve Him in the ministry. Sometimes we lose sight of all the many miracles the Lord constantly works on our behalf, and I'm sure that many years from now we'll enjoy reading over the ways we've seen God bless.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Although we don't use this set every day, it is definitely one of my favorite things. The children feel so special when the table is set with my "good" dinnerware. The dainty flowers remind me that spring is just around the corner!
Thanks, Sweetie, for such a thoughtful gift!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The past 10 days have been quite challenging for our family, but God has been so good to us, and I'm happy to report that things are on their way back to "normal." I sincerely appreciate the prayers and well-wishes from my blogging pals. :)
Mr. C is recovering from his appendectomy. He has been a very pleasant patient! He is not the type to whine and fuss when he's sick. In fact, I usually feel quite helpless as his nurse. I came down with the flu the day Mr. C arrived home from the hospital. The next several days were all a blur. I'm not sure how my poor children would have fared had it not been for some of the sweet ladies at our church who prepared meals and delivered them to us. I finally went to see the doctor yesterday and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I'm starting to feel a bit better today, although now my ribs are letting me know that I've done plenty of coughing.
To top off everything else, today is my birthday! I was feeling good enough to open some very nice presents this morning.:) Mr. C treated me and the kids to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, and then he took me shopping. I actually didn't buy a thing! We didn't stay at the mall very long; I was worn out in no time! I did receive some birthday money that I'm saving to purchase a new digital camera. If you have any suggestions on a make/model that you would recommend, please pass along the info! I'm specifically looking for a camera that takes great indoor pictures.
Hopefully the remainder of our week will be uneventful. We're expecting company this weekend, and then hopefully Mr. C and I will get away for a few days to celebrate our upcoming anniversary.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!