Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Meanderings

Katy is such a goose.  She is a sweetie.  Can you believe that she was a stray? 

Good Morning.  It is a rainy and muggy day here today.  I put my mile and a half in this morning.  Yuck.  It was a sweaty one.  LOL

We are going to our first Homeschool group this week on Wed.  I have not been to one, and I don't really know what to expect.

I got Bri Jump Start 1st Grade.  She likes to play it.  I also have a Math fun game. 

I am trying to get my Mom's scarf done.  I got my Dad's done.  I will have to get pictures.

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The day after

Can you believe Thanksgiving is here and gone?  We had a wonderful meal.  My hubby did a fantastic job.  The bird was perfect.

The carcass is on the stove simmering to make soup for dinner.  I love soup when it is chilly.  It was 80 degrees yesterday, and it is 38 here today.  So it will hit the spot.

Do you do Black Friday?  I won't go anywhere all weekend.  I don't like rude people or large crowds.

We went to Walgreens yesterday.  They had a nice sale on toys.  Most of their 9.99 toys were on sale for 4.99.  We also went to Big Lots.  So Bri is now done.  She and SIL were home watching the parades.  So George and I had our first break since we pulled Bri from school. 

I watched "Sarah, plain and tall" yesterday.  I really like that movie.  The three in the series were on.  I think that it was the Hallmark Channel.  Do you think you would have gone and been a mail order bride?  I often wonder if I would have done that back then.  I guess it would be a way to get out of where you lived and into something new.  I am sure that it didn't always work out. 

Have a wonderful afternoon.  God Bless!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Tales

This is a picture out on our porch.  I love this odd pumpkin.

It is rainy here today.  But I can't say that it is cool because it is in the 70s.

We decided not to do school work today.  I have errands to run and I don't think I could keep Bri's attention.  LOL

Here is a new twist for mashed pototoes:

5 pounds potatoes
1/2 pound carrots
3 stalks of celery, chopped
4 onions, peeled and diced
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream

Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Cover with water in a 5-quart pan.

Add carrots, celery, and onions.

Cook over medium heat until veggies are tender

Drain veggies and separate carrots

Mash carrots in a separate bowl

Mash all other veggies by hand

Add one stick of the butter and milk and beat with an electric mixer

Beat in sour cream and carrots

Put into a greased 9x13 baking dish

Top with 1/2 stick of butter and keep warm at 250 until butter melts

serves 8-10

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Swap reveal!!

I am sharing my swap today.  I joined a swap over at Seasons of my Mind.  I received a box of goodies from Julie over at A Journey Not A Race.  Thanks Julie, it really brightened the season for me!!

There are towels, cookie cutters, a great veggie peeler, place card holders, a photo calendar, a candle, Breast Cancer Awareness things, a cute picture in a frame.  If I missed something, I am sorry.  But it was a great box.  I was so pleased!!

Here also is a picture of my "yellow rose of Texas" my hubby got me when we moved here.

This was taken this morning.  It has been so warm here that it is blooming.

We took Bri to the Woodlands mall.  It is north of Houston.  We happened to get Santa with no line.  So here it is:

I just can't get over how big she is!!  She is so cute.  The Santa is a very nice looking Santa. 

Homeschooling is going very well.  It is amazing how much we really get done in a day.  We are going to do work today and tomorrow, but Wed we are going to be helping Daddy with dinner preparations.  I ordered a few books from Amazon.  Homeschooling for Dummies, Discover your Child's Learning Style, a book of ideas for homeschooling.  They were all used, so I got them at a good price.  This is the first time that I used Amazon.  I was really happy with it. 

Last but not least:

Here is a great way to use up mashed potatoes and ham.

8 cups mashed potatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 cups diced cooked ham
3 cups of shredded Cheddar
1 cup whipping cream

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes and the garlic.
Put the mix in a greased 9x13 pan
Distribute the ham evenly over the top of the potatoes.
Combine the cheese and the whipping cream
Pour over the ham
Bake uncovered at 450 for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Serves 12 to 15

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Meanderings

Good morning!  It is a chilly and rainy day today.  I am fighting a cold/sinus thing.  But we are doing worksheets this morning. 

We went to a church wide Thanksgiving dinner last night.  It was really nice and there was lots of food and fellowship.  I ended the evening with a nice piece of homemade pumpkin pie.  MMMmm.

I am so grateful for the outpouring of support for me in schooling at home.  I have had so many ideas and such that I just can't believe it.

Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Things here have been crazy.

Sorry I haven't been posting.  Things at school haven't been going well.  I am not going to get into it all here.  But I withdrew Bri from school yesterday.  So I will be homeschooling.  At least until Fall.  I haven't decided what I am going to do yet.  But that is ok.  I am going to do Kindergarden here with her.  I am getting the rest of her books and things at school on Monday morning.  I spent 250.00 on her school books this year and I am not letting them go to waste.  They are Abeka.  So I can do the rest of this year.

Please pray for me.  I had been tossing the idea of homeschooling around when we first moved here to Texas.  I have been praying about our family and getting closer.  So I know that God's hand is in this.  Sometimes he answers prayers so quickly.  LOL

I am open to ideas and help.  Please don't hesitate to email me at:    I am looking for a homeschool group that is close to me and I am looking for others that homeschool an only child.

Being close to Houston, I have lots of field trip ideas.  We are talking about going to the Space Center.  (NASA)  It isn't 20 minutes away.  They have a Lego thing going.  I have even found a fencing class.  But I think it is too far away.  So I guess that it is going to open up the way I think.

I had been wondering about my choice to be a SAHM and a homemaker.  I guess this is my answer. 

God Bless and have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fantastic Friday

Can you believe it?  I get to go the Houston Quilt Show here in Houston.  A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go.  Well, Yeah!!

So I will be gone most of the afternoon and evening.  So George, Bri, and Linda will be going to dinner tonight.

I am so thankful for small gifts.

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday Tales

It is cool and rainy here this morning.  We had some nasty thunderstorms last night.  Or early this morning.  But we needed the rain really bad.

I talked to my Mom yesterday,and she bought me more 100% cotton yarn.  I love to make washcloths and facial rounds.  So I know what I will be working on after Christmas.

Bri was all excited.  She watched Star Wars  The Phantom Menace last night.  I can't believe how quiet she was.  LOL

I am headed out to vote.  I hope you do too.  Read Psalm 72 first.  What do you think?