Friday, March 27, 2009

Danish Sugar Cookies

Danish Sugar Cookies

1-cup butter
½ cup sugar
2 cups flour
1-cup ground pecans
1-teaspoon vanilla

Mix. Form into rolls and freeze. Slice and bake at 350° until set about 8 minutes. Dip in powdered sugar while hot. Can make four dozen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trimming Time for the Tomato Plants

This is the after picture.
I had to take out the lettuce.
I learned tomato plants really block out the light.

This all the leaves I clipped off.

This is what it looked like before.
The leaves were almost touching the lights and the lettuce was not doing well.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lettuce, Tomatoes and chives

Here is an update on our lettuce, tomatoes and chives. The lettuce is not doing so well in the shade of the tomatoes. I have put the pod of chives in a vase and put them in the window. They are doing well for right now. I am not sure how long the chives and lettuce are going to last. I think it means that my experiment is showing that when tomatoes get too big, nothing else will grow.

Here is a sample of what some of our tomatoes look like.

Thank you for checking out our lettuce, tomatoes and chives.

Funny things children say

You never know the funny things that children say. Just now my three-year-old daughter said, "Why are you being grumpy? It is my day to be grumpy."

I have never had one of my children say the funny things that people send to different magazines. I just had to share it with all of you.

Please share if you have anything funny your children have said to you.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Delicious Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 ½ cups flour

Whip butter until fluffy. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and beat well. Drop by teaspoons onto a non-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes; watch the edges so they are not too brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes 2 dozen.

These are some of my favorite cookies. I hope you like shortbread cookies too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gobble to Goop from my son (five-years-old)- Kangaroos like to jump and play in the sandbox

Just jump like a kangaroo into your house of bushes. The end. And we will be that end of the story. The end? Did the kangaroo spoil everything? And a kangaroo would not spoil everything, but I want you to know where kangaroos live. Kangaroos don't live in Australia, kangaroos live in Australia not Africa? And the end. That is not a story that is just a question. Would you please sing it out-loud? If you lived here you would have to travel to travel to Australia. Mama would you please put in a question mark? And then you can be a big hungry bear and you might get surprises, you might get posted into blog. You will turn into a duplex and will you not be a kangaroo? You will be a duplex and just drive your truck away to the central island of the city. Some islands are eventually cities and you can go on a boat to see them. You might see the central island of the Sis-sis and brothers. The end.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

From Mommy to Mom to Mother

I got this in an e-mail the other day and I just had to share it.
This could not have been said better!!!!

Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox ..
Real Mothers often have sticky floors,filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother...

The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either..
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes,because that is the doorway to her heart,the place where love resides.The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows,and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Carnival of the Recipes

Welcome to the March 15, 2009 edition of carnival of the recipes.

Stephanie presents TheBirthday Tea Party - Food posted at Stop the Ride!.

them-apples presents Pollo Alla Cacciatora, or Italian Chicken Stew with Chianti posted at them apples, saying, "A very easy, authentic, simple and very, very tasty Italian chicken dish."

bothenook presents broccoli cheese soup: food blog posted at a geezer's corner, saying, "not a slow cooker recipe, but it definitely is cold weather comfort food."

lily ng presents Double Chocolate Financier Cake II posted at Lily's Wai Sek Hong, saying, "this is too delectable not to share"

Vicki Monti presents Easy Dinner Secret: The Crockpot! posted at FunnySpoon: The Cooking Site for RealLife.

Darcy presents Breakfast Bars - You Need to Make Them posted at Smart-BottomEnterprises, saying, "A simple, delicious, and healthy recipe for Oatmeal Breakfast Bars"

RJMC presents Cheese Burger Cake Burger Recipe posted at Worlds Greatest Burger Recipes.

RJMC presents ClassicItalian Burger posted at WorldsGreatest Burger Recipes.

Slow Cooker Recipes presents Crock Pot Whole Chicken Recipe posted at SlowCookerRecipes.

Q presents Thai Ginger Chicken posted at Thai Cooking - The Taste ofThailand.

Q presents Turkey Recipes - Recipes for Turkey: Turkey Recipes - TurkeyMeatloaf - Recipes for Cooking Turkey posted at Turkey Recipes.

Pancake Recipes presents Recipes - Rice and Hamburger Wraps posted at Recipes Recipe - Famous Recipes.

Pancake Recipes presents Yogurt Chicken Curry posted at Diabetic Recipes.

Thai Recipes presents Chicken Salad Recipes posted at Healthy Chicken Recipes.

Phoenix Arizona Editor presents Vintage Peanut Butter Cookies posted at PhoenixArizonaRealEstateLocalNewsandBusinessDirectory.

NerdMom presents PecanTassies posted at NerdFamily Food, saying, "This is a simple and easy dessert that wows!"

Bill Austin presents Butternut Squash Soup posted at Bill Austin.

World Famous Recipes presents World Famous Flank Steak with Relish posted at World Famous Recipes.

Famous Recipes presents Famous Alaska Salmon Romanoff posted at Recipes.

Easter Recipes presents Fruit and Nut Easter Eggs posted at Easter Recipes.

Chief Family Officer presents Pan Bagnat, a.k.a., a really delicious sandwich posted at Chief Family Officer.

Rani presents Irish Candies posted at Christ's Bridge saying "This is a very sweet way to enjoy Saint Patrick's Day."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of the recipes using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our
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Monday, March 16, 2009


If you have a child who still wets a diaper at night, then don't have them sleep in a bunk bed. I have had to change the bed too many times lately.

Have you ever been a "single parent" for a while?

I have been a Navy wife in the time that I have had two children at home. Here are a couple of stories from my experiences. There will be more tomorrow.

I had now better get off the Internet in case Jon is trying to call. I am very lucky, because he is able to call almost every day. I enjoy telling him how smart Bridger is and how much trouble he can get into. For example, last night while I was fixing popcorn Bridger decided to play with the baby powder. He poured it all over the side table, the floor and himself. I took the vacuum cleaner and cleaned everything, including him. I needed to vacuum anyway: the dogs shed all the time and dirt is brought in from the backyard.

Disaster does strike after supper. I am running water in the sink for the dishes when the dogs start barking. I try to get them to come in, but only two come. I go outside to get the others and then I remember that the faucet is on. I try to get through the sliding glass door, but it has locked. I had learned after the first time I was locked out that it is important to always keep the side door to the garage unlocked to have a back-up entry into the house. I was fortunate that time that the sliding glass door was open. I hurry through the garage and get to the sink. I am lucky that water isn’t going all over the floor, but into the other basin instead. I turn the water off and go back to the garage to call the dogs inside. They come immediately, because the other dogs are back inside.

I would enjoy any stories that you have.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Irish Potato Candies

1 (8-oz) package Cream cheese
½ cup margarine or butter
1-teaspoon vanilla
2 (1-pound) boxes confectioners’ sugar
2 cups flaked coconut
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. In large bowl using mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese, margarine and vanilla until well blended.
2. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and coconut until well blended.
3. If mixture is too soft to handle, chill 1 hour before shaping. Shape into 1” ovals or balls; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Chill 1 hour.
4. Place cinnamon in small plastic bag. Shake balls, 4 at a time, in cinnamon.
Store in refrigerator in airtight container. Makes 8-dozen pieces.

I hope you enjoy this unique dish on your St. Patrick's Day. They are very sweet, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Our Tomato Flowers

Our tomato flowers are starting to dry up and I have found several tomatoes. The children and I are very excited. Soon we will be able to eat fresh tomatoes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gobble to Goop from my son (five-years-old)- Moose and Little Bear.

One morning a little bear was standing outside a moose's home. He was invited for dinner (that just means lunch). And he was going to have bear supper. Little Bear was going to have lunch out of a cookbook called Moose Blackberry Supper with Moose Supper Pie, so that the bears could have plenty to eat.

That is the end of the story. Now we have to take care of some business. Did the moose rip up the cookbook, no? He did not rip up the cookbook, because you need them to cook with.

Now we can finish the story. And the moose was in his home when the bears came because they were invited for dinner. The end. The end.

A Story by my three-year-old daughter- Pink Animals

A poem about pink animals that live in the forest.
There are animals in the forest
That's all I have to write.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ice Cream Crunch

½ cup butter (melted)
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup nuts
1 cup coconut
2 cups rice chex

Pour butter into the mixed ingredients
Soften ½ gallon ice cream
Line 9x13 pan with 2/3 of the mixed ingredients, add softened ice cream and sprinkle rest of mixture on top. Freeze.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tomato and Lettuce

I think this stem is about as thick as my finger. I never saw such a short stocky tomato plant before. All of my other plants have been weak and spindly.

We finally have flowers. I am really excited, that means we will be eating tomatoes soon.

Our little lettuce plants are much smaller than everything else, but they are still trying to grow. I hope they keep growing. I just need to keep in mind that if they do not grow, then we have proven something with my experiment.
I hope later today I will be able to talk more about the size and what exactly happens with our Aerogarden. Enjoy your day and thank you for reading. We always welcome feedback.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Gobble to Goop from my son (five-years-old)- Big, Big, Big Brown Bear and the Moose

One morning a big, big, big brown bear was standing near a moose home. He couldn't wait to go in it, because he was invited for dinner. He was going to have freshly cooked green grass out of a cookbook called Big Moose Supper Brown Bear Grass and Moose Pie. Then it made some soup. The soup was out of the cookbook. The soup was called Big, Big, Big Moose Supper Pie Plus Bear Soup for the supper. That is what it was called. Then a airplane flew overhead. Then the bear went for a ride to Scotland. The end.
Now we'll talk about some business. Did the little bear eat the moose or have supper with the moose? Or did the bear spill the pie all over the moose? Or did he flood the whole cave with soup? No, he was very kind to the moose. Now we're done with our business. Now, we can continue with the story.
A little bear was walking all alone one morning, then he came to a cave. He knocked on the door. Now we have some business to take care of. Did the bear eat up the door to get inside the cave? No, he did not. He knocked on the door, which was very polite. The end. The end.