Thursday, February 25, 2010

10 Things About Me...

1) I cannot stand litter bugs -esp. when they "set" their trash outside their car in a parking lot.

2) I am not gonna lie - I love pizza & cake - send me to a kid b-day and I am in heaven!

3) I drive a Suburban and I am not really concerned that it is not environmentally friendly

4) I am Pro-life

5) I love "Fight the good fight" 1 Timothy 6:12

6) I flip my pillow during the night to get to the cold side

7) I SERIOUSLY hate public restrooms, SERIOUSLY

8) I am not a shoe person, I wish there was one multipurpose shoe I could where and that would be that.

9) Random movie I sure love ~
In America ~ Irish family moving to NY

10) My sweet husband is a coin dealer, isn't that weird?

I will continue this post just incase anyone would ever care or read! I think these are fun to read about people. Totally pointless at the same time as I am sure I could be sleeping, cleaning, praying, attending to know.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dog Shake (aka Root Beer)

I know everyone is on a health crusade nowadays! I am trying to make an effort myself, but I still enjoy a bit of pop (yes, I realize I am 1 of 4 people who still call it pop - even in the midwest).
This particular kind is referred to as "Dog Shake" around here. Awhile back my son saw it at Arby's when getting a drink and picked out "Dog Shake". If you cannot read, that is quite the logical guess! I should probably clear things up for him before someone's child teases can be quite snotty to one another, where do they learn that
Anyway, since I am pregnant no caffeine is good and diet as I do not need the calories. I am not thinking about the "artificial sweetners"....
It just tastes quite delicious (cannot even tell it is "diet"!).

Monday, February 22, 2010

Abortion Pain Prevention Act - NE LB 1101

Nebraska pro-life advocates are fighting for the innocent in an attempt to pass law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation as the babies feel pain! Of course they do! I have always wondered, "Do abortion advocates have any compassion for the pain these babies go through?" Without getting into anything religious that factor has to weigh on their mind?
I for one will be supporting my state's new bill!
Fight the good fight!

"Hands on Fun" at I Heart Faces

This week's photo challenge is all about hands. I had a couple to narrow down, but ultimately went with this one based on the following equation:

5 year old boy + clean & trimmed nails = a rare occasion!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

PBS Masterpiece = The Real Thing!

OK, this may make me sound a bit square, however I am really getting into Sunday night Masterpiece on PBS. As a kid I remember my mom's favorite night, maybe the only night she watched tv was Sunday night's Masterpiece Theater on PBS. I remember thinking it was "nerdy" and BORING. One particular ocassion she "made me" watch a particular series. Turns out, I ejoyed every minute of Anne of Green Gables, how could you not?

Well anyway, I find myself getting tired of the smut/trash on tv, especially Sunday nights. Although the show is called Brothers & Sisters, it seems to have a lack of true "family values". However, to watch Masterpiece Classic - well, it is just that. The season runs untils April 25. The Diary of Anne Frank is coming April 11.

On a completely different note, what is a post without a picture? Well, I do not believe in them!

This guy is wondering why the heck his mom wants to photograph him eating a banana muffin?

And please excuse the coloring, bad camera day and no editing! My walls are really not that yuck of a color, they are actually a grey/green which I like in person, but show up awful in pics!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cathedral ?

Just incase you happened to read this, then you may want to know that this is St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague (Praha). A beautiful city to visit indeed.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Does anyone know which Cathedral this is? I did a semester abroad in college and got to see this beautiful church. A bit gothic for my personal taste, but still.... pretty amazing!

Lent begins tomorrow. For me:

1) Daily Rosary

2) Go to Stations of the Cross AT THIS BEAUTIFUL CHURCH. (They have soup & stations! Yum!)

3) Visit the elderly in a local assisted living home with the kiddos. (This is something I have wanted to do for a long time - my kids are rarely around the elderly and the elderly rarely get to see kids - win-win!)

4) Fridays - no meat of course, but that is not much of a sacrafice for me, so I will at least do no sweets on Fridays and see how many days inbetween I can go!

Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies

OK, I know lent is tomorrow, so not exactly prime time to post a sweet treat! But we made these for a friend today, knowing her she gave up sugar for lent, so she may have to freeze or eat up tonight!
Anyway, these are the best darn cookies on this side of the Mississippi - I am not kidding! This recipe is from Melanie's blog - love her recipes!

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 25-30 squares)
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups coconut
2 cups (1 package) semisweet chocolate chips - (I used a tad bit less)
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk and butter until smooth. Add graham cracker crumb mixture; mix well. Stir in coconut, chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

NOTE: I had to bake 1-2 minutes longer and I think it could have used a slight more amount of graham cracker crumbs.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I Heart Faces - Dance

I Heart Faces weekly contest
I Wanna Dance In this case - dance, spin, twirl...

I actually had posted this pic a few months ago here. She does not know this is "Dorothy's" dress from Oz! Just a great twirling dress!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow

This is one of my favorite childrens books. Unfortunately, I am not a literature expert, but this book to me is simplistically marvelous! The originial copyright is 1957, (I happen to have an original copy!) and perhaps that is part of what makes this book so great - its simple nature from a different era. The words are so delicate, simple, & charming. The story is about a little girl who did not understand about time/seasons.
This book is a far cry from some of the Dora, Princess, Transformer, etc. lit that comes our way at times. For the record I rarely buy any "character" books, they are awful!

I just love the illustrations by Garth Williams. The watercolor paintings are so soft.
Truely Precious...

Don't you think?...

If you have a little girl, especially a girly girl, she will LOVE this book. My 5 yr. old son even likes to listen to it now and then. Of course it is available at Amazon here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Melted Crayon Stained Glass Hearts

We made Valentine heart decor for our chandelier. The idea is for the light coming through them to look like stained glass. They are fairly simple to make.

Our chandelier is ready for Heart Day!

Purples turn quite dark - I liked the lighter shades.
All you need is Wax paper, crayon shavings from a little hand held pencil sharpener, and according to Martha Stewart, Kraft paper - whatever that is? I just used a paper grocery sack!

Simply place your crayon shavings inbetween the wax paper, fold in the edges about an inch as you are going to take a warm iron to melt the shavings. I placed my paper sack on my ironing board, then the wax paper/crayon shavings, then another paper sack and ironed. Cool a bit and cut. Easy Peasy, right?

Here is Martha Stewart's version:
Crayon Hearts

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Kiss

Valentines Day is upon us, so naturally iheartfaces is having a kiss photo contest.
While I do not care to post images of myself, I adore what is happening here from last April. My little guy was giving me the BEST kisses ever! Can you see his OPEN mouth?

Monday, February 1, 2010

My Own Real Estate Agent

Kids play so many things. Mine often play restaurant, vacation, picnic, camping, recently church, but today was a first. Evan (5) & Lydia (3) played real estate agent. We happen to catch an episode of HGTV's House Hunters (I like that show) and apparently my children enjoyed it too as they watched the whole thing.
After the show I found Evan showing Lydia all the rooms of our house. You will be pleased as punch to know Lydia ended up buying the private home with the pool. Hmm, Evan must have been showing a different house then this one! Well, I guess the episode we watched was in St Thomas on a 3 million dollar budget...