Archive for May, 2007

a goulash-y post (a little of this, a little of that…) & SCT

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Thank you so much for all your laughter my dear bloggy friends at my unfortunate experiences on Tuesday, it makes it all so much easier to bear knowing that my mistakes and misfortune cause you so much pleasure! No, seriously though… thanks for all the sweet comments! Life is pretty much back to some kind of normalcy, whatever that is.

sonic ice!!!
The new fridge is installed, it has food in it, the food is cold… it has even made a lot of ice! I tried out the filtered water in the door at 3 a.m. last night and I would give it a thumbs up! And regarding the old friend, two things I forgot to mention about that… 1) I did get dressed to go shop for a fridge and he was still with my dad visiting outside so I at least was able to show him I did know how to ‘clean up,’ and 2) the first thing out of my mouth when I stomped in the front room looking like I described was “don’t look at me” Isn’t that hilarious? I can’t even believe I said that or that I am admitting it… but, it just came out of my mouth before my brain caught up. Oh well. I did take that lesson to heart and got dressed early yesterday morning so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed when the refrigerator delivery people came. Good thing too! They came earlier than I expected.

Next subject… Sandra’s slow cooker Thursday! I love my crock pot. I had crock pot meatloaf on my MPM for Tuesday night, but with the Memorial day cookouts it got bumped to last night. It was really good! I left it cooking while we went to church and everyone came home and ate it up! Even Amanda who hates meatloaf! (Bailey didn’t eat it because, well, he doesn’t eat meat…)
So, I already linked to it on my MPM… but, it was good enough to share it here. By the way, I also used the crock pot liner and those things sure make clean up easy! I used the foil over that because I thought it might be necessary for browning or something.

Crock Pot Meat Loaf

2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup italian breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion (diced)
1/4 cup water


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into a meatloaf shape that will fit into your crock pot. Cut a strip of foil and place under the meatloaf in crock pot. Cut it long enough to cover the bottom and sides of meatloaf. Place meat loaf in crock pot and top with an additional 2 tablespoons ketchup & chili sauce. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours or high for four hours.

We’ve been putting Izzy in the stander that we borrowed from school a lot recently. Since we are home more with no school this is possible. This includes wearing the foot splints too, which I have to say she isn’t thrilled about either. I do see her legs getting stronger, that is very encouraging. This is a pic of the stander. Our den is basically full of her equipment. It is tucked away everywhere and whatever we are ‘using’ at the time is just kinda in the middle of it all! I am getting used to it and it is just how things will be until we get her running around. I have said it before but feel it necessary to say again, “I believe Izzy will be restored completely through the healing blood of Jesus Christ, I believe that she has been healed by the stripes of Jesus, we are simply waiting and expecting the manifestation of this healing.” If you don’t agree with this, don’t pray for her. I also don’t need to be felt sorry for or talked out of my beliefs. These beliefs are based on God’s word alone and have taken root deep inside me now, they will not be moved.

We went to church last night (cornerstone). There was a guest speaker. I am pretty aware of things so when they were having singing I noticed a gray haired gentleman standing by the pastor of the church … I told Matt, “that guy has spunk, I hope he is the guest speaker.” I was right! He did have spunk. His message was “shake it off and step up.” He told a story about a donkey in a well that was being buried because they couldn’t get him out and each shovel of dirt thrown down he shook it off and used it to step up until he was out of that well. It was a great motivational lesson and lots of good scriptures went along with it.

New topic… Amanda. She is leaving for montreal in less than two weeks and her passport has yet to come. We applied at the beginning of March and were told there was no problem and now here we are with a problem. I plan to spend the day on the phone trying to have it expedited. That and deciding how many american $ to change into canadian $’s have been the topics the last few days. We’ve been told she will need canadian money for niagra falls too. She is going with our church to visit our old preacher who has a church in montreal now. She is SOOOOO… excited.

Another thing I didn’t mention is that Saturday on my way home from that brunch we hosted and while my mil was here, I got a letter from the health care authority stating that as of 5-31 Izzy no longer has tefra which is the program I had to jump through 8 months of hoops to get her approved for. Anyway, I couldn’t call until Tuesday, because Monday was a state holiday but I finally found out that they deleted her from the system because I called when they mispelled her name “iszbell” instead of “isabelle” and that correction deleted her somehow. I was on the phone with them when I discovered the dead fridge and while I poured the gunk on Izzy. So, it was a fun morning all in all. I promise that is the last I’m going to say about that. ok?

In Light of the Truth
is hosting a weekly memory verse. I signed up! This week’s scripture is:
Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Thank you Tori for the cd you mailed! It is such beautiful music, I can hear it playing on the kitchen cd player! (it is her husband playing) You are so sweet! I love good mail!

TTT next week I was thinking about memories of our fathers since father’s day is around the corner. What do you think?

Ever had one of those days…?…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Today started with a ‘puddle’ of water in my kitchen floor… followed by an exploded bag of rolls in the freezer, can you guess why??? ding ding ding, lady in the corner? Yep, the refrigerator died! Just what I wanted on a nice Tuesday morning right? Oh, it gets better…
So I was feeding Iz her blueberry, vitamin, protein, soy milk drink and she was kinda whiny like something was hurting so I tried to reposition her and when I did I sloshed the cup of drink all over her head. So, we headed directly to the bath and didn’t pass go …
And then… I was trying to unload things to try to salvage them from the freezer when I walked in the front room (my dad was here) to find a guy I used to know when I looked like I do in those pictures right below this post about 20 years ago… wasn’t it just lovely of him to stop by to say hello? I couldn’t be more pleased… except that I had on my big t-shirt, no bra, pink pj pants with christmas packages on them and blueberry soy drink all down my front… my hair was in a messy bun with my bangs bobby pinned back, get the vision of loveliness? He did. It was kinda mortifying.
So I spent the afternoon shopping for a new fridge and cleaning out the old fridge… they will trade places tomorrow when the delivery guy comes.
Lessons learned… don’t slosh blueberry drink on people, don’t be so ugly even when at home where you think no one will see you, and always look for the bright side of things… play the glad game like pollyanna did… you know.
I’m glad I am alive. I’m glad I get a new fridge. I’m glad tomorrow is a new day. :o)

Time Travel Tuesday ~ First Date Edition

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Today for our travel through time, we will be visiting our first date. Can you remember who your first date was with, where you went, etc.?

Us about 8 months after we met, just home from church…


Here’s me & Matt not long after we started dating…

I was the youngest, with two older brothers. My parents were very trusting of me and let me go out at a young age. I can’t really call these dates though. I mostly went with guys from church youth group places or with a group of people. Sometimes on a group ‘date’ but not really a date. . . until I met Matt. I met Matt right after his 18th birthday and two months before my 16th birthday. The first day I met him he asked me out on a date. I had gone to an amusement park the night before with a friend and two guys and felt like my social life was just taking off so I didn’t mind telling him, “I have plans Friday.” He asked about Saturday to which I replied, “I have plans Saturday too.” This was a Thursday, so he said, “how about tonight?” and I said, “sure.”

This is a picture about two years into our relationship…

So, for our first date we did take along my best friend and his best friend (who got along great)… and went to eat and to his friend’s house an hour away from home with no parents home. My parents would have been mortified had they known that at the time. We popped a ton of fireworks (all at the same time) and then headed back home. We sat in the car for almost an hour with the song “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips…” playing in the background. It was planned that way, he had the cassette tape in the tape player ready to go. I fell for him that first night, although I kept my plans the following two nights. We dated pretty much exclusively for several months and then he decided to date some fellow college girls. I didn’t mind much because I had met a guy at a FBLA (future business leaders of America) conference and was ‘dating’ him. This dating other people thing went on until my dad called him by the wrong name mistakenly one evening. He showed up later with a gold cross necklace and a request for an exclusive relationship again. The rest is history… We’re about to have our 18th wedding anniversary in June. I can’t believe how many years have passed and it’s funny to think of our early conversations and dreams.

I can’t wait to read about your first date!

As always, if you have any suggestions for travel let me know. I was thinking about traveling to our first birth experience but don’t want to leave out those who don’t have children yet … so maybe there will be an alternate path for them? Let me know what you think.

MPM~May 28

Monday, May 28th, 2007

lunch ~ cookout for Memorial Day…
Chicken Cacciatore
(didn’t get to this last week)
green beans w/ new potatoes

TuesdayCrockpot Meatloaf
mashed potatoes
corn on the cob

spanish rice
refried beans

ThursdayCoconut Lime Chicken

“like” KFC Twisters
potato salad
baked beans

Click on links to view recipes… and visit Laura to join in and see more menus…

For time travel Tuesday this week we are traveling way back (well for me anyway 🙂 to our first date… can you remember where you went… with who… did you eat out… movie… Hope you’ll play along.

weekend reflection~

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

  • Friday was the last day of school
  • I made these for Izzy’s teacher’s and therapists.
  • My mom & brother Mike ate lunch at Old germany, it was good. I was going to take a picture of my food but I ate it before I remembered (oops!).
Here is Mike in front of Old Germany…

Here is the front of the restaurant…

Here is mom waiting for our food.

  • Mom & I hosted a going away party for my aunt Colleen, she is moving to Denver, Colorado where her (grown) children live. She and her husband moved to Choctaw years ago to be close to some of her siblings (like my dad) and a few years ago her husband died (of cancer) so she has decided to move back to Colorado.
Amanda, mom & Colleen

Here’s the spread of food we had (yum)!
  • Then… Matt’s mom and her husband John came over for the afternoon …
  • John cooked penne pasta with greek olives, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, and lots of garlic! I made my famous garlic bread!
  • They brought a box full of brownies from panera bread.
  • Do you see her ears… the decision was to give them to her! (the earrings)
Here is Gram with Emelia

Paula, Amanda, and John


  • I followed the mpm pretty well, except didn’t make the chicken caccitore… Jenna’s spaghetti was good again (Matt really enjoyed it).
  • I made this for the brunch today….If you look at that table full of food, I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear this was the only thing that was completely gone when the party was over. It was good….
  • Here is the recipe! I used some jalapeño bread and it was really good.


  • I got some good mail from Judi & Angel & Annie!
  • Jenna sent me a really neat believe sign & a pretty bow for Izzy!
  • Time travel Tuesday was good this week, lots of people played along!
  • Next Tuesday we will travel to a first time something happened in our lives… can you guess which one?

I’m thankful for~

  • Church at Cornerstone.
  • Summer
  • family
  • good mail
  • blog friends
  • irl friends
  • you!

Visit Judi for more weekend reflections…

mail call!

Friday, May 25th, 2007

I just got the mail!

I got some good mail from Annie (not myself, of course, this annie!).

She sent some black toile stationary, how did she know that I love love love black toile???
and a sweet laura ashley notebook! I love laura ashley designs. just perfect.

thanks Annie.


I got the earrings I ordered from Now I have to decide if I give them to Matt’s mom tomorrow (yep, they are coming for belated mother’s day) or if I run to town and buy her something else and keep them, because you know I do collect believe things, right????

(isn’t bailey a great hand model, and how sweet that he didn’t even question why I suddenly take pictures of all kinds of things and run to the laptop)

What do you think I should do?

Favorite Ingredients Friday ~ No bake cookies

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Here’s what I’m making today:

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened.

Izzy’s teachers seemed to really be touched by the keychains and notes. Niecie cried, but that’s Niecie :o). Izzy brought home a book of pictures chronicling her year in school. I have looked at those sweet pics so many times in the last 24 hours! She had a great year and we are so blessed. She is an absolute doll. Well, today I am going to lunch at the German place I mentioned in my restaurant post. My (OLDER) brother Mike is taking me! So I’ll be back later to tell you how perfect my schnitzel was!

Go over to Overwhelmed with Joy’s blog to see more recipes on fif!

Friday’s Feast

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Name a sound you like to hear.
silence. I think that is a mom thing, but it doesn’t get much better than the late nights when everyone is asleep in their little beds and the house is peaceful and quiet… or early mornings when you are the only one up and it is so quiet. I love hearing their conversations, laughter… all the good noises don’t get me wrong, but the silence is music to my ears.

What is your favorite kind of cheese?
parmigiano reggiano. Love it. I could eat it plain or on so many different things from eggs to pasta. yum!

Do you sleep late on Saturday mornings? Why or why not?
No. Matt is an early riser even on the weekends and if Matt is up I am usually up too. Besides, Izzy is usually ready to get out of her bed and be fed. Sometimes I can get away with an extra few minutes if I let her snuggle with me on Saturday mornings, that’s always nice!

Main Course
When was the last time you forgot something? What was it, and how long did it take to remember it?
Wow, thats hard to remember… I forgot the blender at Jane Ann’s house in Dallas! It took me from Dallas to over the Oklahoma state line before I realized it and I sure wasn’t driving back.
It turned out good though because now I have my lovely wonderfully convenient immersion blender from kitchen aid. I have used that thing for so much more than just Izzy’s food!

Fill in the blank: I notice ____________ when ___________.
I notice Matt’s faults when I’m trying to ignore my own.

good mail

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Got some good mail today!
Thanks Angel for an envelope full of fun!

There was a sweet note, address labels, a folded heart, instructions on how to make a folded animal with paper, feathers, raffia, a notepad…so creative and so cute.

The good mail girls rock.
I also mailed out several packages today, this is so much fun.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007
Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
frozen skinless chicken breasts or tenders (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup Lemon juice
several crushed garlic cloves (10-12)
1 teaspoon Seasoned salt
1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning
2 dashes Tabasco
1 cup White wine

Skin and cut up chicken. Combine with other ingredients in slow cooker/Crock Pot. Set on low. Serve over rice.

click on the picture to visit Sandra for more slow cooker recipes.