Archive for October 29th, 2008

izzy and the orthotist…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I took izzy to the orthotist today to pick up her S.W.A.S.H. and A.F.O.’s.   The A.F.O.’s were not quite ready, they are adding springs.  Here’s Izzy being fitted in the swash…


We had to wait while things were shortened and lengthened and tightened …


All done!  We go back next Monday to get the AFO’s.  Here’s a pic of Izzy with the orthotist.



Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

These cupcakes look so good! I want to make them this week…  Do you think this would qualify as a healthy meal for the family?  Maybe cupcakes and broccoli?





  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda. Stir in oil, water, vinegar and vanilla until blended. Pour mixture into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  3. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of the cream cheese mixture into each cupcake. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.  Maybe after this I’ll need some wieght loss pills.

Monday I plan to make Jambalaya… to use up some of those green peppers and tomatoes.

Tuesday chicken spaghetti in the crockpot

Wednesday … gourmet chicken sandwiches

Thursday this:

 Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 Tbsp Butter
1 Yellow onion chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 small can green chilies
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels
5 cups chicken stock
2 cups shredded chicken
2 Tbs. Taco seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

For Serving:
sour cream
shredded jack and or mild cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

Saute onions and garlic in butter in a large pot over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add chilies, tomatoes, beans, corn, chicken stock, chicken, and taco seasoning. Stir through on high heat until soup boils. Reduce to low. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer one hour.Serve with sour cream, a handful of cheese, and place broken pieces of tortilla strips on top.

Makes eight servings

Friday… is trunk or treat so we’ll either get quick braums burgers or I’ll make some grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup before we leave…

week in review

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

week in review text

Week’s Weather Chilly and very Fall-ish!

Sunday Sermon I seem to always type these reviews on Saturday evening so I haven’t been to church yet and I usually really have to work my brain muscles to remember the scriptures from last weeks lesson… but last week we were all home with sick kids and hurt back.  Hopefully tomorrow morning we’ll be in church.

Life lessons  Nothing new really.  In  the book “the shack” another statement hit me about focusing on the present and having God in the future.  That’s been on my mind.

Favorite Meal(s)  jambalaya which is a favorite of mine right now and will be made again this week thanks to mom and dad emptying the garden of all tomatoes and green peppers…  and oven fried chicken with potato salad that became breakfast for the next two mornings.  I heart potato salad.

Treasured Moment(s) I’ll be honest.  This week has been rough.  With the back problem and sick kids… there have been treasured moments, but hopefully next week my mind will remember more of them than the other kind of moments. 

Simple Pleasures fun mail, reading comments from bloggy friends, playing and chatting on facebook, sleep!

talked with jennag (ms) on facebook which was fun… texting julie (tx)… 

Impacting News





Things I Read still trying to get through “the shack!”

Movies We Watched   baby mama (kinda funny), raising helen (love that one).

Interesting Internet  nothing really new… kari‘s been on a political roll 🙂

Places We Went  tulsa, school, affair of the heart (craft show), shopping

Budget Savers/Busters got great deals at JCPenny for Emelia and izzy. . . got emelia several tops and some bottoms and izzy some dresses for church for $1.97 each! My receipt said I saved $483.00!!!! and I got an outfit for me regularly $200 for $24.99!  Not bad, huh? OH and gas was $2.07 today! I filled up 

Blessings lower gas prices, Matt finishing burean and recieving his ministry certification… I’m now the wife of Rev. Pettigrew 🙂

Challenges  stupid back pain.  It’s better, but we spent about four hours standing today at the ordination cermony and I’m pooped.  Amanda has the stomach bug which is bad!!!  She missed her ACT this morning because she was throwing up from 4 a.m. until about noon.  She has been in bed with lights out all day miserable.  I got a power ade slush for her tonight at sonic and she was able to drink it, but no food.  Emelia’s lasted about 24 hours… hope she is better by morning.  Praying it ends here!  Also weird but everywhere I go people are falling down!  At the craft show a girl about 18 fell down and hurt her head and had a bad seizure right at my feet, today in tulsa during ceremony a man in balcony right above me had issues and ambulance was called, I ran to the store when I got home and an ambulance was pulling up because an employee was passed out in the floor.  Bailey said he was scared to be around me.Getting post done for keylogger.

Accomplishments Matt finishing his ministry certification… 




(me and matt leaving tulsa…)