Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I try to eat protein in the morning to help me avoid the 10:00am snack break, so I eat alot of peanut butter or turkey sandwiches in the morning. Recently I started using sandwich wraps. No - not because I am green but because it makes my life easier. First, it works as a plate while I make the sandwich, then I wrap the sandwich up in it instead of using a bag, and then it unfolds on my lap so I don't end up with a lap full of crumbs! Pretty handy! You can find instructions for making yours here. They are super fast and easy to make, no matter what your skill level with the sewing machine.
I also eat cottage cheese alot of mornings for breakfast. I know - kind of an old lady food. But I found a brand recently that I love so I thought I would share. (That is actually what inspired this whole blog post - cottage cheese! ) Yes, it is a little pricier, but oh-so-much-tastier. If you like cottage cheese you should definitely try this.
I know I could solve alot of my problems by just waking up five minutes earlier. But now that I have my in-the-car breakfast routine down, I figure the five extra minutes of sleep will do me some good!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
A few months ago I heard Ravvi Zacharias, an apologist, reference
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I should have taken a picture of the shirt on my little model.
The turtle who thought it would be great to dig a bunch of holes in one of our few nice patches of grass. She obviously couldn't decide where to lay her eggs because she made lots of holes all over.
An Amaryllis given to be by a friend that her husband planted from a seed he took out of a plant.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I tried this last week for a friends birthday, and it was absolutely delicious! Aidan thought mashing the banana's was the most fun ever, and we both agreed, while licking the bowl, that this was sure to be a winner. I know summer doesn't really seem like the time of year to bake with banana's, but this recipe is very light and summery, I think it may have something to do with the thick layer of whipped cream frosting.
This recipe is meant to be made into bars, but I think it would be great as a layer cake too, with mounds of white frosting peaking out between the golden layers.......... I am making myself hungry, good thing we don't have any banana's in the house.
½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I used three ripe bananas)
8 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan or one 9X13 pan and an additional 8X8 pan. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; stir into the batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan(s). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Set aside. In another medium bowl, beat whipped cream until stiff peaks form (it helps to use a chilled bowl and chilled beaters). Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
two sets of these,
some plants and lots of fabric. (Did you know at the right yard sale sweet old ladies sell their extra perennials and will even give you a garden tour if you ask just the right questions???) And fabric - a friend of ours was having a yard sale, and her neighbor does home staging and she sells her extra items every year at the neighborhood yard sale! I bought tons of great fabric for 10 cents apiece, and this couch and throw pillows for a whopping $12.00 total. I know..... what possessed me to think we needed a new couch in James office?
We don't - however - we never use the amazing chair I found for his office at a thrift store last year, and so got to thinking..... I could recover it, paint it white, use it at the head of our kitchen table......... and thus the rearranging of our entire house began. Literally.
Poor James office is entirely changed around again. But now he can relax on his couch. Can't you just picture one of us sprawled out with the laptop while the other is on the desktop, drinking our beers? (hee hee!)
I think moving one thing is like a domino effect. (Because I also had to find a home for the infamous dresser, too, remember?)
(the kitchen in its current state of rearranging. I am repainting the table and also painting all the trim. What a project. I kind of wish I wouldn't have started it!)
We also visited a local park and let our kids play.
So that, my friends is the story of my first big day yard saling.
It is a good thing I usually work on yard sale days, or I might find myself waking up at 7:00 am to beat everyone to the good deals.