Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Menu Plan Monday~and Easter Sunday Menu

Mon-Yankee pot roast, mashed garlic potatoes, carrots, biscuits and salad

Tues- Marvelous meatloaf, potatoes and corn
dessert-sunshine cake made with lemon cake mix, orange jello and cool whip from Mom's favorite recipes by Gooseberry Patch.

Wed-Orange chicken with rice and broccoli

Thur-cheeseburgers on grill with tossed salad


Sat-stroganoff and egg noodles with italian bread and salad on side

Easter-I finally decided it was time to come up with an Easter plan. A nice main meal with simple sides. It is just us and my dad. This is what will grace our table:

Baked 1/2 smoked ham

Mashed potatoes with cream cheese and granulated garlic (instead of the chives)

buttered corn (kids love it)

Birds Eye tuscan veggiesYUM!!

flaky biscuits

simple veggie salad

Giada's lemon basil smoothie

Strawberry shortcake

Resurrection Sunday Cookies~
We will be making these on Saturday
You will need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape

Instructions: These are to be made the evening before Easter. Preheat oven to 300F. *** (this is very important --- don't wait until you are half done with the recipe).

Place pecans in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.Read: John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read: John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read: John 10:10&11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read: Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read: Matthew 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read: John 16:20&22

On Resurrection Sunday (Easter) morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read: Matthew 28:1-9

~He is risen!~

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Not Me! Monday

I, the person who hates phones, most certainly did NOT talk to my friend for 2 hours on the phone today! A good and attentive mother would just not do that. Even if she did move 3 weeks ago and have NO friends in her new state.

And since I would do no such thing, you can be sure that I would not have to cook my children a simple dinner of spaghetti simply because I did not start the corned beef in time. After all, I stick to the plans I make.

Just because my husband is away for 3 days this week, does not mean that the children and I are on holiday from any semblance of a schedule. You know, I am a well put together woman, and have it all together........

I did not nearly cry when discovering my van has an oil leak on Sunday. I did not see my sense of freedom to explore our new state, and join groups, and possibly meet new friends just fade away into oblivion.....I certainly am no basket case.

Well, that's about it for this week friends, now I am off to see what you all certainly didn't do right here!

Monday, March 8, 2010

~Surrounding our home in Scripture~

On Thursday we finally made our way into our new home in upstate NY. We had been in the process of moving for 3 months as we were originally moving to GA, which got postponed and changed to NY with a promotion my husband received *right* before relocating. It's been a very trying time, and I am glad to be settled and hope to get back into a routine soon. It's also strange to look around and realize we do not know one soul! Right before moving we dealt with a Spiritual shock. I am not at liberty to discuss it, but suffice to say I felt the need to surround my home with God's Word.

Here is my first project doing just that:

Have you seen this vinyl lettering before? I found this at Kohl's. You simply clean the wall, then rub to apply. The larger letters were much more challenging to get off of the plastic sheeting onto the wall, and the small letters were very easy. You can easily tell my signature: the slightly crooked end result! haha

This lettering can be removed with no damage to the wall, but it cannot be reapplied. I love it, and it has that painted look. This is the first time we've had a mantle and I was very eager to decorate. =)

I also plan on using pretty scrapbooking paper to print verses on and frame. We actually have a lot of wall and decorating room where we did not previously.

I will update when I add more~

Monday, March 1, 2010

Not Me Monday

Well, let's see.....

I most certainly did NOT go out and buy The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen book after commiting to begin a low-carb diet to lose the unhealthy weight, I most certainly am not that silly!

You can bet on the fact that I would NEVER have to write my child's teacher several notes about my child's last day of school, and then to tell her we are not moving yet, to have to tell here we are in fact moving again when we found another house to rent, after the first one we found fell through. I just am not the type who counts their chickens before they hatch like that!

There is NO WAY I would abandon my blog for 10 weeks just because my camera flash died and we are moving, I am a super woman after all dontcha know.

I definitely didn't throw out 1/4 of my house when I found out we were moving because of transportation issues and being overwhelmed with organizing and carrying it all. Masses of people definitely were not stopping outside MY house and hauling trunks full of things away with them!

And no, it wasn't anyone at MY house that bribed the trash men with $5 for their coffee if they would take oversized items they weren't "supposed" to.

Well I could go on and on about all the things I certainly would NEVER do, but I wouldn't want you to laugh too hard, you might get hurt.

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