Friday, October 31, 2008

Kielbasa and Pasta Skillet Dinner

Another recipe off The Grocery Cart Game's menu Monday. For official recipe go here

I actually made this yesterday. It was just me and the boys. The furry hubby (yes, it is nickname) and Court were doing their thing...which consisted of one working and the other attending a band thing out at Michigan State.

This was a very good meal.

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Jump on Over for a GREAT deal on Victoria Secret Bras

I got 2 bras, 1 pair of underwear and an eye mask and I only spent lie. Along with the deal came a free messenger bag valued at 50 dollars.

I found about this deal at My Penny Pile's website and you can find out about it here
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Anderson went as a pilot. He has never been a big trick or treater. He just goes a couple houses and the thrill building up to the actual trick or treating exhausts him and we end up coming home after a few houses ;)


Jack's first halloween.
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Jack's First Halloween

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Most Popular Teen Girl Costume as seen on The Morning Show UNBELIEVABLE

I sat down to feed the baby and had a few minutes to spare for t.v., which is very unusual. Anyway, caught the end of The Morning Show and they were talking with someone from Yahoo who was talking about most popular costumes for different age ranges. The most popular costume , the one most googled, for a teen girl is a PLAYBOY BUNNY!!!!! They think that this is the case because of the show The Girl Next Door..

I would kill my daughter if she wore this costume or watched that program. Isn't there something wrong with this. I don't get it.

If you would like to see the link click here

To top it off, they said this is the second year in a row. There is something seriously wrong with that.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dinner Tonight was Amazing, Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole

I saw this on Grocery Cart Challenge's Menu plan for the week. Decided to try it out on the family. THEY LOVED IT...I LOVED IT...its a keeper.

For the recipe go here

Before the cheese was added.

Getting ready to dig in.

The family that prays together, stays together!

You would think that the combination would not be good or the ingredients...but it was really, really, really delicious, very budget friendly and very filling. My 8-year-old even ate it all. BONUS!!!!

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Fast and Easy and SOOOO Good Lasagna.

You will need:

1 lb ground beef (I used very lean ground beef)
1 onion
8 lasagna noodles
25 oz jar of spaghetti sauce. (I used two pouches of the new Bertolli Premium Spag sauce).
16 oz cottage cheese (I used fat free Kroger brand)
4 cups Mozzarella (this was a lot and you could use less)

Chop up onion, brown ground beef and onion and drain. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer through. Spray a 9 x 13 dish with cooking spray. Place 4 lasagna noodles in dish, three going length-wise and then break the one to fit going width-wise. Spread across noodles of the hamburger mixture, then half of the cottage cheese and then half the mozzarella cheese. Then repeat the noodles, hamburger, cottage cheese and end with the rest of mozzarella. Put foil over top, spray foil with cooking spray so cheese does not stick. Bake at 350 for one hour. Poke lasagna to make sure noodles are done. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Enjoy. This was so good. This took me no time to put together, maybe 30 minutes if that.

For more great recipes see recipe swap at The Grocery Cart Challenge
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Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I should be absolutely embarrassed. I am posting what needs to be done on this tackle it Tuesday. I guess this is my way of keeping myself accountable, plus my sink will be so happy when I am done.

Get your sunglasses out cause it sure is clean. The angels are singing because I got my sink done. I even added flowers to my picture. That is because my hubby who bought the flowers earlier in the week replaced them so my autumn vase would have new I took what was still good and made a little arrangement for the sink.

My new flowers are called candy corn daisies....I LOVE THEM and I love the person who gave them to me.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I was tagged by the coupon nerd at I appreciate the nice compliment and am flattered. Now on to the rules for being tagged.

These are the rules for tagging...
1) Link back to the person who tagged you and share the rules on your blog
2) Share 7 facts about yourself
3) Tag seven people and list their links in your post
4) Tell those 7 people by commenting on their blog!

Here are my 7 Facts...

I enjoy knitting, but have yet to finish something.

My favorite season is fall, you may be able to tell from my blog.

I totally LOVE photography. I would like to take some classes some day.

My husband says I am like snow white when it comes to outdoor animals. I tend to feed them a lot of peanuts and will have bluejays, cardinals, squirrels, and chipmunks and the occasional tiny mouse...all at one time.

I am addicted to Tim Hortons coffee.

I have recently developed a donut fetish...which I must correct for my rear is starting to look like a giant pumpkin and my hubby is threatening an intervention.

I can sing and also play piano, but piano is not one I have done in a while.

I am tagging these blogs....

I will have to work on the other ones, but I at least wanted to get my facts out there
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

I Love Courtney!

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House For Sale



Many rooms with a master suite
Spacious love
Open floor plan for peace
Large eat-in grace
Fenced in mercy with room for expansion
Son room with a marvelous view of salvation
Pool of milk and honey in the back
Pearly gates in front

The only way to the Father is through the Son

$0.00 - Calvary - Owner financing

Friendly angelic neighbors
Great family and friends
Praise the Lord all day and night

Crown of stars, new luxurious robe
Golden slippers with matching wings
Bring a friend and get a reward

For more information...
Call your local agent or representative...
Name, address and phone number listed below:

NAME: Jesus Christ
ADDRESS: Repent Highway and Streets of Gold
PHONE: Dial John 3:16

Author: Pam Ryans

In my Father's house are
many mansions; if it were not so,
I would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself, that
where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:2-3

For more on Salvation (going to heaven), please click here

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Homeschool Thoughts

I was not able to make it to the homeschool meeting at church this past month. Our pastor spoke to the group and I got an e-mail with some of the points he made. Although I did not hear the whole thing, the points still spoke to me. He has 8 children and all of them were homeschooled or are being homeschooled by his wife.

Here are his thoughts discussed at meeting...

1. Remember why you're doing this. God gave the directions for educating our children in Deuteronomy 6 and there is a stream running all through the Bible of family promises. You can weather the difficulties if the roots of conviction are deep enough.

2. Don't impose "school" on the home. Interruptions can be opportunities for true education. The education of our children can be put in three general categories: Discipleship(learning to follow Jesus), Apprenticeship (learning to work), Courtship (preparing to marry "in the faith"). (We didn't discuss the latter) Firefly Principal: The darker the night, the brighter the light shines.

3. Remember that God is more devoted to our children's success than we parents will ever be. Stay close to God the Father so He can tell you what to do with your children.

I wish I had made it for the whole thing now ;)

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Saturday, October 25, 2008


I just have to say that nothing inspires me like Celine Dion and her music. It gives me such a nice getaway from being a Wife and Mom. I highly recommended her newest CD Taking Chances. Awesome!!!

celine dion Pictures, Images and Photos
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Go Blue

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Then Sings My Soul Saturday

This makes me want to fall at his feet and cry holy, holy, holy is the lamb! I love singing this song in church.

My Jesus I Love Thee I Know Thou Art Mine Hymn
My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Black Beans and Tortilla Chips

So, obviously I am catching up tonight on posts that I have been meaning to put up. We had a meatless meal the other night. I am hoping to incorporate beans into our dinners to save some money and still offer some protein.

Black Beans and Tortilla Chips

Put 3 cups of black beans in 10 cups of water add 1 tablespoon salt. Boil and then let simmer for 3 hours. You may need to keep adding water or else they will stick and burn.

After 3 hours, serve up black beans with a bit of the bean broth and then add cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Serve with tortilla chips. It was another hit at my house...except for my 8 year old who put up with it only for so long. He was a good sport though and ate most of it.
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Invisible Mom

Invisible Mother

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?' Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I'm invisible. The invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?? Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not tocompare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read no, devour the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it. And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.' I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become. At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Great Job, MOM

Share this with all the Invisible Moms you know. I just did. The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you

thanks katey
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God Really Does Care

Today's Truth
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

Friend To Friend
I memorized today's verse as a little girl in Christian school. However, as is typical of God's Word, the meaning of the verse deepens each time God applies it to my life. Just two weeks ago, God reminded me again how much He really does care.

Rushing around on last minute errands prior to a trip, I needed to drop a pre-packaged delivery envelope into the nearest UPS collection box. To my dismay, the receptacle I drove to was a FedEx drop box instead. As I kept driving, my mind tried - without success - to come up with the next closest UPS box.

This problem may not rank high on your personal list of frustrations, but that particular day's schedule and my patience were seriously overloaded. Crying out to God, I asked what to do. In the very next second, I passed a convenience store where a big, brown UPS truck sat idling in the parking lot. The driver congenially accepted my parcel, and I pulled away humbly worshipping the God who cares about the tiniest details of our lives.

Just twenty-four hours later, I approached my travel destination only to find my directions slightly amiss. Deciding to pull off onto a quiet side street to check the map, I began making the corner and immediately knew something was seriously wrong with the car. Carefully guiding the car to the curb, I parked and got out to investigate the problem.

Imagine my shock when I noticed a rear wheel was coming off of the car! The five lug nuts normally holding it onto the car were completely missing. Lying on the pavement behind the car, I could see from underneath a separation between the wheel and axel. My mind whirled with the possible scenarios. Just ten minutes before, I had been driving fast in thick traffic on the Interstate. Worship again flooded my soul as I knelt before the Lord and thanked Him for taking such good care of me.

While the world chants: "Don't worry, be happy," we Christians should practice a much more appropriate principle: "Don't worry, God cares!" God knows and God really does care about the little and large things that touch our lives.

Let's Pray
Lord, thank You for caring about every single detail of my life and for taking care of them all. Help me to trust You more and turn to You more quickly for help in every situation. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Now It's Your Turn

How has God taken care of you this past week?
Read 1 Peter 5:6-11. Who is trying to rob you of joy (vs. 8)? Describe the picture the verse creates in your mind. You can resist him by humbly asking God for help (vs. 6) and worshipping God (vs. 13).
Make a list of the troubling situations in your life. Read Philippians 4:6-7 and follow the directions. Enjoy the resulting peace!

Taken from Girlfriends in God devotional for today.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Grocery Gathering

This is a list of all the blogs that show what deals are going on with what stores. I use this to find how my coupons match sales and different stores.

The Grocery Gathering
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tater Tot Casserole

In the midst of making soup and pie yesterday, I also made a casserole for a friend from church who just had a baby. I love this casserole and it is so simple to make. Also, you can substitute some leaner meat and fat free items to make it healthier. You will see pictures of a doubled version, but I am giving instructions for a single recipe. The single recipe feeds me the kids and Bill just fine, but I doubled it for my friend because she has more people in her family.

You will need 1 lb ground beef, onion, 1 can mushroom soup, milk, frozen mixed veggies, shredded cheddar cheese and tater tots.

Brown 1 pound of ground beef with onion and drain

Place hamburger in square pan.

Mix 1 can mushroom soup and 1/4 cup milk in dish and then spread over hamburger in pan.

Sprinkle 1 cup frozen mixed veggies over mushroom soup.

Then sprinkle 1 cup mild cheddar cheese over that.

Add tater tots to the top. Bake for 45 minutes on 350.

For more great recipes head over to The grocery cart challenge.
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The BEST Apple Pie


1 prepared graham cracker crust
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
5 1/2-6 cups cooking apples (I used Spy and Mutzu)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup margarine (you can use butter if you like but I like the topping better using margarine)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Brush the bottom and sides of the crust evenly with egg yolk.
3. Bake on a baking sheet until light brown, about 5 minutes.
4. Remove the crust from oven.
5. Combine the sliced apples, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 Tbs flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

6. Mix well and mound into crust.

7. Mix remaining flour, sugar, brown sugar and margarine with fingers until crumbly.

8. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over apples.

9. Bake on baking sheet until topping is golden and filling is bubbling; about 50 minutes.

10. Cool thoroughly (at least 3 hours)(I did 1 hour and some of the time it was outside),

11. Serve at room temperature. (We used Vanilla Ice Cream while it was still a bit warm).

12. Note: This pie is best when it is eaten the same day or the next day that it is baked. OH DARN WE HAVE TO EAT IT ALL WITHIN 24 HOURS.

13. If it sits for a long time, the crust and topping aren't as crunchy.

I think this was so good because it was crunchy on top and the graham cracker crust made it crunchy on bottom as well. It really was good.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chicken Soup

You will need a whole chicken, salt, celery, onion, garlic, carrots, egg noodles, WATER (yeah, you know where you can find that..ha ha), poultry seasoning.

11 quart or larger stockpot, colander.

This is really just about what you think you will like. I don't think you can go wrong honestly.

Put your chicken after rinsing it into stockpot. Add 1 1/2 gallons of water. Add 2 tablespoons salt.

Add 2 tablespoons minced garlic, or however much you want. I used minced garlic out of a much simpler.

Coarsely chop some celery with tops and place in pot. You also could add some onion if you like.

Bring to a boil, then place a cover and turn to low and simmer for 4 hours until chicken is falling apart.

In the meantime, chop up carrots.

Chop up celery.

Chop up onion and mix together set aside. Remember, use however much you want. I used a bag of baby carrots, one onion and about 3-4 stalks of celery.

After chicken has cooked for 4 hours, place colander above another large stockpot or place in the center of a VERY LARGE bowl. Dump pot over colander to separate chicken and stock.

Add veggies to stock, bring to a boil and then let simmer for an hour or until veggies are tender. I also added a little bit of poultry seasoning.

Separate chicken from bones and add to pot after veggies are done cooking.

Also add a bag of egg noodles. I guess if you wanted to cook these on the side and add them as people liked that would be a good idea. You could even make rice instead.

Enjoy. This was a huge fall hit with my family.

We ate our fill which was a lot and still had all this. Will be good to put some in freezer and also to eat throughout the coming week. It is quite satisfying to feed my family good things.
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