Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ty Ty

Well, tonight is the last night my Tyler will be in his own bed for the next 6 months. He is heading out for basic training, then on to training for his position (whatever) in the National Guard. Tyler has never been away from family except on his trip to England. He was with friends then and it was only for 7 days. I know he is a little worried too. I can't even stand to think about how he will be yelled at and cussed at. I know he is taking his Bible too. I am proud of him for that.

This comes as I am dealing with some other issues around our house. My emotions are just every where. The last two nights I have been in bed by 9 pm. That is early for me. I have not been eating lots and my body is really hurting. Stress it is not fun on the body.

I know my son will come back as a better man, but I love him just like he is. I am asking that God puts a hedge of protection around him over the next 6 months.

I love you, Tyler!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Challenges

I have a big challenge. Afterward reading some of the blogs from my cousins, I feel so inadequate. I really need to find time to read my Bible and have devotions. Now that I have the Bible on my Kindle I am going to try to use time I sit with Lynda to read my Bible and do a devotional. I play games on my Kindle, I read books on my Kindle, why shouldn't I put it to good use and read my Bible.

If anyone out there reads my blog, I would like for you to keep me accountable. I will try to post each day what I read or what I did for that day. I want to grow in Jesus more each day. I am praying that this will be a good way to do that. Even when I get a full time job, I can continue doing this on my lunch hour.

I appreciate your prayers for me in this matter.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

relaxing

It was a good day. Church this morning. Enjoyed the message from Ephesians 1. I went with mom and dad so I didn't have my Bible. However, I did have my Kindle. I used it, but not something I would want to do all the time. It takes a little time to get from one book to another. I am thankful that we are adopted into God's family, that He gaves us freewill and a choice to make, but He knew already what we would do.

Went to work at CJ until 6:30. Been at home and resting. Have another day off tomorrow and looking forward to it. I think I will be doing more cleaning too. If things work out right, maybe I will get my sewing machine out.

Caroline hasn't decided if she is going with her dad for a while or just staying home with me.

We have been invited by a schoolmate to go to Toy Story on Ice next Sunday. I am really excited. She bought the tickets for us. I am not telling Caroline until we are closer to the date. I think it will be fun. She is taking her two grandsons and Caroline will love having the kids around.

jLooking forward to new recipes next week. If I make anything, I will share.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Recipes

I have been trying new recipes. We had one Thursday night that was really good. I will post for you.

Hamburger Potato Casserole

1 lb of hamburger (I use more cuz Eric likes lots of meat)
3 cups peeled potatos. ( I used about 6, but could have put more in)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (I actually used two cans. I poured a can on top because the cheese and meat was drying out. I will change the way I layer it the next time.)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup milk (per can of soup, if you use two cans of soup)
salt and pepper to taste
Frozen corn (I added this) I used about 1/2 bag of a small bag. You could probably add other veggies if you want.
1 cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In medium pan, brown hamburger and drain fat.
3. In bowl, mix together soup, onion, salt and pepper, and milk (and any veggies you use)
4. Alternate layers of potatos, soup, hamburger in (2 quart) baking dish. I followed this layering, but I think it would be best to do potato, hamburger, soup. I would use the 2 cans of soup to give extra liquid.
5. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until potatos are tender. Top with cheese and bake until cheese has melted.

We really enjoyed this meal and it was easy to put together.

Saturday

Well, I am just planning on staying in today. Some cleaning to be done, but I really want to get my sewing machine out and try to do some sewing. It has been a while, but I want to give it a try. I think it would be good to learn some things, then showing Caroline how to make projects. I never learned to sew like my mom. She made clothes for me and Eric. She is a great seamstress. She doesn't sew too much now cuz of her arthritis. I just try my hand as small things. I am excited to get back at it and see what I can do.

Long weekend! I am excited about that. Caroline is with her dad. Not sure if she is going wih him on Monday or not. Not much money to do anything if she stays here. We like to watch TV together. We need to get some games out too. It's been a while since we played games together.

Still looking for a job. Had an interview two weeks ago with Advance America, but they hired someone else. I think too much money for just the receiptionist. I am really struggling right now with finances. It is hard to live on half of what you were making. My plans will be to go to Manpower next week to see if I can get temporary work through them. I will hate leaving Lynda and Jerry, but I need to make more money to help around the house.

Everyone have a great weekend.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Things

Well, I had the day off and did get some work done. I didn't get as much done as I wanted. I had to run to the grocery, but I received a call from my pastor before I left. Advanced America/Eric Miller is looking for a secy/recpt and pastor thought I would fit the bill. He gave me the fax number. I got the information ready and my brother faxed it for me. So now we are praying that I hear something soon. It would be wonderful to have a job before Christmas.

When I got home I did a little more work and ate lunch. After lunch I felt sick so I decided to take a small nap on the couch. Well, that was at 3:10 and Caroline came home at 4:3o. So much for a small nap. I guess I needed it.

Now I am doing supper, laundry and getting ready to head out to mom's. Tomorrow is my 12 hour day with Lynda and I have to be there at 6 a.m. We stay at mom's so dad can get Caroline up and ready for school.

Recipes

Well, I tried a new recipe tonight. I have been wanting to make homemade Clam Chowder for some time now. I made it tonight. It was really easy. It called for 2 cups of milk, but I added more. I think it still needed more. I should have had more clams, but I only had one can. Here is the recipe:

1/4 cup of cut up bacon (I used the package kind already cooked)
1 onion (1/2 cup) - I didn't have onion or dried onions so I used onion powder.
2 cans (6.5 oz) of whole clams
1 medium potato / cubed (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Dash of pepper
2 cups of milk

1. cook bacon and onion till tender (since I didn't use either I just put my ingredients in pan waiting on the other items)
2. Drain clams / save juice then add enough water to make 1 cup of juice
3. Stir ingredients together and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender.
4 Add milk Heat, stir occasionally, but do not bring to a boil.

It tasted good, but I think I needed more clams. My brother seemed to like it.