Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Since we have been back, I have put together a list of some projects that need attending to around the house. The first one will be painting our master bedroom and bathroom. Mike's aunt gave us a gorgeous bedspread set with curtains and all. I want to take one of the pillows and match the paint. I think a taupe will work well. I will post pictures of "before" and "after". I really would like to make our bedroom a sort of retreat. Of course we all gather in there at night for read alouds, so a "family retreat" would be in order!
Mike and I also really want to get in better physical shape. I am not talking about just "getting skinny" here. We want to be healthy. We just do not get enough physical exercise. We have started walking in the mornings before Mike heads out to work, which is great. That really gets us going for the day! We both need to lose weight and firm up, so we have a few plans to start doing that. When we were dating and first married we would work out together. So hopefully we will be able to do that now. Our plan is to get the WII fit so that the whole family can have fun getting fit together. We also are taking the 100 push-up, 200 sit-up challenge. This will be a six week challenge to help us on our fitness adventure. I am really excited about this as I believe we will feel more energetic once we get started.
Also on vacation we played board games almost every night. It was a blast! Our family used to do this more at home, but we just got out of the habit ( too tired, etc...). So we are going to bring that back for a once a week family board game night. I hope to "theme" the snacks ( I know, I know, I was just talking about getting in better shape, but this is a different paragraph!) such as Mexican night, different flavored popcorn night, etc... I'll keep you posted!!
Lastly, we also really got into our reading last week. Since we have been back, we have been keeping that up. Right now I am reading "Captivating, by John & Stasi Eldredge". I am really enjoying this book. There are some parts I have to re-read to fully grasp the meaning, but this is making me do some inward thinking of how I view myself. Very interesting read!
I wish everyone a super Thursday! Tomorrow I get to go retrieve my middle son at Bible camp! I have missed him greatly even though I know he is fully enjoying himself. Take Care!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Here is a sand dollar that was found.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We rented two pontoon boats and went out to explore Shell Island. We did the half-day rental, but we now know if we ever do this again to get the full-day rental. It was amazing! We were able to take the boat to shallow areas and get in to explore the marine life. It was great to be able to hold a starfish, sand dollar, and sea urchin. We just loved getting to hold what we normally see at the aquariums. We would inspect it and then put it back. So much fun!! Shell Island was very relaxing and tranquil, more on that later this week!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Our upcoming activities are to relax on the beach! Sounds good to me!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We are busy getting ready for the beach! I just love, love, love the ocean. Yesterday we went to the library and stocked up on books to take. I am planning on sitting under my umbrella and reading like crazy. I joined www.southerndaydreamer.blogspot.com for a reading challenge. I hope to make some headway on my books while at the beach. The boys are also planning on bringing some board games and video games to play with their cousins. I have heard discussion of an all family WII bowling tournament while we are there. There will be 21 of us going! How fun!!!
Today I want to share some recipes that I have come across. These are from fellow bloggers and they are turning out to be wonderful keepers!
Hash Brown Casserole
1 can condensed cream of celery soup
8 ounces Colby cheese, grated
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (2 pound) bag frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
Grease a 13X9X2 inch baking pan; set aside. Combine soup, cheese, butter, onion, salt, and pepper. Gently fold the potatoes into the mixture and pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until heated through and top is browned. Enjoy! ( Mrs. H at HeritageSchoolhouse) My family has loved this!
Pineapple Breeze Cake
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
1 16 ounce box of powdered sugar
1 cup of coconut flakes
Blend well with mixer.
Make cake using directions on yellow cake mix.
When cakes have cooled completely, spread a can of drained crush pineapple as filling. (You can also add cool whip to the center if you desire. It is completely optional.)
Add top layer of cake and ice with coconut cream cheese icing.
Toast coconut and pecan topping:
In a skillet, add 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine and melt. Add 1/2 cup of coconut flakes and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Saute until coconut has browned. Remove from heat and cool. Once cool, sprinkle on top of icing. Chill for 2 hours prior to serving. ( Melissa at Huckleberry Prairie) This was a hit at the family reunion!
3 tubes refrigerator biscuits
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cut each biscuit into four pieces. Using kitchen scissors is a quick way to do this.
Melt butter. Mix together sugars and cinnamon. Dip each biscuit in butter, then in sugar mixture. Fill a bundt pan with coated biscuits. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes. ( Mrs. H. over at Heritage Schoolhouse) My boys absolutely loved this. I am going to make it while on vacation.
I hope you enjoy these recipes. Heritage Schoolhouse and Huckleberry Prairie have some delicious recipes. Be sure to check them out!
Have a great Thursday!
Monday, June 8, 2009
The menu for this week is:
Monday: Cheesy Lasagna, Cheesy Italian Bread, Salad, Pudding, Tea, Water
Tuesday: Crispy Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Tea, Water
Wednesday: Black Bean Enchiladas, Chips & Salsa, Salad, Cookies, Tea, Water
Thursday: Spaghetti & Italian Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salad, Fruit, Tea, Water
Friday: Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks, Salad, Brownies, Tea, Water
Saturday: Traveling*I have gotten alot of the above recipes from www.heritageschoolhouse I will be sharing some of the recipes this week. Mrs. H has some great meal plans and recipes!
Chores for today:
Laundry, Wash all bedding, finish cleaning pool, pack up remaining yard sale items and donate, clean bathrooms
Calls to make today:
CARE organization about kittens
Paperwork to be completed today:
Mail attendance forms to Department of Education, check to see that Clint has finished his thank-you notes
Enjoy the outdoors today!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
My oldest had his final piano recital this past week. His piano teacher recognized her seniors during this recital. It was such a lovely time. All the students do so well to play in front of a crowd. I was very proud of all of them. I will miss his piano teacher. She is a wonderful teacher. She challenges the students to achieve a higher level, but she is always doing everything she can to help them. Best wishes to all the seniors!