Monday, November 23, 2009
I just returned from the kitchen. Sounds exciting, huh? Well, I feel like a true chef - I've made my own cranberry sauce! From fresh cranberries! And it was so delightfully tart - I can already taste it on juicy turkey...mmmmm
Well, you want the recipe? That is fine and dandy, head over here.
Of course, I would NEVER deviate from the recipe. Nope, not me. And I would never puree and strain out the lovely bits and pieces... no way!
I'll keep you posted! Even if the cranberry sauce doesn't set properly, it will fantastic for dipping as opposed to scooping. I'd never confess to having a back-up either (a can of the jellied stuff isn't in my fridge!) No, not here! ;)
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
Stay tuned - next week I'm involving my kids! I figure 5 days home, together, will provide plenty of "Not me!s" to go around!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I totally didn't have a Not Me Monday... nope! But here are some thoughts that might have occurred to me, if I had actually had a Not Me Monday.
- I would never take secret pleasure and enjoyment in listening to my daughters' Hannah Montana songs while in the car alone. Nope, would not rock out to Rock Star on the interstate at 70mph. No, only while in the car with the kids....
- I would never consider taking the day off on Thursday and Friday last week just because I'm not feeling well now. I'd use the time to go to the doctor of course, but wouldn't make myself a 5 day weekend (Veteran's Day, Thurs, Fri, etc) just for that.... No, not me!
- I also wouldn't plan my lessons through Thanksgiving so I can have nothing to do daily and can hang out in my pajamas. No, not me. This teacher never stops...
This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week. MckMama has been a little too busy this week though. Her precious baby boy is in Boston having surgery right now. Something I've definitely done today and all last week was pray for them. Go check on them and send them prayers and hugs!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Very interesting, especially ones celebrating things from other countries. I could see using these to inspire some research projects.
What is your favorite? Can you guess which one is mine?
Enjoy the link! (http://www.google.com/logos/)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
- What makes a good parent?
- What makes an effective parent? (Is there such a thing?)
- What do you do when you are starting to feel like your spouse isn't on the same parenting page anymore?
- How do you deal with an incredibly brilliant kid who has learned to manipulate one parent against the other?
Have a great Monday! And enjoy what is left of Sunday night too!
Monday, October 5, 2009
- I would NEVER go camping, arrive late in the evening when it was dark, and then fall and sprain my ankle within 10 minutes of arrival... Nope, not I said the fly!
- I wouldn't dare come home on a Monday afternoon at 4pm and wonder if it was too early for one of these:
Go check out some other Not Me Mondays over at MckMama's blog. She created this and it sure is fun... especially if you are like me and haven't done anything! :)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Option 1: Red jacket with red, black and white dress
Option 2: Red jacket with navy tank and khaki skirt
Option 3: Red Jacket with navy tank and skirtI'll see if I can add a poll to the right side. Otherwise, cast your vote in the comments :)
Decision must be made by August 20th! Thanks for your input!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
For now, we've got a bunch of things to do. I'm in my final week of freedom. Erin is going to the eye doctor tomorrow. We are going bowling and having a pizza dinner on Thursday. Sunday we are going to make try #2 to go to the water park. And that finishes my summer!
Next week I'll be in staff development all week. I'm very excited about this, as I got to choose my classes. I'll be learning about EOG strategies, Content area writing, Formative Assessment, and Quest Atlantis. Then I have a Friday and Monday free to do whatever (which means NOTHING!) and Tuesday starts my meetings.
The girls have until 8/25... lucky ducks!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I've been checking my stat tracker frequently and have noticed a large number of hits from one place. The IP resolves to Riverside, California. I'm talking 12 hits in 12 days - multiple hits per day not one per day. Veeeerrrry interesting! C'mon! Who are you? I'm dying to know what you are looking at or looking for on my blog. Satisfy my curiousity please.
C'mon, how can you deny this sweet puppy dog face? (Nope, not my puppy but it sure is cute!)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
School is out! Hip Hip Hooray! Enjoy your summer!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wish me luck! I'll keep you posted on the status of the unit - but no details! Keep your fingers crossed!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
You can upload your own photo and play around with it. I've done myself and will now do both the girls - I'd like to see what they look like without bangs. I foresee many wasted hours here. :)
Have fun y'all!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Come again some other day.
Seriously, there are 3rd graders (and lots of other kids and teachers) who need recess! We were supposed to have a baseball game tonight (our first) but it got rained out. No phone call, just unrelenting rain. Drizzle, sprinkle, downpour, we've seen it all tonight.
And in looking at the forecast, there isn't any change for the rest of the week. *mighty groan*
Hopefully it will clear up before the next field trip on June 4th. That already got rained out once. Pray!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I'm going to lounge around until lunch time (which is fast approaching) and then drag them all out to practice baseball (if it isn't raining.) I hope you all enjoy the long weekend with your families!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Time to go, the girls and I are going to bed early tonight. I expect some tears, as certain people are missing their Daddy. The first reaction was, "Well who will brush my teeth and tuck me in tonight??" How pitiful is that?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
really good! Here are the links:
The first is reading stuff. The second is math and reading. Both
the girls have completed assessments on both websites and they seem
fairly accurate. I think the math was off somewhat for my youngest,
but that is fine. The second website lets parents "Fast Track"
skills that come up as a lesson but that aren't needed.
We ought to have lots of fun with these this summer! Who needs to
Friday, May 15, 2009
We're also going to "do school" as the girls say. They have learned so much this year and I don't want them to backslide. We'll read a lot and go to the library once a week. The girls have asked to have "flip-a-cards" at home! How funny is that! Considering they haven't flipped a single card ALL YEAR!
Which reminds me, DH and I would like to get them something special for this accomplishment - any ideas? We can't decide what would be appropriate! We never dreamed they'd do it, even though they have talked about it all year. Ideas needed please!
On that note, I'm off to eat chocolate and vegetate. Catch you later!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
It has come to my attention that certain things posted on this blog were inappropriate. I apologize if you were offended or hurt by them. I have made every effort to remove the offensive items from my blog. Please notify me by leaving a comment if you find other offensive items.
Again, please accept my apologies. It won't happen again.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I can now answer, without any doubt, that STEAK is yummy! We had the most wonderful steaks tonight. I'll describe the process while the pictures download off the camera.
I've had a hankering for a nice chunk of red meat for a while. Today at Wild-Mart I picked up a family pack of eye of round steaks. 6 nice size steaks for $10. Not bad - works out to 2 dinners and 2 lunches (with the left overs). We could probably have made 3 dinners.
Here is my process: Alton Brown, Steak Your Claim.
You should know by now that I'm going to turn to Alton on this. He teaches so well! I watched his episode on YouTube of the same name. And basically followed his instructions exactly, keeping in mind that I wasn't cooking an inch thick rib eye - my steaks were just between a half to three-quarters of an inch thick.
I had DH dig the cast iron skillet out of the camping box and reseasoned it while the steaks marinated. Alton didn't do this, but I felt like it. I read a few recipes and felt *gasp* that I liked Paula Deen's idea of using bourbon (whiskey leftover from New Year's!) with some fresh cracked black peppercorns, kosher salt, sugar, and some various other spices (chili power, paprika, and X leftover from the last BBQ rub chicken I did.)
The skillet went into a 500 degree oven while it preheated. The steaks came out of the fridge and I trimmed the edges of the tough membrane on them. They came to room temp just as the oven reached 500. I pulled out the skillet and set it on a high burner. When it started smoking, I turned the heat to medium high and laid the steaks in. I seared them for about 30 seconds on the first side then flipped them. The 2nd side got about 20 seconds then the whole thing went into the oven (which I turned down to 450). I let them go about 2 to 3 minutes on the first side, then flipped them. oooooo Boy did they look good. I let them go barely another 3 minutes then pulled them to temp. They were perfect - just over 150 which is on the well side of medium. They went on a plate with the pan juices to rest. Just look at this:
Oh, hurt me mama! DH whipped up some onions-and-mushrooms for his steak as well as some mashed potatoes for everyone. And then we feasted. I didn't get a shot of the whole feast, but here is another, wholly gratuitious shot of my sliced steak.
Of course, the kids wouldn't touch it. And I didn't argue or force them. Heaven forbid they discover how delicious it was!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag a bunch of friends.
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have Fun!
IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY?
Chrome (Trace Adkins)
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Songs About Me (Trace Adkins)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Picture to Burn (Taylor Swift)
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Suds in the Bucket (Sara Evans)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
I Wanna Talk About Me (Toby Keith)
WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO?
Boondocks (Little Big Town)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Leave the Pieces (The Wreckers)
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Hot Mama (Trace Adkins) (Am laughing so hard here! Rule 3!)
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Mockingbird (Toby Keith)
WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Lot of Leavin' Left To Do (Dierks Bentley)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
I Got My Game On (Trace Adkins)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Arlington (Trace Adkins)
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Perfect (Sara Evans)
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Little Bit of Life (Craig Morgan)
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Rough and Ready (Trace Adkins)
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Ladies Love Country Boys (Trace Adkins)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Honkytonk Badonkadonk (Trace Adkins)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
Sunshine and Summertime (Faith Hill) (Too perfect!)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
International Harvester (Craig Morgan)
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Holler Back (The Lost Trailers)
If you're reading this, I tag you!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tag people to do the same thing.
If I tagged YOU, it's because I want to know more about YOU!
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
about 2 weeks ago. check the countdown in my sidebar.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
4. FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
vanilla with chocolate sauce
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF
My hair, sometimes. Other times, my skin quality.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
ummmmmm, no one
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
no shoes :)
pale blue plaid pj pants.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
pink is good
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
none of them.
27. HAIR COLOR?
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
30. FAVORITE FOOD
see #10, 23 (chocolate)
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
don't have a clue, would rather read a book.
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
34. Summer or winter?
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
kisses if chocolate :)
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Edge of Darkness by Cherry Adair
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
TV? I was sleeping.
42. FAVORITE SOUND(S).
daughters loving each other and not fighting, SILENCE!
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES
44.DO YOU HAVE ADHD?
Sometimes I wonder, but no.
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Sleep anywhere, anytime.
46 WHERE WERE U BORN?
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
IRC Chat Room
1.YOUR REAL NAME:
(If you are on Facebook with me, you know this already. If not, too bad for you.)
2.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother and fathers middle names)
3.NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
4.STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)
BowEl (oh lordy!)
5.DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
Pink Polar Bear
6.SOAP OPERA NAME:(middle name, town where you were born)
7.SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Blue Root Beer
8.FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
9.STREET NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
Vanilla Chocolate Chip
10.SKANK NAME: (1st pet's name, street you grew up on)
Tigger Spring Day
11.GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of first name plus 'izzle')
12. YOUR GOTH NAME (black, then the name of one of your pets)
13. STRIPPER NAME: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy)
**Chocolate (no fav. perfume)
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Katy is having her tubes put in on Tuesday so hopefully no more ear infections, ever.
I had a cute girl chat me up in the bus rider line Friday after school. Here is how the conversation went:
Me: Sit criss cross please, I don't want to trip on your feet.
Girl: What is that? (points to my clothes)
Me: That is a sash, see I'm using it as a belt. (Friday was "Go Red" day and I was wearing a red shirt and belt.)
Girl: Cool! I like that. You've got real fashion sense!
Me: Thanks! I wish I'd had some red shoes to wear too.
Girl: Yes! That would have looked GREAT!
This conversation just made me crack up! She was so, so serious the whole time!
Big new about Katy coming tomorrow - I must get the camera cord back from a certain someone first!
Happy Monday everyone!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I can find an exact date but now (or recently) it is National De-Lurking Week. I have a dilemma. How can you ask readers to de-lurk when you haven't got any readers?
For future posterity, de-lurk now please :) If not for me, then for my future readers who will say, "Boy, she sure didn't have a "following" early on, did she?" And for this cute graphic:
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Here it is - I'll post tomorrow with my results and photos along the way. I'll twitter today about how this goes... fingers crossed here!
1 city style (brined) ham, hock end *Important note at the end!*
1/4 cup brown mustard
2 cups dark brown sugar
1-ounce bourbon (poured into a spritz bottle)
2 cups crushed ginger snap cookies
Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
Remove ham from bag, rinse and drain thoroughly. Place ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan. Using a small paring knife or clean utility knife set to the smallest blade setting, score the ham from bottom to top, spiraling clockwise as you cut. (If you're using a paring knife, be careful to only cut through the skin and first few layers of fat). Rotate the ham after each cut so that the scores are no more than 2-inches across. Once you've made it all the way around, move the knife to the other hand and repeat, spiraling counter clockwise. The aim is to create a diamond pattern all over the ham. (Don't worry too much about precision here.)
Tent the ham with heavy duty foil, insert a thermometer, and cook for 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature at the deepest part of the meat registers 130 degrees F.
Remove and use tongs to pull away the diamonds of skin and any sheets of fat that come off with them.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Dab dry with paper towels, then brush on a liberal coat of mustard, using either a basting brush or a clean paint brush (clean as in never-touched paint). Sprinkle on brown sugar, packing loosely as you go until the ham is coated. Spritz this layer lightly with bourbon, then loosely pack on as much of the crushed cookies as you can.
Insert the thermometer (don't use the old hole) and return to the oven (uncovered). Cook until interior temperature reaches 140 degrees F, approximately 1 hour.
Let the roast rest for 1/2 hour before carving.
*Cook's note: A city ham is basically any brined ham that's packed in a plastic bag, held in a refrigerated case and marked "ready to cook", "partially cooked" or "ready to serve". Better city hams are also labeled "ham in natural juices".