~Lucy Van Pelt, Infamous Peanuts Character~
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The theme for this week's PhotoHunt is squeaky! This door is a perfect example -- I know exactly when the door is opened and closed to send the dogs outside!
Visit tnchick to see more PhotoHunt masterpieces!! I love all of the different photos~
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
2. The animals that surround me! "Dogpiling" on the couch has a whole new meaning when there's four dogs on the couch with me....I definitely stay warmer with them!
3. The wonderful extended family I have -- my aunts, uncles and cousins are the greatest! (We don't get to experience Zimmer family get together this year due to the snow storm and pass condtions. I will miss seeing everyone!)
4. Friends who stop by just because! I was blessed with de-icer this week~ how fun to turn on the tea kettle when friends stop by.
5. A full cupboard and pantry of food, a refrigerat0r/freezer full of food & being able to share with our neighbors in need.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
(by author John Grogan)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I really thought about the words..... the weary soul rejoices and He was born to be our friend! How many of you can relate to these words today? Take heart and rejoice in our friend, Jesus!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Place blueberries in a 13 x 9 pan. Blend cornstarch, orange juice, sugar and 1/2 cup of water together and place over blueberries. In shallow dish or pie pan, beat eggs and 3 Tblsp of water together. Dip slices of bread in egg mixture, allowing bread to absorb eggs and then place on top of blueberries. Brush bread with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake in 350 oven for 15-20 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and blueberries are bubbly and thickened.
** I used Poulsbo Bread (I grew up in the Poulsbo area!) I also needed more than 3 eggs because of the bigger bread. I will cook it a little bit longer than 20 minutes next time I make this recipe, but I am thinking it's one of my new breakfast favorites!! We'll see what the boys say...if it gets a thumbs up, it's a keeper.
WOW -- they both came in and said it's more than a five thumbs up recipe! Ian didn't like the nuts that are in the Poulsbo bread but that's easily fixed for next time if he's here! That's all the bread I have at the moment, though, and I can eat Poulsbo bread anytime, anywhere.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.
2. If you drink a diet soda after eatingyour second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.
3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, rule#1 is yours also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many caloriesto lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.
6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!
7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street"have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel
8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!
I ALWAYS trust Lisa with her words of wisdom!! I'm sure Fitness Boot Camp is happening right after Christmas, huh?
Cross that task off of the list -- thanks to Costco, I ordered my Christmas cards in my jammies and I can pick them up today at noon! Here's what I decided to go with -- since it was Mr. York's Air Force retirement in May, I wanted to do an official Air Force family photo! I had the photo cropped and then placed onto a patriotic photo card. I think it'll work (it better cuz I just ordered 100 of them!) and I will be able to get the cards out in Monday's mail. I hope the kids are happy because I didn't make them dress in anything matching or Christmasy -- just one happy Air Force family after 24 years of active duty service!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels”
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I decided that I needed to take today off and re-group. Not sure what that entails yet -- do I just crawl back into bed and sleep the day away? Do I clean the house from top to bottom and then finally put some Christmas decorations up? Do I shop for presents? Do I bake for my family? Do I meet up with a friend for coffee? Or.....do I first spend time with the Lord and see what His plans are for me today? I think I'm going to choose the latter. It might be a much productive day!!! Do any of you remember the song by Sarah Groves called "How is it Between Us?"
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed, The wrong side of the room, The wrong side of the world Can't put my finger on the mood. It's not melancholy, anger or the blues. I love my husband, my house, my job. Couldn't be any better, and really what else is there? Then I realize I'm forgetting God, and that's the root of all my misery. Lord, first of all, how is it between You and me?
CHORUS:How is it between us? How is it between us? When did I talk to You last, and what has happened since? How is it between us? How is it between us? When did I talk to you last, and what has happened?
Monday, December 15, 2008
I've already purchased this Christmas CD -- it's awesome! Now to get his newest CD titled "A New Hallelujah."
Sunday, December 14, 2008
"The Lord is in the midst of thee. -- Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. -- Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. -- The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing. -- Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart." from Daily Light on the Daily Path.
The song "I'm smelling coffee..." is running through my head now....how great it is to have Coffee friends!! (Company Girl Coffee link)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1. Friends who are available for a big cup of coffee during the busy season
2. Friends who send notes of encouragement
3. Friends who love me through thick and thin times
4. Friends who will take time for a walk in the freshly fallen snow or whatever season it is!
5. Friends who pray for me
6. Friends whom I'm glad to call my friend! (that one brought a smile to my face!)
I'll work on the gratitude attitude!!
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Now, why is it so hard to do these things? Especially trusting!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'm weary. I'll admit it, it was a very tough guest teaching job on Monday. When I read this verse, I told myself I won't ever get tired, I'll continue to give 200% no matter where I am teaching beause the kids deserve the best I have to give to them.
But tonight, I'm overtired and crawling into my jammies to escape into my warm bed. I really could use an Aaron and Hur to hold up my arms. "When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset." (Exodus 17:12)
I LOVE my job of being an educator...just learning the balance is a new thing for me! I really need my friends around to help me remember this. I could use my friends tonight.
The song "I get by with a little help from my friends" sure is true!
Monday, December 8, 2008
by Kerri (Latte' Buddies!)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
36 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I was doing some research about the day and I found a blog that touched my heart -- Robert Stein shared his memories about the day he heard the news of Pearl Harbor. As I read his blog, I thought about my father-in-law who served in the Pacific during WWII. What sacrifices the Greatest Generation gave to their country! Thank you, Mr. Stein, for sharing today! I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog this evening.
Another story I found is written for the Washington Post. The following is from Rear Adm. Ted Walker, who spoke at a wreath laying ceremony at the US Naval Memorial to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the attack. It brought the impact of December 7, 1941, much more closer to home for me as I read these words:
"For those of you who are in the audience and don't remember Pearl Harbor but do remember 9/11, just remember the unity of the American people after that terrible event," he told the crowd of several dozen people. "Double it or triple it, and you will see what the impact of Pearl Harbor was on this nation."
Update: Ubu's home and doing well! He'll be on meds for a few days and a bland diet to make sure his tummy doesn't start having problems again. Here's a picture of the welcome home -- Ubu is in the box, checking it out just because. Dieter's giving him a kiss!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
sunset from Five Mile Prairie in Spokane tonight!
I'll start the morning out with a few things I'm thankful for and probably add to it after I get home from teaching this afternoon!
1. big cup of hot coffee and my husband who makes it for me every morning! (it's cold in the house this morning!)
2. a furnace that works. Our oil company takes GREAT care of it for us!! Thanks, Banner Fuel.
3. continual guest teaching jobs for the past three weeks!
4. my blogging friends that I've met just since I've started my own blog!
5. my church, Life Center North! They had a wonderful Volunteer Appreciation Night for everyone who serves at the church. Thanks for the laughs, LCN staff. Everything was perfect!! I love my church~
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
From The Message: "Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing." Philippians 2:14-16