Wednesday, June 29, 2011

~~It's Wednesday!~~

Outside my window~  Nice today.  In the eighty's with low humidity.  A good morning for the pool, but I have sooo much to accomplish today!

I am thankful for~  My life.  My salvation.  My family.  My husband.

   From the learning room~ I am taking my bible to Grandma's house see if I can finish my reading.  I am almost done with the four gospels of the New Testament.  I'd like to see if 24 hours of road driving will help me finish the entire N.T.  I think our van's c.d. player is on the brink of total destruction anyway.  It will be a LONG drive . . .

My student is done with formal piano lessons for the summer.  We will resume lessons in September.  He will keep practicing his book however.  If you didn't already see it, check out his Piano Recital performance here.


From the kitchen~  If I have time today. . .I may make a double batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies to take to grandma's house.  It will cement my status as "best Auntie in the world" if I do.

I am wearing~ It's still early.  I am in my pajama's.  But I am thinking of wedding attire.  What do you think of this purple one?

I finally got my toes painted yesterday.  Here is a picture of my bright fuchsia.  (Yes, I have  BIG big toe )


 I am creating~ I am creating my blog and packing a vehicle today.  That's it for creativity this week.  I am linking up with my friend Lisa to show you pictures of "Where I Blog"

My antique metal desk.  Painted robin's egg blue.  The top is fairly clean today.  Yes, those are gun holsters on the desk.  Not sure why my manly man left them there     That's his pocket knife too.  (Must be rough living in this neighborhood?)  The catalog is open.  I love the clothes in there.  Here is a link to check out.   Northstyle.  Coffee in a 23 year old coffee cup this morning.

These other two pictures are so you don't think my house is always neat and tidy like Martha Stewart's.

I am thinking~  I am thinking of unfinished projects.  Pictures, curtains, home school materials organizing for a move.
I am reading/watching~  Still watching the same series.  The series are quite long and are very good.  But the books are always better.  If yo've never read Lucy Maud Montgomery, you really should!  She is one of my favorites!

Emily of New Moon

Favorite Things~  Fishing! (with him especially )

  Around the house~  Around the house . . .suitcases are coming out.  One last load of laundry is being done.  Things are fairly clean.  We are getting ready to go spend ten days in Tennessee with family.  We haven't made this trip for almost three years.  Last time, it didn't work out so well.  I would covet your prayers for a JOY-filled trip.

 I am praying~  Praying for the desires of my heart.  For an upcoming wedding for a happy young couple.  Praying for me.  Praying for my husband.

Something to share~  Today I am sharing another recipe!

Frog Eye Salad

1 C. uncooked Acini Di Pepe Salad Noodles, uncooked, then cooked to package directions for ‘al-dente’.  Drained and placed in X-large bowl.

1 (20oz. can) crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved

1 (15 oz can) mandarin orange segments, drained with juice reserved

1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

7 oz. of miniature colored marshmallows

1 c. sugar

2 eggs, beaten

½ t. salt

3 T. flour

1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained well

While pasta is cooking according to package directions for al-dente,(then after pasta is drained, add to x-large bowl)  In medium saucepan, combine reserved liquids from pineapple, oranges (1 ½ C) sugar, eggs, salt and flour.  Over medium high heat, Cook these ingredients, stirring constantly until mixture is very thick..  Add this mixture to pasta in very large bowl.  Stir until incorporated.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Chill all day if making in AM or over night. Chill drained fruit as well until you are ready to assemble salad.

The next day, stir pasta well, breaking up large chunks with wooden spoon.  Add reserved fruit, shipped topping, marshmallows and cherries.  Stir well.  Chill until ready to serve.  Makes  a lot! (This recipe is easily halved for smaller batches.  Great for church potlucks and such!)

    ~~Have a GREAT weekend Friends!~~

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

~~It's Thursday!~~


Outside my window~  It was supposed to storm yesterday.  It was pretty peaceful at our place.  A sprinkling of rain, but no thunderstorms.  We need more rain.  It's pretty humid today.  Not sure what the weather will hold.

I am thankful for~  I am thankful that God meets my needs.  I am thankful that he has given me everything I have.

   From the learning room~  We managed to get to the library this week.  My little student checked out about 8 books and has read them all.  We may go back to the library today for more books for him.

My little student has a piano recital on Sunday afternoon.  He is playing the hymn "This Is The Day"  It sounds so GOOD!

From the kitchen~  I've been trying to grill out the nights I cook.  It seems to keep the house much cooler.  I invented a dessert recipe that I'll share~

(my pie looks similar to this one, except it tastes so much better spread with cool whip on top!)


Peanut Butter Pie

**Makes two pies**

2 Chocolate Oreo crusts (1 ½ C. crushed Oreos with ¼ stick melted butter.  Press into 2 EZ foil pie pans)

1 block Cream Cheese, softened

1 C. peanut butter, chunky

2 instant Chocolate flavor pudding mixes

3 C cold milk

1 small tub cool whip, thawed

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy with electric mixer.  Add peanut butter to cream cheese.  Fold to incorporate..  Divide mixture between the two crusts, Spread.  Add pudding mixes to large bowl.  Add milk.  Whip with wire whisk until mixture is smooth and thick.  Divide pudding mixture between the two pies.  Pour on top of peanut butter layer.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Chill thoroughly.  When ready to serve, add ½ tub whipped topping to each pie.  Garnish with chopped peanuts or chocolate shavings.  Serves 16.

I am wearing~   It's early in the day yet.  I am still waring my pj's.  It's time to change my pedicure.  Hot pink today.  I took some picture of my white hair for you to see.

  I am creating~  I made a watch as a thank you gift for my son's piano teacher.

I used a lot of black beads and found some musical charms to hang from it.  I think it turned out so pretty!

My camper curtain project . . .NOTHING.  I am still thinking about it, if that counts as being creative.

  I am thinking~  Thinking about vacations, family, weddings, dresses, moving, budgets, retirement, curriculem, bible college.

(what do you think of the dress on the left?)

I am reading/watching~ 

We are still enjoying two series via netflicks~  Road to Avonlea and Emily of New Moon.

Emily of New Moon

Favorite Things~  My husband bought a canoe on Saturday.  I guess kinda like buying himself a Father's Day gift.  We took it out Saturday afternoon to our favorite little pond and fished about 6 hours.  The adults didn't have any pads for our rear-ends so we were pretty sore Sunday.  We took the canoe back out Monday evening for an hour on another little nearby lake, with rear- end pads.  We are sure enjoying having our fishing licenses this year!

(another sunset)

We finally saw a New Jersey Black Bear on this trip.  We've heard about sightings of bears when we've been camping.  We've even seen signs of them in the campgrounds.  This bear had THREE cubs with her!  When we started exclaiming loudly from the van . . .  "Look there is a BEAR.  Look there are three cubs!"  (That's me saying that.)  Behind me, still in the van, is my wonderful protector of a husband saying, "Get a bit closer for your picture.  Move over closer to the fence. Cant' you get any closer?   CLOSER!"

I don't think this picture shows them, but the cubs were in this tree.

Around the house~  Things are fairly clean.  I need to tidy up tomorrow.  Run the vacuum upstairs. Dust. We may have two rounds of company this weekend.  My friend from high school on Saturday.  Chris and Sharon on Sunday after the piano recital.
 I am praying~  Praying very hard for the desires of my heart.  For friends, for far away family.  Praying for my blog friends.
Something to share~  In the Coast Guard, prior to transfer season, a list is published with available jobs within that rate/rank.  We call it a "Shopping List"  The enlisted person takes the shopping list and uses it to fill out a list of jobs they'd like to be sent to next.  That list is then called a 'dream sheet' because your dreaming of the next place you'll be stationed.    You put them in the order you prefer, #1 being the job you'd like to go to most.  When we came here, this job wasn't even on our 'dream sheet.'

(this is a picture of the shopping list, around 27 jobs, more or less, for my husbands rate/rank)

This is our 'dream sheet' 

The one that says CGIS NORTHWEST REG is Seattle.  The one in the middle that says DD-PANAMA EXPRESS is Sarasota, Florida.  The one at the end that says NAVAL CRM INV SERVICE is a two year, unaccompanied deployment to Bahrain.

We tried to choose jobs in our desired location, west coast.  We tried to choose jobs that would be exciting for my husband; San Diego, Bellingham, Texas, Florida

The job in Bahrain would be a hard job as a family because we can't go, but it would help prepare our family for retirement from the military.  It holds many exciting possibilities as well.

We should hear about our next assignment before November.

We are confident the Lord will place us where HE would have us.  HE always does.  Please join us in prayer that the Lord would send us to the job he'd have us to go.

  ~~Have a GREAT weekend Friends!~~