Monday, September 29, 2008

Glasses x 2!

I took Tyler to the eye doctor today because he's been complaining of blurry vision.

Well............he needs glasses!

Like mother, like son, I guess!

I'll put before and after pictures on the blog after he gets them (and of Lyndsey, too).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread

So here's another family favorite as of late.

My husband and I love chicken pot pie. My children don't like the pastry crust, though. So I experimented one day and, voila, a new twist on an old recipe!

Chicken Pot Pie - serves 4-6

1 10 oz. bag frozen peas and carrots
1 small onion, chopped
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
3-4 medium size cooked chicken breasts, shredded

In a small pan, add peas and carrots. Put enough water in the pan to cover the vegies. Cook until tender. Drain and set aside. In a large stock pot melt the butter. Add the onions and cook until transparent, about 2-3 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and flour. Stir until bubbly. Remove from heat and add chicken broth and milk. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil for 1 minute. Add chicken and vegies. Pour into 9"x13" cake pan.


1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. butter, melted

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine milk, eggs, oil, and butter in another bowl. Mix well. Add to the dry ingredients. Stir just until blended.

Here's the twist.

Pour cornbread batter over the pot pie mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cornbread batter comes out clean. Serve hot.

To "kick it up a notch" I add a little honey to the cornbread batter.

My family consists of 5 people. I double the pot pie mix and use a single cornbread mix for a 9"x13" cake pan. If I double both the pot pie mix and the cornbread mix, I use the next size bigger baking pan. Otherwise, the cornbread will spill over onto my oven (and that's not good!).


Saturday, September 20, 2008

What do you get...

...when you mix 3 male college students, 2 young boys, and a HUGE bucket of Legos?

The answer?

A large group of boys enjoying a HUGE bucket of Legos!!!!!!

Three college students (Rob, Oliver, and Scott) from West Coast Baptist College came out to our church today to be a blessing to our church and help us go soulwinning. They ended up coming back to our house for a little while. When they found out our boys had a HUGE bucket of Legos, all 3 of them ended up in Phyllip and Tyler's room playing with them! And, obviously, I got pictures to prove it!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Remember to keep your doors locked!

Tonight was a ladies meeting at church.

I unlocked the front door for the ladies (I didn't really take a second thought to doing that).

The meeting got started and as I was sitting listening to the devotion, I got this overwhelming feeling someone was watching us or was going to come in the building. I shrugged it off because nothing happened.

After the meeting was over, some of us stayed around and were talking. All of a sudden a strange guy (probably in his early 20s) walked in the building and asked if he could pray. Pam and I looked at each other, obviously startled, and I said, "I guess." The weird thing is that he kept looking around the room at what was there. Since the Knouf family is at our church indefinitely, their sound system is hooked up in the auditorium. He had his eyes on that as well as the church's sound system. We were very uneasy, to say the least. He did finally sit down and pray for about 5 seconds and then got up and left.

Esha happened to be in her car (with 911 on her phone) and she told Lyndsey, MacKenzie, and Justina to get in her car NOW! She was freaked out, too.

The guy walked across a grassy area to several other people and decided to have a conversation with them. We think he was casing the building!

We made sure to lock up the building and set the alarm. I even drove back to the church just after leaving because I couldn't remember checking to make sure the front door latched.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

3 Valuable Gifts I Received

Ok - I must admit - it was my birthday yesterday.

Lyndsey gave me a handmade card that was great (by the way - I think she makes incredible cards!).

Tyler won the behavior award in Jr. Church a couple weeks ago. He won a box of "Lemonheads." He loves 'em. On to the story...he made me a card and taped a small container of lemonheads (his most prized possession at the moment) to his card. Boy, did I feel special!

Then it was time for bed. Phyllip came out of his room to give me a hug goodnight. Phyllip not only gave me a hug but a kiss, too! To some, that doesn't seem exciting. But to this here mom - that's incredible! See, I haven't gotten a kiss from said son for over 6 years! He just doesn't like it - giving or receiving. I quit trying to get a kiss from him a very long time ago! But I was pleasantly surprised.

It was a FANTASTIC birthday!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Not the Answer We Were Looking For

It was our turn to teach Jr. Church last Sunday.

Walter asked if any of the kids knew what the dumbest animal on earth was. After a couple minutes of answers from the kids, Walter gave them the answer (in his humble opinion).

"It's the turkey," said Walter. "Do you know why it's the dumbest animal?"

"Because it says 'gobble, gobble?'" said Demetrius.

After much laughter from Walter, he says, "No, that's not why the turkey is the dumbest animal. It's because their nostrils are on top of their beaks and they will drown themselves in a rainstorm because they don't know to find shelter to keep from drowning."

We have so much fun in that class! The kids are priceless!

Monday, September 8, 2008

*Big Sigh*

I've been pretty bad about keeping up with this here blog lately.

School started last week and we are in full swing. Our mornings usually begin by 6:00 a.m. (mine starts at 5:00 a.m.) and we start schoolwork by 6:30 a.m. I try to be very diligent to make sure the kids get all of their work done by lunchtime. We are just very busy until around 11:30 a.m. And then it's on to chores, errands, and phone calls, etc. By dinnertime we are usually gearing up for the night's activities. We aren't home in the evenings except on Mondays and most Thursdays.

So there isn't much time for blogging right now.

Happy days to you!