Friday, June 26, 2009

Requested recipe

A couple of people requested a recipe I made last night for supper. Unfortunately this is one that I just put together myself so here's as close to the recipe as I can get.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole:
1 pd hamburger
1/2 pkg. egg noodles
1 pkg frozen broccoli
8 oz co jack cheese
bread crumbs
cream of chicken soup
cream of celery soup

Brown hamburger, seasoning it with salt and pepper and onion powder.
Cook noodles and broccoli to directions. Add these to the hamburger. Stir in soups until well mixed. Top with cheese and then bread crumbs. Melt a little margarine and drizzle over top.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

You have to check out this story

This story touched my heart and you just have to go check it out!

For whatever reason the link button isn't working so copy and paste this address:

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Can anyone tell me....


Baby Nick:

Halle with Grandpa and Uncle Duane:

Arianna and Halle:

Arianna with Grandma:


Baby Halle with the donuts:

Sorry there's only 1 of Nick- I was in the old file and it was mostly the girls.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nascar Race

Mark got free tickets to the Nascar race today so off we went! We've always wanted to go but never have.
We had so much fun! It was so cool to see it in real time. You know the cars go really fast but it's pretty amazing to actually see it!
Here are some pictures from our day.

Here is the entrance to the grandstands:

During the pre-show they did a parachute exhibit. I loved this one because he came down with the American flag:

Jeff Gordon:

Dale Jr:

Ryan Newman:

Matt Kenseth:

Jimmie Johnson's car:

Right before we go green:

Kasey Kahne- pit stop

Matt Kenseth:

The one crash- a single car accident:

Matt Kenseth flying by:

The winner- Mark Martin. Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson both ran out of gas so Mark was able to win. He's Mark's favorite driver so that was pretty cool!

We had so much fun and weather wise it was great. The sun only shone 1/3 of the time. The other 2/3rds it was cloudy which was wonderful. What a fun unexpected day this was.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Taking a moment to brag on my guy

Today was a big day for Mark. He completed his first Triathlon! This is something he has always wanted to do but after he got meningitis in Russia he never had the stamina.
Well at the beginning of this year he really dedicated himself to get fit and conquer this goal and today he did!
His goal was to do it in 2 1/2 hrs and he completed it in 2 hrs and 25 minutes so he made it!
I am so proud of him- this is quite a race- a 1/2 mile swim then a 22.8 mile bike ride and then a 5 mile run.
What a great accomplishment!

His bike all ready to race:

Minutes before the race starts:

Starting the swim- 64 degrees- brrrr and no wet suit!

Finishing the swim- he was glad to have that part done- that was the hardest for him:

Starting off on the bike:

Finishing the bike ride:

Starting the run:

The finish line! He was pooped!

Mark center and Pete ( a guy he works with) on the right

He's already wanting to do another one in July!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's enough to make this mama turn into a puddle

This note came sliding out from under Halle's door last night after she went to bed:

It says:
I love my mom. She is the best mom. She is the bestest mom in the world. She is my mom. I dedicate this note to my mom. Love Halle

Right before bed she had asked to look at her baby pictures. She wanted to see the pictures of when we got her and saw her for the first time. So we had fun looking at all those special memories! So when she wrote in the note the line- "she is my mom" It brought me to tears.

That is a treasured keepsake for sure!!! Love that precious peanut!

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Great Craft Idea for Kids

I saw a link for this craft idea on Sandra's blog a long time ago. I tried it today with the girls and it was a huge hit!
Puffy Paint

Mix 2 T. flour
2 T. salt
food coloring
enough water to make a think paste.

The kids can use the paste to paint pictures on thick pieces of cardboard. Then you microwave it for 20 seconds or until dry.

The girls absolutely loved it and had a great time with it!

Here they are all painting:

Here is what it looks like before microwaving:

This is after- all puffed up:

Here are the girls with their favorite designs:

Arianna did a picture for Uncle Duane. He takes her fishing so she did a fish picture:

Marissa did this one:

Halle did a fireball:

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French Lasagna

Joanne requested this recipe so I'm just posting it here:

1 pd ground beef
1/2 pd sausage
1 small tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce (small size)
1 T. parsley
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 c. onion- diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
3 crescent rolls
1 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. paremsan cheese
6 slices mozzeralla cheese

Brown ground beef and drain fat off. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, parsley, oregano, onion, salt and pepper, worcestershire and simmer 10 minutes.
Place 2 crescent packages on large cookie sheet. Pinch edges together. Spread 1/2 the meat mixtures over rolls lengthwise. Mix cottage cheese and parmesan cheese together. Spoon over meat. Add remaining meat over the top. Place mozzerella cheese slices over top. Bring rolls up and over. Lay the last crescent roll package over the top and crimp all the edges together to seal well.
Bake at 325 for 25 minutes. Brush with melted butter.
Enjoy! It's so delicious. It's a favorite here and I bet it will be at your house too!

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Changing back!

Well remember awhile back when I told you change had come and I was starting work at Arby's? Well change has come again and I'm back home- (where I belong!)

As badly as I thought I wanted to get outside of the house and work I soon discovered that it was not where my heart was. There were several things that brought about my change of heart. First- Arianna is dealing with some issues and God confirmed my decision to quit and stay home by some of the writings she came home from school with last week.

Second- I was only working for 2 hrs a day- from 11:30-1:30. Right smack in the middle of my day so my whole week was shot. Frankly- the 8-10 hrs of work at minimum wage was NOT worth it!

Third- the manager at Arby's- I'm not a huge fan. The days he was there the whole environment changed and not for the better I might add!

This was a real learning experience for me. I thought I was so ready to get out of the house. This just proved to me that my heart is right here with my family and the real desire of my heart is to be a stay at home mom!

I'm praying Mark's job continues to be ok- they did just get 6 machine orders so that's a huge blessing. I am keeping my ears open for possible daycare opportunities but I'm leaving it in God's hands. For right now- I'm right where I belong and my heart is happy and content!

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Anybody out there have any cures for ants? I've occasionally had ants before but I could always put the ant traps out and it would take care of it. With Oscar in the house I can't do that. However, I've never had ants like this before- it's driving me nuts. They are coming in my french doors in the kitchen. I've cleaned and cleaned- you could eat off my floor! Mark has sprayed over and over the outside around the house and the doors and I've tried vinegar and cayenne pepper inside but they are still loving my house!
I want them gone- they're driving me nuts. Anybody have any cures that have worked?

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