Today is our 21st wedding anniversary. I am proud to say that it has been 21 years of love from both sides of our marriage and yes we've had the "for richer, for poorer." But God has seen us through and blessed us everyday. Thank you for loving me exactly the way I need to be loved. You are the precious to me. Let's do 21+ more. I love you, Don.
Jaime requested this soup recipe be put in writing so I decided to make it so that I could measure the ingredients.
4 cups coarsely chopped yellow squash
1/2 onion chopped
1 can chicken broth (I use Swanson all natural no msq)
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup whole milk
Cook first 4 ingredients in medium saucepan covered, medium heat until squash and onions are tender (about 20 minutes) Cool then puree squash mixture in food processor. Return to pan add milk Heat until warm but do not allow to boil. Serve warm. Enjoy!
I have used this same recipe using fresh green beans instead of squash and it is delicious also.
Blogging without pictures is like a State Fair corndog without mustard! Well that is my excuse for no posts in over 2 weeks. I've tried to find a battery for my camera but am still waiting and hoping that is all that is wrong with it. So I am going to post with pictures taken with my IPhone. Most of the things I've been doing lately...sewing...could not be posted anyway since I've been making Christmas gifts. I'm so excited about all the fun projects. Hope everyone will enjoy their handmade Christmas as much as I'm enjoying making them
Today I decided to take a break from my all day sewing marathons and do some baking. I made a chocolate cake and some cream cheese pumpkin bread in my new mini squares pan.
Right after the bread was done, Kayla and Leslie came over. Leslie spotted the pile of pecans that Laney and I gathered from her yard. I had them laying out curing...but to Leslie it looked like a great place to play. She must love pecans as much as her mom loves pecan pie.
Most of my life I have been ashamed of my sharp incisors. Most pictures of me you will see a strained smile as I tried to hide my teeth. Recently several students have asked if I had vampire teeth. As a reward for myself having oral surgery I asked my dentist to file my incisors. Today he completed the job and handed me a mirror. I squealed with delight almost scaring my dentist. We both asked why he hadn't done it for me 30 years ago...he has been my dentist that long! You should see my teeth in pictures from now on, It will take me awhile to train myself to smile again.
How you might ask have I gone over 10 years without a wadder? Some may even wonder what is a "wadder?" For sewists all around the world have been producing them for centuries yet I've failed to produce one for a decade. How could I neglect "wadders" for that long? The answer is neglect. The answer lies in laziness and compliance. I've rarely ventured to this land of "wadders." One must face this inevitability as I did today with head held high. To my fellow "wadders" I salute you with respect and appreciation. I, too, am one of you!
Today is the day that my sister died. I reflect to show my love for her. My sister Marilyn Ann Honeycutt Dempsey died on this day in 1982. It was the day after her 35th birthday. She died of a massive heart attack while getting her children ready for school that morning. That day changed us all...forever.
I have said that for the past two years. Jaime told me, "Mom, I've never heard you say that before!" Let me tell you what has changed. I have an awesome work partner, Brandi, who balances me very well. Her organizational skills are superb. She is kind and really knows her stuff. See how she balances me? ...organized...kind...smart LOL I am able to help others in this job. If you know me, you know that is my heart. My job is different everyday. That really keeps me on my toes. I get to learn new ways to be effective and pass that info on to classroom teachers. I've always said, "We(teachers) can do it. Just show us what it looks like!" and in my current position I get to do just that for my hard working teacher friends. To all my teacher friends please know that I know you are the hardest working people in the school. Keep up the good work because your students are depending on you! I'm on your side!!!!!
Well she doesn"t even know me but I'm a big Amy Butler fan. No, you'll never see her in concert but you might be seen wearing some of her fabric (after Christmas). I finally bit the bullet and ordered some of her great fabrics. Now I'm gearing up to make this my first handmade Christmas. I'll be following in my wonderful mother-in-law's footsteps. Hilda always makes everyone something for Christmas...such treasures. So as I begin my next sewing projects I won't be able to put them on my blog because they will be presents for the family. Don said, "How are you going to be able to not give them as soon as you are finished?" That is a good question!!!! Maybe I'll post hints and no finished projects. We'll see if I have the self control it takes to have a handmade Christmas this year. It is just 3 months away...I better get sewing!!!
Today is Carter's 3rd birthday. He helped me make cupcakes this morning. He said "One, two, three crack" each time I cracked an egg. He got a shopping cart (buggy) with some play food. Jaime said it was a real hit because he didn't even want to watch "tunes." I'm glad I got to be with him on his birthday. Looks like he won't have to share his birthday with his baby sister.
This past week at work I attended professional development workshops at the School Board Office. They were by the way very informative. The most delightful part was the presenter. Her bubbling New Orleans flair and great personality made the long days fly by. The presenter who prefers to be called Pam had everyone interested and responding with her "Yes, of course, Pam"prompt cards and easy to answer questions. More presenters should model after Pam. Pam is also a published writer which to all who know me well know that I aspire to become the same some day. When I told her that, she simply said "Just WRITE!" Pam had door prizes each day and on the second day, I actually won and was able to get a copy of her book entitled "Storm." It is a romance novel set in the recent historical event of "Katrina." I will say that on lunch break, I read the first chapter and was drawn and hooked by the book instantly. More fuel for my new mantra..."Just WRITE!"
Check this out: Storm by Pamela Leigh Starr, Published by Genesis Press
Well I have totally failed to post "Recipes of the Week" this summer. So this one will have to work for the month. I purchased frozen talapia fillets at Sam's so I was looking for a recipe that looked yummo and easy. The cool thing about the fillets is that they are individually packaged inside the pack so you can defrost just the number you want.
Place first 4 ingredients in a food proccessor: process for 45 seconds until finely ground Place crumb mixture in a shallow dish.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush mustard over both sides of fillets: dredge(coat) in crumb mixture. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Talk about fast...easy...and yummy! It is a great dish to cook when you don't feel like cooking!
Today I felt creative when I got home from school. I used two of my favorite avenues: cooking and sewing. I made a tiny pair of felt shoes for Olivia...the first of many I'm sure. This was a easy fun project for a weeknight.
I cooked almond crusted talapia...it was yummo! Then I added sides of cheese grits, green beans and fresh strawberries.
Sara and Lilly brought their parents over to eat supper with us last night. Sara tried on her new outfit I made for her to make sure it fits...I have to take up the elastic. The first thing she said was, "I'm going to wear this to my birthday party." I guess that means she likes it!!!!! Lilly had a great time playing at her little table. We found out that she likes chocolate rice cakes. She even made her daddy wear part of one on the side of his face...but he was a good sport about it!
I made myself a deal this morning as I surveyed my messy house knowing I really wanted to sew. I decided that I'd clean the kitchen and however long it took me then I could sew for that same amount of time. So that is just what I did! Now I have a clean kitchen and I made this.
Well, another school year has started. Teachers have been readying their classrooms. Students return to Caddo Parish classrooms on Monday. I feel so blessed to have my job. I went to an Interventionist meeting this a.m. and found out that many Reading Coaches and Reading Interventionists lost their jobs and have been scrambling to be placed somewhere...some even returning to 1st grade classrooms. I am so blessed that this did not happen to me. Keep teachers and students in your prayers as a new school year begins.
Don and I just returned from our vacation to the Tetons and Yellowstone. I've been wanting to take him there for 20 years. It has been exactly 40 years since I've been there. We had a great time and wish everyone would take the time to visit those national parks to see some of God's best art work!
Jaime and Carter have been staying with us for the last few days while Theo has been staying at the house because of the packers and movers. When Jaime left Carter with me, I entertained him. He is a precious grandson!
I just returned from a week at the beach with my sister-in-law, Vickie. We refer to each other as sister friend. It was a wonderfully restful week even though it rained and we had to chase the sun from beach to beach.