Monday, March 2, 2015

2015 Blue Jeans Week 9

We had a great week.  It started out nice and warm and ended with a blizzard!  Miss O finished her basketball season.  Miss A and Miss E got to play pep band for a division 1 women's college basketball game and we went to the game!  Mr J had his cub scouts blue and gold banquet.  Cool stuff!  Here is a look at our week. . .

I neglected to get this recorded, but this is my valentine from Miss E.  So cute!  I wanted to make sure it made it in the scrapbook.  

A nice warm day this week so Miss E and Mr J enjoyed some time on the trampoline.

Cub scout blue and gold banquet this week.  Mr J, his scout troop and his amazing leaders!  It was a nice evening!

Had a wonderful day with my girlfriends.  We had lunch and made these cute burlap wreaths.  So grateful for good friends! And so fun to make something cute :)

Today we had the amazing opportunity to listen to the author Wendelin Van Draanen speak.  She has written lots of books, but the one she was visiting with us about was The Running Dream which is excellent!  Mr J and I got to meet her and get our books signed.  She was an excellent presenter!

And the university women's basketball game.  The band is up there on the left.  Miss A is in there paying her mellophone and Miss E in there playing her trombone.  It was a really fun game to be at and hear the band play.  They did excellent!   

And after our nice warm start to the week, this was our end of the week.  I was not sure why Ben was shoveling right in the middle of the storm.  It snowed about 3 more inches after he shoveled it, so it had to be done again, but I guess he was bored :) It was a beautiful snow storm, and nice that we had no where to go, so we could enjoy it from inside.  Church was canceled, so we had a very nice and relaxing weekend indoors admiring the snow.  

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday thoughts

 My random Friday thoughts. . .

Love this.  So important to remember that our Lord is so very, very loving.  He just wants us to be happy.  He has given us commandments and a plan to make us happy.  We just need to follow His plan and do our best.  

Hope you have a great weekend!
See you Monday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's up Wednesday--my chicken noodle soup

 I seldom have recipes that are uniquely "mine."  I usually always get them from somewhere else, but this one I am proud to claim is mine!  This is my chicken noodle soup recipe, and it is so good!  My kids really enjoyed it, even my picky boy will eat 2 full bowls of it.  There are usually no leftovers when I make this.  It is perfect for cold evenings and great with yummy rolls and a salad.  This is a pretty thick chicken noodle soup.  Thick and flavorful.  We adjusted the flavors to our tastes,so feel free to adjust to yours!  Enjoy! 
My Chicken Noodle Soup

2 cups cooked chicken, I cook mine ahead of time using this yummy way from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

1 Tab. chicken granules or 3 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cans chicken broth
1 cup chopped carrots, or 1/4 cup dehydrated carrots
1/4 cup chopped onion or 1 Tab dehydrated chopped onions
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
4 Tbls butter
1/4 cup flour
8 oz egg noodles
1 tsp Lawry's garlic salt with parsley
salt and pepper to taste

 Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large pot and add chicken granules or bouillon cubes.  Add in chicken broth and onions and carrots.  Cook until tender--about 20-30 minutes. Cook your egg noodles separately while this cooks. In a separate bowl which the cream of chicken soup with the mile until smooth.  Whisk in the cream of chicken mix into the broth and veggies.  In a small pot melt the butter and stir in the flour until smooth, then add to soup mixture.  Add in cooked chicken and cooked noodles and Lawry's garlic salt with parsley. Warm and serve.  Yum!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Blue Jean Week 8

We had a good week.  Snow one day and sunny and beautiful the next.  Our weather is just crazy.  Basketball is finishing up.  Track practice starts right after.  Miss A got a part in the high school spring musical which we are excited about.  Always something fun going on here!  Take a look at our week. . .
We have a huge, beautiful field behind our house.  We looked out this afternoon to see all these beauties enjoying the field this afternoon.  Love living in the country!

So we got a little bit of snow and Mr J gets home from school and the first thing he says is, "I want to shovel the snow!"  Knock yourself out.  I didn't really see the point, but kept that thought to myself and let him enjoy the moment :)

Love the sister missionaries that serve in our area for our Church.  This cute lady is leaving us this week, so we had to get a picture.  We enjoyed having her with us for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  She will be missed!

A cold winter's evening, we enjoy reading books with a blanket :)  Mr J is reading The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen.  Ben is reading Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, and I am reading Visitors by Orson Scott Card.  Nothing beats a good book!

Mr J and Miss O were in charge of a family treat this weekend.  They made chocolate waffles which we enjoyed with vanilla ice cream on top.  Yum!  Good stuff.  Will have to share the recipe soon!

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy your week and come back soon!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday thoughts

 My random Friday thoughts. . .
I think this is such good advice.  I think especially as women we hang onto things too long. When mistakes happen we need to right the wrong, and then move on.  Dwelling on it doesn't help anything, but like this says, "remember it enough enough so it doesn't happen again."  But the reality of being human beings is it will probably happen again, but be kind to yourself.  Learn from your mistakes, even if you make the same ones over and over and over.  I think so often, "I am not going to yell at/get frustrated with my kids."  But what do I seem to do everyday?  Yeah, yell/get frustrated at my kids.  But I notice, well, I didn't yell/get frustrated at them as much :) or I went a lot longer between yelling/frustrating times than I usually do.  Or I catch myself before I start to yell and think, "OK, breathe" then try to stay calm as I go forward.  Sometimes it works, and other times it doesn't. I am only human, but I keep trying, and I am grateful the Lord loves me no matter what and supports me in my trying and trying and trying to get it right. I am grateful for my kids who I really should not yell at or get frustrated with at all, but I still do.  They aren't perfect, and their mother is definitely not.  We are in this together to learn and grow and love each other, so that is what we try to do--sometimes we are better at it than other times, but the point is we keep trying.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What's up Wednesday--chocolate strawberry trifle

Valentine's Dinner is a big deal in my family.  It has been for the last 5 generation.  So when I got assigned to make the dessert from my mom, I knew it had to be good.  Thank heavens Valentine's was on a Saturday so I knew we would have time and I would have extra helpers home to make something extra yummy.  Here is what we came up with. . .
Chocolate dipped strawberries.  Mel's Kitchen Cafe showed us how to do the super cute tuxedo ones.
Everyone was really impressed.

Then we also made this chocolate strawberry trifle.  oh. my.  Trifles are so good and so easy.  They need to be eaten more in this world because if you aren't eating a good trifle every major holiday, then you are seriously missing out!  Trifles are super easy and can be easily changed to whatever flavors you like--different cake/brownie/pound cake, different puddings, different fruit.  Find a combination your family loves.
Our family really, really liked this one.  I think when you do make a trifle, you need to use real whipping cream.  Cool whip does not cut it.  Make it good and go with the real stuff!

We made a large pan (9x13) of brownies.  Let them cool completely.

We made up 2 small boxes of chocolate pudding according to directions and then stirred in 1 cup whipped cream into it.

We whipped up about 3 cups of whipping cream for this

And we used cut up strawberries.

Once your brownies are cooled, cut them into bite-sized pieces and layer on the bottom of your bowl.  Top with half your chocolate pudding, then half your strawberries, then half your whipped cream.  Repeat all layers again.  Miss E used some left over strawberries to make a heart on top since it was for Valentine's Day.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.  

Dig down deep and enjoy!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Blue Jeans Week 7

This week I got our taxes done.  Always nice to have that over with.  I had to do extra this year and do Miss A's since she worked all summer.  Had 2 basketball games, did a school Valentine's party, enjoyed a family fun day in the city, Miss A got first in her forensics meet, and enjoyed a nice Valentine's Day weekend with my family.  Take a look at our week. . .
The joy of the tax season.  But they are done, refund coming, and it is all good!  

Basketball game #1 for the week.  Miss O is playing really well.  So proud of her.  She has a great coach and a great team!  Just a few more weeks in the season. . .and then track starts :)  Never a dull moment.

Mr J's class Valentine's party.  They had to open a Hershey's kiss with the gloves on :)  As you can see, he really liked the game :)

For Wednesday night church youth activity we made valentine's for the ladies in our church.  Lots of creativity going on here!

Kids didn't have school Thursday or Friday, so we headed up to the city for some appointments and then had some family fun.  Ben took the day off, and we went ice skating.  Usually it is really crowded, but we were the only ones there for about 2 hours.  It was nice to have the place to ourselves!

Mr J figuring out the ice skating thing :)

My beautiful flowers that greeted me Saturday morning.  I love roses! and I really love the guy that gave them to me :)

The girls making chocolate dipped strawberries for our Valentine's dinner.

Miss A had a forensics meet on Saturday.  She got a 1st place and qualified for State in original oration--which was a 10 minute memorized speech that she wrote.  Way to go Miss A!

Our traditional Valentine's Day dinner at my parents with the sister missionaries, my sister and brother-in-law and some other family friends.  It was a very nice evening!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!