Saturday, June 30, 2007
I don't know what my parents were thinking but they asked us yesterday if they could take her to Texas and Kansas with them and her cousin Briana. Of course, we didn't want to deprive them of time with their granddaughter so we said yes.
Now, I know that we have four more children but I have to say it's almost like they took them all.
Isaac certainly looks happy...
This here's a car, Daddy.
And it's given Eric some extra play time with our quiet guy...
The older kids are enjoying the time off also. Jon is finally planting the veggie garden and Allison is hiding in her room playing guitar. I'm taking it easy since I hurt my wrist on Thursday. It's feeling better today but I need it to be ALL better by Monday. Remember folks, the vacuum always wins.lololol
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
This girl is so big, she's graduated to the big bath tub.LOL What a sweetie!
If you all could pray for her and I, I would be so grateful. She's teething something fierce right now and we're going on three days of no sleep. I'm not sure I can go another day of no sleep.LOL
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
3/4 cup diced onion (I used very little, maybe 1/8 of a cup very thinly sliced)
2 cloves garlic, pressed (I used minced)
4 egg whites (I used 2 eggs)
2 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/2tsp ground ginger ( I used fresh)
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
(I also added 2 cups leftover BBQ Chicken, diced, that had sauce on it.)
On medium heat, cook up the onion and garlic in the oil. Add peas and carrots, ginger, chicken, and soy sauce. Cook egg separately and set aside. Add in your rice to the meat and veggies, adjust seasonings. (I added more soy sauce) Add egg and serve.
This was sooooo good! I think the added BBQ sauce really added an authentic taste to this dish. I think I've found the secret to good fried rice....American BBQ sauce!LOL
Monday, June 25, 2007
Jane, the main character of the book, is a stay at home single mom whose best friend's maid is murdered. She sets out to solve this who done it so that they can feel safe in their neighborhood again. She and her friend get into lots of trouble.
There is some language in the book but otherwise, it was a fun read.
I was pointing out how well he did today and Allison was not amused.LOL All she said was she really missed our tile floors in Miami. I'm glad that this little guy is getting better at this everyday and SOMEDAY he'll be completely potty trained.
1. They have to be easy. I don't have time for 300 ingredients or 50 different procedures just to get the end result. I'm lucky if I get 15 minutes in the kitchen at one time.lol
2. Everyone has to like it. I'm not a short order cook. It's o.k. if some kids don't like something every once in a while but if it happens too often, then I end up with hungry kids at bedtime or hungry kids at dawn. I don't like either.lol
3. I really like it if it's cheap. Need I say more?LOL
4. It must fill everyone up. It's even worse when I cook a meal, everyone eats like there's no tomorrow, and then are hungry about an hour later. It ends up costing me more than if I'd just served something expensive, like steak.LOL
5. Healthy is a priority but I guess I mean this from the old-fashioned view. All food groups must be represented, low fat is good but not always a standard, and I like for it to be made as natural as possible.
So here's the recipe....I got it from Tam on Xanga...
Crockpot California Pork Chops With Rice (I double this recipe)
4 bone-in pork loin chops (1" thick)
1 to 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup red wine or chicken broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
Hot cooked rice
In a skillet, brown pork chops on both sides in oil; transfer to a crock pot. Add garlic to drippings; cook and stir for about 1 min. or until golden. Stir in soy sauce, wine or broth, brown sugar and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over chops. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hrs. or until meat is tender. Remove chops. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Return chops to crock pot. Cover and cook for at least 30 min. or until slightly thickened. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I highly recommend reading a different book and not wasting your time with this one.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Hamburgers, fries, salad
Baked Chicken, rice, steamed veggies
California Porkchops, noodles, veggie tray
Spaghetti, salad, bread
Roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions, rolls
Soup and bread
Isaac and his art...
I'm pretty sure from these photos you can guess what came next.LOL Water Play!(While they were getting cleaned up, I started some laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and fed the baby.)
After bath time, Evie did some Preschool Phonics, while Isaac had a rest time. We worked on the letter M...
Can you tell she's getting tired of the photos?LOLOnce Isaac was done resting for a few minutes, I had Jon take him outside for some fresh air...
Outside Rotation #1
Must make mess...
Now we've hit most of one rotation today and it's 4:30. Eric will do Story Time with the littles tonight for bedtime and I'm off to make dinner. It's been a pretty good day, just a few snags and scuffles but really good considering everyone and everything that needed done, got done. If the littles have trouble while I'm doing dinner, then I'll go to Play Set Rotation #2 for them and have them play quietly in the kitchen while I work. (separately if needed) Here is the current list of activities for them to choose from....
Play Set Rotation
Play Mobile, Legos, Blocks and cars, Games, Leap Pad, Play Clothes, Store, Kitchen, Puzzles, Puppets, Easy Bake Oven, Doll House, Nuts and Bolts, Marble Works, String Beads and Lace Ups, Feltboard, Train Set, and Kapla Blocks.
1.Play Set Rotation- Blocks and Cars...
Around this time, my older kids came down from doing school. They had gotten up a 6:00am and finished their work by 10:30am. At this point, we broke for snack, lunch and some fun with the big kids. I put Sophia to sleep and talked to my sister in VA.
For lunch, Jon decided to poach some eggs for his Culinary Arts program...
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I really enjoy Sprinkle's books and am going to try her new book, Death on the Family Tree, next.
Friday, June 15, 2007
It was so cute. Every time we'd ask to see his thumb, he'd stick his tongue. LOL
I'm so thankful that he's o.k.!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
WELL, I've been trying to get some reading done so that I at least get something read before the Summer Challenge is over.LOL I've got a couple books started and I'm hopeful that I'll actually get them finished.
We've been dealing with the summer sickies. It looks like most are recovering. Allison, Sophia, and I have a lingering cough but we are getting better each day.
The house is a mess.LOL I've not been up to par and have been just trying to keep up, not make progress in the keeping of my home.
It's been RAINING!!! What a blessing! We need 50 more inches in order to make up for the drought. Hopefully, we won't get it all at once.lol The littles are getting cabin fever. It's either too hot to go outside or it's thunder and lightening. Poor dears. On a positive note, it's been getting me off the computer more.lol
Today, I was desperate so I got out a neat-sheet and spread it out on my kitchen floor, gave the kids bowls, spoons, and Rotini pasta and let them play. They had a great time and it only cost me 79 cents.LOL We also baked bread and a sandwich loaf. Evie also decided to make her own "recipe" that no one would touch with a ten-foot pole even though she kept telling everyone that I was good.LOL I promise you it wasn't.
Evie and I did some phonics today. She's really coming along. VP Phonics is beautiful and so eye-catching! It's like working with real art. I love the creative games and ideas that they have. Tomorrow we'll be painting with apples to go along with our learning the A sound. With in the next few days, she'll be on to the letter M. It is such a full and rich program that we haven't even picked up the other curricula since we started this. I'm very impressed and for a 13 year veteran of homeschooling to say that, it would have to be good.LOL (Not many know that I taught Allison to read before age 2. No I wasn't that great of a teacher, SHE was just really smart.lol)
I made those Donut muffins again today. I have to say that I'm addicted to them. I could eat them all and not even share.lol
Well, I guess that's my week so far. Not too exciting but it's our school year so that keeps us pretty close to home. The older kids are doing so well in their school work! What a blessing! We have several weeks behind us now and things are coming along nicely. We've even added subjects! Allison is taking spanish and Jon is using a wonderful book I found called x+y=dinner for Culinary Arts. It teaches all about cooking and he's been glued to that book. I wish I could remember where I stumbled into this book so I could give credit but it was just one of those following links from one web-site to another until I ended up finding it.LOL If it was one of you all, write me and I'll give you credit.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Well, that's enough wasting time. The baby calls...LOL
Some of my menu is from last week. I was sick and improvised for some days...
Ham Salad Sandwiches
Ham Provolone Sandwich Loaf
BBQ Chicken, Rice, salad
Split Pea Soup, bread
Hamburgers and fries, salad
BBQ Chicken Pizza and salad
Beans and rice, corn bread
Friday, June 08, 2007
by Jon Glasnapp
Metallurgy is the science of extracting and working with metals from ores. Metallurgy was founded by Tubal-Cain in pre-Flood times, it has many different styles, and some of them are: Casting, forging, rolling, extrusion, machining and sintering.
The method of forging is when metal is heated until it is red hot, and then it is pounded into the desired shape. The method of forging is much stronger than methods such as machining and casting because the grain flow in the metal is changed to the shape of the object. The method of machining employs the use of saws, drills, etc. To change the shape of a piece of metal, and is very important in mass production. The method of casting is also important in mass production. Casting is the process of melting a piece of metal and pouring it into a mould to get the desired shape. Rolling is the process of using large rollers to turn the metal into a thin sheet of the desired thickness. The process of extrusion is when red hot metal is pushed through a hole of a certain shape, for example, copper pipe for plumbing or titanium aircraft components. Sintering is the process of compressing a metal powder in a specifically shaped mould and heating the powders just below the melting point to create pure products of high strength and durability.
Some of the metals that can be made through the science of metallurgy are: bronze, iron, steel and gold. The process of making bronze requires both tin and copper melted together into an alloy to make bronze, bronze can also be made from copper and zinc which is better known as brass or it can be made from copper and aluminum which is for mostly industrial purposes. Bronze is better than iron in most applications, it does not corrode past the surface and is not as brittle. Brass is mainly used in decoration and extensively in the field of instruments; Brass is also used in pluming, electrical appliances and ammunition for rifles and pistols. Industrial bronze is stronger and less corrosive than other bronze alloys and that has led it to use as ship propellers, use in oil industries, seawater related uses and its gold-like color has led it to be used in some types of jewelry.
Iron is a metal that is extracted from ores and is almost never found in its pure form. Iron is the main component in steel and is very important in alloys, but not always in metallic alloys it is also used in iron-carbon alloys. Steel is an iron-carbon alloy with a very low percentage of carbon (about 0.02%) Steel is one of the most commonly used metals on the planet, although it is rarely found naturally. Iron and steel are used commonly in the making of roads and railroads; steel is used in the making of most modern structures, such as: The skeletons of skyscrapers and stadiums, roller coasters and is also used for personal/vehicle armor and surgical tools.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
On a brighter note, I needed to go to Kohls today for some clothing for myself! I prayed last night, right before bed that I wouldn't spend more than $50 out of my bank account. I have a bad habit of spending a lot in this store. Well, after everything was all rung up, it totalled $50.02.LOL What a blessing! I've been losing so much weight that I didn't have ANY shorts that fit me any longer, I now have 3 new pair and I was able to buy some things for Sophia and Isaac. Allison spent her own money for some new tops and capris. It was not a fun outing but very productive! Nothing like taking 5 kids to a clothing store for things to get a little sticky.LOL I think my Mom, who went with us, was a little over whelmed.LOL I've decided to leave them home from now on. At least until Sophia is a little easier to manage. She pretty much screamed the whole time and I ended up brea$tfeeding her throughout the whole store. Not an easy feat when she's already 17 pounds.LOL I just wish they would behave better! I really don't know how to make that happen. (sigh)
I think the kids are going to go swimming today and Allison has her first Youth Bible study tonight so dinner will be early. Have a great evening!