Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Woman's Work is Never Done!

Do you ever wonder how they made it back years ago with 10 + children, no washing machine, no dryer, no dishwasher? I am just baffled! We have 5 and I have all of these things and still seem to be pressed for time! Sometimes I think we just have too much scheduled! We seem to be on the go way too much! Boy, I sure do use that exclamation point a lot. LOL :0)

Yesterday was our sweet baby girl's doctor appointment. She has sure grown. She is now 18 lbs and 30 inches long. She has a cold and an ear infection. So, she's a bit cranky. (I say like her mama!) LOL

I found a new blog to visit and she had a nice recipe posted there. I have written it down and plan on using it next week. I don't have any beef broth right now. I'll have to work it into a menu. I have just been winging it here lately. Going to Aldi's tomorrow and will see what I can pick up for a good price. With feeding so many of us I try to have healthy, good but cheaper meals. Is there really such a thing anymore? Seems like every time I turn around something new isn't good for us! Then in a couple of years it's oh, not so bad for us. I never know what to cook. LOL

Tomorrow while I'm gone I will have some Taco Soup going in the crockpot. Our oldest has requested this. It is very yummy with Tortilla chips. So, that will be a good dinner tomorrow night. Tonight is a chicken casserole. I have some cooked chicken in the frig and need to use it up so that it doesn't ruin. So, I'll run and get the kids in a bit and start dinner. Yummy, creamy casserole. I'll probably make biscuits to go with it. The casserole makes a gravy that is so good and the biscuits will complement it very well.

Well, that's it for today. Kind of a gloomy looking day today. Cloudy and looks like we're going to get some rain. There isn't rain in the forecast but we all know how that goes.....

I'll update after I get back from the grocery tomorrow if I got any good deals. :0)


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy...

I have been crazy busy here lately. Haven't had much time to devote to writing. The kids, DH and I have all been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Hopefully the routine will kick in and it will all be better soon.

I actually have 2 scrapbooking pages done. With the help of Mrs. Buffi!! Hug! Hug! She was so enthusiastic with helping me with my first page that I am so very greatful. I will have to post a picture of it and of the other page. I still have to do one more page to have at least all of the kids on a page. Our youngest little boy needs his picture on a page too. I have something I am wanting to do on his so I'll get to that hopefully this week.

Tomorrow DH and I have some errands to do and hopefully lunch out together. Seems like we're so busy that we don't get much one on one time together. So, we'll do lunch just us and the baby.

Uncle Mike-if you are reading this I chuckle at the thought!! We had Pork Chops for lunch and Chicken for dinner! LOL (sort of an inside joke) Oh, I mailed you a picture of MG in her camo.

I haven't really planned out our meals for this week. I am sure it will be simple as can be. Our oldest has requested Taco Soup. We really like that~!!

Well, the kids are all in the bed now and I think we are going to sit back, take a deep breath and watch a movie~if we can stay awake long enough.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

I have officially been tagged. So I am suppose to tell 6 things about myself. So, here it goes.

1. I use to draw while I was in school. I actually framed one of my pictures and it is hanging in my stairway. It's the first thing you see when you start down the stairs.

2. I love, love, love recipes! I probably like them WAY too much.

3. I had a rabbit when I was a little girl. It got out one day and I tried chasing it to get it back & it died!

4. I too like to sing in the shower & the car. I also know that it just has to sound terrible but I do it anyway. LOL

5. I really enjoy going to church with my husband and our children. It means so much to me. I got saved 3 years ago. I pray daily for God to save my family because I know that so many are not.

6. I enjoy cooking for my family. I feel like I'm always in the kitchen though. lol

So, there is my info and now I have to tag 6 others. Here are some....I hope that no one minds.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

School Starts Tomorrow!

It is so hard to believe that school is going to start tomorrow. It seems like the kids just started their vacation. We went to orientation today and the kids seemed to be all excited about seeing their friends. They were all giggles and laughs.

This year our youngest son will start Pre-K. He didn't seem as excited about staying in the classroom while Mom was busy listening to the new rules and special dates and things they had to tell the parents. He came downstairs and said, "Mom, I don't really feel like staying up there right now!" So, I had to take him back to his class. He knows now that he has to stay in there and not leave. He acts like he's a grown up for sure. He's only 4.

I uploaded some pictures today and wanted to post them for everyone that visits to see. I have given out this blog address so that family and friends can come and see pictures without me having to e-mail everyone. I will post some pictures on here tonight before I finish my post.

I have to show you our baby girl's hair when her big brother-our 4 year old-fixed her hair! He just loved it! I do have to say she looked so cute that I had to take her picture for proof when she gets older. She may beat him up over these pictures but they're cute anyway.

I need to get in the bed and get some sleep. I have to get them all up and going in the morning. Lunches are made and in the frig, clothes are set out, baths are done and they have their teeth brushed and are in the bed.

I think their lunch tomorrow will be a good one (it sounds like a ton of food, but its small amounts of a variety of foods, you can add a slice of cheese to our youngest's box-he's a cheese lover):

Spaghetti Pizza

Carrots, Celery and Broccoli



Wheat Crackers

and either Water or Tea (whichever they prefer)

Well, now for the pictures. I'll post the one of the spiked hair and of her in her camo. I'll post later on the picture that I take of their 1st day of school. I try to always do this that way from year to year we can see what they look like. Just a memory/Mom thing I guess.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

It is a beautiful day today!! I am so glad. It is just awesome!

I have a few things that I need to do today so I can't write a whole lot. The baby is taking her nap, the kids are playing and being quiet-maybe I shouldn't type that because that may ruin it! HA! I have a few things that I need to pick up at Wal-Mart today, so I'll be running out later.

Lunch today is: Chili and Cornbread (simple but good)

Dinner is: Melt in Your Mouth Chicken, Velveet Shells and Cheese and Rolls

Here are the recipes for the Chicken and the Rolls:

Melt in Your Mouth Chicken

1- 3lb. chicken (boil until tender)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups chicken broth (I used the water the chicken cooked in)
1 stick melted margarine
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup self rising flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Cube chicken and place in greased casserole dish. Combine the cream of chicken soup and the chicken broth and pour over chicken. Combine margarine, buttermilk, flour, salt and pepper and pour over above to make crust.Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.

I've not made the rolls before so this will be an experiment for me. I'll post my review later after we have tried them. The chicken is very good. I have made it before and we love it!

40 Minute Rolls

2 Tbsp yeast
1 cup + 2 Tbsp warm water
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1-2 cups white flour

Combine the yeast and warm water. Add the oil and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and knead until a soft dough forms. Shape into balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Rest 10 minutes. Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes until done. Makes 12 rolls.

That is all I have time for right now so until next time be good and be frugal!

Friday, August 8, 2008

I was ask to post the recipe that I use for Refried Beans. These are by far the best beans ever! First off what I do is I take my Pinto beans and soak them over night in water. The next morning I drain the water and put the beans into my crockpot. I add bacon, salt and pepper to them and cook them until dinner (for some of you that's supper) time. I will make them just beans for dinner then the next day I will make Refried Beans out of them. You can do it the same night as well, I just choose not to. If you aren't going to use them right away to make your Refried beans freeze until you are going to. You will want to make them Refried Beans and eat them right then. They will loose all of their juice if you freeze them.

I will post the link to one of my favorite places to visit. She has a wonderful collection of recipes here and it's just awesome! I don't really want to take her recipe and put it here, so I'll just link it for you. I hope that you make them and enjoy them like we do.

Also, you can eat them as a side or make Bean Burritos. My boys love Bean and Cheese Burritos! Which I guess my boys like most beans that I have made. That is such a plus. They are very good eaters. We have had several kids over at the house that really don't eat a wide variety of foods and I'm so thankful that my kids like different things. I would say that son #3 is the best about trying new foods. He will try anything to eat! It's funny because if I'm making something new I always have him try it first. He's also the skinniest! HA! HA!

Hope your day is a blessed one.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Today has been a filled day. The baby had a check-up today. Boy has she grown! She is up to 17 lb and 14 oz. I think she was 29" long, maybe 29 something. She is doing good. They checked her iron and all is well. Hard to believe that she will be a year old in Oct. Time just flys!

I made up my menu for next week. I really need to stick to it. Here it is in case you are interested. It will help me keep track of it putting it here too. I also have my grocery list made out so that I can make sure I have all of the things that I need. I have meat in the freezer and will pick some up if it's on sale.


Chicken Alfredo and Salad


Melt in Your Mouth Chicken (has it's own gravy)

Mashed Potatoes




We will be eating dinner at church. I will be taking Cream Corn and a dessert.


Oven Cooked Pork Loin Chops in a bag and season


Baked Potatoes


Cooked Carrots


Bean Burritos



Spaghetti Pizza

Green Beans

Garlic Bread


Meatballs and Brown Gravy

Mashed Potatoes



Lunches will be:

Homemade Pizza (Italian Sausage and Pepperoni)
Taco Soup
Tacos or Taco Salad
Chili with cornbread
Buttered Noodles (from grace4gayle)
Pb&J, Tuna, Grilled Cheese etc.

I would love to hear from anyone else what they do for meals. Do you plan them? This seems to help save money because you know exactly what you need for the week and don't have to run out and get something quick and or frozen.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A few of my favorite blogs that I visit.

The summer break is almost over for the kids. Our kids will go back to school on Aug. 14. Public school has just started today. I know there are a lot of kids out there that just were not ready to go back. It seems like every year they go back to school earlier and earlier.

On another note I made Buttered Noodles last night with our dinner. They were very good. I got the recipe from She has another site that I just love to visit-it's wonderful! You will find that I am totally an addict to recipes. I love to find new recipes to make for my family. I like having different things to eat all of the time instead of the same ol same night after night.

I have other blogs that I love to visit so I will be posting some of them as well. It's nice to have a place to go and read and learn about how others do things. It's interesting to see how much a family of 6 or 7 can get by on only spending $50-75 a week on groceries when I know that we are spending well over $100 and feel like there's nothing in the frig!

My friend Miriam just started a blog and has some wonderful pictures over there of a cake that she just made. You should go and check it out. Miriam always has something baking.....

I also visit another blog that has some really good stuff to read about. Genevieve also has some great recipes there too. She's out of Christian County, KY. She has pictures of lots of pictures
and things of area places. Here's her blog..... You should
check it out sometime.

I have rambled on enough so I'm going to go and make some lunch. I need to get a menu together for next week since the kids will be starting school I'll have lunches to prepare.

Hugs to you all,


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Karate Friends

Here is a picture of our twins and their friend at Karate. Ours are the ones on both sides of their friend.

A few pictures of our family.....

I just love this picture of these two sweet little faces!

Here is our sweet baby girl. She is so sweet. Just growing up too fast.

Here is a recent picture of all of the kids. Of course the only girl in the picture is crying! Those boys!! They hate wearing shirts around the house.

I just thought I would share. They may not be the best photos compared to professional photos but these are photos of my kids in real life, not all gussied up and in their Sunday best. Just them being them photos and those are my favorites!

My very first blog.....

Hello. I am very new to the blogging world. I have been reading several and have become an adict to them. There are several that have recently become my favorites. I can't imagine having such a wonderful selection that these blogs have to read. I hope to just share what goes on with my family to anyone that may be interested.
I am a wife of a wonderful man that is very loving, funny and a great provider. We have had so many funny days along with lifes ups, downs and many turns. We do so well I believe because at the end of the day we can tell each other where the other went wrong or what bothered us in whatever was going on. We can laugh at each other and know it's because we love each other that we are laughing!!
We are so very blessed to have 5 beautiful children that are full of energy and funny as can be!
Our older four are boys and our youngest is a girl. It's so different having a girl. I honestly wouldn't have thought it would be but it is. It's wonderful having our children. Like I said, we're very blessed. I thank God every day for my husband and our children and everything that he has done in our lives.
Now, I'm not a perfect housewife. You could come over at any given time and see dirty laundry in the basket, dirty dishes in the sink or toys in our living room-which are suppose to be in the kid's bedrooms. You could see any of that, but you'd also see that my kids are
happy, healthy, fed and clean. We are just normal everyday people.
We are not out to impress anyone, just trying to live day to day the way that we should.
If you stick around you'll find some recipes that I like to use and maybe a funny story here and there. Just give me a little bit to get use to telling what is going on in my life and I'll be glad to share with you.
Hope you'll check back.