Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday - August 31


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Still way too's so irritating in a way, there's no need for this heat LOL

One of my simple pleasures:
Sitting down with my cookbooks and looking through the yummy pictures.

On my bedside table:
3 books to review

On my TV:
General Hospital
Little House on the Prairie Season 4

On the menu for tonight:
Skillet Enchiladas - Recipe will be up on the food blog later

On my To Do List:
Finish off the laundry, fold and put away
Mop the floors
Change the bed linens

New Recipe I tried last week:
None, but this week I have a bunch to try and post for you all.

In the craft basket:
Absolutely nothing.

Looking forward to:
General Hospital LOL I know I'm like a broken record but I'm just loving my soap again. Also looking forward to Jasmine starting band, she's playing the Clarinet and is so excited about it.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
An easy for me to decorate the window sill, is to put up a few glass vases, fill them with water and then add different food colorings to each. It's cheap, it's easy and it looks adorable.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I'm leaving this one blank, I didn't get around to any blog reading.

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
To persevere, to keep encouraging my son to go to school and to give it his best, to give it his all and to allow himself to enjoy the school year. It's a hard lesson to learn because the minute he turns to me with those big beautiful eyes and says he would rather stay home with me because "I miss you so much when I go to school", my first instinct is to grab him and keep him home. Tough love is just that....TOUGH!

On my Prayer List:
Family and Friends

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.

Psalm 25:4 (New Living Translation)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Slow Cooking Thursday


Don't forget to add your name to Mr Linky and a link back to your SCT post so others can come by and see your recipe too.

I have no recipe to share today because.....well......I kinda thought it was Wednesday LOL

Lord I'm really loosing my mind.

Anyway, please add your recipes to Mr Linky, I will definitely share one next week, just as soon as I jot it down on my calendar and add it to my cellphone reminder too LOL

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Well hello there....

It's been how long now since I've gotten down to actual posting without relying on a meme? *snicker*

Life has been C.R.A.Z.Y. Crazy and busy and sometimes a little weird but nevertheless, crazy and GOOD. You know it's something when you can look at the chaos around you and smile and still have that "I wouldn't want to be anywhere but here" thought.

So what have you all been up to? Have you forgotten me? Moved or started a new job, maybe had another baby or two while I was gone?

I want so badly to come and catch up with everyone but I doubt I have the time to sit through the hundreds and I mean HUNDREDS of posts that are looming on my Google Reader, just beckoning me, it's like the bad guy in a scary movie standing in the car inviting you to go and join him and you KNOW that if you do you'll never come back *snort*

So let's see what is going on here?

Well, school is well under way and I'm still having some issues with Mr Nicholas, today was a little better but yeah, we're still dealing with the morning "do I have to go to school?" dilemma.

Topping all this off is the fact that everyone around here seems to be sick right now, walking the kids to their classrooms you're surrounded by sniffles and coughs and it breaks my heart but it also makes me wish my kids lived in bubbles made of disinfectant LOL

School just started and yesterday, guess what? I had both kids home with low grade fevers, sore throats, congested noses and a bit of a cough. Today they went back to school, no fevers, but still not feeling that great.

I can't just keep them home if they're not running fevers and I also don't want them to start missing so much school already, not that it even matters, because the school themselves don't want any kids there that are sick. Seems the whole H1N1 Flu is still a big panic over here.

Anyway, let me show you some recent photos of the kids, my family is begging to see some since it seems like forever that I've posted any.

Oh you know what? Funny story, when I went to take the pictures, my camera had a little hiccup. Poor thing hasn't been used in a while either and I guess she forgot what her job was, I told it to take a picture and it just sat there with a blank look on it's LCD, then 5 minutes later it snapped the photo.....AFTER I had pointed it at the ceiling LOL

Last week my little one lost two teeth in one day, he was beside himself with joy, even more so when the Tooth Fairy left him $5 for his second tooth. Really....where was this generous fairy when we were growing up?

Let me think, what else? Oh the school.....the school *she says under her breath*.

There are a few things that are frustrating us so badly, one of them being the fact that the kids have 15 minutes to eat. Yes, from the moment they step into the cafeteria to the time they leave for recess they have 15 MINUTES to eat....without taking into account waiting in line to get their lunches.

A couple of us moms started noticing that our kids were coming home starving and when we do send in cold lunches, they are returned pretty much the way we sent them off, with maybe a bite or two of the sandwich. Kids have all been complaining that they don't have time to eat and that the teachers are constantly yelling at them to hurry up.

Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking this is unacceptable? I mean, honestly, come ON!

I've decided to go sit through one of the kid's lunches and see exactly what is going on and I promise you my children will eat everything they want to and no one is going to yell at them to hurry up.

Anyway, so there you have it, my life in a you can see I'm still the same old babbling fool, talking way too much and jumping from subject to subject. *snicker*

Well it's time to get on out of here, I have some sick little ones waiting for mommy to slather on the vicks on the feet and backs/chests and then tuck them into bed for the night.

I hope you're all having a wonderful evening, I won't make a promise that I'll around to all the blogs tonight, but I will try to visit as many as I can.

God Bless,

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday - August 24


The weather in my neck of the woods:
We got some rain this weekend and it felt wonderful, just wish we had more on the way.

One of my simple pleasures:
Taking a super long shower

On my bedside table:
A few books to review
TV control
Nail polish

On my TV:
General Hospital - I'm counting the hours until the show starts. If you're a Jason and Sam fan you will understand why LOL

On the menu for tonight:
Pizzeria Pot Pie

On my To Do List:
Two loads of laundry
Clean bathrooms

New Recipe I tried last week:
Haven't tried any new ones in a long time, I've hit a bit of a blah phase and have been relying on old family favorites.

In the craft basket:
Absolutely nothing.

Looking forward to:
Driving my Durango again, it's finally fixed and up and running and I'm all giddy about it LOL

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Trying to get rid of the weeds growing the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway? Pour some straight vinegar on them.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I'm leaving this one blank, I didn't get around to any blog reading.

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Just when you think your kids are enjoying school, they turn around and show you otherwise. Nicholas loved kindergarten last year and is hating first grade this year, it's been a nightmare every morning to get him to school. I've learned that I have a lot more patience than I thought I did.

On my Prayer List:
Family and Friends

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
If you are really eager to give, it isn’t important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don’t have.
2 Corinthians 8:12

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Short Hiatus!

Gonna take a tiny, teeny little short hiatus from the blog.....I mean nothing big, just until next week Monday.

There won't be a Slow Cooking Thursday post up tomorrow either, last week there were only 5 links added and only 7 comments, so I figure no one will miss it for just one week.

I will be back in a few days with a new blog look and things to talk about.

God Bless,

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Sunny and beautiful, I love this time of the morning, it's not too hot yet.

One of my simple pleasures:
Sitting in front of the tv on Sunday nights watching True Blood LOL

On my bedside table:
A few books to review
TV control
Nail polish

On my TV:
General Hospital - Seriously, you will have to excuse me for the next two or three weeks because I'll be glued to the screen watching my couple reunite. I know that sounds so corny but whatever *snort*
Little House on the Prairie Season 4

On the menu for tonight:
The next two week menu is all about family favorites and tonight is one of my husband's, special dinner since he's returning home. Creamy Oven Chicken.

On my To Do List:
Clean the house
Finish the laundry

New Recipe I tried last week:
Nothing new, I'm slacking on my food blog but don't worry, I have some new things to put up.

In the craft basket:
No crafting lately, I actually miss it and need to get back into it.

Looking forward to:
My wonderful husband returning home and getting that first hug as he walks through the door.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Wash dishes as you cook or at least rinse them and throw them in the dishwasher, it helps cutting out on the piles of dishes afterwards.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
There were quite a few I found today and now I can't think of one LOL

Favorite photo from last week:

My sleeping babes :)

Lesson learned the past few days:
That even if you don't think you DO take your husband for granted and that realization hits you hard once they step out the door for a while.

On my Prayer List:
Family and Friends

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:7-9

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Book Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway.

I've used to select two winners.

The Friends We Keep

1st place winner for "The Friends We Keep" is #9 Melissa at Frugal Creativity.

Building a Marriage That Really Works

2nd place winner for "How to Build a Lasting Marriage" is Jenn at A Country Girl's Rambling.

Congratulations to both, please email me at bourlandcs {at} msn {dot} com, with your addresses so I can ship this out as soon as possible.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's so hard at times......

Airforce wife Pictures, Images and Photos

I'm a proud Air Force wife, extremely proud of my husband and the rest of the soldiers and for the most part this is a life I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.....except for the little part when you get to say goodbye to your husband as they leave on a deployment or TDY.

Every military wife knows that it doesn't matter whether they're leaving for a day, a week, a month or a year, the pain is the same and the kids don't understand what is happening, and how do you comfort them when you're wanting to cry yourself?

Luckily my husband is only gone for this weekend but the pain is just the same as when he leaves for months on end, because the heart knows no time, the heart only knows what it's missing.

Curt is in Chicago as we speak and he'll be back Monday afternoon, not that long, if only I could convince my heart otherwise.

The fact is that he walks out the door and we're lost, we're incomplete, we're left missing him and hoping that time flies until we see him walk in the door again.

I think for most military wives, the sight of his back turned away from you and walking away is what burns in our minds, you always wish you had hugged him a little tigher, told him you loved him one more time, kissed him that much longer. It's hard.

The nights are the worst, when you get into bed and he's not there.

I'm the kind of woman that can't really sleep or relax without my husband around.....he needs to be there, at least in the house somewhere, even if he's in the next room watching tv, that's when I feel the safest. Needless to say last night was spent tossing and turning, but I did get a very sweet "Good Morning" text at 5am. Had it been anyone else I would have been irritated for it being so early *snicker*

So it's me and the kiddos for now, just going through the motions.

Jasmine misses her daddy but being older she understands a bit more, Nicholas on the other hand is 6 years old, he's still my baby and he still doesn't get what is going on. He went to school crying yesterday and he went to bed miserable again, all he talks about is his daddy and where daddy is and what daddy is doing. But you know what, they're tough little cookies, I think all military children are!

Anyway, I'm sorry for venting, I think I'm going to go blog hopping and visit some of my favorites, I'm falling behind again in my reading AND posting. I've been awful at it lately haven't I?

Well I'm off to go spend some time with my kids. Hope you're having a good weekend and if your hubby is nearby, be sure to give them a big hug and thank the Lord that you can.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Slow Cooking Thursday


Don't forget to add your name to Mr Linky and a link back to your SCT post so others can come by and see your recipe too.

I'm sorry this is so late going up, it's been a really busy and just weird day for me.
Credit: Cindycooks

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sausages

2 lb Italian sausage; sweet, mild, or hot
48 oz Spaghetti sauce
1 cn (6 oz. ) tomato paste
1 lg Green pepper; sliced thin
1 lg Onion; sliced thin
1 tb Grated parmesan cheese
1 ts Parsley flakes
1 c Water

Place sausage in skillet; cover with water. Simmer 10 minutes; drain. Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients in slow cooker; add sausage (cut in hot dog lengths if using sweet sausage). Cover; cook on low 4 hours. Increase temperature to HIGH; cook 1 hour more. Serve on buns or slice and serve over spaghetti. Yield 8 servings.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sausages printer friendly version located here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Friends We Keep Review and Giveaway!

I've been extremely blessed and lucky to have been receiving amazing books to review and giveaway.

This new one is called "The Friends We Keep" by Sarah Zacharias Davis.

The Friends We Keep

From the Publisher:
During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful –- and wounding –- women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.

The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:

• Why do we long so for women friends?
• Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?
• What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?
• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
• How do I foster friendship?
• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?

With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.


This book is all about friendship.....why some last and why some fall apart.

It definitely hit home in some places, I've obviously, like many other women have had friendships that I treasured and fell apart and was left wondering what happened and then there's those that have remained strong for years and years.

I will say that it was a pretty good book, not sure I would rate it as one of my favorites or a must have, but I think overall it's a good read.

You can purchase the book at Random House or click here to go directly to the book page.


Building a Marriage That Really Works

I also was lucky enough to receive a copy of one of the books in the 40 minute bible studies, this one is called "Building a Marriage that Really Works".

Loved it and no matter how much you may think you have a great marriage, it doesn't hurt to make it better right?

This copy is up for grabs too.

So here's what I'm going to do, I'm opening the giveaway to the US only.

Leave me a comment on this post and I will draw TWO winners on Saturday. The first name that I draw will win "The Friends We Keep" and the second name I draw will win "Building a Marriage that Really Works".

Good Luck!

Well goodness gracious.....

You guys have totally shown me the love, how sweet.

Thank you each and everyone for the birthday wishes, I loved them all and I wish I could give hugs through this internet thing, but I can't so just consider yourselves hugged.

So let's see, anything interesting for my birthday, I'm sure you're wondering, but was a perfectly normal day like any other, I spent most of it alone while kids were in school and after Curt left for work. I didn't even have cake, that's horrible isn't it? LOL

It's fine with me though, I've stopped really celebrating birthdays, I remember when I was little and it was so anticipated, I would literally count the days and minutes and wake up in the morning running around all happy. There was always the gifts and the special dinner and cake and family.

I still like the gifts though, don't get me wrong and one of them this year was a Wii Fit. Oh man, I'm so thrilled to have gotten that one, it's soooooooo good and I'm feeling the burn.

Anyway, kids started school yesterday and so far they both seem to be loving their teachers, although Nicholas had a bit of chaos in his first grade classroom. Apparently one of the little boys decided he didn't want to do what the teacher asked and proceeded to pick up his chair and fling it across the room, then punched the teacher multiple times, hurled insults at her and the kids and yelled and yelled.

Needless to say the principal, counselor and social worker had to get involved. I felt awful not only for Nicholas and the other kids but the poor teacher, I mean what a way to start the year huh?

And a first grader???? I'm just in shock.

Other than that there is not much going on, other than me being completely over the moon with my General Hospital. Now I know some of you will probably shake your heads and think I'm nuts but you have to understand, I stopped watching 3 years ago and just started again because I LOVE Jason and Sam. They are all kinds of cute and sparkly and so hot together. LOL

This is kind of a late post, I should be in bed, I'm having a hard time getting back on the school schedule, was used to getting up late *snicker*

I'm sorry if this is just a jumble of things, I tend to ramble on and I think of you all as my friends so.....

OH my car, yeah, changed out the water pump but now it won't start up at all, so I've been using hubby's truck to drive the kids to school in the morning and then in the afternoons we have to walk cause hubby is at work.....we 115 degree weather, sick hot and the kind that makes you feel like you're going to die with every step LOL

Just wanted to post these two pics of my babies sleeping right before being woken up for the first day of school, I still see the babies in them when they're asleep, there is something about that peacefulness.

I guess now I'm out of here, Oh and before I forget, I have that review for you tomorrow and the giveaway, another wonderful Christian book you won't want to miss.

I do hope you're all having a great week and I apologize for not coming around, I think until we get into this schedule again it's going to be a bit of a hit and miss here on the blog. By the way, thank you to all who have followed me, I am in shock that I have 199 followers...WOW!
Is there one out there by chance that wants to make it an even 200? LOL

Have a great night everyone,

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday

Guess what?!?!?! It's my BIRTHDAY!

That's right....35 years old. I can't believe I'm 35 YEARS.OLD! LOL

Won't you have a drink for me today and help me celebrate?


The weather in my neck of the woods:
It's a beautiful monday morning, the sun is shining and not a cloud in sight.

One of my simple pleasures:
Waking up early and getting a cup of coffee while everyone is still asleep.

On my bedside table:
Little Heathens

On my TV:
General Hospital - I'm SO happy to be watching again, huge Jason and Sam fan *snicker
Little House on the Prairie Season 3

On the menu for tonight:
Goulash with Potato Dumplings

On my To Do List:
Clean the house
Wii Fit - LOL

New Recipe I tried last week:
Nothing at all, just old favorites

In the craft basket:
Just the same old yarn, no project in sight, maybe once the kids are back to school next week I'll finally start something.

Looking forward to:
My kids starting school today....also having a great day for my birthday.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
I actually can't think of a single one LOL

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I've done no blog reading or posting, but now with kids back to school that will change :)

Favorite photo from last week:

My husband working on my Durango


Lesson learned the past few days:
To let go and let God. Plain and simple but so hard to do.

On my Prayer List:
My children, I want them to have a great school year.
The soldiers overseas and at home
Family and friends

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

Psalm 33

1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3 Sing to him a new song, play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the LORD is upright; and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood forth.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Summer BBQ!

Summer is quickly coming to an end so why not enjoy the last few weeks of it with a great BBQ.

Summer BBQ.

The summer sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and from a distance you can smell the familiar scent of charcoal burning. It’s time to turn down the AC, get up off your mattresses, and start planning your summer BBQ. The perfect summer BBQ must have three key components: great food, great decor and great games! Here is some helpful hints, sure to make your next summer BBQ the highlight of the summer.

Great Food:
When conceptualizing your menu, variety is key. Many people think that meat on the grill is all you need for a good BBQ. Not so, today’s crowd is bound to have at least one vegetarian or perhaps someone who does not enjoy traditional BBQ foods. This doesn’t mean that you have to scrap the great tradition of BBQ meats, just make sure that you supply a few options for you herbivore friends. Potato salad, coleslaw and pasta salad are all great vegetarian options to consider. Why not throw on some delicious portabella mushrooms on the grill while your at it? Here is a great recipe for a vegetarian based potato salad.

Great Décor:
People often assume that their BBQ needs to a theme in order to be successful. Although themed parties are often fun, a summer BBQ does not require the detailed planning that most may think. Simple items can give your patio or backyard all the character and fun you need. The placements of traditional red and white checkered table cloths are perfect for an outdoor party. Accent your tables with fun center pieces! For instance, a traditional watering can used as a vase to hold sunflowers. Check out this great idea!

Great Games:
Traditional backyard games such as horseshoes, volleyball, and badminton and lawn bocce are staples of a good summer party. Such games, however, require a large backyard. If you don’t have the space, why not consider something like Cornhole! Similar to horseshoes, this fun game uses bean bags and a platform with a hole in it. The aim is to land your bean bag as close to or directly in, the hole in order to score points. The soft nature of the bean bags makes this a perfect game for kids to play, and the best part is that you can easily build all the elements of the game yourself. Check out the American Cornhole Association for more detailed rules.
Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Mark All As Read!

If you're looking for my Slow Cooking post, it's just below.

I'm just running in quick to say that I only have two days left with my babies, next week Monday they start school again.

That is why I have been away from the blog and not posting as much, my apologies but priorities and all that right?

But I just had to tell you that I opened up my Google Reader and hit MARK ALL AS READ! Yes I did!

Why? Because I'm tired of looking at it each day and seeing 600 new unread posts, it makes me feel guilty and I hate feeling that way when I have a perfectly good reason for not blogging.

So I decided to just start fresh, oh I'm sure I'm missing a lot of old good posts from you guys, but I promise I'll catch up on Monday.

Until then, could you just not blog? *snicker* That's too much to ask you say? Oh fine, then go ahead but I'll probably hit the "mark all as read* again a time or two. LOL

I'm off to enjoy the day with my kids, that is between mountains of laundry and trying to keep the couch pillows on the poor couch. I tell you, I think my couch is counting the minutes until school starts too.

Before I leave though, won't you stop in and just leave me a Hi, come on all you lurkers, old and new readers. De-Lurk Yourselves!

Have a wonderful day everyone, I'll be back posting soon.

Slow Cooking Thursday


Don't forget to add your name to Mr Linky and a link back to your SCT post so others can come by and see your recipe too.


Land O'

2 (14-ounce) cans vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can extra-thick and zesty seasoned tomato sauce
6 medium (2 cups) new red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 medium (2 cups) carrots, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen creamed spinach, thawed
4 ounces (1 cup) LAND O LAKES® Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker except creamed spinach and cheese.

Cover; cook on Low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or until carrots and potatoes are tender.

Increase heat setting to High. Stir thawed spinach into hot soup mixture, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soup is thickened (6 to 10 minutes).

To serve, spoon into individual serving bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

Recipe Tip
For an easy shortcut, you can substitute coleslaw mix in place of the shredded cabbage.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Blue Like Play Dough Winner!

Thank you all for entering the contest, I truly wish I had a copy for every single one of you because that's how good this book is.

I used to find the winner so here you go:

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Amanda from Faith, Food and Family said... 12

I would love to win this book! I struggle so much in getting daily Bible reading because it sees it's never quiet enough or always so much to do. I want to get better about that and be closer to God. Thanks for such a great giveaway!
God bless,

Congratulations Amanda! Please contact me as soon as possible so I can get your book out.


For the rest of you, I have another wonderful Christian book review and giveaway coming up next week.

The first name drawn will receive this book:

The Friends We Keep: A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship

And the second name drawn will receive one of the books from the 40 minute Bible Studies series:

Be sure to come back next week Tuesday for the reviews and the giveaway.