Friday, December 31, 2010

I will sing...

We started the morning off with some Fernando Ortega hymns. The first one that played was 'I will Sing of My Redeemer'. It's been running through my head all day.

I will sing of my Redeemr,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,
With His blood he ransomed me,
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.

I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant power I'll tell,
How the victory he giveth,
Over sin, and death, and hell.

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heavenly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.


Happy New Year all!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gyro Bowl

I'm sitting here watching tv. And a commercial for the Gyro Bowl comes on. I found it to be rather a cool concept.

It's the bowl that never spills, whether you put cereal or raisins or pudding in it. It's dishwasher safe and 'virtually nondesctructable'. Nifty. :)

Kitchen Krafts

I started receiving Kitchen Kraft catalogs a month or two back. Not sure where they came from or why I'm getting them, but after looking through a couple of them I've decided that, given the opportunity, I could most definitely spend a rather ungodly amount of money on their products.

Some things, like the Cake Batter Dispenser, honestly just look unnecessary and space consuming. I, for one, use a spoon or a small measuring cup (if I'm needing to be exact) to transfer my batter to my muffin tins and it works absolutely fine. Also the Icing Drizzler looks..well...dangerous for a baker like me. I make enough mess dipping a spoon or a fork into icing and drizzling my sweets, without having a dozen different dripping prongs to manage. And to be honest, my drizzled end product looks every bit as good as that picture. In my (limited) experience I have found that the trick to beautiful drizzling is not nearly so much in the tool used to drizzle but in the consistency of the drizzling icing. It's consitency and how well it runs ultimatley determines drizzling finesse.

On the other hand, I do find other tools like the Layer Slicing Kit to look fascinatingly nifty. I always have a heck of a time getting my cake layers flat and even, even when I use my little Cake Slicer Leveler . I also found my self drooling over the 3-In-1 Baking Rack and the Space Saver Rack. Also, how cool would it be to be able to ensure that all of your cookies come out the exact same thickness by using these Rolling Pin Rings? Ok, yes, I am slightly OCD...

Anyway, I could go on and on about their cupcake liners, and decorating tools, but I really should go do something productive like pushing through laundry, or cleaning my kitchen. And it's definitley time for some more Pandora...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Coziness and Contentment...

I'm sitting here feeling so very cozy and content at the moment. My house is smelling like a blend of vanilla cookie candle, baking banana bread and taco soup. So yummy. Taco soup and chili are some of my favorites. They turn out a bit different every time I make them, because I don't actually follow a recipe. I throw whatever I have that sounds good into a pot and spice it up to taste. And I have to say, I can't remember a time when it turned out bad. This time I started with about half of an onion, chopped and sauted in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. I added ground venison, 1/2 lb of 80/20 ground beef, and several tablespoons of chorizo. When that was cooked I dumped several cans of chili beans, kidney beans and black beans, a can of stewed tomatos and a small can of tomato sauce and about a half cup of frozen corn. For spices I added half of a packet of StoneMill Essentials taco seasoning mix and then added paprika, chili powder, cumen, garlic powder, cayenne and salt to taste. Pretty darn yummy, if you ask me.

I set my pandora to play Acoustic Eidolon and similar selections and have been enjoying a wonderfully soothing stream of various stringed instruments for the last hour or so.

Among the various goodies that I came home with from our trip to mom and dad's for christmas was a box of Land O'Lakes Chocolate Graham Hot Cocoa.

This was my first time trying LO'L hot chocolate and I was head over heels the second I tore open the first packet and got a sniff of the mix. It really truly tastes and smells like a graham cracker dipped in hot chocolate. I'm not sure I'm even going to be able to go back to regular hot chocolate again. Which is a bummer because I googled this new stuff and couldn't find a 6-envelope box for less than 6 bucks plus shipping and handling. Yikes. I don't know how much it is in-store but I'm not expecting a much better price. It makes me sad.

My timer for my banana bread is about to start yelling at me...

Ugh. Pandora just started a bluegrassy song with vocals. I'd better go kill it....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Xanga excerpts...

I found my xanga blog earlier today. My last post was over a year and a half ago. Yikes. And despite wracking my brain for like an hour, I cannot remember my password. I barely remembered the url. Ugh. I even dug through my entire memory trunk hoping that I had written down my sign in info on a scrap of paper and stored it amidst my college papers and keepsakes. No such luck. I did, however, find a different xanga blog that I had completely forgotten about even starting. I'll be signing into that soon and seeing what I can salvage. For now, here are a few excerpts from my days as PianoGirl_87 on xanga.

Friday September 22, 2006

'I went and got my lunch out of my car today only to find, once I got back inside, that the microwave has been removed. All I had this morning to eat was a zone bar. I didn't even have time to make a protein shake. A threatening headache finally forced me to the snack machines, which contained absolutely NOTHING that looked even remotely filling much less healthy. I finally settled on Harvets Cheddar Sun Chips and Sour Cream and Onion baked Ritz Chips. So I'm sitting in the theory room again waiting for class, eating my 'lunch' and staring defiantly at the "NO FOOD OR DRINK" sign posted on the wall in front of me, as I shovel chips into my mouth. Yummm...'

Friday, August 4, 2006

'I dreamt last night that the fall semester started and we walked into theory only to find that we had not only new fellow students but a new teacher, who as it turned out, was just a difficult and rediculous as Riche was. I just sat there the whole time going, "Who is this guy, and where is Roed?! I want Roed!"

Not a good dream.'

Monday, July 10, 2006

'Highlight of the day; A book I ordered came in the mail. It's an early edition of Louisa May Alcott's Jo's Boys. I was so excited. I've spent pretty much the rest of my day smelling it.

Ok, I know that sounds wierd.

But seriously. There is not a neater smell in the world than that of an old book. And this book is OLD. I'm talking about 109 years old. It was printed only 7 years after it was first published. Very cool. Alcott is one of my all time favorite authors, right up there next to Gene Stratton Porter, Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, George MacDonald, and J.R.R. Tolkien. And the list could go on.

The only qualm that I have with going to college, is that over the last year I haven't had time to read the way I used to when I was in highschool. With homework constantly hanging over my head and threatening my GPA I can't afford to spend 2 and 3 hours a day on anything. Not even homework. It's a vicious cycle, I'm telling you. But who's complaining? Not Me.

Emoticons for the day;

Did you hear about the midget fortune teller that broke out of prison.?

It was a small medium at large...

Har Har Har...

One last thing; POTC Dead Man's Chest was AWESOME beyond words.

Absolutely, unbelievably, amazingly, spectacular. And that doesn't do it half the justice it deserves.

By the way, it set a record debut, bringing in over 120 million.


I don't know if I have the patience for that.

If Elizabeth ends up in love with Jack, I'm going to die of laughter...'

Sunday, June 25, 2006

'Is it OK to be in love with a fictional character? What about two?

I'm thinking Jack Kelly and Laurie (Teddy) Lawrence.

Oh, and Quinn from Reign of Fire. That makes three.


One of these days I'll grow up. I promise.

All I know is, that day is not today.'

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

'Our pool is UP UP UP!!!!

Very exciting! It’s not full quite yet, but by this weekend it will be.

Went to the gym today, as always. Mack called be body-building material. Oh yeah.

Supposed to be studying Oceanography right at this very moment, but durn it, I can’t concentrate. I’m already three days behind, so I figure what’s another day gonna hurt?

I’ve nothing planned for tomorrow so I’ll just make it a study day. I hate first tests, cuz I never know what to expect.

Got a B today on my first in-class history assignment/activity. I’m slightly worried and annoyed at myself for not having done a better job. I hate B’s.

After class I went to the office to ask Lisa something and Mr. Riche was there. Before he left, he pointed to me and told Lisa, “That’s a good person there. A really good person.”


I was flattered of course but very curious as to how he came to such a firm conclusion after only two class periods and only one activity to show him what I’m capable of. And as I said above, I didn’t exactly do a very impressive job if I only got a B.

Stayed home tonight from VBS, determined to study. So far I’m not succeeding.

It’s dull as tombs around xanga and myspace. Somebody needs to liven things up. Jeepers.

Hardly anyone comments me and I’m OFFICIALLY COMPLAINING.

A thought: If I were to create a Multicultural Lit. Bank of Memories type thing, would anyone contribute? Pics, fave memories, recipes, songs, so on and so forth. I thought it might be neat. Probly won’t do it, but I was just curious.

*Sigh* Gonna go make another attempt at study.

What I want is sleep.'

Thursday, May 25, 2006

'I used to spend time outside by going down to the creek to catch frogs and crawdads, or walking along the river, or spending time down at the cabin at the foot of the mountain. But now we have a bear… ever since it moved in it has been the object of my despair. Stupid bear, that’s my mountain you're terrorizing… and I want it back.'

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

'Concerning our discussion today in Lit. about weight, gravity and mass, I think I've finally gotten figured out.

Weight: The pull of gravity on an object.

Mass: The amount of space an object takes up.

And finally...

Gravity: The pull of weight on your mass.

One last note:

The difference between light people and heavy people is in the 'm'.

Science according to my mom.'

I'm still hoping I'll remember or find my password for that site. I'm also severely tempted to switch over and make that my main blog. Reason? The emoticons. Blogspot doesn't have emoticons. It's a sad thing, really. :)

I'm sure I'll be posting more snippets from xanga.

Tuesday's Thoughts

Christmas is over. The tree is put away. Decorations are packed and lights stripped off of the patio banister. I can never stand to leave christmas stuff up after christmas. I find it depressing to constantly be reminded that the holidays are over. And, besides, after having my tree up since October, I was quite ready to have the 10 sq ft of floor space back that it was consuming.

The week before christmas my sister-in-law gave us her piano that she was replacing. Once the guys got it up the stairs and in the door, they made it no further than the entry way with it and there it sat for almost a week. Once the tree came down, I rearranged the living room and moved the piano in. I topped it with a pretty green satiny table runner that I had found at the dollar store last week (was that really only a week ago?!) and arranged our hymnals and a few other trinkets along the top. It looks so nice.

I think we will play it more now that it's no longer in the cold empty entry way. I already sat down and played for a few minutes today. I'm so very rusty.

We got to go to my family's house for Christmas. We missed Thanksgiving with them and I was afraid we weren't going to make Christmas either, but we hitched a ride with cousins who were headed that way anyway. Our stay was less than 24 hours, but we had a blast. Mashed potatos, corn, green beans, turkey, brisket and mexican casserole for christmas dinner and pumpkin pie, cheesecake, cracker candy, dipped pretzels and dipped peanut butter and ritz sandwhiches for dessert and snacks. I, of course, over ate. And enjoyed every bite.

We spent the day hanging out, eating, playing games. We checked out the local walmart for their after christmas markdowns. It's the weirdest thing, but the Fredericktown walmart always has the best christmas clearance. It's become an annual must-do. I found four-packs of red and gold glittered ornaments for next year's tree for .50 a pack, 6-packs of votive candles in vanilla cookie, cinnamon, and cinnamon apple scents for .50 a pack, cute christmas mugs for $1.50, plastic christmas cups for .50, a six-inch red pillar candle for $1.25 and canned snow for .62 a can. I love stocking on sales after christmas and then having a bunch of new decor to open up and use the next year. I opened one can of the fake snow when we got home and added 'frost' to my living room windows. I wanted it before christmas and wasn't able to get it, but now I'll leave it up with the snowflakes for a while longer. It is, after all, still winter. :)

I came away from christmas this year with pretty good loot. My wonderful hubby bought me the leather Steve Madden boots that I had fallen in love with on our christmas shopping trip the week before.

I absolutely adore them. I've been hunting for a comfy pair of boots for several years now. Last year he bought me leather high healed boots, and as much as I love them, the height on them kills my feet if I wear them for more than a few hours and walking for very long distances whatsoever in them is an absolute no-can-do. Which limits their wear time to sunday morning services and occasional wednesday night church sessions. So I am very ecstatic that I now have a warm comfy pair of boots that I can wear for whole days at a time if I so desire.

My wonderful and talented Mummy, gave me a quilt that she had worked on all year. It's so gorgeous. I'm thrilled to finally have something pretty to go on my bed.

Now if I can only stay motivated to make my bed every morning. :)

We also received a pretty reed diffuser from Jase's mom, which is at this very moment, filling my living and dining room with a lovely, cozy, cinnamon orange aroma, an acapella praise cd from the above mentioned si-in-law, an adorable cupcake themed calendar from another sister-in-law, a cute crocheted scarf and necklace (for me) from my litter sister, sweaters (for Jase) from my family, and various other fun items. We are very blessed.

I hope that all of you, my readers, had a lovely christmas and I send warmest wishes for a very happy new year.

May God Bless,


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yummies and Ramblings...

I spent the day making yummy edibles for the goody tins that I try to make every year as christmas gifts. I so love the candy making process and every year I look forward to revisiting the traditional christmas recipes as well as trying a few new things. The only thing I do NOT enjoy about my baking days is the aching feet that I end up with as a result of standing all day long. My feet are throbbing as I write. And I even had my Asics on all day. They would be hurting so much worse, I know, if I hadn't taken the time to stop and slip on my tennis this morning before I got started. Darn feet.

I've discovered a new site that I look forward to using in the future. is a comparison shopping site that helps you find the best price on everything from clothes and shoes to electronics and home and garden. I browsed through Steve Madden boots, looking for a pair that I found and fell in love with at a shoe store last week. Unfortunately, I had no luck finding them. I also browsed the sports shoe section, including the MAVRK Team Red Sprt Red 37 BR, naki shox turbo 10, and the nike shox turbo 10. Wishing I had extra christmas money to buy my sweetie a new pair of tennis. It'll have to wait a while, though.

Well, I'm off to cook some more of the pizza pockets that my hubby picked up for me today on his way home from giving his brother-in-law a ride across town. He really is the best hubby ever. <3

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

I so love Christmas.

The last few months have been a bit rough. Jase was without work and there was a period of about 7-8 weeks between our last paycheck and the first unemployment deposit. To be honest, it made it rather difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Having no money for christmas decorations and fun holiday baking and treats was difficult enough, but not being sure we were going to get our bills paid every month was stressful. But God is faithful. Bills are caught up on and unimployment started just in time for Christmas. :) God is good.

And so it's finally starting to feeling like Christmas. I finally got the lights I wanted for the balcony banister, candy canes for the tree and the tins that I will be filling next week with yummy goodies are stacked under the tree. My kitchen counter is stacked with candy making ingredients and my 4 ft tree is set up in our bedroom and decked out in white and silver ornaments and ribbons.

We had our first round of gifts today with Aunt Jane, my father-in-law's sister. She gave us a gorgeous set of dinnerware, white with gold trim, a couple of super cute ornaments, a beautiful red and black decorative tealight candle holder, and a big yummy tin of popcorn. :) Very good start.

I had super much fun setting my table when I got home this evening.


I'm starting a little project. Trying to use my blog to generate a little income. We'll see how it goes. Of course my first assignment WOULD be something that I know nothing about, in a place that I'm halfway across the US from. Ha. Los Angeles auto repair
Fortunately having experience or knowledge are not in the required criteria. Cars are so not my thing. I had to look up a Honda Civic to even know what one looked like. Sad, I know. My hubby can tell the make, model and year of a vehicle, even if the only thing he can see is it's headlights in our rearview mirror at night. He amazes me.
I also had to look up a head gasket. I still have no clue what it is. Oh, well. Anyway, for anyone living in LA would might be reading my blog and own a Honda Civic, check out the site and see what they may have to offer you.


For now, I'm going to go find a few more things to knock off my to do list before the craziness of Christmas week sets in. Merry Christmas to all!