Thursday, June 21, 2007

My Beloved

It's been a year since we meet, a year I never expected, the falling in love, the loving every minute I have with you, the always wanting more. Never in my life has anyone meant what you do to me. It's wonderful to me that laying on the couch together watching reruns is the absolutely best thing ever. Before I met you I had given up on finding anyone, I was ready to accept spinsterhood, I was tired of failed attempts, psychos and playing the dating game. Thank goodness Lori talked me into trying one more time. I was so skeptical when we first met, just waiting for you to turn into a creep but you weren't, you were and are the real thing. I surely don't deserve even half of what you give me. I can't really express well what finding you and having you love me means to me. But the lyrics to this song express more than I ever could...

God Blessed the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

I set out on a narrow way, many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you

[ Chorus: ]

Every long lost dream
Lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart
They were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way
Into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

I think about the years I spent
just passing through
I'd like to have the time I lost
and give it back to you
but you just smile and take my hand
You been there, you understand
It's all part of a grander plan
that is coming true.

[ Chorus ]

Now I'm just rolling home
into my lovers arms
this much i know is true
that God blessed the broken road
that led me straight to you

So my beloved I will always be rolling home into your arms.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Menu for the next two weeks

Pork Chops and Creamed Potatoes
Creamed Chicken in Rice with Carrots
Chinese Chicken Stir Fry
Hot Dogs and Fries
Filet Mignon with sometype of potatoes or rice
Strip Steak with Fried Potatoes
Lasagna with garlic bread
Turkey Burgers, Fries and Corn on the Cob
Meatloaf, scalloped Potatoes and broccoli
Zucchini Quiche
Grilled Cheese and Soup

I feel better having a menu planned out for the next two weeks, I'm trying to see if it helps out at the grocery store too. It's nice to be able to leave for work in the morning and have an idea of what's going to be for dinner, all we have to do is pick something off the list and pull it out of the freezer.

I feel like I spend way to much money at the store, but prices have gone up lately and meat is outrageous. I'm cooking as much as I can from scratch, but I could probably do alot better. To help save money this week, I bought a whole chicken, .97 pound versus the 4.98 a pound for chicken breasts. I'm cooking it right now with some fresh herbs from my garden. When it's finished we'll have enough meat for several meals and some lovely chicken broth. I like to cook rice in chicken broth it always tastes much better, or I might even make some homemade chicken rice soup.

Off to finish my cleaning and work on my quilt.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Our goals as women

From Proverbs 31:10-31

A Wife of Noble Character
10 [b]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.

14 She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.

20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm[c] clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

23 Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. 27 She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:

29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Titus 2:3-5
3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.[a] Instead, they should teach others what is good. 4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, 5 to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,[b] to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Dinner Tonight

Tried something I've never made before, Stuffed Peppers. They turned out pretty good and it's alot easier than I thought it was. Here's the recipe below - of course I changed it a little bit but you can make it to suit your style. Paul had to go into work early so I brought them to him for dinner, it was fun, kind of like a picnic. I just feel it's a woman's duty to provide a good homecooked meal for the family. Even though alot of nights I'm tired and it would just be easier to do takeout a homecooked meal always tastes better and really doesn't very long to fix.

Peppers Stuffed with Spanish Rice

4 large green peppers
8 oz ground turkey breast or ground beef
½ c chopped onions
1 c cooked rice
1 c recipe style stewed tomatoes (with juices)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp dried basil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ c finely shredded cheddar cheese

Bring water in a large saucepan to a boil. Meanwhile, cut the peppers lengthwise in half. Remove and discard the stems, seeds, and membranes.

Carefully, place the peppers in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the peppers and invert them onto paper towels to drain well.

Preheat the oven to 375. Lightly spray an unheated large skillet with non stick spray. Add the turkey and onions. Cook over medium heat until the turkey is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the rice, tomatoes (with juices) tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Place the pepper halves in an 8 X 8 X 2 baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture into the pepper shells. Sprinkle the cheese on top. (I spooned some extra tomato sauce on top to keep them moist) Bake about 10 minutes or until heated through.

Thursday, June 07, 2007


A few recaps from the past few weeks.

Container garden is going crazy. We have a ton of basil, dill and tarragon. I've got to look up ways to keep it. I know we'll be making a ton of pesto here soon. There are about 20 roma tomatoes on the one plant; the other cherry tomato plant doesn't have any tomatoes yet but alot of blooms. The pepper plant is growing by leaps and bounds, the one little pepper must grow about 1/2 inch to an inch a day. I have pictures but for some reason the camera isn't uploading them to the computer.

Went to my first quilting class, learned about color and value when making quilts. Next week start the class on maching piecing for a quilt. At the end of the class I will have completed a small quilt with 3 different styles of blocks. I can't wait to buy the fabric next week. I did conqueor the sewing machine this week. The first few times I've tried to use it I couldn't get the darn thing to thread correctly, but I had success this week, I'm going to stay optimistic and say I"ve conqueored the beast. Yesterday I finished a present for a friend, I do have pics of the but they will have to wait until the present is given.

Classes start at school in a few weeks, I am taking intro to chemistry (yikes!) and intro to anatomy and physiology. The plan is to take all the prereqs necessary to apply to OSU and Mount Carmel. We'll see what happens, right now I'm not holding my breath, though I would love to get accepted into the masters program at OSU.

And the fur children, the lovely for some reason I love fur children. Last week my wonderful dumb but sweet dog decided to pee on paul's big screen tv - directly onto the circuit board. Not fun. It ruined the TV. Somehow how Paul didn't get irate and demand the dog leave, which I was totally expecting. That night I bought Paul a new TV, it's one of those cool digital HD tvs. But now of course my credit card is maxed out. Oh well what's the point of being an american if you're not in debt, right?

Oh yeah, Paul got me the cutest little Ipod, it's black and very cool looking :)

Pictures to come soon, just gotta figure out what's wrong with the uploading.