Friday, November 30, 2012

girls/boys

The girls got a hold of my little boy.




Oy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

checking in with you

Mercy be, my friends...it's been ONE.OF.THOSE.DAYS.

I almost went on strike today right around 5 PM,
as I rallied every ounce of sanity left in me to cook some dinner
for these people in my house.

Honest-to-goodness,
I sat there and day-dreamed of the day I only have to cook for
K-Man and me.

But there I was, fixing a spaghetti dinner for the masses,
only to rush off afterwards to take the kids to church and do my grocery shopping.
It never ever ends.
Blah!

If one single person comments that I will miss all this some day,
I swear I will hunt you down.
You just don't say that sort of thing to an old mom with young kids.

But I'm truly thankful for all that I have, I am.
God is providing and He is forever GOOD.
My plate is full, literally and figuratively.

And all my added stress/menopause-nonsense/what-not,
has made me PACK ON THE POUNDS.

So much so that Nick has started calling me,
Big Booty Judy.
(He isn't getting any Christmas presents, by the way.)


So anyway,
just wanted to check in with you.

I don't have any recipes or pearls of wisdom today.



Just keep on keeping on!

And never forget how much Jesus loves you.
Some days, that's all I have.
And that's ALL I ever really need.


Sincerly Yours,
Big Booty Judy



Monday, November 26, 2012

kansas crabby patties

Crab Cakes.
Or as I have affectionately renamed them,
Kansas Crabby Patties.
(It will all make sense to you in a little while, just hold on.)

This is one good recipe, folks.

Here's the lineup:
(I'm pretending to be PW)
(Recipe from Paula Dean.)
(Changed up a bit by your's truly.)

1 lb. crab meat* (I use the words crab and meat very loosely here.) 
1/3 cup Ritz crackers, crushed
3 green onions, finely chopped (missing)
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayo
1 egg
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. spicy brown mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced (and zest)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Kosher salt
dash of cayenne
big dash of Cajun seasoning
Panko bread crumbs
Oil for frying

(All measurements are approximate!)
(I actually use a little extra of each ingredient.)
(And I sometimes add extra stuff, and omit stuff.)
(It's called, living life in the fast lane.)


Now.
Here's where Kansas comes into play:
The "crab meat".
For those of you who go down to the docks each morning to buy
your family fresh crab, don't read any further.
This will just upset you.
I suppose I could find fresh crab somewhere around here in the midwest,
but quite frankly,
I don't have the time, nor energy.
So here's what I get.
At Walmart, no less.
Blah!
 If you don't look directly at it,
it's not quite as scary.
Just kind of glance at it, briefly.
Then chop it up really fast without thinking about it.

It will be fine, I promise.


Get everything chopped, mixed, and into a bowl.
(See? That wasn't so bad!)


Then you gingerly form patties out of it,
then carefully cover your patties with the panko bread crumbs.


Then take a picture of your beautiful homemade hamburger buns
that you just pulled out of the oven.


(Sorry, I got distracted.)


Then once you have all your patties assembled & breaded up...


Put them in a frying pan of hot oil.


That terrifying crab meat doesn't look so bad now, does it?

Then you MUST make some dipping sauces.

First up,
Cocktail Sauce.
Positively NO reason to buy a bottle of this stuff, ya'll.
It's easy-peasy to make.
And way more delicious.

1/3 cup ketchup
2 tsp. prepared horseradish
2 tsp. lemon juice

Stir it all up.
Voila!  



Then,
Tartar Sauce.

Again, easy peasy.

1/2 cup mayo
1 Tbl. sweet pickle relish
2 Tbl. lemon juice
salt & pepper.

Ta-da!

I like them both so much!!

And this is where I show it all to you, plated up in a lovely way.
But, I didn't get that far with my picture-takin'.


I will tell you though that they were crispy, flavorful,
and so darn yummy!



My job here is done.

Enjoy!

drama de jour

I really hate to draw attention to myself, as you know.
(Ahem.)

But, I have nothing else to blog about today,
so I tell you about a semi-tragic thing that happened to poor little ol' me yesterday.


Since my kids insisted that we put up our Christmas tree, MUCH to my chagrin
(sorry, I just loathe disrupting my way of life with lighted shrubbery in my living room),
I let them.

So we had to move my baker's rack to another wall.

Look how innocent it looks setting there.



Nick's girlfriend, picture below,
said, "Hey, we should probably take those books & stuff off the shelves
before we move this."

To which I said (being the older, wiser woman),
"Naaaah, it will be fine."

Not 30 seconds later,
it happened.

See this bookend right here?



Let's take a closer look:


This sucker is heavy.
And yes, you guessed it...it fell off during our moving efforts,
and landed right on my sparsely covered tootsies.


I have never experienced such pain in all my life.
Even when I was in labor, at least there were meds at my beckon call.
But did my family offer me an epidural while
I flailed in pain?
No they did not.
They don't care enough to have an epidural on-hand.

Anyway, I cried.  I really did.  I cried.
My dear husband said, "Babe, I've never seen you cry before from an injury."

Really?
Well I've never had an ANVIL fall on me before.


So here's the damage:

Okay, okay.
It's not that bad.
Just very bruised & sore more than anything.


But what's most disturbing here is,
my horrific need of a pedicure.


That's the end of my semi-tragic story.


My deepest apologies for wasting those 45 seconds reading this
that you'll never get back.





**Bonus**
And and just to get my money's worth of picture-posting,
here's one more for ya:


Nick and Sarah assembled the tree,
with half-hearted help from everyone else.
These two crack me up.
They are so funny together.



Good day, my friends!



Saturday, November 24, 2012

thanksgivin'

Well, I went ahead and upgraded my picture memory on my blog.
So now I have determined to get my money's worth and
post every single picture I ever take, from this moment on, for the rest of my life.


Here are just a few pics from Thanksgiving.

I am saddened because I forgot to take my camera out of my purse
at my parents' house, and thus failed to capture
the good times at that Thanksgiving celebration.
And there was gambling and everything.
Dang!
NEXT TIME.


I hosted Thanksgiving at our house with K-Man's side of the fam.
And by hosted, I mean that I sat and watched my
mother-in-law do most of the work.
She's awesome.



So here's the pictorial:



Nick and me.

Nick and me again.

Five of the best men I know.
Love them so much!

Nick and his darling girlfriend, Sarah.

The little kids on a Thanksgiving treasure hunt!


Finding the "treasure chest."
(Mama/Auntie Lori is so wonderful!)


My single brother-in-law, Kenny, carving the turkey.

Little Brennan taking his first bite of sweet potatoes

Little Brennan deciding that that would be his last bite of sweet potatoes.
Papa with Isaiah and Brennan.
It was a lovely day out!

K-Man and his wonderful Mama.

Kenny, me, and my chins (in the most unflattering pose ever).

Well, that's about it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

thanksgiving [free no more]

Oh my WORD.

Apparently I've reach the capacity of  FREE picture uploads for my blog.

Now they want me to PAY.


Wahhhhhhhh!!


I'm gonna have to simmer on this for a while, ya'll.


In the meantime, I sure hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

I know I did!!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

this mothering thing

I really outdid myself this time, my friends.

After putting off a big ol' mega-shopping trip to Sam's for way too long,
I finally talked myself into going this morning.
Being that I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year, I figured perhaps
I should have a few things on-hand for the people to eat.
(I'm the most gracious hostess you'll ever meet.)
(Just ask me.)


Anyway, part of my angst of going shopping (apart from the fact that I hate leaving my compound),
is hauling my little kids with me, knowing that a certain Mr. Someone is quite volatile.
I have a yet-to-be-figured-out amount of time before he loses all patience and
melts into a puddle on the floor.
And that's when I fall to the floor flailing.
It's a whole big mess and quite frankly, Lucy is sick and tired of it.

So anyway.

I had a grand idea.
From my master-list of things to buy,
I broke it down into two smaller lists:

Lucy's Shopping List
Isaiah's Shopping List

And gave it to them as we entered the store.

They were ECSTATIC!
Honesty, you would have thought I had just given them each a puppy & a pony.
Not even kidding.


They were large and seemingly in-charge!!

They carefully followed their lists 
(and btw, I strategically  put their lists together, making sure to put words that would teach them something),
crossing off their items as we went along.
And Lucy quickly turned it into a contest, saying that whoever got their items
crossed off first, would win.
She is her mother's daughter, I tell ya.

It worked so brilliantly, I amaze myself.

They begggged me to do it again sometime.


Yesssssssss!


After six children, I'm starting to figure this mothering thing out.

diving into daniel [week 1]



For those of you who are doing the Daniel study with me,
are you ready to dig in?


WEEK 1

Let me post a few (or 15) of the points that stood out to me the most:

"The wind of the Holy Spirit blows so hard through some of these Scriptures,
you may have to re-fix your hair." (pg. 11)
Haha, love that Beth Moore.

1.  No greater tragedy could have befallen the people of God than to lose possession
of their God-given land.  He had warned them numerous times that if they turned to the idols of
the surrounding peoples, He would allow them--even appoint them--to be taken captive.
God is faithful to keep His Word even when it's a warning. (pg. 13)
(THIS rings so loudly in my ears of what we're seeing in America today.)

2.  "You have trusted in your wickedness and have said,
'No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say
to yourself, I am, and there is none besides me."  Isaiah 47:10 
GASP.
Go read the verses following that one.  Chilling.
May we never let our "wisdom and knowledge" mislead us.

3.  Tragically, their own disrespect and misuse of the holy structure had unknowingly
opened the doors of the temple to the enemy in the years preceding the siege.
I think it is clear that either the people of Israel did not know the Scriptures,
which was to their demise...or they simply ignored what 
it said, which is even more tragic. (pg. 15)
I can see how this directly applies to the Church today.  We don't know Scripture.
Little daily-devos alone give us our daily bread, or so we think.
It's a shame that we don't know the Word, it's a shame that so many ignore
the Old Testament.  It will be to our demise.
We need to BE IN THE WORD!
Dig deep, and learns lots.
Let's do it!

4.  Nothing is more dangerous than friendly captivity. (pg. 14)
For sure.

5.  Godliness is never accidental.  Neither is victory coincidental.  
Both step from up-front, daily resolve. (pg.25)

6.  They read the language of their culture with the lens of God.  Thereby, they became
culturally relevant without becoming spiritually irrelevant.  Against all odds,
they retained a God-centered worldview so that ultimately the world
could view their God.  Amazing. (pg.26)
I love that.


************


Okay, so what parts of this week's study spoke to you?
(If you watched the video, tell me how you liked that, too.)


Blessings, friends!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

salsa, my friends!

You know your family has a seriously raging salsa addiction when
it shares the sacred spot next to the milk in the door of the fridge.



And because I am very certain your family will enjoy it as well,

Here's the recipe:
(You can thank me later.)

Salsa!
Two large cans of crushed tomatoes
2 jalapenos, chopped
4 Tbs. lime juice
2 Tbs. cumin
1 onion, diced
3 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2/3 cup fresh cilantro

Throw all that in a big jar (I use my empty Sam's-size jalapeno jar),
use a hand-held blender thingy & blend it all up.
Or you can leave it chunky.
I won't judge you on your salsa textural preferences.
Live and let live, is what I always say.



It is soooooo yummy.
My entire family devours it in copious amounts at a time.
This big ol' jar will only last a week around these parts, at best.


You are welcome, in advance.

two new things

I have two new things that I love.

L.O.V.E.


The first thing is,
this little coffee maker thingymajig that my sister Dana got me for my birthday.
She so knows me.

It's ceramic and you just grind your beans, put them in the filter thingy
placed in the coffee thingy.
Then just pour hot-hot-hot water slowly into it.
And you must be sure to have a mug underneath it.
(Don't ask me how I know that.)

(To any of you who would like me to write  descriptive instructions for your product, let me know.  As you can clearly see, I'm good at it.)


Listen, people.
I don't know how, why, when, or where,
but this makes THE BEST cup of coffee ever. EVER.

It's my favorite thing ever. EVER.



Secondly,
I am reading this book.
This eye-opening, shocking, and attention-grabbing book.
All I can say is,
READ IT.
I'm only about seven chapters into it...so I will write more about it when I'm finished.

It's actually a fictional book, based on the true events of 911,
and what Scripture has to say about it.
Yep, that's right.


Really, READ IT for yourself.



It's time to WAKE UP!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

anniversary celebration {glamorous!}

Last night's 25th wedding anniversary celebrate was...
fabulous, fun-filled, and very fancy!

Actually, the truth is, six months ago we had a Hawaiian cruise booked for 
this very special day.
But...we realized that there was just no way it would be smart
to spend (or borrow!) that kind of money right now.
Wahhhh.

So, we did the next best thing.
We went for pizza, just the two of us!
And it was so lovely.
Really, it was.
I could almost hear the waves crashing on the shore.
And I wore my hula skirt and coconuts.
So, at least K-Man was pleased as Hawaiian punch.

Macy took a few snapshots on our way out:





K says that this is what 25 years has done to him.
I, on the other hand, still know how to hide my insanity fairly well.



Alright, the glamour is over and life continues on.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

night owl newbie

I have quickly gone from an, in-bed-by-9:30 girl...
to a crazy-eyed night owl.

I am just giddy as can be to sit here all ALONE until way late,
with my reading materials, my laptop, and my Food Network.
And my snacks.
Gotta have my snacks.



This beats waking up at 2:30 AM any day.

That's my theory anyway.


But really, at some point I suppose I should go to sleep.

I sure do hate to break up this happy party though.



"Good night" everyone!

Maybe.

Eventually.

happy anniversary!


Hahahaha!

Yep, that's right, actually.
25 years and going on FOREVER!



Such a happy day, then and NOW.


Happy 25th anniversary to my fabulous husband,
the only man alive who could ever
put up with the likes of me!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

perimenopause and packing peanuts

I got my perimenopausal-sanity-saver progesterone cream in the mail.

It was packed in a huge box.

With lots of peanuts.

And the children caught onto that fact, real quick.






I went to the bathroom and lathered my entire body.

And sat there and waited until professional help arrived.

The End.

Monday, November 12, 2012

birthday!

Happy Birthday to ME!

I had two lovely *parties* over the weekend!
My mom & kids surprised me with cake, ice cream & presents after church.
Such fun!!

Then, K-Man and the kids surprised me again yesterday!

I'm so blessed!

Not many picture to show you...because, you know...when it's the photographer's day,
pictures don't get taken for some reason.
Ahem.

But *I* took a pic of the cake K-Man bought at a local Mexican bakery.

Tres Leche cake.
Isn't it lovely?



And thought I'd show you that Isaiah learned how to blow up a balloon.
However, he doesn't know when to stop.
That poor balloon.
Reminds me of my third trimester. 



Anyway, that's all.

Have a great afternoon/evening.
And be sure to have a piece of cake in my honor!

:)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

daniel study!! [jump on board!]



Okay, so here's my *plan*...

For those of you who are interested in doing the Daniel study, 
let's get started tomorrow (Monday)!

If you've done a Beth Moore study before, you know that you watch the video,
then do five days of homework following the video.
So, if you have access to the videos (remember, you can buy each video session HERE),
you'll want to watch the first one, then do the first week's homework.
But even if you don't watch the videos, you'll definitely need a workbook.
(But REALLY, watch the videos if you can!!)

It will be a rather hefty investment if you buy both the videos and workbook 
(around $75...but not all at once),
but I can guarantee you, you will be richly blessed and will learn a ton!!
And....once you have downloaded the videos, they're yours forever.
:)


Let's meet up here next Monday for a little discussion.
Or if you can't hold your thoughts in that long,
send me an email and maybe we'll do a mini-impromptu discussion before that.


Really, girls...you will love this study.

Strap on your thinking caps and get your bibles and highlighters ready.

This is one INTENSE study.

If you have any questions,
please email me!





(Tomorrow is my birthday.)
(I just had to say that.)
(I'm such an attention-grabber that way.)

Friday, November 9, 2012

math noodles

Statement #457 that only a homeschooling mom would ever say:

"Stop eating your math noodles."





TGIF, people.


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