Friday, April 2, 2010

I'M LOVIN' IT FRIDAY WITH TIDY MOM

Every week I Join TIDY MOM FOR I'M LOVIN' IT FRIDAY
this week I am lovin' the fact its Easter Weekend , do you have any great plans, I am going to church Sunday with my family then we are having a nice dinner and watch the Ten Commandments I watch it every year on Easter Sunday!!! I don't get to spend as much time as I would like with my sons since they are older 25 and 26 to be exact but when there is a special occasion I get too, we talk on the phone alot but having them over to spend time is so much better!!!
 I LOVE spending time with great friends, last night I went out to dinner with all the girls I use to work with, here we all are!!! I am peeking out in the back ( I have a brown shirt on) we had a great time!!!... I haven't worked in over 8 years I was in a bad car accident Dec of 2002  and was hurt very badly, I am still having surgies from it maybe someday I will go back but since I barely made it, I will keep trucking along trying to get back to 100%, I hate it that I don't get to see these girls everyday but we still try and get together as often as possible. SO WHAT ARE YOU LOVIN' THIS WEEK????
                                                                              

FRIDAY FOLLOW ~ APRIL 2ND

Friday Follow
Welcome to the April 2 Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! They are the hostesses that  invite us to join them every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.
GO HERE AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE FRIDAY FOLLOW CELEBRATION
Welcome to my blog!! I promise if you follow me I will follow you!!! I look forward to meeting alot of new friends and reading your blogs....
Look around and have fun here my blog went live Feb 14th of this year and I am having so much fun here in bloggy land...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

EASTER STORY COOKIES



Easter Story Cookies
to be made the night before Easter 



 


  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zipper baggie
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • Bible
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important - don't wait until you are half done with the recipe!)
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.  Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup sugar.  Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.  Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.  Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.

Read Matthew 27:65-66
GO TO BED!  Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.  Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.  The cookies are hollow!  Explain that on the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28:1-9
I got this is an E-mail and wanted to share it.
 This is a great recipe to teach your Children the REAL story of Easter
Happy Easter!!!


WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY???

I have a brother in Iraq serving our country, (this is a picture of him and I when he was home for Christmas and another one of him showing me his flac jacket) how can things like this be allowed to go on? I am sorry but if something happened to my brother, and I pray everday it doesn't, I would not handle this situation with FRED PHELPS like the man that just lost and had to bury his marine son,  here is the story:






Support grows for dad of slain Marine told to pay Westboro Baptist Church, which cheered son's death

Originally Published:Wednesday, March 31st 2010, 2:35 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 31st 2010, 4:32 PM
The Kansas church group protests against U.S. soldiers at a 
funeral of a Marine in Maryland in 2005.
Slagle/AP
The Kansas church group protests against U.S. soldiers at a funeral of a Marine in Maryland in 2005. Related News: From across America, the rich and poor are rising to help Albert Snyder battle a bizarre church that has stained the memory of his hero Marine son.
"I was appalled," said Sally Giannini, a 72-year-old retired bookkeeper from Spokane, Wash., told the Baltimore Sun. Giannini told the Sun she was sending $10 to help offset Snyder's $16,510 legal bills.
Snyder was ordered to pay that amount to Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., an anti-gay group that travels the country picketing military funerals, after his lawsuit was overturned last week by a federal appeals court, the Sun reported. Phelp's group says military deaths are God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.
Snyder sued Westboro after its members waved signs saying "God hates fags" and "God hates the USA" at the 2006 funeral in Westminster of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who had been killed in Iraq.
A federal jury in Baltimore awarded Snyder $11 million in damages in 2007, saying Phelps' group intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the family. The award was later reduced to $5 million, and eventually overturned on appeal. It is currently scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
As news of the order to pay some of the court costs spread through the news media and online, strangers were moved to send money and set up funds to support Snyder's court battle. Tuesday night, commentator Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel offered to pay the court costs owed by Snyder, according to WBAL Radio in Baltimore.
Mark Seavey, new-media director for the American Legion, also posted a message Tuesday on his Legion-affiliated blog, The Burn Pit, urging readers to donate to the Albert Snyder Fund. The American Legion's message was picked up by conservative political blogger Michelle Malkin, who called the Westboro protesters "evil miscreants" and urged readers to donate.
"Regardless of how you feel about the merits of the Snyders' suit, the Snyders deserve to know that Americans are forever grateful for their son's heroism and for the family's sacrifice. We shouldn't stand by and watch them bankrupted," Malkin wrote.
Money from donations will go toward covering the money owed to Phelps, and beyond that, toward preparing further appeals, Seavey said.
"As soon as we heard this, we just knew that it was going to go through the roof, and people were going to be upset. We seized on it," Seavey said. "On an issue like this that cuts across political lines, it's relatively easy, and it's the kind of fight we want to wade into because it's not right or left, it's right or wrong.
"We're going to do the best we can to make sure that Mr. Snyder doesn't have to deal with this. We're going to make sure he doesn't have to pay a red cent."
From Web sites to Twitter pages, people were galled that the grieving father of a fallen Marine would have to pay a group that uses such inflammatory tactics. A Facebook group called "I support Al Snyder in His fight against Westboro Baptist Church" had drawn nearly 12,000 members by the end of the day Tuesday.
In a phone interview with the Sun Tuesday, Snyder said he was "exhausted" by the long legal ordeal but heartened by the outpouring of support. He said he has received about 3,000 e-mail messages from people across the country who planned to contribute.
"It kind of restores your faith in mankind after dealing with this wacko church," Snyder said. "Win or lose, I'll know that I did everything I could for Matt, and for all the soldiers and Marines who are still coming home dying."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY ~ OLD PICS OF MY GRANDMA AND GRANDPA, LOOKERS HUH???


RANDOM DOZEN ~ KISSING CHICKENS ~

Join   lid at 2nd cup of coffee for the random dozen!!!!

1. How do you feel about the marshmallow Easter Peeps?
I like t look at them they are really cute but I am not a big fan of eating them...


2. Chickens are notoriously nervous creatures. When you are nervous, what is the best way to calm down?


 As much as I hate to admit it I eat, SWEETS, I keep a stash of chocolate by because you never know...

 3. People say, "April showers bring May flowers." Do you enjoy Spring rains?

I love it, especially if I can sleep there is nothing like sleeping during those spring rains..

4. When I was randomly flipping through TV channels this week, I saw a show in which tattoo parlor employees received tattoos of a co-worker's face on their bodies. I can't imagine having a portrait of a colleague tattooed on me. But if someone forced you to receive a portrait tattoo (face only) of anyone, who would it be? Why?


I was looking at them, can you imagine how long you would sit there for one of these??? I don't have any tatoos but if I had to have one of these done it would have to be of my sons I would never brand myself with anyone else :-) I love those 2 boys more than anything so if I had too....




 5. Would you rather have a tattoo (any kind) or a nose ring? YIKES!!! I would have a small tattoo on my ankle, I plan on getting one of those someday

 








6. Do you have any special plans for Easter?

I plan on going to church with my family and then having a special dinner and we always watch "The Ten Commandments"

 





7. Cadbury Eggs or Reese Eggs? I love these, have you tryed the caramel ones?? Heaven...

 





8. What was the last thing/person you took a picture of?

My hubby and our new puppy Gavin









9. What book are you reading now, or what was the last one?


a friend of mine just got this for me so I have been reading it, its not really a book book but it is really cute...

 








10. What do you think is the most difficult task when it comes to Spring cleaning?

Cleaning out my closet, its scary in there :-)
























11. How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?


I have alot probably around 25 pairs, I have them in every color... I have nice ones and just cheap ones too, I love my flip flops, its just now warm enough to wear them here... pedicure here I come





12. Which color makes you happiest?

PINK!!







There you have it my answers to the random dozen this week I can't wait to read yours!!! HAPPY EASTER!!


 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars



KIK 1 CCCD bar
 cookies and cups, is a great place to visit I found this awesome recipe for  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars.

{If you haven't been to cookies and cups...GO! It's a fun place!!!!
Here's how to make them:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
{adapted from cookies and cups & The Essential Chocolate Chips Cookbook}

Crust:
1 & 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
5 TBSP butter, melted
2/3 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cookie Dough:
5 TBPS butter, room temp.
1/3 c. packed light brown sugar
3 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. flour
1 c. chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:
10 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:
1/3 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening

Preheat oven to 325.

For the crust:
Grease a 8x8 pan with butter, line pan with parchment paper and butter the paper, leaving enough to extend over the sides.

Crush graham crackers into crumbs to make 1 & 1/2 cups. Add to butter and stir until crumbs are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Press crust mixture into bottom of pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

For cookie dough:
Using mixer and the paddle attachment, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth. Adjust mixer speed to low and add flour. Mix just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.


For cheesecake:
Using mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating just until blended.
Pour batter into cooled, baked crust. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls over the top of the filling.
KIK 1 prebake
Bake about 30 minutes, or until set. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Place in the refrigerator to chill several hours.
KIK 1 cooked

For the topping:
Combine the chocolate chips and shortening and melt in the microwave at 30 second intervals at 50% power. Stir after each interval; repeat until melted.

Drizzle over the bars before serving. WOW huh??? I can't wait to make this talk about a sugar rush....



CUPCAKE TUESDAY ~ SCRAMBLED EGG NESTS

Have you checked out the FAMILY FUN WEBSITE? it is full of great family friendly ideas, I found great cupcake recipes for the whole day. For starters lets start with breakfast:
SCRAMBLED EGG NESTS!!!
What a great way to start the morning off before Easter egg hunting!

In these easy and charming bites, shredded potatoes are baked in a muffin tin to form crunchy cups, which are then filled with scrambled eggs to make a festive and kid-friendly finger food. 
1 (3 1/2-cup) bag frozen shredded potatoes, defrosted (we used Simply Potatoes)
1/3 cup vegetable oil or butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/3 cup finely diced bell peppers
3/4 cup diced cooked breakfast sausage Shredded Cheddar
Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Heat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, 1/4 cup of the oil or butter, salt, and pepper. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the potato mixture into each cup of a 12-serving muffin tin. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of each cup, then bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the nests from the oven and allow them to cool.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and milk. Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the remaining oil or butter to the pan and heat. Add the onions and peppers to the pan and saute until both are soft and the onions are slightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until heated through. Add the egg mixture and stir until the eggs have set and small curds have formed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Remove the potato nests from the muffin tin and place them on an ovenproof platter or cookie sheet. Fill each cup with some of the egg mixture, top with a sprinkling of the cheese, and place the nests in a 375° oven until the cheese is melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. If you like, garnish each nest with a little parsley. Serve warm.
I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND DON'T FOR GET TO CHECK OUT HOOSIER HOMEMADE FOR MORE CUPCAKE TUESDAY RECIPES AND THERE SPRING BLOG HOP THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FULL OF GREAT SPRING RECIPE IDEAS!!